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GETTING TO KNOW AJAH-DENISE FAMBO-DEMARTEAU
Q & A with a one-of-kind friend, neighbor, artist, and mother.
FROM THE VILLAGE
An up close look at Palisadian Natalie Mitchell and some her favorite things.
No mountain is tall enough to stop the passion of Rushton & Finley Gledhill.
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CONTRIBUTORS NICOLA BUCK
Nicola is a British fine art and commercial photographer, with a distinct and unique storytelling style. Evoking more than just a visual experience, her images have a keen eye for detail. Her work has been published by the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, as well as other publications, and she has worked on marketing content for major corporate clients. Fine art trained, Nicola has also exhibited in group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. She works closely with the local charity Heal the Bay, photographing events and educational content.
Allie Lebos is a writer currently living in West Hollywood (but she really misses the beach). After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017, where she served as a staff writer for the Daily Nexus for nearly 2 years, Allie made her long-awaited move to Los Angeles. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Allie has been taking life one day at a time as she attempts to learn new things everyday, both about the world we live in, as well as her self. www.allieandla.com
Pilates guru and celebrity trainer Noelle Rox has been sculpting the bodies of California’s most discerning clientele for over 20 years. The former Division 1, elite gymnast and power Pilates certified instructor is a go to in the industry, known for both her expertise and down to earth training style. She founded Simpatico Pilates in Santa Barbara and is now owner of Pilates Rox in Pacific Palisades. Due to increasing demand for her signature training method, Noelle created the Pilates Rox Teacher Training program to address the gap she saw between knowledge and execution. When she’s not teaching, Noelle is a busy mom to her pug Love Bug, and two horses Juliette and Arctic.
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Stacie Isabella Turk is the founder of Ribbonhead, a content creation and transformational storytelling company. Based in Los Angeles, she has 25+ years as a candid portraiture/lifestyle photographer or private and advertising clients (Downy, Disney, MTV/Nickelodeon). During several of those years she directed commercials and short films. She is the author and publisher of a six volume anthology of inspirational stories, songs, and activities for children (4-10 years) and their parents called MACARONI AND CHEESE.
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PALISADIAN AUTHOR AND FILMMAKER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTHA E. MAGAÑA
HAT WAS THE SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOK “ONE-DAY-FRIENDS”? My precocious child inspired the book. At the age of three, he was interested in so many things that books for his age were not addressing. It occurred to me if his young and curious mind was so thirsty for such knowledge and experiences, I should write a book for him and the many children like him. Parents are always looking for materials that are interesting and entertaining for their children, as well as themselves.
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MY SEARCH FOR PERSONAL GROWTH LED TO MAKING THE FILM “CONSCIOUS LOVE” AND SUBSEQUENTLY WORKING AS A FREELANCE DOCUMENTARIAN FOR PRIME MINISTERS VISITING THE UN... When you are a parent focused on your child and do not often have the opportunity to engage in adult conversations, reading a book that nurtures your mind, as well as your child’s, makes you feel like you’re still yourself besides being just a parent. This book also celebrates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) while incorporating children’s philosophy in helping our young ones access their place in this complex world. The book brings the cosmos to Earth, weaving the study of volcanos and human friendships, and our need to care for the Earth as we care for ourselves. It is love at work from the stars to a child’s understanding of his or her place as one among the stars. WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR BOOK? You can find the children’s book “ONEDAY-FRIENDS” by Ajah-Denise on Amazon and iTunes store, and you can order it from any book retailers.
AJAH-DENISE IN HER QUIET SPACE
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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR FILM? My Film “CONSCIOUS LOVE” views love in all circumstance from a soldier’s perspective, to business, humanitarian, romantic, parenthood, gratitude, compassion and cosmic love. Here, I find having gratitude and compassion is a powerful way also to connect to love.
WORKING ON HER FILM, CONSCIOUS LOVE (ABOVE, LEFT). “ONE-DAY-FRIENDS” BOOK SIGNING (RIGHT). AJAH-DENISE AND SON (BOTTOM, RIGHT).
Appreciation aligns us more with what is in our best interest and our success in having our needs met. Compassion for others allows us to forgive, judge less, and open our hearts to the greater mysteries of our Universe. My film “CONSCIOUS LOVE” can also be found on Gaia and Amazon. WHAT WERE SOME OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO OVERCOME AND WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST LESSONS FROM THOSE EXPERIENCES? I would say it was nerve-wracking coming out of a film school, California Institutes of the Arts (CalArts), with a bachelor’s degree in traditional animation and master’s degree in film directing and producing yet facing industry personnel who demanded I work for free. The idea of working for huge-budget companies that refuse to pay for my labor, and mistreat me while I work tirelessly, was not acceptable. Soon after, I decided to search for what it meant to become a mature person. I thought maturity would help me accelerate my career. My search for personal growth led to making the film “CONSCIOUS LOVE” and subsequently working
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as a freelance documentarian for prime ministers visiting the UN; they were holding meetings with the SecretaryGeneral and presenting their cases at the UN Assembly. Those experiences opened my mind to understanding that what really goes on in the world is not what is printed in newspapers about other countries, especially developing countries. As I came back to California, my intuitions led me to stop and become a mother. Before motherhood, I had this romantic notion of eating so healthy and accomplishing so much while pregnant. Reality hit hard when I realized that my body had completely different plans than I did. I could not function outside of just being an oven for the baby to come. After he was born, being a full-time mother certainly did not allow me to be creative anymore. I am the type of person who needs
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a whole day uninterrupted to get into my creative mode; you can’t be a parent and not be interrupted. As my child is now at a comfortable age, I have found a balance between motherhood and doing my creative work. I am excited to currently have two films in post-production, several children’s books in the making, and one book coming out in 2019. The challenges have taught me to be gentle with myself and focus on what is most nourishing to my soul; that is love always. Loving and taking care of my child, my friends and myself is important to me. Constant communion with the Divine nourishes me with creative ideas and a vision on how to manage my time between parenthood and work. The beauty is that I make my own schedule. Balancing all aspects is very challenging, and I often fail to get enough sleep; but I am improving on that. I am also working on becoming a doctor of Ayurvedic medicine; it is
essential I model in my personal life what I will advise to future patients. WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? I love to cook because I view food as the best medicine for the body and mind. Following an Ayurvedic way of eating and doing a natural cleansing makes it crucial that I cook rather than go out to eat. I have always had a personal relationship with food since I was a toddler; because of that, I started harvesting my vegetables at an early age and cooking. WHAT MADE YOU CALL PACIFIC PALISADES HOME? I am so fortunate to live in the Highlands. Driving through those peaceful mountains to travel to and from my home is always such a joy. It’s almost as though we live in countryside, and just two minutes later, one is faced with the amazing ocean and the busy PCH that brings us back to city life. Being a nature lover with a tremendous need for silence to create, and yet needing to be close to civilization, I find the Palisades to be just the perfect town for us. It offers everything I need (the ocean, the mountains, and great hiking trails, with just enough cafés and restaurants) to keep me centered and feeling part of a city, yet at the same time bringing us the welcome peace of ocean and trails.
