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ADVERTISER TESTIMONIALS "As local business owners and professionals, we are so lucky to have South County Magazine to reach our target customer through advertising and share our business 'stories" and philosophies through the editorial opportunities. Working with South County Magazine couldn't be easier. I was helped every step of the way - from the photography, writing and design - AND ALL AT NO EXTRA COST. Since participating, my business has tripled - a significant return on my advertising investment. Advertising with South County Magazine is simple, straight-forward and most importantly ... it works!" - Victoria Vannini, Howard Jones Salon, Dana Point

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"It is an absolute pleasure advertising with South County Magazine. Wow! We were stunned by the overwhelming exposure and publicity from being on the front cover of South County Magazine. It put our Assisted Living Community on the map for South County. We felt special and like Rock Stars!"- Aileen and Paul Brazeau, San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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"Being new to San Juan Capistrano, I wasn’t sure what would be the best avenue for advetising and marketing. Thankfully I picked up a copy of South County Magazine at a restaurant and read the testimonials. They were not like any I’d seen – raving about the staff and Jody’s way of being more like a partner in your business than just an advertising publication. Jody met with me soon after I called. She listened to my goals and concerns, and then shared her thoughts and expertise with regard to what might be most effective for my unique business. Several months later, she is still in easy contact, never seeming like she’s trying to make a sale, but always wanting to be sure I don’t miss an opportunity to grow. Participating in South County Magazine has brought response from quality clientele who are interested in real life improvement. Also, the calls are often from past issues, so the ads last more than just the month. I cannot say enough about what an asset Jody and her magazines are to our communities and businesses." - Catherine Darras, Catherine Darras Hypnotherapy, San Juan Capistrano

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"With many options when investing my advertising dollars, I decided to interview and research the local publications before I made a decision. After several interviews, it was clear we would put our trust into Jody and South County Magazine. Jody is a delight to work with, giving above and beyond professionalism and attention to detail. I feel she truly cares about the success of my ad and my business. Thank you Jody, South County Magazine is the best!" - Mary McPherson, Awoken Life Brain Wave Optimization, San Juan Capistrano

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"After searching for the best bang for my marketing dollar, I thought I hit a wall until I found South County Magazine. Great customer service is a priority to me, so when I met Jody and the staff, I was very pleased. They are very organized with a family feel. They want the best for your business and it shows. The best part of South County Magazine - it works! I have received many amazing clients due to this magazine. Thank you South County Magazine you are the best! !" - Brittany De Anda, Bronze by Brittany, San Juan Capistrano "We have been in business for 9 years and we have always done advertising to reach new customers. Recently, we started advertising with South County Magazine and the calls began flowing in right away! Jody was so helpful and didn’t push us into a long-term contract. We believe that positive results are the only contract we need. We look forward to continuing to build our business even more with South County Magazine." - Scott & Suzie Sells, Spot Free Windows, San Juan Capistrano

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"Having built my business on word of mouth in the 40+ years I have been teaching piano, I was a little nervous about the process and cost of advertising in a print publication. But I couldn't be more pleased with how easy the South County Magazine staff made it for me - they really took the time to understand the message I wanted to convey, provided guidance on the best design ideas to communicate that message to potential clients and offered so many 'extras' that I didn't expect - and at no additional cost like complimentary ad design and an editorial feature on my business. There is no better vehicle for marketing your business to the local community than South County Magazine." - Irene Bressler, Tots & Keys, San Clemente

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by Chris Mays s a young high school student growing up in Ontario Canada, Dr. Bunkis' hopes and dreams were a far cry from plastic surgery. Although his skyward ambition was a career in aeronautical engineering, his first job was working in a mine 4000 feet underground. “My high school was in a small mining town north of Ontario,” says Dr. Bunkis. “My father was a mining engineer and many of the boys I grew up with quit school early to work in the mine full time.”

down engineering science (precursor to aeronautics) as my first choice and physics as my second, but I couldn't decide on a third.” A girl sitting beside him suggested medicine, which became his third choice. Soon after, his guidance counselor advised him to attend medical school. Dr. Bunkis was accepted for all three fields of study, but opted to go with his counselor's advice. After completing grade 12, he spent seven years in an undergraduate/ graduate program, and ultimately completed medical school in 1974.

Dr. Bunkis relished the advantages of attending a small school, where he excelled in a number of varsity sports, was the official photographer, assumed a role as year book editor, and served on the student council. After spending six summers working in a mine, he knew his calling was firmly planted above ground. With more scholarly pursuits in During his last year of medical school, it bemind, he decided to attend Canada's esteemed University of Toronto. came clear that surgery was his greatest interest. “From the University of Toronto, I went “The University sent me a form, asking me to list three fields of study,” says Dr. Bunkis. “I put to Columbia University for a five year general SEPTEMBER 2014



structive surgery, taught medical students, general surgery residents, plastic surgery residents, as well as visiting surgeons from around the world. He also did a great deal of research, wrote many chapters in plastic surgery text books and a multitude of scientific articles. On weekends, he did aesthetic surgery with a private practitioner in town.

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“In 1983, a local doctor died in an unfortunate accident and his wife asked me to take over his practice,” says Dr. Bunkis. “I accepted her offer and have been in private practice ever since.” In addition to a private practice focused on aesthetic surgery, Dr. Bunkis has also spent time teaching and operating on indigent patients in third world countries such as Guatemala.

