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CONTENTS May 2016 T H I S I S S U E : Style/Beauty


Style Profile

Cut From a Different Cloth Christian Siriano is an Unstoppable Force in the Fashion World


Beauty Feature

Face to Face Greater Palm Springs’ Most Rejuvenating Facials


Cover Story

Picture Perfect Gray Malin Takes Photos from the Top of the World



Beauty Expert

Weighting Game


Spring Into Action It’s Time to Unwind


Star-Cross’d Bloggers Blogging Duo Kelly and Jeff Mindell Tell Us Where to Shop and Have a Photo Op

The Biggest Loser Comes to Palm Desert

Hot Springs

That’s What They Said


Fashion Spread

Have Mercy Love is All You Need


Live Well Clinic

Party Planner Recover from Post-Coachella Fatigue with Dr. Ortiz


CONTENTS May 2016 18 26

Native Knowledge Monday Through Sunday, By Locals

Localendar 20 Sizzling Palm Springs Events



Bootlegger Tiki

Pass the Torch


Escape: Europe

Eu-Road Trip

A Night Out with Bootlegger Tiki

2,152 Miles in 16 days at 100 MPH


Do Feature

Let’s Get Weird Palm Springs is Home to Some Unusual (and Amazing) Photo Ops




Photo Essay

Point of View These Greater Palm Springs Views will Take Your Breath Away


All Fore It

Bet the Farm

SilverRock Resort Pulls Out All the Stops on Their Championship Course

The Owner of Rooster and the Pig Shares His Past and Present Story in Food


Eat Expert


Magnetic Attraction

Eat Feature

Appetite for Aperture

The Desert’s Most Mesmerizing Hub of Sound and Science

Picture-Perfect Plates



Drink Experts


Mix ’n Match

Quad Goals Wheelin’ and Dealin’ on a Desert ATV

Greater Palm Springs Drink Experts’ Words of Wisdom


First Timer’s Guide




Setting the Table

In Hot Water The Chips are Flying at Agua Caliente

Living Desert Zoo


The Living Desert Zoo Reaches New Heights


Drag Shows

What a Drag! Work the Runway with the Queens of the Desert


Do Expert

Made in Morongo Chairman of Morongo Casino Resort Robert Martin Discusses His Tribe’s Success



Home Expert

The Bold and the Beautiful For Celebrity Interior Designer Dann Foley, True Beauty is in the Details


Su Casa

Tats and Tikis Bringing the Sailor Jerry’s Luau to a Mid-Century Desert Home


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LOCALE MAGAZINE ph: 949.436.8910 | fax: 949.682.4807 info@localemagazine.com COVER Photographed By: Taylor Lewis, taylormarielewis.com | @taylorlewisphoto Model: Gray Malin, graymalin.com | @graymalin Styled By: Manuel Parra, manuelparraportfolio.tumblr.com | @MrManuelParra Makeup By: Brian Bond, brianbondmakeup.com | @brianbondmakeup Hair By: Sharone Bishop, @ladysharone Clothing Provided By: Burberry Brit, burberry.com Sunglasses Provided By: RETROSUPERFUTURE, retrosuperfuture.com


As our first Greater Palm Springs cover, Gray Malin provided the perfect combination of vibrancy, fun and chicness that everyone associates with the desert cities. Inspired by the photographer’s eye-catching work, the team had a ton of fun setting up the shoot with lots of beachballs, inner tubes and balloons. When it came to dressing Gray for the shoot, stylist Manuel Parra experimented with bold prints and colors that were still classic and tailored: “When we think of Gray Malin, we immediately think of fun beaches, vibrant objects and a sense of ease. Gray has a very classic style of dress, so it was important to start with this and build onto it, creating a fun and happy mood for every look. We styled him in fun prints, vibrant solids and kept him barefoot in almost every picture to fully captivate the sense of ease that Gray’s pictures convey.” Makeup artist Brian Bond wanted to keep Gray looking sun-kissed and glowing for this lively, springtime look: “For Gray's shoot, it was important to keep the skin fresh and clean. Combining my favorite primers from MAC Cosmetics with their tinted moisturizer and clear brow set we achieved a dewy summer vibe that photographed awesome and lasted the whole day!" Photographer Taylor Lewis was inspired by the pristine and precise nature of Gray’s work. She tried to stay as true as possible to the photographer’s aesthetic while adding a unique twist to every photo.




Ò We don’t have much ethnic food here, so Rooster and the Pig is a welcome addition. Its Vietnamese dishes are simply delicious, taken from family recipes of owner Tai Spendley. FOB (fresh off the boat) is a clear winner and is meant for sharing. Spring Rolls and Summer Rolls are always in season.

EXPERT: Joe Enos CREDENTIALS: Publicist, Palm Springs


Ò I’m a big fan of the chili dog, but others swear by the sliders and the Suzanne Somers-inspired bun-less burger, “the Somersized” [at Tyler’s]. This is Palm Springs’ Cheers where Judy and Diana know everyone’s name. Burger or hot dog, don’t miss the hand-made milkshakes. Lunch only.

Ò The best way to explore Palm Springs’ neighborhoods is on a bike—and the city has miles of bike lanes on its streets. Best of all, the terrain is flat. With more than 360 days of sunshine, biking is a great way to see landmark architecture and burn off the calories from a week’s worth of dining out.

Ò Casual and chic, The Barn Kitchen serves the finest chicken salad sandwich in town. The garden setting is even better than a friend’s backyard; this is one of Palm Springs’ best-kept secrets.




Ò Who would miss the chance to enjoy a $2 taco? Taco Tuesday at El Jefe is the original and longestrunning in town. Inspired by the street vendors of Mexico City, these tacos rock and come in a variety savory offerings. The $5 margarita is pretty good, too. thesaguaro.com

Ò I do like secrets (see above), so there’s no doubt I’m in love with Brush stylist Barry Nadeau. This one-man, one-chair salon in the Uptown Design district is a private, full service salon for cuts, colors and more. Insider’s tip: After your first visit, you’re always greeted with your favorite cocktail. I’m on a Four Roses Bourbon jag at the moment.



The best way to explore Palm Springs’ neighborhoods is on a bike—and the city has miles of bike lanes on its streets.

Ò A relaxing way to end a weekend is to drop by SO•PA at L’Horizon Resort & Spa for The Communal Hour and have a cocktail at the restaurant’s 26foot communal dining table. This is Palm Springs’ haute happy hour popular amongst neighbors and insiders, offered Sunday-Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Nice to know: A portion of sales during their Communal Hour supports a local charity. lhorizonpalmsprings.com

PHOTO BY: Arturo Gonzalez

Rooster and the Pig - Photo By George Duchannes



Ò I don’t like to go home for the weekend unless I’m armed with a supply of fresh bread and pastries from Peninsula Pastries in the Sun Center in Palm Springs. Owners Helene and Christophe moved here from France and bake everything fresh every day, using all non-GMO flours and ingredients. The baguettes are incredible.

HERSTORY EXPERT: Jeri Vogelsang CREDENTIALS: Director and Curator of the Palm Springs Historical Society

Ò My favorite peaceful retreat is only a 5-minute drive from Downtown Palm Springs. It’s the Palm Springs Indian Canyons, and early on a weekday morning is the best time to visit. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Cahuilla Indians and still maintained as their sacred land, the ancient palms and flowing streams transport visitors back to a time before there were people, and always rejuvenate the body and mind. Step into the Trading Post in Palm Canyon for a snack or souvenir, or visit the interpretive center in Tahquitz Canyon. indian-canyons.com

Ò For pizza, there’s nothing quite like Bill’s Pizza, located in the historic La Plaza shopping center in Downtown Palm Springs. Just pizza and salads here, but the parmesan crust they use in their pizza is unsurpassed. billspizzapalmsprings.com

Ò A Palm Springs institution is Tyler’s, also located in La Plaza. Known by locals for their hamburgers, they also make the best veggie burger in town, but it’s their sides of coleslaw and potato salad made from family recipes that keep the line winding around the restaurant. Their patio has that open-air feel of a beach diner/ neighborhood hangout. Open for lunch only, by the way. tylersburgers.com

Ò I am fortunate in that I work in a place—the Palm Springs Historical Society—where I would go for fun if I weren’t working here! Located in The Village Green in the heart of the city, the Historical Society features museums in the two oldest buildings still standing in Palm Springs: The McCallum Adobe and The Cornelia White House. Don’t miss the exhibit on Frank Sinatra’s years in Palm Springs in the McCallum Adobe through May, complete with a swinging soundtrack of Sinatra tunes. I often make stops after work at the Palm Springs Art Museum and its Architecture and Design Museum, both open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays with free admission. pshistoricalsociety.org psmuseum.org


Ò I’m a big fan of ethnic food, and one of my favorite Mexican restaurants is found in the south end of Palm Springs: La Perlita. Family owned and run, they have the best chile rellenos I’ve ever eaten, and their salsa is delicious.

I am fortunate in that I work in a place—the Palm Springs Historical Society— where I would go for fun if I weren’t working here!

Ò To experience “Old Palm Springs,” a trip back in time to Palm Springs’ celebrity heyday can be found at Melvyn’s Restaurant in the Ingleside Inn, housed in a 1924 historic Spanishstyle home converted to a charming hotel. You will think time stopped in 1968. The Sunday brunch with the piano bar providing the mood transports me to a more genteel time—They still have consommé on the menu! inglesideinn.com

PHOTO BY: Arturo Gonzalez

Palm Springs Indian Canyons - Photo By Amanda Proudfit




Ò We always stop by Kitchen Kitchen before the busy weekend hits to pick up kitchen and cooking supplies. The owner, Jan, is a good friend of ours and is known throughout the Coachella Valley for being very friendly and helpful. We love supporting other locally and family owned businesses! PS: Chef Woody makes delicious bites for customers to try while they shop.




EXPERT: Dodi & Kevin Henry CREDENTIALS: Owners & Managers of The Nest Restaurant

Ò Our family is very health conscious, and because our son Nicky has dietary restrictions, Luscious Lorraine’s Deli & Juice Bar has always been our go-to lunch spot. It is a wonderful local grocery store for organic, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free lifestyles. You’re sure to find plenty of unique and fresh eats, vitamins, supplements, tea and household items. Our favorite is the Super Green Avo smoothie!

Ò Before heading to work, we meet up with friends and family at Il Corso for an early dinner. We love their wood oven pizza—it is arguably one of the best in town! A great place if you want authentic Italian food since Chef Mario Marfia is from Sicily. Make sure to save room for the homemade desserts.

Ò The Karl Vasquez Salon is located right next door to the Nest Restaurant, so Dodi is a regular here and stops by for a mid-week mani/pedi or a quick cut and color. They’re highly recommended and offer a wide range of services. Truly an elite team of hair, nail, and skin care pros!



Ò When we need a quick pick-me-up we grab a Honey Cinnamon Latte with a pump of vanilla over at IW Coffee. It is a nice, locally owned coffee shop that carries organic, local Joshua Tree coffee. They also serve delicious baked goods, egg scrambles, bagels and sandwiches. Great décor and friendly baristas!


Ò Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe is our favorite place to go for Sunday brunch! It is a destination spot in El Paseo’s shopping center and is the perfect pit stop during a relaxing day of shopping. It can be a bit busy on the weekends so make sure to get there before the afternoon brunch rush. We recommend the Sky’s the Limit plate to share!

Ò The Nest Restaurant’s piano bar lounge is world famous with live music and dancing 7 nights a week! So, you can often find Kevin at Guitar Center picking up new equipment or stopping by the repair center. They have very knowledgable customer service, great prices, and a good selection of products. guitarcenter.com


We love supporting other locally and family owned businesses!

PHOTO BY: Arturo Gonzalez




OF GENIUS EXPERT: Elena Bulatova CREDENTIALS: Elena Bulatova Fine Art Gallery Owner

Ò Being an artist and business owner, I like to have meetings with my staff and business partners every Friday at the luxurious and innovative The Five Hundred building. The building displays my colorful paintings on all three floors—It feels like home. the500ps.com

Ò I love early Monday mornings when the rest of the world is still asleep. My favorite thing to do is to grab a cup of coffee with an Italian flair at Ristretto Cafe in Downtown Palm Springs. ristrettops.com

Ò After a busy week, I like to spend Saturday evening with my friends and family somewhere I can relax, listen to great music and enjoy fine dining. My choice is definitely Three Sixty North Bar & Grill. In my opinion, it is one of the best entertaining venues in Palm Springs! Whether you’re looking for a jam session, romantic tunes or delicious food, you are guaranteed to enjoy your evening.

Ò It has become tradition to enjoy lunch at Lulu California Bistro on Wednesday afternoons— It is Palm Springs’ hippest restaurant. Lulu's combines talent, expertise and a passion for great food, producing a captivating California dining experience.



“ Ò On Tuesday I dedicate myself to my art. I work in my art studio and gallery located in the Backstreet Art District. My studio is filled with light; all the materials and supplies are at hand. It is a sacred place I’ve created for myself, where there are no distractions and I can lose myself in my work. backstreetartdistrict.com elenabulatovafineart.com

Ò Every Thursday for more than 20 years, the heart of beautiful Downtown Palm Springs city has hosted one of the best events in the area, Villagefest. I always support the local art community and I’m happy to see what is new each year. palmspringsvillagefest.com

After a busy week, I like to spend Saturday evening with my friends and family somewhere I can relax, listen to great music and enjoy fine dining.

Ò Sunday morning is all about healthy living and eating. I enjoy hiking, going to the gym and eating healthy and delicious food from Nature’s Health Food & Cafe. In the evening I take a walk in the historical center of Downtown Palm Springs. I like to sit outdoors and drink a glass of wine. My favorite spot is The Hoodoo Cocktail Garden at the Hyatt. palmsprings.hyatt.com natureshealthfoodcafe.com

PHOTO BY: Arturo Gonzalez






joshuatreemusicfestival.com ¢ Hey, music lovers, this is for you! A short jaunt away is the

14th Annual Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival happening May 12 - May 15. The star lineup includes artists like Royal Jelly Jive, All Good Funk Alliance, 3rd Ear Experience, Desert Rhythm Project and Trevor Green, to name a few.

SHOP AROUND AT THE PALM DESERT CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET certifiedfarmersmarket.org ¢ Keep things local every

Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Featuring an array of fresh produce, you’re sure to find something special for your next meal.


hotwatercasino.com/jackson-browne ¢ Jackson Browne has defined a genre of songwriting charged

with honesty and emotion. He is known for advocating for human rights, the environment and arts education. May 7, the legendary musician performs at Agua Caliente.

PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK palmspringsrestaurantweek.com ¢ This is a foodie’s paradise.

pshistoricalsociety.org ¢ Running through May 29,

the Palm Springs Historical Society has devoted an entire season to Sinatra in the Desert. There may be nothing cooler than enjoying an admirable display focusing on the man with the voice, the Chairman of the Board himself, Francis Albert Sinatra.

CELEBRITY JAZZ JAM AT THE DESERT WILLOW GOLF RESORT desertwillow.com ¢ You won’t want to miss


pstramway.com ¢ Feeling on top of the world? Take a ride from the hot desert floor up 5,873 feet to the

coolness of the San Jacinto Mountains. Called one of California’s greatest SoCal experiences, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway spirals you into pristine wilderness aboard one of the world’s largest rotating tramcars. 26 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

the Celebrity Jazz Jam, the hottest jam in the desert! On July 24, listen to jazz, blues, funk and groove from local and national artists alike. Held at the beautiful Desert Willow Golf Resort, get ready to eat, drink, listen, relax and be cool. Experience a jam session with wine and a food experience that will fill your soul—and your stomach!

ROSE MALLETT DINNER AND DANCING AT THE PURPLE ROOM purpleroompalmsprings.com ¢ Come dine and dance the

night away May 3 - July 26 at The Purple Room Supper Club where locals, celebs and travelers hang out while listening to the vocal stylings of the incomparable Rose Mallett with Dave Ring on the keys. You will know you are in the presence of one of the gifts to jazz as Ms. Mallett’s voice has been compared to Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway & Palm Springs Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour - Photo By Amanda Proudfit


June 3 - June 12 is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try a new one as gourmet chefs prepare delicious threecourse meals for your dining pleasure. This is a unique opportunity to explore the Coachella Valley, offering not only exclusive deals on area restaurants, but also specialty rates, packages and more.


livingdesert.org ¢ Walk on the wild side as you take a 2-3

hour tour of The Living Desert Museum and Zoo. There are botanical gardens and a zoo where you will see wolves, giraffes, mountain lions, and dinosaurs! For the adventurous type, this one’s for you.

