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Canyon x Sea = Pure Bliss Nothing Is Better Than This Relaxing, Local Laguna Beach Resort
editor's note The sun is shinin’ and so are you! Pull out your credit cards and dig into your savings, as our A-Z Shoppe Guide is finally here. You just got paid; now it’s time to celebrate with a new purchase. Splurge a little! Travel essentials for your next big adventure, versatile ceramics that will look adorable in your home and beauty products for an effortless makeup look are just a few of the many items in this guide. This issue of LOCALE is filled with some truly incredible people in our community, from savvy entrepreneurs to passionate individuals sharing their love for their work. I am so honored to call Orange County home for so many reasons. Craving a road trip? We have the ultimate PCH drive (from San Diego to Malibu) that you can do all in a day. Need a little fitness motivation? Sweat & Tell’s creators, Joanna Huckins and Jacquelyn Fisher, share their workout secrets—and you’re
going to be inspired to get moving. Looking to revamp your home? Raili Clasen and our Design Duos Feature will be sure to spark some major creativity. And if you need weekend plans, The Ranch Laguna Beach, 2nd & PCH and a trip to Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer are all definitely worth checking out. I had the opportunity to speak with our cover star, Brandon Larracuente, about his life and acting career. He is everything humble and kind, as he talks about his past as well as hopes for the future. Get excited, not only because warm beach days filled with ocean dips are here to stay, but because you get to live and experience the beauty of California each and every day in a community of inspiring and creative individuals. Whether you’re reading this over your Sunday morning cup of coffee or your Monday night glass of cabernet sauvignon, thank you for taking a second of your day to read our words and each other’s stories.
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Brandon Larracuente knows how to work the camera. While surrounded by hundreds of plants within this mini jungle oasis of Orange County at Instant Jungle, Larracuente poses in five different looks throughout the morning. From outfits with a touch of floral flair to neutrals that look like Larracuente blends right in with the scene, our team of stylists and photographers bring the vision of the cover shoot to life.
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Photographed By: Andrea Domjan, ocportrait.com @andrea_domjan_photography Model: Brandon Larracuente, @brandonlarracuente Location: Instant Jungle International 2560 S Birch St, Santa Ana, CA 92707 www.instantjungle.com Written By: Taylor Gorski, @taylorgorski Styled By: Melissa Souza, celebritystylebymelissa.com @melissasouzastyles Hair and Makeup By: Jennifer Mau, beautycravebyjennifermau.com @beautycravebyjennmau Shirt Provided By: Paisley and Gray, www.paisleyandgray.com Shorts Provided By: Benibeca, www.benibeca.com Shoes Provided By: Fini Shoes, www.fini.shoes
It’s a Vibe Incorporating florals and pops of purple and green, stylist Melissa Souza says, “When choosing looks, I always think about the talent wearing the pieces and really try to hone in on their style. Of course, with editorial, a major factor to account for is the mood and theme of the shoot.” Hair and makeup artist Jennifer Mau says, “With this look and the vibe that they are going for, I thought it would be fun to do that kind of pompadour look. He has really great hair!” Thinking Green Larracuente poses in front of a succulent wall in a simple green sweater while looking directly into the camera. He then lays on a rug in a cream top and plaid jacket, as photographer Andrea Domjan stands above him on a ladder to get the perfect, dreamy shot. “I wanted the pieces to come alive on their own but also highlight the location and—of course—Brandon’s own vibe. I’m really torn between favorites!” says Souza. That’s a Wrap Music from Khalid blasts throughout the shoot, as the camera snaps a variety of images. In order to crack an even bigger smile, Fiancée Jazmin Garcia steps into the background to be Larracuente’s main focus. As the shoot wraps and the last shot of the day is taken in the on-site greenhouse, the team applauds one another to celebrate a successful morning of creativity. All rights reserved © 2020, the entire contents of this publication are protected by copyright. No part of this publication can be reproduced, stored in retrieval system or transmitted in any forms or by any means without express written prior permission of the copyright owner.
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Get the Deets
Cryo Haus Makes Cooling Down Even Hotter
STUNT ON ‘EM
Daredevil Stina Hübinette Talks Stunts, Racing and Hollywood Ambitions
Meals Deconstructed Ryu Ramen Is Serving Bowl After Bowl of Rich, Flavorful Tradition
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OC Fresca Offers a Fresh Take on South-of-theBorder Fare
THE HAPPIEST PLATES ON EARTH
Chef Parker Brings Crafted Burgers and Shakes to Downtown Disney
Generation Starter Pack
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Behind the Brand
HAVE A DRINK IN DURBAN— NO PASSPORT NECESSARY
The Durban Room at Mozambique Brings South African Fare and Crafty Cocktails to Laguna Beach
2 Things We Love
SUSHI ME ROLLIN’
Starfish Is Serving up the Best of the Land and Sea
A LITTLE CARDBOARD GOES A LONG WAY This Non-Profit Is Encouraging the Next Generation of Problem-Solvers With Creativity and Play
5 Pro Tips
IN FULL BLOOM
Sweat & Tell Shares Their Top Workout Secrets
You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party
Devour by the Hour
THIS LITTLE FOODIE WENT TO THE MARKET From Savory Bites to Baked Delights, Union Market Tustin Has It All
What You’ll Need
MAKING YOUR POUR DECISIONS BETTER How to Successfully Survive a Bar Crawl in Downtown Fullerton
YOU BETTER WORK(OUT)
Take a Road Trip Up the Coast in Luxurious Bliss
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE
2nd & PCH Is Sure to Make Your Day
Get the Deets
This Year’s OC Chef’s Table Brought the Community Together for a Good Cause
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These Dynamic Design Duos Prove That Two Heads Are Better Than One
Behind the Brand
FIRE, WATER AND STONE
This SoCal Company Is Shaping the Art of Pottery as We Know It
How to Make
THESE INTERIORS ARE TO DIY FOR
Interior Designer Raili Clasen Is Redefining California Chic
10 Things We Love
CANYON X SEA = PURE BLISS
Nothing Is Better Than This Relaxing, Local Laguna Beach Resort
This Blogger Has 3 Ultimate OC Dates Planned for You
HIT PAUSE OR PRESS PLAY
Take It Easy or Get Moving in the City of Palm Desert
That’s His Style This Triple-Threat Boss Knows His Way Around Town
Anaheim NAME Cedric Channels JOB TITLE Owner of CGRE, Être Bespoke, The Beer Co. Brewery
3 SPOTS FOR SPECIALTY ITEMS
RESIDENT OF Newport Beach
1. Shirts and Sweaters from Comme des Garçons 2. Denim from A.P.C. 3. Sweatshirts from Buck Mason
LOCAL LIVING Originally from Laguna Beach, 10 years in Newport Beach
TUNE IN AND SUIT UP
We have a podcast once a week where we interview local influencers and business leaders in our community. There’s no other place you can go to get fitted for a suit, drink a craft beer, listen to a live podcast and buy a house all under one roof.
CGRE www.cgreoc.com @cgre_tv
FIT FOR A SIP
Ò Etre Bespoke is our Newport Beach fashion house with everything from suits to casual wear and fantastic custom sneakers—my favorite is the patent leather sneaker. We even serve craft beer on tap while you’re getting fitted!
Photoshoot Location: THE BEER CO. BREWERY 3910 E Coronado St, Ste G Anaheim, CA 92807 www.beercobrewery.com
THE ULTIMATE MAN CAVE
Ò We created The Design Lab Studio for my three businesses where people can come hang out, watch the Lakers game, drink craft beer and enjoy the creative process. There’s a graffiti wall on our back patio that everyone signs when they come in.
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FIND TIME TO UN-WINE
Ò I love supporting local and familyowned businesses like Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Spend a Saturday wine tasting, and be sure to ask for Gabe—he always has the best wine recommendations (that won’t break the bank). www.hitimewine.net
Ò Le Labo has a little shop located in Lido. And aside from their amazing fragrances, they have a face moisturizer that I can’t live without; it’s scented like Santal 33. www.lelabofragrances.com
RAGS TO RICHES
Ò American Rag offers a stylish, cuttingedge collection of clothes, shoes and accessories. They always have unique items and designer brands that you can’t find in most places. www.americanrag.com
Photographed By: Andrea Domjan | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
ÊTRE BESPOKE 1200 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.478.7703 www.etrebespoke.com
Good Morning, Ladies Local Cafe and Boutique Owner Kim Le Pham Sips and Shops Her Way through OC
Tustin NAME Kim Le Pham JOB TITLE Owner and CEO of Morning Lavender Boutique and Cafe
3 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT MORNING LAVENDER
RESIDENT OF Tustin, CA
1. Floral walls, lavender chairs and the cutest coffee cups 2. Events and celebrations 3. Weekend afternoon tea service
LOCAL LIVING 8 years
We are a women-owned business, and
of our employees are women. We are in the business of supporting and inspiring women, and that means a great deal to us!
“I know I’m biased, but where else can you shop for the cutest clothing and accessories and also enjoy a yummy lavender latte?” —Kim Le Pham
SHOP WITH A LATTE IN HAND
MORNING LAVENDER BOUTIQUE AND CAFE 330 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 714.486.1429 www.morninglavendercafe.com @morninglavenderoc
Ò I am drawn to visually inspiring items, so I love to frequent home decor boutiques for inspiration and to shop for new pieces. One of my favorite spots is McGee & Co. in Costa Mesa. I love that this shop is owned by a husband-andwife interior design team. www.mcgeeandco.com
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GET THE PARTY STARTED
Ò Wild Child Party is a great spot for party supplies and special balloons! Just stepping into their shop puts a smile on my face because it’s so happy and festive. They also do custom installations and event styling! www.wildchildparty.com
Ò I love M Lovewell in Santa Ana. They have an adorable selection of greeting cards and stationery items. I find special gifts here that give a very personal touch. Plus, they host a variety of crafty workshops! www.mlovewell.com
Ò Miibox in Irvine has a wonderful selection of Asian beauty products! I love going there and picking up a refreshing face mask for myself; it’s a great pick-meup after a long day of work. www.miibox.com
Photographed By: Andrea Domjan | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ò I know I’m biased, but where else can you shop for the cutest clothing and accessories and also enjoy a yummy lavender latte? Almost all of the items at Morning Lavender Boutique are under $100 and are curated by me. We have new arrivals weekly, so there’s always a fresh assortment of dresses, skirts, tops and more.
Goodwill Hunting This Vintage Clothing Connoisseur Knows Where to Shop for the Best Finds
Costa Mesa NAME Chance Owen JOB TITLE President/CEO, Around the World Apparel Inc. and Landers Supply House
3 OF MY FAVORITE VINTAGE FINDS
RESIDENT OF Newport Beach
1. Vintage tux 2. Fringe leather moto jacket 3. Pair of ostrich skin cowboy boots
LOCAL LIVING SoCal Local for 41 years
AN AMAZING ASSORTMENT Landers Vintage store owner and operator, Kim Owen, aims to offer a curated and unique assortment of goods, focusing largely on Americana, western, industrial workwear and motorcycle gear inspiration—along with mixing in seasonal vintage finds.
“When I’m not at Landers Vintage or the Liquor Bar, you can find me and friends at the Marine Room in Laguna Beach, sipping on old fashioneds and playing pool.” —Chance Owen LANDERS SUPPLY HOUSE Costa Mesa www.landerssupplyhouse.com @landerssupplyhouse, @landersvintage, @landersliquorbar AROUND THE WORLD APPAREL INC. Los Angeles
WORTH THE TRAFFIC
Ò Take a trip up to LA to visit American Rag on La Brea. Their buyers always seem to pick the right assortment of clothes by trend and time of year. A while back they added a cafe, and it changed the whole experience from an hour or so of browsing into a half-day affair when you add in time for lunch and wine! www.americanrag.com
Ò Sea Hive is an antique mall in Oceanside that features over 100 independent collectors with their own little shops that have an eclectic mix of vintage clothing and antique furniture. They have a small coffee shop and even host events with bands and DJs now and then. www.seahivemarketplace.com
Ò Daydream Surf Shop is run by Becca and Kyle—both the most welcoming and nicest people. They have a board program that allows surfers to test and experience new shapes and lengths. Check out their custom wetsuits, amazing coffee shop and curated selection of vintage clothing. www.daydreamsurfshop.com
WILD WILD WEST
Ò Ransack is focused on Weston and feels like the Wild West as you enter the store. Their merchandise is picked with this inspiration in mind, so it should come as no surprise that I found my championship bull riding belt buckle there. www.shopransack.com
Photographed By: Ari Moshayedi | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
BOOZE AND BILLIARDS
Ò When I’m not at Landers Vintage or the Liquor Bar, you can find me and friends at the Marine Room in Laguna Beach, sipping on old fashioneds and playing pool. Luisa runs the show down there and is rad!
Let’s Face It Leyla Finkle Shares Her Favorite Timepieces and Where to Get Them
Brea NAME Leyla Finkle JOB TITLE General Manager, Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers
3 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SWISS WATCH GALLERY
RESIDENT OF Aliso Viejo
1. There’s something for every type of personality 2. We have something for every budget 3. We have so many loyal clients
LOCAL LIVING 47 years
Another favorite watch is the Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold bridges (It won the grand prize over the Eiffel Tower at the
World’s Fair in Paris!).
“We have the only Orange County-based, Rolexcertified watch technician on our staff. Come visit us at the Brea Mall!”
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!
SWISS WATCH GALLERY & FINE JEWELERS Brea Mall | Shops at Mission Viejo www.swisswatchgallery.com Photoshoot Location: SWISS WATCH GALLERY & FINE JEWELERS 1014A Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821 714.617.2700
Ò I think south Orange County’s bestkept secret is Wineworks for Everyone in Mission Viejo. It’s super cozy and comfortable and has a great selection of both California and International wines as well as an amazing farm-to-tableinspired menu. Try the brie fondue with a glass of champagne—your troubles will literally melt away. If you are looking to really indulge, the rack of lamb and Mediterranean sea bass are phenomenal! www.wineworksforeveryone.com
Ò My favorite place for unique clothing is C-Dobbs in Newport Beach. I like that it is family-owned (like our stores in Mission Viejo and Brea). Owner Carol does a great job of stocking brands and styles you won’t see at chain stores—this includes my favorite line of modern and timeless knitwear from Monique Du Rock (sexy and fun!). www.c-dobbs.com | @moniquedurock
Ò My all-time favorite timepieces are the Ulysse Nardin Freak line (They have no hands or crown!)—it’s considered the most innovative brand. Worn by celebrities like Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jordan and Hugh Jackman, they are a true watch connoisseur’s brand— even Jeff Bezos, who could afford any watch, wears a Ulysse Nardin! Kobe Bryant had several in his collection. www.swisswatchgallery.com
DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
Ò My favorite watch has to be my 36mm Rolex Datejust with a diamond bezel and Arabic diamond markers. It’s large enough to look contemporary, but classic enough to go anywhere. Swiss Watch Gallery is the newest Rolex official jeweler in Orange County. www.swisswatchgallery.com
Photographed By: John Glover | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ò Arthur Torossian has been designing one-of-a-kind jewelry for Swiss Watch Gallery for over 40 years. His talents go back to designing elaborate jewels for the President of Liberia and many prominent people over the years. When I’m looking for something more casual, I love the sterling silver artistry of John Hardy; his jewelry is hand-crafted in Bali and uses traditional and sustainable materials and methods—it’s perfect for our California-chic lifestyle.
Yo Quiero Taquero Eat, Shop and Play the Rob Arellano Way
Costa Mesa NAME Rob Arellano JOB TITLE Owner, Descanso
3 MUST-TRY MARGARITAS
RESIDENT OF Costa Mesa
1. Bad Hombre 2. Cucumber + Sal 3. Olvera Street
LOCAL LIVING: 35 years in Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange and Costa Mesa
MIX IT UP
Like its city, Descanso is unique in that there are a variety of dining experiences under one roof, which include the plancha experience (where our taquero chefs cook at your table), the taco bar, standard dining and our indoor/outdoor bar.
DESCANSO 1555 Adams Ave, Ste 103 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.486.3798 www.descansorestaurant.com
Ò I don’t shop for clothes too often, but when I do, I head to Green Room in Fountain Valley. I purchased a pair of snowboard pants here that I absolutely love (and will probably wear forever). They have a huge selection of seasonal surf and snow apparel, and they also offer deals on lift tickets to local mountains!
IN GOOD SPIRITS
Ò Hi-Times Wine Cellars is a familyowned wine, beer and spirits shop that’s been in business for 60 years. Their shop sits on one of the largest underground temperature-controlled wine cellars in the US. Ask any staff member for exclusive items that have come in, and they will always point you in the right direction! www.hitimewine.net
Ò The LAB Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa is always a great spot to shop for unique items. Sometimes, when I don’t know what to get, I will come here to get inspiration. For a snack, grab a popsicle at the Popbar or stop by Habana for lunch and order the ropa vieja—a classic Cuban dish done right! www.thelab.com
CHEFS LIKE TOYS TOO
Ò Since I own a restaurant, a place that has commercial kitchen supplies is a must. I’m a big fan of Chefs’ Toys in Fountain Valley. The service is great, and they pretty much have everything you could ever need. Just like the name suggests, you feel like a kid in a candy shop when you enter. www.chefstoys.com
BOOZE AND BANDS
Ò The Harp Inn in Costa Mesa is a great local hangout spot. I love the live music and its “neighborhood dive bar” atmosphere. The type of crowd is always changing based on the cover band playing…so plan accordingly! www.harpinn.com
Photographed By: Nathan Whelan | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
HIT THE SLOPES IN STYLE
“Costa Mesa is so diverse and is scattered with entertainment options… This is why I chose to live here and open my restaurant!” —Rob Arellano
Causing a Stir These Cocktail Experts Shake up Their Routines With the SD Foodie Scene
San Diego NAME Frankie Thaheld & Irving Gonzalez JOB TITLE Director of Mixology & Mixologist, Snake Oil Cocktail Company
LOCAL COMPANIES WE LOVE WORKING WITH 1. The WestBean Coffee Roasters 2. Cafe Bassam 3. Counterpoint 4. Coin-Op Game Room 5. Cutwater Spirits 6. Stone Brewing Co.
