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Rosanna Pansino L I F E’S W H AT YOU BA K E IT

THINGS GET PERI COMPETITIVE AT MOZAMBIQUE RESTAURANT IN LAGUNA ARAN ANTUNEZ OF COMMON ROOM ROASTERS CRAFTS SOME DRINKABLE ART

ORANGE COUNTY’S BEST MIXOLOGISTS GO HEAD TO HEAD


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Editor's Note 172 Profile

MAKE YOUR OWN MOLD

There are few things I love more than food. Family, friends and my cat aside, there’s truly nothing better than the warm, tingly feeling that comes with the first bite of an amazing meal (unless it’s an amazing meal with those family, friends...or cat). You know those people who go for the light parfait for brunch? The people who only get one sushi roll at dinner? Yeah, I’m not one of those people. If you’re not either, then this Foodie Issue was made for you. I hope you brought your appetite because this year’s Foodie Guide (p. 71) is biting into the best pizza, sushi, tacos and everything in between that Orange County has to offer. The tried-and-true, the hidden gems, the unlikely heroes—chances are if you’ve cried over a mouth-watering meal somewhere, we’ve included it. We also talked to the expert chefs who craft these incredible dishes, including Five Crowns’ Alejandra Padilla (p. 84). Chef Padilla showed us her must-have tools while she’s throwing down in the kitchen. I normally save the cooking for the professionals, but after reading, I’m ready to sharpen my knives and get to work.

But first, dessert. We were excited to talk with this issue’s cover star and baking extraordinaire, Rosanna Pansino (p. 56). The YouTube star opened up about her successes and failures, and how a passion for baking led to cookbooks, crazy creations and one of the most successful baking shows on YouTube. On the topic of unstoppable women, our Shoppe Profile on Seea’s Amanda Chinchelli (p. 126) is a must-read. The women’s surfwear company not only brought fashionable, yet practical wetsuits to the game, but also practiced eco-friendly ethics in the process. And we got a peek into the colorful, clay world of Luna Reece Ceramics (p. 172). Consider our shopping carts full. It’s true, it is the time of year where you’re supposed to start fresh with a new diet or workout regime, but my personal resolution is to continue exploring the bountiful food, shopping and artistic options Orange County has to offer, head—and stomach— first. So I’ll save you a seat while you uncover them all for yourself, and I’ll see you at happy hour!

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Photographed By: Andrea Domjan, andreadomjanphotography.com @andrea_domjan_photography Model: Rosanna Pansino, @rosannapansino | www.rosannapansino.com www.youtube.com/user/RosannaPansino Location: Kate Lester Interiors, www.katelesterinteriors.com | @klinteriors Written By: Ameihia Turingan, iridescentglimmer.wordpress.com | @ameihia Styled By: Kimmy Erin Kertes, kimmyerin.com | @kimmyerin Hair & Makeup By: Lauren Montgomery, lmontgomerymua.com | @lvmontgomery Sweater Provided By: Rainbow, www.RainbowShops.com Accessories Provided By: Astrid & Miyu, www.astridandmiyu.com

Even though this was Ro Pansino’s first photoshoot with multiple outfit changes, she handled the day smoothly and looked radiant in every look. Stylist Kimmy Erin Kertes’ clothing rack was filled with jewel tones, pinks and powdery blues. “Rosanna’s personal style is as bright as she is and I wanted the palette to reflect that, even in the winter months,” says Kertes. “It was fun to reenact a week in her life from baking, to business meetings, to writing, to red carpets and meet-ups and parties.”

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And for Pansino, a photoshoot is just another day in the life. In between shots from photographer Andrea Domjan, Pansino’s expressive face never faltered. She turned to smile and posed for a behind-the-scenes video. Onset, Pansino was simultaneously larger than life and down to earth. She sat on the porch swing with her dog, Cookie, on her lap. Pansino joked about trying to find good poses with her short legs [she’s four-foot-ten like her Grandma] as Lauren Montgomery touched up her soft glam makeup. Pansino even did pilates exercises sitting on the countertop.

“We had a super fun shoot with Ro at this beautiful house in Manhattan Beach,” says Domjan. “Although that day it was a little gloomy, it couldn’t stop us from creating beautiful images of her and her cute Frenchie, Cookie.” Being on set and speaking with Pansino afterward provided a pivotal glimpse into her outlook and vibrant, bubbly personality. While the Manhattan Beach house brought charming personality and character to the photoshoot, the room did not come alive until Pansino stepped in. “Ro is one of those individuals who people instantly gravitate toward. She is charismatic, genuine, intelligent and so very kind. It’s easy to see how she grew such a huge following”, says Montgomery. After the busy four-and-a-half-hour photoshoot, Pansino sat down right away for an interview. While talking about her YouTube beginnings, Pansino had to pause to get a snack before continuing our conversation. Cookie, sitting in her stroller next to Pansino, perked up at the smell of peanut butter.

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Mozambique Restaurant

OC Chef’s Table

PERI DELICIOUS It’s a Battle of the Peri-Peri Plates at Mozambique Restaurant

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BOOCH, PLEASE!

BE THEIR GUEST OC Chef’s Table Is a Night of Culinary Adventures

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Five Crowns

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Chef Alejandra Padilla Shows Us Her Favorite Kitchen Essentials

Big Leaf Bucha Is CBD-Infused And Ready to be Consumed

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PALATE PASSPORT

Pack Your Bags, We’re Going on a Food Tour of Orange County

FIVE CROWNS 3801 E Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.760.0331 www.thefivecrowns.com

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House of Chimney Cakes

El Mercado Modern Cuisine

CHIM CHIMNEY, CHIM CHEREE House of Chimney Cakes Is Smoking the Dessert Competition

DINE IN STYLE Take a Look and Get a Taste of El Mercado

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87 Experts

RAISING THE BAR

Local Mixologists Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

ARIGATO, TOKYO

Sisters Jocelyn and Justine of HangryDiary Have Your Tokyo Travel Guide Ready

VINE RESTAURANT & BAR 211 N El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672 949.361.2079 www.vinesanclemente.com

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108 Lisa and Michelle’s Favorite Things

A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS

The Founders of Brazil Pants Activewear Share Their Health and Fitness Must Haves

111 That's What She Said

IS THIS CALIFORNIA’S COOLEST STREET?

Alive 144 A Day at Tustin District

TUSTIN TIME

Escape 166 Tanaka Farms

SMARTY PLANTS

Ken Tanaka of Tanaka Farms Shares With Us Some Green Thumb Must-Do’s

168 Hotel Paseo

Stephanie Arant Shows Us Why Costa Mesa’s 17th St. Has It All

How to Play, Eat and Shop Your Way Through The District at Tustin Legacy

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Meal Prepping

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

Six Pack or Six Bags, This is What You Need on Your Next Weekend Trip

Fitness and Health Pro Rebecca Louise Makes Meal Prepping Easy

Get Down to Business at the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Co-Work Space

CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND

PREP SCHOOL 101

Hotel Paseo Heats Up Palm Desert

YOU GOAL GIRL!

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Amanda Chinchelli Combines Fashion and Function For Women

These Artists Are Bringing The Hive to Life One Mural at a Time

Andrea Luna Reece Is Crafting Clay How She Sees Fit

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Humanitarian Profile

Florals, Sweets, Decorations and Invites—These Business Owners Have You Covered

The Ecology Center Is Changing Education—One Road Trip at a Time

RSVP, PLEASE!

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Desert Hills Premium Outlets® Has Deals Approved By Your Favorite Influencers

Common Room Roasters’ Aran Antunez Brings Artistic Craft to Coffee

CAN YOU HOLD MY BAG REAL QUICK?

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Goodwill of Orange County Is a Place Where You Can Shop to Help Your Community

Anti-Fragility Health Clinic Is Ready to Take on Your 2019 Health Goals

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178 24 Hours in Palm Desert

SIRI, TAKE ME TO...

We Have Your Next 24 Hours in Palm Desert Taken Care Of

WHOLE LATTE TALENT

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MAKE YOUR OWN MOLD

THE WEALTH OF GOOD HEALTH

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LOCALENDAR 10 ORANGE COUNTY EVENTS TO START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WRITTEN BY: SYMPHONY BARNES

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ADOPT, DON’T SHOP AT ANNUAL PET DAYS! January 19

¢ Looking to adopt a

pet? Head to the 9th Annual Pet Days, which will have local rescue animals available for adoption, as well as nonprofits offering animal education and pet supplies for purchase. Admission to the event is free in exchange for a donation.

www.ocmarketplace.com/ events/9th-annual-pet-days

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SEE ANJELAH JOHNSON, “MADTV’S” ‘BON QUI QUI’ February 14-17

¢ If you’ve ever watched the viral videos “Bon Qui Qui” and “Nail Salon,” you’re in luck. Anjelah Johnson will be performing at Irvine Improv. If you had a laugh from those videos, you’re in for a whole night full of laughs from her. www.improv.com/comic/ anjelah+johnson

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RUNNERS TO SURF CITY MARATHON & HALF MARATHON February 1-3

¢ If you’re an avid

runner, you’re going to want to sign up for this one! Known for its scenic course by the coast, you won’t want to pass up this marathon passing by Huntington Beach Pier and into segments of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. www.motivrunning.com/ run-surf-city/

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CELEBRATE THE CLASSICS AT THE LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL February 6-10

¢ Experience the sounds of classical music at the Laguna Beach Music Festival. This collaboration between Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County will be a celebration of classical and contemporary music. www.philharmonicsociety. org/LBMF

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DINE OUT AT OC’S FIRST VEGAN FEST March 2

¢ What is the best part of the first OC Vegan Fest besides the food? It’s free! There will be plenty of different food trucks, pop-ups and eateries from the Southern California area in one location for just one day. www.eventbrite. com/e/oc-vegan-festtickets-47043520436

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March 3-9

¢ Take the opportunity

to try out a bunch of Orange County’s top restaurants at OC Restaurant Week. Get a taste of OC from over 50 restaurants during this seven-day-long event with special prix fixe menus.

www.ocrestaurantweek.com

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PARTY ALERT AT THE HUNTINGTON BEACH ONESIE CRAWL ¢ Drink in your onesie

pajama by getting tickets to the Huntington Beach Onesie Crawl. Tickets include drink specials at every crawl stop, express entry and no cover charge at certain bars. www.hbonesiecrawl.com

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JAM WITH ROSANNE CASH February 2

¢ Catch Rosanne

Cash capture the Americana spirit with her performance at Chapman. As the daughter of Johnny Cash, she carries on the family name with her unique take on music. She’ll be joined by John Leventhal, her husband and songwriting partner. www.events.chapman.edu

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PANIC! AT THE DISCO AT THE HONDA CENTER ¢ Grammy-nominated Panic! At The Disco will be making a stop at the Honda Center on their Pray for the Wicked Tour. Fans of the band aren’t going to want to miss out on this night full of singing, dancing and major fangirling. www.hondacenter.com

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MOVIE JUNKIES, THIS FILM FESTIVAL IS FOR YOU February 7-13

¢ The 8th Annual

Irvine International Film Festival will showcase a variety of film types—short films, documentaries, narrative features and more—to celebrate the art of cinema.

www.irvinefilmfest.com

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Social Sipper THE OWNER OF TOWNE PARK BREW CO. LOVES FOOD, SURFING AND, OF COURSE, BEER

EXPERT: Brett Lawrence CREDENTIALS: Founder and CEO, Towne Park Brew Co.

MONDAY ¢ Mondays are supposed to be the worst day of the week, but I like to make the most of mine. Every day is dictated on how the surf is in Newport. If the waves are up, that’s my first stop. TUESDAY ¢ Did we say Taco Tuesday? Breakfast stays light so I can attack the $2 tacos at Bear Flag for lunch, and dinner has to be Playa Mesa for some more tasty tacos and a great atmosphere. www.bearflagfishco.com www.playamesa.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ We all love Wednesdays because it’s time to drink a whole bottle of wine. I start around noon with a light chardonnay at Lido House. Then I dive into the red wines at the best wine spot in town: SeaLegs! www.lidohousehotel.com www.sealegswinebar.com

THURSDAY ¢ What better way to get rid of a wine hangover than a pizza at Ecco Pizza Shoppe? I usually swig it with a Towne Park Blonde beer from their yard bar. From there, it’s College

Cask Night and Thursday Night Football at Towne Park Brewery & Taproom. www.eccopizza.com www.towneparkbrew.com

FRIDAY ¢ It’s date day so the Mrs. and I pick a new restaurant every week. If we plan to do brunch, we head to SOCIAL Costa Mesa. The Social Benedict is da bomb! Lunch is always fun at Billy’s where the Mai Tais sneak up on you. www.socialcostamesa.com www.billysatthebeach.net

SATURDAY ¢ I usually get a surf or paddleboard in followed by a coffee and avocado toast at Common Room Roasters in Newport Beach. Then I head out to Rancho Las Lomas for beer and wine tasting. commonroomroasters.com www.rancholaslomas.com

SUNDAY ¢ These are the best daydrinking and hangover days. I like to head to Cook’s Corner for burritos, live bands and too many whiskey shots. Dinner is decided on how my body is operating, so Postmates tends to be the winner. www.cookscorners.com

TOWNE PARK BREWERY & TAPROOM 1566 W Lincoln Ave Anaheim, CA 92801 714.844.2492 www.towneparkbrew.com

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“Every day is dictated on how the surf is in Newport. If the waves are up that’s my first stop.”

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

JuiceMi Up Before You Go Go THE JUICEMI OWNER SHARES HER FAVORITE HIDDEN GEM EATERIES AND WORKOUT SPOTS

“Lunch at Saigon Beach— it’s a hidden gem in Newport Beach!”

EXPERT: Mimi Chau CREDENTIALS: Owner and Founder, JuiceMi

MONDAY ¢ Come in for a juice and leave with a mindset! I love starting my Mondays at JuiceMi because we have so many fun and healthy drink and food options! I can’t get enough of the colorful superfood latte that’s so fun to make and also fun to drink.

workouts that keep it fun to get fit! You have to check out The Vault, a morning bootcamp in a dark room! www.elev8-performance.com

www.juicemi.com

FRIDAY ¢ Hip Hop Yoga, anyone? Enough said! Best workout and wellness therapy ever at Vibes Hot Yoga in Newport.

TUESDAY ¢ I fell in love with Euro Caffé after coming back from Europe. I love coming here to catch up with friends or have a business meeting. I always order the Alexander the Crepe with extra sauce and a hot cup of matcha latte with double shot of espresso.

SATURDAY ¢ Pacific City is my favorite hangout spot on the weekend. Philz Coffee is everything. The best burger and craft beer goes to The American Dream, Bluegold is awesome for brunch and LSXO is the best for a fine dine romantic dinner.

www.myeurocaffe.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ Lunch at Saigon Beach—it’s a hidden gem in Newport Beach! Their banh mi grilled pork is so satisfying! The baguette is soft and chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The grilled pork is grilled to perfection.

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THURSDAY ¢ Elev8 Performance in Costa Mesa has a ton of different

JUICEMI 609 E Balboa Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92661 949.791.8026 www.juicemi.com

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www.vibeshotyoga.com

www.gopacificcity.com

SUNDAY ¢ My Sundays consist of attending mass at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach, a beautiful and welcoming community. The energy from this parish is uplifting for the soul! The music here creates a happy and beautiful atmosphere. www.olqa.org

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Ay, Bay Bay THIS RESORT BEVERAGE DIRECTOR KNOWS WHERE TO FIND GREAT BAGELS AND BOTTLES OF WINE

EXPERT: Ben Carpenter CREDENTIALS: Beverage Director, Balboa Bay Resort

MONDAY ¢ You can find me at The Snug Bar, they offer the best industry night in OC with half off all food menu items and half off their 50 rotating bottles of wine. www.cannerynewport.com

TUESDAY ¢ I’ll stop by my favorite local scratch bakery, Layer Cake Bakery. They boast some of the best cakes, macarons and pastries around with light brunch and lunch options to boot. www.layercakebakery.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ My wife is a life-long vegetarian and through our relationship I have gained an affinity for fun, well-made, vegetarian and vegan food, especially at Native Foods Cafe. I’ve become such a fan that I find myself ordering from them even when dining alone. www.nativefoods.com

THURSDAY ¢ Whether I’m looking for a great bottle of wine, killer local beer or hard-to-find spirits at the lowest price possible, Hi-Time Wine Cellars never

BALBOA BAY RESORT 1221 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.645.5000 www.balboabayresort.com

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fails. Their staff is always knowledgeable and helpful. www.hitimewine.net

FRIDAY ¢ You can find me at El Mercado Modern, which offers a fresh, modern take on Mexican food. Their bar program boasts some of the most innovative cocktails in Orange County with the talented Cesar Cerrudo at the helm.

