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SB LIFE & STYLE from the editor
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dinner with a colleague and she was posting Instagram stories of some of the dishes. Trying to help, I was about to airdrop her a photo of the garnished butter lettuce leaf on my plate, then stopped upon the realization that “Nobody wants to look at a piece of lettuce.” And that’s largely how I feel about New Year’s resolutions. It’s not fun to stare at a plate of lettuce. Or a gym wall. Or a daunting commitment. So for this January/February issue we took a fun approach to kicking off 2019. Still healthy and refreshing, but by no means plain. Read on for endless ways to better your life while still enjoying it. Take notes on manifesting from Celine who wrote New Year New You…Seriously This Time. The article is a crash course on how to make your life the way you want it. I’ve attended a couple of her Sattva Soul retreats and events, and can attest to how inspiring and life-changing her teachings are. (P.S. we are partnering with Sattva Soul for another event on January 19th at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Come!) Once your mind is refreshed as can be, move on to your body. Up your activewear game (and outdoor workout routine) with inspiration from Pushing The Limit. Outside free ellipticals across from East Beach? We’ll take it. Next, refer to our wellness section to go from not knowing which latest health fad to believe, to understanding which supplements your body may need and how they work. And then there are our recommendations for what to eat in the New Year. Get a taste for the hottest (read: spiciest) new restaurant in the Funk Zone, Tyger Tyger, and our all-time favorite Mexican restaurant, Los Arroyos. Or try a bunch of local restaurants for a great price during Santa Barbara’s second annual Restaurant Week. Supporting local businesses and treating yourself to thoughtfully-made food? It’s a win-win. Here’s to a New Year, a fresh way of thinking, and not Instagramming your lettuce when you could be eating tacos at Los Arroyos.
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26 | NO RESERVATIONS ABOUT SB RES TAURANT WEEK Set menus, not alarms; Santa Barbara’s tastiest tradition returns.
28 | 20 YEARS, 7 RES TAURANTS, 1 FAMILIA Los Arroyos on family, food, and 20 years of excellence.
wellness 32 | THE PATH TO WELLNESS How Flora supplements are keeping us in top-notch health.
34 | C ALLING ON COLL AGEN Beauty fad or lifelong must? We get the truth on collagen.
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76 | VIETNAM HIDEAWAY Diving into a world of unknowns in Vietnam...and loving ever y minute of it.
78 | IT’S THAI-M TO REL AX A week exploring Thailand’s finest, from the city to the beach.
82 | 48 HOURS Kicking off the New Year the Santa Barbara way.
TIME Out with (some of ) the old, and in with the new you.
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52 | PUSHING THE LIMIT There’s nothing lazy about this athleisure.
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SB LIFE & STYLE dining
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[Roar...] There’s nothing quite like it elsewhere in Santa Barbara, that’s for sure. That’s what I soon find out when I meet my friend for lunch at Tyger Tyger, a brand new “fast-fine” dining concept in the Funk Zone focused on ThaiVietnamese influenced cuisine. It’s one of three offerings in a new marketplace that occupies a former fishing net warehouse on Yanonali Street. Dozens of bright pink lanterns wrap around the overhang of the exterior, calling attention to the building well before we step inside. Although the place isn’t busy yet, it feels lively thanks to vibrant pops of color throughout. Hundreds of hot pink lanterns, the same ones seen outside, immediately draw our eyes up, and we notice whimsical wallpaper that decorates the ceiling with saffron yellow canaries and intricate blue clouds. To our left is a line-up of items for sale, including tea, spices, decorative parasols, and woven baskets. After taking it all in, we finally hone in on the large menu, featuring an array of mouthwatering dishes like crispy chicken wings, pork belly banh mi, and
weeping brisket. As a line starts forming behind us, we hurry up to the counter to place our order, then head to take a seat at a communal table with Thai iced teas in hand. I take a sip of my iced tea, getting a hit of sweetness from the condensed milk, which slowly cascades like rivers of white to the bottom of the glass. My friend shows me the bag of tea she purchased, excitedly mentioning that she’s been on the hunt for hibiscus tea for a while. As I think that I may need to go back and check out the offerings, our first dish arrives. Fresh cilantro, thinly sliced red onion, and crushed peanuts overflow from the bowl, hiding the main star below: curried noodles and pork. If it tastes as good as it smells, we’re in for a treat. Not wanting to wait for the rest of our order, we take hot pink chopsticks and dig in, savoring the mix of aromas and flavors that overwhelm our senses. Within a minute, the next dish is brought to our table: a crispy rice salad with grilled albacore tuna and avocado. Each bite offers a pleasing crunchy texture, thanks to the crispy rice,
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cabbage, and red onion, enhanced by creamy avocado, delicately grilled tuna, and a welcome hit of acid from the lime. Our next dish, the pork larb, is brought out, offering another set of delectable aromas that fill the air. Having overheard someone raving about this dish before we ordered, we don’t hesitate to try it ourselves. Showcasing a spicy mixture of minced pork, vermicelli, and lettuce, it’s topped with peanuts, fresh mint, and a heap of fried shallots. Each bite satisfies with salty, savory flavors, boosted by a kick from the spicy chili oil. My friend and I catch up on life between bites, noticing the place is now bustling with hungry patrons, which adds a lively energy that matches the colorful vibe of the space. I see a few people around us eyeing our food (not-so-nonchalantly) before asking what we ordered, smiles not withholding once they realize they ordered the same thing. Just as we think we’ve had enough, the final piece of our order arrives at our table. Yes, we’re starting to get full, but yes, we will make room for the Vietnamese crepe “banh xeo,” essentially a crispy, savory crepe. Filled with shrimp and duck confit, we break off pieces and layer them inside tender leaves of butter lettuce, making tasty little Vietnamese tacos. Bl ac kS
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Before we leave, we grab a coffee from adjoining Dart Coffee Co., a local roaster offering fair trade organic coffee. She orders the Eloisa, a Mexican chocolate mocha, while I land on a Turmeric Ginger Chai, vowing that next time we’re going to make a stop at the market’s ice cream counter, Monkeyshine, for an exotic cone of toasted rice or black sesame softserve and load it up with all the fixin’s. As we walk outside into the bright sunshine, we joke that we may return with our husbands this weekend, both of us laughing because we’re serious.
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ABOUT SB RESTAURANT WEEK Written by Kim Hashemi Photographed by Silas Fallstich
Foodies, get your forks ready for Santa Barbara’s second annual Restaurant Week! February 22 through March 3, 2019, with participating restaurants from Carpinteria to Goleta, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the city’s finest establishments and experience an array of multi-course meals all at a fixed price. With $25 twocourse lunch and $40 three-course dinner offerings, spanning classic American and International, fresh seafood, and vegetarian cuisine, the dining possibilities are endless. Restaurants will showcase signature dishes that will keep you coming back all year round. The 10-day event doesn’t stop at delicious food; take the opportunity to explore wine tasting rooms and unique food pairing experiences. For out-of-towners or locals curious about experiencing Santa Barbara’s exceptional hospitality industry, hotels will offer special deals on accommodations during the week. SBRW proudly announces Jordano’s and Pacific Beverage as Grand Cru Sponsors once again. Jordano’s offers special pricing for participating restaurants during this event, reducing food costs for prix-fixe menus, which helps the restaurants remain profitable. SBRW has also partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation, ProStart, a two-year culinary arts and hospitality management program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The California Restaurant Association Foundation enhances ProStart programs by connecting schools within the industry by way of field trips, guest speakers, mentoring, grants, competitions, and scholarships. The event is organized by chair and owner of Santa Barbara Uncorked LLC, Leslee Russell-Garafalo, who is a pioneer in the restaurant industry and manager at Tre Lune in Montecito. Co-chair Hope Zweig is currently with the compliance and management company Restaurant Solutions. Leslee and Hope share a passion for the culinary community and created Santa Barbara Restaurant Week to give restaurants a boost during off-season and encourage locals and visitors to experience Santa Barbara’s flourishing culinary scene. There’s no better time to eat your way through Santa Barbara and get a taste of the city’s culinary talent than during this 10-day event.
