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Editor’s Letter

endless summer…10
Carte Blanche

notables…16
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out & about, Part I...20
Home

sublIme sImPlIcIty…22
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out & about, Part II...28
People

jonathan adler…30

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ONEHOPE WINE...34
The Arts

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bO brIdgEs...38
Hot Properties

luxury raNcHEs...44
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People

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Travel

ballOON advENturEs...65
The Cellar

dEcaNtINg…70
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inspired road trip to destinations unknown? Maybe the idea of a cold glass of white on the patio as the sun sets is about as far as you’ll let your relaxed mind wander. Even as I type this letter, my eyes occasionally gaze outside, longing for a few seconds in the sun. Time to open the window. I’m pretty much a guy for all seasons, enjoying each in their own unique way. But there’s something about summertime that gets my heart pumping, sans the habitual morning intake of caffeine. Everyone seems to recharge as soon as the June gloom rolls back and the beaches suddenly bristle with volleyball, sunbathers and bons vivants. The days become longer, the home gets sandier, the guests start pouring in, dining goes al fresco…all ingredients of the perfect season. Just please don’t tell me when it’s fall…I’m holding out for an endless summer.

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un’s out. School’s out. What do you have planned for summer? Morning surf and yoga on the beach? A European getaway or

ENDLESS SUMMER

photography of local artist Bo Bridges, including a preview of his new experiments in custom installations. Not to be missed. Also in this edition, enough dining experiences, local happenings and reading material to guide you through the summer. Enjoy. • Darren Elms

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Photo by Bradford Rogne, bradfordrogne.com.

When we started to plan this issue, we clearly had good weather and good times in mind. Things are already looking up with our favorite hot air balloon trips. Not only noteworthy for their amazing destinations, these aerial adventures deliver on first-class service and experience as well. Feeling the call of the wild? A luxury ranch could be in your future, thanks to some amazing real estate opportunities in parts of Colorado and Montana. How about a little spring cleaning, even if a few months too late? Thanks to interior designer and potter Jonathan Adler and the Brooklyn finds of contributing writer Denise Richards, we have a few modern makeover ideas for your home. Melinda O’Brien shares with us the incredible action

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Publisher Associate Publisher Editor Food & Wine Editor Custom Publishing Editor Managing Editor Copy Editor Contributing Writers

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Hannah Lee Jenn Talley Bryan Fahrbach Brian J. Murphy Melinda O'Brien Denise Richards Marlene Stang Jenn Thornton Don Weberg George Kenton Peter Nelson Gary Zsigo

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Contributing Photographers

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contributors

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Bo Bridges
Bo's experience spans from fashion shoots to New York to Tahiti's famed big-waves to Vegas' billion-dollar diamond boutiques. Bridges has traveled the globe shooting for some of the largest and most successful companies in the world and various Olympic Gold Medalists. His studio is currently located on the pier in Hermosa Beach. For more on Bridges, visit bobridges.com.

July 3 - 14

Denise Richards
A respected interior designer and President of Q Design Studio, Inc. at Plaza El Segundo, Ms. Richards has an extensive list of residential projects as well as commercial ones. She continues to hone her craft by attending four to six national and international design exhibitions and related trade shows each year.

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Bonnie Graves
Our Food & Wine Editor, Bonnie has extensive industry experience having worked as a sommelier in such legendary restaurants as Jean-Georges, Union Square Café and Spago Beverly Hills. When not drinking fermented grape juice, Bonnie enjoys hiking and is also an accomplished poet. Learn more at bonniegraves.com. Bonnie can be reached at bonnie@bonniegraves.com.

John Ellis
John Ellis photos can be regularly seen in Architectural Digest and have graced the covers of House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Western Interiors, and the Taschen release, California Interiors. He is currently lensing a book on mid-century Modernist Harwell Hamilton Harris for Gibbs-Smith due out at the end of 2010. More of his work can be seen at johnellisphoto.com.

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“I was home the day after major surgery.”
The human side of Robotic Assisted Surgery.
During a routine exam Judi O’Donnell was told she had an unusual polyp that needed to be removed. “I needed a radical hysterectomy.” Thanks to the first da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in the South Bay, Torrance Memorial Medical Center performed the procedure with the ultimate in precision and control. “I was impressed with the high tech capabilities.” And with the benefits of advanced robotics with special 3-D imaging Judi’s risk of infection was not only reduced, her recovery time was as well. “I was back to work in just five days, instead of six weeks!” For more information on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, just log on to www.TorranceMemorial.org Torrance Memorial Medical Center First for a Reason. And the Reason is You.

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Londoner Salon and Day Spa
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rity clientele never hurts... being a celebrity yourself takes the cake. Anthony Morrison made a splash on the first edition of Bravo’s hit reality television program, Shear Genius, walking away with the styling competition’s top prize. Since that momentous debut, Morrison maintains a busy schedule, styling for magazines, red carpet and more. Now the South Bay gets the opportunity to sit in his coveted chair with the opening of the Londoner Salon and Day Spa in Manhattan Beach. The Londoner, the name an homage to his UK roots, is a full-service salon offering one-of-a-kind hair care, skincare and body care under one roof. In addition to a great cut and color, guests may sample a variety

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hen opening an upscale salon, having a built-in celeb-

of skin treatments or unwind with a relaxing massage. The philosophy at the Londoner is to unleash ultimate beauty – inside and out. Located in the heart of our beach community, the vibe is chill and comfortable, but with a major hip factor. In 2010, world-class beauty and lifestyle brand, Zotos, will launch the ANTHONY MORRISON 360 lifestyle and beauty hair care line globally. According to Morrison, “One of the things I love about being in the lifestyle/hair industry is that it is constantly changing. You have to stay current or you will be left behind. I am proud to be considered a leader in style.” The Londoner Salon and Day Spa, 220 Aviation Boulevard, Manhattan Beach. To book an appointment, please call 310-798-2672. londonersalon.com. • D.E.

Salon photo courtesy of Brian Beasley.

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Returning to the majestic views of Trump National, the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance will celebrate Italian automobile masterpieces, with the Maserati as this year’s featured marque, on Sunday, September 13. The fun begins on Saturday with the traditional Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye. This year’s adventure is themed “A Tale of Two Lights” and is described by the event’s chairman, Greg Sparkman, as “a historical tour de force that highlights two jewels of the Peninsula – the Point Vicente and Point Fermin lighthouses.” On Sunday, hundreds will pour onto the bluffs to witness a cavalcade of cars and this year’s contenders for Best In Show. For more information, visit pvconcours.com.

.......VIVA L’ITALIA

An exhibition of Breguet timepieces will be held at the Louvre Museum from June 25 to September 7. This exceptional event brings together an extraordinary variety of watches by Breguet, including items from the Louvre’s own collection and from the Breguet Museum. Visitors will discover the art of watchmaking at its apogee, evidenced by these unique precision timepieces, combining genius, virtuoso techniques and avant-garde aesthetics. The exhibition will also display a number of remarkable items on loan from private collections and prestigious institutions such as the British Royal Collections, the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, the Kremlin Museum and the Swiss National Museum. For more information, visit louvre.fr.

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Annette Bening stars in a new interpretation of Euripides’ classic Medea, the theatrical telling of the passionate and destructive affair between the mortal Greek hero Jason and the mystical and exotic title character. Croatian Lenka Udovicki, who has directed theatre and opera around the world, incorporates classical elements, such as a 12-woman chorus and on-stage musicians, into this stylized modern staging produced by UCLA Live. Written for an Athenian audience that was at the height of its Golden Age, Medea remains a potent critique of power. September 18 through October 18 at Royce Hall. For tickets, visit uclalive.org.

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Photos courtesy of their respective companies.

MAMMA MIA ............

Gotta have faith
Perhaps no other annual concert series in Los Angeles ushers in summer’s best better than the Hollywood Bowl. This year’s calendar is jam packed with fantastic offerings, including Ultimate Mancici on July 10 and 11, a two-night engagement with Faith Hill on July 17 and 18, a concert staging of Porgy and Bess on July 19, the vocal stylings of Diana Krall on August 21 and 21, and yes, plenty of fireworks. For a complete schedule, visit hollywoodbowl.com.

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Photos courtesy of their respective companies.

The AVP is back for two stops along South Bay beaches this summer. First up is the Crocs Tour Manhattan Open from July 16-19. Considered by many as “the granddaddy” of the AVP Crocs Tour, MB Open players say that once you win in Manhattan Beach, you really have made it on the AVP Tour. Next up is Hermosa Beach from August 6-9. Home of the AVP since 1984, it’s one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year. For more info and a complete schedule, visit avp.com.

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GEARED UP
Targa Trophy, North America’s premier automotive lifestyle rally event, plans to zip through Southern California’s finest cities as it readies to launch its first ever triple crown series. The unique proceeding will provide sports car enthusiasts the opportunity to showcase their vehicles during an energy-charged day incorporating competition, luxury automotive exhibitions and A-list

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Manhattan Beach welcomes Zenka Salon, an upscale lounge for the ultimate in nail care. Beautifully appointed and staffed with a fantastic team, Zenka is the South Bay’s newest and brightest spot for manicures and pedicures. This summer, the salon is offering a variety of promotions, including Thirsty Thursdays, the Margarita Pedicure, and the Geisha Mani/Pedi, with a milk bath from the famous Japanese hot spring followed by rice scrubs. Their “Spa Package” includes a luxury mani/pedi service, lunch, bath bliss gift and reflexology. Also, look out for an open house event sometime in July. Visit them at zenkastyle.com, or call 310-374-3600.
Zenka Salon photo by Cameron Carothers Photography. All other photos courtesy of their respective companies.

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parties. Following the success of the 2008 production that took Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara and West Hollywood by storm, the 2009 series will commence on May 30 in Orange County, followed by San Diego on June 27. On September 19, entrants will be sent off from Fred Segal in Los Angeles and travel to Big Bear Mountain for a beautiful scenic drive. The highly anticipated culmination of the series will be held at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles. For more information, visit targatrophy.com.

