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elcome to our fifth anniversary issue! We’re always thinking about what’s next—what restaurant is opening in three months, what will be on trend in the fall, and the best places to travel in the upcoming year. So milestones like this are a nice reminder to look back on some favorite moments, features and achievements. The earliest accomplishment that comes to mind is transitioning from a digital magazine to printing our first copies four yeas ago. A big leap of faith at the time, yet it has allowed us to reach more people than I ever thought possible. Then for our second anniversary issue we did a shoot with sunglasses, cake and metallic confetti. One of the most fun days I’ve ever had at the office. And I’ll never forget the time we brought an elephant to the beach at Dos Pueblos Ranch. Those are just a few pieces of the past five years of creatively sharing the best Santa Barbara has to offer with locals and visitors from around the world. It never gets old hearing from readers who eat, wear, do, and visit what they discover in these pages. Read along for more ways to enjoy your life in Santa Barbara. From wine tasting— why not get there by helicopter and see the vineyards from above? Or mix up your weekend routine by heading an hour north to Los Alamos to check out the dining scene and cool new Skyview hotel. We also highlight a couple local businesses that are also celebrating their anniversaries. Whether you’re reading this at a hotel pool, on a plane, or just got it in the mail, thank you for being a part of Santa Barbara Life & Style and I’m looking forward to sharing the the next five years with you!
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36 | NOT JUS T A DRINK
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Taste your way up the coast. Sipping sweet somethings at the back and better than ever Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.
40 | LOVE YOU A BRUNC H
Our new favorite brunch spot doesn’t need reser vations.
wellness 46 | BAL ANCE YOUR LIFE
You can never leave (we wish).
Going off the grid to find your inner kid.
108 | COOKING WITH CL ASS
Cooking up memories at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.
110 | A WEEKENDER’S GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO A toast to Japan in the heart of the City by the Bay.
114 | 48 HOURS
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Learning to take time for ourselves in a hectic world.
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An adventure seeking, cave exploring, mountain climbing kind of day.
52 | GETTING BAC K ON THE HORSE Out of the grandstands and into the saddle.
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Mixing family and business in the best way.
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Diving deep into the stor y behind our favorite swimwear brand.
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84 | YOU’VE NEVER WINED LIKE THIS Taking wine tasting to new heights.
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MEET THE NEW BELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IN LOS ALAMOS Photographed by Silas Fallstich Written by Maizy Greenwald
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had never spent much time north of our homey city, that is, until I caught wind that the burgeoning dining scene in Los Alamos had a new member; that Bell Street Farm had reopened its doors under new ownership as Bell’s. So up my boyfriend and I drove about an hour north into the hills and towards rural Los Alamos, where we discovered a town so rustic and filled with history. I was blown away that it was able to maintain its character without being overrun by curious tourists. On the main road that runs through the heart of the small city, you can find the newly reopened Bell’s restaurant; a true gem in this neighborhood.
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We walked up the front steps of the building with stomachs grumbling, and were immediately transported into a quaint bistro in the middle of France. The owner Greg Ryan greeted us at the door, huge smile on his face, and right away it was clear that hospitality was a main objective of the freshly reopened restaurant. We were gracefully guided to our two-top table nestled in the corner, an ideal spot to people watch and enjoy the scenery outside of the large windows in the front. Before I even had a chance to sift through the pared-down menu selections, the waiter was pouring two large glasses of Holus Bolus Blanc, he must’ve known we were ready for a taste of what Santa Barbara’s very own wine country had to offer.
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Although the menu was short and sweet, each option was so unique and decadent in its own way that it was hard to choose, so naturally, I had to order five dishes (plus two desserts of course). The Saucisson, Sheep’s Milk Cheese, and Citrus Olives platter was brought out first, serving as a perfect accompaniment for the wine, and to get our taste buds prepared for the savory meal in store. Just as I was popping the last tangy olive in my mouth, I spotted the Spring Salad making its way to our table. I’m not normally one to order a salad at dinner (you could say I’m more of a french fry gal) but with each bite of the crunchy baby kale, sugar snap peas, fresh shaved parmesan, and crispy quinoa, I found myself unable to put down the fork to share. It was too good for that, I needed it all for 26 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
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myself. When the waiter saw the pace at which I was devouring the salad, he dropped off the first entree with a smile on his face, as if he was challenging me to a feat that I was excited to take on. The King Ora Salmon was perched upon a small mountain of potato purée, surrounded by bright green asparagus and topped with a whole lemon, making for a dish booming with unbelievable flavors. As each bite seemed to be getting better than the next, I found myself reaching the end of the dish. Just as I positioned my fork to get the perfect last bite, I saw my knight in shining armour bringing out the last dish, and dare I say my favorite of the night. French Gnocchi, smothered in thick sauce fonduta sprinkled with fine
herbs and doused in parmesan, I can confidently say that this was the very best gnocchi I have had in my life (and trust me, I’ve tried many). The soft pillowy potato dish melted in my mouth, and when it came down to the last one in the bowl all I had to do was shoot my boyfriend one look and he knew it was mine for the taking. I licked my lips and sat back. Just as I was about ready to throw in the towel, the dessert menu was presented and how could I have said no? I asked the waiter to bring out his favorite, and I couldn’t have agreed more with what he picked. One slice of rich dark chocolate cake topped with flaky sea salt, and one sugar cookie dollaped with homemade peach jam, together made for the most ideal way to end our French cuisine dining experience. Bell’s brought us in and made
us feel right at home from the second we walked through the door, to the second we drug our full bodies out. After a meal like this, all I could do was eagerly await the next time I’d travel north into the hidden town of Los Alamos to enjoy a home cooked meal here again.
Bell’s 406 Bell Street, Los Alamos 805-344-4609
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Photographed by Silas Fallstich Written by Maizy Greenwald
OH CRAB When I think of the term “crab shack” my mind immediately starts envisioning rundown, hole-in-the-wall buildings that reek of day-old fish and look as though they barely passed their most recent health inspection. However, all it took was one step over the threshold and into Frankland’s Crab & Co. to immediately redefine my connotation. The bright and open setting together with the lights from the large red vintage “Crab & Co” sign complete the nautical theme which efficiently prepared my tastebuds for the selection of fresh and local seafood that I was about to consume. As I walked up to the counter to order, I found myself suffering a serious inner-self debate: do I order the Buttered Maine Lobster Sandwich or the Lobster Grilled Cheese? Luckily the owner, Philip, was quick to come to my rescue and help me navigate the extensive menu. I happily decided on a dish (actually four but who’s counting) and then took my fresh-squeezed lemonade on draft and headed to the high-top table to eagerly await the spread. The attentive waiter brought out the Buttered Maine Lobster Sandwich accompanied by Frankland’s Style Fries (two menu musthaves) and I didn’t waste a second. With two steady hands and two determined eyes, I grasped the sandwich and sunk my teeth in. A mound of chilled lobstered hugged between slices of warm brioche bread,
perfectly smothered with just the right amount of homemade cocktail sauce and butter, made for one savory bite after another that truly melted in my mouth. I was so enamored by the sandwich that I forgot about the fries sitting to my right, that is, until the smell of creamy chowder and bacon wafted my way. I figured I’d let my boyfriend finish the rest of the sandwich, as long as I got to scoop the fries into my mouth without question or the slightest look of disbelief at the pace of my eating. And just like that, with the last of the fries inhaled and only a few stray drops of sauce left to remember the sandwich by, I was ready for the next. This time, Philip brought out the course to us, he must’ve known we were going to need his professional help. A plate (or should I say large platter) filled with fully shelled steamed Local Ridgeback Shrimp approached the table and I immediately knew we had a task ahead of us, but that it was going to be completely worth it. Without us even having to ask, Philip offered his advice on how to tackle these freshly caught shrimp in order to get to the good part (which turned out to be the head) and be able to best enjoy the meat with the lobster butter, lemon, and Frankland’s salt. He taught us his own tricks of the trade such as to start with top of the shell by the head and work your way down; by the last of the shrimp we were getting them open like pros. Every so often I would break from the little delicacies
and munch into the crunchy corn on the cob (also doused in butter of course) which paired ever so nicely as a mid-meal sweet treat. After I finished licking the remnants of the butter off of each one of my fingers, the waiter brought out the very best of surprises: Margarita’s Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich. Completely made from scratch, the cookie had dollops of dulce de leche and the ice cream was so soft and smooth thanks to freshly churned butter, it was devoured in a matter of seconds (not an exaggeration). One last sip of lemonade washed away the meal but definitely not the memories, as this boutique crab shack officially earned a top spot in my heart. Luckily for all of us, Philip and his wife Margarita are not stopping with just Frankland’s, they plan to extend their culinary expertise and open The Monarch restaurant right next door in July, another sure-to-be Montecito hot spot.
Frankland’s Crab & Co. 1295 Coast Village Road, Montecito franklandscrabandcompany.com 805-845-9310
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MAP Written by Eliza Krpoyan
There’s a certain excitement that comes with hitting the road on a culinary excursion. It’s often a culmination of delectable fare, an evening in good company, and palate pleasing wines. Ahead, we take a page from the Michelin guides, which were designed to get diners to drive to delicious destinations. Ranging from one star ‘worth a stop,’ to three stars ‘exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.’ From San Diego to the Bay Area, we’ve mapped some of the coast’s most exquisite cuisine with awards including Michelin stars, Forbes FiveStars, and James Beard Award nominations. Save these to your Google maps and take your taste buds on a trip.
