Boulevard Magazine Issue B209 Early Summer 2014

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Celebrating 31 Years of Cover Artists and their Art!

b2ap3_thumbnail_SurpiseArtist.jpgThe Mystery Artist is Daniel Merriam with over 30 covers!

There’s a long-standing maxim in the magazine world that the images on the cover are what will sell a given publication. Most of the local Los Angeles magazines work along the same lines as national magazines, with glossy celebrity glamour portraits or manicured lifestyle photos offering a straight-forward aspirational view of what they will find on the inside pages. Boulevard, however, has dared to run in the opposite direction, right down to the artist-rendered covers that echo a different mindset—that the reader is a participant in the world depicted in the articles rather than a spectator looking in.

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Our favorite restaurants feature organic and vegetarian dishes that will grow on you.

As much as we love the way “comfort food” tastes and caresses our palates with butter, olive oil, cream, and other rich ingredients, we know as Californians that when temperatures rise and our wardrobes become lighter, it’s time to reconsider how we define comfort food.

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Superior ingredients, a commitment to quality, and an emphasis on freshness make Cameron’s Seafood the ultimate seafood experience this side of San Francisco - and we love San Francisco.

When walking into Cameron’s Seafood, one thing becomes immediately clear:  This is a special establishment. From the hardwood floors, to the tasteful, framed photographs on the wall, to the exhibition kitchen where you can catch a glimpse of busy chiefs expertly crafting their next masterpiece—everything  about Cameron’s comes together to let you know, wherever you came from, that you just stepped into the right place.

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Several wonderful things have grown from the seeds planted by Colin Tom’s restaurateur family, from the many restaurant branches of New Moon around Los Angeles to their California-inspired takes on traditional Chinese recipes. 

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Whether food is done homespun or fancy, these restaurants are natural choices for a purely satisfying dining experience.

In recent years, we’ve gone positively crazy for spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, and heirloom tomatoes in every color of the rainbow. In fact, we can’t get enough of them, and we cannot wait to find out what humble vegetable will be the next to get its time in the sun (or the skillet, for that matter). Could we ever believe there was a time when Mom had to tell us to eat all our vegetables? Some moms bribed their kids with dessert. Others did it through ketchup, melted cheese or other toppings.  My mom got me to eat peas because they were filled with protein and would make my hair grow long.

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With its incredible amounts of nutrients and great taste, you’ll be tempted to ask, “Can I eat all the kale my heart desires?” The answer is: Kale yeah!

There’s a good reason kale salads grace the menu at trendy restaurants in Los Angeles. Not only is this leafy green a superfood, but also its lemony flavor packs a delicious and versatile punch. Until recently, kale was nowhere to be found in grocery stores or restaurants. Luckily, this heart-healthy veggie has peaked, and we can now reap its nutritional benefits.

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There’s no time like the present to look and feel better than ever. Let our experts guide you to the latest in fitness and personal care.

As we enter a new season, we reflect on the past and pinpoint our goals for the future. Common new year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, weight loss, or even experimenting with a new hair style or color may have come and gone, or didn’t go quite as planned. Perk up! Spring, a time of renewal and redemption, is a perfect time to treat your body and mind with love, caring, and optimism.  

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Eyelash, skin, and beauty treatments are hand-picked and custom-made to fit every unique individual at Studio City’s Beauty Boutique.

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The blending of science and nature is the source of today’s advanced facial treatments.

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With these four exciting exercises (that we’re sure Jack LaLanne would have approved), working for the body of your dreams can be more enjoyable—and attainable—than ever.

In a local thrift store window, health magazines from the ‘50s are displayed on a bookshelf. One cover features a bodybuilder standing on a mountainside. Wildflowers at his feet match his revealing bathing suit. He resembles a vintage Super Man, the way his hands are posed, and how his hair is styled with the slightest curl in the front. The magazine, Strength and Health, cost thirty-five cents in 1954. Upon closer inspection, I see his name printed beside his thigh, Jack LaLanne. The fitness guru died in 2011 at the age of 96 but worked out two hours a day into his 90s. He believed that any physical activity was better than sitting at home. Below are five exercises that Jack would have approved for you.

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Offering an extensive menu of eco-friendly facials and ultra-relaxing massages in a tranquil setting, Eagle Rock’s The Garden Spa’T puts the “treat” in “retreat.”

As the proud recipient of “Best Facials 2014”, “Best Organic Spa 2007”, the Los Angeles Greenopia “Four Leaves Award”, as well as being honored by the State of California and Yogi Times magazine, it is astonishing that The Garden Spa’T Organic Skin Care was conceived in a chemical factory!