On July 20, Napa Valley Festival del Sole presents “An Evening of Persian Fantasy” at Darioush winery, noted for its Bordeaux style estate wines. This annual event, this year benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is a favorite festival tradition. Held at Shahpar and Darioush Khaledi’s spectacular Napa Valley winery, the program will feature a performance by Anoushirvan Rohani, one of Iran’s most renowned composers and pianists. Other festival highlights include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with special guest Robert Redford on July 21, and soprano Renée Fleming on July 23, both at Castello di Amorosa. For more information and a complete festival calendar, visit fdsnapa.org.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! kicks off the South Bay Civic Light Opera’s 2009-10 Season. Recently revived on Broadway, this exciting production highlights the gorgeous score and inspired dancing that made this show such an overwhelming success in the 40’s. Revisit such memorable tunes as “Oh What A Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” “Many A New Day,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” and “Out Of My Dreams.” September 16 through October 4 at the Redondo Beach
Windmill photo © istockphoto.com/Nathan Ward. All other photos courtesy of their respective companies.

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Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 310-372-4477 or visit civiclightopera.com.

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OH WHAT A NIGHT
The 23rd Annual Gourmet Food and Wine Festival returns to the grounds at Honda Motors for another “Evening Under the Stars.” This year’s event will feature a mix of musical entertainment, food offering from South Bay restaurants, a silent auction and more. Professionals from Disney’s Napa Rose restaurant will be on hand to educate guests about wine. Most importantly, proceeds of the 2010 Honda Insight raffle will help fund Torrance Memorial’s new sevenstory Patient Tower. For tickets and information, call 310-517-4703 or visit torrancememorial.org.

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Grand Opening of Aesthetic Edge
May 15, Redondo Beach Sponsored by:

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June 4 Murad Inclusive Health Spa, Manhattan Beach

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Wedding of Jenny Behrstock and Jesse Rodriguez
April 11, Beverly Hills Hotel
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by marlene Stang Photography by John ellis

s a Southern California native I may be biased, but I personally feel that nowhere are the elements more alive than at the beach. Here, earth, air, water and the occasional bonfire converge so fluidly as to render the very atmosphere electric. Taking that bias even further, I dare say that nowhere do the homes pay such tribute to that phenomena as right here in the South Bay, where many homeowners display a taste for simple, elemental architecture that melds with the seascape, and interior design that marries impeccable textures and materials with a casual, eclectically earthy vibe that is the heart and soul of beach culture.

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Residence 04 in Manhattan Beach, designed by Redondo beach architect Allen Wix, is a striking example of this aesthetic, merging classic Cap Cod inspired design elements with a customized layout that is at once spacious and intimate. Drawing inspiration from his own Southern California upbringing, interior designer Jeff Andrews of Jeff Andrews Design created interiors that marry warm, inviting colors with an airy, contemporary design sensibility that is undeniably born of this region. Andrews has more than ten years of experience creating entirely one-of-a-kind interiors in homes all over the world. With a roster of clients that includes actors Michael C. Hall and America Ferrera, his signature style incorporates the use of soothing monochromatic palettes, plush materials and both modern and quality vintage art pieces that impart his homes with a timeless, lived-in quality. His interiors display a contemporary feel that is never cold but, rather, natural and organic, due in no small part to Andrews’ own custom-designed lighting and furniture that lends a very personal spirit to his work. According to Andrews, the goal in designing the interiors of Residence 04 was to create a modern, inviting beach house that

everyone could feel comfortable in. He knew that it needed to be clean and masculine yet not over designed, which is a common pitfall for homes of this genre. In this regard, the choice of materials was pivotal. He notes, “We used beautiful and quality materials throughout the home to give it substance and depth without being overly extravagant.” Among these are quarter sawn oak floors, stacked stone fireplaces with reclaimed teak mantels, solid walnut

cabinetry in the kitchen, reclaimed brick in the pub, and hand-glazed tile as well as custom glass mosaics in the kitchens and bathrooms. The end result is a finely crafted home that has a sense of history, which Andrews concedes can be a challenge to achieve in a new construction such as Residence 04. Andrews’ artistry can be found in almost every corner of the home, as he designed almost all of its furniture, cabinetry, windows and moldings. A simple beach aesthetic

was maintained nonetheless, and that is what is so amazing about the space. For all of its sophistication it is entirely carefree – the sort of home that Gidget’s pal the Big Kahuna might have settled into if any of his worldly travels rendered him the means to graduate from beach shack to bona fide waterfront real estate. I received a confirmation that this perception was on point when Andrews informed me that many of the abstract paintings and pottery that grace the space

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are actually from the ’50s and ’60s. Street lamps from 1910 were repurposed as pendant lights in the living room and staircase, further conveying that this is a home for one who moves through the world with a decidedly bohemian, almost itinerant curiosity. In the end, this ability to impart a home with the design sensibility that one is known for while also maintaining a sense of the individuals who will inhabit it is Andrews’ crowning achievement time and time again, and especially here. The warm glow of the woods and ample natural light in the kitchen reverberates with the echoes of casually enjoyed meals and conversation, while an effortlessly studied arrangement of wildflowers and driftwood on the dining room table speaks of the sea air that breezes through the home and gives it life. Spherical mirrors hanging from leather straps over a metallic basin elevate the simple act of hand washing by resembling large drops of water that bring a sense of the natural world in, while a pair of antlers and an almost prehistoric-looking lamp stand on a table in another room convey the reality that the home stands on ground far older than itself. A dramatic, mid-century modern inspired ergonomic chair in the master bedroom rests beside tables that resemble tree stumps, revealing that the enjoyment of both sleek modern design and a leisurely cup of coffee are not mutually exclusive. Dark woods and a long, plush sectional sofa before a pool table in the game room convey that this home is a haven for many, as do real-world elements such as a urinal and trough sink that, in the context of a private bathroom, are almost whimsical. This easy relationship with the natural world is what many have come to expect from California – in both its people and the environments they create. From its very inception Residence 04 was intended to be a testament to this reality, which is why, perhaps, it required the singular talents of designer Jeff Andrews to ensure that this aim was fully realized. • Designer: Jeff Andrews 323-227-9777 jeffandrews-design.com Architect: Allen Wix 310-318-3297 allenwix.com

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Main Event XXVII
Benefiting Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation, May 2, America Honda Motors, Torrance

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Ladies’ Night Out
May 14 Antiqua, Plaza El Segundo

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Grand Opening of Temptress
Benefiting the P.S. I Love You Foundation, April 30, Plaza El Segundo
Photos by Amy Theilig, amytphoto.com.

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Launch of William Shaw Real Estate Services
June 15, Simmzy’s, Manhattan Beach

24th Annual For Our Children Food and Wine Festival
Benefiting Providence Little Company of Mary’s Partners for Healthy Kids Mobile Pediatric Van and Sandpiper’s South Bay programs April 26, America Honda Motors, Torrance

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Bacchus Wine Event
May 3, Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach
Photos courtesy of Amy Theilig, amytphoto.com.

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YWCA 3rd Annual Spring Tea and Fashion Show
Featuring fashions from The Pink Duchess and Return Engagement boutiques April 26, Private Residence, Palos Verdes Estates

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IRREVERENT LUXURY A CoNVERsATIoN wITh JoNAThAN AdLER
by darren Elms

would be a happier place. Interior designer/TV judge/potter (a sampling of many hats), Jonathan believes in “irreverent luxury,” a creative freedom that has served him well while building his brand. His inspiring interiors pop up everywhere, from private homes to the palatial Parker Palm Springs hotel. Recently, Southern California got another dose of divine décor with the opening of a Jonathan Adler store on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Luxury Life & Style took that opportunity to reach out to Jonathan and discuss first jobs, furnishings, and, yes, Fairchild. Darren Elms: Jonathan, you design everything from glamorous sofas to needlepoint pillows, but you started out creating pottery. Tell our readers about your beginnings in the design world. Jonathan Adler: After college I worked in the movie business for several years and got fired from every job I ever had. I was a horrid employee and the prospects for my future were quite dim. I always had a passion for clay, and between jobs, I would make pots. As the between jobs bit got longer and longer I was making more and more pots. I finally showed them to a buyer at Barneys, got an order and filled it, and then got another order and it just grew organically and without any kind of plan. For the first couple of years I was selling my pots I still considered myself unemployed. Then my mom overheard me

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ould we sprinkle the world with a little Jonathan Adler, surely it

much more colorful and exuberant spirit so there were lots of Marimekko fabrics and all sorts of groovy bits around. I think my aesthetic is a true fusion of theirs), decorators of yore (David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Elsie DeWolfe). Some of my influences are less obvious – for instance, the faces for my Muse collection of pottery are inspired by the oneand-only Morgan Fairchild. DE: Several years ago you hooked up with an organization called Aid for Artisans. Tell us a little about that experience and your involvement with them today. JA: I’ve been working for many years with a wonderful workshop in Peru that I found through Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization which connects American designers with artisans in developing countries for a P.C., non-Kathy Lee Gifford kind of relationship.

tell someone that I was unemployed and she said, “No you’re not, you’re a potter.” That’s when it occurred to me that pottery was my future. DE: Your pieces portray a whimsical, contemporary sensibility. What inspires your many creations? JA: For design inspiration, some of my influences are obvious – mid-century design, the optimism of California living, nature, my parents (my dad had a rigorously modernist aesthetic so our house was all white and full of Knoll furniture, and my mom has a

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DE: Speaking of travels, I recently stayed at The Parker in Palm Springs and loved it. What are some of your favorite destinations? JA: My favorite hotel room is any of the ocean view rooms at The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. It ain’t the decor (which is rustic and lovely but not earth shattering). It’s the views! There is nothing more sublime than waking up and seeing the spectacular cliff top view. Big Sur is my favorite place on earth and The Post Ranch Inn has just the right sense of place. The architecture and design allows the natural beauty to dominate. I am also completely and totally obsessed with La Scalinatella hotel in Capri. The hotel lobby, with its tile floors and clovershaped windows and surreal objects, perfectly captures the dreamy quality of Capri. I love that each object, whether it’s a ’60s ceramic stool shaped like a tassel or a gilded Baroque mirror, is carefully selected, beautiful, and improbable. I think about the lobby often while designing interiors – the Scalinatella’s surreal spirit is inspiring and liberating. DE: In your company manifesto you say a home should make you happy. Any sage advice you would give our readers in need of a little design therapy? JA: My motto is, “classical foundation, playful punctuation”. It’s the little gestures – a bright orange lacquer tray, a needlepoint pillow that says “Pill”, a vase covered in breasts – that make a home fun and memorable. Personal style means walking in the front door of a home and feeling happy. Personal style means having a space that’s very comfy but that is filled with stuff that has personal meaning and created by passionate people. DE: What do you consider life’s greatest luxury? JA: My bloke, Simon Doonan, our beloved Norwich terrier, Liberace and my pottery wheel. •

