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RAW TALENT ANTHONY BOURDAIN DISCUSSES HIS LATEST SHOW “RAW CRAFT”
WE RUN THE WORLD
FLEX IN THE NEW IVY PARK SPRING LINE BY BEYONCÉ
RHYTHM, WINE AND YOU
SNOOP DOGG TO HEADLINE 6TH ANNUAL RHYTHM, WINE AND BREWS FESTIVAL
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MAKING THE ISSUE In honor of Modernism Week, and the love Greater Palm Springs has for midcentury modern architecture, we shot the Cover Story at Desert Eichler #1, a home modeled from Joseph Eichler’s stunning development plans. Our writer Chelsea shared, “Going into the article, I had very little knowledge about midcentury modern homes. Writing about Modernism Week gave me the opportunity to explore the different segments within midcentury modern culture and developers such as Joseph Eichler.” LOCALE is thrilled to be showcasing Modernism Week in our Cover Story. The rich history, stunning architecture and character found in each midcentury home is what makes Greater Palm Springs even more of a unique and highly sought after destination. Our photographer Natasha used subtle lighting, enhancing the bright desert skies. For shots of the exterior, she used a “silver bounce as fill with the sun back and/or side, lighting Sofia.” This was a beautiful complement to the scenery and our amazing model, Sofia. “To complement the gorgeous light pouring in from the glass doors and windows,” Natasha opted for a subtle strobe light (Hensel Porty with softbox) for the indoor shots. Natasha used a Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-70 2.8 lens. Stylist, Neil Cohen noted that “the really clean lines of the house were a perfect backdrop for Trina’s prints.” With Trina Turk being known for “color and vintage looking prints,” photographing our model in a Desert Eichler with the bright and beautiful designs of Trina, this shoot was a home run across the board. Sleek and straight hair, paired with a subtle berry lip by Brian Keller was a flawless move and aesthetically complementary to the home.
A NOTE FROM OUR
PUBLISHER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." —John F. Kennedy I do not believe that change is inherently good or evil, but I do believe it’s necessary. I seem to prefer change big and all at once. A month after you read this I will have completed my seventh year at Locale Magazine, the longest tenure of my career. I must live in dog years because seven to me often feels like 50. Seven years ago, the magazine I delivered out of the back of my Jetta was the freshest most artistic magazine Ashley and my minds could imagine. Seventy percent of a decade later, blessed with the artistic stylings of our Art Director, Reilly; talented contributors; and a rarely satiated team of editors, we have created a new version of Locale Magazine for 2017 and we hope it takes you quite a while to get used to. Look for these New Looks: 1. Larger cleaner logo that takes up the entire width of the magazine. 2. A not-so-subtle change in fonts throughout. 3. The addition of article descriptions on the front cover. 4. A bigger spotlight on our Native Knowledge local stars. Some things change, yet others remain the same. The parts we kept are those that have always made us stand out, in our opinion: The belief that content is king and our readers should never be able to (or want to) finish an entire issue in one sitting. If the number of stories is any indication, this issue
boasts 25, the most amount of content we have ever fit into this many pages. Our EAT///DRINK issue cover feature is contrarian to President Kennedy's quote from the outset of this article. Our cover is a throwback to avocado colored appliances and geometrically tailored roof lines. We shot this modern day replica of a midcentury modern story line at a new home built from midcentury Eichler plans. Our friends at William Grant & Sons set us up on the dream culinary blind date with Anthony Bourdain to talk about his new show “Raw Craft” (p.30), we talked “favorite drinks “ with several local experts in "Clink, Drink and be Merry" and take the latest and greatest looks from Beyonce’s fitness line Ivy Park for a run in “We Run The World” (p.76). Before we are done, we show you everything we love about the burgeoning foodie scene in our oversized guide "What New Years Resolution?", take you inside the minds of nine local culinary leaders in “Chef’s Table” (p.35) and inside the glass walls of a midcentury modern stunner that recently hit the market "Midcentury Playground." I agree with President Kennedy's quote that started this story and I would like to steal a portion of it in closing. I too believe firmly that "change is the law of life." Wishing you change in 2017.
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THIS ISSUE: EAT/DRINK
35 Eat Expert
FIVE OUNCES OF HEAVEN
CLINK, DRINK & BE MERRY
Meet the Top Eight Local Restaurateurs and Chefs Who Create the Dishes You Love
WHAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?
Foodies Rejoice! We Are Serving Up the Fattiest Diet-Breaking Meals in Greater Palm Springs
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Wilma & Frieda Cafe Pairs Innovation With Classic Dishes We Love
56 Eat Profile
GETTING BETTER WITH AGE
Jake’s Palm Springs Celebrates 10 Successful Years
These Experts Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Drinks in Greater Palm Springs
Beautiful Places to Eat
EAT HERE FOR THE #VIEWS
Some of the Most Beautiful Places to Eat in Southern California
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20 Can’t-Miss Events for the Winter/ Spring Season
Dave Kibbey Achieves Success in a Buyer’s Market
Where to be Monday-Sunday
30 Raw Craft
Anthony Bourdain Discusses His Latest Show “Raw Craft”
Flavorful Instagrams We Love
Tiny Palm Springs
LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC!
Josh Agle Creates Some of Palm Springs’ Most Fun and Retro Artwork
Tiny Palm Springs Takes Over the Scene at Arrive Hotel
Setting the Table
Rhythm, Wine and Brews
The Desert Eichlers Make a Lasting Impression For Modernism Week Aficionados
Eight4Nine Restaurant Sets the Mark For Fine Dining
WORK OF HE(ART)
Local Artist Max Rodriguez Uses Cuba as His Muse
Gather Expert Real Estate Tips From a Pro
RHYTHM, WINE AND YOU
Snoop Dogg to Headline 6th Annual Rhythm, Wine and Brews Festival
116 Desert Flippers
FLIP IT GOOD Eric and Lindsey Bennett Talk HGTV Success
126 Hotel Shangri-La
Four Miles Long and a Million Miles Away
WE RUN THE WORLD
Flex in the New Ivy Park Spring Line by Beyoncé
That's What She Said
GREATER PALM SWINGS
We Explore the Finest Golf Resorts in Greater Palm Springs
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RAE OF HOPE
Bianca Rae Shines Into the Lives of Children and Animals in Greater Palm Springs
Iconic Palm Springs Estate Hits the Market
LOCALENDAR 20 Can’t-Miss Events for the Winter/Spring Season WRITTEN BY: TYLER HAYCOX
PARK AFTER DARK AT LIVING DESERT ZOO Select Friday Nights
CRUISE AROUND THE ARTWALK First Wednesday of each month
¢ The gates close and the
guests go home, but at the zoo, the night is just beginning. On selected Fridays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.you have the opportunity to tour the park after-hours and see what the animals are up to at night. For those looking for extra fun, The Living Desert offers adult-only nights featuring guided tastings of beers, tequila, whiskey or scotch. Prereservations are required.
MODERNISM WEEK February 16-26
¢ Modernism Week features
more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films and lectures. Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunny lands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more are expected. www.modernismweek.com
EL PASEO CRUISE NIGHT February 3, 17 and March 3, 17 ¢ For a handful of weekends
at the beginning of 2017 head over to El Paseo in Palm Desert and watch the Cruise Night. Classic car enthusiasts come to show off their classic cars down the street while you have a bite at one of the many restaurants along El Paseo. www.elpaseocruisenight.com
EL PASEO ART WALK First Friday of each month ¢ You can take a stroll down El Paseo and check out the art they have to offer the valley on the first Friday of each month. The renowned El Paseo Art Walk is a longstanding tradition in Palm Desert. Come experience what these galleries are all about. www.elpaseoartwalk.com
WATCH MARCH MADNESS AT BIG ROCK PUB March 14-April 3 ¢ The three-week tournament tips off on March 14. March Madness is one of the biggest sporting events in the United States. Grab your brackets, a couple beers, and a seat at Big Rock Pub because this is the place to be to cheer on your favorite college teams. www.thebigrockpub.com
SHAMROCK 5K & LIL’ LEPRECHAUN DASH March 11 ¢ Join the Palm Springs Lions Club for this years annual Shamrock 5k & Lil’ Leprechaun Dash! This is a crazy fun race for runners, walkers, and every leprechaun in between. For those 21 and up, beer will be served. Kids 10 and under will receive a cool hat and a really special surprise. www.active.com/palm-springsca/running/distance-runningraces/shamrock-5k-and-lilleprechaun-dash-2017
NATIONAL DATE FESTIVAL February 17-26 ¢ The National Date Festival will offer carnival rides, animals, entertainment, and every type of carnival food you can imagine! Starting Feb. 17, you and your family can enjoy everything the Date Festival has to offer. www.datefest.org
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¢ The Backstreet Art District boasts a diverse collection of galleries and businesses where you may meet artists, visit working studios and enjoy fine art all in one location. Please join the backstreet art district for their Artwalk on the first Wednesday of every month year-round from 6 to 9 p.m. www.backstreetartdistrict.com
PLAY IN A TOURNAMENT AT SILVERROCK RESORT Anytime ¢ SilverRock Resort is dedicated to providing you and your friends with a personalized service to help your tournament based on whatever you need. They offer a turn-key service for your group of 13+ participants. www.silverrock.org/golftournaments
STAGECOACH April 28-30 ¢ If the “Coachella” atmosphere isn’t your scene, don’t worry, Goldenvoice has just the festival for you. For all the country music lovers out there, Stagecoach isn’t a festival you want to skip out on. With star-studded names headlining this year such as Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, and Kenny Chesney you’ll want to grab a nice cold beer, get your cowboy hat and enjoy all that this festival has to offer. www.stagecoachfestival.com
LOCALENDAR 20 Can’t-Miss Events for the Winter/Spring Season WRITTEN BY: TYLER HAYCOX
GLASS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM: MASTERWORKS FROM THE KAPLAN-OSTERGAARD COLLECTION Until March 7 ¢ The Palm Springs Art Museum is displaying the wonderful glass works from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection. This exhibition celebrates and showcases objects by the most dynamic artists in the field today. With artists from more than 10 countries, the exhibition traces the history of studio glass and heralds its future as a major sculptural medium.
SEE “CHICAGO” AT THE MCCALLUM THEATRE March 17-19
¢ Join Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly as they take you through the story of “Chicago” for a 3-night showing at the wonderful McCallum Theatre. Being honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations you want to see this musical. www.mccallumtheatre.com
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Until February 5 ¢ Palm Canyon Theater
is putting on a musical about a young man and his brothers’ jealousy of their father's favoritism towards him and the gifts he is given. The brothers then sell him into slavery in Egypt and lie to the father about his whereabouts. Come see this meaningful production at one of the many shows. www.palmcanyontheatre.org 18 LOCALE MAGAZINE
SANTIAGO GARCIA “CONVERSE SHOES” AT DESERT ART COLLECTION April 7-30 ¢ This free event is set to showcase the Uruguayan painter’s unique metaphoric collection at the Desert Art Collection in El Paseo. Garcia said that the Converse shoes represent family, relationships, and reminders of where we’re going and where we’ve been. www.desertartcollection.com
RHYTHM WINE AND BREWS FESTIVAL March 4
BNP PARIBAS OPEN March 6-19 ¢ See the world's most amazing professional tennis players in action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden March 6-19. The award-winning BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament is the place to be in March. Tickets are currently on sale by visiting bnpparibasopen.com/tickets or by calling 760.200.8000.
WHITE PARTY May 5-8 ¢ Jeffrey Sanker presents
the 2017 annual White Party in Palm Springs hosted throughout the city at many different locations. Come party and celebrate with the LGBTQ community with great music, delicious drinks and much more. www.jeffreysanker.com/whiteparty-palm-springs
¢ If you are a person who likes to relax and listen to live music but also likes to try different varieties of wine and beers, then the Rhythm Wine and Brews festival is perfect for you. Many different brewers and winemakers from all over come together at the festival. And get your taste buds ready for the variety of foods to choose from! And the best part? Snoop Dogg is headlining. www.rwbexp.com/#rhythm
WATCH SUPER BOWL LI AT STUFT PIZZA February 5
LA QUINTA ARTS FESTIVAL March 2-5
¢ Whether you are spending the day at your house or you are out and about, the Super Bowl is one not to be missed. Come on down to Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill in Palm Desert to enjoy a round of great drinks and food while watching the biggest game of the year.
COACHELLA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL April 14-16, April 21-23 ¢ Experiencing Coachella at least once in your life is definitely a bucket list item. With such big names and even bigger art installations, some might overlook the food and drinks served on the Empire Polo Grounds, but you must try them out!
¢ Art communicates and inspires every aspect of life. The La Quinta Arts Festival ranks one of the top art festivals in the nation while hosting some of the best artists around all while “promoting and cultivating the arts.” Come experience and get inspired. www.lqaf.com
BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
“The short rib at Babe's in Rancho Mirage is worth the drive. They also brew a few beers on site and have a decent craft beer selection.”
This Palm Springs Executive Chef Knows Some of the Best Dishes in Greater Palm Springs
EXPERT: Nick Tall CREDENTIALS: Executive Chef of Purple Palm Restaurant
MONDAY ¢ Being a chef, I almost always work weekends. If I'm in the mood for a boozy, weekday afternoon, I go to Gyoro-Gyoro Izakaya in Palm Springs for sushi and their bottomless sake lunch special. gyoro-gyoro.com TUESDAY
¢ I always love finding new
ingredients, utensils and gadgets. Best Buy Restaurant Supply in Thousand Palms has a great selection of stuff for chefs and avid home cooks. bestbuyre.com
and the brewery get together to do a special tasting menu with beer pairings. cvbco.com SATURDAY
¢ Go to the Purple Palm
Restaurant at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs to chill poolside with drinks and amazing food. For breakfast try our Brioche French Toast with lemon curd, pecans and raspberries. At lunch try the smoked brisket bahn mi and for dinner the scallops with pork belly, chanterelles and parsnips. colonypalmshotel.com/dining
¢ When I eat out, I'm always
looking for something a little different. Felipe's in Palm Springs is always changing it up. I recommend the Aguachile, a Mexican-style ceviche made with shrimp, cucumber, avocado and lots of green chiles. felipescafe.webstarts.com THURSDAY ¢ Have you ever had a pupusa!? It's a Salvadoran dish that's made of a savory corn masa cake stuffed with slow cooked pork and cheese. At El Salvador Cafe in Palm Springs it's served with traditional curtido, a fermented cabbage slaw made with chiles and vinegar. Epic. FRIDAY ¢ I love craft beer and homebrew in my free time. When I'm not brewing up a batch of my own, I head over to Coachella Valley Brewing Co. in Thousand Palms. A couple times a year, my restaurant
¢ I think all chefs love BBQ.
There is something magical about the transformation that happens when a big, cheap hunk of meat is slowly cooked with love and becomes tender, smokey and mouthwatering. The short rib at Babe's in Rancho Mirage is worth the drive. babesbbqandbrewhouse.com
PURPLE PALM RESTAURANT 572 N Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.969.1818 www.colonypalmshotel.com/dining
Photographed By: Bianca Simonian
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BELLATRIX RESTAURANT 75200 Classic Club Blvd Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.601.3690 www.classicclubgolf.com
CLASSIC MAN This Executive Chef Dishes on His Ideal Week in the Desert
EXPERT: Gerard Brunett CREDENTIALS: Regional Executive Chef, Bellatrix Restaurant
MONDAY ¢ Pho Vu restaurant has a unique Vietnamese feeling without venturing out of the desert. From the Pho options to the Vermicelli bowls, this is a great way to start off your week. Also try their boba beverages. phovurestaurant.com TUESDAY ¢ Taco Tuesday—two words that flow together. Maracas Cantina has a great Taco Tuesday set up. I’m not much for drinking, but those of you who are, they have more than 100 tequilas, but you can’t beat the $1.50 street tacos. maracas-restaurant.com WEDNESDAY ¢ Hump day! A great day to enjoy your favorite cigar. Fame Cigars & Wine in downtown Palm Springs has an excellent selection and many different options to choose from. Plus they have wine selections and rotating tap offerings in the back room.
SATURDAY ¢ A premiere destination to hang out after a day in the kitchen. Great cover bands in an outside amphitheater at the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino. fantasyspringsresort.com SUNDAY ¢ Soaking up the sun and watching the kids splashing around in the water, without having to leave the valley. The Palm Desert Aquatic Center at the local YMCA has great classes or you can spend a leisurely day around the pool. desertymca.org
“Taco Tuesday—two words that flow together...I’m not much for drinking, but those of you who are, they have more than 100 tequilas, but you can’t beat the $1.50 street tacos.”
¢ I go to the downtown
street fair in Palm Springs to see local delicacies and then head into a great gem in the desert. Johanne’s is where the eclectic menu is always changing, both food and drinks. johannesrestaurants.com FRIDAY
¢ After the restaurant
rush, it’s good to get a solid workout in. EOS Fitness allows me to keep myself in shape with tons of equipment and cardio class offerings! eosfitness.com
Photographed By: Jane Chouteau
BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Risseth Lora Shares Her Favorite Spots in Greater Palm Springs!
EXPERT: Risseth Lora CREDENTIALS: Senior Managing Director of JNS Next, Creative & Media Hub MONDAY ¢ Mondays can be a drag, so I typically start my day at Old Town Coffee Company with a fresh, iced dirty chai latte. I love the kick of espresso balanced by the spice of the chai! oldtownlaquinta.com
FRIDAY ¢ When splurging on a fine meal is on the agenda, my husband and I will typically venture out to Copley’s on Palm Canyon. The food options are phenomenal and the ambiance is magical. copleyspalmsprings.com
my spot when I’m in the mood for a premium glass of Malbec after a long day of work. The laid back environment and live music help put me in the right mental space.
SATURDAY ¢ My family and I enjoy hikes, so taking the tram up to an elevation of over 8,500 feet provides breathtaking views of the valley below, and an opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. pstramway.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Whenever my schedule permits, I try to squeeze in a 6 p.m. class at Orangetheory Fitness in Palm Desert. It’s a great, competitive environment that motivates me to push my fitness limits. palm-desert. orangetheoryfitness.com
SUNDAY ¢ A laid back movie with the family at Century La Quinta and XD is the perfect way to round out the weekend. The comfy seating and assorted concessions take the movie viewing experience to another level. cinemark.com/theatre-1126
¢ The Wine Emporium is
THURSDAY ¢ Happy hour at Fortun’s Kitchen + Bar is the best! All of their specialty cocktails are handcrafted and as fresh as could be. If you stay to dine, they have killer Clam Chowder and woodfired pizzas.
“The Wine Emporium is my spot when I’m in the mood for a premium glass of Malbec after a long day of work.”
