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SoCo adds seven new stores to its one-of-a-kind collection

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Fashions that embrace sustainability

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A life-changing journey into the wild terrain of Africa

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The laTesT Trends bring comforT and elegance inTo summer sTyle SUMMER 2013


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For me, the charm of a Southern California summer is irresistible and always brings with it a sense of freedom, fun, and adventure. It’s a time to head to the beach, to take that much needed vacation and most importantly, to spend time with friends and family. As many of our readers know, our Summer issue is dedicated as the men’s issue and this year we decided to try something different, featuring our first-ever male cover and fashion shoot on location in the woods. We are very excited to see what our readers have to say about the cover once the Summer issue hits the stands. Choosing a cover and fashion shoot model is never an easy task, but when we decided to put a male on the cover, I knew the perfect man for the job. I’ve known model and photographer John Watkins for almost ten years and have worked with him in the past, so naturally I was thrilled when he agreed to model for our men’s shoot. His look was the perfect fit for what I had in mind for the cover—rugged, yet sophisticated with an all-around Southern California athletic image. Not only did John bring over 30 years of modeling experience to the shoot but he was also great to work with and quickly became a part of the bask family. At bask, we all work together to bring both the fashion shoots and editorial together in perfect harmony. We have some outstanding editorial featured in this issue that really captures the spirit of summer freedom, adventure, style, and luxury. Our style pages will keep you looking fabulous at the beach with helpful tips on finding stylish sunglasses, figure-flattering suits, and moisturizing sunscreens. There is nothing like a Southern California summer and our editorial has all the best ways to spend it in style and elegance with features on the arrival of seven trendy stores and eateries at SoCo, Palihouse Santa Monica and its newest luxury beach lodge, the opening of David Wilhelm’s JFAT in Orange County, and some of San Diego’s most fashionable dining venues. For those seeking a little more adventure, discover all the wild terrain and unparalleled beauty that South Africa has to offer with our editorial featuring a mother and son’s journey across this captivating country.

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1 Virginia Fay writer “Wandering Through the Words”

3 Michelle lyn writer “haute Plates”

Last tome Picked uP on HoLiday I’m constantly reading, but the last time I got a chance to really sit down with a book, I devoured “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” It’s a fantastic novel set in the 1940s during the German occupation that shows how powerfully adverse conditions can bring unlikely groups together, and speaks to how important camaraderie—and books—are to giving hope during dark times.

Go-to PLace in san dieGo Balboa Park is one of my favorite places in San Diego. The Spanish architecture, sprawling gardens, museums, and restaurants make it the perfect place to unwind, explore or bring visitors. I love riding my bike through the park then settling into one of the grassy nooks for an afternoon picnic. The Prado Restaurant also has a fabulous patio that overlooks a garden—perfect for a leisurely lunch on a sunny day.

a cHaracter to wHicH you identify As cliché as it is, the character I most identify with would have to be Elizabeth Bennet. I’m not sure how much resemblance I can truthfully claim to her, but she’s one of my all-time favorites, and I’d love to be friends with her in an alternate literary universe.

wHy you must see san dieGo You must visit San Diego in the summer for its great weather (of course), but also for the Del Mar Races. Whether you’re interested in the betting or just the excitement of the horse races, going to the track can be an all-day experience. Start with a cocktail at the Del Mar Plaza and let the games begin! Races on 4 o’clock Fridays have a later post time and a free concert after the races. The Concert tends to be crowded, but worth it if you like who’s playing. The train station in Solana Beach runs shuttles to the track, so it couldn’t be easier to hop on the train and come down for the day.

2 Melinda Serra interior designer “Swing Forth” treasure trove finds Love scouring estate sales and antique stores, once found a 100-year-old beautiful French chandelier in great shape for $300. After putting on new wax sleeves and rewiring, it’s certainly a beautiful find. most Proud of Piece in your Home My daughter’s first full-body sketch from her art school. After she got over the surprise that they use real naked bodies, her drawing was amazing…better than anything you could buy, and I framed it and hung it in my entryway.



4 heaTher FiSh writer “Summer essentials” must-Have in your BeacH BaG As a long-time surfer girl, I’ve had to pay extra attention to protecting my face and hair from sun and salt water damage. A

quality waterproof sunscreen is a given, but my favorite beach bag must-have is a good spray protectant for my hair. The one I most adore is by the Laguna Beach-based eco-friendly company Smart Girls Who Surf because it protects my locks and makes them smell yummy too! favorite tHinG aBout LivinG in LaGuna BeacH Diversity is what I love most about living in Laguna Beach. And not just diversity economically, but rather diversity in culture, food, fashion, and especially personalities. From the white-robed clad Hari Krishna dancers at Main Beach, to the stylish families of moms and dads with their beautiful offspring prancing behind them strolling down Coast Highway, there is always an interesting and inspiring sight to see and a special feeling in the air. 5 edie BarVin writer “Out of africa” wiLd adventures In South Africa, the leopard we were tracking turned around and started stalking us. She came so close, I could have touched her. It didn’t occur to me to be scared; she was so beautiful. Plus she’d just eaten an impala so I figured (hoped!) she was more curious than hungry. most caPtivatinG moment If by captivating you mean heartstopping, then I’d have to say watching my son bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe.







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6 RobeRt PalmeR writer “aspen Remodeled” On YOur Calendar This summer The Mediterranean. Three days in Rome, followed by 10 days cruising around Italy and Croatia. Lots of sun, fun, art, culture, cuisine, and wine. FavOriTe aCTiviTY in aspen For decades Aspen has been and remains as unique a ski resort as Paris and New York are cities. Not easy to get to, and not easy to leave, it offers a combination of fantastic skiing or summer activities, a great collection of boutique clothing and art venues, a wide variety of music year round, and an array of culinary adventures unmatched by any other resort destination in the country— including one of the best foodie events of the year: the Aspen Food and Wine Classic. Hip, irreverent, beautiful, and loaded with world class hotels, restaurants, and scenery, Aspen should be on everyone’s 100-placesto-visit list—and hopefully more than once. 7 StuaRt W. VolkoW writer “make Your own movie!” GadGeT YOu use The mOsT The gadget I use the most is not a smartphone or an iPad, rather a multi-tool caribiner. I love the elegance, simplicity, and strength of rock climbing gear and I constantly need to remind myself that I





love to rock climb and need to do it more often. The caribiner snaps onto anything I’m carrying and the blade flips open with a thumb swipe. The flathead and Philips screwdrivers get almost as much use as the bottle opener. The screw lock ensures the other gear (usually my keys) don’t slide off by accident. FavOriTe vaCaTiOn spOT Makawao on Maui, Hawaii is the perfect blend of a quaint, artsy, funky community with hiking, biking, and of course everything in, on, and under water! We stayed on an artisan coffee plantation with a brew so good, even this non-coffee drinker was hooked. On my last trip, I learned the magic of scooter scuba. You straddle an electric motorized thruster, fly underwater like a human submarine and are able to span multiple sites in a single dive. I was spoiled forever. 8 kiRSten PRoSSeR designer Can’T live WiThOuT On hOlidaY For Tropical, my Beach Candy Bikini is a must. Fits like a dream. For City, Chic Wedge Sandals. Perfectly high and easy to walk all day in. On Trend lOCaTiOn in sOCO Bring in the sunshine! A yellow handbag is my summer find. We recently received an Hermès Yellow Birkin. Simply to die for.

9 Debbie laVDaS writer “new Seven to Hit SoCo” GuilTY pleasure I seem to have so many guilty pleasures: the richness of a great risotto, a dreamy day at the spa, dark chocolate sea salt, lemon-drop martinis, and more, but perhaps my guiltiest pleasure is a carefree night out with my girlfriends. I love nothing more, but don’t do it often, as I’m guilted by everything else on my calendar. On Trend lOCaTiOn in sOCO Peinture is one of my new favorite SoCo finds. I just bought some bright, bold colors to paint our piano with, and it was a breeze to do. No sanding required, and they offer such crisp, saturated shades. I want to try some more muted French colors and techniques soon. How I love an artsy transformation. 10 tonY FloRez photographer GuilTY pleasure Guiltiest pleasures that come to mind are staying up late, watching the Angels game and of course, chocolate. inspiraTiOn Like many, family and friends around me are always a source of inspiration, but I also find inspiration at the Mariners Church in Irvine while listening to senior pastor, Kenton Beshore.

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music theatre now


J. Paul GeTTy MuseuM Now-July 21 The architecture and grounds are reason enough to visit The J. Paul Getty Museum, but their latest exhibition, overdrive: l.a. constructs the Future 1940-1990, provides yet another reason to go. Overdrive is a groundbreaking exhibition that provides a view into the region’s evolution of freeways, skyscrapers, shopping malls, and unique cultural institutions. The exhibition tells the story of how our contemporary society was built through illustrations, animations, and other media.


Beyond Brancusi

photo: Courtesy of Getty Museum


Now-January 2014 The norton simon Museum offers up a new exhibition, Beyond Brancusi: The space of sculpture that reviews how Brancusi influenced other great 20th century artists with his innovative techniques. The museum’s collection includes 19 works from sculptors Isamu Noguchi, Donald Judd, and Henry Moore, among others. After visiting the exhibition highlighting Brancusi, a Paris-based sculptor, and perhaps the most influential one of the 20th century, try taking a stroll through the gardens that were first planted in the 1870s.



