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holiday gift guide

fashion 52 Unexpected Pleasures Mix this season’s trends for winter sparkle. By Donna Kato. Photos by Nikki Ritcher

62 We’re Into Spring Color, retro, sheer fabrics and more are coming soon. By Donna Kato

86 High Drama Sophisticated dressing for festive nights out. By Donna Kato. Photos by Paul Ferradas

95 Get the Look Pros tell you how to take your hair and makeup from great to glam. By Donna Kato. Photos by Paul Ferradas

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74 The Perfect Present Genius gifts for everyone on your list. By Erika Kittler Brown

Icons 68 The Social Networker Claudia Castillo Ross mixes corporate and philanthropic causes with great – and soulsatisfying – success. By Bonnie Wach

Home & design 98 Luxe Urban Living New, luxury townhouses and condos make city living chic. By Julia Prodis Sulek. Photos by Desiree Northend

108 Slick Surfaces With a dazzling array of choices, today’s kitchen counters combine function and beauty for custom looks. By Mary MacVean

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departments 23 The Insider

115 At the Table

Fashion’s former bad boy on display; oh my dog!; a midlife steamy read; Loved Twice for newborns; iCandy; hello to hammam. By Stephanie Simons

33 Indulge

A new cookbook by Aaron French highlights Bay Area farmer-chef connections – complete with savory recipes for holiday meals.

124 In the Garden

A penchant for pendants.

Putting on the glitz for holiday décor. By Joan Jackson. Photos by Holiday Foliage

40 Shop Talk The Butter Paddle in Los Gatos, Esqueleto in Oakland. By Crystal Chow and Stephanie Simons



Beauty Report Want a shapely backside? Here’s how to get it. By Crystal Chow Romance novel cover model Jason Baca reveals his secrets to looking good. By Katharine Fong

49 Body & Soul AntiGravity Yoga gives you a literal high. By Suzette Laboy

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Getaways 134 Mendocino shares its charms on its

own terms. By Katharine Fong


The U.S. Virgin Islands’ warm, sandy beaches and stunning views beckon.

153 Seen Big fun around town.

158 The Back Page Scene’s new blogger, and introducing: The Bottom Line.

Visit for more information on events, services and store locations.

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Scene Katharine Fong Editor & Publisher

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Givers and doers are in fashion

Rebecca Hall Lucero Art Director

Want to change a life? You can do it for as little as $25. Bay Areabased Kiva pools microloans to grant larger loans that alleviate poverty by helping people grow small businesses. It’s been recognized for its work since it started in 2005, and is always worth mentioning – as we do in our holiday gift guide this issue (“The Perfect Present,” Page 74). Kiva success stories prove that a little can make a big difference, in all corners of the world. But you don’t have to look far to find ways to give and do closer to home. We check in with Loved Twice, for example, on Page 27. Started by Oakland mom Lisa Klein, the nonprofit collects new and gently used infant clothes and boxes up a year’s worth for babies in need. Loved Twice accepts donations of funds and time, even at work: Companies can host sorting parties that end with deliveries to local hospitals and shelters. Easy – and fun. This special issue of Scene also looks at a few other givers and doers. Claudia Castillo Ross (“The Social Networker,” Page 68), who lives in Lafayette and runs a marketing and PR firm, dedicates a quarter of her business to nonprofit causes, including the Stanford Cancer Center and Global Green USA. She also chairs the board of Raphael House, a homeless shelter for children and families. Ross pulls the corporate and philanthropic worlds together with panache. Another doer: Jeff Stanford, proprietor with his wife Joan of Mendocino’s Stanford Inn (see our travel story on Page 134). Stanford has been reading the works of Krishnamurti since he was a teen, and notes that the writer/teacher urged action upon “realization.” Once Stanford realized that “eating plants is easier on the planet … than eating animals,” he became a vegetarian, started the inn’s organic garden that provides for its restaurant and founded a wellness center to serve guests and the larger community. Acting on our realizations, as these folks and many others have, often results in giving back and doing the right thing – marvelous goals this season and always. Happy holidays, and see you next year.

Donna Kato Contributing Fashion & Beauty Editor Crystal Chow Melinda Sacks Stephanie Simons Julia Prodis Sulek Contributing Writers Jose Carlos Fajardo Patrick Tehan Contributing Photographers Rebecca Parr Copy Editor Scene Magazine Vol. 3, No. 3, Copyright 2011 by the Bay Area News Group All rights reserved. Material herein may not be reprinted without expressed written consent of the publisher. Make contact: Address: 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190 Twitter: SceneBayArea

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John Stoeser Director, Community Information & Targeted Delivery Bay Area News Group Jenny Kohler Director, Retail Advertising Stephanie McLoughlin Director, Major Advertising Steve Weimer Targeted Publications Director Cissi Holmgren-Kates Advertising Production Manager Timothy Tsun and Ad Services Advertising Design For advertising information, call 925.943.4712. Copyright 2011 Bay Area News Group

scene advisory board Heidi Ashworth Author Kelly McKenzie Hansen Marketing Director, Tavistock Restaurant Group Marcie Hochhauser Vice President, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Lisa Nevares Donna Lynn Rhodes Marketing Maven & Owner, donnalynn Creative

Erika Brown Marketing Director, Bay Area News Group

Betsy Penson General Manager/ Marketing Director, Blackhawk Plaza Nicole Tucker Tucker Associates Real Estate Services Carrie Williams Director of Marketing & Business Development, Stoneridge Shopping Center

Karen Peterson Retail Advertising Sales Manager, Bay Area News Group

contributors Stephanie Simons (“Oh My Dog!” Page 24) blogs for Scene at Beauty & the Beat, where she shares her inside scoop about the best salons, services, products and other news (see The East Bay native pens about lipstick, powder and paint for Benefit Cosmetics, InStyle, Daily Candy, C magazine, Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide and others.

Paul Ferradas (“Seductively Sophisticated,” Page 86) is a fashion photographer based in San Francisco. He’s been photographing fashion for six years and works closely with local talent agencies developing modeling portfolios. He is also a part-time wedding photographer when he’s not shooting fashion.

Crystal Chow (“The Rear View,” Page 43) has enjoyed a diverse career as an editor and writer, starting with indelible stints at Guns & Ammo and Playgirl magazines in Southern California. In Silicon Valley, she has worked at high-tech companies and the San Jose Mercury News.

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the insider Iconoclastic designer’s work, life on view come spring


Before Gaga there was Gaultier – creator of the man-skirt, cone bra and that bandage get-up worn by Milla Jovovich in “The Fifth Element.” The once-enfant terrible of fashion, now 59 and still a working, fiercely unconventional designer (who in fact has dressed Lady Gaga), is the subject of a muchanticipated exhibit coming to the de Young Museum in March. “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” includes some 120 couture and ready-to-wear designs created from the early ’70s to 2010, along with fashion photographs and video clips of Gaultier’s many collaborations with filmmakers (such as Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson), choreographers and musical artists, including, of course, Madonna. Gaultier has used his oft-outra-

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geous but always superbly crafted designs to explore sexuality, gender, ethnicity and the definition of beauty. His inspirations have drawn from sartorial tradition and high art, pop culture and religious iconography, street fashion and tattoos. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibit features 30 animated mannequins, including one of Gaultier himself, that talk, sing and chant as playful accompaniment. Who can resist? Bring something to carry the 424page exhibition catalog home. “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, March 24–Aug. 19, 2012. Information and tickets at – Katharine Fong

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the insider

oh my dog! What to give to your best friend and life companion? No, not him. How to pamper the pup who has it all By Stephanie Simons

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San Jose’s Gussied Up boutique, in the Willow Glen neighborhood, stocks sports jerseys by Sporty K9 and other labels. So purrfect for furry fans of the Giants, Sharks and Raiders. $37.

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Unleash Sparky’s creative side with a Pup-Casso Art Kit. A paint shield prevents the non-toxic acrylic paint from getting his paws — and your place — messy. Picture frame, canvas art paper (and surprise toy!) included. (Kits also available for kitties.) $19.99.

Inspired by the Wine Country lifestyle, Dogs Uncorked makes a luxuriant Belle Fifi bubbly shampoo ($14.50), as well as decadent morsels such as Bowluga caviar ($6.99) and Pâté de Paw Gras ($7.50).

a paw-fect world A day at the spaw awaits at Walnut Creek’s Fairy Dogmother Inn. Fourlegged guests get pampered with aroma “sniff” therapy, massage, walks and plenty of playtime. A private shuttle picks up pups in Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill.

ruff love Being carried like a baby in this breathable backpack will give your little one a new leash on life. And you’ll be able to travel in tandem with ease. $125.

for treat’s sake! Walnut Creek’s Wags & Whiskers stocks a bevy of gourmet eats, including all-natural, human-grade Tiki Dog products by Petropics (think succulent chicken on brown rice with sweet potato, tiger prawns, egg, garlic and kale in lobster consommé). $1.79-$4.49.

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the insider “[Her husband] looked extra fabulous that night in a white turtleneck that hugged his taut stomach Courtesy Sue Warhaftig

and well-developed arms and shoulders. Rod worked out every weekday at a gym on the same block as his Sue Warhaftig, left, and Beverly Butler co-authored “Meant to Be.”

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Pals tell story of woman on midlife quest By Julia Prodis Sulek In “Meant to Be,” a self-published book released earlier this year but perfect holiday vacation reading, two Bay Area women in their 50s create the character of Judith McCoy. Judith is a 50-something housewife on a journey of self-destruction, sexual discovery and, ultimately, redemption. “We felt like Judith’s story was a little bit of most middle-aged women’s lives,” says co-author Sue Warhaftig. “You spend all your energy and time on your children, and life is rolling on without really concentrating on yourself. [Judith] wakes up one day and finds she’s drinking too much and is too heavy. Her relationship has been neglected, and she feels like life is marching on without her.” Warhaftig and co-author Beverly Butler admit they didn’t have to dig too deep to flesh out Judith’s character. “There’s a whole lot of me in Judith,” Butler says. Both Butler and Warhaftig are married with two teenage children each. Both live in Marin. Butler is a vice president for Wells Fargo’s Internet services group. Warhaftig is a massage therapist with a jewelry business she runs out of her home. Butler has been writing short stories and one-act plays in her spare time, and Warhaftig always had “stories rolling around in my head.” They met through a mutual friend in 2008, and the collaboration began, sending drafts back and forth to each other through email. The result (their first book) is a steamy page-turner – “chick-lit” for all those 50-somethings who still want to be considered “chicks.”

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office. He had the time, she thought bitterly, because she was at home making lunches, corralling missing AP Euro History assignments, and getting both girls off to school plus performing the housekeeping chores. ... He looked up at her just as a stunning young blonde with a mouthful of straight white teeth came through the door and stole his attention. He smiled at her and gave her a casual kiss on the cheek. ...”Tammi,” said Rod brightly, “Let me introduce you to my wife Judith.”

“Meant to Be” is available through, as well as the Nook, Kindle and iPad.