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Chef David Kinch’s three-Michelin star Manresa reinvents its menu monthly. The California-contemporary restaurant in Los Gatos employs techniques like brining— both dry and wet—fermentation, airdrying, and roasting on the bone. On the $275 tasting menu, Chef Kinch—who finds inspiration from reading, visiting markets, travel, and dining in the restaurants of his peers—says, “It’s hyper seasonal, reflective of our place in central California, personal taste, and collaborative efforts from the staff.” Those with a discerning eye for detail will appreciate the most labor-intensive item on the menu, ‘Into the Vegetable Garden.’
Photo by Jakob Layman
5200 Grand Del May Way at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Venture to Addison, nestled in the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, and you’ll be transported to the French Riviera. Helmed by Chef William Bradley, the contemporary French restaurant is Southern California’s only Forbes FiveStar and AAA Five Diamond destination. Orchestrated like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the wait staff provides the utmost attention with a waiter-to-guest ratio of two-to-one. Opt for a wine pairing with your four-course meal, or the full multi-course Chef ’s Tasting menu, from a selection of over 3,000 labels. Simplicity is the restaurant’s culinary approach, “There’s a timeless elegance to it,” says Chef Bradley. At the end of the evening, take home the menu given as a memento much like Manresa. Four course tasting menu is $110 per person. @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 33
AUBERGINE AT L’AUBERGE CARMEL Monte Verde Street & 7th Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea
On their 8-course tasting menu, plus a couple surprises, Executive Chef Justin Cogley shares that his personal favorite item is their abalone. “We grill them tableside and serve with cabbage, local herbs and flowers with a mushroom miso sauce,” explains the chef who has been recognized as “Best New Chef ” by Food & Wine magazine and garnered multiple James Beard nominations. As far as the most labor-intensive item on the menu, Chef Cogley explains that it’s currently a smoked celery root that requires a couple days to prepare and takes on the texture of BBQ meat. “It’s always fun to turn a humble vegetable into something very special,” he says. The experience at this charming 26-seat restaurant with a wine cellar that fits 10 guests starts at $175 per person.
178 Townsend Street, San Francisco
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All of the dishes at this three Michelin-starred restaurant revolve around a live fire-hearth. Here, Chef Joshua Skenes serves modern American cuisine. Dishes have included spot prawns grilled over a bed of seaweeds; elk T-bone roasted over the embers with coffee beans and chilis; and wild strawberry soup. The restaurant, located inside a warehouse of an old California Electric Light Company building, doesn’t have a dress code and encourages guests to “come as they are.” The tasting starts at $298.
131 North St, Healdsburg
Smoking, roasting, steaming, and simmering in Japanese claypots called “donabe” and cooking over the open flames in their hearth are a couple main cooking styles at this two Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of Wine Country near the Russian River. Here, the 11-course tasting menu ($295 per person) is driven by the daily harvests from their farm and is different every day. On the most labor-intensive dish on the menu, husband-and-wife owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton share that most items are incredibly labor intensive. Another opportunity to Michelin stargaze is the annual Relais and Châteaux GourmetFest in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A constellation of Michelin-starred chefs comes out for an indulgent weekend of wine tastings and multi-course meals. Past experiences have included a Rarities Dinner where a $9000 bottle of Chateau Margaux 1982 Magnum was poured, a cooking demonstration by Daniel Boulud, and black truffle and caviar dinner. Whether you follow our map of the stars and beyond, or visit GourmetFest in March, one thing’s for sure, you’re in for an unforgettable feast. @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 35
Not just a drink Photographed by Silas Fallstich
Biltmore Fuerte Cutlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bourbon, strawberry puree, Thomas Wildfire honey, lemon juice
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Ty Manhattan Breaker bourbon, La Copa vermouth, bitters, maraschino cherries
Left: After months of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara being closed due to the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow, Ty Lounge Bartender Samantha Graham welcomed this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visit Santa Barbara cocktail challenge with eager arms. Being originally from South Africa, Sam quickly fell in love with the close knit community feeling Santa Barbara had to offer. When thinking about cocktails and ingredients that truly embodied the spirit of Santa Barbara, Sam remembered a news story about a man who owned a bee removal and rescue company. He and other bee keepers lost thousands of hives in the Thomas Fire. Sam reached out to him and discovered that in addition to saving the honey, he also rescued many bees looking for a new home. The honey he extracted from the hives in the Thomas Fire had a new and unique flavor with notes of sweet smoke. Sam knew she had to use this new Thomas Fire honey as the key element of her drink.
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Coconut Punch Cruzan rum, coconut milk, Giffardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pineapple liqueur, lime juice
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Ty Manhattan Breaker bourbon, La Copa vermouth, bitters, maraschino cherries
Pink Duchess Noletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gin, raspberry puree, rose water, aquafaba
Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara fourseasons.com/santabarbara 805-969-2261
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BALAN Written by Celine Wallace Photographed by Meadow Rose
There’s a famous saying that “balance is key” so it’s interesting that it seems to be a common theme left out of many health and wellness concepts these days. Everything is about staying abreast of the latest wellness trend, which is aimed at you achieving your optimal health, but what if keeping up with the Joneses of wellness is leading you into a vicious cycle from one fad to the next? From the latest superfoods, to sleep apps, vegan pet food, organic activewear, vegan home décor, and the newest analog non-Wi-Fi holiday destinations, there’s always something popping up to make sure we are investing our time and money. But how are we switching off if we are going from one quickfix to the next, all of which continuously plug us in? It’s true we live in a generation where everything is accessible at all times, so people find it hard to take time for self-care and make themselves unavailable. Companies are making the most of this, promising in exchange for a small financial and time investment that they can help us achieve health and freedom within our lives. The truth is how can we achieve balance if we are swinging from one end of the scale to the other? We work too much and feel bad. Then think were not investing enough in “life,” so we head to the gym or take a vacation to try and get that balance back. Then once we come back from that vacation, we have a hundred emails waiting and we go back to putting some energy in the “work” side, so work-life balance becomes nothing more than tug-of-war for our time and energy.
Over the years of teaching my clients and my own personal journey I have found that it’s great to research these trends, yet all of this is null and void if we are not listening to ourselves. Everybody is different and many of these trends do amazing things for some people, yet nothing for others. We all have a different chemical make up, but the same make up we do have is that if we are stressed, tired or overworked, then it doesn’t matter how many green smoothies we replace a coffee with in the morning, we will still be living in a state of fatigue and ultimately our health will suffer. You can be intermittent fasting, doing a baking soda therapy cleanse, doing yoga every morning and mediating, but if you are working too much or not devoting enough time to your personal life, then the brain and peripheral, endocrine, and immune systems, and basically every organ in the body, has an emotional response to that. Your brain and body integration has a chemical language and is in constant communication, and will try to get your attention, usually via creating a health issue. 46 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
So, how do we find health if it’s not a quick fix at the nearest Whole Foods? Sure, we can aid our health through products and trends, but we need to find the “middle way” in our own lives. It is the art of finding balance. If finding a balance between work/life alignment is a struggle for you, which it is for most people, identify a few small improvements you could make by changing a little bit at a time—we are aiming for balance after all. If work has been encroaching on family time, could you try leaving work on time two nights a week to have dinner with your family? Alternatively, if you feel your career has stalled a bit because of family time, could you try staying late at work one or two nights per week to put more hours in and get ahead on a few important projects? If you feel like you’re in a bit of a gray area when it comes to this, don’t worry, it’s not always easy to detect when things shift and one area of your life starts to take over to the detriment of others. It starts out subtle, but it leads you down a slippery slope. Over the next few days observe your work and personal habits to see what areas create stress or anxiety for you, then make any necessary adjustments. If you find stress influences your quality of life on a consistent basis, it is definitely time to rethink your habits. Exercising, switching off, and being more mindful of what you eat can create more energy and counteract your stress mechanisms but it doesn’t deal with the root cause of the problem. If there is an issue with your work or in your personal life, instead of coping with it day-to-day, make some small changes or give yourself the best support you can to remove yourself from that situation so your wellbeing doesn’t suffer long-term. Sometime it’s helpful to sit down quietly and write down goals for the future, so you can then become clear on what you want in your life and use that as a catalyst for creating your desired future. Ultimately, balance is about understanding and staying true to ourselves. We all want meaning, authenticity and wisdom in our lives so make sure you are creating a future that supports that. Then effort comes in the form of harmony, integration and alignment to direct all of your energy toward creating a meaningful life. You can then supplement that mentally, physically and spiritually rewarding life, by adding in health trends with thousands of smoothies, fabulous vegan designer chairs and all of the superfoods available throughout your local health food store!
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y dad once kayaked from Ledbetter Beach to the Channel Islands on a whim and pre-cell phones. Inheriting that same appetite for adventure and kayaking, yet also a busy schedule and no sense of direction, I signed up for sea cave kayaking at Santa Cruz Island with Channel Islands Adventure Company.