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rom corporate sponsorships to generous donations, most companies willingly align themselves with a good cause, and thankfully so. But take a look at the big picture and charitable giving represents only a small fraction of annual net profits. ONEHOPE isn’t most companies. For this young, inspired enterprise, con-

tribution is at the very heart of the business model. Their philosophy on charitable giving is like no other in the industry, making them trendsetters in the philanthropic community. Founded a mere two years ago, ONEHOPE Wine consistently donates 50 percent of their net profits to five different charities, from autism to AIDS. Matching the cause to a bottle, the company produces five varietals – cabernet

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that industry. While discussing their new business venture at Mama D’s Italian Kitchen in Newport Beach, the owner overheard their idea and promised to be their first customer once they got started. Nearly two years later, ONEHOPE Wine is well on its way to establishing itself as a charitable lifestyle brand. “We want people to see our logo and know that they are automatically giving back to a cause,” says Chief Marketing Officer, Brandon Hall. Several celebrities such as Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Mark McGrath and others have quickly gotten behind the company. ONEHOPE Wine enjoys considerable local support here in the South Bay as well. Kloberdanz recalls the community support they received early on, “I reside in Manhattan Beach and that was one of the first cities that I started doing events in. Walk With Sally was one of our first local charities, and many of the residents have really helped to make this possible.” As CEO, Kloberdanz wears many hats, overseeing various aspects of the operation, particularly the financial side. “With a small company, I have to play lots of roles. I see and touch all aspects of the business,” he says. “This company is my baby, so if anything goes wrong, it is my responsibility and I have to take care of it.” Kloberdanz and his team have a bright outlook for ONEHOPE Wine. In addition to growing their profile locally, the company plans to spread nationally and establish itself as a lifestyle brand. “We would like to become a company that other for-profits come to for ‘cause’ marketing,” he notes. “We want to build up our brand equity and are looking to hit over 200,000 cases a year. Our goal is to give tens of millions of dollars to charity by year five.” With such a generous, community-based spirit, ONEHOPE Wine will see many bright days in years to come. In the name of charity and giving back, other industries would do well to follow the lead of this innovative and exceptional brand.•
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Jacob Kloberdanz, CEO of ONEHOPE

sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, sauvignon blanc and a zinfandel – each labeled with a recognizable colored ribbon. This creative idea was spawned from CEO, Jacob Kloberdanz. “We initially looked at cause marketing and saw how effective it is,” he says. “I wanted to go with ‘hope,’ which is very Barack Obama based. We have ONEHOPE Wine for many causes”

Before forming ONEHOPE Wine, the team of eight worked for winemaking giant, Gallo. Not only work colleagues, the young professionals also became close friends as they rose through the ranks of the company. As individuals, they understood the power of charity; as a group they wanted to create a brand that gave back every day of the year. As all members enjoyed their work in the wine business,

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he diver remains the sports watch of choice, both in and out of the water, thanks to its reliability and masculine good looks. IWC Schaffhausen first introduced a diver watch back in 1967 under the name Aquatimer and continues the tradition to this day. Following last year’s successful “Cousteau Divers,” the newest addition to the Aquatimer family is the Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands, a timepiece marking the bicentennial of the great British biologist and behavioral

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scientist, Charles Darwin, this year. His fundamental observations on the origin of species were conducted mainly on Galapagos, a unique archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The water-resistant model is suitable for diving to 12 bar and equipped with a rotating inner bezel used for setting and reading off dive time. Self-winding, the watch offers a 40-hour power reserve when fully wound. Luminescent elements are featured on the hands, dial and rotating inner bezel, and the sapphire glass is anti-reflective on both sides. The matte black

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Art And AdrenALine with BO BridgeS

by Melinda O'Brien

professional photographer Bo Bridges, there is indeed sufficient evidence to suggest that living on the edge is as exciting as it seems. And for those of us who haven’t pulled off an inverted aerial on our snowboards lately (or ever, for that matter,) this is refreshing news – the type that can usher in a revitalized perspective on approaching new adventures in our own lives. Bridges’ distinctively vigorous shots provide us spectators with a chance to dwell in a world of extreme maneuvers with the built-in bonus of not having to worry about breaking any of our own bones. While someone else does the dirty work, we get to bask in the glory, or at least the exhilaration, attached to the exploit. So if you’re looking for a thrill, check out this local artist’s unique portfolio of works at his gallery in Hermosa Beach. Your eyes will feast on death-defying antics like those found in Bridges’ shots of motocross riders Travis Pastrana and Jeremy Stenberg. Guaranteed to conjure up images of a Ferris wheel running loose from its base, the morphed sequences in these images will play tricks on your visual perception. But, I promise, you won’t mind.

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hanks especially to the extraordinary action sports imagery of

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When Bridges revealed how he created these mesmerizing pictures, I was reminded I was dealing with a pro who is so in tune with his art that he does not convolute it with unnecessary mumbo jumbo. Rather, giving credit where credit is due, the photographer simply explains, “It all starts with the athlete. I just take the pictures, making sure I get in the right place to capture the take off, climax, and landing. Then I shoot individual images.” (Mind you, he does this with a special type of genius.) He continued, “Later in post, I recreate the background in Photoshop. This can take anywhere from two to ten hours, depending on the images. I shoot with the best cameras that Canon provides. Right now, the fastest

motor drive on the market shoots ten frames per second. This is a little overkill. I tend to shoot manually and end up shooting about seven frames per second. Later, each individual athlete is cut out and positioned into the background again to produce one morphed sequence. The final image can take as long as 40 hours plus to create. I’ve lost track on a few of these projects. I just want them to be seamless and flow.” Well, I can attest without any hesitation that Bridges has mastered his desire to produce seamless imagery that flows. And I guess this is why while Bridges has maintained his commitment to the action sports category, he has also successfully extended his reach into other,

perhaps, more mainstream areas, working the camera for such clients as Pepsi Co., Coors Brewing Co., Remy Martin, T-Mobile, Campbell’s Soup and Hard Rock Hotel. The ease with which he travels from one arena to another has everything to do with his ability to breathe fire into his work. While there is obviously an innate flame burning within the people, objects and settings Bridges chooses to shoot, the photographer’s true gift is the particular way he provokes these flames, stirring them to blaze in a ferocious, yet still congenial, manner. For instance, Bridges’ lifestyle shots and advertisements exude a raw sensuality colored with a flamboyance that I think is accurately described as a light-hearted defiance of all things

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orthodox. From behind his Canon camera – the EOS Mark 111 and the new 5D are staples in his equipment bag – Bridges captures exactly the right angle on the tattoo and just the necessary amount of golden brown flesh to strike a nerve without insulting any sensibilities. The flair with which he artfully carries out this balancing act has rendered his services invaluable to many marketing campaigns. Take the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as an example. Bridges has produced, directed and shot this company’s ad campaigns for the last five years. By incorporating all walks of life into the “Rehab” ads, he sets the stage for any given weekend during the summer at a hopping Vegas pool. Of course, there is always a bit of a twist to the tale. And the more I learn about Bridges, this doesn’t surprise me. With a spirited biography that reads a bit like that of an adrenaline junky, Bridges is certainly no stranger to adventure. As the son of a pilot in the Air Force, he moved almost every two years while growing up. To date, Bridges has lived in more than 20 different places within the United States and abroad. That, in and of itself, is a feat. In addition to participating in traditional team sports throughout his childhood, Bridges brought BMX and skateboarding into the mix to keep things interesting. But still his thirst for excitement was not completely quenched. Luckily, for a time, his family lived on a small lake in Florida and he had access to a boat. In a quest to simulate surfing at all costs, he started riding on anything he could attach to

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Art And AdrenAline with Bo Bridges

Always the innovator, Bridges has begun to experiment with a newfangled custom installation service that allows prospective buyers the opportunity to see how an image would appear in a particular space before pulling the trigger on the purchase. Whether it involves arranging a triptych - complete with a mounted surfboard - in a games room or hanging a 12-foot by 9-foot action shot in a modern designed office, Bridges and his team are ready to help exhibit the art in the best way possible. And, when circumstances allow, Bridges wants to provide a patron with a visual before the actual installation is conducted. So, after reviewing pictures, measurements and overall design elements of the space that will house the imagery, Bridges offers recommendations on how to successfully integrate the piece into the area. Things like color, size and texture may be adjusted to complement the vibe of a room. Truly, where Bridges is concerned, there are no limits.

or build behind the boat. Coolers and pieces of plywood served as makeshift surfboards. Cut to Bridges competing as a wakeboarder and being ranked number one in his class in the state of Colorado. This accomplishment was followed up by yet another when he kept racing BMX and was ranked number one in his 12-year expert class in the state of Alabama. After retiring as a Colonel from the Air Force, Bridges’ father accepted an international marketing job that took the family to Switzerland. Bridges spent his high school years there, using his weekends to travel through the Alps with friends by way of skis and snowboards. Back in the States at Miami University, he earned a BFA in Photography and a minor in Marine Biology. Already a licensed pilot by the time he received his degree, Bridges spent the first six months after graduation shooting aerials for clients like Remax, Prudential and Century 21. Eventually, he drove west to Vail, Colorado, where he invested five and a half years shooting on the mountain as well as many other parts of the world, chasing the snow, action sports and athletes. In 2000, he set up his business headquarters in Hermosa Beach, where he plans to stay permanently. After all, he reminded me, “I have the surf right outside the studio door, and I can fly anywhere in the world in a day from LAX, which is just nine miles north of us. Also, I have access to the best athletes, models, studio rentals, assistants, retouchers, lighting equipment as

well as year-round good weather.” Who could ask for anything more? Still, duty calls, and projects pull Bridges away to countless locations across the globe. A shoot that yielded some of the fondest memories for the photographer took place at Child’s Glacier in Cordova, Alaska, on the Copper River. Bridges described this adventure by first explaining that Child’s Glacier is anything but child’s play. In fact, it is one of the most active glaciers in the world. Apparently, it will shed ice or calve at any given time, producing waves upwards of 50 feet every so often. Bridges revealed, “The two surfers I went to shoot at this location ride some of the largest waves in the world and 50 foot waves would have been a welcomed sight to them. To me, it was terrifying. Yet, to date, it is one of the coolest, scariest, and stupidest things I have ever shot. The surfers eventually caught an insane wave and rode it all the way down the river. I photographed them and ran up the riverbank before the wave got to me. Had I stayed in the exact location I was standing to capture the shot, I would have been swept away in 34 degree water that was so full of silt it was more like quicksand.” All right, Bridges has convinced me. Living on the edge is as exciting – and let’s face it, as cool – as it seems. •
For more information on Bo, visit his Web site at bobridges.com.

