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“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.”

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CONTENTS 4 contributors 6 Hidden Caribbean Tropical picks, tailor-made for sun-loving travelers.

1 4 Spectacular For movie stars and wannabes alike, sunglasses are a must-have accessory to protect your eyes and enhance your style.

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20 Producing  a premier wine collection Let Christie’s wine auction guru advise you on top bottles to buy.

26 Green matters An Aspen architect shows how combining good architecture with environmentally conscious design is a win/win for everyone.

32 Buonissimo Bottega! Renowned chef Michael Chiarello cooks up signature big, bold, Italian flavors, which draw inspiration from his Calabrese roots. pg. 14

38 Th  e Influence of Alexander Calder Alexander Calder was renowned for developing a new idiom in modern art—the mobile.

42 In The Swing Sand traps and sandy shores combine to create golf perfection on the island of Kauai.

48 g  etting to zen Donna Sonkin helps you overcome the ultimate time stealer.

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contributors Mindy Pantiel Mindy frequently writes about architecture and travel. Her articles have appeared in Metropolitan Home, LUXE Interiors and Design, SKI, and many other national publications. For this issue, Mindy wrote about a green home in Aspen (pg. 26) and sunglasses: the musthave style accessory.

Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave writes the wine and spirits column for Cottages and Gardens in the Hamptons and Connecticut and has contributed articles to Cosmopolitan, Robb Report, Men’s Health and Travel & Leisure. In this issue Sheri writes about how to start your own wine collection.

Donna Sonkin Donna Sonkin is a holistic health counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a natural food chef. Her “Get Thin for the Camera” program helps actors, models and performers get thin and healthy for work and life. Sonkin teaches her clients how to cook and eat healthy by making great food and exercise choices. She is a strong believer in the concept of listening to your own body’s special needs in order to live a happy, healthy life.

Ivy Tashlik Ivy is an experienced Art Director specializing in print and digital design. Seeing an opportunity to incorporate her love of producing and designing magazines, she welcomed the challenge to utilize her unique vision to create an exquisite finished product.

For more information please visit us at GoodLivingMedia.com. All rights reserved. NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE PUBLISHER. This magazine is for information and entertainment purposes only and is not an attempt to solicit other’s business. Designed and printed in the USA. KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL This magazine uses recycled paper.

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We love Young Island and Kamalame Cay. Never heard of them? They, and our other tropical picks, are tailor-made for sun-loving travelers.

BY Patricia Canole

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ANTIGUA Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort Just a 10-minute boat ride away from the main island of Antigua is the luxurious Jumby Bay (jumbybayresort.com), located on the private island of Long Island. In this pristine, natural setting, people are outnumbered by white egrets, blue pelicans and turtles. The quality, service and décor are all top-of-the-line, from the Italian tile floors to the twice-a-day delivery of fresh ice to your room. After its $28 million renovation, the resort embodies island chic, accented by rattan furnishings, local artwork and pastel cottons. Some rooms have luxurious courtyard showers facing a private tropical garden. Play Robinson Crusoe for a day with a picnic escape to a deserted beach. Sip cocktails at sunset, or partake of a sumptuous dinner at the Estate House—the menu selections are deliciously 8 2

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Jumby Bay images courtesy Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

They say good things come in small packages. In the sultry Caribbean, this could well mean tiny islands, “wrapped” in gentle waves of sapphire blue water and “tied” with long, curvy baby-powder-soft strands of sand. So, let’s take a peek at some of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets.

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JUMBY BAY, ANTIGUA

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YOUNG ISLAND, ST.

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inspired by the cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. It’s all there for you to do—or don’t—as you please. A visit to Jumby Bay will have you feeling like a privileged castaway on your own private 300-acre island.

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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Peter Island Though 1,800-acre Peter Island (peterisland.com) is the BVI’s fifthlargest island resort, beachcombers won’t have a problem finding privacy in 10

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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES Young Island A little tropical paradise off the coast of St. Vincent, 35-acre Young Island (youngisland.com) boasts mango, banana and breadfruit trees— that frame luscious, unspoiled beaches. The vibe here is casual, so ditch those sandals and go barefoot. Young Island’s Caribbean-style, thatch-roof cottages are made of Brazilian hardwood and volcanic stone. Accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, al fresco showers and plenty of freshly cut flowers complete the pretty picture. Request a cottage tucked away in the lush hillside for an ultra-private experience. Need some activity? Hire a yacht and explore the nearby

