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Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.

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Coldwell Banker Realty is proud to congratulate Lori Bowles on being named Carpinterian of the year. Her work in the Carpinteria community has spanned over the past two decades. In 2004, she took on a leadership role in the CHS Boosters and has continued beyond the graduation of her own son through 15 years of service on the Boosters’ board. At the conclusion of this school year, Lori will have led the effort to support 7,000 Warriors with over $400,000! In addition to her service at Carpinteria High School, Lori has also been a Board Member of the Carpinteria Valley Little League since its inception in 1996. Over the years she has served in numerous capacities and continues to assist children with league registration fees so that every child can play without exception. When not volunteering, you can find Lori at her Coldwell Banker Realty office in Montecito. It is there that she and her business partner, Dana Zertuche, are continuously recognized for their ongoing dedication to their clients. The duo have received numerous awards including being named to the prestigious International President Circle for the past three years.


CalRE#01465425 CalRE#01961570 The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2020 Coldwell Banker Realty. All Rights Reserved.


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Whether you’re buying, selling or vacationing in the Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta or Santa Barbara area, I provide in-depth assistance for all your real estate needs.


My brokerage, Coastal Properties, has been assisting sellers, buyers and vacationers in the area for nearly 26 years. My seasoned team and I specialize in all aspects of real estate, from residential and commercial sales to land development, property management, leasing and vacation rentals. I use the latest and superior technology when marketing a property or analyzing a purchase.

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New Luxury Homes in Carpinteria Flats, Townhomes, Paired Detached Homes Approx. 1,261 to 2,289 Sq. Ft. / 2 to 4 Bedrooms Smart home technology / Private yards / Lifestyle amenities

Seahouse by Warmington Residential presents a rare and exciting opportunity to own a brand new home in Carpinteria. Set just one and a half miles from the beach and downtown, this striking collection of 31 Coastal Farmhouse-inspired flats, townhomes and single-family detached residences is nestled among preserved heritage trees. The neighborhood includes a gathering pavilion with fireplace, communal garden, and a meandering natural spring. BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR TODAY!

1300 Cravens Lane / Carpinteria CA 93013 TO SCHEDULE A TOUR CALL OR TEXT CRYSTAL 805.833.5870 Four moderate income homes set aside for qualified applicants. Warmington Residential is part of the Warmington group of companies. Square footages are approximate only. Rendering is an artist’s conception and may not be an accurate reflection of all community details, which are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. Prices effective date of publication and subject to change without notice. Models depicted do not reflect racial preference. May 18, 2020 3:50 PM

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To the Local Farms supporting Local Restaurants,

THANK YOU FOR BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS. Your “Keep The Lights On” Employee Lunch Program helped us keep our doors open during the dark times of COVID-19.

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Buying or selling a home with us is like a walk on the beach!

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In Carpinteria, the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered for the people who refused to let the virus win. Compassion, invention, and creation have proven effective weapons, and we pay tribute to a handful of the many who are waging the battle.


Heads turn when people pass the new house on 8th Street. What the sidewalk admirers don’t know is that the home was designed, top to bottom, with the planet in mind.

57 ESSENTIAL TOIL S - PHO T O ES S A Y Visitors to Carpinteria know our beach and our charming downtown, but locals know that the valley’s beating heart is agriculture. In this edition, we celebrate the products that come from Carpinteria soil and sunshine, and the people who grow them.


Opposite corporate healthcare on the medical spectrum is Doctor Z. Beloved by his patients, the dedicated physician behind Beach Medical Clinic shares his past, present, and future with Carpinteria Magazine.


Modisette brothers Tahven, Koa, and Hawk are an incredible talent, times three. Winning surf contests by day and performing in their punk band by night, the trio is making waves on the Central Coast.


You think you know Carpinteria until you see it by sky. German-born Björn Freiherr introduces even lifelong locals to a whole new perspective on their town.


Pastry Chef Heather Giacone boasts a professional pedigree almost as impressive as the first bite into any of her creations. In honor of summer, Giacone shares three recipes that spotlight fresh, juicy berries.

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TIME TO GREEN Welcome to Deborah Dentler and Tony Segall’s new home on 8th Street, where stunning plus sustainable equals good living. ~ Photo by Mike Kwiecinski

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A now unlike any other We started preparing this issue of Carpinteria Magazine in January. Remember January? Many of us hadn’t heard the term CoVid-19, and if the word Coronavirus was familiar, it was that problem people were facing far, far away from Carpinteria. in our January bubble, the Carpinteria Magazine team started working toward another issue celebrating summer in the greatest little town on Earth—berry recipes, thriving local businesses, sun-kissed agriculture. Then the shadow blotted out all those sunshiny vibes and about 300 years passed in three months. We watched horrors around the world, and we envisioned horrors in our zip code. We watched our national and local economy grind to a halt, and we ached for our small business-owning friends and neighbors. We put Carpinteria Magazine on ice—how could we possibly ask advertisers to support this publication when many couldn’t even open their doors? And now it’s June, and you’re reading Carpinteria Magazine. We hope you’ll see what we see, an edition that represents today’s optimism and pays tribute to the courage and compassion our community has demonstrated over the last few months. Many of our advertisers have stepped up with incredible support, and that has allowed us to bring you this special collection of words and images. Still, so many of our local businesses are struggling to survive, and some have announced that they won’t exist post-CoVid-19. Readers, if there was ever a time to focus your spending on local businesses, NoW iS THAT TiME. We recognize that unlike the Thomas Fire, CoVid-19 hasn’t been extinguished. it’s still lurking and may toss us back into another round of horrors. We’re optimistic but not naive. What Carpinteria proved in this agonizingly long spring is that it can and will rise to any challenge that presents itself. Carpinteria is more than a quaint beach town; it’s a deeply caring community made stronger by every act of kindness. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay Carpinterian.

SUMMER2020 EDITOR Lea Boyd PRODUCTION & DESIGN Kristyn Whittenton WRITERS Christian Beamish Glenn Dubock Peter Dugré Chuck Graham Debra Herrick Megan Waldrep Leslie A. Westbrook PHOTOGRAPHERS Glenn Dubock Chuck Graham Björn Freiherr Debra Herrick Robin Karlsson Michael Kwiecinski CONTRIbUTORS Carpinteria Valley Museum of History PRODUCTION SUPPORT Rockwell Printing ADvERTISING Karina Villarreal (805) 684-4428 GET SOCIAl WITH US Instagram @CarpinteriaMagazine

Lea Boyd, Editor Published by RMG Ventures, LLC Michael VanStry, President • Gary L. Dobbins, Vice President 4180 Via Real, Suite F, Carpinteria, California 93013 Tel: (805) 684-4428 Email:

All articles, photographs and artwork appearing in this publication are the copyrighted intellectual property of RMG Ventures, LLC. RMG Ventures, LLC aggressively protects its intellectual property rights. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied in any form without the express written permission of the publisher. ©2020 RMG Ventures, LLC.


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Let’s pLay chicken Valley Feed in Ojai.

home orders prompted a surge in

In the City of Carpinteria, you can

homesteading popularity, and many

obtain a permit for one chicken per

Carpinterians whose closest contact with

1,000 square feet of property (max.

a chicken had been drumsticks off the

24 chickens). They must be kept in an

barbecue found themselves welcoming

enclosed coop that is at least 25 feet

new feathered friends into their family.

from residences. And no roosters are

Chicken rearing isn’t for everyone (they

allowed (cock-a-doodle-don’t).

do poop a lot), but backyard chickens

Chicks need to start off indoors

have a lot going for them. They control

in a brooder—basically any type of

weeds and bugs without chemicals,

container that will keep them clean,

fertilize the yard, make great pets,

warm and safe. They need to be kept

and can produce up to 300 eggs

under a heat lamp until their feathers

a year.

come in at around 5 to 8 weeks old.

