Toss arugula in the dressing to coat, using as much or as little as you desire. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and toss again.
On a large plate, alternately layer arugula with remaining ingredients. Garnish with additional Parmesan and black pepper, and serve.
Keep dressing refrigerated after use. Can be kept for 1 week under refrigeration. Some natural separation may occur over time but can be re-emulsified if necessary.
RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPH BY KRISTEL MATOUSEK
Using a blender, puree the roasted red bell pepper with the tomato puree. Add bell pepper and tomato puree to the pot to deglaze. Bring to a simmer and allow it to reduce and darken slightly before adding the stock. Over the stock pot, strain off the juice from the canned clams, combining it with the red pepper and tomato puree. Retain the clams for later use. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Continue to cook uncovered until the potato is fully cooked. Add the clams in shell to the pot and cook until the clams open on their own. Remove from heat and stir in the retained clams from the can.
Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh fennel fronds, and serve hot.
RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPH BY KRISTEL MATOUSEK
A California Remodel Inspired by Beach Vibes WRITTEN BY RONDA SWANEY / PHOTOGRAPHY BY LANE J DITTOEWhen this project started, the residence was a midcentury beach home that was minimally updated by previous owners—but the home’s new owner had grander plans. “He wanted this California-cool, surf-shack feel, but more elevated,” says Mindy Gayer, who operates her eponymous design firm in Orange County.
Gayer draws design inspiration from the region where she works and lives. “Southern California living embodies incredible weather and that warmer feeling,” says Gayer. “We try to infuse that in our homes with a light palette and other design choices that reflect the sunshiny disposition of California in general.” That sensibility matched what this project called for. “This client is very creative. When he came to us, he had a defined vision of what he loved. This wasn’t his first remodel project, so he knows what the process is like. He was willing to invest in the things that would deliver character and interest,” she says.
Many of Gayer’s clients, including this one, enjoy what she calls an indoor-outdoor lifestyle that embraces open-air activities like hiking and surfing, and carries that same aesthetic inside. This home embodies the interplay between the indoors and outdoors. “We’re surrounded by so much natural beauty with a lot of our homes near the ocean, and with a lot of green landscaping. We try to incorporate those beautiful tones inspired by nature,” says Gayer.
This client’s particular passions and hobbies also inspired the design. “Our client is a big ocean lover. He loves surfing and boating,” says Gayer. Various shades of blue appear throughout as a nod to the ocean waves and the clear sky above.
The remodel plan kept in place several of the home’s original architectural features, including the wall of windows at the back of the house. “The challenge with so much natural light is to ensure the space doesn’t feel too exposed. We leaned into the fact that it’s a bright open space,” says Gayer. She intentionally chose materials that didn’t disrupt the eye from enjoying the outdoor views. Crisp-white paint and millwork embrace and amplify the light through clerestory windows. Lighter wood tones in the flooring and furniture are reminiscent of sand; a reminder that the beach is just a block away.
Because so much of the outdoor space can be seen from the common living area, it feels like a natural extension of the home. “It was important to allow that outdoor space to be a room in and of itself and not feel like the interior was competing with it,” says Gayer. Interior design elements continue outdoors, including touches of the coastal-blue color palette, crisp-white paint, and light-wood furniture. Corrugated metal and galvanized light fixtures add to the maritime atmosphere, and ample seating entices family and friends to stay awhile.
As the project progressed, the owner saw his creative vision for the inside of the home coming to life and wondered if the exterior would live up to the interior. “Updating exteriors can get costly, so they’re not always a top priority for clients,” says Gayer. Midway through the project, the client decided updating the exterior would be crucial to realizing its full potential. So, they lightened up the shingles by painting them a custom oatmeal hue. New house numbers and exterior lighting were also added, as well as new decking from the curbside to the front door. A landscape plan from Bridget Skinner, a local landscape architect, featured a new palette for all the plants and included grasses and succulents.
“I am so glad our client wanted to update the exterior,” says Gayer. “We always want the exterior to speak to the interior. It should give a peek into what the inside is going to feel like. It added to the charm of the home.” And charm it has. Indoors and out, this beach home truly embodies California cool.
Here, we share designer Mindy Gayer’s recommendations for questions to ask and answer before starting a remodel.
Who’s on the design team?
Besides the owner, teams can include designers, architects, landscapers, and so on. Know all the players and how they interact before you begin.
What’s the budget and timeline?