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the insider

At a party hosted by Google last month, 74 boxes for newborns were filled with more than 5,000 garments, Lisa Klein says.

Oakland’s Lisa Klein is hoping more people will take advantage of Loved Twice’s “buy one, give one” special. For every “ultimate philanthropic baby blanket” bought on, for example, one will be donated to a newborn in need. Of course, Loved Twice will happily take straight-up donations; it boxes and delivers a year’s worth of new and gently used essential clothing for newborns to 1-year-olds in need. Klein started Loved Twice in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina, collecting 200 pounds of onesies, blankets, bibs and hats from Bay Area moms like herself in just four days. “I thought, this is what I really want to do,” says the former advertising art director. “It was a project I could do at home with my children by my side. As they grow, they help me see the importance of giving back to others who are less fortunate.” Loved Twice has earned impressive media buzz (think People magazine and “The Today

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Show”) for its efforts, which now reach across the United States. The boxes are distributed through licensed social workers in hospitals, shelters and clinics, including Children’s Hospital Oakland, San Francisco General, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Shelter Network on the Peninsula and Brighter Beginnings in the East Bay. Donation bins have been set up at retail locations (see sidebar). And excess inventory is picked up from countless clothing stores. Some companies have started hosting handme-down sorting events that end with deliveries to local hospitals. “I’ve collected more than 31,000 pounds of baby clothes that would otherwise end up in landfills,” Klein says. In fact, local communities have been so generous that the front yard of Klein’s home is cluttered with the spill-over. “It’s definitely time to start fundraising efforts so we can afford to have a warehouse,” she says. For more information, visit

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all about eyes Long, thick lashes – especially if you weren’t born with them – are big business. While celebs like Nicole Kidman and J.Lo enlist the expertise of renowned makeup artists to dote upon their fringe, the rest of us spend the greater part of our lives experimenting with the latest products (think Latisse and vibrating mascara wands) to increase our batting average. Hello iCandy Eye Salon. Opened this year by image consultant Shareen Malik — the mastermind of Stunners n Smashers Spalon in Brentwood and Antioch — this “all about eyes” destination serves up a veritable beauty buffet for the lashes. Mink and silk extensions. Tinting. Perming. While the latter treatment sounds extreme, the results speak for themselves, “opening up” the eyes for a doe-eyed Bambi effect and adding curl to pinstraight fringe. iCandy stylists give your lashes the same attention a hairstylist would give your mane or an esthetician would give the skin, in addition to doing eyebrow threading and airbrush makeup. Threading services start at $7 for chin and upper lip, and go to $150 for eyelash extensions. 1500 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek, and 5035 Lone Tree Way, Suite C, Antioch; – Stephanie Simons

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Hammams, the Turkish/Moroccan baths stemming back to ancient times, offer an exotic cleansing ritual that is both invigorating and relaxing (and can be a social event, too). Traditionally, hammams have three interconnected rooms: a warm room to prepare (and perspire), a steamy hot room for massage and washing, and a cool room to rest. It all sounded good to us, so we tried the Moroccan Hammam Mud Ritual ($135) at Spa Dhara in Fremont. Lying prone on a heated marble slab, we were scrubbed with coarse mitts, lathered in foamy bubbles, patted with oils using a spinning wet towel, covered in black mud and wrapped in a foil heat blanket. Between each step, we were showered down or doused with little bowls of warm water. It was a unique and occasionally uncomfortable experience, but there’s no denying that our skin felt softer and smoother at the end.

Spa Dhara, 43368 Boscell Road, Fremont, 510.256.5001, Other area day spas with similar – though not authentically hammam – treatments include Watercourse Way, Palo Alto (watercourseway. com); Changes Salon & Day Spa, Walnut Creek (; and Imperial Spa, San Francisco (

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press identity and status. ❦ In some instances, they were thought to possess protective or spiritual attributes. ❦ The thought of such powers, combined with the variety of beautiful designs available today, makes a pendant a truly magical gift – even for yourself.

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Multidimensional champagne sunset medallion with 18-karat yellow gold and diamond (0.55 total carat weight), Tacori, $5,870. Lustre Precious Gems

14-karat rose gold pink mother of pearl necklace, Kabana, $3,048. Fred Meyer Jewelers, Na Hoku, The Yellow Brick Road;

“Fleurs de Psydelic” ruby crystal necklace, Baccarat, $430. Baccarat boutiques; 18-karat white and yellow gold organic pendant with 0.32 carats of brilliant white diamonds, Simon G, $1,940. Padis Gems

Emerald and diamond (12 carat total weight) 18-karat white gold pendant, $16,000. Cegielski Jewelers,

Chocolate and vanilla diamond swirl pendant in 14-karat strawberry gold (0.466 total carat weight), Le Vian, $3,147. Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s;

Rare, natural Burmese green jadeite dragon pendant in 18-karat white gold and diamonds (1.13 total carat weight), David Lin, $130,000. Lustre Precious Gems

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where to buy Cegielski Jewelers 5354 Clayton Road, Concord, Fred Meyer Jewelers Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord, Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton,

Lustre Precious Gems Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, Mansoor & Gore Jewelers 530 Ramona St., Palo Alto,

"Beads of Paradise" black rhodium and green diamond necklace, Sethi Couture, $700. Mansoor & Gore;

Long ancient flower pendant with semiprecious stones, M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, $775. Neiman Marcus;

18-karat white and yellow gold rosette pendant with 0.47 carats of brilliant white diamonds, Simon G, $3,300. Padis Gems Free-form pendant with swirling, ribbon-like bands of chocolate and vanilla diamonds and 14-karat strawberry gold (0.65 total carat weight), Le Vian, $2,547. Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s;

Na Hoku Westfield Valley Fair, Stoneridge Shopping Center,

Plumage peacock pendant, Isharya, $140.

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Moon Bali Comet pendant, Isharya, $525.

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the butter paddle Shopping to help others The Butter Paddle in Los Gatos is filled with delightful gift items. Inventory changes daily, so each visit yields new finds. And the best part: All proceeds go to the nonprofit EMQ FamiliesFirst, serving children and families in need.

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Take a trove of distinctive gift items, add dozens of enthusiastic volunteers, throw in an excellent cause and what do you have? The Butter Paddle in downtown Los Gatos, that’s what. Come here to find quality merchandise fit for bestowing on family and friends, from jewelry, ceramics and homewares to handbags, toys for babies and gourmet foods. Marquee names include Waterford and Vietri (pottery), as well as area stars such as Annie Morhauser of Annieglass and jewelry/ accessory designer Ofelia Cisneros of OC. As attractive as the offerings are, the best thing about this boutique is that all sales proceeds go directly to the nonprofit EMQ FamiliesFirst (, which aids area children and families in crisis. The Butter Paddle celebrated its first anniversary at this address just weeks ago, having moved last October from its original home in Saratoga. (The name comes from when one of the EMQ Auxiliary ladies found a vintage butter paddle while walking around Saratoga.) From Day One in 1967, it has raised funds for EMQ, with 70-plus current volunteers assuming the roles of everything from buyers to gift wrappers. The relocation has proved to be a boon for business: “We now have unbelievable foot traffic, and sales are up substantially,” says Eden Nesse, who has worked at the store seven years. Since seasonal goods are popular, shoppers can expect a jolly abundance of holiday fare such as ornaments and special Waterford crystal. Prices range from $2.50 for greeting cards to $500 for oneof-a-kind art pieces. As for jewelry, baubles can be had for less than $20, with nothing over $150. Other reasons to pop into the Butter Paddle, besides the exceptional customer care: trunk shows, book signings and elegant complimentary wrapping for every purchase. Also ask about arranging a free private party, where you and your guests get exclusive run of the store in addition to wine and hors d’oeuvres. —Crystal Chow

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the rear vıew Want a shapely backside? Here’s how to get it

By Crystal Chow

The bottom line: Not only do women want to look fabulous from the front, we also want to appear fine from behind. We long for a divine derrière, one that makes men’s – and women’s – necks do a sharp swivel. Blame it all on Jennifer Lopez. When Jenny from the block first bounced into our consciousness, she impressed not just with her talent, but with a bodacious bootay besides. Since then, society has put a shapely rear at the front of the line when it comes to beauty ideals. We look down (as in up) at Beyoncé’s bootyliciousness (a word the singer just happened to coin). But we don’t all aspire to copy Kim Kardashian’s va-va-voom profile. In fact, the current “it” butt belongs to Pippa Middleton, younger sister of Kate, the wife of Britain’s Prince William. Pippa’s pert posterior, by its very normalness, seems enticingly within reach for most of us. So here’s how you can boost your backside and get those heads turning:

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reduce, shape and lift that area. Pippa Middleton credits Pilates for her firm fanny, the one so universally admired someone created a Facebook page in its honor. The gorgeous satin dress she wore at the royal wedding in April showed off her slim body to perfection (although some allege that padding was involved). The upshot: “The Pippa’’ is now what women clamor for, according to celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta. Patients want to emulate her “natural and sexy’’ look, he says. To that point, Sonia Lopez, co-owner of Body Evolutions in Campbell, says her establishment provides “endless ways to work the glutes and hips.’’ In addition to teaching Pilates, Lopez is an instructor of Gyrotonic, a system emphasizing circular movements for increased coordination and strength. And it won’t take forever to achieve tangible results, she promises. “Within the first 10 sessions, you’re going to feel and see the difference,’’ Lopez maintains, “although you won’t get a ‘J.Lo.’ We work with what you have.’’

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Kim Kardashian says her much-discussed rear end is natural.

If you’re not inclined to overexert yourself in pursuit of beautiful buns, the answer may be a padded panty, the backside version of the Wonderbra and its competitors. Exactly as it is for breasts, garments like the Booty Pop lift and amplify so you can fill out clingy garments. They’re especially effective with jeans, since denim

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Working your butt off might seem counterintuitive if you’re hankering for a standout tush. However, any regular exercise that strengthens the gluteal muscles will help keep them toned and shapely. Squats, kick backs (standing or kneeling and kicking back alternate legs as far as possible) and lunges are all beneficial, as are jogging, hiking and biking. If you don’t have a personal trainer, online assistance is easy to find: At, the Lance Armstrong Foundation site, for instance, you will discover “Pilates Rounded Butt Exercises.” Or consider DVDs such as the popular Leandro Carvalho’s “Brazil Butt-Lift Workout.” Carvalho, whose clients include Victoria’s Secret models, delivers “booty-busting moves’’ plus techniques to

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The Bubbles Bodywear padded panty features pockets with rounded silicone pads. Leandro Carvalho’s “Brazil Butt-Lift Workout” emphasizes exercise and toning to firm up the derriere.

beauty report firm buttock and leg muscles. MBT and Reebok also offer glute-strengthening models. Not to be outdone, jeans manufacturers have found success with designs that smooth lumps while emphasizing certain bumps. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ), for example, features “Lift Tuck Technology” that “subtly reshapes your curves so you look good in jeans…again.’’ One thing to look for in any pair of jeans is embellishment in the back, like flap pockets or fancy contrast stitching. These will help give the illusion of junk in the trunk.