JNS NEXT 78100 Main St, Ste 201 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.775.0000 www.jnsnext.com Photoshoot Location: OLD TOWN LA QUINTA 78100 Main St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.600.0758 www.oldtownlaquinta.com
Photographed By: Jane Chouteau
BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Colleen Steppe Recommends Cocktails at El Jefe and Tonga Hut Restaurant and Tiki Bar
EXPERT: Colleen Steppe CREDENTIALS: Operations Coordinator at The Monroe Hotel
MONDAY ¢ Everybody hates Mondays? I don’t think so—not when you can start your day with a delicious Malted Mocha Freeze from Koffi. Secret tip: Ask for extra malt. Its guaranteed to better your day. kofficoffee.com TUESDAY
¢ After work, I like to visit
my favorite bartender in Palm Springs—Nicole at El Jefe in the Saguaro hotel. They really have their Michelada recipe mastered, also be sure to try the Tuna Picadillo. thesaguaro.com WEDNESDAY ¢ If you don’t mind making a little drive to the far northern end of Palm Springs, you will find a hidden gem. Domo Sushi is by far the best Japanese cuisine I have found in the Valley. The sushi is always fresh, has a great combination of flavors, and the family owned operation makes it very comfortable. THURSDAY ¢ Whether you’re a local or a traveler, the downtown village fest is always a fun option to fill your Thursday evening with good food and entertainment. I would have to say my personal favorite stop would be the Tri Tip stand that’s always out front of the Hyatt. palmspringsvillagefest.com FRIDAY ¢ Come the weekend it’s time to cut loose and enjoy some fun, and the Tonga Hut Restaurant and Tiki
Bar is one of my favorite locations. From the Hawaiian atmosphere, to the good drinks, to their secret hidden room (shh!) you’ll be sure to enjoy. tongahut.com SATURDAY
¢ When going out on the
town for date night, my love and I like to start our evening at Seymour’s located in Mr. Lyons. This speakeasy has the perfect vibes, and their cocktails are top notch. mrlyonsps.com SUNDAY ¢ Sundays are the best, it’s a day you can fill in with many activities, but my favorite way to start the day is enjoying a lovely round of chess over some wine at the Fame Wine & Cigar Lounge. The service there is always friendly and welcoming.
“From the Hawaiian atmosphere, to the good drinks, to their secret hidden room (shh!) you’ll be sure to enjoy.”
THE MONROE HOTEL 1900 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.3757 www.themonroepalmsprings.com
Photographed By: Bianca Simonian
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Anthony Bourdain Discusses His Latest Show “Raw Craft” WRITTEN BY: XAN ESTIN At William Grant & Sons’ The Balvenie’s “Raw Craft” series in September, we had the opportunity to interview a culinary creative alongside a brand that fits his own well. The Balvenie comes to be through curated craftsmanship, from a distillery that grows its own barley and utilizes its traditional floor maltings. Anthony Bourdain is a man who puts in all the work, curates each experience he displays and has created a brand that many know and respect. Anthony Bourdain, chef, author and documentarian, opened up about his personal influences, the lessons he has learned along his journeys, as well as exclusive details of master craftspeople by bringing us The Balvenie’s “Raw Craft.” Q: You refer to your featured artists as “marinating in training.” How long does it take for them to become masters of their craft? Anthony Bourdain: Boy, that depends on what they’re doing and I think you’d get wildly divergent answers from the various craftspeople. There’s a Japanese term ‘Shoshin’ which means ‘beginner's mind.’ I know a lot of artists’ do say they have not reached that point and will never tell you they feel they have mastered it. For a lot of people I believe it’s an ongoing process. In the Japanese way of looking at things you try to show up everyday assuming you know nothing. Q: According to you, how does one become the master innovator of a craft? AB: I do Jiu Jitsu, and if you do a thing 10,000 times maybe you’ll get good at it. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Q: What is the distinction between science and magic of a finely tuned craft? AB: I will never know the answer to that question, but I don’t know that I want to. The best moments on the show are when you lose sight of that difference. You think, ‘Wow!
I’m not sure what this is or how it happened.’ There was a moment in the knife making process where you see this wave of heat suddenly work its way through the knife and you think, ‘Whoa! Dude.’ The craftsman is explaining scientifically what’s happening but it doesn’t make any difference. It still looks like magic to me. Q: You referred to crafts as ‘the gateway to the soul.’ Does that mean you can always recognize a master based on their innovation? AB: I think so. The best craftspeople always use their personal vision, voice, preferences, and passions. It is impossible for them to not put that imprint into their product. You see it certainly in Elizabeth Brims’s [blacksmith] work. All of them feel this is the way it should be and there’s a distinctive feature that sets them apart from others who are working in the same area. Q: All of these valuable tools are exemplary in their innovative area of focus. What is the key to pursuing artistry with such determination? AB: A little twinge of insanity, perhaps. Don’t discount it. Whatever it takes. It is an insane urge to write a book. It's a foolish enterprise. Normal people wouldn’t do such a thing. What would drive you to work a year or years on something that probably will not pay off? Why would you think anyone would be interested in listening to your story? It takes an abnormal personality to persevere up against that kind of logic. I think these are not ordinary people that set themselves apart. A little touch of insanity. Q: What’s next for “Raw Craft”? AB: We are looking at a whole new group of craftspeople. All of them are very exciting, and we shall see.
TONY THE TV PERSONALITY You can also catch Anthony Bourdain on shows like “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.”
COOK LIKE TONY Bourdain is an author of numerous culinary escapades, but his latest “Appetites: A Cookbook” is his first cookbook in over 10 years. Flip the pages to discover his finding from traveling (and tasting) the world. You’ll be sure work up an appetite.
THE BALVENIE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY us.thebalvenie.com RAW CRAFT WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN us.thebalvenie.com/raw-craft ANTHONY BOURDAIN @anthonybourdain www.anthonybourdain.tumblr.com
PHOTO BY: Andrea Domjan
EAT EXPERT Restauranteurs and Chefs Share What Makes a Kitchen— and a Dish—Great
EAT FEATURE Prepare for Your Stomachs to Growl After Reading This Ultimate Foodie Guide
DRINK EXPERT Clink, Drink & Be Merry
These Experts Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Drinks in Greater Palm Springs
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Wilma & Frieda Makes One Hell of a Benedict
EAT PROFILE This Local Landmark Only Gets Better With Age
DRINK EXPERT Sips and Spirits With Some of GPS’ Finest
BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANTS Make a Reservation at One of These Top SoCal Destinations
FOX AND FIDDLE 71800 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 www.foxandfiddlecalifornia.com
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CHEFâ€™S TABLE MEET THE TOP EIGHT LOCAL RESTAURATEURS AND CHEFS WHO CREATE THE DISHES YOU LOVE
WRITTEN BY: ALANA ARONSON
Photo By: Andrea Domjan
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JANE CHOUTEAU ANDREA DOMJAN BIANCA SIMONIAN JOSIE GONZALES & JULIE JONES
WP KITCHEN + BAR 73130 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.568.2700 www.wolfgangpuck.com
Greater Palm Springs is not just a popular destination for poolgoers, resort loungers and golf lovers, but home to some of California’s best restaurants. Locals and visitors alike indulge in the flavors of Greater Palm Springs—from unbelievably fresh sushi, to succulent barbecue and decadent dishes with global inspiration. We have gathered eight of the most talented and creative chefs and restaurateurs from Greater Palm Springs to find out what inspires and drives their careers, as well as what dish they can’t live without in their own backyard.
Q: If you could eat one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant), what would it be?
WP KITCHEN + BAR 73130 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.568.2700 www.wolfgangpuck.com
Erik Dandee EXECUTIVE CHEF, WP KITCHEN + BAR Q: How do you personally or your restaurant stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? Erik Dandee: That is how the restaurant and menu were designed, with food and drinks you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else around us. We try very hard every day to create a unique experience that you will only find here. Engrained in everything that we do is the level of service and hospitality we strive to bring our dining clientele. Combine that with locally sourced ingredients from Crows Pass Farm out of Temecula, CA for example, and harvesting the freshest vegetables, fruits and cheeses from the Certified Farmers Market each Wednesday and Saturday. That is essentially the framework chef Wolfgang Puck has really built his foundation on.
Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? ED: Black garlic, Calabrian chili, and tomatoes. Q: What does it take to run a successful restaurant? ED: Complete guest satisfaction, from the moment they walk in the door. I think it’s very important as a chef, manager, server, bartender, hostess, really any team member that contributes to the entire operations, to not only have an understanding of our guests, but to cater to their tastes for a memorable experience with us, every time.
ED: That would have to be corned beef and latkes from Sherman’s Deli & Bakery. One of the best things I have had here. 36 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Photos - WP Kitchen + Bar: Andrea Domjan | Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, Peaks Restaurant & Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant: Josie Gonzales
Chuck Courtney, EXECUTIVE CHEF, EIGHT4NINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Q: If you could eat one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant), what would it be? Chuck Courtney: Sherman's Deli Matzo Ball Soup. Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? CC: As a team, it is our attention to detail, going the extra step—food from scratch, excellent caring service, paying attention to presentation, both in the front of the house and with the plate of food. This sends subtle messages to our guests that add up to a great experience. Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? CC: Good bread, good butter, and sea salt (don't tell my doctor!).
EIGHT4NINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 849 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.8490 www.eight4nine.com
Frank Decker HEAD CHEF, PEAKS RESTAURANT Q: If you could eat one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant), what would it be? Frank Decker: Sushi. I could eat sushi every day. I love the different textures and flavor combinations. Never gets old. Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? FD: All of us have a love for what we do here. We try to use the best ingredients to
make the best products we can. If something isn’t up to our standards we won’t use it. And you can’t beat the view.
Drew Davis CHEF AND OWNER, CATALAN MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Q: If you could eat one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant), what would it be? Drew Davis: The Bacon Flight at Cheeky's. Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? DD: With our unique menu. I like to change the menu four times a year in order to work with the best ingredients the season has to offer. Giving our guests a nice element of change helps them move out of their comfort zone and try something new. As a family owned and operated business we like to treat our guests and staff like family. Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? DD: Salt, pepper and pork. Q: What does it take to run a restaurant successfully? DD: Passion, simplicity and changing with the trends.
Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? FD: Pork shoulder, rice and garlic. Three ingredients with almost endless possibilities. Q: What does it take to run a restaurant successfully? FD: Passion, dedication and the ability to think on your feet.
PEAKS RESTAURANT 1 Tramway Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.4537 | www.pstramway.com
CATALAN MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT 70026 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.770.9508 www.catalanrestaurant.com
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EO: From Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, the Summer Chicken Salad sandwich with local dates, Mandarin oranges, house smoked pulled chicken, brioche bun and remoulade and mixed greens.
Arthur L Vasquez CHEF AND OPERATIONS MANAGER, BABE'S BAR-B-QUE & BREWHOUSE Q: If you could eat one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant), what would it be? Arthur L. Vasquez: The Venue Roll at The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge in Palm Desert. Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? AV: Personally I have a strong local small business ethic. 99.9 percent of the restaurants I frequent are local. In most cases they are owned by very close friends or business partners. THE VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE 73111 El Paseo Ste 103 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.1500 www.thevenuepalmdesert.com
Engin Onural OWNER AND SUSHI CHEF, THE VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? Engin Onural: Me and my restaurant go hand to hand. What makes me and my restaurant stand apart is the way I think and see the world. I travel a lot, get inspired and implement that inspiration to my dishes. We are definitely not a traditional sushi bar nor have a traditional mindset. Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? EO: Micro greens, Sockeye salmon and cucumber. Q: What does it take to run a restaurant successfully? EO: I wish I could give you a recipe. It does not exist. What I mean by that is each day you may face with a brand new challenge and you will need to fix it. But what I can tell you is you must have the following built in to you: 38 LOCALE MAGAZINE
1. Passion, you must have a passion for food and the industry. 2. Accept the relationship. You will have mad non-regular work hours, no regular holidays or days off. You will be working when your friends are out and about. They will swing by the restaurant to say hi. 3. Be a good mentor, there will be good and not so good people working for you. This does not change, you must be a constantly good leader to them and always show them which road to take, how to improve themselves. 4. Obviously, you have a dream to achieve by opening your restaurant and whatever that dream is, your team needs to understand and support it. They will be a big part of it. 5. Whatever your position is at the restaurant be the best of it. Be the best dishwasher, be the best host, be the best server, be the best chef...
Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? AV: Great olive oil, fresh seafood (any), and fresh herbs. Q: What does it take to run a restaurant successfully? AV: Iâ€™m still learning (laughs). A willingness to operate on your own terms. Lead with your heart. Never refuse to look at the world for R&D (Research & Development) and lastly, never put a plate of food in front of a guest that you would not serve to your mother!
BABEâ€™S BAR-B-QUE & BREWHOUSE 71800 CA-111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.346.8738 www.babesbbqandbrewhouse.com
Photos - The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge: Jane Chouteau | Babes Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse: Andrea Domjan | The Grill on Main: Julie Jones | Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa: Bianca Simonian
Paul Hancock EXECUTIVE CHEF, MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA
BM: Fresh Hamachi with Serrano peppers, lemon and olive oil. I will go to Okura for that, on my way home from The Grill.
Q: If you could eat one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant), what would it be? Paul Hancock: Date Shake from Shields. Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? PH: Our goal is to focus on technique, use indigenous products sourced locally or grown on property, and to create and experience with Food and Beverage. Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? PH: Egg, ginger and citrus.
Brett Maddock EXECUTIVE CHEF AND OWNER, THE GRILL ON MAIN Q: How do you personally, or your restaurant, stand apart from the rest in such a large industry? Brett Maddock: (As) Chef and Owner, I spend quite a bit of time out front taking orders and creating special dishes for guests. I always have daily specials, so when I get to know my guestsʼ palate, I can create something for them personally. These are the building blocks I use to create the features. I will be talking to one of my local guests and they will say ”When are you getting Scallops?“ My response will be “When are you coming back? I will have scallops that day.” Q: If you could only use three ingredients for the rest of your life, what would they be? BM: Very tough question. I will say garlic, olive oil and lemons. they are used a lot in cooking, especially on fresh ingredients. THE GRILL ON MAIN 78065 Main Street Ste 104 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7773 www.thegrillonemainlq.com
One of the best salads I have on the menu, The Israeli, is simple. Cucumber, tomato, olives, red peppers, cilantro, feta, lemon, salt, olive oil, black pepper. Its chopped and tossed, simple and fresh.
Q: What does it take to run a restaurant successfully? PH: In my opinion, to run a successful restaurant takes many talents. You have to have passion, tenacity, analytical, talent, and a tireless desire to enjoy serving others. It’s not just location, location, location anymore. People travel to spots where they are recognized, treated well, and given hospitality, and able to enjoy a great product which consists great food and service. Smiles are free!
Q: What does it take to run a restaurant successfully? BM: For me to be successful in the business I need my wife Elena and family to understand and support the hours and dedication needed. Elena is here with me daily and I am grateful for that. Need to understand a P&L and budget, this is where a lot of restaurants fail. I have an amazing bookkeeper I have known for 10 plus years. Multitask! Your brain can never stop. The local community here has supported The Grill in season and out of season. Because of them we are open all year! MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA 45000 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 844.344.9207 www.miramonteresort.com
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B RO U GHT TO YO U B Y
WHAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?
Reservoir at Arrive Hotel 1551 North Palm Canyon Dr, Ste. B , Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 760.507.1640 | www.reservoirpalmsprings.com
Prepare for Your Stomachs to Growl After Reading This Ultimate Foodie Guide WRITTEN BY: Gabrielle Abenoja S. Alicen Reynolds Tyler Haycox PHOTOGRAPHED BY: Bhadri Kubendran Julie Jones Josie Gonzales Nathan Whelan
SESAME SEED CRUSTED TUNA BURGER
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FOODIES REJOICE! WE ARE SERVING UP THE FATTIEST DIET-BREAKING MEALS IN GREATER PALM SPRINGS Ring in the New Year with the most delectable, decadent, and diet-breaking dishes Greater Palm Springs has to offer. We have rounded up fatty breakfasts, stuffed sandwiches, loaded burgers, and crazy sweet desserts that will not only make your mouths water, but will also crush those New Year’s resolutions that you jotted down on Dec. 31. Who are we kidding, we knew those weren’t going to last long anyway! Plus, keep an eye out for money-saving tips. Turn the page and dig in.
RISE & GRINDS DECADENT DISHES TO GET OUT OF BED FOR
Satisfy Your Morning Sweet Tooth
WRITTEN BY: GABRIELLE ABENOJA
Tip #1 Ò A ton of restaurants offer happy hours where you can get half-priced or discounted drinks and appetizers during certain times. This is also a great way to try out new places.
Double Tap Reliving Some of the Best Foodie-Gram Moments on Paper from @BRIE.BITES Wilma & Frieda >
Brandini Toffee >
Si Bon >
The breakfast spread has us drooling. As Brie appropriately puts it, #ForkYeah.
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BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST Ò Crispy and buttery on the outside, soft and comforting on the inside and topped with Nutella and Walnut Brittle! This truly is: brunch at The Ritz. What more can a girl ask for with her mimosa? State Fare Bar and Kitchen The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.8282 ritzcarlton.com HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLL Ò Melt-in-your-mouth goodness and served warm. This swirl of cinnamon-sugar is lifechanging. The difference between Cheeky’s and your grandma’s cinnamon roll? The crisp, flaky, buttery, layers of heaven on earth exterior—croissant inspired and served with icing on the side for the simple, sweet satisfaction of watching it melt into the pastry. Cheeky’s Palm Springs 622 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.7595 cheekysps.com
Berries, yogurt, and granola is a fresh start to the day. Be sure to add one of the homemade pop tarts on the side, you won't regret it!
The tastiest toffee combined with a sweet refreshing milkshakre—how could you possibly be disappointed?
SUPER SWEET DISHES TO TRY ASAP
TRIPLE DECK LE CROQUE MADAME
COUNTRY BOY JOHNNY BREAKFAST
INGREDIENTS: Ò Toasted English Muffin Ò Sausage Patties Ò Cheesy Omelet Ò Country Gravy Ò Hash Browns
INGREDIENTS: Ò Pupusa Ò Chorizo Ò Poached Eggs Ò Tomatillo Hollandaise Sauce
INGREDIENTS: Ò Traditional Jambon de Paris Ò Gruyere Cheese Ò Oven Baked White Bread Ò Dijon Mustard Ò Bechamel Ò Egg L’Atelier Cafe 129 La Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.778.7895 www.latelier-cafe.com
Bongo Johnny’s Patio Bar and Grille 214 E Arenas Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.866.1905 www.bongojohnnys.com
Louise’s Pantry 73155 CA-111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.837.3900 www.louisespantry.com
MANGO ET DULCE DE LECHE CREPE Ò Creamy, dreamy tropical fantasy. You have freshly sliced mango atop a delicate, airy crepe. Finish this french-tropicalmarriage with the sweet, velvety air of dulce de leche and you’ve got it made in the shade. The tropical oasis that you never knew you needed. FARM 6 Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.2724 farmpalmsprings.com
THE PERFECT TRIO Q&A WITH MARK VAN LAANEN: EXECUTIVE CHEF AND CO-OWNER, TRIO RESTAURANT
Photos - L’Atelier Cafe: Bhadri Kubendran
Q: Chef Mark, you’re bringing the comfort of the Midwest and the style of California to Palm Springs. Tell us a little about what inspired you to bring this concept to the area. Mark Van Laanen: When we were originally looking at Palm Springs, we saw the need for a place with great energy, a spot for the locals, and comfort food. Tony [General Manager/Owner TRIO] and I are both from the Midwest so we created that home, that hub where Palm Springs eats - we took the best parts of the Midwest and brought it to Palm Springs.
