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Table of Contents

[ FEATURES ] 24 the holiday hustle With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we give you our take on keeping your sanity during the holidays. By Katie Chavez 28 holiday havens Here we bring you four holiday retreats that are sure to relieve and relax you this holiday season. By Stephanie Keyes 34 city spotlight Our first city spotlight gives you an inside look at Hesperia’s plans on being the High Desert’s gatekeeper. By Susan Landers



13 up front Holiday Parade, High Desert Home Show, Candy Crate, Local tree lighting’s. By Krystal Carrillo 18 business spotlight Interiors by Decorating Den. By Susan Landers 20 local spotlight Dr. Rita Miranda: Caring from the Start. By Susan Landers 22 local entertainment Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery: Let me entertain you. By Tere Kidd


38 wine trends Winter Wine Picks: Holiday food and wine pairing, best wines for the Holiday season. By Stephanie Keyes 42 local dining Restaurant Spotlight: Oggi’s - they’ve got it going on! By Stephanie Keyes 46 Arts and Culture Guide to upcoming entertainment and events 48 H.D. Happenings Photos from local happenings and events

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Contributors Tiffany Santee, a 25 year resident of

the High Desert, attended Victor Valley Community College studying business and psychology. Tiffany is currently a Finance Manager with Greiner Buick, Pontiac & GMC in Victorville as well as Accounting/Finance and CFO of H.D. Living Magazine. With a busy schedule, she enjoys time at home with Frank Castillo ( CEO H.D. Living ) and their two puppies Dini (short for Houdini) and Bammers (short for Bamboozle).

H.D. Living H.D. Living Magazine Volume 1, Issue 3 Nov/December 2008 PUBLISHER / CEO Frank A. Castillo DIRECTOR SALES & MARKETING James Piar copy editor Susan Landers DESIGN and LAYOUT Everard Strong | accounting / finance Tiffany Santee

Krystal Carrillo is currently a fourth-

year English major at the University of La Verne. When not commuting between classes, she tutors writing at Victor Valley Community College and writes freelance for H.D. Living magazine. Krystal moved to the High Desert in 2005, after growing up in the San Gabriel Valley. She spends her free time enjoying literature, music, friends, and her family, especially her little brother Marky and cat, Frankenstein.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & EDITORS Susan Landers, Tere Kidd, Katie Chavez, Krystal Carrillo, Stephanie Keyes PHOTOGRAPHERS George Sillas | ADVERTISING DESIGN Joe King Kari Martinez ADVERTISING INQUIRIES All inquiries, mail to: H.D. LIVING MAGAZINE INC. 6630 SVL Box Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 241-8475

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Publisher’s Letter Can you believe the Holidays are already upon us? My how time flies. October marked the month that the concept for H.D. Living magazine was born, and here we are on our third issue, very exciting! I love the holidays, turkey dinner, Christmas presents along with a celebration of all the blessings in our lives, despite a tough economy. I, for one, really believe that our area will only continue to grow, and H.D. Living is dedicated to doing its part to help ensure that continues to happen by bringing you the best the Victor Valley has to offer. This issue we celebrate some great upcoming events here in the H.D. like the local home show and the Christmas parade. We also spotlight locals on the fast track to success and a Museum with some great culture and history regarding the Victor Valley. We also feature “Holiday Hustle” by Katie Chavez, with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays Katie helps guide us through the chaos of the holiday season in a fun and humorous setting. Stephanie Keyes takes us on four great getaways; these winter wonderlands are a sure bet to relax and relieve you of holiday stress all within about a tank of gas. Our first city spotlight features the High Desert city of Hesperia. Our copy editor Susan Landers tells us about Hesperia’s plans for being the High Desert’s gatekeeper. With a new Gateway mega center, big things are ahead for this budding City. And, as always, Jason from Casa Devino brings his wine picks for the holidays, along with our continued coverage of local dining, events and culture. Susan’s Corner gives us a peek at some of our staff ’s holiday traditions and shares a family tradition of her own with another great recipe. And don’t forget to support our valued advertisers this season as many of them offer great gifts for the holidays. From everyone here at H.D. Living, we wish you a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy.

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Up Front

Holiday Parade Victorville’s Children’s Christmas Parade dances into town on Saturday, December 6, with this year’s theme, “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas,” sponsored by the city of Victorville and the Daily Press. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and will waltz down 7th Street in Victorville, from Plaza Drive to Mojave Drive, illuminating the city with colorful floats, spectacular costumes, grand music and dance groups, dazzling equestrian participants, and notable members of the community. Victorville resident, Kelly Hare, regularly attends the parade and even participated in it one year, riding on a “Christmas Wonderland” float with her Girl Scout Troop when she was eight. “The parade is something cool and fun that you can always count on in Victorville every year,” she remarks, reflecting the sentiments of the HD community who always look forward to the annual tradition which brings together residents from all walks of life with the good-natured cheer of the holiday season. – Krystal Carrillo

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Upfront Event Spotlight

H.D. Home Show a showcase of the best for your home Attention homeowners across the H.D.: the 24th Annual High Desert Home Show weekend is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for Friday, November 7th through Sunday, November 9th and seize the opportunity to explore the possibilities of this much-anticipated, annual onestop home improvement destination. This year’s Home, Recreation, and Lifestyle show will be the meeting place of a plethora of local business vendors; advertised exhibitors cover everything from air conditioning to solar power, landscapes to garage doors, real estate and mortgage agencies to spas and vacuum cleaners. The three day event 14 High Desert Living magazine

ensures that you have the time to consider, plan, and budget all your home and lifestyle improvement needs. At just $6 adult admission, children under 18 free admission, and numerous advertisement discounts, H.D. residents can come and explore all that the Home Show has to offer without worrying about being confined to just one day. Exhibitors will be waiting for your business at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact High Desert Home Shows at (760) 949-0822. – Krystal Carrillo November | December 2008




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Share the joyous spirit of the season with your neighbors at your city’s local Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! Apple Valley will gather in front of Town Hall, located on Dale Evans Parkway, Saturday, December 6th for the celebration of this year’s “Winter Wonderland” festivities. The day’s free events will begin at 2:30 p.m., when residents will enjoy live entertainment, inflatables, crafts, free giveaways from local businesses, and a visit from Santa. At 6:00 p.m., participants will carol over to the Tree Lighting ceremony, where they will countdown to the lighting with Mayor Tim Jasper. Santa will be available also for visits during the Lighting ceremony, and festivities will continue until 7:00 p.m. Hesperia residents who are looking for some holiday cheer will find it Thursday, December 4th, starting at 4:30 p.m.. The city will assemble at Hesperia Civic Park Plaza, located at 15833 Smoke Tree Street (behind the library and City Hall), for its annual display of holiday lights. The event will include not just the Holiday Tree Lighting, but also free entertainment, refreshments, and a visit with Santa Claus himself. Victorville’s 14th annual Tree Lighting Celebration will be held Wednesday, December 3rd, at City Hall, located on Civic Drive. Carols will be sung and refreshments will be available as Victorville residents come together to celebrate the merriment of the season. Mayor Terry Caldwell will lead the community’s Tree Lighting ceremony, and residents will receive a special visit from Santa and friends immediately following the illumination of the Tree. – Krystal Carrillo

