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ello San Luis Obispo County! I am happy to say, we meet again with the second publication of indulge Magazine! Those regular days filled with early mornings and long nights are still here...But this time, we can celebrate a little bit more for the holidays! We have a wonderful line up of issue features for your holiday enjoyment, including hotspots in the county, events and activities, tons of wine, and of course, New Year’s Resolutions. So what do you ‘resolve’ to do with your New Year? The possibilities are endless in this place we call home. So as this New Year rolls around the corner, we personally want to welcome it with open arms and wish you all the best year we’ve ever had. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank all of the supporters of indulge. So many of you have said such kind words to our staff about this publication and we want to tell you that it is your words that keep indulge thriving and our staff driving. Your thoughts are very valuable to us as a publication for the SLO county community. Additionally, we want to encourage our supporters to support our advertisers. indulge is able to bring you a free community publication because we are supported by local ads. So truly, indulge Magazine is brought to you by your favorite local businesses who we can’t thank enough. Be sure to tell them, “I saw you in indulge!” So how do you indulge in San Luis Obispo county? Tell us, we want to know! Is it a music show, a boat ride, or a scenic car drive? Glass of wine, hike, or picnic at the beach? Not to brag too much, but we are so blessed to live in our county! Our challenge to readers for the New Year is that each one of you personally take part in a new activity in our county that you have never had the pleasure of enjoying before. So if there’s somewhere you’ve never hiked or biked, a landmark or county hotspot you’ve never visited, go there! And while you’re there, indulge! Wishing you all the best,

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Volume 1 | Issue 2  December 2012 | January 2013 Audrey Johns Contributing Writer, see Features Lose Weight By Eating |

AUDREY JOHNS Lose Weight By Eating Our talented cover model and contributing writer for December | January is Atascadero local, Audrey Johns. Thank you very much to Audrey Johns | Lose Weight By Eating for contributing to our indulge San Luis Obispo County Magazine. We are happy to feature your Skinny contributions to our food and wine section, Indulge Your Senses. Thank you for your written pieces, including Let’s Wine About Our New Year’s Resolutions: Skinny Wine Tasting for the Holidays with Audrey Johns and sharing your personal experience and expertise with our readers in other sections as well. We cannot thank you enough and we are happy to welcome you as a staff writer!

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Features Daytrips

10 San Miguel Downtown and Countryside: History, Discovery and Serenity


Beauty in the Grapevines on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. Discover “The Best Kept Secret in Paso Robles Wine Country”


14 Wine Rail Excursions in SLO County 16 The Luffa Farm in Nipomo Lifestyle

18 SLO is Where the Heart Is. Home Interview with the Ngyuen Family

22 Once a Yogi, Always a Yogi. Roots Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Lauren Narayani. Release Tension Along the Spine and Bring on Merry Times this Holiday and New Year

24 What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda Concepts and Your Digestive System. Find Your Dosha Quiz


Indulge Your Senses: Food, Wine and Spirits

26 Lose Weight By Eating By Audrey Johns 27 Let’s Wine About Our New Year’s Resolutions! “Skinny Wine Tasting” for the Holidays with Audrey Johns



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30 Resolutionary Recipe and Wine Pairings. Make Your Resolutions Revolutionary!

35 Bubbly Bar: Celebrate New Year’s Eve Properly This Year!

Your Mind at Work

36 Looking to Make Some Healthy New

Year’s Resolutions? Tips for a Healthy Start

37 Paso Robles Education Alliance: Making


Positive Changes in Education Where We Live. Words from Jeff Railsback, President and Shelley Gurney, Treasurer of PREA

The Treasure Trove

38 Branded with Beauty. Exploring Frank Gallucci’s Vintage Graphics Collection


40 The Simplicity of Shabby Chic Gift Giving Compliments of Traci Dunn


41 Aromatherapy: Setting the Mood for the Season, Crafting the Perfect Scent & Simply Citrus Household Cleaner: Concocting a Remedy at Home

42 Indulge: San Luis Obispo County. How Much Do You Know About the Area? SLO County Trivia Quiz

44 Horoscopes: What’s Your Sign. Your

Horoscope for December 2012 and January 2013 by Devon Grissim All the Way From Copenhagen, Denmark Features



San Miguel Downtown and Countryside History, Discovery and Serenity


ake a trip to the Northern end of San Luis Obispo County and enjoy the rich cultural history and many activities offered in San Miguel. Stroll downtown and visit an array of shops, ranging from antiques to fashion or sip coffee and read the newspaper as you overlook the gorgeous sites of the countryside. San Miguel is a growing region with much to offer and discover. Thriving with friendly folks and scenic beauty, San Miguel is a destination growing with popularity. The countryside of San Miguel offers the beauty of studded oaks on rolling hills, vineyards, and pastures, setting the mood for a serene and tranquil visit. The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, one of “the best kept secrets of Paso Robles Wine Country” is home to a variety of sites for afternoon enjoyment, activities, and travel. The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail is the newest group of Paso Robles wineries who have joined together in the San Miguel countryside to bring you an unforgettable wine tasting experience and range of activities and amenities to enjoy. Truly, a visit to San Miguel could not be more “pleasant” without time spent on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. Visit for more information about the sites to enjoy along the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. Downtown San Miguel is home to Mission San Miguel de Archangel, a famous historical stop on El Camino Real that draws visitors from near and far for daily mass and historical appreciation. The inside of the mission retains its original works of art and much of its original architecture, thanks to restoration projects by locals who focus on “saving the irreplaceable” since the tragic San Simeon earthquake of 2003. The San Miguel Mission welcomes visitors to walk through the courtyard, museum, and sites of historic architecture and provides tours and information to enrich you in mission history. Across the street from the mission stands the Rios-Caledonia Adobe, a structure originally built as part of the mission that later acted as a hotel, tavern, stage stop, residence, post office, school house, and shop for dressmaking, tailoring, mattresses and upholstery. Today the Rios-Caledonia Adobe acts as an information center, museum, and gift shop of historic import. Both the San Miguel Mission and Rios-Caledonia Adobe are located in close walking distance from the main downtown areas of commerce in San Miguel. Often times many events like bingo, craft fairs, and rummage sales are held at the Mission San Miguel site – you can view the line-up of events at www. 10



Beauty in the Grapevines on The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail A visit to San Miguel would not be complete without winetasting along the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail located just east of downtown. Some of the best wines in Paso Robles wine country are produced in this northern region located just minutes from Freeway 101 and Hwy 46 East. As you drive along the 12 mile trail, enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and gently rolling vineyards that draw you in and keep you wanting more. As you discover what each winery has to offer you’ll also recognize that all of these wineries are family owned and operated and many of the owners pour for you in their tasting rooms. Want to stay more than a day? The trail offers vacation rentals, RV resort and even a deli for some good eats. You can even take a break from winetasting and enjoy horseback riding in this serene peaceful countryside. Discover why people are calling this area “the best kept secret in Paso Robles Wine Country.” -Pleasant Valley Wine Trail Daytrips





New reasons to spend your day in San Miguel and enrich in the cultural and historical significance that the Mission has to offer

Mission San Miguel Archangel FOUNDED: July 25, 1797 FOUNDED BY: Father Fermin Francisco de Lausen NAME: Archangel FOR Archangel Saint Michael CHURCH ERECTED: 1816-1821 VISIT MISSION SAN MIGUEL ARCHANGEL: 775 Mission Street | San Miguel | CA, 93451 ph: 805.467.3256 www.Mission San 12


