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PAGES BURSTING WITH FLAVOR The Ultimate OC Foodie Guide

AN INSIDE LOOK AT The Cheeseboard of Your Dreams How a Creative Disrupter Became a Sock Sensation Crossing State Lines for a Breath of Fresh Air

THE BEST OF BEAUTY

Brenda Song BITES BACK

It’s a New Year and We’re Feelin’ Good


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editor's note Goodbye, 2019. For many, you were a year of trials and tribulations, of tremendous highs and lows. You were tumultuous to say the least, but don’t worry— we don’t blame you. There must be a lot of pressure being the last representation of your decade. But, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. Much like any new year, 2020 ushers in a feeling of beginning, of hitting the proverbial reset button. But the start of this new decade feels even more refreshing—like the shocking but welcome chill of jumping in the pool after soaking in a hot tub. This month, LOCALE is kicking off the Roaring ‘20s in a big way. Not only do we have some amazing new looks in this issue—most notably our huge A-Z Foodie Guide, encompassing all things tasty in Orange County (pg. 65)—but we also have incredible faces and places gracing our pages. Among them is Douglas Davidson from The Brown Buffalo (pg. 154), Mike Saraylian from Harvest to Home (pg. 148) and Carol

Grandy from Instant Jungle (pg.158). Although they all do very different things and share their very different stories, what unites them is a passion to serve others while making the world a more sustainable, more wholesome and more beautiful place. Finally, I was lucky enough to meet with our cover star, Brenda Song, who is every bit as lovely in spirit as she is on-screen. I truly hope you find her words as memorable and impactful as I do. Whether you’re sitting in a coffee shop, seeking solace in your favorite chair at home or taking us with you in your carry-on during your next big adventure, I’d like to make a toast to the LOCALE team, to 2019, to 2020 and, of course, to you. So raise your reusable coffee tumblers, your end-of-the-day wine glasses and your travel-sized sodas, and cheers to a year well-spent and to a year full of surprises and possibilities. We’re looking forward to sharing it all with you. Happy Reading,

JORDAN NISHKIAN Editor jordan.n@localemagazine.com | @wordsbyjordan


Surreal doesn’t begin to describe the day of Brenda Song’s cover shoot. After days of reliving my favorite London Tipton moments on YouTube and scrolling through @ DollfaceOnHulu’s Instagram feed (don’t worry, I binged the season shortly after the shoot), it was finally time to head over to Herringbone Santa Monica for the big day.

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Photographed By: Travis McCoy, travismccoy.com @travis_mccoy_photography Photography Assistant: Joe Elgar, www.joeelgar.com, @joeelgar Model: Brenda Song, @brendasong Location: Herringbone Santa Monica 1755 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.971.4460 | www.herringboneeats.com Written By: Jordan Nishkian, @wordsbyjordan Styled By: Melissa Souza, havenst.com | @melissasouzastyles Hair & Makeup By: Lexi Kleyla, leximakeupartist.com | @lexikleyla Jacket Provided By: Sandra Daccache, www.sandradaccache.com Shoes Provided By: Betsey Johnson, www.betseyjohnson.com Hosiery Provided By: Wolford, www.wolfordshop.com Jewelry Provided By: Maison Louella, www.maisonlouella.com Skincare Provided By: Perricone MD, www.perriconemd.com Hair Products Provided By: R + CO, www.randco.com Makeup Provided By: Anastasia Beverly Hills, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

While Production Manager Lauren Lewellen walked the restaurant with photographer Travis McCoy and his assistant, Joe Elgar, I set up at a cozy, well-lit dining room table with makeup artist Lexi Kleyla. Shortly after Kleyla laid out her brushes and palettes, Song arrived—megawatt smile and firm handshake in tow.

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Even though she came in bare-faced with “day-old hair,” she was still radiant. Kleyla, however, was ready to enhance Song’s natural beauty into coverworthy glam. “For Brenda’s fabulous look, we wanted to create something sophisticated and fun to showcase her personality,” Kleyla said. “We had so much fun creating these looks!” As Song got ready for her close-up, Herringbone and McCoy got ready for her. While McCoy and Elgar tested their equipment, Herringbone’s team created a table’s worth of food and drinks that looked as beautiful as they tasted. By the time I had completed my interview with Song (and took a second to chat about what we thought of “The Great British Bake Off” finale), Kleyla had finished her glam, and it was time to get into wardrobe. Naturally, everything Song slipped into looked amazing on her, and with wardrobe stylist Melissa Souza’s selections, there wasn’t a bad choice in the bunch. “We were going for a very chic, luxe, high-end look,” Souza said. “She kind of has this rock ‘n’ roll vibe to her!” Throughout the shoot, Song was open to everything, from trying on different looks to posing with different foods— “Just try everything!” she said. “You never know what’s going to look good!” After shooting throughout the restaurant in different jewel-tone outfits and sampling goodies from the menu, Song had nailed her photoshoot—ending it in the best way she knew how: “That’s a wrap!”

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table of contents January 2020 /// Foodie Edition

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Foodie Guide

A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of Orange County

Newport Beach

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E Is for Ecological For The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Sustainability Is Key

THE CANNERY SEAFOOD OF THE PACIFIC 3010 Lafayette Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.566.0060 www.cannerynewport.com

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Costa Mesa

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Foodie Guide

A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of Orange County

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M Is for Michelin Fill up Your Culinary Cup at These Award-Winning Foodie Favorites

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table of contents January 2020 /// Foodie Edition

Costa Mesa

Pg. 154

Costa Mesa

alive 144 24 Hours

RECHARGING BATTERIES SINCE 1927

How to Experience the Laguna Lifestyle in 24 Hours

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Behind the Brand

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF CHEESE

Monks Addiction Is Here to Teach You How to Pair It Like a Pro

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Pg. 114

Profile

shoppe 106 Trending

THE DR. IS IN

Stylish, Comfy and Durable—Dr. Martens Are the Triple-Threat of the Footwear World

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Localendar

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Profile

KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF

The Success of Aaron Hennings’ Brand Was Anything but Happenstance

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What's in Stock

HOW’S THAT SOUND?

Please Welcome Our Guest Speakers, Bang & Olufsen

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BE-YOU-TIFUL

From Food Trends to Tummy Tucks, Your New Year’s Resolution Just Got Easier

HERB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

Harvest to Home Is Here to Revamp Your Healthy Lifestyle

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Laguna Beach

escape 158 Feature

GREEN THUMBS UP

How to Make Your Office Space Green and Ready to Be Seen

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My Style

NESTING 101

Black Bough’s Owner Shares a Few of Her Favorite Things

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Pg. 162

Feature

YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT

The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart

Behind the Brand

THE THINGS WE CARRY

The Brown Buffalo Combines Function, Intelligence and Quality Into Their Skillfully Designed Backpacks and Accessories

CHECK OUT EXTENDED STORIES AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT Localemagazine.com


LOCALEndar JANUARY

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

What: California Balboa Classic

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What: 40th Annual Orange County Black History Parade & Cultural Faire

What: Motion City Soundtrack: Don’t Call It A Comeback Tour

Why: It’s an opportunity to join hands and experience, celebrate and learn more about African American culture.

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Where: Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach Why: Three days of live music, top-notch swing dance instruction and contests! How: www.calbalclassic.com

Where: House of Blues, Anaheim

Huntington Beach

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Where: Downtown Drive, Anaheim

How: www.oc-hc.org

Why: You get to rock out to the band’s greatest hits in an intimate concert setting! How: www.houseofblues.com/anaheim

FEBRUARY

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Laguna Niguel

What: Super Bowl 54 Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

JAN 31 FEB 2 What: Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon

Why: Because it’s the Super Bowl...and JLo and Shakira’s halftime show!

What: Costa Mesa ArtWalk + Dance Battle

How: www.nfl.com

Where: Lions Park, Costa Mesa Why: Because who doesn’t love handcrafted artistry, dance battles and a silent disco?

Where: Huntington Beach

Costa Mesa

Why: Get started on those New Year’s (fitness) resolutions by participating in Surf City’s scenic beach run! Enjoy Views of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands as you race (or jog) down Pacific Coast Highway.

How: www.evensi.com

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Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

How: www.runsurfcity.com

What: The Gentlemen movie premiere

FEBRUARY

Where: Cinépolis Luxury Theaters

JANUARY

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What: Roll n’ Scoop’s 2nd Year Anniversary Where: Roll n’ Scoop, Costa Mesa Why: Prizes, giveaways and 50% off rolled ice cream! How: www.rollnscoop.com

Why: Tons of action, loads of laughs and a stellardressed Matthew McConaughey are just a few of the many reasons why you have to snag a ticket to this premiere. How: www.cinepolisusa.com

FEBRUARY

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What: Mac & Cheese Festival Orange County

What: The Oscars: 92nd Academy Awards

Where: The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Where: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and ABC Television Network

Why: Because local top chefs want to satisfy your cheesy cravings!

Why: You get to catch a glimpse of your favorite stars dressed to the nines.

How: www.bit.ly/maccheeseoc

How: www.oscars.org

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Photos - Roll n’ Scoop | Cinépolis Luxury Theaters | Mac & Cheese: Kambria Fischer | Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon: Ryan Bethke / Motiv Sports

JAN18 FEB15 MARCH 21

START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH THESE OC EVENTS


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MARCH

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What: Hoag Classic Where: Newport Beach Country Club Why: It’s the only official PGA Tour Champions event in Orange County! How: www.hoagclassic.com

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

4-9

Where: Various locations in Laguna Beach

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa

Why: Renowned violinist Ray Chen will collaborate with an array of artists to bring outstanding classical and contemporary music to Laguna Beach. Experience outstanding music in intimate settings at this multi-day festival.

Why: Come join the fun and “laugh your flip-flops off” at “Escape to Margaritaville,” featuring original songs and fanfavorite Jimmy Buffett classics. This musical comedy is sure to tickle your funny bone!

How: philharmonicsociety.org

How: www.scfta.org

What: 18th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival

What: Jimmy Buffett's “Escape to Margaritaville” Musical

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

MARCH 21 APRIL 11 What: Easter Eggstravaganza Where: Irvine Park Railroad, Orange Why: Your kiddos will get the chance to meet the Easter bunny, hunt for eggs and take a ride on the train! How: www.irvineparkrailroad.com

MARCH

What: OC Restaurant Week

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Where: At participating restaurants Why: A week of delicious eats, unbeatable prices and no grocery shopping. Foodies unite! How: www.ocrestaurantweek.com

What: Huntington BeachCruisers Car Show Where: Main Street and Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach

MARCH

Why: Cool classic cars along Main Street. Cruise on down!

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What: “Luck of the Irish” Pub Crawl St Paddy’s Weekend Where: Baja Sharkeez + Various Venues in Newport Beach Why: Beer, sunshine and the luck of the Irish—need we say more? How: www.pubcrawls.com

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

What: OC Home and Garden Show

What: US Coffee Championships

Where: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Where: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Why: With the help of home improvement experts, you can become the DIY master you’ve always dreamed of being!

Why: Who wouldn’t love a three-day, caffeine-packed competition featuring coffee-related goods and samples from local roasters?

21-23

How: www.10times.com/ochomegarden-show

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How: www.uscoffeechampionships.org

MARCH

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What: Release of Disney’s Mulan live-action feature film Where: Cinépolis Luxury Theaters Why: Take a reminiscent trip back to the era of VHS tapes with this live-action Disney classic! How: www.cinepolisusa.com

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Photos - Laguna Beach Music Festival: John Mac | “Escape to Margaritaville:” Martin Murphy | US Coffee Championships: Isbell Creative | Cinépolis Luxury Theaters

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START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH THESE OC EVENTS


Native Knowledge

Food for Thought This Foodie and Fitness Feen Has All the Newport Know-How

Newport Beach NAME: Melissa Jacobi JOB TITLE: Sr. Manager of Multimedia Marketing & Partnerships, Newport Beach & Company

3 FAVORITE FOODIE FEEDS: @dinenewportbeach @foodieoc @occomestibles

RESIDENT OF: Costa Mesa LOCAL LIVING: I’ve lived in Costa Mesa for 6 years, but I grew up in Huntington Beach (Go Chargers!).

CULINARY HEAVEN There are

400+

restaurants in the Newport Beach Restaurant Association (NBRA), so there is never a reason to not dine in Newport Beach! Our incredible city satisfies every palate.

“I love that no matter where you dine in Newport Beach, you are bound to see a familiar face!”

HEART AND CRAFT

Photoshoot Location: OLEA 2001 Westcliff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.287.6807 www.oleanewportbeach.com

www.oleanewportbeach.com

EASY LIKE A SUNDAY MORNING

Ò My ideal way to spend a Sunday morning is to go to church with my husband and then cruise over to Haute Cakes Caffe for brunch. The line is usually lengthy, but so worth the wait! My preferred dish is Pierre’s Scramble with two eggs, asparagus, caramelized onions, tomatoes, goat cheese, toast and potatoes. We order two lattes on the side with a large orange juice. www.hautecakes.cafe

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ROLL THIS WAY

Ò Buddha’s Favorite is undoubtedly a hidden gem and one of my favorite spots for a date night. The atmosphere is casual, but romantic, and offers waterfront dining with an outside patio facing the gorgeous bay. Sit at the sushi bar and ask for Chef Hiroshi. He makes exceptional sushi rolls (Beagle Roll—yum!) and will also keep you entertained. www.buddhasfavorite.com/sushibar

MADE IN MOULIN

Ò Skip the 11-hour flight and experience France in Newport Beach! Laurent, Moulin’s owner, is one-of-akind and so enthusiastic. You certainly feel like you’re in Europe when soaking up the Moulin ambiance. You won’t be dissatisfied, and you must try their delectable desserts. Bon appétit! www.moulin.com

TAKE A TRIP TO MEXICO

Ò The last meal I’ve eaten was at Javier’s for my husband’s birthday! Javier’s is packed on the weekends, and unfortunately, they don’t take reservations for two. My tip for you is head to the back outside patio and sit at one of the high-top tables alongside the glass window. The high tops are first come, first served, so you might get lucky on a lively night. www.javiers-cantina.com/newport-beach

Photographed By: John Glover | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

VISIT NEWPORT BEACH www.visitnewportbeach.com @visitnewportbeach

Ò You’re in for an aromatic treat at Olea, as their open kitchen gives you all the sensations. I prefer to sit at their stunning bar and order a Rich Girl cocktail and the crispy Meyer lemon & honey duck wings (fun fact - it takes three days to prepare the duck wings).


Native Knowledge

Hop to It Helmsman Ale House’s Head Brewer Is a Pint Half-Full Kind of Guy

Newport Beach NAME: Dylan Mobley JOB TITLE: Head Brewer, Helmsman Ale House

3 FAVORITE BREWS

1. Our pale ale is a perfect beer for cooler weather: malty, just a little hop aroma and great color.

RESIDENT OF: Long Beach LOCAL LIVING: 8 years

2. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Quad—inspired by my mom’s Christmas cider. 3. The Saison for springtime—a little hop character; maybe an herbal component.

“What I love most about brewing is how communal it is. The product itself is designed to be enjoyed with others and bring people together, and our industry reflects that.”

PAIR IT RIGHT

HELMSMAN ALE HOUSE 2920 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.helmsmanalehouse.com 949. 220. 9977 | @helmsmanalehouse

pizzaport.com/brewpubs/san-clemente

SERVING UP SCHOONERS

Ò Though technically not in Orange County, there is something special about grabbing a frozen schooner at this Long Beach institution. A schooner of Carlsberg, a few pickled eggs and a Special is a pretty perfect afternoon. www.joejosts.com/menu

HANG OUT WITH A COLD ONE

Ò For a great spot to grab a beer, my wife and I have really been enjoying Project Social. They are brand new and the patio is perfect to post up and enjoy a few cold ones. They do a great job of covering all the bases: easy-drinking lighter styles, pale ale, IPA, dark beer— they have it all. www.projectsocial.us

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VIEWS TO IMPRESS

Ò Ola Mexican Kitchen at Pacific City in Huntington Beach has been one of our favorite date spots lately. They have good margaritas and some of the best ocean views in Huntington Beach. The ceviche is very good, and the ribeye tacos are amazing (they don’t always have them!). Pacific City also has so much to do before or after dinner. www.olamexicankitchen.com

BEACHIN’ + BREWIN’

Ò Beachwood Brewing & BBQ has been a longtime favorite of mine. Julian Shrago consistently makes some of the best beer in Southern California, and he’s one of the most decorated brewers in the area. www.beachwoodbbq.com

Photographed By: John Glover | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò The last beer I had was Nerf Herder from Pizza Port, an English mild ale. This beer is light, but it has some darker, toasted chocolatey flavors. I think the best thing about beer is that there is a perfect style for every food pairing. There isn’t just one food that is best served with beer; however, there’s a specific beer or beer style that can elevate any food dish.


