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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR GOOD DAY, READERS AND WELCOME to the 1 year anniversary issue of Indulge Magazine, San Luis Obispo! Harvest is here! What a time to celebrate our 1 year anniversary release - harvest season, a great time of the year. For October and November’s issue, we are thrilled to have so many pages devoted to the happenings of harvest season in San Luis Obispo County.

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We have dedicated much of our content and premier events guide to happenings and epicurian delights that reflect the way that harvest is enjoyed here in wine country. Additionally, we have included delicious recipes for the season and fun activities to keep everyone busy. Be it home decor, “staycationing,” music, cooking or personal reflection - this issue has something for you! So how are you planning to celebrate this season? Look no further than between the pages of Indulge Magazine, we’ve got you covered! Please also be sure to follow our website and social media for current event updates. Last but certainly not least, I would love to extend a very special thank you to our advertisers who support us issue-to-issue. As readers, please support Indulge Magazine by supporting our advertisers whenever you can. As always, keep on reading and we’ll keep on writing! Wishing You all the Best,

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et Red Anchor Charters be your guide as you take in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Specializing in reasonably priced private charters, Red Anchor Charters offers you an unforgettable afternoon in Morro Bay. Whether you are looking to enjoy a private excursion or a family day, owners Christian and Dane offer a unique Morro Bay experience and they allow their passengers to customize their own trip. Design your family adventure around a cruise that you make



yourself with Morro Bay Charters, offered on an hourly, half day or full day schedule. As you cruise the sea, you are likely to spot otters, sea lions and whales. Enjoy the serenity of a quiet, private charter on the rolling ocean. Relax and indulge as you create memories of a truly unforgettable Morro Bay experience.

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ife on the Central Coast allows us to feel like we are living a perpetual vacation. It is no wonder why visitors consider the Central Coast a favored vacation spot filled with glorious weekends and daily excursions. Morro Bay is revered as a beloved getaway, not only because of its beautiful beach views and Morro Rock landmark but also for its wealth of unique shopping and dining opportunities, adventure excursions, tours and so much more. Indulge in some of our favorite places that Morro Bay has to offer! AN AFTERNOON


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vacation in Morro Bay would not be complete without a visit to Dutchman’s Seafood House. Waterfront views and excellent hospitality create a memorable fine dining experience. Dutchman’s Seafood House proudly serves the freshest seafood available. Since the establishment is owned and operated on its own dock, owner Paul Van Beurden is able to work closely with local fishermen as well as farmers and vendors to bring you the best of the Central Coast and Morro Bay on one plate. Dutchman’s Seafood House provides guests with friendly service and quality home-cooked meals in a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere. “We treat every guest of Dutchman’s Seafood House as part of our family,” explains Van Beurden. Not only do guests at his establishment feel welcome, they also leave satisfied. Make Dutchman’s Seafood House your regular stop in Morro Bay. Dutchman’s Seafood House 805-772-2269 701 Embarcadero, Morro Bay Photos courtesy of Brian Trapp





pend your day along the water's edge at Babylonian Soap Company where you will fall in love with elegant, all-natural skin care products that have been engineered by nature. Babylonian Soap Company carries an original skin care line of products, hand-crafted and designed by owner, Tracy Bullock, who ensures that all products are tailored to ultra-sensitive skin and all ingredients are 100% natural. Bring home their ultra-rich, creamy bar soaps with scents like Tuscan Blood Orange or Lemongrass or incredibly popular facial creams with soft and nourishing ingredients like goat’s milk and silk protein. Your visit to Babylonian Soap Company will be charmed with elegant fragrances while you fall in love with their beautiful packaging! Take home a gift for yourself or a friend, or even create a custom order.

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t Morro Bay Wine Seller owners Ley and Rachelle Vaughn offer a one of a kind experience with wines that you will not find at big box stores. While they offer a taste of the locals, they also try to bring in flavors of all wine regions of the country and beyond – selecting wines with incredible tastes as well as engaging stories. In their opinion, the best wines are shared wines, and they live to share. And soon there will be more room to share because the Vaughn’s will be expanding into the former Thomas Kinkaid art studio near the Morro Bay waterfront. They will be extending the bar to offer more tastings in a new, waterfront space with a lounge-like feel, outdoor seating and some entertainment.

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Enjoy the best of this season’s harvest with fresh fall squash! Spaghetti squash, acorn squash and butternut squash are all used in these favorite squash recipes for fall. For more healthy recipes and inspirations, visit