“My wife is a life-long vegetarian and through our relationship I have gained an affinity for fun, well-made vegetarian and vegan food.”

www.mercadomodern.com

SATURDAY ¢ Being raised by a New Yorker really makes you aware of the fact that it’s hard to find a great bagel on the West Coast. Shirley’s checks off every box for me. They use the traditional boil and bake method and it shows. www.shirleysbagels.com

SUNDAY ¢ I’m at the Farmers Market at Great Park, which is held every Sunday with food trucks and some of my favorite vendors in Orange County. My daughters enjoy riding the carousel and playing at the Kids Rock Playground. www.cityofirvine.com

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Hop to It THIS HB RESTAURANT OWNER KNOWS HOW TO EAT AND DRINK HIS WAY THROUGH THE WEEK

EXPERT: Jeremy Saenz CREDENTIALS: Owner, The American Dream

MONDAY ¢ Industry day at The American Dream in Lot 579 of Pacific City! This place already has great prices for being a beachfront taphouse and burger bar, but on Mondays, industry peeps can score an extra 20 percent off the menu and our 60 taps! www.gopacificcity.com www.theamericandreamhb.com

TUESDAY ¢ Tuesdays aren’t just for tacos anymore! Tabu Shabu (which in my opinion is the absolute best shabu spot) does two-for-one drinks every Tuesday! Who can pass up great food, amazing drink specials and an awesome staff? Not me! www.tabushabu.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ Find me at Four Sons Brewing right here in HB. It’s the perfect place to meet with friends and socialize over a delicious pint. This spot is familyowned and operated; they are simply the best—from service to quality. www.foursonsbrewing.com

THURSDAY ¢ The weekend is almost here, and I like to kick it off early at Tanner’s located at Paséa Hotel & Spa! These guys know how to make the

THE AMERICAN DREAM 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 130 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.1330 @theamericandreamhb www.gopacificcity.com

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best craft cocktails around! Tip: go upstairs and order an Army Navy. You won’t regret it. www.tannershb.com

FRIDAY ¢ The week is over, and it’s time to treat yourself. Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach will definitely do the trick. The wagyu filet paired with their truffle risotto and foie gras—it doesn’t get better than that. www.selannesteaktavern.com

SATURDAY ¢ You can find me at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market stocking up on Lucky Habanero Salsa! Fresh, no preservatives and just like Mama would make it. Except, my mom did make it. Shoutout to Mom for being awesome and making the best salsa ever!

“You can find me at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market stocking up on Lucky Habanero Salsa!”

www.luckyhabanero.com www.orangehomegrown.org/ farmers-market

SUNDAY ¢ Last chance to wind down before the week starts again and like clockwork, I’ll be at Kitsch in Costa Mesa. Amazing music, staff and drinks in a classy lounge setting. Absolutely love this place. www.kitschbar.com

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DEAR NADIA NADIA MEJIA WRITES AN OPEN LETTER TO HER YOUNGER SELF

Dear Younger Nadia,

1997 Age Two,

You are worth so much more than what you let other people make you think of yourself. Yes, you feel that your vocal ability doesn’t amount to “pop star” level, and you may not have the body you strive so hard for, like the girls on the cover of magazines—but don’t worry Nadia, you’ll learn someday. I love how driven and ambitious you are. No dream is too big for you. When people ask you what you want to be when you grow up, your answer is always “a star!” What do stars do? They shine light. And you love being a light in people’s lives. You are going to enter a world one day where your job is going to be about the way you look and it will mess with your head, but don’t compare yourself to others! Don’t feel like you have to fit the mold because breaking the mold breaks boundaries and can change the world! You’re going to make a difference, I promise. So when agents tell you you’re too big, don’t stop eating. Don’t conform to an unhealthy body standard. You’re going to be a real-life princess one day—the queen of California should I say—take that opportunity and use that platform to be the star you want to be! The glitz and glam is fun, but using your testimony to change young women’s lives is so much more fulfilling. When you start to pursue your music career, do not be hard on yourself, and use that voice to sing words that inspire! When life gets rough, lean your head on mom and listen to dad. I know they’re a lot to handle at times, but they truly know best. You have the greatest parents on earth, do not take advantage of that. When it comes to friendship, it’s better to have a couple of quarters than a ton of nickels. I hate to break it to you, but you’re kind of an empath and let too many people in. Believe the best in people, but don’t be so trusting. Always check in with yourself and see if the people in your life are bringing out the best, because if not, cut ’em. Open that big ol’ book that says Holy Bible, it will be your navigation in life. Trust in God and let His love radiate from the inside out. You’re about to embark on the wildest journey you could ever imagine, Nadia. Never forget to persevere, know you’re worth, drown out all negativity and keep your eyes on God.

Nadia Mejia

Model and Miss California USA, 2016

Sincerely, 23-year-old Nadia Mejia

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Take Note of Nadia’s Motivational Mantras

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“I first started creating videos on YouTube just for fun. At the time I wasn’t thinking about it as a career or business.” —Rosanna Pansino

APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Meshki www.meshki.com.au NECKLACE PROVIDED BY: Astrid & Miyu www.astridandmiyu.com EARRINGS PROVIDED BY: Kate Spade www.katespade.com

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Rosanna “Ro” Pansino is best known for whipping up tasty desserts online. With a bubbly personality and sunny disposition, she’s filmed hundreds of videos on her “Nerdy Nummies” show since June 2011. From Frozen to “Game of Thrones”, she turns pop culture iconography into cakes and cookies. With over 10.8 million subscribers on YouTube, she is one of the platform's star bakers, creating content for her audience to consume and providing recipes so they can try it at home. Pansino’s role in the YouTube community, and her visibility on and off the platform, have only grown with each new video. Since her first video on baking a yellow fondant, Super Mario Star cake, she has become a star in her own right.

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Before finding success as a YouTuber, Pansino pursued a career in the entertainment industry. She worked multiple jobs in Hollywood, including a set production assistant role before finding her calling on camera. “I was trying to find a home in entertainment and it naturally happened that [being] in front of the camera was easier [for me] than some of the jobs behind,” says Pansino, who would accidentally mix up coffee orders as a set PA due to dyslexia. While working on television, she spent her free time on YouTube. “I first started creating videos on YouTube just for fun,” says Pansino. At the time I wasn’t thinking about it as a career or business. It just was to get more comfortable in front of camera and have a creative outlet.” She was inspired by her friends who created videos full-time and was attracted to the variety of roles and skills involved in creating a video. “You were basically an entire production team in one person,” she remarks. “You were the producer, editor, host, marketer… you were everything.” Pansino created videos as a hobby, finding a balance between her television career and a medium that satisfied her creative self. But other people were not happy with the divided attention. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, her agent pulled her into a meeting and gave her an ultimatum: quit YouTube or else. Pansino tried to persuade him. “I said there’s value here and I don’t think it needs to be one or the other,” Pansino shares, after reminding him that she booked her last commercial because the casting director’s daughter loved her YouTube channel. “New media and old media, I don’t think you really need to pick a lane. I really had the foresight eight years ago [that] you could do both and there was a symbiotic relationship.” Unfortunately, the agent did not agree. “A week later, I got a letter in the mail that they dropped me,” says Pansino. This action made her decision to pursue YouTube full-time easier. While she could have continued

to work on her TV show without representation, Pansino decided to focus all of her energy into creating her own content. “One of the main things I love about YouTube is you can be yourself and have full creative control over what you create. Because of that, I am able to show that it's okay to be yourself,” she says. Through trial and error, she perfected her techniques and evolved her channel. For Pansino, the idea to focus on baking wasn’t a conscious decision, but one cultivated through viewer response and desire. The Super Mario Star cake video, which has since amassed over 8 million views, was the catalyst for the “Nerdy Nummies” series. “It was the first time the community really got excited and I got a huge response,” says Pansino. “[They] said, ‘We want more of this. No geeky baking show exists on television or online, you’d be the first. Please create a geeky baking show, we would love this.’ So I did.” Besides her talent and creative concept, an important part of Pansino’s growth has been her willingness to listen and engage with her community. Because of YouTube’s interactive nature, she hears from her audience immediately after a video goes live. She’s built solid relationships with her Fansinos and fulfills their requests. “Something that’s really important is listening to your community whenever you’re building a business whether it’s online or offline,” Pansino remarks. “Whether it’s your customers or your clients, listening to their feedback and actually applying it.” Pansino is a content creator who is consistent, diligently posting her videos and sticking to a schedule on a regular basis. She doesn’t experience creative blocks, writer’s block or burnouts. “My problem is much the opposite where the creativity never shuts off,” she says. “It’s a wonderful thing but it also has its own set of issues where I don’t sleep a lot. It keeps me up at night.”

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#BAE Goals • Her New Year’s resolution is to become BAE (the Best Aunt Ever!). Pansino’s sister is expecting her first child.

Top 3 Baking Essentials • For Pansino, a great mixing bowl, a measuring cup and an electric hand mixer are baking necessities.

Homemade Goodness • Pansino’s favorite family recipe is gingerbread cookies.

When the Cameras Stop Rolling • After filming a video, Pansino’s team shares the treats. The upload schedule is one treat every Tuesday so they get their sweets in moderation.

Sta-ro-bucks • A Seattle native, Pansino has hometown pride for Starbucks. If Starbucks made a drink in honor of her, it would be a coconut milk dirty chai latte.

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“New media and old media, I don’t think you really need to pick a lane. I really had the foresight eight years ago [that] you could do both and there was a symbiotic relationship.” —Rosanna Pansino

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“I’m showing more of my life in my videos and branching out in fun and exciting ways. Even though I've been making videos for almost nine years, I'm feeling more energized than ever.” —Rosanna Pansino

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“My life is not compartmentalized into two categories. It’s all together and it makes me personally very happy.” —Rosanna Pansino

Her creative tick and lack of burnout are assets when you consider how much time and effort goes into producing a video. At the early stages of her YouTube, she would spend over 100 hours to make a six-minute video. After coming up with the concept, she would shop, source ingredients, test the recipe, bake the item in stages for the camera, shoot the recipe and edit the video. “When I did it all myself, I was producing one video every two weeks and the community wanted more content on a regular basis,” she says. To keep up with the demand for her content, Pansino considered her bottlenecks and hired additional hands to help her. She brought on a fast video editor and a food producer to help her bake in stages. Pansino assumes a creative director role where she comes up with ideas, tests recipes and decorates the baked goods. Her team still spends over 100 hours on each video, but the hours are divided more efficiently. With a creative and truly full-time job, one can wonder about work-life balance, but Pansino found a solution. “I think in the beginning there was no balance between work and personal life so I decided to integrate all of the people I cared about into work [by hiring them],” says Pansino. “It’s set up for longterm now, like a marathon versus a sprint. My life is not compartmentalized into two categories. It’s all together and it makes me personally very happy.” Setting up her business for the long-term has helped her pursue other projects. In 2018, Pansino arrived at a series of milestones: reaching 10 million followers, receiving the coveted YouTube Diamond Creators Award, releasing a Wilton baking line and publishing her second cookbook called “Baking All Year Round.” Pansino spent a year and a half working on “Baking All Year Round.” This cookbook features twice the amount of recipes as her 2015 cookbook “Nerdy Nummies” and is far more personal. It centers

around the motif of holidays which, as Pansino excitedly shared, was inspired by her community who wanted recipes to make for significant holidays and events. Pansino learned how to bake from her grandma at four years old so holidays were an important time to celebrate family. She dedicated the second cookbook to her parents and featured them in the book for the first time. “All the little blurbs before the recipes start are either little personal stories about the food or about the food and a memory,” says Pansino. “I, for so many years, have made baking tutorials so this is the first time I’ve opened up and made stories within a cookbook. So it’s just more special to me.” Along with opening up in the cookbook, she’s started to open up more online. As her audience has grown, the fans want to know more about Pansino and her personal life. “The [baking was] all I did because that was what the community wanted and was interested in,” she remarks. “My community still loves baking but they also want to get to know me more.” She started to expand her content, sharing fun videos of her playing games, collaborating with friends and providing more insight into her life through vlogs. “I really, truly am flattered and embarrassed by that because I never thought I’d be that interesting that someone would want to get to know,” says Pansino. “I [recently] started to create more content that was personal and I have loved it.” Empowered by her community, Pansino continues to shine both online and offline. While 2018 was an incredible year for her, there’s no doubt that 2019 will be even better. While she can’t disclose her upcoming projects yet, you can count on her to share the latest updates and baking creations on her channel. “I am super excited to focus on things my fans have been heavily requesting over the last year,” says Pansino. “I’m showing more of my life in my videos and branching out in fun and exciting ways. Even though I've been making videos for almost nine years, I'm feeling more energized than ever.”

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MOZAMBIQUE RESTAURANT Mozambique Is Showing Off Two of Their Most Popular Peri-Peri Dishes

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BIG LEAF BUCHA This Kombucha Is Your Next Drink Obsession

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OC CHEF’S TABLE This Gourmet Event Is a Foodie’s Dream

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ROOM FOR DESSERT Get a Taste of House of Chimney Cakes’ Everyday Birthday Cake

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FIVE CROWNS 3801 E Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.760.0331 www.thefivecrowns.com PHOTO BY: Hunter Cole

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PERI-PERI CHICKEN POPS Peri-Peri Prawns Ingredients: • Prawns • Fruit Salsa • Peri-Peri Sauce • Mozambique Rice • Sautéed Vegetables

• Prefer land over sea? Try the Peri-Peri Chicken Pops where you’ll get three grilled chicken skewers with grilled pineapple and peri-peri sauce. “The chicken is marinated for 12 hours in our Peri-Peri blend,” said Chef Velazquez. The chicken is also available in a dinner plate where you get half a chicken.

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• Not in the mood for chicken? Give the four wood-grilled, shell-on, giant Peri-Peri Prawns a try. “The prawns are butterflied the day of and marinated for at least six hours,” said Chef Velazquez “We also use a different seafood rub on the prawns which includes lemon and garlic.” Like the chicken, the prawns also have a dinner plate option.

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IT’S A BATTLE OF THE PERI-PERI PLATES AT MOZAMBIQUE RESTAURANT RICE OF LIFE

• “The Mozambique rice, enhanced with flavors like turmeric, complements the shrimp with the earthiness of the rice,” said Chef Velazquez.

WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI

Peri-Peri Chicken Pops Ingredients: • Chicken • Pineapple • Vegetable Slaw • Peri-Peri Sauce

• Ditch those traditional sauces! Peri-Peri is a very flavorful South African sauce made with bird’s eye chilies, onions, peppers, garlic and lemons.

MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’ • Throughout the week, Mozambique hosts live music to entertain guests. Enjoy a variety of music genres from local artists for a comfortable, yet elegant ambiance.

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Booch, Please! BIG LEAF BUCHA IS CBD-INFUSED AND READY TO BE CONSUMED WRITTEN BY: TIFFANY CARTER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAVID ALONZO HERNANDEZ STYLED BY: KALYNN NGUYEN

In 2015, Co-Founders of Big Leaf Bucha, Jeremy Berry and Jeremy Skiver, met by way of Skiver’s two basset hounds that Berry’s girlfriend used to dog sit. An odd introduction, but that non-traditional meeting turned into a full partnership and the beginning of their company, Big Leaf Bucha. “He makes it. I brand it. It’s a beautiful thing,” Skiver says.

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Big Leaf Bucha is a revolutionary beverage that features natural flavors mixed with green and black tea, cane sugar and 50 mg of nano-encapsulated, water-soluble CBD from hemp that is sourced from America in each of their current flavors: passion fruit, guava and strawberry basil. “These are the flavors that were favored in case studies and have won awards. We have three more new flavors on the horizon,” says Skiver. The mission behind Big Leaf Bucha is not just a great tasting beverage, but about living big, and living a healthy lifestyle. “Food is better medicine

Mix It With Cocktails • “There are mixologists who are making some fancy drinks with Big Leaf Bucha. I like brewing a Moscow Mule, adding vodka and the strawberry basil bucha to it,” said Jeremy Berry.