Native Knowledge

Wake Up & Smell the Inspo This Marketing Master Shares What Sparks Her Personal Inspiration

Costa Mesa NAME: Kirby Kurzeka JOB TITLE: Marketing Director, SOCO & The OC Mix

3 FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP IN COSTA MESA:

RESIDENT OF: Newport Beach

1. Zimmermann at South Coast Plaza 2. Red Balloon on 17th Street 3. Rococo on 17th Street

LOCAL LIVING: Born and raised in Orange County

WOMEN EMPOWERED

While marketing is my day job, I run a website with two other women (Alatheia Hart and Christine Anderson) called The Art of Being Female. We feature inspiring women around us who excel at home, work and play!

“I love how SOCO is always evolving. There are always the best stores and restaurants at the center, and working with them never gets old.”

TACOS ALL DAY EVERY DAY

THE ART OF BEING FEMALE www.artofbeingfemale.com @artofbeingfemale SOCO & THE OC MIX 3313 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.760.9150 www.socoandtheocmix.com

www.tacomaria.com

REJUVENATE YOUR HOME

Ò I’ve had so much fun shopping at Rejuvenation ever since they opened at SOCO. I was a big fan of their online store before, but now I love going in to see everything in person. www.rejuvenation.com

ONE OF A KIND

Ò From paintings to crystals, to pots and outdoor chairs, I always find something unique at Molly Wood Garden Design store in Costa Mesa. I love the variety here. I’ve gotten everything from a selenite rod to give as a hostess gift, to the cutest pair of patio chairs and vintage painting for myself. www.mollywoodgardendesign.com

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WORTH THE SPLURGE

Ò The last thing I splurged on was my couch from Cisco Home—worth every penny! It’s the most comfortable couch for a long-legged bunch like our fam! While redoing my home, I constantly found myself going back to Cisco Home for more! Just recently I’ve purchased a couch, four chairs and countless pillows. www.ciscohome.net

THANK YOU MOTHER

Ò Gracias Madre just opened in Newport, and I’ve been obsessed! I love Mexican food, and it’s a great healthy alternative. Not to mention, they have the most delicious cocktails! www.graciasmadre.co

Photographed By: John Glover | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò I’m addicted to Taco María, and if you haven’t been, you need to go...now! I can’t go without getting multiple dishes because everything is so delicious! My favorites are the Caesar, quesadilla and all of the tacos. Carlos makes his nonGMO, organic tortillas from scratch daily with imported heirloom corn, and they are unlike anything I’ve ever had!


Native Knowledge

Knead to Know This Bagel Boss Is Keeping a Local Legacy Alive—One Bagel at a Time

Costa Mesa NAME: Carlos Perez JOB TITLE: Coowner and Director of Operations, Shirley’s Bagels

3 FAVORITE SNACKS AT SHIRLEY’S:

1. Plain bagel, easy toast with cream cheese, add tomato and a sprinkle of lemon pepper

RESIDENT OF: Santa Ana LOCAL LIVING: 16 years

2. Sesame bagel, doubletoasted with butter 3. Everything bagel, toasted with cream cheese and topped with lox strips

“I’ve had regulars coming in as toddlers who now are college students... Seeing the same faces every day and knowing you are part of their daily lives is humbling.”

GOOD MORNING, ORANGE COUNTY!

Photoshoot Location: SHIRLEY’S BAGELS 270 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.645.7877 www.shirleysbagels.com Locations In: Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach & Newport Beach

www.shirleysbagels.com

LA FOR A DAY

Ò My son and I like to go to LA. Our last visit took us to the central market in Downtown LA, where we tried Eggslut. It was delicious, simple, fresh and so good! www.eggslut.com

DELICIOUS ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

Ò At The CAMP, I recently visited Folks pizzeria. The pizza crust is delicious and naturally leavened, and they use fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Caesar salad is a must-try! www.folkshospitality.com

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THE TASTE OF HOME

Ò Pupuseria San Sivar is the kind of comfort food I grew up with in Guatemala. It’s tiny—the owner is always there and cooking the food herself. The caldo de gallina and the pupusas are so delicious! 949.650.2952

CHOW DOWN

Ò Eat Chow’s pulled pork benedict is so good. They have great coffee and even offer breakfast beers! They actually have a great wine list—not your usual selections! You can ask for off-menu bottles as well. www.eatchow.com

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Ò I love greeting our regulars early in the morning, and we try to remember customers’ names and make their experience unique. Want to know how bagels are made? Just ask me or my son, Carlos, to give you a tour. We will always be happy to show you the production area!


From the pages of Locale San Diego

Kind Design in Mind Jina Javier, the Mind Behind Leo by Liv3, Talks Style, Simplicity and Self-Care WRITTEN BY: KERI BRIDGWATER • PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: AMBER THRANE

San Diego

“I envisaged creating this escape and place of calm, but with a cozy at-home vibe as well.” ––Jina Javier

Expert : Jina Javier Credentials: Owner and Founder, Leo by Liv3 Step 1

• “What’s your business, and who are you hoping to serve? Hone in on your message and feeling that you want the space to create for your clients. For wellness and self-care, it should be warm and inviting—transseasonal fabrics like velvet and natural elements, such as living plants, help soften the environment.”

Step 2

• “Collaborate with like-minded creatives to help bring your vision to life. I followed Solstice Interiors on Instagram and knew I wanted to work with [Founder] Katie Gebhardt. In turn, Katie introduced me to the Moniker guys. During a tour of their studios, it was pure luck that I met Janie Rochfort, who ended up creating our mural.”

Step 3

• “Design should feel timeless. Don’t be so trendy that you just

become known for being an Instagram spot because what’s the longevity in that? Create a space that feels authentic and true to your style.”

Step 4

• “I’m a big believer in intuitive decisionmaking, but sometimes, it’s good to sleep on things when choosing key items like paint colors, fabrics and materials. And when it comes to decor, don’t be afraid to alternate price-points by mixing custom pieces with high street finds.”

Step 5

• “Consider incorporating extra feel-good touches—it’s often the little things people appreciate or notice the most. Our self-reflection postcards (a collaboration with Hatched Collective) that clients can send to themselves and the “Be Good to Yourself” decal on the floor are two great examples.”

A KonMari Method devotee, Jina Javier counts megahit book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by pro-organizer Marie Kondo as the source of a fresh perspective and the aesthetic inspiration behind her first solo business venture, Leo by Liv3. Javier, who co-owns and operates San Marcos lifestyle boutique Liv3 with her sisters, opened the designforward nail salon and wellness space last December. From establishing an initial concept and collaborating with designers to sourcing accent decor, beautiful spaces don’t just happen—they take time and dedication. The perfect balance of modern meets bohemian whimsy, North Park nail bar and wellness space Leo was a labor of love from concept to completion. Here, Javier shares, in her words, her top five steps in creating a meaningful business with an inviting and trendy, yet timeless aesthetic. 46 LOCALE MAGAZINE

LEO BY LIV3 3104 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 619.458.9088 | www.leobyliv3.com JINA JAVIER @jinajavier


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You could try to put Brenda Song into a box. You could see her for her Asian American heritage. You could see her as the ditzy hotel heiress from a beloved Disney sitcom. You could typecast her, take her for face value and keep her in the boxes of roles she’s played before. You could do all that—but you’d be wrong.

In truth, underestimating Brenda Song is probably one of the biggest mistakes you could possibly make. She’s blessed with a magnetic personality, a sharp intellect and an effortless beauty that no one can deny, but, on top of all that, she has a willpower and work ethic that have taken her (and her career) to new heights.

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“I’ve never not remembered a time when I didn’t want to be performing,” she says. “I started in this industry very, very early. I was 3—almost 4 [years old]—in the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, and in the middle of the mall, they were doing this model search.” A talent scout watched Song mimicking their catwalk and approached her mother, giving her the “whole spiel.” Song’s mother, unimpressed by the presentation, finished up at the mall and took the soon-to-be starlet home. “My parents had me very young,” Song explains, “so they were very, very young and very, very poor. My grandparents, at the time, thought that to get on TV, you had to somehow get into the TV.” But even from a young age, Song was the decider of her own fate. “A few weeks later, I was really sick, and all I could talk about was this acting school, and I wouldn’t take my Robitussin. I know I was only 3 or 4, but I was talking, and I wouldn’t shut up,” Song says. Struggling to get her chatty (if not persistent) granddaughter to take her medicine, Song’s grandma struck a deal with her: “‘If you take this medicine, I will take you to this acting school.’” “So my grandma took everything out of her savings, which was $527, and took me to this acting school—which, obviously, wasn’t legit,” she recalls. “But through them, I met a real agent.” From there, Song kept pushing for her career. She began with print work right away, then around her sixth birthday, her family found another agent and moved to LA; shortly after, Song booked her first commercial. “Even after I booked my first series, my mom used to joke, ‘We have to go back when you stop working!’” notes Song. “It didn’t even become a career until I was 16,” she says. That year, her mom, a four-time breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed for the first time, Song had just booked “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and she had just gotten accepted into college. “I loved school—I was an overachiever, and my dad was a second-grade teacher—and my dad said, ‘Hey,

if you want to do this, this has to become your career.’” Up until that point, performing was an “after-school activity” or a reward, but her father’s advice was to either go to college and figure out what she wanted to do, or to go all-in with performing. “At 16, I made the career choice,” Song explains. “I just never thought about doing anything else.” Although we know the story of her aspiring career has a happy ending, it was not without its hurdles. “I had to learn rejection at a really young age,” she says. “[It came from] auditioning [as a kid] and knowing that people weren’t even looking up because I wasn’t blonde-haired, blue-eyed— because I didn’t fit the image.” “Of course there were speed bumps,” she says. “Going into auditions, I knew I couldn’t play Harrison Ford’s daughter; it was very limited.” But with her pragmatic, after-school approach to performing and her parents’ support, Song stayed motivated. “My mom would always say that there was only one me, and if they’re not looking for me, it’s okay. There are more than enough opportunities out there, and I can’t change who I am, and do I want to?” she explains. To this day, that mentality gets Song through the rejections and tears, as well as the moments when she doubts her choices. Even recently, she found herself at a crossroads in her career, where she was questioning what was next and where exactly she fit in. She had played a plethora of roles through Disney, including the iconic London Tipton in “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and Wendy Wu in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, as well as various TV shows and movies. Song saw Disney’s “color-blind casting” as a gift. When she originally booked “Suite Life,” she was actually going in to play Maddie, a smart, sweet hotel employee. Ashley Tisdale, Song’s blonde peer, was going in for London, the hotel heiress—but the producers decided to switch their roles. According to Song, “They truly were just casting for who was right for the part.” And while London’s character goes against the way Asian Americans are typically portrayed on-screen, she fell into other boxes when it came to casting. “When I was on ‘Suite Life,’ all the roles I kept getting offered were these ditzy roles,” she explains. “And then when Wendy Wu came about, people would ask, ‘Why would you jump into the stereotype of Asians doing martial arts?’”

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“My mom would always say that there was only one me, and if they’re not looking for me, it’s okay.” — B R E N DA S O N G

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“I don’t ever expect anyone to hand me work—I just want my day in court.” — B R E N DA S O N G

You Goal, Girl

• Song’s goals for 2020 are to continue to honor herself personally and professionally.

Got This in the Bag

• Five items Song always has on-hand are: concealer, her Kindle, her wallet, her phone and blotting papers.

Off-Screen

• In her spare time, Song loves to knit, bake and read, but some of her more serious passions include being an advocate for cancer awareness and helping fund education.

#SquadGoals

• While she loves her current girl squad, her dream dinner party would include guests, Michelle Obama, Martha Stewart, Mother Teresa, Victoria Beckham and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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“I’m proud of the woman I am. I worked really hard to be her." — B R E N DA S O N G

But Song didn’t see it that way. Aside from having a second-degree black belt, Song wanted to play the part because of how the main character, Wendy, struggles with how her heritage differs from American culture. “I was walking out of one stereotype and into another—and that’s always the case—I think everyone is stereotyped in some way,” she says. “But it’s about letting those go and doing projects you’re passionate about, regardless of what everyone else thinks about it.”

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So when she found out that bestselling novel “Crazy Rich Asians” was being made into a film, she was eager to audition to be part of the cast—only to find that she wouldn’t be able to audition for any of the roles. “They thought I wasn’t right for it,” she explains. “I was like, ‘The lead character is in her mid-to-late-20s, an Asian American, struggling—how am I not right for it?’ And they were very honest and said that my image was, basically, too whitewashed.” For anyone who’s seen Crazy Rich Asians, it’s clear that one of the primary achievements of the film is how it opened up more Asian American representation in the industry. For too long, the only roles for Asian American and Pacific Islanders tended to be smaller parts that played to certain tropes. Roles like the alluring but deadly Dragon Lady, the wise martial arts master, the meek, quiet nerd and the foreigner speaking in almostunrecognizable broken English are not only offensive and limiting, but they’re also stale and uninteresting. “Some actors don’t fit into those roles—I don’t fit into a lot of those roles,” Song explains. “Even though I do martial arts, I have a hard time playing an assassin or a ninja! That’s just not who I am...and for a while that was the only part in mainstream movies that I could audition for.” Fortunately, there is a movement for AAPI representation in the industry, and it’s making headway—especially thanks to popular movies like Crazy Rich Asians, Always Be My Maybe and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Needless to say, after years of being overlooked for her race, Song was blindsided by the sentiment shared by Crazy Rich Asians’ casting department. “I felt like I was being punished for having worked in this industry for so long,” she says. “I didn’t understand, and it really hurt me. I was very confused.” “I don’t ever expect anyone to hand me work—I just want my day in court,” Song shares. “I have auditioned for so many things that weren’t right for me. A lot of the roles that I booked were not written for a minority—I’ve booked roles that were written for boys—but for something that I thought was so right for me, and I couldn’t even go read for it… It really discouraged me. I thought, ‘If I can’t go read for this, then what am I doing?’” Despite her work to break out of being cast or not cast based on her minority status, she felt that she had broken through

one box, only to have been put into a different one. “I felt like I was being judged on my past work, and I fought so hard to get away from that already,” she explains. Then, for the first time in 26 years, Song took time off. “I was in such a weird place. It was the first time in a long time I had felt discouraged,” she admits. But there’s nothing a little travel, self-reflection and new outlook can’t fix. “I came back with this mentality of, ‘I am who I am.’ I am so grateful for every yes and, also, for every no because it made me who I am—not just the actor that I am, but the person that I am.” Two weeks after returning to work, she had booked the lead role (Jennifer) in Netflix thriller Secret Obsession, and shortly after that, she booked Madison in Hulu’s “Dollface;” a role which she says perfectly represents where she is in her life and the type of actor she wants to be. “It’s so much fun,” Song gushes. “[Madison] is such a straight-laced, has blinders on, never stops talking, very type A personality that I’ve never gotten to play.” Not only does she feel a deep connection to her role, but she also loves the storyline and creation process behind “Dollface.” The story is about a group of women in their mid-to late-20s that is (refreshingly) written by an actual group of women in their mid-to late-20s. “They’re writing about their lives—this is not people writing about what they think is happening out there—this is people writing about what they do every day.” From defying the monolith with London and embracing the struggle of cultural identity with Wendy to playing an emotionally-charged Jennifer and a dry-witted Madison, Song has undoubtedly proven that she goes beyond typecasting— by race or by genre. “I’ve been very fortunate with my roles,” she notes. “It hasn’t been about my nationality or my ethnicity, and I really appreciate that because I definitely believe that both sides of the story need to be told: the story of the struggle of being Asian American [and] roles about just being a girl in LA...not defined by our culture.” Song is looking forward to seeing the industry transform into a more diverse, more inclusive space—not just for Asian Americans, but for all minorities as well. “My biggest thing is for the next generation to have something I never had, which was seeing yourself on TV at a young age, knowing that anything is possible,” she says. It’s important to her that kids feel that they are “represented in some way, shape or form,” and that they have opportunities and hope. “It’s okay to be down and to be confused about what you want, but at the end of the day, you have to be honest with yourself and know that you can’t change other peoples’ opinions of you. And it’s not up to you!” she explains. “I’m really proud of my resume, of the actor I am and the person that I am—and I know I have a lot of work to do on both aspects, but I’m proud of the woman I am. I worked really hard to be her.”