Steak and Mac ‘n Cheese. I also love my wines. We have some great new wines on our list, check out the Foxtrot Pinot Noir from Okanagan BC, and Elouan from Oregon. Q: What are comments from customers that you live for? Any moments that stood out? MVL: Once an older woman came up to our host stand, asked if I was the owner, and told me, “I LOVE COMING TO TRIO—it makes me feel young!” That made [Tony and I] feel great.
Q: What does a day as TRIO’s head chef look like? MVL: Tasting! There’s so much tasting. We ensure throughout every step of the way our foods have been prepared correctly. There’s a lot of ordering food, making desserts, managing my kitchen staff and getting to know our guests.
Q: Can you describe the process of compiling a menu / theme? How long does it typically take? MVL: It isn’t a long process if you start off with a good base. Once you start off with a good base, you could build from there. Both Tony and I are from the Midwest and I had a restaurant in Door County, Wisconsin that was more American-style. For TRIO, I took what worked in the Midwest and gave them a Palm Springs twist.
Q: Tell us about your personal favorite dishes and drinks on the menu! MVL: Our Number 1 seller is our Pot Roast. It’s delicious, I love it. I also enjoy our Harris Ranch Skirt
Q: What is your favorite breakfast or brunch item at TRIO? MVL: My favorite brunch item is our Corn Cake with poached eggs... They are delish!
TRIO Restaurant 707 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.864.8746 www.triopalmsprings.com
STUFFED SANDWICHES ALL OF YOUR CALORIC CRAVINGS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND WRITTEN BY: S. ALICEN REYNOLDS Tip #2 Ò According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, 5.5 percent of earned income is the average amount people budget for entertainment.
1 TRI TIP SANDWICH Home to one of the best outdoor patios in Indio, The Jackalope Ranch is also home to one of the most delectable Tri Tip sandos you'll find this side of Texas, y'all. INGREDIENTS: Ò Thinly Sliced Tri Tip Ò Sliced & Grilled Poblano Rajas Peppers Ò Chipotle Aioli Jackalope Ranch 80400 CA-111 Indio, CA 92201 760.342.1999 www.thejackaloperanch.com
3 REUBEN STACKER Sherman's Delicatessen & Bakery is a must if you're headed to Coachella this year. Frequent celebrity sightings happen here and so does this famous Reuben, packed & stacked with meat then topped with sauerkraut. INGREDIENTS: Ò Pastrami Ò Corned Beef Ò Swiss Cheese Ò Thousand Island Ò Sauerkraut Ò Grilled On Rye Sherman's Deli & Bakery 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.1199 www.shermansdeli.com
THE TRUMP This best selling sandwich from TKB Bakery is not named after The Donald. It was created over 10 years ago by a 'regular' who kept adding to it, trumping his own creation. INGREDIENTS: Ò Turkey Ò Salami Ò Bacon Ò Avocado Ò Pepper Jack Cheese Ò Potato Chips Ò Chipotle Sauce Ò Lettuce Ò Tomato Ò Mustard TKB Bakery & Deli 44911 Golf Center Pkwy Indio, CA 92201 760.775.8330 www.tkbbakery.com 44 LOCALE MAGAZINE
4 ROAST BEEF & ORTEGA CHILI The Palms Cafe at Atrium is one of the most popular brunch spots in town, serving up $6.95 bottomless champagne—not just on weekends but everyday!
5 MAMA’S MEATBALL SANDWICH Popular for its yummy pizza and Coachella Valley brews, Stuft Pizza offers two desert locations where you can also get your mouthwatering meatball sandwich fix.
INGREDIENTS: Ò Roast Beef Ò Ortega Chilis Ò Jack Cheese Ò Grilled Sourdough
INGREDIENTS: Ò Ground Beef Meatballs Ò Roasted Bell Peppers Ò Marinara Sauce Ò Melted Provolone Ò French Roll
The Palms Cafe 69930 CA-111, Ste 120 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.770.1614 www.thepalmscafeinc.com
Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill 78015 Main St, Ste 100 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.9989 www.stuftpizzabarandgrill.com
6 SRIRACHA SPICED FISH SANDWICH Get your win on at the Agua Caliente Casino then treat yo'self to this spicy lil' number at the Waters Café. Pair with one of their delicious cocktails and you can't go wrong.
7 DATE GRILLED CHEESE Drop the mic. Lantana took locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients and piled them into this decadent deliciousness to make this one of the most sought after sandos in the desert.
INGREDIENTS: Ò Tempura Cod Ò Spicy Slaw Ò Pickles Ò Remoulade Sauce Ò Roll
INGREDIENTS: Ò Granny Smith Apples Ò Goat Cheese From Cypress Grove Ò Date Spread From Hadleys Farms Ò Local Arugula Ò Sourdough
Waters Café Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa 32250 Bob Hope Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 888.999.1995 www.hotwatercasino.com
Lantana Restaurant Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa 44600 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.674.4165 www.indianwells.regency.hyatt.com
Our French Dip, I cook about 80 lbs a week of ribeye just for the sandwich."
Tasty Tours LET YOUR SENSES BE YOUR TOUR GUIDE Desert Tasty Tours offers two different tours along the most famous boulevards in the area. Each 3-hour, 1-mile, guided food tour pairs tastings with historical, architectural and cultural insights along either Palm Desert’s El Paseo or Palm Springs’ Palm Canyon Drive. Suitable for any fitness level, this walking tour is an enjoyable way to sample some of Palm Desertʼs and Palm Springsʼ popular eateries while making new friends and getting a taste of the local cuisine. Private tours are also available, with a minimum of 10 people. If you're looking for something different to do with a group of friends or foodies, this may be the perfect adventure.
A SAVORY SLICE
Q&A WITH BRETT MADDOCK: EXECUTIVE CHEF AND OWNER, THE GRILL ON MAIN
Photos - The Grill on Main: Julie Jones
Q: What is your go-to sandwich when out and about in the Palm Desert? Brett Maddock: Piled high Corned Beef Sandwich from Sherman's Deli. Q: What's your favorite sandwich on your own menu? BM: Our French Dip, I cook about 80 lbs a week of ribeye just for the sandwich. Served on a toasted baguette, with grilled onions, Swiss cheese, au jus on the side and sour cream horseradish. Q: What makes a good sandwich better? Is it the sauces, the veggies, the bread? THE GRILL ON MAIN 78065 Main Street Ste 104 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7773 www.thegrillonemainlq.com
BM: Cooking the bread in butter. Slice your meats thin, I use a flat top to heat the meats. Make sure the cheese is melted. Q: What's your dream sandwich? Let's say something that maybe you don't have on your menu at Grill, but if you had ingredients from anywhere in the world, what would it consist of? BM: That is tough question. It would have to be toasted baguette with dry aged New York seared medium rare and sliced with melted gruyere cheese, Béarnaise sauce, and a side of truffle fries.
PALM CANYON TOUR Ò Kaiser Grille-Upscale international fare Ò Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt & Juice Bar Ò Olive A' SuddenInternational olive oil & balsamic shop Ò Brandini Toffee-Locally owned, nationally known toffee & popcorn Ò Bill's Pizza-Awardwinning pizza Ò The Kitchen @ Hard Rock Hotel Rockin' Tastes Ò LuLu California Bistro EL PASEO TOUR Ò Pacifica Seafood Freshest Seafood Ò Ristorante Mamma Gina Florentine Cuisine Ò Casuelas Cafe Mexican Food Ò Savory Spice Shop-Gourmet herbs, spices, blends Ò JC's Patio Cafe California Cuisine Ò WP Kitchen + Bar-Globallyinfluenced Fare $65 per person 760.870.1133 www.deserttastytours.com
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THESE BURGERS ARE LOADED UP AND READY TO BE SERVED
ON A SCALE OF ONE TO FAT WRITTEN BY: GABRIELLE ABENOJA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BHADRI KUBENDRAN
Tip #3 Ò When budgeting, separate your wants from your needs. Decide how many times a week you should be eating out.
JUNKYARD DOG What an animal! Bacon, all-meat chili, tomato, onion, a little bit of sweet relish and topped with cheddar cheese. Grill-A-Burger grill-a-burger.com
HEART ATTACK This specialty roll is jam packed with spicy tuna deep fried with jalapeños and cream cheese. Strap your tastebuds in because they’re going on a flavorful ride with this dish. Dragon Sushi dragonsushi.com
LOVE ME LONG TIME ROLL With avocado, cucumber, pickle burdock, shrimp tempura, spicy mayo, spicy tuna, eel sauce and sprout, this roll has all you could ever want in a dish. Talk about YUM! Mikado Japanese Steakhouse marriott.com
BURGUNDY & THYME INFUSED ESCARGOT 'EN CROÛTE' Is your body ready for the decadence that is the Green Garlic Butter? The calories are worth it, trust us. Cork Tree California Cuisine www.thecorktree.com
1 COACHELLA VALLEY BURGER AWARD: Sweetest La Quinta Cliffhouse 78250 CA-111 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.360.5991 www.laquintacliffhouse.com 46 LOCALE MAGAZINE
FISHERMAN’S BOAT Our favorite seafood— cod, shrimp, calamari, clam strips, and scallops fried to perfection. What’s not to love? Fisherman’s Landing Sports Bar & Grill www.fishermans.com
Ò Alcohol can add to the dinner bill quite a bit, so consider other options and have a drink at home after the meal.
SMOKED TEXAS BRISKET BURGER
AWARD: Meatiest Burgers and Beer 79-815 CA-111, Ste 101 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.775.6494 www.burgersandbeer.com
3 PINZIMINI BURGER AWARD: The Classic Pinzimini 71333 Dinah Shore Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.770.2150 www.pinziminipalmsprings.com
Tip #5 Ò Everyone should reevaluate their budget and their budget process from time to time. You are on track if you are paying down your debts, saving some money and still enjoying life. If not, make some adjustments.
Photos - Burgers and Beer, Reservoir at Arrive Hotel & Smoke Tree BBQ: Bhadri Kubendran
SESAME SEED CRUSTED TUNA BURGER AWARD: Healthiest Reservoir at Arrive Hotel 1551 North Palm Canyon Dr, Ste. B Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1640 www.reservoirpalmsprings.com
AWARD: Sauciest Smoke Tree BBQ 1775 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.778.6521 www.smoketreebbq.com
6 THE BIG "WOW" AWARD: Most Stacked
Tip #6 Ò Some people track credit card rewards and redeem them regularly. You may have earned enough rewards to offset a special evening out.
Tip #7 Ò Fill an envelope with cash labeled “eating out” each month so that you don’t accidently go over your budget.
Smokin Burgers & Lounge Smoke Tree Village 1775 E Palm Canyon Dr, Ste. 220 Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.883.5999 www.smokinburgers.com
7 COWBOY BURGER AWARD: Best Bun Eureka! 74985 CA-111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.834.7700 www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com
PUPPY FRIENDLY Water & Biscuits for Pups Ò Here for you during lunch, dinner, and brunch! Sit down and know that you’re family at Jake’s. Patio seating for you and your pooch is available along with a complimentary water bowl and milkbone biscuit. We love our puppy pals and are so excited that Jake’s does to! Jake’s Palm Springs www.jakespalmsprings.com
Q&A WITH THOMAS HORNER: EXECUTIVE CHEF, JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA Q: For a first time visitor to JW Marriott, what are three “must try” dishes? Thomas Horner: Prosciutto pizza with Zoe’s Prosciutto, Coachella Valley dates, and fresh mozzarella. Sweet Pickled Beets with Di Stefano Burrata, pistachios, grapefruit, and a rosemary crostini. The entire Sunday brunch buffet featuring everything from a fresh seafood display (including crab legs, oysters, and large shrimp), a dessert bar with countless sweet options separate from the array of fresh baked goods, an omelet station to whip up your favorites, a local honey bar, dried fruits and nuts, fresh fruit, charcuterie, sushi, a roast station, and for an additional cost, a Bloody Mary bar.
Q: What makes these three unique? TH: All of these represent a taste of Palm Springs, from the fresh dates found on the pizza, the use of farmers market fruits and vegetables found in the pickled beet dish to the bountiful selection found on our breakfast buffet with fresh local seafood, fruit, and more. Q: Your Lamb Burger is a popular dish. What makes it special? TH: Our Lamb Burger brings the flavors of the Mediterranean to the desert with flavorful tzatziki, feta cheese, and a bright pop of color with tomato jam. Q: Where is your go-to in Greater Palm Springs for a great burger? TH: The Rooster and the Pig in Palm Springs.
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ÜBER SWEET DESSERTS ICE CREAM OVERFLOWIN’, NUTELLA STUFFIN’, AND HONEY DRIPPIN’ DESSERT OVERLOAD WRITTEN BY: S. ALICEN REYNOLDS
4 DOLE WHIP / DOLE WHIP FLOAT FUN FACT: You know that pineapple ice cream magic you thought you could only get at Disneyland? They've got 'em right here at Lappert's and yes, they're just as ahhhhmazing! Soft serve cone, cup or as a float – get one of each!
SALTED CARAMEL NITRO INFUSED ICE CREAM
DEEP FRIED CHEESECAKE
FUN FACT: One of the most Insta-worthy places in the desert, Ice Cream & Shop[pe] had us with their already cute gift shop, selfie-worthy backdrops and their instafamous #PalmSpringsIsBetter neon hashtag sign, but their champagne sorbet too. Champagne! Sorbet! Hashtag #YESSSSS!
FUN FACT: Year after year, Wang’s wins a spot on the coveted '10 Best' list. Could it be their Top Shelf happy hour? Their Pan Asian Cuisine? Their commitment to community? Karaoke? Whatever you're coming to Wangs for, make sure you try this delicious, one of a kind dessert in the desert.
Ice Cream & Shop[pe] Arrive Hotel 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste A Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.4005 www.icecreamandshop.com
Wang’s In the Desert 424 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.9264 www.wangsinthedesert.com
FUN FACT: Nitroinfusions isn't your typical ice cream shop, it's more of an experience. This freshly made ice cream is frozento-order using liquid nitrogen right before your eyes. The difference? It's smoother and creamier than store bought. We recommend their #1 best seller, Salted Caramel. Nitroinfusions 78010 Main St, Ste 108 Old Town La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.0700 www.nitroinfusions.com
A Decadent Dream Come True Ò Le Paon Restaurant is an elegant and upscale dining experience for couples, special occasions or for anyone seeking a memorable night out. Although the dessert menu here is extraordinary and I highly suggest ordering one (or three!) of everything, it's their famous Raspberry Souffle that has my mouth watering just thinking about it. "Tastes like Paris." "To Die For." Those are the things I think I actually heard myself saying out loud as I was licking the crumbs off the bottom of the souffle dish. Made with the freshest of fresh ingredients, this fluffy, ultra decadent, dream come true is made mostly from raspberries and sugar. It puffs over the rim ever so perfectly and is golden brown on top yet pink all over. Topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and the famous R logo atop, it's very reasonably priced at just $12. Le Paon Restaurant 73399 El Paseo Ste 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.610.5320 | www.lepaonfrenchcuisine.com 48 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Lappert's Ice Cream 130 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.1717 www.lapperts.com
5 WALNUT TURTLE PIE FUN FACT: Flemings may be famous for its steaks and upscale dinners, but you haven't lived until you've tried their ultra-decadent signature dessert, the Walnut Turtle Pie. It's rich, gooey and oh-so-chocolatey. Flemings Steakhouse 71800 CA-111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.776.6685 www.flemingssteakhouse.com
6 APPLE HAND PIE FUN FACT: Served with whipped cream, this is a melt-in-your-mouth treat. It will taste just like grandma’s house, but better! Cheeky's Palm Springs 622 N Palm Canyon Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.7595 www.cheekysps.com
Cake Shake What do you get when you combine an already amazing milkshake by Great Shakes with the equally amazing Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix? You get a party in your mouth, that's what! A perfectly blended shake with a smooth, rich, creamy texture with pops of color throughout are just part of what makes this shake one of the most incredible desserts in Palm Springs. Great Shakes has gone and done it again with this delectable delight that partners their vanilla ice cream with Funfetti cake mix. As if that wasn't already enough, they even mix in the super yummy Pillsbury pudding mix just like the pudding that comes in the make-at-home cake mix you know and love. But wait, there's more—then they top it with plenty of colorful sprinkles and even one of their famous mini donut rings. Sometimes, they even have the mini donuts with sprinkles on 'em which makes this babe even more vibrant. I mean, hello, you donut even understand how delicious this shake is already and then there's a tasty donut? Mmmmm. Decadent dreams really do come true! Great Shakes 160 S Palm Canyon Dr Ste A Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.5300 www.greatshakes.com
7 TOFFEE SHAKE FUN FACT: Brandini Toffee, now famous for it's gourmet toffee candies started just a few years ago as a way to make a lil' extra cash. Cheers to this small business who now boasts a third storefront and recently added dreamy, creamy milkshakes to their menu. Brandini Toffee Shop 132 S. Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.200.1598 www.brandinitoffee.com
8 WARM VALRHONA CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE FUN FACT: This swanky eatery may be well known for its romantic atmosphere and sophisticated dining but did you know they offer gondola rides to and from the restaurant? As if that wasn't enough to woo me then they went and slayed it with this oozy chocolate lusciousness. Mmmm, swoon. Rockwood Grill at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa 74855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.2211 www.marriott.com
Photos - Great Shakes: Bhadri Kubendran | Lulu California Bistro: Josie Gonzales
The secret to the Buttery Pound Cake was to combine my favorite desserts in one, which are the Pound Cake and Cheesecake—and I mean why not? Throw some ice cream on it!"
Top Food Apps You’re on the go and not sure where to wind up for food. Check out any one of these apps for your dining needs. Book a reservation, read reviews, find out how to tip or check out nearby takeout options. KITCHEN STORIES Must Make: Steamed Pork Buns OPENTABLE Must Make Reservation: Workshop Kitchen + Bar POSTMATES Must Order: Jake’s
MUNCHERY Must Make: Shrimp Spring Rolls
KING OF SWEETS
Q&A WITH ARTURO CASILLAS: EXECUTIVE CHEF, LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO Q: What's your star dish at LULU? Arturo Casillas: I can honestly say that LULU doesn’t have just one star dish. We have a couple from our entire menu; a few I can name are the following: The Norwegian Eggs Benedicts, and the Huevos Rancheros from or breakfast menu. In our lunch menu we have the Tuna Tower, and for dinner the Chilean Sea Bass. Q: What is the secret to the Buttery Pound Cake? What makes it so unique? AC: The secret to the Buttery Pound Cake was to combine my favorite desserts in one, which are the Pound Cake and Cheesecake—and I mean why not? Throw some ice cream on it!
Lulu California Bistro 200 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.5858 www.lulupalmsprings.com
FOOD.COM Must Try: The ‘Build Your Menu’ Feature
Q: I understand the fondue is reminiscent of early-era Palm Springs. Was that your idea? AC: The idea behind the fondue was to combine different tastes in one dessert. I also wanted the idea of the dessert to be shareable.
TENDER Must Swipe Right: Tiramisu
Q: What is your favorite dessert at LULU? AC: My favorite dessert at LULU’s is The Buttery Pound Cake—it’s just too delicious!
