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r. Ravi Patel is ready to serve you or your loved one as the High Desert’s first and

only highly skilled, fellowship trained Endovascular


Surgery specialist. Dr. Ravi Patel is also the High Desert’s only fellowship trained Vascular (Stroke Specialist) Neurologist. In addition, Dr. Patel practices General Neurology and is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Having





neurologist to the High Desert community




Valley office, Dr. Ravi Patel is ready to offer the latest treatments for Endovascular NeuroInterventional surgery. With Dr. Ravi Patel, you are at the forefront of his concern, and you can rely on his specialized skill set and tremendous knowledge to help you to better health. The High Desert is also no stranger to Dr. Patel. Dr. Patel graduated



Valley High School at the top of his class. He was so determined to study medicine that he left his home and family in Apple Valley to begin his advanced medical studies in Hungary. Upon completion of his medical school, Dr. Patel joined reputed State University of New York


15963 Quantico Road, Ste C Apple Valley, CA 92307

High Desert’s First and Only Neurologist with Fellowship trained super specialty of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SUNY Upstate), where he completed his internship

In his role as clinician, Dr.

in Internal Medicine, residency training in Neurology

Patel provides in-patient and

Specialty and sub-specialty training in Vascular (Stroke)


Neurology. In addition, he completed mini-fellowship


in Neurosonology at Wake Forest School of Medicine,


North Carolina.



NeuroInterventional in





(Stroke) Neurology at all During training, Dr. Patel met Dr. Veena Patel (his wife)



– also a neurologist.

After her neurology specialty

Desert. In addition, he is

training, together they re-located from New York to

also affiliated with medical

Victorville, which Dr. Ravi Patel calls his hometown.


Dr. Ravi Patel and his wife opened up their neurology


specialty clinic, which they together named Niva


Institute of Neurosciences. For many years now, Niva


Institute of Neurosciences has been serving thousands

many intra and extracranial

of patients suffering with neurological diseases.












on In




After four years of private practice, Dr. Patel recognized



the unmet need of NeuroInterventional surgery services

procedures to aid acute pain

in the High Desert. Understanding the urgent need, Dr.

related to spinal fractures or

Ravi Patel took it upon himself to leave family behind

spine metastasis related to

and acquire advanced skills in NeuroInterventional



Surgery specialty. Dr. Ravi Patel’s goal is to

Dr. Ravi Patel also has master’s in business administration (MBA) – Healthcare Management. Dr. Patel has achieved the highly regarded designation of Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the Certifying Commission of Medical Management. Dr. Patel has been awarded the direct Fellowship of American Heart Association (FAHA) and Fellowship of American College of Physicians (FACP). Dr. Patel is also an active member of highly regarded societies such as American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN), and Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS).

Dr. Patel joined Super-Specialty Fellowship training

work together with local

with esteemed Neurosurgical Department at University

hospitals of the High Desert in order to serve the

of California, Irvine, working among the most elite

community with the most advanced, evidence-based



treatments and stroke guidelines (as published in

in the state of California. Dr. Patel’s dream is to

January 2018), especially with regard to the rapidly

bring specialized services and treatments closer to

changing landscape in Acute Stroke Therapy and many

home for many who are unable to access specialized

other Neurovascular diseases.



NeuroInterventional services.

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HDLIVING H.D. Living Magazine Volume 8, Issue 5, Summer/Fall 2018 PUBLISHER/CEO Frank A. Castillo MARKETING/CFO Tiffany Santee COPY EDITOR Elisa Urmston DESIGN and LAYOUT Everard Strong ADVERTISING DESIGN Chris Ackerman | Signify Designs CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Susan Landers, Tere Kidd-Darnell, Katie Chavez, Stephanie Morris, Elisa Urmston, Dr. Brad Hannon, Alexa Whitney, Janelle Perez PHOTOGRAPHERS Celia Santee, Frank A. Castillo, Daniel Hayes ADVERTISING SALES (760) 241-8475 EDITORIAL/ADVERTISING INQUIRIES H.D. LIVING MAGAZINE INC. 6630 SVL Box Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 241-8475 HD Living Magazine is a quarterly magazine published by HDLM, Inc.

2018 HD Living Magazine Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from this publisher. Photographs, graphics, and artwork are the property of HD Living magazine. HD Living magazine assumes no responsibility or liability for claims made by advertisers contained herein. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine or its owners. HD Living is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Subscriptions are $9.95 per year domestically only. To subscribe, please mail payment to address above, or subscribe online at

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Gastro Pub Extraordinaire Desert Barn Brewery & Grill


SuperAdobe The Power of Simplicity


The Steaks are High The Best Steakhouses in the HD


Hiking the HD, Drummer Gary Whitesides, and more


22 BUSINESS PROFILE Cues for a Cure



Words that end in “itis”


Touring the HD’s Anitque Stores



Happy Hybrid: Marriage of Beer and Wine

42 SUSAN’S CORNER Ten Years On



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ack in November of 2007, I had this grand idea to bring the best the area has to offer into the hands of local residents in the form of a high-gloss magazine. After extensive research and writing down numerous names and titles, there was only one that stood out and not only felt right but fit my desire to help build an identity for the area. SD, OC and LA all had their identity built with their initials; why couldn’t the High Desert have an identity build on its initials? So HD Living was born and my decision to execute on that idea is history as this issue marks our 10 year anniversary since the first issue launched in the summer of 2008. I can’t be thankful enough to all those who have supported, contributed and continued to believe in the idea. Told numerous times that this would not work, that there wasn’t enough content in the area to support a magazine and that this had been attempted before but failed did not deter me from the idea that this is what the people of the HD not only wanted, but deserved. The first order of business was to find local talent, talent that could bring my vision to life and these fine folks deserve all the credit as without them I could not have produced such a class act of a product the last 10 years. From our editorial, layout, design and photography, the contributors of HD Living have been the ones who have brought my vision to life. Thank you once again to all those involved and to our readers for their continued support of HD Living, YOUR PREMIER HIGH DESERT LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE. Frank Castillo, Publisher & CEO

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CONTRIBUTORS ELISA GRAJEDA-URMSTON Elisa is an artist/musician/poet and college instructor, but is probably best known as a front person/guitarist/vocalist for the band Caliente. Elisa is a native southern Californian, raised in San Diego and currently making her home in the Mojave Desert. Her hobbies include rescuing dogs and practicing yoga. She earned her MFA from Cal-Sate San Bernardino. Elisa has been contributing articles to HD Living for several years, and now does the editing as well. Her book, Sound Check—a semiautobiographical story told through a series of songs and poems—is available from Jamii Press or