On a clear morning my friend Robin and I show up at Ventura Harbor, excited for what our Monday has in store. While waiting to board the Island Packers cruise we find Neal Rosenthal, chef and owner of Channel Island Provisioners, who’s just as excited as we are, except about farmers market produce and thoughtfully made food. He hands us two insulated lunch sacks filled with hearty sustenance—breakfast, lunch, dessert, trail mix, fruit, and water—for our day of adventure. He explains to us how he uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients and sources from local farmers and bakers, all of whom he is friends with. As if reading my mind, he adds that a full stomach helps prevent seasickness. Opening my sack I find a tupperware of greek yogurt, layered with berries and granola and dig in. An hour and a half and four dolphin pod sightings later, the Island Packers boat arrives at Scorpion Anchorage. We walk along a path lined with tall grass and antique tractor parts to Channel Island Adventure Company’s base, where we slip into wetsuits, windbreakers, life jackets, and helmets and head back to the beach. Our guide Chuck, who has been leading kayak tours at the Channel Islands for over 16 years, slathers his face in sunscreen and gives us a quick orientation before loading us into tandem kayaks and pushing us out to the ocean. Past the waves, we grab onto seaweed to anchor ourselves and await further instruction. Chuck joins us and points out a rock shaped like an elephant, noting that the island used to be inhabited by pygmy mammoths whose ancestors swam over from the mainland. Not taking our lightweight kayaks for granted, we paddle along the coast. Clear skies and glassy water lead us to the first cave. Chuck goes in ahead of the group to make sure there are no seals inhabiting it. While we wait I survey our surroundings—the sun beaming down on the towering cliffs and giant kelp forests expanding by the minute right below our kayaks. This cave is occupied so as not to disturb the animals we move along to
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the next opening in the rocks. This one is a go. Paddling through the caves is exciting. They look so natural and untouched that you feel like you’re the first person to discover them. Chuck gives us the option to go through a narrow arch or paddle around in the open water. Up for the challenge, we paddle as hard as we can and propel through the arch with a rush of salt water and adrenaline, to come out the other side laughing. Even being in a tandem kayak, drawing the paddle through the beds of kept is a great workout. We glide over to a couple large off shore rocks to find a blowhole, whenever a wave hits, the rock spurts it back out 15 feet into the air, gently showering down and cooling us off. After a few hours, we head back to the rocky beach and change into dry clothes. We find a picnic table with a view of the ocean to enjoy our Channel Island Provisioners lunch. It is by far the nicest lunch I’ve had at the Channel Islands. As we enjoy our sweet potato sandwich and chopped salad, both bursting with farmers market produce, cute foxes wander around the table like pet dogs hoping for a piece of cheese to drop.
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With an hour to go before the Island Packers ferry departs, we hike up the bluffs. Foxes keep their distance as we no longer have food, peering through the bushes as we climb to a plateau with panoramic views of the dark teal ocean and mustard flower covered island. Seated comfortably on the boat, next to stacks of kayaks that fellow passengers have brought out to the island, I look out past our wake to Santa Cruz Island getting smaller and smaller in the distance. I’m already eager to return for another day of exploring, perhaps a snorkel tour with Channel Islands Adventure Company will be just the thing.
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Getting Back on
THE HORSE With summer just around the corner, I found myself in desperate need of a new workout routine. Yet hitting an overcrowded gym didn’t quite tickle my fancy. So I began thinking outside the box. After a beautiful day of watching polo (while of course sipping Champagne) at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club I had an epiphany. The players looked incredible, the horses were regal and full of spirit, and the match was exciting. I wanted to be a part of it. So I signed up for a a lesson—no prior experience required! On a sunny Friday afternoon I met with Jeff, Director of the Polo Academy, on the picturesque grounds of the club. With his fifteen-plus years of experience, he’s the perfect teacher, especially for a non-rider like myself. He introduces me to Rocky, my partner for the day. His kind mocha eyes and gentle nature ease my building nerves (I hadn’t ridden in seven years, and even that was on a vacation tour). Turns out, this is the very horse Jeff learned to play polo on, so I know I am in good hands (or on a good back…?). We begin with walking in a straight line—for a human this sounds simple enough, but for someone who doesn’t ride it’s a tough feat. “You need to lead him, turn you body where you want to go and Rocky will follow. Show him who’s in charge,” Jeff explains. Once I followed those instructions, they made perfect sense, and my “line” went from a zigzag to perfection—or at least that’s how I remember it going. Just as I mastered directing my new four-legged friend, another task was thrown my way: standing! Don’t be fooled by the effortless rise of professionals, it’s a real workout. From having to balance with the use of your core, to activating leg and glute muscles I didn’t know existed, I came close to falling on more than one occasion.
After more than 30 attempts, and more whining than I care to admit, I was up and steady. I have to say, that although nailing a new move in any fitness situation is cause for internal clapping, doing so on a horse is that much more special. It took connecting with Rocky and working as one. At this point I’m feeling like I’m ready for the big leagues—coach, put me in! My confidence quickly fades as my next obstacle is presented. Jeff explains how to use the polo mallet to swing on each side, hand positioning, and how to keep my horse moving while aiming for the ball…It’s a lot, to say the least. Countless failed tries go by and I’m exhausted, this truly is a full-body workout. The lesson is nearing its end as the warm rays prepare for golden hour, and somehow, out of the blue, a miracle happens. I actually hit the ball! Granted, I was learning with a ball about twice the size of a traditional polo ball and nowhere near its weight, but it still counts. I feel so proud for not giving up—which is in large due to Jeff not letting me—and thankful for Rocky, he was a true trooper through all of my awkward turns and clumsy gallops. I drove out of the club with a grin on my glowing (read: sweating) face, soon-to-be aching legs and glutes, and an experience that left me wanting more, more speed to be exact. If you’re looking for a challenge, to shake up your routine, or if you simply love horses, polo is a must-try sport especially since the season is in full swing. And of course, if galloping across an evergreen field with a sleek mallet just isn’t for you, there’s always watching, and that’s pretty damn good too.
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ALLORA Walking into Allora by Laura on a Friday morning is like a breath of fresh air. The store is overflowing with sunlight and fashion inspiration like no other. I’m greeted by TJ, co-owner of the luxury Montecito boutique, and she shows me around the shop filled with timeless pieces, from Sally LaPointe dresses to Clergerie shoes to Kai Linz Jewelry. We then make our way over to Honor Bar to meet up with Laura, TJ’s mother and founder of Allora. Laura describes Allora’s style inspiration as a luxury softer silhouette. “Clothing is silent communication,” Laura explains. “I always want the representation to have that wow factor. I want something that can showcase itself.” The dynamic between Laura and TJ is beyond admirable. “It’s definitely a collaboration at this point. We both bring different strengths which is a blessing. It’s been an unplanned blessing,” Laura says looking over at her daughter sitting across from her. Curious to learn more about behind-the-scenes of Allora, I ask about the routine buying trips that Laura and TJ take together. They have gone from New York to Paris to Milan and beyond as a reflection of their undeniable passion for their store. As they tell me about their countless flights together, they laugh looking back on times when they were jet-lagged and fighting. According to TJ, buying trips can be overwhelming because there are always so many items to choose from. “It becomes less about you as a buyer and more about the client. You have to think about your customer, who they are, where they’re going, what they’re doing,” TJ says. Although much of their own style is taken into consideration when they choose what to sell at Allora, it’s ultimately about what other 54 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
people will like. Laura and TJ connect with designers and reps on their buying trips to share inspiration with one another—designers and buyers coming together to complete each other’s visions. After years of practice, Laura and TJ say they can pretty much do buying trips in their sleep now. When I mention that I will be spending a few months in Paris in the fall, TJ excitedly tells me she will send me some must-see places to check out. Having visited Paris several times, they go on to give me fashion tips and advice for adapting to the Parisian culture. We bond over our love for Santa Barbara and how we can’t imagine living anywhere else. When I ask Laura where her favorite place in Santa Barbara is she pauses for a long time because she can’t seem to settle on just one place. After marveling over the Mission, Santa Claus Lane and various beaches, she comes to her final conclusion: “I love being at the Bacara, sitting up on the ocean terrace and looking out into the water. That always feels really wild and really luxurious at the same time.” This July, Allora by Laura is celebrating their 5th anniversary. They are planning a joint party with Fashion Designer Peter Cohen, who works closely with Laura and is celebrating his 30th year as a designer. When I ask Laura and TJ how they plan on commemorating the milestone, TJ says laughing, “We’ll probably just go have a martini and say ‘cheers we made it this far.’”
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In light of So De Mel Swim’s 10 year anniversary, I stopped by the Coast Village Road showroom to meet Sonia De Mello, designer and owner of the sophisticated and fun swimwear line. When I first walk into the shop, the Brazilian native greets me with a smile, as her dog Rio lifts his head to see who the visitor is. The minimalist space is full of natural light and lined from wall to wall with racks of bright solid-colored resort wear and swimwear. After taking a look around the store, pulling a few suits to try on, in awe of the quality, I begin to chat with Sonia. She is relaxed and exudes a coolness that I’m convinced only Brazilians have. Before long I am lost in her stories of traveling, coming to the United States for the first time, and her So De Mel journey.
What made you want to start So De Mel ten years ago? I felt there was a void in the swim business, which was the part of fashion I liked most coming from a tropical country. I wanted to fill the void and blend influences from my culture with my life in America. What sets So De Mel apart from other brands? It’s infused with my own personal style, my addiction to quality craftsmanship, and my knowledge of cultural differences. I believe that alone is different from everyone else’s. What has stayed the same over the past 10 years? My business is very small, which is what I wanted to create when I started: a small business that allowed me to do what I love in a small 56 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
setting. Big is not always synonymous with success. I feel So De Mel has been original from day one because I’ve kept the same concept from when I started. How do you handle challenges? I have overcome deep challenges to manage to be where I am today. Every time I run into a challenge and want to give up, someone appears from nowhere and gives me the most amazing compliments on what I do, and that means everything to me. Where does your inspiration for designs come from? Inspiration comes in every shape and form to me, it can be from a music lyric, a rock on the beach, or an image from the past...Anything can be transformed when you are very creative.
