FINE magazine January 2016 The Health & Recreation Issue

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Del Mar Country Club One of the finest locations in the exclusive Del Mar Country Club! This spacious, single–level estate with dramatic golf course views will meet your every need. Susan Spath collaborated on the design, using only the finest materials, to create this masterpiece. The main home has 4 spacious bedroom suites (2 additional offices), a 1–bedroom guest house, as well as an over–sized 4–car garage. You will truly feel like you are at a resort as you recline in your pool overlooking the 15th green!


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Fairbanks Ranch This recently completed Fairbanks Estate sits on a 2.5 acre lot. From the wrought iron gated entrance to the custom porte-cochère, the appointments here are profound. The main home has 10 en suite bedrooms, an expansive kitchen, and beautifully designed family room. A richly paneled pub, formal dining and living room along with his and her studies are just part of this creation’s charm. A fitness room, as well as a game room that opens to the Loggia area. Legendary appliances, timeless moldings and architectural arches along with mulit-media capabilities. Detached 1 bedroom guest house and a pool side cabana that anchors the finest pool that has to be seen to be believed.

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Del Mar This is undeniably a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to own one of the most exclusive and unique properties in the United States! Do not miss this extremely rare and remarkable opportunity to make this acreage in the heart of Del Mar your own. A spectacular waterfront property of over 5.5 acres atop the bluffs of Del Mar lays a beautiful canvas to build your very own vision of paradise with over 396 ft of oceanfront and includes 3 APNs.


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Situated on the coveted 9 north fairway of the Morgan Run Resort, the site affords spectacular sunsets & golf course views. Elegantly renovated in 2005, the home presents an open concept floor plan for great entertaining & family get togethers. The custom designed Chef’s Kitchen features custom cabinets, granite counters an 8 burner Dual Fuel Viking Rage, stainless KitchenAid appliances & huge walk in pantry. The formal living room is appointed with crown moulding, an elegant custom fireplace, designer window treatment & 12’ vaulted ceiling, Dual Master Suites provide a versatile floor plan, 2 additional bedrooms & 4.5 renovated baths. First level floors are tumbled Travertine in the Versailles pattern; other special features are a cedar sauna, Jacuzzi tub, Koi Pond, large 2 car garage, laundry room, lush landscaping, family orchard, golf course view from Master Deck. Offered at 1,499,000

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t’s that time of year again, the time when we all work to replace those old, bad habits with new ones. More often than not, these annual resolutions center on a healthy ideal, whether that be eating clean, quitting smoking or even improving your golf game. No matter your resolution, we’re here to help, which is why every January we devote our issue to health and beauty. This year our resolution is to help you get healthy, stay healthy, and look good while you do it. Here’s to a new year—and a new you! PUBLISHER

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A recent journalism graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Juliet Saunders is excited to start her career in writing. She enjoys writing about health, beauty and human interest pieces. In her free time she enjoys living in San Diego and all it has to offer.

In addition to her responsibilities as FINE Magazine’s Executive Editor, Emily Glaser is a passionate freelance writer and editor. Though her recent projects have ranged from proofreading manuscripts and consulting manuals to penning creative non–fiction on topics like Mark Twain and Cheerwine, her true passion lies in travel writing. Visit for a selection of samples and to contact Emily regarding creative projects. Deanna Smith’s innovative approach to making gluten– free breads and pastry was inspired by her three–year–old cousin and is driven by perfection. With passion for food and family she created the impossible: delicious gluten–free bread. Today her hard work continues at Deanna’s Gluten Free bakery in Escondido, California, with her staff of 20+ to keep up with the demands of her clients, who range from Jimbo’s Markets to Seasons 52 Restaurants to Disney.

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Former Metropolitan Opera violinist Erica Miner has had a multi–faceted career as an award–winning author, screenwriter, arts writer and lecturer. Her San Diego Opera reviews and interviews have appeared on the music websites,, and She resides with her French husband in their Carlsbad chateau. Bianca Kasawdish is a lifestyle and fashion writer and journalist in San Diego. Her work has been published in Seasons Magazine, Pacific Magazine, StyleLine Magazine and The Chaldean News. Following a love of all things fashion, she has worked on many photo shoots as Stylist Assistant. Visit her portfolio at

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Contents JANUARY 2016

F E AT U R E S 55 Saving Face

Dr. Karam Provides Facial Rejuvenation Through Proactive Measures

60 London Calling

A Call to Fashion in Londontown

64 Break the Ice

Escape to the Best Slopes in the Nation this Winter

This page: The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe Spa is the perfect way to relax after a long day on the slopes. Cover: Dr. Amir Karam is changing the way we see aging—literally.

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DEPARTMENTS 26 January Calendar

FRONT & CENTER 30 Above Par

Desert Island Golf & Country Club is the Hidden Gem of the Desert

32 True Romance

New reality TV show The Romance is set in San Diego

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34 Golf Gift Guide

New Golf Products for a New Year

36 January 18th, 1958


Interview with Willie O’Ree

HOME & ST YLE 38 The Best Fit

Chic Fitness Gear For Any Workout

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 40 Lucky Seven

Must-Have Skincare Products for Women and Men


42 InterGREATive Medicine

Integrative Medicine Focuses on Health & Healing for the Body and Mind

46 Ta–Ta, Tobacco

How Vaping Helped Me Quit Cigarettes


68 Fast Food Tender Greens Offers Delicious

Healthy Food, Fast

72 Real Food

A Recipe for a Happy, Healthy 2016

ART & SOCIET Y 74 Social Scene

80 Comedic Relief

Jerry Seinfeld Keeps the Silliness Going

82 2016: A Year of New Resolutions

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SAN DIEGO GULLS INAUGURAL SEASON When: October 10th–April 16th Where: Valley View Casino Center The Gulls return to San Diego! Now an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, the San Diego Gulls AHL hockey team is sure to have an ice–slinging, fan–producing season! Grab your tickets now for the rebirth of San Diego hockey. UPRIGHT & GRAND PIANO FESTIVAL When: January 8th–February 8th Where: Copley Symphony Hall The San Diego Symphony presents Upright & Grand, the inaugural, month–long festival featuring the piano! The festival will feature internationally–renowned classical, jazz and contemporary artists for performances, master classes and workshops. Incredible artists like Marc-André Hamelin, Garrick Ohlsson, Jeremy Denk, Emanuel Ax, Vadym Kholodenko, Joshua White, Helen Sung, Eric Reed, Jessie Chang, Horacio Gutierrez and Ben Folds, along with Music Director Jahja Ling, will wow!

J*COMPANY YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS SEUSSICAL, JR. When: January 15th–31st Where:: David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family, Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus Join Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Layzie Mayzie and all your other favorite Dr. Seuss characters in a fantastical, magical music extravaganza from the creative minds of TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The J*Company Youth Theatre performers will transport you from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus and to the invisible world of the Whos! GEM FAIRE IN DEL MAR When: January 15th–17th Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds The Del Mar Fairgrounds are filled with sparkling, glittering finds! Fine jewelry, precious and semi–precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more—all at manufacturer’s prices. More than 70 exhibitors from around the world will gather in San Diego to peddle their priceless wares. JERRY SEINFELD When: January 15th Where: San Diego Civic Theatre America’s favorite comedian and innovative performer, Jerry Seinfeld, comes to San Diego for one day only! With two performances in the heart of the city, this is your once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to catch his signature stand–up routine in which he makes light of the little things in life.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURES OF THE GREAT NOME GOLD RUSH When: January 13th–February 7th Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre The world’s greatest sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, tries to prove a client innocent of murder, even if it means traveling to the Wild West frontier town of Nome, Alaska, and ending up at a bar run by Wyatt Earp. This wild and wooly adventure is full of intrigue, mystery, deception and duplicity. 26 •

KID’S MARATHON MILE AT LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA When: January 16th Where: LEGOLAND Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to the one–mile fun–run in Carlsbad. Before the doors open to the public, they’re opened for participants to run, walk, skip or stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the park, making their way to an exciting, spectator-filled finish line. Each finisher is presented with a shiny finisher’s medal and treated to a fun post-event party with a DJ, activities, light refreshments and booths. 36TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PARADE When: January 17th Where: Harbor Drive, Embarcadero

One of the largest celebrations of its kind, this annual parade celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With incredible floats, marching bands, local colleges and universities, churches and a spirited soul, this is an incredible event and monument to MLK. This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Foundation and local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America.

CARLSBAD MARATHON & HALF When: January 17th Where: The Shoppes at Carlsbad More than a marathon, the Carlsbad Marathon is an experience! With unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Carlsbad, this award–winning event is unlike any other. SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK When: January 17th–24th Where: Across San Diego Over 180 restaurants across San Diego will participate in Restaurant Week 2016! Participating restaurants will offer three– course prix–fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two–course prix–fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. Enjoy restaurants across the county as they serve up their best delicacies.

MONSTER JAM When: January 23rd Where: Petco Park Monster Jam returns for its second year at Petco Park! Car–crushing excitement will fill the stands, especially with favorites like Gravedigger, El Toro Loco and more!

Hailing from the beautiful land of New Zealand, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will travel across the globe and land in San Diego! Known for their their winning combination of charming humor, disarmingly small ukuleles and sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is the show to see this winter. FARMER’S INSURANCE OPEN When: January 28th–31st Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course Come enjoy one of the world’s most beloved golf tournaments, The Farmer’s Insurance Open, at beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit 12 participating local charities. Local golf fans are encouraged to help out further by volunteering for the event. THE METROMANIACS When: January 30th–March 6th Where: Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre Set in 18th century Paris, when poets where the hippest folks around, people are going métromanie, or crazy for poetry. But pseudonyms and hijinks get in the way of love for these poets and their lovers. SURF & BOCCEE FUNDRAISER AND AWARDS LUNCHEON When: January 31st Where: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is teaming up with Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound to host the first annual Surf & Bocce Fundraiser and Awards Luncheon. The event is designed to get all members of the community involved with challenged athletes, and all proceeds will go directly to Operation Rebound. GUARDS AT THE TAJ When: February 2nd–28th Where: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre This dark comedy follows two guards on the eve of the reveal of the great Taj Mahal. Their beliefs are shaken as the morning of the reveal dawns, leaving them questioning their very existence. WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL UKULELE ORCHESTRA When: February 2nd Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido

THE SAN DIEGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL When: February 4th–14th Where: Across San Diego The 26th season of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival returns to San Diego. The festival will feature 60 films, filmmakers and special guests in five locations across San Diego. The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC) is housed at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, and is the largest local institution solely dedicated to exploring the Jewish experience through the arts.

