20 Foodie Edition
AN INSIDE LOOK AT A Collection Curated by Thieves Indioâ€™s Field of Dreams The Famous Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
PAGES BURSTING WITH FLAVOR The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Greater Palm Springs
PAIGE SPIRANAC SPILLS THE TEE
REVIVE YOUR DESIGN This Airbnb Went Mad for Mod, and Now You Can Too
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Nathancoxstudios.com @nathancoxstudios & @nathancoxinteriors
Foodie Guide - D Is for Deliciosos Casuelas Cafe Palm Desert 73703 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.568.0011 | www.casuelascafe.com DATE TAKEN: NOVEMBER 19, 2019 24 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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How to Make
Crazy Little Thing Called Mod Revivals Furnishings and a Dreamy Airbnb Are a Match Made in Heaven
editor's note Goodbye, 2019. For many, you were a year of trials and tribulations, of tremendous highs and lows. You were tumultuous to say the least, but don’t worry— we don’t blame you. There must be a lot of pressure being the last representation of your decade. But, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. Much like any new year, 2020 ushers in a feeling of beginning, of hitting the proverbial reset button. But the start of this new decade feels even more refreshing—like the shocking but welcome chill of jumping in the pool after soaking in a hot tub. In the wake of February, LOCALE is keeping the kick-off of the Roaring ‘20s going strong. Not only do we have some amazing new looks in this issue—most notably our huge A-Z Foodie Guide, encompassing all things tasty in Greater Palm Springs (pg. 63)—but we also have incredible faces and places gracing our pages. Among them is Jeremy Smick and Samantha Caltagirone from Thick as Thieves (pg. 106), Mark Anton from
AAP Food Samaritans (pg. 122) and Steven Henke from Revivals (pg. 142). Although they all do very different things and share their very different stories, what unites them is a passion to serve others while making the world a more sustainable, more wholesome and more beautiful place. Finally, we have the gorgeous and brilliant Paige Spiranac on our cover at the sunny Hotel Paseo, where she tees up to chat about anti-bullying, women’s empowerment and, of course, future plans. What better way to swing into the new year than that? Whether you’re sitting in a coffee shop, seeking solace in your favorite chair at home or taking us with you in your carry-on during your next big adventure, I’d like to make a toast to the LOCALE team, to 2019, to 2020 and, of course, to you. So raise your reusable coffee tumblers, your end-of-the-day wine glasses and your travel-sized sodas, and cheers to a year well-spent and to a year full of surprises and possibilities. We’re looking forward to sharing it all with you.
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making the issue February 2020 /// Foodie Edition COVER
Photographed By: Travis McCoy, travismccoy.com @travis_mccoy_photography Model: Paige Spiranac, @_paige.renee Location: Hotel Paseo, 45400 Larkspur Ln, Palm Desert, CA 92260 Written By: Lauren McCarran, asaltyblue.com | @lomccarran Styled By: Neil Cohen, neilcohenstyle.com | @neilcohenstyle Hair & Makeup By: Danielle Brucklacher, www.faceandhaircandy.com | @daniellestyleshair Dress Provided By: Saks Fifth Avenue, Rococo Sand, www.saksfifthavenue.com Sunglasses Provided By: Oliver Peoples, www.oliverpeoples.com
Dressed in a light blue jumpsuit with a cappuccino in hand, Instagram influencer and former golf-pro Paige Spiranac is a natural beauty in cashmere at Locale’s Palm Springs cover shoot. During the shoot, Spiranac continued to wow in every look she tried on, garnishing attention from every angle—even Spiranac’s husband, couldn’t help shouting, “Who’s that hottie?” from their hotel balcony, which overlooked the set.
G-L-A-M With Hotel Paseo’s Glam Room at her disposal, hair and makeup stylist Danielle Brucklacher decided to go with a simple loose curl and natural makeup for Spiranac’s close-up. Despite the name of the dressing room, Brucklacher shared after the shoot that she loved “all the glam looks,” but her favorite by far was “the comfy cozy look in the airstream.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower “Up on the wall, hands down,” says wardrobe stylist Neil Cohen when asked about his favorite location on set. In high heels and a flowing baby blue dress, Spiranac was escorted up a ladder where she twirled and moved across an 8-foot concrete wall with a bright yellow, cursive “California” scrolled across it. “I love how she was able to move and make the dress move… She danced with the clothes,” Cohen notes.
Good Enough to Eat For the cover shot, Spiranac was dressed in a flirty, maxi dress with a colorful leopard print that popped against the bright yellow background. “It was so much fun to wear and it was really pretty,” Spiranac says. “I also got to pose with some fun food props.” Her accessory? A big, juicy hamburger from AC3 that had everyone on set drooling. Written By: Lauren Lewellen
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table of contents February 2020 /// Foodie Edition
A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of Greater Palm Springs
K Is for Kobe Teppan-Style Cooking That Endures Throughout the Years
KOBE JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE 69838 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.324.1717 www.koberanchomirage.com
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table of contents
February 2020 /// Foodie Edition
Get the Deets
CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS
The Living Desert Celebrates Half a Century of Fur, Scales and Feathers
5 Pro Tips
HOW TO HAVE "THE TALK"
BLING IT ON
The Beer Hunter’s Collaboration With Live Well Clinic Is a Real Game-Changer
What’s in Stock
Rise and Shine With These Statement Pieces From El Paseo Jewelers
THE ART OF CONFIDENCE
Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life
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Setting the Scene
GOOD FOOD HUNTING
Accessorize With GloballyInspired Statement Pieces From Zense Collection
Take a Look Inside Mary McDonald’s Clayful Collection
Beacon Pointe’s Brandt Kuhn Is Here to Help Make Tough Financial Conversations a Bit Easier
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Through AAP – Food Samaritans’ Efforts, the Coachella Valley Is a Healthier, Less-Hungry Place
Behind the Brand
Bloom Into Your Best Self With These Top-of-the-Line Cannabis Products From Flower Market
Empire Polo Club
HAVE A FIELD DAY
From Monet to Coachella, Empire Polo Club Has a Timeline of Tradition
YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT
The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
KUD Properties Expands With a New Office Space, Keeping Palm Desert Beautiful
RESIDENCE IN RETROGRADE
The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Throws It Back to the Pinnacle of Midcentury Modern Architecture
How to Make
CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED MOD Revivals Furnishings and a Dreamy Airbnb Are a Match Made in Heaven
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LIVE IT UP AT THESE GREATER PALM SPRINGS HAPPENINGS Written By: Taylor Gorski
What: Art Palm Springs
What: Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival
Where: Palm Springs Convention Center
Where: Rancho Mirage Community Park
Why: Enjoy post-war and contemporary art showcased during a weekend full of craft and creativity.
Why: Over 200 selections of wine, gourmet bites and live entertainment!
What: Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
What: College of the Desert Street Fair
Where: City of Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Where: College of the Desert
Why: Witness the desert transform into a sea of flowers at this super-bloomin’ event!
Why: Because bites, boutiques and over 300 booths are every shop-a-holic’s dream!
What: An Evening With Michael Feinstein Where: McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert Why: The five-time Grammy-nominated performer does nothing short of entertain as he’ll play piano and sing the night away. How: www.mccallumtheatre.com Indian Wells
Where: Multiple Venues in Greater Palm Springs Why: Celebrate the art world with a look at midcentury modern design. Hop on the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour for a peek at midcentury gems around Palm Springs, or check out dreamy featured homes that you’ll wish were yours. How: www.modernismweek.com
What: 74th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival
What: BNP Paribas Open Where: Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Why: Carnival rides and fair food; it’s fun for the whole family!
Why: Watch the best of the best in tennis at this premier professional tennis tournament. Past champions include Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu.
What: Citi Taste of Tennis
(Closed March 8)
What: Modernism Week
What: Sunday Polo Games at Empire Polo Club
Where: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Where: Empire Polo Club
Why: Local chefs serve up delicious food with special appearances from your favorite tennis pros!
Why: Free admission to Sunday Polo! Parking is $20 per car (cash).
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Photos - Modernism Week: BethanyNauert | BNP Paribas Open: Desert Champions/Marc Glassman | Citi Taste of Tennis: Audrey Ma | Empire Polo Club: Rachel Hoops
LOCALEndar EVERY SATURDAY UNTIL MARCH
LIVE IT UP AT THESE GREATER PALM SPRINGS HAPPENINGS Written By: Taylor Gorski
10-12 & 17-19
What: Classic Cars Under the Stars
What: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
What: 22nd Annual Concert Series
Why: Cruise over to admire classic cars, indulge in a buffet dinner and let loose at a live rock ‘n’ roll concert.
Why: Put on your best festival fit and dance under the desert sun to music by top performers.
Where: The Gardens on El Paseo
14 Why: Wine, food and live entertainment—an ideal Saturday outing! How: www.thegardensonelpaseo.com Palm Springs
MARCH20 TO MARCH28 What: Fashion Week El Paseo Where: The Gardens on El Paseo, Palm Desert Why: Be the first to know this season’s style trends at the West Coast’s largest consumer fashion show! How: www.fashionweekelpaseo.com
What: Coachella Valley Symphony: Concerto Concert Where: Palm Springs Art Museum: Annenberg Theater Why: Delight your ears with a classical performance by this local symphony. How: www.psmuseum.org
5 What: Opera in the Park Where: Sunrise Park, Palm Springs Why: Pack your picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of listening to free music in the park!
Where: Empire Polo Club
How: www.coachella.com Palm Springs
What: Palm Desert Brew at The Zoo Where: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Why: While sampling beer and wine, enjoy tasty fare from various food trucks. Change up your Saturday night—come out for live entertainment and an evening of fun (amongst the animals), all benefitting The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens!
What: The White Party Palm Springs Where: Palm Springs Why: This party is deemed the biggest gay dance music festival in the nation!
What: Stagecoach Country Music Festival Where: Empire Polo Club Why: Slip on your cowboy boots for a linedancing filled weekend of country music! How: www.stagecoachfestival.com
EVERY FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH UNTIL MAY What: Galen First Fridays Where: Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert Why: Take a step back, slow down and transform yourself with artwork at this staple Palm Springs museum that’s been around since 1938. Enjoy free music and activities in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, from 4-8p.m. How: www.psmuseum.org
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Photos - Palm Springs Art Museum: Greater Palm Springs CVB | The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens: Greater Palm Springs CVB | Stagecoach: Greater Palm Springs CVB | The White Party: Marques Daniels
Where: Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert
Serving Smiles Restaurateur Jerry Keller Is Dishing the Deets on Greater Palm Springs Eats
Palm Springs NAME Jerry Keller JOB TITLE Founder, Lulu and Acqua California Bistro
3 OF MY FAVORITE SNACK SPOTS IN RANCHO MIRAGE
RESIDENT OF Rancho Mirage
1. Acqua California Bistro 2. Shame on the Moon 3. Joyce’s Sushi
LOCAL LIVING 34 years
PUTTING ON AIRS
I love working with Palm Springs Air Museum, Lulu Catering and Events’ new catering partner! Not only is the Palm Springs Air Museum a beautiful venue, they’re constantly honoring veterans and have an amazing collection of aircraft.
“Being a restaurateur is one of the most challenging, fun, creative, rewarding endeavors I’ve ever been involved in.”
YOU NEED TO TRY THIS
ACQUA CALIFORNIA BISTRO 71800 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.862.9800 www.acquaranchomirage.com Photoshoot Location: LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO 200 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.5858 www.lulupalmsprings.com
Ò I’ll eat breakfast anywhere that serves eggs from Gonestraw Farms. Their chickens are raised cage-free in the field, and their eggs have the most beautiful yellow yolks. You really can tell the difference in their flavor. www.gonestrawfarm.com
SEE YOU THERE!
Ò Over the years, we’ve really enjoyed Shame on the Moon. It really is a neighborhood restaurant where many of our friends gather from time to time. Anything that Milan and his crew do on the grill is delicious, and their staff is friendly and experienced. www.shameonthemoon.com
EAST MEETS WEST
Ò Wang’s Chinese Cuisine in Cathedral City is a small local restaurant with fresh food and a very kind staff. It’s terrific for a quick dinner or take out—I really like their spare ribs and shrimp egg foo young; you have to try it and see for yourself. www.wangschineseca.com
KEEP IT SWEET
Ò If I’m treating myself to something special, I might drop by Brandini Toffee for their toffee ice crème bar. It’s a local business that was founded in Rancho Mirage by two great entrepreneurs who’ve grown this into a business known around the country. www.brandinitoffee.com
Photographed By: Kenneth Alexander Scott | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ò Lulu is great for people-watching from the patio, on the terrace and at the busy bar—and the food is delicious. Start out with a tasty fish chowder that’s chock-full of seafood, followed by perfectly cooked escargot (oh yes, I dip the fresh-baked house bread in the butter sauce). Then try a superbly prepared fillet of fresh Atlantic salmon, and finish it off with Lulu’s signature triple chocolate cake.
Bright by Design Tracy Turco Shines the Spotlight on Her Weekly To-Dos and Go-Tos in Palm Springs
Palm Springs NAME Tracy Turco JOB TITLE Designer, Artist, Trendsetter and Hotelier
3 MOST INSPIRING SPOTS: 1. Palm Springs Art Museum 2. Local Architecture and Midcentury Homes 3. Just Fabulous Boutique
RESIDENT OF NYC and Palm Springs LOCAL LIVING 1 year living in Palm Springs
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
The best part of my business is that I get to share my work with the love of my life—my business partner is my husband. We have so much fun riding our bikes while searching for new properties and projects!
“I had the most fun decorating both the Art Hotel with an artistic, retro vibe and the Tiki Hotel with wild fabrics, prints and wallpapers that I created for all the rooms.”
BETTER THAN THE BIG APPLE
TRACY TURCO www.society6.com/tracyturco @tracy.turco Photoshoot Location: TIKI HOUSE Palm Springs, CA
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Ò There’s a glamorous hideaway in Club Trinidad where Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Elvis Presley cavorted on- and off-stage in the swinging ‘60s. The Purple Room Supper Club is sophisticated, dark and glamorous; it’s sure to transport you back to an elegant era. www.purpleroompalmsprings.com
Ò The Palm Springs Vintage Market (open every first Sunday of the month) is the best place in town! Mindy, the organizer, personally picks out items for me and texts me to see if I like them, and she even buys them for me if I’m not in town. www.palmspringsvintagemarket.com
THE SWEET LIFE
Ò My favorite restaurant is Azúcar at La Serena Villas in Palm Springs. It’s perfectly and privately tucked away with a fabulous rooftop that features the most exquisite views and a bohemian, artistic vibe. Everything you order tastes amazing and is beautifully presented. www.azucarpalmsprings.com
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Ò Hike a two-mile loop trail on an Indian reserve to find a secret gem: Tahquitz Falls. All the hidden natural beauty is definitely worth the small entrance fee. Take water, a walking stick, a camera and pack for an outdoor picnic! www.tahquitzcanyon.com
Photographed By: Nathan Cox | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ò Palm Springs actually has better shopping than New York City! [I love] Mitchells for vintage, high-end couture and serious collections. Trina Turk has the most colorful pool accessories, fabulous hats and great prints for both myself and hubby. You can also find me at Iconic Atomic and Haus of Rex on a weekly basis.
