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Alive Edition /// #112

AN INSIDE LOOK AT:

FROM SAN DIEGO TO MALIBU...

A RETRO CAMPING EXPERIENCE ON A VINEYARD

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP YOU CAN TAKE IN A DAY

BREATHTAKING BACKYARD FIRE AND WATER FEATURES

FLASH TO THE PAST

A LEISURELY DAY AT LONG BEACH’S WATERFRONT LIFESTYLE DESTINATION

SP OT- ON GENERATION STARTER PACKS

BRANDON LARRACUENTE IN HIS ELEMENT

INSTANT JUNGLE INTERNATIONAL


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editor's note We are halfway through the year and boy, do things look different than expected. When I pictured 2020 and all it had in store, I certainly didn’t envision masked faces, empty sports arenas and hand sanitizer being my new signature scent. But as Frank Sinatra so eloquently put it, “That’s life.” While we may not be able to predict the next curveball, we can surely take a swing at it. So whether you’re in need of a little inspiration or something that’ll give your heart and mind a rest, we’ve put together an issue chock-full of compelling stories, resilient individuals and local businesses working tirelessly to give back and provide safe spaces to eat, shop and explore. Among them is Andrew Dorsey, owner of SOCIAL, whose team fed over 800 unemployed restaurant workers in just eight days (pg. 58), Long Beach’s newest retail and restaurant complex, 2nd & PCH,

which created a hands-free obstacle course for kids (pg. 60) and Frontline Donations, an organization that has provided personal protective equipment to ER physicians and nurses (pg. 58). Gracing the cover of this issue is American actor Brandon Larracuente who dives into his personal growth as an actor, learning how to be comfortable in his own skin and his hopes for the future (pg. 46). Inspiration is everywhere, my friends— especially in our local communities. I hope these pages ignite a sense of resilience and creativity during these uncertain times. Whether you rekindle a sense of positivity, discover a new restaurant to support or find yourself planning the perfect post-quarantine getaway, this issue is here to make you smile and look forward to the good days that lie ahead. Happy Reading!

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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 @celebritystylebymelissa 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

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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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table of contents August 2020 /// Alive Edition

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Spotlight

Inspired By OC Locals A Look at How the Orange County Community Comes Together During Hard Times

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24 Hours

2nd to None 2nd & PCH Is the Place to Be

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Feature

Cruise Control Take a Road Trip up the Coast in Luxurious Bliss

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5 Pro Tips

You Better Work(out) Sweat & Tell Share Their Top Workout Secrets

Newport Beach

KARMA NEWPORT BEACH 4040 Campus Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 844.527.6262 www.karmanb.com

PHOTO BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI

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table of contents August 2020 /// Alive Edition

Costa Mesa

Pg. 114

Newport Beach

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First Bite

SKY'S THE LIMIT

Take a Trip Back in Time at Orange County’s Poshest Supper Club

foodie 70

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SUSHI ME ROLLIN’

Take Your Ravioli Recipe to the Next Level With These Tips From The Italian Homemade Company

2 Things We Love

Starfish Is Serving up the Best of the Land and Sea

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Devour by the Hour

THIS LITTLE FOODIE WENT TO THE MARKET

From Savory Bites to Baked Delights, Union Market Tustin Has It All

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Native Knowledge

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For the Fridge

BYOB

Be Your Own Bartender With These 4 Corona Hard Seltzer Recipes

How to Make

ENDLESS PASTA-BILITIES

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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

ONE-STOP PARADISE

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IN FULL BLOOM

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You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party

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What’s in Stock

THE PURSUIT OF HOPPINESS

Sip an Ice-Cold Beer at Newport Beach’s Only Craft Brewery

Trending

I WANT IT ALL

Turns Out, Money Can Buy Happiness

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Starter Packs

4 GENERATION STARTER PACKS

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From Matcha Lattes to Ice Cream Sandwiches, What Represents Your Generation?

‘TIS THE SEA-SUN

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2 Things We Love

Tavern House Serves Seafood-Centric Dishes With a Side of Bay Views

Behind the Brand

LET YOUR FLAG FLY

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A Look Into the Beloved Salty Brand, Slightly Choppy

OLD FASHIONED FUN

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Get the Deets

With 160 Bottles to Choose From, You’ll Be a Whiskey Connoisseur With One Trip to Craft House in Dana Point

Paso Robles

10 Things We Love

Shop, Eat and Play the Day Away at Huntington Beach’s Pacific City

Feature

Pg. 82

shoppe 102

My Style

GEAR WITH GRIT

No One Does Rough and Ready Like Seager Co.

Pg. 130

escape 120

Behind the Brand

FIRE, WATER AND STONE

This SoCal Company Is Shaping the Art of Pottery as We Know It

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What’s in Stock

WHAT A TRIP

Turn Your Travel Game up a Notch With These Essentials

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Get the Deets

DISCONNECT & RECONNECT

Camp Under the Stars at This Retro Trailer Pond Set on 130 Acres in Paso Robles


native knowledge

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

TIMELESS CLASSIC

Another favorite watch is the Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold bridges (It won the grand prize over the Eiffel Tower at the

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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

www.swisswatchgallery.com

HIDDEN GEM

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

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STAND OUT

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

MUST-HAVE

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.


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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.

“We are counting on the OC communities— especially Costa Mesa— to support small, local businesses.” —Chance Owen LANDERS SUPPLY HOUSE Costa Mesa www.landerssupplyhouse.com @landerssupplyhouse, @landersvintage, @landersliquorbar AROUND THE WORLD APPAREL INC. Los Angeles

www.landerssupplyhouse.com

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. www.americanrag.com

ECLECTIC FINDS

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. www.seahivemarketplace.com

DAY DREAMIN’

Ò Daydream Surf Shop is run by Becca and Kyle—both the most welcoming and nice 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

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WILD WILD WEST

Ò Ransack is a vintage shop in Oceanside that captures the spirit and rapture of the American Wild West. 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

SIPPIN’ AT HOME

Ò My favorite cocktail to make at home is a spicy margarita, Lander’s style. The combo tastes delicious, with a perfect mix of heat, spice and lime...and obviously tequila cures everything.


native knowledge

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.

www.greenroom-oc.com

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

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FUNKY FINDS

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 (or pick up!) 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

ORDERING IN

Ò We have tried to spread out our take out orders to support local restaurants over the past few months. One of our favorite spots is our local Thai restaurant, Bangkok Corner. It’s right down the street from our home. The chicken curry plate is fantastic! www.bankgkokcornercm.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


native knowledge

Oui! Oui! Lauren Trickett Shares Her Love for This French Aperitif

Long Beach NAME: Lauren Trickett JOB TITLE: Lillet Brand Ambassador

3 FAVORITE LILLET DRINKS

RESIDENT OF: Long Beach

1. Lillet with soda water, orange and mint 2. French mojito 3. French margarita

LOCAL LIVING: 2 Years

MELTING POT

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There are different languages spoken in California. This variety creates a beautiful sound we get to hear when walking down a street or sitting in a restaurant.

LIKE THE FRENCH

Ò When hosting at home, I love surprising guests with a French margarita. Adding this elegant twist to a familiar classic is always a crowd pleaser. You’ll need 2 ounces of Lillet Blanc, 1 ounce of Olmeca Altos blanco tequila, .75 ounces of fresh lime juice and half an ounce of agave or honey syrup. Shake and strain it over ice and garnish with an orange wheel.