FleeTwood Mac

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July 3 Multi-Grammy-winning British-American artists Fleetwood Mac are playing staples center as a part of their 2013 tour. The band’s 1977 album Rumors broke nearly every sales record around by creating four top 10 singles, staying on the charts for 31 weeks, and selling over 40 million copies. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the band has not toured since 2009. However, it still includes founding members Mick Fleetwood and JohnMcVie as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, both of whom joined the group in 1975.


Bruno Mars


July 27-28 In one of the biggest sold-out tours of the summer, Peter Gene Hernandez, better known as Bruno Mars, brings his James Brown meets Prince-like performance to the staples center for his Moonshine Jungle World tour, which features hits from his sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, such as When I was Your Man and Locked Out of Heaven, both of which were on the Hot 100 charts. His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans also received both critical acclaim and popular success, including two multiplatinum number one hits and a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.



sTeely dan

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August 24-24 Jazz-rock legends Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, better known as steely dan, are touring again and will take the stage at nokia Theatre for two consecutive nights. Perfectionists in the studio, they somehow manage to bring the same level of play to their live performances as well. “Everyone who gathered Friday evening was a believer, and they were treated to something close to rapture” quips the Los Angeles Times of their last performances. The Chicago Sun said of their shows: “This was different. This was live. This was vibrant….” Eight musicians, currently appearing as The Bipolar Allstars and the Borderline Brats and three backup singers, back up the duo.

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ChiCago: the MusiCal


July 26-28 What better way to spend a July night than watching the best of Broadway at the hollywood Bowl? Chicago: the Musical is in town for three toe-tapping nights, presenting the renowned tale of fame, fortune, and “all that jazz.” Bob Fosse’s remarkable six Tony award-winning play comes to life under the stars in this production.


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Daryl hall anD John oates August 8 Signed, and later dropped, by Atlantic Records in the 1970s, pop-soul masters Daryl hall and John oates went on to sell more albums than any other duo in history. Their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, featured their first Top 10 single, She’s Gone, and for the next two decades they would score six more, including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go For That, Out of Touch, and Maneater from six consecutive multiplatinum albums. Also make sure to check out Daryl’s latest project, Live from Daryl’s House, a multi-award winning web and TV series (LiveFromDarylsHouse. com). In the interim, catch their concert at the Pacific amphitheatre this summer.

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August 9 train rolls into the Verizon amphitheatre this summer for their Mermaids of Alcatraz tour with The Script and Gavin DeGraw. Led by front man Pat Monahan (who formed Train after the collapse of his Led Zeppelin cover band), this San Francisco-based group has a great stage presence with their unique mix of talent, charm, and humor. The band hit mainstream success early on with their 1998 self-titled and $25,000 self-produced album, Train, that included the quirky pop hit Meet Virginia, which they followed up in 2012 with Drops of Jupiter, earning them two Grammy Awards—with the help of Paul Buckmaster, Elton John’s long-time string arranger. The band’s next album was a commercial failure, and they essentially called it quits for three years, until 2009 when their album Save Me San Francisco won them great success with the 6-time platinum hit Hey, Soul Sister and follow-up hit Marry Me.


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September 3-4 Want to have some fun? Go see Grammy Awarding winners fun at the greek theatre for their Most Nights tour. They recently took home two Grammys for their platinum album Some Nights, winning Song of the Year for We Are Young and Best New Artist. Their live indie-pop performance of Carry On on SNL brought them national attention.

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anything goes September 24-29 Cole Porter’s classic music and lyrics for anything goes takes to the segerstrom stage following its recent revival on Broadway that won it three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musial Revival. “Musical comedy joy,” raves the New York Times. Sit back and enjoy classics like I get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, and Anything Goes for a night of comedy, dancing, and music.


bask culture in print | by virginia fay

Wandering Through the Words Lolling about in the sunshine with nothing but a good book as company is one of the most idyllic ways to spend a summer’s day. To make the most of these occasions, we have taken on the task of scouting the season’s top reads. This summer, whenever the moment arises, take the chance to brush up on modern art, daydream about Italian travel, or peruse the greatest sports moments of years past.

Chasing alaska by C. B. Bernard | The great unknown has always held a mysterious power over the adventurous at heart. While Alaska may not be as unknown as it once was, it still beckons to explorers and there’s no better season for wanderlust than summertime. Bernard’s lyrical descriptions of his journey through the wildly varied landscapes of Alaska and his encounters with its colorful inhabitants make readers feel like they are traveling alongside him every step of the way.


2 3 italian Ways by Tim Parks | Zooming through the Italian countryside by rail is always a pleasant daydream. Parks takes readers on this journey while giving insight into the reality of Italian culture with amusing anecdotes and descriptive histories. He weaves a subtle wit and a keen observational eye into every informational tidbit, making the book the next best thing to actually summering in Italy.


Outside shOt by Keith O’Brien | In the vein of Friday Night Lights, O’Brien traces the rise and fall of a small-town Kentucky basketball team and the community that counted on them during the Great Recession. O’Brien immerses himself in the town to paint an intricate picture of the way top players’ performances affected the lives of those around them. He also speaks about the influence of extreme pressure in a time when hope was not something to be squandered.

...Isms: UnderstandIng modern art by Sam Phillips | Art aficionados and amateurs alike will appreciate both the full-color examples and descriptive explanations of the styles found in modern art. This handy little text offers a breakdown of styles from vorticism to sensationalism and will prove indispensable on summertime museum trips.


the Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison | Anyone who has savored a fine Brie has only scraped the surface of the wonders to be found in French cheese. Lison, whose love of cheese began with Babybel, knows this only too well, and sets out to explore the artisanal cheeses in the nooks and crannies of France. From ancient villages to the heights of the Alps, Lison tracks down traditional cheese makers while sampling the fruits of their labors and offering descriptions as full of passion and flavor as the cheeses themselves.

7 amerIcan PastImes by Red Smith | Summer is the season of baseball, and what more appropriate way to celebrate the joy of spectator sports than taking a stroll down memory lane. Celebrated sportswriter and Pulitzer-winner Red Smith includes prolific profiles of sports greats and detailed accounts of historical sports moments that bring readers back to the golden days of sports.

6 smoke by Tim Byres | Nothing says summer like the scent of a backyard BBQ floating through the air, and this cookbook takes the classic a step further by showing readers how to infuse all types of cuisine with a smoky zest. From dishes such as Ash Salsa and Pimento Cheese Croquettes to Gulf Coast Seafood Broil, this tome leads readers through every step of cooking with smoke, including how to plant the proper kitchen garden and dig and prepare a barbacoa pit.


bask planet | by virginia fay

Seaside Sustainability Heading to the great outdoors to lounge by or play in the water is one of the greatest joys of summer in Southern California. While spending time in nature, why not make a positive impact on the environment? We’ve selected the best eco-friendly items to complement a day spent relaxing pool or oceanside. Naila


Made from 100% recycled polyester produced with plastic bottles, these Naila men’s swim trunks draw inspiration from European design with a clean, classic cut and an inseam choice of 4” or 8”. These suits are practical as well as stylish with bright colors and bold prints, quick-dry features and a lightweight fit. Plus, the line offers customizable boys’ sizes for little ones who want to follow in dad’s sustainably stylish footsteps.

While swimsuits are typically made of harmful synthetic materials such as polyester and Lycra, Koru uses fabrics composed of recycled polyamide and employs a dopedying process that eliminates the need for water. This helps prevent water waste and pollution. The dying process also ensures color uniformity, which results in a lovely green shade for this oneshoulder Whangarei Cutout suit. The shoulder strap detail is made of coconut shell for an all-natural tropical touch.

S’well Something to sip is vital to a day by the water, and this bottle not only carries beverages in a stylishly sustainable way, but also keeps them cool for 24 hours after pouring. The bottles are made of double-walled stainless steel, which eliminates the need for plastic and ensures that there’s no metallic taste to the water. The bottles come in a wide variety of vibrant hues, and are made with eco-friendly paint.

Turkish T The perfect beach towel means the perfect spot to return to during an all-day beach excursion or the best way to wrap up after a quick dip in the pool. The Turkish T Beach Candy accomplishes all of this with unbelievably soft, 100% Turkish cotton that’s printed in bright candy-stripes and colored with Ekoteks Certified dyes.

Eco Protect your eyes in style with the first, and only, 95% recycled sunglass brand. Eco also plants a tree for every frame sold helping make the planet a little greener while adding the perfect timeless touch to any summer ensemble. Eco also plants a tree for every frame sold, thus helping make the planet a little greener while adding the perfect timeless touch to any summer ensemble. 22

Goldfaden MD Shield skin from harmful rays with this ultra-light sunscreen formula that’s equally suitable for the face and body. Not only is it PABA-free and made up of a dual-action formula combining zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, but it also uses organic red tea extract, which protects and brightens skin with vitamins A, C, and E.

