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Eric Lipsey is President of Phoenix Business Development, Inc., which is the parent company of VENTRE, VENTRE Magazine and Fashion Affair Magazine. Eric served eight years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard before starting his own business in real estate. He’s also partnered in other small business ventures. During the past 10 years, Eric has pursued his passion for helping entrepreneurs as a consultant providing strategic planning, training, leadership and brand awareness. He is a writer, public speaker and award-winning member of Toastmasters. His passion and purpose is business development and personal development and to that end, he has dedicated his professional life. Sam Russell is a bi-coastal writer, fashion stylist and founder of The Giving Closet. Always on the hunt for good people and the best soaking tub.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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WE’RE ALL CONNECTED Spring has sprung. It is time for growth. It is time for change. I see this time as an opportunity for us a human race to be better today than we were yesterday. To not only be aware of how we treat others, but to make conscience efforts to educate and enlighten ourselves on the matters effecting each fiber of our being. It’s time to make constructive and behavioral changes within ourselves. Changes to create positive differences in all living beings and for this extroardinary planet we are fortunate to live on. Take heed on how you invest your time and money. From the paper (or plastic) in your wallet to the fork in your hand, the choices we make each day dictate our future and the future of our loved ones. Pay attention. See yourself in others. It requires self-love and humility to understand we are all connected. May Dr. Martin Luther Kindg, Jr.’s wise words resonate with you,“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Thank you for taking the time to read this issue.

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With VeggieHotels you can use your R & R time as activism for the environment. Not just staying somewhere that will accommodate your vegetarian or vegan diet; but a place that is actively using their platform to fight climate change and stand up for sustainability in their industry. VeggieHotels do not just cater to vegetarian and vegan individuals but in addition offer gluten and lactose free dishes.


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“Thistheir book should be read byENTREPRENEURIAL everyone who is selling, buying or trying to establish relationships. All of In book, NEGOTIATION: these require negotiation. Each of these activities is more complex than most people think. This book offers practical guidelines, checklists and advice. The theme is that through conscious thought, you can improve Understanding and Managing The Relationships That your outcomes.” —Howard Stevenson, Sarofim-Rock Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School; Founder and first President Determine of the Baupost Group Your Entrepreneurial Success (Palgrave “Dinnar and Susskind have used a hypothetical of two startup founders to create visceral, emotional, Macmillan), Dinnar andtaleSusskind point tothethe mix of legal and practical rollercoaster that is the typical journey of the entrepreneur. They take their reader through the data, resourcesuncertainty, and considerations that will help them navigate these same challenges for their own that emotion, complexity, and relationships startups in a pragmatic and engaging read.” —Heidi Roizen, Silicon Valley long-time entrepreneur, executive and board member; Venture Capital Operating makes entrepreneurial negotiation so difficult. They Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson explain that thereading veryfor every qualities entrepreneurs “This book should be required entrepreneurthat – indeed,help anyone launching a new enterprise. Dinnar and Susskind do more than identify the common conflicts that arise in the start-up world; they crystalize andbusinesses illustrate the best advice the field of negotiation.” launch – from willingness to take risks, high levels of —Robert Mnookin, Chair, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; author of Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight self-confidence, a desire for rapid results – can themselves “The authors present our venture industry with a unique gift – a common language and proven framework become stumbling blocks. Based onandtheir years to improve our entrepreneurial interactions, relationships, agreements outcomes.many I have seen great technologies, great ventures and great sums of money lost to some of the most basic negotiating mistakes. authors provide a useful and practical framework to prevent such in-depth missed opportunities. The result will be ofThehands-on experience, plus their research – happier entrepreneurs, rewarded investors, and a better world. Every entrepreneur and VC could benefit from this unique combination of theory and practice.” including videotaped interviews with business founders – —Paul Maeder, Chair and Founding Partner, Highland Capital; former Chair, National Venture Capital Association Dinnar and Susskind pinpoint eight common mistakes that “Both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs have much to gain from this book! Dinnar and Susskind tap their extensive experience and deep prone knowledge ofto negotiation practice and research to offer a gold mine of entrepreneurs are make. These are:

negotiating is price. This leads them to take a series of aggressive positions along this one dimension, forgetting to consider other factors that can create significant value.

The great majority of startups fail, and most entrepreneurs who have succeeded have had to bounce back from serious mistakes. Entrepreneurs fumble key interactions because they don’t know how to handle the negotiation challenges that almost always arise. They mistakenly believe that deals are about money when they are much more complicated than that.

This book presents entrepreneurship as a series of interactions between founders, partners, potential partners, investors and others at various stages of the entrepreneurial process - from seed to exit. There are plenty of authors offering ‘tips’ on how to succeed as an entrepreneur, but no one else scrutinizes the negotiation mistakes that successful entrepreneurs talk about with the authors.

Mistake #7: Entrepreneurs Rely Too Heavily on Their Intuition – Many entrepreneurs rely on their instincts when a negotiation doesn’t go as planned. But when trusting their instincts, they are not as reflective on what As Dinnar and Susskind show, learning to handle emotions, manage uncertainty, cope with technical they are doing and why. So, they end up blaming the other complexity and build long-term relationships are equally or even more important. This book spotlights side things to wrong. eight big when mistakes that entrepreneurs often make Worse, these same problems and shows how most can be prevented with some forethought. It includes interviews with high-profile keep occurring because they fail to learn the right things entrepreneurs about their own mistakes. It also covers gender biases, cultural challenges, and when to employ from their experiences. agents to negotiate on your behalf. Aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs should pay attention to the negotiation errors that even the most successful entrepreneurs commonly make.

negotiating advice and preparation tools. Moreover, I applaud their thoughtful consideration of factors, such as gender and culture at the negotiating table. ” —Hannah Riley Bowles, Chair, Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences Area; Faculty Director, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

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Mistake #1: Entrepreneurs Are Self-Centered – Because entrepreneurs are deeply focused on their own interests when building a business, they often fail to recognize the needs and priorities of those with whom they have to interact. This focus on their own desires can blind entrepreneurs to clues that could lead to better outcomes for both sides, an important goal when building working relationships.

Mistake #2: Entrepreneurs Are Overly Optimistic and Overconfident – Most entrepreneurs are supremely confident. They believe strongly that they will be successful (despite well-known statistics regarding failure rates). Because of this overconfidence, many fail to incorporate appropriate contingencies into the agreements they sign. Mistake #3: Entrepreneurs Need to Win. Now – The primary objective of many entrepreneurs is to win. They are often primarily concerned about besting their

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counterpart and thus treat negotiations as one-off interactions, disregarding the possibility that future deals might be even more valuable than whatever is on the table at present. Mistake #4: Entrepreneurs Are Too Quick to Compromise — Entrepreneurs are “doers.” They try to get things done while operating under incredible pressure. They feel compelled to decide quickly and “move on.” Instead of exploring additional options and finding even more advantageous trades, they settle for quick (and minimally acceptable) solutions.

Mistake #8: Entrepreneurs Deny Their Emotions – Most entrepreneurs have a strong sense of what is fair. When they feel they are being mistreated, they fall prey to a slew of emotional mistakes, or cognitive biases, that allow ego to overrule logic. This can be especially problematic for entrepreneurs who tend to deny the relevance of emotions (and ego) in negotiation. While claiming “it is just business,” they can overvalue formal power, leverage, and control and undervalue the more subjective side of business negotiations. The book also includes extensive advice and worksheets to help readers recognize and prevent their own missteps. The authors explain how to prepare for, engage in, and reflect on each negotiation; how to deal with negative personal triggers; analyze the motivations that drive almost all participants; and step back to view heated situations “from the balcony” as an unbiased observer. These are the skills that entrepreneurs need to successfully negotiate the future of their enterprises. ENTREPRENEURIAL NEGOTIATION shows them how.

Mistake #5: Entrepreneurs Work Alone – When entrepreneurs let their independent spirit dominate the way they negotiate, they prepare alone (rather than consulting their stakeholders and advisors), misread unfamiliar signals, take unreasonable stands, or vent emotionally at inopportune times. They fail to recognize that negotiation is an organizational, not an individual, task.

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Lawrence Susskind is Ford Samuel Dinnar is a mediator, ENTREPRENEURIALNEGOTIATION.COM Professor of Urban and consultant, board member, and Environmental Planning at MIT and head of MIT’s Science Impact Collaborative. venture capital investor. He is an instructor at the Program on Negotiation An expert mediator and negotiation trainer, he is co-founder of the Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Negotiation Institute. He is also a on Negotiation at Harvard Law School where he currently serves as Vice Chair research associate with MIT’s Science Impact Collaborative. Dinnar is founder of Instruction. He is also Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and president of Meedance, which provides negotiation, training, and dispute and designed and teaches the MIT course, Entrepreneurial Negotiation: The resolution services. He has helped resolve highly emotional business conflicts MIT Way. Susskind who is the founder of the Consensus Building Institute, has involving founders, investors, and board members with some disputes advised more than 50 corporations, provided advanced negotiation training reaching tens of millions of dollars. Dinnar builds on two decades of general to more than 30,000 students and executives globally; served as advisor to management, strategic growth, and operations team leadership in high-tech supreme courts of several countries; and has published 20 books. and aerospace, including two start-ups that revolutionized their industries.

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THERE IS NO

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PLANET B Article written by: Jeni Tetamore Cover Image Credit: Maxim Zarya/123rf.com

hich natural resource is (on average) the most heavily regulated yet remains the most significantly polluted worldwide?

If your first guess was water, then you are correct. While air regulations are gaining in significance, water purity has been a goal for most first and second-world countries for more than 40 years. Perhaps even more notable is the abysmal failure of most efforts toward keeping our rivers and oceans clean. Issues such as agricultural run-off, in-land garbage making its way to the ocean, and improper dumping practices has led to, among other things, a floating island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, foaming rivers in India, and dying industries due to the acidification of the Atlantic Ocean.

billion liters of u treated sewage entering the river each day and 500 liters of industrial waste,” stated Himanshu Thakker, who is an engineer coordinating the South Asian Network on Dams, Rivers, and People, to The Guardian (Chalasani). The infrastructure through this portion of India is not equipped to handle this kind of waste, nor its treatment, so all sewage and industrial run-off flows into the rivers unchecked. Ganges River in India -- Image Credit: J.Carl Ganter

Let’s talk about some of the big issues first… Yakuna and Ganges The Ganges River, and it’s tributary, the Yakuna are considered to be holy sites by Hindus. They are places where pilgrims come to bathe and drink from the waters – and they are so polluted the Yakuna foams as if it is a toxic bubble bath. While the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) was established in 2009, and the levels of pesticides in the Ganga waters show marked demonstration since its inception, the levels of some organochlorines are still beyond the permissible limits for drinking water (Dwivedi, Mishra, & Tripathi). Disturbingly, the inorganic pollutants and microbial contamination have significantly increased (Dwivedi et al). The toxic foam on the Yakuna is caused by industrial waste. All India reports that 76% of the Yakuna’s pollution issues is caused by a 2% stretch along the river. “There are already 1.5 42  VENTRE

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The Good News… Like any population who values its own survival, the Indians have begun taking action to reverse and protect its water resources with the Ganges and Yakuna Rivers. In addition to the NGRBA convening, in 2015 Prime Minister Narenda Modi committed $3 billion to clean up these waterways that not only provides drinking water for 400 million people, but is revered as a place of worship for over a billion Hindus. While the goal was to improve the rivers water quality by the beginning of 2018,


that goal has not been met (Berke). However, while the goal was not met, 2 of the 17 areas have met their clean water goals according to Ministry of Water, and another 6 are approaching their ideal numbers. This is closer than they have been to date to reaching clean water in these areas in recent history. Yangtze River in China -- Image Credit: Imgur.com

CHANGES IN CHINA China’s land mass is one of the largest in the world. It is certainly the most populated. In 2014, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources jointly published a national soil survey. The survey discovered that 16.1% of its arable land was dangerous polluted. The government has since taken action, enacting laws establishing 13 kinds of responsibility from land owners to local governments. In this way, it is easier to determine where and how soil pollution begins, holds the correct offender responsible for clean-up, and shares the responsibility between developers and regulators. The new law also puts prevention and protection first by categorizing the various pollutants, and how they work. The goal is to ensure that Chinese land owners and officials can work from a place of prevention first, and remediation second as that is the more difficult of the two. It can take years, as well as very careful practice to safely remove some pollutants from the ground without causing more problems. While this remains a priority, China is still not as transparent as many local and global entities would like in monitoring their progress. (Chen)

Yangtze Of the 2.75 million metric tons of plastic rivers dump into the ocean each year, there are only 10 rivers which contribute to 95% of that total waste and 5 of those rivers are located in China (Christou). Christou further reports that 55% (approximately 1.51 million metric tons) of that plastic flows from the Yangtze. The Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river, is also the world’s largest polluter. There are many contributing factors which led to this tragedy. The Yangtze flows through three of China’s major industrial areas including Shanghai, Wuhan, and Chongqing, thus housing a population of approximately 400 million people (about 1/3 of China’s total citizenry). However, China is taking an interesting approach to the pollution issue caused by the industrial waste, sewage, and other mitigating factors putting the Yangtze at risk. Christou’s sources further reports that China has:

• Banned continued imports of trash (before the ban China was the largest importer of “junk,” leading to overflowing landfills which then would leak into the water supplies via run-offs, aqueducts, and accidents). • Demolishing 29 factories along the Yangtze so far, with another 109 slated for demolition by the end of 2020. A new law has been put in place that no factory may be built within 1 km of the river. • Committed $100 billion to river clean-up projects. Jensen-Cormier, an ecologist and writer on Chinese environmental issues, recently visited China to see how these projects were progressing. She observed that the local Chinese officials were quickly implementing President Xi’s vision for a “Beautiful China” by 2035. This includes water, land, and air initiatives which work to protect existing resources, or build man-made environments to support a healthier ecological system. The Yangtze specifically now has one free-flowing tributary where as recently as 2016 that was not possible.

