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On the Cover
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We look back at the most recent newsworthy events from
in and around the Central Coast over the past two months.
More like a painting than a photograph, MIMI DITCHIE
captured a magical sunset at Piedras Blancas.
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With over 27 years of medical practice
under his belt, DR. VAN SCOY shares how
doing good and being kind guide his life.
Getting a good night’s sleep can often feel like a
fleeting attempt. Here we take a look at a few tips,
based on the latest research, to maximize shut-eye.
With a sound inpired by folk, country, and
90’s alternative music, THE CRESTON LINE
is slated to release a full-length album in
spring of 2017.
On the Rise
San Luis Obispo High School senior
JIBREEL CADER melds his love for the
outdoors with academic excellence.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the
Central Coast, CHUCK and NINA EBNER
open the door to their hillside retreat.
In his first installment, New York Times bestselling author
FRANZ WISNER reveals the inspiration for his writing.
With ample open space and plenty of spectacular views,
JOHN ASHBAUGH ponders the possibility of Diablo
After discovering a new path for adventure from Chamonix,
France to Zermatt, Switzerland, KIMBERLY WALKER
explores the 120-mile trek known as the Haute Route.
When three generations of family work together
through all the ups and downs over 40 years, a
successful legacy is built.
Buttery, flaky, and feather-light, the perfect croissants
can be found baked right here on the Central Coast.
Lucky for us, JAIME LEWIS has sniffed them out.
In partnership with the American Institute
of Architects, we present two top-ranking
projects along the Central Coast designed
by local architects.
We share the year-to-date statistics of
home sales for both the city and the county
of San Luis Obispo.
After hearing that float tanks bring peace
and soothe physical ailments, PADEN HUGHES
steps in to give it a try.
There’s nothing quite like a bowl of steamy tomato soup
to warm up a cold winter day. CHEF JESSIE RIVAS
creates the perfect combination when he pairs his
favorite recipe with cheesy toast points.
With this season’s apple harvest in mind, local expert
BRANT MYERS reveals his favorite Central Coast
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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE
I’ve heard it said that “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” but I haven’t really understood it
until just recently.
The other night, I was sitting on the couch lost in a book when a cell phone across the room pinged,
registering that a text message had arrived. I looked up briefly, figured I’d check it later, and returned to my
book. Moments later it chimed again, then again, again, and again. Annoyed that I was taken away from
the flow of the story, I got up and grabbed the phone when I realized it was my 13-year-old daughter’s.
“Geneva!” I called out down the hallway, “Your friends are blowing up your phone and messing up my vibe!”
She emerged from her bedroom, giggling at my choice of words, scooped up her phone and with her thumbs
dancing across the screen offered, “Sorry, Dad.”
Hi-tech when I was my daughter’s age meant you had a push button phone. But, we were late adopters and were stuck with a rotary dial phone at
our house—with a very long 30-foot cord for privacy (basically, you went into the garage and shut the door). We also had a second phone in my
parents’ bedroom, but since they shared the same line, this did more harm than good because you never knew when someone was listening in on your
conversation. With two little sisters, there was a pretty good chance that one or both of them was wiretapping at any given time. You could usually figure
it out when there was a lull in the conversation and could hear someone breathing. Or, if something funny was said you could sometimes catch a muted
snort from the eavesdropper in a failed attempt to hold in the laughter. Invariably, in the middle of just about any conversation, I would a have to yell,
“Emily, get off the phone!” Or, “I know that’s you, Katie—hang up!”
All of that aside, technology has made it much easier for today’s youth because they don’t have to deal with parents. Back in the day, you actually had to
talk to adults to get anything done. I remember having a crush on a girl in the seventh grade, and I would have to listen to the theme song from “Rocky”
three times in a row before I had enough courage to call her because her dad always answered the phone—and dads are scary. Also, it made it very
difficult to orchestrate clandestine operations with your buddies when one of the parents would answer. “Oh, hi, Mrs. Feller… Where are we going?...
Um… Does my mom know about this?... Uh… What time are we going to be home?… Huh… Who’s going to be there?... Gulp…”
Advances in communication, however, were inversely related to my level of maturity. I remember the day my friend’s parents installed two different
phones with two different numbers at his house. It was life-changing; not because we could both talk, but because we could both listen. Somehow,
since both phones had a 3-way calling feature, also known back then as a “party line,” we figured out that we could each call two different people and
somehow connect them, all without anyone knowing. The timing had to be perfect, but it was pure magic when it worked. And, I’ll never forget how
hard we would laugh after listening in on two sworn enemies from our high school suddenly calling each other. “Hello?”… “Who’s this?”… “What
the…?!”… “What do you want?!”… “No, you called me! What do you want!?” We pored over the phone book, scanning for teachers’ phone numbers;
sometimes, when the stars aligned, we’d get them on the phone with a failing student. The best ones happened when we’d call a recently broken up
boyfriend and girlfriend, except when they would decide to get back together—then it was just annoying.
The next big advance, answering machines, was a game changer. Those little cassette tapes meant that you could actually leave the house when you were
expecting a big phone call. And there is something about phone messages, or voicemail, that can feel almost like a time capsule. I love it when my kids
call me; and I often upload and save those messages on my computer. Every once in a while I’ll have a listen and it reminds me that—whether it be a
smartphone or a rotary phone—it really doesn’t matter. And, if I ever find myself doubting that, I’ll queue up a message from my 7-year-old son: “Hi,
Dad, it’s me, Harrison. I was wondering if we could play catch when you get home? Bye, Dad, I love you.”
I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who had a hand in producing this issue of SLO LIFE Magazine and, most of all, to
our advertisers and subscribers—we couldn’t do it without you. And, to you and your family, my best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy
and prosperous 2017.
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| ON THE COVER
A SNEAK PEEK
BEHIND the scenes
WITH TAYLOR GILKEY
BY VANESSA PLAKIAS
I met Taylor at her house, which was decorated so beautifully. It
reminded me of something you would see in Taos, New Mexico. Her
fiancé, Matt, was there with a friend. And, I was introduced to her two
dogs: Juno and Nala.
Right away she reminded me of Sunnie Brook Jones, who is
now a famous hair stylist; she was from Pismo and this was back
when she was working at Fantastic Sams, she must have been 19.
Immediately, when I started talking with Taylor, that’s who she
reminded me of, she had a very similar vibe.
We hung out [laughter]. We got along great! I just loved
looking at her handbags and taking a look at all of the things
she said inspire her. Lots of books, magazines, and some really
cool, eclectic decorations and furniture.
I always ask about music
during these shoots. Taylor
said her favorite song was
“Box #10” by Jim Croce.
He’s the same guy that
sang “Bad, Bad Leroy
Brown” and “Time in a
Bottle.” Her fiancé chimed
in and mentioned that
she also likes JJ Grey &
Mofro. I’ve noticed that a
lot of twenty-somethings
like that band. They’re
cool, bluesy, I guess you
would say modern blues.
I listened to them while I
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MONET’S GARDEN IN GIVERNY, FRANCE
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These caves were originally used for protecting sheep for the winter, but
in 1910 a newlywed couple made it into their home. A stunning 2 week
Iceland trip took us only 1/3 around the island. We must return!
— Carol and Richard Mortensen
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the boarders of Italy, Switzerland and France meet.
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PLACE DES VOSGES, PARIS, FRANCE
The Mannings on a superb bike tour. Thinking of Wally’s amazing story.
— Emily, Cathy, Atalie, and Chris Manning
This photo was taken right after Christine Bare (on the left) completed
the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. Amy Olin (part of her support
crew) is on the right.
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Around the County
Preliminary findings from
the testing conducted by the
Central Coast Regional Water
Quality Control Board failed to
find trichloroethylene (TCE),
a toxic solvent that had been
found in 13 nearby wells, at the
SLO County Regional Airport.
Fifty residents, who live near
Buckley Road adjacent to the
airport, had filed claims with
the county charging that TCE
showed up in their drinking
water as a result of the solvents
used in aircraft maintenance.
The investigation into the
source of the chemical remains
Amid raucous cheers, the County Planning Commission announced its
3-2 vote in opposition to the Phillips 66 oil-by-train plan. Two weeks
later the energy conglomerate filed paperwork to appeal the decision
to the Board of Supervisors. The final ruling is expected early next
year; however, with the addition of the new District 1 Supervisor, John
Peschong, who has pledged to recuse himself from the vote since his
company, a conservative lobbying firm, received payments from Phillips
66, the outcome will likely be a 2-2 deadlock, effectively upholding the
Planning Commission’s denial.
Cal Poly began selling beer for the first time at the Student Union,
reversing its status as a “dry campus.” Although the university had
served alcohol at the on-campus Sage Restaurant and at the Performing
Arts Center, administrators began debating the issue over the summer
and many permanent residents have suggested that allowing alcohol on
campus would go a long way toward easing town-gown tensions over
rowdy partying in nearby residential neighborhoods.