LOVING AND TAKING CARE OF MY CHILD, MY FRIENDS AND MYSELF IS IMPORTANT TO ME.
I have always been drawn to nature and water. Having been born near a sea and having spent a great deal of my childhood on a farm, it felt natural to locate towards Malibu or the Palisades. After 3-4 years of feverish search, I walked into a place in the Palisades, and just right there at the entrance saw how I would dismantle the house and remodel it to our needs and liking. It was a perfect location to serve my son’s needs: good schools, tennis, swimming, hiking trails (literally in front of our home) and the beach less than 2 miles away. Although my son is currently in school in Malibu, he is quite happy when we come home; he says “Mama, I just love our home so much and these beautiful mountains.” That’s when I know the Palisades is the perfect home for us. PICTURED LEFT: EDITING PAOLO SOLERI’S DOCUMENTARY (COURTESY OF AJAH-DENISE). PICTURED RIGHT: AJAH-DENISE AND HER SON.
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ON THE NIGHTSTAND What book are you reading right now?
What place in the Palisades gives you the most inspiration?
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What are you doing to give back to the world? Between becoming a coach and our business Suite Run, I want to introduce distance running to more people than just crazy marathoners – ha! I want people to know that beyond the health benefits, running is a great way to see the world and meet incredible new friends.
THE ZEN SPACE FOR YOUR CREATIVITY Oh my gosh, a few places. I love running on the trails here, and that is where you’ll find me very often! The Temescal Ridge trail that meets up with the Palisades Highlands trail is stunning and definitely my favorite. When I run there and look out at the mountains or gaze at the azure sea, I feel on top of the world. Inspiration Point at Will Rogers is also beautiful – I can get in a killer 20 mile long run from our front door down Palisades drive, to Sunset Blvd., through the village to Will Rogers, up the trails to Inspiration Point and back. I also love Los Liones trail, Temescal Park and my easy run days are on the flat ocean front bike path at Will Rogers Beach where I don’t have to think – just run and be inspired. We truly live in paradise.
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I read a lot of books about becoming a great athlete. Right now I’m reading, “How Bad Do You Want It” by Matt Fitzgerald, “Let Your Mind Run” by Deena Kastor, “Find A Way” by Diana Nyad. Also, I can’t wait to reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.
THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
OH, TO BE 18 AGAIN!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Where is the place in or near the Palisades you go for the right meal every time? We love going to Casa Nostra for wonderful Italian food and we can walk from our house, which is an added bonus. I also love Cafe Vida, where I know I can get a super healthy meal that tastes delicious.
I’m going to say my Mom has been really influential in my life. She has shown me an example of what a great work ethic looks like and she is absolutely fearless. Give her a mountain and she’ll climb it, and she loves traveling the world and learning about different cultures. My Mom is also such a loving person who gives her whole heart to her family. She has demonstrated since I was a little girl that giving is so much more rewarding than receiving.
God has big plans for your life, so dare to dream really big, work hard and find a way to use running to help others and achieve big goals. You are going to be so surprised at how much you are going to love the sport even more than you do right now. Life is NOT easy, but you are going to be just fine if you follow God’s path. Never give up!
HOME SWEET HOME What made you decide to call the Palisades home? When my husband Jerold and I first got married, we bought a house in the Valley. We were so happy in our home and neighborhood, but knew we ultimately wanted to live near the ocean. I remember the first time we visited the Palisades, I instantly fell in love. The gorgeous mountains nestled by the sea paired with the small town feel invoked such peace in my heart and I knew that we had to move here someday. We moved from the Valley and bought a home in Santa Monica where we lived for 10 years. After our third baby was born, we quickly outgrew our home and needed to make a change. I told Jerold that we had to live in a place where I could walk out my front door and have access to amazing trails plus great places to run, and that is exactly what we have here. Our kids love trail running, hiking, biking and swimming year round. We couldn’t think of a better place to raise our family than Pacific Palisades – we love it here.
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THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS A collection of original metallic acrylic triptychs of its topography.
