The Food Issue
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34 RISE AND SHINE Sweet Wheat
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68 WEEKENDER Epicurean Merced
78 MAKE TEA, NOT WAR Racer Tea
82 HIGH HOPES High Tide
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100 SEEN Who’s who around the South Bay
130 LAST WORD Knives Out
YOU’VE BEEN SERVED
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
Chris Bredesen put his business savvy
With her South Bay nonprofit Bullies and
to work at some of the most beloved
Buddies, Jen Rosen seeks forever homes for
restaurants in the South Bay.
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LA VIDA DE LOS VINOS
Combining a New England-style lobster
California native Kristin Shute carries on a
bake and our love of coastal California, this
family tradition of producing quality wines
sheet pan seafood feast keeps the process
in Mexico’s blossoming Valle de Guadalupe.
simple without sacrificing taste.
52 RESTAURANT GUIDE Amazing dining spots throughout
the South Bay
ON THE GO A familiar face to parents and kids at Clark
Field in Hermosa, Héctor Alatorre turned his
popular tacos into a mobile success story.
Spectacular local listings
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Good Taste When it comes to all things epicurean, the first people I
a platform for experts in their fields to share and shine.
reach out to are Southbay’s food and wine editor Bonnie
Cheers to Bonnie and Kara, and thanks for all your infor-
Graves and food stylist Kara Mickelson. Both of these bril-
mative and delicious offerings to us over the years.
liant contributors to this magazine come to the table with years of experience in the food and wine industry. Bonnie and I met at the inception of Southbay, when she
In our annual Food Issue, we explore bakeries, restaurants, wineries, markets, carts, and the amazing men and women behind them. We’re pleased to bring back our
wrote the first restaurant review on our pages. She’s at-
Restaurant Guide for those in search of a new eatery to
tentive, discerning and fair—qualities that make for richly
patronize this summer. We also reserved some pages to
observant content. She’s also a sommelier by trade and
pay tribute to our pets, particularly a local rescue plac-
brings her wealth of wine knowledge to us on the regular.
ing dogs in forever homes. Some of our staff have found
Kara has been a frequent collaborator over the last
their furry friends from this service, and we’re thrilled to
decade, styling our food features and many a gorgeous
share this story.
cover, including this one. A chef by trade, she meticulously creates recipes for our readers, from cocktails to full-course meals. She’s also dialed in to the local food scene and eager to cover other foodies around town. One of the things I love most about my job is providing
BONNIE GRAVES | Food and wine guru Bonnie has extensive industry experience, having worked as a sommelier in such legendary restaurants as Jean-Georges, Union Square Café and Spago Beverly Hills. When not drinking fermented grape juice, Bonnie enjoys hiking and is also an accomplished poet.
KARA MICKELSON | A graduate of UCLA and Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, Kara trained in Spain and in Napa at the famed French Laundry. She has worked with Food Network chefs Bob Blumer and Giada De Laurentiis and many others on the talk show circuit. She is an on-camera culinary expert, recipe developer, producer, writer and food stylist. @styleddelicious
SHANE O’DONNELL | Shane is a Wisconsin-born photographer living in the South Bay. His documentary and commercial training bring a realistic and refined style to his work. He photographs catalog, advertising, architecture and travel and has shot for such clients as Budweiser, Hershey, Syfy Channel and Vespa. seelikeshane.com
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AUGUST 2022 Cup Half Full Chad Webber turns the table on tea service. More on page 78.
you’ve been served CHRIS BREDESEN PUT HIS BUSINESS SAVVY TO WORK AT SOME OF THE MOST BELOVED RESTAURANTS IN THE SOUTH BAY. Written by Quinn Roberts | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
When Chris Bredesen received his
and how to streamline that tool even further, including
MBA from Pepperdine University in
the websites and branded apps.
2007, he could visualize the suit and tie he’d wear on his daily commute to
His partner, Allen Sanford, recognizes just how much Chris’ skills contribute to the success of the restaurants. “I think it has helped him a tremendous amount,”
Downtown Los Angeles to work. But
Allen says. “From the financial side, Chris understands
within a few months, a detour took
that world from a professional sense. It has served him
him down a path he never expected. “An opportunity came up at South Bay BMW to open
really well.” Chris was not only instrumental in creating hot spots like The Rockefeller; he also helped improve local
a small café,” shares Chris. “That then turned into
staples like Riviera Mexican Grill and Captain Kidd’s in
helping create The Rockefeller Hermosa Beach, which
Redondo Beach. Chris is also part owner and operator
opened in 2011. Then we opened another in Manhattan
of Primo Italia and an investor in Día de Campo and
Beach in 2013, and then Redondo Beach in 2017.”
Manhattan Beach Post.
Chris quickly learned how much it takes to make
“Taking over Captain Kidd’s and Riviera, you have to
a restaurant run smoothly and how adjustments will
be very careful,” he says. “The community has pas-
always be needed—especially in the beginning when a
sionate feelings about these landmark restaurants in the
restaurant is finding its identity. Chris specifically re-
South Bay that have been around for so long. You can’t
members needing to tweak the outfits employees were
just go in to Captain Kidd’s and turn it into a soup res-
wearing when The Rockefeller Hermosa Beach opened.
taurant. You have to stick with what it is. With those, we
He and the other owners realized khaki pants and long-
have done a lot more behind-the-scenes stuff.”
sleeve shirts just wouldn’t work. “That’s the thing about restaurants. You can’t just
His deep understanding of these restaurants stems from a lifetime of living in the South Bay. A graduate of
go through the motions. You can always improve. It is
Peninsula High School, Chris grew up in Malaga Cove
a never-ending process of being better,” Chris says.
with a family that loved to surf, including his father, an
“However, I like that. I have a good time with that. I
inductee in Hermosa’s Surfers Walk of Fame.
don’t like being stagnant. I kind of enjoy being able to improve myself and the businesses every day.” Before he started in the restaurant industry, Chris didn’t even own a set of tools. Now he goes to his restaurants geared up and ready to assist whenever necessary. “We have been through a lot,” he says. “I remember
This local history inspired Chris’ journey to bring Captain Kidd’s back to life. Since Chris helped take over the business in 2012, this landmark next to the Redondo Beach Pier has served up to 1,000 people a day. “Captain Kidd’s was a huge deal for us. It has been around since 1976. That’s a huge deal as a local kid,”
writing up new-hire packets. You have lawsuits, leaky
he says. “That first year we took it over, I was there
roofs, equipment that doesn’t work. It is crazy. Now I
every single day trying to make sure the fish and crabs
can do a little bit of construction too because of it.”
were coming in.”
That’s one of the things that makes him special. Chris
Chris is fully willing to admit that had he not grown
wears many hats. He visits each restaurant daily to see
up in the South Bay, the restaurants he owns would not
how things are going, make any adjustments that need
have been as successful. “That was especially the case
to be made and fix any problems that need to be fixed.
when we started The Rockefeller Hermosa Beach. I was
But Chris’ primary focus right now is on technology
very clear in the beginning that we wanted it to be a
“I HOPE THAT IF YOU COME IN TO ONE OF MY RESTAURANTS, YOUR FIRST THOUGHT IS THAT THE STAFF IS LOCAL AND THEY LIVE HERE AND CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS AS MUCH AS ANYONE. I JUST HOPE PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT AND HOW PERSONAL THIS IS. WE’RE NOT COMING FROM ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTY.” place people would come to multiple times a week. It would be a place that was casual, but you also wouldn’t be breaking the bank.” Each location is different—not just the food but the space and how it’s maximized for business. Take The Rockefeller Redondo Beach. Recognizing that the parking lot behind the restaurant was relatively unused, a decision was made to have private events and low-key concerts there during the summer. When a remodel was done at The Rockefeller Hermosa Beach during the pandemic, Chris and his partners used it as an opportunity to include a space for private events. “I hope that if you come in to one of my restaurants, your first thought is that the staff is local and they live here and care about their customers as much as anyone,” Chris says. “I just hope people can see that and how personal this is. We’re not coming from another state or county.” He has been president of the King Harbor Association for the last year, using his marketing tools to redo the website and create a Visit King Harbor app. “My younger self probably never would have believed that I’d be owning and operating restaurants in the South Bay,” Chris says. “Now I can’t think of doing anything else. This is what I’m going to do and keep doing it the best I can so the community is proud of the product we are putting out and the employees are happy.” ■
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MELLOW MELON “MOCKARITA” Serves 4
½ Kiss Limon melon, or honeydew,
with a lime wedge and dip the glass into
peeled, cubed and seeded (if not using
salt to coat. Rub the inside of each glass
a Kiss Limon melon, add an extra lime
with a lime wedge. To each glass, add 1
to the recipe)
tablespoon Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup,
3 to 4 whole Meyer lemons, juiced and deseeded 8 whole limes (6 juiced and deseeded, 2 cut into wedges)
5 ounces melon base and 1½ to 2 ounces nonalcoholic booze. Pour 1 ounce Lime & Yuzu tonic water on top. Add 2 slices jalapeno and a sprig of marjoram. Garnish
with lime and serve with extra lime wedges
3 to 4 tablespoons Meyer Lemon Simple
on the side.
Syrup, approximately 1 tablespoon per drink (see recipe, this page) 6 to 8 ounces Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative, or Seedlip Grove 42 Citrus
Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup ¾ cup water ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 to 5 ounces Lime & Yuzu tonic water
2 small Meyer lemons, sliced
1 small jalapeno, thinly sliced
2 fresh bay leaves
fresh marjoram sprigs for garnish Combine all ingredients in a small saucePuree melon in blender or food processor
pot. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-
on high speed. Add Meyer lemon juice and
high heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved.
lime juice. Stir in a pinch of salt. Melon
Cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes off
base can be made 1 day in advance. Cover
heat. Cool and store covered in refrigerator.
Can be made 3 days in advance.
Before serving, rub the rim of each glass
STRAWBERRY BLONDE KIWI MOCKTAIL Serves 4 12 large golden kiwis (extra if they are small) 1 Meyer lemon, juiced and deseeded
more) lemon elderflower soda. Top with a sliced strawberry and bay leaf garnish before serving.
6 to 8 ounces Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative or Seedlip Grove 42 Citrus 3 to 4 tablespoons Berry Simple Syrup, approximately 1 tablespoon per drink (see recipe, this page)
Berry Simple Syrup ½ cup fresh strawberries ¼ cup fresh golden berries, pierced with a knife
8 ounces lemon elderflower soda
¾ cup water
sliced strawberries and fresh bay leaves
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 to 2 slices fresh habanero pepper, seeded
Cut kiwis in half, reserving 1 of the halves
Combine strawberries and golden ber-
for garnish. Cut that half into 4 slices.
ries in a medium saucepan and heat on
Scoop out fruit and puree in blender or
medium-high. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons
food processor. Kiwis can be strained to
water to pan to prevent burning. Cook and
remove seeds (or leave in). Blend in Meyer
stir berries until they begin to caramelize,
lemon juice. Kiwi base can be made 1 day
about 3 minutes. Add ¾ cup water and
in advance. Cover and refrigerate.
sugar to pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Add
To each glass, add 1 slice kiwi. Then
1 or 2 two slices habanera to pan. Cover
add 3 to 4 ounces kiwi base and 1½ to 2
and let steep 15 minutes off heat. Cool and
ounces nonalcoholic booze. Stir to com-
strain. Store covered in the refrigerator.
bine. Add ice and top with 1 tablespoon
Can be made 3 days in advance.
Berry Simple Syrup and 2 ounces (or
RAISING THE BAR Guzman Law Group attorney Marcus Chang brings strong leadership and passion to his approach to the law. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARISA GUZMÁN-ALOIA
arcus gives 200% of
documents for an amendment or restate-
himself at all times.”
ment of a trust are surprised by what their
That’s how attorney
documents stated versus what they under-
Denise M. Guzman,
stood their trust to say.”
founder of Guzman Law Group in Manhattan
While his primary focus is estate planning
Beach, describes Marcus Chang—an enthu-
and guiding clients through the administra-
siastic associate attorney on her team. “You
tion process of trusts or probate estates,
simply cannot teach someone that type of
Marcus also works closely with the firm’s
dedication,” she points out. “He is truly a
other attorneys in the business and litiga-
natural fit for the legal world.”
tion department. His knowledge of business
Helping others was at the heart of
formations and acquisitions serves the fam-
Marcus’ career selection. “I chose law
ily businesses he works with to create their
because I wanted to be in a profession
corporate succession and estate plan.
where I could directly help people,” he
Marcus is known for his collaborative
“I am part of a team that works efficiently and effectively to accomplish the goals of our clients.” natural ability to care about the client’s legal situation and use his talent, knowledge and
shares. “I serve as a guide—providing clients
style, and clients truly appreciate his sincer-
resources to guide and protect the client into
with options and information, helping them
ity and dedication to helping them accom-
the best optimal legal position.”
navigate the process, providing support and
plish their personal and financial goals. For
dealing with family dynamics.”
example, a client came to Marcus when
for the Los Angeles community—and clients
he was being sued for inaction as a trustee
from the West Coast to the East Coast—for
from UCLA and went on to complete his
of a trust. Unfortunately, prior to retaining
more than 30 years. With their wide breadth
law degree at Arizona State University. He
Guzman Law Group as counsel, the client
of legal services and collaborative approach
began his career in the Phoenix prosecu-
didn’t understand all of the requirements
that gives clients a competitive advantage,
tor’s office and joined Guzman Law Group
of being a trustee. Marcus used his skills to
this team of attorneys excels at protecting
in 2013 as an estate planning, trust admin-
negotiate a settlement on the client’s behalf
the wishes and objectives of both individuals
istration and business attorney. “With estate
with the disgruntled beneficiaries.
and family businesses.