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Kamalame Cay The tiny island hideaway of Kamalame Cay (kamalame.com) is just what the body needs to regroup, relax and rejuvenate. With three miles of white sand shores, heavenly days can be spent relaxing on the beach. Visit the Spa at Kalamame Cay, which boasts treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can soak in the view while rejuvenating your body, mind and soul. Looking for something a little more adventurous? The world’s third-longest reef is just a mile offshore, providing plenty of diving and snorkeling. There’s also superb deep-sea fishing and you can even try your hand at catching bonefish. Spend your evenings at the resort’s Great House, dining on a sumptuous menu that blends the best of European cuisine with Caribbean traditions.

this slice of sunny paradise. The island boasts plenty of secluded beaches, such as White Bay, known for its superior snorkeling. The resort’s beachfront suites (with king-size beds, Jacuzzis and terraces) are located along Deadman’s Bay, a mile-long, crescent-shaped expanse dotted with towering coconut palms. Hike, the five-mile nature trail that loops around the island, or get in a round of golf on nearby St. Croix (accessible via a short helicopter ride). Afterward, soothe those tired muscles with a signature treatment at the resort’s spa. Later as the sun sets, stroll over to the Drake’s Channel Lounge and marvel at the gorgeous views of Tortola.

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PETER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

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islands of Bequia or Mustique. Of course, you can limit your exercise to a swim out to the Coconut Bar, perched on stilts in the water, where drinks are served in (what else?) coconut shells. Petit St. Vincent Located on the southern end of the Grenadine island chain, Petit St. Vincent (psvresort.com) is home to an idyllic resort. Each of its cottages boasts a large bedroom, a living room and a wooden sundeck with hammock strung between sea grape trees.The cottages are ultra-remote (go ahead, sunbathe in the buff ). If you want to order room service (a bottle of Champagne or afternoon tea) fly the yellow flag outside your door and a member of the staff will attend to all your needs; raise the red flag and you absolutely will not be disturbed. Some guests might make it to the Main House for dinner in the open-walled pavilion overlooking the harbor.

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TURKS & CAICOS Parrot Cay Don’t be surprised if your fellow guests at Parrot Cay (parrotcay.como. bz) include some of Hollywood’s A-listers. This chic, 1,000-acre island resort, north of Providenciales (the main island of Turks & Caicos), showcases three miles of powdery beaches, elegant yet unpretentious villas, and top-notch service. It’s an idyllic spot for the solace seeker. Parrot Cay’s guest rooms have a breezy white-on-white décor and feature four-poster beds, terra-cotta floors and louvered doors that open onto large verandas. Relax in your comfy oceanfront chaise, or lounge in the infinity pool. Island activities include snorkeling (the surrounding reef is rich in kaleidoscopic marine life) and biking along scenic nature trails. Had enough? You’ve earned a spell in the Asian-inspired Como Shambhala Spa; the soothing Thai massage is a must.

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SPECtacular For movie stars and wannabes alike, sunglasses are a must-have accessory to protect your eyes and enhance your style.

BY Mindy Pantiel


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Americans call them shades. Across the pond Brits refer to them as cheaters. Scots wear glecks, Aussies don spekkies, and in India darkcolored models are known as glares while lighter tints are dubbed coolers. Whatever you call them, in the decades since Sam Foster strolled onto the Boardwalk in Atlantic City in 1929 and sold his first pair of Foster Grants, the sunglass industry has moved from a beach resort trend to an essential mark of style. No longer just the accessory du jour for famous faces trying to fool the paparazzi, shades are de rigueur for fashionistas, wannabes and eye health fanatics alike. So where do you fall on the sunglass spectrum? If your main motivator is to be hip and cutting-edge, you need only look as far as the recent runway shows to know cat eye sunglasses like the ones Marilyn Monroe and maybe your chic grandmother wore in the 1950s are back. , , Following the continuing revival of fashions from the 50s and 60s— blame “Mad Men” for this eyewear that curves upward like a cat’s eyes. Available in an array of color finishes from candy-apple red, to leopard print like the “Nikita” model ($360) from Tom Ford. Whatever your preferred mode of dress, these sleek and sexy retro specs—a favorite of

