Wrought iron furniture
Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival benefits UCSC re-entry students
By Cathy Kelly
More than 800 people turned out for the 6th annual Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival at the Cocoanut Grove Sunday, turning a love of everything chocolate into scholarships for re-entry students at UC Santa Cruz.
A representative of the UCSC Women’s Club, which organizes the event, said they hoped the event would raise about $15,000 for scholarships.
The festival offered six samples of chocolate for $15 and crowds milled about Sunday trying chocolate toffee, truffles and things such as chocolate-covered coconut curry cashew candies.
Other creations included a balsamic chocolate ganache and brie atop poached pear crostini by Lifestyle Culinary Arts of Santa Cruz and a Seattle-based company called Theo that claims to be the only one in the nation creating chocolate “from bean to bar” with organic, fair trade cocoa.
Lead organizer Ann Berry-Kline said the festival added wine tasting for the first time this year and that about half of the 38 vendors were new. They included several area chocolatiers, as well as ice cream makers and others.
“It’s been amazing; it’s going really well,” said Berry-Kline, a realtor with Bailey Properties. “We’ve got lots of great stuff.”
A new confectioner, Boulder Creek Candy, made their debut at the festival, selling mostly chocolate-covered caramels.
Jackie Young of Boulder Creek had a box of their chocolates under her arm, saying she wanted to support the new business. She also had something from the silent auction — a red, wrought-iron chair used as a planter with “hen and chicks” succulents growing from the seat.
“We’re really here to support the UCSC re-entry program,” Young said. “This is a great gathering of local talent. It was very enjoyable.”
The event also included naming of the Chocoholic of the Year — festival founder Lorraine Margon of Santa Cruz.
Margon’s husband, Bruce, is vice chancellor of research at UCSC. The couple moved to Santa Cruz from Maryland not long before she agreed to organize a new fundraiser, Margon said. She said she had her doubts about whether she could pull it off, especially since she was new in town.
But Joe Marini of Marini’s Candies was the first to agree to participate, giving her a verbal promise he made good on, and others followed, she said.
It has become a great fundraiser that has also brought the Women’s Club closer together, Margon said.
“I’m happy to see it going strong,” she said. “I didn’t realize how open Santa Cruz would be to a new festival. And it’s a great cause. A lot of students fall through the cracks and need help with summer tuition or childcare or a new laptop.”
Larry Mosely of Scotts Valley attended with his wife, Becca, and some friends.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “I had a lot of fun. I tasted a lot of chocolate and decorated a cupcake.”
And ate it, his wife chimed in. Mosely smiled and gave a nod.
A trip to Taiwan
Not bound by such limitations Taiwan is where one experiences spectacular modes of transport; a high-speed train, dangling cable cars and ornate boats.
Hotel Amba where we spend our first night in Taipei requires special mention, for its location and character. A very casual ambience and club like atmosphere, wrought iron chairs and bookracks decorate its dining area.
Go down the elevator and you emerge outside a MAC store, right at the most happening intersection of Ximending, the mother of all night markets. It’s so lively, bustling, dynamic and vibrant, even a non-shopper like me doesn’t want the night to end.
Cape House Hunt: Heritage abounds in classic Federal
By KATHY SHARP FRISBEE
Spacious rooms have hosted the lifestyles and comforts of various owners for two centuries, including a deacon, a Massachusetts senator, a shipmaster who sailed to China five times, a bank president and merchant, two judges and a lawyer. Homes that survive time like this one serve as emissaries from the past, deserving of restoration and renovation-minded owners to take them into the future.
Shaded by a chestnut tree and surrounded by rolling acres edged with stone walls and a stream, the home’s slate and bluestone front steps rise to a columned entry. Inside are a wide center hall, three staircases, front parlors, dining room and large bedrooms, all with original pine floors, wide baseboards, horsehair plaster walls, high ceilings, and window and door casings with fluted and roundel moldings.
The south parlor has double crown moldings and a Rumford fireplace with an Elizabethan-style mantel and curved brackets. Adjacent is a library and a south-facing sunroom with pine tongue-and-groove paneling and 14 tall, muntined windows.