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Zion National Park. Horses, campfire chats, miles of fenceless land…his childhood bared little resemblance to my own, a city slicker from day one. Even so, I would imagine life outside my bubble and into the open, working the land by day and sleeping under the stars at night. It was the stuff of A River Runs Through It, a departure I’d get to taste only a few days out of the year. The family ranch is long gone, but the prospects of modern ranch living are as wide open as the Western territory. The potential buyer in search of space, nature and rustic recreation need not compromise luxury to “rough it”. A vast number of properties in hotspots like Colorado, Idaho and Montana feature gorgeous, upscale estates, some standalone homes, other attachments to sprawling, working ranches. Unlike some commercial and residential real estate, rural and recreational property has great potential to hold its value. According to Ron Morris, Founding Partner of Ranch Marketing Associates, this kind of land has a different value foundation – scarcity. “One can move a business, build a new commercial building and change locations entirely. Yet land remains where it is, as it is – completely unique in location and characteristic,” he says. “The availability of high quality land, large acreage properties rich in natural resources such as water, minerals, timber, wildlife and agriculture production capability, is more difficult to find and will undoubtedly continue to appreciate and remain in demand.” Perhaps you’ve already considered buying a destination ranch as a second home or retirement investment. So, who makes the best candidate for such an undertaking? Tauyna Fagan of Prudential Montana Real Estate in Bozeman believes it takes a special person with abundant energy and a love for the land. “With the ever-increasing desire of people to escape the city, ranches will continue to attract investors, and if managed properly,

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y grandfather grew up on a sheep ranch in St. George, Utah, not far from the red rocks of Bryce Canyon and

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ranches can not only increase in value as the price of land increases, but ranches can offer the possibility of profit compared to similar-sized raw tracts of land,” she says. “And ranches can be leased out to be run by others, but it takes a good manager and adequate resources, i.e., acreage, water, equipment, manpower, and, in the lean years, cash.” If you are planning to take on a working ranch, Fagan points out there are a few kinds to consider, each with their own set of expectations. First there’s the large ranch, whose primary purpose is to produce income from

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tween, which may not have the acreage, water, or other pertinent resources to generate a profit, but which often generate enough of a positive experience to encourage the owner to continue the ranching lifestyle. As Fagan notes, “Living on the land allows freedom, flexibility, peace, privacy, and the opportunity

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were exciting, showcasing the most innovative products from around the world, as well as displaying the work of emerging new talent, by way of juried student shows. As the years passed, I continued to attend, more out of nostalgia than anticipation of discovering the next Holy Grail in furniture design. Things were sort of flat and expected without any real innovation. About 15 years ago, I heard rumors of some break away artisans who were leaving the congestion and expense of Manhattan to set-up shop in Brooklyn. I even ventured across that “oft’ sold” bridge to find these enclaves. However, those early years were often marked by disappointment. Heavy, nuevo “Craftsmanesque” tables and chairs…nothing new…or was there? Fast-forward to 2009, another trip to NYC for the ICFF and a venture beyond the Bridge to Brooklyn. Wow, have things changed! Not only is Brooklyn becoming more

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interesting, the small Craftsman community has burgeoned into ever expanding districts of artists and artisans, such as Williamsburg, Dumbo, and Red Hook. It was at the Williamsburg district that I discovered two of the most amazing artist I have seen in my 30-plus years in the design industry, Mary Kuzma and Tomas Tisch. Mary is an open, energetic mass of creativity. When it comes to furniture finishes, she is the best artisan I have ever seen. Knowing all about the Italians and the Japanese and the quality of their work, I would confidently add her name to the best of the best. This woman continues to create and invent finishes on wood, metal, glass…whatever. She is making the impossible both possible and beautiful. “My friend Andy Warhol once told me, ‘Go to the edge – when you get there you are only at the center – you then go to the next edge –

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that is how you create art,’ and that is what we are doing here in Brooklyn,” says Mary, smiling brightly. Her husband Tomas is as quiet as Mary is outgoing. However, he doesn’t need to speak. All he has to say is expressed through his exquisite glass and mirror creations. I thought that I had seen all that was new, and old, in glass. Wrong. This man does in glass what Bernini did in stone. He sees things in glass and mirror that I did not know existed, let alone could be created. His work is so revered that an über-famous French designer has claimed credit for some of Tomas’ glass and mirror confections. It is widely accepted that American craftsman lack the tools, ability,

and training to create such gems. I now know this not to be true. In addition to Mary and Tomas, I met with Luis and Celia De Campos of Inner Gaze. A husband and wife team, originally from Brazil, they are now firmly ensconced in America and Brooklyn. Beautiful furniture and exotic woods are their specialty. They create pieces for some of the most renowned designers and their celebrity clientele. They work, in the background, with focus and a commitment to always take care of the smallest, yet so important details. The entire workshop is watched over by a boisterous green macaw and peopled by craftsmen, as dedicated as Luis and Celia to produce furniture of great beauty and style. No

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ter, the ICFF, and the true stars of the show: the young students, all immensely talented with show business savvy beyond their years. There is Sang Hoon Kim, who envisioned and created one of the most memorable pieces of the exhibition, a magnificent undulating and articulating wooden screen/room divider. Then, there is Jang Won Yoon, from Los Angeles, another beyond-talented visionary, who has recreated the contemporary chair and stool in lacquered finishes, both delicious to look at and smooth to the touch. It just doesn’t get much better. Finally, I turn down another aisle and there is this spongy, clear/greenish, rubbery, pillowy thingy, with bright orange zippers on four corners. It is Chelsea Frost’s vision of the future in comfort and design…an adjustable pillow, a flat soft floor pad, whatever you can imagine. I loved it. I loved what it could be, and the promise of what this young woman would design in the future. Inevitably, there are too many highlights to list. But, what did I get out of this venture? Incredible new resources, inspiration, and a reminder never to be complacent. Stay creative. Then, create. •

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computer-generated products here – they do everything old school. It is no surprise that Mary Kuzma finishes their most prized pieces. I met with the young craftsmen from UHURU: Jason Horvath, Bill Hilgendorf, and David Gaynor. They are working to create the new by utilizing recycled, renewable, and green resource materials. Using the cutting edge of material technology, their designs show promise, even if design is less important than the material and execution. Back across the Bridge to the Javits Cen-

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spinning the web
eCommerCe WiTh BoB SChWarTz
by Todd Klawin

M

ention Manhattan Beach resident Bob Schwartz and

tise on the evolving world of eCommerce. Todd Klawin: You’ve built an impressive career as a leader in the eCommerce world. How did you first get involved in the space? Bob Schwartz: It goes back to my fascination with direct marketing that started when I was growing up around our family kitchen table watching my father craft lead campaigns for his insurance company. Then I experienced the digital direct marketing evolution while at Packard Bell Computers. Next, before the Internet was commercial, I was building digital commerce while leading Packard Bell direct business where I started selling PC’s on Prodigy. For your readers too young to remember Prodigy Online, you might want to tell them, “look it up on Wikipedia.” TK: Your current endeavor is very exciting. Tell us about PORTERO. BS: PORTERO is the largest authenticated online luxury market. We offer exciting ways to buy and sell the world’s best luxury brands, including pre-owned, vintage and new items from brands like Cartier, Panerai, Rolex, Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and the like. Rightly, con-

sumers worry about the authenticity of luxury goods, as they are prime targets for counterfeits and fakes being sold as real. PORTERO verifies and guarantees every item to be 100 percent authentic. Also, a consumer would have to hunt through hundreds of high-end consignment shops or dealers to find the assortment offered by shopping on our site. It’s a respected and easy place for consumers, dealers and brands. TK: The model strikes me as very timely in the current economic environment. BS: In the last decade, the rising economy and easy credit allowed luxury items to be accessible to many consumer groups. With the economic downturn, many aspirational consumers no longer have the discretionary funds to purchase new luxury items. We also see more consumers and brands looking to liquidate and sell items they have collected to free up cash or to turn around and use the proceeds to buy something else. Both of these trends are very positive for PORTERO as we offer a place to sell and to buy luxury at a value price. TK: So, the secondary luxury market is doing well in this economy. That makes

eCommerce in one sentence and you might be accused of redundancy. As Founding Partner of The Schwartz Group, Bob has a 20-year track record of effectively leading consumer Internet and eCommerce companies to billion dollar plus revenues with creative consulting and executive leadership. His success stories include: USSearch.com, a public company he turned around into a leader in online content; the building and spinning-off of Nordstrom. com, a leading fashion apparel Internet company for Fortune 500 Nordstrom, Inc; and Packard Bell Computers, where he was the youngest VP and creator of two consumer direct divisions. Lately, he devotes his time to PORTERO, an impressive and ambitious venture into the authenticated online luxury market, as Board Member and interim CEO. A respected leader in the industry, Bob often speaks about the opportunities and challenges of eCommerce, especially in bringing luxury brands to consumers. Luxury Life & Style Publisher Todd Klawin sat down with the South Bay resident, inviting him to share his experience, insight and exper-

