FOO D I E EDI T I ON
TIA MOWRY ONE-WOMAN SHOW
THE AMERICAN DREAM
MEET THE CULINARY GENIUS BEHIND JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN
RICE, BEANS AND A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
THE OC BURRITO PROJECT IS HELPING THE HOMELESS ONE BURRITO AT A TIME
EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED
THE DUO BEHIND @FOODIEOC SHOW US THE MOST CREATIVE DISHES IN TUSTIN
HERE’S THE SITCH FROM NEW ENGLAND VIBES TO FAMILY TRADITIONS, CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO SHOWS US HER HOME IN ORANGE
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WHAT’S GOOD IN THE ‘HOOD ®
A NOTE FROM OUR
PUBLISHER "All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.” —Steven Spielberg As I get older, "Happy New Year” has taken on a new meaning for me, like so many things in my life. It seems the only way for me to become clearer and more awake to the impermanence of life and the opportunity it provides is to live longer. You could see this as kind of a cruel joke, a life that only allows us to gain wisdom while losing life's breath. I choose to see it differently. Wisdom presents itself only when you are capable of doing something with it. “Happy New Year” to me means "Happy there is more time to create, inspire, shop, travel and eat.” This first issue of 2018 assumes the latter understanding of “Happy New Year.” Our wonderfully creative and fabulous team has resolved to challenge your beliefs of what is available in Orange County. To inspire you to eat better, live better and experience new and more things
than you did this past year; to leave your comfort zone. To align with our goals, we have changed the names of our mini-magazines within our publication to Foodie, Shoppe, Alive and Escape. If you got a new Fitbit this holiday season, please take a second and strap it on because the calorieburning, drool-inducing pages of our first "Foodie" section are sure to get your heart racing. If our Foodie issue is too big to complete in one sitting, may I suggest starting with how the OC Burrito Project is helping fight hunger in Santa Ana (p. 126), an interview with local culinary legend David Wilhelm (p. 86), our guide to the burgeoning OC beer scene (p. 116), our massive first "Foodie" guide (p. 69) and take a doggie bag for the rest when you have more time to digest. ....and I mean this. Happy New Year!
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C’mon, I know you know how the song goes: “Sistah, Sistah! Never knew how I missed ya. Now that everybody knows, I ain't ever gonna let you gooooo.” I remember my sister and I growing up literally LOL-ing at the comedic episodes. We secretly wished we were twins so we could switch places when we didn’t study for a big test.
My conversation with Tia Mowry-Hardrict flowed organically over lunch at Il Tramezzino in Studio City; it was like we were old gal-pals. We talked about her newly announced pregnancy, how sometimes she forgets that she’s famous, our personal health journeys and her undying love for food. Towards the end of our conversation, after we’d finished our paninis, she peers outside to a nearby table, “Oh my god, I didn’t know they had chips here! Are those salt and pepper?” she gasped and her eyes became wide looking at the pesto sauce that accompanied them. She stopped mid-sentence to raise her hand at the waiter as if we were in a classroom. “I just want some chips, girl,” she says rubbing her belly and shaking her head. “That’s the hardest part, when you see a craving, you will cry if you don’t get it. I’m so serious.” We shared yet another laugh. Besides salty chips, I also learned that she loves a lot of other things, too. She loves throwing down in the kitchen. She loves her hubby of almost 10 years. She loves her parents and siblings. She loves fashion. And I know these things because she used the word “love” almost 100 times in our two-hour interview.
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With a baby on the way, a new film set to release and her YouTube channel getting off the ground, change is coming soon for Tia. But, we know she’ll be ready for it all. “Change is a beautiful thing,” she says. “It can be scary, but it’s a beautiful thing.”
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THIS ISSUE: FOODIE 53
From Brisket to Burgers These Carnivore Chefs Cook a Mean Meat
Tia MowryHardrict Talks the Unimportance of Fame, Her Love for Food and the Necessity of Family
WE MEAT AGAIN
65 Meals Deconstructed
This Beautiful Bowl Comes Packed With Some Amazing Goodies
THE AMERICAN DREAM
YOU CAN SIP WITH US
From Coffee to Lemonade, These Seven Experts Know How to Make the Best Drink
WHAT’S GOOD IN THE ‘HOOD
Get Your Grub On in These Foodie Hubs Around Orange County
Meet the Culinary Genius Behind Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
90 Hot Cheetos
CHEETAH ON YOUR DIET
These Hot Cheeto Dishes Will Warm You Up
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THIS ISSUE: FOODIE
130 Instagrammable Cocktails
124 The Whiskey Blossom
Insta-Worthy Cocktails to Make for Your Next Party
That's What They Said
The Duo Behind @FoodieOC Show Us the Most Creative Dishes in Tustin
The Whiskey Blossom at Starfish Laguna Beach is Your New Go-To
EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED
IN THE EYES OF THE BEERHOLDER
18 Breweries in Orange County That You Must Try
RICE, BEANS AND A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
The OC Burrito Project is Helping the Homeless One Burrito at a Time
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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
Angel Wings Mural
Brighten Up Your Wardrobe With These Sweet Looks
The First Kelsey Montague Mural in OC is Now at Village at La Floresta
Becki Owens’ Beautiful Black and White Kitchen Will Give you Major #KitchenGoals
SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Add These Picks to Your Wish List ASAP
Southern California Shoetopia, Blends, Spices up Your Kick Collection
Dr. Alfano of Balboa Island Dentistry is Bringing Smiles to Orange County
162 Fenty Beauty
40 SHADES OF BEAUTIFUL
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is Taking Over Your Makeup Drawer
165 Special Promotion
LOCALE PRESENTS: MEDICAL AESTHETIC PROFESSIONALS
These Beauty Professionals Are At the Top of Their Game
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SPREAD YOUR WINGS
The James Bond Yacht
The Owners of KILO Strength Society Give Us the Inside Scoop on Their Gym
Don Your Best White Blazer and Hop On Board
WEIGHT A MINUTE
178 Vintage Surfari Wagons
Take These Vintage VWs On a Road Trip to Remember
HERE’S THE SITCH
From New England Vibes to Family Traditions, Christy Carlson Romano Shows Us Her Home in Orange
180 First Weekends Palm Springs
Drink, Explore and Dance Through First Weekend in Palm Desert
183 First Timer’s Guide
OH MY QUAD
We Had Our Writer Try Out Three Very Different Workout Classes in OC
Opkix is Giving Silicon Valley a Run for Its Money
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LOCALENDAR 20 ORANGE COUNTY EVENTS TO ENJOY IN 2018 WRITTEN BY: TIFFANY CARTER AND AMANDA BRENNER
SEE AMERICAN VISIONARY: JOHN F. KENNEDY’S LIFE AND TIMES
CRUISE NEWPORT BEACH FOR VALENTINE’S DAY February 14
March 10-June 3
¢ Spend Valentine’s
Day on the water! Take a romantic three-hour cruise with a glass of complimentary Champagne and a fivecourse meal. The evening will continue with dancing and the views will be abundant.
¢ The former U.S.
President will be featured in a special exhibition at the Bowers Museum. This exhibit will have over 70 photographs, and is the most researched collection of photos ever assembled. See snaps from JFK’s days as a war hero to his untimely death.
HELP CLEANUP AVALON HARBOR
SKATE THE OC CHILL ICE RINK
¢ Join in the 37th
Through January 7
Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup, one of the largest annual dives in Southern California. Last year, 5,200 pounds of trash were recovered and all proceeds benefit USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and Wrigley Institute Scientific Diving Program.
¢ After all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you can chill on the ice at Irvine Spectrum Center’s skating rink. Located by The Giant Wheel, the rink provides guests with a whimsical opportunity to skate under the stars! The outdoor rink plays festive music, with captivating lights and skate rentals in various sizes.
ATTEND FIGHT NIGHT 20 March 9
¢ No need to hit up Vegas
when you can have fight night right in your own backyard. The Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin is hosting Fight Night 20, featuring an evening full of boxing and kickboxing. In between matches, attendees will be able to dine on a gourmet dinner and bid on live and silent auctions.
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HOUSE OF BLUES IN ANAHEIM
RUN THE SURF CITY MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON February 2-4
¢ Lace up your best
running shoes and join in on the annual races in Huntington Beach. Experience California’s beautiful winter weather as you run alongside miles of sandy beaches. www.motivrunning.com/ run-surf-city
SING ALONG TO SHAKIRA February 6
¢ Shakira continues her return to the stage in 2018. The Grammy Award-winner and international superstar will bring her electrifying El Dorado World Tour to the Honda Center. www.hondacenter.com/ events/shakira
EAT WITH FIDO AT THE BOW-WOW BRUNCH January 14, February 11 & March 11
¢ Dogs need a Sunday
Fun Day, too! Top Dog Barkery presents a dog brunch that your fluffy BFF can enjoy. On the second Sunday of each month, join Top Dog Barkery in Surf City for a morning of tasty “woofles.”
DANCE TO MILKY CHANCE January 7
¢ Get down with Milky Chance at the House of Blues in Anaheim. This German folk group masterfully combines house and electronic beats with reggae and R&B for a sound that will get you on your feet and grooving to the beats. www.houseofblues.com
LISTEN TO CLEAN BANDIT March 31
¢ The British are coming! Clean Bandit is heading to The Observatory in the spring for one show only. This trio from Cambridge performs electro-pop music with chart-topping hits such as “Rather Be” and “Rockabye.” www.observatoryoc.com
LOCALENDAR 20 ORANGE COUNTY EVENTS TO ENJOY IN 2018 WRITTEN BY: TIFFANY CARTER AND AMANDA BRENNER
TAKE IN THE 16TH ANNUAL LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
GET READY FOR THE TUSTIN HANGAR HALF MARATHON & 5K
¢ The Laguna Beach Music Festival is an annual multi-day celebration featuring an incredible array of classical and contemporary concerts in intimate spaces. The Laguna Beach Music Festival offers outreach events for free to students, seniors and the community.
¢ Ever wonder what the inside of the Tustin hangar looks like? Now you can find out! This race is the only one that allows runners to go inside the massive hangar. www.tustinhangarhalf.com
HEAD TO MONSTER JAM
¢ Coming to the Angel Stadium, this year’s Monster Jam will feature trucks and drivers that will make your jaw drop. For the first time, your ticket includes a Pit Party Early Access Pass giving fans more time with their favorite drivers.
FILL UP DURING NEWPORT BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK January 15-28
¢ Get your stretchy
pants ready! Dine Newport Beach presents a 14-day event that will give you a taste of Newport Beach cuisine. Participating restaurants will offer special lunch and dinner two and three-course menus at affordable prices.
SEE THE DANA POINT FESTIVAL OF WHALES March 3-4, March 10-11
¢ It’s the 47th annual
Dana Point Festival of Whales where you will find booths, displays and exhibits with ocean views. The event will focus on keeping the beaches “clean and green” for future generations. www.festivalofwhales.com
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WATCH MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE January 26
¢ See the epic finale to
the Maze Runner saga at Cinépolis in Laguna Niguel. Sit back in the plush leather recliners as you watch Thomas and the escaped Gladers on their final mission. With the push of a button, you can enjoy gourmet appetizers, entrées and a full bar brought directly to your seat. www.cinepolisusa.com
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VISIT WONDERCON March 23-25
¢ WonderCon is the OC
version of Comic-Con, where guests can roam the large halls of the Anaheim Convention Center meeting their favorite comic book superheroes and the writers and illustrators behind them. www.comic-con.org/wca
CELEBRATE AT THE ANNUAL EASTER CELEBRATION March 31
¢ Grab your family and
pets too! Celebrate this Easter weekend by the sea at the Outlets at San Clemente. The Easter Bunny, face painting, animal shows and more will all present to help get you in the holiday spirit. www.shoposc.com
SING ALONG TO JERSEY BOYS January 19-21
¢ “Oh, what a night!” The Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys will make their way back to Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi as they captivate audiences with their story of how they became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. www.scfta.org
PERUSE THE DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ARTWALK February 3, March 3
¢ Awaken your five senses in one artful evening at Downtown Santa Ana’s Artwalk the first Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. As you stroll the streets, you can visit around 20 galleries/museums, art and artisan street vendors, enjoy live art performances and more throughout the downtown area. www.downtown-santaana. com/artwalk
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Shore Thing From Poke to SUP, Kerry Docherty of Faherty Shares Her Ideal Week
EXPERT: Kerry Docherty CREDENTIALS: Co-Owner of Faherty
MONDAY ¢ I try and start the week off with a workout. Suplove Beach Club rents stand up paddle boards for cruising around Lido Marina, which is a nice mix of exercise and scenery. www.suplove.com
TUESDAY ¢ Work! I'll spend the day at the store and grab a salmon poke bowl at Bear Flag Fish Co. for lunch. I'm obsessed. www.bearflagfishco.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Ava, my 18-month-old daughter, loves the playground at Marina Park on Balboa Island. It's right on the water and perfect for her to run around. www.newportbeachca.gov/ marinapark
THURSDAY ¢ The weeks get crazy, but Alex, Ava and I try to have one
dinner out on Thursdays. We love The Beachcomber—going there is like stepping on the set of a beautiful old movie. www.thebeachcombercafe.com
FRIDAY ¢ Fridays, I head back to Faherty at Lido Marina Village to help out the team. Chatting with customers is my favorite part of the job. www.fahertybrand.com
SATURDAY ¢ I try to carve out some alone time, and I love the yoga and guided meditations at Ekam. www.ekam-yoga.com
SUNDAY ¢ Sunday is family day. We'll walk around Balboa Island, watch the surfers at The Wedge, and then grab tacos at Picante Martin's. www.picantemartins.com
“The weeks get crazy, but Alex, Ava and I try to have one dinner out on Thursdays.”
FAHERTY Lido Marina Village 3416 Via Oporto, Ste 101 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.612.7146 www.fahertybrand.com
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Taco the Town From Tacos to Equinox, Javier Cuadra Shares His Perfect OC Week
EXPERT: Javier Cuadra CREDENTIALS: Owner of URBANA Mexican Gastronomy
MONDAY ¢ I start my week with a good workout at Equinox. After my workout, I'll grab a coffee and sit in the lounge area to check my emails and program my week. www.equinox.com
TUESDAY ¢ Taco Tuesday! The best Taco Tuesday is at URBANA, join me for some tacos, margaritas and Palomas starting at 4 p.m. till we close. www.urbanaanaheim.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ I have my mid-week meetings on Wednesdays with my management team. I meet with my contractor and architect for my new project—Electrica Craft Brewery featuring Mexican style beer and street tacos in Anaheim! www.electricabrewery.com
THURSDAY ¢ At URBANA we use highquality ingredients for all our dishes and cocktails. I meet with Chef Ernie to shop for local produce at the farmers market at the OC Fair & Event Center.
FRIDAY ¢ TGIF! I meet up with my friends on Friday nights and grab some sushi and cocktails at NOBU in Lido Marina Village. They have a great sake selection with a view of Newport Harbor. www.noburestaurants.com
SATURDAY ¢ I start my Saturday with a beachside breakfast with my girlfriend. I enjoy Dory Deli's breakfast. We bring our French Bulldog along and take him for a walk on the beach. www.dorydeli.com
SUNDAY ¢ A great way to unwind from a busy schedule is checking out a concert at the House of Blues in Anaheim. The Foundation Room is a nice way to start with some craft beer and bites and check out one of the many great bands playing.
“At URBANA we use highquality ingredients for all our dishes and cocktails.”
URBANA MEXICAN GASTRONOMY 440 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805 714.502.0255 www.urbanaanaheim.com
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Coffee & Cocktails From Post-Weekend Surf Sessions to Great Grub, Christian Fernandez Shares His Perfect Week
“Leading into the weekend, and keeping it local, I like to get a drink at Pie Society.”
EXPERT: Christian Fernandez CREDENTIALS: Co-Owner of Oak and Coal
MONDAY ¢ Mondays are the perfect day to get some uncrowded surf after a busy weekend. My favorite surf spot is Newport Shores’ sandbars. TUESDAY ¢ I like going for a quiet dinner in Huntington Beach with a mix of Vietnamese fusion and hiphop—LSXO at Pacific City. Then maybe some Roots Reggae Tuesday at The Wayfarer. www.dinebluegold.com/lsxo www.wayfarercm.com
OAK AND COAL 333 E 17th St, Ste 2 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.287.6150 www.oakandcoalcm.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Mid-week training session to get over hump day. Sean at the Training Zone puts me through some tough rounds of boxing and great conditioning. www.trainingzoneoc.com
THURSDAY ¢ Leading into the weekend,
and keeping it local, I like to get a drink at Pie Society. Friendly service and tasty craft cocktails.
FRIDAY ¢ Shunka is my sushi go-to; Yuki will treat you right. The food is always authentic and fresh. SATURDAY ¢ Satisfying my guilty pleasure, I hit Sidecar Doughnuts. The huckleberry is tasty. Get there early to avoid the lines. www.sidecardoughnuts.com
SUNDAY ¢ If you can find a spot, the atmosphere is pleasant and the breakfast is fresh at Haute Cakes Caffe. I usually get the avocado toast with bacon and a hot latte. www.hautecakescaffe.co
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Glass Half Full This Wine Savvy Local Knows All the Spots for Some Good Vino
EXPERT: Constancia Loubriel CREDENTIALS: Co-Founder of No Excuse Fitness
MONDAY ¢ Monday is all about hitting the reset button. There is nothing better than sweating it out in a hot room at Bikram Yoga in Irvine. Then, it’s off to No Excuse Fitness in Costa Mesa. www.bikramyogairvine.com www.noexcusefitness.com
TUESDAY ¢ I spend the day on conference calls and scouting for small production winemakers for my online wine store. For those that like to venture away from brand names, catch the California Garagistes Festival. It’s open to trade and public featuring over a hundred plus hard to find producers [of wines]. www.californiagaragistes.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Hi-Time Wine Cellars is a landmark and local institution in the heart of Costa Mesa. I find myself learning while enjoying a specialized tasting whether it’s sake, craft beer or a wine importer. Then it’s dinner and cocktails at the Blind Rabbit in The Packing District. www.hitimewine.net www.theblindrabbit.com
THURSDAY ¢ Thursdays, I like to visit my wine locker at The Original Wine Club in Santa Ana. We share and assess our bottles of wine with my wine-collector friends.
NO EXCUSE FITNESS 474 E 17th St Ste 104 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.313.4034 noexcusefitness.com
Also, a perfect way to end the evening is at The Winery. www.theoriginalwineclub.com www.thewinerytustin.com
FRIDAY ¢ Finishing a long, stressful week calls for laughter. The newly remodeled Irvine Improv is just the dose. The plus? They have a VIP monthly access option. www.irvine.improv.com
“Thursdays, I like to visit my wine locker at The Original Wine Club in Santa Ana.”
SATURDAY ¢ We are Disneyland pass holders, and while the park can be fun, one hidden gem is Napa Rose located inside the Grand Californian Hotel. End the evening with a 40-year-old Madeira and cigar on their patio with a firepit. The only area in Disney to allow it. Plus, five hours of complimentary valet parking if you get in after 3 p.m. www.disneyland.disney.go.com
SUNDAY ¢ Sunday Fun Day is all about relaxing with friends and sunshine. We love to meet with our friend and captain Jamen Tabesh, who owns a yacht and charters it out of the Del Rey Yacht Club. We cruise the day to Redondo Beach for lunch and cocktails. Life is good. www.dryc.org
Photographed By: Mathew Martinez
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Tram’s Gram THE OC FOODIE BLOGGER SHARES TIPS, STATS AND WHO TO FOLLOW
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FROM THE PAGES OF LOCALE SAN DIEGO
the Mane Alli Hayes of Waylon Salon Gives Top Notch Hair Care Tips WRITTEN BY: MAYANDRA ROBBINS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER
In the midst of the bustling holidays, it’s important to keep your hair in good condition—just in case there’s a holiday event to attend. That’s where owner Alli Hayes and her team at Waylon Salon & Boutique come in. Nestled in La Jolla, Waylon is the perfect place for a classy, chic and trendy hairstyle. Loved and cherished by their community, the staff at Waylon is ready to take on any hairstyling need that may come their way. Waylon Salon & Boutique offers quite a few services like extensions, hair coloring, men’s styles, smoothing treatments and even teaches clients how to take care of their own hair as well. Hayes, who has been a part of the hair industry for over 15 years, shared some of her top tips for gorgeous, healthy hair.
Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of hair care is conditioning. “Ask anyone who has met me, and they will tell you that I always preach about using leave-in conditioner. It works and keeps your hair healthy,” said Hayes. Leave-in conditioner helps to keep your hair detangled, and protects it from dryness. It also gives your hair that smooth and silky look everyone desires.