“It was a scary time after the San Simeon earthquake in 2003 and at one point the Mission was almost closed permanently by the diocese of Monterey. Many people fought to keep the Mission open as a viable parish, especially our former pastor, Father Raymond Tintle. There were a lot of people writing grants, holding bake sales, coordinating golf tournaments and pleading to get the monies needed for the retrofitting and restoration. With the good lord’s help, they were able to raise a good deal of the money to get most of the retrofitting completed and were able to open the church at the same time they opened their new parish hall. There are still some areas that need to be completed which include the friar’s living areas, the friar’s chapel and library. Approximately 2 million of the originally estimated 15 million dollars are still needed to finish the restoration project. In 2010, we held a special wine event, Wine Experencia, which raised funds for the cause and then we held it again in may of 2012 and netted $42,000 for the restoration. We still have a ways to go but we’re on our way.” -Susan Velasquez, Parish Hall Manager


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Wine Rail Excursions Relax on the Rail: Wine and Dine in the Vines


n adventure on a Wine Rail Excursion is a lovely way to spend your afternoon visiting hotspots up and down the Central Coast while indulging in rail history and fine wines of the area. Every second Sunday tours are guided by Curtis Reinhardt, who speaks about rail history and interesting facts of the area while en route. A typical day on a Wine Rail Excursion starts at the train station in either San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles, depending on the locations that you will visit. When indulge SLO Magazine went “indulging” on the Wine Rail Excursion, we started our journey at the train station in San Luis Obispo and traveled north to Pomar Junction Winery in Templeton to enjoy an afternoon of wine, food, and merriment. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the Merrill Family and staff at Pomar Junction who set up a lovely picnic table luncheon and wine tasting, overlooking the rolling hills of their vineyard. We met enthusiastic fellow Wine Rail travelers and shared a fun and relaxing afternoon in the vines. Afterward, we boarded the Coast Starlight train at the station in downtown Paso Robles and cruised down to our starting point in San Luis Obispo. Wine Rail Excursions offer a multitude of wine adventures so be sure to check their schedule at for the various excursions and private trips offered. Additionally, there will soon be rail trips from San Luis Obispo County to Santa Barbara County, specifically State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Please contact Curtis Reinhardt for more information about Wine Rail Excursions at (805) 773-4173.

The Central Coast Railroad Festival’s Wine Rail Excursions feature a ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight across the famous and scenic Cuesta Grade between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Trips include complimentary wine tasting at rail related wineries such as Templeton’s Pomar Junction, a light lunch, rail history and a private Ride-On bus journey to complete the round trip. The starting city alternates between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo.

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THE LUFFA FARM “Come be Amazed!”


here are few growers of luffas in the US but our county is fortunate to be home to The Luffa Farm in Nipomo. Owner, Deanne Coon has been growing luffas for over thirty years and has cultivated just the right touch to make this quirky plant thrive. So where, you may ask, does a luffa come from? Many visitors of The Luffa Farm are shocked and amazed to learn that a luffa is grown on a plant and not made in a factory or spawned from the sea. In fact, at The Luffa Farm you can take a tour with Deanne and The Luffa Farm family through the greenhouse and see the luffas on the vine. The Luffa Farm gives free informational tours of their greenhouse while they teach you about the life of a luffa. Learn how a luffa grows and develops and all of the many ways that a luffa can be used as a household product. In addition to luffas of all different shapes and sizes, The Luffa Farm also has a range of other hand-crafted products, many infused with their array of homegrown backyard herbs – lavender, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, and many more. Using the finest glycerin soap base available, The Luffa farm also has an assortment of lightly scented soaps to indulge in. Looking for the perfect gift? They have a multitude of gift baskets available, many for the holidays. “Come Be Amazed” at The Luffa Farm any time of year as luffas grow year round. Be sure to stop in to The Luffa Farm to visit The Luffa Farm family and learn about this unique and quirky plant. The Luffa Farm is located at 1457 Willow Road in Nipomo and can be reached at (805) 3430883.

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What do you love most about the Central Coast? Kim: The amount of diversity that exists in a small area: ocean, mountains, dunes, lake. There is always somewhere to go or something to see so I never feel like there is a dull moment. We can easily enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, surfing, or biking and when we’re not outside there is plenty going on inside. There are many restaurants, wineries and tourist hotspots to frequent when we get the chance and it seems like there is always a good live music show, play, or other form of entertainment to “indulge in” so to say!

this one in mind and were lucky enough that it was still available when we found it! We are close enough to downtown areas and just far enough away to still be somewhat secluded. On many days we can walk or bike to Higuera Street and while it’s pretty good exercise, it’s still close enough to not always have to drive.

How long have you lived in this home? Lee: Six years. This is the home that we moved into when we relocated and we couldn’t have picked a better one. When we were canvasing the area originally, we had a house like 18


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What do you love most about the San Luis Obispo area? Kim: Well we initially moved here about six years ago because we wanted to live near the ocean but somewhat inland! We relocated from Ohio, and while it’s lovely over there, San Luis Obispo County is just a gem of it’s own unique sort. San Luis Obispo has certainly become our home from the moment we set foot here. I personally love the weather that we get down here. While I love the sun and the heat, I also appreciate a little breeze from time to time and I feel like this area gets a lot of sun and a good at the temperature that I prefer.

What are your favorite things to do in the area? Kim: Ah, where to begin. Well clearly we’re big time San Luis Obispo County enthusiasts! Like I mentioned before, this area attracted us initially because it encompasses all of the things that we love to do!

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And not only do we get to enjoy the passtimes that we love, like sports and other outdoor activites, cruising downtown restaurants and visitng wineries, but we also get to lavish in the things we love in a place of so much beauty and diversity. It’s truly a unique experience that we are fortunate to enjoy. Lee: Particularly though, I love cruising downtown on my beach cruiser bike to visit all of the businesses on Higuera Street. Those are my favorite places. I love that we are home to many new local breweries and wineries. Beer tasting and wine tasting are certainly a favorite passtime when I have time from work. We love to meet our friends downtown at some of our favorite local pubs and restaurants and just hang out.

What are your favorite aspects of the neighborhood? Kim: The space. We love that we can live in a decent sized city but still

have enough breathing room! This area has a very relaxed, country feel while it is still amidst many people and things to do! It’s the best of all worlds!

What is your favorite physical feature of your home? Lee: I have to say my favorite physical feature is the tile mosaic in the bathroom! I absolutely love it! Like anything else, of course, the bathroom could just be plain old tile but the designer of this home really seized the opportunity to place a one of a kind mosiac right in our floor! I feel like it adds a classy flair Do you have any pets? without dominating the decor of the bathroom overall. So I guess I could Let’s meet them too! say it’s busy but subtle all at the same time. Lee: We do have pets. We have one cat, Snowball and a dog, Lexi. Lexi In what part of your house do you is a pug! She has been with us since congregate the most? before we moved and I know that she just loves it here too. She also Kim: I want to say kitchen, but spends a lot of time outside and actually, I think that it’s the back loves to chase Snowball up the trees patio. We spend a lot of time in her spare time. outdoors. We try to eat our dinner outside whenever we get the chance. Especially in the summer--the weather’s perfect. It’s the best spot in the house!

