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”I OFFER YOU PEACE. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi Tabay Atkins is the youngest certified yoga teacher in the United States and featured in this month's issue. He is a very unique, loving, San Clemente local, who has that good vibration people gravitate towards. Much like the above quote from Gandhi, Tabay offers peace, love and friendship. He gives a lot for someone so young. We thank Tabay and his Mom Sahel for giving us their time and allowing us to share with the residents of San Clemente some insight into the world of the wonderful Tabay Atkins. This month we celebrate Easter on the 1st, in remembrance of the Resurrection of

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In Addition, April gives us the opportunity to celebrate School Librarian Day on the 4th; Golfer's Day on the 10th; Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on the 12th (a personal favorite); International Plant Appreciation Day on the 13th; World Art Day on the 15th; Volunteer Recognition Day on the 20th; Husband Appreciation Day on the

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INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2018

FEATURES 10 Keeping it California The Cellar’s Somm and Cheesemonger show us some of California’s ambrosial wine and cheese.

18 Feel Love, Be Love and Give Love Tabay Atkins Inspiring Millions

24 Ocean to Table by MUSE Dishes Created with Soul

28 Garden-to-Table at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Chefs Harvest Organic Produce from

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Food & Wine

28 Culinary Creations 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


GOOD TIMES

Share Your Heart & Shop For A Cause – February 20, 2018 The Caroline K. Huo Group hosted an evening at Peppertree Lane to introduce their partnership with Special Spaces OC, a non-profit that creates dream bedrooms for kids battling life-threatening illnesses.  The Group was honored to announce their commitment to donate a portion of every sale to this worthy cause

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FOOD & WINE

KEEPING IT CALIFORNIA THE CELLAR'S SOMM AND CHEESEMONGER SHOW US SOME OF CALIFORNIA'S AMBROSIAL WINE AND CHEESE. ARTICLE CARA ELISE TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHY GIA LUCIANO

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CALIFORNIA HAS MUCH TO OFFER

WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE

WHEN IT COMES TO WINE AND

CHEESES YOU'VE CHOSEN TODAY?

CHEESE. If your conscious consumption

Picolo: Cow \ Andante Creamery \

manifests in the locality of your eating,

Petaluma, California

then you can rest assured that a night at

Seascape: Cow-Goat Combo \ Central

The Cellar has some things to delight you.

Coast Creamery \ Paso Robles California

The romantically laid-back restaurant and

Estero Gold: Cow \ Valley Ford Cheese

wine bar has some exceptional cheese

Co. \ California

and wine from Farms and vineyards in

"These are all really great examples of

this great state. I sat down with The

California cheeses. Picolo is a delicious little

Cellar’s Cheesemonger and Sommelier,

triple cream great for spreading on bread,

and learned some of the wonderful intri-

Estero Gold is a hard cheese that can easily be

cacies of local cheese, and sustainable

used on your next pasta dish, and Seascape

wine. It fascinated me so much that I’m

has a great texture when melted in a grilled

starting to understand why one would

cheese! These cheeses have so much flavor,

want to become a connoisseur.

they're perfect for beer, wine, and cooking."

MARISA LISCANO \ CHEESEMONGER

KIM PRIETO / SOMMELIER

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO TO

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ONE TO

BECOME A CHEESEMONGER?

BECOME A SOMMELIER?

"I went through the whole [cheese] case,

"Everyone's journey is unique. How one

eating, taking notes, and taking pictures of

becomes or how long it takes one to gain the

everything. That’s honestly how you learn,

responsibility of a sommelier depends on a

you just eat your way through the case.”

number of factors - your experience and education, your ability to taste, to inform guests, to sell

WHAT DO YOU KEEP IN MIND WHEN

wine and maintain a wine list for example."

BUYING CHEESE FOR THE CELLAR? “I really try to listen to what people like,

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER WHEN BUY-

but then get them to try other variations.

ING WINE FOR THE CELLAR?

Instead of a sharp cheddar, I’ll give them

"It is important to maintain a balance

something that has a little bit of a salty

between what guests enjoy drinking, as well

sweetness, but still has those cheddar

as providing wines from classic regions. I also

qualities. People love our double cream

like to offer unusual and exciting wines for

brie-style cheese that tastes like butter, so

those willing to try something a little different.