LEGENDS: KEOLA BEAMER AND HENRY KAPONO When: February 5th Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido Hawaiian musical icons Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono come together in this celebration of contemporary Hawaiian music, so you can escape to the islands without ever leaving your seat! The award–winning artists will perform together, along with a hula master, at the Center for the Arts. AN EVENING OF JAZZ & DANCE When: February 5th–7th Where: The Lyceum Theatre The music of San Diego iconic jazz composer, Gilbert Castellanos, is perfectly matched with dance performed by the San Diego Ballet. Javier Velasco’s stunning choreography will leave you in awe.

CARDIFF KOOK RUN When: February 7th Where: Encinitas Sign The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of one of San Diego’s greatest communities and the perfect way to kick off your Super Bowl Sunday! With views of some of the best surf breaks in the county and hundreds of costumes, this is sure to be a fun day. MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET: CINDERELLA When: February 9th Where: Copley Symphony Hall The Moscow Festival Ballet returns to San Diego, this time with our childhood favorite, Cinderella. Watch the world–renowned dancers twirl and pirouette to the classic love story.

SAN DIEGO OPERA PRESENTS TOSCA When: February 13th–21st Where: San Diego Civic Theatre Puccini’s masterpiece comes to life with the San Diego Opera! Set in the violent streets of Rome, Puccini spins a web of politics, love, betrayal, jealousy and murder. A talented singer tries to save the man she loves, but how far is she willing to go? CORONADO VALENTINES DAY 10K When: February 14th Where: Tidelands Park, Coronado Coronado hosts the 6th annual Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K and Fun Run on February 14th—and this year it’s a match–making event! The race includes a grab–bag with coupons to local restaurants and shops as well as a post–race party at McP’s Pub. All proceeds will benefit the Islander Sports Foundation and the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation, both of which help local children and sports education. •


Meet the Candidates


By Bob Larivee with Bob Morey


will be a year that we as citizens will be asked to elect our public officials from our Local and State races to our National and Federal levels. FINE Magazine is proud to bring you this first installment of what will be an eight part monthly series, “Meet The Candidates,” where we will introduce you to a few of the candidates that will be on your ballot come this June and November. So, without further adieu, may we present our first Candidate, Mr. Bob Larivee. California business owner Bob Larivee is running for the United States Senate seat currently held by Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring in 2016. Mr. Larivee is a native Californian and resident of San Bernardino County, who will run as a common sense fiscal conservative Republican. As the owner of an award–winning design and build firm, Bob understands how the federal government’s aggressive regulatory schemes and high taxes hinder economic growth in our state. His business acumen and desire to see his fellow Californians succeed are ultimately what drove him to run as a candidate for the United States Senate. Mr. Larivee is recognized as an expert in understanding government ordinances and codes and negotiating solutions around the problems

concerning them. He has appeared before at least 90 boards, committees and councils for certain approvals and he has yet to be turned down! “California needs a United States Senator who understands what it takes to create jobs, meet a payroll, balance a budget and live within our means,” stated Mr. Larivee. “For far too long, Washington politicians have neglected to consider the impact of much of their legislation. As a result, job creators have had a difficult time growing their business and economic expansion has been stifled. I will ensure a common sense approach that helps businesses grow and prosper.” “Washington is full of lawyers and career politicians who are more interested in furthering their own self–interest and those of special interests, as opposed to representing the best interest of their constituents,” continued Mr. Larivee. “That is why we have record debt and deficits, why health insurance is in a crisis, and why the needs of Veterans are overlooked. It’s no wonder why Californians are fed up with politics– as–usual mirroring the rest of the nation.” “Adding insult to injury,” says Mr. Larivee, “the first inclination of Washington insiders is to raise taxes on those who are creating jobs and forcing them to either import cheap labor or send jobs outside the U.S. Not only am I opposed to imposing new taxes on Californians, but I will work to give our state a tax cut that will keep earnings in control of their earners. Like many in the Golden State, I am frustrated with the lack of action on getting our spending under control.

If businesses and Americans could spend like Washington they would end up bankrupt!” Bob Larviee has taken a stance on many of the pressing issues facing us as a nation, such as: The National Debt, Job Creation, Taxes, Agriculture, Water, Boarder Security, National Defense and Veteran’s Affairs. You can read what his views are regarding these topics on the “Issues” page on his campaign website. “Voters want change. They want a common sense citizen government, not that of career politicians and political insiders,” concluded Bob Larivee. “The system is broken. My real–world approach to solving problems ensures that frustrated Californians will have their voices heard and acted upon when I am in the United States Senate.” Bob Larivee is the CEO of Award Winning Design and an Award Winning Build Firm, an entity that has created jobs, met strict budgets and helped many create their own small businesses. He has over 35 years of experience domestically and internationally working with various levels of government, holding them accountable to following the laws, codes and regulations they enforce on his clients. Mr. Larivee is 51 years old and, with his wife Kimberly, who is a law enforcement officer in Southern California, has seven children, ranging in age from 3 to 32 and 2 grandchildren. Bob is a second lieutenant in the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, where he has served as a chaplain, moral leadership officer, drug demand reduction officer, promotions review board member and special investigator. An outdoorsman who enjoys California’s pristine natural beauty, in his spare time Mr. Larivee can be found camping or hiking Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Death Valley, the High Sierras and the small mountain ranges in Southern California. In addition to his career in the building design field, Bob is passionate about volunteering and

community service. Positions he has held or holds include: Organizer for Host of Help for Victorville’s Homeless, Organizer and Host of Help for the High Desert Homeless, Organizing Committee member of San Bernardino County “Project Connect,” organizing committee member for University of San Diego Football Golf Tournament, Founding Committee Member for Old Town Victorville Collaboration, advisory board member of Rose of Sharon Pregnancy Center and member of the board of directors for the High Desert Homeless Shelter. You can meet Mr. Bob Larivee and personally ask him the questions that are most important to you during our Meet The Candidates event at our central San Diego location on Saturday, January 9th at Mike’s BBQ, 3055 Clairemont Dr. San Diego 92117. Space is limited to 35 for this event. RSVP on our Meet The Candidates Facebook page to ensure your seat. Bob Larivee for US Senate 12127 Mall Blvd. Suite a486 Victorville, CA 92392 (760) 442-6829 Bob Larivee for US Senate on Facebook @larivee2016 on Twitter

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ward–winning golf and incomparable value—two phrases that best describe Desert Island Golf & Country Club. Located in the heart of prestigious Rancho Mirage, California at the corner of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra Drive and across from the famous Sunnyland estate, Desert Island Golf & Country Club has garnered a reputation for being one of the finest clubs in Rancho Mirage. It is a member–owned golf club limited to 280 golfing members, which makes tee times easily accessible. Known for its friendly membership, accommodating staff and social atmosphere, it welcomes golfers of all skill levels.

Hole 8 is one of the shortest but most challenging par 3s on the course.

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Unique to the desert, there are no homes on the golf course as they are located on an “island” separated from the Club by a 25–acre lake. The members of Desert Island Golf & Country Club are proud of the tradition and fine reputation that has developed since the Club opened in 1971. The clubhouse is an inviting two–story, 38,000 square–foot well–designed facility. The views are outstanding from the main dining area and cocktail lounge looking west over the green fairways and, on the horizon, the picturesque San Jacinto mountains. It also houses a 425 seat ballroom as well as casual dining at the 19th hole or on the popular patio.

Below: Even the driving range offers stunning views. Head Golf Professional Carol Gatherum and Club President Kris Adams.

The crowning achievement of Desert Island is, of course, the golf course. Renowned Golf Course Architect Desmond Muirhead transformed 155 acres of desert with exceptional sophistication and ease; to the naked eye, the course appears as an unnervingly natural “island paradise” designed to test your skills. Fully– matured and strategically–placed trees shade and line the fairways, providing privacy and a challenge for accuracy. Well–placed bunkers encourage exactness while adding just the right balance to the sometimes deceiving openness of the course. The immaculately groomed Desert Island course is maintained year round in championship condition. Some of the best mountain views in the desert can be admired from the seat of your cart as you tour the 18 holes of this desert gem. Kris Adams, the club’s first ever female President, says that joining Desert Island was one of the best decisions she and husband Tim have made. “We love it here and we love the people, and besides being able to golf a beautifully manicured golf course, one of our best assets is the open and friendly people that make up our membership.” Golf professional Carol Gatherum, having served the club since 1994 and as Head Golf Professional since 1999, says many of the newest golf club members are younger and join just so they can

play the mature Desmond Muirhead course. The avid golfers live in nearby homes outside the community and “hop on over in their golf carts.” It is one of the rare desert courses whose design is independent of the residences, one golfers often elect to walk. Mike Olson, the Greens Superintendent for the past 7 years, notes how well the membership respects the course and its condition at all times. New members are impressed with the longevity of service to the club by its staff, from the food and service people to the locker room attendants, from the golf staff to the maintenance staff that often remember them by name. The dining at the Club is a culinary experience provided by Executive Chef Raymond Nelson, having come to the Club from Marrakesh Country Club where he was executive chef for the last 10 years. The Club’s California dishes are a melting pot of cultures, local ingredients and fusion cuisine. “We like to make the connection between fresh food and the local farms that supply them,” says Chef Raymond. Dining at the club is complimented by attentive waiters and waitresses who call you by name. Private celebrations are offered at the Club by their own professional staff, who oversee every detail. Judy Martin, the Club’s Memberships Director, reflects on how well they continue to refine and evaluate the Club

experience with each new member that walks through their doors. “We strive to present a calm sense of sophistication and simple beauty that mirrors the surrounding desert as well as the small, culturally–rich town of Rancho Mirage.” Given the camaraderie among its members and a calendar filled with golf and social activities, it’s no wonder that someone seeking to join a club would rank Desert Island Golf & Country Club high on their list, but Desert Island has for the most part remained the “hidden gem of the desert.” If you are considering a golf club membership, put Desert Island on the top of your list—while it’s still “hidden!” Desert Island Golf & Country Club 71-777 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA. 92270 Call Judy Martin, 760-328-2111 x 207 •


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The stars of The Romance gathered at the premiere.