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Candy Crate

the sweet taste of christmas past This holiday season, step outside the box of those tired and predictable gift-giving conventions; surprise your friends and family with creative gifts that will bring back memories of childhood Christmas long since passed, or enlighten your children and grandchildren with the gifts and treats from simpler, sweeter times. Hesperia-based business, Candy Crate, carries thousands of products guaranteed to satisfy the nostalgic sweet tooth in us all. Candy Crate COO, Randi Caporale, describes the motivation behind the local family-run and operated business: “After several years in the retail [industry], we discovered that people loved creating new traditions and fun memories using candy; and it does not have to be expensive.” True to the original heart of their vision, Candy Crate provides an enormous selection of hard-tofind, vintage items that are not readily accessible to the general public. Candy Crate’s full stock of original, unique, and hard-to-find candies are available for purchase by the piece, box, or in several retro decade and themed gift items, such as the popular Vintage Candy Gift Box, which includes candies originating from the early 1800s to the early 1900s for under $30. Along with the remarkable pieces of inexpensive retro candy, Candy Crate also carries non-candy items, such as tin signs, retro toys, and gift

boxes, all relating to the nostalgic theme that distinguishes this candy store from the trite, mundane, and mass-produced corridors of chain and grocery stores on every corner. Avoid the boredom and conventionality this year, delight your loved ones with Candy Crate’s various original holiday and Christmas-themed retro candies. Caporale observes that their traditional holiday candies, such as peppermint bark, ribbon candy, and old-fashioned candy mixes continue to be favorites every year and many of their unique classic toys as well as candy items are the perfect stocking stuffers. Caporale adds, “These products make such great gifts because they truly take someone back to a memory, and memories are priceless.” Curious about how your family can partake in the fun this holiday season? Candy Crate’s selection is available through their online store, as well as their recently opened warehouse store, located at 17229 Lemon Street in Hesperia (on the corner of Lemon and ‘E’ St.). As Caporale notes, “Opening the store has given us an opportunity to become closer to the community and let locals know that we are here. Now that the word is getting out that we are open locally, we are seeing more and more customers. We love the response and comments we hear daily during a customer’s first visit”– Krystal Carrillo

November | December 2008

An Alternative for a Better Education


ost parents believe they have two choices in their student’s education; traditional school or expensive private schools. Not true! In 1992 the California legislature passed The Charter School Act in an effort to provide more choices to parents and students in this state. Since the passing of The Charter School Act, over 600 charter schools have emerged here in California and are now serving over 200,000 students. These are public schools offering a no-cost education to any student who wishes to attend. AV Learning Academy offers a nocost alternative designed to serve the needs of parents who want something different than a traditional twenty-by-thirty foot classroom setting where students complete one grade a year for 12 years. AV Learning Academy offers a unique home study program that allows students to excel at their own pace in a caring environment that is suitable to their own unique needs. A growing number of families throughout the country are choosing home study as a way to educate their children for a variety of reasons: an opportunity to provide personalized learning, to establish a closer bond with their child, to provide greater oversight of the exposure to and instruction of moral and ethical values, to promote higher academic standards, and to have the freedom of learning at home or while traveling. The AV Learning Academy program offers exciting curriculum choices for parents and students to choose from and credentialed teachers who are consistently involved in the instruction of their children. Our school’s teachers lead and guide instruction using a variety of teaching techniques, support each student’s unique pacing needs, intervene where there are comprehension challenges, provide positive enforcement, and other facets of the instructional experience. And if you’re concerned about the social needs of your students, we offer optional enrichment classes at our learning centers, organized field trips, parent workshops, and many other community building activities that

invite your children to engage with their peers. Best of all, you, the parent get to decide who they interact with! Frequently Asked Questions: Can I do this? Yes! If you have the time, desire, and commitment, you and your child will succeed in our program. Will I have help? Yes! Parents have reliable and regular support from credentialed teachers, access

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Upfront Business Spotlight

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Need a home makeover? Whether your home needs just a slight face lift on a room or two or a complete re-do, Donald Tatera of INTERIORS by Decorating Den in Apple Valley is the man to see. Perhaps it’s your work space that needs an update; Team Tatera can help! Leading a team of highly trained and talented decorators, Mr. Tatera can do wonders for your living or office space. As the owner of INTERIORS by Decorating Den, he and his wife Kim have lived in the H.D. for more than 16 years. A graduate of the University of Redlands and the UCR Extension, Mr. Tatera is an award winning decorator who, along with his design team, can come to your home or office to work directly with you and within your budget. It is the constantly changing work environment that keeps Mr. Tatera interested in interior design. Each job and every client is different. Whether redesigning an entire suite of corporate offices or sprucing up a spare bedroom, the opportunity to interact with a variety of people in different spaces allows Mr. Tatera to stay engaged in his craft. Working with over 150 vendors, Team Tatera is bound to find you the right look at the right price. From kitchens to baths, from flooring to window treatments, Team Tatera will offer you personalized service, a sterling reputation for quality work, and the convenience of full service design. With his assistant, Mary Jane, Mr. Tatera will help clients to prioritize their design ideas. Arriving at your home or office with numerous samples, the professionals from INTERIORS by Decorating Den will make your experience as carefree as possible. Your initial consultation is complimentary. Team Tatera will work directly with you to design a space that reflects your personal style and taste, while working hard to stay within your budget. The beauty of a full service design team is in its ability to handle all of the details for you. “I sweat the details,” Mr. Tatera says enthusiastically, “because I love the details.” His company’s website ( offers before and after photos of some of the beautiful designs Team Tatera has created. “From idea through installation,” Team Tatera will smooth out the rough spots in your interior design project. Mr. Tatera acknowledges that he couldn’t do it all without his team, and he says that “I surround myself with talented people.” This team work ethic, combined with personalized service, means that you will be assured a pleasant experience. –Susan Landers November | December 2008