Marcus earned his bachelor’s degree
planning,” he says, “I meet with wonderful
In another case, Marcus’ client was the
Guzman Law Group has been advocating
“I enjoy working at Guzman Law Group,”
people who want to provide for their fami-
trustee of her mother’s trust. During the
Marcus shares. “I am part of a team that
lies, friends or charitable organizations.”
process of selling her mother’s residence,
works efficiently and effectively to accom-
she discovered that the residence was not
plish the goals of our clients.”
Marcus is careful to ensure that everyone he represents is fully informed so they can
in the name of the trust—meaning the sale
make the best choices for themselves and
could not be completed. Marcus procured
their families. “I take the time to make sure
an emergency certified order confirming
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clients understand all of their estate plan-
the residence as an asset of the trust, which
1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 650
ning documents—and especially the legal
allowed the sale to close without delay.
language in those documents,” he explains.
“Marcus’ dedication to his clients is truly
“Often, clients who come to me with existing
unique,” says Denise. “His superpower is his
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Rise and Shine BROTHERS ROMAIN LECAT AND ALEXANDRE LECAT OPEN ONE OF THE SWEETEST SPOTS IN THE SOUTH BAY. Written by Kara Mickelson | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
After Romain Lecat and Alexandre Lecat created a small
Born and raised in and around Paris, Alex and
wholesale bakery concept in Downtown Los Angeles,
Romain would routinely have excellent espressos and
they noticed a developing customer base in the South
croissants for breakfast and a fresh baguette daily.
Bay. With the help of local supporters Alison Clay-
Romain refers to this common French experience
Duboff, Deborah Naumovski, Gulshen Kaur and real
as “quintessential Parisian” and “simply a cultural
estate developer Sarkis Kassardjian, the brothers opened
must.” So when they fell in love with and moved to
Sweet Wheat in Redondo Beach on the corner of Pacific
Los Angeles, they were determined to take this piece of
Coast Highway and Avenue G.
homeland with them.
Since their grandfather owned a classic French bistro in Paris, they grew up buying freshly made baguettes for their sandwiches and pastries at the espresso bar. For them, the aroma and sight of fresh-baked bread and artisan pastries was “a wow experience every morning.” Those childhood memories were the perfect foundation for their subsequent studies at l’École de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie de Paris. They always intended to open their own artisanal boulangerie and create special French-style food experiences for others. At Sweet Wheat, Alexandre is focused on production—ensuring they source the highest-quality ingredients and create delicious recipes that keep customers coming back for more. Romain handles the front-of-
“METAPHORICALLY, YOU MIGHT SAY THAT ALEX IS THE HANDS, I AM THE HEAD AND TOGETHER WE SHARE THE HEART [OF THE BUSINESS].”
house experience as well as all the back-end administrative work.
authentic and decadent pastry offerings keep people
They are thankful to be able to work together as
coming back. They also have many positive reviews
brothers, and their specific roles and responsibilities
online and a solid social media following, attracting
ensure that they share ownership of the business and
customers from short and long distances.
its continued success. “Metaphorically, you might say
The delicious aroma of fresh-baked pastries and
that Alex is the hands, I am the head and together we
bread and the eye-catching glass display filled with
share the heart [of the business],” says Romain.
French-style quiches, salads and baguette sandwiches
They attribute customer loyalty and enthusiasm
like jambon et fromage might make some wonder what
to the quality ingredients they use and the fast and
to try first. Romain’s personal favorite is the bostock,
friendly style of service. Sweet Wheat uses 100% French
a brioche-based pastry with almond cream filling and
raw ingredients. They make fresh bread daily, using
sliced almonds on top. He says, “If you are an almond
their own blend of flour from certified non-GMO whole
croissant lover, this may be your next favorite thing!”
grains that are free from additives and enzymes and are sourced in regional French mills. Then they follow a traditional levain method for
Romain and Alexandre want customers to know that they love what they do and are thrilled to share their deliciously sweet and savory offerings with the com-
their yeast dough, where the active starter for their
munity. They look forward to greeting you when you
baked goods takes several weeks to create. “There are
stop in for a treat or “grab and go” your favorite bakery
no cutting corners because we know our long, slow
and bistro offering for summer concerts in the park or
[proofing] and fermentation process ensures a complex
a beach-day picnic. It won’t be long before beachside
bread flavor that is proven to be better for digestion and
residents will be saying bonjour! ■
health,” says Alex. The “proof” is not only in the dough but also reflected in their rising popularity. So far, word of mouth and the new location get most people in the door. The
Raise a Glass THE MANHATTAN WINE AUCTION RETURNED IN PERSON TO RAISE $1.3 MILLION FOR THE MANHATTAN BEACH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. Written by Darren Elms | Photographed by Ken Pagliaro
The bottles. The bidding. The electricity of a community
Auction holds a special place in the hearts of our com-
reunited. The Manhattan Wine Auction roared back to the
munity members,” shares Manhattan Beach Education
South Bay for the first in-person event since 2019. With a
Foundation (MBEF) executive director Hilary Mahan.
sold-out crowd of 2,000 guests, there’s no debating that
“The outpouring of support—from the entire commu-
this beloved annual event was the hot ticket of 2022.
nity—is unmistakable year after year, but this year in
“It is clear that the tradition of the Manhattan Wine
particular was special.”
Featuring 45 South Bay restaurants and wines from
annual Paddle Raise to STEM (science, technology,
80 wineries, the festive event at the Manhattan Country
engineering and math). More than $250,000 was raised
Club dazzled guests with favorites like Boa Steakhouse,
for this important initiative, including a $100,000 con-
The Arthur J, DAOU Family Estates and Gray Whale Gin.
tribution from Chevron.
In the Center Court, a 10-piece band kept the party going to the final minutes. The MBEF 2022 Legacy Award was presented to
“MakerSpace and science labs in all of our elementary schools, STEM electives in the middle school, and a robust technology and engineering program at the
SKECHERS cofounder and president Michael Greenberg
high school have inspired our students to consider how
to honor his commitment to the Friendship Foundation,
STEM is incorporated into everything they do,” says
the Skechers Foundation and the annual Skechers
Hilary. “The partnership with Chevron over the years
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, of which contributions
has been instrumental in building the current STEM
to MBEF have totaled more than $2 million over the
programs, and the funds raised at the wine auction will
course the event’s lifetime.
build on this momentum to equip our students with
The MBEF board of directors also dedicated the
more opportunities for exploration and discovery.” ■
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Owners Ryan Kalil and Matt Kalil
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MORE THAN A SPIRIT Two brothers honor their family heritage through the age-old tradition of tequila. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY TAMEKA JACOBS
It all started in Mexico in the late 1800s. Jose Celaya made his first batch of tequila, and the rest was history. His homemade spirit became renowned with his family and friends. Fast-forward 150 years, and Jose’s great-great-grandsons Ryan Kalil and Matt Kalil are carrying on the family legacy with their premium, small-batch tequila company, Celaya Tequila.
“OUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL SHOWS THROUGH IN EVERYTHING WE DO.”
Both were professional football players after attending the University of Southern California. When they retired from the game, they had an
tequila in the market.” Ryan suggests: “Since tequila can be very
opportunity to redirect that energy into some-
personal with each consumer, trying one of
thing new. They’ve spent the past five years
our mixed bundles is always a good invest-
developing their spirit and brand.
ment to add to your collection.”
“We started talking about our abuela and
Celaya just partnered with Total Wine, and
her grandfather Jose,” says Matt. “As we
you can pick up a bottle at their Long Beach,
were reminiscing, we were inspired. What if
Redondo Beach, Rancho Cucamonga and
we developed a tequila just like our abuela’s
Pasadena locations, as well as Remedy
grandfather did? What if we built a business
Liquor in Glendale. They also offer their
around this spirit rooted in our family?”
tequila online at drinkcelaya.com. They will
Celaya Tequila is made from 100% blue Weber agave grown in Jalisco, Mexico. The
eventually distribute bottles to the entire United States.
company offers three types: añejo, blanco
“Consumers are becoming more and
and reposado. Blanco is bottled soon after
more comfortable purchasing their alcohol
distillation and is agave-forward with crisp
through e-commerce channels,” Matt points
heritage, and they are just as proud to
notes of citrus and spice. Reposado is deep
out. “Our goal is to advance this trend and
be the owners of a SoCal company. They
in flavor and easy to sip, with notes of dried
reach new consumers throughout the U.S.
want to get the word out to their South Bay
fruits, caramelized sweetness and a spicy
who want to experience a more refined ver-
neighbors. “We love where we live, and we
oak finish. Añejo is a dark tequila with strong
sion of tequila with authentic roots.”
want other locals to be proud of what we’re
notes of spice and barrel and a smooth, wood finish. “Our attention to detail shows through
But their tequila surpasses current trends— by a century and a half! “For us, tequila is
pursuit of our own tequila.” The brothers are proud of their Mexican
doing,” says Ryan. We know old Jose would certainly be proud.
much more than a spirit,” says Matt. “It’s
in everything we do—from our design and
woven into the fabric of our history. It is our
packaging to our service and the flavor of
passion to learn, understand and honor our
CELAYA TEQUILA DRINKCELAYA.COM
our tequila,” says Matt. “It’s the best-tasting
abuela and her grandfather through the
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shell game COMBINING A NEW ENGLANDSTYLE LOBSTER BAKE AND OUR LOVE OF COASTAL CALIFORNIA, THIS SHEET PAN SEAFOOD FEAST KEEPS THE PROCESS SIMPLE WITHOUT SACRIFICING TASTE. Produced, written & styled by Kara Mickelson Photographed by Shane O’Donnell Florals by Magical Blooms
SHEET PAN SEAFOOD BAKE Serves 4–6 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
Preheat oven to 425°. Stir Old Bay Seasoning into 1 stick of melted butter.
2 sticks melted, clarified unsalted butter or ghee
Slice garlic cloves thinly; set aside. Slice off tops of whole garlic heads and
4 garlic cloves & 3 garlic heads
drizzle with olive oil. Cut 2 lemons in half horizontally.
Add corn, sausage, onions, potatoes, garlic heads and cut lemons
to a sheet pan. Drizzle half the butter-Old Bay mixture over the veg-
4 ears corn, husked and cut into thirds
etables and sausage and stir to coat. Add salt and pepper.
12 ounces (about 4 links) andouille sausage, ¼-inch-thick diagonal slices
Cover pan and secure with foil; cook 18 to 20 minutes or until potatoes and corn are fork-tender. Remove from oven. Remove foil
1 red onion, quartered
and add shrimp, clams, mussels and fresh garlic. Drizzle with half
1 white onion, quartered
of remaining butter mixture and olive oil to coat. Reserve the rest of
1 to 2 pounds petite new potatoes
the mixture for the lobster.
salt and fresh ground pepper
Leave lobster tails whole or slice in half before cooking. Add to a
1½ pounds whole head-on shrimp in the shell, deveined
separate sheet pan and coat with remaining butter. Add both trays
1½ to 2 pounds fresh littleneck clams, scrubbed
back to oven and cook about 9 minutes, or until lobsters and shrimp
and purged 1½ to 2 pounds fresh or frozen mussels, scrubbed and debearded 4 whole Maine lobsters, 1 to 1 ¼ pounds each (or 4- to 6-ounce raw tails) **see “Lobster 101” for prep tips fresh parsley for garnish
are cooked through and clams and mussels are fully open. Discard any clams or mussels that don’t open. Lobster claws, knuckles and raw lobster tails will need 5 to 8 more minutes to fully cook. Toss seafood and vegetables together in a bowl or sheet pan. Add fresh chopped parsley. Serve with lemon wedges and melted butter at each place setting.