These two items go hand in hand. “If a client has a timeline in mind, that dictates the scope of work, as does budget,” says Gayer, adding don’t be shy about addressing them early on. This information allows the pros to help homeowners stretch and allocate dollars and resources appropriately.
Who’s the lead?
Choose wisely. Leads will be in charge of keeping the budget and timeline on track. They should be familiar with the process and understand how all the trades interact.
Have you done this before?
Remodels can be stressful. If you’re new to the process, it may be wise to hand off major tasks to the professionals.
“ Remember this: happy campers & hikers pack light. ”
“Take a hike,” might be closely associated with an unkind dismissal, but there is something to be said for the suggestion. With people admittedly spending too much time on electronic devices and having a 24-7 “on” status, the world is experiencing high stress and insomnia. Taking a hike and immersing yourself in nature could be just what the doctor ordered.Hiking Is Healing.Many people connect to several devices every single day. When those devices don’t work correctly, what’s the first thing you do? Turn the device off. When you reboot a smartphone or tablet, it works better. The same can be true for your body. If you want to clear your mind, improve your physical health, or recharge your battery, you will find that hiking is a total mind, body, and soul healer.
Getting outside, exploring nature, and being in the moment can all be done while hiking. Time outside is a powerful reset for your mental well-being. It’s proven that being in nature for just twenty minutes reduces stress hormones. In fact, just two hours a week in nature promotes good physical and mental health. A quick online search yields results for grief support groups centered around the activity. Grief hikes are aimed to get you out of a circle and into the wilderness to process your pain in a healthy way.
Start Simple.Not all hikes are created equal. Day hikes allow you to return to the trailhead in one day. They can vary from easy to moderate and difficult based on terrain, distance, and elevation gain and loss. Horseshoe Bend in Arizona is a relatively flat trail and less than two miles roundtrip, but a whole lot of beauty is packed into each step. For those with above-average fitness and the right gear (see sidebar), Half Dome in Yosemite, California (fourteen to sixteen miles roundtrip) and Hanakapiai Falls (approximately eight miles roundtrip) on the Napali Coast of Kauai, Hawaii are both life-changing.
For longer hikes, say anything above fifteen miles in a day, consider camping overnight. Although you break up the trek with rest, you also have additional weight with every step. Remember this: happy campers and hikers pack light. For multiday hikes, it is essential to test out your gear beforehand, have enough water and/or water treatment options, bring a first-aid kit, and notify someone at home of your plan. If fact, almost all long-distance hikers utilize hiking poles to help improve balance, reduce stress on knees, and increase speed. Long-haul hikes that are worthy of doing in their entirety or in sections are the Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Way) in Northern Spain or the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the Eastern United States.
Leave the Roads.Leave the fast pace of the highway or the downtown traffic jams and take to the trails. Hiking is as easy or as challenging as you want it to be. However, hiking is certainly a gateway to getting more vitamin N (Nature). You may eat right, take supplements, and go to the gym, but why not embrace the natural benefits of the outdoors through hiking, too? For better total health, consider spending more time near a green space and on a hiking trail.
Get This Gear:
A proper hiking backpack with a chest strap and belly strap
Hiking boots, shoes, and poles
Rain pants and jacket
Water bladder/adequate water bottle
Water treatment filter/UV water purifier
Satellite messenger or other communication device for areas with no cell service
Sunscreen and hat, regardless of the season
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, trowel, and resealable plastic bags
Visit These Destinations:
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Half Dome, Yosemite, California
Hanakapiai Falls, Kauai, Hawaii
Bright Angel, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Camino de Santiago, Spain
Appalachian Trail, Eastern US
Download These Apps:
AllTrails: Go-to hike planning with distances, difficulty level, and reviews from other hikers
Gaia GPS: Best GPS for navigation and weather
Lower shrimp into prepared court bouillon and poach shrimp until just cooked, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Remove shrimp from liquid and let cool to the touch, then remove peel. Chill shrimp for service.
In a blender or glass measuring cup, combine all ingredients for the cocktail sauce. Using an immersion or stand blender, puree all the ingredients. Taste and season with additional pepper or hot sauce to your desired tastes.
RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPH BY KRISTEL MATOUSEK
SAVE IT FOR LATER. Retain the prepared court bouillon for future seafood poaching needs or as stock for soups. Will hold for 5 days under refrigeration.
