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et again, I find myself in the same spot. Stuck in a design rut. A year has passed and I have done nearly nothing to redefine the interiors of my home. It’s perpetually listed on all my todo Post-it notes—get paint swatches at Home Depot, replace living room area rug, move old dresser out of guest bedroom, buy planters for back patio…and the list goes on. It seems that I’m simply not a very good DIYer. I love the thought of repurposing various pieces of furniture around my house, I drool over the pretty pages of fancy design magazines, and I especially enjoy watching the magical room transformations on HGTV; but when it comes to the action, I’d rather go hide under my outdated comforter. When I question where to begin, intimidation follows overwhelming panic, and here my friends, is where I find myself in need of a professional. No, not a therapist (but perhaps not a bad idea), I’m talking about an interior designer—a home décor master. Lucky for me, and anyone thinking about revamping their home’s inner spaces with the assistance of a design professional—this month we get to know five local interior designers in Kristen Castillo’s “Faces Behind the Spaces.” See a glimpse into the minds of these artists of accommodations. Each offers their points of view relating to the world of design and beyond, including their favorite color palette right now, trends for 2014, favorite kitchen gadgets and more. For those of you who don’t necessarily need to transform, but instead want to add value along with pizzazz to your home, then head straight to Darren Elms’ “Home Improvement,” where you’ll find “10 Value-Added Upgrades” as suggested by area realtors, contractors and more. Perhaps you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, or you simply want to keep your place in tip-top selling shape—either way, this handy list of practical tips takes the thinking out of what to do so you can start hammering away at adding value to your property. After all that work around the house, I can’t think of a better reward (well maybe I can, but it’s not realistic) than something chocolate filled. Check out this month’s “Hit List” of the area’s top five “Something with Chocolate” submissions for dreamy cocoa-inspired menu items around town. If you need another reason to indulge, don’t forget that it’s cupid’s month of love and sharing—sharing chocolate, that is. If a reward such as a vacay to the Big Island of Hawai’i is realistic for you, don’t miss this month’s Escape to Kona, Hawai’i. If you haven’t visited this ever-popular destination, take a tour via the gallery of our aah-inspiring photos, and who knows, maybe you’ll find this is the spot for your dream home. Until next month, indulge with style! FOLLOW US ONLINE: — Desiree

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oseville Joint Union High School District recently announced their new superintendent—20-year veteran of the district Ron Severson, who won in a landslide vote. Congrats!...Throughout the month, check out Smithsonian’s Earth From Space exhibit at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, featuring beautifully detailed satellite images of the planet from the National Air and Space Museum. For more details, visit Roseville Better Gardens Club recently celebrated an important milestone—85 years! The club has been helping Roseville residents grow productive gardens since 1928 and is now a part of the CGCI’s Golden Foothills District...The Me-One Foundation raised approximately $17,000 through their Escape to the Island benefit. The money will help send 11 families to Camp Challenge, a weekend camp for families who have a member dealing with cancer or are in remission...Congratulations to Granite Bay High School senior Taylor Nelson on being the “Gatorade California Volleyball Player of the Year”...Through February 17, Skatetown’s Winter Holiday Outdoor Rink will be open. For hours and special events (like the Winter Olympics Party on February 14), visit Congratulations to Granite Bay resident, Leslie DeDora, who was honored by USA Network with the Characters Unite Award. DeDora won for her efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination through her program A Touch of Understanding...Throughout February, the Placer SPCA will hold their “Be Kind to Animals Poster and Writing Contest.” Students in grades 1-8 can submit posters or essays to the organization, and visitors will then vote on the winner. For specific contest details, including themes for each grade level, visit placerspca. org/postercontest.htm...The City of Roseville was ranked “3rd in Top Digital Cities” by the Center for Digital Government, meaning it’s one of the top technologically progressive and innovative cities in the U.S. Congrats!...Sip hot cocoa or apple cider and listen to stories around the campfire at the Placer Nature Center on February 8, at 3 p.m. For more details, visit placernaturecenter. org...The Rocklin City Council recently appointed Scott Yuill as the city’s new mayor and George Magnuson as vice mayor...On February 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., tour the new St. Augustine Episcopal Church at 1800 Wildcat Boulevard in Rocklin and meet Pastor Liz Armstrong...The American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed Rocklin High School grad Dalton LaVoie with its Outstanding Service Award. Congrats!... The South Placer Transit Information Center was recently awarded “Regional Project of the Year” by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)...Rocklin’s Dutch Bros. Coffee, along with other area locations, worked together to help raise more than $8,500 for the annual Buck for Kids Day event...Clean out your closet and suport local elementary schools—February 1-16— by dropping off gently used clothing, shoes and household items at Rocklin ReUseIt Donation Station at 4395 Rocklin Road. For drop-off hours, call 877738-7348...That’s all for now, but check back next month for Style’s annual Food & Drink feature. — Compiled by Alyssa Wong

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Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Don’t worry so much—it takes the fun out of the journey. Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Giving of time to help. My love language is “acts of service,” and you can see that in every area of my life. Q: Are you high or low maintenance? A: Low maintenance with high energy—my family can hardly keep up. Q: Biggest life inspirations? A: My dad and grandpa—the values they raised me with are immeasurable. Q: What are you most proud of? A: My family. We all work hard and have a great life; we overcome and grow.

hristy Barros grew up in Merced County, surrounded by a close network of more than 200 relatives and friends of relatives. As a child, it was normal for her to help out wherever she could—whether it meant assisting an elderly family friend cook or doing yard work. When she moved to Rocklin eight years ago, she immediately sought to recreate that sense of community. She got involved in the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, and shortly thereafter was introduced to Rotary. “I went to a few meetings, and I found my passion,” Barros explains. “We got to directly help the community—the schools, the surrounding areas, and even overseas. It was pretty amazing.” 10 - February 2014

Barros is the current president of the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin, and she is proud of her role in raising funds to keep important scholarships and other community support programs running— despite tough economic times. She also loves being able to make a difference in the lives of individuals, especially kids. Every year, she attends RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a weeklong summer program that encourages youth leadership. Although she’s also a busy CFO and mother of two young boys, she doesn’t regret for a second the time commitment of Rotary. “You can get the feeling of doing something really meaningful,” Barros shares. “I live for that.” — Amber Foster

FAVORITES Meal in town: Ichiban Sushi, Bangkok City Thai Cuisine Memory: Holding my boys after they were born Movie: As Good as It Gets Local nonprofit: Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin, Rocklin Historical Society Annual event: Rotary Crab Feast (this month on February 22) Saying: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”—Walt Disney

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STYLEMG.COM You Can Never Have Too Much Style TOUCHDOWN! With Style’s Super Bowl Party Planning Tips you’re sure to be MVP of the night! Score with this list of must-haves guaranteed to make your party crowd go wild.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HE’LL SEE? We’re always hoping he doesn’t see it! His shadow that is; but why? Test your knowledge on this unique American t ra d i t i o n w i t h o u r Groundhog Day Trivia.

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FEEL THE LOVE Get crafty this year and share the love with these fun DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

SHELF LIFE Get your monthly fix of Sharon Penny’s then-and-now take on popular albums, books and DVDs, look no further…just click.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate the Year of the Horse & Your Birthday!


TASTE NEW ORLEANS WITHOUT LEAVING HOME From an eggs Benedict po’ boy, aka “The Benny,” and a “French Canadian Poutine” version (French fries and gravy!) to the fried catfish po’ boy, “The Tremé,” and many more, you’ll take a journey to the South without needing transportation. Savor The Southern Po’ Boy Cookbook (Ulysses Press, 2013, $16.95) all month long. February 2014 - 11

If you were born in January or February, bring in your birthday party of 2 or more and receive a FREE* entrée! Buy one entrée and get a second (of equal or lesser value) FREE! Plus, the birthday person gets a FREE slice of our famous banana cream pie.

Fat’s Asia Bistro Roseville 916-787-3287 • Folsom 916-983-1133 *May not be combined with any other offer. Proof of birthday required. Limit 3 birthday discounts per table. Maximum discount $16. Not valid at Fat City or Frank Fat’s. Valid 1/1-2/28/2014. Not valid Valentine’s Day. Tax and gratuity not included.


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eeling poetic, or need some inspiration? Participate in the 26th Annual Youth Poetry Contest! The contest is open to youths in grades 1-12, and applications are available online or at any Roseville Public Library. From haikus and rhyming versus to ballads, odes and sonnets—exploring words, poetic styles and creative writing is a great way to expand the minds of youth. The contest, sponsored by Friends of the Roseville Public Library, will run through February 28. Winners are announced April 23 at Vernon Street Town Square. — Pam Allen For more details and to submit your poem, visit

ask the expert teenager is going through a Q: My stressful time. What are some simple and healthy ways to relieve that stress? It’s the absolute best A: Exercise! way to decrease stress. Find an activity that they enjoy, whether it be yoga or some lightweight exercises, and when they’re feeling stressed out, tell him or her to take a quick break to exercise. It will increase serotonin levels, which help to regulate mood, appetite and sleep cycles, as well as bring down stress levels. —Lisa Schetter Roseville Health and Wellness Center 1650 Lead Hill Boulevard Roseville 916-677-1200

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What’s in Season:

Health experts recommend eating several servings of fruits and vegetables each day; in addition, an appropriate amount of lean meats can also contribute to a nutritious regimen. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of flavor and nutrients, lamb is an excellent choice. Fresh lamb is available year-round, as sheep are raised in almost every state including California (one of the top five sheep-producing states). Locally, Placer County is home to several sheep farms.


SELECTION AND STORAGE When shopping for lamb, look for cuts that are soft pink or red with some white marbling, and without any dried edges. If you prefer lamb chops—the rib, loin or sirloin cuts are best. Lamb should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as it’s purchased. If you plan on freezing the meat, it’s best to consume it within three to four months. Always try to select lean cuts and use low-fat cooking methods, such as roasting, broiling, grilling, braising or stewing.

COOKING ADVICE One of the worst things you can do to a beautiful cut of lamb is overcook it, or—even worse— not cook it enough. Don’t guess when it’s ready to be removed from the oven or test out it’s doneness by cutting into it; instead, invest in a quality, reliable meat thermometer for an accurate assessment. Once the internal temperature reads 160 degrees, allow the meat to rest at least 20 minutes before carving.