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hides the dreaded panty and padding lines that may be visible if fabric is too sheer or tight. Choices for bum-boosting undergarments, online at least, are so ubiquitous that you might select them based on a site’s tagline alone. Bubbles Bodywear is “Your One Stop Booty Shop!” while for Silicone Body it’s “Our Duty Is Your Booty!’’ At Beauty Lies Beneath, it’s all about “Transforming Your Desires Into a Reality.’’ Feel Foxy, though, might hold the ultimate trump card with “As featured on the Dr. Oz Show.’’ And take note, guys: Strategic padding is also available for you.

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For occasions when you need to amp the rear but a padded panty won’t work, there are ingenious products such as WunderTape to do the trick. WunderTape comprises two big waterproof tapes that allow you to determine the amount of lift as you affix one under each cheek. The tapes’ adhesive is super sticky, so they shouldn’t be worn too long because then they’re difficult to peel off. Another way to make your butt jut is by wearing high heels. Even a couple of inches will bolster your fundament. Speaking of footwear, manufacturers such as Skechers tout certain products — in this case, the Shape-Up walking shoe — specifically designed to

Buttock implants are available, but many plastic surgeons elect not to perform the procedure. Besides the expense — up to $20,000 — the solid silicone implants (different from the fluid-filled sacs used for breast augmentation) can be uncomfortable or even slip out of place. And many women just wouldn’t look right with a full-on “Brazilian butt,’’ the shorthand for an outsize bubble booty. Instead, physicians such as Dr. Usha Rajagopal do a fat transfer from one or more locations, such as the waist or trunk, to the rear end for a more realistic appearance. That means a patient has to have enough excess fat to work with. The fat is processed and washed before it’s injected into the muscle and deep subcutaneous tissue. There it’s expected to “take’’ and begin a new life in an area of the body where it’s welcomed. “If the patient is healthy and keeps her weight stable compared to Not Your before surgery, [the Daughter’s procedure] is longJeans promise lasting/permanent,’’ to reshape curves says Rajagopal, who and flatten practices at the tummies. Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in San Francisco. “In my opinion, most of the time patients are looking for a better shape of the buttocks, not necessarily a larger butt,’’ says Dr. Eric Mariotti, whose Concord office serves

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patients throughout the East Bay. “In the vast majority of patients who have asked me about a Brazilian butt lift, what they really want are more feminine curves. This can usually be accomplished quite nicely with standard liposuction of the upper outer hips and outer thighs.’’ Dr. Joel Beck of San Mateo’s Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery often restores curves that get lost because of bariatric or weight-loss surgery. “I save a significant amount of the lower back fat and create flaps that simulate and increase the fullness of the buttock area,’’ he says. Beck points out that buttock augmentation by itself isn’t inexpensive; count on paying from $12,000 to $15,000. Moreover, for those who go the liposuction route, where fat is harvested and then injected into the rear end, post-op recovery means weeks of not being able to sit down directly on the glutes or lie on their back. Clearly, a shapely derriere gained this way isn’t cheap, but for those who would consider surgery, worth the discomfort. And the self-esteem gained, whether through this method or any other? Priceless. S 46  •  Scene  •  winter 2011

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By Katharine Fong

Exercise, diet, vigilant skincare keep him camera-ready

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We caught up with romance novel cover model and Bay Area native Jason Baca to find out his secrets to staying young- and healthy-looking. The 37-year-old Baca lives in Los Gatos with his wife and cat. I do a little something each day. I put in one solid hour in the gym six days a week. I eat plenty of avocado, orange and mango, which are all excellent for skin. I also have a celery stick every couple of days, which helps reduce stress. Stress can age the skin and also hinder workouts. I live on a high-protein diet most of the time. When a shoot is approaching, I apply a facial mask a few times a week. I shower with Dove’s cucumber and green tea body wash, then apply Maca Root Energetic Face Protector for men by The Body Shop, and Nivea’s anti-aging eye balm for men, which removes dark circles. It is important that I look my absolute best the day of the shoot. Weeks before a big shoot, my workouts become more rigorous. I concentrate on my stomach crunches, I do them in the morning and again at night. I do weightlifting 6:30-7:30 in the morning and cardio 6-7 in the evening, and in between replenish my muscles by eating egg whites, tuna in water, salmon. I am a big fan of Burke Williams Spa in San Jose, where I often go for a hydrating facial. It keeps my face young. I also use Merlot Natural Grape Seed Extract Purifying Peel-Off Mask, which helps with pores and blackheads. I apply this upon awakening in the morning, and while it dries, I do stomach crunches. Hey, some guys may be reading this laughing right now, but when they get premature aging around their eyes, they probably will wish they read this a little closer. Another secret: I use Oil of Olay Quench Plus Firming Body Lotion – it’s a 2-in-1 creation that I live by. S winter 2011  •  Scene  •  47

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The latest yoga trend defies gravity. AntiGravity Yoga is a fitness practice that uses a silk hammock as a soft trapeze for resistance and support as participants hang upside-down and are suspended in the air. They say it makes them feel airy and light while helping to relieve compressed joints and align the body from head to toe. Trainers say it provides the benefits of yoga without straining muscles. Crunch Fitness gyms actually launched AntiGravity Yoga several years ago, but now with the spike in popularity is adding even more classes around the country and globally. The workouts promise to “restore and renew your mind, body and spirit. … Restorative postures, set low to the ground, will realign the body from head to toe, all while calming and quieting the mind.” Founder Christopher Harrison, a Broadway aerial choreographer and former world-class gymnastics specialist, began incorporating the aerial technique in 1999 during his own training. “Let’s take it up into the air,” he recalled saying the first time he hung the material from the ceiling. “Thus the silk hammock was born.” The hammock, which is lowered to waist height, is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or trapeze, and can hold up to 2,000 pounds. It is manipulated several ways during a class, as participants hold onto the fab-

ric to move into a sitting position and the hammock wraps around the body to form a cocoon. Legs are stretched out to a restful position. Feet are looped around the hammock for support before participants turn upside-down, allowing their hands to drop and softly graze the floor. Workouts in the hammock blend traditional yoga poses and principles with elements from aerial arts, dance, gymnastics, Pilates and calisthenics. Harrison says that in addition to the physical aspects, being inside the hammock cocoon can also lead to a meditative state similar to yoga. “It’s almost this thing that happens when you’re inside and it lets you close out the rest of the world and be still,” Harrison says, adding that some participants report leaving class with “an antigravity high.” The AntiGravity hammock is trademarked — though a few other companies now offer similar programs and products — and trainers must go through a certification process to ensure safety for participants. “I would call it a revolution more than a trend,” says Aileen Febles, one of the 265 instructors certified to teach it. Mardeene Mitchell, 69, is a fan. “It’s the kind of thing you look forward to instead of some workouts you dread …. this is just fun,” she says. “It really makes you feel like a kid again.” S – Associated Press

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The season's most influential look: the 1970s. Mix it up with confidence.

vest Vince Coyote vest, $1,795, Bloomingdale’s

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Marc by Marc Jacobs aviator sunglasses, $98, Bloomingdale’s

Marc by Marc Jacobs silk tie front blouse, $278, Bloomingdale’s

hat Aqua felt floppy hat, $58, Bloomingdale’s

pants Mother high-waisted cords, $200, Flaunt Boutique, Danville

belt Private label chain belt, $40, Bloomingdale’s

bag Marc Jacobs two-tone saddle bag, $895, Bloomingdale’s

shoes Dolce Vita nubuck chunky heeled desert boots, $198, Bloomingdale’s

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unexpected pleasures Mix this season’s trends for the essence of chic A smidge of mod, a scattering of '70s and equal parts of boyish and bombshell add up to a season of extremes and contradictions. Consider the mood evoked by delicate lace, and then do the unexpected: Wear it with a menswear-tailored suit. Together, the look that’s created is provocatively powerful. Mix it up. The smooth gloss of a satin blouse and the tactile impact of a furry vest feels deliciously decadent. There’s a renewed appreciation for the versatility of outerwear after a few seasons on the sidelines. Cocooning ponchos and

capes define this winter on equal terms with long, lean coats, belted to cinch a waist. Summon the season’s most influential moment, the 1970s, by wearing your hemlines just below the calf. Throw on a floppy hat or slip on a pair of grown-up desert boots with a stacked heel. Picture the style icons of the time – Faye Dunaway, Bianca Jagger, Mary Tyler Moore – and take the essence of what made them super chic. On the following pages we show you what’s essential for stepping out with stylish confidence.

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Casual luxury is a pair of easy trousers and jeweltone top. top necklace Aqua sparkle ball crystal encrusted necklace, $40, Bloomingdale’s

3.1 Phillip Lim layered hem top in satin and transparent silk, $395, Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos

dress Tory Burch Dorrance dress, $550, Nordstrom

earrings Michael Michael Kors hoop earrings, $65, Bloomingdale’s

pants 3.1 Phillip Lim cuffed textured trousers, $475, Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos

Transparency and delicate pleats quietly shoes Chie Mihara “Yayimar” add interest grape suede booties, to a simple $475, Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos silhouette. shoes Bettye Muller “Redford” suede ankle boots, $325, Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos

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winter fashion Coordinate pieces with a little 1970s vibe and stylish simplicity in mind.

necklace chain and tassel necklace used as belt, $135, Alina b., Walnut Creek

dress Rebecca Taylor nailhead dress, $395, Bloomingdale’s

top Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent tunic dress, $275, Plum Boutique, Danville

pants Pier Antonio Gaspari pleather pants, $369, Alina b., Walnut Creek

boots Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent “Goodwin” pull-on boots, $365, Plum Boutique, Danville

A hemline that hovers around the calves is the season’s new, easy-towear length. boots Born side-button scrunch boots, $190, Macy’s

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Rebecca Minkoff leopard print shirt, $278, Flaunt Boutique, Danville

camisole Intimately Free People stretch camisole slip under leopard shirt, $58, Bloomingdale’s

belt Rapsodia in Nero quilted sash belt, $198, Alina b., Walnut Creek

dress Nanette Lepore Astral frock with flutter bell sleeves, $398, Nordstrom

Ease into vintage-inspired looks without going retro. shoes Bettye Muller python print leather and suede shoes, $395, Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos

coat Rapsodia in Nero silk petals coat, $498, Alina b., Walnut Creek

boots Boutique 9 buckled boots, $250, Bloomingdale's

pants Current Elliott electric blue skinny jeans, $168, Flaunt Boutique, Danville

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Ethereal crystal pleating and a touch of metallic combines the best of winter trends. dress Sacai wool and nylon back pleated dress, $640, Cielo, Palo Alto

necklace Marni Vari Bijou necklace with ribbon tie, $590, Cielo, Palo Alto

shoes Marni patent and felt ballerina flats with crystal embellishments, $520, Cielo, Palo Alto

bag Marni wool crepe pouchette with chain handle, $460, Cielo, Palo Alto

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Color blocking is a bold choice, toned down with polished accessories.