BLUE APRON Must Make:
Q: What is your go-to dessert when out and about in the Palm Desert? AC: My go-to dessert place in the Palm Desert area would be at the French Corner.
West African Peanut Chicken
YELP EAT24 Must Order: La Bonita’s SUN BASKET Must Make:
Lemongrass Tofu With Coconut Black Rice
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Q&A WITH FRANCISCO "PACO" SOLANO: EXECUTIVE CHEF AND OWNER, SOLANO’S BISTRO
...IN CASE YOU’RE STICKING WITH YOUR RESOLUTIONS
WRITTEN BY: TYLER HAYCOX | PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BHADRI KUBENDRAN & JULIE JONES
Q: Can you explain what makes this dish so healthy? Paco Solano: The healthy dish that I will be preparing is the Chilean Sea Bass topped with a great fruit salsa and served with red potatoes and steamed vegetables. This dish is very healthy because Sea Bass is very low in calories and is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Q: What is your go-to meal at your restaurant? PS: My go to meal would definitely be any of our chef specials. The chef specials change nightly and always feature the freshest fish available to us as well as meat. The specials as well as our menu incorporate seasonal flavors that really come together beautifully. One of my favorite dishes that I like to prepare is the Halibut. I often prepare a tortillacrusted halibut with avocado relish. I enjoy this preparation because it has a Mexican flair to it and embodies the fresh flavors of the west coast.
4 GRILLED SHRIMP & VEGGIE CAPRESE Ò Bonta Restaurant offers a plate full of protein, Vitamin B12 and selenium all at your fingertips. Their Grilled Shrimp & Veggie Caprese is not only filled with great nutrients, but served with some yummy veggies and a fig balsamic drizzle. Yum!
Q: You have worked your way from busser to restaurant owner and executive chef. What inspires you to work hard and succeed? PS: From the very start, when I first began cooking, I knew that I wanted to own my own restaurant. I set that goal for myself, and since then I worked 25 years to achieve my goal. Now that I own my own restaurant, I plan to continue setting goals for myself and grow as a person and a businessman. I also have five children who I want to be able to inspire. I want my kids to know that no matter where you start in life if you work hard enough you can achieve your goals, and that the only person who can stop you is yourself. My children are getting older now—they are in college and pursuing their careers. And when things get difficult for them I always tell them, "If it was easy, everyone would do it." Solano’s Bistro www.solanosbistro.com
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Bonita Restaurant www.bontarestaurant.com
Ò If you love dinners out but are having a hard time affording them, try taking your lunch to work and making your own coffee in the morning and using those savings to fund your evening entertainment.
Ò Do you want a refreshing and cool salad that has immune-boosting vitamin C? Essence at Two Bunch Palms has the dish just for you with Executive Chef Jenna van Loon’s delicious beet salad.
Ò If you had one option to eat for the rest of your life, a macrobiotic bowl should be the way to go. With kim-chi, seaweed salad, steamed greens, brown rice, tofu, and more, this one bowl helps promotes healthy weight loss, gives you more energy, and helps build healthy skin.
Ò If you aren’t in the mood for a sitdown restaurant and want to get all these good nutrients on the go, check out Morelia’s Fruits located in Old Town La Quinta—offering fruit bowls, smoothies and much more.
EGG WHITE FRITTATA OF SHRIMP
Essence at Two Bunch Palms www.twobunchpalms.com
Palm Green Cafe www.palmgreenscafe.com
Morelia's Fruits & More 760.972.4262
Ò Lower cholesterol and a good source of essential vitamins, Norma’s Egg White Frittata of Shrimp is a light and healthy way to start your day. Topped with oven-roasted Roma tomatoes and spinach gives two more reasons why this dish is egg-cellent. Norma’s www.theparkerpalmsprings.com
Photos - Bonita Restaurant & Norma’s: Bhadri Kubendran | Solano’s Bistro & Essence: Julie Jones
A NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
MONKEY BUSINESS WILLIAM GRANT & SONS’ MONKEY SHOULDER MAKES AN IMPRESSION WRITTEN BY: JORDAN LIGONS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NATHAN WHELAN
William Grant & Sons’ Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt Scotch whisky that mixes well with almost everything. A Monkey Mojito, Old Fashioned, Monkey Coke—pick your poison. Legendary Malt Master David Stewart decided one day to make history by creating the world’s first triple malt, a combo of Speyside’s Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie single malts. Thus Monkey Shoulder was born—the smooth operator we know and love. You don’t have to be an expert mix master to concoct one of these monkeys up, this bottle’s versatility is at your fingertips. Cheers!
TRIBUTE TO MALTMEN • The name “monkey shoulder” roots from a condition that old school maltmen picked up from working long shifts of manual labor. Their arms would hang down a bit like a monkey’s, hence the term.
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WILMA & FRIEDA 73575 El Paseo Ste C2310 Palm Desert, CA 922060 760.773.2807 www.wilmafrieda.com
DECONSTRUCTED SHORT RIB EGGS BENNY
ME AL S DECONSTRUCTED
WRITTEN BY: DR. PAULA TRIMBLE-FAMILETTI
5 ounces of
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AMANDA NAZZAL
heaven WILMA & FRIEDA CAFE PAIRS INNOVATION WITH CLASSIC DISHES WE LOVE
f there were ever an argument for mindful eating, the Short Ribs Benedict at Wilma & Frieda is the perfect argument. You can taste the buttery goodness of the English muffin, made in-house the night before. Enjoy the crispy outside and the airy, almost cake like, inside with just a hint of the smell the popcorn, created from the cornmeal it is dusted with. Take a spoonful of the warm Hollandaise Sauce that is light and lemony with just a little kick at the finish. Savor the short rib meat which is braised for 12 hours in beef broth, red wine and mirepoix, and as owner Kelly McFall describes it, “The holy trinity of onions, carrots, and celery.” This is all blended together and added to the meat, creating a rich, flavorful delicacy. Five ounces of this delicious meat are on every Benedict served. Now sample the fresh, sautéed arugula and the peppery tang of the vegetable. Finally, slide your fork into the constructed Benedict and watch as the rich and golden fresh poached egg mingles with the decadence of the Hollandaise Sauce. Delight in this meal with your senses of sight, smell, and taste.
Spears takes things that are familiar and puts his own twist on them. The feedback allows for him to gauge the popularity and make adjustments.
Q: How did you and Kelly team up? Chad Spears: I answered an advertisement on Craig’s List. Kelly McFall: And I got lucky. CS: I was impressed at the orientation by the best cup of coffee I ever had. KF: I didn’t think he was going to show. He was not enthusiastic and would not make eye contact, but his knowledge impressed me. Q: Why did you decide to make English muffins in house? CS: Kelly forced me. We had to arm wrestle. (he grins) KM: Before we opened, vendors told us it would not be possible to make our own English muffins, among other items, on our menu. They gave us packaged items. I went home and made the muffins to see if it could be done and Chad made them better. We make over a thousand muffins each week. We also make 90 pounds of jam per week. Q: Your food has been described as, “craveable.” What does that mean to you? CS: Our regulars, people who come back again and again and order the same thing. It feels good to see
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our regulars and see them often. Craveable food is food you want to come back for. Q: In your entrance you feature a picture of your Short Ribs Benedict pared with your signature Bloody Caesar. How do they compliment each other? CS: The acidity of the drink balances the richness of the Short Ribs Benedict. KM: Chad knows the taste of ingredients and how they will interact with each other. Q: Is there anything else you want us to know? KM: We have a good time doing what we are doing. We spend a lot of time at work and if we are not enjoying it, we shouldn’t be doing it. Q: Are there restaurants you particularly enjoy? CS: Venue is the only sushi place I will eat. KM: I also like Eight4Nine. Both Venue and Eight4Nine pay attention to quality ingredients and freshness. Finally, Kelly says, “We eat like fat kids on a Tuesday. We are very spoiled here.”
Up and Coming:
Ò Kelly and Chad are continually inventing new dishes. Recently Kelly suggested churro waffles with cinnamon sugar and Madagascar vanilla creme anglaise. Chad has created another benedict using spaghetti squash instead of a traditional english muffin. Both say the creations are endless.
Ò The Duroc ham used by Wilma and Frieda’s is leaner and more flavorful. “We never want to serve ’just food.’ It needs to be the freshest, highest quality, with the best care in preparation.
Ò Before joining the team at Wilma and Frieda, Chad worked at Tommy Bahamas, and Roy's Hawaiian Fusion.
Photos - Kelly McFall and Chad Spearse: Arturo Gonzalez
Chef Chad Spears characterizes himself as, “A man on a mission.” He continuously experiments with what might be considered dinner friendly foods to make them more breakfast friendly. He is not limited by traditional interpretations of classics. A recent eggs Benedict special was constructed of goat cheese polenta in place of the English muffin. Swiss chard, fennel, and leeks substituted for the spinach of traditional eggs Benedict and the dish was finished with a black pepper and kale Hollandaise Sauce.
Interview with Owner Kelly McFall and Chef Chad Spears
“Delight in this meal with your senses of sight, smell and taste.”
Ingredients: Short Rib Eggs Benny Recipe 1. 10 lbs of Beef Short Rib 2. 1/2 cup Butter (1 stick) 3. 6 Celery Stalks 4. 4 Large Carrots 5. 2 Medium Onions, peeled and chopped 6. 2 1/2 cup Dry Red Wine 7. 1 cup Low-Salt Beef Stock 8. 2/3 cup Medium-Dry Sherry 9. 4 Garlic Cloves, peeled 10. 4 Bay Leaves 11. 2 Large Sprigs of Thyme *Makes 16 Servings
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Getting Better With Age Jakeâ€™s Palm Springs Celebrates 10 Successful Years
WRITTEN BY: MARISSA KOHNE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
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I want people to feel as though they’ve been invited to a party in my home.” —Chris Malm
Summer of 2017 will mark more than the end of another season, but the 10-year anniversary of one of Palm Springs’ most beloved restaurants. Jake’s Palm Springs is celebrating this accomplishment thanks to the ceaseless attentions of Co-Owners Chris Malm and Bruce Bloch, alongside gifted Head Chef Mario Curci. The devoted group firmly established Jake’s as a community gathering place for relaxed and refreshing outings, a place that guests can come to unwind and have fun while they sample the exquisite California cuisine. Jake’s has welcomed guests for nearly a decade, and we congratulate them on an impressive achievement. Another 10 years is sure to be in their future! 58 LOCALE MAGAZINE
PET F RIEN DLY u Jake’s loves your pets too! Bring your four-legged pal along to eat with you on the patio.
BLOODY MA RY HEAVEN : u For one of the desert’s most unique Bloody Marys, you’ll need to try one of Jake’s—complete with bacon and horseradish steeped in vodka. Yum!
“Tucked away like a gem in the crown of Palm Springs, Jake’s outward appearance fills visitors with a sense of lightness and enchantment.”
hris Malm and Bruce Bloch began Jake’s in 2007 after falling in love with Palm Springs. On a weekend vacation from New York City, they jumped at purchasing a condo and began setting the groundwork for their new endeavor, a restaurant plan that would become Jake’s. They both were, and continue to be, passionate about food and dining. Chris, especially, had the restaurant industry “in his blood.” He worked in restaurants throughout high school, which put him through Cornell University to earn his degree in Hotel Administration. In New York, Chris built a career with the JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s restaurant group, a chef whom New York declared the single most influential person on the way New York dines. Co-Owner Bruce Bloch had a successful career in New York advertising, which came in handy when the duo decided to embark on a new journey in sunny California. With Bruce’s advertising and branding expertise, Jake’s image was overwhelmingly positive for an emerging, and continuing, culinary icon. Now, nearly 10 years into their enterprise, the partners have built Jake’s into something of a Palm Springs empire. In the past few years alone, Jake’s has been recognized by OpenTable as a “Contemporary American Neighborhood Gem,” one of the top “100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America,” and a “Top 20 Palm Springs Restaurants” by FlipKey. Chris and Bruce seem to have seamlessly hurdled over the obstacle most restaurants fail to overcome, and with flying colors.
D I S HE S P I CT U RE D: u Cioppino u Banana Toffee
u Chilean Sea Bass u Filet Mignon
Their success is also due to the silent third partner, Jake. Though you might have seen the restaurant’s namesake around the courtyard, Jake was perhaps most likely focusing on his chew toys in the upstairs office, as a happy West Highland terrier. Unfortunately, the team lost Jake last February. However, the team is happy to have a new four-legged friend around, Jackson—who is a direct descendant of Jake. Chef Mario is yet another reason for Chris and Bruce’s success. Nearing eight years of partnership, Chris says Chef Mario is a vital component to Jake’s. Since he joined in 2009, the menu has been propelled towards greatness, which guests can sense in every bite. The group is “all about the food.” Putting excellent food on the
table is their abiding passion, continuously earning them much deserved accolades. In fact, even though the restaurant closes for the summer season, they retain 90 percent of their friendly and passionate staff. Nothing reaches the menu before first being tried, tested, and teased to its prime state. There’s nothing this group of inspired individuals love more than welcoming guests into their home and earning their gratification. Making sure everyone walks away happy and satisfied with their experience is a continuous goal of Jake’s, and is recognizable in every aspect of their business. Tucked away like a gem in the crown of Palm Springs, Jake’s outward appearance fills visitors with a sense of lightness and enchantment. Seeming very California chic, you’ll notice the sunny outdoor patio under shady crisp white umbrellas. Should you so choose, your group may dine in the impeccably designed interior dining room which overlooks the Uptown Design District, or out in the open patio. This popular dining spot is always warm, even on those sweetly chilling desert nights, making it a perfect destination for an intimate gathering with friends and family. “I want people to feel as though they’ve been invited to a party in my home,” Chris says, while Bruce says laughter is “one of the best sounds” he loves to hear in the restaurant. An American bistro of this caliber surely slips up somewhere, right? Well, we certainly haven’t found any weak points. Chef Mario’s menu brings out the sophistication in this Palm Springs destination, with seafood starters like the Lobster Tempura or Firecracker Calamari. Delight in the Cioppino or traditional American recipes elevated to new heights such as the Chilean Sea Bass and Filet Mignon. If you want to try everything, take part in the three-course dinner special with a starter, main course, and a dessert of your choice (we recommend the Banana Toffee Crunch Cake!). Open Tuesday through Saturday, visit Jake’s for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. They even offer take-out for fans who are on the go. If you have a pet, bring them along and enjoy your meal on the patio. Reservations for brunch and dinner are highly recommended as the restaurant is a crowd pleaser, and there are only so many tables to share.
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CLINK, DRINK & BE MERRY THESE EXPERTS RAISE A GLASS TO THEIR FAVORITE DRINKS IN GREATER PALM SPRINGS
WRITTEN BY: ALANA ARONSON
Photo by: Andrea Domjan
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN BIANCA SIMONIAN & JOSIE GONZALES
FOX AND FIDDLE 71800 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 www.foxandfiddlecalifornia.com
Greater Palm Springs offers an oasis in the desert around every corner. From our pools to restaurants to shopping
destinations and entertainment venues, the paradisal pickings are endless. For the greatest break from the hustle, bustle and heat, who doesn’t adore a refreshing libation? We met with nine of the greatest cocktail curators, beverage connoisseurs, managers and owners of phenomenal establishments in Greater Palm Springs to give you guidance towards the most sought out sips. From their favorite drinks inside and outside of their restaurants, to what keeps them constantly working to create the very best for you, our Drink Experts tell all.
FOX AND FIDDLE 71800 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 www.foxandfiddlecalifornia.com
BREWMEISTER, LA QUINTA BREWING COMPANY Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your establishment) what would it be? Skip Madsen: I would drink the Mai Tai at Bobby Mao’s if I could not drink my own beer.
Victor Heinz MANAGER AND DIRECTOR OF MIXOLOGY, FOX AND FIDDLE Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Victor Heinz: I would have to say the date shake from the Date Shed. I can't get enough of those! Q: What are your three can’t-live-without spirits to mix with? Why? VH: My main go-tos in the bar and can't live without are my bitters, bourbon and citrus. With just those three, a true cocktail—to the definition—can be made. Q: What is your favorite drink to make at your restaurant? VH: Honestly, I do not have a favorite drink to make. My favorite drink to make is the one that the guest and I create together and have 62 LOCALE MAGAZINE
a story built around the experience in making it. Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? VH: The fact that you have never seen a pub as unique as Fox and Fiddle in our valley. The menu can speak for itself; It's our family-style of running an establishment that will set us apart from the rest. Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? VH: I draw my inspiration for the people in the valley in the layout of the valley. If you have a better insight of the valley, you can actually make any drink for anybody that comes to your bar. New to the valley old to the valley, the valley makes the people and I make the cocktails for the people.
Q: What are your three go-to beers? SM: My three go-to beers are: Sundaze Session IPA—it is a great beer in the summer. It is a very light beer with plenty of hop flavor. Koffi Porter. (It is) strong and dark; It is a very good beer after a meal. Even Par IPA—a citrusy IPA with plenty of malt flavor to balance the abundance of hops. Q: What is your favorite brew at your establishment? SM: Even Par IPA. Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? SM: Well, I have been brewing beer for professionally for 25 years and have consistently won medals for top quality beers. We at La Quinta just won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for our Bourbon Barrel Koffi Porter! Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? SM: I draw my inspiration from other brewers that I have worked with and the new innovations in the brewing industry. I try to have every beer I make be the best one ever! LA QUINTA BREWING COMPANY 77917 Wildcat Dr Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.200.2597 Photoshoot Location: OLD TOWN TAPROOM 78065 Main St Ste 100 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.972.4251 www.laquintabrewing.com
Greg Wilson ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, PACIFICA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Photos - Fox and Fiddle & Pacifica Seafood Restaurant: Andrea Domjan | La Quinta Brewing Company: Bianca Simonian | Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells Golf Resort: Arturo Gonzalez
Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Greg Wilson: Of course wine is fine and liquor is quicker, but here in the desert, a well-crafted cold chevela is the drink I find myself seeking the most. Q: What are your three can’t-livewithout spirits to mix with? GW: My fondness for the Hemingway and Aviation cocktails make Luxardo maraschino liqueur and creme de violette must have spirits. The third would have to be sweet vermouth because it's a timeless classic and there are so many variations; much like red wine, but it represents almost everything prohibition. Q: What is your favorite drink to make at your restaurant? GW: My favorite drink to make is something we've recently created named "Ginger's Island,” where ginger is the star of the show. This vodka drink features our housemade ginger-cayenne simple syrup which adds punch,
spice and sizzle to the drink—and our cocktail list! Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? GW: Two things that set Pacifica Seafood Restaurant apart from the others are our spectacular rooftop dining terrace and our impressive international vodka bar. The rooftop terrace boasts magnificent views of the Coachella Valley, which is the perfect back drop while indulging in our international vodka bar featuring over 140 vodkas from 19 different countries! Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? GW: Inspiration for me comes from many different inlets such as industry magazines, the food networks, local restaurants and bars, hometown San Diego's Gaslamp District, beach cities and north county, and of course, my family. All of these sources keep me and the restaurant current with trends (although my four boys would argue that I'm anything but current!).
