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									                     Great work, Great clients                         We love design
                     August Design Studio has a simple principle       We love what we do and it shows. Founded
                     of creating great work, for great clients.        by creative director, Nicola Augustson,
                     Every project is tailored to meet our client’s    August Design specializes in editorial and
Augustdesignstudio   specific goals and exceed their expectations,     gift guide/catalog design. We also have
                     by creating fresh, smart design solutions which   experience in collateral design, branding/
                     set our clients apart from the competition.       identity systems, packaging design and just
                     We do all this while meeting deadlines—and        about anything else in-between. In fact, we
                     with a great attitude!                            are always up for a new challenge!

                                                                       We love design, and believe it should be
                                                                       beautiful, informative, organized and clean
                                                                       with a little room for wit and humor.

                                                                       Take A peek
                                                                       The following pages contain a few samples
                                                                       of our editorial and gift guide/catalog work.
                                                                       If you have any questions about the work you
                                                                       see or about our studio, don’t hesitate to call.

                                                                                                                          949.481.1908 augustds.com
                                                                                                                                                   As president of DesignworksUSA, Kloos oversees the compa-
                                                                                                                                                ny’s day-to-day tasks and defines its overall working structure.
                                                                                                                                                She assists in the creative work, too. “Not in every single project. I
                                                                                                                                                have a very good team of directors who are running the individual
                                                                                                                                                design studios here,” she says. “But I try to be involved in many
                                                                                                                                                projects because it’s pure fun. Pure delight. But I don’t like to be
                                                                                                                                                micromanaged, and I don’t want to micromanage.”
                                                                                                                                                   That would be impossible anyway. At any given time, over fifty
                                                                                                                                                different projects, both grand and small, might be floating around
                                                                                                                                                DesignworksUSA at several different stages of completion. Not
                                                                                                                                                everything will come to market right away, either. Sometimes
                                                                                                                                                development won’t be completed for years, so working with other
                                                                                                                                                products and companies, Kloos believes, keeps her teams’ thinking
                                                                                                                                                flexible for longer terms.
                                                                                                                                                   The various concepts behind design are elastic, too—and they’re
                                                                                                                                                pervasive. Everything manmade is man-designed, and so master-
                                                                                                                                                ing design as a business pursuit means, say, finding ways for all
                                                                                                                                                sorts of technology to fit into one sleek package like a cell phone;
                                                                                                                                                or getting an engine to squeeze another two miles from a gallon of
                                                                                                                                                gasoline. Individual designers have their own approaches, but
                                                                                                                                                for Kloos, there are definite core principles: Great design
                                                                                                                                                has deep and lasting impact. It delivers responsible
                                                                                                                                                solutions. It improves the clutter of life.
                                                                                                                                                   “We dive deep into the brand we are working
                                                                                                                                                for. All the projects we do are of a complex nature,
                                                                                                                                                and we study the framework of the product,
                                                                                                                                                including consumer behavior,” says Kloos. “Great
                                                                                                                                                design to me is not giving a momentary solution. It’s

                                                                                                                                                appealing right now, sure, but the trick is to have that
                                                                                                                                                appeal last for quite a long time. We never try to deliver
                                                                                                                                                solutions that are right for just the moment—but rather
                                                                                                                                                a solution that doesn’t leave the client worried about
                                             From Newbury Park, Verena Kloos Drives The Future of Innovation.                                   the future. It’s amazing to me which products make it                    is young, not quite so long in the tooth as other German cities             Of course, there was the odd job or two and a few milestones
                                                                                                                                                around the globe. The cars we do for BMW definitely                      since it was essentially created in the 1930s to build what would       reached in-between Wolfsburg and Newbury Park. Kloos took
                                                                                                                                                deliver. They have global appeal.”                                       be Volkswagen’s first factory. (Because Adolf Hitler and the Nazi       her design degree from the University of Art in Braunschweig and
                                                                                                                                                   The lion’s share of work for BMW by DesignworksUSA                    party were directly involved in the creation of Wolfsburg, the city’s   put it to use for several leading auto manufacturers. By 1992, Kloos
                                                  it is not quite as long a road from northern germany to southern California as you might      and its other offices include strategic automotive design,               infamous beginnings sometimes overshadow its importance in              was design director for Volkswagen in Simi Valley. Following
                                                  think. Verena Kloos, president of designworksUsA, in newbury Park, can serve as proof of      exterior design for existing lines, and new product lines.               automotive history.) In Wolfsburg, Kloos’ mother had a talent for       a return to Wolfsburg for Volkswagen, she went to work for
                                                                                                                                                When working on concepts for the future, Kloos says her                  tailoring and design; her father was a businessman. Kloos says this     DaimlerChrysler in Renningen and Sindelfingen, Germany. Just
                                                  that. since 2004 she’s presided over this innovative and influential studio specializing in   teams may come up with ten different design ideas for                    rather personal form of cross-fertilization—one side creative, one      prior to joining DesignworksUSA, she worked in Como, Italy,
                                                  product development and automotive design. Kloos has bridged the gap not only from her        the very early stages of a new car model. After assessing                side business—still helps her today.                                    responsible for developing passenger car interior concepts for
                                                  native Wolfsburg, germany, to newbury Park, but has sent out emissaries—in the forms          various practical, financial, and physical aspects, they                    “I think it was a good mix for me. I started sketching and draw-     Mercedes-Benz. Kloos has been commended for her work on the
                                                                                                                                                may proceed with more work on five of those ideas.                       ing from early on. It was always a good excuse to escape from fam-      popular European micro car, and has been recognized as one of the
                                                  of pioneering design work—to the rest of the world.                                           That number gets narrowed down to three, and then                        ily duties,” she says—and just a hint of a young schoolgirl escapes     “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” by
                                                                                                                                                two until a new model hits the showroom floor—the                        with Kloos’ laughter at this particular memory. “But I did not want     the Automotive News.
                                                                                                                                                winner, if you will, of the automotive design version                    to work in the car industry. It was so clear to me because I had            She attributes much of this success to having fully embraced
                                                                                                                                                of American Idol.                                                        grown up in those surroundings. But after a university field trip to    car-loving California, and more importantly paying attention to
                                                                                                                                                   Early on there were signs that Kloos would end                        the Volkswagen design studios, I was amazed at how complex and          the needs of Southern California’s car-dependent culture. “This
                                                                                                                                                up in this business and have such a great impact on                      how versatile car design work was. So I did my internship there,        is an automotive design capital all on its own. Many of the big car
                                                                                      By Anthony heAd                                           automotive issues. Her hometown of Wolfsburg                             wrote my thesis, and here I am 21 years later.”                         companies understand that they have to be here to develop ideas

805 Living June 07 BMW DesignWorks profile
                                                                                                                                                                  THE FILMMAKER                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE BAND

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE THESPIAN

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In that musical territory known as alter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              native rock, somewhere in the middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ground between U2 and The Killers, lies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EtHAn kuPErbErg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Test Your Reflex. The young band (young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ag Our A Hills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    both because they’ve only been playing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              together for three years and because no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One wonders if Woody Allen started out                                                                                                                                                                                                                            member is over 20) is currently at work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            like this. Making movies about the pet                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on their first CD, due out on the RCA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hamster at age 7, filming self-conscious                                                                                                                                                                                                                          label this summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            documentaries about the cutting of his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hair at 15, and moving on to writing and                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back in the beginning, before they start-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            directing a musical comedy filmed largely                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ed performing at Hollywood clubs like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on his own Agoura High School campus                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Troubadour, the Key Club, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            at 16, Ethan Kuperberg seems to have                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roxy, Test Your Reflex found a devoted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            his life story plotted out. The next scene?                                                                                                                                                                                                                       audience close to home at the Thousand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Possibly the prestigious film school at                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Oaks Teen Center, which served as its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NYU’s Tisch, or maybe the highly respect-                                                                                                                                                                                                                         rehearsal space for the first year. In fact,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ed film programs at USC or UCLA. But                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the band says that the sound system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that’s over a year away. For now the high                                                                                                                                                                                                                         there is so good and the kids and turn-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            school junior is taking honors and AP                                                                                                                                                                                                                             out so amazing that they still try to play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            classes, and serving as class treasurer and                                                                                                                                                                                                                       there once a month or so.

                                                                                   The arTs are flourishing in our corner of                                                                                                the school’s loftily titled commissioner of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            television production. “I really just film
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the announcements,” he says. Currently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         AllAn Hunt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         O Ak P Ark                                                                                                                                                                                           The music Test Your Reflex plays is charged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with pulsing rhythm along with an under-

                                                                                   The 805. Take The seven examples on The fol-                                                                                             busy with a feature-length idea, Kuperberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            writes scripts and works on movie ideas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as often as he can. A Trip to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         When Allan Hunt was asked to direct the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Countrywide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Performing Arts Center’s very first show back in 1994, he found the drive from Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              current of sensual romanticism. Take these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lyrics from “Thinking of You”: “I’d like to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              be in a room just you and me, we’ll talk

                                                                                   lowing pages as jusT a few of The names
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Oaks a pleasant one. The show was the Music Man and besides his fee, Hunt got his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barbershop won top awards at both the                        very own commemorative brick for his efforts. He’s been been driving up the 101 ever                                                                                                                 our eyes to sleep /Each night we kiss, your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Method Fest independent film festival in                     since. With 18 shows at the Scherr Forum Theatre plus a growing list of directorial                                                                                                                  hands upon my fingertips.” Lyrics like that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Calabasas as well as the Thousand Oaks                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and looks like theirs could account for the

                                                                                   and faces of friends and neighbors ThaT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gigs at the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, we count the former star of Voyage to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Teen Video Festival. His most recent film,                   the Bottom of the Sea and countless television shows as an honorary citizen. Known                                                                                                                   large number of females posting messag-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the quirky musical comedy Anthony in                         for “concept productions,” Hunt set the award-winning Comedy of Errors in a circus,                                                                                                                  es on the band’s blog on www.MySpace.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Key of B, has already garnered high                                                                                                                                                                                                                           com. Curious? Would-be fans can find

                                                                                   illuminaTe The very besT The arTs can offer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         circa 1910. He’s also moved the Merry Wives of Windsor into swinging London in the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            praise and is up for awards at several                       1960s and staged the Taming of the Shrew with a saloon-singing Kate and a bounty-                                                                                                                    the guys eating tortilla soup most every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            festivals. In the meantime, the film has                     hunting Petruchio. One thing Hunt doesn’t touch is the words. “Leaving the text intact                                                                                                               Wednesday at the Agoura Deli. Mothers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            already received the Grand Festival                          but moving the production out of doublet and hose into a different time frame makes                                                                                                                  hold on to your daughters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Award in the Young Producer catego-                          it much more accessible,” he says. And that’s especially true for young people, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ry at the Berkeley Film Festival, the                        might be why he was asked to stay on after doing a workshop at Oak Park High School                                                                                                                  from left to right: sal Cortez (drums and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Teen Filmmaker Award at Ojai, and was                        in 1999. Hunt got his teaching credential in 2000, and now heads the department,                                                                                                                     background vocals), ryan levine (lead vocals,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            among the 200 films out of 3,000 entries                     teaching five classes a day as well as directing the school’s three annual productions,                                                                                                              guitars, keyboard), agustin sanchez (bass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            selected to screen at this year’s Santa                      one of which is often Shakespearean. He might just prove the axiom “All the world’s a                                                                                                                and background vocals), r.C. (lead guitar),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barbara International Film Festival. Not                                                                                                                                                                                                                          andrew ampaya (piano, keyboard and back-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         stage … ”. Even here in the 805.
                                                                                   a gifted 13-year-old whose violin sings when she puts bow to string.                                                                     bad for a first act.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ground vocals).

        here are seven sides to the arts, and our local rising stars               a seasoned actor and director dedicated to his craft and passionate
        who are shining Brightly in each.                                          about passing along that zeal to the next generation. a promising,
                                                                                   fresh-faced filmmaker with a head full of hair and just as many great
                                                                                   ideas. a local band on the verge of releasing its first cd. a driven young
                                                                                   ballerina whose need to dance will surely take her far from home. a                                                        THE MUSICAL PRODIGY
                                                                                   successful writer who, after passing through other places, has come to                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE PAINTER

                                                                                   call the 805 home. and finally, an accomplished painter who at just 30
                                                                                   is producing portraits of breathtaking beauty, and whose ultimate con-
                                                                                   tribution to the world of the arts is only beginning to be felt.