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Caring from the Start When she was only a teenager, Rita Miranda felt compelled to offer service to others. As a candy striper at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Apple Valley, young Rita was inspired by the dedication of the medical staff as she witnessed the daily care given to sick and injured patients. Inspired and driven to excel, Rita found herself headed for medicine. Following her graduation from Apple Valley High School in 1996, Rita made her way through an undergraduate program at UC San Diego, followed by four years of grueling study at the well respected Charles R. Drew/UCLA medical school. With her medical degree, Dr. Miranda could have gone anywhere, but she chose to return to the H.D. to serve the community that nurtured her. Though she spent time traveling through Spain and did AIDS work in Kenya, Dr. Miranda never forgot those who generously supported her dream and encouraged her to succeed. Why did Dr. Miranda feel compelled to return 20 High Desert Living magazine

to the high desert? It turns out that it was a matter of teamwork. She says, “I found the one job that fit me.” She believes that working as a team, rather than in private practice, is the most rewarding experience medicine can offer. As the hospitalist for Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, Dr. Miranda cares for the group’s in-patients at Victor Valley Community Hospital and back home at St. Mary Medical Center where she volunteered as a teen. The team philosophy seeks to manage patients’ hospital stays by implementing a holistic plan that involves physicians, nursing staff, therapists, and social workers, as well as other support staff to offer patients what they need to return to their homes and their lives. “People that you work with matter,” she notes, crediting successes to the whole team. Being on-call 24/7 may seem an onerous burden, but Dr. Miranda revels in the opportunity to devote herself to those patients who most need her. Coming home to the H.D. was also a family matter. Dr. Miranda’s family and friends remained here in the Victor Valley, so it was not a difficult choice for her to buy a home and settle down here. She is happy to see the positive growth that the H.D. has experienced in her lifetime and envisions a brighter future for H.D. residents as more businesses are developed, bringing a better lifestyle along with great health care. Dr. Miranda now has the chance to offer her wisdom and experience to a new generation of young women for whom a medical degree might seem out of reach. Her advice? “Don’t listen to people who tell you that you can’t. Keep trying. With persistence, it’s doable. Develop confidence in yourself.” It was through “family and faith” that young Rita grew up to be Dr. Miranda, and she is happy to encourage other young women of all backgrounds to follow their dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem. So, the next time you see a young hospital volunteer, aka a candy striper, you may be witnessing a medical career in the making! –Susan Landers November | December 2008

Upfront Entertainment Beat

Let Me Entertain You “And we’ll have a real good time - yes sir we’ll have ………. “ By tere kidd

If the word “museum” conjures up stuffy, dull, eyes-glazed-over images for you, you’re in for a surprise. Museums aren’t what they used to be, and the Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery (VVMAG) is a perfect example. You’ll find entertainment where you might least expect it, anything from the Old Range Ranger regaling you with tales of Indian folk lore to jazz concerts, down home fiddling and piano recitals, along with gospel singing, and art demonstrations. Satisfy your natural curiosity about the place you call home and enjoy the arts - visual and performing arts at the place where Victor Valley history resides. VVMAG is where history and the arts converge, a repository of information for all those who are curious about the people who influenced the course of events that shaped the Victor Valley we call home today. It is more than a collection of artifacts and personal histories of celebrated people, although there are plenty of those. Earl Bascom, a Canadian turned Californian, a local in the High Desert, was a renowned cowboy and later artist known for his bronze sculptures of western life. His more famous cousin was Frederick Remington who documented in his art the disappearance of the Western way of life. There are others like Captain Joseph McConnell who was a national war hero, and with 16 kills, the top flying ace of the Korean War. The community of Apple Valley was so grateful they built McConnell and his family a new home. 22 High Desert Living magazine

But, as mentioned before, there is more than history, geology and wild animal displays. The Trevor Bennett Art Gallery hosts many shows and art competitions including a children’s art show in November, a miniatures art show in December, and an all out Western themed show each year in October called Stagecoach Fever. Local artists exhibit year-round in the gallery, and there are monthly artists’ receptions where you can meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while you view the paintings, sculptures, as well as glass and pottery exhibits. The artists welcome the opportunity to discuss their work with fellow art enthusiasts. Most art receptions feature demonstrations by professional artists. The bonus is: while you are already there checking out the art gallery, you can also slip into the Tate Gallery and view the traveling Death Valley exhibit and acquaint yourself with the influences that created Death Valley, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, a place of tragedy and exotic beauty. Death Valley has been a point of curiosity ever since a group of pioneers named it in 1849 after crossing it and losing some of its members to the elements. A group called the Death Valley Forty-niners meets there yearly to reenact the year 1849 when people were looking for gold during the gold rush. On January 24, 2009 some of the members of the group will do the reenactment at the museum. Dr. Geoffrey Smith, a renowned amateur archeologist, graciously donates relics to the museum that he has acquired in such far-flung places as Central America, Africa, and Asia. These too are on exhibit in the Tate Gallery for those interested in ancient history. The museum also enjoys providing a venue for talented performers. Nine-year-old Juliette Bascom - yes, Earl Bascom’s granddaughter - is an amazingly accomplished violinist who will be playing between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., November 22nd for the Children’s Art Show. If you November | December 2008

Don’t let your child fall behind this school year...

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hedule a e skills e what this year.

Suzie came in from school looking dejected and discouraged. I had seen that look all too often. Tears were filling her eyes as she closed her bedroom door. I knew what had happened – she had another test.learner... It was becoming an all too Here to helpfailed you become a better familiar pattern. I help her study all week and quiz her on the material until we can’t stand to work on it another minute. She thinks she is stupid – she dreads going to school and dreads coming home to hours of homework. I don’t understand. Sometimes she seems to ‘get it’, and then the next day it is gone, just as if we never looked at the material at all. I wish there was something I could do to help her.

miss Juliette in november, she will be appearing again Saturday, December 13th for the annual Christmas Concert. There is a special place in the museum just for children called the Imagination Station. you can find it when you pass through the gift shop. It is a handson exhibit for young inquiring minds. Children can dress as a firefighter, a police officer, or a doctor or try on other costumes. There is a lighted panel where children can see x-rays just as doctors do in a hospital. An old school switch board - something that was used to route phone calls as late as the early 1990s - sits waiting for a curious child to make sense of its many rubber tentacles. A metate, filled with kernels of corn, and a pestle to grind it, sit on a table waiting for a child or someone who is a child at heart to experience the way native Americans ground the corn into meal to eat. This room will entertain the little ones while parents have a chance to catch their breath. History, the performing arts, visual arts all converge at the Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery giving a pulse to the community that is growing so quickly.

Is there something this discouraged parent can do? The answer is a decided ‘Yes!” Unfortunately, it is something many parents view as trivial. The answer may be to spend less time on homework and more time working on the underlying skills necessary for learning. Well-developed thinking skills are essential to success in school. Sometimes the most important thing to do is not the most obvious. If punishment, rewards, and tutoring have not helped, try replacing television with specific games two or three nights a week. Certain games can actually improve a child’s ability to learn. At LearningRx we work to develop thinking skills. Call us for a free list of games that you can play

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Holiday The

Hustle by Katie Chavez


s kids, we never wanted Christmas to end. As adults, we sometimes forget to view this time of twinkling lights and nostalgic melodies in a cheerful and fearless way. Responsibility, obligation, and pleasing others can make us want the season to just come and go. When did we stop wanting Christmas to last forever? In an effort to answer that, there are countless guides on how to survive the holiday season and maintain sanity—but this is not one of them. Go ahead and lose your holiday sanity, but don’t lose sight of the fact that creating a magical holiday may be by doing things a little differently and not taking the insignificant so seriously.