By a 4-1 vote, with John Ashbaugh against, the SLO City Council
approved a four-story, 27-apartment development at the intersection
of Chorro Street and Foothill Boulevard near Cal Poly’s campus. The
project ignited debate locally where critics claimed that while it had
been promoted as affordable housing, it was likely to become just
another opportunity to house college students off-campus in a city
neighborhood. The project, known as 22 Chorro, is being developed
by El Segundo-based attorney, Loren Riehl, who is also proposing the
development of 34 apartments at nearby 71 Palomar.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
announced that it would continue to
open the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
National Wildlife Refuge to visitors over
the next 15 years; however, it would be
limiting public access to just six months
each year. The 2,553-acre area is home to
the county’s highest concentration of rare
plant and animal species—estimated at
120—and sits south of the nearby Oceano
Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.
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Ground was broken at 40 Prado Road when a handful of locals
dug their golden shovels into the site where a $5.4 million,
20,000-square-foot homeless services center and overnight
shelter is expected to open sometime next fall. The facility will
offer drug, alcohol, and mental health therapy; feature after
school programs for children; medical services; a commercial
kitchen; laundry room; showers; lockers; pet kennels; a
community garden; and computers.
Election returns showed that John Peschong had bested Paso Robles mayor
Steve Martin for the District 1 seat vacated by Frank Mechum on the
County Board of Supervisors, while Adam Hill survived a challenge by Dan
Carpenter to retain his District 3 seat. The City of San Luis Obispo elected
a new mayor, Heidi Harmon, who upset the incumbent, Jan Marx, by 47
votes, and newcomers Andy Pease and Aaron Gomez were elected to city
council. Caren Ray returned to Arroyo Grande’s city council, and California
Coastal Commissioner Erik Howell, retained his seat on the Pismo Beach
City Council. Republican Jordan Cunningham topped his opponent, Dawn
Ortiz-Legg, a Democrat, for the 35th District of California’s Assembly,
while Democrat Salud Carbajal will head to Washington to represent the
24th Congressional District. Meanwhile, Measure J, which would have
raised sales taxes to generate $25 million per year for nine years to fund
local transportation projects, narrowly failed passage.
The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to grant a
A sharply divided Board of Supervisors passed a series of ordinances
permit to the Japanese company Hitachi Zosen Inova so that it
designed to give developers incentives to build affordable workforce
could build a green waste and food processing facility, which will housing in the county. The two supervisors who voted against the pilot
generate electricity from the food scraps gathered in the 51,000
program, Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill, argued that the legislation,
compost pails its garbage company partner, Waste Connections, which caps prices on the sale of the house initially, does nothing to
delivered to county residents earlier this year. The cutting edge
prevent an investor from buying the home and then “flipping” it and
plant, which is called a “digester,” is expected to employ 120
pocketing the difference between the mandated lower value and current
people, dramatically reduce the amount of waste going into
market value. Gibson claimed that without deed restrictions, which
the Cold Canyon Landfill, and generate renewable energy for
prohibit that sort of profiteering, the effort does nothing to create truly
approximately 650 local homes. affordable housing. SLO LIFE
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIMI DITCHIE
About five miles northwest of San Simeon, Piedras
Blancas has stirred the imaginations of locals and
visitors alike. Revered by Native Americans for
thousands of years for its consistently abundant
and diverse sea life harvest, it played a crucial role
for our earliest locals. The site received its name,
which translates to “white rocks,” from early Spanish
explorers, who deemed the miniature peninsula
with topography that was easily identified through
the spyglass of a passing ship, an ideal navigational
landmark. In 1875, the United States, with its
bustling maritime commerce, built a lighthouse
on the site. Recently, busloads of area politicians
and Central Coast residents staged a rally at the
site imploring the federal government to add the
ecologically and historically significant 19 acres to the
California Coastal National Monument.
It was around this time of year, back in 2013, when
Mimi Ditchie was standing near the lighthouse,
scanning the horizon seaward just after the sun had
dipped into the water for the night. To her right
and to her left, members of the San Luis Obispo
Camera Club were furiously clicking their shutters
in an attempt to capture the last bit of oceanscape
while the ambient light lingered. As she scanned the
scene before her, she thought, “Maybe I ought to
look behind me.” Ditchie then wheeled around 180
degrees to find The Fog Building perfectly placed
in the foreground against something that appeared
to have been painted by a Nineteenth Century
Frenchman. The moment was fleeting, but by the
time the image passed through the aperture of her
Canon 5D Mark III, Ditchie was able to capture this
photograph, which she shared of her experience at the
site, “Beauty can be found all around.” SLO LIFE
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It has been a milestone year for San Luis Obispo resident DR. STEVEN VAN SCOY,
as it marks his 20-year anniversary as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Medical Director for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center at the same time the
hospital celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the formation of its NICU. We
caught up with the sleep-deprived doctor one recent morning, following a longer
than expected night shift…
Tell us, Dr. Van Scoy, was medicine
something you always wanted to do?
Not exactly, no. My first experience as a
kid was not a good one. I actually broke
my doctor’s glasses when he gave me an
immunization. I punched him. He hurt me,
and I wanted to hurt him. He didn’t realize
when he gave me the shot in my right arm
that I was left-handed. He wasn’t ready for
the roundhouse. I refused to go see him after
that. I didn’t start off with a friendly view
of the medical community. It’s ironic now
that I wake up, honestly, at least once a week
and think to myself, “I just love what I do; I
love being a doctor.” And I’ve been doing it
since 1989, when I graduated from medical
school. The fact that I’m not burned out and
still feel lucky to be doing what I’m doing is
Do you have to close yourself off emotionally
when you work? No, it’s never been that
way for me. And, I’ve got to say that I
really struggled with the decision to do
neonatology when I started because it’s a
whole different world. There were a lot of
kids coming out who didn’t do very well.
They were very sick during their stay in the
hospital; a lot of deaths. I was talking with
my wife one day as I was struggling with
the decision about whether or not to go into
neonatology. I told her, “I just don’t know if
I want to make these little kids who go out
as damaged kids and have to live this life
that’s difficult for everybody.” She said, “Go
into it and make fewer of those kids.” I just
said, “Wow, okay. I’ll do that.” And, that’s
been the way I’ve gone about it.
And, you stay in touch with many of your
“neonates”… That’s right. We do a reunion.
We have it at Santa Rosa Park, every year in
the fall. When I first started we had maybe
20 people come; now we have well over 600.
Everybody has a great time. We take over
the whole park. It’s just a crazy scene. It’s my
favorite day of the year. I just walk around
and think to myself, “This is awesome.” It’s
so cool to see the kids grow up. We have a
great time catching up. And, even for the
kids that can’t make it we’ll sometimes get
letters saying, “Geez, sorry we can’t make it
this year. Our 19-year-old is in Las Vegas
playing a gig.” So, he’s a guitar player for a
rock band now? Cool! And there will be kids
that have gone off to college on the East
Coast somewhere and can’t be there. That, to
me is the best, too. It makes all those nights
of 2am wake-up calls well worth it.
Let’s talk about your career path. Sure, I’m
the first doctor in the family. My mom was
a teacher. My dad worked for Standard Oil
forever, Chevron. I did a program in marine
biology and found that I loved scuba diving.
I went on and did some shipboard research.
I taught at a junior college. Waited tables.
Bartended. Worked construction. I was
sitting with my mom one night visiting
with her at home and she asked me what
I was going to do with my life and I said,
“I’m not sure.” She said, “Sometimes I feel
that you are trying to find your vocation by
process of elimination.” I said, “Yeah, but
I’ve found important negatives with each
one, so I never have to try them again.”
She said, “You like people, right? You like
science, right? Have you thought about
medicine?” I looked at her and said, “No,
but that’s a good one.” That’s all it took,
thirty seconds from my mom to put me in
medicine. And, later it took thirty seconds
from my wife to put in me in neonatology.
So, listen to the women in your life!
[laughter] That’s the lesson.
What about when you’re not making
rounds at the hospital? There are so many
things I like to do. I ride bikes, play tennis,
play guitar, ride motorcycles, I used to race
cars. I like backpacking, rock climbing,
photography, scuba diving. I have so many
interests and cannot imagine ever being
bored. I love teaching my son, who is
autistic, how to do things. We live on an
acre, so there’s a fair amount of work that
has to be done. He’s out there helping me all
the time. I love working on different skills
with him. He’s 19. And hanging out with
my wife; and supporting my 17-year-old
daughter and telling her how proud I am of
her. I think that no matter where you are or
what you do, if you leave a trail of good, and
of kindness, then you are a success. That’s
what it really boils down to for me, and
that’s what I try to do. SLO LIFE
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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR
Inspiration struck San Luis Obispo resident TAYLOR GILKEY as she sat at
her kitchen table, sketching her vision for the perfect handbag. As she honed
the design, she decided to take a leap and turn it into a business she calls Gilkey.
By working two jobs and saving every penny along the way, she slowly brought
one product at a time to market. In a nod to her San Joaquin Valley upbringing,
where her family has farmed cotton for four generations, her brand is rooted in the
longtime California agriculture tradition. Here is her story…
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Taylor, tell us about where you are from originally. I grew up in
Corcoran, which is in the Central Valley. I was actually born in Hanford.