                                                                                   Taken together, as a whole, this talented group represents the richness
                                                                                   our own lives take on when we recognize, nurture, and support art-
                                                                                   ists—especially when we find them in our own backyard.
                                                                                                                                                                Jennifer Liu
                                                                                                                                                                oak p ark

                                                                                                                                                                Don’t get her wrong—Jennifer Liu likes
                                                                                                                                                                the same music your average 13-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jeremy Lipking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ca Labasas
                                                                                                                                                                might: Coldplay, The Calling, Jason Mraz.
                                                                                                                                                                It’s just that she loves Itzhak Perlman,
                                                                                                                                                                Sarah Chang, and Hilary Hahn. Liu’s                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeremy Lipking was 24 when he sold his first paintings. Fetching $500 each for a couple
                                                                                                                                                                voice, light and bubbly, takes on an extra                                                                                                                                                                                       of watercolor landscapes, Lipking thought he was rich. That was 1999. Resolving to
                                                                                                                                                                jolt of exuberance when she describes                                                                                                                                                                                            seriously pursue his art, Lipking took a look at pricey Cal Arts in Valencia and Art
                                                                                                                                                                Hahn’s clear, crisp playing of the violin.                                                                                                                                                                                       Center in Pasadena but in the end opted to continue studying at the much more
                                                                                                                                                                And while Liu loves hanging out with her                                                                                                                                                                                         affordable California Art Institute in Westlake Village.. He’d taken classes there with
                                                                                                                                                                friends, going to movies, and browsing                                                                                                                                                                                           DC Comics master Glen Orbik, the man he credits with schooling him in the art of
                                                                                                                                                                Urban Outfitters, it’s not that easy when                                                                                                                                                                                        figure drawing—a skill Lipking hadn’t thought you could actually learn. Lipking took it
                                                                                                                                                                violin practice takes from three to five                                                                                                                                                                                         from there, studying masters like Sargent and Sorolla on his own, getting together a
                                                                                                                                                                hours every day. Of course, Liu is hard-                                                                                                                                                                                         group of fellow artists to go in on the cost of hiring a live model to paint.
                                                                                                                                                                ly your average 13-year-old. New West
                                                                                                                                                                Symphony director Boris Brott says that                                                                                                                                                                                          Just seven years later, his paintings, many of which are luminous near-nude portraits,
                                                                                                                                                                the remarkably gifted Discovery Artist has                                                                                                                                                                                       go for as much as $25,000 and hang in the homes of the rich and famous. This past
                                                                                                                                                                the potential to become a concert artist                                                                                                                                                                                         February he had a painting banned from the Masters of the American West show at
                                                                                                                                                                of the highest quality.                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Autry for being “too sexy.” Movie producer Joel Silver commissioned Lipking to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 paint his wife and child. Envious? For 40 grand, you too can have your spouse and
                                                                                                                                                                This February, Liu flew to Philadelphia to                                                                                                                                                                                       child immortalized.
                                                                                                                                                                audition at the Curtis Institute of Music,
                                                                                                                                                                one of the finest music conservatories in
                                                                                                                                                                the world. Out of 1,000 applicants, she
                                                        By sim carter                                                                                           was among the 75 musicians selected
                                                                                                                                                                to audition. Liu was still eagerly awaiting
                                                                                                                                                                their decision at press time. Would she
                                                        PhotograPhs By gary moss                                                                                seriously leave home to live at the con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   above left: Lipking’s wife, Danielle is a frequent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           model. While best known for his ethereal paintings
                                                                                                                                                                servatory? “If I was seriously accepted?!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the human figure. above right: Lipking’s land-
                                                                                                                                                                she asks. Clearly she thinks the question                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  scapes are equally compelling, owing to the art-
                                                                                                                                                                is absurd. “Of course!” she squeals. In                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ist’s rare capacity to capture the changing light.
                                                                                                                                                                her voice, there is youth, enthusiasm,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     above: “Lost in Thought” is a striking example
                                                                                                                                                                passion, and not one trace of doubt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Lipking’s extraordinary skill in recreating the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           model’s seemingly transparent garment.

805 Living April 06 arts in the 805
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I have worked with Elayne for a number of years, and she’s a real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              benefit to the community,” says Julia Osborn Gourley, chairperson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of the Conejo Open Space Foundation. “She’s a coordinator for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              our Trails Education Days. She con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ceived of the idea and launched it. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              initially she had no funding, so on her  Elayne Haggan                   Vice President, Conejo Open Space Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              own she solicited the funds to finance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the whole thing.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elayne’s program is open to all fifth graders in the Conejo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Valley School District, and it instills the concept that the open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              spaces belong to everyone. “We are creating ways to pass on this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              knowledge to our children,” says Elayne. “It’s incredibly reward-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ing to spend a day on the trails with the kids, and see them go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              away with eyes as big as saucers. Many write us letters of thanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              afterwards.” The program, now in its 15th year, has hosted over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20,000 students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elayne says there are about 15,000 acres of open space in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Conejo Valley, and it takes a lot of work to keep it beautiful—and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a lot of education to inspire future protectors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elayne remembers moving into her Thousand Oaks home 23
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              years ago when fires raced through the valley. She says there is a need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to marshal the volunteers for important trail repair after the recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              flames, but she remains optimistic for the future. This Thanksgiving,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for example, she plans to have old friends over for turkey and then, she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              says, “With any luck we’ll be able to go for a hike.”

         Our first-ever 805 Living giving Back awards                     saLute the individuaLs whO wOrk tO
         make Our cOmmunity a Better pLace tO Live.                      From the Editors of 805 Living Photographs by Gary Moss                       Gloria Hamblin is the co-founder and program director of Ride
                                                                                                                                                       On, a unique organization that teaches horseback riding to chil-
                                                                                                                                                       dren and adults with physical and mental disabilities. “Growing
                                                                                                                                                       up, my mom was a rehab nurse, and I have lots of experience with
                                                                                                                                                       people with disabilities,” says Gloria, who has a degree in recre-
         Recent natural disasters, like the hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and the earthquake in Pakistan, bring out the best                                      ational therapy and has worked with children and
         in people. Money is raised for victims and their families, and financial aid is sent across the country or around the     Gloria Hamblin                   adults with physical, developmental, and emotional
                                                                                                                                                                    problems for 30 years. “I have always loved horses, so
         world—even though we don’t know the names of those we are helping. It’s also important that we don’t overlook the         Program Director, Ride On        putting the two of those passions together proved to
         people in our own neighborhoods that have been dealt a tough hand. We may not know their names, either, but we can                                         be a perfect fit.”
         see their faces every day as we go to work, or take our kids to school, or just drive down Thousand Oaks Boulevard to                            Ride On’s brand of therapeutic horsemanship offers hippo-
                                                                                                                                                       therapy, which involves a licensed physical, speech, or occupa-
         go out to dinner. There is need close to home, and fortunately there are people who want to do something about it.                            tional therapist, as well as therapeutic riding, which emphasizes
           It seemed like November—a time of Thanksgiving—was the perfect month to honor just a few of those people.                                   recreation and riding skills. “Horses help people cope in very
         Our first 805 Living Giving Back Awards is just our small way of recognizing the people who truly make a difference                           special ways, and I love to be able to provide that opportunity for
                                                                                                                                                       people who can’t afford their own horse or have access to a more                                                                                                                               “The first time I walked through the grand opening of one of our projects, I saw the faces of not only everyone involved, but also those
         in the lives of others—it’s our way of saying “thank you.” Of course, we knew that the hardest part of this project                           expensive stable,” Gloria says.                                                                                                                                                                people who would be benefiting from the space,” says Lorraine Alderette, a volunteer with HomeAid Los Angeles/ Ventura. “It was
         wasn’t going to be finding the right people to feature—it was going to be narrowing down the list from literally                                 As program director, she ensures the programs they have are                                                                                                                                 overwhelming, but my first thought was that I just haven’t done enough. Ever since then, I’ve just been really focused to bring in more
         hundreds of choices to just eight. And indeed, each of these incredibly generous individuals begged to have someone                           interesting, and that the instructors are highly qualified. She also                                                                                                                                                                                           builders and do more for the people of this community.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lorraine Alderette
                                                                                                                                                       praises her family members, who have been involved with Ride                                                                                                                                                                                                      HomeAid LA/Ventura is part of a national organization that
         “more deserving” take their place.                                                                                                            On from the beginning. “My husband Bryan is our co-founder                                                                                                                                                                                                     helps homeless families by providing building and renovation
           We know, however, that the following people have done more than their fair share of giving back. They have                                  and executive director, and I have a daughter who helps out as                                                                                                                                          Volunteer, HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura expertise as well as donating labor and materials for shelters for
         given time and energy to support incredibly worthwhile organizations that bring much-needed help, education, and                              one of my instructors whenever she’s home from college.” She’s                                                                                                                                                                                                 the temporarily homeless. Lorraine heads up local committees for
                                                                                                                                                       also quick to point out the tremendous efforts of her staff and                                                                                                                                finding sponsorships and raising funds. One of her biggest fundraisers is Project Playhouse, which auctions off custom-designed
         resources to our own community. They all roll up their sleeves to make a difference. And, in turn, they have contrib-                         notes, “We always need volunteers. Without volunteers, we could                                                                                                                                and constructed children’s playhouses.
         uted to all of our lives by making our community such a wonderful place to live.                                                              never do this job.”                                                                                                                                                                               “I first got involved through Project Playhouse in Orange County,” says Lorraine. “But we decided that if we built the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      playhouses in our area then we could use those funds for our own communities, which is how and why HomeAid LA/Ventura
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      began.” She worked on the first Project Playhouse auction at the Oaks Shopping Center and is now focused on raising money
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for new facilities, such the recently opened RAIN Shelter.

805 Living November 05 Giving Back—Maggie award nominee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Design Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taylor likes to work with a soft spectrum of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          French gray, unbleached white, indigo blue,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and cocoa brown. These colors become a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          room’s canvas, upon which she adorns and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          embellishes with found objects, personal col-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lections, and mementos from her travels. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          likens this natural palette to having a classic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wardrobe that one updates with a few key ac-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Curator of Collections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cessories. “I like to keep the foundation really
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          neutral and avoid falling into trends,” she ex-

                                            Designing with Feeling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          plains, then “you can build with layers, acces-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sorize with new pieces, and change an entire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          space with throws, pillows, and plants.”             When Taylor created Botanik in 1999, she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Taylor selects furnishings made from              renovated side-by-side beach cottages (a turn-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reclaimed or unfinished wood (think sun-             of-the-century Victorian cottage and a 1920s          Opposite: Elegaant and easy table setting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bleached driftwood, reclaimed elm, or weath-         beach bungalow) to house what was originally          using plants and natural elements create
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ered timber). Exotic accents, such as side tables,   her floral design and wedding business. Over          a graceful feeling. Above: Use scupltural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          benches, and picture frames, hail from Indo-         time, especially in the past five years, Botanik      plants to create a unique place setting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nesia, India, Portugal, Morocco, and France.         has grown into a retail “resource for design-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Upholstered pieces are cloaked in soft, neutral      ers, collectors, and plant enthusiasts” reflecting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cotton, vintage linens, or hand-printed textiles.    Taylor’s eclectic interests. Nature-inspired fur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “I like to blend patterns, textures, shapes—         nishings, pottery and glass, textiles, artwork,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          layers. I take inspiration from my travels and       lighting, and gifts are displayed side-by-side
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from all these different countries,” she says.       with flowers and plants. The floral shop has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Elements of nature are embellishments,            become a thriving landscape design studio and
                                            A Summerland boutique owner designs creative vignettes inspired by nature                                                                                                                                                                                                     too: Rustic branches, lush foliage, swelling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buds, and delicate blooms represent the ever-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               specialty plant nursery. (Taylor has a degree in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               environmental horticulture from Cal Poly at
                                                                               By Debra Prinzing Photographs by Gary Moss                                                                                                                                                                                                 changing seasons. “I find beauty in cutting          San Luis Obispo.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          naked gray branches of liquidambar trees and             The mood here is straightforward, easy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the beauty of their structure as they fill up a   simple, and uncontrived. Each design decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          container,” she says.                                reveals another facet of the narrative. As style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Graceful sprays of flowers are ever-pres-         director and buyer, Taylor selects everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ent in Taylor’s rooms, displayed one bloom           from reproduction botanical prints and bud

            Living with Nature,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          color at a time. “It changes the atmosphere.         vases to pillows and mirrors with the spirit of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I might use all white orchids; or create a dif-      a curator. She asks only that a piece is beauti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ferent mood with all chartreuse flowers,” she        ful, unusual, made with integrity, and above
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suggests. This philosophy is just as appealing       all, functional.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with other singular blossoms: pink-flowering             “We’re telling a story and it has to feel cohe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prunus branches, daffodils from the farmers’         sive with the cottages and the setting,” Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          market, California wildflowers, or summer            says. The overall feeling she aims for is relaxed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roses in sunset hues.                                and unpretentious. She likes spaces to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               welcoming atmospheres, perfect for the owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to feel like coming home from a walk on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               beach, brushing the sand off her bare feet, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               emptying her pockets of bits of broken pottery,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               colored glass, shells, and driftwood. Ideally,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               such displays, whether on a tray, or windowsill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               or patio table, should immediately transport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               someone to the ocean’s edge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Natural Design Ideas from Erin Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Use living plants in unusual ways:                     inches in diameter). The preserving technique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Botanik is known for its stunning succulent            ensures that the foliage doesn’t fade. Yet the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                displays that look lush and vibrant even on dry,       material looks better than living boxwood on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                hot summer days. The alluring tapestry-like            a dark, covered veranda or indoors. “Use them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                succulents, clustered in a spectrum of blue-           where everything else dies for you,” Taylor sug-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                gray, green, gold, and purple hues, spill from         gests. “You can even spritz them now and then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Botanik’s bowls, trays, troughs, and saucers.          to keep the material from drying out.”