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Once a Yogi Always a Yogi “Take a breath...slow down...check in..” Roots Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Lauren Narayani

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auren Narayani teaches Yoga all over California and is in high demand in Big Sur and San Diego for special retreats, however she calls Templeton home and teaches daily all over the Central Coast. Narayani was raised in a family that embodied holistic and natural living. Her parents practiced and were enthuastic about the yoga lifestyle, but it was not until she was a teenager that she became independently passionate about yoga. She has been teaching for over eight years now and is currently training new, soon to be Yoga instructors. Narayani is the creator of Roots Flow Vinyasa Yoga, a therapeutic style of yoga mixed with martial arts. “Alignment is vital” said Narayani “If you are aligned and stacked in the body… that reflects how you are aligned and stacked within the world.” She explains, “Yoga is not just about a one hour session, it is about your entire twenty-four hour day. Her goal is to coach people on how to be routed and grounded, no wonder she is in such high demand, her approach is all-encompassing. “Be Gentle to yourself, especially with your words” says Narayani, when asked how to approach a first yoga class, “People often tear themselves down out of embarrassment or anxiety but being positive and gentle with yourself and using only kind words especially on yourself will help you get through that first class.” Taking it slow is also part of being gentle, Narayani suggests, “don’t try an expert move on your first day, the beautiful thing about yoga is everyone is looking inward…and not at you.” Check out some of her classes, schedule, locations and her retreat information is at and try Lauren’s core building moves. -Audrey Johns 22

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Breathing: Start in a simple crossed legged position on your mat or blanket. Bring

your left hand to your heart and start to broaden and deepen your breath. Create a good base by spreading your sit-bones, pulling crown of head high and connecting with your center. Stretch arm behind back to open up tricep and start to release the valley of knots underneath the shoulder blade. To go deeper into the valley of knots under the shoulder blades, move into Garudasana, or “Eagle In The Arms Pose,” repeat and hold for 8 breaths on each side.

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Seated Twist:

This pose, Sukhasana, or “Sweet-Ease Filled Pose,” is a seated twist. Twist to the right bringing left hand outside knee for resistance and right hand behind the body shoulder length behind, repeat on both sides.

Cat-Cow: This pose is meant to tone and nourish vital organs and connect with

each vertebrae. Come onto all fours. Inhale drop chest and lift tailbone cow. Exhale Draw belly in towards thighs, tuck tail for cat. Repeat for 12 breaths.

Low Lunge:

This posture combines a low lunge with a Parivrtta twist. Parivrtta means “to revolve or turn around.” Step right leg forward to come into a low lunge, knee aligned with ankle. Inhale lifting the arms along the ears, exhale broaden the shoulders coming into twist bringing left elbow outside right knee. Bring left to hand to fist of fire and right palm to stabilize. To go deeper into this twist, lift the left knee and place the left palm under the shoulder. Inhale, reach the right arm up, exhale to soften the shoulders. Hold for 8 breaths on each side. Anyone can enjoy these four accessible postures, or “asanas” to break free from tensions and build inner connection. Remember, a good steady breath equals a good steady mind.





What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda Concepts and Your Digestive System


yurveda, the traditional lifestyle science of India, is based on the premise that a healthy digestive system is the key to optimal overall well-being. “Ayurveda” is taken from the Sanskrit word “ayus,” meaning life and “veda,” meaning knowledge, thus the term “Ayurveda” refers to the understanding or science of life. The philosophy, in short, takes into consideration three components of health or doshas, that according to Ayurvedic beliefs are present in every person. The three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are believed to be a combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics that harmonize in balance to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

VATA: energy that controls bodily functions like breathing, circulation, and

motion. PITTA: energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems: digestion, nutrition, absorption, and temperature KAPHA: energy that controls bodily growth and maintains immune system. Ayurveda describes that most people that fall somewhere in between the three main doshas. But like a Venn diagram of course, anyone can take on characteristics of two, and sometimes all three. The core theory of Ayureda holds true that when we are born, and our body is in balance, meaning we exhibit the healthy characteristics of our natural dosha profile (balance of the three doshas) that we are born with. As we age and our bodies fall out of balance, we will adopt the problematic characteristics outside our dosha, which can affect our overall health and digestion. Applying Ayurveda to your digestive system based on your personal body type: Assess your personal body type based on your habits to make sure that your dosha profile is in balance. Does your stomach become upset when you eat spicy foods? If so, then according to Ayurveda, your doshas may be out of balance because Pitta is not harmonizing with your two other doshas. Your personal digestive system may tend toward one to three of the following:

VATA is the type that can be described as “dry and cold.” and so would need to stay away from foods that exacerbate dry and cold-like saltine crackers and predominately raw foods.

PITTA can be described as hot and dry, and so this type needs to be wary of spicy foods.

KAPHA is the one that is cool and moist-so milk products can be especially problematic for this type.

Ayurveda aims to harmonize Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to promote balance of your overall health and guide you in maining a healthy personal profile so that as you grow old, you can actively prevent disease and continue to live a healthy life. So since this is the season of food and drink, how can you apply concepts of Ayurveda to your Holiday and New Year? 24


Keep these tips in mind when preparing your meals over the holiday season!

Find Your Dosha:

While it can be helpful to think about which foods to use in consideration of our guests during the holidays, of course it is impractical to cook for each person separately, based on their unique profile. Concepts of Ayurveda suggest that we can harmonize the ingredients that we use to cook to support the digestive health and balance of each of ourselves and guests.

Answer the following to assess your Ayurvedic type: Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Take some of these suggestions into consideration when planning meals with concepts of Ayurveda :

-Fruit aids in your digestion! It is best eaten alone, thirty minutes before or after a meal, because it is very high in sugar, acidity, and moves very quickly through the digestive system. -Heavy foods, like meat and starches take a great deal of time and energy for your body to digest and are often responsible for acid indigestion. These are some of our favorite and most regularly consumed food items so knowing how they digest in our bodies is very important. Keep in mind that your body digests heavy foods best when they are kept separate from other food types and aided by equal amounts of vegetables. -High quality dairy products are regarded by Ayurveda as a “perfect food.� However, dairy can also be problematic to digest without proper planning or preparation. Ayurveda reminds us that care must be taken when we combine dairy products with very acidic foods like berries, melon, beans, and bread with yeast. Ayurveda helps us to harmonize our food combinations for healthy digestion and comfortable consumption and reminds us to always consider what is happening inside of our bodies as we put our favorite foods in! So remember when you are surrounded by your favorite traditional meals this holiday, combine your food choices with care to help keep you in the flow this holiday season and New Year! -Devon Grissim

1. How would you describe your mental activity patterns? a. quick

b. sharp and aggressive c. calm and steady

2. In what way does your memory work? a. best with short-term b. good memory overall c. best with long-term

3. Which describes your style of dreaming? a. fearful, running, flying

b. adventurous, violent, angry c. relationships, romantic

4. How do you speak? a. fast, sometimes missing words

b. fast, sharp, clear c. slow, clear, calm

5. At what speed do you eat? a. quickly

b. Medium speed c. slowly

6. How often are you hungry? a. irregularly

b. must be fed when hungry c. can miss meals easily

7. When eating/drinking, you..

a. Prefer warm b. Prefer cold c. Prefer dry and warm

8. Your weather preference is..

a. Aversion to cold b. Aversion to heat c. Aversion to damp. cool

9. How do you react to stress?

a. Fearfully b. Angrily c. Indifferently

10. Your moods..

a. quickly change b. slowly change c. are steady, unchanging

Whichever letter(s) that you marked most frequently, corresponds with your dosha in the following: a. Vata b. Pitta c. Kapha *Remember, we are all a combination of the three doshas. But typically one dosha and sometimes two can describe us best.