This Is How They Roll These Business Bros Know How to Dine and Unwind
Palm Springs NAME Bradley Ulisky & Pedro Ordonez JOB TITLE Owner; Financial Controller, Libra
3 FAVORITE HANGOUT SPOTS 1. Ace Hotel in Palm Springs 2. Kimpton Rooftop High Bar 3. Sugar High Rooftop Lounge at Azucar
RESIDENTS OF Rancho Mirage; Indio LOCAL LIVING 4 years; 26 years
EVOLUTION OF AN INDUSTRY
We feel cannabis opens up a whole new holistic lifestyle for some. We love being involved in this new emerging industry and pride ourselves in being the first openfloor concept in the valley.
“We invite all walks of life to stop by, ask questions and get a feel of modern cannabis shopping.” —Bradley Ulisky
Ò For Ordonez, Indio’s Tack Room Tavern is a favorite when it comes to hangout spots. “Great bands perform in a very intimate venue. You need to keep up with their schedule to ensure you don’t miss the slew of amazing artists.”
Photoshoot Location: LIBRA 78010 Country Club Dr, Ste 100-200 Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.360.6420
GRAB YOUR +1
Ò Eureka! in Palm Desert is Ordonez’s favorite date night spot. “I order a bison burger and whiskey sour. They have all kinds of delicious whiskeys and bourbons.” At Kobe Japanese Steak House, Ulisky starts with a SoCal local Hazy IPA and a tuna tartare for the table. “My go-to dish would be filet mignon, which is grilled to perfection right in front of you.” www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com www.koberanchomirage.com
BLAST TO THE PAST
Ò For Ulisky, Revivals is a blast to shop at! “The shop always seems to have high-quality, used products that fit nicely with my personal style. Keep an eye on their Instagram for weekend flash sales, as it is not uncommon for Revivals to run a crazy percentage off on a random Saturday.” www.revivalsstores.com
NEW TO TOWN
Ò Bontá Restaurant & Bar, one of Ulisky’s favorites, is an Argentinian eatery run by a local husband-and-wife duo. “The husband is the chef and really pours his passion for cooking into the food; I absolutely love the chimichurri sauce.” If you’re craving a good sandwich, Ordonez recommends the El Cubano sandwich from Zobo and Meester’s. www.bontarestaurant.com www.zamgrill.com
STEP IN THE SUNSHINE
Ò Tahquitz Canyon has been home to the Cahuilla Indians for many years and remains one of Ulisky’s favorite hidden gems in the Coachella Valley. “This spot is not necessarily a secret, but it is very special. Take a dip in the 60-foot seasonal waterfall. Jim Morrison from The Doors did and loved it!” www.coachellavalleypreserve.org
Photographed By: Kenneth Alexander Scott | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
LIBRA Palm Desert | Cathedral City | Coachella www.librashop.com @librashops
LISTEN TO THE TUNES
Quick on the Draw This Modernism Week Illustrator Tells Us Where She Gathers Inspiration
Palm Springs NAME Megan McKean JOB TITLE Designer, Illustrator & Author, McKean Studio
3 WORK INSPIRED BY PALM SPRINGS
RESIDENT OF Sydney, Australia
1. My newly-released book, “Palm Springs Love” 2. A Palm Springs scene and pattern for Modernism Week 2019 3. My fun little collection of Palm Springs GIFs that you can use on Instagram
LOCAL LIVING I’ve been visiting Palm Springs annually for the last 7 years or so, and it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the whole world.
DREAMS TO REALITY
“I’ve spent the last eight years working to travel and building my business and career around combining illustration with holiday-making.”
Ò The Shops at 1345 already get bonus points for being an E. Stewart Williamsdesigned building, and it’s now painted bright pink! Inside are great retail spaces full of souvenirs, art and the much-loved Soukie Modern Moroccan rugs. Palm Springs Style also carries some of our McKean Studio products, so you can get a little fix while you’re there.
MCKEAN STUDIO www.mckeanstudio.com @meganmckean
DAZZLE IN THE DESERT
Ò A little tricky to find for first-timers, but once you see the lawn flamingos in the grass-filled swimming pool, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Dazzles has a huge array of vintage enamel brooches and costume jewelry, a colorful selection that you’ll have a very hard time narrowing down to your favorites! 760.327.1446
SPLASH OF COLOR
Ò I love the seasonal changing mural at ACE Hotel. They work with different artists and concepts to cover a big wall on the grounds. Visiting the mural is a great excuse to stop at Kings Highway for a snack, and jump in the photo booth to capture a souvenir. www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
Ò After coming to The Saguaro for more than seven years, it’s still a favorite spot of mine to stay and visit. The recent freshening-up with Dunn Edwards Paints colors has renewed the rainbow-bright walls it’s so well known for—and it always makes for the best photo backdrops! www.thesaguaro.com/palm-springs
Ò The Fine Art of Design is a treasure trove of vintage pieces. I make sure to visit every time I’m in Palm Springs and visit the famous rainbow wall—a colorcoded section of vintage dresses and hat boxes. www.thefineartofdesign.com
Photo Provided By: Megan McKean | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
“I love Palm Springs’ rich architectural history, its glamorous (and sometimes seedy) celebrity past and the fact that it’s like nowhere else on earth.”
10 things we love
. .Food trends always keep us on our toes.
Raise a Glass
Ú The possibilities are
JUST IN... RING IN 2020 WITH THESE FOOD TRENDS
Ú It’s no secret that Asian
cuisine is full of guilt-free deliciousness. Gochujang, a popular chili paste, can complement an authentic Asian meal or be used to coat your favorite hot wings. With its pungent spice and full-bodied flavor, it’s finally forcing Sriracha, the supreme ruler of spice since 2015, to step aside.
Healthy, but Make It Fun!
Ú Next time you’re cooking, why not include CBD? Thanks to oils and crystals, adding a dash or a sprinkle of CBD to your favorite meal is easy to do. And since there’s no THC, you’ll be able to feel full and zened out—without getting the munchies. 4
East Meets West
Ú With bold flavors and healthy ingredients, Middle Eastern food is making its way into the homes of millions. One flavor that’s stealing the spotlight in particular is rosewater. A staple in traditional Middle Eastern ingredients, rosewater can add a bright, floral hint to pastries, proteins and cocktails.
OTHER INGREDIENTS ON THE RISE 5
WRITTEN BY: MADYSON COSTA UGLY PRODUCE
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From tracking down popular food trucks to planning the perfectly ‘grammable spread for your dinner party, food trends always keep us on our toes. With the new year in bloom, it’s time to dig deep for the most groundbreaking trends of 2020 to obsess over. Welcome floral and fiery flavors onto your palate and prepare to be amazed. Which craze will stick with you?
Photos: Tura Kombucha: John Glover | Turmeric: Dani Rendina | Ugly Produce: Anthony Davison | Malibu Mylk | Nanocraft CBD: JamesTran
It’s Getting Hot in Here
endless when it comes to new health kicks that feature unexpected twists. For those who want more of a kick, a tall glass of boozy kombucha should do the trick. You can reap all the benefits of regular kombucha— boost your gut health, improve your immune system, aid in digestion— plus, it’ll get you tipsy!
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1461 QUAD $150
1 1460 PASCAL CRACKLE GUNMETAL $150
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The Dr. Is in STYLISH, COMFY AND DURABLE—DR. MARTENS ARE THE TRIPLE-THREAT OF THE FOOTWEAR WORLD WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DR. MARTENS
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From classic leather work boots to collaborations with globally-recognized artists, Dr. Martens is a punk powerhouse that’s walking its way into every wardrobe. Pair with your favorite jeans or give that little black dress an edge—no matter what look you’re going for, there’s a pair of Docs for you. DR. MARTENS www.drmartens.com | @drmartensofficial
PAIGE SPIRANAC @_paige.renee Photoshoot Location: HOTEL PASEO 45400 Larkspur Ln Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.9001 www.hotelpaseo.com DRESS PROVIDED BY: Saks Fifth Avenue, Zimmermann www.saksfifthavenue.com
“Life is really hard sometimes. I want to be goofy, have fun and make people smile.” —PAIGE SPIRANAC
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ALL IN the Fore-1-1 on Golf,
GOOD Anti-Bullying and the
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With two million followers on Instagram and over 94,000 subscribers on YouTube, you canâ€™t ignore the endearing vulnerability and the effortless cool-girl vibe of golf influencer PAIGE SPIRANAC. She is a stunningly audacious powerhouse of talent, sophistication and brilliance, and she has proven to be a formidable force with more to offer than meets the eye. Her critics have underestimated her impact and have unsuccessfully tried to diminish her accomplishments, but sheâ€™s just getting started. 54 LOCALE MAGAZINE
A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD US •The pace of play is her biggest golf pet peeve. “If a round takes too long, I’m not playing,” she says in a partially sarcastic yet serious manner. She’s also bothered by people who take the game too seriously and are overly strict with the rules.
“The people who talk about me don’t really know me.” —PAIGE SPIRANAC Behind the bombshell image is a talented and bright young woman who’s looking to modernize the game of golf and bring optimism to the internet. Spiranac's love of golf has led her on a journey she never could have imagined, and it is far from the end. With new business ventures ahead and a legion of dedicated fans, there's no stopping her from continuing to push boundaries and knock down barriers.
Spiranac was born into a family of athletes; her father played college football, and her mother was a professional ballerina. She was bound to thrive in sports, so after sustaining multiple injuries that ended her dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast, her father introduced her to golf. Bullied as a young girl, Spiranac found solace in golf and loved the solitude it provided. But even after bringing a monumental victory to her college team (she took San Diego State University to its first-ever Mountain West Conference Women’s Golf Championship her senior year), continuing to grow a loyal fanbase and beginning to play professionally in 2016, she was disappointed by the culture of the game. "I always felt like a bit of an outcast," Spiranac says about being a woman in a maledominated sport. "You don't feel like you're respected or that what you do matters."
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Being a beautiful woman overshadowed her talent as a golfer. Spiranac was often slutshamed and criticized for her choices—and still is to this day. Whether it's for what she's wearing on the course or a photo she posts on Instagram, the judgment comes regardless. "The people who talk about me don't really know me,” she explains. “I really had to find a good support group outside of social media and golf. I relied on them heavily." LOCALE MAGAZINE 55
“I try to be as open and honest as possible. Social media is a highlight reel, so I try to talk about everything—the good and the bad.” —PAIGE SPIRANAC
The criticism still gets to her on occasion, but she aims to stay true to herself. Many critics question whether she deserves her praise as a golfer, and many believe she uses her looks to get attention—an obviously dated opinion on how a woman should act and dress. Spiranac has handled contemptuous comments with poise and humor, and rather than giving in, she is leading a new generation forward with a more powerful message.
"Women can be anything they want," Spiranac says. "I hate comments that question whether I'm a model or golfer. Why can't I be both? I am so many things. I try to be myself. Everyone feels empowered in different ways." Her sentiments could not be more truthful, and they set vital precedent for younger generations. Spiranac stopped playing golf professionally after her first year. "I needed a mental break," she explains. "I don't think I'm done forever, but I wanted to try something different. Golf was my life for a long time. It's nice to actually enjoy it now.” Spiranac continues to gain attention for her undeniable beauty and enviable physique, but her upbeat personality and sunny disposition are gaining supporters by the thousands. YouTube has become a powerful platform for the professionalgolfer-turned-influencer, and it has allowed her to build a channel where her followers can hear her golf tips, follow along with a quick workout and get to know her on a more personal level. She often films videos off of the course and invites her audience into her own home and heart. Spiranac touches on some heavy subjects, including personal stories of her struggles with 56 LOCALE MAGAZINE
being bullied. Her intimate experiences prompted her to become an ambassador for The CyberSmile Foundation, a nonprofit anti-bullying organization. She has devoted exponential hours helping to raise awareness and funds for anti-bullying, a cause that is and will remain very dear to her heart. She also delves into her battle with anxiety and how she manages stress and panic attacks. "CBD oil has been a life changer—even my dog takes it," Spiranac says. "Working out, eating right and other little changes make such a big difference. I've really come to manage it." In sharing intimate details about her life, she hopes to shine some of her positive light onto those who can relate and might be struggling as well. She wants to give people a place of hope and provide support for anyone that feels alone or isolated. Her affirmation is in being authentic; that's how she creates her happiness. Although she loves to connect with her fans on a deeper level, Spiranac prefers to keep things light-hearted and fun. Her end goal is to provide a cheerful, sunny-side-up kind of escape for people. "Life is really hard sometimes,” she notes. “I want to be goofy, have fun and make people smile." Her content inspiration not only comes from her own experiences, but from conversations with friends and suggestions from her subscribers as well. Spiranac curates 100% of her social media content herself. She appreciates having complete control over what she's broadcasting and how open she chooses to be. "I like to be as authentic as possible,” she explains. “When I upload, it's me who shot it and edited it, and it's me responding [to comments]."
LET ‘EM TALK •Spiranac realized her image would always be a topic of conversation when she posted a picture of herself in a black turtleneck with black leggings, and critics still thought she was dressed “too sexy.”
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ROOM FOR GROWTH •Spiranac has never thought of herself as a role model. “I’m not quite the role model I want to be yet. I am in the sense that I’m true to who I am, and I haven’t changed,” she says. “I can be a better role model. I want to be as great as I can be.”
ON THE GRIND •She stays busy with her current and upcoming projects but never feels overworked. “I’m very passionate. When I wake up, I’m excited to work. I want to do more. I love what I do,” Spiranac explains.
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“Women can be anything they want. I hate comments that question whether I’m a model or golfer. Why can’t I be both? I am so many things.” —PAIGE SPIRANAC 58 LOCALE MAGAZINE
NOT SUPERSTITIOUS... BUT A LITTLESTITIOUS •When playing golf professionally, if Spiranac had a great round, she would eat the same breakfast she had that day, believing it might bring her luck.
Through vlogging, Spiranac found a new outlet for spreading positivity. In her videos, she's buzzing with eagerness and always emphasizing the importance of never changing who you are to fit in. "I try to be as open and honest as possible,” she says. “Social media is a highlight reel, so I try to talk about everything—the good and the bad."
Spiranac is currently working in partnership with iHeart Radio on a podcast which will center around lifestyle and golf (much like her YouTube channel), but with more in-depth conversations and a lack of topic restrictions. “A lot of people have misconceptions about who I am or who I want to be," Spiranac explains. "People will get to know me a lot better [through the podcast].” During her golf career, she always felt like a bit of an outsider and was often mistreated. And yes, she will be telling these stories and dishing out all the juicy details on her podcast. In turn, she will undoubtedly ruffle some feathers, but that honesty is why she is so well-loved. In the past, Spiranac would filter herself and not speak of milestones in fear of being judged, but she's ready to talk fully uncensored and clear up any false impressions of who people think she is. Also on the agenda: featured guest spots! Listeners will get to hear her riff with some pals from her golf days! Further expanding her influence, Spiranac is teaming up with USA Today Sports to launch a new website where she will write about life, fitness and, of course, golf. All of her content will live together on one site, which means easy access to her golf tips, life advice and fitness inspo. A roaring voice for a new generation, Spiranac is encouraging women to be who they are and not compromise themselves for anyone. She is proof that a woman can be empowered while embracing her sexuality and femininity. Her positivity is infectious, and her dedication to making the internet a better place is inspiring. If there’s one thing you can always count on, it’s that Spiranac will bring a smile to your face—one blog, vlog or podcast at a time. LOCALE MAGAZINE 59
foodie February 2020 /// fresh. fried. filleted.