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20 YEARS, 7 RESTAURANTS, 1 FAMILIA Photographed by Silas Fallstich Written by Meghan Kelly
What does it take to successfully run a restaurant for two decades and counting in a restaurant scene as fluctuating as Santa Barbara’s? For Maria Arroyo, business partner to Tony Arroyo and co-owner of Los Arroyos, the secret to longevity in the restaurant industry is happy employees, happy customers, and consistently phenomenal food. Los Arroyos celebrates 20 years of business this year. Its story began when a boy with a dream, Tony Arroyo, immigrated from Mexico to Santa Barbara in 1983, and it continues to unfold to date. Upon entering the newest Los Arroyos location in Solvang, I am welcomed by Diego, Maria and Tony’s 15-year-old son. Meanwhile, Maria floats around the bustling restaurant, greeting guests and ensuring that every single person is taken care of. The familial nature of Los Arroyos is instantly palpable. I’m invited in by the bright splashes of color that fill the space. By implementing decorations brought straight from Mexico, like beautiful wood and iron pieces for lighting, and a vibrant landscape mural by local artist Pedro de la Cruz, Los Arroyos creates a colorful symphony that provides a lively and fun ambiance. It unites the modern and trendy with the rustic and authentic, and this dichotomy is reflected in the food they serve.
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Diego, an evident entrepreneur-in-training, presents me with a bowl of toasty chips and an assortment of fresh salsas. “The salsa quemada is my favorite,” he says as he slides me a bowl of bright green puree. Each salsa is bursting with flavor. You can taste the authenticity, the quality of ingredients, and the love. Cheesy? Maybe. True? You bet.
that communicates just how happy this fastpaced industry makes her.
Maria joins me as I sip on horchata and proceed to devour the steaming enchiladas in front of me. She sighs with exhaustion as it is the end of a busy weekend, yet she manages to deliver me a warm, inviting smile
Los Arroyos opened its first location in Downtown Santa Barbara in 1999. According to Maria, the restaurant scene in Santa Barbara looked a little different back then. “In 1999 the scene was quite simple,” she
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“Our goal was to be as authentic as we could be with the best, cleanest, tastiest homemade food and a family environment,” says Maria. “Our recipes come straight from Tony Arroyo’s mom. Beans, rice, everything.”
explains. “It was not full of the hip, fun, sassy, and trendy atmospheres that we have now. It was definitely mostly the mom and pops of Santa Barbara.” The restaurant’s inception came as a response to the lack of middle-tier Mexican restaurants in the area. “There were higher-end Mexican restaurants and then plenty of inexpensive Mexican restaurants. Los Arroyos is something right in the middle with the price range and the atmosphere.” Over the last 20 years of business, Los Arroyos has continued to grow and expand, with five locations in Santa Barbara County,
and now one in Carmel, Indiana. Despite economic recession, natural disasters, and local competition, the restaurant has encountered sustained success. “I’m going to get emotional about it,” says Maria as she wipes away the tears rolling down her cheeks. “We couldn’t have done it without our loyal, loyal regulars, and our staff. That’s pretty much it. We just keep going, and it only sustains itself because of our staff and our customers. I’m just really grateful.” That sort of passion for one’s craft is irreplaceable.
This employee satisfaction translates seamlessly over to customer satisfaction, which is the final component to 20 years of success for Los Arroyos. Its deep resonation with the Santa Barbara community can be attributed, according to Maria, to its repeat and longtime customers. “We cater towards the family,” she explains. “Some people in the restaurant industry cater towards millennials or other demographics, but ours is families. It’s knowing their names, knowing their kids’ names, watching them start families of their own.” It is this very commitment to customer service that keeps locals coming back time and time again, and keeps Maria personally happy with her work. “I guess that it’s always been in me to be of service. The whole idea of hosting somebody, making them happy, having their food made the way they like it and enjoy it makes me happy.” For the future, Maria hopes for business as usual for Los Arroyos. “As a family-run company, we hope to build a few more stores, but not grow too, too much bigger. We’re still keeping it family owned—no franchising—and eventually leaving it to Diego to keep running if he chooses.” Whether it be for taco Tuesday, happy hour, or dinner to-go, Los Arroyos continues to thrive as a Santa Barbara County staple.
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Los Arroyos is the perfect embodiment of a familyowned local favorite. It has lifelong employees and even second generations of families working there. Their first employee, Guillerma Demazo, still works for Los Arroyos to date. “We treat our employees like they are our extended family” says Maria. “We take care of each other. We’re a team. And we have a good time, we really do.”
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SB LIFE & STYLE Health
TH E PATH TO
WELLNESS Written by Kim Hashemi
hile the New Year brings about resolutions related to enhancing well-being, health should be at the forefront of our minds all year round. To get my health routine on track, understand how my body absorbs nutrients and learn which products are best for what, I called up Dana Remedios, Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner for Flora, a natural health company offering supplements, teas, vitamins, oils, and snacks. I’m always searching for the best of the best when it comes to wellness, so I was excited to try products from Flora.
The next subject on my quest for optimal health is iron, an essential element of hemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood. Dana explains that without enough iron, the body is unable to create enough healthy red blood cells, resulting in low energy levels, pale skin, and brittle hair and nails. Floradix Iron + Herbs, the best-selling natural liquid iron supplement in North America, helps combat iron deficiency through promoting the creation of healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells, and its liquid form allows for easy absorption and assimilation.
First and foremost, keeping my immune system strong is top priority. On Dana’s recommendation, my new secret weapon is Flora Elderberry Crystals. Providing a burst of antioxidants and immune support, the tiny purple crystals are the perfect supplement for that about-to-get-sick feeling. Whether you’re feeling low in energy or have a scratchy throat, the recommended dosage of Flora Elderberry Crystals mixed into your favorite smoothie or simply stirred in cold water helps fight off that cold. By taking this supplement before flights and when I feel a cold coming on, I am excited to say that it has kept me sick-free for months.
To give my fitness resolutions a boost, I try Omega Sport+ oil, which is designed with performance and recovery in mind. It’s an essential supplement for everyone from avid athletes to occasional gym-goers. Including omega-3, -6, and -9, plus MCTs for energy, turmeric for recovery, and vitamin D to support strength and bone health, the oil helps you push boundaries in your fitness routine.
While not being sick feels good, I want to feel great. To make that happen, Dana introduces me to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). She notes that it has been scientifically proven that our brains need specific omega-3 fatty acids, one of which includes DHA, a mood enhancer that promotes focus, and supports memory, brain, eye, and heart health. A great source of omega-3s is fish, as they get it from consuming algae. Flora’s DHA Vegetarian Algae supplement allows for you to get in your omega-3s sustainably—going straight to the source, making a great option for vegetarians and vegans. Finishing my two month supply, I recognized a noticeable shift in my mood, with that 3 p.m. sluggish feeling completely diminished. With such positive and noticeable effects in a short period of time, I added Flora’s DHA Vegetarian Algae to my daily routine.