Is it the thought that counts? We all hate buying gifts for people we don’t really know or like. So don’t do it.  Why buy a cheap travel toiletry set then waste paper wrapping the gift just so the recipient can use the travel size toothbrush for his dog’s teeth?  Yes, the dog will benefit (and here at H.D. Living we promote proper pet hygiene), but time and money should not be wasted giving unthoughtful gifts due to pointless obligation. Your friend’s coworker’s cousin’s ex-husband you talked to once during jury duty does not need a gift from you. »

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Underplayed Holiday Songs The season is a memory in melody. These are some of the best: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love. This original 1963 version should be played at every Christmas party, baby. “Angles We Have Heard on High” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Arranged as a largely instrumental piece and packed with heavy brass, this traditional favorite rocks. “White Christmas” by Otis Redding. A distinctively soulful interpretation that gets better with each listen.

But, sometimes the spirit of giving can overcome a person, so write a letter like this: Dear Mr. Friend’s Coworker’s Cousin’s Ex-husband. It was nice talking to you during jury duty. I wanted to get you a gift so I searched the planet for the perfect item but was deeply saddened to find that the __________ was not for sale.  No other gift would do.  Happy Holidays! In the blank spot, pick something extravagant or well-known and unpurchasable like the Sun, a time machine, or the Dalai Lama. This way, the thought really does count. 

Bad at entertaining? To be a good host during small family gatherings or large holiday parties, try starting a conversation about religion or politics. Everyone will join in on the fun!  A spirited discussion will surely result. But, if the conversation needs an extra boost, disagree with whoever is speaking.  It does not matter what they are talking about, just interrupt and say, “you’re completely wrong.”  Then randomly point to someone and say, “John thinks you don’t know what you’re talking about.”  This way the conversation stays hot, and by bringing John into the mix, you are free to be a good host and mingle with the other guests.

Holiday Traffic-Truth As California residents, traffic is a part of life. Traffic naturally gets worse with the holiday season as we hop into our cars to visit family and friends. But the festivities can be clouded by the doom of sitting for

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hours in your car on a crowded highway. Time spent with loved ones should not be cut short by hitting the road prematurely just to “beat the traffic.” Scientifically speaking, it is impossible for anyone to “beat the traffic.” Repeat this line: “I will never beat the traffic.” Say this whenever you are getting angry about sitting in traffic or when you fear the possibility of sitting in traffic. It is not a chant of defeat, but an empowering realization. Take pleasure in the fact that you know the traffic-truth and others do not. (Repeat the traffic-truth five times before moving on.) The entire season— Thanksgiving to the New Year— has capacity for great magic. That magic is what we search for through the haze of the holiday hustle. And because we do continue to search for magic, perhaps we still want Christmas to last forever—even if we don’t always know it. So don’t fret the small stuff, and don’t just survive the holidays; embrace them. It is the unforced and the unexpected that make the smallest moments of the season into memories. HDL

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aRe you Ready to Run away? flee from the hustle and bustle of frantic shoppers and traffic chaos, and give your family and yourself the gift of a true holiday—one of relaxation, rejuvenation and fun! we here in the h.d. have a great advantage as we’re a blink away from some spectacular getaways. although there are several remarkable resorts in the area that h.d. living would love to feature, we’ve narrowed it down to four of our many favorites: the mission inn hotel and spa, hotel zoso, temecula creek inn and lake arrowhead Resort and spa.

By stephanie keyes

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Inside one of Lake Arrowhead resort and Spa’s deluxe suites

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Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa 27984 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead | Reservations: (909) 336-1511 It’s in our backyard but takes us high above it all! In fact, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa sits at an elevation of 5,106 feet along the scenic shores of beautiful Lake Arrowhead. Winter months please snow skiers and boarders, ice skaters, shoppers, and those seeking a true winter wonderland, while warmer months draw those who enjoy fishing, golfing, camping, hiking, and water sports. All are captivated by the glorious lake view and the majesty of the San Bernardino National Forest. All 162 Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa rooms are contemporary and upscale, yet so very warm, homey, and inviting. Luxurious furnishings and mountain-lodge accents welcome guests, and upgraded amenities are standard in every room. The Lakeview rooms share a picturesque view of the lake, while the resort’s Alpine rooms face the awesome mountainside and overlook the guest parking area. Packages can be exclusively designed for events such as romantic getaways, family vacations, weddings, and work related outings. Call (800) 800-6791 for the latest group rates and package specials. And, don’t forget to bring Fido or Fifi! The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is a “pet friendly” retreat. Your four-legged friends will be treated to menus and amenities designed specifically to welcome visiting pets. Stressed out? Visit the Spa of the Pines and be pampered and soothed, while relaxing in the bliss of their heavenly aroma-therapy. Treatments include signature massages, facials, rehydrating body wraps, and exfoliating scrubs, all intended to invigorate the skin, ease aching muscles, and renew the spirit. Experience the tranquility. Spa of the Pines offers packages that vary with the seasons. Call (909) 744-3000 for more information. Overlooking Lake Arrowhead, the resort’s classic BIN189 Restaurant is top-of-the-line. Indulge in robust and flavorful menu items, made only from the finest natural ingredients, over 200 selects wines, artisan breads and tasty desserts. Aside from the wine, everything on the menu at BIN189 is made in-house. Menus change seasonally, and the Executive Chef takes great care in planning extraordinary dining events and holiday menus. For more information or to make reservations, call BIN189 directly at (909) 337-4189. Take a stroll around the Lake Arrowhead Village and open up a world of opportunities for fun. A shopper’s paradise, the Village offers adorable boutiques, premium outlet stores, art galleries, and several fine restaurants and specialty shops. The little ones can have a blast at the dockside children’s playground, complete with swings and a slide. The Arrowhead Queen offers narrated tours of Lake Arrowhead so that guests may learn a little history of the film industry’s relationship with the area, while they take in the beauty of the environment. Tickets can be bought at Le Roy’s Board shop, near the dock, or call Le Roy at (909) 336-6992 for more information. Lake Arrowhead Village Holiday Events November 1–December 31 Celebrate the Holidays in the Lake Arrowhead Village November 28 Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6:30 pm November 28–December 24 Holiday Time with Santa – Weekends beginning at 12 noon.