As Medical Director of Orange County Plastic Surgery and cofounder of MD Performance Professional Skin Care™, Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S. brings more than 35 years of surgical expertise to our communities. surgery residency,” says Dr. Bunkis. “I worked very hard, loved every minute of it and scored very high in my annual national exams.” During this residency, he was exposed to the various subspecialties, but plastic surgery appealed to him most. He was attracted to head and neck issues such as tumors, burns, trauma and reconstruction of birth defects. At the time, the best program in the country was the Brigham & Women's/Children's Hospital program at Harvard University, but they only acBefore After cepted one resident Dr. Bunkis’ patient from Guatemala a year. Dr. Bunkis was further discouraged by a discussion with the program director and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Joseph E. Murray. “He told him the university rarely, if ever, accepted surgery residents outside of Harvard into the program,” says Dr. Bunkis. “But against all odds, I was accepted, loved the program and did very well there.”

During his many years of private practice, medical students, residents and surgeons from around the world have visited his office to learn new techniques. Dr. Bunkis has also helped a number of students apply for medical school. “I encourage all young people to have a dream and live it,” he says. “Have a passion for what you do, apply to the best schools, work as hard as you can - and have fun while you're there!” He also advises to never forget friends and family, to pick a few causes close to your heart, and start giving back to your community. A man whose passions go well beyond office walls, Dr. Bunkis has no regrets when it comes to his chosen profession. When asked if he ever wishes he pursued a life as an aeronautical engineer, he doesn't hesitate to say otherwise. “No, I made a very good career choice and love what I do,” says Dr. Bunkis. “Plastic surgery hasn't prevented me from pursuing my love for aeronautics not only did I earn my pilot's license during my residency, but I've owned many planes over the years.” As Medical Director of Orange County Plastic Surgery and cofounder of MD Performance Professional Skin Care™, Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S. brings more than 35 years of surgical expertise to our communities. He is a Harvard trained, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Member of numerous prestigious organizations including the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Bunkis thrived at Harvard and loved living in Boston, but decided to pursue his boyhood dream of living in California. “I wrote a number of papers during my residency, and enjoyed academic life,” says Dr. Bunkis. “I accepted a teaching job at the University Of California San Francisco School Of Medicine, one of the most dynamic programs in the country at the time.” As an assistant professor and full-time faculty member, he conducted mostly recon-

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His 95% patient success rate speaks volumes, but the countless husband and wives he’s helped take their testimonials a step further, crediting him with being something of a miracle worker. For patients who are CPAP intolerant, the oral appliance is the best alternative and dentists like Dr. West are the professionals licensed to work with these devices. While most dentists are trained on one type of sleep aid appliance, Dr. West works with many types of oral appliances. “We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to our patients,” says Dr. West, who is one of the few Medicare providers for this procedure.’’ ‘’I have developed a system of simple test where each patient can actually see which appliance will be most effective for them. For this reason, we have a very high success rate.’’ In the mid-1970s, Dr. West began his career as a general dental practitioner in Mission Viejo, where he focused on cosmetic and family dentistry. "From day one, I've truly enjoyed helping people," says Dr. West. "I enjoyed staying on the cutting edge of aesthetic dentistry, but also became interested in ways to improve my overall health and the health of my patients."

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Because of this, it was a natural progression for Dr. West to find himself working closely with Holistic and Naturopathic practitioners and to begin approaching dentistry from a biological point of view. So, when a colleague contacted him seven years ago about an oral device he had developed to treat patients with Sleep Apnea and snoring problems, Dr. West expanded his practice to include treatment for sleep issues. “I can’t tell you how good it feels to hear a patient tell me they’ve had the best sleep in years, or that they’ve been able to sleep in the same room as their partner again,” he says. “I’ve seen a patient’s whole life change just because they got a good night’s sleep!” His 95% patient success rate speaks volumes, but the countless husband and wives he’s helped take their testimonials a step further, crediting him with being something of a miracle worker.

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If you think you might have a sleep problem or have participated in a sleep study and are interested in alternatives to the CPAP mask, Dr. West's office should be the first phone call you make. Consultations are complimentary. bet you didn’t know you could sleep your way to a better life. That’s exactly Among the most common comments from patients is that what Scott E. West, DDS, helps his patients do. Focusing on Snoring, Sleep Dr. West explains their condition and available treatment in Apnea and CPAP intolerance, Dr. West has become the premier expert in oral such a way that it's easy to understand and determine the appliance therapy. best options to address their individual needs.


While CPAP masks are the most effective treatment protocol, it’s not always the Dr. West is now located in Lake Forest just blocks off the 5 best solution for individuals suffering from sleep apnea, a problem that affects freeway. With convenient parking right at his front door, the health and longevity of millions. he treats patients from as far North as Los Angeles and as far South as San Diego. “The number one treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP mask. But if you take 100 people who have been told they have sleep apnea, and know that the effects If you would like to know more about Dr. West, visit his webof sleep apnea are very damaging to their health, and you give them the CPAP, sites, and www.westwellnessdenand then follow up with them a year later, 60% of them are not wearing it,” says, where you’ll learn about what he can do for you. Dr. West, a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy Questions about your insurance plan? Not a problem. His of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. “They don't do a lot of good in the closet.” friendly and caring staff are ready to help you.