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As one of my goals for the year is to stress less and incorporate more self-care into my life, Dana tells me about Flora’s Holy Basil tea. Holy Basil (also known as tulsi) is one of India’s most sacred herbs, used to promote well-being and a sense of peace. The caffeine-free tea blends revitalizing tulsi with rooibos to create a rich-tasting beverage, which gives you an instant sense of relaxation and peace within the first few sips. If the way I feel didn’t completely make me appreciate Flora products, Flora’s sense of obligation towards the health of their customers and the environment did. Non-GMO ingredients of the highest quality, the utilization of organic farming practices, and extensive quality testing ensure every product is the purest and most effective possible. With over 100 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Flora clearly knows what works. Hello, optimal health!
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I can’t be the only one wondering how to look younger than my years. To get to the bottom of rumors regarding collagen, I meet with Dana Remedios, Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner for Flora, a natural health company. Collagen supplements, vitamins and beverages are all the rage but how does collagen actually help hair grow, keep skin glowing and strengthen nails? Dana explains that collagen on its own is not sufficient for hair and nail growth because it supplies only amino acids for collagen production, but we need amino acids plus nutrients (namely vitamin C and silica) to build collagen. Our bodies create over 12 types of collagen, some of which is very hard, creating cartilage and tooth enamel, while
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others are flexible and used elsewhere in the body including blood vessels. The combination of silica, collagen (which is a good source of amino acid proline), and vitamin C in the Florasil supplement allows your body to build its own collagen from the ground up, helping support the growth of flexible nails, healthy skin, connective tissues, joints, and bones—an unbeatable list of benefits! Further, Florasil taken in conjunction with Flora’s Acerola Powder (the richest plant source of vitamin C) also aids the body in creating its own collagen. Acerola cherries pack an antioxidant punch helping to maintain a healthy immune system. Healthier and more youthful looking? I’ll take it.
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NEW New YOU...
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We’ve all heard the saying “new year, new you,” but let’s be honest, being a “new you” doesn’t happen overnight and all those exciting resolutions you’re anticipating setting for yourself are most likely going to be nothing but a distant memory by spring. So why does almost everyone have the same experience with New Year’s resolutions? We set resolutions at the start of the year, we make an attempt at keeping them, but little by little, they fall to the side. If we’re setting ourselves up for failure then what’s the point to begin with? I’m sure you’ve heard the quote; the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, isn’t it insane to set unrealistic goals at the same time every year, out of habit, why? Basically, just because every else does? And why are we putting all this effort into them when we know we won’t maintain them? Obviously, we start out with the best intentions, I’m not saying we’re intending to give up…or subconsciously are we? Most of us, or maybe it’s just me, already know that we could be in better shape, save more money, and be more responsible in many other ways. We know it intellectually, but we get busy with life, even without lofty resolutions to attend to.
So ultimately, year after year, we eventually run out of steam and give up on our resolutions when we realize that life will go on, whether or not we lose ten pounds, pay off our credit cards, or fix our other problems. Instead of setting New Year’s resolutions this year, why not try something more productive, something for the long haul? Skip the resolutions and aim to manifest some visions for your life and career. If you’re going to dedicate the time to making goals, skip the guilt tripping and create a vision for living your highest purpose, something that you can aim toward but doesn’t have an end
date—or at least one that can fade away by April. We want to invest our money and time wisely, so investing in long-term goals seems smart, right?
Okay, so you see the logic, but where to start? A life vision sounds huge! But, if broken down it’s really simple, so start small and keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm yourself and let your mind wander, don’t censor yourself, in the writing world we call the first draft the “vomit draft” (excuse, the lack of Queen’s English) where you let all your ideas pour out onto the paper. Now, let’s get your life’s “vomit draft” going by asking these questions:
1. What do you want most in your life and career? No censoring! Imagine the life and career you want, not just incremental changes from the life and career you have now.
2. If you gave yourself permission to dream really big, what sort of life and career
would you envision? Now, give yourself that permission! Nobody is holding you responsible for realizing your dream (like they may be for New Year’s resolutions), and you don’t have to tell anyone about it.
3. What stands between you and the life and career you envision? Maybe you have
to leave the place where you live and move somewhere else to realize your dreams (I know I did). Maybe you need to go back to school, or start fresh on a new career path. These goals might seem enormous and daunting. Please don’t stress about that right now. You’ll live with your dream by writing and thinking about it. You will let it become real in your imagination first (also known as manifestation, which is a bit of a buzzword right now). Later it will become real on earth.
4. Figure out which people in your life support you, and which people suck
your energy away. Make a commitment to only surround yourself with people who appreciate you, give you the gift of support, and who you support in return, because we all deserve that! Even if you have to go out and meet new people to do it, bite the bullet and ditch the energy vampires. That might be the best thing you could do for yourself in 2019. Especially now as you are on a quest to fulfill the vision of living your soul’s purpose, and we all know that having the wrong people around will squash your dreams before they have a chance to take shape.
5. Use affirmations to keep your energy positive and acknowledge
yourself for the hard work you do every day. To help you reinforce your progress toward a positive, full life, try speaking affirmations in your mind or out loud. Here are some affirmations to get you started: My future is bright, and I have nothing to regret or apologize for in my past. There is no such thing as failure, every experience is either a win or a lesson. Not everyone has to get my brand of jazz. I only need a few people in my corner who get me and deserve me. Everything that has happened to me happened for a reason. My job is to get on my path and keep taking steps. What new power source will show up to power your dreams forward in 2019? The best power source there is—your belief that you deserve the life and career you want. Forget the New Year’s resolutions. You could lose weight, save money, and tick off another dozen to-do items and still never take a step toward the life and career you deserve. The way to reach your vision is to dream it up in as much detail as you like—and then to take the first step in its direction!
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A Five-Star Approach to E nvi ronment al E ducation Written by Meghan Kelly
am greeted by sea vistas and smiling faces as I enter The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara lobby, trimmed with an extravagant tropical floral display and dotted by jewel-toned loveseats. It is, of course, a newly renovated five star resort, so my expectations are already set high. Impossible as it may seem, my environmental-focused weekend for the grand launch of Jean-Michel Cousteauâ€™s Ambassadors of the Environment Program at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara exceeded my expectations.
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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara stands as one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic resorts, and for good reason. It sits atop 78 acres of lush beachside grounds and boasts a star-studded guest list. The rooms are light and airy with an entirely Mediterranean feel thanks to the abounding white linen contrasting against the polished deep-brown wood interior. Within minutes of walking through the resort grounds, the dichotomy of immense extravagance and profound relaxation becomes apparent. It’s easy to lose oneself amongst the resort’s pristine white architecture, rolling hills and epic ocean view, but I can’t forget what brings me here in the first place. This year, renowned environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau brings his Ambassadors of
the Environment Program to The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. It is one of four Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide to offer this unique awardwinning program. The program is designed to inspire both guests and locals to embrace the natural wonders of our locale. With hands-on activities and an immersive educational itinerary, the Ambassadors of the Environment program brings mindful tourism to even the most luxurious institutions. Jean-Michel Cousteau is President of the nonprofit organization Ocean Futures Society. His planner is likely brimming with important meetings with major-league heads of states and other high-ranking figures, but spending a weekend with him, it becomes clear that he is a child at heart. He constantly pokes fun at his environmentalist @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 39
counterpart, Dr. Richard Murphy, and throughout the weekend Jean-Michel can be found playing tag with young children or cracking wise comments during informative speeches.