RESIDENT OF Pine Valley & Tijuana LOCAL LIVING 26 years & 4 years
SNAKE OIL COCKTAIL COMPANY AT JULEP VENUE 1735 Hancock St, Ste D San Diego, CA 92101 858.754.9173 www.snakeoilcocktail.com www.julepvenue.com
THANKS A BRUNCH
Ò “Nate’s Garden Grill is my favorite laidback, out-of-the-way brunch spot,” says Thaheld. “The biscuits and gravy will send you over the moon. There’s live folk music often, and it’s adjacent to a plant nursery with lots of animals for the young ones to check out. It’s out of the way in City Heights and very unsuspecting.” @natesgardengrill
KEEP IT 100
Ò When it comes to finding the best locally sourced ingredients for Snake Oil Cocktail Company, Gonzalez recommends Specialty Produce. “They have everything you might need,” he says. “The quality is always on point, and the staff is awesome. Get there around 10 a.m. to noon before the craziness happens.” www.specialtyproduce.com
OLE TOWN ROAD
Ò “I am always intrigued by the road less traveled,” Thaheld says of Grand Ole BBQ. “Although it has gotten quite popular, it still feels transportive to go to this roadside destination for the stellar barbecue and live honky-tonk music on the weekends. Get there early and get a seat out back, so you can enjoy the live jams. Don’t forget to try the Lady Bird’s Texas Red Chili.” www.grandolebbq.com
NEAR AND DEAR
Ò When it comes to the food and drink scene, it’s always important to support sustainable efforts. “KINDRED puts a lot of soul in their dishes and tries to be eco-friendly but always focuses on flavor,” notes Gonzalez. “It has a really cozy bar, the atmosphere is casual, there’s great music—it’s perfect for hanging out with some friends. Order the Rice Above; it’s a great choice!” www.barkindred.com
Photographed By: Manny Mendez | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
“The love that is put into cocktails and experience—we always try to bring our customers a little bit of the passion that we have for this industry.” —Irving Gonzalez
Ò Gonzalez’s favorite place to grab a drink is El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. He says, “The atmosphere there is really chill, the staff is super friendly and they put serious effort into their cocktail creations.” But when it comes to brunch, it’s hard to beat the Westgate Hotel (and their flavored bellinis). “Ask for bartender Alex— he makes the best bloody mary around!”
Let’s Dish Elana Horwich Shares Where to Go for the Most Authentic Eats in LA
Beverly Hills NAME Elana Horwich JOB TITLE Cooking Teacher and Author of “Meal and a Spiel: How to Be a Badass in the Kitchen”
3 PLACES TO SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL INGREDIENTS
RESIDENT OF Los Angeles
1. For Persian ingredients: Super Sun Market 2. For Mexican ingredients: Northgate Market 3. For Japanese ingredients: Nijiya Market
LOCAL LIVING Native Angeleno
WHERE TO SHOP FOR A DREAMY KITCHEN
Head to Shoppe Amber Interiors for gold- and bronze-colored flatware and cheeseboards, Gjusta Goods for linen napkins and rustic ceramic plates and +COOP for tableware with chic flair (curated by LA local Jenna Cooper).
LASAGNA, HOLD THE NOODLES
Ò To my knowledge, there isn’t anyone in LA who makes lasagna with grilled eggplant instead of noodles [like my No-Noodle Lasagna]. Osteria Mozza, however, makes delicious meat sauces of various types, and it’s worth the carbs to eat the pasta!
MEAL AND A SPIEL www.mealandaspiel.com @elanahorwich
COOK SOMETHING NEW
Ò There’s a new cookbook store in LA, and it’s also the only one we have. Now Serving is owned by a Filipino-American couple who had a visionary dream for LA while other bookstores were shutting down. Ken Concepcion carries a robust section of Filipino cookbooks, and he will tell you the best Filipino food in LA. www.nowservingla.com
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Ò Via Veneto, a tiny eatery, creates the intimacy ideal for a date. I always get the most sensual dishes: warm seafood salad with a crisp pinot grigio and the superthin handmade ravioli taster’s plate to share with my date, along with a glass of Nebbiolo. Ask for Simone, the head waiter and sommelier—and tell him I sent you! www.viaveneto.us
ENJOY ITALY— NO PASSPORT NEEDED
Ò Guidi Marcello is a little-known gem that is actually a restaurant supplier with a tiny storefront. There, you’ll find pasta d’alfeltra (top quality dried pasta), quality gluten-free pasta, taralli (cracker-knots) and a selection of Italian wines and liquors. www.guidimarcello.com
Ò Surfas is a kitchen store that also supplies to restaurants and caterers, which means it has items that you wouldn’t normally find. Plus, they have an international specialty food section. Buy the Valrhona and Callebaut chocolate in bulk! www.surfasonline.com
Photography Provided By: Elana Horwich | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
“I love that my cookbook is a journey as much as a cooking manual. It’s filled with the recipes, stories and answers to cooking questions that my cooking students have requested and loved over the years.”
starter pack: generation z
The Gen Z-er You were born between 1997-2017.
“Is mayonnaise an instrument?” —Patrick Star, “SpongeBob SquarePants”
You will do anything to keep your Snapchat streak.
WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR
Something you always carry with you: Hydro Flask “Saturdays are for the boys,” as you like to say. Which really means you bought a 12 pack of Truly Hard Seltzers to sip on.
You’d rather be: Playing Fortnite
Breakfast, lunch, dinner—anytime is burrito time.
Somewhere in your room you still have your shark tooth puka shell necklace.
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You enjoy long romantic walks to 7-Eleven for a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
You used to annoy your teachers by playing with your Tech Deck.
1. “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott 2. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X 3. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
starter pack: millennial
“You go, Glen Coco!” —Damian Leigh, Mean Girls
You were born between 1981-1996.
You love being healthy...with a Tura Alcoholic Kombucha.
WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR
Before you were addicted to your phone, you couldn’t get enough of playing with your: Tamagotchi
Monday morning drink of choice: Matcha latte with oat milk
Frequently caught: Ordering food from Postmates (because why leave your house?)
On a Friday night, you’re with a group of friends playing Cards Against Humanity.
You’ll always find an excuse to pay $10 for avocado toast…but only if it has lemon pepper.
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You’ll never get rid of your Juicy Couture Sweatsuit because you’re secretly hoping it comes back in style.
Adulting is hard, you can’t get through the day without snacking on Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies.
1. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani 2. “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 3. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
starter pack: gen x
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”—Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Gen X-er
For you, no trip to the gas station is complete without grabbing a Hostess Cupcake.
You were born between 1965-1980.
WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR
You can still fit into your high school letterman’s jacket...sort of.
You don’t need to see a fancy cocktail menu—you’ll have a classic Corona with lime.
Facebook was invented for sharing your political views...right?
If it’s a degree over 75, you’ll crack open an ice-cold CocaCola and a smile.
Still sitting in a box in your garage: First concert ticket
The only all-nighters you ever pulled were when you were on your Atari 2600 trying to beat your brother’s high score in Pac-Man.
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In-N-Out will forever be the best burger and shake, and you still go through the drive-thru once a week.
1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses 2. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson 3. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
starter pack: baby boomer
The Baby Boomer
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”—Benjamin Braddock, The Graduate Your wedding dress is hanging in your closet, perfectly preserved and waiting for your granddaughter’s special day.
You were born between 1944-1964.
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR
You’d be absolutely lost without: Your phone’s News App.
You and your Scottie dog game piece ruled the board on Monopoly nights.
The classic ice cream sandwich— still good, but it tasted better when it was 5¢. Whatever happened to that white wine and hard-boiled egg diet?
What alarm clock? All you need is the smell of your Folgers Coffee.
You still have that framed picture of your favorite Hollywood Heartthrob from your teen years—is that a lipstick mark we see?
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Watching “I Love Lucy” just wasn’t complete without your TV dinner.
1. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones 2. “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley 3. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
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Natural Brandon Larracuente Gets to the Root of His Career and Dreaming Big WRITTEN BY: Taylor Gorski • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: Andrea Domjan STYLED BY: Melissa Souza • GROOMED BY: Jennifer Mau
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Brandon Larracuente shows up to his cover shoot right on time, wearing a salmon pink jumpsuit with his fiancée by his side. “I think the older I’ve gotten, the more comfortable I’ve become at just wearing what I feel like fits me in the moment,” Larracuente says with a smile. This outlook goes far beyond his personal style; it shows throughout his acting career and how he’s grown to be so comfortable in his own skin. Flashback to his freshman year of high school, where Larracuente was cast as the lead role of Danny Zuko in “Grease.” After that, he began to shy away from acting, as there was an aspect of negativity associated with it. “I was ridiculed, in a way, by my friends about being a part of the thespian side; [it was] just frowned upon for some reason,” explains Larracuente. “I would go for commercials periodically throughout high school, and I remember one time in specific, I booked a commercial. I filmed it, and one of my peers at school told me, ‘I saw you on a commercial last night,’ and I denied it. I was like, ‘No, that wasn’t me.’” It wasn’t until after high school when Larracuente realized that he wanted to devote his life to acting and go full-force into the industry. “After high school, I booked the show called ‘Bloodline,’ where I finally began to pursue my passions and my interests and my dreams without really caring about what others thought of me,” he says. After playing the character Ben Rayburn on “Bloodline” from 2015 to 2017, Larracuente was cast in the movie Bright on Netflix—one of his most interesting and challenging roles to date. “I played an Ork, which is a mythical creature. I had to learn Orkish—which is a made-up language,” says Larracuente. Playing this character involved getting into prosthetics every day for 15-hour days; it would take about an hour to get in costume and an hour to take it off. There was also a dialect coach on set to help learn and practice the language his
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character spoke. According to Larracuente, “It was very fulfilling and rewarding because it was so challenging.” He also had the incredible opportunity to act alongside one of his dream co-stars, Will Smith, during this film. Larracuente was then cast in “13 Reasons Why” as Jeff Atkins. He initially auditioned for a different character, since Atkins isn’t in the original book that the series is based on. Because of this, it allowed Larracuente to really build the character as he saw fit. Atkins was a leader—a classmate who stuck up for other people. “I related to Jeff in a way because he was a friend I wish I would’ve had in high school,” Larracuente explains. At age 21, Larracuente moved across the country from Florida to Los Angeles, a challenge that allowed him to grow as a man and human being. “I had dreams and aspirations of moving out here [to California]. Not at 21, it would’ve been many years later, but due to booking ‘13 Reasons Why’ I was kind of forced to speed up the process,” he says. Although home was always a call away, he tried to minimize depending on his family. “I felt like the more I relied on Mom and Dad, the less of a man I was or the less I grew. I’m a firm believer that [people grow] through hard times,” Larracuente explains. Expressing there were times he struggled and didn’t know how he was going to pay rent, he always figured it out in the end. “I would not change anything because it’s given me the passion and the drive that I need to keep on waking up and facing every day,” says Larracuente.
“I was ridiculed, in a way, by my friends about being a part of the thespian side; [it was] just frowned upon for some reason.” —BRANDON LARRACUENTE
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“I would not change anything because it’s given me the passion and the drive that I need to keep on waking up and facing every day.” —BRANDON LARRACUENTE
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Dreaming Big •While Larracuente had dreams of being a professional baseball player in high school, he realized he couldn’t deny his passion for acting any longer.
Travel Bug •Larracuente’s favorite city is Barcelona. “We went to Spain two years ago, and I had a phenomenal time,” he says. “We rode bikes around the entire city. I love the culture, the food and the people.”
Co-Star Crushin’ •Larracuente gushes that he would love to work with Javier Bardem. “I think he is a phenomenal actor, and he’s so versatile. I feel like working with someone like that would challenge me as an actor.”
Fingers Crossed •Larracuente is very hopeful for a second season of “Party of Five.”
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“I think every character that I’ve had thus far, I’ve been fortunate enough to relate to them in some way, shape or form.” —BRANDON LARRACUENTE
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“After high school, I booked the show called ‘Bloodline,’ where I finally began to pursue my passions and my interests and my dreams without really caring about what others thought of me.” —BRANDON LARRACUENTE Now in his latest role, Larracuente plays eldest child Emilio Acosta in the new Freeform show, “Party of Five,” a reboot of the popular ‘90s drama. While there are some similarities to the original, this version shows the Acosta parents being deported to Mexico by ICE agents (in the original, the parents are killed in a car accident). This leaves 24-year-old Emilio Acosta with a heavy responsibility of having to step up and take care of his four younger siblings, rather than going off and pursuing his music career. The show exhibits an emotional, human perspective of political issues that the United States is facing today. “I’m Latin and grew up in a very Hispanic culture, so it helps to get that sense of who [the characters] are and the Hispanic community,” says Larracuente. “It helps build and add elements and layers to the character that maybe somebody who is not Latin may not have.” There’s something Larracuente can take away and learn from every role he’s portrayed. “I think every character that I’ve had thus far, I’ve been fortunate enough to relate to them in some way shape or form.” Larracuente wants to be remembered as somebody who does good and impactful work. “I’m really passionate about things that make people think and make people either leave a theater or go to bed at night thinking about things a bit differently than maybe prior to watching the show,” he says. And with that attitude and mindset, he has big dreams and hopes for the future generation of those in the film industry. “I hope for more inclusivity for all ethnicities and cultures. We’re on the right track, but there’s always room for improvement.” Larracuente expresses that the younger generation should continue to strive for big dreams no matter how big or small they may seem. “I think that we
need to continue to give confidence to the younger generation who is coming up now because they are the ones that are going to be ruling the world one day when we’re long gone,” he says. Aside from his growing fame and following of over 1 million fans on Instagram, Larracuente is just a normal 25-year-old going after his wildest dreams. When he has a break from filming, you can find him reading a book, drinking tea in the morning, hiking with his pup or laying on his couch watching “This Is Us.” He also recently proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Jazmin, in Yosemite National Park. “It was a very intimate moment; it was at the end of filming. I had been filming for about three or four months, and we took a little trip to Yosemite, and it was just us. It was us in a cabin, and it couldn’t have been more perfect,” says Larracuente. The two are a force to be reckoned with, as they support one another’s aspirations of acting, producing and writing while living together in North Hollywood. Brandon and Jazmin recently hired a writer for the original they are currently developing. They are also striving to adapt a New York Times best-seller. Solidifying the love and support for one another, she encourages Larracuente the morning of the cover shoot, bringing a light of positivity and smiles to the set (and stealing a few kisses in between looks). In five years, Larracuente hopes to have had his first directorial debut, whether that’s a short film or an episodic. And in 10 years? “I hope to be comfortable. I hope to have a family. I hope to be in a position where I can choose projects that fit what I need as a human being but also what my family needs.” With what he’s accomplished in just these past few years, there’s no doubt that these goals will be met—and exceeded. Brandon Larracuente is just getting started.
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Look Good, Feel Good— This Is the Only Orange County Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need
IN THE NAME
> There’s something so exhilarating about embarking on a shopping spree. Whether you’re “just browsing” or on a mission to find the perfect gift or gadget, there is an abundance of creatives, collectors and stylists that are eager to make your outing an amazing adventure. But before you whip out your credit card and head to the nearest shopping mall, thumb through our A-Z Shoppe Guide, featuring everything from the best of beauty and custom ceramics to spring swimwear and today’s top tech.
There’s Nothing Like Handmade
• Woodworker • Woodworking for: 1.5 Years
Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger
“I love the design process. Placing and replacing different designs until I’m happy with the final pattern takes hours and is so much fun. My absolute favorite part, though, is adding finish to the final product and seeing all of the grain come to life beneath the different finishes. My Patriarchy Portrait illustration and my Sunburst Mosaic are my favorites—I never tire of looking at them.”
“For us, making things provides a break from our hectic world. It’s an opportunity to unplug and truly enjoy the process— not just the end result. That’s what we’re really into; it’s not just going through the motions of making something, it’s experiencing each step of the process, both as an effort to improve your skills and to just zone out.”
Woodn’t You Like to Know
P.F. CANDLE CO. www.pfcandleco.com @pfcandleco
No Place Like the Present Santa Ana
Rachel Breuklander • Fiber Artist, Owner of The Lark’s Head • Fiber Artist for: 3 Years
“Creating an intricate wall hanging often starts at my sketchbook. Once I have a design, I spend hours or days just tying knots. Finally, I meticulously trim until each piece is complete. My favorite part is stepping back to see the piece right before the final trim. I love seeing how a sketch can evolve into something completely new as I progress.”
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THE LARK’S HEAD www.thelarksheadshop.com @thelarksheadshop
Sofia Enriquez • Artist • Artist for: 10 Years
“One of my favorite moments was displaying my summer MUCHO collection as a performance piece with several models that interacted with my large-scale art installation of six paisley sculptures at Coachella 2019. It’s surreal to see my work living outside of my studio, [not to mention] outside of my head. Seeing my work outside for people to experience is incredibly motivating.”
SOFIA ENRIQUEZ www.sofiaenriquez.com @sofiaenriquez
Photos - Ash + Iron: Kalah Bernando & Brandon Bernardo | The Lark’s Head: Chelsea Maras Photography & Rachel Breuklander | P.F. Candle Co.: Grant Puckett | Sofia Enriquez: Ed Zabel & Jane Chouteau
ASH + IRON www.ashandironco.com @ashandiron
• Co-owner and CEO; Co-owner and COO, P.F. Candle Co. • Candlemakers for: 13 and 7 Years
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN
Kelly Keane McCullough
“Seek inspiration, visualize, sketch ideas, convert sketches to designs, communicate designs to weavers, await the magic. [The best parts of designing are] experimenting with colorways and shapes, awaiting the final product and unveiling what a drawn design becomes as a woven piece of art. Creativity is the manifestation of my thoughts and vision into reality—it is my freedom.”
“I work a little backwards. I create an item first, and from that item I formulate a mood and story. Production... is almost always challenging and oftentimes painful but a necessary evil. It looks a lot like Band-Aids and broken nails—I’ve worked with my hands for years now, which basically means never having a decent manicure, but it comes with the territory.”