One Mango Tree Following a sustainable business model every step of the way, One Mango Tree uses organic cotton for their bags and sources as many materials as possible from East Africa (where the bags are made), thereby reducing their environmental footprint. The company also trains and employs artisans in Uganda in need of work. The bags are ideal for carrying sunscreen, shades, and a good book, and the vibrantly printed fabrics add a sunny splash to any style of beachwear.

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New Neighborhood Nest It’s sure to be a summer of style and relaxation

love and frequent, so Santa Monica was a natural

now that Palihouse has moved into the

next step,” said Brosh, Paligroup’s Founder,

neighborhood. Nestled within the residential

President and Creative Director. “This location

streets of Santa Monica, this new beach chic

boasts a more relaxed, beach-inspired vibe,

destination offers a one-of-a-kind stay with easy

versus our other properties that are decidedly

beach access for business and leisure travelers and

more urban.” The 36-room boutique beach lodge

locals. With a conviction that community, unique

is housed in a Spanish Colonial Revival-style

local experiences, and inspiring places are integral

building formerly occupied by The Embassy Hotel

to a life well traveled, Avi Brosh’s Paligroup set

Apartments. The building, with roots dating back

their sights on Santa Monica. “We are always

to 1927, was deemed a historic landmark by the

looking to expand into neighborhoods that we

City of Santa Monica.

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New Seven to Hit SoCo Trendy SoCo adds seven new contenders to its unconventional collection. In the often over glamorIzed and less free-form land of orange County, it’s good to have a place like soCo—earthy, quirky, untried, yet high-end. It’s a bit of a spiritual retail cleanse, a community retreat, and the progressive collection of boutiques, eateries, and design showrooms keeps getting more interesting. “We’re all about fresh ideas and an alternative retail experience you can’t find elsewhere in orange County,” said scott Burnham, Chairman of the Board/Ceo of Burnham Usa, which owns the south Coast Collection property. the latest lot to join the soCo shopping center includes the designers of Brown Jordan, the style-philes of lili Claspe and Wardrobe ltd, plus the foodie folk at arC, taco maria, greenleaf, and Birdie Juice. these seven diverse retailers add further energy to the on-trend offerings at the center, located just off the 405 freeway near the south Coast district.


Brown Jordan will debut its first retail showroom in the United states at soCo. “We’re very excited, as they will cater to the trade and the public, and it will be roughly three times the size of anything they’ve done in the past—about 15,000 square feet,” said Burnham.

2 wardroBe LTd is a luxury consignment boutique that offers premier labels at significant discounts. Brands such as Chanel, hermès, and louis vuitton are all in their fashion arsenal. at about 200 square feet, Wardrobe ltd is more like a personally curated closet than a retail store. the products are new or only slightly used.



LiLi CLAspe reflects fresh fashion in jewelry. The accessories are made from reclaimed vintage or handmade pieces and unique minerals or gemstones. Each design is either one of a kind or available in limited quantities. This is their first store in Orange County.

4 ARC Everything is cooked on a woodfire grill or oven with no electricity at this eatery. Chef Noah Blom’s American eatery focuses on cooking hearty, rustic, oven-to-table food for sharing.


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5 taco maria Chef Carlos Salgado, from San Francisco, indulges Orange County with Mexican food that has a sophisticated twist. It is currently located in the courtyard of The OC Mart Mix.


Birdie Bowl and Juicery is the newest line of fresh juiceries in Orange County. They serve 1OO% cold pressed organic juices, nut mylks, and acai bowls from locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs.



Greenleaf Gourmet salad addicts can now get their fix of Greenleaf at SoCo, in addition to their 17th St. location in Costa Mesa. “We are opening at SoCo because it’s a hub of creative, forward-thinking artisans who have similarities regarding sustainability, creativity and healthy living,” said Jonathan Rollo, owner of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop.

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Hollywood Haven There’s luxury, then there’s the The Penthouses at W Hollywood. Adjacent to the iconic W Hotel, the penthouses are perfectly perched at the top of the W Residences, and offer all the amenities the W name is known for, each with distinct design features. Step into a penthouse at the W and the first thing you’ll notice is an instant sense of room to spread out. While embracing the intrinsic Hollywood energy that comes with the territory, each penthouse manages to feel like a breath of fresh air—the enormous terraces don’t hurt the sense of spaciousness, either. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each suite take in sweeping views of the iconic Hollywood and Vine location, surrounded by the likes of the Pantages Theater and Capitol Records. This essence of Hollywood was instilled into each of the very unique show suites by the varied group of designers behind them with unmistakable touches of Hollywood glamour and an emphasis on the area’s ambiance. Both eclectic and elite, each of the Designer Penthouses embodies a carefully crafted personality all its own. Devised by Dallas-based design firm Cantoni, the two-bedroom, 2,260-square-foot Penthouse 12F features bright reds and yellows on a striking black and white background with rich textures at every turn and a wall of black and white portraits of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. Step down the hall into the penthouse entitled GREEN+VINE, on the other hand, and you’ll find a one-bedroom oasis of eco-living decorated with artisanal and repurposed pieces—such as an elevator shaft as a TV stand—sourced from a 500-mile radius around Los Angeles, as well as a terrace decked out in sustainable succulents. Or, venture into 12C and see how Sue Firestone of sfa design took a personal take on the almost 2,000-square-foot onebedroom suite to create an elegant, boho chic ambiance. Drawing inspiration from what makes her feel at home, the space is simultaneously intimate and roomy while accents of pink and orange give it a playful feel. Whisk yourself up to the roof and you’ll literally hear birds chirping. The deck is expertly landscaped to invite leisurely laps in the pool before lounging in a cabana or having a few friends over for a rooftop barbecue using the outdoor kitchens. With space to spread out both indoors and out, not only has The W managed to make Hollywood feel spacious, it’s filled that space with impeccable design and another feature at every turn. From a rooftop dog park to a penthouse-turnedart gallery, the result is a true best-of- both-worlds concept.


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Ostrich sighting at The Cape of Good Hope photo: Edie Barvin


photo: Edie Barvin

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A pair of giraffes at Lion Sands Game Reserve

With weather and landscapes similar to Southern California’s coast, Cape Town is an easy place to acclimate to Africa. We arrived in early January, summer in South Africa, to find a cosmopolitan city with a decidedly European feel. However, since its colonization by the Dutch and English in the mid-1600s, South Africa’s history has been complex and tumultuous. My son and I were both swept away by the grandeur of colonialism in Cape Town and at the same time outraged by the squalid outlying townships, which show the remnants of apartheid inflicted on all the non-whites in South Africa from the 1940s to the 1990s.


bask beyond What to Do The District Six Museum shows just one example of the cruelty of the apartheid system. This small museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of a mixed-race community that was bulldozed during the forced resettlement of non-whites to townships outside of Cape Town. A memory cloth created by the former residents of District Six and a floor map showing in detail the homes, shops, churches, and mosques that existed prior to 1966, recreate a sense of the vibrant community that was destroyed in the “slum-clearance” operation. This heightened our shock when we later saw the entire district still covered in rubble. After we visited District Six, the colorful Bo-Kaap district was a bright spot in our Cape Town tour. In Bo-Kaap, the mostly Muslim residents rebelled against the law requiring them to paint their houses white by painting them in vivid pinks, purples, reds, blues, and greens. We knew it was the diversity of culture and race that Desmond Tutu referred to when he called South Africa the Rainbow Nation, but we couldn’t help wondering if BoKaap inspired him. Designated one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and the most recognizable landmark on the Cape, Table Mountain is known for its spectacular views and state-of- the-art revolving cable car. However, by late afternoon the dreaded tablecloth, the cloud that sits on top of Table Mountain, had moved in and we sat huddled in the mist hoping it would blow over before sunset. My son chose not to join us on the cable car and instead ran up the steep slope of the mountain. Other ways to reach the top include hiking, biking, or driving up the gently sloping backside of Table Mountain and stopping off at the wineries of Constantia and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Cape Peninsula is full of sights unique to South Africa. While driving through the quaint coastal towns, we spotted marauding baboons looking for unsuspecting picnic-ers and official shark spotters on the lookout for great whites. Magnificent beaches—where, according to our guide, the waves in winter rival Maverick’s—gave way to huge parklands covered in flora as we neared the Cape of Good Hope. We were jolted awake by the sight of ostriches cruising the beach after being lulled by the miles of coastline and salt air. Later, we climbed to the top of the point and looked down on the windswept ocean where Bartolomeu Dias rounded the southern-most tip of Africa, opening the sea route to the East for Portugal in 1488, before heading to Boulders Beach. One of only three breeding colonies of penguins on the African mainland, Boulders is a gorgeous white-sand beach and the protected domain of scores of nesting, waddling penguins. Where to Stay The historic heart of the city is the place to stay. The Taj Cape Town, housed in the former Reserve Bank building, is adjacent to the Company Gardens, created by the Dutch East India Company to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for its ships as they rounded the Cape; to Parliament; the old Slave Lodge and St. George’s Cathedral, where protesters took refuge during anti-apartheid demonstrations. With its open public spaces, wellaccommodated rooms, many with views of Table Mountain, The Taj was a welcome refuge after a long day of sightseeing.

