Greater Palm Springs May 2019

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Editor's Note 51

Shoppe Experts

WHAT’S YOUR CRAFT?

When I think of Greater Palm Springs, my immediate thoughts circulate around vacation, luxury, palm trees, bright colors, vibrant libations, vintage boutiques and everything fun in the sun. In our Shoppe issue for GPS May, we present our readers all that and more.

on taking a staycation to the desert oasis, which I highly recommend you do, there’s no better place than at La Quinta Resort & Club (pg. 116).

As you flip the pages, our Shoppe Experts (pg. 51) will have you yearning to go on a shopping adventure throughout SoCal– especially in the desert. Custommake a perfect pair of shoes with Shoemaker Debra Hovel (pg. 54)—her avant-garde approach will have you striding in style and comfort. Pick out a stylish leather handbag designed with utilitarian simplicity made by Lili Tanner (pg. 52) in her studio in Twentynine Palms. Delight your taste buds with brunch at Wilma & Frieda (pg. 82) where they present classic breakfast items with a delectable twist. Their Churro Waffle and Blackberry Custard French Toast are must-try dishes for every brunch lover. You’ll want to check out our traditional Drink Experts (pg. 85) where six selected bartenders share their passion for mixology and break down how they creatively used a given ingredient to create their featured libation. If you’re planning

In our Humanitarian Feature (pg. 101), learn how you can give back to the desert community and help better the lives of those in need by getting involved with these two inspiring nonprofits: AAP-Food Samaritans, who raise funds through their annual events to provide nutritional support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS; and Well in the Desert, who strives to eliminate homelessness by providing job assistance, health insurance and food distribution. Don’t miss reading about our cover star (pg. 40), Candice Patton, who is shattering cultural norms in the entertainment industry and helping girls and women everywhere speak their truths. To sum up my Editor’s Note, I leave you with a quote by Anton Chekhov, a Russian playwright and short story writer: “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” To the wonderful people of Greater Palm Springs, as we frolic in the midst of spring, I hope you find your happy through every season.

With love,

ANNIE KIM Senior Editor annie@localemagazine.com | @akorakim


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MAKING ISSUE the

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Photographed By: Michael Wesley, polarizedstudios.com | @polarizedstudios Model: Candice Patton, @candicepatton Location: La Serena Villas, 339 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.8044 | www.laserenavillas.com Written By: Jordan Nishkian, @wordsbyjordan Styled By: Teresita Madrigal, bornorigingal.com | @bornorigingal Hair By: Lauren Clark, laurenclarkhair.com | @laurenclarkLA Makeup By: Crystal Tran, eamgmt.com/CrystalTran | @beautybycrystal Kimono & Pants Provided By: Reuben Avenue, www.reubenavenue.com Glasses Provided By: Quay Australia, www.quayaustralia.com Jewelry Provided By: ReStyled Vintage, www.shoprestyled.com Shoes Provided By: Charles David, www.charlesdavid.com

Walking onto the property of La Serena Villas, it was easy to see how the boutique hotel lives up to its name. The cloudy morning sky left a perfectly still blue-gray reflection in the hotel pool, and the only things moving along the clean, white walls of the villas were the occasional breeze-blown leaves or fluttering shadows cast by the painted lady butterfly migration.

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This tranquil atmosphere set the tone for what was happening inside one of the villas: Candice Patton was prepping for her photoshoot. No stranger to the buzz of a production team, Patton sat peacefully in her chair as Makeup Artist Crystal Tran and Hair Stylist Lauren Clark got the alreadystunning Patton camera-ready. “The moodboard [for the photoshoot] was really glowy, a little bit whimsical and just a gorgeous, Palm Springs-y vibe,” Tran explained. “Candice has got really beautiful skin, so I tried to do something clean with a little bit of a smokey eye [and] some sparkles on it. Then I got a lip that accentuated her natural lip color. She’s so gorgeous that it really doesn’t take much!”

wardrobe, Clark noted that the look she was going for with Patton’s hair was a beautiful, soft, textured wave. “She’s so nice,” Clark said. “So easy to work with and really personable!” Moving onto wardrobe, all anyone could see in the master bedroomturned-dressing room was an incredible selection of lovely pastel pantsuits and an array of to-die-for accessories. “I tried to go with everything that Palm Springs is: bright and colorful. I researched the hotel, so that helped with color—we’re sticking to cooler tones but we might be doing a little lavender at the end,” Wardrobe Stylist Teresita Madrigal disclosed. “Big earrings, bright colors and anything to make her beautiful skin pop.” With the stunning backdrop of La Serena Villas and a dazzling subject before him, Photographer Michael Wesley had plenty of inspiration to work with. Expertly posing, it was no surprise that Patton was comfortable in front of the camera, knowing when exactly to smize or to flash a Mona Lisa smile. From super suit to power suit, Patton’s cover-ready transformation was as seamless as it was beautiful—no superpowers necessary!

After unwrapping Patton’s hair from her curling iron to get into THE TEAM

Michael Wesley

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Jordan Nishkian

Crystal Tran

Lauren Clark

Teresita Madrigal

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THIS ISSUE: SHOPPE 67 Shoppe Guide

GET IN, WE’RE GOING SHOPPING

Grab a Friend and Hop in Your Car— We’re Taking a Style Roadtrip

72 Fashion Spread

FUTURAE

These Looks Are Lightyears Ahead

51 Experts

WHAT’S YOUR CRAFT?

Through Passion and Patience, These SoCal Locals Are Handcrafting Perfection

DEBRA HOVEL FOOTWEAR 1611 S Calle Palo Fierro Palm Springs, CA 92264 612.483.0993 www.debrahovelfootwear.com

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106 Foodie

Alive

Escape

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Two Things We Love

Humanitarian Feature

La Quinta Resort & Club

From Sugar to Spice, Breakfast at Wilma and Frieda Is Always Nice

AAP-Food Samaritans and Well in the Desert Are Leaving Imprints in the Desert for Their Humanitarian Efforts

From Championship Golf Courses to Culinary Adventures, La Quinta Resort & Club Takes You Away for an Unforgettable Stay

WAKE UP TO THE SWEET LIFE

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

THE GREAT ESCAPE

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Experts

First Timer’s Guide

Local Mixologists Show off Their Takes on Seasonal Ingredients

Our Trip to The Lighthouse Dispensary Shines a Light on the Benefits of CBD Products

¡VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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See, Stay, Eat

Drive in Luxury With KARMA’s Electric Vehicles

Here's Our Itinerary for Exploring the Desert Oasis

RAISING THE BAR

92 First Bite

PS, YOU’RE INVITED

Teleport to a Different Time at the Secretive PS Underground

95 Meals Deconstructed

THE MAINE COURSE

French Cuisine Meets Southern Comfort

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LIGHTEN UP

LET KARMA TAKE THE WHEEL

118 That’s What They Said These Vegas Experts Show Us the Best of Their City

DESERT DAYTRIPPIN’



LOCALENDAR SOAK UP THE SUMMER WITH THE HOTTEST GPS EVENTS WRITTEN BY: JACQUELINE SMITH

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JAM SESSION July 5

¢ Jethro Tull will be

stopping at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for one night during their 50th Anniversary Tour North American. The British band combines blues, folk and hard rock to create their progressive signature style of rock, complete with flute solos. www.jethrotull.com

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DINE OUT AND SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT May 31-June 9

¢ Over 100 restaurants will be participating in Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week—a 10-day mass feast! Participating restaurants will offer two-item lunches and three-item dinner options at discounted prices. Bon Appetit! www.dinegps.com

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MAKE A SPLASH

June 7-9 | August 9-11 ¢ Splash House is two

weekends, two unique lineups, three hotels, an endless good time and countless stories—you get the picture. These three-day poolside music festivals will no doubt be a fun time. www.splashhouse.com

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BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT May 9-13

¢ The Shakti Festival is celebrating its first year at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. This drug and alcohol-free event will highlight the benefits of personal growth through workshops given by leaders in the field, meditation through Kirtan (sacred music) and yoga. www.shaktifest.com

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DISCOVER THE MAGICAL SHEN YUN May 9-11

¢ The Shen Yun World Tour 2019 is stopping in the desert for one weekend at the McCallum Theatre to delight spectators. The show will display ornate costumes and take you back to a time in ancient China through classical Chinese dance and moving orchestral works. shenyunperformingarts.org

BACK TO BLACK (AND WHITE) May 9-12

¢ Don’t miss the

chance to attend this unique affair; the Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival will spotlight films representing the era roughly between 1920-50 when dark crime-drama films were popular. All screenings will take place at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs.

arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

GO IN THE NICKS OF TIME May 25

¢ Enjoy familiar favorites

such as “Dreams,” “Gypsy,” “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” and come out to the Palm Canyon Roadhouse for an evening of entertainment put on by the acclaimed Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Stevie Nicks Illusion. www.stevienicksillusion.com

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HITS AND GIGGLES Sundays

¢ Judy Garland and

friends have come back in drag to entertain and bring laughs every Sunday night at the Purple Room Palm Springs. One of the longest-running cabaret shows in Southern California, this show will leave you in stitches.

purpleroompalmsprings.com

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BE A WALLFLOWER

PARTY WITH THE LOCALE CREW

¢ The inaugural Palm Springs Mural Fest will be coming for one weekend to paint the town red (and a bunch of other colors)! The festival will feature 20 murals and several pop-up and social events.

¢ Join us at the beautiful and historic La Serena Villas for our GPS May issue release party! From 6-8 p.m., partake in the celebrations with food, drinks and live music. All proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit.

June 27-30

www.psmuralfest.com

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Photos - Splash House: Arya Collective | The Shakti Festival: The Bhakti Fest Group

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PARTY LIKE A ROOF-STAR July 4

¢ What better view

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CHEERS TO MATERNAL INSTINCTS May 12

¢ Some of the best mothers around are also found in the animal kingdom. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., treat your mom this Mother’s Day to the amazing sights and sounds at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens—all while sipping a mimosa. www.livingdesert.org

could you have of the Independence Day fireworks than from the top of the tallest hotel in downtown Palm Springs? The Kimpton Rowan will be hosting an all-day, rooftop pool party to celebrate July 4th.

www.rowanpalmsprings.com

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STARGAZING IN THE PARK August 2-4

¢ Bristlecone Night

Sky will be a weekend of interstellar views. Under the guidance of professionals, you and other earthly folk will be setting up shop in the expanse of Joshua Tree and capturing photos that NASA would be jealous of.

Photos - Jazzville Palm Springs: Mike Thomas | The Joshua Tree Music Festival: Amandala Photography | Living Desert Zoo and Gardens: Sandra Colbert

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REV UP THE ENGINES! May 31-June 2

¢ Running the Ladies Annual Weekend (LAW) returns, celebrating the sisterhood of female motorcycle riders. A ticket for the weekend based at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Palm Desert will include relaxing massages upon registration, complimentary drinks, karaoke, multiple rides and dinner with dancing! www.runningthelaw.com

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DANCE IN THE DESERT May 16-19

¢ Welcoming to all, the Joshua Tree Music Festival is where family, art and yoga are celebrated and encouraged. Top it off with a lineup of over 30 musical acts and you got yourself a lively gathering! joshuatreemusicfestival.com

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PUT YOUR JAZZ HANDS TOGETHER May 15

¢ Through Jazzville

Palm Springs’ bimonthly live jazz performances, you will experience a retro-style supper club complete with world-class jazz performers. This show will feature three-time Grammy-winning trumpeter, Yay Yennings, in a foot-tapping performance that is sure to sell out fast. jazzvillepalmsprings.com

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LAUGH IT OUT OVER BRUNCH Sundays

¢ Located in the heart

of downtown Palm Springs, Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill brings you Sunday drag brunch at its best. Make

your reservations for a hilariously good time with the ladies of Desert Divas Brunch and hostess Vanity Halston rioazulpalmsprings.com visitgreaterpalmsprings.com

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MOVIE MARATHON June 18-24

¢ The films at the

competitive Palm Springs International Short Fest are cultivated from over 5,000 submissions coming from over 100 countries worldwide. Many have gone on to win prestigious awards, including an Oscar. www.psfilmfest.org

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ADMIRE THE BACKSTREETS First Wednesdays

art enthusiasts by browsing the many art forms offered at The Backstreet Art District of Palm Springs, including jewelry, paintings, photography, lithography, ceramics and more! backstreetartdistrict.com

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REMEMBERING THE BRAVE May 27

¢ Every Memorial Day, the Palm Springs Air Museum commemorates those who fought in World War II by performing the Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop from a B-25 aircraft. You’ll see thousands of white and red carnations showering down the area. palmspringsairmuseum.org

¢ Every first Wednesday

of the month from 5-8 p.m., join other

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS

Grayse-ful FROM NEW RESTAURANTS TO GUCCI-INSPIRED FASHION, THIS CREATIVE DIRECTOR PRESENTS HER FAVORITE HOTSPOTS

EXPERT: Kelly Gray CREDENTIALS: Iconic Model and Creative Director, Grayse

BEAUTY AND GRAYSE ¢ My first stop on El Paseo is always Grayse. I like to see how our team has merchandised the store and connect with our sales team. www.grayseofficial.com

HEAD-TO-TOE SPARKLE ¢ I’m always inspired by Alessandro’s creativity at Gucci, and I usually indulge in something sparkly like sneakers or sunglasses. www.gucci.com

SNEAK PEEK ¢ I’ve had the pleasure of sampling some of the items from [Kitchen 86’s] menu. The cauliflower crust pizza is my favorite. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to enjoy the small plates menu. www.kitchen-86.com

HOME(S) AWAY FROM HOME ¢ I don’t have a place in the desert so when I’m looking to go out and hang for a few days, I always use Desert Luxury Estates to find me the perfect property.

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF ¢ [The Leaf is] my favorite new business on the street! I’m obsessed with the THC/ CBD bath salts. I’ve had three shoulder surgeries and two knee surgeries, so when I want to turn back time, I jump in the bath.