STEAMED BERRY LEMON GINGER PUDDING CAKES Makes 4 (5-ounce) ramekins 2 large eggs ½ cup fresh blueberries 1 cup high-quality blueberry jam 1 teaspoon cornstarch ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar, plus a pinch ¼ cup unsalted softened butter ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar ¼ cup whole cream 1 large lemon, zest and juice 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ice cream, crème fraîche or fresh whipped cream ½ cup fresh blackberries Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter or oil heatproof ramekins. Cut parchment and foil into 5-inch squares. Separate egg whites and yolks into bowls. Place whites in freezer for 15 minutes. To make berry sauce, place ¼ cup blueberries in small saucepan with 3 tablespoons water. Cook at low heat until berries begin to burst. Add 1 cup jam to pan. Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and add to saucepan. Stir over low heat until sauce begins to thicken. Reserve. Beat egg whites with stand-up mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or use hand mixer. Whisk on medium-high speed. Add pinch of cream of tartar when peaks begin to form. Whisk until peaks are stiff. Using rubber spatula, carefully transfer whipped egg whites (meringue) to a separate bowl, being careful not to deflate them. In stand mixer bowl, add softened butter and sugar. Switch to paddle
baking soda and ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar. Alternate, adding 1/3 flour mixture followed by 1/3 cream mixture into egg-and-sugar mixture. Beat thoroughly until all ingredients are combined. Remove mixer bowl and add ¼ cup meringue into cake batter. Mix thoroughly. Fold in remaining meringue; don’t overmix. Some white streaks will be present, and batter will be glossy and thick. Using slotted spoon, place 1–2 tablespoons blueberries from sauce
attachment or beat with wooden spoon until thick and creamy. Beat
in each ramekin. Fill ramekins with batter. Top with 1 tablespoon
in egg yolks one at a time until fully incorporated.
blueberries from sauce. Reserve remaining sauce.
Combine cream, lemon juice and zest, and ginger. In separate bowl, use fork or whisk to combine flour, salt, baking powder,
Butter one side of parchment paper. Mold over top of ramekins. Top paper with foil and secure with twine. Add trivet or steamer basket to Dutch oven or deep casserole dish. Add ramekins and fill bottom of Dutch oven with water so it reaches base of cakes. Tie a tea towel up and over pan lid before placing on the pot to keep steam in while cooking. Turn oven down to 325°. Cook cakes for 1 hour. Make sure there is sufficient water to maintain steam during cooking. Remove foil wrap, leaving parchment paper on cakes. Once cool, cover with fresh foil and refrigerate. Can be made a day in advance and served warm or room temperature. Run a knife inside the edge of ramekins and unmold cakes into serving bowls. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or crème fraîche. Add fresh berries and spoon reserved sauce over top.
SEAFOOD SHOPPING QUALITY SEAFOOD Feeling adventurous? Stop by the Redondo Beach Pier for some of the freshest seafood, including littleneck quahog clams, mussels, shrimp and lobster. 130 S. International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach; qualityseafood.com
H-MART This local Korean market offers fresh lobsters and whole shrimp at an affordable price. Stop by to confirm availability. 4340 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance; hmart.com
GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD This neighborhood market on the Palos Verdes Peninsula has the freshest catch on the hill. Call ahead to confirm availability or for delivery. Golden Cove Center, 31224 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes; greatamericanseafoodmarket.com
KAI GOURMET Place orders online for South Bay delivery of fresh seafood such as lobster tails, spiny lobsters, cockles and whole prawns. Also available for pickup after ordering. 1310 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo; kaigourmet.com
SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET Next Wave of Bantry has a line of frozen, cooked, readyto-eat mussels. The garlic and butter option are the best for our sheet pan recipe.
MAIL ORDER OPTIONS A premium service that offers a one-stop shop and easy delivery options for hard-to-find seafood, or complete seafood bake packages including dessert. Maine Lobster Now mainelobsternow.com The Lobster Guy thelobsterguy.com Lobsters Online lobsters-online.com
LOBSTER 101 Maine lobsters, also called American lobsters, are found on the Atlantic Coast of North America and provide wonderfully sweet claw and tail meat. Canadian lobsters are the same species with a harder shell. They survive longer out of water (72 versus 48 hours) and are slightly less sweet. Most of the grocery store lobsters you’ll find here are from Canada. Lobsters must be kept alive until they are cooked. Place live lobsters in the refrigerator—but not in a sealed plastic bag, so they can breathe. The ideal temperature for storage is 40°. Keep lobsters away from ice or fresh water. If you’re not cooking them right away, wrap them with seaweed or ask the fishmonger for some paper soaked in salt water from the lobster tank to keep them moist. To humanely dispatch the lobsters, numb them first by placing them in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes before cooking. For this recipe, we recommend partially cooking whole lobsters to prolong freshness and minimize cooking and tasks on the event day. Fill a stockpot (5 quarts or larger) a little more than half full of water. Bring to a boil and add a ¼ cup of salt and ¼ cup vinegar. When the water comes to rolling boil, use tongs to plunge the lobsters headfirst into the pot. Cook them fully submerged and in batches to avoid crowding the pot. Keep pot at a rolling boil for each batch. Cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until the shells turn bright red. Watch closely—don’t overcook. Tail meat should be firm and opaque. Stir halfway through boiling to ensure even cooking. Remove lobsters and transfer to a colander. Run cold water over lobsters or plunge them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process, then drain. Once cool, place lobster on a cutting board. Flip onto its back, and while grasping firmly, plunge a knife into the head to slice open. Leave tails whole or slice in half before cooking. Use kitchen gloves to remove the tomalley (liver), lungs and coral in the head/ body of the lobster and rinse with fresh water. Twist off the claws. Crack claws and knuckles with a lobster cracker. Meat keeps in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. ■
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Restaurant Guide The South Bay community is out and about, and our local restaurants welcome your business. We offer a closer look at venues ready to take your reservation and give you a wonderful dining experience.
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BOA Steakhouse & Sushi Roku
California Pizza Kitchen Where fresh and creative flavors collide!
Captain Kidds Fish Market & Restaurant
A distinctly unique steakhouse alongside
Find your next handcrafted favorite today,
Serving the freshest seafood in the South
a modern Japanese restaurant. Two
like our Chicken Tequila Fettuccine or
Bay since 1976. A Redondo Beach land-
new additions to Manhattan Village this
Cedar Plank Salmon.
mark in the heart of King Harbor. Multiple
fall. Now hiring!
indoor-outdoor patios and seafood Manhattan Village
3320 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
3110 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
310-796-1233 | cpk.com
209 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach
sushiroku.com | boasteak.com
310-372-7703 | captainkidds.com
COMPAGNON Wine Bistro
Savor an opulent array of epicurean
COMPAGNON Wine Bistro pays tribute to
Copper Pot Indian Grill & Café
delights along the scenic oceanfront at
the classic southern French bistros where
A modern take on traditional North and
Terranea Resort, including the crave-
good food, good wine and friends come
South Indian cuisine. Vegan, vegetarian,
worthy Friday Night Seafood Buffet and
together to create the special joie de vivre.
gluten-free options. All halal meat, fresh
Sunday Brunch Buffet.
nan breads, tandoor grills, curries and 335 W. 7th St., San Pedro
biryanis. Now serving beer and wine.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes
1511 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach
310-504-0777 | copperpotla.com
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dan modern chinese
Día de Campo
Minimalist, elevated dining with a mod-
A blend of old-school and new-school
We bring Spanish and coastal French
ern take on traditional Chinese cuisine—
Mexican. Join us for weekend brunch,
food with California soul to the South Bay,
made from scratch using centuries-old
dinner and happy hour!
alongside an innovative bar rooted in gin
techniques. Specializing in handmade dumplings and noodles.
that’s not to be rivaled. 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-379-1829
1810 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach
3160 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 140, Manhattan Beach
310-546-1588 | danmodernchinese.com
Great American International Seafood Market
JOEY Manhattan Beach
Handcrafted, locally and globally inspired
Our menu showcases the rich collisions of
Your local source for all things seafood!
menu offerings, like the Mediterranean
food and culture from the European colo-
Sourcing responsibly from around the
Bowl (pictured). Enjoy our new tropical
nization of Southeast Asia. Join us for lunch,
world. Ready-to-eat fresh salads, seafood
cocktail lineup in a lush oasis featuring
dinner and happy hour!
salads, hot soups and more available daily.
local artwork and an expansive patio.
Golden Cove Center
424-398-0237 | IG: @littlesisterrb
31224 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes
3120 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
830 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 100, El Segundo
310-750-6074 | greatamericanseafoodmarket.com
310-546-1163 | joeyrestaurants.com
424-835-9878 | IG: @littlesister_thepoint
247 Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach
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A traditional yet contemporary experience
What began as a four-month
Perfect Storm is an eclectic speakeasy
of elevated Mexican cuisine accessible to
backpacking trip culminated into a menu
restaurant specializing in lobster and
everyone! Part of the Cocinas y Calaveras
designed to take you to many cuisines:
oysters, open for dinner Wednesday
restaurant group, founded by Jesse Gomez
the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and
through Saturday and located next to Table
with partner/chef Jose Acevedo.
Manners. Be sure to check out their nightly all-you-can-eat lobster dinner special.
2041 Rosecrans Ave. #190, El Segundo
3212A N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
1611 S. Catalina Ave., Suite 150B, Redondo Beach
310-545-0388 | cocinasycalaveras.com
424-946-9002 | perfectstormredondobeach.com
R/10 Social House
For generations, our families have enjoyed
100% plant-based Italian restaurant serving
Located in Redondo Beach’s Marina, R/10
the tradition of homemade pastas, sauces,
house-made pastas and Neapolitan pizza.
Social House is a neighborhood gastropub
vino e dolci—and we invite you to partici-
Organic, sustainable, clean ingredients and
offering farm-to-table food, handcrafted
pate in that culinary heritage.
gluten-free options. Enjoy our full bar serv-
cocktails and a selection of intriguing,
ing natural biodynamic wines and organic
affordable artisan beers and wines.
24590 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance
craft cocktails with a sunset view.
310-378-4288 | eatprimo.com IG: @primo_italia
179 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach 320 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach
310-798-2500 | r10socialhouse.com
424-304-2247 | puravitalosangeles.com
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An upscale, family-owned restaurant
A new wave of coffee-making—optimized
A family-run deli offering a wide range
specializing in authentic cuisine from the
through the lenses of science, art and
of sandwiches, salads, fresh poké, break-
Abruzzo region of Italy.
social responsibility. Featuring whole
fast burritos, Sicilian-style pizzas and
bean coffee from around the world and
catering services. Monday through
cold brew concentrates on tap.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.
1908 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach
3180 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
Riviera Mexican Grill
Slay Italian Kitchen
Serving the best Mexican food in the
Fresh. Authentic. Innovative. A rustic
Steak & Whisky American Tavern
South Bay since 1996. Enjoy our famous
Italian, rotating menu featuring fresh and
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, by-the-glass
fish tacos and margaritas; multiple out-
dried pastas, meats, seafood, pizzas,
wines and classic dishes from our chef-
door patios. See you at the Riv.
local vegetables and wines from Slay
driven menu in the cozy ambience of our
Estate and Vineyard.
intimate dining room.
1001 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach
117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
934 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-318-0778
1615 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach
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The Rex Steakhouse
Cozy spot in Riviera Village serving
Seaside steakhouse focused on local
modern American comfort food and
markets and seasonality, crafted cock-
burgers with a twist. Also features great
tails and exceptional wine pairings. Our
daily happy hour and reverse happy
unparalleled event spaces boast sweep-
ing views of the ocean and the Riviera.
1611 S. Catalina Ave., Suite 150, Redondo Beach
221 Ave. I, Redondo Beach
if you are interested in being part of our popular restaurant guide next year, contact Amy at 424-220-6338 or email@example.com
Un Caffè Altamura
The South Bay’s original gastropub, with
Aligning classic sophistication with
locations in Redondo Beach, Hermosa
your daily wants, we indulge in the
Beach and Manhattan Beach. Locally
marriage of simplicity and quality.
owned since 2011.
Aperitivo Wine Bar launches later this month. Join the movement!