HAPPY HOUR COOKING CLASSES AT COPLEY COURTYARD copleyspalmsprings.com/events/happy-hour-cooking-class/ ¢ May 5, spend happy hour outside in the beautiful Copley Courtyard as you join Chef

Andrew Copley for an amazing cooking class. The breathtaking mountain view is a bonus as you enjoy wine and delicious hor d’oeuvres.


offers full concession stands, daily promotions, misters to keep you cool and four spectacular fireworks shows.

villagefest.org ¢ Every Thursday, the streets

of Downtown Palm Springs are transformed into a diverse array of artists and artisans, entertainers, vendors and more. Add all this to the world famous Palm Canyon Drive filled with restaurants, nightclubs, shops and entertainment venues, and voila! Villagefest!


palmsprings.com/points/ heritage/ruddy.html ¢ Bring your camera as you

step back in time to the 1930s when sarsaparilla, fly ribbons, Rinso, silk stockings and biscuits in the old cracker barrel were all the rage. You will experience just what the good ol’ days had to offer and realize just how far we have come.

PALM SPRINGS POWER BASEBALL palmspringspowerbaseball.com ¢ Come visit the historic Palm

Springs Stadium and catch the SCCBL Champion Palm Springs Power Baseball Team! Power plays five games a week and


palmcanyontheatre.org ¢ For a Live Musical Theater

event, head over to The Palm Canyon Theater for a performance of Footloose. When Ren moves into a small town where the local regime has banned rock music and dancing, he leads his classmates around the law so that the teens experience a real senior prom. Event occurs July 8 - July 17.


palmspringscruisinassociation.com ¢ Saturday May 7, get

your ride on with the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association Cruise-In Car Show series featuring classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods, corvettes, customs, antique cars, originals, collectible cars and motorcycles. There is food, drink, clothing vendors, raffles and prizes for the winning cars.


lqaf.com ¢ Featuring six local artists,


psmuseum.org/architecturedesign-center ¢ Calling all bargain hunters!

The price is right because an anonymous donor agreed to underwrite all admission fees for two seasons which means everyone gets in for free. The design-oriented exhibits are sure to stun and inspire.

the exhibit, running through June 3, is sure to delight. The work showcases stunning, natural light paintings with vibrant brushstrokes and photographic realism. Check out the exhibition through June 3.


psfilmfest.org ¢ Now entering its 21st year,

Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Festival is the largest short film event in North America. For film watchers, the PSISF is an amazing experience and one not to miss. Occurs June 21 June 27.

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT STREET FAIR IN PALM DESERT codstreetfair.net ¢ Shop ‘til you drop! With

more than 300 merchants, locals and visitors alike can spend their day with an open air, shaded shopping experience that offers goods for all budgets and all ages. This event occurs May 1 - May 29, weekly on Saturday and Sunday. Free Admission.

PALM SPRINGS WILDLANDS PRESERVE NATURE TOUR visitpalmsprings.com ¢ Board a comfortable air-conditioned coach and sit back for

a nature tour where you will visit three unique landscapes of the Wildlands Conservancy, a network of 12 preserves full of lush beautiful mountains, valleys, deserts, coasts and rivers. This four-hour tour takes you from the Colorado Desert to the Mojave Desert and back. LOCALE MAGAZINE | 27

PHOTO BY: George Duchannes

eat /drink



30 EAT EXPERT The VietnameseAmerican Owner of Rooster and the Pig Tells Us Why He Loves the Desert

35 EAT FEATURE Palm Springs has Some Photo-Ready Breakfast Dishes

38 DRINK EXPERT Greater Palm Springs Drink Experts Share Their Secrets to Success

40 BOOTLEGGER TIKI The Owners of Bootlegger Tiki and Ernest Coffee Take Us to Their Favorite Greater Palm Springs Spots


EAT EXPERT Bet the Farm

ROOSTER AND THE PIG 356 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.6691 www.roosterandthepig.com


MAY 2016



The Owner of Rooster and the Pig Shares His Past and Present Story in Food



TAI SPENDLEY Owner, Rooster and the Pig

Tai’s Dreams of Serving Steamed Rice Flour Stuffed with Pork

Talking to Tai Spendley, the restaurateur behind the popular Palm Springs eatery Rooster and the Pig, the passion and soul put into this project becomes obvious. Immigrating to the states from Vietnam, the son of an American soldier and local Vietnamese woman had very humble beginnings: “I started off as a dishwasher at the age of 13. After school I would dishwash because I was like, ‘I’m gonna buy myself some clothes.’ I wound up in the restaurant business.” Always the front of the house, charismatic Spendley learned the restaurant business from the inside-out, eventually acting as food and beverage director for a wide range of upscale hotels across the country. With his culinary inspiration on overdrive, Spendley decided to develop a Vietnamese-American concept, Rooster and the Pig, a name derived from two seemingly opposing astrological figures who happen to be a perfect match.


ROOSTER AND THE PIG 356 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.832.6691 www.roosterandthepig.com


Q: Starting your own restaurant is such an ambitious project! How did you get the inspiration to start Rooster and the Pig? Tai Spendley: It’s funny because all of my friends have been in the business and we always think about it in terms of, “I’ve been in the business for so long, it’s only natural that I do my own thing,” but I’ve always wondered where the hell do you start? I did know what not to do. I worked for so many places and businesses and I figured out what matters and what doesn’t. What people come to a place for is service and food.

“There were points that were like, just out of necessity, you have to figure out how to do it.” —TA I S P E N D L E Y

Q: What role did food play in your life while growing up? TS: My dad was in the military and met my mom. I was born in Vietnam and came over [to the United States] young. My dad didn’t like Vietnamese food and my mom wasn’t sure about American food. Back then, she was doing fusion before fusion was popular. A lot of first generation parents were doing that anyway. When we first came to this country, we were pretty poor; the kids would make fun of our clothes and this and that. But that was the one thing that made me feel like we weren’t ever poor—my mom always made sure that, for dinner, we had so many choices. She would take leftovers and make them feel like they weren’t leftovers anymore. As I got older, I started watching people do “fancy stuff” like putting on dinner parties so I thought I would do the same thing and people enjoyed themselves. That’s what I loved about it. Q: How would you describe the menu at Rooster and the Pig? TS: People think that Vietnamese is just phð but it’s more than that. This is how we cook at home. They’re real traditional Vietnamese recipes. Vietnamese food is very simplistic but at the same time it tastes very layered. What I always thought when people asked if this food was fusion was, “This is just Vietnamese-American.” Q: What does “Vietnamese-American” mean to you? TS: When I was growing up, there’s a popular dish called Bún Bò Hué and if it was to be traditional, it would have shrimp paste in it and pigs foot sticking out of it. What my mom did with the food was she learned how to have my father eat it with his palate. She would omit certain things but still create the flavor. I noticed she could take all the pungent, esoteric ingredients and take them out and refine the dish. I realized that’s how I came up with the concept of the restaurant and the food—creating things we ate at home. Instead of using lotus stem for a Vietnamese


MEET AND GREET: When he’s not in the kitchen or front of house at Rooster and the Pig, you can find Tai hanging out with his friends at Bootlegger Tiki and the Avalon Hotel.

MENU FAVORITES: - F.O.B (Fresh off the Boat) - Crispy Beef - Lemon Grass Pork and Shrimp Bowl

“I worked for so many places and businesses and I figured out what matters and what doesn’t. What people come to a place for is service and food.” —TAI SPENDLEY

sweet and sour fish soup, my mom would use celery, but if you gave it to someone from Vietnam they’d be like, “What’s this?” Q: You have one of the most up-and-coming restaurants in Palm Springs. What is the secret to your success? TS: You know, I think it’s because I don’t take myself so seriously. That’s the honest truth. I don’t try to make something whimsical. It’s funny, I bumped into my friend the other day and he said, “I eat at your restaurant and I love the food, but what I love most is that you don’t take yourself too seriously. You use that blue tape to hang everything.” The wall is just full of blue tape—I don’t want to buy a frame for [certificates] the city is forcing me to hang! Q: What was your main motivation to start the restaurant? TS: I got so sick of working for other people, I just wanted my own place. I moved to Chicago because I needed to get out of the desert and it revitalized what I thought about food. I came back and I thought, “I’m going to sell my house and start a restaurant.” I think it was one of those things where the more you talk about it, the more you manifest it.

Q: Were there ever some tough moments when building Rooster and the Pig from the ground up? TS: There were points that were like, just out of necessity, you have to figure out how to do it. I enlisted a few friends with tools and we just did it. You should have seen it. I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and I couldn’t believe the foam was so expensive! I got the material and I started reupholstering. We didn’t have any light, so my friend brought two lights from her closet and she held them up [while Spendley worked]. People would walk by and say, “Well, that’s commitment.” I think that adds to the whole environment of the place. It feels more organic. Q: What do you love most about working and living in Palm Springs? TS: The heat sucks, but after living here, you tend to like the heat more than the cold. The reason why I like it here is you can be very anonymous. When I lived in LA or New York, you would see the same people every day at the same spots when you got off work. The quality of life here is really good; it’s not super expensive like most cities. You don’t have to deal with parking or traffic. You can just get things done.


JAKE’S 664 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.4400 www.jakespalmsprings.com




Part of trying a new place is getting some Instagram-worthy shots of your artfully prepared food, right? There should be no shame in sneaking a few shots in—we’ve all done it. Some say “eating with your eyes” can actually stimulate your appetite. Whether or not that is actually the case, taking pictures of gorgeous food can be lots of fun and actually requires a bit of finesse. Come try out these great restaurants to capture that next foodstagram shot and make all your followers crave your foodie lifestyle.

WILMA & FRIEDA 73575 El Paseo Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.2807 www.wilmafrieda.com

Ò One of our favorite spots for meals as beautiful as they are delectable, is Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe at The Gardens on El Paseo. This restaurant has picture-perfect dishes that will excite your palate and wow your Insta-followers. Just as powerful as the team of Wilma and Frieda—the grandmothers of the Cafe owners—is the partnership of banana and caramel in their dish, Kim’s Banana Caramel French Toast. Thick golden brown slices of bread are topped with perfectly ripened fresh bananas and warm caramel. The dish is artistically drizzled with sour cream to finish off the frame—and give your taste buds the sour to complement the sweet. Snag a seat by the window to allow the natural light to grace this coveted dish—no filter necessary here. The view of The Gardens on El Paseo also lends an opportunity to take in the passersby as they look onto your table, wishing they could be indulging in some Banana Caramel French Toast of their own. If you are in a savory mood, we suggest Mark’s Short Rib Eggs Benedict. Two perfectly prepared eggs rest on top of tender short rib, home made English muffin, a hollandaise made in-house, and are topped with vibrant green sautéed arugula. Amber egg yolk contrasts beautifully against the rich chocolate color of short rib—a sight worth capturing. If you have enough self control to snap a photo before diving into this dish, you will be guaranteed a foodie following in minutes. 36 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

THE VENUE SUSHI BAR AND SAKE LOUNGE 73-111 El Paseo Ste 103 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.1500 www.thevenuepalmdesert.com

Ò Be sure to bring your Insta A-Game to The Venue and capture their beautiful, awardwinning sushi in this wonderfully modernistic spot. Snap a pic of the Venue Roll, stuffed with spicy tuna, cucumber, and gobo, topped with salmon seared with teriyaki sauce, spicy aioli, and served with tobiko and micro greens. The contrasting colors of the teriyaki sauce and the spicy aioli are sure to compliment the right filter. If the sun is out during a visit to The Venue, beautiful natural lighting shines in through the large windows, leaving no need to use a flash on the Mediterranean roll, containing spicy albacore tempura, asparagus, and avocado, topped with Mediterranean salsa feta cheese and microgreens. It makes the perfect sushi flowerpot to post. If anyone is lucky enough to get the coveted private booth at The Venue, there is a gorgeous Japanese lantern and two overhead lights to help add the impeccable natural filter to your Instagram shot, especially when photographing the baby langoustine roll with crabmeat and avocado, topped with baby tempura, baby langoustine, teriyaki sauce and spicy aioli.

TRIO RESTAURANT 707 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.864.8746 triopalmsprings.com FRIED EGG SANDWICH Ò When you order the fried egg sandwich, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a beautiful display of eggs, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato and roasted red pepper aioli on a brioche bun with sweet potato fries. It’s the perfect dish that screams a heavenly morning brunch. Get a nice bird eye’s view of your dish on the stark white tablecloths and your followers will be drooling in no time. JAKE’S 664 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.4400 www.jakespalmsprings.com

Ò The best part of Jake’s (aside from tasting the delicious food?) Taking drool-worthy Instagram pics and making followers feel the #FOMO. What’s the best dish to photograph inside? Try their famous pork chop or another customer favorite, Chilean sea bass, which is as striking as it is delicious. Laying on a bed of a colorful vegetable medley resting on creamy garlic smashed potatoes in a pool of scrumptious ponzu beurre blanc, the sea bass is drizzled in mouthwatering misoyaki sauce. It looks breathtaking under the twinkly lights in the dining room. One of the most creative presentations on the menu and by far one of the tastiest dishes is the lobster tempura served with a sweet Thai chili sauce. Consisting of a whole tail served on skewers, the crisp batter is the perfect golden brown to contrast the red watermelon used as a makeshift stand for the skewers to emerge from in a perfect X. For a dish that needs no filter, order the grilled pineapple, watermelon and chicken salad with feta cheese, mixed greens and dressed with a lemon vinaigrette and balsamic drizzle. The beautiful chunks of yellow and red are sure to get any Instagrammer plenty of likes.

LE PAON CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CUISINE 73399 El Paseo Ste 200 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.610.5320 www.lepaonfrenchcuisine.com

Ò In French, “le paon” means “the peacock,” a colorful bird best viewed in the light. What a suitable name for a restaurant that continues to present dishes that mirror those exact qualities, perfect for an Instagram photo. There is no wrong time of day to take a picture at Le Paon. Snap a pic near one of the ceilingto-floor windows for a flawless amount of brightness. This lighting will capture the reds and whites of the lobster and crab leg dish, adorned with a yum-worthy lemon butter sauce, a slice of red bell pepper, and two colors of beets. If the weather permits it, step onto the terrace and Instagram a pic of the filet mignon with its eye-pleasing criss-crossed grill marks resting on a bed of fanned out pan-fried Hubbard potatoes alongside yellow and orange carrots. Le Paon truly shines at night with their subtle, relaxed lighting brought on by live candlelight. No need to turn on the flash, just find the perfect angle to capture the glow off of the ramekin holding the effortlessly fluffy raspberry soufflé with an “R” of powdered sugar snowed on top. Don’t forget to stop for a selfie under the giant chandelier!

THE PALMS CAFÉ 44150 Town Center Way Ste B5 Palms Desert, CA 92260 760.779.1617 thepalmscafeinc.com BLUEBERRY PANCAKES Ò This is the place to try some fluffy blueberry pancakes. Great portions for the price and you can also enjoy endless mimosas for $5. Head out to the patio to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Palm Springs scenery and take advantage of the natural light to make an awesome shot of your dish at the same time. ELMER’S RESTAURANT 1030 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.327.8419 eatatelmers.com FRUIT FESTIVAL CRÊPES Ò The Fruit Festival Crêpes are such a fun dish to post on Instagram because crepes are seriously trending. When you order these crepes they come with your choice of berry filling or maple caramel apple, drizzled with cream cheese icing and finished off with some powdered sugar and whipped cream. LANTANA AT INDIAN WELLS 44600 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.674.4165 indianwells.hyatt.com HUEVOS RANCHEROS Ò Invite a bit of spice to your morning with the Huevos Rancheros. The dish is complete with corn tortillas, refried black beans, cage free eggs, and no shortage of ranchero sauce and queso fresco. With some guac on the side and some cilantro to garnish the top of this mouth-watering dish, this is a 10 out of 10.

LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO 200 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.5858 lulupalmsprings.com CALIFORNIA NORWEGIAN BENEDICT Ò Add an element of Scandinavia with the California Norwegian Benedict at Lulu. We’re talking poached eggs piled high with smoked salmon, hash browns, avocado and luxurious caviar all drizzled with Hollandaise sauce— purely divine. You may find yourself eating in between takes. Try your best to sneak a shot before you take a bite. EGG CAFE 50855 Washington St Ste 2H La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.3223 goodyolk.com AVOCADO SURPRISE Ò If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that avocado is delicious and is bound to bring in the likes. Egg Cafe is home to an avocado lover’s dream— the Avocado Surprise. Two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce on toast get taken to the next level with grilled avocado. We recommend using a natural, simple background to showcase these plates of green goodness in all their glory. The spacious location is filled with all the natural light you will need to create the most vibrant plate of avocado ever to be posted on Instagram. ROCKWOOD GRILL AT THE JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA 74-855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.2211 marriott.com BREAKFAST BUFFET Ò Hotels are really more like private photo studios. And at the JW Marriott’s Rockwood Grill, guests can enjoy a full menu of American classics at the buffet or à la carte breakfast selections, so try a photo op with a flaky croissant, fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and a cup of coffee. A little variety goes a long way.



Greater Palm Springs Drink Experts’ Words of Wisdom


S C OT T W I N A N T, Food and Beverage Director at Vue Grille + Bar

BRENT SCHMIDMAN, Founder, Coachella Valley Brewing

Q: What is your favorite cocktail to create? SW: I’m a whiskey drinker, so I keep it simple. My favorite drink to make is a Manhattan. You can do anything with it and add a little flair depending on the kind of whiskey. You can use a whiskey from anywhere around the world really—Irish whiskey or Japanese whiskey. Different bitters give you an opportunity to play with the cocktail. For me, that’s my go-to. You’re seeing a revival of the brown spirits these days.

Q: What makes a great drink? BS: We use all local ingredients and our brewmaster is a certified chef. You’ve heard of farm to table? Well, he’s big into farm to glass and that’s really what the brewery is founded on. We get a lot of local ingredients from the east side of the Valley. We get a lot of citrus and we use dates, different spices and things that are grown here in the Coachella Valley. We give back our spent grain to farmers so it goes full circle. We’re proud of that.


N E L S O N A M AYA & J U L I E D I C K S O N , Bartender & Manager at Tack Room Tavern

D O N O VA N F U N K E Y, Owner, BAR

Q: What makes a great drink? JD: When the bartender or mixologist puts a lot of love and effort into it and it becomes a personal drink. It’s not just like a vodka soda or something that’s easy to make. When you make a drink for somebody with their own flavors, when you try to make a drink just for them, that goes a long way.

Q: What is your signature that differentiates you from everyone else? DF: We do good cocktails without the attitude. The ambiance is super welcoming and we give the customer a good product. There is a big backyard with games in the back, so you have options— you’re not just sitting around and drinking.

D AV E C A S T I L LO, Bartender at Workshop Kitchen + Bar

I S A B E L PA R T I D A & A L I C I A B AT E S , Store Supervisor & Assistant Manager at Hadley’s

Q: What is your signature that differentiates you from everyone else? DC: These last six or seven years, I threw myself into this whole spirit and cocktail scene. It’s exciting to me because I’m learning and it’s a creative outlet—I never want to stop learning and I don’t want to ever stop being creative. That gives me my drive.

Q: What makes a great drink? AB: Fresh ingredients are the key. At Hadley Fruit Orchards, we use only the freshest Deglet Nour dates and we mix them with our signature creamy ice cream to make our iconic date shakes. Our shakes have made Hadley’s a must stop for generations of desert travelers and local families.



Pass THE

Torch A Night Out with Bootlegger Tiki WRITTEN BY: GINA MAGNUSON


alm Springs’ Uptown Design District is bustling with a new generation of local entrepreneurs. Jaime Kowal, alongside her partner Chris Pardo, run two of the area’s most popular businesses: Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki. The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce honored these locations each with a 2015 Small Businesses of the Year Award—a measure of success for the industrious duo. With an array of projects on the horizon, Jamie and Chris are reinvigorating the desert with their entrepreneurial spirit

Q & A with Jaime Kowal, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Bootlegger Tiki and Ernest Coffee Q: What's the story behind Bootlegger Tiki? Why did you decide to create a themed bar? Jaime Kowal: We are located in the same space as the original Don the Beachcomber restaurant that opened in 1953. Given we were fortunate enough to inherit an incredible piece of Palm Springs history, we wanted to draw upon and honor the tiki traditions that were originally built here. The original tiki torches on the exterior of the building are still lit every night and many of our customers remember dining at Don the Beachcomber and share their stories with us. Don the Beachcomber’s original name was Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt and he was a bootlegger during The Prohibition, so we named the bar after him. Q: Why did you settle in Palm Springs? What do you love about the area? JK: Chris and I both moved here at the same time—at the end of 2012. Chris likes how this community responds to architecture. We both love the endless sunshine, the physical beauty—the mountains and light, the creative community and supportive business environment. 40 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

Q:Where are your favorite hangouts in the desert? JK: We tend to work and play mostly in Palm Springs but there are a lot of great restaurants, hikes and shopping throughout the desert that we love to support: Cheeky’s, Melvyn’s, Mr. Lyons, Il Corso, The Venue Sushi, Karaoke Tuesdays at The Ace, Pappy and Harriet’s and The Barn at Sparrows Lodge. Q: Describe your typical Saturday night in Palm Springs. Where are the best late night places to head out for a night on the town? JK: Spending an afternoon poolside with friends and cocktails on one of the many patios at sunset is a lovely way to start the evening. I particularly love the patio at Birba and So.Pa and they both have great cocktails. Dinner at Mr. Lyons is delicious—you can sit in the bar for a more casual meal but still order off their fine dining menu. We’ll head over to Bootlegger Tiki afterwards for a nightcap. It’s always busy and the vibe is really fun and energetic. If you’re in the mood for a late night, you can sing along to the show tunes at the bar Spurline. It’s always a riot and on a Saturday night you’ll typically get the whole bar singing along to the classics.

BOOTLEGGER TIKI & ERNEST COFFEE 1101 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.318.4154 www.bootleggertiki.com www.ernestcoffee.com

“Given we were fortunate enough to inherit an incredible piece of Palm Springs history, we wanted to draw upon and honor the tiki traditions that were originally built here.” —Jaime Kowal, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Bootlegger Tiki and Ernest Coffee






44 STYLE PROFILE Locale talks with fashion forward designer Christian Siriano

48 COVER STORY Gray Malin’s Aerial Photographs Offer Viewers an Unparalleled Look at Landscapes and Beaches Worldwide

THE SAGUARO 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 | 760.323.1711 | www.thesaguaro.com

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MAY 2016



Christian didn’t just fall into a career in fashion—he fought for it, starting at a young age. Raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Christian transferred as a high school student to the Baltimore School For the Arts so that he’d have an opportunity to study fashion design. It was a subject he’d come to love—thanks, in part, to his sister, who studied ballet. Christian recalls joining his sister backstage during performances and garnering early inspiration from her costumes, hair and makeup. But it was his high school experience that officially cultivated his love for fashion.


“Just to know that there are people out there that love what I’m trying to do, those are the best moments sometimes. I’m just excited to keep going.” —CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

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“It was an amazing experience for a student to be thrown into this world of creativity at such a young age. I was still learning what I loved and what direction I wanted to take my life,” explains Christian. “I had an amazing mentor, Steven Kent, who helped guide me and support my love of fashion.” hristian went on to attend the American Intercontinental University of London, where he continued his studies in fashion design and fine art. He describes his international college experience, which immersed him in both the city’s culture and its street style, as both liberating and inspiring. Of course, it’s difficult for many young designers to find success in the fashion industry, but fortunately for Christian, he had an opportunity to learn from some of the best. Internships with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs instilled in him some practical lessons he continues to apply to his own collection today— such as celebrating creativity and creating an environment where a handson design team takes prides in its work.

To keep up with the industry’s rapid pace, Christian is constantly on the lookout for inspiration—from songs, travel, interior design, colors, animals, you name it, and he can design a collection from it. His process is similar from collection to collection: first, he starts with “a story,” and then he gathers fabrics that help him convey that story. He examines shapes and silhouettes, and removes and adds details until the story comes to life. He likens the process to a puzzle. “In my

experience I was just fearless and really had nothing to lose. So that was my secret weapon—to just go for things and make decisions quickly and hope they work out.”

And though no two collections are alike, the end game for Christian is consistent. “One can be very romantic and ethereal and another powerful and bold. I do try to make each collection have those elements to some degree but I just want the clothing to celebrate women and their lifestyle,” he says.

He has, in fact, always been about his female customers and giving “Experiences are very important in this them what they want—at every business,” says Christian. He credits price point. He’s designed multiple his attitude and work ethic to the collections of affordable shoes and journey that’s led him to become a red handbags for Payless ShoeSource, —CHRISTIAN carpet staple. “In my experience I was and he’s worked on a makeup line for SIRIANO just fearless and really had nothing to Victoria’s Secret. But the designer lose,” says Christian. “So that was my also boasts an impressive list of secret weapon—to just go for things and make high-profile clients, which include Oprah, decisions quickly and hope they work out.” Gwyneth Paltrow and Taylor Swift. And work out they did; Christian’s coming up on his collection’s ninth year. And though his label is evolving constantly, he continues to bring back the colorful and bold designs that were characteristic of some of his first pieces. “It has been a wonderful struggle to create and brand and find my customer. The collection has grown so much from the first season because the customer has grown and the retailers change and fashion moves so quickly,” says Christian.


When asked about his career highlights thus far, the designer explains that it’s gratifying enough for him to see women wearing his clothes both in “real life” and on the red carpet. “Just to know that there are people out there that love what I’m trying to do, those are the best moments sometimes,” he says. “I’m just excited to keep going.”

“One can be very romantic and ethereal and another powerful and bold. I do try to make each collection have those elements to some degree but I just want the clothing to celebrate women and their lifestyle.” —CHRISTIAN SIRIANO


The clothing designer’s everyday look? Jeans, a t-shirt and a black blazer.

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Christian has designed almost everything— including the fairy costumes for Disney’s 2014 The Pirate Fairy movie.


PICTURE PERFECT GRAY MALIN Takes Photos from the Top of the World



“I hope to make viewers feel joy! Whether it’s a photograph of somewhere they’ve been or somewhere they dream of going, I want people to stop, take a second look and then smile.” — G R AY M A L I N

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The beach image is universal: white sands, blue waters, and pops of color found in everything from surfboards and umbrellas, to bikinis and beach toys. Artists—from French impressionists to modernday plein air painters—have sought to recreate its beauty, standing on the shore in close proximity to crashing waves and gulls. But photographer Gray Malin, on the other hand, saw the beach through a different lens—one high up in the air, above the scene he wished to capture. He is famous for his aerial photographs, but perhaps more so for pushing the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to artistry. Subsequently, he has changed his viewers’ perspectives entirely on an age-old image that he has single-handedly reinvented. ray is an artist who fell into his craft early. As fate would have it, his grandfather possessed a beautiful collection of cameras; the hobby was passed down to Gray’s father, too—who, according to Gray, always had a camera in tow. While Gray was in high school, he discovered his own passion for photography, which has defined and shaped his life ever since. “I don't remember exactly the first time I shot but it was definitely when I was a youngster. Then, I first discovered the dark room in high school. The experience was addicting, watching my images slowly come to life in the developing trays,” he recalls. He attributes much of his success today to his high school photography teacher, Janis Hefley, and his post-college mentor and fellow photographer Aline Smithson. But Gray’s passion for taking photographs undoubtedly played a role in his garnering of worldwide recognition. He has, so to speak, always seen the world through his camera lens.

Gray discovered aerial photography, for which he’s widely known today, almost accidentally. During his first flight over Miami, Gray glanced out the window, and was awestruck by what he saw. “My attention became transfixed on the beach. From above, the people with their umbrellas and towels create patterns that are eye catching and unique in that they are mere moments in time that can never be captured again,” he says. Though he had photographed swimming pools from above, the experience over Miami gave him a new idea: to capture beaches all over the world from the vantage point of a helicopter. Gray has spent the last five years traveling across multiple countries, spanning six continents. But it’s been no easy journey. The process of taking aerial photographs is difficult—if not outright dangerous. But Gray finds it exhilarating, intoxicating, even. He shoots, with a Canon EOS 5 DSR, from a door-less helicopter at varying altitudes, depending on the legalities and weather conditions at each location. And Gray finds


I can’t get enough of [South Africa]. The geographical terrain is so beautiful, from its

stunning beaches to luscious wine country to the arid Sabi Sands. It’s a photographer’s dream as there are endless moments to capture.

pure joy in the fact that he doesn’t know what to expect from each place until he has perspective from above. “I think that a lot of times people assume my aerials are shot with a drone or perhaps simply created on a computer, but it’s really me going up in the helicopter and leaning out the side to find beautiful timeless imagery. I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way, as the vision truly comes alive from above for me,” he says. Gray garners inspiration from his travels, and Camps Bay Cape Town, St. Barts and Bondi Beach are among his favorite beaches in the world. As for his favorite location in the world to shoot? South Africa. “I can’t get enough of this country. The geographical terrain is so beautiful, from its stunning beaches to luscious wine country to the arid Sabi Sands. It’s a photographer’s dream as there are endless moments to capture,” he says. Gray’s most recent travels took him to Bora Bora, and he’s photographed a litany of other exotic locales. But his most memorable photographs to date were taken in Palm Springs, California at one of his favorite hotels: the Parker. According to

Gray, during the first night he spent at the boutique hotel, he found a burst of creative inspiration. “I immediately began imagining this series with its incredible cast of magical characters, including the Giraffe Lifeguard, a Lion in his paper crown, a Camel porter, or the Tiger lounging at the spa. The fact that I've been able to make this idea a reality, not once but twice, is almost as surreal as the series itself!” The second Gray Malin installment at the Parker Palm Springs is one of his favorites to date. Fortunately for fans of Gray’s, he has released his first monograph, titled Beaches, which features never-before-seen images captured in more than twenty cities around the world. Beaches also incorporates photographs from his prized À la Plage collection—his largest aerial series. Flipping through the pages of the book, viewers will glean not only a glimpse of Gray’s adventurous lifestyle, but also a rare—and beautiful—view of the world. “I hope to make viewers feel joy!” says Gray of his work. “Whether it’s a photograph of somewhere they’ve been or somewhere they dream of going, I want people to stop, take a second look and then smile.”

GRAY’S TOP 3 FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Slim Aarons, Gaston Ugalde and Massimo Vitali NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Advice for aspiring photographers (or for those who are simply looking to improve their photography skills): “Follow your instincts and shoot what inspires you.”


“My attention became transfixed on the beach. From above, the people with their umbrellas and towels create patterns that are eye catching and unique in that they are mere moments in time that can never be captured again” — G R AY M A L I N

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JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA 74-855 Country Club Dr Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.2211 www.marriott.com

“I was motivated to be on the show because I have always felt like I needed a rehab type of program. I was addicted to food the way an addict is addicted to drugs. I wanted to be taken out of my life, broken down, then built back up.” —Gina Haddon



WEIGHTING GA M E The Biggest Loser Comes to Palm Desert



GINA HADDON Contestant on The Biggest Loser

Gina’s Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

When NBC decided to bring the daring competitive reality show The Biggest Loser to primetime, reality TV took the leap from simply entertainment to a step-bystep episodic visual diary of the contestants’ hopes, dreams, commitment, frustrations and, ultimately, life-changing makeovers of the body, mind and spirit. This is a show about competition, but it also proves to be a show highlighting competitors cheering for each other, celebrating each other’s wins, and embracing the camaraderie that binds them together.


Then, I add one whole egg and 4 egg whites. I garnish with avocado and homemade salsa. I have one slice of gluten-free toast with real butter. Yes, real butter!