HAPPY HOUR AT HOME

Ò After bartending for 12 years, making complicated cocktails at home is something I only do on special occasions. My go-to is usually a Lillet and soda water with a slice of orange and fresh mint from the garden. It’s a simple cocktail that is light and refreshing, which is perfect for winding down after the 405 commute, and before you start the battle of “What’s for dinner?”

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LILLET www.lillet.com

ORANGE YA GLAD

Ò One of the main components of Lillet is the housemade orange liqueur that helps comprise its unique signature flavor. When they first began making this, they would use the peels from thousands of Hattian and Spanish oranges in the liqueur and donate the fruit of the oranges to local schools and hospitals.

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT

Ò Lillet is one of the most versatile spirits I have ever come across—it will really surprise you how many ways it can be used. You can drink it on the rocks or make it into a French mojito; it’s fantastic when using it in the traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce or freeze it with lemonade for a summer treat. If you want more beverage inspo, follow @lillet.usa on Facebook and Instagram!

SEAFOOD SENSATION

Ò Lillet is incredible with seafood. The region of Bordeaux, where Lillet comes from, is known for its vast marine cuisine, so it makes sense that the two would be suited for each other. I love to make a simple panseared halibut with summer veggies and fresh tomatoes. After searing the fish, I use butter and Lillet Blanc to deglaze the pan and sautée the veggies.

Photography Provided By: Eugene Lee | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

“In the wake of the COVID-19 shut down of the industry, I have been blessed to be in the position to give back and provide care to uplift the service industry community with the full support of Lillet.” —Lauren Trickett


From the pages of Locale San Diego

Escondido

Inspired By SD Locals

Food for Thought

Ú Nonprofit organization San Diego Craft Collective started a campaign selling handmade, reusable cloth masks. “Part of our mission as a nonprofit is to support local craftspeople, so we came up with the Mask 2Gether project where people in the community buy a mask, and we donate a second mask,” says Steffi Dotson, president and founder of San Diego Craft Collective. Dotson and her team have donated twice to Rady Children’s Hospital and to the City of San Diego’s Convention Center; they also plan on launching Craft 2Gether, a new project where they will sell craft kits, and for each kit purchased, they’ll donate a kit to a child in need.

Ú Highland Valley Vineyards donated 20% of all wine sales from early March to May 15 to the San Diego County Food Bank. Their generous donation was matched by another food bank donor, making the final contribution equivalent to over 18,000 meals. “With so many of our customers coming in to purchase wine, we felt it would be nice to extend this appreciation to those less fortunate during this particularly difficult time,” says Ray Schnorr, co-owner and co-winemaker at Highland Valley Vineyards. The winery continues to support a variety of important initiatives in San Diego, including the Rotary, Poway Arts and the YMCA. “We are proud to give back to our community,” says Schnorr.

SAN DIEGO CRAFT COLLECTIVE 2590 Truxtun Rd, Ste 106 San Diego, CA 92106 619.273.3235 www.sandiegocraft.org

HIGHLAND VALLEY VINEYARDS 15412 Bandy Canyon Rd Escondido, CA 92025 858.531.6589 www.highlandvalleyvineyards.com

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A LOOK AT HOW THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER DURING HARD TIMES WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Ú Inspiration is everywhere—especially in our local communities. During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, San Diego business owners took big steps to ensure the love and support of our healthcare workers, the unemployed and those most at risk. From crafting protective face masks to generously donating meals, these five companies (and the teams behind them) are nothing short of inspirational.

Getting Crafty

East Village

In It Together Ú In the month of May, East Village Association launched their EV Ambassador Program—a project designed to create a centralized communication between the business and residential communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteers were assigned to 10 neighborhoods to serve as the main point of communication between business owners, residents, property managers and the East Village Association. Their duties included the circulation of important information like providing updates on current business offerings, homelessness and cleanliness, as well as performing routine checkins. Through this program, East Village Association worked to ignite a sense of togetherness, preserve the spirit of community and keep communication alive in the neighborhood. EAST VILLAGE ASSOCIATION 1041 Market St San Diego, CA 92101 619.546.5636 www.eastvillagesandiego.com

Sanity Through Sanitizer Miramar

Ú Since the beginning of the crisis, Seven Caves Spirits and Liberty Call Distilling have partnered to manufacture, donate and sell WHO formulation hand sanitizer using their ethanol. “We saw the shortage of hand sanitizer and how it was negatively affecting our hospitals, friends and businesses,” says Geoff Longenecker, founder of Seven Caves Spirits. Since starting this campaign, Longenecker and his team have received significant support and many thanks from the local community. SEVEN CAVES DISTILLERY 7950 Stromesa Ct, San Diego, CA 92126 | 619.300.1624 | www.the7caves.com

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Wingin’ It Ú Dirty Birds, a local San Diego sports bar, began their Wing it Forward Campaign where they matched every 20-piece wings for every 20-piece bought to feed frontline workers. To date, they have matched and distributed the equivalent of over 150,000 wings! “Our community is who built our brand and supported us since day one...It’s important to never lose sight of the community that stands behind your vision,” says Managing Partner Adam Jacoby. His team plans to continue supporting frontline workers and sponsoring the many organizations they have been involved with over the years, such as youth sports, SOMBFAB (Some of My Best Friends Are Bald) and Big Josh Foundation. DIRTY BIRDS 2970 Truxtun Rd, Ste 9 San Diego, CA 92106 619.756.7576 www.dirtybirdsbarandgrill.com


BRANDON LARRACUENTE @brandonlarracuente Photoshoot Location: INSTANT JUNGLE INTERNATIONAL 2560 S Birch St Santa Ana, CA 92707 714.850.9227 www.instantjungle.com APPAREL PROVIDED BY: COS www.cosstores.com JACKET PROVIDED BY: Zensai www.zensai.com WATCH PROVIDED BY: Goodfellow www.target.com BRACELET PROVIDED BY: H&M www.hm.com RING PROVIDED BY: H&M www.hm.com SOCKS PROVIDED BY: Sock It Up www.jyinstyle.com SHOES PROVIDED BY: Johnny Bigg www.johnnybigg.com

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HE’S A

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 matching sweatsuit 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.”

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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.”

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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 In his latest role, Larracuente plays eldest child Emilio Acosta in the 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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“I hope for more inclusivity for all ethnicities and cultures. We’re on the right track, but there’s always room for improvement.” —BRANDON LARRACUENTE

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August 2020 /// adventure. altruism. agility.

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“...I think our overarching goal was just to make sure that everyone on the frontlines felt the love and admiration the community has for them.” —Alexandra Garcia, Gina-Maria Garcia & Kori Johnston, Co-Founder & CEO/COO | CoFounder/CMO | Co-Founder, Frontline Donations

PROVIDING PPE Ú It all started with an Instagram DM. Sisters GinaMaria and Alexandra Garcia reconnected with Alexandra’s childhood best friend, Kori Johnston, and just like that, an entire charity drive dedicated to serving nurses and doctors on the frontline was born. “Essentially, what we were doing was responding to a very serious need. This is a time that has been really tough on everybody. I think our overarching goal was just to make sure that everyone on the frontlines felt the love and admiration the community has for them,” the girls explain.

