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WELCOME TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIFE MAGAZINE’S Fabulous Food Issue! By ROBYN FLANS

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LORRAINE TOUSSAINT On The Good Life By ROBYN FLANS

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Ginger Cinnamon Granola • 3 c rolled oats • 1 c chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds • 1/2 c oat bran • 1 t ground ginger • 1 t cinnamon • 1/4 t salt • 1/4 c coconut oil • 1/4 c honey • 2 T maple syrup • 2 T butter • 1 t vanilla extract Preheat oven to 325. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. In a saucepan, heat coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, butter and vanilla until melted and stir to combine. Pour over dry ingredients and mix to coat evenly. Spread granola onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 2025 minutes, until golden, stirring once or twice during baking. Cool before serving or storing. Makes 5 cups.

Granola Yogurt Breakfast Bowl • 1/2 c yogurt • 1/2 c ginger cinnamon granola • fresh fruit such as berries, kiwi, persimmon, banana • 2 t chia or flax seeds • edible flowers Pour yogurt in a bowl and top with granola, fresh fruit and chia seeds. Garnish with a few edible flowers.

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16/ AFFAIRS TO REMEMBER Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Ventura County’s “Bags, Bling & Bubbly”

17/ AFFAIRS TO REMEMBER 2015 National Charity League Ball - Conejo Valley Chapter

18/ ENCHANTING ESCAPES Enchanting Escapes For You And Your Valentine By LINDA LANG

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CAMARILLO RANCH HOUSE The Home That Remains A Jewel In The Seaside City’s Crown For More Than A Century By ERIKA THOMAS

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THE LUCKY 7 Prime-Time Concert Venues In So Cal By IMAAN JALALI

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Keeping Romance Alive

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Be Wise And Winterize By NICOLE SCHMIDT

38/ OFF THE BEATEN PATH So Cal’s Seductive Sunsets By LISA KESTENBAUM

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TOP STOPS FOR A CAFFEINE FIX Southern California Coffee Shops By JULIANNA KECK

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BARTON G. RESTAURANT The Ultimate Gastronomic Experience By IMAAN JALALI

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The Most Heavenly Cupcakes On Earth

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Y MOTHER TOOK EVERY OPPORTUNITY POSSIBLE OVER THE YEARS TO REMIND ME THAT I CAUSED HER TROUBLE AT MEALTIMES AS A CHILD. It’s as if she felt I was willfully finicky just to agitate her. I’ve been a picky eater since infancy and throughout elementary school, lunch usually came home untouched. It’s not that I don’t eat, it’s that I have an aversion to about 85% of the food that exists, with meat, bananas, olives and goat cheese topping the extensive list. I prefer basic and uncomplicated choices: Ice-cream, popcorn, jelly beans and other nibbles, that to the horror of an average nutritionist, I consider satisfying meals. To ensure I get the proper amount of nourishment, I’ve learned to combine the correct amino acids to make a complete protein … which then makes dining that much more cumbersome. And as you might imagine, grocery shopping ranks last on my choices of amusing pastimes. It’s a wonder my children made it to adulthood well-fed. My husband, on the other hand, puts his feet on the floor each morning anticipating the meals he will enjoy that day. He rarely leaves food on his plate and the more unusual it is, the better. We’re an odd couple when we’re out to dinner; he can’t decide what to order because everything on the menu looks amazing and I can’t decide because every dish contains one or more ingredients I dislike. He frequently asks the server to choose what he or she considers to be the tastiest entrée in the joint, and he’ll enthusiastically indulge. Consequently, he may feast on three courses while I often settle for a simple salad. Adventuresome to say the least, if it’s edible, Steve will try it. Given all that nonessential info, you may wonder why we are launching our 2016 magazine line-up with a food issue since the editor is not the slightest hint of an epicurean. It’s because whether one is a foodie or fussy, Southern Californians love to eat and we have an extraordinary collection of world-class restaurants available for those who appre-

ciate the very best. As compared to a few other regions around the country, Southland gourmets prefer freshness and quality and are willing to drive across county lines just to dine at a great establishment. Our propensity for natural and organic ingredients has spurred a rise in farmers markets throughout So Cal, and farm to table cuisine is now all the rage. And since we have evolved into a population of consumers with all manner of dietary preferences or restrictions, most chefs will modify their recipes to suit any personal peculiarities (thankfully!!). Although we feature a “Gourmand” section in every issue in which we highlight a particular chef or eatery, we simply could not cover enough of our noteworthy restaurants in just six magazines a year. An edition spotlighting an array of the some of the best food in Southern California is the solution to our dilemma. Since the entire State of California celebrates Restaurant Month in January, our timing couldn’t be better. In the pages to follow you’ll read about seven fine dining options, farmers market locations that feature the freshest fare and some of the most unique and creative cupcake shops in the Southland. And because you’ll likely want to try all the goodies we present, we also feature the secret outdoor stairs throughout our region where you can climb off those extra calories. We uncover Downtown Los Angeles and the changes recently implemented to what was once considered an average business district, but is now one of the trendiest upscale So Cal destinations. Our goal is to help you enjoy Southern California and discover all that this wonderful region has to offer. And if you’re into eating well, what better way to start the new year than munching your way around! Wishing you a fulfilling and healthy 2016!

FAMILY MATTERS… Congratulations to our Style and Beauty editor (and publisher’s daughter), Nicole Schmidt, who was married to Matt Pollastrini this past November 7th, 2015. We wish the newlyweds a life filled with joy and marital bliss.

Director of Photography, Benny Haddad and his wife Blair Haddad were blessed with the birth of Whitney Eden Sunrise Lee Haddad on October 20th, 2015. Congratulations to the new mom and dad on the arrival of their enchanting beauty.

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Senior Director of Marketing, Sales and Digital Platforms, Cheryl Dalton and husband Jonathan Chavez welcomed Lucas Dalton Chavez into their lives August 9th, 2015. Our team extends a multitude of hugs and kisses to this adorable bundle of joy.

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Territa Torres (Won 3rd place Top FWSD15 Designer) Photographer: Carlos Eduardo Sanchez Ramos Sasha Bravo (Jewelry Designer) Photographer: Carlos Eduardo Sanchez Ramos

FWSD15 Scott Rich (Actual designer featured in photo) Photographer: Carlos Eduardo Sanchez Ramos

Designer: Lady Lane Photographer: 656 Photography

FWSD15 kicked off at the La Valencia Hotel with the annual Art & Beauty Behind Fashion presented by Bellus Academy. Celebrity Hair Stylist Ted Gibson headlined this evening, while Eden Sassoon (daughter of Vidal Sassoon) MC'd. Guests also enjoyed a live art demonstration from Clarione & Beau Hufford of Launch Live Art on an original piece by FWSD14 Top Designer A'doreus. For the next two nights, FWSD closed down Wall Street in La Jolla and constructed an open air venue for the #FWSD15 Designer Runway Shows. Gowns, Jewels, Avant Garde, Contemporary; designs all as jaw dropping as the venue. During the runway shows, Supervisor Ron Roberts presented FWSD with an official proclamation. On the Saturday night of FWSD15 was the annual Haute Dog Runway Show, where adoptable dogs from Rancho Costal Humane Society made their way down the runway. This year, these pups wore doggie accessories from FWSD partner Glamour Mutt. FWSD15 concluded with its annual Trunk Show & Fashion Awards. Guests were able to shop the designer collections that had just debuted on Wall Street. During the Fashion Awards, Top Designers, as voted on by the FWSD audience, were announced. Third place went to Territa Torres, 2nd place to TaSanni, and 1st place to B.JASH.I.

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Designer: Napostol Couture Photographer: aDallo Photography

Designer: Responsive Textiles Photographer: 656 Photography


Nikki Marie Photographer: Carlos Eduardo Sanchez Ramos

Designer: Nolan Dean Photographer: 656 Photography

Designer: B.JASH.I (Won 1st place Top FWSD15 Designer) Photographer: aDallo Photography

Designer: Napostol Couture Photographer: 656 Photography

Designer: TaSanni (Won 2nd place Top FWSD15 Designer) Photographer: 656 Photography

Designer: Napostol Couture Photographer: 656 Photography

Designer: Responsive Textiles Photographer: aDallo Photography

Designer: Black Filigree Couture Photographer: aDallo Photography

Designer: Bearly Proper Photographer: 656 Photography

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF VENTURA COUNTY’S “BAGS, BLING & BUBBLY” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) celebrated its 2015 Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne fundraiser on November 9th at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo. The hugely successful event was oversold and raised $100,000 for the organization! The afternoon featured a luncheon and program with silent and live auctions as well as boutiques. This year’s “Wise Wonderful Women of the Year,” Terri Polo and Sherri Saum, stars of ABC Family’s hit show “The Fosters,” graciously shared their insights regarding the importance and impact of youth serving organizations. Luncheon guests also had the opportunity to hear from a “Big” and “Little” Sister match, Lauren and Haley, who have been matched in the BBSVC Foster Youth program for two years. Their touching speeches provided a first-hand look into the BIG impact of the program and showed guests the true value of their generous donations. Lynne West, BBSVC CEO, stated, “Our seventh-annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly event was the most successful yet. I am humbled and grateful to everyone who helped with the fundraiser.” All proceeds raised from Bags, Bling & Bubbly will benefit BBSVC’s mentoring programs, creating new matches and professionally supporting Bigs and Littles. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBSVC) has been helping youth in Ventura County and neighboring communities realize their potential for more than 45 years. BBSVC is committed to bringing their life-changing program to every child who needs and wants it. To donate, become a mentor, or learn more about BBSVC, please call (805) 484-2282 or visit www.bbsvc.org.

Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo provided the lovely setting and delicious lunch

Big Sister. Lauren Berkovitz and Little Sister Haley spoke about their experiences in the program

Past President Richard Burke

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BBSVC CEO Lynne West

Keys opened a designer purse treasure chest of prizes


Madison Schwartz, Lily Danziger, Erin Wong, Lauryn Morrison, Kathryn Pirzadeh, Kimberly Pelino, Riley Barkis, Kendra Woodruff, Nicole Menges, Abigail Chopp, Taylor Simonian, Madison Phillips, Kristina Cusolito

2015 NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE BALL

Jake, Madison, Robyn and Bradley Schwartz

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Ball Co-Directors Tiffany Ternan, Leslie Matthews, Christina Hamor

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), Conejo Valley Chapter serves 19 philanthropies and contributes more than 11,000 hours to the local community each year. NCL, Inc. is a national non-profit organization of mothers and daughters in grades 7-12 who join together in community service in chapters throughout the United States. The purpose is to foster a sense of community responsibility in the girls as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship through participation in philanthropy, leadership activities and cultural events. This year’s 43rd Annual Ball, November 27th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, honored 13 Debutantes who have collectively contributed more than 4300 community service hours as a mother-daughter team.