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Hypoxia: the condition in which dissolved oxygen is below the level necessary to sustain most animal life- generally defined by dissolved oxygen levels below 2 ppm.

The Mississippi The health of the longest river in the United States is a strange and murky thing depending on where an observer stands along it 2,348 mile length. The Mississippi is the source of story and song, industry and recreation. It’s also filthy.

Point Source Pollution: Water pollution coming from a single point, such as a sewage-outflow pipe. Non-Point Source Pollution: A contributory factor to water pollution that cannot be traced to a specific spot. (Newcomer)

Like many rivers, if one begins at or near the source, the waters are relatively pristine. However, the further

TERMS Eutrophication: the process by which a body of water becomes enriched in dissolved nutrients that stimulate the growth of aquatic plant life usually resulting in the depletion of dissolved oxygen. Asphyxiation: the condition of being deprived of oxygen.

downriver we travel, the darker the water becomes, foamy, less oxygenated, with obvious litter floating in its current. However, looks can be deceiving. In Minnesota – where the river begins – the National Park Service states, “Stretches of the Mississippi River within the park corridor exceed water quality standards for mercury, bacteria, sediment, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), and nutrients. Unfortunately, these “impairments” can make the water unsuitable for fishing, swimming, and drinking.” The biggest issue confronting the Mississippi’s health is the fact it is governed by what is called 10 “mainstem” states, meaning it runs through 10 states which all have different regulations as dictated by The Clean Water Act. According to the Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine National Research Council: Although the Clean Water Act has led to many successes in reducing point source pollution, nonpoint source pollution such as runoff from agricultural land and urban areas, has proven more difficult to manage. […] Efforts to reduce nonpoint source pollution are hampered by inconsistencies among the ten Mississippi River corridor states in their water quality standards (consisting of designated uses and water quality criteria) and monitoring programs. State-level water quality monitoring programs along the river have different levels of resources and have not been well coordinated, leaving the river an “orphan” from a water quality monitoring and assessment perspective. While there are standards in place that should regulate such issues, pesticides and manure from agricultural areas and sewage and industrial waste from urban areas which are not directly correlated to the Mississippi waterfront end up impacting the river’s health and well-being. Rather than being able to take action under the guidelines provided, the Mississippi has remained under the mercy of poor stewardship practices. Since there is already federal regulations in place, many local governments and organizations are taking matters into their own hands. La Crosse County, Wisconsin Mississippi River Clean-Up volunteer organization has removed over 650,000 pounds of trash from the water in the last 25 years. Last year alone, in just their little section of the river, their 240 local volunteers pulled almost 15,000 pounds of trash and debris out of the river, including 136 fifty-five gallon barrels. It’s efforts like these that are making the most difference in the life and health of the river, as the regulations themselves are not proving to prevent debris and run-off from making its way to the water to date.

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Water is Life

Understanding the life and health of our rivers and lakes is


essential to understanding the larger issue at hand… Our oceans. Everything which makes its way first into the lakes and rivers, if left to flow freely, will make its way downstream to the oceans. Perhaps a conscientious soul did not toss their water bottle or gum wrapper into the lake, however this does not necessarily mean that same bottle or wrapper did not eventually make it’s way to open water. 80% of marine litter, including plastics, oil, and raw sewage, makes its way to ocean from land-based sources via storm drains, sewers, and other routes (Denchak). It is not always about malice, but it is always about sustainability. Plastic Scientists from the University of New commissioned by the non-profit organization Orb Media discovered that 90% of bottled water, with samples taken from around the world, contained at least some trace of microplastic (Christou). Microplastics are categorized as being less than 5 millimeters long and can most commonly be found in toothpaste, facial wash and other beauty products, and clothing. These items migrate into

our water sources through drains when people brush their teeth, wash their face, and do laundry. They can also be formed when larger plastics become broken down through various means such as being crushed or chewed apart. Humans are now consuming these microplastics in the same manner as the sperm whale which recently washed ashore in Australia. It’s autopsy found more than 30kg of microplastics in its stomach, effectively poisoning the whale and causing it to starve to death. But humans drink fresh water and a sperm whale is a salt water mammal, you may be thinking. All true. The water cycle does not discriminate between the two, and our floating islands of plastic are only getting bigger… Wait, islands? Plural? Yes. Most people have heard about “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” currently floating between Hawaii and California. This patch is simply the largest one, measuring approximately 600, 000 square miles (about twice the size of Texas), Florida Sea Grant agent Maia McGuire sampling for microplastics in a freshwater stream and microplastics photographed in the studio for a Florida Trend feature on Friday, July 21st, 2017

there are four other patches floating in both oceans that are simply smaller than the one seen most on the evening news (Rice). Furthermore, researchers “estimated that 1.7 trillion pieces were microplastics, but that 92% of the total plastic mass came from larger pieces. […] They also estimated that 46% of the plastic mass was from lost fishing nets known as “ghost nets.” These nets drift through the sea, ensnaring creatures and breaking into smaller bits of plastic” (Loria). These “islands” are not only taken up needed oceanic space, but the plastic and other waste is being fed upon by fish and other animals, which are then caught by fisherman and enter into our own food chain. Our digestive systems are no more capable of absorbing plastic than marine life. We are slowly starving ourselves just the way the sperm whale did. What Goes Up, Must Come Down While this portion is not specifically about air pollution or carbon emissions, it is important to understand the ocean’s THE NOSE KNOWS The loss of the sense of smell may be caused by many things, including aging and certain medications. However, recent studies have shown evidence of the long term exposure to pollutants and the loss of olfaction reaching back several decades, meaning our grandparents sense of smell was better than our parents, and our parents sense of smell was better than ours, and ours will be better than our children’s (Ajmani, Suh, & Pinto). This loss of olfaction is directly related to the ambient air quality in which a person grows-up and then continues to reside. Those individuals who live in areas where the concentrations routinely exceed the NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards) demonstrated a less accurate sense of smell, while those who resided in areas with lower air pollution generally maintained a more accurate sense of smell (Ajmani et al). While there are studies that show there is inconclusive evidence of these same issues, there is likely enough offered by scholarly sources now to cause most people to think about how air quality is affecting their sense of smell. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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part in addressing that issue on multiple fronts. The ocean absorbs man-made carbon and noise that affects not only the marine life, but the industries which depends upon them. It’s essential to understand how these issues can prove problematic. Denchak explains that our oceans are capable of absorbing approximately ¼ of all man-made carbon emissions. Scientists have determined that this means the water is now acidifying faster than they have in 300 million years so that by the end of the 21st century at the current pace the surface waters could be 150% more acidic than they are now. Denchak further argued that this acidification has already caused a decline in shellfish harvests, costing the Pacific Northwest oyster industry an estimated $110 million in lost revenue and 3,200 in the past few years. When taken in concert with the plastic and physical pollution problems currently plaguing the seas, the asphyxiation and hypoxia of marine life is becoming more and 46  VENTRE

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more problematic. It affects the lowest forms of marine life, such as coral reefs and shellfish. If these do not thrive, then higher forms do not have the proper things to eat, nor does the ocean have what it needs to oxygenate it. Corals reefs and oysters, for instance, act as “garbage disposals” for the ocean. If they are being overrun, then the ocean cannot clean itself properly. Finally, a complication often overlooked in water pollution is noise. High-intensity sonar, such as that used by the Navy, as well as 60,000 commercial tankers and container ships engines, rotors, and radio waves shrinks the sensory range of marine life and has even been linked to mass whale strandings (Denchak). While there are often noise ordinances on land, no such guidelines exist for open water. Many marine animals, but especially mammals and sharks, rely heavily on Hertz level soundwaves to find potential food sources, danger, and even mates. When the water in which they swim is ‘muddied up’ with extraneous sounds,

There are many organizations who are dedicated to ocean clean-up. One such organization is 4Ocean. What makes them unique is how they choose to fund their efforts: bracelets. What makes these bracelets so special? They are made completely from recycled plastic and glass of trash they have taken from the ocean. To date, they have removed 4,179,134 pounds of trash from the oceans and coastline.

much of which is on the same sound levels on which they communicate, these animals are unable to navigate properly, miss important food sources, mating opportunities, or wander into danger.

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Land pollution is the leading cause of water pollution, this includes deforestation, soil erosion, agricultural chemicals, industrialization, mining, landfills, and human sewage. Many of


these issues cause ground water poisoning or water nutrient enrichment with such chemicals as nitrogen, a common ingredient in even organic farming (manure carries this compound). Unecological farming or mining practices creates a loss of needed top soil, creating a loss of healthy land needed for trees or food production. Current fire management practices as well as civilization encroachment means that what would have been considered a natural wildfire causes soil erosion, landslides, and the potential for the loss of property and life. Deforestation Deforestation, the process in which the land is stripped of more trees than what is healthy for the soil or air quality. The areas in which this is a major concern, our tropical forests, continue to be battle grounds between ecologists and scientists and industries and farming. In 2017, the second-worse year on record, 39 million acres of tropical forest disappeared – an area measuring almost the size of the state of Washington (Leahy). Leahy further states that the worst hit areas are Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Central Africa. In many of these areas, local farmers cleared protected forest lands for crops or livestock. Part of the ongoing issue is the extreme poverty in many of these locations, where without arable land, these farmers and ranchers have no other method to make a living or feed their families. If the global community seeks to find a way to stop this kind of deforestation, then it must first address the very real human element at its root. Too often it these clearings are not done out of malice or greed, but out of survival. In the United States, since tracking began in 1630, our own lumber practices are more stable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Forest Service, the United States is currently about 70% as forested as it was in 1630. While the landscapes have changed and evolved, perhaps been converted from one use to another, the overall level of forestation within the United States since the 19th century as remained relatively steady at 33% of the total land area. One of the reasons for this continuity is private ownership of land (it is in the land-owners best

interest if the land stays fertile, for instance), conservation efforts in public land areas such as national parks, and guidelines which govern all entities. However, the one area in the United States that is rapidly losing trees is its cities. Breslin states the following statics: • A new study concluded the U.S. is losing about 36 million trees per year in metropolitan areas. • Nearly every state has reported a net loss of trees in recent years. • Tree loss in urban areas can worsen the urban heat island effect, which causes cities to warm faster than surrounding areas. Breslin explains that the loss of 36 million

REPAIRING DEFORESTATION By John Peterson Sustainable Forestry: Harvesting trees is a necessary element for many industries, but it does not mean it that it is an unsustainable practice. Replanting techniques, crop rotation, selective harvesting, and more are just some ways industries are ensuring sustainable forestry habits. Stewardship: The Forest Council Stewardship program offers certification on its products guaranteeing that its products are responsibly harvested. It helps protect the rights land owners and indigenous people, who are often the hardest hit by unethical forestry practices. REDD Incentives: Standing for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation”, this process seeks to offer economic compensation for countries to “store” carbon in their forests. This offers an incentive similar to those given to factories and power plants when they reduce their carbon emissions. By creating an off-setting economic advantage, conservation organizations hope that those who might have lost income from the land disuse for farming or ranching, will find other methods in which to thrive.

Trees are cleared on a peat swamp forest for the development of a palm oil plantation on Borneo island. Investors are starting to recognize the financial case for forest preservation. -- Scource: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images

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trees is an area of approximately 208 Central Parks. So, while our overall area of forestation remains constant, given that urban sprawl is becoming more common in metropolitan areas, it is safe to assume that this consistency will eventually be affected. Furthermore, cities, on average, are hotter than more agricultural areas. This is due to the increased hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt which absorb and trap heat, and glass which reflects it.

