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Table of Contents

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Publisher’s Note

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Men’s Editor Note

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Masthead

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Contributors

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In the Glow Things that have us abuzz this season

38 BaskCulture Celebrating the art (and music) of fine living

40 Faces+Places

People and events basking in the spotlight

48 BaskCause

Giving back at Families Forward

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Sustainance Fresh “green” interiors

58 BaskStyle Haute couture, emerging designers and NY Fashion Week


73 BaskWell Spring cleaning – a guide to cleanses

76 Men’s Piece of Bask (POB) A stylish gentleman’s seasonal guide to the good life

86 BaskTech High-tech fitness gear

88 Bask@Home Abodes and architects, designers and décor

124 Bask Far+Away London’s East End, desert getaways

135 Bask@Table A culinary tour of Little Saigon, fresh herbs and raw bars

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A bit of beauty, a breath of fresh air

On the Cover: This gorgeous image from our spring fashion feature - shot on location in Santa Ana’s Artists Village - features talented photographer Tony Florez behind the lens and fabulous fashion in front of it. In this case, MaxMara’s Cambra strapless graphic dress, made all the more chic with jewelry from Lugano Diamonds. Here, our model wears black leaf earrings composed of 7.16 tcw round brilliant black diamonds and .20 tcw diamonds from collection VS set in 18K black and white gold. The ring features 16.91 tcw cabochon green cat’s eye tourmaline and 1.51 tcw round brilliant diamonds from collection VS.


bask publisher’s note

jolie adams

Who doesn’t love spring? Everyone here at bask is walking with a bounce in their step, and a ready smile on their faces. Maybe it’s the birdsong and the warmth in the breeze. Maybe it’s the new color in the hills and the smell of blooming flowers in our gardens. For sure, it’s the feeling of new life, new possibilities, and new ways of being. With our eyes on the new, we want to express our gratitude for our close friends, readers, and advertisers who gave us, and continue to give us, feedback on how to make this Spring issue even better. bask is not our writers, our advertisers, or our readers- it is ALL of us. Together, we can achieve greatness. In the spring, when passion is most in fashion, is a perfect time for us to come together and achieve great things. Speaking of fashion, bask is especially proud to have Fox 11 Style File Producer, Michelle Pulfrey working with us as our ambassador to an insider’s perspective to the fashion community. With her finger constantly on the pulse of what’s hot within the industry, she’ll keep you fashion savvy in our “Style Insider” segment. Our fashion shoot this issue took place in the Artist’s Village of Downtown Santa Ana. Memphis, Lola Gaspar, and the Grand Central Art Center provided great spots to display some of this spring’s sleekest fashions from MaxMara, Novecento and Lugano Diamonds. Be sure to check out this Orange County hidden gem and hip neighborhood, especially on the first Saturday of every month, when the Santa Ana Artwalk is all a-bustle with explorers seeking out beautiful art, artisanal foods, and a great social scene! One of the new segments that we are buzzing about is BaskTech. Our contributing writer, Robert Pingatore, has the idea that a tech section in a magazine committed to ‘luxury in balance’ deserves to be more than a glorified catalog of items we think you should buy. So, he included some advances in technology that are more than just products, they’re things that will genuinely someday affect many, if not all of us. Finally, we at bask would be remiss to not recognize the efforts of our outstanding web team. With our Facebook fans and Twitter followers, we have welcomed viewers to our website from 80 countries ranging from the Americas, to Europe, and even Asia. We will continue to provide fresh content on all of our digital channels that perfectly coordinate with your lifestyle in harmony with new goals, dreams and interests. bask in this Spring edition, and sustain your pursuit of luxury in balance! Jolie Adams Publisher & Co-Founder jolie@baskmagazine.com

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bask men’s editor note

clayton daniells

Men’s To our readers: The launch issue of bask generated a great deal of response from readers. While the questions covered a number of topics, one overriding query stood apart:

Why a special section just for men? Many female readers, in particular, felt that men had limited interest in a philosophy centered upon the notion of Luxury in Balance. Some challenged whether men were truly committed to acts of charity. Some even questioned whether the men in their lives could read at all. Well, the good news is that men do care, they do want to know, they will read and they are committed to giving back…and not giving up. How do we know?

Because men aren’t just telling us, they are showing us. We see them in their offices, of course. And there is virtually no man who doesn’t enjoy his time behind the wheel of that favorite new

toy. We see them every day on one of Orange County’s finest golf courses. They are there with friends or family, planning the years to come as they take in some of our area’s most beautiful views. They are finding balance. They are giving back to people and schools and organizations that are making a difference. They are not just writing checks, but contributing valuable time and putting a very masculine, human face to some of Orange County’s most noteworthy charity efforts. And they want to know what else they can do.

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has a take. We will point them in the direction of taking better care

of themselves, their families, their businesses and their world. We will help them to understand not only what is, but what can be. And in doing all of this, we thought a

it’s that simple. Clayton Daniells Men’s Editor

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men’s section was a good place to start.


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team, Golie brings a strong writing background and a passion for uncovering beauty and fashion trends and discovering new travel destinations to the magazine. In her spare time the Orange County native enjoys practicing yoga and designing jewelry.

waiting for the weather to change, she writes poetry and teaches private workshops from her home in Long Beach, California. Her new book of poetry, Traveler in Paradise: new and Selected Poems, is available from PEARL Editions.

6 Austin Knight Johnston – Having founded and directed 2 Claire Bock – Claire splits her residency between Southern California and London — and when she isn’t on an airplane, she’s busy styling homes with a unique blend of modern luxury and vintage elegance. Claire is always on the hunt for beautiful and unusual places — at home and abroad — as sources of inspiration for her work.

3 Tony Florez – Corona del Mar-based photographer Tony Florez’ style comes from his fashion background and his artistic lifestyle. Respected worldwide for his photographic talents, Florez has shot numerous celebrity weddings and events, and his client list includes Nicolas Cage, Lisa Marie Presley, Heather Locklear, Sam Donaldson and many others. 4 Heidi Graf – L.A. resident, native Chicagoan and worldclass gypsy and cultural vagabond, Heidi Graf has worked in luxury real estate development, sales and marketing for the past 25 years. Her continuing quest for innovative design, luxury travel and incomparable life experiences makes her a passionate contributor to bask.

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two international turnkey event production firms since 2004, Austin Johnston brings his technical and business experience as well as a distinctive eye for style to bask’s events and experiential marketing platforms.

7 Steve Jones – Having spent more than 25 years in the surf industry, Steve now has taken on the real estate community with his company bettershelter. A native of Southern California, Jones can be found every second Sunday at the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market. 8 Debbie Lavdas – Debbie is a freelance writer based in Orange County. She writes for various local and national magazines, sites and blogs. Lavdas was a TV reporter for many years, but ultimately chose less makeup and more stability. When not ‘zine writing, she scribes for a variety of SoCal brands.


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contributors 9 Robert Palmer – A former professional touring musician and photographer, Robert Palmer now is a partner at a top-ranked international law firm. An avid fan of all things cultural and a veritable “man about town,” he not only writes on culture for bask, but also serves as a trustee and director for South Coast Repertory and the united Way, and writes theatre and music reviews for the OcBJ.

10 Robert Pingatore – Robert is a part-time horse wrangler, SCuBA diver, and restaurant designer, and a full-time professional writer and man of the world. While he loves learning about new breakthroughs in science and technology, he still yearns for the days of teaching himself computer code on his Commodore 64. 11 Michelle Pulfrey – As the producer of Jillian Reynolds’ “Style File” segment on KTTV Fox News’ “Good day LA,” Michelle Pulfrey delights in discovering new designers, spotlighting the hottest boutiques and covering the latest fashion collections and trends each season. Pulfrey also is passionate about photography, and shares her personal photos and insights into the fun and fury of New york Fashion Week’s Fall 2011 shows in this issue.

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12 Heidi Ristau – Heidi has come a long way from the eightyear-old serving her family hard tack and salt cod from The Little House on the Prairie cookbook. Having traveled to more than 20 countries in the past several years, Her culinary views have been shaped by everything from the food stalls in Singapore and spice markets of Morocco, to taco stands in Mexico and the finest restaurants in Paris. 13 Autumn Strier – No stranger to finding balance in her own busy life as a wife, mom and nonprofit executive, Autumn shares the ins and outs of the charity world, and how and why to become a part of it, as the philanthropy correspondent for bask.

14 Carrie Williams – A native of Newport Beach, Carrie loves the area’s mix of old haunts and new haute spots. She also gets out of town often, venturing beyond the Orange Curtain to check out the region’s latest laid-back/luxe offerings, from destinations and restaurants to shops and spas. Carrie has been editing and writing for local magazines for the past five years and loves living in this little corner of the world with her family. 15 Sarah Womack – Having experienced her fill of late nights at the St. Louis Post-dispatch, Sarah Womack sought daylight hours in Southern California. Now she writes about the people and places that shape her sunny new locale during any time she pleases.


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west 3rd street los angeles

From Berlin to Paris, NewYork to Los Angeles, smaller neighborhoods have given rise to stylish shopping “districts” that embrace a new lifestyle and aesthetic devoted to the unique, the sustainable, the exotic, the local and — most importantly — the experience rarely found in a chain store or mall, no matter how upscale.

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That said, we acknowledge that Chanel has its charm, Louis is luscious, and Gucci is gorgeous — and we’ll never give up large-scale shopping centers. But, this spring, you’ll find us strolling the West 3rd Street shopping district in Los Angeles, encompassing roughly 14 wondrous blocks nestled between Fairfax and La Cienega Boulevards. The following pages list just a few of the not-to-be-missed purveyors of all things fashionable and fabulous on West 3rd.


left: House of Petro Zillia below: Le Labo, Lotta Stensson

House of Petro Zillia Step inside the fashion funhouse that is Petro Zillia and find flirty blouses and crochet minis enlivened with bold colors, vivid detail and retro-modern twists. In addition to ready-to-wear and special edition creations, the store features jewelry and clothing from an eclectic array of designers. Don’t miss the store’s vintage furniture, glassware, and accessories. 8218 West 3rd Street., ShopPetroZilla.com

Le Labo The olfactory artisans of the NY-based Le Labo are staging a fragrance revolution focused on pure scent that is organic, multi-layered and hand-blended at the store. Fave LA scents are Musc 25 (designed specifically for the LA store), Rose 31 (a complex profusion of cumin, olbanum, cedar, amber and Centifolia rose) and Vetiver 46 (46 refers to the number of fragrance notes that make up the scent “recipe“). 8385 West 3rd Street, LeLaboFragrances.com

Lotta Stensson For that “just stepped off the yacht in Monaco Bay” look, consider the exotic and chic offerings of Lotta Stensson at her flagship store. Famous for her upscale boho creations and a darling of the celebrity set, Stensson’s designs feature sexy casual tunics, billowing long dresses, sexy swimwear and short, club-worthy dresses. 8372 West 3rd Street, LottaNYC.com

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New Yorker Hillary Rush brings chic Manhattan style to West 3rd Street. This is where Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson find everything from party dresses to jeans and cashmere sweaters. Adding even more star power, the store also carries Delux Beauty products by Jillian Dempsey (wife of Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick) and the high-wattage jewelry of Kenneth Jay Lane. 8222 West 3rd Street, HillaryRush.com

Vancouver-based designers Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore create their signature jewelry by casting 19 th Century wax seals into pendants, necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets made of reclaimed sterling silver, bronze or 14-karat gold. Rich in symbolism, each of the wax seal jewelry designs has meaning culled from heraldry: gryphons denoting bravery, wings symbolizing protection and anchors signifying hope. 8315 West 3rd Street, Pyrrha.com

Milk Milk is a blend of clothes, shoes and accessories as cool and delicious as its name implies. This is where A-list labels (Elizabeth and James, Twelfth Street, Current Elliot, Loeffler Randall, Rag & Bone, Vena Cava, and Alexx Jae) mix with rare fashion finds from around the world. And, as a bonus, you can assuage your fashionista guilt by picking up something for your man from Loomstate or Trovata. 8209 West 3rd Street, ShopAtMilk.com

Polkadots & Moonbeams/Polkadots & Moonbeams Vintage This is a vibrant, sexy collection of retro-inspired clothes, shoes, bags, belts and bling which, since 1982, has been a hot spot for stylists, fashionistas and celebrities including Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Demi Moore, Eva Mendes and Reese Witherspoon. Choose from the au courant collections at Polkadots & Moonbeams — or luxuriate in the vintage treasures just a few doors down at Polkadots & Moonbeams Vintage. 8367 West 3rd Street, PolkadotsAndMoonbeams.com

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Satine This well-edited treasure trove of avant-garde fashion reflects the sophistication and unique vision of owner Jeannie Lee. Here, vintage meets luxe and east meets west. Classic designers, such as Lanvin, Balenciaga, Jason Wu, Thakoon and Alexander McQueen mingle with cult labels including Tsumori Chisato, Azzedine Alaia, Dries van Noten, Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant. 8117 West 3rd Street, SatineBoutique.com

Sigerson Morrison In Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison’s light-filled gallery, texture and details abound in fashion-forward footwear and accessories favored by the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Keira Knightley, to name a few. Sigerson Morrison’s collaborative aesthetic, born at New York’s FIT, channels classic design and quality materials into edgy, of-the-moment shoes. 8307 West 3rd Street, SigersonMorrison.com


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Of course, all of this shopping will have quenched your thirst for fashion, but only whet your appetite for something delicious to eat. Thankfully, West 3rd Street also is a haven for the gastronome in all of us. Just need a snack? Stop by the dreamily decadent Magnolia Bakery (8389 West 3rd Street) for a cupcake. Need a meal? There are so many fantastic choices – go to BaskMagazine.com for a list – but we can’t pass up lunch at Joan’s on Third (8350 West 3rd Street). While we’re there, we’ll pick up some delectable pre-made sandwiches, composed salads and sweets to go…but they may not make it home. top: Magnolia Bakery right: Magnolia Bakery bottom: Joan’s on Third www.baskmagazine.com

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Everything’s Gonna Be Oday! Couturier Oday Shakar is the talk of the town. And not just in OC, where he’s based. But also in Hollywood, New York and everywhere else you’ll find a red carpet or charity gala step-and- repeat. Celebrity and socialite clients, including Sandra Bullock, Sofia Vergara and Eva La Rue are dazzled by — and dazzling in — his custom cocktail and evening gowns. His Spring/Summer 2011 collection has us spellbound, with jewel-toned, flowing frocks joining his signature black/metallic shimmering dresses. Flattering draping, sumptuous fabrics and sophisticated embellishments are other Oday Shakar hallmarks that impart the confident allure and sophisticated glamour of Hollywood, old and new. Want to don a Shakar original for your next event? Contact the designer directly through his website at OdayShakar.com.