Lose Weight By Eating by Audrey Johns


ave you ever tried a diet, lost 15 pounds and then quit and put it all back on, plus some? You’re not the only one! I can help you break that cycle all while learning how to cook the most delicious, elegant food that has ever come out of your kitchen. My name is Audrey Johns, I am the founder of Lose Weight By Eating and below is my remarkable weight loss story. My entire life I had been heavy. I tried every diet out there, yo-yoing and never reaching my goal. I would starve myself, try radical detox plans and pay a fortune in memberships to weight loss clinics all in the hopes to just shop in a regular dress store. Nothing ever worked! I would lose a little weight, but I hadn’t made permanent changes in the way I ate and so the weight crept back on every single time. Frustrated with my weight and ready to make a change I surfed the web searching for any hint of the “Secret Weight Loss Pill” that must be floating around. I had already tried just about every diet out there, so I was able to easily weed through all the fads and found a cookbook called Pretty Delicious that promoted clean eating. I would have never thought 26


that I would try out this clean eating lifestyle before--I couldn’t cook and had no desire to learn, but was now faced with the last good weight loss plan I could find. Armed with this new cookbook, I headed to the kitchen and started cooking. I cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner every day! Then cooking led me to the motivation to make other changes. I started drinking a gallon of water a day and eating all natural foods: meat from the butcher, veggies from the farmer’s market, bread from the bakery and of course wine from the wineries. One year later I had lost 150 lbs and slimmed my waist from a size 20 to a size 2! I had so many friends asking how I lost the weight that I started an online blog called Lose Weight By Eating to share my recipes. As I became a better cook, I posted better recipes like Homemade Pizza that’s only 125 calories per slice, 100 calorie cupcakes and zero calorie fruity drinks. Later I added my personal weight loss tips and this summer I started a Facebook page called Lose Weight By Eating that hosts weekly weight loss competitions to help motivate others with the same methods that I use. When I’m out and about, I’ll meet people who often ask, “How can I go wine tasting and not worry about gaining weight?” I wrote a blog post about Skinny Wine Tasting for Lose Weight By Eating, and today I would like to share those tips with you so that you feel guilt-free as you enjoy one of the activities that you love the most! Since we are here in wine country, holidays mean wine, wine and more wine! If you have house guests you will inevitably be taking them to visit our local wineries. But you have that new “Little Black Dress” for New Year’s Eve which is just around the corner! So what do you do? Follow some of my tips for Skinny Wine Tasting for the Holidays and try my Resolutionary Recipes! Be sure to check out my blog at and my weekly weight loss challenges at but bring your “A” Game because some people have lost over 12 pounds in a single week! Hello Readers! Please welcome Audrey Johns to the staff at indulge San Luis Obispo County Magazine! Look for her column in “Indulge Your Senses,” our food, wine and spirits section of every issue!


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Let’s Wine About Our New Year’s Resolutions! Skinny Wine Tasting for the Holidays with Audrey Johns

Five Easy Tips for a Skinny Holiday Season and Wine Tasting Fun:


Drink your water! How often do you look

back at your day and realize that you haven’t had any water yet? The absolute first step to losing weight is to drink you water every day. Stay hydrated and full with this zero calorie drink!


This is the time of the year for bulky sweaters, lots of layers and your big jeans to make their yearly appearance, but you don’t have to cover up this year! Follow my Lose Weight By Eating tips and you will be showing off your body instead of covering it up! Now because we live in beautiful wine country you will inevitably be taking your out-oftown guests to some of your favorite wineries. Below I will show you how to have a Skinny Wine Tasting trip the Lose Weight By Eating way and feel as though you have not sacrificed a thing!

Don’t go hungry!

Don’t go to a party, holiday get together or even wine tasting hungry. Have a light healthy snack so that when you arrive at the party you won’t be as consumed by all of the usual temptations.

said, “Everyone loves a cute girl who can cook.” 3 If you’re going to a holiday party bring something

Cook it, cook it good. A friend once

healthy with you. I have created 4 easy appetizers that you can bring to any party or wine tasting picnic. They travel well and pair beautifully with local wines.


Make good choices.

Before you start loading up your plate take a look at all that is offered. I don’t want you to obsess about the calories, this is a party after all, just make good choices. For instance, fill your plate with the goodies from the veggie tray and add only 2 hot wings and one potato skin rather than vice versa. That way you get to enjoy a little and not feel guilty. Christmas are easy, trick or treating and walking 5 around looking at holiday lights are a great way to

Move that body baby! Halloween and

burn some extra calories! For Thanksgiving, try a game of family football and as for New Year’s Eve, shake that booty baby! If you get out on that dance floor for an hour you can burn up to 350 calories! How about a wine tasting hike? I love that many wineries will allow you to hike through their vineyards. Bring your basket of Resolutionary Recipes and pick up a bottle of vino at your favorite spot!

You can make it out of the holiday season leaner and healthier than ever! I have many more Skinny tips and recipes at Follow my blog, column and Facebook page and learn how to Lose Weight By Eating!

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Highway 46 West, Paso Robles indulge | SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY


For This New Year, Make Your Resolutions Revolutionary with

Resolutionary Recipie & Wine Pairings


et’s “have our wine and drink it too!” Great bites that pair with your wine and your diet. Enjoy a day of Skinny Wine Tasting at winery locations on the Paso Robles Westside with these Resolutionary Recipes in your picnic basket!

Scan for Lose Weight By Eating

Check out my cooking demo videos at Lose Weight By Eating www. and tips on how to prepare and enjoy each Resolutionary Recipe and Wine Pairing! Scan the QR Code with your mobile phone! Highway 46 West

Halter Ranch 

Vineyard Drive  Tablas Creek

Adelaida Road

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Hearthstone 


Sextant Wines

Tablas Creek Vineyard




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with Spicy Honey INGREDIENTS

1 lb. of pecorino romano cheese 2 oz. prosciutto ¼ cup local honey 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes


1. Slice the cheese into 20 cube slices 2. Take 10 of the cheese slices and set aside 3. Wrap prosciutto ham around the first ten 4. Cover in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 5. Combine the honey & pepper flakes in a shallow mason jar so it travels well 6.Serve with the cooled cheese and pair with 2010 Wheelhouse Zinfandel

Pair with Sextant 2010 Wheelhouse Zinfandel


Sextant Wines Estate Winery and Hospitality Center 2324 West Highway 46, Paso Robles Open Daily: 10am to 5pm

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1653 Old Price Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo ph: 805.542.0133 | toll free: 866.833.WINE Open: Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm



Edna Valley Tasting Room and Hospitality Center

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With premier growing grounds along the California Central Coast, proprietors Nancy and Craig Stoller take great pride in planting clean certified Sunridge Nurseries ENTAV/INRA nursery stock. Allowing the rich terroir of the land to nurture the vines ensures richness and unsurpassed quality which is honored by producing wines that reflect an uncompromised quality. In the winter of 2009, Sextant opened its tasting room and Gourmet Deli in the historic town site of Old Edna located in the heart of the Edna Valley. In the beginning of 2011, they had the opportunity to purchase a beautiful piece of property on the muchdesired 46 West in Paso Robles. This is where their Estate Winery and Hospitality Center is located where guests can marvel at the beautiful countryside of Paso Robles and witness Sextant’s production processes. The Stollers’ story from vines to wines has come full-circle as they have combined their passion for fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and love of the ocean in creating Sextant Wines. For more information about Sextant Wines, we invite you to visit


Tasting Notes: Vintage after vintage, the Sextant Wheelhouse Zinfandel reveals itself with grace and potency. Delectable cherries flow freely on the mid-palate as plums, blackberries, and cranberries jostle on the back-palate. Inklings of smoky cedar, black olives, and spicy sage join the profile as well. It is bold and keen with flavors, but yet so balanced in structure. The acidity is poised and the tannins are finely integrated giving way to an unrelenting, enduring, and monumental finish.