• Owner and Designer, Tribe + True • Curating Artisan Goods for: 5 Years
TRIBE + TRUE www.tribetrue.com @tribeandtrue
Trust the Process
• Designer and Owner, Respect the Chief • Designer for: 10 Years in Fashion, 4 Years in Jewelry
RESPECT THE CHIEF www.respectthechief.com @respectthechief
Tool and Nail San Diego
Photos - Tribe + True | Made Solid: Charlie Chipman | Respect the Chief: Laura Perkins | Cage & Lantern: Kambria Fischer
Hide and Seek
• Owner and Designer, Made Solid • Leatherworker for: 40 Years
“[I love] finding unexpected elements in the character of a hide and using those in our pieces. The life is in the use of my work— the patina, after years of love—so seeing anything that has transformed from light leather to a deep dark creates an instant connection for me. Everyone that uses Made Solid anything is a friend.”
MADE SOLID www.madesolidinla.com @madesolidinla
Sew It Goes
Teddy and Marissa Kovach
• Creators and Designers, Cage & Lantern • Artisans for: 7 Years
CAGE & LANTERN www.cageandlantern.com @cageandlantern
“It’s fun to start with a product idea and piece it all together. I personally love making our baby shoes, which were one of the first products I designed, and because all of my children have worn them. Teddy, on the other hand, is excellent with hand stitching, so he loves making wallets, briefcases and basically anything that requires hand stitching.”
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Liquid Eyeliner $9.99 HONEST BEAUTY www.honest.com
Agave+ Daytime Lip Balm $14
BITE BEAUTY www.bitebeauty.com
Dandelion Brightening Finishing Powder $30
BENEFIT COSMETICS benefitcosmetics.com
4 FENTY BEAUTY www.fentybeauty.com
5 Holographic Stick $20 MILK MAKEUP www.milkmakeup.com
ROWS, BLUSH & BALM
Boy Brow $16
Because We Don’t Always Wake up Like This WRITTEN BY: LIZ ROMERO • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER • HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
The “no-makeup makeup” trend is still in full force, and we have the iconic beauty products to create the look. One swipe of Glossier’s Boy Brow creates super full and feathery brows. Fake false lashes with Fenty’s Full Frontal Mascara that delivers with volume, and add a pop of pink to your cheeks with Benefit’s Dandelion Blush. These one-swipe products are meant for easy application and long-lasting wear for a fresh face of no-makeup makeup. 78 LOCALE MAGAZINE
7 Diamond Sharts Liquid Eyeshadow $9 KIMCHI CHIC BEAUTY www.kimchichicbeauty.com
Product Photos - KimChi: Natasha Nielsen | Glossier: Colin Voigt | Benefit Cosmetics | BITE Beauty | Milk Makeup | Honest Beauty | Fenty Beauty By Rihanna
Full Frontal Volume Lift & Curl Mascara $24
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Lumpy Vase $50
Sm Raw Planter $45
Feminine Flair Creative Creations
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COSTA MESA CERAMICS www.costamesaceramics.com
REX DESIGN CO. www.rexdesign.co
Glazed and Amused
Handmade and created with love, these local ceramic pieces are sure to brighten up your space. Drawing inspiration from everyday life, earth and adventures, these creations are made to serve a purpose in your home, at the office or even on the go.
Tall Muse Vase by Sara Winkle $70 PRELUDE & DAWN Los Angeles www.preludeanddawn.com
Itâ€™s the Little Things
WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI
Dip and Drip Mugs $32 SHOP ISIKO San Diego shopisiko.com
Marble Lidded Vessel I $70 ALYSSA M JULIAN www.alyssamjulian.com
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Taste of Minimalism
Palo Santo Burner $40
ONE BRIGHT MORNING www.onebrightmorning.com
Blue Ocean Black Sand Ceramic Cup $30
DUST CERAMICS Greater Palm Springs www.etsy.com/shop/dustceramics
Photos - Costa Mesa Ceramics: Jach McKeown | Rex Design Co.: Catherine Rex | Alyssa M Julian | Prelude & Dawn: Sara Winkle | Dust Ceramics: Artur Tarkowski | One Bright Morning: Colin Voigt | Shop Isiko
Painted Faces Travel Mugs $50
Then and Now: How to Take Your Tresses from Throwback to Trendy
CO-FRIENDLY This Footwear Brand Is Helping People Take a Step Towards Sustainability
FESTIVAL READY Find Your Perfect Outfit at These Shops in Lido Marina Village
Circa: 1950 Worn by: Elvis Presley Get the Look With: Matte Pomade
Circa: 1990 Worn by: Drew Barrymore Get the Look With: Texturizing Surfspray
Michelle St. Amour
Property Marketing Manager, DJM Capital
Now: Fade Circa: 2020 Worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo Get the Look With: Classic Pomade
Slicked-Back Ponytail Circa: 2020 Worn by: Zendaya Get the Look With: Light Pomade
1. “Alchemy Works Harbor House has an incredible selection of hats to keep you feeling (and looking) cool in the desert, as well as a revolving roster of brand residencies featuring the dreamiest swimwear, jewelry, dresses and sandals.” www.alchemyworks.us 2. “The stylists at TReSs Apothecary + Salon create the best looks—from beach waves to pretty braids—plus the salon carries the most amazing products to extend the life of your style!” www.tressapothecaryandsalon.com
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FREEWATERS INC. 924 Calle Negocio, Ste E San Clemente, CA 92673 949.326.4135 www.freewaters.com WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ADAM GENTRY 82 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Eli Marmar and Martin Kim, co-founders of Freewaters, have designed eco-friendly footwear for all seasons—sandals, shoes, boots and house slippers included. “Sandals continue to be our biggest category, and we offer everything from classic leather styles to adventure sandals and slides,” says Marmar. But footwear is not all they are planning and designing. Every pair sold from the day they started has helped support clean drinking water projects. “To date, we have completed 85 projects in Haiti, Kenya and the Philippines in partnership with our grassroots partners Framewrx, UntilThen and Primer Group,” says Marmar. Aside from their clean water projects, Freewaters also makes sure their products are sustainable and eco-
friendly. “From our beginning, we have insisted on water-based glues and PVC-free rubber,” says Marmar. They also introduced responsibly sourced leather, as leather tanning has generally been a very water- and chemical-intensive process. “We partnered with an award-winning tannery where 100% of the water used is naturally purified by on-site wetlands,” Marmar says. The duo describe their footwear as being for “global citizens,” meaning people who want to explore new places and connect with different people and cultures. “Being a global citizen is different than being a tourist,” explains Marmar. “It’s about being authentically interested in and aware of how other people live and wanting to be a part of the solution to the struggles they may be facing.”
3. “Cos Bar carries all of your desert beauty and skincare essentials, including the ultimate selection of products to protect your skin, hair and face!” www.cosbar.com 4. “elysewalker knows festival fashion, from Gucci to Golden Goose, to MadeWorn to Monse. Don’t forget to accessorize…a stop by the Vault at elysewalker is a must!” www.elysewalker.com 5. “Planet Blue is the perfect place to get festival-ready with their super cute selection of dresses, tanks, skirts, tees, shorts and swimwear.” www.shopplanetblue.com 6. “Comfort is key! Velvet has so many comfy, flowy options that look and feel great.” www.velvet-tees.com
LIDO MARINA VILLAGE 3434 Via Lido Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.lidomarinavillage.com
D Written By: Jordan Nishkian | Photography Provided By: BYRD Hairdo Products F Written By: Jordan Nishkian | Photography Provided By: Spencer Sheehan
> Prepping for a festival isn’t a task— it’s an art form. Luckily, Lido Marina Village has all the shops and services you could ever need to get ready. “Plus, you can really make a day of it at Lido,” Property Marketing Manager Michelle St. Amour adds. “Grab your friends, enjoy shopping at our unique collection of stores and have a bite to eat on the waterfront.”
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ADGETS + GIZMOS These Toys Are Every Techie’s Dream
> Technology is everywhere. It’s a part of our morning routines, our daily commutes, our workdays and our days off. It’s a part of how we cook, how we clean and how we keep ourselves entertained. Let’s face it, to deny technology would be to deny yourself of a lot of today’s conveniences—but for some, the tech world has lost its luster. Don’t worry though; these eight products may sound like they’re just for kicks and gigabytes, but we think your love for gadgets and gizmos is about to feel fully charged.
Stagg EKG Electric Kettle $149
For the home chef with a 9-5 who’s tired of the slow cooker:
Joule Sous Vide $210
For the memorymaker whose phone storage is packed with photos:
The Polaroid Lab $129.99
2400 Lux Video Projector $69.99
For the good listener who has a playlist for every occasion:
For the on-the-go professional who can make any place a workspace:
For that person who’s always losing their keys (you know who you are):
BK03 Bluetooth Portable Keyboard $36.99
AirPods Wireless Charging Case $11.99
XY Find It $39.99
For that smiley someone who’s always keepin’ it fresh:
Electric Toothbrush - $40
1. FELLOW PRODUCTS www.fellowproducts.com 2. TONTION www.amazon.com 3. XY FIND IT www.xyfindit.com 4. QUIP www.getquip.com 5 POLAROID www.polaroid.com 6. BREVILLE www.breville.com 7. ICLEVER www.iclever.com 8. ELAGO www.elago.com WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN 84 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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For the cinephile who always wants their favorite flicks onhand:
“Let’s face it, to deny technology would be to deny yourself of a lot of today’s conveniences…”
For the barista who’s more DIY than goand-buy:
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Bird + Belle Curates a Collection of Coastal California Interior Finds
Bare Naked Botanicals’ Products Include Only Pure, Natural Ingredients
WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: ERIN NEALLY
WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO PHOTOS BY: ELAINA HITCHCOCK & REILLY HEINE
BIRD + BELLE www.birdbelleshop.com
> Bird + Belle in Newport Beach, is a home decor studio with vintage finds to give homes a little character. Discovering many pieces through traveling, Founder and Designer Erin Neally says these unique finds are for “those who have visited Orange County and want to bottle up what they experienced here in some way and take it home with them”.
> “All-natural,” “sulfate-free,” “paragon-free”—what do these terms actually mean? Bare Naked Botanicals’ founder and chief skin food creator, Kimberly Peterson, gives us the rundown on the holistic nature of her products.
> Improving health by enhancing what nature has to offer, Peterson says, “It was important to maintain the principles of organic ingredients, safe preservatives and toxin-free ingredients in my range of products.”
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
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> Handmade in small batches, you’ll find toxinfree, plant-based and vegan products, meaning they don’t contain animal bi-products, “which I feel is better for the environment and our health,” explains Peterson.
> Bare Naked Botanicals sells an array of body and face products starting as low as $14; they also now offer CBD toniques, creams and serums, ranging from $34-$138.
> Aside from the products being created with love and passion and working exceptionally well, shopping for plant-based items is healthier for consumers and has a “vastly positive impact on the health of our planet,” Peterson explains.
> Neally says, “Designs are heavily inspired by the casual, coastal CA lifestyle, incorporating a mix of found and new. Many of the textiles used have been unearthed during our travels and given renewed purpose.”
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
> “Shoppers will find a mix of patterns and textures in our constantly rotating pillow line,” says Neally. “While we love older pieces from around the globe, we’ve rounded out our decor with on-trend, purposeful bedding and accent pieces that will compliment a variety of styles.”
> “We want to ensure our prices keep us authentic and accessible while preserving quality,” Neally explains. Vintage pillow designs range from $65 to $129, whereas ready to hang, framed textile art pieces range anywhere from $75 to $200.
> “We love custom work and our local clients! Nothing makes us happier than a ‘pillow pull’ curated [that’s] based on a photo brought in. Our storefront location keeps us tied to our neighborhood and grounded within the local culture,” explains Neally.
Time Is Ticking, so Invest in One of These Luxury Timepieces
> Tourneau, the largest luxury watch retailer in the US, carries a selection of nearly 40 brands. Of those, the Carl F. Bucherer is a testament to the old adage—why fix what isn’t broken?
> With 130 years of master craftsmanship, Carl F. Bucherer’s timepieces are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and the quality, originality and mechanical innovation will ensure its enduring legacy. Self-confidence, luxury and incredible quality are the hallmarks of Carl F. Bucherer’s timepieces.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
TOURNEAU SOUTH COAST PLAZA 3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.850.0222 www.tourneau.com WRITTEN BY: KELLEY HUSKEY PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: CARL F. BUCHERER
> Utilizing 100 components, selections offered include a tourbillon and materials of alligator leather, python, calf and lizard skin, not to mention sapphire crystals and diamonds.
> This luxury line of fine crafted masterpieces features five collections that start at a very reasonable $1,500 and continue upwards to $80,000.
> With its artistic eye and technical skills, the brand’s passion and mastery are unmistakable. Authorized Carl F. Bucherer retailer Tourneau has three locations in California, including Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. They offer first-class customer service and expert repairs.
KIDDOS These 5 Pieces From Cleobella’s Littles Collection Will Have Her Playing Dress Up for Days
Founder & Creative Director, Cleobella
> Cleobella is a globally inspired brand that features ethically handmade pieces—each design is a timeless work of art. “We work with global artisans to design one-of-a-kind styles that tell a story and empower its wearer to discover her inner beauty,” says Angela O’Brien, founder and creative director of Cleobella. From darling day dresses to cozy sets for your little one, Cleobella is as precious and authentic as it gets. Here are five of O’Brien’s favorite pieces from her Cleobella collection! 1. The Lillie Dress is my daughter Indigo’s all-time favorite dress. She wants to wear it almost every day! It’s stretchy, comfortable and so easy to throw on. 2. Match your mini in her Rose Dress by getting the adult Micah Dress for yourself. Matching with mom always puts a smile on your daughter’s face.
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This Local Laguna Shop Has a Hart for Feminine Fashion
3250 E Coast Hwy Corona del Mar, CA 92625 949.644.6026 www.lagunasupply.com
Nestled in the idyllic waterfront town of lovely Laguna Beach is a quaint boutique that illustrates the perfect combination of relaxed beach vibes concentrated with grandiose elegance, both in appearance and products.
4. The Riley Harem Pant is perfect for all the little boho boys and girls. With the loose fit and breathable fabric, these adorable pants are perfect for travel and trips to the beach.
Laguna Supply—a name born from the clever idea to keep prudent partners off the trail of accumulating credit card statements from a “supply” shop—is the haven of fashion-forward apparel, complementary accessories and all sorts of cute knick knacks.
5. This little cotton dress features beautiful embroidery and sweet details. It’s easy to dress up with some sandals or to keep it casual with a sun hat. The Bonita Dress is perfect for family photos!
“We sell clothing, accessories and jewelry that are sourced from brands that range from tried-and-true to upand-coming,” explains Laura Hart, retail owner and LS pioneer.
CLEOBELLA 16792 14th St, Sunset Beach, CA 90742 714.373.4400 | shop.cleobella.com @cleobella
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LAGUNA SUPPLY 210 Beach St Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.497.8850
3. The Ikat Bonnie Dress features beautiful handmade details and comes in multiple colors. This easy-fitting dress is great because it can transform into a top as your little one out-grows the dress.
WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: CANDACE ROCK
Owner, Laguna Supply
Since opening their bright yellow doors in 2008, Laguna Supply has been keeping locals and traveling wayfarers chic for over a decade. “My
business partner at the time and I wanted to own a business in the city that we lived in,” states Hart, also a Laguna Beach resident. With a successful following, carrying brands from Isabel Marant Etoile to Citizens of Humanity, Hart eventually made the decision to open another shop in Corona del Mar—a decision that was thoughtfully inspired to bring her fabulous fashions closer to her other beach city neighbors. “CDM came about because we knew a lot of people that lived in the Newport Beach area,” says Hart. To add to its unique charm, Hart works on-site, as she enjoys interacting with all of her clientele. “I love working with customers,” she buoyantly states. A store built in the community for the community, it can certainly be said that Laguna Supply is a must-stop shop with a lot of “Hart.” WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: ED PULLELA
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Donny Snapback - $30 > “If the comical depiction of a Yeti wearing hiking clothes, holding medicinal MJ and the word ‘Trailblazing’ isn’t unique enough, the hat is made with a biodegradable organic hemp material.” SEAGER CO. www.seagerco.com
Product Photography Provied By: Seager Co.
Longhorn Cowboy Hat - $180 > “A staple part of our brand is the classic cowboy hat and the Longhorn keeps the tradition going strong. Because of its suave black style, we wear it when we want to dress formally, but can also wear it when riding out on the ranch.”
‘Last Star Dance’ Tee Storm - $30 > “This tee not only looks great, but it also gets people in the best of moods.” ‘Buckaroo’ Western Snap - $75 > “This Snap shirt is the perfect blend of traditional Western and simplified surf style.” (not pictured) Seager Cowboy Coffee - $20 > “We love coffee, so we hand-picked this unique blend with organic beans and roasted it locally with our friends at Hidden House Coffee.” LaMour Cowboy Hat - $140 > “This hat is a part of our newly released cowboy hat collection that we are very excited to launch! It pairs well with a beach day or day out on the mountain trails.”
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Elliott Shaw Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Co-Founder & CMO
Y STYLE No One Does Rough and Ready Like Seager Co. Founded in 2015 by friends Case Anderson, Elliot Shaw and Mattson Smith, Seager Co. has a style that ropes together rugged ‘western grit’ and coastal California cool. From its high-quality craftsmanship to its focus on environmentally-friendly practices, Seager Co. is proving that the West Coast surely is the best coast.