LFrank Jewelry We love California native and world traveler Liseanne Frankfurt’s eponymous collection of exquisitely crafted jewelry — much of it one-of-a-kind. Each piece of LFrank Jewelry has a personal, vintage feel resulting from Liseanne’s thoughtful design process and is handcrafted by a third-generation Los Angeles goldsmith. Although we adore her pieces showcasing rose-cut diamonds

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and 18-carat gold, our favorite LFrank rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces incorporate natural elements, including pearls, shells, amber, wood and antique recycled glass trade beads from Africa. Visit LFrankJewelry.com or the LFrank store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice and we know you’ll find beautiful baubles — and, if you feel so inspired, you can collaborate with Liseanne on some bespoke bijoux all your own! LFrankJewelry.com, 1116 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

The Scent of Change This spring, the fresh notes of California lemon, Italian bergamot and calming Chinese green tea are combining to create more than a fragrance — they are catalyzing a movement, thanks to Mica Gem. Launched by the husband and wife team of Mike and Sarah Reilly — and with the support of a team of activists and friends from the worlds of action sports and entertainment — Mica Gem offers two limited-edition fragrances, Humana Man and Humana Woman ($61 each). For each bottle sold of these philanthropic fragrances, an insecticide-treated mosquito net is given to a child or pregnant mother in need in Kenya. bask found out about the cologne and the cause from our friend, Mark Moreno — a Mica Gem activist and a world-renowned DJ and producer who has worked with Gwen Stefani, The Rolling Stones, Linkin Park, Ziggy Marley and many more. According to Moreno, the Mica Gem fragrance notes may be complex, but the math is simple: One bottle = One net = One life given new hope. MicaGem.com, DJMarkMoreno.com


Haute Hair

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With the arrival of spring, we will change our clocks, update our wardrobes, and clean our closets — yet the freshest way to celebrate this season of reinvention is to revamp your locks. This spring, treat yourself to one (or all!) of these haute hair trends. Celeb stylist Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni’s Byu-ti Hair Therapy Salon in Santa Monica offers everything from texture services to Byu-ti signature treatments. The salon carries its own line of products, including the Byu-ti Blenders, which stylists use to custom-treat each client based on a range of individual needs, from dull, dry winter hair to fine, limp hair. We recommend indulging in the revitalizing healing haircut. A far cry from your typical haircut, the healing haircut is a ritual that incorporates relaxing acupressure and calming reiki to help you “let go” as your hair gets snipped off, releasing any negative energy and embracing the unique cleansing sensation of this symbolic transformation. While you’re at the salon, pick up a bottle of Bio-Niu, Byu-ti’s top-selling product, which promotes hair health and development up to twice as much as hair’s normal growth cycle. Byu-ti.com Blow-dry-only salons are heating things up this season, with new locations springing up all over SoCal. Drybar has numerous salons throughout Los Angeles and has added a flagship bar at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The concept is simple, “no cuts, no color, just blow-outs!” The cocktail inspired menu includes the Straight up (signature blow-out),

Mai Tai (messy and beachy), Southern Comfort (lots of volume), Cosmopolitan (loose curls) and the Manhattan (sleek and smooth). The Blo-Out Lounge, located across from South Coast Plaza, is another salon offering a $35 blow-out. The salon pampers its clients with its signature line of beauty products, cocktails, refreshments and hit tunes to create a chic and comfortable environment. TheDryBar.com and BloOutLounge.com Need a spring hair pick-me-up? Kim Vo, the man behind the famous locks of A-list clients Courtney Cox Arquette, Katherine Heigl and Goldie Hawn — as well as the hit show “Shear Genius” — has created the ideal product. Kim Vo Brilliant Luster Glaze nourishes the hair with advanced French nanotechnology and exotic Asian botanicals. Treating your tresses with this product will strengthen and shield the hair from sunlight and environmental toxins, invigorate the scalp, and enhance hair with a heightened luster, proving that you don’t have to go for a drastic change to have luxurious red carpet-worthy shine. If you’re looking for more to spruce up your mane and receive unrivaled pampering, make an appointment at one of the Kim Vo Salons, located at the Montage resorts in Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills. KimVo.com

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Laguna’s New Shining Star We hope to score one of the first tables at Starfish, the newest culinary concept by Nancy Wilhelm – the owner of Tabu Grill – that is scheduled to open in late spring. The restaurant will be located directly across Pacific Coast Highway from the Montage Resort and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, featuring “Amer-Asian” cuisine highlighted with ingredients from the mysterious and magical countries of Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea and India. In addition to promising a delectable dining experience amid the sumptuous surroundings for which Wilhelm is known, we’re predicting that Starfish’s late-night bar scene on Fridays and Saturdays – highlighting muddled libations flavored with hibiscus, gogi blossoms, lemongrass and passion fruit – will be a big hit. StarfishLaguna.com.

Blend of Styles The Cove a new collection of nine retail stores, is serving up fresh, eclectic fashion with a retro vibe on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. “We’re all very different; it works,” Blend owner Beth Zehnder tells bask. Blend is the clothing ingredient of this new funky retail cocktail. Zehnder, who grew up on Rodeo Drive, brings her trendsetting ways and classic LA style here to OC with many exclusive laid-back lines, such as Matta, Pulp by 88 Orange and more.

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The Cove’s full boutique collection ranges from lifestyle and home decor to fashion for women and children. Should The Cove be out of your zip code, you could always hit some LA haunts adored by Blend’s Zehnder, which include Market in Brentwood and Lost & Found in Hollywood. 410 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 949.230.8252.

One Hope Wine Is giving back as easy as drinking some Pinot? The dream team of 20-somethings at One Hope Wine in Irvine think so. They plan to donate $1 million to their partner charities this year — and $1 billion in their lifetimes. They got started on a whim when a friend was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “We were just sitting in Mama D’s in Newport Beach talking about the idea. The owner overheard us and said he’d love to carry a wine like that,” founders Brandon Hall and Jake Kloberdanz told bask. One Hope donates 50 percent of its profits to partner charities. These days, the wine is at the Grammys and the Sundance Film Festival, at Hyatt Regency La Jolla to Terranea Resort, on Mastro’s menus and in local markets — and it’s in 20 states. “One night Katie Couric just dropped our name on the news, things like that happen all the time.” Give back to the community like Couric by simply choosing from One Hope’s six varietals and each with a unique connected cause: AIDS, breast cancer, the troops, autism, children’s hospitals or the planet. OneHopeWine.com.


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Latin Flavor She mixes a mean margarita—made one special for bask, serves up Mexican Made Easy on the Food Network channel, is writing her second book and has a relentless passion for food, life and her Louis Vuitton heels. Chef Marcela Valladolid, a Coronado girl, indulges us in a little chef-chat.

You’re on fire, no? Life is crazy, but beautiful. We’re starting Season 4 of my show, I just did “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” for Food Network, my new book hits this fall, I’m working with Sauza …

What got you cooking? My aunt opened one of the first cooking schools in Baja; I was her assistant. I was actually a student of architecture, but realized cooking was my passion. So I quit school.

Good move.

Visit baskmagazine.com for Chef Marcela’s bask Margarita, a sassy rosemary-lime libation.

Oh yeah! With architecture, I just didn’t wake up and say, “Oh I have to go draw a house now!” But with food, I’ll wake up at three in the morning and say, “Oh my G-d, there is this horchata ice cream I need to make tomorrow!”

But there is a huge interest in Mexican cuisine. I always hear people say, “Mexican food is my favorite food!”

And about this food truck trend? Oh, I love it! The trucks have been around forever, but with social media, Facebook and Twitter, it’s become something cool.

What’s the attraction? Well, you see chefs like Ludovic Lefebvre, who did L’Orangerie in LA with a truck! I remember working at Bon Appétit magazine, going to his restaurant and ordering Duck L’Orange. Now, 12 years later, he’s got a food truck! It shows the progression of cuisine and the direction we’re going.

Your favorites?

How did Food Network happen for you?

I love Tortas Ahogadas off L Street in San Diego. The Miho Gastrotruck. Las Cuatro Milpas.

I had been stalking them for a decade. I sent them a tape when I was 19. I tested three times; the first two times they said no. Then they finally said yes!

Finally, cocktailing. Your favorite ingredient? Tequila. Absolutely. Positively.

Tell me about your show, “Mexican Made Easy.” I like things fast, not fussy and fun. In the past, shows were afraid to focus solely on Mexican food.

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What should we toast to with our bask Margarita? To fun, no fuss, and the best tequila!


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stewart + nicks Are you gaga for Gaga? If so, see Lady Gaga on March 31 at The Honda Center. Her “Monster Ball” tour has been called “the first-ever pop-electro opera,” whatever that means, and the London Independent noted “the whole world wants to ride on her disco stick.” Really? Well, with number-one hits, more than 50 million albums sold worldwide, a record eight wins at the MTV Video Music Awards, and one billion viewings online, there must be some excuse you can muster to saddle up your crazy. HondaCenter.com Ambrosia comes to The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on April 15. Founded in the South Bay in the 1970s, this Alan Parsons’-produced group of talented musicians, once featuring David Pack, has had a number of hits from “Holding on to Yesterday” to “Nice, Nice, Very Nice.” TheCoachHouse.com Rod and Stevie? Yes, it’s true. Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will share the stage on April 16 and April 17 at the Hollywood Bowl for their 13-city tour, “Heart and Soul.” This show will be the finale of the tour and will feature classic hits from both artists, as well as some amazing duets. Ticketmaster.com

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march 9 – april 3

wicked

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Back to bewitch OC audiences yet one more time, “Wicked” brings the untold story of the witches of Oz to the newly renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts from March 9 – April 3. This 2003/2004 Tony Award winner has been playing to sold-out houses for more years than you can shake a flying monkey at. SCFTA.org South Coast Repertory Theatre features “T he Weir” by Conor McPherson on the Julianne Argyros Stage from March 13 – April 3. Called “exceptional … the most exciting evening in theatrical London” by the Guardian, this Olivier Award winner and New York hit revolves around a stormy night in an Irish pub of haunting and humorous storytelling, with a wee bit o’ drinking as well. From April 1 – May 1, you can see Lauren Gunderson’s the “Silent Sky” on the Segerstrom Stage and learn of Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who stared at the stars and revolutionized astronomy. An homage to the beauty of the Earth and the wonder of the skies. SCR.org Don’t miss “God of Carnage” at the Ahmanson Theatre from April 5 – May 15. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, and featuring the return of the Broadway cast of Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, this “gleefully nasty fun” play (according to the New York Post) is set in Brooklyn where two couples meet while sorting out a playground fight. As the rum flows, and the gloves come off, the night becomes a frolic and verbal laugh-out-loud brawl. CenterTheatreGroup.org

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first saturdays

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The Laguna Art Museum features an exemplar of its best 20th Century work from February 27 – May 15 in its exhibition “Landscape and Figuration from the Collection.” Drop in to enjoy the collection, then grab a margarita at the adjacent Las Brisas restaurant. LagunaArtMuseum.org Although famous for his mobiles, Alexander Calder also has been credited as an innovator in exploring balance, color, form and movement. Organized by the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, “Alexander Calder And Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy” dangles its way into the Orange County Museum of Art from April 10 – September 4, featuring 30 mobiles and stabiles from the 1940s – 1960s. OCMA.net Outstanding Japanese screen and scroll painter Ito Jakuchu’s “A Man with No Age” exhibition is featured at the Bowers Museum from April 16 – June 12. An artist considered by many as one of the greatest to ever live, yet hardly known outside of Japan, this vegetable seller and Buddhist monk created some of Japan’s most beautiful and enduring paintings. This collection received great acclaim in 2006 – 2007 when it traveled the world. This is its first showing in the U.S. Bowers.org Looking for something different? Try the Santa Ana Artwalk, held from 7 – 10pm the first Saturday of each month. The Artwalk features an avant-garde collection of art, dining, and shopping down the 2nd Street Promenade in Santa Ana. SantaAnaArtwalk.com


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launch party LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Michael & Anastasia Fawaz Albert Molina & Eunice Areas Guests enjoying the Audi experience, presented by Audi Mission Viejo

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left to right + top to bottom: bask VIPs enjoying the Men’s Lounge Cedric Volk with guests MaxMara & John Varvatos Models Gary & Carol Legrand Nicholas Gannon & Adina Schaefer Chris Valli & Rick Langevin

bask magazine launches a new era of luxury in balance

What better way to celebrate the debut of bask than with a party bringing the pages of this dynamic new magazine to life? Earlier this winter, more than 500 guests gathered at the “La Bastide” Estate in Shady Canyon — listed with Chris Valli and Rick Langevin of Surterre Properties — to bask in the finer things, in balance. Models donned the latest looks from MaxMara and John Varvatos, accented with stunning pieces from Lugano Diamonds and Rolex. Chef Azmin of Sapphire Restaurant and Pantry in Laguna Beach enthralled guests with a cooking demonstration, while Fresh Events and Catering provided delicious food and Adina Schaefer of The Ritz Carlton Scottsdale, Arizona, provided a custom cake featuring the cover of bask. Ion Vodka provided martinis to the guests, and International Wine Ventures, and Derby Wine Estates of Paso Robles provided the wine. Men and women alike visited the event’s “Men’s Lounge,” which featured two new Audi models, the 2011 A8 and the R8 convertible, provided by Audi of Mission Viejo. Guests also reveled in a live art show by artist Aaron R. Thomas (provided in association with the Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach), as well as music from renowned DJ Mark Moreno. There was never a lull at the lively launch party, with guests staying late into the evening to mingle and enjoy the event’s offerings. B. Toffee of Newport Beach offered a sweet treat to guests as they departed at the valet stand, provided by Best Chauffeured Worldwide. Austin Knight Johnston of AKJohnston Production Design organized the production of the event.