“I always try to carve out time to grab a quick bite [at Wilma & Frieda] and stop in to say hello to Kelly, the owner, who knows just how to tickle my palate!”

www.leafelpaseo.com

PALATE PLEASER ¢ I always try to carve out time to grab a quick bite [at Wilma & Frieda] and stop in to say hello to Kelly, the owner, who knows just how to tickle my palate! www.wilmafrieda.com

ALL THINGS BEAUTY ¢ Sephora is my one-stop shop for all things beauty. A girl can never have too many lip glosses, mascaras and beauty products. My personal favorite is Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss. www.sephora.com

www.desertluxuryestates.com

GRAYSE 73130 El Paseo, Ste F Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.3303 www.grayseofficial.com

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO LOCATE THE BEST VINTAGE FINDS

Style for the Ages STEVEN HENKE SHARES WHERE TO FIND THE BEST VINTAGE STYLES FOR MEN

EXPERT: Steven Henke CREDENTIALS: Director of Community Development, Desert AIDS Project

PRIDE AND JOY ¢ Local favorite [Revivals] won Best of the Valley and Ultimate Pride reader contests and donates 100 percent of its profits to support Desert AIDS Project. It’s not unusual to see talented stylists and interior designers shopping for their favorite clients alongside DIY vintage shoppers. revivalsstores.com

FABULOUSLY FRESH ¢ Mitchells Palm Springs has one of the best assortments of ‘70s fashion; you’ll find a great mix of new men’s garments such as Dior sunglasses and Chanel clip earrings next to terrific Whiting and Davis 1970s vintage mesh bags. Plus, the store is dog-friendly. www.mitchellsps.com

DAZZLE IN QUALITY ¢ Dazzles is perhaps best known for its jaw-dropping collection of costume baubles, all of which are organized like a color wheel with each enameled vintage pin displayed under lit glass. You’ll also find lots of kitchen and bar items from the 1960s and 1970s. 760.327.1446

CURATED WITH FLOW ¢ I’ve shopped [at Flow Modern] for years. The store specializes in a variety of very sexy antiques and

midcentury décor, studio jewelry, glass and pottery—everything is constantly curated by owners André Boughtwood and Brigitte Lehnert. www.flowmodern.com

START AT THE END ¢ [The End] is a colorful vintage oasis and perfect side trip when planning a visit to Joshua Tree National Park or Pioneer Town. If you’re time-traveling during a sound bath at the Integratron, make time for some fashion finds at this high desert hot spot. www.theendyuccavalley.com www.integratron.com

RE[X]-TIFY YOUR HOME ¢ I recently discovered Re[x] tucked in the north end of Palm Springs. It carries a wide assortment of vintage furniture and accessories. If you go, stop at the 4 Paws Coffee Co. next door— they serve a special doggie treat for four-legged friends. www.rex.haus www.4pawscoffeeco.com

WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKY TOWN ¢ [Iconic Atomic’s] funky space is located in the Uptown Design District and is only open Thursday through Monday. It’s a great stop while window shopping and a must for midcentury modern fans. www.iconicatomic.com

REVIVALS 611 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.318.6491 revivalsstores.com Photoshoot Location: KBC BY BENJAMIN SULLIVAN 73-790 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.864.8522 www.kbcofpalmsprings.com PHOTO BY: Bianca Simonian

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Oh Niki, You’re so Fine

“The Uptown District in Palm Springs offers not only great shopping but also the cutest photo ops!”

THE DARLING NIKI SHOWS US THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN PALM SPRINGS

EXPERT: Nicole Bowen CREDENTIALS: Creator of The Darling Niki Blog

UP TOP! ¢ One of my favorite evening activities is heading to the rooftop at Kimpton Rowan for some rosé and photos at High Bar. The views of the mountains are the perfect Instagram backdrop—don’t forget to check out the tile in Juniper Table or the superchic lobby! www.rowanpalmsprings.com

PRICK-TURE PERFECT ¢ On weekends I love to throw on my favorite casual outfit and head to Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs. The cactarium is a favorite spot of mine for the chicest desert photos.

www.moortenbotanicalgarden.com

THE PRINCE AND THE PHOTO OPPER ¢ The Uptown District in Palm Springs offers not only great shopping but also the cutest photo ops! Elizabeth & Prince has the perfect “selfie” mirror and their Moroccan-influenced design makes a gorgeous backdrop. www.elizabethandprince.com

SAY KREEM! ¢ As summer approaches, I live in sundresses and can’t live without a cold treat! Kreem has delicious homemade ice cream

and almond milk lattes as well as the chicest backdrop to show off your order. Snap a pic in front of the all-white building or inside by the colorful counter. www.ilovekreem.com

FLOAT ON ¢ Have you even really been to Palm Springs if you don’t have a fabulous pool photo to prove it? I love heading to Arrive on my day off, grabbing a colorful pool floaty (and glass of rosé) for the perfect Insta photo. ww.arrivehotels.com

A WALK IN THE PARKER ¢ I will find any excuse to get all dressed up and head to The Parker. The photo ops are endless, but a few of my favorites include the breeze block entry, the lobby and the adults-only pool (complete with yellow umbrellas). www.parkerpalmsprings.com

THE ROYALE TREATMENT ¢ When I want to throw on my most ‘Palm Springs’ outfit and pretend I am on the ultimate desert vacay, I head to Villa Royale. The lobby and pool feature tons of black and white Moroccan tile, the coolest backdrop for any outfit photo! www.villaroyale.com

THE DARLING NIKI www.thedarlingniki.com @thedarlingniki Photoshoot Location: ELIZABETH & PRINCE 800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste A Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.992.5800 www.elizabethandprince.com

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A Willman and a Way THIS GREATER PALM SPRINGS INSIDER TAKES US TO HER FAVORITE SPOTS AROUND THE DESERT

“Burgers? Check. Beer? Check. Whiskey? Check. What more do you need?”

EXPERT: Marissa Willman CREDENTIALS: Director of Digital Marketing, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

FRESH OFF THE MARKET ¢ It doesn’t get any fresher than the Certified Farmers Market in Old Town La Quinta. Every Sunday from October through May, dozens of vendors offer everything from just-picked produce to farm-fresh cheeses and meats. My favorite? The fresh-cut flowers! www.certifiedfarmersmarkets.org

A GREAT DISCOVERY ¢ Burgers? Check. Beer? Check. Whiskey? Check. What more do you need? Belly up to the bar at Eureka! for some of the best craft beer on tap, plus delicious California-style burgers. www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com

THINK PINK ¢ The absolute cutest Palm Springs-themed finds live behind the perfectly-Instagrammable pink wall at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five. Think midcentury-inspired furnishings and cactus-themed decor to your heart’s content. This place is #goals for my home! www.theshopsat1345.com

HEY, SWEET THANG ¢ The menu is strong at Azucar at La Serena Villas. I’m a sucker for the bourbon-smoked beef tenderloin, but the best part of

dinner here is grabbing your cocktails and heading upstairs to Sugar High, the property’s rooftop lounge, complete with a firepit and mountain views. www.azucarpalmsprings.com

CHILE WEATHER ¢ Most weekends, I’ll meet the besties for a low-key brunch at El Mexicali Cafe II in Indio. The Cadillac margaritas are a must, but trust me, the locals know the Chiles Gueritos Rellenos de Camarón are where it’s really at. www.elmexicalicafe2.com

YES WAY, DEL REY ¢ Weekends are meant for craft cocktails at the chic new Del Rey at Villa Royale in Palm Springs. Sip on a Velvet Knife, nosh on the Manchego Bombas (Deep-fried cheese? Yes, please.) and enjoy these stylish surroundings under the stars. www.delreypalmsprings.com

SPA, SPA, OOH-LA-LA ¢ The best way to unwind after a long week? Spa day at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. This serene spa is built right into the Santa Rosa Mountains to create the ultimate oasis for relaxation. www.ritzcarlton.com

GREATER PALM SPRINGS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 70100 CA-111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.770.9000 visitgreaterpalmsprings.com Photoshoot Location: THE SHOPS AT 1345 1345 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.464.0480 www.theshopsat1345.com

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ON-SCREEN HERO, REAL-LIFE BADASS Candice Patton’s Heroism Is Anything but Fictional

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For Candice Patton, playing a leading role on a superhero show was a dream she never thought would be possible to achieve. “I think just being a black woman, it didn’t seem very possible,” she reveals. “So I don’t think that I had those dreams.” But after landing a main role on “The Flash,” Patton began to discover that this was only the beginning of discovering her true power. Born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in Plano, Texas, Patton was taught from a young age how important it is to be driven for success—especially as a woman. “[My mom]’s always been the person that I’ve tried to be like. She was a working mom and I think she inadvertently instilled this idea of working hard and achieving for yourself. My dad worked, too, but I think it was really nice to see my mom also contribute to the household.” From there, that simple yet powerful example that her mother gave influenced Patton to become the woman that she is today. “It was a no-brainer that that’s what I would do. I would go to work and achieve for myself—so I’ve never really looked to a man or any other person to support me.”

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After completing her education and receiving her BFA from Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Patton followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles. After a string of roles on various films and TV shows, some including The Guest, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Game,” she landed her most noteworthy role yet: Iris West. “Career-wise, I’m proud of not giving up. It’s not so much about where I am but just the sheer tenacity to stick with it,” Patton says. “‘Cause, of course, there were times I wanted to just quit and pack up and go back home and just do something else, but looking back I’m really proud that I’ve stuck with it.” All of her hard work and self-proclaimed tenacity has paid off. Through her role as Iris West, Patton has proven herself to be an integral part of DC’s TV domain. Even though she is the love interest of

Barry Allen (aka the Flash), West goes through her own character development and never wavers in her personal and moral strength. “She’s very strongwilled and strong-minded so we’ve always shared that in common,” Patton says with a smile. “She’s definitely a character that I have a lot of respect for and have fun playing.” Throughout the past five seasons of “The Flash,” West goes through her own trials, tribulations and even some surprising transformations (no spoilers here!). Not only is Iris West a hero in her own right, but she is also an incredible role model. “For her to not have powers and still be a hero, I think is really empowering to a lot of young women.” And she would be correct. The superhero world is predominantly made up of male characters with either natural-born powers, such as Superman, or with powers that have manifested via an external force like Green Lantern’s ring or a freak accident at Barry Allen’s lab. While superheroines appeared in American comics in the 1940s (around the time Rosie the Riveter made her debut), it took a while for the characters to be treated with the same heroic aptitude as their male counterparts—even a version of Wonder Woman was pushed into the homemaker role after the end of WWII saw most American women go from factory worker to housewife. In truth, superheroines weren’t really ‘commonplace’ until around the 1990s, but even then most leading, non-super female roles (especially love interests of the main hero) were often used as damsels, no matter how brave or strong of a character she was. Think about it—even the fearless and determined Lois Lane was regularly being caught mid-air by Superman after a villain had flung her off of a skyscraper.

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Who Run the World?

• “Feminism to me is just humanism. It’s about having the respect for anyone and everyone and giving everyone equality and a platform to achieve their dreams,” Patton says.

Every Hero Needs an Anthem

• Patton’s personal anthem can be found on her social media pages as well as some talented fan art: “Do no harm, take no shit.”

What’s in Her Bag?

• Five things Patton always has handy are: “a charger, my earbuds, some form of moisturizer, my Nintendo Switch and probably a journal, which I never write in, but just in case.”

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“I encourage everyone, but especially women, to continue to speak up even if it’s hard, even if your voice is shaking, even if you’re terrified.” —Candice Patton

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“Career-wise, I’m proud of not giving up. It’s not so much about where I am but just the sheer tenacity to stick with it.” —Candice Patton Needless to say, female characters who played the hero’s love interest were oftentimes (and to no fault of their own) a form of weakness for the main hero. But thanks to a recent push in serious girl power, these roles are changing, and Iris West is an excellent example of that. “She’s pretty fearless despite not having any powers,” Patton explains. “I think we’ve done a good job showing over the past five seasons that she never lets that get in the way with her trying to get involved and be heroic in her own right, which I think is really, really cool.” For Patton, playing West’s character isn’t just about representing women—it’s also about representing women of color. “I was a huge Batman fan growing up and I love the idea of a superhero, but yeah, it wasn’t really something that I thought was possible [for me],” Patton says, remembering how most superheroes that she saw on TV were, for the majority, white males. “It’s kind of crazy that I’m here and that so many girls who look like me are believing it’s possible for them because they see so much more [representation] now.” “The reach that [the show has] had—that I’ve had— gets lost on me because we shoot in Vancouver and we’re kind of isolated up there,” says Patton. “But as soon as we land at Comic-Con or any of these huge events you see how much this show, these characters [and the representation of diversity] mean to people, and how it’s changed the industry and how it’s changed the superhero genre—yeah, it’s pretty incredible when I really sit back and think about it.” But Patton’s passion for making the future a better place for her fans didn’t stop there. “Caity [Lotz] and I, she’s on another DC TV show, we just wanted a way to connect with our fans in a more genuine way other than seeing them at conventions and only being able to give them a quick autograph and a hello and goodbye,” she explains. Upon meeting their favorite TV idols, “these girls would come up and share their experiences and tell [Patton and Lotz] how much [their] characters meant to them as young women.” Not only was it empowering, it was also a strong foundation for what Patton and Lotz did next: “We wanted to be able to give something back to them and to show them examples of how

we deal with life as women, and it’s become a community where people in general just share their experiences as women no matter what walk of life they’re from.” That community that Patton’s referring to is Shethority, an online community which she and Lotz established in order to create a safe, positive, empowering space for women (including “cis women, transwomen, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified”) to share their experiences and support each other. Not only does Shethority serve as a day-by-day hub for anyone looking for a healthy dose of girl power, but the online community also sells merchandise which raises proceeds to be donated to foundations such as Girls Not Brides, Girls, Inc. and Girl Forward. Through this site, Patton’s main goal was to do her part in changing the dialogue of how women interact with other women. “I think media has pushed this idea that we are each other’s adversaries and I think the opposite is actually true,” Patton explains, saying that she believes that women, by supporting other women, create a stronger, healthier experience for everyone. “There’s just always been this narrative that women are in competition with each other and so I genuinely want to be a part in any way that I can to change that narrative by showing that anytime women come together and work together, it’s for the good of everyone involved.” And this is an idea that Patton hopes to continue and represent through all aspects of her career as well as her life. She wants her struggles and her successes to pave the way for the girls of the future. To the girls of the next generation, she wishes to offer this message: speak up. “I think as women, throughout history, we’ve been taught to be quiet and say less and there’s this movement of speaking up in general—whether it’s sexual assault or bullying or speaking up about things that you believe in,” says Patton with her head held high. “I think that’s where our power is and where it will be in the future. So I encourage everyone, but especially women, to continue to speak up even if it’s hard, even if your voice is shaking, even if you’re terrified. There’s power and freedom in speaking your truth.”

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Land of the Rising Sun

• “I really want to go to Japan. I’m obsessed with the culture, the people and how polite they are. I just think that I would love Japan.”

Take Two

• “I’ll often walk on set misbuttoned, or my pants are unzipped, or I’ve put on two different shoes, or I’ll have one earring on and I’ll literally go to camera; we’ll do a whole take and I’ll just look [like] a hot mess.”

Keep on Pushing on

• For Patton, there’s no such thing as being comfortable or satisfied. “I’m happy for the trajectory, I’m happy for where I am, but I’m also very eager to see where I’ll go,” she says.

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WHAT’S YOUR CRAFT? Through Passion and Patience, These SoCal Locals Are Handcrafting Perfection

When it comes to accessories, it is imperative to pay attention to the fine details. Take a closer look and you’ll notice that accessories can not only make or break an outfit, but they also have the ability to transform and re-energize your look. What you choose and how you wear it speak volumes. So, we’ve handpicked some of the top, local accessory designers and got a chance to speak with them about their craft. Whether they’re designing handbags, custom shoes or jewelry, one thing they all have in common is their painstaking attention to detail and their own unique spin on what it means to have style.