True Romance



f there’s one quest that unites us all as humans, it’s the hunt for true love. We’ll go to any lengths to find it—including committing ourselves to reality TV and the watchful eyes of thousands of strangers. Ken Gora, the creator and executive producer of the new reality show The Romance: So You Think It’s Love, knows that this eternal journey for romance is what unites us all. “Everyone from age 17 to 97 can relate to being single and dating at one time or another, and when audiences see the TV series is both entertaining and educational it’s a win for everyone,” he says. Though the essential benefit of the show is finding love, it’s also proven to be a bit of a love story for the city of San Diego. “Contestants benefit, companies benefit and cities benefit,” Gora explains. The twelve–episode series follows real San Diego singles in real San Diego locales, boosting our economy and showing off our beautiful scenery—and people—to the world. When Gora created the show, he made sure San Diego businesses and charities would benefit. Local restaurants, wineries, venues and salons will be in the national limelight; through a series of both group dates and individual dates, we’ll watch as contestants enjoy dinner at Eddie V’s in La Jolla or Il Fornaio in Del Mar, as they experience a Zolna Yacht Charter or a hosted event by Beach House Winery in the wine country of Oceanside or Ramona. The best of San Diego will be on display. But there’s a lot more going on than just a series of dates. A panel of experts, Dating Coach Kimberly Seltzer and Matchmaker Elle France, along with Gora, coach the

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contestants along their path to romance, offering constructive feedback to help them succeed in their journey for love. Gora’s got the credentials to back up his advice and idea. With a doctorate in psychology and more than 20 years of experience working with people, Gora feels The Romance is bound to be entertaining—and educational. “Have you ever watched one of these TV shows or heard about what happened on a date and wished you or someone could just shake them silly and tell them what you were seeing?” Gora asks. “That’s what we do. In the show, we have both a therapist and a relationship expert, as well as guest experts that will be giving the contestants feedback on their choices throughout their dating experiences on the show. The television audience learns from these conversations and feedback, as do the contestants.” And, most importantly, the show displays love in a realistic light. “Nobody is living in a mansion, no one is flying to Bora Bora or Tahiti on a third date,” says Gora. “Not everyone looks like a model and no one is asked to get engaged or married.” These real–life aspects of The Romance set it apart from played–out dating shows like The Bachelor. “Everyone lives in San Diego, and all our contestants have jobs, some have kids and they are really trying to meet that special someone while living their normal routine.” Ready to fall in love? You can watch Gora and his team of experts as they coach local singles beginning January 15th on Channel 4 Cox Cable and Time Warner Cable, or catch up online. For more information on The Romance, visit


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ADIDAS TOUR360 BOOST FOOTWEAR Whether men want to admit it or not, fashion is a large part of golfing, and no clothing item is more important than golf shoes. You need something trendy, but also functional, something sleek, but with grip. The TOUR360 Boost has cushioning in both the front of the shoe and the heel to increase comfort. The shoe also features a 10–cleat outsole, which helps to enhance lateral stability. And while the technology behind these new golf shoes is fascinating, the fashionable design is what really makes them pop. These shoes currently come in white with black accents and just enough red to make them really stand out. They’ll be available on February 1st, 2016. ($230,


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NEW GOLF PRODUCTS FOR A NEW YEAR By Jess Yacovelle Golf is a favored pastime in San Diego. We have some of the best golf courses, pro–shops and teams throughout California. But in order to play the best golf game, you need the best golf products and accessories. From golf clubs to footwear, from club grips to mobile apps, there are a ton of new products this year that cater to golfers, but which are the best? We picked out some of our favorite recently–released and upcoming golf products that are sure to help you dazzle on the green and improve your game.

HYDRAPAK STASH BOTTLE When the overwhelming San Diego sun beams down on the golf course, staying hydrated becomes a necessity. Make life easy with the lightweight Hydrapak Stash water bottle. This flexible design collapses into a three inch space, making storage a snap. Even better, Hydrapak’s water bottle is leakproof. It’s available in pretty and bright colors like blue, lime green and smoke. ($17.99$22.99,

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The best weapon of any golfer is a great golf club, and boy, does TaylorMade have a stellar new driver perfect for golfers of all skill levels. TaylorMade’s new driver is their longest yet, and it features some innovative new technology. For example, instead of being made from 100% titanium, TaylorMade uses a carbon composite crown, which makes the club more lightweight. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the new M1 Driver is the T–Track system, which allows each golfer to customize the amount of power and speed they want from their club. The creative T–Track system is perfect to help both beginners and professionals tweak their swings. ($499,

BIG MAX BLADE+ If you’re not a fan of golf carts and you want to walk instead of ride, you still need a way to carry your clubs. In that case, check out the BIG MAX Blade+ push cart. This sleek, foldable cart offers a lightweight way to carry your clubs on a busy golf course. These carts collapse into a convenient 5–inch profile and can be stored almost anywhere. ($299,


LIZZIE DRIVER AW15 MOSAIC COLLECTION Looking for a preppy clothing style made for the golf course? Lizzie Driver’s new autumn and winter Mosaic Collection may be a perfect fit! The collection features a series of stand–out shirts, skirts, sweaters and more. All articles of clothing feature exclusive prints from the Liberty of London collection, and they come in a variety of soft colors. (prices vary,

In the wonderful world of smartphones and iPads, where information is available with just the click of a button, every golfer needs a mobile app to help improve their game. For the technology lover, Swingbyte’s Virtual Coach Mobile App is the perfect gift. Swingbyte analyzes a golfer’s swing and identifies any errors or flaws through a small sensor that attaches to the shaft of any golf club. This Virtual Coach app provides more accurate information than any real coach because it analyzes swing speed, attack angle and much more. The app also comes with a series of video lessons and drills to help golfers improve their game. ($169, available on iPhone only,

LAMKIN GRIPS—WRAP–TECH Do you lose your grip on your golf clubs? Are your handles looking chewed up? Some new sleek grips might be the perfect golf gift for you. Lamkin’s golf club grips are comfortable, and they offer the perfect amount of control and slip–resistance. Planning an extensive golf trip around the country? Lamkin grips are great in all climates and conditions, and they come in a variety of sizes. Even better, the grips offer an opportunity to share your personal style with fun, colored accents. ($4.99 each, •


Front & Center INTERVIEW



ost of us attend or watch sporting events. We find excitement in following our favorite players and teams. There are games and scores we will talk about for years to come. Every now and then, some of us are lucky enough to see history happen right before our eyes. Such was the case on January 18th, 1958 when Willie O’Ree broke the color barrier in the National Hockey League and became known as the Jackie Robinson of hockey. A few years later in 1967, Mr. O’Ree joined our new San Diego Gulls and became a fan favorite almost overnight. Over the next 12 years, Mr. O’Ree played on three different San Diego hockey teams. Since 1998, Mr. O’Ree has been the NHL’s Director of Youth Development and an ambassador for the NHL Diversity Program that has introduced over 40,000 boys and girls to the sport. Last October, the Gulls hung his number 20 in the rafters in the Valley View Casino Center and we were able to catch up with him just after that special evening. FM: Tell us about that night on January 18th, 1958 when you stepped out onto the ice wearing a Boston Bruins uniform and became the first black man to play in the NHL. WO: First of all, I was no stranger to the Montreal fans because I played against the Montreal Royals, the professional team there, and then I played against the Montreal Junior Canadians so when I stepped on the ice on— it was a Saturday?—on January the 18th, I felt comfortable being in Montreal and playing in the old Forum, which was great. But when the game started, I had a couple of butterflies that first shift, and then I just kind of settled down, but it was a great feeling. I didn’t realize at that time that

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I broke the color barrier and became the first black player to play in the NHL. It wasn’t till the next morning that I read it in the paper, I was just so excited about playing in Montreal against the Montreal Canadians in a regularly scheduled NHL game and then also beating the Canadians 3–0 that night, so it was a great night, and a great start for me. How old were you when you first started playing hockey and when did you decide to make it your career? Well, I started skating at the age of 3. My dad made a rink in my backyard, we had a good–sized backyard and I started playing organized hockey when I was 5. I played up through the ranks and then when I was 14, I decide that I was going to become a professional hockey player. Thanks to my older brother who played hockey, and I had the pleasure of playing with my brother on two or three different teams before I left. He was not only my brother and my friend, but he was my mentor. You were a part of the original Gulls back in San Diego in the sixties. What were some of your most memorable experiences from 1967–1974, and then again from 77–78? I really feel that the seven years I played with the San Diego Gulls were the seven best years I had playing professional out of the 21 years I played. Bob Brietbard and Max McNab brought me to San Diego in ’67, and I just fell in love with the city and the players that I had the pleasure to play with. It was just like a family team. We went out into the community and talked to schools, went to senior citizens places. Being here in San Diego, seeing the palm trees and the weather that we have here. “I could stay,” I told myself, “play as hard as you can

Willie O’Ree, who broke the color barrier in the NHL, now heads the NHL’s program for Youth Development and is an ambassador for the NHL Diversity Program (left). Last October, the Gulls hung O’Ree’s number 20 in the rafters in the Valley View Casino Center (right).

and try to be the best player you can and try to represent the hockey club to the best of your abilities.” It’s a great city and a great team and the fans were great. I can’t say enough about the fans and how they supported the team over the years that I had the pleasure of playing here. Today you’re still involved in the NHL as the Director of Youth Development for the Diversity Task Force. What is this program? I joined the National Hockey League in 1998 as the director of NHL’s Diversity Program, which is now the Hockey–Is–For–Everyone Program. Back then, we had about five programs and I would travel around to these different cities to encourage and teach kids to play hockey. I visited numerous schools, boys and girls clubs, YMCA & YWCAs, juvenile detentions […] Now we have over 45 programs located in America, and I’m doing the same thing. […] Basically, you set your mind to do something because if you don’t follow through with it, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. I use myself as an example: from losing my right eye after being struck with a puck and the doctor telling me that I wouldn’t be able to play hockey again because I was going to be blind in the right eye, and I just couldn’t accept that. I told myself that the doctor didn’t know the goals and dreams that I had set for myself and how I felt within myself. So I just said “I’m going to prove this [guy] wrong, so I just went out and finished the season. Mr. O’Ree is one of those fortunate few that knew at a young age what he wanted to do with his life and is still doing just that at the age of 80, on the ice and doing what he loves. The NHL could not have chosen a better person for the Youth Development program and he has done wonders with it. Today hockey is available to far more many children then it was a mere 15 years ago, from backgrounds and regions that at one time seemed very unlikely. For this we salute you, Mr. O’ree!