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The Natural geologic processes of the earth have folded, torn and carved the landscape of The Santa Monica Mountains. Topographia is a love letter to their natural beauty and an attempt to capture the 75 million years that have created its lines. “When standing on the mountains, they feel frozen in time...static, stoic and eternal,” Rushton explains. The topographic data, however, shows us another story and a rare glimpse into our planet’s distant past. The Santa Monica Mountains are living and breathing; every day, little by little, they are slowly being lifted by the East/West fault system located immediately offshore from Topanga Beach. Operating over millions of years, time and nature slowly have formed the beautiful canyons and landscape across the Santa Monica Mountains and left their powerful marks firmly imprinted in the topographic data. These marks are in essence created by nature, and Rushton+Son as the artists are the conduit and the
custodians of the details. “It’s my purpose to present to the viewer a unique perspective of where they live both in time and space,” Rushton explains. The Santa Monica Mountains Triptych is a bird’s eye view extending from Point Dume to the Palisades, from the Ocean to the Valley, but it also shows the passage of time through the folds and tears in the mapping of its elevation. Rushton+Son chose to use reflective metals; they feel the viewer can only truly understand its beauty by interacting with it on a personal level. “This choice is purposeful and important to me,” Rushton shares. “Only by standing in front of this work can you understand its full intent, and that is my invitation to you to look closer.” Throughout history, gold reflects an importance and has helped people revere the things most sacred to our
REFINING THE METALLIC APPLICATION, FINLEY AND RUSHTON COLLABORATING
societies. For the Ancient Egyptians, it was the sun and the afterlife; for the Christians, it was the light of God until the Kings of the Renaissance stole its power to satisfy their vanity. In 1840, it became democratized with the invention of gold-plating, but for a brief moment in 1900 Gustav Klimt made it sacred again, reflecting love and sex. “Symbolism aside, it is this sacred quality that interests me,” Rushton points out. 20 The Palisades | December/January 2019
“Its beauty lies in the understanding of its properties. Its warmth will reflect in the light differently each day. Its foil will take on the texture of whatever it touches, and its inks will bleed to form their own paths. This is when the work finds its own voice and personality.” Each painting is an original signed work created with a combination of metallic acrylics, produced
TECHNOLOGY AT WORK, FINLEY CHOOSING THE RIGHT PIECES (ABOVE). FINLEY TAKING CHARGE OF THE MACHINERY (BELOW).
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FINLEY AND HIS MOM, DARIA
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IT IS AT THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE AND ART. THE END RESULT IS ALWAYS ORGANIC, BUT THEIR METHODS INVOLVE AN ARRAY OF TOOLS WORKING IN HARMONY TO ACHIEVE THAT RESULT.
RUSHTON RELAXED IN CONCENTRATION, FINER MACHINERY DETAILS, FINLEY WORKING WITH METALLIC SHEETS
using traditional tools augmented by non-traditional methods. It is at the intersection of science and art. The end result is always organic, but their methods involve an array of tools working in harmony to achieve that result. Topographia begins with scientific data (Courtesy of the USGS), which is manipulated, tested and refined over months in a constantly evolving process. The application of the paint is aided in part by custom robotics, trial and error, and hours of manipulating air flow, speed and paint viscosity. Rushton makes it clear that the process is far from automated. “It is a pair of fast hands that help me make the marks I wish to make in the medium I wish to use. Driven by repetition and the pursuit to find order in chaos, it is an attempt to bridge the fundamental
gap between science and art and in using what I know to show you how I feel,” he explains. Rushton (Richard Rushton Gledhill. Born 1971) is an English artist based in Los Angeles. Better known for his international award-winning directorial work, his career has spanned continents creating and directing projects from Super Bowl commercials to branding flagship television shows for almost every major network. Topographia marks the return to his first passion, a study of both technology and art that has allowed him to form new connections to his home, his son and hopefully those who share his same love for it. “Growing up, I spent all day, every day on my own in my bedroom painting and
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drawing. It gave me such a peaceful feeling that I had lost for many years until I started working with my son. Even though we sometimes may be working independently on projects, we are both connected as we work across from each other at our desk. It’s a feeling that is hard for me to translate into words, but at that moment everything is OK in the world.” +Son (Finley Rushton Gledhill. Born 2011). He entered this world under a cloud of fear and uncertainty. He arrived not kicking and screaming but silent and broken. Finley was born with most of his organs on the outside of his body, a condition called omphalocele. The journey to repair his fragile body meant months in the hospital where
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he had to endure extreme pain. Instead of being cuddled and nursed at home in a warm and safe environment, he was forced to lie immobilized and oftentimes purposefully paralyzed while doctors worked to save his life. He was not able to be cradled in mom’s and dad’s arms until he was 8 weeks old. Because of these circumstances, Finley had only his eyes and ears to try to make sense of the world around him. While the experience was heartbreaking to watch for those around him, Rushton believes that these circumstances led to something truly remarkable. Finley has a highly developed sense of spatial awareness, an incredible understanding of patterns in nature and art, and a keen eye for detail. “Through the trauma he endured, he received an incredible gift,” Rushton believes, and which is
FINLEY AND RUSHTON SHARE THE SAME PASSIONS. evident in their work. Finley and Rushton share the same passions. Their work together as artists will continue to help Finley find his purpose and use his talents to bring beauty and grace to the world. “Painting and drawing make me feel happy and excited,” Finley shares. “I love to use the projector and make large maps,” he continues to say; “maps are my favorite because each country and state has its own shape, and I have them all memorized.”
MALIBU BEACH IN GOLD (LEFT). FINLEY IN HIS HAPPY PLACE.
and the Santa Barbara beach. Always combining art and technology, they have been collecting data from drones flown over the coast to soon begin work on a project called Oceana. For anyone who may be called to create art of their own, both Rushton+Son offer words of encouragement. “I would tell them to try; it’s OK to make mistakes, especially if you have an undo button,” Finley shares. His father adds, “. . . start the journey and you will arrive in a place that you never expected. Embrace your mistakes, that’s where the art is.”