                                                  Erin Taylor has an affinity for sea, sand, and sky.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When she has to trim back the plants,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Taylor saves the clipped Echeveria rosettes to         Borrow from nature and bring it indoors:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                decorate her tabletops. They can thrive out            I love finishes from nature, rather than some-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of water and soil for a considerable period of         thing that has a high lacquer,” Taylor says. “I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                time. (In fact, the cuttings may soon develop          design not so much by bringing an unexpected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                hair-like roots so they can be replanted).             plant indoors but by selecting the textures and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I use them as napkin embellishments or            materials you’d find in nature.” Whether it’s a
                                                   It’s a fitting design philosophy, given that she has spent the past decade as proprietor of Botanik in Sum-                                                  for place card holders,” she says. “You can also       trestle table fashioned with elm planks salvaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from a riverbed or textile block prints created
                                                  merland, a pair of home and garden boutiques just a seashell’s toss away from the ocean’s edge.                                                               insert place cards in camellias, gardenias, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with natural indigo dyes, Taylor seeks authen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                little pile of rose petals, or a slice of fruit from
                                                      Taylor’s interior and exterior designs are natural and organic, and they reflect the textures, patterns,                                                  the garden.”                                           ticity. Against all these grounded, rough, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       organic materials, she juxtaposes small gem-
                                                  silhouettes, and finishes of her coastal California lifestyle. “The more rustic, unfinished, and minimally                                                    Clip a single stem for dramatic impact:                like accents. “Delicate, feminine shapes balance
                                                  processed, the better,” she insists. “The palette that inspires me is weathered teak and driftwood.”                                                          Coming from a noted floral designer, it’s              the rustic,” she says.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                refreshing to hear that humble sprigs and
                                                      Taylor favors displaying such eclectic elements—like the timeworn treasures you discover washed                                                           sprays—and even lone flowers—have a role               Botanik is located at 2329 Lillie Ave., Summer-
                                                  up on the beach—as a way to enliven any space. These pieces, with a sun-washed, slightly distressed                                                           in decorating our homes. To show off fresh-            land, 805-565-3831; www.botanikinc.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                picked blooms, Taylor arranges them in a
                                                  patina, are made more beautiful by her understated way of combining them.                                                                                     cluster of petite, hand-blown vases. “This is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                little collection that can sit on a night stand or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                as a vignette. You can add a few stems from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the garden or make little posies to display,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                she says. Each vessel is only a few inches in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                size. But when several are grouped together,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                they can serve the same purpose as a more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                substantial floral arrangement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make a bold statement by repeating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                basic shapes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Botanik’s beach cottages are intimate in scale,
805 Living April 09 designing with nature                                                                                                                                                                       so every design decision has to carry its own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                weight and more. Taylor decorates using geo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                metric forms in different sizes, repeating them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                for drama. Spheres, globes, and orbs are par-
                                                                                                                                                                 Use touches of blue in fabrics and nature to   ticularly appealing.
                                                                                                                                                                 create a realxing casual beach cottage feel.      Rounded plant forms, such as clipped balls
                                                                                                                                                                 Bring the indoors in with blue flowers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of boxwood, myrtle, or other evergreen shrubs,
                                                                                                                                                                 sculptural plants such as agave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                are paired with non-plant orbs, such as stone,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                concrete, or wicker balls. A recent find—pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                served boxwood in the classic sphere shape—is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                appealing for its durability (they measure 8 to 14
                                                                                                                                                                  0pp0site page: before you head out to the winieries, pick up a picnic lunch at el rancho market (top right):
                                                                                                                                                                  christine forsythe (bottom right), manager of the ballard inn, tends to even the smallest details: the salmon
                                                                                                                                                                  salad nicoise at los olivos cafe (bottom left) goes perfectly with a glass of local wine: you’ll know you’ve
                                                                                                                                                                  reached wine country when you see the rowz of gorgeous grapvines (top left)

                                                                                                                                                                  the new Wine Cask restaurant (2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos; 805-688-                   Dinner (served Wednesday through Sunday) includes such dishes
                                                                                                                                                                  7788) at Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn & Spa is an outpost of the                    as sautéed Alaskan halibut with roasted potatoes and ginger-tomato
                                                                                                                                                                  Santa Barbara original. This fine-dining spot features Hawaiian                       puree; grilled rack of lamb with crispy sesame noodle cake and
                                                                                                                                                                  ahi carpaccio and crisp Dungeness crab cakes, among other dishes.                     sautéed pea tendrils; and grilled filet mignon with garlic mashed
                                                                                                                                                                  Let’s not forget that America’s favorite food is pizza, and even on                   potatoes and mushroom Madeira sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                  the road we must satisfy that craving. Pizza Shack (3521 Numancia                        Forsythe also says she likes the way the inn’s look, including the
                                                                                                                                                                  St., Santa Ynez; 805-688-6070) gets the job done.                                     interiors of the 15 rooms, has been updated for more savvy travel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ers. The next project is on the landscaping front, which includes
                                                                                                                                                                  UP CloSe: loS olivoS Cafe. When you first bite into the dish                          extending the porch to allow al fresco dining in the summer.
                                                                                                                                                                  simply named “Portobello,” you realize how humble the chef at Los                        The Ballard Inn is located at 2436 Baseline Ave. in Ballard; call
                                                                                                                                                                  Olivos Cafe really is. If I were writing the menu, I would have called                805-688-7770 or visit www.ballardinn.com.
                                                                                                                                                                  this creation “I Can Now Pass Away from this Earth with a Smile on
                                                                                                                                                                  My Face,” or something like that. The dish is a delicate puff pastry                  attRaCtionS. You know exactly what you’re going to see when
                                                                                                                                                                  filled with layers of roasted portobello mushroom, pecan pâté, and                    you arrive at ostrich land (www.ostrichland.com) in Buellton: Big
                                                                                                                                                                  Gruyère cheese, surrounded by lightly sautéed spinach and drizzled                    birds. The same can be said of the Quicksilver miniature horse Ranch

                                                                                                                                                                  with port syrup. It’s not so much food as it is a culinary manifesto.                 (1555 Alamo Pintado Road; 805-686-4002 or www.syv.com/qsminis/)
                                                                                                                                                                      It’s just one of executive chef Nat Ely’s many delicious California-              in Solvang: Little horses. But if you want to see the sights of the
                                                                                                                                                                  Mediterranean specialties. There’s also a nice selection of salads,                   whole valley—expected and unexpected—the best way is probably

                                                                                                                                                                  sandwiches, and pastas, along with hearty selections like eggplant                    by air with Windhaven Glider Rides (www.gliderrides.com).
                                                                                                                                                                  Parmigiana, chicken piccata, and Kobe flatiron steak, all served in
                                                                                                                                                                  a cozy bistro setting.                                                                UP CloSe: ClaiRmont faRmS. About five years ago, Glenn and
                                                                                                                                                                      Sam Marmorstein opened the Los Olivos Cafe in 1995 and it has                     Meryl Tanz decided that the thoroughbred horses they were raising near
                                                                                                                                                                  been a shining epicurean star of the valley ever since. He features a                 the tiny town of Los Olivos weren’t taking up enough of their time and

                                                                                                                                                                  great choice of local wines, but for a real treat, pair lunch or dinner               energy—and certainly not enough of their land. So in came the lavender and
                                                                                                                                                                  with Marmorstein’s excellent house pinot noir.                                        Clairmont Farms had a whole new look and fragrance.
                                                                                                                                                                      Los Olivos Cafe is located at 2879 Grand Ave. in Los Olivos; call                    “People love to come by and see our purple fields flowering,”
                                                                                                                                                                  805-688-7265 or visit www.losolivoscafe.com.                                          says Glenn as he fires up an old copper distillation machine. He’s got
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        two of these in his front yard, and he keeps them running constantly for
                                                                                                                                                                  aCCommodationS. Even though the Santa Ynez Valley is such                             a couple of reasons: For one thing, the aroma is very enticing for

                                                On tHe
                                                                                                                                                                  a short drive away that you could stay for dinner and still get back                  visitors; and more importantly, he’s got a lot of lavender to distill
                                                                                                                                                                  home before the late news is over, spending the night in the hills is a               into essential oil.
                                                                                                                                                                  quiet, relaxing treat. There are a number of great places to escape to,                  “We have about five acres of lavender, which is about 12,000
                                                                                                                                                                  from tiny bed-and-breakfasts to large, contemporary hotels. the Santa                 plants, and it’s all organically grown,” says Glenn. The flowering

                                                                                                                                                                  Ynez inn (www.santaynezinn.com) is a boutique hotel that combines                     plant’s reputation as a healing herb for cuts and burns has been
                                                                                                                                                                  Victorian charm with local hospitality and modern amenities. After a                  documented for generations. But just stepping out of the car and
                                                                                                                                                                  tough day of wine-tasting, their Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces are soothing             breathing in the refreshing bouquet is as much an antidote to modern-
                                                                                                                                                                  comfort. the alisal Guest Ranch & Resort (www.alisal.com) is cer-                     day stress as anything in the medicine cabinet.
                                                                                                                                                                  tainly the place for golfers, with two 18-hole courses. It also features                 In addition to the Grosso lavender plants out front, Clairmont
                                                                                                                                                                  horseback riding trails and a private spring-fed lake.                                offers a full line of lavender-oil-based skin-care products. With their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        newly planted organic herb garden, Clairmont Farms will soon be
                                                                                                                                                                  UP CloSe: the BallaRd inn. Christine Forsythe has been at                             producing bundles of culinary Herbes de Provence. They still have
                                                                                                                                                                  The Ballard Inn for more than ten years. As general manager, she’s seen               those beautiful horses, too.
                                                                                                                                                                  the place change hands a couple of times, but says the newest owners,                    Here’s a tip: Although Clairmont Farms is open nearly every day of
                                                                                                                                                                  Budi and Chris Kazali, are her dreams come true. “They came in                        the year, a great time to visit is mid-June through mid-July, when the
                                                                                                                                                                  and really took the inn to the next level, especially the dining.”                    purple flowers are in full bloom.
                                                                                                                                                                     The dining room is Budi’s territory. He’s the executive chef and                      Clairmont Farms is located at 2480 Roblar Ave. in Los Olivos; call
                                                                                                                                                                  has been winning accolades for his contemporary Asian fusion cuisine.                 805-688-7505 or visit www.clairmontfarms.com.

                                              In decades past, visitors to the santa Ynez Valley were
                                              greeted with basically brushland. sure, it was some of the most
                                              beautiful brushland in california—a picture-book scene of rolling
                                              hills dotted with great old oak trees, rugged canyons cut by running
                                              streams, and jagged lines of mountains covering the horizon—but
                                              the area was definitely something of a fixer-upper.

                                              today, that same valley, just an hour north of santa Barbara,
                                              retains most of its beautiful bucolic splendor, with some key new
                                              developments. For one thing, some of that brushland has been
                                                                                                                     some of the most beautiful brushland in
                                              replaced by grapevines, and the area is being cultivated as one of     California—a piCture-book sCene of rolling
                                                                                                                     hills dotted with great old oak trees...
                                              california’s most exciting wine-producing regions. and, obviously,
                                              with the prospect of pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, and other vari-
                                              etals that compete deliciously with other wine destinations, there’s
                                              also great dining, hotels, and other attractions for visitors.