BEfoRE you gET sTARTEd

move outside to a coop, you can go

When your chicks are ready to

Due to their recent off-the-charts

the DIY route, buy a kit, or purchase

popularity, chicks are sold out and

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backordered all over the US right

components include nesting boxes

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hatches chicks for order each week.

predators and harsh weather. The



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1. Chickens have personalities! If you spend time with your chicks from the start, they will bond with you and become your companions.

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Fostering community supersized,

the end of Holly Avenue. “He would sit there every

3,000-pound double Adirondack chair installed on

afternoon, reading, watching the pelicans, listening

Holly Beach to honor her late husband Foster, it’s as if

to the Dodgers game and talking to (lifeguard)

her beloved is beside her again. “I feel peaceful, and

Chuck Graham, if he was there,” Rosa remembers.

sense his presence,” she says.

“When we first moved here Foster was still working







Foster and Rosa moved from the Bay Area to

and flying to San Jose once a week for meetings.

Carpinteria in 1996 to live by the beach where Foster

He would tease his workmates that he couldn’t hear

had camped as a child. Before his sudden death in

them because the surf was too loud.”

2018, Foster spent hundreds of hours in the sand at

Foster leaves a legacy that extends far beyond his special spot on Holly Beach. The tireless community volunteer dedicated himself to local causes that included homelessness, Carpinteria Beautiful, and Friends of the Library. After the City of Carpinteria greenlighted the memorial chair last year, Foster’s son Derek Markolf and friend Bryan Mootz helped Rosa with the technical details. Sealed in graffiti-proof acrylic, the 60-inch-wide, 39-inch-tall chair was stained Dodger Blue as a nod to Foster’s favorite baseball team. Foster’s grandson William Parsons installed mosaic tiles designed by Rosa to showcase Foster’s favorite

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quote. Now the widow’s heart soars when she sees others relaxing in the chair, using it for photos or reading the words that meant so much to Foster: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you will live forever.”

A history in six rounds

It’s been nearly a decade since Jill Castro discovered an old, rusted Colt revolver under her stairwell. Wrapped in heavy burlap and mystery, the 4-pound firearm has since been researched, cleaned and donated to the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. Castro’s downtown Carpinteria home was built in 1902 and owned for more than 100 years by her late husband and his relatives, members of the Castro and l e a b oy d

Shepard families. The home is steeped in Carpinteria history, which fueled Castro’s interest in the revolver’s provenance. After she stumbled upon it in 2011, Castro gave the damaged firearm to Coastal View News co-publisher

before being owned by Simeon Shepard, the great-

Gary Dobbins to restore. Dobbins, a gun enthusiast with

grandfather of Jill’s late husband Gary Castro.

a keen interest in local history, spent years removing

The firearm’s long life is still full of unknowns, but

rust and gun powder residue and researching the origin

providing it a forever home in a museum dedicated

of the weapon. Manufactured around 1850, the Colt

to preserving local history “makes my heart feel really,

Dragoon is believed to have been used in the Civil War

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There’s nothing like a global pandemic to remind us of how lucky we are to live in a small, tight-knit community where no one is a stranger and everyone deserves compassion. For some Carpinterians, the COVID-19 pandemic became their Superman phone booth, the time and place to switch on their powers. We marvel at what so many community members have done to make the discomfort bearable and sometimes even beautiful. When the going gets tough, these Carpinterians get going.

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Keeping it Carpinterian WoR d S & Ph ot o by dE bRA h E RRI ck When Covid-19’s economic fallout began to spread like poison through Carpinteria, a group of cannabis growers had an idea for the antidote: collaboration. Members of the Cannabis Association for Responsible Producers (CARP Growers) jumped into action with $20,000 of seed money to establish the 93013 Fund under the umbrella of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset Charitable Foundation. Guided by an advisory board made up of local nonprofit directors, the 93013 Fund would serve as a central point to collect and distribute funding in collaboration and partnership with nonprofits, and with an emphasis on food distribution. As of early May, individual contributions had brought the fund beyond $100,000. one of the fund’s contributors and leaders is Hans Brand, co-owner of Autumn Brands and member of Sunset Rotary and CARP Growers. “i wanted to help here, the hurt is so big,” says Brand, who was born in Holland. “My parents came from the war. My dad would tell us stories of the first chocolate he got from an American soldier in 1945. As a community, we’ve never been through anything rough like that,


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but now is a time that’s going to be rough for a lot of people.” Food insecurity in Carpinteria skyrocketed with the pandemic. demand at Carpinteria Children’s Project’s emergency food distribution rose from about 500 individuals monthly before the pandemic to 2,200 people weekly by mid-May. The 93013 Fund helped bridge this food supply gap and began providing weekend food boxes with fresh produce, legumes and grains; weekly hot meals for seniors; gift certificates to local restaurants; and school supplies. Everything is sourced locally, keeping the dollars with Carpinteria families and supporting the local business sector. “We needed to try something,” says Brand. “if we look back in September or November and we tried something, even if we weren’t 100 percent successful, then at least we helped as much as we could. if we look back and we didn’t do anything, and we see all the stores that closed and families that suffered, then that’s a disaster.” By late May, the fund had served 20,000 meals.

From left are Tristan Strauss, Jason Lesh, Peter Dugre, Hanna Brand, and Hans Brand.

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From left are Maria Gonzalez, Teresa Alvarez, Louisa Ornelas, Maria Chesley, Angelica Orngelas, Isabel Martinez, and Martha Haro.

Hearts set in motion Words b y Chri s t i a n be a m i s h • Ph ot o by m i Ch a e l K WieC insKi While infection rates for Covid-19 remained low in Carpinteria, the pandemic got very real, very fast for working families once the schools shut down in midMarch. For the most vulnerable families in Carpinteria, shelter-in-place orders brought with them food insecurity and deep uncertainty for the foreseeable future. The Carpinteria Children’s Project, already a nexus of social services and early childhood education, quickly pivoted to focus on food distribution and community support. CCP’s Executive director Maria Chesley says, “Bringing together organizations to best meet community needs is a primary strategy of the Carpinteria Children’s Project, so it’s been natural for us to expand that role during the Covid emergency.” Chesley leads the organization with great attention to detail and appreciation for her staff and partner agencies. “it’s in our dNA to provide a forum and support so that organizations can work together as a team,” Chesley explains. Expanded weekly food distribution (CCP already had a longstanding weekly food offering) was established with Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and the Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria jumped in to help.

“We served 546 families on April 22,” Chesley reports, “representing 2,135 individuals… that’s a healthy chunk of Carpinterians, perhaps one in six or seven.” Additionally, CCP’s Family Resource Center helped coordinate with other agencies to identify those most in need in the community and get prepared meals and enhanced Community Supported Agriculture boxes to them via the 93013 Fund—a new program of the Sunset Rotary Club of Carpinteria to distribute donated funds to area nonprofits. in addition to continuing early childhood education programming via Zoom (the kiddos love seeing their teachers and friends), perhaps nothing speaks more directly to the essence of what CCP or the Family Resource Center is, than Chesley’s explanation of the newly established CCP Cares Call Line at (805) 203-6648: “We encourage Carpinterians to call their vulnerable neighbors and check on them. Just knowing you are thinking of them can bring relief, and please pass out our cares line number if we can help. There’s no need to face this challenge alone; we will do everything we can to help and to connect with others who can help.” SUMMER2020 41

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From left are Laura Cook, Lynn Menicucci, Pat Beals, Bill Holmes, Louise Moore, and Sharon Couture.