Lion SandS Game ReSeRve, South afRica Our safari began even before the prop-engine plane touched down at the private Lion Sands Game Reserve for our twice-daily game drives. From the air we saw elephants roaming the woodland below and passed several more as we drove from the airstrip to the River Lodge. Drives on 38

a private reserve differ from those on a national reserve because it allows passengers to use open vehicles, drive off road and walk in the reserve. With our knowledgeable guide from A&K, and our ranger and tracker from the reserve, we learned how to track and photograph the animals on the reserve. We even found the Big Five—elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhino—within three days and couldn’t believe our luck when we came within feet of three elusive leopards. We loved watching the awkward grace of the giraffes as they ran, the posturing juvenile elephants, and the playful lion with his cub. Even though it was a little scary to leave the safety of the vehicle for walking safaris, we found dung beetles, monitor lizards, and tortoises that we would have missed from the road. After the first morning, my son didn’t even flinch at the 5am wake up calls. Where to Stay The River Lodge, one of three lodges on the reserve, is a sanctuary for humans in the middle of the bush. With its rustic chic décor, open-air architecture, large viewing decks overlooking the river, and two infinity pools, the distinction between indoor and outdoor space becomes blurred. From our room we could see the river and the curious vervet monkeys and bushbuck that roamed the property. However, we were still cautioned to keep our doors locked at all times and to call a porter to escort us around at night. Three delicious meals a day, plus morning and afternoon snacks, house wines, and beer are all inclusive at the lodge. We started each day with coffee and a rusk, a South African breakfast staple akin to biscotti, before our morning drive. Halfway through the drive, our ranger and scout stopped to lie out a spread of crepes, granola, muffins, and coffee, and a full breakfast awaited us on our return. During the evening drives, we stopped at a blind overlooking a watering hole or at a deck built up in the trees, just in time to watch the sun set over the reserve. What (Else) to Do We had little free time between looking for animals, photographing them, or, occasionally, dining on them. (The kudu, springbok and ostrich are local and sustainable in Africa. They’re also delicious.) My son got his fix in the lodge’s small gym running on the treadmill while watching the monkeys out the window. I had a massage in the spa that made me forget all about the less-than-smooth ride on the Land Rover. But even as we ate, the talk always returned to the animals.

victoRia faLLS, Zimbabwe Africa is one big photo op. But a camera can’t capture the emotion of some experiences, like when your son bungee jumps off a bridge. The shot of the perfect swan dive he executed into the 400-foot gorge created by the thundering Victoria Falls didn’t reveal the fact that he was about to faint from fear. What to Do If jumping off a bridge isn’t an option, the misty trail along the rim is a tamer way to get close to Victoria Falls. Our guide provided rain ponchos, but we were still soaked by the spray from “the greatest known falling curtain of water” and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We spent our last evening in Zimbabwe enjoying sundowners and the cool breeze coming off of the water as we cruised down the Zambezi River. We also saw hippos, crocodiles, storks and a giant kingfisher, but the highlight was when we spotted a pair of elephants swimming across the river using their trunks as snorkels. Where to Stay Established in 1904, almost 50 years after David Livingstone “discovered”

photo: Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces

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photo: More Hotels & Lodges

photo: Phill Steffny

photo: Edie Barvin

photo: Edie Barvin

photo: Phill Steffny

photo: Phill Steffny photo: More Hotels & Lodges photo: Edie Barvin


bask beyond the falls, The Victoria Falls Hotel portrays colonial elegance. The lounges and hallways are lined with vintage travel posters and trophy heads that recall the birth of tourism in Africa. However, the view is the main attraction. Sitting on the veranda overlooking the lawn, we gazed out at the bridge and the plume of spray rising over the falls and tried to imagine what Livingstone must have thought when he first saw them. The somewhat tattered room we were originally given had a view of the falls, but the air conditioner conked out in the middle of the night and we were moved to a nicer courtyard room.

MALAWI Malawi is lush and green in January. Villagers herd goats and cattle, and sell fresh produce by the side of the road, making it hard to believe that severe malnutrition is a pervasive problem in this country. But, as we learned from my niece, the villagers sell most of what they farm and subsist on a mixture of boiled water, corn meal, and cassava root, both of which are filling but have little nutritional value. My 25-year-old niece, who grew up in Laguna Niguel, is spending two years as the development director for PB+J, a non-profit program partnering with Y-Malawi, the Nkhoma Hospital, and World Vision to produce and distribute fortified peanut butter paste to children in the Nkhoma region. She lives, like most Malawians, with sporadic electricity and water that must be boiled. After the steady flow of food, filtered water, and non-stop sightseeing on our luxury A&K tour, Malawi felt like a different world. But it’s called the “Warm Heart of Africa” for a good reason, and for the few days we were there we felt safe and relaxed. The first night we were there we went to the only “restaurant” in the village, Mr. Banda’s, where we were first told that there was “No Mr. Banda now” and then that there was no food. The lack of electricity in the town was obvious as we used the light from our cell phones to make our way back to my niece’s apartment. She and her roommate from Germany put together a dinner of lentils, sautéed pumpkin leaves, and pumpkin bread. We spent the rest of the night playing cards and drinking hot tea under a single light bulb and hoping the temperature would drop so we could go to sleep. After touring the PB+J facility and the school in Nkhoma, the four of us hired a car and driver to take us to Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, for the weekend. At Cape Maclear, we shared the shoreline with the smiling villagers as we watched them fish, bathe and do their laundry in the lake. That evening, we played cards and watched lightning flash on the horizon. On Saturday, the village children joined us at the lake, splashing in the water and engaging us in an endless round of the pleasantries they learn in the English school. At Fat Monkeys, the backpacker lodge where we stayed, the food issues would have been comical if they weren’t so indicative of the difficulty in obtaining healthful food in Malawi. If we ordered banana fritters, we were told there were no bananas. We ate hamburgers without buns and avocado sandwiches without avocado. At one point my son walked a few yards down the beach and bought two avocados from one of the villagers. At that point we began to wonder how Fat Monkeys got its name. photo: Edie Barvin

There are places to avoid and very real dangers in Africa. But there are also amazing animals found nowhere else on earth, warm-hearted people, fascinating history, and unreal scenery. For a first foray into the unknown, it helps to follow the paths already cut by intrepid explorers and experienced guides.



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Aspen Remodeled Food lovers have Paris, billionaires have Monaco, and those seeking a good tiMe have vegas. asPen coMbines all oF these along with world class skiing and great scenery.

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riginally founded as a mining camp in ute city during the 1800s, this small town along the roaring fork river was renamed aspen in 1880, and it has never looked back. today, aspen serves as a home to fewer than 7,000 residents and has the most expensive real estate in the united states.

aspen is a small mountain town located in the remote rocky mountain sawatch range. it is just a few hours drive from denver and also accessible by a few daily, direct flights from los angeles. unique to mountain resorts, aspen offers a wide range of activities normally found only in cities—gourmet restaurants (over 170), wine, music (including the 1889 wheeler opera house), shopping, art, and mountain sports.

in the winter, aspen is best known for its four ski areas: aspen mountain, buttermilk, aspen highlands, and snowmass. together, they offer an array of terrain for the novice and expert skier alike. in the spring, aspen offers a graceful transition between seasons, while fall presents a spectacular palette of the changing aspen trees brushed onto a canvas of evergreens. while many think aspen is only a winter destination, it is also an ideal spot for a summer vacation. things to do in aspen during the summer include: mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, golf, tennis, fishing, hunting, and camping. there are also many festivals, including the aspen ideas festival, the aspen music festival, and the annual food and wine classic—one of the world’s top lifestyle events, which features top chefs from all over the country. one must-see activity is the 32-mile drive along the very narrow, but beautiful, 12,095foot summit of independence pass, which links aspen to twin lakes, colorado. aspen also offers a number of fine hotels and bed and breakfast venues, but the town has long been ruled by three properties: the little nell, the st. regis, and the hotel Jerome. as with all things hip, however, change is necessary, and all three properties have recently undergone substantial renovations and reimagination.


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Originally built in 1889 by JerOme b. Wheeler during Colorado’s silver boom, the Hotel Jerome was also in need of renovations. the hotel suffered from “benign neglect,” said auberge resorts CeO mark harmon, when his company took over the property in 2011. the hotel is one of the latest landmarks to have recently undergone extensive remodeling, and earned a top 10 ranking for “top luxury hotel renovations” in Forbes Magazine. the renovations were done under the guidance of tal Studios founder, toddavery lenahan, and the hotel reopened in December 2012. the redesign pays homage to the historical richness of the building by blending in modern touches with the historical aspect of the hotel and bringing the 94-room property back to its original prominence. Custom lighting, dark woods, native prints, hand-stitched leather chairs, artifacts, and eclectic art all create a unique ambiance in the hotel. the guest rooms feature heavy millwork, cashmere curtains, leather bed frames, leather writing tables, and leather chest framed mini-bars. the public spaces have been described by management as “a modern vernacular draped over a historic Victorian frame.”