No one wants to be born in Corcoran; it’s okay to die there, but when
you live in Corcoran, you drive to Hanford to have your baby. My greatgrandfather
started Gilkey Farms—technically I’m fourth-generation—
and he got involved with some sort of program to buy the land at a
discount. I mean, it’s Tulare Lake and it’s not the best farmland; that’s
why we can farm cotton. He was an immigrant from Scotland and
Canada and he bought a plot of land when he came here; it was some
sort of special tax write-off or something. And so, of all the places, he
picked Corcoran. We’ve always said, “Why the heck didn’t he pick a
place like Napa or something?” [laughter]
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How was it growing up? It was a pretty
awesome childhood. My family still farms, and
farming was up and down, so we didn’t have a
ton of money, but we always had a good time.
I was a super active dancer. My mom drove
my cousin and I to Hanford five days a week.
I love dancing, but I was also a really good
swimmer. As a kid, the neighbor boys and I
rode our bikes every day to the YMCA and
we would swim for hours. During the summer
we would come over to the coast just about
every weekend to Pismo. Boogie boarding
all day long, no wetsuit, sand in every possible crevice. I was always
pretty happy-go-lucky. And, I was definitely a tomboy. If a boy was ever
missing on the boy’s swim team, I would jump in and swim in his place.
You know, we found joy out of playing roller hockey in the street and we
would catch snakes and stupid stuff like that. We built forts every single
day. After high school it was like, “Oh crap, what am I going to do?”
I wanted to leave the valley, so I went to Cuesta and then to Cal Poly
where I was a dairy science major.
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Sounds like you must have shifted gears at some point. Yeah. It
was, I believe it was, a career day on campus or something. And
don’t get me wrong, I love to get dirty. I love to put shit kickers on, I
mean I was born and raised in the Central Valley, my family farmed.
All my best friends had cow dairies. And I thought, “Okay, I can be
a vet, which I would love to be a veterinarian—a large animal vet.”
But then, you know, you have at least four more years of school. That
was daunting and every other job, I mean there’s not a lot of activity
unless you own a dairy. There just wasn’t a lot of opportunity and none
of it inspired me. Up until that point, I don’t think that I had really
ever thought about making money. I’d been working at Coverings
downtown and at Firestone. I was really into fashion and design and
art, but there was nothing at Cal Poly that really fit. So, I started
looking around and found FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design &
Merchandising] in Los Angeles.
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So, what happened? I had a “come to Jesus” moment. I was sitting in a
7-Eleven parking lot one day and my brother called me and said, “Tay,
you just need to be happy. If you want to go to FIDM, tell Dad.” Now,
my dad is a pretty conservative dude and something like FIDM was
completely out of his realm of thinking, but he has always been so proud
of me. So, I called him. I talked to him and he knew my mind was made
up; I didn’t want to go back home and work on a dairy. He supported
my decision, and it has been such a blessing. It was an awesome
experience. I met such incredibly interesting people there. But, I was so
nervous and felt really out of place at first. I just think you have to go
with your gut. The people and the professors I met there have helped me
so much, and continue to help me to this day.
What came next for you? I moved back to SLO and started designing
ski apparel for Hot Chillys, which is a technical base layer company. I
would source fabric from Vietnam or China or Japan and then build a
garment, and it was awesome, but there’s no upward mobility in design,
I realized, unless you move to L.A. or New York. So, my friend was
working for an aerospace engineering firm in Silicon Valley and they
were looking for a position in business management, so I moved there to
see what that was all about. It was a start-up. I was working long hours
and after a while I said to myself, “What am I doing here?” I decided
that I wanted to move back to SLO and would do whatever it took, so I
found a job opening in the wine industry. It was for an account manager
with a company called Wine Direct. It was great because I wanted more
business experience, and it was kind of like a start-up itself, so I was able
to wear a lot of different hats and learn so many things. I was happy
there, but I was still missing the design aspect of the person that I am.
So, I made a bag and got so many compliments on it, so I said, “Shoot,
I’m going to start a brand.” And so I did—it’s my last name, Gilkey, and
I began by having the bags made here in San Luis Obispo.
Are they still made here? The gentleman I had making the bags did a
great job, but just couldn’t keep up with demand. So, I’ve since moved
production to downtown L.A. and so many opportunities have come up.
They’re just really unique bags that sell themselves. I wanted to make
a brand that was timeless and that I could grow, not something super
trendy, and kind of capture “farm-to-closet,” if you will. There’s a lot of,
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understand, because people don’t understand it. They don’t understand
that California is a giant agriculture state, and I would love to do my
family some justice by talking about that. I think I’m kind of unique in
the sense that I’ve worked in the tech world and worked in wine, and
now I’m making these bags and presenting them countrywide. I want
the brand to be timeless and about family and really have a meaning
behind it, versus just making a product and having it be pretty. I really
want it to be about family and history and working hard and keeping an
important tradition alive.
Okay, did you go out and get a loan? Line up an investor? No, I just
decided that I was going to make this bag business work myself. I picked
up another job working at Firestone at night. That’s where I worked
during college, so I went back just to make extra tip money to go towards
the bags. And I did that for a while. I saved up a good chunk of money
and started off with just a single basic tote. I worked with a pattern maker
that I had worked with at Hot Chillys to make the pattern. I would do
it on my lunch break. I’d zoom over to Edna Valley and meet with the
pattern maker; we’d sketch things out. After the tote we made a side
satchel and then we made a clutch. And it’s kind of just evolved into many
more products. They’re all handmade from Brazilian cowhides, and are
very high quality. They’re not cheap, I mean, a basic tote is $375. People
love them. They’re beautiful. I’ve been doing all the marketing through
Pinterest, Instagram, things like that. It’s been difficult to decide whether
or not to sell them in retail locations, but I think that selling direct to the
consumer through the website is best because I am getting a full profit.
This is something I have been able to learn from my job at Wine Direct
because I see all these wineries doing so much better by selling their wines
directly to the end user, the customer, rather than going through a retailer.
It’s the way of the future, and so much more profitable.
As a 28-year-old Millennial, your approach to business seems a little
old school. Maybe so, I mean, you’ve got these kids, and they’re smart,
forward thinking, but a lot of them think they can just build an app. >>
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And, there are a lot of investors who will drop some dough on an idea.
I don’t want to be that Millennial. I think that you have to put in your
time, that’s where you learn. You know, our elders are modest about what
they’ve done. They’ve gone through good times and bad. So, I try to set
myself apart from that kind of mindset. But, I will say that I actually
I read the article probably three times that night and then sent him an
email asking if he would meet me for coffee. I’ve learned so much from
him; he’s one of my mentors. I think it is important to reach out because
people do want to help. But, you’ve still got to do the hard work, bust your
butt, and put in the time.
I think you have to put in your time, that’s where you learn.
think that the internet, and particularly social media, is making all of us
a little more anxious because we are comparing our lives to others. I just
think that we all need to put our time in and learn from people who have
already done it. Great example, a few years back, there was actually an
article in SLO LIFE about Enrique Sanchez-Rivera, a swimsuit designer.
He owns a company called La Isla and had just relocated to San Luis.
Okay, Taylor, what do you do for fun? I’ve turned into such a SLO
junkie and try to take advantage of everything there is to do here.
I ride my bike everywhere. I go to the swap meet every Sunday
at the Sunset Drive-In; it’s amazing. They have everything from
tube socks to tamales there, and you have people selling stuff like
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furniture there. I love quirky, different pieces. I think there’s a lot
of inspiration in San Luis, too, and I think that’s when I’m most
happy. I can just absorb it all and apply it to my home and to my
bags. It’s a lot of inspiration for the brand that I’m building, as
funny as that sounds. Yes, this is an expensive place to live and as
much as I would love to own a home instead of renting, I do think
that you get what you pay for. I mean, literally, behind my house
is the Irish Hills. I can run my dogs every day. I can take them
to the dog park there. I don’t have to worry about anything. The
Central Valley is a hundred and ten degrees, and my dogs would fry.
The cost of living is very high, but you’re paying for an awesome
lifestyle here. The beach is right around the corner. But, the flip
side is that most of the jobs here do not pay well. That’s why I
moved into sales. I had to. I would have gotten a little salary raise,
you know, every two years or whatever, but being on commission
allows me to put more money into my bags.
What does the future hold? It would be my dream to have a ranch in
Edna Valley, but how much is that going to cost me? And it’s a bummer
that money gets in the way, but, you know, you’ve just got to keep busting
your butt and figure out where it’s going to take you. I would love to be
out there driving around on a quad with six dogs running behind me. And
it would be awesome to have a crop where I could actually feed my family,
but also big enough to make a profit. Yeah, there’s a side of me that likes
the more quiet, tranquil life that’s about the simple things. My grandma,
growing up, she always said, “A simple life is a good life.” And now that
I’m older, I have an appreciation for dirt, and being able to grow your own
product, and that simple life my grandma always talks about. She’s been a
huge role model for me, always reminding me, “You’re not responsible for
anyone’s happiness except your own.” I try to take that to heart, and try to
be the most successful version of myself every single day, which is a good
thing because it pushes me to want to learn and grow. And if you can get
to that spot in life, I really do think that’s where magic happens. SLO LIFE
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| NOW HEAR THIS
THE CRESTON LINE
With his new band, The Creston Line, singer-songwriter Jon Bartel pays tribute to the oak-filled agricultural
preserve lands of Creston, where he grew up “wandering past windmills, walking all day, and finding nothing.”