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ow that the New Year is upon us, how are those fitness goals working out? Have you vowed to take the stairs more often? Perhaps go for a daily walk after work? Whether you’re finding your inner Zen or hitting the snowy slopes, a bit of style can go a long way when breaking a sweat. There’s a reason athleisure is one of the hottest fashion trends since yoga pants! Check out the latest in chic workout gear for any activity, from the gym to barre class and beyond.

SPIN CLASS We all know that it gets hot on those bikes; stay cool in a fresh ensemble while you get your spin on. Take you workout up a notch with shorter clothing. No matter how intense you workout is, your wardrobe will be just breathable enough. Reyes Tee, $70, Yogasmoga This full mesh top allows for optimal breathing room and stretch. With a relaxed fit, this sheer piece is optimal for layering and adding dimension to your fitness wear. Sweet ‘N Shorter Shorts, $54, Yogasmoga Keep cool and comfortable in these super soft shorts. They are highly breathable to keep you feeling fresh throughout any workout, on and off the bike. 38 •

ON THE RUN While running and cross training is hard work, you can at least make it look effortless in a cool outfit. There’s no reason to change when you want to grab lunch or hit the juice bar with your friends afterward when you look this cute and sporty! Delicious Half Zip Hoodie, $96, Graced By Grit This half zip hoodie is ideal for any woman’s fitness activities. From your morning run to a cover–up post–pilates, it’s a must–have. Nike Free TR 5 Flyknit Metallic, $130, Nike Every girl needs a pair of killer kicks. With a featherweight design on this seamless shoe, runners can enjoy an efficient, eco– friendly fit.

KICKBOXING Kickboxing is highly active, so it’s important to have an ensemble that you’re really able to move in. Go for the edgier items to invest yourself in that champion vibe. Quest Mind Over Mat Capri, $69, Athleta Take it up a notch with this strappy, lattice calf design, which will help you move easily to kick into high gear. Crossback Tank, $59, Lucy If you’re looking for built– in support during that high intensity class, this is the one. Removable cupcakes and a hidden pocket give this tank bonus points.

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AT BARRE CLASS Channel your inner ballerina by putting on a leotard and twisting your hair into a sleek bun. This is not the time for an old t–shirt and baggy sweatpants. Kate Tank, $46, Graced By Grit Comfortable and simple with high performance fabric, this tank is perfect for barre, with great airflow and breathability you’ll need in that class. Zella ‘Haute – Fair Game’ Slim Fit Shorts, $44, Nordstrom These bold and playful shorts are cut to let you move and sweat. Plus, they have an ultra–wide waistband for a locked–in, flattering fit. There’s nothing like chic sportswear to inspire us to sweat. And for finishing touches, it’s all about that winning attitude!

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et’s face it: our society does not always make it easy for us to live a healthy lifestyle. From environmental concerns to lousy diets, we often choose poorly and conventional medicine is failing many who are unable to achieve optimal health. Although there is no on50x, integrative medicine is gaining steam as it strives to transform an individual’s collective health.

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So what exactly is “integrative medicine?” It combines Western medical views and procedures with other global healing methods, while emphasizing the individual’s mental and physical wellness. Integrative medicine aims to treat the individual as a whole, including the mind, spirit and emotions. Integrative medicine gets to the root cause and evaluates various curative traditions and Western medicine is just one piece of the paradigm. According to integrative medicine specialists, prevention is the key intervention resulting in the best possible health. “Conventional medicine is excellent for acute care, but it falls short of creating systems of health,” says San Diego– based specialist Mimi Guarneri, MD, one of the country’s pioneers in integrative medicine and president of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. “As a cardiologist, I recognized there was not much focus on health promotion and general wellness. For example, if someone is diabetic, it is easy to diagnose and prescribe medication. But what is the root cause? Integrative medicine studies the individual’s stress level, nutrition intake, possible environmental toxins and where he/she is mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Then, we better understand the entire picture.” While placing thousands of coronary stents as an attending physician at Scripps Clinic, Dr. Guarneri recognized the need for a more holistic approach to cardiovascular health. In 1996, she began researching how lifestyle changes such as

As President of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, Mimi Guarneri, MD works tirelessly within the Academy (below) and the community (left).

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nutrition, yoga and exercise positively impact one’s health. A short time later, she founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine to help treat cardiovascular disease by focusing on lifestyle changes while utilizing top–of–the–line cardiac imaging technology. “Through research, education and the construction of our own healing programs, we value and recognize the wisdom of all healing traditions,” says Dr. Guarneri. Located on the beautiful Torrey Pines Road, the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine offers imaging services and a fitness center, along with classes focusing on the body and mind. The Center aims to empower patients to facilitate their personal well– being while providing the necessary tools to live well. But integrative medicine is not limited to San Diego. Throughout the country, VA Hospitals have embraced integrative care. In addition, there are numerous integrative medicine centers, such as the Chambers Center for Well Being in New Jersey where Dr. Guarneri serves as a Senior Advisor. According to Dr. Guarneri, medical schools such as UCSD are also pushing to

get young physicians trained in the specialty. Another advancement for integrative medicine occurred recently when the American Board of Physician Specialists began offering national board certification for Integrative Medicine. “This is a very big deal,” adds Dr. Guarneri. “The bar has been raised and integrative medicine is gaining attention in mainstream medicine and officially recognized as a specialty. We are teaching people the links between obesity, diabetes, toxins and cancer, how food can act as medicine and how stress can cause illnesses. Regardless of the medical challenge, we have the proper tools. Times are definitely changing for the better.” Dr. Guarneri continues her mission to educate our society about Integrative Medicine. As the recipient of numerous national and international awards, she currently practices integrative health at Pacific Pearl of La Jolla. Furthermore, she serves on the International sub–committee for Direct Relief International and has authored several books including, “The Heart Speaks,” featured on PBS and the Today Show.

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Juul E–Cigarette The closest thing I could find to a cigarette was the Juul E–Cigarette. With interchangeable “pods” that contain the nicotine–infused vaping liquid, the Juul was also very easy to use and easy to refill .

HOW VAPING HELPED ME QUIT CIGARETTES By Ryan Standifird / Photos courtesy of Vapor Revolution


hen I was growing up, I never thought I would smoke a cigarette. I was the soccer captain at my high school, I ate healthy and I surrounded myself with friends who didn’t smoke or do drugs. Sure, I was offered a cigarette here and there at parties, but I always turned it down with ease. It never seemed appealing to me to smoke a cigarette. But that all changed during my

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freshman year of college. A lot of my new college friends smoked, and after turning them down time after time, I finally gave in and tried one. There were some really good, deep conversations that took place over a cigarette. It was a social tool that instantly let me connect with another smoker, and it was that social aspect that eventually led to me buying my own packs, rolling my own cigarettes and giving a lot of money to Big Tobacco. I tried multiple times to quit over the

span of four years. The longest I made it was about a month. The problem was the nicotine; I had become an addict, and every time I went without a cigarette I became a huge jerk. I wanted to leave smoking behind me, but the one thing I couldn’t tackle was my physical and mental addiction to the nicotine. I first tried vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes in late 2012. It worked fine for a couple weeks—but it just wasn’t the same as smoking a real cigarette. (Continued on pg. 48)

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In 2012, the vaping industry was still relatively new. The technology was subpar, and the liquids were still being perfected. But now, after seeing how far vape technology has come in only two years, I thought that I’d give it another chance. I went into this experiment with the mindset that I could use vaping to ween myself off my addiction to nicotine. As the vaping liquids come in different nicotine concentrations, I thought it would be effective for me to slowly reduce the amount of nicotine that my body was receiving. Then, when it came time to take nicotine out of the equation entirely, the physical withdrawal symptoms wouldn’t be so intense.

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Vape Revolution is one of the largest and most established vape shops in Southern California. Based in Orange County, they supply vaping devices and liquids with the goal of helping people quit smoking cigarettes. When I told them about the article I was writing, they jumped on board and offered me everything I would need to make the transition from cigarettes to vaping, and eventually to freedom from my nicotine addiction. “That’s the ultimate goal,” said CEO/Founder Charn Premyodhin. “We want to help others make the switch.” Premyodhin is a former cigarette smoker and chef who uses his culinary flavor palette to create his own unique e–liquid flavors.

My first day without a cigarette wasn’t too difficult. Whenever I got the urge, I vaped until it went away. The only real problem I encountered was that I was vaping a lot more often than I had smoked cigarettes. This is because I was getting less nicotine per hit of the vape than I would be getting per hit of a cigarette. But I didn’t mind; vaping was a pleasurable experience. I got the oral fixation, I could do smoke tricks with the vapor and it tasted great. After about a month of vaping, I began to notice that I was hitting the vaporizer less and less. This was a sign to me that I needed to lower the nicotine concentration of the e–liquids I was using. I went from .06mg to .03mg, which is (Continued on pg. 50)

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the lowest level of nicotine available for e-liquids. This resulted in an increase in my vaping again, but I was still not vaping as often as when I started. Now that it’s been about two months, I can safely say that my dependance on nicotine has dwindled to the point where I can now try to switch to either a nicotine–free e–liquid, or just quit vaping entirely. Vaping has convinced me that it’s not a cigarette problem that I have; it’s a nicotine problem. There have been multiple studies published about the potential hazards of vaping, whether it’s safe or not, and they all come to the same conclusion: we just don’t know yet. You may have heard about a recent study by Harvard researchers in which they link a chemical called diacetyl to e–liquids and e–cigarettes. Diacetyl is a chemical believed to be responsible for the

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“popcorn lung” disease, and it was found in a large percentage of the e–liquids tested. But according to another study published in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal in 2014, the levels of diacetyl in regular tobacco cigarettes are 100 times the levels found in the e–liquids. This study also concludes that the health effects of diacetyl in e–liquids would likely not impact the health of the users. Vaping has been going through this sort of thing time and time again, so it’s understandable that people are hesitant to vape. I decided that I would try to get some hard evidence as to whether vaping is at least a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. I visited my personal care doctor, Dr. Peter Jensen who works for Graybill Medical Group in Fallbrook. He agreed to give me a peak flow measurement test, which measured the

strength of my lungs. My lungs’ peak flow performance as a pack–a–day smoker averaged to 612.5. After almost two months of vaping, I went back to Dr. Jensen and we measured my peak flow yet again. This time, my average was 632.5. My lungs had gotten stronger by 20 points on the peak flow chart. It’s not a major difference, but it’s a start. Dr. Jensen made sure to let me know that he does not recommend vaping because the science on it is still debatable and they do not yet know the long–term health effects. When I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I would wake up with chest pain. I would sometimes get sharp pains in my chest while smoking or just randomly throughout the day. Since I’ve made the switch to vaping, I no longer have any chest pain. I wake up feeling great. I can finally say that I’ve left cigarettes behind me.