Reilly Ternan, Tiffany Ternan

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1. Named after Alice of Wonderland fame, this spacious split-level room with king bed and sitting area opens onto a secluded deck overlooking the gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. 2. Cheshire Cat Inn features cozy sitting areas. 3. The romantic Tweedledum suite features a large bedroom, jacuzzi built into the bay window, living room with fireplace and English antiques, and wet bar/kitchen. 4. The romantic 19th century Cheshire Cat Inn was named after one of the cherished characters in Alice of Wonderland. 5. The Inn's Prestbury Cottage comes with two bedrooms, living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, dining and romantic private deck. By Jumping Rocks

Santa Barbara offers one of the most picturesque settings any romantic could imagine. The sunny American Riviera is complete with its exquisite town, historical treasures, shopping, arts, dining, wining and stunning ocean panoramas from its hills, beaches and shoreline. Ideally located downtown just four blocks from shops, galleries, restaurants and theaters is CHESHIRE CAT INN offering two exquisite Victorian houses amid colorful English gardens, fountains and towering oaks. Dating back to 1894, it has 18 impeccably-decorated guestrooms, suites and craftsman cottages furnished with English antiques, Laura Ashley wallpapers and draperies, and other items carefully selected to match the property's original dÊcor. Its ultimate offering for romantics is the luxurious two-room Tweedledum Suite in the Coach House at the back of the property which has a king brass bed, antiques, jacuzzi, wet bar, gas-burning fireplace and complete privacy overlooking the gardens. Spa services, including facials, body wraps and massages, are offered in the privacy of your room. A sumptuous breakfast buffet and afternoon wine tasting with homemade hors d’oeuvres are served daily in the Main House.

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i Just a short walk from Palm Canyon Drive with its fine shopping, restaurants and entertainment sits KORAKIA PENSIONE , a beautifully-crafted Mediterranean Moroccan romantic retreat comprised of two villas. The first, a 1924 Moroccan residence, was originally named Dar Marroc by Scottish painter Gordon Coutts who recreated the ambience of his earlier life in Tangier. It became a popular gathering place for musicians, artists and celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino, Errol Flynn and it was rumored that Winston Churchill painted in the Artist Suite, one of the current guest rooms. The neighboring 1930s Mediterranean villa, owned by silent screen star J. Carrol Naish, combined the charm of Southern Europe with the romance of North Africa. It still houses an incomparable romantic master suite with high, wood beam ceilings, indoor/outdoor bath, and massive fireplace. In 1989, Dar Marroc was renamed Korakia (Greek for "crow") and the two villas became a stunning, unique getaway. The bungalows and guest houses have been faithfully restored and furnished with antiques and handmade furniture to create a truly remarkable desert oasis. After breakfast in the courtyard, all of Palm Springs awaits. You can take off for downtown or a game of golf or tennis, relax by the pool or indulge in some yoga or spa treatments. At night, enjoy classic and foreign films, lounge by the heated pools amid flickering lanterns and glowing fire pits while a Moroccan daybed invites you to stargaze. It's easy to see why Forbes Traveler named Korakia one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America.�

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6. Orchard House, a 1918 Palm Springs Adobe, boasts a full kitchen, dining room, king-size bed, two fireplaces, and courtyard with outdoor fireplace and stone jacuzzi filled by a waterfall. 7. On the lower floor is the Kasbah suite with a spacious bedroom, full kitchen, and dining room with French doors opening to a private patio overlooked by the balcony of the Artist Suite. 8. It is rumored that Winston Churchill painted here in the Artist Suite. 9. The Ionean is a separate one-bedroom bungalow with beamed ceilings, built-in queen bed, stone shower, stone flooring in the living room, full kitchen, and spectacular mountain views. 10. Varieties of colors and textures lend an exotic feel to the Mediterranean pool area. Courtesy of Korakia

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11. The relaxing pool area also offers informal dining. 12. Estate-style rooms and suites at this luxury beach hotel feature plush bedding, sitting areas, marble baths, private balconies or patios and all the modern high tech amenities. 13. In the picturesque seaside village of Del Mar is stunning L'Auberge Del Mar hotel overlooking the Pacific. 14. L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks beautiful panoramas of the Pacific. 15. L'Auberge Del Mar offers outdoor as well as indoor dining options. Courtesy of L'Auberge Del Mar

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i In the picturesque seaside village of Del Mar is the luxury resort of L'AUBERGE DEL MAR overlooking the Pacific. Reminiscent of a private estate, this chic resort offers an ambience of total relaxation as well as activities to satisfy every whim. The 120 guest rooms and suites are complemented by several dining options, wellness spa, pool area, and private walking path to the beach. The resort also offers romantic packages including L'Proposal which includes white rose petals, votive candles, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne with personalized attention from the wedding staff to ensure the perfect proposal in the perfect setting. There's also a Vows Renewal package if you want to replay the big moment with up to 50 guests. A must is the hotel's award-winning KITCHEN 1540 showcasing creative seasonal menus of fresh organic produce and sustainable seafood. You can also dine outdoors at Coastline, poolside at Bleu Bar, or in the privacy of your room. Just steps away are a myriad of great shops, galleries, and restaurants as well as scenic hiking trails on the Torrey Pines State Reserve and grounds of Del Mar Racetrack where you can also cheer on your favorite thoroughbred during the racing season. Golf, tennis, and water sports are also among your options as are the many attractions in and around San Diego.

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16. The Library Room's large headboard and matching armoire counterbalance the room’s beautifully painted ceiling and softly draped bay window. 17. The 19th Century Britt Scripps Inn is a designated San Diego City landmark. 18. Named after California’s 17th governor, a frequent guest more than 100 years ago, the Governors Room features ornately-carved furniture and an antique tile fireplace with carved mantle. 19. One of the Inn’s grandest guest rooms, the Renaissance Room offers breathtaking views of the city and ocean from a suite of corner windows. 20. The grand stairway in Britt Scripps has been carefully restored over the years. Courtesy of Britt Scripps Inn

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Scripps Inn, one of San Diego's most unique hotels, is a designated city landmark built in 1887. Originally owned by Eugene Britt, followed by Edward Wyllis Scripps, founder of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the property design included seven gables, large bay windows, a massive hand-carved oak staircase, two-story stained-glass window wall, wraparound front porch and three ornately-designed chimneys. Over the centuries, the building has endured numerous owners and survived many identities ranging from a bed and breakfast to a law firm and chiropractor's office. Following a $6 million renovation by its current owner, the inn has been restored to its original grandeur and once again welcomes discerning visitors. Today, the Queen Anne architecture is richly complemented with period antiques and furnishings. Modern amenities include complimentary WiFi, free parking, laundry service, business services and a spacious patio and garden. The 10 guest rooms are individually decorated and have LCD flat screen televisions, DVD players and climate control. The inn's choice midtown location neighbors numerous Banker's Hill shops and restaurants and is just two-blocks from Balboa Park’s vast offering of cultural and sports attractions including the world-famous zoo, numerous museums, and extensive offering of performing arts and recreation facilities. www.brittscripps-inn.com | 619.230.1991

SHOULD YOU WISH TO REVISIT ANY OF THESE ROMANTIC GETAWAYS AT A LATER DATE, YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THEY ALL HANDLE WEDDINGS AND MARRIAGE RENEWAL ARRANGEMENTS. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! ❖

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Adolfo, took over the ranch.” Camarillo would not only run the day-to-day operations of his father’s ranch, he would take it from having only cattle and mules, to a booming agricultural business, including barley, corn, alfalfa and lima beans, as well as Citrus and Eucalyptus trees. Camarillo would also breed one-of-a-kind horses there. “The Camarillo White Horse was his very own innovation. Today they can be seen prancing in Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Parade and of course, in the Rose Parade every year,” she says. Adolfo married Isabel Menchaca in 1888. The couple (who would have seven children together) moved into a small adobe on the property. When it was destroyed by a fire, Camarillo set about building a brand-new house. “Camarillo was a true patriarch. One of the things he stood the most for was family and so he wanted his home to reflect that,” Chopra Richardson says. Built in 1892, the residence was a grand, three-story Queen Anne Victorian-style with 14 rooms, a sprawling porch and some of the most unique vegetation available. “Many of the trees on the property are over 100 H

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years old; and one tree that sits on the property — called the Morton Bay Fig — is the second largest tree in the state of California,” says Chopra Richardson. Though Camarillo and his family resided there for nearly seven decades (Camarillo passed away in

1958) the house fell into major disrepair during the 1990s. There was talk of having it razed, but the community was against it. Eventually it was purchased by the city, Camarillo Ranch House Foundation was launched, and within a short time a 1.5 million dollar renovation on the property was underway. Today the home, restored to its pristine Victorian-era charm, is bustling with visitors from locals to tourists. It serves as a historical museum, an educational center and community hub, hosting more than 150 events each year. “It is a very popular spot for weddings and other events. It’s managed by a small staff and we rely very heavily upon volunteers who donate hours of their time to help further the beauty and

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preservation of the house. We have docent-lead tours in period costumes and we also have educational activities for grade-schoolers,” she says. Chopra Richardson also adds that the upkeep of the home is something that’s ongoing. “Even the most minor of repairs are done with the keeping and integrity of the Victorian era, which means we can’t just run over to the Home Depot if we need something,” she laughs. When asked what connects people to the Camarillo Ranch House after so many

decades, she says “Adolfo Camarillo was a rancher, yes, but he was also a visionary who cared deeply about family community. Much of his family — including his great great grandchildren — is still involved with the home and its preservation. Because of this, his legacy is very much alive today.” ❖

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F THERE IS ONE MAXIM ABOUT LIVE MUSIC, IT'S THE FOLLOWING: THE PERCEPTION OF THE MUSIC IS HIGHLY INFLUENCED BY WHERE IT IS PERFORMED. The setting could be indoors or in the open air, but nevertheless, it has to be favorable to the spread of sound waves and the performers' presence on stage. With sound having gone digital and musicians becoming celebrity image touchstones in the media, it has been imperative for venues to satisfy the contemporary criteria for the concert “feel.” After all, the drab and musty spaces for hosting concerts are not only inappropriate, but outdated. Only the state-of-the-art venues, powered by an exponentially expanding technological industry can accentuate the musician and his/her music. Southern California is home to a plethora of concert halls and spaces, but only a select number — seven in total — can house more than 2,000 people, provide superb acoustic sound, offer the right lighting, and have a venerable history. Certainly, when artists and musicians get to a certain level in their careers, they want the opportunity to add their piece of history to the venues that have entertained millions over the years. And, in turn, when the interplay between concert attendees and their musical heroes reaches a fever pitch, history is made at the very places that are becoming of the occasion. H

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Built in 1999, STAPLES CENTER was intended to become the new hub of Downtown Los Angeles and the new home of the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings. The facility has fulfilled those expectations and much more, and has become one of the most prestigious places to perform in the world. It has been the home of the Grammy Awards since 2004 and, just last year, Taylor Swift set a record with the most sellouts for an artist in Staples Center history! Most recently, Muse had two highly successful outings on December 18th and 19th. In April and July, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez hope to do the same. Simply put, the Staples Center — with a seating capacity of 18,118 and top-of-the-line sound system — is the hot spot for concerts. i

THE FORUM www.fabulousforum.com With a seating capacity of 17,505, THE FORUM in Inglewood had long been associated with the Lakers until the team moved to Staples Center at the turn of the century. The Forum was left to wilt and there was even talk of demolishing the 1966-established structure. However, since it has been renovated in 2013 for a cost of $76.5 million, much of which went towards sound amplification, huge names like Prince and Madonna have performed here. And in 2014, the venue hosted the MTV Video Music Awards. Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden are set to galvanize their passionate legions at The Forum in February and April.