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September: A Month of Milestones by C. Lawrence "Larry" Thomas Those of us with grandchildren, children, or (in some cases) long memories, know how special it is to age into double digits. One becomes a “big kid” at ten years old; at least that’s what it feels like. Well, this month (on September 22nd) Independence Bank turns 10 years old. What a decade it has been! While we may not be “big” yet, we are growing and very healthy. Looking back, there are a lot of folks responsible for our success who deserve a big thank you; our hard-working employees, our visionary Board of Directors, our shareholders, and most of all our loyal customers who trust us for their banking needs. Also in September is our annual Taste of South County and 4th Annual Auto Show. The event is a four chamber of commerce mixer sponsored by both Independence Bank and the Capistrano Auto Group -- the San Juan Capistrano new car dealer’s association. The chambers of commerce are Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano. This year approximately 15 restaurants and cafes will offer tastes of their best dishes; beer, wine and soft drinks are available; approximately 15 new cars will be shown; there will be music; an opportunity drawing will be held (an HDTV is the grand prize); and, a great chance to network with business people from throughout South County. There will be a special commemoration and remembrance of the actions and sacrifices of the first responders on September 11, 2001, as the event will be held the 13th anniversary of that tragic day. The admission charge is $15 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. This includes the food and two drink tickets. A wristband is provided at registration that is required in order to be served. The event time is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. Another milestone this month for Independence Bank is the granting of a Preferred Lenders Program (PLP) license by the Small Business Administration (SBA). As a PLP lender, SBA loan processing will be faster and more flexible. Additionally, the SBA also granted an SBA Express license, which allows Independence Bank to make business line-of-credit loans and Easy Loans. With these two SBA licenses, the bank increases its ability to serve the South County business communities with new and replacement loans for business properties and assets such as equipment and inventory. Our goal is to grow and improve our banking products and services, such as our improved SBA lending, and to continue to enhance the superior customer service we are known for. That’s another example of the Power of Independence.

C. Lawrence “Larry” Thomas is First Vice President and South County Regional Manager of Independence Bank. The South County Regional Office is located at 32291 Camino Capistrano, Suite A in San Juan Capistrano. Larry can be reached at (949) 373-1578 or visit SEPTEMBER 2014






Medicare Star Ratings

The CMS Star Rating was started in 2007 as a result of national legislation. It’s a way the government rewards high-quality plans, and “dangles” a carrot to those not doing so well to try to do better.

by Stephanie Frisch

only plans with a 4 star and 5 star ratings (very good and excellent) will be eligible for the additional funding that will keep edicare benefici- them operating in the black. CMS defines low performing plans aries, the time as those with having a rating of 2.5 or lower for three consecis almost here! utive years. Soon you will be INUNDATED with Star ratings are updated once a year, generally in November. materials from the participat- The rating received 2 years earlier is what is published by CMS, ing insurance companies of- so when you see the 2015 star rating, it’s based on performance fering Medicare plans in in 2013. Unfortunately all 2015 plan brochures will have been Orange County. Medicare printed for the new year with last year’s star rating, so you need Part D Prescription Drug to go to to get the updated star rating for the new plans and Medicare Advan- plan year. CMS uses 50 measures to determine a Star Rating. tage plans are the only plans subject to Star Ratings by the Centers for How often a member uses preventative benefits, a member’s access to care, complaints and measurable improvements in the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). health of the member all play a factor. Some measures are The CMS Star Rating was started in 2007 as a result of national legislation. higher weighted in the star rating formula, such as medication It’s a way the government rewards high-quality plans, and “dangles” a carrot management for physical and mental health, diabetes treatto those not doing so well to try to do better. CMS is keeping an eye out for ment and medication adherence.


you and this keeps the companies offering these plans honest and working Medicare supplemental plans don’t for the consumer. Those that don’t perform well won’t be around long be- receive a Star Rating because they cause they won’t get reimbursed well enough to stay afloat. Starting in 2015, don’t receive funding from CMS.

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The link between Untreated Hearing Loss and development of Dementia and Alzheimers Disease. Multiple studies indicate that hearing loss can be linked to the onset of Dementia and Alzheimers Disease. Dr. Lin, over a six-year study (JAMA Internal Medicine. Frank R. Lin, MD, PHD. Hearing loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults) observed 1,984 adults with an average age of 77.4 years. Over the course of the study, tracking the progression of their cognitive function, Dr. Lin concluded that while further research was needed to identify the mechanics of how and why untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline are related, he states, “There is little doubt that hearing loss is a factor in loss of mental acuity in older adults. Even subjects with mild untreated hearing loss were found to more likely experience cognitive failures.”

Hearing Loss Affects All Areas of Your Life by Randy Rose Hearing Loss just does not affect your ability to understand speech, it affects all aspects of your life. Seniors with Untreated Hearing Loss are significantly more likely to develop Dementia over time than those who retain their hearing or treat their hearing loss early.

“Declines in hearing abilities may accelerate gray matter atrophy and increase the listening effort necessary to comprehend speech. Hearing Aids may not only improve hearing but preserve the brain.”

Risk of Falling People with a 25 decibel hearing loss (classified as mild) were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling than those with no hearing loss. Every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss meant an increase in the risk of falling. One out of three adults (age 65 and older) fall each year and the falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Hearing loss decreases awareness of surroundings and environments and also increases cognitive load, in turn this raises the potential for falls. The association between hearing loss and increased chance of falling is considered clinically significant. Research is ongoing, but it is reasonable to suggest that Physicians inform patients of the link between hearing loss and falls, and to advise having their patients hearing tested annually, and to wear hearing aids when recommended by their Hearing Care Professional.