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the hotel also features a new gourmet restaurant, Prospect, headed up by local Chef rob Zack. however, the historic J-Bar, formerly the office of hunter thompson, a prominent american journalist, remains virtually unchanged. Guest Room 44

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the little nell

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The LiTTLe NeLL is the only resort to hold Aspen’s five-stAr, five-diAmond rAnking, including ski in/ski out privileges at Aspen mountain. Us news & World report recently ranked it as the top hotel in Colorado and the number 17 hotel in the country. the property has two master sommeliers—two of only 129 in north America. the concierge can arrange activities such as heli-skiing and fly fishing trips, and Audis are seasonally available for test drives. With 92 unique rooms and suites, a spa, a meeting space, and multiple restaurants, the hotel has a cosmopolitan, yet intimate ambiance and is comfortable in all aspects. in 2009, however, the hotel shut its doors for three months for a complete remodel. the hotel entrusted designer holly hunt with the $18 million renovation to give it a more contemporary, international look as opposed to its traditional “mountain chic” décor. the hotel had seen a 12% drop in guests that year and its owners, the Crown family of Chicago, took a chance by remodeling the hotel and restoring the luster to its $1200 pernight average room rate during the high season. the result was the rebirth of an Aspen classic. the little nell’s living room and legendary restaurant were renovated in 2011. the restaurant, montagna, received a $2.5 million makeover and reopened as element 47 after the 47th item on the periodic Chart of elements, silver, the mineral that brought Aspen to life. the look and feel of new york comes to Aspen in this restaurant through the vision of restaurant design firm Bentel & Bentel who won the James Beard Award for restaurant design in 2012. large-scale artwork and a glass wine wall surround the beautifully lit room. the new menu is more flexible and now features “soulful American cuisine,” and offers a host of à la carte options as well as a tasting menu. fortunately, the restaurant’s 15,000-bottle cellar remain unchanged.


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Located just two bLocks down the road from the Little nell, The St. Regis Aspen is situated between aspen mountain’s two primary ski lifts and is in walking distance of many nearby shops and restaurants. the hotel has nearly 200 rooms and suites, and also features the luxurious remède spa, the shadow mountain Lounge, the astor Library, and the chef’s club restaurant. the hotel has won a number of awards, including both condé nast traveler’s Gold list and a “top 10 ski hotels in the world” ranking. aspen sports is just across the way for ski needs, as well as aspen outfitters, which offers private fishing and sport-shooting trips.

Chef’s Club

the st. regis also underwent remodeling in 2011 when the owners implemented a 40 million dollar renovation. the renovation was spearheaded by award-winning designer Lauren rottet, who envisioned a quintessential mountain manor in the style of john jacob astor—the visionary behind the st. regis brand. the new renovations included contemporary guest rooms, but still kept the hotel’s original wood-paneled hallways and public spaces. the hotel’s newest restaurant The Chef’s Club is a unique twomillion-dollar collaboration with food & wine magazine. the magazine selects chefs from their “best new chefs” list to consult with and curate new menu items for the restaurant. Parisian chef cyril Lignac, who is known for his multi-course dinners and wine pairing events, heads chef’s club. Lignac is also the chef and owner of three acclaimed restaurants and two patisseries in Paris, and has recently been named “chef of the Year” by GQ magazine.


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bask in Fashion summer preview Summer is a time for pleasure and ease, and this summer’s fashion reflects that with a mixture of elegant, yet simple classics: black and whites, the classic one-piece, and comfortable flats. Whether boating, lunching or poolside lounging, designers have created pieces that bring the joy and satisfaction back into getting decked out for summer. There’s something to be said for looking and feeling good, and summer is the season for just that.

Known for its quality stylish optics, Orange County-based Salt has perfected the classic aviator in this striking version called “Vargas.” This black and white floral print by Jason Wu is a gem. The ensemble combines a well-tailored silk sheath dress with a trench coat and the x-ray factor makes it perfect for the lady who wants to beat the heat, but also appreciates the coverage. X-Ray Floral-Print Silk Trench Coat & Dress,

Maillots seem to be one of this summer’s biggest trends. This “Madonna” suit by Mäio Swim combines boning detail with a strapless element bringing elegance and sassy together perfectly.

Designer Diane Cotton creates jewelry that is distinguishable and desirable. This particular string of beauty, with its high-quality black and white beading and brass metal centerpiece securing the tassel element, is both elegant and unique.

Gucci’s sleek new feminine sandal provides the comfort of a flat with the elegance of a dress shoe, to wear day or night. Metallic GG Thong Sandal,




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Summer Essentials Get out and enjoy the sun. These summer essentials are absolute must-haves. From staying chic in the heat, to maintaining a clean and clear complexion—we’ve got you covered!

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New Life for The Triangle

photographs by Tony Florez

Principal at Greenlaw Partners, Wilbur Smith talks to bask about how the real estate company has brought in unique businesses to Orange County, overcome inherited design issues, and incorporated community requests to revitalize the old Triangle Square into a one-stop entertainment mecca.

What about Triangle Square originally attracted Greenlaw Partners to the property? It’s the number one busiest intersection in Orange County, so that’s pretty good. The drive-by traffic is great. I think it’s probably one of the only real retail projects like this that dead-ends at the end of a freeway. Think about it. In California, you always have the cloverleaf; you always have to pull off the freeway and go down the off-ramp. With The Triangle, the 55 just dead ends into the intersection of 19th Street and the 55, so you get off the freeway and you’re at the project.

What new businesses have already been added to the center? We’ve put in a new two-story, 60,000-squarefoot 24 Hour Fitness. Rockstar Tan is located next to them. So you have a lot of people going to the gym and then swinging by Rockstar. It’s a great synergy. Triangle Square Cinemas has a new cinema; they added a ninth screen with stadium seating. They also remodeled the other eight screens, put in all new seating and digital sound. The Black Knight and Olive Branch Pizza have opened along with Saddle Ranch Chop House and El Corazon de Costa Mesa. H2O Sushi will be joining them soon. Tavern + Bowl is now under construction; it’s a new concept from San Diego. It’s a tavern that has bowling lanes, which is really neat. It’ll be open around October. So, the center now has a lot of new tenants. It was 20% occupied when we bought it. We’re now at about 85% occupied, which is a big difference.

How do you decide what type of businesses will make the right mix? You really want to make sure that the business is complementary to what’s there and adds a very unique character to the theme and to the brand of the asset. You want to know that the tenant has the strength and the wherewithal to be there for a long time. We don’t want to 64

make any mistakes. So we’re being very cautious about the types of businesses that join the center. The types of businesses that fit well are certainly those that are more entertainment-oriented, including restaurant and food concepts that are synergistic to what is already there and that are more of a destination. You want to have a collection of retailers that are the type of spots people are drawn to. We’re not looking for impulse locations.

What did you find that the local community wanted to see when researching what to do with the center? I couldn’t tell you how many times people, from local residents to city officials, said they wanted a bowling alley! The bowling deal was a request because there isn’t any bowling in Costa Mesa and I don’t think there is a bowling alley in Newport Beach either. So we went out of our way to find a bowling operator that would be interesting and blend in well with the concepts and what we were doing at the center. We listened to what the community was asking for and, in turn, we gave them a great new place to hang out, Tavern + Bowl.

What has been the community response to the changes that have been made so far? I think it’s been really good—most of the feedback is similar: ‘Wow, this place is really different, I can’t believe how much you’ve changed it and how neat it is.’ I think there’s been a lot of, maybe the right words would be shock and awe, about how it’s not what it used to be. We even punched into the parking garage to create additional access so that you can walk out of the parking garage right into the plaza area by the movie theaters and restaurants. There were design challenges that we inherited, so from the beginning we focused on some of the big ones that needed to get fixed and went out of our way to try and fix some of the most pressing issues. We redid the lighting in the parking garage and repainted

the whole parking garage white to brighten it up. We spent a lot of time on traffic analysis trying to figure out the flow and movement of cars in order to make the ingress and egress the most efficient possible given what we inherited. We also put parking counters in to let everyone know where the stalls are. This way when you pull into the property, you’ll see how many stalls are available and what floor you need to park on. We even added a valet service for people who don’t want to deal with parking. So now we have an option for every type of customer that visits.

What ties all of the tenants together to help accomplish Greenlaw’s vision? We’re hoping that these places are all considered destinations. I think it’s kind of cool that we were able to attract places from Los Angeles and San Diego to come to Orange County. Plus we have the Olive Branch Pizza. It’s operated by a local entrepreneur. He lives by the center and has been in business in Costa Mesa for a long time. So we’ve got some stuff from LA, some stuff from San Diego, and then we’ve got a local entrepreneur as well that all works really well together. We’ve been mindful about having a little bit of everything. And I think it’s great that you get all of that to fit in one spot. The other thing that’s important is that we really encourage tenant creativity. We want the tenants to be different. Frankly, the more over the top they’re willing to be and to provide something that gives a unique experience to the client, the better. So, being an openminded landlord helps the tenant and helps to develop our brand at The Triangle. We want to hold out for the right tenants and create the right brand and image. We’re trying to attract tenants that are one-of-a-kind and can run a long-term successful property for Orange County, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach—for everyone in the area.

Greenlaw Partners executives Dan Figueroa, Wil Smith, David Kennedy, Scott Murray, Mike Meyer, and Scott San Filippo (L to R) have dedicated themselves to the total overhaul of The Triangle since 2010, which is finally close to completion.