Mix salt and white pepper together in a bowl, then sprinkle half the mixture onto a plastic wrap–lined plate or baking dish. Place salmon skin-side down on a plate, in the mixture. Cover the flesh of the salmon with remaining salt mixture and sprinkle with dill and vodka.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Remove from refrigerator after 24 hours. Flip filet and refrigerate for an additional 24 hours.
After a combined total of 48 hours of refrigeration, remove salmon from refrigerator, drain accumulated liquid, then rinse curing mixture off the fish. Pat dry with a paper towel. Keep chilled for service.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Whip together the cream cheese with minced green onions and capers. Slowly add milk until fully incorporated to produce a creamy, non-lumpy final product.
Slice the baguette into ½-inch thick slices, brush with olive oil, and place on a baking sheet. Toast in preheated oven until slightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool fully before spreading prepared cream cheese mixture over the surface of the toasted baguette slice.
Cut thin slices from flesh-surface of cured salmon. Place a slice of lox on top of the cream cheese–layered crostini. Garnish with sesame seeds and fresh dill, and serve.
RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPH BY KRISTEL MATOUSEK
NEW PROVIDENCE, BAHAMASWRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLERThere are few places in the Caribbean that are just a short flight from the US. But a 60-minute flight from Miami makes New Providence a fantastic island destination in the Bahamas for a quick weekend getaway or longer stay, too. While you’ve likely heard of smaller yet oft-visited islands such as Andros, Abaco, and Exuma, among others, the most popular (and home to the capital city Nassau) is New Providence.
The Versailles Garden at the Four Seasons Ocean Club is one of the highlights of the thirty-five-acre property. The circa-1960s Versailles Garden is home to thirteen statues imported from Europe by then owner George Huntington Hartford II. In 1961 he acquired the disassembled parts of the twelfth-century cloisters, pictured. Iconic conch shells on sandy beaches. The area is chock-full of authentic Bahamian cuisine, especially at Arawak Cay (aka the Fish Fry) on West Bay Street.
While New Providence is heavily populated, it also provides a wealth of activities, fine-dining options, and nightlife along with gorgeous beaches and turquoise-blue ocean access. On New Providence, you can have the best of both worlds: a secluded, private resort experience and access to island amenities.
Just over the bridge from Nassau Harbor is tiny Paradise Island. There you’ll find The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, which was conceived by businessman and heir George Huntington Hartford II. William Randolph Hearst, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Benny Goodman, and the likes flocked to the resort, which opened in 1962. The Ocean Club, which just celebrated its sixtieth anniversary, is quiet and private. Located on thirty-five acres of Bermuda grass– and palm tree–lined pathways and pristine gardens, including its famous Versailles Garden, visitors can wander the property without ever seeing another guest. That’s part of The Ocean Club’s beauty: it feels like your own personal oasis.
While on Paradise Island, get a true taste of Bahamian culture and cuisine at nearby Arawak Cay (locally known as the Fish Fry) on West Bay Street. This popular place is home to a variety of authentic Bahamian restaurants, featuring traditional dishes from the Islands and ice-cold beverages with a local twist. Named after the original West Indian inhabitants of the island, Arawak Cay dates back to 1969 when Nassau Harbor was dredged.
But for those who crave nightlife and luxury accommodations, Baha Mar is a fantastic option. One of the newest resorts in the Bahamas, New Providence’s Baha Mar, recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. With three unique properties within the resort—Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood—there’s no shortage of accommodations. For those who love the exclusivity of The Ocean Club but long for nightlife, a stay at the ultra-private Rosewood is a must. The 230-room property epitomizes Bahamian refinement and sophistication with a private beach and respite from the casino floor, when needed.
The Bahamas are chock-full of impressive artists, and one of the best places to see many of them is at the Baha Mar’s ECCHO (Expressive Collaboration and Creative House of Opportunities). This brand-new 13,000-square-foot multifunctional space is a creative platform for local and international artists. It’s within the fold of the already popular The Current Gallery & Art Center, which aims to forge relevant and meaningful connections with creative communities. ECCHO supports Bahamian artists by displaying local installations, paintings, sculptures and more. It’s the perfect spot to experience artwork while taking a break from the hot afternoon sun or enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail.
Beyond the luxury resorts, there are plenty of places to stay and dine while on New Providence. One would be remiss not to visit the historic Graycliff Hotel. The circa-1740 mansion (rumored to have been built by a pirate) is surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and is home to a world-renowned wine collection of more than 250,000 bottles. Ask to tour the wine cellar after dinner, where you’ll find a private wine dining room where they’ll tell you Jay-Z and Beyonce, Pink, and Michael Jordan have all dined.