Veggie-Packed Butternut Stuffing Ingredients 10 cups of whole wheat bread, cubed 2 cups butternut squash, chopped 2 cups onions, chopped 3 cups celery, chopped 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped 2 tbsps fresh sage, chopped 3 cups apples, chopped 2 chicken & apple sausages, cooked 2 eggs ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped 3 cups chicken broth 1 cup dried cranberries 3 tbsps olive oil 2 tbsps butter Salt and pepper to taste Cooking Instructions 1. If your bread is not stale, place it on a cookie sheet and broil at 300 for 15-20 mins 2. In a casserole dish, spread the butternut squash. Toss with one tbsp of olive oil. Salt and pepper. Roast at 400 for 35 mins 3. Heat 2 tbsps oil in a sauce pan. Add in chopped onions, celery, thyme, sage. Cook until veggies are tender, about 10 mins 4. Add in chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside 5. Heat 1 tsp butter in a pan. Toss in chopped apples and sauté about 10 mins until tender 6. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and parsley. Add in bread, squash, celery and onion mixture, apples, sausage and cranberries. 7. Move mixture to a buttered casserole dish and top with 1 tbsp of butter by crumbling small bits over the top. Cover with foil 8. Place in the oven at 375 and bake for 25 mins. Remove foil and continue baking for 20 mins 10 Indulge Magazine | SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Spaghetti Squash Heavenly Acorn with Basil & Olive Oil Orzo Salad Ingredients 1 spaghetti squash 1 tbsp olive oil (Ideally ½ tbsp regular olive oil & ½ tbsp flavored olive oil) 1 tbsp dried basil 2 smashed garlic cloves Salt and pepper to taste Handful fresh basil (optional) Cooking Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 425 2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil 3. Cut squash in half and scrape out the seeds (or you can do afterward) 4. Drizzle ½ of the oil on the squash halves and then sprinkle salt, pepper and basil. Place garlic in the middle 5. Flip squash over so that the cut sides are down. Stab a few times with a fork and place in oven for 45-60 minutes until soft 6. Remove from oven. Flip the halves back over and fluff with a fork until it looks just like spaghetti. Drizzle olive oil on top and add fresh basil

The goal with this dish is to cut calories and add lots of vitamins and fiber, by using vegetables and orzo. This is a great way to make any meal a skinny one! Salad Ingredients 3/4 cup orzo 2 cups chicken broth or water 1 tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped 1/2 acorn squash, finely chopped 1 cup garbanzo beans drained/rinsed 2 tbsp goat cheese or feta 1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped Dressing Ingredients 1 tbsp capers 1 tbsp kalamata olives, finely chopped 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Splash of caper juice Pepper to taste

Dressing Instructions 1. Prepare the dressing first so that it has extra time to marinate 2. Combine all ingredients and set aside in a small bowl Orzo Instructions 3. In a medium sauce pan, add chicken broth and one cup of water 4. Bring to a boil 5. Add in orzo and continue to a boil for 8-9 minutes. Bring down to a simmer 6. Drain orzo and set aside Salad Instructions 7. Chop all salad ingredients 8. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium high. Toss in the onions and a pinch of salt. About 5 minutes later, add in garlic and squash, stir often to make sure nothing burns 9. Once the squash is cooked (it should be the consistency of a potato when cooked) turn off the heat. Add the cooked orzo and the salad dressing, toss well until all mixed 10. Move to serving platter or personal plates, top with goat cheese crumbles and chopped parsley

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Garagiste Movement Grows in Central Coast Soil 64 High-Quality, Small-Lot Winemakers to Pour at Garagiste Festival 2013 by Melanie Webber


wo years ago, few in the US had heard the term ‘garagiste’ – and fewer still knew it as a term associated with the Central Coast. But that was before The Garagiste Festival, which, for the third year, will be showcasing ‘garagiste’ winemakers (64 of them!) to passionate wine consumers in Paso Robles in November. So what is a ‘garagiste’? Pronounced garag-east or gar-uhzhē-stuh, it’s a term originally used in Bordeaux to denigrate renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their

“garages” - who refused to follow the “rules,” but who went on to be recognized as making some of the best wine in the world. But garagiste is no longer a term just for rebellious French winemakers, today it refers to a burgeoning population of stunning, small-lot producers in the US, who are also making some of the best wine in the world – and the heart of the American garagiste movement is right here on the Central Coast. According to Wikipedia, Paso Robles

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“represents the core of the garagiste movement” – and San Luis Obispo county overall boasts over 150 garagiste winemakers, many of who have poured and gained fans over the years at the annual Garagiste Festival, held at Paso’s Windfall Farms. A festival unlike any other, it is bringing national and international recognition to these winemakers – as well as to San Luis Obispo County. The nonprofit festival benefits SLO’s Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program. This year the festivities kick off on Thursday, November 7th with a ‘MultiWinemaker Dinner,’ matching garagiste wines with exquisite cuisine at Atascadero’s historic Carlton Hotel. November 8th is ‘The Opening Round,’ which showcases 15 outstanding artisan winemakers from across California at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero, followed by the hugely popular ‘Shiner’s, Samples, & Secrets Mixer’, offering one-time-only opportunities for attendees to taste some remarkable off-the-grid wines, while

hanging out with the garagiste winemakers who created them.

of the get-it-nowhere-else benefits of the G-Fest.

The ‘Main Event’ at Windfall Farms on Saturday, November 9th, begins by bringing back one of the most popular features of the Garagiste Festivals, its engaging, educational, and unique winemaker panel and tasting seminars. The festival’s ‘Grand Tasting’ follows, with 48 winemakers pouring 125+ wines and 20+ varietals. Stay later into the evening for the ‘Winemaker After-Party’, where guests and winemakers mingle, drink, dance, and continue the conversation.

Speaking of wine dreams and dream wines, it’s time to start planning your Garagiste adventure: For tickets and information go to: www.garagistefestival. com. Look forward to seeing you there!

