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ith all our recent rainfall, it’s nice to see the lush greenery spring up where it had once been a dull and lackluster sight. The skies seem bluer when set against the welcome greenery and the multitude of flowers in bloom. With Spring just around the corner, there’s always an excitement of newness in the air.

In this issue, we are excited to share more about singer, multi-platinum songwriter, and TV and film composer, Jimmy Dunne. His songs have been included in the soundtrack of our lives, with millions of recordings published worldwide. Jill Spivack and Jennifer Walburger of “Sleepy Planet” offer real solutions to sleep deprived parents and their cranky children. Their individualized methods for families give the precious gift of sleep-filled nights. Nothing says relaxation like a trip to the desert (unless it’s during Coachella). Allie Lebos takes us on a mindful journey to Palm Springs where we are reminded to slow down and gaze up at the stars. As always, we thank our advertising partners, contributors, and the community, all who make this magazine possible. Your unwavering support and positivity keep us going. In gratitude,

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THE TANNER PROJECT Marlo Gottfurcht Longstreet shares her painful loss in her book Rainbow Around The Son.

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FROM THE VILLAGE

Dana Goldstein of Serendipity Flowers and Co-Founder of Success Becomes Her shares her insights and wisdom.

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THE MUSIC MAN

With a successful music career spanning decades, Jimmy Dunne sets his sights on honoring veterans at the Palisades Park.

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CLASSIC BEACHSIDE DINING

Gladstone’s has updated its interior but serves all the classic favorites.

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Traveling to London through Amsterdam and arriving in Tuscany to learn the art of pasta making and more.

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DESERT LIFE

Allie Lebos takes us to Joshua Tree for simplicity, star filled nights, and stillness.

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THE GIFT OF SLEEP

Jill Spivak and Jennifer Walburger of Sleepy Planet impart their wisdom on sleep training and parent education.

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Chef Bijan of Geoffrey’s serves up some delicious dishes that you can recreate at home (view not included).

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The serene reflecting pool of a parking lot as Palisadians enjoy a break in the rain. Photo by Nicola Buck


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

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

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Alison Burmeister began her career in the beauty and fitness industry as a makeup artist 19 years ago. Over the years, she adopted the platform, “Balanced Beauty” to include her new roles as a writer, educator in the beauty and wellness industry and a 500 hour certified yoga instructor. She has worked with a vast list of top-notch clients but in all her years of experience, she is most honored with her job as “Mom”. She and her husband have lived in the Palisades for 18 years. A proud mid-western girl from Chicago her roots are sunk deep into the California Sunshine. www.alisonburmeister.com

DEBBIE APPEL

Debbie Appel is a producer, writer and author who has been working in the entertainment business for more than two decades in both print and television. She earned a BA in Sociology from UCLA and an MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. Based out of Playa Vista, Debbie is now the proud mother of one. Her work has appeared in US Weekly, Redbook, BOP and Seventeen and on networks including CBS, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and E! Entertainment.

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Born and Raised in LA, Sarah Knauer loves all things Angeleno. While earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University, she found a passion in real estate and became a licensed agent while finishing her degree. Upon graduation, Sarah began working at Amalfi Estates in Pacific Palisades and is now a top Sales Partner for the team. She has contributed to local publications, is highly involved in the Chamber of Commerce, and is excited to be a part of the wonderful Palisades community.

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met with Marlo Gottfurcht Longstreet on a brisk Sunday morning for tea in the Village. From the outside, she appeared to be like any other Palisadian mom and resident – put together, confident, attractive and intelligent. By appearances alone you wouldn’t necessarily know the unfathomable heartbreak she endured when she lost her 11-year-old son, Tanner. “I had the perfect life. My kids were great. I was great (yes, I was divorced, but even that was great since I am still very good friends with my exhusband). I lived the perfect life,” Marlo shares. She and her ex-husband, Greg, remained friends and devoted parents to their daughter, Casey, and son, Tanner. Never would they have imagined their lives would be forever changed. In September of 2012, Tanner wasn’t feeling well and had flu-like symptoms. They took him to his pediatrician and assumed he would be feeling as good as new in no time. However, for several days the headache, fatigue and nausea wouldn’t subside, so they took him back to the doctor only to discover he had a tumor. Two days later he was having brain surgery, and he was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain and offers little hope for survival. Eight short months after his diagnosis, their son Tanner was gone. Tanner’s disease and death broke the hearts of those who knew and loved

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ABOVE: MARLO, TANNER AND CASEY IN NOVEMBER 2011. BELOW: SNUGGLING TANNER WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE. OPPOSITE PAGE: A MOM AND DAUGHTER DAY IN LA JOLLA IN JANUARY 2018


DURING THE PROCESS, THEY DISCOVERED THAT TANNER CARRIED THE MUTANT P53 GENE. P53 IS A TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENE, AND WHEN IT IS MUTATED, AS TANNER’S WAS, CARRIERS CAN HAVE AN OVER 90% CHANCE OF DEVELOPING MANY TYPES OF CANCERS. him. “Despite his illness, Tanner was still the funny, loving, strong kid we all knew and loved,” Marlo remembers. His death had a purpose. During the process, they discovered that Tanner carried the mutant P53 gene. P53 is a tumor suppressor gene, and when it is mutated, as Tanner’s was, carriers can have an over 90% chance of developing many types of cancers. Soon after, Casey was tested for the same mutant gene and it was discovered that she too is a carrier. The news devasted the already heartbroken family but armed with this new information, they would do everything they could to keep Casey healthy, starting with the creation of the Tanner Project Foundation.   For solace, Marlo kept a journal during and then after Tanner’s illness in which she unabashedly preserved moments; the good, the bad and the ugly. She would later turn that journal into a book called  Rainbow Around The Son. It is named after a miraculous moment in which a rainbow appeared like a halo around the sun the day Marlo buried her child. Miracles like this and many others are all shared within the pages of her book. Her raw account of fear, anger, sadness, gratitude and will power poured out of her