dress BCBG colorblocked dress, $248, Macy’s

bag Ferragamo structured shoulder bag, $1,190, Bloomingdale’s

bracelet Michael Michael Kors leather python and chain double wrap bracelet, $95, Bloomingdale’s

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the social networker Claudia Castillo Ross mixes corporate and philanthropic causes with great – and soul-satisfying – success By Bonnie Wach Photos by Jose Carlos Fajardo Like finding just the right shoes and jewelry to match your dress, pairing philanthropic causes to perfect PR events takes a keen sense of style and panache. More importantly, it takes a publicist who can make weeks of precision planning and careful orchestration seem natural, effortless and spontaneous. Not everyone, for instance, could make a fashion tour of the Westfield San Francisco Centre, led by TLC’s Stacy London, coalesce into a benefit for Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary “Miss Representation,” a film about the portrayal of women in the media. Likewise, it takes a lot of sashay in the right circles to lure the ideal mix of glitterati, insiders and deeppocketed folk to the upcoming Gorgeous & Green gala – San Francisco’s glam eco-fundraiser in Decem-

ber – for six years running. From her office high above Union Square, Claudia Castillo Ross regularly pulls off events like these with her trademark savoir faire, raising awareness for corporate and philanthropic causes at the same time. Ask her about her home life, however, and she makes absolutely clear where her heart is. “I’m East Bay through and through,” Ross says. “I love the hustle and bustle and party life of San Francisco, but at the end of the day, it’s so nice to cross the tunnel and see sunshine, to decompress and let my guard down.” The daughter of a Colombian immigrant, Ross, 41, grew up in the Lafayette-Moraga-Orinda area, and has remained a staunch and loyal East Bay resident. She met her husband of 16 years, Keith, at Miramonte High

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Claudia Ross, center in red, loves to entertain at home. Her guests at a recent get-together included her friends, from left, Valerie Keely, Dana Dowell Windatt, Chelsea Giudice, Camille Rose and Carole Sinclair.

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Ross speaks at a Raphael House fundraiser, above. She chairs the homeless shelter's board. Below, at the 2010 Gorgeous & Green gala with G&G co-chair Nadine Weil.

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School in Orinda. The couple and their two sons, Lukas, 8, and Jakob, 9, now live in Lafayette. A petite powerhouse who’s equally at ease entertaining in flip-flops and cut-offs at a backyard barbecue as donning Michael Kors and Jimmy Choos for New York Fashion Week (where’s she’s a regular), Ross is a whirlwind combination of socialite, fashionista, hands-on mom, homeless advocate and down-to-earth workaholic. Ross launched her PR and marketing firm, Cross Marketing, in 2005 while working as Northwest advertising director for both Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire magazines. The company title, like everything else in her life, serves a dual purpose – it gets her name out there, and it also reflects her philosophical niche at the intersection of marketing and philanthropy. While her client list focuses in large part on major luxury brands such as Judith Ripka, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Roche Bobois, Ross’ forte is partnering these high-profile clients with local charities in need. She also dedicates 25 percent of her business to nonprofit causes that include the Stanford Cancer Center, Global Green USA and Raphael House, a San Francisco homeless and support shelter for children and families that she has been involved with for two decades, and where she has served as chairman of the board since 2008.


Ross and her husband, Keith, are raising their children, Jakob, 9, left, and Lukas, 8, in Lafayette.

“I’m all about killing two birds with one stone,” Ross says. “Not only do my clients get a chance to bring their product or company to the local community, but they get to give back to that community through a charitable cause.” Ross’ involvement in philanthropic causes began with her sorority at UC Santa Barbara. Later, she started going to fundraising teas for Raphael House organized by her mother-in-law, Sharon Ross. “I started investigating what nonprofits need to survive,” she recalls. “I have so many clients in the luxury market, and there’s so much excess out there. I look at a $10,000 handbag and what it could do for one family. I really needed to find some kind of balance internally. And I liked the idea of paying a little extra for tea at the Ritz, seeing people I like, having fun and being part of something meaningful at the same time.” Ross took on Raphael House’s annual fundraising gala as her personal cause, using her connections to bring in big names and big bucks, and turning the event into one of the most glamorous on the San Francisco social calendar. She also spearheaded the opening of an East Bay satellite office in Berkeley to help give former residents access to case workers and ease their transition back into society. ICONS Continues on Page 151

Claudia’s Secrets to Successful Entertaining Use dishes and stemware that you can easily replace if they get broken, and have multiples of everything. “I haven’t used real crystal and china in ages. I have great classic white dishes from Crate & Barrel and whimsical Target dishes in a playful black-and-white pattern. At the end of the day, guests just want to enjoy each other’s company. They don’t care what kind of china you have. I do have two dishwashers, however – that’s important.” Always have designated seating. “Don’t wait for people to fight over a seat or feel awkward. I always have place cards and I put women on one side and men on the other. The last thing couples want to do at a party is talk to each other.” Make sure there’s lots of booze. “It gets people socializing. I also go with light appetizers. And if you’re throwing something together at the last minute, don’t be afraid to improvise. Don’t think that I haven’t opened a box of Trader Joe’s soup and called it my own. Once I came from home from New York and two hours later threw a party for 20!”

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Custom bobblehead Yes! You can actually customize a bobblehead with a photo of your man at Send them a photo, and they’ll send you a one-ofa-kind toy with themes that include super hero, golfer and suit. Starts at $90.

the perfect present Genius ideas for everyone on your list Don’t find yourself wandering a drugstore or warehouse aisle the night before a big holiday, wondering what to buy for Aunt Helen or your kid’s teacher or – worse – that special someone who makes your heart flutter. Plan ahead with our super suggestions for just about anyone. By Erika Kittler Brown

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epicurian delights Cupcakes from Kara’s Who doesn’t smile when they see a cupcake? These locally sourced, frequently organic concoctions are a recipe for happiness. Flavors include Sweet S’mores, Java, and Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Ganache. $3.25 each; a dozen for $36. 1388 N. Main St., Walnut Creek; Santana Row, San Jose; Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Draeger’s gift baskets Don’t go with the same old summer sausage and cheese basket; instead, find one with items you would eat yourself. Draeger’s has a mouthwatering selection, from gourmet cheeses and Belgian chocolates to smoked salmon and fine wines. $80-$300 at your local Draeger’s Markets or at (Delivery available for nonperishable food items.)

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Why give boring when you could entertain and educate with “What’s In Ned’s Head?” ($27) – a game for preschool and kindergarten boys that asks them to reach inside a stuffed cartoonish head and find a specific item. Fat Brain Toys recommends and sells quality toys with educational value that are age and gender appropriate. Have an 11-year-old girl? Try “Spa Science” ($20) – a kit that allows her to mix fragrances in the bathtub and conduct experiments about how scents affect moods and alertness.

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all man Indoor/outdoor adventure With Sonoma Canopy Tours, you can send him soaring through the redwoods on zip lines that are made for both leisurely glides and zippy flights up to 25 miles per hour, all in one tour. Weekend flights $89 per adult. 888.494.7868. … Or, dive in: iFLY’s indoor vertical wind tunnel in Union City simulates a complete skydiving experience – without the planes or fear of heights. Beginner packages start at $54.95; gift certificates available. iFLY SF Bay, 510.489.iFLY (4359).

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Reserve your beer-lover a spot for two (and join him or suggest he take a buddy along) on the Anchor Steam Brewery Tour at the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. The tour is free, but reservations are required, and spots fill up fast. Tour and tasting last about two hours. 1705 Mariposa St., San Francisco, 415.863.8350,

Exotic beer! Visit a local shop such as Artisan Wine Depot in Mountain View and put together a selection of exotic brews – from Australian to Vietnamese, they have dozens of hard-to-find imports as well as a wide variety of local brews. (For a real treat, pair this with the Anchor Steam tour.) From $30 plus, depending on how many brews you decide to include.

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Guys who love gadgets and accessories for them will love a Spotify account. Unlike iTunes or other platforms, this new app allows users to listen to music instantly and share with friends. The premium account at $9.99 per month allows him to play local files, share with friends, access millions of tracks, spotify on his mobile, use offline mode for playlists. No advertisements, and unlimited streaming.


Elevate his ride Want to knock his socks off? Land him a Lambo or Lotus for the day through Club Sportiva. The exotic and luxury car group offers day rentals of some of the hottest rides around. $400$1,500, depending on the model. or Club Auto Sport Silicon Valley Headquarters, 521 Charcot Ave., Suite 203, San Jose.

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fashionista fever Custom jeans InStyle, Glamour and Elle all rave about the custom fit and selection of cuts and washes at indiDenim. We admit, however, that it would be hard to finagle your friend’s measurements – so take advantage of the shop’s gift cards. Beginning at $155. 5515 Doyle St., Suite 15 (between 55th Street and Stanford Avenue), Emeryville,

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Just released as Scene hit the newsstand, this anticipated collection promises reasonably priced pieces for all your favorite girlfriends. We’re talking colorful and artful dresses that express the spirit of the season. Accessories include heels and jewelry. H&M stores in Pleasanton, San Jose, San Francisco;

stocking stuffers Sweets

Kate Spade iPhone cover in polka dot: Give in to this season’s big trend. $40. (free ground shipping).

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Voted No. 1 in “Best in Silicon Valley,” Powell’s Sweet Shoppe is a must stop for your gifting needs. Everything from chocolate-covered bacon to nostalgic old-fashioned candies of all kinds. Locations in Los Gatos, Lafayette, Berkeley and San Jose,

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Specialty coffee A local fave of the hip kids, Blue Bottle Coffee is unique because it is sold within 48 hours of roasting. Started by an Oakland coffee enthusiast, Blue Bottle can be ordered online or fresh from the Berkeley or Oakland farmers markets. $16-$30 per pound,

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just their type Shop local, such as at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, and Rakestraw Books, at left, 522 Hartz Ave., Danville. Prices are generally higher than on, but you’ll be doing your part to support the endangered independent bookstore.

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History buff “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson, Crown, 2011, $26. The latest by Larson chronicles a real-life American father and daughter who go to Berlin during Hitler’s first year in power. The city and its denizens at first excite and enthrall the pair, but then. ... Larson is an expert at examining historical events from the perspectives of those who lived through them; his nonfiction works often look at good versus evil by juxtaposing true tales of innocent and darkly cruel characters in history.

“Chanel and Her World: Friends, Fashion, and Fame,” Edmonde CharlesRoux, Vendome Press, 2005, $60. Popularly accepted as the best biography of style icon Coco Chanel, this was first published in 1980 and for a time was out of print. Chanel invented modern fashion for women, liberating them from corsets, bobbing their hair, and introducing slacks and exquisite suits. Charles-Roux, her official biographer, includes multiple photographs and many of her early designs, and gives readers a glimpse into the woman behind the empire.

Guys who eat and rock out “Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal,” Steve Seabury, Atria Books, 2010, $15. Critics rave about the recipes and anecdotes from rock ’n’ roll heavy hitters such as Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth and Anthrax. Recipes range from chilis to cookies, and feedback says they are actually delicious!