STEPHANIE MORRIS Stephanie has been a staff writer and member of the H.D. Living Magazine family since our very first issue in 2008. She has penned a wide variety of features and spotlights, over the years, but due to her passion for the fruit of the vine, it’s no wonder that her favorite contribution has been her recurring piece, “Wine Trends.” Exploring the world of wine can be a daunting task; however, she’s always up for the challenge and jumps in with both glasses. She is also the author of The Nonsense in Grandma’s Playroom, a mystery read published in 2016 via When Stephanie’s not writing or sampling wine, she serves as the Office Administrator at Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline. She has worn many hats over the years, but her favorite and most distinguished position is that of mother to her remarkable daughter, Emily, and the role of wife to her cherished husband, Wayne.

CHRIS ACKERMAN Chris Ackerman is a local graphic designer for 25 years, that lives on the motto, “Be Significant.” The term “significant” is at the core of Chris’ professional and personal life.  In every endeavor he brings with him creativity, passion, and joy.  In his twenty-five years working as a designer, he has worked with many local businesses and organizations around the High Desert, and has been creating ads for HD Living Magazine since 2010. His design work does not stop in the Victor Valley, as his reach is worldwide, with clients based in China and designer for quite a few major metal bands throughout the United States.

SUSAN LANDERS Before earning degrees in English and history, Susan Nylander (as her pseudonym Susan Landers), spent fifteen years working full time, and another twenty part time, in broadcast radio as an air talent and music director. She has been with HD Living magazine from the beginning as a writer and was the magazine’s first copy editor. Now a full-time professor of English composition and literature at Barstow College, she still rocks the radio on occasion at legendary SoCal rock station 96.7 KCAL-FM and has collaborated with Amanda Taylor on an edited collection of essays about Death in the television series Supernatural due out from McFarland Publishing in early 2019.

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DANIEL HAYES Daniel Hayes of D R Hayes Photography is a native of San Diego who, along with his wife Lisa, has been raising their family in the High Desert for 15 years. Daniel is a photographer who specializes in weddings, concert and event photography, portraits and senior photos. He is especially passionate about fine art landscape and Milky Way Photography showcasing the beautiful landscapes our high desert has to offer. As well as traditional Photography, Daniel is also an FAA licensed drone pilot offering clients a wider range of options to choose from when thinking of their imaging needs, whether real estate or weddings, aerial photography opens up the doors to a whole new perspective. Contact Daniel today or visit his website to book your wedding or portrait session or to get a quote.

EVERARD STRONG Standing 6’9”, Everard might be the tallest magazine designer at least in the state of California. With a passion for magazine design that borders on obsession, Everard has enjoyed being a part of HD Living’s launch and continued success. “Having the opportunity to experience Frank’s journey with HD, to be a part of the launch and ongoing evolvement of the magazine has been an inspirational experience.” Inspired in many ways by the launch of HD Living, Everard took the leap a year go to publish ABV magazine, a publication for craft beer, wine, and spirits lovers living in Northern California.

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Celebrating Community Since 1948


continue, with vendors booths, which will be open from 11:00esperia Recreation and Park District is gearing up 7:00 Saturday, and 11:00-6:00 Sunday, a kid fun-zone, to present Hesperia Days September !5th and 16th. This year marks their 70th year of festivities, and they the always-popular American Music Festival, and Saturday night fireworks. Sunday, make sure to catch the Wranglers have quite an array of events lined up to delight everyone, Championship Gymkhana, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to starting with a 5K Run, Walk, and Skate that starts at Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at the Percy Bakker Center, located at 2:00p.m. The fun wraps up later that day with the VVCSC Duck Race at 3:00 p.m. 9333 “E” Ave. For more information on how to register and participate, Everybody loves a parade, and the Hesperia Days Parade you can visit the Hesperia Recreation and Parks Department begins at 9:00 a.m., Saturday morning. It will march right up at, or like them on Main Street, from “I” Ave. to “E” Ave. Be Facebook at sure to stake out a good spot to spot and HESPERIA PARKS AND HesperiaParks for a complete, up-to-date wave to your favorite community members. RECREATION schedule of events. At Hesperia Lake Park, the fun will

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Hitting the Trails of the HD


don’t know about you, but when my head and heart are cluttered with all that’s too much, I need to set technology aside, shut my brain down, step outside, take a walk, and breathe! A fresh breeze, the sun’s embrace, a melodic chorus of birds and bugs—as far as I’m concerned, there’s no better remedy. Getting out, moving, and soaking up nature’s glory is therapeutic for both body and soul. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll, or you want to challenge yourself with an arduous, adrenalizing trek, our H.D. countryside accommodates numerous hiking trails, fully loaded with panoramic terrane and sensory stimulation. Just keep in mind, summertime temps can be wicked, so make sure you time your trek well, douse yourself in plenty of sunscreen, and don a decent hat. Don’t forget to grab some energy-boosting snacks and plenty of water. Let’s hit some trails! The Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail, off Bowen Ranch Road in Apple Valley, is a 3.6-mile downhill jaunt that leads to the Mojave River and the adjacent hot springs. It’s considered a moderate hike, but the trek down is a lot easier than the climb back up and out. Leashed four-legged friends are welcome; however, parents may want to think twice about bringing children, as clothing appears to be optional in and around the hot pools. Another trail that can be accessed from the hot springs is the renowned Pacific Crest Trail. For those up for a great adventure, the Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,600-mile footpath that starts at the Mexican border town of Campo and ends in British Columbia, Canada. It snakes past Big Bear Lake