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A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of Greater Palm Springs
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F OR S I A Prepare to quench your thirst and lick your lips. You’ll never want to skip breakfast at these bangin’ breakfast spots. Hungry for more? Take advantage of the delightful sunshine by dining out on a patio. After enjoying spaghetti and meatballs at the best Italian spot Greater Palm Springs has to offer, sip a cocktail and stay awhile at one of these exceptional bars. Look no further than this guide for where to dine in this desert oasis. Cheers!
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Is for Burger CHECK OUT THE BEST BUNS IN GREATER PALM SPRINGS
In its most humble form, a burger is comprised of a beef patty and put between two pieces of bread. Sounds simplistic, but there’s something about this American classic that never grows old and keeps us salivating. Here’s our list of the best burger spots in Greater Palm Springs for you to sink your teeth into.
u Grand Central’s train station theme was born from the concept that train stations through the years were where people gathered to be rejoined with friends and loved ones. At Grand Central, you can unwind with great company and delicious food.
GRAND CENTRAL PALM SPRINGS 160 La Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.699.7185 grandcentralpalmsprings.com
Just Your Luck
u After trying your hand
TWIN PALMS BURGER
Meal Fit for Royalty
u With a retro aesthetic of the classic American diner remixed with a bit of contemporary chicness, King’s Highway’s vintage vibes are apparent in the décor, not to mention the weekly events. Every Monday evening, the restaurant hosts bingo and trivia, where guests are welcome to enjoy themselves with dinner and a good time.
KING’S HIGHWAY ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB 701 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.969.5777 www.kingshighwaydiner.com
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at Augustine Casino, head to the awardwinning Café 54 for a burger deal that is a guaranteed jackpot. General Manager Jef Bauer recommends the $3.95 burger lunch combo—affordable and delicious!
CAFE 54 AT AUGUSTINE CASINO 84001 Avenue 54 Coachella, CA 92236 760.391.9500 www.augustinecasino.com
u This GPS architectural wonder is known for its three Bs: beer, bourbon and burgers. Floor Manager Kylie Castro explains that the restaurant’s title is “a play on words, as ‘draughtsman,’ pronounced (draf(t) smen), can refer to an architect’s layout sketches, or more commonly, our beloved draft beers.”
DRAUGHTSMAN AT ARRIVE PALM SPRINGS 1501 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1644 draughtsmanpalmsprings.com
B | Written By: Michelle Jaco | Photos By: King’s Highway at Ace Hotel & Swim Club: Jakob Layman | Grand Central Palm Springs: CityGirl Marketing Agency // Photo Credit: Bella Creative Palm Springs | Grill-A-Burger: Fransisco Flores C | Written By: Rachel Leanne DeLaurenti | Photos By: Colin Grey Voigt
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C Is for Coffee Cups WE LIKE THESE COFFEE SHOPS A LATTE!
u With over 30 one-of-
a-kind patties and fun entrée titles like Chili Chili Bang Bang, Muther Clucker and Guac-ADoodle-Doo, Grill-ABurger is the perfect dine-in destination for signature tastes, which are all prepared with fresh ingredients. GRILL-A-BURGER Plaza de Monterey 73091 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.8170 www.grill-a-burger.com
Come for the Hamburgers, Stay for the Harmonies
u Featuring a variety of live musical entertainment ranging from R&B to jazz,
Woody’s Palm House is the premier destination for a great time and even greater food. WOODY’S PALM HOUSE 450 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.230.0188 woodyspalmhouse.com
The Eureka! Effect
u This desert dream takes pride in its handmade dishes, with a taste that can be attributed to localizing the menu. Eureka!, who has partnered with regional purveyors, prepares their burgers with local ingredients.
EUREKA! 74985 Hwy 111 Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.834.7700 eurekarestaurantgroup.com
Must Order: Agave Latte
Must Order: Ice Blended Coffee
CARTEL COFFEE LAB Palm Springs www.cartelcoffeelab.com @cartelcoffeelab
KOFFI COFFEE Palm Springs | Rancho Mirage www.kofficoffee.com @kofficoffee
Must Order: Lavender Honey Latte
Must Order: Vietnamese Iced Coffee
IW COFFEE Indian Wells @iwcoffee
MIDMOD CAFE Palm Springs www.midmodcafe.com @midmodcafe
All the Ritz and Glam
u Headlined as the State Fare Prime Burger, this restaurant’s impressive hamburger is a “prime” example of a meal done right. Made with a hefty patty, hopscotch cheddar, a layer of chopped onionbacon, jam aioli and sandwiched between arugula pretzel buns, this burger is so beefy, it can satisfyingly feed two. STATE FARE BAR + KITCHEN The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.8282 wwww.ritzcarlton.com
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Is for Deliciosos
Must Order: Barbacoa Ingredients: SlowRoasted Beef, Cilantro, Onion, Salsa Roja & Flour or Corn Tortillas EL PATRON www.elpatronps.com
QUESO, YOU GOTTA TRY THESE TACOS
Must Order: Cabeza Tacos
Must Order: Bonita Taco
Ingredients: Cabeza Meat, Cilantro, Onion & Flour or Corn Tortillas
Ingredients: Double Shell, Choice of Asada or Chicken, Melted Cheese, Salsa, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream & Corn Tortillas
EL TRANVIA www.tranviarestaurant.com
Must Order: Soul of Mexico Tacos Must Order: Carnitas Al Pastor Ingredients: Pork Carnitas, Onion, Cilantro, Grilled Pineapple, Radish & Corn Tortillas ADOBE GRILL www.laquintaresort.com/ dining/adobe-grill
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Must Order: Shrimp Taco
Must Order: Tacos Dorados Must Order: Shredded Beef Ingredients: Shredded Beef, Onion, Cilantro, Red Sauce & Crispy Corn Tortillas CASUELAS CAFE PALM DESERT www.casuelascafe.com
$1 - $4
$4 - $6
Must Order: Carne Asada Taco Ingredients: Black Angus Meat, Cabbage, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo & Corn Tortillas LA NORIA RESTAURANT 760.398.8131
Ingredients: Choice of Ground Beef, Shredded Beef or Shredded Chicken, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cheese & Corn Tortillas LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA www.lascasuelas.com
Must Order: Carnitas Ingredients: Carnitas, Grilled Onions, Baja Crema, Guacamole, Radish, Lime & Corn Tortillas TU MADRES www.tumadrescantina.com
LOS ARCOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 760.992.5133
SOUL OF MEXICO 442.227.2508
Ingredients: Beer Battered Shrimp, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Cotija Cheese & Flour Tortillas
CASUELAS CAFE PALM DESERT
One of the best parts about living in Southern California is the delicious tacos. Whether you prefer fresh fish, shredded beef or a little bit of spice, here’s where you want to head for the tastiest bites. Sip your salted margarita or ice-cold beer and savor these tacos—best paired with guacamole.
Ingredients: Choice of Steak or Chicken, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Aioli & Corn Tortillas
LA BONITA’S labonitaspalmsprings.com
D | Written By: Rachel Leanne DeLaurenti | Photos By: Casuelas Cafe Palm Desert: Nathan Cox | El Patron: Nathan Cox | Adobe Grill: La Quinta Resort & Club | Tu Madres: Stephanie Cardona Designs & Photography | La Noria Restaurant
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E Is for Ecological CITRUS & PALM PROVIDES SUSTAINABILITY AND ELEVATED TASTE
Name: Paul Hancock Job Title: Executive Chef, Citrus & Palm
Chef Hancock has been the executive chef at Citrus & Palm since 2016, and he’s had an ecofriendly influence on the restaurant with his efforts to think globally and act locally. Supporting small farms is his primary way of reducing his culinary footprint. “I want the freshest ingredients I can get my hands on,” says Chef Hancock, about buying from local farmers. “I’d rather have things that grow naturally. I don’t need a perfectly round apple; I care about how it tastes.” All of the fruits and veggies on the menu are locally sourced—some can be found right in the hotel’s own lush garden. Even the variety of meat on their menu is of the highest standards, such as the heritage breed of pig in their signature entrée, Mangalitsa Tomahawk Pork Chops. “I want to share an experience and tell a story with the food,” Chef Hancock explains, referring to his provisions. He believes in simplicity and fewer ingredients, reducing waste and elevating taste.
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“I’d rather have things that grow naturally. I don’t need a perfectly round apple; I care about how it tastes.”
Paul Hancock is the culinary composer of Citrus & Palm at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, a Curio Collection by Hilton. For Chef Hancock, it all started on a small island off of North Carolina, where he remembers a passion for food simmering inside him. He followed his curiosity to many places, including the French Alps, where he did his chef apprenticeship at L’Auberge de L’Eridian. Finding a home at Citrus & Palm, Chef Hancock marinates his French cooking techniques with his southern hospitality to give diners a fresh culinary experience, all while practicing sustainability.
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Is for Foodie Festivals GET YOUR FOODIE FIX AT THESE FOOD FESTIVAL FAVORITES
Food for Thought PALM DESERT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
THIS EXPERT DISHES THE DEETS
Palm Desert Brew at the Zoo
When: April u Many of the region’s
finest specialty breweries, wineries and liquor companies will be represented at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens annual Palm Desert Brew at the Zoo.
Dining Out For Life When: April u Dining Out For Life,
benefitting Desert AIDS Project, is a day of ‘making one meal matter’ that aims to give back to an important cause; over 80 participating locations will donate a 33% or more portion of the day’s gross sales to support the DAP.
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
When: July-August u Eateries around Rancho
Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival When: March u This three-day event,
held at The Gardens on El Paseo, showcases some of the nation’s best chefs, vintners and brewmasters as they educate the public on fine dining.
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
When: May–June u Restaurant Week returns
with a 10-day dining extravaganza at various restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. Over 100 eating establishments are participating in this year’s event offering a variety of special menus for lunch and dinner.
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Indio International Tamale Festival When: December u Get ready for the
world’s largest tamale festival! Over 100 vendors and booths will be set up for attendees to purchase a wide assortment of tamales, from the traditional chicken and beef to more outlandish flavors like chocolate and pineapple. www.tamalefestival.net
Mirage will offer special summer deals. Attendees are able to purchase a wristband for unlimited deals on appetizers, desserts and drinks. www.tasteofsummerranchomirage.com
Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival When: November u Enjoy the sights and
sips of local brews at the only craft beer festival in Southern California with flying, vintage aircraft!
Few people know Greater Palm Springs happenings like the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Director of Digital Marketing, Marissa Willman! Here are her tips for making the most out of GPS’ foodie fests: Q: What festival do you look forward to every year and why? Marissa Willman: All of them! We’re so lucky to have food festivals pretty much year-round here. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Q: What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten at a festival? MW: I’m a sucker for anything cheeserelated. Rainbow grilled cheese; pulled pork mac and cheese; anything with cheese is definitely on my must-try list. Q: What’s your favorite part of going to foodie festivals? MW: The accessibility! I love that food festivals make a wide variety of foods available to attendees. Q: How would you describe the GPS food scene? MW: Unexpected, accessible and everevolving. There is so much dining here to discover, and it’s just so accessible. There’s incredible food without the pretentiousness... It is just incredible to watch the food scene evolve. Q: Do you have any tips for a food festival first-timer? MW: Recruit some foodie friends and go in a group! You can share your food picks, which means you get to sample way more items than if you go alone.
F | Written By: Crystal Harrell | Photos By: Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival: T-Clark | Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week: Laura Perkins | Indio International Tamale Festival: Julie Cieslikowski Evans | Marissa Willman: John Pacheco
G | Written By: Lynne Eodice | Photos By: Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey: Laura Perkins
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G Is for Gorgeous THESE GREATER PALM SPRINGS EATERIES WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
u Overhead wooden
Scaled to Perfection u Sandfish was
designed by Chris Pardo Design, which combined elements of both Scandinavian and Japanese design in this sushi restaurant-meetswhiskey bar.
SANDFISH SUSHI & WHISKEY 1556 N Palm Canyon Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.537.1022 www.sandfishps.com @sandfishsushiwhiskey
beams and a grand stone fireplace accent the interior of this Frenchinspired eatery. Dine outside on the terrace for stellar views of the desert oasis below.
CUISTOT 72595 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.1000 www.cuistotrestaurant.com @cuistorestaurantca
On the Down-Low
u This intimate watering
hole opens onto a lowlit patio with lounge seating and bocce ball. Its elegant, brassy décor resembles that of an old English speakeasy.
SEYMOUR’S AT MR. LYON’S STEAKHOUSE 233 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.892.9000 www.seymoursps.com @seymoursps
Intimate Elegance u This cozy nook is a
piece of Palm Springs history reimagined. Its highlights include an oak and marble bar, a black-and-white tiled fireplace and gold artdeco chairs.
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G Is for Gorgeous THESE GREATER PALM SPRINGS EATERIES WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
u This restaurant flaunts a poolside rooftop bar, colorful bohemian embellishments, Frida Kahlo artwork and marvelous mountain views.
Retro Rewind u Designed by
renowned English interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, The Pink Cabana harkens back to the retro tennis and racquet clubs of the ‘50s and ‘60s in Palm Springs.
THE PINK CABANA AT THE SANDS HOTEL & SPA 44985 Province Way Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.321.3771 sandshotelandspa.com @sandshotelspa
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AZÙCAR AT LA SERENA VILLAS 339 S Belardo Rd Palm Springs, California 844.932.8044 azucarpalmsprings.com @azucarpalmsprings
booths, warm lighting, wood accents and strokes of psychedelic design define the interior of this contemporary-style restaurant—making for a truly artful dining experience.
THE KITCHEN AT HOTEL ZOSO 150 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.9676 hotelzosopalmsprings.com @hotel_zoso
H Is for Happy Hour THESE HAPPY HOURS WILL HELP YOU FORGET IT’S MONDAY
KITCHEN 86 + BAR
Must Order: Blackberry Pizza
When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.
u This Palm Desert
hotspot has a rotating happy hour menu, so check in on their offerings every once in a while. Beers are $5, while pizzas are $10.
KITCHEN 86 + BAR Palm Desert www.kitchen-86.com
Must Order: Coachella Valley Stuffed Dates When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.
u Dringk’s modern,
Must Order: Well Martini When: Daily, 3-6 p.m. & 9-11 p.m.
u This new American-
inspired eatery is a breath of fresh air and boasts incredible views of the San Jacinto Mountains. You also can’t go wrong with one of their well martinis!
AC3 RESTAURANT + BAR Palm Desert www.ac3palmdesert.com
Must Order: The Landmark
Must Order: Colin’s Nachos
Must Order: Bernie’s Burger
When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.
When: All Day
When: Daily, All Night Long
When: Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
u At this upscale food,
u All-day happy hour
u The drink menu is
u Take a tropical escape
bar and music lounge, happy hour means $2 off of food, premium wines and liquor!
LANDMARK LOUNGE La Quinta www.landmarklq.com
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means the prices are always reasonable at this emerging Palm Desert restaurant. Late-night and lunch menu entrées are all under $10.
LITTLE BAR Palm Desert www.little-bar.com
half-off during happy hour! Stop by for live music, discounted bar bites and more.