Soil Erosion Photo : Vidisha Kulkarni /Research Matters

Erosion and Contamination Soil erosion and contamination is a twofold issue. Soil erosion is determined by the loss of fertile topsoil, meaning the soil remaining is not conducive to growing plants, does not retain needed nutrients, is prone to run-off or landslides, etc. Contamination, on the other hand, is defined by the soil being enriched by chemicals such as too much nitrogen (some is needed for crop growth), or oil, parabens, DDTs, carcinogens, etc. Once the soil has been contaminated with these and other chemicals, it can be absorbed into water sources, crops, animals are contaminated when they graze, and so on. This is an issue facing the global community. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) released a report in May 2018 detailing many of the problems with soil erosion and contamination around the world. In an article published on their website they summarized some of their findings: [In] Australia, some 80,000 sites are now estimated to suffer from soil contamination. China has categorized 16 percent of all its soils — and 19 percent of its agricultural soils — as polluted. There are approximately 3 million potentially polluted sites in the European Economic Area and the West Balkans. In the United States, 1,300 sites appear on that country’s Superfund National Priorities list of pollution hot spots.

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COMMON FOOD CONTAMINANTS Methylmercury: Bacteria in water bodies convert the deposited mercury into this compound, which can then be absorbed by small aquatic organisms that are eaten by predators. These predators are the fish we eat. It is neurotoxic to humans. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): While banned since 1979, they are still in limited use for some construction purposes in certain electrical equipment. They provide insulation to gas lines and electrical circuits. While declining, this can still be found in grazing animals and fish. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs): Found most commonly in furniture foam, small appliances, and electronic, it is used as a flame retardant. Prior to 2003, it was mostly found in food, but since 2013, the chemical is now simply in the dust accumulated in homes and workplaces. Bisphenol A (BPAs): This was primarily used in plastic food and drink containers before it was discovered that it could adversely affect the endocrine system.

These numbers allocate enormous quantities of land throughout the world. While the West Balkans and European Economic Area is still suffering from the Chernobyl meltdown of the 80s, causing huge swathes of land to be unusable, unfarmable, and, in many place, uninhabitable, there are still other areas where that is not the case and it is matter of poor stewardship and poor business/farming practices. Desertification A natural by-product of

Phthalates: Used to increase flexibility in plastics, it was discovered to be an endocrine disruptor and could even contaminate mother’s breastmilk.

soil erosion is desertification. When the soil, and the nutrients in the soil, dies to the extent it can no longer retain moisture it begins to dry out. After awhile the good topsoil begins to disappear, either through run-off, landslide, or wind. At the most extreme, the land becomes barren, or “deserted.” The U.N.’s official definition states, “desertification is land degradation in typically dry areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities” (NASA). The causes behind desertification remain under debate, however, the most common issues which arise are overgrazing, improper crop rotation, drought, and industrial waste. Once a parcel has been determined to be “deserted,” the land is considered unable to produce natural vegetation for its area. The most import aspect to understand is that not all desertification is “bad,” some is a natural by-product of everchanging weather patterns and the natural flux of rainy season. Extended droughts and extended rain are both natural in the course of the earth since it was formed, neither man-made or created. However, even natural patterns can cause extreme changes in the earth and its living or dying.

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Perhaps the best known, most regulated polluted resource in the world: Air. Carbon emissions, greenhouse gasses, smoke, noise and more have been listed as potential causes of air pollution. Münzel et al states, “Ambient air pollution is a leading cause of non-communicable disease globally. The largest proportion of deaths and morbidity due to air pollution is now known to be due to cardiovascular disorders.” These deaths include myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, and heart failure. Lesser morbidity rates account for asthma attacks, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. A study published by the Journal of Environmental Research Letters states that air pollution now kills approximately 2.0 million people every year (Yadav), while the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2016 4.2 million people died prematurely and 90% of those individuals lived in middle to lower-income areas of the world (Nunez).

Perfluorochemicals: This chemical had a wide range of uses including food packaging and non-stick coating. It’s most dangerous aspect is that once heated, it could be released into the air and inhaled. It’s side-effects are not fully understood. Perchlorate: Used in fireworks, flares, and other explosives, it has been discovered in surface and groundwater. It is known to affect the thyroid. Organophosphate Pesticides: Used to control pests in a variety of crops, they leave a residue on the food. If consumed, they can affect the nervous system, especially in children. Correlations have been drawn between its consumption and ADD/ADHD in children. (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Factory Farm Soil & Water Contamination Photo Credit : civileats.com

Industrial Industry is a necessary evil in the world where the environment is concerned. Without factories we would not have any way to make cars, clothes, food, components, phones, computers, medicine, packaging…the list is truly endless. No one is willing to live without a factory and the goods they provide to a civilized society. However, factories are also responsible for most of the pollution found in the land, in the water, and in the air. They are the cause of complex problems, and the ethical management of not only pollution, but what it would mean to society if those factories did not exist, is an issue governments and consumers struggle with on a visceral level.

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The first issue among factories is the fact they all require energy to function. They must consume fuel of some sort to produce their products. The most common form of power generation in most factories is still natural gas, which leads to a release of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. While these emissions are still lower than coal burning – those pollutants include nitrogen and sulfur oxides, hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride gases, and arsenic, lead and other metals – in large quantities or condensed areas, can still cause issues. The three other most common factory pollutants are: • Melt Smelting: These factories create everything from components to cars, instruments to infrastructure. Because of the heating and smelling process used to refine ore and aluminum, this creates metallic dust and silica in the air, as well as releasing sulfur, carbon dioxides, arsenic particulates, mercury and cyanide emissions depending on the metal being smelted. • Petrochemical Smog: The cleaning, painting, and heating processes of factories are varied and intense. These processes, however, when used while other raw materials or treatments are being heated release such compounds as carbon or hydrocarbon oxides that, once they interact with the sunlight, and intermix with other pollutants like sulfur and nitrogen oxides, become peroxyacetyl nitrates. This is better known as “petrochemical smog” or “the brown cloud.” • Food Processing: Rendering or washing meat and fish creates large amounts of liquid waste and smoke from the frying/ smoking which leaves behind mold and bacterial residues in the air. Processing grains creates miniscule dust which is released into the air and breathed in. These particles in the air contribute to multiple health issues world-wide. They mostly affect the very young and very old, but long term exposure can lead to 50  VENTRE

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heart problems, breathing problems, and more in otherwise healthy individuals. Even with the United States Clean Air Act, there remains pockets around the country which are significantly impacted by air pollution. Home Meant to be our sanctuary, our homes can be as polluted inside as the air outside. Nor are problems relegated to only older homes, new homes are equally at risk. Older homes more often are tainted with such toxins as asbestos, lead paint, and formaldehydes while new homes, with their intense weather dealing, suffer from lack of air exchange leading to mold, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and radon. All homes are at risk for cigarette smoke, pollen, cleaning chemicals, dry cleaning fumes (many solvents are carcinogenic), pet dander, particulates from incense and candles, times from paint, glue, and ink toner, and other hazards. Prolonged exposure to any or all of these hazards have been demonstrated to lead to increased flare-ups of such issues as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as irritating the mouth, nose, and throat. Some simple precautions for your home include: • Not smoking inside • Covering scented candles • Removing carpet • Dusting and vacuuming regularly • Using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom • Minimize air freshener use • Wash bedding weekly in hot water Opening the windows, despite the possibility of some pollution outside, is still considered healthier than constantly running the air conditioner. This allows for a true exchange of air in and out of the home. Additionally, it is imperative to ensure the filters in both the furnace and air conditioning unit are clean and to invest in having the ducts of your home vacuumed by a professional at least once

FRACKING RISKS EXPLAINED Fracking remains a highly contested practice around the world, however it is also one of the most misunderstood regarding its dangers and benefits. For example, a study conducted by chemists at the University of Texas at Arlington found that “point source attribution of ambient contamination events near unconventional oil and gas development” sites such as fracking sits “found highly variable levels of ambient BTEX or benzene, toluene ethyl benzene, and xylene compounds” (Kellie). However, the same study found that these were “variable contamination events, attributable in many cases to specific gas flaring units, condensation tanks, compressor units, and hydrogen sulfide scavengers, indicate that mechanical inefficiencies, and not the inherent nature of the extraction process as a whole” (Kellie). This means that most of the issues resulting in air, land, and water contamination are because of human error and mechanical problems, not because fracking is “bad.” As the systems continue to improve and innovate, the process will, according to multiple studies independent of the industry, become safer.

every few years. Natural One thing that must be understood is that our home is in constant flux. The world as we know it now is very different from the world as it was a thousand years ago, or ten thousand years ago. There have, in fact, been several “mini-Ice Ages” in addition to the major freezes that are better known for creating the giant glaciers, freezing mammoths and cavemen whole, and changing the face of continents. If there are natural IceAges, that means there are also natural warming trends, even extreme warming trends that may cause catastrophic weather. This also relates to natural causes of air pollution. There can be many culprits produced by nature including particles put into the air by forest fires and volcanic eruptions. These events can effect anything from additional carbon monoxide in the atmosphere to creating its own weather such as cyclones and tornados. Volcanic gases released during an eruption may contain hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide, halocarbons and some metal chlorides which can lead to acid rain. Other natural causes of air pollution are wind erosion, methane and radon


WHAT’S YOUR IMPACT ON THE EARTH? FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the Earth. footprintnetwork.org/resources/footprint-calculator

Factory Pollution Cap and trade reduces emissions, such as those from power plants, by setting a limit on pollution and creating a market. Photo Credit : edf.org

expulsion, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Wind erosion is likely the least impactful, but when other factors such as drought are in the area, particles blowing in the air can lead to itchy eyes, runny noses, and clogged lungs. Methane expulsion, often in the news these days, and typically branded as “cow farts” is simply the release of digestive gases by not only farm animals, but many plants as they decompose. In a small, enclosed space these gases are flammable. In large quantities, they can effect the ozone layer as a greenhouse gas. Radon expulsion comes from nuclear reactive materials such as uranium which are found naturally in the earth. As these metals decompose, they release radon. In low doses they are dispersed and not harmful to humans. But, as we know from nuclear reactor meltdowns, in high concentrated doses, they can be disseminating. Finally VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are any natural air-borne substance that may mix with a manmade substance to become oxidized and transform into aerosols. These substances may come from trees, flowers, metals, and water, but once they interact with other chemical compounds, they become volatile.

What You Can Do Pollution is something that affects us on every level. While there numerous regulations in place to help minimize the effects on the planet, waste and yuck still manages to make it into our air, land, and water. On a local scale, practical steps you can take to do your part include: • Put filters on your washing machine and dishwasher. This will help keep microplastics and fibers from your clothes from being washed into the sewer. • Stop buying cleansers advertising themselves as micro-abrasives such as facials cleansers and toothpaste. These are actually plastics that can not only make their way into your skin and gums causing permanent damage, but into the water. • Carpool, and plan your driving trips so you are not running a bunch of small trips throughout the week, but perhaps have a shopping day where you get all of it done • Mow your lawn early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperatures are cooler, this will allow the exhaust to disperse more harmlessly into the atmosphere than during the heat

of the day. Better yet, find ways to make your lawn productive like creating more spaces for fruit and vegetable gardening and zero-scape with native plants. • If you have a fireplace, clean your flue. • Re-use, re-new, and recycle: We’ve all heard it, but taking ourselves out of the fast-fashion cycle, using cloth bags, real dishes for eating and drinking do help in the end even if sometimes it takes up more water. Be an aware consumer. Remember, that not even organic or natural products are “pollution-free.” Cotton requires 70% more water than almost any other crop on the planet and often leads to a ‘deadening’ of the soil causing farmers to need to fertilize it again for a new crop. Fertilizers are a leading cause of ground water pollution and soil erosion. However, we still need to eat and create crops that clothe us. It is a matter to find better, more sustainable ways to do that and keep those same farmers in business. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. What we do know, is that we have a choice every day to make a conscious decision to become more aware of the impact our species has on this earth. We must choose wisely, because as far as we know, there is no Planet B. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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“Mantra” A word or sound repeated to aid in concentration in meditation. MantraBand offers you the opportunity to focus your mind on the positive, on what you believe, on the victories you’ve won, and will win. Mindfulness is not only a way of life, it’s a way to love your life. Be You to the Fullest.

