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HOLIDAY ISSUE 2013

Chef Suzanne Goin Holiday 2013

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Food for the Soul – Huckleberry Cafe

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Zoe Nathan creates space for nourishment in more ways than one. I'm at the bustling Huckleberry Café & Bakery on Wilshire in Santa Monica. Within seconds of sitting down at a wooden tabletop cheered by a vase of freshly picked ranunculus, I'm greeted with a burst of energy. It's Zoe Nathan, and she's right on time for our interview. Dressed in an apron, white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of black Converse sneakers, her outfit conveys a hardworking pastry chef and cool mom. Jovial in … [Read more...]

May 2013

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Spending a day with my mom is always enriching, and receiving massages is high on my list of favorite ways to rejuvenate. Honoring Mother’s Day with a glorious spa day at Spa Montage far exceeded our expectations. Dangling our legs in the water of the hotel’s luxurious rooftop pool after being treated to world class pampering, we’re telling stories and recalling memories that belong to just the two of us. We are surrounded by the view of the Hollywood Hills so reminiscent of my mom’s former … [Read more...]

May 2013 Astrology

ARIES This month has a huge focus on testing and mastery over the material aspects of life. How you deal with debt, money, power, and control is a huge focus. The pull toward making decisions based on material comforts, safety, and security is strong, but the Eclipses this month require that you let go of karmic patterns of the past so that you can grow, evolve, and transform! Pay attention to the 20th as significant shifts, sudden reversals, breakdowns, and breakthroughs regarding your life … [Read more...]

Going For Your Gusto

Lean in and out to step forward in your career. All of us, men and women, are increasingly encouraged to step up and take initiative in our work if we want to be “successful.”  Whether we feel brave enough to lean in at the work place or we choose to lean out and pursue our own path, putting a stake in the ground is essential. I recently read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, her understandably controversial discourse about women, ambition, and overcoming the self-doubt and prescribed social … [Read more...]

Money Matters: Aligning Money with Purpose

The Key: Understanding Cash Flow Aligning money with purpose is a means to achieve a level of clarity, balance, and harmony within one’s Self. Our purpose is what gets us out of bed, excites us, and drives us. It propels us to live a vibrant, healthy, peaceful, and abundant life. We can gain control over our finances through an understanding of cash flow which, as I’ll explain, is the key driver in support of our purpose. Over the past 15 years as a financial and estate planner, I have … [Read more...]

Clear Up the Relationship Climate

Positive Biases are a Key to Happy Relationships   By Dr. Carrie Hutchinson   In assessing a relationship’s health, whether friends, family members, or lovers, it is not only necessary to check the temperature daily but also to examine the overall climate.   Long ago in one of your first science classes, you may have learned the difference between weather and climate. While the weather may vary, the climate of a particular region remains relatively stable over … [Read more...]

Contributors Share About Their Mom

This month, we asked our contributors to honor Mother’s Day by sharing a memory or a treasured lesson learned from their mom… David Young-Wolff – Photographer, Spa Montage and Food for the Soul I have this memory of lying down, asleep on the soft carpeting of the floor as a very small child.  As I start to wake, I feel a warm loving energy approach me. When I open my eyes, I see my mom’s feet and legs near me. She reaches down and picks me up with her strong hands. I can smell her hair and … [Read more...]

Their Perfect Home

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Achieving Harmony in the City From Natural Heights The vision: a home with a phenomenal view, peaceful yet close to the city, spacious enough to house three kids and four dogs, and host gatherings for extended family and friends. Enter: Encino. Here, homeowners Elaine and Dan were drawn to a serene setting -- a beautiful open location with views of snowcapped mountains juxtaposed by a panoramic scene of the San Fernando Valley that mesmerizes at night with twinkling city lights. This was the … [Read more...]

Granola Recipe

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Based on the “Housemade Granola” served at Huckleberry Café & Bakery. By Zoe Nathan Serves 4 There are a thousand variations of granola, so mix in anything you like when preparing it. Every house should have its own recipe -- I like mine not to be too sweet, but if you like yours sweeter, add more honey to this recipe. If your family likes coconut, throw in sweetened toasted coconut. For a chocolate granola, omit the cinnamon, add an additional 1/2 tsp salt, use only toasted … [Read more...]

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