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Hotel Zoso 150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs | Reservations: (760) 325-9676

Escape the freezing temperatures of winter and embrace the warmth and comfort of the luxurious Hotel Zoso. Located in the very heart of Palm Springs, the resort is within walking distance of happening shops, art galleries and restaurants and is mere minutes away from popular golf courses, the Palm Springs International Airport, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The newest of luxury hotels in Palm Springs, Hotel Zoso’s contemporary décor, sleek lines and plush, oversized furnishings soothe the soul and excite the senses. Each of the hotel’s 162 spacious guest rooms mingles chic design with revitalizing comfort and sheer grandeur. Rooms are found complete with faux fur throws, 42” high definition plasma flat-screen TVs, down pillows and comforters, 350 threat-count sheets, wireless communication, video conferencing, and the ingenious art of Shag. Stroll into the bathroom and find travertine countertops flaunting Tarocco bath products and soft Egyptian cotton towels; the list can go on and on. Room rates start at approximately $239 but vary seasonally. If romance isn’t in the air, well, it could be. Hotel Zoso’s Romantic Package includes a room adorned with rose petals, chocolate covered strawberries, chilled champagne, and fresh flowers. Monogrammed velour his and her bathrobes, massages, an in-room, or poolside cabana, champagne dinner for two are also included. The grand finale is a romantic Sunday champagne brunch. For a taste of Chef Leon’s latest creations, a visit to Hotel Zoso’s eatz.(No capitalization and ending with a period) is a must. Enjoy California casual dining in a cool, contemporary setting, with exceptional menus that feature only the freshest, local produce. Stop in and check out the hot backlit onyx bar in the lobby and be dazzled by nightly entertainment, including the always vibrant Cabaret Zoso! November | December 2008

The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside | Reservations: (800) 843-7755

Talk about awe-inspiring! This historic and grand hotel began as a modest adobe boarding house in 1876, and with the vision and drive of Frank Miller, grew into one of the most architecturally unique landmarks in Southern California. A collector of art and antique furnishings from all over the world, Mr. Miller created an enchanting environment for his guests, rich in history, character and beauty. The arched ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows enhance the elegance of an inn that has evolved into a museum of priceless treasure and history. Throughout the years, the hotel has welcomed numerous dignitaries and celebrities, including ten United States Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and William Howard Taft are three of the many who have had the pleasure to visit the hotel. In fact, to this day, a chair that Mr. Miller had crafted specifically for the large six-foot-five President Taft still sits in the center of the lobby and serves as a popular photo spot. In 1956, the Miller family sold the hotel, and due to lack of good business management and commitment of latter proprietors, the inn teetered on the brink of ruin. Thankfully, the savvy business principals of Duane Roberts, revived the inn, and Frank Miller’s legacy lives on. Today the hotel consists of 239 guest rooms, ranging in price from $215 to $2,000 a night and each unique in décor and elegant furnishings. Room amenities include 24 hour room service, twice daily maid service, complimentary use of the fitness center, access to the Old World Tuscan-inspired Kelly’s Spa, and a complimentary roundtrip shuttle to the Ontario International Airport. The Mission Inn also offers children’s amenities, upon request, which can include child-sized bathrobes, bath kits, high chairs, games and so much more. The amazing aroma and delicious diversity of the inn’s four award winning restaurants draws hungry guests and visitors who know just how to impress a date. The hardest part is making a decision. Will it be Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, the Mission Inn Restaurant, Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina, or Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro that gets the nod? The hotel’s Presidential Lounge is the place to hit for amazing cocktails and live music. Once the setting for the wedding and honeymoon of Richard and Pat Nixon, the walls of the elegant lounge are now adorned with the portraits of each President who has visited the inn. For those hearing wedding bells, the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, with its beamed ceilings, 18 karat gold

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leaf Rayas Alter and seven Tiffany stain-glass windows, may just be the ideal location. St. Francis of Assisi Chapel accommodates up to 150 seated guests. For a smaller, more intimate setting, the beautiful and timeless St. Cecilia Chapel welcomes 12 to 15 guests. The chapel’s 1740 marriage alter of gesso and gold leaf is said to be one of the oldest of antiques at the inn. Both chapels grace the breathtaking Atrio courtyard. To provide their guests with a more complete picture of the immense beauty and history of the inn, the Mission Inn Foundation and Museum offers daily tours. Tours are $12 per person; children under 12 are free. For more information, call the Mission Inn Museum at (951) 788-9556.

MISSION INN Holiday Events November 27: Thanksgiving Day Brunch - Adults: $36 / Children 3-12: $22. November 28-January 4, 2009: The 16th annual Festival of Lights. Experience the magic as the inn sparkles with more than 2 million twinkling lights and dances with animation and music! special Festival of Lights and holiday packages available. December 25: Christmas Day Brunch - Adults: $36 / Children 3-12: $22. Holiday spa packages are also available. Call Kelly’s Spa at (951) 341-6725 for more information.

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Temecula Creek Inn 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula Reservations: (877) 517-1823 Email: Temecula: “Sun Shining through the Sea Mist.” That’s the name given to this picturesque valley of rolling hills and incredible beauty by the Luiseno Indian Tribe over 300 years ago. Just minutes away from the 15 freeway, yet a world away from the norm, The Temecula Creek Inn, with its expansive 27hole champion golf course, is located in the heart of Southern California’s wine country, making it a haven for wine aficionados and golf enthusiasts alike. If wine tasting or golf doesn’t float your boat, the Temecula Valley also offers hot air ballooning, horseback riding, shopping, and gaming at four local casinos. The retreat’s 130 spacious rooms and suites, designed to pamper and rejuvenate their guests, include imported toiletries, a personal refrigerator, gourmet coffees and teas, and Highspeed Internet access. The rooms embrace a Native American influenced décor, with framed artifacts on the walls and furnishings in natural hues. The balconies and patios offer a serene, yet spiritually stirring, view. The variety of specials and packages that Temecula Creek Inn offers makes it easy to plan the perfect getaway. The Bed and Breakfast Package includes deluxe room accommodations with a private patio or balcony and breakfast for two in the fabulous Temet Grill. Golf lovers may want to choose the Unlimited Golf Package, while wine connoisseurs might want to experience the romantic Wine Country Getaway Package for two, which includes a bottle of select wine upon arrival, a picnic lunch, tour and tasting tickets to choice wineries, dinner, and more. Serious wine tasting aficionados may prefer the Wine Country Escape Package as this one includes a six hour Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle Tour and Tasting for two, breakfast, and a gourmet lunch. The Stay and Play Package offers an 18 round play of golf, quality golf accessories, and a one hour in-room massage! Are you ready for a girls’ night out? The Girlfriends Getaway Package invites women to unwind with a three-course dinner for two at Temet Grill, wine touring and olive oil tasting tickets, and a welcome gift upon arrival. Temecula Creek Inn Holiday Festivities