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people
sense. How are luxury brands doing in the traditional markets today? BS: Most luxury brand are struggling with distribution as many of their best retail points of presence are having a very difficult time in this economy. Because of this, many brands are aggressively developing or expanding their Internet eCommerce presence because it allows them to more completely control the transaction, the proceeds and margins. TK: We are all learning to consume and transact in new ways these days. What can we expect to see next with eCommerce? BS: eCommerce needs to find its “eCommerce 2.0” position. To date, most sites are still onedimensional, online catalogs and have yet to develop an approach beyond that. As a recent Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Clearstone Venture Partners I spent quite a bit of time on this. My original approach was to look at how community, content and commerce can together create a more compelling experience for the consumer and brands. Though I continue to see value in that approach, I now firmly believe that delivering multiple, fun and engaging ways to shop is the next power wave we will see from online sellers. For example, our new core PORTERO site will offer consumers a rich and well-merchandised eCommerce experience plus an exciting new auction event platform, allowing preview of items and multi-day auction events. TK: What’s next for you Bob? BS: During my nine months as interim CEO of PORTERO, I closed almost $7 million in venture funding, launched our new member only luxury sale site, PorteroPrivate.com and just this week launched our new core Portero.com market. We have just introduced our new CEO, Susan Engel, and I will shortly transition back to the Board. Next, personally, I’m looking forward to more time with my “bride” Amy and our boys and less time on airplanes. Next in business? Stay tuned! I see an opportunity with distressed companies that can be bought and revitalized online with a smaller capital structure. But overall I love building and fixing great consumer companies and I see strong demand from large companies and brands to grow and drive their online presence. •

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DRIVE

the benchmark
MerceDeS-benz S550
by Don Weberg
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ercedes-Benz has always offered a flagship vehicle, and for

The S550 has been a popular pick not only for its lengthy list of features, but also because it offers the perfect balance of these features for the money. While not quite as posh as the S600, the S550 still coddles passengers. While not as aggressive as the S63 and S65 AMG road boilers, the S550 performs with the spirit of a car weighing one-third less. And while not as green as the new S400 Hybrid, the S550 still brings home an agreeable EPA rating without the worries of battery longevity. So customers get a little of each S-Class expression for a very agreeable sum. For 2010, Mercedes has upped the ante with a small battery of improvements and additions such as Attention Assist, improved head unit with integral Bluetooth, HD radio, USB and SD card sockets, whole-word voice recognition, 4G music register, and Zagat hotel and golf rating information, to name just a few. Maintaining its reputation for advanced

safety, Mercedes has introduced Nightview Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist, pre-safe brake with automatic emergency braking and advanced tire pressure monitors. Inside, the upholstery design has been slightly updated, wood appointments are restyled and a new three-setting ambient interior lighting system debuts with Solar (amber), Neutral (white), and Polar (blue) colored illumination options. Buyers can also indulge in an optional rear seat entertainment system. Outside, a new grill, bumpers, active bi-xenon headlights, larger side-view mirrors, daytime running lights, and restyled LED taillights mark the changes for the 2010 S-Class. The end result is a modernly appointed vehicle with a higher degree of safety and style. While colors have never been in short supply at Mercedes, the company has been promoting a more generous palette of handsome hues to

several decades that car has been the S-Class. Today, the S-Class is available in six different varieties, but for several good reasons, the most popular in the family is the S550. Typical of any Mercedes, the S550 comes well equipped and offers a host of options and accessories to create a more personalized luxury sedan. Out of the box, the S550 brings home thick, supportive seats upholstered in handsome leathers, careful use of exquisite wood and aluminum trim joined with exceptionally fine vinyls and plastics, and a spacious cabin and trunk. Even the carpeting is of a higher-than-average caliber. As with most things Mercedes, the S-Class feels well thought out, the fit and finish are of the highest quality and the driving position is difficult to fault. This is the way a flagship sedan should be.

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choose from, aiding clients in building a more personalized car. Propelling the hefty sedan to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds is the 5.5-liter, 32-valve, 382-horsepower engine, which is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. This combination results in a 14 MPG city/22 MPG highway rating. With performance and equipment like this, the massively comfortable and well-equipped S550 gives reason to reconsider the purchase of an exotic sports car. Historically, what has made a Mercedes a Mercedes is the philosophy behind the Star: the car should feel as good 20 years on as it does the day you buy it. The body is exceedlingly stiff, with a silence factor rivaling a coffin and doors to make a bank vault jealous; the switches and controls inside feel solid without being hard to press or turn; the steering is tight at higher speeds aiding in a superior degree of control, while parallel parking is a single-finger spin-the-wheel affair. Properly equipped, the S-Class becomes even easier to park, thanks to a rear-mounted camera and sonar detectors alerting you to objects in your path and their striking distance. Overall, you feel rewarded and refreshed having driven the S550, which is something special in itself as not many cars provide such a sensation.

Owning an S550 would be an equally rewarding proposition, making everyday commutes something of a joy rather than a chore. And the Mercedes service plan will promise peace of mind year after year. Even when its warranty has expired, the Mercedes mantra of Service Forever promises that you’ll be able to keep your Benz on the road and looking stellar for years to come. The S550 will age gracefully, becoming not an outdated car, but a vintage masterpiece. Take a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of South Bay, 3233 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance. 866-203-6576, southbay.mercedescenter. com. •

mercedes s550 specifications*
BodY: Material: Steel

Overall Length: 205.0 in. Overall Width: 73.7 in. Height: 58.0 in. Wheelbase: 124.6 in. Curb Weight: 4,465 lbs. Weight distribution (fr/rr): NA
mecHanicaLs: Transmission: 7-speed auto

Engine: 5.5-liter, DOHC V8 Horsepower: 382 @ 6,000 Torque: 391 @ 2,800
tires: FR: 255/45 R18

RR: Same
performance: 0-62 MPH: 5.4 seconds

Top Speed: 155 (governor limited)
*Manufacturer informational claims

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“It’s not just a Location; It’s a Lifestyle!”
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For Great American Food... Think Daily. Daily Grill features Certified Angus steaks, chops, fresh seafood, classic salads and not-to-be-missed desserts served in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. We also boast the best martini in town! Full bar, private dining, take-out and catering platters available.

Join us for a nightly celebration of exceptional food and wine, featuring the finest prime steak, fresh seafood and 100 wines served by the glass. 2301 Rosecrans Avenue 310-643-6911 www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com

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McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant brings the freshest seafood to the South Bay. We feature a menu that is changed and printed daily which includes fresh high quality seafood, steaks and pastas. We feature an extensive wine selection and The South Bay’s most popular $1.95 happy hour Monday through Friday.

2041 Rosecrans Avenue 310-607-9062 www.pfchangs.com

Fresh, contemporary and consistently outstanding are the trademarks of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. This stylish, high-energy bistro combines unforgettable Chinese cuisine and attentive service to create a truly unique dining experience. Why wait to enjoy the food you love? Make your reservation today!

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Committed to sourcing the best local, seasonal and all-natural ingredients from thoughtful producers. Enjoy freshness in every bite, with exquisite dishes starting from $12.

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grape escape
The Lodge at Sonoma
Photos courtesy of The Lodge at Sonoma.

isitors to Sonoma are privy to a prime vantage point from which to explore and experience the fashionable rusticity and outright fabulousness of the Wine Country and all it offers – world-class cuisine, soothing hot springs and mineral baths, olive oil as delectable as the wine, and downright unreal places to stay like The Lodge at Sonoma. We recently visited the refurbished Renaissance Spa and Resort property, located just

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minutes from the heart of Sonoma’s charming town center (itself absolutely endearing) and discovered unpretentious yet amenity-rich accommodations. After sprawling out in our spacious cottage rooms and cozy suites, we meandered to the progressive Raindance Spa, a warm sanctuary with friendly technicians and a comprehensive treatment menu. Then off to sample the mouthwatering cuisine from the kitchen of Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar, offering a stellar selection of cuisine to complement its equally impressive wine

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list and related social happenings, including celebrity wine-tendering and educational lectures. All of the aforementioned luxuries and additional worthy comforts make The Lodge at Sonoma perfect for a weekend getaway or weeklong escape. Personally, our stay was so spectacular we considered taking up residence. For more information about the hotel, or to make a reservation at Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar, visit thelodgeatsonoma.com. • J.T.

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written in time
Caran d'Ache 1010 Limited Edition

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ith the exception of chocolate, the Swiss are known for

two peerless luxury exports: the watch and the writing instrument. Carefully crafted and artistically inspired, these much sought after creations are the heart and soul of this country’s finest artisans. It’s no wonder Caran d’Ache would choose haute horlogerie, as the inspiration for an exquisite, perfectly realized pen. Imagined in the Geneva workshop, the 1010 Limited Edition celebrates a precision and excellence that is uniquely of Swiss heritage. The name refers to the moment when the hands of a timepiece are in perfect balance at the top of the dial. The pen itself pays visual homage to the complications of watches with skeletonized case backs. The exterior cage draws inspiration from the bridges that support a watch’s gear train and overlap an interior cage representing the complex mechanisms of watch movement. Other details include engraved minute notches on the ring, an 18-carat gold and rhodium-covered nib with engraved gear wheels, and a hand-polished, silver-plated and rhodium cap resembling a wristwatch crown. The balance wheel, at the tip of the body, is perfectly poised between two rubies and can be seen through a sapphire crystal dome. The piece comes beautifully packaged in a wooden box lacquered to a piano finish accompanied by an exclusive ink bottle with a stopper designed like the crown of a watch, in gold or silver-plated according to the model. To view the 1010 Limited Edition, visit Caran d’Ache at carandache.com. • D.E.

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TRAVEL

up,up and away
Five-Star Balloon adventureS
by Marlene Stang

W

hen Louis the XVI commis-

sioned the first untethered hot air balloon ride in Paris, France, in 1783, his aim was to realize the birth of an extraordinary means to showcase his glory, if not catapult France to the forefront of the scientific revolution. Now more than 200 years later, hot air balloon flight remains a time-honored reality, regardless of the fact that there are much faster ways to get from point a to point b. Therein, actually, lies the allure: there is quite possibly no more breathtaking a way to experience a locale than serenely suspended above it in a hot air balloon. Searching the globe for the finest in first-class balloon excursions, we narrowed the list to a handful of the most exclusive guided tours, and one with the top training facility in the business should you decide to become a pilot yourself. We guarantee that the view from up here is something incredible to behold. E

Photo courtesy of Serengeti Balloon Safaris.