BY DAWN JANKE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY MACLANE
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ormed in 2014, The
Creston Line is relatively
new to the local music
scene, but its imprint has
already extended beyond
SLO County. Earlier this
year, in fact, Bartel was
contacted by the digital
music service Spotify about
the licensing of the band’s
Fsingle “Great Depression,”
which will be featured in the second season of its
online short series “Trading Playlists.” Bartel says,
“While the licensing of songs isn’t foremost among
my songwriting goals, it was nice to learn that the
ostensible tastemakers think that The Creston Line will
appeal to a broader audience.”
And appeal to an audience, they do: The Creston Line
released its debut EP, “Great Depression,” through
local label Twang N Bang Records in August 2016 to
a packed crowd at Dunbar Brewing Public House in
Santa Margarita, and the title track went on to place
in the Reader’s Choice category of the New Times
Music Awards. The song was drawn thematically from
the human toll of the Civil War and the economic
tragedies of the Dust Bowl years, a connection Bartel
conceived over two days as he battled a fever and
watched Ken Burns’ documentaries.
Bartel and pedal steel player Brenneth Stevens loosely
began the band a few years ago as a duo called The
Shots. Stevens, a Stanford University graduate student
who is also a member of the Shawn Clark Family Band
and a local session player, helped Bartel morph The
Shots into The Creston Line’s five-piece ensemble with
Bartel on guitar and vocals, Stevens on lead guitar and
pedal steel, Adam Nash on lead guitar, Kirk MacLane
on bass and vocals, and Taylor Belmore on drums. For
all intents and purposes, Bartel says, “I would have had
a hard time doing any of this without Bren.”
Stevens is not the only member of The Creston Line
who is involved in a variety of local music projects.
Bartel has played lead guitar for American Dirt since
2011; Belmore plays viola da gamba for Mothra; and
Nash is a touring musician who currently travels up
and down the coast playing gigs with several bands,
including San Francisco-based Blind Willies. Bartel
says, “I want everyone in this band to be open to other projects,” and the
group members’ support for one another is evident on and off the stage. Nash
describes his bandmates in The Creston Line as a group of “musicians of the
same caliber and genuine goodness where it feels like we’re just hanging out
with close friends.”
Bartel, in particular, cannot speak highly enough about this ensemble of
talented performers. Of Nash and Stevens, Bartel says, “They are the two bestsuited
guitar players for what this band intends to do. They play different styles
and they play off each other so well; their sound comes across as passionate
chaos.” He says of the drummer, “Belmore plays drums like a songwriter
thinks about drums: she’s really open and lays stuff down in a way that feels
good. And she has a killer voice, which we at some point intend to employ on
the new album.” Finally, in praise of MacLane, Bartel simply states, “Kirk has
been doing this for so long—music is just intuitive for him.”
Great Depression was co-produced by Bartel and MacLane and recorded
and mixed at Bartel’s home studio, Northwall Studio, where he also recorded
much of Shawn Clark’s most recent album as well as some other local music
projects. About the studio name, Bartel explains, “We had a canyon due
north from our house in Creston—I guess the north has always been my
direction of exploration.”
Wherever he and the band travels, The Creston Line continues to hone its
sound, which Bartel sees as “a mixture of the Lemonheads, Soul Asylum,
Uncle Tupelo, and Whiskeytown,” a blend of the 90’s alternative scene during
which he came of age. The band’s material skirts the edges of folk, old country,
and Americana, as well.
Next, The Creston Line is preparing for the recording of its full-length album,
slated for release in spring of 2017. The LP will feature ten songs that are more
mid- to up-tempo than those on the EP and will include some that the band
has been performing live for a while now, as well as others that are new to all
of them. Bartel, who played classical piano from the ages of six to sixteen, says
he especially wants to spend time with the rhythm
tracking on the upcoming album and may add piano
to the mix. In sum, he states, “I feel like the album
will reflect the best songs I’ve written.”
As The Creston Line moves forward with more live
shows and studio rehearsals, Bartel aims to have a
well-practiced band that can adapt to any audience,
or as MacLane puts it, “bring some moodiness
into the music.” “The bottom line is, our music
doesn’t have to be pedal to the floor all the time,”
Bartel says. “We will play however it feels right—
sometimes loud and driving and sometimes quiet
and swampy.” He adds, “However we do it, The
Creston Line is not going to rush the process.” SLO LIFE
DAWN JANKE, Director,
University Writing & Rhetoric
Center Cal Poly, keeps her
pulse on the Central Coast
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| ON THE RISE
The future is bright for this San Luis Obispo
High School senior, who employs his passion for
helping others to guide his future.
What sort of extracurricular activities are you involved in? I’m lucky to be a part of
San Luis Obispo High School’s Harvard Model Congress this year.
What are your hobbies? I love to do almost anything that gets me outdoors: surfing,
mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding.
What recognition have you received? Honor Roll and Academic Excellence every
trimester of my high school career.
What is going on with you now? A big part of my family is dedicating ourselves to
helping others. Aside from college apps and grinding through senior year, I assist
my dad when he teaches Tactical Medicine to Law Enforcement. Our whole family
works hard to make each and every training a success.
What is your favorite memory? When I was in fourth grade my family went to
India. One night my dad took me and my brother out into the surrounding city of
where we were staying. We went out and bought some food supplies and created
fifteen care packages, which we gave out to impoverished families living out of tents
on the street. It took a little effort on our part but we were able to sustain those
families for a month.
What career do you see yourself in someday? I’d like to go into emergency
medicine. I see it as a career where I’d have a unique skill that can really be applied
to help people.
Who has influenced you the most? My mom, for sure. She is a constant model of
forbearance and limitless compassion.
What do you want people to know about you? Nothing in particular. I’m just a
Muslim American born here in SLO and I feel blessed to call this my home.
If you won $1 million, what would you do with it? I would invest $400,000.
Donate $200,000 to charity. Keep $300,000 aside to pay for my brother and sister’s
education. Then just hold onto $100,000 and see what happens next.
What do you dislike the most? Malicious people. I have yet to see a malicious person
bring any benefit to humanity.
If you could go back in history and meet anyone, who would it be? Martin
Luther King Jr. would be interesting. I feel like he’d be very insightful in how to
face grave adversity.
What is something that no one knows about you? I got circled by a Great White
one time when I was surfing under Pismo Pier.
What schools are you considering for college? Just UC’s. Berkeley, Santa Barbara,
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Last year, CHUCK and NINA EBNER finished building the home of their
dreams. Nestled on four acres overlooking an Atascadero valley, the couple
has set themselves up for the long haul and no detail has been spared.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TREVOR POVAH
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ROOM WITH A VIEW The sliding door in the living room disappears into the wall maximizing the space and giving the
feeling of an indoor-outdoor room with a nearly 180-degree perspective of the surrounding hillside landscape. Steel wire
railings are a cost-effective way to add modern styling, while also expanding the view. And a generous overhang provides
protection from the elements and refuge from the sun, which makes the deck an extension of comfortable living space.
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Chuck Ebner first put his boots on the ground of the Central Coast
when he was stationed at Camp Roberts and later at Fort Hunter
Liggett as he served in the U.S. Army in the mid 80’s. “I loved
the area, the landscape, the wine,” he states in a no-nonsense,
straightforward manner revealing his military background. The young
Ebner, who went to “the other” Cal Poly in Pomona, made his way
into a long, twenty-year career as the Community Development
Director for the City of Lakewood, a municipality of about 80,000
people in Los Angeles County. Later, he found himself back at Fort
Hunter Liggett, this time in the Army Reserves, when he rekindled
his love for the Central Coast. >>
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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Many exposed
engineered wood beams add structural
strength, while also contributing to the
styling of the modern hillside home. Since the
supports are manufactured, unusual bends
and curves were designed into the beams.
Before long, the couple found themselves huddled with San Luis
Obispo-based architect Bill Isaman trying to figure out how to design
the home they had envisioned: all one level with a common living
area flanked by a master suite and a guest area, complete with an
underground garage. As the plan evolved to reflect the realities of the
terrain and the construction budget, an elevated structure manifested,
which was designed to follow the slope of the hillside as well as
blend into the surrounding landscape. By February 2014, the general
contractor, also of San Luis Obispo, Stalwork, Inc., broke ground on
the four-acre property. Chuck confesses that the project would have
gone a lot faster had he “not made so many changes along the way.” >>
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BACKBONE An oversized
center supporting wall
running through the middle
of the home, known as
a “spine wall,” serves as
the center of the building
making it attractive and
intriguing as a design
element, while also providing
load-bearing strength as a
In the end, Nina, who relishes the thrill of the chase involved in decorating
the home and confesses to spending much of her time at thrift shops,
consignment stores, and on Craigslist, counts the view and the quiet as her
favorite aspects of the home. “It’s the landscape, and the beauty, and the
tranquility of the area that we love the most.” While the home is certainly
quiet, it is seldom without company. Although their 24-year-old son rarely
is able to break away from his work to come out for a visit, the couple
hosts a steady stream of friends and family. And, sometimes when Chuck
is enjoying one his favorite glasses of wine out on the deck, he thinks back
to his days as a young G.I. when he gazed out at the bucolic Central Coast
landscape and wondered if he might be lucky enough to find himself here
again one day. SLO LIFE
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In this ongoing feature, SLO LIFE Magazine is proud to partner with the American
Institute of Architects California Central Coast to unveil its current project winners and highlight
our local design and engineering talent. Each month, the organization reviews submissions
and selects the top Central Coast projects. Below are two recent installments in this series.