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SANTA BARBARA BOWL www.sbbowl.com This amphitheater opened before the World War II, but has since been the beneficiary of major reconstruction, which last finished in 2012. Besides better dressing rooms, food-vendor upgrades, and a massive stage improvement, the SANTA BARBARA BOWL has a delightful, out-in-the-open forest ambiance. The stone décor adds a sense of tradition to the modernity of the venue, which last hosted Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson in 2015. i

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operated by the L.A. Philharmonic Association, its origins hearken back to 1922, though it was significantly spruced up in 2004. In the spring of 2013, a new “L-Acoustics K1” system was implemented, using “waveguide” technology to fuse several sound sources into one natural stream. Coupled with the natural acoustics of the bowllike layout, artists like Kanye West, who last performed here in September 2015, sound more resonant than ever.

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(FORMERLY SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA) www.valleyviewcasinocenter.com i Notable for being the best indoor concert hall in San Diego, the VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER can hold up to 14,800 people and do so in such a way that practically every individual feels close to the on-stage happenings. This was the case in late October of last year when Madonna made a stop here during her “Rebel Heart” tour.

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i Although known for being a more intimate place to host concerts, the MICROSOFT THEATER isn't without its bestthat-money-can-offer cachet. For instance, it has one of the most profound indoor stages in the country, unobstructed sight lines, and effectively engineered acoustics. The operator of the venue, AEG, which also runs Staples Center and the Valley View Casino Center, has done a praiseworthy job of not only booking performers from all over the world (e.g., Yanni in March), but domestically as well. For example, the Microsoft Theater has been the home of the American Music Awards since 2007 and People's Choice Awards since 2010. ❖

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OMANTIC ENCOUNTERS FEEL WONDERFUL AND WE WISH THEY COULD LAST. THESE POWERFUL EMOTIONS ARE INTOXICATING AND MAY INSPIRE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR A CONTINUING RELATIONSHIP. ALAS, ROMANTIC INTERLUDES KEEP RELATIONSHIPS FRESH AND ALIVE YET ARE NOT THE STUFF OF EVERYDAY LIFE. SUCCESSFUL COUPLES LEARN HOW TO CREATE AND SAVOR ROMANTIC MOMENTS TOGETHER. Romance and affection, the outward expressions of inward feelings, are indispensible aspects of nurturing loving relationships. And, of course, sexual passion and amorous feelings help partners to feel cherished and treasured by each other. Physical chemistry between two people is real and exciting and cannot be manufactured or ignored. However, feelings are not the primary glue for committed partners. Rather, friendship, trust, and respect provide the foundation for a relationship’s longevity and meaning. Since romantic moments cannot be sustained indefinitely, here are a few tips to help avoid disappointments and regrets that may jeopardize opportunities for future pleasure. ✒ BY

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“PEOPLE WITH COMMON INTERESTS ARE OFTEN ATTRACTED TO EACH OTHER, HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EACH PERSON BE RESPECTED AS A UNIQUE AND INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUAL.”

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often attracted to each other, however, it is important that each person be respected as a unique and independent individual. What matters most is how you treat your partner, regardless of how either of you may feel at a particular moment. In fact, it is often the individual differences that provide the most interest and fun in a relationship.

If you think that your partner should be able to read your mind about your wishes, needs and wants, understand that this is rarely possible. Trying to do it is hard and is NOT an expression of, or proof of, whether or not someone loves you. Clear communication is vital to establishing trust and safety within a relationship and speaking up is vital. It is important that your words and actions match in order to convey your meaning loud and clear. Lack of open, honest communication can cause stress and distrust.

FAIR FIGHTING 4 People are imperfect individuals and life can be complicated, as disagreements and problems will arise. It’s not what happens in life that matters so much. Rather, it’s how we handle things and what they mean to us that count. When difficulties and conflicts occur, address them truthfully, and do it sooner rather than later. Communicate clearly and respectfully in order to identify and resolve the right problem and work towards a mutually beneficial outcome.

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Be intentional about treasuring your partner by keeping the lines of communication open and clean. Be sure to show your feelings of affection and regard because actions matter and help to keep romance alive.

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Shed your unrealistic and idealized notions of a perfect relationship -of having a soul mate meet your every need. Genuine connection and partnership thrives when each individual contributes to creating a meaningful, secure and joyful relationship. Because so much of communication is non-verbal, actions and romance are tangible ways of letting your partner know the depth and breadth of your feelings, affection and respect. ❖

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SUMMER IS LONG GONE AND NOW IS THE TIME TO FOCUS ON REVERSING THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY SUN, SEA AND SAND. THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR TO BRING YOUR SKIN BACK TO LIFE. HERE ARE OUR TOP PICKS FOR THE ULTIMATE HYDRATION AND REJUVENATION. ✒ BY

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1. POPSUGAR keeps us on our toes with a box of must-have beauty, home and fitness products delivered to your door once a month. Each box is valued at $100 and includes full size products. 2. ZAYA BODY OIL BLEND boasts a sweet, citrusy scent that will leave your skin feeling smooth and ultra-hydrated. This oil blend is full of fatty acids, essential oils and Vitamin D to encourage collagen production while toning dull skin. $46. 3. PROLONG BY NORVELL will keep your sun kissed glow alive. This tan extender moisturizes, gradually builds and extends self-tanning color. In addition to being our go-to sunless tanner, Norvell products are also gluten-free, paraben-free and 100% vegan. $24. 4. We love a cup of hot coffee to warm us up in the winter. Coffee is full of free-radical fighting antioxidants to improve your skin tone and boost your mood. BENT PENNY COFFEE is a Southern California based coffee roasting company that creates the essence of the So Cal lifestyle in every cup. Feel good inside and out with the perfect cup of Bent Penny Coffee. $13. 5. DNA EGF RENEWAL has created the PERFECT sunscreen. The DNA Defense SPF 50+ has broad-spectrum protection with Zinc Oxide to protect your skin while reversing sun damage with their DNA Repair Enzymes. It goes on smooth and wears brilliantly under makeup. $80. 6. PCA SKIN has brought us an effective retinol available without a trip to the dermatologist. The new Intensive Brightening Treatment is a 0.05% retinol that reverses signs of sun damage and aging and increases the cell turnover rate of your skin. Perfect for your winter skin care routine. $106. 7. WHISH BEAUTY has all you need to take care of your post-summer skin. Cleanse, exfoliate, remove hair, moisturize and hydrate with this complete line of soothing Blue Agave infused products. Prices vary. 8. OILS OF LIFE Facial Oil by The Body Shop contains cold pressed seed oils and revitalizes and revives dull, tired skin. These oils smell fabulous and instantly give your skin a pick-me-up. $39. 9. Traveling can take a toll on the skin, cause it to dry out and break out. BLOOM is an organic, non-GMO skin care brand that is designed to protect and restore the skin with its all-natural ingredients. The Hydrating Botanical Mist is a dewy glow elixir formulated with soothing rose hydrosol, super-hydrating aloe vera and mood-brightening botanical oils. Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money for a day at the spa, spend a portion of the cost and bring the spa on the road with you. $36

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HEN IT COMES TO SUNSETS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST. FROM THE PEAKS OF PACIFIC PALISADES TO THE DUNES OF DANA POINT, THERE ARE COUNTLESS PLACES TO CATCH THE LAST BITS OF LIGHT. BUT WHAT’S BETTER THAN GAZING AT THE GLOW OF THE SETTING SUN THAN DOING IT WITH YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE? HERE, WE’VE CURATED A LIST OF LOCATIONS THAT WE NOT ONLY CONSIDER FANTASTIC FOR SUNSET VIEWING, BUT SOME OF THE MOST ROMANTIC, TOO. SO AS WE INCH CLOSER TO VALENTINE’S DAY, PICK YOUR DESTINATION AND DASH OUT WITH YOUR DARLING TO ONE OF THESE TOP SPOTS. H

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BUTTERFLY BEACH • One of Santa Barbara’s few west-facing strands, Butterfly Beach beckons locals and lovers to its shore. Nestled in front of the luxurious Four Seasons Biltmore hotel, this narrow strip of beach offers the perfect spot to wind down after a day in the waves or spent wandering through this sleepy Southern California town. Or better yet, make one of the many tasting rooms in Santa Barbara an afternoon stop before you settle in with your toes in the sand and hands intertwined. And don’t worry about it being too crowded – while most of the area’s beaches are full of families and tourists, Butterfly Beach remains small and intimate.

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Los Angeles packs plenty of top-notch viewing spots. But one in particular attracts Angelenos for its peoplewatching and its spectacular views. Runyon Canyon, a trail that climbs up through the Hollywood Hills, boasts one of the best spots to catch the sun going down over the City of Angels. There are many different ways to tackle this trail, but all will lead you to a sprawling view of twinkling city lights, from Downtown all the way to the ocean. Perfect for an active date, you’ll work up a sweat and give your hearts something more to beat about as you enjoy the quiet and calm away from the city, even though you’re right in the heart of it.

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Cliffs in San Diego and you’ll discover a large opening. Find a seat built into the land here and watch the sun descend over surfers and the expansive ocean. If you choose to crawl down through the cliffs, you’ll pass other love-struck couples looking to steal kisses between glimpses of the breathtaking views. While the area spans 1.5 miles of coastline, you’ll easily find somewhere secluded to cozy up to your sweetheart and bask in the glow of this colorful seascape.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK • Palm Springs is virtually synonymous with sunshine – whether you enjoy working on your tan or a Sunday brunch on a mist-filled outdoor patio, it’s hard to beat the heat in this desert town. But when the fire in the sky finally starts to settle, there’s no place you’d rather be than Joshua Tree National Park. Drive 45-minutes outside of Palm Springs and you’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning rock formations, the area’s namesake, Joshua Trees, and once the sun goes down, vivid and colorful sunsets. Amidst the quiet and calm of the desert, you’ll immediately feel connected to your special someone. Breathe in the colors of the sun as it plunges into the earth and canvases the sky with brilliant pinks and purples. Bring a tent and some sleeping bags (or just one … wink wink!) and settle in for the night under a blanket of stars.

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off her feet with an authentic Venetian cruise right in Ventura County. Gondola Paradiso at Seabridge Marina offers an unparalleled romantic experience, as you drift through Channel Islands Harbor and the Coral Island canals. You’ll catch glimpses of the sunset and feel as if you are transported to Italy when the sound of your gondolier’s sweet serenade fills the night sky. Pack a picnic full of your favorite foods, a bottle of wine and enjoy this magical and charming ride.

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in Laguna Beach tucked behind La Casa Del Camino Hotel on Pacific Coast Highway. What you’ll see when you arrive there is a 360-degree view of the beach and the perfect spot to cuddle up and slow down with your special someone. Order your beverage of choice and a few small bites and sit back while the sun dips below the horizon. With ambient music playing and the waves crashing, you won’t risk feeling rushed, although there are bound to be many other couples vying for your table (and maybe your date!). ❖

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CAFFE LUXXE

925 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403 310.394.2222 225 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90402 11975 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 x There’s no better place to sit

down and socialize with friends and family over a delicious cup of coffee containing hand-crafted artisanal espresso. Caffe Luxxe has sought to celebrate and emulate the warm and inviting atmosphere characteristic of the European café culture, desiring to make everyone feel welcome in their home. Their dedication to precision in crafting espresso has earned them numerous awards for Best Tasting Coffee in Los Angeles.