PACIFICA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 73505 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.674.8666 www.pacificaseafoodrestaurant.com
Scott Winant DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE, INDIAN WELLS GOLF RESORT Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Scott Winant: Water. Q: What are your three can’t-live-without spirits to mix with? SW: Any brown spirit, they are just so versatile and the possibilities are limitless, with taste profiles that are unique, unlike vodkas. Mandarin Napoleon, a blend of cognac and mandarin oranges. It has a bold distinct flavor and really enhances every cocktail used in. Chambord, I don’t know why, but I like so many, never get tired of raspberries and it can be mixed with any type of spirit to make a delicious cocktail. Q: What is your favorite drink made at Vue Grill & Bar? SW: Our Denny Booths Berry Bramble: Wild Turkey 101, simple syrup, fresh blackberries, Chambord and lemon juice. This cocktail is named after one of our regular
guests who passed away last year and Wild Turkey was his favorite spirit. Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? SW: Our amazing selection of whiskeys. Over 250 now with 180 bourbons and 70 whiskeys from around the world (French, Irish, Scotch, Canadian and Japanese). Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? SW: In life, I draw inspiration from my kids, they are my reason for going to work each day. At work, I draw inspiration from my staff, both front of house and back of house, who show up every day to work with a genuine passion to see this restaurant succeed. In 15 years and at several different properties, this staff from top to bottom exhibits more passion and professionalism than any I have been around.
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John Lotz CO-FOUNDER, DESERT DISTILLING Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your establishment) what would it be? John Lotz: Armando's Palm Desert—the house margarita is fantastic and there is a limit of two per person. Q: What are your three can’t-live-without spirits to mix with? JL: Vodka, rum and gin. We make them all and are really proud of them.
Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? JL: We for one are a distillery and the only one in the valley.
DESERT DISTILLING 34300 Gateway Dr Ste 100 Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.770.3135 www.desertdistilling.com
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? JL: Other distillers, bartenders pushing the limits on new drinks and liquors. We have a tasting room to display our spirits also we go out to local festivals and events.
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER, LA RUE BISTRO Q: What makes you, or your establishment, stand apart from the rest? AM: Our incredible wine list! We have the basic staples that most patrons are familiar with, but also so many that many have never heard of! I promise that we have a wine that would suit everyone’s palate! And, not to mention, a great assortment of draft beers and full bar! We've truly got the full gamut.
Q: What are your top three go-to varietals? AM: My top three go-to varietals are chardonnay, zinfandel and a good GSM blend. All three are extremely versatile within their varietal, which makes them easy to pair in a variety of ways!
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? AM: I draw inspiration from all of the other wine enthusiasts out there! Reading wine spectator and other rating magazines. Taking trips to to wine regions around the world and broadening my horizons, and most of all, continuing to taste! I exhibit my inspiration by trying to engage my customers and educate them on new wines, or even refining their palates on the basics.
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OWNER, BAR Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Donovan Funkey: The Little Owl at Seymour’s. It's delicious. Q: What are your three can’tlive-without spirits to mix with? DF: Whiskey. Always. It's my favorite spirit. Amaro—amaros can have a lot of different flavor profiles so they're always fun to add to cocktails. Angostura bitters. You can't make a proper old fashioned without them—and they're delicious on their own! Q: What is your favorite drink to make at your restaurant? DF: Probably whiskey sours. They're a bit time consuming, but they always initiate crowd comments. People always want to know what drink we are making when we use egg whites. And it's super tasty and looks rad.
Ali Mayo Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Ali Mayo: My current favorite beverage is a wine cocktail—the best of both worlds! Brut sparkling wine, with a Uncle Val's Botanical Gin float. Sort of my take on a french 75—unbelievably refreshing and perfect for the desert.
Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? DF: I think we are a happy medium. Part cocktail bar, part high volume party bar. We make good drinks but don't take ourselves too seriously. Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? DF: I take inspiration from food. I read a lot of cookbooks and only watch cooking shows on TV. We make a lot of weird cocktails, but you won't see them that often. If you see some weird green juice or brown syrup behind the bar, ask about it though.
LA RUE BISTRO 78015 Main St Ste 109, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.296.3420 | www.laruewinebar.com
BAR 340 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.537.7337 www.barwastaken.com
Desert Distilling: Andrea Domjan | La Rue Bistro: Bianca Simonian | BAR: Arturo Gonzalez | The Lookout Lounge in Peaks Restaurant: Josie Gonzales | Rooster and the Pig: Provided by Rooster and the Pig
Q: What is your favorite spirit made at your distillery? JL: I would have to say our vodka made from Red Winter Wheat. It's a long process from grain to bottle, we do it all. First we mash the grain which is in the form of flour all the time adding enzymes to break down the starches to sugars. Then on to the fermenter tanks for a couple days. After that we do a striping run in-still which makes the whole distillery smell like baking bread. Then we re-run our spirit two more times through the still to get the desired alcohol proof. After that our vodka gets a cold filter and carbon filter to bring out the ultra smooth taste.
Frank Castleforte LEAD BARTENDER, THE LOOKOUT LOUNGE IN PEAKS RESTAURANT Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Frank Castleforte: A prickly pear margarita, it is the perfect libation after work. Q: What are your three can’t-live-without spirits to mix with? FC: Elderflower, it is the perfect finish to our handcrafted cocktails. Any flavored vodkas, they are great to mix with, as well as great on their own. Rye, a cousin of bourbon, every bar needs a quality rye. Q: What is your favorite drink to make at your restaurant? FC: The perfect drink for the cold winter season, the Roja Warmer, a mixture of Roja Raspberry Tequila, black raspberry liqueur, and hot apple cider. The finishing touch is a skewer of apple slices and fresh raspberries. Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? FC: Our location is what makes us unique, being 8,516 feet above the Coachella Valley. Also, we use local ingredients for our restaurant and bar. Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? FC: I draw inspiration from my guests, as they take in the majestic surroundings of Mt. San Jacinto with their family and friends. I create memories with my guests, I make sure they have a good experience, and it never feels like work.
THE LOOKOUT LOUNGE IN PEAKS RESTAURANT 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.4537 | www.pstramway.com
Brent Engel BAR CURATOR, ROOSTER AND THE PIG Q: If you could drink one thing in Greater Palm Springs for the rest of your life (not from your restaurant) what would it be? Brent Engel: Hmmm … that's very difficult. However, I can say that if I could drink at one place in Palm Springs for the rest of my life, it would be Seymour's in Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. It's got such a comfortable but strong vibe and the drinks are great. Those bartenders really know what they're doing. Q: What are your three can’t-live-without spirits to mix with? BE: Gin, mezcal and rum. I could live with substituting a good mezcal in almost all drinks that call for whiskey. Smoky mezcals nicely fill in where Islay scotches would traditionally live. Gin can usually satisfy the vodka and aquavit drinks while rum opens all the tiki doors. Q: What is your favorite drink to make at your restaurant? BE: Gin gimlet. I've never met someone who doesn't like a classic gimlet.
Q: What makes you, or your establishment stand apart from the rest? BE: As a team, we have pretty deep experience from many sides of the service industry. Both Tai and myself started as dishwashers. We're vigorous in justifying everything we do. It all has to make sense on many levels. We consider accessibility, comfort, pricing, utility, and freshness before we move forward with an idea whether it's regarding the food, drinks, service, or relationships with our suppliers. Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? How do you exhibit it at work? BE: I always try to remember that people simply want to go out and have a nice time. We all have the same basic desires. If the food is good, the drinks are satisfying, the service is genuine, and the price is fair, then people will usually be appreciative of a place that puts all those things together. Remember, it's just dinner. It doesn't have to blow your mind, it just has to make you feel good.
ROOSTER AND THE PIG 356 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.6691 | www.roosterandthepig.com
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EAT HERE FOR TH E # VI EWS Some of the Most Beautiful Places to Eat in Southern California
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN LIGONS Pull out your iPhones and be prepared to Instagram, Snapchat, Tweet and Facebook away to rub into your followers’ faces that they aren’t where you are. These nine places in Southern California are photo-worthy, without a doubt, but once you bite into their entreés or taste one of their signature cocktails, you’ll have even more reasons to brag. Located in pristine California locations, these spots are top-notch places to dine, so add them to your foodie must-visit bucket list and get ready to add some #Views to your feed.
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EIGHT4NINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
THE VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE 73111 El Paseo Ste 103, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.1500 | www.thevenuepalmdesert.com
1501 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1644 | www.draughtsmanpalmsprings.com
OCEANA COASTAL KITCHEN CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL AND SPA
MICHAEL'S ON NAPLES RISTORANTE
3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 858.539.8635 | www.catamaranresort.com
DECOY DOCKSIDE LAKEHOUSE HOTEL & RESORT
1035 La Bonita Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078 760.744.0120 | www.lakehousehotelandresort.com
WEST RESTAURANT & LOUNGE HOTEL ANGELENO
SPLASHES RESTAURANT SURF & SAND RESORT
849 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.8490 | www.eight4nine.com
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1555 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 888.281.3502 | www.surfandsandresort.com/splashes
5620 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 562.439.7080 | www.michaelsonnaples.com
RED O TASTE OF MEXICO
143 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0300 | www.redorestaurant.com
Photos - The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge: Joe Nardello
170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049 310.481.7878 | www.westrestaurantla.com
PHOTO BY: Bianca Simonian
///BEAUTY FEB. 2017
STYLE EXPERT Josh Agle Dresses Deeper Meaning Inside Whimsical Artwork
TINY PALM SPRINGS Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic!
Tiny Palm Springs Takes Over the Scene at Arrive Hotel
TINY PALM SPRINGS Experience Barbie’s World With Tiny Palm Springs
FASHION SPREAD Break a Flawless Sweat in Ivy Park’s New Spring Line
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID These Golf Resorts are No Swing and a Miss
Photoshoot Location: ARRIVE HOTEL 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1650 www.arrivehotels.com TINY PALM SPRINGS @TinyPalmSprings
“I try to capture the spirit of commercial illustration from the 1950s and 60s and use that to say contemporary things about our culture and society.”—Josh Agle
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Shagadelic J OS H AGLE Creates Some of Palm Springs’ Most Fun and Retro Artwork
WRITTEN BY: GABRIELLA LAYNE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JANE CHOUTEAU
Expert: Josh Agle
Credentials: Painter, Illustrator, Designer of Shag Favorite Piece: “The one I’m working on now!”
Josh Agle is the heartbeat of the art scene in Southern California. Now universally known by the name Shag, the legendary artist has earned his acclaim for using vintage illustration art forms and aesthetics to convey poignant, contemporary messages about society. But don’t let his edgy attitude and sly sense of humor fool you — he’s a family man at heart, who celebrates a mellow SoCal lifestyle residing in a midcentury home tucked away in a wooded valley. In 2009, Shag opened a self-titled store dedicated to his highly popular works. Today, it continues to be a must-see attraction for tourists and native Californians alike. And at the peak of his career, Agle maintains a passion for his work that makes it clear he doesn’t intend to slow down anytime soon. He sat down with LOCALE Magazine to discuss his career, the inspirations behind his work, and how he merged his artful spirit with an entrepreneurial mindset that pivoted his worldwide appeal.
Q: How did you begin painting/illustrating and what inspired your first piece of artwork?
Josh Agle: I have been painting and drawing since I was a young child, so I don’t have a memory of my first piece of art. I do remember my first piece of “Shag” art, which I painted in 1989 for a band album-cover. I wanted to capture a vintage jazzy cartoon style with a little flat cubism thrown into the mix.
FIRST SHAG: u Josh’s first piece of Shag art was in 1989 for a band album cover. COVETED COLLABORATIONS: u Some of Josh’s awesome collaborations include: Disneyland, Playboy, Paul Frank Industries, CocaCola, and the City of Palm Springs. WHAT’S IN A NAME? u Shag is simply the last two letters of Josh’s first name combined with the first two letters of his last name, Agle.
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Q: Your art merges retro illustration inspirations with a contemporary edge that speaks so well to modern day society. How did you hone in on defining your signature aesthetic? JA: In my paintings I try to capture the spirit of commercial illustration from the 1950s and 60s and use that to say contemporary things about our culture and society. The art has a dark sense of humor and the occasional macabre detail that wouldn’t have been used in the midcentury decades. The style, which some call retro, is simply the clothing on top of the actual heart of the painting—the themes and narratives behind the pieces of art. Q: What is the key message that you’d like people to take from your artwork? JA: I don’t think there’s a single distinct message, but there are recurring themes: the joys and dangers of consumerism, the importance of relationships and friendships to counterbalance the material world, and the importance of play and leisure to depressurize the responsibilities of adulthood.
“I wanted something memorable to sign on my art; it wasn’t my intention that people would call me Shag, but over time that’s what happened, and now the Shag name is much better known than my original name.” —Josh Agle
Q: How does your art and personal style merge to inspire your approach for Shag? JA: My earliest paintings were aspirational; I was painting things I wanted to own, places I wanted to be, and situations I wanted to take part in. As my career as an artist progressed, I was able to make my real life look more and more like the paintings. I live in a midcentury house full of the same kind of furniture and art you see in my paintings, complete with a partyfriendly swimming pool and hillside view. Q: What’s the story behind the name ‘Shag’? JA: Shag is simply the last two letters of my first name, Josh, combined with the first two letters of my last name, Agle. I wanted something memorable to sign on my art; it wasn’t my intention that people would call me Shag, but over time that’s what happened, and now the Shag name is much better known than my original name. Q: What inspired the initial opening of Shag, and what were some of the challenges you faced along the way? JA: My business partners in the Shag Store, Jay and MiShell Nailor, established an important gallery in Palm Springs, M Modern Gallery, around 2003. The gallery, which sold the work of many artists, began to see my share of their sales increase over time to the point where most of the gallery’s income came from my art. In 2009, Jay and MiShell proposed we open a gallery dedicated specifically to my work. I said yes, mainly because I thought it would be fun to design an interior! I also told them I wanted it to be called a “store," and not a “gallery," because I wanted to create merchandise based on my art, and I didn’t want to exclude people who weren’t specifically interested in buying art from coming into the store. Since the establishment of the Shag Store, the biggest challenge has been the need to create new art and merchandise continually. I don’t want people coming into the store and seeing the same things over and over, so I spend a lot of time thinking about new products and art. Q: You’ve enjoyed the opportunity to participate in major collaborations to recreate classic works from your own artful interpretation. What has been your favorite collaboration to date and how is your creative process different when working on these projects? JA: My favorite collaborations have been the work I’ve done with Disneyland. My own art was inspired by the attraction posters in the park, so when they approached me to work with them in 2003, I was both honored and a bit apprehensive. Since then, the art and products I’ve designed for Disney have become very collectable and sought after, and the
Disney connection has enhanced my own career as well. Q: How have you been able to create such meaningful relationships in your industry to make these collaborations possible? JA: My collaborations with companies such as Playboy, Paul Frank Industries, Coca-Cola, and the City of Palm Springs all came about because of people I had met who either worked at or represented those companies and were fans of my art. Q: What are some emerging trends you’re noticing in the art space that you’d consider incorporating into your own works? JA: I’ve noticed that natural materials and textures are making a comeback: grasscloth wallpaper, sisal flooring, wood paneled walls. I plan on incorporating some of these trends into my work. Q: What is your favorite piece that you’ve created to date? JA: I always say my favorite piece is the one I’m working on right now! Once I’ve finished a painting, I feel like I’ve lost some of the emotional connection I had with it while I was creating it, and I transfer that energy to whatever I’m planning next. I’ve never had a problem letting a painting or piece of art leave my studio once it’s completed. Q: Who is your favorite artist and how have they inspired your work? JA: I don’t know that I could say I have a favorite artist, but I do have favorite artists from each era. My pre-renaissance favorite would be Hieronymus Bosch. My early modernist favorite is Picasso. My abstract expressionist favorite is Mark Rothko. My favorite artist working right now is probably Jonathan Paul, who does pop-art inspired sculptures, but I could have a new favorite tomorrow. Q: How has your artwork and overall aesthetic evolved over time, in your opinion? JA: My art and aesthetic have evolved—the paintings and art have gotten grander and embraced a sense of scale that the early work didn’t have. I’ve abandoned a lot of the kitschier elements I used to paint, like skeletons wearing tuxedos or animals in evening wear to focus more on situations and characters that actually exist. Q: What advice do you have for artists who’d like to make a full-time career doing what they love to do? JA: I’d say to paint or create what really makes you happy. Don’t try to follow trends or paint things you think people will buy, but create art that is fulfilling and important to you as an artist. People will sense that you’ve put all your artistic energy into the work and will respond to it accordingly.
“I don’t think there’s a single distinct message, but there are recurring themes: the joys and dangers of consumerism, the importance of relationships and friendships to counterbalance the material world, and the importance of play and leisure to depressurize the responsibilities of adulthood.” —Josh Agle
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LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S
Fantastic! Tiny Palm Springs Takes Over the Scene at Arrive Hotel PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
Instagram sensation @tinypalmsprings has made us laugh and cry with their “tiny dramas” and the glitter-infused social scene in Palm Springs. But these aren’t your daughter’s Barbies—these dolls poke fun at high society, travel the world, and are embroiled in steamy affairs that unfold before your eyes. They go to Coachella and Burning Man, take a ton of selfies, and attend all of the see-and-beseen events happening in Palm Springs. From Elvis to Amsterdam, Barbie survival skills to poolside glamor and pillow fights, these celebrities and scene-stealers are sure to make you smile. We’ve caught up with PS Barbie and friends at the Arrive Hotel where they are showing us “How to Palm Springs” #BarbieStyle.
PS BARBIE DREAMHOUSE AMENITIES:
Ò Swimming pool Ò Mini Cooper Convertible Ò Pink Jeep Ò 7 horses Ò 2 dogs Ò Goldfish Ò Unlimited Champagne
Ò The owner of @tinypalmsprings has been collecting Barbies since 1972.
BEST TINY PALM SPRINGS STORYLINE:
Ò Naked and Afraid: The Barbie Edition
HOW MANY BARBIES ARE IN THE TINY PALM SPRINGS SQUAD? Ò 46 Barbies (one Transgender Female who recently underwent the change) Ò 14 Kens, Don Draper & Roger Sterling Ò 2 Elvis Presleys Ò 1 Marilyn Monroe, and there can only be 1 Cher
PAIRS OF SHOES PS BARBIE OWNS: Ò 82 (never enough)
DESIGNER PURSES: Ò 35
Sun-worshipping by the pool in our Trina Turk bikinis – even in winter. Sharing Cap’n Crunch French Toast for Brunch at Reservoir (Bet you didn’t know brunch was invented in PS in 1965 by Leonard J. Brunchington). Sitting on the patio gazing at the enormous Mount San Jacinto behind the hotel. Playing ping-pong with Ken. Dive-in movie under a poolside cabana: a flick, a dip and a drink— so chic! Eating Passion Fruit Sorbet at the Ice Cream Shop(pe). A disco nap followed by a doubleshot Espresso at Customs Coffee… then out on the town! LOCALE MAGAZINE
Photoshoot Location: ARRIVE HOTEL 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1650 www.arrivehotels.com TINY PALM SPRINGS @TinyPalmSprings
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IVY PARK @weareivypark
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Photo By: Adam Gentry, gentryimages.com | Styled By: Neil Cohen, neilcohenstyle.com | Hair & Makeup By: Zenaida Aispuro of Just Blow Drys Palm Desert, www. justblowdrys.com | Model: Nicole Pedra of Brand Model & Talent Agency, www.brandtalent.net | Apparel and Accessories Provided By: The Golf Shop at SilverRock Resort
T H AT ' S W H AT S H E S A I D
Greater Palm SWINGS
We Explore the Finest Golf Resorts in Greater Palm Springs
SILVERROCK RESORT 79179 Ahmanson Ln La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.8884 www.silverrock.org
WRITTEN BY: SARA HYLAND
PGA WEST COURSES: Arnold Palmer Private Course: Designed by the late Arnold Palmer, this course’s five finishing holes nested along the Santa Rosa Mountains would do the legendary golfer proud. Greg Norman Resort Course: This is the newest course to PGA West designed by Greg Norman and boasting “68 acres of lush manicured turf.”
he thing about the Greater Palm Springs area is that there’s always something to do. Whether it be shopping, dining, sight-seeing—there is no excuse for being bored. One of the most popular things to do is pay a visit to one of the ever so popular golf resorts and practice your golf swing. There is a plethora of destinations to choose from, all with their own unique courses, each with features no other course has available in the area. The best part of golfing in this part of California is when you pull back, swing your club, hit the ball and watch it fly, you get the beautiful view of the mountains as it glides through the warm desert air.