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‘Big Blue’ Cord Snapback - $30 > “Everyone should have some faded blue corduroy in their hat quiver—Big Blue is an instant classic.” WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN
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EW YOU Steam, Scrub and Soak Your Worries Away
MUST-TRY TREATMENTS Ocean Prelude THE SPA AT TERRANEA Rancho Palos Verde www.terranea.com
Caviar Lifting and Firming Facial
LA PRAIRIE SPA AT WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS Beverly Hills www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com
Himalayan Salt Stone
WELL SPA AT MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA Indian Wells www.miramonteresort.com
WHISPERS SPA AT LA SERENA VILLAS Palm Springs www.laserenavillas.com
California Citrus Scrub THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com
If you’ve considered getting a Brazilian Blowout, a Brazilian wax or a Brazilian manicure, this Newport Beach salon should be your next stop. Brazilian bombshell Andrea Orsi is a third-generation hairstylist who started doing hair as a 14-year-old in one of the four salons her mother owned in Brazil. Less than a year ago, she opened Andrea Orsi Beauty Lounge in Newport Beach where she employs a staff of hairstylists, manicurists and estheticians, all of whom carry Brazilian roots. “We offer everything for hair,” says Orsi. “We do facials, skin treatments and body treatments. We also do massages.” The most popular treatment at Orsi’s salon—and her personal favorite—is the Kerastase Fusio Dose booster, which she says transforms hair completely. 92 LOCALE MAGAZINE
She carries her own organic hair line, aptly named Andrea Orsi. “It’s fabricated in California, so it’s for our weather and type of water,” Orsi explains. “It works really well for those of us who live here.” Another product Orsi sells and swears by is the Jan Marini Skin Care Management System, which was named NewBeauty Magazine’s best anti-aging system for nine-straight years. “We want to make sure that if we’re going to bring in something, it’s been proven to be good.” Orsi says, “For us, it’s truly important that you love what we do. We want to make sure that when you’re paying that you’re going to reschedule because you truly had a great and fun experience. What’s more fun than getting good service for a good price?” WRITTEN BY: KELLEY HUSKEY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ARI MOSHAYEDI
THE SPA AT LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA Dana Point www.marriott.com
THE CENTER FOR WELLBEING AT FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR Del Mar www.fairmont.com/san-diego
Fire & Ice Signature Body Wrap
ANDREA ORSI BEAUTY LOUNGE 2817 Villa Way Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.432.5568 www.andreaorsibeautylounge.com
WILLOWS HOTEL & SPA AT VIEJAS AT VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT Alpine www.viejas.com/willows-hotel-spaat-viejas
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MG > There’s cool. And then there’s really cool. And while money doesn’t grow on trees, if it did, we would absolutely spend it on these ridiculously expensive items. From limited edition champagne to magnetic levitation turntables, these products steal the spotlight in the dual categories of outrageous and sensational.
2 Darth Vader 14k Gold Star Wars Cufflinks $4,200 Chanel Ligne Basketball $995
Banana Lamp Phooey $330
Magnetic Levitation Turntable $3,599-$3,899
6 Dolce Gabbana x SMEG Sicily I My Love Toaster $650
The Sweet Life, Yellow/Orange Popsicle $899
LOUIS XIII Black Pearl AHD $13,000
1. CHANEL www.therealreal.com 2. CUFFLINKS.INC www.neimanmarcus.com 3. ZENSE HOME www.zensehomecollection.com 4. LOVE & AESTHETICS www.loveandaesthetics.com 5. TOUCH OF MODERN www.touchofmodern.com 6. SMEG X DOLCE & GABBANA www.neimanmarcus.com 7. ELENA BULATOVA FINE ART www.elenabulatovafineart.com 8. LOUIS XIII COGNAC www.louisxiii-cognac.com WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER 94 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Photos - Vase: Zense Home | Popsicle: Elena Bulatova | Banana Lamp: Seletti | Magnetic Levitation Turntable: Touch of Modern | Chanel Basketball: The RealReal | Bottle: LOUIS XIII COGNAC | Star Wars Cufflinks: Neiman Marcus | D&G Toaster: Dolce & Gabbana
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RINTS + PAPER Salt Paper Co. Brings Stories to Life Through Beautiful, Functional Design
All of Salt Paper Co.’s projects and creations start with some sort of inspiration. “Whether it’s from nature, a photograph, a word or an interaction, they all need to be inspired,” says Kim. “Fun fact: all of our collection names are infused with Spanish or Latin words—a nod to my Argentinian upbringing.” A shopper’s experience at Salt Paper Co. is personal and involved. “I think something that makes Salt Paper Co. unique is the approach we take in our design and process. First and foremost, we want our client’s experiences to be filled with love and kindness. We want our clients to know we care for them and their vision, and that they are being taken care of,” says Kim. “We do our best to be mindful of the products we use, and our hope is that our products will inspire, delight and be useful to those who interact with them.” 96 LOCALE MAGAZINE
SALT PAPER CO. www.saltpaperco.com @saltpaperco WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BEATRICE LUNA DE MARE
Photographer @lunademarephoto | Event Design & Coordination @chloeandmint | Florals @lovesomeblossoms | Linen @latavolalinen | Styling Surface @locustcollection
> When it comes to elegant stationary, Orange County’s Salt Paper Co. offers an unparalleled experience. They offer creative stationery designs and services for weddings, personal use and brands, ranging from invitations to greeting cards, banners, posters and more; Salt Paper Co. is here to tell your story through minimalistic, clean design. “Our mission is to create high-quality, beautiful and functional goods for special occasions as well as daily life,” says Jesica Gloria Kim, owner of Salt Paper Co.
UARTZ Our Love for This Trendy Stone Is Crystal-Clear > From lighting fixtures to kitchen essentials, this crystalline mineral has found its way into our homes and hearts. Quartz is believed to have a calming and soothing energy that helps promote peaceful sleep, healing and harmony! Here are four products that will get you started on how to incorporate the benefits of this trendy crystal into your everyday life. WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER
Comfort Is Key at Newport Beach Boutique Jenni Kayne
Photos - Q Massage Wand: Colin Voigt | Quartz Rough Lamp: Rock Paradise | Salt & Pepper Shakers: KelsiKitchen | Quartz Serving Board: BHF Home | R Alex Abercrombie
MISSION > Jenni Kayne’s wardrobe and home decor’s modern and sophisticated essentials feature timeless and rich California-inspired minimalist designs with inviting neutrals that are simple and elegant.
Quartz Salt & Pepper Shakers $148
GATHERED HOME www.gatheredhome.com
Quartz Serving Board $64.99 BHF HOME www.bhfhome.com
Quartz Rough Lamp $58 ROCK PARADISE www.rockparadise.com
> There’s nothing more comforting than unwinding after a long day and slipping into your coziest loungewear. Newport Beach boutique Jenni Kayne offers a cozy collection of buttery-soft silk pajamas and ridiculously comfortable shearling Moroccan slippers.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND > From basic tees to shearling coats and cashmere hoodies, Jenni Kayne nails modern sophistication. You can also expect that quality in delicate linens, candles, alpaca throws and solid oak furniture. PRICE POINT > Clothing items range from $65 (for the iconic Cotton Basic Tee) to $1,195 (for the lamb Shearling Coat). Home decor items run from $9-$1,995. WHY > Located in Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village, Jenni Kayne’s refined coastal influence inspires a relaxing, laid-back vibe synonymous with Southern California style, delivering quality, comfort and simple elegance. JENNI KAYNE 3450 Via Oporto, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.945.2608 | www.jennikayne.com
Massage Wand $14-$28 THE CHAKRA SHACK www.thechakrashack.com
WRITTEN BY: KELLEY HUSKEY
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Dress It up or Dress It Down—Here’s 4 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket
> Create four looks using the same denim jacket for each look? Challenge accepted! The iconic denim jacket can be dressed up or down for four stylish looks—from running errands, enjoying bottomless mimosas with the crew, celebrating a casual Friday or dolling up for date night.
LUXE BY IVY Shopluxebyivy.com
APIECE APART, ALCHEMY WORKS www.alchemyworks.us
LEVI’S, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
LEVI’S, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
AMUSE SOCIETY, STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com
SAM EDELMAN www.samedelman.com
PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
> Create an effortlessly casual look to run your errands in. Dress it down with an on-trend sweatsuit, sneakers, a messy bun and top it off with your go-to denim jacket.
> Feel like your best self in black denim, heels and a fits-in-all-theright-places bustier, topped with your denim jacket for the ultimate date-night fit. Now, the only thing missing is your arm candy!
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WRITTEN BY: LIZ ROMERO
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER
STYLED BY: JANELLE ARREOLA
HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM
MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
“When in doubt, wear denim.”
LACK OF COLOR, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
FAITHFULL THE BRAND, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
TRÈS BIEN, STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com
LEVI’S PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com
LEVI’S PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
BLONDE CLOTHING blondeclothingboutique. com/store
PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com
> Celebrate Sunday Funday with endless mimosas, your crew and the cutest brunch look. Start with a chic but comfy sundress, sandals, the shadiest hat you can find and hang your denim jacket over your shoulders (or tie it around your waist) for the ultimate ready-to-brunch look.
> Finally! It’s Friday! Show up to the office with the casual Friday look in your vintage band tee, comfy wide-leg pants, sneakers and your vintage denim jacket.
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HROWIN’ SHADE Chrome Hearts Has Frames for Days
> Chrome Hearts sunglasses have graced more than their fair share of famous faces—and there’s no wonder why! From the brand’s effortlessly cool edge and attention to detail to its wide array of shapes and styles, see why so many trend-setters have an eye on Chrome Hearts’ Spring-Summer 2020 line.
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NDERWATER Dive Into Summer With These Fresh and Fun Suits
310 Board Shorts $79.95
BIRDWELL BEACH BRITCHES www.birdwell.com
The Reversible Deep Jungle Top & Bottom $77 & $73
Sydney One Piece $148
INDIGO SWIMWEAR www.indigoswim.com
BEACH RIOT www.beachriot.com
Bedette Bodysuit $198
VITAMIN A www.vitaminaswim.com
Pointelle Rib Cha Cha One Piece Swimsuit $187 LSPACE www.lspace.com
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Trestles Boardshort $65
SAN ONOFRE SURF COMPANY www.sanonofresurfco.com
Radical Roots 18.5â€? Boardshort $59.95 VISSLA www.vissla.com
The Reversible Traveler Swimsuit $149 INDIGO SWIMWEAR www.indigoswim.com
Photos - Beach Riot, San Onofre Surf Company, Rhythm. & Vissla: Colin Voigt | L Space | Vitamin A | Birdwell Beach Britches | Indigo Swimwear
Cuba Stripe Beach Short Vintage Gold $62
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ALMONT This Luxurious Line Will Give Your Skin the VIP Treatment
Valmont Eye C-Gel $110
Valmont Moisturizing Serumulsion $165
Valmont Prime Renewing Pack $230
Valmont Clarifying Pack $230
WAVE PLASTIC SURGERY 2700 Alton Pkwy, Ste 231 Irvine, CA 92606 949.899.6380 www.waveplasticsurgery.com PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN
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1. The Medium Suitcase $275
7. KARDO Collared Shirt $140
HERE YA OFF TO?
2. Adirondack Blanket $128 FAHERTY www.fahertybrand.com
3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 $399.95
8. Collapsible Water Bottle $24.95 QUE BOTTLE www.quebottle.com
9. Est. 1960 Cap $35
10. Dodson - Sunglasses $140
Enjoy the Ride With These Top-Notch Travel Essentials
WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: COLIN VOIGT
4. Carry-On Cocktail Kit $24
5. The Manhattan Soap In a Tin $12
THE SCOTTISH FINE SOAPS COMPANY seedpeoplesmarket.com
6. Passport Sleeve $99
> There’s nothing more exciting than packing your bags for a much-needed getaway—until you board that crowded, noisy plane. Take your travel game up a notch with top-of-the-line products that will make your ride in the sky that much easier. From luxury noise-cancelling headphones to a nifty carry-on cocktail kit for mile-high sippin’, these travel essentials are a must when it comes to planning your next vacation. 106 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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TechSweat Crop $45
> Empowered, strong and confident—this is how you’ll feel while working out in an outfit that’s functional and fitting. Power through your sweat wearing brands that know you’re going to push yourself and conquer your next workout class. Trust us, you’ll even look forward to your next sweat sesh!
WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER AND COLIN VOIGT STYLED BY: JANELLE ARREOLA HAIR & MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
4 FINCH Shoes $280 BLONDE blondeclothingboutique.com
City Zen Duffle $198
Tribeca Blue Strap $18
ALO YOGA www.aloyoga.com
5 Electra Long & Lean Legging $128 KIRAGRACE www.kiragrace.com
YOGA DESIGN LAB yogadesignlab.com
6 Combo Mat Geo Night $78
YOGA DESIGN LAB yogadesignlab.com
Think ROYLN $358
Haze Favorite Tee $70
AvoMuse Boxy Tee $65
Think ROYLN $358
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RANCHO RELAXO www.ranchorelaxoca.com
Retail Specialist and Assistant Buyer, Ra Yoga
For a true yogi, your practice is more than a workout—it’s a holistic experience. “Yoga...is able to resonate with people from all walks of life,” explains Ra Yoga’s Retail Specialist and Assistant Buyer, Juliet Pham. “The journey of your yoga practice is parallel to your life journey.” And just like any other journey, you’re going to need the right gear. Here are Pham’s top picks for her practice. Namaste! 1. “I love my Jade Elite mat because of its eco-friendly nature. It’s biodegradable, made from natural tree rubber and for every mat sold, Jade will plant a tree. Plus, it’s an open-cell mat, essentially creating traction for a comfortable practice without slippage.” www.jadeyoga.com 2. “Nomadix towels are great to help soak up sweat, create an additional layer of protection for your mat and can add traction for those extra sweaty yoga classes!” www.nomadix.co 3. “My Hydro Flask is a must-have for yoga and daily life! It keeps your water cold, and for hotter classes, I fill mine up with ice so it stays even colder.” www.hydroflask.com 4. “I cannot live without my Beyond Yoga Spacedye Leggings. Not only is the texture buttery soft, but I can rock them all day—in and out of the studio!” www.beyondyoga.com 5. “The Girlfriend Collective Topanga Bra is the perfect combination of stylish chic and practicality for your yoga practice!” www.girlfriend.com
RA YOGA Costa Mesa | Irvine Long Beach | Newport Beach www.rayoga.com @rayogastudios
Y Written By: Jordan Nishkian | Photographed By: Robert Davis
RANCHO RELAXO www.ranchorelaxoca.com
OUTDOOR VOICES www.outdoorvoices.com
Break a Sweat in Style and Comfort
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Dream Dust Sachet Box $35
Lights Out, It’s Time for Bed > Ah, the best time of the day. Take off those stiff workday clothes and jump into something comfy and cozy. Dim your lights, pour a cup of tea and forget all the worries of the day. It’s what you’ve been waiting for since you woke up—that’s right—it’s bedtime. WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER
MOON JUICE www.cosbar.com
4 Washable Silk Pillowcase $74 LUNYA www.lunya.co
Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray $46
THIS WORKS www.cosbar.com
9 Men’s Fleece Robe $59.95
LANDS’ END www.landsend.com
Nautico The Woven Cami $64
Nautico The Woven Short $60
Aldon Two-Tone Luxe Fleece Pullover $139
VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER www.velvet-tees.com
Nautico The Woven Pant $84
10 Atlas Charcoal Luxe Fleece Drawstring Short $125
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VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER www.velvet-tees.com
foodie April 2020 /// sips. slurps. sushi.
Rancho Santa Fe
PHOTO BY: Kambria Fischer • HENDRICK’S GIN www.hendricksgin.com | @hendricksgin
In Full Bloom You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party
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OC FRESCA OFFERS A FRESH TAKE ON SOUTH-OF-THE-BORDER FARE
This past October, the quaint beach town of San Clemente welcomed OC Fresca, a fresh-faced coastal restaurant serving Latin-inspired bites and boozy agua fresca cocktails. Situated across from the Ole Hanson Beach Club, OC Fresca established itself in a quirky historic building just steps from the water. “Think back to the ’70s, when people would go on surfing trips to Mexico and South America and come back and try to replicate the cuisine,” explains OC Fresca General Manager Pedro Robles. With a menu chock-full of unique south-of-theborder snacks and shareables to go with a wide range of cold-pressed frescas, this new addition to the SoCal foodie scene is here to stay––and make waves.
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FOOD • From frescas and tacos to shareables like the queso fundido and shrimp ceviche, OC Fresca goes beyond the traditional.
While Mexican restaurants are a dime a dozen in Southern California, OC Fresca brings a mixed-culture approach to the fare they serve. From best-sellers like the achiote shrimp and crispy buffalo cauliflower tacos to traditional Peruvian dishes like the lomo saltado, OC Fresca incorporates a variety of flavors from South American countries. “It’s a little bit of everything,” says Robles. “Our empanadas are made by one of our guys who’s from Colombia, but they also have a little Argentinian flavor with the chimichurri.” The freshness doesn’t stop with the food. OC Fresca’s signature cocktails are made with cold-pressed juices using real fruit. “Some restaurants say, ‘We have fresh juices,’ but they get it from the gallon,” explains Robles. Unlike other restaurants, OC Fresca has a glass-walled kitchen on site that’s dedicated solely to juicing. Guests have the opportunity to watch as fruits like mangoes, berries, watermelons and pomelos
DECOR • Pops of color, funky patterns and traditional Spanish architecture make the space feel authentic and hip.
GET GROOVIN’ • On select nights, OC Fresca hosts live-music nights on their back patio, featuring local artists and a sensational ocean view.
are pressed––a testament to the restaurant’s transparent authenticity. This same authenticity extends into the ambiance and decor of OC Fresca’s seaside location. “I’ve always been a sucker for Spanish architecture,” Robles admits. “My favorite part of our restaurant is the tiling. It reminds me of my abuelita’s house in Mexico.” In addition to the traditional Spanish accents and beachy wooden interior, the space incorporates funky patterns and bright pops of pink, orange, yellow and blue. Whether you’re looking to jumpstart your spring with some warm-weather sippin’ or want to try an eclectic mix of Latin eats, OC Fresca is the place to be!
• Everything on the menu is easily shareable! Tacos cost about $7, while main dishes range between $15 and $25.
VERDICT • OC Fresca brings a refreshing twist to traditional southof-the-border cuisine. Trade in your pre-mixed margarita for a cold-pressed agua fresca, and you may never look back!
OC FRESCA 1814 N El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672 949.503.2692 www.ocfresca.com
foodie /// profile
THE HAPPIEST PLATES ON EARTH Chef Parker Brings Crafted Burgers and Shakes to Downtown Disney
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Name: Stephen Parker Job Title: Corporate Executive Chef, Black Tap
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foodie /// profile
“We want our restaurants to feel familiar, comfortable, but cool. That trickles down to our menu too.” —Chef Stephen Parker
The expression that we “eat with our eyes” is certainly true in the case of Black Tap. You may know this cult eatery more from the photos you’ve seen on social media than by its name. Lucky for us, they’ve brought their culinary delights to SoCal, so we can taste it all for ourselves.