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The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Born left to right + top to bottom: Jazz great Chris Botti & singer Lisa Fisher warming up the crowd Henry & Elizabeth Segerstrom and Family Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elizabeth & Henry Segerstrom and Segerstrom Center for the Arts Chairman Thomas McKernan

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What better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Performing Arts Center than with a new name honoring its biggest supporter and champion, Henry Segerstrom? The new moniker — “The Segerstrom Center for the Arts” — was announced during a grand ceremony on the Arts Plaza on a beautiful January 12, 2011 evening. On hand were 1,500 arts patrons representing a Who’s Who list of Orange County civic leaders, philanthropists, artists, leaders of the arts community, a select group of friends, the two-dozen-plus-strong Segerstrom family, and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Following a series of accolades honoring the Segerstrom family and their contributions to the creation of the Center, the former Governor presented Mr. Segerstrom with the Governor’s Ring, while the amazingly talented Chris Botti and his band played a rare four-song private concert. The new name was unveiled via a 40-foot banner and 10 minutes of spectacular fireworks. The event also announced the commissioning of a new ballet featuring two stars from the Bolshoi Ballet and a new initiative to distribute 10,000 tickets for $10 each to allow for even broader access for Orange County’s residents to the Center’s upcoming events. For more information, please visit SCFTA.org.


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CHOC Cherishes Children

CHOC Children’s (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) presented its Children’s Champion Award to the Anaheim Ducks and the Lady Ducks on January 22 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Guests of the CHOC Cherishes Children Gala enjoyed the award presentation and a fabulous evening of delicious cocktails, dinner, entertainment and a live auction. The evening raised more than $600,000 to support the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign, which aims to transform the future of CHOC, specifically by providing the community and region with a world-class, sustainable pediatric institution. The state-of-the-art institution is set to open in Spring 2013. CHOC.org

Gala left to right + top to bottom: Mark Moses, CHOC Children’s Foundation board member and his wife Ivette Members of the CHOC Cherishes Children gala committee join CHOC President & CEO Kim Cripe (from left to right) – Heather Madden, CHOC Children’s Foundation board member; Kathryn Glassmyer; Lori Hirth, gala chair; Christine Bren, CHOC Children’s Foundation board member; David & Marsha Willis left to right: Lori Hirth, gala chair; Sandy Daniels, honorary chair of “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign; Chris Furman, chair of CHOC Children’s Foundation Board of Directors; & Kim Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children’s left to right: Larry Thacker & his wife Donna Nestor; Mark Rudolf; Vivian Santos & her daughter CHOC patient Lindsay O’Leary; Dr. Mike Muhonen & his wife Dr. Linda Muhonen

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A Champion for Peace The Center for Living Peace in conjunction with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) hosted the second “Living Peace Series” on the evening of January 25th. The event welcomed special guest Sir Richard Branson, CEO and founder of the Virgin Group to address the audience. The evening raised awareness and support for Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation Branson created, which is committed to using thoughtful, proven business models to address conflict, climate change, poverty, gender inequality and disease throughout the world. The Center hosted a fundraising gala along with a live auction for the two hundred guests following the speaking engagement which raised over $250,000 for Virgin Unite. The Orange County chapter of The Center for Living Peace is dedicated to providing classes that encourage peace; which include peace-making and effective communication, inner work and development, safeguarding the environment, and arts & culture. GoodHappens.org

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Irvine-based nonprofit,

FAMILIES FORWARD is helping create stability for Orange County families

“Give me where to stand, and I will

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move the earth.” – Archimedes For so many of us, the place where we stand is solid. Whether it’s a physical space or one of internal strength, the place where we stand gives us both the inner balance and external confidence we need to take steps forward in our lives — to meet challenges, build relationships, make a life for ourselves and for those who depend on us. When this place — our foundation — is intact, things seem possible — or, at a minimum, not impossible. But when our foundation is not intact, when it has cracked and we lose our

balance, we are very much in danger of falling down. I have seen the foundation in my life crack more times than I can count, and like many of you with similar experiences, I can remember the people that appeared, or the internal places to which I turned, to prevent the fall. They were significant experiences that shaped my life. And they help me keep my balance today. It is for this reason that I chose a very special nonprofit organization to be the highlight of this column. It is called Families Forward and its mission, in essence, is to restore balance to those who are fighting to survive the cracks in their lives — from a death in the family, loss of employment, abandonment by a spouse. I did not know about this wonderful charity before conducting research for bask, but having now spent time getting to know their management, staff and volunteers, I have been very impressed. Their very tangible impact on those in need is moving, and I am honored to share their story with you here.

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Families Forward is an Irvine-based nonprofit whose mission is to help families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. They have been in existence since 1984, and serve more than 9,000 individuals throughout Orange County each year. With transitional housing, food, counseling, career coaching, and referral programs available, Families Forward is truly successful at achieving its mission of creating stability for families who have lost their balance. And, they provide this help with a strict eye on expenses, giving 87 cents of every dollar they raise to those in need. My personal experience with the staff and volunteers at Families Forward echoes the reason they have achieved such success over the years. This first-rate organization is well managed by caring and effective individuals who have sincere compassion for those they serve. I had the pleasure of spending time with their Executive Director, Margie Wakeham, as well as two key staff members, Megan Markel and Claudia Vazquez, who were knowledgeable, friendly and always available to answer questions and provide details on every facet of the organization. I also enjoyed serving as a volunteer in the organization’s food pantry, alongside my eight-year-old son Griffin. We had a wonderful time, putting together kits of key household items and food to be distributed throughout the year to families. Which brings me to the purpose of this column — to recommend to you, our readers — an organization you can trust. If you have considered getting involved with a charity, either as a donor or a volunteer, and are looking for one that works with families in the community, Families Forward is one that I would suggest. Not only do organizations like Families Forward serve others in a tangible and effective way, they also give something back to you — the incredible feeling of doing something for someone else, a feeling that will help you stay balanced in your own life.

For more information about Families Forward, please visit Families-Forward.org or call 949.552.2727.

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A to Z Guide

t o f Ar mer s ’

f l eA mAr Ket s


sustainance

sarah womack

s u stainanc e

Grab your recycled tote bags. You’ll have market fever with these 26 reasons why we and other aficionados love our local bazaars An t iqu es There’s no better cure for the mass-production blahs than picking up a handmade relic from yesteryear. “It’s so interesting what people took the time to create in carving, weaving, casting and building before there were computers, cell phones and TV,” says Dan Zelen, an interior designer working in Los Angeles and San Francisco who frequents the Long Beach flea market. “It’s like a history lesson.”

Br o w s e “The beauty of the farmers’ market is to just go and browse,” says Chef Cathy Pavlos of Lucca Café in Irvine. “Be spontaneous about trying something new and cooking up whatever you find that day.”

Co l l eg e Campus es In Orange County alone, there’s the farmers’ market on Saturdays across from UCI, the Groves Antique Market the first Sunday of each month at Irvine Valley College, and the Golden West College Swap Meet in Huntington Beach on Saturdays and Sundays, just to name a few.

Do g -f r ien dl y Markets can be fun for the whole family, including our four-legged friends. Holli Thomas, owner of design firm Décor Delux and editor of BalustradeandBitters.com, says vendors at the Groves Antique Market in Irvine call her Chihuahua ‘Blanca’ by name. Other markets where you can stroll with Fido in tow include the Santa Monica Flea Market on the first and fourth Sundays of the month, and the Pasadena City College Flea Market the first Sunday of every month.

Ear l y Bir ds Okay, so maybe we don’t love the people who take the initiative to get up before the sun rises and snatch up all the best deals by flashlight. But, we have to admit, they have tenacity. Many flea markets charge a higher price for early admission, so the wee hours are only for serious treasure seekers.

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Far m-f r es h From free-range, cage-free eggs (Chef Pavlos gets hers exclusively at the Corona del Mar market on Saturdays) to organic, seasonal produce, farmers sell their finest and freshest at the markets.

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“People have forgotten what a tomato really tastes like.” – Chef Greg Daniels

Los Angeles interior designer Krista Ewart, Orange County photographer Michael Sage and Bettershelter developer Steve Jones all refer to the Rose Bowl Flea Market as the “granddaddy” of flea markets, and they likely aren’t alone. “I am constantly amazed by what people pull out of the Rose Bowl. The most inspiring finds are there,” says Jones, who likes to stop by the Little Flower Candy Company in Old Town Pasadena afterward.

H eir l o o m T o mat o es “People have forgotten what a tomato really tastes like,” says Chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub in Orange and Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa. Chef Daniels, as well as Chef Pavlos, seek out heirloom tomatoes from Valdivia Farms at the Irvine market at UCI on Saturdays and the Tustin market on Wednesdays.

Ins pir at io n There’s nothing like finding a funky chandelier or a perfectly ripe vegetable to inspire a new decorating or cooking project. “If I’m feeling burned out as a chef or down about the state of humanity, a trip there is like an inoculation of joy,” says Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food, of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.

Jimen ez Far ms With an outpost at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the Hollywood Farmers’ Market on Sundays, this farm brings high-quality goat, lamb, pork and rabbit to the market. “I completely support humanely raised, small production livestock. The quality is impeccable,” says Pace Webb, chef-owner of Taste of Pace catering in Los Angeles.

Kin dr ed Spir it s Bonding over a bargain or beautiful vegetable is de rigueur during a day at the market. “Everyone cares about what they’re eating, and they’re excited to see what’s available,” says Chef Daniels of the common bond among market shoppers.

“A trip to the Farmer’s Market is like an inoculation of joy.” – Chef Evan Kleiman

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Peo pl e Wat ch ing

“Organic isn’t as important to me as local,” says Chef Daniels. “We’re flying, trucking and shipping in foods that we can grow in our backyard. We should be supporting local farmers who are bringing their products to the market. That’s where you get the best stuff, and you know where it’s coming from.”

KCRW’s Kleiman gives the Sunday Hollywood Farmers’ Market high marks for “sheer entertainment” and people watching. “It’s Hollywood, an always entertaining mix of high and low – including celebrities in their sweats.”

Makeo v er Sometimes the key to finding a great bargain is seeing the beauty underneath. One of Steve Jones’ favorite alltime flea market finds is a chair with a wooden dog’s head at the end of each arm that he upholstered in Paul Smith upholstery fabric from Maharam.

N u t r it io us Avoiding pesticides and heavily processed foods is a snap at the farmers’ market. “It’s all about small producers bringing fresh ingredients for making simple, healthy, delicious meals,” says Amelia Saltsman, author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook.

Open-Air Not only can you pick up goodies you can’t find at grocery or department stores, you get to do it in the fresh Southern California air when you shop the region’s plethora of outdoor markets.

Qual it y “You can only create a great dish with great products,” says Executive Chef Renieri Caceres of Rustica in Newport Beach on why he shops local farmers’ markets, such as the Newport Beach and Santa Monica markets.

R ecycl e Buying used instead of new is eco-chic. “The fact that everything that is at the flea markets has already had at least one life makes for the most eco-friendly shopping there is,” says Bettershelter’s Steve Jones.

S eas o nal The spring harvest currently is making an appearance at local farmers’ markets. Saltsman’s favorites of the season include “green garlic (young garlic plants before the bulb has formed; you can use the whole plant as you would a leek or scallion and the flavor is mild), fava beans, asparagus, lettuces, pea tendrils and leeks.”

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T r eas u r e H u n t “I primarily go for the treasure hunt and the people-watching,” says Décor Delux’s Holli Thomas, who counts a paint color brochure for her 1964 Buick Riviera as one of her top finds.

U n pr edict abl e “You can find such a random variety of things – usually items you didn’t even know you were looking for,” says Los Angeles interior designer Erinn Valencich of flea market shopping. “I think it’s fun to have unique, one-off items that you can’t find in a catalog.”