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Buddy Bombard Balloons Buddy Bombard’s Europe of-

fers “Five-Star Journeys for the Refined Traveler” and definitely delivers in this regard. All trips are hosted by founder Buddy Bombard himself, a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. Bombard has personally traversed the globe as an air force jet pilot, skier, scuba instructor, America’s Cup Yachtsman, insur-

ance executive, tour and travel entrepreneur, photographer, balloon pilot, gourmet and all-around raconteur, and brings his undimmed joie de vivre to each and every excursion as its personal host. With one-third of each day devoted to ballooning, his well-informed staff ensures that every other aspect of the trip matches the splendor of seeing some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes from above.

You will stay at deluxe hotels, dine at exceptional restaurants and enjoy ground excursions led by the most knowledgeable guides. While the FAA only requires that one log 35 hours of balloon experience before receiving certification, each of Bombard’s staff pilots has more than 5,000 hours! A world of medieval castles and world famous vineyards awaits you in Burgundy, France’s

wine country. Guests of this trip will be escorted from Paris to the deluxe Hôtel le Cep in Beaune for five days and four nights, with four afternoon balloon trips planned over the course of four days (one trip each afternoon). You will visit wine cellars that have served this region for centuries, including the 12th century monastic winery of Confrérie des Chevalier du Tastevin. When you are not soaring over

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table fairytale environ if ever there was one. In the evenings, you will experience candlelight dinners at the 14th century Château Savigny Les Beaune, and an excursion on Day Four to Hospice de Beaune, one of Burgundy’s most important landmarks as a former charity hospital that now hosts Burgundy’s most important wine auctions. Your last night will include dinner at Bombard’s own home in France, the flower-filled Orangerie of Château La Boide. Trip combos to the Loire Valley, Switzerland, Florence and Siena are also available. Those with a passion for the exotic and surreal will relish the next excursion, which offers ten days and nine nights of exploring what was once the seat of one of Europe’s mightiest empires. Your journey will begin with three nights in Istanbul at the Five-Star Ciragan Palace Hotel, which was formerly the palace of the region’s mighty sultans. Your guided ventures through Istanbul will include trips to such historic landmarks as the Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia’s, the stunning Blue Mosque and Dolmache Palace. Dolmache was the last home of the Ottoman Sultans, and at 600 yards long it dazzles with its extensive gold interiors and authentic harem. You will then be entranced by a sensually romantic evening at the Karavansarai Supper Club, where the folkloric entertainment includes a classic belly-dancing show. The pièce de résistance of this trip is arguably the five scheduled morning balloon trips through Cappadocia, where you will drift over and among ancient rock formations and valleys that bear witness to both Mother Nature’s might and humankind’s ingenuity. Here, 60 million years of erosion has transformed compacted volcanic ash into rock formations that are otherworldly. You will enjoy elaborate catered luncheons among the rock formations, as well as nightly private dinners in such locations as the 10th century cave church of Avnali where a dance performance by a troupe of Whirling Dervishes will lend their legendary passion and grace to your dining experience. Trip combos to Salzburg, Austria and Florence and Siena are also available with transfer. For more information visit buddybombard.com, or call 800-862-8537.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris If you are yearning for the ad-

Serengeti Balloon Safaris (SBS) pays a substantial royalty to Tanzania National Parks for each passenger, and funds are applied to various conservation efforts in the region. Balloons are subtly colored in shades of “acacia green” and “savannah gold” to better blend with the environment, while the company’s “stealth” and “whisper” balloon burners make less noise than standard hot air balloon burners. This results in guests having a chance to hear the sounds of nature below, which only elevates the experience of floating over this region. Whenever possible, SBS lands their balloons on a road to save the local vegetation from damage by retrieval vehicles. SBS’s pilots are themselves committed conservationists who enjoy sharing their knowledge with guests, and SBS’s Director, Colin MacKinnon, was even deemed an elder by the local Wakoma tribe. SBS has assisted in the fundraising and construction of a school in the Rubanda Village, with the objective of teaching income-generating skills to villagers as an alternative to wildlife poaching. SBS has also sponsored educational trips to the Serengeti National Park for local village school children, striving always to build bridges between humankind and the natural world through education. Even tourists who are visiting the area on an organized safari with a set itinerary can take part in an SBS balloon excursion, provided they are staying at any of the central Serengeti lodges or Western Corridor luxury camps. SBS will collect such travelers from their lodge or camp before each flight and will return them by 9:30 a.m. to re-join their party. For more information, contact balloons-reservations@habari.co.tz or visit balloonsafaris.com.

venture of a lifetime, the world’s second-largest continent awaits you. Africa’s Serengeti region is nothing less than a visual poem proclaiming nature’s vastness and splendor, its sights and sounds providing us with a glimpse of the planet’s primeval beginnings. Balloons fly daily at dawn, and guests are treated to a lavish “Out of Africa” inspired breakfast that includes mouthwatering tropical fruits, warm, freshly-baked bread and a traditional English breakfast served on bone china by stewards in Swahili dress. Guests are collected at 5 a.m. from their central Serengeti lodge or camp and transferred by Land Rover to a launch site near Maasai Kopjes. Floating in the direction of the wind, you will fly both higher and lower than the treetops as you take in not only the Serengeti plane, but possible sightings of lion prides, pods of hippopotamuses and the annual million-strong wildebeest migration, depending on the time of year. Flights last for one hour, and end with a traditional champagne toast upon landing.

them you will also have the opportunity to drive through such vineyards as Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard and Romanée-Conti, with elegant lunches scheduled at fine restaurants throughout the region. You will also enjoy a private luncheon with the Countess de Loisy at her wine estate. Other highlights include a guided visit of the 14th century Château de la Rochepot and its village, a veri-

Photo courtesy of Buddy Bombard.

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Balloon the Rockies If at this point you find your-

that will enable a pilot to respond to a variety of conditions and circumstances. Balloon the Rockies can train pilots in specialties as well, such as professional ride operations, racing, mountain flying or just safe-quality sport flying. Students train in small, high-performance double-burner Aerostar Balloons, and after graduation they will be equipped to fly any brand of hot air balloon on the market today. The company also operates a full-service balloon repair facility on-site, and provides students with handson experience in understanding the basics of balloon maintenance. Training courses in balloon maintenance are also offered for those interested in entering the balloon maintenance and repair profession. For more information, visit aeronaut.com. •

self fantasizing about piloting your own hot air balloon, we don’t blame you. It’s only natural that one would at least contemplate it after envisioning the freedom of this type of flight, and if you are seriously considering it, we have good news for you. Balloon the Rockies, located on the world-class Rocky Mountain Destination Resort in Park City, Utah, offers students the advantages of good weather and varied mountain terrain for quick skill development over the course of the company’s accelerated program. Chief Instructor Mike Bauwen has 32 years of ballooning experience throughout the world, and provides a curriculum that exceeds FAA mandates for certification.

Bauwen even placed first in the 2000 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the ballooning industry’s premier annual competition. Students who enroll with Balloon the Rockies can usually earn an FAA Hot Air Balloon Certificate within two weeks of the first day of training, while Private Certificate

training can be completed in as few as eight days. The company does not provide “crash courses” (no pun intended), but rather adheres to the FAA’s approved “141 School” teaching method that stresses daily attention to the fundamentals of flight with an emphasis on building critical-thinking skills

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Top photo courtesy of Serengeti Balloon Safaris; inset photo courtesy of Balloon of the Rockies.

the Cellar

to wax and wine rhapsodic

by Bonnie Graves

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othing irritates me more than useless wine gadgets, unless it’s useless people, but that’s a different article, isn’t it? The whole wine accessories industry is predicated on a certain amount of consumer naïveté, on the belief that this “breathable” wine glass or

that magnetized gizmo or that bizarrely shaped decanter are essential to the enjoyment of wine. So let me be blunt. What is essential to the enjoyment of wine is good wine and good company, even if the latter is your own and you’re drinking out of a paper cup like that dude from Sideways. And I have had some seriously good wine out of red Solo plastic party cups, just for the record.

That said, there are some fundamental tools worth adding to your wine toolkit if you don’t already have them. The first is decent glasses with stems because although plastic cups may not detract from your wine enjoyment, they certainly won’t add to it either. Here’s what you need: a set of good quality, translucent, matching, immaculately clean, crystal wine glasses with stems. Here’s what you don’t need: over-

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Working with Rob Jones is always an outstanding experience. His ideas come clearly from the deep experience he has in his field. His generosity comes from his great character. He rates as an absolute A+
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sized silly glasses that hold an entire bottle of wine and cost an absurd amount; glasses that allege to magically “oxygenate” your wine for you; glasses without stems such that your grubby, greasy paws make a mess and overly warm the wine inside; or colored glassware of any sort including, and I am sorry say it, those pink breast cancer awareness wine glasses. Because accurate color assessment matters

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in your overall impression of a wine, and seeing the world through rose-colored glasses means you’re doing exactly that. A lot of research and resultant controversy has gone into the notion of stemware shape. Does having a particular size or shape of vessel help to concentrate the aromatics of a wine in a meaningful way? The quick answer is “yes,” though far less so than manufacturers of pricey crystal would have you believe. Be sensible. Don’t pour a big monster red wine into a tiny port glass, and don’t drink a delicate sipping wine out of a monstrously sized red wine balloon. The way in which oxygen interacts with wine to release its polyphenoldriven aromatics can be important but only in wines that merit that kind of analysis. Everyday wine should be drunk out of everyday wine glasses, period. At home, I favor Spiegelau crystal in a generic size for daily wine with dinner. I also keep sets of oversized Burgundy glasses (for better pinot noir, nebbiolo and the like), Bordeaux glasses (for big cabs and syrah), pretty little cordial glasses for fortified or dessert wines and, of course, good quality flutes for bubbles. If I have a dinner party with “real” wines, it’s nice to set the table correctly with glassware for multiple wines. Otherwise, Mr. Sexton and I use a basic glass. What matters more than shape 99 percent of the time, folks, is cleanliness. I never ever use dish soap of any sort on wine glasses because that residue is difficult to fully remove. I use only super hot water to clean my glasses and occasionally add a tiny amount of bleach diluted with water every few months to clear out any build-up of organic matter. Don’t use Palmolive, Madge, and don’t use Jet-Dry in the dishwasher either. Your next bottle of wine will unfairly shoulder that legacy of chemical aromas. And how about decanters? Much like

elaborately shaped glasses, decanters are, well, over-blown. Any clean glass vessel will do and I have cheerfully and successfully decanted wines into Teleflora vases (free with bouquet!) provided the receiving glassware was scrupulously clean. Why do we decant wines and which ones do we decant? There are three reasons and three reasons alone to decant wines. The first is to remove the yucky

solid bits from the yummy liquid wine in older reds that have some age on them. No one enjoys exfoliating her teeth when sipping wine so getting that gritty stuff out is key. It’s also important to note that the wine and its solid bits have been friends for quite some time and the presence of such precipitates can actually be an indication of quality, i.e., the wine wasn’t sterilized or stripped of flavor in its infancy.