Mask crusaders WoR d S & ph ot o by dE bRA h E RRI c k In mid-February, 80-year-old Pat Beals, a retired Halloween costume manufacturer, started making cloth face masks in her Arbol Verde garage. By mid-March, over a dozen Concha Loma neighbors had joined Beals’ grassroots production chain, making a staggering 3,000 cloth masks by the first week in April. By then, the group had given itself a name, Neighbor to Neighbor, and had made enough masks for retail, food, and medical workers in Carpinteria. With no plans to slow down, the maskmaking brigade grew in numbers, and by the end of May had completed 9,600 masks with 69 volunteers. Beals has a background in mass production. She’s the founder of Teetot & Company, Inc., a family-run Halloween costume company that supplies Costco and other big box stores. She taught mass production in China for 20 years. Now, working with a group of home sewers—including 12 from Carpinteria Community Church’s Crafty Ladies— she’s pointed that expertise towards a formidable goal: getting a mask on every adult in Carpinteria. The group’s first target was to cover the homeless population; once accomplished, they swiftly started

distributing their brightly colored 100-percent cotton masks to grocery store employees, retail shops, restaurants, and health care agencies. Soon they were fielding calls from all over Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. “Our goal was to put a mask on every adult face in Carp and I think we’ve come pretty close to that,” says Beals. “Santa Barbara institutions kept asking us to make their masks, but we told them they had to wait until we finish our hometown. And we stuck to that.” On the neighborhood production line, Beals has assigned volunteers to specific details that are led by captains. Some wash, dry and iron, others cut fabric, wire or elastic, and there are many behind sewing machines. All sections are done in sets of 20. This division of labor and clear organization has contributed to the group’s ability to produce at high volumes. “Most of the credit belongs to the strong, caring women of Carpinteria who worked at their sewing machines for hours every day, months on end, after they fed their husbands and children,” says Beals. “Carpinteria women are a force to be saluted.”


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Levity in stone WoRdS by MEGAN W A l dRE p photo b y MI chAEl KWI E c I N S K I It’s amazing what a colorful painted rock can do for the human spirit. This is something Becki Norton discovered while vacationing in Homer, Alaska. “Finding one made my inner child really happy,” Norton says. “I posted (a photo) on the Homer Rocks! Facebook group and decided it would be fun to bring the idea to Carpinteria.” Also inspired by the international Kindness Rocks Project, Norton started the Carp Rocks! private Facebook group in January of 2020, and it now has more than 400 members. Finding a colorful surprise is always fun, but with the onset of a terrifying local and global crisis these bright discoveries gained new meaning: light, hope, escape. Gratitude for the rock painters echoes through local Facebook pages: “These rock painters are so inspiring!” “I spotted these beauties today, making for joy on a Monday morning.” “Thanks for the fun. Our family loves it. Painting our own to hide later today.” The community of rock painters goes out of its way to make everyone feel included. Group organizers hold virtual painting parties and offer encouragement to new members. Some rocks have been decorated at the hands of talented artists, while others are rough and rudimentary. All are loved by the folks who find them. Participation is easy. To paint rocks, the necessary tools are sealer, acrylic paint, and brushes. Many painters use toothpicks, Q-tips, dowels, or simply their fingers. There’s just one rule: do not gather rocks from the beach, creeks, or forests because, “it contributes to erosion,” Norton says. Once a rock is complete, the next step is hiding it for others to find. “We hide them anywhere around town that we visit frequently or that we think others might enjoy finding a rock, from local parks to the downtown corridor and even out to Shepard Mesa and Santa Claus Lane,” Norton says. “It’s a lot of fun and we encourage anyone interested to join us,” Norton says. Clockwise starting at top are Tina Culver, Mavis Hansen, Connie Brocato-Geston, Aven Hardy, Addison Hardy, Becki Norton, and Danielle Bordenave. SUMMER2020 43

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The unbroken record W oR d S by Ch RI S tI A N bEAMISh ph ot o by M I Ch A E l K WIECINSKI

Larry Nimmer

Uncertainty is the defining element of the global Covid-19 pandemic. But one thing is certain—one way or another, sooner or later, the pandemic will come to an end and these strange and uncertain days will become our collective history. And that sense of history-in-the-making is the place from which Carpinteria-based filmmaker Larry Nimmer began a series of videos documenting his fellow Carpinterians in this unprecedented time. “We need to learn from the past in order to make the best of the future,” Nimmer says. “At some point in the future, it will be fascinating to look back and imagine what life was like.” indeed, his opening video features drone footage of a nearly empty Carpinteria city beach and downtown in early April. “We find quiet streets and many shuttered businesses,” Nimmer says in narration, “that is what Covid-19 has done to our community.” The videos are produced in partnership with the City of Carpinteria, and are available on the city’s website. Local response has been significant, with some episodes receiving thousands of views. Nimmer shoots several videos per week with people from various walks of life in Carpinteria, including nonprofit leaders, the Carpinteria mayor, educators, and business owners. Some clips are chilling. Nimmer asks ER doctor Chris Johnson if he believes that many people in Carpinteria will get Covid-19. “i think it is guaranteed that many people will get it,” the doctor replies. “it’s inevitable that we’re going to start to open up our society, and as we do that folks will get exposed …” The full range of local perspectives is on display in the videos, and Nimmer appreciates the ability to provide information as well as entertainment. interviewees have an opportunity to express themselves, and viewers enjoy relatable experiences and familiar faces. “People like to know they are not alone with their problems,” says Nimmer. “it’s easier to get through hard times knowing that the rest of the community has the same problems, and for that matter, the world.” At Nimmer ’s gentle questioning, his subjects open up about their jobs, their family, their frustrations and their hopes. Though the videos might not offer a cure, as Nimmer says, “at least they let us feel a little less isolated.”


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From left, Nikki Puentes and family, Hollister Puentes, Hunter Nielsen, and Greg Neilsen.

Good taste survives Words by Mega n W a l dre p • ph ot o by M i ch a e l K Wi ecinsKi On March 13, private chef and elementary school PE coordinator Nikki Puentes discovered schools, as well as her catering jobs, were canceled. As an independent contractor, it was time to get creative about income, but grocery shopping for her family was first priority. While buying supplies at a deli she used to manage, gathering tomatoes and high-end pastas, a light went on. “I thought, I have access to get all these items that I’m buying and can get them for my friends,” Puentes says. With the help of a friend at a gourmet food and restaurant supply company and by using her cousin’s restaurant in Santa Barbara as a delivery zone, she put in a food order for 18 friends, transferred the goods to her garage, “and it was like a free-for-all.” After her second order, Puentes started a private Facebook group called The Secret Pantry. What began with 25 people now includes over 1,200—a fan base of Carpinterians looking

for minimal contact shopping and high quality foods. The Secret Pantry moved to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s industrial kitchen, which Puentes is thankful to rent for a nominal fee. Organic milk, eggs, specialty cheese and meats (sometimes Kobe steaks) and organic fruit can be found at The Secret Pantry, among others items. A true mom-and-pop shop, the Pantry benefits from Puentes’ incredible energy and the help of friends and family. “I get everything in bulk,” Puentes says, “so I’m slicing fresh 7-pound nitrate-free turkeys, 5-pound blocks of cheese, 7 pounds of pastrami, and it’s all being sliced (per order) and wrapped in wax butcher paper.” As a fourth generation Carpinterian, Puentes says she wants to keep the business close to home. “The Secret Pantry Carp will be a market in Carpinteria, if I am successful, when all is said and done.” For now, orders can be placed online at SUMMER2020 45