How have your travels influenced the styles? Traveling is everything and every place I have visited is always alive in my mind in one way or another. What is your favorite thing about being in the swimwear business? The creative process, starting with fabrics, is always my favorite part, as well as the compliments after finishing a style that makes women feel beautiful and appreciative of what I do. Women are very critical of themselves so when they feel comfortable wearing my styles and reply with positive feedback itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best reward. Where do you see So De Mel in the another 10 years? I expect to spread a little bit more of So De Mel to all resort boutiques worldwide. When I started the brand, the concept was to work with resort boutiques across the globe, so we continue to focus on that and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten sidetracked by offers from department stores.
Have you always wanted to be a designer? When I came to Santa Barbara I worked as a nanny to make ends meet and got myself into Child Development working with kids for 12 years. Then I started importing swimwear from other brands until I got frustrated with mass production and created my own brand and learned from doing. What is your favorite spot in Santa Barbara? The beach off Mesa Lane has a big spot in my heart as I used to go daily when I first landed in Santa Barbara. What made you want to come live in Santa Barbara? I had always wanted to learn another language and that was the easiest and fastest way to do it, so I did, but never thought I would stay forever!
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SB LIFE & STYLE beauty
Stay Stay Beautiful Beautiful Written by Heather Roach, Beauty Product Expert HeatherRoachMakeup.com
4. DANESSA MYRICKS BEAUTY COLORFIX 24 HR CREAM COLOR is my do-it-all makeup. Mix or use alone for long wearing, highly pigmented, waterproof and smudge proof makeup. Seriously, this product can be used for anything (eyes, face, lips, etc.) and comes in a large variety of matte and metallic colors. $18 danessamyricksbeauty.com 5. MELANIE MILLS HOLLYWOOD GLEAM BODY RADIANCE is truly an all-in-one product that can be used on face and body and will have you glowing from head to toe. I have all seven shades, both for myself and my makeup kit, so I can create a sheer glow, a gorgeous transfer-proof tan and every look in between. $16-$42 melaniemillshollywood.com
1. L’ORÉAL VOLUMINOUS PRIMER is going to be your mascara’s new BFF. Apply prior to mascara to build dramatic length and volume on every single lash. Then one or two coats of mascara is all you need to have beautifully defined lashes. Hello, lashes I had no idea I even had! $8 lorealusa.com 2. COOLA MINERAL LIPLUX® SPF 30 ORGANIC TINTED LIP is a beautiful lip tint with the lusciousness of a balm. On top of being the perfect summer lip color, it protects your delicate lip area from sun damage with SPF 30. My vanity for effortless summer beauty is satisfied, as well as my need for hydration and sun protection. $18 coolasuncare.com 3. SUPERGOOP INVINCIBLE SETTING POWDER is an excellent way to up the SPF on your face without disrupting makeup. Use alone or over makeup to ensure you are protected from the sun all day. This powder allows for easy SPF touchup and takes down a little of the extra glow from a hot day. Available in translucent and tinted shades. $30 supergoop.com 58 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
6. STICK WITH IT CASE is absolutely ingenious and keeps all of your items in place while on the go. How many of us do our makeup on the go? I know my hand went up. And how many hate our expensive makeup products flying all over our bag or car? Hand up again. The reusable double sided sticky surface holds items in place and is customizable with vinyl skins. $20 stickwithitpalette.com
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7. SKINDINAVIA SETTING SPRAY will keep your makeup from melting down your face when summer heat is in full swing. This breathable and lightweight mist keeps colors vibrant while preventing makeup from settling into pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a formula for every skin type and is paraben-free and hypoallergenic. $29-$39 skindinavia.com 8. NYAKIO KENYAN COFFEE BODY SCRUB is a beautiful body polish that leaves skin smooth and hydrated. What sets this scrub apart for me is the texture, it is easy to grab and not too oily; I honestly could not stop touching my skin all day after the first time I used it. A little goes a long way with this phenomenal scrub. $35 nyakio.com
9. OUAI TREATMENT MASQUE is a restorative mask that I am in love with. I know, I know, I am a mask junky, but what can I say, I need a hair mask for every weird thing my hair is deciding to do that week. This mask comes perfectly proportioned, is lightweight yet very potent, and packs a hydrating and reconstructing punch. $32 theouai.com
10. LUSH SHAMPOO BARS are powerful and concentrated pucks of shampoo that are changing the game environmentally. One zero packaging bar will last up to 80 washes. Full of natural ingredients, you can feel confident that you are doing something positive for the environment and your hair. It does take a second to get used to but then you feel liberated. $11-16 lushusa.com @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 59
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Photographed by Jacqueline Pilar Styled by Madeline Williams Model Stav Ben Zur with L.A. Models Hair & Makeup by Heather Roach using Danessa Myrics Beauty Manicure & Pedicure by Aqua Skin & Nail Care using LVX in Ecru Location Skyview Los Alamos 60 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
NEW IN TOWN Citrine Swimsuit, Jake & Jones Nili Lotan Blouse, Allora by Laura Ali Grace Bracelets, Allora by Laura
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Show Me Your Mumu Top, Whiskey & Leather Tysa Designs Pants, Jake & Jones Necklace, Allora by Laura Ali Grace Ring & Bracelet, Allora by Laura
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ASTR Jumpsuit, Wildflower Women Boutique Bash Necklace, Allora by Laura Ali Grace Bracelets, Allora by Laura
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Solid & Striped Swimsuit, Jake & Jones Illesteva Sunglasses, Jake & Jones
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Solid & Striped Swimsuit, Jake & Jones Ali Grace Bracelet, Allora by Laura
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Hudson Jeans, Whiskey & Leather Furo Clare Top, Jake & Jones C.S. Simko Belt, Jake & Jones Vince Shoes, Jake & Jones
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Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter Jeans, Jake & Jones For Love and Lemons Top, Whiskey & Leather Sigerson Morrison Shoes, Jake & Jones
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Corey Lynn Calter Pants, Jake & Jones Tysa Designs Top, Jake & Jones C.S. Simko Belt, Jake & Jones Bash Necklace, Allora by Laura Ali Grace Rings, Allora by Laura Bracelets, Wildflower Women Boutique Boswell Hat, Jake & Jones
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iao Bella Photographed by Jacqueline Pilar Styled by Johanna Smeds Model Magdalena Malicka with L.A. Models Hair by Tayler Radford Makeup by Leah Rose Washuta Manicure & Pedicure by Aqua Skin & Nail Care using LVX in Brique Car 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet at AMG Thousand Oaks www.amgto.com Location “Rancho San Miguel” Villa listed with Montecito Associates Contact Lori Bowles & Dana Zertuche 805-565-8198 www.montecito.associates 70 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
Dries Van Noten Dress, Julianne Ali Grace Choker, Allora by Laura Watersandstone Bracelet, Jake & Jones Clergerie Shoes, Allora By Laura
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Iris & Ink Dress, outnet.com Rosantica Necklace, outnet.com Lexie LaRae Earrings, lexielarae.com
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Sacai Top, Julianne Cinq a Sept Pants, Juniper Peruvian Art Rings, Juniper Anne Sisteron Earrings, annesisteron.com Flowers by Bright Inc
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2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet available at AMG Thousand Oaks Alice + Olivia Jacket, Juniper Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agence Blouse, Juniper Forever 21 Skirt
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Rossetta Getty Blouse, Julianne Gianni Pants, outnet.com Anne Sisteron Ring, annesisteron.com Black Diamond Necklace, Juniper Zacharias Clutch, Allora by Laura
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Maison Du Soir Kimono, Jake & Jones Maria Stanley Pants, Jake & Jones Brighton Belt, Sepi Zacharias Clutch, Allora by Laura Clergerie Shoes, Allora by Laura
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Iris & Ink Blouse, outnet.com Forever 21 Skirt Anne Sisteron Necklace, annesisteron.com
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Zero + Maria Cornejo Tunic, Allora by Laura Balenciaga Shoes, Sepi
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Dries Van Noten Blazer & Pants, Julianne Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agence Blouse, Juniper Paloma Barcelo Shoes, Allora Diamond Necklace, Juniper
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Photographed by Jacqueline Pilar Styled by Robin Berger Model Charlize Cotton with White Cross Management Hair & Makeup by Brianna Stewart-Olcese Father’s Daughter Top & Pants, Jake & Jones • Clergerie Shoes, Allora by Laura Safavieh Couch, perigold.com • Pillow, Millworks
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RtA Duster, Allora by Laura • Gentry Portofino Pants, Allora by Laura • Zero + Maria Cornejo Shoes, Allora By Laura • B-Low The Belt Belt, Allora by Laura • Zacarias Handbag, Allora by Laura • Kai Linz Necklace, Allora by Laura Safavieh Couch, perigold.com • Selamat Designs Coffee Table, perigold.com • Local + Lejos Tray, Jake & Jones • Que Onda Vos Rug, Jake & Jones • Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant Candle, jomalone.com • Eliana Bernard Vases, Millworks • John Galliano: Unseen by Robert Fairer Coffee Table Book, Jake & Jones • Diverse Beauty by Alexi Lubomirski Coffee Table Book, Jake & Jones @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 81
David Lerner Top, Jake & Jones • Lexie LaRae Bracelet & Rings Safavieh Couch, perigold.com • Local + Lejos Tray, Jake & Jones • Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant Candle, jomalone.com • Eliana Bernard Vases, Millworks 82 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
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WINED Like This
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Photographed by Silas Fallstich Styled by Madeline Williams Models Luba Vitti & Mathieu Szymkowiak with It Model Management Hair & Makeup by Erika Lee Location Sanford Winery via Nanco Helicopters
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On Her: ASTR The Label Top, Whiskey & Leather Scotch & Soda Pants, Whiskey & Leather SeaVees Shoes, seavees.com On Him: Scotch & Soda Shirt, Whiskey & Leather Citizens of Humanity Jeans, Whiskey & Leather SeaVees Shoes, seavees.com Allen Edmonds Belt
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To celebrate our 5th anniversary local private charter Nanco Helicopters takes us to Sanford Vineyards in Santa Rita Hills, a brief yet stunning 25 minute flight from Santa Barbara Airport to vineyard and we are sipping some of the best wine the county offers. We spend the day at the winery enjoying a private picnic, wine tasting and guided tour of the vineyards. After a full day we grab a bottle of our favorite Sanford red and cruise over the coastline homeward bound.