BERNIE’S Rancho Mirage www.bernies.club
Must Order: Mai Tai
with all the options this happy hour has to offer! Tonga Hut slashes the prices on full entrees and offers a variety of $5 drinks.
TONGA HUT Palm Springs www.tongahut.com
sleek aesthetic and yummy American food options are the perfect combo for a remarkable evening among the mountains and stars.
DRINGK Rancho Mirage www.dringkbar.com
Must Order: Tex-Mex Candy When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. & Sunday-Thursday, 9-11 p.m.
u Taste some of the best
American-Mexican fusion dishes and drinks during “hoppy hour!” Appetizers are $2 off, select entrées are $3 off and select cocktails are $7.
THE BEER HUNTER La Quinta www.thebeerhunter.com
Must Order: Mac N’ Cheese Balls When: Daily, 2-5 p.m. & 9 p.m.-Close
u Hop on over to
Eureka!’s “hoppy hour,” where you can get some of the best all-American dishes in Indian Wells.
Deals include beers at $4 and appetizers at $6!
EUREKA! Indian Wells eurekarestaurantgroup.com
Must Order: Shrimp Tacos When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., 8 p.m.-Close & All Day Sunday
u Happy hour is heavenly at this Palm Springs favorite. Anthony Bourdain’s favorite fish tacos are $1 off on Shanghai Reds’ happy hour menu, so don’t miss out! SHANGHAI REDS Palm Springs www.fishermans.com/ restaurants-in-palm-springs
Must Order: Chicken Chorizo Nacho Potato Flats When: Daily, 4-6 p.m.
u At 360 Sports, you can
catch the latest sports games, gamble at the slot machines on the casino floor and get some of the “luckiest” happy hour deals in Rancho Mirage!
360 SPORTS, AGUA CALIENTE CASINO Rancho Mirage www.hotwatercasino. com/360-sports-bar
Must Order: Kobe Beef Sliders When: Daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
u Trio’s daily happy hour means you can come back again and again! Their menu consists of classic comfort food with an unforgettable and delicious Californian twist. TRIO Palm Springs www.triopalmsprings.com
H | Written By: Andrea Gomez | Photos By: AC3 Restaurant + Bar: Jane Chouteau | Kitchen 86 + Bar: Greater Palm Springs CVB
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Is for Juice
Is for Italian
CIAO DOWN AT THESE AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANTS
ENZO’S BISTRO AND BAR
Step outside and treat yourself to authentic Italian cuisine. From Palm Springs to Palm Desert, these are the best seven Italian restaurants in the Coachella Valley. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with vegan, vegetarian and meat-lover options for the early birds and night owls. Check out the best of the best!
Don’t Throw This Mamma From the Train Must Order: Gamberi “Spiedino!”
u Mamma Gina sticks with
what works. The doors first opened back in 1986 with Piero Pierattoni and Chef Tony Gonzalez creating the Palm Desert menu, featuring many recipes from the original Mamma Gina in Florence, Italy—and Chef Gonzalez is still there today making the same incredible dishes.
RISTORANTE MAMMA GINA 73705 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.568.9898 www.mammagina.com
Wine About Il Corso Must Order: Grilled Calamari With the II Corso Lemon Drop
u II Corso is a beautifully
designed restaurant with modern decor, peppered with pictures of Executive Chef and part-owner Mario Marfia’s family in Sicily. Chef Marfia creates nightly
specials that pair well with II Corso’s extensive wine list.
IL CORSO PALM DESERT 73520 El Paseo, Ste B Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.6700 www.ilcorsocv.com
Plan a Staycation With Pinzimini Must Order: Apple Brined Pork Chop
u Located at The Westin
Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Pinzimini is an Italian restaurant (that also has a breakfast menu!) created by its James Beard Honored Executive Chef, Joel Delmond.
PINZIMINI 71333 Dinah Shore Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.770.2150 pinziminipalmsprings.com
Bistro, Bar and Bocce Must Order: Pesce Spade Pizzaiola
u Enzo’s Bistro and Bar
has indoor and outdoor seating, and there’s even an outdoor area to play
bocce ball—they’ve thought of everything! Work up an appetite outside and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine inside, where everything is made in-house!
ENZO’S BISTRO AND BAR 78121 Avenida La Fonda La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7333 www.enzosbistroandbar.com
Under the Tuscan Grill Must Order: Seafood Risotto
u Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill
knows how famished traveling and shopping can make you, so that’s why they are conveniently located in the center of downtown Palm Springs. From live music and catering to private events and weekend brunch, Sammy G’s embraces all dining needs.
SAMMY G’S TUSCAN GRILL 265 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.320.8041 www.sammygsrestaurant.com
u Fresh Juice Bar, creation of local valley entrepreneur and mom-on-the-go, Marcie Madain, is fresh in quality and style. Each beverage is made fresh-to-order with organic ingredients that help stimulate the mind, body and soul, and thankfully, with four locations between La Quinta and Palm Springs, you don’t have to go far to get your fix.
Late Night, Just Right Must Order: Tricolore Salad
u With the Accidental
Gardener, Birba in Palm Springs is the place to go for great late-night Italian cuisine. Open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 6 p.m., Birba has become a staple in the nightlife scene of Palm Springs.
BIRBA 622 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.5678 www.birbaps.com
Trot Down to Trattoria Must Order: Insalata Maria Elena
DRINKS u The menu is expansive and diverse,
featuring fruit, green and protein smoothies, organic juices and pitaya and acai bowls all made with “the best available raw ingredients.”
VIBE u Some patrons relax and enjoy their
drinks while others whisk in and out, collecting their beverages on the run.
u Kalura Trattoria Italiana’s
three owners are all chefs who attended culinary schools in Italy. Their goal was to bring quality Italian food at affordable prices to the desert, and they have succeeded!
KALURA TRATTORIA ITALIANA 124 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.323.4748
PRICE u Fresh Juice Bar keeps its prices
affordable so you don’t have to break the bank in order to become a regular customer.
VERDICT u From brightly colored walls adorned
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CHICAGO-STYLE PAN CRUST
CHICAGO DOUBLE DOUGH
Must Order: Eggplant Special
Must Order: Elton John
Must Order: Build-Your-Own
Must Order: Organic Arugula & Pear
GIUSEPPE’S PIZZERIA www.giuseppesps.com
BILL’S PIZZA billspizzapalmsprings.com
SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA www.sammyspizza.com
with inspirational artwork to a smiling staff serving the freshest blends, this juice bar is about to be the reason you trade your morning coffee in for a fresh squeeze. FRESH JUICE BAR La Quinta | Palm Desert Palm Springs | Rancho Mirage www.freshjuicebar.com
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L Is for Lamb
u Kobe’s most popular dishes
include teppan shrimp, tempura, filet mignon, steak, calamari and chicken teriyaki, along with a variety of sushi offerings. “Our tiger prawns are very popular too,” adds Chef Jose Valdez. Kobe Steak House doesn’t skimp on portions, either. Included with dinner are a shrimp appetizer, white rice, miso soup, vegetables and a dessert of green tea ice cream or sherbet. Besides being highly trained at teppan cooking, Kobe’s chefs are a lively bunch. Chef Valdez slices an onion on the grill, creating a “volcano” by lighting a flame in the center.
K Is for Kobe
TEPPAN-STYLE COOKING THAT ENDURES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS Kobe Japanese Steak House has been a staple in Rancho Mirage for 40 years. Not a lot has changed during this time, as this traditional Japanese restaurant maintains a loyal following of customers and snowbirds who come for the great service and teppan-style cooking.
The teppan shrimp appetizer is tender and grilled to perfection. The ginger sauce for vegetables and spicy mustard for steak provide tasty accompaniments, and their teriyaki sauce is made in-house. A little lemon, butter, soy sauce and just the right amount of time on the grill results in tender medium-rare steak, scallops and chicken teriyaki—all bursting with mouth-watering flavor. “There are no secrets,” Chef Valdez says when describing Kobe’s simple, tried-but-true cooking preparations. KOBE JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE 69838 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.324.1717 www.koberanchomirage.com
u California cuisine reaches a new level at Cork Tree Restaurant in Palm Desert. This elegant and cozy restaurant is perfect for special occasions and intimate dinners. The inviting ambiance and elevated fare make Cork Tree a desert dining must. After one visit, you’ll understand why it has been showered with awards again and again.
FOOD u Superior Farms rack of lamb and braised lamb shoulder (that practically melts in your mouth) with chickpea ragout, tomato confit and madras curry—need we say more? Our mouths are already watering.
DECOR u Dressed in warm tones of red and
brown, you’ll feel instant vibes of intimacy and elegance: a perfect pairing for an unforgettable, romantic evening.
PRICE u It’s hard to have a luxury experience
without the luxe expense. If you’re looking to splurge on a gourmet dining experience, Cork Tree is the place to do so.
VERDICT u From your first bite to your last, the
Must Order: Pizza Rosse
Must Order: Hot Maggie
Must Order: Breakfast Pizza
Must Order: Haus Special
Must Order: Chili Lime + Avocado
PIERO’S PIZZAVINO www.ppizzavino.com
MARIO’S ITALIAN CAFE www.mariositaliancafes.com
STUFT PIZZA BAR AND GRILL www.stuftpizzabarandgrill.com
HAUS OF PIZZA hausofpizzapd.com
savory and sophisticated dishes will make your tastebuds dance. Your inner foodie will thank you. CORK TREE 74950 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.779.0123 | www.thecorktree.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 79
Get Happy u Bubba’s
hosts happy hour every day from 3-6:30 p.m. and offers daily specials throughout the week.
u Our menu
go-to at Bubba’s? The Baby Back Rib Plate with a half or full rack, pickles, onions and two sides of your choice.
BUBBA’S BONES & BREWS 68525 Ramon Rd, Ste A101 Cathedral City, CA 92234 760.699.7231 www.bubbasbonesandbrews.com
Hop to It
u Come for the
barbecued meat, stay for their addictively crispy onion strings! When you first walk into Jackalope Ranch, you’ll be greeted with a fun and friendly atmosphere and the tantalizing aroma of apple, cherry and hickory-smoked meats. Our must-try item? A barbecue beef brisket that has been smoked for 14 hours.
What a Babe!
BUBBA’S BONES & BREW
u Known for their smoky,
fall-off-the-bone ribs and their award-winning beer, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery has achieved local fame for being the only place that brews their beer on-location in the Coachella Valley. Another thing that makes
Is for Mesquite WHERE TO TAKE YOUR FAVORITE CARNIVORE
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pulled pork? Head over to Bubba’s Bones & Brews. You won’t find anything too fancy here: just a metal tray lined with wax paper for a plate, heaping with flavor. “We’re non-traditional barbecue… We do modern barbecue,” explains Owner Rene Alcala. “People love that!” That and the sidewinder fries—those will keep you coming back for more.
JACKALOPE RANCH 80400 Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92201 760.342.1999 www.thejackaloperanch.com
Meat and Greet
Good to the Bone
u In the mood for delicious brisket and mouth-watering
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery unique is their approach to barbecue: the “secret is in the smoking process, unlike many that rely on heavy sauces or rubs.”
BABE’S BAR-B-QUE & BREWERY 71800 Hwy 111, Ste A176 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.346.8738 www.babesbbqbrewery.com
Art of Soul
u For barbecue that’s as huge as it is affordable, Brown’s BBQ and Soul Food has something that could make any barbecue buff’s mouth water. Their slowcooked baby back ribs are smoked to a juicy, delicate crisp, and their secret sweet and tangy sauce is slathered on thick to pack the perfect punch. BROWN’S BBQ AND SOUL FOOD 410 W San Rafael Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.6985
Smoked Applewood Bacon Jerky
24 oz Prime Bone-In Ribeye
Pork Ribs With Rib Rub and Sweet Sauce
The Junkyard Doggie
Corned Beef, Pastrami and Turkey Sandwich
DIVINE BOVINE JERKY Palm Desert www.divinebovinejerky.com
MR LYONS Palm Springs www.mrlyonsps.com
DICKEY’S BBQ Palm Springs www.dickeys.com
SMOKE TREE BBQ Palm Springs www.smoketreebbq.com
SHERMAN’S DELI & BAKERY Palm Springs | Palm Desert www.shermansdeli.com
Double Cut Cajun Pork Chop
Manhattan Deli Platter
Wednesday’s Special Hot Dog
Cheese and Meat Grazing Board
BOUCHÉE CAFE & DELI Palm Desert boucheecafeanddeli.com
THE NEST Indian Wells www.gotothenest.com
MANHATTAN IN THE DESERT Palm Springs manhattaninthedesert.com
THE BROWN BAG Palm Desert 760.345.5454
ON THE MARK Palm Springs onthemarkpalmsprings.com
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Ditch the Beer for a Bacon Flight u Cheeky’s is a bacon
Is for Never Skip Breakfast
lover’s dream come true. The restaurant is known for its unique bacon bar, which hosts a variety of one-of-a-kind flavors like parmesan, jalapeño and (on some occasions) sprinkled with Nerds candy or candy corn.
CHEEKY’S Palm Springs www.cheekysps.com
WAKE UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BED
How Much Can You Fit on a Bagel?
u Wexler’s Deli serves up
Endless Options u With a variety of
options ranging from French crepes to huevos rancheros, Lulu California Bistro is here to please every palate. Enjoy your breakfast with a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice or a hot cappuccino. Call up your friends and meet here for your next breakfast date!
LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO Palm Springs www.lulupalmsprings.com
WILMA & FRIEDA
Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day; in Greater Palm Springs, there’s no shortage of choices. From homestyle, tried-and-true classics like eggs and a hearty stack of pancakes to more avant-garde choices like candycoated bacon or French toast topped with Swiss cheese, there’s a little something for everyone to dig into at the breakfast table. 82 LOCALE MAGAZINE
scrumptious breakfast sandwiches for hungry early-risers; try the Big Poppa, a bagel stuffed with pastrami, egg and cheddar cheese. Salmon lovers should order the lox, which is so soft and flavorful that it practically melts in your mouth. All bagels and sandwiches are served with a pickle spear and a small side of coleslaw or potato salad!
WEXLER’S DELI Palm Springs www.wexlersdeli.com
Lobster for Breakfast? Yes, Please!
u Workshop Kitchen + Bar
is perfect for a night out, but it also packs a punch when it comes to their flavorful Sunday brunch options. Try the Maine lobster breakfast burrito, made with breakfast potatoes, eggs, avocado, prosciutto, cannellini beans and smoky fresh salsa. And don’t forget the mimosas! WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR Palm Springs workshoppalmsprings.com
Burger for Breakfast u Skillets, waffles,
Better Than What Mom Makes u Wilma & Frieda is
known for putting their own spin on traditional favorites, such as blackberry custard French toast with housemade blackberry sauce and homestyle meatloaf topped with two eggs. Be sure you don’t leave without trying one of their house-made pop tarts!
WILMA & FRIEDA Palm Desert | Palm Springs www.wilmafrieda.com
Nothing Beats Avo Toast u Juniper Table
specializes in Palm Springs-inspired cuisine that is sure to make your mouth water. Their signature avocado flatbread is a must. Ingredients include turmeric, hazelnut, greens, sesame and serrano chili added for seasoning.
JUNIPER TABLE Palm Springs www.junipertable.com
benedicts, oh my! Torn between what to order? Definitely go with the breakfast burger, which is topped with a fried egg, bacon and hashbrowns.