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Hunger’s no game Words b y Peter dugré • Ph ot os by M i ch a e l K Wi e ci n s Ki In the dictionary of colloquialisms, next to “get ‘er done” is a picture of Jaime Diamond. Her sleeves are rolled up, and in the case of responding to CovID-19, she is wearing a red bandana as a face cover. Diamond has been a gritty force of good in Carpinteria since long before the pandemic called her to action. After the Jan. 9, 2018 debris flow choked Carpinteria off from Santa Barbara and created a home-cooked economic crisis, Diamond was one of the creators of the Emergency Carp Food Pantry. Seeing food insecurity as a real vulnerability, a group of mostly moms acted swiftly. Kids and families that relied on meals from schools

weren’t getting nutrition. They contacted Maria Chesley, executive director of Carpinteria Children’s Project, and from nothing invented a food distribution site. At first, Diamond and friends would go to ventura and do the shopping. “Beth Cox, Jess Clark and I were at Walmart with 20 grocery carts. It was fun and funny, but we needed a different strategy,” Diamond says. They eventually connected with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and other organizations to formalize the operation, which morphed from a short-term weekly emergency response effort to a long-term monthly distribution through CCP. Work in response to the

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Thomas Fire and Jan. 9 debris flow highlighted the ongoing food insecurity needs in Carpinteria and never stopped functioning. “When the coronavirus hit, I called Maria Chesley and said, ‘I think it’s time to get the gang back together,’” Diamond says. “She agreed.” The program had been running, but it was time to ramp it up. Starting in late March, demand at the regular monthly food distribution in Carpinteria, which had served up to 150 families at monthly distributions, doubled overnight when schools and businesses shuttered. Distribution frequency increased to weekly. By two weeks into the pandemic, nearly 500 families were showing up every week. In some cases, there wasn’t enough food to go around. “That’s what keeps me up at night,” Diamond says. “The thought of turning people away.” Diamond became the point person piecing together donations from local farmers and restaurants, and deliveries from the Foodbank to feed the masses. Wednesday food distributions grew into a gigantic, coordinated operation of volunteers and a newly needed drive-thru system. “This was a lot different than with the debris flow. With that, people came into the (CCP) auditorium. We talked. We hugged. There’s no milling around with a pandemic,” she says.  SUMMER2020 47

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Tomorrow home today W oR d S by L E S L I E A . W E StbRo o k ph ot oS by M Ich A E L k WIEc INSkI

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he head-turning, sustainably built house on 8th Street in the heart of downtown Carpinteria is the decade-long realization of a dream for owners Deborah Dentler and Tony Segall. Final elements of construction were completed just as CoviD-19 made its terrifying entrance on the world stage, which, for Dentler and Segall, meant unexpectedly sheltering in a place that had recently sprung from two to three dimensions. Prior to the pandemic, the couple divided time between Carpinteria and Pasadena, where they are both practicing attorneys. For the past 12 years, Dentler and Segall lived part-time in a condominium located next door to the 8th Street property they purchased for their dream home. They expected that in a few years, retirement would shift them fulltime into the new house and provide ample opportunity for kids and grandkids to rotate through with sandy feet and laughter. Then CoviD-19 thrust their professional and personal lives under one roof, rearranging plans for fulltime living and postponing expectations for extended family memory making. “it was a remarkable experience to suddenly live in and get to know a house we had watched go up, but didn’t expect to live in fulltime,” Dentler says, “Living and working in our brand-new house together turned a house into a home overnight.” The two-story, 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath house takes advantage of maximum indoor space, with a second story outdoor deck. Architect David Ferrin thoughtfully made the most of the small lot by artfully designing to the couple’s vision of green living. “our goal is to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, conserve water, and help replenish the groundwater supply,” Dentler says. The house elegantly achieves these lofty goals. The ground floor encompasses an open-air living room and kitchen anchored by a sculptural fire orb that burns biofuel made from corn. integrated LED lighting is used throughout, as well as dual flush toilets and a tankless water heater. Several rooms have individual, energysaving units for air conditioning that are used only as necessary. These elements, as well as the rest of the home’s electrical needs, are powered by Carpinteria sunshine. Dentler poured her environmental passion into the project. Delighting in every detail, she and Segall considered the impact of each material and sought creative ways to stick to a budget without increasing their impact on the planet—right down to kitchen counters, which are made of recycled bottles and seashells and fitted with an inset stainless steel food waste composter. Upstairs, the outdoor deck flooring is made of custom concrete tiles that float on forms and allow water to flow through the deck into the rain gutters. Run-off from the deck SUMMER2020 49

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Dentler and Segall contributed to the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation to acquire this musical art piece painted by artist Mary McConnell.

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A portrait from Carpinteria-based photographer Patricia Houghton Clarke’s "Facing Ourselves" exhibit hangs in a hallway. SUMMER2020 51

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The Kohler tub’s unique shape is ergonomic and waterconserving.

Neighbor privacy and light considerations informed many of the design choices for windows and deck placement.

The garage behind the home boasts a living roof.


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Deborah relaxes on a sofa from Coast Supply, a local company integral to many of the project’s interior elements. and the exterior wall rainscreening design directs water into native landscaping selected for its tolerance of dry periods. Infiltration beds of gravel were installed beneath the landscaping to encourage groundwater recharge. An old garage located behind the house was structurally preserved but updated to match the house. A loft in the detached building provides a play space for grandkids. Above it, a living roof planted with a carpet of sedum succulents increases the property’s green surface area, decreases water run-off, pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and reduces heat-reflecting surfaces. Dentler acted as the point person for the project, while Segall chose the interior colors, including the curry yellow backsplash tiles in the kitchen and the Benjamin Moore Calla Lily yellow on interior doors. Segall also selected the designs and color palette for the molded cement floor tiles in the upstairs master. The vision shared by Dentler and Segall of a beautiful home with a tiny environmental footprint was brought to life by David Ferrin of arketype architects in Ventura. Founded in 2001, the design firm specializes in “environment friendly, value-oriented design.” Ferrin noted that Dentler and Segall’s commitment to activism and the environment aligned well with his own philosophy. This common ground would serve them well through the design phase. Not everyone in the neighborhood loved the couple’s forward-facing plans, however. The striking design, with its butterfly roof and bright accents, was appealed to the City Council by neighbors who argued that it wasn’t compatible with surrounding designs. Ultimately, city leaders greenlighted the project and its modern interpretation of California Craftsman-style. “We were dealing with a lot of constraints,” Ferrin recalled, “including driveways with easements on both sides. The living/kitchen/dining area had to be a straight line with windows in front and back allowing as much light in as possible.” Exterior bright orange shadow boxes are both functional and attractive colorful accents; they shade the windows and also provide privacy from the neighboring condominiums. Some windows are frosted for privacy, others, like the stairwell windows, are clear. After all their hard work, Dentler and Segall find great joy in their new home. They looked forward to sharing their excitement with the community by hosting a stop on the next Carpinteria Beautiful Home and Garden Tour, which has been postponed until next year. “While some in the community were vocal in opposing our plan, others rallied to support the project. We made so many new friends in town as a result! I hope our house will continue to spur community dialogue, especially about sustainable building practices,” Dentler says. SUMMER2020 53

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Wild in Carpinteria

W oR d S & ph ot o S by Ch UCk GRA hAM It’s the all-natural antidote, the remedy for those unfortunates who develop the uncontrollable itch once poison oak makes contact and that dreaded rash occurs. Fortunately, mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) is universally known. In our coastal mountains and backcountry wilds it grows in riparian areas near poison oak, so if you know what to look for, at the very least the minty-colored leaves with the soft, fuzzy underside are preventative if applied correctly. Rub the leaves together into a soapy substance and apply it to the exposed area. Prior to entering an area known for poison oak, mugwort can be applied to prevent that annoying rash.

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1. Mugwort species are found over much of the world. 2. the Chumash call mugwort molush and have used the plant for 13,000 years. 3. beyond treating poison oak, mugwort possesses all sorts of medicinal uses such as an insect repellent, a sleep aid, and anxiety treatment, among others. 4. the leaves are a light, minty green on top but white underneath. the stem is purple, and the leaves are pointy. 5. paradise Road Soap Company in Santa ynez makes an organic, biodegradable soap with mugwort to combat the poison oak itch:


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I laid down my map of the Los Padres National Forest and inhaled my squashed burrito within a few minutes. When I looked down, the map was cloaked with ladybugs. Following a rain last December, a colony of ladybugs numbering in the tens of thousands had congregated on this remote backcountry route for some togetherness and mating.