Wells Golf Resort 1 Indian
44500 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.346.4653 | www.indianwellsgolfresort.com
Ú The Players Course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort has been open to the public since November 2007. Designed by John Fought, it integrates inspirations from around the world to create a one-ofa-kind course. With a backdrop of the stunning valley mountains, there is always a beautiful view while lining up for that perfect hole-in-one. GolfBoards are now available, too! Four-wheeled devices meant to be stood on like a surfboard as you glide across the green. After your futuristic golfing experience, grab a drink from the resort’s extensive bar menu at Vue Grille & Bar. Native Knowledge: Vue Grille & Bar offers an award-winning wine list, is the only DiRoNa (distinguished restaurant of North America) award winner in the valley and carries 250 whiskeys from around the world.
Jack Nicklaus Private Course: Once ranked one of the Top 100 Courses in the world, this course has the highest stroke and slope ratings of the three Private Courses at PGA West. Nicklaus Tournament Resort Course: This is one of the more challenging courses offered at PGA West, with two island greens as a unique feature. Tom Weiskopf Private Course: Designer Tom Weiskopf made this his sole venture into golf course design in the Palm Springs area, and its unmatched panoramic views of the valley make it memorable. Stadium Resort Course: Rated one of the best and toughest courses in America, this course is named “Stadium” due to designer Pete Dye’s plan to “sculpt spectator seating into the natural terrain.”
Classic Club 75200 Classic Club Blvd, Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.601.3600 | www.classicclubgolf.com
Ú The Classic Club has been nationally recognized as a championship course designed by legend Arnold Palmer. After playing a morning round of golf on this beautiful course that has played host to The Career Builder Challenge for three years, enjoy a wonderful lunch at the Club’s Bellatrix Restaurant. With its warm Mediterranean décor, Bellatrix creates a welcoming atmosphere. Wine lovers will enjoy the wine-themed oil paintings and wood and glass walled wine cellar. Executive Chef Gerard Brunett brings eclectic and Mediterranean influences to the food served, like the Seafood Louie Salad and the Blackened Mahi Sandwich. Native Knowledge: Enjoy your lunch outside on Bellatrix’s covered terrace and outdoor seating that wraps around the restaurant. 86 LOCALE MAGAZINE
AT CLASSIC CLUB’S BELLATRIX RESTAURANT Bellatrix Salad – Baby greens, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onions, ciabatta croutons, marinated feta and sherry-dijon vinaigrette Dawson Sandwich – Grilled herb-marinated chicken breast, peppered bacon, avocado, provolone cheese and creolehoney spread on ciabatta bread Rock Shrimp Tacos – Crispy fried rock shrimp with chipotle aioli, cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa and guacamole Kobe Beef Sliders – Caramelized onions and chipotle aioli on potato slider buns Bellatrix Burger – Cheddar or swiss cheese, served on a potato roll with crisp pickle, lettuce, tomato and onion
MADISON CLUB 53035 Meriwether Way La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.9320 madisonclubca.com After a round of golf on the Madison Club’s parkland style course, enjoy time at the Madison Club Spa. With Eurowave and Babor facials and everything in between, the professionals at the spa will ensure a relaxing time had by all.
SILVERROCK RESORT 79179 Ahmanson Ln, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.8884 | www.silverrock.org
La Quinta Resort & Club 49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111 | www.laquintaresort.com
Ú Spa La Quinta is La Quinta Resort & Club’s destination for the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience of a lifetime. After a day on any of their six stunning courses, pamper yourself at the salon with a new haircut and color, manis and pedis, and makeovers. If you find inner peace by sweating out the negativity, take advantage of Spa La Quinta’s tennis facilities, cardio machines, or yoga classes. Oasis at Spa La Quinta offers products to prolong the effects of the spa treatments rendered along with cosmetics as well as spa-inspired clothing for both men and women. If you want your fur baby to get some special treatment, sign up for Pet Pampering and treat them to a pet massage! Native Knowledge: Spa La Quinta offers HydraFacial—a skin rejuvenation system designed to reduce the appearance of undesirable facial features such as wrinkles or acne without the invasiveness of surgery.
BIGHORN GOLF CLUB 255 Palowet Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.4653 bighorngolf.com With an all-star team to back it up, The Vault at Bighorn Golf Club is a car museum competing with the best of them. The showplace contains dozens of some of the finest automobiles and road-machine motorcycles. HIDEAWAY GOLF CLUB 53000 Jefferson St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7400 hideawaygolfclub. com The beautiful Clark and Dye courses of the Hideaway Golf Club bring gorgeous views while practicing your golf swing. After you’ve mastered it, enjoy their expansive pool perfect for any type of water activity you can think of. TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB 76009 Via Club Villa Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.772.7000 toscanacc.com Toscana Country Club is in the epicenter of Indian Wells, making it prime real estate for anyone yearning for good shopping, local attractions, etc. Be sure to take golf lessons at the Bill Harmon Performance Center’s state-of-the art training facilities on the property!
79179 Ahmanson Ln, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.8884 | www.silverrock.org
Ú Located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in La Quinta, SilverRock Resort guarantees a picturesque view every time you swing your club. Golf legends have graced this Arnold Palmer designed course during major PGA tournaments, but the everyday person can play on this accessible course. Ever since the resort opened in 2005 it has won a plethora of awards including Best of the Best by the general public. For the best experience at the resort, don’t miss Walk the Rock, an opportunity to play a round two hours before sunset at a reduced fee with no golf carts. It’s a great way to get out and get exercise in only nine holes if your schedule does not allow you to enjoy the course all day.
Native Knowledge: SilverRock Resort features plenty of local wildlife, including bighorn sheep, coyotes, and birdlife.
55955 PGA Blvd, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7111 | www.pgawest.com
Ú With six exquisite courses—including their newest Greg Norman Resort Course open to the public—contained in one stellar club, PGA West has everything needed for a memorable golfing outing. This club plays host to the most prestigious golf tournaments in the nation, each course offering something new to your game. With the opportunity to host your own event, everyone can make history on one of these legendary courses. If you happen to catch a glimpse of the Desert Primrose or the elusive bighorn sheep, know this privilege is due to PGA’s desire to go green on all courses, which includes wildlife and habitat management. They encourage guests to expect the time of their lives! Native Knowledge: Take a lesson at the PGA West Golf Academy for “the finest golf instruction in the world.”
Cimarron Golf Resort
67603 30th Ave, Cathedral City, CA 92234 800.701.1656 | www.cimarrongolf.com
Ú The Cimarron Golf Resort is home to two well-known courses: The Boulder Course and The Pebble Course. The Boulder Course has been awarded on Greenskeeper.org for its “challenging but friendly resort layout” and lush, green course. The Pebble Course, recently voted the Top Shorter Length Course in California, is a smaller, friendlier course for those who are looking for a fun round of golf rather than a challenge. With some of the most experienced instructional staff in the Valley, you are in good hands if you make it over to the practice facilities. Native Knowledge: The Dave Pelz Scoring Game School at the Cimarron Golf Resort has many options for whatever you’re looking for in a practice round of golf.
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COVER STORY Modernism Week Is Here!
DO EXPERT Grasp Onto the Compelling Story of Local Artist Max Rodriguez
RHYTHM, WINE AND BREWS Snoop Dogg, Craft Brews and Food Trucks Come to Empire Polo Fields
HUMANITARIAN FEATURE Bianca Rae Leads Her Community With Hope
KUD PROPERTIES INC. 73700 Hwy 111 Ste 7 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.902.4550 www.kudproperties.com
COVER STORY Midcentury Marvels
The Desert Eichlers Make a Lasting Impression For Modernism Week Aficionados
PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: 800 E Bogert Trail Palm Springs, CA 92264 TROY KUDLAC @kudproperties 760.902.4550
MIDCENTURY THE DESERT EICHLERS MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION FOR MODERNISM WEEK AFICIONADOS
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Internationally recognized as a top vacation destination, celebrities and tourists travel
from all over to enjoy what Palm Springs has to offerâ€”from warm weather and exciting nightlife to midcentury modern architecture. In fact, the architecture has gained such popularity, that a week is now dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of it.
M O D E R N I S M W E E K brings together midcentury modern fans and enthusiasts to celebrate this architectural style with over 250 events. One of the many styles of
homes showcased are The Desert Eichlers; homes modeled after plans from the famous developer, Joseph Eichler. With walking and bike tours, lectures, nightly parties, films, and more, Modernism Week is sure to be unforgettable.
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PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: Desert Eichler No. 1 800 E Bogert Trail Palm Springs, CA 92264 KUD PROPERTIES INC. 73700 Hwy 111 Ste 7 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.902.4550 www.kudproperties.com TROY KUDLAC @kudproperties 760.902.4550
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Ò Eichler Day is on February 18 and features homes that were built based off the plans of developer Joseph Eichler. Ò Eichler built over 11,000 homes in California between 1949 and 1966. Ò Eichler was a pioneer as he hired well known architects, such as Anshen and Allen, to design the plans and homes he built. Ò Eichler built his homes with the middle class in mind. Ò Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Ò His signature style was to bring in plenty of natural light, as his homes were made to “bring the outside in.” Ò The homes have skylights, large windows, atriums, gardens and pools. Ò The style is now referred to as “California Modern.” Ò KUD Properties is the exclusive builder of licensed Desert Eichlers in Palm
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Springs and built the 5 Desert Eichlers. Ò Each home only had minimal changes to meet code requirements. Ò The owners of it purchased the home within hours of it being on the market. Ò It was featured on Eichler Day in 2015, and was written about in the LA Times. Ò The house has an atrium and circular pool with views of the mountains. Ò Guests are able to visit Desert Eichler #1 along with the two most recently built Desert Eichlers on Eichler Day. Ò Eichler Day features a panel and the film People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler in addition to the tour of the three homes. Ò Desert Eichler #1 was built in February 2015 and has become the most popular, as it was the first 21st Century Desert Eichler.
“ I N C L U D E D I N M O D E R N I S M W E E K I S E I C H L E R D AY O N F E B . 1 8 , F E AT U R I N G H O M E S T H AT W E R E B U I L T B A S E D O F F T H E PLANS OF DEVELOPER JOSEPH EICHLER.”
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I N I T I A L LY S TA R T I N G A S W E E K E N D E V E N T S I N 2 0 0 6 P L A N N E D A R O U N D T H E MODERNISM SHOW AND SALE, THIS YEAR’S MODERNISM WEEK, FEB. 16 THROUGH 26, HAS SIGNIFICANTLY GROWN WITH OVER 80,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED IN AT T E N D A N C E . N O W S PA N N I N G O V E R 1 0 D AY S , T H E E V E N T S O F F E R E D AT T H E 2 0 1 7 MODERNISM WEEK WILL BE MORE DIVERSE THAN EVER BEFORE.
he hired well known architects, such as Anshen + Allen, to design the plans and homes he built. Eichler was also seen as a visionary in that he built his homes with the middle class in mind. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, the signature style of an Eichler home is plenty of natural light, as his homes were built with the intention to “bring the outside in.” He did so with the addition of skylights and large windows where residents could view atriums, and other features such as gardens and pools. The style of these homes is now referred to as “California Modern,” and are still admired today.
“We have added more home, neighborhood and architectural tours; world-class lecturers presenting about design-related topics ranging from Mexico City Modern to the architecture of John Lautner; and exclusive access to private residential properties that are rarely open to the public,” says Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week. Not only does Modernism Week provide midcentury modern admirers with a unique way to appreciate the design of these homes and buildings, but it also brings a great deal of pride to the residents of greater Palm Springs.
Brought to Palm Springs by KUD Properties, the exclusive builder of licensed Desert Eichlers in Palm Springs, the Desert Eichlers are made up of five unique homes. Each carefully created in order to preserve Eichler’s original plans, the only minimal changes made were to meet code requirements, “We’ve tried to think about what he would do in every way. For example, the wood siding on the exterior of the Bay Area homes wouldn’t fare too well in the desert heat. A smooth coat stucco was the alternative with some fry reglet metal detail in the theme of the original wood siding,” says Troy Kudlac, Founder and Broker at KUD Properties.
“Residents and city officials have worked together for many years to identify, protect and restore the historic and architecturally significant properties in Palm Springs and surrounding cities,” says Smith. The planning and production of the events are done in part by local community groups and organizations. The investment made by the community comes full circle as the millions of dollars generated from the ticket sales are given directly back to them.
While building the Desert Eichlers, KUD Properties worked closely with the community, “We’ve made all efforts to use products from the local community and have teamed up with many businesses, photographers, artists, etc. to provide a product that the community is proud to call their own,” says Kudlac.
For those attending Modernism Week for the first time, Smith recommends checking out the Community and Meeting Place (CAMP) upon arrival. Open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., CAMP is free to visit and provides attendees with everything from information and ticket sales, to culinary and cocktail mixology demonstrations. Guests can also listen to daily design talks and view films in the CAMP theater. Although all 250 events offer unique experiences in a wide variety of topics including fashion, modern garden tours, and, of course, architecture, there are a few that are among the most popular, “Our top event continues to be the Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours because they offer a comprehensive and entertaining overview of the exteriors of Palm Springs’ finest architecture from the upper deck of an open-air modern double decker bus.” Signature Home Tours, Neighborhood Tours, and the Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound, are also incredibly admired. With these events offering tours inside midcentury modern originals, newly constructed “new century modern” designs, and current architectural masterpieces, it’s not surprising that these events have become so well-liked among guests. Included in Modernism Week is Eichler Day on Feb. 18, featuring homes that were built based off the plans of developer Joseph Eichler. Having built over 11,000 homes in California between 1949 and 1966, Eichler was a pioneer as
Of the five homes, Desert Eichler #1 has become the most popular, as it was the first 21st Century Desert Eichler. Completed in Feb. 2015, the new owners purchased the home within hours of it being on the market. Not only was it featured on Eichler Day that year, it was also written about in publications like the LA Times. The house comes complete with an atrium and circular pool that has breathtaking views of the mountains. On Eichler Day, guests are able to visit Desert Eichler #1 along with the two most recently built Desert Eichlers. This event will include a panel and film in addition to the tour of the three homes. Troy Kudlac will speak in the panel along with other Eichler experts. After the panel, the film People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler will be shown and immediately followed by the tour. As a festival loved by both tourists and locals alike, Modernism Week brings midcentury modern aficionados an exciting 11 days to commend and observe this vintage style. All the while, donating the money raised back to the community. Giving its guests the opportunity to visit homes that are otherwise not available to the public, Modernism Week is unique, charitable, and a “cultural phenomenon.”
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S IN ATRA’S E STAT E : Ò During Modernism Week, guests are able to take tours of celebrity homes. Among these is Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” estate, which has become the most popular. “It is a fabulous home commissioned by Sinatra from Desert Modernist architect, E. Stewart Williams in 1947,” says Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week. On Feb. 19 the home will be open for a special party “Night at the Sinatra Estate” and will also be available for day tours on Feb. 23. PARTY CE N TRA L : Ò During Modernism Week, nightly parties will be taking place. With a mix of Palm Springs locals and tourists from around the world, the parties are always entertaining and fun. The parties are typically hosted in private midcentury modern homes and buildings not usually open to the public, “The generous property owners welcome Modernism
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Week guests to their great vintage culture-inspired events, often with authentic music and cuisine of the 1950s and 60s, while creating the unique and memorable atmosphere of retro-living and jet set style in Palm Springs,” says Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week. H O ME D E CO R H E AVE N: Ò The Modernism Show and Sale offer guests a variety of unique items for purchase. The most coveted among these are iconic furnishings such as Eames or chairs and tables designed by Saarinen. NAT IVE K NO WL E D G E : Ò From Oct. 20-22, Modernism Week’s Fall Preview is held in various locations in Palm Springs. The preview gives guests a chance to see what Modernism Week is all about with tours, educational events, and receptions that celebrate modernism.
“ R E S I D E N T S A N D C I T Y O F F I C I A L S H AV E W O R K E D T O G E T H E R F O R M A N Y Y E A R S T O I D E N T I F Y, P R O T E C T A N D R E S T O R E T H E HISTORIC AND ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES IN PA L M S P R I N G S A N D S U R R O U N D I N G C I T I E S . ” —LISA VOSSLER SMITH
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“Our immigration was directly from Cuba, a few days in Miami, and then transferred to New Orleans to settle and start a new life. It was a move that was an extreme adjustment for us all, not having extended family, or speaking the language was difficult.” —MAX RODRIGUEZ
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WORK OF HE(ART) Local Artist Max Rodriguez Uses Cuba as His Muse
WRITTEN BY: CARLI CRITCHFIELD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
Expert: Max Rodriguez
Credentials: Owner and Founder of Max Rodriguez Art
Double Take: Max has a twin brother, Felipe, who is also an artist.
Immigrating from Havana, Cuba at just seven years old, Max Rodriguez and his family not only faced a foreign place to live but also faced a major language barrier. These challenges did not stop Max from driving down his road to success, though. From Cuba to New Orleans to California and from fashion designer to artist, Max is an inspiration and proof that the only real obstacle that can stand in the way of your prosperity is yourself.
“Because of my graphic and fashion design background, I am inclined to design my paintings so that they feel elegant and decorative in a home, while masquerading veiled stories in every one of them.” —MAX RODRIGUEZ
Your bio on your website emphasizes a lot on your memories of your childhood in Cuba and how they have been a great influence for your artwork. What about Cuba or Havana specifically gives you the most inspiration for your artwork? Max Rodriguez: Cuba has been an influence of a colorful culture, Spanish late 19th and early 20th century architectures, Afro-Cuban religion and folklore, midcentury post-modern style and design. And, to add to all that color, a complex historical palette of struggle, endurance and survival that allows me to draw my stories and those of my family into my art. It has inspired all my artwork. My first full series was abstract focusing on land and sea and about my immigration. I don’t want all my work to be obviously related to my background in Cuba, but each piece is a part of my story. Whether I’m painting figurative or abstract, my experiences are deep, and sometimes veiled into the storytelling of my heritage.