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and Lake Arrowhead before crossing I-15 at Cajon Pass, near Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area. The SoCal section of the trail ends at the cross of Highway 178 at Walker Pass. For more information on this popular trail, visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association at Mormon Rocks Interpretive Trail, a 1-mile loop, starts at the Mormon Rocks Fire Station on Hwy 138, just west of I-15. The historic and geologically fascinating trail is graced with striking sandstone formations, perforated with small holes and caves which serve as homes to many of our local wild life. There are two somewhat easy trails that can be taken to Arrastre Falls Trail in Apple Valley, but there’s also a more strenuous climb up the ravine behind and above the falls that affords an amazing view of the Mojave Desert. During times of drought, the falls may be dry; however, the terrain is still beautiful and lush with vegetation. If you don’t mind a short drive to escape the heat, the Heart Rock Trail in Crestline is delightful. The path to Heart Rock follows Seeley Creek on a gradual descent through gorgeous forest and rock formations. Blue hearts and arrows deck rocks along the trail to direct hikers to the grand prize: the stunning heart-shaped hole in the granite and the refreshing waterfall that accompanies it. There are numerous other local trails to explore and conquer, and a simple visit to http:// will help you find them. Plan well, and enjoy our stunning countryside! — By Stephanie Morris




Local Drummer Gary Whitesides


ocal drummer Gary Whitesides has a lifetime of phenomenal stories. Spend a little time with him, and you’ll discover that the advice his dad gave him—stick with what you do best—is truly the path to success. Of course, there is the distinct possibility that rhythm is in his DNA; his great-uncle was a drummer boy in the Civil War. But talent, hard work and dedication have proven to be the key to his success and longevity in a business where few last as long as he has. Whitesides discovered his passion early—his mother discovered him banging on shoe boxes with a pencil as a toddler and fostered that interest, buying him his first kit when he was four, and a nicer kit when he was seven. He vividly remembers seeing that kit next to the Christmas tree, under wraps, and the anticipation of that Christmas morning still elicits a smile. He set to work learning his craft, first, by playing along with his favorite rock, pop, and R&B albums, especially with his first musical influence, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Later came formal lessons and discovering the music of the legendary Buddy Rich. As a teenager, he started performing in local venues in a band he formed with his dad. Working nights and weekends meant he missed his prom, but he says it was a fair price to pay to follow his passion. At the age of 18, he started teaching at the now-defunct Tom’s Music on 7th Street in Victorville before moving to his own studio, where he has continued to pass down his knowledge to eager students for the last 35 years. He says he has about twenty students, and that he loves teaching because teaching forces you to learn and stay on top of your game, as well as sharing your knowledge with the next generation of talent. By the time Whitesides was 29, he started thinking about hanging up his drumsticks and becoming a professional pilot when a friend suggested he join him to see singer and original Lawrence Welk Champagne Girl Roberta Linn. She later hired him on the recommendation of a friend, and the rest is history—he has been her drummer for the past twenty years. Nowadays, you can find him teaching, working with disadvantaged youth at the Happy Trails Foundation, or working with several local bands: Mike Keith and the Sounds, The Calico Cats, or Just Us. He is excited about upcoming events this fall, including a big-band tribute to Lawrence Welk at the Old Town Theater in Temecula and working with his dear friend Roberta Linn at Oscar’s in Palm Springs. You can keep up with Gary (if anyone really can) by following him on Facebook at Gary.Whitesides.92 — Elisa Urmston

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DEVELOPMENT WITH A PLAN Apple Valley Looks to a Bright Future


he Town of Apple Valley has been on the move—the move forward— as it looks to grow economically, not only through retail, but through commerce that will help create jobs, such as the Big Lots distribution center which is currently under construction and shows that the area is ripe for industrial development. That project alone will help create over 300 jobs for the project itself and a projected 500 once it’s completed for operations. The impact of local higher paying jobs only helps boost the retail and housing market in the HD. Recently the Yucca Loma Bridge opened, paving the way for future development opportunities at Apple Valley and Yucca Loma Road. The bridge

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gives access to Spring Valley Lake and Mojave Narrows, and provides an additional east/west regional corridor for local residents. There is also the Apple Valley Gateway Center, recently entitled at the northeast corner of I-15 and Dale Evans Parkway. This represents Apple Valley’s first freeway-frontage commercial center. Leasing activity is underway for the 10acre, 80,480 square-foot center, which will include retail, restaurants and fuel stations. The Apple Valley Choice Energy Program, launched in 2017, offers Apple Valley businesses and residents 3% lower generation rates than Edison with higher/greener renewable content.

There is also a new hotel being developed; the 70-100 room hotel near Jess Ranch will fill the need for local hospitality as the area sees more than 65,000 visitors per year for anything from travel soccer and baseball teams to local events such as the Apple Valley Air Show. With new commerce, retail and hospitality at the forefront, Apple Valley is a town on the move.



LOSE UP TO 30 POUNDS IN 30 DAYS! At RCMC Medical Clinic, we provide mindful weight loss guidance and nutritional counseling to help our patients not only meet their weight loss goals, but keep the weight off through lifestyle changes. Poor eating habits are one of the biggest nonmedical contributors to weight problems. Changing these habits is the largest hurdle most people face. Through individualized nutritional counseling, these poor habits are addressed, a plan is created to correct the habits, and positive reinforcement is used to help maintain the new healthier eating habits. The key to successful weight loss at a local medical clinic begins with a healthy, positive mental attitude. We know you have the power to achieve your weight loss goals and keep the weight off because we have seen so many people do just that. Each visit, you will be greeted by positive attitudes, encouragement, and all the support you need along your journey to a healthier you.

OUR MEDICAL CLINIC’S INDIVIDUALIZED NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING ASSURES EFFECTIVE LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS Every person is unique, and their diets should reflect this. Our proactive approach takes many aspects into consideration, particularly our clients’ unique lifestyles. Every visit, your nutritional counselor will review your past results, and help you set new, realistic goals. As life throws new challenges and exciting events your way, we tweak your plan to compensate, allowing you to continue to meet your goals without the weight of guilt or denial holding you back.

A LIFETIME OF WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS The main goal of RCMC’s nutritional counseling at our Rancho Cucamonga medical clinic is to teach our clients healthy weight loss habits to boost the metabolism for a lifetime of weight management.

OUR 90% SUCCESS RATE The dedicated professionals at RCMC Medical Center work hard to help each and every client lose weight, get healthy, and live the life they have always wanted. We understand that no two people are the same, and because of this, no two weight loss plans should be the same. We personalize each diet plan to complement lifestyles and goals, which as earned us a 90% success rate

Just a Few of the Many Successes at the RCMC Medical Weight Loss Clinic JOETTA LOST 40 LBS IN JUST 12 WEEKS!

Before coming to us, Joetta had tried every diet out there and still could not lose the weight. A thyroid condition made dropping the pounds nearly impossible. But after developing a personalized diet plan, complete with underactive thyroid treatments, Joetta finally saw results. In just 12 weeks she lost 40 pounds!  IN 10 WEEKS, CLIFF LOST 42 LBS!