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RAINBOW AROUND THE SON DETAILING MARLO’S EXPERIENCE

and onto the pages. This is the kind of book that leaves a lasting mark on those who read it. Marlo’s words force you to stop and take stock in your own life and see where you may be failing to recognize all the good.   In Rainbow Around The Son, Marlo shares how she longed for the days when she was seemingly carefree and happy. It’s one of the most heart wrenching stories ever told. Page after page the reader hopes for a miracle, for a different ending, but the book doesn’t end with Tanner’s death. It unexpectedly hits you hard 16 The Palisades | Spring 2019

right in the middle, the heart of the book. In a way, it’s like life itself it keeps going when you think you cannot go on. Like everything though, life does go on. “I want people to know there is life after someone you love dies,” Marlo says. “You allow yourself to cry, you allow yourself to laugh, and you allow yourself be happy. Because life goes on whether you like it or not.” Reading the words of a mother’s pain can be unbearable, but it’s not something you can turn away from; these are the stories that

humanize and connect us the most. Marlo’s experience can be anyone’s experience. Through this book, she helps salve her emotional wounds, but they can never be fully healed. As I read her tragic truth, I sobbed at the loss she suffered and only hoped that my grieving somehow eased hers.   The reader also learns how Marlo became Tanner’s biggest advocate during those months. She really fought for quality over quantity during the medical process and questioned the norm by carefully weighing the pros and cons in each


situation. “Each treatment really needs to be individualized. You have to look at the person and determine what treatment you do, and you have to think outside the box,” Marlo says. That approach to individual treatment was, in a way, the foundation for the Tanner Project.   Marlo, along with her dad, Elliot Gottfurcht, met with many medical and research experts throughout the country with the main purpose of maintaining Casey’s health. After meeting with Dr. Nicholas Schork, a research doctor at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in La Jolla, California, the Gottfurcht Family funded a project at JCVI to do more than the typical protocol, to think outside the box in order to catch the

TANNER REVELING IN THE MOMENT,

MARLO’S WORDS FORCE YOU TO STOP AND TAKE STOCK IN YOUR OWN LIFE AND SEE WHERE YOU MAY BE FAILING TO RECOGNIZE ALL THE GOOD.  

A PHOTO OF THE RAINBOW THAT APPEARED AROUND THE SUN ON THE DAY TANNER WAS LAID TO REST.

disease before it become fatal. The Tanner Project created an N-of-1 study, which focuses on a single subject - in this case, it was Casey. “What we learn can benefit other people. So, although today we can say we’re pursuing an N-of-1 study for a single individual, tomorrow it might be N-of-1 for everyone,” Dr. Schork explains. This type of work is “stage zero” monitoring of predisposed hereditary diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more. Thousands of pieces of data are analyzed, allowing a personalized method of care to be developed using an individual’s unique genetic and biochemical make-up.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: MARLO SPEAKING AT THE MILKEN INSTITUTE GLOBAL CONFERENCE, AND AS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER IN WASHINGTON DC FOR THE COALITION FOR IMAGING AND BIOENGINEERING RESEARCH (CIBR) APRIL 2018

Today, Casey is attending college and she remains healthy. “Tanner is our hero. Because of him, others will live. Because of him, others will have a chance. Because of him, our world will be a different place, a better place. He is our hero. My hero,” says Marlo. As shared in Rainbow

Around The Son, “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters played at Tanner’s funeral while his coffin was being carried out of the room to the lyrics “There goes my hero, watch him as he goes.” “I lost one child. I will not lose another. And I have no

regrets...I did everything I could for Tanner. Maybe that’s what helps me get through my pain, through each day...having no regrets,” Marlo shares. Tanner Project Foundation was founded by Marlo Gottfurcht Longstreet, her daughter Casey Longstreet, and Marlo’s father,

Elliot Gottfurcht. Marlo speaks globally on behalf of the Tanner Project Foundation. For more information please visit www. tannerproject.org.  Rainbow Around The Son is available online at Amazon.com and other online book retailers.

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THE ZEN SPACE FOR YOUR CREATIVITY What place in the Palisades gives you the most inspiration? A magical and majestic little bluff of Grenola Street. There is one bench that I like to think was put there just for me. When I’m there I feel like I’m standing on top of the world; I can see the sky, the ocean, the shore line, the cars whizzing by on PCH, lush green hills and a giant tree that has many people’s stories carved into it. I can let go of everything and allow myself to be present in that moment. 20 The Palisades | Spring 2019

Currently, I’m reading the Green Print by Marco Borges. I have recently started an almost plant-base diet. I say “almost” because I’m still having a hard time giving up sushi. The book has helped me understand and appreciate this lifestyle. It is crucial for our physical health and for the health of our planet. I just ordered Lost Connects by Johann Hari, which I can’t wait to dive into.

YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE IN ORDER TO GET What are you doing to give back to the world? Not sure whether I am changing the world, but I am certain that I’m changing my community.  I have founded a women’s networking group called Success Becomes Her.  It brings women together and encourages them to share their knowledge, experience and success, as well as motivate and inspire one another. There is no greater power and force than a room full of ambitious women. I know that creating a platform in the Palisades that connects our community of women will lead us to unlimited possibilities.


THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

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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? I love so many restaurants in the Palisades, but if I had to pick one it would be Taj Palace. I adore Sunny and his wife. They always make my family feel welcome and they appreciate their customers. Indian cuisine is my soul food.

I would have to say my mother but also my family in general. I am the proud granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, and the daughter of immigrant parents who came to Canada with nothing and achieved everything. However, my mother stands out because she is the most compassionate, kind, hardworking, non-judgmental person I know, and I aspire to be as gracious as her.

I would have a lot of advice for my 18-year-old self, but the biggest would be don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your goals, don’t let others determine how you feel about yourself and don’t ever feel that you are not enough. Everyone has enormous potential. The only thing that separates us is that some are not willing to take “NO” for an answer.  

HOME SWEET HOME What made you decide to call the Palisades home? Being from Canada, I really wasn’t sure about where I wanted to live so I deferred to my husband. He grew up in the Palisades and always knew that he would return and raise his family here. Needless to say, I could not be more grateful. I love this community and feel blessed to live here every day.