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Merlot, which has nice acidity to hold up to the spice of the stew as well as wonderful fruit flavors of blackberry and black plum that complement the dish’s citrus and dates. The soft tannins and cocoa finish are perfect

FOR GOOD HEALTH On average, a three-ounce serving of lamb has approximately 175 calories, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and is considered to be a lean meat by the Food and Drug Administration. The leanest cuts have 70-80 milligrams of cholesterol, comparable to a chicken breast, which contains about 70 milligrams.

with the lamb’s sweetness. Mount Vernon Winery and Fawnridge Winery both create excellent Merlots. For more details on Placer County wineries, visit


For the recipe to make Rustic MoroccanStyle Lamb Stew with Citrus and Collard Greens, visit — Susan Belknap

PlacerGROWN Chef Courtney McDonald’s Rustic Moroccan-Style Lamb Stew with Citrus and Collard Greens (for the recipe, visit stylemg. com) pairs beautifully with a full-bodied foothill

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rocklin parks and recreation Something for Everyone!

Active Adults Meet new friends while playing bridge or pinochle (both meet weekly at the Rocklin Event Center), or taking an exercise class. If cards or cardio aren’t your calling, join fellow seniors on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. for video day, where you can view a movie while sipping soda and enjoying popcorn. For more details, visit parksnrec/active_adult_programs.

Volunteer The City of Rocklin offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. In addition to helping out at one of the department’s special events, you can also assist at the local animal shelter or at Seniors First. To view all volunteer opportunities, visit

Itty Bitty Classes Join instructor Alycia Tonna for the Mommy and Me Play Group, Pre-Preschool, or an Itty Bitty Workshop to educate and socialize your little one—all while meeting other local moms. Have fun creating, learning and playing together at these parent-participation playgroups, workshops and activities. For class times and prices, visit

Rocklin Ramble Taking place at Johnson-Springview Park on June 1, this “5K Crazy Fun Obstacle Course and Team Obstacle Challenge” with a superhero theme will also be the site of this year’s Kidsfest. Registration is now open. For details on how to be a participant, vendor, sponsor or volunteer, visit — Tracie Colamartino For more information and updates on these events and more, visit parksnrec.

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Out of Bounds Brewing Company

ut of Bounds Brewing Company—a fairly new business surprising both newbies and regulars with some of the best home-brewed beers for the buck—is located, literally, out of bounds. Squeezed in between warehouse buildings, it’s the perfect getaway for after-work customers. Walking in, I immediately felt the warm, welcoming vibe, which only multiplied after trying their Tasting Flight. For $20, I received an assortment of 12 beers laid upon a circular wooden tablet. Like the hands of a clock, I rotated my way around and found some of the most distinctive tastes of beer. I especially enjoyed the Delta Breeze Mild Cream Ale (4.8 percent), which didn’t have an overwhelming sense of cream, but rather a delightful, mild aftertaste. The Granite Chief Stout and the Oak Aged Stout (both 6.8 percent) provided a malty flavor that partnered nicely with the perfect supply of hops! The Rusted Butte Ale (5.8 percent) however, is the favorite amongst beer-drinking visitors. It gives a refreshing blend of hops mixed with a light rusted flavoring, making it hard not to enjoy. Whether you’re in to IPAs or ales, Out of Bounds is an up-and-coming business worth tasting for yourself. Out of Bounds Brewing Company, 4480 Yankee Hill Road, Suite 100, Rocklin. 916-2591511, — Katherine E. Leonard 14 - February 2014

the10 spot Valentine’s Day World Trivia Most countries have Valentine’s Day traditions that differ from those here in the U.S. Even so, “love” still remains as the holiday’s main theme. See how you score when it comes to international amoré! 1. Which country sees only women giving chocolate gifts to the men in their lives? 2. Approximately how many Valentine’s Day cards are sent around the world each year? 3. Which Scandinavian countries celebrate friendship rather than romance on February 14? 4. In which country is it customary to give heart-shaped gingerbread cookies to the one you love? 5. Valentine’s Day is also celebrated as National Chocolate Day in which country? 6. Which European city celebrates Valentine’s Day by organizing Romeo and Juliet-related events, such as a contest for the best love letter to Juliet? 7. Which country celebrates love on the 14th day of every month? 8. In the 1700s, what would single women in England pin to their pillows on the eve of Valentine’s Day in hopes of dreaming of their future husbands? 9. Which country’s government had to ban its Valentine’s Day tradition because it often ended up as a rowdy and dangerous bonfire with women burning pictures of the men who rejected them? 10. Which country celebrates Valentine’s Day with a senior citizens parade? — Emily Peter


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Operating hours per week at the Rocklin City Library when it opened in the City Hall building in February 1943. The hours increased to 24 per week when it moved across the street in 1965, until the branch library in JohnsonSpringview Park opened in 1985.


The number of subscribers held by the Roseville Telephone Company (now SureWest) when it was first established in 1914. You can find out even more at the Roseville Telephone Museum. (Yes folks, it’s a real thing).

Best Local “Something with Chocolate” In no particular order

1. Gâteau au Chocolat at La Provence Restaurant and Terrace. “This densely decadent delight always results in choco•COMPILED BY STYLE STAFFERS• late euphoria. The best part? Gluten-free folks can stick their forks in too!” 2. Chicken Mole Poblano at Sabores Mexican Cuisine. “Sure the grilled chicken breast garnished with sesame seeds and onions is delicious, but it’s the mole sauce—made with a seductive addition of Mexican cocoa, nuts, spices and a blend of peppers—that makes this dish really shine.” 3. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundlet at Nothing Bundt Cakes. “If you’re like me and have a serious chocolate addiction, then this cake could become your new drug. Freshly baked, über moist and packed with a plethora of ooey-gooey chocolate chips, it’s anything bundt blah.” 4. Dutch Chocolate Cheesecake at Elly’s Dutch Chocolate Cakes and Sweets. “Elly created this rich chocolate cheesecake for my family’s Thanksgiving and everyone loved it!” cakes.sweets 5. Cupcake Vineyards “Red Velvet” Wine at Cost Plus. “Made with an oak regime that infuses creaminess into the Gâteau au Chocolat at La Provence Restaurant and wine, it just might fool you into thinking that you’re actuTerrace ally eating a piece of chocolate!” 16 - February 2014



Dollars spent by the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.


Pounds of avocados mashed by Americans for Super Bowl Sunday guacamole, according to the California Avocado Commission.


The year of the first documented American reference to Groundhog Day, recorded in a February 4 diary entry by storekeeper Ned Ryerson. (Sorry, that was a Groundhog Day movie joke). Actually it was James Morris of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, according to Wikipedia. — Compiled by Sharon Penny

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alling all animal lovers! The Placer SPCA is putting on its second annual “Be Kind to Animals Poster and Writing Contest” and is looking for eager students (grades 1-8) to participate. To enter, submit a poster or short essay (due by March 14) that relates to a given theme—dependent on grade level. “This year, I’m hoping to turn the top five entries into By Emily Peter bookmarks or cards that could be given away or sold at Placer SPCA events, or when we have information tables out at public events,” says Humane Educator Kathryn D’Anjou. All entries will be judged based on creativity, neatness and how it relates to the given theme. The top five winner’s creations will be displayed in Placer SPCA’s Education Room, before a grand-prize winner is chosen. What’s more, all front-runners will receive a certificate and pin while the grand-prize winner will receive a special gift. For more information, email Kathryn D’Anjou at



february events February is National Grapefruit Month Compiled by Alyssa Wong


PLACER COUNTY BARNYARD HOEDOWN It’s the “save the fair” benefit and what better way to raise money than a hoedown? Enjoy a BBQ dinner, live country music and more from 6-10 p.m. at the Placer County Fairgrounds. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite. com/e/placer-county-barnyardhoedown-tickets-9233552805.


ART FROM THE HEART Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one at this Blue Line Arts event from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy wine and appetizers while helping a great cause, A Touch of Understanding, which helps spread the message of acceptance and respect for people of all abilities. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit


"WE LOVE BOOKS" CRAB FEED Friends of the Granite Bay Library will host this all-you-can-eat feast of crab, shrimp, pasta with Bolognese sauce and fresh bread, plus a no-host bar. Local television personality and reporter from KCRA-TV Brian Hickey will be the emcee for the night. Proceeds will benefit the library’s permanent book collection. To purchase tickets, visit crab-feed-2014.html.


ART AUCTION & MUSIC EXHIBITION Presented by the Eureka Schools Foundation, this family-friendly event will feature one-of-a-kind pieces of classroom art, music from school bands and choirs, raffle prizes, face painting, food, and balloon animals. For more details, email For even more events happening in our area, log on to our website: stylemg. com and click on Calendar. And, be sure to check out our Blog! Send your events to

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SACRAMENTO MUSEUM DAY For the 16th year, visit nearly 30 museums for half-price (including Fairytale Town and the Maidu Museum & Historic Site) or free admission. Presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums, this day is designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the region’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife at little cost. For more details, call 916-808-7462.


THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Emperor Marcus the Third, a 14-yearold, is trying to run an empire and in an attempt to seem more mature, he takes clothes that will make him look like a man. However, it turns out to be a hoax. Watch as Marcus the Third tries to win the respect of his people in this musical comedy. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

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STAND UP AND DANCE Throw on your boogie shoes and dance the night away as Stand Up Placer celebrates 35 years of service in Placer County. The dinner, dancing and surprises will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Rocklin Event Center. Proceeds will support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. To purchase tickets, visit


A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE Chocolate lovers rejoice! From noon to 3 p.m., stroll through Old Auburn sampling special treats provided by more than 23 merchants and restaurants. Entertainment, raffle prizes and select dessert wines will also be on tap. For more details, visit


DISNEY ON ICE: ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols in a musical showcase on ice that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the Disney kingdom—all at the Sleep Train Arena. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit

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MORE EVENTS Through February 2 – Seventh Annual California Hall of Fame Artifact Exhibit. Peruse personal items from inductees like film legend Warren Beatty, designer Charles Eames, and football hero Joe Montana, plus original movie posters from Bonnie & Clyde and Warner Bros. box office receipts for the first day of The Jazz Singer. For hours and more details, visit February 8 – An Evening With Joel Hodgson: Riffing Myself. Join the mastermind behind movie riffing as Hodgson opens up about his life and the origins of his comedic career. The show, taking place at Roseville's Tower Theatre, is quoted as being a hilarious walkthrough of the Peabody Award-winning television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. For more details, visit February 9 – Sacramento Darwin Day. This 17th annual go-to science and reason event will celebrate Charles Darwin’s 205th birthday. Enjoy displays, speakers and, of course, cake! The celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. at Carmichael’s La Sierra Community Center (John Smith Hall). For more details, visit February 13 – Art Mix Prom. The Crocker Art Museum's Art Mix (night of extended museum hours) will team up with Unseen Heroes to create an evening of spiked punch, wallflowers, and dancing to beats by special guest DJs and live music. Replace those embarrassing prom photos with the photo booth and be sure to check out one of the 10-minute art talks on the gowns depicted in the Crocker’s collection. Prizes will be awarded to best ’70s, ’80s and ’90s prom ensembles. The fun begins at 5 p.m. For more details, visit