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Tablecloth, The Blue Door
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On Her: Scotch & Soda Dress, Whiskey & Leather Muubaa Leather Jacket, Whiskey & Leather Matisse Booties, pbjshop.com On Him: Scotch & Soda Shirt, Whiskey & Leather Rodd & Gunn Jacket, Whiskey & Leather Citizens of Humanity Jeans, Whiskey & Leather SeaVees Shoes, seavees.com
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BRINGING BACK THE BLISS Sometimes we need to unplug from the daily stress of life to check back in and make sure we are taking care of ourselves. There’s a common saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.” We live in a society that is always “on” with the majority of people having trouble knowing how to switch off, taking pride in rushing around and being available 24/7, answering phones and emails first thing in the morning and through until the wee hours. So, when we’re feeling stressed and running around taking care of everybody else, the healthiest thing we can do is to stop and consider how we can take care of ourselves. When Celine Wallace, an Actress turned Yogi from Los Angeles finally reached burnout after helping others achieve balance in their lives, whilst neglecting her own, she booked a one way ticket to Bali to answer the question, “Why if we know we need balance in our lives, do we only seek it part-time?” Through her journey of personal discovery and education she found answers to what seems to elude most of us. Upon returning home Celine created Sattva Soul Retreats with the intention to share what she had learned, creating a women’s only mindfulness experience in Bali, that not only allows you to have a week long magical escape, but focuses on tools for how to bring bliss back home and
incorporate it into daily life. We catch up with her about why she created Sattva Soul Retreats and why it’s so important to make time for self-care if we want to live our best lives. What was your inspiration behind Sattva Soul Retreats? Sattva Soul came out of living a life that looked fantastic from the outside but in reality was hectic and far from fulfilling. That is also why I was drawn to the word Sattva when creating this experience, because in ancient Sanskrit Sattva means to live in balance, purity and harmony within yourself and the universe. Over the years of living in LA, I kept seeking moments of stillness and alternative ways to decompress from the rat race, so I would turn to mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation to reset and rejuvenate, which sparked my curiosity to learn different styles of healing. I studied part-time, learning everything from Nutrition, Pilates, and Yoga, to Tarot, Reiki, and many other types of alternative healing. Eventually, after a bad breakup, I reached burnout and booked a one-way ticket to Bali, where I decided to take Yoga and Healing from a passion to a full-time career. It was during my studies in Bali that Sattva Soul Retreats was born because I wanted to share the knowledge I’d learned through my journey of self-discovery.
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I wanted to provide a retreat that I would want to go on, as a prime example of being a busy woman who didn’t know when to slow down, or how to do it. Who are these retreats for and why are they different from other retreats? Sattva Soul Retreats are women’s transformational health retreats that are for women in every stage of life. I wanted to create retreats for women as a safe space to share and create a sisterhood, while also being different from other retreats because we aim at helping women with both dietary and lifestyle changes necessary to bring the mind, body, and soul into perfect balance. Retreats usually offer a weeklong all-inclusive vacation and then say goodbye, but with Sattva Soul Retreats I wanted women to leave with an overall sense of wellbeing, equipped with the resources to use day to day for long-lasting happiness. Where as some types of retreats, you go to a destination location, do yoga every day, then you go back to reality and you’re back to ground zero within a week. Which is a waste of time and money, because you don’t know how to incorporate that sense of tranquility and inspiration into your daily life, so it’s only a matter of time before you go back to old habits and burn out. We emphasize introducing tools and techniques from what food you eat, to different styles of bodywork, like massages and reiki, and daily activities, like meditation, to restore balance. We have so many services and healing aspects, that are all carefully selected, we have daily spa services, yoga, surfing, meditation, tarot, chakra balancing, sound baths, cooking classes, Balinese blessings, cleansing, nutrition—the list goes on, which I will be teaching, along with some of the best teachers in Bali and around the world. I also want this to be the individual’s experience too, so there is also no expectation to join all the activities. Once you arrive if you want to stroll the beach or have a massage, then we want you to go do that. It’s all about getting the ladies listening to their bodies and learning to do what fills their cup. Why Bali? Bali is a magical place, away from the noise of the Western world. It’s also tropical and very spiritual; Balinese people pray and make offerings to the gods throughout the day as you walk the streets. It’s a beautiful and sacred place for people to undergo a transformation and restore their energy, while being surrounded by beaches and mountains—doesn’t sound too bad, right? Let’s talk about balance, where we lose it, how we get it back, why this is important for women. Most of us are multitasking and medicating our bodies with too much caffeine, over-worked, over/under eating or
exercising, because of stress and to keep pumping more energy into our systems to keep going. It becomes a never-ending hamster wheel that drains our cups and leads to burnout. I would encourage every woman who reads this to list five things they can do to give back to themselves and fill their cup. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
• Go to yoga once a week, or do some form of physical activity.
• Don’t answer your phone before 8 a.m. or after 10 p.m. • Mediate for 5-10 minutes every morning, there are apps you can use, like Calm or Headspace.
• Make as many homemade meals as you can so you can use local and organic whole foods.
• Write down 5 things you’re grateful for every morning or night, both if you can.
How has your life changed since incorporating mindfulness? Since starting my journey of learning and healing I have seen massive changes in my life, even down to the simplest things where I have developed more awareness around basic situations. A lot of little things that used to confuse me I now handle with ease because I see it for what it is, many toxic relationships have filtered out of my life, and things I work on manifesting come into reality. Before this journey I used to run around caffeinated up to my eyeballs, overworked and then I would go home have a couple glasses of wine to destress from the day—only to start the same vicious cycle all over again in the morning. Now I’m listening to my body, I don’t get as worried or anxious anymore, because I choose to look at everyday as a new experience for opportunities. What kind of experience can someone expect from the retreat? Whether the ladies want to dine on a freshly prepared meal by the best chefs in Bali, indulge in a pampering spa treatment, plot their next big life move, or just surrender their mind to our serene surrounding, each woman will be led down a path of health, happiness, tranquility, and wisdom for a week with soul vibrating and renewing experience. We hope the ladies meet some wonderful fellow goddesses on the way, too.
Celine teaches yoga, transformational workshops and hosts Sattva Soul Retreats around the world. To find out more or book your spot for the upcoming November Bail retreat go to www.sattvasoulretreats.com or follow Celine’s personal journey @celine_wallace.
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PRIVACY PLEASE A secluded, romantic getaway awaits at cliffside resort Cala de Mar
Written and Photographed by Eliza Krpoyan
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e could have been nestled in the hilltops of Ravello, or in a fishing port on the island of Mallorca, yet we were three-and-a-half hours from Los Angeles. We were in Ixtapa, Mexico.
“I don’t know if this is a compliment or offensive,” my boyfriend Tyler prefaced, “it doesn’t feel like we’re in Mexico.” It wasn’t the “Mexico,” we were accustomed to. Separately, we had been to Los Cabos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and Tulum. This was different. It was foreign.
We arrived at Cala de Mar built along the cliffs of the Pacific Coast. Ixtapa is an enclave in Zihuatanejo (a name that may ring familiar from the film The Shawshank Redemption). Greeted by our very own personal assistant, Karla Aguirre, we were given a collar de palma necklace made in the nearby town of Chilapa, and handed a Chilate, a concoction of chocolate, rice, cinnamon, and brown sugar that’s served cold. With a delicious drink in hand, we were accompanied to our accommodations. After a series of stairs, we opened the door to our penthouse. A warm breeze wafted softly onto our skin. To our surprise, we were outside. Each of the 58-suites at this five-star resort has a terrace, a private plunge pool, and views of the waves crashing into rocks. If that weren’t enough to set the tone for a romantic weekend ahead, inside our bedroom candles were lit on either side of the bed, which was thoughtfully covered in rose petals. After a restful first night, we adventured on a two-hour guided bike ride the next morning. The bicycles, available complimentary to hotel guests, are painted with colorful flowers by local artist Nicholas Peña. Along the way we stopped at a natural bird and crocodile sanctuary. Every year, birds from Argentina and Canada migrate to Playa Linda. Think of it as their winter pied-a-tier. The air is filled with chirping and feathers are poking out from every branch. While we were out exploring, the hotel had arranged a mescal tasting followed by a dinner for two on a secluded part of the property.