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Dunne THE MUSIC MAN

HIS TIME AT PARAMOUNT SET HIM ON A JOURNEY BEYOND ANYTHING MOST COULD IMAGINE, FROM WRITING SONGS FOR MORE THAN 1,500 TELEVISION SHOWS, TO EVENTUALLY WORKING WITH ARTISTS SUCH AS WHITNEY HOUSTON, JANET JACKSON, KENNY ROGERS AND MANY MORE.

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t was the 4th of July and 27-yearold Jimmy Dunne was driving through LA on his way to Malibu for a celebratory event. At the time, Jimmy was living in Hollywood, writing and producing for the hit series “Happy Days.” That drive would change his life. After growing up in the Chicago family suburb of La Grange, Illinois and graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, Jimmy packed up his Mazda 22 The Palisades | Spring 2019

GLC and headed west to California. He had found success at Paramount Studios with the encouragement of his mentor, Garry Marshall. His time at Paramount set him on a journey beyond anything most could imagine, from writing songs for more than 1,500 television shows, to eventually working with artists such as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Kenny Rogers and many more. His Hollywood dream had become a reality, but little did he know he was about to discover a new dream.


HIS HOLLYWOOD DREAM HAD BECOME A REALITY, BUT LITTLE DID HE KNOW HE WAS ABOUT TO DISCOVER A NEW DREAM.

JIMMY SITS COMFORTABLY IN HIS STUDIO SURROUNDED BY HIS AWARD WINNING RECORDS

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On his way to Malibu that day, Jimmy happened to drive through a small town called Pacific Palisades, when the Palisades’ annual 4th of July parade caught his attention in a big way. He became inspired by the scene that played out in front of him and reminded him of his hometown parade. “When I saw the parade, the families with their kids, and the very heart of this town, I thought this is where I want to spend the rest of my life. And so, with that, I bought a house here knowing I would one day raise a family,” recalls Jimmy. Not too long after making his move to the Palisades, Jimmy met his wife, award-winning designer Catherine Bailly Dunne. Their two daughters, 24 The Palisades | Spring 2019

Kaitlyn and Alexis, both attended St. Matthews Parish and then eventually Marymount High School, where Jimmy ran the “Father’s Club.” According to Jimmy, “the sense of community and of belonging to a place is so alive in the Palisades,” and his passion for maintaining that sense of belonging shows through his own personal involvement and contribution. His latest venture is called “Veterans’ Gardens,” which he has been working on for over four years, with the ribbon cutting slated for June 2019. Jimmy partnered with Bob Hartner (“Co-Citizen of the Year” with Jimmy), renowned developer and architect Bill McGregor, Jay McCann (spearheading the American Legion donation of $400,000), and

THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND OF BELONGING TO A PLACE IS SO ALIVE IN THE PALISADES... -JIMMY DUNNE

LEFT: BEAMING WITH EXCITEMENT, JIMMY SHARES THE PLANS FOR THE “VETERANS’ GARDENS.” RIGHT: ALTHOUGH PRIMARILY A KEYBOARDIST, JIMMY SITS WITH HIS GUITAR, A GIFT FROM CAROLE KING AND JAMES TAYLOR


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Rob Jernigan, a Managing Principal at Gensler, an award-winning design firm. Being that Palisades Park has plenty of activities for families and children, the addition of the Veterans’ Gardens’ bocce courts will breed leagues for so many of the town’s elderly members. Veterans’ Gardens will also be the home of a beautiful new picnic area for parties, simple get-togethers, and birthdays – for Palisadians of all ages to enjoy. “Bill McGregor has designed stunning ‘living rooms in the park’ where folks can come to read a book, enjoy a meal, get acquainted with friends, and play cards or chess,” said Jimmy. A flag memorial and commemorative plaques in all the living rooms, along with a donor wall (all uniquely designed by Gensler), will pay tribute to the veterans of Pacific Palisades. “Is our town unique because it’s sheltered by the mountains and the warmth of the Pacific Ocean? Absolutely,” says Jimmy. “Is it exceptional because of our absolutely spectacular new Palisades Village, with its amazing restaurants, theatre and stores? No doubt about it. Or because of our schools and churches and synagogues that nurture the family-centric spirit that permeates everything in our town? You bet. But the true beauty of our town, and heart of our town – it’s our people. That’s what makes the Palisades – the Palisades...happy, full of life people of every age and walk of life who are so appreciative to be a part of this Palisades family.” Jimmy has been a voice in the Palisades since he arrived. He founded and ran both the California Paddle Tennis Conference and the California Beach Volleyball Conference (in their 16th year), where thousands of kids on the beach have played 15,000+ matches over the years. He’s coached kids in town in every sport and art imaginable – and believes you can learn about life and who you are through sports and arts in ways you can’t find in a book.

WHAT I’M MOST EXCITED ABOUT WITH “VETERANS GARDENS” IS THE FACT THAT IT WILL GATHER PEOPLE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY THAT WE ALL APPRECIATE SO MUCH.” FINLEY AND HIS MOM, DARIA -JIMMY

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Jimmy’s passion for providing children with the best opportunities possible also led him to his role as a principal of the LA County’s Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, where he reimagined all arms of the Foundation for its 1,700+ kids while significantly increasing revenues. From his diverse background in music production (ranging from pop to country to R&B) to his uncanny ability to tell a touching story within a three-minute song, Jimmy Dunne is a man of many talents and passions. Jimmy founded Inspire Entertainment (a leading music and branding firm), creating industryleading campaigns for companies such as Whole Foods, USA Gymnastics, Visa, JC Penney, MS Society, UPS, Caruso, Staples, CBRE and so many more.


LEFT: RELAXING ON FRONT PORCH OF HIS PACIFIC PALISADES HOME. TOP RIGHT: JIMMY WITH HIS ADORING WIFE, CATHERINE BAILLY DUNNE, AN INTERIOR DESIGNER. BOTTOM RIGHT: JIMMY WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY - DAUGHTERS, ALEXIS AND KAITLYN AND WIFE, CATHERINE

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He’s produced many large-scale charitable multi-media events for foundations and corporations, and he’s currently writing a book for Loyola Press. He’s a keynote speaker at numerous music and media industry, corporate and university events. Given his various contributions and accomplishments to both the Palisades and beyond, it’s no wonder that Jimmy was recently named Pacific Palisades’ “Citizen of the Year.”