STILL ON TOP
• Chef Parker created the award-winning Greg Norman burger for Black Tap’s first location in Soho. Five years later (and with locations in 15 countries), it’s still on the menu and a fan favorite.
Black Tap got its start in the Soho district of New York City in 2015. After expanding across Manhattan, they’ve now made their way to the West Coast. Known for their award-winning burgers and colorful CrazyShake milkshakes, their newest outpost is embracing a California vibe.
SWEET AS CAN BE
• The Strawberry Shortcake CrazyShake was inspired by Chef Parker’s favorite dessert as a child and is sold exclusively at Black Tap’s Anaheim location.
• Chef Parker’s secret culinary talent? He has great French cooking techniques and loves preparing Vietnamese cuisine—two skills he picked up from his stepmom, who is a chef as well.
Corporate Executive Chef Stephen Parker is leading the team at their Anaheim location in Downtown Disney. We caught up with the chef to find out how Black Tap is crafting burgers, wings and beverages in its new SoCal spot while staying true to its NYC roots. Chef Parker was drawn to the restaurant industry at a young age. After receiving his Master’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, he spent 300 days in Switzerland, broadening his cooking repertoire. Upon his return to the Tri-state area, he started working for Chef Michael Fiore at his restaurant in New Jersey. In 2015, he had an opportunity to consult with the Black Tap family. One of the burgers he developed for their first Soho location is still on the menu today: The Greg Norman burger, named after one of golf’s greatest and most colorful players. “I loved developing this burger. It was the first great burger I found and loved. It’s all about the combination of Australian Wagyu beef, fresh arugula and a creamy house buttermilk with dill,” says Chef Parker. 118 LOCALE MAGAZINE
• When Chef Parker can step away from the kitchen, he loves to visit Disneyland for a ride on Guardians of The Galaxy—he’s a big Marvel fan.
“The style of our food and our cool downtown ambiance may get you through the door, but it’s the taste and deliciousness that will keep you coming back.”—Chef Stephen Parker
This burger is so good, it won The People’s Choice Award at the annual NYC Wine & Food Festival’s “Burger Bash” three years in a row. You can find it on the menu at all 16 locations (Zurich, Switzerland is opening soon).
Since joining Black Tap in his current role, Chef Parker has worked tirelessly to develop new and exciting items for the menu. “We are a modern American diner, or luncheonette. We want our restaurants to feel familiar, comfortable, but cool. That trickles down to our menu too.” Black Tap prides itself on providing delicious menu items that can meet a variety of dietary preferences. “We like to be a place for families and people of all ages. A spot where you can find something you enjoy eating, whether you’re five or 65,” says Chef Parker. And when it comes to Black Tap’s new Anaheim location, one word rings true: CrazyShake. Black Tap has perfected a ridiculously delicious milkshake loaded with candy and whipped cream to create decadent works of art.
In efforts to adapt to modern culture, Black Tap introduced a new vegan menu. Try The Vegan Burger, The Vegan Burger & Quinoa Bowl, and Chef’s favorite, The Vegan Nashville Hot sandwich. They’ve even added a vegan shake, after two years of testing for the best vegan ice cream, loaded with dairy-free whipped cream and frosting. “We really care about the quality of our ingredients,” shares Chef Parker. “The style of our food and our cool downtown ambiance may get you through the door, but it’s the taste and deliciousness that will keep you coming back. That’s why we take recipe development and testing very seriously,” explains Chef Parker. Black Tap continues to craft not only unique bites, but a reminiscent and authentic experience for all. So the next time those cravings hit, skip the drive-through and indulge in one of Black Tap’s award-winning burgers and Insta-worthy CrazyShakes!
foodie /// behind the brand
Have a Drink in Durban— No Passport Necessary THE DURBAN ROOM AT MOZAMBIQUE BRINGS SOUTH AFRICAN FARE AND CRAFTY COCKTAILS TO LAGUNA BEACH
DRUNKEN ELEPHANT • Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, Amarula, Frangelico, Chocolate 2
MANZINI • PineappleInfused Vodka, Fresh Serrano Pepper, Ginger Liqueur, Lime
IN GOOD FASHION • Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon, Demerara, Angostura Bitters
WRITTEN BY: ERICA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY: WILL HARE JR. Mozambique in Laguna Beach is known for great food and gorgeous ocean views from the rooftop, but did you know that it also contains a speakeasy? Slip into the private side entrance of The Durban Room and you will find the same delicious menu in a sexy, luxurious setting with fantastic cocktails and live music Friday and Saturday nights. According to Marketing Manager Samantha Wharton, “The Durban Room has its own vibe and personality. People can come and escape the crowds and enjoy a cool, calm space with great music on the weekends.”
The name and eclectic, beautiful decor both pay homage to owner Ivan Spiers’ birthplace of Durban, South Africa. The whole space takes you on a trip to the exotic beauty of South Africa’s seaside resorts. Many of the dishes served include South African sauce Peri Peri, made from bird’s eye pepper, discovered by Portuguese sailors centuries ago.
“The Durban Room has its own vibe and personality. People can come and escape the crowds and enjoy a cool, calm space with great music on the weekends.”
The Durban Room is one of the best places in Orange County to see live music in an intimate setting. Recently, the addition of an all-new sound system made things better than ever. There is a revolving lineup of great talent, featuring artists such as Dallas and Doll, Justin Abrams, Francois Dean and Roxanna Ward. During spring and summertime, the live music schedule will expand to include Sunday nights as well. According to Wharton, “The Durban Room is more like something you would find in New York.” With a rich, warm color palette, dark wood and soft lighting, the mood is inviting and sensual. This is definitely the kind of place that takes you back to a more romantic time. If you thought you knew all the best places in Laguna Beach, make room at the top of your list for The Durban Room.
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ozambique Ivan Spiers, Owner, M
SIP THE NIGHT AWAY
FULL OF FLAVOR
• Tucked beneath Mozambique Steakhouse, The Durban Room offers over 30 wines by the glass as well as craft cocktails and whiskeys.
• Popular dishes include seared ahi, Mixed Grill—a sampler of several house specialty dishes—and, of course, Peri Peri Prawns and Peri Peri Chicken Pops, which both feature Mozambique’s signature sauce.
M EALS DECONSTRUCTED
SLURPS UP RYU RAMEN IS SERVING BOWL AFTER BOWL OF RICH, FLAVORFUL TRADITION
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“We have an open kitchen which allows guests not only to see the food being prepared, but to feel the energy of the kitchen as they dine. And I also wanted my cooks to be able to see the joy they give people with the work they do.” —Chef Ryu Isobe
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foodie /// meals deconstructed
JAPANESE GARLIC PURÉE
MAYU (BLACK GARLIC OIL) RYU RAMEN
7 HOUSEMADE NOODLES
5 PICKLED GINGER
8 CHILI HAIRS 9
CREAMY TONKOTSU PORK BROTH
10 TOASTED SESAME SEEDS 11
15 GROUND SESAME SEEDS
14 PORK BELLY CHASHU
A Lil’ Extra Somethin’ •Ryu Ramen adds a special ingredient to their ramen—a black garlic oil, referred to as “Mayu,” which is a traditional Japanese ramen ingredient.
“The thinner the noodle, the more noodles in a bowl, creating more surface area for the broth to cling to, which is a large part of how our ramen is so flavorful.”
Inspiration Sparked •The idea of opening a ramen spot occurred to Chef Ryu in college, while attending USC. Fight on! Flavor Flav •The Ohh Mami ramen gets a special garlic imported from Japan, which has the maximum garlic flavor aroma without having the astringent bite of raw garlic.
—Chef Ryu Isobe
Chef Ryu Isobe Owner, Ryu Ramen
If you’ve ever had ramen before, it’s probably safe to say that you’re a fan. A bold statement, I know, but if you’ve experienced ramen in its most authentic form, then you understand just how alluring the experience can—no—should be. From the stacked layers of aromas that gracefully stimulate the senses to the light cascade of steamy broth touching your tongue and finally, that delightful feeling of the long, gooey noodles making its way from palate to belly. Yes, ramen done right is an experience, indeed, and it’s the type of experience you can expect from Fountain Valley’s Ryu Ramen.
Upon entering Orange County’s latest ramen establishment, you cannot help but become pleasantly enthralled by the wonderful display of Ryu team members cranking out piles of freshly prepped noodles, stationed in what is known as the “Noodle Room.” Owner, creator and Chef Ryu Isobe explains, “We have an open kitchen which allows guests not only to see the food being prepared but to feel the energy of the kitchen as they dine. And I also wanted my cooks to be able to see the joy they give people with the work they do.” Similar to how precious works of art are showcased in museums, the noodles are openly on display for guests to observe, as the noodle preparation is an art form in itself. “We are dedicated to being a from-scratch kitchen. We make a claim of serving authentically prepared ramen, and a huge part of this is making our own noodles,” explains Chef Ryu. Because Ryu prepares its noodles in-house, there is an element of control in everything—down to the flour, water PH levels and even the thickness of the noodles. “You will notice that the noodles here at Ryu Ramen are thinner than most other ramen restaurants, and that is on purpose. The thinner the noodle, the more noodles in a bowl, creating more surface area for the broth to cling to, which is a large part of how our ramen is so flavorful.” With a colorful list of masterful creations to choose from, Ryu Ramen has something for everyone to enjoy, but the Ooh Mami Ramen is an absolute must-try. “The Ooh Mami Ramen is our most flavor-forward ramen,” says Chef Ryu. Prepared with ingredients that are made with the time-
honored tradition of the Japanese ramen masters of the past, Chef Ryu decided to incorporate enticing elements that would take ramen to the next level. As the broth is the soul of the bowl, the flavors are united with tastes and textures that are made from a rich and creamy Tonkotsu pork broth, consisting of a special garlic and tangy Gochujang miso paste, all entrenching the delicate noodles, juicy ground beef, kikurage mushrooms, toasted sesame and chopped scallions (you can also choose from rich pork belly chashu, tender chicken breast or organic tofu). This festival of flavors is topped with the secret ingredient that is often found in authentic Japanese ramen: “Mayu.” Ryu’s is made in-house by using the traditional method of slowly cooking garlic in oil on low heat for an extended amount of time. This creates sweetness while also adding a charred element to the oil. When asked for the inspiration behind opening a restaurant, Chef Ryu responded, “I just took my commitment to quality, authenticity and innovation and applied it to ramen… I wanted to share that with the world.” He concludes: “Ryu Ramen is the accumulation of all my lessons learned from mistakes I’ve made, new ideas and quality standards I have developed that for one reason or another was not able to implement at other restaurants I have been a part of. Ryu Ramen is truly my heart’s work and what I hope my legacy to the world will be.” That is, in fact, ramen reimagined. LOCALE MAGAZINE 125
foodie /// 2 things we love
Sushi Me Rollin’ STARFISH IS SERVING UP THE BEST OF THE LAND AND SEA WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Dive right into their house ponzu sauce that substitutes the typical soy sauce pairing with the sushi rolls. “We dare to be different!” exclaims Day.
LO B ST E R M ACA DA M I A ROLL
• The Lobster Macadamia Roll is a unique expression of various influences that blend together perfectly. The harmony found among the housecooked lobster tail and fresh mango, cilantro and cucumber is a refreshing balance that pairs wonderfully together. Adding toasted macadamia nuts and sesame soy paper wrap just elevates the texture of the dish even further.
Lobster Macadamia Roll Ingredients: • Avocado • Mango • Cucumber • Cilantro • Roasted Macadamia Nuts • Sesame Soy Paper • House Wasabi and Sriracha Aioli • Eel sauce • Chopped Lobster Tail
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Singapore Bamboo Roll Ingredients: • Carrot • Jicama • Lettuce • Bean Sprout • Thai Basil • Rau Rum • Rice Paper • Sriracha • Peanut Hoisin Sauce • Marinated Bamboo
It is not often you find a restaurant you love that will not only challenge your palate, but nurture it as well. Starfish in Laguna Beach is one of those special establishments with a robust menu that caters to a wide range of people. Their cross-cultural Asian-inspired menu is meticulously curated to serve familiar flavors with a touch of Orange County zest. The Lobster Macadamia Roll and Singapore Bamboo Roll are two of Starfish’s signature specialties that encapsulate their unique vibe.
SINGAPORE BAMBOO ROLL
• The Singapore Bamboo Roll takes its inspiration from the Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls but is updated to fit within Orange County culture. This light, veganfriendly dish wraps house-marinated bamboo, jicama, Thai basil, Vietnamese mint and carrots in rice paper, and is served with a housemade peanut hoisin s auce and sriracha—a fusion of significant textural elements, zest and acidity.
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• “Our regulars are very trusting of our staff—enough to allow them to dictate what they should order during their visit,” says Kayli Day, Starfish’s general manager.
TRY IT ALL! • Happy hour, aka “Opium Hour,” features these excellent rolls— along with over 30 other small plate items— every day of the week between 3-6 p.m.
SURE TO PLEASE • Starfish is a true panAsian restaurant with a diverse curation of flavors representing all of Asia. From curry to phó to sushi, you are sure to find something to tickle your taste buds.
COME ONE, COME ALL • Industry Nights allow an opportunity for fellow hospitality professionals and a guest to check out all that Starfish has to offer for 50% off their bill.
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In Full Bloom
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If You Can-Can The banana in a cocktail may seem unusual, but it really lends a sweetness to the If You Can-Can, which plays well with both the tartness from the raspberry and lemon and the refreshing essence of the muddled mint. INGREDIENTS: Hendrickâ€™s Gin, crushed raspberry, smashed banana, pressed lemon, muddled mint 130 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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These four cocktails were created through a collaborative effort between Hendrick’s Gin and Snake Oil Cocktail Company for La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, a luxury and classic car show.
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Show Stopper The poppyseed reduction in the Show Stopper pulls the floral, outdoorsy notes out of the cocktail while the effervescence of the club soda and brightness of the oleo saccharum (a combination of citrus and sugar) are the perfect top-off. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, poppyseed reduction, oleo saccharum, club soda
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According to Lindsey Chronert, senior marketing manager of Snake Oil Cocktail Company, the inspiration behind these cocktails was “French burlesque meets light and fresh.”
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Hendrick’s Society Sweet, light and positively stunning, the Hendrick’s Society can liven up any table! For their event, Snake Oil Cocktail Company made this cocktail graffiti (made with sugar and edible ink) in-house, perfect for that Instagrammable moment. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, smashed strawberry, pressed lime, almond, orange flower water, muddled basil, aquafaba
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“We like to create culinary-forward cocktails, which is typical of Snake Oil Cocktail Company,” Chronert notes. “We include fresh produce and herbs and look to the kitchen first.”
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Cheers the Crowd
“For high-volume events, such as the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, we focus on making crowdpleasing drinks,” says Chronert.
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Bubbled Up Fresh and sparkling, this cocktail gets its gorgeous hue from steeped hibiscus. The whole pink peppercorn, which is typically only used in a reduction, adds a kick, and the rosewater echoes the floral notes in Hendrick’s Gin. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, sparkling wine, pressed pomegranate, fresh lime, infused hibiscus, rosewater, pink peppercorn
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foodie /// devour by the hour
Union Market Tustin, centrally located in The District shopping center, is an industrial-chic retail and dining destination that offers irresistible food stalls, exceptional restaurants and charming boutiques. From Woofpak’s “Thanksgiving feast” gourmet dog meals to Wine Wednesday at Central Bar, you’ll find just about everything at Union Market. Here is your official guide to all of the awesome spots within Union Market worth checking out.
This Little Foodie Went to the Market S ON SI
FROM SAVORY BITES TO BAKED DELIGHTS, UNION MARKET TUSTIN HAS IT ALL GO
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STOP 1 GET HOOKED • Building your own poke bowl just got so much more exciting thanks to Cubed Poke, a fabulous eatery offering the highest quality ingredients. With seating both indoors and out, Cubed is the perfect place to enjoy amazing Southern California weather with your meal.
BERRY DELICIOUS BOWLS • When it comes to acai bowls, Berry Brand has a selection of scrumptious, locally sourced bases (like pitaya) and toppings (like chocolate granola and coconut slices). “We use vegan alternatives like apple Honee, oat and coconut milk,” states owner Truong Kim.
STOP 4 STOP 8
THE PAW-FECT FOOD SPOT • Started by animal lovers Mike Murphy and Sau Cheng, Woofpak formulates human-grade whole foods for dogs. Not only is there locally sourced dog meals and treats available for purchase, Woofpak also sells doggie birthday cakes and pastries.
NOODLES FOR DAYS • Roba Noodles offers a mouthwatering assortment of rice bowls, robata skewers and udon noodle options. According to owner Jin Heo, “One of the most popular items on the menu is the beef kombu.”
STOP 3 ESCAPE TO PARADISE • Upon entering Stowaway Tiki, you are transported into a midcentury tropical paradise with colorful decor, intimate seating and an exciting bar atmosphere. From “Pain Killer” tiki cocktails to soft-shell crab gourmet sliders, a trip to Stowaway will leave you truly content.
STOP 9 STOP 5 NEXT LEVEL QUALI-TEA • Leaf N Cream offers a multitude of flavorful drinks like the popular Swirl Thai, a modern take on the traditional Thai tea. “Two newer drinks worth checking out are the Purple Yam Fresh Milk and Oreo Brulee Boba Milk,” says the Leaf N Cream team.
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STOP 6 KEEPING THE SPIRIT ALIVE • One of the original hotspots in Union Market, Central Bar takes open-concept to the next level with its inviting lounge area. Delicious drinks worth sipping on include their classic New York Sour and tasty Moscow mule.
STOP 7 A SWEET ESCAPE • Churned Creamery, celebrating its fifth anniversary, is known to deliver true sweetness with its variety of ice cream flavors, “Signature Crocreams” and multitude of milkshakes. Some popular flavors to indulge in include Oreo and cookie butter.