Capping it off on Sunday, November 10th is title “The Chemistry of Wine: Practices and Pitfalls” a tasting symposium for serious aspiring and beginning winemakers and brings the focus out of the vineyard and into the lab where a whole new set of decisions need to be made in order to craft the wine of your dreams. Attendees will taste the impacts of certain winemaking procedures - another example

As part of The Garagiste Festival team, Melanie Webber spearheads Public Relations. Her public relations agency, mWEBB Communications, Inc., won a 2011 American Business Award for PR/ Communications Campaign of the Year. Melanie just received her WSET Level 3 certification. PICTURED LEFT

Garagiste Team Members. From Left to Right: Melanie Webber, Stewart McLennan, Lisa Dinsmore, Doug Minnick


Top Left: Garagiste Festival 2012 Glasses Top Right: Winemaker Panel Bottom Right: Enjoying the Festival Bottom: Windfall Farms Stallion Barn

GARAGISTE FESTIVAL NOV 8TH - Winemaker Mixer Shiners, Samples & Secrets showcases over 25 unreleased barrel samples, wine club only and pre-release wines that will be poured alongside hearty appetizers Pavilion on the Lake, Atascadero 7:30pm-9:30pm | $35/person

NOV 9TH - Grand Tasting Wine tasting featuring over sixty smalllot winemakers. Food samples provided by local artisan purveyors Windfall Farms, Paso Robles 2:00pm-5:00pm | $60/person

NOV 10TH - Symposium We return to Vintner’s Vault for The Chemistry of Wine: Practices &Pitfalls Windfall Farms, Paso Robles 11:00pm-1:00pm | $25/person

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Michael Barreto, Winemaker at Le Vigne Winery

Wine & Cheese Club, Culinary Series BECOMING ONE OF THE FAMILY Joining one of the fantastic wine clubs at Le Vigne Winery is more than just simply gaining membership – it is like becoming a member of an extended family. Le Vigne Winery, located in Paso Robles Wine Country, features vineyard designated bottling of Estate Wines and fine cuveés of Bordeaux, Rhone and Italian varieties since 1995. Le Vigne Winery’s proprietors, Walter and Sylvia Filippini invite you to stop by the winery to try their wines and to join the family. There are two types of membership offerings from the winery, La Famiglia and Il Formaggio. La Famiglia (the family), provides two annual shipments, each containing four bottles of the winery’s Reserve label wines, including exclusive vintages that are available to club members only. Il Formaggio (wine and cheese club) is a very unique club. Two annual shipments include two bottles of fine wine and a cheese that is specially selected to pair with each of the wines. Select cheeses are typically artisan cheeses from smaller producers that are difficult to find, and therefore an extra special treat. Often times Le Vigne Winery club members join both clubs to maximize their wine and cheese experience. For a truly special experience, all members are eligible to receive the spring-only shipment called La Tavola della Famiglia (family table). This special shipment is the winery’s premiere level club, where members receive special release wines along with the key ingredients to create a special meal designed to pair with the wines included. The shipment is offered for pick-up during the Paso Robles Wine Festival and members are invited to attend a cooking class where they can learn tips on preparing the special dish and get a chance to try the pairing before making it at home. Members of this club also receive complimentary admission to Le Vigne’s monthly culinary series. Member benefits of Le Vigne Winery clubs include: 25% off wine and merchandise purchases, complimentary cheese and wine parings for two, discounted tickets to special events, access to our cheese and wine concierge, as well as a monthly newsletter that keeps members informed about happenings at Le Vigne. Loyalty also has its rewards – after three years, club member wine discount benefits increase to 30% and after five years they increase to 35%.

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Wine Club The Best Way to Enjoy Your Favorites by Ariel Blake Over the years I have watched our wine region blossom. From a few small-lot wineries and private vineyards grew a culture of wine appreciation that has resulted in bountiful numbers. Over time I have visited many tasting rooms, cruised the “back-roads,” attended winemaker symposiums and participated in vineyard and winery tours throughout the county. My appreciation for the Central Coast lifestyle in San Luis Obispo County has continued to grow as has my love for the wines that are made here. What I have grown to enjoy most is wine club membership. Each membership is as unique and different. I have my calendar marked for every Wine Club pick up party and often times I find myself counting down the days until I will receive my new favorite vintages! It’s almost like Christmas morning. I look forward to being able to taste my new wines while they are being poured at pick up parties so that I know exactly what is in each shipment – and what evening, gathering or occasion to open them for. Wine Club membership is the best way to ensure that you will receive your favorites. Club members get first pick of exclusive, private or reserve label wines. Often times, Club members get to participate in barrel tastings and private events. There are many positives to joining a club and receiving your favorite vintages including the Wine Club discount which enables you to save money as you purchase your favorites or maximize your wine purchases within your budget.


HammerSky Vineyards Celebrates Harvest


ammerSky Vineyards is a 50-acre property located on Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles’ Westside, just a short drive from the coast. The location, history and beauty are enveloped in this back road valley. Some say it reminds them of Gone with the Wind or an East Coast estate. To owners Kim and Doug Hauck, HammerSky is an ever-changing family retreat that they love to maintain and share. Kim and Doug are both California natives and have been married over twenty-three years. In the beginning stages of their marriage they dreamed of owning a vineyard property. Over the years of searching for the right property in their vision, this jewel became available in Paso Robles. Upon first sight, some may not have thought of it as that. While the vineyard and old oak trees were spectacular, the old farmhouse had weathered through the years and was not much more than a shelter. But with the creative gene in Kim and Doug – Doug being a visionary and cosmetic dentist and Kim a designer who has dabbled in set design, interior design and has owned a floral design studio – both knew their vision was about to be born. Much work went into the restoration of the farmhouse and landscape which could be described in the likes of Ralph Lauren-style or rustic chic. It is a blend of the Hauck family treasures and unique taste, even the name HammerSky is named after the couple's sons,