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MEN’S TEE IN THE WAKE OF WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE WILD FIRES IN RECENT HISTORY, JAMES PERSE HAS DESIGNED TWO CALIFORNIA RELIEF TEES TO RAISE FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE WOOLSEY FIRES. AS A CALIFORNIA NATIVE AND MALIBU RESIDENT, THIS TRAGEDY IS ONE THAT IS CLOSE TO JAMES’ HEART. WITH THE GOAL TO TRULY MAKE AN IMPACT, JAMES PERSE IS DONATING 100% OF PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THE TEES THAT WILL GO TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT FAMILIES DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THESE TRAGEDIES, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA FIRE FOUNDATION AND DIRECT RELIEF.
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Karma Candle Where
there is LIGHT... BY STACIE ISABELLA TURK
magine how it would feel to have something good, enlightening and always different show up at your door, a gift that could be enjoyed each night, bringing Zen and balance into your home. This is the mission of Karma Candle Club.
The seeds for this endeavor were planted in the Fall of 2014 when Karma Candle Club founder, Ryan Magill, took a lifechanging trip to India. While in the city of Rishikesh, he watched the locals prepare for the annual Diwali festival, the festival of lights. This was the culmination of weeks that the people of Rishikesh spent crafting homemade candles and 32 The Palisades | December/January 2019
lanterns, which they would then give to one another as gifts. Their homes, city streets and even the river Ganges would be covered in these homemade incandescents, lit each night for 5 nights. While immersed in this celebration, Ryan saw the joy and profound meaning these candles bring. A celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, the importance of knowledge, self-improvement and seeking the good and right path. “Lighting a candle almost always ties back to something meaningful,” says Ryan. “And when the receivers of a candle light their gift, there is this beautiful moment of
quiet gratitude for the person who gave it to them. I wanted to bring that feeling of connection and positive energy to people. Ryan soon found himself to be a seeker, obsessed with finding the best small batch American candle companies from around the country that also give back in some way or another--Artisans who create candles that are not only All natural, Clean burning & Lead free, but also Vegetable-based and vegan. “What most people don't realize about candles is that unless they are made from plant-based wax, they will release carbon monoxide during the burning process,” says Ryan. “That is the same toxic gas that is emitted from your car's exhaust pipe. It’s very important to us to know that what our customers are breathing in is 100 percent nontoxic and safe.” In 2017, Ryan’s clean-burning passion for the business inspired his long-time friend, Hidden Hills raised Garrett Dylan, to work with Ryan to unite the concepts of candles, charities and community. This is when Karma Candle Club was formed. “Each month we feature a different local candle company, producing domestically, that meets our standards for quality,” shares
405 Ryan. “So our subscribers get to sample candles from lots of companies and they can choose to buy again any candle they love directly from the candle company we featured.” With every box sent, Karma Candle Club customers can also choose one of three charities featured on their site to which a donation will be made, each benefitting causes that help impoverished children, provide badly needed vaccines, or protect mistreated or homeless animals. There is also an option to donate to Woolsey Fire relief when using the code “palisades” at checkout. In the relatively short time since its creation, Karma Candle Club has built a steady following of recipients who each month find something special and enlightening at their door. It’s an achievement that makes both Ryan and Garrett proud of what they’ve created. “Two good friends doing what we love and being able to help other people in the process,” says Garrett. “It doesn’t get much better than that!”
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Babcock D.O. WRITTEN BY BRIELLE FRASER
H WE SERVICE OUR COMMUNITY THE BEST WAY WE CAN AND GIVE OUR PATIENTS THE BEST SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE. -DR. KATRINA BABCOCK D.O.
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ydration and proper nutrition are not always at the top of anyone’s to-do list. Oftentimes, we forget in the midst of busy schedules and various obligations to put our health and wellness as the top priority. Dr. Katrina Babcock D.O. is there to not only ensure her patients are well taken care of, but also to serve as a reminder to them that their health comes first before all other items on that to-do list. Dr. Babcock has been a practicing doctor of osteopathic medicine for over 15 years, specializing in nonsurgical orthopedics. She is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation, which has allowed her to open up two successful offices--one is located in Thousand Oaks and the other in the West Hollywood area. Along with the two office fronts, she also has doctors who perform house calls for patients in addition to administering nutritional and hydration IV’s to those who are working on movie/TV sets and at studios.
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“I give nutritional IV’s that consist of Vitamin C, B-12, amino acids and minerals; and all are customized for the person’s particular problem,” Dr. Babcock explains. “These IV’s are mainly used if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or the flu, or because your diet is deficient or you’re not getting enough hydration.” The administering of IV fluid is essential before a night of attending any type of function, especially the upcoming holiday parties if you know you won’t properly be retaining hydration. They are even utilized for the morning after a long night to make sure your hangover is cured quickly and efficiently so you can go about your day without feeling the effects of hydration deficiency. Dr. Babcock and her nurse practitioners also specialize in Craniosacral therapy for those who suffer from migraines and muscle pain. “Craniosacral therapy is a manual medicine that is very gentle with minimal velocity, which helps with neck, shoulder or back pain,” Dr. Babcock says. “It also aids with sciatica pain, as well as migraines. It gets the job done.”
Dr. Babcock’s office also offers IV fluids that help with weight loss for those patients experiencing difficulty with diet and exercise alone. The IV drips are crucial for improving immune system functions and leave patients feeling healthier and happier after they have had the treatment done. “We service our community the best way we can...” Dr. Babcock says. “...and give our patients with best services we can provide.”
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THE CAPPUCCINOS, CROISSANTS CHARM OF
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLIE LEBOS
fter making my big move to California in 2015, I didn’t think it would ever be possible for me to find a place on this planet that I loved nearly as much. For the first time in my life, I understood what it meant to feel at home. Though my scope was limited and I knew the world had an abundance to offer, I truly doubted the potential that existed. California was it for me--my forever home, and I couldn’t have been more content . . . but then I went to Paris.