I try to get cheeses that are in that same

Having a good amount of wines that pair well

vein, but just have a little more to them.”

with food is very important."

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FOOD & WINE

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE WINES TODAY?   “I selected a few California wines based on their thoughtful winemaking. They are either organic, biodynamic or sustainable producers. In regards to pairing wines with food, and specifically cheese, there are a few rules and many classic pairings. But generally, I find that people enjoy their dining experience when they are drinking a wine that they love, eating delicious food and enjoying the company at their table." WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THESE WINES? Iron Horse 2013 \ Classic Vintage Brut  \  Green River Valley, Russian River Valley,  Sonoma CA "They’re a sustainable producer. Their winemaking pays homage to classic Champagne style giving us a crisp, rich and complex beauty." Alma Rosa \ Pinot Gris \ Santa Barbara, CA "Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyard was born from a pioneering spirit, the beginnings of a new AVA and organic / sustainable farming as a way of life. Expression of a vintage is more important than making wine that tastes the same year after year." Textbook \ Merlot \ Napa Valley, CA    "This is an organic Merlot with gorgeous dark berries, chocolate with firm tannins and acidity to balance." Tablas Creek \ Espirit de Tablas \ Paso Robles, CA “All of the fruit for Tablas Creek Vineyard wines is grown on their property. The vines are from budwood cuttings from their Château de Beaucastel Estate in the Rhône Valley, France. Esprit de Tablas is  a blend of    Organically & Biodynamically farmed  Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah & Counoise and is an excellent food wine.

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The Orchard with a view!

pucker urban farm is showing the earth true love ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY CARA ELISE TAYLOR

CHEERS TO YOUR HEALTH WITH THIS LEMON DRINK CRAFTED BY A FABULOUS LOCAL FARM IN THE GORGEOUS HILLS OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, THERE'S A SPRAWLING BOUTIQUE FARM, BOASTING FAR MORE LEMONS THAN ITS CULTIVATORS EXPECTED TO GET WHEN THEY FIRST PLANTED THE TREES SEVEN YEARS AGO. The place is called Pucker Urban Farm, and it's owned and operated by the Knape Family. When they moved in, they put in a sports court for their kids to play in, but most of the place was still laden with ten-foot weeds. They had it on good authority that lemons were low maintenance, and an aromatic way to deal with the land, so in 2011 they planted their first crop of lemon trees. Turns out, their thumbs were green. “They didn’t take a lot of work for the first few years, and then we woke up one day and said, ‘I think we have an orchard’” Dorian Knape remembers, happily. With an abundance of lemons on their hands, they decided to go organic and take things a bit further. Today, they’re a certified crop, handler, and processor—and they’re USDA Certified, 100% Organic. According to USDA Guidelines, there's a distinction between “Organic” and “100% Organic”. A product can contain non-organic ingredients in order to get a “Certified” seal, while "100% Organic" products must be made with 100% organic ingredients.  "I think it’s important that when they see a product that’s 100 percent organic, they know that that’s real," Dorian noted, later adding: "Mass production, people are starting to realize is not healthy." 

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Monica-Marketing, Dorian-Founder/ Owner, Maria-Production

Because of this, Dorian’s farm is being held accountable in a far

use worm-casting, which is the process of putting worm waste into

more multi-faceted way than most others. Pucker lemons are com-

the soil to eliminate bad bacteria and help keep the trees healthy.

pletely traceable, because of their careful zoning practices. Trees are

It's an incredible amount of work, but it shows how they are clearly

pruned and the branches are used as green waste, which gets put

dedicated to the health of both the environment and the people.

back into the soil. They're also composting, running on solar energy,

“We use mother nature to really sustain our lemons.”

and they use absolutely zero pesticides. By utilizing certain crops,

What they've created is Mrs. Pucker's Lemon Shot™, which is a

they can attract the kinds of bugs that keep out the more destructive

completely fresh drink that contains an entire lemon—peel, pith,

insects, like the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which destroys citrus. Clover

seeds, and pulp. Since the product contains every part of the nutri-

plants bring in ladybugs and praying mantises, while  the lemon

ent-dense fruit, the health benefits exceed that of just lemon juice.