Hayes adds, “It is important, it is necessary, leave-in conditioner will work miracles in your hair.” Although leave-in conditioner is an essential step for personal hair care, it is equally important to have a deep conditioning treatment every once in awhile. “Always condition your hair. I’m not kidding, it works. Sometimes people wonder if it’s necessary and I just tell them that conditioning their hair is the one thing that will keep their hair healthy and give them that glossy look,” she says. Partaking in a deep conditioning treatment adds life to your hair and protects it from damage. “We offer a deep conditioning at Waylon, but we also explain how to properly carry out the process at home.” Last, but certainly not least, is remembering to keep the integrity of the hair intact. “As a stylist, I will never do something that will push a client’s hair too far. I do not want to damage a person’s hair in exchange for achieving a certain look,” explained Hayes. Whether a client wants a specific haircut or even if they’re thinking of giving unicorn hair a try, Hayes and her team will make sure that the client leaves with beautiful, healthy hair.
Perfect Pair • When a customer makes an appointment at Waylon Salon & Boutique, the staff will place them with the best person suited for their needs. Crafty • Looking for the perfect spot to sell your product? The boutique at Waylon sells products from local artisans! Native Knowledge • Alli Hayes used to be a competitive golfer before becoming a top rated hair care specialist.
WAYLON SALON & BOUTIQUE 5726 La Jolla Blvd, Ste 105 San Diego, CA 92037 858.230.7992 www.waylonsalon.com
FOODIE CO CKTA IL S / / / B R E W E R I E S / / / B I TE S
EXPERTS It’s Time to Meat OC’s Top Carnivore Chefs
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Grab an Acai Bowl From Blue Bowl Superfoods
GUIDE 67 Restaurants You Must Try
PROFILE Add This Foodie Spot to Your List
HOT CHEETOS Take Your Childhood Snack to a New Level
COVER STORY This "Sister, Sister" Star Dishes on Her Love for Food and More
EXPERTS Grab a Drink from These Drink Experts
FEATURE Try These OC Breweries ASAP
THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID Eat, Drink and Be Married The Duo Behind @FoodieOC Show Us the Most Creative Dishes in Tustin
BUDDY & TASHA @foodieOC www.foodieoc.net UNION MARKET TUSTIN IN THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 949.375.0749 www.unionmarkettustin.com THE KROFT 2493 Park Ave, Ste 2 Tustin, CA 92782 714.259.1132 www.thekroft.com PHOTO BY: Andrea Domjan
THE WHISKEY BLOSSOM Your New Favorite Cocktail is at Starfish
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THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID 12 Foodie Hot-Spots in Tustin
FOODIE /// EXPERTS
“This is what he wanted to do with the barbecue, take the best from all regions of the barbecue world, throw them in a pot and stir.”
“The result is incomparable—crackling crispy skin and moist tender meat. ” —FR ANK G O R R I CETA
— MAR C MEN DOZA
“We feature grass-fed beef that was raised naturally on an open pasture without the use of any antibiotics or growth hormones.” — M 0 FAR HA
“I order the steak tacos at the Blind Pig at least five times a week.” —TO N Y M O N ACO
“Our brisket because it is slow-smoked, then we capture the au jus and put it back in the brisket for the strongest beef flavor you will ever taste.” —B ILL DREXEL
FROM BRIS KET TO BURGERS T HES E CARNIVORE C HEF S COOK A MEA N MEAT
WRITTEN BY: ELIZABETH MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATHEW MARTINEZ AND BRENDA WINBURN
We have gathered insight from five experts with years of experience working with culinary art inspired by America’s favorite food group: meat. These carnivore connoisseurs are here to divulge the meaty secrets of Orange County’s restaurant hot spots. From wholesome burgers to artful sushi to good ‘ol fashioned grilling, these experts will leave you with a new appreciation for meat and a growling stomach.
M A R C M E N D OZ A CREDENTIALS: EXECUTIVE CHEF, SMOQUED CALIFORNIA BBQ Q: What makes Smoqued a distinctively “California BBQ”? Marc Mendoza: When Smoqued owner and resident king of the Q, Mike Hernandez, explained to me his idea of ‘California BBQ’ I was instantly on board. He said he loved California because of how much of a melting pot it is. This is what he wanted to do with the barbecue, take the best from all regions of the barbecue world, throw them in a pot and stir.
FLAVOR-FULL MEAT • Smoqued’s brisket exemplifies their signature California BBQ. They take the Texas staple but don’t follow the traditional salt and pepper rub. Instead, they expand on it by drawing flavors from Memphis to Louisiana to create a unique flavor and texture.
SMOQUED CALIFORNIA BBQ 128 N Glassell St Orange, CA 92866 714.633.7427 www.smoquedbbq.com
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Smoqued also serves all of your favorite sides so you can put together the ideal comfortfood meal. They are especially known for their accurately named “Amazing Mac and Cheese.”
Q: What are some of the advantages of being located in Old Towne Orange? MM: Old Towne Orange is amazing! The community and fraternity here is unmatched. From our neighbors at Renee's Jewelry and Laurenly Boutique to the staff at Chapman University, the people here make it something special.
wanted something more hands on and visceral. Having grown up in a multi-ethnic family where food was the center of most family occasions, culinary work seemed like a good match. Q: What tips do you have for cooking with meat? MM: Be brave and don't overcook your meat! People seem to have a fear of their meats being under-cooked. Just remember, even when you take your steak or chicken off the heat it is going to continue cooking. Q: What's your favorite carnivore dish and why? MM: A no-frills, perfectly cooked tri-tip, no sauce, no seasoning (other than a bit of salt and pepper) with some garlicky mashed potatoes and whiskey.
Q: How did you get started in the restaurant industry? MM: Hospitality as a profession was something that had crossed my mind only occasionally. It wasn't until my sophomore year in college that I decided I Photographed By: Brenda Winburn
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cocktails that aren't typical of restaurants in our surrounding area, and bring in craft beers that you really won’t find at our neighboring restaurants.
THE BLIND PIG KITCHEN + BAR 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 949.888.0072 www.theblindpigoc.com
TO N Y M O N ACO CREDENTIALS: OWNER, THE BLIND PIG KITCHEN + BAR Q: Your restaurant’s name and logo are very unique. Is there a story behind the name “The Blind Pig”? Tony Monaco: The name The Blind Pig is related to our cocktail program. ‘Blind pig’ is what they used to call speakeasies back during the prohibition era. The operator would charge the patron to see an attraction, such as a pig, and provide a complimentary drink to circumvent the law. We used the name The Blind Pig to pay tribute to that era and bring back the passion for classic craft cocktails as they were done then. Q: How did you get started in the restaurant industry?
TM: I did some hospitality work in Las Vegas for a short period of time for the various clubs at The Hard Rock Casino during the summers of my college years. Back then, I knew I wanted to be in the hospitality industry, and at the time, I was leaning more towards nightlife. The stars aligned, and we ended up having an opportunity to open The Blind Pig. I definitely jumped into it with very little experience and relied on the amazing people I hired and family friends within the industry to help guide me on the way. After four years, I'm happy to say it has been a success and we are in the process of opening a
second Blind Pig in Yorba Linda. I’ve been very blessed to be surrounded by an amazing staff whose knowledge and input has been vital in our growth and success. Q: What tips do you have for cooking with meat? TM: Don't mess with your meat, let it cook. The grill or stove will do its job, and most people flip or move it around too much. Q: What can each guest expect when they dine at your restaurant? TM: A great atmosphere and a unique dining experience. So many restaurants do the same foods, same beers, same cocktails. We try to create dishes and
Q: What's your favorite carnivore dish and why? TM: When it comes to food I can be a creature of habit, almost to a fault. I order the steak tacos at The Blind Pig at least five times a week. I love my food, but I generally try to stay pretty healthy during the weekdays and get my kicks in on Sundays. House-made corn tacos and hanger steak isn't a horribly unhealthy option. If I want to feel really carnivorous but still eat something light, I switch things up with our beef tartare for a nice meaty snack.
CHANGE IT UP • The Blind Pig’s menu changes seasonally, giving diners a new, flavorful experience every time of the year. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • The Blind Pig has specialty nights, including Taco Tiki Tuesday, Wine and Whiskey Wednesday and the infamous Kill the Keg Thursday.
Photographed By: Brenda Winburn
FOODIE GRASSLANDS MEAT MARKET BBQ & CHURRASCO Anaheim GardenWalk 400 West Disney Way, Ste 199 Anaheim, CA 92802 657.208.1133 www.grasslandsusa.com
BILL DREXEL CREDENTIALS: OWNER, GRASSLANDS MEAT MARKET BBQ & CHURRASCO Q: Grasslands is inspired by meat preparation techniques from all over the world. What are some of the main countries that influence Grasslands’ menu? Bill Drexel: Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Q: What are a few of the “adventurous cuts” that diners can order at Grasslands? BD: We feature several cuts of meats, such as our pork ribs that are over five pounds per rack. We also have beef back ribs, specials like a Tomahawk and pork or beef chops. Q: What tips do you have for cooking with meat? BD: You always have to cook with a little love for food preparation and finish the dish! Q: What can each guest expect when they dine at your restaurant? BD: When you come to Grasslands, we will do anything to make you a raving fan. If you don’t find what you want on the menu, just let us know and we will get it for you. Q: What's your favorite carnivore dish and why? BD: Our brisket because it is slow-smoked, then we capture the au jus and put it back in the brisket for the strongest beef flavor you will ever taste.
GO ALL OUT • If you cannot decide on one of Grasslandsʻ dishes, you can order a platter. Their “Sorta Hungry” platter includes one of their featured meats, yucca fries and a salad. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • First time visitors may find themselves overwhelmed by all the delicious options. If you find yourself feeling indecisive, Grasslands recommends the “best steak you will ever have,” their sirloin called Picanha.
Photographed By: Brenda Winburn
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BE YOUR OWN BOSS • Burger Boss’ mentality involves giving the diner the opportunity to construct their own made-to-order burger. You can choose a protein, bun, cheeses, sauces and toppings to make a burger to your own tastes.
M O FA R H A CREDENTIALS: FOUNDER, BURGER BOSS Q: How has working at Burger Boss allowed you to express your passion for food? Mo Farha: From the very beginning, our passion and goal for Burger Boss was to bring back the great American burger that was lost in the fast food industry, which chose quantity over quality. Q: If you were ordering a burger at Burger Boss, what would you order? MF: We don't have any default burgers at Burger Boss. We give burger lovers the freedom to choose their favorite toppings by inviting them to ‘boss their burger.’ My favorite is an All-American classic with a California
twist—a double 2/3 pound grass-fed beef burger on a white bun, with good ol’ yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, our popular chipotle mayo with a slice of avocado. Q: What inspires you when creating a new dish? MF: It all starts with our relentless focus on sourcing the best local ingredients and serving only naturally raised proteins. We offer a variety of fresh proteins, buns, cheeses, sauces and toppings to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. We're currently working on adding seasonal healthy menu items. Q: What tips do you have for cooking with meat?
MF: We pride ourselves on the quality of our beef. We feature grass-fed beef that was raised naturally on an open pasture without the use of any antibiotics or growth hormones. The way nature intended. Q: What's your favorite carnivore dish and why? MF: A Burger Boss Grassfed Beef Patty cooked medium because it tastes great and it's better for you and for our planet. Cows are supposed to eat grass and we don't think feeding them corn is going to help reduce the carbon footprint.
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Burger Boss follows an eco-friendly philosophy that only uses grass-fed beef and natural ingredients to allow visitors to feel good about the food they consume.
Photoshoot Location: BURGER BOSS, TUSTIN 15080 Kensington Park Dr Tustin, CA 92782 657.245.3080 www.burgerboss.com Visit one of their other locations in Cypress, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Riverside, Tustin and a new spot opening in Newport Beach!
DINNER WITH A VIEW • What better way to enjoy sushi than with a waterfront view? Diners can enjoy the beautiful Newport Harbor.
FRANK G O R R I C E TA
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Nobu has a Grand Cordon Bar—the first ever! These five cocktail courses start with an apertif, four of which are paired with new dishes from their chefs.
CREDENTIALS: EXECUTIVE CHEF, NOBU NEWPORT BEACH Q: What was one of the most impactful experiences in your culinary background? Frank Gorriceta: Doing a Nobu international off-site event in Rio, Brazil during the World Cup. We had 10 Nobu chefs doing 750 covers during one seating for a five-course Nobu tasting menu. Never forget it. Q: How did you get started in the restaurant industry? FG: I went to Long Beach City College and took an AOS degree in culinary to be sure this was my calling. After two years of school and interning to Queen Mary as a cook, I decided to apply to Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. I got accepted, and spent every weekend trying the best New York restaurants with Zagat as my guide. I finally hit Downtown Tribeca and found Nobu and fell in love.
to. Chef Nobu always reminds us to learn their cuisine and allow it to influence the creation of new Nobu-style dishes. Q: What tips do you have for cooking with meat? FG: Rest your meat. The purpose of resting meat is to allow the juices, which are driven to the center during cooking, to redistribute themselves throughout the meat. As a result, meat that has rested will shed much less juice than meat sliced straight after cooking. Q: What's your favorite carnivore dish and why? FG: Cochinillo Ibérico, a whole suckling pig from Spain. It’s all about the process and the patience of cooking this dish. The result is incomparable— crackling crispy skin and moist tender meat.
NOBU NEWPORT BEACH 3450 Via Oporto, Ste 101 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.429.4440 www.noburestaurants.com
Q: What inspires you when creating a new dish? FG: I’m fortunate enough to travel around the world to help open Nobu restaurants and hotels. Those travels bring a lot of ideas and creativity. I have a chance to see the culture and the cuisine of each place I have traveled Photographed By: Brenda Winburn
The best part? Itâ€™s guilt-free. M EALS DECONSTRUCTED
BOWL-D MOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL BOWL COMES PACKED WITH SOME AMAZING GOODIES
The Lazy Blue Bowl
WRITTEN BY: SUSAN KRUPA BLUE BOWL SUPERFOODS 417 S Main St Orange, CA 92868 714.876.5309 www.mybluebowl.com
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS STYLED BY: KALYNN NGUYEN
2 STRAWBERRIES 1 BANANA
5 CHIA SEEDS
The Lazy Blue Bowl Deconstructed
GOJI BERRIES 9 ALMOND BUTTER
11 COCONUT SHAVINGS
12 HEMP SEEDS 13 PUMPKIN FLAX GRANOLA
14 CHIA PUDDING
PILE IT ON If you’re feeling less creative, order the Lazy Blue, Blue Bowl’s premade bowl. We added in blueberries, apple and chia pudding to put our personal spin on it!
APPLE HONEE (VEGAN HONEY) *not pictured
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Blue Bowl Superfoods offers non-GMO, vegan and organic options as well!
“We've created a no rules approach where it's all about options.” —Teague Savitch
fpo ISHMAEL LOZANO & TEAGUE SAVITCH, CO-FOUNDERS
Even in California, the mecca of health food, junk and unhealthy meal options far outweigh sensible choices. We all know what we should eat, but when you are in a hurry and need to grab something on the run, it’s just so easy to make poor choices. Blue Bowl Superfoods in Orange has entered the scene to put an end to all that. With a focus on superfoods— those foods you should be eating but probably don’t—presented in a healthy way, Blue Bowl has its own definition of “fast food.” Here you can get a quick snack or meal and feel good that you are fueling your body with the healthy calories it needs to make it through the day.
Today, acai bowls are a staple food for many Californians, and there are loads of places that advertise selling acai bowls like coffee shops and even convenience stores. It seems that anyone will throw one of these together for you. However, the original appeal of acai is its superfood health benefits from boosting your immune system to improving blood circulation. This concept has been lost on some places that crank out industrial-sized tubs of acai topped with lots of sweetened coconut and chocolate chips. In many cases, it’s easy to see how the original health benefits can easily be drowned in a sea of sugar-laden toppings. This is not the case at Blue Bowl, where not only can you experiment with bases other than acai, but the toppings are real ingredients that you can feel good about eating. At Blue Bowl, they sell bowls in a fun, creative and, most importantly, healthy way. Blue Bowl was founded by Teague Savitch and Ishmael Lozano. Teague is an army veteran who worked in intelligence operations overseas. In these conditions, it was difficult to come across healthy food on a regular basis. Coming back to the US, he found many Californians were also on the hunt to find quick and healthy food options. “Ish” is a veteran of the health food industry. Together, this pair created the Blue Bowl concept from scratch— the same approach they invite the customer to take when creating their own bowl. "There are no blenders here, we want this to be a place where people feel comfortable hanging out,” said Lozano. There isn’t a fixed menu, so you can create the bowl with ingredients you like, exactly as you want
it. "We've created a no rules approach where it's all about options,” Savitch said. Not craving an acai bowl? No problem, you can change out the base—try pitaya, steel cut oats, chia pudding or some of each if you’d like. Then move down the line to choose your toppings—from standards like bananas and blueberries and granola to more exotic options like goji berries, hemp seeds, apple honee (a vegan honey made from apple juice) or cacao nibs. There’s peanut butter, of course, but also almond and cashew butters. Would you like some cinnamon or pumpkin seeds to top it off? The number of combinations are endless. There’s also options when it comes to size so you won’t walk away with a quart of acai—that is, unless you want to! If you walk into the superfood shop and feel overwhelmed by all the options (the toppings are unlimited), Savitch and Lozano offer the Lazy Blue—a premade bowl with your heart's desires. A mix of acai and pitaya, this bowl comes with a whopping 12 different toppings. Pumpkin flax granola, strawberries, bananas, almond butter, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, almonds, chia and hemp seeds, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and apple honee, this bowl is chock full of delicious, healthy superfoods that will keep you going throughout your day. Whether you’re making a quick stop on your way to work, taking the kids for a lunch-time snack, or stopping in for an after-dinner treat, Blue Bowl offers the sweet and satisfying meal you’ve been looking for. The best part? It’s guilt-free. "At the end of the day, we are in the business of serving health,” Savitch said. LOCALE MAGAZINE 67
FOODIE /// GUIDE
WHAT’S GOOD IN THE ‘HOOD Photo By: Mathew Martinez
GET YOUR GRUB ON in These Foodie Hubs Around Orange County
e Orange County has some of the best restaurants, cafes and coffee shops around. Having trouble deciding where to get brunch or even grab a cup of coffee? Lucky for you, we have put together the ultimate guide of new, old and trendy places to try ASAP. From Costa Mesa to Irvine, see what to grab from our fave neighborhoods in OC!
WRITTEN BY: KRISTIN KELLAMS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATHEW MARTINEZ & ERIC CHAN STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK & KALYNN NGUYEN
BUNGALOW 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.0399 www.thebungalow.com
FOODIE /// GUIDE
Photos - SOCIAL Costa Mesa & Common Room Roasters: Mathew Martinez
But First, Coffee HOW TIRED ARE YOU THIS MORNING? Grab One of These Local Cups of Coffee in COSTA MESA and NEWPORT BEACH to Get You Up and Moving!
Local Favorite ORDER THIS: Brunswick Blend COMMON ROOM ROASTERS 882 Production Pl Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.220.7868 commonroomroasters.com
Trendy ORDER THIS: Mocha
NEAT COFFEE 270 Baker St E, Ste 200 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.873.6328 www.neat.coffee
e If you’re not a morning person, the best way to start your day is with a Salted Caramel Latte at ThunderKing. Not only is it a sweet way to start your day, but the caffeine in it will give you just the right amount of kick. Located inside SOCIAL Costa Mesa, you can grab one of their delicious breakfast options that pair wonderfully with the coffee. The latte features cashew milk, cold brew and a rich, decadent house salted caramel.
Newbie ORDER THIS: The Glow COFFEE DOSE 116 E 18th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.coffeedosecm.com
SOCIAL COSTA MESA THUNDERKING BREWING CO. 512 W 19th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.642.2425 www.socialcostamesa.com
Must Visit ORDER THIS: Sea Cream Black Coffee 7 LEAVES CAFÉ 2800 Harbor Blvd, Ste A Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.369.0383 www.7leavescafe.com
Local Favorite ORDER THIS: Espresso Shot
KNOW YOUR BEANS
1. 40 percent of the world’s coffee is produced in Brazil.
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2. Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.
Q: What separates your coffeehouses from all the other coffee shops? Karen Diedrich: From the beginning we set out to very deliberately create a vibrant community gathering place. We also roast our coffee in-house. Q: What do you love most about owning a coffeehouse in Newport Beach?