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Hardware, vanities, sinks, and cabinetry are so alluringly displayed, you’ll forget you’re shopping for home improvements.

Why select independent retailer Mission West Kitchen and Bath instead of a sprawling home store? One big reason is the sense of intimacy created by showroom manager and co-owner Kathy Adamson and her team. Though the space on Mission Street located steps away from its parent store, Mission Tile West, is small, it is brilliantly and cleverly filled with thousands of décor possibilities. The displays and model rooms are quite welcoming, and the staff bends over backwards to put you at ease.

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By visiting Crown City Vintage Lighting, a museum-esque home decor store in Pasadena, residents use the light fixtures of California’s past to brighten up their homes.

We all dream of finding our passion in life, what inspires us, what motivates us. Rosemarie Zaragoza, founder and owner of Crown City Vintage Lighting in Pasadena, had her life’s passion in her DNA; it just took a few detours to find it.

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The Sliding Door Company is growing by leaps and bounds, and it needed a larger home in Pasadena to show us its expanding family of gorgeous new lines and ideas.

Inventor Alexander Graham Bell was known for many things, including the game-changing telephone. However, did you know that he is also credited for this oft-repeated quote?

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The selection of the right stone or tile can be a very solid investment for your kitchen, bath and home. We’re “Stone in Love” with the newest trends in stone and tile that reconcile antiquity and modernity.

Your home is the purest reflection of who you are and what you desire to project to the world. It can express your creativity, a sense of refinement, or an appreciation for fine craftsmanship. It’s one of the optimum investments you can make in your life, and when it’s done right and the way you envisioned, it evokes a lasting sense of joy and satisfaction. 

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From the runway to your closet, fashion is as individual as you are.  

aahhhh, spring is finally here!  Shed the layers (if you ever wore them), slip into a pair of strappy sandals and a swingy crossover bag, and hit the streets for a day of good old-fashioned boutique hopping. The palette is soft and light, and the mood is feminine, bold, and sultry. Spring fashion 2015 gives a big retro nod to the ‘70s, made thoroughly modern when paired with a tailored blouse or jacket. The modern bohemian is back in a waterfall of fluid silhouettes, ethereal colors, and ultra-romantic motifs.

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Put your best foot forward with shoes and accessories from the top boutiques in town.

The best-of-the-best in shoes and accessories in Los Angeles, mag.pi in Studio City offers a highly-curated selection of locally made goods. Founder Lauri Carleton’s fashion career began with shoes, at Fred Segal Feet, while she was still attending art school. Lauri’s art background and her attention to detail appear in every piece found at mag.pi. Among their adorable collection of clothing, footwear, and vintage homewares, the most impressive items are the shoes made by hand in NoHo specifically for mag.pi. It doesn’t get any more local and artisanal than that.

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Allow us to give you a glimpse into the other-worldly genius of contemporary master surrealist, Daniel Merriam, whose sublime water colors have graced our covers more than any other artist over the last 31 years. 

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A pop culture icon whose art defined and celebrated the awakening consciousness and free spirit of the sixties, Peter Max is today one of the world’s most famous and beloved living artists.

After decades of work and success, and then more work, he has every right, at the age of 77 to rest on his laurels. But rest isn’t what makes him happy. It’s art.

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From March through May, fill your itinerary with the best in culture, from plays at historic theaters to outdoor concerts to art exhibits at local galleries.

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Spring is a time for new beginnings and adventure. Whether you’re looking to explore LA’s historic homes and freshly blossomed gardens, start a new business, host a party, embark on a new exercise regimen or even take an international trip, there’s something in store for everyone this season!

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Pasadena’s historic buildings, secret walkways, and annual Make Music Pasadena celebration bring a taste of France to Los Angeles.

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The Diesel-powered sequel to The Fast and the Furious delivers summer-movie thrills early.

The summer movie season revs into theaters a little earlier this year thanks to Furious 7, the latest entry in the popular street-racing The Fast and the Furious franchise, which opens in U.S. theaters on April 3. Much of the series’ success rests on the broad shoulders of Vin Diesel, who first played the Italian-American elite street racer, auto mechanic, and ex-convict Dominic Toretto in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious.

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When Ben Foo opened the doors to The Bowhaus Pet Company nearly three years ago he had a goal. That goal was formed from his love of dogs and a certification in pack behavior management and pack training from the Dog Tec Academy in San Francisco. As Ben says, his plan was to create “more of an itinerary-based day camp, with a schedule and more one-on-one interaction, rather than a free-for-all.” 

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