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Silver Lake 3922 West Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 323.663.6173

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55 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105 626.578.1270 x Though Intelligentsia opened its

first coffeebar in Chicago 20 years ago, the company has expanded and now has three locations in the LA area, each providing a unique atmosphere that reflects the spirit of its neighborhood, but with the same delicious, fresh roasted coffee. Intelligentsia’s aim is “sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best coffee in the world.” The coffees they develop whilst working alongside the farmers who grow their beans are exclusive to Intelligentsia. In their coffeebars, you can expect to find coffee in all its forms: whole bean, various approaches to brewed, and carefully prepared as espresso. Your drink will be made to order and baristas strive to create an individualized experience for each customer served. www.intelligentsiacoffee.com

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x Location, location, location. What really sets this place apart is its prime spot at the foot of Seal Beach Pier, allowing customers to enjoy the sea breeze and views of the Pacific from sunrise to sunset. Bogart’s is beloved by locals for its charm, organic coffee, and fresh pastries, and was a Gold Winner voted the Best of Seal Beach in 2015. Whether you want to kick back on a cozy couch with a good book in hand or catch up on some work, Bogart’s offers the perfect escape to ease your mind and be inspired by the natural beauty of Southern California. Seal Beach Pier - View From Bogart's Coffee

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x The scene at The Library A Coffee House is unparalleled to any other shop on this list. Here, you’ll be enchanted by bookshelves lining exposed brick walls and an array of cozy mismatched chairs, all lending to the laid-back atmosphere of this quaint coffee shop. It’s a favorite work/study spot for many and Wifi is free! Make sure to stop by on a Friday evening to enjoy the music of a local band as you blissfully sip on a foamy latte!

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AUGIE’S COFFEE 113 N. 5th Street Redlands, CA 92373 909.798.2255 4205 Main Street Riverside, CA 92501 526 West 1st Street Claremont, CA 91711 x Augie’s Coffee Roasters’ passion for people and serving quality coffee shines through the way they conduct their business, their genuine interaction with customers and the respect they have for the farmers in Guatemala who harvest their fresh crops of beans. The website states, “At Augie’s we want to grow awareness about the often-overlooked beauties of coffee, from its growth and preparation, to it’s incredibly diverse and delicate flavor possibilities. More than just creating drinks for customers, we want to create community, develop friendships between people of all different backgrounds and connect our world through love and passion for coffee.” The three existing shops are vibrant and thriving, with a fourth location opening soon in Temecula.

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HANDLEBAR COFFEE ROASTERS 128 E. Canon Perdido Street #A Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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fresh roasted coffee served in the heart of “Gourmet Ghetto” in gorgeous Santa Barbara? Add friendly service, tempting pastries, and a serene atmosphere and you have the ingredients to make what is arguably one of the best coffee shops in the city. As the name suggests, Handlebar Coffee Roasters is a haven for cyclists, but all are welcome with their ample indoor and outdoor seating. www.handlebarcoffee.com

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CAFE BASSAM 3088 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 619.557.0173

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neighborhood café is like traveling back in time to the 1920’s. Ornate wall hangings and a grandiose interior make it feel more like an antique store than a coffee shop. The romantic ambiance of this quirky and delightful café, along with the delectable chai lattes served, truly classify Café Bassam as one-of-a–kind in Southern California.

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515 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.416.2244 1700 S. Camino Real Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.322.7776 71-380 Highway 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.340.2444 x What many agree to be serving the best coffee in Palm Springs, Koffi has an on-site roasting facility and offers a friendly atmosphere that makes it a great meeting place for both locals and visitors. In fact, Koffi is the only specialty coffee retailer with a roasting facility in the Coachella Valley. This coffee destination succeeds in being as unique as its community.

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111 N. Reino Road Newbury Park, CA 91320 805.375.9000 x Ragamuffin is a family run business that

has just recently percolated the coffee scene. Ragamuffin is built upon a dedication to excellence — providing responsibly sourced, handcrafted coffee that is methodically roasted and brewed to provide customers with quality they can taste. The owners are committed to growing relationships through conversation and inspiring passion in others through their personal love for coffee. What truly sets this gem apart is the heart and soul that is infused into this local business to create community over a cup of delicious Joe.

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he is able to crisscross successfully from film to television, playing such outstanding roles as the historical Civil Rights pioneer Amelia Boynton in “Selma,” to the manipulative, maniacal Vee in “Orange is the New Black,” to her current part on Fox TV’s “Rosewood” of the nurturing mother Donna Rosewood. Stifled by the “children are seen and not heard” philosophy of Trinidad where she grew up an only child the first 10 years of her life, Toussaint created a world inside her head as means of escape. She says acting chose her.

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“I was this little artist in this body in a system that didn’t have a clue what to do with little artists,” Toussaint says. “On some level, we were being treated like small animals, earning the rights to be a human. A couple of things can happen to an artist in that environment. I went into hiding; I went underground. I created an entire world inside my head where no one could touch me.” When she and her mother came to America, Toussaint knew it was the new beginning of her freedom. “I remember saying to myself, ‘What do you want

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I REMEMBER SAYING TO MYSELF, ‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE?’ IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I ENTERTAINED THAT.”

she says it held the promise of the new world. “I said, ‘The Yellow Pages knows everything there is to be in America,’” she recalls. “I got to ‘A’ and saw ‘Accountant,’ and said, ‘No,’ I hated math. Then it said, ‘Acting,’ and I said, ‘Yes, that sounds good.’ I called the biggest ad on the page and made an appointment for that school.” She told her mother she was going to be an actor. Her mother said she was crazy, but six months later they were set to go to a wedding and Toussaint steered their course past the acting school. Toussaint begged her to go in, she

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did and took the money planned for a dress for the wedding and enrolled her in the school. The human condition she survived has provided her a wealth of tools to utilize in her work. It was no surprise that she was noticed immediately: Toussaint graduated from Julliard in the morning and reported to rehearsal at the Public Theatre at 1:00 that afternoon to play Lady Macbeth. Reflecting on her role in “Selma” Toussaint says a highlight was meeting Amelia Boynton. “I live a life of an actor. I’m not in a coal mine. I’m

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not digging or plowing. I’m so blessed to do what I love, but I’m an actor. And this woman took on armies. She was in prison, she was an activist, actively saving one life at a time. To sit in her presence and talk about ordinary things with this extraordinary woman ... ” says Toussaint who, in that spirit, has recently begun a website called www.everydaylovely.com as a way of giving back. While both Vee on “Orange is the New Black” and her current role on “Rosewood” are mothers, they definitely tapped into different areas of her being.

“Vee was an interesting spiritual exercise in exploring the shadow self,” is how Toussaint put it. “We spend most of ourselves pretending we are good people, but being good does not mean to the exclusion of aspects that can do great violence given the circumstance.” Toussaint believes she has earned points in the Karmic bank by getting to play Donna Rosewood whom is much like the mother she is in real life to her 11-yearold daughter Samara who she raises on her own. “I’m a momma bear,” Toussaint says. “The kind of love a mother has, you can’t explain it to people. There

is no frame of reference for this kind of love. It defies anything that has come before. You can’t glimpse it and no one can access it except a child. The child holds the key and unless the child opens the door, you don’t even know that room exists. It’s everything.” On “Rosewood,” she says she gets to gets to play in the center of her heart. “It’s the most vulnerable and the most terrified,” Toussaint says. “There’s that wonderful saying that to have a child is a choice to forever watch your heart go walking outside your body. To get to do that in my work ... it’s a good life.” ❖

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“It took me months searching the country to find the right people that 'just get it' in terms of our food and style. Once that happened, everything else just fell into place.”

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N UNWISE MAN ONCE SAID, “FOOD IS WHAT IT IS. IN TIME, YOU WON'T REMEMBER WHAT YOU'VE EATEN AS MUCH AS THE PLACES YOU'VE SEEN AND THE ACTIVITIES YOU TOOK PART IN.” What this grossly fails to take into account, however, is that the sense of taste is just as, if not more important, than the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell. In addition, who's to say that taste can't be combined with one or more of the other four senses to create a long-lasting memory? But more so than that, how about a memory that is exuberantly reflected upon over and over again? The Barton G. Restaurant on La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles, conceived and created by the man of the same name (Barton G. Weiss), does not only that, but is the absolute epitome of fine-dining. Not even hyperbole of the grandest sort does the culinary experience offered by this restaurant sufficient justice. The credit goes to its overseer, Mr. Weiss, who has fashioned an impressive reputation as an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and artist. Since opening a restaurant in Miami Beach in 2002, he brought his wares to the region in June 2014, giving rise to the Barton G. brand for Angelenos to experience. And it is immediately perceived the moment the glass double-door of the restaurant is opened. The lovely and intimate atmosphere washes over, from the dimmed lights to the felt and orchid-designed walls. There is even felt under each table to absorb exterior sound so that patrons can have uninterrupted conversations. That's just the start of Weiss' vision for each guest of the restaurant, wonderfully manifest for all to feel. The utmost professionals, including both the knowledgeable and attendant staff who wear lavish leather aprons, and team leaders like Executive Chef Attila Bollok and General Manager Horst Ringler, carry out the rest of what he has designed. For Weiss, finding these people required due diligence. “It took me months searching the country to find the right people that 'just get it' in terms of our food and style. H

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Once that happened, everything else just fell into place,” confides the owner and visionary. The net effect is “a party for the senses,” as Weiss has intended, from drink to appetizer to dessert. The liquid nitrogen-infused specialty drinks menu, for instance, is otherworldly in both its composition and presentation. Imagine ordering the “Sabrinatini,” which is an

because you might be inclined to sample the best quinoa your mouth could ever devour, which is plentiful in the “Rake and Ho Garden” salad (housed in a tiny wheelbarrow). Still, your jaw would be capable of dropping even further in astonishment if you were to order an appetizer like the “Laughing Bird Popcorn Shrimp,” which comes in a literal popcorn machine, or the “Lobster

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homage to Weiss' pet monkey, Sabrina. It is a mix of orange vodka and watermelon liqueur, brought out with a nitrochampagne swizzle stick and chocolate monkey hanging off the end. If your culinary odyssey were to end there, it would not yet soon be forgotten. That said, it's just a preview of what the restaurant can do for your senses

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Pop Tarts,” which arrive at your table in an actual pastel-accented toaster oven. Nearly each item comes packaged in a “vehicle” that delights the eyes in a prelude to the food that is to be relished. Furthermore, side items like the “Mouse Trap Mac N Cheese” or entrées like the “The Great American Steak” are delivered via a real H

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mouse trap, or with a wooden platform supporting a gigantic fork and knife, respectively. Then, beyond the fantastically charming exteriors, lie the most gratifying tastes. The Boneless Ribeye Steak, for example, is ethereally delicate and flavorful. The most artistic and awe-inspiring food presentations, however, emanate from the dessert menu, which comes to life in the upstairs pastry kitchen. For example, the “Chocolate Treasure” option (double chocolate brownie, Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate ganache, gold-dusted chocolate spoons) arrives in a treasure box with chocolate gold coins and a metallic shovel fixed to a powdered graham cracker sand bottom. The most Instagram'd dessert, though, is the “Marie Antoinette Head – Let Them Eat Cake,” which is presented with an aristocratic mannequin head, cotton candy for the hair, as well as raspberry & strawberry cream cheese cake. Consequently, it is but another reminder that the sated stomachs and smiling eyes, from first course to last, are attributable to the creative grandiosity and inner-workings of the mind of the man who founded it all.