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The second reason one decants wine is to introduce oxygen into a very youthful wine. When a young wine is closed or not showing its aromatics well, you can either cellar it and wait another few years for oxygen and Father Time to S-L-O-W-L-Y works their softening wonders in the bottle, or you can impatiently open that shy bottle right away today, decant it back and forth a few times, and try to expedite the opening of those aromatics. Try this the next time you have a nicer bottle of recently released wine that seems kind of dull on the nose. Moving the wine back and forth between clean glass containers can really open up the aromatics in an adolescent wine. The third and final reason one decants wines is to “bring the fancy.” Really. It’s the hallmark of a successful grape juice charlatan. Whether or not it enhances the physical enjoyment of a wine is secondary to the ritual delights of caring for a wine enough to serve it out of a decanter. Even the most humble of everyday reds gets a facelift when you pour it into and out of a lovely glass decanter. Service matters, at home as much as in restaurants, so bring the fancy once in a while and decant your wines. It adds to the ambience in a meaningful way. Last gadget you need: a wine opener that works. Don’t shred corks with one of those el cheapo corkscrews with wings that flap up and down on the rare occasion when they work at all. Either get a Pulltaps brand, the waiter’s BFF corkscrew with a Teflon “worm,” (the curlicue part that actually screws down into the cork itself) or upgrade and buy the Rabbit, which is infallible if large. Corks made out of real cork are porous and crumbly and either of these two wine openers will help keep that organic stopper from shredding in the bottle. And hey, if you get a tiny speck of cork in your wine glass by some chance, don’t freak out and embarrass yourself. It’s akin to returning the banana because there was a tiny bit of stringy banana bit left on the fruit part after you peeled it. Nothing screams “amateur” more than being a cork dork when you dine out, trust me. Buy the basics for your wine toolkit and save the rest of your discretionary income to upgrade your grape juice. Trust someone who’s worked in the business for well over a decade now and skip the bells and whistles of wine gadgets. As in restaurants, the steak is always worth more than the sizzle, so apply your dollars to better and more wine, not to accessories you genuinely don’t need.

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savvy LA foodie community means that no chef can afford to rest on either laurels earned elsewhere or on the bankrolling largesse of his money guys. In Mina’s case, the money guy is nightclub and real estate titan Sam Nazarian, whose SBE Group is also responsible for the wildly successful Bazaar at the revamped SLS Hotel in the old Meridien space on San Vicente. Pairing Starck design with authentic chef know-how is clearly a promising restaurant strategy for SBE and Nazarian, one that other nameless high-end LA restaurants with tired 80’s décor might do well to emulate before they go out-of-business. Mr. Sexton and I had intentionally saved dinner at XIV for a night when we wouldn’t be dining with our little one – this haven of elaborate tasting menus isn’t meant for speedy

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the late hours of the evening. Such a leisurely meal gave us plenty of time to observe the fantastic surroundings, though, and dinner at XIV made me wish I were 20-something and living in Hollywood because it’s fabulously fun and young. The dining room is cleverly divided into distinct zones that make one feel like you’ve made the guest list at an eccentric French auntie’s chalet for the party of the century – there’s lively pick-up action at the bar, whimsical books and figurines adorning mantels on fireplaces throughout the main space and an airy, enclosed outdoor patio with lighter menu options. It was packed packed packed on a Thursday night which made me happy for Chef Mina, who was there diligently working the room, and for my friend Christopher Lavin, the sommelier who is working real wine magic at XIV We wisely opted to let Chef Mina and his

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kitchen cook for us, and cook for us they did. Currently, diners can pick “A Light Meal” (eight courses), “Something More” (eleven courses) or, aptly enough for the very hungry, “Fourteen from XIV.” Some recent reviews have critiqued the restaurant for focusing on tasting menus, which I find annoying. Not that hungry? Then simply order à la carte, or better yet, snack at the bar or on the patio if you’re inclined for a lighter meal. Assessing a master chef’s abilities on bar snacks or one or two dishes alone is akin to seeing a single cocktail napkin sketch from Picasso and calling yourself an art critic. For me, taking the time to do a full tasting menu, ideally on multiple occasions, gives you the opportunity to see the full range of flavors, techniques and presentations that the wizard in the kitchen is capable of producing. And Mina is a wizard. I know his cooking from many of the other thirteen restaurants in his empire,

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dining while doodling on the kids’ menu with washable markers. This is a restaurant meant for savoring. That said, even our enthusiasm began to flag as we prayed for the final dessert course to arrive, the twelfth one by my count, as a recent Thursday night meal stretched into

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but something in the atmosphere of XIV and its Starck-esque whimsicality seems to have liberated Mina a bit. Here, his food seems artistic but, well, fun, which is saying something in the rarified realm of fancy-pants dining that is too often anything but. Highlights of our tasting menu at XIV included a gorgeous little hamachi sashimi nibble done with picked strawberries, grains of paradise and fresh green onion from the market. It was delicate, inventive and perfect in every way. Similarly, a lovely fish dish of Thaistyle snapper came encrusted with tapioca

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Bonnie’s Bottle Picks at XiV H Henriot Rose Millesime 1998 (a wonderful vintage Rose) talai Berri Hondarribi Zuri 2007 (Getariako Txakolina, Spain) Prager “Hollerin” smaragd Riesling 2001 (Wachau, Austria)
XIV photos courtesy of SBE Group.

Bert simon “serrig Wurtzgarten” Riesling kabinett 1998 (Mosel, Germany) Meo-camuzet Marsannay 2006 (Burgundy, France) chateau coutet 1990 (Barsac, Bordeaux, France)

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pearls, bitter rabe and a jolt of white soy vinaigrette and was a beautifully balanced mouthful of spice-meets-sour. And if sampling what any chef does with chicken is any indication of ability, i.e., that most pedestrian of “white meats,” then Mina’s jidori chicken with springtime favas and ramps, la ratte potatoes and a bit of onion jus is also proof of his ascendant skill. Mr. Sexton, that carnivore of carnivores, pronounced it the most delicious chicken he’d ever tasted and immediately wondered about getting the full entrée size portion of it. Wisely, his wife and our server discouraged him as we had at least six more courses to go after the jidori débuted, but that’s the point of a tasting menu – to alert you to the tastes that chefs are capable of conjuring. Mina’s menu was impressive but I want to give special recognition here to the wines and wine service we experienced at XIV. I know wine. I know it well as it’s been my bread and butter commodity for over a decade in the business now. That said, I am fully and hum-

bly ready to acknowledge that Wine Director Christopher Lavin may know just a bit more than me, and nothing could have made me happier as a diner! His wine pairings with Chef Mina’s foods require an awareness of palate weight, sweetness, alcohol, ageing and texture that is well beyond most sommelier’s knowledge base. Each wine paired was chosen with a keen awareness and respect for the chef’s intention in a given dish, and each subtly accentuated the best of those intentions. Christopher’s wine pairings made me yearn to work the floor as a sommelier again, in tandem with a truly great chef, because it is in and of itself an art to pair wines in this way with this caliber of food. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, Christopher is a total sweetheart with nary a grain of pretentiousness about him. He cheerfully handled the table of expense-account cabernet boozers to my left as gracefully as he handled a server’s mortified moment of spilling a tray of drinks. Now that’s professionalism.

Treat yourself to a full tasting menu at XIV with someone who cares about food and wine and you won’t be disappointed. It’s rare to find this kind of quality packaged in a fun setting; you’ll pay a lot more for a lot less elsewhere and won’t have nearly as good a time. If I lived in Hollywood, I’d be a regular by now and that’s for sure. XIV by Michael Mina 8117 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood 323-656-1414, sbeent.com/xiv

Coastal treasure My family and I often drive north from Los Angeles and, as we’re situated halfway up Topanga Canyon, could easily jump over to the 5 instead of committing to the 101. The culinary options on the former route are pretty grim, though; while I will cop to a secret love of McDonald’s new gigantic iced vanilla coffees for fueling long car trips, I still

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want to eat better than McNuggets. Besides, what’s the point of living on the coast if you don’t actually take advantage of the scenic drives that others can only enviously glimpse in car commercials? And so we take the 101 to San Francisco, and when we’re especially at leisure for time, take PCH through Malibu up to Oxnard, too. Ironically, the best and worst part of coastal car tripping is Santa Barbara. Some of the worst, grind-your-soul away, stop-and-start traffic is to be found on a weekend rush hour at the dreaded Milpas exit in Santa Barbara. After suffering one particularly grueling 6 p.m. snarl with an unhappy teething infant in the car seat, Mr. Sexton and I vowed to either stop in Santa Barbara and enjoy it, or to henceforth avoid it entirely by taking the 5. Happily, Santa Barbara offers lots of great eating, strolling and stretching opportunities; while it may extend our drive time by two to three hours, all three of us arrive home happier when we stop there to relax and refuel.