Var iet y Many of the pros name the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and the Saturday Irvine Farmers’ Market at UCI as having the best variety. “During the spring months, I ogle at Pudwill Farms’ berry varieties,” says caterer Pace Webb.

W eis er Famil y Far ms The friendly faces from this family farm are always a welcome sight, as are their exquisitely juicy melons in the summer months. You can find them in Santa Monica on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Venice on Fridays, Pasadena on Saturdays and Hollywood and Beverly Hills on Sundays.

X Mar ks t h e Spo t The biggest markets may receive the most attention, but the regional map is dotted with smaller markets that also are worth noting. Webb calls the Pacific Palisades Farmers’ Market on Sundays “small but mighty. You won’t find anything less than stellar.”

Year -R o u n d California’s year-round growing season keeps our farmers’ markets stocked with delectable offerings, meaning we’re eating fresh vegetables even while the rest of the nation is still in the deep freeze or defrosting.

Z eal Sure, it’s possible to be a casual market-goer, but what’s the fun in that? “It becomes addicting, like playing the lottery,” says photographer Michael Sage of the compulsion not to miss a single weekend of the OC Swap Meet.

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Golden West College Swap Meet 8am Saturdays & Sundays 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach

Newport Beach 9am Sundays 3400 Block Via Oporto, Newport Beach

Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market 5:30am third Sunday of the month 4901 E Conant Street, Long Beach

Pacific Palisades 8 am Sundays 1037 Swarthmore Avenue, Los Angeles Santa Monica 8:30am Wednesdays & Saturdays Arizona Avenue & 3rd Street, Santa Monica Tustin 9am Wednesdays El Camino Real & 3rd Street, Tustin UCI 8am Saturdays Campus Drive & Bridge Road, Irvine

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Fashion is always an exhibition. And some of spring’s most wearable works come from the artful designers at MaxMara and the masterfully edited collection at Novecento. For this edition of baskstyle, our fashion team curated a selection of this season’s street-wise and glamorous pieces, pairing them with stunning Lugano jewels against the painterly urban landscape of Downtown Santa Ana’s Artists Village. Photography: Tony Florez, Producer: Jolie Adams, Art Direction: Paula Ansara-Wilhelm, Creative Collaboration: Steve Jones, Production Coordinators: Golie Alemi and Nicholas Gannon, Hair: Lois Kinsey Beauty and Cindy Wade, Make up: Allie Estes-Roche, Fashions By: MaxMara South Coast Plaza, Novecento Crystal Cove and Lugano Diamonds, Fashion Shoot Location: Artists Village of downtown Santa Ana, Grand Central Art Center, Memphis Café and Lola Gaspar

Left: Cambra Strapless Graphic Dress, Emily Peep Toe Big Strap Heel Shoe; both available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Black leaf earrings 7.16 tcw Round Brilliant black diamonds .20 tcw diamonds Collection VS set in 18K black and white gold, Cats Eye Tourmaline Ring 16.91 tcw Cabochon Green Cats Eye Tourmaline 1.51 tcw Round Brilliant diamonds collection VS, Tatoo Bracelet 7.30 tcw Rose Cut diamonds F VS 1 set in Titanium; both available at Lugano Diamonds. Right: Pepaia Silk/Linen Tie Tank Top, Nembroso Linen Trouser, Yanina Buckle Side Glasses, Alfa New Heel Cross Front Shoe; all available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Boroque Pearl Lariat 11.39 tcw Round Brilliant Diamonds Collection VS with South Sea Pearls in 18K White gold, Bracelet/ Necklace 13MM South Sea Pearl Necklace .18 tcw round brilliant Diamonds collection VS, Pave Ball Earrings 5.19 tcw Round Brilliant Diamonds Collection VS; all available at Lugano Diamonds.

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Opposite Page Left: Ampezzo Tweed Crop Jacket, Alvaro Tie Sheer Blouse, Omega Triacetate Skirt, Alfa New Heel Cross Front Shoe, Anir Mino Hobo bag, Yard Large metal frame glasses; all available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Bracelet, black and white cuff style 16.37 tcw, round brilliant Diamonds Collection VS 11.07 tcw, Black leaf earrings 7.16 tcw Round Brilliant black diamonds .20 tcw diamonds Collection VS set in 18K black and white gold, Ring, round brilliant black Diamond set in 18K White Gold; available at Lugano Diamonds. Right: Campale Pansies Dress, Angola Olympia It Bag, Alfa New Heel Cross Front Shoe; both available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Black pear shape and rose cut white Diamond Ring 20.07 tcw; available at Lugano Diamonds. This Page: Monaco Geo Print Wrap Dress; available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Black Pave Ball earrings 6.33 Round Brilliant Black Diamonds set in 18K Black gold, Radiant Diamond Ring 7.09 tcw Center Radiant cut Diamond H VVS 2 2.45 tcw Diamond side stones collection VS in Platinum; both available at Lugano Diamonds.

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This Page: Panda Floral Chiffon Dress; available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Chocolate Pearl Necklace 13 chocolate Pearls 12 pink pearls 42.06 tcw Quartz set in 18K Black Gold; available at Lugano Diamonds. Opposite Page: Orione Tank Top Colorful, Ernesta Large Margot Zip Bag, Nembroso Linen Trouser, Cipro Slingback Cross Toe Shoe; all available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Burmese Sapphire Bead Necklace 1207.10 tcw Blue Sapphire Beads 3.39 tcw round brilliant Diamonds collection VS 18K White Gold, Blue Opal Earrings 15.6 tcw Blue Opals .80 tcw Diamonds collection VS in 18K White Gold; both available at Lugano Diamonds.

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1954 Caribbean Packard; Custom Auto Service, a Packard Specialist owned by Robert Escalante. Navale Poplin Tie Dress, Ernesta Large Margot Zip Bag, Alfa New Heel Cross Front Shoe, Diane sunglasses; all available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. White Opal Pendant 10.52 tcw Multi Colored Sapphires .37 tcw Diamonds collection VS in 18K White Gold, White Opal Ring 8.36 tcw Multi Colored Sapphires .59 tcw Diamonds Collection VS in 18K White Gold, Emerald Cut Diamond Bracelet 21.5 tcw Emerald cut Diamonds D-E VVS GIA in Platinum; all available at Lugano Diamonds.


This Page Left: Malika Couture design; available at Novecento Crystal Cove. Pear Shape Diamond Necklace 75.81 tcw Diamonds Collection VS Platinum, Fan Pearl Ring 15.5 MM Round South Seas Pearl 1.55 tcw Round Brilliant Diamonds Collection VS; both available at Lugano Diamonds. Right: Mandalay design; available at Novecento Crystal Cove. Brown Pearl Ring 2.14 tcw Round Brilliant Diamonds Collection VS 18K Rose Gold; available at Lugano Diamonds. Opposite Page: Umile Ruffle Shoulder Dress; available at MaxMara South Coast Plaza. Burmese Ruby Estate Bracelet 76.65 tcw oval heated Ruby’s 2.25 tcw Diamonds Collection VS in Platinum, Butterfly Ring 2.53 tcw rough Diamonds 1.44 tcw Round Brilliant Diamonds G VS .57 tcw Sapphire Briolettes in 18K Black Gold; both available at Lugano Diamonds.

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Dina Couture; available at Novecento Crystal Cove. Large Black Square Drop Earrings 19.76 tcw Radiant Black Diamonds 2.85 tcw Diamonds D VS in 18K White Gold, Lattice Bracelet 12.01 tcw Round Brilliant Diamonds Collection VS 18K White Gold both available at Lugano Diamonds

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New York Fashion Week: A look inside the fashion frenzy

left to right: Sultra Hair & Makeup Global Glam Diane Von Furstenberg

It happens only twice a year. When editors, stylists, socialites and celebrities flock to New York City for the biggest event of the season: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This year’s Fall 2011 Collections had a new home at Lincoln Center, bringing a whole new vibe — and the same rush of excitement — to the runways. Here are some highlights of the week:

Day 1: Approachable Avant-Garde

Day 2: Sophisticated & Sultra

Leaving breakfast in the Meatpacking District, a sign catches my eye: “Improvd.” It’s a new storefront for a line I discovered last year — one of the most beautifully tailored, fresh yet timeless, and sophisticated collections on the market. Designed by Valentino Vettori, the line is selling out at stores like Madison and Intermix. Improvd.com

I always love getting a backstage glimpse of the madness and fury of pulling a fashion show together. Amy Denoon, Principal of Beach House PR, invited us backstage to watch her hair team create the looks for Alexander Wang’s show. Overseen by hair stylist Guido Palau, the look was “downtown, messy chic,” and was achieved with Sultra’s new “Bombshell” rod curling iron. The clipless rod allows you to create messy, beachy waves that last all day.

The next stop is the Global Glam Presentation — and it turns out to be our favorite of the day. A select group of designers were chosen by the W Hotels to create looks exclusive to their hotel boutiques. Swimwear designer Melissa Odabash’s bikinis and cover-ups will make fashion waves at W Hotels in beachside locales. Minnie Mortimer’s British-inspired frocks will hit UK shores, while delightful baubles by Lulu Frost and Behnaz Sarafpour will head for St. Petersburg. WHotelsTheStore.com Our first night wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lavo for dinner and drinks. The chic, high-energy atmosphere combined with easy to share plates provides the perfect way to end the evening. LavoNY.com

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Before the show begins, the flashes are blinding as Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour takes her front row seat. Other notables in attendance included Alicia Keys and Kanye West. The show, at Pier 94, was a fresh approach to a modern runway, with lights creating an illuminated catwalk on the cement floor of the warehouse. The looks were a feminine tale of slimming and flattering pants, chunky sweaters and beautiful jackets. AlexanderWang.com That night, another hot spot for dinner — Beauty & Essex. The pawnshop exterior is a deceptive entrance to what awaits inside, which could be a scene from Sex & The City, featuring a perfectly dressed crowd, the right mix of tunes and a fab lounge atmosphere. We order everything on the menu and share. Consensus: Try the lobster tacos. To die for. BeautyAndEssex.com


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Day 3: Chic Couture Basics The Improvd boutique is a-buzz for the Fall 2011 presentation. Designer Valentino Vettori has created a deconstructed reinterpretation of timeless classics, making them modern for today’s fashionistas. The neutral palette of knitwear, outerwear and accessories in raw, over-dyed fabrics make these pieces must-haves at unexpectedly reasonable price points. The fall collection also marks the debut of Improvd handbags in rich leathers and fresh shapes. The Charlotte Ronson show is always a favorite. Fans of her line will love her entire 2011 collection. It’s all about mix-and-match ease and is made up of styles that translate on both coasts. Her take on military grunge makes every piece seem like a staple. The layered henleys and tweed pieces are particular fashion faves. CharlotteRonson.com

left to right: Valentino Vettori Designer Alexander Wang Guido Palau Hair Stylist Lavo NY Diane Von Furstenberg Improvd Collection

We finish the night at the Boom Boom Room on the top floor of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. There, we soak in the floor-to-ceiling view of Manhattan and enjoy some great dance tunes. StandardHotels.com/New-York-City

photography: Michelle Pulfrey & BFA (Billy Farrel Agency)

Every season, New York Fashion Week gives me inspiration and a fresh, creative perspective. You get to see amazing new designers emerge into the spotlight, old favorites turn out better looks with each show, and a renewed sense of needs and wants for your upcoming wardrobe.

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WARNING Stand Up Paddleboarding in Laguna Beach puts addicts of warm sun, bright sky, clean water, vigorous exercise and satisfying comraderie at risk of daily relapse.

To learn more about all of the reasons to avoid Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons, fit classes or rentals, call Nancy Malleo at 949-342-6555 or go to www.SupFitnessLaguna.com.


Concierge Medicine 101 –

The Doctor Will See You Now Concierge medicine, also known as private medicine or membership medicine, is, essentially, a relationship between a patient and a primary care physician in which the patient pays an annual fee for increased access and enhanced services. This fee can range anywhere from $600 to $5,000 per patient and typically is in addition to the fees the patient pays for health insurance premiums and insurance copayments for appointments and procedures, tests, etc. With concierge medicine, physicians care for fewer patients than in a traditional practice, giving them the ability to pay more attention to each patient.

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Despite the recession, concierge medicine is flourishing for two reasons. First, today’s patients are increasingly seeking unhurried appointments, a personal relationship with their physician, the ability to come into their doctor’s office right away (or close to it) and access to their doctor day and night via phone. Second, doctors – frustrated by insurance companies and the current health care system – are seeking to find a new revenue base (concierge medicine’s access fees) while providing thoughtful, innovative preventative care and developing long-term patient relationships.

bask talked to Dr. Jeffrey I. Barke, founder of Newport Beach-based concierge medicine practice Personalcare Physicians, to learn more about this health care option. MyPersonalCarePhysician.com

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How is a concierge medicine practice different than a traditional medical practice?

Physicians are normally compensated on the number of patients they can see per day. A typical full-time physician will care for an average of 3,500 patients in his or her practice and will see an average of 25-35 patients per day. In contrast, a concierge medicine group like Personalcare Physicians of Newport Beach charges a yearly access fee that allows us the financial ability to see fewer patients – no more than 350 per physician – usually no more than five-to-six per day.

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What does my access fee get me that I wouldn’t get from a traditional practice?