3. The most expensive coffee in the world comes from the feces of a wild Sumatran cat.
Martin Diedrich: Our family has been roasting great coffee right here in Orange County for 44 years at this point, first with Diedrich Coffee and now since 2005, with Kéan Coffee. It’s no cliché, we truly are ‘Orange County’s original artisan coffee roasters.’ It’s a way of life that gives us meaning and purpose in a place that is as wonderful to live and work as Newport Beach.
PORTOLA COFFEE ROASTERS 3313 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.884.4714 www.portolacoffeelab.com
Oldie but Goodie ORDER THIS: Decaf Zambia KÉAN COFFEE 2043 Westcliff Dr, Ste 100 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.642.5326 www.keancoffee.com
FOODIE /// GUIDE SONGS ABOUT FOOD
Trendy ORDER THIS: Jonnie’s Multi Grain Toast e Calling
all avocado lovers! Jonnie’s Multi-Grain Toast is served up with two eggs any style, topped with avocado and is the go-to brunch item at the Royal Hen. ROYAL HEN 311 Marine Ave Newport Beach, CA 92662 949.873.5603 www.theroyalhen.com
CELEBRATE SUNDAY FUNDAY ON A DUFFY
“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
ORDER THIS: Bottomless Champagne THE CANNERY 3010 Lafayette Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.566.0060 cannerynewport.com
“Lemon” by N.E.R.D & Rihanna
ORDER THIS: Chorizo Hash LIDO BOTTLE WORKS 3408 Via Oporto, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.529.2784 lidobottleworks.com
Brunch So Hard
“Peaches And Cream” by 112
ORDER THIS: Hawaiian Loco Moco
How EXTRA is Your Dish? Check Out These Overthe-Top Brunch Spots in NEWPORT BEACH
BILLY’S AT THE BEACH 2751 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.722.1100 billysatthebeach.net
“Passionfruit” by Drake
Oldie but Goodie
ORDER THIS: Quiche Lorrainé
ORDER THIS: Braised Short Rib Breakfast Tostadas
ORDER THIS: Orange Ricotta Haute Cakes
you enjoy a good quiche, the Quiche Lorrainé on Zinqué’s brunch menu is ce magnifique! This dish features pancetta, aged gruyère and mixed lettuces. ZINQUÉ 3446 Via Oporto Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.612.7259 www.lezinque.com
all love Mexican food for breakfast and at Eat Chow they like to mix it up a bit at brunch. Their Braised Short Ribbed Breakfast Tostadas are packed with two fried eggs, black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, green verde sauce, cojita cheese and crème. Talk about a fiesta! EAT CHOW 211 62nd St Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.423.7080 www.eatchow.com
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e This breakfast dish is sure to get your mouth watering! These cakes may take a bit longer to cook than the others, but it is so worth it when you taste the moist consistency inside topped with warm berries.
HAUTE CAKES CAFFE 1807 Westcliff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.642.4114 www.hautecakes.cafe
Braised Short Ribbed Breakfast Tostadas from Eat Chow
“Collard Greens” by ScHoolboy Q
3 HANGOVER CURES
Photos - Royal Hen & Red O Taste of Mexico: Mathew Martinez
ORDER THIS: Crawfish Queso and Eggs e Everyone knows
a good cure for a hangover is heavy food! Bosscat delivers this cure with their Crawfish Queso and Eggs with hatch chili cheese sauce, Fritos and sunnyside-up eggs. BOSSCAT 4647 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.333.0917 bosscatkitchen-newport. com
Must Visit ORDER THIS: Lobster Benedict
e Toasted English muffin, salsa huevona, sliced avocado, grilled lobster tail, poached eggs, cilantro hollandaise and breakfast potatoes—say no more, we are sold!
ORDER THIS: Fresco Burrito e Cure
your hangover with this packed-withdeliciousness burrito. It is filled with your choice of meat and shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, rice, guacamole, and a blend of cheeses, with salsa tomatillo.
RED O TASTE OF MEXICO
143 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0300 www.redorestaurant.com
AVILA’S EL RANCHITO 2800 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.675.6855 avilaselranchito.com CURE #3
ORDER THIS: Kung Pao Noodles
“WE SOURCE OUT THE BEST INGREDIENTS TO USE AND WE TAKE HUGE PRIDE IN TRAINING OUR STAFF EFFECTIVELY SO THEY CAN DELIVER THE BEST COURSE OF SERVICE TO OUR GUEST.” —EXECUTIVE CORPORATE CHEF MARC JOHNSON
e There is nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot Kung Pao Noodles from Ho Sum Bistro to make that hangover disappear. These noodles incorporate a perfect mix of sweet and spicy chicken and noodles, wok tossed with veggies, peppers and peanuts.
HO SUM BISTRO 3112 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.675.0896 hosumbistro.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 73
Burger Boss: Mathew Martinez | Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana: Eric Chan
FOODIE /// GUIDE
Local Favorite ORDER THIS: Capricciosa Pizza TIP: This is a great spot for a meeting. ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA 8573 Irvine Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.536.5200 www.angelinaspizzeria.com
RUNNING LATE? GRAB AND GO! ORDER THIS: Grain Bowl e Need a quick lunch but don’t want a greasy drive thru? Grab a grain bowl with crazy feta, grilled chicken, tomato and cucumber and Sriracha greek yogurt. It’s a quick way to get your health fix!
CAVA 3972 Barranca Pkwy Irvine, CA 92606 949.200.7998 cava.com
ORDER THIS: Grilled Salmon Salad e If you’re craving fish but don’t want to break the bank, grab the grilled salmon salad that’s mixed with ingredients like cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges and a rosemary vinaigrette. Trust us, it’s good for the soul!
URBAN SEOUL 2750 Alton Pkwy, Ste 131 Irvine, CA 92606 949.533.0188 urban-seoul.com
Rush Hour Where To Get LUNCH IN IRVINE During Your Break!
ORDER THIS: Moroccan Wrap e In the mood for vegan cuisine? Andrei’s Moroccan Wrap is filled with a savory mix of quinoa tabbouleh, roasted red bell pepper, avocado, Upton’s chorizo seitan, garlic hummus, and baby arugula all wrapped up in a wheat tortilla.
ANDREI’S 2607 Main St Irvine, CA 92614 949.387.8887 andreisrestaurant.com NEW
ORDER THIS: Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
ORDER THIS: Black Truffle XLB
ORDER THIS: The Great American Burger With a California Twist
TIP: Call in ahead to avoid the lunch rush! BURNT CRUMBS 8549 Irvine Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.502.5998 www.burntcrumbs.com
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TIP: Be sure you have some time to sit and enjoy your meal! PAPER LANTERN DUMPLING HOUSE 2730 Alton Pkwy Ste 101 Irvine, CA 92606 949.748.8064 www.paperlanterndumpling.com
TIP: Can’t leave the office? Order through DoorDash or Postmates on their website! BURGER BOSS 15080 Kensington Park Dr Tustin, CA 92782 657.245.3080 www.burgerboss.com
BRING LUNCH TO YOU
The Great American Burger With a California Twist from Burger Boss
Trendy ORDER THIS: Chicken Al Pastor Taco TIP: Get here early! The parking spots fill up fast. Also, tacos are only $2.50 on Taco Tuesday after 3p.m. PUESTO LOS OLIVOS IRVINE 8577 Irvine Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.608.9990 www.eatpuesto.com
HOW TO SAY “ENJOY YOUR MEAL” IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
1. French: Bon Appétit
CHICKEN AL PASTOR TACO
2. Spanish: Buen Provecho 3. German: Guten Appetit
“AT PUESTO WE STRIVE TO HAVE A PARTY ATMOSPHERE. OUR WALLS ARE NEON COLORED, AND AT NIGHT WE’VE GOT LOUD MUSIC—IT’S A BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT.” —EXECUTIVE CHEF KATY SMITH
PUESTO PERFECT MARGARITA
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Where’s the Best Place to Eat With a View in HUNTINGTON BEACH?
Oldie but Goodie
ORDER THIS: Hot Chick! Burger
ORDER THIS: Stuffed Bleu Cheese Burger
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Want to eat your burger on the pier? Order from their walk up window.
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Get half off appetizers when it’s rainy and two hours of free parking validation when you park in the structure below.
RUBY’S DINER 1 Main St, Ste 1 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.969.7829 www.rubys.com
BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS 300 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.960.0996 www.blkearthseaspiritshb.com
Newbie ORDER THIS: Crispy Avocado Taco NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: You can rent out the back part of the patio for a party. PACIFIC HIDEAWAY 500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.965.4448 www.pacifichideawayhb.com
Must Visit ORDER THIS: Truffle Mac N Cheese NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: They serve over 60 beers on tap from local breweries. AMERICAN DREAM 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste M130 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.1330 www.theamericandreamhb.com 76 LOCALE MAGAZINE
TAKE MY PICTURE
(In This Super Cute Bathroom) KITSCH BAR 891 Baker St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.546.8580 www.kitschbar.com
What’s the Deal?
Blackened Fish Tacos
TUESDAY DEAL: $2.60-$3.85
TACO LOCO 640 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.497.1635 tacoloco.net
Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco
TUESDAY DEAL: $3 Tacos
Trendy ORDER THIS: Poke NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: The food served comes from Bear Flag Fish Co., located downstairs. BUNGALOW 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.0399 www.thebungalow.com
SANTA MONICA SEAFOOD 154 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.574.0274 smseafoodmarket.com
Menu Changes Weekly
TUESDAY DEAL: $3 Tacos
POUR VIDA LATIN FLAVOR 185 W Center St Promenade Anaheim, CA 92805 657.208.3889 pourvidalatinflavor.com
Tamarind-Togarashi Margarita RAYA 1 Ritz Carlton Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 949.240.2000 ritzcarlton.com
Smoke & Mirrors
ORDER THIS: Spicy Grilled Shrimp Kabob
THE RECESS ROOM 18380 Brookhurst St Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714.377.0398 therecessroom.com
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: You can sit at the fire pits if it gets chilly on the rooftop. TANNER’S 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.698.6130 www.tannershb.com Photos - Tanner's & Bungalow: Mathew Martinez
*Menu subject to change
VACATION BAR 204 W 4th St Santa Ana, CA 92701 657.266.0855 vacationdtsa.com
THIRSTY THURSDAY Check out These Instagrammable Drinks!
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Bracelet Provided By: Winston’s Crown Jewelers 949.642.5000 | 949.645.9000 www.winstonscrownjewelers.com
Oh, What A Night! No Matter the Occasion for Your SPECIAL EVENING, These Spots Will Make it One for the Books! Trendy OCCASION: FIRST DATE
ORDER THIS: Rum Pepper Shrimp e The
garden and candlelit atmosphere at Habana is a perfect first date spot! Break the ice with a plate of their delicious Rum Pepper Shrimp with scallops in a Jamaican rum-pepper cream sauce. Pure bliss! HABANA 2930 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.556.0176 www.habanacostamesa.com
MIND YOUR MANNERS RULE #1
Oldie but Goodie
Oldie but Goodie
OCCASION: JUST BECAUSE
ORDER THIS: Six-Hour Braised Short Rib
ORDER THIS: Long Island Duck
ORDER THIS: Arrachera Taco
OCCASION: MEET THE PARENTS
e Celebrate your anniversary in a sophisticated and romantic style at the Watertable restaurant inside the Huntington Beach Hyatt. Their six-hour Braised Short Rib with heirloom potatoes and veggies is the must-try dish that would pair great with a glass of wine that you and your partner can toast to!
e A Restaurant has been “classically hip since 1926”! Even if you’re going out just because, this is the spot. Opt for the Long Island Duck!
e Make your birthday celebration a fiesta at Taco MarÍa! Their Arrachera tacos with hanger steak, roasted chiles, applewood bacon and queso fundido is sure to make your birthday celebration a delicious one!
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A RESTAURANT 3334 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.650.6505 www.arestaurantnb.com
TACO MARÍA 3313 Hyland Ave, Ste C21 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.538.8444 www.tacomaria.com
ORDER THIS: Bricked Jidori Chicken e Meeting the parents for the first time is always nerve wracking. However, a good dish is always a great way to break the ice. Five Crowns Bricked Jidori Chicken with veggies and pan jus sauce will be the sure way to win the hearts of the parents!
FIVE CROWNS 3801 East Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.760.0331 www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns/
the napkin in your lap when you sit down. RULE #2
e Hold the fork in your left hand, and the knife in your right.
RULE #3 e Don’t talk with food in your mouth.
RULE #4 e If drinking white wine, hold it by the stem.
RULE #5 e Don’t put your elbows on the table when eating.
Photos - Habana: Eric Chan | The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar: Mathew Martinez
5 Local Favorite OCCASION: PROPOSAL
ORDER THIS: Seafood Tower e The
Winery Restaurant overlooks the Newport Harbor and it is the perfect place for a proposal! Celebrate as a newly engaged couple with their most popular item, the Seafood Tower. The 10 oz lobster tail, 8 oz king crab legs, six jumbo shrimp, oysters, and six ahi tuna spoons are sure to keep that smile on your face all night long. THE WINERY RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR 3131 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.999.6622 www.thewineryrestaurants.com
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Restaurant Week is Coming Up Quick OC Restaurant Week March 4-10 ocrestaurantweek.com Newport Beach Restaurant Week January 15-28 dinenb.com
DESSERTS TO SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS
Grab a Bite at These Sweet Spots
ORDER THIS: Birthday Cake DOUGH & ARROW 3033 Bristol St, Ste Q Costa Mesa, CA 92626 866.210.0830 doughandarrow.co
ORDER THIS: Earl Grey Lavender CAULDRON ICE CREAM 1421 W MacArthur Blvd Santa Ana, CA 92704 657.245.3442 cauldronicecream.com
ORDER THIS: GF Apple Pie DOCâ€™S PIE SHOP 350 Main St, Ste A Seal Beach, CA 90740 562.431.2099 docspieshop.com
ORDER THIS: 50 Shades BIRTHDAE CAKE 16051 Brookhurst St, Ste D Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714.884.4269 birthdaecake.com
ORDER THIS: Fruity Pebbles HONEY & BUTTER 633 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.536.5556 honeynbutter.com
Ring Provided By: Traditional Jewelers www.traditionaljewelers.com
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The Happiest of Hours
CATCH ME OUTSIDE
Where to Grab a Bite and Drink After Work WEST OF THE 5
FOOD TRUCKS TO TRY 1. The Hungry Royal 2. Belly Bombz
Truffle Flatbread and Aliso Creek Meritage from Rancho Capistrano Winery
3. The Grilled Cheese Truck
Oldie but Goodie ORDER THIS: Baby BBQ Ribs and Lapu Lapu DEAL: Aloha Hour 3:30-5:30 p.m.
ROYAL HAWAIIAN 331 N Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.1470 www.royalhawaiianlb.com
OFFICE HAPPY HOUR DOS AND DON’TS RULE #1 e Don’t
RULE #2 e Don’t
Put Your Drinks on the Company Card
ORDER THIS: Classic Poutine and Craft Beer of the Month
ORDER THIS: Truffle Flatbread and Aliso Creek Meritage
ORDER THIS: Brussels Sprouts and OC Mule
ORDER THIS: Citrus Basil Cauliflower and Laguna Beach Canyon Red Beer
e Do Drink Responsibly
DEAL: Everyday 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
DEAL: Monday to Friday 3-6 p.m.
TWO LEFT FORKS 34212 Pacific Coast Hwy Dana Point, CA 92629 949.489.8911 www.twoleftforks.com
RANCHO CAPISTRANO WINERY 26755 Verdugo St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92765 949.481.6682 www.ranchocapistranowinery.com
DEAL: Monday to Thursday 4-7 p.m. HENDRIX 32431 Street of the Golden Lantern Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 949.248.1912 www.hendrixoc.com
DEAL: Monday to Friday 3-6 p.m. PUBLIC 74 27211 Ortega Hwy, Ste B San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.481.2723 www.publicrestaurants.com *Menus subject to change
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RULE #4 e Don’t
Talk Poorly About Your CoWorkers RULE #5
Take Time to Bond With People
Photos - Royal Hawaiian: Rebecca Gnasso
FOODIE /// GUIDE
Do It For the Gram
INSTA HERE: Surfboard Fin Wall
FOODIE HALL Insta-Worthy Spots
INSTA HERE: Patio With Spray Paint Head inside LOT 579 for another insta-worthy spot. We promise you’ll get more likes on your fin-stagram!
Oldie but Goodie 4TH STREET MARKET 201 E 4th St Santa Ana, CA 92701 714.486.0700 www.4thstreetmarket.com
INSTA HERE: Mission Control
INSTA HERE: Swinging Benches
MCFADDEN PUBLIC MARKET 515 N Main St Santa Ana, CA 92701 657.232.3338 www.mcfaddenmarket.com
Must Visit ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE 440 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805 714.533.7225 anaheimpackingdistrict.com
INSTA HERE: Greenery Wall
Want more #Inspo? Flip to Page 46 to Check Out Our Favorite OC Foodie Instagram Influencer @lovetram
INSTA HERE: “Drink Milk Tea” Quote
Local Favorite UNION MARKET TUSTIN 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 949.375.0749 www.unionmarkettustin.com
INSTA HERE: Cafe Bora’s Purple Dessert
LOT 579 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.930.2345 www.gopacificcity.com/lot-579/
e LOT 579 houses some of the best artisanal and culinary experiences. With so many places to choose from once inside, you would definitely need a directory to show all your options. Right outside the main entrance, there is a wall of surfboard fins, each with the name and logo of the restaurants inside. Not only is this a unique way to display all the great places to eat, but it also makes for the perfect spot to snap a photo!
Newbie TRADE 2222 Michelson Dr Irvine, CA 92612 www.tradefoodhall.com
OTHER INSTA WORTHY SPOTS
GRATITUDE NEWPORT BEACH A, 1617 Westcliff Dr, Ste 112 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.386.8100 www.cafegratitude.com
PROVENANCE 2531 Eastbluff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0477 www.provenanceoc.com
FARMHOUSE 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.640.1415 www.farmhouserg.com
Newbie SQUARE MIXX 6940 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90621 www.thesourceoc.com
Opening end of 2018
SELANNE STEAK TAVERN 1464 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.9881 www.selannesteaktavern.com
Photos - Lot 579: Mathew Martinez | 4th Street Market: @lyssa.eszlinger | Anaheim Packing House: @itschristelene | Union Market Tustin: @lekidb | Square Mixx: @xolya | TRADE: @y0u | McFadden Public Market: @arcademissioncontrol
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Catering Crowd Pleasers Don’t Feel Like Cooking for the Party? GET IT CATERED!
Fine and Dandy e This cafe has a whole list of delicious breakfast and lunch platters to choose from. Choose from salads, gourmet sandwiches and assorted cookies. Taco and bowl bars are also available!
Hautè, Hautè Heat e Specializing in off-premise events, Hautè Productions Events and Catering offers a catering experience like no other that makes planning an event easy for any host. You can choose from a variety of gourmet dishes, made at their state-of-the-art kitchen, that are sure to ‘wow’ your guests. Regardless your event’s size, you can be sure to expect high-quality meals and topnotch service. Taking a “handson” approach to each and every order, Hautè Productions Events and Catering makes worrying about what meals to serve a thing of the past! Whether you have a wedding, birthday or corporate event, Hautè Productions Events and Catering is sure to offer an innovative and memorable experience.
DANDELION CONSCIOUS CAFÉ AND CATERING 2603 Main Street, Ste 150 Irvine, CA 92614 949.471.0808 www.dandelionirvine.com
HAUTÈ PRODUCTIONS EVENTS AND CATERING 23552 Commerce Center Dr, Ste S Laguna Hills, CA 92653 714.362.6588 www.hauteproduction.com
Ooh La La e Colette’s Catering & Events offers a variety of menu items to choose from. Their first course meals include several gourmet soups and salads, while their second course offers everything from chicken to filet mignon to pasta. Finish off the meal with decadent, mouth-watering desserts.
COLETTE’S CATERING & EVENTS 1568 Kimberly Ave Fullerton, CA 92831 714.447.9190 www.colettesevents.com
THROWING A PARTY?
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PARTY HOSTING TIPS
Make a clear path to the food.
Have a playlist ready to go.
Introduce friends who haven’t met.
Keep the thermostat on cool.
Spend money where it counts and save where it doesn’t.