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I had every intention of doing cheap Wahoo’s fish tacos or upgrading to a simple bistro meal at Pierre Lafond on State Street the last time we stopped in Santa Barbara. But as we searched for parking, I noticed a sign outside a promising-looking patio that read “Seagrass” and was thrilled to recognize my good friend Mitchell Sjerven’s second restaurant in Santa Barbara, which he opened in late 2007. I know Mitchell from working the annual “World of Pinot Noir” summit the last few years, an event at which he tirelessly wrangles sommeliers from all over the country. Stun guns and lassoes might be more effective, but it’s really Mitchell’s charm and professionalism that rousts us all for those dreaded 7 a.m. shifts after too much late-night Champagne. (And good coffee from the angels at San Luis Obispo Coffee Co. helps quite a bit too.) Mitchell’s first Santa Barbara restaurant, the wildly popular Bouchon, was the restaurant where Mr. Sexton and I toasted our pregnancy news with both sets of our parents a few years ago. The memory of that fantastic meal made me eager to try the second outpost from Mitchell and his talented team. Seagrass has a lovely serenity to it that is reflected in its soft neutral décor and in the prompt but understated service. Mitchell has deep roots in the Santa Barbara community, and his personal commitment to sustainability and locally sourced foods is evident in the menu design at Seagrass. Featuring seasonal specialties like Santa Barbara spiny lobster and using only Pacific Ocean fish and shellfish from the local harbor implies both freshness and community support. As a charter member of the Sustainable Seafood Program at the Ty Warner Sea Center, Seagrass is a leader in responsible coastal cuisine. That philosophy also extends to the wine program at Seagrass, which reads like a “who’s who” of Santa Barbara County’s finest winemakers and appellations. While there are some international wines cheekily grouped into an “Outsiders” portion of the wine list, the emphasis is again clearly local with favorites like Morgan Clendenen’s fine viognier made under the Cold Heaven label in the nearby Santa Rita Hills

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and Palmina’s special white blend made just for Seagrass from grapes grown at Honea Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. Both these local whites paired beautifully with the crispy chili-lime calamari we ordered as a starter. The fiery calamari was tempered nicely with mellow roasted garlic cloves, sweet cherry peppers and cooling lime wedges. Because I was excited about the spectrum of local wines offered by-the-glass at Seagrass, we worked backwards by choosing red pours first and then matching the entrées to those wines. Accordingly, I paired a lamb dish with my glass of Carhartt’s 2006 “Faith Vineyard” sangiovese, a sustainably-farmed plot in Santa Ynez that is also a promising microclimate for this Tuscan grape. The cranberry-pine aromas of the sangiovese BEAUTIFULLY mirrored the pomegranate-glazed lamb with organic rainbow swiss chard from BD Farms – it was one of my top pairings this year for sure. Mr. Sexton drank a bit of a wine that was entirely new to me, from the Baehner Fournier estate vineyard in eastern Santa Ynez. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot, this “V3” wine reminded me that this inland section of Santa Barbara County is certainly warm enough to ripen these Bordeaux grapes as effectively as Napa and Sonoma. Predictably, Mr. Sexton happily ordered the grilled 12 oz. New York steak with truffly spinach and tangy horseradish, two of his very favorite accompaniments to beef. His wife wishes to register an official, published complaint about spouses who relentlessly order meat in a seafood spot as elegant as Seagrass. But the steak paired with the V3 red blend was pretty darn tasty. We lingered longer than we meant to at dinner, as a pineapple upside down cake with pecan sauce and coconut ice cream felt appropriately tropical for a warm Santa Barbara night. I finished Mr. Sexton’s glass of red wine as he switched to iced tea for the rest of the drive home, a drive that featured a soundly sleeping baby and a fantastic moon reflected over the Pacific. We rolled into Topanga well after midnight with full bellies, happy hearts and a new favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Slow food is always better than fast food, especially along the 101 and at Seagrass. • Seagrass Restaurant 30 East Ortega Street, Santa Barbara 805-963-1012, seagrassrestaurant.com

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Jeff Edwards CS Financial (310) 777 3600 www.csfinancial.com/jedwards jedwards@csfinancial.com

“

Jeff Edwards closed my last transaction in 21 days. He was able to obtain a $4,200,000 4.95% fixed for 7 years. My client was thrilled!

”

-Cindy Ambuehl

1761 Ruhland Avenue, Manhattan Beach
• • • • 7500 Sq. Ft. Lot • Five Bedrooms Five-&-A-Half Baths • Family Room Formal Dining Room Formal Living Room Chef’s Dream Kitchen • Wine Cellar • Butler’s Pantry • Maid’s Quarters • $2,395,000

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Brand New Home
Amir
235 South Irena Avenue Redondo Beach

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Amiri

MERIT

• Nine Detached Townhomes • Four Bedrooms 310.379.4444 • Three Baths • From 2200 to 2700 Sq. Ft. • From $999,000 to $1,189,000 • Panoramic, Ocean View from Rooftop Deck • Custom Kitchen Cabinetry
www.meritrealestate.com

If you’re looking for someone who knows mortgages —
Here’s someone to know.
When you meet Eli Fairfield, you can be confident that you are talking to someone who knows the business and the area. Rest assured, any questions you have about the home loan process will be given personal attention.

If you’re looking for a home loan, talk to someone who’s mortgage savvy and understands the community.

Contact me today.

Eli Fairfield
Mortgage Loan Officer 17204 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90504 310.227.3359 eli.fairfield@bankofamerica.com http://mortgage.bankofamerica.com/elifairfield

Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender © 2009 Bank of America Corporation. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. 00-62-0290D 04-2009 AR72859

B R I C E W. H E A D , M B A
‘The South Bay Apartment Authority’
37 Year Old in HermOsa wiTH	$230K	FACELiFT		>
•	 4	Unit	Apartment	Asset •	 Large	units,	ideal	roommates	or	 ‘work	at	home’	renters •	 Rooftop	Deck	with	new	furniture	 and	BBQ,	ideal	for	tanning,	reading,	 relaxing… •		Bamboo	flooring,	new	cabinetry,	 appliances,	fixtures,	“you	name	it” •	 Almost	$250k	of	recent	 improvements •	 3	Blocks	to	the	Beach

8 UNITS, JUST CLOSED

<	“MELROSE	PLACE”	in	SOUTH			 				HERMOSA	BEACH
•	 OVER	$400K	OF	CAPiTAL	 iMPROVEMEnTS	in	THE LAST	2.5	YEARS •	 interiors	nearly	‘gutted’	and	redone... custom	cabinetry,	tile,	“the	list goes	on” •	 Very	stylish	upgrades	by developer/owner •	 Common	area	highlighted	by	 Adirondack	chairs,	fountain, BBQ	and	Ping	Pong	Table

37 Year Old in HermOsa witH a brigHt future
•	 12	Unit	Apartment	Asset •	 JUST	REDUCED	$150,000 •	 Good	“BUY	and	HOLD”	or	Develop •	 A	collateralized	5%	Cap	beats	-35%	stock	market	returns •	 Spacious	Townhouse-Style	units,	upgrades	ongoing •		9,200	sq.	ft.	lot	zoned	R3	with	Ocean	Views

C a s h F l o w • C a p i ta l a p p r e C i at i o n • ta x B r e a k s Consider an Income Property Investment with The South Bay’s Most Active Commercial Agent!

Call Brice W. Head, MBA

Direct: (310) 802-2520
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In 46 transactions since January 2007,	investment	property	Buyers	and	Sellers	have	chosen	Brice.	His	 market	expertise,	particularly	in	the	greater	South	Bay,	is	second	to	none.	whether	you’re	a	seller	wishing	to	 command	a	“top-of-the-market”	price	or	a	Buyer	wanting	to	wisely	place	investment	capital,	Brice	can	help. Either	multi-family	or	retail,	many	investment	options	require	little	to	no	active	involvement,	please	inquire.

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THE

PRESTIGIOUS CORNERSTONE MODEL IN OCEANFRONT ESTATES

10 Via del Cielo, Rancho Palos Verdes
This exquisite ocean view property has lavish style and grace. Located in one of the most luxurious developments on the peninsula, the property boasts approx. 7000 sq. ft. of living space, a 4 car garage and sits on a 28,500 sq. ft. lot overlooking the ocean. The opulent interior, including most of the original model furnishings, was designed by world famous designer FARI and featured in Newsweek magazine. The dramatic grand foyer entry has regal raised panel 8’ solid core interior doors with gracious lever-styled hardware that opens to the majestic double staircases and the well appointed formal living room. The home has a huge recreation room/conservatory with a wet bar and wine cellar, a formal dining room, library, and a play/study room on the children’s wing. The professionally designed gourmet kitchen provides optimum convenience and culinary function. A welcoming nook accompanies the kitchen that opens to the view balcony. Just bring your personal belongings and move right in. A quality life at its best! Offered at $4,589,000

PANORAMIC OCEAN, QUEEN’S NECKLACE AND CITY VIEWS
1608 Via Lazo, Palos Verdes Estates
This beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath Mediterranean home features library/music room, two decorative marble fireplaces, two elevators, three wine coolers & media room with huge built-in bar. Also included are sound/alarm/camera surveillance systems & lots of storage areas. Extraordinary light fixtures grace the home including alabaster chandeliers/sconces, wrought iron railings, marble staircase, great central hall with built in niches, distressed solid wooden doors, sophisticated lighting system, unique floor & ceiling designs, impressive custom window coverings with Italian silk & crystal beading. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances. Master bath has rare decorative sinks/Jacuzzi tub/separate shower. Second master suite is used as an office with built-in shelves. French doors have electric roll shutters & retractable awnings. Fantastic terraced backyard with a bridge to the BBQ area with large rock waterfall. A turnkey home feels like a historic European Villa! Offered at $2,969,000

FRENCH COUNTRY MASTERPIECE
2020 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates
One of the most beautiful homes on the peninsula by the bluffs of Lunada Bay with unobstructed ocean, Malibu & sunset views. Every detail has been meticulously designed in this gated with 6 + bedroom suites, library & full gym with sauna on a flat, beautifully landscaped huge lot. The separate guest house has own bedroom, living room with fireplace, full bath & kitchenette. This home has understated elegance & an abundance of amenities all done with an unparalleled standard of quality. You will not want to miss this timeless beauty! Offered at $6,688,000

LILY LIANG
DELIVERS THE RESULTS!
CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE
Website: www.lilyliang.com

310.373.3333
DRE# 00837794

Email: lily@lilyliang.com

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BedRooMS: 4 BathS: 4.5 oFFIce: 1 SQ. Ft.: Lot SIZe: PRIce: 3878 taped 3434 assessor’s data $3,495,000

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