2018 was a broadening year, to say the least. It’s surreal to think that I went from having never really left the country, to visiting two completely different continents in the span of a month. When I traveled to Bali it taught me a lot, both about my internal world as well as my external, but Europe did something completely different. It shaped me in a way I didn’t know I could bend, and it opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that exist, just over the pond. From the culture, to the food, to the undeniable sense of freedom, I became completely
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absorbed. Though I was only able to visit Paris and Switzerland, it was more than enough. In fact, I’m the type who actually prefers to see less, but experience more. I want to know what it feels like to actually be there and to live there, rather than simply breeze through as I move along to the next destination; quality over quantity I suppose. I traveled with a family I met shortly after moving to Los Angeles. Over the course of about six months we had become quite close, so when they asked me (somewhat last minute) to join them on their excursion, something told me to say yes. And I did. Our trip began in Paris and, to be honest, I didn’t expect to love Paris. It seemed so cliché to come back raving about the city that everyone raves about. But the truth is, there is no denying the magic that exists there. I didn’t just love Paris; I adored it. From the moment I stepped onto the rooftop of our spectacular AirBnb and saw the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance, I was hooked. Infatuation washed over me, and I knew I was in trouble.
FROM THE CULTURE, TO THE FOOD, TO THE UNDENIABLE SENSE OF FREEDOM, I BECAME COMPLETELY ABSORBED.
Our time in Paris was shorter than I would have preferred, though I doubt any amount of time there would have been sufficient. Each day I woke up early and walked the streets alone, searching for a new cappuccino, and a new croissant. Considering most shops in Paris don’t open until 9am at the earliest, this was at times tasking. However, it gave me the opportunity to explore the city further, and even get a bit lost . . . .which I highly recommend doing while in Paris. I won’t bore you with the touristy basics (though you must do each of them at least once, including the Eiffel Tower). From the Notre Dame, to the
Louvre, they are all incredible, but they aren’t what sealed the deal on my adoration for this city. For me, it was the simple, yet elegant charm that permeated every facet of the culture. It was in the way that people enjoyed a meal, taking their time, smoking skinny cigarettes between each course and looking into each other’s eyes as they sipped on a glass of white wine. It was in the way that a simple trip to the grocery store included picking up the most divine cold cuts, cheeses, and baked goods you could ever imagine. It was in the way that everyone appeared to take their time as they moved, not feeling the pressure to rush their lives or stress over nothing. It was in the way that timeless beauty, rather than
PARISIAN STAPLES; WINE AND CHEESE, THE SERENE SEINE RIVER WITH THE EIFFEL TOWER IN THE DISTANCE.
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IF YOU EVER CHOOSE TO VISIT SWITZERLAND, WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SHARE WITH YOU WILL BE LIFE CHANGING.
THOUGH A PART OF ME WANTED TO KEEP THIS SECRET ALL TO MYSELF, I FEEL THAT IT HOLDS A TYPE OF MAGIC THAT SHOULD BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD, AND IT CAN BE SUMMED UP IN ONE WORD: VITZNAU.
impermanent trend, reigned over the entirety of such an iconic city. It was in the way that life, and living, trumped mere existence. Though I had originally been most excited about visiting Switzerland, my unexpected love for Paris left me with a twinge of sadness as we departed for a new country. However, that sadness was quickly numbed by the raw beauty I was met with in Lucerne. If you ever choose to visit Switzerland, what I’m about to share with you will be life changing. Though a part of me wanted to keep this secret all to myself, I feel that it holds a type of magic that should be shared with the world, and it can be summed up in one word: Vitznau. 40 The Palisades | December/January 2019
Vitznau is a tiny (and I mean tiny) town that thrives right on the edge of Lake Lucerne. Rather than actually stay in Lucerne, we managed to find the most beautiful and quaint AirBnb in this tiny town. And though it is an hour-long ferry from Lucerne, it is truly the most beautiful boat ride you will ever take. From the vibrant greenery that exists on the rolling hills, to the glacial blue water that reflects the majestic white caps of the Alps, I’ve never experienced anything quite so heavenly. Very few people know about Vitznau, and even fewer actually stay there while visiting, yet upon experiencing it, I truly can’t imagine staying anywhere else. Though our day trips to Lucerne and Interlaken were breathtaking, our time in Vitznau is what I truly treasured the most.
THE HALL OF MIRRORS AT THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES, ENJOYING A CAPPUCCINO AT ROBERT ET LOUISE IN PARIS, CHEESES FROM A MARKET IN VERSAILLE.
PICTURED ABOVE LEFT, TOP AND BOTTOM: WALKING ALONG THE HISTORIC CHAPEL BRIDGE IN LUCERNE, ENJOYING THE BOAT RIDE ON THE WAY TO VITZNAU, CHARMING RESTAURANT IN LUCERNE.
The beauty of the water was surreal, yet equally matched by the mountains that resided just opposite. Even a waterfall could be seen from the town’s main road.
each morning, mesmerized by the lake and carbs, I couldn’t help but feel as if I had a piece of my new, favorite city with me.
But regardless of all of the beauty and wonder that Switzerland had to offer, a part of me still missed Paris. Thankfully, however, there was O’Celia. O’Celia owned a bakery about 20 feet away from our front door in Vitznau. Each morning, I would wake up to the sweetest smells of fresh baked bread. Her pastries looked as though they had been made for royalty, and her croissants had a texture that only gods could have created. We visited her shop every morning. Her talent exceeded that of any other baker I have ever come in contact with. I suppose it was only fitting that she would have studied none other, than in Paris. So as I sat
Though it is nice to be back home in Los Angeles after quite the eventful summer, I still pine for Paris, and I can’t help but feel that my time there is not nearly finished. Hence, I have begun taking French lessons. So hopefully, when it is in fact time for me to return, I will be more than ready to throw myself into all that the City of Lights and Love has to offer.