THE PERFECT BLEND • Portola Coffee Roasters is known for its continued mission to stay true to coffee culture. “The Rose Cardamom Latte, a mix of sweet and spicy, is a unique type of drink worth trying,” explains a longtime barista. UNION MARKET TUSTIN 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 949.375.0749 thedistricttl.com
foodie /// what you’ll need
Making Your Pour Decisions Better
Hit These Bars in Downtown Fullerton: • Slidebar Rock n’ Roll Kitchen • Matador Cantina • JP23 Nights • Roscoe’s • Hopscotch Tavern
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY SURVIVE A BAR CRAWL IN DOWNTOWN FULLERTON
WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: COLIN GREY VOIGT
SLIDEBAR ROCK N’ ROLL KITCHEN
When it comes to bar-hopping in Downtown Fullerton, the notion can be quite daunting. And while your squad may seem to know how to handle their booze, the night usually results in one too many vodka sodas. So the next time you plan on hitting Roscoe’s for a beer and live tunes or Matador Cantina for some top-shelf tequila, make sure you’re fully equipped and ready to sip! Pack your bag with these four bar crawl essentials for a night you (might) never forget.
THINGS TO BRING
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The Good Patch: Hangover
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• Bounce back like never before with a patch that contains premium hemp extract with B1, B complex and green tea extract.
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• Bring your booze with you! This pocket-sized, foldable flask is the ultimate bar-hoppin’ hack.
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alive April 2020 /// cars. cardboard. cardio.
PHOTO BY: Akin Odebunmi â€¢ KARMA NEWPORT BEACH 4040 Campus Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | 844.527.6262 | www.karmanb.com
Cruise Control Take a Road Trip Up the Coast in Luxurious Bliss
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alive /// get the deets Laguna Beach
-202 Degrees CRYO HAUS MAKES COOLING DOWN EVEN HOTTER
WRITTEN BY: KELLEY HUSKEY
A stone’s throw from the ocean, Cryo Haus in Laguna Beach offers a cool new way to get hot—cryotherapy. Also known as cold therapy, cryotherapy is the use of extremely low temperatures to shock the body into repairing itself. This provides a number of beauty and health benefits while quickly becoming the go-to recovery method for athletes and those with aches and pains. It’s also a different way to lose inches and tighten skin.
“Spending just three minutes in the cryo chamber can burn up to 800 calories.” —DANIELLE LOGAN
Freeze Your Buns Off!
Baby, It’s Cold Inside
• According to Logan, “Spending just three minutes in the cryo chamber can burn up to 800 calories.” That’s about the equivalent of calories burned in a rigorous, one-hour boot campstyle fitness class. When exposed to extremely low temperatures for just three minutes, the skin’s temperature drops to about 50 degrees, while the temperature of the body’s core stays the same. “Your body is doing so much work to build heat. Even after, it’s still working and speeding up your metabolism,” she says.
• “Cryo Haus is the only walk-in, all-enclosed chamber in Orange County that’s cooled (to as low as -202 degrees) by nitrogen,” says Danielle Logan, owner of Cryo Haus. “It’s the safest machine out there because it’s 100% breathable air, and you get a lot more benefits with the all-enclosed.” Logan explains that this machine is unique in that it equally distributes the temperature, maximizing the benefits by including the neck, face and head.
Chill out! You’ll Feel Better in No Time
• Think of cryotherapy as a giant ice pack—it reduces inflammation and helps injuries heal faster. Whole-body cryotherapy helps individuals recover more quickly from surgery or intense training, and it also maximizes athletic performance. The process benefits those with muscle, joint, chronic and arthritic pain too. • Cryo Haus proudly uses the award-winning Pagani Cryo T-Shock machine to non-invasively freeze and eliminate fat cells in targeted areas, and uses the same machine to provide anti-aging facials.
Goose Bumps Are the Key to Better Health
The benefits of whole-body cryotherapy are numerous and impressive, and new discoveries are continuously being recognized. Devotees report more energy, reduced anxiety, better moods, clearer focus and more sound sleep. It is credited with reducing
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migraine symptoms, asthma exacerbations, inflammation and arthritic pain. It alleviates muscle and joint soreness, boosts metabolism and can improve physical appearance. It is even believed to play a beneficial role in fighting cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more.
CRYO HAUS 1101 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.444.6494 www.cryohaus.com
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Frozen in Time
alive /// spotlight
A silver Lamborghini Huracán drifts throughout Lamborghini Newport Beach, burning rubber and doing 360-degree spins while gracefully passing high-class cars awaiting to be sold. At the wheel sits Stina Hübinette, a renowned stunt driver with years of experience in road, endurance and time racing. The video of her Huracán drifts was posted online and has since become a viral sensation.
Hübinette is a Northern Sweden native who grew up driving go-karts in the summers and riding sleighs in the winter. When her boyfriend at the time (now husband Samuel Hübinette) earned his green card in 2001, Stina came to visit Southern California in 2004 and chose to stay. Samuel, who’s also a stunt driver, used to work as a driving instructor where he’d help clients of car manufacturers drive on-track. While attending many of these driving events, Stina became knowledgeable about the road and learned how to pull in good lap times. Recognizing her natural abilities, Samuel became invested in putting Stina behind the wheel.
Stunt on ‘Em DAREDEVIL STINA HÜBINETTE TALKS STUNTS, RACING AND HOLLYWOOD AMBITIONS
“He saw the potential in me and thought if I started road racing to build up my reputation as a good driver, I would make it to the Hollywood industry as a stunt driver,” Stina says. She performed well in many road racing events, having earned a spot on the podium in several, and eventually got a break in commercials. “I’ve been blessed to be super busy with different manufacturers, and I love every job I do.” Since then, Stina has been featured in a variety of commercials as a stunt driver, including a Super Bowl commercial for the Audi e-tron, and she doubled for Maisie Williams in “Game of Thrones.” Most recently, she performed as a stunt double for Naomi Scott in the new Charlie’s Angels movie. I guess you can say she has officially made it to Hollywood.
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This Non-Profit Is Encouraging the Next Generation of ProblemSolvers With Creativity and Play
A LITTLE CARDBOARD GOES A LONG WAY WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAVID ALONZO HERNANDEZ
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“What was unexpected was the response to the film...” —Nirvan Mullick
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“Imagination is the ability to dream up something that maybe hasn’t existed before, and creativity is the ability to actually create what you imagined.” —Nirvan Mullick
NAME: NIRVAN MULLICK JOB TITLE: FOUNDER, IMAGINATION.ORG
filmmaker Nirvan Mullick, the day began with an errand—to stop by a used auto parts shop in East LA for a door handle. For 9-year-old Caine Monroy, it started with getting his cardboard arcade open and ready for business in front of his family’s shop. It was a chance encounter that would turn into a viral video and the documentation of how a small act of kindness and a spark of creativity can transform into an incredible blaze, benefitting millions. This was the beginning of Imagination.org.
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When Mullick met Monroy and saw the ingenuity and raw creativity of his cardboard arcade, he knew he had to share it with the world. Mullick spoke with Monroy’s father, the owner of the used auto parts shop, and began to interview and film for a 10-minute video called “Caine’s Arcade.” That Sunday, Mullick filmed the last portion of the video: a flashmob to come and play at the arcade, which resulted in a wave of overwhelming support across the internet as well as in LA itself. Shortly after the film was published, it went viral. “What was unexpected was the response to the film,” Mullick says. “I got thousands of emails from parents and teachers showing me pictures of kids starting to make arcades out of cardboard after watching the movie...asking, ‘What can we do to foster their creativity?’” Unlike some humanitarian efforts, Imagination. org wasn’t a lifelong vision; it was the result of pure kismet, and a few days after Mullick saw the public’s reaction to “Caine’s Arcade,” both in views and in outreach, he “decided to try to make a non-profit to support more kids like Caine and make creativity a core social value [and] really foster the creativity in every child.” Fate continued to work in Mullick’s favor; the then-unnamed effort began receiving grants, and the organization blossomed. “We didn’t have any programs at the time, and
now we have multiple,” he explains. “Our first program was the Global Cardboard Challenge, which invited kids around the world to make anything they could imagine with cardboard, and then on the anniversary of the flashmob we did for Caine, [we started] Global Day of Play, [which prompted communities to have] flash mobs for their kids who were building things out of cardboard.” There’s no doubt how impactful these programs have been. Since Imagination.org started Global Day of Play in 2012, they have had over one million kids participate. The organization was also starting to get noticed. “We started getting invited to speak and share our story at conferences and various events for different companies,” notes Mullick. And it was at one of these conferences where Vans heard their story. “[Vans was] thinking about their first International Checkerboard Day to really foster creative expression,” Mullick explains. The two companies found a connection through cardboard, and their partnership led to an incredible event, which premiered on Nov. 21, 2019, as well as a jaw-dropping donation of $1 million. “That million dollar grant is going to really help us go to the next level with all of our programs,” he says.
STATS • 175 Chapters Worldwide • 1+ Million Kids Have Taken Part in the Global Cardboard Challenge • 5+ Million Views of “Caine’s Arcade” in the First Five Days of Going Live Kidding Around • “We have had... tens of thousands of kids take part in our Inventors Challenge,” Mullick says. “And thousands more in our Chapters, STEAM Carnivals and Maker Spaces.”
Event Photography By: Vivian Leung & Two Bit Circus Foundation
Lend Your Support • Interested in supporting the cause? “Connect with us on social media, share our story (“Caine’s Arcade” Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube), share our free programs with parents and educators in your community and tax-deductible donations to help us bring these programs to underserved kids and communities worldwide.”
“It means over 100 new chapters in countries around the world, including China, France and for kids in refugee camps,” Mullick continues. “[And] we’ll be expanding our upcycling materials through our Trash 4 Teaching Division and our STEAM Programs.” But it doesn’t stop there. Imagination.org plans to launch a program where the organization will team up with retailers to add a “ReImagine” symbol on their boxes “that will invite kids to reimagine the box before they recycle it.” Imagination.org has an endless stream of ideas on how to benefit the lives of children around the world that parallels the spirit of that creative little boy in “Caine’s Arcade”—and it should! Monroy, now 17, is still a big part of the organization and wears the official title of Junior Board Member, serving as a reminder that a little ingenuity goes a long way. “It’s really about the combination of imagination and creativity,” Mullick says. “Imagination is the ability to dream up something that maybe hasn’t existed before, and creativity is the ability to actually create what you imagined.” Mullick keeps this sentiment close to Imagination.org’s mission and future goals. “What we want is to raise this next generation and give them the creative confidence to build the world that they imagine,” he explains, “but then also raise the next generation of problem solvers who can help us imagine the world that we can build together.”
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“Put your hair in a high pony and nix those baggy clothes for maximum performance.” —Joanna and Jacquelyn
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KEEP IT SWEATY • “Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat, a towel and an iced water bottle to Ra Yoga because these classes get you moving and sweating! We love the variety of classes here, from relaxing vinyasa to strength building.” 2
LOW-IMPACT, HIGH-INTENSITY MOVEMENTS
PUT IN WORK • “We always wear our most compression-style leggings to a HIIT workout like SIX Workout. When it comes to cardio, you want no distractions. Put your hair in a high pony and nix those baggy clothes for maximum performance.”
Planning is Key • “We always book our classes in advance through ClassPass to keep ourselves accountable and plan ahead of time!” the girls explain.
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Joanna Huckins and Jacquelyn Fisher, creators of Sweat & Tell, discovered they needed to get moving after sitting at a desk all day at their corporate jobs. The two best friends started reviewing fitness studios in 2018, creating a platform to share their real experiences and wellness tips. That led to a collaboration with a local boutique, No Rest for Bridget, to create a line of workout apparel, and the duo often hosts local workout events. While balancing real life, the two girls serve as a motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
NO MOVING NECESSARY • “We love to grab a friend and sweat it out in the sauna together—with a Netflix show on—at Perspire Sauna Studio. It’s a great way to catch up, and it makes the detox time fly by!”
HAVE SOME FUN! • “Newport Peach knows how to put you in a good mood! Get there early to grab your equipment and be open-minded to get a little silly while you do some dance-inspired moves.”
“We love the variety of classes here, from relaxing vinyasa to strength-building.” —Joanna and Jacquelyn
“We love to grab a friend and sweat it out in the sauna together—with a Netflix show on—at Perspire Sauna Studio.” —Joanna and Jacquelyn
Listen to Your Body • The two girls elaborate on the importance of listening to your body. “Don’t forget to take time for recovery whether it’s stretching, a sauna session or cryotherapy. We prioritize these just as much as the workout itself,” says Joanna and Jacquelyn.
SWEAT & TELL @sweatandtell Photoshoot Location: PURE BARRE 234 E 17th St, Ste116 Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Photos - Perspire Sauna: Nathan Whelan | RaYoga: Valerie Kon
• “There are two things we always remind ourselves when heading to Pure Barre Newport Beach: bring grip socks and TUCK! Don’t let the small movements deceive you because you will feel the burn during class and the soreness after!”
SWEAT & TELL SHARES THEIR TOP WORKOUT SECRETS
CRUISE CONTROL TAKE A ROAD TRIP UP THE COAST IN LUXURIOUS BLISS WRITTEN BY: REYES BACA â€¢ PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI MODELS: BROOKE CAMPBELL & PAYTON MCGAFFIGAN OF BRAND MODEL AND TALENT, www.brandtalent.net
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KARMA NEWPORT BEACH 4040 Campus Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 844.527.6262 www.karmanb.com Photoshoot Locations: LIDO MARINA VILLAGE 3434 Via Lido Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.lidomarinavillage.com @lidomarinavillage LAGUNA BEACH, CA
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Part of the beauty
of living in California is the scenic coastline, and what better way to take it all in than by taking a road trip up the coast! Picture it: the sun is rising over the San Diego skyline, and you and your favorite person are loading your Karma Revero GT with essentials for the day. Your Californiainspired sedan is sleek and aerodynamic with the latest technology and customized leather interior. The only “filling stations” you need to plot out are to feed your appetite because your Revero GT can travel up to 360 miles on its hybrid engine. So here we go, rev your engine and let’s hit the open road.
7:30 a.m. | La Jolla Ú The best part of being up early is the open road and the opportunity to utilize the engine in your Revero GT, going from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. After your own adrenaline rush slows down, watch surfers catch a few waves at La Jolla Shores Beach. Compared to most of the La Jolla beaches (which are tucked into gaps between rocky points), this one extends to over one mile in length. You can’t start this road trip without breakfast, so you head to Cody’s La Jolla. The traditional eggs Benedict is a classic that will not disappoint, as it’s teamed with the applewoodsmoked bacon for a breaky rich in flavor. Javi’s maple nut granola is the perfect choice if you want to keep it light for the ride ahead. 10:00 a.m. | Carlsbad Ú Start to drive north and you’ll notice you’re just minutes away from the Insta-famous Flower Fields! Walk along trails and feast your eyes upon the nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers or take a wagon ride around the garden. Take a piece of the garden with you for the ride by stopping at the on-site Armstrong Garden Center to purchase fresh-cut flowers from the fields. As you get back into your Revero GT, you pause to appreciate the way the Bodega Bay Blue exterior looks against the field of flowers; it’s like it was made for this. 156 LOCALE MAGAZINE
12:30 p.m. | Laguna Beach Ú Continuing the drive up the coast with the windows down, the sandy brown Crystal Cove leather interior and the salty ocean breeze will make you want to get your toes in the sand. Take a pit stop at Victoria Beach, and make your way down the stairway. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike onto the rocks to see the Victorian La Tour Tower that was built in the 1920s. Just up the road is Skyloft, a rooftop restaurant and lounge with the perfect view to keep the ocean vibes while you dine. Seafood by the sea is a must, so try the ceviche for a refreshing app and follow it with the salmon in a black cherry glaze. 2:30 p.m. | Newport Beach Ú Time to show off your car as you pull up to the valet at the Lido Marina Village. The Revero GT is in electric mode, but it gives a slight hum to warn pedestrians of its presence—as if heads weren’t already turning to see your sexy ride! The shops along the inlet range from fashion and home to specialty goods. A short walk along the Lido channel will bring you to Nobu Newport Beach. Head to their patio area and order the yellowtail sashimi jalapeño and the salmon avocado roll.
The best part of being up early is the open road and the opportunity to utilize the engine in your Revero GT, going from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
UP IN THE AIR Ú With its recently opened dealership in Newport Beach, Karma is already making a lasting impression with its video wall and its airport service—any Revero owner is offered storage and shuttle service to John Wayne Airport. BUILD-YOUR-OWN Ú Cruising has a whole new meaning in the Karma Revero GT. The Karma’s wide wheelbase and fourwheel suspension create an effortlessly smooth ride, with a
customizable leather interior that’s just as smooth. Choose from 11 standard exterior colors to create your own California dream car. SAFETY FIRST Ú Even with its progressive exterior build, the Revero GT did not cut corners on safety. This Karma features anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist as well as emergency braking. And a total of eight driver and passenger airbags, including knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, keep you and your loved ones safe.
Road Trip Essentials
DON’T FORGET TO:
Ú Pack Your Bags
Ú Stuff Your Duffel
Ú Wear Your Sunnies The Revero GT is in electric mode, but it gives a slight hum to warn pedestrians of its presence— as if heads weren’t already turning...
5:30 p.m. | Santa Monica Ú On the road again, and traffic starts to pick up as you near the Santa Monica Pier. Not to worry, though, because you have the latest ADAS technology on your side, monitoring blind spots and emergency braking just in case. Pull over and take a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel at the end of the pier. Once you’ve fulfilled your tourist duties, head to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for a bite to eat. Choose between the dining experience at Ocean and Vine or the full-service bar and kitchen at Barbelle.
7:30 p.m. | Malibu Surfrider Beach Ú You’re nearing the final stop of your trip up Pacific Coast Highway, and of course, you want to spend it on the beach. There’s a lot going on around you as you drive between the coastline and the cliffs of Santa Monica, but thanks to the noise-canceling interior, you can enjoy your cruising playlist in peace. Just up ahead you spot a small pier. This is Surfrider Beach, popularized by surfing movies in the 1950s and 1960s; now home to the picturesque Malibu Farm Restaurant. The modern farm-style decor juxtaposed to the crashing ocean waves is the perfect way to end this road trip.
Ú Snap Lots of Pics
Ú Get Lost
Ú Bring a Few ‘Fits
Ú And Put it All on the Card!