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Scarlett Johansson and Lady GaGa—make a fun accessory for anyone. For the wannabes among you, there are endless opportunities to match the eye covers of everyone from Brad and Angelina to Elton and Madonna. But be forewarned, most stars change sunglasses more often than they change their hairdos, and the price of star emulation doesn’t come cheap. Recent celebrity sightings found Naomi Watts, Malin Ackerman and Eva Mendez wearing Prada in the $200 range, and Gossip Girl Blake Lively sporting Tiffany specs priced at $225. Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey both favor the aviator look of Dolce & Gabbana (DG). Though Pitt was spotted recently in Persols, the same brand currently in favor with Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel and George Clooney for around $235. Meanwhile Angelina, often seen in DG like Brad, switched to specs by Dixon at the premier of her movie Salt—flashing the Salt model, of course. If sports and outdoor activities are your passion, your choice of lenses can have an affect on your performance. Ray Ban’s never-out-of-style aviator shades with polarized lenses are recommended for boating and driving because they reduce glare. Introduced in the 1930s the slightly


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drooping frame perimeters were designed to maximally shield fighter pilot’s eyes. But on the golf course, the same lenses can cause loss of visual information and adversely affect your handicap. If you spend lots of time on the slopes or participating in snow activities, consider Maui Jim’s Offshore wraparound frames (around $179) with added side protection from bright light and UV rays. For those who reside in the Bentley economic strata, Oakley’s Elite C Six model could be for you. Worn by Lance Armstrong in the final stage of the 2009 Tour de France, the cool blend of carbon fiber and titanium comes with a sizzling price tag of $4,000. According to Andy McSorley, Oakley’s eye brand manager, the limited edition is meant for an elite, affluent market—“a race car driver, exotic-car owner, carbon-fiber bicycle rider or sailing enthusiast,” he says. Even if your only reason for wearing shades emphasizes fashion over function, according to the American Optometric Association the simple act of donning sunglasses has added benefits to the health of your eyes. The right pair of specs will block UV rays and help prevent cataracts and cancer of the eyelids, and lower the risk of macular degeneration. All the more reason to find the right cheaters for your look and lifestyle and wear them whenever the sun shines. 18

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Eye Q When it comes to sunglass selection, looking good is important but selecting lenses that make your eyes feel good should be a key objective as well. Before purchasing your specs consider the following tips from the American Optometric Association. n

Look for labels that identify UV protection and lenses that block out 99-100 percent of UVA/UVB radiation.

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Pick lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion. Test lenses by viewing a straight edge at arm’s length. You should continue to see a straight edge without curve or distortion.

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Lenses that are gray, green or brown (gray is recommended) cut the glare without trading off good vision.

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Producing a Premier Wine Collection Let Christie’s Wine Auction Guru Advise You on Top Bottles to Buy

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One of the few markets without the roller coaster volatility of real estate or stocks is the wine auction market, which since 1950 has shown a 15% annual average return. During the recent financial crisis, there was a market correction, but prices have climbed back and are going strong. Top collectible wines are nearly at their prerecession highs, but for savvy investors some buys can be had at auction. n This is all according to Charles Curtis, Christie’s Head of Wines for North America and an MW (Master of Wine). Curtis is presently in Hong Kong, the hotbed of wine investing in Asia, setting up Christie’s wine auction office. Before he left, Curtis sat down with me for a frank conversation on how to start an investment wine collection. n “Wine is meant to be enjoyed and drunk and it seems rather pointless to have it gathering dust in storage,” Curtis starts off provocatively. He soon clarifies that collecting is meant to bring twofold enrichment, as an intriguing hobby in which you buy great wines to drink throughout your life and as an investment by which you set aside important bottles that can eventually be auctioned. n Those dusty bottles can bring great joys. Wine achieves aromas and flavors that only develop with time. “The appreciation of maturing wine is the essence of connoisseurship,” Curtis says. “Interest in aging wines goes back to ancient Rome when emperors savored vintages aged for hundreds of years.” The modern wine market originated in the 11th century. With Eleanor of Aquitaine came the Englishmen’s love of “claret” produced in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux To this day wines of Bordeaux remain the top market. “At Christie’s this original collectible wine represents between 70% and 80% of the turnover in most sales,” says Curtis. For the true blue-chip collection you’ll want to possess a few of “The Big 10.” There are five First Growths or Premier Grand Crus according to France’s 1855 classification: Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Margaux and Haut-Brion (though Haut-Brion, not from the Médoc like the others, was elevated to First Growth later). In some vintages the sister property of Haut-Brion, known as La Mission Haut-Brion, is considered a peer. And from Gironde come their equivalents in quality and in price: Cheval Blanc and Ausone produced in St.-Emilion; and Petrus, Le Pin and Lafleur produced in Pomerol. (Note: Le Pin is a more recent Parkerdriven phenomenon and doesn’t have the pedigree of the others.) “Below the First Growths are more tiers, which might not be as uniformly wonderful, but certain châteaux within the Second Growth category produce wines that are nearly Premier Grand Cru quality,” says Curtis. These great value wines are considerably less expensive but they appreciate at correspondingly lower multiples. The so-called “Super Seconds” in the Médoc include: Château Léoville-Las-Cases (‘the first of the Seconds’) and the other Léoville châteaux (LéovillePoyferré and Léoville-Barton) as well as Ducru Beaucaillou in Saint Julien; Montrose and Cos d’Estournel in St. Estèphe; and the two Pichons in Pauillac (Pichon-Lalande and Pichon-Baron). Many would consider Château Palmer (Third Growth from Margaux) and Château Lynch Bages (Fifth Growth from Pauillac) part of the Super Seconds. Certain Pomerol châteaux—La Fleur