December Project Recognition
The Butler Hotel, San Luis Obispo
Architect garcia architecture + design
Interiors garcia architecture + design
Structural Engineer Ashley & Vance Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer BMA Mechanical
Electrical GECE Electrical
Contractor Pacific Builders
Photography Studio 101 West, garcia architecture + design
After sitting vacant for years, local
architect George Garcia saw the potential
that lay hidden within the shell of an
abandoned, ivy-covered metal and steel
building. Looking for an alternative hotel
experience to offer his out-of-town clients
and colleagues, he envisioned a one-ofa-kind
hospitality experience that lay at
the intersection of technology, design, and
luxury. By repurposing yet respecting the
existing industrial structure, this new hotel
offering creates a unique visitor experience
unlike any other.
The heavily patinated concrete floors
and rusting steel panels of this existing
building yield no clues as to what lies
inside. As guests enter through the
historic 1950’s façade, they immediately
find themselves in an eclectic haven
infused with industrial yet modern design.
Once inside, this boutique hotel’s rough
exterior gives way to an unexpected array
of sophisticated modern details. A striking
monochromatic color scheme contrasts
with the faded yet authentic character of
this former auto repair garage.
Secret passcodes and live video check-in
work in harmony with historically
significant artwork and repurposed
elements, a concept the design team
coins “Retro-Tech.” The styling
continues in each of the meticulously
appointed guest rooms, featuring classic
mid-century furnishings alongside
bespoke wood cabinetry that celebrate
modern design. Guests are free to relax
in the intimate library lounge, spin
some vinyl on the vintage phonograph,
or enjoy an afternoon sitting on the
sun-drenched outdoor patio.
Each luxurious guest room features lush
carpeting, custom lighting fixtures, and
individually curated artwork. The elegantly
finished bathrooms include floor-toceiling
porcelain tile and custom marble
and walnut counters, along with modern
yet eco-friendly lighting and plumbing
fixtures. From the custom hand-crafted
casegoods designed and built in-house,
to the individually carved “Do-Not-
Disturb” walnut and maple placards, no
detail was overlooked. The design team
even hand-picked the linens, duvets, and
pillows, as well as all bath amenities, in
a deliberate effort to promote a unified
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a memorable and lasting hospitality
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January Project Recognition
Chris Anholm House, San Luis Obispo
Architect Greg Wynn, AIA
Interiors Vickie Knemeyer, Sea Country Interiors
Landscape Gardens by Gabriel
Contractor Ryk Kluver Construction
In 2009, the Chris Anholm House went through a major renovation
to restore the neglected structure and site. The home was reconstructed
to the original sense of time and place through extensive research
and archived photographs while meeting the owner’s programmatic
requirements of today. With exterior porches for every time of day, a
central clerestory volume above, and landscaped vistas to distant framed
views, the open floor plan and clear circulation define California living.
Because much of the building and infrastructure was beyond repair,
builder Ryk Kluver de-constructed the home and salvaged usable siding,
windows, and framing lumber for later re-use in the project. Artifacts
found that maintain the historical integrity of the house include original
siding boards bearing Chris Anholm’s signature, which were verified
through building permit records and are on display in the entry foyer.
Passive ventilation at the clerestory, radiant floor heat, extra insulation,
and quality wood-frame windows provide efficient thermal comfort,
while rainwater catchment and a premier succulent landscape foster
sustainable and beautiful outdoor areas. These areas feature entertainment
zones with a pizza oven and fireplace, an intimate writer’s studio and
With city council approval of Master List Historic status and a Mills
Act conservation contract, the Chris Anholm house is recognized as
the finest home in the Anholm Tract, as it was in 1925. Architect Greg
Wynn noted, “I like to think that if Mr. Anholm were with us today, he
would instantly recognize his family home and appreciate the work done
to restore it.”
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TO THE EXTREME
Sensory Deprivation Floating
BY PADEN HUGHES
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The word deprivation doesn’t usually come to mind when we think about
experiences that will enhance our lives. But what if acquiring a unique
experience meant you had to deprive yourself of your senses of sight, sound
and touch? If that piques your interest, I highly recommend floating.
Without too much convincing, I talked my husband into joining me to try something
new. We pulled up to a beautifully landscaped home and met Barbara Combs, a passionate
nutritionist and wellness enthusiast who runs the Living Well Gallery & Spa. Using a float
tent, Combs provides sensory deprivation floats out of her home in Atascadero.
Flotation chambers, also known as isolation tanks and sensory deprivation tanks, were
first developed by John C. Lilly in 1954. In the 1970’s the practice also became known as
REST, or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. The Zen flotation chamber used
by Combs is a rectangular tent about the size of a twin bed. It is pitch black inside and has
about 12 inches of water that is heated to 95 degrees and infused with Epsom salt. I have
experienced the buoyancy of highly concentrated salt water when I floated in the Dead
Sea in Israel, with 33.7% salinity, but to put this experience in perspective, the Living Well
Gallery & Spa’s float tent is set at 80% salinity.
“People describe floating as a womb experience. It’s incredibly freeing of your mind to
strip away the distractions our senses can provide us. Floating can feel so timeless you
almost slip into a trance. I’m passionate about floating because of how many psychological
breakthroughs and health benefits this spa treatment can give people. It’s especially effective
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because it provides: relaxation—it slips you into a meditative state removing the external
stimuli that distracts our minds from the purity of our thoughts; absorption of magnesium—
most Americans are deficient in the mineral, which is detoxifying, helps keep blood
pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady; psychological and emotional
breakthroughs—floating leads even the most inspiring executives to make mental and
emotional connections to problems they have been too distracted to solve.
So how does it work? Before floating you cover any cuts with Vaseline—open skin doesn’t
feel good when it comes in contact with the Epsom salt—put in earplugs, and wear an eye
mask. Entering into the chamber, the water temperature is designed to match your body
temperature, so it feels neither hot nor cold. Laying back, you instantly feel weightless,
hearing only your breathing.
I started off with some breathing exercises I remembered from my
yoga days, sinking into relaxation with each exhale. It felt like I
was slowly orbiting in circles in complete darkness. I lost a sense
of time, sight, and sound. I can only explain it as feeling peacefully
detached from reality.
Nicole Pazdan, CSA,
Being seven months pregnant I did not totally lose my sense of
touch as my growing baby girl decided it was time to wake up and
start moving. So, I placed my hands on my stomach and was able
to use the time to connect with my emotions about motherhood
and enjoy feeling the baby shift around. The hour flew by. My
husband let me know the hour was up, and I took a hot shower to
rinse off all the salt. Floating was a surreal experience for me. I felt
incredibly light, euphoric and had the kind of “post massage buzz”
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a key to good health
It appears that the author, Shawn
Stevenson, is on to something.
Check out our seven favorite tips.
Who doesn’t crave to wake up
renewed and refreshed? We recently
stumbled upon a book titled “Sleep
Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies
to Sleep Your Way to a Better
Body, Better Health, and Bigger
Success.” Inspired to get a good
night’s sleep, we adopted some of
its recommended practices and the
results couldn’t have been better.
GET A LITTLE SUNLIGHT
This may sound counterintuitive, but the facts are hard to
deny. Like almost everything else we humans do, hormones
are making it happen. And, sleep is no different. Through
a finely choreographed series of hormonal release we make
our way through the day. One of the key hormones for
sleep is serotonin, which our bodies release when exposed to
sunlight. And our circadian rhythms suggest that our body’s
receptors—our skin and our eyes—are most responsive to
the sun’s ultraviolet rays early in the morning, from sunrise
to 8:30am or so. Lucky for us living on the Central Coast,
sunshine is common at those hours. Try getting a little sun
first thing in the morning—yes, without sunglasses and
sunscreen—and see for yourself if it makes a difference for
your sleep quality.
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TRY MIGHTY MAGNESIUM
It turns out that an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient
of this mineral, which is sometimes referred to as the “antistress
mineral.” A study published in the Journal of Intensive
Care Medicine showed that people deficient in magnesium were
twice as likely to die early. And, Mark Hyman, MD, director
of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine states,
“This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme
reactions and is found in all of your tissues—but mainly in your
bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make
energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize
membranes, and to help muscles relax.” We bought ourselves some
of this stuff in a spray form as the book recommended and, while
it could have been a placebo effect, each of us reported having
excellent, deep sleep that night.
FIX YOUR GUT
This one, too, was a surprise. It seems that everyone these days is talking
about gut health. It all started to make sense when we learned that
approximately 95% of the body’s serotonin is located in the gastrointestinal
tract. There is far too much to cover here, but if you are serious about
optimizing your sleep this is a great place to focus. Entire books are written
about gut health, but Stevenson shares some of the major causes that have
been clinically proven to damage or disorient gut microbiome: agricultural
chemicals, processed foods, repeated antibiotic use, food additives and
preservatives, and chlorinated water. Getting your gut right, it appears, may
take you a long way toward a better night’s sleep.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Stevenson describes how in less than one hundred
years—a very short time when measured against
human evolution—we have disconnected ourselves
from the diurnal rhythms of the earth… yes, we know
that sounds like “trippy hippy” talk, but it does make
sense if you think about it. All through our evolution
we went to sleep when it became dark and rose with
the sun. Therefore, and research proves this, our most
restful sleeping hours are from 10pm to 2am. Instead
of allowing our bodies to repair themselves, many
Americans are watching Netflix. Our hormones do
weird things when we are awake past 10pm, it turns out,
as there is a “second wind” phenomenon, which is the
release of a series of stress hormones that kick in that
provides a boost of energy if we miss this window. This,
of course, makes it harder to settle in for a deep sleep
allowing our bodies to repair and rejuvenate. Repetitively
missing this cycle can spell trouble, as the International
Agency for Research on Cancer now classifies overnight
shift work as a Group 2A carcinogen.