ELMER’S Palm Springs www.eatatelmers.com
Bloody Marys or Bacon? Both? Both. u Eight4Nine is on
trend when it comes to atmosphere and what they are serving up in the kitchen for brunch. Ina’s
Scottish breakfast is a hot-ticket item, and treat yourself to the deep-fried bacon bloody mary while you’re at it.
EIGHT4NINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Palm Springs www.eight4nine.com
Breakfast in a French Lavender Field u Experience a taste of
the provincial French countryside with the delicious items offered at FARM. The Champignons Et Fromage crepe is just what you need to excite your palate. For a more traditional dish, try the croissant sandwich with tomato, avocado and eggs over-easy.
FARM Palm Springs www.farmpalmsprings.com
Bring Your Pup Too!
u Jake’s is an all-American
eatery with plenty of dining options—even for the health-conscious. We love the healthy scramble, made with scrambled egg whites, soy chorizo, sliced tomato and avocado on nine-grain toast, topped with feta cheese and organic mixed greens. JAKE’S Palm Springs www.jakespalmsprings.com
Feels Like Home
u Louise’s Pantry offers
homestyle cooking by using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Around since 1946, you can find Louise’s Pantry crowded with locals. Wake up with a classic breakfast, whether it’s steak and eggs or warm banana pancakes.
LOUISE’S PANTRY La Quinta www.louisespantry.com
N | Written by: Crystal Harrell | Photos By: Wilma & Frieda: Laura Perkins & Melissa Bandli | Cheeky’s: Audrey Ma (©AudreyMa) | Lulu California Bistro: Melissa Bandli | Juniper Table: Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel / Greater Palm Springs CVB
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O Is for OpenAir Patios ENJOY SUNSHINE AND ALFRESCO DINING AT THESE EATERIES
DRAUGHTSMAN 1501 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 draughtsmanpalmsprings. com
NORMAâ€™S 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 parkerpalmsprings.com CATALAN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 70026 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 www.catalanrestaurant.com LAVENDER BISTRO 78073 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253 www.lavenderbistro.com LA QUINTA CLIFFHOUSE 78250 Hwy 111 La Quinta, CA 92253 www.laquintacliffhouse.com KOUTOUKI GREEK ESTIATORIO 73675 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.koutoukigreek.com KAISER GRILLE PALM SPRINGS 205 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.kaisergrille.com VILLAGE PUB 266 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 palmspringsvillagepub.com THE STATE FARE BAR & KITCHEN AT THE RITZ-CARLTON 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 www.ritzcarlton.com LANTANA RESTAURANT AT HYATT REGENCY RESORT & SPA 44600 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 www.hyatt.com/indianwells
DRAUGHTSMAN 1501 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 draughtsmanpalmsprings.com 84 LOCALE MAGAZINE
SUGAR HIGH ROOFTOP LOUNGE 339 S Belardo Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 sugarhighpalmsprings.com
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Is for Persimmon Bistro
Is for Quail Egg & Caviar
Is for Rooster and the Pig
Museum, Persimmon Bistro offers a convenient diversion for tourists and hungry locals alike. Equal parts espresso bar, wine bar and French bistro, this eatery presents a variety of culinary options. Owner Art Vasquez crafted a menu inspired by his passion for wine country, craft beer and home cooking.
u The Parker is one of Palm Springs’ headline hotels, but Counter Reformation is its sinful little secret. So hidden, you might take a couple of wrong turns before heading into this modernday speakeasy. A name drawn from a 16thcentury religious movement also hints towards an elevated approach to counter service with indulgent tapas and esoteric wines.
u Since opening in 2015, Rooster and the Pig has become a local favorite for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. A slight detour from the main strip, it’s a convivial scene of bustling energy. Owner and Chef, Tai Spendley, serves up a variety of dishes inspired by the street foods of his homeland, adding his trademark to the cuisine with fresh, local ingredients.
u Sip wine with housemade hummus or enjoy fresh, vibrant lunch items like albacore tuna salade Nicoise and the jamón serrano panini. Vasquez ensures each charcuterie board is its own unique curation.
u Quail eggs with caviar and creme fraîche is a plate
of decadent debauchery. Other guilty pleasures include fresh-shucked oysters, “faux” gras, beef carpaccio and jamón ibérico, which is sliced to order.
u Start with the spicy okra or butternut squash roll. Fermented jasmine tea leaves make for an intriguing salad before moving onto signatures like the sautéed eggplant and shaking beef.
u With the bustling ambiance of a Parisian bistro, the jungle-inspired wallpaper and a quaint outdoor patio situated in the sculpture garden, this rustic cafe is a visual delight.
u Other than the imported Spanish confession booth, it’s bar seating only in this dimly lit, narrow room. Counter Reformation is an intriguing balance of 16th-century eeriness and bright modernism.
u A minimalist open space features repurposed wood tables and an array of Vietnamese and local collectibles. Everything from the flatware to the charming decor has a quirky, individual touch.
u Persimmon Bistro serves a wide variety of casual and affordable options. Shareable appetizers start at $9, while paninis and salads range from $10 to $18.
u With shareable plates ranging from $10 to $20, your visit won’t break the bank. Olives and imported French bread and butter are complimentary.
u With appetizers ranging from $8 to $14 and entrées
u Persimmon Bistro’s fresh, handpicked menu items
create the ideal midday pit stop destination, while the patio is the perfect resting place for a glass of wine and inspired conversation.
u Engaging and creative, French-born Chef Hervé Glin has created a menu full of decadent temptations. Enjoy, then find immediate repentance (and a neat photo op) in the confession booth.
u Rooster and the Pig is a hip spot that favors communal dining and has generated quite a buzz with locals and tourists alike—a definite must-try!
PERSIMMON BISTRO 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.4895 | www.persimmonbistro.com
COUNTER REFORMATION AT THE PARKER 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.770.5000 | www.parkerpalmsprings.com
ROOSTER AND THE PIG 356 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.6691 | www.roosterandthepig.com
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from $15 to $21, variety and communal dining are greatly encouraged. Congee is complimentary.
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u Nestled within the Palm Springs Art
S Is for Sip, Sip, Hooray! THE ONLY COCKTAIL AND BAR GUIDE YOU’LL NEED FOR GREATER PALM SPRINGS
Must Order: White Linen
Must Order: Wait… what? Avocado?
17 Tanqueray gin, fresh lemon, agave and egg white foam all come together to make one of the most refreshing and elegant cocktails around!
Avocado? cocktail creation—Fords Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, avocado and mint.
u Elderflower liqueur,
MORGAN’S IN THE DESERT 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 morgansinthedesert.com
Must Order: United Nations on Draft | Netherlands u Quench your thirst
with the premium United Nations on Draft—the Netherlands is a lager option with a 100% barley malt.
VILLAGE PUB 266 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 palmspringsvillagepub.com
Must Order: Sotol
u El Jefe offers a diverse
range of tequila options— order their many varieties of sotol or one of their Unique Spirits.
Must Order: Highway 111
u The Highway 111
incorporates local flavors by adding roasted dates, bourbon, demerara and bitters.
4 SAINTS AT KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS HOTEL 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.rowanpalmsprings.com
EL JEFE AT THE SAGURO HOTEL & POOL 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 www.thesaguaro.com
Must Order: Bohemian Rhapsody u Satisfy your senses with
the Bohemian Rhapsody, which is made with Sailor Jerry Rum, Bacardi Mango Fusion Rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave nectar and bitters!
RETROROOM LOUNGE 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste 102 Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.retroroomlounge.com 88 LOCALE MAGAZINE
u Try the Wait…what?
SEYMOUR’S PALM SPRINGS 233 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 www.seymoursps.com
Must Order: Specialty Cocktail
u T&T always has something new and exciting. From exquisite taste to original presentation, you can’t go wrong with any T&T cocktail. TIME & TEMPERATURE INNOVATION KITCHEN AT DESERT SPRINGS JW MARRIOTT 74855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.modules.marriott.com
Must Order: Rio Rita
u Tequila, blood orange puree, lime juice and ghost pepper make up this refreshing drink with a kick. PURPLE PALM RESTAURANT & BAR AT COLONY PALMS HOTEL 572 N Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 purplepalmrestaurant.com
Must Order: Bottomless Mimosas u For $10, bottomless
mimosas are the perfect drink to complement your golf course views.
ESCENA LOUNGE AND GRILL 1100 Clubhouse View Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.escenagolf.com
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Is for Tac/Quila COME FOR THE COCKTAILS, STAY FOR THE TACOS
Seared Ahi Tuna Taco Ingredients: • Seared Ahi • Mango Salsa • Cabbage • Radish • Cilantro • Avocado • Sweet Chile Sauce • Flour Tortilla
Is for Underground u PS Underground is a unique and
evolving supper club that’s chockfull of surprises. From rotating venues across Palm Springs to their top-secret menu, this mystical club is anything but predictable. Intrigued? That’s the impression owner Michael Fiestam shoots for when it comes to his theatrical pop-up dining ventures. Your only clue—a theme that sets the stage for food and live entertainment.
FOOD u “By keeping the menu secret, [it]
TAC/QUILA 415 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.417.4471 www.tacquila.com
Arrachera Steak Taco Ingredients: • Arrachera Steak • Corn • Caramelized Onions • Guacamole • Lime • Corn Tortilla
DECOR u Each theme—from 1920s Moulin Rouge to “bloody” vampire feasts— showcases unique, eye-catching decor, surrounding communal tables.
PRICE u Each experience ranges from $49
to $195 per person and includes a full meal and cocktails. Price varies depending on the scope of the menu and the event’s theme.
VERDICT Palm Springs
u “It’s a culinary adventure space,” says Fiestam. PS Underground truly embodies the notion of “dinner and a show” with its creative avant-garde dining events inspired by colors, music genres and cult TV classics.
PS UNDERGROUND 1700 S Camino Real, Ste 2 Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.636.8442 | psunderground.com 90 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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Palm Springs’ Tac/Quila is taking folks south of the border for a taste of authentic Mexican artistry. Owners Liz and Mark Ostoich combine Jalisco-style cuisine and, of course, specialty tequilas to create a menu rich in flavor, color and culture. Pop into Tac/Quila for a specialty handcrafted cocktail and a savory selection of gourmet tacos—best enjoyed with friends.
allows people to venture out from what they would normally order,” Fiestam says during a Bacon Brunch that surprised diners with a chocolate cheesecake pork mousse.
Is for Vegetarian
Mango, Cream Cheese and Avocado Roll u Venue Sushi is a hidden gem for all
vegetarians! This chic spot has starter, salad and sushi roll veggie options. THE VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE 73111 El Paseo, Ste 103 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.1500 www.thevenuepalmdesert.com
Roasted Garlic and Deep-Dish Vegetarian Pizza
Acai Bowls, Smoothies and Juices u Bowl of Heaven is heaven on earth for all smoothie lovers. Your choice of organic acai or pitaya is blended and topped with a hefty amount of granola and fruit. BOWL OF HEAVEN 36891 Cook St, Ste 9 Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.834.8845 www.desertacai.com
PLACES TO EAT LIKE A VEGETARIAN WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING IT
Country-Style Curry or Pad Thai with Tofu u Taste all the flavors Thai cuisine has to
offer with classic curry and a mound of delectable noodles. THAI HOUSE RESTAURANT 246 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.778.1728 www.thaihousepalmsprings.com
Grilled Portobello Burger
pasta and cheesy Chicago-style pizza options.
u After enjoying a lovely dinner, head right on over to the other side of the restaurant for some dancing!
u Transport yourself to the Old West and dig into a juicy portobello burger while enjoying a refreshing ice-cold beer.
Moroccan Roasted Cauliflower Salad
u Nothing like a veggie-packed sandwich to fill
u Chef Tanya whips up strictly vegan food, so satisfy your hunger with hearty sandwiches and super salads packed with grains, beans and flavorful dressings.
u Start by ordering a side of guacamole (that’s freshly prepared at your table!) and a margarita, then choose from one of the many vegetarian options offered, including the fajitas.
u Giuseppe’s does it right with fresh Italian GIUSEPPE’S PIZZERIA 1775 E Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 410 Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.537.1890 www.giuseppesps.com
you up! Veggies, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, roasted red pepper and a cheese of your choice—need we say more? THE SANDWICH SPOT 276 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.778.7900 sandwichspotps.com
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THE NEST 75188 Hwy 111 Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.346.2314 www.gotothenest.com
CHEF TANYA’S KITCHEN 706 S Eugene Rd Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.832.9007 www.cheftanyaskitchen.com
JOSHUA TREE SALOON 61835 29 Palms Hwy Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.366.2250 www.joshuatreesaloon.com
FRESH AGAVE MEXICAN BAR & GRILL 73325 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.836.9028 www.freshagavemexicanbarandgrill.com
V | Written by: Taylor Gorski | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
W Is for Whisky Whether you’re entertaining a dinner party or unwinding after a long day, nothing raises your spirits like a cocktail made with Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky. So clear your counter and break out the glasses—these four drink recipes are so simple, you’ll have them memorized as a part of your repertoire in no time.
DRINKS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MAKE
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Fashioned
u 2 parts
u 2 parts
u ¼ part
u ¼ part
u 2 dashes
u 2 dashes
u Orange Twist
u Mint Leaves
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
u In a double rocks glass, add the Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel reserve, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir briefly. Garnish with an orange twist.
u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve, simple syrup and Angostura bitters into a traditional julep cup. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs.
u 2 parts
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
u 2 parts
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky • Fresh and Fruity • Sweet • Mellow
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
u 2 dashes
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u ¾ part Fresh
• Sweet and Spicy • Rich • Lingering Sweetness
GLENFIDDICH SCOTCH WHISKY www.glenfiddich.com
u 1 part Sweet
u Pour the whisky, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker tin. Add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe and serve.
u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve, sweet vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass and stir over ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with brandied cherries.
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(Serves 6) • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes • Juice of 2 limes • ¾ tsp sea salt • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes • 1 tbsp fennel seeds • ½ tsp ground nutmeg • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 3 tbsp and 1½ tsp ground cumin • 3 tbsp and 1½ tsp ground coriander • 1 tbsp black pepper • 1 tbsp poppy seeds • ¾ tsp ground clove • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds • 2 yellow onions, small diced • 2 Anaheim green chilies, small diced • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 10 cloves of garlic, minced • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced • 2/3 cup tomato puree • 1 tbsp pure tamarind paste
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1. In a medium bowl, add the cubed chicken and toss with the lime juice and sea salt. Stir well and set aside.
3. In a large sauce pot, melt the coconut oil over high heat. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onions, diced green chilies and turmeric. Stir frequently until onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). 4. Add garlic & ginger, letting fry for 30 seconds. Stir in spice mix and tomato purée, combining well. Add the chicken and let brown, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
5. Pour in 4 cups of water. Bring to a rapid simmer for 10 minutes. Add the tamarind and continue simmering until the liquid has reduced by half and has a thick, saucy consistency (about 40 minutes).
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Z Is for Evzin HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DATE NIGHT AT EVZIN
6. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cauliflower rice and fresh cilantro.
u Start your day sunny-side up! From ham scrambles to hash skillets, Broken Yolk Café is a yummy favorite for breakfast and brunch. “Everything is made local fresh by local hands,” says Owner Oscar Babb. On a busy week, chefs might crack open more than 7,000 eggs to feed the omeletobsessed clientele. That’s a lot of yolk for hungry folks!