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LASER CLINIQÚE P. Alexander Ataii, M.D.


arly in life, P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. of San Diego’s Laser Cliniqúe began to sort through his many passions. Should he pursue art and architecture, an interest inherited from his father? Or perhaps he should invest himself in the growing field of technology? Finally, Dr. Ataii decided to combine two of his most pressing passions: art and medicine. “My interest in art started as a teenager when I spent countless hours at the Getty Museum. I was fascinated by artwork related to the human figure and establishing how to

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perfect symmetry,” says Dr. Ataii. But he also found himself searching for a higher purpose—and a higher education. Growing up in a family that encouraged higher education and a successful career, Dr. Ataii chose to pursue a career in medicine, but in doing so he never lost his artistic eye. “Non–invasive cosmetic surgery allowed me to blend my passion for the human form using art, architecture and technology in a non–invasive method to create perfect symmetry as it relates to the human form and anti–aging.” Today, Dr. Ataii still employs those various passions in his work at Laser Cliniqúe, his award–winning practice that specializes in non–invasive cosmetic surgery. At Laser Cliniqúe, their priority is always ensuring patients are comfortable. A self–labeled “medical spa,” Laser Cliniqúe isn’t another chore or routine doctor visit; it’s an enjoyable experience that keeps you looking your best. “We try to set the standard in excellent patient care and go above and beyond to make sure the patients are comfortable before, during and after the treatment,” says Dr. Ataii. Their specialization has earned them quite the reputation and accolades and allowed Laser Cliniqúe to recently expand into a larger, more modern facility. Every member of the Laser Cliniqúe team is well–trained and most have been with Dr. Ataii for a long time, meaning


they all work as a cohesive team. The future only looks brighter for Laser Cliniqúe: “We anticipate bringing on dermatologists to fulfill a complimentary piece to our current practice. By expanding to a larger facility, we now have the capacity to house additional providers and reach a broader patient population.” Dr. Ataii is nothing but enthusiastic when it comes to the future of his burgeoning, renowned practice— and his entire field. “The exciting part is that less than ten

years ago, cosmetic procedures were only considered by the higher socioeconomic status individuals. Today, patients of all socioeconomic status have access to enhance their appearance. Technology, whether it relates to laser and light–based devices, body sculpting or injectables, continues to progress to make treatments easier to tolerate, less painful and with less downtime. The demand for less invasive procedures continues to grow. As we always say, ‘Looking Young Never Gets Old.’ ” It seems that Dr. Ataii truly chose the right path all those years ago. Ten years after opening Laser Cliniqúe, his practice is the epitome of success and he gets to incorporate all of his passions into his daily work, all while simultaneously helping his growing community. As they say at Laser Cliniqúe, “Looking Young Never Gets Old,” and it looks like the practice won’t be getting old any time soon, either. •



F O U N TA I N O F YO U T H BY TAMMY SEARLE, Seth Cami, M.D. at Regenerative Medical Group in La Jolla is part of an innovative group of clinicians dedicated to turning your body into it’s very own “fountain of youth.” Costs are often covered by PPO and Medicare insurance. “We are able to assist patients with varying stages of illnesses, to those who are healthy and seeking preventative treatment,” said Dr. Camhi. RMG assists patients by use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), stem cell injections and IV therapy. Assist with stroke, arthritis, Parkinson’s, COPD, macular degeneration, dementia, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, headaches, sciatica and nerve pain just to name a few. Sports injuries; tendonitis, muscle pain and sports sprains, strains and injuries also have amazing results. Rare disorders such as muscular dystrophy neurofibromatosis and autism also see positive results. How is this possible? The human body has an inherent ability to heal tissue. New cells replace old or damaged tissue. PRP accelerates this healing

process and begins a powerful regenerative process. Your body releases growth factors and this increases blood flow to the injured area. PRP assists with Hair Restoration for general hair loss, Alopecia and post chemotherapy. Face Rejuvenation for skin tightening, lifting, wrinkles, scars. wound healing, stretch marks and discoloration. “Our IV Therapy provides energizing nutrients in a bag which is excellent for those who are gearing up for an event such as a 5K run or a hectic and busy lifestyle,” said Dr. Camhi. IV therapy replenishes and restores depleted nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Excellent for skin care, kidney stones, antioxidant, pregnancy, heavy metal detox, antinflammatory and fatty liver issues. Stem cell therapy is another specialty of RMG. They offer 5 types of stem cells – so that they are not limited in creating the best solution for you. Some stem cells are best for muscles, others for brain cells, others are better for internal organs. They have the ability to determine and use the best stem cell solution for you. “We also offer immunotherapy to assist patients with moderate to severe COPD / Asthma or Lung cancer. No matter what your needs are, please call us for an appointment to create your individualized treatment plan. We are here to help.” said Dr. Camhi.

Seth Camhi, M.D., is a family medicine and sports medicine specialist at Regenerative Medical Group, 4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 235, La Jolla. (858) 263-0422.

Saving FACE Dr. Karam Provides Facial Rejuvenation Through Proactive Measures

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Story By Emily Glaser

e’re all familiar with the proverb “aging gracefully.” Although it’s a nice thought and a pleasant adage, unfortunately aging gracefully is not a practical or realistic objective. “Natural aging is anything but graceful,” explains Dr. Karam of Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery. “Once we hit our 40s and 50s, the facial aging is in full swing. The result—a face that no longer resembles how we view ourselves.” Dr. Karam sites those unpleasant transformations we all face with age: tired, drawn and hollow eyes, deflated cheeks and sagging along the cheeks, jawline and neck, all of which seem to happen overnight all seem to happen overnight; with each day, month and year, the change becomes more and more accelerated. Before you know it, you look like a different person, an unrecognizable reflection in a mirror. Aging gracefully can only happen if you proactively and comprehensively take care of the changes that come with aging. This has been Dr. Karam’s approach to saving faces and it has served his patients well. “I have always been passionate about facial rejuvenation and driven to come up with the best ways to achieve it.” •


I felt that I owed it to my patients to give them the best result possible and you can only do this by pouring your entire focus and energy into it.

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onsidered one of the busiest and most specialized practices in the country, Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery is an award– winning, unmatched practice to which we’re lucky enough to have easy access. Focusing only on facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty, Dr. Karam is the true definition of a specialist. His skills have earned him worldwide distinction; in addition to having a strong local reputation as a facial plastic surgeon, patients travel from all throughout the U.S and abroad to have procedures performed by Dr. Karam. It’s more than just incomparable expertise that brings patients to Dr. Karam. The reason is simple: trust. They trust that they will look refreshed and rejuvenated while maintaining a natural look with undetectable results. There’s no chance of looking pulled, tight or loosing your identity—a concern patients and their loved ones share equally. Yet, for so many people, the changes that occur during the aging process can leave people feeling like they no longer look the way they feel, which can eventually lead to disharmony and a decreased self image. Looking tired and aged has important and often negative impacts on our social, professional and interpersonal lives. Ageism is a cross–cultural reality. Most people imagine themselves looking younger than their actual age; when reality hits, it’s not always welcome. “Helping people restore their appearances so that they once again look as youthful, healthy and refreshed as they feel makes such a major impact on our patients’ quality of life. It literally changes lives as a result of restored self–confidence,” says Dr. Karam. “In essence, this is the real purpose of my work. This is by far the best part of my profession. It is what drives me.” The question that remains is how, exactly, was Dr. Karam lead to his true calling of facial plastic surgery? He explains that following his mother’s heart transplant 23 years ago, he was inspired to be a surgeon. The life–altering precision practiced by his mother’s doctors inspired Dr. Karam to pursue a career in medicine. But it wasn’t until his first year of medical school that he realized that he wanted be a facial plastic surgeon. During those first months of early exposure to the field, he found that facial plastic surgery fit his personality and intrinsic qualities. It’s a specialty that requires the perfect blend of demanding surgical execution, artistry and creativity. But more than anything, he understood how important people’s appearances are to them; in choosing his speciality, Dr. Karam embraced his newfound ability to really help make an impact in his patients’ lives. Dr. Karam realized early on that with the face there is no room for error. “I felt that I owed it to my patients to give them the best result possible and you can only do this by pouring your entire focus and energy into it.” He decided to devote all of his energy to becoming an expert in facial plastic surgery. It was never destined to be an easy path. Dr. Karam spent 11 years doing clinical and scientific facial plastic surgery research while at UC Irvine School of Medicine, where he published over 20 scientific articles and presented over 40 scientific presentations. He went on 58 •

to be awarded the Gordon J. Hatfield Award for the best overall performance in Surgery in his class. After graduating at the top of his class, Dr. Karam pursued surgical training in Otolaryngology—head and neck surgery—followed by a Fellowship in Advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is offered to only 40 people each year. For the last 20 years, he has been honing his craft. Most people don’t enjoy the pressure and responsibility that comes along with the field, but Dr. Karam thrives in the tough environment—it drives him to always want to deliver the best to his patients. The importance of specialization cannot be overstated, especially in the case of delicate and impactful facial plastic surgery. Dr. Karam elaborates, “When you focus on a narrow range of procedures and do them over and over again, you naturally develop an expertise, allowing you to get results that are not just better, but safer. When it comes to the face, I believe you need to have this level of commitment and experience. You can’t hide the face. You have to get it right the first time.” Dr. Karam’s unparalleled devotion to his craft has allowed him to develop innovative ways of treating the aging face with the goal of creating a natural and fully–restored appearance. “Not being distracted by other procedures allows me to focus on perfecting the limited procedures I perform.” Unlike the results you’d achieve at a catchall practice, Dr. Karam provides his patients with a unique, specialized and perfectly crafted result. From the beginning, Dr. Karam recognized the importance of comprehensively addressing the aging changes so that the whole face looks balanced and rejuvenated. Rather than treat one aspect of the face, thereby essentially aging the other areas, Dr. Karam treats the face as a whole. By simultaneously treating the skin, the loss of facial volume and sagging, what he calls the three components of facial aging, the results are remarkable; the outcome is seamless and totally natural. Recognizing the importance of safety, each procedure is minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Dr. Karam’s unique approach is the subject of a recent textbook, Rejuvenation of the Aging Face, which describes this method in detail. Today he performs over 300 facial rejuvenation cases a year, roughly 20 to 30 times the national average. But it’s not just a matter of practice or repetition that lends Dr. Karam his talents; some things can’t be trained. An artistic eye is a gift, and Dr. Karam was blessed with such a gift. He sees each individual face differently then the average person or even the average surgeon. His gift allows him to give each of his patients a harmonious, natural and beautiful outcome, without looking like they have had work done. Rather than rely solely on raw skill or surgical practice, Dr. Karam incorporates his artistic talent into his practice, culminating in peerless results. The work of Dr. Karam is not just a job or a career, it’s a passion. “Every day I feel blessed to be doing what I am doing,” says Dr. Karam. “After 20 years, I still feel like I am living a dream. I feel I am the luckiest person to have the opportunity to make such a positive emotional impact in my patients’ lives.”