It’s a Hit • “I was staging product at a store, straightening bottles,” Skiver said. “A woman came up to me and asked, ‘Is this your product? I can’t thank you enough for having this. I have been looking for a product like this and yours is absolutely the best.’ She ended up ordering 30 bottles.”

Boocha for the Morning • Skiver likes to start his mornings off with the passion fruit flavor before he hits the gym at 8 a.m.!

“We do this because we believe in its healing and restorative powers, and we believe it is part of a healthier future.” —Jeremy Skiver

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than pharma,” is their motto. “We are the first beverage company to infuse every one of our products with naturally-occurring, organicallygrown CBD,” says Skiver. “We do this because we believe in its healing and restorative powers, and we believe it is part of a healthier future. The future is clean. The future is natural.” The friends and business partners say they are proud of the quality product they have created. “Kombucha is for everybody. It’s been around for hundreds of years [and has been] known for maintaining good gut health,” Skiver says. “The benefits of CBD and those who have had a consistent relationship with it can tell you it is good for body health, less pain and inflammation, less stress, anxiety [and] headaches. Explore different options besides what Big Pharma is putting out there. Our audience is anybody [who] is looking to live their best life, whether you ride a bull or are a mom with three kids… we are here to support you. That’s what Big Leaf is here to do.”


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WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: LEE WALTERS AND JENNIFER STROMAN

If we told you that you could experience Mexico, Italy, Japan and many other exquisite destinations within one day, would you believe us? No, don’t go grabbing your carry-on and packing your bags just yet, because we’re only heading right down the street! Welcome to your “Palate Passport,” the only thing you need to put in your back pocket as we take this entree expedition throughout Orange County. The OC is virtually a boundless orchard of food that will satisfy any of the picky eaters, vegans or meatheads in your party. Join us as we crawl our way through everything our backyard has to offer! LOCALE MAGAZINE 71


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MUST ORDER: CARNITAS TACO As the Packing District’s resident Mexican eatery, Urbana serves up cool Mexican gastronomy with a killer vibe and even better tacos. Take their carnitas as an example, slow-cooked carnitas atop a handmade corn tortilla and topped with habanero salsa, queso fresco, house-pickled onion and micro cilantro. We’re drooling already.

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Celebrate Margarita Monday

FROM LAND TO SEA

MUST ORDER: BRANZINO FISH TACOS e Get your fish taco fix at Malibu Farm by ordering their Pan Roasted Branzino Fish Tacos. Topped with pepper jack cheese and a cilantro lime crema, the dish is light and deceivingly flavorful. MALIBU FARM 3420 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.791.2096 | www.malibu-farm.com

MUST ORDER: COSTA AZUL MARGARITA e You can kiss those blues goodbye after a sip of this! With Sauza Blue, Blue Curacao, sweet ‘n’ sour and pineapple juice—you’ll be ordering another before your last sip. OLA MEXICAN KITCHEN 21040 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste F200 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.969.7300 olamexicankitchen.com

Live It Up on Taco Tuesday TACO TRUCKS WORTH THE TRAFFIC MUST ORDER: CAMARONES TACOS Serving: Costa Mesa and Irvine SOHO TACO 123 E Dyer Rd Santa Ana, CA 92707 www.sohotaco.com

Photos - URBANA: Lee Walters and Jennifer Stroman | Red O: Mathew Martinez

MUST ORDER: CALIFORNIA CADILLAC MARGARITA e Avila’s famous skinny marg is a refreshing blend of lime juice, organic agave nectar and Corralejo Blanco Tequila topped with Grand Marnier. You can sip, savor and save on the calories! AVILA’S EL RANCHITO 182 S Orange St Orange, CA 92866 714.516.1000 avilaselranchito.com MUST ORDER: PUESTO PERFECT MARGARITA e Although brimmed with salt and complete with limes like other margarita’s on the menu, you can’t go wrong with ordering this house special—especially during happy hour. PUESTO 8577 Irvine Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.608.9990 www.eatpuesto.com MUST ORDER: DE LA CASA e The house special margarita is a refined mixture of Blue Agave tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh sweet and sour. TACO ROSA 2632 San Miguel Rd Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.720.0980 www.tacorosa.com

MUST ORDER: TRIPAS TACOS Serving: Santa Ana TACO RIGOBERTO’S BROS 100 N Mountain View St Santa Ana, CA 92703 www.facebook.com/pages/ rigobertos-bros-tacos

MUST ORDER: DOS CHINOS ASADA Serving: Irvine DOS CHINOS Trade Food Hall 2222 Michelson Dr Irvine, CA 92612 www.doschinos.com

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Taco Brat? Oh! Tacos and Bratwursts! This Costa Mesa eatery serves up the best of both worlds with clever menu items and eight rotating draught beers. The Fried Avocado Taco is the perfect balance of crunchy on the outside and creamy avo on the inside—we’ll take two!

Whenever you’re in Garden Grove, Sabroso! is undoubtedly the neighborhood spot for all the Mexican food you could ever want! Seen on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” do yourself a favor and get Sabroso!’s al pastor...on everything!

Don’t let Red O’s fine dining appearance fool you, the upscale Mexican cuisine restaurant knows how to make tacos. The shredded chicken taco is seasoned to perfection and served with fried plantains, tinga sauce and queso fresco. $4 during Happy Hour? Count us in!

This “hole-in-the-wall” joint is always packed, and for good reason! Taqueria El Zamorano skips on the frills and goes straight for what’s important, serving up some of the best tacos in the county, with generous portions of life-changing carne asada.

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TACO BRAT 2101 Harbor Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92627 844.328.8220 www.tacobrat.com

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Birthday Cake by Rihanna

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Indulge in These Italian Classics

HOME-RUN FAVORITES MUST ORDER: ORANGE RICOTTA HAUTE CAKES e A local favorite, Haute Cakes Caffe has been serving up their famous ricotta pancakes to hungry crowds for years. Every day should begin with an order of the orange zest-infused pancakes, which are topped with warm berries and served with pure maple syrup. HAUTE CAKES CAFFE 1807 Westcliff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.642.4114 www.hautecakes.cafe

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The first Orange County restaurant to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana as a true Neapolitan pizzeria, Pizza e Vino specializes in dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious. In true Italian fashion, simplicity is key in the Pizza Burrata with an olive oil base, fire-roasted tomatos, basil and a balsamic reduction drizzled on top.

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e An ode to The Beatles, Sgt. Pepperoni’s is a true staple for New York-style pizza in Orange County. Skipping the frills, the restaurant serves up filling classics with fresh ingredients, like their pepperoni pizza. This is the kind of place you can visit anytime and always leave satisfied.

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PIZZA E VINO 31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Ste M Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 949.713.1500 www.pizzaevino.net

PIZZA TOPPINGS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

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MR. TACO NICE 1867 W Katella Ave Anaheim, CA 92804 714.603.7564

RANCE’S CHICAGO PIZZA 1420 Baker St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.708.2143 www.rancespizza.com

SGT. PEPPERONI’S PIZZA 2300 SE Bristol St, Ste F Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.852.9500 www.sgtpepps.com

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3800 S Plaza Dr Santa Ana, CA 92704 714.751.7153 antonello.com MUST ORDER: LAMB PAPPARDELLE

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234 Forest Ave Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.497.8222 alessalaguna.com MUST ORDER: BAKED MOSTACCIOLI SIGILIANO

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611 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 714.544.0273 romaditalia.com

Photos - Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza: Kendra Womack | Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana: Lee Walters and Jennifer Stroman

MUST ORDER: BOURBON BACON MEATBALLS e The Bourbon Bacon Meatballs just might be the best way to start a meal. Made with Angus beef and smoky applewood bacon, then served with sweet bourbon barbecue, you may skip the main course altogether and put in another order of these! FLIGHTS & IRONS 376 Camino De Estrella San Clemente, CA 92672 949.388.3991 www.flightsandirons.com

e Antonello speaks to the nostalgia and comfort around Italian cuisine. The lobster ravioli, one of their most popular dishes, is an elevated take with saffron cream sauce and rich Maine lobster.


At Angelina’s Pizzeria, “Traditions carry on because they come from the soul.”

MUST ORDER: MARGHERITA PIZZA For authentic Pizza Napoletana look no further than Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana. Honoring traditional recipes using only the finest ingredients, Angelina’s expertise can be found in popular pizzas like their Margherita— mozzarella di bufala, San Marzano DOP pomodoro sauce, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil—no wonder it’s a house favorite. e

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA Los Olivos Marketplace 8573 Irvine Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.536.5200 www.angelinaspizzeria.com

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Sushi Me Rollin’

JUST ADD SOY SAUCE

MUST ORDER: OMAKASE For a true Japanese cuisine experience, you’ll be hard pressed to find a place that compares to Ikko. Served omakase-style, your selection comes with the chef’s choice of fresh fish in an elegant presentation. You can’t go wrong with anything here. e

IKKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 735 Baker St, Ste C Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.556.7822

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MUST ORDER: COCONUT FRIED SHRIMP e We hold a special place in our hearts for the coconut fried shrimp. Perfectly fried to a golden brown, the large prawns are properly paired with a cool cabbage slaw and a delectable sweet and sour dip. ROYAL HAWAIIAN 331 N Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.1470 www.royalhawiianlb.com

All in a Day’s Work ELECTRIC CITY BUTCHER'S MICHAEL PUGLISI WALKED US THROUGH A DAY IN HIS LIFE EARLY MORNING

Photos - Ikko Japanese Restaurant: Lee Walters and Jennifer Stroman | Michael Puglisi: Nicholas Iverson Photography | Kenshō: Provided by Kenshō

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is always a meditative experience. I love to set the case to reflect the choicest cuts and newest products we've worked so hard to make the day before.”

MUST ORDER: SPICY TEQUILA SHRIMP PASTA e Try as hard as you might, you probably won’t find a shrimp pasta dish quite like this one. The shrimp is tossed in a Poblano chile pesto and garnished with chile-roasted pepitas for a kick that will have your head spinning. JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN 25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 949.388.8900 www.j-fat.com

MID-MORNING e “We're the third set of hands to touch our proteins and I'm reminded of that as the delivery truck arrives straight from the processing facility. We custom-cut our meats for the guests to enjoy.”

AFTERNOON e “The team is finishing

up sales of our daily sandwiches, twisting sausage, smoking bacon and taking a terrine or pâté out of the oven, or portioning bone broth made fresh every week.”

MUST ORDER:

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AMAZON PRINCESS ROLL

YOGA FIRE VEGAN ROLL

TORO WRAPPED UNI ROLL

SHUNKA ROLL

Get rid of any preconceived notions you had about vegan sushi—Kenshō proves they can keep up with traditional sushi places with colorful sushi creations including their Yoga Fire vegan roll. It’s an absolute jaw-dropper as far as taste and textures go! You won’t even know the difference.

If you’re looking for a sushi restaurant that instinctively has it all in terms of taste, presentation and experience, you’ll find it in San Shi Go. Come for the omakase for incredibly fresh cuts, diverse flavors and toro wrapped uni you’ll be dreaming about for days.

What can be said about Ootoro that has not already been said by everyone who dines there? The omakase-style eatery takes a contemporary approach to sushi with seasonal ingredients and a keen eye for specialty dishes. e

LATE AFTERNOON e “Family meal is 2:30-3

p.m. It's the one time our team can be chefs again, and express culinary creativity. It's also the time the team can appreciate the proteins that make our shop successful.” EVENING

OOTORO SUSHI 2222 Michelson Dr, Ste 246 Irvine, CA 92612 949.222.0688 www.ootorosushi.com

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Japan Avoid setting your chopsticks upright in rice—this is a practice used at memorials to honor the deceased at their deathbed or altar.

Italy Parmiaga-no. It may be a favorite add-on in the US, but Italians suggest keeping the Parm off their pizza and pasta unless the dish calls for it.

Russia Don’t pass on the vodka! It’s considered rude to decline vodka when offered at meetings, group events or festivities.

Some of the best sushi bars are also some of the most best-kept secrets—and Shunka is no exception to that rule. A true hidden gem that serves excellent seafare, Shunka focuses on fresh fish, omakase and specialty rolls, like their Shunka roll. e

SHUNKA 369 E 17th St, Ste 17 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.631.9854

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"SWELL EATS" SIGN e There’s no better place than LOT 579 at Pacific City to hang loose and have some totally ‘Swell Eats.’ Snap a photo for the ‘Gram in front of the wall before diving into this foodie paradise with some of the most unique sandwiches, poke and desserts your sun-loving heart could take. Why would you want to be anywhere else?

Insta-Swoon

GET THE GRAM AT THESE INSTA-WORTHY SPOTS AROUND ORANGE COUNTY!

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LOT 579 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.930.2345 www.gopacificcity.com

INSTA HERE: Floral Backdrop

MORNING LAVENDER 330 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 714.486.1429 morninglavendercafe.com

INSTA HERE: "Swell Eats" Sign

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INSTA HERE: “Dip Me” Sign

INSTA HERE: “Sit Down, Be Humble” Sign

COFFEE DOSE 116 E 18th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.coffeedosecm.com

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SLICE PIZZA AND BEER 477 Forest Ave Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.3993 www.slicelb.com

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Foodie Accounts You Should Be Following 1. @ocfoodfiend 2. @shutthekaleup

INSTA HERE: Swinging Chair

Want more #Inspo? Flip to Page 50 to Check Out Our Favorite OC Foodie Instagram Influencer @davidthefoodie

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HELLO KITTY CAFE 670 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 @hellokittycafe

THE RECESS ROOM 18380 Brookhurst St Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714.377.0398 www.therecessroom.com

3. @sorrynosalad 4. @maieatingobsession 5. @dailyfoodfeed 6. @foodwithmichel 7. @donutscookiesandcream 8. @goodeatzco 9. @nonstopeats 10. @paulsfoodhaul

Photos -Morning Lavender: @morninglavenderoc | Coffee Dose: @coffeedosecm | SLICE Pizza and Beer: @mikaela.wightman | Hello Kitty Cafe: @sylviatrinh | South Swell Ice Cream: @southswellicecream | The Recess Room: @lvxtex | LOT 579: @ohcaptainsarah

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Show Me the Stats

Make the Swap SWITCH OUT UNHEALTHY FAVORITES FOR HEALTH-FOCUSED SUBSTITUTIONS

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A study in the US National Library of Medicine shows that more than $15.5 billion was spent on the retail sales of gluten-free foods in 2016, more than double the amount spent in 2011. e

e According to a study conducted by the Vegetarian Times, 3.2 percent of US adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarianbased diet.

e A vegetarian diet is associated with weight reduction, improved blood pressure and a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes according to a paper published in the US National Library of Medicine.

If you are one of the beautiful people on this earth who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for a healthier dietary lifestyle, we applaud you! Whether you’re here because you have to be or because of a personal choice, we know how tough it can be out there—but it doesn’t have to be! Check out these amazing options for making the most out of your vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian or pescatarian life! 80 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Vegan

Gluten-Free

Pescatarian

Vegetarian

REPLACE THIS: BURGER

REPLACE THIS: DONUTS

REPLACE THIS: CARNITAS TACOS

REPLACE THIS: STEAK ENTREE

WITH THIS: MAGICAL/DOUBLE DOUBLE

WITH THIS: GLUTEN-FREE DONUT

WITH THIS: FISH TACOS

e The people at Sidecar are absolute wizards and we donut care how their magic works, but they make delicious gluten-free donuts that taste otherworldly. Every week, they come up with a new spell of a flavor, all without wheat and grains.

e With the surf and the sand just inches away, why would you go anywhere else for some righteous fish tacos than at Duke’s? These hallowed halls aren’t only home to surfing history, but some mouthwatering eats as well.

WITH THIS: ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH & FARRO

We only have one thing to say about this burger: “Holy cow!” Except there’s no cow involved. Their vegan burger is incredibly flavorful with a house-made black bean patty, cashew macadamia cheddar and an artisan bun. Come for the Magical, but we have a feeling you’ll stay for all the other dishes, too. e

GRATITUDE KITCHEN & BAR 1617 Westcliff Dr, Ste 112 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.386.8100 www.gratitudekitchenandbar.com

SIDECAR DOUGHNUTS 270 E 17th St, Ste 18 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.873.5424 www.sidecardoughnuts.com

DUKE’S HUNTINGTON BEACH 317 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.6446 www.dukeshuntington.com

While they have beautiful steaks and fish that are all cut in-house, Nirvana’s got a rocking vegetarian squash and farro dish that includes mushroom herb ragout, goat cheese and roasted hazelnuts that are sure to make a lifelong fan out of you. e

NIRVANA GRILLE 303 Broadway, Ste 101 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.497.0027 Restaurant 949.637.4708 Catering & Events www.nirvanagrille.com


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Be Their Guest

NOW-MARCH 2019

DAY OF THE EVENT: 4 P.M.