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When a lady in a parking lot wanted to buy the simple leather clutch that Lili Tanner had made for herself, she knew she was onto something. That became the catalyst for what has now grown into a business. She now creates leather handbags and jewelry in her studio (open by appointment only) in Twentynine Palms, a city located in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

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LILI TANNER CREDENTIALS: Handbag and Jewelry Designer, Lili T. California “It all comes out of my personal desire or need.”

Originally a writer, author and columnist, Tanner grew up in Switzerland and worked in advertising for many years before she found her true calling. Whether she is designing bags from the softest buttery leathers or making jewelry with precious metals and stones, her premise is always to create something she’d enjoy wearing first.

“I must really love the design and love wearing it. I discovered that if I’m really true to that, other people will love it too.”

“Simplicity done in a playful yet substantial way is how I would describe the jewelry. For the bags, the basis is always utilitarian simplicity with, again, a playful element be it color or a detail.”

Bought the Dream • “Diane von Fürstenberg bought two of my bags in Sun Valley, Idaho last summer. That made me happy.”

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Desert Oasis • “I love being swallowed by the solitary desert vastness that opens my mind in all directions and lets me be and work.” Anything Goes • What’s the epitome of California fashion for Tanner? “The simultaneousness of many different styles.”

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LILI T. CALIFORNIA 6905 Peterson Rd Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 310.508.0538 lilitcalifornia.com

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You may be surprised to learn that it takes Shoemaker Debra Hovel about 40 hours to make a pair of custom shoes. Her avant-garde style can be described as either Marie Antoinetteinspired, complete with bows, frills and embellishments, or veer to the other side of the scale with exotic skins and contemporary shapes that look like they’d be worn sometime in the future.

One Step Ahead

DEBRA HOVEL CREDENTIALS: Designer, Maker and Founder, Debra Hovel Footwear “I prize color, unique designs and comfort that make men and women want to stride. No mincing along for me. Strong powerful movement.”

Before embarking on her career, Hovel and her husband, Richard, had a design consultancy company, which meant she had always been involved in researching trends and colors. With shoes, she took that experience and turned it into something that she was able to create with her hands—but to be worn on the feet.

“My shoes are made to wear without socks— lots of color and happy combinations. Tan, happy feet in nice leather-lined shoes are my idea of great California style.”

“I love designs with references to the past but with something unique that will make people stop and ask me where I bought those shoes. I recently made several pairs for myself that illustrate this idea.”

She’s a Natural • “Nature puts all colors and patterns together and that amuses me to do the same with shoes.” Sole-ly Yours • Hovel never designs the same pair of shoes twice. Each pair is unique.

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Step in Their Shoes • “Some models have worn my shoes, but I don’t court celebrities. I want to see strong, confident people, men and women, happy people, people who maybe have had pain in their feet, striding along, smiling. I love the idea that my clients tell the story of finding me, having custom handmade shoes made for them and they have a unique story to tell.” Play Matchmaker • “I want to design shoes that feature a collection of different lefts and rights to be worn together as you wish, depending on your mood and outfit. Every day a different combination, from the collection of shoes—a library of shoes that can be endlessly combined.”

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Leathersmith Ray Lansburg started out with a graphic design degree but worked for many years with a master handbag maker/designer before embarking on creating his own brand, The Black Acre. His primary focus is creating men’s leather wallets in his studio—a fully renovated 1920s carriage house in his Fullerton backyard. From here, Lansburg crafts leather goods with a salt-of-the-earth sort of appeal—creating designs that have simple beauty yet are carefully constructed with meticulous detail in every stitch. And if you have been watching the new version of television hit, “MacGyver,” then you may have seen a couple of Lansburg’s goods: one of his belts was even crafted into a slingshot!

Hide and Seek

RAY LANSBURG CREDENTIALS: Designer and Founder, The Black Acre “My phantom wallet is a current favorite. It’s a long snap wallet with lots of cool subtle details inside.”

“My design philosophy is to always have a unique silhouette to every item and make goods that are fun to carry and use.”

“My main focus is men's wallets, particularly taking vintage styles, wallets you would have bought at a truck stop or swap meet, and reinventing them and decking them out with the best leather and hardware possible.”

School of Rock • Lansburg draws his style inspiration from rock and roll legends Lemmy Kilmister and Elvis Presley.

Back to Black • When asked what his favorite color is, Lansburg’s answer was simple: “Black! Come on!”

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Have Some Class • Lansburg’s favorite place to shop is Snake Oil Provisions in Long Beach, a shop known for its “working classic” vibes and specially-selected menswear offerings. Can’t Rush Art • “Dealing with demand is a challenge—making hand-stitched leather goods takes time.” Golden State of Mind • “California style means anything goes, really. I think the key is finding what ‘anything’ means for you.”

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THE BLACK ACRE Fullerton, CA @theblackacre

“I would say I get most of my inspiration from movies and music. A lot of it comes from just drawing until shapes work together, and good tunes facilitate that.”



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Yokishop’s philosophy stems from the Japanese term “mottainai,” a direct translation for “using the whole fish.” But for Designer Jeff Yokoyama, a veteran of clothing design for 39 years, it’s a business model.

Renew and Repurpose

JEFF YOKOYAMA CREDENTIALS: Designer, Yokishop

He creates unique clothing from existing products and materials that have been discarded in the market. Each pattern is created and each garment hand-cut and sewn in their Newport Beach studio with an aim to provide jobs and create a smaller carbon footprint. Selling directly to the customer as well as to a selection of handpicked boutiques in LA, Hawaii and Tokyo, their ethos is not only doing the right thing but also being different in the process.

Back to Vintage • “I get my inspiration from old clothing. This is a huge passion of ours as well as a huge responsibility.”

“I buy defected military shirts and jackets, from camo to khaki to just army green, and we repurpose those [materials] by putting different things on them from our other company called Mucho Aloha.”

“[My favorite item is] the beach towel hoodie. From the used beach towel, it becomes part of the body. Then I go to the Goodwill where they’re discarding tons of sweatshirts and purchase them for $2 a pound. I’ll use the sleeves, the hood, the rib, the zippers—I tear them all apart and add them onto the beach towel hoodie.”

Baked Goods • Over-production is not something that’s a part of Yokoyama’s practice. “We’re like a bakery,” he explains. “We make every day and then every day someone comes in and purchases something.”

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Throw in the Towel • “All these hotels use towels like it’s nobody’s business,” Yokoyama explains. “We would love to collaborate with hotels and resorts across the country and make cool beach towel hoodies for them and their gift shops.” Less Is More • “We take things that are already here, already accumulated its carbon footprint, already had three or four gallons of water usage, and instead of throwing it away... we could all work together in repurposing product rather than buying more product.”

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YOKISHOP 2429 West Coast Hwy, Ste 102 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.351.5389 www.yokishop.com

“Across [many college campuses] there are [at least three] Starbucks. So, from the uniforms that are being discarded, we take the logos and make reusable coffee sleeves [for that campus].”



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What started as a personal project to sew a case for her laptop has now transformed into a fullfledged business. Case has a Masters in Arts Education and worked as a high school teacher for a decade before she took a leap of faith and changed careers.

Just in Case

JULIE RAIS ELLIS CREDENTIALS: Designer and Owner, Rais Case

With no formal training in sewing and design, Case found ways to use her background in art to guide her through the process that has slowly evolved into a study of quality, design and fashion. A mother of two as well as a wife, artist, traveler and conscious creator, she is passionate about designing the highest quality products that cultivate community and culture around local, handmade goods.

“My current favorite is our new zipper pouches that we are making with recycled plastic.”

“Our Vida bag is our most unique bag because it can be worn as a cross-body bag, a clutch or as a fanny pack.”

“The Vida is our signature bag, and with its birth came the true conception of our brand. ‘Vida’ means ‘life,’ intended to be worn-in by life, for life. The Vida gets softer with every use and textured by every adventure, transforming for you and aging with you.”

More Eco, Less Ego • “I’d like to expand the potential of making beautiful bags with recycled plastics,” Case explains in regards to the future of her line.

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“We use the best leathers, fabrics and hardware we can find. We use industrial threads and cut and sew techniques that ensure our bags last. Our bags work well for everyday use.”

Your Design in Mind • “Originally I designed for myself, but now I listen to our amazing customers and design for them.” San Diego or Bust • “I grew up in Fairfield Township, Ohio. I went to college 45 minutes from my hometown, and after graduating, went on an open-ended road trip which led me to San Diego. And I’ve been here ever since—it’s been 15 years and counting.”

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In Agreenment • “Sage green is my favorite color because it feels calm to me.”



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Words have always had a way of helping Sarah Foster, Founder, Designer and Chief Foul Mouth of BAD BAD, overcome some of her struggles. It’s with a sense of unapologetic, foulmouthed appeal that she set out to create a jewelry brand that showed her “badass” attitude with simple explicit words and messages of encouragement.

Swearing Is Caring

SARAH FOSTER CREDENTIALS: Founder, Designer and Chief Foul Mouth, BAD BAD “My favorite design is the Desire bracelet, particularly the one that reads ‘JUST BE YOUR FUCKING SELF.’”

The uninhibited language used on her dainty jewelry presents empowerment to her and to her customers. Her jewelry is intended to be worn every day; she likes it to be reminder to persevere and be strong in whatever it is you’re going through in life—and all tinged with a tongue in cheek sense of humor that makes you proud to wear it.

“My very best work comes when I’m passionately frustrated about something whether it’s personal or something unjust in the world.”

“I want my designs to be worn by that single mom who needs something to remind her of her strength. I want my work to be loved by a group of girlfriends who all wear the same design to stay connected while they support their friend through a difficult time. I want the everyday woman who’s working towards her personal goals to wear my work to feel badass.”

Stay Gold • Much of Foster’s work comes in rose gold, silver and yellow gold, but Foster’s favorite is the latter: “[Yellow gold is] warm, reminds me of the sun, honey and youth.”

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From Trench to Treasure • “In the beginning, I designed for professional athletes and brands like Nasty Gal and BuzzFeed. I also did commission work for multiple New York Times bestselling authors. I’m in the metaphorical life trenches with my customers and friends, so it’s easier and more real to design for them.” A Personal Touch • “I design for myself first and foremost unless it’s a custom order, of course. When it comes to creating from nothing, my best work comes from tapping into what I want to read and wear. It’s a personal process for me. I design to overcome my own internal struggles and fears.”

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Sun-Settling Down • “[My favorite place is] any rooftop at sunset with drink in hand.”

“Being the face of the brand and putting myself out there in a way that’s honest and real but not too much has been a struggle for me. But I keep pushing myself.”



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Rodriguez completed education in fashion in Miami and began designing custom clothing for celebrities. The shift to shoemaking was a natural process that came about from the relationships he cultivated with industry leaders and factories over the years in New York. With his move to Los Angeles, he decided to turn his passion into a business and opened Shoemakers of Los Angeles.

Yes, the Shoe Fits

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ CREDENTIALS: Footwear Developer, Designer and Manufacturer, Shoemakers of LA “I design with an uncompromising aesthetic that’s comfortable and [has an] effortless feel.”

He now helps clients nationally for their footwear development needs, focusing on domestic manufacturing and technology. Not only is he able to create and develop any design from concept to prototype with a domestic and international capacity, but he can also create dream shoes and make your shoe business dreams become a reality.

“Shoes are a mix of fashion and sculpture. They’re mysterious and intriguing, like art.”

“Right now, I am designing the next collection of Runway Heels, a convertible heel that transforms from a low wedge into a high heel with a push of a button. Its technology and design make this one of my favorite collaborations so far.”

“I develop designs from ideas to reality, manufacture unique handmade products and teach the art of shoemaking and new technologies to help create dream shoes to life.”

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A Nice Finish • Rodriguez’s favorite materials to work with are Turkish leathers. “The craftsmanship of the finishes on the leathers is so unique,” he says. Creative Minds Think Alike • “[I get my inspiration from] other creative minds in the art world, engineering, textile trends and my dreams from time to time.” Shoed in • “I’m a bit of an introvert,” Rodriguez says with a smile. “But I love talking about shoes.”

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SHOEMAKERS OF LA 687 Clarence St Los Angeles, CA 90023 213.260.1373 shoemakersla.com

Locating the Source • “I deconstructed old Louboutins to see how they were made.”


Founder and Designer Analisa Jimenez of Marloe began designing leather items back in 2014 with the goal of creating the opposite of fast fashion. Believing that great design and craftsmanship shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag, she produces hand-prepped and handmade leather goods with attention to detail.

Simplicity Is Key

ANALISA JIMENEZ CREDENTIALS: Founder and Designer, Marloe

Each bag is thoughtfully designed and handmade in Marloe’s Bellflower studio and always produced in small batches in order to help reduce waste and to create unique items. A big effort goes into using the majority of each hide to reduce their carbon footprint. Whatever isn’t directly used goes into scrap bins that are then used for small leather goods and their interactive community workshops.

“Just like our products, the name Marloe is timeless and can be carried over though ever-changing styles and trends.”

“I’ve adopted the Danish philosophy of design, which is ‘Everything should have a purpose.’”

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“Marloe doesn’t mean anything significant to me personally, but rather, it’s a strong yet soft name that effortlessly represents the tone of my brand. I went through many options but Marloe stood out to me and looked well graphically while being a name that’s easily memorable when introducing it to a new audience.”

[Enter Your Style Here] • “I think, especially in LA where I spend most of my time, I clearly see that California style has no single category. It’s simply a matter of having fun, and getting creative with your wardrobe choices and owning it.”

MARLOE 10145 Maple St Bellflower, CA 90706 shopmarloe.com

“Our version of the circle crossbody bag, called ‘Velita,’ evokes minimalist simplicity yet allows you to go handsfree without compromising your sense of fashion.”

It’s All in the Framework • “I get most of my inspiration from modern architecture. So many iconic modern architects have figured out how to combine simple functionality and iconic design all in one and that’s what I strive for.” Best of Both Worlds • “I split my time between LA and Long Beach. One thing I love about LA is that it’s constantly changing and evolving; there’s always something new to try. In my hometown of Long Beach, I love the quietness and the sense of community. It is currently on this evolution of foodie-meets-stylist wave—so many new restaurants to try and so many boutiques to shop at.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 65



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Shopping

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shopper in all of us, from those who carry around a laundry list of items to those who window shop without having anything in mind—and this can change depending on the mood or day. But if you’re completely unsure of where to get a shag rug, vegan beauty products, retro sunglasses or Japanese flatware, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In the following pages, we’ve split our guide into four categories: Vintage, Home, Beauty and Lifestyle. We’ve also sprinkled in a few extra bonus goodies for you to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself, your wardrobe and your home to a makeover for a luxurious upgrade!