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February 15 – Presidents’ Day 5K/10K. Help benefit the John Adams Academy by running in this USATF-certified, chip-timed course featuring post-race food, music and great prizes. The second annual walk/run will take place at the Whitney High School Stadium at 9 a.m. To register, visit February 18 – Sacramento Speaker Series. Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith & Co., a leading crisis management firm, will stop by Sacramento for the open forum/lecture series. Her resume of working with clients like Monica Lewinsky and Senator Larry Craig helped inspire ABC’s hit show, Scandal. For more details, visit February 21-March 2 – Disney’s The Aristocats. Disney’s famed tale about singing cats is coming to Rocklin! The musical follows Duchess and her three kittens—Marie, Berlioz and Toulouse—on their adventures to get back home after the evil butler, Edgar, releases them into the wild. To purchase tickets, visit February 23 – Family Concert: “It’s About Time!” Meagan Rao, 2013 YAC winner, and the Auburn Symphony orchestra will take the audience through an unforgettable experience of catchy rhythms, from Mozart to “Mission Impossible.” The performance begins at the Placer High School Theatre at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets, visit February 28 – Peter Pan Jr. Join Wendy and her brothers, Michael and John, as they go on adventures with Peter Pan in Neverland. During the journey they meet the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians and the villainous Captain Hook. Based on the classic Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, this performance—held at the Historic Finnish Temperance Hall—is sure to be a hit! For show times, visit

SAVE THE DATE March 1 – Winter Wine & Food Fest. Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this year’s WWFF—held at the Sacramento Convention Center from 5-10 p.m.—will feature more than 120 wineries, breweries and restaurants. To purchase tickets, visit March 8-April 13 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Join Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest detective in this highly entertaining mystery play. Watch as Dr. Sherlock Holmes cracks the world’s most baffling cases and outwits the notorious Professor Moriarty. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit

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HOLIDAYS IN THE HILLS Placer County Wine Trail, December 14-15 Photos courtesy of Jason Phipps and jbrandmarketing. The DuPont family and friends of Rock Hill Winery

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Greenhills Elementary School, Granite Bay December 14 Photos by Erik Urias. Zane and Pamela Dobson, owners of PaZa Wines Vicky Morris and nephew Chris of Secret Ravine Winery

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AB: You’ve made artwork for many products and companies. Is there a piece of work you’re most proud of? Why? JVD: I did a label for Indian Springs Vineyards that came about in a flash, and though it has a funny story about how long it took to make the owner happy, it turned out to be a winner in many competitions. I still get people asking if I have poster art of it—though they’re no longer making the wine.

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ocal artist Jerianne Van Dijk—whose paintings, illustrations and murals range from whimsical impressionistic works to detailed realism—has created original artwork for many businesses and companies, from restaurant murals to product labels (Lost Coast Brewery, Indian Springs Vineyards, and Tomaso’s Dressings, to name a few). Recently she was invited as one of 26 artists around the world to celebrate the “25th Year of Arts” at El Minia University in Egypt. Below she tells us how she came to achieve such great success in the competitive art world.

and an amount of detail, I’m done. With that said, I might do the same subject many more times…just to stretch the idea.

in my head, and the world I wished I had. It was a form of escape from the life [my family] lived. Art itself was not a part of my life growing up—all we had on our wall was a really cheap print of some grapes and fruit. I never went to art school or college, and married and had my first child before realizing I really needed to [pursue art]. I then began teaching myself to watercolor and giving myself tough goals. Career still hasn’t entered my mind—I do it because I need to. AB: How do you know when a piece is finished? JVD: It’s usually before I realize it. This is age-old for any work. I am not one to want to noodle at the end. A good piece for me, as Robert Frost said of any poem, should have a delicious vagueness; if I can have that

AB: You work in watercolor, gouache, ink and crayon. Do you have a preference for one in particular? Why? JVD: I still love watercolor. It has an element of [unpredictability]—not knowing what the water will do—and I like that. I count on the quirky value of water and paint. With oils you have to make everything happen. Though, I still like adding crayon in the end.

AB: What advice would you give young, budding artists? JVD: Go to school—get the papers. I teach watercolor, yet, because I don’t have a B.A. or other letters, I’m not qualified to teach college courses. Also, practice. The part you do well at the beginning is good, yet not that good. One needs to hone that. A lot of work gets put out for sale that hasn’t been cured by practice. The essence and talent is there, yet the practice and the experience will bring you the home run at the right time.

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artbeat Through March 9 – Book Club at Van Kleef’s. See several styles of artwork by this Bay Area artist group at the Harris Center’s Bank of America Gallery. For more details, visit

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and severity of the seizures. While fewer and less severe seizures usually require medications, more severe cases may require laser surgery on a part of the brain to stop the abnormal function. Seizures can affect an epileptic’s ability to drive, have a job, be in a relationship, and sense of securit y. “A common misperception is that if you have seizures, you cannot drive,” says Dr. Khan. This is not true. “In California, doctors are required to report to the DMV if they know someone had a seizure and the license is suspended temporarily, until WHAT IS EPILEPSY? proven that the seizures are un“[Epilepsy is] having unprovoked der control and treated.” seizures, again and again, which While there are no homeoare not caused by medicine, a head injury, an infection or a fever,” pathic or dietary treatments for epilepsy, some neurologists says Amer Khan, M.D., pediatric neurologist with Sutter Medical recommend a ketogenic diet. Similar to Atkins, it consists of Group in Roseville. Epilepsy can be genetic or it can develop consuming foods that have minimal or no starches or carbofrom a head injury, a tumor, or in people who have abused hydrates and sugars, so the body is forced to produce drugs or alcohol. “A majority of seizures are idiopathic, energy by breaking down fats and proteins. As they’re meaning there is no specific cause that we can attribute broken down, fats and proteins produce ketones, to it,” says Dr. Khan. “The theoretical idea about those which in some cases can stop seizures from occurring. people is that the circuits in their brains, for some unDr. Khan also stresses that those with epilepsy should known reason, just don’t work properly.” avoid dietary triggers, including excessive alcohol, A person with epilepsy will experience seicaffeine and nicotine. FIRST AID: zures, which can manifest is several ways. “Most cases of epilepsy can be treated They may just look “spaced out”—staring quite well,” says Dr. Khan. If someone HOW TO and not responding to stimulation— is having seizures, the first stop is a HELP THE VICTIM or they may have an uncontrollable primary care doctor and then that If you witness someone having a seizure, twitching of body parts. Seizures person will be referred to a neurolodon’t panic. First and foremost, don’t put anycan also result in a person becomgist. In complex cases, a person thing in the person’s mouth: The tongue will not ing unconscious and shaking, or may be referred to an epilepsy roll back and choke the person. Second, make sure the person is in a safe place so if he or she falls down, stiff throughout their entire body. specialist. “For a majority of peothey will not injure themselves. Third, if possible, lay “It can be very scary to look at,” ple, epilepsy starts in childhood the person on his or her side to avoid choking on says Dr. Khan. “But people don’t and they grow out of it,” adds Dr. vomit. Dr. Khan says that a majority of seizures will usually die from seizures.” Khan. “Some will continue havstop in a few minutes. Some epileptics carry mediing seizures and an even smaller cation that can be injected into the rectum with TREATMENT percentage will [experience] some a plastic syringe to stop a seizure. But if a seiThe disease is treated in a variety of that are disabling.” zure goes on for more than five minutes, ways—from medications to devices imcall 911. Afterwards, the person will planted into the brain and laser surgery Visit for more be tired and it’s okay to let of the brain—depending on the frequency information. him or her sleep.

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or many, the term “epilepsy” conjures up images of seizures and panic, along with the misnomer that people with the disease live a sheltered life. What’s more, many of us fear how to help if we witness an epileptic having a seizure. (Note: A person having a seizure cannot swallow his or her tongue, this is just a myth). In reality, medication and control of this disease has come a long way. You may be surprised to learn that one to two percent of the population, more than two million Americans, are living quality lives with epilepsy.

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body into skipping over the bad pieces of genetic code to make a slightly smaller but mostly functional dystrophin protein. We’re not at the point of a ‘cure’ per se, but we are right on the cusp of being able to significantly reduce the impact of having DMD.” He adds that use of the steroid drug prednisone, supportive cardiac medications, and non-invasive ventilator supportive technologies have improved both overall survival rates and quality of life for patients. For more than 60 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has also worked to find treatments and cures for DMD, in addition to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. The nonprofit’s founders—a

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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by Morgan Cásarez DMD begins causing muscle weakness in the hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders between ages 3-5, and those affected can expect to experience weakness in their heart and respiratory muscles by the time they reach their early teens. Additionally, many patients begin to lose the ability to walk between 8-12 years of age, and most use a wheelchair full-time by age 14. According to Henricson, the major experimental approaches to “fixing” the dystrophin gene are “ways to trick the

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rik Henricson, M.P.H., has worked with patients affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and other neuromuscular diseases for more than a decade. As associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he is well aware of the hardships families face when caring for a child with DMD. “[It] continues to be among the diseases with the highest total cost of health and medical care of any chronic disease,” Henricson explains. “A family-centered approach to helping people with DMD is really necessary…I see parents all the time who selflessly put their needs far behind the needs of their kids, and it’s our job to help them find ways to take care of themselves as well.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that DMD occurs among approximately 1 in 3,500-6,000 boys. It’s considered the most common form of muscular dystrophy amongst children and is characterized by a lack of dystrophin, a protein in muscle cells. The disease, which only affects girls in rare cases, is a genetic disorder passed from female carriers with abnormal dystrophin on one of their X chromosomes to their children.