flowers attract bees - all insects that the fly doesn't like. They even

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PUCKER URBAN FARM

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Mostly found in the peel and pith, Pectin, Vitamin C, and D-Limonene are just a few of the key nutrients in lemons. The Pucker team has customers who were plagued by bleeding gums, acid reflux, gastrointestinal issues, and severe migraines, who have seen symptoms subside or disappear over time. Regularly consuming something so clean, live, and nutrient-rich is a shockingly effective form of self-care.  "It’s something you have to incorporate into your life. It teaches people discipline, and health is all about discipline," Dorian wisely advises, adding  that they're now "trying to target the people that appreciate health, because we’ve gotta start from them and go from there." Seeing what they've created become something transformative for locals, is a dream fulfilled for everyone involved. Monica,  the Marketing Manager whose Animal Science studies and agricultural passions drive some of the genuine spirit of Pucker, has wanted to work in farming since college. This job is a perfect opportunity to connect with the health of her community, and the health of the land. For Dorian, working alongside family, and people with as much passion for health and sustainability as herself, seems to light her face up with gratitude.  "We are a family business, so everybody works in the orchard. Everybody’s digging dirt, everybody’s pulling lemons, in the processing house, and we’re out selling," she said, proudly. "This is grassroots, this is not corporate production." You can order Mrs. Pucker's Lemon Shot™ at

PuckerUrbanFarm.Com .

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MRS. PUCKER’S LEMON SHOT™ Every one of the highly nutritional lemon shots is made to order, in a five-step process. 1) The ready lemon is picked from the tree. 2) The lemon is washed. 3) The fruit soaks in an organic white vinegar bath, to sanitize it of any harmful bacteria, and dries from natural sunlight. 4) The entire lemon gets blended with water. 5) The somewhat pulpy goodness is sealed into a recyclable cup. Ditching cold-pressed juice for Mrs. Pucker’s Lemon Shot™   should  be the next investment you make in yourself.

“We literally pull that full lemon off a tree and process the entire lemon into a drink that’s sealed and sent to you within 6 hours. The nutrient value that’s in here far surpasses any juice drink.”

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ARTICLE LINDSAY LINEGAR | PHOTOGRAPHY GIA LUCIANO, RICH SAUNDERS

Feel Love, Be Love and Give Love

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TABAY ATKINS INSPIRING MILLIONS


TABAY ATKINS IS THE YOUNGEST CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER IN THE UNITED STATES, AND PROBABLY THE HAPPIEST. After witnessing his mother, Sahel, survive cancer and find healing through yoga, he was determined to help others heal as well. The mother-son duo teach yoga at their San Clemente studio, Care4Yoga, and they also travel the world to “spread the yoga seed” as Tabay calls it. We had the pleasure of talking with them to learn more of their story and find out what’s next for Tabay. LINDSAY: TABAY, I KNOW SOME OF YOUR STORY, BUT CAN YOU TELL ME, IN YOUR WORDS WHAT GOT YOU INTO THIS? TABAY: I started yoga when I was six years old. My mom had cancer, and she had never done yoga in her life before that. When she had cancer, she did intensive chemotherapy, which broke her body down. She couldn’t walk on her own, she was sad and stressed. When she beat cancer, after two weeks cancer-free, without ever practicing yoga in her life, she accidentally got into 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training. SAHEL: (laughing) That’s a whole other story! TABAY: Yeah. I noticed that after two months of the training, she was able to walk on her own, she was healing quickly, and she still had stress but she knew how to deal with it. I told her that I wanted to teach yoga so I could help heal others the way yoga healed her. I got my first yoga certificate at seven. I kept asking mom if I could teach yoga and finally when I was 10 years old, she gave me the choice to either travel to Europe, or do an intensive 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training. So, without hesitation, I chose the training. SAHEL: He was like, “I got this, Mom.” I told him, this is not a five-hour, 10-hour, 30-hour training, this is a 200-hour training, and it’s intense. Mine was spread out over two and a half months, whereas his was 16 days back to back, 10-12 hour days. I knew he was serious but I thought, maybe he’ll pick the trip. Maybe he’ll want to travel this summer and then do the training next year. LINDSAY: TABAY, THAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU WERE 10. HOW OLD ARE YOU NOW? TABAY: I’m 12 right now, and I have seven specialty yoga certificates.