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Seaglass Beads Bliss Home & Design

Home Decor Galore

BOCONCEPT 3311 Hyland Ave, Ste B Costa Mesa, 92626 www.boconcept.com

Fave Find: Fiesta Decor • Although Artelexia is our favorite one-stop shop for all sorts of Mexican goods, we’re especially fond of their home section. From beautiful milagros to stunning stoneware plates, it’s impossible to not fall in love with this shop. ARTELEXIA 3803 Ray St San Diego, CA 92104 www.artelexia.com

"Everyday is a journey, and the journey itself is home." —Matsuo Basho

Fave Find: Assorted Pottery • Let Rolling Greens’ massive selection breathe some life into your home and garden. From exotic orchids to custom-made artificial terrariums made at the Arrangement Bar, there’s nothing short of amazing here. ROLLING GREENS 9528 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90232 rollinggreensnursery.com 68 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Fave Find: Bean and Bailey Porcelain Crystal Hanging Planters • In love with that gorgeously Instagrammable backyard aesthetic? Then GROW, with its outdoor-friendly decor, on-trend accents and gorgeous selection of planters, is the perfect place for you to pick up that next must-have item. GROW 1650 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 www.growvenice.com

Fave Find: Chilewich Shag Dot Floor Mats • This shop takes all the loud, bright styles of Palm Springs and tones them down into a selection of polished, colorful

items that are palatable yet still quintessentially midcentury modern. PELAGO 901 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 101 Palm Springs, CA 92262 pelagopalmsprings.com

Fave Find: One-Of-A-Kind Moroccan Ourika Rug • Inside The Shops At 1345 is a stunning oasis of authentic, handmade Berber textiles imported directly from Morocco. Brightly-colored handbags, intricate runners, traditional bridal cloaks—trust us, this is something you’re going to have to see to believe! SOUKIE MODERN 1345 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.soukiemodern.com

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Fave Find: Dunand Coffee Table • If you have exquisite taste in home furniture and decor, then step through the double doors of Bliss Home & Design where setups for bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms exemplify their design skills. BLISS HOME & DESIGN 3321 E Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 blisshomeanddesign.com

Fave Find: Norrebro Wool Throw Blanket • Founded in 2014 by a husband and wife duo, Norden is a minimalist’s paradise. With their neutral color schemes, close attention to craft and emphasis on functionality, there’s something to outfit any home. NORDEN 1053 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 www.nordengoods.com

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Fave Find: Hampton Sofa • Modernity and simplicity go hand-inhand at BoConcept as furniture items are crafted with the utmost attention to detail and high-quality materials. From coffee tables to swanky armchairs, you will discover a new aesthetic for your home.

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Vintage Discovering the Decades Fave Find: Vintage Gowns • From stacks of pillbox hats to a colorcoordinated wall of luxurious womenswear, The Fine Art of Design has everything you could possibly need to give your wardrobe a midcentury pop.

THE FINE ART OF DESIGN 73717 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.thefineartofdesign.com

Fave Find: Hermes Leather Belt With Gold H Buckle • Timeless treasures, classic chic and retrofabulous fashion all come together under the roof of What Goes Around Comes Around. If you’re looking for authenticity and collectibility, you’ve come to the right place.

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."—Audrey Hepburn

Fave Find: Leopard Print Coat • True vintage comes from quality and rarity. At Swellegant, exclusive finds range from colorfully-patterned shirts and dresses to timeless accessories; there’s an item worth catching your attention in every corner.

SWELLEGANT VINTAGE 3409 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 swellegantvintageclothing.com

ELSEWHERE VINTAGE 105 W Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92866 @elsewherevintage

Fave Find: ‘60s “Catalina” Playsuit • If you’re looking to amp up your green shopping game, Frock You Vintage is a great place to start. You may enter with an urge to browse, but there’s no

doubt in our minds that you’ll be leaving with a piece of history. FROCK YOU VINTAGE 4121 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92103 www.frockyouvintage.com

Fave Find: 1970s Roncelli Two-Piece • Whether you like to dabble with band tees or your closet looks like a time capsule from the ‘70s, La Loupe Vintage has a little something for everyone who’s looking for that rock’n’roll sort of edge. LA LOUPE VINTAGE 3337 Adams Ave San Diego, CA, 92116 www.laloupevintage. squarespace.com/home

Popsikle Shop En Route in: OC and LA popsikleshop.com Selvedge Dry Goods En Route in: OC and LA www.selvedgedrygoods.com

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND 9520 Brighton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210 whatgoesaroundnyc.com

Fave Find: Retro Sunglasses • Swing and jazz music invites you to Elsewhere Vintage where flapper dresses hang on the walls and glass display cases show off dazzling rings, watches and bracelets. Dapper Day outfits are abundant!

THE WHEEL DEAL Where to find these boutiques on wheels:

Freehand Boutique En Route in: Los Angeles freehandboutique.com Sugar and Spiked Boutique En Route in: Los Angeles www.sugarandspikedbeautique.com Wear on Wheels En Route in: Los Angeles wearonwheels.com Le Fashion Truck En Route in: Los Angeles lefashiontruck.com Therapie En Route in: San Diego therapieboutique.com Kitty James En Route in: San Diego @lovekittyjames

Fave Find: Designer Handbags • No matter what decade or designer you’re looking for, The Way We Wore is THE destination for exquisite, high-end vintage wear. Looking for inspo? Make an appointment to explore Owner Doris Raymond’s personal resource library. THE WAY WE WORE 334 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.thewaywewore.com

Fave Find: Midcentury Furniture • Whether you’re looking for clothing or furniture, when you see the expansive selection of resale finds at Revivals, you’ll know why it’s such a local favorite! Plus, shopping here helps support client services at Desert AIDS Project. REVIVALS 611 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 revivalsstores.com

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Saint Jane Microdos Lip Gloss Credo Beauty

Fave Find: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum • When it comes to skincare and makeup, take a lesson from Hollywood. Each of VIOLET GREY’s products is approved by the Violet Code—a testing process with standards set by experts in the industry. VIOLET GREY 8452 Melrose Pl West Hollywood, CA 90069 www.violetgrey.com

Agent Provocateur Saffi Body Suit DESERT HILLS PREMIUM OUTLETS premiumoutlets.com/ outlet/desert-hills

Fave Find: COOLA | Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint Moisturizer • With the tagline “Inspiring self-love through clean cosmetics,” ROOTS the Beauty Underground nurtures various skin types and helps each unique individual’s beauty grow naturally. Skin, hair and makeup—your journey to a healthy, glowing look starts here! ROOTS THE BEAUTY UNDERGROUND 384 Forest Ave, Ste 9 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 rootsbeauty.com

"Confidence breeds beauty." —Estee Lauder

Fave Find: Arnica Concealer • Motivated by her own wellness journey, Founder Leah Kirpalani launched her own beauty brand in an effort to help others discover the “power of clean living” by cultivating trustworthy, healthy products. SHOP GOOD 3030 N Park Way San Diego, CA 92104 shop-good.co 70 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Fave Find: Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner • Fresh, organic ingredients all blend together to give your body exactly what it needs—no, this isn’t a juice cleanse, it’s The Body Deli, Inc. skincare! Treat yourself with all-natural products like Blueberry Fusion Micro-Scrub or Lavender Chamomile Body Oil. THE BODY DELI, INC. 73560 El Paseo, Ste B Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.thebodydeli.com

Fave Find: Balancing Clay Exfoliant With Tea & Thyme • As soon as you walk in Qet Botanicals, you’re greeted with shelves of glass vials and a floral aroma. With skincare

products made out of plant-based ingredients, your body will undergo rejuvenation! QET BOTANICALS 223 Avenida Del Mar San Clemente, CA 92672 qetbotanicals.com

Fave Find: Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Body Mist • You’re conscious about what you put into your body, but what about what you put on to it? If you’re looking to go au naturale, look to fresh lines at H2O Closet such as Harper + Ari, Herbivore and Fazeek. H2O CLOSET 800 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.h2ocloset.com

Mattia Cielo Five-Row Bracelet in Rose Gold LEEDS & SON leedsandson.com Yellow Sapphire Mobile Butterfly Ring WINSTON’S CROWN JEWELERS www.winstonscrownjewelers.com Tibi Micro Pleated Midi Dress ATELIER 7918 www.atelier7918.com Rose Gold 18K Ribbon Earrings IRENE NEUWIRTH FINE JEWELRY ireneneuwirth.com Round Brilliant Cut Tennis Bracelet DAVID & SONS FINE JEWELERS www.davidandsonsjewelers.com In2Designs Black Pearl Earrings SIGI’S BOUTIQUE www.sigislajolla.com

Fave Find: Goop Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub • A leader in clean beauty, all products carried by Credo have to meet The Credo Clean Standard; no “dirty” ingredients such as aluminum, animal by-products and phthalates, no surprises and absolutely no animal cruelty. CREDO BEAUTY 4305 La Jolla Village Dr, Ste 2460 San Diego, CA 92122 www.credobeauty.com

Fave Find: Los Feliz Botanicals Huntington Eau de Parfum • Whether you have sensitive skin or you are just looking for a more natural, sustainable beauty regimen, Detox Market has an array of organic goodies for you to choose from. DETOX MARKET 1231 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403 www.thedetoxmarket.com

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Lifestyle A Little Bit of Everything

Photos - BKB Ceramics: Jane Chouteau | Stance: Photo Courtesy of Stance | Zense: Photos Courtesy of Zense & Joe Capraro | Sugar Press: Photo Courtesy of Sugar Press | The RealReal: Photo Courtesy of The RealReal

Leather Necklace Zense

Fave Find: Louis Vuitton x Supreme Red Epi Leather Keepall Bandoulière 45 • Leave the guesswork out of it when shopping consignment. The RealReal is chock-full of authenticated, exclusive, high-quality designer items such as kid’s Christian Dior Oxfords or a men’s Burberry jacket. THE REALREAL 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Ste 300 Los Angeles, CA 90067 www.therealreal.com

Fave Find: Rope Chain Necklace • Full of unique finds from local and global artists, Zense has two incredible galleries for you to stop by and add an eccentric piece to your home or wardrobe. ZENSE 73255 El Paseo, Ste 20 Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.zensecollection.com

HAVE PASSPORT, WILL SHOP High fashion makes for the best souvenirs from these global cities: Paris Triangle D’Or Rome Quadrilatero d’Oro Tokyo Tokyo Ginza Ward Seoul Gangnam District London Bond Street

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." —George Bernard Shaw

Fave Find: Rustic Modern Planters • No matter what sort of ceramic style you’re into, Brian Bosworth can create it. From his signature Rustic Modern style pottery to his brightly-colored tiles, BKB Ceramics has a little something for everyone. BKB CERAMICS 61705 CA-62 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 bkbceramics.bigcartel.com

Fave Find: Japanese Ceramic Tableware • Born out of wanting to share their favorite Japanese products from their yearly travels, it's clear to see that every item has been selected by Darrell Baum and Osamu Sagara with love. WABI SABI JAPAN LIVING 258 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 wabisabijapanliving.com

Fave Find: Reina Del Bosque Print by Gustavo Rimada • An amazing spot located in the heart of the Barrio Logan Arts District, Simón Limón is a showroom featuring an incredible collection of works from

local artists and designers. There’s never been a better opportunity to support your local makers! SIMÓN LIMÓN 2185 Logan Ave San Diego, CA 92113 www.shopsimonlimon.com

Fave Find: Terra Cotta Hanging Planters • Tucked away in a compact storefront lies everything you need to turn your home into a desert oasis. With its abundant selection of rare cacti and plant containers, the Cactus Store is a garden guru’s paradise. CACTUS STORE 1505 1/2 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.hotcactus.la

Fave Find: Broken Top Candle Company Linen Spray • There’s something about a store that carries everything from lip balm and scarves to baby onesies and tea kettles that just makes our heart sing. Kiko and Sven has everything you didn’t know you needed...and then some! KIKO AND SVEN 3723 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116 www.kikoandsven.com

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Fave Find: Joven Classic Crew Socks • Socks galore! Whether you’re looking for athletic, comfortable or just fun and uniquely designed socks, Stance’s collection is worth stopping in your tracks. Their graphic t-shirts are stylish and made for the adventurer. STANCE 839 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 www.stance.com

Fave Find: Floral Memo Pad • Nestled in Old Town Tustin, Sugar Press is where Chrissy Teigen got her wedding invitations done. The cute, stationery boutique displays cards and invitations made out of an assortment of paper for a classic, quality touch! SUGAR PRESS 145 W First St, Ste A Tustin, CA 92780 www.sugar-press.com

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FOODIE SW E E T S / / / S P I R I TS / / / S E C R E TS

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TWO THINGS WE LOVE Nothing’s Sweeter Than Breakfast at Wilma & Frieda

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EXPERTS Mixologists Go Head-To-Head With Seasonal Ingredients

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FIRST BITE A Hidden That’s Amore-Themed Event Fills Stomachs and Conversations

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MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Cuistot’s Lobster Pot Pie Will Be Your Maine Dish

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EXPERTS Raising the Bar

Local Mixologists Show off Their Takes on Seasonal Ingredients

STATE FARE BAR & KITCHEN AT RITZ CARLTON 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.8282 www.ritzcarlton.com PHOTO BY: Ella Merrill

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Wilma & Frieda prides itself in serving “comfort food with a twist,” according to General Manager Carlos Calixto. They opened just five years ago at the Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, which they now refer to as “the café,” while the newer Palm Springs location is known as “the restaurant, the bigger brother.” Originally, CoOwner Kelly McFall’s trips to desert eateries convinced her that they could do something different than what everyone else was offering. And so they did!

N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE CHURRO WA F F L E

• “It’s our version of a Belgian Waffle, which is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a little bit of vanilla,” says Calixto. “Once we make the waffle, we brush it with a little clarified butter, then we coat it with cinnamon sugar, like a churro. Before it goes out, it’s topped with a Madagascar vanilla creme anglaise drizzle. It’s one of our [best]sellers.”

• There is a talented chef at each Wilma & Frieda location—Chef Eddie Perez in Palm Desert and Chef Oscar Ayala in Palm Springs.

Churro Waffle Ingredients: • Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Mix • Clarified Butter • Cinnamon Sugar • Vanilla • Madagascar Vanilla Creme Anglaise

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A FAMILY NAMESAKE • Wilma & Frieda are the names of the grandmothers of restaurant owners Kelly McFall and Kreg Alexander.

GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT

FROM SUGAR TO SPICE, BREAKFAST AT WILMA AND FRIEDA IS ALWAYS NICE

• Wilma & Frieda started to pick up steam after its first year at the El Paseo location. They listened to what their customer base was saying while adding their own touches to accommodate what people were asking for.