Cliff is proof that exercise alone is not always enough to lose weight. He is a CrossFit coach but still could not get down to his ideal weight. After speaking to the nutritional counselors here at RCMC Medical Center, he was able to develop a personalized eating plan that finally allowed him to lose the weight. His hard work let him drop 42 pounds in only 10 weeks. TRISHA LOST 100 LBS IN  18 WEEKS! After having kids and going through life’s many stresses, Trisha found herself in poor health and overweight. She tried diet after diet, but never saw the results she dearly hoped for. RCMC Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Banning was her last hope of regaining her health and losing the weight. Over the course of just 18 weeks, our dedicated staff helped her lose a staggering 100 pounds though a personalized medical weight loss plan!

To learn how RCMC Medical Center can help you reach your weight loss goals through a personalized weight loss plan and one-on-one support, call the office today for a free Consultation.  HESPERIA

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The High Desert Angels Rack ‘Em Up for a Cause


ack ‘em up and chalk your cue! It is time to play some pool for a good cause. The High Desert Angels present their 2018 tournament supporting HD families who are fighting cancer. What began as a fundraiser for John Miller’s dad in 2012 has grown to become a tradition of local service and support. Last year, High Desert Angels was able to help eight HD families with a gift of $2500 each. This year, more families battling cancer will be helped through your support. The 2018 pool tournament, held at the Rusty Bull Roadhouse located on John Glenn Avenue in Apple Valley, begins on Saturday September 8th and runs each weekend through the championship on October 20th. Friday events (October 5th and October 12th) will be held at Classic Billiards in Victorville. Even if you don’t wield a stick, there will be plenty of entertainment and fun such as music, a DJ, Karaoke, prize drawings, and more as well as other ways for spectators to support the fundraiser. The tournament is free to attend, and the entry to play is only $20. The final champion will win $1000. This tournament is a locally supported HD event, and sponsors are needed to help with expenses. — Susan Landers

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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 3:00 PM, at Rusty Bull, 13685 John Glenn Rd., Apple Valley Sept. 8. Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 5, 3:00pm, Classic Billiards, 15208 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville Oct. 6 Oct. 12, 3:00pm, Classic Billiards, 15208 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville Oct. 13, 3:00pm

2ND PLACE PLAYOFFS Oct. 19, 6:00pm, Rusty Bull, 13685 John Glenn Rd., Apple Valley CHAMPIONSHIP Oct. 20, 6:00pm, Rusty Bull, 13685 John Glenn Rd., Apple Valley

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High Desert Center for the Arts 15615 8th Street in Old Town Victorville TAG presents the West Coast premiere of “A Red Plaid Shirt” by Canadian playwright Michael G. Wilmot. “Two friends fill the void left by retirement in different ways; Marty decides he wants to explore the open road on a Harley while Fred decides to pay more attention to his health, inventing many new ailments along the way. With a little “subtle redirection” from their wives and a creative solution to a very unusual problem they find the right track... eventually”

7500 Arrowhead Lake Rd, Hesperia hesperia-days-2018 A family tradition in Hesperia since 1948 Hesperia Days includes events such as a 5k run, walk & skate and the Hesperia Days Parade. The festivities continue over at the Hesperia Lake Park with vendor booths, kids fun zone, American music festival and caps the evening off with fireworks. So make sure to bring the whole family and enjoy Hesperia Days.



Creative Arts Theater, 15615 8th St. Victorville Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/ rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood.

Apple Valley Airport , 21600 Corwin Rd, Apple Valley The 13h Annual Apple Valley Airshow with Aerobatic performances, Warbird Fly-bys, Skydivers, Formation Flying Team, Static Displays, NAPA Auto Parts Car Display, Kids Area, Food Vendors, Vendors and lots of fun for the entire family. General admission is $8 (cash only). KIDS are FREE 11 and under. FREE parking is also available.

Apple Valley’s pro-business leadership, concierge staff, and streamlined entitlement process have cultivated a competitive alternative to the rising costs of the Inland Empire’s industrial market. Companies and their employees are attracted to Apple Valley by the low cost of business and living, available land for both commercial and residential development, an eager workforce, and quality housing. Beautiful parks and sports fields, amphitheater and aquatics facility, and the region’s most extensive trails system combine with safer neighborhoods, distinguished schools and leading health care services to help cultivate “A Better Way of Life.”

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The Medical Reason Behind the Suffix


llow me to give a little English lesson combined with a health lesson. Do you recall from English class what the term suffix means? For many, it has been awhile since your last English lesson, but a suffix is an affix that follows the element to which it is added such as the “-ly” in kindly. In this article, lets discuss the suffix “itis”. Did you know that the suffix “itis” is derived from Greek and Latin meaning inflammation? So any time you see the suffix “itis,” start thinking that certain body tissue is inflamed. Inflammation to any tissue of the body causes swelling, heat, redness, pain and loss of function. Here is a brief list of words ending in “itis” that you might recognize, and some of their definitions: arthritis is inflammation in a joint, colitis is inflammation of the colon, bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes, hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, and then there is appendicitis, pericarditis, endometritis, pancreatitis, pharyngitis, cellulitis, sinusitis, bursitis, otitis, tendonitis, and many more. So now that we have established that words that end in “itis” are describing something that is inflamed, I want you to start thinking, “why is that body part inflamed?”. See, often times people are diagnosed with something, but the underlying cause isn’t being addressed. The majority of reasons why something can be inflamed can be classified in one of three categories; trauma, toxins, and thoughts. As an example, if you crash your bicycle, this is a trauma that can cause inflammation to your skin, muscles, tendons, bursa, joints, and more. Even repetitive movements could cause trauma to a joint; think about how repetitively swinging a hammer affects an elbow. Another form of trauma could be eating something you know you have an allergy,