The AMERICAN Dream MEET THE CULINARY GENIUS BEHIND JIMMYâ€™S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN
SPICY AHI POKE WRITTEN BY: K.W. RICHARDSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRENDA WINBURN
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JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN Dana Marina Plaza 25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 949.388.8900 Photoshoot Location: Village at La Floresta 3325 E Imperial Hwy Brea, CA 92823 714.733.1310 www.j-fat.com
“I ENDED UP BLUFFING MY WAY INTO A JOB AT MAXWELL’S PLUM AS A CAPTAIN WHERE I MADE TABLESIDE CAESAR SALAD AND STEAK TARTARE.” —DAVID WILHELM
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#TBT Chef Wilhelm’s very first cookbook was a Vincent Price cookbook that his mother bought for him in high school. He still has it to this day. Credit Where Credit is Due It was the owners of Le Mouton Noir that purchased Wilhelm his first Cuisinart. He credits much of the development of his early skills to his incessant experimentation with dishes in his home kitchen. Native Knowledge
David Wilhelm’s name is legendary in the culinary world. His prodigious skill and trendsetting foresight has impacted the haute cuisine community for almost 40 years and put coastal towns like Laguna Beach on the map for his creative, yet exceedingly refined dining landmarks. Still, his adventurous spirit lives on, inspiring him to trade the white tablecloths and fresh white orchids for reclaimed wood, lively music and a purely American menu. His newest project, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, or JFAT, has yet again set the industry standard. Celebrating the recent opening of the fifth JFAT, Chef Wilhelm sat down with us to share the story of how our favorite tavern came to be.
Far from the sultry Chat Noir, venerable Savannah Chop House or inimitable force of French 75, Chef Wilhelm created JFAT, as a premium casual concept that welcomes board shorts as much as it does bespoke blazers and Louboutin’s. Speaking of his new and most casual concept yet, he said, “I love regional Americana. You know, I’m from the Midwest, so I wanted to have some fun with the recipes that I knew from my youth. I wanted to make comfort food for foodies.” “Family experience,” he said, was the inspiration for JFAT’s menu. Being the eldest of six children raised in Flint, MI, Chef Wilhelm got an early 88 LOCALE MAGAZINE
start in the kitchen from helping his mother prepare family meals. Spending countless hours in the family’s garden and kitchen gave him a deep appreciation for the myriad of mouthwatering flavors that American cuisine had to offer. That appreciation, or perhaps more appropriately, that affection, for folk flavors are unmistakably present throughout JFAT’s sumptuous offerings. But there’s more than just incredible flavor brought out by rich traditional ingredients. There is a palpable vibrancy to each dish that is very obviously distinguished from the familiar dishes that we grew up on. JFAT’s distinctive recipes were created because Wilhelm wanted
Look for offmenu specials every month that showcases Chef Wilhelm’s skill and passion for American food!
people to “get a familiar fix in a creative way.” Of course, his Midwestern modesty notably omitted the fact that he is a fantastically accomplished French chef.
GAINING NOTORIETY AT LIGHT SPEED, CHEF WILHELM THEN TRANSFORMED SORRENTO GRILL AND CREATED THE FAMOUS FRENCH 75 WITHIN JUST A FEW YEARS.
At the age of 18, Wilhelm moved to Manhattan. “I remember that first summer I was trying to find work at a bunch of restaurants, but I didn’t have any experience, so it was hard. “I ended up bluffing my way into a job at Maxwell’s Plum as a captain where I made tableside Caesar salad and steak tartare,” he recalled with a bit of embarrassed laughter. It was there that his passion for cuisine was really ignited. In January of 1976, tired of the frigid East Coast winter—and the semi-frequent muggings in NYC— Chef Wilhelm locked up his apartment, hopped on a plane for California and settled into Laguna Beach. It wouldn’t be long before he would open his own restaurant, Kachina, in Laguna Beach (now occupied by Brussel’s Bistro), and instantly put South Orange County dining on the map. Gaining notoriety at light speed, Chef Wilhelm then bought and transformed Sorrento Grill and
ˮI WANTED TO MAKE COMFORT FOOD FOR FOODIES.” —DAVID WILHELM
created the famous French 75 within just a few years. Opening as many as 15 successful highend concepts throughout California has made him a restaurant superstar, but despite his winning formula with fine dining, he is also never one to rest on his laurels. Wilhelm continued his penchant for trendsetting when he opened the first JFAT in Point Loma in 2010, and soon after opened one of the most popular restaurants in all of Dana Point. Dishing out creative interpretations of old-school family recipes and rocking hand-picked playlists, JFAT has become the standard for discriminating foodies that want to have a little fun. But it’s more than amazing food; indeed, great food is in ample supply since Wilhelm came to town. Creative, modern and impeccably designed, his tavern is the fun-filled culinary paradise that was missing from the local culinary scene. American cuisine is more than just reborn through Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, it proves Wilhelm’s foresighted genius in giving us food and vibes that simply make us happy.
DAVID WILHELM’S NAME IS LEGENDARY IN THE CULINARY WORLD.
Your Diet THESE HOT CHEETO DISHES WILL WARM YOU UP
HOT CHEETO PIE
Ò This sushi burrito is
Ò Take your pie game to
HOT CHEETO CARNE ASADA BURRITO
packed full with green tea-infused bamboo rice, salmon, fatty tuna, crab meat and vegetables. The best part? It’s wrapped up in Hot Cheeto dust and crumbles! THE LOW-KEY POKE JOINT lowkeypokejoint.com
HOT CHEETO PIZZA As kids, Hot Cheetos were the “it” chip! That glorious, albeit sometimes inconvenient red dust left on your fingers was the mark of satisfaction. Now, the Hot Cheetos brand has evolved from what it was in the ‘90s, and can be found in a variety of different dishes on the culinary spectrum. It seems that not a day goes by without spotting one of these concoctions on our Instagram feed, so we rounded up our eight favorite Hot Cheeto-filled meals to satisfy your spicy cravings.
HOT CHEETOLOTE Ò Elote, or Mexican
corn on the cob, is traditionally prepared with epazote, layered with butter, creamy mayo, queso cotija and lime. At El Raspadito, they create it with one delicious twist—it’s powdered with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos instead of chili powder. This unique pairing not only makes for a fiery meal but also helps to create the ideal Hot Cheeto snap. EL RASPADITO
WRITTEN BY: OLIN CHOW PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS STYLED BY: KALYNN NGUYEN
Photoshoot Location: EL RASPADITO 1710 17th St, Ste A Santa Ana, CA 92705 714.547.7662
Ò This isn’t your run-ofthe-mill pizza. Trade the pepperonis for some Hot Cheetos to liven up your ‘za party. Once the pizza is hot out of the oven, Ameci’s throws on a load of Hot Cheetos in the melted cheese. Mangia, mangia! AMECI PIZZA & PASTA amecipizzaandpasta.com
the next level! The Hot Cheeto Pie at Lock & Key Social Drinkery comes chock full of jalapeñobrined nacho cheese, chorizo, charred lemon sour cream, green onions and, of course, Hot Cheetos. Is your mouth watering yet? LOCK & KEY SOCIAL DRINKERY lksdkitchen.com
Ò This behemoth of a
burrito comes with a generous portion of carne asada, your choice of fixings like guacamole and sour cream and cheese, and all stuffed with crispy Hot Cheetos wrapped up in a warm tortilla. They don’t skimp on the good stuff. You won’t be disappointed. SAYULITAS MEXICAN FOOD sayulitasmexicanfood.com
HOT CHEETOS BAGEL
THE OH NO BURGER
Ò These boys are no joke
Ò What’s better than a burger with Hot Cheetos? A poke burger with Hot Cheetos. A Furikake rice bun bundles together tuna, mixed greens, white onions, seaweed salad and drizzled with a combination of their Oh No and Seoul Hott sauce. The Hot Cheetos in this burger add the perfect amount of crunch and spice!
with their Hot Cheetos Bagel! This decadent spin on a breakfast favorite comes with a fried egg, Tillamook sharp cheddar and bacon. What a great way to kick start your morning! Be sure to check their social media to see when they’re serving it. YEASTIE BOYS BAGELS yeastieboysbagels.com
SAN DIEGO POKE COMPANY sdpokeco.com
Tia Mowry-Hardrict Talks the Unimportance of Fame, Her Love for Food and the Necessity of Family WRITTEN BY: JORDAN LIGONS
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TAE KWON
HAIR BY: KENDRA GARVEY
STYLED BY: JUDY KAUFMAN
MAKEUP BY: ANTON KHACHATURIAN
TIA MOWRY-HARDRICT @tiamowry @tiamowryquickfix Photoshoot Location: WHOLE FOODS MARKET 18700 Ventura Blvd, Ste 190 Tarzana, CA 91356 818.578.7840 www.wholefoodsmarket.com PANTS SUIT PROVIDED BY: Stella McCartney www.stellamccartney.com BLOUSE PROVIDED BY: Elie Tahari www.elietahari.com SHOES PROVIDED BY: Gianvito Rossi www.gianvitorossi.com
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APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Diane Von Furstenberg www.dvf.com SHOES PROVIDED BY: Giuseppe Zanotti www.giuseppezanotti.com
“I feel like I’m giving away my secret, but why I am where I am in my career is because whatever I am afraid of, I say, ‘Bring it on.’”—Tia Mowry-Hardrict
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Tia Mowry-Hardrict has one of those laughs that escalates. Her whole body kind of shakes, her nose scrunches up and, as you listen, you can’t help but follow suit. It’s full of pure joy, happiness and it’s memorable—a laugh that’s good for the soul. The actress, author and entrepreneur expressed that this joyfulness is a choice that she makes every single day. At about eight years old, Tia felt God putting that gift in her; she now feels there’s a spiritual connection to why bringing others joy brings her joy. “I feel like that’s who I am,” she recalls the moment vividly. With stuffed animals surrounding her on her bed, she remembers crying happy tears. “I feel like my job on earth is to put a smile on people’s faces, to inspire, to uplift, to encourage, to get people to forget about their problems…I never told anyone that before.” She put her face in her hands and apologized for seeming corny. Well, Tia, you’ve put your gifts to work and we’re all lucky to be the beneficiaries.
fame & family
Not only were my cheeks sore from smiling and laughing so much during our two-hour chat over lunch, but she and her twin sister, Tamera, have been entertaining and spreading that joy since she can remember. It started with dancing and modeling, Tia says, even while on base in Hawaii. Tia’s parents were both in the United States Army, her mom a drill sergeant and her dad a first sergeant. Born in Germany, this army brat called numerous places “home” while growing up, but her favorite was the Aloha State. It took Tia and her sister three years to beg their mom to move to Los Angeles. At the time, they were living on the base in Fort Hood, TX. The sisters were performing and doing the local pageant rounds when it got to a point where eyes would roll when they’d sign up for competitions. “I say this with humility, but we were winning everything,” she says matter-offactly. “Sometimes I would take first then [Tamera] would take second or she would take first and I would take second.” When they finally convinced her, their mom gave up her position in the military and moved the girls
and their younger brother, Tahj, to Hollywood. “It was tough because we didn’t have any money. The army really does take care of their soldiers… we never really got that feeling of struggle until we moved to LA,” Tia explained. That house on the base was downgraded to an apartment, rice was eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a once two-parent home became a single-parent home, as her father had to stay enlisted back in Texas. Christmas shopping was done at the 99 Cents Only Stores and they were bullied for their high-water pants in school. But then, chance happened. Producer Irene Dreayer introduced the rising twin stars to Suzanne de Passe, who discovered The Jackson 5 (yes, The Jackson 5) and she said, “You girls are a TV show.” And after numerous meetings with network bigwigs, ABC bought the idea of “Sister, Sister” and it was soon on the network’s family programming block, TGIF. They were only 13 years old. The popular ‘90s sitcom had us all wondering if (and secretly wishing) we had a long lost sister out there. Over 100 episodes of singing along to the theme song, anticipating
Black Girl Magic
• The Mowry sisters have their own children’s fourbook series with HarperCollins Publishers called “Twintution.” The story follows tween twins Cassie and Caitlyn who have magical powers to see things before they occur. Tia spills that they are aiming to turn the beloved book series into a television series.
All for Love
• Tia says her biggest risk she’s ever taken was marrying someone just for love—not for material things
like money, fame or stability. “I married a man that I loved. And when there’s risks, there’s success,” she said. They tied the knot in 2008 after almost seven years of dating.
Tia Loves Fashion
• Favorite Piece in Her Closet Right Now: Balenciaga leather jacket—“It’s badass!” • Favorite Brand Currently: One Teaspoon, www. oneteaspoon.com • Fashion Icon: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross
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switcheroo incidents and loving on the oh-so-nineties fashion, we as viewers got to witness Tia grow up on the show. But off camera in the Mowry household, their mom still allowed them to be average teenagers. “Our mom really, really protected us. It was just a job to us,” Tia says that there was a fine line of being a child star and creeping into the dark parts of Hollywood. They weren’t allowed to let their new job as sitcom stars define them as people. Their mom kept them in check and made them check their egos at the door. “We had chores, curfew, we had an allowance. It was like things had changed, but things really hadn’t changed,” Tia said about the experience of the sixyear-long hit series. “But the most incredible thing was that I got to do it with my sister.” After the series ended in 1999, Tia needed to break away for a bit. During one of her semesters studying psychology at Pepperdine University, she studied abroad in Europe, alone, and did some selfreflecting. She concluded that when she would return to the States she would get serious about acting and get serious about her career. “When there’s change and you’re not in your comfort zone, that is when you should realize you’re doing the right thing,” she said. It took seven years to land another starring television role, but when she did, it was a game-changer.
• Tia and Tamera were briefly part of a girls group in 1992 called Voices. Their song “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” is definitely worth a YouTube search.
Party Over Here!
Tia loves throwing noteworthy parties! Her list of party-throwing accolades includes: • “Game of Thrones” party, where everyone was supplied their own crowns. • Emmy party with matching award decorated cookies • An ultimate slumber party with fried chicken and waffles, cereal bars and pajamas. • Italian themed with different kinds of pasta, pizza and wine, of course!
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• While living in Hawaii on base as a little girl, Tia recalls the tune “Reveille” playing over loudspeakers across base and every one, including her parents, stopping what they were doing, facing the headquarters and saluting the flag.
When she went to audition for The CW-turned BET “Girlfriends” spinoff “The Game,” even the casting director wanted to make sure that she knew what she was auditioning for; it was quite the different role than kid-friendly Tia Landry. “Uh yeah, I’m a grown ass woman,” she said to the casting director at 24 years old. “I’ve been through everything that this girl Melanie is going through.” Nine seasons later and viewers were still obsessed with the plot line. It was risky, she said, but then again Tia doesn’t shy away from risks: “I feel like I’m giving away my secret, but why I am where I am in my career is because whatever I am afraid of, I say, ‘Bring it on,’” she said. “I’m kind of addicted to looking at things that are risks, or that I am afraid of, and embracing it.”
“When I realized that I really loved cooking was when I started to dream about it. And that was after I got married,” Tia has an elongated grin on her face as we talk about one of her fave topics: food. “I would go to bed and I would dream about what I was going to make the next day. Literally, I would dream about food!” Can we all raise our hand in solidarity that we’ve done this too? She confesses to fangirling over Food Network stars like Giada De Laurentiis to Bobby Flay to Ina Garten and after “Sister, Sister” she admits the thought of culinary school crept into her mind. “It has always been in me,” she said adding that she started cooking at about 12. “When I cooked chicken piccata for the first time, I was like, ‘Damn this is good. This is a gift.’” And she isn’t the only one who thinks so. She can’t get rid of her husband’s friends; they’ve become dinner table groupies, showing up for every gathering to take selfies with Tia’s dishes and take home the leftovers: “I am a nurturer at heart, and I feel like when you feed people, it’s like you’re nurturing them.” Let her upgrade you, and your shelves, with her jam-packed cookbook “Whole New You.” She wanted to not only inspire fans to choose a healthy lifestyle but be vulnerable, real and share her story of how her passion for food turned into a life-saving change. In her book, Tia talks about being diagnosed with endometriosis in 2006, an abnormal growth of cells from the lining of your uterus that appears outside of the uterine cavity, after years of symptoms and abdominal pain. This lead to a multitude of emergency room visits and two severe surgeries, but then her doctor declared that if she was planning on having kids and if she wanted the surgeries to stop, she simply needed to do one thing: change her diet. “I used to say it was like for years you’ve been putting on your pants a certain way, without even thinking about it, and now all of a sudden you have to change the way you put on pants,” like swapping out the dairy for vegan cheese and pushing the carb-filled pizza dough aside to use cauliflower crust; expect
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• Favorite ShareWorthy Instagram: @thegoodquote • Favorite Late Night Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies • Name of Her Alter Ego: Sasha Fierce—“I’m obsessed with Beyoncé.” • Last Song Played on Pandora: “rockstar” by Post Malone and 21 Savage • Last Splurge: Jimmy Choo “Lockett Petite” leather shoulder bag
“I want to inspire other women. I want them to say, ‘Wow, if Tia can do it, I can do it too.’”—Tia Mowry-Hardrict
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What’s Coming Up in 2018
• Welcoming a healthy baby into her growing family • Celebrating the 10-year anniversary with husband, Cory Hardrict • Releasing Indivisible, a film that tells the stories of those suffering from PTSD after returning home from the Army
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this and more in over 200 recipes curated for her cookbook. “The audience that I really wanted to touch was the African American community,” she says about the bestseller that was two years in the making. “I feel like in our community we don’t know a lot about how food can be medicine—until something happens.” When she started to change her diet, her aunties, grandmother and close family members were confused by this new-school ideology: Ain’t nothing wrong with a little soul food! What are you doing? She then began to list off stats in regards to African American women: Heart disease is the leading cause of death and 56.9 percent of those 20 years or older are obese, according to the CDC. Plus, endometriosis targets 15 percent of women, with growing numbers in the African American community. “I’m so blessed to be able to be creative in that space and that we live in a day and age where you don’t have to go to culinary school to be accepted in that world,” she said. We think appearing on Food Network and her former show “Tia Mowry at Home” on the Cooking Channel has definitely given her some kitchen cred. “I’m having loads of fun with [cooking]. I love it.” She holds her tongue to the roof of her mouth for a couple seconds for more emphasis on the “love.” “Love it, love it, love it.” There’s that laugh again. I definitely believe her, and it shows.
“I’m very proud to say that I am a feminist,” Tia said. We were talking about the importance of this ‘sisterhood’ in the industry. She stated that you have to combat society’s view of women that we were only put here to be sexualized and raise children. She calls BS. “You can do anything that you want to do. No matter what.” She continues, “I feel like just because I am a mom doesn’t necessarily mean that I have to give up who I am or who I was. I can still dream, I can still feel and be sexy. What’s wrong with a mom taking a burlesque class?” I nod my head and “Mmhm” in agreement. Tia explained how she’s had to turn down numerous roles in her career that play into stereotypes, whether it perpetuates being black or being a woman. She flat out said, “That’s not my calling.”
“I feel like we need to build a community where we can uplift, where we can support, where we can inspire and where we can say, ‘I got you.’” She’s already started building said community with her new YouTube channel “Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix”, where she’s taken the reins of her career and is making content that she loves. “I have so much fun on these damn YouTube [videos], you have no idea,” she wanted to create a hub for all her fans from the other social networks to meet in one place. With over 160K subscribers in just over four months, we think it’s working. In partnership with the Kin Community, every Friday she drops a new video detailing a life hack that you didn’t know you needed. Hair tutorials, sheet pan-cooking demos, marriage advice—you name it. The best part? There are no limitations, no script; she can do whatever she wants, and she does. “Life’s all about finding those quick fixes, those easy life hacks that just kind of get you through [it].” She creates her content off of what her fans are interested in, commenting on and questioning about; this dialogue is what being a community is all about. “I want to inspire other women. I want them to say, ‘Wow, if Tia can do it, I can do it too,’” she said. “I think the key to sisterhood and being a woman in general is that we need each other, instead of being competitive with one another.” Major key alert. On Tia’s right wrist is a pink and purple butterfly, located, purposefully, to be in constant sight. A representation of an insect that evolves into something beautiful. A reminder that it doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. You know, like a 20-plus-year career timeline. “I don’t like change. But the older I get, I’m learning to embrace change because [it] is actually your friend. It doesn’t have to mean it’s a bad thing. It’s just a new beginning to something amazing. But, I had to learn that,” she said. The tattoo serves as a reminder to always be like a butterfly: to fly with the wind, not against it, or, as Tia translates, to let go, and let God. “I think we are always evolving,” whether as an actress, a cook, a mom (or new mommy-to-be) or simply as a woman, within it’s ink, this butterfly encompasses that change is okay; take the risks and worry about them later; just fly with the wind, and laugh along the way.
Letter to Teenage Tia
We asked Tia what she would tell her teenage self. Here’s her advice: •“Don’t worry. What’s meant to be will be. Continue to stay focused, and continue to stay true to whom you are. Embrace change; change is your best friend. God’s got you. • Don’t be such a ‘worrywart.’ Don’t worry about what you’re going to do next, what you’re going to be, if you’re going to get married, if you’re going to have kids—things happen for a reason. Let go and go with the flow. Continue to work hard, continue to dream, but don’t be afraid that if the plan that you had doesn’t work the way that you had it in your head to work, just let go.”