WRITTEN BY: LYNNE EODICE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: LAURA PERKINS

B L AC K B E R RY C U STA R D FRENCH TOA ST

• “This is really our staple that we’ve been making since the beginning,” Calixto points out. “It’s a bread pudding-style custard. We take a pan and layer it with thick cut brioche bread and fresh blackberries in between and pour a vanilla custard over it. We bake it, then let it cool down. We slice it into pieces, then dip it into another French toast batter, place it on a flat top and sear it nice and hot. Then finish it off with fresh blackberries, blackberry sauce and powdered sugar.”

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• The uniqueness of their menu stands out, especially items like the Blackberry Custard French Toast. “It’s taking something that’s familiar to you, and then taking it to another level,” Calixto says.

Blackberry Custard French Toast Ingredients: • Bread • Fresh Blackberries • Eggs • Cream • Vanilla • Sugar • French Toast Batter • Powdered Sugar

MOUTH-WATERING MEALS • Both restaurants are open daily and dinner is served at the Palm Springs location on Thursday through Saturday evenings. The dinner menu includes dishes like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Whisky River panko-crusted chicken with poblano and corn mashed potatoes.

Photoshoot Location: WILMA & FRIEDA 73575 El Paseo Dr, Ste 2310 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.2807 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Ste A21-A27 Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.992.5080 www.wilmafrieda.com




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WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ELLA MERRILL Bartenders are liquid artists that have mastered the art of creating all types of delicious libations with any given ingredients. LOCALE features six talented bartenders in Greater Palm Springs and put their mixology skills to the test. For this libation challenge, pear, grapefruit and jalapeĂąo are the must-use ingredients assigned to every two bartenders. Flip the page to dive into the creative thought process of these gifted bar connoisseurs and learn more about their passion for bartending and what makes their restaurant a must-dine-at location.

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All Around Pear-fection

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The Pear Hemingway is perfect with the newly added Ahi Tuna Nachos. Our Ahi Tuna is served with soybeans, fresh cut scallions, avocado, delicious ranchero sauce, cilantro, garliclime emulsion and an Asian vinaigrette dressing.” C O C K TA I L CHEMISTRY • “My favorite part of being a bartender is being able to create new drinks as a mixologist behind the bar, almost like a scientist in a laboratory. My go-to drink would be a bourbon and ginger beer. Just a personal preference.” BREAKDOWN PEAR-ED WITH STEPS

THE PEAR HEMINGWAY INGREDIENTS • Pear Cognac • Rum • Grapefruit Juice • Lime Juice • Agave • Cognac

• “First I add rum to a martini glass, then add the grapefruit juice, lime juice and finish with a pear cognac.”

STATE FARE BAR & KITCHEN AT RITZ CARLTON 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.8282 www.ritzcarlton.com

The EXPERT

REY DOMINGUEZ Bartender at State Fare Bar & Kitchen

T H E P E A R - F E C T M AT C H “The flavor profile of The Pear Hemingway is a dynamic essence predominated by grapefruit and pear flavors. The tartness of the grapefruit is balanced out by the sweetness of the pear.” 86 LOCALE MAGAZINE

COOKIN’ UP IDEAS “My inspiration for creating The Pear Hemingway came from our kitchen. I’m used to seeing baby pears in our kitchen. I decided to challenge myself to find a way to utilize them in a cocktail.”

D E S E RT D I N I N G “State Fare Bar & Kitchen is a must-dine Palm Springs location because of our incomparable service, enlivened menus with new offerings and our picturesque views of the valley topography 650 feet above the desert floor.”


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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “Avocado Stuffed Lobster is the perfect complement. Caribbean lobster and roasted fennel, glazed with a chipotle Champagne dressing, accent the sweet dryness of the prosecco while cutting through the richness of Hass avocado.” IT’S OK TO BE EXTRA

LIV INGREDIENTS • Muddled Pear • Lemon Juice • Handmade Cinnamon Pear Gum Syrup • Bulleit Bourbon • Prosecco

PINZIMINI AT THE WESTIN MISSION HILLS GOLF RESORT & SPA 71333 Dinah Shore Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.770.2150 www.pinziminipalmsprings.com

The EXPERT

• “Being able to satisfy my guests with great service and quality product comes above all else. To provide an EXTRAordinary experience, take part in great conversations and build lasting friendships–that’s what it’s all about.” DRINKS WITH HENDRICK’S • “My go-to drink for any occasion would have to be Hendrick’s gin and tonic, mostly because it’s refreshing and tastes great while also being simple and easy to make.”

MARCOS CAMACHO Bartender at Pinzimini at The Westin Mission Hills

LIV IT UP “From the sweet and smoky bourbon to the light and crispness imparted by the prosecco, LIV is a perfect blend of unique flavors with a set of complex aroma and tastes.”

PEAR ME OUT “This has been the first time I’ve used pear as an ingredient in this fashion. I incorporated it by creating a cinnamon pear gum syrup. My motto: I don’t follow trends...I set them!”

I N S - P E A R - AT I O N “Surrounded by the desert enclave of the San Jacinto Mountains, the food and staff at Pinzimini–Chefs Joel, Alex and their team–are amazing! The modern take on classic Italian cuisine is always fresh and seasonally inspired.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 87


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Hooked on a Peeling

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The Brussel Sprouts dish goes well with Permanent Friends. The spice of the carrot harissa in which the Brussels are plated over pairs with the pineapple sweetness and lime acidity incorporated in the cocktail.” C R E AT I V E EXPRESSION • “I’d say my favorite part of bartending is the opportunity to be creative. I do not particularly feel I am, so it’s a nice way to embrace that part of myself.” GIN IS A L WAY S I N

PERMANENT FRIENDS INGREDIENTS • Grapefruit • Broker’s Gin • Pineapple • Jalapeño Vanilla Maple Syrup • Lime • Pinch of Salt

• “My go-to drink is gin and soda with lime. I like to keep it simple and enjoy a refreshing, light drink. It’s perfect for any season.”

DEL REY AT VILLA ROYALE 1620 S Indian Trail Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.327.2314 www.delreypalmsprings.com

The EXPERT

ASHLEY AUSTIN Lead Bartender and Bar Manager at Del Rey

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS “The pastel creamsicle-colored drink simultaneously reminds you of vacation and the comforts of home– bold roasted pineapple pursued by the pleasant bitterness and tartness of grapefruit, with a touch of vanilla and jalapeño maple syrup.” 88 LOCALE MAGAZINE

ALL IN ONE “I set out to make a sessionable, complex drink with just enough bitterness to intrigue our guests. I simply took all things that are complementary to grapefruit and put them in one glass.”

Z E S T Y C O N V E R S AT I O N S Del Rey’s unique speakeasy lounge vibe cultivates a welcoming atmosphere. They are intimate in size, which gives the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dining experience and indulge in sensational plates and cocktails.


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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “I would pair my Muy Bonita cocktail with the Hamachi Crudo from Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. They both have similar flavor profiles... light and refreshing!”

MUY BONITA INGREDIENTS • Grapefruit Juice • Mezcal • Lime • Pamplemousse • Agave

WHIPPED TO PERFECTION • “I love creating unique cocktails and mocktails using fresh herbs, spices and fruits. It’s always a fun challenge having a guest tell you what they’re wishing for, then whipping something up, serving it to them and watching their face light up and say, ‘That’s exactly what I had in mind!’ That’s a great feeling!” KEEP IT SIMPLE • “My go-to drink is the Old Fashioned. It’s simple and, if prepared properly, is a perfect sipping cocktail for any occasion.”

SEYMOUR’S 233 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.892.9000 www.seymoursps.com

The EXPERT

ZANE TESSAY

Master Mixologist at Seymour’s Palm Springs

NEED A REFRESHER? “I love pairing grapefruit with mezcal; it softens the smokiness of mezcal and we all know how refreshing grapefruit is.”

SIPPIN’ IN FINESSE “The Muy Bonita cocktail greets the drinker with flavor notes of smoky citrus with a hint of spice at the finish. It’s refreshing and unique!”

HIDDEN GEM “Seymour’s is a hidden gem of Palm Springs. Upon entering the speakeasy side entrance (located within Mr. Lyons Steakhouse), one finds lush interiors and dim lighting, setting the mood for the perfectly concocted libation made just for you. We also have a bocce ball court! Grab your favorite cocktail and enjoy.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 89


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Holla-Peño!

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The Hot to Trot is a complex drink with assertive flavors, so it doesn’t pair well with delicate or very spicy foods. However, our Spanish Chicken Tacos with cilantro crema and smashed Haas avocados are very synergistic and they seem to soak up the jalapeño kick without being overwhelmed by it.”

HOT TO TROT INGREDIENTS • Jalapeños • Mezcal • Lime Juice • Grapefruit Juice or Liqueur • Ginger Syrup • Strawberries

LEADING LADY • “I need to be able to do every job in the restaurant— one of them being the bartender. When I get to jump behind the bar, I love being able to interact with the guests but also allow them to see the entire process of making what they are about to consume in front of them. It’s even more fun to let them taste individual ingredients that went into their cocktail to give them a better understanding of why they like or dislike certain beverages.”

THE PINK CABANA AT SANDS HOTEL & SPA 44-985 Province Way Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.321.3771 www.sandshotelandspa.com

The EXPERT

MOLLIE B. CASEY Director of Food and Beverage at Sands Hotel & Spa

PRETTY IN PINK “At The Pink Cabana, we have a lot of fun while serving up some of the highest quality dishes and cocktails in the Valley. All in a very stylish, very pink, beautiful poolside space.” 90 LOCALE MAGAZINE

JALA-BACK “We chose to shake the jalapeño instead of muddle it so it’s just a wisp of spice at the end of a sip instead of dominating the entire cocktail.”

TROT IT LIKE IT’S HOT “Hot to Trot is our version of a spicy mezcal margarita, with the addition of strawberries. Mezcal and ginger are great friends, as are ginger and jalapeños, though all are very assertive ingredients.”


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• “The strong hint of spice from our Pollo Tacos pair perfectly with the Spicy Nikki. The salt offsets the palates and brings out the sweetness in the drink.” ART OF TEQUILA • Duenas loves the actionpacked pace of the restaurant industry and enjoys bartending, crafting specialty drinks and teaching guests how to make tequila. Note: The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells offers tequila-making classes, which Duenas is the expert in conducting! A G AV E O F L I F E • Duenas’ go-to drink is “Reposado or Anejo tequila, blended into a refreshing citrus-filled, tangy margarita or with just a side of lemon and salt! Occasionally like the same in mezcal.”

AGAVE SUNSET 44600 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.674.4165 www.hyatt.com

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NIKKI GOT KICKS “Spicy Nikki blends various flavors to ensure a delightful kick to the taste buds with every sip–a little spicy with freshly crushed jalapeño slices, some sweet with blood orange puree and liqueur and a little tart with a splash of fresh lemon juice.”

WITH LOVE AND FLARE “Our Director of Operations, David Cribbs, made this drink for his wife, Nikki. They experimented with different recipes until she found this mix–light, refreshing, yet diverse in flavor.”

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Excitement grew and the last rays of sun settled in between palm tree fronds. Something special was brewing behind the walls of a nondescript building in Palm Springs. The doors opened and suddenly diners were transported away to a different time and place. Guests walked into a dark room. Italian music blared overhead as red and blue neon lights set the mood. Guests were seated in red gingham tables, and a candlelit glow enhanced the intimacy of the event.

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Established six years ago, PS Underground is one of the area’s most secretive dining and entertainment experiences. PS Underground invites strangers to fall into friendly camaraderie and enjoy a show like no other. What started as a dinner between friends has transformed into one of the most innovative and cutting edge experiences in the desert. Themes range from the avant-garde but always meet at the intersection of food and theater. During a season, four to five shows are put on every week. Its recent That’s Amore-themed event was hosted by Gilmore Rizzo.

WRITTEN BY: ANDREA GOMEZ • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NATHAN COX

What started as a dinner between friends has transformed into one of the most innovative and cutting edge experiences in the desert.

FOOD • PS Underground’s That’s Amore menu, an enticing Italian feast, will take you down memory lane!

DECOR • That’s Amore brought the Italian-American dining experience with red and white checkered tablecloths, retro table lamps and mood lighting.

The food menu is never revealed beforehand which further compliments the theatrical aspects. Teased with the smells of Italian spices cooking nearby, the buzz of delightful uncertainty among the guests filled the air.

PRICE • Pricing varies, but guests can usually take part in the dinner theatre experience and enjoy the multiplecourse meal for under $100.

Conversations flowed in the cozy space as guests dived into the first course, a salad with an Italian twist. Crunchy greens dressed in savory dressing, mozzarella balls, croutons and a fresh burst of flavor from cherry tomatoes popped into each bite. After an interlude, Rizzo’s wistful memories of his family threw guests into their own

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nostalgic dream with the Italian Wedding Soup. The combination of wholesome veggies and handmade chicken meatballs was like a warm hug from nonna. The third and main course of the event, lasagna al forno, featured layers of cheesy goodness, flavorful meat, veggies and sauce. Rizzo ended his show with a bittersweet anecdote about his mother, and the final course reflected that sentiment—tiramisu, warm roasted grapes and a refreshing blood orange sorbet. After three courses of savory food, dessert served as a reminder that life is a lot like food—it can be sweet, filling and delicious, but the most important thing is the memories you make from it. 92 LOCALE MAGAZINE

• PS Underground’s themed dinners are the perfect combination of entertainment, edge, secrecy and heart.

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THE MAINE COURSE FRENCH CUISINE MEETS SOUTHERN COMFORT

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When asked what encouraged the creation of his Maine Lobster Pot Pie, Chef Dervieux responded with the fact that he wanted to put a spin on the classic comfort food.

Speed Racer • Aside from cooking, Chef Dervieux likes to race vintage cars. Heard It Through the Grapevine • Cuistot received the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine every year since 2005—an achievement the Cuistot family is deservedly proud of. Back to His Roots • When asked if Chef Dervieux ever visits the Motherland, he said, “I was [in France] last summer. I don’t go every year. When I do go, I get some new ideas… pick their brains.” Listen to Your Art • On the walls of Cuistot, you’ll find rotating artwork from French artist, François Lucet, which are available for purchase to take home.

This visit takes us to the vision-made-reality by Chef Bernard Dervieux at his French restaurant, Cuistot. You’ll receive a delectable tour of his Maine Lobster Pot Pie dish, a creamy fusion of French cuisine and Southern comforts. The unusual winter has detoured the painted lady butterfly migration path and they greet customers as they enter the warm eatery, which was modeled after a French farmhouse. The main reason behind this ambiance comes from lauded Chef Dervieux and his French roots. According to the chef, his successful Palm Desert enterprise was inspired by his upbringing in the countryside, which was full of meals made from seasonal ingredients straight from the garden or farm.