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Pétrus, Latour à Pomerol, La Conseillante, L’Eglise Clinet and Pavie— have essentially equivalent reputations and value.

Burgundy Burgundy is more complicated to master because the region is a complex puzzle with small terroir-driven vineyards. “When someone is hooked by Burgundies, they are spoiled for anything else,” says Curtis. “It recalls the old English adage: claret for gentlemen, Port for lords and Burgundy for kings.” “Vintage variation is great and the quantities available are very small,” Curtis emphasizes. “Currently, Burgundy amounts to 10% to 20% of the total in most sales.” In the world of Burgundy, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (known as DRC) stands above the rest in terms of rarity and price. The wines labeled Romanée-Conti and La Tache (also a DRC Monopole) are the two most famous Burgundies. Another producer who approaches the same quality (and often the same price) is Domaine Leroy, operated by a former owner of DRC. Three other sterling names are Christophe Roumier, Armand Rousseau and Henri Jayer. (Note for bargain hunters: Jayer’s Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux is among the most sought after at auctions.) White Burgundy (though its aging potential is legendary) garners only a small secondary market. One of the most sought after is Montrachet from DRC (selling for thousands of dollars a bottle and rarely auctioned in single bottles). Look for wines with Montrachet somewhere in the name from leading domains like Comte Lafon or Domaine Leflaive.

Rhône Valley The most collectible wines are found in the northern part of the Rhône Valley on steep granite slopes. “The reference standard is what are called ‘The La-Las’: the famous single vineyard wines from Guigal of La Mouline, La Landonne, La Turque, all located in the appellation of Côte Rôtie,” Curtis says. From Hermitage, a larger region south of Côte Rôtie, wines produced by Chave and the single vineyard-named wines from the house of

Chapoutier are sought after. And “the king of the Rhône” is Hermitage La Chapelle of Jaboulet (vintages 1961 and 1978). In the southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the preeminent appellation. The most collectible wines include Rayas and the bottling from Beaucastel known as Hommage à Jacques Perrin.

Italy Two categories account for over 90% of Italian wine sold at auction— from Piemonte, Barolo and Barbaresco, and from Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino and the Super Tuscans. “The top producer of Barolo is Giacomo Conterno. His Monfortino Riserva is the most sought-after wine in the region,” Curtis says. “Angelo Gaja produces marvelous wines from the villages surrounding Barbaresco, and Bruno Giacosa is a grower who makes wines in both appellations which are among the best in all of Italy.” At the height of the Super Tuscan universe are Masseto, Ornellaia and Sassicaia.

The Rest of World It’s uncanny but few other wines have emerged to collectible status. California has its cult wine, Screaming Eagle, Spain has Pingus and Australia, its classic Penfold’s Grange. Curtis admits it seems like a gross injustice to lump together the rest of the world but he concludes, “The world of fine and rare wine is a small but lovely garden.”

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GreenMatters An Aspen architect shows how combining good architecture with environmentally conscious design is a win/win for everyone.

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rich Carr is one of an increasing number of architects who are proving that beautiful architecture and environmentally conscious design are not mutually exclusive ideals. “People are under the impression that green has to involve sacrifice. They think if they have solar panels on the roof it will compromise the architecture but it’s not true,” says Carr, a partner in CCY Architects in Basalt, Colorado. “We not only believe that luxury and sustainability can coexist, we view sustainability as integral to great architecture.” His own 4,200-square-foot Aspen home stands as testimony to his ability to create a striking modernist structure while honoring the environment. “I was trained as a modernist,” says Carr, who has been building houses in the Roaring Fork Valley for over two decades. “But as my career progressed I became more attached to the materials associated with Colorado and using the textures of the mountains in a reinvented way.” Case in point, the rusted COR-TEN steel siding and Douglas fir timbers, a nod to Aspen’s mining-town heritage and its majestic surroundings respectively, that comprise much of the exterior materials. Along with pigmented stucco, they are low-maintenance, sustainable materials that will stand the test of time. Carr’s green commitment on this project began when he purchased a lot that included a small 1960s house that was beyond remodeling.

