Monday, June 29, 2015

Picquot Ware

I've been a bit obsessed with this British deco kettle design for years. Probably after seeing it on the pages of UK Country Living in some staged rustic kitchen. Burrage and Boyd of Northhampton began making cast aluminum vacuum cleaners in 1932. In 1938 they branched out with the sycamore-handled K3 kettle, and in 1951 renamed their new range of coffee and tea products Picquot Ware for marketing reasons. From 1939-45 they switched over to ammunitions. The company stopped production last year for financial reasons (new, the K3 is $275). I scored this one (from the 50s or 60s) on the weekend at a vintage kitchen jumble sale. Woot! With the right care, these can be buffed up to a high shine (due to magnesium they added), but for now I'm enjoying the patina.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Wackness

Birthday celebration in Chilliwack doing the self-guided Circle Farm Tour. Visited The Local Harvest, Anita's Organic Mill, Happy Days Dairy, Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey (quaint interior, you can sample all the honeys, and the owner loves to talk about honey and bees), and Old Yale Brewing. We also got lost at the Great Heron Nature Reserve (which you don't want to do in 34C heat and the wrong shoes). Note to self – always take a map! Nice trail tho, and lots of herons. My only critique of the tour is that there were no cute alpacas or goats. We did mistakenly go off route and encounter two donkeys... Lunch at what seems to be the best eatery in town – Harvest Store and Café. Bright, airy interior, very good food and baking, nice staff, and outdoor patio in back. Recommended.

Super tasty strawberry cake and dinner afterwards with the gang.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Vancouver's Best Kept Secret

My exploration of the Fraser River continued this weekend, with a bike ride to the "River District" development. And along the way my companion and I stopped in at what might be the last authentic diner in Vancouver. Locals only (they didn't disappoint in the character department), classic Chinese/Canadian greasy spoon fare, friendliest service ever by the only guy working there (Jimmy, the owner), red vinyl booths (need I say more). Un-modified, un-hipsterfied, and hard to find unless you know where to look. Unfortunately we had already eaten, but the coffee was good, and I'd go back for the $4 breakfast.

The Northern Café (formerly the Lucy Tim Café (LT Café)) dating from the 60s is at the back of a lumber yard buzzing with manly-man aura. Don't be scared, keep walking past the two-by-fours, soffits, and hinges, and ignore hostile glare from gruff looking fellow with German Shepard straining at the leash.

Tragically, Wannabee's Funk & Stuff was not open. Though you can peek in the windows at the weirdness. It looks nothing like a store – more like an eccentric's workshop full of unfinished projects. Impossible to capture on film so I didn't try.

Up the stairs, and down the hall... watch your step.

Yeah, it's good.

Portrait of Bert, the founder of Northern Building Supply. Could he be more perfect? 

Signage for the ladies' room was very emphatic. Consequently, the ladies' room was actually quite clean and serviceable.

Find your way out...

Proceed to wonderful trails along the river.

Stumbled upon a pre-sales opening day.

The perfect life. No, seriously. Look at those chairs.

What's he contemplating...

Further down the trail. Oh, look. A hummingbird! Let's get closer.

REAL CLOSE.

River District!

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Happy Show

I worked on some of the exhibit production for The Happy Show: Stefan Sagmeister at the Museum of Vancouver. Feels good to see it all up and looking great. (The show opens during the week Vancouver ranks lowest in life satisfaction.)

View Stefan's TED talk on happiness and design.