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Though you’d think you have the entire place to yourself at all times, since most people don’t leave the privacy of their ocean-facing terrace and individual pool. As the sun began to set, we enjoyed a three-course dinner and Mexican Chardonnay illuminated by the moon and candles. The following day, Executive Chef Alain Derouín led us on an excursion to the local market where we picked out ingredients we would later learn to cook with. This included homegrown avocados and mangos, and freshly caught fish, which was cleaned for us while we waited. During our outing, we also tasted sweet tamales and washed it down with Tepache, a fermented street cart drink made from the peel and rind of pineapples. Once back at the hotel, one of Cala de Mar’s four restaurants, Terrace Bar, had been transformed into what looked like a set for a Mexican cooking show. “The goal is to learn, and to be able to do it at home,” said Chef Derouín as he handed me a Corona that he popped open using a butcher knife. “We’re using simple ingredients that don’t require high skills or technique,” he explained. The recipes included shrimp tacos with a healthy variation by substituting shaved jicama in place of tortillas, salsa, tiritas, and guacamole. After tasting the salsa and guacamole according to the recipe, Chef added a twist with mangos, which balanced the piquancy. Another touch of his that you’ll find is Tajín chili powder dusted onto the tortilla chips. Expect these chips, a side of guacamole, and two beers delivered to your room at 5 p.m. daily. That afternoon, after a much-needed siesta, we met Lionel and Allyson of Ynergia to experience an Ancient Cacao Ritual. Nestled in a secluded spot were pillows, chachkies, instruments including a drum, and of course, a cacao drink. After a sage cleansing, we began the ceremony. “Feel the effects of the cacao,” whispered Allyson as she and Lionel guided Tyler and me on a sensory journey. The couple used maracas, chanting, and poetry from the book Inward. The off-the-cuff ritual was likely two-and-a-half hours, but neither Tyler nor I had taken our phones with us to know. Without a sense of time, but a strong connection to each other and ourselves we went on to receive a couple’s massage. Because we were the only ones at the five-treatment room spa, and because the hotel is independently operated, Tyler and I shared the facilities. Like the rest of the resort, the spa features ocean views as well as an outdoor, open-air couple’s treatment area. Our spa experience, like the hotel itself, was extremely personalized. Like a present partner, the staff focuses in on you and makes you feel as though you’re the only ones there. Whether you are or not is unclear.
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e all have those weeks where the only thing on your mind is a getaway; ideally on a beach somewhere miles away from worries and wifi. But recently I had a bit of a revelation; you don’t need to go away to get away. With my latest discovery in mind, I planned an escape to Hotel Californian; waterfront views, innovative cuisine, and several friends begging me to try it made it the obvious choice. On the day of check-in, James, my boyfriend and fellow staycationer, and I awoke brimming with excitement. It helped that only a ten minute drive separated us from our twenty-four hours of bliss. Upon arriving in the heart of downtown, we take a moment to survey the neighborhood. State Street, Santa Barbara’s quintessential area, separates Hotel Californian’s buildings which cover three corners of the intersection that sits just one block from the water. We stroll pass the Dream Plaza, gifted by the hotel’s owner Michael Rosenfeld to the Dream Foundation, an organization that grants dreams to terminallyill adults, offering inspiration and comfort to them and their families. At check in, we experience our first taste of the rare and uniquely refined style that adorns the property. The exterior of the hotel honors Santa Barbara with timeless Spanish architecture, however, a plethora 102 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
of eye-catching Moroccan tiles, lavish modern seating, and vibrant colors illuminate the interior—think Gatsby with a Turkish twist. Our room is nothing short of exquisite; high ceilings, a bold neutral color scheme, emerald green accents scattered throughout, and a balcony facing the Pacific to top it all off. At this point it is clear, every detail of the space had been thoughtfully and meticulously selected (by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard no less). Each piece is rich and purposeful, weaving different cultures and time periods together, to create a work of art. For the rest of the afternoon, we roam aimlessly through the Funk Zone (only two blocks away—major points for convenience), wandering through art galleries, wineries, and everything in between. The settling sun cues our appetite and we make our way to Hotel Californian’s fine dining experience, Blackbird, with it’s red and black marble floors, elegant bar, and subtle hints of 1920s glamour. We open with an eclectic charcuterie board made up of mouthwatering pork pate and smoked seafood, garnished with date mustard and paired with freshly made flatbread—we are off to a very good start. From there we move on to spring greens and octopus. The octopus is the most tender I have ever tasted and is paired eloquently with sauteed swiss chard—my childhood enemy but my current
ally. Blackbird’s commitment to seasonal ingredients rings true with the spring greens; succulent artichoke, roasted hazelnuts, and spiced wheat grains fuse to create exactly what I imagine spring to taste like. I sit back to survey our empty plates, beyond satisfied, but ready for the next awe-inspiring dish. Moments later, two beautifully crafted seafood entrees are placed in front of us; king salmon for me and branzino for James (we love fish can you tell?). I’m infamous for eating off of James’ plate and spend the next twenty minutes lost in smoky branzino and perfectly seasoned salmon. We return to our room in a satisfied daze. Any residual stress had been melted away by a glass of 2014 Kita T’aya. We settle into our cloud-like bed and drift off to sleep with our balcony door open; letting in the light ocean breeze and the soft sound of crashing waves. As early risers, we wake up with one thing on our minds: coffee. Luckily the nearest locally-brewed caffeine fix is just downstairs at Goat Tree, Hotel Californian’s more casual, yet equally delicious, dining spot. After reading about the history of Goat Tree (yes, there are actually goats in Morocco that live in trees), I take in the rest of the space. Countless caramel colored tiles, rich leather seating, and a few, you guessed it, goat related pieces of art, curate a comforting and eclectic atmosphere. We are immediately impressed by the menu. Although Santa Barbara has no shortage of brunch, this one is certainly a gem. My eyes wander between chia seed custard, avocado toast, and Moroccan inspired dishes like Shashuska (poached eggs baked in a skillet swimming in tomato sauce and feta). We settle on gluten-free banana bread french toast topped with citrus yogurt, a flawlessly crafted acai bowl adorned with a plethora of colorful seeds, a creamy oat milk latte, and a replenishing green juice. After finishing every last bite (and drop of coffee), we decide to spend our last few hours at the hotel’s coveted rooftop pool. As the elevator doors draw open and we step out into the sun, we stand in silence taking in the three hundred and sixty degree view from the rooftop. The Santa Ynez Mountains, illuminated in the morning light, sit just above the historic Riviera. To our right, the Mesa and in front of us lies Stearns Wharf paired with uninterrupted views of East Beach. Perched above Santa Barbara, soaking in our last hour of staycation sunlight, I realize the true value of rest & relaxation. The brief and memorable pause from our day-to-day has us reframing our perspectives. And just think, all it took was single day of staycation. Hotel Californian has officially proved my theory; you don’t have to go away to experience something completely new; the inspired Moroccan decor, distinctive and diverse dining experiences, and sweeping rooftop views made me feel miles away from home.
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Destination Elevation Written by Ottocina Ryan
I’ve never felt so at home yet simultaneously pushed out of my comfort zone. My days at Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, Colorado begin early with a day’s itinerary on my nightstand. The first morning, our experience manager, Harmony, is easing us into life at 9,000 feet with mountain biking, one of many activities I’ve never experienced before. Yet currently I’m almost too comfortable to move, lying in a four-poster bed in a lodge with tall ceilings, exposed beams and mountain chic decor. Think a neutral color pallet, textured fabrics, and no shortage of antlers. My room even has a loft filled with National Geographics and a desk begging to have a novel written at it. I pad downstairs in my slippers to the ground floor of the hotel, which is situated like a house. I’m greeted by a breakfast spread of berries and pastries and the chef asks me what type of eggs I’d like. I go
with an omelette with house made sausage, chatting with her as she makes my breakfast. I feel immersed in the local culture even before leaving the hotel. From my first interactions with the staff in the morning I get a feel for Crested Butte. They bring the best the area has to offer within the walls, sharing anecdotes about the idyllic mountain town and later showing us the most interesting activities. Throughout our stay, we spend a lot of leisure time with the staff, in the lodge and on trails. From the bartenders to the guides to the chefs they are all locals with a story of why they moved to Crested Butte, recommendations, and a curiosity about guests. After breakfast, my friends and I meet Lani, our guide for all of our activities. She has a never-fading smile, genuine cheerfulness and admirable patience with the four of us who have never gone mountain biking before…And are starting off in what is considered one of the top few mountain biking destinations of the world (read: breathtakingly beautiful but no bunny slope). With just the right amount of guidance, and tips that double as life lessons like “focus on where where you want to go, not the obstacle,” we traverse trails strewn with rocks and streams with views of wildflowers, snowy peaks, and the flowing river. Lani carries all of our water, snacks and jackets so we’re free to enjoy the scenery unencumbered. Returning to the lodge, with its oxygen enriched air system, we are welcomed by a family style lunch. Afterwards I curl up on a couch in one the lounge areas to do some work on my laptop. I feel like I’m in my own living room, except with a view of a mountain saturated with pine trees.
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Nearly convinced that I’m in the safety of my own house, I leave the door to my room unlocked, sometimes ajar, when heading downstairs or out for a hike, such as today’s, along Lupine Trail among lupins and aspen trees. Lani notes that she doesn’t know anyone in Crested Butte who locks their doors and crime is limited to borrowing someone’s bike to ride across town. Back at the lodge, I take a peek at the Bunk Room, with seven sophisticated bunk beds and a playroom loft, it’s my childhood dream come true. I immediately send a video to my family, hinting at returning for our next reunion. With only six rooms at Scarp Ridge Lodge, to accommodate larger groups Eleven Experience has two
other properties only a stones throw away, Public House Lofts and Sorpris House. The following day, just a three blocks from the lodge, we have lunch at Public House. Surrounded by navy blue tufted leather booths, dark wood, and moose heads lining the walls we fuel up on truffle poutine and fresh salads. Taking note of the live music downstairs for later, we head out to wander around Crested Butte. With no chain stores and colorful victorian buildings housing countless boutiques, restaurants and bars within easy walking distance of each other it’s a vacationers paradise. Quaint with just enough to do to make you want to extend your trip.
