Western Living - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

There are more than a few peo­ple be­hind the scenes at this mag­a­zine—peo­ple whom you’ll likely never see in these pages: the folks who de­sign our ad­ver­tis­ing, who work with clients to cre­ate their cam­paigns, who set our pro­duc­tion sched­ules and see the mag­a­zine through to the prin­ter. But this month, they al­most get a star­ring role. Or, rather, their kids do.

While I’d ar­gue that most peo­ple never out­grow their love of ice cream—hence, our “Ice, Ice, Baby” fea­ture this month, with our al­ways-ex­cel­lent food writer, Julie Van Rosendaal, shar­ing some of her most cre­ative (think burnt sugar and espresso) and sim­ple (in­cred­i­bly creamy choco­late) recipes—I’m fairly cer­tain peak love is in child­hood.

So our pint-sized mod­els this month were all too eager to par­tic­i­pate in an af­ter­noon of choco­late ice cream and mug­ging for the cam­era. Sam­son (age three) is the son of Swin Nung Chai, our ad­ver­tis­ing de­signer; our pro­duc­tion man­ager, Lee Tids­bury—who reg­u­larly pulls late-night Fri­days en­sur­ing ev­ery last page gets out to the prin­ter—brought along her grand­kids, Se­bastien (five) and Dy­lan (two); and our ac­count man­ager, Gabriella Sepúlveda, wran­gled her daugh­ters Marcela (three) and Camila (nine). Art di­rec­tor Paul Roelofs’s son Theo (eight) en­ter­tained the crew with a pup­pet show, which you can watch on­line at western

liv­ing.ca. At one point, in fact, all the chil­dren who were wait­ing for their por­traits were gath­ered be­hind pho­tog­ra­pher Mak­ito Ino­mata, try­ing to make the pos­ing child, and each other, laugh—a mo­ment that you’ll see cap­tured on page 62. That choco­late ice cream con­trib­uted to a lot of the gig­gles, no doubt.

If you’ve got an ice cream maker al­ready, you’re half­way to kick­ing o˜ sum­mer with one of our recipes. If you don’t, may I rec­om­mend food editor Neal McLen­nan’s ul­ti­mate cabin gift? It’s the UCO Soft­shell Ice Cream Ball, an ice cream maker that dou­bles as a soc­cer ball and cre­ates the dessert as the kids kick it around in the yard—one more way to bring a smile to young faces this spring.

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