FACE MASKS & FISH TACOS Ú Wing Lam, CEO of Wahoo’s, devoted much of his time during the crisis to make face masks and deliver lunches to local hospitals. “The face shields were even FDA-approved,” Lam states. “I needed a mask to keep myself [and others] safe for deliveries at homes, police departments, hospitals and businesses,” Lam explains. Bradley Applegate partnered with Lam to raise money and donate face shields to those in need; for every $100 raised, 50 face shields were donated! “The idea that you’re doing something and spreading the word—it helps.” WAHOO’S FISH TACOS www.wahoos.com | @wahoosfishtaco

“The idea that you’re doing something and spreading the word—it helps.” —Wing Lam, CEO, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos

MEALS WITH A MISSION Ú During the start of the COVID pandemic, Andrew Dorsey, owner of SOCIAL, put together goodie bags packed with a burger, fries, water and toilet paper to hand out to unemployed restaurant workers. “The ‘Serving Those Who Serve’ initiative was something we wanted to do during the uncertain times—we decided to take a positive step to feed those workers,” says Dorsey. With help from the community, Dorsey said he and his team fed over 800 people in just eight days during the month of April. “People were very appreciative, and it’s people who truly needed it—those who hadn’t received unemployment or aid yet. People showed up with a very heartfelt, positive and gracious mentality,” Dorsey says. SOCIAL KITCHEN & CRAFT BAR Huntington Beach | Costa Mesa 714.374.7715 | 949.642.2425 | www.socialrg.com 58 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Inspired By OC Locals

With a mission, hardwork and the help of the community, Frontline Donations fundraised and sourced the essential personal protective equipment (PPE) that ER physicians and nurses needed to fight COVID-19. FRONTLINE DONATIONS 949.423.3693 www.frontlinedonations.com | @frontlinedonations

Newport Beach

A LOOK AT HOW THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER DURING HARD TIMES WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER & TAYLOR GORSKI ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Ú Inspiration is everywhere—especially in our local communities. During the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Orange County business owners took big steps to ensure the love and support of our healthcare workers, the unemployed and those most at risk. From crafting protective face masks to delivering boxed lunches, these four companies (and the teams behind them) are nothing short of inspirational.

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“People were very appreciative, and it’s people who truly needed it––those who hadn’t received unemployment or aid yet.” —Andrew Dorsey, Owner, SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOXED LUNCH Ú “Nobody knew how long this was going to go on,” says Tavern House Founder David Wilhelm. “Once things started to linger, we opened up for to-go orders. We were contacted by a managing partner at Costco who wanted to buy 150 boxed lunches from us once a week; that gave us an opportunity to bring staff in. Then we thought, what else can we do?” says Wilhelm. After reading stories from the community, Tavern House reached out to Hoag Hospital to find out they were interested in the donations. “We delivered 400 lunches in the next five to seven days. It just snowballed. We went on to donate to the women’s shelter, St. Jude Hospital, Mission Hospital and [area] fire departments,” Wilhelm says. TAVERN HOUSE KITCHEN & BAR 333 Bayside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.673.8464 | www.tavernhousekb.com


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2nd to None 2ND & PCH IS THE PLACE TO BE

Long Beach

WRITTEN BY: RACHEL BONILLA

The corner of 2nd St and PCH has a deluxe retail complex right across from the marina. With upscale clothing stores, a unique array of specialty services and an eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants, you can spend your day sipping, shopping and strolling seaside. Here’s our guide to the ideal day at Long Beach’s newest luxury lifestyle destination!

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BOXHAUS

8:00 a.m. Morning Sweat Ú Start your day with a heart-pounding workout at BOXHAUS. With expert instructors keeping you involved and playlists to keep you moving, you’ll feel the burn as you jab, cross and hook your way through a full body sweat sesh.

2ND & PCH 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90803 424.217.2337 www.2ndandpch.com

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That’s the Spirit! Ú After your workout and a cup of joe, you’re ready for a refresh. As you stroll through the center, head to SkinSpirit to give your body the treatment it deserves. From texturing, toning and tightening to rejuvenating treatments like CoolSculpting and laser hair removal, you’ll be looking and feeling like a million bucks in no time.

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Tall, Dark and Caffeinated Ú Head over for a caffeine kick at Caffe Luxxe, and grab a croissant and coffee while you look out over the marina. They serve locally roasted coffees as well as Ethiopian and Montenegro blends. CAFFE LUXXE www.caffeluxxe.com 60 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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SKINSPIRIT

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HUNGRY ANGELINA

THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY

1:30 p.m. Rooted in Flavor Ú After some shopping, 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 BOBA GUYS

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3:00 p.m. Sip, Sip, Hooray Ú At Boba Guys, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of thirstquenching boba teas, frescas and lattes. Don’t leave without trying their very own Thai Tea—brewed Ceylon black tea and spices combined with organic dairy milk and organic condensed milk. BOBA GUYS www.bobaguys.com

Use Your Noodle Ú Stomach starting to grumble? Then reserve a table at The Italian Homemade Company for a homestyle meal. With a focus on simple, great-tasting classics like spaghetti and meatballs (but with added extras like browned butter and sage), you can enjoy an authentic Italian dinner that will surely hit the spot!

THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY

THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY italianhomemade.com

Photos - 2nd PCH: Holdway and Associates | BOXHAUS: ©PERBERNAL | Caffe Luxe: Alicia Cho & Jesse Tenorio | SkinSpirit | LINNE’S: Hammitt | Hungry Angelina: Marissa Hughes | Boba Guys | The Italian Homemade Company: M. Petrogalli, M. Bailoni, Ubereats | Ample Hills: Liz Clayman | OluKai | Obstacle course: Christy Pardini

12:30 p.m. Shop About It Ú Next, browse through LINNE’S for a chic selection of women’s clothing and accessories. Shi Shi resort wear and blingy belts aren’t the only things that will catch your eye in this swanky, stylish boutique. LINNE’S @linnes.2ndpch LINNE’S

OLUKAI

5:00 p.m. Walk in Style Ú Stop by Olukai’s aloha mobile pop-up shop and browse through a selection of stylish shoes and sandals. Crafted for the ocean lifestyle, this footwear collection is perfect for a stroll through the marina. If the shoe fits, buy it! OLUKAI www.olukai.com

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY

9:00 p.m. The Inside Scoop Ú Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of scrumptious ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery! Choose from a variety of signature flavors like Peppermint Pattie, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Chocolate Milk & Cookies and more. It’s the sweetest way to end your day. AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY www.amplehills.com

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CRUISE CONTROL TAKE A ROAD TRIP UP THE COAST IN LUXURIOUS BLISS WRITTEN BY: REYES BACA • 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 NEWPORT 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 dip away from the coast and you’ll notice you’re just minutes away from the historic Leo Carrillo Ranch! Stroll along trails and gaze upon the romantic hand-crafted adobe buildings, antique windmills and reflecting pool as you learn about California’s cherished history. As you get back into your Revero GT, you pause to appreciate the way the Bodega Bay Blue exterior looks against the magnificently landscaped 27-acre canyon; it’s like it was made for this. 64 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 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 stroll down the pier and watch as the waves roll in towards the shore. Once you’ve fulfilled your tourist duties, walk over to Soda Jerks, a retro ice cream parlor that serves specialty sundaes, shakes and sodas out of the historical Carousel Building. Any of their treats made with locally famous Fosselman’s ice cream are sure to sweeten your mood!