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FEEL LOVE, BE LOVE AND GIVE LOVE (CON TI N UED) SAHEL: He was on a mission. He told me, “Mom, I want to start doing donation classes.” And I told him that was good and asked what he wanted to save his money for. I told my dad, jokingly, it would probably be Legos because Tabay is obsessed with Legos. But he said he wanted to give all his money away to people with cancer. And a day later he said, “You know what I was thinking about? I want to donate to kids who have cancer.” Tabay has been inspiring millions of people around the world. He doesn’t understand, really, how much light he has around him that people are feeling. It’s not just the physical practice. He embodies the true meaning of what yoga is. I’m in awe. I mean, I’m his mom and everyone says, “My kid’s the best,” but he really is. He’s like the greatest person on earth. LINDSAY: TABAY, YOU SAID SOMETHING INTERESTING BEFORE. YOU SAID, EVEN WHEN YOUR MOM HAD STRESS, SHE KNEW HOW TO DEAL WITH IT. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT? TABAY: A lot of people in the world have stress, but they just don’t know how to deal with it. They get angry at people when they’re stressed, and they can make the wrong decisions. Yoga gives you the tools to deal with stress, like breathing exercises that help you calm down. It also helps with depression, anxiety, fatigue. It helps with muscle strength, flexibility: the list goes on and on. LINDSAY: WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH SO FAR? TABAY: Kids, teens, adults. I’ve helped kids with severe to mild autism. I actually have a certificate for that: Yoga for Autism Spectrum. I also have a certificate for Circus Yoga Ring One and Two, Aerial Yoga, Teen and Tween Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. SAHEL: He teaches everyone. He teaches cancer survivors, A-list celebrities. He teaches at huge events. He’s taught for Deepak Chopra and 400+ of his guests. He’s had young and old students. He’s had students who’ve done yoga for 20+ years, as well as first-timers. One of his newest students has rheumatoid arthritis, and she was so intimidated by and afraid of yoga. But she saw Tabay in the paper and wanted to try his class out. She left crying. She was in awe of his patience. She’s a 50-60 year-old woman who thought she couldn’t do yoga all this time. She told us when she heard him say, “Everyone can do yoga” she thought, “I’m gonna give this kid a try.” TABAY: Yeah, and my grandpa started practicing yoga with me in my classes. At first, he couldn’t reach down all the way (standing up and bending forward). We had to modify a lot of his poses. After a month of coming to my classes, he was able to reach all the way down, he didn’t have to modify the poses anymore, and he slept better, he noticed his body wasn’t as tight, he was more flexible. LINDSAY: WHAT IS IT LIKE TO TRAVEL ALL OVER THE WORLD AND TEACH PEOPLE YOGA? TABAY: I love to travel and I love to teach yoga and spread yoga. So, both of them combined is amazing. I help people all over the world, not just in San Clemente or Orange County or California. I love it because I’m helping plant the yoga seed in each and every person I can. 20

