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FINE LIVING: LUXURY Concierge Accomplishing the Impossible for elite clientele

Rebecca Justice

Model & Professional Designer


Volume 6 issue 9

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Contents F EAT U RES

Accomplishing The Impossible Want a private meeting with the pope? Need an elephant for a personal parade? Creations World Concierge company can make it happen. There’s no request they can’t fulfill.



Modeling Creativity True to its mission, Lux draws different types of artists from all over the world to live on location and use the facilities to create art. From painters to sculptors, Shaw chooses a wide variety of artists for each season.


Chiseled Life Working mainly on a large scale, Armstrong creates impressive wood sculptures that have adorned public places such as hospitals and airports, private businesses and churches, and prestigious homes.


Like a Rock Created by Paul Johnson and executive sushi chef Robert Cassidy, the menu at Sushi on the Rock is ambitious and all encompassing. They infuse different spices and flavors, but keep it simple.

On The Cover | Rebecca Justice wearing a Rico Antonio dress from Star Fashion House, Steve Madden shoes from Nordstrom. Ring and earrings from Artisans Jewelry. Bracelet from Style Studio. Posing on Consoleta Española, a hand carved hand rubbed 24k gold leafed credenza from her furniture line. Cover Photo By: Ed Brown



New in Town Keep up with San Diego County’s latest additions and changes to the local business scene.


Styled and Direction By: Laura Villalobos

Home Decor Trends Need some decorating ideas or some interior design inspiration? Then look no further! FINE magazine brings you the latest in home decor trends.



A Weighty Issue With so much information and misinformation about hormones and health, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

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LETTER From The EDITOR It’s a question that has plagued artists and critics for centuries: What is art? What links a cave painting, the words of Shakespeare, the pirouette of a dancer and the sharp planes of a modern sculpture? Art has united and it has divided—yet through it all, it has remained a decidedly human endeavor. Poet Amy Lowell defined art as “the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” Throughout history, we have sought visual and verbal symbols to articulate our hopes and our fears, to communicate the core of our individual and collective beings. Art has chronicled our past, and it shapes our future. In this issue, we celebrate artistic expression, both near and far. We take a look at furniture designer Rebecca Justice’s custom collection, and admire the craft of master wood carver J. Chester “Skip” Armstrong. We explore Lux Art Institute and peek inside Art N Soul on 101, a non-profit gallery that donates its store profits to local charities. And we tempt your palate with the artful dishes served at Sushi on the Rock. We hope you enjoy this tribute to our local expression.

Jeanette Calo Cheers,


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Contributors Ed Brown |

The owner of EA Brown Studio, Ed has expanded on his master’s degree from the New School of Architecture and Design with his studio work, where he brings the same intuitive understanding of lighting and sense of compositional harmony to capturing countenances. Ed’s eye and skill for direction make him an able capturer of time’s transient moments.

Sarah Huffman |

Sarah is an English major at Biola University, where she writes for The Point, her university magazine, and edits The Inkslinger, its literary journal. She is excitedly planning her first European trip to explore the sights of England, Ireland and France after graduation.

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A writer for 15 years, Machel writes her own newspaper column in Rancho Santa Fe called “Machel’s Ranch.” Her articles have appeared in several magazines and newspapers in Southern California, and she is also a copywriter for various luxury companies in San Diego. Machel resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea with her husband and her son.

Luke Travis | After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English, Luke began work as a grant-writer for the Community Rejuvenation Project—a nonprofit organization committed to blight-abatement and child-development. Luke is a monthly contributor to FINE Magazine, and continues to work as the Bay Area Correspondent for BxC Baron, a music journalism website that seeks out new and emerging talent. Laura Villalobos |

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Samuel Scott one of the best places to work in San Diego.

Many companies say their employees like coming to work, but

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an impact on your life, so we make creating a positive workplace

that claim.

a top priority.”

The boutique mortgage company recently recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the San Diego Business Journal. “It has been wonderful to watch Samuel Scott Financial Group grow and take on such a strong role in the community,” says Todd Pianin, the company’s founder and president. “I am proud to own a company that is home to so many outstanding professionals, and truly flattered that we have been named one of The Best Places to Work in 2012.” Through its county-wide survey and awards program, the San

industry since 1995, Pianin and Reynolds recognized the market was rapidly changing and the needs of their clients were increasing. By opening Samuel Scott in the heart of San Diego, they were able to maintain the high level of customer service on which they had built their reputations. The Carmel Valley office, which opened with just four loan

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originators and a small supporting staff, is now home to nearly 30

to create environments in which their employees enjoy going to

to 50 mortgage professionals. The company is recognized for its


superior customer service, as well as the way its mortgage advisors

The winners have practices that include rewarding hard-working

tailor the residential loan process to fit each individual client.

employees, investing in training, offering wellness programs, and

According to the company, these professionals believe in building

providing opportunities for team-building and social activities—

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through barbecue lunches, bowling nights, regular company

California. To discuss career opportunities for mortgage advisors

mixers and holiday parties. There’s even cheering in the sales meetings. “The average person spends more time at work than they do at


The company was founded by Todd “Samuel” Pianin and Brian “Scott” Reynolds in 2006. Having worked together in the lending

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Accomplishing the Impossible Creations World Concierge crafts exclusive memories for its elite clientele.

By Rosalie Cushman Want a private meeting with the pope? Need an elephant for a personal parade? Creations World Concierge, an international concierge company, can make it happen. “There’s no request we cannot fulfill,” says Elizabeth Steen, the company’s vice president. Based in Carlsbad, Creations provides a host of services for the elite traveler that are far from ordinary, from acquiring the Presidential Suite in a soldout five-star hotel in New York to procuring elephants for a private villa’s parade in India. “We take a client’s request and get it done as efficiently as possible,” Steen says, adding that the company’s mantra is simply “old-fashioned personal service.” Coming from an hotelier family, Creations founder. Kenyan-born Salima Ruffin, refined her own intuition for excellence as an early pioneer, providing concierge services at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. After becoming the first woman in the world to be invited to join the prestigious Les


Clefs d’Or, a hotel concierge professional association, Ruffin formed Creations World Concierge. Twenty years later, the company serves celebrities, dignitaries, Forbes C-level executives and their families, and even royalty, arranging four- and five-star accommodations worldwide. While the vast majority of services are travelrelated, the company also offers chauffeured car services, unavailable tickets to sold-out events, party and event planning and security services for remote locations, all delivered with impeccable attention to detail. “We seek to satisfy both clients and any staff they travel with. We need to make everyone happy,” Steen explains. “We actually provide seven-star service.” For example, while most clients travel by private jet to their destinations, accompanying staff typically travel commercially. Of course, Creations arranges all accommodations for staff as well. The company can also arrange yacht travel and

should a client make a specific request—for example, a tennis partner with a particular skill level—Creations “simply finds an appropriate player at that location,” Steen says. It’s no surprise that many of Creations’ clients have remained loyal for more than a dozen years. And new clients are acquired by referrals only, a remarkable testament to any company’s excellence and measurement of overall client satisfaction. “We have good relationships with our clients,” says Steen, who has been with the company for 20 years. “We enjoy seeing the end results, knowing we have done something for somebody.” Steen recalls some recent high praise when a family attending an Olympic event in London asked her: “Elizabeth, how did you get these seats? They are better than Bill Gates’ seats.” Steen worked tirelessly making multi-faceted arrangements for several families for the Olympics, and remains busy

planning the ultimate vacations for her clients. “Right now I’m working with a couple families planning a trip to Italy, arranging four- and five-star accommodations, private tours of the Vatican and a private meeting with the pope,” Steen explains. Steen chuckles when she recalls a memory of getting elephants for clients visiting India: “It was a family with four children that we arranged a private villa for in India. During their stay, we acquired two elephants from the prince. The four children painted the elephants and placed flower leis on them and had a traditional Indian parade.” With these kinds of memories, it is not hard to see how clients remain so loyal to Creations World Concierge, where no stone is left unturned in accomplishing the impossible. For more information on Creations World Concierge, visit sdcreations.org.