On January 6, 2013, El Dorado Hills resident Nicole France posted the first entry on her blog, Finding a New Normal. “I keep hearing what I feel is normal and soon it will get easier and eventually I will fall into a ‘new normal,’” she wrote. Riley, her 12-year-old son, had recently been diagnosed with DMD. Within a month, France, a single mother of five, launched, a website dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Riley’s medical expenses and daily needs, most of which aren’t covered by insurance nor county, state and federal resources. “This was my way of reaching out to share our hopes of spreading the word about the fight families in my position face,” she explains. “We struggle each and every day to meet the growing needs of our children while trying to remain hopeful that a cure will be found…in their lifetime.” To that end, France has taken an active role in supporting Roseville’s branch of the MDA. “Over the last six months, two families have lost their 10-year-old sons to [DMD]…” she shares. “This should not happen, but it does, and the only way to save more lives is by providing support for not only research, but things like wheelchair-accessible vehicles, mobility equipment, [and] in-home services.”


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The MDA of Sacramento hopes to breathe new life into the local gala scene with its inaugural Blue Moon Bash, a social gathering to fund an additional 1,000 minutes of research for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Set to take place this fall at the Four Points by Sheraton, Sacramento, the event promises to be a fun evening of elegant food, cocktails, auctions and activities. Organizers are currently seeking sponsorships, in addition to donations of floral arrangements, beverages and photography services. For more details, contact MDA Sacramento Executive Director Kym Hoffman at or 916-921-9518.

group of adults with muscular dystrophy and parents of children with the disease—set out to conquer neuromuscular diseases through a combination of research funding, comprehensive healthcare services, and support for families nationwide. According to Jamey Rosner, health-care services coordinator at the MDA’s Sacramento office, funds raised locally stay local and are contributed almost entirely by individual donors. “[The MDA] rallies local communities,” she shares, “to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagements to create more awareness about these rare diseases, as well as provide resources, support and programs that assist them directly with the diagnosis.” “Our team’s research shows that many people today with DMD are surviving well into adulthood and doing things that adults normally do, like going to college, getting jobs and getting married,” Henricson adds. “In the past, that simply did not happen, and it offers families more hope for their child’s future.”

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education guide This month, Style Magazine presents our education special advertising section. From learning centers, tutoring programs and preschools to adult education, colleges and universities, our area scores high marks for the number of ways to enlighten and be enlightened. The following are some of the area’s premier educational resources. And when you visit these businesses or schools, tell them you saw their profile in Style!

W.T. Eich Middle School 1509 Sierra Gardens Dr. | Roseville 916-771-1770 | Warren T. Eich Middle School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School serving students in Roseville, CA. The IB teaching philosophy is known to develop internationally minded, creative and reflective thinkers. Why Choose Us? WE BELIEVE IN EDUCATING THE WHOLE STUDENT Our students are encouraged to become well-rounded, accountable and caring individuals. We believe in fostering individuality to create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. WE INVEST IN STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH IB EDUCATION. We incorporate the rigors of Common Core, Visual and Performing Arts and Foreign Language. Through global citizenship, holistic learning and intercultural awareness, students are prepared for college and career. WE LET OUR STORY TELL ITSELF At Eich, we are all about history, and not just the kind you find in books. Our roots run deep here and we take pride in our achievements. We’ve earned awards such as National Blue Ribbon, California Distinguished and Project Fit America School and we’ve met AYP Growth Targets in all significant subgroups. Our API has reached 884 in recent years. What’s even better? Our campus is brimming with considerate, kind, eager teenagers who are preparing to make their mark on this planet. Watch out, world! Learn more at or 916.771.1770 ext. 123

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Roseville Parent Education Preschool 3645 Old Auburn Rd. | Roseville 916-782-7458 | RPEP is a parent co-operative preschool offering a play-based curriculum for ages 18 months to 5 years, as well as parent education and support at our monthly parent meetings. Come visit us at our Open House Playdate on March 29, 2014 from 10-1. Meet our teachers, Miss Stacey and Miss Megan, as well as other families in our community. Explore indoor and outdoor play spaces, toys and play-based learning activities. Learn how the RPEP community can benefit you and your children! Call us at 916-782-7458 or visit for more information.



Guiding Hands School 4900 Windplay Drive | El Dorado Hills 916-939-0553 | Guiding Hands School just celebrated 20 years as a nondenominational Non-Public School (NPS) serving special needs children from preschool through high school, ages 2-21. Fully accredited for K-12 by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Guiding Hands is certified by the California State Department of Education and licensed by Community Care Licensing. Students are privately or district-placed. Students are taught by credentialed teachers in academically-based classrooms with an average of 15 students per class. Staff-to-Student ratio is 1-to-5 allowing for individualized and appropriate support focused on academic, social, self-help and positive behavioral growth. The high school offers diploma and certificate tracks. Services on campus include Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Guidance Counseling, Educationally-Related Mental Health Services, Behavioral Education, Social Skills Training, Functional Life Skills and Community-Based Instruction. Staff on campus includes Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed School Psychologist, and Pediatric & Adolescent Psychiatrist.


Guiding Hands School has a hot lunch program, transportation option, and licensed childcare center with before and after school care for younger students. Teen Center on campus provides after-school program for all teens, including homework support, structured social interaction and scheduled outings.

Merryhill School 1115 Orlando Ave. | Roseville 877-959-4187 | Merryhill Elementary and Middle School in Roseville engages and challenges each student by providing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum in a warm and nurturing learning community. They offer personalized instruction and experiences that develop 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration and communication. After 30 years at the previous location, Merryhill Elementary and Middle School in Roseville has expanded to a new location at 1115 Orlando Ave. The building has undergone a complete renovation with numerous dedicated specialty areas. Notable features include: art studio, music room, science lab, media center, multi-purpose room, ample parking, enhanced security system, and multiple play areas. The technology-rich academic curriculum for the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science was developed to be exciting, stimulating and challenging. Rounding out the curriculum is an array of specialty classes including Spanish, art, music, technology and physical education. Learning continues before and after school, right on campus. After-school programs include academic enrichment, athletics, and the arts. Merryhill School also offers summer camps, specialty camps, and local field trips. Schedule a private tour or RSVP to their next Open House Thursday, March 20 from 5-7pm by visiting Roseville. or by calling the admissions office at 1-877-959-4187.

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Is your child struggling in school or having trouble concentrating? Does your child need help with organization and study skills? Rx Tutoring is an innovative program designed to give your child highly individualized tutoring allowing your child to learn new skills, overcome challenges and manage homework. Rx Tutoring provides an ideal environment for middle school and high school students. Our quiet office is nestled in the heart of Granite Bay.

St. Albans is a non-religious, pre-K through eighth grade private school with a 50-year tradition of academic excellence. Small class size and extraordinary faculty nurture each child’s success in the core subject areas of math, science, history, social studies, English, computer, and Spanish. Along with rigorous academics, all grades enjoy a well-rounded curriculum including visual and performing arts, and a myriad of athletic and enrichment activities.

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Adventure Christian School 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd. | Roseville 916-781-2986 Adventure Christian School is home to an award winning Preschool, Elementary, and Junior High program. Our school is dedicated to offering challenging academics in a Christian environment with credentialed teachers, state of the art facilities, and extended care for working families. In Preschool, your child will develop socially, academically, and fine tune their basic motor skills. Our Elementary and Junior High school curriculum includes teaching core subjects in addition to music, physical education, Spanish, and computer technology. Class sizes are maxed at 24 students per class to ensure that every child receives the educational attention they deserve. In Junior High, students have the ability to take high school level coursework and various electives to best prepare them for their coming high school years. We’d love for your child to join our Home of Warriors! Check out our website for more information. Applications for the 2014-15 school year are currently being accepted with enrollment beginning in March, so contact us today!

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am learning to be more mindful in my everyday life.” Wellness Within Founder and Executive Director, Patti Brown, opened the Roseville center’s doors three-and-a-half years ago—following the completion of her mind-body medicine certification. Her goal was to provide a “healing oasis” of free services, including yoga, meditation and nutrition education. “My belief is the community has been strengthened knowing we are filling the gaps where orthodox medicine isn’t able,” Brown explains. “I have had many people in my life [who’ve been] diagnosed with cancer and have witnessed the trauma, havoc, pain and agony of dealing with all that comes with a life-threatening illness.” In less than a year, Wellness Within has seen its client list double, and staff members say they hope to add more classes—eventually relocating to a larger space in order to expand their reach and continue serving patients like 27-year-old survivor Allie Northern. “I have gained so much, but in that gain I have also lost,” she says. “Cancer is a gift in ways, but it still is a long, hard, harrowing journey that no one should have to walk alone.” Despite the best efforts of staff and volunteers, the journey doesn’t always have a happy ending, but true to Northern’s words, the Wellness Within family is always there to provide support. “Recently, one of our most enthusiastic supporters died and the outpouring of grief was huge,” shares Yoga Program Coordinator Susan Whitaker. “I watched as clients bonded, talked and supported one another through attending her memorial and checking in with each other before and after classes. It gave me the feeling that what we do here really matters.”

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hen Eleanor Gorospe was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in September 2012, she felt as if her world had been turned upside down. Shock, disbelief and tears were soon followed by what she describes as her “warrior mode,” a fierce determination to “fight off [the] cancer with a vengeance.” She was 54 years old, a non-smoker, and she wasn’t ready to die. “I managed to stay positive and hopeful throughout the chemo, but I was discovering that there was more to the cancer fight than just killing off the cancer cells,” Gorospe recalls. “I was still dealing with the acceptance of the diagnosis, the magnitude of the fight, and the fear of death.” In the spring of 2013, she discovered Wellness Within, a mind-body wellness center for patients, survivors and families coping with cancer. It was exactly the sort of support system she needed to complement her treatment, and in just a few months’ time, she had taken on the dual role of client and volunteer. “There was a very peaceful and calm energy as soon as I walked into the center, and I knew it was the place to be,” Gorospe shares. “The staff was warm, friendly and caring. The classes I took…helped to strengthen me mentally. I am more readily able to keep myself calm and focused and

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be your own boss 6 Tips for Starting a Business by Linda Holderness


ou’re flush with compliments about the clever cupcakes you made for the holidays and say to yourself, “Wouldn’t baking be more fun than my day job?” Or you’re dreaming you could ditch your desk to escort bass fishermen through the Delta. Do you dare? Nearly everyone from time to time imagines starting a business doing something they love. Should you take the chance? These tips from local experts will help you decide.

1. BE PASSIONATE “Passion is number one,” says Darla Colson, CPA, MST, at Gilbert Associates, Inc. in Folsom. “You must believe in what you’re doing.” If your business goal is only about making money, and not about following your passion, “things can go south very quickly,” counsels Sherif Boctor, CPA at PSG Certified Public Accountants in Roseville.