1707 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 418 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
1140 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach
1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach
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Everything is Connected BALEEN’S CHEF HUNG QUAN PAIRS VIETNAMESE TRADITION WITH LOCAL FARE. Written by Kara Mickelson | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
Chef Hung Quan coins his culinary philosophy as “roots
Vietnamese culture and its impact on his life and culi-
to leaves,” hyper-focused on seasonal and locally har-
vested ingredients “to nourish our body and soul.” Over
He speaks fondly of the fresh mangosteen, rambutan,
farmers in the community. The chef feels at home
dragon fruit, lychee, longan, the enormous guava and
bonding and cultivating these meaningful relationships.
traditional foods like hearty, nourishing pho. And he
So it’s no surprise that he considers the Wilson Park farmers market in Torrance his “happy place.” The outdoor market experience also provides a bit of nostalgia for his Vietnamese culture and roots. At 9 years old, Hung moved from Saigon to the United States. His father, Tan, was a prisoner of war. He was a guard at the military school and was captured, surviving on one bowl of rice daily for six years. When the war ended, the Quan family was fortunate
markets on the Mekong. His cooking style is deeply influenced by his mother and grandmother—both avid cooks. His grandmother would grow herbs in her garden on a “little spot” of earth. The dinner menu was mainly vegetarian. Once he began cooking, it wasn’t long before friends and family noticed his raw talent. His girlfriend encouraged him to attend culinary school. Hung graduated from Le Cordon Bleu school of culinary arts and
States. As a result, they did not have to endure a long
today is the executive chef at The Portofino Hotel &
and precarious ocean journey with the danger of pirates
Marina in Redondo Beach. Being a chef requires a fair amount of grit and per-
and the Philippines. Instead, the family flew out of
severance. Kitchen life is demanding. While you spend
war-torn Vietnam to the U.S.
most of your day preparing exceptional cuisine for the
Hung and the other family members did not speak
masses, when it’s time to wind down the day, a pack-
English at the time. His dad would send notes to
age of doctored-up, spicy Korean-style Shin Ramyun
Hung’s elementary school after studying the diction-
noodles or a quick fried rice might be all you can mus-
ary. Like many immigrants, they endured because of
ter, says Hung.
the support of their families and a determined spirit to
With the limited amount of time he has off, Hung
grow and thrive. Hung calls his dad a survivor and says,
strives for balance. He enjoys hiking or cooking with
“I’m a survivor too.”
his daughter. She is only 7 years old yet already fond of
He made his first and only trip back to Vietnam in his
making and eating American-style pizza with pep-
20s. He was 14 years older, yet the childhood memories
peroni. She enjoys helping make pasta and going to the
of noodle shops, sprawling rice plantations and those
farmers market with her dad.
amazing French baguettes strengthened his love of
muses about the unique Vietnamese floating water
to be sponsored by his uncle to relocate to the United
commandeering the ships in the waters off Thailand
He loves the outdoor markets of his home country.
the years, he has built deep connections with trusted
Chef Hung has cultivated and developed personal
relationships with several farmers at the Wilson Park market. He believes in supporting local farms and values the connections he has made. At the market, he curates the freshest ingredients for his menu at Baleen such as Asian produce from Thao’s farm, California fruits and heirloom produce from Black Sheep Farms, and beautiful stone fruits from Ken Lee’s farm. The vibrant, orange-yoked eggs from La Bahn Ranch are the best-looking and best-tasting for pasta dough, he says. Microgreen Mama is a huge supporter of Hung, teaching him how to grow his own microgreens. With so many options a click away online, Hung encourages shopping for locally sourced ingredients at farmers markets. The level of freshness is beyond anything you can get in a standard grocery store or market. Everything tastes better and lasts longer, he says. It’s not sitting in a warehouse for months or even years before you buy it. Instead, the farmers bring you their best ingredients straight from the farm. While the farm-to-table movement is now a bit cliché, Hung continues his focus on the whole experience from purchasing the ingredients to building a menu. It’s his philosophy of “roots to leaves” and how everything is connected. Perhaps it’s also a metaphor for his culinary pursuits, with a flourishing and vibrant career path inspired by his life growing up in Vietnam. ■
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Get It at Granny’s NEARLY A CENTURY AFTER IT OPENED IN HERMOSA, A LOCAL GROCERY STORE IS HELMED BY ENTHUSIASTIC NEW OWNERS. Written by Evy Gallagher | Photographed by Adelaide Brannan
“I love the pace, the people, the fact that it’s down by
quaintly for 98 years on Monterey Boulevard in
the beach,” says Lindsay Stockel, a Granny’s Grocery
Hermosa Beach and has recently switched ownership
employee. “[Betty and Voc] are so lucky to have such
from the long-standing Lemaster family.
a great group of people that will not only come in for
Beth “Betty” and Voc Gregorian could not be a more
their coffee but stay sometimes for an hour and hang
perfect fit as new owners and are still pinching them-
out. They are amazing people to work for.”
selves over their dream come true. The grocery serves
Granny’s Grocery & Deli is the epitome of a California mom-and-pop shop. The grocery has been sitting
coffee at $2 a cup, regulars are in and out all day long, and it looks like nothing has changed since it originally
opened in 1924—in a good way. The road to taking the helm at Granny’s Grocery started about 23 years ago for Betty. While she was in college, she lived down the street and visited as a regular customer. After college, Betty started working at Granny’s during her summers while she was teaching. It was also during that time that she met Voc, and the rest is history. Betty took extra shifts to pay her
“I LOVE THE PACE, THE PEOPLE, THE FACT THAT IT’S DOWN BY THE BEACH.”
apartment rent, and Voc would help her close up shop after every shift. When Betty lost her dad, she went to Granny’s to talk to the man who owned it at the time, Andre Klaser. She
first in line to be the next owner. In August 2021, she got the phone call about taking over the shop. Betty and Voc reopened Granny’s Grocery & Deli
said, “You always joke about when you win the lottery
in January with an almost seamless transition. The
you’ll give me Granny’s. I just want to know that if and
Gregorians were already well-versed in running the
when you’re ready, I could have a chance to buy it.”
shop, though Betty said it was more about “what
It was nine years ago when Betty found out she was
goes behind a business” that she had to get used to.
Fortunately, Voc’s father ran a 1920s diner and later on a market. Since 2002, Voc has owned a spa on Hermosa Avenue and 15th Street. The owners pride themselves on sourcing local as
The Gregorians were met with worries from regular customers about changing the menu, but that was not something they even thought about. What they did do
much as possible and featuring friends’ products—
is add a sandwich to the menu to honor their Armenian
making sure that everything they sell is the right fit
heritage—a vegetarian sandwich called The HYE Five
for the store. From Mongo Coffee Roasting Co. to
(“hye” translates to “I am Armenian”).
Hasi Bread and Toro Loco Salsa, if there’s a South Bay
Betty is currently finishing her 25th year of teach-
company you’re looking for, odds are you can find it at
ing and will soon take on her role at Granny’s full time.
Granny’s. Betty even wears merchandise from friends
Voc is a real estate agent but still manages to work at
and local companies to help support small businesses.
Granny’s “eight days a week,” according to Betty.
One of the most active parts of Granny’s is its fea-
it is the most popular sandwich on the menu.
The Gregorians appreciate the support they’ve
tured deli, with some of the town’s most sought-after
received so far from the community and look forward
sandwiches. The Longboarder is a vegetarian sandwich
to many more years of regular customers becoming
with optional meat, and while it may be a juxtaposition,
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More Than a Gateway A NEW HOTEL AND DESTINATION RESTAURANT PUT MERCED AND ITS AGRICULTURAL CORE ON OUR RADAR. Written by Darren Elms | Photographed by Tanveer Badal, James O’Neil & Aubrie Pick
If you’ve ever traveled up to Yosemite, there’s a good
throughout the property, so do the agriculturally rich
chance you passed through Merced. About 70 miles
farmlands of the region. Nowhere is that harvested
outside the national park, this small but mighty town is
goodness more on display than at Rainbird. Opened in
referred to as the “Gateway to Yosemite.” But the allure
February, this upscale, tasting-menu restaurant helmed
need not end there.
by executive chef Quentin Garcia embodies the Central
Good things are happening in Merced—many of
ing the area’s best producers. Rainbird also features a
area into a culinary destination worthy of a dedicated
curated wine list featuring both domestic and interna-
layover. Much of the buzz surrounding Merced is
tional small producers.
squarely focused on the renovated El Capitan Hotel and
to host music performances and serve comfort food and
lovingly restored, historic hotel and modern addition, El
drinks, including a variety of tap beers and local wines.
Capitan now boasts 114 rooms, including 12 suites. The
Mainzer also offers a game room complete with foos-
rooms pay homage to nearby star attraction Yosemite
ball, board games and our favorite: Skee-Ball.
And while Yosemite certainly inspires good taste
Down the street, a vintage theatre received a revamp
its signature eatery Rainbird. The beautiful melding of a
with camp-chic style, earthy tones and local charm.
Valley with a vegetable-forward program celebrat-
the delicious kind, helping transform the downtown
Yosemite is accessible via car, about a 1½-hour drive. But you can leave the car at El Capitan and take
a bus arranged by the hotel. It’s a great option if you
ranch hosts tastings of its incredible wines, including
want to skip reservations, save gas and enjoy the ride.
chardonnay, pinot grigio, cabernet and a brut sparkling
Oh, did we mention there’s free valet at El Capitan?
wine. Swing by the shop to take home a bottle or two.
Speaking of the drive, there’s lots to see just outside
Founder and master distiller David Souza welcomes
Merced. The Blossom Trail, which bursts with fragrance
guests to Corbin Cash, purveyors of sweet potato spirits.
in early spring, provides your route to Vista Ranch. This
Since 1917, the Souza family has grown sweet potatoes
beautiful outpost in the heart of farmland grows fruits
and Merced rye on their farm, branching out to 100%
and vegetables all prepared for lucky visitors. In addi-
estate-grown, farm-to-bottle, award-winning, gluten-
tion to wood-fired pizza and other delicious dishes, the
free spirits. ■
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on the go A FAMILIAR FACE TO PARENTS AND KIDS AT CLARK FIELD IN HERMOSA, HÉCTOR ALATORRE TURNED HIS POPULAR TACOS INTO A MOBILE SUCCESS STORY. Written by Evy Gallagher
| Photographed by Jeff Berting
While the scratchy speakers at
events soon became Héctor’s primary business, and
Clark Field play warm-up tunes for
he was catering approximately every two days. The
Hermosa Beach Little League, the
events and block parties he worked connected him
sizzle of a flattop grill and the aroma of grilled onions fill the little space between the field and snack stand. Cotton T-shirts that read “I heart Héctor’s Tacos” are worn by everyone
six months. After many calls and messages from Patrick, he agreed to talk about the possibility of Clark Field. Soon after, they met with Mark Mamber, president of Hermosa Beach Little League, who also did his best to convince Héctor. “What he was picking up on was des-
a long afternoon of baseball fans and
peration,” Mark adds. Right after that meeting, Héctor
Héctor’s Tacos originally began 30 years ago, says
added Clark Field to his increasingly busy schedule. He knew it was going to be a lot of work, but he wanted to be a part of Clark Field. However, his percep-
Héctor Alatorre, the man behind the business. Before
tion of what the games were like was slightly miscon-
Clark Field, before catering and before Héctor’s Tacos,
strued. “I never thought it was going to be this busy,
Héctor worked at El Torito in Manhattan Beach—making
and it’s busy,” he says.
tacos and understanding the science of perfecting them. During that time, Héctor and his friends often went
He’s at Clark Field whenever they need him, as there’s no set schedule. When Héctor’s Tacos is open,
to Schooner Bar & Grill for beers after work. He noticed
the menu consists of $3 tacos, burritos, quesadillas,
something missing: food at the bar. By the time mid-
breakfast burritos and churros. And there’s always rice
night rolled around, people were hungry. After men-
and beans and chips and salsa at their salsa bar.
tioning it to the bar owner and having a conversation
With high demand, Héctor and his team barely come
about needing a cook, Héctor got the job on the spot.
up for air. Chicken, asada, carnitas and pastor are the
He quit his job at El Torito and started working where
meat options for tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Each
Héctor’s Tacos was born.
meat option is compelling and perfectly tender, but
“They called it Héctor’s Hideaway,” he says of his
the carnitas makes a case that just might outweigh the
little kitchen. Many Manhattan Beach and Hermosa
others. It’s a fan favorite and for good reason. Juicy
Beach residents were locals at Schooner Bar & Grill, and
meat and grilled vegetables placed in a homemade corn
those first few South Bay customers ended up being
tortilla is everything you could need—the perfect taco.
crucial to the success of Héctor’s renowned tacos. But just as quickly as those customer relationships
There are 40 people on Héctor’s team, including his wife and six kids who help on the weekends
began, the owner of the property passed away and
when they’re not in school. While some of Héctor’s
Schooner Bar & Grill shut down for good. The rapport
older children help set up the salsa, rice and beans,
Héctor had built with his Schooner customers and the
his youngest daughter occasionally perches next to the
reputation of his mouthwatering tacos had people beg-
register on her iPad.
ging him to start catering, so that is exactly what he did. Word spread fast about Héctor’s Tacos. Catering for
member, who wanted Héctor to cook at Clark Field for
working, and Héctor is preparing for a lot of hungry boys.
with Patrick Tasto, Hermosa Beach Little League board
Then there is Oscar. If Héctor is the head chef, Oscar is his sous chef—his right-hand man. “I probably
couldn’t do this all without Oscar,” Héctor says. Héctor’s business, his family and his team are now deeply ingrained into the Clark Field community. Due to his catering business, he already had a relationship with many of the people who were there watching their kids play baseball. There were hardly any unfamiliar faces to Héctor. The love that he and the locals have for each other is more than evident. Even the Little Leaguers know Héctor and give him a wave as they walk by. “The kids are wonderful; they’re a big part of who I am,” says Héctor. Families give him cards to thank him for feeding their kids. The parents and even the Hermosa Beach Police Department are big fans of Héctor and his toothsome tacos. “I would love to continue to do it, and I’ll figure out how,” says Héctor. “I have to do less catering in order to be at Clark Field, but that’s something I’m willing to do.” ■
Make Tea, Not War MOVE OVER, COFFEE. TEA IS THE NEW HOT BEVERAGE IN TOWN. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Jeff Berting
“I think America has a weird perception of tea,” explains Chad Webber, owner of the new Racer Tea Bar
tea variations. “I went into the little tea and spice shop
with their pinkies up and flowers all around.”
and started buying loose-leaf and making it in my van.” Initially, Chad was just making tea for himself.
feels more like a speakeasy than a stuffy, raised-pinkie
But he caught the attention of those around him, and
establishment. It’s motorcycles and rock ‘n’ roll, with
eventually a friend suggested he start selling his blends.
a subtle nod to the classic ’50s diner. But before Chad
Chad tried his luck at a nearby farmers market, and
turned Racer Tea into the brick-and-mortar it is today,
his teas were a hit. As his popularity grew, he started
he was operating his business on the go from his van.
thinking, “OK, I’m in Missouri selling tea lattes made
Tea has been Chad’s beverage of choice for a long
with oat milk that are vegan-friendly, and it’s work-
time. “Personally, I’m over coffee,” he notes. “It al-
ing in Missouri? I’ve lived in L.A. before—I’ve got my
ways just tastes the same.”
hands on something.”