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November 27: Thanksgiving Buffet, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adults: $42.95 / Children 5-12: $17.95 / Kids 4 and under: Free - Seating in the Temet Grill/Lounge/Kiva Ballroom December 24: Christmas Eve Dinner – 5-9:30 p.m. Temet Grill Menu December 25: Christmas Day Buffet - 11a.m. – 4 p.m. – Adults: $42.95 / Children 5-12: $17.95 - Seating in the Temet Grill/ Lounge December 31: NYE Dinner – 5-9:30 p.m. – Temet Grill Menu – Lounge/Music January 1, 2009: New Year’s Day – Temet Grill Menu – Regular Hours High Desert Living magazine 33


Hesperia: Gateway

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he growth experienced by the Victor Valley in the past 30 years is, by any standard, phenomenal. Longtime residents of the H.D. can tell you stories of the landscape’s vast emptiness as they once drove down a two lane Bear Valley Road or Main Street with nary a stoplight from I Avenue to the 15 freeway. Some old-timers will remember a time before the freeway was built and tell tales of the big Indian Arrow that was the only sign pointing the way to the Main Street exit. Having recently celebrated 20 years of cityhood, Hesperia is poised to take on its biggest, most important role yet, that of Gateway to the H.D. While growing pains are inevitable, the H.D.’s population surge in recent years is evident in many exciting changes, and the City of Hesperia is on the forefront of planning so the growth continues to provide positive progress. By Susan Landers

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Contributors The new Hesperia Gateway center being built at Main Street and the 15 freeway will greet visitors to the H.D. with myriad shopping and dining experiences. “The City of Hesperia is truly the Gateway to the High Desert, with the southern City limit at the top of the Cajon Pass,” states Mayor Mike Leonard. “We have a responsibility to our citizens and visitors alike to responsibly plan the direction of our development along the freeway corridors and Main Street. The recently adopted Specific Plan will do just that, carrying us well into the future.” The Hesperia Gateway Center will feature a Super Target among other shops, restaurants and businesses. “We are very excited to have the Super Target opening this fall,” Mayor Leonard says. “Despite the slowing of the economy, the City is working closely with developers to ensure that when things improve, hopefully in the very near future, we will be ready to meet the retail needs of our growing population.” This optimistic outlook is evident in the excitement of business owners and customers alike.

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Goods and services are needed to keep a community growing, and as the population has increased, so have the types of businesses, restaurants, and services that are being offered to residents in Hesperia and the rest of the H.D. It was once necessary to go “down the hill” to find many favorite stores and eating establishments, but now it’s all in our own backyard. Among others, these businesses will be joining Super Target in the Hesperia Gateway Center: Verizon Wireless, Juice It Up, Subway, High Desert Smiles, Peach House Yogurt, Famous Footwear, Bath and Body Works, Happy Nails and Spa, Game Stop, El Gran Burrito, Round Table Pizza, and Famous Dave’s. With these and other stores opening up, consumers will continue to have more choices for their dining and shopping pleasure. While construction on the long-anticipated Ranchero Underpass project may begin in early 2009, new businesses continue to pop up everyday. Hesperia Gateway Center is only one of many new business venues that the city of Hesperia is boasting. Longtime businesses and shops along Main Street will be joined

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by new public and private ventures. “With the completion of the Ranchero Road Project, the heavy congestion on Main Street will be relieved dramatically,” assures Mike Podegracz, City Manager. “However, the Downtown Civic Plaza Project was created to bring people back to the heart of the City, where they can find the new City Hall, Library, Civic Plaza Park, Police Station, San Bernardino County Building and eventually, additional shopping and dining options.” With the opening of the exciting new Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and the Wood Grill Buffet in the Topaz Marketplace, H.D. residents have more and healthier choices whether dining out or at home. Staying home in the H.D. has never been easier thanks to the planned growth, the exciting new businesses opening their doors, and the civic upgrades that the City of Hesperia continues to implement. As the Gateway to the H.D., the City of Hesperia welcomes the future! HDL

“Despite the slowing of the economy, the City is working closely with developers to ensure that when things improve, hopefully in the very near future, we will be ready to meet the retail needs of our growing population.” – Hesperia Mayor Mike Leonard

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Give the Gift of Wine Have you placed your order for one, or maybe twenty, of Casa De Vino’s custom holiday gift baskets yet? If you haven’t, now’s the time! They have several elegant crates and baskets to choose from, but if you have a specific theme that you would like Carol to follow, or if you have your own items that you’d like her to add to a basket or crate, Carol welcomes “any and all requests!” And, while you’re placing your gift basket orders, you might want to seize some wine dinner tickets at the same time. They only sell twenty tickets for each event, so it makes for a fun, yet intimate affair. Join Jason, Carol and Tara for an evening of stellar wine and scrumptious food pairing. From the gang at Casa De Vino: “As always, giant thanks and a big hug to our customers!”

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Wine Trends by Stephanie Keyes Holiday Food and Wine Pairing There are few things more enticing than a bountiful feast showcased on a table sprinkled in holiday twinkles…and surrounded with those loved most, holding glasses of wine, glorious wine. And, it really makes no difference what that fare might be, what holiday, or ancient tradition, is being upheld; the aroma, zest, and sheer beauty of good wine is the ultimate complement and a welcome guest at most holiday gatherings. Are you serving turkey this year? Perhaps Uncle Bob prefers prime rib and Aunt Marcia can’t live unless her legendary ham loaf is on the table. Oh, and don’t forget to make room for the tamales that Dad loves so much and the sweet potato casserole that Grandma Rae brings each year. Now, just what wine should a host serve with this fine medley of fare? Hmmm… Well, when your menu has become a mishmash of poultry, red meats, spices and sweets, as in many households during the holidays, your best bet is to set the table with two or three different wines for your guests to choose from. Provide your guests with a couple of glasses so that they may have a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot with their roast beef, if they so choose, a sip of Syrah with their bite of lamb, and maybe a taste of Tempranillo with their tamales. If you’re serving a red and saucy Italian dish, perhaps your guests would like to pair it with a nice Zinfandel. Riesling or Gewürztraminer may complement turkey well, but if you’re serving goose or duck, you might want to offer a full-bodied red. When it comes to dessert, you may want to suggest a sweet wine. Some great desert wines include Recioto, Port, Riesling, Madeira, Sweet Sherry or Ice Wine. Providing your guests with a couple of choices not only lets them satisfy their own pairing preferences, but it makes for great conversation…because, after all, to each his/her own! Cheers! Salud! Slante!