Did You Know?
• Despite the twin’s begging to move to Hollywood, it was actually their younger brother, Tahj, who got a gig first. He played Teddy on the hit sitcom “Full House” and Tia and Tamera would do their homework in the taping's bleachers after school.
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FOODIE /// EXPERTS
YOU CAN SIP WITH US
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FR O M COFFEE TO LEMONA DE, T HES E S EVEN E XPE RTS KNOW HOW TO MA KE T HE BEST DRINK
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COFFEE DOSE 116 E 18th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.coffeedosecm.com Photoshoot Location: THE OC MIX 3313 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.760.9150 www.socoandtheocmix.com
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Whether you’re looking for a refreshingly sweet drink, need something to unwind after a long work day, or require a much needed jolt of coffee to stay awake, it’s guaranteed that there’s an Orange County restaurant or drink shop to cater to your desires. Behind each drink stands a team of motivated and dedicated individuals who utilize their deep knowledge and passion to create a quality drink. From coffee and coconut water to lemonade, each one of our seven experts enjoys playing an integral role in making a drink that’ll satisfy your thirst.
G R AY S O N DIERCKSMEIER CREDENTIALS: BAR DIRECTOR, THUNDERKING COFFEE BAR IN SOCIAL COSTA MESA Q: How would you describe the atmosphere of SOCIAL? Grayson Diercksmeier: The atmosphere here at SOCIAL is fun yet professional. We pride ourselves on being just that, ‘ourselves,’ [as well as] being able to provide an experience that is not only personal but remarkable.
Q REWARDING • Grayson’s favorite aspect of his job is being able to introduce people to new items that they’ve never tried before as well as working with an eager team that wants to get better every day. MATCH MADE IN FOODIE HEAVEN • SOCIAL Costa Mesa collaborated with ThunderKing Brewing Co. to create the ThunderKing Coffee Bar inside SOCIAL, which opened in August 2017.
THUNDERKING COFFEE BAR SOCIAL COSTA MESA 512 W 19th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.642.2425 www.socialcostamesa.com
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • ThunderKing Coffee Bar is open as early as 8 a.m. for you to grab your morning dose of caffeine.
Q: ThunderKing is known for its cold-brew coffee. What makes the process and the taste unique? GD: The process is slow, very slow. And the yield is low, very low. Which in turn produces a product that is good, very good. More or less, the labor of love that goes into the ThunderKing cold-brew makes the little bit of juice totally worth the squeeze.
staples for the local coffee drinking scene. Q: What is your favorite drink on the menu? GD: The ‘Coffee is for Closers’ is one of my favorites. It's amazingly simple yet offers a lot of nuances for cocktail and coffee drinkers alike. We're giving 2018 the new ‘vodka redbull.’ Q: Creativity plays a huge role in your line of work. What is the most unique drink that you’ve crafted? GD: This line of work does indeed require creativity, and I am proud of everything I've sent over the bar top. I always like to think that my next cocktail is more creative than the last, but the only way to find out is to come in and see for yourself!
Q: ThunderKing Coffee Bar has been open for a few months. What can visitors expect in the upcoming year? GD: The plan for the coffee bar concept going forward is to push the envelope as far as the ‘craft coffee’ concept goes and establish ourselves as one of the Written By: Ameihia Turingan /// Photographed By: Mathew Martinez
VACANCY COFFEE BAR 6480 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.vacancycoffeebar.com
O R I O N ST R O N G M A N CREDENTIALS: LEAD BARISTA, VACANCY COFFEE BAR Q: Vacancy proudly serves Toby’s Estate coffee. How has using this product enhanced the quality of the Vacancy drink? Orion Strongman: Toby’s is a severely outstanding coffee and when combined with the Vacancy team’s knowhow, it’s simply a magical array of drinks. Toby’s itself is so outstandingly well thought out that when combined with our operational practice, it’s turned out to be something that the people really enjoyed. Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? OS: I say this often, it never gets old seeing someone with a smile from ear to ear when they finally get a coffee that just really hits the
spot. I’ve been working in hospitality for a few decades now and to this day, when someone says, ‘This is the best mocha I’ve ever had,’ never gets old. Q: What makes Vacancy stand apart from the other coffee shops in Newport Beach? OS: No frills, intensively good coffee like you’ve never had before, an environment that has no pretension and gets to the point of the product and the good feeling that you would have come to expect when you walk into a coffee store or a café to relax, whatever the time. Q: What is something unique about Vacancy that most visitors don't know? OS: That everyone working there is Australian. [Laughs]. No, I’m joking. Not
everyone is but the large proportion of us are. A lot of people don’t even know we’re there. They stumble upon us and then are very pleasantly surprised. What’s something unique about us [is that] we bring a new perspective on coffee to Southern California, if not all of California. Our company culture is pretty much imported into California from across the Pacific where incredible welldeveloped knowhow for the brewing and service of coffee and connected products comes across in an environment that is more true to form to tried and tested hospitality principles of making you, the customer, extremely happy. Q: What attracted you to work at Vacancy? OS: The partners who
came together to build Vacancy were looking for someone with depth of knowledge to grow Vacancy’s roots in Orange County, and to allow the company to propel into the future. I was drawn to being able to do both of those, and to see how the non product mix I’ve been dealing with for quite some time now would translate here in California. Q: As lead barista, what does a typical day look like for you? OS: You come in to open the store and you get things warmed up. And usually in the morning, you get the same faces that come in, your regulars. It’s usually an awesome vibe, there’s a lot of laughing and smiling [as] the community comes together.
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • The majority of the employees at Vacancy are from Australia.
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Jeni is also the owner of Bronzed Bunny, and Oscar owns El Raspadito.
O S CA R A N D J E N I CA ST R O CREDENTIALS: OWNERS OF COFFEE DOSE Q: What inspired you to create Coffee Dose? Jeni Castro: Basically, just our love of coffee. But my biggest thing about the coffee shops in Costa Mesa is that they are lacking the really fresh ingredients and I really wanted to try to improve that [by] making things like fresh in-house nut milk more available in our area. Oscar Castro: Not only is coffee part of our daily routine; we often seek out different coffee experiences and we’re not shy about traveling to them.
Q: What is your favorite Coffee Dose drink? JC: I love them all, but I would say the top two that I know are going to do the best [are] the Beauty [Latte and The Burner]. OC: My favorite by far would have to be the one I prepare for myself daily, The Burner. This concoction will have your productivity level at an all time high without the crash because it doesn’t contain sugar(s). Just a little grass-fed butter and MCT oil. 106 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Q: What has been your favorite memory so far creating Coffee Dose? JC: The logo is really fun because coffee is a drug that we can legally take all day long, which is great. But for the most part, I know for me, I need my coffee. And if I don’t get my coffee, bad things will happen in my day. OC: So far just being able to collaborate side-by-side with Jeni. We both have our businesses separate from Coffee Dose, which has allowed us to learn how to work closer together in business and our at-home life. Q: What’s something unique about Coffee Dose that most people wouldn’t know? JC: So Oscar and I have absolutely no experience in the coffee business. We don’t know the first thing about the coffee business, all we know is that we are fully addicted to coffee and we’ve visited coffee shops all over the world. OC: For people that are just finding out about Coffee Dose, they’d be interested to know that we’re located inside East Eighteenth, a cozy-chic hair salon we share space with.
COFFEE DOSE 116 E 18th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.coffeedosecm.com Photoshoot Location: THE OC MIX 3313 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.760.9150 www.socoandtheocmix.com
BABY’S FIRST COFFEE • Another offering on the menu is a babyccino (a baby friendly cappuccino) called the Baby Fenella. Fenella is their daughter’s middle name.
HOT SPOT • Noticing that the East Side of Costa Mesa was “a big open spot where there’s no coffee,” they decided to open their business there.
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TASTE IT FOR YOURSELF • You can find Espresso Republic coffee at their flagship store Dripp Coffee Bar.
ESPRESSO REPUBLIC 4300 Edison Ave Chino, CA 91710 www.espressorepublic.com Photoshoot Location: DRIPP COFFEE BAR 500 N Harbor Blvd, Ste B Fullerton, CA 92832 714.441.1003 www.dripp.com
GABE VENEGAS CREDENTIALS: RELATIONSHIP MANAGER, ESPRESSO REPUBLIC Q: Could you describe Espresso Republic’s role with Dripp Coffee Bar? Gabe Venegas: Espresso Republic is the parent company of Dripp. Both companies operate as separate entities and independently. Espresso Republic is the roasting company and focuses on wholesale and production, while Dripp is the retail branch of the company where customers can be part of the coffee shop experience.
Q: What makes Espresso Republic stand apart from other coffees? GV: Particularly, I think Espresso Republic just does a really good job at being all about the details. In everything that we do, the approach is all the little things matter. [Such as] for sourcing the coffee, our owner goes out and directs trades with these farmers. Q: What is your favorite item on the Dripp menu? GV: My favorite indulgent drink is our Spanish Latte, made with sweetened
condensed milk, espresso, steamed milk and lightly dusted with cinnamon. Q: What makes Dripp Coffee Bar unique from other coffee shops? GV: Approachable by both young and old, whether new to coffee or veteran coffee snob. Dripp focuses on its environment with attention to detail in the decor, providing a bright and lively experience. The same goes for the menu; we offer a wide variety of selections with a fun approach
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Pair your coffee with an ice cream sandwich from Dripp!
to specialty coffee for anyone to enjoy. Q: How does using the Espresso Republic products enhance the quality of the coffee drinks your clients make? GV: We only roast to order so every time someone places an order, we roast that specifically. Like I said, with our passion for quality coffee, we want to make sure that every coffee is fresh and every roast is tailored to bring out the specific characteristics for each coffee.
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Villager Coconut Water is sold up and down the coast (and Palm Springs!), but OC locals can find theirs at stores like Ralphs and Smart & Final.
J O S H L A N DA N CREDENTIALS: CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, VILLAGER GOODS Q: How did you first get involved with Villager Goods? Josh Landan: We wanted to create a company where my friends and I could consume the product. We really wanted to make a product that was healthy, affordable and something we could use.
coconut water shelves. Also, our original flavor is among the leaders for the least amount of sugar. The other thing is, it’s a great story of worldclass athletes leaving big endorsement deals to build something that they believe in.
Q: How did the sports world inspire you to create Villager Coconut Water? JL: Our product is great for athletes. For those who are active, staying hydrated is very important. It’s healthy, hydrating and has a lot of potassium, which prevents muscle cramps.
Q: Coconut water has become so popular over the past few years. Why do you think this drink trend has taken off? JL: I think it’s because people want a healthier alternative. They also like the taste of it, especially since there are multiple flavors. We have a chocolate coconut water that kids love, and it tastes good. So, I think that’s why coconut water is becoming attractive to everyone of all ages.
Q: What sets Villager Coconut Water apart? JL: Our coconut water is organic and not from concentrate. Those two things are a rare combination on the
Q: Can we expect any new products to come in the near future? JL: Yes. We will be coming out with more organic beverages and foods in the coming months.
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VILLAGER GOODS 1041 J St San Diego, CA 92101 www.villagergoods.com Photoshoot Location: SWAMI'S BEACH 1298 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024
BREWERY OWNER • Landan was the Founder and CEO of the Saint Archer Brewing Company before he started Villager Goods. VILLAGERS • At Villager, they gathered
like-minded people from a variety of trades—artists, snowboarders, skateboarders, photographers and surfers. Some notable ambassadors include Paul Rodriguez, Alana Blanchard, Eric Koston and Coco Ho.
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FOR THE LOVE OF DRINKS • Lynn started Main Squeeze because she and her cofounders wanted to create refreshing drinks that customers would love and enjoy. LEMON VISION • Lynn originally envisioned Main Squeeze’s cute lemon logo. After sketching it out, she gave it to her friend who’s a graphic designer and was able to fully develop the logo.
LY N N T R A N CREDENTIALS: OWNER, MAIN SQUEEZE Q: What is your favorite drink on the menu? Lynn Tran: It would be the Butterfly Peach Lemonade or the Green Thai Tea! Q: What is your process like when creating the seasonal items on the menu? LT: We definitely think of what flavors or items that will be great for the season. For instance, summer is fresh fruits while fall and winter is warm flavors that remind you of the season itself [such as] pumpkin spice, lattes, etc.
spacious. It’s just a really nice place to hang out at and come grab some drinks and desserts. Q: What has been your favorite memory so far in this journey? LT: There are many! Being our first brick-and-mortar store, there was so much to learn. I think the best one was building the store from the ground up and seeing our vision become a reality.
Q: What has been the most interesting part of transitioning from pop up events to your brickand-mortar store? LT: Definitely the pace of things. Night markets are always three long days and super fastpaced. Whereas with this store, we’re open seven days a week and you start to see the peak hours in the day. Also, it's definitely amazing and very interesting getting to meet so many different people coming through the doors. Q: How would you describe the atmosphere of Main Squeeze? LT: Our store is definitely inviting, open and Written By: Ameihia Turingan /// Photographed By: Mathew Martinez
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Main Squeeze posts information on the soft serve flavor of the day, exclusive monthly items, and promotions on their colorful Instagram and Facebook accounts.
MAIN SQUEEZE 9430 Warner Ave Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714.465.2057 @mainsqueezeoc
IN THE EYES of the BEER-HOLDER 18 BREWERIES IN ORANGE COUNTY THAT YOU MUST TRY
WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATHEW MARTINEZ
Orange County is slowly becoming the place to be for a good craft beer. With brewery hubs popping up throughout the county, weâ€™ve done the legwork for you; now all you have to do is grab some of your best buds and clink a couple of cold ones. Cheers!
A badass name and a spacious brewery with plenty of handmade elements reminiscent of the Old West.
GUNWHALE ALES 2960 Randolph Ave, Ste A Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.239.9074 www.gunwhaleales.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 117
CONFESSIONS OF A CERVEZA CONNOISSEUR
We Interviewed John Ford of Constellation Brands About Modelo “Modelo Especial is a pilsner-style lager that really embodies the great things about beer. It’s superior quality, authenticity and inspirational fighting spirit is what makes Modelo distinctive. The nearly 98 million cases of Modelo beer are really a testament of how well it connects with the modern day beer drinker.”—John Ford
BOTTLE LOGIC BREWING DRINK THIS: RECURSION IPA A brewery that enjoys being experimental and pushing the envelope. They’re perfectionists that don’t take themselves too seriously—why else would they go through nine versions of their Recursion IPA until they decided it was perfect? 1072 N Armando St Anaheim, CA 92806 714.660.2537 www.bottlelogic.com
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Locals Only Tips for These 5 Breweries
GREEN CHEEK BREWING Æ They’ve got a michelada and (spiked) coffee on rotation in addition to their generous beer list—that’s reason enough to give them a quick visit. greencheekbeer.com DOCENT BREWING Æ A real gem in the San Juan Capistrano area that also serves their own elevated bar-type grub to pair with an awesome selection of beer on tap. docentbrewing.com LOST WINDS BREWING CO. Æ Whether it’s the board games, cornhole, reservable mezzanine or Tuesday trivia nights, Lost Winds was made to just be a relaxing place to hang out on any evening. lostwindsbrewing.com
CHAPMAN CRAFTER BEER DRINK THIS: SLOW RISER An inviting independent, familyowned establishment that puts community first. They want you to bring your dog—or pet pig—to hang out at their taproom. If you like your coffee with a (huge) hint of beer, their Slow Riser red ale is just the thing to get your weekend started off right. 123 N Cypress St Orange, CA 92866 844.855.2337 www.chapmancrafted.beer
MODERN TIMES Æ Dubbed “LeisureTown,” this massive estimated 32,000-square-foot promised land of lavishness has a giant swimming pool, poolside bar, cafe and restaurant. moderntimesbeer.com NOBLE ALE WORKS Æ This hidden gem tucked within a warehouse complex, just a short drive from the Honda Center and Angel’s Stadium carries some really unique beers like the Naughty Sauce. They’re known to have a line out the door before they even open up. noblealeworks.com
FOUR SONS BREWING DRINK THIS: COCONOTORIOUS AMBER ALE If you’re looking for a place to wind down after a long day at work, this place will feel like home. Four Sons is truly a family owned and operated brewery that tries to expand on existing flavor profiles by making notable changes you can taste. Their “Coconotorious” is a prime example: created with 300 pounds of coconuts in every batch, it is easily palatable to both beer novices and snobs alike. 18421 Gothard St, Ste 100 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.584.7501 www.foursonsbrewing.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 119
HONORABLE MENTIONS LAGUNA BEACH BEER CO. 29851 Aventura, Ste D Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 949.264.6821 lagunabeer.com RIIP BEER CO. 17214 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92647 714.248.6710 riipbeer.com BARLEY FORGE BREWING CO. 2957 Randolph Ave, Ste B Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.641.2084 barleyforge.com
GUNWHALE ALES DRINK THIS: MAJORDOMO A badass name and a spacious brewery with plenty of handmade elements reminiscent of the Old Westâ€”how can you not instantly be attracted to this place? The Majordomo is a food friendly, culinary driven citrus farmhouse ale made with roasted lemons. 2960 Randolph Ave, Ste A Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.239.9074 www.gunwhaleales.com
These Spots are Too Beer-illiant Not to Mention
THE PUBLIC HOUSE BY EVANS BREWING CO. Æ Come for Beer and a Brat Tuesday where $10 gets you a housemade beer brat and an Evans pint. evansbrewco.com/ pub ARTIFEX BREWING COMPANY Æ Haven Gastropub at the Orange Circle combines a dimly lit ambiance and generous portions with your Artiflex Brewing Co. beer to deliver a cool intimate experience. Call ahead to make sure they have it on tap. artifexbrewing.com THE DUDES’ BREWING COMPANY Æ The Umami Burger near the Anaheim Packing District serves The Dudes’ brews, as well as a flavorful burger unlike you’ve ever had. thedudesbrew.com
TOWNE PARK BREWERY
THE BRUERY DRINK THIS: MISCHIEF
Everything about this place, right down to its beer, exudes “classic.” A taproom with a spacious patio, warm lighting, bright ambiance and simple, wellbalanced beers.
The Bruery is one of OC’s first breweries, and is known to have one of the most diverse flavor choices out of any brewery in the area. Their featured beer, “Mischief” is just that—trouble, but in a good way. A gold medal winner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, this Belgian strong ale packs a sneaky, but delicious punch.
1566 W Lincoln Ave Anaheim, CA 92801 714.844.2492 www.towneparkbrew.com
717 Dunn Way Placentia, CA 92870 714.996.6258 www.thebruery.com
DRINK THIS: TOWNE CLASSIC AMERICAN LAGER
DRINK THIS: “HAVE YOU TRIED THE HEF?” This newly expanded brewery and full-service restaurant in the heart of Anaheim is an absolute playground. Their Hef? I hear it’s the best one in America. 2210 E Orangewood Ave Anaheim, CA 92806 714.912.4015 www.goldenroad.la
Photography Provided By: Golden Road
Bloom THE WHISKEY BLOSSOM AT STARFISH LAGUNA BEACH IS YOUR NEW GO-TO WRITTEN BY: KELLI WITHANEYE PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ED VISIONS
B-A-N-A-N-A-S A few of Starfish’s popular dishes are steamed and served in banana leaves, like the Wild Thai Halibut. Native Knowledge Every Monday night, Starfish celebrates Industry Night, where hospitality staff and a guests can come get 50 percent off their entire check— including liquor!
STARFISH LAGUNA BEACH 30832 S Pacific Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.9200 www.starfishlaguna.com
Starfish, located in South Laguna, is the ultimate hot spot with a versatile menu that speaks “come as you are.” Kayli Luz, the Manager and Event Coordinator, admires the clientele that fills their tables each night. “We have the artists, the wealthy business people, people who have come right off the beach and the families that vacation here,” Luz said. No matter the background, they love their whiskey. To much of the populace, whiskey is the faceless drink that people like Ron Swanson sip on. While this is a perfectly serviceable beverage, it needed a little modern-day touch to bring it back to life. Enter the Whiskey Blossom! The roots of the Whiskey Blossom are connected to the well-known whiskey sour, but with an added twist that caters to every taste. The key ingredients include Kentucky Straight Bourbon, fresh lemon, clover blossom honey, sweet and sour, egg whites, dashes of orange bitters and Angostura bitters and finished with an orange twist. “The intention of using the fresh egg whites is to give it the velvety mouthfeel that
The Whiskey Blossom
is oftentimes omitted from modern-day cocktails,” Luz explained. What makes the Whiskey Blossom hip and happenin’? There are few locations that make cocktails in their traditional form, so Starfish is throwing it back—way back to the 1920s with all the bells and whistles. To add their own flair, they serve the drink in a martini glass. “With the martini glasses, there’s no chance that it will get watered down like it could with ice cubes, and the presentation of a martini glass is a bit more sleek and sexy.” The Whiskey Blossom has a muted sweetness and hint of bourbon spice, making it a perfect post-holiday treat to sip on and warm up with friends. Starfish is also a great location for booking events like a whiskey-themed bachelor party, a birthday party or even a rehearsal dinner. They have a well-versed staff on the menu and drink options. “We want everyone who comes in to feel comfortable trusting their server. Our servers will give them a tour of the menu and guide them based on what they like,” Luz said. Bottoms up!
