Boulevard Magazine Issue B209 Early Summer 2014

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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.

Daniel Merriam and his six siblings grew up in Naples, Maine, a rural town in the southwestern part of the state. The Merriam home was filled with a variety of musical instruments and Daniel’s mother was fond of throwing open the windows while she sang, thereby serenading the neighborhood. He deeply admired his father, Fremont, a structural engineer, noting he was “so methodical and efficient.” “My father always enjoyed showing me and my siblings very strange and unique things he had discovered.” Some of these things would end up in the basement of their summer cottage on Mousam Lake. “Our cellar was filled with aquariums filled with pollywogs, sea monkeys and turtles collected from a nearby cranberry bog.” It was about this time that Daniel discovered the joy of art for himself, spending blissful hours alone in his room, until “I had soon drawn enough fanciful images to wallpaper my entire room.”

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No matter how you slice it—or grill it, marinade it, or flame broil it—our neighborhood restaurants are in their own unique way perfect places to chill out, slow down and enjoy California’s bounty prepared in a multitude of ways. While these diverse restaurants have different ways to satisfy a craving, they always keep life interesting and flavorful by offering the proverbial “something for everybody” and then some.

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Whether you like your fish fried, grilled, chilled or baked (or instead, crave a steak), Cameron’s Seafood in Pasadena will have you hooked.

In Southern California, we’re blessed to have the Pacific Ocean as our front yard and our gateway to the rest of the world. Consequently, this means there are many fantastic fish shacks and shops lining Pacific Coast Highway (the fabled “Highway 1”) and our beach cities.  Though Pasadena is admittedly a ways from the beach, we’re very fortunate that Pete Gallanis and the staff at Cameron’s Seafood have brought the Pacific to our neck of the woods. After 27 years in business under Gallanis’ direction, the restaurant’s continued emphasis on freshness has steered it to success even the waterfront spots have to respect.

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It used to be common practice for meat to travel directly from a farm to your kitchen, without any factories ever getting involved, resulting in fresher, higher-quality beef. Meat District Co. in Old Pasadena remembers those days and has decided it’s time to honor the past with their “paddock to plate”-inspired menu. They proudly serve nothing but all-natural “never ever” beef, which is to say that the cows producing the meat they serve have never come into contact with hormones, steroids or antibiotics. Take one carnivorous bite and you’ll be able to tell the difference immediately.

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A century ago Sherman Oaks was an expanse of fruit orchards and small clusters of homes, which evolved into a tidy, middle-class suburban neighborhood with Ventura Boulevard serving as its “Main Street, USA.” In the 80s, it was part of the “Valley” that became the stuff of pop culture legend, from the Sherman Oaks Galleria’s role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to its appearance in other films, television shows and pop songs. While various aspects of its history remain intact, there’s something else on the horizon - Sherman Oaks as a hub of trendy restaurants and cocktail bars that have had people rethinking their pilgrimages “over the hill” for dining and socializing.

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Ahoy! We Southern Californians are lucky to have summer weather for most of the year. However, there’s something special about beating the Valley and Pasadena heat by heading to the beach, the boardwalk, Pacific Coast Highway or Santa Monica’s buzzing neighborhoods during our warmest months. And when we can’t get to the beach, we can delight in the fact that there are plenty of options closer to home doing their magic with freshly-sourced seafood and fish. In our treasure hunt, it was a challenge to select just a few to discuss. However, we’ve done the diving and digging for you to net and reel in our picks for ocean fare.

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Pasadena is a bonafide symbol of Americana in popular culture, especially as the home of the Rose Bowl and the birthplace of the band Van Halen, among other things. However the Old Town Pasadena of today—even with its reverence for history and architecture, is a place The Little Old Lady from Pasadena (from Jan & Dean’s 1960s hit) may not recognize. However, we bet she would love it, as it has something for every age and appetite.

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The heat of mid-summer calls for fresh, light and chilled dishes to cool us down. On its own, gazpacho is a classic and refreshing summer dish that uses everything that’s in season, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and even strawberries for a surprisingly bright, sweet note. When paired with grilled shrimp, gazpacho is transformed into a satisfying and hearty dish that can be served as either an appetizer at a barbecue or as a fulfilling dinner al fresco.

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There’s still time to enhance your summer look, so check our favorite fashion hot spots for refreshing ideas for late summer.

We all know what goes around, comes around. And when it comes to summer resort and casual fashion, the phrase could not be more appropriate. Maybe it’s tropical brights one year and muted pastels the next. But we can always count on the soft touch of a huarache sandal to stroll a beach boardwalk, or a beaded tote to add some romantic bling to our vacation wardrobe.  Most commonly worn as a sassy hip wrap over a swimsuit, even a sexy sarong has far more versatility and can take you from beach to bar with some strategic twists and ties in the right places. Your favorite flowing halter maxi and some colorful bangles are all you’ll need to take you from day to dinner at any seaside resort.

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Adore Organic Innovation, an international brand of beautifying treatment and maintenance products some skincare aficionados describe as the “cream of the crop,” opens its doors mid-September at The Village at Westfield Topanga, the area’s newest destination shopping enclave. Although this well-heeled part of the Valley is a place whose residents take skincare very seriously, the owners are excited about the prospect of people from all over Los Angeles and from as far as Santa Barbara coming to their shop to experience what makes this skincare collection for women and men different.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell. At least that’s how cosmetic procedures were viewed in the not too distant past. Celebrity, relative, or the lady down the block, few admitted to it. How times have changed! Treatments are more advanced and natural looking than ever. Potential clients openly ask and search for recommendations, get second or third opinions, and research the myriad of options to be better informed.