FOOD u For a poached eggy twist on the popular salad, try the Caprese Benedict with tomato, mozzarella, arugula, hollandaise sauce and pesto basil drizzle on a toasted English muffin.
DECOR u Equally family-focused and petfriendly, on the weekends, you’ll find kid strollers parked next to pooches on the easy-breezy, open-air patio.
PRICE u Dishes are moderately priced, so for
around $20, you can pair your huevos rancheros with a spicy bloody mary or sparkling pomegranate mimosa.
VERDICT u Turmeric spice and all things basmati rice are oh, so nice at Evzin, where you can taste authentic Mediterranean dishes from sizzling shawarmas to fresh falafel plates. Following the success of their Palm Desert location, owners John and Maria Tsoutis opened a second site inside the hip Caliente Tropics Hotel with the same creative menu.
The Perfect Dinner for Two: 1. Agiorgitiko Syrah Red Wine 2. Dolmades Stuffed Grape Leaves 3. Saffron Citrus Chicken 4. Moroccan Grilled Salmon 5. Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
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u “We have unique Southern California
flair, but you can still sit down for an old-school, well-made country fried steak and eggs with a nice homemade biscuit,” says Babb.
BROKEN YOLK CAFÉ 262 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.318.9655 | thebrokenyolkcafe.com
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2. In a small bowl, combine the spice mix of coconut flakes, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, pepper, poppy seeds and clove. Stir and set aside.
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Platinum Diamond Necklace
Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Diamond Necklace
Platinum Oval Diamond Eternity Ring
Two-Tone Emerald Cut Diamond Ring
Two-Tone Fancy Flower Diamond Bracelet
Two-Tone Diamond Fancy Dangle Earrings
El Paseo Jewelers is bringing the bling this season with statement pieces that wow.
White Gold Diamond Bangle
Bling It On RISE AND SHINE WITH THESE STATEMENT PIECES FROM EL PASEO JEWELERS WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: EL PASEO JEWELERS
Let’s be honest: glitz and glamour are always in style. Looking back through the decades, stones and styles have evolved, but sentiment and worth have remained. El Paseo Jewelers is bringing the bling this season with statement pieces that wow. From to-die-for diamond bracelets to gorgeous gemstones, this custom jewelry shop is here to help you find the perfect piece for that special someone—even if that special someone is you! Get ready to turn heads because these stones are absolutely precious.
Two-Tone Gold Flower Diamond Necklace
EL PASEO JEWELERS 73520 El Paseo, Ste E Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.1040 elpaseojewelers.com
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The Art of
CONFIDENCE Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life WRITTEN BY: ISABELLA COOK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN MODEL: ANGELA BROOKS OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
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“The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy.” —DR. PETER LEE
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DR. PETER LEE is a renowned plastic surgeon and also the Founder and CEO of Wave Plastic Surgery Center, the largest practice of its kind in the nation. Wave took Southern California with such success that a new facility recently opened in San Francisco, with even more on the horizon. Dr. Lee uses his business to help bring more options to more people, paying special attention to individualized patient care. It’s safe to say that your beauty is in good hands with Dr. Lee and the team of doctors at Wave!
At the age of 14, Dr. Lee began attending a university for a special physics program, but before long, he decided that he wanted to work with something more tangible. Dr. Lee then turned his focus to medical school, in an effort to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He says, “[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” Now, Dr. Lee is an award-winning plastic surgeon with international acclaim. He also travels to teach microsurgery, with an emphasis on minimal incision. Dr. Lee has a unique perspective on plastic surgery that rebuffs the pervasive vanity stereotype of the industry. He (and Wave, by extension) believes that cosmetic surgeries are primarily about increasing a patient’s quality of life. Having the ability to fix your flaws with surgery allows people to gain confidence and shed whatever insecurities they carry. According to Dr. Lee’s personal philosophy, “Aesthetic treatments are a cure for a lot of people who aren’t as confident, and when you do something to make yourself look better, it changes who you are.” 104 LOCALE MAGAZINE
“Wave covers all spectrums, and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” —DR. PETER LEE
ONWARD AND UPWARD • Wave has set its sights on expansion and plans to open up locations in the South and East Bay—after that, the company is off to take on the Big Apple! SPEC-TACULAR SOLUTIONS • At Wave Plastic Surgery Center, there’s a large focus on providing care for Asian-predominant surgeries like the double eyelid procedure. Dr. Lee saw a need for this specialization in the industry.
While Dr. Lee has worked with sick patients in the past and has even performed reconstructive surgery for people suffering from cancer, he enjoys his current occupation because, “In the cosmetic realm, you’re not sick—you’re healthy. You’re looking for improvement.” Dr. Lee sees the curative function of plastic surgery in his work, which he believes is often overlooked since the changes that occur appear only on the outside. What the common observer cannot see in cosmetic surgery patients are changes to their everyday happiness. “The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy,” Dr. Lee explains. Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or that wonky family nose you inherited, it’s important to never let the small things keep you from going out and enjoying life. As Dr. Lee puts it, “When we stop doing things is when we get older.” Dr. Lee’s spirit of improving a patient’s quality of life through cosmetic surgery translates over to the company model as well. Wave Plastic Surgery Center recognizes the importance of well-informed and singularized cosmetic surgery care, from the first interview to the last checkup. “We invest heavily in a variety of options,” explains
LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS • Wave Plastic Surgery Center has locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, Rowland Heights, Arcadia and San Francisco. Pop by for a 30-minute consultation with an expert plastic surgeon if you think cosmetic surgery might help improve your quality of life.
“[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” —DR. PETER LEE
Dr. Lee, which is why Wave Plastic Surgery Center is set up to allow for specifically designed individual care, the likes of which are rare in cosmetic surgery clinics. Since Wave is so much larger than other plastic surgery companies, they can offer a much wider selection of procedures which, in turn, gives patients a chance to sit down and decide on the absolute best path for their foray into cosmetic alterations. “Something we stress [at Wave] is to feel out and get an answer from the patient,” he says. Dr. Lee and the doctors at Wave Plastic Surgery Center are aiming to do more with their skills than just alter a patient’s physical appearance— they want to empower people by giving them the control to change parts of themselves that hold them back in life. Wave has doctors from different backgrounds with varying realms of experience, but all of them are there for one reason: to help their patients experience life exactly the way they want to experience it. Dr. Lee’s humanistic approach to cosmetic surgery, as well as his success in his field, has opened a platform where anyone has the power to change anything they don’t like about themselves. “Wave covers all spectrums,” says Dr. Lee, “and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 105
shoppe /// my style JOSHUA TREE COFFEE u “We sell Joshua Tree Coffee; it’s roasted about 45 minutes away from us in the High Desert, but it’s still local,” Smick notes. “It’s a great way for people to take a taste of their trip home with them.” Joshua Tree Coffee Co. | $16
PALM SPRINGS MINI PENNANT u “Our Palm Springs pennant is another popular selection,” says Smick. “We designed it in-house and worked with a company called Oxford Pennant based out of New York. It has a cute little design and is the perfect souvenir.” Thick as Thieves | $16
PALM SPRINGS CITY TEE u “The Palm Springs City Tee is a t-shirt that we personally hand-dye with natural dye. Every shirt is like a work of art in the sense that no two are exactly the same. We get them printed at a local place called Windmill City,” Smick says.
ALOE + ROSEWATER FACIAL MIST u “A favorite [apothecary item] of mine has been our aloe and rosewater spray,” explains Caltagirone. It’s super calming and can double as a face mist or a room spray. It is handbottled here in Palm Springs, and all the packaging is recyclable.”
Thick as Thieves | $35
Thick as Thieves | $14
Jeremy Smick and Samantha Caltagirone Co-Owners, Thick as Theives JOSHUA TREE CANDLE u “Our Joshua Tree candles are handpoured locally and are constantly burning in our store,” Smick went on to say. “Our top seller is campfire...it’s in high demand.” Joshua Tree Candle Company | $20
THICK AS THIEVES 183 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.8350 www.shopthieves.com @shopthieves
Local Piecekeepers THESE TREASURES FROM THICK AS THIEVES ARE A STEAL!
PALO SANTO BUNDLE u Smick explains, “We carry Palo Santo, which is one of our best sellers. We start the day off by lighting that every time we come in to the store because it’s good for clearing away bad energy and promoting positivity.” Thick as Thieves | $8 106 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Husband-and-wife duo Jeremy Smick and Samantha Caltagirone bring a unique blend of antiquated quirkiness and industrial style to Palm Springs at Thick as Thieves. Established in 2017, the shop carries a variety of handmade goods, clothing, gifts, oddities and unique finds. With a mission to share their curated collection of goods with the community, the owners spill seven of their most treasured products.
AFRICAN MUD CLOTH u “One of our favorite items that we’ve carried ever since Thick as Thieves first opened are our African mud cloths. Each piece is hand-dyed in Africa. They are really cool pieces of art that can easily be added to a room to instantly create a hip vibe,” Caltagirone says. Thick as Thieves | $75
Photography Provided By: Jeremy Smick
WRITTEN BY: CRYSTAL HARRELL
shoppe /// setting the scene
Score! • “We wanted to partner with a local restaurant that is open to bringing healthy options to the public,” explains Live Well Clinic’s Dr. Sonja Fung.
Good Food Hunting THE BEER HUNTER’S COLLABORATION WITH LIVE WELL CLINIC IS A REAL GAME-CHANGER WRITTEN BY: CRYSTAL HARRELL PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MELISSA BANDLI
The Beer Hunter Sports Bar & Grill in La Quinta is known for its top-notch selection of brews and spirits, along with an assortment of happy hour staples to chow down on while watching your favorite sports on the big screen. Through a recent collaboration between Live Well Clinic and The Beer Hunter, a new menu has been created with a specific emphasis on health-conscious food items that are not only good for you, but taste just as great. For more nutritious meal options, the Live Well Menu is sure to impress.
HEALTH IS IN THE DE TAILS
Photoshoot Location: THE BEER HUNTER 78483 Hwy 111 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7442 www.thebeerhunter.com LIVE WELL CLINIC 78900 Ave 47, Ste 102 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.5970 www.livewellclinic.org 108 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Ò Full of potassium, fiber and healthy fats
Ò High in omega-3 fatty acids
Ò High in vitamins K and C and folic acids
Ò Low-fat, high in protein
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AFFECTION ACCESSORIZE WITH GLOBALLY-INSPIRED STATEMENT PIECES FROM ZENSE COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY: PATRICIA KEMP PHOTOGRAPHED BY: SANDRA COLBERT THOMPSON PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: ZENSE COLLECTION
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ZENSE COLLECTION 73255 El Paseo, Ste 20 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.0789 www.zensecollection.com ZENSE HOME 73255 El Paseo, Ste 3 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.404.0390 www.zensehomecollection.com
“The hospitality my mother shows... she’s just so inviting to people…” — M E L I SS A P E R KO
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Define Zense • Gundry came up with the word “Zense” one night over a glass of wine while brainstorming a name for her store with her husband. In her words, it’s the “Eastern practice of integrating the five senses to achieve ultimate harmony and fulfillment.”
Roughly twelve years ago, Perko came to her mother and said, “I would love to work at Zense!” Surprised and delighted, Gundry brought her daughter to the store—not to work, but to observe. “I wanted her to learn the trade. I told her, ‘Sit on this bench and absorb everything about the business,’” Gundry remembers.
What makes Zense a unique boutique? That depends on who you ask. “You created it,” Melissa Perko nods to her mother. “Yes, but you took over,” Penny Gundry is quick to reply. The mother-daughter duo, business partners and owners of the pillar jewelry and accessory shop on El Paseo in Palm Desert share an inherited passion for fashion and design that didn’t skip a generation. Gundry handles much of the creative merchandise, while daughter Perko oversees the dayto-day tasks of managing the store. Together, they operate one of El Paseo’s most distinctive treasure troves—a place where community meets an ever-changing gallery of collective adornment.
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Even with her mom as her boss, Perko didn’t receive special treatment. She sat on that bench, watched her mother’s fluid interaction with shoppers and learned valuable customer service skills. “The hospitality my mother shows...she’s just so inviting to people. It really is what makes her a great success,” Perko says. After about three months of bench time, Gundry gave Perko her first shot at working the showroom floor. Little by little, Perko took on more responsibility. Gundry says Zense has “evolved into this wonderful business that Perko now manages and controls.”
Girl Power • Established in 2001, Zense has the prestige of being one of the most sustainable women-owned businesses on El Paseo, the famed Palm Desert street, for nearly two decades.
“At Zense, you dress yourself in beautiful, wearable art. At Zense Home, you dress up your home with beautiful, imaginative objects.” — M E L I SS A P E R KO
After years of decorating homes for clients, Gundry craved more creative satisfaction than choosing shades of textured white wallpaper. Driving down El Paseo one day, she noticed a “For Lease” sign in the window of a quaint storefront; it was then that inspiration struck. She had the design chops but knew very little about retail. Determined to make her dream come true, she made the leap from interior decorator to entrepreneur. “I stuck my head in and thought it was perfect. It was just four walls, but I knew I could create a magical space here,” Gundry says—and enchanting it is. On the walls of Zense, you’ll find wearable art in the form of statement jewelry, designer handbags and eclectic accessories in shades of gray, hues of blue and glimmers of green. Featured pieces are commissioned by Gundry from European artists and designers from her overseas excursions during the desert’s offseason. Now, as an equal business partner, Perko joined her mother on a trip to France and Italy last summer to lend her expertise and design eye in an effort to help stock the shelves with new merchandise that is an amalgam of both their styles.
A Beautiful Balance • Perko says her mother is more “outside-the-box,” while Gundry says Perko takes a more “conservative” design approach, creating a unique mesh of treasures in their overall Zense collection.
“We travel to Europe looking for our inspirations,” Gundry says. “Sometimes, we’re on the same page, and we’ll gravitate towards the same designers that we see. Then there are other times Melissa will say, ‘Oh, this is fabulous!’ and I’ll disagree. And she’ll say, ‘Trust me, this will sell.’”
“Melissa tones down my craziness, so it balances pretty well.” — P E N N Y G U N D RY
“And it does!” Perko points out. Mother and daughter each have their own interesting insight on the other’s design style. Perko labels her mom as more edgy and “outside-the-box,” mixing materials like meshy metals, rubber and resin, while Gundry says her daughter takes a more “conservative” approach, juxtaposed with bold pops of color. “Melissa tones down my craziness, so it balances pretty well,” Gundry says. “It just works,” Perko adds. While they differ somewhat on design styles, Gundry and Perko do share a few things in common. Outside of Zense, they spend time shopping (of course!). “We love fashion; we love shopping,” Perko says. They also love dogs. Gundry is the owner of four pooches, including Miss Pearl, an older Labradoodle and retired Zense shop dog. That role is now assumed by Perko’s Shih-poo puppy, Buddy, who comes to work with her every day and greets customers. The future of the Zense franchise continues to look bright, as Perko and husband Ray opened Zense Home in 2018. Located next door, the fun and colorful home accessory shop is an extension of the Zense empire, which features unique accent pieces from rainbow-splattered ceramic frogs to rubbery glass-like vases. “At Zense, you dress yourself in beautiful, wearable art. At Zense Home, you dress up your home with beautiful, imaginative objects,” Perko explains. Both boutiques have an alluring impact on El Paseo that attracts shoppers from around the globe to the ritzy desert shopping district. “People here travel the world, and they get what we’ve got going on here at Zense,” Gundry explains. With her daughter by her side, there is no doubt both Zense stores will continue to thrive. LOCALE MAGAZINE 113
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From the studio to the shelves, these clay creations by Double M Pottery are handcrafted with happiness. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, a new set of mugs or something to spruce up your home, these pieces are sure to please!