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THE “GRAN COUPE” CATEGORY IS THE NEWEST ADDITION TO MANY BAVARIAN luxury auto houses. Although other cars in its class hit the showrooms earlier this

year, the BMW 6 series Gran Coupe stole the show with its distinctive four-door

design and powerful sports car features. BMW provides drivers with high-quality

engineering and materials both on the outside and inside of the 6 series Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe’s sporty contours, long hood, and sunken passenger area combine elegance with agility to create a truly unique design. The interior of the Gran Coupe was designed for complete comfort with its driver-oriented cockpit controls and sporty rear seats that provide ample space for two passengers. The Gran Coupe also stays true to its sports car roots using a TwinPower Turbo V8 Engine and 8-speed auto shift transmission to make for a thrilling ride without losing any of the efficiency and comfort of a four-door. The price tag for the Gran Coupe starts at $62,895 and varies depending on the options. The BMW 6 series Gran Coupe is a promising addition to the BMW family.


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jdrf dream gala JDRF’s Dream Girls ushered in the spring season with their much-anticipated annual “Dream Gala.” The Ritz-Carlton’s gorgeous grounds played host to the evening activities where guests turned out in stunning gowns and handsome tuxes to raise funds to cure type 1 diabetes. As the guests entered down the grand staircase, their hearts were touched when children of all age groups fighting type 1 diabetes greeted them. They thanked them and escorted them into the outdoor courtyard where local purveyors donated bespoke pieces for the silent auction, while guests sipped on champagne and enjoyed light bites. As the dinner chimes rang, the

crowd made their way to the grand ballroom where the Cindi Morales gave thanks on behalf of the Dream Guild and introduced Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Bill Peters, who kept the crowd laughing and on their toes all night. Special guest Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, sang a jaw dropping number, then shared the heartwarming story of her own struggle with the disease, giving the crowd a powerful insight into the daily struggles of life with diabetes. The group raised an impressive half million dollars that evening showing the love, dedication and compassion the Dream Guild has put into the effort to end the struggle of living with type 1 diabetes.

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left to right + top to bottoM: Z Collection Guests John Haugh, Kyla Dyas, Chris Pullis, Jacque Rogers, Tim Rogers Leyla Finkle, Carrie von Hemert Kelly von Hemert, Kelly Ordos Michael Spitzer, Shana Woodyard John Haugh, Kristie Haugh, Jacqueline Zehe

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Newport Coast has welcomed Z Collection to the enclave of chic boutiques at the base of Crystal Cove. This contemporary women’s boutique hosted Newport’s elite for an evening of fashion previews from Katie Mintz of Koral Los Angeles, jewelry displays by Samantha Wills while models showcased pieces from Swiss Watch Gallery and Fine Jewelry. Partygoers mixed, mingled, and shopped while sipping on Karlsson’s Gold Vodka signature drinks and enjoyed small bites from Javier’s. Z Collection is known for their trendsetting daytime ensembles and chic evening wear. 70

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laguna’s brightest stars Over 230 of Orange County’s finest art connoisseurs showed up at Seven-Degrees to honor some of Laguna’s most talented artists at the annual “Art Star Awards.” Guests enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres while mixing and mingling with the Laguna Concert Band’s 20-member ensemble playing in the background. The awards ceremony was held during dinner and honored guests such as Terry Smith who won “Individual Arts Patron of the Year,” Jonathan Burke who was awarded for “Arts Leadership,” and Jacquie Moffett who 72

was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Then, the 20 members of the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts unveiled the winner of last year’s inspiration grant, John Barber’s pièce de résistance, to the crowd. The 22-foot glass blown sculpture called Feeding Frenzy is displayed in Seven-Degrees’ grand staircase. Master of Ceremonies Wayne Baglin and comedian Rita Rudner kept guests entertained throughout the night. Guests and award winners finished off the evening with the swanky jazz tunes of musical duo Yael and Vlady.

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LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Laguna Flutes, ensemble of the Laguna Concert Band Nick Newton, Jill Newton, Nelson Coates, Ruben Flores, Andrea Joel Winner of the 2012 Inspiration Grant, John Barber Wayne Baglin Dora Wexell, Mark Orgill Roark Gourley, Bob Celicia, Dallas Celicia Tom Swimm, Lynn Vail, Curtis Mathewson, Greg Vail, Rosemary Swimm

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a creative collaboration It’s always wonderful to see a marriage between two unique entities. This holds true for the partnership between renowned publishing house, Assouline, and exotic handbag line, Jessica Grant. Suzan Paek, Creative Director and Founder of Jessica Grant, recently launched a custom book bag exclusively made for the Assouline boutique in South Coast Plaza. At the launching, guests sipped on champagne and


noshed on light bites while admiring the many titles Assouline publishes. The book bag, which was later unveiled, displays a bold “A” in honor of Jessica Grant’s partnership with Assouline. In addition to the showcased book bag, Jessica Grant also previewed some of their latest handbag designs, which caught the attention of all the ladies while the gentlemen perused through the boutique’s library.

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LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Pame Schmider, Bill Peters Kristie Caggiano, Debbie Garner Allison Olmstead, Julia Post Suzan Paek Analisa Albert, Melinda Serra Jessica Grant, Suzan Paek Assouline

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a sophisticated supper Orange County’s finest tastemakers—spanning from art connoisseur and philanthropists to real estate moguls and fashionistas—wore their most befitting spring attire and arrived in glistening Audis to Publisher Jolie Adams and bask Magazine’s “Spring Supper Club” at SevenDegrees in Laguna Beach. Guests sipped on cocktails and conversed on the rooftop deck where the champagne and pink glow of the sunset put everyone in high spirits as the air filled with laughter. Guests were drawn into the


formal dining room by the soft chords of the Steinway piano and found their table placements identified by nine different collections from highend jewelry house Piaget. The candlelit tables sparkled, illuminating the simple green and white floral centerpieces by Wildflower Linen as guests dined from a multi-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Robert Villanueva. As the meal came to a close, after-dinner cocktails and coffee were served while partygoers admired some of Piaget’s most bespoke jewelry pieces.

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LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: AUDI of America Jackie Melby, Simara Nahabedian, Mark Pomerantz, Colt Melby Peter Blake, Stephanie Bachiero Dining Room Alex & Malika Towhidian Katie Rollins, Susan Franklin, Suzan Paek, Min Ji Clark Piaget

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swing aHEad Enjoying a summer respite shouldn’t be taken lightly. Having quality furniture that is beautifully chic and comfortable will make all the difference in your lounging experience.

Drawing inspiration from the camps of ancient explorers, CITY CAMP and its detailed design features leather straps and stainless steel carabiners. This sophisticated collection is an outdoor living retreat and comes in a daybed, garden swing, and hanging swing. CITY CAMP by Dedon.

Thanks to its cozy organic style, NESTREST transforms the garden sofa into a suspended sanctuary that gently rocks, providing a place for relaxation, meditation, and open-air conversations. NESTREST by Dedon.

The OLEANDER outdoor sofa with a canopy provides another fashionable outdoor lounging opportunity. Its clean and restrained style will transform any patio or yard into a place to greet family and friends. OLEANDER sofa by Lee Industries.


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One block to the beach, this newly built Cape Cod-style custom home boasts ocean and city light views from a rooftop deck. The main level features a double Dutch door entry and a light, bright, sun-drenched great room with a fireplace and custom stackable doors opening to the front patio. The spacious dining room and gourmet kitchen open completely from two sides to an additional patio for elegant indoor/outdoor entertaining. The spectacular second level has a master en suite with fireplace and elegantly appointed bath and dressing areas. This level also takes you to the romantic rooftop deck, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding Corona del Mar and newport city lights.

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Enjoy one of the most spectacular settings in Shady Canyon® from this gorgeous French Provençal-style custom home. Located on a spectacular three-quarter acre cul-de-sac lot, the property provides unobstructed hillside/canyon views and extensive softscape. Amazing grounds offer serene gardens, and inspired interior features five bedrooms and a casita.

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Extraordinary French Provençal custom estate with a spectacular view. Light, bright sun-drenched spaces include four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, which are located in the main house, plus a separate casita with a private entry. Among many special features, this home also offers a wine cellar, pool/spa and private gated driveway. Enjoy a luxurious lifestyle secured by the privacy of a guard-gated golf community.

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Spectacular Santa Barbara-style custom estate with panoramic ocean, Catalina island and newport harbor views. Set behind the exclusive guard-gated community of Crystal Cove, the estate emanates understated elegance and features six bedroom/bath suites divided between two magnificent levels, plus a fantastic subterranean area.

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Sharon vallI C 714.883.4398

CraIg vallI C 949.584.7111

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One of the most private estates in Shady Canyon速, this four bedroom (optional fifth bedroom) residence is sheltered by scenic hillsides and canyons, and offers a five-star resort-inspired setting for aficionados of fine living. Primarily single-level design with luxe indoor/outdoor living spaces. Eight-car garage.