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“I am so grateful for every yes and, also, for every no because it made me who I am—not just the actor that I am, but the person that I am. — B R E N DA S O N G

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PHOTO BY: Hannah Wilson • CAFE SEVILLA 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 | 888.738.4552 | www.cafesevilla.com

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F OR S I A Wild Taco in Newport Beach

Prepare to quench your thirst and lick your lips. From happy hour sips overlooking the ocean to secret speakeasies, take your dinner plans somewhere new and dine in the most gorgeous restaurants. Curb your appetite with the juiciest burger or freshest taco— whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s here in this guide. Cheers!

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Newport Beach

B Is for Burger MEAT AND GREET THE BEST BURGERS IN OC

Orange County is hip to some of the most experimental and new foodie creations, but sometimes you just crave a good ol’ classic burger. You know, the kind that makes your mouth water and question if you even need any sides to complement it (Don’t worry, we still love a good fry!). We’ve compiled a list of the absolute best burgers—­gourmet, homestyle and everything in between.

BIG BARGAIN SPECIAL

Surfer Vibe, With a Side of Fries

Huntington Beach

u TK Burgers is a true

WESTERN BACON CHEEZ BURGER

TK BURGERS 2119 W Balboa Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.673.3438 www.tkburgers.com

Award-Winning Patties! u Highly decorated

Chef Joseph Mahon is the proud owner of the Burger Parlor, and when you walk in the door, you’ll see just how many awards and acclaimed reviews this place has received. “All ingredients are fresh, never frozen. Our beef is shipped in from Wisconsin, and buns are delivered fresh daily,” boasts Matthew Hyde, shift lead manager.

Best ‘Bunz’ in Town

u Skate, walk, drive or run to Bunz for their specialty burgerz and hot dogz. The menu can be a bit overwhelming for a firsttimer, so we recommend the bacon cheeseburger and chili cheese tater tots to get you started. You will not be disappointed by the juicy, fried and crispy goodness!

BUNZ 7491 Center Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92647 714.766.7060 www.bunzburgerco.com

BURGER PARLOR 149 N Glassell St Orange, CA 92866 714.602.8220 www.burgerparlor.com

Burgers at a Bar

u If you’re a SoCal native,

you’ve probably driven past Cassidy’s hundreds of times on the Balboa Peninsula; now, it’s time to make a pit stop and try their half-pound burgers! Their giant, mouthwatering burgers are comparable to what you’d expect from a family gathering—if only your uncle actually knew how to grill like this!

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Southern California burger joint with a surfer twist. Burgers and fries are served on paper plates for a real homestyle feel, but don’t let the paper fool you—these burgers are gold-plate worthy.


C Is for Coffee Cups

Tustin

WE LIKE THESE OC COFFEE SHOPS A LATTE!

Must Order: Black & Gold Latte

Must Order: Vanilla Latte

FEEN COFFEE Huntington Beach www.feencoffee.com @feencoffee

VACANCY Newport Beach www.vacancycoffee.com @vacancy_coffee

Must Order: Cappuccino

Must Order: Mocha

DAYDREAM COFFEE Newport Beach www.daydreamsurfshop.com @daydreamsurfshop

HOPPER & BURR Santa Ana www.hopperandburr.com @hopperandburr

Must Order: Cajeta Latte

Must Order: Matcha Latte

CONFIDENTIAL COFFEE Long Beach www.confidentialcoffee.com @confidential_coffee

COFFEE DOSE Costa Mesa www.coffeedose.cafe @coffeedosecafe

Must Order: Cappuccino With Macadamia Milk

Must Order: Latte

GASTROPUB

Dine Like a Rock Star!

u Rock and Brews has

made its way to Tustin, and we’re sure glad it has! Reminiscent of ‘80s hair bands and founded by none other than Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, this restaurant serves up hits all around. Senior VP of Operations Bill Goldblum shares, “Fresh Creekstone Farm ground chuck burgers are wood fire-grilled and served on artisan brioche buns from Etxea Bakery with double melted cheeses, the freshest produce and housemade sauces.”

ROCK AND BREWS TUSTIN 1222 Irvine Blvd Tustin, CA 92780 657.254.3040 www.rockandbrews.com

It’s All in the Sauce u Tucked away in a

shopping plaza, you’ll find this new burger joint that has become the talk of the town. Hole in the Wall makes every customer feel

like family in this small but mighty eatery. “Our goal is to provide fresh food for families within a reasonable price. We cut and grind our neverfrozen burger meat, produce is purchased fresh daily and all of our sauces are housemade, including our secret sauce,” shares Owner Ethan Rahimian.

HOLE IN THE WALL 25262 Jeronimo Rd Lake Forest, CA 92630 949.328.9049 @holeinthewallburgeroc

Keepin’ It Simple

u The Rider’s Club strives

to unite quality and concept with budget and beer, and they’ve done just that for the past nine years! Their burger menu includes the classic burger, which you can customize with your choice of meat, cheese and other extras. All burgers are served with housemade kettle chips and house-pickled beets. This beach burger shack is home to locals

and tourists alike. We’re all just looking for a good burger, right?

THE RIDER’S CLUB 1701 N El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672 949.388.3758 www.ridersclubcafe.com

All-American Classic u What is the perfect

place to fill up after sunbathing in Huntington Beach? The American Dream, of course! Located in the Pacific City Shopping Center, this restaurant offers a wide selection of burgers, including various meat and non-meat options. For the truffle lovers, their truffle burger is an absolute must-try! We’re talking an 8-ounce Wagyu beef patty, truffle oil, black truffle salt and truffle aioli!

THE AMERICAN DREAM 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste M130 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.1330 theamericandreamhb.com

COMMON ROOM ROASTERS Newport Beach www.commonroomroasters.com @commonroomroasters

BEAR COAST COFFEE Dana Point & San Clemente www.bearcoastcoffee.com @bearcoastcoffee

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Is for Deliciosos

Must Order: Shredded Beef Taco Ingredients: Beef, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Cheese & Corn Tortilla AVILA’S EL RANCHITO www.avilaselranchito.com @avilaselranchito

QUESO, YOU GOTTA TRY THESE TACOS

Newport Beach

Must Order: Bear Flag Taco

Must Order: Lengua Taco

Ingredients: PankoCrusted Whitefish, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Tommy Sauce & Corn Tortilla

Ingredients: Lengua, Onion, Cilantro, Choice of Salsa Rojo or Salsa Verde & Corn Tortilla

BEAR FLAG FISH CO. www.bearflagfishco.com @bearflagfishco

Must Order: Carne Asada Taco

Must Order: Arrachera Steak Taco Ingredients: Arrachera Steak, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Salsa, Queso Fresco & Corn Tortilla URBANA MEXICAN GASTRONOMY & MIXOLOGY www.urbanaanaheim.com @urbanaanaheim

WILD TACO

One of the best parts about living in Southern California is the delicious tacos. Whether you prefer fresh fish, shredded beef or a little bit of spice, here’s where you want to head for the tastiest bites. Sip your salted margarita or ice-cold beer and savor these tacos—best paired with guacamole.

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Medium

Spicy!

SABROSO! MEXICAN GRILL www.sabrosomexgrill.com @sabrosomexicangrill

Must Order: Fish Taco

NORMITA’S SURF CITY TACO 714.960.8730

Must Order: Grilled Shrimp Taco

Must Order: Carnitas Taco Ingredients: Carnitas, Cilantro, Pickled Onions, Green Salsa & Corn or Flour Tortilla WILD TACO @wildtaco__

$1 - $4

$4 - $6

$6+

Ingredients: Shrimp, White Sauce, Shredded Cabbage, Lime & Corn Tortilla FISH HOUSE MARKET AND GRILL fishhousemarkertandgrill.com @fishhousemarketandgrill

Steak

Chicken

Must Order: Marlin Fish Taco Ingredients: Marlin Fish, Pico de Gallo, Cabbage, Salsa, Sour Cream & Corn Tortilla MARISCOS MOCORITO www.mariscosmocorito.com @mariscosmocorito

Carnitas

Fish

Must Order: Shredded Chicken Tinga Taco Ingredients: Shredded Chicken Breast, Traditional Mexican Spices, Shredded Lettuce, Pepper Jack Cheese, Roasted Poblano Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Fire Roasted Salsa & Corn or Flour Tortilla GUACAMIGOS www.guacamigos.com @guacamigosca

Ingredients: White MahiMahi, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream Sauce & Corn Tortilla

Key Mild

Ingredients: Carne Asada, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Cheese, Pico de Gallo & Corn Tortilla

TACOS EL RANCHO 714.898.2720

Shrimp

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Since its inception in 1921, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific has made the environment a priority. For this Newport Beach staple, their role in sustainability has evolved over time, moving from canning fish into techniques like sourcing from aquaculture (fish farming), food waste recycling programs, redesigned to-go packaging and community engagement opportunities to gather feedback and suggestions on green initiatives.

E Is for Ecological FOR THE CANNERY SEAFOOD OF THE PACIFIC, SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY

Newport Beach

Expert: Markus Hagan Credentials: Executive Chef, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific

The Cannery is deeply invested in sourcing from sustainable options. With its proximity to the waterfront, The Cannery team is cognizant of their business’ implications on the ecosystem. “Sourcing responsibly goes beyond just The Cannery. [It] has a global impact [which] touches ecosystems and economies here locally and abroad,” says Executive Chef Markus Hagan. “It’s not always just about the fish; it’s about the impact harvesting that fish has on the ecosystem [and] the local economy.” This awareness plays a role in the menu—Chef Hagan thinks about the fish’s harvest methods, eco-certifications and carbon footprint from delivering it to the restaurant kitchen. “Sustainability is one of my most important standards in sourcing and a baseline when looking at new product,” he says.

—Markus Hagan

THE CANNERY SEAFOOD OF THE PACIFIC 3010 Lafayette Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.566.0060 www.cannerynewport.com

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“Sustainability is one of my most important standards in sourcing and a baseline when looking at new product.”

Through its programs, The Cannery offers dining that keeps the environment in mind. “Our goal is to provide the utmost highest quality experience to our customers in regard to a responsibly sourced product, while maintaining our commitment of being stewards of the ocean,” Chef Hagan remarks. “It’s not as difficult as one might think; it’s more of a passion meets lifestyle.”


F Is for Food Halls

Huntington Beach

GET YOUR FOODIE FIX AT THESE FOOD HALL FAVORITES

THIS EXPERT DISHES THE DEETS BURNT CRUMBS AT LOT 579

A Lot on Your Plate

u This fantasy food land is chock-full of edible endeavors from sushi and scoops to smoked meats. Be sure to belly up to Burnt Crumbs for one of their between-the-bun bites like the spaghetti grilled cheese, which will stretch your imagination (and waistband) to new heights.

LOT 579 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.gopacificcity.com

Anaheim

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Irvine

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Santa Ana

@mcfaddenmarket

Pack It on

Fill up Your Tank

This Is No Fad

house features a myriad of merchants that serve everything from bubble tea to burgers. The liquid nitrogen sweet rice puffs from I Am are a freezing yet photoworthy finger food.

grub hub is the perfect pit stop before a big flight. Grab a treat from Sweet Combforts for a waffle-y, Instagramworthy Belgian bellyfull.

an appetite, you get McFadden Public Market. Grab a pint and play some pinball before rubbing elbows over some ramen at Ramen Tokudai.

u This converted packing

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u This airport adjacent

TRADE FOOD HALL 2222 Michelson Dr Irvine, CA 92612 www.tradefoodhall.com

u When an arcade meets

MCFADDEN PUBLIC MARKET 515 N Main St Santa Ana, CA 92701 www.mcfaddenmarket.com

Something to Taco ‘Bout

u This mega-market is a

one-stop-shop if you are craving all things flavorful and adventurous. And if you’re in the mood to take a Mexican staple to the next level, try the newly-opened Hermosa Taqueria. Make sure to leave room for a creative cocktail—you know, just in queso.

UNION MARKET 2493 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 www.thedistricttl.com

Make a Mess

u If you’re feeling a little

shellfish, swing by Mess Hall in Tustin for a fingerlicking lobster roll that’s so good it should be against the claw.

MESS HALL MARKET 1705 Flight Way Tustin, CA 92782 www.flight-tustin.com

Leonard Chan is the man behind many of Orange County’s most iconic eateries, and he’s giving us the scoop on his latest curation, Collage at South Coast Plaza, which is aiming to open this spring. Q: What is the concept for Collage? Leonard Chan: There will be nine concise concepts at Collage, all super approachable by design, as we do not want anyone to shy away from trying any of the concepts. All of the menus, whether food or libations, will be carefully curated. Each spot will have its own identity and aesthetic, allowing for a dynamic and organic gathering space for people to dine, drink and socialize. Q: You are featuring international, regional and local cuisine at this new food hall. What vendors do you hope to showcase? LC: We wanted to find the right mix of concepts that would provide options for anyone, from casual dining to special occasions. Think Neo-American with a fusion twist. Some of the concepts are very chef-driven, so expect to see rotating seasonal menus and specials being dropped all year long. Q: How will Collage differ from your average mall food court? LC: We believe that we have designed a new experience that has not been seen in more traditional food halls. We are striving to achieve the ultimate dining experience for our guests while giving the tenants the utmost control of their space to create their own cultures and visions.

F | Written By: Jane Adler | Photos - Burnt Crumbs: Ed Visions & Burnt Crumbs | Packing District: @packingdistrict | Trade Food Hall: @tradeirvine | McFadden Public Market: @mcfaddenmarket TABLE TALK | Jeromy Chan: 100inc Agency

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G Is for Gorgeous THESE OC EATERIES WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Pretty in Pink

u Tamarindo will have you

thinking (and drinking) pink with their bubbly bar, which is the perfect stop for a palate cleanser. Admire the open-air, earth-toned interior and the massive mural that pays homage to the owner’s Mexican roots.

Let’s Get SOCIAL

u SOCIAL Huntington

Beach is an oceaninspired oasis with a bar that’ll help you beat any type of blues (it’s literally all blue). Plus, their one-of-a-kind craft cocktails are as pretty as they are tasty.

Huntington Beach

SOCIAL HUNTINGTON BEACH 21214 Beach Blvd Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.7715 www.socialrg.com @socialkitchencraftbar

TAMARINDO 110 S El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672 714.640.9371 www.eat-tamarindo.com @eat_tamarindo

Feelin’ Fishy

u We’re hooked on this

joint! Circle Hook is the perfect place to post-up for a pint and admire the marine-inspired motif. From the subway tile to the wall-mounted swordfish, this decor is shore to delight!

CIRCLE HOOK FISH CO. 3432 Via Oporto, Ste 104 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.200.9476 @circlehookfishcompany

Bistro-Eyes on This Beauty

u This Belgian brasserie

is the definition of casual cool with its bustling interior and inviting bar. Try to score a seat at the “Fritkot” counter to get your fry fix.

BRUSSELS BISTRO 218 Avenida del Mar San Clemente, CA 92672 949.218.8489 www.brusselsbistro.com @brusselsbistro

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Throw it Back

u CdM is an old-school-

style restaurant with a speakeasy feel. Showing off rich woods and deep hues, this sexy spot is serving up scrumptious bites as velvety as the booths themselves.

Corona del Mar

CDM RESTAURANT 2325 E Coast Hwy Corona del Mar, CA 92625 949.287.6600 www.cdmrestaurant.com @cdmrestaurant

Get in the Spirit!

u Lido’s latest restaurant

oozes elegance with its lush layering and elaborate layout. The beckoning bar is the place to be and the bathroom will have you seeing green.

FABLE & SPIRIT 3441 Via Lido, Ste A Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.409.9913 www.fableandspirit.com @fableandspirit

Habana Ooh-Na-Na!

u This Irvine Spectrum

location transports you straight to a cafĂŠ in Cuba with its tiles, textures and tropical touches. Take your day alfresco by enjoying a pop of peach and a playa varadero on the patio.

HABANA 708 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.419.0100 www.restauranthabana.com @restauranthabana

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H Is for Happy Hour OC HAPPY HOURS THAT’LL HELP YOU FORGET IT’S MONDAY

MOZAMBIQUE

Order This: Chicken Wings & Fried Calamari When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. & Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m.

u An especially unique offering at Mozambique is their use of the periperi pepper, which was discovered by Portuguese sailors centuries ago on maiden trips to Far East trade routes. MOZAMBIQUE Laguna Beach www.mozambiqueoc.com

Order This: HoSum Dumplings and Crispy Crab Bellies When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

Order This: Island Style Poke & Skinny Margarita

Newport Beach

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. & Friday, 3-6 p.m.

u Tavern House is

TAVERN HOUSE KITCHEN + BAR Newport Beach www.tavernhousekb.com

January 2018 after a devastating fire, HoSum BISTRO has been feeding a packed house! Be sure to get here early for their happy hour.