The benefit for patients is that they have enhanced access to their physician. At Personalcare Physicians, all patients have the ability to call their physician on his or her cell phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including email and text messaging. Same day or next business day appointments and emergency house calls can be arranged. Physicians will provide dedicated time to all medical needs including specialist tracking, review and collaboration.

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How does insurance work with this program?

For most concierge medical practices, traditional fee-for-service plans such as preferred provider organizations (PPO) or indemnity plans will allow us to best coordinate patient care. The client’s insurance will be billed for office visits, procedures, labs and prescriptions – just as is typically done under a PPO plan. Patients remain responsible for co-pays and insurance premiums.

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cleaning A Fresh Take on Cleanses It’s spring — and with warmer days come thoughts of the approaching swimsuit season. While there are various reasons to do a cleanse, you might be surprised to learn that weight loss doesn’t rank high among them. Most people lose an average of three-to-five pounds on a three-day cleanse, but the other benefits of cleansing, as I learned first-hand, were even more exciting. After cleansing, I felt amazing - the best I had in months. My skin was clear and bright. I had more energy than usual (no more afternoon drag). And I slept Ambien-free throughout the night! I also gained a new appreciation for every bit of food and drink I put into my body and the affect it had on my skin, mood, and energy level.

If you are considering a cleanse, you probably are aware that there are all types of cleanses out there, and many have similar principles — including how to prepare for your cleanse. A few days before you start, cut down on indulgences such as coffee, alcohol, sugar, meat and dairy — and increase intake of fresh fruit and veggies. Do the same post-cleanse, leaving meat and dairy as the last food groups to add back into your diet. Most cleansing programs recommend light exercise, yoga, sauna or massage to complement your cleanse. And, don’t worry — although you are cleansing, you can do so at work without fear of monopolizing the restroom!

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baskwell Now that you are prepared, it’s time to select the cleanse that’s right for you. From do-it-yourself to delivery, there are plenty of options.

Juice Cleanses Juice cleanses are all the rage at the moment. Depending on where you live, they are offered for pick-up or delivery. They are delicious and simple because the thinking (and juice-pressing) has been done for you, and each bottle is clearly labeled with a number, telling you in what order the drinks should be consumed.

BluePrint Cleanse BluePrint Cleanse (BluePrintCleanse.com) is the original and definitely the gold standard of juice cleanses. BluePrint uses a nutritionally complete method

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There are other popular juice cleanses that are similar to BluePrint, but with a few modifications:

CoolerCleanse Incorporates coconut water as one of its juices. CoolerCleanse.com

Red Carpet Cleanse Changes the order of consumption, with a kale nut milk midday. RedCarpetCleanses.com

Ritual Cleanse Is 100% organic and also offers a “Shred” component, which includes two pre- and post-workout juices, to better fuel those who want to continue working out hard during the cleansing process. RitualCleanse.com

of juice extraction that extracts threeto-five times more vitamins, minerals and enzymes than most juicers. They also offer three levels of cleansing, from beginner to expert - the Renovation, the Foundation, and the Excavation, respectively. I did the Renovation cleanse and was treated to six bottles of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. My daily menu consisted of delicious fresh juice concoctions (consumed in this order): Green lemon Pineapple, apple and mint Green apple Tart and spicy lemonade Carrot, apple, beet and ginger Cashew nut milk with vanilla bean, cinnamon and agave. I drink a lot of “the greens” powders, so I thought that the green drinks from BluePrint would be similar; however, the flavors of freshly pressed romaine, spinach, cucumber and parsley were extraordinary. The pineapple, apple and mint was delicious and refreshing. The lemonade was flavored with cayenne and agave - it would be perfect for use on the Master Cleanse. Finally, after a day of cleansing, the nut milk is such a treat — almost like a vanilla milkshake.

Looking for a more DIY cleansing program? There are many powders and potions out there for you to mix yourself, but the best include:

David Kirsch’s 48 Hour Super Charged Cleanse For two days, mix four ounces of the cleanse concentrate with four ounces of water and drink four times per day. It features top colon, kidney and liver cleansing antioxidants, such as milk thistle, acai berry and cranberry extract. DavidKirschWellness.com

GliSODin This is a new nutricosmetic line of skincare formulations that enhances skin health and beauty from within by offering a natural, internal solution to healthy glowing skin, all while reducing accelerated aging. Who doesn’t need this? It’s formulated by top dermatologists and nutritionists from Paris and has a delicious berry flavor. Glisodin.com

Clean Program A favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, this is a three-week program that helps the body naturally heal itself and break old habits. The program includes a shake and supplements in the morning, a meal from the elimination diet and supplements midday, and a shake and supplements in the evening. Yes, you get to eat real food on this cleanse! The elimination diet removes foods that are known to cause food allergies and sensitivities, allowing the body to detox and repair. CleanProgram.com

118 Degrees If you can’t live without three meals (and dessert!) a day, try the seven-day detox program from 118 Degrees. Jenny Ross prepares gourmet, organic raw food that can be picked up three days a week from her restaurant at The Camp in Costa Mesa. Her food also is excellent in conjunction with any of the cleanses mentioned here, as pre- and post-cleanse food that is gentle on the system. If you can’t make it into her restaurant, you also can find her RAWbar line at various Whole Foods in LA and OC. 118Degrees.com www.baskmagazine.com

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IT’s NOT pe Rs ONa l , s ONNY Actually, it is personal: how you look, what you wear, the way you spend your time, the choices you make...all define you to the world. This spring stop promising and start performing. Do it in silence with little fanfare. Do it because it is the right thing and do it today. It starts with taking a hard look at that guy in the mirror. It includes being a better son, husband, father and friend. But, most of all, it means being the best you that you can be. Nothing short of exceptional is acceptable. Because it is personal. Nothing could be more personal. But it is good business too. So no excuses. Get going. It’s time to go to the mattresses.

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12 things every man should know ( OR DO ! ! ) IN 2 0 1 1 every man is different . yet , even with our differences , we remain much the same . most of us play familiar roles , provide similar kinds of support and face the same cruel process of aging that will challenge each of us to remain strong, smart and safe. it doesn’t take an advanced degree to be all that you can be, but it does take some effort. because we are all called upon at some point to perform a simple task . and we better know what we are doing .

call your mom

own a pet

Or your Dad, your brother or sister or a friend from years ago. History matters a lot and blood matters even more. It takes a bigger man to rise above what happened years ago to ensure that what happens today is the best for everybody. Plus, how you treat your Mom tells a future reason-for-living how you might treat her. Better yet, send your Mom flowers with PassionFlower.us and don’t forget about Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011.

It can be a goldfish or a giant panda, but have something to come home to. It enlarges your heart and enlivens your conversation. So don’t limit your tales to past gridiron glories or current adventures in workland, a heartfelt tale about how you rescued your latest best friend will go much further in communicating who you are and what you care about than a thousand reminders about how you hit this quarter’s quota. To find the right dog, right now, visit RescueEveryDog.com.

take the blame

Our world is filled with finger pointing. Rare is the person of consequence that steps to the front of the line and owns the trouble. Be that guy. Protect your people by freeing them from the burden of blame. If you are smart enough to be right, be strong enough to be wrong in a way that builds confidence in those looking to follow. For inspiration on how to lead others into the daily battle, try Amazon.com, keywords: Lincoln, Disney or Lombardi. say

“goodbye”

There are lots of ways to stay in touch with your past and some of that makes sense. But every house needs a good cleaning and yours is no exception. It’s time to clear those old shirts from your closet. You’ll find much to add when you take the time to put the past in its proper place with no friending, texting or favors. say

“i’m

sorry”

As right as you are (and we know that is most of the time), a well-timed apology can serve you well. It should be timely and sincere, and speak not in generalities (“I am sorry for caring too much.”), but to the specific issue at hand (“I am sorry that I forgot your birthday.”) Don’t overdo it, but make it from your heart and combine it with a little something in a blue box. Tiffany.com


“thank you”

catch a fish

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There is nothing better than feeling the tug at the end of your line. Fishing is great because you never know what is going to happen. There are good days and not so good days, but every cast gives you the chance to make a memory. If you have a kid or friend that could use some time out in the sun, take them with you. Local lakes stock plenty of fish and don’t forget you live on the coast.

Simple acts of kindness or thoughtfulness require a simple response. Yet, we are stunned by how many of us stumble over these two words. Nothing works better than a lookher-in-the-eyes with a from-the-heart honest, “thanks.” A note written within 24 hours of the event also works wonders. Not an email or text, but a handwritten note scripted with a man’s heavy black ink like the kind you’ll find in writing instruments fit for a gentleman. Myron.com

win with honor

Jerry Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver, never danced after a touchdown. He scored more than anyone else and wanted his opponents to know every great play was soon to be followed by another and another. Bring the same ethos to your life and you’ll spend less time celebrating and more time winning. When the time is right for a high five or two, do it like you’ve been there before as you sip a nice smooth shot of Karma Tequila. KarmaTequila.com

a toast for the ages

Poke fun, but don’t humiliate. Be insightful, but not too personal. Be sincere, but not sappy. Remember this is about the subject of your toast and not about you. So your words should add to the occasion without stealing the spotlight. So good luck and when in doubt… quote the Irish or go to Ehow.com.

lose with more honor

Tom Brady, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods….All have spoke to the value of failure as a motivator to get better. Savor the victories for a moment, but dissect the losses. Where did you go wrong? What could you have done differently? Was it even a fair fight? Whether you are fighting for your next big account or a pretty girl, give it your best shot and let the chips fall. Then call the firm or fella that stole your thunder and congratulate them! Good karma is the best revenge.

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be grateful

Trips and gifts are great, but some times the best way to say you care is to slow down, turn off your phone and mend some one back to health. They could be suffering from a common cold or a wounded ego, but the ability to concoct an aromatic broth that soothes the mind, body and heart is a wonderful gift. Do it for someone you care about (even if he’s a stubborn jack ass!) and you will feel the better for it.

Gratefulness is a gift. If you have a bed to sleep in, a job and food on your table, count yourself blessed. If you have good health, you are killing it. And if you are surrounded by love, what else could you possibly need? So, forget all that other stuff. Find your joy, live your passion and be happy with all that you have, as you strive be more than you are. The Buddha knows.

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MEN@ WORK

And One Leading Lady

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left to right: Scott Burnham, Therese Hotvedt, Stephen Thorp and Bryon Ward


Commercial real estate is generally considered a men’s game, but that hasn’t stopped this team and its leading lady from recording some big “W’s.” Burnham’s team (shown here) are the people behind a leader in Southern California’s commercial real estate market — Burnham USA and its affiliate, Burnham Ward Properties.

You can’t drive a block in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa without passing by a Burnham property (with its signature orange signs). 270 Newport Center Drive is reminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright-design, its crisscross of air, elements and environments. Burnham has re-invented the (Ed Giddings design) landmark without compromising any of its original design integrity. Another property turning heads on the north side of the 405 freeway is the South Coast Collection or “SOCO” (yes, SOCO). This is a community of innovation where retail specialists pursue their passions and offer their wares in a manner that shifts how people experience a retail destination. Everything about SOCO is new, different, unique and cool. SOCO is truly a collection of the best: visit a wide variety of design stores, including Stark, Scalamandre, tpt home, Fixtures Living or Pal and Smith. The OC Mart MiX within SOCO is a shopping experience unto itself and like none other in the OC. The First phase of the MiX is now open and the 2nd/3rd phase are expected to open in the coming months.

behind the Irvine Company. It’s a plan that has helped Burnham survive multiple recessions through thoughtful staffing, conservative growth goals, manageable ambitions, flexibility and a willingness to build success the old fashion way: brick by brick, project by project, year by year. All are foundational to the firm’s growth and success. It is easy for smart, successful people to reach beyond what the markets and times will bear but this firm’s careful calculation has allowed it to make small moves and/or big moves — but always the right moves — in a reflection of the times. All of which allows them to take full advantage of the opportunities before them. Male or female, the key is a hands-on approach with everyone focused around the same goals. Everyone at Burnham does whatever is needed to ensure that each project is the best that it can be. Achievement is a collective accomplishment and each member of the management team can lead a deal, read a blueprint, or wear a hard hat, whether they are standing in a pair of Prada loafers or pumps.

These properties and others are a part of a series of ambitious innovations of Burnham USA and its affiliate, Burnham Ward Properties. Innovation, creativity and improvement are synonymous with Burnham. A nimble and flexible organization with little ego but a relentless passion that commands everything it does. It’s taken over 25 years, but that was always part of the plan. A plan that appears to have now made Burnham, Newport’s largest owner of individual commercial properties,

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“yes!”

Give your buddies a reason to say... If the same old trips are feeling like they sound: you know, the “same” and “old, then it is time to bring some get up-and go to your next guy adventure. While you could kick existing themes up a notch or three (Think golf in Scotland instead of Vegas), the best way to ensure unrivaled participation is to propose unprecedented possibilities.