LET’S START WITH THE BIGGEST LOSER CONCEPT: The “five pillars of overall well-being” are fitness, nutrition, education, relaxation and close group camaraderie. The contestants go through a variety of hardcore physical activities and routines that impact their lives and their future habits. While the activities are definitely challenging, The Biggest Loser also brings positive energy and nutritional guidance to the table, promoting healthy lifestyle changes. The education program includes nutrition fundamentals, gaining an understanding of metabolism, the facts of weight loss and stress management. Moving on to relaxation, it is important to have down time to rejuvenate, enjoy spa treatments and also gain an understanding of the mental and emotional components of weight loss. The Biggest Loser is an international phenomenon. While other countries may have their own version of the show, the objective of the race is always the same: to see who is able to lose the most weight and win the cash prize. This may be the goal, but ultimately the biggest reward may be a brand new you. While staying at a Biggest Loser luxury resort destination, guests attend a variety of educational workshops, get set up with individualized programs and receive personalized training and guidance. The Biggest Loser is designed to show every contestant the benefits of staying healthy, especially when an unhealthy lifestyle seems to be an impossible obstacle. Having grown up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, where big hair, big steaks and big football game devotees are the norm, Gina Haddon spent most of her school years as a football cheerleader. She eventually moved on to become a cheerleading coach, but once these activities were no longer part of her life, she settled comfortably into a sedentary lifestyle–or so she thought. Gina was mortified when she realized that she couldn’t fit into her work clothes, and that moment was a real wake up call for her. While staying at The Biggest Loser’s beautiful Malibu ranch, Gina Haddon weighed in at 242 pounds. She lost a total of 65 pounds and came in at a final 177 pounds. So how did she do it? 58 | LOCALE MAGAZINE


Contestant Gina Haddon Q: What motivated you to take on this public challenge, knowing that millions of people would be watching your personal journey on TV? Gina Haddon: I was motivated to be on the show because I have always felt like I needed a rehab type of program. I was addicted to food the way an addict is addicted to drugs. I wanted to be taken out of my life, broken down, then built back up. A little like boot camp. I knew I needed to get away so that I was the only focus. I tend to get sidetracked with kids and work. Q: One of The Biggest Loser’s mottos is “Slow progress is better than no progress.” Facing a long journey ahead, how difficult was it for you to stay the course, and were you ever tempted to give up? GH: I have to say being on the ranch was the easy part. When you go home—that is when your real challenge begins. The minute I got to the airport to come home, I had temptation all around me. I decided in that moment that I was going to stay the course and not eat the fast food at the airport. I feel incredible when I eat clean and it’s a natural high to be on. When I got home, my husband had lost 20 pounds. He had made changes at home and gave me a supportive environment to come home to. He has been my cheerleader along with my children.

Q: How do you stay motivated now that the cameras are no longer following you? GH: Motivation has a different meaning to me now. I used to think it was to look good in jeans or fit into a new outfit. Now, motivation is setting a goal that I am a little fearful of and then chipping away at any doubt by training for that race. I am currently working on doing a GoRuck Challenge [a 12-hour, 1520 mile guided city tour in which participants solve puzzles] with my girls at Crossfit. I am petrified to do this but I am doing it! I also have some very inspiring people around me at the gym. I watch them and know that one day I will do what they are doing. I believe it and that is my motivation. Q: Now that you have undergone a radical transformation and reached your weight goal, do you have a favorite new recipe or food that you enjoy? What is your guilty pleasure? GH: To stay the course, I keep it simple. I try to remember the “eat to live” motto. For me, too much variety leads to temptation. I will say The Biggest Loser Resort has excellent food and I am going to take the recipes home and try to replicate them. My favorite food that I eat everyday is a veggie omelette. I fry onion, bell pepper, asparagus and broccoli in a pan with coconut oil.

Q: What was the most difficult physical challenge that you had to face on the show and when did you start believing that you could do it? GH: The most difficult physical challenge I faced on the show was the challenge where we had to pull ourselves across a zip line while harnessed in. We had to pull ourselves across a football field. I cried the whole time because I feared letting my team down. When I was about halfway across, I wanted to stop, but I had Damien on one side, Lori Mac and Jackie Pierson on the other cheering me on. This was the first time I had ever been on that side of the fence before—I have always been the cheerleader. The sound of their voices and the words of encouragement they were shouting kept me going. Every single muscle in my body was on fire, but I tuned it out and tuned them in. All I heard the last five minutes was, “Come on baby; come on Gina, I got ya, reach out and I’ll bring you in.” Then out comes the huge hand of Damien Woody. He grabs me and pulls me to the finish line. We did not win that challenge, but at that very moment, I understood how important a team is. Q: What are a few of your favorite workout routines? GH: Three of my top workout routines are “WODs” that we do at Crossfit. I love workouts that go a little like this: 50-box jump burpees, 10 toes to bar, 10 lunges, 400 meter run, repeat. I also love to run marathons and spin or ride with my husband at the gym. There is only one exercise that I hate with a passion, and the winner is wall balls. Look them up, try them, then hate them with me! Q: What do you consider to be the most important thing you learned and how do you implement that into your life now that you are back home? GH: The two most important things I learned while on the show would have to be: 1. Get out of your own way. It sounds so simple, but it took me a year to figure it out. 2. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I was the one in the way most of the time. I blocked myself from opportunities due to my self-doubt. I was listening to myself instead of talking to myself. Today, I tell myself how strong and capable I am.

“The daily progress of my dedicated students and participants is the essence of what keeps me motivated.”—Kathy Orlando

LUXE LIVING – J.W. Marriott has partnered with The Biggest Loser Resort offering state-of-the-art amenities, gorgeous swimming pools, an award winning tennis program and one of the most luxurious spas and wellness programs on the West Coast in beautiful Palm Desert. THE BIGGEST LOSER FUN FACTS – The heaviest contestant was Kevin Moore in Australia who weighed in at 562 lbs in Season 9. – Season 11’s Moses Kinikini lost 41 lbs in a single week! – Bob Harper has been on every single season! A REAL CALORIE BURNER – Cardio kickboxing is a variant of kickboxing, and the basic difference is the size of the movements and the option to use weights while punching and kicking. In cardio kickboxing, large, exaggerated movements bring big results. Some basic guidelines are: 1. Never punch or kick to full extension. 2. Stay on the balls of your feet and keep shifting your weight from leg to leg. 3. Keep your core tight. Q: Have you always been active and health conscious? How did you first become a trainer and coach? Kathy Orlando: Yes. I wanted to become a dancer from a very young age. I have always been involved in movement, physical fitness and high energy activities. The transition came about when I performed in exercise videos for fitness icons. I was asked by one of them to instruct at a local gym in Pacific Palisades. This is where I got my start as an instructor.


Q: Having seen you in action at the resort, it is easy to understand how you inspire and motivate others to keep going and focus on their goals, but what keeps you motivated? KO: I have always had fitness mentors. I am motivated by my current teachers who are icons in the industry. They include Louis van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars, Karen Voight—a founder of fitness in the Los Angeles area—as well as Kendell Hogan, who was the host of a daily exercise program and currently the regional manager of Crunch Fitness. But, most importantly, the daily progress of my dedicated students and participants is the essence of what keeps me motivated. Q: What are the best workouts to get in shape for your spring and summer beach body? KO: This has to be a challenging workout. Your

body will not change without increasing the body temperature. There are numerous workouts to choose from, such as cardio kickboxing, indoor cycling with hand weights, dance fusion. The key is to push the body. Q: For the best results, how often should you hit the gym? KO: Since The Biggest Loser Resort promotes movement on a daily basis, whether in a gym or an outdoor setting, I encourage 5-6 times per week. Q: Name three top workout routines that will bring the best results and include step by step instructions. What parts of the body are they working? KO: 1. Cardio kickboxing with weights, using punches and kicks with and without weights. 2. Cycle sculpt—for sculpting and toning while improving stamina and endurance. 3. Using cardio machines, such as treadmills and ellipticals, with strength equipment in intervals. All three of these incorporate the entire body from head to toe. These have all proven to be very successful.

THE MAN ON A MISSION: Bob Harper Q: What’s your workout routine? Bob Harper: My workout routine consists of Crossfit pretty much exclusively. I have found that it is the best workout for me. It is constantly varied with so many different elements that require physical strength, coordination, agility and metabolic conditioning. I’m obsessed! Q: How important are diet and exercise in relation to each other? Which one should people focus on more? BH: Well, I used to think that it was all about what you do in the gym, but the truth of the matter is that nutrition is the number one factor to getting the body you want. Start working out in the grocery store and your kitchen first and foremost. Q: Best foods to eat for your health? BH: I pretty much eat plenty of vegetables, good fats and a good source of farm-raised and organic proteins. I’m not as protein obsessed as a lot of my peers. Q: Worst foods to eat for your health? BH: Sugar is the devil! And artificial sweeteners. Stay away from them at all costs. Q: What should someone’s daily workout routine be if they want to stay fit but not join a gym? BH: Well, that’s a tough one because gyms are so well-equipped. I would say that there are many great workout DVDs out there (including mine) that you can do in the privacy of your own home. Q: What’s the number one mistake when diving into a diet and exercise regimen? BH: Changing everything at once. It is a recipe for disaster. Start with one goal for 30 days and build from there. Q: How does hosting change your perspective on weight loss in America? BH: My perspective has not changed. I know that Americans need help with their diets desperately. We need to go back to eating whole foods again and doing our best to stay away from fast food at all costs. I realize that it is easier said than done.





f there’s one thing we love about Greater Palm Springs, it’s the natural mineral springs that lend themselves to amazing spa days. The nutrient-rich waters that bubble up across the Desert Hot Springs area have been used for centuries as natural cures for a variety of health conditions, including problematic skin, sore joints—even regulating blood sugar levels. Sometimes, the best cure for what ails you is a luxurious pampering session and these desert spas will not disappoint. So, get ready for a relaxing day of mud masks, massages and “me” time.


TWO BUNCH PALMS 67425 2 Bunch Palms Trail Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.329.8791 www.twobunchpalms.com

THE SPRING RESORT & SPA 12699 Reposo Way Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.251.6700 www.the-spring.com

 The Spring Resort and Spa features some of the hottest naturally occurring mineral water in the region, reaching temperatures of 170 degrees. Once the water is cooled, guests can enjoy the spring in one of the location’s three mineral pools. The Clay and Sandalwood Wrap is a great way to unwind, as warm clay and sandalwood relax the body and prepare it for a calming aromatherapy massage. Guests looking for a more long-term detox can partake in one of The Springs’ 3-5 day juice cleanse retreat programs. 60 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

 Pampering the public since the 1940s, the oldest hot mineral springs resort in the U.S., Two Bunch Palms, has catered to celebrity clientele over the decades. The lithium-rich hot springs is sure to cleanse the mind and body with its healing properties. Immerse yourself in a private mud tub or relax on the private sun deck or sip on cocktails and freshly squeezed juices from Essense, the resort restaurant. While Two Bunch Palms is the perfect place for a manicure or brightening facial, be sure to opt in for one of their signature spa treatments, like the Desert Abhyanga massage. Here, a massage therapist uses oils of wildharvested desert plants in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition to restore and detoxify the body. HACIENDA HOT SPRINGS INN & SPA 12885 Eliseo Rd Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.251.2885 www.haciendahotsprings.com

 This boutique hot spring resort offers six guest rooms, an abundant

garden and stunning views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains. After exploring the scenic grounds, soak in the mineral water pools and Finnish rock sauna while enjoying a book from the resort library. Hacienda’s Desert Dusk spa package is the perfect way to unwind after a long day, featuring wine-based, vinotherapy treatments. This package includes a vinotherapy body wrap or scrub, a wine-based massage, vinotherapy facial and a hot stone massage.

EL MOROCCO INN & SPA 66810 4th St Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.288.2527 www.elmoroccoinn.com

 The El Morocco Inn & Spa is the

place for a romantic getaway. Take a breather in the inn’s healing mineral water pool before partaking in one of the spa’s signature Moroccanthemed treatments. The unique Moroccan Rain treatment uses drops of essential oils up and down the spinal column to relax and detox. El Morocco’s clay body mask comprises organic clay brought from the base of the ancient Atlas Mountains in Morocco for a truly cleansing experience. TUSCAN SPRINGS HOTEL & SPA 68187 Club Cir Dr Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.251.0189 www.tuscansprings.com

 Nestled in the heart of Desert Hot Springs is a Tuscan villa home to a variety of mineral water treatments. The 16-room Tuscan Springs Hotel and Spa pumps volcanically heated water into two mineral water jacuzzis and a mineral water pool. The onsite La Bella Spa is the perfect place to indulge in soothing treatments like the purifying Milk and Honey Wrap. Their European Rose Mud Wrap, with the option of an additional massage, is a great way to boost skin health at a cellular level while de-stressing.

The Spring Resort & Spa

AQUA SOLEIL 14500 Palm Dr Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.329.4481 www.aquasoleilhotel.com

 With three sparkling mineral water pools carrying water from an onsite well, Aqua Soleil is the perfect place to enjoy the comforts of a luxury suite and spa. The resort’s Soleil Suites showcase private, jetted, inground mineral water pools located

right inside the room. If you’re in the mood for some pampering, sign up for Aqua Soleil’s Signature Organic Facial, using a blend of healing herbs and oils to moisturize and balance the skin. Following the facial, guests can enjoy an organic eye treatment to reduce puffiness along with a warm stone massage for the upper body.


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Ditch your laptops, stress balls and everything workrelated—it’s time for a spa day! We’ve searched high and low for the most decadent spa venues in Palm Springs with one goal in mind: come face-to-face with the most relaxing (and effective) spa facials. Read on to discover some of the hottest facials this side of the Pacific.


Soak up the peace and quiet in this adult-only venue as you unwind by the glamorous pool at the center of this heavenly haven. THE SPRING RESORT & SPA

THE SPRING RESORT & SPA 12699 Reposo Way Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.251.6700 www.the-spring.com

Have an event coming up? Look no further than The Spring Resort & Spa’s Red Carpet Facial to leave you feeling red carpet ready! This all-in-one treatment, peel and facial massage is as relaxing as it is effective. The malic, lactic and amino acid peel combined with a neroli oil reparative serum and a polishing zinc mask smoothes fine lines, fades dark spots and restores that desirable glow back to your skin. What better atmosphere to transform into your best self than the tranquil Spring Resort Spa? Soak up the peace and quiet in this adult-only venue as you unwind by the glamorous pool at the center of this heavenly haven.




1600 North Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.8311 www.psriviera.com/palm-springs-spa-services

Dubbed the “hidden jewel in the desert,” this expansive venue invites guest to journey around the spa indulging in all the delights to behold inside. Pick your pleasure from a lush list of luxuries including a waterfall pool, jacuzzi and tea lounge. The Spa Signature Facial at The Riviera is sculpted with the individual in mind. Following a consultation, guests who opt for the Signature Facial are administered a hydropeptide treatment based on their skin type and needs. Hydropeptide therapy is known to quench dry skin and target all visible signs of aging … where do we sign?!


SUNSTONE SPA AT AGUA CALIENTE 32-250 Bob Hope Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.202.2121 hotwatercasino. com/spa

Looking for a day at the spa with all the amenities? Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente leaves no stone unturned! The Spa at Agua Caliente draws inspiration from the healing and positive energy that comes from the exquisite sunstone. Equipped with a dry cedar sauna, steam room and whirlpool facility for both men and women, you’ll find yourself amid wall-to-wall decadence at this Palm Springs spa. Want to feel as fresh as your surroundings? Try Sunstone Spa’s very own Organic Facial. Formulated with avocado oil, grapefruit, ginger, apricot, Barbados cherry, wild mango butter and fig, this all natural treatment removes impurities while softening and hydrating the skin.


AGUA SERENA SPA 44600 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.674.4100 www.indianwells.hyatt.com

In need of a day of health and happiness? Schedule some wellness time at the Agua Serena Spa and Fitness Center. Everything ranging from menu options to spa products exudes nutrition and fitness. Whether you’re indulging in an organic meal or opting for a fruit and veggie-based face mask, Agua Serena makes the most of nature’s offerings. In terms of their spa menu, we strongly suggest you sample the Age Defying Fruit Enzyme Glow facial. This one-of-a-kind facial utilizes fruit and vegetable enzymes from produce like papaya and pumpkin to gently rejuvenate your skin! Factor in the hand and arm massage served on the side and it’s safe to say you’ve got yourself the best item on the menu!



67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.329.8791 www.twobunchpalms.com

Operation relaxation is the overarching theme at the spa at Two Bunch Palms. With 26 treatment rooms, this is the perfect stress relief soiree for you and yours. There’s something for everyone at this primping playground with a variety of 50 unique spa treatments to choose from. In-house guests won’t want to miss out on the Bohemian Body Essence: the ultimate gift, to oneself or a loved one, gives topto-toe indulgence and leaves you hydrated, refreshed and satinsoft. Includes a babasu polish, wildflower wrap, shea butter massage, hair treatment, and mini-facial. (yes, please!).


NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Two Bunch Palms books weeks in advance, especially for weekends. So, be sure to secure your spa reservation ASAP!