It wasn’t until he took a trip to Thailand and Vietnam
Chad, his van and his teas headed west, but with
that Chad really began to appreciate the taste of a
COVID-19 in full swing, the farmers market scene
good-quality, loose-leaf tea—and also its healing
wasn’t an option. He posted up in Venice and Santa
benefits. “English breakfast, for example, has natural
Monica and found success there. He paired up with
fluoride in it. It helps stop bacteria in your mouth and
a popular vegan food truck and piggybacked on their
helps prevent gum disease,” he notes. “The turmeric
customers in Downtown Los Angeles.
inside chai helps with inflammation. You have teas that
But he was missing something—a sense of commu-
help lower cholesterol, teas that help reduce stress, teas
nity—so he headed back to a familiar spot. “I used to
that provide more focus.”
“I THINK AMERICA HAS
And if you’re the type that relies on your morning caffeine fix, don’t worry. “Teas have caffeine,” Chad points out. “But it acts differently on our bodies. It’s a slower onset and a longer duration, so you don’t get that spike and then crash.” In 2019, after spending two months in Asia, Chad came back to the States. But he couldn’t find the same kind of teas he had developed a taste for abroad—not until he stumbled upon a coffee shop in Branson, Missouri. “I was working for a group called Bikers Against Drunk Drivers,” Chad says. “I was living in my van at the time, driving around the country. And there was this little coffee shop that sold this variety of London
It wasn’t long before Chad started making his own
in Redondo Beach. “Everyone is supposed to drink tea Tucked away on Catalina Avenue, the vibe at Racer Tea
fogs—it’s an Earl Grey with steamed milk on top of it.”
A WEIRD PERCEPTION OF TEA. EVERYONE IS SUPPOSED TO DRINK TEA WITH THEIR PINKIES UP AND FLOWERS ALL AROUND.”
live in Hermosa Beach,” Chad notes. “I needed return customers to build a community because there is power in numbers. The South Bay has that.” He started offering “sunset and tea” at the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. “I’d show up, and we’d all share a cup of tea at sunset,” Chad says. “I kept telling people I was going to open a shop, and it generated a lot of buzz.” When an opportunity to design his own space on Catalina Avenue presented itself, Chad got to work. “I pulled a lot of inspiration from speakeasies all around the world. I wanted to bring the rest of the world in here, so that way it feels like a little getaway.” Locals pop in for a quick beverage or take a seat at the bar and chat awhile. You can order from a mouthwatering toast menu or nosh on an acai bowl. It’s a perfect addition to the neighborhood, and Chad got what he was looking for: a sense of community. ■
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High Hopes OPERATING AN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS IN THE EVOLVING CANNABIS INDUSTRY ISN’T EASY, BUT DREW DIRECTOR ISN’T GIVING UP. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
Drew Director is a bit of a renaissance man. He gradu-
licensed by the state for recreational use. “Now that is a
ated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with
huge challenge. It’s incredibly hard to get a license for
dual degrees in business management economics and legal
cannabis—it’s a money pit,” he points out. But it was
studies. He almost went to law school, but instead he took
an internship and climbed the ladder over a decade at
Regardless of the success High Tide was having selling
Mister Cartoon’s Soul Assassins tattoo shop—an iconic Los
medicinal cannabis, the introduction of the legalization of
Angeles art studio notable for its fine line tattoos, celebrity
recreational use meant the medicinal field was changing.
clientele, and collaborations with heavy hitters like Nike,
“Because Prop 215 had been around for a decade, there’s
Apple and Pepsi. “It was a dream come true,” Drew says.
been medical cannabis in California for a long time,” Drew
While working at Mister Cartoon’s, Drew opened his own
explains. “Now it’s Prop 64: recreational and medicinal.
small business. “I had a store in Hermosa Beach called No. 4
So I worked as hard as I could to get a license, knocking on
on Pier Avenue. It was a skateboarding/streetwear shop.”
everyone’s door in Los Angeles, doing meetings and meet-
But the clothing industry is tough, and No. 4 was barely breaking even. When Mister Cartoon’s studio closed its doors, Drew closed No. 4 as well. It was time for a new endeavor, and as luck would have it, California was opening
ings: ‘Hey, I’m High Tide, these are our sales.’” And it worked. High Tide was licensed initially through a collaboration and then eventually on its own. “And that’s when we started losing money,” Drew says,
the possibilities for a new business venture. Cannabis was
“because it’s overregulated, it’s overtaxed. The operational
becoming legalized in the state for recreational use. But it
costs of being a licensed company are too high.”
was more than a new business opportunity that sounded appealing to Drew. “I started cannabis because I’m passionate about the
High Tide found itself competing with big corporate delivery services with seemingly endless pockets. “More than half the operators in California left the state to try it
plant,” he says. “Whether it’s used to help with sleep, to
in Oklahoma or Oregon,” he adds. “I’m the small-business
wind down at the end of the day, to cope with anxiety—
guy who’s actually providing the best service to the people,
whatever it may be, it’s a medical plant. I love providing it
and I can’t make it work. That’s the problem. My only op-
to people because I think it’s good for society.”
tions are to merge or get acquired. I wanted to start from
High Tide, a cannabis delivery service based in the South
the bottom, work harder than anyone else has, provide the
Bay, has grown into the #1 provider for the area. But it
best service and products possible, and have a successful
began as a small grow.
company from doing so. And the state of California isn’t
“At the time it was medicinal, so that’s what I was doing. I grew it and tried to sell it in bulk, but I was just
allowing that to happen. Period. That’s the story.” It’s disheartening, but Drew’s not ready to walk away—
breaking even. It was a wash; it went nowhere. I realized
especially from the clients who have relied on High Tide
I had to break it down—to go from cultivation direct to
over the years. “I think that’s something that makes us
consumer—instead of cultivation to bulk.”
different—how much we care about the community and
That’s when business at High Tide really started to
their experience with the plant. It’s not just a business for
flourish. “I was doing great. I was growing it, I was pack-
us. If you look at how we treat our customers and what
aging it, I was hand-delivering it to friends and family.
they say about our company, it’s evident.”
Those friends and family would refer me to other people, and I made profit.” It went on like that for roughly a year. During the second year, Drew’s focus shifted to getting
The future of High Tide is uncertain, but Drew’s belief in the healing benefits of cannabis and the positivity it spreads is unwavering. ■
you’ve got a friend WITH HER SOUTH BAY NONPROFIT BULLIES AND BUDDIES, JEN ROSEN SEEKS FOREVER HOMES FOR PIT BULL TERRIERS AND OTHER DOGS IN NEED. Written by Quinn Roberts | Photographed by Lauren Pressey
Bullies and Buddies founder Jen
be more hands-on. The nonprofit works with trainers
Clancy, a red-nose pit bull terrier,
and animal hospitals so the dogs can be evaluated, as-
was rescued by a volunteer after he
“I decided to make this my life. I am super passionate about it and wanted to make a change because I
Then two weeks into his foster care,
knew the dogs needed help,” Jen says. “I knew noth-
he was stung by a bee and went into
ing about starting a rescue, but little by little it started
“He was rushed to the hospital and died on the table,” says Jen. “Somehow they were able to revive
to grow thanks to social media and volunteers having connections that would spread the word about what we were doing.” Jen’s passion comes across immediately at adop-
him, and the whole team worked on him for over two
tion events or when she aids those who are volun-
weeks. He had a will to live.”
teering, fostering or adopting a dog. Tim Kastagir
Clancy’s is one of the most unique and powerful
saw that immediately. He lives in Redondo Beach
stories since Jen founded the nonprofit in 2009.
and adopted Clancy in September 2021. He was a
However, he is only one in a line of amazing rescues
bit overwhelmed the first few days, but he stayed
over the last 13 years.
in contact with Jen and she helped guide him in the
When Jen started a family, she and her husband—a huge pit bull advocate—decided to get a pit bull named
right direction. “Jen is so good at what she does. She gave me tips,
Lady. That dog became a part of their family, especially
and I felt this amazing sense of support. I knew I
as their daughter began to grow up. When Lady even-
could call her with any questions I had, because the
tually passed away, the family was devastated.
first few days I was a bit overwhelmed,” Tim says. “It
“We all went through depression, but I actually was hospitalized,” Jen says. “During my recovery I went to a shelter for the first time. Seeing how many bullies
didn’t take Clancy too long to settle in, and before I knew it he was a lap dog. He knows this is his home.” The nonprofit is at Rock & Brews in Redondo Beach
were there was crazy. I ended up taking a dog home,
three Saturdays a month from noon to 3 p.m. with the
and that was the first official Bullies and Buddies dog.”
dogs and often a core group of about 10 volunteers.
While Jen is trying to change the stigma associ-
Jen and the rest of the team hope the dogs will be
ated with pit bulls, the organization isn’t limited to
adopted at these events. Another goal is to find people
just that breed. It takes in all kinds of dogs, young
to foster dogs. If Bullies and Buddies can’t do that, it
and old, shy and outgoing. Bullies and Buddies fosters
can’t save the dogs.
between 10 to 20 dogs at a time. “It is amazingly rewarding when older dogs are ad-
What has changed so much from the time Jen began the organization is social media. While
opted,” Jen says. “You are giving them a safe place for
Bullies and Buddies used mostly word of mouth
the last part of their life. They go knowing love, and
and Facebook to promote itself in the beginning,
that is so important. It is the most rewarding.”
other social media platforms—especially Instagram
A big reason why Jen has chosen to foster that
sessed and trained to have the best chance at adoption.
spent two years in a local shelter.
number of dogs is that it allows everyone involved to
Rosen calls him the miracle dog.
(@bulliesandbuddies)—have been a big help. The
nonprofit currently has 20,000 followers. All of that has contributed not just to more dogs being fostered and adopted but to donations being made. Some people contribute monthly, while others make one-time donations. The money doesn’t just go toward the basics of caring for the dogs; it also contributes to medical expenses, which can be thousands of dollars depending on the state of the dog. “Social media has been huge. All it takes is one person to do something or say something. Whether we do donations or a foster, it is all about sharing—even if you can’t donate time or money,” says Jen. Thanks in large part to social media, the dogs are adopted by people in the South Bay as well as all over Los Angeles, Orange County and other parts of Southern California. Travis Twining and his family adopted Walter, a 120-pound pit bull, in August 2020. They lived in Santa Barbara and found out about
“I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT STARTING A RESCUE, BUT LITTLE BY LITTLE IT STARTED TO GROW THANKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND VOLUNTEERS HAVING CONNECTIONS THAT WOULD SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WHAT WE WERE DOING.”