No. 5 BLACK IT OUT
Make your room as dark as possible, pitch black if you can. And, research
shows that an eye mask alone won’t do it because your skin can actually
“see.” That’s right, according to a Brown University study, our skin is full
of photoreceptors (the same ones that react to sunlight in our first tip)
that respond to light. A follow-up study at Cornell University tested these
findings by shining a quarter-sized light on the backside of their subjects’
knees. Results showed that this consistently resulted in much lower quality
sleep. Consider putting in some room-darkening drapes and ditch the alarm
clock (blue and white digital clocks are the worst offenders, red is better), or
do as the book recommends: cover it with a sweatshirt or something while
you sleep and lift it up to peek at the time only if you have to.
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No. 6 BE COOL
This one seems obvious, as so many of us here on the Central Coast do not have airconditioned
homes and have experienced a night of tossing and turning that accompanies
a hot spell. As it turns out, body temperature has a lot to do with sleep. According to a
study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, researchers fitted
insomniacs with “cooling caps.” The results were astonishing: when the subjects wore the
caps, they fell asleep faster (about 13 minutes compared to 16 minutes for the healthy
control group), and remained asleep 89% of the time they were in bed, the same as the
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KICK YOUR “FRIENDS” OUT
Remove all electronic devices from your bedroom, which Stevenson refers to as your “sleep
sanctuary.” That means no cell phones, televisions, desktops, laptops, iPads, Kindles, tablets, etc.
Research is fast catching up in this area, but all of it—including those studies coming from
the mobile companies themselves—is not good. In one trial conducted at the Loughborough
University Sleep Research Centre in England, it was found that brain wave patterns were altered
so significantly by cell phone usage prior to bedtime that it took one full hour on average to
return to normal patterns after the phone was turned off, which significantly disrupted sleep.
Same goes for watching TV in bed. Instead, try shutting it off an hour or two before sleep and
reading a book (a real, printed one) under a dimmed incandescent light (not LED). And, if you
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| STORYTELLERS’ CORNER
In this ongoing feature, New York Times Best Selling author
FRANZ WISNER teams up with SLO LIFE Magazine to explore
the magic of an age-old tradition: storytelling.
BY FRANZ WISNER
Only in America can a guy can get dumped at the altar and turn it into a
career. I am exhibit A, Franz Wisner, professional dumpee/storyteller.
My story began when my fiancée called off our Sea Ranch, California wedding just a few
days before our planned vows. With guests (and wine) en-route, I decided to go ahead and
join the weekend festivities, attempting to smile during the golf tournament and rehearsal
dinner. “Well, you’ve already paid for it,” I told myself. “Might as well try to enjoy it.”
Of the 150 people invited to the wedding, 75 showed up—my side of the aisle. They gave
me hugs and made me feel a little better about my situation, at least until I returned to my
corporate communications job the next week and learned I had been demoted.
Dumbfounded and depressed, I did something rash. I grabbed my recently divorced brother,
Kurt, and took him on my prepaid honeymoon to Costa Rica. Just a quick trip to shake
things up a little, I told him. That turned out to be a bit of an understatement.
At the end of two weeks, I convinced Kurt to continue the honeymoon… for two years
and 53 countries. We quit our jobs, sold our homes, unplugged our lives, and continued
exploring this big ole planet of ours.
We chased wildlife in Botswana and nightlife in Rio de Janeiro, feasted on pho soups
at sidewalk cafes in Vietnam and got sick after devouring a Subway sandwich in Peru,
slept on couches, negotiated every purchase, dumped the guidebooks, and relied solely on
recommendations from locals. Midway through our travels, I realized I had a new best
friend, a guy who just happened to be my brother.
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I also found love. No, not a future bride. I discovered a passion
for writing and storytelling. Up until that point, I’d spent my
career writing for others, penning speeches for politicians and
CEOs, and crafting press releases that relied heavily on words
like “synergy” and “stakeholders.”
Out on the road, with some time on my hands, I began to
write for me. My writing took the form of essays at first,
quirky stories about intrepid backpackers or awful taxi drivers.
For the first time in my life, I wrote from the heart. It felt
liberating and exciting, like somebody handing me a giant box
of Crayolas after I’d spent my life coloring in gray.
At the end of the honeymoon, I received a couple offers to
go back to the corporate world. But my world had changed.
The heart is a powerful thing. Once you write from it, all
other types of writing ring hollow. I didn’t want to go back
I decided to write a book titled, you guessed it,
“Honeymoon with My Brother.” From day one, the
book took on a life of its own. We launched on The
Today Show and told our story on Oprah. Book clubs
embraced it, sending us photos of wedding cakes with
miniature grooms on top and brides fleeing off the
side. “Honeymoon with My Brother” made the New
York Times Best Sellers list.
My publisher, St. Martin’s Press, wanted a follow-up
book. “Oh no,” I said. “I’m not getting dumped again.”
They assured me I could write about anything I wished,
and I hit the road anew with Kurt to pen a book called
“How the World Makes Love,” a lighthearted look
at dating and marriage around the globe. At the end
of that process, I met a woman in California, fell in
love, and proposed. She said, “Yes.” Better, she actually
showed up to the wedding, a first for me.
Around this time, I started teaching and helping
individuals and companies with their storytelling
efforts. I got a huge charge out of seeing their stories
come to life. I realized how essential storytelling is
to our time here on earth. It’s how we see everything
around us. It’s how we relate to others. Data and
superlatives go in one ear and out the other. Stories
resonate, inspire, and remain inside us.
At the same time, I feel storytelling is neglected in our
society. We charge on with our hectic lives and our
businesses, too often bogged down by minutia, rarely
taking the time to think, “What’s my story?” When
we do carve out a little time for some storytelling, we
struggle with how to do it.
That’s why I was thrilled when Tom Franciskovich
approached me about writing for SLO LIFE. I loved
the idea of a regular column devoted to storytelling.
Our lives and businesses are stories, essential ones,
with new chapters being written every day. Time to
give that storytelling a little TLC.
In the coming months I plan to write about the art
and craft of storytelling, offer some literary techniques
to help with your stories, and explore the stories that
move us. I’m calling this column The Storytellers’
Corner (plural possessive) because I see it as an
interactive effort. I want to hear your stories and
answer your questions about storytelling.
The best stories are ones that use shared experiences
and emotions to connect. That’s exactly what I hope to
do with this column.
So our story begins. SLO LIFE
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Outgoing San Luis Obispo City Councilman JOHN ASHBAUGH shares his innovative
idea for the future of Diablo Canyon after its nuclear facility is decommissioned in 2025:
turn it into a National Park.
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Like most Americans, I am utterly
enthralled with our National Parks.
Much of my childhood was lived in
Lassen Volcanic National Park near our
home in Redding, and we car-camped in
many of the western National Parks. My
family has continued that tradition from
San Luis Obispo.
This year, the National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its Centennial
at all of its 412 units, covering 84 million acres of spectacular landscapes,
beaches, deserts, forests, and waters. Californians are blessed with nine
National Parks, eleven National Monuments, and a variety of National
Recreation Areas, Preserves, Trails, and a National Seashore (Point Reyes
in Marin County).
For me, the National Parks are a place of respite, inspiration, and
connection to the magic of the natural world. They also serve to remind
all Americans of our history, and the even longer “pre-history” of the
many cultures and communities of Native Americans who once inhabited
I was reminded of this connection many times over this summer
of the NPS Centennial—and it got me to thinking: Why don’t
we have a National Park here in San Luis Obispo County? In my
considered opinion, we should—and there’s a great candidate right
in our own backyard.
Recent events suggest an opportunity for this community to take
the initiative to propose a new National Park here: The Pecho Coast
Last June, PG&E announced that the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power
Plant (DCNPP) would begin the long process of decommissioning
in 2025. This facility is the last operating nuclear power plant in
California, and with its closure, our region will see a net economic loss
of about $1 billion annually.
The County, school districts, and nearby cities are reeling in the face of
this announcement. Over the last few months, a coalition of cities have
urged PG&E to negotiate strategies to mitigate the economic impacts
that we will feel in this region.
Even before the planned closure was announced, I had been urging
local leaders to launch “post-Diablo” planning so that we can transition
smoothly into a future without Diablo Canyon. For over a half-century,
we have benefitted from economic stimulus from the power plant, but
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nuclear power plant, PG&E would have to invest billions to upgrade the
facility. They have other priorities now, and have committed to exceed new
state requirements to derive 50% of their electrical power from renewable,
sustainable sources by 2030—they are going for 55%.