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For our daily dose of things we’ve never done before, Lani takes us stand up paddle boarding down the Slate River. The lazy river carries us for an hour and a half of mountain views and bumping into each other. While the guides take care of our boards we retreat back to the lodge for apres. We gather around the bar with wine and chat about the day’s adventures while depleting the jar of local beef jerky and platter of roasted vegetable topped hummus.
a salad with freshly picked vegetables from his garden and herb seared NY strip steaks. He explains that the lodge buys whole cows to support local ranchers. Dessert is a lemon cornmeal cake with strawberry rhubarb and thyme compote.
I chat with the chef as he prepares dinner, he owns a local restaurant Ginger Cafe and is four time winner of a local downhill bike race Chainless (where participants remove the chains from their bikes prior to the race). He offers me a piece of lemony wild sorrel to try and lets me in on what’s in store for tonight. The menu includes
Not ready to leave (I don’t think I ever could be) yet excited for the next couple days, Harmony drives us thirty minutes away to Eleven Experience’s Taylor River Lodge. Cell service fades away and ranches are replaced by pine trees and rocky cliffs. I’ve usually found that the more remote a place is, the more fun it is and Taylor River Lodge, situated in a canyon next to the river and surrounded by more pine trees than I’ve seen in my life combined, is no exception. Only open late May through October, this all-inclusive lodge is a summer camp that’s just as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Games of darts come with a side of Bloody Marys and apres is at 5 p.m. daily. They have everything from a teepee to a rock climbing wall to a spa.
After dinner my friends and I head to the rooftop jacuzzi. With no light pollution, it’s just us, shooting stars and the smell of pine trees.
The lodge staff takes our bags to our cabins, and we waste no time in starting a game of ping pong on the lawn filled with games. Then I head to the spa cabin, for a well earned massage. No frills, just a really good massage. I apologize that I haven’t showered after the day’s activities and my masseuse says she doesn’t give two shits. This is Colorado after all. Dinner is at a communal table on the balcony of the main lodge. Overlooking the river (and adjacent to the property’s garden) with evening light streaming through the trees, we indulge in a four course meal. Over local trout we chat with our fellow guests, a couple 106 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
from Chicago, before heading to the blazing fire pits to roast homemade marshmallows and play horseshoes. This place has us questioning why we even have Netflix accounts. The next morning, right after breakfast, we cross the bridge spanning the river to hike up the hillside. With no sounds except the rushing water and chirping birds, we make our own trail though the trees, stepping around succulents and pine cones. Reaching the top, we turn around and sit and take in the view—all pine trees and blue sky—until we remember how many activities we have yet to try. Upon returning we start a game of darts. Let’s just say, a round where all of the darts make in into the dart board is a good round. So naturally we promote ourselves to axe throwing and archery. The couple from Chicago is at the marksmen’s range; he’s already broken an axe and she hits the target dead center on her first throw. “Sorry for messing up your bullseye sticker,” she jokes, retrieving the axe. No hidden talent here for us, but somehow that makes it even more fun. We keep trying until we’re summoned for the fly fishing clinic. John, the fly fishing guide, teaches me how to cast in the property’s pond, and with better luck than I have aim, I catch three rainbow trout. Our afternoon is the perfect balance of adrenaline and relaxation, starting with white water rafting down the river. It’s exhilarating and fun, and our guide makes it easier than I though it would be. Retuning to the lodge we relax at the sleek indoor pool, which has a garage-like glass door that opens to an unobstructed view of the pines across the river, making you feel like you’re outside. Leave it to Eleven Experience to take something great and make it extraordinarily special. When our days of endless fun come to an end, I feel closer to my friends, having been pushed out of our comfort zones together and reminded how much fun it is to just play a game outside. Adding in the luxuriousness of the remote setting and friendliness of the staff, I would go as far as to give the trip an eleven out of ten.
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Cooking With CLASS Written by Alessa Valenzuela
here are places you go when you want to adventure, and locations you go to stay in one place, Half Moon Bay is the latter. Boasting majestic pebble beaches, cascading coastline views, and small town charm, it’s no wonder it’s the home to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The moment my wheels pull onto the drive, my lingering stresses evaporate into the crisp salt water air. Located just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is an easy escape from the bustle of the city and the perfect place to relax and indulge in a rejuvenating weekend retreat. Checking in with the Global Cuisine Series package (the exclusive retreat includes a one night stay at the hotel, a recognized-chef lead cooking class, three-course luncheon, and an opportunity to taste
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two signatures dishes that reflect the visiting chef ’s regional cuisine at Navio), I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and meet our Chef. The Global Cuisine Series line-up features guest chefs such as the recent James Beard Award winner, Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn, Bar Crenn) among other industry leading innovators like this session’s Chef, Louis Tikaram (EP Restaurant, Los Angeles). As we walk into the banquet kitchen, I feel right at home. I’ve always loved the layered aromas that circulate in the kitchen out of sight from guest’s eyes. Chef Louis stands smiling at his station to welcome the group as we arrive. Bubbles are poured while everyone gets acquainted and before I know it, we’re cooking. I’ve spent much of my adult life in and around kitchens, but I am rarely the one cooking, and almost always shooed out for trying to
recommends a rice cooker—it’s a game changer). While he effortlessly prepares the rest of our meal, he shares stories of his early days in the kitchen. How he jumped on the line from the dish pit at his first restaurant job when the cook didn’t show. And how he worked his way up from six months of making nothing but curry to getting to work for his mentor, the cooking legend Chef David Thompson. Sitting for a family style lunch, we enjoy the fruits of our labor with wine pairings from the resorts’ sommelier. I learn some guests are avid at-home cooks while others are big city eaters. Some are familiar with Chef Louis’ Los Angeles hot spot, EP Restaurant, known as the Asian eating house ‘Where Love Lives’ with a rooftop bar that is one of the most sought after spots in the city, while others simply appreciate modern Asian cuisine. When asked why he became a cook, Chef explains that in the kitchen, everyone is family, and family is everything. When he’s not leading his team at EP (all but a few have been with him since its opening in 2015) Chef Louis (@the_lou_dad) and his wife Jorja share their love of food, travel, and the Los Angeles Clippers with their toddler daughter, who’s for sure the coolest kid on the playground with the fresh sneakers she rocks. As the afternoon comes to an end, Chef reminds us to keep cooking, and send us each with his favorite fish sauce, a key ingredient of Asian cuisine. With a smile, he’s back to the kitchen to prepare his evening’s specials.
snack on the meal’s prep. Walking up to my cooking station, I can see today, we’re in the prep game. To begin we will prepare red chilli nahm jim, the sauce that will accompany the first course of lunch this afternoon—kanpachi sashimi with chilli lime, cilantro roe and micro herbs. Looking over our recipe book, it looks like we’re in for a treat. For our main course, we’ll enjoy a steamed whole snapper with ginger, green onions and black beans, then finish the meal with a dessert of black sticky rice with fresh mango and papaya. Using the mortar and pestle at my station, I smash chilis, garlic, and cilantro root, grinding the ingredients into a paste. Next, I pound in palm sugar, then stir in fish sauce and lime juice to taste. I am delighted by the balance of brightness and heat of the sauce, and surprised at how simple the process was. Chef makes a note, “Cooking is all about confidence. The more you cook, the more confident you’ll become.” With the sauce done and the class on round two of Möet Rose Champagne, we find ourselves talking shop with the chef as he shows us how to score and steam a fish, and talks us through how to make rice on the stove (for the record, he @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 109
A Weekender’s Guide To
San Francisco Written by Alessa Valenzuela A weekend without responsibilities is a rarity these days so when I’m blessed with a wide-open schedule, I take a hint and get out of town. Yearning to leave the remnants of a work week behind me, I book a last-minute flight from SBA to San Francisco.
stacked Victorians lined the steep city streets of the bay. Feeling at once inspired and adventurous, I tuck away my latest summer read, return my tray to the locked position, buckle up and eagerly await touchdown.
Doing my best to get a look at the view below, my temple rests against the cold airplane wall and I can hear the massive machine roaring away. There is something soothing about the low rumble of an engine when you’re soaring among cumulus clouds. I breathe a deep sigh of relief and relax into my seat. Finally, I am on vacation. As we approach landing at SFO, I find myself imagining what this place looked like before skyscrapers peppered the coast and
My driver misses most of the morning’s traffic and before I know it we’re in the heart of San Francisco’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) where blooming trees and charming boutiques usher us toward our destination, Hotel Kabuki. Entering the lobby, a dramatic display of custom-made windowpanes drape the entrance illuminating a historic San Francisco map mural behind the clear glass. Once a 1960s community center, the hotel’s interior has been completely re-imagined by Brooklyn-based MARKZAFF designs. Elements of contemporary Japanese design blend with eclectic bohemian inspired décor to create a modernupscale hotel experience. The lobby lounge boasts two living room inspired seating areas where guests can spin records, order from the bar and restaurant, or just chill out and plug in. Walking below exposed rough-hewn Douglas fir beams on my way to the lobby elevator, a late morning sun cloaks the room with bright streams
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of light, drawing my attention towards the bar as I marvel at an unobstructed view of the outdoor Japanese zen garden. The soft sound of a stirred cocktail starts a slight salivation in my mouth; note to self: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for a beverage. Stepping into my room, I immediately feel at home. A striking portrait of a geisha hangs comfortably next to a black and white print of the hippie counterculture of the 60s. Noticing the balcony, I slide open the door letting crisp San Francisco air infiltrate my cozy abode before closing it quickly behind me. Parched, I ditch my suitcase and head back down to the bar to remedy the lingering thirst from my earlier travel. Impressed by the wide selection of Japanese whiskeys, but not quite ready for where that road might lead, I order the Golden Tea Milk Punch and before I know it, the barkeep presents me with a delightful drink comprised of Nikka Coffey Gin, Giffard Vanilla, Japanese sencha green tea, honey, turmeric, and coconut milk. Warm and boozy, it is just what the doctor ordered. Wanting to make the most of a short stay, I finish my drink and set off to explore the neighborhood. First stop: San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peace Pagoda. The five-tiered Buddhist monument located next to the hotel was designed by Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi to inspire peace, and presented to San Francisco by the people of Osaka, Japan as a symbol of friendship. It now serves as a public space for meditation, music, and community events, recognized by most as the historical center of Japantown. Embracing the beauty of Japantown means also recognizing its origins. Once gold was discovered San Francisco grew from a thinly populated sandy marshland to a major industrial hub of the West, and by the mid1860s tens of thousands of people had relocated to the boisterous city in pursuit of prosperity. Japanese immigrants (like Chinese immigrants before them) faced discrimination in America. In an effort to protect themselves, they isolated from westerners which in turn created a self-reliant community with a strong sense of cultural identity. Neighborhoods that were once refuge from persecution, are now vibrant social centers and international attractions, drawing thousands of travelers from around the world (including yours truly).
