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The Magazine for Silicon Valley, the Peninsula + San Francisco

DEPARTMENTS At Home 1–29 Publisher’s Letter 10 Contributors 12–13 Wine + Dine 35–41 Events 26–27, 39, 44, 58, 70–71

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The Wine Chick 40–41 Business Resources 42–53 Surreal Estate 54–59 Calendar 66 Auto Resources 69–73

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FOUNDER / PUBLISHER’S LETTER

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e’ve already experienced the hottest day of the year thus far, nearing triple digits in mid-May in some parts of the Bay Area—and summer is still a month away. We are also in one of the hottest residential real estate markets we have seen in quite some time; and commercial development continues to expand, making way for new tech companies and more start-ups to add to the growth of Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, homeowners are in full swing with remodels, additions, and decorating; and many fine resources and products for those projects are found right here within the pages of Lifestyle Resources Magazine. If you’re considering a new look for your yard, enjoy Cindie Farley’s article

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about Cevan Forristt. Cevan, who is a master of both hardscape and landscape design, creates unique settings that incorporate reclaimed materials into the design. And although water conservation is currently on all our minds more than ever, Cevan’s work has always been inherently drought resistant. Read more and view his projects on page 18. Also in this issue, I had the pleasure of interviewing business owner Victoria Collom of Flite Logistics, who is an advocate for private jet travel. The service her company provides its clients is done with the utmost care, and Victoria puts safety first and foremost. Next, professional ballroom dancer Cheryl Burke, also known as one of the Dancing With the Stars professionals, opens up about her path from childhood to where she is today. Cheryl, having just turned 30, may have some new products on the market under the Cheryl Burke Brand in the very near future. And last but not least, get a glimpse inside the ultraluxurious Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach. An easy flight from the Bay Area and minutes from John Wayne Airport, it allows you to feel as if you are a world away.

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In this issue, Cindie Farley writes about Cevan Forristt, a true master of hardscape design and, in his own words, an “ambiental engineer.” His alternate universe is one you want to escape to in your own yard. Cindie, a long-time resident of Pacific Grove, is a freelance writer and editor and also teaches digital storytelling. She writes feature articles for Coastal Canine magazine and contributes on a regular basis to Lifestyle Resources as a writer. She is also our copy editor.

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examiner.com on vintage automotive subjects, as well as a partner at GM Sports in San Jose, providing parts and restoration for vintage GM cars. Steve is also a contributing writer for Test Drive in Lifestyle Resources. His articles and photographs have been published by many classic car publications and web sites. Steve has been attending vintage car, airplane, wooden-boat, and motorcyle events for more than 35 years. Check out Steve’s regular column on classic cars at http://www.examiner.com/ classic-car-in-oakland/steve-natale

writing and consulting about wine and food for two decades. She has worked for magazines such as Wine Enthusiast, La Cucina Italiana, WhereSF and the Examiner. She focuses on demystifying wine and transforming it into a tool for networking, with a focus on Silicon Valley companies such as Genentech, Roche and IBM. She has visited all the major wine regions and holds the Diploma of Wine & Spirits, the three-year precursor to the Master of Wine. http://www.lizathewinechick.com

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If you’ve ever considered forming a “private country,” Cevan Forristt is the man to make it happen. At least within the boundaries of your own yard. He has an eye for what will allow you to escape into that paradise of your dreams, and he knows how to get you there—and the journey will undoubtedly be an adventure in itself. LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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“Gardens should transport you!” he says with the conviction of a Zen master who is gleeful in his practice. Forristt has been working his magic in Silicon Valley from the time he took his first real job at 18. Born in Palo Alto and raised in Menlo Park, he was hired by a cofounder of one of the tech companies that gave Silicon Valley its name. Forristt remained with him for 14 years, living on the family’s large property and overseeing and maintaining everything but the pool.