1. You’ll have to go back to Europe during the Middle Ages to find out how the tiny, round reds got their name. It involved some insect infested crops, a little prayer to the Virgin Mary, and suddenly “The Beetles of our Lady” appeared to save the day. Eventually, over time, they came to be known as ladybugs. 2. They are a gardener’s best friend, especially in rose gardens where they feast on aphids. 3. There are roughly 500 different species in the U.S. and nearly 5,000 world-wide. They come in a variety of colors, too— reds, yellows, oranges, gray, black, brown, and even pink. 4. Ladybugs have a one-year life cycle, from egg to larva, pupa, and finally adulthood. After that they live about 3 – 9 months depending on weather and food sources. 5. They are harmless to humans but can discharge a yellow, foul-smelling, putridtasting substance to ward off predators.

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Essential toils pH Ot O E S S A y by M I CH A E l K w I E CI N S K I In the earliest hours of each day, hundreds of men and women stream from the center of Carpinteria Valley to its edges, where green things grow in rows and rows. Hats pulled low, clippers at waist, bag slung across shoulders—there is no Carpinteria agriculture without these skilled hands and hardened muscles. And when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted stay at home orders to slow the spread of disease, these essential laborers continued to stream in each morning and toil each day to keep food on their tables, as well as tables far and wide. In these pages, photographer Michael Kwiecinski captures the beauty of hardworking people and the products they grow in Carpinteria Valley.ď ł

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Pages 57-60: Workers at Frecker Farms tend and harvest organic fruits and vegetables.

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Mike Gahagan and other Glass House Farms employees grow and harvest cannabis in Carpinteria Valley.

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Harvest time in a Gobernador Canyon avocado grove.

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ost know Dr. John Zemjanis, a.k.a. Dr. Z, as the community’s devoted family medicine practitioner at Beach Medical Clinic on 8th Street and Linden Avenue. But Dr. Z has also lived an extraordinary life, filled with grace, empathy, and education. For Carpinteria Magazine, the good doctor opened up about his family, career, and practicing medicine during a global pandemic.

T El l us A b o u T yo u R fA m I l y A N d ChI l dhood.

I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. My parents were immigrants from Latvia who had to flee their home country during World War II. I was born on the way in Sweden. From Sweden, we immigrated to the US in 1952, when I was 3, going on 4.

W hy d Id N ’ T yo u R f A m Il y s T A y IN sWEd EN?

My parents were afraid that they may be returned to occupied Soviet Latvia. At that time, the Swedish government was compliant with Soviet demands. You see my parents were educated. My grandfather was a leader in the community and he already had fled once from Soviet Russia in the early 1920s, so he was on their “list,” so to speak. A lot of people don’t know this, but there were deportations from Latvia in 1941 and then again in 1949. The people who were targeted, were people who might offer resistance to the regime. My grandfather was arrested in 1940, and then deported to Siberia in April of 1941. He died in internment. We only learned of his fate many years later when the archives became available for families to learn the place of death and to some degree the circumstances. My grandfather was in an area in which few survived. My cousins in Russia were able to locate that archive just recently, within the last five years.

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Well, I think I had a fairly normal upbringing. But I wondered why we didn’t have any grandparents. As a result, later in life, when I was married to my wife Inta, I decided I wanted a large family to make up for the losses. I have six children. From oldest to youngest, it’s Anna, Paul, Julijs, Sarma, Liene, and Aurora.

WhAT WAs y ou R moT I vAT I oN To PuRs uE A C AR EER I N mEdI C I NE?

My father was instrumental in me pursuing medicine. He was a veterinarian, but if it wasn’t for the war, perhaps he would have become a physician.

WhAT bRou ghT y ou To C AR PI NTE RIA?

We moved here in 1986. We were living in the Hollywood Hills and one summer there was a heat wave and it was unbearable. We came up the coast to Santa Barbara often, and on one of those trips we discovered Carpinteria.

l ET ’ s T Al k Abou T b EAC h mEd ICAl ClINIC. hoW l oNg hAvE y ou hAd ThI s P RACTICE ?

We opened our doors in the fall of 2002. Before that, I was an emergency room physician with St. Francis Medical Group, Santa Ynez Valley Hospital and Lompoc District Hospital; and before that, I practiced medicine in Los Angeles.

Why dI d y ou dEC I dE To s hIfT fRom EmER gENC y C AR E T o f AmIl y mEd ICINE ?

For years, my friends had urged me to step into the fray. I had reached a point in my career in which I decided that I would prefer a different form of outpatient medicine, rather than emergency room. So, I decided


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to take the plunge, and I haven’t regretted it. In a small beach community like Carpinteria, you get to know your patients and their families across generations. You develop an ongoing relationship with patients and their families. It’s very rewarding. You’re able to interact with different personalities and of course different aspects of health care. It’s more ongoing care versus urgent care. You get to see the patient back and you get to see whether they get better or worse—hopefully better.

Is ThERE somEThINg uNIquE AbouT CARPINTERIA ThAT Allows A smAll PRACTICE lIkE youRs To ThRIvE?

We had some misgivings about opening the practice because Carpinteria is not a huge town. But the timing was fortunate. People are looking nowadays for a more personal approach. Looking back, it also worked out because two local family practitioners had just retired.

youR ClINIC hAs REmAINEd oPEN ThRoughouT ThE PANdEmIC ANd you hAvE bEEN sEEINg PATIENTs. whAT hAs IT bEEN lIkE To bE oN ThE fRoNT lINEs of ThE NovEl CoRoNAvIRus? hAvE you hAd PATIENTs wITh CovId-19? We have had three patients test positive. Fortunately, they were mild and required surveillance and supportive care. We have discouraged most of our elderly from maintenance visits, and we have consulted with patients via telemedicine.

hAvE you hAd AN ExPERIENCE wITh CovId-19 ThAT wAs mosT ImPACTful?

The most difficult aspect of this unfortunate crisis has been concern for family members in other parts of the country: their health and economic situation. I don’t fear for myself, although I also haven’t thrown caution to the wind, because, simply put, I don’t think my number is up.

ARE ThERE ANy lEssoNs ThAT you hAvE lEARNEd, oR you hoPE ThE CommuNITy lEARNs fRom ThE CollECTIvE ExPERIENCE of CovId-19?

The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared.” We weren’t. At our office, we improvised because there was precious little

information coming from the sources that should have been providing direction. Test kits were not available and turnaround times for results was slow. I learned that in times of crisis, you cannot rely on others. Often, you have be able to use common sense (sorely lacking in our current Facebook/Twitter world) and make logical decisions based on the information at hand.

bEACh mEdICAl ClINIC’s offICE Is PART of A mAjoR dEvEloPmENT PRoPosAl sEEINg ITs wAy ThRough CITy PlANNINg. ARE you NERvous?

We know that there’s change around the corner, and we’re not sure exactly how we’ll fit into the new development. It seems like they’re going to do a complete overhaul of the block, from 8th to 7th Street, and I don’t think it’s going to be feasible for us to stay here. This location is a very good location for a clinic. We’re close to the county clinic and businesses, and we’ve had a very good run here. It might be pie in the sky, but we’d like to stay here.

bEC Au sE y ou AR E A REf u gEE, d o yo u Th INk y ou ’ R E moRE Em PAT hET I C To P ATIE NTs IN T I mEs of dIs T R Ess?