Go Fast at Racing School

Go Big in Alaska No go carts at Jim Russell Racing School in Sonoma, California. No, these are big, fast race cars that will test your will and your willies. Former world champion Russell has put together multiple packages that allow you to advance at your own pace and progress through rapidly accelerating rpms and skill levels. Interestingly, many of today’s top drivers actually started their careers in one of Mr. Russell’s schools so you know this is serious fun for serious enthusiasts. Plus, great wineries are only a couple minutes away! JimRussellUSA.com

Go Exotic in Thailand Nothing says “guy trip” more than the “hunt.” It’s the stuff that makes men…well, men. Tribal traditions use it to transform young boys and Hemingway wrote of it as the ultimate face-off between man and his mortality. For the rest of us, it is just good fun and if guns and drinking don’t mix (and they don’t) then book a trophy fishing trip to Alaska. It is big country with big adventures and monster big fish in both salt and fresh water. Plus, it is almost impossible not to catch something huge up north and see your fair share of bear and eagle. Plus, great packages abound. Go to GreatAlaskaFishing.com

Sure, there is plenty of you-know-what in Thailand, but there is plenty there to make a week in the Land of Smiles your best seven days ever. It begins with great prices for unbelievable dining and accommodations. Just spend a couple days in Bangkok and you’re sure to gain a new appreciation for the teachings of the Buddha. For style savvy gents, you can take home custom made suits and shirts at 1/3 the cost JamesFashion.com. Spend the rest of your time in Phuket hitting the perfect nine iron, riding the perfect wave and chasing the perfect Thai massage and you’ll not only want to go back, you may never want to leave. 82

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As a concierge physician, how can you help me be healthier? How can you help me feel more at ease in today’s health care system?

Good questions? We asked Dr. David R. Bloom of Personalcare Physicians, Newport Beach, to give us his perspective on health and personal physician care.

Go to: MyPersonalcarePhysician.com to watch the video.


Fa c e Up to Yo ur

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Mornings are not fun. I mean, “who is that guy?” He looks like me…sort of. Whether you are up early or late, at some point it’s all you baby and you have to face that mug. Sure, you can whine about too much this or that…but that is too little, too late. The question is what now? And the good news is there are lots of strategies for not-so-young-guys to find that face you remember…sort of.

Forehead It’s no secret that Botox will give the rest of your face forehead envy. But if you can’t take the needles, listen to Nancy Pellegrino, N.P. Viveté® skin care or Renova® will reduce the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles. AntonAesthetics.com

Hair Love your hair for as long as you can. Because one day: poof…you know. If male pattern baldness is driving you crazy, try all natural Procerin. Procerin.com. If your hair is healthy, don’t worry about the grey. What you need is a product that gives you style and shine and Newport Beach stylist, Dusty of Salon Gregories says Kronos, “makes everyday a great hair day.” KronosHair.com

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Your nose is your nose and while you can re-shape it from the inside out, most of us could benefit with caring a little from the outside in. That means a good cleansing and moisturizing routine and lots of sunscreen. Add a good toner to the mix and you’ll tighten the skin and shrink those guy pores. Try Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Facial Toner DrHauschka.com or Origins Zero Oil. Origins.com

Crow’s feet, sagging skin, dark circles....Is there any good news here? Well, there are always options and here they range from surgery to injectables to topicals. According to Dr. Sundine in Newport Beach, “The stigma about surgery is gone” DrSundine.com. If you prefer something less invasive, try RéVive® Eye Renewal Cream. Revive.com

Lips We’re not suggesting you start glossing up, but getting rid of those dry, chapped lips would be nice. Dab on a little Aquaphor Lip Repair. It soothes and relieves without being too much or too little. AquaphorHealing.com 84

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Teeth Your smile is the first thing women notice and the last thing they see before kissing you goodnight (or goodbye!). Make the most of your bright whites in only 90 seconds with Spraywhite 90. WowOralCare.com


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5 Fitness Tools

TO HELP YOU S H A PE U P F OR S U M M E R Spring is the time to get ready for the beach days of summer – and we’ve collected some tech tools to help you reach your goals!

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WeightLossWars.com and StickK.com

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Two sites at opposing ends of the weight-loss spectrum, WeightLossWars.com and StickK. com, use very different means to accomplish similar ends. With WeightLossWars, social pressure and peer support are the key motivators. You can join as a group, set a goal for weight loss and work together for a prize specific to your group. With StickK, you log in, set your goal, and put your money where your commitment is. Reach your goal; keep your cash. But if you fail, your money goes to a pre-designated recipient. Losing weight is hard, but losing money is so much worse. Both are free to join. WeightLossWars.com | StickK.com

Finis Swimsense Watch The only watch in the world designed exclusively for lap swimming, the Swimsense by Finis automatically recognizes stroke types, swim speed and distance, and is configurable for varying pool sizes, meters, yards, genders and weight. Its design reduces drag in the water while retaining a large display size. The watch also uploads to an online workout tracker, making that lean and strong swimmer’s body even more attainable. $199.99 | Swimsense.Finisinc.com

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Motorola Atrix

Update your WeightLossWars and StickK accounts with the smartest of the smart phones, the Motorola Atrix, the device the cellular industry has been promising users for a decade. This hardcore piece of hot tech is more than just a smartphone; rather, it’s a dual-core, media center-driving, four-inch-screened beauty that can do everything from true web browsing to waking you up in the morning. With multiple USB ports, a hibernating OS dedicated solely to big screens, an HDMI outlet, and Bluetooth functionality, this becomes a standalone PC. The iPhone finally has ample reason to look over its shoulder. Price not yet released. Motorola.com/atrix

Once you have made a commitment to lose weight, the Withings scale is a great way to keep track of your victories. This Wi-Fi-enabled digital scale automatically records the user’s body weight, lean and fat mass, and calculated body mass index (BMI) and recognizes up to eight individual users the moment they step on the scale. The scale’s accompanying software gives users the power to set up a private webpage, use the free iPhone app, or Tweet about their weight loss successes. Available in two sleek and attractive colors, the scale is equal parts fashion statement and weight-loss cheerleader. $159.00 | Withings.com/WiFi_Scale

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Ciclotte Cycle

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The sexiest piece of exercise equipment ever designed, the Ciclotte is stunning. Born of Italian artistry, Luca Shieppati originally conceived the cycle in 2007, and this gorgeous luxury fitness machine has been winning design awards since. The Ciclotte is both a fully functional health tool and a piece of interior design flair. This may be the first exercise bike to survive the annual Spring cleaning garage sale. $11,000 | Ciclotte.com

GRAPHENE

MICELLES

What It Is: A one-atom-thick film of carbon drawn from graphite

What They Are: Small soapy clusters of molecules capable of targeting cancer cells

What It Does: This super-strong material is 1,000 times more electrically conductive than copper

What They Do: Micelles can carry drugs into the heart of drug-resistant tumor cells, delivering their payload close to a cancer cell’s DNA

Why It Matters: Mobile devices that use graphene-based chips will make the Atrix look like a dinosaur Recent Development: Two University of Manchester researchers shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their groundbreaking work on what the Nobel Institute calls “the perfect lattice.”

Why They Matter: Micelles could mean an end to the concern of cancer cells developing drug resistance Recent Development: In January of this year, micelles were introduced to mice with drug-resistant cancer cells. They delivered their drugs to the heart of the tumor’s DNA, radically slowing the cancer’s growth rate.

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This edition of bask@home takes you inside the mind of one of Southern California’s ultimate homebuilders‌ and brings you two takes on contemporary homes that could elevate your life to an art form.

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24366 Santa Clara Avenue, Dana Point


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[soft]contemporary art Soft Contemporary homeS Seem to intuitively belong here on the CoaSt, where the landSCape — jagged roCkS, jutting CliffS, rolling Surf and waterColor SkieS — provideS a gentle eCho of their artful balanCe. feel like you Could Call a Soft Contemporary “home?” theSe two maSterpieCeS might juSt elevate your home life to an art form.

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a bit of a new media darling — it’s been voted one of the top 10 homes in laguna beach on realtor.com — this residence is a “mixed media” masterpiece, blending dramatic ocean views, Soft Contemporary architecture, and Spanish design influences. designed to maximize its sweeping vistas of the pacific ocean, coastline and Catalina island, the home and separate casita feature numerous terraces and courtyards for everyday living and chic entertaining, including a spacious outdoor lounge, an alfresco kitchen and bar, and an open-air dining room accented by a splashing fountain. the interior of the home is equally sublime, with such designer-appointed finishes as richly stained tonguein-groove beam ceilings, slab stone countertops, limestone flooring and Cherry wood cabinetry. every room in this five bedroom, four bathroom property — including spacious living, dining, master and billiards/ fitness rooms — opens to an ocean view deck or to a private courtyard. if it weren’t for its ideal location — just across pCh from the sand and a block from the montage resort — you would never want to leave.

featured on the home tours of the american institute of architects and the orange County museum of art, it’s not an overstatement to call this approximately 6,500 square foot dana point bluff-top residence a masterpiece of Soft Contemporary home design. here, on an impressive double lot that also encompasses a guesthouse, the elements of air, earth, water and fire combine to create a serenely spectacular setting for life in balance, thanks to the all-star collaboration of architect david olson, interior designer justine ringlien, and landscape architect daniel Stewart. walls of glass boast panoramic coastline views from dana point harbor to San diego and open to create large-scale indoor/outdoor rooms for living and entertaining in all seasons. exotic natural materials — from Crema europa limestone and Santa barbara sandstone to anagre maple cabinetry and solid mahogany doors — provide powerful counterpoints to the stunning geometric volumes of the home. numerous water features and the surprising use of “fire and ice” elements on the spacious grounds remind you, at every turn, of the fundamental – and elemental – appeal of this landmark residence.

31371 Monterey Street, Laguna Beach $1,895,000

24366 Santa Clara Avenue, Dana Point $9,500,000

Whether you’re swooning over one of these Soft Contemporaries, or are more apt to marvel at Mediterraneans or Mid-Century Moderns, visit SurterreProperties.com for more information on these and other fine properties for sale. www.baskmagazine.com

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debbie lavdas

MATERIAL GUY

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f you can dream it, he can build it. And he has. John Finton has built

some of the most unique homes in the world for an impressive client roster spanning billionaire business execs to Hollywood stars from J-Lo to Ben Stiller. But Finton doesn’t drop names. And he doesn’t much dig titles, like his being dubbed “Indiana Jones” for his ’round-the-world treasure hunts for custom home finishes and materials. “I’m a little over it,” he says nonchalantly. “It started accidentally about ten years ago when a client asked me to travel to Jerusalem for stone that Christ was said to walk on.” Finton got the stone, and got hooked. “It’s an art form, really,” he adds. Last year alone, Finton traveled 300,000 miles to locate the dream home elements on his clients’ wish lists. “It’s the ‘Pathological Accommodator’ in me.” Finton Construction, with 45 project managers and 1,500 people on the job on any given day, accommodates clients by building their luxe abodes in Russia, Asia and around the globe, but his regular clientele are those in bask’s backyard - Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles and Orange County’s Newport Coast.

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hat does a guy who’s seen it all and built it all have to say about

the latest in ultimate home building? That answer was about as hard to get as a certain French limestone. From job sites to private planes to lunches at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge, Finton is a moving target. We caught up at one of his current dream homes in the making — a 65,000 square foot Bel-Air estate, which, incidentally, will be clad in a rare limestone that he personally sourced in France, then traveled to China to have fabricated.


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o, on to what’s trending in the world of custom homes. Is it Mediterranean?

French Chateau? Italian Modern? “It’s interesting. It depends on which side of the ocean you’re sitting on,” notes Finton. If you live in Europe, people love things American, theaters and all. If you live here, everyone wants the old charm of Europe. One day, some people feel less is more. And the next minute, luxury and opulence is in. Some want a beach house, some need parking for 40 cars, some are doing political fundraisers, some need catering kitchens.” He added, “For many years, we didn’t do much contemporary work, and now the last five years we’re doing more. I’m doing spas in almost every house I build; massage room, steam, sauna, relaxation area. We didn’t used to do that.” One constant he did drive home, though – should you have a villa, summer house, hacienda or palatial palace on the horizon – was the importance of quality. “Clearly it’s always better to build good quality. We have record sales for the price per foot of the homes we’ve built in Malibu, Pasadena, Beverly Park. Good quality always sells.” He should know. Finton Construction homes have graced the coveted cover of Robb Report twice with ‘House of the Year’ awards. His most recent win was last year for a Beverly Park home that he built.

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ow about the LA market versus that

of Orange County? “There’s no question that the LA market is more sophisticated in terms of their taste levels, and in terms of what they’re demanding out of their projects. There’s a higher level of detail and the projects move much faster in LA. We’ll have clients who want to have their Malibu beach house finished for a party, and in order to get it done, we’ll need to work 24 hours a day. And that’s not crazy here (in LA). In Orange County, we never have projects like that.” And, on the topic of more eco-conscious homebuilding, “Everybody wants to be responsible, but, at a certain point, you’re spending so much money to get some of these things that it doesn’t make sense. Take geothermal heat and air conditioning as examples. By the time you look at what it costs and what the payback is, people say ‘I want to be green, but I don’t want to be green that much.’ Like anything, there is a balance of what makes sense.” About that balance… what kind of home does Finton call “home?” “My house is a modest, charming 1920s home in an old part of Pasadena. It’s cool; it’s only about 3,000 square feet. Coming home to a 10,000 square foot house just didn’t make a lot of sense to me anymore. And I like Minimalist style,” he adds. When Finton is not at home in Pasadena or on a job site, you can find him dropping anchor on his boat, traveling the West Coast, Mexico and Costa Rica.

John Finton, Founder and President of Finton Construction, is renowned for building the ultimate in luxury to Newport Coast. View his projects and more at FintonConstruction.com All Photos provided by Finton construction.