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Just an Itch? by Jackie Grade A small flick of the ears or even the littlest twitch can be enough to send a pang into dog owners’ hearts as they fear their beloved pet may have picked up a free-riding flea.

these nasty little critters stay away for good! 2. Treat your pet with a regular dose of oral preventative medication. “In all honesty the topical treatments just aren't effective anymore," she says. "Owners really need to be using an oral treatment, such as Comfortis, which can be acquired from a vet.” Comfortis, a beef-flavored tablet dogs can easily chew, will hone in on and kill the adult fleas within 30 minutes of ingestion. The fleas will not even have time to lay any eggs before the medication begins knocking the buggers off one by one.

“If a dog comes in and has fleas, we automatically do a bath with flea shampoo to prevent other dogs getting fleas," says Liana Brown, owner of the SJC-based Wig Wag Dog Grooming. "The shampoo kills the fleas and larvae that are on the dog, but it does not act as a preventative medication.” There is more you can do at home in order to equip your pet with 3. Continue medication process throughout the winter season. “A lot of people the capability of repelling any pesky fleas. Here are some of think as it starts to cool off heading into fall, they no longer need to apply flea her grooming recommendations: preventative medication on their pets.” This actually aids and promotes the fleas’ life cycle. “Fleas seem inactive during the winter months, but their eggs and lar1. Begin by eliminating any possibility of flea or larvae life vae are very active in maturing — [just] in time for the following summer.” Confrom your house and yard. If you find a mid-sized flea bur- tinue with the treatment process during off-season in order to prepare your pet rowing its way through your dog’s fur, this flea may have al- for the coming dry heat and hatching eggs. ready laid eggs. Unfortunately, it will mostly likely have laid its eggs, or larvae somewhere in your living environment Next time you see Fluffy occasionally scratch, you (i.e. carpeting or outside in grass). Vacuum all areas within can be confident in the innocence of the itch. Preyour home, wash both yours and your dog’s bedding and vention is easier than getting rid of a flea infestaclean out your car on a regular basis in order to ensure tion!

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Family fun in San Francisco by Ann Laurence


s the summer wound down to its final days before the crazy chaos that was sure to descend upon our household with the start of the new school year, our family of four decided to coordinate a few fun days away. With two young children (ages 6 and 7) in tow, my husband and I were looking for a locale no longer than about an hour away by plane, with plenty of outdoor activities and indoor recreation, a temperate climate and family-friendly eateries. And it needed to be someplace ideally easy to get around in - on foot and via public transportation (so the grownups could spend less time behind the wheel and more time enjoying the environment).

public transportation system made it totally possible to pack in plenty of sightseeing and "playing tourist." Locals are used to San Francisco's somewhat wacky weather, which is influenced by microclimates (temperatures can vary by 15 degrees from one neighborhood to another) and by the "intermittent fog" that rolls in most days to provide postcard-perfect atmospheric photo ops of the Golden Gate Bridge. Summer here tends to be downright unsummery. September and October are the warmest months. If you travel here during any other time of year, pack plenty of layers and be prepared to don and shed them several times a day.

San Francisco and nearby Half Moon Bay - proved to be perfect for a minivacay with two nights in the city and a two-night stay at a relaxing retreat situated between forested hills and a stretch of coastline that is arguably among the most beautiful scenery in northern California.

Water surrounds San Francisco on three sides, so there's no need to worry about getting lost. Just remember: Downtown is east. The Golden Gate Bridge is north.

If you're going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, consider purchasing the San Francisco CityPASS, which includes entry into five major attractions (including a 7-day Muni & Cable Car passport, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, Exploratorium, The City by the Bay San Francisco is a manageable size - about six square miles - and although park- Aquarium of the Bay and the California Academy of Sciing can be highly problematic, the ease of access and ability to navigate the city's ences) for a flat fee ($86/adult, $44/child 5-17). Another SEPTEMBER 2014



benefit: You can go to the head of the lines (think of the time savings during high tourist season). If you're planning on getting around on streetcars and cable cars and visiting at least three of the attractions that are included, there’s no better bargain.