49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.4800 www.laquintaresort.com/spa-fitness

Want to melt away for the day in a spa-lovers paradise? La Quinta Spa is practically a community for the relaxation-conscious. Equipped with over 40 treatment rooms, this large-scale rejuvenation destination leaves nothing to be desired. Among the many treatment options is their arguably most popular Signature Facial, which uses power-packed, molecular catalyst technology to protect your skin cells’ DNA and produce optimal age prevention results. Prior to, or following, your treatment we recommend you check out their eucalyptus infused steam room.



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Blogging Duo Kelly and Jeff Mindell Tell Us Where to Shop and Have a Photo Op WRITTEN BY: JEFF AND KELLY MINDELL


“The most colorful hotel we ever did see. We love this place and will typically stay here whenever possible. We partnered with them a few years back to create the #SaguaroColorHunt, a fun 'scavenger hunt' for color available to guests at the hotel and surrounding Twin Palms neighborhood!”

We love us some Palm Springs

Kelly is the powerhouse behind the DIY lifestyle blog Studio DIY and Jeff is the main man behind some amazing photos. Together, we moved to the West Coast from New Jersey in 2011 having never even seen the desert before. While we’re based in Los Angeles, Palm Springs has quickly become our happy place. Whether it’s a quick day trip or a long weekend away, we love to soak up the color, culture and sunshine any chance we get. We even got married there in 2014!


DESERT HILLS 48400 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 92230 951.849.5018 | premiumoutlets.com/outlet/desert-hills > Desert Hills Outlets has a wide range of brands

CABAZON OUTLETS 48750 Seminole Dr Ste 100 Cabazon, CA 92230 951.922.3000 | cabazonoutlets.com > Cabazon is the place for all of your

to match the occasion. Whenever we need to pick out a stellar outfit without hurting our wallets, we stop by Desert Hills. This is a one-stop-shop for classy eveningwear, daytime looks and sportswear.

athletic needs. From Adidas to Columbia Sportswear, we can pick up everything we need for a scenic hike, a morning run or a long day running around the city.

them do the dessert table at our wedding reception when we got married in 2014 at an estate in the Movie Colony neighborhood!

more of a “local” place and their pizza is phenomenal (we are both from New Jersey and have some pretty high standards when it comes to pizza). Our favorites are the Buffalo Chicken and Elton John pizzas.

CHEEKY’S 622 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.7595 cheekysps.com > Hands down our

FOOD EL JEFE 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.322.1900 thesaguaro.com > Our favorite chips

and guac ever! This small tequila and taco bar is located in the Saguaro Hotel lobby and we cannot get enough. GREAT SHAKES 160 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.5300 greatshakesps.com > Even though this

place was a recent discovery for us, we are so happy to now be regulars! It’s a family-

owned gourmet shake and malt shop located right on the main street in Downtown. Where else can you build your own milkshake that gets topped with a mini donut at the end?! JAKE’S 664 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.4400 jakespalmsprings.com > It’s become a

tradition that each and every time we are in town, we swing by this spot to pick up a slice of their massive chocolate cake to-go. We love their bakery so much that we had

WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR 800 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.459.3451 workshoppalmsprings.com > This beautiful,

industrial space serves up very yummy food and amazing craft cocktail options right in the center of town. We head here if we are looking for a more upscale dinner situation or want an excuse to dress up a little more than the typical bathing suit and tank top (our Palm Springs uniform). BILL’S PIZZA 119 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.5571 billspizzapalmsprings.com > This is definitely

favorite breakfast spot in town. They don’t do reservations, so be sure to get there early, add your name to the list and ask for a table on the outdoor patio. The menu changes often, so it’s a great excuse to keep going back!

ERNEST COFFEE 1101 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.318.4154 ernestcoffee.com > After the two-hour

drive from LA, this place is conveniently located right near the entrance of town. Jeff loves to stop in for a big cold brew before anything else.

“We head here if we are looking for a more upscale dinner situation or want an excuse to dress up a little more than the typical bathing suit and tank top (our Palm Springs uniform).”

UPTOWN DESIGN DISTRICT > The few blocks at the top of Downtown

with some really great vintage clothing, furniture shops and galleries. Home to our favorite restaurants and awesome shopping like Trina Turk and Just Modern Decor, this place has everything your home needs for an eclectic, chic look.

EL PASEO Palm Desert, CA 92260 877.735.7273 | elpaseocatalogue.com > After having a delicious breakfast at Wilma +

Frieda’s, we’re ready to shop sunny El Paseo. This is one of the best places to admire art while picking up treasures for the home. Pick up luxurious candles from L’Occitane before a day of pampering at one of the location’s many spas and salons.



THE SAGUARO 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.323.1711 thesaguaro.com > The most colorful hotel we ever did see. We love this place and will typically stay here whenever possible. We partnered with them a few years back to create the #SaguaroColorHunt, a fun “scavenger hunt” for color available to guests at the hotel and surrounding Twin Palms neighborhood! Basically every single wall in and around the property is painted in different vibrant colors, said to reflect the various hues found in the California desert. THE PARKER 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.770.5000 theparkerpalmsprings.com > This ultra lush (and ultra posh) Jonathan Adlerdesigned hotel is probably the most beautiful place we’ve ever seen. We love to wander the winding pathways of the property, stopping to take fun photos at the outdoor lemonade stand. We checked in here for the week after our wedding and basically didn’t leave the resort until check out. ACE HOTEL 701 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.325.9900 acehotel.com/palmsprings > Easily the most hipster (and the most Instagrammed) of hangouts in all of Palm Springs. A ton of spots and great colorful walls for photos makes this a must-swing-by for us. We did a really fun photo shoot here two years ago and the images are still some of our faves. TWIN PALMS NEIGHBORHOOD > Situated southeast of the Downtown area, this amazing little neighborhood has some of the most beautiful and photogenic midcentury modern homes in all of Palm Springs. Back in 2013, Jeff snapped a photo of that infamous bubblegum pink door, created the #thatpinkdoor hashtag and now it’s so fun to see people taking photos of it every day on Instagram using the hashtag.


> Lemons, order the Muddled Lemonade at The Parker—it’s the best refresher. It’s citrus vodka and lemonade (that they squeeze right in front of you). Sit at the bar under the misters and enjoy!


> We’ve been going to Palm Springs for years now and the colorful wall at The Ace has actually changed a few times so we’ve seen a few different photo backgrounds! Always a great excuse to check in and see what’s new.


> Jeff loves the Peanut Butter Banana shake at Great Shakes!


> We recently bought the most amazing piece of wall art for our home from Flow Modern on North Palm Canyon and we both love the Trina Turk/Mr. Turk shops as well (also on North Palm Canyon). Very colorful clothing that fits our personalities and is perfect for the desert.



PARTY PLANNER Recover from Post-Coachella Fatigue with Dr. Ortiz


SAVE ME! We all love to rage hard at Coachella, but, hey, don’t you need to get back to real life at some point? Revive with Live Well Clinic’s most popular healing remedies: 1. Live Well Herbal Immune Boost Elixir Tincture 2. B complex 3. Vitamin C 4. Zinc throat lozenges 5. Electrolyte infused water

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Oh, Coachella.

The time of year when every decision feels so right in the moment—but we come to regret it two days later. Whether you over-imbibed or got too much sun, DR. NICOLE ORTIZ, ND, co-founder of Live Well Clinic Holistic Solutions for Wellness and Aging, can help you make a full post-festival recovery. Q: What are some symptoms of post-festival fatigue? Nicole Ortiz: Dehydration, lack of sleep, heat exhaustion and excessive inhaled dust create the perfect storm to return back home post festival with a vengeful cold. It's tough to fight off illness when your body has been rockin' hard for several days in a row. Most festival goers do not perceive "stress" on their body given that they are experiencing an incredible weekend of music and art. While the stress of their jobs may be long forgotten, the body burden of excess alcohol, too little water, long hours of dancing and mornings in the sun by the pool takes a toll. Q: We hear alcohol and hot weather aren’t the best combination. Is that correct? NO: The desert is deceivingly warm in April and most festival attendees coming from out of town do not realize the amount of water and sodium that leaves their body through sweat. Combine heat with the open air and wind and the loss of fluids intensifies. Most would agree, Coachella is a little more fun with several drinks in hand, most of which are not water. Alcohol all day and night and the double shot of espresso that help the festival goers wake up after a night of partying is the perfect dehydration insult. Q: How can people recover from a huge festival like Coachella? NO: Get extra sleep, rehydrate, keep protected from long sun exposure. The desert depletes your sodium stores, so have a little sea salt and electrolytes in your water. I also suggest taking extra B and C vitamins, along with natural anti-inflammatory herb like curcumin and antioxidant coQ10. Q: What services do you offer that work to help heal the body after Coachella? NO: As preventative focused doctors at Live Well Clinic, we support festival goers the weeks before, during and after the festival. Typically, the week before the festival we have specials for vitamin B injections, and immune and energy support herbal elixirs to take to support your body for a long party weekend. We also give pre and post “hangover helper” supplements to purchase such as the one's listed above. The mix of anti-inflammatory and liver loving vitamins will help you avoid getting sick or feeling hungover. In the highest demand are the rehydration and nutrient IVs we administer to ensure an immediate boost of support before or during the festival. The favorites are Flu Fighter, Gochella Juice and Hangover Helper. You should arrange your IV in advance if you plan to take advantage of IV therapy. Q: Do you have any favorite products when it comes to postCoachella healing? NO: Live Well’s Herbal Immune Boost Elixer Tincture, B complex, vitamin C, zinc throat lozenges and electrolyte infused water.


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THE MORONGO BAND OF MISSION INDIANS 12700 Pumarra Rd, Banning, CA 92220 | 951.849.4697 | www.morongonation.org




84 DO EXPERT How One Native American Tribe Paved the Road to Financial SelfReliance

88 SILVERROCK Step Into Your Swing on the Big Green at SilverRock Resort

90 DO FEATURE Get Weird at These Unique Roadside Attractions

94 INTEGRATRON Rejuvenate Through Sound Baths and Stargazing at the Integratron

96 FIRST TIMER’S GUIDE Burn Through the Sand Dunes on a Palm Springs ATV


DO EXPERT Made in Morongo

100 LIVING DESERT ZOO Be Amazed at the Living Desert’s Prehistoric Park


MAY 2016


Chairman of MORONGO CASINO RESORT ROBERT MARTIN Discusses His Tribe’s Success



ROBERT MARTIN Tribal Chairman

First In Line: Morongo is the first casino operated by Native American Indians

ut where the desert landscape basks in the glow of spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains, you can hear the winds roaring with laughter from the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians have been living in this magical land for more than 5,000 years, when the area was a large water bed fed by the Colorado River. In 1876, when U.S. President Grant set aside reservation property to relocate thousands of Native American Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians were permitted to remain on their birthright land. In 2004, they would become leaders in tourism development here, with the opening of the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa on reservation land. The Morongo benchmark would transform the lives of Native Americans across the country, putting their tribes on the path to success and self-reliance.


MORONGO CASINO RESORT & SPA 49500 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 92230 951.849.3080 www.morongocasinoresort.com


THE PEACE LOVING TRIBE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A NATURAL FIT FOR THE TERRAIN. Despite the harsh landscape, they learned how to evolve successfully with the times and advance their quality of life due to their ability to tap into the natural (and man-made) resources available. Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is the first premier gaming vacation resort operated by Native American Indians and has flourished into a multi-entertainment destination with a bowling alley, spa amenities and the first In-N-Out Burger restaurant to open in a casino. Chairman Robert Martin, head of the Morongo tribal government, who became the first elected tribal chairman at age 32, remembers their turning point well when the landmark 1987 U.S. Supreme Court victory confirmed the sovereignty of Indian tribes and their right to establish gaming operations. A visionary, Martin worked on its passage and the development of his tribe's original resort and casino. Then in 2004, he spearheaded the development of the $250-million casino, resort and spa complex in Cabazon, adjacent to Highway 10. 86 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

Can you describe the land and how it has evolved over your lifetime? Robert Martin: I remember vast expanses of chaparral and fields of poppies. Pines and streams with running water. There were ranches with cattle and orchards that grew peaches and almonds groves. Around the late ’50s, agriculture fell off and many jobs were lost, especially in the construction industries. There were hard times on the reservation because it was economically depressed. But, we are a very spiritual tribe and believe in self-reliance. Q: Why did you choose gambling as an economic solution for the economically depressed Morongo Band of Mission Indians? RM: We knew we needed to create jobs to create a better life for our people. It is hard to make a living on most reservation lands. Most of it is undesirable real estate. There was a small casino operating on our reservation as early as 1983 and it did quite well, but its revenues were managed by one individual and not shared with the tribe—which is not how we function in a tribe. In 1987, when the U.S. Supreme Court approved the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act—providing a legislative basis for the operation and regulation of Indian gaming and serving to protect gaming as a means of generating revenue for the tribes—it encouraged us to lead in the economic development for all Native American Indians. With the passage of the act, we were able to realize our dream of selfreliance and self-determination. Q: Did you encounter any opposition after its passage? RM: No, we were able to move pretty quickly. Everything we do is done by consensus with the other tribes. There was only one tribe,

ALL IN THE CARDS Gaming has always been a part of Indian culture in archery competitions and rice, dice and shell games. SCHOOL TIES Chairman Martin is deeply committed to developing the next generation of tribal leaders and helped to establish a tuitionfree, preparatory academy on the Morongo Reservation, making it the first of its kind in the nation.

THE MORONGO BAND OF MISSION INDIANS 12700 Pumarra Rd Banning, CA 92220 951.849.4697 www.morongonation.org

THE WORKS The casino is one of the largest tribal gaming centers in the U.S. with slots, tables and high-limit gaming and features five top-rated restaurants, a worldclass spa, nightclub, bowling alleys and a pool with private cabanas. They also book legendary entertainers for live shows and concerts.

the Navajo Tribe, that didn’t support taking private reservation land and turning it into public-use gambling resorts. Their concerns were that it could alter the integrity of the Native American Indian culture.

our community. Since 2010, we have donated more than $550,000 towards annual shopping sprees for low-income children across Inland Southern California and last year, we contributed $250,000 to aid victims and families impacted by the San Bernardino terrorist attack. We have donated over 100,000 turkeys to 125 nonprofit organizations, churches, homeless shelters, schools and veteran groups that provide 1.5 million holiday meals.

Q: What went into the making of your $250 million casino resort and complex? RM: We wanted to incorporate our philosophy and natural elements found in the landscape. The resort is still the tallest building in the area at 27-stories high. Our architect was John Jerde, who also Q: What’s on the horizon in terms of creating opportunity and designed The Bellagio in Las Vegas. We really like his use of curves hope for your people? in his design style. Inside, we wanted to convey the “motion of art” to RM: We want to cultivate the next generation of tribal leaders. Last year, our guests as they wind their way around the public areas. we awarded $10,000 scholarships to four Native American “With the Our lobby entrance, which is called Blossom, represents students from California. The scholarship is unique among passage of the one of the flowers from our native flora. We wanted it to tribal scholarship programs because it is open to any enrolled act, we were able look like it’s floating out of the desert floor. We have a very member from more than 100 federally recognized tribes in to realize our popular bowling alley and recently opened our 36-hole California. We also hosted the first Indian reservation moot dream of selfchampion golf course at Tukwet Canyon and will be hosting reliance and self- court competition with our students and won both of the determination.” golf tournaments there this year. Because we care so competitions. This forum helps encourage Native American greatly about the environment, we have programs in place students to pursue a university education. —CHAIRMAN ROBERT MARTIN that recycle, reuse and reduce our carbon imprint and are Q: Your tribe has quite an expansive business portfolio continually updating the property with ecology in mind. with new ventures in finance, healthcare and agriculture. Q: How has life improved for the Morongo Native American Indians since the resort opened? RM: It has literally transformed the lives of tens of thousands of Native Americans across the nation by creating opportunity and hope which brings me great pride. In our own community, the resort provides more than 3,000 jobs, generates over $3 billion in regional economic activity and continues to sell out every weekend. With these revenues, we are able to provide community enrichment programs for

Any new developments for tourism in 2016? RM: We are scheduled to open the Hadley Fruit Orchards new store in early 2016. We are excited and proud to continue to build upon the tradition of what was a desert oasis stocked with dried fruits and nuts, wine, honey, vitamins and gift items and will be adding fresh fruit, home-baked bread and healthy pizzas.