No matter where you check in, there is so much to choose from that will elevate any New Providence vacation from ordinary to extraordinary.
Photography by Rupert Peace, SteveAllenPhoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus, Christian Horan, oversnap/iStock/Getty Images Plus, Baha Mar.
Moody Hues and Quirky Finds Enliven This Victorian HomeWRITTEN BY VICTORIA HITTNER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIELL LIND HANSENAs the creative duo behind London-based design house Run for the Hills, Anna Burles and her husband, Christopher Trotman, lead individual teams that bring a fascinating blend of graphics, branding, and design to both commercial and residential design projects. And this Victorian villa, located in the Clapton district of London, provided an ideal canvas for their talents.
“We’re certainly not bland,” notes Burles. “We’re quite eclectic and we love vintage and mixing new and old. And I think we often attract a creative type [of client]. It was great working with [these clients] and I think you can tell, can’t you, that they were quite creative? The choices wouldn’t be to everybody’s taste, or they might love them but be a bit scared of doing them in their own home. And we didn’t have those problems here. The fringing, the clashing patterns, the dark, bold colors—kind of the punchier the better, which was lovely for us.”
While bold colors are often relegated to furniture or accent walls, Burles and her team enjoy pushing the envelope when clients are willing. Against the stormy teal of the walls, the vibrant mustard-yellow of the sofa and vintage lamp fringe pop in an inviting way. A Vietnamese-inspired art piece, designed in-house, ties the entire palette of the room together. Keeping the artwork fresh and light helps balance the darker tones found throughout the home. Brass accents and vintage curios complete the bold aesthetic.
“Sometimes [the graphics team] will design art or fabrics in our case studies and sometimes they design a sort of neon sign,” explains Burles. “It’s great to have a graphics team that we can go to if we need some art or we can’t find anything, or it doesn’t fit the paint palette or it’s just not quite edgy enough, you know. It just makes it more unique as a layered design.”
The eclectic charm of the living room gives way to more masculine accents in the adjoining dining room. Paint & Paper Library’s Sharkskin coats the walls in an inky gray, complemented by statement art like the fossilized squid piece by Benjamin Parker. Leather and rattan chairs introduce texture without detracting from the rich, more neutral palette. The home’s natural lighting—darker in the dining room and brighter in the living room—allowed Burles and her team to play with bold colors in a balanced way.
Working with couples on a residential project and incorporating each individual’s preferences can be tricky. Whenever possible, the designer steers her clients away from solely relying on compromise. “Some of the rooms have just got to make your heart sing, right? So let’s divide. Let’s decide what’s your domain, your corner, your nook.” And while these homeowners’ preferences can be identified in the differences between the living and dining rooms, they collaborated on one of the home’s most used spaces: the garden room.
Originally an extra bedroom, the space is now a beautiful reading/working room that overlooks the garden. The greenery and earth-tones of the rust chaise longue and layered pillows bring as much as of the outside in as possible. Like much of the house, vintage finds—“real storytelling pieces,” as Burles calls them—bring a dash of added soul and character to the space.
As you move upward through the room, the design palette gradually becomes lighter. Burles notes that the Victorian architecture of the home limits any available sunlight—something that is already sparse in London. “In the bedrooms, sometimes it’s nice to maximize the sense of light that you’ve got. Whereas downstairs, a lot of the year it’s quite dark, so you can embrace the richness and just make it really cozy.”
A piece from Trotman, who creates art under the name Dex, complements the monochrome palette of the bedrooms. Vintage pieces like the shutters turned headboard in the primary bedroom and dressing table in the guest room soften the spaces, while dashes of color from pieces in the homeowner’s existing collection offer visual contrast.
Burles kept the previously renovated kitchen and bathroom primarily the same, adding a few small touches like a butcher-block island, vintage cupboard, and fresh touches of paint to “add a bit of heart and soul.” Instead of new flooring, the designer and her team revived the existing wood with a deep, chocolate-colored stain. The handrails and spindles of the original staircase were also retained but given a slight face-lift. Whenever possible, Burles simply helped the home’s existing characterful pieces tell a new story. And for this London home and its owners, the tale is a delightfully bold one.
“[Interior design] is just a wonderful mix of creativity and it’s very intimate—I mean, you’re in their world, their home, their workspace. If you do a great job, it not only looks great but also works well for their life. . . . We’re bringing other people’s visions to life, making it enjoyable, and just pushing them beyond their comfort zone.”