Rice, Beans and a Whole Lotta Love THE OC BURRITO PROJECT IS HELPING THE HOMELESS ONE BURRITO AT A TIME
WRITTEN BY: ERICA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS
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OC BURRITO PROJECT www.ocburritoproject.org @ocburritoproject Photoshoot Location: EAST END KITCHENS 4th Street Market 201 E 4th St Santa Ana CA 92701 714.486.0700 www.4thstreetmarket.com
“We bring some short-term solutions out to the people while we wait for more permanent solutions to develop.” —Garrett Dunbar Find out how you can help. www.ocburritoproject.org
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When I walk into the 4th Street Market kitchen to interview Garrett Dunbar, all is quiet. The preparations for the evening’s OC Burrito Project are just starting and the volunteers have not yet begun to arrive. Little do I know that in just a few short minutes, I will see this unassuming, sweet, young man transform into a modern-day superhero. I’m sure Garrett would probably cringe at that analogy, but I saw it with my own eyes—he is a powerhouse; a force to be reckoned with and his vision just might change how the world views solutions to the homeless crisis.
The OC Burrito Project began in 2015 when Garrett—who was in law school gearing up to follow in his father’s footsteps—was a County Counsel intern. Going to the Civic Center daily meant getting an up-close look at Orange County’s homeless, and also seeing that the county wasn’t doing much about it. “I asked the sheriff’s department who their homeless liaison officer was and they told me to contact the OC Department of Mental Health, who then referred me to their website and all the links on the website were broken. It was clear that the issue was not a priority,” said Garrett.
Garrett and his then fiancé started out with just six people making burritos in his apartment with a goal to feed those in need. Burritos are a simple, delicious and cost-effective way to accomplish this goal, and after the first night, Garrett knew that it was not only doable but also a great way to bring people together. The project grew through social media and word of mouth, and eventually, the number of volunteers jumped to over 100. Success meant a bigger space was required and the 4th Street Market turned out to be the perfect spot. “We make about 350 burritos and we just walk directly into the Civic Center and help everyone that we can. They are our neighbors and need to know that we care and want to engage with them.” The OC Burrito Project may be about feeding people, but it’s also about providing a few basic 128 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Little do I to know that in just a few short minutes, I will see this unassuming, sweet, young man transform into a modern-day superhero.
Health Fiend • With healthy choices in mind, and after hearing feedback, Garrett decided that the burritos would be vegan, dairy free and big on taste. Native Knowledge • For every dollar given to OC Burrito Project’s annual fund, you’ll give a burrito to someone in need.
needs with goodie bags that contain toiletry items and non-perishable snacks. Donations of socks, blankets, clothing, shoes and even pet food are also highly encouraged. “We bring some short-term solutions out to the people while we wait for more permanent solutions to develop,” Garrett said. These outreach events happen monthly and have become so popular that there are not only civicminded individuals participating, but groups and corporate teams as well. Assembly lines are formed for making the burritos, organizing and making the goodie bags as well as sorting clothes. The process usually takes about two hours before the group walks out to the Civic Center to distribute what has been created, “It really opens people’s eyes and it’s wonderful to see how it changes their perceptions of what ‘homeless’ really is,” Garrett explained. With his law degree and her degree in social work, Garrett and his wife have great plans for the future that will make for an unbeatable combination to make some much-needed changes happen. One day, they would like to go into developing their own housing program, combining a shelter with wraparound services like mental health counseling, job training, placement and basic life skills. With all the good he is doing, Garrett keeps it simple; “We just go by the old saying ‘treat people the way you, yourself would like to be treated.’ If you can do that, then that’s the best that you could possibly do.”
SO GLASSY INSTA-WORTHY COCKTAILS TO MAKE FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY
WRITTEN BY: CHELSEA RAINERI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: REILLY KAVANAUGH STYLED BY: KALYNN NGUYEN
When planning a cocktail party, having a great looking drink is key for your guests’ Instafeed. So put that bar cart to good use and break out your best glassware! Here are four recipes for you to play bartender at home.
Pack a Punch
Cool as a Cucumber Mint Cooler
Sweet and Spicy Margarita
INGREDIENTS • 1 cup Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum • 3 cups Ginger Ale • 3 cups Pineapple Juice • Fresh Pineapple Wedges, Plus More for Garnish • Flowers for Garnish • Pineapple Leaves for Garnish
INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s Gin • 4-6 Cucumber Slices, Plus More for Garnish • 1/4 Sliced Lime • 4 oz Tonic Water • 6 Mint Leaves • 1 Mint Sprig for Garnish • Pineapple Leaves for Garnish
INGREDIENTS • 2 oz Milagro Tequila • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice • 4 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice • 1 Large Serrano Sliced into Rounds, Plus More for Garnish • Tajin for Rim • Pineapple Leaves for Garnish • Mint Sprig for Garnish • Lime Wheel for Garnish
INGREDIENTS • 2 oz Reyka Vodka • 3 Blackberries, Plus More for Garnish • 6 Mint Leaves • 6 oz Ginger Beer • 1 Lime Wedge • 1 Lime Wheel for Garnish • 1 Mint Sprig for Garnish
RECIPE 1. Add ingredients to a punch bowl with large ice pieces and stir. 2. Garnish with pineapple slices, flowers and a pineapple leaf. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, www.sailorjerry.com
Drinkware Provided By: William Grant & Sons, www.williamgrant.com Habana, www.restauranthabana.com Artelexia, www.artelexia.com
RECIPE 1. Add lime, mint and Hendrick’s Gin to a shaker and muddle the ingredients. 2. Add the cucumbers to the shaker and shake well. 3. Finely strain into the glass with ice. 4. Top off the drink with tonic water. 5. Garnish with cucumber, mint and pinapple leaves. Hendrick’s Gin, www.hendricksgin.com
RECIPE 1. Rim a glass with lime, then dip in Tajin. 2. Fill a shaker with serrano slices and chunks of fresh mango and muddle. 3. Add ice, Milagro Tequila, lime juice, pineapple juice and shake until well chilled. 4. Pour into prepared glass. 5. Garnish with pineapple leaves, mint, serrano and lime wheel. Milagro Tequila, www.milagrotequila.com
RECIPE 1. Muddle the blackberries, one lime wedge and the mint leaves in a shaker. 2. Add Reyka Vodka and shake well. 3. Strain over ice in a copper mug. 4. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel, blackberries and mint. Reyka Vodka, reyka.com
F O O D I E / / / T H AT ' S W H AT T H E Y S A I D
EAT, DRINK AND BE
BUDDY & TASHA @foodieOC www.foodieoc.net UNION MARKET TUSTIN IN THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 949.375.0749 www.unionmarkettustin.com
THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY 2437 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 714.259.9090 www.thedistricttl.com
THE DUO BEHIND @FOODIEOC SHOW US THE MOST CREATIVE DISHES IN TUSTIN
WRITTEN BY: BUDDY AND TASHA CLAY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN
“With a crispy outside and perfectly moist inside, this dish will not disappoint.”
2493 Park Ave, Ste 18 Tustin, CA 92782 714.258.8182 www.cubedpoke.com
2493 Park Ave, Ste 41 Tustin, CA 92782 714.258.8160 www.kettlebar.com
Æ There may not be a shortage of poke spots in Southern California, but not all are created equal. Poke is one of our favorite things to eat because we can build it how we please! Cubed uses lots of light and healthy options for their bowls. In fact, when we’re feeling a little less health conscious, we go for that spam musubi, you’re welcome.
RA SUSHI BAR & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Æ Today we are taking a break from The Kroft’s incredible poutine to try one of their newer items, bread pudding. Continuing with that good ol’ comfort food, The Kroft created this dense and decadent treat to satisfy your sweet tooth after you enjoy something savory. With a crispy outside and perfectly moist inside, this dish will not disappoint. 2493 Park Ave, Ste 2 Tustin, CA 92782 714.259.1132 www.thekroft.com
Æ One of the reasons we like to come to RA Sushi is because of their ambiance and upscale feel. Two items we always seem to order are the poke tacos, which are basically kryptonite for us, and the Viva Las Vegas Roll. With rolled crab, cream cheese that’s lightly tempura battered and topped with spicy tuna, crab mix and sliced lotus root and finished with sweet eel sauce and green tempura bits. Game over.
Æ The pan roast at Kettlebar is the perfect dish for this time of the year. Served in a massive bowl, this hot dish combines all of our favorites in a delicious, comforting combination. A tomato cream base, snow crab, lobster, shrimp, chicken and rice. This will make your stomach very happy—it’s one of their most popular dishes for a reason.
MARKET 2 PLATE
Æ Needless to say, we adore Italian food and have been lucky enough to eat lots and lots of New York-style Italian dishes. That’s why when we eat at Market 2 Plate, we’re drawn to their Fettuccini Alfredo. A slightly healthier, and lighter version of the dish my grandmother grew up making, but nonetheless delicious. 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 949.535.3627 www.market2plate.com
2401 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 714.566.1700 www.rasushi.com
AT UNION MARKET TUSTIN
Photos - Market 2 Plate: Kolini Faagata
Living in Orange County, you quickly realize that the food culture is everything. Lucky for us, we have one of the coolest, and tastiest spots right in our backyard. Tustin is home to some amazing foodie hot-spots as well as The District at Tustin Legacy and Union Market Tustin, which are just a short walk away from where we live. We went and tried a few spots around Tustin to find the most creative dishes and droolworthy items.
“A slightly healthier, and lighter version of the dish my grandmother grew up making, but nonetheless delicious.”
PORTOLA COFFEE ROASTERS
MR. HOLMES BAKEHOUSE
THE HANGAR BAR
Æ Located inside of Whole Foods, The Hangar Bar offers top-notch Cauliflower Nachos to make sure you don’t over shop on an empty stomach—we all know how shopping hungry goes. Fried to perfection and topped with all the goodies you would expect, these ‘nachos’ will meet your needs and allow you to feel less guilty about consuming them all by yourself. 2847 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 714.566.7650
Smoked Salmon Toast Kick Back The Hangar Bar has a variety of beers on tap, because who doesn’t like to pregame before you go grocery shopping? Cauliflower Nachos
“Fried to perfection and topped with all the goodies you would expect, these ‘nachos’ will meet your needs and allow you to feel less guilty about consuming them all by yourself.” 6
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Æ The Loco Moco at Hatch holds sentimental value for us because we consumed far too many servings of loco mocos on our honeymoon in Hawaii. Needless to say, we were thrilled to find out that Hatch served up their own version of it. The gravy and perfectly-cooked beef patty brought us right back to the Big Island. 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 657.208.2088 www.eathatch.com
HOPDODDY BURGER BAR
Æ For those who follow our Instagram, you know by now that our favorite thing to consume is a juicy, cheesy burger. One of our favorite spots to devour burgers is at Hopdoddy. Order the Primetime Burger with brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, truffle aioli and steak sauce. With that, we have to get the Chile Con Queso with fries. 3030 El Camino Real Tustin CA 92782 714.505.2337 www.hopdoddy.com
Æ We love that Freesoulcaffé uses 100 percent natural, plant-based ingredients for all of their dishes that are prepared fresh each day! Our favorite thing to eat here is the Truffle Burger. Don’t let the ‘plant based’ title scare you; this burger is packed with flavor and is a must try.
SNOOZE: AN A.M. EATERY
Æ There’s a reason why you see a line out the door every morning— Snooze has truly nailed the breakfast/lunch game. Our go-to is their ‘The Art of Hollandaise’ section where they offer six different types of eggs benedict. We like to order the Benny Duo, which gives us four different halves of Benny’s—the benefit from dining out with just the two of us.
Tiki Room Bring a little bit of Hatch home with you! You can purchase an array of their colorful tiki mugs.
3032 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92782 714.415.6269 www.snoozeeatery.com
Native Knowledge The District at Tustin Legacy always has something fun happening! Be sure to check their events page on their website for their calendar.
Æ If you haven’t heard of Cream Pan you need to get out of whatever bubble you are in and stop by to try the Strawberry Cream Pan. We can literally snack on a dozen of these with our morning coffee and not realize how much we just consumed because each bite tastes so euphoric. 602 El Camino Real Tustin CA, 92780 714.665.8239 www.creampanbakery.com
Æ J. Zhou offers lobster in 16 different ways! We liked the Deep Fried Hong Kong Style and Stir-Fried with Bacon and Ham. You can also order it in porridge or soup, which was totally new to us. We recommend rounding up 16 of your friends and have everyone order the lobster so you can see what style you like best. 2601 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 714.258.8833 www.jzhouorientalcuisine.net
"J. ZHOU OFFERS LOBSTER IN 16 DIFFERENT WAYS!"
CUPS AT HATCH PROVIDED BY: Tiki Farm, Inc., www.tikifarm.com
191 E Main St, Ste 1B Tustin, CA 92780 714.371.0976 www.freesoulcaffe.com
“The Loco Moco at Hatch holds sentimental value for us because we consumed far too many servings of loco mocos on our honeymoon in Hawaii.”
SHOPPE FA SH IO N / / / B E AU TY / / / TR E N D S
FASHION SPREAD Sweeten Up Your Wardrobe With These Stylish Looks
LAUREN HERNANDEZ This Local Boutique Owner Shares Her Must-Haves
PROFILE Stop by Blends for a Shoe Game Upgrade
EXPERT Find Out Why All of Dr. Alfano’s Patients Leave Smiling
FENTY BEAUTY Rihanna’s Skinclusive Line is What Dreams are Made Of
SPECIAL PROMOTION OC’s Top Beauty Professionals
Photoshoot Location: BLENDS COSTA MESA 2930 Bristol St, Ste B104 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 BLENDS SANTA ANA 200 E 4th St Santa Ana, CA 92701 714.550.9255 www.blendsus.com PHOTO BY: Andrea Domjan
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Southern California Shoetopia, Blends, Spices of Your Kick Collection
Photoshoot Location: IWINK STUDIOS, 2646 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 | 949.556.0550 | www.iwinkstudios.com
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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR WARDROBE WITH THESE SWEET LOOKS
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN STYLED BY: KALYNN NGUYEN HAIR BY: AMBER GOYTIA OF SALTY BLONDE CUT CO. MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODELS: ABBY MARRIN, ASHLEY REVECHO & MORGAN POPE of Brand Model & Talent, brandtalent.net
Necklace Provided By: Winstonâ€™s Crown Jewelers 949.642.5000 | 949.645.9000 www.winstonscrownjewelers.com
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APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Laurenly Boutique www.laurenly.com ACCESSORIES PROVIDED BY: Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers, The Shops at Mission Viejo www.swisswatchgallery.com HAIR PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY: Oribe www.oribe.com
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Shine Bright Thanks to the Ladies 18k Rose Gold Diamond Bangle With 2.15 Carats of Pave Set Diamonds $12,050
Stand Out Via the Ladies 18k Rose Gold Necklace With a 14 Carat Sapphire and 1.00 Carat of Pave Set Brilliant Cut Diamonds $4,490
Be the Envy of the Party in These Ladies 18k Rose Gold Earrings With 24 Carats of Sapphires and 1.25 of Pave Set Brilliant Cut Diamonds $6,800
SWISS WATCH GALLERY & FINE JEWELERS, THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO www.swisswatchgallery.com
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APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Laurenly Boutique www.laurenly.com ACCESSORIES PROVIDED BY: Winstonâ€™s Crown Jewelers 949.642.5000 | 949.645.9000 www.winstonscrownjewelers.com HAIR PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY: Oribe www.oribe.com
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Jaws Will Drop at the Sight of This 18 Karat White Gold Opal With Diamonds Necklace, Which Boasts 84.07 Carats of Opal Slices Accented With 5.44 Carats of White Diamonds.
Make a Statement Via the 18 Karat White Gold Opal With Diamonds Bracelet, With 29.83 Carats of Opal Slices Accented With 2.23 Carats of White Diamonds.
Light Up the Room With This Platinum Aquamarine Ring, With 25.46 Carats of Emerald Cut Aquamarine Accented With .80 Carats of White Diamonds on the Sides.
WINSTONâ€™S CROWN JEWELERS 949.642.5000 | www.winstonscrownjewelers.com | 949.645.9000
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APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Laurenly Boutique www.laurenly.com ACCESSORIES PROVIDED BY: Winstonâ€™s Crown Jewelers 949.642.5000 | 949.645.9000 www.winstonscrownjewelers.com HAIR PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY: Oribe www.oribe.com
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Turn Heads in These 18 Karat Rose Gold Italian Style Earrings, Accented With 1.40 Carats of White Diamonds.
This Flawless 18 Karat Rose Gold Italian Style Necklace Is Accented With 7.86 Carats of White Diamonds.
Frost Yourself! This 18 Karat Rose Gold Flex-Fit Italian Style Diamond Ring Is Accented With 1.12 Carats of White Diamonds.
WINSTONâ€™S CROWN JEWELERS www.winstonscrownjewelers.com
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APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Laurenly Boutique www.laurenly.com ACCESSORIES PROVIDED BY: Zense www.zensecollection.com HAIR PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY: Oribe www.oribe.com
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Sweeten the Deal With This Necklace From the Zense French Collection $195
Exude Modern Style Thanks to This Bracelet From the Zense Italian Collection $175
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SHOPPE DAMSELFLY CANDLES u I love the smell of these candles but mostly love the quirky quotes and simple design. I also love to use them as makeup brush holders when they are burned out. www.laurenly.com
u Lauren Hernandez Owner + Founder of Laurenly Boutique ADINA REYTER DIAMOND NECKLACES u I'm more than slightly obsessed with these diamond necklaces. They are so cute and are fun to wear layered.
GOAT CHEESE AT THE CELLAR u I could eat all types of goat cheese for my main meals every day—and some days, I do. www.thecellarsite.com
HONEST COMPANY LAVENDER LOTION u The smell reminds me of my baby nephews, and it's also so silky and soft. I use it every night before bed. www.honest.com
KIEHL'S PRODUCTS u I love all of the Kiehl's products and love trying out different ones all the time. My face is never without Kiehl's on it. www.kiehls.com
A FEW OF MY
Favorite Things ADD THESE PICKS TO YOUR WISHLIST ASAP
Lauren Hernandez is the Owner and Founder of Laurenly Boutique, a fashion-forward spot in Orange that we can’t help but flock to when in need of some retail therapy. Hernandez knows a thing or two about style and beauty and was kind enough to share some goodies she just can’t live without.
AMUSE SOCIETY DENIM JACKETS u I can't help but to throw it on with absolutely everything! It just gives an edgy spin to any look, in my opinion. www.laurenly.com
Photos - Headshot; Lauren Beitel | Candles; DAMSELFLY
DOLCE VITA LOAFERS u The new sandal. I live in my loafers and love them in solid colors, plain, with buckles or studs.
LAURENLY 142 N Glassell St Orange, CA 92866 714.538.7467 www.laurenly.com
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOETOPIA, BLENDS, SPICES UP YOUR KICK COLLECTION WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN
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BLENDS IS A HUB OF THE FASHION-FORWARD, YET DELIVERS A TIMELESS AESTHETIC THAT NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE.
Photoshoot Location: BLENDS COSTA MESA 2930 Bristol St, Ste B104 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.241.0666 BLENDS SANTA ANA 200 E 4th St Santa Ana, CA 92701 714.550.9255 www.blendsus.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 153
MORE THE MERRIER BLENDS HAS THREE UNIQUE LOCATIONS IN LOS ANGELES, TWO IN ORANGE COUNTY AND ONE IN SAN DIEGO. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BLENDS IS KNOWN TO HARBOR A LOT OF FOOT TRAFFIC ON SATURDAYS WHEN THERE ARE MAJOR SNEAKER RELEASES.