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He refers to that time as his “art boot camp.” It put him through college as well, and he graduated from San Jose State with a degree in ceramic arts and art history. During that time, he was also able to start the world travels that would provide a wealth of experience and inspiration for his later work. Forristt has been in business in San Jose since 1989, working from the home he transformed into an oasis there. Clearly, he has established not only his


own “country” surrounding it, but the center of a universe he both escapes to and reaches out from in his role as “ambassador from some fantastic far-off land.” And what he is able to do with the outdoor environment of any given property would appear to be the work of such an ambassador. Fantastic flora thrives in otherworldly rockscapes. And reclaimed architectural artifacts—including those from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake—and antique stone complement

his custom contemporary concrete and hardscape elements to create exotic and timeless spaces. His style is both earthy and ethereal. One way Forristt describes it is “California Post Ranch Tassajara,” referring to the coastal retreat in Big Sur and the hot springs in Carmel Valley. But that is within the bounds of definition only. Each project becomes much more when it is uniquely built to clients’ desires and takes on a life of its own. LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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He also notes that he has been greatly influenced by his “hero,� Isamu Noguchi, the iconic Japanese American sculptor and designer who experimented with a range of elements and materials to produce powerful, large-scale works of art. Forristt spends considerable time getting to know clients prior to a project. He starts with a master plan of their vision, but the details evolve in a collaborative process with them. His modus operandi is to have clients describe both

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their fantasy and nightmare gardens. He also wants to know about happy childhood memories, as well as current delights. It all comes together to reflect their vision and lifestyle in a playful, magical way. He takes on only one project at a time, so clients have his undivided attention. He lives, sleeps, and breathes their project. He works with an assistant who has been with him from the start, as well as a crew of workers he trusts to


carry out complicated feats of excavation and placement. “It all looks very random, but I place the rocks carefully so they look as if they’ve landed there over centuries,” Forristt said in a 2002 interview in the New York Times. Winner of Garden Design magazine’s prestigious Golden Trowel award in 2006, he also partners with a landscape architect when the need arises. Specimen plants are generally used rather

than an abundance of high-maintenance flowering plants and lawn. This not only enhances the exotic quality of the hardscape, it supports a more minimal use of water. Although Forristt doesn’t promote his designs as eco-conscious, they inherently are, with the use of reclaimed materials and bio-permeable surfaces on cast concrete that return water to the ground. His irrigation systems incorporate drainage, rainwater catchment, LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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and cisterns that are part of the design. Attention is paid to providing the necessary support for hardscapes with complex earthquake safety systems. Forristt also designs with weather in mind; the materials he uses are only beautified as it adds natural patinas or helps them to age gracefully. Merging a home’s interior and exterior is another aspect of Forristt’s design philosophy. He offers everything imaginable for outdoor living, from rain chains to outdoor showers, garden follies to entry portals, as well as custom cast walls, furniture, and planters. Custom paintings and sculpture are also part of the service. He sometimes constructs mosaic walls using broken 14th-century Ming Dynasty china brought back from his travels years ago.

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Aside from the theatrical aspect of the way Forristt works, there is a lot of sense in what he does; there is method in his madness. And there is a formidable foundation under all the magic. There has to be. The consensus among his satisfied clients is to give him free rein. “Just turn him loose! What you will get will be far beyond your dreams, and yet wonderfully comfortable and compatible with your own taste.” What’s key to Cevan Forristt is his intent: that his clients have fun and love the end result. “Underpromise and overdeliver” is his motto. And the latter just may include a replica of that blue ceramic alligator you loved as a kid. It will surprise you from behind some ancient stone temple fragment. www.forristt.com


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Silicon Valley Contemporary The Valley’s first international art fair was held on April 10th at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose. Attendees mingled and enjoyed viewing some of the finest contemporary art from many of the most prominent galleries from around the world. To view a complete list of exhibitors, visit siliconvalleycontemporary.com. Coverage: Linda Almini Photos: SFMP Media