Skyler and Hamilton. The estate grows Bordeaux and Zinfandel and has made the 100-year-old restored farmhouse available for guests to vacation. Similar to a custom barn from New Hampshire, this setting was created for intimate parties. Like the property, HammerSky wines are made with the same care and creative form. The property was purchased in May of 2007, the same year that HammerSky released its first vintage. HammerSky wines have received high marks and medals from critics, and many compliments from customers and guests. While the wines have personality, structure and decadence so also does the tasting room which can be characterized by its welcoming owners and staff, family-friendly environment, and of course, its visually stunning, serene setting that features one of the oldest oak trees in the valley. The tasting room has been uniquely structured by the Hauck’s consideration of comfort and unbelievable views. Their vision is for guests to enjoy their wine as well as their visit. A comfortable lounge area outside creates a space for visitors to relax and soak in the serene beauty while friendly staff members offer a lowkey opportunity to enjoy high quality wines. One of the most unique facts about HammerSky is that the original family and the previous owners often stop by to visit. They are very proud of the restorations and vision of the property and the Hauck family is thankful

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for all the hard work of previous owners. Over 100 years, the families have created HammerSky together. The 2010 vintage will be a stellar release at HammerSky. The wines show true HammerSky style and flavor that can be described as fruitful and structured with just the right balance of oak and tannin. Doug likes to say his wines “dance.” Some 2010 HammerSky wines to look forward to are Red Handed (Estate Merlot), Cabernet (Estate), and the very fun Party of Four blend. There are many upcoming opportunities to enjoy HammerSky wines during Harvest events like the Wine Crush Cocktail Party (October 18), where visitors can crush grapes, listen to live music, and enjoy appetizers or the Hauck Family Harvest Dinner (November 2), an intimate annual family and friends’ Thanksgiving feast dinner in the barn with the Hauck family. HammerSky will also be participating at the Garagiste Festival this year (November 8-10) at Windfall Farms in Paso Robles. Please see the events list below for more information or visit

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HARVEST EVENTS HammerSky Vineyards OCTOBER 18TH Wine Crush Cocktail Party Crush grapes, listen to live music and enjoy appetizers 4pm-8pm | $35-$45/person

OCTOBER 19TH Relax and Enjoy Relax and enjoy wine and Boni’s Tacos. Listen to great music 11am-3pm | $10/taste - $10/food

OCTOBER 20TH Relax and Enjoy Relax and enjoy wine and Boni’s Tacos. Listen to great music 11am-3pm | $10/taste - $10/food

NOVEMBER 2ND Hauck Family Dinner Hauck Family harvest dinner. Dine with the Hauck family in the barn. This is an intimate annual family and friends’ dinner with limited availability for guests. Share the traditional Thanksgiving feast prepared by the Hauck/Stechman family. Allergy and Gluten-free items included 5pm-10pm | $35-$45/person

NOVEMBER 8TH-10TH Garagiste Festival The Garagiste Festival is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small lot production wines in the world. Nov 8th | Winemaker Mixer Nov 9th | Grand Tasting Nov 10th | Winemaker Symposium Pictured Top: The Hauck Family Pictured Right: New Hampshire style barn Pictured Left: Elegant evening dinner

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WILD HORSE WINERY Harvest Twilight Picnic with Lacy J. Dalton and The Dalton Gang


n unbridled spirit and passion continues in Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards’ commitment to quality; its dedication to making distinctive Central Coast wines and its willingness to be different. Experimentation, consumer education, environmental preservation and a sense of humor - these remain the core values at the winery today. Celebrate the harvest season this year at Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards where you can enjoy great music, a wine tasting, and a twilight picnic while supporting two incredible organizations dedicated to helping people and horses.

Lacy J. Dalton Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards 805-788-6300 1437 Wild Horse Winery Ct Templeton, CA 93465

Enjoy an unforgettable performance by Lacy J. Dalton and the “Dalton Gang,” the woman who People Magazine called “The Bonnie Raitt of Country Music” and whose #1 Hit “Black Coffee” sold millions as she performs for Wild Horse Winery, winemakers and fans. Lacy J. Dalton is best known for her gritty, powerful vocals, profound lyrics and electrifying performance, not to mention all

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her hits. Lacy has toured or performed with everyone from Johnny Cash to Waylon Jennings and The Oakridge Boys, and is in fact the only woman ever to tour as a duet with Willie Nelson. Make it a point to come see this legend for yourself during a special Twilight Concert, Picnic and Wine Tasting that is taking place in conjunction with Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles Rotary Club's “End Polio Program” fundraiser, plus Lacy's Let 'Em Run Foundation's fund-raising efforts dedicated to saving the wild horses! Events take place at Wild Horse Winery located at 1437 Wild Horse Winery Court in Templeton on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20.00 from Wild Horse Winery, online at, or through Paso Robles Sunrise Rotary Club where $2.00 of your ticket is donated to charity. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show for $25.00.

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Turn into an unassuming commercial parking lot in Arroyo Grande, knock on a tall wooden fence and you will be rewarded by an astounding sight: The sleek, modern home of FORM Design + Build owners Cristina and Dustin Pires. Article and Photos by Hayley Thomas

Where are you from? Tell me a bit about yourself and your family. Cristina: We both grew up in the Central Valley of California in a very rural area. We are a husband and wife design-build team. The development of this property was the precursor to our business FORM Design + Build and the realization that having a full service company that can take you from start to finish on a project is essential. In order to streamline our processes on projects, we have worked over the years to include architectural services, interior design, contractor services and real estate to our scope of reach. We have two small children and our daily lives revolve around growing our business and raising our happy, energetic kids. What do you enjoy most about the area where you live?