                                                                By Anthony heAd photogrAphs By gAry moss

805 Living may 06 santa Ynez travel feature
                                                                                                                                               SUSHI 101
                                                                                                                                                  In the US, “sushi” has become the
                                                                                                                                               catch-all word for what is actually
                                                                                                                                               several kinds of fish preparation—
                                                                                                                                               including boiling, searing, baking, and
                                                                                                                                               sautéing—in addition to serving it raw.
                                                                                                                                               Understanding the entire process of
                                                                                                                                               making sushi is an important part of
                                                                                                                                               appreciating the myriad subtle tastes
                                                                                                                                               and textures, not only for the diner, but
                                                                                                                                               also the Itamae-San (expert chef). As
                                                                                                                                               with other chefs, you don’t become a
                                                                                                               uch like a live musical         sushi expert overnight. Sushi chefs must              Different fish have varying
                                                                                                               performance, sushi is an        understand which qualities to look for             degrees of oil (fat) content. You
                                                                                                               art form that is thor-          in the wide variety of fish that is com-           should begin your meal with a
                                                                                                M              oughly enjoyable—if             monly served as sushi (on top of hand-             fish that has less oil, such as tuna
                                                                                                only fleetingly. Each experience is            formed rice balls), sashimi (slices of fish        or halibut, and save the fish with
                                                                                                seldom exactly the same as the one             by itself or with vegetables), maki-sushi          higher oil content, such as yellow-
                                                                                                before it, and the artist—the sushi            (rolled with rice and other ingredients            tail or salmon, for the end of the
                                                                                                chef—is constantly striving to improve         inside a large piece of pressed, dried             meal. Starting off with a fish with
                                                                                                his skills in hopes that his audience—         seaweed), and chirashi (a variety of               too much oil overwhelms your pal-
                                                                                                the hungry diners—will be moved                fish, seafood, and vegetables on a bed             ate and you might not be able to
                                                                                                and inspired.                                  of rice in a bowl). It takes many years of         appreciate the subtleties of lighter
                                                                                                   Even though the roots of sushi go           training to learn how to choose the best           fish and other flavors that accom-
                                                                                                back to a seventh-century Southeast            fish and prepare it to be both attractive          pany them. Of course, nowadays,
                                                                                                Asian food storage process that                and flavorful. The chef must also                              anything goes, but if you
                                                                                                involved using salt and rice to pre-           know which sauces and con-                                         really want the
                                                                                                serve fish, sushi as we know it today          diments to use to enhance                                             essence of sushi
                                                                                                really didn’t begin until the early 1800s.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sea harvest
                                                                                                                                               the flavor and appear-                  (opposite): A small,            culture,      ask
                                                                                                Seaside vendors in Edo (the ancient            ance. Sushi preparation              hand-formed ball of rice is         the chef to
                                                                                                name for Tokyo), Japan introduced              is considered an art               encircled with dried seaweed           serve you in
                                                                                                the practice of slicing small pieces of        form not only because           (nori) and topped with salmon roe.        the traditional
                                                                                                raw fish and other seafood and serv-           of the beautiful pre-            It has a briny flavor and smooth

                                                  E ARTTO
                                                                                                ing it with rice seasoned with vinegar.        sentation of fish and                                                       If    you’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                     texture, which matches

                                                                                                People would line up for this quick            vegetables, but because                                                 never tried sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                   perfectly with the crunchy
                                                                                                snack, prompting some historians to            sushi chefs are continually                                            because you’d

                                             PANES UGH
                                                                                                call sushi the world’s first fast food.        creating new and unusual                                            rather have a tooth
                                                                                                   Not until the 1970s did sushi res-          flavor combinations for their                                    pulled without anesthe-
                                                                                                taurants really begin to flourish in           patrons. I am constantly enthralled                     sia than eat raw fish, then I
                                                                                                America, and that’s when I first               with the dexterity of the chefs’ knife-            doubt there’s anything that I could

                                           JA ENO
                                                                                                encountered it. As a college student           handling skills, deftly slicing and dic-           say to convince you. However,
                                                                                                back then, I was on a tight budget and         ing as well as any chef you’ll see on the          if you’re the least bit adventur-
                                                                                                always on the lookout for free food.           Food Network. And there are so many                ous (think back on foods that you
                                                                                                (I eagerly attended as many frater-            variations of fish and sauces that I am            never used to eat, but do now—
                                                                                                nity rush parties as possible for this         guaranteed a unique dining experience              mine was avocado), your courage

                                                                                                very reason.) When a friend suggested          every time.                                        will be rewarded. And if you’ve
                                                                                                sushi (“Raw fish, it’s really good,” he           Speaking of the dining experience,              only tried sushi rolls, take the next
                                                                                                assured me), my thought process went           many people don’t realize that there is            step, starting with tuna or shrimp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sushi Ko at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks (above and opposite) is a showcase of Japanese artistry—from the imported

                                                                                                from ignorance to skepticism—until             a preferred sequence (somewhat like                sushi (the shrimp is boiled, so it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            artwork to the magnificently prepared sushi and maki (rolls) to the delicately grilled kushiyaki—morsels of fish, chicken,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            beef, and vegetables in delectable sauces.
                                                                                                he offered to pay.                             courses) when ordering sushi. To truly             sort of a variation on a shrimp
                                                                                                   After one order I was hooked, and           appreciate the traditional style of sushi,         cocktail). If the texture of sushi

                                                                                                that began a fascination with a tradition      you should be somewhat familiar with               turns you off, try an appetizer with
                                                                                                that’s as much form as it is function.         this sequence.                                     cooked fish, or request that the fish

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           used in making sushi—without the                                                                                                              At Ori Sushi in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           raw part). Sushi Agoura (5015 Cornell                                                                                                        Thousand Oaks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Road, Agoura Hills; 818-991-0245)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     you can have your

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           recently redecorated, bringing their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    choice of dining at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the sushi bar or in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bar and dining area up to speed with                                                                                                        the restaurant’s                                                                                             been set in front of you or with the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           their diverse and innovative menu.                                                                                                           spacious dining                                                                                             tips on the edge of the soy sauce cup,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           With an exceptional sushi selection,                                                                                                        room. An atrium                                                                                              and parallel to the edge of the bar. And
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           coupled with extraordinary appetizers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with a Japanese                                                                                              passing food to another person with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           such as a spicy fried calamari roll, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           garden adds a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    your chopsticks is perhaps the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tranquil touch.

                              OD E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           no wonder there’s a crowd for both                                                                                                              In addition to                                                                                           discourteous faux pas—it’s associated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lunch and dinner just about any day                                                                                                           sushi and their                                                                                            with a funeral ritual.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the week. (The wait can sometimes                                                                                                        traditional lunch                                                                                               Only place a small amount of wasabi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be a little long, but believe me, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and dinner menus,                                                                                               (spicy horseradish) in the cup at the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           worth it.) The Conejo Valley’s most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ori features sever-                                                                                             edge of the soy sauce, letting it melt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      al different types                                                                                            into the sauce. Dumping a huge ball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           creative sushi chef has to be Austin                                                                                                        of premium sake                                                                                              of wasabi into your soy only creates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Choi of Yomama (140 W. Hillcrest                                                                                                              (rice wine) and                                                                                            a soupy mess that will drown out any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Drive., Suite 118, Thousand Oaks; 805-                                                                                                     offers a specially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flavors the chef creates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           496-9102, and his hip dining area and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        priced sampler.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Raw fish has a light, pleasant taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sushi bar reflect his outgoing and                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that is meant to be enjoyed with very lit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           humorous personality. His distinc-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tle seasoning. If you choose to dip your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tive—almost whimsical—rolls are not                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sushi into the soy sauce-wasabi mix-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           only unique, they’re so big they could                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ture, do so by holding the fish and rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be mistaken for a main course. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    upside down and dipping the end of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        other sushi bars in the conejo valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           spacious granite bar that encircles the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fish in the soy so that the rice doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           More than likely there’s a sushi bar within a mile or two of your home. We’re
                                                SuShi continueS to evolve                                                                                                                                                                  preparation area perfectly suits the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SuShI eTIqueTTe                                      soak up the soy. Gari (pickled ginger)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        extremely fortunate to have so many bars to choose from, so if you don’t like one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           chefs’ showmanship and lets patrons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Every culture has certain idiosyncra-             is a refreshing way to cleanse the pal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        place, try another. Interestingly, sushi bars are much like neighborhood watering                                                                      sies that go along with the dining experi-           ate, but it is not intended to be used as
                                                   even after 1300 yearS.                                                                                                                                                                  see the action from a variety of angles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        holes—they’ll remember your favorite orders and treat you like family (but they                                                                        ence, and eating sushi has several that              a condiment to be added to the sushi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The ambience is lively, thanks in part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        won’t call out your name when you walk through the door). Keep in mind that                                                                            are akin to the proverbial “don’t ask for            Sushi pieces are meant to be consumed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to the large flat-screen TV above the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sushi is subjective—my advice is to try several bars and see which one you like best.                                                                  ketchup in a French restaurant.” Common              in one bite. If you absolutely must eat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bar, which continuously and comiclly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here are a few more that I’m particularly fond of:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sense should dictate your behavior in                the piece in two bites, hold onto the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           flashes the sushi menu—and of course a
                                                     By Mark Langton PhotograPhs By gary Moss                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  most cases. With sushi, there are a few              half-bite without putting it back on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           clip of Jay Leno poking fun at the restau-   Genki Sushi                                   Sushi Yusho                                                                                              simple customs that, if followed, will               plate, then finish at your own pace.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rant’s name on The Tonight Show.             5790-A Lindero Canyon Road                    2365 Michael Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               make you look like a sushi regular and                  It is impolite to ask for a bowl of rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Westlake Village                              Newbury Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that will be appreciated by—and show                 at the sushi bar. If you want extra rice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        818-707-9064                                  805-375-2269
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               respect for—the chef and his staff.                  with your fish, try an order of chirashi,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    which is fish and vegetables in a bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Under new management, they have upgrad-       One of the newest bars in the area, this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A sushi bar’s atmosphere can range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from quiet and genteel to boisterous.                or box on a bed of rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ed both their interior and menu—making        offers a good selection and skilled chefs                                                                Err to the side of politeness whenever                  When ordering drinks and other non-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for a very pleasant experience.               who know their sushi.                                                                                    you enter any Japanese restaurant and                sushi menu items, ask your server, not

                 TO EAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sit at the bar. When first being seated,             the chef. Doing otherwise would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar               Umi Sushi                                                                                                greet the chef behind the bar and give a             akin to walking into the kitchen of a res-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        32123 W. Lindero Canyon Road                  30189 Thousand Oaks Blvd.                                                                                slight bow. Generally speaking, it’s bad             taurant and asking the chef for a Coke.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Westlake Village                              Westlake Village                                                                                         form to raise your voice above normal                   It is a compliment to eat everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        818-706-8887                                  818-706-7772                                                                                             conversation level.                                  edible that is served to you with a sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An eclectic menu means you can have more      This spot offers very good quality fish and                                                                 Sushi is meant to be eaten with the               order, which might include shredded dai-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        than just sushi.                              the largest variety of rolls in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               fingers, but it’s okay to eat any of the             kon (radish), mint leaves, and cucumber.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               food served to you with chopsticks                      The sushi bar experience is so special

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sushi Oaks                                    Yamato Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (and for sashimi, it’s a must). However,             because it is dynamic and flows with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the pace of the chef. If you request mul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2160 Newbury Road                             28700 Roadside Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               even this simple utensil has a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               rules: When breaking your chopsticks                 tiple orders of sushi all at once, you’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Newbury Park                                  Agoura Hills                                                                                             apart for use, rubbing them together                 risk looking like a glutton, not to men-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        805-498-5518                                  818-706-7711                                                                                             like you’re trying to start a fire is a sign         tion getting very slow service. If you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This unassuming little bar has a full din-    A full sushi bar plus teppanyaki cuisine                                                                 of rudeness—it’s as if you’re suggest-               really hungry and want a lot of food
                                                                                                              yomama’s master chef and owner austin choi (top) holds court at his contemporary restaurant and bar in thousand                                                           ner menu and creative rolls and appetizers;   make Yamato a crowd pleaser.                                                                             ing their utensils are inferior. When                at one time, sit at a table and place
                                                                                                              oaks. the menu features traditional sushi as well as trendy takes on rolls and appetizers.                                                                                Newbury Park locals know that the take-                                                                                                                not using them, place your chopsticks                your sushi order and anything else you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        out service is exceptionally accommodating.                                                                                                            on the small ceramic plate that has                  desire with the server.

805 Living march 06 sushi feature
                                                                                                                                                               For now Torrey is merrily splitting his time        d’Abondance cow’s milk from France. A
                                                                                                                                                               between the original Carmel store and the           chef’s favorite is the Spanish Cabrales Blue—
                                                                                                                                                               newer State Street location. The Cheese Shop        at this year’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine
                                                                                                                                                               is like a giant picnic basket come to life with     event it was one of the most requested. Other
                                                                                                                                                               regional fromage from provincial France to          classics from around the world abound, from
                                                                                                                                                               Paso Robles—and accoutrements like Spanish          Great Britain to Greece, but France probably
                                                                                                                                                               almonds, olives, artisan jams, and gourmet          gets the most mileage. The best seller is always
                                                                                                                                                               crackers. A wall of wine encompassing mostly        Brie. “We have sold more Brie that any other
                                                                                                                                                               California producers anchors the other half         cheese,” says Torrey.
                                                                                                                                                               of the shop.                                           You can choose from cow’s milk, triple
                                                                                                                                                                   The massive central counter holds gems,         crème, blue, goat’s milk, and sheep’s milk.
                                                                                                                                                               such as Emmentaler from Switzerland. “This          According to Torrey, “Every country makes
                                                                                                                                                               is the granddaddy of all “holey” cheeses,” says     cow, goat, and sheep’s milk. We have even
                                                                                                                                      “Some people Say         Torrey. His enthusiasm is palpable as he sheds      tasted yak’s milk from Tibet.” (The store
                                                                                                                                       they don’t like         off slivers of his favorites from the 11-pound      is not stocking that particular brand at the
                                                                                                                                       goat cheeSe. never      half-wheels for his customers to try. A Havarti     moment.) Every state from America also
                                                                                                                                                               from Denmark is described as “simple, fun,          seems to be represented. In Maui, Hawaii,
                                                                                                                                       Say you don’t like      tasty, creamy, and mild.” “This is a European       there is the Surfing Goat Dairy. Even in
                                                                                                                                       Something. my           staple, a butter cheese that is good in the morn-   Alaska, someone is making cheese curds
                                                                                                                                                               ing and can stay on the table all day long,” he     called “squeaky cheese.” Torrey feels the
                                                                                                                                       Staff and i will Slip
                                                                                                                                                               says, explaining that it’s a common practice in     best domestic producer right now is Michael
                                                                                                                                       it in on you—got        European homes.                                     Gingrich from Upland Farms in Dodgeville,
                                                                                                                                       your goat,”                 New in the shop is the Benny. “This is          Wisconsin. The Pleasant Ride Reserve is
                                                                                                                                                               Elton John’s favorite cheese,” jokes Torrey         raw milk, washed rind, cow’s cheese—only
                                                                                                                                                               (a reference to his hit song “Benny and The         made from spring and summer milk and
                                                                                                                                                               Jets.”) The Benning is a young Dutch Gouda          with a characteristic of a young Gruyère.
                                                                                                                                                               made from goat’s milk. “Some people say they        Another domestic favorite is a raw milk,
                                                                                                                                                               don’t like goat cheese. Never say you don’t like    sheep cheese from Walland, Tennessee, called
                                                                                                                                                               something. My staff and I will slip it in on        “Singing Brook,” which has a flavor profile of
                                                                                                                                                               you—got your goat,” laughs Torrey.                  a Toscana Pecorino and is made by Christian
                                                                                                                                                                   One of hottest imports is the 18-month          Holbrook of Blackberry Farm.
                                                                                                                                                               old Amsterdam gouda—and Torrey proudly                 Just outside of Paso Robles in Santa
                                                                                                                                                               sports the namesake apron while behind the          Margarita, Christine and Jim McGuire of
                                                                                                                                                               counter. It’s an extra-old cheese aged to per-      Rinconada Farms produce a cheese composed