Q: You talk about you first finding your talent as an artist when you were five years old when your mother took you to an art class. Did you know then that this is what you wanted to do when you got older? MR: As young as I can remember, my parents would buy us all kinds of drawing materials that my brother and I would make paper cutouts of villages for our toys, as well as drawing family characters and with coloring paper to make clothes to dress them. I didn’t realize that I would make that a career choice, but we were always painting or drawing on anything we could put our hands on. My brother is my twin brother and he is an artist as well and my first figurative show was actually a dual show with him in Los Angeles. Q: When you were in school at Academy of Art University in San Francisco studying 102 LOCALE MAGAZINE
graphic design, did you still pursue your artistic talents with a canvas and paint brush? And why SF? MR: While studying in San Francisco, my focus was graphic design, which later evolved into fashion design. I painted very little then except for private works in my own home. I needed to work for a living and art was just a hobby then. I made the move to San Francisco because New Orleans was too small of a town and felt too slow pace, San Francisco was fantastic for me. My studies in graphic design helped me expand in fashion and was the core of the start of my career. Q: How would you describe yourself as a fashion designer? And is that description the same as an artist? MR: Great question! I feel my attraction to designing clothes with elegant lines, unexpected color and textural patterns— with couture traditions—is infused into my paintings today. Because of my graphic and fashion design background, I am inclined to design my paintings so that they feel elegant and decorative in a home, while masquerading veiled stories in every one of them. Q: What caused you to shift careers from fashion designer to a full-time artist? MR: The fashion industry at the time was facing a big turn-around and I thought it was time for a change. While I was designing clothes I was also working as a muralist and decorative artist, which allowed me to be self-employed and establish my own business, which I loved! I thought it was time to focus more on that and I could always go back to fashion. Q: It seems like you really enjoy using different materials when it comes to your artwork. Which materials are your favorite to use? MR: I truly enjoy the challenge of working with plaster on all my works. It allows me
to sculpt and build texture in addition to metallic leaf to give my paintings more depth and hints of Art Deco and modern interpretations of midcentury. Q: Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done and what about it speaks to you? MR: One of my favorite pieces is Siempre Esperando (Always Waiting), a figurative painting of a lone man standing or waiting to make the decision to move forward or stay behind—a position we all find ourselves at various points in our lives that will bring change, good or bad. Q: What made you decide to move from Hollywood to Palm Springs? MR: I needed to expand my thoughts and mind to expand my work, and Palm Springs had both the skies and peace I desired. I had lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and the economy was changing. My mom lived close to Palm Springs and the community was great; Los Angeles wasn’t profitable for my work anymore and Palm Springs had a lot of opportunities. It was a good transition for me. Q: Any new and upcoming projects you are working on? MR: I am currently working on a few art consulting commissions for restaurants and a Los Angeles condominium complex that will house my paintings on 12 floors. Q: Your story and success as an artist are inspiring. What piece of advice do you have out there for people striving to become an artist? MR: I would tell beginning artists to paint honestly from what they know, paint from their hearts and create a life around art. It’s a rewarding and humbling experience to share. I also want them to know that it’s very possible to have a successful career in art. There are so many different avenues of art and for them to continue to expand and learn.
For the Love of Art Max went to Academy of Art University in San Francisco to study graphic design. This later turned into a passion for fashion design. “My studies in graphic design helped me expand in fashion and was the core of the start of my career,” he said.
Coming Up Next Rodriguez says he is currently working on a few art consulting commissions for restaurants and a Los Angeles condominium complex that will house his paintings on 12 floors. We can’t wait to see how those turn out!
As if the headliners aren’t reason enough to attend this phenomenal event, more than 100 craft breweries and wineries will be serving up libations sure to delight any palate.”
WINE AND YOU Snoop Dogg to Headline 6th Annual Rhythm, Wine and Brews Festival
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EMPIRE POLO CLUB 81800 Ave 51 Indio, CA 92201 760.342.7755 www.empirepolo.com RHYTHM, WINE AND BREWS Saturday, March 4 4-11 p.m. www.rwbexp.com
The 6th Annual Rhythm, Wine and Brews event is returning to the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, March 4—and we can’t wait for its arrival. The event, hosted by Empire Music Ventures, will boast major talent, including legend Snoop Dogg himself. Pepper, The Expendables and others will shine on stage come March as well. As if the headliners aren’t reason enough to attend this phenomenal event, more than 100 craft breweries and wineries will be serving up libations sure to delight any palate. Craft beer and wine tasting runs from 4-7 p.m. VIP and Elite ticket holders get to enter and indulge one hour prior to gates officially opening, at 3 p.m. Delectable food is available for purchase throughout the event. Like other spectacular desert destination music events, Rhythm, Wine and Brews will offer camping on site from Friday to Sunday, with every option from luxurious
Glamping to Turnkey Camping—no finger need be lifted on this package. Always aiming for a better experience for their guests each year, the festival is introducing Dining Under the Stars this year. The seated, four-course meal and beer pairing experience is one surely not to miss. Also being introduced is the Elite Experience, “which includes VIP admission and access to the Elite Lounge with a hosted vodka bar,” says Lynn Bremner, Director of Marketing for Empire Polo Club. Among the attractions for the event is LOCALE Magazine’s VIP Bottle Share and Kick-off Party hosted the night before the festival begins. Meet and greet other music lovers and come with a bottle of unique craft beer to share. Come early, stay late, and enjoy this festival with foodie fanatics, libation lovers and music mavens.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: • Elite Admission Tickets: $300 • VIP Admission Tickets: $150 per person • General Admission Tickets (with wine and beer tastings): $85 per person • General Admission Tickets: $70 per person WINE IS FINE: • Some of the wineries at the festival include MoonWalker Cellars, Ghost Pines, Dark Horse and Barefoot. LOCALE MAGAZINE 105
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“I believe you make time for people who are important to you.”—Bianca Rae
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Bianca Rae Shines Into the Lives of Children and Animals in Greater Palm Springs
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From being voted Best TV Personality in Palm Springs, to creating a charity that benefits both shelter animals and young girls, Bianca Rae is truly bringing a “Rae of Hope” to those in need. Her mission is to give a voice to the voiceless by using her platform as a news anchor. In doing so, she has successfully saved countless lives of dogs and cats and given young girls the confidence and knowledge to become strong women. Bianca’s story is one of compassion, hard work, and above all, believing in herself despite opposition.
s a Chicago native, Bianca dreamed of one day moving to California. While attending the University of Missouri, she traveled to Hollywood during her summers to intern at E! Entertainment and KTLA. During her senior year, she attended a Journalism convention in Las Vegas to meet news directors from West Coast TV stations for critique and advice. Little did she know, this would be the beginning of her career. The fifth person she spoke to at the convention was the Assistant News Director at KESQ, the station Bianca works at now. She was flown out for an interview and offered the job on the spot, fulfilling her dreams of moving to California.
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Bianca filled her early days in Palm Springs with volunteer work. As she was working at a local shelter, she met a dog named Jack. Although she had plans to adopt a dog later in life when she was settled down, she decided to adopt Jack at 22 years old. “All I can say is there was some soul-deep connection,” admits Bianca. She may have saved him, but he provided her with companionship when she was homesick. Adopting Jack launched Bianca into the world of philanthropy. She read about charities, and started volunteering with local non-profits. Having always wanted to create her own charity, Bianca felt that her next step was to create a mission statement and move forward with her goal. By using her influence as a news anchor, she was able to create a charity, the Bianca Rae Foundation (BRF), surrounding her two passions: children and animals. Feeling that these two groups are often overlooked, Bianca uses the spotlight that is put on her to her advantage, “Because of my job as a public figure, people listen to what I have to say. That is a big power and responsibility that I
have, therefore I am very delicate and precise about the message I send.” BRF hosts various events to aid in rescuing shelter animals and teaching young girls about leadership, health, and inner beauty. This includes events like the Faith, Hope, and Pups fundraiser taking place on Feb. 19 at the Empire Polo Club that benefits designated animal rescues. BRF is also part of the No Kill Coachella Valley Initiative, which is made up of public shelters and private animal welfare organizations to reduce the killing of animals in shelters. These initiatives include transporting animals from kill shelters to nonkill shelters, an event that was funded by BRF. In order to benefit young girls, BRF created the Rae of Hope Retreat where middle school girls come together to learn about leadership, self-love, and anti bullying from newscasters of KESQ. The retreat gives girls the opportunity to learn from strong female role models and mentors. While Bianca not only runs her own charity, she also volunteers for other charities as well. This could be intimidating to some, but
Small Screen, Big Dreams: Being a news anchor in Palm Springs has given Bianca incredible opportunities. She was fortunate enough to interview Matthew McConaughey at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, “He was very fun to talk to and we had a great rapport.” She also interviewed Reese Witherspoon and did extensive research on her films and production company in preparation. “I knew an interesting little fact about her English teacher that I could tell she was shocked I knew, she even got a bit teary-eyed during our interview… It was really a special moment,” says Bianca.
“People often tell me I'm too naïve in life and live with rosecolored glasses on, and I take those as huge compliments because I believe the world needs more of that.” —Bianca Rae
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Bianca is able to balance her time between her job, foundation, and volunteer work. Using her planner and notes app on her phone, Bianca makes sure to write down everything she plans on doing, and is also very diligent about following through on her promises. She attributes her success to her family and her team, who she always makes time to see, “I believe you make time for people who are important to you.” Knowing that success in her career and in her foundation go hand in hand, Bianca sees her organization growing as her career does, “I cannot imagine having this career and influence that comes with it without doing something impactful,” says Bianca. Regardless of where her journey takes her, Bianca plans to continually help shelter animals and young girls to see their full potential. Ten years from now, Bianca hopes that adopting a pet will be the only option people will have, “I hope my foundation can play some part in breaking down stereotypes and letting people know shelter pets are not always aggressive and mean.” She also hopes that
public figures and celebrities will increasingly advocate for pet adoption. In regards to her mission for young girls, she hopes that in 10 years she is able to have a farther reach in her impact, and be able to bring in high profile speakers, “I'm very excited for the future of the Bianca Rae Foundation.” As for others who aspire to join the nonprofit world and one day create their own foundation, Bianca advises to find something that speaks to your passion and can have a unique impact. She also recommends reading plenty of books on leadership, management, and non-profits. By not ever letting others’ doubt stand in the way of her dreams, Bianca continues to move forward in her quest in helping shelter animals find homes and being a role model for young girls.
“Because of my job as a public figure, people listen to what I have to say. That is a big power and responsibility that I have, therefore I am very delicate and precise about the message I send.” —Bianca Rae
Go Getter: Bianca’s favorite quote is a line from a Sugarland song, "I ain't settling for anything less than everything." With Bianca’s aspirations, she never looks at obstacles as problems. She’s always able to find a way to make her dreams work, “How else would a 24 year old be able to sit at Thanksgiving dinner with her whole family and say "I think I'm going to start my own foundation.”
The 4th Annual Rae of Hope Retreat will take place Sept. 23 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa. Registration opens this upcoming summer at BiancaRaeFoundation. org.
Native Knowledge: The No Kill Coachella Valley Coalition is comprised of various animal rescue organizations throughout the Coachella Valley, one of which is the Bianca Rae Foundation. Bianca’s foundation has become part of the transport sub committee, and has funded three successful transports to the Oregon Humane Society.
“People often tell me I'm too naïve in life and live with rose-colored glasses on, and I take those as huge compliments because I believe the world needs more of that,” says Bianca.
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HOME EXPERT This Greater Palm Springs Listing Agent Helps Buyers Find Their Dream Home
DESERT FLIPPERS A Behind the Scenes Look Inside One of HGTV’s Top Shows
DESERT FLIPPERS Flip It Good
Eric and Lindsey Bennett Talk HGTV Success
SETTING THE TABLE Eight4Nine Talks Favorite Dishes and What Sets Them Apart
HOME EXPERT Get to Know One of Palm Springs’ Top Realtors
HOTEL SHANGRI-LA Escape to Hotel Shangri-La in Boracay Island
SU CASA This Former Howard Hughes Home is a Midcentury Stunner
PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: 71809 San Gorgonio Rd Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 ERIC AND LINDSEY BENNETT Twitter: @DesertFlippers Instagram: @DesertFlippers www.hgtv.com/shows/desert-flippers
Hello, GOOD-BUY D AV E K I B B E Y Achieves Success in a Buyer’s Market WRITTEN BY: NANDA DYSSOU PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
EXPERT: Dave Kibbey CREDENTIALS: Real Estate Professional FAVORITE CHANNEL: HGTV
David Kibbey, one of the top real estate brokers in the desert, has always been interested in architecture. A native of the area, he first used his knowledge of the desert to become a real estate investor, then turned his passion for helping others find their dream homes into a second career in home sales. He owns Dave Kibbey and Associates, and he is also a broker with HÔM Sotheby's International Realty. Dave lives in Palm Desert in a beautiful, 1990s Mediterranean style home that he fully remodeled.
HÃ”M SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Indian Wells 74-890 CA-111, Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.797.8000 www.homgroup.com Photoshoot Location: BIGHORN GOLF CLUB 173 Tamit Pl Palm Desert, CA 92260 Listing price: $5.9M DAVE KIBBEY AND ASSOCIATES 74890 Hwy 111 Indian Wells CA 92210 760.797.8059 www.desertestatehomes.com BRE# 01341384 LOCALE MAGAZINE 113
FAMILY FIRST: Ò Dave is married, father of 6, and the grandfather of 9. DESERT COMMUNITIES ACCORDING TO DAVE: Ò Rancho Mirage attracts corporate leaders with its luxury homes in gated communities. Ò Palm Desert has the best shopping, dining, and entertainment. Ò La Quinta is a historical neighborhood going through great growth, giving homes lots of value appreciation. Ò Indian Wells offers super highend communities to those ready to enjoy a country club lifestyle.
Q: WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? Dave Kibbey: I have always been interested in architecture. After I had sold another business, investing got me interested in sales and my wife and I bought some rental properties here and in Hawaii. I love helping people achieve their real estate goals. 114 LOCALE MAGAZINE
What field of home sales do you specialize in? DK: I am primarily a listing agent working with sellers. I also work with buyers and sell about 30 percent of my own listings, too. At any time I carry between 25 and 40 listings in my inventory.
Q: How did growing up in the desert affect your process as a real estate sales professional? DK: I know the area like the back of my hand; I know the pros and cons of each city and their particular neighborhood communities. There are few communities in the desert in which I haven’t sold a home over the years. When a buyer tells me what they are looking for, I can match them with the area that meets their needs very quickly. My areas of expertise are Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta. Q: What are some features your buyers are looking for? DK: The statement “less is more” is used quite frequently today. They want open floorplans, less walls, less compartmentalization. Easy living.
Few buyers want the formal dining, formal living; they prefer to have a large open great room with bedrooms on each side, a great yard space, private pool space, and view. Q: Do you find that sustainable living trends affect what buyers are looking for now? DK: Very much so. People are becoming much more energy and water conscious. The funny thing is, luxury buyers can afford all the electricity in the world, but they are still very energy conscious, and do not like waste. A lot of new homes are being built with solar panels. Most of the new landscapes we are seeing here in the desert are complete with deserts capes and small patches of grass, if any. Q: What about home sizes, are they looking for McMansions or smaller homes? DK: Many homeowners are definitely downsizing. The sweet spot in luxury is between 4,000 and 5,000 square feet. They don’t want the 7,0009,000 square-foot homes anymore, except for the ultra wealthy, who still buy extra large properties, but those can take a long time to sell.
“Buyers who have been sitting on the fence are now coming to us now before mortgage rates are bound to go up. It is absolutely a great time to buy.”—Dave Kibbey Q: What styles of new homes are popular now? DK: Modern with walls of glass, open floor plan-less compartmentalization, top of the line appliances and finishes. I represent a new small modern home subdivision in Rancho Mirage called Makena – named after Makena Beach in Hawaii – where 10 new custom homes are being built. They are in the 2.8 to 3 million dollar price range, offering big views and super high-end finishes. Q: How has the process of buying and selling changed over the last few years? Does the advent of social media influence the way people buy homes? DK: Very much so. For example, my staff posts
every home I list or sell, any price reductions or changes to the status of a property on Facebook, and the effect is amazing. I sold five homes this year from listing them on Facebook. I used to also post videos to my YouTube channel to educate people about the process of home buying and selling, but recently I’ve switched over to writing reports on market trends. I post these market updates at the end of each month on my website, and clients and prospects really appreciate that. Q: What has been happening in real estate recently? Are we in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? DK: We are still in a buyer’s market, and I see
that trend continuing, for one specific reason: inventory levels in many price segments far outpace demand. Interesting - as soon as the elections were over, it was like a switch had been flipped, and buyers just started coming out of the woodwork. We had a very busy holiday season last year when November and December are usually very slow. From talking to people, it’s clear that buyer confidence levels are up. That confidence carried over to this year. Buyers who have been sitting on the fence are now coming to us now before mortgage rates are bound to go up. It is absolutely a great time to buy.
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FLIP IT GOOD
DESERT ESCAPES Ò Eric and Lindsey’s favorite spots in the Valley:
Eric and Lindsey Bennett Talk HGTV Success
1. The Living Desert Zoo 2. Local parks 3. Native Foods 4. Thai Smile 5. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
WRITTEN BY: SARA HYLAND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ZOË MICHELLE
Palm Springs real estate is getting a flipping great makeover thanks to Eric and Lindsey Bennett, home flipping powerhouse couple with small town charm. The couple has turned their love of flipping real estate into a home renovation show, “Desert Flippers.” Connecting over dreams to own, renovate and flip real estate, each half of the Wisconsin couple was in the middle of a remodeling project when they met. After just two months of dating, they completed their first investment flip and used the money earned to move across the country to sunny California. Along with their belongings they brought their love and love for flipping real estate. Lindsey and her brother Mike (“Uncle Mike” as he’s known on “Desert Flippers”) vacationed in Palm Springs as kids and developed a love for the windmill-adjacent city. Lindsey learned all there is to know about real estate sales and design by assisting her cousins in the highend luxury market. Eric is a Loan Officer, proficient in financing real estate as well as foreclosure and the distressed property market. Stemming from a line of successful real estate brokers, developers and commercial real estate owners in Wisconsin, it’s no wonder this couple has what it takes to make a successful home renovation show. From capturing hearts on game shows, to inspiring the masses through commercials, to HGTV, this couple is not camera shy. After a commercial they filmed
together, they were contacted by Glass Entertainment Group to make their own reel of their house flipping escapades. “It seemed like the best of both worlds,” says Lindsey, “working to flip properties and film together.” HGTV bought a full pilot episode and loved it so much they ordered a full season!