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 and now home to the picturesque Malibu Farm Restaurant. The modern farm-style décor 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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“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 • “Grab your yoga mat, a towel and an iced water bottle when taking a Ra Yoga class, because these classes get you moving and sweating! We love the variety of classes available at the studio and online; from relaxing vinyasa to strength building.”

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NO MOVING NECESSARY • “We love to sweat it out in the sauna— with a Netflix show on—at Perspire Sauna Studio. It makes the detox time fly by!”

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PUT IN WORK WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ARI MOSHAYEDI

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.

• “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.”

LOW-IMPACT, HIGH-INTENSITY MOVEMENTS • “There are two things we always remind ourselves when taking a Pure Barre Newport Beach class at home or in the studio: put on those grip socks and TUCK! Don’t let the small movements deceive you because you will feel the burn during class and the soreness after!”

“We love the variety of classes here; from relaxing vinyasa to strength-building.” —Joanna and Jacquelyn

“We love to sweat it out in the sauna—with a Netflix show on—at Perspire Sauna Studio.” —Joanna and Jacquelyn

Planning Is Key • “We’ve been using several different online streaming platforms to ensure we are getting in our workouts even from our living rooms. We plan our workouts for the week in our calendars ahead of time, and we’ve been holding one another accountable with virtual workout meetings too.”

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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

PURE BARRE

Photoshoot Location: PURE BARRE 234 E 17th St, Ste116 Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Photos - Perspire Sauna: Nathan Whelan | Ra Yoga: Valerie Kon

• “Newport Peach knows how to put you in a good mood! Preregister and get there early to grab your equipment. Be open-minded to get a little silly while you do some danceinspired moves.”

SWEAT & TELL SHARE THEIR TOP WORKOUT SECRETS

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foodie August 2020 /// seafood. seltzers. spirits.

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First Bite

PHOTO BY: Robiee Ziegler • THE COUNTRY CLUB 330 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 | 949.281.2582 | www.countryclubcm.com

Sky's the Limit Take a Trip Back in Time at Orange County’s Poshest Supper Club

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SINGAPORE BAMBOO ROLL

Laguna Beach

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• 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 sauce and sriracha—a fusion of significant textural elements, zest and acidity.

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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.

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• “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.

Singapore Bamboo Roll Ingredients: • Carrot • Jicama • Lettuce • Bean Sprout • Thai Basil • Rau Rum • Rice Paper • Sriracha • Peanut Hoisin Sauce • Marinated Bamboo

Lobster Macadamia Roll Ingredients: • Avocado • Mango • Cucumber • Cilantro • Roasted Macadamia Nuts • Sesame Soy Paper • House Wasabi and Sriracha Aioli • Eel sauce • Chopped Lobster Tail

TRY IT ALL! • Happy hour, aka “Opium Hour,” features these excellent rolls—along with over 30 other small plate items—Tuesday through Sunday from 3-6 p.m when dining in.

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.

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• 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.

• 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.

TAKEOUT TREAT • All of the Starfish sushi rolls are a fantastic treat for takeout. The fresh rolls can be eaten directly out of the box. All of the cold items are packaged separately, so they taste just as they would in the dining room!

STARFISH 30832 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.9200 www.starfishlaguna.com


foodie /// devour by the hour

Union Market Tustin, centrally located in The District shopping center, is an industrial-chic retail and dining destination that features 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.

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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.

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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 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

Photos - Berry Brand: Rich Mora/Mora Film Co: | Roba Noodles: Alan de Herrera

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BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER WITH THESE CORONA HARD SELTZER RECIPES

WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN • ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

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Cherry the Moment

It’s official— you can’t have warm weather without something that’s a little bubbly, and with Corona’s new Hard Seltzers, getting that “just whisked off to summer vacay” feeling has never been easier. With four delicious flavors, these sparkling sips are the secret ingredients your bar cart has been begging for. Cheers!

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Ingredients:

Ingredients:

• 1 part Cherry Corona Hard Seltzer • ½ part Lime Juice • Maraschino Cherries • Ice • Slice of Lime (Garnish)

Recipe:

• In a stemless wine glass, add ice, maraschino cherries and lime juice. Top off with Cherry Corona Hard Seltzer and garnish with a slice of lime.

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• 1 part Blackberry Lime Corona Hard Seltzer • 1 part Limeade • Ice • Slice of Lime (Garnish)

Recipe:

• In a Collins glass, pour in ice and limeade, then top off with Blackberry Lime Corona Hard Seltzer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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Mango Mojo

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• 1 part Mango Corona Hard Seltzer • ½ part Mango Juice • ¼ part White Rum • Simple Syrup (to taste) • Ice • Mint Leaves (Garnish)

• 1 part Lime Corona Hard Seltzer • 1 part Ginger Beer • ¼ part Vodka • Simple Syrup (to Taste) • Ice • Lime Twist (Garnish)

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• Pour ice, simple syrup and vodka into a mason jar, then top with ginger beer and Lime Corona Hard Seltzer. Garnish with a lime twist.

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• Pour mango juice, white rum, simple syrup, torn mint leaves and ice into a hurricane glass. Top off with Mango Corona Hard Seltzer and garnish with a sprig of mint.


foodie /// how to make

HOW TO MAKE

ENDLESS Pasta-bilities Take Your Ravioli Recipe to the Next Level With These Tips From The Italian Homemade Company WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY

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“Having the knowledge of the traditions is the best; learning how to make pasta directly from my grandparents was a true treasure. We get to share that with the people who come to our restaurant. The key is to keep it original. And Italian,” Cosmi says.

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American Dream • Mattia Cosmi and Alice Romagnoli came to America from Italy and opened The Italian Homemade Company in August 2014. Sauce Boss • Customers are encouraged to try other sauces besides the standard “red” and “white” sauces. Like an Italian • Enjoy an Aperol Spritz with an Italian charcuterie plate—the perfect pair!

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Name: GianMarco Cosmi Job Title: Chef at The Italian Homemade Company

Transport yourself to Italy without hopping on a plane and traveling across the world. Just a drive away, The Italian Homemade Company creates fresh, homemade and authentic Italian pasta. Pick a pasta (fettuccine, tagliate, gnocchi and ravioli are just a few of the options), pick a sauce (think Bolognese, marinara and pesto) and definitely add a side of meatballs and homemade flatbread. Is your mouth watering yet?