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Drum Roll, Please 2ND & PCH IS SURE TO MAKE YOUR DAY
WRITTEN BY: RACHEL BONILLA
Morning Sweat Ú Start your day with a heart-pounding workout at Barry’s. With expert instructors keeping you involved and playlists that make you want to keep moving, you’ll feel the burn (up to 1,000 calories) and be ready for the rest of your day.
Tall, Dark and Caffeinated Ú Head over for a caffeine kick at Caffe Luxxe to grab a croissant and coffee while you look out over the marina. They serve locally roasted coffees as well as Ethiopian and Montenegro blends.
The corner of 2nd Street and PCH has a brand new shopping center right across from the marina. With upscale clothing stores, unique nail salons and a variety of restaurants, you can spend tons of time there if you have it. However, if you’re only spending the day at 2nd & PCH, here’s how to do it right!
CAFFE LUXXE www.caffeluxxe.com
2ND & PCH 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90803 424.217.2337 www.2ndandpch.com
Lather, Rinse, (Definitely) Repeat Ú After your cup of joe, you’re ready to shop. As you wander through the center, head to LATHER and pick up high-quality hair and skincare products like their Bamboo Crème Hair Wash to give your body the treatment it deserves.
Rooted in Flavor Ú As the afternoon rolls around, you’ve worked up an appetite, so grab a table at Hungry Angelina. From waffles to seasoned fries and even vegan sushi, this plant-based restaurant strives to include a bit of everything on the menu.
HUNGRY ANGELINA matthewkenneycuisine. com/hungry-angelina
Do Your Hair Toss, Check Your Nails Ú Next, kick your feet up and get your nails done. Holly and Hudson Nail Lounge offers hand care gel manicures and cocktails—and uses cruelty-free, organic skincare products.
HOLLY AND HUDSON NAIL LOUNGE www.hollyandhudson.com
5:30 p.m. Ay, Bay Bay Ú After dessert, you may be too stuffed to sit, so take advantage of this wonderful location and take a walk down to the beach or to Alamitos Bay. You might even catch some seals sunbathing!
Gimme the Sugar! Ú At Tuesday’s Sweet Shoppe, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of over 300 candies. Feel like a kid in a candy shop again, and don’t leave without trying their very own cotton candy! TUESDAY’S SWEET SHOPPE www.tuesdaysla.com
THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY
ALAMITOS BAY MARINA www.longbeach.gov
Use Your Noodle Ú Stomach starting to grumble? Then reserve a table at the Italian Homemade Company for an authentic meal. With a focus on simple, great-tasting classics like spaghetti and meatballs (but with
added extras like browned butter and sage), you can have an amazing meal that will hit the spot! THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY italianhomemade.com
10:00 p.m. Raising the Bar Ú Before heading home, you’ll want
to make a pit stop and top off the night with a drink at The Bungalow. Famous for its laidback and beachy vibe, this bar has eclectic decor and a game room. Order one of their signature margaritas; then toast to a day well spent!
THE BUNGALOW www.thebungalow.com
Photography Provided By: 2nd PCH: White Oak Communications | LATHER: Coco Tigler | Hungry Angelina: Marissa Hughes | The Italian Homemade Company, M. Petrogalli, M. Bailoni, Ubereats
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Table Talk THIS YEAR’S OC CHEF’S TABLE BROUGHT THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE
WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID
It’s staggering to think that the number of people left homeless in Southern California alone totals over 50,000. With organizations like the Illumination Foundation, whose sole purpose is to combat the concerning problem of homelessness, those most vulnerable to the epidemic are able to find relief. With their headlining fundraiser, OC Chef’s Table, which took place on March 1, the Illumination Foundation is able to concentrate its efforts into healthcare and creating more emergency and permanent housing where it is needed most.
Magic in the Making
• This year, the Illumination Foundation honored Gensler Newport Beach, one of the largest architectural firms in the world, and Bob Dalton, CEO of Sackcloth & Ashes, a mission-driven company that strives to ease the burden of homelessness by donating blankets to homeless shelters. Together, their efforts in fundraising, volunteering and bringing awareness to the issue of homelessness are an illuminating inspiration to us all.
• Every year, the Disneyland® Resort lends its Grand Ballroom for the evening’s festivities for a night sprinkled with lots of fairy dust and a dash of salt and pepper. The space is transformed into a unique wonderland with extravagantly set tables put together individually by the featured chef’s team, providing a unique experience within the event itself. Even Mickey himself drops in for a little fun!
A Million Miracles
• Last year’s event was a tremendous success and helped raise over $1,000,000 that went toward the renovation of emergency homeless shelters in the communities that desperately needed it.
• The Bob Murphy House opened in fall 2019 and was instrumental in the Illumination Foundation’s efforts to help families permanently recover from homelessness.
Food for Thought Anaheim
• “It’s a great collection of amazing chefs who are able to do something good for a great cause. There’s really nothing like it anywhere,” says Chef Tila.
Compliments to the Chefs
It’s not very often that you’re in a room full of some of Southern California’s best chefs, as they personally entertain you with an unforgettable meal prepared tableside. With Food Network celebrity chef Jet Tila headlining and Disneyland® Resort’s Culinary Director Andrew Sutton hosting the event, the night went off
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without a hitch. “I’ve been involved in a number of charity events and dinners, but OC Chef’s Table has really had an impact on us,” says Chef Tila. “Everyone wants to be there because they truly care, and they’re coming together with this heightened sense of community to be involved in something that is such a crucial issue for our fellow human beings.”
ILLUMINATION FOUNDATION 1091 N Batavia St Orange, CA 92867 949.273.0555 www.ifhomeless.org
Photography Provided By: Illumination Foundation
“We were able to take the funds raised from our OC Chef’s Table event and create a new solution for homeless families in just eight months.”
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These Interiors Are to DIY for Interior Designer Raili Clasen Is Redefining California Chic
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Maria and Max Isles Owner/Designer and Woodworker/ Furniture Maker, Isles Interiors
Brooks and Jenny Crawford Founders, Brookside Design
Jen Robin and Nicole Dines Joshua Tree
CEO/Founder and COO, Life in Jeneral
Sara and Rich Combs Creators, The Joshua Tree House
Better Together These Dynamic Design Duos Prove That Two Heads Are Better Than One WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN
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Creative Collaboration For This Husband and Wife Duo, It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts
“I love our location. It’s so fun to get to know the whole design community out there!” —Maria Isles
Names: Maria and Max Isles Job Titles: Owner/Designer and Woodworker/Furniture Maker, Isles Interiors
Ever since she was little, Maria Isles wanted nothing more than to be an interior designer and to own her own shop. And while life initially took her off-course from that dream, by the time her son was old enough, she went back to interior design school. That was eight years ago. Since then, Maria finished school, and she and Max found a space to turn Maria’s business goals into reality. “We found this little space on old Newport
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Boulevard. It was so cute, so ramshackled...it was perfect!” “Max is a woodworker and furniture maker,” Maria notes. “He’s awesome at fixing anything. We revamped the whole store; now I do my interior design out of here. We have our style, so customers and other designers can shop our look, and we have a lot of Max’s pieces in here, so they can get an idea of what they can [have] made by him.” It’s easy to see why a marriage between an interior designer and a furniture
maker seems almost too good to be true. “When I started interior designing, I found that a lot of our clients needed one-of-a-kind pieces or custom furniture,” Maria explains. “[Max] can make anything—I was so lucky. I’d ask, ‘Can you make a coffee table in a week?’ And he’d be able to whip it up! He’s so talented—it was the perfect combination for us to start a business like that.” Isles Interiors is not only a culmination of the couple’s talents and skill sets, but of their styles as well. “It’s so nice to design [pieces] together with the client’s input,” she shares. “It all works out really well.” “It’s fun to bring out a story for the client—whether it’s the room or the whole house, it just really has to flow,” she explains. To achieve that, Isles Interiors’ process relies on finding or creating one-of-a-kind pieces that tie it all together.
1. Have a good relationship with your client. 2. Map out your story and your plan. 3. Don’t deviate from the plan! 4. Find unique or custom pieces.
From Max’s conscious selection when it comes to materials to Maria’s enthusiasm for antique and reclaimed pieces, the couple is putting an environmentally friendly stamp on a style that is uniquely and completely theirs. “We mesh really well together,” Maria says. “It’s fun being creative with him!”
5. Make the space look like the client!
ISLES INTERIORS 367 Old Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.350.8880 islesinteriors.com
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The Total Package
This Couple’s Design and Decor Know-How Goes Hand-in-Hand Carlsbad
“We’re always trying to find ways to educate people.” —Brooks Crawford
and a need in the landscape design industry to include exterior decor.”
Names: Brooks and Jenny Crawford Job Titles: Founders, Brookside Design
Brooks and Jenny Crawford share more than a marriage—they share a business and a passion to combine their skills to create beautiful spaces. “At the beginning of January 2019, we started this adventure fully selfemployed, and it’s been great so far,” Brooks says. And while Jenny was always supportive of Brookside Design behind the scenes, her true niche in the company swiftly made itself apparent.
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“When Brooks started in January...I was helping him with social media and background things,” Jenny explains. “But then we decided to do photoshoots of his projects to really build our portfolio.” Upon seeing outdoor furniture à la Home Depot paired with her husband’s stunning work, Jenny decided to pull everything out and stage it herself for the shoot. When the clients saw the decor transformation, they were amazed, making her “realize that there was a real niche
Since then, the pair has been proudly offering clients the entire package—literally. “You’re not just seeing a landscape installation, like hardscape and plants,” Brooks says. “It’s all those furnishings that give the space that magazine-quality look, which everybody wants!” “It takes really great taste and curation to create that composition,” he continues. “That’s where Jenny has been really amazing.” Interacting with the couple, it’s clear to see that the bond they share is the epitome of what a healthy marriage looks like, and they’re proud of the efforts that they’ve put into that. “Working together has forced our relationship to grow—running a business is a pressure test on your marriage,” notes Brooks. “I really enjoyed growing with Jenny this last year. It
The Essentials: 1. Patience is a must. 2. Keep the goal in mind. 3. Be a good decision maker. means humbling yourself sometimes; it means standing your ground at the right time and just using better judgment across the board.” “One thing that’s really cool about working together is to share our successes and our victories,” Jenny beams. “It feels so good because we built it together. It was a collaborative team effort.” Together, Brooks and Jenny are changing the way the industry and their clients see landscape design and decor—both are valuable on their own, but they are even better paired together.
4. Collaboration is key! 5. Trust the process.
BROOKSIDE DESIGN Carlsbad, CA 858.847.5190 www.designbybrookside.com
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These Organizational Pros Are Helping Others Live Their Best (and Tidiest) Lives Los Angeles
“Your happiest self is when, at the core, you’re very organized.” —Jen Robin
relationship with Robin— the two work so well together that their emails have started to look and sound alike!
Now, business is booming— so much so that Robin needed to expand her team, and that’s where Dines, the director of business development and sales, comes in. “Nicole is my righthand soulmate,” Robin says. “She used to be an organizer in the field, and I always knew there was something special… From the moment I brought her in-house, the company changed… She understood the heart and soul of helping people…”
Together, Robin and Dines are helping people find systems that not only work for them and their homes, but ones that will also grow with them. “Every space is different, and every client is different,” explains Robin. “But [both] the overall foundation of what we do and our goals to achieve are really simple. You pull everything out of the space, you sort like items, you purge what you no longer need, love or use and you come up with a creative plan for how you’re going to install it back in... then you create that system in a new way, and that’s what sticks.”
It’s clear that Dines was a natural fit for the role and for her close working-
The seamless synchronicity of Robin and Dines is at the helm, meaning that the sky’s
Names: Jen Robin and Nicole Dines Job Titles: CEO/Founder and COO, Life in Jeneral
Birthed from a natural talent and a passion for bettering the lives of others, Life in Jeneral is the professional organizing company that’s making dreams come true for clients—and also for Jen Robin and Nicole Dines. When Life in Jeneral first came to fruition in 2014, it was sparked from founder Robin’s eagerness to help the people around her move and live more joyfully in their own homes. “My family thought I was so crazy,” Robin laughs. “I was doing it on the weekends for fun!”
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1. Start small with drawer dividers. 2. Containment for any space is key! 3. Matching hangers are a must. 4. Give yourself grace and stay positive—it’s okay to take breaks. 5. A label maker. the limit for Life in Jeneral. With the expansion of their brand to Closets in Jeneral and Products in Jeneral, along with the opening of their new 5,000-squarefoot HQ in El Segundo, the company is spreading joy the best way they know how— neatly folded and colorcoordinated, of course!
LIFE IN JENERAL El Segundo, CA www.lifeinjeneral.com @lifeinjeneral HEADSHOT PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: Manhattan Beach, CA Interior Design By: RACHELLE STONE DESIGN 646.509.6692 www.rachellestonedesign.com
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In Their Element
These High School Sweethearts Are Bringing Desert Dreams to Life Joshua Tree
“Everything about [The Posada] was difficult, but we wanted it so badly.” —Sara Combs
Names: Sara and Rich Combs Job Titles: Creators, The Joshua Tree House
For Sara and Rich Combs, what began as a cross-country road trip to escape the daily grind turned into a booming project, dedicated to helping others reconnect with themselves and with nature.
“without questioning it,” they bought The Joshua Tree House. While it originally began as a home for them to reset and work on their own projects, the Combs soon found success in listing their home as an Airbnb.
“We really fell in love with Joshua Tree on that trip,” Sara says. “After we went back [home] to New York, we kept thinking about how good it felt there, how creative we felt there with the open landscape.”
“We realized other people were craving a space like that as well,” Sara shares. “We eventually opened it up full-time for bookings, and then we fell in love with creating spaces for people where they can reconnect with nature and have that time to reset.”
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From there, the couple began renovating more spaces and taking on more projects, which has, in turn, shone a light on how they work together as a team. While both share a similar aesthetic, Rich is more detail-oriented, and Sara is more big-picture. “Even when we were [painting] in high school and college, Sara would always work with all these really big brushes and use her entire arm,” Rich explains. “Then I would come in with a very small brush and paint the little details.” While both their business and personal relationship sound worthy of a storybook, the journey hasn’t been without its obstacles. In 2019, the pair took on their largest and most challenging project yet: The Posada in Arizona. “We got this property in Tucson that was an old, abandoned inn, and we wanted to renovate it,” Sara shares. “It was the biggest space we’d ever done, and we just went for it because it felt perfect.” They soon found
The Essentials: 1. Vintage pieces are more ecofriendly and have more character. 2. Natural materials are perfect for the desert landscape. 3. Plants blur the line between indoors and outdoors. that perfection doesn’t come easily. The property was draining both their energy and finances, and the space was simply not cooperating with them. Not ones to turn away from a challenge, the duo pushed through, prevailed and opened the space, transforming their biggest obstacle into a joint victory. Now the couple is taking a well-deserved break—“resting, relaxing and reconnecting,” the Joshua Tree way.
4. Coffee—of course! 5. Get a good playlist going.
THE JOSHUA TREE HOUSE Joshua Tree, CA www.thejoshuatreehouse.com @thejoshuatreehouse
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: THE JOSHUA TREE HOUSE & TIM MELIDEO
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Fire, Water and Stone Midway City
THIS SOCAL COMPANY IS SHAPING THE ART OF POTTERY AS WE KNOW IT WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NIKI CRAM Founded over 45 years ago, ARCHPOT is a family-owned small business behind the design and creation of breathtaking fire and water features and gorgeous pottery, found in a multitude of locations around the country. “Something a lot of people don’t know, being a smaller family business, is that we are in some pretty well-known hot spots. The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Fashion Island and Pelican Hill in Orange County and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC,” explains ARCHPOT’s General Manager Tim Hall. An Orange County local, Hall, reminisces of his humble beginnings, detailing how the company transformed from a wholesale nursery to a highlyreputable manufacturer.
Thinking back to his childhood, Hall states, “I have always been creative and originally wanted to become an architect.” After Hall and his family moved from Mission Viejo to Tustin, he began to shadow his father, immersing himself in the art of pottery creation and familiarizing
himself with the challenges often faced when running a business. “The family business started off with plants—we were a wholesale nursery. Later came the marriage of plants and imported pottery, creating Architectural Pottery in 1989,” he says. Hall attributes a lot of his creativity to others’ creations on social media. “People inspire me. I like to see what is out there, and I ask myself how I can do better. How can I put a product out there that people will want in their home or business space?” In 2019, 30 successful years later, the family decided to rebrand the company, unveiling the name ARCHPOT. “Of course, in every family business, there are challenges. Any challenge we have had has resulted in growth,” explains Hall. With the continued expansion of the company, Hall and his team are able to focus on delivering products that truly distinguish themselves from others in the market. From the material and finish process to ARCHPOT’s utilization of high-tech and lightweight cement, the company is constantly striving to create products that exemplify expert craftsmanship. Overseas Inspiration • When Hall was just 17, he took a trip to Greece where he watched handthrown pottery being shaped. It was at that moment he realized the creation of pottery was indeed an art form. In the Works • Currently, ARCHPOT is working on custom Belize fire tables for the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. “We are taking such pride in this project because of the historic location.”
ARCHPOT 15161 Van Buren St Midway City, CA 92655 714.895.3359 www.archpot.com Photoshoot Location: THE NURSERY BY SOUTHWINDS 7000 Marine Way Irvine, CA 92618 949.854.0540 www.thenurserybysouthwinds.com
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HOW TO MAKE
These Interiors ARE TO DIY FOR Interior Designer Raili Clasen Is Redefining California Chic
WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CHAD MELLON, DAVID TSAY, KARYN MILLET, MEILANI COTTRELL & REBECCA TILLEY
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“I owe it to my clients to give them creative and new—I don’t just want to play my greatest hits.” —Raili Clasen
Raili Clasen is a gal who oozes California cool. Even the Orange County native’s everyday ensemble is indicative of her trendsetting design style, pairing classic pieces like jeans and a striped tee with her signature checkerboard sneakers for a look that is timeless with a twist. This is her approach: make it pleasing but with tons of personality. Clasen is known for mixing coastal and contemporary elements to create a new category of interior design that marries midcentury with maritime.