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It’s rare to find a place with amazing culture, creativity and community that you can connect with, but to find all that within a retail store is absolutely impossible—unless you’re at Blends. This neighborhood sneaker/streetwear boutique has been a Southern California staple since its inception in 2003, and has continued to root itself in communities ever since. Blends is the premier place to find some rare and limited footwear, as well as contemporary pieces that will undoubtedly upgrade your wardrobe. With six locations spread throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, it’s never been easier to find a space that inspires and cultivates a creative culture.
During a time when there was no such thing as a “sneaker boutique,” Blends paved the way when they opened their first concept location in Costa Mesa in 2003. They were one of the first to bridge the gap of different aesthetics, “blending” street cultures and bringing them under one roof. Like any company, Blends started small. They were just a small storefront with big things in mind. “When we open each store, we usually go into areas that aren’t very popular, so we try to develop together with the community,” says Blends General Manager, Nobu Ichimura. This concept of growing with and within the community has proved to be a great decision. Their downtown Los Angeles location for example, first opened their doors in 2006, in an area particularly close to Skid Row, and has since worked with other like-minded businesses to create something worthwhile.
Each Blends location is as unique as the communities they serve. Unlike most retail chains that have the same standard set up, Blends is unrivaled in their creativity in constructing remarkable retail spaces. “The owners, Mike [Toe] and Tak [Kato] designed and built each store themselves,” says Nobu. “Each location has a unique concept and design.” With an overarching minimalist effort throughout their locations, no effort is wasted in bringing a unique shopping experience to all that visit. Their San Diego store is modeled after a traditional Japanese Zen garden, the Downtown LA location was inspired by an art gallery and Costa Mesa displays all their footwear within large grocery aisle-style freezer doors. For the last 15 years, Blends has dedicated itself to curating the best of the best from brands like Nike, adidas and Vans, but also has been known to spotlight the new, upcoming brands that show excellent potential. They’ve linked up with a plethora of fantastic brands to create special exclusives that fans have come to seek out. They’ve collaborated with Ralph Lauren on denim in 2010, Red Wing on a pair of boots in 2011, Disney on a Winnie the Pooh collection in 2012 and so on.
“WHEN WE OPEN EACH STORE, WE USUALLY GO INTO AREAS THAT AREN’T VERY POPULAR, SO WE TRY TO DEVELOP TOGETHER WITH THE COMMUNITY.” —NOBU ICHIMURA
In particular, the collaborations between Blends and Vans have been known to cause quite a bit of excitement. Nobu recalls that “Vans is like our family and we have a really good partnership with them because they are also SoCal based.” Since their first collab in 2010, the two footwear giants in their respective spaces have put together 12 successful projects including their rare and highly sought after “Bones” collection of silhouettes—which alters the classic Vans ‘Old Skool’ and ‘Sk8-Hi’ stripe to a bone-shaped reimagination. Blends is a brand that elevates taste, and transforms your expectations on what a retail space should look like.
They carry fashion brands that are heavily influenced by a minimalist vision, and footwear that isn’t of the norm. Blends is a hub of the fashionforward, yet delivers a timeless aesthetic that never goes out of style. If you have yet to visit Blends, expect a unique experience at every stop. While their storefronts are not particularly large like their shopping mall counterparts, the quality and rarity in the things you find at Blends will not be anywhere else. It’s like a gallery or a showroom— no cash register, no unnecessary clutter, nothing you’re used to. You may just find yourself browsing for hours, unable to decide what you want most.
SMILES Dr. Alfano of Balboa Island Dentistry is Bringing Smiles to Orange County
WRITTEN BY: JESSICA OURISMAN
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATHEW MARTINEZ
EXPERT: Stephen G. Alfano, DDS CREDENTIALS: Owner of Balboa Island Dentistry HISTORY LESSON: Dr. Alfano would love to have had George Washington in his chair. â€œHe wore dentures, which I love to make, and I think he might have had some interesting stories to tell.â€?
Nothing lights up a smile like a pristine set of pearly whites. Even so, most feel a little intimidated come time for their annual trip to the dentist. Unless, that is to say, they happen to be patients of Balboa Island Dentistry's Dr. Stephen Alfano. With an unprecedented five-star satisfaction rating, Dr. Alfano's patients can be spotted taking leisurely strolls around the office's scenic Balboa Island location. In addition to his extensive medical expertise and a finesse for cosmetic dentistry that borders on artistry, Balboa Island Dentistry features a caring staff and a clientcentric approach to dentistry that send even the most apprehensive patients away with smiles. (Whiter and brighter ones, at that.)
“I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE WORKING
IN A SMALL TOWN ATMOSPHERE.” —DR. STEPHEN ALFANO
BALBOA ISLAND DENTISTRY 217 A Marine Ave Newport Beach, CA 92662 949.673.7820 www.balboaislanddentistry.com Photoshoot Location: BALBOA ISLAND Newport Beach, CA 92662 www.balboaisland.com WATCH PROVIDED BY: Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers, The Shops at Mission Viejo www.swisswatchgallery.com
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“NOBODY IS PERFECT, BUT I TRY TO DELIVER PERFECTION AND EXCEED EVERY PATIENT'S EXPECTATIONS.” —DR. STEPHEN ALFANO
Q: What do you love most about your job? Dr. Stephen Alfano: I love completing a
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Q: As a fixture of the local community, what does being something of a local "go-to" mean to you? SA: I'm very happy to be working in a small town atmosphere. It's nice seeing familiar faces every day. That being said, many patients come from off the island and enjoy walking up and down Marine Avenue before and after their appointments.
Q: In addition to dental hygiene, what other types of services does your practice offer? SA: We provide all your basic dental needs and prosthodontic specialty needs. That includes everything from simple fillings to full mouth reconstruction and dental implants. Q: What are some of the lesser-known ailments that patients should know might mean a trip to the dentist is in order? SA: Snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing while sleeping. It is usually chronic and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. There are some oral signs and symptoms that can be seen during your dental exam. Q: Sedation dentistry… what is it? SA: Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry. We use a method properly termed, ‘oral conscious sedation.’
This involves taking a pill to help you relax prior to coming in for your appointment and then receiving additional medication as-needed during your visit. While you may feel that you have slept during the entire procedure, you were actually able to respond to verbal commands. Q: Can you tell us a little about the cosmetic dentistry options you offer and some of the differences between them? SA: There are two basic types of cosmetic restorations: those that are placed directly in the mouth, and those that are fabricated outside of the mouth, and then cemented in. That is the basic difference between composite restorations and crowns, veneers and bridges. The shape and color of your teeth can be altered with these restorations, [whereas] whitening does just that—it makes the teeth whiter. Q: With such high ratings, how is it that you keep your patients happy? SA: Nobody is perfect, but I try to deliver perfection and exceed every patient's expectations. I don't settle for less, and the patient shouldn't either. Q: If you could give OC readers one dental health tip, what would it be? SA: Brush and floss—and don't skip that cleaning appointment.
Facing Fears • Dr. Alfano had a patient who had a bad experience in the dentist’s chair as a child and was terrified of returning as an adult. She tried sedation dentistry at Dr. Alfano’s office for multiple crown preparations and was able to have a wonderful experience.
Stranded • If Dr. Alfano was stranded on a desert island and could only bring either a toothbrush, dental floss or a dental pick, he would choose a toothbrush.
Native Knowledge • Balboa Island Dentistry provides custom trays so you can apply whitening gel at home on your own schedule.
FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA www.fentybeauty.com @fentybeauty SEPHORA South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol St, Ste 1001 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.429.9130 www.sephora.com
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Beautiful FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA IS TAKING OVER YOUR MAKEUP DRAWER
WRITTEN BY: JESSICA OURISMAN • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN HAIR & MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODELS: JOANNE JOO & JANALYN MARIE of Brand Model & Talent, www.brandtalent.net The beauty world is recovering from the earth-shattering and innovative launch of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Fall 2017 line. In addition to the cosmetics line’s mass appeal, Rihanna’s foray into the beauty industry also marks an important social milestone. As public demands for ethnic inclusivity in beauty grow stronger, the company’s resounding success could signal a trend towards more socially-attuned beauty businesses. Fenty makes it a point to cater to all consumers, and has the tagline to prove it: “Beauty for all.” As explained by Rihanna, “I work with a lot of beautiful women of all shades from all over the world. A lot of times, women have a hard time finding their shade in a brand, and I wanted everybody to feel included. I wanted a wide range of shades.” 162 LOCALE MAGAZINE
SEPHORA FAVE Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is sold exclusively at Sephora stores, on Sephora.com and FentyBeauty.com! Head to a location near you to grab your bestmatching shade.
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Because let’s face it: not all nudes are the same.
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DR. SANJAY GROVER MD, FACS CREDENTIALS: Plastic Surgeon
MOTTO: “Learn something new everyday.”
Dr. Sanjay Grover is one of the busiest and most sought-after plastic surgeons in sunny Southern California. Patients frequent Dr. Grover’s practice not only for his surgical skills, but for his meticulous attention to detail when performing cosmetic injectable treatments. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Co-Founder of Laser Lounge Medspa which offers a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art non-surgical facial rejuvenation, bodycontouring and skin care treatments.
Dr. Grover is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been educated at some of the finest institutions in the country such as Stanford University, UC San Diego School of Medicine and UCLA. In addition to being a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Grover has also served as president of the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is honored to have been one of the few plastic surgeons recognized as a ‘Physician of Excellence’ by the Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Grover is frequently sought out by celebrity and high-profile patients worldwide and has been featured on multiple television programs including “Extra," “Access Hollywood,” the BBC, Fox News, Hallmark Channel and “The Doctor’s Show” and has been a spokesperson for Visa BlackCard. On multiple occasions Dr. Grover has also been selected as a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report, a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association, a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly. Dr. Grover’s patients are thrilled to find a plastic surgeon who is well-trained and comfortable addressing all of their aesthetic needs in one place.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ROBERTO CERINI The Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and MedSpa 360 San Miguel Dr, Ste 507 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.759.9551 www.drgrover.com Photoshoot Location: Red O Taste of Mexico 143 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0300 www.redorestaurant.com
His patients, among whom are a number of high-profile and celebrity clientele, entrust all their cosmetic needs to Dr. Grover.
DR. KEVIN SADATI CREDENTIALS: Facial Plastic Surgeon MOTTO: "Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here in Orange County, Dr. Kevin Sadati, a nationally recognized leader in facial rejuvenation, is known locally as Newport Beach's "go-to" facelift expert. As his innovative "Double C Plication Technique" for facelifts, which was featured in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, continues to earn him nationwide praise, this local legend can be found heading his thriving Newport Beach-based practice on a day-to-day basis.
Combining extensive medical training with an artist's eye for aesthetic harmony, Dr. Sadati has spent years enhancing his surgical skill set through sculpture and painting. “Locals appreciate that I named my practice Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery as a tribute to my passion for art and science,” he added. His artistic vision influences his craft every step of the way, allowing him to apply an understanding of aesthetics to the human anatomy in a way that is simply unprecedented. Upon meeting each patient, Dr. Sadati is known for expertly attuning to each patient's motivations, desires and goals for treatment. Working together, Dr. Sadati uses his expertise to achieve your desired results, creating an individualized treatment plan with the least-invasive means possible.
Combining extensive medical training with an artist's eye for aesthetic harmony, Dr. Sadati has spent years enhancing his surgical skill set through sculpture and painting.
Always taking care to minimize post-procedure downtime, his celebrated techniques have been credited with heralding in the next-generation of face and neck-lifts without the need for general anesthesia. Similarly, Dr. Sadati's practice offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments that don't require going under the knife at all, such as The Vivace RF Microneedling System. Whether you're a millennial seeking preventative fillers to help you stay ahead of the signs of aging, or you're looking to reverse some of gravity's effects over time, Dr. Sadati brilliantly maximizes your youthfulness, always delivering industryleading results.
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DR. NORMAN LEAF & DR. JENNIFER ARMSTRONG CREDENTIALS: CEO & Medical Doctor and Plastic Surgeon
MOTTO: "Good plastic surgery is invisible." DR. NORMAN LEAF "I'd rather look old than weird." DR. JENNIFER ARMSTRONG
Orange County recently added a world-renowned plastic surgeon to its ranks. Dr. Norman Leaf is a wellknown plastic-surgeon-tothe-stars, and we have Dr. Jennifer Armstrong—the CEO of Advanced Skincare Surgery & MedCenter—to thank.
For nearly four decades, celebrities and high-profile patients have flocked to Dr. Leaf's Beverly Hills office for his youth-restoring facial rejuvenation technique. The Forbes-featured doctor will tell you he has performed more facelifts over the years than any other plastic surgeon in the area. As Hollywood's most beautiful faces prove, Dr. Leaf's mastery of his craft borders on perfection. Before relocating to joining Advanced Skincare in Newport Beach and Brentwood, Dr. Leaf's reputation for excellence kept him in high demand throughout his nearing 40-year career. In addition to his thriving practice of celebrity clients, he also teaches plastic surgery residents at UCLA's prestigious medical program, training many of today's experts. Even with his impressive background, Dr. Leaf still cites his philanthropic work with the nonprofit, Rebuilding America's Warriors (R.A.W.), as his greatest source of professional pride. While serving as their Medical Director, the organization has bestowed the life-changing effects of facial reconstruction on thousands of veterans who were disfigured by war. While it's clear that Dr. Leaf is a master of his craft, his true signature is discretion. He is committed to the quality of his work, with his patients reaping the benefits of a life devoted to fine-tuning his skill. His personal motto says it all, "Good plastic surgery is invisible." But, he notes, "Everybody notices a bad result." Dr. Armstrong, the owner of ASC Med Center, is the one responsible for Orange County's stylish newest resident. Its three locations in Newport Beach, Fullerton and Brentwood offer patients a
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comprehensive array of cosmetic treatments and surgeries that prioritize natural-looking results. Her appreciation for a natural aesthetic is clear. Stating, "I'd rather look old than weird," one can appreciate the philosophy at work in her medical practice. She asserts that the best anti-aging treatments require a thorough understanding of the aging process, motivating her to accumulate an elite, hand-picked staff of prominent doctors. Together, they approach aging from multiple vantage points, each a celebrated expert in their respective specialties. This multi-pronged treatment model creates a practice that can address the needs of virtually everyone. She personally specializes in the practice's non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including her own products and method for treating hair loss. Dr. Armstrong uses her additional degree in alternative medicine to inform each patient's regimen and treatment plan, drawing from her knowledge of both Eastern and Western medicine. Popular treatments, such as chemical peels, facial fillers, microneedling, laser skincare and PRP injections are often stacked to deliver maximum efficiency. Furthermore, timely collaboration between staff facilitates truly comprehensive care from respected medical professionals. Their own dermatologist, Dr. David Sire, is a leading authority on lasers who is often called upon to conduct trainings. The end result is a superior level of patient care that delivers high quality results. Even as ASC MedCenter has grown and flourished, their booming success has only enhanced their commitment to patient care. It's meant great things for Orange County, as well. With two surgery centers for the face and body, the arrival of Dr. Leaf certainly affords OC a new status in plastic surgery. However, alongside more invasive rejuvenation procedures, patients also receive the type of high quality preventative care from Dr. Armstrong and her staff to delay the need for surgical interventions—or put them off altogether.
Advanced Skincare Surgery & MedCenter 11661 San Miguel Dr, Ste 235 Newport Beach, CA 949.482.1746
Popular treatments, such as chemical peels, facial fillers, microneedling, laser skincare and PRP injections, are often stacked to deliver maximum efficiency.
301 W Bastanchury Rd, Ste 210 Fullerton, CA 92835 714.988.7932 www.ascmedcenter.com Photoshoot Location: Red O Taste of Mexico 143 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0300 www.redorestaurant.com
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ALIVE FIT N E SS / / / TE C H / / / A DV E N TU R E
ANGEL WINGS MURAL Up Your Insta Likes at This Artsy Spot
DO EXPERT Shed the Holiday Cheer at KILO Strength Society
VINTAGE SURFARI WAGONS Give Your Road Trip a #TBT Vibe
PALM DESERT FIRST WEEKEND Mark Your Calendars for These Amazing Desert Events
FIRST TIMERâ€™S GUIDE One Man, Three Challenging Workouts
OPKIX The Smallest, Sexiest Camera Around
VINTAGE SURFARI WAGONS 760 Newton Way Costa Mesa, CA 92627 714.585.7565 www.vwsurfari.com Photoshoot Location: INSPIRATION POINT 3001 Ocean Blvd Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 PHOTO BY: Adam Gentry
VINTAGE SURFARI WAGONS Cruise Control
Take These Vintage VWs On a Road Trip to Remember
VILLAGE AT LA FLORESTA 3301 E Imperial Hwy Brea, CA 92823 www.villageatlafloresta.com Women-trepreneurs • Kelsey’s favorite achievement in her career is the fact that she can work alongside her sister.
KELSEY MONTAGUE www.kelseymontagueart.com @kelseymontagueart
Where to Find It • Kelsey’s painting is located at Village at La Floresta Shopping Center in Brea, CA on the outside wall of Whole Foods Market, adjacent to Oasis Plaza. Native Knowledge • Check Village at La Floresta’s website at www. villageatlafloresta. com for a full store and restaurant directory, special offers and upcoming events.
Wings THE FIRST KELSEY MONTAGUE MURAL IN OC IS NOW AT VILLAGE AT LA FLORESTA WRITTEN BY: AMEIHIA TURINGAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS
For artist Kelsey Montague, art has always been a part of her life since the beginning. Growing up with artists on her mom's side of the family and later pursuing art in college, Montague was always exposed to the world of creativity and expression. For her first street art piece, she decided to create a pair of angel wings, an important motif to her family as many members draw birds and wings.
Since creating that first set of wings, her artwork has become a global phenomenon online and offline. Montague’s art is created specifically to encourage viewers to participate. The angel wings are embedded with detailed, multi-layered images and are situated on the wall to allow someone to pose for a photo in between the wings. These photographs can be shared virtually through the #WhatLiftsYou hashtag, which she created to “use social media in a positive way.” Her latest artwork in Southern California is located in Brea’s Village at La Floresta. The piece is a pair of wings that are comprised of pastel-colored flowers, leaves, swirls and geometric patterns. As she mainly focuses on black and white, this Orange County piece is the second set of brightcolored flower wings she’s ever created, and her only artwork presently displayed in Orange County. The vibrant colors and the floral accents are inspired by how Montague
sees California, and by the centers name and hashtag. “It’s such a good fit because, to me, California is just sunny, beautiful and the colors are vibrant,” said Montague. “Kelsey Montague’s work is beautiful and provides a unique experience through each design,” commented John Mehigan, Senior Vice President & Senior Market Officer with Regency Centers. “We’re pleased to watch as her Village at La Floresta mural creates positive engagement between our Village at La Floresta shops and restaurants and the greater Brea community.” She started and completed this mural on the same day. When starting a concept, she goes into it with a general shape and idea in mind, but the details of the piece ultimately come to her in the moments when her pen connects to the wall. Especially with the accessible nature of her art, Montague loves seeing how other people express their own creativity by interacting with her work. With this piece in Brea, she looks forward to seeing people enjoy it and make it their own. “I hope people come out, share what lifts you; just really enjoy this piece and take ownership of it because it is for the people here,” said Montague.
WEIGHT A MINUTE The Owners of KILO Strength Society Give Us the Inside Scoop on Their Gym WRITTEN BY: SUSAN KRUPA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ED VISIONS
When it comes to Orange County, the options of places to workout are endless. It seems that on almost on every corner thereâ€™s either a gym or fitness studio that just opened or one thatâ€™s being built. With so many choices, how do you decide where to go? Depending on your #FitnessGoals, you could hop on an elliptical for 30 minutes or you can take your workout seriously and get measurable and visible improvements. If this is the case, KILO Strength Society is the place to be. Unlike other gyms that focus on the quantity of members and variability in equipment, KILO focuses on delivering quality instruction with their own customized equipment.
EXPERTS: Stéphane Cazeault and Alexandra Bernardin CREDENTIALS: Owners of KILO Strength Society CANADIAN STATE OF MIND: Stéphane and Alexandra are both from Montreal!
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“If you turn over a package and there is a long list of ingredients, then it’s probably not what you should be eating.” — A LE XA N D R A B E R N A R D I N
THE ABC’S OF KILO STRENGTH • During a PRIMEIGHT session, there are three series: the “A” that focuses on the primary lift for the session, the “B” series that increases your overall strength and ability to perform the primary lift and the “C” series that concentrates on injury prevention. TANK IT • They also have conditioning sessions, which are energy system workouts that use different equipment including the TANK. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Looking to get some advice on how to work out? Check out the “tips” page on KILO Strength Society’s website!