Getting around Cable cars aren't the fastest way to get from A to B, but riding these open, historic trolleys is a quintessential San Francisco experience and a pretty big bang for your entertainment buck from a kids’ perspective. There are 17 cars currently in service on three lines – we hopped on the Powell-Hyde line which starts at the corner of Powell and Market streets, rolls through Nob Hill and Russian Hill, and winds its way down to a turntable at Victorian Square in front of Aquatic Park, near Ghirardelli Square. If you’re looking for a quicker way to get around, there are six streetcar lines, designated J through N, running underground downtown and above ground on the streets in the outer neighborhoods. Because the following were located in the same general area (Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39/The Embarcadero), we were able to experience several attractions in a single day (other than looking at the sea lions, which was free - admission to each of the other stops are included in the San Francisco CityPass: Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 (Beach Street & the Embarcadero): If you've never been here, you might not believe it: Hundreds, literally hundreds, of fat, lazy - extremely noisy - sea lions lounging on the docks ... in other words, a really fun (and free) place to bring the kids. Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise (Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf): Extremely popular 350passenger sightseeing boats depart for a one-hour narrated cruise several times each day. The itinerary is a wide loop of the bay, motoring right under the Golden Gate Bridge, then past Sausalito and Angel Island, and finally around Alcatraz. Morning cruises are typically less crowded than those in the afternoon. Aquarium of the Bay (Pier 39): Perfect for younger kids, this small aquarium is the ideal way to while away an hour or two - ride the moving sidewalk or walk through a clear plastic tunnel right underneath San Francisco Bay for a close-up view of the marine creatures who live there-sharks, eels, rays, and lots of fish. Back at the surface, kids can visit three touch pools and get up-close and personal with small sharks, bat rays and sea stars. Very knowledgeable guides are available to answer all their questions. The Exploratorium (Pier 15, 698 The Embarcadero): This hands-on museum is like one enormous, extremely interesting science fair. There are hundreds of exhibits here -from super-bubble blowing to a tornado machine to a computer that lets you fingerpaint and immensely popular Tactile Dome, where you navigate in total darkness using every sense except sight. Stop by the gift store for all sorts of great brainy games and toys. SEPTEMBER 2014


Dining Out Pier Market Where: On the Water at Pier 39 Fare: Fresh, mesquite-grilled meat and sustainable seafood Atmosphere: Authentic fish house - warm, cheerful and casual This 3rd-generation family owned and operated establishment was voted "Best Seafood in San Francisco" by KRON 4 TV's Best of the Bay with good reason. In addition to its award-winning New England clam chowder and authentic sourdough bread (another quintessential San Francisco tradition), Pier Market serves up an amazing array of seafood cocktails, shellfish, salads, fresh fish (delivered daily and hand cut by the restaurant's chefs) dishes, mesquite grilled meat and seafood and Pier Market Specialties. Of the latter, the Cioppino is a tomatobased seafood stew brimming with fresh fish, mussels, clams, shrimp and crab served over pasta while the another popular pick is the Jambalaya combines smoked pork, clams, mussels, shrimp and chicken simmered in a Creole sauce and served over Cajun rice. My entree was decided the minute I saw the "Garlic Roasted Whole Dungeness Crab" on the menu. Two of my favorite flavors - garlic and crab - in one dish? Done. It was a little messy eating, but wonderfully delicious and totally worth the work. Wipeout Bar & Grill Where: Pier 39 Fare: Salads, Sandwiches, Pizzas, Tacos, Burritos and Fried Seafood Atmosphere: Family friendly, laid-back Try: Fish & Chips arrives as Anchor Steam beer battered, golden-fried fish while the signature Wipeout Burger is topped with crisp bacon, melted blue cheese and fried onions on a toasted bun. A yummy vegetarian option is the Summer of Love Burger - a hand-made patty of brown rice, black beans, oatmeal, jalapenos, dried plums and seasonal vegetables topped with pesto aioli served on a toasted bun. There is a plethora of 9" personal pizzas baked to order and topped with a 5-cheese blend of Fontina, Cheddar, Jack, Mozzarella and Parmesan) - including the Pipeline Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, BBQ Chicken, the Chorizo & Chicken and the "Build Your Own" Pizza.


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Where to Stay If you're searching for a family-friendly accommodation - rich in amenity and thoughtful touches, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco (600 Stockton at California Street) comes highly recommended for good reason. Equal parts posh and posse-friendly, the nine-story four-star luxury hotel set atop Nob Hill's eastern slope features 336 guest rooms including spacious superior rooms, 60 suites and rollaway beds to accommodate the whole gang. There's an on-site restaurant and 24-hour room service, but our most favorite feature was handsdown The Ritz-Carlton Club Level. Often referred to as a "hotel within a hotel," guest rooms and suites on this concierge level (available for an additional fee) allows access to an elegant, sprawling lounge characterized by sweeping city views, wood-burning fireplace and complimentary beverages and culinary delights served throughout the day. Since our first day was filled with indoor activities, we opted for outdoor endeavors on Day Two: Golden Gate Park: This 1,000-acre park stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Haight and has something for everyone - tennis, jogging, biking, fishing, basketball, archery or a picnic lunch. One beloved tradition for San Franciscan kids is going boating on man-made Stow Lake. At the boathouse (50 Stow Lake Dr.) you can rent pedalboats and rowboats. The boathouse also rents bicycles, including quadcycles that are great for families. The city's most famous park is also home to an amazing "Children's Playground" featuring "the best swingset in the city," plenty of fun climbing equipment, a lovely carousel, and loads of sand and grass. Coit Tower (Telegraph Hill Boulevard): Perched atop historic Telegraph Hill in North Beach, this round, stone tower sits atop Telegraph Hill and offers great views of the city (it's free to get into the cityowned monument, but if you want to check out the scenery from the very top, it's $7 for adults and $2 for kids aged 5 - 12). Into art? Commissioned by the federal Works Progress Administration, the murals that adorn the inside of the tower - painted by more than 25 artists in the late 1920s and early 30s - were completed in 1933 and are great fun to look at. Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market (Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Plaza, base of Market Street on the Embarcadero): If you're in town on a Tuesday (10 am - 2 pm) or Saturday (8 am - 2 pm), this is a fun stop for SEPTEMBER 2014