OC CHEF’S TABLE IS A NIGHT OF CULINARY ADVENTURES

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C LI N K & D R I N K • Chef and Culinary Director of the Disneyland Resort, Andrew Sutton, will lead a private dinner and Champagne toast. This pre-event meal is a way to celebrate the amazing chefs offering their skills for this gourmet evening.

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When: Sunday, March 3, 2019 Where: Disneyland Hotel What: An Upscale Evening Dinner Prepared by Top Chefs to Help End Homelessness

ALL FOR A CAUSE • The gourmet evening benefits the Illumination Foundation, an incredible organization dedicated to offering housing and healthcare to those who are homeless.

6 P.M. DRE A M A L IT TLE TH E ME • Make your way into the elegant main ballroom for the night’s affair. Admire the vibrant designs as you find your table—each table has its own unique tablescape theme, so be sure to snap a pic of yours!

EXCLUSIVE EATS

5 P.M. D R E S S TO THE N I N E S • Don your best black-tie attire and arrive fashionably at 5 p.m. when doors will open for guests to mingle and savor light appetizers and cocktails. Don’t forget to put your name down in the silent auction!

• In anticipation for the big day, Disneyland Resort hosts an exclusive event at the Disneyland Hotel on Jan. 22 for the 40 expert chefs and their colleagues.

WHO’S COOKIN’

A FEAST FOR TH E MOUTH A ND TH E E A RS • Enjoy the evening’s opening celebrations. Listen to the Illumination Foundation Children’s Choir open the program, accompanied by a live band.

• With 40 culinary pros on the lineup, rest assured you’ll be eating well. Chefs include Celebrity Chef Jet Tila, Rich Mead from Farmhouse, Chef de Cuisine of Club 33 Clint Chin and Host Chef Andrew Sutton!

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7:15 P.M. 7 P.M. ME E T & G R E E T • At your private table of 10, meet your personal chef for the evening. The expert chef will give you a menu preview of what you will sip, savor and taste throughout the night’s festivities. Cue stomach grumbling!

C U LI N A RY A DV E N TU R E L AND • Get ready for an amazing culinary adventure. Spread out over five courses, enjoy an elegant dinner with dynamic flavor profiles and colorful presentation. Put the ‘Gram away, this is one dinner you’ll want to stay in the moment for.

OC CHEF’S TABLE www.occhefstable.com @ifhomeless

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CHEF ALEJANDRA PADILLA SHOWS US HER FAVORITE KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

Olive Wood Spoon

Tiny Whisk

“Wooden spoons are gentle, allowing me to lift and turn the food without scraping metal from the pots/pans into the food. There’s nothing magic about the olive wood—I just like the way it looks!”

“In the kitchen, space is a precious commodity.” This tool is easy to handle, and it doesn’t take up much valuable space.

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WRITTEN BY: TYLER MOUNCE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE

As a teenager, Alejandra Padilla was a bit of a troublemaker, which resulted in her being grounded quite frequently. In need of a way to pass the time, she began baking and cooking whatever she could find in the cupboards. But what started as a pastime quickly became a passion for the beauty and art of food. She went on to study at the former Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, beginning her career as a chef. Currently, Chef Padilla serves as the executive chef at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar, which is known for award-winning prime rib and seasonal menus, the finest wine selections and exceptional service. And when in the kitchen of this Lawry’s prime rib concept, these are Chef Padilla’s five must-have tools:

FIVE CROWNS 3801 E Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.760.0331 www.thefivecrowns.com

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Used for plating, this spoon is the perfect measurement for the amount of sauce on a dish. It also has a good weight which makes it easy to handle.

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What started as a pastime quickly became a passion for the beauty and art of food.

Kunz Perforated Spoon Helps with plating items that are in a broth or sauce without getting unwanted liquid on the plate.

Ideal for delicate garnishes and dustings of spices on a plate

Measuring Tool Measures cuts of fruits and vegetables for precision.

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ALEJANDRA PADILLA Executive Chef, Five Crowns Restaurant & Steakhouse

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Chef Padilla serves as the executive chef at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar, which is known for award-winning prime rib and seasonal menus, the finest wine selections and exceptional service.


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THE BAR

Local Mixologists Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

WRITTEN BY: GABY GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAVID ALONZO HERNANDEZ & CARLOS VALLE What happens when Orange County’s most innovative mixologists face off to create dynamic cocktails featuring activated charcoal, lavender and pineapple? Some of the most inspired cocktails and delicious food pairings you’ve ever tasted, that’s what! Whether you like your beverage sweet or smoky, infused or foamed, these crafted cocktails will thrill your palate while lifting your spirits. So, find a seat at the bar, make yourself at home and let these bartending phenoms be your guides.

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A LA PLAYA INGREDIENTS

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • Jensen suggests the Grilled Hawaiian Prawns. “This dish is a perfect fit for the cocktail. The Szechuan peppercorns and the sauce on the prawns give it a kick, so you’d want two or three of these while you’re eating to cool down a bit.”

• Fresh-Squeezed Pineapple Juice • Bruxo No. 1 Mezcal • Kalani Coconut Rum • Madagascar Vanilla Foam • Thai Spice Bitters

DUFFY DINING • “We have our own Cannery Duffy available for rent, and we can load it full of sushi, appetizers, food, wine, booze—anything you need to take out with you.” HUMBLE PRO • Jensen has 13 years under his belt as a mixologist. His philosophy? Equal parts classical reference and bold experimentation—with a splash of persuasion. JELLYFISH LOUNGE AT THE CANNERY 3010 Lafayette Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.566.0060 www.cannerynewport.com

The EXPERT

TREVOR JENSEN Mixologist at Jellyfish Lounge at The Cannery

M O V E I T, B U D ! “Thai spice bitters combined with the sweetness helps to get the flavors on your tongue moving. A little spice on the back note that mixes in with the sweetness of the pineapple and a little bit of the vanilla makes it a good, balanced cocktail.” 88 LOCALE MAGAZINE

SWEET AND SMOKEY “I really like Mezcal but I think a lot of people stay away from it, so when you use an ingredient that’s more familiar—like pineapple— they branch out and try it, and they’ll actually enjoy it.”

BEACH VIBES “We’re on the water, and it’s always sunny around here, so we can drink summer-style cocktails year-round. Coconut rum, Mezcal, pineapple juice—you’re in Newport Beach, what could be better?”


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Photos by: David Alonzo Hernandez

Coastal Whitewash

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT

COASTAL WHITEWASH INGREDIENTS • Pineapple • Vanilla Bean Bourbon • Egg Whites • Low ABV Infused Bourbon (Cinnamon Stick, Orange Peel, Bergamot Tea Bags) • Black Muscat

• Barstad suggests their Burrata Dish. “I picked this dish because of the crossover of sweet and savory in the dish, which is just like the cocktail.” M O D E R N V I N TA G E • “I’ve been a mixologist for 11 years, so I’ve been able to develop different processes. I started out creating intricate cocktails with different ingredients, spirits and liquors. Now, I create cocktails that are quick, easy and visually interesting.” HELLO AND GOODBYE • “I love clove. It invites such richness to any cocktail or any spirit. You can always pair something well with it and I think it’s something people overlook. I would retire mint any day.”

LIDO BOTTLE WORKS 3408 Via Oporto, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.529.2784 www.lidobottleworks.com

The EXPERT

ALISON BARSTAD

Sommelier/Bar and Beverage Manager at Lido Bottle Works

DYNAMIC DUO “When you drink the cocktail, sip per sip, you get two different cocktails. You initially taste something sweet, but when the foam is all gone, you’re going to taste more of the bitter bourbon, to invite your palate.”

SPICING THINGS UP “Rum is what typically goes with pineapple. I picked bourbon because I was able to spice up the bourbon for the winter season—it’s warm in Southern California and I knew it would do well over ice.”

F L AV O R P L AY E R “The tea, backed with a little bit of lavender, is very herbaceous so it goes well with bourbon. The pineapple and vanilla bean go amazing together. The Muscat float comes in after just for color—it adds a little bit of flavor to it, but not enough to take over the bourbon.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 89


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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “We are pairing our Wood-Fired Artichoke with a cocktail that uses an artichoke syrup. Cocktails work like wine—they either compare or contrast. With this cocktail, we prefer to compare.” BARTENDER BUYS • “Every aspiring mixologist should have these ingredients on hand: simple syrup, turbinado syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh produce and good ice.” UNLIKELY PA I R I N G S

PASSION PROJECT INGREDIENTS • Activated Charcoal • Chive-Infused Pisco • Absinthe • Charred Artichoke Syrup • Lemon Juice • Lime Juice • Egg White

• “When designing a cocktail menu, I generally start with an initial flavor I want to achieve, which is inspired by food. The most unusual ingredients I’ve used in a cocktail are roasted corn and bell pepper syrup.”

SOCIAL COSTA MESA 512 W 19th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.642.2425 www.socialcostamesa.com

The EXPERT

GRAYSON HAMILTON

Bar Director at SOCIAL Costa Mesa

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C O M PA R E A N D C O N T R A S T “The activated charcoal offers a nice texture, almost a grittiness, to the cocktail. Egg white offers a thickness and soft texture, and we contrast that softness with the beautiful feel we get from the charcoal.”

F O O D - S P I R AT I O N “We offer a culinary-driven menu. The “Passion Project” can be described as savory and eclectic. Our food is a big inspiration for what we do with our cocktail menu. We can achieve flavors that are very original with this approach.”


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Smoke’n Honey SMOKE’N HONEY INGREDIENTS Photos by: David Alonzo Hernandez

• Organic Activated Charcoal • Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch • Angostura 1824/12 Year Rum • Cherry Heering Liqueur • Fernet Branca Liqueur • Organic Honey • Fresh Lemon Juice

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “Our Blackened Salmon dish has the same flavor profile as Smoke’n Honey, there is so much character in both. You have hints of sweetness, smoke/ char and earthiness throughout both the cocktail and the dish.” C U L T I VA T I N G C R E AT I V I T Y • “When I was younger, I visited a speakeasy that blew my mind. That’s when my skills changed. Sitting at the bar, experiencing firsthand how creative and how ‘off the grid’ you can [be] really changed my perception.” LITTLE BIT OF THIS, LITTLE B I T O F T H AT • “One of my cocktail philosophies is: balance, balance and more balance. A lot of bartenders take ‘the path of least resistance’ and just add a sweetening agent rather than trying to reconfigure the unbalanced cocktail.”

MESA 725 Baker St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.557.6700 www.mesacostamesa.com

The EXPERT

ERIC CARAVIA Mixologist at Mesa

D R A M AT I C APPEARANCES “The activated charcoal gives Smoke’n Honey a dramatic, dark appearance which matches how earthy, warm and smooth the drink is.”

R I S K TA K E R S “Seasonal changes inspire shifts in one’s palate and inspire people to try something different. I wanted to create something that was appropriate for the season, was offbeat and would appeal to many different palates.”

AGED TO PERFECTION “Angostura 1824 Rum is a very rich, smooth rum that is aged for over 12 years in charred American oak bourbon barrels, so the charcoal element is reflected in the spirit used to make the Smoke’n Honey.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 91


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Falling in Lavender

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The caramel sauce in the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Crumble is made with bourbon so that nice molasses flavor complements the cocktail well. When the dessert is met with the sweet honey and the aromatic lavender in the cocktail, it all comes together.” INSIDERS ONLY

HONEYSUCKLE COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS

• “[We are] a local’s spot, so we have cocktails that our regulars know about that aren’t on the menu. A favorite is the Basil Gimlet, made with fresh blue mountain basil from our garden that is similar to Thai basil and has a beautiful aroma.”

• Lavender Honey • Lavender Flower Garnish • Bourbon • Orange Bitters • Angostura Bitters • Orange Garnish

C AV I A R C A N D Y • One of the most interesting ingredients the restaurant uses? “I’m a big fan of lime caviar. They’re these fun citrus beads inside of finger limes that create a citrus explosion. They remind me of Gushers candy.”

VINE RESTAURANT & BAR 211 N El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672 949.361.2079 www.vinesanclemente.com

The EXPERT

GABE ALLEN WHORLEY Beverage Director at VINE Restaurant & Bar

H O N E Y, I ’ M H O M E “We are blessed to have a full garden behind the restaurant, so we have lavender fresh all year round. We make our lavender honey by extracting and thinning out honey from a fresh honeycomb, adding fresh lavender then double-straining out the lavender.” 92 LOCALE MAGAZINE

SMELLS LIKE CHANGE “We wanted to create something seasonal but different. We decided on the bourbon base—something like an old-fashioned— then said ‘Let’s change out normal sugar and replace it with honey,’ which when combined with lavender, gives the cocktail an amazing perfumy feel.”


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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “We paired the Lavender Drop cocktail with the Farmers Market Burrata Salad because it’s a light seasonal salad that pairs well with the crisp acidity of the cocktail.”

Photos by: Carlos Valle

LAVENDER DROP INGREDIENTS • LavenderInfused Bulldog Gin • Lavender Simple Syrup • Crème de Violette Liqueur • Fresh Lemon Juice

EVER-CHANGING MENU • You’ll always find a new cocktail at Craft House. Our cocktail menu is seasonal and created 100 percent by the bar staff every four months.” WILD WHISKEY • “Whiskey Thursday is the night to be at Craft House. 50 percent off the featured whiskey of that week and for $2 more you can have one of us turn it into the best Old Fashioned in town.”

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

The EXPERT

ROBBY COUTTS Bar and General Manager at Craft House

CITRUS CINCH “For the Lavender Drop, I decided to tone down the citrus elements of the traditional Lemon Drop with the floral lavender in order to create just the right amount of citrus that would complement the dish.”

NOT JUST A P R E T T Y FA C E “The Crème de Violette Liqueur has a subtle, sweet, floral flavor that I love to put in cocktails. And, with the light purple color, it provides a very nice visual touch to the drink as well.”

P E R F E C T LY B A L A N C E D “Finding a perfect balance between sweet and tart is always my number one priority. Once I’ve done that, it’s up to me to use different tools to tailor the drink and make it unique. Having the ability to create a cocktail that is exactly as a guest envisions is a very rewarding experience.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 93


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Chim Chimney, Chim Cheree HOUSE OF CHIMNEY CAKES IS SMOKING THE DESSERT COMPETITION

WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS

It was a trip to the US that originally sparked Szandra Szabó’s interest in launching her own business. Szabó, who was born and raised in Szeged, Hungary, realized her passion for Hungarian desserts could truly be appreciated in the US as well. Today, Szabó, along with her business partner, is the founder, head pastry chef and CEO of House of Chimney Cakes, a bakery offering an assortment of the mouth-watering dessert known as a chimney cake. A chimney cake can best be described as a Hungarian sweet bread, consisting of a crisply-baked exterior with a light and doughy, hollowed-out interior. Once the sweet bread is baked and taken out to cool, any remaining heat trapped in the interior escapes from the top of the cake, creating a look similar to a chimney releasing smoke. Though this dessert can be mistaken for a churro or doughnut, it is far from the two due to the many organic, and some vegan, ingredients House of Chimney Cakes utilizes in their recipes. The desserts can either be enjoyed by creating your own from a variety of toppings and soft-serve flavors, or you can choose from the scrumptious signature creations Szabó has meticulously formulated. One signature creation that continues to gain popularity is the Everyday Birthday Cake. “The children inspired us to create this option because they love something cute and it has a birthday candle too,” Szabó says. The Everyday Birthday Cake consists of a traditional chimney cake cone, filled with an ice cream interior and colorful toppings like Fruity Pebbles and rainbow sprinkles. The final (and most exciting!) component of the Everyday Birthday Cake is the mini cupcake topped with a birthday candle that is carefully positioned at the peak of the chimney cake. Once this impressive chimney cake is completed, customers can ask for their candle to be lit—don’t forget to make a wish! Now, after one year of being in business, House of Chimney Cakes is looking forward to what the future has in store, and our guess is it’s going to be pretty sweet!

