WE ALL SCREAM FOR...
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.