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f you search an official list of the top ten winter destinations in North America, Big Sky, Montana won’t be on it. But just as your favorite eatery may not be on a list of trendy restaurants, that doesn’t mean the food isn’t phenomenal. In fact, it is usually better if your faves are off the radar a bit, so as to selfishly keep things to yourself. This has been the case with Big Sky. It is my theory that those who love the place do in fact try to keep it on the down-low, a crowd from which there was likely a collective groan when the Kardashian sisters decided to film an episode of their tenth season there. Nonetheless, Big Sky is far from the status of destinations like Aspen or Sun Valley. It is still a diamond in the rough, one which grows more polished over time however, and thus, continues to become increasingly noticeable in its brilliance.
Across the spectrum of mountain towns that attract snow lovers, Big Sky definitely resides near the family-friendly end of options. Night life is not one of Big Sky’s fortes, although there are plenty of solid dining options and some charmingly rustic taverns. The experience is more about days of epic recreation followed by nights of cozying up with your loved ones. And who doesn’t like skiing to the bottom of the mountain and hopping right back onto the lift? This is one of several categories in which Big Sky is positively an overachiever. Officially boasting “the biggest skiing in America,” it is remarkably un-crowded and whether or not there will be good snow is never a question. Other recreational attractions of the Big Sky region are immense. In addition to diverse, challenging ski terrain, access to Yellowstone National Park (50 miles
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1 away), fishing, hunting, horseback riding, kayaking, camping, hiking, biking, golf and white water experiences provide a year-round recreational experience that is unparalleled. For those tossing around the idea of a family vacation home, comparatively, the value in Big Sky is exceptional. If you want to be all dollars and cents
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about it, this is an area poised for a boom. The hints of refined gentrification that often precedes a climb in real estate values are sprouting all about town. From the ongoing development and evolution of the beautifully executed Big Sky Town Center to Roxy’s Market, an upscale and earthy hipster kind of mercantile, the area is exponentially beyond where is was just a couple of seasons ago. Not to mention, the addition of non-stop flights from L.A. to Bozeman’s Gallatin Field (a majestic and gently meandering drive less than an hour
1) DOG SLEDDING ADVENTURES CAN BE ARRANGED TRHOUGH LONE MOUNTAIN RANCH 2) SKIING BIG SKY 3) MOUNTAIN BIKING ONE OF BIG SKY’S COUNTLESS FOREST TRAILS 4) A VINTAGE SNOW COACH. DURING WINTER, THIS AND SNOWMOBILES ARE THE ONLY WAYS TO TOUR YELLOWSTONE 5) DURING THE WINTER AN ABUNDANCE OF WILD ANIMALS, LIKE THE BISON HERE, COME DOWN TO YELLOWSTONE FROM THE
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away) is a further indicator that Big Sky is drawing broader interest. Of course, those with access to private aviation have been way ahead of the curve, and the private, ultra-luxe resort communities that anchor the growth in vacation properties are a testament to the fact that those with the wherewithal to put their feet up anywhere know something about Big Sky others may not. Affluentials like Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake and former Vice President, Dan Quayle, are just a few listed as having homes in the area, and in a sign of world class golf and skiing, so does Phil Mickelson and Warren Miller. One such private community is Spanish Peaks. This 5,700 acre resort offers a private mountain that connects with the Big Sky main resort, ski-in ski-out properties as well as plots of land that are ready for development. The intimate Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, with its dramatic views of the Spanish Peaks mountain range, is a luxurious hub for any alpine activity you wish to conceive. There is valet service in the winter that will have your family’s boots warm, lined up and ready to go (and they will even help you put them on). Or, if you choose to stay cozy for the day, the club offers fitness, spa treatments and youth programs along with it’s exquisite lounge and restaurant. Home rentals are also available, and if you rent from a homeowner that is a member, your family can have daily access to the club for a nominal fee. Well worth it at any price, but give it a try with caution because once your family experiences a ski week here, it will be difficult to do it any other way.
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Where There is LIGHT...
t is 1978...a Persian family arrives in California from Iran in the springtime. Their nine-year-old daughter smells flowers in the air.
Within Pacific Palisades beats the heart of a femalefounded company known as Sanari Candle. Named for her two children, Sanam and Aria, thoughtfulness is infused into every microgram of this candle’s evolution . . . from the ingredients to the sourcing, the production process and the packaging. Conceived by the radiant Rebecca Aghalarpour, this three-year-old company produces multi-use candles made entirely with natural ingredients and a whole lot of love! Mother, daughter, sister, wife, business-woman, and cancer survivor, she is driven by challenge and compelled to give.