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Our body is in a constant state of selenium. One major concern with taking or reaction, to. An example of this would breaking down tissues and rebuilding be someone who is lactose intolerant, but drugs to reduce inflammation is the cycle with new tissues and cells. Roughly every it often creates. Taking anti inflammation yet continues to eat dairy products. This 10 years, every cell in our body will have drugs will reduce pain and inflammation, repetitive trauma from food would cause been completely replaced by a new cell. but it will deplete some of the nutrients inflammation to the colon and much Understand that our lifestyle can necessary for tissue repair. The person more. Similarly, chronic infection—say also contribute to chronic inflammation. “feels better” and returns to normal a virus— can cause inflammation of the Common causes of chronic inflammation liver like we see in hepatitis. Imagine now activities of daily life despite not being can be: consuming grains, wheat, gluten, healed, and causes further damage. The someone who inhales toxic chemicals, any food or preservative, or coloring that say at a nail salon, and how that can be a person then increases the medication you have an immune system response to dosage, or switches to a stronger toxic cause of inflammation to the lungs such as an allergy or sensitivity, stress, medication, which reduces pain and and sinuses. Finally, stressful thoughts poor quality oils, trans fats, rancid are linked to inflammation. In fact, stress further depletes nutrients. The person fats, excess omega 6 fats compared and inflammation are both linked to most again returns to activities of normal every to omega 3 fats, alcohol, lack of sleep, things that will cause us dis-ease. So you day life, without healing and rehabbing, and more. However, there are lifestyle see, if someone is taking medications for and the cycle continues. In other words, things we can do to reduce inflammation, inflammation—and the pain it creates— their inflammation, but not removing the like reducing stress, getting enough is limiting, and often when people stop root source of their inflammation, they sleep and exercise, balancing our inflammation with medications they may not be able to achieve resolution of blood sugar, balancing our hormones, immediately return to normal activities of their dis-ease. balancing insulin, cold therapy, massage, daily living due to the decrease in pain, “What about medications to stop chiropractic, acupuncture, cupping, herbs causing further injury or damage to the inflammation?” you ask. There are many like boswellia, turmeric, celery seed, and already vulnerable tissues. Not a good drugs designed to reduce inflammation ginger, drinking water, taking omega 3 cycle to be caught up in. such as ibuprofen, naproxen, Celecoxib, oils, and making sure Vitamin D levels Try to think of pain from inflammation to name a few common ones. Common are normal. drug approaches to reducing inflammation as your body’s check engine light Learn to ask the question “why is that coming on; your body is trying to tell include two general types: NSAIDs or body part inflamed?” and “how can we you something is not right and needs to nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs remove the irritating factor?” Appreciate be addressed before something worse (with two general sub types COX-1 and too that there are options when dealing happens. Inflammation, therefore, is COX-2) and steroid-type drugs such as with inflammation and don’t discount not the problem, but more an effect prednisone (not to be confused with the how important our lifestyle can be in steroids used by some athletes and body of an underlying root cause. Let’s not either causing or modulating the body’s demonize inflammation. Inflammation builders). Many will remember the COXinflammation response. Until next time, I is good and is 100% necessary. 2 inhibitor drug Vioxx, which was pulled leave you with this great quote: Inflammation is the normal body after nearly 60,000 people died from “The doctor of the future will give no response to injury in acute situations. complications with the drug. Generally, medicine, but will instruct his patients Inflammation starts the body’s innate the drug approach attempts to block in the care of the human frame, in diet, healing process by removing damaged the natural chemicals that promote the and in the cause and prevention of inflammation process, but remember that tissues and cells so that they can disease.”— Thomas Edison be replaced with new healthier cells; inflammation is necessary to promote inflammation can also fight pathogens. healing of injured tissues. Side effects of NSAIDs can include gastric distress, bloody stools, ulcers, intestinal bleeding, leaky gut, and more. NSAIDs are known to deplete vitamin C, folate, potassium, and iron. Steroid-type drugs have known side effects, which include suppressing natural cortisol production, weight gain, bone loss, and ligament detachment. DR. HANNON Steroid drugs are known to deplete Graduated from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ vitamin C, vitamin D, folic acid, zinc, Doctor of Chiropractic program. Dr. Hannon dedicates his time to his calcium, magnesium, potassium, and passion of health, exercise, and nutrition.

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Gastro Pub



here’s a reason Desert Barn Brewery took 1st Place and was dubbed “2018 Best of the Desert” by the H.D. Community via Daily Press. And, it’s no wonder Yelp reviewers honor them amply with gold stars. Heck, anyone can serve a beer, but what owners, Josh and Sarah Waters offer our community is so much more. They’ve established a laudable haven, a hotspot for date night and family fun. They quench our thirsts, satisfy our cravings, and provide lively, local entertainment. You can taste the passion that goes into Desert Barn craft brew. Mojave Mud and Valley Citrus are popular IPAs, but if you’re a fan of chocolate, toffee, and coffee, you may want to try their Black Bomber. Their beer menu is extensive, and I would suggest that you sample them all; however, their Bee Assassin Blonde, with honey and lemon notes, should hit the top of your to-do list. Their Picnic Pale Ale is an ideal summertime choice, and it pairs quite well with picnic fare and BBQ favorites. Speaking of food… Of course, we know Desert Barn Brewery’s beer attracts the crowds, but their rockin’ food also calls folks back. Their Carne Asada Fries, loaded with cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream, are killer, and their tacos are amazing. Pork belly, fish, vegetarian, asada, chicken—you name it, they’ve got it, including a delicious Fried Chicken Taco. They’ve got a list of gourmet burgers, as well, and their Smoked Tri-tip sandwich is a must-try. Favorites, such as Loaded Mac & Cheese, savory smoked House Wings, and Pretzel & Beer Cheese appetizer, are always hits, and if you’re in the mood for something light, they’ve got several fresh salad choices, as well. And, don’t forget dessert! Their Candied Waffle À La Mode, with maple syrup and bacon, is spot-on. Desert Barn Brewery is well-known for warm customer service and pleasing the masses. They’ve created a fun hotspot that includes live entertainment on weekends, and we are honored to have them in our neighborhood. — By Stephanie Morris