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this stunning, very private bayfront residence with large dock brings French elegance to exclusive Linda Isle. Five gracious bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths meet fabulous spaces for chic living and entertaining, including expansive waterfront terraces that open seamlessly to the designer-perfect interiors. Offered for $6,495,000 w w w .78lindai sl e. com

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SHady Canyon® IRVINe Offered for $3,495,000 Rare offering of one of shady Canyon®’s only golf course-front homes. this highly customized and upgraded Villa is a sought-after taylor Woodrow Plan 2. Highlights of this very private residence include a guest casita, grand billiards/theater lounge, chef’s kitchen, swimming pool. www. 25W ild h a w k .c o m

SHady Canyon® IRVINe Offered for $2,498,000 this impressive shady Canyon® residence brings elegant spanishinspired architecture to one of southern California’s exclusive neighborhoods. the very private, approximately 4,097 square feet home features three bedrooms and three-and-one-half bathrooms and a den. Multiple entertaining areas. www. 30ver nal Spri ng. com


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CoTo de CaZa Price Upon Request this nearly 53,000 square foot estate-sized lot in Coto De Caza’s coveted neighborhood combines Napa-inspired architecture and grounds with a premier corner lot and tremendous views of Coto Valley. extensively customized with luxe finishes and amenities including spectacular rear grounds with resort pool and lounge. www. 1devonwood. com

BalBoa PeninSula PoinT NeWPoRt BeaCH Offered for $2,995,000 upscale beach house style, one house off the sand on Peninsula Point. enjoy ocean views from second floor great room and spacious patio. Recently remodeled, amenities include gourmet kitchen and air conditioning. turnkey ready with approximately 2,700 square feet featuring five bedrooms, four baths and two-car garage. www. 1577eocean B lv d .c o m

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craig valli C 949.584.7111

craigvalli@surterreproperties.com

chris valli C 714.883.4397

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extraordinary French Provencal custom estate situated on an over three-fourth acre lot with sunset and golf course views. Five bedroom suites, fi ve baths, plus three half baths. Five-car garage, separate casita, pool, spa and gated driveway. exquisite re-creation of French country living in a world class, guard-gated golf community. Price Upon Request


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craig valli C 949.584.7111

craigvalli@surterreproperties.com

chris valli C 714.883.4397

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this Luxury Reo tM is a custom Renaissance inspired estate showcasing Newport Coast at its finest. tumbled limestone fl ooring, true Venetian plastered walls and exposed wood beams invoke elegance in this richly appointed villa with fi ve bedrooms, six baths, a pool, spa and Koi pond. Formally listed at $6,895,000. Price Upon Request


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norTH laGuna - LaGuNa BeaCH Offered for $4,895,000

neWPorT BeaCH Offered for $1,836,000

elegant contemporary estate minutes from North Laguna’s Crescent Bay Beach.

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four bedrooms, six baths, media room, and hardwood and travertine throughout.

PeliCan PoinT NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $18,800,000 this front row, Pelican Point european Baroque-inspired masterpiece took three years to build. every detail, from the Italian slab marble to the hand-painted, hand-crafted Parisian-style fabrics and paintings, were created and imported by artisans throughout europe, enhancing the estate’s impeccable authenticity. www. 42Pel i can. com

sPyro keMble & rosanne kline C 949.689.8377 > C 949.378.5809

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CrySTal Cove NeWPoRt Coast Offered at $5,300,000 Gorgeous four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath home in Crystal Cove with fabulous ocean and Catalina Island views. Features include a casita, large bonus room, office and a great room. the wider than usual lot creates private and beautifully landscaped side and rear yards, with a fireplace, barbeque, loggia, water features and a spa.

CrySTal Cove - NeWPoRt Coast Offered at $6,195,000 this distinguished coastal estate has all the desired amenities, finest custom features and upgrades throughout, and graces a large secluded lot. the ocean, Catalina Island and coastline views from this exquisite residence are truly spectacular. ww w.2 1 TideWat c h.c om


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CrySTal Cove - NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $8,395,000 this stunning, five bedroom coastal estate is situated on a wide lot and has exceptional, unobstructed ocean, coastline and Catalina Island views. Features include a main level master bedroom suite, theater, fitness center, wine tasting room, wine cellar, casita, office/den and resort style yard. w w w.23M oonShell.c om

CrySTal Cove NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $2,998,000 Delightful five bedroom, four-andone-half bath upgraded home situated on a quiet cul-de-sac. Features include a detached casita, entry and interior courtyards, and a three-car garage. the tranquil yard has a gorgeous waterfall cascading into the spa, and plenty of room for entertaining. www. 5a t lan t is C o v e .c o m

Jane Polley C 949.677.5263

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CrySTal Cove NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $12,900,000 elegant Northern Italian style estate with unimpeded views of the Pacific, Catalina Island, Newport Harbor, Palos Verdes and city lights. Graceful quarter sawn white oak flooring, stone groin vaulted ceilings, archways and flooring abound. www. 23Hig h Wa t e r.c o m

PeliCan Hill - NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $10,900,000

PeliCan Hill - NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $8,800,000

Classic santa Barbara style home located on over 30,000 square foot front row

enjoy golf course, ocean and Catalina Island views from this private,

lot with ocean, golf course, Catalina Island, harbor, city lights and sunset views.

front row estate. authentic old world finishes.

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this French inspired estate has been chosen to be the Philharmonic House of Design. With views of the harbor, Catalina Island and white water all the way to Palos Verdes. Featuring dedicated theater, wine area, separate guest casita, marble counters, stone fireplaces, elevator service, garaging for eight. Offered for $13,850,000 w w w.9ShellBeach. com

Marcy Weinstein C 949.689.3550

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PeninSula PoinT NeWPoRt BeaCH Offered for $2,999,999 this fabulous home will exceed your expectations. Close to the harbor, private beach and world famous �Wedge� it is an ideal location for entertaining and enjoying all the water sports and activities Newport Harbor offers.

CrySTal Cove - NeWPoRt Coast Offered for $3,800,000

BalBoa PeninSula - NeWPoRt BeaCH Offered for $1,495,000

Incredible view home on an approximately 9,763 square foot lot offers a detached

Come and enjoy the beach, the bay or relax on the patio of your decorator-perfect

casita and an expansive outdoor entertaining area. the gracious courtyard entry

three bedroom, two bath beach house. Fully renovated with attention to detail,

leads to an open, four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath floor plan.

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WeST neWPorT - NeWPoRt BeaCH Offered for $1,395,000

neWPorT PeninSula - NeWPoRt BeaCH Offered for $925,000

Remodeled duplex one street to the beach. Both units are three bedrooms, two

Great duplex includes one bedroom, one bath and large balcony upstairs.

baths. Kitchens have high-quality granite, stainless steel appliances and wood floors.

two bedrooms, one bath below in rear with private patio.

BalBoa PeninSula NeWPoRt BeaCH Offered for $595,000 Gorgeous sit-down Balboa Island, bay and city light views from this spacious one bedroom, one bath property with available dockage right out your front door. enjoy ideal bayfront living and entertaining in the most desirable mid-peninsula location. Watch the Balboa Ferry from your kitchen window or private balcony.

cassie haMMond C 949.500.5569

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London Get some R&R at the Shoreditch House, the East End outpost of the famed Soho House Group, with their new Shoreditch rooms recently opened to the public. Make sure to spend some time at the Shoreditch House’s Cowshed Spa where you can enjoy the cowgroom, a luxurious treat, where two therapists work simultaneously performing two treatments of your choice. Make sure to bring home some of their essential plant based products. (Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London,
E1 6AW, +44 (0)20 7739 5040) ShoreditchHouse.com Looking for cheap and chic in this pricey city? Check out the Hoxton Hotel, routinely voted one of London’s best hotels for under £100. If you are really lucky you will catch one of their sales where the rooms drop to just £1 per night. With hip surroundings, Frette linens, and free Wi-Fi, you won’t feel like you are compromising luxury for budget. (81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HU, +44 (0)20 7550 1000) HoxtonHotels.com The Zetter is Clerkenwell’s comfortable and stylish boutique hotel located on St. John’s Square. The Zetter was a Victorian warehouse located in one of London’s oldest neighborhoods before it was turned into the vintage-modern boutique hotel. Each uniquely decorated room is outfitted with an espresso machine and colorful mood lighting. With a friendly staff and delicious in-house restaurant, the Zetter is a fine place to land. (St. John’s Square,
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Traveling with a vegan? Then head over to SAF where meat is out and raw food is in. As one of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, Saf is a must-try for raw food novices, vegans, and carnivores alike. The food might be light, but the specialty cocktails are strong, thanks to expert sommelier and mixologist Joe McCanta. A native Californian, Joe’s cocktail inspiration comes from the fresh fruits, herbs and spices that he grows in the Saf greenhouse. (152-154 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AT +44 (0)20 7613 0007) SafRestaurant.co.uk

The British have been working hard to shed their negative culinary image and Albion is a showcase for the latest and greatest in British gastronomy. A shop and café rolled into one, the shop sells fine British-made products and the café includes an open kitchen plan that supports their fresh and local concept. If you are in a hurry, you can grab many of their sandwiches and pastries for takeaway (the British phrase for to-go). (2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD +44(0)20 7729 1051) AlbionCaff.co.uk

Late night cocktails are a must at The Book Club, a lounge with an emphasis on culture and drinking. Some of their cultural events include speed dating, thinking and drinking games, and craft night competitions. (100 -106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH, +44 (0)20 7684 8618) WeAreTBC.com

A Sunday treat after your flower hunting is a stop at Treacle, London’s very own cupcake (or fairy cake as the Brits refer to them) bakery. Sip on some tea and admire their eclectic collection of mid-century kitchen accessories that are on sale. (110-112 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7RG +44 (0)20 7729 0538) TreacleWorld.com

If the nightlife of Shoreditch isn’t your scene — or if you’re nursing last night’s hangover — take a Sunday morning stroll to the Columbia Road Flower Market, where the East End’s early birds roam. The bustling steals and deals of the flower market serve as the road’s backdrop to Sunday brunching and shopping. (Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG, +44 (0)20 7613 0876) ColumbiaRoad.info.

Ella Doran is an East End design fixture transforming her photography into marketable products for the home. Her shop sells everything from coasters and coffee mugs to window shades, all decorated with her iconic imagery. Pick up one of her pieces as a reminder of your trip to this design-friendly part of town. (46 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 6EH, +44 (0)20 7613 0782) EllaDoran.co.uk


When the East End starts to feel a bit too trendy, head to Galvin La Chapelle for a sit down dinner in a Nineteenth Century Victorian church that has been converted into a modern French bistro. This cavernous space is a hidden gem located just off of Spitalfields Square. In the city’s 9-5 center, not only is the architecture of the space awe-inspiring, but the food is artfully crafted, as well. If you aren’t feeling like a high-end dinner, you can still take in the surroundings at Café A Vin located in the back of La Chapelle. (35 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY, +44 (0)20 7299 0400) GalvinRestaurants.com Caravan is a home décor shop curated by stylist and self-described flea-market addict Emily Chalmbers. You can take some of her style back to the States with one of her signed books on home design after lunching on authentic Indian cuisine at nearby Brick Lane. (3 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DJ, +44 (0)20 7033 3532) CaravanStyle.com No trip to London would be complete without a stop at a local neighborhood pub and The Princess of Shoreditch just happens to be one of the oldest running joints in Shoreditch. This 260 year-old institution recently underwent a hip renovation and now serves up a posh version of the tried-and-true fish and chips. (76 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4NE, +44 (0)20 7729 9270) ThePrincessOfShoreditch.com

Crossing the Pond…to Crystal Cove! Can’t get to London as soon as you like? Not to worry, because London’s highly acclaimed Tamarind restaurant is coming to Crystal Cove this summer. Tamarind of London, a new outpost of the Tamarind in London’s Mayfair, will serve Indian favorites as well as innovative and modern seasonal dishes in an upscale casual atmosphere. Tamarind’s sister restaurant in London has been recognized with several top honors over the years, including Michelin stars from 2001 - 2011, and the 2005 Best of Britain award for Restaurant Achievement of the Year. Tamarind of London will be open for lunch and dinner daily. TamarindRestaurant.com

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Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa Nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain between Phoenix and Scottsdale is the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa (IcMontelucia.com), a resort filled with an air of mysticism and luxury that makes you feel like you are in Seville, Spain – without the transcontinental flight! The rooms are splendid (loaded with luxe amenities and featuring mountain views), yet the true jewel of the Intercontinental Montelucia is its sprawling 31,000 square foot Joya Spa. Upon arrival, you are invited to begin your spiritual transformation by setting an intention, and choosing one of five different stones that symbolize love, wealth, work, health and family. The distinctive spa menu includes an authentic Moroccan hammam (a deluxe bathing treatment), a soothing anti-aging rose facial treatment, rejuvenating hypnotherapy and meditation, astrological consultation and lip print readings. You also can enjoy stimulating fitness classes ranging from yoga to Spanish flamenco dancing. All of these indulgences can be savored in your own spa suite, an opulent 850 square feet of luxury complete with king bed, treatment tables that vibrate to complement the music of your choice, fireplace, flat screen television, and a sliding glass door that opens to the Joya terrace rooftop pool with picturesque views of Camelback Mountain that will take your breath away and transport you to a state of utter bliss. Looking for a little more action? Opt for a guided hike up Camelback Mountain – fueled by a breakfast at the resort’s Crave Café. Or, for some R&R, grab a chaise at the resort’s Kasbah pool and enjoy a casual lunch at Roq. For a memorable evening out, dine at the resort’s signature restaurant, Prado, which features fresh and locally grown produce in Italian-inspired dishes. After, enjoy a nightcap at M bar while swaying to the sultry sounds of the Spanish guitar played by the Sahnas brothers. While you’re in town: Start your day off by delighting in a tasty brunch at El Chorro Lodge (ElChorroLodge.com). Be sure to stop by the downtown Scottsdale landmark, Hotel Valley Ho (HotelValleyHo.com), to scope out the stylish Mid-Century furnishings. And, don’t forget to bring your pooch! The property is pet-friendly. Stop for a juicy burger at AZ 88, (AZ88.com) and then check out the trendy scene at champagne and tea bar, Narcisse (NarcisselLounge.com). 130