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“Creativity to me is about inspiration. I can get inspired going to a hardware or electrical supply store. I walk in with no ideas and walk out with a plan! I start conceptualizing food on these unusual items and after the creative process is finalized, these dishes end up on the menu,” states Weiss. Undoubtedly, it is Weiss' unerring imagination and ambition, including his drive for something continually greater, that have gifted the senses of everyone who has ever step foot into his restaurant. “I want to be known for being someone that went beyond what was expected, whether that be in creating and designing events, food, or experiences. If something was done before, I want to do it completely differently. Expect the unexpected,” Weiss reflects. His inexhaustible drive has made him the vanguard of how restaurants should all ideally be experienced. But, at the moment, there is only one and it stands tall and undisputed. And it is thanks to Weiss, the revered “Willy Wonka of the industry” — a truly apt description by his friend Samantha Wan. ❖

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It can be simple or decadent – but one thing is true : We all need food to survive. So if we must eat, we may as well eat what pleases the palate. With so many gourmet eateries available in the Southland, eating well is not a challenge. Since January is Restaurant Month in California and as Valentine’s Day approaches, we feature some of So Cal’s hottest restaurants where couples, friends as well as those “unattached” can feast on the day set aside to celebrate love.

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880 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 814-1300 www.coasterra.com

N The dining experience at SAN DIEGO’S COASTERRA promises to be one of flavor and ambiance, says partner/chef Deborah Scott. The combination of flavors paired throughout their dishes and the amazing view creates a complete package, Scott says. “A composition, if you will,” she says. “We sit out over the water on the bay. The view is all the way from the airport to the skyline of San Diego to Coronado, to Mexico to Point Loma.” The eclectic menu features a Cedar River natural short rib which is made into an enchilada. “Normally if someone was making an enchilada, you can talk about the taco shops where the meat might come out of a can and then you can talk about a Cedar River allnatural short rib enchilada,” Scott says. “Our tamarindo scallop is made with dry pack U-10 scallops, which are the best you can get. They come with a creamy corn polenta, warm kale and bacon salad,” she says. One of the signature dishes is the mar y tierra -- the Cedar River short rib with Oaxacan mole, lobster-risotto cake, grilled asparagus and lobster claw. Another she mentions is the corte en fuego -- a blackened 14 oz natural New York strip, Mexican corn and baby kale salad and ranchero pinto beans with chorizo. “One of my favorite dishes on the menu is our chicken enchiladas,” Scott says. “They have an amazing ranchero chicken sauce, a tomatillo-serrano salsa, a pasilla salsa and a pasilla chile adobo with Chihauhua cheese, Mexican rice and black beans. I love that dish. It’s more of a simple chicken enchilada, but yet not.” She says a good choice for a vegetarian is the enchiladas de huerta and tamale champinon: “A roasted corn chimichurri, lots of vegetables -- red onions, bell peppers -with a pasilla chile adobo and a crimini mushroom tamale with goat cheese and smoked poblano cream with pomegranate seeds.” Lunch prices range from $17-24 for entrees with the exception of the filete de campo which is $36. “That’s my favorite filet ever,” she says. “It’s ancho-brown sugar bacon wrapped 8oz center cut filet mignon, creamed corn, chorizo spiked potatoes, tomato jam and crispy leaks -- food porn.” The dinner prices for entrees range from $19-$42. • Bar

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has cooked for princes, princesses, rock stars, actors and actresses and her proudest moment of all, a fundraiser for President Barack Obama. Baird specializes in California cuisine which includes a variety of salads. “In the winter now, I’m doing a lot of persimmon and citrus with nuts and cheeses,” she says. “And maybe an avocado.” She makes a spatch cock chicken. “That’s a way of cutting the chicken,” she explains. “You flatten it and sear it. I prepare that with cherry tomatoes, chalets, lemon and garlic.” It’s seared in a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven for just under an hour. Among her most popular dishes are her lamb chops rubbed with mustard, garlic, thyme and rosemary with cauliflower puree, roasted baby carrots and fried leaks. Baird says it’s no surprise that she became a chef. She grew up Northern California in a foodie family. Her mom ANGELES BASED EMILY CLAIRE BAIRD

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worked at the famed Cafe Fanny. “I was bringing goat cheese on baguettes to school while everyone was bringing peanut butter and jelly,” Baird says with a laugh. For the past 10 years, Baird has been a private chef -- five years a piece for two different families. Currently she works for a high profile couple. Her first job as a private chef was on a yacht -- which definitely came with a learning curve. “You can’t go to the grocery store,” Baird says. “But it was the best experience of my life. I loved it, minus the sea sickness. I did that for a winter and realized being a private chef was the perfect fit for me.” “Being a private chef has given me so many opportunities that I would never have imagined would come from loving to cook,” Baird says. Baird doesn’t have a website. She works via word of mouth and right now she’s pretty busy with a newborn, but she can be reached through chefeclaire@gmail.com. CONTINUED

Accompaniments: sour cream, avocado, cilantro, cheddar cheese, diced red onion, lime wedges, etc. Sauté onions in olive oil until soft. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, oregano, bell peppers and jalapeno and sautee 5 minutes more. Add turkey, chili powder, paprika, cocoa and cinnamon, stirring to break up meat. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until meat is no longer pink. Add bay leaves, tomatoes, chicken stock, beer and tomato paste and salt to taste. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Add beans and cook for 30 more minutes. Salt again to taste and add 1/4 c lime juice before serving. Serve with sour cream, diced avocado, cilantro, chopped red onion, grated cheddar cheese and lime wedges. H

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N When was the last time you heard someone at a restaurant invite you to stay at their establishment all night? Well, at E.P. & L.P., Chef Louis Tikaram has done just that. Their two restaurants in one concept was designed to be an allnight dining experience with the E.P. modern Asian cuisine downstairs and the cocktails and more, as he describes, “Southeast Asian street food,” on the L.P. rooftop. Tikaram wants the environment to be fun. “There is really great southeast Asian food in L.A., but it’s always in a more mom and pop style setting,” he says. “We’re bringing in a little more sophistication.” And funkiness, he says. Tikaram blends his artful cuisine with the music he loves: West Coast-influenced hip hop and 90’s music “where you can have a groove on while you’re eating dinner.” Among the specialties you might be grooving on are the massaman curry. “It’s a really spiced curry,” he says. “Really warming and soothing. All its ingredients are roasted like lemongrass, onion and garlic, glanagal and red chilis and then a really nice, slow graze of venison osso buco shank, which is a nice gamey meat for winter as well.”

For vegans, he offers a similar curry called the roasted vegetable curry. “It’s a yellow curry of cauliflower and Romanesco with pickled salsify which is really nice,” Tikaram says. He uses a wood grill for a lot of his cooking, which he says imparts a great flavor and is healthy. One of those dishes is an Aspen Ridge rib eye steak with a spicy chili dipping sauce. Another is an octopus with fuyu persimmon, blackbean and red chard salad. Tikaram says the prices range from his small bites -oysters, abalone and clams in the half shell from $4 - $15 to his dinners which are $16 - $34. And if you choose to have a full dinner at E.P., you can still enjoy the rooftop L.P. for dessert afterwards and stay all night munching soy caramel popcorn for $6. On the rooftop, Tikaram is talking about the style you’d find on the streets of Thailand or Vietnam, like woodgrilled skewers and his style of tofu fries. “We’re trying to bring something new and different to L.A.,” Tikaram says. “I’m creating a fun dining experience where people can come for a drink or come for dinner and stay for the night.”


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N Andrea Epstein, general manager of BRIAN’S 24, the only 24-hour eatery in all of downtown San Diego, says their patrons really appreciate the varied menu of more than 200 items. Many of their customers come in for breakfast, which is available “24/7,” Epstein says. “Our buttermilk pancakes are made with fresh eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and they’re very popular,” Epstein says. “People come in for our waffles and our benedicts.” And maybe a little history. Brian’s 24 is off the lobby of the historic St. James Hotel. The hand-crafted bar (yes, they have a full bar) was obtained from actress Joan Crawford’s estate. That, along with the crystal chandelier and tin ceiling, gives diners a warm yet elegant feeling, all while access to a huge selection of comfort food. They have several different benedicts including a corned beef hash benedict, a country benedict with sausage and gravy and the customers’ favorite, according to Epstein, the crab cake benedict which she describes as, “Your typical benedict with a split english muffin and a crab cake on each half and a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.” She says they sell more than 1,200 of their chicken and waffles every month, which features a full half fried chicken -- a breast, wing, leg and thigh, along with the waffles. On their full burger list (which you can substitute with a gardenburger, salmon burger or chicken breast at no additional cost), one sticks out: The peanut butter burger. It’s a 1/2 lb. patty, yes, topped with peanut butter and bacon and American cheese. For dinner, she says some of their favorite items are the home-cooked meatloaf and the fried chicken. “We have Mediterranean chicken, salads and a huge menu. It’s a diner style menu, so we have pretty much anything you can think of from omelets to benedicts, pancakes and waffles, burgers and sandwiches, entrees and desserts and pizza. We have wonderful cooks in our restaurant.” Epstein says the eatery is one of the few family-owned and operated restaurants in all of downtown San Diego. And, she adds, the prices are very affordable. Meals run from $12 - $17.


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N Jon Sloan, chef at the CRACK SHACK says their patrons will find a “high level approach to a fast, casual restaurant.” Customers especially love their fried chicken dish, which comes in a 10-piece or 5-piece option. “The 10-piece is a whole 3-lb. organic bird; two breasts cut in half, two wings, two thighs and two drumsticks,” Sloan says. Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t want SAN DIEGO to share. Sloan says he’s seen many patrons put down the 10-piece themselves. Sloan says their chicken is extra special because it is made with Jidori chicken. “Jidori is the only chicken producer in Los Angeles who bring in and butcher the chickens themselves,” explains Sloan. “He brings chickens to his warehouse and we receive them within 24 hours. It’s about as fresh as it can get. There’s a complete difference when you eat it.” He says customers can’t expect to pay KFC or Popeye prices. Jidori is quality. The 10-piece goes for $28 and the 5-piece is $15. Besides their fried chicken, the Crack Shack’s unique tiny chicken oysters are a favorite. Sloan says the nuggets that come from the back part of the chicken are not portions chefs usually serve to their guests, but at the Crack Shack, they treat them like New England style clams and 2266 Kettner Blvd. their customers clamor for San Diego, CA 92101 them. (619) 795-3299

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“We marinate the oysters in pickle brine and the salt in the acid in the brine breaks down the oysters and makes them more tender,” he explains. “They also absorb the flavors of pickles. Then we marinate them in buttermilk and we dredge it in Japanese flour called Karaage. They get fried off and they’re tossed with some crispy kale and parsley and served with a pickled mustard seed caviar tarter sauce. They’re little round nuggets of deliciousness.” As soon as you walk up to the Shack, you receive a six-pack of sauces for your culinary delight. Sides are extra. Sloan recommends their distinctive slaws, the mini biscuit basket with special maple miso butter, as well as the fries cooked in chicken fat, a pound of which is $5. Sloan says they’ve taken their fine dining chef team from Juniper & Ivy who are now approaching casual food, using their same passion. “The whole aesthetic is completely inviting to all walks of life,” Sloan says.