COOL BLUE STRIPE VASE PITCHER $96
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE MARY MCDONALD’S CLAYFUL COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: LAURA PERKINS Palm Springs
COOL BLUE STRIPE VASE $64
COOL BLUE STRIPE TUMBLER $36
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COOL BLUE STRIPE TUMBLER $36
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February 2020 /// retirement. relaxation. recreation.
Behind the Brand
Best Buds Bloom Into Your Best Self With These Top-of-the-Line Cannabis Products From Flower Market
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Can’t Wait for the Next 50 Years THE LIVING DESERT CELEBRATES HALF A CENTURY OF FUR, SCALES AND FEATHERS Palm Desert
WRITTEN BY: LYNNE EODICE
Starting out Small
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and there’s a lineup of exciting events all year long. Though a wide variety of activities and attractions are always offered, this year is extra special. The Living Desert is dedicated to conservation research, habitat protection and education. Where else can you feed giraffes, hike nature trails, view animals in their native habitats, see over 1,000 species of desert plants and enjoy animal chats from experts?
What’s Happening Now • On Feb. 8, people of all ages can dress as their favorite fantasy characters for Fairytales & Frog Day and enjoy a tea party at noon. The Living Desert
Looking to the Future • The Living Desert has plans for expansion. Crossroads of Conservation is a project that will develop new animal habitat space, an event center and new educational opportunities about desert species. A $34-million capital campaign, Pride of the Desert, is raising money to fund this project. The first phase began with a new welcome entrance to the park in 2018.
Up Close and Personal
• The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens offers unique animal encounter opportunities, such as feeding romaine lettuce to a giraffe or hay to a camel.
A G-Scale Train
• The park’s model train exhibit has 3,300 feet of track and the train winds past miniature versions of landmarks like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon.
Picture Perfect Wedding
• Plan your dream wedding at The Living Desert! The park has six beautiful sites for wedding ceremonies and seven venues for receptions.
Save the Date!
On Saturday, March 7, The Living Desert will host a Golden Anniversary Gala from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate this milestone. This elegant occasion will include dinner, animal
encounters, live auctions and entertainment. Dessert and dancing will wrap up this must-attend event. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.livingdesert.org. This is the perfect opportunity to support The Living Desert!
THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS 47900 Portola Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.5694 www.livingdesert.org
Photos - The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens & Sandra Colbert Thompson
“Though a wide variety of activities and attractions are always offered, this year is extra special.”
• During the late-1960s, a group of visionaries decided to preserve a portion of the Colorado Desert for future generations to enjoy. In 1970, The Living Desert Association was formed as an extension of the Palm Springs Desert Museum. The park started out with just a few animals and hiking trails, but it has grown to include numerous exhibits and 1,200 protected acres of desert.
members can come for Brunch at the Zoo on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. While there, they can attend a zookeeper chat with a walk through the park’s new Australian Adventures habitat.
alive /// 5 pro tips
When it comes to planning retirement as a couple, the subject can be a tough one to broach.
P®, BRANDT KUHN, CF n Pointe aco Be r, tne Par d an Managing Director
FIRST THINGS FIRST • “Set an agenda and pick a private place to chat. Have an outline of what you’re both trying to accomplish, and don’t have your talk at your favorite coffee shop, restaurant or hangout!” 2
NO SHAME, NO BLAME • “Past financial decisions and mistakes are just that—in the past! We can’t change some financial decisions that have already been completed. We have to move forward.”
• “Turn off phones or other distractions, so you can listen to what your significant other is really saying. Let them finish their thoughts before interjecting your point or opinion.”
Little Did You Know • Beacon Pointe Advisors is the largest Registered Investment Advisory firm in the country founded and headed by a woman.
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“The faces of our employees are the FACES of the company—familyoriented, ambitious, collaborative, entrepreneurial and service-minded.” —Beacon Pointe Advisors
How to Have “The Talk” BEACON POINTE’S BRANDT KUHN IS HERE TO HELP MAKE TOUGH FINANCIAL CONVERSATIONS A BIT EASIER
WRITTEN BY: DR. PAULA TRIMBLE-FAMILETTI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MICHAEL WESLEY
Are you looking for strategies to have a more productive financial conversation with your partner about building wealth and planning retirement? Founded in 2002, Beacon Pointe is a Registered Investment Advisory firm that focuses on helping clients save funds and build wealth for a better future. When it comes to planning retirement as a couple, the subject can be a tough one to broach. Let Managing Director Brandt Kuhn of Beacon Pointe guide you with these tips that will make “The Talk” a little bit easier.
Looking to Learn More? • “Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide To Money Matters” was written by some of the women at Beacon Pointe to introduce the next generation of investors to financial literacy.
LET’S BE REAL • “Ask open questions of each other. Here are three to start you off: 1. ‘Is there something I am currently doing in terms of our money that stresses you out?’ 2. ‘What am I good at when it comes to our finances?’ 3. ‘Do you think we are in a better financial situation than we were at this time last year?’”
ACCOUNTABILITY IS KEY • “Assign homework and set a date to meet again. Who will do what and when to keep you on track financially? Establishing a joint bank account to save for big purchases? Increasing your retirement savings at work? Set a date to make the change, and do it.”
BEACON POINTE ADVISORS 73833 El Paseo Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.932.0962 www.beaconpointe.com
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THROUGH AAP – FOOD SAMARITANS’ EFFORTS, THE COACHELLA VALLEY IS A HEALTHIER, LESS-HUNGRY PLACE WRITTEN BY: GENE PIETRAGALLO III
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EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY: LANI GARFIELD
I thought, ‘If I could do something to help just one person, it would all be worth it.’” —MARK ANTON
AAP – FOOD SAMARITANS 1276 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 108 Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.8481 www.aapfoodsamaritans.org Photoshoot Location: SPENCER’S RESTAURANT 701 W Baristo Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.3446 www.spencersrestaurant.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 123
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“We really want to focus and work hard on drawing younger people into the fold—explaining to them how important it is to be charitable and philanthropic.”
To some of the general public, picking up groceries or stopping for take-out on the way home from work may seem ordinary. So much so that we often forget to acknowledge the great sum of charitable organizations who work year-round to bring these commodities to those less able.
How to Help • AAP is always looking for volunteers or donors. Anyone can apply for either via their website, www.aidsassistance. org/volunteer
For nearly 30 years, the AAP – Food Samaritans organization has approached the hunger crisis among low-income people living with HIV/AIDS with integrity, bringing year-round meals and food supplies to Coachella Valley residents who would otherwise struggle or barely get by. A full decade after the initial 1981 reports of the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, AAP sought to fix a problem that had gone unattended for far too long.
Giving Back • Outside of Evening Under the Stars, AAP hosts several other charity events throughout the year, ranging from a Fourth of July benefit to fundraising events at the illustrious O’Donnell house in Downtown Palm Springs, which are responsible for a considerable portion of their annual donations.
In 1991, the founding year of AAP, the federal compensation for patients too ill with HIV/ AIDS to work standard jobs was nearly non-existent. AIDS was the leading cause of death among men aged 25-44, and the toll continued to increase in numbers for men, women and children for years after. To say there was a dire need for charitable intervention is an understatement. When Gloria Greene, owner of Gloria’s Restaurant in North Palm Springs, began to notice the number of people living with HIV/AIDS who were knocking on her restaurant door and asking for leftover food increased dramatically, she took action. After some thought, in-depth conversations and planning with her friends, Jeannette Rockefeller and Joanna Jakway, AAP was born.
Providing nutritional support for over 2,500 recipients since its inception, AAP has since become the driving force in feeding the low-income population of the Coachella Valley living with HIV/ AIDS and other chronic illnesses—most recipients being those who otherwise may not have had access to fresh food or toiletries while battling their health complications. At the forefront of the organization, CEO Mark Anton has overseen charity duties for the past 18 years. Throughout his time with AAP, Anton has slowly worked his way from board member to chairman, and eventually to executive director.
“Every day, I learn how important it is to be understanding of people and their situations.” —MARK ANTON
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Thirty and Thriving • Over the past 30 years, AAP – Food Samaritans has helped over 2,500 low-income Coachella Valley locals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses who are incapable of working a standard job due to their health.
“A dear friend of mine asked if I would like to be a board member for AAP. I immediately said yes because my ex-partner had just passed away from HIV-related complications, so it really resonated with me… I thought, ‘If I could do something to help just one person, it would all be worth it,’” Anton explains. “So I became a board member, and it just kind of snowballed from there—18 years later, I’m still here.” The standard recipient of an AAP donation is granted a food voucher worth $150 per month to cover basic expenses they otherwise may not have been able to afford. The company has since expanded its coverage to assist those unable to work
due to other illnesses besides HIV/AIDS. As of 2020, AAP is equipped to serve as many as 500 Coachella Valley clients per month. “We’ve provided a source of food and other necessary toiletries to some of our recipients for nearly 30 years. Unfortunately, while some of our beloved recipients have since passed away, we also offer our services to many younger people in the Coachella Valley who are sick or otherwise unable to feed themselves,” explains Anton. Without the help of federal or state aid, AAP relies on the generosity of the community, raising 100% of all income from private donations and fundraising events. Perhaps their largest and most popular event, the annual Evening Under the Stars gala, which is already booked for May 2 of this year on the O’Donnell golf course in Palm Springs, gives the donation-capable public a glimpse into what the charity is all about while raising funds to continue their work. “We really want to focus and work hard on drawing younger people into the fold—explaining to them how important it is to be charitable and philanthropic. That’s our biggest goal outside of feeding those in need. We never want to turn away any clients that may need our help,” says Anton, regarding the goals of AAP. “Most of us are fortunate enough in one way or another, so it’s important that we help.” Meeting those goals is exactly what Anton and the AAP board members and volunteers have accomplished through the organization’s mission and efforts. “I’ve always thought of myself as a compassionate person, but it’s easy to unfairly judge people,” Anton remarks. “Every day, I learn how important it is to be understanding of people and their situations. That’s what I’ve learned most.”
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Best Buds Bloom Into Your Best Self With These Top-of-theLine Cannabis Products From Flower Market
PAPA & BARKLEY CANNABIS BALM Type • Cannabis-infused salve Use • To ease inflammation and chronic pain Flavor/Taste • Scented with eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint and lavender
“Our service allows people to stay in the moment on their vacation…” —Benjamin Brayfield
WRITTEN BY: LAUREN MCCARRAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: SANDRA COLBERT THOMPSON
When in California, do what the Californians do best—enjoy your vacation with some top-notch cannabis. While you lounge at the pool on your inflatable swan or before you begin your hike through the picturesque canyons, be sure to place an order from Flower Market for an exceptional staycation experience.
Cannabis is finally on the list of conveniences you can enjoy without leaving the couch, the pool or even the golf course. Flower Market’s website is easy to navigate with a user-friendly interface—even after an edible or two! An account isn’t necessary but has its perks, such as members-only discounts and promos. All you need is a valid ID, your cell phone and a debit card (or cash). Once you place your order, you’ll receive status updates via text. If you’re overwhelmed by the nearly 200 high-quality products available, their customer service representatives will happily guide you in making the best choice to match your mood.
PETRA MINTS Type • Cannabis-infused mints Use • For letting go with control; helps ease you into full relaxation Flavor/Taste • Saigon Cinnamon
PETRA MINTS Type • Cannabisinfused mints Use • For letting go with control; helps ease you into full relaxation Flavor/Taste • Moroccan Mint
Benjamin Brayfield, the CEO of Flower Market, works hard to establish growing connections with his clients and tailor orders to each person’s taste. Brayfield and his team meticulously curate products on their website—some of the most popular being mints and pre-rolled smokes. They’re consistently adding new goods and can vouch for the quality of each item. They can select the right flowers, tinctures, edibles or vapes to enhance any experience. Brayfiled’s philosophy centers around making his community feel like family, and it reverberates throughout the company. You don’t have to be a local to be treated like part of the Flower Market family. “We consider ourselves an extension of the hospitality service,” says Brayfield. “Our service allows people to stay in the moment on their vacation without breaking up their day.” Whether you’re looking to elevate your vibe with a discreet gummy or prefer something steeped with CBD to indulge in a spa treatment, Flower Market has the expertise to raise your experience to a higher level. The client comes first, as Brayfield put it, “We’re always listening.”
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SUNDAY GOODS VAPE
Type • Sativa, indica, hybrid or CBD-infused
Type • Variety of strains
Use • For unwinding by the pool Flavor/Taste • A variety of fruit flavors from marionberry to peach
Use • For a scenic stroll Flavor/Taste • Earthy and piney
In the Works • The 60 acres south of Grand Marketplace (the former Indio Fashion Mall) may soon be home to an entertainment, retail and residential mecca.
A Tribute • In 2017, the main polo field was dedicated to Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.—an avid polo player and WWII veteran.
[Before Coachella], Pearl Jam first graced the stage in 1993, playing to nearly 25,000 fans.
Roses Are Red • One of five event venues at Empire Polo Club, the Rose Garden is a sight to be seen. The meticulously maintained site spans 3 acres and is home to over 8,000 rose bushes, making it among the largest private rose gardens in the Western United States.
EMPIRE POLO CLUB 81800 51St Ave Indio, Ca 92201 760.342.2762 empirepolo.com empirepoloevents.com
Have a Field Day FROM MONET TO COACHELLA, EMPIRE POLO CLUB HAS A TIMELINE OF TRADITION WRITTEN BY: AMBRIA LUETTJOHANN PHOTOGRAPHY BY: RACHEL HOOPS AND LYNN BREMNER
Each year, Empire Polo Club hosts hundreds of thousands of polo spectators, concert-goers and event attendees. The world-renowned grounds are home to arguably the area’s most popular annual music event, Coachella, and it’s country counterpart, Stagecoach. Starting in January, the immaculate fields come to life with polo matches—complete with the famous Pretty Woman champagne divot stomp. But there is so much more to Empire Polo Club than polo and concerts; within the walls lie some of the most beautiful spaces that are brimming with rich Coachella Valley history.
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Year-Round Extravaganzas • Beyond the entertainment, you can find a bustling agricultural business at Empire Polo Fields, yielding bermudagrass, lemons and famous Coachella Valley dates. During the winter season, equestrian activities are in full swing with breeding and training; some horses even hit the field for polo matches in January. Expanding the Empire • Set to unveil in 2020, Empire’s Grand Oasis, a new venue in Thermal, will feature Empire’s signature
polo fields as well as waterfalls, tiki bars and a sprawling estate home. The grounds hosted the first-ever 4xFAR music festival in January, featuring outdoor activities and live performances. Pretty as a Painting • Renovated in 2015, Medjhool Lake, one of the most scenic areas at Empire Polo Club, was inspired by paintings of Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France. This 10-acre setting features statues, Japanese footbridges and stone walkways, all reminiscent of Monet’s works. A charming tiki hut is a favorite lakeside spot. Jamming out Since 1993 • Most think Coachella was the first music event at Empire, but Pearl Jam first graced the stage in 1993, playing to nearly 25,000 fans. This concert is said to have blazed the trail for Coachella, which debuted in 1999. Mayor Lupe Ramos Amith says, “Empire Polo Club has placed Indio on the International map... as the ‘City of Festivals.’”