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G N I L L A C N O LA COALNL TODFASHION IN LONDONTOWN ow about his one?” Deena held up a dress with a bold, whimsical blend from one of Zandra’s recent collections. I reached out, letting a stretch of the rich fabric slide between my fingers. “Definitely.” I said coolly. For decades now, Zandra Rhodes has been an icon in the fashion world. Best known for her shoulder–length fuchsia hair, she hasn’t lost her edge in dominating the world of style. And there I was, a San Diego girl, where our version of fashion is Fashion Valley, standing in her London penthouse watching Deena pick the fashion shoot wardrobe from racks and racks of Zandra Rhodes couture. Was this really happening? We called the trip to London, which we planned to attend the Salon International at the Excel, our fashion quest, thereafter referred to as our #FashionQuest. As the plane lifted off, leaving a sunny San Diego behind, we raised our glasses and toasted, Deena reviewing our order of business and me imagining what a week in the fashion mecca of London would entail. For Deena Von Yokes, European fashion is old hat. She studied in London under the tutelage of Vidal Sassoon and, throughout her life, career and business, has been inspired by her pilgrimages to London where she has hobnobbed with industry giants. In fact, Deena’s mother and Zandra Rhodes are longtime friends from the fashion world. As an educator, Deena is constantly collecting industry– leading techniques to implement in her programs. But the idea behind our #FashionQuest to London was more of a reconnaissance to absorb London’s edgy style and bring it back to San Diego, where Deena coordinates multiple fashion shows. London’s Fashion Week in 2016 is next on her agenda. I’ve been a San Diego business owner for over a decade, photographing the full gamut of fashion and style for local and national publications. I’ve worked with some of the best stylists in Southern California, my studio having been graced by Next Top Models and amazing local designers. This

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entitles me to a little hubris, right? I’ve got this. But walking into the surreal London penthouse was another world entirely. It felt like we’d stepped into the Alice in Wonderland fairytale, replete with miniature chairs and ornate tea sets. Zandra Rhodes’ penthouse is like her work, a seemingly disorganized collage made up of a cosmic combustion of color and style, where antique mannequins reside comfortably beside art deco posters and crystal chandeliers. Was that an Emmy Award, casually perched beside a stack of CD’s? Yes. Yes it was. Deena had arranged for us to stay at Zandra’s penthouse during our time in London, but we never planned to do a fashion shoot. It’s just what happens when the perfect storm of Deena’s style, Zandra’s fashion and my shutterbug instinct combine. Something magical. It was Wednesday morning at Harrod’s Urban Retreat salon. The store was coming to life and our #FashionQuest was underway with a beauty session. We were those girls. You know the ones—the boisterous, fun–loving California girls, turning the salon into a buzz of chat and laughter. The ones who decided to have a champagne brunch delivered to our styling chairs. Can you order a champagne brunch while getting your hair and makeup done at Harrods in London? Apparently, you can. That is what happens when you travel with Deena. “Ok, so suppose we wanted to do a styled shoot…” I said, looking at Deena through the mirror. “How would we find the models?” Ever since Deena off–handedly mentioned the idea of a fashion shoot, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The photographer in me wouldn’t leave it alone. And we were just talking, a champagne–induced brainstorming session. “Well, Marcus…” Deena picked up her glass like a duchess. “What do you think? Can you help us get models for tomorrow?” We’d had Marcus Allen, the Urban Retreat business manager and Deena’s longtime friend, in stitches with our antics all morning. He raised his left eyebrow, popped a hip and shook his head at our foolishness. Then, putting a hand to his waist, he said, “I do have one idea.”

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Yellow pleated trousers, $1020 Pleated organza skirt, $1085 Patchwork kaftan (Red top) $4940 It turns out, the way to get last minute models in London is to walk up to them and ask. No joke. Deena pointed to a beautiful girl with fierce demureness about her. “She’d be perfect,” she said confidently. We batted the job back and forth, but I drew the short straw. I can now add model scouting to my resume. Ok, I’ve got this. Fast–forward 24 hours. Deena is styling our two gorgeous models, having already picked a sampling of pieces from Zandra’s rack. The weather is streaming into the penthouse windows, casting a transcendental light. Not bad for an October morning in London. Everything snapped into place. What could go wrong? Well, your makeup artist could flake—just vanish into thin air. At one point, Deena and I looked at each other and shrugged. What was there to do? We didn’t have a 62 •

choice. “Looks like today,” Deena said nonchalantly, “We will also be makeup artists.” Yeah, I’ve got this. And it all worked. It seemed we were already working with one of the world’s best stylists, her cache of work at our disposal, a backdrop of her creative style to set the stage. “I have this vision,” Deena said as she absently turned hangers the same direction on the haphazard racks. “I really see Zandra’s bold styles set against a soft light, with feminine hair and soft–edged makeup. A rock meets romance kind of vibe.” And it was fitting. Zandra Rhodes’ work, as well as her environment, is a juxtaposition of bold, loud color merged with the flirty, flowing and feminine. There is a careless beauty in Zandra—a sprezzatura—that we wanted to embody in the shoot. Our kind of magic.

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Escape to the Best Slopes in the Nation this Winter | By Keith Turner


n nature, winter is a time for hibernation and quiet solitude. But for us humans, winter presents a perfect opportunity for active adventures to get out and enjoy fun and games on the snowy slopes of some of the best mountain ranges in the world—most within just an hour’s flight of Southern California. To the north is the Sierra Mountain Range and Lake Tahoe, with its emerald blue water and silky smooth ski slopes that played host to the 1960 Winter Olympics and continue to draw ski enthusiasts from around the world. To the Northeast, the great Rocky Mountains, where the eclectic village of Aspen, Colorado beckons snow lovers with its smooth, powdery slopes, pampering spas and gourmet restaurants. Take to the slopes this winter for a heart–healthy dose of the outdoors. A single day of skiing can burn up to 3,000 calories as you tone your core, strengthen your cardiovascular system, and even combat Seasonal Affective Disorder—also known as the winter blues. Your annual pilgrimage to the North won’t just make you happy, it will help you stick to those pesky New Year’s Resolutions of getting fit, too! Here’s a look at two of the most exquisite winter resorts at our doorstep; both promise a luxurious getaway that is sure to satisfy your inner snow bunny.

Ritz–Carlton Lake Tahoe With meteorologists talking about a powerful “El Niño” weather effect that is expected to dump plenty of snow on the Sierra, the Ritz–Carlton Lake Tahoe ( serves as the perfect host destination to make the most of this season’s winter wonderland. Avid skiers and snowboarders can enjoy easy access from the luxurious resort’s doorstep to nearby Northstar California Resort via the hotel’s intermountain gondola. With a slope–side location on Northstar’s “Big Easy” run, the ski–in/ (Clockwise from top left) Great ski conditions persist ski–out access is enjoyed at The Ritz Lake Tahoe; Viceroy Snowmass Aspen by skiers and riders of any blends into the scenery; relax in the spa at Viceroy Snowmass; homey rooms welcome you at The Ritz; hit level. Northstar includes the slopes with the professionals at Snowmass Base more than 3,100 acres of Village; children of all ages enjoy the firepit at The Ritz; Snowmass transportation is stress–free. beginner to advanced ski and

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snowboard terrain, a world–class ski and snowboard school for children and adults and access to the only Burton Snowboard Academy in the United States. The resort’s “Mountain Concierge” welcomes guests at the entrance to the porte cochere, anticipating arriving guests’ needs by retrieving and storing their snow–sliding equipment upon arrival in the easy–access, on–mountain location. Additional local winter activities include snowshoe star tours, cross–country skiing, ice skating, snowmobile tours, tubing, sledding and dog sled tours. Guests can also relax by a cozy fire at the resort’s outdoor fire pit, which hosts “Marshmology,” where an expert leads guests in the craft of combining marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to make perfect s’mores. The Ritz also features a 17,000 square foot spa with seven luxurious treatment rooms, a fitness center with state–of–the–art cardiovascular and weight–training equipment, a fully integrated wellness program including a variety of fitness classes and a heated co–ed spa lap pool overlooking the slopes. The spa is a forest sanctuary and an oasis for pampering the senses. Spagoers will be awakened by the traditional treatments designed for high–altitude restoration and relaxation— especially after a long day on the nearby slopes. This winter, guests visiting North Lake Tahoe with family or friends are invited to enjoy a premium, personalized experience while staying in one of the Ritz’s multi– bedroom residential suites. The Family Winter Getaway and Ultimate Winter Vacation Packages are created to make resort guests feel right at home when they escape to the mountains. Packages include lift tickets, private ski or snowboard lessons, chef ’s table dinner, a private snowshoe stargazing tour and more. Nearby is the Village at Northstar, which centers around a 9,000 square foot ice rink with numerous restaurants, bars and shops.