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“The children inspired us to create this option because they love something cute and it has a birthday candle, too.” —Szandra Szabó

Dessert History • Traditional chimney cakes, better known as Kürtőskalács, can be dated back to the medieval period in Eastern Europe, making this dessert a truly royal treat.

FashionForward Foods • Due to Szabó’s background in modeling, she was inspired to create “The Fashionista,” a chimney cake featuring the iconic Louis Vuitton logo on delectable pieces of milk chocolate.

Happy Anniversary • House of Chimney Cakes is featuring their limited-edition “Anniversary Angel” chimney cake to celebrate their exciting oneyear anniversary!

HOUSE OF CHIMNEY CAKES 173 W Center St Promenade Anaheim, CA 92805 714.603.7859 www.thehouseofchimneycakes.com


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ARIGATO, TOKYO Sisters Jocelyn and Justine of HangryDiary Have Your Tokyo Travel Guide Ready WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HANGRYDIARY

HANGRYDIARY @hangrydiary www.hangrydiary.com

HangryDiary is a food diary my sister (Justine) and I (Jocelyn) founded when we graduated from UCLA and USC. We loved exploring new restaurants, and that was our inspiration for becoming food bloggers. If you want to run into us, you can try seeking us out at the hottest restaurants in town. We’ll be the two holding cameras and taking an obscene amount of time getting that perfect shot of the dishes! We’re showing you our favorite spots for a day in Tokyo—a lot of food at hard-to-reserve restaurants, a trendy place to stay and places to explore included. Get your passport ready—we’re off to Japan. LOCALE MAGAZINE 97


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place to get your skewered chicken fix. Yakitori Omino is headed by Chef Masayoshi Komino, who trained for six years in Meguro's Michelin one star restaurant Torishiki, and uses the highest quality date chicken with the finest flavor. If you choose to go with omakase, you can experience a variety of chicken parts such as thigh, liver, gizzard, heart, tail and more! If you’re still hungry, you can also order their oyako-don! It is a risotto with date chicken and kodawari shirotamako, or white egg. P R I C E: ¥ ¥ ¥ YA K I T OR I O M INO www.tabelog.com/en/tokyo

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9 a.m. B R EA K FA S T 朝 御 飯 Ú We always call Japan a

pancake wonderland. Our recent favorite is the big, fluffy pancake that you should eat like a cake. Ginza West Aoyama Garden has a rich history of over four decades. The perfectlyshaped, pillowy pancake is so fluffy! We went an hour early before the cafe opened and chose to sit on the patio, enjoying the perfect weather while taking huge bites. P R I C E: ¥ ¥ T OK YO T I P : Visit the store at least 30 minutes before it opens! G I N Z A W ES T A OYA M A G A R D EN

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Michelin Star-Rated Restaurants

If It's Good Enough For The Pros, It's Good Enough For Us

TWO M ICHE L IN S TA RS Ú Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa puts

a magical twist on the dining experience to make it playful and kawaii, yet is still rooted in the classic kaiseki cuisine. His signature garDen salad is made with emoji carrots and 20 vegetables harvested daily from the garden, and at the end of the meal, Chef and his dog Puchi will bid you farewell. P RICE : ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ DEN

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TWO M ICHE L IN S TA RS Ú Chef Noboru Arai creates

a fusion between French and Japanese cuisine. He is wellknown for using ingredients from around the world and employing classic French cooking techniques. We could tell that all the dishes were prepared with a lot of effort and incredible skills. The meal was extremely impressive. P RICE : ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ HO M M A GE

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O NE M ICHE L IN S TA R Ú We’re not huge fans of eel,

but after trying the unagi (aka eel) at Obana, our feelings toward eel have changed. The unagi has one Michelin Star and is charcoal grilled to perfection and seasoned with sweet, caramelized sauce. P RICE : ¥ ¥ ¥ O BA NA YAKITORI OMINO

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5 p.m. D I N N ER 晩御飯 Ú Mikawa-Zezankyo is one of

the top traditional tempura places in Tokyo. Master Tetsuya Saotome (aka God of Tempura) has been making tempura for over 50 years. He told us: “Tempura is my practice of aesthetics as a creature.” Chef Saotome varies the coating and frying methods. One of the highlights of our meal was anago (sea eel). When serving the anago, Chef Saotome used a long, metal utensil to slice the eel into two. It was truly amazing! P R I C E: ¥ ¥¥ ¥ ¥

“You can expect to find yourself standing beneath waterfalls, wandering through a forest of flowers, followed by waves in five unique areas.”

3 p.m. ENJOY A MUS E UM 博 物 館 Ú teamLab Borderless is a

group of artwork that forms one borderless world. You can expect to find yourself standing beneath waterfalls, wandering through a forest of flowers, followed by waves in five unique areas. Be amazed as you explore this new world created by 520 computers and 470 projectors. PRICE: ¥¥ TOKYO TIP: You have to see this! Our favorite is the everchanging room with scattered petals that grow, bloom, wither and die in an endless cycle. MORI BU ILD I N G DIGITAL ART M US E UM : TEAMLAB BORDE RLE S S

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T OK YO T IP : The handwritten menu is beautifully complemented with his drawings. The meal is completed with special calligraphy drawn and signed by Chef himself. MORI BUILDING DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: TEAMLAB BORDERLESS

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9 p.m. TIM E TO TU RN IN ホテル Ú Look no further than

The Celestine Hotel Ginza. The hotel faces the worldrenowned main shopping street of Ginza and is steps away from high-quality restaurants with easy access to the train station. We were welcomed by the friendly team who went above and beyond to provide clear directions to all sightseeing spots and even ordered admission tickets for us! P RICE : ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ TO K Y O TIP : In the superior twin room, they provide not only regular amenities but also extra amenity kits from Bvlgari and Shiseido! THE CE L E S TINE HO TE L GINZA

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8 p.m. D ES S ERT デ ザ ー ト Ú Do you recognize this fruit

tart? You may have seen it all over IG! It is a Frenchinspired Japanese pastry served at Été, which is located in a residential area near Yoyogi Park. It is the most exclusive, seasonal fruit tart from artist and chef Natsuko Shoji! Every bite is juicy, sweet and memorable. Packaged in a jewelry box, the fruit tart is skillfully crafted in three layers, with a buttery, sable cookie crust, topped with special custard, edible “roses,” mango from Miyazaki, or other seasonal fruits with gold flakes or a sugar butterfly. P R I C E: ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ÉTÉ

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“The hotel faces the worldrenowned main shopping street of Ginza and is steps away from high-quality restaurants with easy access to the train station.”

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With an elevated menu of delicious dishes, unique cocktails and a cozy atmosphere, El Mercado has brought the attention back to Downtown Santa Ana.

EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE 301 N Spurgeon St Santa Ana, CA 92701 714.338.2446 www.mercadomodern.com

NATI VE KNOWL EDGE

• The hanging photo of actress Angelines Fernández? Not actually her! The team wanted a photo of the “El Chavo De Ocho” actress and enlarged a photo published in a Peruvian newspaper only to find out it wasn’t her.

YOU’ VE GOT TO TRY THI S!

TAKE A LOOK AND GET A TASTE OF EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE WRITTEN BY: NICOLE HAKIM

Since it’s opening in 2016, El Mercado Modern Cuisine has taken the Orange County foodie scene by storm. With an elevated menu of delicious dishes, unique cocktails and a cozy atmosphere, El Mercado has brought the attention back to Downtown

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Santa Ana. The restaurant, which serves up modern cuisine, gives off a contemporary feel that also embraces a traditional touch. General Manager Jose Cerrudo and his business partner Fernando Franco said the concept was to “go back to the basics like in the [old] days [and] do a lot of things from scratch,” resulting in the use of real wood for many items. As for the black tables and chairs

throughout the restaurant, they brought in an architect to bring their vision to life. “We wanted little imperfections like back in the day,” said Franco, embracing the subtle discoloration of the tables and chairs. And for a touch of color? As a man with his own vision, Franco explained how the marble-textured, purple walls of El Mercado came from his own idea to choose a color that wasn’t a part of the original

palette. “There were only sepia, black, white and silver. Purple is for more eccentric people who know what they want. They don’t really mind what the other people think about them.” Made with a tossed, marble plaster, the color comes from a mixture of others to bring an apparent sheen during the day and an even more pronounced shine at night from the reflection of the dim, inviting dining lights—

which happen to be influenced by Franco’s grandmother’s living room. “[She] used to only have one light in the living room,” Franco shared. Every element of El Mercado is intentional and through both major and minor details, Cerrudo and Franco continue El Mercado’s homage to those lost days through decor, intentional imperfectness and life-changing cuisine.

Photographey Provided By: Christian Sosa of Sosa Studios and El Mercado Modern Cuisine

Dine in Style

• You can’t go wrong with the Smoked Octopus, presented on a dome that, when opened, will smell of cinnamon as smoke rises from the octopus. The Tlayuda gives customers a rich dish made from bean puree, Oaxacan cheese, avocado puree and Jocoque. For a drink, try the Peace+Love cocktail made with mezcal, honey, tamarind, lemon and smoked thyme. Cheers to that!


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LISA AND MICHELLE’S FAVORITE THINGS Get Ready to Hit the Gym in Style

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THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID Is This California’s Coolest Street?

Stephanie Arant Shows Us Why Costa Mesa’s 17th St. Has It All

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID Follow Stephanie Arant of Unconscious Style for Her 17th Street Must-Dos!

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FEATURE Pack Your Bags, You’re On Your Way To a Fun Weekend

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PROFILE Find Out Why This Female Surf Company Is Making Waves

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PARTY PLANNING These Local Businesses Can Put the Special Touch on Your Next Event

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FEATURE Here’s Why Your Next Shopping Spree Is at Desert Hills Premium Outlets®

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GOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY President and CEO Nicole Suydam Is Continuing the Organization’s Positive Mission

R’APÔR SALON 1780 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.287.6819 www.raporsalon.com PHOTO BY: Dorian Drislane

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BRAZIL PANTS RIO WAVE IN YELLOW u “Brazil Pants textured leggings are a must! I gravitate toward Black Amazon, while my sister likes Rio Wave in yellow…they are quick dry [and] perfect for the sweat sesh.”—Lisa Kulovitz Joca www.brazilpants.com

u Michelle Kulovitz Alencar & Lisa Kulovitz Joca Co-Founder's of Brazil Pants

SIMPLE|MODERN SUMMIT WATER BOTTLE 32 OZ u “A stainless steel water bottle is a must. I’m really digging the brand Simple Modern... it keeps my water super cold throughout my tough workouts. Bonus—it comes with a regular and flip lid!”—Lisa Kulovitz Joca

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE. PRÊT-À-POWDER u “I’m obsessed with the Bumble and bumble. Prêt-à-powder dry shampoo. It creates volume, texture and makes my hair glow…it’s the only product that absorbs the sweat and makes my hair look great!”—Michelle Kulovitz Alencar bumbleandbumble.com

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INHEALTH COACH DEVICE u “Attaining my health goals is important to me… I just pick up my phone and video chat with my inHealth Coach— even when I’m on the treadmill.”— Lisa Kulovitz Joca inhealthonline.com

METAGENICS ULTRAENERGY COOKIE DOUGH BARS u “I never leave for the gym without my preworkout snack. I am in love with the Metagenics UltraEnergy Cookie Dough bars.”—Michelle Kulovitz Alencar metagenics.com

BRAZIL PANTS www.brazilpants.com @brazilpants

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THE FOUNDERS OF BRAZIL PANTS ACTIVEWEAR SHARE THEIR HEALTH AND FITNESS MUST HAVES WRITTEN BY: NOELLE ROYS

Lisa Kulovitz Joca and Michelle Kulovitz Alencar are the fitnesssavvy sisters behind the innovative activewear brand Brazil Pants. As avid gym-goers, Joca and Alencar rely on these fitness and health must-haves to sweat their way through workouts—colorful Brazil Pants leggings included!

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BRAZIL PANTS HEART SQUATS HAT u “Still love the versatility of a trucker hat. When I’m out running it’s important to me to have a breathable, lightweight hat to block out the sun.”—Michelle Kulovitz Alencar www.brazilpants.com

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Is This California’s Coolest Street?

WRITTEN BY: STEPHANIE ARANT PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DORIAN DRISLANE

Stephanie Arant Shows Us Why Costa Mesa’s 17th St. Has It All

HAIR BY: LORI OLIVIA PURCELL

STEPHANIE ARANT www.unconsciousstyle.com @shhtephs

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I’m Stephanie Arant, a clothes collector and style aficionado based out of Orange County who runs the blog Unconscious Style. My style sense comes to me “unconsciously” (get it?) every morning and I can easily transition from feeling like dressing girly, edgy or menswear-inspired. My passion for writing, photography and, of course, clothing has guided my path to where I am now. I had the pleasure of exploring around some local neighborhood spots on 17th Street in Costa Mesa including some eateries, salons and even a few workouts.

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8 a.m. Kit Coffee Ú One of my favorite

spots to hit on the weekends when I’m pressed for time is Kit Coffee. Their selection of savory and filling breakfast foods and hot lattes make for an awesome start to your day. Coffee shop culture has exploded in this area and it’s become one of my favorite pastimes to find and try any new ones that pop up! 1617 Westcliff Dr, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92660 www.kit.coffee

11 a.m. Haute Cakes Caffe 9 a.m. Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy. Ú A community-based academy, Art of Jiu Jitsu was created by the collaboration between

multiple-time world champion Mendes Bros and RVCA founder PM Tenore. Their location is a beautiful and bright space and their classes provide training for all ages and experience levels. 411 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.645.1679 www.artofjiujitsu.com

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beautiful breakfast plan on the mind, you should head on over to Haute Cakes Caffe. The pastries, coffees, pancakes and avocado toast can turn anyone into a breakfast connoisseur. The owner and his family help run the establishment and make it a point to be in every part of the business. It’s so great to see such an amazing family dynamic that so seamlessly transitions into the food and pastries they create. 1807 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.642.4114 | www.hautecakes.cafe

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12 p.m. Pure Barre Ú I’ve never fully felt empowered working out nor have I found a

routine that really fits my personal goals. After stepping into Pure Barre, however, I definitely felt this is the kind of workout you can actually enjoy that provides results without feeling like you are “working out.” The workout consists of utilizing ballet barres and some traditional dance positions and adjusting them to give you a powerful workout. By the end of our session, my legs were basically jelly, but I also left feeling more invigorated than exhausted. 234 E 17th St, Ste 116 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.230.9131 www.purebarre.com

Ready To Shop? Pure Barre has their own line of activewear that you can purchase online. From branded tanks to tights, you can go to get your workout in and look cute, too!

One of the best parts about getting a blowout for me has to be getting my hair washed—there’s just something about a little head massage that makes for a great day.

1 p.m. R’apôr Salon Ú Next Stop, R’apôr Salon. On top of

the perfectly-curated interior, I had the most incredible time getting my hair done by Lori. She knew exactly how to style my short, soft and fine hair into the perfect subtle beach waves. California has such a laid-back look and I definitely incorporate that into my daily wear. One of the best parts about getting a blowout for me has to be getting my hair washed—there’s just something about a little head massage that makes for a great day. 1780 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.287.6819 www.raporsalon.com

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Native Knowledge Sidecar Donuts is the place to be on Sundays and all of OC knows it! Be ready to stand in a line that wraps outside of the shop's doors. If you want to skip the line, get there when it opens!

Ú The newest addition to Costa Mesa, Cava brings fresh, Mediterraneanstyle dishes that fit into our fastpaced lifestyles. Cava makes it incredibly easy to eat fresh and healthy whilst on the go.

Gratitude Kitchen & Bar has been one of my favorite new inclusions to Newport Beach since its inception a few years ago.

350 E 17th St, Ste 3 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.200.7637 www.order.cava.com

5 p.m. Gratitude Kitchen & Bar Ú Gratitude Kitchen & Bar has been one of my favorite new inclusions to

Newport Beach since its inception a few years ago. On top of having the perfect interior design elements, the food and drinks are phenomenal. I particularly love their salads and bowls that are packed with tons of flavor and healthy elements. Their cocktails and cold-pressed drinks are super refreshing at any time of the day and any day of the year. Plus, including more vegan options that are trendy and cute doesn’t hurt the community! 1617 Westcliff Dr, Ste 112, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.386.8100 | www.cafegratitude.com 114 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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WRITTEN BY: KAITLYNN LABIT PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAVID ALONZO HERNANDEZ STYLED BY: DEVON RIESENBERG & FELA BARNETT

THERE ARE A FEW NECESSITIES YOU NEED WHILE TRAVELING—a toothbrush, a change of clothes, your phone charger—but what does any of that matter if you show up to your weekend getaway empty-handed? Let's be real, no one wants to be that guy (or girl). If you’re the one who shows up expecting to live off of others’ libations, flip the pages and take our advice to bring these drinks on your next adventure. We have your weekend bag packed—drinks included. Whether it’s a Saturday with the bros, an R&R weekend for you and your girl squad, a birthday celebration or a romantic time for two, you’re about to go from “that guy” to “that guy!”