“the program i nten d s to i n s p i re g u e s t s t o exp l o r e a n d p r o t e c t n at u r e ”
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The weekend kicks off with an “ecohike” in which the group is guided by Cousteau and his team of naturalists through nature trails that surround the resort. Throughout the hike, Cousteau stops the group to point out different types of wildlife and explain their roles in the coastal ecosystem. The ecological commentary is paired with playful demonstrations to further immerse participants in the naturalist experience. He heartily shakes a shrub branch in front of us to demonstrate how seeds are dispersed in nature. The fluffy seed pods cover me from ponytail to Lululemon leggings, and with a head full of feathery seeds I
beat on. (If Jean-Michel Cousteau shakes seeds all over you, you walk around with seeds all over you.) The hike concludes with an informative walk along the waterfront in which Cousteau and Murphy demonstrate their keenness for marinebiology. The two happily and readily dig their hands into the sand in search of tiny organisms or anything else that peaks their interest. As Dr. Murphy passes around a scoop-full of sand loaded with tiny crabs, the team of naturalists explain that the presence of sand crabs is indicative of a healthy beach. The intriguing and educational conversations that I encounter in participating in the Ambassadors of the Environment Program are endless. Of course, no weekend at the Bacara is complete without a meal at the resort’s signature Angel Oak. We reconvene for cocktails and mind-blowingly delicious appetizers (like beet and goat cheese macaroons) followed by dinner. We are seated under the stars atop Santa Barbara’s coastal bluffs as we share a delicious ethically sourced
surf-and-turf dinner complete with the largest salmon I have ever laid eyes on, a rainbow assortment of root vegetables, ceviche, oysters, and compelling conversation with Jean-Michel and the Ambassadors of the Environment team. “Santa Barbara is the perfect location for this program,” says Sara Welsh, the lead Ambassador for the Ambassadors of the Environment Program. “The resort sits on the largest stretch of undeveloped coastline in Southern California, so it’s a true look into nature.” The immersive program is bound to be a hit among children, young adults, and families alike. Through activities like the ecohike I participated in, coastal scavenger hunts, stargazing and more, the program intends to inspire guests to explore and protect nature, and leave their stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara with a new perspective for a more sustainable future.
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have a childlike enthusiasm for everything, even the most mundane things, such as hand sanitizer. Thankfully the majority of my life is more interesting than rubbing my palms together, for instance the diverse opportunities and destinations I visit. When someone recently invited me to stay at an oasis of calm in the epicenter of a thriving food scene, I put my dietary restrictions on hold, booked a direct flight from Santa Barbara, and pointed my eclectic appetite towards downtown Portland. A two hour flight and I’m in an amazing corner, five stories above ground in Hotel Lucia. The panoramic view from my room looks up and down Broadway and Stark. It’s walking distance from everything you’d ever need—shops, food, breweries, donuts. With a hungry, eager heart and my girlfriend in tow, we depart for our first of many feasts. We head down Stark on foot and within minutes we come upon a menagerie of food trucks. Without a word being spoken we break apart, headed for separate vendors. When we reconvene, I have a fried coconut tofu dish that has an insane aroma of coconut and yellow curry. The tofu is probably the best I’ve ever had, crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. When I was a kid, my brother and I called tofu toad food, in only two bites my mind has been permanently changed. My girlfriend offers a traditional spicy
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tuna roll that’s surprisingly fresh and has one of the most flavorful and spicy sauces I’ve had. With our appetites temporarily appeased we move on. Start your day at 4 p.m., I dare you. We are two sips into the Nitro Hair Bender Cold Brew at Stumptown Coffee Rosters and very quickly becoming aware that this won’t be our traditional Thursday afternoon. We didn’t come to Portland to be passive. We are here to feast and be merry. We retrace our steps back across Broadway and end up at Beer O’Clock for happy hour. An eclectic beer bar with over 30 rotating taps on draft and the best retro wallpaper I’ve seen in recent memory. The space is crowded, full of life and both the indoor and outdoor seating is full. We grab two pints and head to the outdoor picnic tables. We cheers, pull our beanies a little lower and breathe in the crisp air. We have more beers than I can remember. The first: Bone Clouds-NHarmony. It offers a juicy tangerine aroma with quick tropical notes. It’s a 7.2% IPA but has a subtle bitterness and more juicy mango flavor on the finish. If there weren’t 30 other beers on draft I would stick with this all day. We conclude our bender off with a round of Dos Mas, a Mexican lager that’s straightforward, light and easy to drink. Just a few doors down we pop into Lardo for the tail-end of their evening happy hour. For $15 we get a mountain of garlic fries and two juicy IPAs. We watch the evening commuters, our sobriety quickly rotating out of sight like the flow of people, and before long we retire early to the
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subtle calm and comfort of our Hotel Lucia room. We eagerly search for a movie and I begin browsing the pillow menu, one of many unique Provenance offerings. We watch Talladega Nights, both happy and content in our king size bed, we order a simple room service meal of calamari and a burger before calling it a night. I’m a restless sleeper. Unless I’m completely exhausted I fidget, roll around, do mountain climbers, amongst other things, while attempting to get five hours of sleep in an eight hour night. At Hotel Lucia I sprawl horizontally, I have no idea if my girlfriend is in bed or not, the bed seems to go on and on forever. Not to mention I sleep like a comatose princess, the mattress a doughy cloud of comfort. My half asleep brain can only process one thing: don’t wake me up until I’ve had a donut. Everybody and I truly mean everybody deserves some Voodoo magic when in Portland. I don’t usually reach for donuts, they aren’t really my thing, but Voodoo Doughnuts aren’t donuts they’re a way of life, and everyone has a personal invite. For
breakfast we lethargically climb out of bed and walk five minutes to Voodoo Doughnuts. The morning line is dwindling and we quickly order a traditional maple bar and an O Captain My Captain, because it’s breakfast. We get our goodies to-go and stop at Stumptown for coffees on the way back to the hotel. We eat our treats and sip our brew in the lobby. It’s quiet, spacious and the decor and art make it feel like an art gallery turned contemporary luxury hotel lobby. The art includes the largest single black and white collection of photographs by Pulitzer Prize winner David Hume Kennerly, a silver underwear sculpture made from crayons, which is easily the most unique piece of art I’ve ever encountered, as well as countless other pieces, coffee table books, and architectural finishes. The lobby is both unique and unforgettable— two standards Provenance Hotels work tirelessly to regenerate for each guest. After a slow breakfast we drive out to the Columbia River Gorge, @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 63
one of my all-time favorite outdoor destinations. A recent fire has left many of the falls inaccessible but three of the towering waterfalls are open. We visit each, catching crisp chills from the spray of water. The morning sun backlights the different viewpoints, creating an ethereal feel. There aren’t many visitors, so we take our time at each destination. Walking in close proximity at times and at others exploring on our own. This is a sacred place, full of trails, hidden swimming pools, backwoods waterfalls, and so much more. But for today we car hop between the three relatively close waterfalls. It’s tranquil, mellow and easy.
in quite some time and I couldn’t be more content.
On the way back into town we stop at Shut Up and Eat. We start with a boozy gin punch and order two Whole In The Wall Breakfast Lunch Sandwiches. When the sandwich arrives I realize why it has been named such, served on a huge 3-inch biscuit, with applewood sausage and eggs, this meal is everything. It combines everything I love about Portland, it’s simple, rustic, comforting, and filling.