In his free time, you can find Jimmy playing bocce at the Bel-Air Bay and the Beach Club, spending time with his wife and daughters, or maybe even writing the alma mater song for your university. The one thing that can be certain, each day in the life of Jimmy Dunne is one filled with passion, purpose and love for the Palisades. “When I really think about the big picture, if I could be surrounded by any group of great friends, it would be the ones that I have right now. If I could pick absolutely any woman to share a life with, it would be my wife, Catherine Bailly Dunne. I’m the luckiest man in the world to have my two girls in my life. And if there were any town in the whole world that I could live in, to raise my family in and to experience this journey of life -- it would be Pacific Palisades, California.” - Jimmy Dunne

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itting at the picture-perfect intersection of PCH and Sunset Boulevard is an iconic destination that people from all over the world hear about when they come to Los Angeles – the beloved beachside restaurant, Gladstones. “It’s a unique and special place. It’s part of the Palisades community and kind of defines the Southern California lifestyle,” notes General Manager Jim Harris. “It’s been here for 46 years and it’s always been a popular spot. It’s fun, beach, sun and fresh food.”

worth a return trip. Jim and his staff have incorporated a golden era theme with colors of navy and gold, in honor of their 50th anniversary coming up in 2022. In addition, you’ll now find an extraordinary beer garden with 28 different beers always on tap, an affordable and varied wine list, as well as an inviting outdoor area with a roaring fire pit and games like Corn Hole and Jenga. Karaoke fills the air on Friday nights and if you glance around, you might just find some of the famous musicians and actors, like Matt Damon, who have become staples here.

The longstanding eatery has recently gone through a complete remodel, so if you haven’t been by in a while, it’s definitely

The updated menu not only includes Gladstones’ popular classics like chowder, steak and fish and chips, but

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also now contains healthier options like roasted cauliflower soup, salads with kale and avocado, and stunning vegetable dishes. Jim explains, “We have a great chef team who keep everything fresh. It’s not the Gladstones of old – we’re really doing some inventive and creative stuff with seafood that’s very fresh and healthy and will appeal to anyone.” And in a nod to their storied past, there’s a brilliant tapestry of every Gladstones logo from the past five decades gracing the back of the menu. And don’t worry about your bill being sky high. “We’ve actually lowered the prices from what they were years ago to try to make it more accessible to the


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community,” Jim says. “LA is a big city and if we can get our Palisades friends and neighbors to give us a try and come back, we’re going to base our success on how well we can approach and engage with our community.” Opened in 1972, Gladstones moved to the lower Palisades in 1978. The incomparable former mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan, took over in the mid90’s and is still an integral part of the restaurant’s personality and success. “He’s still here all the time,” says Jim. “He’s the only owner and he takes an active role in making sure we’re doing our best to embrace the community and be a symbol of Los Angeles.” That also includes supporting Palisades High School. Not only do they hire many students and alumni dating back generations, but they love to feed the hungry

Dolphin athletes. “We do three football dinners for the whole team and the coaches three times a year,” Jim notes. Gladstones is thriving now, but this piece of nostalgia won’t be around forever. In 2022, the real estate is being taken over by Wolfgang Puck and Frank Gehry to create a multi-use area with multiple restaurants and retail shops. But as Gladstones enters its metaphorical last frontier into the sunset, the restaurant will continue to do what it does best. “People come back because of how we make them feel,” reveals Jim. “Through different times, eras and needs, we’ve always provided hospitality and a cozy warm feeling. When you walk in here, you feel special because the people really care about giving you a great experience.” Spring 2019  |  The Palisades 35


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was never brave enough to study abroad during my time at Pepperdine University or to travel far on my own. But last year I decided it was finally my time to travel to Europe and visit a childhood friend who was living in Amsterdam. I knew that wherever I decided to go, I wanted to return home with something meaningful to me. I’ve always loved to cook and make elaborate homemade dinners for guests, so I decided to sign up for an authentic cooking class in Italy. I wanted to be able to return back to Los Angeles knowing how to make authentic Italian homemade pasta.

I searched online and found a charming bed and breakfast destination in the Chianti region of Italy that would lead me to my goal.

3,000 square feet devoted entirely to candles. After three days soaking in as much I could of London, I was off to Amsterdam.

While London streets were filled with Ubers and classic black cabs, Amsterdam streets are filled with bikes, everyone on bikes! I saw mothers with their groceries and children expertly navigating through town, with the same confidence and monotony Los Angeles moms make in their SUVs. I loved looking through the windows of each modest townhome, filled with color, warmth, good food, and oftentimes high-end furniture coveted by many Westsiders. For four days, I rode a bike down cobblestone streets and through parks, stopping for lunches at Park cafes where friends would all be enjoying a sunny October afternoon. With so many museums to choose from, I I LOVED LOOKING opted for the Banksy exhibit in the THROUGH THE Museum of Contemporary Art, a WINDOWS OF charming home turned art museum. EACH MODEST Seeing art created and made TOWNHOME, famous during my lifetime, while FILLED WITH the artist still remains mysterious COLOR, WARMTH, and elusive, only added to my GOOD FOOD, AND appreciation and fascination.