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Living Lifestyle Luxury Modeling Creativity

Modeling Creativity Lux Art Institute redefines the museum experience. By Sarah Huffman


This Page The Lux building at night Opposite Top Studio Ann Agee age exhibit Opposite Bottom In-Stuido Rick Stich Exhibit


oncealed in a lush wildlife preserve in Encinitas lies Lux Art Institute, an innovative art museum that allows visitors to “see art happen.” Lux alters the standard museum experience by letting visitors see artists’ processes firsthand. This engages people and provides a “link between the visitor and the artwork,” just as the institute’s founding director Reesey Shaw says. Even for people unfamiliar with the world of art, the artists are a “stepping stone between the visitor and the work,” says Shaw, who considers the process of watching an artist “modeling creativity” to be much more engaging than just seeing the completed piece in a museum. In 1998, a group of San Diego area art patrons and philanthropists envisioned something more than a museum—a place where visitors would be directly exposed

to the artistic process. The vision began to take shape when Ramona Sahm joined the board as president and donated $1 million in seed money. The founders named the new endeavor Lux, Latin for “light,” and began working to build a facility that would bring international artists to Southern California to realize commissioned works on site and in the public eye. True to its mission, Lux draws different types of artists from all over the world to live on location and use the facilities to create art. According to Madamba, the artists are “so dynamic, always changing—with someone working in a new medium every time.” From painters to sculptors, Shaw chooses a wide variety of artists for each season. Past artists have included installation artist Ann Agee, painter Emilio Perez and sculptor Lila

Yang, among others. “It’s an art project,” she says of her opportunity to keep up with her favorite artists as well as new, developing artists who have “interesting, sometimes unusual, work.” But it’s not just the studio art that’s worth seeing. The grounds and architecture of Lux alone are a work of art. As you wind up the hill, native trees, flowers and shrubbery cover five acres in every direction. The museum’s sharp, cube-like shape stands against the backdrop of natural greenery and the soft, rolling mountainside. Inside the studio, the wall-sized farm door provides fresh air and a great view, allowing visitors to view more than just one-of-a-kind art. Directly below the studio is the Artist Residency, a living


Living Lifestyle Luxury Modeling Creativity Top Artist Residency Bottom Left Rick Stich with kids in studio Bottom Middle Lilia Jang studio exhibit Bottom Right “Home,” brick furniture designed by Ali Acerol


area set aside for the current resident artist. This chic living space comes fully equipped with basics, as well as a computer, laundry facilities and art library. Artists come and go as they please. Some explore the city, hit the beaches or keep their daily schedules, but with 24-hour access to the studio upstairs, there is always time for creativity. The scenic sculpture walk down to the soon-to-be Education Pavilion displays the diverse talents of past artist residencies. Exclusive art is surrounded by lavender, California buckwheat and other native foliage that reaches its peak of fragrance in the spring and summer, according to event coordinator Grace Madamba. Outside the main building stands “Home,” a work of art by Turkish artist Ali Acerol that features a welcome grouping of brick furniture. At the top of the hill, future home of an Artist Exhibition, rests Lux’s own panther, sculpted by a former artist-in-residency. The walk continues with some ceramic birdhouses created from everyday objects like salt and pepper shakers, broken china and old figurines. At the end of the sculpture walk sits the bright green modular building that has become the favorite classroom to hundreds of students since the museum was established

nearly 15 years ago. But Lux staff is eagerly anticipating the 2013 move further down the hill to the new Education Pavilion, equipped with more lecture and studio space, offices, storage and labs. “We have that bursting-at-the-seams kind of feeling,” says Madamba, who looks forward to the opportunities the extra space brings, such as serving more students through field trips and after-school classes. While the classes take place in the education pavilion, the studio itself is not an official school. Instead, children and adults watch artists work, and, through their time in residency, artists complete one or more pieces. This gives visitors the chance to learn from a professional, developing their own techniques, picking up pointers or just admiring the skill. When asked if it is possible to teach creativity, Shaw says: “That’s exactly what we’re doing at Lux.” If you would like to contribute to Lux’s expansion, or are interested in checking out the new artist-in-residency, visit luxartinstitute.org. The museum, located on South El Camino Real in Encinitas, is open to the public from Thursday to Saturday. Sculptor Susan Graham kicks off the fall season on Sept. 6.


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Living Lifestyle Luxury The Justice of the Piece

The Justice of the Piece Rebecca Justice designs bespoke furniture from the heart. Article by Jeanette Calo Hair, Makeup and Production by Laura Villalobos. Assisted by Catherine Cortez Photos by Ed Brown of EA Brown Studios


This Page Top David: Robert Graham shirt from Mister B. TBM pants and Borsalino hat from Mister B. Rebecca: Escada jumpsuit from Maggie B and Emilio Pucci scarf from Maggie B. Jewelry and sunglasses from StyleStudioSD.com. Decor: Outdoor hand-forged iron double chaise lounge with sunbrella fabric cushions.


f surroundings are a reflection of self, then the Villa de Justicia speaks volumes about its designer. Every adornment in the Poway estate is fraught with meaning, unapologetically lush and remarkably beautiful—a true likeness of the woman who inspired every inch. And when it comes to Rebecca Justice, it’s hard not to be inspired. The wife of famed Major League Baseball player David Justice, Rebecca is an accomplished model, mother and furniture designer, who accepts her fame with poise and grace. “When you pay attention to detail, that’s what carries you through with anything,” the Poway native said. “You have to have that type of mindset.” No detail has been spared in Justice’s home, which became the springboard for her blossoming career as a high-end furniture designer. Each heirloom piece showcased in the

home was lovingly and painstakingly designed by Justice. “I would say that I discovered that, really, your dream home is you, and that’s where your family resides,” she said. “Every wall, every art piece, every console is me.” And an appreciation of each piece requires an understanding of Rebecca Justice—the designer, model and mother. Justice, the Designer In 2007, Justice had just finished building her dream home. Unlike other professional athletes, the Justices hadn’t built the perfect home in each city David Justice had played. Instead, they saved all their money to build the ultimate home in San Diego, where they chose to live after David retired. But the 2007 wildfires razed all of the Justices’ hard work.