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“Kids go ripping through here on their scooters all the time. “There was so much that needed to be changed it made no sense to do so,” he says. Rather than tear it down, he partnered with Habitat for Humanity and moved the whole structure to their local affordable housing pool. The design for his new residence included a series of carefully rendered, energy-saving strategies, like properly designed overhangs that block sunlight in the summer months but allow the warm rays to heat the concrete floors in the winter, and tight insulation and well-placed windows with lots of cross ventilation that make air conditioning unnecessary. “These are simple, passive solar ideas that make a huge difference,” says Carr. With a stated goal of only producing as much energy as they use, Carr added a 10kilowatt photovoltaic (solar panel) system to the roof, and a 30 feet-long, 7 feet-high solar thermal tube system for providing heat and hot water. Located on the upper-level roof deck, the vertical tubes of the latter also create

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a sculptural look while doubling as a high-tech privacy fence. Inside, the modern floor plan was designed with family life and the activities of two young children in mind. The concrete floor that begins at the entry flows through the living room and out to the backyard where the terrace is a critical part of the overall living space. Weather permitting; the three-panel operable glass pocket door that retracts into the living room wall is always left open. “Kids go ripping through here on their scooters all the time,” says Carr. Topping the living room is a roofline that tilts skyward, creating openings for windows high above the living space. “The design allows the interiors to lift to the views and light without looking at the surrounding houses,” says Carr, who employed a similar idea in the master bedroom. “The sill height of the bedroom windows is selectively placed at about 4 ½ feet, so instead of neighbors you see treetops and Aspen Mountain.”

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In December 2008, renowned chef Michael Chiarello's long-awaited Bottega restaurant opened in the Napa Valley. A few months later, both Forbes and Esquire selected Bottega as one of America’s best new restaurants, while Zagat’s 2010 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey guide named Bottega the top newcomer. Tables are packed night and day with diners hungry for Chiarello’s signature big, bold, Italian flavors, which draw inspiration from his Calabrese roots. Now, with Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California’s Wine Country (Chronicle Books), home cooks everywhere can recreate the Bottega experience. Chiarello has long-believed in the power and joy of gathering friends and family around the table, and sharing stories through food. With Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, he shares his own personal journey and encourages others to do the same. Chiarello’s fans have watched him on “Top Chef Masters,” the Food Network and PBS. He is also the author of six other cookbooks.

Pesto Arancini Stuffed with Mozzarella

From: BOTTEGA © 2010 BY MICHAEL CHIARELLO. Used with permission of Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco. Visit ChronicleBooks.com

Makes 16 small arancini; Serves 4 3 cups leftover risotto or cooked Arborio rice, cooled 1 1/2 cups of prepared pesto 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, preferably bocconcini 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) Peanut oil, corn oil, or canola oil for frying Line a platter with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir the risotto and pesto together until blended. Divide the rice into 16 more-or-less-equal portions. Cut off about 1⁄2 teaspoon of mozzarella and then, with your hands, ball up one serving of rice around the cheese so it’s completely encased in rice. Gently place on the prepared platter. Repeat to form 16 arancini. Slide the platter into the freezer for 30 minutes to allow the balls to firm up. Before you take the rice balls from the freezer, set up your dredging station. Pour the flour into a shallow bowl; the eggs into another shallow bowl; and the panko into a third shallow bowl. In a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat 3 inches of oil over medium-high heat until it registers 375°F on a