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DYLN is bridging the gap between wellness and convenience with our ecofriendly alkaline water bottles. We believe that living water is the foundation for healthy bodies, conscious minds, and inspired lives—and that you should be able to make it everywhere you go. For yoga enthusiasts, athletes, and health-seekers alike, DYLN Inspired strives to energize your lives all while reducing plastic waste. Our goal is to preserve the environment while expanding awareness, one bottle at a time.

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What happens when two scientists – one with a degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus in environmental studies and the other in Clinical Mental Health and Child Development – meet and get married in the wilds of Montana? Three beautiful children and Buckaroo Organics! Driven by their passion for healthy family living, Brad and Lindsay Herron established Buckaroo Organics, a line of home and body product that boost the immune system instead of polluting it and your home in the process. Each clean, organic product comes with an easy-to-read label so you know exactly what is going on your body, your clothes and your precious babies. The packaging is also made from low-impact resources and recyclable or reusable. Be good to yourself & the planet with Buckaroo Organics.

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WOOL DRYER BALLS

Our dryer balls are handmade with 100% New Zealand Wool to naturally soften your laundry without the use of harsh chemicals. Perfect for those with sensitive skin. Safe for wool sensitivities. Lasts for a 1,000 loads! Safe to add 5-10 drops of essential oils to a wool ball before drying for your choice of a natural way to scent your laundry. Choose between a 3 pack or 6 pack of wool balls. 6 wool balls for family-size loads of laundry. 3 balls recommended for medium sized loads. • Hypoallergenic • 100% Eco-friendly • Softens Naturally • Reduces drying time and static


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Instead of using a synthetic surfactant or soaping agent, our detergent contains 100% Certified Organic Soapberries, also known as soapnuts. The soapberry not only cleans, but also possesses natural fabric softening capabilities. The saponin contained in the husk of the natural berry is our active ingredient for wranglin’ tough dirt and hard to treat stains and is gentle on delicate fabrics. After careful formulation, we have developed a detergent you can trust. The ingredients are organic, natural and safe for your entire family and the environment. Our detergent does not contain any of the harmful chemicals that pollute water or causes skin irritation. It is hypoallergenic and perfect for those with sensitive skin. Designed for high efficiency machines. The soapberries are low sudsing by nature. • 200 Loads or 20 Loads • HE and Standard Machine compatible • Eco-friendly packaging - 70% less plastic

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“We are a multicultural mix composed of the perfect combination of industry experience and designs. Basically, a team of highly experienced guys and impatient millennials about to revolutionize the watch industry together. That means that we work on creating innovative watches and a topnotch product. Our founders come from Europe, US, Latin America & South Africa, but all ended up in sunny Miami, where our office is based.

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All of our ancestors have worked in this great industry. Our Nonno (grandfather in Italian) Ariodante, Nonno Adriano, and Papa (grandfather in French) Meir, all sold and repaired watches and jewelry around the Mediterranean, We began this incredible and fun journey to create our dream product. A product that we have perfected and would love for you to wear with the same passion and pride that we have. Our watch is built with the best quality and you will find plenty of details that make JASON HYDE a reason to wear a watch again!�

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ROLLIE .33 fl oz | $29 each

Let’s roll to your ultimate on-the-go scent essential. Meet Skylar Rollie, the Skylar scent you love in travel size. Unscrew the chic silver cap and choose where you want to roll. Dangerously intimate and discreet so no one will know how you smell this good. Spray in the morning. Roll in the afternoon. In your purse, at the office, in the car - your touch-up has never been so effortless.

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Clean, natural scents to bring out your natural beauty. Cruelty-free and hypoallergenic, Skylar wants you to find your Signature Scent. Take their Scent Quiz to be matched with your Perfect Perfume, or order the Scent Experience of all 6 of Skylar’s Signature Scents.

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ARROW1.7 fl oz | $78 Warm, spicy, and seductive, Arrow pairs well with confidence (and a good smoky eye). Like you, Arrow is memorable with notes of midnight jasmine, warm patchouli, and vanilla. At the office or on a date, this fragrance is your perfect accessory. Ingredients: organic sugar cane alcohol, distilled water, jasmine, rose, neroli flower, labdanum flower, vanilla, patchouli, tonka bean, birch tar, schinus molle, parfum (Skylar’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils).

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GATES OF HEALTH

ABC’S OF VOC’S

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When the term “organic” is not healthy VOC is an acronym for volatile organic compounds. What are volatile organic compounds? Without getting too geeky they include a variety of chemical compounds generally understood to be mildly bad or quite bad for your health. They may have long-term or short-term health effects and allowable exposure levels are an ongoing battle between for-profit industries and environmental and health advocates. Perhaps the most common product affiliated with the term “VOC” is household paint where companies now normally advertise “low” or “no” VOC paint however VOC’s are emitted in many insidious ways such as most household cleaners, nearly anything “scented” artificially such as dryer sheets, air fresheners (the irony eh?), carpet, mattresses, nail polish removers, varnishes, disinfectants (a very curious one because people swap “disinfected” or “sterile” for VOC’s if you think about it), vinyl flooring, dry cleaning, and so on. Both benzenes and formaldehyde are typical common indoor pollutants coming from carpets, glues, cabinets, particle board and so on. New buildings or furnishings are subject to factory chemical off-gassing which is a legitimate “thing”. “Sick building syndrome” (SBS) is a condition when the buildings occupants experience ill health affects when no formal illness or diagnosis is identified. According to the EPA and WHO, up to 30% of new or remodeled buildings likely have unhealthy levels of VOC’s. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye, nose or throat irritations, fatigue, a hoarse voice, flu-like sensations, itchy or dry skin, onset or 66  VENTRE

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increased asthma and more. Severe side effects are organ damage, particularly of the liver or kidneys, and cancer. A household specific worth bringing up here is the garage where many people keep vehicles or store paints, oil, gas, thinners, cleaners etc. however if you have a bedroom or otherwise living space where you spend a lot of time located above the garage, you are at risk of those fumes wafting into your space. Your liver cleans your blood at night, which means bedrooms are more concerning to have designed above garages so to the architects reading this, take note…. Phytoremediation Maybe it’s because I am an herbalist, but it sure seems like plants appear to be forgiving, helpful, and wise friends to combat most of the problems we humans create. Phytoremediation is the use of plants to mitigate indoor or outdoor pollution. Plant leaves absorb gases through their surface area and the soil microorganisms also help neutralize VOC’s (assuming you are not getting pesticide/herbicide treated plants or potted soil thus adding to your VOC’s). A respectable research study published in PubMed observed that keeping a rubber plant in an office for one week reduced formaldehyde by 50%. NASA has recognized about 50 indoor plants that are excellent for indoor pollution including spider plants, aloe, pothos, peace lilies, rubber plants, snake plants, and many more. For those with a thumb that’s any color other than green, these plants are conveniently really easy to keep alive. #optoutside

While indoor VOC’s appear somewhat manageable, what gets arguably more serious and less avoidable are those put out by factories, commuters, or the fracking industry. Some of the most common and worst VOC offenders are nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, benzenes, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and formaldehyde. Outdoors, all of these pollutants contribute to ground level ozone toxicity which in turn amplifies smog. There are two very dominant and prominent industries largely responsible for these VOC’s and they have a very interesting relationship….oil/gas and plastic. Oil and gas and plastic have a serendipitous and symbiotic relationship. It’s hardly a coincidence that single use plastic has exploded in a short amount of time and oil and gas wells are required to produce 99% of what’s required to make plastic. Since 2010, over $180 billion has been invested in new plastic production plants. The investors? Fracking beneficiaries like Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron. ExxonMobil alone recently funded $10 billion for plans to build a plastic production plant in Texas. As the transport industry is headed for EV and less reliance on oil or gas, the future of fracking lies in plastics. As such, fracking needs plastic to thrive for their industry to thrive. Fracking needs you to need plastic. The environmental and health consequences are vast in this relationship. Never mind what we already know about the harm of plastics and how microplastics are now in nearly all table salt, or piles of plastic the size of Texas are floating in the ocean, or that the US alone uses approximately 500 million straws a day, let’s look at the oil and gas


industry that produces this. Johns Hopkins University did a meta-analysis tracking those that lived near fracking sites in Pennsylvania and discovered that those folks doubled their risk of eye, nose and throat complications. They were also twice as likely to have asthma. Benzene alone is 41 times higher sampled within 500 feet of a frack well. Benzene is a VOC that can cause bone marrow issues, anemia, headaches, dizziness, and leukemia just to name a few. Anschutz hospital in Denver, CO, where over 60,000 frack wells are active in the state and over a quarter of them are located near Denver, observed excessive rates of leukemia in young adults and collected data that revealed that those living near fracking sites were 4 times more likely to develop the disease. When Colorado elections included a measure to regulate fracking (not ban) in 2018, oil and gas spent $33 million dollars ($10 million in the month of October alone) in Colorado to suede voters in their favor. It worked. $33 million dollars is not only a tough match to beat from grassroots efforts, but also hints at just how much oil and gas stands to gain or lose depending on that single voting measure. Climate (no) Change The same giants that spend billions on plastic production also spend billions on lobbying against climate change. Shell alone spends $49 million a year on lobbying. The money is spent towards luring government decisions and showcasing to the public about their climate-friendly efforts. BP, Shell, and ExxonMobil spend billions in public advertising and social media towards the public on buzz words like “greenhouse gas reductions” and “low carbon footprint” when in reality, statistically only about 3% of their efforts are directed towards lowering carbon footprints. Toxin Fatigue It seems the more we know the more apt we are to run the risk of “toxin fatigue” where we all are aware that “everything is toxic” so we become numb or allow apathy to set in. This looks like a number of scenarios. We might feel insignificant in the entire complexity of it all. “What’s one straw”, “I’m thirsty so I want this (plastic) water bottle”. We “just want to live” and not feel awful for living. Then there’s the spell of oil and gas guilting us “do you not use phones, planes, buses, or a pen?! Then you need us!”. I’m not sure who can deny this argument, but there are better ways and we can work towards not needing nearly every waking moment or action reliant on the industry. If you are suspect or concerned about yourself or your children, there are tests you can order. You can order VOC blood work from your doctor or many acupuncture doctors, naturopathic doctors or functional medical practitioners will

Sheila Liewald L.Ac. is a board certified acupuncturist, biopuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. She has served as staff acupuncturist for Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado and runs a private practice in Boulder. She’s also a speaker, writer, and educator on the vast world of natural health. Sheila Liewald L.Ac. redaspenwellness.com

work with companies that can test this very well to see where your numbers are for both indoor and outdoor VOC’s. Being proactive in the bigger picture like bringing your own bag to the store, declining straws, ditching synthetic dryer sheets or any “fake scented” things, or swapping zip-locks for reusable ones can all make an impact. Two Plus Two is a company based in Carbondale CO and they make excellent washable reusable snack bags and saran wrap substitutes. I myself can attest to these specifically as I have enjoyed their travel bags for years on backpacking or overseas trips. Merely having awareness of VOC’s that aren’t visible is a huge step. We can’t see or smell many VOC’s which adds to the danger. Remain informed and as they say, follow the money. And maybe buy a houseplant. For more information and references to this article please go to www.redaspenwellness.com. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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Ladies, imagine a sustainable product that could replace your need for tampons and pads. A stylish and comfortable pair of underwear that works as a double agent to keep you clean and dry during you’re menstrual cycle. THINX does just that! “Every pair of THINX has a top layer that wicks all liquid into a thin absorption layer right beneath, so that you feel super dry. This way you can wear’em all day long.” THINX women’s underwear are designed, by women in New York City, to absorb the liquid while keeping you dry and feeling clean. THINX are made in a family run factory in Sri Lanka that gives back by being committed to empowering the women they employ with education and training.

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THINX can be worn in addition to tampons or pads; and yes, even as an alternative! THINX is also working towards a greater goal. They have partnered with AFRIpads in Uganda, which trains women to work for themselves making and selling reusable pads. Each pair of underwear you purchase helps to fund this cause. This cause in turn give girls access to protection during their cycle to help prevent them from missing school. According to the article, Women can Bleed Green on alternet. org, a woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene products in her lifetime. In addition the Ocean Conservancy found that tampon applicators made up 2.2% of debris on U.S. coastlines.


Consider all the waste that could be avoided by purchasing and wearing THINX.

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Life stinks sometimes. So do we. So do you.

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Lume helps us smell just a little bit better as we go through our lives. Designed by an OB/GYN and safe for women or men, this scientifically proven natural product is safe for all the places you normally use deodorant, and all the places you should (really, your partner will thank you!). Free of Aluminum, Silicone, Phthalate, Sulfates, Parabens, Talc, and Baking Soda, Lume actually blocks the ability for bacteria to consume fluids like sweat, semen, urine, and blood that lead to odor (yes, even there).