Even when you love what you’re doing, running a business is hard work, says Roger Linn, attorney/principal at Barnett & Linn, Attorneys at Law in Roseville, who specializes in business formation. “You’ve got to find customers, collect money, pay your bills, keep records.” Be realistic, advises Colson: Are you willing and able to spend hours on tasks you don’t enjoy?

3. CAPITALIZE If the routine tasks don’t daunt you, you need to consider money. The biggest mistake new businesses make, says Linn, is not having enough capital. Starting on a shoestring may sound romantic, but it isn’t practical. Analyze your finances and figure out how much money you’ll need and where it’s going to come from—maybe including family or friends, urges Boctor. Don’t wait until your dollars run out before lining up new sources of accessible cash.

4. PLAN Small business owners rarely develop a business plan—and that’s a mistake, Boctor says. You may think you have everything in your head, but writing down your plans helps you anticipate problems and keeps you on track.

5. BUDGET Before you even open your doors, get accounting software and create a budget, advises Colson. Along with income and expenses, be sure to track tax deductions— these put real dollars in your pocket. Work-related lunches and miles you drive are deductible, for instance, and you might miss them without a budget.

6. ACT “AS IF” To be taken seriously, you must portray a professional manner from the get-go, Boctor says. Commission an identity package. Get classy business cards. If you work at home, find somewhere else to meet clients. If people perceive you as successful, it’s more likely you will be.

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NICE TWICE CONSIGNMENT In the 35 years JoAnn Funk has owned Nice Twice Consignment in Roseville, a charming shop selling nearly new women’s and girls’ clothes, she has counted at least 20 similar businesses come and go. She credits her longevity to experience, marketing and location. “You have to have a background in whatever business you’re going to start,” she advises. (Hers was in retail and banking.) Second she started marketing prior to opening by asking everyone she knew to consign their clothes. “You can’t ‘play store’ and wait for customers to come to you,” she says. Third, in her words, “location, location, location.” Her shop at 209 Vernon Street gets tons of foot traffic and has bright display windows. Funk’s first store was 1,000 square feet, and she made $53 her first month. She worked six days a week, alone, for a year and a half. Today, she has 3,500 square feet and four employees. Nice Twice sells exclusively high-end clothing that’s less than two years old. Funk is still passionate about her work—and also about her customers. Over the years, she says, they have become like family.

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Favorite materials or textures: Right now— antique mirror, brass and distressed leather. Favorite designers/architects: Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe—they were not only great architects but influential furniture designers; also, Kelly Wearstler, because she’s not afraid to play with scale and pattern and luxurious materials. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Surround yourself with talented, hardworking people who you can learn from. Design project that has the most impact in a home: Kitchen—it’s where everyone ends up hanging out and can add great value to your home. Tool you can’t live without: My iPhone. Favorite color: Black. I know it’s a bit cliché, but black will accentuate any color! Favorite ice cream flavor: Coconut. I remember my first homemade coconut paleta on the beach in Puerto Vallarta when I was young—it brings back great memories. Coffee or tea: I’m a big fan of both depending on the day—a delicious latte or a London fog.

Are you colorblind when it comes to the hues that’ll work best in your home, or at a loss for what design style suits you? Read on for advice and inspiration, as we introduce you to some of the area’s top interior designers and experts in form, functionality and, yes, fun!

Molly Fitzpatrick

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1. I see a lot of trends in color inspired by the fashion industry.


“I’m really into natural wood tones mixed with classic black and white. I typically use a lot of color, so the striking contrast of black and white mixed with the simplicity of warm wood looks great!”


Molly Fitzpatrick has been a professional interior designer for more than eight years, working in both commercial and residential design. She’s certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), as well as a LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional. While Fitzpatrick has worked on a variety of projects, she says her “true aesthetic is downright country chic.” Her portfolio shows spaces with layered textures, shapes and color in a way that, she says, “feels super hip and really cozy.” Fitzpatrick loves “shopping vintage and reusing pieces in a modern setting.” She splits her time each week between San Francisco and Placerville, calling it “the best of both worlds!”

Top 3 Trends For 2014 2. Designing a space is just like styling a look! Gold and brass are back and are great finishes to accessorize a room. I have a love for grey tones in paint.


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Favorite local restaurant: The Independent in Placerville.

3. Vintage pieces mixed with a few new modern lines.

Photo by Dante Fontana. Color palette graphic © qianqiuzi/

Molly Fitzpatrick

Favorite kitchen gadget: My soda stream. I’m a huge fan of sparkling water.




“I like combining neutrals with grays. It encourages the warmth clients desire with neutrals that allow them to stay current with style.”

Advice for aspiring interior designers: Understand that design is 30 percent design and 70 percent business. It’s not just fun and games— you must be wise with your time to allow for paperwork, follow up, accounting, etc. Design project that has the most impact in a home: The family room is where most of the members come together, so you need to maximize comfort and personal style. Next would be the kitchen (to help with ease of prep and enjoyment of the space). The powder room is where you can be daring. It’s the only space your guests will have on their own to judge your style. Be bold. Tool you can’t live without: My iPhone—it has allowed me to copy and paste a design piece last minute and keeps the communication instant. I’m amazed how much I utilize the Internet for my resources and manufacturers I offer. Favorite color: Smoke blue makes me feel warm and reminds me of the sky. Favorite ice cream flavor: Starbucks Java Chip—creamy, rich and decadent with espresso chocolate…yummy!

Tami Teel

Tami Teel Designs Tami Teel designed more than 20 episodes for HGTV and the DIY Network, including the 99th and 100th episodes of House Crashers, which were filmed last year in Orangevale and Lincoln. Teel started her business in 2000, a natural extension of her lifelong interest in interior design, and is a member of the National Bath and Kitchen Association, as well as Distinctive Designs. She now has three locations, including her latest, which has a full-spectrum studio filled with samples, textures and products. A native of northern California, Teel focuses on “creating inviting, innovative spaces and dispelling the myths that surround interior design.”

Q&A Photo by Dante Fontana.

Design motto: When you’re passionate about what you do, it will be evident with fantastic results for your clients. Favorite materials or textures: I enjoy bringing in several layers that will be based on the overall design. My favorite material is Mohair and leathers. If a client’s design calls for it, I will add a touch of cowhide. Favorite designers/architects: Frank Lloyd Wright was a brilliant architect and designer that I have used as my inspiration for incorporating the outdoors into the home or commercial spaces. A current designer that I share a similar design style with is Candice Olson—she maximizes space and offers comfortable modern spaces.

Coffee or tea: I need both. My morning starts with a hot cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer, and I enjoy iced tea with lunch. My ultimate choice is water…so refreshing! Favorite kitchen gadget: I use my coffeemaker the most, with my blender for smoothies a close second. Favorite local restaurant: I go to Paul Martin’s American Grill and Skipolini’s Pizza most often.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. Using texture on walls in lieu of accent paint. There are many options: tile, rock and wall coverings. 2. Hanging multiple light pendants to create a bouncing effect of lighting and glass in the room. I love all of the Edison bulbs for added character. 3. Porcelain wood tile creates the same look as wood floors but allows for children on roller skates and a dog rushing to the door with its sharp nails. It prevents scratching and requires no maintenance. February 2014 - 37

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Q&A Design motto: Everyone deserves great design™. Favorite materials or textures: Chrome, seagrass and washed linen. Favorite designers/architects: Hands down, Mr. Ralph Lauren. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Be flexible. Design project that has the most impact in a home: A fresh coat of paint is affordable and can change the whole look and feel of a space quickly. Tool you can’t live without: Needle nose pliers and my DeWalt drill—my parents gave them to me when I started in visual merchandising for Nordstrom and they are still with me today! Favorite color: Purple, as it relates to our brand, and black for wardrobe. Favorite ice cream flavor: Baskin-Robbins’ Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Coffee or tea: Illy’s Medium Roast is in our espresso machine, but I always love Chocolate Fish’s flat white, too! Favorite kitchen gadget: My tomato-cutting knife from my sister. Favorite local restaurant: Tres Hermanas for quick and easy; Ella for lunch and celebration.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. A menswear look is making a comeback via pinstripe fabrics, herringbone accents and detailed upholstery stitching. 2. Organic glamour is also hitting a strong stride via natural fiber rugs and wall coverings paired with the shine of Lucite and mixed metals.

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3. Colorful, luxurious brights through upholstery fabric, and drapery contrasted with crisp white COLOR PA are also a front leader E T when creating room RI “We recently L scenes. moved to a larger Design Lab space and used Sherwin Williams’ Gutsy Grape, Essential Gray, Alabaster, and Folkstone; we love the look!”


An award-winning interior designer, author and multi-media consultant, Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. A certified interior designer, she graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Kelly is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), as well as IIDA (International Interior Design Association). She has received several awards, including: California Paints Exterior Palette Challenge, Jason Wu for Brizo Blogger-19 Challenge, Houzz’s Best of Remodeling Award for 2012, and Best of Design and Customer Satisfaction Award for 2013. Kelly was named the 2012 recipient of ASID’s Nancy Vincent McClelland Award for Interior Design Education. The author of two books, Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education, Kelly opened the newly expanded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab location in East Sacramento in January 2014.


Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Photo by Dante Fontana.

Kerrie Kelly


“I am really drawn to navy blue and white right now!”



Q&A Design motto: “In real decorating there are no precedents. Every house, every room is different, and you cannot be sure of the exact position any object should occupy until you try it out.”—Billy Baldwin Favorite materials or textures: Anything organic and natural. Favorite designers/architects: David Hicks. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Learn all the rules but follow your instincts. Design project that has the most impact in a home: Kitchens are the heart and soul of the home and nothing makes a bigger statement about a household. A well thought-out and designed kitchen can sell a home. Tool you can’t live without: My tablet computer. Favorite color: It depends on the project I’m currently working on. I get so immersed in a project that I gain a real affection of all of its elements, including color. Favorite ice cream flavor: My husband’s homemade lemon ice cream.

Jane Reed

Photo by Dante Fontana.

Brush Strokes Inc. Jane Reed grew up in the homebuilding and design world as her grandfather and father were respected builders of custom homes and her mother worked in the fashion industry. She developed great interest in architecture and history and learned a lot from touring stately homes and buildings throughout Europe and in Britain, where she was born. Reed formally trained at Chichester College in West Sussex, England, where she gained a flair for both contemporary and traditional European styles. She married Mike, a contractor who learned his trade working alongside his grandfather on the very homes that Reed so admired. The couple formed their successful remodeling and design business in England more than 20 years ago before selling and moving to Folsom in 2000. They formed Brush Strokes Inc. that same year. In 2006, they opened Decorating Den Interiors. Their work has been published in several magazines and they’ve won many awards for their remodeling and interior design projects.