Dustin: School brought us here and the lifestyle, weather and culture kept us here. We love the mix of agriculture and beach atmosphere that Arroyo Grande has to offer. Tell me about the process leading up to building your home. Cristina: In 2005, we moved to Copenhagen, Denmark for a year while Dustin studied architecture with Cal Poly's study abroad program. We rented out our house, put all of our possessions in a shipping container in the back yard, and embarked on our journey. While we were away, we had many things to consider; we watched the market fall, learned the advantages of rental income, and researched adding a second unit onto our property. Dustin decided that this would make a great senior project; providing for our personal needs and creating an

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opportunity to explore the world of property development from start to finish. When it came to building, what were your goals? Cristina: Our house is small, functional and aesthetically pleasing. There were several goals that we were trying to achieve with this project. On a personal level, we needed to create affordable housing for our family in order to live in this area; coastal housing prices are a little overwhelming for two young people who grew up in the Central Valley. We also needed to create a plan for future growth as our family size grew. As a senior project and architecturally speaking, Dustin wanted to create a modern, sustainable, structure while exploring the use of alternative building materials and prefabrication. There are a few design elements to this home that you wouldn't notice at first

blush: for instance, the window placement was carefully selected in order to maximize light in the winter and shade in the summer months. What features are you most proud of with this house? Tell me a bit about them. Cristina: Some of the things we love about the space are the small footprint, tall ceilings that make the small space feel larger, and the indoor/outdoor feeling of the house. We also love that we were able to re-purpose the Seatrain shipping container into an office, laundry and utility storage space. What we are most proud of is that we were able to build a comfortable, architecturally pleasing dwelling for our growing family for what most people spend on the purchase of a used SUV. By using simple and common building materials, we were able to add architectural details without paying for expensive systems. For

instance, if you look closely at our stair railing, you will notice that the horizontal members are galvanized electrical conduit (EMT) that you can get at hardware stores by the bundle and the handrails are constructed of standard muffler pipe. Who lives in the house and how does it fit the residents and pets? Dustin: We live in this house with our two children Lincoln (5) and Ava (3) and our dog Milou. We have even managed to fit two cats and three chickens into our outdoor living space. The house is surprisingly spacious and comfortable for 500 square feet. It is "lacking" in all things non-essential, but to us, that is a plus. Leaving all of our possessions behind for a year and taking notes from the notoriously minimal Danes has allowed us to break free from non-essential clutter and live in a simpler way.

What are your personal hobbies? Dustin: My hobbies involve playing softball and golf, backpacking and traveling. Cristina would say that my main hobby is fantasy football. Cristina: My personal hobbies include gardening, painting, traveling and flipping houses. And of course, Dustin would say that my hobby is Pinterest! Would you say this is your dream home? Cristina: Acutally, no. It might surprise people to learn that it's not far off, given the size. It would be nice to add more square footage but we will never dream of living in a McMansion, so to say. However, it would be nice to have a little more space and a larger piece of property in the country. A country house with an ocean view – isn't that every Central Coast resident's dream?

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Secret Strands Wig Boutique My Story, My Community, My New Business by Lisa Baumerts


he mission of Secret Strands Wig Boutique is to provide quality head coverings in a warm, inviting environment. My vision to open Secret Strands Wig Boutique was born out of my personal experience. In March 2010, I was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive breast cancer. By opening Secret Strands Wig Boutique, I know that I will be able to give back and help others that are currently in the same situation that I was in. And I’d like to say that I am very blessed to have come full circle. With my own experience, I am able to relate to those who are just starting their “journey.” While the boutique offers customers many options in comfort and style, we also maintain a free information center for the different types 22 Indulge Magazine | SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

of services available to cancer patients. In addition to wigs, we offer extensions, add-on hairpieces and all types of head wear, including ChemoBeanies, turbans, vintage hats, baseball-style hats and scarves. We also carry a full line of gifts that are appropriate for cancer patients and survivors, like jewelry as well as products by Botanicals for Hope Skin Care. The boutique also offers selections for men and we will be expanding our men's line in the near future. I am continuously searching for items for the boutique that are made by companies that were started as a result of cancer. Our customers appreciate my experience as a survivor and the compassion and understanding that comes from my experience; I can relate to what cancer patients are going through emotionally and physically. Carol Karlak Swigert wrote, “Hi Lisa..I had to write and tell you that you are an amazing woman..My mom has cancer and she and my sister went into your wonderful store on your opening day and you were truly a blessing for her. You made her feel good about herself with all of

your help, information and most of all, your big heart. You were so loving and caring – you made a difference. I want to say thank you so very much for caring about her and her feelings. Thank you for having a store that can offer so much to someone that needs it and that is not far from home. I hope it gets out to everyone how amazing you are. Thank you for being you.” We have a lot of fun in the boutique, women will often come in distraught that they will lose their hair but will leave with a hug and a smile on their face. And it is important to note that wigs are not just for people experiencing hair loss due to medical reasons. Often times women today enjoy the convenience of wearing a wig because they do not want to style their hair each day. They will buy a wig to take on vacation so they do not have to worry about their hair. Wearing a wig is also an economic choice since a quality wig is equal to the cost of two to three salon visits and will last much longer. Husbands often stop in with their wives and comment about how they love the idea that her “getting ready” time will now be cut down by almost 30-45 minutes. I also have a fun selection of wigs that I call By opening my “Vegas Wigs.” Many ladies will come in to the boutique, I know the boutique before their “girls night out” that I will be able to and pick out something fun! give back and help

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energy were restored. By day nine, I shed 10 lbs and everyone began to notice. I felt stronger and had more endurance. After twelve weeks, I had lost 33 lbs and could see muscle definition that I had never seen before. LW: Would you recommend a nutritional cleanse to those who feel that they are already at their strongest, fittest potential?