Bullies and Buddies by chance. Looking to adopt after the family’s 11-year-old pit bull died, Travis randomly searched for pit bull rescues and came across the organization. Before they adopted Walter, Travis and his family followed his journey on social media and donated money when he needed elbow surgery. From there, the bond was made. Jen continues to stay in contact with the family to see how Walter is doing. As Travis says, “The relationship didn’t stop once we adopted Walter.” The Bullies and Buddies team is doing this simply because of their love for dogs. Plenty of times throughout the last 13 years Jen has gone on just a few hours of sleep, assisting dogs when they need special attention at the hospital or when other pressing issues come up. “Honestly, I think Jen is a hero and you can tell how much the organization loves dogs,” says Tim. “Their job never ends, and I know there is nothing Jen wouldn’t do for these dogs.” ■
Barks and Recreation IF YOUR DOGS ARE PART OF THE FAMILY, WHY NOT TAKE THEM ON YOUR SUMMER VACATION? HERE ARE FIVE OF THE WEST’S MOST FETCHING RESORTS. Written by Ginny Prior
Lady Gaga does it. So do Donnie Wahlberg and Glenn
owners’ laps as they enjoy everything from flamenco
Close. And it’s not just celebrities. So many people now
guitar to cabaret with vocals and piano. cypress-inn.com
travel with pets that it’s become an industry. A survey by Tripadvisor shows 53% of all pleasure travelers
TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE
sojourn with Snorkies and schnauzers and other four-
Fish Camp, California
legged friends. You don’t have to be well-heeled to
From the moment you enter this grand lodge, set in
treat your Fifi like royalty.
Sierra National Forest just outside Yosemite National
Here are five popular resorts and hotels that don’t
Park, you and your sure-footed friend have endless ac-
just cater to canines; they pamper them. We’re not
tivities to fill your day. Tenaya Lodge has its own pet-
talking just bones and a dog bed. Think chef-created
friendly nature trail that winds through the forest and
pet menus, yappy hours, even lounge seating at evening
along Big Creek—a tributary of the South Fork of the
cabaret events—all designed to make pets feel like they
Merced River. For even more water play, you and your
are on an escape as well.
furry companion can make the moderate 2-mile hike to Tenaya Falls. Dogs ride free on the nearby steam-
CYPRESS INN Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
powered Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. After a day of sightseeing, your pup can enjoy chef-
To say Carmel-by-the-Sea is dog-friendly is an un-
made dog biscuits, a special toy and a comfy bed for a
derstatement. Doris Day’s animal activism so made its
restful sleep. In the morning, while you’re sipping cof-
mark here that seemingly everyone has a four-legged
fee from the lodge’s deli, your dog can get a free “pup
companion. Stroll the streets of this quaint village, and
cup” of whipped cream. tenayalodge.com
you’ll see breeds of doodles and Danes you never knew existed. Carmel Plaza even has a designated dog drink-
LOEWS CORONADO BAY RESORT
At the forefront of this trend is Cypress Inn, the bou-
When it comes to pet pampering, this island resort near
tique hotel the actress owned until her death in 2019.
San Diego doesn’t just talk the talk. Loews Loves Pets
Guests with pups receive cozy pet blankets for relax-
was one of the first pet-friendly programs in the indus-
ing on the outdoor patio and drying off after a romp
try; the resort even hosted a dog surfing competition
on nearby dog-friendly Carmel Beach. In the evening,
for several years before Petco took it over. Dogs can still
enjoy live music with your pet in Cypress Inn’s 1929
hang 20 with custom-engineered surfboard rentals and
Spanish-style living room, Terry’s Lounge (named for
lessons from Coronado Surfing Academy.
Day’s beloved son, Terry Melcher). Sofas and chairs are often occupied by blissfully calm pups curled on their
On the property, Loews Coronado Bay Resort has a veritable water park full of activities for families, from
pools and hot tubs to ping-pong and cornhole. Pets on
like plush doggie beds, bowls, locally made dog treats,
leashes are allowed in the outdoor deck areas and can
tennis balls, maps of the dog-friendly trails and even
enjoy gourmet treats. The on-site market and eatery,
a welcome card from the resort’s four-legged mascot,
Silver Strand Exchange, has free banana-and-yogurt
or pumpkin-and-cinnamon dog treats as well as pet beds, leashes, collars, doggie pickup bags, and even
RITZ-CARLTON BACHELOR GULCH
litter and boxes for kitties. A gourmet in-room din-
ing menu for dogs is expected to resume soon, having
Check in at this hotel set within the year-round Beaver
been on “paws” during the pandemic. loewshotels.com/
Creek Ski Resort, and you’ll get an enthusiastic greeting
from a canine “ambassadog”—pups trained to greet guests. Bring your own pooch, and you’ll get a dog bed,
THE RESORT AT PAWS UP
bowl and treats. The resort even has pet-friendly rooms
on the elite Club Level for those discerning dogs who
This 37,000-acre property under Montana’s big sky is an
know luxury when they see it.
animal lover’s dream. In fact, the notion of a dog giving
Skijoring, anyone? The exhilarating Norwegian
a human a high-five inspired the name of the resort.
sport where a dog pulls a skier is just one of the many
Guests will find endless activities for enjoying the fresh
winter activities in the area, along with snowshoeing,
mountain air: 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and
ice climbing and downhill skiing. Summer activities at
horseback riding; a long, scenic stretch of the Blackfoot
Beaver Creek include hiking, biking, rafting and golf.
River for great fishing and boating; and every kind of
And if your pooch needs a play date, the resort has a
lodging, from luxury homes to safari-style glamping and
partnership with the nearby Wanderlust Dog Ranch.
their newest concept: elevated tree “hauses.”
There’s a cool list of tail-wagging amenities too,
as seen in
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la vida de los vinos CALIFORNIA NATIVE KRISTIN SHUTE CARRIES ON A FAMILY TRADITION OF PRODUCING QUALITY WINES IN MEXICO’S BLOSSOMING VALLE DE GUADALUPE. Written by Bonnie Graves | Photographed by Cintia Soto
Few industries appeal to career-
viticulture. Instead of merely buying an existing brand
changers as much as wine. The
or property, Ray took the time to train in both grape-
bucolic vineyard lifestyle, a simpler agrarian rhythm of seasonality … for many, the switch represents a retirement strategy or an escape from quotidian, indoor careers that don’t inspire. For a lot of restless Californians, that dream has led to places like Napa, Sonoma or
growing and winemaking. That commitment has resulted in a more holistic and authentic winery. The Magnussens’ friendship with experienced growers like the Santana family provided historicity to the Lechuza plantings that has resulted in premium grape material. In full circle now, the French Laundry of the north—way up in Yountville—currently features Lechuza’s wines on its list. Ray initially planted four key varieties in 2005: cabernet, nebbiolo, merlot and tempranillo. If you understand grape-growing, this quartet makes more sense than its
Santa Barbara. For Ray and Patty
diverse origins might suggest. Cab and merlot are ances-
Magnussen, that yearning sent them
tral to Bordeaux and now dominate sunny Napa, whereas
further south—all the way to Mexico. For years, the Valle de Guadalupe in the Baja
nebbiolo is Piemonte’s most noble if maddening Italian red. Tempranillo reigns in Spain and Portugal. Each of these varieties ripens at a different point in
Peninsula has been a sacred little secret among in-
the growing season, which makes for smart labor man-
dustry insiders. Because Mexico conjures associations
agement in the vineyard. Each produces wines that can
with tequila or mezcal in lieu of vinifera grapes, this
shine as stand-alone bottles or can be blended in ways
region has remained somewhat unknown and un-
that allow the grapes to complement and compensate
dervalued despite the world-class wines it produces.
each other in challenging vintages. This is a smart bet
Located about 70 miles southeast of the Tijuana and
to maximize your SKUs and potential harvest in any
San Diego border crossing and founded by Dominican
missionaries in 1834, the Valle community features
Building a successful winery is about more than
all the perquisites for fine-wine growing: a moderate,
growing quality grapes, though, and it’s here the
Mediterranean climate with diurnal shifts for ripening
Magnussens’ daughter, Kristin Shute, enters the picture.
grapes, cool Pacific breezes to preserve acidity and a
Kristin received her culinary training in Santa Barbara
variety of grape-friendly soils that can support a variety
and gained hospitality experience at various venues,
including a dude ranch where she met husband Adam
A fortuitous bike ride in 2002 led the Magnussens from Ensenada to the Valle, where they stumbled across restaurant Laja, then called the French Laundry of Baja.
Shute, a traveling cowboy. Kristin joined the family business in 2012, relocating south from California. In the 10 years since, she has worked tirelessly to in-
Excited by the dynamic cuisine and accessibility of the
tegrate hospitality experiences into the Lechuza brand.
area, the Magnussens partnered with local winemaker
“I really loved the community feel,” she shares. “North
Cuauhtémoc Santana and Lechuza Wines was born.
of the border, there was a complete disconnect from my
In contrast to many career-changers, Ray enrolled in the prestigious UC Davis program for enology and
neighbors. When arriving to the Valle, I found a sense of belonging.”
Some wineries grudgingly open tiny, spartan tasting rooms, while others open massive gift shops with kitschy décor and tchotchkes that don’t quite compen-
“We have a great opportunity to work with grapes from all over the region,” says Kristin. “Each lot that
team at Lechuza have done is create not just a welcom-
we either grow or source from has different microcli-
ing vibe but a full suite of culinary experiences that
mates, soil composition and water tables. By sourcing
invite guests out to the vineyard and into the heart of
from different locations, we are able to fine-balance
the final product. For example, I harvest two different sauvignon blanc lots: one being sandy loam soil with
ing my expectations,” Kristin says. “Finding ingredients
greener qualities and the other being red clay with more
to recipes that were not seasonal proved to be a personal
tropical notes. By blending the two, stylistically, we ac-
mission. However, I changed my perspective and started
complished a final product that lends itself to our fresh
a more farm-to-table approach. As a former culinary
seafood abundantly available to our region.”
graduate, this was a challenge I embraced.” Because the production of Lechuza is tiny—just 2,500 cases of six distinct wines—where and when they are showcased is very important. The best way to
As you’re planning your road trip south, consider ordering a few bottles to whet your palate. Lechuza wines are available in California via LMA Wines (lmawines.com). The 2019 Vuelo white is a somewhat unusual blend of
experience Lechuza is to get there. From an intimate,
sauvignon blanc and chardonnay that offers refreshing
five-course “By the Barrels” dinner inside the winery
notes of citrus zest and guava, while the flagship neb-
to a festive “Among the Vines” party of up to 75 people,
biolo is undoubtedly one of the best to be had outside
Lechuza invites you to experience its wines on-site
Italy. Because nebbiolo is such a tricky grape to grow,
such that you can walk the vineyard rows under the
Lechuza’s success with the variety is indicative of its
Baja moon or thief a barrel sample as a wine makes its
long-term commitment to the area and its willingness
way to the bottle.
to invest in world-class wines that can hold their own
This is one of the best ways to understand what the French call terroir—that ephemeral idea that one can
ises to inspire a new wave of aspiring winemakers.
sate for the caliber of the wines. What Kristin and her
“One of the most challenging aspects was recalibrat-
Lechuza offers an authentic Mexican terroir that prom-
against international competitors. Come for a Baja vacation; stay for the food and wine.
taste the place of origin in a glass of wine. The gen-
Lechuza will soon have you dreaming of your own
eral consensus among writers and sommeliers is that
second act. ■
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Torrance Memorial El Segundo Open House Torrance Memorial Medical Center along with Cedars-Sinai celebrated the opening of a new multispecialty medical complex in El Segundo with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community open house. The complex center, a blood draw station, imaging and various physician offices including primary care, pediatrics, OB-GYN, gastroenterology and other specialties. Keith Hobbs, Tom Priselac, Zachary Gray, MD, Craig Leach, Drew Boyles, Heidi Assigal
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Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament Torrance Memorial held its 36th annual golf tournament at Palos Verdes Golf Club. The day started with 136 golfers teeing off for the 18-hole scramble tournament and concluded with a silent auction, Rose Garden reception and awards ceremony. All proceeds support the Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute.
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“I love being part of a smile transformation. Refreshing someone’s smile or simply repairing a chipped corner can give patients the confidence they need to go out and show their best selves. It is a privilege to be part of that!” – DR. CHRISTINA L. HUTCHINSON, HUTCHINSON DENTAL
TOP DENTISTS U.S. News & World Report ranks dentistry as the #1 best job in health care. And it’s no wonder: Dentists have the opportunity to help people and to make their communities a better place. From implants to braces to cosmetic services to general dentistry, the South Bay dentists on these pages are restoring oral health and transforming lives right here in our neighborhood.