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deep-fat thermometer. While the oil heats, dredge each rice ball in flour and lightly shake off the excess. Dip each rice ball in the egg and then in the panko. Gently drop 4 to 6 balls into the oil and cook until lightly browned, 60 to 90 seconds. Don’t overcook them or the cheese will leak out into your oil. Using a slotted spoon or wire skimmer, transfer the arancini to paper towels to drain. Repeat to cook the remaining arancini. Serve at once. Chef’s note: If you like, you can fry the day before, refrigerate overnight, and reheat with great success. To reheat, bake at 375°F for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Pasta “Bezza” with Robiola and Braised Asparagus Sauce Serves 6 1 pound fresh egg pasta sheets 2 pounds asparagus 1 /2 cup water 1 /2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 1 tablespoon sliced garlic Sea salt, preferably gray salt, or kosher salt 1 pound robiola, cana de oveja, or other soft ripened cheese Freshly ground black pepper Cut the pasta sheets into about 3 dozen 4-by-6-inch rectangles. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat for the pasta. Bend each asparagus spear until it breaks naturally at the point where the spear becomes tough. Discard the tough ends. Cut the asparagus on the bias into 2-inch pieces. In a large sauté pan, combine the water, olive oil, thyme and garlic. Season with salt. Add just enough asparagus to the pan as can fit in a single layer. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat, reducing the heat as necessary to keep it at a simmer. Cook the asparagus until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining asparagus. When the pasta water boils, add the pasta and cook for 3 minutes or according to the package directions; drain. Transfer the cooked pasta to a serving dish and drizzle with some of the pan juices from the asparagus, tossing the sheets with tongs to keep them from sticking to each other. Top with the braised asparagus and about half of the soft cheese. Allow 1 or 2 minutes for the cheese to melt over the pasta, then top with a generous amount of black pepper. Serve the remaining cheese at the table for guests who’d like more (and most will). Chef’s Note: Have everyone at the table ready to eat before you add the cheese to the pasta. You want to have it on the plates in front of them while the cheese is still melting. 35

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Solo Shrimp Pasta Serves 6 1 pound chitarra pasta Sea salt, preferably gray salt, or kosher salt 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 24 large, perfect Gulf Coast shrimp with heads on (about 2 pounds) Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sliced garlic 2 teaspoons Calabrian chile paste, or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 10 cups shrimp stock 3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely shredded 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced 6 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced 4 tablespoons unsalted butter Set a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Heat a very large sauce pan or Dutch oven over high heat and add the olive oil. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add 8 to 12 shrimp to the pan. Cook just until they turn pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Take one out and taste it; as soon as they’re cooked through, transfer the shrimp to a plate using a wire skimmer or slotted spoon. Repeat with the second batch of shrimp. When the second batch has cooked, transfer to the plate and add the garlic to the pan. Cook until golden, then add the chile paste. Add the shrimp stock and cook to reduce by half, about 10 minutes. While the sauce reduces, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook for half the time suggested on the pasta package (see Note, below); drain. Using tongs, add the pasta to the pan with the sauce, gently tossing, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. (It still has another 2 minutes to cook with the herbs, so don’t overcook the pasta in the sauce.) Add the basil, tarragon and parsley. Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and divide among pasta bowls to serve. Chef’s Note: Remember that pasta (like meat) will continue to cook after you take it off the heat. Read the directions on your pasta package. If the package advises 10 minutes, cook it for 5 minutes in the water and for another 3 minutes in the pan. I always leave a hint of crunch to my pasta for some room to let it finish cooking in the sauce.

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The Influence of Alexander Calder

MOST PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE WORK OF Alexander Calder—WHETHER THEY REALIZE IT OR NOT. Even if you’ve never set foot in a museum, his work is on display in places like New York’s JFK Airport, the Federal Center Plaza in Chicago and Seattle’s Olympic Park. A legendary and beloved figure in American art and internationally famous by his mid-30s, Calder was renowned for developing a new idiom in modern art—the mobile. His work in this mode spanned from the miniature to the monumental with his abstract creations characterized as direct, spare, colorful and finely crafted.

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It has been said of Calder that he recycled long before it was vogue and that no empty tin can was ever discarded. In creating his iconic Cirque Calder (Calder’s Circus) he used among other everyday materials, string, cloth, corks, buttons, nuts and bolts, and bottle caps to fashion a ringmaster, a lion, clowns and other circus players. The practice continued into the 1970s as he incorporated found objects into his sculpture for half a century. But despite his worldwide celebrity Calder has not generally been considered a major influence on contemporary artists, until recently. As the twenty-first century unfolds art critics are reassessing his legacy, and an array of artists are taking cues from Calder’s use of form, balance and color. The reconsideration of Calder as an artistic force and the impact of his work on sculptors like Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, and Jason Meadows are the subject of Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy. Edited by Lynne Warren, the book utilizes works from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to study the relationship between the modern master and current contemporary artists, and culminates with a reexamination of Calder’s significance in the modern art movement. 40 2