Yes, I do, to a certain degree. I can get along in Spanish, so a large amount of my patients are Hispanic, and perhaps some of my sympathies for them as immigrants comes from my own background. Though it’s worth mentioning that my family was never in need, we were provided for financially. My father was educated, and he quickly obtained a position at the university. In general, I try to be a friend to my patients, to get to know who they are and what are their circumstances. As a doctor, it provides depth and a better understanding of the patient. I was taught early on that medicine is not just a science but it’s an art. Some of the best practitioners of medicine have been practitioners in the art of medicine, not just the algorithm.

ExPl AI N ThE ART of mEdI C I NE.

The art of medicine emerges apart from your differential diagnoses. It’s not metaphysical, but there’s an aura, a suggestion of something else going on and you tally that in when making decisions. You have to approach your patient as a human being, not as a lab animal. I think that to some degree that’s lacking in organized medicine.


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Hawk Modisette, left, and Tahven Modisette, right, in the 2020 Rincon Classic.


he Modisette brothers, a trio of rising stars on the surf and music scenes, are on their way to calling Carpinteria home. Tahven, 15, Koa, 12, and Hawk, 11, are faces and names to learn now, as the rest of the world will undoubtedly discover the talented trio in short order. “You’ve got to meet these kids, they are three of the most amazing I have ever seen,” David Letinsky told Carpinteria Magazine. That’s high praise from a local legend who has mentored some of the greatest surfers to come out of the area. This year ’s Rincon Classic proved Letinsky right. The boys ripped their way through the early heats of the contest, and all of them made it to the finals in their respective divisions. Koa nailed a first-place win in the ultra-competitive Groms division. “It was the best year I have ever had,” he says. “All the Groms were super stoked, and the waves were pumping all weekend … It was an honor to win such a cool contest.”

Proximity to Rincon is one of the perks of the Modisettes’ recent home purchase. Parents Nate and Khasy Modisette bought a home in the Serena neighborhood last year, completing a series of hops along the coast from Santa Barbara to Montecito and now Carpinteria. Though the house is under construction, the Modisettes are eager to become part of a community that has felt welcoming and friendly from the start. “The new house in Carpinteria will be super sick for our whole family,” Koa says. “We have been dreaming about one of these houses and we got lucky. It’s a teardown but we will make it our dream house. It’s a big move, and I am very excited.” When there’s no surf, the brothers are often playing music. Their punk band, Seacliff, has gotten some radio play and stage time, too. Tahven sings and plays a hard-driving electric guitar with a passion for rock and roll influenced by Eric Clapton. Koa handles the bass guitar, sings, and also plays ukulele and drums.


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Koa Modisette gets some air on his way to a first-place finish in the Groms division of the 2020 Rincon Classic.

Parents Nate and Khasy Modisette with their boys, from left, Hawk, Koa, and Tahven

Hawk plays drums for the band, as well as piano and guitar in his free time. The boys formed the band a few years ago, settling on a name en route to a surf session. “We got the name one day pulling off the Seacliff ramp to go surfing in Ventura,” says Tahven. “Our Dad said ‘Seacliff would be a good name for a rock group’ and I responded with, ‘Well that’s it!’” The biggest gig for the Modisettes so far has been to open the show for legendary punk rock band TSOL in Mammoth Lakes. “The show with TSOL was very inspiring,” says Hawk, “because I got to see how a real adult crowd would react to a kid band.” The boys record their music at Shaping Room Records, though long-term plans are for their woodworking father to build a music studio in the expansive yard of the new house. The Modisettes’ substantial serving of talent comes with an equal share of humility and gratitude. They all hail the guiding light of their loving parents and describe their surfing coach, Letinsky, as “the coolest, funniest and most amazing man—literally everything you would want in a person and nothing you wouldn’t.” And they’re all in for their new life in Carpinteria. When asked about his perfect day, Hawk lays out a pretty heavy schedule. “Wake up at 6 a.m. and go straight to Rincon, surf with my friends, then go skateboarding, get food at Delgado’s and ice cream downtown. After that, play music and do it all over again.”


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The Blue Heart of Carpinteria Ph otoS b y bjöRN F RE I h E RR


riginally from the city of Jena in Thuringia, Germany, Björn Freiherr moved to Carpinteria in 2017 and has been capturing its dazzling landscapes ever since. Freiherr ’s home region, rich with lush forests and known as “the green heart of Germany,” cultivated an appreciation of nature in the future IT systems architect and photographer. After winning a drone at a technology conference a few years ago, Freiherr became captivated with his newfound ability to achieve a bird’s eye view of Carpinteria’s unique geography: “the ocean and the mountains together in one image.” With his camera flying high in the sky, Freiherr captures the stunning natural splendor of Carpinteria.


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Berry Delicious

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ibrantly colored, bursting with juice, and oh so yummy, summer ’s seasonal berries add a sweet-tart burst of flavor to our favorite course: dessert. Carpinterians fond of treating their taste buds know that there’s an edible heaven in The Food Liaison’s pastry case. The baker behind those bites of beauty and indulgence, TFL’s Executive Pastry Chef Heather Giacone, has created three berry-forward recipes for Carpinteria Magazine that capture the spirit of summer in every spoonful. Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries grow happily along the Central Coast—a berry belt with an ocean breeze. Carpinteria home bakers will have no trouble finding fresh berries throughout late-spring and summer when they come to harvest in California. “Berries add a pop to whatever you are making,” says Giacone. “They are delicious on their own, and even more on a fresh fruit tart with vanilla pastry cream, or just a dollop of fresh whipped cream. They are great baked in a pie or thrown in a muffin. Berries are so versatile, and all have their own unique flavor.” Originally from upstate New York, Giacone grew up with a love of food. Her father was a chef at her grandfather ’s Italian restaurant. That’s where he met her mother, who also worked there. “We would all joke about my grandma asking, ‘What’s for lunch and dinner?’ as we prepared breakfast to take to the beach on summer vacation in Long Island,” says Giacone. To refine her skills, Giacone went to culinary school and then worked at New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, a three-Michelin star restaurant. World class pastry chefs Angela Pinkerton and Mark Welker helped Giacone develop her own style of baking— American classics created with French techniques that focus on flavor, texture, and good, fresh, seasonal ingredients. At The Food Liaison, Giacone is flourishing under the leadership of Nirasha Rodriguez, the eatery’s executive chef and owner. “It’s really great working with someone who gets you to think outside of the box,” Giacone notes. “I have a lot of freedom and at the end of the day, I like feeling like I created something. It’s so satisfying to know that I’m brightening someone’s day with a dessert.” Giacone’s advice to home bakers is simple: Taste everything! “Sometimes you need to add more salt or something acidic. Also, if you forgot something, like sugar, you’ll know.” SUMMER2020 83

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Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats “ The overni g ht o a t s a r e a h e a l t h y de s se r t o pt i o n a n d ca n al so be enjoy ed fo r br e a k fa s t . T h e y a r e gl u t e n fr e e , v e ga n, and, qu i te frank l y, de l i ci o u s. T h e r e i s n o a dde d s u ga r , a nd they are very e a sy t o m a k e .”