Coffee or tea: I may be British but I drink coffee. Favorite kitchen gadget: A Kitchen Aid mixer that I use to make all of our bread. Favorite local restaurant: Too many good ones—anything that is not a large chain.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. The Pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, a very pinky-purple, but I am seeing a lot of blue (cobalt and French blue). 2. Standalone baths in the master bathroom, or removing the bath altogether. 3. Mixed height counters and floating shelves in the kitchen.

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COLOR PA TE I L R “Any color with black accents!”



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Q&A Design motto: Keep an open mind. Favorite designers/architects: Ray Eames— smart, timeless design and part of a team, but a woman who made her endless creativity known worldwide. Advice for aspiring interior designers: Be a good apprentice: watch, do, learn! Design project that has the most impact in a home: Personally, paint is my friend, as are pillows, area rugs and moving “stuff” around. Tool you can’t live without: My smartphone—yes, I have become one of “those.” Second is my trusty tape measure. Favorite color: That’s akin to choosing a favorite child or, worse, grandchild. There is something to love in every single color. Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla—it goes with everything and you can choose any topping! Coffee or tea: Strong coffee.

2 Women and a Chair

Alice Welborn has an extensive background in sales, managerial jobs, budgeting, and now, a passion and delight for mid-century and modern furniture. “I have a very good ‘eye’ for color and style but a ‘true, pro’ interior designer has great training,” she says. “I sell ‘modern design for all’ in the form of furniture, mirrors and lighting.” Welborn started her own company so she can “offer high-quality reproductions of some of the best thought-out, longest-lasting, smartly designed and executed furniture ever made.” Welborn and her former business partner loved a particular furniture line and decided to “focus on this contemporary and mid-century modern line.” That partnership ended but she says with “incredible support from many other women in the building,” the company is still “very much ‘2 Women.’” Her focus? “I like to think that I am making ‘WOW’ affordable,” says Welborn, who is a board member with Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center. She’s also involved in the American Association of University Women and the local Natomas Business Chamber.

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Favorite local restaurant: Brewpubs and The Waterboy.

Top 3 Trends For 2014 1. Bright colors 2. Nubby materials 3. More wood


Photo by Dante Fontana.

Alice Welborn

Favorite kitchen gadget: Sharp knife and silicone mitts.


10 Value-Added

Upgrades by Darren Elms

1. CURB APPEAL First impressions are everything. They set the tone for a buyer of a home and are lasting. Your home’s appearance could be the difference between someone walking into the open house or just doing a drive-by. “On many occasions, I’ve had buyer’s wave at me to keep driving and not stop at the property we were suppose to view—just because they didn’t like its curb appeal,” says Bill Sadek of Realty West in Roseville. “Basically, there was none.” Checklist for home sellers: • Is there oil in the driveway? • How does the grass and landscape look? • Is the exterior paint fading and chipping? • Is the color outdated? When your property is inviting from the outside, it automatically adds value and extends the desirability of your home. “The front entry is especially important,” says Nick Sadek of NRS Real Estate in Roseville. “Try dressing up the exterior with either new landscaping or nice garage doors.”

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Paint roller photo © pixelrobot/ Curb Appeal photo © Iriana Shiyan/

ooking to sell your home in the near future? Or do you just want to increase the equity you already enjoy? There’s never a bad time to add value to your home, especially in today’s competitive market. But what home improvements give you the most bang for your buck? Before you go installing a brand new swimming pool, let’s take a look at 10 smart upgrades that not only attract buyers, but also give you more leverage with the selling price.



Exterior Paint photo © Studio D/ Interior Paint photo © Warren Goldswain/ Tile Roofing Maintenance photo © gmcgill/

Although it’s in the same category as curb appeal, exterior paint is an important improvement on its own. James Higgs of Higgs Construction in Folsom suggests making sure all windows are caulked, wood trim is kept up and painted, and any cracks in the stucco are caulked and painted. “Maintaining your exterior will save you money in the long run,” he says. If budget is an issue, you can also do something as simple as putting a bright coat of paint on the front door, or adding a few plants to the porch. Even if you can’t afford to give the whole house a new paint job, the front should be clean and neat and the landscaping trimmed and tidy.



It may seem kind of obvious, but I can’t tell you how many open houses I’ve walked into that either had stained or faded walls, or a bright color that would immediately turn off buyers. No matter how many times you tell someone it can be painted over, the image of floor to ceiling bright magenta will haunt his or her dreams. Save them some sleepless nights and give your walls a fresh coat or two of a neutral paint color. The lighter and fresher the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear.



According to Higgs, due to the age of many homes in our area, valley tile needs to be removed and valley tin cleaned due to dirt and leaf build-up. “If not cleaned, debris will build up and create a dam, causing the rainwater to flow over the effected area and leak—resulting in water damage.” Higgs also suggests routinely cleaning all gutters and down spouts so that water can flow easily from them.



A new kitchen is probably the most profitable investment you can make to a house. As the home’s heart and soul, there is no substitution for an impeccably designed and constructed kitchen space; bathrooms, however, take a close second. “Homeowners should concentrate on the rooms they use the most,” advises February 2014 - 43

Nick Sadek. “Open floor plans with big great rooms are in high demand; also, light and bright rooms and high ceilings will make people feel good.” If a kitchen or bathroom’s floor plan is laid out well and top-of-the-line finishes are used, then the value can be passed on from one owner to the next. Consider adding an additional bathroom (if your home currently has only one) for added value. For an easy, low-cost shower upgrade, Ron Bunce of The Grout Medic in El Dorado Hills suggests removing the non-sanded grout, cleaning the tile face, removing mildew caulking and replacing the grout. “The shower will

look almost brand new and it’s a fraction of the cost of ripping out the existing tile and grout,” Bunce says. As these jobs can be large, expensive and time consuming, be sure to consult with several contractors to make sure you find the best match for your schedule and wallet. Be smart in your counter and cabinet selections—look for good quality materials and a classic design that will appeal to more buyers. The good news? Even after weeks of dust and expenditures, your new kitchen or bathroom may be the prime selling point to a potential buyer.



Ditch the dusty old curtains for some permanent fixtures sure to dazzle visitors. Cheryl De La Campa of Affordable Furniture and Blinds in Placerville suggests two kinds of window treatments. “Covering your 44 - February 2014

windows with plantation shutters adds an instant and dramatic modern update,” she says. “The timeless beauty of shutters, along with their custom framework and clean lines, make a boring sheet-rocked window opening look fabulous. They also make your home stand out from the rest with head-turning curb appeal. Roman shades can also add a pop of color and texture to any room in your home, without the heavy, crowded feel of draperies and valances. Choosing soft, neutral colors to complement your sofas or bedding will tie your windows to the rest of the room, or you can choose a bold accent color to make those windows stand out.”

Hammer and nails photo © didden/ New Kitchen photo © Wollwerth Imagery/ New Window Treatments photo © Elenathewise/


7. Energy Efficiency photo © Iriana Shiyan/ DIY Fixtures photo © gavran333/ Floors photo © Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/ Simplicity photo © EpicStockMedia/


If water heaters are at the age for replacement, it’s time for an upgrade. “Installing a 95-percent efficient water heater or a tankless unit will save you money in the long run,” says Higgs. Ecoconscious and energy-efficient appliances can also be a big draw for many potential buyers. Waiting a lifetime for hot water to get to the bathroom on the second floor? Higgs suggests installing a Watts recirculating pump and setting the timer to when the family needs the hot water—no more wasted water waiting for it to get hot, and you can save up to 15,000 gallons per year. Additionally, installing low-flow showerheads will save 25-60 percent of the water usage, and a new dual flush toilet for a family of four will save up to 7,000 gallons per year.



If your budget can’t accommodate a dramatic bathroom or kitchen makeover, you can add interest by swapping out some of the fixtures yourself. Replace outdated cabinet handles and knobs, faucets, toilet paper holders, light switch plates and more with something shiny and new. Keep countertops uncluttered and clean. Even if you can’t make the upgrade yourself, give buyers a chance to envision one for themselves.



Is that dingy old carpet weighing your home down? Consider replacing it with a nice durable substitute that won’t break the bank. Like an unsightly interior wall, dirty or outdated carpet can be a visual eyesore for buyers. If you really want to step up your game, consider redoing existing hardwood floors or adding an affordable alternative. With today’s aesthetically-inclined home shoppers, a nice hardwood floor makes a solid impact. According to Bunce, installing ceramic/porcelain tile in the bathroom is key. “Removing existing linoleum or carpet from a bathroom, laundry or master bathroom floor is much more affordable than you think. [What’s more], ceramic/porcelain tile is waterproof and epoxy grout is stain resistant and waterproof, so you are adding the security and value of a waterproof floor to your home.”

10. SIMPLICITY One of the most inexpensive ways to improve your home is to scale back before the open house. Even if you haven’t moved out of the home, it may be wise to clean up and make the home as visually appealing as possible. That means removing unneeded furniture, eliminating clutter, cleaning the garage, and letting natural light in. There’s nothing that turns buyers off more than a dark, crowded home. Help them imagine the room as their own with some thoughtful rearranging and clearing of space!

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kona, hawai’i A Breath of Fresh Big Island Air by Patrick Carter


DAY 1 My travel companion and I packed light and were able to jump into the hotel shuttle within 20 minutes of landing. Our destination was the Hilton Waikoloa Village ( We couldn’t help but notice the interesting terrain between the airport and the hotel: lava rock. Before we knew it, we were checked in, getting changed and off to lunch. We caught a quick bite at the pool and then it was time for our first activity—a couple’s massage 48 - February 2014

Aerial view of Hilton Waikoloa Village

Outdoor cabana at Kohala Spa

at the Kohala Spa. Although situated on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, I was a tad reticent at first; however, that melted away after one minute on the outdoor cabana table. It was truly an enjoyable experience, especially with my significant other. We then took a stroll around the property, enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery and coastline I’ve ever encountered in Hawaii. That evening we had a nice dinner at the poolside café and enjoyed another stroll.