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escape /// how to make Rapid fire with Raili Favorite Trend? • Raw wood Trend to ditch last decade? • Hanging chairs Favorite project? • Kelly Slater Surf Ranch Dream project? • Boutique hotel (currently in the works) Best piece of advice for a new homeowner? • “Find the pieces that make you happy and start with white.” Best piece of advice in general? • “Count your blessings.”
Name: Raili Clasen Job Title: Interior Designer, RailiCA Design
A San Diego State alum, Clasen kick-started her post-college career in advertising before setting her eye on the sky for a brief stint as a flight attendant, which was a way to guarantee her travel itch would get scratched. She grounded herself after 3 years and made her way into the surf industry as an instrumental part of bigname companies like Raisin Swimwear, Roxy and Paul Frank. Clasen went on to co-found a company called Alice Supply Co.—a line of hip housewares that took your everyday items and candy-coated them in color. This was Clasen’s intro to the world of interiors, and she rode the wave into the industry and never looked back.
Clasen launched her career as an interior designer six years ago and has quite literally branded her name into the business (seriously, she owns a brander). Clasen just does things differently. She puts the “fun” in functional and thinks imperfect is exciting. She loves to pair old and new, borrowed and blue and is always striving for that “big wow moment” in a space. Clasen often opts for oversized anything to give a project some pizazz and infuses her love of surf culture into her designs. Attention to detail is in her DNA, and every square inch of a room—from the floorboards to the ceiling beams—is fair game for extra flair. Clasen is someone who can’t help but color outside the lines, and the result usually falls somewhere between cool and crazy. “I owe it to my clients to give them creative and new–I don’t just want to play my greatest hits.” And people are obsessed. From hello to yellow, everybody is living for Clasen’s local-gone-loco design style that you can find plastered all over Pinterest. Clasen can go bright and light or moody and modern, but she always finds a creative way to incorporate elements of the ocean to pay homage to her hometown. She does this through playing with textiles like macramé or mudcloth to add dimension and texture to a room, sometimes even DIYing it to get the exact look she wants. But what really sets Clasen apart is her ability to get to know her clients, find their quirks and unique subtleties and then customize her creations accordingly. Whether it’s framing a forgotten flea market find, hanging a gallery wall of guitars or unveiling an installation featuring a family catchphrase, Clasen personalizes every project with pride and does so with a huge infectious smile on her face. Life is really a beach with Clasen by your side. 178 LOCALE MAGAZINE
HOW TO MAKE: DESIGNING A COASTAL -CHIC SPACE Raili Clasen’s 6 Steps to a California Cool Space
Attempting a coastal cool makeover can often leave you shell-shocked. If you’re feeling un-shore of yourself, check out these tide and true tips from expert Raili Clasen to avoid looking like a fish out of water.
• Name Your Project. “That’s the first thing I do when I start a project... I name it in my own mind–I don’t even tell anybody. Everything we put in the house has to fit into that name.”
• Begin With a Blank Canvas. “Paint everything white and bring in natural elements; create as much natural light as possible. Bring in natural elements like any kind of woods. Oak is very chic, but I am loving pine and plywood at the moment. It’s very kitschy, but it translates really well into coastal.”
• Pick a Personality Piece. “Whether it’s art, a mural, a gallery wall or maybe it’s an installation like the ‘Count Your Blessings’ wall I had in my house, you need a personality piece.” Clasen loves to use oversized prints or Almond Surfboards to create a “big wow moment.”
big bulbs and brass accents. Try trading ocean blues for bright yellows for a modern take on coastal cool design.
• Opt for Functional Furnishings. “I’m nontraditional in that I bring everything close together–I call them conversation pits.” Clasen also believes that “rugs are for comfort; I love cushy.”
• Be Open. Clasen is a big fan of “freestyle” when it comes to finishing touches. From pottery to pillows to plants, she recommends testing out different textiles.
• Light It Up! “I love oversized lights.” Clasen tends to opt for over-the-top light fixtures with
What really sets Clasen apart is her ability to get to know her clients, find their quirks and unique subtleties and then customize her creations accordingly.
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All of the water on the course is reclaimed water—saving 90 million gallons of water a year.
87 acres of pure bliss make for an unforgettable stay.
Canyon x Sea = Pure Bliss NOT HING IS B E T T E R T H AN T H I S RELA X ING , LO CAL L AG U N A BEACH R E S O RT WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI
Tucked in the Aliso and Wood Canyons, just a turn off of Pacific Coast Highway, lives The Ranch at Laguna Beach—a dreamy, iconic coastal resort. With the beach across the street, mountains surrounding the rooms and endless amenities, 87 acres of pure bliss make for an unforgettable stay.
Ú All of the glass bottles on the property are recycled into sand using the GL Sand machine—and The Ranch was the first place in the U.S. to use it. “Sand is becoming a really problematic resource. It’s being excavated from beaches in Mexico and other places,” General Manager Kurt Bjorkman explains. The sand is used in bunkers on the golf course, for bocce ball courts and also in sandbags.
Ú Partnering with the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, The Ranch at LB hosts an educational camping experience for children from the Inland Empire during the summer months. Most of the children have either never seen the ocean or have never camped. Waterman’s Ball and other local charitable fundraisers are also hosted on-site throughout the year.
Ben Brown Golf Course
Ú The nine-hole Ben Brown golf course is surrounded by nature. Keep an eye out for deer, rabbits and squirrels as you swing for your hole-in-one. All of the water on the course is reclaimed water—saving 90 million gallons of water a year. “If you’re a golf course in California and you’re not using reclaimed water, you’re going to have a really tough time, especially during drought season,” Bjorkman says. 4
Rich in History
Ú “The Thurston family homesteaded this entire canyon in 1871. They were here for a long time and then eventually moved into Laguna,” says Bjorkman. Towards the back of the property is a two-acre parcel that is home to the very first Girl Scout Camp in California, dating back to the 1920s.
STAY AWHILE 5
Harvest Restaurant • Many ingredients are sourced from the on-site garden, and local fishermen provide the freshest seafood. 6
Aliso Beach Park • A tunnel from the resort to one of the best beaches in Laguna? Count me in. 7
Glamping • On occasion, The Ranch hosts a boujee glamping experience with a canvas tent and full bar on the grass area. 8
Sycamore Spa • Zen out and forget about all of your worries with a Calming Canyon Massage at the quaint, intimate spa. 9
Coastal Cool Rooms • Get cozy; all of the rooms have a warm cottage feel that overlook the lush green property.
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The Tree House • Stay above the course where the owner, Mrs. Brown, used to reside. Book your romantic getaway in this 1,600-square-foot paradise.
HOMETOWN HANGOUTS You dream of whisking your sweetheart away to far-off lands and exotic places, but let’s face it— sometimes these desires can get put on the back burner once you see the price tag (or your remaining vacation days). Luckily, there are plenty of places in Orange County that you can run away to; even if it’s just for the day. From a Parisian playdate with delectable pastries to a tropical tiki room full of fruity and delicious cocktails, you’re not going to need to pack your bags in order to take your date on one of these unforgettable mini-getaways.
T H IS B L O GGE R H AS 3 U LTI MATE O C DAT E S P L A N N ED FOR Y OU
DATE THE CITY www.datethecity.com @date.the.city
WRITTEN BY: NEAL HRUBY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER
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Photoshoot Location: BALLAST POINT 1540 S Disneyland Dr, Ste 201 Anaheim, CA 92802 714.687.9813 www.ballastpoint.com
Date the City
Anaheim, CA (Downtown Disney)
$75-100 per person
Casual, think Hawaiian shirts
Timeline Summar y Throngs of vacationing families, deep in a Disney daze, make their way to and from the theme park. Make your way past the many locations to dine and drink until you reach the second floor of Ballast Point. Beer lovers from all over the world cozy up to the bar to sample a flight of the good stuff. You’re no exception, as you take a seat at the window overlooking the tourist scene below. Sipping from lager to sour, you order apps to accompany the vibrant flavors. The high energy of the outof-town crowd enlivens you to finish your drinks quickly and opens up your night to a world of enchanted possibilities. Stepping underneath the wrought-iron balcony of Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, you’re immediately sent to Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. The packed house is abuzz with the cocktail-infused Disney crowd dining in every crevice of the place. Hurrying past the line of dinner hopefuls, you strut into the bar just as the band begins to warm up. “One, two, three, four!” The jazz chords float through the air, connecting every table of 184 LOCALE MAGAZINE
folks from Tennessee to Tahoe. With a Pimm’s Cup or Hurricane in hand, you cheer the vibrant piano player at every solo. When the music ends and they call for a break, it will mark your time to head out for a different Disney adventure. You exit the new age of Downtown Disney and step across to the old world of the original Disneyland Hotel. Lush bushes overgrow beside the pool and block what you can make of your next destination: Trader Sam’s. Flaming tiki torches light up the entrance to the famed grog grotto, illuminating not only the beautiful façade but also the excitement on all your faces. After a short wait, you break into the exquisitely decorated room. You sit next to old boys in Hawaiian shirts and young fans sipping their first mai tai as you gaze up at history. With the first sip of your Zombie, you’re propelled to Disney’s Polynesia. As you dive deeper into the world around you, it’s almost impossible to leave, but at this point, no one’s forcing you to escape.
7 p.m. Ballast Point Brewing
8:30 p.m. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
10 p.m. Trader Sam’s
Did You Know?
• In 2015, the Ballast Point brand was sold to Constellation Brands for $1 billion. Quick comparison: Disney is worth around $150 billion.
We Love NOLA
• The Brannan family of Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is New Orleans restaurant royalty. A three-block walk in the French Quarter will bring you by five of their 13 restaurants.
Drinking and a Show • When in Trader Sam’s, make sure to order the Uh-Oa (pronounced UhOh-Ah). This drink includes a song and show only Disney could dream up.
Photoshoot Location: VACATION 204 W Fourth St Santa Ana, CA 92701 657.266.0855 www.vacationdtsa.com
Date the City
Santa Ana, CA
$75-100 per person
Fun upscale casual like you’re on vacation
Timeline Summar y Time-tested Latin traditions meld into new-age city offerings along Santa Ana’s Fourth Street. Quinceanera shops proudly tout their latest flair alongside mixology houses that creatively showcase new tastes. One of these beautiful places is the vibrant Vacation bar. Ducking under the neon sign, you pleasantly sit at the bar like a tourist on the first night of vacation. Each drink is a journey to the city it’s named after—your night takes off with the cocktail you want to fly to. The adventure can head anywhere from Tokyo to London, but for tonight, it’s a trip to Andalusia, Spain. When your drink comes to an end, it’s time to take the steps to get there because every vacation begins with a step in the right direction. Turning the corner onto Second Street, you’re instantly whisked away to a European side street. Trees have overgrown into a cobblestone walkway, finished off with a flowing fountain that creates an ambiance less seen in the Western Hemisphere. You enter the dimly lit Lola Gaspar with a menu in hand, lined up to order. Octopus skewers, 186 LOCALE MAGAZINE
shrimp tacos and lamb quekas catch your eye, as you first scour the tapas list. After ordering cocktails and bites at the counter, you settle into the candlelit bar—your little slice of Barcelona. Drinks are shared as dishes arrive from the kitchen. Spicy and sweet flavors, melding European with Mexican, delight with every bite. As fast as it began, you devour your small plates and sweet drinks, opening your night to the next stop on your trip. The McFadden Public Market doesn’t seem like your typical stop on this vacation of a night until you enter the hidden tropical confines of Twisted Tiki. Island vibes croon alongside images of far away beaches. The Hawaiian shirt-clad bartender pleasantly welcomes you, among the flora and fauna, with an extensive menu of cocktails. When your stiff drink arrives, it goes down all too easily among the chatter of tropical revelers. The dimly lit room is the backdrop for a final stop on this staycation—unless you opt for another drink; it’s up to you. When you’re on vacation, you make the rules!
6 p.m. Vacation Bar
7:30 p.m. Lola Gaspar
9 p.m. Twisted Tiki/ Mission Control
Inspired and Imbibed
• Dig the furniture at Vacation? One of the owners is a professional furniture designer, and every table and chair was made by his hands.
More Than a Souvenir
• The owners of Lola Gaspar went on a two-week trip to Barcelona and ended up staying for six months. This culinary trip became the inspiration for the restaurant.
Use Your Time Wisely
• Due to its size, Twisted Tiki has a onehour limit per visit. But if you don’t feel like going home, you can head upstairs to Mission Control for a barcade party.
Photoshoot Location: PROVISIONS DELI & BOTTLE SHOP 143 N Glassell St Orange, CA 92866 714.997.2337 www.provisionsdeli.shop
Date the City
$25-50 per person
Casual Parisian afternoon look
Summar y Young families and teenage pals happily make their way past the quaint circle fountain of downtown Orange, a village where every other building seems frozen in time. You pass the ancient Free Masons Lodge and turn into Pandor, a cafe that feels worlds away. The Parisian menu instantly takes you to the Champs Elysées with delicate pastries, hearty tartines and savory crêpes. In no time, a glass of rosé and a croque madame accompany you at your sidewalk vista. With each bite and sip, you fall deeper into a French afternoon. And then on cue, your warm bananas Foster crêpe arrives—an indulgent reminder to enjoy the world around you and not take it so seriously. With your last bite, bid “au revoir,” and set out for a cultural experience. You window shop along the antique boulevards, pointing and commenting at the lace garments, time-worn bicycles and classic glassware. Eventually, you make your way to the modern hall of the Hilbert Museum. Journeying through the gallery, 188 LOCALE MAGAZINE
you’re first taken down the road of old Southern California. Paintings of your favorite places before they were populated inspire a conversation around “how it used to be.” Eventually, you find yourself in the rotating gallery viewing pieces from Mary Blair, the imagineer at Disney behind Dumbo, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. It may not be the Louvre, but as you leave, a feeling of pride for California art puts some pep in your step on the way to your next stop. The door swings open to a burst of excitement inside Provisions Bottle Shop. Young dads sip on IPAs next to their kids while couples toast a glass of cab at the bar. Settling in the window seat up front, you order a glass of wine to accompany some charcuterie. The walking and perusing for the day subsides with sips of sauvignon blanc, as you watch the passersby out the window. While noshing on deviled eggs with a slowly building buzz, you welcome the French style of your day—or better yet, Orange style.
Noon Pandor Bakery
1:30 p.m. The Hilbert Museum
3 p.m. Provisions Bottle Shop
We’ll Cheers to That
• The Provisions team raises awareness of your beer and wine knowledge but also raises thousands of dollars to donate to both international causes as well as local charities like Share Our Selves.
• Pandor’s local feel is a family business with five locations in OC. They started in Newport Beach, and their sixth location is opening in Irvine before summer 2020.
A Look Back • The Hilbert Museum collection began in 1992 when the Hilberts bought a California scene painting from a consignment shop in Palm Springs.
escape /// versus Palm Desert
Hit Pause or Press Play Take It Easy or Get Moving in the City of Palm Desert WRITTEN BY: STEPHANIE TEASLEY
Most vacationers take their time off seriously, however, how one spends their precious time varies. While a relaxing day by the pool is the ideal day for some, others prefer to step off the property and experience their surroundings. No matter if you’re an on-the-go vacationer or prefer some serious R&R, Palm Desert has everything from world-class spas and poolside cocktails to outdoor hikes and upbeat bars!
SEIZE THE DAY
A BOOZY BRUNCH • If you’re ready to get your day started, walk on over to Wilma & Frieda for a fun brunch with bloody marys and mimosas!
BREAKFAST IN BED vs.
• What better way to start off the getaway than sleeping in and enjoying a cozy breakfast in bed at the luxurious Hotel Paseo?
WILMA & FRIEDA www.wilmafrieda.com
HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
A LEISURE ART WALK
• Power through your shopping as you hit all of the stores The Shops on El Paseo has to offer.
THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO theshopsonelpaseo.com
• For nature lovers who prefer an outdoor hike, Bump and Grind is the most popular low-elevation trail.
RELAX AND UNWIND vs.
BUMP AND GRIND TRAIL www.alltrails.com
NAH, IT’S POOL TIME vs.
PURE BARRE www.purebarre.com
RED BARN 760.346.0191
• If you tend to take your out-of-office time seriously, book a stay at Palm Desert’s Hotel Paseo and lounge by the pool for a day of sun and sippin’. HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com
BOOZE AND BEATS • If you prefer cocktails, live music and games, head to Red Barn for an upbeat night of fun!
• If you’d rather relax indoors, the JW Marriott offers luxury spa treatments, such as body scrubs, hair and scalp treatments and even a steamy couples massage. JW MARRIOTT www.marriott.com
ON THE GRIND • If working out is part of your morning routine, get your sweat on with a class at Pure Barre on El Paseo.
• For the creatives who’d rather appreciate art at a leisurely pace, stroll through El Paseo’s many art galleries at the acclaimed El Paseo Art Walk. EL PASEO ART WALK elpaseoartwalk.com
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ELEGANT EATS vs.
• Enjoy a sit-down dinner at Venue Sushi Bar with an extensive menu of eats crafted by award-winning sushi master Engin Onural. VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE thevenuepalmdesert.com
thank you to our partners 1923 Restaurant Group
5 Points Plaza
Newport Regenerative Medicine
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
Andaz San Diego
Paséa Hotel & Spa
Andrea Orsi Beauty Lounge
Pure Barre | Newport Beach
Avila’s El Ranchito
Rancho Capistrano Winery
Bungalows Key Largo
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
Cafe Sevilla Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Rock & Brews
ClubSport | Aliso Viejo
SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar
Concierge Podiatry & Spa
Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers
El Paseo Shopping District
Filomena’s Italian Kitchen
Fish House Market & Grill
The City of Palm Desert
Fletcher Jones Motorcars
The District at Tustin Legacy
German Tuning Corporation
Goodwill of Orange County
The Italian Homemade Company
The Queen Mary
The Quiet Woman
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
House of Blues Anaheim
Instant Jungle International
Karma Automotive LLC
Ken Grody Ford
Union Market Tustin
La Quinta Resort & Club
URBANA Mexican Gastronomy
La Serena Villas
Vitra Eyewear South Coast Plaza
Landers Supply House
Warren Christopher Flooring
Lido Marina Village
Wave Plastic Surgery & Laser Center
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
William Grant & Sons
Lounge Group Consulting
Winston’s Crown Jewelers
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