The closure of Diablo Canyon will require careful deliberation and
intelligent leadership for at least the next decade. With such guidance, we
can seize a unique opportunity that presents itself due to the fact that this
energy company has exercised such careful stewardship over the 12,800
acres of pristine coastal lands surrounding the nuclear power plant.
Why not take advantage of that vast protected area and combine PG&E’s
holdings with the 8,000-acre Montaña de Oro State Park nearby, to
assemble a continuous coastal area that qualifies as a unit of the National
Park Service? Let’s think even bigger by adding the 5,500 acres of the
Hibbert Preserve and Wild Cherry Canyon, which is owned by PG&E
but subject to a long-term lease controlled by a developer.
Let’s also consider adding the historic 1892 Point San Luis Lighthouse,
owned by the Port San Luis Harbor District, at its southern end. Together,
about 25,000 acres could easily qualify as a unit of our famed National
Park system, right in our backyard.
What is required to create such a magnificent park? The most
important ingredient is the land itself—and anyone who has
experienced this area knows that it is worthy of National Park status
on the basis of its raw beauty alone—not to mention its unique flora
and fauna, geology, and history.
Beyond that, we will need strong cooperation with the landowners,
both public and private, enthusiastic support within the surrounding
communities, and unified local political leadership. Only Congress
can declare a National Park. For example, Pinnacles National Park is
credited to Monterey Congressman Sam Farr, who retires at the end
of this year. A National Monument like the Carrizo Plains requires
only an executive order by the President under the Antiquities Act
of 1906. President Bill Clinton created the Carrizo Plains National
Monument on January 17, 2001, just three days before leaving
office. Many National Parks were first designated by the President
as National Monuments. In another instance, Theodore Roosevelt
declared Pinnacles a National Monument in 1908. In that same year,
he also proclaimed the Grand Canyon as a National Monument, but
Congress made it a National Park just after Roosevelt’s death in 1919.
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without a doubt since National Park designation requires an Act of
Congress, in this case the State Legislature would be asked to transfer the
State Park to the NPS. Federal control might be a hard pill to swallow,
but federal support would be enormously helpful in securing the funding
needed to buy out the interests of PG&E and its partner in Wild Cherry
Canyon, HomeFed Corporation of Carlsbad.
A few hundred acres in and around the power plant would need to be
carved out of the National Park boundaries for DCNPP decommissioning,
and for safe storage of spent fuel—at least until the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission can find some other place for it to go. In my view, the
federal government is already a major stakeholder in our post-Diablo
future. A National Park would come with federal dollars to secure the
conservation values of this outstanding area, while also securing the
The communities of Los Osos, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, San Luis
Obispo, and the Five Cities would need to get on board. So, what’s in
it for them?
National Parks typically bring in substantial non-local visitors with dollars.
A recent study by the NPS showed that Point Reyes National Seashore,
for example, yielded these numbers: the park attracted 2.5 million visitors
in 2015, who spent over $100 million in Marin County. This spending
in turn generated 1,400 jobs that provided $58 million in labor income
(earnings) in that year.
Support from many local interest groups would be key to the grassroots
campaign to create a National Park. We would need backing from
the Land Conservancy, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, California
Native Plants Society, Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers, Morro Bay
Natural History Association, Surfrider Foundation, and the many land
preservation organizations now working in this community. Historical and
archaeological preservation advocates as well as local Chumash leaders
would play an integral role in helping us learn how best to protect historic
and pre-historic sites.
A National Park or Seashore would be perfectly
compatible with the proposed Chumash
National Marine Sanctuary, stretching from
Estero Bay to Point Concepcion. That area,
once accepted by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, would focus on
marine resources and sustainable fisheries.
We are very privileged on the Central Coast
to have the opportunity to hold out to the
nation, and to the world, an outstanding
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complex of coastal headlands and seascapes
the Land Conservancy in
that offers so much to so many. It is time to 1984, and served eight years
on the San Luis Obispo City
begin a conversation here, in Sacramento, and
Council. He teaches U.S.
in Washington about what we can do together History and Global Studies
at Hancock College.
to create the Pecho Coast National Seashore—
right here in our own backyard. SLO LIFE
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“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. Life takes on a neat
simplicity, too. Time ceases to have any meaning. It’s quite wonderful, really.”
— Bill Bryson, author of “A Walk in the Woods”
BY KIMBERLY WALKER
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he Average American Spends Over 10 Hours a Day
Staring at Screens” said the CNN headline I read on my
iPhone while waiting in line at Scout Coffee. Up to that
moment it had not occurred to me to classify the phone,
computer, TV, and iPad into one category: “Screen.” I wanted
to burn my precious devices in protest and head for the hills. Instead, I
sat down with my cappuccino, opened my laptop, and started Googling
“remote adventures; long walks through the wilderness; and hikes through
the mountains.” After hours of online research, I settled on hiking the
Haute Route, a 120-mile trek between Chamonix, France and Zermatt,
Switzerland. National Geographic ranks it as one of the 20 best hikes in
the world. The route is safe, entirely non-technical, requires no ropes or
crampons, and while challenging because of its daily elevation gains and
distances, it is achievable by any hiker in reasonably good shape.
One month later, my fellow screen addict and I were starting our first day
of hiking the Haute Route, beginning in Zermatt on our way through the
greatest concentration of 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps.
I must first point out, the Alps are not like our California mountains. They
come at you from all sides and angles; they loom over you, and make you
feel like a small, powerless being. They are diverse, both in weather and
landscape. Staring up at them, knowing that we would be delving into them
over the next eight days was a humbling and profound experience.
Twenty miles into the first day, I started questioning my belief that weekly
hikes up San Luis Mountain were proper training for hiking the Alps with
a 35-pound pack strapped to my back. We had passed through spacious
woodlands, bustling streams, high pastures, and delved into a stony
wilderness, all in just the first day. As we slowly shuffled up the last ascent
of the day, I clung desperately to the tiny religious shrines that sporadically
lined the single-track path up the mountain, as if they were strategically
placed at the top of each very steep pitch.
The sun was setting just as we reached the small village at the top of
the trail. We quickly discovered a large pond and grassy knoll to set up
camp beside. As achy and tired as we were, we were even more desperate
for some Swiss wine to pair with our feast of dehydrated chicken curry,
turkey jerky, and chocolate peanut butter Clif bars. We discovered a tiny
hamlet, flush with Swiss wine and German beer. Prost! We ate and drank
like kings at our camp, retelling stories of our adventurous day, and then
retiring early to our tent. Sleep came quickly after ten hours of hiking.
Sunrise came even faster.
And so began the morning ritual of hoisting my 35-pound backpack. The
pack is always heaviest in the morning, because it’s full of a day’s supply of
water. As our journey progressed, we passed many hikers from all over the
world, each time making eye contact and greeting us with, “Bonjour, Buenos
Días, Guten Tag, Salaam, Ciao, Good Morning.” My mind wandered
back to all the people I pass on a daily basis walking down Higuera, staring
down at our iPhones as we walk from place to
place. Aside from that, why did all of these hikers
have much smaller packs than ours? At first, I
thought they were day hiking a different route, as
Switzerland boasts over 37,000 miles of official
hiking trails throughout the country, many of
which are in the Alps. But on the eighth hour into
what the Swiss hiking signs indicated to be a sixhour
day, I started scheming about how to lighten
KIMBERLY WALKER is
a writer, traveler, and
entrepreneur who lives in
San Luis Obispo.
Weight of the pack aside, the Swiss are world
famous for being fit and healthy; many of the
Swiss hikers we met on the trail were over 70 years
old. Hiking is as much their culture as Swiss >>
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chocolates and cheese. Have screens become America’s
The next day included bouldering over our third 9,000-
foot pass. My knees and spirit were exhausted, and I found
myself singing an odd rendition of “Edelweiss” to keep
my mind off the terrain in front of me. I misjudged one
of the rocks, lost my balance, and was thrown backwards
by the weight of my heavy pack. Although it cushioned
what could have been a painful fall, my pack became firmly
wedged between two small boulders. There I was, stuck
in the middle of a massive rock pile, with my legs, arms,
and hiking sticks flailing in the air, like a turtle turned on
its shell. No matter how much I wriggled and jerked, I
could not set myself free. A group of French hikers finally
noticed my distress and as they were rushing to assist, I
broke free of the rocks and hobbled my way back to my
feet. Angry with both my headphone clad hiking partner
for not hearing my squeals for help and myself for having
a ridiculously heavy pack, we decided to ditch the camping
theme of the trip and opt for the comforts of the Cabane.
Cabanes are the Swiss word for hostel or dormitory. Most
have large sleeping rooms that house 20-30 guests. Each
guests is provided with a sleeping pad, small pillow and wool
blanket. Guests pay between $60-150 per person per night
including dinner and breakfast. Communal bathrooms and
showers are standard, as are family-style dinners. Having
stayed in plenty of hostels, I found them quite comforting,
like going home for Thanksgiving, but my hiking partner,
having never slept in a communal room, found the whole
experience a bit disturbing, at the very least, undesirable.