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Wine | Food Casa De Vino’s Winter Wine Picks

Rombauer 2004 Merlot

Pure/999.9 Gold 2006 White Blend

“The bottle alone is worth the money!” This exquisite wine is released only twice a year—June and November. As Jason explains, “This non malolactic Chardonnay (plus a few aromatic white varietals for aromatics) has been exposed to sub freezing temperatures that preserve the aroma and mouth-feel of this 24 karat gem. The tasty blend is nicely balanced with a fresh peachy flavor.” The gold flakes that are added right before it’s bottled make it as beautiful to look as it is to taste. A perfect gift, indeed! ($21.95)

This is one plush wine, with heavenly blueberry, plum, and black cherry aromas and subtle hints of rose petals and cloves. Supple in texture, it has a superb concentration of flavors that linger in the mouth, as the fruit follows through on the palate, backed with moderate tannins. According to Jason: “The 2004 Merlot from Rombauer is true to what the Bordeaux varietal is all about!” Varietal composition: 77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon ( $26.95)

Halter Ranch 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

This luscious wine is deep in color and finely structured, with divine scents of ripe blackcurrants, black cherry, cedar, dark chocolate, and sweet oak. Its wellextracted cassis, cola, and black licorice flavors add an intriguing pepper-spice character in the fresh finish. This is a wine that ages beautifully and is delicious any time! ($28.95)

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Paulina’s Mexican Grill

The High Desert’s Choice for Gourmet Mexican Food

14845 Monarch Blvd Suite G Victorville, CA 92395 Catering & Private (Behind Victor Bowl) Events Available! 760.955.2661

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Food | Local Dining The English translation of the Italian

Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company They’ve Got it Goin’ On!

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Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company 19201-D Bear Valley Rd. Apple Valley (760) 240-8977 | free delivery Sun-Thurs: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

word, oggi (pronounced: Oh-Gee) simply means: Today! Fresh and innovative—from their exceptional menu and creative beverage selections to the refreshing attitudes of their staff, it’s that “todayness” that gives Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company the edge that keeps their devoted fans coming back for more. What a great atmosphere! Glance around Oggi’s and find smiling faces and a jovial décor. Listen, and hear the musical hum of guests chatting, laughing, and having a good time. An array of televisions and monitors decorate the walls, so that sports fans don’t have to miss a play, and an arcade is available to keep the young and young at heart entertained. Enhancing the cool ambiance is the view of the impressive microbrewery tanks, which just happen to be brewing Oggi’s various award winning beers. An exciting and welcome first for the HD, Oggi’s is the only restaurant/microbrewery in the area. If you’re a beer lover, you may want to sample Oggi’s Gold Medal winning California Gold—a light and refreshing Cream Ale, or maybe try their Silver Medal winning Black Magic Stout, which is more of a fullbodied dark and malty brew, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Light and crisp or deep and malty, Randy Richey, part-owner and Master Brewer, takes great pride in the daily production of each of their eight extraordinary signature beers. Indecisive are you? No problem. Just ask for their sampler tray and try them all, and be sure to ask Randy about Oggi’s seasonal beers. And, hey, if you’re not a beer fan, there’s no need to fret. Oggi’s has a full bar and can whip up a Berry Mango Swirl or even a tasty Jamaican Breeze, if you so please. But wait; there’s more! The food at Oggi’s is truly outstanding! Their pizza dough is made fresh daily, and all sauces and dressings are made from scratch. The menu at Oggi’s is so wide-ranging and deliciously alluring that it’s difficult for some to make a selection. From a variety of gourmet salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps to delicious pasta dishes, divine chicken specialties, and melt-in-your-mouth pot roast, Oggi’s offers something to please almost any palette. Oh, let’s not forget the pizza! There’s a reason that it’s the official pizza of the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego Padres, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the Phoenix Coyotes. They have an extensive menu of pizza masterpieces, but if you don’t see one that tickles your fancy, create your own work of genius from their list of fresh and deliciously unique toppings. Top the meal off with a slice of Oggi’s Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake or maybe a piece of their Black Magic Stout Brownie, and you’re good to go! Whether you’re on a date, dining alone, or with your family; whether you’re in a suit and tie or shorts and flip flops, a pleasurable experience awaits at Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company. – Stephanie Keyes November | December 2008

Las Brisas Restaurant

Simply...the best

Dine on our patio

Cate rin your g availa b holid ay ev le for ents!

760.240.1051 21919 Hwy 18, Apple Valley

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Food | Eating Out

Eating Out | Food

The following is a listing of select High Desert restaurants. These listings are a free service provided by H.D. Living Magazine and are subject to change. This guide also includes nightclubs and wine tasting. If you would like your dining establishment considered, send information to, include your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information.

Johnny Rebs’ Southern 15051 7th St, (760) 955-3700

Carino’s 11970 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2248

Golden Gate Restaurant 15208 Bear Valley Rd # B, (760) 245-6189

Kinari 12152 Cottonwood Rd, (760) 955-1500

Steer ‘n Stein Restaurant 12224 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-0775

China Garden 13790 Bear Valley Rd # 10, (760) 245-9665

Marie Callenders 12180 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-6973 Los Roberto’s 12670 Hesperia Rd, (760) 243-9422 Outback Steakhouse 12400 Amargosa Rd # B, (760) 962-1003 Maan Fu 14317 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 956-8787

Victorville Crown ‘n Sword 14173 Green Tree Blvd, (760) 245-3461 Yoshi Sushi 14177 Kentwood Blvd, (760) 241-1960 Alfredo’s 15509 Park Ave E, (760) 962-0195 Chateau Chang Restaurant 15425 Anacapa Rd, (760) 241-3040 Cask ‘n Cleaver 13885 Park Ave, (760) 241-7318

La Casita Mexican Restaurant 14977 Palmdale Rd, (760) 241-0119 La Casita at the Lake 12170 Spring Valley Pkwy, (760) 843-0440

Rinconsito Del Mar 14678 7th St, (760) 951-0344 Tokyo Sushi & Bar BQ 14741 7th St, (760) 955-7123

La Fonda Restaurant 12353 Mariposa Rd Ste F1, (760) 243-1596 Ashoka Indian Cuisine 16180 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 241-2313 Paulina’s Mexican Grill 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 955-2661

The Wine Seller Apple Bear Center, (760) 961-2500 Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant 17790 Wika Rd, (760) 946-5344 Oggis Pizza & Brewing Co 19201 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-8977 Mama Carpino’s 22010 Highway 18 (760) 240-9664

Hesperia Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 15800 Main St Ste 200, (760) 947-9029

Well Being Tofu House 15024 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 241-8888

Lakeside Fusion Cuisine & Sushi Bar 13261 Spring Valley Pkwy, Suite 103 (760)962-6876

Los Domingos Restaurant 15885 Main St, (760) 948-6161

Mimi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd, (760) 244-6888

Apple Valley

Original Roadhouse Grill 11940 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2308 Karma Nightclub 12152 Cottonwood Rd, (760) 955-1600 El Tio Pepe Mexican Restaurant 12100 Amargosa Rd, (760) 241-0811