HOSUM BISTRO Newport Beach www.hosumbistro.com

Order This: Chef’s Flatbread & House Wine When: Monday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. to Close; Friday, 2-6 p.m. & Sunday, All Day

u Silver Trumpet is

Order This: Chicken Gyoza & Plum Wine

Order This: Saigon Roll

Order This: Famous Martini

When: Sunday-Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.

When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

u High-quality sushi at

Asian-inspired interior design will have you feeling like the weekend is just around the corner.

a good price is hard to come by, but have no fear—Hashigo’s happy hour delivers just that!

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u Dim lighting and

STARFISH Laguna Beach www.starfishlaguna.com

u OC natives will

recognize the iconic martini glass that is synonymous with Bar Louie, but have you tried one of their famous martinis yet?

BAR LOUIE Tustin www.barlouie.com

Order This: Brussels Sprouts & Classic Cocktail When: Tuesday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. (Wednesday and Sunday, All Night)

u Get your after-work

buddies together for a SOCIAL gathering of epic proportions!

SOCIAL COSTA MESA Costa Mesa www.socialrg.com

located across the street from the Segerstrom Center and Concert Hall, so it is the perfect place for a pre-show drink.

SILVER TRUMPET Costa Mesa silvertrumpetrestaurant.com

Order This: Ceviche & URBANA Margarita When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. & Saturday-Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

u URBANA’s happy

hour, aka “hora feliz,” is

URBANA Anaheim www.urbanaanaheim.com

Order This: Giant Punch Bowl When: Daily, 5-7 p.m.

u Consider Twisted Tiki

your new hidden oasis for tropical-themed drinks. Find out what fun neon presentation your liquor of choice will be served in—a giant conch shell? A pineapple? Just order one and see!

TWISTED TIKI Santa Ana @twistedtiki_sa

Order This: Old Fashioned & Housemade Meatballs When: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

u Loosening the tie,

switching from heels to flats and “letting your hair down” is all welcome at Stag Bar + Kitchen, one of the oldest bars in Southern California!

STAG BAR + KITCHEN Newport Beach www.stagbar.com

Order This: Tito’s Cocktail & Cali Smoke Mix Plate When: Monday, 3 p.m. to Close & Tuesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

u Nothing beats a rooftop

view of Laguna after being stuck in the office all day, and the cocktails will have you wishing you didn’t have to go back in the next morning! SKYLOFT Laguna Beach www.skyloftoc.com

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located alongside the harbor, which makes for a beautiful backdrop while enjoying happy hour favs.

u Since reopening in

the perfect occasion to indulge in guacamole, handmade tortillas and, of course a margarita (or three).


I Is for Italian u Offering traditional Italian eats with a contemporary twist, Oliver’s Osteria is just right for a romantic dinner with the one you love or for a lively meal with friends or family. Owner and Chef Eric De Marchi brings the best of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy to Laguna Beach with an assortment of satisfying dishes.

FOOD u When you get authentic cuisine in generous portions, it makes it so tough to choose! Try exquisite pasta dishes, any of the amazing chicken, salmon or veal dishes, or get a real Italian experience with the Branzino Al Sale.

DECOR u The dining room features traditional

black and white beamed ceilings and an intimate atmosphere. Enjoy views of the beautiful hillsides of Laguna Canyon out on the patio.

J Is for Japanese

GET A TASTE OF THE SEA AT THESE NEWPORT BEACH SUSHI SPOTS

No matter how you look at it, sushi is an art form. It has transcended generations and continents with its delicate strokes of the knife and subtlety in preparation. As Californians, we are immensely lucky to experience some of the most expertly prepared seafood outside of Japan, and few Californians are so fortunate as the patrons of these seven sushi restaurants in Newport Beach.

Everything You Avo Wanted

is well-priced for an assorted six-course meal.

Must Order: Avocado “Hanabi”

u Sushi Roku’s

contemporary concept presents a modern twist by incorporating different aspects of flavor gathered from around the globe. Their Avocado “Hanabi” is a prime example with its use of wasabi, soy truffle and parmesan reggiano.

SUSHI ROKU 327 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.706.3622 www.sushiroku.com

Six Ways to Fin It PRICE u Pasta dishes are between $20 and

$30. Seafood, chicken and meat entrées go from $28 to $44. Daily specials are also available.

VERDICT u Oliver’s Osteria is a place where authenticity meets simplicity. You’ll enjoy a delicious breadth of flavorful dishes and a lovely atmosphere to go with it.

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CAFE SAKANA

Must Order: Chef’s Course Meal

u San Shi Go’s sushi bar

is the main attraction of its intimate ambiance, so if you are looking for a personal and inviting feel, find a seat here! Their Chef’s Course omakase experience

Slurps up Because There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Noods

SAN SHI GO 205 Main St Newport Beach, CA 92661 949.673.3724 www.sanshigonb.com

Chop It Like It’s Hot Must Order: Yoshi Spring Roll

u This little local gem is

situated port side and is a family-owned restaurant with a friendly staff. If you’re into firing up your taste buds, Buddha’s Favorite serves up an abundance of heat in their roll selections.

BUDDHA’S FAVORITE 634 Lido Park Dr Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.723.4203 buddhasfavorite.com/sushibar

Hole in the Reef Must Order: Toro and King Salmon Sushi

u Nana San is one of those low-key sushi restaurants tucked away within a small

shopping plaza, so it might be easy to overlook! Don’t let the location fool you, however, as they pull their weight in amazing fish.

NANA SAN 3601 Jamboree Rd Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.474.7373

Off the Hook! Must Order: Yellowtail Sashimi With Jalapeño

u There is little left to be

said about the worldfamous Nobu restaurant chain. Head right up the curved staircase for a lovely marina-side view.

NOBU NEWPORT BEACH 3450 Via Oporto, Ste 101 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.429.4440 www.noburestaurants.com/ newportbeach

Sea It to Believe It Must Order: “The Ocean” Omakase Set

u Cafe Sakana is a

neighborhood gem with

a charming decor and a dog-friendly patio, intimate enough for date nights, and casual enough for a family dinner. Their “Ocean” omakase is a true testament to their highquality sushi without the high price.

CAFE SAKANA 1703 Westcliff Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.287.6511 www.cafesakana.com

Fresh to Death Must Order: Deluxe Assorted Sushi

u Kitayama surrounds you

with traditional Japanese decor that’s both immersive and inviting. The Zen garden alone is reason enough to stop by and take in its beauty. Plus, the quality of their sushi is top-notch.

KITAYAMA 101 Bayview Pl Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.725.0777

RAMEN

RAMEN

RAMEN

RAMEN

Must Order: Kitakata Ramen

Must Order: Tonkotsu Ramen

Must Order: Spicy Miso Ramen

Must Order: Tonkotsu Black Ramen

KITAKATA RAMEN BAN NAI www.ramenbannai.com

HIRONORI CRAFT RAMEN www.hironoriramen.com

HUNTINGTON RAMEN Huntington Beach & Fullerton

YOSHIHARU RAMEN www.yoshiharuramen.com

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Costa Mesa

L u Owners and power

couple Yassmin Sarmadi (the restaurateur) and Tony Esnault (the chef) designed much of this restaurant themselves and incorporated decor from their home to make it a uniquely “homey” experience. Part of this collection includes a case of antique kitchen gadgets— including a 500-year-old cake mold. “This is only a third of my collection; I couldn’t bring everything, well, because it’s a restaurant, not a museum,” laughs Chef Esnault. As for the food, Knife Pleat presents a modern take on French classics. Among the offerings is a French delicacy: Esnault’s Golden Reserve Collection of ½ ounce exquisite, rare, medium- to large-bead caviar—with a smooth, buttery finish that you won’t find anywhere else. “Everything is on purpose,” Esnault says, from naming the cocktails after famous designers to exclusively using Mauviel cookware. Knife Pleat also has a commitment to reduce waste by utilizing every part of its produce, and their meat is sourced from local farmers, ensuring organic and grass-fed products.

K Is for Knife Pleat INDULGE THE EYES AND THE PALATE AT THIS SHOW-STOPPING EATERY Upscale yet laid back, Knife Pleat made its debut in June 2019 and has cultivated quite a name for itself since. Its cozy, chic design and velvet chairs and couches, all embellished with gold accents, constitute a modern, Insta-worthy aesthetic.

With serious attention to detail in its design and cuisine, Knife Pleat presents an elegant dining experience that will continue to draw you in—both for the menu and its unique nuances.

Is for Locale Red, White & Luau Winner u Deep within Santa Ana’s historic

downtown area sits a modest establishment that serves a truly authentic Mediterranean experience that will not be found elsewhere in Orange County. Don’t let the small floor plan fool you— this restaurant resides in a historical building and offers personality beyond your expectations.

FOOD u As masters of the kebab, their dishes

come out looking effortless and taste absolutely fresh. Koobideh sirloin beef, organic chicken, wild salmon, lamb— there is no wrong choice; the Sultan Platter covers all your bases if you can’t pick just one.

DECOR u High-def menu highlights on one

side, sections of a traditional mural on the other, warm, inviting lighting, delightful Mediterranean soundscapes and fresh flowers at the table—the little details are all there.

PRICE u You could feed three hungry adults a healthy and delicious meal for under $50 at Kebab Place and still go home with leftovers.

KNIFE PLEAT 3333 Bristol St, Ste 3001 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.266.3388 www.knifepleat.com

VERDICT RAMEN

UDON

UDON

SOBA

SOBA

Must Order: Black Ramen

Must Order: Nikutama Udon

Must Order: Curry Udon

Must Order: Shrimp Tempura Soba

Must Order: Toko Zaru

RAMAIN39 IZAKAYA www.ramain39.com

MARUGAME UDON www.marugameudon.com

MEIGI SERIMEN COSTA MESA www.meijinoodleusa.com

SOBA IZAKAYA MINAMI @soba_izakaya_minami

TANAKAYA ww.tanakaya-soba.com

u Kebab Place presents unmatched

quality at their prices, which is a definite plus within Santa Ana’s bustling nightlife area. KEBAB PLACE 306 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 714.953.8444 | www.kebab-place.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 81


Mind Over Masa

u At the heart of every

good taco is a good tortilla, and these are no different. All of Taco María’s masa products are processed and made in-house, and the corn is sourced from small family farms in Mexico.

Key

Michelin Star

Mexican Food, but Make It Fashion

Bib Gourmand

u This is what Chef Carlos Salgado is doing at Taco

The Plate

Don’t Call It Mexican Food Costa Mesa

u With his

signature Alta California cuisine, Chef Salgado pays homage to his family’s culture by creating delicious, Mexican-inspired dishes.

This Is How We Roll u This intimate 10-seat

eatery is serving up sushi so fresh it’ll have you saying “Oh my God” or, rather, “OMAKASE!” Hana Re takes edible entertainment to the next level, showcasing knife skills, precision plating and snap-worthy assortments of seafood. This is one performance where you’ll definitely want an encore.

Es Mui Bueno

u Unassuming on the

outside, this locally loved joint opens up to an industrial oasis, complete with dressed-up versions of your favorite Mexican dishes. From carnitas to craft cocktails to coconut sorbet, El Mercado

Is for Michelin FILL UP YOUR CULINARY CUP AT THESE AWARD-WINNING FOODIE FAVORITES

The Plate

The Plate

IKKO Costa Mesa 714.556.7822

SUMMIT HOUSE Fullerton www.summithouse.com

Bib Gourmand

The Plate

GARLIC & CHIVES Garden Grove @garlicandchivesbyk

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TACO MARÍA 3313 Hyland Ave, Ste C21, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.538.8444 | www.tacomaria.com

HANA RE 2930 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.545.2800 www.hanaresushi.com

M

Palate Pleasers

María. Act like a pro and opt for the prix fixe menu—a highlight reel of high-quality ingredients and age-old cooking methods combined to create simple dishes with complex flavors. Diners can expect seasonal vegetables, meticulously sourced proteins and slowcooked sauces. The blue corn tortillas are a must-try as well as anything with mole.

BLUEFIN Newport Beach www.bluefinbyabe.com

The Plate

The Plate

Modern Cuisine will have you saying “adios” to your diet and “hola” to eating, well, everything! EL MERCADO 301 N Spurgeon St Santa Ana, CA 92701 714.338.2446 www.mercadomodern.com

Bon Appétit!

u M is for Michelin, but it is also for Marché Moderne. Located in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, this showstopper has a certain je ne sais quoi that’ll have you pardoning your French. Upscale but approachable, the cuisine features caramelizedthis and confit-that, but Amelia’s Chopped Salad is an M for Must. MARCHÉ MODERNE 7862 E Pacific Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92657 714.434.7900 www.marchemoderne.net

The Plate

J. ZHOU Tustin www.jzhouorientalcuisine.com

THE RANCH Anaheim www.theranch.com/restaurant

VACA Costa Mesa www.vacarestaurant.com

Bib Gourmand

Bib Gourmand

The Plate

GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHEN Orange www.gabbismexicankitchen.com

LSXO Huntington Beach www.dinebluegold.com/lsxo

JAVIER’S Newport Beach www.javiers-cantina.com

M | Written By: Jane Adler | Photos - Taco Maria: Anne Watson

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N

Costa Mesa Lo Amamos

Is for Never Skip Brunch

u Offering brunch

Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the “Plancha Dining” is muy caliente. From savory dishes like the chilaquiles or sweet eats like conchas bread pudding, there is something for every palate at Descanso.

WHEN IN DOUBT, BRUNCH IT OUT AT THESE TOP OC BRUNCH SPOTS

DESCANSO Costa Mesa descansorestaurant.com

Newport Beach

Say Hill-o

u Choosing between

sipping a blood orange mimosa and a white peach bellini is difficult, but someone has to do it. California cuisine with water views, the vista from Pelican Hill is a treat for the eyes and appetite.

PELICAN GRILL Newport Coast www.pelicangrillnb.com

Raise the Roof

u Looking for a prime

TANNER’S Huntington Beach www.tannershb.com

GRACIAS MADRE

Sunny Southern California skies are a perfect backdrop to everyone’s favorite weekend warrior activity: brunching. Whether enjoying bottomless mimosas, savory Benedicts or piles of pancakes, there are plenty of places in Orange County to gather with friends for day-drinking and whiling away the afternoon. Here are a few of our favorite places to get our brunch on: 84 LOCALE MAGAZINE

u For some of the sexiest

ambiance in Newport Beach, Javier’s brings its A-game. The boisterous brunch crowd is highenergy, enjoying huevos rancheros, chilaquiles verdes and machaca con huevos. Their best margaritas include the piña and jalapeño.

JAVIER’S Newport Beach www.javiers-cantina.com

Show the Weekend Who’s Boss u Bosscat serves up

Arts and Crafts

u Banana bread served

Quiéralo!

u From the classic huevos

rancheros to the funky favorites like fluffy chia pancakes and the zesty Madre Maria, Gracias Madre is the spot for the modern-mexican, plantbased brunch of a lifetime.

GRACIAS MADRE Newport Beach www.graciasmadre.co

with bacon, sunny side up eggs, maple syrup and breakfast potatoes are sure to pair well with the bottomless bubbles or Blake’s Old Fashioned (South Orange County native Chef Blake’s secret recipe) at Craft House. Their spiked coffee will also put a zip in your sip.

CRAFT HOUSE Dana Point ww.eatatcrafthouse.com

an array of creative concoctions like nutella s’mores pancakes, “Fruity Pebbles” French toast and a donut burger. If you’re feeling really frisky, try the Breakfast in Bed shot—maple bourbon, orange juice, and bacon.

BOSSCAT KITCHEN & LIBATIONS Newport Beach bosscatkitchen-newport.com

Go the Traditional Route u The Alley is known

for their $10 bottomless mimosas and classic brunch selections. A saloon-style restaurant,

THE ALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR Newport Beach thealleynewportbeach.com

Brunch With a Cause

u By bringing together food and community with the intent of serving up delicious dishes for a cause, Andrei’s is a pillar of genuineness in Irvine. This place offers delicious brown butter pancakes, prosciutto brunch pizza and crab Benedicts. Yum! ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS Irvine www.andreisrestaurant.com

The Gang’s All Here

u Sunday brunch at H.H.

Cotton’s brings new meaning to Sunday fun day—with a little bit of everything on the menu. From ramen to breakfast tacos, it has something for everyone’s palate and is a great space to meet up with friends!