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Sculptor Martin Boyce lives and works in Glasgow but often references Calder, along with American designers Charles and Ray Eames, by including Eames chairs and other objects in his work and suspending them in Calderlike mobiles. A recent work titled Fear Meets the Soul, marries a molded plywood leg splint, designed by the Eameses for the U.S. Navy, with a perforated length of red metal and other industrial items, resulting in forms reminiscent of Calder’s hand-shaped objects. A graduate of Yale’s rigorous MFA program, Nathan Carter employs a playful use of color, form and material in a manner strongly suggestive of Calder’s more densely concentrated Circus. Carter’s Radar Reflector Origin Petit Calivigny Greneda is a large circle suspended from wire within which an intricate world of roadways, transit systems and radio waves are created with bits of glass and plastic. The piece recalls Calder’s simple Two Spheres within a Sphere in its attempt to create a universe of form and movement within the confines of a simple circular form. While studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, sculptor Aaron Curry spent a great deal of time wandering through the modern art displays at the institute. When he created Deft Composition in 2009, like Calder, he embraced a playful approach to his subject matter. The three painted eyes and two distended-ear forms on the boldly colored sculpture wittily suggest an abstracted biomorphic body. Also a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jason Meadows, like Calder, makes use of the materials at hand and creates conceptual meaning through the juxtaposition of those materials. Ghost, conceived of as the “ghost” for an exhibition that revolved around the idea of an attic and the junk stored there, is an uneven grid of brightly colored rope interwoven through plastic six-pack rings. Jason Middlebrook, an artist of wide ranging media and methods, made a close study of Calder to create a work in the form of a mobile, and the lessons learned have shaped his subsequent productions. For other artists, it is a new view on modernism in general that underlies the re-seeing of Calder, both for his particular innovations and wideranging creativity.

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In The Swing SAND TRAPS AND SANDY SHORES COMBINE TO CREATE GOLF PERFECTION ON THE ISLAND OF KAUAI.

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but some places give beholders more reasons to appreciate them than others. Take Kauai, home to Waimea Canyon—dubbed by Mark Twain as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” This lush 533-square-mile Hawaiian paradise has long drawn visitors in search of outdoor adventures thanks to its warm waters, pristine, sandy beaches and breathtaking views. Thanks to the island’s championship courses, Kauai is also a top choice among golf enthusiasts. Home to a collection of the most challenging, and thrilling, courses in the

ON COURSE Like the Hollywood filmmakers who arrive on the island, golfers go on location to Kauai for the spectacular scenic backdrops. Of course, they also enjoy a good challenge. Here, the courses are crafted by nature and helped along by some of the game’s most talented architects. KAUAI LAGOONS GOLF CLUB This golf club offers two 18-hole courses designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Choose between the Mokihana Course for the recreational golfer, or the Kauai Kiele Championship Course, for the low handicapper. The Kiele course has a sense of style all its own. Fairways weave along ocean

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cliffs, and some 40 acres of freshwater lagoons. This course is a mixture of tournament-level challenges and high-traffic playability. It winds up with one of Hawaii’s most difficult holes, a 431-yard, par-4 played straightaway to an island green. The 6,942-yard, par-72 Mokihana is considered a Scottish-style links course featuring rolling fairways with a bunker that’s a little less severe than Kiele’s (kauailagoons.com). KIAHUNA GOLF CLUB This par-70, 6,353-yard Robert Trent Jones, Jr.–designed course plays around four large archaeological sites, ranging from an ancient Hawaiian

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world, Kauai is counts itself among the top golf destinations.

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temple to the remains of a Portuguese home and crypt built in the early 1800s. This Scottish-style course has rolling terrain, undulating greens, 70 sand bunkers, and near-constant winds (kaihunagolf.com).

PRINCEVILLE GOLF CLUB Here you’ll find 45 of the best holes of golf in the world—all the work of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. They range along green bluffs below sharp mountain peaks, and offer stunning views in every direction. One of the top three courses in Hawaii, the 18-hole Prince course provides a round of golf few ever forget; it winds along tropical jungles, waterfalls, streams, and ravines. The Makai offers 18 holes with the nine-hole Woods Course (princeville.com). The St. Regis Princeville offers special golf packages (princevillehotelhawaii.com).

OFF COURSE Poipu’s sun-drenched strip of hotels on the southern coast offers the most man-made action on Kauai, and the widest range of accommodations. Poipu Beach–based Outfitters Kauai (outfitterskauai.com) will organize a hair-raising zip line tour that ends at Kipu Falls, where a rope swing sends you soaring 30 feet above a pond. On the North Shore, active types flock to the area for the two-hour hike along cliffs above churning seas on the Na Pali Coast that take you from one breathtaking view to the next, eventually spilling out on Hanakapiai Beach. From there, it’s another two miles inland to gorgeous Hanakapiai Falls. Need more adventure? Then take a ride on a Blue Hawaiian ECO-Star helicopter (bluehawaiian.com), which boasts the only panoramic views of Kauai’s interior from every seat.