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Started in San Francisco in 2014, The Italian Homemade Company is now opening their newest location in Long Beach at 2nd & PCH. The Italian Homemade Company is a family affair; Chef GianMarco Cosmi is the brother of Mattia Cosmi, who founded the company with his wife, Alice Romagnoli. The family came to America from Rimini, Italy—a small beach town in the region of Emilia-Romagna known for its balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, mortadella and prosciutto. Cosmi has been a chef for 14 years; he studied cooking in Italy at ALMA International School of Cuisine just outside of Parma and traveled and worked all over the country. “I’m very proud to keep the Italian tradition alive and share it here in California,” Cosmi says. While pasta is the main attraction at The Italian Homemade Company, other menu items include homemade yeast free flatbread sandwiches (aka Piadine), salads, cold plates and Italian desserts. Although every pasta at The Italian Homemade Company is delectable, the vegetarian ravioli shines. The ravioli is made with the best possible ingredients—ricotta made fresh every week at Double Eight Dairy Farm in Petaluma, Parmigiano DOP aged 24 months and an unrevealed secret that explains the freshness of all the ingredients combined. Each square noodle is individually stuffed with rich ricotta and spinach; the finest sauce pairing is the brown butter and sage sauce. “It’s a very delicate sauce that enhances the fresh pasta flavor. Sage is bitter and ricotta is sweet, so it’s a great marriage,” explains Cosmi. “Having the knowledge of the traditions is the best; learning how to make pasta directly from my grandparents was a true treasure. We get to share that with the people who come to our restaurant. The key is to keep it original. And Italian,” Cosmi says. The fast and casual environment of The Italian Homemade Company, typically packed like a true Italian trattoria, will satisfy your pasta cravings in no time. As Italian film director Federico Fellini said best, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” 78 LOCALE MAGAZINE

HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC, ITALIAN RAVIOLI Chef GianMarco Cosmi Walks Us Through How to Make This Delectable Dish

Bite into a raviolo—an authentic, Italian homemade delight—and experience a burst of flavor. The Italian Homemade Company, who brought their Italian recipes and secrets straight from Italy, shares how to make this delicious dish. And you’re going to want to make it again and again.

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• Gather your ingredients: 2 cups of double 00 flour, 3 eggs, Ricotta from Double 8 Farm (Petaluma), ParmigianoReggiano aged 24 months, ½ cup fresh spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

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• Make the pasta dough by mixing the flour and eggs. “The flour we use is the best flour, and it’s expressly milled for us in Italy by Molino Pasini. I think that makes a big difference in our pasta,” states Cosmi.

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• “Parboil the fresh spinach, drain it and then mix with the flour and three eggs,” explains Cosmi.

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• Use your hands to knead the dough. “The pasta needs to be kneaded for about 10 minutes until the pasta at the touch is smooth and fairly even,” says Cosmi.

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• Roll out the dough, stuff the noodles and use a manual wheel cutter to individually cut out each ravioli.

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• Cook in salted boiling water. “Pasta will cook in just three minutes if it’s freshly made,” explains Cosmi.

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• Once your sauce of choice is added and ready to serve (browned butter and sage is recommended, topped with a sprinkle of grated Parmigiano Reggiano), pair your ravioli with a glass of Sangiovese from Romagna. “The light tannins pair with the spice and the herbal aroma of sage, and they round up the melted butter,” explains Cosmi. Buon Appetito!

“It’s a very delicate sauce that enhances the fresh pasta flavor. Sage is bitter and ricotta is sweet, so it’s a great marriage.” —GianMarco Cosmi

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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

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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 smooth tunes. 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.” Recently, the addition of an all-new sound system makes things better than ever.

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“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. 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. Sip your cocktail of choice, snack on delicious dishes and relax as you experience this oneof-a-kind Laguna Beach gem. 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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• 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.


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TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME AT ORANGE COUNTY’S POSHEST SUPPER CLUB

Set in a historic 50-year-old, A-frame building on Costa Mesa’s restaurant-lined 17th St, The Country Club offers guests a reminiscent glimpse into America’s glamorous past. Rich earth tones and brassy accents intensify the interior of this time-honored social club, creating a swanky, Gatsbyesque atmosphere. “The entire space harkens in the mood of a fargone era,” says Aaron Anderson, general manager of The Country Club. Let your eyes wander and you’ll find a collection of fencing masks, croquet mallets and other vintage items—a tribute to 1920s sporting culture.

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DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER • The library wall located behind the hostess stand is actually a secret door that leads to the staff offices.

The Country Club’s menu is a celebration of traditional American cuisine and classic libations. From offerings like the 40-ounce Ribeye Tomahawk (served with crispy onions, blue cheese bone marrow butter and beef jus), to shareable dishes like the Hamachi and Passion Fruit Tartare, The Country Club boasts an extensive menu of upscale eats.

• From handcrafted cocktails to shareable plates, The Country Club is the perfect place to bring your friends; come hungry and stay late!

DECOR • Shaded picnic tables in a lawnstyle setting create the perfect open-air spot for happy hour.

Known for their exceptional selection of scotches and whiskies, this local supper club has perfected the presentation and flavors of their classic cocktails. For a photo-worthy sip, order the Smoking Jacket, crafted with bacon-washed Angel’s Envy Bourbon, pecan tincture, maple syrup and chocolate bitters. “We smoke this cocktail underneath a glass cloche, which typically provokes lots of ‘ooohs and ‘ahhs’ from the table,” says Anderson.

PRICE • Given the club’s upscale atmosphere, entrees range anywhere from $15-$98, while cocktails cost about $14.

In addition to the restaurant’s ritzy ambiance and eclectic menu, The Country

Club transforms into a hip nightclub after hours. “Many restaurants try and tow the line between their dinner business and their nightlife scene, and we’ve managed to create a smooth transition between the two,” says Anderson. In an effort to comply with the county’s social distancing standards, Anderson and his team have curated a lounge-like atmosphere as opposed to the establishment’s normally bustling dance floor. So, grab a table, raise your glass and enjoy a taste of the Roarin’ 20s at this posh local supper club—they’re ready for you!

VERDICT • The Country Club is the poshest place in Orange County with fabulous cocktails and delicious American fare— prepare to be wooed!

THE COUNTRY CLUB 330 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.281.2582 www.countryclubcm.com

PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: ROBIEE ZIEGLER & KEVIN WARN

...The Country Club offers guests a reminiscent glimpse into America’s glamorous past.

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HENDRICK’S GIN www.hendricksgin.com | @hendricksgin SNAKE OIL COCKTAIL COMPANY AT JULEP VENUE www.snakeoilcocktail.com | www.julepvenue.com | @snakeoilcocktail | @julepvenue Photoshoot Location: THE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 | 858.756.1131 | www.theinnatrsf.com

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You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER STYLED BY: DIJANA FIORENTINO • PROPS STYLED BY: LINDSEY CHRONERT AND LAUREN LEWELLEN MAKEUP BY: LIBBEY LAZARUS • HAIR BY: LISA BATIZ MODELS: BRIANNE COSTA AND MONI OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net LOCALE MAGAZINE 85


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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: Hendrick’s Gin, crushed raspberry, smashed banana, pressed lemon, muddled mint 86 LOCALE MAGAZINE


PINK DRESS PROVIDED BY: Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com FLORAL DRESS PROVIDED BY: Macy’s www.macys.com SUNGLASSES PROVIDED BY: Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com PROPS PROVIDED BY: Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique www.hi-sweets.com CUPCAKES PROVIDED BY: PURE Cupcakes www.purecupcakes.com

Fantastic Four

These four cocktails were created through a collaborative effort between Hendrick’s Gin and Snake Oil Cocktail Company for La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

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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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Ooh-La-La

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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Botanical Bliss

“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 /// what’s in stock

1 The Newport Blonde Type: Blonde Ale ABV: 4.7% IBU: 20 Tasting Notes: Light, refreshing, fruity aroma

The Pursuit of

Easy drinking for a summer day.

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SIP AN ICE-COLD BEER AT NEWPORT BEACH’S ONLY CRAFT BREWERY

Type: Mexican Lager ABV: 5% IBU: 11 Tasting Notes: Crisp, sweet, light-bodied

“We are the only brewery in Newport Beach, and we brew all our beer on the original 15 BBL brewhouse from Newport Beach Brewing Co. We use premium ingredients and a mix of traditional and contemporary brewing methods specific to each recipe.” — Dylan Mobley, Head Brewer at Helmsman Ale House

Enjoy at a backyard BBQ!