Wainscoting in the dining room and front parlors have 28-inch wide pine planks running their full length. The kitchen, which needs updating, began as a summer kitchen and includes a staircase to a second-floor housekeeper’s suite.
The front parlor is warmed by a coal stove with ornate wrought iron and imported green leaf tile detailing. A side hall leads to a bedroom that was once an office, with tall windows and period interior doors with tiger maple panels.
Vintage Wrought Iron Crib
Bring back the heyday of responsible child-rearing: the Victorian Era!
By Matthew Hampton
Admittedly, you don’t have to buy this thing for a child. It could just as easily be an unsettling piece in a Miss Havisham-style personal museum of lost youth that you’ve cobbled together in a dusty wing of your mansion. Or, as the Craigslist poster describes, “a terrace couch.”
Melbourne is known for its laneways.
Venture up some grubby stairs away from the bustling office workers on Melbourne’s Bourke Street and you arrive at a garden scene of pink walls, synthetic turf and white wrought iron furniture. Hipster waiting staff in retro outfits, who look as if they have just stepped off the croquet lawn, are serving pink cupcakes and bubbles to an assorted crowd relaxing in the spring sunshine.
This is Madame Brussels, one of Melbourne’s many roof-top bars, which serves everything from high tea in the day to late-night drinks.
“I call it Wisteria Lane meets Alice in Wonderland meets Peggy Guggenheim in her palazzo in Venice” announces the husky-voiced Miss Pearls, who is a co-owner of the bar she presides over.
There is something deeply politically incorrect about Miss Pearls, a former actor who sees the world as her stage. The Melbourne eccentric is fond of throwing fur parties in her back room – decorated as a gentleman’s club – and on the day I meet her is proud of several pairs of white ’70s tennis shorts she has bought and is determined to squeeze her young male staff into.
Miss Pearls is no stranger to taking a fashion risk herself. She has commissioned a young taxidermist to create her race-day hat and shows off a beautifully crafted headpiece made out of rather a lot of a dead magpie.
Welcome to Australia’s quirkiest city, where many of the best destinations for those visiting during the spring racing carnival are not at eye level.
“What I find about Melbourne is the hidden aspect, whether it’s dining, shopping or cocktails, has become really important to the city’s identity,” says shopping blogger Lady Melbourne (it seems honorifics are very de rigueur in this city).
“Melbourne makes you work for its shopping but if you are prepared to do the work you will be very well rewarded,” says the Lady, otherwise known as Phoebe Montague.
Dressed in a long cardigan and sporting glittering blue nails, Lady Melbourne takes us to the GPO for a spot of designer shopping, then we wind through beautiful arcades, up stairs and down alleys to discover out of the way shops such as Alice Euphemia, which stocks only Australian and New Zealand-designed fashion and jewellery, European designer store Marais and the Scandinavian store Somewhere.
For male punters, Henry Bucks in Collins Street and City Hatters at Flinders Street station are good destinations to pick up a hat.
For well-heeled women seeking race-day accessories, the perfect stop is Christine’s at 181 Flinders Lane. Down some steps and with a red tartan hallway entrance, the uninitiated could mistake this treasure trove – which is fit to make Carrie Bradshaw swoon – for a cheap vintage clothes shop.
This is the passion of professional bowerbird Christine Barro, who spent a quarter of a century buying glittering things for the former Melbourne destination store Georges, before opening her own store.
There is a bouquet of Philip Treacy hats, including his signature gondola hat, and the pillbox hat of the style worn by Victoria Beckham to the 2011 royal wedding. A $6950 pillbox studded with hand-sewn Swarovski crystals is the most outrageous of the collection. There are also Lanvin and Celine bags and shoes, and Adrian Lewis jewellery made from horn and quartz.
Melbourne’s changeable weather may be the butt of many interstate jokes, but Barro, who grew up in Sydney, insists that “the weather in Melbourne allows people to be more stylish because you can layer up”. She says that “it allows Melburnians to be more creative, because you are not outdoors as much, you are indoors doing something”.
to be continued