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FEEL LOVE, BE LOVE AND GIVE LOVE (CON TI N UED) LINDSAY: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE THAT YOU’VE BEEN SO FAR? TABAY: To teach? Hawaii. The energy is so calm and relaxing. SAHEL: A couple months ago, I was telling Tabay we can’t always be everywhere. We started talking about what’s next. I had to cancel a few events for health reasons. And as much as it’s amazing to travel, we can’t do it every day. I told him, it’s unfortunate but we can’t get to everyone. Then, he asked if I could see the “lightbulb”. I asked what he meant and he said, “Yes, we can reach everyone.” TABAY: I can be everywhere at once, teaching people all over the world. If I do an online, subscription-based yoga class, people can practice yoga in the comfort of their very own home. I just started a GoFundMe page, so I have the funds to start this. I won’t have to rush from here to there and only be home for one day in a week. I can still travel the world for appearances, but people can also be practicing yoga from home, and I can be right there with them. A lot of people need yoga but either they can’t afford it or they don’t have time. With this series, people can do yoga at home, and I’m trying to make the prices so that anyone can afford it. LINDSAY: I’M SURE YOU GET THIS ALL THE TIME, BUT I’M SO IMPRESSED AND INSPIRED BY YOU. YOU’RE DOING SO MUCH, IN MY MIND, BEYOND YOUR YEARS. TABAY: Thank you so much. My mission and my goal is to have the yoga seed planted in everyone around the world because everyone needs yoga, some more than others. SAHEL: It’s about non-judgment. The physical practice is icing on the cake. He tells all students, listen to your body. Don’t judge yourself, don’t judge others. Peace begins with you. TABAY: I end all my classes saying (prayer-hands at forehead) “Think good thoughts,” (prayer-hands at mouth) “speak kind words,” (prayer-hands at heart) “feel love, be love and give love. Namaste.” LINDSAY: BEFORE WE FINISH, WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO FOR FUN? TABAY: I like to build Legos, read my books, build with city blocks, play the guitar, skateboard. And I have a coin collection. SAHEL: If he could do that all day, he would. LINDSAY: A COIN COLLECTION. WHAT DOES THAT CONSIST OF? TABAY: I have a safe as tall as I am filled to the brim with coins and dollars. I started because my grandpa has owned gas stations for 47 years. He’s looked through money and coins and chosen ones to keep. The oldest coin I have is so old the year’s not certain, but it’s from between 35BC and 5AD. LINDSAY: WHERE’S IT FROM? CAN YOU TELL? TABAY: It’s from where Iran is – before it was Persia. LINDSAY: WOW. LAST QUESTION: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN SAN CLEMENTE? TABAY: I love San Clemente because everyone is super nice to me, I love being by the beach and it’s really good weather. I love the energy here. I love everything about San Clemente. Find out more at Care4Yoga.com or follow Tabay on Instagram @tabayatkins, on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to his YouTube channel. 22

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OCEAN TO TABLE BY MUSE ARTICLE LISA WHITTEMORE | PHOTOGRAPHY MANNY ROMERO

6.Sashimi dish of raw east coast scallops, sweet and buttery, sliced paper thin

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THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN ARTIST AND THEIR MUSE IS ONE OF LOVING AND TENDER DEVOTION. There is a blending of source and spirit between the two which produce a unique union. Often the lines between creator and inspiration become blurred and the result is a harmonic indivisibility. This is undoubtedly the case at Muse Sushi, located at 223 Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente. Chef Obi is the artist and Muse is his inspired creation. “I knew that a muse was a goddess from Greek mythology,” says Obi. “The idea of a passionate legend appealed to my idea for a restaurant, plus,” he adds, laughing “Muse is a short, simple name so it’s easy to remember.” Open since October of 2015, Muse is family owned and operated. All of the family members involved with the restaurant are natives of Thailand and have extensive experience in the southern California restaurant business. Muse is their latest foray in the food industry. Their first and foremost commitment is to the Japanese tradition regarding the freshness and quality of the fish they use. Yet they also foster a passionate desire to weave in new and innovative twists from their homeland. Obi came to California in 2005, his first nine years here he worked at Sushi Plantation in Mission Viejo. At this venue, Obi was under the tutelage of sushi chef Yamamoto who is half Japanese and half Thai. Obi quickly realized his passion was making sushi so he asked Yamamoto to train him in the art. Obi believes that there is a spiritual bonding between the rice balls and the fish. The temperature of the rice, how to shape it, and its size, in correlation to the fish, are pinnacle. If the rice is the heart of the creation then the fish is its soul.

Raw Kushii oysters topped with Hokkaido uni, served in an ice bowl and garnished with seaweed 9.The Muse family (left to right) Skinny, Mina (Obi's wife), Obi, Narong (father of Obi and Kat/partner), Kat

“The idea of a passionate legend appealed to my idea for a restaurant, plus,” he adds, laughing “Muse is a short, simple name so it’s easy to remember.” CONTINUED >

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OCEAN TO TABLE BY MUSE

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The quality of the fish is paramount. Early in the morning, Obi journeys to the market in downtown LA to peruse his options. Almost 70% of the fish at Muse is from Japan. When choosing what to purchase, close attention is paid to the texture of the flesh, seasons and regions. Once selected, Obi handles his fish with respect and the utmost care. “From early on, I saw that fish was very delicate,” says Obi. “Because of this sensitivity, Yamamoto showed me how to cut tuna from the whole fish. There is no stopping to clean the Portrait of Obi armed with his arsenal of knives Obi's devotion to the art of making sushi is evident from the tattoo on his arm. This beautiful red fish is Tai, a type of snapper, and painted behind it is his most cherished possession, his knife.