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The Power of Simplicity


ou would be astonished at what you can build with the dirt under your feet. The poet Rumi once noted that, “Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise,” and nowhere is that more evident than the campus of CalEarth, right here in Hesperia. At CalEarth, they believe housing is a human right and everyone deserves a home. Their mission is to further the research, development, and education of SuperAdobe, a safe and accessible form of Earth Architecture that provides environmentally and financially sustainable living spaces. Through their SuperAdobe training programs, they have empowered thousands of people to improve the world around them. SuperAdobe structures can be found in 54 countries and are being used for a variety of purposes including emergency housing, an orphanage, a birthing center, wellness retreats and personal residences. SuperAdobe combines ancient building techniques with basic architectural principles, and the results are earthquake, fire, and flood resistant structures that can range from a one-person pod to a fully modernized home. Using sandbags, barbed wire and the earth beneath your feet, SuperAdobe is a truly affordable and sustainable way to build homes anywhere on the planet. Indeed, you can find their structures in such farflung regions as Oman, Haiti, and Nepal. CalEarth founder Nader Khalili (1936-2008) was a visionary architect, author, humanitarian, teacher, and innovator. Born in Iran as one of nine children, his quest was to empower the world’s poor and refugees to build homes using the earth under their feet. His sustainable solutions to human shelter have been published by NASA, employed by the United Nations, and awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, among others. Inspired by the poetry of Rumi, he was a quiet hero who never forgot the importance of living an honest, meaningful life. SuperAdobe is a powerful tool in the fight against the global housing crisis. It is currently used across the globe in ways that have helped rebuild communities facing a housing crisis. The education provided by CalEarth has empowered hundreds of people to found humanitarian projects for those in need. SuperAdobe domes and vaults have been built in at least 49 countries on 6 continents and the list continues to grow. These projects range from backyard landscaping to Eco-resorts and everything in between, showing the range of what can be done using SuperAdobe. There is an at once ancient and modern elegance to Earth One, which is located on CalEarth’s Hesperia Campus. It is a 2,000 square-foot home that includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage in a 9 vault design. The vaulted house prototype has been in development since the mid-1980’s by Nader Khalili and CalEarth to allow the maximum space, light, and interior ventilation, while using the traditional form of the vault. The vault system can be combined with domes and apses or repeated back-to-back to form a variety of aesthetic and efficiently planned house designs. Earth One includes conventional interior framing, fittings, and finishes including central heating and air conditioning, and was fully permitted by the building department and received a residency permit in the City of Hesperia in 2007. The Eco-Dome is a 400 square foot structure featured in Vogue Magazine and on programs including HGTV Tiny House Hunters and CNN. It is a spacious and energy efficient “tiny” home that includes a rocket mass heater and a passive cooling system called a wind scoop. The Eco-Dome is engineered to surpass all structural building codes and has been permitted and built in various locations worldwide. Eco-Dome is a modular design, and commonly built as a “Double Eco-Dome” to provide additional bedrooms. — Elisa Urmston

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visit their site at When you commit to a monthly donation of $10 or a one-time donation of $50 or more, you will automatically become a CalEarth Member. As a member, you’ll be honored for your commitment with exclusive benefits including a FREE CalEarth tote and pin, discounts on workshops and online content, and a member newsletter with regular updates.

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Touring the HD’s Antique Stores


ne of the most fun things you can do here in the HD is check out the many fascinating, wellstocked local antique shops we are are so fortunate to have in our community. When friends visit from down the hill, one thing many of them look forward to—and usually insist upon— is an excursion out to Old Route 66, or Lucerne Valley, or Hesperia, where we can wander the aisles, savoring the collective memories of bygone days and linger over treasures so well-crafted, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything as beautiful being sold in department stores today. Of course, many of us have reached the age where some of our favorite childhood memories appear in these shops, which always leads to a good-natured ribbing from our shopping buddies, but all teasing aside, this is as close to time travel as we can get, and it’s a great way to spend the afternoon. We usually start our antiquing trips with a visit to Cadillac Antiques in Lucerne Valley. Housed in a lovely pueblo adobe building, Cadillac Antiques features what they call “garage art”— the most striking piece, when I was there, was a table lamp made from pipe and chain. It was at once industrial and civilized; the sturdy pipe juxtaposed against the shimmering chain beautifully. It would be just the right piece to spice up a room that needed a little zing. They also feature mid-century furniture, which is so white-hot with decorators these days. Why not get the real deal, instead of some overpriced knockoff? Carriage House Antiques, on Hesperia Road, is a lovely, refined experience— whether it’s curated, elegant pieces, folk art, or funky, nostalgic cottage/cabin furnishings you seek, they have it all. The folks working there are friendly and knowledgeable, and they even offered us cookies and

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coffee. While I was strongly tempted by a tiffany-style lamp, I ended up purchasing some Fiestaware for my collection; my friend left pining for an antique 1930s radio with art deco details. Something tells me she will be back. If you’re willing to make the drive to Oro Grande, the fabulous Antique Station is a worthwhile destination. More of an antiques mall, there are several little rooms, each brimming with its own personality and representing its own era. It’s easy to go into sensory overload if you expect to just breeze through and take it all in. This is a place where you want to slow down. Chat with the friendly proprietor. Let your eyes wander. Outside, they have rustic farm equipment and outdoor furniture, folk-art chandeliers, and other whimsical garden art, inside lies a treasure trove of furniture, china, art glass, lamps, clothing, old LPs for you vinyl hounds—anything from the past that you might love seems to have found its temporary home here in this desert outpost. It’s a place where you can almost smell the redolent, sweet aroma of time. My friend and I didn’t leave

empty-handed, either. My friend found an elegant 1960s era purse in mint condition, and I found some LPs because nothing sounds as warm and wonderful as vinyl. No matter where you decide to do your antiquing, the HD is a great place to find items of a bygone age. Make sure you wear your favorite walking shoes, turn off your phone, and plan to let the day get away from you. I can’t think of a better way to spend some time than hopping in the Way-Back Machine and time traveling with friends through the wonderful antique shops of the region. Happy hunting. — Elisa Urmston CADILLAC ANTIQUES 32090 CA-18, Lucerne Valley (760) 248-2829 CARRIAGE HOUSE ANTIQUES 11370 Hespeia Road, Hesperia (760) 948-5577 ANTIQUE STATION 19176 National Trails Hwy., Oro Grande (760) 951-2421


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The following is a listing of select High Desert Restaurants. These listings are a free service provided by H.D. Living Magazine and are subject to change. This guide also includes wine tasting venues. If you would like your dining establishment considered, send information to, include your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information.