Our kids loved being able to pop in pretty much anytime during the day for a quick bite (or in the case of breakfast, a full meal) during the food and beverage presentations (Club Breakfast, Light Snack, Hors d'ourvres, Evening Desserts) - showcasing regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients, whole fruit and freshly baked cookies. For their parents, the lounge was the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine, champagne or made-to-order cocktails paired with artisan cheeses and cured meats and a farm-fresh casual menu. Aside from its cosmetic beauty and picturesque location, this 100+ year-old architectural gem is convenient to everything you'd want to experience in San Francisco. And for our family, it boasted the added bonus of being a regular stop on the California Street Cable Car Line - just minutes away from Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf and within super easy walking distance to Chinatown, a popular tourist attraction that the kids loved to explore. In the spirit of discovery, the hotel and its staff - through the Ritz Kids Program - encourages children (ages 4 -12) to explore the property on a scavenger hunt focused on the program's four key pillars: water, land, culture and environmental responsibility. Prior to arrival, a Guest Relations agent contacted us to learn about our kids - their names, ages, any allergies, needs and preferences - to customize their stay. When we got to our room, the kids were tickled to find a special welcome card hand-addressed to them along with a toy and a sweet treat (contined on page 44) for each.


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Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay After being on go in the city, we were ready to spend the next couple of days at a much more leisurely pace and there couldn't have been a more idyllic locale than The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay (1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay), located just 30 minutes south but a world away from San Francisco. Perched atop a cliff on a crescent-shaped stretch of California coast with panoramic views of the Pacific, this luxury five-star, six-story resort is more akin to a European castle than a California hotel property. Spread out across the main building with several adjacent guesthouses, the 261 rooms are defined by marble soaking tubs, Egyptian cotton linens and large picture windows. From the moment we stepped into the lobby to the time we checked out, our experience was an unforgettable escape to another time and place. From dramatic lanterns greeting guests on the front drive and glass of local wine offered upon check-in to family firepits overlooking the ocean, indoor fireplaces throughout the property and wine tasting in ENO Wine Bar (the resort's custom-built wine room), fire and wine define the "theme" of the guest experience here.

When we initially signed up for the half day Ritz Kids program, our seven-yearold son experienced a little separation anxiety, nervous about being dropped off and supervised by strangers. When we returned three hours later, he begged to stay longer and when asked what the best part of our two-day stay was, both kids respond with a resounding "Ritz Kids!" With a diverse collection of activities based on the four pillars of the program (designed for children ages five - 12) – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food. In our kids' case, the counselors took them on a scavenger hunt that started indoors and ended up at the beach to build sandcastles and search the tidepools for starfish, fish and other sea creatures. If the weather doesn't permit for outdoor exploration, the counselors keep the kids occupied indoors with board games, arts and crafts projects or swimming in the indoor, heated pool.

Fire Pits: Curl up with a good book against a backdrop of breathtaking views and relax to the sound of waves crashing on the beach below. Enjoy a glass of wine at sunset and roast s'mores A full day program runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and includes and snacks for $125 per day; (gourmet kit available for purchase) with the kids. the cost of the half day program is $75. ENO Wine Bar: Stop by the resort's signature wine room for flights of wines, cheese and chocolate, Wine & Dine as well as wines by the glass or bottle. Sommeliers specialize in introducing Dining is also a special experience guests to interesting new wines and in providing education on every aspect of at the resort, the recently renothe wines. vated upscale Navio Restaurant serves coastal-inspired California Vintner Series: For the curious beginner to the seasoned wine connoisseur, cuisine against a backdrop of the resort's Vintner Series brings California wine country and wine educators panoramic views of the Pacific. to ENO every weekend. Each month, a different California winery is featured Meaning "ship" in Portuguese, and representative from the winery is on property each weekend to educate Navio's wooden ceiling resembles a guests about their wines and wine in general. boat hull and its menu changes with the seasons - Executive Chef de Monthly Vintner Dinner: On one Friday each month, Chef de Cuisine Kevin Cuisine Kevin Tanaka's dishes are Tanaka of Navio creates a custom four-course dinner menu, meticulously paired true farm-to-table appetizers and with wines from the monthly vintner. Ingredients for the vintner dinner, includentrees. The braised 48-hour short ing produce, meat and fish, come from producers in and around Half Moon Bay. rib was falling off the bone delicious and the Miso Marinated Black Cod served Accommodation of Distinction Because we were already clued in to how amazing the Club Level offerings were in the city, we with boy choy, kohlrabi, spring onion sake made certain to take advantage of similar convenience, spectacular views and unparalleled cuisine red pepper gelee and dashi broth was at this Ritz. The elegant, sprawling lounge was again characterized by sweeping views - this time melt-in-your-mouth heavenly - and that's of the waves crashing on the sand below and the signature 18th hole of one of the resort's two high compliment from a girl who's halfchampionship golf courses. Much to our delight, the Club Level experience at the Ritz-Carlton Half Japanese and knows her way around Moon Bay was again characterized by exceptionally delicious, inspired cuisine and complimentary black cod (aka butterfish). Other popular picks are the Pan-Seared Diver Scallops beverages - including custom cocktails, fine wine and champagne - served throughout the day. which arrived as crispy pork belly, gold raisins sunchoke and caramelized endive Outdoor Endeavors Take a long hike following the Coastside Trail which follows the ocean bluffs between Pillar Point and the 30-Day Dry Age Beef Strip Lion Harbor and Poplar Avenue. If you'd rather take to the water, California Canoe and Kayak and accompanied by Cabrillo Farm brussel Half Moon Bay Kayak Company rent kayaks and offer lessons and tours. Sea Horse Ranch sprouts barley risotto. SEPTEMBER 2014