This Page Left Decor: Hand-carved dining table with egg and dart edge, accented with hand-carved Roman-replica pedestals. Gothic dining chairs with hand-forged iron medallions, accented with fleur de lis finials. This Page Top Right Rebecca: Olvis top and pants from Maggie B. Necklace and earrings from Artisans Jewelry. Decor: Hand-carved master bed with open carved medallion on headboard. Accented with cherub pillars. This Page Bottom Right Rebecca: Jiovani dress from Mia Bella, shoes from Steve Madden. Ring, necklace and earrings available at StyleStudioSD.com. Marie: Jiovani dress from Mia Bella. Jewelry from StyleStudioSD.com.

“Everything was burnt to the ground,” Rebecca Justice recalled. “We lost everything, and based on that, I was extremely depressed.” It was from the ground that Justice began to rebuild her dream home. And while the fires were a painful loss, Justice was given the unique opportunity to start over from scratch, scrapping the inconvenience of relying on other interior designers. “I honestly feel like I really never got what I wanted,” Justice said. “I had to work with certain vendors, and then my next-door neighbor would have the same thing. And I was tired of paying an hourly fee. I felt like I was paying attorneys.” On the recommendation of a friend, Justice was put in touch with Marie Cunning an internationally renowned designer and founder of Andrew Morgan Furniture, a San

Diego factory famous for its hand-made wares. Justice gave Cunning some furniture design sketches, which Cunning produced to exact specifications. “It really took me out of my depression and it became an exciting project,” Justice recalled. “That’s really where it came from—out of necessity. It took me out of depression because it turned out the way I dreamed it would turn out.” People’s appreciation for Justice’s “flair and unique style”— marked by plush fabrics, ornate medallions and Swarovski crystals—eventually lead to the Villa de Justicia Furniture Collection. It involved a partnership with Cunning, without whom “not one piece would be possible,” Justice said. The Andrew Morgan Collection produces Justice’s custom-made, one-of-a-kind furniture, among many other styles. “As soon as we met, I knew we were going to be friends,


Living Lifestyle Luxury The Justice of the Piece This Page Left Decor: Poker table designed for David Justice, with personalized initial in center. Custom-made drapery inspired by European cathedrals. This Page Right Rebecca: Jiovani dress from Mia Bella. Bracelets and earrings from StyleStudioSD.com. Decor: Hand-carved bench.


and from that, it has developed into a great friendship as well as a business relationship,” recalled Cunning, who has been designing and manufacturing furniture in San Diego for 30 years. “The Rebecca Justice Collection is like no other in the industry,” Cunning continued. “You would need to go to the old castles of Europe to find something similar.” Indeed, in developing her ornate pieces, Justice studied Spanish décor, European chateaus and cathedrals, and Tuscan villas. Her signature style is marked by fleurs-de-lis, crosses and crowns. “It’s a lot of royal inspiration,” Justice said. “There is a Spanish-Mexican flair in my attraction toward furniture. I love things that look distressed and old-world, especially growing up with a lot of that religious, spiritual art all around.” One of Justice’s favorite pieces is her entryway piece, a circular, hand-carved sofa with an angel at the center. Rosaries that were blessed by the Vatican hang from the angel’s hand.

“It just makes me happy every time I see it,” Justice said. “Religion inspires me. When you grow up like that, it’s a culture behind you. That’s what you know, and that’s that.” Justice, the Model Justice’s penchant for the bespoke and distinctive stems from her background in fashion and modeling. A graduate of Long Beach State University with a degree in design and fashion merchandising, Justice worked as a professional model for several years. She even founded Exotic Spices, a professionally collaborated calendar featuring ethnic women. “It was to show the ethnicity and the beauty within that,” Justice recalled. “It gained a lot of hype.” When marriage and pregnancy grounded her modeling career, Justice didn’t look back. “I don’t miss the industry, and I don’t miss the lifestyle,” she confessed. “But I do miss the art of it all. I actually enjoy the fashions and creativity and artistry that’s involved in modeling. I enjoy the transformation.”

This Page Rebecca: Jovani dress from Mia Bella. Bracelets and earrings from StyleStudioSD.com. Decor: Hand-carved chair replica of Louis XVI, accented with 24-karat gold leaf.

Justice has channeled her love for creativity and artistry into her furniture collection, which she admitted she is very excited about. “It’s for a reason. I don’t do things just to do things anymore,” she said. “Fame is not our priority, but we like to promote something that we love, like my furniture line… I want to share this with people.”

said her main focus remains her three children, ages 12, 10 and 8. “Nothing comes between me and my children,” she said. “It’s not about balance. It’s about taking care of them first, and everything else just falling behind that.” Of course, Justice doesn’t do this alone. “I’m blessed because my husband is retired, so we just live our lives,” she said. “We have our projects and the charities

Justice, the Mother While she has traveled the world, Justice—a selfdescribed “home-girl San Diego”—was thrilled to settle down with her family in her hometown. And the San Diego lifestyle wasn’t a hard sell for her Ohio-born husband. “Once you’ve spent a little bit of time here, you get it… and you do just have such a great appreciation for San Diego as a whole,” she said. “You have privacy here, and people are really great. If we step out of this area, it’s a different world for us. Here, we’re good.” And despite her busy life and promising career, Justice

that we are involved in. My parents live with us, and my husband is around—and he’s a hands-on father. I have a lot of partnership.” In the future, Justice said she plans to focus on expanding her collection, especially her outdoor patio furniture, and delving more into her accessory line. She’s also considering fashion apparel. However, her focus remains on her family—both now and in the future. “I don’t just have my dream home,” she said. “I have my grandchildren’s playground. I built this for the future.” For more information on Rebecca Justice’s Villa de Justicia Furniture Collection, visit rebeccajusticecollections.com.

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Sited in an enclave of ten executive homes in a gated community overlooking the sparkling blue ocean this home and its location will appeal to a discerning Buyer. A large lot and mature landscaping provide privacy. As you walk through the entry gates a splash of colors dazzle the eyes with the mature plantings - yellows, reds, pinks and the soothing sounds of a fountain. An open floor plan with soaring ceilings, exposed beams and ocean views from most rooms provide California living at its best. The home has recently been upgraded with quality finishes including quartz and hardwood flooring, granite countertops, three custom fireplaces, two patios, security system, and glass tiles. The downstairs encompasses two bedrooms, two baths and a sumptuous Master suite. All three bedrooms open to the outside overlooking gardens, fruit trees and a Spa. An upstairs office or additional bedroom and a fourth bath, living room and dining room and a great room with kitchen, eating area and family room are all generously sized. A wrap around deck offers outstanding ocean views to La Jolla. In addition, there is a large detached recreation room (or office) with wall to wall windows and lots of storage. This room is attached to a 2 car garage.

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Living Lifestyle Luxury CALL OF THE WILD

Call of the Wild Donna Bernstein captures the beauty of the urban equine.