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N At VALENTINO, this long-time establishment is as classic as it comes. With chef Piero Selvaggio at the helm, he brings his native Italy to Santa Monica. Elegant, quiet, intimate and comfortable, with booths and alcoves, Selvaggio says it will be a relief in the world of “crazy new wave of super noisy restaurants.” At the old school restaurant where Selvaggio says hospitality is king, one of his specialties is risotto. He uses Vialone Aquarello, which he says is the best brand of risotto rice. “You blend it with fresh, moist gorgonzola or dolcelatte, which are creamy cheeses, then radicchio di treviso, the red, long radicchio

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leaves,” Selvaggio says. “Then you finish it with amarone, which is a very robust, red wine. This dish must be done with perfection because it must have the right consistency. The secret to risotto is when you pull it with the fork, it has to stick completely.” Another a typical Roman dish Selvaggio makes is roasted porchetta. “We have a whole porchetta which is usually 12-15 lbs. and we stuff it with raisin, crumbs, all kind of spices, pine nuts and pistachio,” he says. “Then we tie and slow roast it for four hours. When we serve it, we serve a nice slice of roasted porchetta.” Selvaggio mentions the crudo di pesce from their antipasto section, which he describes as a Italian suchi. “We marinade tuna, hamachi and scallops in a brine that is called colatura and some citrus fruit,” he says. “It’s a beautiful dish.” At Valentino, guests can also enjoy a light bite at the Vin Bar. “They can have about anything they want, a nice little Tuscan salad called panzanella salad or a skewer of little bocconcini which are buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes and basil or the pasta of the day.” And then there is the legendary wine cellar. Selvaggio says for more than 30 years they have received awards as one of the few restaurants that has one of the largest wine selections in the country. “We used to have as many as 120,000 bottles of wine,” Selvaggio says. “Of course now we have less, but we still have lots and lots of wine.” The price range will depend on how many courses guests enjoy. Two courses and a dessert will cost around $65. A main course averages between $32 and $38.


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64 385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 325 5059 www.levallauris.com

N General Manager Tony Bruggemans says patrons compare the atmosphere of LE VALLAURIS Restaurant to the area of Southern France for which its named. The elegant, yet casual feeling in the historic landmark -- a house built in 1927 which Paul Bruggemans bought and restored -- sets the mood for the French Mediterranean cuisine that has become well-loved. Bruggemans says guests particularly enjoy the romantic patio which is cooled during the summer and warmed during the winter. Diners never get tired of the menu. Chef Jean Paul Lair adds new dishes on a weekly basis to please his guests, but there are always signature dishes like his lobster prepared with vanilla butter over corn blinis and a little spinach. The sauce, he says is a corn vanilla bisque. “We also serve a venison thermidor served with a duo of celery and celery root puree and that comes with a red currant cabernet sauce.” Lair says. Lair mentions the Chilean sea bass. “We serve that over rainbow carrots, orange, honey, raspberry, olive oil reduction,” he explains. Some of his signature appetizers include the duck foie gras with a white port sauce. “We are famous also for our smoked salmon and gravelax,” Lair says. “We do all the smoked fish here.” Lunch ranges in price between $19$40 and a main course dinner is $28-$49. The restaurant offers prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinners with course options and fixed prices. “We appeal to a nice mix of ages,” Bruggemans says. “It’s very homey,” Lair says. “People find what they’re looking for at this restaurant -- the atmosphere, the selection of food and not forgetting the wine list, which is one of the best you can find around.” ❖


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Local Sites for “Farm-to-Table” Fare Stepping foot in a grocery store these days means having more choices than just paper or plastic. In an age of glutenfree, dairy-free, fat-free, and non-GMO options, simply buying a meal can seem overwhelming. But before shelves were stocked with stickers and labels, there was a simple thing called your neighborhood farmers’ market, where you could count on finding fresh, local goods grown with heart and nurtured with soul. Luckily, these markets still exist in virtually every neighborhood across Southern California. And if you’re looking for the one near you, we’ve got you covered!

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Tucked into San Diego’s vibrant Italian district, just minutes from bustling Downtown, is the Little Italy Mercato. Founded in 2008 by Catt White, this market started on a modest block and a half with 40 farmers and vendors. Now, the market boasts 200 tents on five large blocks. “I saw a need,” said White. “I lived in Little Italy and could do anything I wanted but shop for fresh groceries.” White had spent a lot of time around small markets in Europe and as the publisher of a small trade magazine for independent restaurants, was immersed in food politics “Our goal is to make it so people can do their weekly grocery shopping and not have to go anywhere else,” she says. And she’s accomplished that. Every Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the Mercato averages 15,000-18,000 visitors. San Diego locals, chefs and restaurant owners, along with tourists docking from one of the nearby cruise ships, can find everything from summer squash to sea urchins, which are caught by local divers each week.

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White is proud to host multi-generational farmers as well as those new to the trade, both of whom help maintain the integrity of the market. “It completely changes the economy of farming,” she explains. “Farmers can keep the entire margin by selling directly to the consumer. Despite high land prices, we keep getting new farmers.” “We wouldn’t be able to sustain our business without a local market,” comments one Mercato tenant. “It helps us thrive.” Along with commerce, the market brings new tastes and tunes to the city, with live music at three different locations. “We just try to bring farmers to the city and people to the table,” White says. “It makes Little Italy even more wonderful.” Up the coast in Orange County, people flock to Anaheim for two things – the Angels and the Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair. In addition to certified produce and homegrown music, the market offers locally made foods and crafts, mentions Devon Reeves, the Community Relations Manager for the Downtown Anaheim Association. “What makes us unique is that we also accept EBT and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Vouchers” Reeves adds. Not only does the Association want to support farmers, but it also encourages all citizens to buy local and eat fresh. “It’s important to connect to the community,” Reeves says. “The produce offered at certified farmers’ markets tends to be more flavorful, as it is picked at peak ripeness.” Roughly 30-50 vendors set up each week, depending on the season. The Downtown Market was launched in 1995 and is located directly in the heart of Downtown at the Center Street Plaza. Founded on the A,B,C,D’s – Agriculture, Business, Crafts and Dining – the market is open every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Foodies and freshness fiends alike delight in the colors, tastes and sights at the Downtown Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, which is open every Wednesday and Saturday yearround, rain or shine. It’s difficult to believe that that the everbusy Third Street Promenade was, at one point, in need of some serious foot traffic. But that is the very reason thenMayor Ruth Yannatta Goldway founded the market, which dates back to 1981, right after farmers’ markets were author-

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ized by the Direct Marketing Act. “It was the right thing at the right time,” says Laura Avery, the Farmers Market Supervisor for the City of Santa Monica. “The people of Santa Monica loved it and we doubled in size the first year.” Vendors set up right alongside the bustling 3rd Street Promenade and feature everything from exotic nuts to fresh flowers and occasionally, sushi from LA hotspot Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa. “What makes us unique is our variety,” Avery elaborates. “We introduce a lot of new products, like papayas, finger limes and mangos brought in from the Salton Sea.” But in addition to exciting visitors with exotic goods, the market serves a very important role within the community. “Everybody wants to buy local and sustainable, eat well and help California farmers,” Avery explains. “In this fourth year

of the drought, we’re just trying to help farmers continue to farm,” she says. “We owe our survival to the farmers’ market,” says Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms. Weiser’s family has been part of the market since it’s founding and has enjoyed watching the industry prosper under it’s influence. “Instead of the old system where that was a disconnect, the connection from farmer to customer is filled with a lot of love and trust,” Weiser says. “It’s fulfilling for everybody involved.” Between munching on samples of the freshest fruits and vegetables, guests can take a break to sip on local coffee and enjoy ocean views. The market is also piloting an educational program for children that will include storytelling, arts-andcrafts, cooking demonstrations and face painting. Programs like this are making their way into more and more farmers’ markets, transforming the experience from finding wellpriced, high quality produce into a day’s affair for the whole family. ❖

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HEY COME IN ALL COLORS, SIZES AND CALORIE COUNTS. YOU SEE GLORIOUS CUPCAKE DISPLAYS AT WEDDINGS, BIRTHDAYS AND LINING BAKERY SHELVES. IF YOU'RE GOING TO EAT THE WHOLE THING, IT'S PROBABLY BEST IF IT'S A CUPCAKE RATHER THAN THE THREE-TIERED ALTERNATIVE. HERE ARE FIVE OF THE SOUTHLAND'S BEST TO TEMPT THE PALATE AND KEEP YOU RELATIVELY GUILT-FREE.

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CASEY'S CUPCAKES IN IRVINE, NEWPORT BEACH, HUNTINGTON BEACH, RIVERSIDE This charming confection boutique in Irvine is filled with beautifully-decorated cupcakes, each topped with Casey’s signature chocolate medallion. Company founder Casey Reinhardt, who began baking with her great grandmother at age four, conceived the ambience: À la “glitzy Parisian café.” In 2011, she won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars with her white chocolate cherry, white Russian, chili chocolate and lavender cupcakes. She currently has four locations. Signature flavors include Beach Boy — Tahitian vanilla cake with creamy vanilla buttercream frosting topped with a red gum ball rolled in yellow sugar crystals; Decadent Dark Chocolate — rich dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate icing; Razzmatazz Raspberry with Tahitian vanilla bean icing; as well as gluten-free vegan chocolate and sugar-free coconut vanilla creations. i

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Established in 1886, iconic Pershing Square continually hosts numerous events and activities for kids and adults the year round.

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OST TOURISTS HEAD TO CITIES TO ENJOY THEIR FINE HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING, AND ACTIVITIES. NOT SO WITH DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ... UNTIL RECENTLY. IT WAS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE WORKED AND LEFT IT PRETTY MUCH SHUTTERED AT 5 PM. HAPPY HOURS, MOVIE NIGHTS AND HOME WERE IN THE VALLEYS, INLAND EMPIRE, WESTSIDE AND COASTAL CITIES. AND THEN THE RENAISSANCE BEGAN. Los Angeles was founded in September 1781 when 44 settlers established El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles — The Town of the Queen of Angels — which a century later, had grown into the largest town in California. With the arrival of the railroads and land boom of the 1880s, the population of 11,000 exploded to 97,000. Los Angeles was here to stay. Growth of Downtown continued until 1957 when the building boom moved to outlying areas creating masses of shopping malls, business centers, entertainment complexes, and residential neighborhoods. The city went into decline, and it wasn't until the 1990s that the renaissance began. A vibrant new energy in economic and social environments created by millennials and other professionals began building a new social and economic dynamic in the heart of the city. With the resurgence came an influx of new businesses, shopping, entertainment, and major-name restaurants as new high-rise condos, apartment buildings, and hotels continually redefined the skyline.

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Today, Downtown celebrates the old and embraces the new. Olvera Street, with its colorful market, historic buildings and celebrations including the Blessing of the Animals and Cinco de Mayo attracts some two million visitors annually. Chinatown, background for many movies and TV programs, is undergoing a revival. The Chinese bakeries and traditional restaurants that remained during the exodus to the San Gabriel Valley decades ago are now being rejoined by a wide variety of new stores, businesses and dining spots. Little Tokyo is also enjoying the return of excellent authentic Japanese restaurants and other renewed activity. Once an area of abandoned industrial buildings, the Arts District, in which the renaissance began, remains a flourishing hub for L.A.'s creative professionals. It was in the mid'70s when a small group of artists and other creative innovators saw an opportunity in converting empty industrial and commercial structures into low-rent studios and living space. Actors Forrest Whittaker, Tim Robbins, and actress/director Jenna Fischer are a few of the personalities whose talents were nourished here. Today, the Arts District continues to be a vibrant,

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WHAT'S TRENDING Restaurants, which once relied upon business lunch traffic, have multiplied into dozens of excellent international dining establishments including some of the country's biggest names. Bestia, an Italian restaurant in the Arts District, requires reservations weeks in advance. However, you can walk into the bar, which is also a happening place. BS Taqueria on West 7th and Broken Spanish on South Flower, both owned by renowned chef Ray Garcia, made Esquire Magazine's "Best New Restaurants 2015" list and Garcia was named Chef of the Year. Faith & Flower on West 9th with its signature gold chain chandelier and wall murals, was named Esquire's "Best New Restaurant in 2014" and has

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ON THIS PAGE: 1. The Downtown skyline is continually changing with the addition of new high-rise commercial, residential buildings and entertainment complexes. 2. Olvera Street, birthplace of the City of Angeles, receives around 2 million visitors annually. 3. The 1928 skyline showed thriving growth in Downtown L.A. 4. This was the view on Hill Street looking south from Fourth to Fifth Street circa 1910-20. 5. Chinatown is also experiencing a renewal as new businesses and restaurants arrive.