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Stuffed Dates

with Goat Cheese, Honey & Lavender Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery


10 dates halved and pitted 4 tbsp. goat cheese 2 tbsp. honey local is best 2 tsps. culinary lavender Sea salt (optional)


1. Place halved/pitted dates on a plate 2. Fill with goat cheese (small amount) 3. Drizzle with honey 4. Sprinkle lavender, sea salt (optional) 5. Serve with a glass of 2010 Pearl

Pair with Hearthstone 2010 Pearl Tasting Notes: Pearl is comprised of 60% Roussane and 40% Viognier. Enjoy herbal notes with an underbrush of woodiness, vanilla spice, nutmeg and orange peel. This wine has a good rush of varietal character, with honey-vanilla and some oak to add weight. This vintage won GOLD at Rhone Shootout Competition.


Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery was established in 1999 when Hoy Buell, a Cal Poly graduate and horticulturist for 32 years, combined his planting and growing expertise with his love for fine wines. It was then that he first planted a parcel in the heart of majestic Adelaida, developing what is now Hearthstone Vineyard. The first vintage from Hearthstone dÊbuted in 2003. Sharing a passion for wine and their love of the Adelaida vineyard land, Hearthstone’s owner, Hoy Buell and winemaker Paul Ayers teamed up in 2007 with the common vision of designing and producing exceptional wines, and offering creative blends. Paul Ayers also enjoys the diversity and is able to control the nuances of many lots of wine each year, sometimes 15 or more separate small batches. By only working in small batches Paul is able to retain the subtle variation of flavors that each clone possess; resulting is in layered, complex, premium wines.


Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery

5070 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles ph: 805.238.2544 Open: Thursday-Monday, 11am to 5pm Indulge Your Senses

Skinny-Mini Pizzas INGREDIENTS

Dough: 1 package yeast ¼ cup water (to dissolve yeast in) ¼ cup white flour set aside for rolling 1 ½ cup organic white flour 1 ½ cup organic wheat flour 1 tsp. salt ¼ cup olive oil ¾ cup warm water Sauce: 15 oz. can tomato sauce 6 oz. tomato paste 3 tbsp. Italian seasoning or fresh basil 3 garlic cloves finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste Pinch of sugar Toppings: Shredded mozzarella cheese 2 Italian sausages, cooked & crumbled 1 bunch of basil torn up into small bites


1. Dissolve yeast in warm water, set aside 2. Combine flour, salt in mixer 3. Spin to mix. Mix well in the middle 4. Add yeast, oil, water 5. Turn mixer on. When dough balls around the hook, it’s done (or you can knead dough with your hands) 6. Dust mixing bowl with flour, put dough back in, cover with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel 7. Let dough rise for at least 2-4 hours

TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD Tablas Creek Vineyard is the result of a decades-long friendship between the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands. The families created a partnership in 1985 and in 1989 purchased a 120-acre property in the hilly Las Tablas district of west Paso Robles for its similarities to Châteauneuf du Pape: limestone soils, a favorable climate, and rugged terrain.

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Pair with Tablas Creek 2010 Espirit de Beaucastel

9339 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles ph: 805.237.1231 Open: Monday-Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Tasting Notes: The 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel shows Mourvedre’s signature currant, balsamic, black tea and roasted meat aromas, given lift by a brighter raspberry note and notable minerality. The mouth is richer than the nose suggests, with plum, blueberry, pepper steak and dark chocoloate notes. Well-mannered tannins keep order without blocking or weighing down the wine. This is an Esprit that will provide pleasure now, but which should also age gracefully for two decades.

Sauce: 8. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl, cover with plastic wrap 9. Preheat oven to 450. Lightly coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray 10. Punch/knead the dough to deflate 11. Separate into 3 softball sized balls 12. Cover a clean surface & rolling pin with flour. Roll out each dough ball 13. Cut into 18 squares 14. Place each square in a spot in mini muffin pan, gently tucking edges 15. Top: sauce, cheese, basil, sausage 16. Place in oven for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown. 17. Let cool before serving 18. Pair with 2010 Tablas Creek Espirit Indulge Your Senses



Roasted Tomato Bruschetta INGREDIENTS

1/2 sourdough baguette, sliced 1 garlic clove 4 tsps. extra virgin olive oil 4 fresh tomatoes, chopped 4 green onions, chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil, in pieces


1. Preheat the oven to 350 2. Spread the sliced baguette on a rimmed cookie sheet 3. Bake for 7-13 minutes 4. Check after 5 minutes and keep an eye on them; they will toast quickly 5. Remove from the oven when crisped and slightly browned; allow cooling for a couple of minutes 6. When bread is cool enough to handle, gently rub slices with the garlic clove on one side 7. Turn the oven up to 400 8. In a casserole dish, combine oil, chopped tomatoes. Roast for 20 minutes; Remove from heat 9. Add the onions and basil 10. Let cool slightly before serving 11. Pair with 2010 Côtes De Paso

Halter Ranch Vineyard Our tasting room sits in a beautiful garden with large oak trees, providing a cool, shady environment in which to enjoy our fine wines. In addition to our fine wines, we offer books on food and wine, Halter Ranch logo apparel, and locally produced olive oils. Selected deli items, including cheeses, meats, olives, nuts and nonalcoholic beverages are available so you can relax and picnic in the garden surrounding the tasting room. Tours of our new winemaking facility are given by appointment. Please visit our website for more information.

Halter Ranch Vineyard

8910 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles Phone: 805-226-9455 • Toll Free: 888-367-9977 | Open: Daily 11am-5pm

*Please visit for Basil & Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe to pair with Halter Ranch 2010 Côtes De Paso Blanc

Pair with Halter Ranch 2011 CÔtes De Paso 49% Grenache | 23% Mourvèdre 13% Tannat | 11% Syrah 4% Counoise

Tasting Notes: This Southern Rhônestyle blend is crimson red with a light pink hue. A medium bodied wine, the 2010 Côtes de Paso offers aromas of rose petal, cinnamon, berry cobbler and spice. Bright and focused, the wine has excellent acidity and a long, smooth finish. The entry begins with soft, elegant tannins, and opens up to flavors of strawberry, raspberry and red currant. Enjoy now through 2018 with grilled lamb and steak, rib roast, and hearty stews seasoned with herbes de Provence. 34


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Bubbly Bar Celebrate New Year’s Eve Properly This Year! Are you hosting a New Year’s party this year? Well, you already have all the food taken care of now it’s time for the bar! Make this year’s party a breeze, by setting up your bar ahead of time. Let your guests serve themselves, so you have time to get on the dance floor! All you need is champagne and your favorite fruits and liqueurs. For every 4 people you will need one bottle of champagne on average, and trust me everyone will have at least one glass when they see this spread! Cut your favorite fruits to pair and set them out at the bar in various dishes. Your guests can have fun picking and choosing which berries and citruses to put in their next glass! Simply put: Set all your bottles in an ice bucket, add the goodies in their dishes, and toast to yourself, the best host you know! Also consider trying a New Year’s Champagne Tasting! Have every guest bring their favorite bottle ‘o bubbly. Cover each bottle with a wine bag so that you and your guests are “blind” to whichever champagne they are tasting. Then cruise around with your guests, sip champagne and grade what qualities and flavors you like about each one! When all is said and done, pull the bottles out of their bags and find out what you like about each bottle! -Audrey Johns Indulge Your Senses