Offered for $6,650,000 www.1 27C an yo n C ree k .c o m

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Shady Canyon速 irvinE Offered for $4,795,000 Chic, French-inspired villa living is yours in this exquisite Shady Canyon速 residence on a massive lot with tremendous lights, canyon and golf course views. Extensively customized with the finest materials, this magnificent estate home features five bedrooms, five-and-one-half baths, pool, outdoor kitchen, and much more. www. 54Ver nal Spri ng. com

Shady Canyon速 irvinE Offered for $3,880,000 resort-inspired Shady Canyon速 home on private corner lot with sweeping golf course, mountain, lights views. Designed for stylish indoor/outdoor living with large suites of rooms for entertaining and spectacular grounds with pool, spa pavilion, alfresco kitchen, outdoor fireplaces, guest casita. www. 1R ed b ird .co m

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Gracing an elevated promontory high above the Pacific, this custom contemporary residence by famed architect Brion Jeannette takes full advantage of the most fabulous views in the area, allowing you to soak in panoramic vistas of ocean, Catalina island, city lights and coastline views.

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Fabulous opportunity to own this newer custom Mediterranean beauty boasting spectacular views of ocean, coastline and golf course from almost every room. This home is designed for indoor/outdoor living with approximately 2,000 square feet of additional living space between three separate ocean view decks. A custom outdoor fireplace enhances the upstairs deck, which is also plumbed for an outdoor kitchen. These decks are engineered to withstand an above-ground lap pool and large hot tub.

Offered for $2,199,000 www. 1 1 2 Cot a .c om

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This front row European Baroque-inspired masterpiece in Pelican Point took three years to build. All of the details, 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. Offered for $15,800,000 w ww.4 2Pel i c an . c o m

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Only a privileged few visitors will be selected to tour this extraordinary estate in Shady Canyon®. Truly one-of-a-kind with a magnificent golf course view overlooking the 15Th fairway of the renowned Shady Canyon Golf Course, this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime home at 32 Boulder view is the only property in Shady Canyon that resides on the golf course with no setback. The property features two pools – a rare indoor pool located on the subterranean level next to the sauna and steam room area, and an outdoor pool, which overlooks the golf course. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to own an incomparable gem.

Price Upon Request

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This Polynesian-inspired soft contemporary home is designed with ample interior and exterior relaxation areas, including a wine tasting room, movie theater and spill-over spa with views of the sparkling Pacific. The expansive gourmet kitchen features professional grade appliances, granite slab countertops and solid mahogany custom cabinetry. The superbly designed home includes every amenity imaginable, including an open floor plan with an abundance of room to entertain, a professional-grade kitchen complete with exquisite slab countertops, spa-quality bathrooms, disappearing sliding doors and Smart home technology. Anticipated completion is February 2014.

Offered for $6,800,000

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sC Homes IrvIne TerraCe - Corona del mar

Extraordinary approximately 7,000 square feet of new construction in sought-after irvine Terrace. Custom panoramic ocean view dream home by prominent local builder, Scott Cross, of SC homes. Designed with an essence of the sand and surf, this five bedroom, eight bath, two-level home features a special blend of privacy and prominence and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and newport harbor. The most notable amenities include a six-car garage, expansive decks, outdoor dining and relaxation areas, pool with glass tile overflow spa, enveloped by generous landscaping, home theater room, wine tasting area, bonus room and wired with Smart home technology.

In Escrow Offered for $6,100,000 > Representing Seller

By Summer Perry of BRown and STowELL real estate and Scott Cross of SC homes

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Santa Barbara-style custom estate in Shady Canyon速. A recent top-to-bottom $400,000 remodel by renowned builder robert McCarthy with rDM contractors has given the estate a brand new look and feel. Enjoy the complete package in this approximately 7,200 square foot masterpiece on a private half acre view lot. no expense was spared in the creation of this home, which features world-class amenities.

Offered for $4,799,000

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This Covenant hills custom estate boasts a soft contemporary interior design with classic Spanish exterior. honed limestone flooring and arched walkways set the stage for this oneof-a-kind home. Features include award-winning kitchen design, five spacious bedroom suites, and an outdoor living room overlooking pool and sunsets.

Offered for $3,795,000

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Coastal canyon custom estate with five bedrooms, five-andone-half baths and 5,800 square feet. The open floor plan features a designer kitchen with dual Sub-Zero refrigerators and granite countertops, a wine cellar for over 600 bottles, and a master retreat with gym and hardwood floors. The beautifully landscaped surroundings are highlighted by a pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor kitchen.

Offered for $3,295,000 www.2 450Sol aV i s ta .c o m

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CyPRUS CoVE SOuThwEST SAn CLEMEnTE Offered for $2,395,000 incredible custom Tudor home located on an approximately 10,375 square foot lot in the prestigious gated community of Cyprus Cove. in addition to this beautiful residence, which boasts approximately 5,487 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and three baths, there is a guest house of approximately 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths.

SoUThwEST San CLEMEnTE Offered for $2,395,000 Southwest-inspired residence in Southwest San Clemente. One block from the ocean and situated on a lush, coastal canyon with expansive ocean views. This approximately 14,467 square foot lot meanders down the canyon, and it is surrounded by tiered viewing decks and a garden. w ww.3 12waveGavio t a .co m

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oCEan hEIGhTS nEwPOrT COAST Offered for $3,950,000 Luxury and elegance abound at this single level-like residence in the Cassis community of Ocean heights, which offers three bedrooms – including upstairs casita – three baths and approximately 4,000 square feet. Enjoy magnificent ocean, Catalina island, harbor and city lights views from the expansive, approximately 12,000 square foot lot with entertainer’s backyard.

oCEan hEIGhTS nEwPOrT COAST Offered for $4,275,000 One of the most awe-inspiring estates in Perazul, and possibly in all of newport Coast, this italian-style villa of approximately 4,500 square feet sits on an approximately 10,000 square foot lot with breathtaking views of the ocean and city lights. Built around a central courtyard with a large, romantic fireplace, the home boasts a main floor master bedroom with separate exercise room and two private upstairs suites.

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CELEBrATinG A DECADE in rEAL ESTATE michael Fawaz > Selling A newport Coast Lifestyle > Over $55 Million in 2013 Sales > Over $600 Million in Total Closed Sales

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold** > 2 via Coralle > $5,500,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold** > 2 via Giada > $5,000,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold** > 18 via Diamante > $4,275,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold* > 27 vista Tramonto > $4,100,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold** > 10 via Avoria > $3,995,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold* > 26 via Diamante > $3,895,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold* > 4 via Avoria > $3,795,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold* > 31 Faenza > $2,850,000

nEwPoRT CoaST Sold* > 24 Faenza > $2,835,000 *Represented Seller **Represented Seller/Buyer

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tranquiL paCIFIC rIdge - newporT CoaST Costa Azul pool home boasts ocean and sunset views and is perfect for entertaining with a private pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and barbeque bar. The large, flexible floor plan includes five bedrooms with private baths, an office with built-in bookshelves, a bonus room, two private decks and a guest bath.

Offered for $3,750,000 www.2 Su n ri s en C . c om

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One of a kind Cape Cod architecture. new construction completed in 2008 with exceptional quality and design. Six bedrooms and six bathrooms with approximately 5,100 square feet. Situated on a corner lot on the sand in Sunset Beach with direct beach access.

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LaGUna BEaCh Offered for $2,895,000 Stunning architect-designed home in coveted north Laguna with panoramic ocean and coastline views. Perfectly maintained and highly upgraded by meticulous owners. Fabulous gourmet kitchen and luxurious master suite. inviting interior and exterior spaces ideal for formal entertaining and casual living. www. 319V ie jo .c o m

VICToRIa BEaCh Offered for $3,800,000 impossible to replicate in today’s more restrictive building environment, this italian-inspired villa has approximately 3,840 square feet of living space and enjoys breathtaking views of the coastline. On the ocean side of victoria Drive, the amenities in this custom home will amaze and impress. www. 2735V i ctori a. com

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PELICan CREST nEwPOrT COAST Offered for $17,995,000 A chance to own a premier double front row lot with approximately 231 linear feet of view footage. Build your dream estate with magnificent views of Catalina island, ocean, Palos verdes, golf course, city lights and breathtaking sunsets. Lots can be sold separately. Photo taken from the property. www. Pel i canCrestLots. com

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One of the most unique custom homes in north Laguna Beach. Extensively remodeled throughout, the estate features a breathtaking deck with kitchenette and balconies that face panoramic views of ocean, city lights, Catalina island and Emerald Bay. This meticulously maintained home is ideal for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Approximately 6,000 square feet with six beds, four full baths, two half baths and wine cellar.

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Words cannot adequately describe this truly one-of-a-kind custom home in the heart of Newport Beach. Enhanced by Richard Marshall hardwood flooring and soaring ceilings, the five bedroom residence boasts panoramic views of the city and ocean. The home’s outdoor areas are just as enchanting as the interior, with a backyard that offers abundant entertainer’s amenities. Even your most discerning clients will be mesmerized and inspired by this magnificent home.

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bask table | by robert e. palmer

Talk of THE ToWn Entrepreneur David Wilhelm crafts a new Orange County restaurant The OC’s ResTauRaTeuR in Chief. David Wilhelm has made an indelible impact on the Orange County restaurant scene with Kachina, Bistro 201, Chimayo Grill, French 75 Bistro, Chat Noir, Sorrento Grille, Savannah Chophouse, and the list goes on longer than an eclectic Wilhelm-designed wine list. Wilhelm also created the El Torito Grill concept, earning him a Chef of the Year award from the Southern California Restaurant Writers and a Restaurant of the Year award by the Orange County Business Journal. He has also consulted with hospitality industry giants including California Pizza Kitchen, Chevy’s, Taco Bell, and Brinker International.