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Back when when her mom and dad t just thirty years old, Cheryl Burke has a decade as a professional suggested ballroom dancing as a family dancer under her feet—and that’s not activity, neither she nor her sister were just any professional dancer. She is overjoyed, and viewed it as an “older an Emmy-nominated and two-time person’s” activity. Cheryl had been in champion professional dancer from ballet since the age of four, and was ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. She is initially somewhat unenthusiastic about also an accomplished business owner, beginning ballroom lessons at age 11. choreographer, and author. Her book, But after entering a competition at 13, she Dancing Lessons, reveals how she found was hooked and knew then that she wanted passion and potential on the dance to be a professional ballroom dancer. “I loved the synergy that came with floor and in life. One could say that this talented dynamo possesses a business having a partner, the costumes, the make-up, the variety of dancers’ shapes, drive and confidence beyond her years. Cheryl, who was born in Redwood City sizes, and ethnicity,” Cheryl recollects. and grew up in Atherton, now resides in It was a dance for everyone and was not Los Angeles, where she trains and dances limited to pink tights and wispy baland where DWTS is produced. In addition lerina bodies. With great discipline she to her vigorous schedule as a professional trained after school and on weekends and even spent her dancer, Cheryl also summers in London owns her own studio, training. At 19, she Cheryl Burke Dance, moved to New York, in Mountain View, continued training and she still manages there, and taught to fit in a few appeardance to make ends ances or teach a group meet. Cheryl admits class there from time she was content to time. She also travwith being a starving els for appearances, dancer, as her goal tours, and speaking was to be the best engagements around Cheryl Burke with dance partner Drew Carey DWTS Season 18 dancer she could the country during her off-season hiatus from DWTS. be and become a world champion. Keeping a full schedule at a very fast pace Television and celebrity were not part of is demanding, she admits, but her focus her plan. When DWTS reached out to her on building the Cheryl Burke brand is a to consider joining season two as a prodriving force these days, and she is maxi- fessional dancer, Cheryl had no interest. mizing that while the momentum is high. She was camera shy but agreed to an LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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audition and says she was even more convinced afterward that it was not for her. But DWTS persisted, and it was in the show’s second season, when she was just 20 years old, that Cheryl ended up returning to the west coast to join DWTS. When asked what has been the greatest benefit from her experiences

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thus far, she admits with conviction that her self-esteem and confidence have soared. Those qualities, along with her independence as a hardworking businesswoman, are the greatest personal rewards. “It feels like the entire process has translated into a form of speaking up for myself,” Cheryl says. Throughout her


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progression as a dancer and her overall success, she never hesitates to mention the support of her family and staff, or the friendships she’s made along the way. When she takes something on, she puts 100 percent into that particular project, just as she has done with DWTS. She likes to stay focused and give that one

thing her all. Many opportunities have been presented because of her visibility on DWTS, and she is ready to parlay that into building the Cheryl Burke brand, changing herself in other ways. Recently being sent home in week six of season 18, it remains to be seen if she will return in DWTS’s season 19. Or will we find her moving in a LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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different direction in her business ventures? Perhaps this is the time for Cheryl to enter a new chapter in her life. Although a bit tight-lipped between an engaging smile and her genuine demeanor when asked about future projects, she did open up about launching a clothing line with QVC in 2015. Her line would include fitness clothing that is relatable for any woman of any size. From there, she hinted at some additional product lines that could evolve, which might include makeup or perhaps a relaunch of her shoe line.