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The traditional propel cream stick can be used directly on underarms, and our travel-friendly tube allows you to easily control the amount you use, no matter where you use it. The water-based formula wont stain your clothes and leaves no residue behind. The stick offers 110 underarm applications (two armpits) or 220 “anywhere else”uses. The tube offers 150 underarm applications (two armpits) or 300 private parts uses. A little goes a long way! FREE shipping throughout the United States. Shipping to Canada is available for an additional fee.


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At Beyond Meat, we believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create The Future of ProteinŽ – delicious plant-based burgers, sausage, crumbles, and more-- made directly from simple plant-based ingredients. By shifting from animal, to plant-based meat, we are creating one savory solution that solves four growing issues attributed to livestock production: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources and animal welfare.

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WHY BUILD MEAT DIRECTLY FROM PLANTS? Removing the animal from the protein production chain simultaneously and powerfully addresses four major problems attributable to livestock.

PLANT-BASED MEATS: • IMPROVES HUMAN HEALTH • POSITIVELY IMPACTS CLIMATE CHANGE • ADDRESSES GLOBAL RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS • IMPROVES ANIMAL WELFARE

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Life happens. Pets. Kids. Weather. Morning coffee in a half-awake hand. These mishaps and happenings can play havoc on your furnishings and especially your throw rugs, but steam cleaning can be expensive. Ruggable found the solution in stylish, nontoxic, printed rugs in all sizes in traditional and modern designs which are completely washable. Yes! As in put it in your washing machine! These sustainable, environmentally friendly rugs are just what you need for your busy home ... where your life ...happens.

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M

THE INSIDE JOB

PREPARED TO WIN! with Eric Lipsey

One of the best things we can do to remain prepared is to never stop learning. Once we’ve learned all we need to know, the next step is to find out what we don’t know we need to know. Basically, there is no end to learning. “In a world of change, learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a word that no longer exist.” – Eric Hoffer

Most of us have heard the proverbial story of David versus Goliath. Whether you fully believe in the story or not, there’s a valuable lesson that can be learned from it. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a little snippet. David was a 12-year-old boy who was unafraid to go out to fight a skilled warrior by the name of Goliath. He was famed for his giant stature.

David was no fool when it came to offense or defense. When he was offered heavy armor and a sword to face the mighty Goliath, he refused it, choosing to only go into battle with a slingshot. While the decision may seem simple on the surface, it was quite brilliant. David learned to master the skill of the sling during his time as a shepherd. He used it to defend the sheep against predators. The sling also gave him distance from the giant, which somewhat evened the playing field. David wouldn’t have much of a chance if he’d tried to face Goliath in hand-to-hand combat or with a sword for that matter. David emerged victorious because he understood himself as well as his opponent. According to Jewish history, David went on to win many battles during his time. He won because he was prepared to 76  VENTRE

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do so. The question we have to ask ourselves is, “Are we prepared win?” What do we know about ourselves? What do we know about the opposition? Are we playing to our strengths? Are we spending adequate time improving our weaknesses? The business world can be daunting, especially in the start-up stage of development. There are many challenges. We are often required to learn things that we never intended to learn such as accounting, finance, marketing and strategic planning as well as adapt to the changing world of social media.

We must take time to work on ourselves. This includes proper rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. We can’t expect to win what could be a long battle when we are exhausted from fighting. You may feel guilty for taking a break, but you’ll be far more productive and efficient when you do. There are often critical resources needed to win a battle. These resources can include good team members, operating capital, proper counsel, a place of refuge, etc. Yes! There are ways to work around them. However, if you don’t know what you need, you won’t know where to start. It’s imperative to understand the needs of your business. The road less travelled can be challenging. We must be prepared mentally, physically, spiritually and financially. Remember! Everyone wants to win; the ultimate question is, “Are we prepared to do so?”


LSTN was founded with a singular purpose: to change lives through the power of music. Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation.

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Vertellis is the ultimate card game that you can look forward to playing every year during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or a casual get together.

The game is played with friends, family, or colleagues. Through questions that trigger memories and stories you will get to know those closest to you in a new (deeper) way. At the end of the game you will know who has been paying attention but most importantly you will have had meaningful conversations with your loved ones.

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Watch out! Vertellis can cause… Memorable moments Sincere attention, connection, and affection A peek into the players’ highlights of the past year as well as plans and dreams for the upcoming year Uncontrollable hugs and kisses

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WANDERLUST

WANDERLUST West Coast

By Sam Russell

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f you prayed to the heavens for a winterless vacation, think of Oxnard, California as your petition answered. If your heart so desires, your well-being is important enough to find a serene coastal community that will nourish your mental attitude and give you activities galore to choose from in the same tide.

whale watching together with inland happenings like wine tasting, waterside dining, golf, shopping and quality beach time with the family, you will be easily summoned here at some point in your curious life.

Oxnard is the beginning of California’s Central Coast. With an array of one-of-a-kind activities like Channel Islands exploration, sports fishing, and

When ready to unshackle yourself from the work week, Oxnard should be a bucket list dream for every water baby on every budget.

Formalities aside, it’s the Marina life without the hoity-toity.

first stop...Oxnard, California

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he jewels of this natural landscape can be best appreciated after securing a comfortable landing base to unpack. Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort is a 250 all-suites experience. Spacious bedroom suites with marble baths, private bedrooms, kitchenettes and sofa beds in the living rooms is that anchor you were pining for.

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Think of this place as a mega-sized resort that fits all. Female CEO’s sit alone on private patios with computers closed and hearts captivated by the harmony of ocean breezes and curious seagulls looking to make friends or be fed. Or both. Families can be overheard planning whale watching tours while the young tykes wade in large pools with neighboring palm trees providing shade for that one crew member that burns a tad too easily.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort 2101 Mandalay Beach Road. • Oxnard, CA 93035 • 805-984-2500

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WANDERLUST

VENTRE SUGGESTS: Room service, spa service by appointment, state of the art fitness center, a game room and a coin-operated laundry are on site to make home feel as close as possible. Read the complimentary newspaper while the kids bond over ping pong or cards—the game room is open and colorful with no two guests feeling an invasion of space.

THE LOBBY A business center with printing services and the Internet is available for emergency correspondence back home. But spending too much time in the business center can be hazardous to your nap plans later that afternoon. Meeting & Banquet Facilities: Over 16,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space plays host to elegant wedding ceremonies, event receptions, theme buffets, and private parties. Complete selection of audiovisual equipment and hi-speed Internet access can switch the space from work to twerk.

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Check-in is quick and secured underground parking is a sigh of relief for that fancy rental car secured with your credit card. The Instagram photos will have to wait just a bit as nothing is going to keep you from YOUR own private patio beach view.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort 2101 Mandalay Beach Road. • Oxnard, CA 93035 • 805-984-2500

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WANDERLUST

RISE & SHINE

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he bevy of eateries in Oxnard is tempting unto itself. Staying on property is easy here, too. The smell of brewing coffee in your room or at the Coastal Grill is the jump start to the day everyone needs. Hotel guests are treated to a free breakfast buffet with all the perfect morning staples from 6:30 am to 10:00 am daily. Made-to-order omelets, sausage, eggs, bacon, cereals, yogurts, and fresh fruit will make any cranky traveler whole again. If your appetite doesn’t kick in until later in the day, come in between 11:30 am and 11:00 pm for burgers, chicken sandwiches, fish and chips, steak tacos or anything hearty and familiar for the kids in tow with their very own menu. For a great starter to the evening, guests are also treated to complimentary drinks and snacks from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm daily. Beer, wine, soft drinks in a relaxed atmosphere is just the octave you were looking for. Wish we could draw you here.

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(on property at Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort) 805-984-2500

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THE SUITE

Places you can fall in love with life again—even if you already love your existence—begins with views like these. Try and resist sleeping with your patio door partly cracked open. The crash of waves and the hum of the night can be felt firsthand at this resort. We found tons of space to unpack and took comfort as large suitcases disappeared into a spacious bedroom closet. Dual bathroom vanities, central heat and air, flat screen TV’s and quiet neighboring suites made this stay much more comfortable than advertised in the brochures. Never dreamt of living in a beachside condo full time until now. As the kids rest in the other room on that fold-out or if those midnight munchies get the best of you---a microwave, wet bar, and mini-fridge with leftovers from Tierra Sur will do quite nicely. In moments like these, you will feel as if good luck and the good life have finally pulled into your port. You are right.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort 2101 Mandalay Beach Road. • Oxnard, CA 93035 • 805-984-2500

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ou only get friendly service this genuine and quality seafood this abundant in the coastal communities, so suck up as much of it as you can. No knowledge of the language or region is required to enjoy the fine dishes at Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant and Bar. Located super close to your resort is a local staple that Oxnard has every reason to be proud of. Easing LA commuter nerves with a Brazilian national drink, the Caipirinha, is one way to win everyone over. It hit sobering notes on my palate all the while flashing me back to really fun drinks and a night out with really lively people. In a nutshell, this cocktail kicks your favorite Margarita’s ass back home—so give the keys to whoever is the designated driver at the table. The menu has a potpourri of familiar items for any foodie. Ventre Magazine’s stellar lunch started with the something that was new to our senses—the Capa Santa Gratinada—seasoned scallops in a half shell crusted with parmesan cheese and oven baked. You’ve never wanted to lick the inside of a seashell so hard in your life, until now.

Everything savory and fulfilling continues with the Moquequinha—a handmade clay pot with a choice of fish, shrimp, shellfish combo, lobster or all vegetarian onions, olive oil cilantro urucum essence, and coconut milk. The Yelp reviews alone let you know you’re in fine feather. I’d come back for any of the lunch specials if we lived here (stroganoff, bolognese, risotto). My lunch companion was eager to save some of this gold and bring back leftovers to our room at Embassy Suites by Hilton at Mandalay, but I cut him off at the pass. First person to nap after lunch, loses. Signed, The Winner.

MOQUECA BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT & BAR

Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant & Bar

3550 South Harbor Blvd., Suite 201 • Oxnard, CA 93035 Oxnard Locale: 805-204-0970 • Oxnard & Thousand Oaks, CA

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or a day excursion like no other, clear out your schedule for Island Packers Cruises when visiting Oxnard. The mammals on land just don’t compare to the mammals of the deep sea. Countless dolphin sightings, sea lions, seagulls and yes, even whales showed their true colors to an eager boat of glee-filled tourists. Our Sunday outing (3 1/2 hours to be exact), produced eight sightings of whales! We at Ventre Magazine truly hope your run will be as lucky. To finish out the wonderment, a quick, unexpected stop at Anacapa Island was on the captain’s schedule as we dropped off a National Park Ranger. As you can see by this picture, no one minded one bit. Seeing the majestic beauty of the planet up close is more than just a bucket list check, it’s breathing in that good life, genuinely.

ISLAND PACKERS CRUISES 1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105-b • Ventura, CA 93001 • 805-642-1393

islandpackers.com

Cruise the California Channel Islands for education, recreation or research. Day trips and camping experiences available!

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HISTORICAL FACT IN 1906, the year of the San Francisco quake and the heyday of millionaire industrialists, Andrew Carnegie donated to the City of Oxnard a grand library...

424 S C St • Oxnard, CA 93030 • 805-385-8158

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ust as you whistle into historic downtown Oxnard, the perfect introduction to this seaside lifestyle starts with a moment of appreciation for the local arts. The CAM (Carnegie Art Museum) is a tribute to Greek architecture and hosts changing exhibits of California art and influential art movements. This humble space feels a thousand miles away from the 101 traffic that brought you there. So come untethered and keep it simple. Relax and breathe in this Andrew Carnegie legacy.

Time your trip like we did and catch the winning art contest submissions of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (every adorable kid gets first place, don’t worry). Art workshops, family day, class tours available for all ages and more at the Carnegie Art Museum. Look into the museum member benefits for winning options, including NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums). Membership loops you into a larger network of museums for those with serious arthearts.

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he Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar is just a short song on the radio and the 3rd seagull on the left from Embassy Suites by Hilton at Mandalay Resorts.

ribs, wild mushrooms, parmigiana cheese, and truffle scent. Adding to the moment was an exceptional red wine paired by the general manager, Tony Dybeku. The smell of truffle alone will sing come hither. The house recommended the shrimp scampi for my other half (Italians speak this code I am eager to understand). If that drop of pasta sauce on his shirt could talk.