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Rebecca says her spiritual study was ignited only about 10 years ago as she began to focus on tools to master things like patience, forgiveness, observation and stillness. She recounts, however, that as a young girl, she observed that her father was spiritually connected to the earth. “He grew his own vegetables and fruit trees and talked to the plants.” She watched intently while he also modeled a life of giving. She feels deeply that her yearning to give has been directly inspired by the way he lived a life of constant generosity and sharing of his blessings. “He is the root from which I have grown.” As she grew, Rebecca was always looking for a way to deepen her contribution. In 2015, after years in the branding, fragrance and beauty businesses, the international men’s fragrance for which she and her husband were the exclusive US distributors
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TOP TO BOTTOM: CLEAN WARM GLOW OF SANARI CANDLES, FROM CANDLE TO WATER GLASS, REBECCA SURROUNDED IN LOVE AT THE BEACH
was purchased by L’Oréal. She had been seasoned with scientific experience, creative direction, FDA regulations, and an introduction to essential oils. She felt she had the experience necessary to research the root of her own product idea. The combination of her experience, leading a healthy lifestyle, and having a keen understanding of impure chemicals commonly used in beauty and home products, led Rebecca to rid her home of anything remotely toxic. Excellent timing this was, because it was then that she
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came face to face with a cancer diagnosis (thanks to early detection) that only propelled this mission to eliminate toxins in her life. Her research taught her that many traditional candle manufacturers use bleach to make the wax white, artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, animal byproducts, and chemicals such as paraffins in the production of scented candles. Rebecca warns, “A conventional candle company with a monopoly on the market can control information that gets released about its product, so consumers are often misled by the company and even ‘regulations,’ without
LEFT TO RIGHT: THE GLASS CONTAINER FOR THE CANDLE MAKES THE PERFECT WINE GLASS. REBECCA IN HER HOME
knowledge of what is really looming in their home that may be harming their family.” Not wanting to forfeit the serenity that candles provided in her home, Rebecca set out to create candles free of toxins...something that had never been done. She thought that if she could formulate an all-natural candle with 100% plant-based ingredients, she could extinguish a carcinogenic culprit creeping into millions of homes. But what if she could go beyond removing the danger to health? What if she could produce a candle that could essentially promote health and become a way of life? The Sanari team took shape when fellow Palisadian, David Altshuler, took the helm as CEO. Rebecca’s husband and partner, Mazi, a much loved Palisadian business owner, was in place as President...and the flame of Sanari Candle was lit. Sanari sources all its ingredients from farmers who produce non-genetically modified organisms, which means no pesticides are used. The farmers even use non-gasoline powered equipment. Their fair-trade processing facility staffs employees who are in
great need of work, as well as the disabled community. Sanari gives back 5% of its profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which sponsors free mammograms while also educating and helping women to detect cancer at an early stage. Mindful of everything, the company carefully chose the vessel that houses the Sanari candle. It’s made from recycled glass and is actually designed to be reusable as a drinking glass. When your uniquely hand-poured, ecofriendly candle has burned down all the way, just add some soap and hot water to wipe out the small amount of oil at the bottom, wash, and use it for wine or water. “The idea is to waste nothing, leave nothing, make no trash,”
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SINCE YOU CAN CONTROL THE ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR HOME, WHY NOT FILL IT WITH SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOU? -REBECCA AGHALARPOUR
Rebecca shares. Even the box housing this little treasure has been designed with recycled paper and is printed with soy ink. Essential oils extracted from fruits, herbs and flowers, such as mint, jasmine, ylang ylang, basil, cocoa bean and pomegranate, are used as her palette. Blending 7-11 oils in order to create one natural subtle scent is her style. The citrus base purifies the air, while eliminating unwanted odors. It promotes many health benefits at once; achieving a sense of calm, improving sleep. Rebecca finds it even sharpens her focus while working. Extensive burn testing led Rebecca to choose a 100% cotton unbleached wide wick. It produces a clean, pure, long-lasting burn, and the symbolism of the triangular shaped flame represents mind, body and spirit. At one point in our chat, Rebecca’s eyes flicker a bit like a flame and she says, “Neshama.” I wait. Her long dark eyelashes drop down, then up. A smile erupts on her face. She explains that it is the Hebrew word for soul: “We believe that the oil pulled from the plants and used in the candle is the soul 56 The Palisades | December/January 2019
of the plant.” She continues, “This candle offers a delivery system, not only for the plant’s healing properties, but as a connection to the earth.” I can feel her father smiling. After her family moved here from Iran, that nine-year-old girl grew up in Malibu, so the beach is in her blood. Her upbringing in a Persian home was a controlled environment. Longing to have command of her own choices, future and experiences, Rebecca struggled with that part of her culture. She tried to balance expectations of who she was to be on the inside of her home, with who she actually was in the outside world. She says about Sanari, “since you can control the environment in your home, why not fill it with something good for you?” Essential oils may be the main ingredient whipped up into these Sanari Candles, but essential to the magic in each, is most definitely the essence of a woman compelled to give. Available for purchase at Pharmaca and at sanaricandle.com PICTURED ABOVE: REBECCA AT SUNSET
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HAVING BEEN IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY FOR 30 YEARS, I’VE GUIDED A LOT OF CLIENTS THRU THEIR GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS. WHEN I TEACH MY CLIENTS PILATES, IT’S WITH THE INTENTION TO MAKE THEM BETTER IN THEIR LIVES; GIVING THEM CORE STRENGTH TO BE MORE ATHLETIC, STRONGER WITH BETTER POSTURE AND BALANCE, STANDING TALLER WITH MORE CONFIDENCE.
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I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions; rather, I’m a proponent of making year-round lifestyle choices. I stand for common sense, simplicity and, most importantly, showing up. I believe our mind, heart and guts need to be all in sync to make any type of break-thru. You need to stay connected and engaged with yourself to stay better connected with the world around you. Inner and outer success matters. So, as we look at making resolutions, don’t just focus on the outer, focus on the inner as well, to improve your outlook, attitude, confidence and selfesteem. The Pilates RoxStar formula will help you uncover the solutions you need to find that inner and outer balance and, in turn, hit the ground running in 2019.
I STAND FOR COMMON SENSE, SIMPLICITY AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, SHOWING UP. I BELIEVE OUR MIND, HEART AND GUTS NEED TO BE ALL IN SYNC TO MAKE ANY TYPE OF BREAK-THRU.