It isn’t long before we are called to dinner at the in-hotel dining venue Imperial. We’ve dismissed our casual clothing and dress the part of luxury hotel aficionados. Sitting at the bar top we get a first-hand glimpse of the kitchen and can feel the heat coming off of the exposed ovens. It’s cozy and inviting, yet offers an upbeat feeling to dining that I enjoy. We start with cocktails and the server recommends the New Money, Imperial’s variation of a Manhattan. This is so much more than a single drink, it’s an entire experience. Beginning with the way that it’s crafted. The concoction’s base is single barrel Four Roses bourbon, blended with Nardini Amaro, an Italian digestif, Cocchi Vermouth is added, then the fun really begins. They begin carving a massive crystal clear ice cube off of a block of ice. When the drink is set before you, your anticipation and excitement is hand sanitizer level. The drink itself is softer and more delicate than I expect, with a boozy punch. It’s dangerously good.
We split the afternoon between shop hopping around Broadway and reading in our comfy corner room. Half of the room is composed of windows and the natural light in the afternoon is bright and refreshing. We open the windows to let in some of the street noise. This is the most relaxing afternoon I’ve had
We need food to accompany our spirits. We start with oysters that seem to disappear from our table as quickly as they arrive, they’re fresh and delicious. For dinner my girlfriend orders the fried chicken while I opt for the 33-ounce rib eye. Which sounds ridiculous. I’m not entirely sure how we finished off the
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entire rib eye. But somewhere in-between multiple rounds of drinks, a conversation fit for Ernest Hemingway, and a plethora of table-side banter, we did just that. I’m a little confused, embarrassed, proud, and forgetful of the manner in which we ate 33-ounces of the most memorable steak I’ve ever consumed. But grateful that this experience, like so many in Portland, won’t soon be forgotten. Hotel Lucia is so many great things. The recently renovated rooms offer luxurious respite, an organic mini bar, natural brand toiletries, and a Bluetooth clock radio. It’s a boutique hotel that is on the National Register of Historic Places with contemporary decor and an art collection that even the artsiest of us can appreciate. While all of these things made a cumulative impression on my hotel experience, why this trip lingers so positively in my mind is due to the unforgettable moments and at the apex of each was our Provenance host. The consumption of a 33oz steak, Voodoo magic in bed, a Pulitzer Prize winning photography collection, a visit to the Columbia River Gorge…all of these things can’t and won’t be easily forgotten. If you’re still unconvinced, go see the silver crayon underwear, like Hotel Lucia they’re unforgettable.
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ODE TO NAPA Written by Amy Dong
The notion of a trip to Napa Valley invokes most people, myself included, into a whimsical daydream of leisurely afternoons spent among vineyards while drinking in California sunshine, which isn’t far too off from the reality. The region has practiced viticulture since 1812 and produces the bulk of California’s coveted fine wine, boasting a trendy Michelin Star food scene all set against the backdrop of Northern California’s rolling hillsides. As per our annual end of summer trip, to curb the seasonal version of Sunday scaries, James and I carefully choose a three-day escape at Napa’s signature hidden gem, Carneros Resort and Spa. Upon first glance of the resort, I’m instantly reminded of the vast 66 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019
Northern Illinois property where I fondly spent summer vacation as a child. Plants graze the entrance and we are briefly silenced by the view of the rolling hillsides which the property rests upon. The reception area is housed in a beautiful and completely renovated farmhouse. As a friendly receptionist gives us the lay of the land and offers us a Domaine Carneros Pinot (a wonderful way to start a getaway, by the way), I sit in awe of the classic, rustic space touched thoughtfully by modern accents. Rather than rooms, Carneros Resort and Spa offers each guest their own cottage, creating an unparalleled sense of privacy and comfort. The cottages are split up into “neighborhoods,” each one affectionately named after an herb grown on property. In addition to micro-grown herbs, the 28-acre property is (to my delight) covered
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in apple and fig trees, fresh flowers, and an array of foliage that is nothing short of a work of art. Post-tour and another glass of welcome wine (for good measure), we practically run to our cottage in the Verbena neighborhood. At the end of a stone-studded path scattered with apple trees, we climb the stairs to our porch to find two pearly white rocking chairs— like something undeniably out of a fairytale. The space itself is breathtaking; warm country whites, neutral greens, and faded blues adorn the cottage and a large leather loveseat makes for an inviting perch while we enjoy our local cheese and charcuterie welcome platter paired perfectly with a bottle of Domaine Carneros 2012 Late Disgorged Brut. We double take at the attention to detail and emphasis on luxury country living when we find that our glass walls slide completely open, connecting the rustic chic back patio to our sprawling king-sized bed. I marvel at the porcelain outdoor bathtub and connected indoor/outdoor shower, making a mental note of qualifications for our future home search. We flop down on the feathery mattress and take a leisurely afternoon doze listening to the trickle of water from the vintage farmhouse fountain that rests on the patio. After our indulgent snooze, we wake yearning for a decent dose of Vitamin D after months of June gloom. We don’t waste a minute and venture to the Hilltop Pool, the property’s adults-only destination that offers a picturesque view of the countryside, the promise of R&R, and an infinity edge pool that drops down to a hot tub. A few hours of opulent relaxation pass by and our curiosity about the rest of the property wins out against our desire to stay put for the next three days (which is actually plausible due to 24-hour access). We take our bright orange beach cruisers, a signature Carneros offering and possibly my favorite amenity, and ride through the quaint neighborhoods to the town square. Named accurately for its status as a gathering place, the town square sits between FARM restaurant, the Market (our go-to for coffee and gourmet snacks), and the carefully
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curated onsite boutique, COOP. As I clumsily park my beach cruiser, I notice that the square is filled with guests enjoying the orange hues of dusk, making use of the bocce ball court, and playing friendly rounds of corn hole in the grass, many with a craft cocktail in hand. Bartenders and chefs alike walk out of FARM, to the property’s garden, plucking fresh garnishes to adorn drinks and appetizers; local, organic, and sustainable just got a new definition in my book. Three rounds of bocce ball later, the chill of the valley settles in and we return to the cottage, waving to our newfound friends on the way out. Wanting to continue my day of bliss, I make a beeline for the patio. I draw an outdoor bath adding in complimentary salts and a few candles on the side tray—I am really upgrading my self-care Sundays. I spend the next hour with my most recent read and a glass of full-bodied red. Feeling the familiar grumble of my stomach, I’m all too excited to converse with James about the array of gourmet dining options both on property and in the surrounding area. We conclude, all too easily, to stay put; why venture off when seasonally sourced cuisine is at the tips of our fingers? A longing look at the menu and a quick call to cottage dining is all it takes to bring farm-to-cottage. The in-room dining at Carneros comes from the kitchen of Napa’s infamous, Boon Fly Cafe, which sits conveniently on property. We start off with Crispy Truffle Fries sprinkled with parmesan cheese, parsley, and malt vinegar aioli, my personal weakness. After a few minutes of repeated incredulous praise for the fries, we move onto our mains; New York Steak with truffle butter for James and Roasted King Salmon for me. The salmon is seared to buttery perfection and complemented by seasoned lentils, balsamic baby carrots, and a crisp arugula side salad. Our night comes to an ideal ending as we close the patio doors, opt for the indoor fireplace, and can’t resist making one last call to cottage dining for a warm apple crisp to top off the perfect day. As a routine early riser, I can never sleep in on vacation despite the