Victorville Down Home Grill 12120 Ridgecrest Rd. #101 (760)241-4663 Thai Dawn Bistro 14317 Bear Valley Rd Ste 2 (760) 244-7600 Republic SVL 13261 Spring Valley Pkwy, (760) 596-3971 Paulina’s Mexican Grill 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 955-2661 Tokyo Steak 14317 Bear Valley Rd. Ste 2, (760) 956-6888 Yoshi Sushi 14177 Kentwood Blvd, (760) 241-1960 Chateau Chang Restaurant 15425 Anacapa Rd, (760) 241-3040 Steer ‘n Stein Restaurant 12224 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-0775 D’Vine Wine Bar 14845 Monarch Blvd. suite C, (760) 843-3888 La Casita Mexican Restaurant 14977 Palmdale Rd, (760) 241-0119 La Casita at the Lake 12170 Spring Valley Pkwy, (760) 843-0440 The Corner Café 15683 Roy Rogers Dr., (760) 900-6676 Poncho’s Salvadorian Restaurant 16427 Victor Street, (760) 843-3336 Golden Gate Restaurant 15208 Bear Valley Rd # B, (760) 245-6189 Tokyo Sushi & BBQ 14741 7th St #A, (760) 955-7123

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Marie Callenders 12180 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-6973 The Brass Pickle Deli 15617 Roy Rogers Dr, (760) 241-4846 Outback Steakhouse 12400 Amargosa Rd # B, (760) 962-1003 Mimi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd, (760) 244-6888 Original Roadhouse Grill 11940 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2308 Carino’s 11970 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2248 Giuseppe’s Restaurant 14309 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 949-5400 El Pescador Seafood & Mexican Grill 14144 Green Tree Blvd, (760) 245-4860 Poncho Villas Fresh Grill & Tequila 11620 Amargosa Rd. (760) 981-1958 Itchy Foot Islands Deli & BBQ 15329 Palmdale Rd, (760) 243-3354 Miguel’s Baja Grill 14480 7th St. (760) 241-3838 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 11600 Amargosa Rd, (442) 600-2840

Apple Valley Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 20783 Bear Valley Rd, Ste H (760) 240-3888 Di Napoli’s Fire House 17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802 The Wine Seller Apple Bear Center, (760) 961-2500

Las Brisas 21919 CA-18 (760) 240-1051

Desert Barn Brewery 11352 Hesperi Rd. (760) 995-3894

Mega Tom’s Restaurant 20781 Bear Valley Rd., (760) 240-9022

Hidden Tavern 12728 Main St. (760) 947-0099

Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant 17790 Wika Rd. (760) 946-5344

Juliano’s Italian Restaurant 12052 Hesperia Rd., (760) 949-0595

Oggis Pizza & Brewing Co 19201 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-8977 Linko Sushi 12115 Apple Valley Rd, (760) 240-1125 Apple Valley Golf Course Grill 15200 Rancherias Rd, (760) 242-3653 Off the Grid Brewing Company 13615 John Glen Rd., (760) 247-5600 Mama Carpino’s 22010 Highway 18 (760) 240-9664 Marcelinos Mexican Restaurant 21510 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-4344 Viva Maria 20162 Highway 18 #D (760) 946-2087 Linko Sushi 12115 Apple Valley Rd, (760) 240-1125 Ninja Sushi 15850 Apple Valley Rd., (760) 242-3913 Siam Thai Cuisine 18564 Outer Hwy 18 Ste 203, (760) 242-5093 Giuseppe’s Apple Valley 18855 Bear Valley Rd. Ste. 1, (760) 247-1999 Havana Wine & Beer Club 13692 Apple Valley Rd, Suite 1, (760) 961-6880 Spirit River Cafe 16000 Apple Valley Rd. Ste. B4, (760) 242-1400

Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 15800 Main St Ste 200, (760) 947-9029 Cancun Mexican & Seafood 15550 Main St, (760) 956-7720 Italian Kitchen 16409 Yucca St, (760) 244-7757 Thai-Lotus Restaurant 12027 Hesperia Rd, (760) 949-9362 Fina’s Giuseppe’s 15555 Main St. (760) 949-9600 Los Domingo’s Restaurant 15885 Main St, 92345 (760) 948-6161 Oasis Sushi Restaurant 12719 Main St, 92344 (760) 244-9608 Wood Grill Buffet 14135 Main St. Hesperia (760) 981-4418

Oak Hills Oak Hills Brewing Company 12221 Poplar St. #3 (760) 244-8278

Oro Grande Cross Eyed Cow 19242 National Trails Hwy (760)241-1987

Barstow Idle Spurs Steakhouse 690 Old Highway 58 (760)256-8888

Hesperia Whisky Barrel Restaurant & Saloon 12055 Mariposa Rd. (760) 244-1115


A warm and intimate ambiance in a confortable setting with plenty of tasty and satisfying food combine to make Mama Carpino’s one of the High Desert’s favorite Italian restaurants. Featuring live entertainment on select weekends.

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f you’e looking to find a good Steak in the HD and surrounding areas, look no further as we found a few spots that are sure to satisfy your taste buds’ craving for a good slab of beef. Though it’s widely known to the entire steak community, many don’t realize a restaurant is not considered a true steakhouse unless they serve a Ribeye cut. Known for it’s marbling and flavor, the Ribeye is a staple for any steakhouse and we are sure you’ll find these fine establishments fit the bill.

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WHISKEY BARREL 12055 Mariposa Rd., Hesperia (760) 244-1115 If you’re looking for a local spot here in your own backyard, we found Whiskey Barrel in Hesperia just off of Bear Valley Rd offers some of the best steaks in the area. Aged a minimum of 21 days, these certified Angus steaks come out juicy and full of flavor. With staple cuts such as the Porterhouse, bone-in Ribeye, New York and a Top Sirloin. Make sure to try the popular Whiskey Barrel Signature style, where you choose the cut marinated in a special blend of herbs and spices topped with mushrooms and their special makers mark 46 sauce, you can’t go wrong when you’re in the mood for great food, music and drinks IDLE SPURS STEAKHOUSE 690 Old Highway 58,Barstow (760) 256-8888 Another great spot with a little bit of history behind it is Idle Spurs on Old Highway 58 in Barstow. Idle Spurs raises their own beef locally from the Morgan Meat Company, and serve only the best quality and aged cuts. The rustic décor, old machinery and wooden gadgets found inside the restaurant