Blood Oranges Raspberries Cherries Fresh Strawberries Pomegranate Seeds Frozen Raspberries Frozen Blackberries Sliced Peaches Freshly Squeezed Orange Organic Rose Petals Rose Liqueur Raspberry Liqueur Orange Liqueur Shaved Ginger Root indulge | SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY


Looking to Make Some Healthy New Year’s Resolutions? Audrey’s Tips to Set and Attain Healthy Goals for the New Year


ry a goal that you can attain and that you can measure. For instance my New Year’s Resolution 2 years ago was to feed my family and myself more whole grains, and last year I made it my goal to buy the majority of my produce from farmer’s markets. A resolution is a goal but it should also be something that will continue. Losing 10 lbs is a good goal but not a good resolution. If you lose those 10 lbs in 2 months you are done…now what? Here are some examples of resolutions that are easy, attainable, ongoing and measurable:

1. Strive to cut processed foods out of my diet 2. Drink more water, get up to a gallon a day 3. Cut all artificial sweeteners from my diet 4. Eat more whole grains 5. Eat more veggies 6. Shop at a farmer’s market once a week 7. Join the Meatless Monday craze 8. Move your body more. Make a goal to workout a certain number of days. Start at one day a week and build up to your goal. 9. Hike our local trails 10. Start a food journal Don’t pick 3, pick ONE! Just pick one and master it! If you set too many goals you may overwhelm yourself. Instead set small attainable goals and after mastering those, then set more goals. Losing Weight By Eating is all about baby steps. Never attempt a new diet with 10 new rules that you are not even familiar with yet, it’s overwhelming! Lose Weight By Eating is about setting and attaining your goals!

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Recipes from a Skinny Stay At Home Mom

Find out how I lost 150 lbs in a year AND HAVE KEPT IT OFF BY EATING


Homemade Pizza.....125 Calories Cupcakes..................100 Calories Temple Wraps...........250 Calories Potato Casserole.......137 Calories Grilled Cheese..........214 Calories Caprese Sandwich....267 Calories Cobbler Cookies........97 Calories Chicken Fajitas.........147 Calories Homemade Scones..218 Calories Raspberry Bellini.....104 Calories Fun Fruity Drinks........0 Calories

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Your Mind At Work

Paso Robles Education Alliance PREA PA S O R O B LE S EDUCATION ALLIANCE

Making Positive Changes in Education Where We Live and Grow

Words from Jeff Railsback and Shelley Gurney, President and Treasurer of PREA What is the overall mission of PREA? Jeff Railsback: The Paso Robles Education Alliance (PREA) is a non-profit, community based organization that supports and enriches the educational environment of the Paso Robles Public Schools. The overall mission of PREA is to improve what is happening in the classroom and positively affect the lives of kids in the Paso Robles school district.

What is the history of the foundation of PREA? Shelley Gurney: We began by thinking small, focusing on the good aspects of the school system. We began to set goals to better our standards of education. As we brainstormed further, our focus began expanding and changing and we thought “how can we improve the education system to directly affect the largest amount of kids.”

As a nonprofit organization, how is PREA funded? Jeff Railsback: PREA is a nonprofit organization that is run by 100% volunteer efforts of Paso Robles locals and funded with donations given by the goodwill of others and money raised at fundraisers that we host in the community. We just hosted our annual October/November fundraiser bash, celebrating Old Las Vegas at Pear Valley Vineyards in the beginning of November 2012 and in spring of 2013 we are planning to host another fundraiser, but there will be more information about that event to come.

What are the longterm goals of PREA? Shelley Gurney: First, one of our main goals is to continue to develop a great partnership with our local school district. We welcome and encourage anyone interested in being involved with Paso Robles Education Alliance to reach out to us. We also advocate the amount of opportunity in our community and want to inspire people to celebrate all of the good things that are happening in our school district. Jeff Railsback: Another goal is to continue developing “The Classroom of Tomorrow,” a program whose labors we have already seen the fruits of. “The Classroom of Tomorrow” is a classroom that utilizes popular technology, like ceiling-mounted projectors, audio systems, and LED document cameras to improve the quality of the teaching and learning experience. The idea is for teachers to be able to use working technology to enable their teaching efforts to be more hands-on with students. These are pieces of equipment that teachers cannot afford to purchase on their classroom budgets but with grants from PREA they can.

How can community members become involved with PREA? Shelley Gurney: There are many ways that community members can become involved with PREA. We have a growing membership program and are always accepting donations and sponsorships in many forms. We are always accepting event volunteers and auction items or services for events. And of course, we are always encouraging parent and teacher involvement in our classrooms and events. Please contact PREA if you have any questions or would like to contribute please contact PREA at 866.620.0584 or visit Your Mind At Work



Branded with Beauty:

Exploring Frank Gallucci’s Vintage Graphics Collections


n any mass food packing operation, whether it is fresh fruit like oranges, pears and apples or canned fruits and vegetables, hundreds of thousands of labels are produced before the packing season starts, without precise knowledge of how many will be required. Consequently, there were always a few, and sometimes many labels left over after the season ended. These ‘remainders’ are the source of today’s label collections” -Frank Gallucci Frank Gallucci, an Atascadero local, has been a private graphics collector for over twenty years. His early collections began with sheet music, maps, children’s books, and a few labels which opened the door to the universe of collecting “agri-lithography,” the printed marketing materials of agriculture companies, and other vintage graphics collections. “Your tastes evolve as you get into more specific collections,” Frank explains, “You learn to pick the best of each collection whether it be labels, engravings, seed packets, magazine illustrations, or pinups.” Recently Frank purchased several Ladies Home Journals dating from 1916 to the mid-1920s. He flips through the pages of one of the journal copies, showing the ads and illustrations that he will soon separate into individual pieces; specifically ads by companies like Palm/Olive, Djerkiss, and Frank’s most coveted, Mavis by Vivaudou. The bulk of Frank’s vintage graphics collection as he describes, “consists of original unused, and authentic labels which never made it onto the can or wooden box which they were intended to identify.” Frank was initially attracted to labels because of the beautiful artwork they contain and history of cultural changes evident in their evolution over time. Brands began appearing on produce boxes in the 1870s just after the transcontinental railroad construction was completed the year prior. With the transcontinental railroad came westward expansion and with the invention of the refrigerated ice box, local and regional west coast produce markets were able to ship across the country. Since there were no marketing representatives where their product was being shipped to, west coast produce companies began using “



Frank Gallucci, Atascadero Local, Vintage Graphics Collector

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their labels as point of purchase advertising, designed to appeal to wholesale buyers at first glance. Thus label images became increasingly competitive with the beauty of their appeal. Many labels romanticized the Old West with gorgeous depictions of the grandeur of west coast landscapes fraught with beautiful vistas and motifs that reference the discovery of gold. The aim of the beautiful label was to capture the attention of the buyer and inspire them to purchase west coast produce from their personal label. Many of the popular labels collected by Frank and many others range from the 1920s to the 1950s. Cultural changes in both social and business history are evident in this era of labels as they paralleled commercial art of the time and began to display many of the mass marketing strategies used today. “You begin to see the labels evolve,” says Frank, “From grandeur of the west to the health benefits of products.” Specifically in the 1920s, the scientific discovery of vitamins in fruits and vegetables is marketed in the graphics of labels, especially the connection between Vitamin C and oranges. Frank chuckles, “’God’s Gift’ became an orange 365 days a year!” In the 1940s and 1950s change was specifically evident in the overall style of the label. The graphics became part photo, part graphic, like a photo collage. By the mid1950s labels went from pretty scenes or pictures to predominantly text, reflecting the growing ability of our economy to ship mass quantities and closer communicate with markets afar. Using text in place of pictures ensured cheaper and quicker reproductions in mass for the producer. From this trend one can see how marketing today has been shaped using this framework to evolve relationships between text and photo in an economy of closer communication. A main difference today, Frank describes, is that today’s label has “less room to inspire people spatially,” because there are many text requirements that did not exist prior. For instance, the USDA requirements and legal text obligations included on packaging materials today were not required previously. At that time, the packaging did not need to specify the commodity that it contained so often times you will see a stock label that was used repeatedly to represent various kinds of products that different companies would brand with their logo before shipping. But according to Frank, collectors often note a return to the style of “fabulous labels” of the past in today’s wholesale The Treasure Trove