Newport Beach

Helmsman Ale House, Newport Beach’s only craft beer brewery, is serving refreshing craft beer all summer long. Whether you’re in the mood for a smooth afternoon sip or want to try a new flavorful brew, Helmsman’s got you covered. Snack on some crispy chicken wings as you enjoy good conversations in this beloved local brewery’s casual atmosphere. After discovering your new favorite beer, purchase a growler or crowler to-go to savor at home. Bring your growler back for a refill and receive $1 off. Bottom’s up! HELMSMAN ALE HOUSE 2920 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.220.9977 www.helmsmanalehouse.com

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3 Saison 2020 Type: Belgian Saison ABV: 6.5% IBU: 29 Tasting Notes: Bubble gum, banana, citrus End your night with this flavorful beer!

4 Gunboat Type: Pale Ale ABV: 5.4% IBU: 40 Tasting Notes: Malty, bitter, clean Serve with a lighter meal, such as Helmsman’s SoCal Fish Tacos or The Balboa Salad.

“My favorite beer is the Odelay Mexican Lager. It is extremely approachable but still full of flavor. Overall, my favorite styles are lagers, so I am a bit biased, but this batch came out great. It’s a fun craft twist on a classic Mexican lager.” — Dylan Mobley, Head Brewer at Helmsman Ale House

5 Ginger Island Type: Red IPA ABV: 7.3% IBU: 75 Tasting Notes: Sweet, malty, bitter Sip at a summer night bonfire.


foodie /// 2 things we love

Santa Fe Caesar Salad Ingredients: • Chopped Romaine • Green Chile Caesar Dressing • Grilled Corn • Avocado • Pico de Gallo • Parmesan • Chile-Toasted Pepitas

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Tavern House, situated on the Newport Bay, boasts stunning views of the water and serves up creative, seafood-centric dishes. Pop in for nightly dinners, Saturday lunch, Sunday Brunch, happy hour or even pull up on a Duffy for dockside pick-up with their new to-go menu. The warm and welcoming atmosphere— paired with the backdrop of the peaceful bay—is nothing short of relaxing. Pair the Santa Fe Caesar salad and the grilled Wild Isles salmon for an allaround decadent experience that’s sure to please.

‘Tis the Sea-sun TAVERN HOUSE SERVES SEAFOOD-CENTRIC DISHES WITH A SIDE OF BAY VIEWS WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: TAVERN HOUSE

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• Treat yourself to a mid-week treat. Happy hour is weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

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• Whoever says salads are boring surely hasn’t tried this one. Start with a flavorful Caesar to awaken your taste buds. “For the Santa Fe Caesar, like traditional Caesar salads, the predominant flavor is that of the dressing. It has a subtle level of smoky and spiciness with every bite,” explains Tavern House partner David Wilhelm.

COME ONE, COME ALL • “We have a large, centrally located bar that drives incredible energy into the main dining room. We also have a separate 50-seat private room with a fireplace and operable windows that overlooks the bay,” Wilhelm says.

GRATEFUL FOR OC • Wilhelm on his love and passion for Orange County: “Having lived and worked here for 40 years, I have developed a strong following of guests in the community that are incredibly loyal to me.”

CAN’T GO WRONG

GRILLED WILD ISLES SALMON

• Fresh seafood near the water is essential. The grilled Wild Isles salmon is a mustorder, mouthwatering dish at Tavern House. “The salmon is really the star of the dish, and so the focus is just lightly seasoning it, cooking it no more than medium and complementing it with the acidity of the white wine and lemon butter sauce,” Wilhelm says. 96 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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• Tavern House has a wide selection of refreshing cocktails. Sip on a new summer special Watermelon Margarita or Tito’s Lemonade.

Grilled Wild Isles Salmon Ingredients: • Boneless Filet of Wild Isles Scottish Salmon • Paprika and Tomato-Flavored Rice • Medley of Seasonal Baby Vegetables • Lemon-Shallot Butter Sauce

• Other notable signature dishes at Tavern House include fried chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros and the prime rib Benedict.

TAVERN HOUSE 333 Bayside Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.673.8464 www.tavernhousekb.com


CRAFT HOUSE 34094 Pacific Coast Hwy Dana Point, CA 92629 949.481.7734 www.eatatcrafthouse.com

foodie /// get the deets Dana Point

Old Fashioned Fun WITH 160 BOTTLES TO CHOOSE FROM, YOU’LL BE A WHISKEY CONNOISSEUR WITH ONE TRIP TO CRAFT HOUSE IN DANA POINT WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ROBERTO CERINI ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Craft House is the result of Chef and Owner Blake Mellgren’s vision of a restaurant with “white tablecloth” food, sans a white tablecloth environment. With a focus on craft beer and cocktails (with whiskey at the forefront), Craft House has become Orange County’s premier location for all your whiskey needs. Allocated over the course of four years since their opening, Craft House boasts over 160 different bottles of bourbons, ryes, Scottish, Japanese and American whiskeys—you’ll be hard pressed to find some of their stock anywhere else. The place has become a real community for whiskey aficionados and newbies alike for their willingness to share their knowledge and educate each other in the workings of whiskey.

“Distilled at 100 proof, this one is in your face and grows hair on your chest.” —Blake Mellgren

Noah’s Mill

Clyde May’s

Garrison Brothers

Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Type: Alabama Style Whiskey

Type: Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

• A relatively lesser-known distillery, Noah’s Mill is robust in flavor with subtle hints of sweetness. This small-batch bourbon goes down smooth but packs quite the punch. This is one that will put a little hair on your chest.

• “Nobody knows what [Alabama Style Whiskey] means, but it just refers to the finish of apples.” The addition of apples in the process speaks to its soft undertone, creating a pleasant taste without being too complex.

• “Distilled at 100 proof, this one is in your face and grows hair on your chest.” An ideal drink on the rocks, this 2018 small-batch whiskey is quite bold and distinctive with plenty of hints of oak throughout.

W.L. Weller C.Y.P.B.

Lost Republic

Rabbit Hole Heigold

Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Type: California Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

• This “Create Your Perfect Bourbon” bottle is an iteration of the ideal bourbon for a lot of enthusiasts. “It’s just something fun and different,” says Chef Mellgren. This wheated bourbon is aged eight years and sips well with hints of vanilla, spices and oak.

• “This is a whiskey you would expect out of Kentucky, but it’s Californian—and we’ve been trying a lot of California whiskies, but this one can stand up to the rest of them.” Barrel-aged in California, this small batch whiskey is sweetened with flavors of bananas, caramel and molasses.

• “A brand that’s pretty new to the market and has been blowing my mind lately. It’s phenomenal.” Aged three years, which is shorter than a normal time frame, this Kentucky whiskey is a unique interpretation of bourbon. It hits your palate with the sweetness of caramel and finishes with a bit of spice.

In-House Experiment •Ask about Craft House’s “Infinity Bottle,” aka Poor Man’s Pappy, an experimental house blend of rye and bourbon that may taste slightly different each time you visit.

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•Craft House’s whiskey-obsessed bartenders will gladly share their knowledge and educate you on all things whiskey for as long as you’ll listen.