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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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The carefree days of summer are still upon us, with much more still to come. Beaches, resort vacations, camping, long drives with the kids, and the often times oppressively hot weather take a toll on our skin, fitness, and beauty routines. Flexibility is the key to keeping fit and maintaining your health and beauty routine, no matter where you are, even if it’s halfway around the world. We’ve compiled a few useful tips to keep you looking and feeling your best all summer long.  

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You are the star of your own show. Shouldn’t your home be the perfect “set” for it?

There’s a reason why we see the big, red “As Seen on TV” logo slapped on numerous goodies and gadgets that promise to make our lives better. There’s nothing more powerful than seeing that product demonstrated by real people in realistic settings. Now magnify that effect a thousand times, and this is the wow factor that takes place when we see a room or a house on one of our favorite television shows. These telegenic rooms do a lot more than represent current trends or a historic aesthetic becoming relevant again. They represent certain lifestyles to which we aspire.

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As natural as the sea embracing the sand on a lovely stretch of beach, so is our Californian affinity for the outdoors.  With our enviable weather year-round, proximity to the desert, mountains, and miles of coastline, it’s in our DNA. And as much as we love outdoor entertaining,  our SoCal late summertime heat can make it uncomfortable.  So why not bring the outdoors in?  Since decorating trends for summer are all about the merging of our lives with nature, from aquatic inspired pastels to rustic earth tones of ancient rocks, indoor living can be a landscape of natural wonders.

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Fabio & Co. have been providing selective homeowners and businesses in the Valley and beyond with statement seating from Italy’s top design houses since 2012. However, partners Fabio Lazzari and Dikran Harutiunian have years of passion and experience in leather furniture creation and interior design, ensuring all clients will be able to outfit their homes with style and substance.

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Tile is a necessity for every home, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. There are many fine stores that stock gorgeous tile styles rooted in tradition and history, inspired by past civilizations and landmarks. There are also stunning modern tiles that show just how far tile designers from around the world push the limits of glass, stone, ceramic and other materials. Westside Tile & Stone Inc., from its inception in 2005 and as founded by company president Steve Slutzah, has succeeded in being that showroom that transforms shopping for tile into an artistic adventure. As Steve says, it’s all “For The Love of Tile!”

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A recent study published in the New York Times shows that visiting museums and art collections actually make you smarter. And in the middle of summer, there’s no better way to cool off and get cultured than visiting one of our favorite museums. Strolling around the air conditioned rooms, soaking in the local culture is an afternoon well-spent. While we’re on the improvement streak, we may as well apply it to other aspects of our lives, from our pets (who could use a little summer grooming) to our businesses.

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Since 1988, Bob Vartanian and his team have, literally, been all about hearth and home.

With the hottest weather of the year upon us - especially in the Valley and Pasadena - and lasting through October, it may be a bit of a challenge to think about your indoor and outdoor heating needs, especially when we would rather be focused on air conditioning, cold drinks and cooling off. The only thing we may want hot is what’s being prepared on the barbecue.

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By Matt Larson

There’s always time for timeless music with California Philharmonic, now playing Saturday evenings at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday afternoons at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Maestro Victor Vener and his baton don’t skip a beat as you re-experience the sounds of epic films like Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Psycho like never before with Lights, Camera, Action!, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9. Then vacation ‘round the world and back during Postcards From Abroad, Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, featuring Gershwin’s 2nd Rhapsody, plus music from The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Out Of Africa.

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Glendale Tile Company, a division of Amirian Home, has set a high bar as a purveyor of tile and natural stone for interior design projects and architectural flourishes among homeowners, builders, architects and designers. Known for attention to details, emphasis on personal service and a dynamic selection of products and materials, Glendale Tile continues to earn public acclaim as a resource for a variety of renovation projects great and small.

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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 Superstar Transforms into His Superspy Character for the 5th Time

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to catch Tom Cruise transform into IMF agent Ethan Hunt for the fifth time on-screen when Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation opens in theaters on July 31. In the latest sequel, the head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) wants to disband IMF, which stands for Impossible Missions Force—an espionage agency used by the U.S. government. Baldwin’s timing stinks because IMF is threatened by a group called the Syndicate, an anti-IMF organization of assassins and rogue operatives with orders to kill. Faced with the disbandment of IMF, Ethan Hunt assembles his team (including Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson) for one final mission to prove the Syndicate’s existence, justify their own, and to bring this “rogue nation” down by any means necessary.

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No one would ever accuse Jake Gyllenhaal of playing the same type of character over and over again on-screen. The 34-year-old actor, who has been acting since the age of 10, has a diverse filmography that sometimes requires him to go through extreme physical transformations for a role. In Southpaw, which opens in theaters everywhere on July 24, Gyllenhaal plays a successful boxer named Billy Hope whose wife (Rachel McAdams) pleads for him to quit the ring so he can spend more time with their daughter. On the night Billy publicly announces his retirement, he gets into an altercation with a hotheaded boxer and Billy’s wife is accidentally killed. After that, Billy’s world falls apart and his beloved young daughter is taken away from him. His last hope to get his daughter back is to return to the ring with the help of trainer Titus “Ticks” Wills (Forest Whitaker) and confront the man who changed his life forever.

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