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6. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is now the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 7. Chef Ray Garcia's BS Taqueria was one of Esquire Magazine's "Best New Restaurants 2015.� 8. The Arts District is where the renaissance began and still thrives today. 9. Clifton's Cafeteria, opened 80 years ago, just underwent a major renovation that was featured on 60 Minutes. 10. The first phase of L.A. Live opened in 2008 with the Microsoft Theatre (formerly the Nokia), Microsoft Square and huge retail complex.

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spell it!) fried chicken and sweet potato waffle fries. Nick and Stef's Steakhouse at 330 South Hope is owned by celebrated chef Joachim Splichal. A traditional classic steakhouse with contemporary flair, the menu features 28-day onsite aging of premium cuts, a raw bar, seafood, and more than 500 wine 10

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labels. Also owned by Splichal is Patina at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Music Center on South Grand Ave. Here you'll find Michelin-starred dining offering contemporary French cuisine with international influences. Twenty four floors above the Los Angeles skyline in the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live is Wolfgang Puck's award-winning WP24, named "One of the Best New Restaurants of 2010" by Esquire Magazine and "One of the Best New Restaurants in America" by Food and Wine. Modern Chinese cuisine and panoramic city views are complemented by a wine list of some 400 labels plus Asian beers and sakes. Adjacent is Nest, Puck's elegant new restaurant and lounge, offering more casual dining with Asian-inspired snacks, appetizers, sushi and signature favorites from WP24.

We cannot discuss dining without mentioning iconic Clifton's Cafeteria on Olive, the city's oldest surviving cafeteria-style eatery and largest public cafeteria in the world. Founded 80 years ago, it just completed another major update and is once again open with a new signature flair.

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11. WP24, Wolfang Puck's awardwinning restaurant on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live features Modern Chinese cuisine. 12. The rebirth of the city is bringing new life to all of Los Angeles. 13. Plan Check offers down-to-earth creative comfort food such as smokey fried chicken and sweet potato waffle fries. 14. The L.A. Convention Center continually hosts major events i.e. the L.A. Auto Show and, most recently, the Primetime Emmy Awards' Governors Ball. 15. Chef Neal Fraser’s modern American cuisine creatively interprets the multi-cultural influences of his native Los Angeles. 16. Union Station, opened in May 1939, is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western U.S. ON THIS PAGE:

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ings as well as new groundup projects. In all, some 11 new hotels and three dozen residential buildings are coming to L.A. in the next few years, many of them in or neighboring the heart of the city. It's all good news for us and Downtown L.A. ❖

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Then there's iconic Pershing Square, which debuted in 1866 as La Plaza Abaja (the Lower Plaza), functioning in part as L.A.'s version of London’s Hyde Park Corner. In 1918, it was officially renamed Pershing Square in honor of General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing. Today, the site features an open, elevated amphitheater and masses of year-round activities for adults and kids including a six-week summer concert series with free music, films and events and morphs into an outdoor ice skating rink November through January. The new wave of hotels in and around Downtown continues to include repurposing some of the area's historic and eclectic build-

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R AC E T R AC K ’ S V I B R A N T Y E S T E RY E A R Where the turf meets the surf, That’s the place to go Take a plane, take a train, take a car, There’s a smile on each face and a winner in each race Where the turf meets the surf at Del Mar!

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“DURING THE OFF SEASON, VARIOUS FILM AND SCRIPTED TELEVISION SHOWS, SUCH AS HBO’S “ENTOURAGE,” HAVE SHOT SEGMENTS AT DEL MAR.”

he lyrics BING CROSBY penned and sang in his golden baritone voice for his beloved racetrack cue the start and end of each racing day in the seaside track at Del Mar. And fittingly so: It was Crosby himself who opened the Del Mar racetrack in 1937, having partially financed the WPA-built project during the Depression. As a show business personality, Crosby’s stardom in his day is hard to overstate. Not only did he have 42 number-one records, but he was the leading movie star in the 1940s and also had the top-rated radio show. His celebrity brought other luminaries to the track, and soon stars such as Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Betty Grable, Jimmy Durante, and even J. Edgar Hoover were regular faces. Crosby even raced a horse he owned against the famous Seabiscuit in a match race that was broadcast from his radio show, which had the desired affect of catapulting Del Mar to fame. “Other than some folks in Southern California and real racing aficionados, nobody knew Del Mar existed,” said Mac McBride, Director of Media and in-house historian for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which owns the track. “After that match race and after that radio show, everybody in the country knew Del Mar existed. They said it was the race that put Del Mar on the map, and it really was so.” Another example of Crosby’s entrepreneurial streak: his was the first racetrack to use a camera to determine a race’s winner instead of a panel of three judges. Today, Del Mar is known as one of a few preeminent tracks. Still, given its rich history, there is the occasional nod to yesteryear. For instance, 2015 saw the 20th anniversary of what was originally known as the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest. H

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“We want[ed] something a little special to jazz up opening day. Why don’t we have a hats contest? Everybody used to wear hats to the races,” recalled McBride. “So we did. And the first time we had one, whoa, here they came.” Today, the contest has hundreds of participants, some of whom spend thousands of dollars on a hat. The track still entices stars … today, that often means reality

stars. Caitlyn Jenner was there this past Opening Day along with the film crew from her program “I am Cait,” and the shows “The Bachelor” and Lifetime’s “Little Women” have also filmed during racing season. During the off season, various film and scripted television shows, such as HBO’s “Entourage,” have shot segments at Del Mar. Members of the San Diego Chargers can often be seen at races, along with Padres and professional baseball players in town to play the Padres during the summer months. It also doesn’t hurt that the club’s president, Joe Harper, is the grandson of Cecil B. DeMille. And Del Mar is looking to attract a diverse and youthful fan base for the sport of thoroughbred racing, often through hosting events in conjunction with races such as food truck days, craft beer festivals, reggae concerts and singles clubs, which it is able to do because it is conveniently located on state fairgrounds. As a result, Del Mar attracts a crowd that is diverse in age and almost evenly split between men and women, while racing crowds generally tend to skew older and overwhelmingly male. “What we’re doing is creating racing fans,” said McBride. “We’re getting people here, and if we can get people here we think we can make them fans.” One imagines that Mr. Bing Crosby, whose voice still bookends every racing day at Del Mar, would approve. ❖ For more information, visit www.dmtc.com

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Ocean lovers, this one is for you. These stairs, adding up to more than 500 in total, roll past the Getty Villa and Topanga Park. Of course, there will also be myriad ocean views and palatial beach homes to marvel at. Be prepared to bring lots of water, however, as it stretches more than three miles. And when you do start your stepby-step odyssey, be sure to begin at the lower stairs right near Gladstones Restaurant.

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Located on the Murphy Ranch Trail on Capri Dr. and Casale Rd. in Brentwood, this procession of stairs is known for its spookiness because of the macabre graffiti and abandoned homes. Not to mention, there is a derelict compound as well, which bore the brewing of much evildoing during the World War II era. For the experience alone, you won't regret a single one of the 1,000 steps to be taken.

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Located in La Mesa, CA on Windsor Drive (between Canterbury Dr. and Normal Ave.), this stairwell will test your endurance and leg/calf strength. It provides such a lower-body workout that personal trainers are known to bring their clients here. If you feel up to the challenge, not only will you shed a multitude of calories, but you'll also appreciate the exclusive ambiance of the neighborhood that contains the steps.

Comprised of around 420 steps and a distance of 2.5 miles, this staircase can be found on High Tower Drive (off Camrose Drive). It is very much in harmony with much of the cacti and fences of homes that embroider the path. For the sake of viewing Hollywood and the bright lights in the vicinity, these steps may offer the best views. If nothing else, you should be able to glimpse the Hollywood Bowl when you're walking along the Alta Loma Terrace.

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Secretly tucked along Dover Rd. in Santa Barbara, this stairway offers a very rustic and lush representation of the area. If you take the steps that lead up to Mission Ridge Road, you'll find yourself in awe of the incredible vistas overlooking the city and, of course, the famous 15-acre Franceschi Park.

e Located in Mt. Washington, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, these stairs, which amount to roughly 150 steps, are a little more difficult a task than one might expect. Beginning at the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 45, the walk path culminates at the Self Realization Center. This is especially rewarding as it is made up of many gorgeous gardens to relax in. For the sake of tranquility, this is the best option on this list.

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Valentines Gift Guide IT’S TIME TO SHOW OUR VALENTINES HOW MUCH WE LOVE THEM BY SHOWERING THEM WITH HUGS, PRAISE … AND GIFTS! SINCE TASTES, PREFERENCES AND BUDGETS WIDELY VARY FROM ONE LOVER TO THE OTHER, WE’VE PICKED GIFTS TO PLEASE ANY PENCHANT OR PURSE THIS FEBRUARY 14TH.

1 KENDALL FARMS - THE FLOWER STAND

Why give your honey a random floral arrangement when you can create a unique bouquet for her? Imagine what it would be like if you visited a beautiful, 500 acre family-run flower farm and picked what you thought were the best of the best on the field and created your own bouquet to take home. Now you can have that experience thanks to Kendall Farms and its new program, “The Flower Stand,” a subscription-based site. Dubbed as the Best of the Farm Daily, the flowers are beautifully bunched and delivered directly to you. Every bouquet is shipped overnight and comes direct from the flower farm-where they are grown. As a result, flowers arrive much fresher and last longer than the average bouquet. The Flower Stand also donates 10% of the purchase price to charities close to their heart. These beautiful arrangements make for a great gift for anyone (or yourself). www.kendall-farms.com. Prices range from $35-$50 plus shipping.