H.H. COTTON’S San Clemente www.hhcottons.com

Weekend Golden Hour

u Located at Pacific

City, Bluegold focuses on old-world cooking techniques and locallysourced ingredients. Whether trying the milk rolls with hazelnut honey or a bloody mary oyster shooter, this spot makes for an excellent brunch stop—with a view!

BLUEGOLD Huntington Beach www.dinebluegold.com

N | Written by: Chad Chisholm | Photos - Descanso & Tanner’s: Hunter Cole | Gracias Madre: Talia Dinwiddie | Craft House

perch for brunch? Look no further than Tanner’s, located at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. This coastal gem features a unique treehouse bar design and shi-shi lounge area that overlooks the sand and serves tasty seasonal fare and cocktails.

No Passport Needed

the welcoming neighborhood service and feel will leave you coming back for more.


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O Is for Ocean Views CHECK OUT OC’S BEST 180-DEGREE OCEAN VIEWS

Dana Point

A&O KITCHEN + BAR AT BALBOA BAY RESORT 1221 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.balboabayresort.com WATERLINE AT THE BALBOA BAY RESORT 1221 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.balboabayresort.com OLA MEXICAN KITCHEN 21040 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste F200 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.olamexicankitchen.com

COYOTE GRILL 31621 Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 www.coyotegrill.tv DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN 619 Sleepy Hollow Ln Laguna Beach, CA 92651 driftwoodkitchen.com SPLASHES RESTAURANT AT SURF & SAND RESORT 1555 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 www.surfandsandresort. com/splashes THE DECK ON LAGUNA BEACH 627 Sleepy Hollow Ln Laguna Beach, CA 92651 www.deckonlaguna.com RAYA AT THE RITZ CARLTON 1 Ritz Carlton Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/ california/laguna-niguel

180BLŨ AT THE RITZ CARLTON 1 Ritz Carlton Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/ california/laguna-niguel

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FLY-N-FISH OYSTER BAR & GRILL 2304 W Oceanfront Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.flynfishoysterbar.com SOL MEXICAN COCINA 251 Pacific Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92660 www.solcocina.com

O | Written By: Brittany Lawrence | Photos - A&O Kitchen + Bar at Balboa Bay Resort: Michael Wesley | 180blŨ at the Ritz Carlton: Mariusz Jeglinski

RUBY’S DINER 1 Main St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.rubys.com


Costa Mesa

P

Is for Pueblo

Corona del Mar

Q

Is for The Quiet Woman

San Juan Cap.

R

Is for Rancho Capistrano Winery

u The Quiet Woman is the perfect example of what happens when a beloved restaurant stays in the same location for over 50 years yet manages to keep things fresh. Generations of devoted patrons come for sophisticated comfort food and the upscale, classic ambiance. The Quiet Woman takes you back to fine dining, with a modern, innovative twist.

Capistrano, Rancho Capistrano Winery features 40 award-winning wines to choose from, along with a diverse menu of delicious food. Whether it’s a romantic evening with your sweetheart or lunching with the ladies, this is the perfect place to unwind.

FOOD

FOOD

FOOD

u With signature dishes like the Montadito de Costilla and the Mar y Montaña, Pueblo presents delectable duality in their shareable dishes. Everything delivers an unexpected punch to your palate, and you should expect to have your curiosity piqued throughout the experience.

u From Colorado lamb and filet mignon to scrumptious caramelized scallops, everything is made fresh daily and comes in generous portions. Plus, the bar offers an array of tasty libations—try the Negroni (with sugared strawberries) for something deliciously different.

u The menu consists of comfort food and healthy options available for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Begin with delicious starters like lamb meatballs or the ahi poke stack. For lunch and dinner, enjoy everything from pan seared salmon and seafood risotto to tasty flatbreads. If there’s still room, try one of their classic desserts like the bread pudding.

DECOR

DECOR

DECOR

u Pueblo is understated, dimly lit, warm and familiar. Think sultry wine bar with hints of desert colors (aka a perfect setting for date night).

u This is an intimate space, but there’s lots of fun to

be had. A stage tucked in the corner features live music five nights a week.

u The rustic decor combined with an open-concept setting creates an authentic, “ranch-style” ambiance. The 3,000-square-foot covered patio features a large fireplace and plenty of seating for you and your crew.

PRICE

PRICE

PRICE

u You won’t break the bank, but you might get close if you order the whole menu. Each dish ranges between $8 to $18.

u Lunch options range from $10-$28, while dinner

u Starters are priced from $9 to $18. Lunch entrees vary

VERDICT

VERDICT

VERDICT

u From appetizers to dessert, Pueblo is a journey that

doesn’t necessarily need to have an ending—their distinct flavors in shareable portions will leave you wanting more, even after you’re satisfied.

u Everything you could want in a neighborhood restaurant is here: great food, wonderful atmosphere and a family feel. Even after 54 years in the same location, The Quiet Woman is still an OC icon.

u Enjoy it all—great food and award-winning wines

in a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Wine Club members receive discounts, tastings and invitations to special events.

PUEBLO 3321 Hyland Ave, Ste D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.485.3111 | www.pueblotapas.com

THE QUIET WOMAN 3224 Pacific Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA 92625 949.640.7440 | www.quietwoman.com

RANCHO CAPISTRANO WINERY 26755 Verdugo St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.481.6682 | www.ranchocapwinery.com

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entrées are anywhere from $18-$48. Small plates start at only $10.

u Located in the heart of historic San Juan

between $14 and $29, while dinner entrees range from $17 to $49. Sunday brunch prices are under $20.

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u Pueblo is as perfect as they come when you’re looking to impress a date or out-oftown guests to begin the night. Located within SOCO, this tapas-style restaurant lures you in with its ambiance, diverse food options and unique cocktails.


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S Is for Shhh… SIPPING IN SECRET IS ALWAYS MORE FUN

Down Under Where: Barroom under CdM restaurant in Corona del Mar. Entry: Call and make a reservation for the downstairs bar.

UNDER CDM 2325 E Coast Hwy Corona del Mar, CA 92625 www.cdmrestaurant.com @cdmrestaurant

Island Hideaway Where: McFadden Public Market Entry: Visit anytime Tuesday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. TWISTED TIKI 515 N. Main St Santa Ana, CA 92701 @twistedtiki_sa

Join the Club

Entry: Open entry.

Costa Mesa

THE GUILD CLUB 3321 Hyland Ave, Ste G Costa Mesa, CA 92626 www.theguildclub.com @theguildclub

Where: Inside Irvine Marriott Hotel. Entry: Go through the double doors in the main hotel bar located to the right of the lobby entrance. YNK 18000 Von Karman Ave Irvine, CA 92612 www.ynklounge.com @ynklounge

Retro Vibes Where: 820 West 19th Street, Costa Mesa Entry: Come as you are— no cover, no problem. Open every night from 8-10 p.m. CASA COSTA MESA 820 W 19th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 casabarcostamesa.com @casacostamesa

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Where: Behind Arc at SOCO.

Be Adventurous


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S Is for Shhh… SIPPING IN SECRET IS ALWAYS MORE FUN

Dark & Stormy

Huntington Beach

Where: Anaheim; Check the website for coordinates. Entry: Make a reservation online!

THE BLIND RABBIT 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Ste 104 Anaheim, CA 92805 www.theblindrabbit.com @theblindrabbit

Old Country Inn

By the Beach Where: A reservationonly “restaurant within a restaurant” in Bluegold. Entry: Check-in at Bluegold’s host stand for your reservation, and they’ll escort you to your secret dining location.

Entry: Email 352poppy@ gmail.com to get added to the email list; once you receive an invite, promptly make a reservation—they sell out fast! After making a reservation, you’ll receive all the details, including your night’s password to the speakeasy. 352 POPPY 3801 E Coast Hwy Corona del Mar, CA 92625 www.lawrysonline.com/ five-crowns

Post Pizza Where: Inside Pitfire Pizza. Entry: Enter through Pitfire Pizza, and make your way past the restrooms and additional seating area; or just enter through the restaurant’s back parking lot! PIE SOCIETY BAR 353 E 17th St Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.piesocietybar.com

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LSXO 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste D200 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.dinebluegold.com/lsxo

Where: Five Crowns Restaurant in Corona del Mar.


T Is for Tapas

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TINY TAPAS, BIG FLAVORS

Surrounded by Spanish culture and cuisine, savor a pair of small bites that’ll wake your taste buds at Cafe Sevilla. Moorish spices enhance the honey and mint flavors of a flame-grilled lamb skewer, and garlic almond black rice makes the perfect bed for sautéed shrimp. In other words, the mouthwatering combination of Cafe Sevilla’s top tapas, cordero brocheta and shrimp romesco, will leave you wanting more.

Is for Urban Seoul u Tucked inside Irvine’s Diamond

Costa Mesa

Jamboree lies a self-proclaimed “Borderless Kitchen” that defies all preconceived expectations of fusion foods. Rooted in Korean cuisine, Urban Seoul presents delectable hybrid dishes like kimchi fried rice mixed with chorizo and tacos filled with gogi—each of which will have you stamping multiple pages of your palate passport all at once.

FOOD

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u With a menu that could make any carnivore’s mouth water, Urban Seoul has all the protein staples you could want from Korean comfort food: duroc pork belly, Jidori chicken, runny fried egg, gogi and more.

DECOR

Shrimp Romesco Ingredients: • Seared Shrimp • Marcona Almonds • Piquillo Peppers • Shallots • Garlic • Thyme • Basil • Parsley • Tomato • Balsamic Vinegar • Bomba Rice Infused With Squid Ink and Lobster Stock

u The open-concept kitchen’s bar seating serves as the main attraction, providing opportunities for excitement and interaction before, during and after your meal.

PRICE u Appetizers range from $5 to $9 and

entrées from $10 to $16, making this the perfect place for lunch with friends or a casual date night.

VERDICT u With new owners and a streamlined,

refined menu, Urban Seoul is a small eatery that’s packing big flavor into its uniquely delicious concepts. URBAN SEOUL 2750 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606 949.553.0188 | @urbanseoul_

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Cordero Brocheta Ingredients: • Australian Lamb Sirloin • Olive Oil Marinade • Honey • Mint • Garlic • Coriander • Cumin • Fennel Seed • Salt • Pepper


V Is for Vegan

Dish Name: Vegan Truffle Burger

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Dish Name: Bagel and Cream Cheese

Dish Name: Nacho King

Compare to: Umami Burger’s Truffle Burger

Compare to: Einstein Bros. Bagels

Compare to: Taco Bell’s Nachos

Ingredients: Meatless patty, flaxseed bun, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and truffle aioli

Ingredients: Gluten-free everything bagel, cashew cream cheese

Ingredients: Corn chips, black beans, vegan taco “meat,” non-dairy chez sauce, salsa and cilantro sauce

Dish Name: Brownie a la Mode

Dish Name: Create Your Own Pizza

Dish Name: Selfless Savior

Compare to: BJ’s Hot Fudge Brownie Pizookie

Compare to: The Pizza Press’ Publish Your Own Pizza

Compare to: Habit Burger’s Sweet Potato Fries

FREESOULCAFFÉ 191 E Main St, Ste 1B, Tustin, California 92780 714.371.0976 | freesoulcaffe.com

Ingredients: Brownie, served with a scoop of soy-free Hug Life ice cream

VIBE ORGANIC KITCHEN Newport Beach & Dana Point www.eatdrinkvibe.com | @eatdrinkvibe

Ingredients: Varies, depending on personal preference

HEALTHY JUNK Multiple locations in Anaheim www.thehealthyjunk.com | @thehealthyjunk

Ingredients: Sweet potato fries, homemade seasoning

VEGAN PIZZA 12022 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840 714.750.8686 | www.veganpizzamenu.com

VEGAN NIRVANA 7862 Warner Ave, Ste 110 Huntington Beach, CA 92647 714.847.4080 | vegannirvana.com

Dish Name: Ninja Roll

Dish Name: Pho Noodle Soup

Dish Name: Thai Dye Wrap

Compare to: A Ninja Roll from your favorite local sushi bar Ingredients: Shrimp-less tempura, spicy tuna-less shiitake mushroom, avocado, cucumber, wasabi, spicy mayo, unagi sauce and green onion KENSHŌ 9550 Bolsa Ave, Ste 125, Westminster, CA 92683 714.514.8726 | @kenshovegansushi

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Compare to: Your favorite neighborhood pho

Compare to: Trader Joe’s Sandwich Wraps

Ingredients: Housemade broth, flat rice noodles, organic king mushrooms, Gardein protein strips, organic flaxseed oil, cilantro, onion, pepper, bean sprouts, basil, lemon and jalapeño

Ingredients: Whole wheat, flaxseed or chia seed wrap, spicy organic tofu, Thai basil, avocado, carrots, daikon radish, cilantro and snap peas

THE SUN VEGAN 11743 Edinger Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714.617.5888 | @thesunvegan

FLOWER CHILD 1302 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.200.8141 | www.iamaflowerchild.com

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MUNCHIES VEGAN DINER 515 N Main St Santa Ana, CA 92701 657.699.3076 | www.munchiesoc.com


W Is for Whisky Whether you’re entertaining a dinner party or unwinding after a long day, nothing raises your spirits like a cocktail made with Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky. So clear your counter and break out the glasses—these four drink recipes are so simple, you’ll have them memorized as a part of your repertoire in no time.

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DRINKS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MAKE

Drink Name:

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Fashioned

Drink Name:

Malt Julep

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

u 2 parts

u 2 parts

u ¼ part

u ¼ part

u 2 dashes

u 2 dashes

u Orange Twist

u Mint Leaves

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Simple Syrup

Demerara Syrup

Angostura Bitters

Angostura Bitters

(Garnish)

(Garnish)

Instructions:

u In a double rocks glass, add the Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel reserve, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir briefly. Garnish with an orange twist.

Drink Name:

Instructions:

u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve, simple syrup and Angostura bitters into a traditional julep cup. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs.

Drink Name:

Rob Roy

Ingredients: Ingredients:

u 2 parts

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

u 2 parts

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky • Fresh and Fruity • Sweet • Mellow

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

u 2 dashes

Lemon Juice

Angostura Bitters

u ¾ part

u Brandied

Simple Syrup

Instructions:

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Vermouth

u ¾ part Fresh

• Sweet and Spicy • Rich • Lingering Sweetness

GLENFIDDICH SCOTCH WHISKY www.glenfiddich.com

u 1 part Sweet

u Pour the whisky, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker tin. Add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe and serve.

Cherries (Garnish)

Instructions:

u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve, sweet vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass and stir over ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with brandied cherries.

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Whisky Sour


There’s no need to hop on a flight to Asia to experience the best soup dumplings in the world. Get a taste of classic Taiwan at Costa Mesa’s Din Tai Fung—a spot so popular, you may need to stand in line. But trust us, it’s well worth the wait.

Costa Mesa

Legend has it that the soup dumpling first appeared in 1875 in a village outside Shanghai. As these small dumplings, steamed in a bamboo basket, grew in popularity, their literal name stuck (xiao long bao translates to “small long basket”). Family-owned Din Tai Fung started serving these soup dumplings in Taipei in 1958. The restaurant quickly built a following for their traditional xiao long bao dumplings.

Visit the South Coast Plaza outpost and watch their expertly trained cooks work at a dizzying pace, creating unique takes on the classic— including varieties stuffed with crab or truffle. With restaurants now in 10 countries, Din Tai Fung’s quality and tradition remain top priorities. So much so, their Hong Kong location was awarded a Michelin Star. Food this good is worth the wait.

X Is for Xiao Long Bao Is for Izakaya HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FIRST TIME AT KAPPO HONDA

DIN TAI FUNG 3333 Bristol St, Ste 2071 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.549.3388 www.dintaifungusa.com

FOOD u Robust flavors, distinct aromas and

all the spiciness you can handle—The Yellow Chilli has an extensive menu that will force you to come back to try something new on your next visit. You also have the option of popping in for their lunch buffet, so you can taste all the options at once.

DECOR u Modern and elegant, yet casual; this

might be the most dignified Indian restaurant in Orange County. It’s definitely a solid option for lunch meetings.

u Dishes are served family-style, so look to spend around $15 to $20 per person.

VERDICT u Born from the concept of traditional Japanese bar food (aka izakaya), Kappo Honda is the be-all and end-all of late-night bites. With extensive menu options and a comfortable, cozy atmosphere, this local hot spot is serving up classic cravings (sushi), fun fusions (sashimi nachos) and, of course, succulent, bite-sized yakitori skewers.