cloud-like king mattress and dreamy darkness of our curtain-drawn cottage. I silently creep out the door, leaving James to his favorite getaway pastime (hint: it’s sleeping) and after wandering the property, I end up at the 3,000 square foot fitness center. I am probably too excited to see a brand new Peloton bike and consequently spend the next forty-five minutes virtually joining in on a live class in NYC. As a bit of a health nut, I always take notice of a property’s subtle nudges towards wellness, for the body and for the mind. From saltwater pools (goodbye inflammation), to a state of the art fitness facility, and the inclusion of health-conscious cuisine, such as an acai bowl and paleo breakfast scrambles, Carneros fits the bill for an indulgent escape with a small dose of wellness. The key to any good getaway lies in the details. For us, the details entail a ninety-minute Passion Preludes Massage at the recently reimagined Spa at Carneros. James is less than ecstatic about the pre10 a.m. wake up call, but I am determined to soak up every amenity that the spa has to offer. Fortunately, thirty minutes later he is singing my praises as we sit, wrapped in plush white robes, in the relaxation lounge—an awe-inspiring open space with sunny wooden vaulted ceilings, 360-views of wine country, and carefully-curated rustic-chic decor. I take notice of the faint scent of lavender as I flip through the pages of their collection of coffee table books. Six hours and one glorious couples massage later, James and I practically float out of the spa and I can honestly say that I have never felt so relaxed. I’m pretty committed to the notion of save-the-best-for-last, so to celebrate our last night and silence any thoughts of ever leaving Carneros, we head to FARM, a fine-dining destination that showcases Napa Valley’s abundance of local farmers and imaginative cuisine. Our server comes over to take our order and anticipating our internal
conflicts regarding the array of menu items, he suggests the chef ’s tasting menu; a curated, rotating menu created by Chef Andrew Budnyj. We happily oblige. First up, is ahi tuna beautifully garnished with watermelon radish and microgreens (from the Carneros garden, no less). I can’t keep my mouth from watering as a decadent plum purée is drizzled artfully over the dish. It’s as if the server senses my longing gaze at the bottom of the ahi dish as he suddenly appears with a petite tower made up of charred avocado supported by thinly sliced cucumber housed in smoky marinade. The avocado is charred to perfection and the cucumbers have a subtle Asian-inspired aftertaste. James and I sit back, completely satisfied with our appetizers, yet filled with anticipation for the main event of our culinary adventure. The dining patio around us, which looks out intimately on Town Square, hums loudly with the sound of clinking glasses and laughter, but I take no notice as my next two dishes arrive. Scallops perched on a bed of charred peach compote accompanied by a filet of sustainably caught salmon with delicate pea shoots and golden, balsamic glazed carrots—can this be real? I spend the next several minutes silently savoring every bite, appreciating the daring flavors that come together like a symphony of the senses. I know one thing that is absolutely sure; dining fatigue is nowhere in sight here at Carneros Resort & Spa. We close the evening sipping on sweet dessert wine, spoons in hand, mesmerized by three delicate scoops of housemade blackberry sorbet. Three days at Carneros has certainly changed my perspective on the end of summer, allowing me to be thankful for the season’s experiences and perhaps even optimistic for what winter will bring. With any luck, it will bring me back to Carneros Resort and Spa.
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Written by Alexandra Sharova
here’s nothing quite like the holiday season in Copenhagen. A chilling winter breeze dances through decorated streets, picking up the sweet notes of baking treats and fragrant spices from outdoor markets, making its way to the heart of the city. There, in the King’s New Square, the historic Hotel D’Angleterre is illuminated like a Christmas tree. It’s magical. From the sweeping balcony of my luxurious fourthfloor suite I enjoy the remainder of the day’s sun, as it rolls below the city, leaving pastel strokes in its wake. In an effort to get over my eleven-hour flight induced jetlag, I double down on bubbles and
comfort with a bath (tip: call down for bath salts to take your bath to the next level of bliss) and a side of complimentary Champagne and cookies. Continuing with the pre-bedtime unwind, I curl up on a velvety chaise to enjoy a good book, and the soothing scent of a lavender rose bouquet. After a delectable buffet filled with both Danish dishes—think rye bread topped with herring and a plethora of pastries—and obligatory international favorites like bacon and pancakes, I head out to explore the city. From the Amalienborg Palace, where the adored royal family resides, to richly-hued 17th-century townhouses that line the canal, the
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architecture is beautiful and tells the city’s history. The hotel’s neighboring buildings are a must-see as well. The Royal Danish Theatre’s Old Stage (which to my delight can be admired from my room) founded in 1748 to serve the king and eventually the country, features marble columns and gold accents, in classic European form. Just across the street Magasin du Nord, a popular department store, houses the first ever Joe & The Juice, which is sweeping the world with delicious beverages and its edgyScandinavian style. Any street I turn on, there’s something worth capturing on camera, or in a memory. Given that my main form of transportation back home is driving, the walking tour (and I hope the 72 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019
time difference) leaves me ready for an afternoon break, which during the month of December means gløgg and aebleskiver in Denmark. I take my Christmas specialty in the upper lobby alongside the fireplace. Though traditionally the beverage is based on red wine, D’Angleterre created its own Chardonnay version, aptly named the Snow Queen’s Gløgg—a nod to the hotel’s famous guest, Hans Christian Andersen. Served in thick crystal flutes, the toasty drink is like holiday-spirit in liquid form with notes of ginger, cloves, and warming white rum. It’s so good, I could go for a pitcher...The airy aebleskiver can be compared to pancake balls, dusted with powdered sugar and
served with a side of berry jam. Between the mouth-watering sweets, ambiance, and boozy drink, I feel an overwhelming sense of coziness. Apparently, that’s the goal. All this goodness is meant to create hygge: an atmosphere of internal warmth and joy to fight the long winter’s darkness. This powerful phenomenon is responsible for much of the Danes’ positivity (Denmark consistently ranks top-three on the happiest countries list). I’m starting to think this ought to be the next big export, because I’m sold. Although hygge typically involves spending time with friends and family, I continue on my solo adventure with a visit to Amazing Space by Laura Bonné, the hotel’s luxurious spa. After
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a few laps in the pool and a seriously relaxing massage, I’m sure this is the best way to travel, with hygge in mind.
endless thanks to its long history and extensive list of notable guests that runs from celebrities to politicians.
Yesterday’s impressive breakfast, and likely my insatiable appetite, brought me back to the hotel’s buffet. My plans for portion-control and self-control quickly dissipate as I melt into my chair with a freshly baked chocolate croissant that rivals the fluffy versions found in Parisian cafés, and a fresh mimosa in-hand. Whatever helps fight the cold short days, right? Prepped to brace another day of walking through frosted streets, I make my way to the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle. As a museum it provides a glimpse into royal life through the ages with grandiose goldtrimmed dressers and clocks, intricate ivory jewelry boxes, family portraits, and of course, the crown jewels. The jewels, which are still worn by Queen Margrethe II for special events (oh, what a life), are not to be missed! After a light history lesson it’s time for a boat tour through the canals with Hey Captain. Though the cold was apparent during my stroll to the museum it turns biting on the water. But it’s Captain to the rescue with a wool blanket and some steaming gløgg! Note: during my attempt to brave the cold a couple went winter bathing (yes, that means they actually dove into the freezing water). This chilling tradition is followed by a serious sauna session, yet I’m still not sold. Maybe on my next visit. There’s nothing quite like a boat ride through golden hour to really see a city. I’m mesmerized by the chic and modern houseboats, the Black Diamond Library as it glistens in the light, and the overall feel of the city. The Danes are definitely on to something.