Having been in the fitness industry for 30 years, I’ve guided a lot of clients thru their goals and resolutions. When I teach my clients Pilates, it’s with the intention to make them better in their lives; giving them core strength to be more athletic, stronger with better posture and balance, standing taller with more confidence. Rarely has anyone had a resolution to be good at Pilates! Instead, maybe it’s to play golf better, or reduce lower back pain, or have more energy with the kids, or get your pre-baby body back, lean and toned. Pilates helps prevent injuries and keep you doing what you love to do. My job is to give my clients strength from the inside out, providing them with a strong mind-body
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NOELLE IN THE PILATES ROX STUDIO ON VIA DE LA PAZ IN THE PALISADES, NOELLE AND HER TEAM OF ROX STARS (LEFT).
connection; it’s a methodology that empowers clients to connect with their own bodies in a deep and meaningful way. And when you are more connected to your own body, you move better. When you move better, you can do moreand do it more efficiently. You are bolder. You are empowered. You are more positive. You are an active participant in your own life rather than a passive observer. So, I see Pilates as that no-brainer choice to improve everything else in your life. Pilates is for everyone--for people of all ages and fitness abilities. And the best part is that it is one of the most sustainable workouts out there, making it an amazing anti-aging secret. It’s not just a workout but a lifestyle. Pilates Rox provides community and connection over and above just a killer workout. It creates that part of one’s week that clients look forward to...not just another exercise class but a sense of being part of something. You don’t have to be passionate about exercise. Just be passionate about where it can take you and what the results can bring to your life. So, my question for you as you make your resolutions, what are you passionate about?
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WHAT GETS YOU EXCITED? I CAN TELL YOU FOR ME, IT’S NOT WORKING OUT FOR HOURS A DAY EVEN THOUGH I’M A TRAINER. FOR ME, IT’S ABOUT RIDING MY HORSES. What makes you smile or makes you happy? What gets you excited? I can tell you for me, it’s not working out for hours a day even though I’m a trainer. For me, it’s about riding my horses. I love how doing Pilates keeps my core strong so that I can excel with the stamina, balance and strength needed to jump or do my cross-country courses. What do you want to do better? Perform easier? Why do you want to get fit? Are your goals going to make you better at your life? You may have the intention to abide by your new resolutions, but do you have the habits in place to make those intentions a reality? Do you have a community in place to help support you in maintaining your goals? Figure out the answers to these questions to better guide you into resolutions that will stick for the long term.
HERE ARE TIPS FROM THE ROX STAR FORMULA TO HELP YOU MAKE SOME HEALTHIER CHOICES MOVING INTO 2019:
1. Find a friend to work out with; it makes it more fun and can be a great motivator. 2. Start from a place of gratitude and think about what you love about yourself, not just what you dislike. Focus on your strengths, not your shortcomings. 3. Visualize. If you can see it, you can be it. 4. Every day when you wake up, think of something positive before you get out of bed. 5. Don’t allow negative words to poison your outlook and don’t dwell on negative things people say. 6. Think about your own blessing; what gift have you been given? Keep that at the forefront of your mind and keep sharing it with others. It will maintain a positive outlook. 7. Work hard and be kind to people as well as to yourself. 8. It’s never too late to start. So, if you do start but screw up, fall off or drop off, start again. Most people will fall, but those who succeed simply get back up and try again. Never give up and always get back up. 9. Seek out trainers who build you up, not just tear you down. Surround yourself with the people, places and things that bring you joy and happiness. 10. Find a studio that creates community, so you have a tribe that can help support your goals and be there for you along the way. 11. Try hiking our local trails right here in Pacific Palisades; or walk the strand along the beach. We are so blessed in the Palisades with great hiking and walking options all around us while surrounded by the mountains and the sea. There is something awesome about being outside; it just feels good. 12. Get some great new workout outfits, shoes or gear. 13. Always wake up and believe you can. 14. It comes down to faith and never giving up. 15. Be brave and step out of your comfort zone once in awhile. Great rewards await you when you take chances, even small ones.
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r rom London to Pacific Palisades, Marisa and Matt Hermer know how to create the perfect ambiance for friends and family to gather. Their newest restaurant, The Draycott, offers the most delicious cocktails complimenting their California-inspired menu. Cheers to the Hermerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on their delicious success! PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAKE AHLES PHOTOGRAPHY
the vesper martini INGREDIENTS • 2 oz. Plymouth Gin • 1 oz. Belvedere Vodka • 1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
DIRECTIONS Combine gin and Lillet Blanc in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
pimms cup INGREDIENTS MUDDLED INGREDIENTS • • • •
2 Slices of Cucumber 1 Whole Strawberry, Without Stem and Quartered 1 Lime Wedge 1 Sprig of Mint
OTHER INGREDIENTS • 1/4 oz. Pure Cane Simple Syrup • 2 oz. Pimm’s Liqueur • Ginger Ale
DIRECTIONS In shaker, add Cucumber and pulverize with a muddler. Next, add the following ingredients to the shaker: Strawberry, Lime Wedge (squeezed into shaker and dropped in), Mint, Pure Cane Simple Syrup
and Pimm’s Liqueur. Then, add ice to shaker, put top on shaker and shake for 5 to 8 seconds diligently. Remove the top of the shaker and pour contents into Collins glass. Top with Ginger Ale and garnish with Lime Wedge.
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watermelon picante INGREDIENTS • • • • • • •
Tajin 1/2 oz. Agave Simple Syrup 3/4 oz. Lime Juice 1 oz. Watermelon Puree 2 oz. Blanco Tequila 1/4 oz. Orange Liqueur 1 dash Spicy Bitters
DIRECTIONS Take a lime wedge and rub half the outside rim of the Double Rocks with the lime. Rub in the Tajin; make sure a good amount sticks to the glass. In a shaker, add the following ingredients: Agave Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Watermelon Puree, Blanco Tequila, Orange Liqueur and Spicy Bitters. Next, add ice to shaker, as well as to the double rocks to fill the glass. Put top on shaker and shake for 5 to 8 seconds diligently. Remove the top of the shaker, attach Hawthorne Strainer and pour contents into double rocks glass. Garnish with Lime Wedge. 64 The Palisades | December/January 2019
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