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POIPU BAY GOLF COURSE This 6,959-yard, par-72 course with a links-style layout was once the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this challenging course features undulating greens and water hazards on eight of the holes. The par-4 16th hole has the coastline weaving along the entire left side. Look for the heiau (Hawaiian temple) and turtles swimming in the water, both of which are located near the 16th hole (poipubaygolf.com). The adjacent Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa offers special golf packages for guests (kauai.hyatt.com).

PUAKEA GOLF COURSE Imagine yourself walking up to the first tee with a Pacific Ocean view in front of you and Mt. Haupu towering over you. This isn’t a dream, this is the Puakea Golf Course. Robin Nelson, Hawaii’s most prolific golf course architect, designed the course to play around deep ravines and streams fed by fresh mountain rainwater. With the inspirational terrain and calming mountain range backdrop, you’ll find Puakea— a former sugar plantation—is a prize (puakeagolf.com).


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Getting to Zen I imagine that there is no 12-step program for those addicted to television, but if there were I would be in the front row at the meeting and after we said the “serenity prayer” my hand would fly up and I would proclaim, “My name is Donna and I am a television addict.” I have been struggling with this addiction since age 5. I recall repeatedly watching Don Ho sing “Tiny Bubbles” as he strummed the ukulele. If I was unable to watch him because my mother was vacuuming or some such nonsense I would throw a fit. Arthur Fonzerelli was my crush. I would have done anything to be his Pinky Tuscadero (Leather was too butch for me ). At age 6 I begged my mother to invite him to my Barbie birthday party. He did not come (damn him!). My addiction only got worse as I moved through college and eventually got my own place where life afforded me unlimited on-demand cable. I was consumed by the endless choices, watching for five hours at a time—watching literally nothing, my thumb working the clicker like a temptress lover, gently at first and at times fierce and furious. Then one day I met a woman who would turn out to be my new best friend —who, in an ironic twist, actually earns a large portion of her income as a TV host and has appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” We became fast friends. She noticed my behavior and was the first to utter the words, “Hey, I think you watch too much

television.” She expressed her view that television was the ultimate time stealer—a robber of life and ideas, an unsolicited attacker to the mind, filling the head with needs and desires and all sorts of crazy notions. I began to notice my new friend’s mood. She was calm and even-mannered. She ate her meals at the table and went to bed reading the classics. She was a Zen Goddess! I asked her how I could get there. “Well,” she replied, taking a long, deep inhalation and then lowering her gaze deep through me and with purpose. “Turn off the damn TV.” It was as if the heavens pressed open and the angels sang—as if I was being bathed in an angelic light of sorts. “Turn off the damn TV,” I repeated aloud and again and again as if in a trance. That was over a month ago and I have to say that I have accomplished more for my life and business in that month then over entire seasons. According to the National Institute on Media and the Family, children spend more time watching television than any other activity except sleeping. Almost one in five watch more than 35 hours of TV each week (Gentile & Walsh, 2002). In his article, “Is Your Television Viewing Killing You Slowly? Reclaim Your Life From the TV Set (Nov. 10, 2003), Dr. Jason EberhartPhillips, Director, Chronic Disease Control, Alaska Division of Public Health, states that, “On average, American adults now watch more than four hours of television per day. That’s four hours wasted every day, four hours squandered on gaping into the vapid, make-believe world of the little screen. That’s one-sixth of your time on earth.”

What can you do? 1. Stop surfing: look at the TV guide and give yourself a TV allowance of one – to two hours per week. This will allow you to get your fix of the “Law and Order” franchise and still be productive. 2. Unplug the TV: I found this very helpful over the first few days. Basically, if you unplug the TV you are forced to think twice before watching. 3. Start reading: or writing or cooking or working out or any number of industrious things, the kind of things that you have been “putting on the back burner”; the things that you have wanted to do for years but procrastinate in favor of “Judge Judy.” Your life is waiting for you! Go get it! The bottom line: “Turn off the damn TV!” If I can do it, anyone can. I have not partaken in any mindless surfing in over a month and I feel at peace, still, calm. I feel, well, Zen. Donna Sonkin is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Donna’s “Get Thin For The Camera” program is devoted to helping actors, models and performers of all types achieve their optimum weight through a ‘whole food nutrition’ approach. www.GetThinForTheCamera.com • Donna@GetThinForTheCamera.com.

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