Before I would arrive in Italy, I wanted to make the most of my European adventure. So I planned first to travel to London, take in OFTENTIMES the sights and then move onwards At last it was time for the final HIGH-END through Amsterdam. Only eight leg of my trip - Italy. I arrived at FURNITURE weeks after having made the COVETED BY MANY the Pisa airport and hopped into decision to take this journey, I found a cab with a driver who spoke no WESTSIDERS. myself in London and grabbed a English but drove swiftly through taxi to Blakes Hotel in Kensington. the winding streets and made Each room at this chic hotel is turns at five-way intersections that elegant and unique, with preserved antiquated baffled me, until finally taking me down the charm. I was handed an old-fashioned brass long gravel road through a grove of olive trees key that would let me into my room. I spent to my final destination. I was greeted by my the next two days walking through Kensington warm hostess and shown to my private room. and Hyde park, staying warm by popping into The next morning, I came down to breakfast cafes for a pot of tea. I, of course, made the and saw a buffet of beautiful cheese, eggs and inevitable trip to Harrods, a department store delicious coffee. I spent the day reading books so all-encompassing that it truly feels like on my balcony and wandering the grounds. you have walked into a shopaholics wildest That evening, it was time for the main dream. My favorite department had to be the event- making dinner. The other guests and

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TOP: GRAVEL DRIVEWAY AND ENTRANCE TO B&B FAGIOLARI. LEFT: WITH MY BEST FRIEND OVER-LOOKING THE CANALS IN AMSTERDAM. RIGHT: BREAKFAST IN AMSTERDAM

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TOP: GETTING READY FOR MY FIRST MOTORCYCLE RIDE THROUGH THE STREETS OF FLORENCE. LEFT: THE PIZZA WE MADE DURING OUR COOKING CLASS AT B&B FAGIOLARI. BOTTOM: THE WINES POURED AT THE PRIVATE TASTING IN FLORENCE.

I assembled around a large cooking island. In front of each of us was a simple white bowl with a “lady finger” in it. The first course we prepared was our dessert, personal tiramisus for each of us with fluffy marscapone cheese, espresso and homemade whipped cream. We then moved on to a beef stew where I learned that you should always add garlic to your olive oil first so the overpowering flavor dissipates before adding your other ingredients. We made homemade pizza dough and topped it with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil to have a margarita pizza as an appetizer. Then we moved on to the homemade egg noodles. The recipe is simple, one egg per one cup of flour. You simply knead it together until creating a smooth consistency. You then flatten it out, dust with semolina flour, and run your first piece through the pasta maker.

I LEARNED THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ADD GARLIC TO YOUR OLIVE OIL FIRST SO THE OVERPOWERING FLAVOR DISSIPATES BEFORE ADDING YOUR OTHER INGREDIENTS.

After each pass through, you would just make the space thinner until you have a long piece of dough about a foot long. Then you run it through one last time to cut it into the pasta shape you would like; we did a tagliatelle. As the noodles were drying on a rack, we made the Porcini mushroom sauce that was a butter base, garlic, sage, thyme and fresh Porcini mushrooms, foraged by her gardener earlier that afternoon. I’ve never tasted a sauce so flavorful and fresh in my life! The noodles themselves were so full of flavor and the quality was unbeatable. We all sat down after dinner, having enjoyed the homemade meal that we made together.

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After two quiet nights at the bed and breakfast, I decided I needed a change of pace, and spent my last two nights in Florence. With no real plans, it was very opportune that at the first restaurant I sat down at for lunch, an American travel agent from California was seated next to me. She recommended several sightseeing opportunities and insisted on one restaurant I must go to. That night I made my way to the Ristorante Accademia. Not only was the food incredible, but the hosts and waiters were so hospitable. As I was on my own, they went out of their way to make me feel

welcome, even inviting me out with them that evening. With them, I got to ride on the back of a motorcycle through Florence (my very own Lizzie McGuire moment) and attend a private wine tasting the following day with a master Sommelier. Although all my experiences on this trip were incredibly rewarding and memorable, the cooking class will always stand out for me. After returning to Los Angeles, I have made the homemade egg noodles and Porcini mushroom sauce several times for friends and family...often with one or

ABOVE: MY DINNER TABLE BACK IN BRENTWOOD, PLATES FULL OF HOMEMADE PASTA

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MAKING YOUR OWN PASTA ADDS AN EXTRA LAYER OF ENJOYMENT TO YOUR MEAL.

BELOW, TOP: PASTA ON THE DRYING RACK. BELOW, BOTTOM: FRESH EGG USED TO MAKE THE PASTA DOUGH.

ALTHOUGH ALL MY EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP WERE INCREDIBLY REWARDING AND MEMORABLE, THE COOKING CLASS WILL ALWAYS STAND OUT FOR ME.

two friends coming over to help me beforehand with the noodles, as I’m able to pass on the experience of learning to others. It can be hard to find fresh Porcini mushrooms here, so in a pinch I get dried ones from Whole Foods and soak them in water before adding them to my sauce.

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Taking a cooking class in a foreign country is something I highly recommend wherever you may go. You will learn about the culture and be able to incorporate it and a new skill into your own life when you return home.


TAKING A COOKING CLASS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY IS SOMETHING I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WHEREVER YOU MAY GO.

LEFT: ADDING THE MUSHROOM SAUCE TO THE FRESH PASTA. RIGHT: READY TO EAT MY HOMEMADE DINNER AT B&B FAGIOLARI

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’ve never considered myself to be a huge fan of the desert. Personally, my connection to nature is strongest when I’m by the water. So, when my best friend Christine decided she wanted to spend the weekend in Joshua Tree for her birthday, my expectations honestly weren’t too high. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Upon arriving at our AirBnB, I was shocked to find how enticing the landscape was. Our AirBnB,

referred to as “The Coyote Den,” was situated right in front of an open stretch of cacti-covered desert, making the view undeniably serene. Everyone talks about the “energy” found in the desert, specifically Joshua Tree, and it was something I was incredibly curious to experience firsthand. From my perspective, the intensity of the energy felt in this unique sector of California comes from the mystery that permeates every facet of its existence. From the coloring, to the animals, to the sounds (or lack

LEFT: A LOVELY “CAIRN” REFLECTING THE SUNSET. RIGHT: SOAKING UP THE SUN AND SCENERY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARK, ENJOYING THE OPEN ROAD AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

thereof), there is an undeniable sense of freedom found. After settling in and exploring the area, we ran to the local grocery store to pick up a few staples for the weekend ahead. We ate a simple dinner on the porch, opened a bottle of wine, and watched the sun descend below the horizon. The sky turned

such a vivacious hot pink that even the vegetation surrounding us seemed to mimic its coloring. Once the sky darkened and the temperature dropped about 20 degrees, we decided to spend some time inside while we waited for the stars to hit their peak. I had also come to the brutal realization that I had not packed the warmest of clothes. I find it an interesting concept that a place so scorching hot

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BEFORE I KNEW IT, WE WERE CLIMBING UP SOME OF THE LARGEST BOULDERS I’VE EVER SEEN, LOOKING OUT ONTO THE VASTNESS OF THIS INCREDIBLE PARK.