Rest and relaxation come in many forms. A calm, breezy night on the harbor with fine libations, live music, perfectly seasoned calamari and the loving gaze of someone you adore is my recipe for finding the good life. Our Friday dinner date started with a warm and inviting venue filled with lively chatter and the perfect table offering a view of live entertainment on the patio. Music and laughter filled the air as patio patrons danced to the beat. My coveted drink—the Strawberry Mule—was the perfect ginger beer concoction that was quite possibly the best I’ve ever had. But it gets better. If on the hunt for that irresistible harmonious parade 96  VENTRE

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When my second strawberry mule kicked in, the band seemed to lull the audience back into a more refined mood just as I was getting riled up. across your palate, this is one of those succulent bucket-list stops, as this kitchen offers its clientele the gift of scrumptiously prepared dishes.

Take the party back to your suite with that last bite of crème brulee that couldn’t be finished at the table. The sound of the beach at night can be heard from your private patio—it’s even better As you are reading this, someone when you’re there to hear it. is living that dream staycation over pappardelle pasta with short


3500 Harbor Blvd. • Oxnard, CA 93035 • (805) 985-4677

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o spreadsheet will prepare you for the Technicolor dining choices in Oxnard. Just a short jaunt from the hotel suite and a quick turn into the industrial park on the left is Herzog Wine Cellars. A few minutes inland from Embassy Suites at Hilton Mandalay Resort means a short Uber ride is a wise option if the mention of a wine tasting and wine cellars gets your heart palpitating. If not a connoisseur of wines, no need to be intimidated by Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars, as pairing the perfect meal with a Rose Cabernet or Merlot is easy for any Herzog employee within earshot. Come for a civilized wine tasting, pick up the perfect kosher gift before jumping on the 101 freeway or stay for a little bit longer to drink in this Avalon. Culinary expertise is about to seduce locals and outof-town foodies who have an appreciation for savory farm-to-table options. The scene is upscale casual and the locals know where to come for a romantic, special occasion get-away with superb healthy food choices. Your transformation of self begins with the charcuterie board---a beautiful display of Wagyu Pastrami, Chicken Liver Pate and Vela Pate en croute. Fresh cranberry, pumpkin figs, apple marmalade, and finger licking savory mustard only reeled us in deeper. We were quite tempted to order another round of the Wagyu Pastrami when our perfectly timed dinner entrees made its way to the center of our table. Braised Wagyu chuck roast with gnocchi alongside salmon with Yukon gold potatoes, leeks pepper and romesco (nut & pepper based sauce) turned our conversation from whale watching back to really special places to eat when celebrating life moments. The inclination to push my veggies around the plate was a non-option at this gem. Whether coming in for brunch or dinner, you will ask yourself; “Did the local farmer just leave out the back door? Why yes, they did.” The vegetables do more than just accompany these fine dishes. Each one stood on its own merit and garnered verbal praise. If you are going to test the durability of your waistband or Spanx, Tierra Sur Restaurant is the place to do exactly that.

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FARM TO TABLE


Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars 3201 Camino Del Sol • 805-983-1560 • Oxnard, CA 93030

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BAKED ALASKA

Don’t make a rookie mistake and underestimate the quality of desserts on hand. The rush we felt from the presentation of the Baked Alaska is worth that joy alone. Their Baked Alaska is a standout. Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars is constantly changing and evolving the flavor palate of this dish to stay up with local produce and seasonality. Chocolate cake, espresso custard, candy almonds, orange almond cookie, and meringue lit on fire tableside with Don Q light rum. You had us at custard. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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next stop... Set within Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is a luxury Mediterraneaninspired resort hotel. Four hundred acres of pristine coastal canyon with acclaimed dining, an 18-hole golf course, 37 miles of hiking and a five star spa, to boot. Health is wealth in these parts and the amenities—both indoor and outdoor—are competing for your time.

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The massive grounds find a way to seduce you and master intimacy all at the same time. Walking trails take guests on a stroll through plush gardens and views of rolling hills, sedating all those big city nerves. Ventre Magazine was counting down the work days until it was our turn at this Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury resort with year round sunshine that makes snow bunnies salivate. What is this new found world you ask? Welcome to Fairmont Grand Del Mar!


5300 Grand Del Mar Court • San Diego, CA 92130 • 858-314-2000

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5300 Grand Del Mar Court • San Diego, CA 92130 • 858-314-2000

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pon arrival, the naturally authentic and personalized service set the tone for the highest level of splendor, grandeur, and opulent lifestyle. The entry gate greeter starts this retreat with a genuine conversation and appreciation for you choosing Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Prepare to be equally serenaded visually with a compound staged for memories as driving by a cove of Adirondack chairs is a sneak preview into the idyllic lounge settings that lie in wait. As we checked in, we were graced by the sweet autumnal fragrance of a grand candle burning nearby and dreamt that we, too, would be sitting by the main lobby fireplace soon after getting settled in. We discovered through our stay that the main lobby also plays host to endearing guest encounters—couples indulged in fireside chat, family afternoon tea with kids practicing table etiquette over silly


laughter, and travel writers ordering California spiny lobster tail pizza and a fine Pinot as soulful live vocals plays nearby. We couldn’t decide which music was better on which night— soulful jazz or sassy blues— the band was just the right anchor for this impressive room. The Lobby Lounge connects to a large library on the right—an intimate setting with antique books and oversize furniture. A country club-like dining area and marble bar to the left completes the lobby circuit and serves crafted cocktails and stock market chatter mix. Bring your single lady friends—this scene is ripe with celebration and opportunity. Check out Club M on the property for more of those shenanigans. Enhance your trip with insider Intel from Fairmont staff members to experience seasonal attractions like a local. But after our first gaze at the grounds, our personal plans to leave this oasis were few and far between. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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ishing we could divide ourselves into two, the pool called to us often from our 3rd floor balcony. Grand ornate beds with plush linens is alluring, but when you sleep, you miss the ‘Life of Riley” dancing around you. A private balcony sets the stage for twilight conversations and night views you could almost touch. A TV screen in the marble bathroom worked in harmony with this early riser who likes to catch the morning news while soaking in a deep European style soaking tub. The connecting window and door closes easily without disturbing your other half. The memory of Valerie Von Sobel moving around luscious rooms in haute couture speaking softly about her love for this Fairmont property could be you one day. Find that channel and watch it over and over. Dual sinks, a separate shower and a sitting area IN THE BATHROOM gave two travelers plenty of leeway to prepare for dinner downstairs without encroaching on each other’s space. A dressing table area and full-size business desk is another hint that this room is much larger then what you are accustomed to. A full wet bar, wrap around couch and posh settings dared us to stay an extra night or two. Taking me away from this Utopia could very well be the cruelest thing you could ever do to me.

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iverse dining is just a few steps away from your select abode at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Lucky enough to have a nosh in the Lobby Lounge the first night and smart enough to book an early reservation at Amaya the second night, what laid before us were two vastly different experiences, both memorable and luxurious to the senses. Romance is making a comeback at the Fairmont, proudly. Your chosen retreat has a unique way of hiding its secret treasures—Amaya is definitely one of them. A short stroll down dramatic hallways and a winding staircase takes you to this romantic and bustling scene below that can only be heard when planted deep within it. The menu was bounteous— just as you settled on one dish, the next one caught your gaze. Prime filet mignon, wild Ahi tuna, pan-seared salmon—all these dishes seemed to know me on a first name basis (at least in my head). Did they fly in a chef from Italy to make our meatball appetizer or pan seared sea scallop? You will be scooping that sauce long after that meatball is gone. Neighboring tables indulged in artisan cheeses, charcuterie and pickles served on butcher block slates. We knew immediately we were on track for a very special dinner when our handcrafted entrees were beautifully presented. The smoked mozzarella ravioli (veal cheek, pickled mustard seed and arugula) was hypnotic. My guest eventually shared a bite, but that meant I would have to return the favor. Every second of consuming Amaya’s prawn carbonara (squid ink linguine, house cured bacon, egg yolk) was coveted. Order this and know exactly what I mean. The night of “floating” continued. Our server and his supportive staff attended to our every need. Not a crumb lingered on the table, not a drink needed topped off. If your trainer inquiries as to whether the banana butterscotch or tiramisu made its way to your plate, your secret is safe with us. Black & Bule (Belvedere vodka, ginger beer, Chambord blueberries and lemon juice), became the ideal after dinner drink before making that trek up the summit. The server read me like a book and pointed me in this direction. If you feel closer to Shangri La here, blink twice.

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5300 Grand Del Mar Court • San Diego, CA 92130 fairmont.com/san-diego/dining/amaya/ Breakfast-Brunch-Lunch-Dinner Reservations: 858-314-2030

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OTHER SAVORY & SATISFACTORY

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osh, but yet again! We’ve found one of those places that makes you wish you lived close by. In the South Park neighborhood of San Diego, California is a quaint community treasure. Prepare to test your spandex because brunch is the superpower at Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro. It took a bit of networking to find this special eatery. Locals covet their favorite spots in this town and those places less discovered by tourists means your table is always waiting for you (and easier parking). Well, lucky for you we don’t keep secrets at Ventre Magazine. In a nutshell, it’s a culinary delight with vanilla, caramel, and cacao infused in just about everything. A true chocolate chamber, our delightful server Diana

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walked us through the menu. Locals bond over maple glazed bacon & espresso pancakes and vanilla bean sangria. My gut chose the avocado sous vide eggs benedict over a buttermilk brioche finished with a chile burnt caramel hollandaise sauce (add a strip of maple muscovado glazed bacon and you’ll love it). My other half had the garlic parmesan biscuit with roasted white chocolate and vanilla sausage gravy. Every bite was adventurous, savory, and hearty to the palate. Taking decadence to a whole new level was the fair trade couverture (35% white chocolate) chocolate frothed with steamed milk and infused with orange peel vanilla. My partner in crime gleefully showed off his white mustache afterward.

A cinnaroll or box gift will take home easily in your driving bag. Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro proudly customizes chocolate bars and gift boxes! Imagine your very own signature flavor of chocolate branded to your business, or a box of truffles with your sweetie’s favorite poem etched on the lid. The personal touch is what makes this team tick. We left wishing more brunch outings had us feeling this sweet inside. Contact their service and private events manager Daniel to plan your chocolate shenanigans!


bistro | 619.578.2984 2145 Fern Street • San Diego, CA 92104 eclipsechocolate.com • indulge@eclipsechocolate.com

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riving from the central coast to San Diego can be taxing on even the most solid friendships. Break up that long road trip with a killer pit stop in Costa Mesa, just off the 405 and 2 miles from South Coast Plaza, in a tucked away artsy slice of heaven that only the locals know about. The parking is easy and the vibe is neighborhood Zen zone, so relax and embrace it. Old Vine & Kitchen Chef Mark McDonald has a clear and distinct passion for comfort food surrounded by ingenuity. It’s inside a new space, but the table buzz feels like it’s always been there. That banana pecan crepe filled with caramelized banana pecans and ricotta mousse is a benefit to the community! The omelet options are plentiful, inviting and fun—pizza omelets, Reuben omelets, BBQ omelets, veggie omelets, and slowly roasted goat shoulder omelets for the true rebel at the table. Texas-sized biscuits smothered in Italian sausage gravy and potatoes with pancetta gravy reminds you of that really good childhood roadside cafe. But this is not just ‘any’ cafe. It’s an indooroutdoor art bistro that’s open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. What felt like a happy accident is more like the romantic jump start your vacation needed. The wine menu reads like a book—Portugal, Spain, Lebanon, Greece, New Zealand. No corner of the world was left untouched—a true wine connoisseur’s dream. The lust to live well had me give a boozy gaze to my designated driver. What started as a brunch stop could easily have been an all-day hangout affair. Your art heart won’t overlook the dessert menu printed on art menus. There to steal the show is dark chocolate cheesecake, blue cheesecake, and my personal favorite, freshly baked carrot cake. It’s all so clear that you’ve stumbled into the pride of Orange County. If we didn’t have to get on the road, I would have been the last man standing.

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OLD VINE KITCHEN & BAR

The CAMP is a green, Eco-friendly retail campus dedicated to an active, healthy lifestyle, mindful of environmentalism and supportive of the local community.

at THE CAMP thecampsite.com


2937 Bristol Street, Suite A103 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 • 714-545-1411

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last stop...

As our coastal journey slowly comes to an end, there is a serene beachside retreat that warrants your undivided attention. Californians who don’t boast a Laguna Beach address consider this Staycation spot the easiest way to rediscover your neighboring city and revel in its own boutique attractions.

Laguna Beach The Inn at Laguna Beach is at the heart of this small coastal hideaway in Orange County, CA, which is known for its many art galleries, coves, and beaches. The shopping scene is

reminiscent of Napa Valley— each clothing and jewelry store competing for your affection. Main Beach features tide pools and a boardwalk leading to paths and gardens of nearby Heisler Park. This neck of the woods is upscale, family friendly and walkable. No family in tow yet? Cruise Aliso Beach Park, an extremely popular surf spot for the next generation of bachelors. Laguna Beach has eye candy, too.