were all designs of Mr. Morgan himself, who purchased Idle Spurs in the mid 1970’s according to their website and the history and tradition of serving great steaks hasn’t stopped since. Drawing travelers from across the country, Idle Spurs offers not only a great steak (including a Ribeye) but a unique chophouse environment. PAPPY & HARRIET’S PIONEER TOWN PALACE 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown (760) 365-5956 Yucca Valley is still considered the High Desert region, and there’s a place known for Barbecue, Tex-Mex and live entertainment. Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneer Town Palace off Hwy 247 near the Yucca Valley is also known for serving up some of the best steaks around. Serving a flat iron grass fed Wagyu, an 18oz Ribeye from R & R Ranch in Oro Grande, Sirloin and Porterhouse cuts, this place lives up to its billing as a diamond in the desert for food and entertainment. VINCENT HILL STATION RESTAURANT AND SALOON 553 Sierra Hwy., Acton (661) 272-4799 Another wonderful restaurant brimming with history can be found just a short drive from here in Acton. The Vincent Hill Station Restaurant will delight you with its antique cabooses and the miniature train that runs through their Top of the Grade Saloon. The menu starts with an engrossing history of the place and then goes on to list the many mouthwatering specialties they have to offer, including a New York Steak

with a cognac green peppercorn sauce and a Filet Mignon topped with roquefort and wild mushroom sauce. While the emphasis here is on steak, it is notable that they are one of the few places around featuring abalone on the menu. Check out the very finest in live entertainment and peruse their extensive wine list. You won’t be disappointed. HILLTOP TAVERN & INN 9544 Kiowa Rd., Apple Valley (760) 247-7727 Long known for its views of the Victor Valley, the Hilltop Tavern & Inn held its re-grand opening earlier in the year reinventing itself into a place for food, fun entertainment and local events. Sitting on a 60 acre ranch in Apple Valley and overlooking the HD, their 16oz choice Ribeye is served with tarragon citrus mustard, garlic butter, and cooked to your liking. They also offer a tender Filet Mignon along with staple barbecue dishes and from the Sea entrées. Reservations are highly recommended.


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ama always told me: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” When my husband and I started dating, he was strictly a beer drinker, and I couldn’t stand the stuff. Wine was my preference, and with great loyalty, I embraced it. Anyhow, I began taking Wayne with me as I researched various wineries and wine bars, and with that, of course, came tastings and pairings. As with most new wine drinkers, he preferred sweater varieties; but, eventually, he was in sync with me—choosing to sip a good Cabernet Sauvignon with his ribeye. He rarely drinks a beer anymore. In the meantime, as I continued to research and sample wine (an arduous task), I came upon opportunities to explore the world of beer as well. “I don’t really care for it, but…” I found myself saying as I sampled away. As with wine, I began to appreciate the variety of characteristics and undertones. There are many times now when Wayne will order a glass of Chardonnay, while I find myself clutching a handsome amber ale. Who would’ve thought? So, here’s what I’ve learned. The courageous aren’t limiting themselves to old stand-bys, and being stubborn about

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preferences can ultimately be your loss. You aren’t cheating on wine if you choose an evening with beer; you can enjoy both! In fact, you can love them in the same glass. Woah! True story. Wine-beer hybrids are a perfect marriage for those who have an appreciation for both grape and grain beverages, so it’s no small wonder these fusions have become popular of late. The truth is, they’ve probably been around longer than you may realize. In fact the process began back in the 1970s when renowned Belgian lambic producer, Cantillon used Muscat grapes to make Vigneronne. On the Cantillon official website, the brewery expounds that: “In 1973, Jean-Pierre Van Roy, after having relaunched successfully the production of raspberry lambic, bought white grapes and soaked them in lambic. This experiment was successful too. The fructose, which abounds in these fruits, enables us to make a beer which is more mellow than the Gueuze or the other fruit beers.” Well, there you have it; it’s no new trend! So, open your mind, and you may find a you’ll experience partiality metamorphosis…or a remedy for your indecisiveness. Say what? Cheers! – By Stephanie Morris




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lot can happen in a decade. A lot has happened in the last ten years since HD Living magazine was born. If no one has ever told you their story, then let me give you a bit of insight from my point of view. It was at a meeting at Apple Valley’s own One of Life’s Perks coffee house that Frank Castillo told a group of us his vision. Katie Chavez, Krystal Carrillo, and I had been friends and colleagues for a few years. We met Tere Kidd and we all listened to a man tell us his dream of creating a lifestyle magazine that would show all of the wonderful things that the High Desert has to offer. From the moment he showed us what he wanted to do, I was sold. I grew up in Orange County, lived on the Central Coast; in Scottsdale, Arizona, and in San Diego, so I knew exactly what Frank was describing. I knew that more than anything, our area needed to be reminded that the Victor Valley had its own beauty and a growing culture that needed some highlighting. At our follow up meeting a couple of weeks later, again at One of Life’s Perks, I brought my friend Stephanie Keyes (later Morris) because I knew she would be excited to be a part of this, but she would balk if I had given her any idea that I was going to suggest her as a writer. By the end of the meeting, Steph was assigned Wine Trends, and I was asked to become editor and to write Susan’s Corner. The original writing team: Katie, Krystal, Tere, Stephanie, and I were ready to add the text to the awesome photography of George Sillas. Our first issue graced tables at our launch party, held in the Greiner Pontiac/GM showroom, and we celebrated with our new advertisers and the HD community. To say we were all excited would be an understatement. To be in on the birth of something special is remarkable, and we all felt the magic that day. Since that July day ten years ago, much has changed. A few years ago, I stepped down as editor, making way for the very capable Elisa Urmston who had joined the writing staff a year earlier. She added more contributors to our pages. The thousands of words the writers have all committed to the page over the decade have helped us grow as writers, introduced us to people and places we otherwise would not have known, and allowed us to introduce our readers to some truly wonderful HD treasures. In these ten years, we have personally all celebrated accomplishments, milestones, and life affirming events; we have all suffered losses and sorrow. We have strived and struggled, stumbled and triumphed while HD Living has grown and survived through volatile and changing economics. With an online presence to complement our lovely print version, and through social media, HD Living reaches more readers than ever. To think, it all began over coffee with one man sharing his dream and a handful of believers to help him realize it. Thank you, Frank Castillo, for an awesome ten years. Here’s to the next decade and beyond!

If you would like to see something special featured in Susan’s Corner, or if you have a special recipe, drop me a line and let me know about it at: Susan Landers at H.D. Living Magazine 6630 SLV Box Victorville, Ca. 92395, or e-mail me at

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HD LIVING Magazine Summer/Fall 2018  

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HD LIVING Magazine Summer/Fall 2018  

Your Premier High Desert Lifestyle Magazine