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The weather is changing and we’re moving away from heavy winter foods in favor of lighter fare. Fish is a natural, healthy choice and eating it raw is a great alternative. When we think of raw fish, we often think of sushi and sashimi. However, the Japanese are not the only culture to celebrate the raw stuff. From Italian crudo to Peruvian tiraditos, restaurants are offering raw seafood in a variety of preparations. Raw seafood has a very different taste and texture than cooked fish, so starting with a high-quality product is crucial to making these dishes shine. Great as an appetizer, light lunch or dinner, go beyond your comfort zone, and try some of the raw seafood specialties out there. One of my favorite preparations is Italian crudo, raw fish dressed with olive oil, sea salt and citrus. Santa Monica Seafood (SantaMonicaSeafood. com) recently opened their Costa Mesa café and serves a delicious crudo of thinly sliced hiramasa with arugula pesto, lemon oil, radishes and basil. At Marché Moderne (MarcheModerne.net), the Big Eye Tuna is drizzled with a yuzo koso vinaigrette, accompanied with a tangy passion fruit sphere, and sprinkled with smoked sea salt. The Hungry Cat in Hollywood (TheHungryCat.com) is a casual spot that serves fresh seafood and has a raw bar that’s open late. Sit at the bar and watch the chefs work their magic on a menu that changes with the season. They serve their raw seafood Italian-style, with a carpaccio of thinly sliced swordfish, tangerines, fennel and a sprinkle of spicy chili oil.

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Goi ca is a Vietnamese raw fish dish that is elegantly prepared at S Fine Dining in Westminster (SFineDining.com). Halibut is sliced into thin strips and then briefly marinated in lime juice before being tossed with sweet onion, red onion, Thai Basil and ginger. The mixture is held together with a piquant peanut lime vinaigrette and served with crispy prawn crackers for dipping. If you like Mexican ceviche, you’ll love this Asian specialty. Ceviche is popular in the coastal regions of Central and South America. Living in California, most of us are familiar with the Mexican dish of citrus-marinated raw fish. However, new to many of us is the Peruvian version, tiraditos, a variant of ceviche that is influenced by sashimi. Raya at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel (RitzCarlton.com/Laguna Niguel) combines hamachi, radish and apple, with sriracha, mint and ponzu to create a bright and zesty small plate. If you want to try various raw bar dishes in one sitting, Scott’s Restaurant & Bar in Costa Mesa (ScottsRestaurantandBar.com) has a raw bar that features several. There are eighteen varieties of oysters, from the Kumamoto of the Pacific Northwest to the Malpeque of the East Coast, that make great starters. Subtleties in flavor and texture come from their terroir, the local conditions that impart a unique stamp on each fish. Like wine, local nutrients, temperature, and trace minerals all have an influence. After oysters, move on to the hamachi sashimi, served with refreshing cucumber, mild shishito peppers and citrusy yuzo, or try the ahi tartare with sesame, creamy avocado and soy vinaigrette.


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Beyond spring (rolls): Vietnamese

Vietnamese cuisine embodies spring with its fresh, healthy ingredients that utilize a diverse range of herbs. Orange County’s Little Saigon is the oldest, largest and most prominent Vietnamese community in the United States and a wonderful source for authentic ingredients and restaurants where it’s recommended to dine by dac biet (a restaurant's prescribed list of house specialties). The Vietnamese have a strong vegetarian tradition influenced by Buddhist and Chinese values. Au Lac (AuLac.com) is a “Humanese” restaurant in Fountain Valley that offers an entirely vegan menu, with several raw and cooked selections. The flash-fried tofu dish called “da hu rang muo” consists of ultra-soft tofu in a light batter that is cooked with salt, pepper, cilantro and jalapeño. While tofu is ubiquitous on Asian and vegetarian menus, this preparation is a stand-out. Brodard Nem Nuong and Brodard Chateau (Brodard.net) in Garden Grove are known for their “nem nuong cuon,” grilled pork spring rolls wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, daikon, carrot and mint, and served with “Mom’s” house dipping sauce. Other favorites include “bo luc lac” (Shaken Beef), chunks of tender filet mignon wok-seared with onions, scallions, mushrooms and spices and the Mint Leaf Chicken with scallions, spicy jalapeños, basil and cooling mint. Bamboo Bistro (BambooBistroRestaurant.com) in Corona del Mar is the sister restaurant to the Garden Grove Brodards and features many of the same menu items. In Little Saigon, the debate regarding the best “nem nuong cuon” has begun with Dat Thanh in Westminster challenging the heavyweight champion, Brodard. Subtle differences prevail between the two, from the mixture of the garlicky pork patty and how it is grilled, to the tightness of the rice paper wrapping, the snap of its fresh vegetables, and the secret recipe dipping sauce.

Uyen Thy Bistro in Westminster reflects the French colonization of Vietnam with fusion-inspired dishes that include pan-fried sole and Chicken Cordon Bleu, red wine reductions and butter sauces. The bistro’s breakfast of sunny-side-up eggs, pâté, ham and soft baguette also is phenomenal. There is often a line out the door at Westminster’s Ngu Binh for its “banh it kep banh ram,” a glutinous rice cake, gently steamed, then stuffed inside a deep-fried glutinous rice cake. Its crunchy exterior is topped with fresh scallions, fried shallots, dried shrimp and crackling pork skin and is made for dipping in the salty fish sauce spiked with slivers of hot, red pepper. One of the most well known dishes in Vietnamese cuisine is pho, and it’s a great introduction to Vietnamese food. But, when you’re ready to move on, try the noodle soup with more flavor - "bun bo hue". Quan Hy in Westminster makes this soup with fat rice noodles, sliced beef, shrimp sausage and a broth doused with fiery chilies. Haley Nguyen sources most of her quality herbs and vegetables from the gardens of local Vietnamese women, supporting the name of her restaurant Xanh (“Green”) Bistro in Fountain Valley (XanhBistro.com). As one would expect, salads play a starring role here. “Goi buoi” is composed of tangy Pomelo sections, bitter chrysanthemum leaves, julienned jicama, toasted walnuts and a slightly sweet house dressing. “Goi hoa chuoi” features crisp strands of banana blossom, grilled shrimp and pork, pickled daikon and carrot, Vietnamese mint, sesame seeds and peanuts tossed with a lime and cilantro dressing.

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selections

After winter’s heartier produce selections, spring’s bumper crop of fruits and vegetables – more delicate in taste and texture – is a welcome culinary change. Simply follow our tips to learn how to select, store and prepare spring’s freshest food offerings. Not in the mood to cook? We’ve given you some ideas on where to enjoy delectable dishes starring spring’s finest picks.

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mushrooms

fennel

Mushrooms are used extensively in cooking, especially in Asian cuisines where they provide the fifth basic taste, or umami. High in fiber, protein (from a vegetable perspective) and vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin, mushrooms are a low-calorie, flavorful, healthy addition to many dishes. Store mushrooms in a loose paper bag in the refrigerator, but not in the crisper. When ready to use, clean lightly with a dry paper towel and do not rinse as mushrooms tend to soak up water and get soggy. At Quattro Caffé in South Coast Plaza, the Funghi con Parmigiano – a selection of portobello and shiitake mushrooms sautéed in white wine and finished with Parmesan - highlights how spectacular and satisfying mushrooms can be with the simplest of preparations.

The bulb, fronds, and seeds of the fennel plant are widely used in cuisine across the world and have a pleasant anise or licorice flavor. The bulb is a crisp root vegetable that can be sautéed, stewed, braised, grilled or eaten raw. The seed is a common ingredient in Italian cooking and northern European breads. Currently, fennel pollen is an “it” ingredient, thanks in large part to Mario Batali. Old Vine Café at The Camp in Costa Mesa showcases fennel in a rich soup of cannellini beans and pork sausage that is topped with a crispy, herbed crostini and crunchy fried fennel. The guanciale, ricotta e cipollotto pizza at Pizzeria Ortica, also in Costa Mesa, features fennel pollen on a chewy, crispy crust that is topped with fresh ricotta, house-cured pork cheek and scallions.

asparagus

strawberries

The tender, young shoots of green asparagus epitomize spring. When selecting asparagus, look for smooth skin, a bright green color, compact heads, and freshly cut ends. White asparagus, known as spargel, is cultivated by denying the plants light while they grow, and is less bitter than the green variety. On most menus, asparagus plays a supporting role. But, at Zinc Café in Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, you’ll find it as a main course – in this case, as an open-faced asparagus sandwich where toasted sourdough is topped with puréed cauliflower, braised asparagus, white cheddar, a soft poached egg and bread crumbs.

Late spring brings with it strawberry season. Delicious naturally, they are a delicate fruit that should not be washed until ready for consumption. Size does not indicate flavor, but color can, so select those that are bright red, without any white parts. Forgot how good a strawberry can taste? Try the Seascape or Chandler varieties from Harry’s Berries at several LA farmers’ markets. Or, indulge in a strawberry croissant from Crème Pan, a Japanese bakery in Tustin, where flaky, buttery layers of pastry are filled with creamy custard and freshly sliced, sweet strawberries.

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herbs

An easy way to brighten your food this spring — or any time of year — is with fresh herbs. cilantro

Chef Azmin of Sapphire Restaurant recommends six basic herbs for the Southern California kitchen: basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cilantro and Italian parsley. Less common in everyday cooking, but delicious in special dishes, are marjoram, dill, tarragon and sage. While starting from seed is possible, it takes a lot of time and patience for a first-time grower. Instead, visit your local farmers’ market and select herb plants with a few inches of growth. They take less time to mature and also have a better chance of surviving the elements. Herbs, like all plants, take some trial and error to determine how to best care for them in your unique environment. However, follow some basic rules and they should thrive. Plant in a sunny spot and make sure they have lots of space. Keep the soil moist, not letting it dry out, and soak the roots. Use your herbs frequently and be careful not to let them seed. By cutting them, you actually promote growth. Accept that there will be pests. Use a worm compost to help reduce critters and pay your children a few cents for every snail they can find. In addition to cropping up in your favorite dishes, herbs now are being used to create inventive cocktails. Some of the best include:

basil While it naturally complements the taste of tomatoes, basil also pairs well with other sweet fruit. Take the adult version of lemonade at Watermarc in Laguna Beach, for example. It starts with vodka and is muddled with fresh strawberries and basil. Charlie Palmer uses basil with Vino Fresco Belvedere, grapes and lime in his Signature Cocktail.

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Most people have a love/hate relationship with cilantro. For those who love it, there are several outstanding cocktails showcasing its flavor. Sol Cucina in Newport Beach serves a Cilantro Celery Cocktail that uses Grey Goose vodka, muddled cilantro and celery, agave and fresh lime. One of the most delicious cocktails I’ve ever sipped is the Cucumber Cilantro Margarita at Wildfish Seafood in Newport Beach. Loaded with bright cilantro, cool cucumber and a touch of sweet agave, this is certain to become a new classic.

thyme An herb that can hold its own, thyme can stand up to strong flavors. Chapter One is a new gastropub in Downtown Santa Ana that has created the fabulous Druid Divination. The drink’s colors and textures combine to create a delectable cocktail with the following ingredients: strawberries, thyme, basil, The Knot whiskey, BarSol Pisco, 25-year-old balsamic vinegar and lemon. If you’ve finished your herb-infused cocktail and are ready to relax, treat yourself to a Smoothing Thyme Body Buff at the beautiful Spa at Pelican Hill. Invigorate your body with Pacific sea salts and herbal extracts that stimulate and deeply condition the skin, while removing free radicals. This 30-minute treatment will guarantee a new you and can be added on to any spa service.

mint The once-special mojito now can be found on nearly every cocktail menu in the country, leaving innovative bartenders to find new ways to use mint in their cocktails. True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach mixes mint with another refreshing favorite, St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, as well as gin, pineapple juice, honey lemonade and fennel to create their “Flower Child” cocktail.


Award-winning family-run Mexican restaurant and cantina since 1966. An extensive menu of family recipes includes Mama’s Chicken Soup, Sizzling Fajitas and various combination platters. Savor these delicious dishes with our world-famous Cadillac Margarita. Call ahead to enjoy our fresh food at home. Avila’s El Ranchito offers a variety of catering options including banquets and party trays to go. The Avila’s have 11 locations in Orange and Los Angeles Counties to serve you.

At Avila’s your sure to feel like family!

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2515 East Coast Highway • 949.644.TACO (8226) Newport Beach 2800 Newport Boulevard • 949.675.6855 11 locations to serve you www.avilaselranchito.com


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sweet morning — coffee on the patio, the newspaper spread between us, red geraniums in the window box, the dog at your feet. Stop, Love. Don’t move. Don’t even breathe. I wish us fixed this way, cups raised the green season before us.


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Spring 2011

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