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he Central Coast is one of the most inspiring places to live in California. The connection to community, natural resources, outdoor adventures and creative charm all add to the Central Coast lifestyle that is experienced by those who live and visit.

with little time for myself. I was so worried about everyone else that I neglected my own needs. All too often I was on-the-go so I skipped meals, made quick food choices, or overate. When I worked out, my energy was drained.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I am constantly searching for lifestyle solutions that truly work. Recently, I have grown more interested in the benefits of nutritional cleanses, all-natural solutions that “reframe” and “release.” I have witnessed natural cleanses transform the lives of my friends and clients so I would like to share this information with readers through an interview with Casandra Robinson of Templeton, who has recently benefited from a nutritional cleanse that changed her lifestyle.

After beginning the cleanse program, I could immediately feel that my body was on the road to recovery. My body felt healthy and nourished and my head felt clear. In one simple word, the nutritional cleanse simplified my life! It is a convenient answer to my health goals. I almost feel as if I have my own personal nutritionist guiding me through the day. I used natural bars to help keep me away from fast food, E+ energy shots with Yerba Mate and green tea for a pre-gym boost, and a nutrient shake to help with workout recovery. Suddenly, my stress was manageable and I felt renewed and energized. I am now a happy, healthy, busy mom! I am now able to encourage others to make a positive difference in the lives of their loved ones every single day.

LW: Cassandra, you are a very positive, mindful woman. How has a nutritional cleanse program supported or excelled your performance in everyday life? CR: Being on a nutritional cleanse program has completely transformed my life – physically, emotionally and financially. Before I started the cleanse program, I was a busy, stressed out wife and mother of a two- and a four-year-old. All of my focus was placed on taking care of my children and my husband

LW: It is amazing how pure, natural products and foods with key amino acids and proper protein support lean muscle growth. How long did it take for you to notice any changes? CR: I began to notice changes by day three. I had lost inches in my waist and my clarity and

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CR: In many aspects, I feel that athletes need to cleanse more than the average person. Athletes tend to breathe in more oxygen because they run and exercise often, which means that they are taking in more toxins at a quicker rate. This can lead to inflammation, longer recovery, cloudy mind, and a more toxic body profile overall. Nutritional cleanses are best known to be used by Olympic athletes whom state it has changed their lives and taken their skills to a whole new level. They notice positive changes in a short amount of time like quicker recovery, mental clarity, better focus and an improved skill set. LW: What have you learned about cell renewal and toxin removal through your health journey? CR: I thought that because I was feeding my family vegetables, fruits and lean meats that we were getting all the nutrition that we needed. But I learned that nutritional cleanses are very necessary in order to get to the root of toxicity. My theory is that our bodies hold onto fat to protect our organs from toxicity, but toxins are stored in these fat cells and this is why I had a tough time losing weight. LW: What is your favorite form of exercise to do alone and with your family? CR: Currently, I am able to fit in at-home workouts that I stream online. These are convenient for me because there is no excuse to not be able to do these at home. When I can get to the gym, my favorite classes to take are yoga, cycling, body blast and groove. As a family, we love to play soccer and at-home, silly relay races that leave us laughing in our backyard! There are many forms of nutritional cleanses to choose from and many benefits to be gained from the use of all-natural ingredients. But more specifically, there are some cleanses that will benefit you more than others. We are hosting an event on October 15, 2013 that will teach you about the benefits of nutritional cleanses and how to start a cleanse program yourself. For an opportunity to be a guest at our upcoming event, please contact Casandra Robinson at (805) 400-9006 or Lauren Whipkey at (805) 904-5567.

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Peas in a Pod by Valentina Petrova


im Rohn said that you are an average of the five people that you hang out with the most. You may wonder who Jim Rohn is; he is best known for his personal rags to riches story and his forty years of personal development seminars, founded on well-crafted philosophy and psychology of living. When a person like that says something, the rest of us better listen. If you want to amuse yourself, put pen to paper and write down the names and qualities of the five people that you hang out with the most and take the average. See if you still like yourself. You may love yourself. You may decide it’s time to rearrange your friends’ list. No need to wonder if your grandmother knew Jim Rohn, just because she told you, “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” It’s more likely that Jim listened to his grandmother and look what that brought him and countless others. It is interesting to wonder about our hidden potentials and secret dreams. In her very influential book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron warns all of us that creativity is the electricity of life and a God-given gift, a responsibility which if left unrealized, leaves us feeling unfulfilled and sometimes jealous of others or generally stuck with

flat lives. You may wonder what an artist, an entrepreneur, a housewife, a teacher, an engineer, or a barista have in common. And you may conclude like most out there, that they have nothing in common. Like most others, you will be wrong. Creativity is what we all have in common as we are the very expression of creativity – from the moment of our conception and even before. Creativity is what is needed in every aspect of our lives, from solving problems, to writing a play, to painting a room, to starting and running a business, to cooking dinner. If we approach life like a series of tasks on a to-do list, we end up waiting in line at the pharmacy for the next refill of antidepressants. The other commonality is that we all have friends. Even the introverted types like me, who prefer the company of books and keeping the bluffs trail in Montaña de Oro all to myself. The friends we have will either help or hinder our creative expression. A young lady came to see me once and told me in all seriousness, “No one wants me to succeed!” I was shocked and hurt to hear this. How is she to live in a world where she felt like being herself and aspiring to become what she wants to become will be met by people who are not interested in her growth. I told her that it