If you can break away from that demanding, structured schedule long enough to reclaim your wellbeing, The Inn at Laguna Beach would love to have you.

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211 N. Coast Highway • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 1-800-544-4479 • 949-497-9722

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If the all-consuming care of the staff at The Inn at Laguna Beach is an indication of how well your day’s going be, then everything is off to a dandy start. Service with a true smile and sense of kindness is not always a given when away from home. Someone at The Inn at Laguna Beach is waiting to change your attitude about that with a tray of cookies in one hand and a room key in the other. Your hopes of connecting with nature all the while staying within arm’s reach of civilization is a big part of the magic

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you’ll find here. The sounds of your boss can’t be heard, only the rhythmic flow of the ocean waves. Early evening wine reception on the rooftop of this bluff side boutique hotel is a must for traveling with panache. Available only to hotel guests, The Rooftop Bar provides dramatic panoramic views of Laguna Beach. Pretty cool scene for a private party, don’t ya think? Beach bungalow lifestyle realized.


211 N. Coast Highway • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 1-800-544-4479 • 949-497-9722

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As others vie for proximity to the shorefront lifestyle, The Inn at Laguna Beach just is. Tasteful beach decor and hypnotizing views of the Pacific Ocean makes you feel as if you can see the end of the world. Rest and relaxation come in many forms. For us, it’s unpretentious and welcoming places. The plush and inviting pillow top mattress called my name and became my safe place. The suite passed a five-star critique on cleanliness by this self-professed germaphobe. Nothing says stay, unpack and reclaim wholeness like a steamy, hot shower infused with mint thyme shampoo and lavender lime hair moisturizer. Eye that maid’s cart stealthily before planning dinner at Harley’s Restaurant. My techie other half lost himself in the iPod docking station and ocean front view, unpacking

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theSuite those Big City woes in his own, unique way. Tasty herbal tea turn-down service greeted us when we got back to our room—such a thoughtful and relaxing touch. There was no need for a car all weekend, this place anchors your senses and provides amenities in every direction. We can’t deny the transformative power of a vacation. Long after these good times are over, will you remind me?


211 N. Coast Highway • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 1-800-544-4479 • 949-497-9722

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Learn about their sister property just a few blocks away:

Laguna Beach House thelagunabeachhouse.com

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We can’t deny the transformative power of a vacation: quality memories being made over fine cocktails, five-star food and restorative time away from the hectic rhythm of life. Despite being new to the neighborhood, Harley Laguna Beach feels like a friendly staple. Whether dining alone or celebrating a special night out with faces you adore, this gem is a go-to and less than a mile from The Inn at Laguna Beach. Cheers to owner and Chef Greg Daniels for intersecting fine bistro dining and California flare into one delectable experience, perfectly reflective of the Laguna Beach community. The area is humble in its beauty and fun to explore by foot before or after your fine consumption. The service at Harley Laguna Beach defines hospitality at its best. Named after his grandfather, Greg and his team have every intention of keeping Harley Laguna Beach a warm and inviting atmosphere, despite its upscale offerings. We started making our memories over an array of spellbinding appetizers that spoke to our individual needs. Health is wealth in these parts. My side of the table vibed on the “taste of local farms” with crudités of raw, pickled and fermented vegetables and hummus and Peruvian ceviche swimming in a citrus and red onion sea of amazingness. The other half of the table coveted savory fried chicken (Korean style drumsticks bathed in a spicy garlic glaze) and remarked on how easy they were to eat without the mess. Neighboring tables almost tempted us to order the Baja Kumiai oysters on the half shell and those wood grilled blue prawns served over polenta with a Calabrian chili relish and herb oil. No one in earshot seemed shy in their love for all the complex and harmonious flavors. And this was just

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the beginning. We could have easily ordered another round of everything before our perfectly timed dinner refocused that gluttonous daydream. A buzzing evening spot, it’s apparent this kitchen is a mastery of everything that swims and doesn’t: wood grilled spiny lobster, curried chicken pot pie, 16 oz. Duroc pork chop, 45-day dry aged bone-in Ribeye steak, and Stemple Creek Ranch grass-fed New York steak. Not to be overshadowed is the Yukon gold baked potato buried in coals and topped with crème fraiche, raclette cheese and chive (add California sterling caviar to bring your palate magic to the finish line). Every dish seasoned to flawlessness and lovingly presented. This lust for living well and eating large is apparent this close to the Pacific Ocean. Every unique bite came to an end with the tried and true dilemma: Do we order the roasted pineapple upside down cake or cheesecake with strawberry coulis and Szechuan peppercorn? My only disappointment…in a foodie haze, I may have left my to-go container behind.

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A seat up front gives you a view of the kitchen. Watch your dish actually get plated!

Harley Laguna Beach 370 Glenneyre St. • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 • 949-715-1530

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Coastal Dining... Tired of whatever, whenever? Ventre Magazine has the keys for places to network and live well on every budget.

Charismatic owner and visionary Antonio Cagnolo has his pulse on the evolution of leisure. This neighborhood alone is envied by millions for its vibrant quality of life. Cultural exchange is on display at Antonello Ristorante. Off the leash and on the loose, the well-heeled in Orange County share an enclave with foreign dignitaries, local foodies, and Hollywood celebrities, all within a perfectly appointed room that sets no limit to our desires. Our fine night started with the ultimate hospitable wine selection and grilled prawns brushed with organic olive oil and fresh herbs. We quickly envisioned returned trips for the thinly sliced octopus, prime cut beef, and lightly fried calamari with Parmigiano Reggiano. A gaggle of good friends at a large table would have us here people watching every night if we lived close by. Think Old World Tuscan vibe with a classic Northern Italian menu. What feels more like the actual essence of origin is all due in large part to the charismatic owner and visionary Antonio Cagnolo. All of the hands here will lift you higher, but his especially. His intersect fine decor, a genuine homey feel, a setting where clearly big money deals, romantic liaisons engage, and fine libations take skill, all under one roof. And to make it feel allinclusive at the same time? Well done, Captain. We were happily torn between the Ravioli Di Aragosta (handmade lobsterfilled ravioli served in a saffron cream sauce with Maine lobster claws, chopped arugula and seaweed caviar) and the Vitello Al Tartufo (veal scaloppini cooked with Porcini mushroom in white wine and finished with European butter). Everyone at the table was the winner when we ordered both.

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Vibrant choices abound in every direction and whiz by neighboring tables— gnocchi di ricotta, prime cut filet mignon, and the house specialty—Spaghetti Alla Pescatora (“Chef Sal’s Dad Pasquale’s Special from Sicily”)—imported Patagonian shrimp, jumbo scallops, half lobster tail, European cuttlefish, black mussels and Manila clams served in a light tomato broth. We were in the mood to escape current politics and lose our senses— Antonello’s is perfect for such an adventure. Celebrating that feeling of Zen, we finished the night with Bananas Foster. Decadence was on full display with a tableside flambé of bananas and vanilla gelato topped with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and dark rum sauce.

This place won our hearts. We can’t help but feel that as the area booms, so will the scope of leisurely pursuits, giving locals and visitors new ways to come together. One such way needs to be on your radar. Here in Santa Ana, the restaurant Renaissance is real. Old world tradition in a happy home exists. Yes, that’s Antonello Ristorante.

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$20 three-course lunch specials, $40 four-course dinner specials, cooking classes, and more! Explore Antonello’s website and find every reason to come in! Select days apply.


3800 S. Plaza Dr. • Santa Ana, CA 92704 • Reservations: 714-751-7153

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It’s tough work spotting trends, but someone’s gotta do it. You have to get your heart broken a few times over a mediocre lunch outing to say enough is enough. When you spot your favorite seasoning while on vacation or on that short, painless drive home, you’re in like Flynn for life. Um, for this L.A. travel writer, that’s Umami Burger. With an explosion of locations coming near you, Umami Burger’s “fine-dining fast food” is a California dream come to life. Every reason to live is tied in with that gourmet Manly burger—house beer cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, smoked salt, onion strings, Umami ketchup and mustard spread. Not hunting for the beef ? The Umami grilled chicken club and Sam’s crispy chicken would box up in fine feather to take with us—that is, if we don’t devour them on the car ride home. Umami is an ingredient taste sensation that Adam Fleischman perfected a decade ago—a full circle experience for this writer. Back in 2009, my friend Robin Fitzgerald dragged me to a new burger opening just around the corner from my humble abode in the L.A. neighborhood of Miracle Mile. My confusion on why there was such a long line for this tiny place with only 5 items on its menu turned to clarity after the first bite. To see the evolution of this brand is of no surprise to me, or anyone in that original locality. Sound of ambulances. Clear thud. When I come to, will you remind me

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of the cheesy tater tots with roasted garlic aioli? When I can’t replicate those crispy Brussel sprouts in kimchi vinaigrette back home, will you just throw me in the back of the car and take me there? The craving is there now—the crunch of tempura batter on the onion rings, thick cut and malt battered with smoky bbq sauce and jalapeno ranch on the side. Whether popping in for a full meal or just a few appetizers before the show, there is simply no excuse for a lame date with no flavor now. Umami Burger Old Town Pasadena and a show at The Pasadena Playhouse is date night gold—Umami Burger Arts District Downtown has Staples Center, Disney Hall, The Broad, MOCA and so much more in every direction— Umami Burger Santa Monica has The Pier, Third Street Promenade and surfers. Umami Burger is a whole new world, laid right at your feet.

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VENTRE MAG TRAVEL TIP! Daily Grill &

Hollywood Burbank Airport

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Postcard-worthy mountains and luxury lifestyles of the rich and famous attract female business moguls, idea men, eclectic artisans from all walks of life and fans of all of the above. After your umpteenth travel through LAX airport, wise up this time around. Glamorous cross-country transport is back in vogue as you depart from the front and rear of your plane at Hollywood Burbank. You heard us right. If no one told you before, it’s because the locals prefer to keep this mini-airport under wraps. Your disdain for airport cuisine will be cause for immediate departure into the spider web of freeways connecting southern California, but being unprepared for the delays ahead while on an empty stomach is a major faux pas. There is relief in Burbank and a quality place to refuel. Before you speed off in that fancy rental convertible, pop in across the street for American classics at Daily Grill Burbank and let this nutriment capture your heart. And perhaps the warm service soothe your post-flight spirit. Come find both at Daily Grill Burbank.

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Attracted at first to the soft lighting and stylish décor, our cross country weary eyes recalled that we had eaten at Daily Grill before. With a location across town, the Daily Grill caliber for fresh quality food carries over to this neck of the woods, too. Fresh off the plane at Hollywood Burbank Airport and in no mood for fast food, this vacation would begin with a hearty meal worthy of the cool outfits I packed. Let the classic Cosmo awake you and realign your senses. The perfect mix of fine vodka, fresh juices in a chilled martini glass and soothing music at the bar will have you feeling civilized after that long flight. Refuel with bacon cheddar and chive tots with a homemade garlic ranch dressing. Spinach Artichoke dip, calamari, ahi tuna sashimi are familiar and executed to perfection. You want someone in your life to look at you the way we looked at the jumbo shrimp appetizer. The lobster pot pie was recommended by the manager, Jessica, who also had my dinner guest falling in love with the meat selections, explaining how each was hand cut by the executive chef only. Great pride is just beyond those kitchen doors. We felt guided through every wine region as she passionately suggested wines for each course. Gluten-free and low-calorie options are also on hand at Daily Grill—we just normally ignore such restraint. Crème brulee with toasted hazelnuts and whipped cream was the last bit of electricity needed for self-healing.

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GET THE LOOK

California

UPSCALE Who can spot a gem in a crowded marketplace? Bells & Becks founder Tamar Miller can.

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You’ve passed this woman in international

Resistance to wanting another pair of luxe

airports, or perhaps she’s your style

foot gear relaxes by the time you get to

nemesis sitting across from you at that

their website—printed and hand stitched

fancy brunch table. Her look is complete

fine Italian Nappa leather beauties with a

and well-rounded in detail. If you’re that

flexible sole will do the rest to catch your

savvy one who pulled off refinement today

eye. Always in good taste, Bells and Becks

despite schedules, kids, and a missed hair

footwear is a grand example of your style

appointment, chances are good your day

and comfort evolving like you.

started with Bells and Becks. Transition from work to Happy Hour If ever inspired by a pair of luxury

with ease in Mirella flats—available in

shoes to base your entire outfit and color

navy, sky blue, true red, gold or custard.

palette on, you’ll recall our love for shoes

Spring awakens as your yellow, pink, and

at Ventre Magazine. Whether into the

white brunch outfits come out to play.

tea-sipping

money-making

Mid-heel shoes, woven flats, and rich

machine, you’ll have room for Bells and

leather sandals at Bells & Becks will break

Becks in your highly coveted shoe closet.

through that sea of sameness.

scene

or

Handmade with love in Italy and artfully curated in San Francisco, Bells and Becks

Elevate your social status in any room

is the passion of Tamar Miller, and will

with confidence that matches. And that,

soon be your obsession, too.

my dear, is the key to living well.