— P a s t r y Ch e f H e a t h e r G ia c o n e

4 cups gluten free rolled oats 2 cups vanilla almond milk 3 cups coconut milk 1 /4 cup real maple syrup 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 /4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon chia seeds 2 cups of pureed strawberries 2 cups fresh chopped strawberries 1 cup granola (optional) C om b ine a ll t he ing r e d ie nt s ex c ep t fo r t he s t r a wb e r r ie s a nd s t r a wb erry p u ree. Re f r ig e r a t e ov e r nig ht . T he ne x t d a y, m ix in t he st ra w b erry p u ree. I f t he oa t s a r e s t ill t oo t hic k , a dd mo re c oc onu t or a lm ond m il k t o so ft en t he o a t m ix t ur e unt il you r e ac h yo u r desired c ons is t e nc y. C ut you r f r e s h b e r r ie s a n d b u ild yo u r o a t p a r f a it s . O p t iona l: a d d g r a no la fo r t ex t u re. (Ve ga n a n d G l ut e n F r e e ) Serves 6–8


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Roasted Blueberry Cheesecake CRUSt: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons sugar 1 /2 teaspoon salt 5 ounces butter RoAStE d blUEbERRIES: 2 pints blueberries 1 /2 cup sugar 1 /8 cup lemon juice 1 /4 teaspoon salt ChEESECAkE fI llING: 32 ounces cream cheese 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 /2 lemon zest 4 whole eggs 1 egg yolk 1 /2 teaspoon salt 3 /4 cup sour cream SoUR CREAM toppING: 16 ounces sour cream 1 /4 cup sugar 1 lemon zest

p rehea t o v en t o 3 2 5 ° f CRUSt: Combine sugar, graham cracker crumbs and salt. Melt butter and mix together. press mixture into a 10-inch springform pan firmly. bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool. RoAS tE d blU EbERRI ES: Co mb ine b lu eber r i es , s ugar , l emon ju ic e, a nd sa lt . p o u r mix t u re int o a b aki ng pan and r oas t fo r 7 minu t es. St ir t he mix t u re a nd c o nti nue to r oas t for 8 mo re minu t es. b lend in a b lender u nt il s mooth. Str ai n the mix t u re w it h a fine mesh siev e. S et a s i d e to cool s l i ghtl y ChEESECAkE fIllING: In a bowl or a stand mixer, whip cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and yolks one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix it a bit more. lastly, add the salt, sour cream, and the roasted blueberry puree. W ra p t he o u t side o f t he sp ringfo rm pan wi th al umi num fo il t o ensu re no w a t er lea k s in. pu t s pr i ngfor m pan i n a b a k ing p a n a nd p o u r in c heesec a k e batter . p our water a ro u nd t he c heesec a k e t o c o v er 1 / 3 of the s pr i ngfor m p a n. Co v er t he t o p o f c heesec a k e wi th foi l and bake fo r 1 ho u r. Remo v e fo il a nd b a k e an ad d i ti onal 15 minu t es, o r u nt il t he c ent er is semi-jiggly . Cool chees ecake fo r 1 5 minu t es. SoUR CREAM toppING: Mix sour cream, sugar, and lemon zest. Spread on top of cheesecake with an offset spatula. Co o l c heesec a k e in t he refrigera t or for a few hour s , o r o v ernight . t hen c u t a nd enjo y! SUMMER2020 85

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Strawberry Shortcakes with Mascarpone Whipped Cream ShoRtcAkES:


2 cups all-purpose flour 1 /3 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounces butter (cold cut into pea-sized pieces) 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg (beaten for egg-wash) 1 /8 cup raw sugar

2 cups strawberries, sliced 1 /2 lemon, juiced 1 /2 orange, juiced 1 /3 cup sugar pinch of salt 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or Rosewater (optional) whIppEd cREAM: 1 1/4 cup cream 1 /4 cup powdered sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 /2 cup mascarpone (softened or room temperature)


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“ The strawberr y s h o r t ca k e i s a cl a ss i c de ss e r t , a n d pe rf e c t on a su mmer ni g h t . T h e bi scu i t so a k s u p t h e be r r y s yr u p w hile the masc arpone adds a n i ce cr e a m y t e x t u r e t o co m pl e m e n t the c ru nc h i n the shortc ake . I l i k e t h i s de s se r t be ca u s e i t i s v e r s a t ile in tha t you c an su bs t i t u t e fr u i t , a dd j a m , o r e v e n r o a s t t h e b e rrie s . ” — P a s t r y Ch e f H e a t h e r G ia c o n e

ShoRtcAkES: Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray or butter a baking sheet. Mix all the dry ingredients in a stand mixer or bowl. then add the butter and mix for a couple minutes to disperse everything. Mix heavy cream and vanilla in a separate bowl then add to the dry mixture. Press the mixture together. Prepare a lightly floured surface, like a large cutting board or counter, and place your shortcake mixture on it. Roll out the shortcake dough to approximately 1/2 inch thick. cut out round pieces with a 3-inch ring cutter or cookie cutter. You should get about six cakes. If you don’t have a ring cutter, you can cut it into squares with a knife. If you have extra dough, re-roll the dough and cut until you have no more left. Place shortcakes on prepared baking pan 1 to 2 inches apart. Lightly brush egg-wash on top of shortcakes and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool. StRAwBERRY FILLING: cut strawberries in 1/8-inch circles starting from the tip to the stem. they will lay nice and flat on your shortcake. Place cut strawberries in a bowl and add lemon juice, orange juice, salt, and sugar. (Grand Marnier or Rosewater optional). Stir together and set aside. Stir every few minutes until the sugar is dissolved leaving you a nice syrup. MAScARPoNE whIPPEd cREAM: Using a mixer or a whisk, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla until semi-stiff peaks form. Add your softened mascarpone and mix until fully incorporated. to assemble, carefully cut your (cooled) shortcakes in half horizontally. divide and place strawberry circles on the bottom of your shortcakes. drizzle strawberry syrup on the bottom of your top halves. Spoon on your whipped cream, then place the top of the shortcake on the whipped cream.  Serves 6 SUMMER2020 87

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B E A Ch l Iq u o R

Best known for their award winning burritos, Beach Liquor has a vast array of snacks, drinks and adult beverages, as well as a full Mexican grill. Must Try: Any of the burritos or tortas 794 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2919

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Danny’s Deli has been serving Carpinteria for 32 years with tri-tip, turkey and roast beef all cooked on site. Must Try: Famous Tri-Tip Sandwich 4890 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2711

Recommended If you’re looking for anything from a snack to a nice dinner out with friends or family, try some of Carpinteria’s favorite local restaurants.

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Carpinteria’s Classic Mexican Restaurant since 1965. Family-run restaurant offering enchiladas, fajitas & other Mexican eats, plus cocktails. Must Try: Traditional Burrito 4401 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-4822 • Catering. Counter. Classes. Utilizing local, organic ingredients. Daily rotating entrees, soups and deserts, seasonal menus and gourmet salad bar. Must Try: Avocado Meets Toast 1033 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-200-3030

Locally owned branch of a longtime Californiabased fast-food chain serving traditional burgers & delicious soft-serve ice cream. Must-Try: Chocolate Dipped Soft Serve 5205 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-3602 Authentic Italian meets Carpinteria chic on this delicioso menu of pasta, salads, and entrees. Must Try: Homemade Lobster Raviolis in Sage Brown Butter Sauce or Homemade Rigatoni Bolognese 666 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-0720 • Long-standing chain serving a wide variety of pancakes & other American breakfast & diner fare. Must Try: Pancakes of course 1114 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-4926 Healthy California Cuisine. Enjoy freshly baked bagels with whipped cream cheeses. Breakfast, lunch, and beyond! Must Try: Blackstone Benedict: w/avo, bacon, tomato 5050 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-1558 •

Mouth-watering steak and seafood you can cook yourself, delicious salad bar with to die for croutons! And live music on the weekends! Must Try: Filet Mignon dinner 701 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-3811 •

Folks come from near and far to eat these burritos, tacos, tortas, and other tasty options. Close your eyes and you’re in Mexico. Must Try: Chile Relleno Soup, Chilaquiles, Gordita 4890 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2711 Mexican & European Bakery. From handmade, traditional Mexican fare to the finest quality wedding cakes & desserts. Must Try: Chile Verde Pork, Eggs & Cheese. 895 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-4981 •

Fresh seafood selections, steaks, rack of lamb, pasta and many housemade desserts, cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. Must Try: The Banana Reef 6602 Old Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura, CA 93001 805-652-1381 • With its reputation of authenticity and excellence, Siam Elephant stays true to the culinary culture and influences of Thailand. Must Try: Pad Thai 509 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2391 •

Just steps from the beach, The Spot is a classic hamburger stand serving up delicious American and Mexican food at affordable prices! Must Try: Famous Chili Cheese Fries 389 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-6311

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Pacific Health Foods serves the best smoothies in Carpinteria. Also fresh juices, organic baked goods, sandwiches, acai bowls, coffee & tea. Must Try: Scarlet Begonia Juice 944 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA, 93013 805-684-2115 Delicious Mexican grill at an affordable price. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. Grab some sides from the market and take it anywhere! Must Try: Asada Burrito 4502 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2235

Since 1991, Uncle Chen has been proud to serve local produce from the farmers market and homemade recipes. Must Try: Casitas Green 1025 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-3334 Local organic produce, fresh fish, and sustainably raised meats. The “FARM TO TABLE” approach ensures the freshest food in town. Must Try: Bacon wrapped, Filet Mignon 5404 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-8893 •


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Home Is...