Painter and sculptor Donna Bernstein is largely self-taught, but her work has been influenced by classical and modern artists, including Rosa Bonheur, Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keefe. Inspired by the ancient cave paintings, Greek sculpture and form and Impressionist color—particularly the scale and freedom of Monet—Bernstein is known for her urban equine art, as well as her abstract landscapes. Originally from New York, Bernstein relocated to McCall, Idaho, where she her surroundings helped her to reconnect to her art. Her artistic blend and signature clean, fresh style creates art that is modern in structure, yet deeply intimate. donnabernstein.com

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Living Lifestyle Luxury CALL OF THE WILD

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Oceanfront Property with Island Contemporary Architecture. Large parcel with 2 homes & 2 garages for 4 cars. Completed in 2006, this home consists of the finest natural materials & craftsmanship, from the thick quartzite pavers, unique Rain Forest Marble to the rich hand-carved mahogany banisters. The well-designed floor plan frames the view of the ocean from within & La Cantina doors open walls to the outside entertainment area. Hidden solar panels save energy while maintaining aesthetics.

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The Nova Era Conductor Jung Ho Pak discusses exciting changes at Orchestra Nova San Diego.

Interview by Machel Penn Shull


ith nearly 30 years of bringing

reflected this revolutionary and new idea.

try to have as much fun as possible. It’s through

enriching music to Southern

Second, a nova is a star that burns brightly.

that kind of cathartic release that my body, face

California, the Orchestra Nova

We wanted the public to see us as something

and hands can communicate the essence of the

San Diego has uncovered the secret to sold-

that is highly passionate and energetic. We also

out houses. It involves more than 35 musicians

wanted to position our artists in the orchestra

emotion in the music. Most of classical music is

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as being individual stars and not anonymous

music that transports the soul.


about pure joy, so it’s not hard. I conduct with as much energy as a rock musician because this music was the rock and roll music of its

That component is the symphony’s muse,

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conductor and creative artistic director Jung

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Ho Pak. This month, we shine the spotlight

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of creating a beautifully artistic experience for

So I try to make the music come alive for the

the average American and not the usual one

audiences by being as human and modern in

percent of the population. This has meant

my personality as I can.

FINE Magazine: In 2010, the “San Diego Chamber Orchestra” changed its name to “Orchestra Nova San Diego.” How does this reflect the orchestra’s new energy, inspired by your leadership? Jung Ho Pak: After many years of answering the same basic question asked in almost every interview—“What’s a chamber orchestra?”— I realized that most people had no idea who or what we were. The word ‘chamber’ conjures up such an antiquated notion, and we needed a new name to help dispel any negative preconceptions for what is already perceived as an elite art form. The word “nova” has a double meaning. First, we wanted to create a completely new customer experience, as well as business model, so we needed a name that

time. It was as dangerous and revolutionary

creating an exciting and theatrical experience

The best reward is when someone who is 15

before and during the concert, which is both

or 25 years old comes up to after a concert and

interactive and captivating. We want to wow each visitor so that everything we do is instantly understandable and enjoyable. All this sets us apart in a city that is crowded with other kinds of entertainment. FINE: You have been described by The New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm.” And here in San Diego, the Union Tribune described to you as one of the most “impactful people to watch.” How does your love for music flow with your methods of conducting? Pak: Well, I try to smile as much as I can, and I

has the same kind of excitement in their eyes as if they’re meeting a pop star. It means that with the music of Mozart of Tchaikovsky, I’ve connected with them on a level that reaches their souls. Also, if I conduct with abandon and risk, it lets the musicians know that it’s also safe for them to do the same. In the end, I hope the audiences leave with the sense that they experienced something intimate and emotional—and smiled along the way. For more information on Orchestra Nova San Diego, visit orchestranova.org.

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Living Lifestyle Luxury CHISELED LIFE

Chiseled Life

Master woodcarver J. Chester “Skip” Armstrong crafts lasting tributes to nature. By Luke Travis


oodcarving is an exacting medium. Instead of the quick flit of a brush on canvas, the artist wields chainsaws and chisels to bring detail out of an often-unwilling piece of wood. The craft is difficult, but the results can be extraordinary. So it’s no surprise that a master woodcarver like J. Chester “Skip” Armstrong finds himself in such high demand. Working mainly on a large scale, Armstrong creates impressive wood sculptures that have adorned public places such as hospitals and airports, private businesses and churches, and prestigious homes, including Burt Reynolds’ and Michael Jackson’s residencies. Having been firmly ensconced in nature since early adulthood, Armstrong finds that themes in his work largely reflect the natural world and organic structures. “There is definitely a sense of the primitive world, that is to say, the world of animal,” the Northern California native explains. “The raw, cutting edge of nature that doesn’t tolerate mistakes.” His work, which ranges from sprawling multi-form landscape pieces to small single objects, is always striving to look at nature from a “non-anthropomorphic” perspective. “I’m trying to stay away from the luminosity of the eye of the deer that sucks you in on an emotional level,” he says, and suggests that his work


attempts to appeal to a more purely aesthetic sensibility. Armstrong lives out the rugged American artist’s lifestyle. His home sits on a 20-acre parcel of land that shares a border with the Deschutes National Forest, right outside the small town of Sisters, Ore. “When I moved there, in the early 70s, there were 600 people there,” he says of the area. “Now, there are 1,500. We finally graduated to a movie theater.” The region, which gets its name from the Three Sisters mountain peaks, is very dry, getting less than 10 inches of rain a year. The opposite side of peaks gets closer to 150 inches of rain per year, but Armstrong prefers the dry eastern slope, partially, he confesses, because “it agrees with the wood, which doesn’t rot or mildew.” Armstrong’s career started in earnest around 1974. He had only just graduated from Berkeley with his degree in philosophy, an encyclopedic knowledge of poetry and the solid conviction that “words were a pretty weak attempt at getting to anything that was truth-oriented.” Following a short tour through Central America, where he viewed some of the ancient ruins, Armstrong was impressed at how “a whole culture was represented a thousand years after it had collapsed by its artisans and craftspeople and sculptors.” He

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Living Lifestyle Luxury CHISELED LIFE


soon came to the conclusion that sculpture “is the way to hold on to antiquity.” Armstrong started making charcoal sketches and clay sculptures almost immediately, and wood sculpting followed quickly on the heels of those two mediums. By the mid 1970s he had been featured in the prestigious Southwest Art magazine, and shortly after that found himself in a limo on the way to a party at the mansion of television personality Bob Eubanks, as a VIP guest artist. “That was kind of like, ‘when the star was born,’” Armstrong recalls. Woodcarving can be a very taxing art form. Creating a single piece, taken from timber to completion, can range anywhere from one to nine months. Often, the canvasses are giant pieces of wood, weighing several tons, which must be hand-selected, carved and assembled by the artist himself. There are several different stages of production as well. “I can delineate the forms and define a piece within a few days, but when you talk about a finished piece, which is sanded and detailed and all of that, that process can go on for months with every piece,” he explains. But the struggle of endurance is only one of the many obstacles a master woodcarver must overcome. Uncertainty plays a major role in the outcome of every piece. “Before you’re dealing with the log, you don’t know what’s in there,” Armstrong says of starting with a blank wood canvas. “You think you know, but you don’t actually until you start opening up with the log.” As woodcarvers lack complete control over their medium, they are frequently compelled to, “react continuously to surprises, act forcefully and commit,” Armstrong says. There is also an element of danger inherent in the creation process. The main tool of every master woodcarver is the chainsaw. Its cuts are efficient and precise, but the woodcarver is often compelled to use it in very unconventional positions. “We’re not just cutting straight pieces of wood,” Armstrong says of the process, “I’m shoving the tip into places where it has no business being, and that tip has a rotary wrap that can easily kick back and hit you in the head”—at which point, Armstrong explains, “the game is over.” After 40 years of work, Armstrong has made quite a name for himself in the industry, but—like a true artist—he still feels motivated to keep creating. It is rare for him to get through a day without creating anything, because, in his own words, “I get possessed by images and I want to see them.” Much of his time is thus spent creating the images he sees in his head. “I wake up in the morning, do my routines, and then go into the shop,” he says. It is, for all intents and purposes, just another form of addiction. But it is one he claims, “is a great addiction to have, really.”