HUTCHINSON DENTAL DR. CHRISTINA L. HUTCHINSON
JAMES W. MELLERT, DDS AND ASSOCIATES DR. JAMES MELLERT, DR. JAMIE HOUCK, DR. STEVEN BROWN
SUMMER ORTHODONTICS DR. SUMMER L. BLAKE
DARYN T. NISHIKAWA, DDS, INC DR. DARYN NISHIKAWA
PERMADENT DR. PERRY R. KLOKKEVOLD, DR. MARIAELENA RODRIGUEZ, DR. LINDA R. YANG
BITA DAVOODIAN, DDS DR. BITA DAVOODIAN
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Christina L. Hutchinson, DDS
utchinson Dental is a family dental practice that mainly performs general dentistry procedures but also provides cosmetic dentistry and management of sleep disorders. Dr. Christina Hutchinson opened the office in 2015 and has been practicing dentistry for 19 years. Dr. Hutchinson graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2003 and spent the first five years of her career working in a private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She then moved to California and completed a general dentistry residency at UCLA. Following this advanced education, she was part of a private practice in Manhattan Beach for nearly six years before opening her own practice. WHAT IS HUTCHINSON DENTAL KNOWN FOR? Hutchinson Dental is known for honesty and consistency. We have very low turnover within our team, so patients build relationships and often trust the advice they are given. We are not the office that tries to sell anything; rather, we make recommendations based on what is best for the patient. We have excellent hygienists and offer a variety of restorative procedures. In addition, we have an exceptional network of specialists that we utilize when needed. WHAT IS A POPULAR TREATMENT YOU OFFER? My sleep apnea patients love the Panthera appliance. This one is milled from type 12 nylon, so it is super thin (less stuff in your mouth) and flexible (does not feel rigid). It maintains a specific posture of your lower jaw to support the airway. Patients can adjust the position themselves, which is like reducing the volume of their snoring (spouses also love it).
HOW DO YOU PROMOTE TRANQUILITY IN YOUR OFFICE? We are fortunate that we do not have to do much to maintain tranquility in the office. It is so refreshing to hear laughter all day and never have tension. Every team member gets along, and everyone pitches in to work as a team. This is the greatest team of women I have ever worked with, and I am very protective of them. Hutchinson Dental is a great place to work because we all have the same attitude of helping patients and each other. IN WHAT WAYS IS YOUR INDUSTRY CHANGING WITH THE TIMES? There is increasing awareness from patients, dentists and other medical specialties about the significance of the airway and how it impacts dental and sleep issues for patients. It has opened conversations with patients that previously weren’t taking place. Dentistry is playing a diagnostic role in this challenge, which has been positive for our patients. HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER, PERSONAL LIFE AND PASSIONS? I have a servant’s heart, which means I spend the majority of my day caring for someone or something. Whether it is my patients, my team, my husband, our dog or our garden, it is my nature to be a care-bear. However, in the interest of selfpreservation, I carve out time each day to do something just for myself. Whether it is running, yoga or taking the dog on a long walk by myself, dedicating time for myself allows me to reset and keep going. WHAT ISSUES DO OLDER PEOPLE FACE IN TERMS OF ORAL HEALTH CARE? Probably the most common problem I see with older adults is root decay. As patients take more prescription medications, they often have a dry mouth—which makes it
easier for bacteria to adhere to and damage teeth. It is so important to keep the mouth hydrated and clean, not to mention having regular checkups to diagnose problems before they become big ones. HOW DO YOU HANDLE DELIVERING TOUGH NEWS TO A PATIENT? There is no easy way to give bad news. It is best for the recipient that I am clear. I prefer to be concise and blunt. I am not one to sugarcoat or give false hope. But it does not end there; I remain available to answer questions and outline what happens next or just be of assistance however I can. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR OFFICE’S LOCATION? Hutchinson Dental is in downtown El Segundo, which is cozy, walkable and familiar. Patients often drop in to say “hi” simply because they are out and about, and it is easy to get out with my dog at lunch for walks through the neighborhood. It is a calm place to be, and I am grateful to work there! I am excited to practice in El Segundo and be a permanent fixture in the South Bay. WHAT ARE THREE WORDS YOU WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Hummingbird: I am always doing something. You will rarely find me still. Determined: I believe you can do anything you set your mind to. Introverted: You won’t find this girl at a social event. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS? It is a toss-up between Rome for the food and history, Vienna for its sophistication and art, and Tokyo for its charming people. COVID-19 has put a major kink in our usual travel, so I am looking forward to things calming further so we can revisit my favorites.
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JAMES W. MELLERT, DDS AND ASSOCIATES
James Mellert, DDS, Jamie Houck, DDS, Steven Brown, DDS
WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE KNOWN FOR? Our practice is known for generations of enhancing smiles through skilled and compassionate dentistry. Dr. Mellert is a thirdgeneration dentist, and Dr. Houck is a fourthgeneration dentist. The Mellert family has been practicing dentistry in the Los Angeles area since 1925. There are even a handful of patients who have been treated by all four generations of Mellerts. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? We offer all phases of dental treatment including teeth cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, bridges and implants. We also offer Invisalign, sleep apnea treatment, cosmetic
dentistry and gum grafting. Additionally, we take special care in treating children. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR PATIENTS TO SEE THEIR DENTIST REGULARLY? Skipping out on your checkup because of anxiety, cost or any other factor puts you at risk. You can wind up paying much more for a treatment that could have been avoided by simply seeing your dentist regularly. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR OFFICE’S LOCATION? Our office is centrally located by the Del Amo Fashion Center, which allows patients to easily travel from Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Long Beach, Santa Monica or Pasadena. WHAT SKILLS ARE NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS AS A DENTIST? Dr. Houck: Dentistry is a unique field, as it is a combination of medicine, artistry, psychology and engineering. All of these skills must be delivered with gentleness and compassion for a patient to have a great dental experience. This is what we strive to give every patient. WHAT ARE THREE PHRASES THAT DESCRIBE YOUR TEAM? Dr. Brown: 1. Committed to patient care and comfort. 2. Striving to achieve excellence in dentistry. 3. Enjoying the process. IN WHAT WAYS IS YOUR INDUSTRY CHANGING WITH THE TIMES? Dr. Mellert: Technological advances in dentistry are revolutionizing patient care. We have a cone-beam computed tomography system that allows us to view teeth and jaws in 3D for more accurate diagnosis and better treatment. To aid in surgical procedures, new therapies such as L-PRF utilize patients’ blood cells—aiding in the healing process of bone and gum grafting. Clear aligner therapy (Invisalign) has revolutionized adult orthodontics, resulting in excellent outcomes in a much more efficient time frame.
TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR WORK THAT OTHERS MAY NOT KNOW. Dr. Houck: I recently was awarded my Fellowship with the American Academy of Clear Aligners (AACA), which is the highest level of recognition for experience, knowledge and talent that a general dentist can achieve in the field of clear aligner therapy. Currently, there are only 59 Fellows of the AACA in North America. I am also on the board of directors for the AACA. I am passionate about providing the best Invisalign treatment for my patients. Straightening teeth through the use of clear aligners has allowed me to give patients lifechanging confidence in their smiles. WHAT DO PATIENTS LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR OFFICE? Dr. Brown: Patients appreciate our kind and caring staff—many of whom have worked with us for 20+ years. In taking care of generations of patients, our patients become like family to us. WHAT ISSUES DO OLDER ADULTS FACE IN TERMS OF ORAL HEALTH CARE? Dr. Mellert: The mature population experiences increased problems with dental decay on tooth roots, advanced periodontal disease and oral cancer. We strive to diagnose and treat these issues as early as possible and take a conservative approach to the prevention of future problems. HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER, PERSONAL LIFE AND PASSIONS? Dr. Houck: As a wife and mom of two toddlers, the balance of career and personal life is incredibly important to me. Some days it feels more like juggling than balancing, but I truly believe being a mom makes me a more compassionate and caring dentist, and being a dentist makes me a better mom—allowing me to use the different skills and passions God has given me.
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he dentists at James W. Mellert, DDS and Associates offer comprehensive and compassionate patient care through conservative and cosmetic dentistry. All three attended the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. The doctors have completed extensive additional education and training in all aspects of dentistry. Dr. James Mellert is a South Bay native and has been in practice for 40 years. Throughout his career, he has had special interest in periodontal surgery and cosmetic dentistry. He finds satisfaction in helping patients overcome their dental anxiety. Dr. Mellert’s daughter, Dr. Jamie Houck, joined the practice six years ago. She is grateful to practice alongside her father in the same community where she was raised. Her practice emphasis is Invisalign, and she is passionate about providing preventive and conservative dental treatment for patients of all ages. Dr. Steven Brown has been in practice for nearly 40 years and joined the Mellert team almost 30 years ago. He focuses on restorative dentistry, cosmetic bonding and sleep dentistry, including sleep-related breathing disorders and dental appliances. He has participated in seminars presented by the California Sleep Society and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Summer L. Blake, DDS, MS
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? Delivering the highest quality treatment is my top priority. Every decision I make in my practice is based upon one simple rule: Will this decision improve the patient experience? TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. I love our team. Not only are they all excellent at their jobs, but they are also caring, friendly and fun. They love getting to know patients (and their families) and genuinely miss them when treatment is completed. Creating beautiful smiles correctly takes teamwork, and I’m proud to say we have the best! Our staff is a huge part of making treatment a positive— and even fun—experience. WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? Seeing the confidence patients exude from their new smiles is really rewarding. However, I also enjoy getting to know each patient throughout their treatment. WHAT BENEFITS DO PATIENTS GAIN FROM THE SERVICES YOU PROVIDE? The beautiful smiles we create provide a lifetime of confidence for our patients. This confidence carries over into every aspect of their lives. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have such a powerful impact. We take great pride in helping our patients become the best they can be.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR SERVICES. It is never too late to have a confident smile. More than 40% of our patients are adults. Advancements in technology not only dramatically reduce treatment time (in some cases by as much as 50%) but can also offer a variety of hidden and inconspicuous treatment options. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE KIDS AND PARENTS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE? We LOVE working with kids! We have worked hard to create an atmosphere that is not only stress-free but also a fun place to be. It is not uncommon for kids (and parents) to comment on how good it feels to visit our office. WHAT STEPS DO YOU TAKE TO MAKE YOUR OFFICE A STRESS-FREE ZONE? Promoting a stress-free environment is a key part of the Summer Orthodontics experience. Beginning with the office design and continuing throughout our processes, each step is focused on patient safety and reducing stress. HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE PROVIDE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION TO PATIENTS? At Summer Orthodontics, exceptional results with an outstanding patient experience is our top priority. Every treatment plan is carefully considered to meet the individual goals of our patients. Each patient is unique, so every treatment plan must be customtailored to create their ideal smile. We work together with our patients to understand their treatment options and our recommendation. Throughout treatment we monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to achieve ideal results. HOW WOULD YOUR PATIENTS DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH? We work every day to provide a first-class experience for our patients. Based on the feedback we receive, patients appreciate the efficiency and professionalism of our office. We spend a lot of time and energy to ensure every patient’s time is valued. No one likes
waiting to be seen by their doctor, and we don’t like to keep patients waiting! TELL US ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF ORTHODONTICS. There is a technological revolution going on throughout our world, and orthodontics is no exception. Orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable and in some cases even invisible. There have been many advances in orthodontics over the years to increase patient comfort, reduce treatment times and produce beautiful smiles. The adoption of digital technologies such as scans and radiographs makes the diagnosis and treatment process more efficient than ever. Summer Orthodontics embraces proven technologies as a central focus of the patient experience. We are always on the lookout for new technologies and ways to provide exceptional patient experiences. Patients and parents often say, “This is not how I remember braces when I was young.” Our office embraces the best of proven technologies. We also offer complimentary consultations to help patients understand their options and our recommended treatment plan. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO THE FIELD OF ORTHODONTICS? While majoring in mathematics, I took a campus job working at the UCLA Dental School. I decided to apply to the school and was immediately attracted to orthodontics. There are so many factors that go into creating an individual’s ideal smile. I love finding the right solution for each patient and seeing the confidence they project. HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? We support a variety of community programs as diverse as the interests of our patient base. From education to sports to arts, we are engaged in supporting programs that put our patients’ beautiful smiles to good use throughout the South Bay.
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r. Summer Blake and her team at Summer Orthodontics specialize in creating smiles for children and adults, offering such treatments as invisible, metal and clear braces; Invisalign; and digital imaging. They treat a wide range of orthodontic issues including crooked teeth, crowding, spacing, protrusion, narrow arch, overbites, underbites, crossbites and deep bites. Dr. Summer completed her undergraduate degree and dental school at UCLA and earned both her master’s and her postdoctoral orthodontics certificate at Temple University in Philadelphia.