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2 DOONEY & BOURKE ALTO SMALL VALENTINA A gift for that very special gal: Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the elegant Alto Collection offers the best of both worlds. The classic structured bags showcase exceptionally beautiful Italian leather with a rich matte finish and a patina that grows even more beautiful with time. Hand stitching and gold plated brass hardware provide the perfect accents. www.dooney.com ($675.00)

ZOINX SUNGLASSES

Does your Valentine always lose his glasses? He won’t with Zoinx Sunglasses. Zoinx are polarized sunglasses that feature a patented clip integrated into the temples. This clip not only allows you to keep better track of your shades, it allows you to easily accessorize your sunglasses for whatever activity you have on your plate. Each pair of Zoinx Sunglasses also includes a Zipper Pouch and Sport Strap specifically designed for active lifestyles. The Zipper Pouch also includes a flotation insert that keeps your sunglasses afloat if your activities take you on the water and is a great place to keep your glasses when not being worn but clipped on your belt loop, back or vest. Each Zoinx comes packaged in a ballistic nylon case. Zoinx can be purchased at www.zoinxsunglasses.com and www.amazon.com. ($119.00 for the full set with wrap and case)

DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB

The ultimate guy gift: Give the gift of convenience and a consistently close shave – like music to a man’s ears. Dollar Shave Club is a subscription-based company that sends high quality razors and grooming products to your door for a few bucks a month so you can always shave with a fresh blade. It all started by figuring out what people actually wanted: a great shave without the overpriced shave tech and the inconvenience of trudging to the store. Add-ons include grooming and skincare essentials like Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter and Post-Shave, One-Wipe Charlies and the NEW Boogie’s hair styling collection. By purchasing a DSC holiday gift card, you can literally buy the men on your gift list a year of great shaves. Price: $3 per month and up, Available at www.DollarShaveClub.com

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1 VOICE SLEEP HEADPHONES

The best gift is a good nap! Get some beauty rest with the 1 Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask in the car or on the plane! This memory foam accessory has a velvet covering in order to block out light while providing superior comfort. It is compatible with any phone or MP3 player and doesn’t need a battery. The machinewashable eye mask has an adjustable Velcro clasp, so one size fits all! www.1voicenyc.com ($49)

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5 Something the lovebirds can enjoy together or separately: LA’s metropolitan oasis for environmentally friendly skin and body treatments, Spa del Rey at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. • Love Me Tender Couples Massage: Experience a special side-by-side massage with a loved one in a private couples suite $290 • ZENTS Petal Pedicure: This indulgent and detoxifying treatment sloughs away dry skin, leaving feet feeling impeccably smooth and date-night ready - $50 for 45 minutes • Gift Card discounts: Receive 20% off gift card purchases of $200+; Receive 30% off gift card purchases of $250+ • Free Gift: Receive deluxe beauty samples with the purchase of $300+ of Natura Bisse spa products. (Specials will be offered beginning the last week of January and throughout the month of February.) www.spa-delrey.com

GLUTEN FREE BITES

If your sweetheart loves Valentines chocolates but can’t have them due to dietary restrictions, consider Gluten Free Bites. Created by two gluten-free brothers and a pastry chef, the bites are packed with a complete source of protein, a good source of fiber, feature easyto-understand, wholesome ingredients, but are made in delectable dessert flavors. Dark chocolate coconut, chocolate cherry almond, coconut cashew crunch, and new PB&J, dark chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate hazelnut are just a few of a long line of yummy products. So, is it a perfect round bite of a delicious nutrition bar? Is it a healthy truffle? Does it taste like the better-for-you sweet treat of your dreams? We think so! www.theglutenfreebar.com (PRICES VARY)

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KALAMAZOO OUTDOOR GOURMET ARTISAN FIRE PIZZA OVEN

Homemade pizza is on everyone’s Valentine’s wish list: Available in both built-in and countertop versions, the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven has a maximum temperature of over 800 degrees and can bake a Neapolitan-style pizza in less than three minutes. Its independentlyadjustable burners let you tailor the heat for the wide variety of dishes that can be cooked in the oven, including breads, fish, roasts and more. kalamazoogourmet.com. Pricing: $6,895 for countertop version; $8,295 for built-in version

HUGS AND KISSES JAR OF NOTES

Tired of the routine flowers and chocolates? Send a unique, thoughtful and long-lasting gift that will tell your Valentine how much he or she is loved each day. KindNotes are handcrafted keepsake glass jars filled with 31 themed or personalized messages. Each message is individually enclosed in a decorative linen envelope and will warm the reader’s heart. KindNotes includes a library of messages that cover a wide range of sentiments: inspirational, love, friendship, and many more. KindNotes’ extensive collection of one-ofa-kind decorative jars guarantees that you’ll find the perfect one for your loved one. To be even more unique, you can customize a jar with the website’s interactive wizard. Surprise your special someone with 31 Valentines instead of just one! www.kindnotes.com. Prices start at $34.95 ❖

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Palm Springs International Film Festival January 1-11 www.psfilmfest.org Now entering its 27th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest and most well-respected film festivals in North America. Its culturally diverse program of 200+ stellar films from more than 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, earning the Festival an enthusiastic and loyal audience of nearly 137,000.

Opening Day El Dorado Polo Club January 10 www.eldoradopoloclub.com Join Polo fans for the most competitive and thrilling polo in the Desert. If you have never experienced a polo match before, you will be hooked immediately. It is a great outing with friends and family. You can picnic and tailgate or enjoy the matches from the comfort of the Clubhouse restaurant. Sunday polo runs through April 3. Carlsbad San Diego Marathon January 17 www.carlsbadmarathon.com The second-oldest marathon on the west coast also features a Kids’ Marathon Mile the day before the big race as well as a Health and Fitness Expo.

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San Diego Restaurant Week January 17-24 www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com San Diego’s finest chefs from more than 180 restaurants prepare amazing menus designed to give food lovers an opportunity to explore the region’s exciting dining scene for a fraction of the normal expense. dineL.A. Restaurant Week January 18-31 www.discoverlosangeles.com This dining event showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination where participating restaurants in various neighborhoods throughout the city offer specially priced lunch and dinner menus. dineL.A. is partnering with OpenTable to donate $1 of every seated reservation that’s booked through discoverLosAngeles.com/dineLA to The Midnight Mission, a vital nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter and essential aid to those experiencing homelessness throughout the city. Farmers Insurance Open January 28-31 www.farmersinsuranceopen.com Torrey Pines Golf Course The annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open.

Los Angeles Art Show January 27-31 www.laartshow.com The LA Art Show has refined its focus to bring a freshly curated fair for its 21st edition. The show brings together galleries, artists, curators, and collectors and it has emerged as one of the world’s largest and longest running events with 150,000 square feet of exhibition space and close to 60,000 attendees last year. The Southwest Arts Festival January 29-31 www.discoverindio.com A premier North American art show, this year’s festival will feature interactive art, with pottery, glass blowing and fine art painting. Visitors will enjoy a variety of food and drink options while walking the grounds and listening to jazz music.


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San Diego Museum Month February 1-28 www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org Throughout February, San Diego visitors can experience the region’s rich cultural offerings at half-price. Guests can pick up a free San Diego Museum Month Pass at participating Macy’s locations; with the pass, they can receive half-price admission for up to four guests per visit at 42 of San Diego’s museums, ranging from exquisite art museums to historical sites and interactive science centers.

Riverside Country Fair & National Date Festival February 12-21 www.datefest.org Join family and friends for fantastic food, exceptional exhibits, thrilling carnival rides and exciting entertainment. The 67th annual fair promises to be ten days filled with fabulous fun for the entire family.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival February 3-13 www.sbiff.org Cinema lovers will walk the red carpet at this annual film festival. Spanning 11 days and screening hundreds of films, this world-renowned festival has attracted Hollywood superstars such as Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet. Laguna Beach Music Festival February 10-14 www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com This annual event is hosted by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and will feature renowned guest musicians playing classical and contemporary music.

San Diego Chinese New Year and Cultural Fair February 13-14 www.sdcny.weebly.com Attracting more than 25,000 visitors each year this fair offers everything from lion and dragon dances, continuous live stage performances, martial arts demonstrations, acrobat displays, traditional Chinese music performances and more. There will also be more than 50 food and commercial booths.

Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament February 18-20 www.franksinatragolf.org This annual golf tournament supports the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children. Founded in 1986 by Barbara and Frank Sinatra, the non-profit organization provides counseling for victims of physical, sexual and emotional child abuse. Oscar Gala on Catalina Island February 28 www.visitcatalinaisland.com The night of the Academy Awards, the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will host their gala complete with dining, dancing and live auctions. All proceeds will go to local hospitals.

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The Southland And Its Celebrity Spectacle ✒ BY

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N SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS, WHILE NOT AN EVERYDAY OCCURRENCE FOR MOST OF US, ARE NOT UNCOMMON. FOR TRUE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS, HOW WE SHARE OUR MOST RECENT SIGHTING IS ALMOST AS IMPORTANT AS THE SIGHTING ITSELF. A SORT OF “CASUAL INDIFFERENCE” IS THE PREFERRED, AND EXPECTED APPROACH. THIS HAS EVOLVED INTO THE CREATION OF A “CODE,” A PRESCRIBED WAY IN WHICH WE SHARE THE EVENT WITH OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COWORKERS. First, you can only use the first name of the celebrity. If it takes two names, they just aren’t that big. Second, you never lead a conversation with the actual sighting. Leave the breathless, “Do you know who I just saw?!” approach to visiting family and friends. Third, never, ever expose your full level of excitement. You will hear people say, “I was at a Lakers game last week and Jack (Nicholson) spilled his popcorn.” The use of the first name and a specific detail implies a level of intimacy that probably didn’t exist in a building with more than 17,000 people. Or, “I was in a little café in Malibu over the weekend and Dustin (Hoffman) walked in,” again implying a level of intimacy that Mr. Hoffman probably wouldn’t agree with if he were telling the story.

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Occasionally, one of these chance meetings does lead to a quick exchange such as “Clayton (Kershaw), great game last night,” or, “Luke (Bryan), love the new album.” In a case like that, it is important to open the story with “I was talking with Brad (Pitt) the other day…” again giving the listener the option to believe that you had a lengthy one-on-one chat with a highly visible star. As Southern Californians, we are almost invariably asked about celebrities when we’re traveling. Who do you know, who have you seen or does so-and-so really … ? This is a

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of brushes with celebrities and, without actually “lying,” allow the listener to believe they have all occurred recently. And sometimes, almost unavoidably, you simply wind up lying. My wife and I were recently in a remote area of Roatan, Honduras, and took a long boat ride in a small skiff with two young local boys. Because we were from Southern California, they assumed, despite our protests, that we knew a large number of celebrities. They were particularly focused on Miley (Cyrus), and our repeated efforts to convince them that we didn’t know her, had never met her or even listened to one of her albums were met with disbelief. Finally, thinking, “What can it really hurt?” I made up a few stories about spending time with Miley: How sweet she was, how she valued her privacy and how, should they ever make their way to Southern California, I would be happy to introduce them to her. It made their day, maybe their month or even their year. Of course, I have no idea what I’d do should they ever actually make their way to Southern California. In the meantime, I was at this little deli on Ventura Bouelvard and sitting in the booth next to me was…❖

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e Erica Goddard, AKA Bossy Boss Photography, is a Georgia girl living in a California world. From family portraits, newborn shoots and senior casuals, to boudoir and industry headshots, her real love is people. Being an extrovert, spending time with people energizes her and her photography. Bossy Boss came from her husband’s big brain, when he decided that she takes on a different persona to get her shots. She’s not really bossy but she definitely takes charge, which in turn relaxes her clients and makes the best, most real moments. Instagram: bossy_boss_photography Website: bossybossphotography.com

While people around the world may only associate Southern California with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood or the laid back attitude of sunny San Diego, So Cal has so much more to offer. Just outside of its celebrated urban centers, it is a rugged place, a place of extremes, with hot red rock deserts, cold-water pacific islands with wild kelp beds, and snow capped mountain peaks. At least, that’s how I see Southern California. How do you see it? We want to know! We at Southern California Life Magazine are devoted to showing you all that it has to offer. We’ll close each issue showcasing the beauty of our region, with its landscapes, and landmarks. And we want you, our readers to participate. For a chance to be published on our “My Southern California” photo page, follow us on Instagram (@socallifemag) and use these hashtags in your favorite photos of the landscapes, landmarks, and lifestyles that you think define our home: #ThisIsMySoCal #Socallifemagcontest.

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