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PHOTO BY: Cameron Oden • SLIGHTLY CHOPPY www.slightlychoppy.com | @slightlychoppy

August 2020 /// skincare. satire. seascapes.

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Let Your Flag Fly A Look Into the Beloved Salty Brand, Slightly Choppy

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“.. you’re bound to fall in love with the center’s eclectic mix of oceanfront shops.”

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Modern Food Hall Favorites Huntington Beach

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One -Stop Paradise SHOP, EAT AND PLAY THE DAY AWAY AT HUNTINGTON BEACH’S PACIFIC CITY WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: PACIFIC CITY

SPORTOFKINGS

POPBAR

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Situated on the breezy coastline of Huntington Beach, Pacific City offers locals and visitors the coveted SoCal experience. From breathtaking views to an assortment of places to eat, drink and shop, this luxury lifestyle destination embraces the contemporary culture of Southern California.

Oceanfront Entertainment Ú Pacific City is

Huntington Beach’s premier lifestyle destination for seaside views and spectacular sunsets. This waterfront wonderland is home to some of the best scenery SoCal has to offer. Grab a spot on the deck or a drink at one of the center’s signature restaurants and take it all in. It doesn’t get better than this, folks!

Ú Located on the south

end of the center, Lot 579 is a contemporary food hall that’s chockfull of award-winning eateries, serving up everything from fresh poke burritos and spaghetti grilled cheeses to locally roasted coffee and small-batch ice cream. Two new tenants, Four Sons Brewing Co. and Aubergine, have joined the Lot, so be sure to stop by for a tasty bowl, wrap or salad—and a pint, of course!

FOUR SONS BREWING

Ú From local boutiques

like Sport of Kings and West of Camden to name brands like Free People and William B, Pacific City is an open-air shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for some new surf apparel or on the hunt for the perfect pair of shades, you’re bound to fall in love with the center’s eclectic mix of oceanfront shops. 4

Events and Activations

Ú Pacific City hosts

a variety of events open to the public, such as summer movie nights, local acoustic performances and the monthly PC Grommets: Kids Club, where your kiddos can enjoy fun activities like meeting pirates and mermaids, participating in singalongs and trying their hand at a different craft each month.

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Photo Ops Galore

Ú The Pacific City mural is a creation of sun-bleached hues and oceanesque illustrations that embraces the city’s surf and sand culture.

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Sit Back and Relax

Ú Stroll through and discover an abundance of communal spaces, such as picnic tables, outdoor lounge spots, fire pits and more!

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Fun and Games

Ú Bring the whole fam

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Ocean Deck

Ú The Ocean Deck is the

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Self Care and Wellness

Ú Get primped and pampered at Drybar, Facialworks and Holly & Hudson Nail Salon or get in a sweat sesh at Equinox, Pacific City’s state-of-the art fitness center.

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Al Fresco Dining Ú Indulge in a meal

or cocktail on the patio at one of Pacific City’s award-winning restaurants.

PACIFIC CITY 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.930.2345 www.gopacificcity.com


shoppe /// trending

I WANT IT ALL > 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.

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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

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6 Dolce Gabbana x SMEG Sicily I My Love Toaster $650

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Vase $195

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 104 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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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

Turns Out, Money Can Buy Happiness


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.

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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

The 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


shoppe /// behind the brand “I started a project

Let Your FLAG Fly

based on local surf spots for myself, friends and family; the demand started growing, and it then became my full-time business.”

A LO O K I N TO T H E B E LO V E D S A LT Y B R A N D, S L I G H T LY C H O P P Y

—Scott Richards

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: CAMERON ODEN & RYAN GARVIN Hand-crafted, perfectly imperfect surf artifacts made in Newport Beach can only be described as one thing: Slightly Choppy. Created in 2015 by Scott Richards, Slightly Choppy is a collection of stitched flags and other creative keepsakes with the purpose of connecting people to the spots they cherish most.

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After working in the surf industry for a number of years while working in his studio in his spare time, Slightly Choppy became Richards’ full-time job. “I started a project based on local surf spots for myself, friends and family; the demand started growing, and it then became my full-time business,” he explains. Richards has been on the creative side in his past roles, serving as the creative director and art director for global brands. “Now, I’m a student of the process. The responsibility of the business has been a challenge for me. I learn as I go; I have to wear all the hats,” says Richards.

The collection of one-of-a-kind flags showcases popular beach destinations such as “San O,” “Wedge” and “El Porto,” among many others. The inspiration behind Richards’ work stems from all aspects of life, specifically being drawn to coastal communities and old, weathered beach towns. “I literally can walk around the neighborhood and find inspiration in things. Signage is important—hand painted signage, street art, packaging, old scholastic manuals, the list goes on and on.” Slightly Choppy has collaborated with like-minded brands over the years. One of his favorite projects was for the Surfrider Foundation for the United States and Oceans of America campaign. “I was asked to design a collection of flags that supported the campaign, and it helped create awareness for people to join together to protect our oceans, waves and beaches,” says Richards. What’s your treasured spot? Find it on Slightly Choppy or create a customized flag and purchase a oneof-a-kind creation to remind you of the good times it represents.

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Looking Ahead •“My goal is to keep growing my art studio and create handmade products out of the studio. Between my flags, sweatshirts, trophies, tote bags [and] puzzles, I’m wanting to expand the product line but also surround myself with other great artisans to continue building the Slightly Choppy artifact studio,” says Richards. Creative Space •Richards’ studio sits on 30th St on the peninsula in what was once a sail manufacturing loft. SLIGHTLY CHOPPY www.slightlychoppy.com @slightlychoppy 114 LOCALE MAGAZINE


shoppe /// my style

Costa Mesa

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.”

Mattson Smith

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Elliott Shaw Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Case Anderson

Co-Founder & CMO

GEAR WITH GRIT

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


escape August 2020 /// disconnect. daydream. decorate.

Paso Robles

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Get the Deets

PHOTO BY: Kelsea Holder • THE TRAILER POND 2825 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | 805.458.8010 | www.thetrailerpond.com

Disconnect & Reconnect Camp Under the Stars at This Retro Trailer Pond Set on 130 Acres in Paso Robles

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escape /// behind the brand

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 The Hilton Waterfront in Orange County and the Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort in Hawaii!” 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 highly-reputable manufacturer.

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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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escape /// what’s in stock

What a

TRIP

Now, more than ever, we could all use a little escape. Whether you’re planning a weekend trip for when the time is right, or dreaming of a two week getaway on an island far away, it’s never too early to start preparing. Aside from your standard hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes, pack your bags with these travel essentials—for every kind of adventure.