A visit to Copenhagen is not complete without discovering the wonder that is Tivoli Gardens. The 175 year-old amusement park is a true Winter Wonderland this time of year, equipped with Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus), artificial snow (until the real stuff arrives), live performances, restaurants, and bars. Whether you want to sip cocktails at Nimb’s rooftop pool, the progressively luxe hotel inside Tivoli, or bring your inner child out to play with a rollercoaster ride, there’s something for everybody. I walk through the park past laughing children running with excitement and couples cuddling up to keep warm. You can feel something special in the air at Tivoli. After a few rides and a pastry break—when in Denmark—I head to the theatre for a special Nutcracker ballet, infused with the tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
On the itinerary for the evening is dinner at Marchal, the Michelin Star restaurant conveniently located in D’Angleterre. Hues of lilac and deep purple are sprinkled on chandeliers and plush velvet couches, popping against the paneled walls and sleek floor-toceiling glass doors. Fitting with the décor, the cuisine has a French foundation with a refined-Nordic twist, courtesy of head chef Andreas Bagh. In keeping with the high standards, Andreas brings out some appetizers: duck liver mousse, “Bloody Mary” oysters, cheese puffs, and pork rinds with sour cream and caviar. It’s a decadent start, with the truffle cream-filled puffs topped with a generous truffle-shave (it’s so extra, but just right all at once) taking the cake. Between devouring squid in Champagne foam and a hearty Agnolotti pasta, I discover that D’Angleterre actually started out as a restaurant, back in 1755—the name even pays homage to the founder, Jean Marchal and his wife Maria. This five-star dining experience concludes with a bang, or perhaps a spark is more fitting. A Baked Alaska is flambéed before my eyes, but before my awe wears off, I’m presented with a chocolate mousse, a panna cotta, and what could be called the house dessert, a Ris a la Mande. As legend goes around D’Angleterre, the famed rice pudding treat was created in the hotel around the 19th century when a guest stumbled in late at night. The stories surrounding the hotel are
After a short taxi ride to Islands Brygge I find myself in what looks like, the wrong neighborhood. Graffiti decorates the building’s walls, and not in the mural way, but the drawing obscene caricatures way. I reluctantly take a New York-loft style elevator up, where a charismatic waiter swings the door open with a “Welcome to Alouette.” And just like that I’m right where I need to be, in a mid-century modern design dream. The new hidden gem operates on a five-course set menu with a choice or wine or juice pairings (yes, juice, and we’re not even in L.A.). I opt for wine. Inspired by product rather than cuisine, the restaurant offers an ever-changing lineup that’s based in large on what products local farmers have at the moment. First arrives the Bastard Princess (beer) pancake with Guinea Hen Thigh topped off with pickled onion—it’s reminiscent of a taco, and I’d gladly add it to my Tuesday dinners. Following a delicious embered pumpkin paste with caviar I delve into, perhaps my favorite dish of the trip, the Danish Squid in a Lemongrass Beurre Blanc. This “pasta” is so thin and light that I’m ready to ditch quinoa versions and have my Italian craving fulfilled with a weekly shipment of this bright, yet comforting dish. A dry-aged steak and pan-roasted turbot later, I’m smiling from ear to ear as dessert is placed before me. The Quince Quince Quince, as the menu describes it, is a tart in which every layer—from the filling to the topping, and the crust—contains, you guessed it, quince! They say you save the best for last, and boy does that ring true for Alouette. Parting with a suite I’d like to move into, and leaving a city where each one of my meals, including bakery stops, exceeded a five-star Yelp rating, is not easy. Yet, I take with me a newfound fascination with hygge culture, beautiful memories, and the reassurance that I will be back soon. After all, this major foodie destination holds 14 more Michelin-starred restaurants that I cannot wait to explore.
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VIE T N A M HID EA WA Y Written by Ottocina Ryan
I don’t know what I’m eating but it’s the most flavorful thing I’ve ever tasted. If there were a tagline for my trip to Vietnam and stay at Banyan Tree Lang Co, that would be it. From the breakfast offerings—lotus and shrimp salad, dim sum, pho, century eggs, sweet banana soup, etc., to the spicy seafood room service enjoyed on the patio of my beach villa overlooking the personal plunge pool with an ocean view, most everything I ate was unfamiliar and as amazing and authentic as the setting. The endless breakfast spreads displaying well-labeled yet exotic traditional Vietnamese specialties and tropical fruit started off each day on an adventurous note. I quickly gave up trying to figure out what everything was and trusted that their sauces and oils make everything delicious and perfectly spicy. On my second morning, I set out to explore Lang Co. I headed up a trail through the impossibly lush jungle to a small waterfall, enjoying views of the resort and golf course on the way. It was a quick hike and as it started to rain I retreated to my villa, which was surrounded by what seemed like a mini jungle and gated. Despite the floor to ceiling windows lining the bedroom and bathtub, I had the utmost privacy. The resort is perfectly suited for celebrities (the manager noted that
there were many) as you could be satisfied staying in your villa with everything brought to you on a silver platter. The service throughout my stay was par none, even casual mentions materialized. As relaxing as the hideaway was, I went to Vietnam to not just try the food and relax, but get a taste for the culture. The hotel arranged a car to Hoi An, an ancient town a couple hours away. Driving through the Central Vietnam countryside, we stopped for a break near Marble Mountain, to shop for marble vases and statues before reaching the picturesque town where paper lanterns are strung over the foot traffic only streets. Tiny shops selling souvenirs, bars, and street food vendors line the sidewalks of Hoi An. I popped in a boutique called Sunday to find minimalistic yet beachy handbags, clothes and home decor in pastel shades. I bought mango cakes from a street vendor sitting on the ground, only to try them and return for more. As the sun went down the lanterns swaying overhead lit up, creating a magical atmosphere for a memorable last night in this cultural mecca where I would happily spend a year learning what makes everything so interesting and delicious.
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ITâ€™S THAI-M TO RELAX Written by Ottocina Ryan
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Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton Reserve
I’m walking through the jungle alone on a tiny island off of Thailand, I haven’t seen anyone in a mile, and what’s trekking through the trees in my direction but essentially a lizard the size of a small alligator. It glances my way and sticks out its black snake-like tongue. Luckily I’d seen a much smaller version in Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s pond during breakfast this morning, and googled it over a plate of sticky rice and mango. So I at least know it’s a water monitor and okay to step back and observe instead of run for my life back to the beach. Spoiler alert: this is as wild as my trip gets, a small startle in an otherwise plush vacation. Rewind a few days, I started the week in Bangkok. Following an early flight from Da Nang, Vietnam and an hour and a half (and $15) taxi ride through the overwhelming city, the driver pulls into a serenely
landscaped driveway. I immediately know The Peninsula Bangkok will be an oasis. I am greeted by the eager-to-please staff and then my college best friend, Cassandra, who joined me for the trip. As soon as I knock, Cassandra throws open the door to our room. The level of our excitement is matched only by the grandeur of our suite and expanse of the view of never-ending skyscrapers across the river below. After a couple hours lounging around the suite, eating macarons and sipping on coconut water from the coconuts we were welcomed with, we decide to explore the Chatuchak Weekend Market. We make our way through the 27 acres of stalls selling everything you can imagine—whimsical headdresses, creative clothes I can only dream of being cool enough to wear, a lot of unidentifiable yet intriguing @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 79
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food, and durian. Durian is a major don’t. Tasting notes include gym socks, vomit, chives, and powdered sugar. There’s a reason this fruit is banned on Southeast Asian public transportation. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Our Thai baht goes far and when we’ve bought as much as we can carry, we jump in a taxi back to The Peninsula for an evening at Thiptara restaurant. Floating between the river lapping at the platform right below my chair and the lanterns hanging from the trees, we enjoy a tasting menu with Thai wine pairings. From the spicy soup with tiger prawns to the roasted scallops with Thai herbs, each dish is a flavorful and warm welcome to Thailand. After sleeping a solid 10 hours, I pull back the curtains to reveal the sun rising through the clouds over the skyline. We head to the hotel’s River Cafe and Terrace and are seated at a table outside close to the water. The breakfast buffet has everything you can imagine and the most exquisite versions of it. There is even an attendant dedicated solely to slicing perfectly ripe and sweet Manila mangos. Needless to say, we go back to that station a couple times.