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Kids There’s something about a face-to-face with veteran, knowledgeable staffers who can help you figure out and then find the perfect book for your child’s interests and age group. The online experience just can’t compete – when it comes to kids, these places know what they’re talking about. Find classics such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” as well as new titles like “I Need My Monster” at Linden Tree Books, 170 State St., Los Altos; The Storyteller, 30 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette; and Hicklebee’s, 1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose.

giving back Kiva is a Bay Area-based nonprofit that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. For as little as $25, you can make a difference: Kiva aggregates donations and uses financial partners around the world to grant meaningful loans to people with no other means to receive such funds. One hundred percent of your contribution goes toward the loan you choose; the borrower later repays the loan and a credit is applied to your account, which you can put toward another loan request.

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Some Kiva loans go to cooperatives, such as this one in Central Cambodia, where villagers support each other in starting small businesses.

Gift of time One of my favorite things I do with my sister every Christmas is set dates when we will treat each other to our gifts. One year, we went to “Phantom of the Opera.” Another year, we went to a fancy restaurant followed by a teen fave “Twilight” movie. In this hectic world, sometimes the thing you want most from those you love is time with them.

Charity and shopping – a match made in heaven for most of us. Buy a girlfriend a pair of Toms’ fun slip-ons this winter, and Toms will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Classic Toms are $54. Available at most department stores, many local boutiques and at


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Holiday Season! SXE Apparel is home to the Amazing Booty Lift Jeans! We believe in maximizing your assets and loving your curves. SXE Apparel offers a variety of booty lift jeans to fit all body types, elegant tops and beautiful jewelry. We also specialize in Alpaca-capes, coats, sweaters, ponchos and gorgeous hand-painted tops by Jessie Valverde. Clients love SXE Apparel! - “The owner eyeballed my size and shape and helped me pick a few jeans to try on. If they were too big or too small she would get “just’ the right size. I have never had such an easy time finding hot, hot, hot jeans. You can’t find these jeans at Nordstrom’s, The Gap, or Loehmann’s! These are high-end jeans at a price you can’t beat for the quality. Unique doesn’t cover it- you won’t see these on anyone when you wear them out on the town!” Gift Certificates Available!

Ring In The Holidays! Tam’s Wholesale Jewelry is an established Fine Jewelry Store & Boutique, since 1985. Everything you need from diamonds, rings, pendants and rings... a perfect place to shop for the Holidays for that Special Gift! Specializing in Wedding Sets, Buying & Selling Gold, New & Estate Jewelry, Loose Diamonds, Jewelry Repair, Custom Designing and Boutique Items. Jewelry repair is done on the premises.We buy scrap,unwanted jewelry & gold,and we pay cash on the spot! “Tam’s is the best place in the Bay Area to buy Quality Fine Jewelry & Boutique Items at Great Prices. Their estate pieces are a great bargain and the selection is amazing! I had 2 rings made and both are exquisite with brilliant stones. Truly the place to shop for the most amazing gifts!” When you need a Great Jewelry Store in Dublin, call on Tam’s Wholesale Jewelry.

Holiday Magic Delights Families

at King Arthur’s Court Join us for an evening of holiday magic. Celebrate the winter solstice and the spirit of Christmas with storytelling, song and dance. Merlin the Sorcerer, tales of knights’ great adventures and music from the fabulous Revels chorus are sure to enchant kids of every age. December 9-11 & 16-18 with Weekend Matinees Oakland Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt Theatre parking available (three blocks away) at ALCO Parking Garage, 1220 Jackson Street at a flat rate of $5.00 Tickets & info at or 510-452-8800 Group discounts for 10 or more

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This holiday Season During this season the Firehouse Arts Center heats up with some stellar holiday entertainment. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, get into the holiday spirit as we present two very special programs of entertainment. Saturday, December 10, 2011, 8pm. Jeff Bordes & Friends with Zakiya Hooker present A Jazzy Soulful Christmas. Merging the sounds of New Orleans, the swing of big band, and soul of the blues, all with the spirit of Christmas, jazz trumpeter Jeff Bordes brings us a holiday show which will leave everyone tapping their feet to favorite holiday songs. Saturday, December 17, 2011, 8pm. James Garner’s Holiday Tribute to Johnny Cash. In this special holiday program he and his band will perform many of Johnny Cash’s memorable recorded versions of holiday classics bringing to the stage the style of Cash’s unique and distinctive arrangements. Tickets and Gift Certificates may be purchased online at FirehouseArts. org, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office. The entrance to free parking is on Spring Street near First Street in Pleasanton. Come experience what the Firehouse has to offer every season.

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Smith Jewelers has been in business in Danville longer than any other jeweler and our experience really counts during these times! We are family owned with the third generation here: Larry’s son, Curt’s nephew, Tyler Smith is a new California Jewelers Institute Graduate! Tyler is here full time repairing/ restoring /creating jewelry and will be pleased to serve you along with Curt and Larry. We also have a new full time employee, Camden Reid, who is pleased to serve you! Yes, we are the best and not ashamed to say so! As you see from the description we do indeed buy gold and silver and will pay a very fair price, plus an extra bonus amount with this ad (or just mention you saw our ad!) 350 Railroad Avenue Danville 925.837.3191 Directly across the street from Lunardis

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EmbElliShmEnTS Add dazzle to your holiday with one-of-a-kind antique, vintage or handmade accents from fine porcelains & rare silver notions to handmade lace and feather-winged angel tree toppers! Charm your family and friends with mementos from the past or tokens of vintage bling artfully presented at Cottage Jewel.Whether you are looking for a Victorian rosecut diamond or Art Deco shoe clips a delightfully overwhelming collection of authentic period jewelry awaits you! Open daily for your shopping pleasure! 100 Prospect Avenue Downtown Danville 925.837.2664 winter 2011  •  Scene  •  81

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Apricot Lane Boutique

Haute Holidays Apricot Lane Boutique in Danville’s Blackhawk Plaza features celebrity-inspired fashions and designer labels with an impressive collection of branded apparel, jewelry, handbags, and accessories. We can help create that perfect look from a casual day in town to a show stopping dress for those holiday parties. From head to toe, both mothers and daughters -teens through 50’s- will find a limited quantity of trend setting items, so each purchase is sure to be unique. The store has something for every female on the list this year. Featuring eco-friendly items, styles with a charitable component or just the must have of the season, gifts from Apricot Lane will be meaningful and memorable. Give a gift and get a gift for yourself this year at Apricot Lane Boutique!

Walnut Creek Sports and Fitness Club Refresh Your Holiday Tradition After stuffing your family and friends with holiday goodies and all the trimmings, stuff their stockings with the gift of health. Share the rejuvenating feeling of an energizing workout followed by relaxing in the spa or enjoying a refreshing massage. With unique gifts that keep on giving, you’ll find something for everyone. • Club Memberships • Pilates Training • Class Passes • Personal Training • Beauty Packages: Massage & Skincare Customize your gifts to fit your loved ones and create a memorable, lasting experience. For more information or to purchase your gifts, call 925.932.6400. Visit us online at

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Professional, talented, educated and caring Jolie Salon, Med Spa, and Wellness Center offers a variety of services that are sure to bring cheer to your Holiday Season! We believe it is important to create happiness and harmony in your spirit, mind, body, and appearance. From the moment you walk into Jolie Salon & Spa, you will feel pampered and know that you are a special part of our family. We specialize in Massage, Skin Care, Waxing, Facial Peels, Spray Tan, Manicure, Pedicure, Permanent Makeup, Eyelash Extensions, Hair, Botox, Juviderm, Radiesse, Laser Hair Removal,IPL,and LaserVein Removal. OurWellness Center offersThai Massage, Healing Touch, Health Coaching, and Psychological Counseling. We are happy to offer Obagi, Dermaquest, Jan Marini, Latisse, Revitalash, J of Beverly Hills and Kevin Murphy. Gift Certificates Available! 551 Hartz Avenue, Danville, California 94526 (925) 838-JOLIE (5654) |

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Glamour without fuss is what we want for the holidays. Subversively sexy and extravagant, but not overdone. While we’re seduced this season by details we loved from bygone eras, we’re not about to fuss and fret when it comes to dressing up. Effortless sophistication with a dose of playfulness or drama is what we’re after. Posh jewels and an attitude to match are just the right finish. Here, the best of Big Night Out looks for festive evenings ahead.

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Dries Van Noten dress, $1,575, Cielo, Palo Alto. Christian Louboutin gold pebbled leather Mary Janes, $945, Footcandy, Walnut Creek. Elsa Peretti blue lacquer over Japanese hardwood bangle, $425, and Sparklers 18-karat gold and cushion-cut citrine stud earrings, $1,200, both Tiffany & Co.

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holiday style Theia teal silk strapless dress with floral applique hemline, $650, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Manolo Blahnik embellished “Carolyne” slingbacks, $715, Footcandy, Walnut Creek. Alexis Bittar “Alexandria” cuff bracelet, $375, and “Periwinkle Dust” earrings, $275, both Nordstrom.

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Trina Turk lace-overblush dress, $298, Dolce Vita fuchsia suede wedges, $175, both Bloomingdale’s; Alexis Bittar “Periwinkle Dust” teardrop earrings, $275, Nordstrom. Elsa Peretti “Sprinkles Diamonds by the Yard” platinum and diamond necklace, $9,400, Tiffany & Co.

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Donna Karan draped jersey dress, $2,695, Nordstrom. Jimmy Choo rainbow hologram bootie, $1,395, Footcandy, Walnut Creek. Gioielli by Nikki Baker amethyst stalactite necklace, $445, Gump’s San Francisco. Alexis Bittar “Sepia Dust” hinged bangles, $195 each, Nordstrom. Jean Schlumberger “Mulitipication” 18-karat gold and diamond ear clips, $17,500, “Sparklers” 18-karat gold and amethyst cocktail ring, $1,700, both Tiffany & Co.

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Strenesse Blue wool and lycra dress with slip, $270, and Cut 25 printed rabbit fur vest, $529, both Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos. Jimmy Choo “Cosmic” silver platform pumps, Nordstrom. Jean Schlumberger 18-karat gold and citrine “Nest” earrings, $8,000, Tiffany & Co.; RUSH by Denis & Charles leather and crystal studded wrap bracelet, $30, Toss Boutiques, San Francisco, San Anselmo, St. Helena and soon in Palo Alto. Mikal Winn brass cuff with druzy stone, $185, Crimson Mim.

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New upscale developments lure sophisticates with granite countertops, fitness centers, concierge services, nearby transit and shopping – and views. What’s not to like?

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The Ellington in the Jack London Square area offers spectacular views of the Oakland Estuary.