Must-Try Yakitori: 1. Chicken Breast With Wasabi or Plum Sauce 2. Gobo and Pork 3. Quail Egg 4. Prime Beef 5. Gingko Nuts

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u You would be hard-pressed to find an Indian restaurant as unique and modern as The Yellow Chilli. Their mission of “redefining Indian food” is truly a representation of their endeavors for the cuisine and what they’ve achieved with their menu.

PRICE

THE WORLD’S BEST SOUP DUMPLINGS ARE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

Z

Is for The Yellow Chilli

u You may not find an Indian restaurant with such an elevated feel anywhere else in OC. The affordable buffet-style option is a great way to enjoy the classics.

THE YELLOW CHILLI Buena Park & Tustin www.theyellowchillibp.com www.theyellowchillitustin.com

X | Written By: Chef Whitney Aronoff | Photos - Din Tai Fung Y | Written By: Raphael Madrid | Illustration By: Vicente Martí Solar Z | Written By: Jordan Nishkian

These delicate, handmade dumplings are filled with a Kurobuta pork meatball and savory broth. You know you are enjoying the real thing by the intricately pleated design (exactly 18 folds) on the top of the buns.

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From classic leather work boots to collaborations with globally-recognized artists, Dr. Martens is a punk powerhouse that’s walking its way into every wardrobe. Pair with your favorite jeans or give that little black dress an edge—no matter what look you’re going for, there’s a pair of Docs for you. DR. MARTENS www.drmartens.com | @drmartensofficial


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THE SUCCESS OF AARON HENNINGS’ BRAND WAS ANYTHING BUT HAPPENSTANCE

WRITTEN BY: WHITNEY ARONOFF PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ERIK ISAKSON

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San Clemente

“SOCKS WERE THE LAST PIECE OF APPAREL ON THE HUMAN BODY THAT DIDN’T HAVE A BRANDED CATEGORY LEADER, SO WE FIGURED IT WAS TIME TO CLAIM IT.” — AARON HENNINGS

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In a town where people love wearing flip-flops, five guys had an idea to revolutionize an overlooked everyday accessory. In 2009, socks were an underappreciated apparel category. Aaron Hennings—along with Jeff Kearl, Ryan Kingman, John Wilson and Taylor Shupe—saw an opportunity to inject personality into a product that would allow people to show self-expression. Soon enough, Stance was born and has changed the way we dress our feet ever since. 110 LOCALE MAGAZINE

“ WE WANTED TO ESTABLISH STANCE IN THE WORLD OF PERFORMANCE SOCKS BY SHOWCASING OUR PRODUCTS ON SOME OF THE MOST DEMANDING ATHLETES IN THE WORLD.” — AARON HENNINGS

One Wheel? No Problem • Each team member has talents, but not all of them can do circus tricks. Hennings continues to impress his staff with his unicycle skills!

“Socks were the last piece of apparel on the human body that didn’t have a branded category leader,” Hennings says, “so we figured it was time to claim it.” The idea to create Stance was rooted in the belief that an ignored product category could be disrupted and brought to life with a heavy dose of creativity. “We knew that great brands become category leaders by disrupting markets that have been neglected, asleep and ripe for innovation,” says Hennings. Hennings and his partners have deep roots in the surfand-sport apparel industry.

Prior to diving into the sock and underwear industry, he served as Art Director at Billabong for nine years. When deciding on a name for the business, the men focused on the connection to feet. “Stance has a double meaning for us, referencing both the physical positioning of the legs and feet during activities like skateboarding and basketball, as well as being an intellectual or emotional


shoppe attitude,” shares Hennings. The deeper meaning of Stance shines through at the company headquarters in San Clemente. There is space for employees to play and physically express themselves, whether it be on the skate ramp or the volleyball court. There are also more traditional artistic expressions throughout the space, such as murals, paintings and photographs. But the most unexpected feature at Stance headquarters? It would have to be “a custom-built Harley Davidson ’58 Panhead motorcycle parked in our front reception area...leaking oil,” says Hennings. The mantra of Stance is to embrace “the uncommon thread.” Within the first five years of business, they’ve helped turn socks into one of the most popular accessories worldwide. You can find Stance in 40 countries and counting,

“ WE WANTED TO BUILD A COMPANY THAT WAS A REFLECTION OF OUR PERSONALITIES AND CREATE A PLATFORM FOR THE THINGS WE LOVED.” — AARON HENNINGS

igniting global creativity. “We wanted to build a company that was a reflection of our personalities and create a platform for the things we loved,” shares Hennings. “Stance was born as partbusiness opportunity, part-fashion movement and part-entrepreneurial undertaking.” In 2015, Stance laid new ground by becoming the first official sock of the NBA. “We wanted to establish Stance in the world of performance socks by showcasing our products on some of the most demanding athletes in the world,” explains Hennings. “Basketball has a connection to both on-court performance and sneaker culture. The NBA was interested in our ability to provide a product to both markets.” Stance continues to provide the league’s 30 teams with branded designs, which are available for fans through retail outlets.

The mantra of Stance is to embrace “the uncommon thread.” “We are working with Chicago-based graphic design artist Cody Hudson as part of our ‘Untitled’ collection,” Hennings shares. Donovan Mitchell, a Utah Jazz player who is the latest Stance brand ambassador, is working with the company on limited edition socks that feature his favorite emoji and his own personal Spida logo. After all the success, Stance continues to be wellgrounded. “The greatest rewards have been the ability to bring creative ideas to fruition as well as build a brand and working environment that provides

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deliverance from corporate confinement,” Hennings says. Is there any compliment that still gets Hennings fired up? Fans will send in photos of their new tattoos featuring the Stance argyle logo and tell the team how much they admire the brand. Now that’s modern brand loyalty! Consider yourself a Stance fan? Then get ready for oneof-a-kind products in 2020. Stance has some incredible technologies launching this year, featuring enhanced fabrics that place an emphasis on durability and softness. We’re ready for all the feels.

Northern Native • Though Hennings grew up playing on Orange County beaches like Trestles and San Onofre, he calls Canada his second home, given the fact that he is half Canadian.


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BEOPLAY H9 $500 BEOSOUND SHAPE Starting at $4,500

BEOVISION HARMONY Starting at $20,000

Costa Mesa

BEOPLAY A9 Starting at $3,000

BEOPLAY E8 2.0 $350

BEOLAB 18 Starting at $9,500

How’s That Sound?

BEOLAB 50 Starting at $40,000

Bang & Olufsen combines state-ofthe-art technology with a natural, sleek design to compose the ultimate audio experience.

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When it comes to your home, embellishments often take precedence over acoustics. And while furnishings are important, the coil of wires jutting from your outdated stereo system is nothing but clutter. The days of hiding your sound system, however, are over. Bang & Olufsen combines state-of-the-art technology with a natural, sleek design to compose the ultimate audio experience. From upscale speakers and televisions to exceptionally chic headphones, Bang & Olufsen is changing how you experience sound—one pristine product at a time.

BEOLIT 17 $500

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NEED A LIFT?

Founder of Liftique Finds Purpose Through Perspective

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PEACEFUL EASY HEALING Dr. Sonny Rubin Is Giving Patients a Reason to Turn to Regenerative Medicine

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BREAST IN THE BUSINESS How to Find the Right Implants for Your Body With Dr. Grover

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THE ART OF CONFIDENCE Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life

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California Cosmetics Is Showing Us the Ultimate Ways to Look and Feel Great

be YOU tiful From Food Trends to Tummy Tucks, Your New Year's Resolution Just Got Easier Beauty and wellness mean something different for everyone. For some, it’s hitting the gym five days a week. For others, it’s taking a spa day to banish stress and worry. No matter what it means for you, it’s important that it fits your lifestyle, your needs and, most importantly, you. Kick start that 2020 goal by taking a look at our guide of specialists and healthy food trends—you’ll be feeling and looking good in no time! LOCALE MAGAZINE 117


beauty guide /// Be Empowered

NEED a LIFT? Founder of Liftique Finds Purpose Through Perspective

WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE

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“If I can talk to one woman and have my words resonate and help, my day is complete.” —MERYL KERN

Newport Beach

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Motivating Mantra Dr. Michael Hakimi Medical Director for Liftique

Dr. Mickey Karram Medical Director for Liftique Blush

Meryl Kern Founder and President

Meryl Kern is an entrepreneur, a wife, mother, grandmother and a breast cancer survivor. So, yeah, she’s pretty badass. After beating a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis in 2015, Kern found herself at a deficit—she was cancer-free but wasn’t sure what would come next. She knew life as a patient but did not know how to navigate life as a survivor. So, she did what she does best. She found her purpose. She channeled her energy into a new business endeavor; one that would help others in a way that she, herself, needed help. Kern launched Liftique with the goal of providing a nurturing environment for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. Liftique is more than just another spot to get ‘pretty,’ or to try to look 20 years younger; it’s a culture of caring individuals aiming to help women get their mojo back and to look and live their best at the age they are.

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• Kern’s mantra is: “Find your purpose, and you’ll find the ability to overcome your adversity and live a good, quality life.”

When One Heart Opens • “It’s really important to be vulnerable,” Kern says. “If you don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable, you’ll never move forward. There are times that you’re going to fail and that’s okay!”

“Whatever you want to do, we’re right beside you, and we’re here to help and guide you.” —MERYL KERN


“It’s important to me to help other women and to be able to offer non-surgical alternatives that will help women look, live and feel their best,” Kern explains. When Kern looked into the mirror after she finished her cancer treatment, she didn’t recognize the person staring back at her. She longed to find a non-surgical solution to make her look more like, well, herself. When she founded Liftique, she made a concerted effort to adopt innovative, non-invasive technologies with minimal downtime and, most of all, naturallooking results. “I’m trying to allow women to look good at the age that they are at; it’s not about looking differently or 30 years younger,” Kern says. “It’s about looking good for being 60, for being 50, for being 40.” Kern is a creator who cares, a pioneer with principles. She is always looking for the newest technology, so she can offer her customers the best of the best. “We’re always going to use the latest and greatest,” says Kern. Currently, Liftique’s menu of treatment options includes everything from radio-frequency technologies to fractional CO2 lasers, which are all customized and tailored towards the client. That’s what she calls the Meryl Method: knowing that a onesize-fits-all approach would never provide the quality of results that she demands. And with Liftique Blush, the branch of Liftique dedicated to pelvic floor health and vaginal health, Kern touts a “treat to complete” promise—a pledge many businesses shy away from. “Whatever you want to do, we’re right beside you, and we’re here to help and guide you,” Kern reassures.

With a prior career in advertising and marketing, Kern could sell ketchup to a woman wearing white gloves, but it’s her dedication to her clients that really sets her apart. “If I can talk to one woman and have my words resonate and help, my day is complete. I love being around all of these great women who walk through our door. Every woman has a story to tell… It’s given me purpose.” Kern has sparked a sensitive dialogue about life after cancer and has been the catalyst for countless conversations surrounding stigma and sex. “Life is different after cancer,” she admits, but it has given her “purpose and perspective.” After her firsthand experiences, Kern has learned that perceived weakness is actually a huge advantage. “I am not a weak person. I have faced adversity and come out the other side. Yes, I am emotional at times, but that doesn’t affect my ability to get a job done.” In fact, it’s her emotional attunement that has allowed her to make such deep connections with her clientele. Kern knows how to get below the surface, and we’re not just talking treatment-wise. She is helping people look better, function better and, in turn, feel better. As for what is next for this business-owning bootstrapper? Well, the sky’s the limit. She hopes to open more Liftique locations and continue to be a resource for women who are looking to become their best selves. If you do things Meryl-y, life will be but a dream.


beauty guide /// Be Healthy

. .Food trends always keep us on our toes.

TURMERIC

MALIBU MYLK

MALIBU MYLK

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Raise a Glass

Ú The possibilities are

TURA KOMBUCHA

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JUST IN... RING IN 2020 WITH THESE FOOD TRENDS

Ú It’s no secret that Asian

cuisine is full of guilt-free deliciousness. Gochujang, a popular chili paste, can complement an authentic Asian meal or be used to coat your favorite hot wings. With its pungent spice and full-bodied flavor, it’s finally forcing Sriracha, the supreme ruler of spice since 2015, to step aside.

ROSEWATER

Healthy, but Make It Fun!

Ú Next time you’re cooking, why not include CBD? Thanks to oils and crystals, adding a dash or a sprinkle of CBD to your favorite meal is easy to do. And since there’s no THC, you’ll be able to feel full and zened out—without getting the munchies. 4

East Meets West

Ú With bold flavors and healthy ingredients, Middle Eastern food is making its way into the homes of millions. One flavor that’s stealing the spotlight in particular is rosewater. A staple in traditional Middle Eastern ingredients, rosewater can add a bright, floral hint to pastries, proteins and cocktails.

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Malibu Mylk

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From tracking down popular food trucks to planning the perfectly ‘grammable spread for your dinner party, food trends always keep us on our toes. With the new year in bloom, it’s time to dig deep for the most groundbreaking trends of 2020 to obsess over. Welcome floral and fiery flavors onto your palate and prepare to be amazed. Which craze will stick with you?

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endless when it comes to new health kicks that feature unexpected twists. For those who want more of a kick, a tall glass of boozy kombucha should do the trick. You can reap all the benefits of regular kombucha— boost your gut health, improve your immune system, aid in digestion— plus, it’ll get you tipsy!

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HEALING

Dr. Sonny Rubin Is Giving Patients a Reason to Turn to Regenerative Medicine WRITTEN BY: SARAH EL-MAHMOUD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CARLOS VALLE MODEL: COLE BEAUMARCHAIS OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

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“...I wanted to give back to my patients exactly what I would want for myself and for my own family members.” —DR. SONNY RUBIN

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GET IT DONE • Newport Regenerative Medicine works on an out-patient basis. Procedures are simple in and out processes and often much cheaper than surgery. Plus, there’s no down time.

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For an athlete, the body is their greatest capital. Every muscle is a prideful mark of hours upon hours of training and gameplay. Each joint hinges on going that extra mile, aiming higher. Sometimes our bodies ache and slow down tremendously. But there’s always another game...and another day. How can the show go on? When sustaining an injury or dealing with constant pain, the default fear is going under the knife for a surgery or relying on pain pills to get through the day. But, it’s 2020! The future of pain remedies is continuing to evolve— namely with regenerative medicine.

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“A lot of athletes want to continue to be able to do their activities, and as we age, we want to continue to remain athletic. Regenerative medicine is the best fit for patients of that mindset,” says Dr. Sonny Rubin of Newport Regenerative Medicine. A double-board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Rubin has been personally practicing for 20 years. Dr. Rubin leads a team of regenerative medicine specialists dedicated to lessening chronic pain and treating injuries through therapies that allow the body to heal itself naturally. Throughout his own life, he’s been a devoted tennis player, swimmer and runner. Dr. Rubin has suffered from sports-related injuries himself, so he understands how it can be a harrowing experience.

His experience working in operating rooms during surgeries has also helped lead him to his current practice. “I started treating patients at the trauma center at USC and UCLA. I was dealing with catastrophic injuries; I would put patients to sleep for knee replacements, shoulder surgery, [and] knee surgery,” Dr. Rubin says. “[Regenerative medicine] was a natural evolution of my practice… being a naturalist at heart myself and wanting to offer patients an alternative to narcotic pills, steroids or surgery. I wanted to give back to my patients exactly what I would want for myself and for my own family members.” Steroid injections can reduce inflammation and help the affected tissue but cannot offer complete healing to the injury. Instead, Dr. Rubin takes a non-invasive approach toward pain management. An example of the practice’s offerings is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which is a non-surgical injection of the patient’s own blood, harvested and separated in a centrifuge. PRP therapy can minimize pain and promote fast healing of the affected area. Newport Regenerative also implements the evolving medicine of stem cell therapy and prolotherapy. Aging has its growing pains, but that can also be remedied at Newport Regenerative.


ERASE THE PAIN • Stem cell therapy can start to significantly reduce pain in a matter of only a week.

WHAT A PRO! • Dr. Rubin has performed over 10,000 spinal and joint treatments in his career, and treats spinal ailments as well as joint ailments.

DID YOU KNOW? • “Prolotherapy” is short for proliferation therapy, and it works by stimulating the body’s own healing properties to repair tissue.