SilverRock Resort Pulls Out All the Stops on Their Championship Course WRITTEN BY: JEANNETTE SWANSON


hen you think of the perfect golf course, the Coachella Valley likely comes to mind. The desert basin seems an unlikely location for over 100 golf courses, but the valley’s golf industry is

thriving. Would you believe that the Coachella Valley is home to the world’s greatest concentration of golf courses? It’s true. The valley’s very own La Quinta is well recognized as the golf capital of the world.

SILVERROCK RESORT 79-179 Ahmanson Ln La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.8884 www.silverrock.org


The valley’s very own La Quinta is well recognized as the golf capital of the world.

„ Designed by American professional golfer Arnold Palmer, and opened in 2005, the 200-acre SilverRock Resort offers a 7,578-yard course that runs through a lush landscape of natural rock formations, water features and over 50-acres of native shrubs and plants. The immaculate course offers numerous opportunities and amenities for golfers to get their tee on. Golfers can rent a cart equipped with a GPS system that operates from a color, animated television monitor. The GPS system offers such a convenience by alerting golfers to key mechanics of the course such as the layout of the hole, location of the bunkers and lakes, and where the pin is on the green. If you haven’t the time or the cash to spend four or five hours on an 18-hole round of golf, consider the resort’s Walk the Rock program. The program promotes walking, so although a cart is not included, you’ll get a 9-hole program that begins just two hours before sunset. This one is optimal for families. If you’re looking for lessons, golf instruction is available on a walk-in basis or by booking in advance. After a lesson or two, golfers may break in their spiked or spikeless shoes with the resort’s offered seven sets of tees. Lessons and amenities aside, one might wonder how a lush, green golf course in a man-made desert oasis is surviving the California drought. Unlike many golf courses, SilverRock resort does not rely on well water. The course is instead irrigated with water from the Colorado River. In addition to non-reliance on well water, SilverRock has state of the art weather stations that communicate with their pump stations. The weather station identifies how much water the course does or does not need on a daily basis, creating a highly efficient water system. As for the future of SilverRock resort, a $420 million dollar project is in the works this year. Golfers can expect massive expansion with the inclusion of a 140room, 5-star quality luxury hotel and spa in addition, the resort will offer 150,000 square feet of resort residential units, the renovation of the Ahmanson Ranch House Facility and 5,000 square feet of temperature controlled space consisting of outdoor patios and an event lawn.


> The on-site SilverRock Grill is a relaxing spot for all-day breakfast or lunch. Guests feast on fish tacos, a wide assortment of salads, Kobe beef burgers and panini sandwiches.


> During the months of daylight savings, the resort will see an upwards of 300 golfers per day.


> La Quinta locals are buzzing about the organic coffee on Main St at Old Town Coffee Company. Get your chai latte, espresso or bakery item and head to the outdoor patio.


CABAZON DINOSAURS 50770 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 92230 951.922.8700 www.cabazondinosaurs.com APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Blue Eyed Girl www.shopblueeyedgirl.com




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As the story goes, Johnny discovered the Lost Horse Mine while searching for a horse that had wandered off the property.

THE GRAVE OF JOHNNY LANG 74485 National Park Dr Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 760.367.5500 www.nps.gov/jotr

 Somewhere near Lost Horse mine in Joshua Tree National Park lies the grave of prospector Johnny Lang. As the story goes, Johnny discovered the Lost Horse Mine while searching for a horse that had wandered off the property. Out of the 300 or so mines that were developed within the present day park boundaries, this one became one of the most profitable. While in possession of the mine, rumor has it that Johnny skimmed a collection of gold and buried his cache somewhere within the park. Unfortunately, he ended up dying of exposure after visiting his cache one cold winter’s day, taking the location of the found gold to the grave.

for? There are those spots

CABAZON DINOSAURS 50770 Seminole Dr Cabazon, CA 92230 951.922.8700 www.cabazondinosaurs.com

that are on every traveler’s

 Ever wonder what it would be

what do you make time

itinerary and often for good reason. These locations can provide stunning vistas fit for full-page spreads in National Geographic or have enough attractions to fill multiple days of sightseeing. However, the downside is that these wellknown destinations can be teeming with people, making it difficult to see and do everything as planned. Plus, let’s face it, no one wants to say they took a trip to some landmark everyone else has visited. We all want unique experiences and these locations across Greater Palm Springs offer just that. On your next trip, stray off the beaten path and don’t forget to take lots of photos. 92 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

like to stand next to the largest creatures to have walked the earth? Well, in Cabazon you can experience the next best thing. These concrete dinosaurs were originally built in the ’60s by former Knott’s Berry Farm sculptor Claude K. Bell. After his death, the sculptures were sold and became part of a creationist museum that explains the ideas behind Young Earth Theory, which states dinosaurs were created on Earth about 6,000 years ago on the same day as Adam and Eve. Whether or not you subscribe to this theory, it’s an opportunity to learn an alternate version of history and make some larger-thanlife friends. There’s even an open air museum with fiberglass and robotic dinosaurs. Feel like taking something home with you? Step inside Dinny the Dinosaur and visit the gift shop before you leave.


hen planning a vacation,

CABOT’S PUEBLO MUSEUM 67616 E Desert View Ave Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760.329.7610 www.cabotsmuseum.org

DESERT CHRIST PARK 56200 Sunnyslope Dr Yucca Valley, CA 92284 www.desertchristpark.org

 Established in 1951 and dedicated on Easter Sunday, Desert Christ Park was created in the hope to inspire world peace in an era when the threat of nuclear annihilation was highly publicized. Over 40 biblical figures made of steel reinforced concrete represent various scenes from the Bible and are set on the hillside above the Evangelical Free Church. The park is free to the public, open from dawn to dusk and is maintained by a group of volunteers. Desert Christ Park is nondenominational and anyone seeking solace or simply a quiet retreat is welcome.

 Cabot Yerxa was an artist,

entrepreneur and human rights activist concerned with issues facing Native Americans. Before settling in California, he lived adventurously, traveling to various countries including Mexico and France. At age 30, he homesteaded in what is now Desert Hot Springs and discovered the famous hot springs that give the area its name. He built his pueblo style home in 1941 and worked on it until his death in 1965. The pueblo was made by hand using reclaimed and found materials and was inspired by a Southwestern pueblo replica that Yerxa saw as a boy. The building is now included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Desert Christ Park was created in the hope to inspire world peace in an era when the threat of nuclear annihilation was highly publicized.

NOAH PURIFOY’S DESERT ART MUSEUM 63030 Blair Lane Joshua Tree, CA 92252 213.382.7516 www.noahpurifoy.com

 Noah Purifoy’s Desert Art Museum is 7.5 acres of open desert land filled with sculptures made from reclaimed charred debris from the 1965 Watts Riots. Materials include bent metal and charred wood as well as other “junk” pieces such as wrappers that otherwise would have been discarded but instead were turned into beautiful, unusual pieces of art. The works range from political statements to area-specific works inspired by the desert landscape that surrounds the museum. Resistance and change play an important role in the pieces, as they are not maintained and thus are subject to erosion and decay due to their exposure to the elements. Arguing that change is an important part of life, Noah Purifoy wanted to see how nature could alter his original creations into something new. Come see the strange and eerie world for yourself. The museum is open dawn to dusk and is free to the public. Just be sure to sign in at the welcome kiosk.

INTERNATIONAL BANANA MUSEUM 98775 Hwy 111 Mecca, CA 92254 619.840.1429 www.internationalbananamuseum.com

Come see the strange and eerie world for yourself.

We all have our favorite foods, but this one takes the banana flavored cake! Located in Mecca, California, near the Salton Sea, the International Banana Museum has over 20,000 banana related items for you to feast your eyes on including earrings,

harmonicas, staplers—even lip gloss, making this the Guinness World Record’s largest collection devoted to any one fruit. There is also banana related art and if you’re hungry, banana splits and ice cream among other options. Thirsty? Why not try some

banana wine? Once you’ve seen your fill of banana related items, don’t forget to take something home with you so the memory of this unique location never fades. Banana related gifts such as T-shirts are available in the shop.



INTEGRATRON 2477 Belfield Blvd Landers, CA 92285 760.364.3126 www.integratron.com



Sound baths have become a popular way to utilize the Integratron’s special features.

The Desert’s Most Mesmerizing Hub of Sound and Science


Each tone is tuned to the key energy centers—chakras—of the body, creating a sensation of peace and heightened awareness unlike anything you’ve ever felt before.


Joshua Tree Music Festival is an event that takes place in the area surrounding the Integratron every spring and fall, and comes highly recommended.

Located in Landers, California, about 20 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park, is a dome shaped structure that seems as if it were taken straight out of a science fiction movie. This other-worldly structure is actually Integratron, a resonant tabernacle and energy machine located on top of a powerful geometric vortex in the Mojave Desert. The unique geometry of the building amplifies the Earth’s magnetic field, allowing the wooden dome to be used as a mechanism for rejuvenation and, according to the designer, time travel. These astounding abilities are made possible through the generation of strong intermittent magnetic fields, which resonate within the human body and recharge the cellular structure. 94 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

The Integratron was designed by aeronautical engineer and leader in the UFO movement George Van Tassel. Inspired by instructions provided by visitors from Venus, Tassel saw the potential in the Integratron and so did others, who helped fund the project through donations. After Van Tassel’s death in 1978, the building had several owners before finally being purchased by sisters Joanne, Nancy and Patty Karl in the early 2000s. The sisters then opened the Integratron to the public and promoted it as an acoustically perfect structure. So what can you do with an acoustically perfect structure you ask? Simple. Carry on the theme of rejuvenation and

offer those who are feeling stressed, or simply need a break from the real world, a chance to unwind and relax. Sound baths have become a popular way to utilize the Integratron’s special features. The design of the structure promotes deep relaxation and introspection through 60-minute sonic healing sessions. Roughly half an hour is devoted to relaxing to the sounds of crystal quartz singing bowls whose tones echo throughout the deeply resonant sound chamber. Each tone is tuned to the key energy centers—chakras—of the body, creating a sensation of peace and heightened awareness unlike anything you’ve ever felt before.

The Integratron also hosts events, including an ongoing “Sonic Geometry” experiment that the public is invited to participate in. Guests will be able to hear the full backstory of this unique structure before experiencing specific sets of electronic frequencies. After a light dinner, guests can end the event by hearing organic frequencies inside the Integratron’s sound chamber, followed by a recap of the day’s events before departure. Whether you’re a musician, yoga practitioner, stargazer, corporate group or simply are looking for an out-of-thisworld desert experience, the Integratron will not leave you disappointed.

OFF ROAD RENTALS 59511 U.S. Hwy 111 Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.0376 www.offroadrentals.com







BEST PLACES T O AT V I N G R E AT E R PA L M SPRINGS: The rugged and rocky terrain of the region makes the Greater Palm Springs area an ideal location for ATV’ing.

Pulling up to an eclectic graveyard of recycled art and funky signs, I’m surrounded by a landscape of white sand hills scattered with tires. Within minutes, I’m chatting with Steven Harris, the owner of Off Road Rentals—though if you ask him, he would deny most claims to the throne. A hippie type that spends half his time in Mexico and the other half playing outdoors in the California sun, Harris is all about having a good time and having others join him. After realizing he wanted to spend his life sharing this sense of adventure with others, he opened up Off Road Rentals in 1984. Originally he had a small squad of four to five ATVs, but this number has since grown to an impressive fleet of 50 plus. 98 | LOCALE MAGAZINE


arris’ hearty laugh is contagious as he cracks a joke about his recycled art— his sculpture garden of friends who keep the area populated in the off-season. He then notes that this place is teeming with people on Saturdays and Sundays. “On holidays, forget about it,” says Harris. “The course will have upwards of 40 to 50 people at a single time!”

one could easily overlook: a collection of helmets, a bespectacled oil can man, a rustic stagecoach sitting in front of the RV, a hand-painted map of Southern California. These little aspects of Steven’s personality are manifested throughout the property to give the dunes a bit of character other than the rubber-tire obstacles courses snaking throughout the area.

A guy with spiky blonde hair, dark sunglasses and a Star Wars shirt rolls up. “Hey, I’m Matt! And N OT E : Harris directs me to the nearest market, today there’s a special going for pretty girls,” If you have a about a mile away, where I could grab a he jokes. I can already tell the staff is big on large group, coffee while he prepares for the day. The area humor and operates like one giant family. He call ahead is rather desolate, just a stretch of freeway ushers me and our photographer, George, into and you can with tumbleweeds blowing around, but it’s a cave of ATVs to watch an instructional video. and reserve peaceful and I’m excited for what the day has Matt then shows us around the property, the place for in store. If you’re a first-timer like I was, I’d pointing out an old caboose and the mechanic your group suggest wearing long pants (I sported a pair of shop where the staff maintains the ATVs, a knee high boots which are great for preventing plethora of spare parts strewn about haphazardly. sand from getting into shoes). If you have long hair, Prior to getting fitted for our helmets, Matt provides I’d highly recommend tying it back. Helmets and each of us with a less-than-fashionable shower cap to protective goggles are provided, but you’re more than wear underneath which, while not the cutest desert welcome to wear your own sunnies! look, calmed my inner germaphobe. Matt points to a couple of ATVs sitting under a hangar and asks, “You I park once more, this time studying the sculptures ready?” I look over to George, my eyes sort of bugging more closely and paying attention to the colorful way out as the sudden reality of speeding across the sand Harris has decorated the lot, full of little details that


What Should You Bring When ATV’ing?

“Soon enough,

A pair of sunglasses (Off Road also offers protective goggles)

I’m shifting to third and fourth gear to speed around the track, dodging tires left and right.

Sunscreen, especially for the hot days when you shed protective layers

Long pants and a long sleeve shirt even though Palm Springs weather is not always favorable for this. If possible, wear long pants and layer a tee with a light jacket for the toasty days

with minimal training sets in. “Just kidding,” he teased. “I’ll explain everything and give you the lay of the land.” Phew!

minute I just trust in the process, and not think about it too much, is when it truly becomes fun. Soon enough I’m shifting to third and fourth gear to speed around the track, dodging tires left and right. This is what I’d been training for since I was in fourth grade, all those years of Mario Kart. The wind on my face is exhilarating as I fly over the rolling hills, shifting, accelerating and just going.

Matt goes over all the levers and knobs on the quad as I take mental notes and try to envision myself on the course, shifting from first gear all the way to fourth with the ease Matt displays. “It may seem like a lot right now, but you’ll get the hang of it in a matter of minutes,” he promised. “First gear PRICING: is for when you’re climbing the hill, second is $40 for 30-45 a good pace when you’re testing out the quad minutes, and third and fourth are for when you want though if you cooperate, to go really fast,” he says with the expertise of Harris and a seasoned pro. I look out onto the course—a his crew will series of donut shaped holes, flatlands and typically let then a daunting hill. “I’m going to climb that the rides run thing? Yeah, sure, OK,” I think to myself. The longer. exhilarating fear is fast approaching. I’ll be the first to admit that the beginning moments on the quad are frightening—as I ease myself around the track, I steer clear of the donuts for fear of falling sideways or getting bucked off, as if I were riding a wild stallion. As I start to lean into turns and feel how the ATV accelerates with every pump of the gas, I think, “This isn’t so bad.” I’m getting the hang of it! The

The area is an ideal location for zooming around as it’s a bit removed from the city, on a sandy mountainside with both flatlands and high ground—the perfect amount of diversity for a driving course. The quads are easy to get a hang of, even for beginners and that was reassuring to me since I had never been off-roading before. It’s suitable for the entire family, too; kids ages 6 and over can drive their own ATV—a driver’s license is not required.

I only got stuck twice. I know that sounds kind of bad, I mean how hard can it be to drive over some sand? But the loose sand can actually be a real pain in the accelerator when you’re trying to climb to the top of the hill. I managed to pull myself out both times and other than that it was easy riding.


If you want to bring your phone or a small camera along to document the ride, make sure you wear a jacket with zippered pockets big enough to hold those items

Snacks for afterward, though water and cold sodas are provided by Off Road Rentals

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little over a year ago, the Living Desert Zoo, located in the beautiful Palm Desert, introduced a brand new show that has wowed visitors ever since its January debut. The name of the game is Zoorasic Park and it features amazing animatronic dinosaurs that come to life during the 25-minute performance. The show is family friendly, interactive and even includes some activities that get the audience involved. After watching, and possibly being a part of the show, you’ll have a whole new take on dinosaurs, their lifestyle and how different life would be for all of us if they were still around. We dug in to find out the ins and outs of this amazing experience.