                                        The ArT of Cheese
                                                                                                                                                               fection. Cave-aged Gruyère from Switzerland         of two-thirds raw sheep’s milk and one-third
                                                                                                                                                               is also extremely popular, as is the Tome           goat’s milk. The Chaparral has been compared

                                        savoring the Dairy Best froM Purveyors anD ProDuCers in the 805

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to Italian farm cheese, but is an original-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      recipe, raw milk semi-hard product. The La          805 Cheese shops:                           805 Cheese Makers:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ponza Gold is 100-percent sheep’s milk, aged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Cheese Shop                             Rinconada Farms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      three months, and has a flavor close to British
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          811-G State St.                             4680 W. Pozo Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheshire. It also pairs well with syrah.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Santa Barbara                               Santa Margarita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          According to Christine McGuire, it all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          805-884-9463                                Contact: Christine and Tim McGuire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      boils down to a goat. “Sadie Kendal of Kendal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          www.thecheeseshopinc.com                    805-438-5667
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Farms in Atascadero gave me my first goat. I                                                    www.rinconadadairy.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      started milking and really enjoyed making           C’est Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cheese. Sadie was the pioneer goat cheese           825 Santa Barbara St.                       Healthy Family Farms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      maker in this country.” Kendal is now mak-          Santa Barbara                               6780 Wheeler Canyon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing crème fraiche, which The Cheese Shop            805-965-0318                                Santa Paula
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      also sells.                                         www.cestcheese.com                          Contact: Sharon Palmer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It has become increasingly popular for          Small family run business offering a wide   805-421-3301
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cheese enthusiasts to see just how the product      selection of imported and domestic chees-   Produces fresh organic goat cheese, some-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is made first hand. You can actually stay on the    es, wines, and picnic baskets to order.     times infused with fresh herbs from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      McGuire’s farm in a cottage-style apartment in                                                  farm. Palmer sells her goat cheese, chevre,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the barn, or the fiesta room in the house and       Blue Table                                  feta, cheddar, and mozzarella at farmers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      help feed the animals.                              4774 Park Granada                           markets in Ventura, Ojai, Santa Barbara,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheese is only half the equation here,        Calabasas                                   Carpenteria, and Thousand Oaks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      though, and wine has been a natural partner         818-222-5195
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for centuries. For wine pairing in general, one     www.bluetablecalabasas.com                  Soledad Goats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Torrey’s favorite recommendations is the         Features a walk-in cheese closet with       6501 Backus Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kracher dessert wine from Austria. “It’s all        international brands.                       Mojave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      about the tangy fruit in the wine with the salt-                                                Contact: Carol and Julian Pierce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iness of the cheese,” he explains. “Served with                                                 661-824-4514
                                          “It’s a cheese shop, cheesy jokes are all allowed. If you thought it was going to be good                                                                                                                                   walnuts and dried fruits, the elixir of the sweet                                               The goats are raised in Mojave, but the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cheeses are made in the 805. Out of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Strong flavorful
                                         humor, I’d be selling ice-cream,” This lighthearted comment comes from Kent Torrey,                                                                                                                                          wine and depths of the apricot and peach cre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ates almost a crème brulée quality with the          drinkS Should be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      25 different varieties they make, the plain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goat or the lemon and lavender are both
                                             the self-imposed “big cheese” and owner of The Cheese Shop in Santa Barbara.                                                                                                                                             saltiness of the cheese—it compliments the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      taste.” A late-harvest riesling, such as the         paired with Strong,                        award winning and distinctive.

                                          Jokes aside, it’s hard to find a more knowledgeable cheese impresario and wine lover                                                                                                                                        2002 Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Berberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Auslese, is especially favorable with cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           flavorful cheeSe, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mild with mild. it’S all
                                                   than Torrey. After all, he is the C.E.O. or Cheese Eating Oenophile.                                                                                                                                               from the Netherlands, such as the Benning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goat, or Midnight Blue by Cyprus Grove.              about ‘are we having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Earthy truffle cheese from Italy, like a         fun yet?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boschetto Tartufo, marries well with a big
                                                                 By Carole Dixon PhotograPhs By gary Moss                                                                                                                                                             red like cabernet sauvignon. Torrey is partial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to the Stagecoach Cabernet from Napa, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      French vanilla ice-cream characteristics. “It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      all about volumes,” says Torrey. “Strong fla-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vorful drinks should be paired with strong,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      flavorful cheese, and mild with mild. It’s all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      about ‘are we having fun yet?’ And if we’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      not, then I didn’t do my job. “There are no

805 Living September 08 art of cheese                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wrong answers. The marriage of flavors in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      everyone’s mouth is different, and that is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      beauty of it. Well maybe there are a few rules.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Always serve your cheese at room temperature.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s crucial to the flavor.”
                                                                                                                  Jasmine & Michael
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jasmine & Michael

                                                                                                               � �Jasmine & Michael                                                                       RothbarD
                                                                                                             Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Clockwise, from left: Jasmine, serene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and happy before the wedding; Michael’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 � �
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 shoes from Zegna await their entrance;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 even Oscar gets the bridal treatment, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a rhinestone collar and leash made by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the bride; the groom’s suite at the Four
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Seasons Resort; Jasmine redesigned her

                                                                                                                           � �
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Vera Wang dress to show off her back:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I wanted to feel elegant and sexy;”the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                bridal bouquet: “I’m partial to white roses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                because that’s what Michael always brings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   home to me;” the wedding ceremony;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Michael happily awaits his bride under a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Four huppah of white roses, hydrangeas, Santa Barbara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Seasons Biltmore Hotel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ivy, fresh herbs, and rope.

                                                                                                             Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        asmine and Michael share a love of horses. They play polo and Jasmine competes in hunter jump-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ers, so naturally a bit of an equine theme ran through their wedding day. Held at the Four Seasons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, the celebration included two large horse heads on display at their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sweetheart table, and an elegant horse-head pendant in Michael’s boutonniere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “There was also some rope twirled in with the fresh flowers and white roses on the huppah,” says Jasmine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “During the ceremony I walked around Michael three times as a symbol of our marriage—but the huppah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             was tight and I really had to squeeze around him to make my circles. It was so sweet.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The couple exchanged vows on the hotel’s manicured lawn in front of about 90 guests and two dogs—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Panda, an Aussie, and Oscar, a Yorkie—both wearing rhinestone collars and satin leashes made by the bride.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             As the waves broke gently onto Butterfly Beach and a pair of seabirds flew above the wedding site, everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             moved inside for the reception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wedding Vendors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Invitations: The Stationery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Collection; 805-969-3414 or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wedding Coordinator: Scott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corridan, Corridan & Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Design Studios; 805-565-9770 or

                                  Jasmine & Michael                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wedding Location: Four

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barbara; 805-969-2261 or www.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photographer: Elizabeth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Messina; 310-779-9151 or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Floral Design: Corridan &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Company Design Studios; 805-565-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9770 or www.corridanandco.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wedding Cake: Montecito
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Confections, Santa Barbara;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    805-965-8150 or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wedding Favors:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recchiuti Confections;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rentals: Classic Party Rentals,
                                                                          Photographs by Elizabeth Messina                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carpinteria, 805-566-3566, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Santa Barbara, 805-563-3800, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    com; Designer 8 Event Furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rental, Santa Barbara, 800-709-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7007 or www.designer8furnitur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    erental.com; Corridan & Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Design Studios, 805-565-9770 or
                             Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wedding Dress Designer: Vera
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wang; www.verawang.com

805 weddings real weddings                                                                                                                                The happy couple celebrates at
                                                                                                                                                          their sweetheart table. Opposite
                                                                                                                                                          page, left to right: The first
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The handsome Spanish Colonial resort provided various locations to congregate, including the dining
                                                                                                                                                                                              room, dance floor, and a humidor lounge with couches and tables on the terrace for guests to smoke cigars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Groomswear Designer:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique,
                                                                                                                                                          headymoments as a married           and drink cognac. And the highlight of the evening’s festivities was surely the Flamenco dancers.                                                                                                                     Beverly Hills; 310-247-8827
                                                                                                                                                          couple: “We were falling in love                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or www.zegna.com
                                                                                                                                                          all over again;” Michael shows         Jasmine says she knew exactly how she wanted the day to feel for her guests: “I really wanted the ceremo-
                                                                                                                                                          off his new ring; a tight cluster   ny to be simple and intimate, but have a little touch of excitement at the reception. More than anything,
                                                                                                                                                          of white roses decorates the        I wanted people to have fun. I remember everything about the day and I recall being so happy that it all                                                                                                              Hairstylist: Andrea Ridgell,
                                                                                                                                                          cake table; white horseheads on
                                                                                                                                                          the sweetheart table tie in to      came together just right.”                                                                                                                                                                                            Mishay Salon & Spa; 805-563-6700
                                                                                                                                                          the theme; the El Mar room at          Their wedding planner, Scott Corridan, appeared on the HGTV show Design Star, but Jasmine says he
                                                                                                                                                          the Four Seasons: “I loved the                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Makeup Artist: Diane Trudeau;
                                                                                                                                                          dramatic fireplace and Spanish      brought more than just design cache. “Scott and I ride together. We also worked together on an event for
                                                                                                                                                          accents—and that it opened up       the Dream Foundation where I saw his wonderful work firsthand. So I asked him to do my wedding. I really                                                                                                              805-896-4986 or
                                                                                                                                                          to a lounge area that overlooks     didn’t give him much direction, and he embellished the day with so many personal touches.”                                                                                                                            dltrudeau@gmail.com
                                                                                                                                                          the ocean,” says Jasmine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Carrie and Andrew Purcell

                                                                                                       Carrie and Andrew Purcell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Letter Perfect Stationery, Santa Barbara; 805-969-7998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or www.letterperfectstationery.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rehearsal Dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara; 805-967-0066
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      or www.coldspringtavern.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wedding Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelly Clark, Event of the Season, Santa Barbara;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              805-705-9727 or www.sbeventcoordinators.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matt Mills, Santa Barbara; 805-689-6026
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           or matimills@cox.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jose Villa, Solvang; 805-688-8654
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or www.josevillaphoto.com

                                                                                                                                                 sauce; and three kinds of grilled pizzas. The Purcells also served                                                                        DJ Bill Dup, Santa Barbara; sbmusician@hotmail.com
                                                                                                                                                 three local wines: Alma Rosa Pinot Gris, Babcock Pinot Noir, and                                                                                            Floral Design
                                                                                                                                                 Stolpman Poetry in Red.                                                                                                                      Renae’s Bouquet, Santa Barbara; 805-691-1660
                                                                                                                                                     “Everybody told us that the day was a unique time, a lot of fun,                                                                                  or www.renaesbouquet.com
                                                                                                                                                 and very ‘us.’ We had about 140 guests and we were really excited
                                                                                                                                                 that many people who we expected to take off after we cut the                                                                                             Wedding Cake
                                                                                                                                                 cake stayed well past midnight,” says Carrie.                                                                                             Decadence Wedding Cakes, Santa Ynez; 805-344-4077
                                                                                                                                                     Her advice to those just beginning the process of planning                                                                                   or www.decadenceweddingcakes.com
                                                                                                                                                 a wedding is to simply have faith that it gets easier as time goes                                                                                              Caterer
                                                                                                                     oak savanna vineyard        by. “The hardest part of planning is the beginning-and those                                                                               Kim Schiffer, Fresh Foods Catering, Santa Barbara;
                                                                                                                      santa ynez valley          are the big things,” Carrie says, who chose the date of the wed-                                                                                 805-687-7535 or kimschiffer@cox.net
                                                                                                                                                 ding based on the photographer’s availability. “The rest—those
                                                                                                                     Photographs by Jose Villa   little details which make it so special—are so much fun to envi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ventura Rental Center, Ventura; 805-644-4496
                                                                                                                                                 sion and make happen.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       or www.venturarental.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wedding Night Accommodations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara; 805-968-0100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or www.bacararesort.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Wedding Dress Designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peter Langner, www.peterlangner.com; M Bride Salon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                La Jolla, 858-551-1718 or mbrideaslon.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Headpiece Designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mercedes Trump, Beautiful Boutique,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Santa Barbara; 805-687-7433