“We’re approaching injuries or ongoing pain from a nonsurgical, non-narcotic approach. [An] anti-inflammatory, naturalist, regenerative approach.” —DR. SONNY RUBIN

“Quite frankly, I was a little skeptical when I first started looking into stem cell treatment for the arthritis I have in my spine,” patient Jean Guluk recalls. “[But] I was getting quite depressed because of the constant back pain. I had tried physical therapy and epidural steroid injections, and I was looking for another option besides surgery.” Once Guluk spoke to Dr. Rubin and the Newport Regenerative Medicine staff, she moved forward with their methods and never looked back, as it has vastly improved her life. “I no longer spend my days moaning and groaning about my situation. I am happier, I am back to my photography, I can walk much more than I was able to six months ago, and just last week we took a trip to Hawaii!” Guluk gushes. “I am not completely free of pain, and if I’m silly and over-do things then I do pay for that, but I can say that 80 to 90% of my day is pain-free!” Dr. Rubin has witnessed countless stories of happy patients, many of

which had been recommended to move forward with surgery first. “If the patient has to undergo surgery, there can be weeks to months of recovery and healing. We’re approaching injuries or ongoing pain from a non-surgical, non-narcotic approach. [An] anti-inflammatory, naturalist, regenerative approach,” Dr. Rubin says. Since regenerative medicine is a fairly new and investigative form of therapy, Dr. Rubin finds many patients dealing with pain and injuries who are not aware of its science. While he informs it’s no quick-fix, his practice offers a healthy alternative to masking pain. Newport Regenerative Medicine offers free consultations to patients to review their medical condition, provide them with a professional opinion and offer a thought-out treatment plan. The facility also holds informative, educational group meetings for those interested in the techniques and treatments used to treat chronic pain.


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BREAST in the

BUSINESS HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT IMPLANTS FOR YOUR BODY WITH DR. GROVER

WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: SAMMY ZARGARAN

Making the choice to augment your body is no small task—it’s a permanent change! This is why you need a professional to help guide you through the right options for your body. Dr. Sanjay Grover and the staff at his Newport Beach office, Grover Aesthetics, are here for you. His 20+ years of experience and his personal touch from consultations to the surgery itself will help assure you that you are making all of the right decisions.

“In a consultation, I like to find out about the patient, their history and what size and shape they have in mind.” —Dr. Sanjay Grover

The Right Fit

• When it comes to choosing your implants, there are a variety of options. “We offer saline and silicone implants; however, around 99% of patients choose silicone, as it has a more natural look and feel,” says Dr. Grover. Newer silicone implants are referred to as Gummy Bear implants. “A Gummy Bear implant, or cohesive gel, maintains its shape better than previous generations of breast implants. You can cut a wedge out of these without the gel coming out.” The type of implant used depends on the patient’s body and how much skin, tissue and muscle they have.

• There is also the shape and profile to consider. Both saline and silicone implants are offered in round and teardrop shapes. Profiles range from low, moderate, moderate plus, high and even extra or ultra-high. “The shape and profile are tailored to each patient,” Dr. Grover explains. “The right choice depends on the patient’s body type, width of their chest and breasts and their dimensions.” Whatever your body type may be, Dr. Grover is here to help you carefully choose the right implants that meet your goals.

Only the Best

• Grover Aesthetics not only offers all types of cosmetic surgery, but they also provide options for non-surgical treatments such as Botox, injectable fillers, Coolsculpting and Emsculpt.

Naturally Beautiful

• For breast augmentations, Dr. Grover prefers a dual-plane approach (subpectoral), where the implant is placed partially under the muscle rather than fully underneath. This provides a more natural teardrop appearance.

The Perfect Fit

• During a breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Grover will first put in temporary silicone implant sizers and sit the patient up to see which size best fits the patient’s body and provides the best symmetry.

The Consultation Dr. Grover starts patients off with a consultation, which is generally 30 to 60 minutes of one-on-one time. “In a consultation, I like to find out about the patient, their history and what size and shape they have in mind,” explains Dr. Grover. “I

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can present them with their best options and give an idea of what they will look like after the procedure with computer imaging or by trying on a temporary implant sizer in a bra.” Dr. Grover’s consultations are very individualized, and most patients rely on his recommendation.

GROVER AESTHETICS 20360 SW Birch St, Ste 120 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.759.9551 www.drgrover.com

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The Art of

CONFIDENCE Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life WRITTEN BY: ISABELLA COOK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN MODEL: ANGELA BROOKS OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

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“The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy.” —DR. PETER LEE

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DR. PETER LEE is a renowned plastic surgeon and also the Founder and CEO of Wave Plastic Surgery Center, the largest practice of its kind in the nation. Wave took Southern California with such success that a new facility recently opened in San Francisco, with even more on the horizon. Dr. Lee uses his business to help bring more options to more people, paying special attention to individualized patient care. It’s safe to say that your beauty is in good hands with Dr. Lee and the team of doctors at Wave!

At the age of 14, Dr. Lee began attending a university for a special physics program, but before long, he decided that he wanted to work with something more tangible. Dr. Lee then turned his focus to medical school, in an effort to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He says, “[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” Now, Dr. Lee is an award-winning plastic surgeon with international acclaim. He also travels to teach microsurgery, with an emphasis on minimal incision. Dr. Lee has a unique perspective on plastic surgery that rebuffs the pervasive vanity stereotype of the industry. He (and Wave, by extension) believes that cosmetic surgeries are primarily about increasing a patient’s quality of life. Having the ability to fix your flaws with surgery allows people to gain confidence and shed whatever insecurities they carry. According to Dr. Lee’s personal philosophy, “Aesthetic treatments are a cure for a lot of people who aren’t as confident, and when you do something to make yourself look better, it changes who you are.” 136 LOCALE MAGAZINE

“Wave covers all spectrums And we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” —DR. PETER LEE

ONWARD AND UPWARD • Wave has set its sights on expansion and plans to open up locations in the South and East Bay—after that, the company is off to take on the Big Apple! SPEC-TACULAR SOLUTIONS • At Wave Plastic Surgery Center, there’s a large focus on providing care for Asian-predominant surgeries like the double eyelid procedure. Dr. Lee saw a need for this specialization in the industry.

While Dr. Lee has worked with sick patients in the past and has even performed reconstructive surgery for people suffering from cancer, he enjoys his current occupation because, “In the cosmetic realm, you’re not sick—you’re healthy. You’re looking for improvement.” Dr. Lee sees the curative function of plastic surgery in his work, which he believes is often overlooked since the changes that occur appear only on the outside. What the common observer cannot see in cosmetic surgery patients are changes to their everyday happiness. “The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy,” Dr. Lee explains. Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or that wonky family nose you inherited, it’s important to never let the small things keep you from going out and enjoying life. As Dr. Lee puts it, “When we stop doing things is when we get older.” Dr. Lee’s spirit of improving a patient’s quality of life through cosmetic surgery translates over to the company model as well. Wave Plastic Surgery Center recognizes the importance of well-informed and singularized cosmetic surgery care, from the first interview to the last checkup. “We invest heavily in a variety of options,” explains


LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS • Wave Plastic Surgery Center has locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, Rowland Heights, Arcadia and San Francisco. Pop by for a 30-minute consultation with an expert plastic surgeon if you think cosmetic surgery might help improve your quality of life.

“[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” —DR. PETER LEE

Dr. Lee, which is why Wave Plastic Surgery Center is set up to allow for specifically designed individual care, the likes of which are rare in cosmetic surgery clinics. Since Wave is so much larger than other plastic surgery companies, they can offer a much wider selection of procedures which, in turn, gives patients a chance to sit down and decide on the absolute best path for their foray into cosmetic alterations. “Something we stress [at Wave] is to feel out and get an answer from the patient,” he says. Dr. Lee and the doctors at Wave Plastic Surgery Center are aiming to do more with their skills than just alter a patient’s physical

appearance—they want to empower people by giving them the control to change parts of themselves that hold them back in life. Wave has doctors from different backgrounds with varying realms of experience, but all of them are there for one reason: to help their patients experience life exactly the way they want to experience it. Dr. Lee’s humanistic approach to cosmetic surgery, as well as his success in his field, has opened a platform where anyone has the power to change anything they don’t like about themselves. “Wave covers all spectrums,” says Dr. Lee, “and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.”


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While diet and exercise are great options, you may need an extra hand.

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DR. B’S DIET • “A lot of people start fad diets right after the holiday, but people are more successful if they ease into it. The ketogenic diet is highly effective for losing weight. I personally used it to drop about 30 pounds.” 2

PUT SOME SKIN IN THE GAME • “Having a professional create a skincare regimen can help keep your skin looking youthful. You only have one skin to show the world, and taking care of it every day is important.”

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KEEP YOUR CHIN UP (AND EVERYTHING ELSE, TOO) • “One of our most popular treatments is facial contouring. With Dermal fillers, you can make changes incrementally; especially if you are concerned about looking overdone and want a more subtle result.”

A Better Path • Dr. Barczak actually began his career as an anesthesiologist, but he soon transitioned into cosmetic injectables and derma fillers. He says the transition has been very rewarding.

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CALIFORNIA COSMETICS IS SHOWING US THE ULTIMATE WAYS TO LOOK AND FEEL GREAT

WRITTEN BY: GAYA LYNN

Despite our best intentions, especially when it comes to the holidays, even the most disciplined may succumb to a piece of pumpkin pie and a bowl of candied yams. Oh, how jolly and stuffed we are until we weigh in; then our “new year, new you” plans begin. While diet and exercise are great options, you may need an extra hand. Who better than Dr. Jeffrey Barczak, founder of California Cosmetics, to help you out?

Plump Those Lips • Nurse Lea Barczak was not only the inspiration behind California Cosmetics, but she was also her husband’s first patient.

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HELPING YOUR HORMONES • “Often, weight gain, low energy and [decrease in] libido are results of a decline in hormonal levels. A comprehensive assessment of hormone levels and a treatment plan with bio-identical hormones could be a good option.”

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BODY SCULPTING • “We offer Cool Sculpting, as it targets trouble areas. Without any scarring or downtime, you can go to work if you want to afterward.”

Founded in March 2015, California Cosmetics has become the go-to beauty destination for clients all over the world who are interested in looking and feeling great.

CALIFORNIA COSMETICS 2001 Westcliff Dr, Ste 201 Newport Beach, CA 92660 855.977.1982 www.californiacosmetics.com

Photography Provided By: Cherie Carlson Photography

“A lot of people start fad diets right after the holiday, but people are more successful if they ease into it.” —Dr. Jeffrey Barczak

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Recharging Batteries Since 1927

Morning Sweat Ú Start your morning with a sweat. Ride it out with a cycle class at Rhythm Ride, or take in views of the ocean (and maybe spot a few goats!) as you hike the four-mile Dartmoor Trail.

Caffeine + Fresh Air Ú Wander through the Laguna Beach Farmers Market with a cup of coffee or tea in hand as you browse through various booths. Make a stop for fresh flowers and other delights every Saturday morning.

Laguna Beach

HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE LAGUNA LIFESTYLE IN 24 HOURS

RHYTHM RIDE rhythmridestudio.com

LAGUNA BEACH FARMERS MARKET www.lagunabeachfarmersmarket.com

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI

Laguna Beach is home to beautiful art galleries, trendy boutiques and delicious restaurants. Feeling overwhelmed with what to see and do? Have no worries; we’ve planned a perfectly packed day in Laguna Beach—including a local’s favorite hiking trail and brunch at the hottest new restaurant. After 24 hours in Laguna, you’ll never want to leave this stunning, quirky beach town.

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for vintage home decor, The Shop (theshoplaguna.com) to find the perfect dress for dinner, Twig (twigoflaguna. com) for vintage Levi’s and Landmark Surf (landmarksurf. com) for a new board. After some shopping, mosey on down to Victoria Beach for a look at the one and only Pirate Tower.

3:30 p.m. All Things California Ú Laguna Art Museum showcases works of art from the 19th century to now, highlighting the past of California. Unwind and appreciate the beauty of the work that exhibits strictly California art. Closing time is at 5 p.m., which is just in time for you to get ready to head next door to Las Brisas. LAGUNA ART MUSEUM lagunaartmuseum.org

2:30 p.m. Taco Bout a Good Vibe Ú Laguna’s newest taco spot, Wild Taco, is a local favorite, situated on the corner of S. Coast Hwy (where Johnny Rockets used to be). Stop in for a tasty taco or seafood burrito while enjoying a cold beer or spicy watermelon margarita. WILD TACO @wildtaco__

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Cheers to That! Ú Sit back and relax at the newly renovated Las Brisas restaurant that provides a brisk ocean breeze and stunning beach views. Indulge in tuna poke while you sip a salty dog cocktail and soak in the entirety of the sea. LAS BRISAS lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON LAGUNA NIGUEL ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/ california/laguna-niguel

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Dine in Decadence Ú With options including chilled oysters, house-made ravioli and lobster, pan-seared striped sea bass and vegan pavlovas for dessert, Chef Craig Strong shines with his latest restaurant endeavor. The dishes are bright and delectable with a variety of flavors.

Stay Awhile Ú Fall asleep to the sound of the waves at Capri Laguna on the Beach. You can also head down to The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for a luxurious stay, where you’ll wake up to a remarkable beach view, ready to live your day in Laguna all over again.

OCEAN AT MAIN www.oceanatmain.com

CAPRI LAGUNA ON THE BEACH www.caprilaguna.com

Photography Provided By: Laguna Art Museum | The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | Rhythm Ride: Brett Hillyard

When in Doubt, Brunch Ú Enjoy a mouthwatering weekend brunch at Harley, and choose between dishes such as drop biscuits and gravy, braised bacon steak, a short stack of pancakes and much more. The best part? Bottomless mimosas start at $25 a person!


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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese

BLACK WATER BLUE • Origin: Philadelphia •Slightly pungent, tangy, melt-inyour-mouth

FRENCH GOURNAY • Origin: France • Soft, creamy, flavored with garlic and herbs 2

OSCAR WILDE CHEDDAR • Origin: Ireland • Aged two years, slightly sharp, a bit nutty 3

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MONKS ADDICTION IS HERE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO PAIR IT LIKE A PRO WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HANNAH WILSON Pairings have always been instrumental in all levels of cuisine—peanut butter and jelly, chicken and waffles, wine and cheese. Unlike the other two, however, the task of pairing wine and cheese can be quite daunting. With countless varieties at your disposal, how do you know if you’ve picked the right options? What about the different meats? The combinations have become increasingly complicated, so why not let someone else do it?

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The experts at Monks Addiction are your best bet when it comes to these tricky decisions. This specialty store with a sports bar attitude houses around 120 different types of cheeses imported from all around the world. The selections are rotated with an assortment of wine and beer on tap, so you’re sure to find the perfect medley. Owner Dan Finnerty took over the business in August 2019 with the vision of continuing to provide a relaxed atmosphere, paired with a love of cheese.

GO BIG AND GO HOME • You can buy any cheese by the pound, and their bottled beers and wines are also available to purchase and take home.

“Everything we have available pairs well with each other, but it also depends on your preference,” Finnerty says, regarding the options. Their charcuterie boards can be as simple or as complicated as you desire them to be. “Brie, gruyere and cheddar can pair with different kinds of reds,” he says, explaining the nuances and intricacies of the craft.

“Everything we have available pairs well with each other…” —Dan Finnerty

While Monks Addiction boasts an impressive selection of cheese and wine, the atmosphere is laid back— equal parts classy and fun, with shelves adorned with memorabilia that caters to the owner’s obvious love of football. You don’t need a “sophisticated” palate to enjoy what Monks Addiction has to offer. “Soon, we’ll have pairing events, and we want folks to try the different things we offer,” adds Finnerty, whose face lights up when showing his passion for bringing the community together. The kid-friendly, dog-friendly patio space seeks to inject a bit of that “California casual” attitude to an otherwise elevated bar menu. Although their charcuterie boards sit as the centerpiece, their pizza, macaroni and grilled cheeses are not to be overlooked. MONKS ADDICTION 7631 Edinger Ave, Ste 1512 Huntington Beach, CA 92647 714.372.7706 www.monksaddiction.com 146 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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• The name “Monks Addiction” comes from the historical value that monks hold in the wine and cheese field; they were some of the first to cultivate cheese, brew beer and ferment wine.

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HARVEST TO HOME 2905 Red Hill Ave, Ste C Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.873.5400 www.harvesttohome.com

Expert: Mike Saraylian Credentials: CEO, Harvest to Home

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[Harvest to Home] installs garden beds, plant fruit trees in old wine barrels and set up teepee-like structures that plants, such as peas, can cling onto and grow.

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Off the 73 freeway, a gray building juts from the ground, surrounded by what

appears to be an overgrowth of plants. On closer inspection, succulents adorn the building and surround a sun-faded green sign, which reads: “Organic

Vegetable Gardens—Green Walls—

Succulent Art,” and just below, “Harvest to Home.” This is the headquarters for Mike Saraylian’s ever-expanding business, which services the Orange County

region in a variety of gardening practices and plant art. Starting from humble

beginnings 10 years ago, Saraylian has

seen the art of self-gardening progress from being perceived as a sort of

hippy practice, to one that is becoming

ingrained in our culture. Harvest to Home has helped lead the march for this homegrown lifestyle.