Let’s start by taking a look at the Living Desert Zoo, which has been around since 1970 and was built out of a love for the desert and with hopes of preservation in mind. Over the years their goal has been to run a place that believes in preserving the natural beauty of the desert and sharing it with all who wish to visit. The park now consists of 1,200 acres of land, with 1,000 of them being left in their natural state. Instead of rearranging nature, the board in charge of this wonderful place has created different trails and nature walks that lead you right through all of its beauty without disturbing the natural, unique order of things. Some of the features you will find and see on your visit include a walk-through aviary where you can discover the birds who live there and a desert oasis featuring a pupfish pond, plant nurseries, desert gardens, tons of carved out trails and more.

THE LIVING DESERT ZOO 47900 Portola Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.5694 www.livingdesert.org

Aside from preserving the natural elements of the desert, the Living Desert has expanded and grown over the years with new elements like camel rides, the butterfly pavilion and their own veterinary hospital. All of these have contributed to the success and vision of what this place is meant to be, and Zoorasic Park is no different. The people at the Living Desert didn’t hold back when putting together

this show, and for a minute, the dinosaurs will have you questioning whether or not you are back in prehistoric times. These creatures were brought to life by the creative minds of the Chiodo Brothers, who have been wowing Hollywood with their amazing work for years. These brothers are a group of special effects artists who hail from the Bronx but have Hollywood in their blood. Some of their work can be found in the classics that we all know and love such as Gremlins, Elf and Dinner For Shmucks. If you have seen any of their work, then it is easy to imagine how amazing and life-like these dinosaurs truly are. Access to this unique show comes included in the price of admission and you can catch one of two shows every day at either 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. The show’s goal is to get people to “rethink extinct” as they describe it, and open their eyes to the world of dinosaurs that, until now, we have only enjoyed in movies, stories, books and other fictional tools. After the show children get a chance to play archaeologist for a day by digging up fossils and will also have a chance for a photo with their favorite dinos. Don’t miss your chance to discover why this exhibit and the Living Desert Zoo are so special and unlike anything else around!


 The special effects artists behind the show are the Chiodo Brothers, who have been wowing Hollywood with their amazing work for years with classics like Gremlins, Elf and Dinner For Shmucks.


 Dinosaurs at Living Desert include Brutus, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Penny, a Parasaurolophus and a baby Triceratops who goes by the name of Trixie. LOCALE MAGAZINE | 101

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104 HOME EXPERT Celebrity Interior Designer Dann Foley on Why the Desert Is a Designer’s Dream

108 ESCAPE: EUROPE Barca or Bust: Taking the High Road Across Europe

114 PHOTO ESSAY Enjoy a Panoramic View of Greater Palm Springs’ Most Scenic Spots

122 DRAG SHOWS Greater Palm Springs is Home to Some of the Nation’s Most Dazzling Drag Shows


124 SETTING THE TABLE Betting It All at Agua Caliente

128 SU CASA A Boozy Luau in the Desert Courtesy of Sailor Jerry


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BEAUTIFUL For Celebrity Interior Designer Dann Foley, True Beauty is in the Details



DANN FOLEY Celebrity Interior Designer

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he only thing more vibrant than Dann Foley’s design aesthetic is the man himself. His design style is colorful and eclectic and he has worked with a variety of clients on homes throughout North America and the world. His home base of Palm Springs provides him with inspiration and serenity. We sat down with him to see what makes him thrive in California’s world-renowned little desert town and how the world of Dann Foley is taking on the world of design. To give a sense of his reach and scope, Dann Foley is simultaneously working on television projects, home product lines, speaking engagements, books and is still working with clients nationwide. He is innovative and hardworking, having recently finished a home in Charleston while managing projects in California and Chicago. Once people work with Dann, they come back for more.


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“My house is designed to tell a story about my life.” —DANN FOLEY

“I love coming home, when you come out of the plane at the airport, you are actually outdoors and you can see straight towards the mountains. It is the most comforting sight I have every time I fly home.” —DANN FOLEY

Q: How did you get into the interior design business? Dann Foley: I went to school for design—I have always wanted to do this. I ended up in this business by plan. I started my firm as an extra credit project in school and the business just started growing. Q: Who and what inspires your work? DF: It really comes from everywhere. Everywhere I go and places I see. I travel a lot with clients and it has become a great source of inspiration. I draw a lot of inspiration from classic movies; I am crazy about classic films. Movies are the perfect source of creativity; you can be anything. Whether you want to live in a palace or a log cabin, it’s in film. Q: How do you describe your aesthetic? DF: I am best known for what is truly an eclectic look; it’s really a transitional feel. I like a mix of new and old, modern, contemporary with classic and antique. What makes me unique is that I really get into my client’s lives—I want my work to speak to their true taste and personality. Design must be based on their needs and desires. I am also known for my use of color and pattern. Everyone is afraid of color—but I ease people into it and layer it on! In this world of homogenized retail, color is one of the few places we have left as consumers to make a statement about who we are. It’s just paint! Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? DF: Always design! I used to re-arrange the furniture in the


house when my parents were out for dinner; I experimented in my home! Now I experiment in my own homes, which my parents probably prefer! Q: Tell me about American Dream Builders. DF: It was the first design and renovation show done in prime time on network television. I had been made offers for other shows but this was an opportunity like none before! We were given so much product and resources, more than had been seen before, which was a great draw for me; we were given budgets and resources that made it exciting. These reality shows are filmed typically in 6-8 weeks but this show took four months to film and we worked up to 20 hours a day and six days a week—you only went home when you were eliminated! I was in all but one episode. It was a very interesting and fun experience, but exhausting! I believe I went into it with the right attitude, I had already done television and I knew if I was going to make a statement or name for myself it was up to me! I had to be prepared to use my time on the show to my own advantage. Q: Do you enjoy being on television? How does it compare to your other roles? DF: What I like about television is the amount of people I can reach with my design story and aesthetic. I have a large reach as it is with my brand, so I do a number of appearances with my product, which lets me meet buyers, designers and creators. It is not unusual for me to stand in front of a crowd speaking about design, and I really enjoy it no matter the format! Q: Where do you like to go out in Palm Springs? DF: This is a resort town—every place is a bar, a lounge and a restaurant. Just depends on the time of day you go! One of my favorites would have to be Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, it’s one of the newest places in town. Birba is another favorite: it’s all outdoors and behind a hedge. They have an artisan menu with

handmade pizzas and salads. This is a place to see and be seen, but is a fun place to relax under the stars. Q: Tell me about your home in Palm Springs, what is your favorite room? DF: I would say my favorite room to design is always a living space. I have lived in condos, townhouses and homes. I have designed modern homes, Spanish homes and contemporary homes— among others. Now I am in a Mediterranean home but my own style and look is what I love to do best. My house is designed to tell a story about my life. But in this house my favorite room to be in is my bedroom—I like a big bedroom and when I don’t have to leave my house I love to stay in there. If I had a kitchen in there I would never have to leave! Something else I love about the house is that every room has access to the outdoors—this is Palm Springs!


Q: Why do you stay based in Palm Springs? DF: Palm Springs is known all over the world—but if you’ve never been here people don’t realize what a small town it is! In LA, the joy of Southern California has been sucked out by the traffic! We don’t have the same issues here. Also, it may sound new age, but the mountains have energy of their own—they draw you in. It’s the truth! I love coming home, when you come out of the plane at the airport, you are actually outdoors and you can see straight towards the mountains. It is the most comforting sight I have every time I fly home. I also work out a great deal—everyday I am outside working out by 6 a.m., whether it is yoga, biking, hiking or running. I look at those mountains and say, my God I am lucky. I travel to fabulous places but come back to this world-renowned small town. Q: Any upcoming news? DF: I am constantly launching new product, check it out online and in fine retailers! Beyond that, television wise … I’ll just leave it at—stay tuned!

“It is not unusual for me to stand in front of a crowd speaking about design, and I really enjoy it no matter the format!” —DANN FOLEY

Dann is currently writing a book about how film has influenced his design. Specifically focused on a set designer who was with MGM for over 30 years! “So much of design is directly rooted in old films, from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. The influence is present today in new design!” says Dann.

HIGH SOCIETY: Dann was the keynote speaker and MC for the Interior Design Society’s 2016 Black Tie Gala held in Dallas, Texas.


E S CA P E : E U R O P E

EU-ROAD Trip 2,152 Miles in 16 days at 100 MPH




COLOR: Polar White; Black Interior with Black Convertible Top

THE RIDE: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400A Convertible; 329 Horsepower


Six months prior to our scheduled European vacation, my fiancée Erin and I met with Lorna Farthing at Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz in Newport Beach. Lorna was a sales consultant specializing in European Delivery for Mercedes-Benz. We spent the day test driving vehicles, deciding on the model and, finally,

choosing a color. We decided on an elegant 2016 E400A convertible in Polar White with a contrasting black top. A few days later, Lorna emailed us to confirm our order, providing us with the exact date we would be able to pick up our new MercedesBenz at the factory in Germany. We were officially going to Europe.

More accurately, I love the idea of road trips—plotting my course on Google Maps, making road trip-worthy playlists and grabbing gas station-sized, kidneystraining mega sodas. But actually driving? Not always fun. The leg cramps, long stretches of seemingly endless road, the constant dread of being pulled over for speeding. This summer, however, I found a solution to road trip boredom: Drive an exciting car on roads without speed limits while enlisting your best friend (and fiancée) as navigator, storyteller, co-driver and Snack Commander in Chief. This time, the journey could be just as thrilling as reaching our destination.




Stuttgart, Germany The road trip begins ... well, almost.

Erin and I arrived in Stuttgart after an 11-hour flight from our stopover in Seattle. Still reeling from jetlag, the complimentary lodging and taxi vouchers courtesy of Mercedes-Benz was a welcome perk. With outside temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, all we wanted was A/C and a cold shower. After checking





Everyone drives fast but highways somehow feel safe

The right lane is for passing only

Every freeway is not an autobahn

They have cameras everywhere (we got snapped five times in one day)

#5 There are more tunnels and bridges than you have ever seen

into the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten and firing up the Wi-Fi, we noticed an email marked URGENT at the top of our inbox. Uh oh. We wouldn’t be able to pick up the car for a few days. Bummer? Not really. Now we had an excuse to explore. Zurich, Switzerland, here we come.






Gas stations are on the freeway off ramps

McDonald’s has free Wifi and clean restrooms

Audiobooks are great for long drives (We listened to The Sun Also Rises)

Drake is also great for long drives

CDs bought at Italian gas stations make great frisbees

NUMBER OF MILES/ KM DRIVEN: 270 miles/438 km

THE RIDE: 2015 Smart For Two Sedan; Top Speed: 76 MPH

HOTEL: Storchen Zurich


CAUTION, SPEED DEMONS: There are photo radar cameras everywhere; drive within the posted limits.

Zooming down roads in a car reminiscent of a soup can, traversing mile-long tunnels crowded with commercial trucks and ascending steep mountain roads was actually a blast. Part of the excitement came from reading every German sign aloud (the signs for Exit, or Ausfahrt, truly brought out the inner child in both of us). On top of a couple near-death experiences, we had our picture taken five times during that first day of driving. The camera really loves you while speeding, running a red light, changing lanes—even when seemingly abiding by the law! Please be aware of photo radar; it can increase your vacation costs significantly. We could have spent our entire trip in Zurich. Beautiful buildings line the waterfront promenade of the Limmat River, which dissects the city on its journey toward Lake Zurich. We spent the afternoon walking along the promenade, watching boaters row, swimmers swim and sunbathers enjoy the 90-degree sunshine and 80-degree, crystal-clear water. We rented a boat that afternoon, drove to the middle of the lake and skinny dipped.

Venice, Sindelfingen, Italy Germany

Water babies.

We drove the car off the factory floor. MILES/KM: 434 miles/699 km

THE RIDE: The Mercedes-Benz E400A

It was finally time to pick up our brand new E400. Mercedes-Benz was kind enough to provide us with a lunch of sandwiches and wine to enjoy on our trip. Less than an hour later, our car arrived on the delivery floor. The Mercedes-Benz We found our hotel, Storchen Zurich, on team gave us the ins and outs of handling TripAdvisor with 4.5 star reviews and NATIVE the car before finally putting the keys in my glowing recommendations. The historic KNOWLEDGE: hand. It was ours to drive all over Europe for boutique hotel located on the banks of the While the the next 15 days. Erin jumped for joy. The car landscape was Limmat did not disappoint. Packed with was spotless. I had to check the odometer— beautiful, clean charm, the space showcased beautiful less than 10 kilometers in total. The beauty restrooms are artwork at every turn while offering of the German Autobahn is that it allows you hard to come by. amenities like crisp and clean bedding, large to thoroughly mash the gas pedal. Flying at We recommend windows and an extremely accomodating taking the chance a top speed of 131 MPH, we made our way staff. Parking was nearly impossible to find to freshen to Venice, Italy, through the Swiss Alps. near the hotel so we parked as close as we up at one of The drive through Austria and the Alps is could and walked over. The doorman happily the roadside the most breathtaking scenery either of us fetched our car and we turned in for the restaurants. have ever experienced. The curvy mountain night after a quick cocktail at the hotel bar roads slowed our pace and took our minds facing the river. off the odometer so that we could enjoy the beauty— evergreen treetops, aquamarine pools of water and stark, rocky peaks. We made sure to make plenty of pit stops to take in the surrounding landscape, fuel up the car and find a place to eat the picnic lunch from Mercedes-Benz. There are also plenty of BETTER LAKE THAN NEVER: roadside stands serving wurst and pommes frites that we highly recommend taste testing. The drive Find a way to swim in the lake. Rent a boat, pay out of the Alps is endless in the best way possible. admission to a swim club or just jump off the pier.

HOTEL: Centurion Palace

THE RIDE: Motoscafi (motorized water taxi)

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” —Truman Capote The hotels and residences that line the canals of Venice were all once great mansions of the fabulously wealthy and important. Our hotel is no exception as it was built in 1892 to house the Genovese family. The Centurion Palace is directly on the main (and much wider) canal and boasts a gothic-Venetian façade. After parking the Mercedes-Benz in a nearby garage, our motoscafi, or water taxi, approached, circled once and dropped us at the hotel’s wooden dock. Although our hotel possesses a very traditional outward appearance, the interior is anything but old fashioned. The hotel has been transformed from a historic residence into a very contemporary hotel, each room decorated differently. We dropped our bags in our third-floor room and took in the views before heading out to traverse Venice.

The lake water is so clean you could bottle it.



1. Watched Gone Girl under the stars with red wine at Cinema Chiardiluna 2. Swimming in Cinque Terre 3. 200 polaroid pictures 4. Rented a boat on Lake Zurich and skinny dipped 5. Dinner in Portofino looking at the Mega Yachts (also, meeting Magic Johnson) 6. Venice with friends (ding dong ditching) 7. A night drinking in Barcelona and getting punched in the face 8. Driving on the autobahn until the governor slowed us down 9. Didn’t always follow our itinerary 10. Drinking wine in our condo above the Tour de France finish line

1. Venice Jails 2. Catching up with friends 3. Canals




Splurge on a once in a lifetime concert. We saw Elton John in Lucca, Italy. Eat lots of gelato (and granizados in Spain). Take lots of annoying pics. Go on plenty of walking tours. See as much of the Louvre as you can.



Lucca is only 10 miles from Pisa. We suggest skipping the Insta-opportunity of pretending to lean against the Tower of Pisa and visiting Lucca instead.


Florence, Italy MILES/KM: 160 miles/258 km

HOTEL: J.K. Place, Firenze

The drive from Venice to Florence was gorgeous—the Tuscan region is beautiful. Those who love rolling fields and farm houses will really enjoy this drive. We originally planned for two days in Florence, but after the long drive from Venice and the feeling the city gave us, we cancelled our drive to Rome to extend our stay in Florence. Our hotel was part of

the reason we extended our stay. Although our room was small, it was immaculately clean and impeccably decorated. It was simple yet sophisticated. Even though Florence boasts a large number of worldrenowned restaurants, we found ourselves having three meals at the hotel during our stay (once for dinner and twice for a family style breakfast around a communal dining table in the lounge).

Make sure to carry plenty of different credit cards and cash in different currencies. We lost count at over 40 toll road stops on our trip and there were several times that we had to play credit card roulette to find a card the machine would accept.