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When not working —which is rare — Cheryl enjoys traveling and will often do so with her sister. She loves to explore new destinations all around the world and finds the long-distance flights are truly her best way to unwind and relax. Cheryl is very driven and says with confidence and humility, “When I take on a project, nothing will get in my way.” I believe we will see much more of Cheryl Burke and her brand in the very near future, and it may be well beyond the dance floor. www.cherylburkedance.com


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HALL 5TH ANNUAL CABERNET COOKOFF Sample “small bites” prepared by professional-chef teams were enjoyed by attendees while sipping Hall wines at their winery in St. Helena on Sunday, May 18th. For more information visit www.hallwines.com Coverage: Linda Almini

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California makes some great sparkling armer weather and more time outside call for light and refreshing wines, such as Schramsberg, as does New wines. Vintages with ribbons of acidity Mexico, believe it or not. Gruet Winery in will engage your guests on the deck and Albuquerque produces some of the best on the market. Don’t work beautifully with forget Italy for lovely the grilled seafood proseccos and Spain and the salads that for divine cavas. we love to serve in the summertime. Other Alternatives The first place to There is nothing like start is with bubbles. a great glass of fruity, Whether they are but balanced, rosé on Champagne or beautia summer afternoon ful California or Euroor evening. Many of pean sparklers, that these wines also pair little lift of acidity and so well with a range of fizz is always a great food. If you are cookway to start a gathering ing meatballs or any Photo: Cristina Taccone or a meal. You don’t kind of light meat—or even have to always pay the—sometimes- chicken or fish with a rowdy sauce—these expensive—price ticket for noted Cham- might be your go-to wine solutions. pagne brands. Nicolas Feuillatte is one of The South of France set the standard the youngest houses in Champagne, and for dry rosé years ago, but I much prefer much of the traditional work done by hand some of the bigger and more fruit-forward is carried out by machine, with innovations choices. Bordeaux, beloved for its vaunted reflected in its affordable price point. Also reds and whites, actually makes some look for lesser-known labels—one of my beautiful rosés. So do many of the Italian favorites is Paul Goerg—as they also often producers, from north to south, often represent better values. with indigenous varietals such as nebbiolo

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and sangiovese. California is also home to some great producers that generally make bigger-bodied, higher-alcohol wines. Going Red?

There are many reds that pair beautifully with summer foods and weather. Wines with bright fruit, solid acidity and slightly lower alcohol are generally ones that work well with a range of lighter foods. Some of the cool-climate inland French wines, such as those of Chinon and Bourgueil, are beautiful throughout the year. Sicily is coming out with amazing and subtle fruit-driven wines such as frappato,

nerello mascalese and nerrello cappuccio. (They will be hard to find except on lists such as those at hip and fairly new restaurants such as Verbena and 1760, run by the family behind Acquerello and both located on Polk Street in San Francisco.) Oregon pinot noirs and some of California’s cooler-climate reds will also have the style and acidity to be refreshing on cool summer nights. Producers to look for include Ponzi Vineyards from Oregon and Toulouse Vineyards located in Mendocino in California; and El Molino’s wines produced in Napa are also beautiful. LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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Updates on the new home of the San Francisco 49ers: Toyota named exclusive auto partner. Completion expected in time for the 2014 NFL Season. Location 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara. The stadium will host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game for the next three years. Coverage: Linda Almini

Dan Swartz, Toyota, General Manager (San Francisco Region); Henry Hansel, Hansel Toyota, Owner & President, Northern California Toyota Dealer Association; Jed York, San Francisco 49ers, CEO; Briana Nelson, Toyota, Assistant General Manager (San Francisco Region) Photo: Courtesy Toyota