Important, enjoyed, valued, cherished, appreciated … Carpinteria is home (well for 2 of the 3 of us), and this year, our homes & community have never meant so much! As you are thinking through what “home” means to you, if you have any real estate questions or needs, or if you just want to chat, we’re here. Give us a call.

Jon-Ryan Schlobohm | 805.450.3307 | DRE 01876237 Kirk G. Hodson | 805.886.6527 | DRE 01908650 Sarah Aresco Smith | 805.252.3868 | DRE 01882574 |

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.

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Looking to vacation in Carpinteria?

Fantastic, fully stocked, 3 bedroom, 2 bath roomy condo with large front yard and private hot-tub area. This condo is perfect for a large family. It is walking distance to the beach and downtown Carpinteria.

Carpinteria Shores is right on the sand. Select from a range of prices for our individually owned and decorated two bedroom vacation rental condos which sleep up to six comfortably. Everything included except linens, which we’re pleased to provide upon request. Available for short or long term stays.

Villa Sortino 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury ocean front condo with fireplace, gated parking, elevator to unit and spectacular views. Available weekly or monthly.

The Beachcomber is located right across the street from Carpinteria Beach, where you can swim or just relax. At night you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets. The downstairs apartments with patios are available for weekly rentals.

805.684.4101 5441 Carpinteria Ave. Carpinteria, CA 93013


Broker/Property Manager/Notary DRE #00580025

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Just 99 Steps to the beach!

4700 Sandyland Rd. #2 • Carpinteria • $799,000

Contact Nancy to Preview 805.452.3052 •


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CalRE#01465425 CalRE#01961570 The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2020 Coldwell Banker Realty. All Rights Reserved.

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1333 VALLECITO ROAD I $879,000

Enchanting & private Carpinteria cottage with magical backyard and mountain views!

$695,000 I SOLD

Stunning ocean and main polo field viewing from corner unit. Best Buy!


DRE: 01308141

Seascape Realty Buying or selling a home with us is like a walk on the beach! HALF BLOCK TO THE BEACH... Condo just one-half block to the sand and across from the Salt Marsh Nature Park. Upgraded 1 bedroom, 1 bath with Travertine flooring, granite counters, newer appliances, & plantation shutters. One car carport with storage. Perfect beach retreat or full time. OFFERED AT $529,000

UNIQUE HOME WITH CHARM, PERSONALITY, AND A WONDERFUL LOCATION…Built in the 1880s, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, family room with a cozy brick fireplace and enclosed patio. Perfect for walking or biking to downtown shops and the Beautiful “World’s Safest Beach.” OFFERED AT $999,000 Shirley Kimberlin at 805-886-0228

Shirley Kimberlin at 805-886-0228


BEAUTIFUL, LARGE, BRIGHT & OPEN… 3/2 home with attached 2-car garage in great Carpinteria cul-de-sac location. Fireplace, storage shed in yard, landscaping and more! Close to shopping, orchards, foothills, and less than a mile from downtown. OFFERED AT $919,000 Terry Stain 805-705-1310


LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE “WORLD’S SAFEST BEACH”…This 1 bedroom, 1 bath is ready to move in and enjoy full-time or as a wonderful vacation home retreat with a deck to enjoy the ocean view. Amenities include: heated pool, spa, B-B-Q and gated off-street parking and on-site management. OFFERED AT $550,000 Shirley Kimberlin at 805-886-0228


4915-C Carpinteria Ave. Carpinteria • 805.684.4161

DRE Lic. #01484280


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HOME SWEET HOME BEGINS HERE! You’ve long dreamed of the perfect place to call home. Now you can live it at Seahouse by Warmington Residential. With nine distinctive plans, an onsite design center that offers endless personalization options, a suite of expandable Smart Home features, and many lifestyle amenities, getting a sweet brand new home in Carp is guaranteed. These Coastal Farmhouse-inspired flats, paired homes, townhomes and single-family detached homes set just one and a half miles from the beach and downtown Carpinteria where you can shop, eat and greet friends and neighbors. Plus, Santa Barbara is just minutes away. Come to Seahouse, where the sweet life awaits you. Approx. 1,261 to 2,289 Sq. Ft. | 2 to 4 Bedrooms 1300 Cravens Lane, Carpinteria CA 93013 | 805.833.5870 NOW SELLING. PREQUALIFY TODAY.

In order to provide a fair and smooth purchase experience, we ask that you prequalify with our lender of choice, David List.

David List Wells Fargo Builder Division NMLSR ID 342450 866.442.8339 Four moderate income homes set aside for qualified applicants. Warmington Residential is part of the Warmington group of companies. Square footages are approximate only. Rendering is an artist’s conception and may not be an accurate reflection of all community details, which are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. Prices effective date of publication and subject to change without notice. Models depicted do not reflect racial preference. 05.18.20

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GARY GOLDBERG Realtor | Broker | Attorney (805) 455-8910 | BRE: 01172139 1086 Coast Village Road Santa Barbara, California 93108



















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Christian Beamish - Writer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Energy-efficient cottage near great surf Off the vine Avos Avoiding dwelling on worst-case-scenarios A more natural morning pace, and being together as a family 6.

Björn Freiherr - Photographer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Mountains Fresh and in one piece Avocado Not playing volleyball Video with distant friends

Glenn Dubock - Photographer/writer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Chuck Graham - Photographer 1. A shack on the Carrizo Plain National Monument 2. On cereal or yogurt 3. Any vegetable will suffice 4. Not working at the islands 5. Spending more time with Holly 6.

Michael Kwiecinski - Photographer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Mountains Barefoot, straight off the bramble Avocado Not being able to visit family Time at home, meditating and gardening

Shack on the sand By the handful Avocado, ripe and creamy Keeping the faith My wife’s blue eyes

Peter Dugré - Writer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Beach Straight Cannabis-infused guacamole Homeschool Lea Boyd

Debra Herrick - Writer/photographer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Downtown Just the berries Lemons Uncertainty Time with family

Megan Waldrep - Writer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Beach, hands down By the handfuls Anything from Farm Cart Organics Separation from loved ones Braless = Freedom

Leslie A. Westbrook - Writer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Living the dream—it’s all here in Carp Fresh picked Avocados, of course Not seeing my mom for Mother’s Day Some fine home cooking, if I do say so myself

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W H A T ’ S T H E BUZ Z A BOUT ? A swarm of bees settles in among vibrant purple backyard blossoms. Swarming, which typically occurs during the spring, is the natural way that a honey bee colony reproduces. Scout bees are sent out to find good nesting sites. When the scouts return, they perform the “waggle dance” to communicate the location of their proposed nest site. If the dance is convincing enough, a portion of the original colony joins the scout and relocates to form a new colony. If bees create a nuisance for people, the colony can be moved to a safe nest by a beekeeper.  PHO T O BY D EBR A HERRI CK


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