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Recurring jaw pain and headaches could be caused by TMD.


f you suffer from reoccurring or chronic migraines or pain in your jaw, neck or shoulders, you may have temporomandibular disorder—or TMD for short. This condition has multiple causes, and there several treatments available ranging from conservative to aggressive. As the owner of Adriatic Dental in San Marcos, I have many patients with various forms of TMD, which is also sometimes called TMJ. TMD can be a tricky issue to manage because it presents itself in so many different ways, it can be mistaken for other conditions and it has a wide variety of causes. TMD has to do with inflammation or injury surrounding the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the hinge joint that connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. The TMJ is what allows you to open and close your jaw so that you can speak, laugh and chew your food. The joint is very flexible, and when it’s working, you probably never even feel it.

• An injury, such as a hard blow to the face or whiplash from a car accident. • Unconscious tightening of the jaw throughout the day. • A misaligned jaw or palette. • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ. Treatments This best treatment for TMD greatly depends on the particular causes and symptoms for each individual patient. Most often, a dentist will start by recommending a conservative treatment, and then progress to more aggressive treatments if the symptoms continue. Conservative treatments include putting ice or heat on the TMJs, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and eating soft foods. Additional treatments may include wearing a night guard to prevent grinding during sleep, performing behavior

Symptoms Unfortunately when the TMJ becomes injured or inflamed, it can make your life pretty miserable. Symptoms of TMD can include: • • • • •

Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, shoulder or neck, often in the morning. Pain when yawning or speaking. Mild to severe migraines, often upon waking in the morning. A stuck or locked jaw Clicking or popping sounds when chewing or opening or closing the mouth.

When attempting to diagnose symptoms, a dentist will take a thorough medical history from the patient. They will perform an exam, testing the patient’s TMJs for pain or sensitivity, observing jaw movement and listening for clicking or popping. The dentist may even take X-rays or an MRI to help with the diagnosis.


Causes While a lot of factors cause TMD, the most common causes are: • Grinding or clenching the teeth (called bruxism), which often occurs at night during sleep.

modification techniques, or undergoing dental treatments such as crowns, bridges or braces. Instead of braces, I sometimes recommend a DNA appliance, which you can learn about in a separate video on that topic. Other treatments are transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), triggerpoint anesthesia injections and radio wave therapy. For the most serious cases, the dentist may have to refer a patient to an oral surgeon to perform one of several different available surgeries. If you or someone in your family is suffering from symptoms consistent with TMD, see your dentist right away. You can call me with questions at 760-591-3434 or visit our website at healthygumsandteethnow.com. Or stop by Smiles By Valentina, located at 4313 La Jolla Village Dr. in La Jolla (across the way from Wells Fargo) or Adriatic Dental located at 960 W. San Marcos Blvd. in San Marcos (close to Restaurant Row). You can find relief from headaches and recurring jaw pain. Contact us today at (858) 888-0457 valentinadds.com.


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Stunning views of Del Mar and the Pacific Ocean. This elegant home is like new inside and out with high quality and designer finishes, top of the line appliances, glass mosaic tiles and a master suite that may have the best views found in the city. The recent renovation just completed this July 2012 included plastering the exterior to a smooth finish and adding 1400 square feet of cultured stone and trim, new pool and spa, front and backyard landscaping with lighting, new air conditioning and more. This is the perfect hillside getaway with privacy, 5 bedrooms including an attached guest suite, an office and exercise room. You are welcomed at the top of the drive with a stately Canary Palm and colorful flowers throughout. A must see!

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Living Lifestyle Luxury A WEIGHTY ISSUE

A Weighty Issue

Balancing the Famous five hormones helps to fight fat.

By Dr. Kellee Rutley


ou’d be hard-pressed to miss claims about hormones

five important hormones that we all make naturally every day.

in the news today: “Increase your testosterone levels

They all share one common trait: If we have too much or

to stay young and lean!” and “Estrogen causes breast

too little of any of these hormones we can become extremely

cancer!” blare from headlines and Internet sites alike. With so much information—and misinformation—about

unwell, and they are all thrown off balance when the body has too much fat.

hormones and health, it can be difficult to separate fact from

How much fat is too much fat? A man who has more than

fiction. We are bombarded daily by marketing campaigns

25-percent body fat and a woman who more than 30-percent

designed to hit us right where it hurts: aging and weight gain.

body fat are considered obese and at risk for disease. Abdominal

But the key to making wise decisions about health issues is

fat is more dangerous than fat in the extremities, and visceral

knowledge. We know that hormones are implicated in the

fat—the kind that wraps around organs or gets deposited into

aging process, but understanding their proper function—as

organs themselves (think “fatty liver”)—is the most dangerous.

well as what can happen when they get out of whack—is crucial to making smart choices about how we live every day. You don’t have to be an endocrinologist to understand some basic physiology about our hormones. We are going to focus on what I call the “Famous five”—


Estrogen Also known as the female hormone, estrogen is a primary sex hormone that balances with others like progesterone. When estrogen levels are too high, estrogen dominance can occur—

and this can cause some critical issues. Weight gain is a serious effect of estrogen dominance—and estrogen dominance is a serious effect of weight gain, since abdominal fat actually produces estrogen in both women and men. This causes even more weight gain, as well as increased cancer risk, infertility in both sexes, enlargement of the prostate, lowered libido, impotence and erectile dysfunction. Estrogen dominance in children shows up as early onset of puberty and POS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Abdominal fat—sometimes referred to as “love handles” and “muffin tops”—might as well be called the “third ovary,” since estrogen produced by belly fat is a major contributor to many disease processes. Estrogen dominance can be caused by excess production in the body, such as with HRT (hormone replacement therapy), a drop in progesterone production, or excessive intake of environmental hormones in meat injected with hormones and xenoestrogens, which are estrogen-mimicking chemicals found in plastics. Testosterone Largely considered a male hormone, women also produce testosterone is small amounts. Excess body fat can cause insulin resistance in both men and women, which causes a woman’s ovaries to produce more testosterone. Testosterone is an androgen, responsible for a man’s deep voice, body hair and fertility. Too much fat on a man’s body causes a decrease in testosterone and an increase in estrogen, resulting in more feminine characteristics such as breast