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Groomswear Designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hickey Freeman, available at Garys, Newport Beach,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              949-759-1622; or at Nordstrom, Santa Barbara,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            805-564-8770; or at Patrick James, San Luis Obispo,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               805-549-9593; or at www.hickeyfreeman.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bridesmaid dresses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Opposite page, from top: A candy buffet included               J.Crew, Thousand Oaks, 805-230-2697; Santa Barbara,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lemonheads, Tootsie Pops, caramels, and Smarties for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           guests to take home as a favor; the couple cut all the                    805-563-0373; or www.jcrew.com
                                  Carrie and Andrew on a post-ceremony vineyard stroll. Opposite                                                                                                                            twigs for the table assignments, from Felix Doolittle
                                page, from top: the bride’s niece, Emma Tinkham, displays potted                                                                                                                        (www.felixdoolittle.com); guests dined at long tables: “I
                              succulents that served as table decor and a take-home reminder; blue                                                                                                                       wanted it to be casual and intimate and feel like a real                              Hairstylist
                             sky and yellow grasses set a natural ambiance; the couple’s personality                                                                                                                                                   dinner table,” Carrie says.            Darin Jon Studio, Santa Barbara; 805-962-1884
                             shows in their distinctive choice of footwear; Andrew holds the bride’s                                                                                                                         This page: Andrew’s aunt donated birch logs from
                                                bouquet of lady slipper orchids and white sweet pea.                                                                                                                     her Colorado woodpile that Andrew and a friend built
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              into a cupcake-serving “landscape.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you have a pet, it’s likely you already have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a personal veterinarian. But just like with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            human doctors, specialization is now hap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pening in the pet world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The “integrative” approach to veterinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            medicine utilizes both modern and ancient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            practices so that your furry (or smooth)           ZOO KNEW?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            friend gets the most comprehensive treatment       It’s been nearly 40 years since JungleLand     manent animal residents, including such rare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            possible. At the Holistic Veterinary Center        in Thousand Oaks closed its gates. Located     and unusual species as Taj the Bengal tiger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Calabasas (4937 Las Virgenes Road; 818-         where the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza       and Walter the Water Buffalo. Students work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            880-0838 or www.holistic-vet-center.com),          now stands, it started as Goebel’s Lion        hands-on with a wide variety of animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rehabilitative techniques such as chiropractic,    Farm in 1927, and was an animal training       and mammals, and graduates of the Exotic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            massage, Chinese medicine, and acupunc-            center for the Hollywood studios. As more      Animal Training and Management (EATM)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ture are used to help speed post-surgery           people came to the area, Goebel created an     program are working all over the world,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            healing and promote general wellness.              animal-themed amusement park and zoo,          not only as trainers for the television and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bird and reptile veterinary care is very       entertaining thousands in the 1940s and 50s    movie industries and theme parks, but also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            specific, and we’re fortunate to have a spe-       with tram rides through natural habitats,      in the fields of conservation and zoology.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cialist in the field right in Westlake Village.    wild animal shows, even elephant rides.        America’s Teaching Zoo is open to the public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In addition to general dog and cat medicine        When the gates closed in 1968, a group         every weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and surgery, the Animal and Bird Wellness          of the park’s out-of-work trainers created     animal shows on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Center (2806 Townsgate Road #C; 805-497-           Animal Actors of Hollywood, the first of       and you won’t want to miss the carnivore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4900 or www.animalandbirdwellness.com)             its kind in the country. Animal Actors of      feeding demonstration at 4 p.m. Admission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             special-      izes in birds, small mammals,       Hollywood, still located in Thousand Oaks      is $5 for adults, and $4 for children and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and reptiles, using the most     (805-495-2122 or www.animalactors.net),        seniors. There’s also an animal adoption
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              current—and ancient—             has provided and trained animals—every-        program, which lets you contribute to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             techniques available.             thing from elephants to ferrets, dachshunds    zoo to help with maintenance and upkeep.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you were a cat, wouldn’t    to vultures—for over 400 movies, televi-          If you’re looking for an EATM gradu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you want to go to a doctor who     sion shows, and commercials. They also do      ate to train your pet or care for your animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sees nothing but your       special events, such as demonstrations for     while you are away, call Tracie Gephart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     feline friends? Just      schools and other community functions.         of Fur, Feathers, and Scales (805-416-3174
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       think: no dogs in the       America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark         or www.furfeathersandscales.com). Many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        waiting room! The      College (7075 Campus Road; 805-378-1441        pet-sitters won’t handle exotics, but Tracie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cat Doctor (760 E.    or www.moorparkcollege.edu/zoo), the only      does it all-she’s even certified in handling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Thousand Oaks         one of its kind in the US, has over 200 per-   venomous snakes and lizards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blvd.; 805-495-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1678 or www.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DOG DUTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          com) is one such     Do you love your dogs, but hate cleaning up the yard
                                                                                                                                                                                                      SO MANY MICE, SO LITTLE TIME:                                                                                                                                  vet, and their award-     after them? For a reasonable weekly fee-$100 gets you
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bump, a Westlake Village-based mixed breed                                                                                            winning state-of-the-art facility in Thousand
                                                                                                                                                                                                      feline and the coolest cat we know, is sitting                                                                                                                                           three visits a week-Backyard Doodies (818-378-4983, 805-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oaks has been providing compassion-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      pretty amid alpaca mice toys from George.                                                                                             ate cat care for over 10 years. They also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               551-2853, or www.backyarddoodies.com) comes to your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            have a selection of cute kitty items such as       home and takes the waste away. They’ll also take care of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            greeting cards, ceramics, and a selection of       your horse droppings, and they offer other services such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            carriers, collars, and toys.                       as dog park field trips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SAY CHEESE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Snapshots of your pets are all well and good, but to truly capture the essence of your pet’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          personality (and yours), then you need a bona fide pet photographer. Mark Asher, a pet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photographer who splits his time between Thousand Oaks and Ashland, Oregon, will gladly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sit your pet down for a personal shoot (818-519-2866 or www.markjasher.com). He has also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          just released an adorable collection of dog shots in his book Bark & Ride-A Tail—Wagging
                                                                                                      By Mark Langton Photographs by Gary Moss                                                                                            Adventure. The whimsical theme shows such clever set-up shots as a bloodhound behind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the wheel of a police cruiser (get it, bloodhound, police?), as well as plenty of dogs with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wind in their fur as they motor down the road.                                                                             GO FISH:  August, a fantail goldfish from PetSmart in 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For the ultimate indulgence, consider actor-turned-photographer Jim Dratfield (212-245-                                Westlake Village, enjoyed swimming laps for our photo 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          0914 or www.petography.com). Before discovering his hidden talents behind the lens,                                        shoot in a colorful fishbowl. She now enjoys a permanent 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dratfield performed in front of the camera on the series St. Elsewhere. Called the Annie                                   residence in a pond in Westlake Village.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Leibowitz of pet photographers, Dratfield travels the country for his clients and specializes

                                                                                                                                                                         Jim DratfielD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in black and white and sepia-tone portraits to create more than just a photo, but a work of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          art. At $1,000 a session, he’s not cheap, but the results are worth it.

                                                                                  When someone asks me if my wife and I have kids, I say no, just a dog
                                                                                  and a cat—which for many of us is the same thing as having children.
                                                                                   They’re as much a part of our family as any child could be, and we’d do anything to
                                                                                     keep them happy and healthy. These days it’s easier than ever, with all kinds of                    HORSIN’ AROUND
                                                                                                                                                                                         If you love horses but can’t (or don’t want      Hogan Family Foundation, the 22-acre
                                                                                                products and professional services for every type of pet.                                                                                                                                  DOG CARE 
                                                                                                                                                                                         to) own one, you can get involved with           ranch is dedicated solely to two horse-relat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BY DESIGN
                                                                                                                                                                                         a couple of volunteer organizations that         ed programs: 15 Hands Rescue Sanctuary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Whether it’s just for the day,
                                                                                                                                                                                         let you interact with horses while provid-       and the St. Francis Rangers. The rescue/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           or a longer stay, doggie day-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ing therapy and education to special needs       sanctuary provides shelter for abandoned,
            RUMOR HAS IT! This month’s cover model, Rumor, a Parson                                                                                                                      children and adults. Founded in 1994, Ride       neglected, and abused horses in Ventura
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           care centers and spas are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           becoming more and more
            Russell terrier, is also a rising star in the canine world. At just                                                                                                          On, a non-profit organization in Newbury
                                                                                                                                                                                         Park (401 Ronel Court; 805-375-9078 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          County, and the St. Francis Rangers pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gram introduces horsemanship to children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           popular. Way more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           just a kennel, these facilities
            6 months old. she has already won a “Best in BReed” award and                                                                                                                www.rideon.org), teaches horseback riding        who may not otherwise be able to afford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           boast everything from padded
                                                                                                                                                                                         to children and adults with physical and         equestrian involvement. The public is wel-
            will happily perform her “stay” trick for a Vienna sausage.                                                                                                                  mental disabilities. Called Equine Assisted      come to observe riding lessons and tour the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           play surfaces to stress-relieving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           massage sessions. Locally, All Dogs Rule!
                                                                                                                                                                                         Psychotherapy (EAP) and utilizing the col-       stables, and volunteers are needed on an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           day camp and sleep-over is a cage-free dog
                                                                                                                                                                                         laborative efforts of a licensed therapist and   ongoing basis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           camp nestled among 18 acres of orange
                                                                                                                                                                                         a horse professional, horses are used as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           groves in Fillmore (818-612-9600). A con-
                                                                                                                                                                                         tool for emotional growth and learning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           verted barn has two-inch-thick rubber
                                                                                                                                                                                         Volunteers are vital to the program to help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           flooring with cedar shavings, the outside
                                                                                                                                                                                         with grooming and tacking of horses, walk-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           area is always supervised, and there’s plenty
                                                                                                                                                                                         ing beside disabled riders with poor bal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of shade. Additional services include exer-
805 Living august 06 pets feature                                                                                                                                                        ance, or to lead and exercise horses. No pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                         vious experience with horses or people with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cise and play sessions, obedience training,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and grooming. Pick-up and delivery is also
                                                                                                                                                                                         disabilities is necessary; volunteers must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           available. But the dog mecca has to be LA
                                                                                                                                                                                         at least 14 years old. Ride On also offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dogworks in Los Angeles (323-461-5151 or
                                                                                                                                                                                         able-bodied lessons for volunteers and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           www.ladogworks.com), which offers an
                                                                                                                                                                                         general public. Visitors are welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           enclosed, air-conditioned play area with
                                                                                                                                                                                            The St. Francis Rangers (named after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           antimicrobial K9Grass, sleeping quarters with
                                                                                                                                                                                         St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           feather bed mattresses and a widescreen
                                                                                                                                                                                         animals) have recently completed their new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           plasma TV, aroma and hydro therapy, mas-
                                                                                                                                                                                         facility in Newbury Park (805-480-3039 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sage, grooming, and even a 24-hour home
                                                                                                                                                                                         www.stfrancisrangers.org). Funded by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           pick-up and delivery service.
805 Living August 08 cool kids
                                                                Eye of the tiger (shark):
                                                                 Number 4, Tim Hutten                       This page: Number 10 for Team USA,
                                                            from Seal Beach (opposite                    Brian Alexander from Cambria, prepares
                                                           page), and the rest of Team                       to fire a shot into the goal at a recent
                                                            USA (this page) train at Cal                scrimmage. Opposite page: Water polo is
                                                              Lutheran University while                a grueling sport with as much action going
                                                          looking ahead to their medal                     on above the water’s surface as below.
                                                                    chances in Beijing.