A SNEAK PEAK AT THE RISING SUN, GENTLY CLIMBING OVER THE HORIZON.

during the summertime could be so piercingly frigid during the winter. Nonetheless, I prevailed with the help of some very large blankets and Christine’s windbreaker. Being that neither of us brought our laptops, and our AirBnB had no TV, we found ourselves wondering what we should do for “indoor entertainment.” While looking around the space, I noticed a deck of playing cards on the shelf. I grew up playing everything from “Go Fish” to “Spoons,” but my experience was truly no match for that of my friend’s. About 2 bottles of wine and 5 games later, I had managed to lose every single match. However, my inability to “win” didn’t detract from the genuine fun we were immersed in. It had been a while since either of us had shared that many belly laughs in a row. 50 The Palisades | Spring 2019

Before bed we ventured outside (with an abundance of fuzzy blankets) and laid under the stars. Even with a bit of haze, the stars appeared so clear that it was almost as if we could reach out and grab them. Shortly after, we decided to settle into bed, promising each other we would wake up for sunrise. Next thing I know, I wake up and it’s 10:30 am. So as you can imagine, sunrise was a bust. However, we laughed off the laziness and agreed that no matter what, we had to get up the next morning before heading back to Los Angeles. Upon waking out of our groggy state, we got ready for our day in the national park. We had a good breakfast (or lunch


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HOWEVER, THE DARKNESS THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE DESERT MAKES FOR A SCENE THAT IS HARD TO COMPARE TO ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF WITNESSING.

depending on how you look at it), threw on some warm clothes, grabbed the cameras and left. Thankfully, we were staying only about a mile from the park entrance, so not much time was killed getting over there. After entering the park, we spotted a bed of rocks that looked like they could be fun to explore. Before I knew it, we were climbing up some of the largest boulders I’ve ever seen, looking out onto the vastness of this incredible park. We spent hours walking around, hiking and talking about the beauty that surrounded us. Though I was a tad nervous of running into a rattlesnake or tarantula (yes, I know they tend to hide away when it’s cold), it was a day filled with peace, adventure and awe. As the sun began to set, we decided to head back to our Coyote Den and have some dinner. Since it was our last night, I chose to make chicken and zucchini tacos, a simple yet delicious dish. We repeated our routine of dinner, wine and cards; only this time, I came out on top as the champion!

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Though it might not have been the best idea, my friend decided we should do our star gazing from the roof the second time around. Christine is a Sagittarius through and through, so her spontaneity is often unwavering... plus the roof was relatively low-lying. After managing to climb up to the top, we sprawled out a couple of blankets and witnessed an even more grandiose sight than we had seen the previous night. Since I grew up visiting Colorado every year, I know of the cosmic glory that exists in the sky far beyond what we are ever able to see here in Los Angeles. However, the darkness that can be found in the desert makes for a scene that is hard to compare to anything else I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. On top of that, we happened to visit during the weekend of a New Moon, meaning the sky was at its peak of pitch black. We saw shooting stars as we talked about the complexities of love and life, and even had the enjoyment of hearing a pack of coyotes share a howl that sounded so close it felt as though they had surrounded us. It was a truly magical


THE LIVING ROOM OF “THE COYOTE DEN” AIR BNB, CHICKEN AND ZUCCHINI TACOS FOR DINNER (AND WINE), THE BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN AT “THE COYOTE DEN” AIR BNB

+ LEFT: A HOT PINK SKY AT SUNSET, GIVING THE WHOLE VALLEY A RED HUE.

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SAYING GOODBYE TO THE PATIO AT “COYOTE DEN” AND A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

way to end the night and shortly after, we decided to call it a night so we would in fact get up for sunrise. And get up we did. Though the sunsets in Joshua Tree were gorgeous, the sunrise was breathtaking. The stillness that seemed to settle over the desert as the sun crept above the mountains gave me a bittersweet sort of joy. The weekend had 54 The Palisades | Spring 2019

truly been one of the best I have ever experienced, but in all honesty, I didn’t want it to be over. We made a nice breakfast and soaked up every last minute we possibly could before packing up our things and leaving our little oasis. While I think about that weekend often, I am comforted by the notion that the magic of Joshua Tree is only a short drive away.


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and savoring of the best food, wine, craft brew and spirits this region has to offer! Continuing in the spirit of last year’s inaugural event, the day and evening will unfold amid a sloping meadow in the late afternoon shade of the now re-greened Malibu Canyon peaks and old-growth oaks on the grounds of the historic, King Gillette Ranch (at the intersection

VIP experiences at The Hootenanny range from fully styled tents for groups, to a premium VIP cocktail courtyard and garden, to up-front viewing of the musical lineup, which includes, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell (iconic lead guitarist of The Heartbreakers and recently, Fleetwood Mac); Robby Krieger, founding member of The

of Mulholland and Las Virgenes). The Hootenanny, in fact, is in part, a celebration of the beauty of L.A. County’s natural surroundings and our resilience as a community to endure the recent challenges Mother Nature can sometimes dole out. The selection of this location as the event’s new home helps to support the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, which manages the venue and works to conserve the natural beauty of this part of California.

Doors, with special guests; Altrock virtuoso and music festival mainstay Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (Acoustic)(Cecilia and the Satellite, High Dive) and many others to be announced. Early sets will also feature local bands and new discoveries.

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While the event is a celebration of that which makes life worth savoring, its core purpose is bittersweet. Benefitting the Kevin Cordasco Foundation/ Somethingyellow, a 501-C-3 non-


profit named for its late founder who lost his courageous battle to neuroblastoma at the age of 16, KCSY offers support to teens with cancer and their families by helping them to meet the needs and costs related to their illness. KCSY also works to fund leading edge research, as pediatric cancers receive less than 5% of all federal research funding. While the goal for this year’s Hootenanny is ambitious, a sold-out event will help KCSY towards their 2019 goal of providing three grants for

leading-edge research scientists in the field of pediatric cancer, covering “non-covered” costs for twenty families, and providing resources to keep children and families together during treatments requiring travel. So block off May 18th for you, your friends and family and head over to HHMHootenanny.com to learn more or to get tickets. This event is sure to sell-out fast!