Q: How is KILO different than other gyms? AB: You can spend a lot of money on a personal trainer but you really need to have multiple sessions a week to see the benefits. We offer that one-on-one training in a group setting. There are two types of sessions: PRIMEIGHT and Conditioning. Each PRIMEIGHT session focuses on one of the eight primary lifts: squat, front squat, deadlift, overhead press, incline press, bench press, dip and chin-up.
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START KILO? Stéphane Cazeault: We had moved around a lot working in the fitness industry, mostly training other trainers and coaches. We’d always talked about moving to California. Alexandra Bernardin: We didn’t know exactly where we wanted to open a gym, so as soon as we arrived here, we drove around Southern California. We came across Huntington Beach and liked it, so we decided to open the gym here.
“We’d always talked about moving to California.” —STÉPHANE C A Z E A U LT
Q: How often do you recommend people come to KILO? AB: It’s designed for clients to take four PRIMEIGHT and two condition sessions per week. Over two weeks, we work through all of the PRIMEIGHT lifts. We track how much people are lifting each time so they can use this as a starting point the next time they come back to a
particular lift. However, we also have a handful of clients that only train with us once or twice a week. We can find something that works for everyone. Q: What is something we can look forward to in the future from KILO Strength Society? AB: We are very excited to grow over the next year and introduce our concept to many new members in our local community. Starting in 2018, we will be hosting free technique workshops and nutrition talks that anyone will be welcome to attend! We also offer education for strength coaches and personal trainers. In 2017, we had coaches from Australia, Finland, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, United Arab Emirates and India travel to learn our unique philosophies and methodologies on strength training. We have added a few more courses onto our schedule for the future and we are excited to meet many more passionate coaches and grow our "Strength Society" family!
Control TAKE THESE VINTAGE VWS ON A ROAD TRIP TO REMEMBER WRITTEN BY: RYAN WHITEHEAD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ADAM GENTRY
For fans of the outdoors, sometimes the usual tent and campfire just don’t cut it. If you’re looking to amp-up your camping experience and take your road-trip adventures to the next level, Vintage Surfari Wagons will be your new go-to. Choose from eight vintage VWs (“Bay Window” Campers), six 1980s era VWs (“Vanagon” Campers) or four 1990s era VWs (“Eurovan” Campers) that all come fully equipped—you just need to bring yourself and probably make a quick stop at the grocery store.
For owners Bill and Diane Staggs, renovating these wagons has been like traveling back in time. Bill’s dad bought his first van in 1958, allowing him to explore the coast of Southern California at ease. By the time Bill met Diane, he had two buses in his collection. It wasn’t until a trip to Hawaii when Bill and Diane decided to rent a VW bus that they got
the idea for Vintage Surfari Wagons. With just two vehicles, Diane started up a website for their new business. With his passion for rebuilding cars and her interior design background, Vintage Surfari Wagons has become the incredible and unique business we know and love today. “I remember the first time we put people in one and it went driving down the road and we stood there and watched it go away, we both had this ‘holy crap’ moment, like we wondered if we’d ever see this car again,” Bill said. With these vehicles becoming more and more unique, as well as the idea of being able to slow things down, people have taken quite a liking to them. Maybe a trip up the coast to Ventura is your thing, or maybe you’re looking to warm up in the desert. Wherever you go, you’ll be riding in style and turning heads. “You can spend the entire day in the van, in various locations, and you're got everything you need,” says Bill.
SQUAD GOALS • Rent a private VW or join in on an organized camping tour! Vintage Surfari Wagons will lead you on a tour of the roads less traveled in California. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Going to LA or San Francisco? You can make it a oneway rental for an additional “drop fee.” Contact Bill and Dianne for details.
VINTAGE SURFARI WAGONS 760 Newton Way Costa Mesa, CA 92627 714.585.7565 www.vwsurfari.com Photoshoot Location: INSPIRATION POINT 3001 Ocean Blvd Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
ONGOING EVENTS TO CHECK OUT AT FIRST WEEKENDS
WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
u Surround yourself with colorful wildflowers, vivid art and enjoy a glass of wine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at this Wildflower Festival in the Coachella Valley. If you’re feeling active, there will be a 5k run and interpretive wildflower hikes. Also there will be a beer and wine garden with live music to enjoy, if that is more your speed. With a kid’s zone and different activities and raffles, this is great for the whole family. www.desertmountains.org
DRINK, EXPLORE AND DANCE THROUGH FIRST WEEKEND IN PALM DESERT
WRITTEN BY: KASSANDRA STEWART
Pencil in some culture to your weekends, because Palm Desert First Weekend is back this month, welcoming in a new round of creative inspiration with a multitude of events featuring art of all kinds, live music, food trucks, festivals and more! Make sure to bring an appetite and grab some buds (or your family) because we have rounded up some of the best events First Weekend has to offer!
u Devote a day to yourself, your mind, body and spirit at the 2nd Annual Live Well celebration that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the beautiful Civic Center Park. Welcome in the new year with with this all-inclusive fest that includes over 100 booths spread out across the park, live music and other performances in the amphitheater, group fitness demonstrations, yoga, clean eating demos and more. Learn new tips about healthy eating, exercise and ways to keep you and your family healthy and happy.
El Paseo Art Walk elpaseoartwalk.com
Palm Desert Library Public Art Tours palm-desert.org
College of the Desert Street Fair codaastreetfair.com
Civic Center Park Public Art Tour palmdesertart.org
El Paseo Cruise Night
Desert Mountains Art Faire desertmountains.org
BREW AT THE ZOO The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens April 7
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LIVE WELL FESTIVAL Palm Desert Civic Center Park
SWING 'N HOPS STREET PARTY El Paseo between San Pablo and Larkspur
PALM DESERT FIRST WEEKEND www.pdfirstweekend.com
First Fridays at The Galen
u Swing into your best ‘40s attire for the 3rd Annual Swing 'N Hops dance party, taking place on the famed El Paseo. This street festival features a live jazz quintet for dancing, gourmet food trucks, swing dance instruction and craft beer gardens. Held from 1 to 5 p.m., there will also be interactive crafts, swing era fashions and a special collection of vintage cars. Bring all your friends, come in ‘40s era attire and dance the day away!
u Take a trip to Africa for the ninth annual gathering for beer and animal lovers alike. Starting at 6:30 and going until 9:30 p.m., The Living Desert Zoo opens up for a special beer tasting, which craft beer fans shouldn’t miss, along with food offerings from Coachella’s top restaurants. Along with the delicious plates, guests can explore and see animals such as zebras, cheetahs and oryx in the newly opened African section of the park. www.livingdesert.org/event/ brew-at-the-zoo
Sunday Sounds Concert rivlib.net
Monument Young Explorers Maps and Compass desertmountains.org
Monument Story Time
There is just something about taking trips outside of your comfort zone and pushing your body to its boundaries that invigorates and motivates you to further selfimprove. It’s never easy to start something new, but the discipline to propel yourself forward, sailing into uncharted waters and coming out better than you came in is an accomplishment you will always take with you. For one week, I had the opportunity to take three very different workout classes—each pushing my body in different ways, testing my will, focus and perseverance more than I really expected. As someone that isn’t all that enthusiastic about doing cardio, but enjoys physical activity, these classes were both a trial and a triumph.
OH MY QUAD Photo By: Mathew Martinez
WE HAD OUR WRITER TRY OUT THREE VERY D I F F E R E N T W O R KO U T C L A S S E S I N O C
GRITCYCLE 234 E 17th St, Ste 101 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.631.4748 www.gritcycle.com
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Grit—this is precisely what you need to have ample amounts of to make it out of this cardio class alive.
G R I TC YC L E CYCLING CARDIO CLASS
G R I TC YC L E AMENTITIES
2 Deodorant Spray
Native Knowledge: Check to see who the instructor of the month is! They offer select classes for $15.
Grit—this is precisely what you need to have ample amounts of to make it out of this cardio class alive. Out of the three workout classes featured in this First Timer’s Guide, this cycling class was the clear winner in the category of “Most Likely to Make You Wish You Brought a Change of Clothes”— because I promise you, you will be dripping sweat. I loved how much the class was physically and mentally critical, but taught in a way that allowed you to tackle the workout at your own pace.
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W H AT TO B R I N G 3 Citizen Water on Tap
4 Water Bottle
If you don’t own a pair, you can rent them.
Lockers Photographed By: Mathew Martinez
The class is welcoming to all skill levels, but challenging enough to keep you wanting more.
RENAISSANCE CLUBSPORT HIP HOP CLASS
1 Don’t fret if you’re a newbie, head towards the back until you’re comfortable.
2 Listen to a pump-up playlist before going in.
Even if you don’t have rhythm, this class can help you find it (it’s there, you just misplaced it). What I love the most about this class is how well it’s taught. The instructor is a world-class, seasoned veteran in group fitness instruction that thoroughly works with you to succeed—and with a smile. He’s a great motivator, is inclusive and if nothing else...will help you get your groove on. The class is welcoming to all skill levels, but challenging enough to keep you wanting more.
Native Knowledge: The health-focused restaurants within the club are perfect for pre or post workout meals.
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3 Have questions? Stay after class and ask the instructor.
4 Be sure to stretch! Jade Chynoweth @jadebug98
Hamilton Evans @mrhamiltonevans
Tricia Miranda @1triciamiranda
Russell Horning @thebackpackkid
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I loved that it was such a unique, unexpected experience that demanded diligence from my whole body.
BOUNCE SOCIETY BOUNCE CARDIO CLASS
BOUNCH SOCIETY AMENTITIES
Native Knowledge: Bounce Society offers a referral program that could potentially land you two free weeks of unlimited classes.
1 JumpSport Trampolines
2 $15 First Bounce Class
If you told me that bouncing on a small trampoline for an hour would give me an intense workout, I would look at you sideeyed and shake my head—but that’s exactly what I got out of this class at Bounce Society. I loved that it was such a unique, unexpected experience that demanded diligence from my whole body. The most challenging part was getting used to the trampoline element and keeping your form throughout the workout, but that’s also what made it worth it.
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H E A LT H B E N E F I T S 3 Weights
4 10 Minutes Bouncing = 30 Minutes Running
Strengthens Core and Lower Back
Cubbies Photographed By: Erik Isakson
Ready OPKIX IS GIVING SILICON VALLEY A RUN FOR ITS MONEY
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Opkix One, the smallest, most powerful smartphonefriendly camera, arrives this spring!
OC LOVE • Opkix was founded on the principle that Orange County is a hub for emerging and unique ideas. As Greaves says, “We’re all big fans of the town that we live in. It’s a part of the country that is not just beautiful, but is innovative in its marketplace.”
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If you ask Opkix CEO and Co Founder C. Lawrence Greaves what “Opkix” is, he’ll tell you straight away, “It’s the world’s smallest, smartest and sexiest piece of camera equipment with a focus on the social media world.”
The Costa Mesa tech company is set to prove that they are small, but mighty. With a team of 16, they are leading the charge when it comes to revolutionary technology being developed in Orange County. And because they have OC in their blood, it’s not just about the latest social media trends, but fashion trends as well. The Opkix One camera is designed to not only be worn on your phone or baseball cap but mounted to a bike, a surfboard, mirror, an instrument and jewelry; you can even go the body camera route and use it as a wearable camera. Opkix is integration meeting imagination. With the camera gear, you also have a ready-to-go video and picture editing app set to link and provide hashtagfresh content for your favorite social media app. You’re able to immediately upload the video and pictures to the app to use things like body filters, facial recognition for emoji use and other editing features—you can also add in music from your library! The company is built around the growing demand for new ways of sharing content on Instagram, music.ly and other popular sites; and it’s all done with the push of a button. The camera gear itself is actually two separate cameras. The shell is anodized aluminum with colors like rose gold, space grey and red. It’s waterproof, as Opkix knows some of the best adventures happen when you’re out in nature. The camera itself is the smallest high-definition out there. To start recording, simply tap the side of the camera twice. So, you can have one camera attached to your wetsuit and one facing back at you on your board and have no worries while you focus on catching waves. The cameras also have high-quality mics that record in stereo sound, which is perfect for concerts, festivals and other large gatherings. Any way you look at it, Opkix is gearing up to boost the second wave of the social media revolution, one video at a time.
OPKIX 1008 Brioso Dr Costa Mesa CA, 92627 949.478.2048 www.opkix.com
ESCAPE H O ME DE CO R / / / TR AV E L / / / D E S I G N
ROOM ESSENTIALS The Dos and Don’ts of Decorating With Black and White
THE JAMES BOND YACHT Cruise the Seas in Style
HOME EXPERT Christy Carlson Romano Walks Us Through Her Home in Orange
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EXPERT Here’s the Sitch
From New England Vibes to Family Traditions, Christy Carlson Romano Shows Us Her Home in Orange
ESCAPE /// ROOM ESSENTIALS
Mono SO TRENDY “I love how versatile the black and white kitchen trend is. It lends to a variety of styles including coastal, modern, bohemian and the modern farmhouse.”
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BECKI OWENSâ€™ BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE KITCHEN WILL GIVE YOU MAJOR #KITCHENGOALS WRITTEN BY: TAMARA AUSTRING PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: RYAN GARVIN
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Black and white is a classic design for any room, especially for the kitchen. And now, more than ever, we’re seeing it pop up all over—whether it’s a modern farmhouse or a bachelor pad, you’re likely to get a taste of the chic look for all tastes. Orange County local and interior designer Becki Owens thinks so too, “Black and white works beautifully throughout the home. From bathrooms with black-framed round mirrors and white marble counters to a bedroom with a pretty black and white Moroccan throw laid across the bottom of the bed—it works styled into every space.” Owens’ impeccable taste for black and white transitions into the kitchen flawlessly. Here is one of her favorite ways to decorate a kitchen—the black and white way.
GET EDGY “Black mixed in with white in a modern way adds a bit of edge to a space, giving it a masculine element that still works in feminine spaces.”
BECKI OWENS www.beckiowens.com @beckiowens
Photos- Roger’s Gardens Plants; Aimee Goodwin
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Aurora Pendants $199 - $229 Room & Board SOCO www.roomandboard.com
Color Block Mason Jar $135 Isles Interiors www.islesinteriors.com
Snake Plant, Sansevieria Winter Green $7-$150 Roger’s Gardens www.rogersgardens.com
WC-CF21 Starting at $12.29 per Square Foot Warren Christopher www.wchristopher.com
Voluspa Japonica Crane Flower Embossed Glass Scalloped Edge Candle $20 Nordstrom www.nordstrom.com
Á LA MOD “The modern farmhouse look is a popular trend right now that incorporates black beautifully. You’ll often see it used in lighting, accessories and even hardware. I also love the contrast of black steel windows in an all white painted space. For example, in a modern Mediterranean or coastal design.”
Cement Tile Shop in Avallon Navy $8.65 per Piece The Finishing Touch Floors, Inc. www.ftfloorsinc.com
Fiddle Leaf, Ficus Iyrata $50-$700 Roger’s Gardens www.rogersgardens.com
“Dinner with Jackson Pollock” by Robyn Lea $50 503found www.503found.com
Lira Chair in Leather $699 Room & Board SOCO www.roomandboard.com
Owens’ impeccable taste for black and white transitions into the kitchen flawlessly.
7 CONTRAST IS KEY “When decorating with black you have to be careful not to over do it. Black makes a space look polished and gives a space beautiful contrasts, but the key is to add just enough to keep the space still feeling light and airy. I like to use it more as an accent so it doesn’t become heavy or overtake the rest of the design.”
POP THAT COLOR “You have to be careful with a black and white palette so it doesn’t look too matchy, like a flashback to a bad ‘90s design. I like to mix in textiles with a pop of color or natural woods to mix it up.”
Mode DON YOUR BEST WHITE BLAZER AND HOP ON BOARD WRITTEN BY: ERICA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DAVID COYNE
We’ve all had James Bond fantasies over the years—imagining what it would be like to have access to the most luxurious, most exclusive places and things that mere mortals could never touch….but now, you actually can live out the perfect James Bond scene, even if only for a day, right here on the Newport Coast. Thanks to Sean McWherter and his crew, you can book an excursion on “Skyfall,” a 40’ VanDutch Ultra Luxury Yacht, similar to the yacht featured in HBO’s “Entourage” and “Ballers,” and the type of yacht you’d expect to see in a James Bond movie. This incredible vessel can take up to a dozen people on the adventure of your choosing. The idea came when McWherter was visiting Cancun and saw the yacht, realizing instantly that this was something you didn’t see in the waters surrounding Orange County. “These yachts are seen in areas like the Mediterranean, but I knew that it would be an instant hit in California because it’s so different from the typical yacht.” After acquiring one and doing some customizing, the yacht came down
to Newport Beach and is docked in the first slip at Billy’s at the Beach. Skyfall can be booked for three, four or eighthour blocks. You can cruise out into the harbor to celebrate a birthday or as one lucky couple experienced—the ultimate marriage proposal! Go snorkeling in a Laguna Beach cove or dock in Newport for a lovely lunch at one of the great restaurants nearby. Your whole trip is worked out in advance with the concierge—your preferences for food and drink, where you would like to be picked up and what activities you wish to enjoy. “The thing is to make sure that the client feels like the boss—there is no upselling. We provide exactly what you ask for,” McWherter said. For those that want a day of luxury, you can book a full-day trip to Catalina Island. Skyfall is incredibly powerful and will get you there in under an hour. Spend the day any way your heart desires, paddle boarding, bar hopping, shopping or just cruise around Avalon and take in the beauty of the island. No matter your fancy, you’ll be riding in style like Bond, James Bond.
Skyfall has a luxurious, air-conditioned stateroom with a bathroom and hot shower in case you need a break from all the fun.
Native Knowledge Every guest is met with a glass of champagne upon boarding Skyfall.
SKYFALL VANDUTCH www.getmyboat.com @SkyfallVanDutch Photograph Location: NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Here’s the Sitch From New England Vibes to Family Traditions, Christy Carlson Romano Shows Us Her Home in Orange
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From Connecticut to West Hollywood and now to Orange County, Christy Carlson Romano, the former voice of Kim Possible and Ren Stevens on Disney Channel's “Even Stevens,” has moved to the beautiful and rustic city of Orange. With history covering every inch of the quaint town, Orange provides the New England feel that Romano and her husband, Brendan Rooney, grew up loving. Now rooted in a home from 1888, they’re excited to raise their daughter, Isabella, on this side of the country. “We’re both from the East Coast, so this house is our dream house, having the ability to be close enough to Hollywood but with the feel of the East Coast,” said Romano. “The hometown feel of Orange is awesome. This is like a mini Brooklyn—it’s a foodie haven,” Romano added.
CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO @thechristycarlsonromano Photoshoot Location: ORANGE, CA
With history covering every inch of the quaint town, Orange provides the New England feel that Romano and her husband, Brendan Rooney, grew up loving.
EXPERT: Christy Carlson Romano CREDENTIALS: Actress and Producer SMALL SCREEN: Romano’s favorite HGTV Show is “Flip or Flop.”
Native Knowledge • Christy and Brendan love the holiday season as they were married on New Year’s Eve and their daughter was born on Christmas Eve. Christy’s Go-To Home Stores • Wayfair • Lamps Plus • Blinds Galore
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1. Records On Wall: “I actually inherited my grandfather’s record collection. I don’t go back east a ton, but I went back there and managed to rifle through my mom’s stuff, and she gave me them, so that was what started me on vinyl.”
“Isabella was born to The Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses.’”
2. The Couch: “The couch has a great story! The couch has been with us since we first moved in together. It was a super deep couch so we ended up having lots of family members sleep here. This is like a family member.”
Fireplace: “This is the original fireplace. It’s not in working order but it has heat and air.”
5. Mr. and Mrs. Pillow: “My mom gave me this pillow when we got married.”
“We’ve always wanted a game room. This is going to be a room we end
6. Canopy: “We did a lot of DIY and repurposed things so they could be more unique.”
up spending a lot of time in because this is the room we’re gonna put the Christmas tree in—this will be the room we end up hanging out without any kind of distractions; no TV, just family time.” 202 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Bay Windows: “The bay window is a dream. You just don’t see anything like this in California. It’s a very East Coast feeling. I’ve always wanted one and now I’ve got one. It’s just so special.”
7. Door: “The house used to be a hotel and there’s actually numbers on the doors.” 8. Venetian Masks: “We got these in Venice when he proposed to me.”
“The hometown feel of Orange is awesome.” —Christy Carlson Romano 9. Wedding Photos: “We were married in Banff, Canada. I did all the favors, the welcome boxes, and a lot of the flowers we ended up doing.” 10. Flowers: “We got the flowers from Square Root Designs in Irvine.” 11. Perfume: “This perfume is my mom’s favorite.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 203
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Published on Jan 1, 2018