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Victoria Collom, president and managing director of Flite Logistics, Inc., founded the company in April of 2013. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Victoria attended both Stanford University and Santa Clara University, which helped her appreciate the innovative creativity of Silicon Valley. While waiting a year to apply for medical school, she pursued another LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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one of her passions—flying. She earned her pilot certificates, became a flight instructor, and was then accepted as a flight officer with United Airlines. Victoria realized early on that with her husband being a pilot for Delta, their flight schedules clashed with raising their young children. With family as her first priority, she declined United’s assignment and to this day does not regret her decision. Remaining in aviation, Victoria was later employed by HewlettPackard as a flight planner in their aviation department. She recalls being encouraged by the flight department manager to earn her Flight Dispatcher’s License. This training placed her at the same level as the flight captain, but in a ground support position, which added another safety dimension for the corporate flight department. Victoria openly praises HewlettPackard’s flight department for setting the highest safety practice standards, which she implements today with her own company, Flite Logistics. She emphasizes, “Safety is the first priority of every flight. We qualify the crew, the company, and even the jet for each charter flight to the highest level of standards.” Every aspect of each flight is taken into consideration—from planning the type of aircraft best suited for each flight mission to selecting which jet fits best the needs of the passengers. Flite Logistics looks at the crew experiences in specific jet types since each one handles differently. For instance, first-time travelers may wish

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a jet with a wider cabin and stable flight characteristics, while others may wish higher speeds since corporate schedules are tight and time is money. Regardless— safety is paramount. Weather conditions, as well as length of runways at each airport, are considered. Flite Logistics evaluates the restrictions of a high-altitude, mountainous airport on a winter day the same way it would a busy international airport on a summer day. Attention to personalized detail and communication throughout the process is key. Pilots are matched to the aircraft, beyond hours logged or credentials earned. Flite Logistics puts forth great effort knowing all aspects of the flight plan, and its clients’ needs are equally matched to ensure the most successful experience for all. When asked about customer service and how she defines it, Victoria replies, “It’s in a handshake. I can learn so much about the customer. And through a handshake, I can address concerns. It may be a ‘thank you’ for selecting Flite Logistics. Or it may show appreciation to the flight crew. It conveys integrity. It says ‘have a great flight; you’re in exceptional hands,’ or it says ‘welcome home.’ The handshake is multidimensional.” Victoria is a welcome sight for both her passengers as well as the crew. She watches the flight taxi down the runway and become airborne. When the landing gear retracts, you can see that look of pride on her face and her satisfaction knowing that all went well and that the details of the mission were executed flawlessly.


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In talking with Victoria about her experiences with jet management companies, the benefits of private aviation today for the business customer become clear. Efficient use of the executive’s time is key to the success of their company. With Silicon Valley companies growing

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officials, is a tremendous benefit of private jet travel. Among Fortune’s 2009 “World’s Most Admired Companies,” 95 percent of the top 50 S&P 500 companies on that list were users of private jet travel ( Nexa Report, 2009). Flite Logistics’ clientele is about 70 percent business travel and 30 percent personal travel for passengers with special needs, with a primary focus in the Bay Area. Private jet travel allows companies and business travelers to manage tight schedules, giving them the option to get where they need to be when they need to be there. Many personal travelers elect to fly private due to difficulties that may come with flying commercial: long lines and wait time, or the higher risk of exposure when there may be a health concern—or they may just have the desire and means to fly private. Either way, it’s a good time

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to fly private—and always the time to fly safely. Throughout each step of her career, Victoria has taught aviation classes beginning first at Foothill College and Moffett Field, and then transitioning to San Jose State University’s aviation department. Even today in the early mornings, she still teaches courses, from private-pilot ground school to international flight planning to business aviation management, sharing her real-life experiences and respect for the private aviation industry. As a board member of the Northern California Business Aviation Association, Victoria actively encourages students to network and get involved with business aviation. “We need to encourage college students to contribute to the industry with fresh ideas and enthusiasm so that we both may benefit and evolve with today’s technology.” www.flitelogistics.com