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Rollin’ On The Cadillac by Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser trapeze, fuzzy loops, as well as a push-through bar that provide a multitude of exercise options. Its appearance conjures up a medieval torture device, fortunately it is far from that. Joseph Pilates’ design for the Cadillac was derived from his World War I days, where he was rehabbing bed-ridden soldiers. He simply took hospital beds, rigged springs on the walls so patients could exercise and rehabilitate. Nearly one hundred years later, the Cadillac’s design and repertoire has evolved to become a masterpiece of movement and machinery. Due to the size of the Cadillac, pilates studios on average will have one or two of them for use. Depending on the size of the studio and the quality of the instruction, group or privates sessions can be done on the Cadillac. he Cadillac is one of the most iconic automobiles around the world. The word alone symbolizes comfort, class, innovation, and luxury. This is exactly why Joseph Pilates named one of his marquee pieces of equipment the Cadillac. The apparatus pulls out all the bells and whistles. It is a big, comfortable piece of machinery with a multitude of components that produces a well-balanced, extremely thorough workout. At first glance, the Cadillac is an intimidating piece of equipment. Measuring six feet tall and eight feet long, it features an assortment of springs, a hanging


Versatile and well rounded, the Cadillac enhances movement in order to address postural alignment issues, as well as restore and correct motional patterns in the muscles. For example, the exercise termed “Leg Circles,” when performed on the Cadillac, targets the core, hamstrings and hip rotators muscles. Due to the positioning of the springs, simultaneously muscle groups gain strength while being lengthened and stretched. Additionally, the springs create an instability making the core turn on, resulting in strength and stability throughout the spine. Another amazing future of the Cadillac is its ability to hang from the frame. Allowing the muscles to work with and against gravity to produce traction for the spine. Being the premier piece of equipment in pilates, the Cadillac will dramatically enhance your daily activities, athletic performance and overall well-being. Take a test drive at Align Pilates Center and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the ride.

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Well Rounded Heroes Foundation This San Juan Capistrano-based not-forprofit's mission is to "improve the lives of veterans and active duty military and their families" by matching these "heroes" with local teachers and schools to learn an art or skill of their choice at little or no cost. One of the foundation's most popular programs combines skill, athleticism, discipline and respect for all ages: Martial Arts classes include Juijitsu, Aikido, Krav Maga, Chi Kung, kickboxing and mixed martial arts at dojos and studios across South County. "Our goal at Well Rounded Heroes is to change the way we view and interact with members of our armed forces, past and present," says Founder and Vietnam veteran Adam Zax. "All too often military families especially those living on base - become isolated from the rest of our communities. We hope to help end this trend by reaching out to these families in the many ways we have the ability to, creating lasting bonds between the community and our heroes." Martial arts studios of all forms are encouraged to become a partner in this mission by offering veterans, active duty military and their families an opportunity to train at no or low-cost.

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outh County locals looking for the ideal destination for fine wine, delicious cuisine and live entertainment need look no further than Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Juan Capistrano. Located at 27211 Ortega Highway, Tannins is characterized by a blend of Old World charm and rustic décor artfully enhanced with a modern flair – from its strong focus on wine and food pairings to its expansive menu of Northern and Mediterranean and Southern Italian cuisine along with delectable desserts and specials prepared fresh daily.


Fragrant fresh from the oven bread and a flavorful olive tapenade arrive within minutes of seating. Tannins features one of the most comprehensive – and extensive - selections of wines by the glass in the region with over 40 different varietals from which to choose. And its menu showcases a vast array of signature starters and salads, seafood, poultry, lamb, beef and pasta dishes. For starters, the Artisan Cheese Board arrives with goat, brie, blue and cheddar cheese, grapes and berries, candied pecans and honey crostini – perfect when paired with a glass of your favorite red or white. Other popular picks include the Braised New Zealand mussels braised in garlic and white wine sauce and the bruschetta which tops lightly toasted Italian

bread with chopped tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, capers, Kalamata olives, basil and mozzarella. Entrees range from a lamb chops grilled to perfection and accompanied by red roasted potatoes, asparagus and lamb au jus and the risotto paella which combines fresh clams, greenlipped mussels, Tiger prawns, scallop, fresh fish and Spanish saffron rice. With Happy Hour all night on Mondays and a menu that keeps your fork in hand long after you have had your fill, Tannins successfully pairs memorable moments, fine dining experience and friendly service. More of a pizza person? Tannins pizza menu offers a plethora of possibilities – including gluten- and dairy-free accommodations. The Gourmet Veggie Pizza - topped with Roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, spinach, goat cheese and a light pesto sauce – immediately caught our attention and didn’t disappoint. The Butternut Squash Ravioli garnished with sage, hazelnut and truffle oil butter and the Fettuccini Toscana served with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, basil and grilled chicken are among the restaurant’s most popular pasta creations. Whatever you do, save a little room for a sweet treat – the Chocolate Bomba Spumoni is decadent strawberry, pistachio and chocolate gelato delight coated in hard chocolate.