Viceroy Snowmass The Aspen Snowmass base elevation of 8,104 feet gives skiers and boarders a high–altitude jump on some of the best snow in the nation, rising an additional 4,000 feet in elevation via 21 ski lifts to a total of 94 trails crisscrossing the mountains. With new nonstop flights from LAX, Aspen is an easy weekend getaway for those who want to enjoy open slopes with perfect powder and pampered living. •



he Viceroy Snowmass features 173 residentially appointed, ski–in/ ski–out accommodations that range from studios to four–bedroom suites. Each room comes with a multitude of amenities, including fireplaces and washer/dryers in 1–4 bedroom residences and a full or convenience kitchen appointed with Italian cabinetry, polished black granite counters, premium appliances, cookware and tableware and coffee/ espresso machines. The 7,000 square foot Spa offers a wide range of holistic spa treatments and services, inspired by the ancient Ute, Nordic and Asian ceremonies and cultures, as well as traditional massage and facials. New this season, the Spa is offering ski–in/ski–out spa treatments, designed specifically to invigorate guests and get you back out on the slopes to finish the day. Viceroy’s executive chef has even created a Mediterranean lunch menu solely available within the spa for the ski–in/ski–out treatments. Viceroy Snowmass’ Spa is located steps from the slopes, so guests can ski right to the spa, then right back to the Assay Hill lift following their treatments. Winter activities abound at Viceroy Snowmass; every weekend is jam–packed with fun and games, including a winter–long free concert series featuring some of the best bands of all musical tastes and genres. The X Games returns to Aspen January 28th through 31st with more than 200 of the world’s best athletes and 100 Olympians competing for medals and prize money. Athletes also showcase their 66 •

Take the plunge at the Spa at Viceroy creativity and skills every Snowmass (above) then hit the slopes again Friday in an urban inspired with their ski–in/ski–out options (left). rail garden located on Fanny Hill in Snowmass. The Viceroy resort is also Fido friendly, with dogs under 100 pounds welcome in guest suites for an additional fee. Available amenities include a comfy dog bed, water bowl, treats and dog– walking services. So no matter what your favorite snow activities, or even if you are just interested in cozying up to a warm fire and doing your own hibernating with a good book, there are plenty of options available to keep your family happy during these cold winter months. Bring on El Nino!

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TENDER GREENS OFFERS DELICIOUS HEALTHY FOOD, FAST By Emily Glaser here are a few magic words when it comes to So–Cal cuisine these days: organic, farm–to–table, local, sustainable. But ten years ago, such appellations certainly weren’t guarantors of success; in fact, they could be dangerous, foreign identifiers that modern consumers weren’t accustomed to—and therefore eschewed. When Tender Greens opened in 2006, it was in a wasteland of mediocre processed foods and vendors. Despite the culinary climate of the day, the unique concept—slow food done fast—flourished into a chain that’s expanded across California. (Continued on pg. 70)

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(Continued from pg. 68) Founders Matt Lyman, Erik Oberholtzer and David Dressler (left) created a completely fresh concept with Tender Greens, one that incorporates organic and natural ingredients and methods, like Aeroponic Tower Gardens (center) and farmer’s market fare (right).


Tender Greens was born from a real absence in the food chain. Founders and co–owners Erik Oberholtzer, Matt Lyman and David Dressler all came from backgrounds in fine dining; they constantly had their hands on quality food, but they weren’t able to afford it themselves. “At the time, there was the fine dining world that we came from and fast food, but not a whole lot of great places in between—what is now considered fast casual—that was healthy, affordable and served the type of food that we wanted to eat every day,” says Oberholtzer. “Tender Greens was the answer to that need we felt for our own dining enjoyment; the type of place were we could get great food, cooked with the best seasonal ingredients, served in a comfortable and casual environment, at a price we could afford.” The rest, as they say, is history. As they created their concept, the three founders knew that being sustainable and eco–friendly was simply the natural course. Tender Greens partners with local farmers, ranchers, artisans, boutique wineries, breweries and coffee roasters to create delicious and nutritious salads, entrees, soups and pastries. This pledge to the community isn’t just an empty slogan, Oberholtzer promises. “We get to know the farmers, ranchers and artisans behind our ingredients. We visit their farm, learn about their process and partner with them to create a win–win relationship.” Although you’ll find many of the same items on Tender Greens’ menus across the state, you’ll never taste the same dish twice thanks to the different flavors of localized ingredients. Each location has its own chef who creates their own specialty dishes and items, too, so you’re bound to see something new. Even in a modern California saturated with so–called healthy restaurants, Tender Greens maintains their unique pledge: “We think of healthy as in better for you ingredients, not low–calorie. Our food is healthy because we use better ingredients. Real ingredients, great product combined with fine dining cooking technique.” The folks behind Tender Greens recognize that San Diego and Southern California were the perfect breeding grounds for their concept. “I think California is a place where healthy trends start,” says Oberholtzer. “People are outdoors and live healthier, more active lifestyles because we have year–round sunshine […] We’ve also had amazing chef talent come from California and in San Diego. Our people and chefs drive food 70 •

and innovation at Tender Greens, we have a great team in San Diego who make the dream happen.” Just as their dream came to life here, Tender Greens is expanding into new territory in our shared home. “One of my favorite things we’re working on right now are the Aeroponic Tower Gardens from Green City Farms we’ve installed at some of our restaurants. There will be Tower Gardens at our new Mission Valley location,” says Oberholtzer. These gardens won’t just provide truly local harvests, they’ll make visitors reconsider their very definition of fresh produce. “They are functional as decor and growing ingredients for our restaurant [and] they’re a conversation piece to start a dialogue about new, innovative urban farming techniques.” In addition to giving back to the community by buying and serving locally,Tender Greens is also committed to their own non–profit program, The Sustainable Life Project, a culinary internship program for emancipated foster youth. Oberholtzer began the program based on the old adage, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Though Tender Greens was always committed to giving back to their community through donations and charity events, Oberholtzer sought a way to make a true impact and help those who needed it most. “I created the program and decided to focus on emancipated foster youth who have aged out of the foster system because they were the most overlooked and at risk for falling through the cracks of the system. […] During the internship, they learn to show up for a job, be part of a team, learn some work skills, and we show them about our world of food and where your food comes from. Many of the students have never held a job before, or been to a farm where their food is raised. We show them what that’s like and hopefully they bring that back to their communities and their passion grows.” Ten years ago, with little but passion and a love for good food, Tender Greens rose from the dirty ashes of a dying culinary system. The restaurant has come to define the fast–casual and healthy market, bearing the beacon of an ever–growing trend. “Tender Greens is the way people want to eat,” says Oberholtzer. “There is a shift in the food landscape away from fast food and processed junk that we’ve become accustomed to seeing in grocery stores. We want real food, whole food, good food.” And that’s just Tender Greens provides.


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A RECIPE FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2016 By Deanna Smith anuary is the best time of year to hit the reset button and embark on new projects to make us happy, healthy people. The countless decisions we all make throughout our days leads to how high we score on the Happy & Healthy Meter. My best decision– making is fueled by eating real food and the amount of vigorous exercise I can squeeze into my week of organized chaos. What do I mean by “real food”? Well, food that isn’t filled with preservatives and manmade ingredients like GMOs. These days real food is easily found in markets like Whole Foods and farm–to–fork style restaurants—but these destinations usually come with a hearty price tag too. If I told my Grandma she could sell what others referred to as her “peasant food,” now marketed as “organic and gourmet food,” for a small fortune, I would get the whoop’n–spoon for telling tales. There is more profit in mass– produced processed foods than the local farm stand with field greens and grass–fed, hormone–free beef, chicken, pork or lamb, which means those poor imitations of real food are more readily available. Too many Americans spend hard–earned money on food that really isn’t food. Many of us recognize the poor quality of our diets, but have 72 •

difficulty in changing those engrained habits. It has taken our whole lives to create the eating habits we have, and it will take some serious work to reset those habits with health as a priority. Most of us give little thought to where our food comes from or the ingredients it consists of, as long as it tastes good and satisfies our cravings. We simply don’t have time to put a home–cooked meal together—or so we think. If we rewire or reset these few habits—grocery shopping, cooking and eating—we can make great progress. GROCERY SHOPPING

Choose a grocery store that is health– conscious and requires strict “real food” guidelines, instead of the big chains that sell food made with heavy preservatives and artificial ingredients. Read labels and get to know what your food is made of. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in your area, choose foods in their most natural state with a short ingredient list. Also, beware of packaging tricks like “Natural Flavors” or “Whole Grain”; if they are not listed as one of the top three ingredients, they probably have no real nutritional value. COOKING

We recognize that cooking can require a lot of time and effort, so make it worthwhile! When making a meal, prepare extra so you’ll have leftovers

to last throughout your week. If you prepare roasted chicken, for example, those leftovers make great sandwiches or salads. Turning cooking into a fun activity, rather than a chore, can also inspire you to eat healthier and more carefully. Turn dinner–making into a fun activity the whole family can enjoy, and you’ll cultivate a whole new appreciation for your food. EATING

Your overall daily meals should have 50% veggies and fruits, 25% protein and 25% grains, along with at least eight cups of water and 20 minutes of vigorous exercise. Making small changes, like one less soda and one more glass of water or partaking in red wine instead of a sugary cocktail, will help you succeed in resetting years of eating habits. Oh yes, and don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach your goals, even the tiny ones. Happy starts with knowing what inspires and motivates you, but it’s equally as important to know what has the opposite effect. It may sound easy and it can be with the right source of motivation. Real food can be an inspiration, not just for your eating habits, but for your entire lifestyle. So this new year, allow yourself to be inspired and start climbing up that Happy & Healthy Meter!

Arts & Society SOCIAL SCENE

THE TEDDY BALL Photos Courtesy of Jimmie Fletes & Becki Freed of Digital Expressions. Story by Nino Venturella, Founder of The Teddy Ball The Teddy Ball, an annual black tie charity event, was held on November 28th at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. Over 2,000 guests enjoyed a red carpet photo walk, DJ and live music, silent auction and raffle and other live entertainment. The event was produced by Cruise 4 Kids and benefited Miracle Babies, a local non– profit providing support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit. Additional local charities received hundreds of teddy bears, including Father Joe’s Village, Motors 4 Toys, Karma International (donated to an orphanage in Mexico), Bikers Against Child Abuse, Jewish Family Services Toy Drive, San Diego & Imperial County Labor Council Toy Drive and the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.

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DS ACTION FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS Photos Courtesy of Digital Expressions by Becki DS Action (Down Syndrome Action), a San Diego–based non–profit organization, celebrated their 6th Annual Comedy Ball in mid–November with their most successful event to date, raising over $40,000. This year, the theme was based on The Wizard of Oz and titled “Follow Your Dreams.” Volunteers and DS Action members played the part by dressing in character costumes of all our Oz favorites. Contributions went to support the Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital, which DS Action established in 2008. Four talented comedians entertained the guests, including headliner Kevin Johnson, one of the world’s top ten ventriloquists.