knife; you must do it until it’s completely done.” Meanwhile, Obi’s sister, Kat, had been stateside since 2001, helping their father run his Thai restaurants in Huntington and Newport Beach. After years of extensive training at Sushi Plantation, Obi yearned to venture out on his own and asked Kat to join him. Their cousin Skinny had been training alongside Obi since 2009 so they brought him into the fold of Muse without question. As a familial unit, they shared a vision of fusing ideas, details and tastes from the two islands of Japan and Thailand. The end result is a tantalizing comingling of flavors. There is the supreme quality cuts of fish wedded to spicy Thai elements such as mango, jalapeno  and cilantro. Their attention to detail is impeccable, and the final oeuvre is awe inspiring.

Portrait of chef Skinny, trained by Obi, creating sushi since 2009 Sometimes customers come in afraid to try new things. I tell them trust me, I will make it and they always leave happy.

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8.A roll featured on the menu coined Love at First Bite. All fresh fish, no rice it features spicy fresh crabmeat wrapped with Bluefin tuna and topped with baked Maine lobster and black tobiko (flying fish egg) laced with scrolls of squid ink.

Thinly sliced grade A Wagyu beef from Miyazaki, Japan, crowned with black caviar and edible 24K gold paper

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CULINARY CREATIONS

Garden-to-Table at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

CHEFS HARVEST ORGANIC PRODUCE FROM THE RESORT’S ORGANIC GARDEN TO CREATE SUMPTUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY MAEGEN WHISMAN

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Chef Brian Sundeen

THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL TAKES FARM-TO-TABLE TO A NEW LEVEL WITH ITS ORGANIC GARDEN. In it, a handful of herbs and produce are grown which ultimately make their way to a dish served in one of the restaurants. Executive Chef, Brian Sundeen and his culinary experts cultivate and maintain the organic garden throughout the year with herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables. This February, Chef Brian and his team are planting tomatoes and beans including Sugar Magnolia Sweet Peas. Strolling through the bright garden you will find purple cauliflower, thyme, rosemary, Meyer lemons, strawberries, oregano, lavender, kale, and carrots, along with a variety of citrus fruits and vegetables. Freshly picked kale is used in green smoothies in The Market Place, sprigs of lavender flavor ice cream, syrups, and infused water, purple cauliflower highlights crudité platters, and fresh herbs are incorporated into other savory items in the kitchen. Most of the seeds and plants originate from local farmers including Polito Family Farms, Harry’s Berries, Logan’s Garden, and Chef Brian can be spotted shopping locally at the Santa Monica Farmers Market and Laguna Beach Farmers Market. A highlight of the garden is a collection of five of the world’s spiciest chilies, including the Carolina Reaper Chili, Scorpion Butch T, Ghost Peppers, Peach Ghost Peppers, and Moruga Scorpian. While these spicy darlings are not regulars on the menu, they are transformed into

A highlight of the garden is a collection of five of the world’s spiciest chilies, including the Carolina

house-made hot sauce available in RAYA and 180blu for guests who love spice and want to experience a flavor and heat like no other. If you want to try making it at home to share with your dinner parties, Chef Brian Sundeen shares the recipe.

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Reaper Chili, Scorpion Butch T, Ghost Peppers, Peach Ghost Peppers, and Moruga Scorpian. April 2018 | San Clemente Lifestyle

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REAPER HOT SAUCE: Yields 1 Pint + 1 cup white vinegar + ¾ tablespoons salt + 5 Reaper Chilies – if not found locally you can purchase online + 1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste + 1 red bell pepper, roasted and peeled + 2 garlic cloves + ¼ cup water Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy (at your own risk) with your favorite dish. 30

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APRIL

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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SPRING BREAK ARTS WEEK: MUSIC CLASS

SPRING BREAK ARTS WEEK: DANCE CLASS

CASA KINETIC: CELEBRATING TAP DANCE LEGENDS

Come learn about music, play and

Get movin’ and have fun in a begin-

Tap dance is making a comeback

sing in the Main Salon during an in-

ner’s dance class in our Main Salon.

— but its golden years are timeless.

teractive music class.

