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Stylish Kitchen Solutions ~ Jill Wolff shares expert kitchen advice and design tips

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Known for her clean and elegant style, interior designer Jill Wolff shares kitchen advice and design tips to gear us up for a season of entertaining. ~~ Interviewed by Marina Chetner           Photography by Adam Latham and Everett Fenton Gidley ~~ The kitchen is the beating heart of the home. It’s where the art of meal creation happens; it’s a gathering spot for family and friends.  For many home cooks, the kitchen is their place of refuge, while for others, this space functions as a … [Read more...]

Turmeric-Spiced Root Vegetables ~ by Suzanne Goin

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From the  article, Seasoned to Perfection by Bekah Wright, as featured in the Fall issue of Find Bliss 2013. Turmeric is a rhizome or rootstock of a South Asian member of the ginger family. As the major ingredient in curry and a cheaper alternative to saffron, it is commonly used in Indian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern cooking as much it seems, for its color as for its flavor. In fact, in the past turmeric was used for dyeing textiles and fabrics, for making cosmetics, and even for religious … [Read more...]

Wine Cheese Chocolate July/August

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  Compiled by Vanessa Harris Photos by David Young-Wolff Sangria by Frey Organic Wine   Do you love red wine but find it a bit too robust for the warm summer months? Here’s a solution: Frey Organic Red Wine crafted into a homemade sangria makes for a refreshing tipple to enjoy any time of the year. Located in Mendocino County, Frey Vineyards is the largest winery to have taken on the challenge of producing truly organic wine. Made with no added sulfites, their wines support … [Read more...]

Summer Soothers ~ Seasonal Spa Treatments

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  Good times under the sun’s rays can get the better of us sometimes, which calls for some TLC during the summer season. These treatments soothe and heal, and remind us to take extra care of ourselves. By Marina Chetner, Vanessa Harris, and Felicia Tomasko Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment Ona Spa Los Angeles If all signs of tension caused by traffic gridlock don’t dissipate upon entering the calm of this Balinese-inspired space, they will during Ona Spa’s Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment. … [Read more...]

Going with the Flow ~ Escape to The Langham Huntington Spa, Pasadena

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  Set on magnificent grounds, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena feels a world away from the stresses of the city. The hotel’s proximity to Los Angeles’ downtown makes for a perfect day spa getaway. Words by Marina Chetner Photography by David Young-Wolff Over a century old, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is a palatial property set on more than 23 acres. One end of the property is flush with lush green lawns and gardens; the other side is home to Chuan Body + Soul, a spa offering … [Read more...]

Mariel Hemingway Finds Refuge at Home

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At 51, Mariel Hemingway says she is finally learning how to play A setting for the pursuit for play is found in her cozy 1.7 acre ranch that features an expanding outdoor gym and organic farm set deep in Malibu Canyon. Mariel shares this idyllic setting Mariel with her partner, Bobby Williams. Bobby is delivering the workout ethos of Venice Beach to the couple’s ranch. He’s continually adding to the converted corral lined with sand, where he's installed a pair of custom-built balance bars … [Read more...]

Green Splendor: The Quest for Fresh Inspires Restaurant Gardens

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There is a growing awareness across the country about the story of food.  Despite the many failures of our current national food system, there are shining examples of communities that care for the way food is grown, shared, and consumed -- and the public is welcoming this movement with open arms.   By Britta Turner   Throughout Southern  California - in Los Angeles, specifically - you may have noticed many neighborhood restaurants serving locally-sourced ingredients. What … [Read more...]

Editor’s Note July/August 2013

While any time of year is a good time to indulge, there’s something about the long days of summer that call out for something special. Whether it’s my memories of the characteristic ringing bell of the ice cream truck or packing a picnic to take to the park or the beach, these months offer a sense of freedom, giving us permission to revel. Indulgence can also be good for us--which is part of the criteria of some of my personal favorite Los Angeles treats. These include: the iced blended maca … [Read more...]

Find Bliss Contributors

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We asked this month’s contributors to reveal their top spots for enjoying summer fare in Los Angeles.   Britta Turner Writer, Restaurant Gardens For me, all of my food and drink indulgences vary with the seasons, as my body craves produce items that naturally ripen at different times. I'm a server at True Food Kitchen (truefoodkitchen.com) which has just released an amazing watermelon salad. It's ripe with summer flavors, including mint, basil, feta cheese, and a colorful array of … [Read more...]

Relationship – The No-Games Guide to Love

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Looking for love? Craving a real connection? Sick of the games? Then stop playing them.   by Laurel House   You might not even realize the games you play. You may think that you are abiding by "the rules," following the conventional dating expectations that dictate when you should call, not call, make yourself available, pretend to be busy, and tiptoe around the truth… which isn't lying, it's just not being exactly transparent. Screw the rules! It's time to get … [Read more...]

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