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Ò The perils Eric and Lindsey face on a job: 1. Three-digit temperatures 2. Black widow spiders 3. Scorpions 4. Rodents 5. Fire ants
“Desert Flippers” takes viewers along for the ride as the Bennett family flips homes in Palm Springs. They battle desert perils from three-digit temperatures, to black widow spiders, to scorpions, to rodents, to fire ants. “The stakes can be high,” says Lindsey. “The market is volatile, but the profits can be great.” Palm Springs offers a wealth of variety for the Bennetts to flip. The couple remodels all kinds of houses in the desert – everything from midcentury modern to classic California ranch homes. Lindsey’s brother “Uncle Mike” is involved in the show, sometimes the voice of reason when it comes to certain aspects of house flipping. Three kids into their marriage, Eric and Lindsey balance family and HGTV life. They enjoy working together as a family, capturing candid moments on film for eager viewers to enjoy. “So, here we are today,” says Lindsey. “Eric has his dream jobs financing, flipping and filming real estate and I'm blessed to be home with my kids in down time and working in real estate and filming with my family. I can't imagine a job that would be much better than this.”
ERIC AND LINDSEY BENNETT Twitter: @DesertFlippers Instagram: @DesertFlippers Facebook: www.facebook.com/desertflippers www.hgtv.com/shows/desert-flippers Photoshoot Location: 71809 San Gorgonio Rd Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Palm Springs real estate is getting a flipping great makeover thanks to Eric and Lindsey Bennett.
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Co-owner John Paschal says, “There is not a day that goes by when we don’t hear someone say, “It is like walking into Alice in Wonderland,” describing the main dining room simply called the Grand Corridor. As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us are searching for the perfect romantic location for our celebration of love, highlighted by beautiful surroundings and stunningly delicious food. The decor not only delights the adult diner, children are enchanted by the furnishings and want to try every chair for proper fit.
EIGHT4NINE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 849 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.8490 www.Eight4Nine.com
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Co-Owners Willie Rhine, John Paschal and Chef Chuck Courtney
Q: What inspired your love for food? Chuck Courtney: My parents were good cooks and I was always in the kitchen helping. They would have swanky cocktail parties and I would pass the tray of hors d’oeuvres. Food was sharing and entertaining. When I got older I watched cooking shows. Graham Kerr and then “Great Chefs” on PBS. Willie Rhine: I started my career in the hospitality industry with a 100 seat theater. I later worked as general manager for two successful restaurants. I enjoyed putting all the people in all the right places. It is exciting to do the same thing here in our space. We can create the perfect setting for two or 200. In many ways it is the same as running the theatre, my job is to direct the show and put everybody in the right spot. CC: Yes, there are many aspects of the restaurant business that correspond to show business. We cater to all the senses.
Described by co-owners Willie Rhine, and John Paschal as, “Our little home,” Eight4Nine embraces the fun and unique history of Palm Springs. From the original floor in the entrance, which announces the history of HOUSE 849, to the magnificent courtyard gates, the restaurant speaks for itself. Whether you are planning a wedding in the Grand Corridor, a small party in the Gypsy Room, or an intimate dinner on the outside patio, you are sure to enjoy the setting at EIGHT4NINE. 120 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Q: What sets you apart or is particularly unique to your restaurant? JP: We have Willie and they don’t. WR: Our setting sets us apart. Not many places can throw a party for six or 200 and do it well. CC: Our creative team, as a whole, sets us apart. Q: What is next for you? WR: Catering. We took the time necessary to allow the restaurant to run smoothly before we introduced catering. I have catered events throughout the valley for almost 15 years and I am very happy to say we are starting off to great success. Our guests can now experience, the same quality of food and service at our place or theirs. We provide the same quality food and bring the same team from the restaurant, ensuring the best possible experience for life's most memorable moments.
Q: What would you recommend to a firsttime guest? CC: The four-course dinner. It is great price and gives our guests a chance to sample different items. I would also recommend our 26-ounce ribeye for two. It is served with truffled potato planks. WR: One of our best kept secrets is our brunch. My favorite is our Scottish breakfast, it is the only one in the Coachella Valley. JP: I would also recommend some of our bar food. We have fried pickles and Southern fried bacon. Q: Why should a couple come here for a romantic Valentine celebration? CC: Our Valentine’s menu is a combination of our regular menu and several items that are special for that day. WR: A couple can enjoy a romantic booth for two, a table by the fireplace or request their own setting and experience any type of dining. JP: Eight4Nine is the perfect location for a Valentine’s celebration. We have room for everybody's mood or personality. We offer something for everyone’s dining experience. Fun, whimsical, romantic—we offer it all. Q: Your team is just as important as the food and decor of your restaurant. What makes your team special? CC: The team is huge! Great service goes a long way. I am in the back of the house. If one thing is off, it comes across to the guests.
Photos - John Paschal & Willie Rhine: Arturo Gonzalez
Q: What is your favorite item on the menu? CC: Having to pick a favorite menu item is like having to pick a favorite child. I developed the menu and have an attachment to every item on it. I guess it depends on how I am feeling at the time. For example, today I feel like the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese. WR: The Scottish Steelhead, followed closely by our Ahi Poke bowl! John Paschal: Our Chili Relleno. The batter is so light and fluffy and that cheese! When you cut into the Relleno the cheese just oozes out. It is so good! We use a really good cheese. I know, I pay the bill. I don’t want to sound cocky but we have the best burger in town. Oh, and the Carne Asada…
WR: We have a staff of a little over 100. Many of them have worked for me for more than a decade. The staff is crucial to the success in the restaurant business. You must have all the elements from the person who greets you at the door, to the bus staff. JP: Having staff with you for more than a decade says a lot in the restaurant business. Willie has done a great job putting this staff together. It seems like family. Happy employees translate to happy guests.
Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl
Sourdough-Crusted Chilean Sea Bass NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: When not eating at Eight4Nine, co-owner Willie loves to have brunch at Farm or dinner at Jake’s, both in Palm Springs. While co-owner John admits Tyler’s Burgers on Indian Canyon has a great burger.
Grilled Scottish Steelhead DRINKS: The Eight4nine Gin-eration
Willie 4 the Community: Willie Rhine believes it is greatly important to give back to the community. EIGHT4NINE proudly hosts many fundraisers for local nonprofits. Willie sits on the board of The Coachella Valley Repertory Theater and is a member of the advisory council of Sanctuary Palm Springs. Along with his life partner, Albert Gonzalez, he is a member of The Desert Aids Project’s Partners for Life and the Aids Assistance Program’s Jeannette Rockefeller Angels Program. Rhine and Gonzalez are also founding members of The Center’s Ocotillo Club.
LOLA: The table is set in one of Eight4Nine’s semi private rooms called the Lola Room, named after a photograph on the wall by Stacey Jacob, of local celebrity Lola Showgirl. LOCALE MAGAZINE 121
MIDCENTURY MASTER G AT H E R E X P E R T R E A L E S TAT E T I P S F R O M A P R O
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
EXPERT: Dean Sipe CREDENTIALS: Realtor for HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Sipe taught English to clients in Luxembourg
Dean Sipe has an MBA in Marketing, as well as 12 years of sales and marketing experience in the telecommunications industry, real estate, and other fields. He has lived in nine cities in 10 years including Boston, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Luxembourg–before sunny Palm Springs irrevocably stole his heart. As a realtor with HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty, he enjoys helping buyers and sellers find their dream homes in the Palm Springs area.
THE DEAN SIPE GROUP HÔM SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 500 S. Palm Dr, Ste 101 Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.422.3132 www.deansipe.com PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: 38220 Via Roberta Palm Springs, CA 92264 DEAN SIPE BRE# 01789257
“A S M Y FAT H E R U S E D TO S AY, E V E R Y O N E I S W I L L I N G
TO D O 9 9 P E R C E N T, B U T V E R Y F E W W I L L G O T H E
E X T R A O N E P E R C E N T. W H AT I W O U L D S U G G E S T TO
S E L L E R S I S TO G O T H E E X T R A P E R C E N T.” — D E A N S I P E
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“WE ALL NEED TO W O R K W I T H T H E N E W VA L U E PROPOSITIONS OF THE TIME WE ARE IN, KEEPING IN M I N D T H AT B U Y E R S A R E LO O K I N G F O R VA L U E , N OT F L U F F.” — D E A N S I P E
Q: HOW DID YOU CHO OSE PALM SPRINGS AS YOUR HOME? Dean Sipe: Like many of my clients, I was drawn to the area because of its wonderful climate, diverse community, and beautiful architecture. I moved here full time in 2005. I owned a second home here, a midcentury Alexander, and then I moved to a gated community in Seven Lakes Country Club, also because of the midcentury architecture. 124 LOCALE MAGAZINE
What attracted you to the real estate business? DS: I have always been in sales selling global telecommunications. I also liked architecture, especially that of midcentury homes, so real estate seemed like a natural choice. After talking to several agents, it became clear that I couldn’t continue moving as much as I did earlier, and that I would need to establish roots, live in the community I am representing. Palm Springs has everything I was looking for in a community, so I took an opportunity with Pacific Union, and then joined Sotheby’s International Realty. I have been with them for seven years.
Q: What kind of real estate do you specialize in? DS: I specialize in residential real estate, and my focus is on midcentury, modern and contemporary homes. In my opinion, a true salesperson can sell anything, yet it helps to have an affinity for the product which they are selling. As I have an affinity for contemporary, modern and midcentury architecture, the greater Palm Springs area was a natural fit for me. Q: What cities do you cover? DS: My representation spans the entirety of Coachella Valley. I believe for any real estate agent the primary focus tends to be where they live. My focus is in Palm Springs because I live in the city and because I am a midcentury and modern architecture connoisseur.
Q: What is your take on the current state of US real estate? DS: So far, 2017 has been a great year for real estate. We are all working with the new value propositions, keeping in mind that buyers are looking for value, not fluff. I'm coaching my sellers to focus on the value through buyers' perspectives and their sold home is proof of success. Q: What changes have you witnessed in the Palm Springs market? DS: When I started nine years ago, most people were looking to Palm Springs as a retirement community, where they could just relax and enjoy the sunshine. They are still doing that, yet I think the recession caused people to reassess their lives and priorities. Now, many people are not looking to retire in the true sense of the word. Palm Springs is attracting a more active audience who enjoy museums, golf, hiking, biking and other sports in better weather. Palm Springs offers that with its downtown, country clubs, outdoor living and shopping. It’s the perfect area to switch from city to resort lifestyle. Q: What are the most desirable locations in the desert right now? DS: It is hard to narrow it down as this depends on personal preferences, however, the city of Palm Springs is attracting a lot of attention due to the investments that have happened over the last few years. Downtown is being rebuilt, and people are very attracted to the energy brought
DEAN’S TOP 3 TIPS FOR A QUICK HOME SALE: 1. Clean and paint your home 2. Staging makes or breaks the sale 3. New appliances, solar panels, and low-maintenance landscaping can really sell a home
WORLD TRAVELER Sipe got his first passport at age 29 and shortly filled two of them by traveling around the world.
“ PA L M S P R I N G S I S B E C O M I N G H O M E TO A T R U LY D I V E R S E G R O U P O F P E O P L E .” — D E A N S I P E
Q: Do you see many first-time homebuyers? DS: First-time buyers dropped off a little after the recession, yet we're starting to see more firsttime buyers recently. Still, most of our clients are looking for vacation properties to use part-time. Since it is so easy to get to Palm Springs from San Francisco or LA or Seattle, we are getting more and more clients from there.
Q: What are some of these features? DS: People are interested in low-maintenance curb appeal. You don’t need to get rid of your grass and have only desertscape. You can do a lot with plants and artificial turf that give a resort feel and are also easy to maintain. Other things people love are pockets or areas of lifestyle. Whether it’s a courtyard with a firepit or a side patio for a conversational area, a BBQ or cocktail area, those things are always of interest to buyers because they can see themselves and their friends in the home having various types of fun events.
Q: What are buyers looking for in a Palm Springs vacation home? DS: Currently, people are looking for a finished product to go with a specific lifestyle. For example, the true midcentury enthusiast wants to see architectural authenticity and Palm Springs has a wonderful concentration of midcentury architecture. Also, most home buyers want three to four bedrooms. As many buyers are still working, an office or den is desired while still having enough bedrooms because people enjoy having friends and family visit. Open floor plans are hot on people’s list, and they also like modern appliances and upgraded bathrooms.
Q: What else should sellers do before putting their homes on the market? DS: If we get down to the basics, clean your carpet, clean your tile, and paint your house. A lot of people don’t like to do those things because they are an effort, and we want to present the home in the best condition. Most buyers cannot see themselves in a home that’s dirty and dated, so cleaning and painting are very cost-effective ways to make your home appeal to them. After that, staging is extremely valuable. Then we get into the more costly steps, like upgrading appliances, adding solar panels, and other steps, which a seller may or may not want to do.
Q: Would you suggest upgrading all homes before putting them up for sale? DS: To a certain extent. What I would suggest to sellers above all is to stay true to the architectural style of their homes. If you have an old Spanish property, don’t try to make it contemporary. Be authentic to the property you are in. Also, buyers are looking for features that add value not only to their homes but to their lives, too. Value can be added by defining spaces for life...work space, eating space, entertainment and lounging spaces are key. And outdoor space is key!
Q: Do you suggest taking these steps despite the costs? DS: I do. As my father used to say, everyone is willing to do 99 percent, yet very few will go the extra one percent. What I would suggest to sellers is to go the extra percent. I guarantee your property will sell a lot faster and at a lot higher price if you are willing to do that. Also, buyers are a lot more sophisticated and knowledgeable now than they were before because of all the information they can find online. It is important for sellers to keep up with the market as well, and listen to their realtor.
by such investment. It’s also driving in a younger – 20s, 30s, 40s – generation, too. Palm Springs continues to grow as a home and destination for a truly diverse group of people.
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HOTEL SHANGRI-LA Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island Malay Aklan, 5608 Philippines www.shangri-la.com/boracay/boracayresort
5 THINGS WE LOVED ABOUT BORACAY: 1. The cute “e-trikes” that take you anywhere on the island for a few dollars. 2. Spending the day on the private beach at the Shangri-La drinking bottles of Rosé. 3. Day drinking and swimming at the overwater bar called Spider House.
Island Time Four Miles Long and a Million Miles Away WRITTEN BY: ERIK HALE
4. Cliff jumping from up to 40' in the air at Ariel’s Point. 5. Dinner at the clifftop restaurant Sirena at Shangri-La.
Powdery, white, soft sand beaches, clear blue water and amazing restaurants sounded exactly like the vacation we needed. Luckily for us, all of this and more, was waiting for us at the Shangri-La Resort in Boracay. Boracay Island in the Philippines is a four mile long slice of heaven that will deliver on all of your luxury stay vacation dreams without breaking the budget. We landed at the closer of the two airport choices that service Boracay, Caticlan Airport. Almost everyone that lands at this airport must take one of the multiple ferries from Caticlan to Boracay—everyone except Shangri-La Resort guests. The Shangri-La is the only resort on the
island that offers a private bus and boat service that takes you directly from the airplane, to a VIP lounge, to a private dock with a private boat waiting that delivers you to the resort. Even though we spent time exploring the entire island including the renowned Puka Beach, and the tourists filled 2.5 mile long White Beach, we found the most enjoyment within the boundaries of our resort. The resort has pristine private beaches, water sports rentals and a resort pool and bar that rivals any luxury resort in the world. We left the resort twice and both times we asked for a shuttle, the staff were surprised we were leaving the resort. There really isn't a reason to leave.
Midcentury Playground ICONIC PALM SPRINGS ESTATE HITS THE MARKET
WRITTEN BY: TAMARA PHILIPS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: HÔM SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Aside from these beautiful desert views and the privacy of the estate, the sexiest selling point of this HÔM Sotheby's International Realty Palm Springs listing is the lineage of owners in its history who spent a great deal of time in the Hollywood limelight. For the first time in over 50 years, this phenomenal property has hit the market.
HÔM SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 500 S Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 101, Palm Springs, CA 92264 www.homgroup.com/Palm-Springs LISTING AGENT: Leonardo Montenegro CalBRE# 01413476 | 760.464.5600
2195 Rim Rd Palm Springs,CA,92264
“This is a trophy home. It's a one-of-a-kind because of its pedigree.” —Leonardo Montenegro
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Be sure to grab a martini and lounge under the brightly colored pool cabana to fully encapsulate a day in the life of the film tycoon and create your own personal paradise. 130 LOCALE MAGAZINE
“The house is a time capsule in which the owners have kept the integrity of its design and architecture.” —Leonardo Montenegro
TOP PERFORMER: As a partner in The Leonardo Group with Marcio Baggio, Leonardo Montenegro has earned recognition as a top one percent agent in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
IN THE DETAILS: 3 Full Baths 2,400 Square Feet 0.23 Acres
eginning with actress/celebrity Eva Gabor, then Paul Keyes, an Emmy award- and Golden Globe-winning comedy writer and producer of “The Jack Paar Tonight Show,” “The Dean Martin Show,” and “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In,” and many of Frank Sinatra's TV Specials. And finally, the notorious and legendary world famous aviator/producer/billionaire recluse Howard Hughes owned this estate. “This is a trophy home,” says HÔM Sotheby's International Realty's agent Leonardo Montenegro. “It's a one-of-a-kind because of its pedigree.” Since the architect is unknown, this home offers a 'Golden Days of Hollywood' connection. The ideal buyer for this estate is “someone who loves Hollywood history, a collector of sorts, who loves the idea of walking in the footsteps of Howard Hughes and sleeping where he slept,” says Montenegro. “Or someone who wants a trophy home and is looking for a one-of-akind [property]—an architect or designer, or architecture/design enthusiast who appreciates this type of architecture.” True to the architecture of the period, the three-level home is sexy and unique.
It was designed to take advantage of the incredible views of the valley and the mountains with the use of glass walls and its back to the road to ensure complete privacy. The carport, living area, kitchen, and two bedrooms en-suites are on the main street level and the upper bedroom and kitchen wing is only a few steps above the living and second bedroom area, with a third bedroom wing down a flight of floating stairs. The pool area is on a lower level yet, down another short stairway from the lower bedroom level. And the third bedroom ensuite, along with the spa, are on the lowest level, with the pool only a few steps below. “The house is a time capsule in which the owners have kept the integrity of its design and architecture,” says Montenegro. While the home has been substantially updated with new flooring and a third HVAC unit, the space maintains many of the original high-end appliances of the era like the oven, cooktop, and vintage tile in the classic ‘50s green. Because the house sits up high at the base of the mountains where Bob Hope's and Steve McQueen's homes are, along with the Elrod houses, this house possesses
incredible views from inside and outside the home. With amazing features like massive glass walls; amazing design and architecture; pool, spa, bar, and three separate outdoor lounging levels, you’re sure to feel as though you’re living the Hughes billionaire lifestyle. Be sure to grab a martini and lounge under the brightly colored pool cabana to fully encapsulate a day in the life of the film tycoon and create your own personal paradise. However, with the ample lounging space on the decks and by the pool, you’ll have to invite all your friends over to have drinks with you! It’s the perfect outdoor setting for entertaining with lounge chairs galore, a barbecue, and hammock. If you like the solitude but still want access to all of fabulous Palm Springs shopping and nightlife, you’re in for a treat. The privacy of this location in Araby Cove is extremely quiet and tranquil, yet less than five minutes from shopping, restaurants, cafes, museums, more. What more could you possibly want for your Palm Springs getaway home? With this location, it’s also a great property to use as a vacation rental when you’re away.
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