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n 400 of the resort’s 504 acres are two Tom Fazio design, championship 18-hole golf courses. Nearly every hole on both Ocean North and Ocean South has views of the Pacific Ocean. The property itself is unique, with over 1,000 varieties of vegetation that surround the courses and connect land to sea. Fig trees and Canary palms abound on this coastal haven, along with rows of lavender, as well as groves of centuryold olive trees used to produce olive oil for the resort. Strategically laid out along the Pacific Ocean, the property offers views from nearly every aspect of the resort’s interior and exterior footprint. If not on the course, unwind at the clubhouse or relax in the coliseum pool. This 136-foot diameter round pool is one of the largest in the world— a masterpiece in the mode of the Colosseum in Rome. In addition to holding heated salt water, its mosaic composition is breathtaking. Over one million tiny glass tiles line the floor of this creation and beckon your entry. Poolside lounging or a private cabana on the elevated level above the pool are both exceptional ways to relax. For intimate groups up to ten guests, the cabanas offer a more private setting in which to gather while still engaging in

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the scene and scenery, with flat-screen televisions, Bose® audio systems, and fullservice staff. An additional pool is nearby for the younger guests. And Camp Pelican offers children from 4-12 a variety of vacation fun, while Latitude for teens 13-17 offers entertainment lounges in a private villa and daily activates including surf lessons, kayaking, a “beach-town tour,” and much more. Indulge and pamper yourself at The Spa at Pelican Hill. The 23,000-square-foot, full-service spa has 22 treatment rooms in addition to warm Roman soaking pools, a cedar sauna and a steam room, a fitness center, and a full-service salon, not to mention an array of spa services. Renew, invigorate, and relax with signature treatments. A body gelato treatment includes fresh seasonal ingredients such as lavender aloe for summer, pomegranate for winter, honey for spring, and fig for fall. The gelato is added to pure botanicals to create a scrub, moisturizing wrap, and deep hydration. And, yes, you actually enjoy a bowl of handmade gelato in the relaxation lounge following your treatment. Lodging accommodations include 204 bungalow guest rooms and suites located on the south side of the property. These range in size from 850 to 1064


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square feet, and all have large terraces. Interiors include Italian limestone fireplaces, 15-foot vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, and marble and granite throughout. Fine linens are also provided for luxurious sleep, and you can soak in your tub with a view to the Pacific Ocean or overlooking a garden. On the north side of the resort are 128 villas with two, three, or four bedrooms, ideal for extended-stay or long-term vacationers, multiple families traveling together, business travelers, or those looking to get a feel for the Newport lifestyle during home-relocation consideration. The villas range from 2,195 to 3,580 square feet and have a gated entrance, creating a village-like residential community. Each Villa residence has an attached one- or two-car garage and all the amenities of home, along with the

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services of a five-star resort, including 24-hour butler and concierge service. It is not unusual for long-term guests to have family photos, artwork, and small furnishings sent ahead to lend their personal touches to the already smart, comfortable, beautifully decorated, and fully functional villas. Villa guests also have exclusive access to the Villa Clubhouse, including a heated saltwater pool and whirlpool spa A fantastic dining experience awaits at Piccolo at the Villas, open to resort guests only. Chef Jack Lee blends Asian and Italian cuisines and uses fine local ingredients to create his master dishes. The focus is on small-plate epicurean experiences, allowing a variety of menu options to be shared. Foodie aficionados, don’t fret. Five restaurants are available for a range of dining experiences. Andrea Ristorante


is perfect for an intimate lunch or dinner. Head Chef Marco Criscuolo serves up signature Northern Italian cuisine, including 12 different handmade pastas made daily in the pasta room on site. The restaurant incorporates California cuisine into the menu as well. Andrea also offers a large selection of fine Italian wines, which are prominently displayed in a massive wine storage cabinet. Opposite is a 17th-century Flemish Renaissance tapestry adorning the wall and blending splendidly with the antiques throughout the entry, lobby, and entire hotel. For a more relaxed dining experience, enjoy the Coliseum Pool & Grill or Pelican Grill, or your choice of two Caffès for either grab and go or casual dining, with fresh gelato made daily. Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray is a master at bringing in fresh farm-

to-table ingredients to create meals of distinction. One hundred twenty plein air paintings grace the walls throughout the property, each created specifically for Pelican Hill Resort. Guided art tours of the property are available to guests, locals, and visitors to the area, and are well worth the time. Mar Vista is a private location on the resort, with a massive Palladian-inspired rotunda standing 23 feet in height on the event lawn. It is the ultimate setting for private events, weddings, retreats, and business functions. The staff members at Pelican Hill are truly stewards of the property and genuinely engage with guests, enriching the experience even further. For more information visit www.pelicanhill.com. LIFESTYLE RESOURCES