PHOTO BY: Rachel Hoops â€¢ REVIVALS Cathedral City | Palm Desert | Palm Springs | www.revivalsstores.com | @revivalsstores
February 2020 /// revive. restore. renew.
How to Make
Crazy Little Thing Called Mod Revivals Furnishings and a Dreamy Airbnb Are a Match Made in Heaven
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YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart
RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE 475 N Cache St Jackson, WY 83001 800.323.9279 www.rusticinnatjh.com
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THE CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS OF FLAT CREEK FLOW THROUGH THE RESORT, HELPING TO CREATE A THRIVING NATURAL HABITAT.
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Snow Big Deal • At the end of each March in Jackson Hole, racers face-off in the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Catch a glimpse of your favorite riders at the resort after they tear it up on the powder!
What a Ham • The resort claims to have the best bacon in town. They cook thick-cut pork extra crispy and then dip each piece in the deep fryer.
Chill out and skip the trip to the tropics this year! Jump on a free airport shuttle as you cruise past gigantic aspens,
crackling clearwater creeks and lush greenery, ready to experience the great outdoors. Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole is the ultimate in small-town luxury with a touch of vintage charm. Nestled just
outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and
wildlife fun. Here are five reasons to make the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole your next vacation destination.
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• Ever dream of having your own personal helper? The Spa Suites’ butlers are on-site from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help you with your arrival, your departure and everything in between.
ULTIMATE SPA SUITE EXPERIENCE • Make your escape warm and protected from extreme weather in extravagant one-and two-bedroom spa suites. These intimate hideaways offer all the contemporary comforts of a five-star hotel with exclusive access to a private bar, hot tubs, fire pits, patios and even your own personal butler! There’s room for everyone in the Grand Balcony Suite, featuring a furnished patio with a fireplace, a four-person hot tub and room for up to 12 people. Breathe in happiness and refresh yourself in the one-of-a-kind eucalyptus steam room before enjoying a daily cooked-to-order breakfast. NATURE CALLS
SOCAL-STYLE SPA DAY • Looking for a sweet spot to rest and recover? Relax your soul and indulge your senses at the Inn’s luxurious full-service spa. Located in the private spa suites building, the space serves as a sanctuary of solitude and rejuvenation. The 30-minute Mountain Tune Up is just what the doctor ordered for those achy muscles; plus, it is a great way to adjust to the altitude. Experience the miracle of the Mud Mor Wrap, a 55-minute detoxifying treatment that uses mud from an ancient Canadian lakebed. Who knows? You could be greeted by a family of moose as you soak up the pristine mountain views, blissfully meandering back to your cabin. DINE AND UNWIND
• From sunrise to sunset, the cozy comfort of the Rustic Inn Bar & Bistro makes it a great place to gather and chill with friends. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the stunning outdoor patio or watch the sunset as you sip and savor your meal—and your day! The locally sourced menu features Americaninspired cuisine, including delicate panseared trout and mouthwatering bison tenderloin. Sip on a signature cocktail from the bar or perhaps a glass of award-winning red from the wine cellar. For all you early risers out there, don’t miss the gourmet daily breakfast buffet of eggs, crispy bacon and potatoes, along with a variety of pastries, fruits, coffee, teas and fresh juices.
• Just a short snow coach ride away from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, adventure-seekers can enjoy the resort’s epic yearround outdoor activities. Hit the slopes and crush the powder with unlimited access to world-class skiing and snowboarding during winter; March into early April are ideal times for hiking, golfing or just lounging creekside with a fishing pole. “Even experienced anglers will be impressed by the size of the trout they can catch in our exclusive stretch of Flat Creek,” explains Rustic Inn Representative Courtney Carter. “We have also partnered with the Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School to offer fly fishing casting lessons for our more adventurous guests.”
• The crystal-clear waters of Flat Creek flow through the resort, helping to create a thriving natural habitat. You can enjoy a long walk around the wetlands or melt into a rocking chair in front of the fire to roast marshmallows. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an elk! With the help of both local and national environmental organizations, “wildlife has returned to the property,” says Carter. And if experiencing the Old Faithful geyser or the Yellowstone Caldera is on your bucket list, you’re in luck—call up a free resort shuttle ‘cause Yellowstone National Park is only a short drive away.
Nestled just outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and wildlife fun.
Peek at the Creek • Want to see what you’re missing? The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole has a live webcam overlooking Flat Creek so you can take a peek at any time. Warning: may cause serious FOMO. LOCALE MAGAZINE 135
Troy Kudlac, Founder and Broker of KUD Properties
History in the Making KUD PROPERTIES EXPANDS WITH A NEW OFFICE SPACE, KEEPING PALM DESERT BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN BY: REX LEE SEARCEY • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NATHAN COX
A prominent player in Coachella Valley real estate and architecture, Troy Kudlac and his company, KUD Properties, have a special passion for midcentury modern design. They began remodeling and repositioning blighted midcentury modern houses in the Coachella Valley in 2010. Their most inspired and well-received project has been the construction of eight new Desert Eichler houses (using original plans from renowned modernist Joseph Eichler) in Palm Springs.
“Now that we’ve been in the space for a few months, it feels like home and we can’t remember anything different.” —Troy Kudlac
As KUD Properties was growing out of their small business space, Kudlac and his wife Amy were looking for a new, larger space to lease. He had been driving past a particular building in Palm Desert for years; he liked the look and was very intrigued by it. When he discovered that it was up for sale, he was very interested. Though KUD had no plans to buy at the time, it had always
been a long-term goal. After evaluating the opportunity, they made an offer to buy the building, and it was accepted. With a keen eye for midcentury modern architecture—developed through years of experience—Kudlac felt “there was something there,” so he began to investigate the building’s history. Kudlac says he was “REALLY excited” to discover that it was designed by Walter S. White, an eminent modernist architect and industrial designer who worked in the Coachella Valley in the 1950s. In terms of the company’s focus, he says the building was “right up [their] alley.” Having been originally built for Valley Lumber, subsequently occupied by Maytag and then a preschool, the building had been altered over the years. Kudlac decided to restore it to its original design. After three months of work, KUD was able to move in this past July. “Now that we’ve been in the space for a few months, it feels like home, and we can’t remember anything different,” Kudlac explains. “Modern design and architecture will always be relevant.”
Well-Aquainted • KUD Properties has 25 years of real estate experience in the Coachella Valley. Bringin’ in the Big Bucks • As an agency, KUD sold $200 MM since 2016. More to Come • There are currently 18 cutting-edge architectural homes built or underway.
KUD PROPERTIES 74124 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.273.5150 www.kudproperties.com
RESIDENCE IN RETROGRADE THE ELVIS HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY THROWS IT BACK TO THE PINNACLE OF MIDCENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE
WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KENNETH ALEXANDER SCOTT & PROVIDED BY: BENNION DEVILLE HOMES
It isn’t too often that a property is listed for sale with as much history as 1350 Ladera Circle, located a few blocks from North Palm Canyon Drive. The lot is situated in the prestigious community of Vista Las Palmas, known for decades to attract the rich and famous. Originally built for esteemed Palm Springs developer Robert Alexander and his family in the early ’60s, the estate serves as a pristine example of quintessential elements distinct to midcentury modern design. In addition, two separate parcels bordering 1350 Ladera Circle are for sale, allowing buyers the rare opportunity to own the entire cul-de-sac.
BENNION DEVILLE HOMES 850 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.3990 www.bdhomes.com/offices/palm-springs LISTING AGENT: Scott Histed CalBRE# 01031722 760.218.1751
ELVIS HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY 1350 Ladera Cir Palm Springs, CA 92262
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From the street, circle-shaped stairs zigzag up the front yard, guiding you toward the front gate.
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“The House of Tomorrow”... powerfully exemplifies the key components of midcentury modern architecture.
Bennion Deville Homes agent Scott Histed is responsible for representing the property and is eager to showcase this historic estate. The home was designed by famed Palm Springs architect William Krisel, who was responsible for the development of nearly 2,000 residences in the Greater Palm Springs area. The estate was originally built for Robert and Helene Alexander and gained notoriety after being featured in multiple 1960s publications, dubbing the home “The House of Tomorrow.” The residence gained even more popularity after Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon at the home in 1966. Today, the home is still referred to as the “Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway” and has been featured in Architectural Digest, Time Magazine and The Travel Channel.
SURROUNDING ESTATES Ò This Honeymoon
Hideaway is positioned on a street with only two other houses. The adjoining right lot, known as the tennis court lot, is available for $1.18 million, while the neighboring house to the left is also for sale, presenting the opportunity to own the whole street!
ELVIS INSPO Ò 1350 Ladera
Circle’s architectural design was utilized as inspiration during the development of two “Upstairs Suites” at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion.
If you’re traveling southbound on North Palm Canyon Drive, you’ll make a quick right onto Via Las Palmas, the main drive leading into the renowned Vista Las Palmas neighborhood. Upon passing the Old Las Palmas main entrance sign, you’re welcomed with a seemingly infinite amount of palm trees and pristine gated residences lining either side of the street. While discussing the characteristics of the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, Histed explains, “It’s ranked the most expensive price per square foot in all of Palm Springs.” Continuing on your journey down Via Las Palmas, you will ultimately reach the serene Ladera Circle cul-de-sac. “The House of Tomorrow” stands out in the center and powerfully exemplifies the key components of midcentury modern architecture.
The distinctive roof reigns over the residence’s unique floorplan, evoking a sense of curiosity to those admiring the home. Histed points out the significance of the butterfly-shaped roof by stating, “Alexander was known for incorporating butterfly roofs in his developments.” From the street, circle-shaped stairs zigzag up the front yard, guiding you towards the front gate. The stairs themselves are part of an elaborate stone waterfall feature, allowing one to admire the gently flowing water as they walk. Entering through the front gate, you are met with a secluded courtyard that’s filled with a variety of vibrant plants and shady trees. The front of the home, seen from the courtyard, features a stone facade and floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you a glimpse into the lively interior of the home. At night, the lights of the interior fill the courtyard with warm light, welcoming all who enter the grounds of the estate. Once you enter through the grand main entrance, you are met with calming tones of ivory on the walls and similarcolored Terrazzo flooring. To the left of the front entrance is one of the most magnificent interior spaces of the estate, the central living and dining room. A stone wall frames the circular living space, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide the space with an abundance of natural light. A beige-colored custom sectional lines the interior stone wall, providing ample space to entertain or simply enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. In the middle of the living room is a circular fireplace, precisely marking the center of the space. The whitepaneled fireplace hangs from the ceiling, allowing guests sitting in both the living and dining room areas to enjoy the view. Slightly
elevated above the living room is a lightfilled dining area where the floor-to-ceiling window trend continues, offering guests an uninterrupted view of the glistening backyard pool and lounge area. The sliding glass doors found in the living room lead out to the relaxing backyard. A pentagon-shaped pool can clearly be seen when entering the patio area with the San Jacinto Mountains peeking out just above the property’s treeline. A variety of mature trees provide the backyard with shade from the hot desert sun. However, grass can be found in case you and some house guests were looking for an ideal place to get your tan on. Once entering back inside through the sliding doors, you can quickly make your way to the kitchen. The kitchen has a simple, yet unforgettable design to it— all-white custom cabinetry and a circular center island. Similar to the fireplace found in the living room, the kitchen’s range hangs from the ceiling, which is another element often found in midcentury modern design. Though the estate has five bedrooms, the most spectacular of private rooms is the master bedroom suite. The bedroom features a picturesque view of the exterior desert thanks to the four windows adorning the bedroom wall. The master bath features a tranquil bathtub and a black-and-whitetiled bathroom floor. An opportunity to own a property as unique and historic as “The House of Tomorrow” is an event rarely seen in Palm Springs. Whether you’re looking for a new address to call home or an amazing investment opportunity, one thing is certain: 1350 Ladera Circle is a property fit for “The King” or queen! LOCALE MAGAZINE 141
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Crazy Little Thing Called Mod Revivals Furnishings and a Dreamy Airbnb Are a Match Made in Heaven WRITTEN BY: PATRICIA KEMP • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: RACHEL HOOPS
Expert : Steven Henke Credentials: Director of Community Development, Revivals Step 1
• “Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work. Look for resale treasures at thrift shops and reupholster with new fabrics of colors, patterns and textures authentic to your style.”
• “Go high and low. Splurge on a high-end item like a sofa that defines your space, and then surround it with inexpensive pieces, such as graphic throw pillows.”
“Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work…”
• “The 1960s were all about going natural. Unstained woods are a huge part of the midcentury modern design, so look for pieces that show off clean lines of teak, walnut and rosewood grain.”
• “Keep a running list of room and furniture dimensions on your phone. You never know when you’ll find the perfect furniture piece at an estate sale.”
• “Shop what’s new to you. Revivals is a great source to find your personal ‘mixed-century vibe.’ Combine new pieces with thrift store finds from various decades. The end result will feel more personal. One of our customers took four peg legs from a 1950s sofa and put them on a new couch for a look that felt midcentury in a very modern way.”
• “Be neutral like Switzerland. Midcentury designers loved earth tones like brown, rust and green with bright accent colors of red, blue and yellow.”
• “Decorate on your timeline. Vintage hunting requires patience. The best home collections are built over time from different places like flea markets.”
The midcentury was all about shaking things up. Out with your mother’s matchy-matchy bedroom set. Primary pops of color and geometric patterns were in. Designers were also mixing materials like plywood, metal and glass for a sleek minimalist style. The Dream Home is a stunning Palm Springs Airbnb vacation pad (outfitted with new and used items from Revivals) that was designed to feel like you stepped into a time warp back into the 1960s. Steven Henke, the resale shop’s director of community development, offers tips on how to create your own sweet mod home. “You’re not living on the set of ‘Mad Men;’ it’s your place, so add your personality,” Henke says. 142 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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thank you to our partners AAP - Food Samaritans
KUD Properties, Inc.
AC3 Restaurant + Bar
La Quinta Resort & Club
Acqua California Bistro
La Serena Villas
Ara Pilates + Movement
Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers
ARRIVE Palm Springs
Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Live Well Clinic
Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors - Palm Desert
Lulu California Bistro
Bennion Deville Homes
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Blonde Clothing Boutique
Newport Regenerative Medicine
BNP Paribas Open
Old Town La Quinta
Cork Tree, California Cuisine
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
René Dell’Acqua DDS
Ristorante Mamma Gina
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill
Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
El Paseo Jewelers
The City of Palm Desert
The Gardens on El Paseo
Fresh Juice Bar
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Grand Central Palm Springs
Heirloom Craft Kitchen / Cork & Fork Wine Bar
Wave Plastic Surgery & Laser Center
JNS Next Creative and Media Hub
William Grant & Sons
JONES AGENCY, PALM SPRINGS
Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe
Ken Grody Ford
Zense on El Paseo
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