Upping the Cool Factor on This High-Rise RetreatWRITTEN BY KATHRYN O’SHEA-EVANS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DASHA ARMSTRONGSometimes, it’s the quiet colors—inky blacks as dark as the midnight sky; soft tans that look like rolling desert sand dunes—that speak the loudest. And that is the case in this penthouse within a seventeen-story glass-walled tower in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. “We designed the interiors of two towers, and the developer ended up keeping the penthouse [for himself] and wanted a bold, jaw-dropping design—something completely different from the rest of the building,” says Maria Alvarez, senior designer at Jenny Martin Design. The home is both serene and graphically stunning . . . a difficult tone to create.
Alvarez and the Jenny Martin Design team achieved it in an unlikely way: by sticking to tried-and-true neutrals, with plenty of jet-black moments. Because this client was a bachelor at the time, they used the lifestyle of frequent, glamorous nights out—à la James Bond on the town— as inspiration for the two-level, 1,400-square-foot space complete with a 760-square-foot balcony with a jacuzzi and postcard-worthy views. “Even smoke was one of our prompts!” says Alvarez. “When we’re coming up with design palettes like this, we take photos of all the finishes together and use prompts to make the actual scheme come to life. Here, one of them was ‘scotch on the rocks’; another was a black candle we lit and blew out, so you could see smoke. That was the beginning of this scheme.”
The mix of rich charcoal tones and grays has mystery to it, by design. “He was a young guy and wanted something ‘not his mother’s kitchen!’” she says. The abundant natural daylight flowing through the floor-to-ceiling windows allowed them to go as dark as they wanted in tone.
“In a space like this one, it was a bit easier, because we took advantage of the natural light,” she says. “We were able to go all-in with the black. Don’t be afraid—there’s nothing more classic than a tone-on-tone design!”
Despite the hue’s reputation for being cold, black is extremely versatile, notes Alvarez. “You can create a bold dramatic effect [and yet it] acts as a neutral,” she says. “I like to say black was our white canvas. I took black as our starting point and balance was key. In this case, white walls throughout and double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows brought out the best of monochrome.”
One of the biggest wow moments in the space for Alvarez is the intricately veined marble they found for the kitchen and bathroom’s countertop, backsplash, and a show-stopping fireplace mantel that puts the focus on the flames. “It was locally sourced and we immediately fell in love and wanted it to be a focal point,” she says.
Still, like all projects, this one wasn’t without its challenges. In this case, creating the floating wood staircase was nothing less than a feat of engineering. “It opens up the space beautifully and was structurally challenging, but worth it,” says Alvarez. “The engineers were able to make it work. And we worked hard to come up with a handrail that also felt like it was floating in space.”
One of the most difficult things about neutrals is making sure they all coordinate. Not all shades of black match, as anyone who has tried to pair a black sweater and slacks will attest. The trick, Alvarez notes, is to hold swatches and samples in person to see if they play well together. “Pay attention to the undertones and make sure monotone palettes complement each other, not the other way around, for an effortless, sophisticated vibe,” she says. You’ll want to look at the samples in different tones of light, too . . . from daylight to bright LEDs. “Even a white or black can look green in the wrong light,” she says. “Look at paints, furniture, and accessories . . . the more you can sample the better to make sure they work together.” The more options you can play with, the better your results. The end goal? A mix as timelessly enticing—and delectable—as salt and pepper.
Serves 4Makes 24Café au Lait
Brew 2 cups of coffee using 2 tablespoons of the chicory coffee blend. Divide the brewed coffee 4 ways. Stir ½ cup steamed milk into each ½ cup of coffee and top with steamed milk foam.
For the beignets, heat the evaporated milk to 110 degrees F. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar and the yeast. Let the yeast dissolve and ferment for 10 minutes.
chicory café au lait & beignets
In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture, melted butter, ½ cup sugar, and egg. Slowly add the flour, mixing until fully combined.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and let rest to double in size, approximately 1 to 2 hours.
In a fryer or saucepan, preheat the oil to 375 degrees F.
On a well-floured surface, roll the dough ball to form a rectangle, ¼-inch thick (for crispier beignets, roll the dough to ⅛-inch instead). Cut into 1x2-inch pieces and use a bench scraper to transfer them to the frying oil. Once browned on one side, turn them over and brown the other side. Remove from oil and transfer to a wire cooling rack to drain off excess oil.
Serve warm, and generously dust with powdered sugar.
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