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OC Celebrates 125 Years! ave the date for Orange County’s 125th birthday party throughout the Historic Downtown of San Juan Capistrano this September 13th. This day-long, city-wide event begins with “HANDS AROUND THE MISSION”, a ceremony celebrating different cultures working together to start a new society. A Native American Blessing and Ringing of Mission Bells will follow. Free events will be prevalent throughout the Downtown, the Los Rios Historic District and Historic Town Center Park. Also, musical selections from Tom Scott’s original melodrama, “San Juan’s Dirty Laundry” will be performed throughout the day.


What a better way to celebrate this landmark birthday than in the County’s Birthplace! Be sure to visit Los Rios Street while you are here, which is the State of California’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. This Event is part of the City’s Mayoral-Appointed Economic Preser-

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t the height of summer in South County, there are few more festive places to get together with friends and family than what is arguably one of San Juan Capistrano's iconic eateries: Ricardo's Place. Many of our favorite advertising partners and editorial contributors gathered to sip Ricardo's signature mango (and classic) margaritas and sample the restaurant's traditional Mexican dishes in celebration of the release of our August 2014 edition.

We can't say enough about our experience here - from the delicious Mexican fare and stellar service to the festive atmosphere. To our readers, we encourage you to patronize the many wonderful local businesses featured within these pages. And to our advertising partners, we are ever thankful for your continued participation and support of our community publication. Until our next gathering... happy reading! - South County Magazine

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SOUTH COUNTY DINING & ENTERTAINMENT respect and love for them, and I’m not alone, everyone feels this way about them.” - Stephanie Frisch, Insurance 101 and candidate for SJC City Council. "Ricardo & Rosa Beas are great community partners who believe in the City of San Juan Capistrano. They care about the health of this city and give their time and treasures to support so many great causes in the city especially those programs and services that support the youth. They are two of the most respected people in this city!" - James Littlejohn, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. "Anyone who has met Ricardo and Rosa know that they are sincere, warmhearted, honest, hard-working people who deserve all the riches that come their way. They also are spiritual enough to be aware that their greatest wealth is in their relationships in and around the community and I can't think of anyone who has done a better job of becoming a big part of our community.

Giving Back Citizen Spotlight: Ricardo & Rosa Beas by Jody Robinson side from owning and operating Ricardo's Place (arguably one of San Juan Capistrano's most iconic eateries), Ricardo and Rosa Beas devote their time to giving back in a BIG way to just about every service organization, not-for-profit and community service organization in the city. The couple are both on the Board of Directors for ATLAS, a youth soccer program, and the Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. Rosa is a board member of the San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library and Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Ricardo lends his time on the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce board, and the couple takes pride in giving back through the San Juan Capistrano and Monarch Beach Rotary clubs.


As a Facebook friend of Ricardo and Rosa, it always amazes me how many events they are able to not only participate in but become a major contributor to. To that end, Ricardo has joined myself and the 5x former mayor of San Juan Capistrano, Ken Friess as Directors in our foundation that we have created to serve military families, victims of domestic abuse and locally, low income families. The Non-Profit 501(c) Foundation is called Well Rounded Heroes ( and includes schools here in San Juan that teach different arts and skills including martial arts to these "heroes." - Adam Zax, President and CEO, Well Rounded Heroes Foundation. "Thank you for the opportunity to brag about my friend and mentor Ricardo Beas. He does so many positive things for the beach cities community. It is hard to single out any one situation, he has always been our champion. He and Rosa's philanthropy are well known throughout South Orange County and GREAT OPPORTUNITIES has been on the receiving end of their kindness many times. I have known Ricardo since our days at San Clemente High School, where we graduated together with the class of 1977. Today, we are members of the San Juan Chamber of Commerce members and the SJC Latino Business Council.

Ricardo and Rosa are part of the heart of San Juan Capistrano. They are friends to everyone, give their support to all groups, and their commitment to this town never waivers. I can’t imagine what it would be like if they weren’t here supporting our community as they so tirelessly do.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ricardo and Rosa for the first time when I was in the process of launching South County Magazine in the Fall of 2010. I had initially approached them about participating from an advertising standpoint and spoke to them about editorial opportunities to showcase their business. As I would come to discover is their way, Ricardo and Rosa immediately redirected the attention from themselves to share with me details of many worthy local non-profit organizations I'm a co-founding director with my brother David Groos of GREAT OPPORTUthey felt would better benefit from exposure in a community NITIES. We are a youth-based nonprofit with an educational focus on our local aquatic world. Our goal is to open the door of opportunity for at-risk kids. magazine. As evidenced by the following testimonials, I am not alone in Like most directors, I'm involved with every facet of the operation of our orbeing inspired to exemplify Ricardo and Rosa’s passion, dedi- ganization. With no formal training, mistakes are often made during the development of new programs or events. This is where my cation and commitment to the betterment of the community. friend really stands out and helps me make the appropriate decisions - his level headed approach allows me to “Ricardo and Rosa are part of the heart of San Juan Capisstay focused on my goal of helping the community to the trano. They are friends to everyone, give their support to all best of my abilities. To this day, I believe much of our sucgroups, and their commitment to this town never waivers. I cess is rooted in Ricardo's mentoring." - Eric Groos, can’t imagine what it would be like if they weren’t here supCo-Founder, GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. porting our community as they so tirelessly do. I have so much SEPTEMBER 2014




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