                                                                                             against seriously strong competition from
                                                                                             around the world.
                                                                                                Which is why on June 1 at Oaks Christian
                                                                                             School, just three days after losing to Croatia,
                                                                                             and with Team USA down by two goals
                                                                                             against the same squad at halftime, Schroeder
                                                                                             knew it was a defining moment for the team:
                                                                                            “Going into the locker room I told them that I
                                                                                             still thought we were playing good and I felt
                                                                                             like it was going to start clicking for us.”
                                                                                                 It did—but not without a fight. Water polo
                                                                                             is a grueling sport with players constantly
                                                                                             treading water, swimming the length of the
                                                                                             pool, and always struggling for position. Never
                                                                                             allowed to touch the sides or bottom of the
                                                                                             pool, players must battle the other team with
                                                                                             as much brutal contact going on above the
                                                                                             water’s surface as below. Control of the ball is
                                                                                             critical, as is the strength to suddenly launch
                                                                                             out of the water and fire a shot into the net.
                                                                                             Team USA not only connected for seven goals,
                                                                                             but also held up defensively to eventually win
                                                                                             8–5 in front of the sellout home crowd. “With
                                                                                             each goal you could see it in their eyes that the
                                                                                             confidence was there. We had to get it into our

                                                                                                                                                                    GoinG for the Gold
                                                                                             minds that we can beat anyone on any given
                                                                                             day,” says Schroeder.
                                                                                                 He admits that they’ll need more than
                                                                                             confidence going into Beijing. “We have tried                          Until July 26 practices are open to the
                                                                                             to get the team back to the fundamentals. Passing, using the legs      public: Mondays and Wednesdays 7 to
                                                                                             effectively in the water—the little things that add up to whether we
                                                                                             win or lose. Having said that, I think the most important thing for    9:30 p.m. at Oaks Christian School;
                                                                                             this team is the mental aspect.” Which makes the victory against       Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to
                                                                                             number one Croatia all the more important.                             8 p.m. at Cal Lutheran University.

                                                                                                After three exhibition matches with Australia (Team USA won            Opening ceremonies for the Olympics
                                                                                             one match), the team played in Italy at the World League Super
                                                                                             Final in late June before training with Hungary, which won             are August 8. The men’s team takes on
                                                                                             Olympic gold in 2004.                                                  its first opponent, China, on August
                                                                                                 Now back home in Westlake Village for the team’s final prepa-      10. Team USA needs to finish the first
                                        The uS waTer polo Team’S queST                       rations, Schroeder emphasizes how much the local community has
                                                                                             meant to his players. The well-attended games and practices, and
                                                                                                                                                                    round in the top three of its bracket in
                                        To bring home olympic gold.                          especially the many local families who have hosted players in their
                                                                                             homes, will have an impact on these Olympic hopefuls. “It’s been
                                                                                                                                                                    order to advance to the medal round.
                                                                                                                                                                       For more information on the team’s
                                        by anthony head photographs by gary moss
                                                                                             great for the guys to see the community get behind them,” he says.     schedule and roster of players go to
                                                                                            “I know it’s going to help them do well in Beijing.”                   www.usawaterpolo.org.

805 Living JULY 08 usa water polo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dino Haynes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “I have a student who came to me when she was 9, and she cried every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gus Gates                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     time she came in. She thought everything was so scary. Now five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I’ve noticed with our students who are reaching the age where they usually start                                                                                                                                                             later, she’s a confident young lady, and her parents are ecstatic. To me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       going through emotional changes, is that they seem more self-confident and less                                                                                                                                                               that is everything, that is the reason I do this.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       affected by external peer pressure.”

                                                                                                                                                                Martial arts not only give youngsters a sense of self-worth,
                                                                                                                                                            they can give adults skills that carry over into everyday situations,
                                                                                                                                                            including the workplace, says Kurtis Fujita of Tiger Crane Kung
                                                                                                                                                            Fu in Simi Valley. He adds, “When you’re able to understand yourself
                                                                                                                                                            better, be more aware of yourself, then you are able to relate to others
                                                                                     Martial arts in today’s society are among the few activities that      better because you can see yourself in them.” Fujita was first drawn
                                                                                  will get you in shape—both of mind and body—while teaching you            to martial arts like many others, from watching Bruce Lee movies.
                                                                                  a valuable and practical skill: that of self-defense. That includes the   He looked at a lot of different styles, but when he saw kung fu, which
                                                                                  ability to walk away from a confrontation, says Esau McKnight of          utilizes lithe and graceful movements from the animal world, he
                                                                                  Esau McKnight Karate in Newbury Park. “I tell my young stu-               knew he had found the right discipline. He says that martial arts
                                                                                  dents that fighting is the last resort,” says McKnight. “If you can       let him see himself in a different way. “You have to give up a lot of
                                                                                  walk away, you have shown self-control.” McKnight, who says he            your ego and your preconceived notions of who you are when you
                                                                                  was a “little fat kid who always got picked on,” wanted to learn          practice the martial arts,” he says. “It’s an ongoing process.”
                                                                                  how to box, but his father refused. “I turned to martial arts, and I’m        Don’t ask me explain (and I advise not trying to understand) all
                                                                                  so glad I did,” he says. McKnight, along with his brother Don, were       the different versions of martial arts these days. Over 75 years ago
                                                                                  so enamored of their newfound skills that they progressed quickly,        martial arts masters began blending different styles, fine-tuning
                                                                                  competing—and winning—in local and national tournaments.                  the movements to create personalized “forms”—choreographed
                                                                                  They even formed their own demonstration team, The McKnight               routines—which are the foundation of any martial art. While there
                                                                                  Brothers: Brothers of the Martial Arts, touring the US with their         are organizations that stay true to the traditional styles, nowadays
                                                                                  high-energy shows. McKnight also encourages children and adults           just about any instructor you find is teaching some variation of one
                                                                                  who participate in other sports to try martial arts to improve their      of the original martial arts, bringing their own nuances of style and
                                                                                  flexibility, strength, and stamina.                                       practical application to the mat.

                                       Martial arts teach both inner and
                                       outer strength to students of all ages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Esau McKnight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Through martial arts, children gain self-esteem, confidence, and empowerment of self.”
                                       By Mark Langton PhotograPhs By gary Moss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kurtis Fujita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I believe the martial arts reveal people, especially kids, to who they are and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       what they can become, both good and bad.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     exciting. But what exactly is this intriguing activity? Is it sport? Is it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     art? Most participants will tell you it is both, and so much more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I’ll admit that prior to researching this article my knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the martial arts extended about as far as a trailer for a Bruce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lee movie. After speaking with several local martial arts masters,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I have a new appreciation of these often-misunderstood forms of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     self-defense, as well as their modern-day applications.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those fight scenes from the Bruce Lee movies do have a histor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ically correct ring to them. Starting in China over 2,000 years ago,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     martial arts styles were passed from masters to students in a less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     than scholarly way; to become a master instructor (and therefore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     be able to open a school), one would need to take on challengers to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     prove his proficiency, in some cases having to fight literally to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     death. This practice was eventually outlawed by the early 1900s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and in its place, institutions were formed and organized tourna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ments were created.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fast forward to today. Martial arts for the most part have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     evolved into a tradition of passing time-honored skills from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     teacher to student, along with a focus on self-awareness through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     perseverance. Most instructors strive to create a sense of family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     within the teaching environment, not just for youngsters, but for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     all participants. “We call our studio a village and our concept is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For some, the term “martial arts” conjures up images of rows of        that you grow at your own rate. We’re always here to encourage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           youngsters performing thrust punches and screaming hi-yah! And            you, no matter if you come once a week or four times a week. It’s a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           there’s good reason: The Asian culture has long known the benefits        journey. It depends on how much growth you want in your self, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of martial arts in building character, discipline, and self-confidence,   your life,” says Gus Gates, a local martial arts teacher. Gates focuses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           starting kids out at an early age and making it a part of daily life.     on a type of kung fu that he has developed, which he calls “the art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           And it’s no secret that martial arts have been instrumental in con-       of village fighting,” a more practical form of self-defense that loses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ditioning America’s youth to be more self-confident and disciplined       none of the tradition of the original style. Perhaps his motivation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in every aspect of life. Yet with roots in street fighting and battle,    stemmed from his first experiences with the martial arts, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the martial arts can mistakenly be interpreted as a violent pursuit.      he sought for self-defense when he was only in his teens. Growing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I’d argue they’re no more violent than, say, football. In fact, today     up in East Palo Alto in northern California, Gates says he needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the emphasis in martial arts is not on winning, but on mastering          something just to survive. “Most people don’t think of Palo Alto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           something that is difficult both physically and mentally-and gaining      as having a bad side, but East Palo Alto when I was growing up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a sense of satisfaction from achieving a goal.                            was pretty bad,” he says. His studio in Agoura Hills features fit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is something mysterious and alluring about the martial           ness training as well as kung fu, and his clientele is predominantly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           arts. The grace, power, and precision are as hypnotic as they are         female, ranging in age from pre-teens to over 60.

805 Living september 06 martial arts
     Good food and good beer                                                                                            When I arrived in San Luis Obispo, the Downtown Brewing
     keep things hopping at the
     Anacapa Brewing Company                                                                                        Company sparked my curiosity. The last time I’d stopped in to
     on Main Street in Ventura.                                                                                     this upstairs brewpub, a few years back, it was called the SLO
                                                                                                                    Brewing Company. Now it belongs to the Downtown family of
                                                                                                                    brewpubs, also located in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. This one                                                                                              Beer Types
                                                                                                                    still occupies good downtown real estate, and it looks much the
                                                                                                                    same as always: an open floor plan and a tin roof with skylights.                                                                                              Can you tell a bock from a brown ale? If not, use this beer guide to
                                                                                                                    The amber ale here is dark and aromatic with a bit of carbonated                                                                                               help navigate a brewpub menu. Note: there are many more specialty
                                                                                                                    bite at the back of the throat. The blueberry ale is still around from                                                                                         styles, categories, and Franken-beer creations out there. Don’t be shy
                                                                                                                    the old days. No, it’s not blue in color with huge fruit flavor. It’s                                                                                          about asking for more information.
                                                                                                                    subtle and most pronounced on the finish.
                                                                                                                        Most of the places I’ve mentioned have a refreshing lack of the                                                                                            Amber—Usually a mouth-filling type of malty, fruit-forward
                                                                                                                    usual bric-a-brac and beer posters you see in bars. Exposed brick                                                                                              pale ale; amber refers to the typical light-golden color, but they come
                                                                                                                    and ductwork are kind of the standard brewpub dress code since                                                                                                 in a range of hues.
                                                                                                                    they don’t clash with the tanks. But there’s one place in Nipomo
                                                                                                                    that’s a treasure trove of plain old stuff. The Santa Maria Brewing                                                                                            Blonde—A light-golden ale with refreshing flavors and aromas.
                                                                                                                    Company is on a short street near the junction of the 101 and the                                                                                              Blondes are usually easy on the alcohol level.
                                                                                                                    166, and the small inside holds lots of curios and—hell, let’s just
                                                                                                                    call it content—for the eyes to wander over. There’s a telephone                                                                                                                           Bock—These come in varying degrees
                                                                                                                    booth, a moose head (naturally), countless military patches, and I                                                                                                                         of strength and color, but the classic bock
                                                                                                                    think that’s a bomb hanging from the ceiling. More stuff is waiting                                                                                                                        is darker, lusty, and full-bodied with a
                                                                                                                                                                                              AnAcApA Brewing co.                 FireStone wALker
                                                                                                                    on the Spanish-tile floor for a new home on the walls. There’s not a                                                                                                                       heady aroma.
                                                                                                                                                                                              472 e. Main St.                     tAprooM
                                                                                                                    lot of seating, but either the old barber chair or futon will do fine.    Ventura                             620 McMurry road
                                                                                                                        When I walked in and announced, “I’ll have a blonde,” I have                                                                                                                           Brown Ale—Running the gamut
                                                                                                                                                                                              805-643-2337                        Buellton
                                                                                                                    to admit I was disappointed by the lack of response from the guys                                                                                                                          from light brown to dark copper, these
                                                                                                                                                                                              www.anacapabrewing.com              805-686-1557