OPPOSITE PAGE (CLOCKWISE): THE DIRTY KNOBS WITH MIKE CAMPBELL; VIP TENTS AT THE HOOTENANNY WILL BE AN OPEN AND AIRY PLACE TO CHILL BETWEEN SETS; ROBBY KRIEGER; ANDREW McMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS. THIS PAGE (CLOCKWISE): THE HOOTEANNY IS IN THE HEART OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS; SHORT RIB TACOS; WINES AT THE READY; THE HOOTENANNY AFTER DARK.

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SLEEPY PLANET BY ALISON BURMEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLA BUCK

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f you are a parent, I’m willing to bet that the saying “It takes a Village” has crossed your mind at least once if not a thousand times. In today’s world, where many of us are spread so thin and expected to work like we don’t have children and raise children like we don’t work, it’s remarkable we can remember our names some mornings. If the day-to-day isn’t challenging enough, insert a young child not sleeping through the night and welcome to your worst nightmare. The crying, the attachment, the wanting to eat, the not wanting to eat, the missed naps, the naps interrupted, the co-sleeping, the no sleeping . . . If this sounds all too familiar, rest assured you are not alone and there is help and hope! The women of “Sleepy Planet,” Jill Spivack and Jennifer Walburger who are experts in both sleep and parent education, have your back! They know “it takes a village” when it comes to supporting new parents;

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and as Jill and Jennifer say, they want to be your “Village People.” On an unseasonably cool L.A. day, I met with Jill and Jennifer over warm drinks at Pacific Palisades Estate Coffee’s outdoor patio to educate myself on “Sleepy Planet” and its co-founders. Ironically, their story begins with a decision of where to sleep. The duo met at the University of Boulder. Both were without a place to live when fate placed them at the roommate board where they agreed to share a room that day. “We’ve been best friends ever since.” After college, they each took separate paths towards master’s degrees and careers in social work. By 2002, they reunited as a team once again and eventually created their own company, “Sleepy Planet.” Featured in a variety of media including the Wall Street Journal, CBS


THERE IS SCIENCE AND ART TO GETTING YOUR CHILD TO SLEEP... -JENNIFER WALBURGER

AS JENNIFER’S AND JILL’S FRIENDS AND CLIENTS PASS BY, SNEAKING IN HUGS AND ACCOLADES, IT IS CLEAR THAT THESE WOMEN HAVE MADE A HUGE IMPACT ON MANY PEOPLE AND ARE BELOVED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

Evening News, Inside Edition and even Jim Henson’s “Pajanimals,” Sleepy Planet would soon be on the virtual Rolodex list of every A-list celebrity parent in Los Angeles. In 2007, they published their book and DVD, “The Sleep Easy Solution.” Jennifer describes the release of that publication as giving “birth to twins.” They laugh about how the DVD was for parents who were “too tired to read.” Grateful for all their success and notoriety, both women agree they do not want this to be their legacy. The heart of Sleepy Planet runs deeper. Going back to their roots in social work, they find the heart of their business is group oriented, and the most important thing they can offer is emotional support both to the child and the parents.  Despite the chill in the air, I feel all warm and fuzzy with these two ladies. Sipping our lattes and chatting, it starts

to seem like an impromptu version of “The View.” As Jennifer’s and Jill’s friends and clients pass by, sneaking in hugs and accolades, it is clear that these women have made a huge impact on many people and are beloved members of the community. Jill, a resident of Pacific Palisades since 2009, and Jennifer, originally from Chicago, together have supported numerous parents with one of the most invaluable skills their children can learn--falling asleep on their own. With a practice focused on “heart connection,” combined with airtight, leak-proof plans and consistency, Jill and Jennifer have helped thousands of parents go from a sleep crisis to sleep success in as little as four days. “We realize that one successful plan may not be the right plan for another family. But when you follow the plan and goals we develop together, it is not uncommon to see that

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a family’s crisis on a Tuesday is resolved on a Saturday, if that long,” Jill explains. So how do they do it? “There is science and art to getting your child to sleep,” says Jennifer. On the one hand, there are the hard facts about sleep. A child who is able to sleep through the night with minimal waking needs at least 11 hours of sleep at night (not including daytime naps). Children need a bedtime routine, a good sleeping environment, and the ability to fall asleep on their own. Jill uses the analogy of learning to ride a bike: The first time you take the training wheels off of the kids’ bikes, they may kick and scream and even say they hate the bike; but once they champion it on their own, the kids like nothing more than to take off for a solo ride. That’s where the art comes in. Parents who are in tune with their children and their sleep needs will prepare their children for sleep and have them in bed before they hit the wall of no return.These and other helpful insights are thoughtfully described in Jill’s and Jennifer’s book, “The Sleep Easy Solution.”

ACCORDING TO SLEEPY PLANET, THERE ARE 6 SLEEP STEALERS: #1 No Consistent Bedtime #2 Your Child Needs You to Fall Asleep #3 Poor Sleep Environment #4 Misusing Sleep Aids #5 Mistimed Sleep Schedule #6 Night Noshing

Jill and Jennifer want you to know they are not extremists. The important thing is to let your children know “they matter.” When it comes to bedtime, it is imperative that there be quality time. Avoid using technology when greeting your child, eating with your children, playing and reading with your children. That way when you put them to bed, they will feel fulfilled and not have reason to beg for more attention. It is never too late to establish good sleep habits for your child. With older children, Sleep Planet offers private sessions and group classes that incorporate mindfulness and holistic practices to promote healthy sleep. Think of it like sleep nutrition. If a child’s body is starved for sleep, cognitive, emotional, social and physical development can be compromised. Children may experience mood and behavior trouble along with focus issues. Sleepy Planet has ongoing groups with families and children of all ages. Although they have a deep focus on sleep, they are here to support you every step of the way as you raise your children. While I am loving this new street side talk show concept, I notice Jill pulling her cozy sleeves over her hands and Jennifer wrapping her furry jacket up around her neck. So, we bid farewell for now, excited to spread the good word of “Sleepy Planet” and in this cool LA weather look forward to no doubt, a good nights sleep!