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SIX PACK OR SIX BAGS, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED ON YOUR NEXT WEEKEND TRIP

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Do Not Disturb VA C AY W I T H B A E

Straw Hat Van De Vort Red Rockbird Sunglasses Saint Owen

TAN LINES? Don't fear a shorts tan. Bring your favorite pair of denim shorts that you slide on while sitting at the poolside bar and take off when you're ready to take a break from the sun and swim.

Striped Bathing Suit Van De Vort

Tassel Earrings Pigment Coconut Body Oil Van De Vort

Denim Shorts Van De Vort

Corona Extra Canteen Woven Handbag Gold Diggers

BUT MAKE IT FASHION Pack your best straw hat so you can look good while you lounge and achieve the golden glow and ditch the sunburn.

Slides Van De Vort Couples Journal Pigment

Turkish Towel sparkle + toast {EVENTS} Tropical Paradise Chocolate Bar Pigment

Pom Pom Garland sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Sunscreen Coola

“Unicorn Snot” Sparkly Sunscreen Pigment

Boardshorts Faherty Corona Extra www.coronausa.com /// Gold Diggers @Gold_diggers Saint Owen www.saint-owen.myshopify.com /// Coola www.coolasuncare.com Pigment www.shoppigment.com /// Faherty www.fahertybrand.com sparkle + toast {EVENTS} www.sparkleandtoast.com Shop Van De Vort www.shopvandevort.com

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Crew Socks Graffiti Beach

NO WIFI, NO PROBLEM Be prepared and go old school with a cocktail recipe book in case cell service is spotty.

Cocktail “Road Trip” Book Graffiti Beach

Tacos Hat Pigment

Dry Shampoo Powder Graffiti Beach

Let’s Hear It for the Boys

Hangover Patch Pigment

YOU IN, BRO?

MAD ABOUT PLAID A flannel is a nofuss, lightweight solution when you're transitioning from warm days to cold nights.

Sailor Jerry Rum

Mini Incense Kit Graffiti Beach Spiced Citrus Beard Softener Graffiti Beach Mini Craft Cocktail Set Pigment

Mexican Wrestler Bottle Opener Hi Sweetheart Boutique

Flannel Shirt Faherty

Road Trip Tee Graffiti Beach Sailor Jerry Rum www.sailorjerry.com /// Graffiti Beach www.shopgraffitibeach.com Pigment www.shoppigment.com /// Faherty www.fahertybrand.com Hi Sweetheart Boutique www.hi-sweets.com

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It’s My Party G O S H AW T Y, I T ’ S Y O U R B I R T H D AY

JUST BEAD IT Don’t head to a party without the right bag in tow! Store your gloss, phone and cards in a chic, little, eyecatching clutch!

LIGHT MY FIRE Ditch the monogrammed candies and opt for something with a little spark. Design custom matches to let your party guests know they’re one-of-a-kind.

Birthday Crown Where’s The Party?

Pom Pom Garland sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Lucite Block Heels Van De Vort

Beaded Clutch Van De Vort Custom Birthday Matches Graffiti Beach

Party Poppers Where's The Party?

Chunky Bracelet Van De Vort

Lillet

Cocktail Guide Book Graffiti Beach

Birthday Cards Pigment Disco Ball Tumbler Where’s The Party?

Marble Candles and Palm Napkins Geese & Ganders

Mini Piñata Where’s The Party? Stemless Flute Glass Pigment Lillet www.lillet.com /// sparkle + toast {EVENTS} www.sparkleandtoast.com Van De Vort www.shopvandevort.com /// Pigment www.shoppigment.com /// Where’s The Party? www.wheresthepartyoc.com Graffiti Beach www.shopgraffitibeach.com /// Geese & Ganders www.geeseandganders.com

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Weekend Vibes Duffle Pigment

Let’s Go, Girls CAN I BORROW YOUR SUNGLASSES?

Rose-QuartzInfused Bath Salts Pigment

Yellow Acrylic Handbag Pigment

Cat Eye Sunglasses Van De Vort

SHINE AND SHIMMER No need to wait for that golden glow— stay glowing all weekend long with this Illuminating Body Oil!

Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil Pigment

Gold Cross Earrings Van De Vort

Green Juice Gummies Pigment

Loose Leaf Tea Jar with Sugar Cubes Van De Vort

Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Cactus Tumbler sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Bandeau Bikini Van De Vort Trinket Dish Van De Vort

Water Bottle Pigment H2-WOAH In between those mouthwatering meals, stay hydrated by keeping this cute water bottle close by…your skin says thank you in advance!

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Pigment www.shoppigment.com Van De Vort www.shopvandevort.com Truly Spiked & Sparkling www.trulyspikedsparkling.com sparkle + toast {EVENTS} www.sparkleandtoast.com


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SUN, SURF

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AMANDA CHINCHELLI COMBINES FASHION AND FUNCTION FOR WOMEN

WRITTEN BY: AMEIHIA TURINGAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DORIAN DRISLANE • PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: SEEA

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“YOU CAN’T JUST PRODUCE BEAUTIFUL THINGS. YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE OF WHERE THESE BEAUTIFUL THINGS GO A N D H O W T H E Y G E T M A D E .” —AMANDA CHINCHELLI

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Design With Purpose

• Chinchelli’s advice to new fashion designers? “Have a purpose in what [you] create. [Don’t] just keep fashion and beauty in mind, but have a bigger meaning and picture.”

Homebreak

• Chinchelli notes the best beach to surf is San Onofre. Her favorite parts about surfing are the ability to free your mind as well as being connected to the world and the ocean.

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Going to the beach is a great way to relax but finding a swimsuit that fits well, looks good and showcases your personal style can be challenging and stressful. It can be even tougher for female surfers who also consider the functionality and performance of a garment before heading to the beach. Longboard surfer, founder and fashion designer Amanda Chinchelli decided to tackle this challenge and create a brand that was both functional and fashionable for female surfers. Thus, Seea was born.

• Chinchelli’s favorite design is the best-selling Hermosa swimsuit. The sweetheart neckline and colors represent so much of the brand’s connection to surf, style and sun protection.

“I created Seea for myself in the beginning,” says Chinchelli. “I was very frustrated with what was out there as far as technical, performance-driven swimwear that looked good [and] was more on the fashion side. As a woman surfer, I saw a lot of other companies out there had male designer[s] or were maleoriented companies that were trying to reach out in that business.” Chinchelli emphasizes fashion, form and functionality with her designs. She founded Seea in 2011 and develops performance-driven and sun-protecting swimwear for women and children in cool, colorful designs and patterns. Inspired by femininity and the graceful dance of surfing, Chinchelli wanted to create products that focused on surf function but did not compromise

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Even though Chinchelli had never designed for women besides herself before, she used her design experience and product development knowledge to transition to swimwear.


“I WAS VERY F R U S T R AT E D W I T H W H AT W A S O U T T H E R E A S FA R A S T E C H N I C A L , PERFORMANCE-DRIVEN S W I M W E A R T H AT LOOKED GOOD [AND] WAS MORE ON THE FA S H I O N S I D E .” —AMANDA CHINCHELLI

style. Her products are feminine, comfortable and fun. The retro-modern shapes of the swimsuits fit Chinchelli’s taste more than logo-emblazoned swimsuits commonly found on the market. “Because I’m a longboarder, I’m really attracted to the retro vibe and vintage feel,” says Chinchelli. Before moving into swimwear for women, Chinchelli worked in menswear and action sports. She got her start in the apparel industry working in Italy. She then moved to San Francisco with her husband where she worked as a product developer and designer for a skateboard company, while on the side she freelanced and created accessories. After a move to San Clemente, Chinchelli noticed the hub of swimwear factories, manufacturers and suppliers in the area and felt the wheels start turning. She knew it was the right time and place to start her own business. Even though Chinchelli had never designed for women besides herself before, she used her design experience and product development knowledge to transition to swimwear. Since swim is so technical, she taught herself the language and techniques to construct and produce garments that fit properly for a variety of movements and purposes. Along with style and fit, Seea focuses on sustainability. As a smaller company that produces domestically, Chinchelli sees the designs move from sketches to tangible products. Since the design studio is next to the factories and warehouses, she is extremely conscious of all the effects that growing her business, increasing production and utilizing more fabric have on the planet. “To me, it’s kind of impossible not to consider the impact that manufacturing and fashion has on the environment. It’s one of the most polluting industries that we have,” says Chinchelli. “You can’t just

produce beautiful things. You have to be aware of where these beautiful things go and how they get made.” Seea uses recycled fabrics and local factories to reduce its carbon footprint, ocean pollution and landfill usage. Chinchelli has used fabrics such as recycled polyester made from plastic bottles, recycled nylon from Italy and upcycled cotton that makes towels. She started expanding the company’s use of Yulex, a natural rubber, to replace neoprene for warmer suits. She’s also looking toward upcycling constructed garments so they can be reused for other purposes instead of ending in landfills. “That’s the most important way we want to go. To minimize waste and how we produce it,” remarks Chinchelli. When creating a new collection, Chinchelli draws inspiration from memories, places and textiles. The Seea Spring and Summer 2019 collection was inspired by Brazilian rainforests, islands, rhythms and nostalgia. Chinchelli grew up on the island of Ilhabela, Brazil, where she developed her love and connection to the ocean. Visiting the island again for her mother’s 70th birthday inspired her to create the new line which debuts in the spring. While each season brings new inspiration for a collection, Chinchelli maintains the signature colors that her customers love and listens to feedback from her team and customers. She describes the process as a collaborative effort and asks the women on her team to test the fit of the garments. “It’s really great to see the fit in different body types and I think that’s really important,” says Chinchelli. “That makes me really happy to hear that we can cover a lot of different body types and we are not just catering [to] slim, beautiful, perfect, young women [who] can wear small bikinis.”


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In Kat’s Words: Be Kind. Always. • Thanks to Sugar Bouffant, cotton candy is not just for carnivals. Created by Kat Kontis, the cotton candy cart is serving the sweet treat in fun ways. Guests can go traditional with classic cones or choose the Sugar Champs, champagne glasses topped with mini cotton candy clouds. “My favorite part is, and will always be, serving happy people,” said Kontis. SUGAR BOUFFANT @sugarbouffant

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In the age of Instagram, aesthetics play a major role in creating a striking ambiance for the perfect party. From the decor to catering, a host must create an ambiance to both impress and entertain. Orange County is riddled with creative local businesses that specialize in bringing the extra sparkle to curate a flawless celebration. Team up with these local party-gurus to throw the event of your dreams.

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Festive Decorations In Candy’s Words: Community. Service. Celebrations! • Where’s The Party takes away the hassle of party planning by providing a one-stop shop for decoration must-haves. Led by Candy Hirte, Where’s The Party offers cute banners, decor pieces and more. “[I love] working with the customers and building lifelong friendships,” said Hirte. Those tiny details you forgot about? They’ve got them stocked in fun colors perfect for your bash. WHERE’S THE PARTY www.wheresthepartyoc.com

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Crafty Calligraphy In Lauren’s Words: All Things Beautiful. • What began as a side hobby has now blossomed into a full-time profession for Lauren Saylor. Her company, A Fabulous Fete, supplies its

consumers with gorgeous, fluid calligraphy for wedding invitations, digital lettering and more. Saylor says the best part is “working with clients to create suites that speak to their lives and reflect their love story.”

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ROOTED & WILD rootedandwildco.com

Photography Provided By: Sugar Bouffant, Rooted & Wild & A Fabulous Fete

Tip #2: Trusty Sidekick Consider taking on a co-host to help ease some of the stress and help problem-solve if things run off course.

In Mackenzie’s Words: Wild. Bold. Heartfelt. • What’s a party without a touch of floral? Rooted & Wild owner, Mackenzie Myers, creates stunning floral and botanical arrangements for all sorts of events. “I love working with clients who are open to new ideas and thinking outside of the box,” said Myers. With everything from floral crowns to floral chandeliers, Rooted & Wild inspires you to go beyond typical floral decorations to create something truly wild.


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Got a sweet tooth for shopping? You’re in luck. Give in to your cravings at Desert Hills Premium Outlets®, where you’ll find the largest selection of luxury outlet stores in California. With over 180 stores to choose from, the diverse offerings are more than enough to satisfy your shopping fix. By the time you take the complimentary shuttle back to your car, it’s nearly guaranteed you’ll be walking away with at least one bag on each arm. There’s no greater sweetness than a satisfying steal—especially in high-end fashion, don’t you agree? The options at Desert Hills Premium Outlets® are praised by trendsetters and influencers across every industry as the place to shop until you drop.

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“I had no idea the quality of the stores was so high-end. Easily the most exciting outlets I’ve ever been to.”

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“We were just looking at the map, and I was like, I don’t even know where to start. It’s huge!” Olivia Pickren Model and Singer @livmae

“AllSaints and rag & bone are my go-tos. I also like loading up on my Nike workout clothes, because you can’t get enough of that.” Matthew Coleman Lifestyle Blogger @matthewonpoint

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philosophy on clothing? Be sure to stop by Theory for the best classically cool pieces that not only look sharp, but also feel smart. After 20 years as a leader in retail, Theory has made a lasting statement in men’s and women’s wardrobes everywhere.

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“I like shopping here because they have better stores in general. I really like this outlet. They have really nice places to eat. The stores carry newer things than the other outlets—they’re better quality items.” Claudia Alvarado /// Lifestyle Blogger /// @extrahaute

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in Italian footwear, Sergio Rossi, for impeccable designs that challenge everything you’ve ever known about fashion. Go for glam with a pair of glittery pumps, or keep it classic with some sleek mules.

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“My favorite item from my shopping day was an amazing bag in white color that I bought at the Saint Laurent store. It is the classical "College" model in medium size that I was craving for! You'll see it soon on my blog and Instagram!” Monica Sors Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger @monicasors

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“My favorite item I got was… my new Paige black denim skinny high waisted jeans! Super soft. Super cozy!” Erica Hosseini Pro Surfer and Model @ericahosseini

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“I love that they have a lot of high-end stores. My blog focuses on high-end men’s fashion, and for a lot of people, high-end men’s fashion is not that accessible. So, it’s very nice that people can get a taste of high-end and luxury at a discounted price.” George LaBoda /// Men’s Lifestyle Blogger /// @atlasandmason

All Hail All Saints

“My favorite item would have to be my denim I bought from AllSaints! I got an amazing deal and I love their stuff.” Olivia Pickren Model and Singer @livmae

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“My favorite pieces I purchased are my White Balenciaga Ceinture Boots and my Balenciaga Classic Mini Wallet.” Nicole Hanriot Designer and Founder of Beach Riot @nhanriot

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“My favorite piece I purchased is white huarache sneakers from Nike.” Yumi Nootenboom Plus Size Model and Artist @thenameisyumi

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Paige Ú Turning heads has never been so easy. Try on a pair of denim

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“My favorite piece is my mini Kate Spade backpack! I just got a kitten and named her Cherry, so I couldn’t believe when I found the backpack, because it has a sparkly cherry patch and one that says “Meow.’” Hannah Morgan Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger @hannahmorgan

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Treasure Map GOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SHOP TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CARLOS VALLE

Did you know that for every dollar spent at Goodwill, 92 cents goes directly to programs and services that assist individuals with disabilities or individuals unable to be independent? Goodwill of Orange County’s first storefront opened on historic Fourth Street in Santa Ana and now, after 95 years of helping individuals, the organization has become a leading community service provider, changing the way Orange County helps its community.

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PERSONAL TOUCH • “It is important to be ethical when shopping, and to reuse things,” says Suydam. Look out for unique picture frames that can be added as wall decor at home or can be personalized and given as a thoughtful present.

