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May 2013

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...]

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...]

Spa Treatments for Mother’s Day

Treat mom to some valuable me-time on Mother’s Day. Whether she devotes 20 minutes or an entire day, these spa treatments will pamper and give her a well-deserved break. Turkish Delight Inspired Spa Experience Creative Chakra Spa - Marina del Rey Allow ample time for the Turkish Delight Inspired Spa Experience. The Spa, close enough to the beach to catch the breeze and view, is known for their Ayurvedic and other holistic treatments. Owner Sandi West and her team’s extensive backgrounds are … [Read more...]

San Geronimo Cheese

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Standing somewhere between a Raclette and a Fontina, this cheese is an excellent introduction to the rich, fascinating world of washed rind cheeses. Yes, these are the cheeses that usually get a bad rap in old timey cartoons. Often milder than their noses would suggest, washed rind cheeses are typified by their satisfying mouth-feel, grassy/beefy notes, and meltability. San Geronimo continues in the tradition of Swiss/Italian cheesemakers by way of Nicasio, California—made possible by the … [Read more...]

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