There was a time when the Jack London Square area was just for the urban pioneers – the ones bold enough to venture into the gritty waterfront neighborhood to renovate a loft, or in the case of Gov. Jerry Brown, not only live in a loft here before he was governor the second time, but also set up his campaign headquarters in one. Now, though, in Oakland’s waterfront neighborhood where nightclubs stay open past midnight and warehouses open before dawn, something sleek and modern rises. A new condo tower, The Ellington, is beckoning a new kind of dweller – mainstream sophisticates who expect granite countertops, fitness centers, ready public transportation, concierge services – and the occasional cocktail socials. From Oakland and Walnut Creek, to downtown San Jose, Santana Row and Los Gatos, developers are selling new condominiums and renting luxury apartments in the heart of commercial areas for young professionals on the way up as well as established couples and singles ready to downsize. Buyers are taken in by the street-scene below – including trendy restaurants, clubs and farmers markets – as well as something available only from above – views, views and more views. While developers are struggling through the economic downturn, and several properties have changed hands

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The Ellington towers above Oakland's thriving produce district. Nightclubs, restaurants and shops are mere blocks away.

more than once over the past few years, buyers are taking advantage. “The value aspect is the hottest thing going on now,” says Paul Zeger, president of Pacific Marketing Associates in San Francisco, which represents numerous high-

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At Leváre in San Jose’s Santana Row, fine dining, shops and nightlife beckon just outside the lobby.

It’s the “cheapest time to own a house in 25 years,” Zeger says. And a number of properties built within the past five years are “selling for less than it costs to build it today.” Paul Groth believes he timed it just right. The UC Berkeley architecture and urban geography professor had been looking for a new home for the past 10 years before moving from his San Francisco rental to a two-bedroom condo he bought on the 11th floor at The Ellington. For him, “going to an open house is part research, part cultural anthropology and part looking for a house.” So, what, exactly, was he looking for? Turns out he wanted what many of these hip residential buildings – including Leváre at Santana Row, 555YVR in Walnut Creek, and El Gato Penthouse apartments in Los Gatos – have to offer: a dynamic neighborhood scene, easy access to public transportation, and chic and modern floor plans, with views. Leváre's urban feel is reflected in its sleek, modern kitchens, with stainless steel appliances and clean lines.

rise developments, including The Ellington. “Not only have prices gone down 20 to 30 percent across the market – what used to cost $700,000 in Oakland now costs $400,000 to $500,000 – but interest rates have gone from 5, 6 and 7 percent to 4.”

Neighborhood vibe The Jack London Square area wakes up early. At the base of The Ellington, the buzz of forklifts and the rumble of delivery trucks fill Third Street, as pallets of produce – bananas and broccoli, sweet corn and mangoes – load up and and head out to restaurants and groceries across Northern California. It’s an image you might ex-

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The rooftop lounge at 555YVR is perfect for entertaining, with the East Bay hills serving as a gorgeous backdrop.

pect from footage of an old New York street scene – and Groth fell in love with it. “It just seems real, a real part of urban life, and I like that,” Groth says. “I’m keeping track of where the trucks come from – Colusa, Fresno – and how rural California comes to town.” Except for the occasional clang, he says, the noisedeadening windows have kept his apartment quiet. Groth, who doesn’t like to cook much, has 11 restaurants within a few blocks of his front door to choose from, including Miss Pearl’s Jam House and Duke’s BBQ. Jazz mecca Yoshi’s is just down the street. Where Jack London Square is historic and has evolved over time, Santana Row is a preplanned residential and shopping area designed to look like a European streetscape. It’s almost always packed with people shopping at the upscale boutiques, playing chess on a larger-than-life board and dining al fresco. This is where Leváre, the newest residential building at Santana Row, just opened for renters. Tenants pay from $2,400 a month for a one-bedroom apartment up to $7,000 for a three-bedroom townhouse. John Lehner, 32, a software engineer at Apple, is leasing a two-bedroom apartment on the fourth – and top – floor. “There’s an energy that comes from having so many people from so many places concentrated in one spot,”

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Lehner says. “It’s a very stylish place. I think it’s an energy-vibe thing.” At 555YVR (the building’s address on Ygnacio Valley Road), a four-block stroll takes you to Walnut Creek’s Main Street, a charming downtown filled with boutiques and gourmet restaurants. It’s a great spot for Krista Payton, 33, a night owl who loves to go out with friends – then bring them back to 555YVR’s rooftop lounge, complete with a fireplace, lounge chairs and an outdoor kitchen. “We had a party pretty late last night,” says Payton, “and nobody complained.”

Take BART – or the ferry! When morning comes, Payton is within a 10-minute walk of seven Starbucks. Latte in hand, she can head to a BART station just a few blocks away for an easy trip into San Francisco. In Jack London Square, Groth also takes advantage of public transportation. When he lived in San Francisco, his daily 90-minute commute to the Berkeley campus “was killing me.” Groth, 61, got rid of his $140 monthly central campus parking pass and now walks to the 12th Street BART station in Oakland that takes him to campus. Walking the equivalent of an hour a day, “my medi-

555YVR condos feature floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a light, airy ambience to rooms.

cal team is thrilled,” he says. And “I feel better.” For an evening in his old stamping grounds across the bay, a ferry boat is at the ready just a couple of blocks away. Sometimes, though, he just walks to the edge of the channel to watch the activity. “I go to the foot of Broadway to see what ships are loading or unloading,” he says. “I’ve seen them 40 or 50 times, but every time I’m like a 4-year-old. I have to watch everything.”

On a clear day, with cocktails Whether on the 11th floor or on the fourth, these urban dwellers crave the view. And the buildings don’t disappoint, with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of Walnut Creek’s Mount Diablo, Oakland’s panorama of city and bay, or Silicon Valley’s foothills. At Santana Row, Lehner loves the light. In his corner unit with a patio on the top floor, “the window wraps around, the light comes in,” he says. “I wanted to have something that connected me to the outside, and not staring out at neighbors.” Not that he doesn’t appreciate neighbors. Leváre’s developer hosts socials to help connect new tenants and introduce them to the eateries and nightlife below. “It’s a great place to network with Silicon Valley,” Lehner says.

From the 11th floor of The Ellington, Groth has a commanding view over the produce markets and the Oakland Estuary. But being an architecture professor, the building’s design, inside and out, were critical as well. For starters, the wide, eight-foot hallways said “luxury” to him. And like many new buildings appealing to the sophisticated set, the floor plans are open for entertaining, the appliances are top of the line, and the cabinetry and counters are elegant. “It’s handsome, simple and modern,” Groth says. Gov. Brown, while he was state attorney general, called Oakland “a city with edge, elegance and a fabulous waterfront.” Groth has found all of that here. He is so enthusiastic about his new digs, he’s even taken his students through the neighborhood and into his building on a field trip. “I’m thrilled,” he says. “I think most of us are.” S

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Kitchen counters made of glass, engineered stone and much more are ready for their closeup

slick surfaces By Mary MacVean Photos by Ken Hively

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Heat-resistant glass can be molded into myriad counter shapes in a variety of colors and patterns, left. Enameled lava stone, above, is durable and resistant to stains and scratching, but it can be expensive.

Whether the kitchen counter is just a spot to toss the keys and mail, the place for breakfast or the lab for a chili cook-off entry, it is inevitably a focal point of what’s become the center of many homes. And until recently, granite was king when it came to the kitchen counter. But many designers and homeowners are turning to glass, manufactured stone, metal and other materials to create counters that work for people who actually cook as well for those who see the kitchen as a decorative accessory. For example, manufacturers are producing dozens of colors of engineered quartz, a durable product made from more than 90 percent crushed quartz mixed with a resin. These products can replicate the look of other stones or concrete, at prices comparable to those of midlevel granites. Both a virtue and a drawback is engineered quartz’s consistency — no fossils or natural quirks, though that could change as companies work to mimic the natural variations of marble or add a leathery surface texture. Glass counters too are shining. Lighted from below, they can add an appealing glow to a kitchen. Buyers also like the hygienic qualities of glass in these days of the hand sanitizer. Many companies are working to make their products

— natural and manufactured — as eco-friendly as possible. Manufacturer Cosentino reports that its Eco line is made of 75 percent post-consumer or post-industrial materials, including mirrors, glass, stone scraps and porcelain. Other counters are being made from recycled glass or recycled paper sealed with wax. The upper end is served by unique materials. Interior designer Troy Adams likes to use lava stone, which is quarried from a volcano in France, enameled and then fired at high temperatures. It’s stain-, heat- and scratchresistant, and it has a sort of crackly surface that can be made in intense colors. It’s also three to four times as costly as many granites, Adams says. The old standbys, including solid surfaces such as Corian, are still around, as is wood. And granite isn’t exactly disappearing. “Granite is going to stay as long as they keep on digging,” says Oren Osovski, a contractor and interior designer in Southern California, noting that the range in appearance can provide a look that feels unique. “If you want something beautiful that only you have, you have to have granite or marble.” – Los Angeles Times

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choosing a material that works for you Here’s a look at some of the most common options for kitchen counters, with an assessment of their quality from designers, manufacturers and

Marble Pros: Classic looks. Sometimes has translucent quality. Great for making and rolling pastry dough because it’s cool to the touch. Cons: Can stain.

Other natural stone

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Pros: Slate, soapstone, quartzite, lava stone and others can provide a variety of looks. Soapstone gives a traditional farmhouse appeal, while lava stone is super modern. Some can be made into sinks as well. Cons: Depending on the rarity, it can be expensive. Satin-finished countertops that radiate warmth dispel the notion of concrete being cold, gray and rough.

Concrete Pros: Modern, industrial look. Can be made in any shape and in a variety of colors. Cons: Can stain and crack, though that also may be an appeal. Relatively expensive. May need a protective sealer and wax applied periodically.

Engineered quartz Pros: Extremely tough. Dozens of colors and patterns. Easy to clean. Consistent color and detail. Many manufacturers, including CaesarStone, Silestone, Cambria. Considered more sustainable, as remnants often can be recycled. Cons: Lacks unique colorations and details found in marble or granite.

Glass Pros: Looks new and modern. Can be made in many colors, patterns and shapes. Translucent qualities enable natural light to pass through. Nonporous, heatresistant, easy to clean. Can be made from recycled glass. Cons: Shows fingerprints. Can crack or break.

Granite Pros: Huge range of colors and prices. Durable. Stainand heat-resistant, though some sealers commonly used to combat its porous qualities can be damaged by excessive heat. Cons: Overused?

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Contemporary-looking stainless steel countertops are durable, but they do show fingerprints and scratches.

Solid surfaces

Pros: Products such as Corian come in a variety of shapes, colors and finishes. Non-porous, low-maintenance. Can be made into a seamless piece. Cons: Can be stained or scratched, though marks can be repaired, sometimes with just an abrasive cleaner.

Stainless steel Pros: Durable. Stain-resistant. Looks like a professional kitchen. Other metals, such as zinc and copper, lend an unusual appearance that will change over time. Cons: Can show fingerprints and scratch.

Tile Pros: Budget-friendly. Unlimited color and pattern choices. Durable, heat- and stain-resistant. Cons: Grout can stain and be tough to clean. Not a smooth surface for some cooking tasks.