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The Maine Lobster Pot Pie dish has a medley of fresh (primarily root) vegetables, is covered with flaky, delicious homemade puff pastry and is chock-full of the star of the dish: lobster. When first laying eyes on this scrumptious cloud of puff, you notice the toasted pastry overflowing the serving pie dish. Once you dig in and taste the chunks of lobster followed by bites of carrots, peas and turnip, you’ll be grateful to know that you won’t have to worry about eating for another day or two after this. It’s hearty, flavorful and oh-so satisfying. When asked what encouraged the creation of his Maine Lobster Pot Pie, Chef Dervieux responded with the fact that he wanted to put a spin on the classic comfort food. Along with that, he wanted to make sure the freshest ingredients were used. For this, he gathers much of Cuistot’s top-quality vegetables from local growing operations including Chino and the Coachella Valley, some of which have booths at the farmers market that takes place weekly right next to Cuistot. “We are very lucky that way,” Chef Dervieux noted. Cuistot is primarily situated at the mouth of El Paseo off of Highway 111 in Palm Desert. It was a vacant, 12-acre piece when Chef Dervieux broke ground in 2003. Previously, Cuistot had been in a smaller location on El Paseo since it opened in 1987. The current restaurant incorporates three separate indoor dining areas and two outdoor areas. You walk into the central dining space called Chef Bernard’s Room, a richly colored space dotted by white-clothed tables and a front row seat to what’s cooking in the exhibition kitchen.

The main dining area, called The Fireplace Room, welcomes you with the option of intimate booth seating, massive wood beam supports above and the focal point: a floor-to-ceiling fireplace surrounded with sentimental artifacts that include portraits of Chef Dervieux’s family. This is truly an inviting space. Should you be so lucky to visit Cuistot on a refreshing spring afternoon or evening, you may want to take advantage of the outdoor patio area. Surrounded by swaying palm trees that buffer diners from outside distractions and serenaded by the sound of flowing waterfalls and authentic French harmonies, this outdoor setting is a calming respite. Additionally, there is a heated patio outside of the opulent, marble bar top and a private Wine Room for intimate parties of 48 or less. Speaking of wine, the extensive wine list includes a heavy selection of French varieties from the Loire Valley, Rhône Valley and Burgundy, among others. The Maine Lobster Pot Pie is not the only favorite on the menu—Chef Dervieux stated the Skillet Roasted Veal Chop, Roasted Rack of Lamb and quail stuffed with sweet bread are worthy of a try as well. Cuistot is closed during the Valley’s off-season, typically mid-June through midSeptember. How does Chef Dervieux spend this time of reflection? It would seem that he is one of the few people who manage to make a living doing what they love to do—and still do! “I like to cook at home for my family,” he said. As they say: do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. LOCALE MAGAZINE 97



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HUMANITARIAN FEATURE These Two Nonprofit Organizations Are Changing Lives for the Better

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full of food—what might seem to us as normal and day-to-day are actually privileges that we can sometimes take for granted. Enter AAP-Food Samaritans and Well in the Desert, two nonprofits that are working hard to better the lives of those in need in the Greater Palm Springs area. Focused on improving the lives of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, AAP-Food Samaritans throws annual events to raise funds to support their cause. As for Well in the Desert, their efforts to reduce or eliminate homelessness in Palm Springs have been an ongoing project since 1996. The next time you’re thinking about giving back to your community, consider sharing the love with these two incredible organizations.

AAP-FOOD SAMARITANS AND WELL IN THE DESERT ARE LEAVING IMPRINTS IN THE DESERT FOR THEIR HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

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Stargazers • Evening Under the Stars is the largest fundraiser that AAP-Food Samaritans hosts every year! This year, O’Donnell Golf Course is the backdrop for cocktails, awards, dancing and gathering funds. Classic Hollywood actress Ruta Lee is the honoree for this year’s event.

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AAP-FOOD SAMARITANS WINS BEST SUPPORTING ROLE FOR THEIR PHILANTHROPY WORK WRITTEN BY: ANDREA GOMEZ

Watching the Oscars at TRIO Restaurant in Palm Springs means glamour and generosity come together for an important cause in the Coachella Valley. Authentic Oscar memorabilia, golden feather boas, sparkle-tinged suits and laughter are always present at the event. The “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” Oscar Party is held annually at TRIO in Palm Springs and benefits the nonprofit: AAP-Food Samaritans. We got to attend the ‘orange’ carpet event and spoke with several members of the organization who are supporting and impacting the lives of those with HIV/AIDS.

Celebrities filled the TV screens as guests began to filter into the restaurant, and the scent of popcorn mingled in the air. Guests were given the celeb treatment as they walked down the orange carpet and got their pictures taken by the “paparazzi” with local drag queen and Palm Springs ambassador, Bella Da Ball. There was a cheerful and warm atmosphere. Guests hugged

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and mingled with one another while an MC sold Oscar ballots. “We like to have fun while we raise money,” said Director Vicky Sullivan. According to Sullivan, the nonprofit centers around “honor, responsibility, respect and charity.” AAP-Food Samaritans sets the bar by “mainly being an incredibly giving organization.” “Traditionally, this weekend is slow for business,” explained Tony Marchese, owner of TRIO and president of AAP-Food

AAP-FOOD SAMARITANS KNOWS THAT LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES PRESENTS A WHOLE NEW SET OF CHALLENGES, AND BY HELPING WITH BASIC NEEDS, THEY HOPE TO HELP MAKE THOSE DIFFICULTIES A LITTLE BIT EASIER.


A-List Buffet • The “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” 2019 menu was a feast! The six-course meal consisted of Little Benny’s Kettle Corn, butternut squash soup, Asian lamb lollipop (a ginger soy sauce marinated rack of lamb with goat cheese polenta), sundried tomato ravioli with vodka tomato sauce and fresh basil, surf & turf (featuring medallion filet mignon and jumbo shrimp with sour cream mashed potatoes) and Orange Ripieno, an orange sorbetto!

Samaritans. “So we decided to host this party for charity. It fills the seats and gives back.” For its 10th year, the event shined brighter than ever. “The goal,” Marchese added, “is to bring part of the Palm Springs community into [our] world.” While fun events like these are key in helping AAP-Food Samaritans raise money for its operational budget, the nonprofit receives no state or federal funding. Instead, special events like these, along with private donations, foundation grants and local support, help with fundraising. AAP-Food Samaritans began 28 years ago in 1991 as an AIDS Assistance program. Since then, the organization has expanded its reach and helps people with other severe illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart and liver disease. Their mission and goal is for clients to “continue to live their lives with dignity and self-respect.”

Through the Eyes of an Angel • The Jeannette Rockefeller Angel Program is named after the former First Lady of Arkansas. Levels of giving include: Angel, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Rhodium Angels! Silver Angel and up donors receive special benefits for their support!

AAP-Food Samaritans knows that living with chronic illnesses presents a whole new set of challenges, and by helping with basic needs, they hope to help make those difficulties a little bit easier. Every client is vetted for income (less than $18,090) and residency to ensure eligibility. Some are also randomly drug-tested. Each month they distribute vouchers to their clients that can be exchanged for food and household items such as toiletries. Food vouchers are redeemable at local Stater Bros. Markets. Since its inception, the charity has been able to help change the lives of more than 2,300 people in the Coachella Valley. Executive Director Mark Anton said, “It is important to give Photoshoot Location: TRIO 707 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.864.8746 www.triopalmsprings.com

back and help raise funds for those in need.” Anton started as a board member, and has been involved with AAP-Food Samaritans for the last 16 years, eventually becoming the Executive Director in 2009. “Fundraising is a major part of the organization,” Anton explained. “Fundraising is really challenging because there are so many good causes and we are in a relatively small valley. We are asking the same people for money all the time. We are trying to educate young people about philanthropy and how important it is to continue because a lot of the folks that are major donors are getting about in years.” Lively events, like those the AAPFood Samaritans put on, help attract young, new faces. Most of the people at the “Hollywood's Biggest Night” Oscars Party are those who aren't quite familiar with the work the nonprofit achieves. “Our goal isn't really about money, but to fill every seat we can,” Anton said. “But if...people [are] having a fun time while donating, it makes it a win-win for everybody.” Educating attendees plays a major role in these events to help retain potential new members. The “Evening of the Stars” is another major event that helps attract new donors. Celebrities like Cyndi Lauper, Barry Manilow, the B-52’s and Gladys Knight have all attended in the past. “I just want people to have fun and enjoy themselves,” Anton remarked. As CEO, Anton said that his goals for the organization is to “just keep clients fed. We used to have a calling list when the economy was low but now we are in a position to take more in.”

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THIS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION LENDS A HAND TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST WRITTEN BY: LYNNE EODICE

Well in the Desert gives hope, dignity and healthy meals to the homeless via its food and intervention programs. With a yearly budget of $450,000, the nonprofit organization receives donations from churches, foundations and generous individuals. From setting up Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations to van transportation to hot lunch sites, these services accommodate to socially and economically-challenged residents. In order to go indepth with Well in the Desert’s history and goals, we had the opportunity to catch up with President and CEO Arlene Rosenthal and talk about the importance of such an organization in the Coachella Valley and Greater Palm Springs overall.

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“Well in the Desert was founded in 1996 by Dr. Wayne McKinney, a retired pediatrician from Hawaii,” Rosenthal explains. “He noticed that there were homeless people in Palm Springs and started a simple food program.” McKinney started out by giving hot meals to the homeless at a local church. He continued to do this for some time, but eventually he was forced to leave when difficulties started and the operation was moved to Sunrise Park in Palm Springs. 104 LOCALE MAGAZINE

THIS ORGANIZATION HELPS HOMELESS AND LOWINCOME FAMILIES GAIN HEALTH INSURANCE AND JOBS AND ASSIST THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR DISABILITY.


Charitable Cheer • For a long time, Well in the Desert has been part of Barry Manilow’s Christmas fundraiser. Stretch Goals • The biggest amount of donations they raised totaled $45,000. President and CEO Arlene Rosenthal says they strive to make more in the future.

WELL IN THE DESERT 441 S Calle Encilia Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.285.7297 760.656.8905 www.wellinthedesert.org

Aloha and Mahalo! • The Hawaiian-themed Aloha Fool’s Folly in April is where Well in the Desert recognizes people who have given back to their communities. Another important event is the Desert Jam Session, which features amazing musicians. This year, they will honor Gavin McCloud for his generous community involvement.

About 15 years ago, Rosenthal stepped in as the “interim” president at a time when everyone really wanted the organization to go away, she says. When she took over, she found that McKinney had kept the files in written form, so she updated this system. She also began grant writing and raised funds to save the organization financially. Rosenthal resurrected Well in the Desert and has led it to become the major grassroots, nonprofit organization that it is today. She says that she’s often amazed by all the amenities that Well in the Desert gives to the homeless. “We offer healthy, hot meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Rosenthal says. Friends provide their homes and church halls for this purpose. Staff and volunteers cook at the Church of St. Paul’s in the desert each day, and people have the opportunity to leave with a sack lunch if they choose to. “On Saturdays, we have food distribution and about 200-250 families come to our site in Palm Springs.” Well in the Desert gives healthy food to disadvantaged families with children, seniors, handicapped individuals and anyone who can prove that they live in a

domicile. They also provide emergency food boxes to people who have run out of food. Additionally, Well in the Desert provides heating and cooling centers where the homeless can receive clean clothing and a shower during the day. In May, Well in the Desert will begin offering bingo and a movie to the homeless once a week. This organization helps homeless and low-income families gain health insurance and jobs and assist those who are eligible to apply for disability. “Some want to go home, so we verify with their family that they’ll receive them and that they’ll have a place to live,” Rosenthal says. “Then we purchase a one-way Greyhound bus ticket for them along with a $100 Visa card so that they’ll have some money.” With so many services under their belt, Well in the Desert continues to pave the way for battling homelessness. By spreading awareness and giving recognition to those who help the community, the organization strengthens the effort to reduce and hopefully eliminate homelessness in the desert.

ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, ROSENTHAL STEPPED IN AS THE “INTERIM” PRESIDENT AND HAS LED WELL IN THE DESERT TO BECOME A MAJOR GRASSROOTS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TODAY.

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My foot was on fire. As I pointed my toe, searing sharp pain spread throughout my entire foot. No matter how much liniment I used, the persistent foot pain often woke me up at night. I decided to try something new: the Nano [BioDerm]™ Neuropathy Pain Relief Cream. As soon as I rubbed the CBD cream on my foot, the sharp, burning pain disappeared! My short internet search led me to find more about the magical CBD cream at The Lighthouse Dispensary; there are so many reasons why you should visit this Coachella dispensary. Jennifer Montgomery, the General Manager at The Lighthouse Dispensary, says, “CBD changes lives for the better. You won’t find a more compassionate staff that is eager to satisfy the health needs of each guest.”

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For a first-time user, the focus on education is invaluable. The Lighthouse offers educational outreach lectures at event and senior centers called “Field Trips.” Participants are bussed to the facility for lunch and informed about the health benefits of CBD and THC products.

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WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION The Lighthouse staff is very compassionate. Every staff member has a story to tell about how CBD has helped them or someone they love. The stories range from a father’s relief from arthritis pain to the elimination of tremors for a grandma with Parkinson’s.

A few drops of a CBD Elixir tincture under the tongue offers pain relief in as quickly as 15 minutes and lasts up to four hours.

The Lighthouse Dispensary wants their guests to know that CBD is a safe, healthy option for pain management.

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CBD TO THE RESCUE The Lighthouse Dispensary has a large and diverse product line. Currently, they carry 86 strains of bud in addition to oils, capsules, pills, creams, edibles, drinks, vape pens and tinctures.

Montgomery is proud of her staff. “You won’t find any stoned budtenders here,” she says. “Our cannabis consultants focus on customer service. They know what questions to ask for the best client experience.”

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A visit to The Lighthouse Dispensary will dispel any negative preconceived notions about cannabis clinics. The inside is clean, tidy and brightly lit. You’ll immediately feel welcomed!

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The Lighthouse Dispensary offers a wide range of edible options for pain relief. Edibles can provide relief in 40-50 minutes which can extend seven to eight hours. The staff diligently works with clients to develop a treatment plan that offers fast, long-lasting relief.

There are a variety of benefits to becoming a member at The Lighthouse Dispensary’s Cannabis Club. Every day of the week, members can take up to 10-15 percent off the product of the day.

A luxury, cannabis-friendly hotel resort is currently under construction next to The Lighthouse Dispensary’s property. The 35-acre resort will consist of 250 guest rooms and shared common areas that include a 10,000 square foot chilled saltwater pool.

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WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE

The Southern California-based company KARMA Automotive is leading the world in electric vehicle technology with the Revero, its phenomenally-designed, extended-range electric vehicle. When KARMA Automotive says “Southern California-based,” they really mean it. The auto manufacturer is the first in the world to be designed, engineered, assembled and marketed all within their HQ in Irvine and production site in Moreno Valley. From the tranquility of the Anza Desert Valley to the thrilling energy of the dynamic coastline, the Revero derives its inspiration from SoCal’s natural landscapes.