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CHILDREN NEED A BEDTIME ROUTINE, A GOOD SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT, AND THE ABILITY TO FALL ASLEEP ON THEIR OWN.

For more information about Sleepy Planet visit sleepyplanet.com


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SMOOTHIES SunLife Organics has become a bright and energetic destination for those looking to savor a healthy lifestyle. Now, founder Khalil Rafati and his team are sharing these spring go-to recipes for you to enjoy at home. Here’s to your health!

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he HOMEMADE Wolverine is not only a great source of energy, but also filled with super-foods that will help you feel like the best version of yourself! Maca, for example, is rich in vitamins B, C, and E and royal jelly (SunLife’s not-so-secret, secret ingredient) has been shown to help boost the immune system and support healthy digestion, bones, skin and more! Any SunLife devotee will tell you from experience, the banana-date-nut flavor is an addicting one… You’ve been warned!

1 serving bananas 1 serving maca 1 serving cacao nibs 1 serving bee pollen 1 serving royal jelly 1 serving almond butter dates to liking milk of choice

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hen you want a drink that tastes as pretty as it looks, SunLife recommends this HOMEMADE Strawberry Protein with Dragon fruit shake. This is an easy meal replacement for those who are constantly on the go or

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his vegetable-based, mineralrich smoothie makes eating your veggies easy and tasty! You would be surprised at how well these flavors complement each other. Of course, it can be modified as desired: add in an extra serving of fruit to sweeten it up for the kiddos, or, for the extra brave, throw in a bit of cayenne for a digestive boost!

1 serving frozen mango 1 cucumber 1 serving spinach 1 serving dandelion greens 1 serving kale 1 sprig of mint 1/2 serving MCT oil lemon juice ginger juice

for those looking to refuel after a workout! Dragon fruit is high in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C, the GOOD kind of fatty acids and B vitamins, which are excellent for carbohydrate metabolism.

2 serving strawberries 1 serving bananas 1 serving dragon fruit 1 serving vanilla protein powder milk of choice

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Geoffreys A Taste of

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PARADISE PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLA BUCK

here is a reason why people from all over the world vacation in Southern California, and Geoffrey’s in Malibu epitomizes that coveted lifestyle. Geoffrey’s whisks you away to a more

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beautiful experience with feasts for your eyes and your palate. With Chef Bijan leading the way, we are fortunate enough to enjoy Geoffrey’s fresh kale salad, savory scallops, and a divine chocolate crunch bar.


kale

salad

WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE: • • • • •

1 tablespoon Whole Grain Mustard 2 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar ½ teaspoon Lemon Juice 1 cup Canola Oil Salt to taste

In a small mixing bowl, add mustard, vinegar and lemon juice. Mix with a wire whisk. Slowly add oil, stirring briskly until oil is incorporated and has been emulsified. Add salt to taste.

KALE SALAD (EA): • 4 Leaves fresh green Kale, chopped, having removed stem • 4 ea Red and Yellow Teardrop Tomatoes halved • 1 teaspoon Roasted Pistachios (Out of the Shell) • 1 teaspoon Golden Raisons • 6 strands Shaved Parmesan • 2 tablespoon Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette In a medium mixing bowl, add kale, tomatoes, pistachios, raisons. Toss together, add vinaigrette and toss again. Place tossed mixture into a salad bowl. Top with shaved parmesan.

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day boat

scallops

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RISOTTO BASE: • • • •

½ box Arborio Rice ½ large Onion finely diced 4 cups Clam Juice 1 teaspoon butter

In a large pot, melt butter, add onions, sweat until translucent, over medium heat. Add rice. Slowly add stock 1 cup at a time until all liquid is absorbed. Transfer to sheet pan and let cool. POMEGRANATE SAUCE: • 1 qt Pure Pomegranate Juice • 5 pc Whole Star Anise • ¼ cup Honey In a medium sauce pot, add Pomegranate Juice and Star Anise, over medium heat. Allow to reduce by 75%. Add Honey and allow to reduce until consistency of maple syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool. LOBSTER PEA RISOTTO: • • • • • •

½ lb. Lobster 1 cup Peas 4 cups Risotto Base ½ cup Cream ½ cup Clam Juice 3 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese

In a large sauté pan, add lobster, peas and clam juice. Bring to simmer. Add Risotto Base and Cream. Simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed. Finish by stirring in Parmesan Cheese. DISH ASSEMBLY: • • • • • •

12 U10 Day Boat Scallops Prepared Risotto Prepared Pomegranate Sauce 2 tablespoon Oil 1 tablespoon Butter Salt and Pepper

In a large sauté pan, add Oil and over high heat allow the Oil to heat up until it starts to smoke. Season Scallops and place into pan and allow to cook until edges start to brown (2-3 minutes). Turn over and allow same cooking process. In the center of plate, place 1 cup prepared Risotto. Top with 3 scallops and drizzle Pomegranate Reduction around rice.

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chocolate

crunch bars

CHOCOLATE GANACHE: • 1 & 2/3 # Chocolate Chips (Semi Sweet) • ¾ # Dark Chocolate Mousse Mix Melt Chocolate Chips over double boiler. Follow directions on Mousse Mix and fold into melted chocolate. Set aside. CRUNCH BASE: • • • •

1# Gianduja Chocolate 2/3 # Paiette Fuiletine 1/3 # Praline Paste 1/3 C Hazelnut Oil

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In a Food Processor, blend Praline Paste and Hazelnut Oil. Melt Gianduja over double boiler, Mix in Paiette Fuiletine and blended Praline Paste and Hazelnut Oil. On a half size sheet pan with parchment paper, spread out the Gianduja mixture and place in refrigerator to chill. Then fill with melted Ganache and chill. Once it sets up, remove chocolate sheet from pan and with a warm knife cut chocolate to desired size bars.

EASY CRÈME ANGLIASE: • ½ Gal Vanilla Ice Cream • 2 Egg Yolks Melt Ice Cream using a double boiler. Add Egg Yolks and whisk occasionally until it starts to thicken, approximately 15 minutes. Chill.


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