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Home Winter 2010 Cape Cod and the Islands have always been melting pots for people from different cultures, starting with the Pilgrims and simmering in a multicultural stew through the centuries. Recently on a walk through Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, I noticed that more than half of the conversations around me were in foreign languages—Spanish, French, Portuguese, and several Eastern European dialects that I didn’t recognize.

Perhaps its because we live in a community that attracts tourists from around the world, but it is notable how many people from far away places seem to settle here. Our newcomers bring with them tastes and talents and we all benefit from such additions to our lives as Portuguese and Asian-inspired food, galleries and shops full of art and collectibles by artists from China to Romania, and homes designed, built, and decorated by professionals and artisans with international flair.

In this issue of Cape Cod HOME, you will find a stunning Asian-style home tucked into the woods of Truro with interiors that look like something out of an ancient Eastern scroll. Designed by Chinese-born architect, Andrew Miao of Orleans’ Architectural Designs Inc., the flowing floor plan and soothing natural spaces of the house seem perfect for a coastal environment, even though the homeowners frequently sit cross-legged on the floor with dinner guests and the gardens do not feature billowing hydrangeas.

Cape and Islands’ kitchens have long tempted the taste buds of New Englanders who have learned to love our region’s seafood and local farm-grown fare transformed by international chefs. Mexico’s Carlos Reyes at the popular Naked Oyster in Hyannis has attracted crowds to the relocated Main Street spot with dishes like Wagyu flank steak and Sushi grade tuna in a spicy sriracha sauce. In this month’s feature, we asked our food consultant, Judy Shortsleeve, to contact six chefs from Bourne to Nantucket to contribute their favorite seafood recipes.

We have a new feature in this year’s annual guide, a Cape and Islands ACCENTS section offering products and services that will give your coastal home unique distinction—whether you are an architect from China, a chef from Mexico, or a lifelong New Englander puzzling over Eastern European conversations in the mall.

We would also like to share some news about diversifying our world that should excite our HOME readers. In April, we will publish our first ever Cape Cod GARDENS, a magazine dedicated to making our world a more beautiful place—inside and out. Follow news of GARDENS on our freshly designed web site, www.capecodlife.com—or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Sincerely,

Susan Dewey
Associate Publisher & Editor, sdewey@capecodlife.com

About

Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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