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Nicole Suydam President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County

“We try to level the playing field so that people with barriers can be helped with resumes, are able to practice for an interview or are prepared to talk to an employer.” —Nicole Suydam

Today, Nicole Suydam serves as the President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, providing the passionate organization with superb guidance and, more importantly, demonstrating to the community what pure dedication and a desire for change truly looks like. “My main goal in these early stages of my position is to reconnect to the mission and to further understand Goodwill’s culture as an organization,” says Suydam.

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The Vanguard graduate is looking forward to what the future has in store for the organization, discussing the various programs and services Goodwill offers to individuals living in the Orange County community. One Goodwill program that is undoubtedly blazing the way for individuals living with disabilities is known as Employment WORKS, a program linking participants with employment specialists and peer mentors to help build confidence and encourage success when entering the workforce. Suydam states, “We try to level the playing field so that people with barriers can be helped with

GOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY 410 N Fairview St Santa Ana, CA 92703 714.547.6308 www.ocgoodwill.org

resumes, are able to practice for an interview or are prepared to talk to an employer.” Goodwill of Orange County even assists those interested in accomplishing personal fitness goals thanks to the organization’s Rodger A. Severson Fitness and Technology Center. The center was designed and currently operates with the ultimate goal of providing people living with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses with an inviting, motivational space where they can achieve personal goals. When it comes to shopping at Goodwill, the organization continues to strive for an exciting and unique shopping experience for customers, even opening their own set of stores known as OC Goodwill Boutiques. These boutiques offer an abundant selection of curated, brand-name items looking for a second home. When you purchase items at any Goodwill location, you are not simply just shopping, you are supporting an organization that, since 1924, has helped countless individuals regain confidence within themselves and their community.


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24 HOURS AT THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY Here’s Why You’ll Want to Spend the Day at The District at Tustin Legacy

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PROFILE It’s a New Year, New You With AntiFragility Health Clinic

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Tustin Time HOW TO PLAY, EAT AND SHOP YOUR WAY THROUGH THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY WRITTEN BY: AZI SAFAVI

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Get Your Sweat On Ú Start off sweating at Orange County’s hottest indoor cycling. UnionRYDE offers high intensity and a fullbody spin workout with infrared light therapy. This class torches on average 1,000 calories in a single hour-long session.

Fuel Up Ú Get your morning fuel at Berry Brand and create your own tasty (and healthy!) acai bowl, choosing from a range of superfoods that are topped off with an assortment of fresh, all-natural foods.

UNIONRYDE www.unionryde.com

BERRY BRAND www.loveberrybrand.com

Eat, drink and play at The District in Tustin! Discover select eateries, handcrafted specialty cocktails and endless entertainment by yourself or along with family and friends. Engage in numerous and diverse activities ranging from indoor cycling to bowling at Bowlmor Lanes.

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also offer elevated bites and snacks as well as premium crafted cocktails and other alcoholic beverages at their MacGuffins Bar.

5 p.m. Afternoon Delight Ú For a well-earned afternoon delight, indulge in a gourmet cinnamon roll at Cinnaholic. They are not your average cinnamon rolls— Cinnaholic is 100 percent vegan, dairy, egg, cholesterol and lactose-free! They serve up decadent cinnamon rolls with a staggering variety of different toppings, all made with the highestquality ingredients.

AMC TUSTIN 14 www.amctheatres.com

4 p.m. Stop ‘N’ Sip Ú Stop at Bar Louie for perfect post-work handcrafted libations, local and regional drafts, incredible wines and a huge selection of bites. Try the S’mores Martini or the housedesigned Me and Julio Margarita! The modern and relaxed vibe makes it a great place for meeting up with friends.

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Roll Like a VIB Ú Take your bowling experience to another level at the highly-modernized

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Bowlmor Lanes. With upscale lanes, a full-sized sports bar, luxurious lounge seating, dynamic video walls and super-classy laneside service, this bowling alley lets you roll like a VIB (Very Important Bowler). BOWLMOR LANES www.bowlmor.com/ location/bowlmororange-county

9 p.m. Cocktail Hour Ú Toast to a productive day with a craft cocktail, refreshing draft beers or glass of wine at Central Bar. Specializing in artisanal cocktails, these drinks combine small batch spirits and handcrafted ingredients to create unique and seasonal flavors. CENTRAL BAR www.centralbaroc.com

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Swish, Swish, Dip Ú Enjoy authentic and traditional, Japanesestyle shabu shabu dining at Joon Shabu Shabu. They offer a variety of the finest meats, seafood and vegetarian options that go perfectly with Joon’s homemade sauces, like the Tokyo Hot Sauce, as well as their small batch dipping sauces.


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The Power of Protein • “Many people leave out protein in their breakfast, and that is a huge mistake. Not only does it feed your muscle and maintain your blood sugar level, but it helps you from getting hungry, or should I say, hangry, throughout the day.”

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• “Eat 10 to 15 grams of protein every 2 to 3 hours. This will help combat unhealthy cravings. But, one bad meal isn’t going to get you [negative] results just as one good meal isn’t going to get you abs.”

• “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. If you don’t set up for the week, you aren’t setting yourself up for success. Designate a specific day and time to prep consistently every week.”

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• “When I have a new client, it is important to keep meal-prepping really simple at first. It’s all about balance. Make sure each meal has protein, good carbs and healthy fats.”

Morning Routine • Every morning, she has a smoothie packed with all the important components of a meal prep: protein, carbs and fats. It has been her breakfast for the past five years.

FITNESS AND HEALTH PRO REBECCA LOUISE MAKES MEAL PREPPING EASY

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Sunday Funday • For Louise, mealprep day is Sunday. With no emails coming in, it is a way for her to unwind and look forward to the week to come.

Rebecca Louise is a health pro, to say the least. From being a personal trainer to working with a huge nutrition company, she knows from years of experience that being fit is multi-faceted. It takes proper exercise and diet to maintain an active lifestyle. After struggling with body image as a teenager, she was inspired to promote the importance of health onto others. This past October, Louise launched her app, BURN, which is a 30day Get Fit program. It contains workouts along with meal plans for the day. Here’s Louise’s sneak peek on how to make meal-prep living just a little bit easier.

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All-Time Fav • Favorite food to meal-prep? Fish with white rice. Shocker: brown rice isn’t much better for you than white. As long as you are exercising, enjoy the white rice guilt-free.

REBECCA LOUISE Founder of BURN by Rebecca

A Perfect Pairing • Louise’s boyfriend, Cory, is the secret behind the yummy food in decorated boxes. He loves cooking, and she loves organizing. The perfect match!


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“Bear Named Pa’u” CHAD HASEGAWA

• Hasegawa’s second mural is located next to Prevail Strength & Conditioning, creating a striking piece for those about to get their sweat on. The various shapes and patterns, made up of grays and blacks, all form together to create the image of a great bear, symbolizing the strength that can come with unity.

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In a digitally-connected culture, embracing art together as a community can create an unmatched, lasting impact with something beyond ourselves. The Hive in Laguna seeks to create those exact moments for artists and patrons alike. Located in the heart of Laguna, The Hive brings art to everyday life by housing oneof-a-kind shops and restaurants while dressing their building with unique and captivating murals and art pieces. The Hive not only promotes small, local businesses, but it also creates a space for artists to express themselves and share their work. Next time you’re at The Hive, connect with friends over great food, drinks and shops, and enjoy how each mural pushes the boundaries on how art can be felt and experienced.

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“Sirena” BRETT CRAWFORD

• Crawford’s “Sirena” encompasses a whole wall at The Hive, but its impact stretches far beyond that. The urban mural depicts close up of a woman’s face, her long black hair tangling across the building wall and intertwining with cherry blossoms. With bold reds and purples, Crawford’s artwork is simply stunning.

A Creative Meeting Ground The Hive is currently home to three eating establishments and a few local artisan shops to find unique gifts. The artfullyinfluenced hub promotes the love and care of craft food and drink and art.

Campus Housings The Hive also houses the Laguna College of Arts and Design’s Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Departments to encourage students to embrace the artistic and creative space.

“Aya” JAMES THISTLETHWAITE

• Thistlethwaite’s piece “Aya” is a stunning portrait that captures the contrast of black and white with bright, warm colors with a nod to a subtle yellow undertone. The 26-by-16-foot mural is made of pure charcoal and features “Aya” sporting a yellow raincoat and looking off into the distance off the canvas.

“Spirit of Laguna” BEAU STANTON

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Beer Company is an eye-popping mural by Beau Stanton. The colorful mural features a classic wooden ship riding the waves of various classic art styles, with

intricate detail and precision in every section. Stanton incorporates and blends a number of artistic styles and textures to complete a unified piece.

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MEANS GROW THE ECOLOGY CENTER IS CHANGING EDUCATION—ONE ROAD TRIP AT A TIME WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI

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THE ECOLOGY CENTER 32701 Alipaz St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.443.4223 www.theecologycenter.org

Compost To-Go Activities aboard the bus include organic composting, natural dyeing, quick pickling, DIY beeswax candles, terrarium building and making seed balls perfect for planting.

JONATHAN ZAIDMAN Regional Expansion Director for the Ecology Center

Moving Mural The mural on the exterior of the bus was designed and painted by artist Cody Hudson of Struggle Inc. Fully Stocked The bus has a fullyequipped kitchen and regularly hosts farm-to-table dinners so people can enjoy the fruits of their labor, quite literally.

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Walking up to The Ecology Center, located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, is like stumbling across an agricultural oasis transporting you to a land of flora, fauna and farm-fresh fun. Of the many paths you can take, all roads lead back to the 142-yearold farmhouse which acts as the epicenter for all things ecology. We begin our tour of this horticultural utopia with Jonathan Zaidman at the helm. Zaidman is the regional expansion director for The Ecology Center and the innovative mind behind their latest educational offering, the Road Trip program.

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Before delving into this new wonderland on wheels, Zaidman explains the founder of this decadeold organization “envisioned it as a model for sustainability in the home place, in the workplace and in the community.” The goal was and still is to inspire sustainable practices using simple solutions. This educational facility encourages hands-on participation to learn the tools for thriving on planet Earth. Their mantra is to educate through experience, which guarantees “meaningful moments for engagement every single day.” The Ecology Center and its mobile counterpart are all elements of a larger, multi-faceted entity that aims to teach willing individuals how to cultivate their own renewable lifestyles. They are marrying innovation with simplicity to teach approachable lessons that children and adults alike can adopt and apply. The center plants the proverbial seed

The desire to share this truly one-of-a-kind place is what led to the conception of the Road Trip program. The original concept was first imagined back in 2016 as an iteration of The Ecology Center on wheels. If people couldn’t come to The Ecology Center, then The Ecology Center could come to them. With accessibility at the forefront, Zaidman set out to foster this dream to fruition. In a twist of fate, he came across a company in his native San Diego that was selling doubledecker buses imported from the United Kingdom, one of which would soon act as the exoskeleton for this ambitious undertaking. Zaidman and his talented team went to work designing an interior that replicated the functionality of the bus’ brick-and-mortar muse, The Ecology Center, only on a much smaller footprint. The extensive build-out process required that everything from the skylight to the side door be built to spec, all while demonstrating interesting and innovative solutions. Practice what you preach, or so they


“IF YOU CREATE A SPACE THAT’S REALLY BEAUTIFUL AND REALLY INSPIRATIONAL, THAT’S HOW YOU GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED.” —JONATHAN ZAIDMAN

say. The entirely custom creation is adorned with 800 watts of solar panels, which powers all of the electrical elements of this behemoth botanical marvel. The bus itself runs strictly on biodiesel, an alternative fuel that can be sourced directly from various vegetable and cooking oils. The bus officially put the pedal to the pavement this past April and has since traveled all over Southern California transforming any parking spot into an ecological adventure. In 2018, the bus wrapped its first inaugural year on the road. The first season saw residencies at 12 schools with over 5,000 students of various social and economic backgrounds reached. In total, the bus has influenced over 11,000 people, having appeared at four festivals, two children’s museums and now, a full semester deep dive in a single school district in Encinitas, California. The bus itself has no shortage of eyecatching features. From the largerthan-life skylight to the colorful exterior, this mobile museum is leaps and bounds beyond your standard school bus. The Road Trip program promises to leave students and teachers alike feeling nourished with knowledge and confident in taking

the lessons learned and applying them to real life. The success of the bus has been all-organic, so to speak, relying on its interactive displays, kitchen classroom, handson DIY stations and more to bring about transformative experiences in communities near and far. “The real vision now is to focus on deep integration and impact through educational programming, connecting these communities with the common goal of spreading sustainable conventions with this bus as our catalyst for change,” says Zaidman. The focus of the bus, which is always being piloted and adjusted, is to have it be a more permanent part of a single community rather than a fleeting fixture with an ever-changing location. When it comes to people getting involved, the bus is always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with set up, take down, events and general maintenance. Another way individuals can help is by signing up as a member of the Ecology Center, buying into their farm share community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and then ultimately actually making sustainable changes in their own life. “Give more than you take and together, we can inspire change.”


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Good Coffee, Mate • The owners of Common Room Roasters are originally from Melbourne, Australia, a major mecca for coffee-lovers. Their goal is to provide Orange County with a glimpse of the vibrant coffee culture they grew to love in Australia.

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Aran Antunez is a Costa Mesa native whose passion for coffee and designing stunning works of latte art can be admired at Common Room Roasters, a specialty-coffee roastery located in Newport Beach. Antunez recalls how he originally began working in the coffee industry back in high school when he was approached by a good friend who managed a popular coffee shop near his home. Antunez began working at the coffee shop, allowing him to familiarize himself with the processes that result in the creation of outstandingly-delicious coffee. “As I was learning more about it, I started to realize I was pretty good at it and picked it up from there,” Antunez said.

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Now, eight years later, Antunez has made his mark in the coffee industry thanks to his dedicated commitment to constantly learning and further mastering his passion for all things coffee. Latte art, an art form Antunez has truly mastered, is a detailed method of preparing coffee by carefully pouring microfoam into a shot of espresso. A barista is then able to embellish the microfoam with a design of their choice, resulting in a one-ofa-kind work of drinkable art. When it comes to Antunez’s inspiration while creating his masterpieces, he often chooses a specific design, allowing him to focus on components like symmetry and contrast to ensure his latte art always provides an excellent representation of years spent perfecting his craft. His love for latte art, as well as coffee in general, has motivated him to travel to different parts of the country to grow as a barista, business manager and latte art connoisseur. Throughout his career, Antunez has participated in Coffee Fest three times, an annual event he was chosen for due to his impressive background in latte art design. “I’ve competed twice in Portland and once in Seattle,” he said. When asked what inspires his designs, Antunez explained, “Growing up, I surrounded myself with a lot of people who were artistic.” That creative upbringing now helps to further motivate and guide him in his current role as the business development manager for Common Room Roasters, mainly focusing on customer relations, promoting the Melbourne-inspired brand, and, of course, ensuring his meticulously-designed latte art can continue to be enjoyed by the coffee-loving community. COMMON ROOM ROASTERS 882 Production Pl Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.220.7868 www.commonroomroasters.com


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The new year often sparks the urge to make healthier choices. Whether your goal is internal, external or both, feeling and looking healthy makes a world of difference on your overall well-being. The AntiFragility Health Clinic in Anaheim is here to help you achieve all your 2019 health goals from preventative health screenings to stress, acne, belly fat, joint pains and more. Started in March 2018 by Founders Charles Sine and Dr. Sung Hye Yi, Anti-Fragility Health has become a leader in preventative health. “The idea of the clinic came from our backgrounds in clinical research and our personal journeys in functional and lifestyle medicine,” said Sine, CEO of Anti-Fragility Health Clinic.

The clinic is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of diseases, but what makes them stand out from other clinics? “Five things differentiate us. Our internal and external focus on health, a comprehensive set of 500 clinical diagnostic biomarkers, a technology portal for engagement with patients throughout the journey, a comprehensive set of supplements and medical foods, and our process of supporting our clients transform their health,” said Sine.

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“The idea of the clinic came from our backgrounds in Clinical Research and our personal journeys in Functional and Lifestyle Medicine.” —CHARLES SINE

On the Clock • The clinic offers activity tracking where members get a take-home sensor to monitor their vital signs 24/7 including sleep, blood pressure and more! Support System • The AntiFragility Clinic offers Transformational Coaching to help you discover and set goals and identify unhealthy habits. One-Stop Shop • The clinic has a Health Shop that offers tons of supplements for men, women, children and seniors.