development. Low testosterone levels in a man is associated with Type 2 diabetes, regardless of his age, race or level of obesity. Insulin Insulin usually makes us think of diabetes and sugar. Insulin is the fat-storage hormone, and when there is too much of it, we store fat. With too much insulin for too long, our cells can become resistant to the regulating effects of insulin, which is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes. For years, many followed a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet with lots of processed foods. Remember the non-fat cookies, breads, pastas and treats? They seemed like the answer to our American weight problem—but the problem was not the high amounts of fat in our processed foods alone, but the excess of carbohydrates. Now we have the issue of high fructose corn syrup in massive amounts in our processed foods, wreaking metabolic havoc. What is most concerning is that our children are consuming much of this metabolic poison and the results are in: American kids are getting fatter and sicker every year. The problem we see today in the United States is large amount of sugar being consumed in the form of processed foods that may not even taste sweet! It helps to remember that four grams of carbohydrate is equal to a teaspoon of sugar, and the body will respond to sugar in the blood by increasing insulin levels. This is a good thing, unless there is sugar overload, causing an “insulin spike” and excess amounts of insulin circulating in the blood. Cortisol


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Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands that are located on top of the kidneys. Cortisol plays a major role in metabolism and is the key player in the fight-or-flight response critical to survival, especially in escaping from a predator… such as a tiger. In our present-day lives, cortisol is secreted when we are cut off in traffic, receive notice our company is laying off employees or watch violent television shows. Chronic or long-term stress increases levels of cortisol, which causes weight gain and makes losing weight more difficult. Cortisol increases fatigue and decreases testosterone in both men and women, leading to muscle loss and a slow metabolism. Cortisol stored in fat cells deep in the abdomen—visceral fat—stimulates more weight gain. Leptin Also called the “fullness hormone,” leptin is responsible for signaling our brains to tell us we are full from eating. Leptin, which stimulates hunger receptors in our brain, is produced mostly by our fat. The level of leptin in the body is directly related to the amount of fat we have. Leptin levels also increase with an increase in insulin levels. The problem arises when the body becomes resistant to leptin because of chronic overeating. When this happens, it takes more and more leptin for our brains to know that we are full. When we gain fat, our bodies create more leptin, but we become resistant to its effects. High-fructose diets can also induce leptin resistance because the brain doesn’t get the signal to stop eating. Think of the supersized sodas. It can be difficult to drink 20 ounces of water at one sitting, but why is it easy to drink a 20-ounce soda with a super-sized hamburger and french fries? Leptin is screaming “I’m full!”—but no one is listening.

to help regulate our hormones and control our bodies naturally and without drugs, shots or procedures. One of the most important things we can do is to not allow ourselves to become overweight. Exercise and eating low carbohydrate and adequate protein diets rich in vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and moderate amounts of fruit—while foregoing the readily-available snack foods—can help fight fat. Planning meals ahead of time and limiting dining out to special occasions, or only once per week is helpful in controlling our intake of sugars and empty calories. Knowing the risks of excessive body fat should be enough to inspire us to take control of what we put in our mouths, and also what we put in our refrigerators and pantries. If our eating and exercise habits don’t change, the Center for Disease Control has estimated that two out of three children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. If we don’t buy it, it makes it harder for our children to consume the foods that may make them sick. And sleep on it, rather than lose sleep over it. Sleep well, sleep more and stop stressing out! Knowing what we can control and what we cannot takes us a long way in reducing our stress levels. Avoid stressful television and stressful conversations before bed, and indulge in warm baths and a cup of herbal tea rather than a few cocktails, since alcohol converts to sugar, causes us to store fat and disrupts sleep. Finally, choose organic as much as possible and avoid toxic chemicals in food, household products and plastics. We don’t need to be perfect, but never be afraid to seek out the help of a trusted professional to help you balance your lifestyle and determine what more you can do to improve your health. Keep in mind that wellness is a process—

Where do we start? At the risk of oversimplifying the solution to the hormone problems we are facing today, we can all do many things


our old bad habits took years to develop, but new and healthier habits will take us a long way in maintaining our vitality.

Living Lifestyle Luxury Like A Rock

Like a Rock

Sushi on the Rock has something for everyone.

By Jeanette Calo


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estaurants located in trendy places face a unique balancing act of trying to appeal to tourists and regulars alike. And when you’re located in downtown La Jolla, it’s like performing in the Olympics. But if it’s a competition, then Sushi on the Rock is the Gabby Douglas of restaurants—an all-around gold medalist with something for everyone. Equally chic and approachable, there’s a reason this hot spot has brought back regulars for nearly two decades. “When you walk in here, it’s like you’re in our house,” says Celeste Johnson, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, restaurant founder Paul Johnson. Created by Paul Johnson and executive sushi chef Robert Cassidy, the menu at Sushi on the Rock is ambitious and allencompassing. “We infuse different spices and flavors, but keep it simple,” Cassidy explains. The restaurant serves a full gamut of sushi, ranging from California rolls to live sea urchin. It’s equally prepared to serve the Midwest tourist who has never tasted sushi alongside the


local aficionado. There’s also cooked and non-seafood dishes to please every palate, and the staff is quick to make suggestions. “We like to sit down with the customers,” she adds. “It’s like a family—there have been very few times when I don’t know everyone in the restaurant.” The family feeling has even crept onto the menu, which features signature rolls named for customers. Ozstar’s Roll—a poplar combination of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, with cream cheese, serrano chilies and cucumber—was named for real estate guru and loyal customer Ozstar DeJourday. And Ashley’s Roll—tempura fried soft-shell crab, sprouts, gobo, avocado and cucumber layered with pan-seared sesame tuna, and served with a whole grain mustard sauce—is named for Ashley Napper—the restaurant’s floor manager and the “heart and soul” of the restaurant, according to her sister Celeste Johnson. First-timers will feel part of the family right away. For starters, try Coco’s Korean Short Ribs, marinated short ribs with kimchee and sweet mashed potatoes. And fish-lovers must taste the Golden Monkey, fantastically tender yellowtail sashimi

served with yuzu ponzu, rayu and a side of seaweed salad. And also not to be missed on the specialty sashimi menu is the Tijuana Tataki Sashimi, seared tuna served with a delicious spicy garlic, serrano chili and cilantro ponzu sauce. While there’s the expected fresh selection of sushi and sashimi, don’t miss out on Sushi on the Rock’s specialty rolls. Nothing tops off a day sunning on the cove then a Coco Roll—coconut crusted shrimp, cucumber, avocado and sprouts topped with eel sauce and toasted coconut—or a Sunkist Roll—shrimp tempura, spicy krab, cucumber and avocado layered with salmon, green onions and zuperman sauce. If you’re into sharing, there’s no better choice than The Don, the restaurant’s most popular specialty roll. Grilled shrimp, asparagus, krab, avocado, sprouts and cucumber are layered with seared tuna and served with that amazing spicy garlic and cilantro ponzu sauce. If you’re craving something cooked, try the Lobster Mac N’Cheese or the Blackened Salmon with Ponzu Butter Sauce. And landlubbers will love the tender Mongolian beef, sautéed

with red chilies and green onions. Top it all off with a prime selection of sake, such as unfiltered cold Sayuri or filtered Hakutsuru Superior. The restaurant encourages lingering—whether it’s enjoying the ocean view from the patio or celebrating a significant event. “People like to come here to celebrate special moments,” Celeste Johnson says. “There’s a lot of competition out there, so we’re very, very blessed.” For a completely unique experience, Cassidy recommends sitting at the bar. “All our chefs are very talented, and each chef has a unique flair,” he says. Sitting at different stations at the sushi bar lends itself to unique experiences, especially when you order the chef ’s daily selection. Its this variety that has drawn back customers, year after year. “Our Customers continue to come back to enjoy artistic creations in a intimate setting,” Cassidy says. “We continue to strive daily to give our customers the best of the best.”