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS SUMMER | FALL 2014 Los Gatos Music in the Park June 15th - August 24th Sunday evenings 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Civic Center Lawn 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos for more info visit www.lgmip.com “Theatreworks Honors” Gala Event Celebrates Broadway composer Andrew Lippa and Venrock Partner Emeritus Ray Rothrock June 21st - Saturday 5:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club for more info visit www.theatreworks.org Mountain View Thursday Night Live Music Series June 26th, July 10th, July 24th, August 7th 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Castro Street at Dana Street Downtown Mountain View for more info visit www.mountainview.gov

Carmel Plaza 2014 Summer Live Music Series Fridays, July 25th - September 26th 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ocean Avenue & Mission Street Carmel-by-the-Sea for more info visit www.carmelplaza.com Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 17th - Sunday Pebble Beach Golf Links 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach for more info visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net Mountain View Art & Wine Festival September 6th & 7th Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Castro Street, between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View for more info visit www.miramarevents.com

Los Alto Arts & Wine Festival July 12th & 13th Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Main Street & State Street, Los Altos for more info visit www.downtownlosaltos.org

Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival September 14th - Sunday Almaden Lake Park Almaden Expressway and Coleman Avenue San Jose for more info visit www.almadenwine.org

Connoisseurs’ Marketplace Menlo Park July 19th & 20th Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park for more info visit www.miramarevents.com

Fry’s.com Open Golf - Napa October 8th - 12th Silverado Resort and Spa 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa for more info visit www.frysopengolf.com

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BORELLI MOTOR SPORTS HOSTED ITS 4TH ANNUAL CRAB CHP’PINO FEED Over 500 attendees including volunteers enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and an auction benefiting the 11-99 Foundation, with proceeds going to the families of CHP officers in times of crisis. The event was held Saturday, March 22nd, at Club Auto Sports in San Jose. Coverage & Photos: Leonel Calara

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BY Steve Natale

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ne of the hottest cars on the market right now is the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. Dipping into its rich past, Chevrolet has returned the Stingray nameplate to America’s sports car once again. Astute Corvette aficionados will pick up subtle styling cues from Corvettes of the past, but this new, seventh-generation Corvette is ready to do battle with just about any car on the road today. Power is provided by a torquey 6.2 liter, 455 hp V-8 linked to a 7-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with a 3:42 traction control rear end, capable of zero to sixty in just 3.8 seconds. This car is designed for every type of

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driving, with multiple suspension settings, and even exhaust settings to suit the driver and road conditions. Sitting behind the wheel, this has to be the most comfortable and quiet Corvette to date. Seating posture is excellent, and the dash and instruments are easy to read and navigate. The ride is firm, but not harsh. It is at home in front of the country club or on the race track. It could be the most versatile sports car there is, plus it delivers 29 mpg! Available in three different trim levels in both the standard LT and the performance Z51 models, as well as in the convertible, there is a Corvette for every price level and taste.


At Borelli Motor Sports, we provide maintenance and repairs for almost any type of vehicle — from exotics to the cars that you and your family rely on every day. And unlike other shops, our team of certified technicians is not hidden from customers — you’re always encouraged to speak directly with your tech when you bring your vehicle in. Our team of certified technicians might well be the best in Silicon Valley. Make sure your car is in the best hands.

SEE US AT CLUB AUTO SPORT IN SAN JOSE OR VISIT US AT WWW.BORELLIMOTORSPORTS.COM

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