Architecture involves attributes consisting of sleep, nutrition, supplements, exercise, stress, hydration and medication—backed by varying habits of independence, interdependence and continual improvement. Although they provide aid during treatments, the clinic does not provide traditional cancer treatments or traditional healthcare. Some of the practices they do use include Stem Cell Therapy and Intravenous (IV) Therapy. “Stem Cells have the potential of becoming 220 different cell types. In theory, there’s no limit to the types of diseases that could be treated with Stem Cell Therapy,” said Sine. Some of the benefits include recovery time reduction, pain reduction and improving and overcoming autoimmune disorders. The other option, IV Therapy, infuses nutrients directly into the bloodstream for 100 percent absorption at the cellular level to help correct intracellular deficiencies. This process can help with hydration, strengthening your immune system, boosting energy, enhancing the body’s foundation and more. But for those needing less intensive care, the clinic also offers a variety of services to help you look and feel your best. From acne, belly fat and stress management to CoolSculpting


From acne, belly fat and stress management to CoolSculpting and Microneedling, Anti-Fragility takes a caring, holistic approach to your health. and Microneedling, Anti-Fragility takes a caring, holistic approach to your health. Their acne treatments include light therapy, where blue and red lights are placed close to your face for about 20-30 minutes. The blue destroys bacteria, while the red and orange lights reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen production. “The advantages of using red light therapy are that it is safe, quick, painless, drug-free, appropriate for all areas of the body and non-invasive,” said Dr. Nguyen, ND. Microneedling, where tiny needles create micro-punctures to the top layer of skin, stimulates collagen and elastin production to reduce fine lines, frown lines, wrinkles and even stretch marks.

And CoolSculpting freezes fat cells that your body then eliminates. All have long-lasting results and encourage self-confidence in patients to feel good in their skin. While it’s always important to take care of yourself, the start of a new year is a good opportunity to set the reset button and put your health first. At Anti-Fragility, no health issue is too big or too small. Whether they’re working with cancer patients or those in need of acne treatment, Sine, Dr. Nguyen, ND and the rest of the staff offer a safe, comfortable environment for you to get back on your feet and make this year your year! Here’s to your health, your vitality and your performance!


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REMEMBER TO STAY HYDRATED • “When it comes to watering, during the hotter months your plants will need more water, and during the cooler months, your plants won’t. If you’re planting in pots, be careful not to over water because this can cause root rot.”

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BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION • “Start off with a good soil mixture. Plants need a good mix of fertilizers to start off healthy.”

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MAP IT OUT • “Plan out your garden ahead of time. [Think about] where you are going to plant different plants. Larger plants like broccoli and cauliflower need at least a two-by-two area so they are not cramped.”

“Plant veggies that you eat often, look for plants that produce more than one item.”—Ken Tanaka

Straight From the Farm • Grab a meal on the farm at The Tanaka Grill with a variety of options, including a “junior farmer” menu. Dig into everything from pulled pork sandwiches and nachos to roasted corn and baked potatoes!

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KEN TANAKA OF TANAKA FARMS SHARES WITH US SOME GREEN THUMB MUST-DO’S

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Tanaka Farms, an authentic working farm, is owned and operated by Farmer Glenn Tanaka, his wife, Shirley, and their son, Ken. Together they grow various fruits and vegetables used to supply their produce stand, provide for their community-supported agriculture program and support their educational tours. With vibrant produce and a natural knack for farming, Ken Tanaka—a.k.a Farmer Kenny—is sharing tips for you to give your own green thumb a try.

Everyday Farmers Market • Tanaka Farms has a large produce stand open on weekdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with produce fresh from their fields. Check their website for a list of what they offer!

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BY POPULAR DEMAND • “Plant veggies that you eat often, look for plants that produce more than one item. For example, snap peas, tomatoes, kale, even broccoli. Research what grows well in each season in your area.”

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LIGHT IT UP • “Make sure the area you are planning on using as your garden gets enough sunlight. If it gets too much shade for too much of the day, the plants won’t grow.”

“If you’re planting in pots, be careful not to over water because this can cause root rot.”—Ken Tanaka

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Palm Desert’s first luxury hotel to be built in over 30 years, Hotel Paseo, has been making lasting impressions since its opening in March 2018. Dubbed as one of the most Instagrammable hotels of the region, this midcentury modern-themed hotel is an artistic dream. In short? Everything you want in a getaway is right here at Hotel Paseo. “Hotel Paseo offers guests once-in-alifetime experiences,” says Judy Esterbrook, Director of Sales and Marketing. If Hotel Paseo wasn’t already on your bucket list, it will be once you’ve read this.

AIRSTREAM, YOU STREAM • In the hotel’s backyard sits the fully-restored, vintage 1950s trailer featuring a queen bed, kitchenette and patio—complete with an awning and Adirondack chairs. The Airstream is available for events and receptions, and will soon be a room that guests can book overnight.

SPA-LA-LA • In need of decadent relaxation? Spa La Lé is a must on your agenda, including their signature 24-Karat Gold Drench treatment—this age-defying facial includes real gold! “This is a truly relaxing experience, where we focus on the whole journey for our guests,” says Esterbrook.

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• For an iconic stay, the Billiards Suite comes equipped with a full-size billiard table in the living room, a Shinola record player with speakers (and a great music collection) and a wet bar. “The guests also love the jaw-dropping views of the desert palms,” says Esterbrook.

• Just a few steps away from Shops at El Paseo, Hotel Paseo is your ultimate girls� weekend getaway. Stay in the Glamour Room with a mixology bar and Hollywood-style mirror for getting ready. Then, take your celebrations poolside in your private cabana— facial mist by Lather included!

• True to the district’s local art history, Hotel Paseo has its own art gallery which is comprised of curated pieces mostly from local artists. Esterbrook states “It’s an eclectic collection, from the canvas works in the lobby to the fun, thought-provoking pieces that line the hallways.”

Soak in Silence • You don’t know relaxation unless you’ve booked the Oasis Spa Room— complete with a soaking tub in the middle of the room to enjoy right after your spa treatment. Game On • Take your competitive side to the lawn for a friendly game of shuffleboard or cornhole. Hotel Paseo’s lawn is stocked with fun outdoor games for the whole squad!

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“You’re not sitting at home alone— you’ve got the energy of people working around you.”—Nona Watson

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Perfectly Situated • The Chamber of Commerce is conveniently located in Downtown Palm Springs. “Parking is free,” says Watson. “And there are 65 restaurants within walking distance.”

In the Know • The Co-Work space also offers its users opportunities to network and connect with other creatives and professionals at their mixers, guest speaking and class events.

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Whether it’s putting that startup plan in motion or collaborating with friends, let the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s new Co-Work space be your creative HQ. Spearheaded by Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Nona Watson, the creative hub came from one simple idea. “We run the Chamber out of the office,” said Watson. “But had a huge space waiting to be put to use.” The result? A productive space where small business creatives can gather to put their ideas into reality.

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• “There’s a demographic that prefers to use a co-working space,” says Watson. It’s for people who have an idea, but perhaps don’t have an office, or for those at a company who don’t have office space. “We’ve just given them a place to go.” Your Plan, Your Way • The new CoWork space at the Chamber offers several options, like renting monthto-month. “We welcome drop-ins, or you can rent a permanent desk in a community space, or rent private office space,” says Watson.

for PowerPoint presentations. The space also offers printing, copying, scanning and shredding at a small charge. Good Eats • The Co-Work Space includes a kitchen, which is great for heating up lunch or even cooking up a gourmet meal for clients. The Chamber provides free coffee, tea, water and soda. In It Together • “You can work your own hours,” Watson points out. “You’re not sitting at home alone—you’ve got the energy of people working around you.” Using the space also comes with access to the Chamber’s database. “We have 1,100 members, the Chamber can help you connect.”

Speedy Service • “We offer speedy wireless or plug-in internet access at no extra charge,” notes Watson. Video conferencing is available at an additional fee. Office Amenities • “We offer access to boardrooms for meetings,” she says, adding that they’re equipped with LCD projectors

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ANDREA LUNA REECE @lunareececeramics www.lunareece.com Photoshoot Location COSTA MESA, CA

Armed with a needle tool and a sponge, Reece put two hands to the wheel and never looked back.

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Take Flight • In 1997, Reece made a cameo as a flight attendant in The Offspring’s “I Choose” music video.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving • Reece is a member on the board of Dwelling 222, a local non-profit charity that helps the homeless.

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When you enter the Luna Reece workspace, you immediately feel at home. That could be because it is the primary residence of owner and artist Andrea Luna Reece or because of the warmth and welcoming spirit she exudes. Her workspace is outwardly an oxymoron of organized chaos. Reece herself is the perfect paradox to her environment. She is the definition of a cool girl with her thick-rimmed glasses, red lipstick and collection of tattoos that tell a story of another lifetime.

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Reece is a ceramics savant of sorts, referencing various kiln techniques and briefly touching on the chemistry that goes into her glazes. You can tell she is no amateur when it comes to the artistry behind her craft. The shelves are lined with greenware, a term she uses loosely to reference clay that has been shaped, but not yet fired, and finished pieces waiting to find their final home. And while her finished pieces would make any mantel proud, they are also perfectly imperfect in their handmade mystique. “With clay, you can’t be a perfectionist because there is so much out of our control,” Reece explains. “I mean I think you can do certain things to hone in on your skills and get better, but I don’t think anything is ever perfect.” Reece recalls a fond childhood memory of a toy wheel gifted to her when she 174 LOCALE MAGAZINE

• ‘Besides throwing and handbuilding, a BFA in Ceramics also covers art history as well as safe and sustainable practices for studio artists.

“All my maker friends out there chasing after their dreams— they inspire me, lift me up, let me complain, let me rejoice, hold me accountable and truly root for me.” —Andrea Luna Reece


“That’s why I love clay so much—it’s that direct contact. With a painting, there is a paintbrush between me and the canvas or a pencil or piece of charcoal whereas clay has that direct connection.” —Andrea Luna Reece

was 6 or 7 years old. She remembers what it was like to create something out of nothing, using her favorite tools: her hands. This passion resurfaced as a student at Long Beach State, where she pursued her BFA in ceramics. “I love that [ceramics are] handmade, and it’s my hands touching them,” she says. “That’s why I love clay so much—it’s that direct contact. With a painting, there is a paintbrush between me and the canvas or a pencil or piece of charcoal whereas clay has that direct connection.” Armed with a needle tool and a sponge, Reece put two hands to the wheel and never looked back. And here we are, nearly a decade after she made ceramics her full-time gig, in a room filled with finished pieces inscribed with her initials, all bound for various local shops and vendors. In this corner of creativity, Reece doesn’t reference a famous artist or social media account for inspiration. She doesn’t recall an old professor or exhibit she once visited. Reece finds inspiration in her peers, her cohorts, even her competition. “All my maker friends out there chasing after their dreams—they inspire me, lift me up, let me complain, let me rejoice, hold me accountable and truly root for me,” explains Reece. While her pals provide her inspiration, Reece’s interests allow for ingenuity. She pulls from nature, the ocean, gardens and plants, architecture and vintage finds— to name a few. And while these areas provide an endless amount of imagery that can act as a catalyst supplying her subject matter, nothing is ever translated

literally. Everything is skewed through her visual lens. “Let’s take the rainbow, for example. I didn’t reinvent that. I didn’t make up the rainbow. It already exists in nature and on other pieces,” she says. “I just adopted it to my interpretation of that rainbow. It is filtered through me and onto my pieces.” Reece lights up her studio, which appears to be dripping in clay like ice cream on a sunny day. It mimics a Salvador Dali-like illusion, which is perhaps a metaphorical ode to how easy it would be to lose track of time in this creativity cavern. She favors a velvet, matte black glaze and a blushed pink veering on coral color, the perfect contrast of her hard and soft sides. Working early in the morning or late at night, she enjoys cleaning her space before creating, a nod to stripping down to that proverbial blank canvas. But when it comes to actually putting the pedal to the metal, Reece, like all artists, can feel overwhelmed, underinspired and ill-prepared to invent. To overcome this creativity block, she often has to find a way to reconnect with her work. “Sometimes I just need to sit in [my studio] and visually look around or just start making without an agenda or a goal and see where it takes me,” she notes. Perhaps another source of inspiration stems from a sign that hangs lazily in the center of her studio proclaiming “Comparison Is the Thief of Joy.” When questioned about it, Reece admits that she keeps this mantra in her back pocket as a constant reminder to always do her own work in her own way, without the influence of others. LOCALE MAGAZINE 175


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Siri, Take Me To... WE HAVE YOUR NEXT 24 HOURS IN PALM DESERT TAKEN CARE OF

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Relax and Play Ú Bae can practice his swing at one of two championship courses at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, white you treat yourself to a Desert Journey massage at the Spa at Desert Springs.

Worth the Wait Ú Wilma & Frieda serves up some great comfort food and original dishes for breakfast—especially delicious is Kim’s Banana Caramel French Toast, made with brioche thick-cut bread. Our stomachs are grumbling already.

DESERT WILLOW GOLF RESORT www.desertwillow.com THE SPA AT DESERT SPRINGS www.marriott.com

WRITTEN BY: LYNNE EODICE

WILMA & FRIEDA www.wilmafrieda.com

Toss us the keys and pack your bags, we’re heading to Palm Desert! If you only have 24 hours to spend in this oasis, we’ve rounded up great places to eat, shop and play from dawn till dusk! Whether you’re looking to indulge in a spa and shopping spree or eat your way through the best restaurants, we’ve planned a day you’ll be reliving through Instagram for weeks afterward.

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1 p.m. Experience Culture Ú Palm Desert’s Art in Public Places brings gorgeous artworks into the city’s common areas. Take a docent-led walking tour to check out the amazing sculptures on foot! WILMA & FRIEDA

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BUMP AND GRIND TRAIL www.hiking-in-ps.com

12 p.m. Organic Eats Ú Grab your gals for an organic lunch at Luscious Lorraine’s. Our favorites are the Asian Tofu Salad and Turkey Chipotle Sandwich (with gluten-free bread!).

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3 p.m. Find Your Fashion Favorites Ú Don’t forget your spare suitcase! Treat yourself at The Shops on El Paseo for designer boutiques including Bottega Veneta. You’ll find tried-andtrue stores including Anthropologie at The Gardens on El Paseo. For treasure hunters, head to Delany’s Antiques to find your next big score! THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO theshopsonelpaseo.com THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO thegardensonelpaseo.com DELANY’S ANTIQUES delanysantiques.com

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Grab a Bite Ú The black-and-white patterns are worthy of a few Instagram shots alone, but this eatery is more than just a pretty face. If you love a good rack of lamb or falafel, Evzin is your go-to for dinner.

EVZIN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE www.evzincuisine.com

8 p.m. Rest Up, Boutique Style Ú Check into Hotel Paseo, within walking distance to many shops on El Paseo. The trendy boutique hotel has luxurious rooms, the rejuvenating Spa La Le’ and a lively restaurant— AC3 Restaurant + Bar. THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO

HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com

10 p.m. Nightcap Ú But before you turn in, we suggest one final stop to grab a nightcap at Libation Room. The

speakeasy-feeling lounge serves delicious cocktails perfect for ending the night on a high note.

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Photography Provided By: Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery, The Gardens on El Paseo, Hotel Paseo

Get Your Heart Pumping Ú Work off your breakfast by taking the Bump and Grind Trail, which serves up a great workout and views when you reach the top. You bring the water, we’ll bring the sunscreen!

PALM DESERT ART IN PUBLIC PLACES PROGRAM www.discoverpalmdesert. com/art


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Constellation Brands

Pure Barre | Newport Beach

Craft House

RA Yoga

Dr. Sanjay Grover

Ra’pôr Salon & Barber

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El Cholo

Rancho Capistrano Winery

El Mercado Modern Cuisine

Red O Taste of Mexico

Lido Marina Village Electric Boat Rental

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Epic Wings Mission Viejo

Riva de Balboa

Five Crowns

Rolex Boutique South Coast Plaza

Dr. Kevin Sadati

Sephora South Coast Plaza

German Turning Corporation

SOCIAL Costa Mesa

Goodwill of Orange County

Spectrum Restaurant Management Group

Grand Prix Performance

Starfish

Grayse

The BID El Paseo

Haute Cakes Caffe

The Boston Beer Company

House of Blues Anaheim

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Illumination Foundation - OC Chef’s Table Event

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