DARYN T. NISHIKAWA, DDS, INC
r. Daryn Nishikawa has had quite a few exciting experiences in his dental career over the past decade. After earning his dental degree at USC and completing a residency in hospital dentistry at UCLA, he went on to work as an associate for various oral surgeons and dental offices across Los Angeles County. In 2016 he was hired by SpaceX to develop and lead their dental department. He volunteers as a team dentist for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Team USA and the Los Angeles Football Club soccer team. He also has advanced training in treating those with severe medical, physical and mental problems who require special care, and he sees them in a traditional dental setting instead of a hospital. Dr. Nishikawa is the proud owner of his own private practice, which he opened in the spring of 2018. He and his wife, Camille, live in the South Bay with their son, Broderick. WHAT FULFILLS YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER? One of the many things that fulfill me about my career is being able to support and provide for my family. Secondly, being able to serve my hometown and provide a service locals can count on is also very rewarding. I am back home and happy and proud to serve this city and the many individuals who make the South Bay awesome! IN WHAT WAYS IS YOUR INDUSTRY CHANGING WITH THE TIMES? Fortunately for those of us working in the dental field and our patients, dental care has evolved from a primitive and often painful form of medicine to modern-day, state-of-the-art diagnostics and preventive care. This all starts with the education students are receiving in dental schools (and continuing education courses) and from the
depth of research that goes into perfecting procedures across the dental world—making them better, faster to perform with greater accuracy and more predictable. Cosmetic dentistry can whiten teeth and revitalize your smile. The metal-mouth look has been replaced by invisible braces. Computer-assisted design and computerassisted manufacture—technologies dentists use now for procedures like bridges and crowns—are more accurate and esthetic. The world of dental implants and its adjunctive procedures have revolutionized the way we can replace missing teeth and recreate smiles. Not to mention the use of artificial intelligence is starting to make its mark on dentistry and will soon be a very useful diagnostic instrument for detecting potential problems even earlier. GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS. Giving to charity—whether it be time, money or resources—is very important. Many of us working in the health care field are very fortunate to be in the profession that we are. Especially in the wake of COVID19, when many people lost their jobs and livelihoods, health care has remained relatively steady despite a slowdown due to government mandates. We are very lucky. One of the many ways I give back is through my involvement with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the members of Team USA. I volunteer my time and resources to take care of the many athletes who volunteer and sacrifice daily to represent the U.S. in world competitions. To me it is amazing, knowing that I am in a small way able to help them perform at their best.
WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2022? Being an avid golfer, I was able to check one of the many “dream” locations off my bucket list earlier this year and play the world-renowned Pebble Beach and its affiliated golf courses. What an amazing experience that was! My life goal is to tee it up in every state and play at the best courses in the U.S. WHAT’S ONE THING THAT YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD YOU DURING YOUR CAREER JOURNEY? Dentistry goes far beyond “drilling and filling.” There is so much more that makes this profession enjoyable and rewarding. The countless relationships you create with your patients and peers are lifelong. My advice to others: Networking from an early stage will go a long way in terms of opening new doors and bringing great career opportunities. Don’t let your job define you or your work consume your whole life and identity. Try to experience things outside work; it will give you more perspective on what your job is really like. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? I find myself motivated primarily by my family, friends and colleagues. I not only do what I do for them but because of them. They push me to be a better version of myself every day. Being able to say that I have treated my patients with the optimal level of care helps keep me motivated too. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS? My favorite travel destinations would have golf courses, good food and a beach. A location with all of that would be amazing, but I’d be happy with a place simply with delicious food! A couple of destinations at the top of my list are Australia and Japan.
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Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Linda R. Yang, DDS
or more than three decades, PermaDent has served the South Bay, specializing in implant dentistry and periodontics. PermaDent surgeons offer care for a wide range of services—from routine tooth extractions, dental implants and gum grafts to the most complex reconstructions involving bone and tissue regeneration and full-mouth rehabilitation. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE KNOWN FOR? Dr. Rodriguez: Our professionalism and commitment to individualized patient care are things we hear about often—both from our patients and the doctors who refer them to us. We comprehensively evaluate and recommend a course of treatment that will set up our patients for long-term success, which is unique in a world where health care is becoming increasingly less personal. Our ability to deliver exceptional esthetic results is where we shine—especially for patients who have not been successful before. IN WHAT WAYS IS YOUR INDUSTRY CHANGING WITH THE TIMES? Dr. Yang: We’re making great use of medical discoveries and looking more to integrated therapy and viewing the mouth as part of the overall health condition. Advances in medicine have improved our therapies with medical materials like growth factors and other bioactive proteins that help the body rebuild lost support around teeth. It used to be that harvesting tissue from the patient was the only option when attempting a soft tissue graft. We now have dermal matrices to successfully treat recession, and it’s far less painful for patients! TELL US ABOUT A UNIQUE APPROACH YOU TOOK TO SOLVE A PATIENT’S PROBLEM. Dr. Yang: One patient battled chronic periodontal problems for years with no response to conventional therapy. A culture and sensitivity test revealed a bacterial pathogen that was resistant to multiple antibiotics. The test identified an effective antibiotic treatment that was used to successfully resolve her periodontal disease.
TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF. Dr. Rodriguez: I was born and raised in Mexico. My access to education was very limited and, as a female, not especially valued or encouraged. But I was ravenous about learning. My family and I were migrant workers, spending five months a year in California and Oregon, and I was fortunate to have learned English along the way. When I was 19, I took a bold step and—against strong cultural norms—left my family in Mexico to come to the United States and dedicate my life to learning my profession. I have a reputation for working hard and being passionate about learning; both are a product of that experience. WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2022? Dr. Klokkevold: After 35 years at UCLA, I will retire from my full-time faculty position teaching periodontics and implant surgery to students, residents and practicing dentists. My academic career has been an amazing journey that gave me the opportunity to make significant contributions to dental education around the world. For the remainder of 2022, I look forward to time with family and continuing to care for patients at PermaDent. WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST JOYS IN YOUR CAREER? Dr. Yang: When my daughter entered dental school and stated that she found my specialty “kind of interesting.” WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT DENTISTRY? Dr. Klokkevold: I am grateful for the many things I have learned from colleagues, mentors, students and patients during my journey. I feel very fortunate to have pursued a career in academic dentistry. I have learned a lot, traveled the world and gained tremendous experiences. These opportunities enhance my ability to provide exceptional care for patients. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Dr. Yang: I am very fortunate to work with wonderful dentists who truly care for their
patients’ well-being and trust me to provide the best care possible. This motivates me, as we are a team working to provide overall health and function for our patients while keeping their best interests at heart at all times. WHAT ISSUES DO OLDER PEOPLE FACE IN TERMS OF ORAL HEALTH CARE? Dr. Rodriguez: As we age, many challenges present themselves, and oral health care is no exception. Since our oral health is directly linked to our overall health, a variety of problems can present themselves—from heart disease to pneumonia—when our oral health declines … not to mention how much enjoyment we derive from our food as we age! HOW DO YOU HANDLE DELIVERING TOUGH NEWS TO A PATIENT? Dr. Rodriguez: I try to be honest and transparent with every patient; I don’t beat around the bush. I work hard to educate patients so they are empowered and understand their options, as well as the prognosis of each. I know we can help, and I am confident about the difference we can make in people’s lives. HOW DID THE PANDEMIC PERMANENTLY CHANGE THE WORLD OF DENTISTRY? Dr. Klokkevold: The pandemic changed many things for everyone and every business including dentistry; however, we were already practicing good infection control using universal precautions. We continue to be confident in our ability to prevent disease transmission. WHAT IS “EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT CARE”? Dr. Klokkevold: Exceptional patient care means providing high-quality treatment with comfort and compassion. It means taking the time to listen, understand and appreciate the concerns of each patient. An essential part of exceptional patient care is communicating exam findings and treatment options in a way that is understandable so each patient is better informed. We believe that educated patients are more engaged and empowered to achieve optimal oral health for life.
23430 HAWTHORNE BLVD., SUITE 345, TORRANCE | 310-325-9969 | PERMADENT.COM
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BITA DAVOODIAN, DDS
r. Bita Davoodian was born in Southern California and raised in the South Bay. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco and is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Western Los Angeles Dental Society. She has worked in the dental field for the past 20 years and opened her private practice in Redondo Beach in 2012. For the past 11 years she has been a clinical restorative instructor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FIELD OF DENTISTRY? I am dedicated to creating beautiful, longlasting smiles and maintaining the oral health of my patients. I deliver the highest quality dental care in an atmosphere of warmth, kindness and respect because I believe that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE KNOWN FOR? Our patient-centered practice offers comprehensive dental care with an equal commitment to preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We spend as much time with our patients as they need to understand the treatment and feel comfortable and relaxed. We strive to deliver the highest quality dental care in an atmosphere of warmth, kindness and respect. Patients constantly express how comfortable they feel from the moment they walk into the office to the time they leave. I accomplish this by treating all my patients like family. I perform every treatment with a steady and gentle touch, combined with the most modern technology and practices to ensure our patients have the best care possible. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE AFRAID TO VISIT A DENTIST? Let our office know about your fears. We explain each procedure and give you an opportunity to ask questions beforehand,
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full-mouth rehabilitation, I also address patients’ overall health, including airway and TMJ evaluation. I am recognized for working hand in hand with physicians to treat patients with oral appliances for sleep apnea. WHAT DO YOUR PATIENTS LOVE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE? The best feedback I have received was from an 8-year-old patient when she told me that the procedure was so gentle, she did not feel a thing. She said she had found her new dentist and she couldn’t wait to come back because she loved being in my office. It was so rewarding to have such a young patient enthusiastic about the health of her teeth and visiting a dentist—especially after hearing later about her unpleasant dental experiences in the past. WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF OUR TEETH? Please be sure to brush your teeth a minimum of twice each day and floss between the teeth at least once each day. I suggest using an electric toothbrush, and my favorite is Philips Sonicare. Not only is it effective in cleaning teeth, but it comes with a UV sanitizer that helps kill up to 99% of the bacteria on your toothbrush. WHAT PRODUCT DO YOU RECOMMEND? We highly recommend Invisalign®— a series of clear, BPA-free plastic trays that many patients prefer instead of traditional braces. Instead of being cemented to your teeth, Invisalign trays are easily removable when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. HOW DO YOU ENHANCE YOUR PATIENTS' SMILES IN A MINIMALLY INVASIVE WAY? Teeth can be affected by discoloration, spaces, gaps, chips and misalignment. A conservative way to repair any of these problems is bonding combined with enamel shaping. No anesthesia is required, and results can be seen immediately. For further information please visit our office for a complimentary consultation.
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Knives Out GELATO MAMA TEACHES HER TEENAGE SON THE JOYS OF COOKING. Written by Emily Tecklenburg | Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino
“Is this the toaster oven or the microwave?” I stared at my 15-year-old son—gauging the level of seri-
sudden realization that OH MY GOD, SOMEONE FED ME EVERY
ousness with which he proposed this question—then an-
DAY FOR 18 YEARS HOW PLEASE SEND HELP I MISS MY MOM
swered: “It’s the toaster oven.”
AND HER SPAGHETTI, and then he’ll call me and move home.
Followed by, “Are we sure you made the honor roll?”
Or more likely, he’ll burn his food and eat it anyway, just as
Which was met with an eye roll.
I did while struggling over a hot plate in a cramped dorm room
This encounter, while amusing, simply made me realize that
all those years ago.
I am a failure. Because apparently for the last 15 years, I have
So in preparation, we stand together in the kitchen, and I
been raising a human who cannot differentiate between small,
gently direct my son on a few basics. Remind him that eggs
basic kitchen appliances. And I have only myself to blame.
are best low and slow. Don’t forget the butter. Put your thumb
Well, actually, I blame my assertive efficiency. Sure, others
here on the knife and rock it, don’t chop it. Absolutely always
refer to it as “control issues,” but I think we can all agree that
butter both sides of your grilled cheese, add mayo if you feel
me doing everything exactly the way I want is 100% more ef-
crazy. Don’t be afraid to flip it more than once. But never flip a
ficient than everyone else doing it wrong and making a mess.
burger more than once. Medium rare is always right, and never
While raising young children, this efficiency was a protective
embarrass the family by overcooking pasta. Don’t forget to salt
instinct that comes along with small humans actively de-
the water because salt is your best friend, along with pepper.
stroying your home. But with my young adults this efficiency
But your very best friend is butter. Clean hands will always be
is backfiring, and now I must untangle this mess to ensure
your best tool. The right pan changes everything, and chicken
my son doesn’t blow up his college roommate’s microwave
will take twice as long as the recipe claims. When in doubt,
and can make something other than pizza rolls. So I conjure
call your mama and she’ll assertively and efficiently talk you
teenage-proof patience, brace myself for willful stubbornness
and announce to my son that it is time to learn how to cook. I’ve always shown my love through food. I’m no Ina Garten,
struggling over a hot plate in a cramped dorm room with the
And don’t forget: The most important ingredient will always be love.
but I can roast a delicious chicken and my pasta will never be
anything but al dente. I know these are things my kids don’t
necessarily appreciate presently, but I relish the idea of my son
Now go wash the dishes. ■
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