San Diego’s culinary community delivers an array of stunning dishes to appease your appetite. From fivestar French cuisine, to fresh seafood, to casual comfort food and everything in between, San Diego’s chefs are cooking up some of the best food found anywhere. Try something new this week by selecting from our FINE dining guide.

Carlsbad Argyle Steakhouse 7447 Batiquitos Dr Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 603-6908 www.argylesteakhouse.caom Benihana 755 Raintree Dr Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 929-8311 www.benihana.com Bistro West 4960 Avenida Encinas Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 930-8008 www.bistrowest.com Bluefire Grill 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 929-6306 www.dinebluefire.com

At Bluefire Grill in Carlsbad you can sit either indoors or on their outdoor patio amidst the warm glow of a romantic fire pit, fountains and live music.

California Bistro 7100 Four Seasons Point Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 603-6868 www.fourseasons.com

Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar 5480 Grand Pacific Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 827-2500 www.twenty20grill.com

Casa de Bandini 1901 Calle Barcelona Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 634-3443 www.casadebandini.com

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana 2943 State St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 434-2500 www.vigiluccis.com

King’s Fish House 5625 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 431-3474 www.kingsfishhouse.com

Vivace 7100 Four Seasons Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 603-6999 www.vivace-restaurant.com

A distinctive fine dining restaurant fused with a creative culinary team, make West Steak and Seafood, Carlsbad’s most sought after reservation.

West Steak Seafood and Spirits 4980 Avenida Encinas Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 930-9100 www.weststeakandseafood.com

Legends California Bistro 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd Carlsbad, CA 92009 (800) 854-5000 www.lacosta.com/dining


PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar 560 Carlsbad Village Drive #102 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 729-7377 www.paoncarlsbad.com

Barracuda Grill 641 S Coast Hwy Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 230-1464 www.barracudagrillrestaurant.com

Tuscany 6981 El Camino Real Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 929-8112 www.tomasos.com

At Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar in Carlsbad, the menu features daily specials made with fresh organic ingredients from local farms and purveyors.

Bentley’s Steak & Chop house 162 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd Ste C-10 (760) 632-9333 www.bentleyssteak.com


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Kaito Sushi 130-A N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 634-2746 http://www.sushikaito.com Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse 211 S El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 632-0888 www.miyabirestaurant.com

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Zenbu Sushi Bar 2003 San Elijo Ave (between Birmingham Dr & Liverpool Dr) Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007 (760) 633-2223 www.rimelsrestaurants.com/zenbu/cardiff.com


Rancho Santa Fe Delicias has been serving San Diego for over 19 years and has long been known as one of North County’s favorite dining spots.

For fifteen years, we’ve been proud to serve traditional California cuisine in a comfortable setting overlooking the Pacific. Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner daily. Brunch on weekends only.



Qero restaurant serves up a delightful menu of Peruvian and South American entres. The service is well rated and the menu is filled with a vast variety of dishes.

Tomiko 87 Encinitas Boulevard Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 633-3587 www.tomiko.com

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Delicias Restaurant 6106 Paseo Delicias (between La Granada & El Tordo) Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (858) 756-8000 www.deliciasrestaurant.com Dolce Pane E Vino 16081 San Dieguito Road Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091 (858) 832-1518 www.dolcepaneevino.com Firenze Trattoria 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-9000 www.firenzetrattoria.com

Inn Fusion at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 5951 Linea Del Cielo Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (858) 756-1131 www.theinnatrsf.com Mille Fleurs Restaurant 6009 Paseo Delicias (between Avenida De Acacias & Lina Del Cielo) Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (858) 756-3085 www.millefleurs.com

Sushi In The Ranch 16089 San Dieguito Rd Ste H-105 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (858) 756-7874 www.sushiintheranch.comz

Market 3702 Via de la Vale Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 523-0007 www.marketdelmar.com

Enjoy a great dinner with friends and family at Sushi in the Ranch. WIth a low noise level and large menu it’s the perfect location for a private outting.

Pacifica Del Mar 1555 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 792-0476 www.pacificadelmar.com

del mar Addison Restaurant 5200 Grand Del Mar Way San Diego, CA 92130 (858) 314-1900 www.addisondelmar.com The Beach House features “Top of the House”, an exhibition seafood grill and oyster bar with live entertainment and a fantastic happy hour.

Flavor Del Mar 1555 Camino Del Mar (at Paseos De Las Flores) Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 755-3663 www.flavordelmar.com

Sbicca has been a prominent fixture of leisure life in Del Mar, serving traditional California cuisine alongside a comfortable and welcoming attitude.

Jake’s Del Mar 1660 Coast Blvd (at 17th St) Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 755-2002 www.jakesdelmar.com Kitchen 1540 L’Auberge Del Mar 1540 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 793-6460 www.kitchen1540.com

Poseidon Restaurant On The Beach 1670 Coast Blvd (at 17th St) Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 755-9345 www.poseidonrestaurant.com Sbicca 215 15th St (between Stratford Ct & Camino Del Mar) Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 481-1001 www.sbiccabistro.com

CARDIFF Beach House 2530 S Coast Hwy 101 Cardiff By the Sea, CA 92007 (760) 753-1321 www.thebeachhouse.com

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Chart House 2588 S Coast Hwy 101 Cardiff By the Sea, CA 92007 (760) 436-4044 www.chart-house.com

solana beach CRUSH 437 South Hwy 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 481-2787 www.solanabeachcrush.com

Enjoy wonderful food in a second-to-none-setting at the Chart House. Request a window seat and have your evening sparkle as the sunsets.

CRUSH Italian Cuisine offers the highest quality food in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Their staff is both friendly and accommodating.

Pamplemousse Grille 514 Via De La Valle Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 792-9090 www.pgrille.com Parioli Italian Bistro 647 South Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 755-2525 www.parioliitalianbistro.com Red Tracton’s 550 Via De La Valle Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 755-6600 www.redtractons.com





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Living Lifestyle Luxury Soul-Cleansing Art

Soul-Cleansing Art Art N Soul touches the community through art. By Laurel Jacobsen


ablo Picasso once credited art with washing “away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” And one gallery in downtown Encinitas has mastered this cleansing ritual, using the proceeds from art sales to benefit local charities. Showcasing the distinctive talent of local artisans, Art N Soul on 101 is a visual treat, housing impressive, yet accessible, creations. The gallery boasts an eclectic display of one-ofa-kind pieces, including hand-crafted jewelry incorporating antique watch pieces into pendants, clocks fashioned from vintage vinyl and whimsical sculptures designed from recycled materials. Forged with imagination and ingenuity, the pieces combine aesthetic quality with environmental consciousness by using reclaimed materials. Though the art alone is enough to warrant a visit, Art N Soul’s partnership with the community is equally engaging. In 2007, co-founders Cindy Blumkin and Paige Perkins declared that the gallery was not-for-profit. After artists receive commissions for their work, the remainder of the proceeds is donated to local charities. Blumkin and Perkins, who keep the store running along with a staff of volunteers that shares their commitment to the local art community and to the charities that benefit from their efforts. Retirees, high-school students and local artists make up the volunteer staff that allows Art N Soul to donate proceeds to local grassroots organizations.