products and other popular commodity labels like those of wine and microbrews. Many of the beloved labels in Frank’s collection originated in our county and surrounding areas, like “Fancy Dan” vegetables and “State Pro” lettuce in Santa Maria, “Heavyweight” vegetable brand in Guadalupe, “Bear” produce and “Phelan Fine” vegetable brand in Oceano, and “San Luis Brand” artichokes from San Luis Obispo. Labels like “San Luis Brand” depicted scenes of serenity and grandeur in San Luis Obispo County, like a picturesque landscape of Morro Rock in Morro Bay which is more than likely the same sight that attracts many of us here today. As your eyes can see, these labels are still very well preserved. Not only were they printed with a more permanent ink of the time, but Frank has also taken many precautions to ensure the safety of the pieces

in his collection, namely shade from direct sunlight and quality framing or no framing at all. Before the internet, Frank explains, original labels and collectors were hard to find. But at this point, labels from the original farming families, produce companies, and packing sheds have been discovered and are now in the hands of produce families, history buffs, art lovers, produce growers, and collectors like Frank who hold them dear. Frank shows and sells parts of his collections at antique shows locally and regionally. This year he will be attending multiple shows in the area, namely at Paso Robles Mid-State Fair, an upcoming antique show in Arroyo Grande, Monterey County Fair, and Santa Cruz County Fair. If you have any questions about Frank’s collections, you may contact him directly at 805.460.9967 or -Allison Michele indulge | SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY 39

The Simplicity of

Shabby Chic Gift Giving Today’s Materials: Bullet Casings & Keys

Bullet Storage Box

An old wall box from a vintage store paired with left over bullet casings turns into an artistic storage piece to hide your treasures in! Using a glue gun, shells are glued into the would-be picture slots to create this matching mini-storage box.

Bullet Pencil Holder

Repurpose your children’s old blocks! Adhere sides of children’s blocks together (up to as many as you wish) with a glue gun. Paint blocks black and drill holes atop to fit desired size of pens or pencils. Then line old bullet shells to the sides as you glue them on one by one to create this masculine desktop accessory.

Key Photo Frame

Capture the key to your loved one’s heart with your art. Using cheesecloth (or any cloth desired) lay keys out in your pattern of choice. Spray paint entire area around keys and atop keys in desired color and lay out to dry. Remove keys, frame, and voila, you have an instant conversation piece! Keep in mind that you can use these spray painted keys for your wind chime!

Key Wind Chime

Spray painted house keys hung by fishing string is the perfect, simple gift for the shabby chic enthusiast you know! Using thin jewelry wire, twist a strand of wire through each key, tie, and gently melt the fishing wire to itself. You can also choose to bead the fishing wire atop each key. A wind chime made of your favorite keys creates one-of-a-kind décor and the perfect gift. -Compliments of Traci Dunn 40



Aromatherapy: Setting The Mood For The Season, Crafting the Perfect Scent for the Party!


e’ve all had that feeling--possibly nervous about meeting new people, coming in out of the cold to a warmly lit room during the winter time, only to be greeted by a nice scent that instantly puts you at ease. Rosemary stuffing, citrus chicken, freshly cut pine trees--all of these scents stir pleasant memories of seasons past. But what if you don’t have time to cook a full meal? Or perhaps, you didn’t get a holiday tree this year? Try lighting a candle under an aromatherapy diffuser to create the kind of ambiance that makes for great gatherings. Science says that the sense of smell is the greatest trigger for memory--so why not make a pleasantly memorable scent? San Luis Obispo County is home to a variety of locally grown herbs and hand-crafted essential oils. Try a lavender-bergamot blend to relaxing tense nerves. Conversation hitting a lull? Try a blend of rosemary and cedarwood. As always, remember to start small. Experiment with a just few drops of each oil: tears of joy could be a welcome side effect of a great party, while watering eyes could mean your atmosphere has become too pungent. -Devon Grissim

Simply Citrus Household Cleaner: Concocting a Remedy At-Home


itrus fruit may definitely be on your list of favorite snacks or cooking ingredients, but you can quickly turn a citrus fruit into an all-natural cleaning product to serve your household chores. The acidity of lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges add flavor as well as sparkle to your home while they effortlessly cut out grease and grime. The beauty of this at-home cleaner is that you get to choose your household scent with you favorite citrus fruits! The concoction is quite simple… Ingredients: Citrus peel from one lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange 3 cups of distilled white vinegar Directions: -Combine the ingredients into a quart size container with a lid -Store in a secure area for approx. two weeks (away from pets and children) -Shake the container periodically throughout two weeks -Strain citrus peel from the vinegar and return to the jar -You will need to dilute the cleaning solution when you would like to use it -Spray cleaner: To use as a spray cleaner combine one part citrus solution to 3 parts water and place in a spray bottle -Floor cleaner: To use on floor, add one cup of citrus solution to 2 gal. of water Homegrown



San Luis Obispo County Trivia

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How much do you know about the history of the area?


Of the following, which SLO County landmark is the oldest? a. AH Louis Store b. Estrella Adobe Church c. Nitt Witt Ridge


Of the missions founded along the El Camino Real, what is the founding order of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa? a. Second b. Fifth c. Ninth


For whom are the Carnegie Libraries in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles named? a. Andrew Carnegie b. W.H. Carnegie c. William Randolph Hearst



Which five cities comprise the area known as Five Cities in southern SLO County?


What number roughly estimates the population of residents in Cambria?

a. Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano b. Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach c. Cambria, San Simeon, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Harmony



Which road directly connects Morro Bay to Atascadero on a straight drive?

Which notable figure lived in SLO city at some point in life? a. Marilyn Monroe b. Jack Kerouac c. Ernest Hemingway



Which SLO city is home to the California Mid-State Fair? a. Templeton b. Paso Robles c. Santa Margarita

a. 14,000 b. 12,500 c. 6,500

a. Vineyard Drive b. Highway 41 c. Old Creek Road


Nipomo was named “Ne-pomah� by Chumash Indians over 9,000 years ago. What does this name mean? a. The foot of the hills b. Studded oaks c. Wide pasture, hidden valley Homegrown

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HOROSCOPES: What’s Your Sign? Your horoscope for December 2012 and January 2013 brought to you by astrologer, Devon Grissim, all the way in Copenhagen, Denmark. Astrology accounts for seemingly arbitrary events in life, whether it be weather patterns, changing seasons, economics, or relationships between yourself and the world. There is a rich history of the significance of astrology in human culture dating back to the earliest societies of humankind. “Astrology” is a Greek word meaning, “Science of the Stars.” Astrologers use the relative positions of the stars, moons, and planets to estimate the influence of the natural world on the lives we live and read what the future holds. While some say it’s non-sense and others say it makes perfect sense, there is always a time to reflect on your personal life so you might as well do it in these two pages. The following is your bi-monthly forecast for your personal horoscope.