Wood Pros: Can be used as a chopping board. Cons: Shows knife marks. Susceptible to water damage. Requires periodic reoiling.

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the farmer-chef connection A new cookbook highlights how the two groups bring out the best in each other Celebrate local chefs and the farmers who grow their favorite ingredients? That’s the idea behind “The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook” by Aaron French, executive chef at Sunny Side Cafe in the East Bay (with two locations in Albany and Berkeley) and longtime student and practitioner of green living and cooking. The book is out this month from Voyageur Press ( French profiles some 50-plus chefs and the farmers, and in some cases, ranchers, who supply them, noting that “this connection is somehow both primal and new.” Indeed, restaurants and diners are attuned to the fact that locally farmed food is good for our health, communities, farmers and farmland. It’s also economical, convenient and fun to source. Finally – and here’s where “primal” might apply – it tastes great. Cooking up recipes from the “Homegrown” cookbook results in truly farmto-table dishes and meals that are sure to delight both committed locavores and anyone who likes good food. French’s book is an inspiration to learn about and cook some of the best from the Bay Area’s restaurants. Following are a few of the chef/farmer recipes, perfect for the upcoming holidays.

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at the table “You just try to grow the best stuff you can, and restaurants will gravitate to you once they see that.”

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“This is my favorite salad to serve at Thanksgiving — it makes good use of Dirty Girl’s dandelion greens.”

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dandelion green and delicata squash salad Chef: Sarah Henkin, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), which runs the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Farmer: Joe Schirmer, Dirty Girl Produce, Santa Cruz 6 servings (Note: A “glug” of olive oil is 2-3 tablespoons.) washed and dried 2 pounds delicata squash ¼ pound salty, tangy extra-virgin olive oil cheese (feta or ricotta kosher salt and freshly salata both work well) ground black pepper ½ cup pistachios, shelled, ¼ pound guanciale toasted and roughly (or bacon or pancetta), chopped medium to small dice ¼ pound dandelion greens, splash red wine vinegar Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and slice the squash into thin half moons. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake on a baking sheet until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Heat a sauté pan over a medium-high flame. Add a glug of olive oil, heat until it starts to shimmer and circulate in the pan, then add guanciale. Sauté until crisp, then set aside to drain on a paper towel. Remove squash from the oven and let cool slightly. In a serving bowl, mix together the dandelion greens, half of the cheese and half of the pistachios. Toss the squash in with the greens, add a splash of vinegar and a glug of olive oil over the top just to coat the leaves and gently toss to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust, keeping in mind you will be adding more salty cheese. Garnish with the guanciale, remaining cheese and nuts to serve.

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leg of lamb roasted with grapes, figs, honey and rosemary Chef: Peter Chastain, Prima Ristorante, Walnut Creek. Farmers: Jeanne McCormack and Al Medvitz, McCormack Ranch, Rio Vista 8 servings 1 leg of lamb, thigh and round bone “corkscrewed out,” shank on (not butterflied) kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1  cup fresh rosemary leaves ½ cup flower honey

3-4 lemons extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound green seedless grapes 1 pound red seedless grapes 18 large ripe figs

Trim out the gland often found on the inside of the leg. Trim any excess fat, but leave a nice clean layer on the top. Season the leg well with salt, pepper, rosemary and honey mixed with a little lemon juice. (Be liberal with the salt and pepper — it will make all the difference.) Coat well with oil. Place the leg on top of the grapes and figs in a heavy roasting pan and roast in an oven at 400 degrees oven until medium rare—about 30 minutes. You may need to turn the roast once or twice during cooking to prevent the honey from burning. Remove the leg to a platter and spoon over the “melted” grapes and figs. Allow to rest for 10 minutes or so, then carve it straight crosswise, from the thigh up toward the shank, into thin pieces. Serve with roasted potatoes or soft polenta.

“As cooks, our job is to rediscover the sources and to try to awaken people’s interest in and consciousness around sustainability. I’ve seen how quickly our environment can be lost, and how quickly something we love can be destroyed if we’re not watchful.”

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at the table pole bean salad with dungeness crab, black olives and red pepper aioli Chef: Rick Hackett, Bocanova, Oakland. Farmers: Marty Jacobson and Janet Brown, Allstar Organics, Marin County 4-6 servings

At his restaurant Bocanova in Oakland's Jack London Square area, Rick Hackett, center, features fresh produce from Allstar Organics in Marin County, run by Janet Brown, left, and Marty Jacobson, right.

1½ pounds pole beans, trimmed and blanched 1 pound Dungeness crab meat 1 cup Peruvian black olives, pitted salt and black pepper lemon vinaigrette to taste 1 cup Red Pepper Aioli (see recipe below) chives, chopped Toss the pole beans, crab, olives, salt, pepper and lemon vinaigrette in a mixing bowl. Spread aioli on the bottom of plate and mound the salad on top. Garnish with chives. Red Pepper Aioli 6 ounces rice oil 6 ounces extra-virgin olive oil 2 egg yolks, room temperature 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon lemon juice salt 1 red pepper, roasted, cleaned and chopped In a mixing bowl slowly whisk the oils into the yolks. Add the mustard, lemon juice and salt to taste (add room temperature water if needed to maintain the emulsion). Fold in the red pepper.

Photos of the chefs, farmers and dishes were shot by Elizabeth Tichenor and Aaron French for "The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook."

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It’s tempting when thinking of weekend getaways to skip Mendocino – a little too far, a little too cold, not as sexy or celebrity-chef-laden as Napa and Sonoma. But that would be a mistake. Not that Mendocino makes it easy. One late summer morning the village, perched on headlands above the Pacific, was enveloped in fog so thick that driving slowed to a crawl and road signs were impossible to make out. The place was forlorn and quiet, its New Englandstyle saltbox cottages less quaint than dreary. Still, as we strolled, there were the usual things that captivate: the quirky collection of shops and galleries along Main Street; the one-off artworks, from a carved wood bench to a whimsical mosaic armchair; the riotous blooms in private gardens but in full public view. The leisurely pace became quite agreeable. An espresso at Thanksgiving Coffee Cafe, a stop at the Mendocino Art Center, a run at Harvest Market with the locals to stock up on evening victuals, and life in Mendo didn’t seem bad at all. And then, in early evening, enlightenment – literally. The gray cloud cover finally lifted at the horizon where ocean met sky, and brilliant shafts of sunlight shot through, casting a lovely warm glow on town, shoreline and hillsides. Couples and friends milled onto the windswept bluffs above the water, which had turned magical: Weedy grasses became a tawny, undulating blanket; the odd fishing boat rocked gently in the cove; patches of cerulean blue were visible above. The scene was thrilling and painterly. Mendocino weather packs its share of clear, sunny days, of course, and late fall and winter are a perfect time to sample the town’s many charms. But the magic of the place is perhaps best appreciated when least expected. 136  •  Scene  •  winter 2011

Green Mendo Mendocino is rightly known for being green ahead of just about anywhere else. In 2004, the county became the first in the U.S. to prohibit the growth of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Sustainable agriculture, particularly in vineyards, is widespread, and the raw food movement is centered here. A few green places to stay and visit: The Stanford Inn is a must, both for its comfortably outfitted rooms (wood paneling, wood-burning fireplaces, decks overlooking the grounds and Big River and Mendocino Bay), solarium pool and spa, and the highend vegetarian and vegan Ravens’ Restaurant. The ecoresort’s organic gardens provide much of Ravens’ bounty. Innkeeper Jeff Stanford has been reading Krishnamurti since he was a teen, and through the writer/ teacher’s works came to realize that if it’s “less disruptive to plants and animals, then it’s better for you.” Stanford became a vegetarian in 1985, five years after he and his wife, Joan, purchased the 10-acre property and converted to organic gardening. The couple rebuilt both land and structures less as a “hotel” and more as a haven for relaxation and well-being. (They also run the Mendocino Center for Well Being on the inn’s grounds.) The Mendocino Hotel, whose main building dates to 1878, asserts its eco-sensitivity by using original, restored antiques and fixtures, including a 200-yearold Dutch fireplace and vintage curtains turned into throw pillows. The hotel uses water from seven wells that draw from aquifers under the property. Keeping up with the times, it has nine electric charging stations for guests with those Fisker Karmas, and all accommodations have startlingly contemporary bathrooms with low-flow fixtures.


From left, the view from the deck of a room at The Stanford Inn, the Mendocino Hotel on Main Street, a room at The Stanford Inn.

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stay for a spell The U.S. Virgin Islands enchant, and welcome Story and Photos by Ellen Creager Those who choose to stay a spell will find the islands Many travelers, particularly from the West Coast, know St. Thomas only from a cruise ship stop. Its fellow enchanting. Want traffic, stores, lots of people and dining? Choose St. Thomas. Want to see virtually no one? islands St. John and St. Croix are even lesser known. This is just wrong. The U.S. Virgin Islands are well Choose a remote beach on St. John. Want a combination of the two? Try St. Croix. worth visiting, and not just There is also a lot of history from a ship. on the former Danish islands St. Thomas looks better that gives them a cultural now than it has in about 15 richness beyond palm trees years. It struggled for a deand pirates. cade to recover from HurAnd it’s relatively easy to ricane Marilyn in 1995 and island-hop: St. Thomas and the downturn after 9/11. St. John are only 15 minutes Now, it seems buoyant and apart by ferry. in better shape than some St. Thomas, the most deplaces in the U.S. St. John veloped of the three, is one of remains pristine, most of it the only places in the world a national park. St.Croix, 40 where you drive Americanmiles to the south, was flatThe waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands are warm and style cars but with British tened by Hurricane Hugo amazingly clear, which makes for great snorkeling. rules of the road – on the left. some 22 years ago, but has Drivers are warned to “keep your shoulder to the shoulcome back and is even more vibrant than before. The islands, of course, welcome the cruise ships. The der” to prevent crashes. The island’s tiny local newspaper, the Virgin Islands USVI, as it is sometimes called, is the Caribbean’s third most-popular cruise stop after the Bahamas and the Daily Press, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in Cayman Islands. The islands host some 2 million visi- 1995 for its series on police corruption, an amazing jourtors each year, dwarfing their population, which accord- nalism achievement for such a small paper. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas’ largest city and the seat ing to the 2010 census is just under 110,000.

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The appropriately named Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas, left. St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie, right, is a popular shopping spot.