“In choosing smaller local charities, the amount of money we donate really has an impact and makes a big difference in what they are able to accomplish,” Blumkin explains. Every two years, the gallery rotates the recipients of its donations. Recent recipients have included Leap to Success, Conner’s Cause, Angel’s Depot and the North County Humane Society--all San Diego-based organizations that represent a wide range of local needs. For example, the mission of Leap to Success is to “empower women who have overcome adversity to become leaders in their lives, families and communities.” Serving women who have been victims of domestic violence or become homeless from varying hardships, Leap to Success uses a holistic approach to provide women the tools and support necessary to reclaim themselves as vital members of the community. In contrast, Conner’s Cause was founded 15 years ago in memory of Conner Champ, a beloved San Diego toddler who lost his battle with a terminal brain tumor. The purpose of Conner’s Cause is “to ease the burden for families who have children with life-threatening illnesses.” The organization assists with out-of-pocket expenses that can debilitate families caring for children with terminal illnesses or permanent injuries. And Angel’s Depot provides a little-known, but crucial, service to ensure San Diego’s elderly do not go hungry. Thousands of

In 2007, co-founders Cindy Blumkin and Paige Perkins declared that the gallery was not-for-profit. local seniors live in poverty, and Angel’s Depot supplies many of them with well-balanced meals. It also acts as a community outreach program that informs the public of the dire needs of many seniors who are also “struggling to maintain their dignity and independence.� Finally, many services of Ranch Coastal Humane Society remain unseen. In addition to animal adoptions, the organization also acts as a safe house for pets that are victims of domestic violence. It also has special senior adoptions and hosts Pets for Patriots, which offers adoption discounts to military personnel and continuing-care discounts with local veterinarians. These are just four sectors that have been touched by the ongoing efforts of Art N Soul, a gallery dedicated to washing away the dust from the soul of the local community. Art N Soul hosts quarterly public events introducing the artists, and presents selected charities with their donations at the end of the year. For more information on the gallery, visit artnsoulon101.com.





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Las Patronas Presents the 66th Annual Jewel Ball: Passeggiata More than 800 guests attended the sold-out event at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. This time-honored tradition, known for its elegance and creative design, featured a mid-century Roman theme with decor inspired by films from the late 1950s and early 1960s such as “Roman Holiday” and “La Dolce Vita.” Photos courtesy of Las Patronas | laspatronas.org 1.) Kevin and Linda Mahony 2.) Raul and Lisa Albanez 3.) Guests enjoying the event 4.) The exquisite set up for the evening at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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SCHUBACH Aviation’s 20th ANNIVERSARY Community business leaders, non-profit organization executives, long-time clients, aircraft owners and other associates gathered at Palomar Airport to celebrate and congratulate Henry Schubach, president and founder of Schubach Aviation, San Diego’s private charter company. About 200 guests attended the posh reception. The event was staged at Schubach Aviation’s 40,000-square-foot hangar, which was transformed into an elegant space, completed with an elaborate bar station and lounge areas. Photos provided by Schubach Aviation | schubachaviation.com




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5 1.) The beautiful set up at the SummerFest Gala. 2.) Cho-Liang Lin (SummerFest Music Director) and Yura Lee (SummerFest Artist) 3.) Gary and Jean Shekhter (hosts) and Chifford Schireson (Board President) 4.) Susan Snow, Glenn Bourgeois, Katherine Kennedy, Debbie Turner, John Hattox, Kathryn Hattox, Frank Alessio, Fiona Tudor, Conrad Prebys.

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Musical Performances Humphreys Concerts by the Bay Jewel, Sept. 7 Chicago, Sept. 11 Tony Bennett, Sept. 23 Alanis Morissette, Sept. 24 Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sept. 29-30 humphreysconcerts.com San Diego Symphony Cirque Chinois, Sept. 30 sandiegosymphony.org Museum of Making Music Global Spotlight: Jamie Laval, Sept. 8 Vinny Golia, Sept. 15 Concert & Cuisine Benefit Event, Sept. 29 Kalama Brothers, Oct. 5 museumofmakingmusic.org

Sept. 14 Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey benefits the Girl Scouts of San Diego.

Food & Wine Julian Grape Stomp Festa at Menghani Winery Sept. 1 julianca.com California Wine Month Sept. 1-30 temeculawines.org San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 16-21 sandiegorestaurantweek.com Festival of Beers Sept. 21 sdbeerfest.org Taste of Hope Sept. 1-30 cityofhope.org Wine & Canvas Through Oct. 29 tasteandthirst.com

Sept. 21 At the 18th Annual Festival of Beers, enjoy a live music while sampling from over 60 different breweries.

Temecula Valley Crush: Wine & Culinary Showcase Sept. 15 temeculawines.org

Non-Profit Events & Fundraisers Treasure Chest Fest 2012, Sept. 8 Benefitting: Komen San Diego greenflashbrew.com

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Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach, Sept. 9 Benefiting: Helen Woodward Animal Center surfdog.kintera.org Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey, Sept. 14 Benefiting: Girl Scouts San Diego girlscouts.org The County Friends’ 57th Annual Art of Fashion Runway Show, Sept. 20 Benefiting: Multiple Charities thecountryfriends.org 10th Annual Starry, Starry Night, Sept. 29 Benefiting: Voices for Children speakupnow.org “A Passport to Paris” Fashion Show, Sept. 29 Benefiting: Bring Me Hope coutureartisans.com AIDS Walk San Diego, Sept. 30 aidswalksd.org

Sept. 30 AIDS Walk San Diego helps provide muchneeded resources to HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Community Interest Festival of Sail Through Sept. 3 sdmaritime.org Del Mar Races Through Sept. 5 dmtc.com 82nd La Jolla Rough Water Swim Sept. 9 ljrws.com Bayfair Sept. 14-16 sandiegobayfair.org Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 15 coastal.ca.gov 4th Annual CLASSY Awards Sept. 22 stayclassy.org San Diego Film Festival Sept. 26-30 sdff.org

Sept. 26-30 Enjoy new independent film – narrative, documentary and shorts – from around the world.

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FINE magazine Vol6 Iss9  

In this issue, we celebrate artistic expression, both near and far. We take a look at furniture designer Rebecca Justice’s custom collection...

FINE magazine Vol6 Iss9  

In this issue, we celebrate artistic expression, both near and far. We take a look at furniture designer Rebecca Justice’s custom collection...