KARMA ORANGE COUNTY 950 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 844.527.6262 karmaoc.com

KARMA WESTLAKE 250 S Cord Ave Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 844.935.0800 karmawestlake.com

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KARMA PASADENA 285 W Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91105 833.205.6602 karmapasadena.com


From the sleek “Crystal Cove” interior design collection to the breathtaking “Balboa Blue” exterior paint collection option, each color was thoughtfullyformulated to allow individuals to create a vehicle that truly exemplifies uniqueness and unsurpassable luxury.

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The auto manufacturer is the first in the world to be designed, engineered, assembled and marketed all within their HQ in Irvine and production site in Moreno Valley.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE RENTAL

KARMA Automotive and Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise have partnered, allowing the Revero to be available to renters throughout their Southern California locations.

RARE FIND

Each Revero badge is hand painted by a skilled artist and set in a ring of aluminum, allowing each vehicle to truly be one-of-a-kind.

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KARMA Automotive has partnered with Italian-based automotive systems components supplier Magneti Marelli to construct a more compact and quieter state-of-the-art exhaust system for their all-new vehicles. The result is an innovative, side-toside exhaust system instead of the typical front-to-back system.

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Owners have their own personal KARMA representative assisting them throughout their entire ownership of a vehicle, including purchasing, delivering and providing roadside assistance.

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The KARMA team includes individuals specializing in fields including technology, art and automotive, helping to bring perspective and expertise throughout the design and execution of every vehicle. Each Revero is designed with an emphasis on pristine visual elegance while still maintaining durability and top-of-the-line, eco-friendly technology. The Revero itself features a lightweight aluminum space frame construction with dynamic, dual-electric motors, allowing the luxurious work of drivable art to travel from destination to destination in style. The lithium-ion battery within every Revero model is what powers the electric motors, providing individuals with up to 50 miles of pure-electric driving range. Once the vehicle exceeds the 50 miles of naturally-powered electric driving range, the gas-powered generator automatically engages to create more electricity, allowing for nearly 300 more miles of travel. In instances of long-distance travel beyond 300 miles, the Revero’s lithium-ion battery may be recharged or the gasoline tank can be filled to proceed to the desired destination. Recharging KARMA vehicles is convenient: it only

takes an astonishing 24 minutes to reach 80 percent. Aside from the Revero’s vast array of ecofriendly characteristics, the customizable options available for owners are what set the automotive company apart from its competitors. Individuals are given the chance to design their Revero by utilizing KARMA’s interactive website features, enticing exploration and redefining the idea of what luxury electric vehicle customization entails. Potential owners are presented with a selection of stunning California natural landscapes, allowing them to determine which image resonates with their own unique lifestyle. The exterior and interior color options may sound familiar to most because, like KARMA Automotive, the available color schemes were inspired by the versatility and pure allure of SoCal. From the sleek “Crystal Cove” interior design collection to the breathtaking “Balboa Blue” exterior paint collection option, each color was thoughtfully-formulated to allow individuals to create a vehicle that truly exemplifies uniqueness and unsurpassable luxury.

deems as “an example of what customization can mean for KARMA.” The signature pearlwhite, layered glass flake exterior is utilized to encapsulate the moment sunlight gently shimmers through the tips of the ocean surf, while the ominously-dark carbon fiber wheels create a lively juxtaposition of colors. KARMA Automotive is thrilled to announce the renaming of their Moreno Valley facility. Now known as KARMA Innovation and Customization Center, or KICC for short, the name change is utilized to reaffirm KARMA’s core values as a company, highlighting both innovation and customization. KARMA Automotive’s West Marketing Manager, Laura Johnson, shares what the state-of-the-art facility has to offer, stating that, “If an individual brings in a purple Hermes handbag with the hopes of purchasing a car in that same color, our team will be able to color match that exact piece.” With the continued successes and exciting future plans for KARMA Automotive, the Revero truly proves to be an excellent fit for those seeking a vehicle that fully encompasses the SoCal lifestyle.

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These Vegas Experts Show Us the Best of Their City

THAT’S WHAT THEY SAID These Locals Are Showing Us Their Favorite Hangouts in Las Vegas

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SEE, STAY, EAT Discover Extraordinary Art, Luxe Hotels and Mouth-Watering Eats in Palm Springs

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The Great Escape FROM CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES TO CULINARY ADVENTURES, LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB TAKES YOU AWAY FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE STAY

WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB

The season to celebrate sunshine is upon us and La Quinta Resort & Club, a worldrenowned Southern California luxury escape, has masterfully planned for their guests to experience the desert oasis at its finest. “The resort has a soul to it,” says Chris George, the Director of Marketing. “When you turn down the front drive, it really feels like you’re arriving someplace special, and there are very few places that have that level of authenticity.” With a wide range of climate-controlled pools, inspiring culinary adventures and premier golf courses, La Quinta Resort & Club’s impressive array of unparalleled amenities sets the standard for excellence. “We are in the business of creating a guest for life,” states George.

A SWING AT GREATNESS

Après Swim x Veuve Clicquot • Toast with a glass (or two) of Veuve Clicquot at Après Swim, “the desert’s most effervescent Happy Hour” and watch the glow of the sunset paint cotton candy colored skies. Your Resort Family • “We have so many team members that have been with us for over 25 years,” says George. “They have created this familial environment that our guests are completely drawn into.”

• Experience all levels of greatness at the resort’s nine spectacular golf courses. “We have likely the best and greatest concentration of golf in the Western United States, designed all by masters of the game—Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Weiskopf,” George says proudly.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW • The lush grounds are decorated with splatters of refreshing crystal blue pools and palm trees of varying heights standing next to groups of Mexicanstyle adobe roof decks—all surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.

PALATE PLEASERS • A string of culinary affairs await to appease your palate. To name a few, head on over to Adobe Grill to enjoy the outdoor bar service with live entertainment. According to George, they serve some of the largest margaritas in the valley! After a game of golf, recharge with a refreshing round of handcrafted beers at Ernie’s Bar & Grill.

SPLASH AWAY

LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB 49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111 www.laquintaresort.com

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• Designed with guests in mind, there are 41 climate-controlled pools spared across the resort’s 45 acres of land. “We heat them during the winter and then chill them during the summer time,” explains George. “That way you always have a comfortable body of water that you can pop into.”



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These Vegas Experts Show Us the Best of Their City

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LAS VEGAS! WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN, TAL COOPERMAN, ROBERT GAMCH, RYAN LABBE AND SARA DRAPER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MICHAEL WESLEY

Whether for a bachelor party, a 21st birthday or even a convention, Las Vegas is always an unforgettable experience—as long as you don’t down too many tequilas. But while you were busy hitting up all the tourist hotspots on your last visit, you probably overlooked some hidden treasures. From food and drinks to entertainment and exhibitions, there’s a lot more to Vegas than meets the eye. So before you start planning your next itinerary, take a look at how these four locals live it up in their city. LOCALE MAGAZINE 119


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“Clase Azul is so smooth and easy to sip on the rocks—it’s my favorite drink to order.”

WEALTH OF LIBATIONS

Æ For brunch, you can definitely catch me at The Black Sheep for souffle pancakes and bottomless bellinis. For the evening, Commonwealth offers a cool mixology menu in a unique ambiance inspired by preProhibition era design.

www.commonwealthlv.com

SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG

Æ The espresso at Dutch Brothers is strong and gives me that extra kick for the late nightlife hours, especially if I’m going to watch the combo of humor and incredible circus-like acts in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, which I’ve already seen several times. www.dutchbros.com www.spiegelworld.com/ absinthe

MÁS PARA AMAR

DEAR TOURISTS

Æ Please, stop day-drinking with tacky yardsticks, and start ordering bottle service.

2. Cool off from the 120-degree heat at the world famous pool party at WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino wetrepublic.com 3. Embrace the energy of the city! Soak it up, live in the moment and have fun

Expert: Robert Gamch Credentials: Executive Director of VIP Marketing, Hakkasan Group PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 14 years • First job in Las Vegas: Passing out flyers for Light Group

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Hey, Batter Batter • I met Derek Jeter at a celebrity golf tournament. I deal with various celebrities in my

line of work and normally I don’t get starstruck, but I was a bit when I met Derek Jeter. Be a Good Sport • I am a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan, but I also think bringing an NFL team to Las Vegas will do great things for the economy such as creating jobs, increasing the sports culture and attracting more visitors. It will be an added aspect to make this city even greater.

www.tacoselgordobc.com

FEELING BLUE

Æ Clase Azul is so smooth and easy to sip on the rocks—it’s my favorite drink to order. You can get it anywhere that carries high-quality

www.hakkasan.com

ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT

Æ On my day off you can find me walking down The Strip to people-watch and get reacquainted with the city, or hiking at Red Rock Canyon. It’s just a short distance from The Strip and features several paths, wild horses and burros and prime views of the city. www.redrockcanyonlv.org

SPLISH SPLASH

Æ Since I prefer dayclubs, I’d head to WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino because it’s known around the world for its A-list artist lineup, famed Champagne showers and unrivaled setting. It’s a pool party like no other. wetrepublic.com

POP, ROCK AND DROP IT

Æ Yellowtail at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino offers delicious, fresh sushi with an incredible view of the famed Bellagio Fountains. My favorite dish is the “Popping Spicy Crab” specialty roll. It has cucumber, asparagus and pop rocks.

www.yellowtaillasvegas.com

Photos - Yellowtail: MGM Resorts International | Absinthe Show: Erik Kabik

Three Things Everyone Should Do in Vegas: 1. Go see the famed kinetic chandelier at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace www.omniaclubs. com/las-vegas

Æ The al pastor tacos at Tacos El Gordo are a must. It’s the best place to get authentic Tijuana tacos and everything is homemade with fresh ingredients.

tequila options, but my favorite spot is Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

What Happens in Vegas... • Locals know everything. Vegas really is a close-knit community and nothing stays a secret for long.

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Must Try: Omakase/Chef’s Menu KAME OMAKASE www.sushikame.com

Must Try: A5 Wagyu Beef, Seafood Pancake 8OZ KOREAN STEAK HOUSE www.8ozlasvegas.com

Must Try: "S’motherload" Burrito, "Weekend Benny" SKINNYFATS skinnyfats.com

Must Try: Phenomenal Menu Changes SPARROW + WOLF sparrowandwolflv.com


“Since I prefer dayclubs, I’d head to WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino… It’s a pool party like no other.”

HAKKASAN GROUP 6385 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste 800 Las Vegas, NV 89118 702.212.8804 www.hakkasangroup.com Photoshoot Location: THE BLACK SHEEP 8680 W Warm Springs Rd Las Vegas, NV 89148 702.954.3998 www.blacksheepvegas.com

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Must Try: Skirt Steak Tacos, Churro Waffles, Custom Printed Lattes BRUNO'S TACO BAR www.brunostacobar.com

Must Try: Famous "86th Street" Square Sicilian Pie METRO PIZZA www.metropizza.com

Must Try: Patty Melt Dog, Elote Dog, House Dog DIRT DOG www.dirtdogla.com

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“Frankie’s Tiki Room is a cozy 24-hour tiki bar with exotic drinks that make me feel like I’m on vacation!”

COFFEE, TEA OR GÄBI?

Æ Gäbi Coffee & Bakery is a vintage coffee and tea house with a fresh bakery inspired from Korea circa 1920s. It’s hidden in Chinatown and can only be found by an enormous wooden door and an illuminated “open” sign.

www.makerslv.com

RESELL-ABRATE GOOD TIMES

www.nachodaddy.com

www.gabicafe.com

Æ ReBAR is an eclectic antique store that is also a bar, so everything is for sale! Furniture, wall hangings, trinkets, beer steins, etc. They have delicious vegan kielbasa, along with other nonvegan bar foods if that’s not your thing. www.rebarlv.com

TIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

DEAR TOURISTS

Æ Please stop taking off your heels to walk around the clubs and Las Vegas Blvd, and start wearing comfortable shoes that you can last all night in.

My Top Three Bars on Fremont St: 1. Corduroy www.corduroylv.com 2. Downtown Cocktail Room www.downtowncocktailroom.com 3. Evil Pie evelpie.com Piece of My Art • First Friday is a monthly arts festival with local artists and artwork, musicians and food truck vendors. What’s not to love?

Credentials: Flight Attendant, JetSuiteX PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 2 years • First job in Las Vegas: Manager and Visual Merchandising at a retail store in Fashion Show Mall

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Rays for Days • I’m a sun worshipper and, call me crazy, but I love that Vegas summertime heat! There’s nothing like lounging by the pool with a cocktail (or two) in hand, good music playing in the background and getting tan!

Æ Frankie’s Tiki Room is a cozy 24-hour tiki bar with exotic drinks that make me feel like I’m on vacation! I love the Frankenstein because it’s super fruity. It’s hard not to like any of their drinks though! www.frankiestikiroom.com

WHOLE LATTE OPTIONS

Æ I love Makers & Finders because where else can you get a Beet Root Latte? I also really enjoy their Salted Caramel Latte and their

CHIP, CHIP, HOORAY!

Æ Go to Nacho Daddy and take a scorpion shot. It’s a pickled scorpion that you add to a shot of your choice! Then wash it down with an order of the Thai chicken nachos. You won’t regret it!

YOU GOTTA BE SHIPPIN’ ME

Æ Downtown Container Park has bars and restaurants built in and out of shipping containers. They host wine walks and live bands, and it’s especially fun over the summer. After that, you’re right in the middle of Fremont St, and that’s a whole other adventure!

downtowncontainerpark.com

PART OF YOUR WORLD

Æ Saying I have a mermaid obsession is an understatement, but Mermaid Lounge is so cute! They have interactive mermaids that swim in a huge 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with all sorts of ocean life. I hope to be a part-time mermaid one day when I’m not in the sky! www.silvertoncasino.com

Sky-High Miss American Pie • Life from 30,000 feet is always an adventure! You never really know who you are going to meet that day, and what’s in store for you. It’s pretty exciting!

Photos - Downtown Container Park: DTP Companies

Expert: Sara Draper

Broaden Your Horizons • A lot of people think all Vegas has to offer is The Strip. We are close to Mount Charleston so you can ski or snowboard during the winter; we have Red Rock Canyon as well as Lake Mead

and the Springs Preserve; and we are close to the Grand Canyon or the Valley of Fire, which make for great road trips!

Vanilla Chai Latte. Did I mention I like lattes?

“Saying I have a mermaid obsession is an understatement, but Mermaid Lounge is so cute!”