ARIES March 21-April 20 Rams will be amazed at how easy it is to make new goals and define what you are truly passionate about. Take a chance on a big change in the New Year. Be honest with yourself; identify what is actually valuable to you. Take a moment to focus all your mental energy consciously and the changes that you seek in your life could be substantial. At the beginning of 2013 comes an incredible opportunity to creatively communicate your ideas—use it to your advantage but be conscious of your intentions.

TAURUS April 21-May 20 Ask yourself Taurus, “how am I serving my own emotional needs?” Be sure to nourish yourself and check-in to make sure you are still having fun. You could be feeling an intense desire to transform your secret dreams into reality. If you can risk it, use the energy of the New Year to let yourself be free of what is holding you back. Observe your dreams and grow to your full potential.

GEMINI May 21-June 21



Dec 13 - New moon, Sagittarius Dec 14 - Mercury leaves retrograde Dec 28 - Full moon, Cancer/Capricorm Jan 11 - New moon, Capricorn Jan 27 - Full moon. Leo

Jupiter Retrograde until April 2013 Chiron Stationary until March 2013 Uranus Stationary until March 2013 Neptune Stationary until March 2013 Pluto Stationary until January 7, 2013



Hey Gemini, how are you balancing your values, goals, and needs? Right now, you are being challenged to grow by weighing every different aspects of your identity. By expressing each positive aspect of yourself equally, you will emerge from the tension a more integrated person. Be aware of your health and vitally through the end of year and you’ll emerge a creative powerhouse. Homegrown

CANCER June 21-July 22 Cancer, cancer, cancer – You have good fortune coming your way well into the New Year. You will be successful with your work and will prosper in ways beyond the monetary realm. Take your chances for good future gains with responsible, well planned risks. But only act on those risks if they are a product of or will benefit the path that you’ve already been heading down with your work and home life. Avoid making hasty decisions with regard to your career; keep yourself strong at work as you continue your usual habits. Strive to bring both your work and familial relationships closer through calm actions, avoiding animosity and aggression if you meet any opposition to your new ideas by others.

LEO July 23-August 22 Dear Leo, what is the quality of your relationship to others? Right now your friends and family could be interested developing a closer connection with you. Having big dreams is a good thing, but ask yourself, “How can I forge a practical pathway toward my goals?” Check on yourself. Have you felt the usual “brazen Leo” personality within yourself lately? Overall, how does the way that you express yourself line up with your personal philosophies? Get back on track with your personal mottos or use your genius to develop a new one and make it your goal to follow it in all that you do. With the right application of consciousness and self-discipline, you can use this period to push yourself to strive towards attaining your dreams with maximum potential.

VIRGO August 23-Sept 22 Fess up, Virgo. You know it, the world knows it; you’re thinking really hard about how attain more personal freedom in your life. Where are your independent studies taking you? Try a little vacation to nourish that movement toward fewer commitments. Start taking baby steps toward a more relaxed lifestyle and you’ll be better prepared to cross each stream as you reach it. You’ll be amazed at Homegrown

how refreshed you will feel as your endeavors will succeed quicker when you are able to focus on each step of the way in detail.

LIBRA Sept 23-Oct 22

CAPRICORN Dec 22-Jan 19

Kudos Libra, you’ve got to be feeling the benefits of accomplishment from the last few years of slow progress and hard work. Take a moment to congratulate yourself for making it through a whole series of life lessons. In these next few months you will feel a particularly grounding feeling of contentment and independence with your emotions. Take some time and let yourself be liberated! This electric new selfconfidence redefines how you see yourself. Your spirituality is evolving. So travel, ask fresh questions and have big insights. Act on your intense desire to tap into your subconscious to reveal a more authentic you. This period of time could have a profoundly beneficial effect on your career.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21 Good news, Scorpio! Those ideas swimming around your subconscious in December are the seeds for the development of your unique brand of quirky genius! Watch where your mind is taking you, it’s time to get savvy with intense mental-discipline. Cultivate awareness of what ideas you are subscribing and what you want to attract in your life. Writing or discussing your desires can help you to access your knowledge of various subjects and consequentially, you’ll be in great standing professionally speaking, come January’s end.


become incredibly liberating. Forgive; let go. Practice, rinse, repeat and 2013 should see a more radiant and independent you.

How are you treating yourself Sagittarius? It’s important to take inventory on what you have accomplished this past year. It’s only fair to yourself and others to identify and communicate what it is that really, truly makes you happy. Reflect upon your most true self to tease out those ideas just beneath the surface that could better your community or the people around you. Acts of compassion

Your personal relationships keep distracting you, but the key to keeping ahead of the game lies in your ability to assert yourself when necessary. Stand up for yourself. Take mental note of all your valuable traits and watch your self-confidence grow and blossom. Become conscious of your unique power to utilize opportunities that others seem to miss. Bloom into a stronger you, bringing your inner-most vision of yourself to the real world through real world actions. Actualize, then conquer.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18 3, 2, 1.....Aquarius, activate! Think about what it is that stirs you most. Quick, write it down! Focus on making plans of attack by utilizing your written word. Don’t let yourself be easily distracted or forgetful. Take your words with you where you go and don’t forget to read them often! Take care of your own needs in order to make sure that you are ready for the massive push you’ll receive as the New Year begins. Expect to be busy! Use your brilliance to plan your projects well so that you will be ahead of the game as time takes its toll.

PISCES Feb 19-March 20 Dear Pisces, how are you dealing with these intense emotional tides? Pamper thyself, Pisces. Make sure to create situations that will make you feel good and take pride in benefiting from them. Discussing your emotions could prove valuable in the long run. Open up to someone close who understands you and vent to them about how you feel. You may need a fresh perspective. Your goals may be challenged over the next two months, but you have a secret weapon: intense selfdiscipline. But don’t close yourself off emotionally—vent; clear your head by getting emotional baggage off of your chest and let your body relax as you continue achieving.




We highlight lifestyles in San Luis Obispo County. In each issue, we feature the lives of local people.

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1) a. AH Louis Store, 1874 2) b. Fifth 3) a. Andrew Carnegie 4) b. Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Grover, Pismo & Shell Beach

5) b. Jack Kerouac 6) b. Paso Robles 7) c. 6,500 8) b. Highway 41 9) a. The foot of the hills

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Farmer ’s Markets North County

South County

Atascadero Wed 3:00pm - 6:00pm El Camino Real & HWY 41

Arroyo Grande Wed 9:30am - 11:30am Kmart Shopping Center

Paso Robles Tues 3:00pm - 5:30pm 11th St & Park St


Fri 9:00am - 12:30am 11th St & Park St

Sat 12:00pm - 2:30pm City Hall, The Village

Cambria Cayucos Fri 2:30pm - 5:30pm Fri 9:30pm - 11:00pm Main St and Cambria St Veterans Hall

San Miguel Sun 10:00am - 2:00pm Mission St and 10th St

Los Osos/Baywood Monday 2:00pm - 4:40pm Ramona Garden Park

Pismo (Summer Only) Tues 4:00pm - 6:30pm Cypress St

Templeton Sat 9:30am - 12:30pm Templeton Park 6th & Crocker St

Morro Bay Thurs 3:00pm - 6:00pm North Main at Spencer’s

Sat 4:00pm - 7:00pm Main St

Be sure to stop by our local Farmer’s Market locations for fresh produce, honey, jams, and homemade crafts! Also enjoyfood, music, and fun with family and friends!

San Luis Obispo Thurs 6:00pm - 9:00pm Higuera St Downtown

Sat 8:00am - 11:00am SLO Promenade


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