Much like a seed, his hobby budded into a business.

It all began shortly after the 2008 recession. Saraylian previously held a job in the marble and granite industry, but with the economic crash, he felt it was time for something new. Though he had no previous experience with gardening (“I hadn’t even planted a plant before,” he jokes), Saraylian saw the act as something potentially beneficial for him. “I quit my job, having no idea what I was doing, but I was geared more towards healthy living,” Saraylian says.

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Saraylian began his own garden on the rooftop of his Newport Beach home. As he tended to the garden and watched his seeds grow, he recognized the power of this new hobby. “It’s interesting and therapeutic to see the fruits of your labor grow.” Eventually, he had over 3,000 plants—all on his rooftop. “I’m pretty sure the neighbors thought I was out of my mind...or growing pot,” he jokes. Much like a seed, his hobby budded into a business. While Saraylian’s rooftop served as the greenery, his garage became a woodshop and the living room turned into an office. Soon, he was developing a clientele who wanted a garden on their property as well. 150 LOCALE MAGAZINE

HOW DO YOU PICK? Ò Harvest to Home carries a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. While at the typical supermarket, a consumer can only find two different types of cucumbers. At Harvest to Home, one can find over ten different varieties!


SUCKER FOR SUCCULENTS

Ò Harvest to Home recently installed a 20-foot wide succulent mural in a Venice home. The mural looks as though it’s a painting, with wide swirls that resemble brushstrokes.

BOOK SMART

Ò “I locked myself in a snow cabin for two weeks and did 300 pages of research for our website— and it’s all free!” Saraylian says about his efforts to create their extensive online database.

“Everyone should be growing something because it’s just such a beautiful lesson.” —Mike Saraylian

Harvest to Home developed the goal to “impact people’s lives positively through their diet.” The company now services well over 100 residential homes and several businesses, and it continues to grow. In fact, since the opening of their showroom in Costa Mesa three years ago, the company has seen an upward growth of 60%. More people are craving the greater nutritional value gained from having their own garden and the knowledge of knowing where their food came from.

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The company currently has around 10 employees who maintain the gardens of their clientele weekly. They install garden beds, plant fruit trees in old wine barrels and set up teepeelike structures that plants, such as peas, can cling onto and grow. At their Costa Mesa headquarters, a garden is on display, which acts as a window to the garden a potential client can have. On the wall hangs a succulent mural in various hues of purple, blue and orange. In the corner, a wine barrel grows with thyme, and a fledgling spearmint pops from behind. Passionfruit grows above on an overhead trellis, while various herbs nestle at the foot. Wooden beds of beets, onion and carrots line a dirt pathway, and a stilted bed of berries lays at its end.

An automated owl, which scares off the pests, keeps watch over it all. Though Saraylian admits that they are a luxury service, the company is known for offering free gardening classes and featuring a robust website with information about all of their fruits, vegetables and herbs. “Everyone should be growing something because it’s just such a beautiful lesson,” he says, thanks to the profound impact his own garden has had on him. Among his favorite herbs are lemongrass, lemon thyme, and lemon verbena, which he uses to brew tea. “You’re putting a part of the garden in your body,” he says. Recently, Saraylian and his team revamped a garden found at Top of the World Elementary, Saraylian’s childhood school in Laguna Beach, in an effort to give back to the community. When he attended school there as a child, there was a tiny garden in the back, which no one knew existed. Now, there’s “one of the most beautiful gardens” that Saraylian has ever seen at a school. Since its installation, the school has constructed a curriculum around the garden. “This is becoming the norm,” says Saraylian. “It’s very fulfilling, and you can see that’s where the future is going.”


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The Things We Carry THE BROWN BUFFALO COMBINES FUNCTION, INTELLIGENCE AND QUALITY INTO THEIR SKILLFULLY DESIGNED BACKPACKS AND ACCESSORIES WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS Douglas Davidson, founder of the Costa Mesa-based design firm known as The Brown Buffalo, is incorporating his extensive understanding of the apparel industry into the designs of his innovative backpacks and travel goods. While discussing the impressive portfolio of brands he’s worked with throughout his career, Davidson dives into what first sparked his interest in the business. While living in Whittier as a teenager Shawn Stussy gave him a pair of shorts. “Looking back, that pair of shorts was such a pivotal moment in life,” Davidson notes. He quickly fell in love with the shorts, but didn’t have the financial means to continue buying this brand-name item. He explains, “I learned how to take the shorts apart and study the patterns. I would [then] go to discount stores and buy all the oversized pants I could find.” What started as a simple mission to try and recreate a favorite pair of shorts rapidly turned into a driving passion in Davidson’s life.

“Eventually, I got my first real job at a company called No Fear in San Diego,” he says. After one of the owners noticed Davidson casually sketching during his lunch break, he was presented the opportunity to design a name tag for the owners. Ultimately, after moving on to designing racing gloves and driving shoes for No Fear, he was asked to design his first bag. Today, Davidson is continually inspired by the knowledge he’s obtained during his travels, while also embracing artists like Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dali and Southern California’s popular Chicano street style. Like Dali’s masterpieces, each piece designed and manufactured by The Brown Buffalo team exemplifies immaculate attention to detail, whether it be the amazing compact exterior or the seemingly endless interior features. Davidson’s former boss once said, “If you can become great at one thing, you can become great at other things.” Now, all these years later, Davidson has proved that becoming great at one thing can truly yield success in many other areas of life.

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Teenage Art Fanatic • While still in high school, Davidson enrolled in one of the ArtCenter College of Design’s Saturday courses. He began sitting in on various classes and was fascinated with the array of talented illustrators on campus.

Mom Knows Best • Davidson’s mother was responsible for getting him comfortable using a sewing machine, overlaying fabrics and recutting patterns.

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Masterful Creations • The Brown Buffalo offers a wildly informative backpack-making workshop where students have the chance to learn sewing techniques, patternmaking and basic backpack-making principles.


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Nesting 101 Black Bough's Owner Shares a Few of Her Favorite Things

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Green Thumbs Up How to Make Your Office Space Green and Ready to Be Seen WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE

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When you spend about a third of your day confined to an enclosed space made up of fabric-paneled room dividers, muted-colored walls and dismal carpeting, all below a band of fluorescent overhead lights, it can be challenging to maintain a stimulated state of mind.


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“Plants create a more comfortable and enjoyable workspace.” —Carol Grandy

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Expert : Carol Grandy Credentials: Interior Sales Representative, Instant Jungle International

If this setting sounds even slightly familiar, then it’s time to brighten up your workspace. Numerous scientific studies show there is a direct link between decreased employee stress levels in relation to displaying greenery around the office. In fact, when plants are present, individuals typically feel more at ease, resulting in increased productivity and motivation. So, why not include greenery in your office?

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Sure, not all of us are gifted with green thumbs, but luckily, the creative team at Santa Ana’s Instant Jungle International is. Specializing in an array of plant types, including tropical foliage, traditional plants and even silk creations, Instant Jungle is a full-service wholesale and retail nursery that provides both interior and exterior designs, plant installation and plant maintenance. Interior Sales Representative Carol Grandy offers the 411 on the services this local exotic plant kingdom provides, along with advice on where to begin when developing a personal green haven. For those who may be more horticulturally challenged than others, it would be wise to opt for a plant that requires less maintenance. Grandy explains, “There are some plants that don’t require water on a weekly basis; however, they should be dusted, checked for pests and have any yellow or brown leaves removed.” She notes that dracaenas and pothos are easy to keep alive as they are very adaptable to interior conditions. Another important factor to take into consideration is the amount of natural light available in the intended space. Many indoor plants do not require an abundance of natural light, but some is certainly needed. On that note, some plants should be avoided entirely. “Anything that is meant to grow outside in full sun will not survive inside. You cannot acclimate an olive or citrus tree to interior conditions no matter how much your decorator wants you to!” says Grandy. Aside from aesthetic appeal, Grandy explains that these plush assortments also bring added benefits to individuals— mentally and physically! “There was a study by the University of Queensland in 2014 that found plants increase productivity [at] work by 15%,” Grandy notes. The study concluded that by incorporating plants in the workspace, employers were showing their employees that they cared about their welfare. “Plants create a more comfortable and enjoyable workspace,” Grandy says. 160 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFICE GREEN AND SERENE Transform Your Workspace With Instant Jungle’s Tropical Foliage Installations

Believe it or not, beautifying the office by adding some decorative floral flair—married with varying shades of nature’s greens—can go a long way in transforming a dull workspace into a colorful, happy place. “We can customize any [arrangement] to fit our clients’ needs,” Grandy says. If you’d prefer to leave it to the experts, its 40 years of experience and extensively trained technicians make Instant Jungle your go-to for design consultation, installation and maintenance. Here, Grandy takes us step-by-step into the creation process of a wall installation piece for an office.

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• It’s important to first get a feel for the space you are working with. Style, layout and mood all play a role in creating the desired ambiance. “I met with our clients to tour their facility and get a read on what they envisioned in their building,” Grandy explains. “I assessed the light levels, measured the spaces in each location, made notes and took pictures.” She recommends to “select something that fits the space and will survive with the amount of lighting available.”

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• Once the overall look and feel has been determined, brainstorm ideas of the best plant options that will work in the space. “I was able to make several suggestions to them on the spot and [the clients] were very receptive,” Grandy says.

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• Confirm which options are available and begin pairing your plants with complimenting accents. Grady says, “I sent our client images of several plant wall designs, so they could choose the plant pallet that they liked best [and] that would survive on their walls.”

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• Finalize, install and maintain! “Plant maintenance is very important!” Grady explains that regular weekly maintenance is best, so try and make it part of your weekly routine. “Check and maintain the plant first thing Monday morning when you arrive…or make it the last thing you do on Friday before you leave.”

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• Begin mapping out the plant of attack. “I went back to the office and selected which wall systems would work best in each location, along with containers and the right plane for each space.”

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“We can customize any [arrangement] to fit our clients’ needs.” —Carol Grandy

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escape /// My Style JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT COFFEE TABLE BOOK u “All my coffee table books I have at my home right now are beautiful, but my current favorite is definitely the Basquiat. It just gives a little pop of color. It’s nice to break up all the black.” Taschen | $200

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PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB u “This is petrified wood that is millions of years old. I like using them because they are versatile and natural. You can use them as a cheese board or as a centerpiece on a dining room table with candles on them; they’re kind of a catchall that work anywhere.”

FIGUE NOIRE HANDMADE CANDLE u “I had purchased these before in Los Angeles, so I had some in my home, and it was one of my go-tos when I first got started with the shop. I knew I wanted to reach out to them. They are handmade in the South of France. It’s a husband-and-wife team and they’re small batch artisans.”

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Mad et Len | $115

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OH MON DIEU INCENSE HOLDER u “I like mixing old and new—it creates a great juxtaposition. This little piece is very fun, and it is actually an incense holder that looks like it’s smoking, and it adds a little edge.”

Somer Sood Owner, Black Bough

HANDMADE LEATHERWRAPPED VASE u “These are handmade leatherwrapped vases; there is a glass canister inside of it so that you can put flowers in it. We have them in black, brown and white. My favorite is the black. It’s not everyday that you see a vase that’s leatherwrapped!” Made Solid | $350

QUARTZ CRYSTAL FORMATION u “I love all my crystals! I just sold a big white one, but this black [and white] crystal goes great with everything. I obviously love a lot of black. I think it’s good to have lots of neutrals.” $450

Oh Mon Dieu L’OBJET | $85

BLACK BOUGH 384 Forest Ave Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.0382 www.blackboughlaguna.com

Nesting 101 BLACK BOUGH'S OWNER SHARES A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS WRITTEN BY: RACHEL BONILLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HEATHER YOUNG

Somer Sood is the owner of Black Bough, Laguna Beach’s hub for artisan home decor. She handpicks every item that comes into her shop to ensure that customers get the best quality and sleekest design. Her globally-inspired, modern style focuses on giving traditional decor a bit of an edge.

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HANDMADE CERAMIC TAPER HOLDER u “I love my SIN ceramics. I have a few of their pieces. These are taper holders that you stick a candle in, and they are all handmade. I love the fact that they are raw and look almost unfinished. You can use them on a nightstand, coffee table or a dining table.” SIN | $275


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YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart

Jackson, WY

RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE 475 N Cache St Jackson, WY 83001 800.323.9279 www.rusticinnatjh.com

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THE CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS OF FLAT CREEK FLOW THROUGH THE RESORT, HELPING TO CREATE A THRIVING NATURAL HABITAT.

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Snow Big Deal • At the end of each March in Jackson Hole, racers face-off in the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Catch a glimpse of your favorite riders at the resort after they tear it up on the powder!

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What a Ham • The resort claims to have the best bacon in town. They cook thick-cut pork extra crispy and then dip each piece in the deep fryer.

Chill out and skip the trip to the tropics this year! Jump on a free airport shuttle as you cruise past gigantic aspens,

crackling clearwater creeks and lush greenery, ready to experience the great outdoors. Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole is the ultimate in small-town luxury with a touch of vintage charm. Nestled just

outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and

wildlife fun. Here are five reasons to make the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole your next vacation destination.

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• Ever dream of having your own personal helper? The Spa Suites’ butlers are on-site from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help you with your arrival, your departure and everything in between.


ULTIMATE SPA SUITE EXPERIENCE • Make your escape warm and protected from extreme weather in extravagant one-and two-bedroom spa suites. These intimate hideaways offer all the contemporary comforts of a five-star hotel with exclusive access to a private bar, hot tubs, fire pits, patios and even your own personal butler! There’s room for everyone in the Grand Balcony Suite, featuring a furnished patio with a fireplace, a four-person hot tub and room for up to 12 people. Breathe in happiness and refresh yourself in the one-of-a-kind eucalyptus steam room before enjoying a daily cooked-to-order breakfast. NATURE CALLS

SOCAL-STYLE SPA DAY • Looking for a sweet spot to rest and recover? Relax your soul and indulge your senses at the Inn’s luxurious full-service spa. Located in the private spa suites building, the space serves as a sanctuary of solitude and rejuvenation. The 30-minute Mountain Tune Up is just what the doctor ordered for those achy muscles; plus, it is a great way to adjust to the altitude. Experience the miracle of the Mud Mor Wrap, a 55-minute detoxifying treatment that uses mud from an ancient Canadian lakebed. Who knows? You could be greeted by a family of moose as you soak up the pristine mountain views, blissfully meandering back to your cabin. DINE AND UNWIND

ADVENTURE AWAITS

• From sunrise to sunset, the cozy comfort of the Rustic Inn Bar & Bistro makes it a great place to gather and chill with friends. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the stunning outdoor patio or watch the sunset as you sip and savor your meal—and your day! The locally sourced menu features Americaninspired cuisine, including delicate panseared trout and mouthwatering bison tenderloin. Sip on a signature cocktail from the bar or perhaps a glass of award-winning red from the wine cellar. For all you early risers out there, don’t miss the gourmet daily breakfast buffet of eggs, crispy bacon and potatoes, along with a variety of pastries, fruits, coffee, teas and fresh juices.

• Just a short snow coach ride away from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, adventure-seekers can enjoy the resort’s epic yearround outdoor activities. Hit the slopes and crush the powder with unlimited access to world-class skiing and snowboarding during winter; March into early April are ideal times for hiking, golfing or just lounging creekside with a fishing pole. “Even experienced anglers will be impressed by the size of the trout they can catch in our exclusive stretch of Flat Creek,” explains Rustic Inn Representative Courtney Carter. “We have also partnered with the Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School to offer fly fishing casting lessons for our more adventurous guests.”

• The crystal-clear waters of Flat Creek flow through the resort, helping to create a thriving natural habitat. You can enjoy a long walk around the wetlands or melt into a rocking chair in front of the fire to roast marshmallows. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an elk! With the help of both local and national environmental organizations, “wildlife has returned to the property,” says Carter. And if experiencing the Old Faithful geyser or the Yellowstone Caldera is on your bucket list, you’re in luck—call up a free resort shuttle ‘cause Yellowstone National Park is only a short drive away.

Nestled just outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and wildlife fun.

Peek at the Creek • Want to see what you’re missing? The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole has a live webcam overlooking Flat Creek so you can take a peek at any time. Warning: may cause serious FOMO. LOCALE MAGAZINE 167


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Goodwill of Orange County

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Illumination Foundation - Disrupting the Cycle of Homelessness

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