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Must Try: Ube French Toast, 10 ½ lb "Belly of the Beast" Burger TRUFFLES N BACON CAFE www.trufflesnbacon.com

Must Try: Famous Bobalati Italian Ice, Spicy Sandia, Cereal Soft Serve Custards CJ'S ITALIAN ICE & CUSTARD www.cjsitalianice.com

Must Try: Happy Hour 5-8 p.m. and 12-3 a.m. for 50 Percent off All Steaks HERBS & RYE www.herbsandrye.com


JETSUITEX 105 E Reno Ave, Ste 22 Las Vegas, NV 89119 800.435.9579 www.jetsuitex.com Photoshoot Location: FRANKIE’S TIKI BAR 1712 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.385.3110 www.frankiestikiroom.com

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Must Try: Robata Skewer Menu RAKU raku-grill.com

Must Try: Famous Cheesesteak, "The Big Sexy" Pizza THOSE GUYS PIES www.thoseguyspie.com

Must Try: Adobada Tacos TACOS EL GORDO www.tacoselgordobc.com

Must Try: Arroz Con Pollo, Hand Muddled Mojitos HAVANA GRILL www.havanagrill.us

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“The Golden Tiki is a cool dive bar with pirate décor and awesome cocktails that always make for a fun night.”

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GET UP AND GLOW

Æ For an unforgettable visit, I suggest visiting the iconic Neon Boneyard at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada for postcard-worthy pics as well as exploring Downtown Fremont St— there’s always something going on there! www.neonmuseum.org www.vegasexperience.com

POUR DECISIONS

DEAR TOURISTS

Æ Please, please stop walking around barefoot in/after the club, and start understanding that not everything is free.

Three Restaurants Only Locals Would Know About: 1. The Black sheep blacksheepvegas. com 2. Pier 215 pier215restaurant. com 3. Herbs & Rye herbsandrye.com

Tattle Tale • What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas—social media has killed that! In My Honest Opinion • Day parties are better than night parties: they let you end your night early and not wake up as hungover.

www.thegoldentiki.com doubledownsaloon.com

WHATCHA CLINKIN’ ABOUT?

Æ Even locals can be surprised at The Barrymore, a great local spot for good food and a swanky outdoor patio, and at Commonwealth, which may or may not have a secret speakeasy called The Laundry Room. www.barrymorelv.com www.commonwealthlv.com

TIME TO UNWIND

Æ On my days off you can usually find me at home with my dogs doing not

palms.com/unknown.html cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ restaurants/rose-rabbit-lie

BELLA NOTTE

Æ If I want to live like a tourist for a day, I like to walk The Strip and head to Scarpetta for a great view of the Bellagio Fountain show while enjoying a delicious meal. www.cosmopolitanlasvegas. com/restaurants/scarpetta

UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

Æ Las Vegas is known for its incredible live performances, but some of the best shows I’ve ever seen here are “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil, “Opium” and “Absinthe.” www.cirquedusoleil.com/ michael-jackson-one spiegelworld.com/opium spiegelworld.com/absinthe

A PERSONAL TOUCH

Æ Being a regular has its perks. At Soho, I order off-menu and ask for the beef tataki roll, and Taco Y Taco knows how I like my chicken tacos—“white boy style!” www.soholv.com www.tacoytacolv.com

Expert: Ryan Labbe Credentials: Partner, Clique Hospitality—81/82 Group PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 7 years • First job in Las Vegas: Developing parties and residencies at various Las Vegas venues

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Must Try: Chile Relleno Skillet, Hawaiian Breakfast Plate PEG'S GLORIFIED HAM & EGGS eatatpegs.com

Must Try: Famous Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwich, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich FLIPPIN' GOOD flippingood.com

Must Try: Ube Flan Cupcakes, Ube Butterbars, Ube Monster Milkshake, Ube Cheesecake CAFE 86 www.cafe-86.com

Photos - The Laundry Room: Charles Sicuso | Neon Museum: Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

Stay Tuned • March 2019 saw the opening of a new concept of ours: The Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails at The Cosmopolitan. Clean up your

fade and sip on a fine-aged whiskey before slipping through the Janitor’s Door to a hideaway bar.

Æ The Golden Tiki is a cool dive bar with pirate décor and awesome cocktails that always make for a fun night. But if you’re looking for something more rough around the edges, go to Double Down Saloon for live punk shows and bacon martinis.

a damn thing! But if I’m heading out, you can find me at The Unknown Bar sipping a superrefreshing, perfectlymade paloma or at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. with a New York Minute in my hand.


CLIQUE HOSPITALITY—81/82 GROUP 6445 S Tenaya Way, Ste 150 Las Vegas, NV 89113 702.489.2129 www.cliquehospitality.com Photoshoot Location: THE BARBERSHOP CUTS AND COCKTAILS 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.698.7000 www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/loungesbars/the-barbershop-cuts-and-cocktails

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Must Try: Pizzalzone, Lobster Stromboli BROOKLYN PIZZA CO. www.brooklynpizzacompanylv.com

Must Try: Filipino "Kamayan" Feast FULL HOUSE BBQ www.fullhousevegas.com

Must Try: Shoyu Ahi Poke, Mochi Donuts PAINA CAFE www.painacafe.com

Must Try: Secret Menu Ultimate BBQ Sandwich, Famous Mac & Cheese, Smoked Brisket BIG B’S TEXAS BBQ www.bigbztexasbbq.com

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“Trust me, make an appointment and head up to the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton boutique in The Shops at Crystals to see Akhob, a permanent James Turrell installation.”

SADDLE UP

Æ Pioneer Saloon is a 100-year-old bar in Goodsprings, which is just 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas. It’s a taste of the Old West and so close to the beautiful mountains of Red Rock Canyon. www.pioneersaloon.info

DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM

Æ Trust me, make an appointment and head up to the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton boutique in The Shops at Crystals to see Akhob, a permanent James Turrell installation. It’s an amazing immersive space that is a true visual treat.

LATE-NIGHT CRAVINGS

DEAR TOURISTS

Æ Please stop with the oversized frozen cocktails, and start enjoying a hand-crafted cocktail.

My Top Three Favorite Shows: 1. KISS Where: T-MOBILE Arena When: 2019 2. Billy Idol Where: Pearl at the Palms When: 2019 3. Queen with Adam Lambert Where: Park MGM When: 2018

Expert: Tal Cooperman Credentials: Creative Director, Palms Casino Resort PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 5 years • First job in Las Vegas: Director of Marketing at Drai’s Nightclub and Dayclub at The Cromwell

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Pte. Collection • Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, the former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada,

www.nakedcitylv.com www.eldoradovegas.com

DELICIOUS SEN-SATION

Æ Sen of Japan is the freshest sushi off the Strip. It’s located at the edge of Summerlin on the west side of town and has a casual setting

www.senofjapan.com

A DRINK IN MY PALM

Æ Palms has the best drinks! For a cup of the freshest coffee that always goes down smooth, I go to Lucky Penny for a J. Gursey Coffee espresso, and for a cocktail with less calories, I recommend a Kettle Rocks with lemon at The Unknown Bar. palms.com/unknown.html

DAM IT

Æ Boulder City, Nevada is an awesome town about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, near the Hoover Dam. If you’re in town in February, make sure to check out the DAM Short Film Festival. www.damshortfilm.org

IT’D BE A MYTHTAKE NOT TO GO

Æ People go out of their way to visit this store! Amber Unicorn Bookstore is a vintage bookstore with a huge collection of cookbooks. It’s cool to support a local business that has been selling actual books for years. amberunicornbooks.com

A Knight to Remember • My favorite Golden Knights player would have to be Marc-Andre Fleury because the goalie has one of the toughest jobs in hockey.

Photos - Lucky Penny: Clint Jenkins | Pioneer Saloon: darrellcraigharris.com

Tough Crowd • Las Vegas is living proof that change happens quickly, but one of Vegas’ most notorious bars, the Double Down Saloon, has been bringing live punk rock shows and wild drinks for over 25 years!

amassed this incredible collection of curious artifacts that he displayed prominently within and throughout his East Las Vegas home. It’s wild to even drive by, but inside, you see so many wild things he’s collected over the years.

Æ For the best pizza in town, head to Naked City Pizza. But when I’m craving tacos, you can catch me next door to Sapphire at El Dorado Cantina for their carne asada and chicken tacos.

and great service. My must-try? The Garlic Shrimp Sushi!

Love Where You Work • I get to work with some of the best hospitality professionals in Las Vegas and we are creating the next era of Las Vegas!

“Amber Unicorn Bookstore is a vintage bookstore with a huge collection of cookbooks.”

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Must Try: Falafel Plate, Off-Menu Chicken Shawarma Fries MOTHER FALAFEL www.motherfalafel.com

Must Try: Spencer Steak, Short Rib Hash ECHO & RIG www.echoandrig.com

Must Try: Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, Plate Lunch Burrito FIST OF FUSION www.fistoffusionislandgrill.com


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Must Try: "BAR Gamble" BORN AND RAISED www.bornandraisedlv.com

Must Try: La Asada Skirt Steak With Chimichurri, Maine Lobster Ceviche MORDEO BOUTIQUE WINE BAR www.mordeolv.com

Must Try: Oysters in Rotation, Spicy Tuna Tartar With Waffle Fries, French Toast With Caviar, Prime NY Steak With Miso Hollandaise OTHER MAMA www.othermamalv.com

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“TOURISTY” ACTIVITIES THAT YOU STILL ENJOY AS A LOCAL Walking Around Downtown Æ It’s nostalgic! The Strip on New Year’s Eve Æ Always a new experience and what a celebration! Escaping to Red Rock for Hikes Æ It’s nature at its finest.

Expert: Ronn Nicolli Credentials: SVP Creative Strategy, Palms Casino Resort PROFILE: • Has Lived in Las Vegas: 17 years • First job in Las Vegas: Runway model for Fashion Show Mall

"The money doesn't come easy [in Vegas]. It takes hard work out here."

RONN’S FAVES

Favorite Sushi: Æ Kuruma Ebi no Tempura at Zuma

Æ Come to KAOS dayclub and nightclub Æ Stay at the Palms and get a drink at The Unknown Bar. I recommend the Bee’s Knees! Æ Go around properties and get the social experience

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Favorite Taco: Æ Carne Asada Tacos at El Dorado Cantina

Favorite Cocktail: Æ East-Coast Kali at CATCH

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE:

Æ Floating above the central bar in The Unknown Bar is the eye-catching artwork of British artist Damien Hirst. The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) features a 13foot, thrice-segmented tiger shark swimming in formaldehyde.

PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com Photoshoot Location: THE UNKNOWN BAR 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 866.942.7770 www.palms.com/ unknown.html

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Desert Daytrippin’ HERE'S OUR ITINERARY FOR EXPLORING THE DESERT OASIS

WRITTEN BY: ANGELA HATCHER

Palm Springs might conjure up dreams of hiking trails or casino adventures, but this desert oasis is also home to midcentury architecture and popular art museums. Whether a student of design or a fan of everything-old-becomes-new-again, checking out some of Palm Springs’ extraordinary exhibitions may become your new go-to adventure. Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural center in the Coachella Valley and includes the 433-seat Annenberg Theater as well as the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavillion. Palm Springs, also known as the modernism capital of the world, is a breathtaking display of artistry which ranges across museum exhibitions, luxe hotels and gourmet dishes.

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Hugh Kaptur Exhibit: Organic Desert Architecture

When: Now through June 17, 2019

PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN CENTER, EDWARDS HARRIS PAVILION

300 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.423.5260 | www.psmuseum.org

Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure When: April 27 through Sept. 15, 2019

In celebration of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s 80th anniversary, the Shoulder to Shoulder exhibition showcases the museum’s permanent figurative sculpture collection, and brings more than a shoulder or two into view. This extraordinary exhibit features work produced in the 20th and 21st centuries and considers a wide range of artists’ takes of the human body. The exhibition is integrated alongside works in various forms of media, and among the beautiful gardens of the art museum. Shoulder to Shoulder is worth a trip or two. PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM IN PALM DESERT 72-567 Hwy 111, Palm Springs, CA 92260 760.346.5600 | www.pmmuseum.org

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Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Looking for a boutique hotel equipped with first-class dining and dramatic views from their rooftop pool? At Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, you can enjoy a plethora of luxurious amenities all with a laid-back casual feel. Their professional and talented staff members are committed to offering the very best in service, accommodations and dining. The Rowan is nuzzled right in the center of downtown, so if it’s the seductive nightlife or the quietness of a retreat you are looking for, the Rowan will accommodate your needs. Dine in at the hotel’s 4 Saints restaurant, which offers fresh seasonal dishes served in a lovely social setting with a welcoming lounge area and outdoor patio bar. KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.904.5015 | www.rowanpalmsprings.com

Hyatt Palm Springs

The Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel is synonymous with sophisticated elegance. This sleek and striking hotel is guaranteed to turn your getaway into a trip you will dream of going back to again and again. Conveniently situated in a prime location, The Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel is in perfect proximity to popular restaurants, exciting entertainment and outdoor attractions like Indian Canyons and VillageFest. After a day of exploring Palm Springs, come back to the Hyatt to enjoy an array of luxurious amenities which includes an inviting outdoor pool, state-of-the-art gym, a scenic view of San Jacinto from your balcony and much more. HYATT PALM SPRINGS 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.9000 | www.hyatt.com

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Workshop Kitchen + Bar Restaurant

Like Palm Springs itself, Workshop Kitchen + Bar Restaurant is a timeless and cutting-edge choice. It’s a delicate balance to strike, but the James Beard Award-winning restaurant has something for everyone. Tuck in at the communal table in the industrial-chic dining room alongside influencers on the hunt for the perfect Instagrammable cocktail, or enjoy an elegantly crafted meal of small plates in the airy courtyard. The Fried Cauliflower Steak is a dish that’s particularly emblematic of Michael Beckman’s culinary philosophy, exploring the avant-garde while remaining grounded in classical principles. Like its fare, Workshop invokes the effortless and elegant vibe that Palm Springs embodies. WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR RESTAURANT 800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.459.3451 | www.workshoppalmsprings.com

Kaiser Grille Palm Desert

For Kaiser Grille Palm Desert (formerly the Chop House in Palm Desert), serving good-for-you food is more than a work of art—it’s an act of love. From its all-natural USDA steaks and freshly-caught seafood to its free range chicken and local produce, everything on the menu is organic and responsibly-sourced. The restaurant has been a Coachella Valley staple for over 20 years, and its service has gone beyond taking down orders. Owner Eric Morcus, son of Founder Kaiser Morcus, is an active member of his community, holding titles such as President of Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week and a Board Member of Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce. KAISER GRILLE PALM DESERT 74040 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.779.9888 | www.kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Photos - Erven Jourdan | Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs | Palm Springs Art Museum & Ella Merrill

Considered a true visionary, Hugh Kaptur played a significant part in the development of the architectural design for the Palm Springs community from the late 1950s through the 2000s. His designs are fluid and organic with features that add protection from the harsh elements of the intense desert heat. This first major exhibition of Kaptur’s work reveals his impact on midcentury architecture, and lectures and tours will complement this exhibition which includes Kaptur’s architectural models, photos, slides and other materials.

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