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After our last helpings of fruit and French pastries, we make our way to The Spa for Thai massages. My treatment room looks fit for royalty with ornamental decor, four beds, and a hydrotherapy tub. The masseuse stretches and bends me every which way, to the point where I feel like a new person. That evening we take The Peninsula’s Sundown Cocktail Cruise 80 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 The Peninsula Bangkok
along the Chao Phraya River to see the city landmarks. Prosecco in hand we take in, among others, The Grand Palace (built in 1782) which is a now a museum and hosts royal ceremonies, and Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), a porcelain covered pagoda. It’s a comfortable and time efficient way to see the monuments, with no other tourists in sight. The following day, after a relaxing morning painting small elephant statues at The Peninsula’s Elephant Parade shop where proceeds benefit elephant sanctuaries, we hop on a quick flight to Krabi to take the leisureliness to the next level. Upon arrival at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, we are introduced to Moss our “Ton Hong” (personal assistant) who drives us through the palm tree filled courtyards and modern royal purple painted walls of the property, past the pristine tropical screensaver that is Krabi beach, to Reserve Villa 12, our home for the next few days. And wow. I’m greeted by a front yard with a lawn, lap pool, and an ocean view. It only gets better from there. Passing over the porch, with a daybed big enough for eight, and through the giant glass doors, the villa boasts sky-high ceilings and the biggest, fluffiest beds in the world. Heavy wood doors open to a bathroom like I’ve never seen before, and which accounts for half the square footage of the villa. The centerpiece: a marble clover shaped bathtub, with a view of the zen backyard, which also has a bathtub.
The next day, out of the extensive excursions the hotel offers, we choose to visit Hong Island. Departing the stretch of sand in front of the resort on a long-tail boat, 30 minutes later we arrive at the pristine island. While Cassandra snorkels in the crystal clear water of the bay lined by towering cliffs, I take a walk through the jungle, encountering aforementioned water monitor. Finally we reconvene to sunbathe on the white sand. It starts to rain (like really pour) on the way back, so upon arrival we jump off the boat and run past the pool and through the grassy rolling hills of the property to the spa for Thai massages. When the sun comes out we park ourselves on a daybed near the Chomtawan Bar overlooking the beach. As hours pass, we sip Thai Mojitos, snack on miang kum—flavorful Thai condiments and cashews wrapped in betel leaves, and Cassandra beats me in game after game of tic-tac-toe and connect four. Come evening, a live band starts playing Rod Stewart covers and a staff member rakes designs in the sand as the entire sky turns neon pink then orange. At 7 p.m. we return to the outdoor entrance pavilion for the lighting of the 2,000 candles in the walls. The flames reflecting in the pool below to make it seem like they’d brought down the night sky for us. I’m having a hard time recalling a more incredible hotel, or trip for that matter.
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pend s o t how in s r u o ra a b 48 h r a anta B S Day 1 HIKE
Start your weekend off right with an invigorating hike. The La Cumbre Peak trail will allow you to soak up serene views of Santa Barbara’s pristine coastline while working up a sweat and spending time with Mother Nature. It’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on the past year, breathe in some fresh air and challenge your body all while enjoying epic vistas.
BREAKFAST Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to The Shop Kitchen on Milpas Street for the tastiest bites a refurbished auto shop can offer. Indulge in delicious breakfast concoctions (like a huge bowl of mouthwatering chilaquiles topped with fresh homemade salsa) while discussing your New Year’s resolutions. To daily fresh baked biscuits and ethically sourced ingredients we say yes please! @theshopkitchen
WINE & DINE Spend the remainder of your day perusing the streets of Santa Barbara’s contemporary art district, the Funk Zone. You won’t be disappointed by the selection of diverse eateries, quirky bars, and eclectic shopping. Be sure to stop by Crush Wine Tasting and Kitchen for a unique wine tasting experience accompanied by yummy lite bites. They utilize the latest technology to offer do-it-yourself wine tasting, and it’s a win-win. The wine dispensing system keeps their wines fresh and gives guests full control of what they’re tasting. Give it a try for yourself, and don’t forget to order the lobster sliders. @crushsb1
SHOP As you explore the Funk Zone, you can’t miss the offbeat and ethereal curations at The Shopkeepers. You’ll find yourself happily lost in the boutique’s funky ingredients. Shake it up for the new year by bringing home something unique—whether it be a new piece to add to your home or a scent to switch up your aroma. You’re sure to walk out of The Shopkeepers with something noteworthy. @the.shopkeepers
STAY Plant yourself at Montecito’s chic and luxurious beachfront resort, Rosewood Miramar Beach, for the weekend. The resort combines exquisite amenities like an indoor/outdoor private fitness studio as well as spacious, comfortably refined rooms to provide the epitome of the modern beach-living experience. The elegant pastel palette and oceanfront backdrop create a light and airy yet luxurious feel to the rooms. Wake up to the smell of the sea in a room that is equally as relaxed as it is posh. @rosewoodmiramar
OUR TIPS AND TRICKS TO A GREAT WEEKEND IN SANTA BARBARA
Day 2 COFFEE
Begin your morning with coffee and conversation at Cafe Ana. This new hot-spot draws from global cafe culture to provide locals with a community-focused dining experience. The cafe’s interior is contemporary and polished, pulling inspiration from modern Scandinavian design. With house made pastries like Hibiscus & Cocoa Conchas, this new cafe intersects the global and the local. If you like delicious food, quality coffee, and a hip communal atmosphere, Cafe Ana will become your new go-to. @cafeanasb
SPA Indulge in a treatment at Hotel Californian’s spa, Majorelle. The spa offers an extensive selection of treatments like Himalayan salt stone massages and the detoxifying atmospheric river massage, and you can tailor any treatment to your specific needs. You don’t need to go far to feel simultaneously rejuvenated and luxuriated. @majorellespa
BRUNCH You’ll surely need to follow up with some fuel, and Stella Mare’s French Bistro is the perfect spot. It’s a French country-style home that doubles as a historic landmark and triples as a haven of mouthwatering French delicacies right here in Santa Barbara. Their brunch menu affords customers options between French classics like quiche Lorraine and omelette ratatouille. Stella Mare’s will have you saying “s’il vous plaît” all morning. Bon appetit! @stellamarebistro
PLAY Top your day off with a relaxing catamaran ride into the sunset; you can rent a private boat fully captained through Santa Barbara Sailing. Pick up a couple of pizzas from Bettina, a new Santa Barbara pizzeria that fuses Neapolitan style pizza with Californian ingredients resulting in one of the most delectable slices you will ever sink your teeth into. Bring it on board along with a bottle of wine (or two) from one of the wineries you went to in the Funk Zone. The results? An incredible evening on the water. You’ll thank us later. @sbsailing @bettinapizzeria
COCKTAILS Top off your event-filled day with cocktails in the Funk Zone. The region takes on an entirely new feel by night, and Santa Barbara’s local trendsetters come out to play. Try Test Pilot for exotic craft cocktails in a tropical ambiance, or Night Lizard Brewing Company for refreshing craft beers made from local ingredients. @testpilotbar @nightlizardbrew
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