was simply not true: “It’s just that you have not yet met the people who will want you to succeed.” To have friends that in some way inspire your creativity, stimulate your selfexpression, and support you in whatever way they can on your journey of life, are the kind of friends you should be surrounding yourself with. At the same time, you should consider being this kind of friend too, because you are also needed in realizing the dreams of others. Without your heartfelt participation, someone else’s life will be flat. Without your honest self-expression, a piece of the mystery of the universe will have to be left unrealized. Without your willingness to rise above your fears and limitations, the only faith that awaits you is the well worn out spot on your couch…and then you die. Where would you like to start today? What area of your life needs a creative infusion? Valentina Petrova is the person to go to when you need help sorting yourself out and enjoying a fulfilling life. She is a strategic interventionist, life & transitions coach and so much more once you get to know her. Contact:, 805-242-3181, Facebook – CoachValentina.

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OCTOBER 1st - NOVEMBER 27th 778 Higuera Street, Ste B, SLO The Gallery at the Network brings together a collection of jewelry and small sculptures by master designer, sculptor and artist, Jack Biesek. The Gallery has been pleased to represent Jack’s jewelry for the past several years, and we were greatly saddened when he passed away on June 30 of esophageal cancer at his home in See Canyon. His work of hand-crafted jewelry and sculpture has a simple elegance that is often described as tribal, ancient or primitive. Made from silver, pewter, bronze and stone, each piece is distinctive and reflects a rustic and original style. A celebration of graceful shapes, venerable materials and superb finishes, his creations are one of a kind in bronze, stone and steel. His wife, Sumac, often worked with Jack in creating their work known as California Rustic.  Jack was involved in creating and designing since he was twenty years old and maintained a “beninner’s mind” which he saw as being far more motivating than being “the expert”. He states,” The universe has blessed me with this condition and I graciously accept it. I give credit to the muses who speak through me. I am only the hands, the mind and the spirit that is moved to explore the depth of my soul for the shapes and figures that are simple, abstract and poetic.” In addition to his fine art, Jack was a leader and innovator in the world of environmental graphic design and owner of Biesek Design where he created projects worldwide. But he is most remembered for his huge heart, glowing smile and immense generosity, and he will be greatly missed. The Jewelry and Sculpture of Jack Biesek; A Retrospective Exhibition will be displayed Oct 1-Nov 27.



The Fifth Annual Central Coast Railroad Festival, set for October 10-13, 2013, in the heart of the California Central Coast, will focus on special concert and film events, vintage rail excursions, the Grand Opening of the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum and model railroading of all types. Activities will take place at numerous railroad, historical and educational locations throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties.  The Central Coast Railroad Festival is designed to please both casual train buffs and avid rail fans as well as delight tourists and locals of all ages.   Many Festival events will be free and all will be fun and very family friendly.   Festival attendees will also be able to explore the area’s beaches, wineries, Missions, quaint downtowns and other special attractions.


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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Kaaren Perry of the Morro Coast Audubon Society for a family-friendly birding walk. Kaaren Perry is an avid birder and for the past 20 years she has enjoyed leading local field trips and field classes. This engaging walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs will get you acquainted with the wide variety of feathered friends found in San Luis Obispo County. We will look for returning wintering birds and fall migrants including sparrows, warblers, raptors, and others. October is prime time for rare migrants when nearly anything can show up. Walk will begin at the Garden’s second parking lot. The walk is $5 for Garden members and $10 for non-members. For more information visit the listed website or contact Lindsey Collinsworth at 805.541.1400x304 or email:

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Sparkling WinemakerDave Hickey has been on the team almost since the beginning, albeit in roles as varied as cleanup crewman and cellar hand. And his son, Eric Hickey, who started out observing winery operations as a kid on the fringe, is now President and Head Winemaker of the venerated brand. “When I started here, the winery was empty,” said Dave Hickey. “The tasting room was built LAETITIA VINEYARD but had never been used.” The inception of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is woven into the 30 YEAR CELEBRATION history of Central Coast winemaking, though sparkling wine was something of an anomaly 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive for the area at the time. In the early 1980s, Arroyo Grande French viticulturists came to California to seek Tasting Room Open 11am-5pm out a New World outpost for growing vines and producing wines similar to those of their homeland in Champagne’s Epernay region. Their search ended just south of Arroyo Grande, nestled among the foothills that stretch parallel to Highway 101. The property soon boasted several acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, as well as a production facility equipped with two traditional French Coquard presses – still, the only two in North America. As Maison Deutz Winery (the original name for what is now Laetitia) a culture of respect for Old World methods was established with the Coquard presses and méthode champenoise, a traditional, labor-intensive and time-consuming approach to making sparkling wine. And even after the property changed hands and the name became Laetitia Vineyard & Winery several years later, that culture remains. “When it comes to sparkling wines, the only difference between Old World wine and Laetitia sparkling wine is the use of New World grapes,” said Dave Hickey. “I was trained by French winemakers who were, themselves, trained in Champagne. They wanted it done exactly the same way here as it was there. And to this day, one of the highest compliments anyone can pay me is to say that my wine reminds them of Champagne.” To celebrate the brand’s 30th year, Laetitia will offer a limited edition etched magnum series for purchase. For more information on the 30th anniversary etched magnum please call 805.474.7641 or visit their tasting room location.