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Taking time to appreciate the cherry blossom trees dancing with the wind, I sit in silence beneath the structure and embrace the tranquility of the present moment. Melodic sounds from a nearby flute player permeate the air adding to the enchantment of the buzzing plaza as it ebbs and flows with people passing by. In search of an authentic local experience I head over to Benkyodo, where the Okamura family has been serving hand-made Japanese confectionaries for over 100 years. Offering a wide selection of manju and mochi prepared fresh daily, the cozy corner shop has maintained a loyal following of locals and visitors alike. As I survey the mouthwatering selection, I realize decision making here won’t be easy. After much deliberation, I order two white mochis filled with smooth red beans, one for now, one for later. I devour the first sweet and savory morsel almost as quickly as it arrived in my hand, starting in on the second rice cake before I exit the store. Soon after leaving the mochi shop I find my way to Paper Tree, a darling specialty paper and goods store owned and operated by the Mihara family for over 50 years. Helmed by sisters Vicky and Linda (both award-winning origami artists), the shop sells specialty papers, art supplies, apparel, gifts, and assorted baubles. I pick up a small satchel of loose leaf sencha green tea, and a mini maneki-neko for good luck. Suddenly, it’s 5 p.m. and I’m starving so I head back to the hotel for some snacks at The Kabuki Bar. Realizing that this is the go-to spot for an after-work drink, I snag the last available seat at the bar and place my order. First to arrive are fire-charred Shishito Peppers with avocado cream and serrano. Next up, a Soba Noodle Salad with red cabbage, sweet peas, carrot, shiso, and dashi soy dressing; I add an order of sliders to-go as a snack for later and retreat to the suite for the evening. In the morning, I check-out a “Meditation Station” from the concierge for some muchneeded centering. The set up includes a floor pillow, headphones, and an iPad loaded with music and guided meditations. Tools in tow, I find a comfortable seat and begin my morning ritual. Feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day, I zip downtown for some lunch and a little afternoon shopping. Hankering for a taste of Peruvian cuisine, and blessed with another day of clear blue skies I venture out to the patio at Chef Gaston Acurio’s, La Mar Cebicheria on the Embarcadero. It is 11:35, just five minutes after opening and already the patio is half full of lunch diners clad in suit jackets and ties. Fighting the temptation
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to order my weight in empanadas, I settle on the Halibut Ceviche and one of La Mar’s signature pisco sours for good measure. When lunch arrives, I can barely contain my excitement. Folded throughout pieces of delicate citrus cured halibut are corn, sweet potato, red onion, and cilantro—adding bold textures and bright flavor profiles to the dish, creating the most sensational ceviche I’ve ever tasted. The portion was plentiful and finished quickly, leaving me reveling in a moment of full bellied bliss. Savoring the last few sips of my pisco sour, I settle-up and start mapping my route to the nearby financial district. Downtown, surrounded by towering structures and hurried professionals zooming by, I try to picture what it would have been like for Mark Twain to walk down these streets. Perhaps one of the most popular figures to have lived in the city during the Gilded Age, Twain liked to indulge, living lavishly by taking up residence at the Occidental Hotel. The social hub of the time was also credited as the birthplace of the classic martini. Walking up to Market and Sutter, I locate Twain’s former residence, which is now The Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property. In celebration of the building’s rich history, the hotel currently offers a martini hour on the mezzanine above the lobby of the newly re-designed property. With an evening flight quickly approaching, I make my way back toward the Embarcadero for an early dinner at Americano, the restaurant at Hotel Vitale. Knowing it will be my last meal in the city, I decide to go big. The alluring menu features soulful Italian fare that incorporates local produce and regional ingredients so naturally, I want one of everything. Showing some restraint, I limit myself to three items. Warm olives tossed in citrus and herbs to begin, followed by a seasonal beet salad with citrus, whipped feta, and pistachio dill. To round out the meal: a ricotta and meyer lemon agnolotti with roasted maitake mushrooms, and finished with a mushroom broth. Convinced that the meal might be one of the best I’ve ever had in the city, I leave Hotel Vitale happy, full, and ready for a nap. Returning to Hotel Kabuki, I prepare for checkout. It might have been a short trip, but it was certainly a memorable one. Taking my seat on the plane, I close my eyes replaying the last few days in my mind. With the start of the engine, I feel myself drifting off when a Mark Twain quote comes to mind. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
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DAY 1 BREAKFAST
Start your day with some authentic European breakfast flare at Andersen’s Danish Restaurant and Bakery. Whether you N just want to grab a sweet treat and get going, SA or sit outside on the patio and people watch N TA on State Street while indulging in Croissant French Toast, the decadent food made from recipes passed down for generations will make you feel as if you’ve left Santa Barbara and been transported to Denmark. @andersensdanishbakerysb
Get your fix of exploration with the Seven Falls hike. Flowing waterfalls are waiting to greet you at the top of the climb, providing a perfect place to lay out and relax for the day or beat the heat swimming in the pools. This mere three mile round trip journey has come to be known as one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic trails.
Reward yourself with a trip to Pure Order Brewery, a local taproom made entirely out of recycled Santa Barbara wood. Enjoy a predinner craft beer while listening to local musicians on their large patio fully equipped with outdoor activities such as Olympic size bocce ball courts and horseshoe pits. @pureorderbrewco
Treat your tastebuds to mouthwatering Italian-inspired Mediterranean cuisine comprised of local ingredients at Toma. Stick to the classics with ricotta ravioli, or try something more on the contemporary side like the scallops with lobster whipped potato. @tomarestaurant
Plan ahead and see a performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl, a beautiful open air amphitheater in the heart of the city. The Bowl offers diverse bands and musicians for you to enjoy outside on a warm summer’s night. No matter where you’re sitting, the tiered seating will make you feel like you’re front and center, ensuring a magical musical experience under the stars. @sbbowl
Find yourself feeling right at home in one of the luxurious rooms at Montecito Inn, which couples sophisticated decor with modern style and class. There’s no wrong answer when deciding between decompressing with a bubble bath courtesy of the jacuzzi-style tub, or slipping into a food coma in the comfort of the king size beds. @montecitoinn
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DAY 2 BREAKFAST
Channel your inner foodie with delectable brunch plates followed by a decadent dessert from Jeannine’s Restaurant and Bakery. Split RA a helping of the Banana Kahlua French Toast A B and the Classic Benedict to find yourself BAR in the midst of a perfect combination of sweet and savory. On your way out grab a homemade lemon bar, or my favorite, one of the moist chocolate chip scones to enjoy later as a midday pick-me-up. @jeanninesrestaurants
Polo season has finally begun so grab your biggest sunhat and finest derby attire and head down to the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium for a Sunday affair. Make the most of your viewing experience in a field-side cabana complete with Champagne and tasty bites, and be sure to stay after the match to join the Overtime Party to dance the afternoon away! @santabarbarapoloclub
Keep the good times rolling at Corks n’ Crowns urban wine tasting room located in the heart of the Funk Zone. Spoil yourself with one of their famous sparkling wine and freshly baked cupcake flights, a pairing whose flavors will leave you pleasantly surprised and give you just the right amount of a sugar high. @corksncrowns
Take a trip towards the beach and walk along the seaside by Stearns Wharf admiring the work of over 200 local artists as they display the best of their collections at the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show. Pick your favorite piece of handmade jewelry or aesthetic art to bring home your own little piece of this pretty city.
End your trip at a new tapas and wine bar whose mission is to serve you the very best ingredients they can find. Mosto Crudo’s menu is packed full of authentic Spanish dishes infused with hints of Italian flare. Treat your tastebuds with everything from the scallops and ahi tuna, to the burrata and prosciutto, all while enjoying the European cafe feel at the long rustic wood bar under hanging lights. Between the impeccable food selection and the unbeatable ambience, this restaurant has all of the elements for a perfect end-of-the-weekend meal. @mostocrudo
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This Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast Inn has been owned and operated by the Dunstan family for over 30 years, and no expense has been spared to ensure the best experience hospitality can provide.
Four blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Cheshire Cat Inn offers travelers an opportunity to enjoy beautifully appointed accommodations in the two Victorian Queen Ann houses and Craftsman cottages. Enjoy the wonderful homemade breakfast and our renowned afternoon wine hour with local wine and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres in our beautiful and lush English gardens.
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1864 East Valley Road | 4 bedrooms | 1 acre | MUS | $3,450,000 | listed by Tracy Simerly calDRE# 01256722
An investment with a solid foundation.
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