MILES/KM: 288 miles/480 km WHERE TO STOP:

QUALITY CONTROL: Leave the convertible top up for this portion. You will encounter traffic and exhaust filled smog on your way into Florence.

WHAT DID WE LOVE ABOUT FLORENCE? 1. The bridges over the Arno River: Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Santa Trinita and Ponte alla Grazie—in that order 2. The guided tour of the Duomo 3. Outdoor movies at Cinema Chiardiluna 4. The food—especially at Alla Vecchia Bettola 5. Making friends: We met a local nicknamed “Little Tony” who gave us a free tour of his city 6. The warm nights 7. The river reflecting the streetlights at night



Cinque Terre: There are five towns that make up the coastal region referred to as Cinque Terre. Prepare for a winding, steep drive to the beaches below the cliffs. Once you arrive, you can take a train between all five towns. The houses hang from the cliffs in a multi-colored pattern that is enchanting to stare at, especially during the golden hour. Portofino: It still feels like a dream. We stayed the night in a town that felt like a movie set. We met Magic Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson as soon as we arrived and learned that Madonna had eaten at our table the night before. Every small town you pass on this road: We lost count after crossing over 100 bridges and passing through the same number of tunnels. You rarely see the coast; and when you do, we suggest that you pull over.




Everything at Alla Vecchia Bettola in Florence Ham and butter sandwich from a gas station in Paris

Monte Carlo, Monaco 5 REASONS TO STAY AT THE FAIRMONT MONTE CARLO WHILE VISITING MONACO: 1.The Grand Prix of Monaco takes place in May, and the famous hairpin turn is directly in front of the hotel. 2. The view from the tiny patio deck of Nobu restaurant allows you to see three countries and enjoy amazing sushi. 3. The world famous Nikki Beach has a rooftop outpost on top of the hotel. We drank a magnum of rosé two days in a row and arrived early for poolside lounging. 4. It contains its own casino and is only a short walk from the Monte Carlo Casino. 5. We left our passports in our room and did not realize it until we reached Barcelona. We called from our hotel in Spain and The Fairmont had them overnighted to us. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE

After a night of partying, or after dinner, make sure to enjoy coffee and dessert at Cipriani. The place was packed at midnight. We were lucky enough to sit next to Novak Djokovic, who had just won Wimbledon the day before.

Barcelona, Spain MILES/KM: 424 MI 683 KM Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I was determined to make it my fiancée’s as well. Even though our arrival was off to a rough start as we realized only hours before arriving that we had left our passports in Monaco, I could not be deterred from selling this city to her. We arrived at The Grand Hotel Central, located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Our faces were tan, our legs ached and we needed a drink. After helping us contact The Fairmont in Monaco to retrieve our passports, the hotel staff showed us to our room and told us about the rooftop infinity pool and bar. Our room was modern, clean and larger than we expected with amenities like an in-room Nespresso machine and a massive shower. We also had a view of the Barcelona Cathedral from our windows. After settling in, we went to the rooftop sky bar, ordered two mojitos and stared out at the beautiful horizon of buildings and apartments.

GRAND HOTEL CENTRAL MAKES FOR AN EXCELLENT HOMEBASE. Here’s What’s Walkable from the Front Door: 1. La Sagrada Familia 2. Parc Güell 3. Las Ramblas 4. The Barcelona Zoo 5. Parc de la Ciutadella 6. Gothic Quarter 7. Barceloneta Beach 8. La Boqueria 9. Mar Bella Beach (it’s right next door to Barceloneta and also a nudist beach)


Macarons from Ladurée at the airport in France Schnitzel in Göppingen, Germany Omelettes in every country (Europe just seems to do eggs better)

WHAT NOT TO MISS IN PARIS: Drink rosé in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Bring a blanket because the lawn is overused and not as lush as you might have dreamed. Walk across the street from the hotel to see the Moulin Rouge. Take the longest tour of the Louvre your feet can manage. Make sure to watch the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling light show at night.

1. Sunflower fields on the side of the road in Switzerland 2. Swiss Alps 3. Duomo di Firenze 4. Ehrenberg Castle Ruins and Highline 197 5. La Sagrada Familia 6. The Eiffel Tower 7. Venice Canals 8. Portofino 9. Monaco 10. Millau Viaduct

Paris, France

The Finish Line

MILES/KM: 1,037 km/644 miles HOTEL: Hôtel Maison Souquet We were supposed to take two days to drive from Barcelona to Paris, stopping for a night in Bordeaux, before continuing our journey. From the minute we exited the city limits of Barcelona, it was obvious my fiancée had other plans. The drive should have taken 13 hours—she was determined to make it in 11. She hovered near the 200km/hour marker for hours, guiding us at Nascar speeds through the winding hills of Southern France, over bridges and through woods. We stopped only four times for gas and food before arriving in Paris. Driving in Paris was an adventure in itself. We nearly ran down a motorcyclist in a roundabout. We arrived at our hotel late at night and the concierge was beyond helpful. The Hôtel Maison Souquet is dark and cozy with hints of secret passageways amid the narrow hallways. Once a pleasure house during the Belle Époque era, the hotel has been transformed to emulate the gaudy opulence of that golden age in Western European history, but in a tasteful way. Rich fabrics, dark tones and quiet spaces make every conversation seem like a secret. We were offered cocktails in the lounge, which we accepted before retiring to our room for the night. The room, though small, would better be described as intimate. There was only one small window and the walls were padded with thick material. It was like sleeping inside a jewelry box.






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THE EDGE The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.8282 www.ritzcarlton.com






Drag! Work the Runway with the QUEENS OF THE DESERT


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is the place to be. Not only because it is a sunny desert paradise influenced by the glamour of Old Hollywood, but also because the city is bedazzled with some of the country’s best live drag shows. Whether you’re local or visiting, you can make your week or weekend even trendier by checking out starstudded performances by some of the desert’s most infamous queens.


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 Coming to Palm Springs straight from their wildly successful Florida location, Georgie’s Alibi Azul is the place to be for food, drinks and … drag! Check out their weekly Cabaret show for some classy crooning.

STREET BAR 224 E Arenas Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.320.1266 psstreetbar.com

 On Sundays, Street Bar is packed to the brim with locals, all lining up to see the bar’s stunning drag show. Mix and mingle with your favorite drag queens while enjoying the spot’s lively vibe. Also a must: stop in for some karaoke. COPA ROOM PALM SPRINGS 244 E Amado Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.866.0021 copapalmsprings.com

 If there’s one place you need to spend your Thursday night, it’s at The Copa Room’s

“Lipstick” drag show party. Watch Bella da Ball run the show— literally. There is big hair, big glasses, short skirts, and high heels, no wonder this drag show is part of the fabric of Palm Springs’ nightlife.

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In the Zone

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is the official casino sponsor of the Los Angeles Clippers.

THE AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RESORT SPA has been a part of Coachella Valley culture for decades,

bringing the perfect mix of entertainment and relaxation to both locals and visitors of all ages. The original Downtown Palm Springs location is currently undergoing a complete revamp, creating serious anticipation in the community. In the meantime, the second location in Rancho Mirage—one of the tallest buildings in the desert—continues the Agua legacy, undeniably bringing a luxe, exciting energy to the sandy surroundings.


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The resort hosts and a prime cut burger 340 spacious, with fries. “When I lived in modern rooms Hawaii, the fish was so fresh featuring and alive with flavor. This flat-screen is something I wanted to TVs, sunken tubs and floorbring to the desert with our to-ceiling tranquil views of the ahi,” says Chef Milligan. The gorgeous Coachella Valley and Waters Café bar also hosts San Jacinto Mountains. The The After Party following four-diamond rated property weekend events at The Show. has amenities that will make Beat the heat with a frozen you lose track of time: There’s drink like The Great Blake, a the Sunstone, an awardluscious strawberry daiquiri winning spa that provides floating on orange liqueur or seasonal massages and skin a craft style cocktail like the treatments, a full service salon, Agua Dulce Martini served in eucalyptus steam room and dry a stemless martini glass. sauna. Make it a classic Palm If you’re in the mood for Springs retreat by soaking up fine dining and outstanding the sun next to one of Agua’s service, the resort’s signature two private outdoor swimming restaurant, The Steakhouse, pools with cabana options or features the finest prime experience The Show, a steaks, seafood and premier concert theatre “Channel delectable desserts. Chef with VIP boxes and vintage Milligan recommends glamour and suites. Previous concert ordering the prime boneaccompany headliners include the in ribeye explaining, “You it with your Goo Goo Dolls, Willie don’t need to change a own twist Nelson and ZZ Top. great piece of meat, just


“The resort hosts 340 spacious, modern rooms featuring flatscreen TVs, sunken tubs and floor-to-ceiling tranquil views of the gorgeous Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountains.”

Baja Fish Tacos: with Guacamole, Cabbage, Lime and Pico de Gallo

Prime Double Quarter Pounder Burger: with All the Fixin’s

of modern

Ready for your date season it well and cook influence.” with Lady Luck? She’s it right.” The marbled waiting in the 71,000-squarebone-in ribeye is USDA prime foot casino player’s paradise beef, grill-marked with a deepwith the desert’s best slots, flavored signature rub. Also video poker, table games, a recommended are sautéed penny slot room and the only scallops with papaya and private poker room in the ginger slaw. The dish consists Coachella Valley. Blackjack is of a larger dry sea scallop with a favorite among regulars who firm texture and a sweet taste, may choose between six-deck, served with a citrus-y saki single-deck, double-deck or cream sauce garnished with Spanish 21 styles of play. papaya and ginger. Favorite Although there are no written drinks include the dirty rules on table etiquette, martini, cognac, whiskey on the treating it as any other social rocks and fine vintages from event is recommended. the restaurant’s extensive wine Agua Caliente Table Games list. Notably, The Steakhouse Operations Manager Jerry has won the “Wine Spectator Park deals his best advice on Award of Excellence” eight the game: “Know your limit years in a row. and what you are willing to When it comes to attire, lose. The key when playing keep it chic yet comfortable. is to have fun. The player Channel vintage glamour and is playing for the social accompany it with your own experience and entertainment twist of modern influence. with the added chance of After all, Palm Springs is winning some money.” known as Hollywood’s desert Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa also offers numerous dining options, from casual to fine dining, overseen by Executive Chef Mike Milligan. Chef Milligan believes that “flavors of a casino should showcase not only local cuisine, but those of a diverse culture.” Waters Café offers American classics and light California cuisine with dishes like housemade potato chips with a chipotle ranch dip, ahi poke wonton tacos with wasabi aioli, Baja fish tacos

playground, once the home of the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball, and recently adding Leonardo DiCaprio to its list of resident homeowners. Try a classic little black dress, perfect for any occasion, or make a statement with a trendy cut-out or bold color like red or electric blue. A tailored suit is also a proper choice for either gender, paired with accessories like a plunging necklace for ladies or a pocket square or bow tie for gentlemen.

USDA Prime Grade Bone-In Rib-Eye: using corn-fed beef

“Games Operations Manager Jerry Park deals his best advice on the game: ‘Know your limit and what you are willing to lose. The key when playing is to have fun. The player is playing for the social experience and entertainment with the added chance of winning some money.’” LOCALE MAGAZINE | 127

PS TIKI 655 E Racquet Club Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262

“Even with vacation mode fully activated, the glamorous tropical splendor beyond the tangerine door is sure to surprise; chic, polished decor in bright cheery hues, simply oozing with midcentury tiki flair.”


SU CASA Our sneak peek inside gorgeous local homes

Tats &

TIKIS Bringing the Sailor Jerry’s Luau to a Mid-Century Desert Home


TRAVELING DOWN RACQUET CLUB DRIVE IS A NOSTALGIC TREAT like no other; a portal to mid-century vacationville where the sun is always shining and picture-perfect California palms frame the ultra-mod, single-story dwellings on either side. One of these homes in particular stands out as being the most enchanting. With whimsical desert foliage and a vibrant tangerine-colored door, there will be no question when you reach your destination—pure oasis perfection.





FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT CALL PALM SPRINGS “HOME,” and perhaps for many who do, simply being in this vibrant SoCal city will ease mischievous smile. Her bubbly demeanor sets the tone for a warm welcome and you into the holiday mindset. But, even with vacation mode fully activated, the lots of laid-back laughter about her many adventures in the wild world of spirits. glamorous tropical splendor beyond the tangerine door is sure to surprise; chic, Marsh is the National Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Brand Ambassador serving the polished decor in bright cheery hues, simply oozing with mid-century tiki entire Western U.S., a coveted role reserved only for those who have a Collins’ tattoo flair. A more appropriate place to soak in Palm Springs’ Modernism Week keen knack for crafting creative cocktails and curating an unparalleled artwork simply does not exist. There are playful inviting spaces in every direction, fondness for the Sailor Jerry Brand, among many other necessary talents. generated perfect for relaxing, socializing or all-out entertaining. Her poise, classic beauty and fun-loving demeanor blended seamlessly an enormous with our surroundings in the most natural of ways. This spectacular home was originally designed by famed architect William Krisel in 1959 and boasts over 4,000 square feet of living space, making this the largest home in the sought-after Racquet Club Estates enclave. With a gallery-worthy collection of art and modern updates galore, the estate includes every high-tech amenity a guest could possibly need or want. And if that wasn’t enough to completely excite, this luxurious gem is also solar-powered and extremely eco-friendly.

following after the 1930s establishment of his tattoo parlor in Honolulu.

Just as stunning as this majestic home is our woman of the hour, The Original, Ashley Marsh (@TheOriginalAshe on Instagram and Twitter). She enters the room with a pineapple in one hand, a booze-filled coconut in the other and a 130 | LOCALE MAGAZINE

“Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Tiki Culture go hand in hand. And, let’s face it, you can’t have a tropical cocktail without great rum!” Ashley went on to artfully articulate the history of the Sailor Jerry brand, which pays homage to the famed tattoo artist Norman Collins. Collins’ tattoo artwork generated an enormous following after the 1930s establishment of his tattoo parlor in Honolulu. Being a former sailor himself, Collins’ work was especially popular throughout the sailing communities. Sailors would flock to his shop any time their ships docked in Hawaii. Later came a line of Sailor Jerry clothing and accessories dedicated to Collins’ art, and finally, Sailor Jerry Spiced

CAN’T SNEAK AWAY TO PALM SPRINGS AT THE MOMENT? That’s okay too! Add some tropical, mid-century excitement to your day right now by shaking up one of the winning cocktails:

1 JERRY’S FOGCUTTER 2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 0.5 oz Amaretto 0.5 oz Cream Sherry 0.25 oz Passion Fruit Syrup 0.5 oz Orange Juice 2 dash x Angostura Orange Bitters Garnish: Umbrella, cherry Creator: Marie King, Tonga hut

ASHLEY MARSH National Sailor Jerry Spieced Rum Brand Ambassador


Rum. The cult following is not what made the rum so popular, however. Year after year, the rum has proven itself in the industry by being a heavily-awarded spirit, winning an arsenal of prestigious accolades, such as the 2015 Rum Master’s Gold medal (which it also won in 2013 and 2014). “I’m not here to sell, my role is to educate, amplify, and enhance the brand. Today we’re celebrating with classic mid-century cocktails,” said Ashley. Of course we are. She proceeded to present three crowd-pleasing libations which were hand-picked as being the three best from some of the top Tiki Bars in Palm Springs. The heavenly cocktails were also being served that evening for the muchanticipated Shag Party taking place at the house, which is precisely why they had chosen this vacation rental. It’s a righteous setting for a celebration to honor Shag, also known as Josh Agle, a modernist artist whose work has a very fitting midcentury feel. Did your invitation get lost in the mail? Fear not! Even if you weren’t one of the chosen few to receive an invite to this artsy affair, you can still rent the amazing home at www.pslux.com. Somewhere between the perpetually-sunny locale, the permanent vacation home, the hospitable cocktail aficionado, and the uplifting tropical vibe, you began to wonder why one would ever leave. Aloha, perfection!

PALM SPRINGS PUNCH 1.5 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 0.5 oz Cointreau 0.5 oz Crème de Noyaux 1 oz Pineapple Juice 1.5 oz Lime Juice 0.75 oz Simple Syrup Garnish: Mint, cherry, orange slice Creator: Rory Snyder, Tiki Caliente Event


3 THE WILDLING 2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz Pineapple Juice 1 oz Donn’s Spice #1 0.75 oz Compari 0.5 oz Orgreat syrup Garnish: Orchid & two pineapple wedges Creator: Chad, Bootlegger Tiki


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