                                        Precious Pints
                                                                                                                    sitting at the bar. Finally the burly man behind the bar poured me                                                                                                                         beers are usually mellow and flavorful
                                                                                                                    a pint and proceeded to rattle off one “dumb blonde” joke after                                                                                                                            quaffers.
                                                                                                                                                                                              BJ’S reStAurAnt And
                                                                                                                    another, like he was programmed with them. The jokes? Eh. The             BrewhouSe                           SAntA BArBArA Brewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pale Ale—A well-hopped everyday
                                  Craft brewers put the “gold” in Golden State.                                     beer? Excellent. Honey-blonde ale is terrifically refreshing, espe-       3955 e. thousand oaks Blvd.         coMpAny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               kind of beer with pronounced bitterness.
                                                                                                                    cially when the temperatures reach the 90s.                               westlake Village                    501 State St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Great for sipping on their own, but their
                                                    By Anthony Head Photographs by Gary Moss                            Turns out the burly man was owner Dan Hilker. He and his busi-        805-497-9393                        Santa Barbara
                                                                                                                    ness partner Gary Ford built the brewery by hand, tanks in back and                                                                                                                        strong characteristics make most pale ales
                                                                                                                                                                                              www.bjsrestaurants.com              805-730-1040
                                                                                                                    the barroom up front, then opened Santa Maria Brewing Company                                                                                                                              great food-pairing beers.
                                       The Gold Rush was at least partly responsible for our state’s great beer-    in 1999. It’s technically not a brewpub because they don’t serve food,    the BrewhouSe
                                       brewing tradition. In 1849, the Adam Schuppert Brewery opened in San         unless you count the packaged chips and nuts, but you can bring in                                                                                                                         India Pale Ale (IPA)—A popular
                                                                                                                                                                                              229 w. Montecito St.                SAntA MAriA Brewing co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sub-category of pale ale, IPAs are typically
                                       Francisco as California’s first official brewery, quenching the thirsts of   some barbecue from the deli next door. Hilker doesn’t seem to mind.       Santa Barbara                       112 cuyama Lane
                                                                                                                        Hilker, a retired cop, told me that as long as customers are well-                                                                                                                     lighter in color and usually slightly higher
                                       hopeful gold miners passing through. Although few forty-niners actually                                                                                805-884-4664                        nipomo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in alcohol—and still robust.
                                       struck it rich, the thirsty ones found their way back to Schuppert’s for     behaved he’s got few objections to what’s going on. In fact, when I was   www.thebrewhousesb.com              805-349-2090
                                       another pint of liquid gold before heading home.                             there, he pulled his Harley-Davidson inside and began polishing the                                           www.santamariabrew.com
                                                                                                                    chrome. Like his beer, the bike is a labor of love. If the honey-blonde                                                                                                                    Pilsner—Often light-bodied, these
                                                                                                                                                                                              downtown Brewing co.
                                                                                                                    ale is an example of his work, I’ll bet his bike runs pretty damn good.                                                                                                                    yellow beers are typically dry, pleasantly
                                                                                                                                                                                              1119 garden St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bitter, and great with food.
                                                                                                                                                                                              San Luis obispo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Porter—No matter how dark or light,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               red highlights shine through in porters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Because of their deep flavors, porters are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               often brewed when cold weather makes
                                                                                                                                                                                              Hilker, a retired cop, told me                                                                                   its way to town.
                                                                                                                                                                                              that as long as customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Red—A loosely categorized beer that tends to be medium-bodied
                                                                                                                                                                                              are well-behaved he’s got few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with toasty flavors.
                                                                                                                                                                                              objections to what’s going on.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Dan Hilker                                                                           Stout—Dark and lovely, stouts are as close to food as beers get.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rich, thick, and damn near chewy, stouts are made for satisfaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wheat Beer—Often called Hefeweizen, wheat beers are light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    opposite page: The distinctive bottle of Santa Maria Brewing   in color with fruity aromas and a fizzy tingle. It’s hard to find a more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Company; owner Dan Hiker draws a beer from a familiar-    refreshing, thirst-quenching ale for the summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         looking tap. Background image: Beer coasters, Scrabble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tiles, and other odds an ends make up the brewery’s decor.

805 Living MARCH 08 brew pubs
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                                                                dIspLAys ITs AusTIN, TexAs-bAsed
                                                                pedIGree (ThIs pAGe). eAsy
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                                                                sTOre Are dAys speNT reLAxING
                                                                (OppOsITe pAGe). sOMeTIMes,
                                                                ThOuGh, IT’s hArd TO LeAVe
                                                                The MOTOrCyCLe TO GO eAT.

         Where man and machine come together.
         BY ANTHONY HEAD             PHOTOgrAPHs BY gArY MOss

                                                                                                      Since 1961, the Rock Store has been a popular hangout for motorcyclists
                                                                                                      from all over Southern California. Nestled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, this café
                                                                                                      and country store sits quietly alongside a serpentine road—but when the rolling thunder of choppers   Rock Store
                                                                                                      and touring bikes echo off the canyon walls, it becomes very clear that motorcycle culture is alive   30354 Mulholland Highway
         Harley-DaviDson, Ducati,                                                                     and well in this tiny hamlet of Cornell.                                                              Cornell, CA 91301
         KawasaKi, BMw, triuMpH—                                                                          The Rock Store is mainly a weekend destination, where two-wheeled enthusiasts meet up,            818-889-1311
         naMe a Motorcycle BranD                                                                      chow down, and check in with owners Vern and Ed Savko. Although some world-famous faces               www.rock-store.com
         anD cHances are you’ll
         see it representeD at tHe
                                                                                                      (like Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger) make occasional appearances, the real stars here are
         rocK store eacH weeKenD.                                                                     the bikes. Harley-Davidsons, BMWs, Triumphs, Indians—they all roar through the area, proudly
                                                                                                      shined up for this rustic mountain showroom.
                                                                                                          805 Living photo editor Gary Moss joined the crowds for a day at the Rock Store and captured
                                                                                                      the colorful majesty of the machines and the camaraderie of the riders. 

                                                                  76 J U N E 2 0 0 8 805 LIVING.COM

805 Living june 08 rock store
holiday 08 gift guide
                                                                                                                                                                             This page: Swarovski crystal jeweled starfish by Cloutier ($150-$485) from Fred’s Fine Cleaning Center, 706
                                                                                                                                                                             Lindero Canyon Road #734, Oak Park; 818-706-3733. Opposite page, from top to bottom: 18-karat white gold
                                                                                                                                                                             four-row stacked ring with four fancy yellow radiant-cut diamonds and round brilliant-cut diamonds ($4,950)
                                                                                                                                                                             from Polacheck’s Jewelers at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks;
                                                                                                                                                                             805-230-2790, or at The Commons at Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way, Calabasas; 818-225-0600. Simon G. rib-
                                                                                                                                                                             bon pattern tri-color ring with white, pink, and yellow diamonds ($2,560) from Moyen & Co. Jewellers, 2806-A
                                                                                                                                                                             Townsgate Road, Westlake Village; 818-707-1230. Three-carat diamond right hand ring ($3,595) from Golden
                                                                                                                                                                             Image Jewelers, 215 N. Moorpark Road Suite E, Thousand Oaks; 805-446-2733.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This page: Fusion hand-blown art glass vase ($299) from Garrett Interiors & Fine Gifts, 31149 Via Colinas Suite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            606, Westlake Village; 818-991-3487. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Mor Fig and Olive soaps ($8 each)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Illume Roasting Chestnuts candle ($18) from Anthropologie at The Oaks Shopping Center, Thousand Oaks;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            805-230-2900. E. Dean Designs French trays ($67-$93) from À La Maison, 31143 Via Colinas Suite 508, Westlake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Village; 818-338-3301. Beaded purse ($30) from Xina Handbags (kiosk) at The Oaks Shopping Center, Thousand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oaks; phone 805-497-2777. Gooby cashmere dog sweater ($43) and Chowbones dog collars ($86 each) from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PawZessions Pet Boutique and Barkery, 2989 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; 805-449-3205.

                        These great local finds
                        are guaranteed to make      Opposite page: Chinese pillow boxes (starting at $39) from Pacific Rim Home, 31139 Via Colinas #203, Westlake
                                                    Village; 818-338-3386. This page, clockwise from top left: Tizo enameled and jeweled coasters ($140 for a set of four)
                        the Season Bright.          from Artagraphix, 2806 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village; 805-496-4900. Umano Beads symbolizing “Prosperity”
                                                    ($89) and “Protection” ($119) from Pacific Rim Home (see above). Decorative tabletop Manor Keys ($22 each) from
                        Photographs by Gary Moss    Merritts Unique Furnishings, 966 Westlake Blvd. #8; 805-494-8688. Marco Bicego 18-karat yellow gold multi-strand
                        Produced by Lynne Andujar   necklace ($3,925) from Polacheck’s Jewelers at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand
                                                    Oaks; 805-230-2790, or at The Commons at Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way, Calabasas; 818-225-0600.

holiday 05 gift guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clockwise from top: Bedat No. 3 ladies stainless steel watch with pavé bezel and chocolate brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                crocodile strap ($5,150) from Dejaun Jewlers at The Oaks Shopping Center, 424 W. Hillcrest Drive,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thousand Oaks (805-495-1425), or 3845 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village (805-373-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1002). Philip Stein Teslar stainless steel watch with full-cut 1.24-total carat weight diamond bezel and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pavé dial ($2,600) from Van Gundy & Sons, 77 Daily Drive, Camarillo; 805-642-2855. Carl F.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bucherer stainless case with diamond bezel, mother of pearl dial, and blue crocodile strap ($5,900) from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Polacheck’s Jewelers at The Lakes, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks (805-230-0035), or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                at The Commons at Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way (818-225-0600).

            treasure trove

                 Discover a sea of precious gems and baubles                    From left to right: Simon G. 18-karat white and rose gold, 1.14-carat diamond oval
                                                                                drop earrings ($3,400) from Moyen and Co. Jewellers, 2806-A Townsgate Road,

                            this Holiday Season                                 Westlake Village; 805-494-8114. Platinum and 18-karat yellow gold diamond ear-
                                                                                rings with radiant cut center ($7,400) and 18-karat white gold and 3.48-carat diamond
                                                                                chandelier earrings from Polacheck’s Jewelers at The Lakes, 2200 Thousand Oaks
                                                                                                                                                                        Clockwise from top: 18-karat white gold with 3.97-carat yellow beryl and .21-carat diamond ring
                                                                                                                                                                        ($1,995) from Polacheck’s Jewelers at The Lakes, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
                                                                                                                                                                        (805-230-0035), or at The Commons at Calabasas, 4719 Commons Way (818-225-0600). 14-carat
                                                                                Blvd., Thousand Oaks (805-230-0035), or at The Commons at Calabasas, 4719               fancy-cut round prasiolite and .39-carat diamond ring ($1,280) from Moyen and Co. Jewellers, 2806-A
                                                                                Commons Way (818-225-0600). Doran Isaak 18-karat white gold and .63-carat               Townsgate Road, Westlake Village; 805-494-8114. 18-karat rose gold with 14-carat salmon tourma-
                                                                                diamond earrings ($6,300) from Moyen and Co. Jewellers (see above). Piero Milano        line and .75-carat ring ($6,250) from Polacheck’s Jewelers (see above). Favero18-karat white gold and
                                                                                18-karate white gold and 3.01-carat diamond earrings ($8,820) from Dejaun Jewelers      .23-carat diamond and 2.85-carat citrine ring ($2,460) from Dejaun Jewelers at The Oaks Shopping
                                                                                at The Oaks Shopping Center, 424 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805-495-            Center, 424 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805-495-1425), or 3845 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,
                           produced by lynne andujar photographs by gary moss   1425), or 3845 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village (805-373-1002).                 Westlake Village (805-373-1002). 18-karat white gold with 19.95-carat oblong aqua and .45-carat
                                                                                                                                                                        diamond ring ($8,425) from Moyen & Co. Jewellers (see above).

holiday 06 jewelry guide
                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Tis The season
                                                                                                                                                                        to spread peace, love, and joy.
                                                                                                                                                                        and giving a few gifts always adds to the holiday cheer.
                                                                                                                                                                        here, a potpourri of great gifts ideas for you and yours.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Produced by lynne andujar | PhoTograPhs by gary Moss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         holiday 06 gift guide

                                         geMS MaKe                                                  MAKE IT
                                         gReat giftS                                                UNIQUE
                                                                                                    This page | Ceramic bird house ($26) designed by Rae Dunn
                                         aND Sweet                                                  for Magenta from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, 516 San Ysidro
                                                                                                    Road, Montecito; 805-565-1502. Opposite page clockwise

                                         holiDay                                                    from top | Brunton Echo 10x25 waterproof compact bin-
                                                                                                    oculars ($110) from Borealis, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Suite

                                                                                                    C, Thousand Oaks; 805-777-4810. Curio dessert plate ($12)
                                                                                                    from Anthropologie at The Oaks Shopping Center, 502 W.
                                                                                                    Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks; 805-230-2900. Silhouettes
                                                                                                    and More beveled glass ornaments by Janice Blough ($24
                                                                                                    each) from Cabana Home, 111 Santa Barbara Street, Santa
                                                                                                       Barbara; 805-962-0200. Floral embossed leather billfold
                                                                                                           by Paul 13 ($120) from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, 516
                                                                                                              San Ysidro Road, Montecito; 805-565-1502. Edward
                                                                                                                 Mirell Texture series keychain ($162) from Golden
                           PHOTOGRAPHED BY  gary moss    This page from top to bottom: Natural                      Image Jewelers, 215 North Moorpark Road,
                                                                                                                       Thousand Oaks; 805-446-2733. Mercury glass
                           PRODUCED BY   lynne andujar   purple spinel ring with diamonds in 18-                          votives ($12 each) from Cabana Home,
                                                         karat yellow gold and platinum ($12,500)                            111 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara;
                                                         and round pink sapphire ring with sap-                                 805-962-0200. Porcelain Wood- pecker
                                                                                                                                   and Nightingale ($20 each) from
                                                         phires and diamonds ($9,500) available                                       Anthropologie at The Oaks
                                                         at Silverhorn, 1155 Coast Village Road,                                         Shopping Center, 502 W.
                                                         Montecito; 805-969-0442. Kunzite,                                                 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand
                                                         pink sapphire, and diamond ring ($7,800)                                              Oaks; 805-230-2900.

                                                         available at Malibu Rock Star, 3835
                                                         Cross Creek Road, Malibu; 310-456-
                                                         7374. Opposite page: Denise James
                                                         morganite, multicolored tourmaline, and
                                                         keshi pearl necklace ($800) available at
                                                         Malibu Colony Company, 3835 Cross
                                                         Creek Road, Malibu; 310-317-0177.

holiday 07 jewerly guide
holiday 08 jewelry guide
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