VisiOn. The key to Wilhelm’s historical success in creating and nurturing concepts has been a precise, unbending, perfectionist vision for each and every new concept—from the menu, the color palette and fabric, the mood and vibe, the lighting, the art, and even the music for each venue. His work is more akin to a general manager for a sports franchise than a typical chef, pulling together all of the specialized elements necessary for creating, opening, and running a safe haven for all restaurant goers. Like any good general manager, he also has an eye for spotting, hiring and training some of the top managers, bartenders, and chefs in Orange County, including his long-time culinary partner and former Executive Chef Ryan Adams who is now the highly acclaimed chef/owner of 370 Common in Laguna Beach. The JfaT COnCepT. The idea of JFAT grew out of the early tavern traditions in England and later the New England states as a gathering place to eat, drink, and socialize. Wilhelm collaborated with JFAT partners Jeff and Todd Hatch in developing this concept—a casual, yet stylish neighborhood-gathering place— that offers handcrafted cocktails, premium wines on tap, craft beers, and tasty regional American comfort food using fresh ingredients prepared from scratch daily. Standout menu items include Zinfandel-braised short ribs with horseradish cream and crispy onions, the insane 8oz. Jimmy’s burgers, giant buttermilk and beer battered onion rings, and the spicy cheddar cheese pimento dip, served with fresh corn tortilla chips. Specialty cocktails include the Dark and Stormy featuring Goslings Black Seal Rum, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, and club soda and the Strawberry Ginger Deluxe with Skyy vodka, ginger liqueur, fresh strawberry juice, lemon juice, Angostura Bitters, and brut champagne. They even make, and will soon be selling, their own brand of specialty chipotle ketchup. A wide array of micro-brews and imports abound under a rooftop of high definition televisions for the sports fan.


Opening this August, a slightly more upscale JFAT is coming to the Dana Point harbor in the site previously occupied by Ristorante Ferrantelli. Wilhelm’s return to Orange County has been met with widespread enthusiasm in the Dana Point area. JFAT will offer Wilhelm’s culinary flair as well as a hip design created by JFAT Partner and local Hatch Design team. how would you describe Jimmy’s? Jimmy’s is in some ways a contemporary interpretation of Cheers. No, not necessarily a place where everyone knows your name, but one that offers a comfortable, casual ambience where friends and family can go to dine, drink, socialize, meet new friends, and enjoy regional American comfort food, craft cocktails, beers, and wines. Why did you choose your location in Dana point out of everyplace in Orange County? Dana Point wasn’t really on our radar screen in looking for OC sites, but when this site became available everything about the location and the surrounding neighborhoods made perfect sense. how has the restaurant industry evolved in Orange County over the last 20 years? When I moved here 35 years ago, OC was pretty much a culinary wasteland. That began to change slowly in the late 80s and early 90s when a handful of us began opening small restaurants offering better quality and more creative food offerings. Included in this group were pioneers like Alan Greeley, Lou Manginelli, and Michael Kang; we’ve become elder statesmen now, but still kicking it. Why is Jimmy’s different from the hundreds of other dining choices in Orange County? There are a lot of Euro or gastropubs popping up in OC, but we felt that there needed to be one that proudly focused on the rich culinary heritage and traditions that exist in all the many regional areas of the US. I also worked all last year in getting our San Diego location to become a “Certified Green Restaurant” and am in the process of doing the same for Dana Point. We also will be featuring wines on tap which allows us to pour high quality wines at reasonable prices and with a smaller carbon footprint. What is it like to open a new restaurant? It’s easily the most exciting part of being in this business and also the most taxing. It’s rewarding to see how the efforts of everyone on the team fall, and sometimes stumble, into place. Every new opening is in some way like the birth of a child...filled with anticipation, anxiety, happiness, joy, and many sleepless nights.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

“The key to Wilhelm’s success is a precise, unbending, perfectionist vision for each and every new concept.”

Hot Fudge Sundae

The Bubba

Cowboy Burger

Crème Brulee French Toast


bask table | by michelle l yn

Avant Restaurant Charcuterie Board


It’s not as big as Los Angeles or New York, but San Diego’s dining scene has arrived. Whole animal dinners introduced by chef Christian Graves of Jsix, exotic meats, cheese bars, and craft beer flights have become the norm.

Haute Plates San Diego’s burgeoning dining scene is heavy on craft brews, artisanal cuisine, and hip design RECLAIMED COMFORT Over the last few years there has been a rush of urban, eclectic and reclaimed design aesthetic among restaurants serving seasonal comfort food. Tracy Borkum struck gold in Del Mar with her Californiainspired Italian kitchen and retail wine shop, Cucina Enoteca. Capitalizing on the popularity of her affordable dining and adding a modern farmhouse feeling to the dining area, Borkham has expanded her repertoire with the new Cucina Enoteca. 100 Wines Hillcrest’s cozy, apothecary-inspired restaurant is reminiscent of an old wine bistro elevated with modern touches like reformed wine barrel chandeliers and reclaimed accents such as old lockers and depression era glass canisters complement the Mediterranean-themed menu of small plates. Popular dishes include ravioli with pecorino, pear, mozzarella with a butter sage sauce and a fig and bacon pizza with smoked Gouda.


bask table | by michelle l yn With 10 craft beers on tap and array of perfectly crafted cocktails, The Lion’s Share offers an exotic menu that includes specialties like kangaroo tartar, antelope sliders, lamb tongue tacos and frog legs.

THE TASTE OF TRAVEL If you’re in the mood for something international, University Heights provides a unique neighborhood that house Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican, Argentinian, French, and Persian restaurants all within blocks of each other. In Encinitas, Sabor de Vida is an expansion of an authentic Brazilian catering company that is famous for their picanha and feijoada. Bencotto offers authentic, home-style Italian food in a modern space that has an old-world warmth. Their zucchini and basil soup transports diners to the shores of Lake Como, while their Polpette Bencotto is reminiscent of a cozy wine bar in Venice. Bencotto’s “little brother,” Monello, specializes in authentic Milanese street food. Diners can indulge in anything fritti (from the fryer), like calamari with a balsamic aioli sauce, or one of their thin pizzas made with fresh mozzarella, and their panzerotti (lightly fried mini calzones) that has been a Milanese favorite since 1940. With candelabras dripping on the bar, a menu artfully displayed on a floorto-ceiling chalkboard and sultry lounge music, Bleu Bohéme transports diners to a smoky Parisian bistro. Their basil gimlet primes diners for a main course of escargots, moules frites, and boeuf bourguignon.

SEAFOOD BY THE SEA Located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla, CUSP Dining & Drinks offers a stunning view of the La Jolla shoreline. Chef Donald Lockhart serves coastal Mediterranean specialties like Corvina sea bass with saffron risotto, shrimp, mussels, and Spanish chorizo with piquillo peppers that are best enjoyed during sunset.

The Pony Room Lobster Sliders

In Little Italy, Prepkitchen’s Chef Ryan Johnston serves seasonal comfort food in a relaxed environment. The restaurant’s specialties include crispy baby artichokes with Meyer lemons, gremolata and aioli and braised Colorado lamb shoulder. The distressed bannister railings, windows, and iron doors add to the eclectic ambience of the restaurant.

CRAFTY GASTROPUBS A town that takes pride in knowing the idiosyncrasies that differentiate IPAs from ales, San Diego has a thriving craft beer community and some of the trendiest gastropubs around. Jaynes Gastropub, owned by a Liverpool native and her husband, serves fish and chips with Newcastle ale battered sea bass and sautéed snap peas. Located on Coronado Island, Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge opened their doors with an eclectic menu and craft beer flights. A twist on a bar staple, Leroy’s pairs steak frites with a green garlic chimichurri and Parmesan aioli and serves a Sunday brunch that includes their famous Hangover Soup. 120

Nestled on top of the Del Mar Plaza, Pacifica Del Mar has been a local favorite for over twenty years. Best known for their unobstructed ocean view, they are also famous for their classic seafood dishes including sugar-spiced salmon and pan roasted sea bass with green curry-coconut sauce.

WHERE THE SURF MEETS THE TURF The Del Mar Racetrack draws diners from all over the world who come for the horses and stay for the dining scene. Located just minutes from the track at L’Auberge Del Mar, Kitchen 1540 features a playful and artistic menu. Chef Dolbee experiments with deconstruction and delights in unexpected presentations that often include smoke. After an extensive remodeling, the restaurants at Rancho Valencia hold a new appeal for diners. The Pony Room features elevated bar food, like lobster sliders, in an equestrian-themed bar. On the other hand, Veladora is Chef Eric Bauer’s playground for inventive dishes like Maine lobster and a black truffle risotto with mascarpone and truffle butter. Avant Restaurant, located at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, opens this summer. The restaurant focuses on unpretentious cuisine with homegrown culinary touches such as house-made mustard-on-tap and gourmet cheese tasting at the oversized charcuterie bar.

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bask Magazine  
bask Magazine  

Summer 2013