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23rd Rockin’ Harvest & Auction Tickets & Info:

November 1st - 3rd On Friday, November 1, participants become “roadies” for an afternoon as they enjoy a “backstage” look at three SLO Wine Country wineries. Happening from 10am to 4pm, this Rockin’ Road Trip ($50) takes attendees from vine to wine, teaching the art of winemaking through demonstrations and hands-on activities at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Talley Vineyards and Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery. This “experience” event includes a luncheon and wine tasting. Attendees may also enjoy the Collaborative Winemaker Dinner ($110) on Friday evening, November 1 from 6pm to 9pm at The Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande. Hosted by one of SLO Wine Country’s celebrity winemakers, the dinner will consist of five courses by Chef Russ as well as Chef Heather Thomas of Two Cooks Catering, all paired with wines of SLO Wine Country. This will be an evening under the stars, overlooking the breathtaking Arroyo Grande Valley. Wineries featured at the dinner include: Ancient Peaks Winery, Chamisal Vineyards, Claiborne & Churchill Winery, Baileyana Winery, Saucelito Canyon Vineyard and Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard and Sextant Wines. Saturday, November 2 the Grand Tasting and Auction, will be held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort from 12pm to 3pm. Attendees enjoy cuisine by some of the finest local chefs paired with wines by the artisan winemakers of SLO Wine Country. Along with food and wine from more than sixty establishments comes an “over the top” wine and lifestyle auction, hosted by the winemakers. Sunday, November 3 is a winery open house day for all of those who attended Saturday’s Grand Tasting. All day SLO Wine on Tour features wineries offering complimentary tastings, food and live entertainment along with wine discounts and special offers.

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Wed 9:30am - 11:30am Kmart Shopping Center Sat 12:00pm - 2:30pm City Hall in the VIllage


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BAYWOOD PARK/LOS OSOS Mon 2:00pm - 4:30pm Ramona Garden Park


Fri 2:30pm - 5:30pm Main St and Cambria St


Fri 9:30am - 11:00am Veterans Hall


Thurs 6:00pm - 9:00pm Spencer’s on North Main Sat 4:00pm - 7:00pm Main St


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


Sat 9:00am - 12:30pm 6th Street and Crocker St




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Festival to Benefit Options Family of Services Nonprofit In celebration of the world-renowned oysters of Morro Bay, the second annual Central Coast Oyster Festival will be held this year Saturday, October 19th at the Morro Bay Golf Course from 12PM to 8 PM Tickets on sale now, shuck yeah! Jacqueline Delaney of SpinCycle Event Installations and Neal Maloney of Morro Bay Oyster co-partnered together to continue the further development of an amazing festival soon to be the icon for original unique events on the Central Coast. Last year was a huge success with over 4000 in attendance, the largest first year attended event on the Central Coast to date. This year expected attendance well over 6000 and the team is ready to treat this large crowd to an experience they will never forget! Larger venue with outstanding design installations, more oyster vendors and on site parking, this event will surpass all expectations for attendees. The Central Coast Oyster Festival will feature a range of amazing oyster preparations, the best wines, brews, exclusive cocktails, and a full lineup of knockout bands to play throughout the day under the most beautiful settings. “There are so many great wine, food, and entertainment events on the Central Coast that we’ve really concentrated on creating an experience unlike any other to equally highlight entertainment and art right alongside the food and wine experience.” With a view of the Morro Bay Oyster Farm as well as the iconic Morro Rock, the Central Coast Oyster Festival will feature oysters from the Morro Bay Oyster Company, widely recognized as one of the greatest suppliers on the West Coast. Dozens of chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-tohead for the ‘Best Oyster of the Central Coast” Chef Award, and the audience will be invited to taste their sumptuous efforts. But while oysters will, of course, be the main attraction, other epicurean delights will also be available. Any good oyster festival needs a shucking competition, and the Central Coast Oyster Festival is no exception. Local shuckers will be invited to demonstrate their speed and skill to a live audience for prizes and the respect of the Central Coast community. In addition to the delectable flavors of fresh Morro Bay oysters, the festival will include special features such as whimsical structures from SpinCycle, a locally based event art installation company who first started at Burning Man creating beautiful designs and unique environments within the festival. SpinCycle will work alongside The Do LaB, based out of Los Angeles. The Do LaB is world-renowned for bending reality through interactive environments, event production and creative lighting design. Prominently showcased at such high-profile gatherings as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival. The Do LaB takes an organic approach to everything they design and create, striving to bring their visions to life with natural materials, found objects and sustainable resources, both a perfect fit for the vision of this one of a kind Central Coast Festival. Come out this year to this full day music festival that includes all the amazing local chefs preparing oysters in various ways. New to this year will be a food stage in addition to the full day music festival stage, where chefs and wineries will entertain your palette. The Aphrodisiac Lounge will also be back bringing you the most delectable raw oyster bar, sparkling wine, chocolates and cheeses. Included in this weekend of events will be an exclusive Abalone Dinner w/ Star Chef Bradley Ogden and a Foodie mini Golf Tournament. Transportation is dialed in this year with many choices to arrive. Tickets for this full-day music festival and foodie experience of all things authentically Central Coast are $24 and includes an earth friendly souvenir water bottle, as we will again be providing free water to support our zero waste and good for health event. This event continues to benefit OPTIONS Family of Services, a nonprofit organization serving the disabled or persons with developmental disabilities and persons with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). OPTIONS provides a wide array of flexible programs that are customized for each individual they serve, with community accessibility emphasized at every level. Services include residential living supported living, rehabilitation therapy, day programming and vocational training. For more information, visit

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