U.S. Virgin Islands history The first inhabitants, the Ciboneys, arrived during what is considered the Pre-Ceramic Culture. Arawaks came around A.D. 100, followed by Caribs and Tainos. Christopher Columbus claimed the islands for Spain in the late 1500s; the battle between the Indians and Columbus is considered the first insurgence in the New World. The island were ruled by the Spanish, French, English, the Knights of Malta and longest by the Danes. In 1694, Denmark established the first settlement on St. Thomas, expanding to St. John in 1694 and St. Croix in 1733. In 1685, St. Thomas became a slave-trading post. More than 200,000 slaves, primarily from Africa’s west coast, were forcibly shipped to the islands to harvest cane, cotton and indigo. In 1733, slaves attacked St. John’s Fort Frederiksvaern, crippling operations for six months. Denmark halted the slave trade in 1792, but freedom was not granted to slaves until 1848. In World War I, the United States realized the islands’ strategic position and bought them in 1917 for $25 million. It wasn’t until 1927, however, that citizenship was granted to Virgin Islanders. The Organic Act of 1936 allowed for creation of a senate; in 1970, the residents elected their first governor. Today, the islands are a thriving vacation destination. Adapted from information provided by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism 146  •  Scene  •  winter 2011

for government and courts, was named after a Dutch queen from the late 1600s. People argue whether it is pronounced Charlotte “a-MAL-ye-a” or “a-ma-LEE,” but the MerriamWebster Dictionary lists both as correct. The Virgin Islanders themselves are talkative, opinionated and direct, and they also represent a place where manners and “Good mornings” still count. You will also find the sailing crowd and the quirky wrinkly skinned U.S. transplants, who for their own mysterious reasons have gone native. Herewith, the top reasons to visit the Virgin Islands this winter: The water and vistas. Did you ever buy Navajo turquoise jewelry? That’s the color of the water here. And the water temperature is 80 degrees in February. That’s not going to happen anywhere else in the U.S. except Hawaii. In the Virgin Islands, the hilly vistas rising out of the sea are what you dream about in winter. It’s your screensaver back home. The weather. Virgin Islands temperatures rarely vary from the 80s during the day and the 70s at night. The air is clear. Your hair suddenly feels moist, and your skin looks good. Steady trade winds from the east keep temperatures from sweltering. If it rains, it generally yields quickly to blue skies. No passport. It’s a U.S. territory, which means you need only a driver’s license and a birth certificate to enter. The beaches, snorkeling, sailing and scuba. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you can walk off the beach and snorkel amid schools of tropical fish. The diving is good, too. Beaches? The St. Thomas beaches of Coki and Sapphire are so pretty they seem as if you have walked into a photograph. On St. John, Trunk Bay is shaped like a giant smile. Busy or empty, beaches are everywhere, all with fine white sand and velvety water – and no jellyfish.


The Sapphire Beach resort on St. Thomas, left. The famed beach at Trunk Bay on St. John, right.

Interesting side trips. Side trips? From an island? The islands are ferry-distance from the stunning British Virgin Islands, though you will need a passport. (Tortola is an hour from St. Thomas, Jost Van Dyke 45 minutes.) You can actually drive around. At many Caribbean and Mexican resorts, tourists are warned not to leave their resorts or drive. While the Virgin Islands have their share of crime (mostly drug-related), it is relatively safe to drive around on your own on the islands, taking the same precautions you would at home. That gives you more freedom. The tricky part? Driving an American-style car on the left-hand side of the narrow winding roads. The exotic yet familiar atmosphere. Folks in the Virgin Islands speak English, and the dollar is the currency used. You will find American TV stations in your hotel, and your cellphone will get a good signal. There’s even a Kmart on St. Thomas. Still, this is the Caribbean, and efficiency is a relative term. “If you require speed and order, stick with Florida,” says David Bello, owner of Fair Wind Sailing School in Red Hook, St. Thomas. “This is the U.S., but it’s not the U.S.” The shopping. St. Thomas is famed as the biggest tax-free, duty-free shopping hub in the Caribbean. The islands are also known for their arts, as they’re home to many painters, potters and other artists. Visitors are allowed to exit St. Thomas with $1,600 in duty-free goods — double that of most destinations. Bragging rights. The Virgin Islands are simply more glamorous than Hawaii or Florida. It’s just a sexier vacation. S – McClatchy Tribune

if you go Look for travel packages that include airfare and lodging. Check out hotel/resort sites for deals. Better yet, rent a condo or villa. Lodging: On St. Thomas, check hotel booking sites for deals on larger resorts such as Wyndham Sugar Bay, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, Bolongo Bay or the Ritz-Carlton. Try a rental with a kitchen so you can cook some of your meals. Many resorts have privately owned condo units, so you can often find better deals on the resorts’ own websites, or or to get better deals. On St. Thomas, look for deals at Sapphire Village, Crystal Cove, Point Pleasant, Secret Harbor or Elysian. Follow the same advice for St. John and St. Croix. St. John lodging is the costliest of the three islands. Transportation: In St. Thomas, rent a car at the airport or on the island’s east end — if you are nervous about driving, taxis are plentiful and reasonable. ID: You need a driver’s license and birth certificate for entry from the United States. (A passport will work, too.) You must clear U.S. customs before leaving St. Thomas. Shopping: Watches, jewels, cigarettes, liquor are duty-free and inexpensive; bring back $1,600 in merchandise duty-free. For more info: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism:, 800.372.8784 or winter 2011  •  Scene  •  147



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holiday style Hair stylist James Griffiths' tips: • Trim off sun-parched ends. If you color your hair, warm up the shade with a demi-color glaze of gold, copper or a warm brown over existing color. The demi-color is ammonia-free and gently adds shine and color. • When styling your hair, consider what you’re wearing. A pantsuit, for instance, calls for softly pulled-back hair or a chignon. A flirty cocktail dress might be enhanced with bouncy curls or a half-updo that isn’t perfectly done. The less you fuss with it, the better it usually looks. • If a night out is special enough for a professional touch, visit your stylist with a photo of the hairstyle you want. To save time and money, shampoo your hair before you arrive and don’t put any products in it. • If you do your own hair, give it a trial run or start early so it’s not a stress point before your event. Set your hair on rollers or curl with an iron and clip each section for a couple of hours before you leave. This will give your hair body and keep the style in place much longer. • If you want to look festive and fabulous, do something more than your "everyday hairstyle" and go for something special that will stand out in photos and in peoples'

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GET THE LOOK Continued from Page 95 a good way. • Choose hair accessories carefully. It's better to go without one than add something that distracts, clashes with your other jewelry or is wrong for the outfit. • Slip a travel-size bottle of hairspray and extra bobby pins into your purse for emergency touch-ups. S

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A full house at Claudia's. From left, standing: Camille Rose, Shanena Gunn, Carole Sinclair. Sitting: Dana Dowell Windatt, Nicole Carberry, Claudia Ross, Dana Finegold, Becky Kenney, Chelsea Giudice, Valerie Keely.

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“Claudia took our visibility to a whole new level,” says Raphael House executive director Mandy Heier. “She’s a master at using her connections and relationships in the community to benefit our organization. She’s brought exposure and awareness of our families to the broader community and engaged not just their hearts and minds, but their pocketbooks. Because of her, the gala now represents just under 20 percent of our annual budget.” Ross has incorporated this give-and-take philosophy into her home life as well. She and husband Keith, a partner at a technology firm, frequently invite friends to mix with clients such as Concord clothing company Tart Collections and Moraga clothing/yoga company Green Buddha, at gatherings that raise money for a good cause. Throwing successful benefits, she says, is really not that different from throwing successful parties at home. “We love to entertain at home. We constantly have a full house,” she says. “I like to mix up people from different backgrounds, and I don’t try to force anyone’s hand from a social standpoint. It’s about creating an environment that people will remember and will continually want to be a part of. It’s not about fancy china or fancy food. ” Being fanatically organized also helps, she adds with a smile. “It’s almost like when you’re on a diet – it’s so much harder to lose a lot of weight at once. But if you spend a little time every day doing maintenance, it’s a lot easier. You don’t have to worry when people show up unexpectedly.” As part of a multitasking regimen that includes exercising religiously, volunteering at the Lafayette public

school where her kids attend, driving to football and soccer practices and making time for her girlfriends, Ross makes sure she always has a couple of turnkey menu items in the freezer that are sure-fire crowd-pleasers, such as Trader Joe pizzas (“I serve it on a silver platter!”). She also always replicates the savory accompaniments found in European cafes and bars: Her guests nosh on cashews, olives, and salt and vinegar chips in a divided serving dish while sipping wine or champagne. “I don’t cook, but my husband does,” Ross says. “He does a fantastic pulled pork, barbecue ribs, grilled fish, steaks. We also keep a small vineyard in front of our house and bottle our own family wine that we serve at parties.” Living in Lafayette, Ross insists, has also played a part in achieving internal balance. “After growing up in Lamorinda, we could have chosen to live anywhere, but Keith and I felt such strong ties to the East Bay, we wanted our children to have the same experience,” she says. “Living out here allows me the best of both worlds.” S

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6. Janet Haley, Kevin Sanchez 7. Evie Rajan and Walnut Creek Councilmembers Kish Rajan and Kristina Lawson 8. The Denison family: Jason Pedroza, Amanda Denison, Scott Denison, Kerri Shawn, Jennifer Perry, Kelly Denison, Vince Perry 9. Lindsey Cook 10. Laura Lamison 11. Dave Burleigh, Tracy Dietlein




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The East Bay Gala’s “An Evening in Casablanca” recaptured the magic of Bogart and Bergman, and the intrigue and excitement at Rick’s Cafe, all while raising more than $230,000 for the American Cancer Society. Many guests donned 1940s attire for the event, held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland and featuring a colorful Moroccan bazaar/ silent auction. 1. Honoree Dr. Jon Greif, lifetime board member of the American Cancer Society, California Division 2. Dr. Robert and Sandy Goldberg; honoree Dr. Matthew Sirott, founder of Diablo Valley Oncology and Hematology Medical Group; Arlene Sirott; Lori and Mike Orr



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3. Karen Torres and Joe Naylor, Vice President for Strategy, Chevron (the presenting sponsor) 4. Lalita Tademy with husband Barry L. Williams 5. Event Chairs Beryl Crumpton Potter and James Potter

6. Susan Cronkite, Jacqueline Boggan, Alice Morris and Hal Cronkite 7. Cynthia LeBlanc, second from left, chair elect, American Cancer Society national board of directors, and the Dolores Moorehead Dance Ensemble 8. Cathy Lassiter, auction cochair, and Wright Lassiter 9. Julie Durand of John Muir Health and Janice Hoss, board member of the California East Bay Oncology Nursing Society, browse the silent auction. 10. Jacqueline and Daniel Boggan Jr., Clorox board member and gala sponsorship chair

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The 2011 Logan's Freedom Ride party at Broadway Studios in San Francisco drew a big crowd, including lots of San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks players. The fundraiser, held annually since 2007, has helped Logan Severance, a boy with spinal muscular atrophy, as well as the Foundation for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and other individuals in need.

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Downtown Livermore rocked when MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies took to the Bankhead Theater stage at “Taste of New Orleans,” the early fall benefit for the Bothwell Arts Center in the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. The band performed southwest Louisiana Cajun and zydeco music, and the food, of course, featured southern Louisiana cuisine, including chicory coffee and pralines. The 10th annual ArtWalk Livermore, another fundraiser for Bothwell held last month, turned the town into a visual arts district for the day. Crowds enjoyed interactive graffiti art, a silent art auction and more.

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