Trenton Davis

Lena Ralph and Sharla Hank

Julie Ilaoa and Christin Franey

Kevin Johnson

Santa made an appearance

Chopper the Biker Dog and Mark Shaffer

TRES AMIGOS LAUNCH PARTY Photos Courtesy of Mark Freed, Chris Brake, Tracy Trae Reed and Tom Truman

Tracy Sandoval, Julie Kerwin, Lynne Marian Abrams, Gloria Najor and Susanne Wilson

Mitch Bonilla, Mark Anthony Cedre and Krystle Rains

Amy Bonnett and Karito Liz

Channing Renee Clemons, Dwayne Sample and Tarciana Bonomo

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Kevin Macphee, Julian David Melendez, Fashion Designer Marcus Hanish, Model and Elan Sorrell

In the city of events, no event–hopping was needed on November 19th when three amazing businesses (Entrada, Digital Expressions by Becki and Kiele Danielle Presents) hosted their “Tres Amigos” launch party at the new Little Italy hot spot, Entrada. With more than 400 of San Diego’s finest and 100 regional media attendees, the gourmet taqueria and secret speakeasy was packed. Attendees enjoyed hosted 50 Bleu Vodka cocktails as they noshed on Entrada’s gourmet tacos. Digital Expressions by Becki, a lifestyle photography company, hosted a red carpet entrance, fashion presentation by well– known local designers Camille Wood and Marcus Hanish and a “Speakeasy Confessional” photo area. Guests enjoyed a mix of multiple big name DJ beats and models posed in the restaurant’s almost wall–to–wall windows and on the speakeasy dance floor. The event was produced by Delicious Buzz, a local public relations, marketing and events firm.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Photos Courtesy of Melissa Polly Rosemary Schreiber, Dee Ammon, Andrea Naverson and Dan and Barbie Spinazzola

Karissa Myers, Sheryl Sutton, Susan Guthrie, Doug Lowrance, Dana Pardee, Steve Kelley and Kyla Myers

Kristina Hancock, Susana Leung, Steven Wistrich and JoAnne Emery

Anna Scipione, Mario Scipione and Lauren Scott

Phoebe Magna, Brieana Yavorsky, Colby Lewis and Veronica Goldberg

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City Ballet of San Diego held its 21st Annual Gala, Midnight in Paris, at the US Grant on November 7th. The 2015 Gala kicked off the company’s 23rd Anniversary 2015–16 Season. This was the most successful fundraiser to date for the company, bringing in over $100,000 for City Ballet’s Education and Outreach Programs. The evening began with a stunning champagne and hors d’ oeuvres reception and silent auction. The room was turned into a Parisian wonderland with lovely French decorations and dancers in cancan outfits. Guests enjoyed a spectacular performance featuring dances from City Ballet’s upcoming performances held at the Spreckels Theatre. City Ballet of San Diego was thrilled to unveil The Sally B. Thornton Scholarship during the evening; the scholarship is dedicated to Sally, who was a huge supporter of City Ballet and served as Honorary Chair many times.

BAILE DE ESPERANZA Photos Courtesy of Douglas Gates of On November 7th, Tri–City Hospital Foundation celebrated its 35th Annual Baile de Esperanza. Held at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, the black tie gala raised more than $400,000 to benefit the expansion and renovation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Labor and Delivery Department at Tri–City Medical Center. Albert and Angela Colucci were honored with the Legacy Award, which recognizes extraordinary members of the community committed to improving the lives of others through their actions, accomplishments and generosity.

Nina Movahhedian and Dr. Hamid Movahhedian

Michelle Gonzales, MD and Nina Chaya, MD

Renee Salas and Joseph Baker

Joy and Stanley Prowse, Esq.

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BELLS OF FREEDOM Photos Courtesy of Jimmie Fletes Story by Media Magic The 14th Annual Bells of Freedom motorcycle ride to Camp Pendleton was a great success! The event is put on by the non–profit organization Dance Hearts, founded by Louis and Tanya McKay of North County Dance Arts studio. Volunteer families from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and La Jolla collected gifts and donations for the military families. Almost 100 gift baskets filled with food, clothing, toys and treats were put together and delivered to the base. The caravan consisted of over 60 volunteers, some who rode Harley motorcycles and others in personal vehicles. UPS donated two semi trucks for the delivery of the goods. You can find more information at

Camp Pendleton military families

Corporal Brian Sorensen and Tanya McKay with Florencia and Anthony

Louis McKay, Gabriel Gomez–Creguer, Lucas, Alexia and James Creguer

Grace McParlane, Juliette Dicken, Judy McParlane and Lauren Beckwith

BRAVO’S APRÈS SKI DEBUT PARTY Photos Courtesy of Digital Expressions by Becki

Alina Botea–Fox, Bill Fox and Elena Simona

Luigi Mineo, Mua Rene Gonzales and Rachel Hamilton

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n Friday, January 15th, comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld will regale lucky San Diego Civic Theatre audiences with his familiar, always relatable standup routine as part of his national and international tour, which runs through June 2016. Touted as “America’s premier comedian,” the Brooklyn–born Seinfeld has been diligent in creating his own new performance material since his wildly popular TV sitcom Seinfeld, in which he played a semi–fictional version of himself, said its fond farewell 17 years ago. Concurrent with his tour, the energetic comedian has signed on for a six–show residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre, titled Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand, which he will perform in Manhattan once a month, from January through June. Evidently he has no qualms about being in two places almost simultaneously. Seinfeld credits another great performer, Billy Joel, from whom he purchased his second New York home in East Hampton, for motivating the comedian’s decision to take on his Beacon Theatre residency. The iconic singer has performed monthly in residence at Madison Square Garden since January of 2014. Inspired by Joel’s residency, Seinfeld has said he remains open to continue his own residency beyond its present end date in June.

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Tickets for Seinfeld’s two January 15th performances are available online at; by phone at the Civic Theatre Ticket Office (619-570-1100); or via Ticketmaster (800-982-2787).

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“Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most influential and respected comedians of all time,” says James L. Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company, which also owns the New York Knicks and Rangers sports teams. Dolan cites Seinfeld’s groundbreaking hit series, as well as the comedian’s recent venture, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, for irreversibly changing the landscape of modern stand–up and TV comedy. “When I was ten years old, I started watching stand-up comedians on TV,” Seinfeld says. “I fell in love with them and I’m just as fascinated with stand–up comedy today.” Seinfeld’s influence on other comedians is also significant. Contemporary comic Kevin Hart, creator of the TV series Real Husbands of Hollywood, credits Jerry Seinfeld as one of five top comedians who most inspired him. “People don’t understand, what he did for TV was a simple idea and he set the bar for what people would eventually want to make doing stand–up comedy,” Hart says. Destined to become a “forever” classic, Seinfeld portrayed a character who gave audiences an insider’s view of the details of a stand–up comic’s way of life. Rather than being a “show about nothing,” the sitcom presents daily minutiae that provide a deeper understanding of what makes a comedian tick, with an engaging observational silliness that focuses on personal relationships and on social situations that are cringe–worthy but engaging. “Seinfeld was our generation’s beacon calling us all together,” says comedian Pete Holmes. “It was like a Comic–Con for comedy dorks that you didn’t have to leave the house for.” That view of the nitty–gritty of a comedian’s life is now influencing the so–called Millennials, whose fascination with comedy is causing a resurgence of interest in the genre. “Millennials have a deeper connection to comedy than previous generations,” says Chanon Cook, head of research at Comedy Central. And since a major portion of the slice of life portrayed in the show is represented through dialogue, members of the present generation are eager to lap up the characters’ intimate and revealing conversations depicting the popular culture of Seinfeld’s life and times. Hart is quick to emphasize the importance of Seinfeld’s contribution to comedy, TV and the ability of comedians to become highly successful. “He took stand–up comedy and took an idea to television and was ground–breaking for TV,” he says. “To make $1 million an episode for a stand–up comedian’s idea is unheard of. He lasted so long doing it and now still goes and does what he loves.” That is exactly what Seinfeld will be doing for comedy aficionados in San Diego in this rare opportunity to witness his genius up close and in person. “Somewhere out there are ten year olds like I was, just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit,” says Seinfeld. “This is for them. I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.”

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appy New Year to you all! We made it through all of the holiday and New Year’s parties and fattened up to the point where that resolution of getting into the gym to lose a few pounds is ringing louder than when we first made it. I know I’m one of those people; I sit behind a desk most of the day typing away or gabbing on the phone. My largest cardio challenge of the day is walking from the car to Starbucks and back for my morning coffee. So I too am making one of my resolutions for 2016 to have a healthier year. Eat better, get out and walk a bit more and maybe even—yes—establish a gym routine. Being new to this whole idea of going to a gym a couple of times a week is a foreign concept to me. There is no doubt I need help with this. What program would be best, what is the recommended workout schedule that will get me the results I’m seeking, where is the right place? Maybe some of you can tell me about where you go and why. But getting our bodies into shape is not all we have to do this year, we also have to get our nation into shape. 2016 brings one of the most important fundamental rights we have as Americans and that is to choose our leaders via free and open elections. This year we will vote on almost everything from Dog Catcher to President and everything in between. If you thought getting to the gym will be the heavy lifting, surviving the gullet of political advertising for the next eleven months will be like running a marathon by the time we get to the voting booth in November. It’s not just the candidates for office we have to vet and choose from, there will be all the propositions that are so carefully worded in couched terms one can easily misunderstand. It’s enough to make one dizzy just thinking about it. The other great excitement this year will be dodging the petitioner’s out in front of the store asking for our signature to support this

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or that issue just to qualify it for the ballot. I know some of those people are just trying to earn a few dollars, and others are there because it’s an issue they firmly believe in. Either way, it is our responsibility to understand all of the above and support the candidate(s) and issues that best reflect our own personal views. We have only ourselves to blame if we fail to take part of this great civic right in voting. Politics is not all we will have to vote for. Just two short weeks ago, the biggest film of all time opened. This latest installment of Star Wars is redefining box office records that will probably stand until the next installment comes out. However, along with Star Wars, a handfull of other films were also released and many of those were timed to qualify them for the granddaddy of all the awards being handed out over next two months—The Oscars. The buzz is out there already and in three weeks we will know who has a shot at taking home the gold. Sometime next month, a couple of theaters will be hosting the all– day nomination watch parties. This is where you, along with 300–plus movie lovers, can see everything that has a major nomination leading up to the big night so you will be in the know when marking those Oscar ballots. Don’t let 2016 overwhelm when facing all these tough choices we will have to make. It’s much more then picking the correct trendy gym or picking your favorite film in the Oscar contest. No, 2016 should be about making the best choices in everything we can. And that will be my 2016 resolution, to make the best choice I can and live with it. Stay informed, my friends!

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