DAY 2 The next morning we enjoyed a “Big Island breakfast” at the hotel’s buffet, which offered just about everything an appetite can imagine. The server was an extremely nice man who gave us lots of ideas about what to do around the resort. Following lunch at the on-property Boat Landing Cantina, we set sail for our scheduled Dolphin Quest. I’ve seen a number of resorts where you can swim with dolphins, but this one was more focused on learning about and respecting the beautiful mammals, as well as getting an up-close look at them interacting with humans—an amazing experience. We learned an awful lot about them and came away with a healthy respect for how the Hilton and its staff take care of the creatures. Later, we met up with a close friend

Photos courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village.

omeone recently asked me, “What’s the best thing about living in California?” The answer is easy—Hawaii (well, at least access to it). I’ve traveled to Hawaii many times over the years, visiting pretty much all of the islands and staying at many of the top resorts. However, this was my first trip to Hawai’i, the Big Island. The minute I stepped off the plane and felt a cool breeze and very little humidity, I knew I was going to like it. While it might not be this way year-round, or even on the other side of the island, it was a perfect Big Island introduction. Check out the following 4-day itinerary for the rest of this tropical story.

KPC at sunset

Dophin Quest

KPC sunset, Dolphin Quest and Mahogany canal boats photos courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village. Horseback photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan. Lava photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority/Kirk Lee Aeder. Kona Coffee photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority.

GET YOUR BUZZ ON Kona coffee is known worldwide as being one of the richest and most flavorful in the world and, while you can buy Kona blends at almost any store in California, there’s something different about enjoying it before it’s exported. It may sound crazy, but it just tastes better. (Similar to the taste of Guinness in Dublin versus the U.S.) While there, visit the coffee country and be sure to bring some home.

Mahogany canal boats

COWBOY COUNTRY A short trip north will take you up to the area known as the North Kohala Coast and Waimea—made popular for its lush rolling green pastures, cattle ranchers and, of course, cowboys—known in Hawaii as paniolos.

MOLTEN MAGMA Lava from Kilauea meets the sea

A paniolo demonstrates skillful roping on horseback

at his home and decided to have dinner at the Kona Inn—an iconic Kailua landmark for more than 50 years. As expected, the food was excellent, the service attentive and the ambience pure Hawaii.

DAY 3 After another delicious breakfast at the buffet, we hit the road to see the area and visit with newfound friends. Upon our return, we dressed and went for a spectacular dinner at the resort’s premier restaurant: KPC (Kamuela Provision Company). Perched at the edge of a rock wall with the ocean below, we both enjoyed cooked-to-perfection lobster and an excellent California Pinot Noir (which,

by the way, is the second best thing about the Golden State).

DAY 4 Did I mention that one of the best things to do in Hawaii is relax? Our final full day there, that’s exactly what we did—sat by the pool and the four-acre saltwater lagoon soaking in the beautiful atmosphere and weather. The resort is big, big enough that there’s a tram, as well as a canal with boats traveling from one end to the other—a wonderful way to see the property and get a feel for all that it has to offer. We decided to do a little shopping at the King’s Shops, just a short walk away from the resort’s entrance. Here you’ll find stores

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park can be found in the southeastern side of the island, 30 miles southwest of Hilo. The park is more than 333,000 acres and boasts over 150 miles of hiking trails, scalded deserts and rainforests. There are two active volcanoes—the last of which erupted in 1984, and the second, Kilauea, which has been erupting since January 3, 1983, and has added more than 490 acres of new landmass to the island.

and boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard, Tiffany and many more, as well as restaurants like Roy’s and Three Fat Pigs among notable others. While this trip was more about relaxation than sightseeing, we plan to return and really see the rest of the island—particularly Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Plus, there’s something to be said about just kicking back and hanging out without a busy agenda. I highly recommend it.


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Awful Annie’s Unexpectedly Amazing by Katherine E. Leonard Photography by Dante Fontana


he first thing I thought was “Why is it called Awful Annie’s?” Does this mean that Annie is not very pleasant? Or is it the food that’s awful? After visiting for the first time one chilly afternoon, those initial thoughts couldn’t have been more wrong. After a polite young lady seated my boyfriend and I, we decided to try the Kung Pao calamari appetizer. Shortly after, our server delivered the platter of delicately fried squid and before she could set it down, our mouths began to salivate. The touch of cilantro and soft crunch of cashews mixed beautifully with the sweet and slightly spicy Thai sauce. Not too sweet, nor too spicy, it was a perfect complement to the seafood. For the main attraction, I decided to order lunch and get the chicken-portobello mushroom sandwich. The Provolone cheese oozed into the mushrooms and helped bring out the natural flavors of the chicken, while thick sourdough bread absorbed the perfect amount of sun-dried tomato aioli. As I took my first bite, I heard the crunch of lettuce and squelch of tomato and enjoyed every ingredient’s flavor (both independently and as a whole). The fries that accompanied were a hybrid between steak and shoestring, and in my opinion, they could champion the world of fried spuds. Our server recommended the Califor-

The crab cakes were crispy on the outside and delicate on the inside, and tasted fresh, not fishy.

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Kung Pao Calamari

Chicken-Portobello Mushroom Sandwich

California Crab Cake Benedict

nia crab cake Benedict and my boyfriend couldn’t resist. Having tasted a bite, it’s easy to see why it’s winning the popularity contest. The crab cakes were crispy on the outside and delicate on the inside, and tasted fresh, not fishy. The poached eggs were perfection. Creamy yolk engulfed the cake and English muffin and, mixed with the well-made hollandaise, it made our taste buds dance. The avocado added a contrasting texture and pulled everything together deliciously. I would highly recommend Awful Annie’s because it’s anything but awful—it’s amazing!

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Thai Basil Restaurant 1613 Douglas Blvd. | 916-782-8424

AMERICAN/CAFÉ/BAKERY/DELI Back Forty Texas BBQ 1201 Orlando Ave. | 916-721-7427 Bar 101 101 Main Street | 916-774-0505 SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 58 Beach Hut Deli ** 6823 Douglas Blvd. | 916-791-3130 5140 Foothills Blvd. | 916-784-1001 1490 Eureka Rd. | 916-780-3535 Bloom Coffee & Tea ** 1485 Eureka Rd. | 916-773-2332 Bunz & Company 311 Judah St. | 916-786-6655 Café Americano 5015 Foothills Blvd. | 916-787-1144 SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 60 The CheeseSteak Grille 8300 Sierra College Blvd. 916-788-2003 A Dash of Panache 217 Vernon St. | 916-788-4386 Ginger’s Restaurant ** 1410 E. Roseville Pkwy. | 916-781-0110 SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 60 The Habit Burger Grill 4060 Douglas Blvd. | 916-791-6790 933 Pleasant Grove Blvd. | 916-791-5292 Hawks 5530 Douglas Blvd. | 916-791-6200 Jacks Urban Eats ** 8620 Sierra College Blvd. | 916-791-5225 1005 Galleria Blvd. La Bou ** 4110 Douglas Blvd. | 916-791-2142 1730 Santa Clara Dr. | 916-783-4387

Fat’s Asia Bistro ** 1500 Eureka Rd. | 916-787-3287 Hours: Lunch: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; Dinner: Sun-Th: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; F-Sat: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Reservations Accepted Credit Cards Accepted: V, M, A We specialize in handmade dim sum, house- made banana cream pie (Frank Fat’s recipe) and fresh, high quality Asian food. Full bar with high quality spirits and spectacular wine list. We offer contemporary Asian cuisine in a spectacular hip environment. Visit SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 11 Granite Bay Chinese Restaurant 6875 Douglas Blvd. | 916-789-9828 Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant 1079 Sunrise Ave. | 916-781-3823 Roseville Gourmet 107A S. Harding Blvd. | 916-784-8008 Tsing Tao Chinese Restaurant 8675 Auburn-Folsom Rd. 916-791-7990 Wong’s Garden Chinese Cuisine 201F Harding Blvd. | 916-782-0644


Daphne’s Greek Café 8680 Sierra College Blvd. | 916-783-3565 10357 Fairway Dr. | 916-772-3997


Bombay Bistro 1813 Douglas Blvd. | 916-772-5551

Panera Bread 916 Pleasant Grove Blvd. | 916-771-3131 1850 Douglas Blvd. | 916-780-0505

Tandoori Night 1420 East Roseville Pkwy 916-780-8200

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Buca di Beppo 1212 Galleria Boulevard | 916-771-9463 Dominick’s Italian Market,  Deli & Restaurant ** 8621 Auburn-Folsom Rd. 916-786-3355

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Asian Seafood Buffet 9050 Fairway Dr. | 916-784-7628 Pho Bac Hoa Viet 4120 Douglas Blvd. | 916-797-8886 Bobo Café 1821 Douglas Blvd. | 916-784-6931

Carmelita’s 204 Riverside Ave. | 916-783-0411 Costa Vida 1475 Eureka Rd. | 916-773-9283 Dos Coyotes Border Café ** 2030 Douglas Blvd. | 916-772-0775 El Pollo de Oro 8657 Auburn-Folsom Rd. | 916-791-5858 El Sombrero Taqueria 4060 Douglas Blvd. | 916-772-7770

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Mehfil Indian Restaurant 1605 Douglas Blvd. | 916-791-1199

Asian Blossom Chinese & Vietnamese 1220 Roseville Pkwy. | 916-787-1223

Cabos Restaurant ** 8570 Auburn-Folsom Rd. 916-797-1996 6504 Lonetree Blvd. | 916-784-2260


Pacific Street Cafe ** 301 Lincoln St. | 916-782-5673

Asian Bliss 8680 Sierra College Blvd. 916-789-2547

Bernardo’s 8781 Auburn-Folsom Rd. | 916-791-2940

Eva’s Mexican Restaurant 242 Vernon St. | 916-783-9992

Bubba Kababa 8405 Sierra College Blvd. 916-771-5252

Squeeze Inn ** 106 N Sunrise Ave.| 916-783-2874


La Provence Restaurant & Terrace 110 Diamond Creek Pl. | 916-789-2002

Lollicup Coffee & Tea ** 1253 Pleasant Grove. | 916-787-5335

A Slice of Goodness 924A Douglas Blvd. | 916-781-3727

a real Japanese Fusion restaurant; Sushi, Sashimi, Rolls and the region’s best Asian specialties. Wasabi has the largest sushi-roll selection than any other in the region. If you don’t see it on the menu, ask the sushi chef; they will create something special for you. If you like Japanese cuisine, you will love Wasabi! SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 7

Haruka Sushi Bar 8685 Auburn-Folsom Rd. | 916-771-9988

Jimboy’s Tacos 1000 Sunrise Ave. | 916-788-0222 1821 Douglas Blvd. | 916-783-3907 SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 54

RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES IN ROCKLIN AMERICAN/CAFE/BAKERY/DELI Beach Hut Deli 6848 Five Star Blvd. | 916-781-7873 Granite Rock Grill ** 5140 Pacific St. | 916- 625-9252 Kona Coffee ** 6843 Lonetree Blvd. | 916-773-9800 La Bou 6801 Five Star Blvd. | 916-315-0351 Venita Rhea’s 4415 Granite Dr. | 916- 624-2697 SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 61

CHINESE / ASIAN / VIETNAMESE Chang Bros Chinese Restaurant 6160 Stanford Ranch Rd. 916-771-9838

Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant 4800 Granite Dr. | 916-632-9542 JJ Mongolian BBQ 6661 Stanford Ranch Rd. 916-632-8828


Rubino’s ** 5015 Pacific St. | 916-624-3401


Ichiban Sushi 4817 Granite Dr. | 916-630-0889 Izumi Japanese Restaurant 6840 Five Star Blvd. | 916-630-1638 Kokyo Teppan Yaka & Sushi Bar 6040 Stanford Ranch Rd. 916-787-9893

Los Cabos Grill ** 7451 Foothills Blvd. | 916-784-3505

Tokyo Dori Sushi & Grill 5050 Rocklin Rd. | 916-624-2841

Mas Mexican Restaurant 1563 Eureka Rd. | 916-773-3778


Plaza Jalisco 300 N Sunrise Ave. | 916-787-4050 Roseville Tortilla Factory ** 313 Riverside Ave. | 916-783-3311


Chicago Fire Pizza 500 N. Sunrise Ave. | 916-771-2020 Cool River Pizza ** 1805 Cirby Way | 916-786-9000 John’s Incredible Pizza 384 N. Sunrise Blvd. | 916-772-1111 Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 5540 Douglas Blvd. | 916-797-4992 Rosati’s Pizza 5140 Foothills Blvd. | 916-797-7492 Z Pizza ** 3984 Douglas Blvd. | 916-786-9797


Sky Sushi 7456 Foothills Blvd. | 916-786-8228

Fins Market & Grill 8680 Sierra College Blvd. 916-783-5200

Teriyaki To Go 5098 Foothills Blvd. | 916-772-2540

McCormick & Schmick’s 1194 Roseville Pkwy. | 916-960-4875

Wasabi Asia Bistro & Sushi Bar ** 1470 Eureka Rd., Ste. 170 | 916-797-8887 Hours: Lunch: M-Sat: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Dinner: M-Th: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., F-Sat: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Credit Cards Accepted: V, M, A Irasshaimase! Roseville finally has


Claim Jumpers 250 Harding Blvd. | 916-788-1705


Khun Suda Thai Cuisine 1825 Douglas Blvd. | 916-782-2745

Cabos 6504 Lonetree Blvd. | 916-784-2260 Cha Cha’s Cocina Mexicana 6130 Stanford Ranch Rd. 916-782-8787 Don Panchos 4563 Pacific St. | 916- 632-0709 Rudy’s Gourmet Mexican Cuisine ** 6011 Stanford Ranch Rd. 916-435-4050 Sabores Mexican Cuisine 10341 Fairway Dr. | 916-786-2262


Cool River Pizza 6200 Stanford Ranch Rd. 916-772-6973 Gaetano’s Pizzeria 4800 Granite Dr. | 916-624-5805


Bangkok City Thai Cuisine 5050 Rocklin Rd. | 916-632-9282 Thai Chili 2164 Sunset Blvd. | 916-780-6555

For more restaurant listings in the Granite Bay, Roseville, Rocklin and surrounding areas, visit our website at: and click on the “Restaurant Guide” tab under “Dining”.

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taste MUSSELS WITH CREAM, SAFFRON AND ANGEL HAIR From Fish by Cree LeFavour; photographs by Antonis Achilleos (Chronicle Books, 2013, $27.50) The flavor of these plump bivalves is brilliant when gently paired with butter, cream and spices. Saffron and mussels are as natural together as oysters and Champagne. Add a little cream, a bit of crispy fennel, and some delicate pasta, and you have a luxurious yet uncomplicated meal.

In a large Dutch oven or pot with a lid, combine the mussels, white wine, garlic, shallot, lemon zest and thyme, and set over high heat for 10 minutes or until all the mussels are open. (Discard any that have not opened.) Turn off the heat and use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the mussels to a mixing bowl. Reserve the cooking liquid in the pot. Once the mussels are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and set aside. (Discard the shells.) Once the pasta has cooked, toss it with the butter. Set aside. Return the cooking liquid from the mussels to medium heat and reduce for 5 minutes, or until about 1-1⁄2 cups of liquid remain. 52 - February 2014

dinner date Food and Wine for the Season Add the fennel bulb, cream and saffron, and reduce for 2-3 minutes over high heat. Just before serving, add the parsley and return the mussels to the sauce to reheat. Line four pasta bowls with pasta and portion out the sauce and mussels over the top. Finish with the fennel fronds, lightly torn, a pinch of flaky or coarse salt, and a generous grind of black pepper. Serves 4.

2012 CHATEAU DU JAUNAY MUSCADET SEVRE In order to be given the moniker “Muscadet,” this wine must come from France’s Loire Valley. The French have had plenty of time to perfect this vino made with Melon de Bourgogne, a grape introduced to the Valley in the early 17th century. The 2012 Chateau du Jaunay Muscadet Sevre is a wine that can be found locally for under $12 a bottle, which is a steal for such a good French white. The low alcohol content (it has to be less than 12 percent, by law) and acidity allows it to pair amazingly well with mussels, oysters and lobster. Crisp and light-bodied with flavors of melon, grapefruit and lime, it features a completely different profile from a California-grown white wine; instead, it’s more similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. For a pleasant (and palate) surprise, pair it with this month’s Mussels with Cream, Saffron and Angel Hair. —Richard Righton Owner, 36 Handles and Relish Burger Bar

Cookbook and recipe photos courtesy of Chronicle Books. Wine bottle photo by Aaron Roseli.

• 3 lb. mussels, cleaned and debearded, if necessary • 1 cup white wine • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced • 1 small shallot, chopped • 6 strips lemon zest, julienned • 6 sprigs fresh thyme • 1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked in boiling, salted water until al dente • 3 tbsp. butter • 1 fennel bulb, tough outer layer removed, slivered, with fennel fronds removed • 1 cup heavy cream • 1 to 2 tsp. saffron, lightly crushed • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley • Flaky or coarse salt and black pepper

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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? We are primarily a ballet school, but also offer classes in jazz, contemporary, voice and piano; soon we’ll be adding tap dancing. I founded it in 2013. After retiring from my post as Placer Theatre Ballet’s artistic director and founder, I felt the need to continue teaching. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? To begin with, my children—they are all productive adults with great jobs and families; secondly, my grandchildren—although I don’t have a granddaughter, yet, I have four wonderful grandsons who make me very proud to know them; thirdly, I was blessed with God-given talents to share with others. I have been teaching for 50 years—training generations of students, their children and their children’s children. I have quite a few students who have gone on to become professionals in the dance world, and whether teachers or dancers, they make me so proud. Where do you go when the going gets tough? I go fishing! I love to fish and also love to sew—both give me great pleasure and stress relief. What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? Claim Jumper—they have the best clam chowder (being from Boston, you can imagine). What’s your favorite local business other than your own? Beverly’s Fabrics & Crafts—they have all of the supplies I need for my business and hobbies. If you could be any other profession, what would it be? A famous artist. And finally, customer service is…? We are a small, family-oriented business. Our goal is to provide excellent dance training— from the very beginner through a professional career. We care and want the community to care, too. With all the stress in the world, young and old can come and be swept away by the music, dance and friendly atmosphere.

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hat makes love work? In my case, it’s my wife Vickie. I’ve never been able to prove it, but I’m pretty sure she gets some sort of secret charitable tax credit for staying with me. Nothing else explains it. Nearly 24 years together and from our first day on, I still wake up every morning pleasantly surprised she hasn’t ditched me for some dude with a Harley. But in this month of flowers and chocolates, what makes it work for others? Jana Jarvis says she and Mark, her husband of 29 years, couldn’t do it without humor. “We laugh. A lot. A lot, a lot, a lot.” While they aren’t always on the same page, she says they’ve learned to “enjoy the differences instead of being frustrated by them.” She also notes their relationship has clearly defined roles. “I am the heart; he is the head.” In my case, I believe I would be 66 - February 2014

the part you sit on, but I’m off point. Humor in fact, comes up a lot. Rich Carlson notes his wife Jen “...laughs— even when the jokes aren’t funny.” And Vickie Caputa’s husband, Steve, “makes [her] laugh no matter how bad the circumstances are.” Given that Steve has survived cancer and no less than a heart transplant, that’s saying something. While staying in touch is key for the busy lives of school teacher Kristi Kandt and her corrections officer-husband Darral—“we work hard to communicate and say ‘I love you’ often”—she says they also are sure to “...make time for each other. With kids, work and insane schedules, I love knowing we can reach for each other and let everything else go for a while.” Some were able to sum it up in one word.

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According to Susan Mauer-Sullivan, it’s integrity. “I trust him and he trusts me. We both know we’re not going anywhere.” Just knowing that, she says, makes it easier to pull through the rough patches. For Kathy Tobin Rogers, it’s loyalty. “As the wife of a law enforcement officer, I’ve seen more than my share of marriages fail. Chris has never faltered—never given me any reason to doubt his love and commitment to our family and me. We took our wedding vows to heart and we’re in it for the long haul.” Carlson says if he were to narrow it down to just one thing, it wouldn’t be a word but an action. After 35 years, he says his wife, Jen, “...still stands next to me. Not in front or behind, next to me, no matter what the circumstance. That’s pretty darned cool.” He also brings up another common sentiment among the guys. “I never forget to use those three little words that seem to work magic...‘I was wrong.’” Ron Dockswell agrees. “Not necessarily saying but demonstrating that when I screw up, ‘ were right and I’m sorry.’” Todd Ostrander put it more succinctly. “It helps being able to admit when I’m an idiot.” And 41-year marriage veteran, Tony Asaro, says it’s “all about hope, faith, commitment and forgiveness.” Also among the fellas, recognizing who is boss helps too. Bill Forslund says he’s learned to “...just smile and do what you’re told,” and Derek Beaulieu says he tries to adhere to the saying “...a happy wife is a happy life.” All of these were great answers, and anyone in a successful relationship can relate to at least a few of them. But I think my favorite overall response was the shortest. It came from eight-year marriage veteran Kirsten Vernon. She emailed to say her husband, Jake, “pauses the TV to look at me when I talk to him.” Now that’s love. But still, don’t forget the flowers and chocolates.


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