Participants are encouraged to wear

Watch ten of today’s top West Coast

Suitable for ages 8-13, reservation required.

comfortable clothes.

tappers, headlined by Jason Rogers

Admission is free, but space is limited.

Suitable for ages 7 to 12,

(ABC’s Dancing With the Stars) and

Please pre-register your child (do not

reservation required

Dante Lara (NBC’s World of Dance),

include yourself as an attendee) to en-

Admission is free, but space is limited.

perform variations on legendary tap

sure their admission. Starts at 10 am

Please pre-register your child (do not

dances of the early twentieth cen-

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include yourself as an attendee) to

tury, including a special re-staging

ensure their admission. 10 am

of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers

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classic, “Swing Time.” 7 pm $20-$35

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CASA WELLNESS: NATURAL AIR PURIFYING

BIRD SAFARI

Casa Romantica Cultural Center

Would you like to learn to iden-

from the story.

Participants will plant three different

tify some of our local feathered

Suitable for ages 3-5, reservation required.

air purifying plants to take home. This

friends? Are you ready to start your

Admission is free, but space is limited.

class will be led by Casa Romantica’s

“life list?” Enjoy a spring morning

Please pre-register your child (do not

Garden Director. 7 pm $35

with docent and bird expert Gary

include yourself as an attendee) to

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Meredith while quietly combing

Casa Romantica Cultural Center

4 SPRING BREAK ARTS WEEK: SPECIAL STORY TIME

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In addition to our weekly story time, participants will create a craft

Casa Romantica Cultural Center

The Reserve

ensure their admission. 10 am

The Reserve for our resident and

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migrant birds. Ages: 10 and up

5 SPRING BREAK ARTS WEEK: FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOP

14 ASTRONOMY NIGHT The Reserve

Visitors traveling to sparsely popu-

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lated areas are usually delighted to

EARTH DAY HIKE AND PICNIC

Casa Romantica Cultural Center

discover how many more stars are

The Reserve

Participants will create their own tea

visible than at home. If you’ve not yet

Enjoy spring on The Reserve with a

cup fairy garden to take home.

caught a glimpse of the Milky Way,

3.5 mile loop hike. This hike will tra-

Suitable for ages 5 and up, reserva-

come out to The Reserve for Astron-

verse along Middle Ridge to North

tion required.

omy Night where you can still view

Ridge with breathtaking views and

Admission is free, but space is limited.

many more celestial phenomena

chances to see wildflowers along the

Please pre-register your child (do not

than elsewhere in urbanized Orange

trail. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at

include yourself as an attendee) to

County! Ages: 8 and up

the end of the hike. Ages: 12 and up

ensure their admission. 10 am

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

WELCOME SPRING

HELLO, APRIL ~ WE’RE READY FOR YOU! Who are we? We’re Qēt Botanicals, (pronounced “keet”) and we’re formulators and purveyors of the nationally award-winning plant-based face, body, and hair eco-products. We use certified organic ingredients, sustainable methods, and proudly hand-craft all of our products from scratch - without a single drop of anything synthetic, artificial or harmful. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re enjoying Spring, and we’re looking forward to a healthy, glowing complexion to go along with it. It’s time to get smart about our products, be kind to our skin and our environment, and freshen up our complexion.  Buh-bye, dull, uneven skin ~ it’s time to get clean and get glowing! This month we’re celebrating our 5-year brandiversary. Hooray! We’ve been sharing our plant-based, ecofriendly and healthy formulas since Spring of 2013. All of our treatments are made locally, small batched, focused on fresh, and are formulated with effective, whole plant actives. We have EWG Verified ™ products and have received eight national beauty and Earth Day awards. No time? Meet our Skin Suite. We have them for various skin conditions in the discovery and full sizes. It’s the total two-minute cleansing, clearing and nourishing experience ~ and it’s lovely. We also have hair and body treatments and kits. Our Skin Suites benefit a variety of skin types: oily, combination, dry, acne-prone, rosacea, sensitive skin and aging skin (hey, that’s all of us!). Come experience what we have in store for you ~ and for your skin. 100% natural and nontoxic 100% formulated, loved and made by us 100% beautifully sumptuous “It’s time to let nature in, and send the chemicals out.” We have a new Skin Studio in San Clemente ~ come and say hi! We also ship fresh products all across the globe.

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