Angel’s Roadhouse 2 13685 John Glenn Rd, (760) 240-6923 Casa De Vino 13692 Apple Valley Rd. #250, (760) 240-8877 Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant 21919 US Highway 18, (760) 240-1051 Nikki’s Cafe 19311 Bear Valley Rd (760) 247-355 Di Napoli’s Fire House

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Amy’s Mexican Restaurant 18768 US Highway 18 Ste 170, (760) 242-1474

Daikoku Japanese Steak House 12174 Hesperia Rd, (760) 952-1300

Los Toritos Mexican Restaurant 14962 Bear Valley Rd Ste A, (760) 245-1811 Divine Wine Bar 14845 Monarch Blvd. suite C, (760) 843-3888

Mariscos Morrie 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 241-1115

17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802

Cancun Mexican & Seafood 15550 Main St, (760) 956-7720 Italian Kitchen 16409 Yucca St, (760) 244-7757 Molly Brown’s Country Cafe 16575 Smoketree St, (760) 949-1212 Thai-Lotus Restaurant 12027 Hesperia Rd, Hesperia, CA (760) 949-9362 November | December 2008

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Entertainment | H.D. Calendar

November 7 - 9 The 24th annual High Desert Home, Recreation and Lifestyle Show This year’s Home Recreation, & Lifestyle Show will host exhibitors covering everything from air

conditioning to solar power, landscapes to garage doors, real estate and mortgage agencies to spas and vacuum cleaners. The three day event ensures that you have the time to consider, plan, and budget all your home and lifestyle improvement needs. At just $6 adult admission and children under 18 free H.D. residents can come and explore all that the Home & Lifestyle Show has to offer. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds Victorville. Friday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm For ticket and vendor information call: ( 760 ) 949-0822


November 21-23 The King’s New Clothes There was once a king who was absolutely insane about new clothes and one day, two swindlers came to sell him a magic suit of

clothes. The truth of the matter is, there was no suit there at all. But the swindlers were very smart, and told the king, to a wise man it is a beautiful raiment but to a fool it is absolutely invisible. Naturally, the King not wanting to appear a fool…. Come and see the play to see what happens. V.V.C. Theatre Arts Department. For tickets all (760) 245-4271 ext. TIX (849) November 21-23 Shenanigans Presents Little Women Little Women is a musical based on Louisa May Alcott ‘s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, it focuses on the four March sisters feisty, tomboyish, aspiring author Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain 46 High Desert Living magazine

during the Civil War. This classic is sure to charm young and old alike. High Desert Center for the Arts Victorville. For tickets call: (760) 241-4618 December 6 Victorville Children’s Christmas Parade photo courtesy pianafiddle The annual Victorville’s Children’s Christmas Parade dances into town with this year’s theme, “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas,” sponsored by the city of Victorville and the Daily Press. The parade will waltz down 7th Street in Victorville, from Plaza Drive to Mojave Drive, illuminating the city with colorful floats, spectacular costumes, grand music and dance groups, dazzling equestrian participants, and notable members of the community. 7th Street, Victorville. Parade starts @ 10:00am

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November 2 Pianafiddle – Bach to bluegrass (and everything in between) Is it bluegrass? Is it jazz? Is it classical, ragtime or Celtic? If Pianafiddle is performing, the answer is Yes! Classically trained orchestral violinist Adam DeGraff and jazz and ragtime pianist Lynn Wright blend the known and the unknown in gripping performances that makes toes tap and hands clap. Presented by the Victor Valley Community Concert Association. V.V.C. Performing Arts Center. For ticket information please call: ( 760 )-961-0486

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Entertainment | H.D. Happenings

Jazz in the Rocks

On Saturday September 27, 2008 Sunset Hills hosted the “ Jazz in the Rocks, an evening of wine, food & music� at the new Canyon Rocks Bridge located next to Sunset Hills Memorial Park. Guests were treated to a five course meal, wine tasting and live music from the band Rossi Music World Band. Casey Armstrong and Chrystal Wells

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Susan’s Corner Traditions for Hearth and Home Whether you’ve lived in the H.D. all your life or are a recent

Winter’s Bliss in the H.D.

transplant, one thing you probably notice is the consistently blue sky and (with the rare exception) lack of snow. So, how do you get yourself in the mood for Thanksgiving Dinner? Or, how do you get ready for a visit from Santa, or to light the menorah, or to focus on the seven principles of Kwanza when the weather outside is less than wintery? Whether your holidays involve religious observances at church or temple or you celebrate on the secular side, often traditions help to set the mood and can overcome the (lack of) weather. Those of us here at H.D. Living magazine want to share some of our holiday traditions that you may want to make a part of your own celebrations. Katie Chavez says, “On Christmas Eve, my family and I all open one gift. The rest of the fun is left for the following day. We have done this for as long as I can remember, and it remains one of my favorite parts of Christmas.” Stephanie Keyes’ family enjoys passing on Aunt Martha’s tacky Christmas duck. You see, one year sweet Aunt Martha sent Steph’s mom a very odd wooden duck.  The tradition is to re-wrap the duck and pass it on to the least suspecting family member with a gift tag from Santa. After fifteen years, they still get a chuckle when a new addition to the family sees it for the first time. Krystal Carrillo says that at her house they set up multiple Christmas trees: a fancy one with pearl and gold ornaments in the living room, a more traditional one in the family room with red and green trim, and what her mom calls the “Charlie Brown” tree decorated with years of the Carrillo girls’ homemade treasures from elementary school, girl scouts, and craft parties. Tere Kidd and her family go caroling in their neighborhood on Christmas Eve. Once back home, she says, “we drink mulled apple cider and even the children get to indulge. A little Grand Marnier adds flavor along with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and star anise. The children think they are really grown up because we add the Marnier, but there is just enough for flavor and nothing more.” Our publisher Frank Castillo’s family started something new last year. Family and friends gather to make homemade tamales. The women prepare the masa and meat, the men then spread the masa on the corn leaves, fill with meat, fold up, and finally place them into a boiler pot to take home and steam. Frank says, “I must say I made some great Tamales last year. It was really fun and we are going to make it a tradition and do it every year.”     I am pleased to share a family recipe (slightly updated for modern convenience) that has always been a part of every Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration of my life: Grandma Wright’s Butterscotch Meringue Pie Separate 4 eggs. To beaten yolks add 2 cups of well packed dark brown sugar, 1 cup sifted flour, a pinch of salt, and 2 cups of hot milk—stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until thick. Mix in generous amounts of butter (or margarine) and vanilla extract. Pour into a 9 inch deep dish pie shell. For the meringue, beat the egg whites using a hand mixer, adding in granulated sugar until egg whites are stiff and glossy. Pile onto pie and brown in a very hot oven. However you celebrate, be sure to count your blessings, to be generous with the community, and please don’t drink and drive. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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