“A lovingly edited collection of Italian-made leather shoes for busy women who value quality over quantity.” - Forbes

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ACTIVE

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What can be gleaned from a life on the go is that all adventures start below the ankles. When our editor pries this column away from me one swift and unexpected day, I truly hope to be remembered for introducing you to OOFOS footwear. When ready to forego those 6 inch heels for a night out or simply recovering from an injury, OOFOS footwear should be on your radar. Say goodbye to suffering. OOfoam patented technology absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear, which translates to a whole lotta less stress on your precious feet and joints. It’s not bragging if Ventre Magazine told you about it. First impressions are everything. A pair lucky enough to slip onto your tootsies will become the go-to pair every day of your active week. Your transformation of spirit begins with water resistant boots, lite-weight casual shoes for him and her, clogs and unisex sandals. Offerings change with the season, so check back often. The colors range from black and muted hues to pinks and royal blues, all are destined to make a trendy look. Travel seekers and weekend warriors will feel heard, and if your work place is casual enough for jeans and comfort, then this is your port of good luck. Oofos Footwear is a bucket list must for anyone sole searching. Free ground shipping--Free returns and gift cards available

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next stop...East Coast

WANDERLUST Coast-to-coast travel can be the most grueling. As you see BWI Airport fade in the rental car’s rearview mirror, images of clients, politics and a hearty to-do list are still on the mind and can unnerve even the most seasoned coast-tocoast traveler. Sustain and reclaim your mental stability at this picturesque waterfront AAA Four Diamond Award hotel. Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore is how you take back control of your well-being. Historic and charming Baltimore, Maryland is the next stop for this East Coast leg. Lodging choices in every direction and neighborhoods to explore in limited time means choosing a sound base wisely. If you can squeeze a little “me” time in between that convention—make this more than just a visit—live it like a local in the know. Trust Ventre Magazine when we say, there is exceptional hospitality waiting to win you over here. 130  VENTRE

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pring is a yummy

only matched by the big warm hearts

season in Baltimore.

that receive you at check-in. If not

The landscape is lush

for the name tags, you would have

and green with locals

thought you had an encountered

scurrying about soaking

a series of old friends. One fellow

up the spring sun while enjoying

Texan offered me wine, while I

outdoor cafes and harbor festivities.

took style tips from the concierge

Proximity is why you want to check

Jonathan Know. Familiarity and

into the Royal Sonesta Harbor

acknowledgment of your guests is

Court Baltimore. Across the street

the code to pitch-perfect visits, now

is the Visitor’s Center, The National

cracked at Royal Sonesta Harbor

Aquarium, eateries in every direction

Court. Become a regular and join

and a quick 16-minute commute to

the rewards program to feel this love,

BWI.

often.

This little nirvana has the vibe of

The only lack of space is at the front

Upper East Side Manhattan living

driveway. Your mega camper isn’t

with a valet and self-parking options,

going to fit in this brick courtyard

concierge-like service from every

setting, so please don’t try. However,

person you encounter and stylish

your chauffeur-driven Escalade will

lounge décor that screams perfect

make its way in without a hitch, and

Instagram stories. Memories of

there will be plenty of those spotted.

cramped travel lodging dissipate at

You’re traveling with the adults now.

the grand lobby where you’re greeted by world-class amenities, which are

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rooftop pool, hot tub, sauna, gym and massage rooms (by appointment) are available for hotel guests needing to feel like newborns fresh out of the nest again. With key card access and plenty of lounging space to boot, the Royal Sonesta Harbor Baltimore delivers authenticity, manners, and comfort. In a nutshell, its old school fine lodging without the nagging Vegas resort fee. This serene setting feels a million miles away from the chaos of daily living.

The Amenities

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the Suite

ell, for someone who usually overpacks, this suite is up for the challenge. Generous space for your unmentionables, stylish furnishings in every direction, and plenty of room to dance about until 1 am is your destiny and goal in this particular suite. Sure, other rooms hold their own spectacles, but we can only speak from experience about the vibration in this room. Room 839 is special. Design elements are gender neutral and make you feel securely wrapped in style. With its Inner Harbor – Downtown Baltimore visibility, Room 839 may be the best waterfront secret this side of Maryland. Wishing I had more time to grace my derriere on the

modern furnishings and lux bedding, but the reality of a work day was calling. Sighs of satisfaction came easily after long production hours with a room that had been visited by a housekeeper with eyes as critical as mine; just what the doctor ordered. Amenities surround you—a minifridge, a coffee maker with the perfect French roast coffee, and an electronic bathroom mirror with bluetooth connection for when it’s time to jam out in the oversized soaking tub. Voss water billed to the company card will get a pass, and we suggest eyeing the maid’s cart stealthily for the L’Occitane products. Having Robin Meade on the flat screen TV every morning in the spacious living room made for feelings of being at home.

But the views. The views, for sure, you don’t have back home. The longer you’re here, the longer you’re lulled. Gosh, if you miss that flight in the morning and have to stay an extra night, is that a bad thing?


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f you didn’t notice the National Aquarium in Baltimore until the concierge at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Hotel across

the street told you about it--join the club. Whether planning a day trip with the family or looking for a happy accident on a light snowy day, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is a national conversation and worthy of exploration. This space is massive and conservation is their passion. Featuring three pavilions and a living collection of more than 20,000 animals from over 700 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals in award-winning habitats, this place is a must-see and a totally immersive experience. The pavilions and 4-D Immersion Theater, underwater viewing areas, gift shop and more are skillfully laid out and fun to navigate. With a limited schedule, we couldn’t see it all, but we

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certainly wanted to. With over forty demonstrations, animal feedings and encounters daily, the free phone app download is the easiest way to navigate your journey. Experiencing crocodiles in the Australian Outback, interacting with dolphins at feeding time, and embracing the beauty of tropical fish in the coral-filled Blacktip Reef, are all opportunities to discover. Whether coming in for an hour or all day, take in the stunning exhibits and take breaks in between at their on-site cafe. If you loved it as much as Ventre Magazine did, then learn about membership benefits for frequent visits. aqua.org/members


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TheDining

In pursuit of leisure, it’s easy to stay on property and enjoy amenities that just don’t compare to across the street. Explorers is an American Gastropub that will gratify your empty stomach. It’s not quick airport food or hurried service anymore, so breathe in the views and prepare for a special and extremely thoughtful meal. Explorers is nestled on the second floor of Royal Sonesta Harbor Baltimore and is an easy choice for any traveler or passerby. You’ll be thankful for those stairs when it’s time to walk off that sublime nosh. Torn between the Moroccan vegetable stew, the burger, and the salmon, I opted for the pan seared rockfish and even surprised myself. Your heart will be aflutter over this dish. My finicky palate surrendered to this culinary delight—the rockfish was cooked and seasoned to absolute perfection. The farro mushroom risotto flashed me back to that last five-

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star resort on my passport. You’ll be surprised, too, at how lovingly tender they are. A craving the second night commanded a repeat performance. Trust me, when you try one thing on this menu, you’ll make time in your busy schedule for a return trip. No time for Instagram photos of the corn and crab chowder—it was fantastical and consumed faster than a hiccup. Make a mental note to return for Happy Hour at the bar--$6 Thai fried calamari and $7 honey wings paired with a $4 draft beer will produce smiley travelers. Formula Espresso is the quick cafe on the first floor. Perfect for a sandwich on-thego or if someone back in your luxurious suite upstairs is craving something sweet. Hours vary and lunch hours at Explorers is seasonal.


Explorers (inside Royal Sonesta Harbor Court) 2nd floor • 550 Light Street • Baltimore, MD 21202 • 410-234-0550

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Who better to be the gatekeepers for nextgeneration fashion than the actual generation? The egg may have split to produce twin fashion nova’s Lisa & Jessica Kistermann, but the two came back to one whole conclusion on how to make their impact in the overly crowded fashion arena. With two self-professed hyperactive souls always on the lookout for an adrenaline rush, CrimeLondon is at the precipice of what’s next in footwear for him and her. Urban apparel doesn’t often intersect with premium highquality fashion until later in life—after the dream job, higher earnings or the passing of a well-heeled aunt who adored you so in her will. What can be acquired in the now is the tried and true classic: superior leathers and high tech waterproof neoprene accented with silver metal studs and gems from CrimeLondon, where the

essence of quality materials are somehow awarded to the consumer at a lower tiered cosmopolitan price. Maybe years of international business school and long business roots in Florence, Italy, helped make this outsourcing possible. Fans of all social graces don’t concern themselves with such hurdles. Sienna Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jamie Dornan, and Nicky Hilton know that quality doesn’t always have to hurt the savings. Each pair of CrimeLondon is handmade with delicate care in the Island of The Gods— Indonesia—using only the finest Italian materials. Come by the showroom in Milan, touch the magic in person at the Ibiza store, or upgrade your wardrobe finally—this brand is easy to identify with and playfulness is appealing. CrimeLondon is more than an idea. It’s follow through.

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Allison Mitchell Does Allison Mitchell even need an alarm clock to wake her in the mornings? We get a sense her ideas do that just fine.

When time to tame a deep style-hunger within, any number of choices from her fiercely rich and technicolor collection of clutches will do. Her unexpected splash onto the scene started with crocodile back straps, Amazonian river fish leather, sharp python, and bubble lamb leather—just to start the conversation. The well-heeled in NYC and Dallas would never be the same. Something about this array of luxe seduction you take under your skin. A confidence booster? Perhaps it’s that assurance you’ve pulled together a badassery outfit for the day. Whether there is a spiffy gentleman in your life to keep up with your sharp, edgy look is irrelevant. As women start to dominate the board rooms, department stores and independent boutiques across the country use brands exactly like these to lure you in with luxury re-imagined. Next time your personal shopper is at Bergdorf Goodman grilling the sales reps for what is unexpected and elevated on the scene, Allison Mitchell handbags should be a part of that conversation. Each carryall has its own attitude. Weekend city bags, calf hair evening clutches, crocodile back strap totes, Origami style, and the wildly popular bucket bags keep everyone in fine feather. If you have truly embraced all of your imperfections, then you won’t object to carrying the perfect bag from time to time.

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ALLISON MITCHELL is an emerging contemporary handbag label designing and producing pieces made from sustainable textiles, hides, skins, and leather alternatives. The brand offers a polished, deconstructed look that makes a statement with unique shapes in unexpected, exceptional materials and colors. The designer creates bags for women who strive to set the design pace and aesthetic rather than follow it. Allison Mitchell’s handbags and accessories are wearable pieces of art made for the self-empowered woman who expresses herself freely and thoughtfully. All bags are manufactured and finished by hand in New York City. Mitchell personally sources materials from around the world, working only with tanneries that practice sustainability and regulation. It is the mission of the designer and her brand to engage the fashion industry and its consumers in a more informed conversation about sustainability, transparency, and responsible choices that benefit the planet and all with whom we share it.

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ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT Published Authors

Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin When some talk in dog whistles, that is our time as inhabitants of a global community to be more direct.

Anyone who cares about defending the future of our country against the lack of compassion and racist oppression through white supremacy should read this book. Written by Howard University graduates, Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin, How We Fight White Supremacy is more relevant to our current state of affairs today than ever. The generation before us that couldn’t speak up is counting on us.

How We Fight White Supremacy

Black Americans challenge and resist lifethreatening forces as a matter of course every day—inching us all closer to collective freedom as a result. This book is a celebration of that resistance—a documentation of the unique and varied ways in which Black Americans across the country are speaking power to truth. Within its pages, over 60 leading writers, organizers, artists, publishers, comedians, preachers, and poets offer wisdom on how they fight for freedom and justice—and ideas for how each of us can further our own causes.

Available as an e-book • Written by: Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin

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pharmagel.net The cosmetic chemists at Pharmagel have developed a special collection of natural herbs and botanicals that are added to Pharmagel’s problem-solving beauty treatments. The products are further fortified with vitamins for fast-acting, age defying results. Triple testing during Pharmagel’s blending process of the pharmaceutical grade ingredients, vitamins and botanicals ensures that each product is free of irritants and as pure as possible.

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