Suitcase Photo By: Krizia Loechle

Turn Your Travel Game up a Notch With These Essentials

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escape /// what’s in stock

Barstow Jacket

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$64 LANDER’S SUPPLY HOUSE www.landerssupplyhouse.com

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Igloo Recool $9.99 IGLOO COOLERS www.igloocoolers.com

Nanopresso $64.90 WACACO www.wacaco.com

Human Repair Kit $8.99 WELLY www.getwelly.com

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FS Objects Cress Bottle Opener $84.99 CHAR-BROIL www.charbroil.com

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VSSL First Aid $125 VSSL www.vsslgear.com

Men’s Seagrass Gambler $39 SAN DIEGO HAT COMPANY www.sandiegohat.com

Men’s Trailhead V2 ADVENTURE 1

Outdoor Adventure Camping, hiking or fishing? Nature is calling, and it’s time to take to the great outdoors. Nothing beats the feeling of breathing in fresh air all weekend long and waking up beneath the tall redwood trees. Disconnect, while reconnecting with yourself and the world around you as you enjoy good company and the beauty of Mother Earth. Pack the essentials and always be (more than) prepared when planning an epic, outdoor adventure. 124 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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$130 LEMS SHOES www.lemsshoes.com

Photos - Lander’s Stock | Igloo | Welly | Wacaco | VSSL | FS Objects | San Diego Hat Company | Lems Shoes | Char-Broil

$44 NORDEN GOODS www.nordengoods.com

Portable Gas Grill


escape /// what’s in stock

The Jaunt $495 ROAM www.roamluggage.com

Lucuma Bright Face Mask $34 GOLDE www.golde.co

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3 Infinity Pillow - Travel Pillow $39 INFINITY PILLOW www.infinitypillow.co

4 $125 CUYANA www.cuyana.com

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The Five Minute Journal $24.95 PAPER SOURCE www.papersource.com

Swig Insulated Mug $39.95 WHERE’S THE PARTY? wheresthepartyoc.com

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Box Officer Frame $1,090 CHROME HEARTS EYEWEAR www.chromehearts.com

ADVENTURE 2

City Escape Rooftop happy hours, exploring museums and a shopping extravaganza await you on your chic city getaway. Have you been missing the hustle and bustle or simply want a change of scenery? Escape to a metropolitan city and splurge on your dream handbag or maybe a stylish pair of sneakers. Make a reservation for brunch and get lost exploring a new part of town. Throw on your Chrome Hearts shades and have a little fun in the big city. 126 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Superga x LoveShackFancy Women’s Classic Sneaker

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$119 LOVESHACKFANCY www.loveshackfancy.com

Photos - Chrome Hearts | Cuyana | Infinity Pillow | ROAM Luggage: Courtesy of ROAM Luggage. Photo by Julia Comita | Issey Kobori | Paper Source | Swig Life | LoveShackFancy

Curved Crossbody


escape /// what’s in stock

Brixton Joanna Straw Hat

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$52 THE SHOP LAGUNA BEACH www.theshoplaguna.com

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$59 FUNBOY www.funboy.com

Carezz Yunizon Sunglasses $159 RANCHO RELAXO www.ranchorelaxoca.com

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Le Funboy Beach Towel

Charmo UPF50+ One Piece Long Sleeve Surfing Wetsuit

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$29.99 CHARMO www.mycharmo.com

5 Hydrating Facial Lotion

After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist by Herbivore Botanicals

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$20 GRAFFITI BEACH www.shopgraffitibeach.com

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Glowscreen SPF 40 $36 SUPERGOOP! www.supergoop.com

ADVENTURE 3

Island Relaxation Soak up the warm, golden sun as you float in the sea without a worry in the world. With a piña colada in hand, you’ll be on island time and enjoying every second of your tropical vacay. Maybe you’ll swim with dolphins or just relax in a hammock with a book in hand. Whatever it is, turn on your OOO notification and take some much needed me-time. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and a shady hat for maximum sun protection! 128 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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Petite Sandy $105 CLARE V. www.clarev.com

Photos - Supergoop! | Funboy, Brixton | Herbivore Botanicals | Clare V. | COFI + Yunizon | Product 5233’s Pictures | SALT + STONE

$32 SALT & STONE www.saltandstone.com


escape /// get the deets

Disconnect & Reconnect CAMP UNDER THE STARS AT THIS RETRO TRAILER POND SET ON 130 ACRES IN PASO ROBLES

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI

Call up your girlfriends, your SO or a group of your wine-loving friends and road trip up to The Trailer Pond located on the California Central Coast. Situated in Paso Robles (about 200 miles north of Los Angeles), The Trailer Pond is where camping meets wine tasting. Not just sleepin-a-tent kind of camping, but one-of-a-kind camping in vintage trailers (that are oh, so Insta-worthy).

Paso Robles

The Trailer Pond is tucked away on 130 acres of the organically farmed, boutique Alta Colina winery.

Upgraded Camping

Do Not Disturb

• Five bright, retro trailers surround the property’s pond, each with their own little front porch. Each trailer sleeps one to three adults. While you sleep in comfort— and style—it’s still a camping experience. “There is a communal outdoor camp kitchen that includes all pots and pans, communal bathrooms, hot outdoor showers and an amazing dock for lounging under the night sky with perfect visibility of the stars!” explains Holm.

• Spend a weekend unplugged, outside in the sunshine and with a glass of vino in hand. Private wine tastings are available on the Sundowner Deck, and catered farm-to-table dinners are available for groups. Hike through the bright green vineyards, take a relaxing private yoga class and relax with sunset movie nights in the magical vineyard. Don’t forget your film or disposable camera!

Travel With Friends • Individual trailers are available for booking, as well as group offerings and packages. Whether it’s a bachelorette party, a work retreat or a romantic weekend away, The Trailer Pond awaits your next weekend adventure.

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The Trailer Pond is tucked away on 130 acres of the organically farmed, boutique Alta Colina winery. “The way Alta Colina cares for their land, the vines and their business was very much in line—so our partnership was formed,

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and the rest is history!” Holm beams. Exclusive access to Alta Colina wine is offered to guests staying at The Trailer Pond. “When you’re drinking Alta Colina wine at The Trailer Pond, you’re drinking wine made from grapes grown in the vineyard you’re camping in.”

THE TRAILER POND 2825 Adelaida Rd Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.458.8010 www.thetrailerpond.com

Photos - Alicia Sessler, Anna Delores & Kelsea Holder

Book in Advance • Launched by the company Tinker Tin in 2016, founder and owner Jaime Holm explains that they always dreamt of expanding and adding a permanent camp to their business. Four years later, the company is a huge success—you typically have to book your stay at The Trailer Pond months in advance.


thank you to our partners

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2nd & PCH

Lillet

5 Points Plaza

Lounge Group Consulting

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

M R W E S T O N  |  Compass

Andaz San Diego

Medterra CBD

Andrea Orsi Beauty Lounge

Nook Real Estate

ARCHPOT

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa

Avila’s El Ranchito

Paséa Hotel & Spa

Bungalows Key Largo

Pure Barre | Newport Beach

Classic Club

Ra Yoga

ClubSport | Aliso Viejo

Rock & Brews

Concierge Podiatry & Spa

SOCIAL Kitchen + Craft Bar

Constellation Brands

Tavern House

Descanso Restaurant

The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Filomena’s Italian Kitchen

The District at Tustin Legacy

Fish House Market & Grill

The Hobbit

German Tuning Corporation

The Quiet Woman

Goodwill of Orange County

THINK Together

Grover Aesthetics

Todd Bousman

Instant Jungle International

Tourneau

JONES AGENCY, PALM SPRINGS

URBANA Mexican Gastronomy

Karma Automotive LLC

Vitra Eyewear South Coast Plaza

Ken Grody Ford

Warren Christopher Flooring

Laguna Beach Brewing Co.

Wdowin NMD

Landers Supply House

Wild Taco

Liftique

William Grant & Sons


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Orange County August 2020  

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Orange County August 2020  

Alive Edition