Some Cabanes were settled in small towns, others were
perched on a hillside, or nestled in a valley at the bottom of
a steep descent. Although unique in structure and landscape,
each was filled with a similar cast of characters from all over
the world: hikers wearing zip-away pants, hikers reading
guide books, hikers clinging to their Nalgenes, hikers sharing
stories of adventures in different languages. Despite all the
different religions, philosophies, and beliefs, gathered around
the table each night, we were all united in our common
mission to walk the Alps. Our complicated lives had become
simple. When the sun rises, we wake up, eat breakfast, and
begin to walk. When it sets, we shower (if lucky), eat dinner,
and go to sleep. And, in between, is the sole task of putting
one foot in front of the other. There are no task lists, or calls
to make. No cell service or Wi-Fi. Our only connections are
the people around us.
The farther into the Alps we delved, the landscape changed
from pastures and boulders to snow and shale. Each day
offered a different shade of nature. As if all of its various
facets were laid out for us to explore: lakes, rocks, woods,
snow, rain, sunshine, wind. The Alps served up a kaleidoscope
of natural beauty that leaves its visitors in awe.
By the end of our adventure, I not only had a much lower
bar for enjoyment: Nescafé became invigorating, a ham and
cheese sandwich was divine, sleeping on a floor pad felt like
heaven, and a $10 bottle of red wine was a treat. I also felt
inspired to trade two of the ten hours a day I normally
spend on my screen, to just being outdoors. San Luis
Obispo County, with its vast open spaces, captivating
peaks, and miles of hiking trails should easily trump
staring at a screen. So let’s put down our devices, and head
for our hills. SLO LIFE
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Three Generations of the Rizzoli Family Celebrate 40 Years in Business
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY WINTER
The ’69 Chevy, a white Camaro, shook the ground as it inched up to the
starting line. Things had fallen into place on this day, and five rounds
later, the dragster from San Luis Obispo, of all places, most improbably
remained undefeated. But, the stakes were higher now; this was the final round and a
national television audience was tuning in. The winner of this race would be crowned
champion of the annual NHRA Toyota Nationals. Whoever made it to the end of the
quarter-mile track first was the champ, pure and simple—winner takes all.
A green light flashed and the driver tromped on the gas pedal, launching his car forward.
Tires gripped the track as the vehicle stayed true and straight, and after a few moments of
ear-splitting fury Kyle Rizzoli had bested 70 of the country’s top Super Stock racers. The
crowd erupted at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the Rizzoli family jumped up and
down, embracing and laughing. Grandma Mary, who following the race back in San Luis
Obispo, called to share in the excitement. And, once again, three generations of Rizzolis
were together, as one.
After 24 years working as an auto mechanic for another shop in town, Mario Rizzoli was
ready to go out on his own. He had been planning and saving for the right opportunity,
so when he found a corner lot with a dilapidated old, falling-down house just off Broad
Street in an area of town then known as Little Italy, he knew it would be perfect. And, he
took comfort in the fact that the new shop would be located just down the street from the
garbage company that his father, Augusto, had founded with a partner. That much could be
considered a good luck omen, but when he learned that he had actually lived in the house
briefly as a baby, he knew he was definitely on the right path. The structure was razed and a
shiny, new auto shop rose up in its place, the same shop that has continuously operated, in
good times and in bad, for forty years in San Luis Obispo.
When Mario’s son, Jim, was just nineteen years old, he joined his father as he opened
the doors to the start-up business, and the father-and-son team began welcoming their
first customers to the town’s newest auto repair
shop. The two worked together over the years,
cautiously expanding the shop during that time.
Then, Jim and his wife Kay brought their own
children into the world, the third generation of
Rizzolis, first Kyle and then Karen. Both of them
went on to Cal Poly, Kyle graduating in mechanical
engineering, and Karen with a degree in business.
“I’ve seen my dad work very, very hard. It’s not the
easiest, or most glamorous industry,” Kyle reflects.
“Growing up, I didn’t want to get into the business.
I told my parents, ‘I’ll give you five years, and then
I’m out,’” he laughs. “That was almost ten years ago;
and I wouldn’t change one moment.”
Recently, Karen joined the family business and the
brother-sister duo are preparing to fully take the
reigns of the operation from their parents. “It feels like
something that is bigger than yourself,” Kyle shares.
“We have customers that were my grandpa’s customers.
Some of them have been with us for forty years.
They’ve had a relationship with my grandpa, my dad,
and now me. That’s pretty powerful, and that’s what
has kept me going. It’s very fulfilling to maintain those
bonds with people in the community.” Continuing
her grandson’s thought, Mary reveals, “I think that it’s
wonderful, and I only wish that Mario was here to see
it because he would think so also. Never did I dream
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Ubiquitous, Yet Miraculous
BY JAIME LEWIS
a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie-pastry named for its well-known crescent shape; croissants and other
viennoiseries are made of a layered yeast-leavened dough; the dough is layered with butter, rolled
and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a sheet, in a technique called laminating; the
process results in a layered, flaky texture, similar to a puff pastry;
JAIME LEWIS is a world
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“I’ve been baking croissants for five years and still, every day, we ask, ‘Did the croissants
turn out okay?’ They’re way more of a miracle than people realize.”
I’m sitting at a sidewalk table with Dan Berkeland outside his Back Porch Bakery in
Atascadero, talking croissants on a Tuesday morning in the pretty October sunshine.
Inside, customers gather at tables beneath the bakery’s Old World exposed brick, wood
Known for his croissants, Berkeland produces approximately 20,000 per month for local
restaurants and cafes, in addition to his own. He recalls what got him into croissants in
the first place. “I was a bread guy, but I read that croissants are just laminated bread. So I
used my bread recipe and laminated it. It was a game-changer.”
The concept of lamination is key to understanding croissants (and croissant people—
more on that in a bit). Essentially, a croissant is multiple alternating layers of thin dough
and butter, rolled into a shape and baked. Sound easy? It’s not; making croissants takes
three days, two fermentations (risings), and, Berkeland adds, knowledge, craft, muscle,
and intellect. “A croissant is far more than the sum of its individual parts,” he says.
The origins of the modern croissant are hazy, but many believe it to be the love child of
an Austrian crescent-shaped biscuit and France’s leavened puff pastry (pâte feuilletée,
literally “leafy dough”). The first documented croissant appears in a French recipe
written in 1915, smack dab in the middle of World War I—an interesting fact given the
scarcity of baking ingredients at the time.
Which leads me to ask Berkeland, “Are croissants the product of necessity, like so many
other dishes, traditions, and foodways?” He laughs, and points to my croissant. “There is
nothing necessary about that. That’s all about gluttony and luxury.”
Tucking into the Back Porch Bakery croissant before me, I have to agree. The skin,
burnished from the caramelization of natural sugars, snaps like a tree branch as I pull
apart the croissant’s coiling layers. The flavors are salty and sweet, with just a hint of
sourdough-like tang. >>
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Berkeland is warm, exacting, opinionated, and tenacious, a
personality blend I also find in Mark Evans, the baker and
owner of Breaking Bread Bakery in SLO. Evans and his wife,
Glenna, opened their bustling bakery inside the County building
on Higuera Street a few years ago and have quickly earned a
following for croissants made by in-house croissant baker, Lane
Hughes. The keys, according to Evans? A light touch, experience,
and really good butter.
“We use eighty-three percent butterfat, unsalted, European-style
butter,” he says, explaining that the high fat-to-milk-solids ratio
keeps the butter from “shattering,” or “breaking,” when rolled
very thin. These details, numbers and ratios are the norm when
talking about croissant-baking; every baker I interviewed referred
to many pages of notes or complicated matrices that documented
their hard-earned pastry wisdom.
Whereas Evans is passionate and methodical, baker Lane Hughes
is quiet and more laissez-faire. I watch as he measures and cuts
squares of dough for ham and cheese croissants. (Breaking Bread
Bakery makes multiple varieties of croissants, including almond,
chocolate, jalapeño-cheddar, and a riff on traditional stollen bread
with rum-soaked raisins, candied fruit, and almonds.) “You have
to take your time and be gentle,” Hughes says, patting a croissant
as it proofs. “The layers come out better that way.”
Layers are a big deal to croissant people. As Evans slices into a plain
croissant and separates the two halves for a closer look, I’m reminded
of buttresses supporting a cathedral wall; the interior’s lacy honeycomb
appearance is a product of cold butter melting as layers of yeasted
dough rise and bake. When I taste this croissant, I’m struck by its
creamy sweetness and the crispy bite of browned skin. >>
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Those who bake real croissants deserve all the pride they have in their
work, nobody more so than Marcus Marren, the pastry chef and manager
of Pagnol Boulanger in Los Osos-Baywood Park. The newest bakery of
the bunch, Pagnol opened in August as a second location for L.A.-based
award-winning bread baker Mark Stambler. While Stambler commutes
weekly to Baywood from L.A. and is definitely “a bread guy,” Marren
resides here full-time and produces all of the bakery’s pastries.
While the croissants at Back Porch Bakery and Breaking Bread Bakery
differ in nuanced ways, those from Pagnol differ significantly and on
many levels. First, for lack of space, Marren rolls his dough and butter by
hand—they’re not fed through a sheeter like at the others—a punishing
task only for the most committed baker. Second, Marren’s croissants
are composed, in part, of whole grain Sonora white winter wheat from
Kandarian Farms in Los Osos, a big deal because whole wheat flour is
usually considered too heavy, dense or tough for a croissant’s delicate
structure. Lastly, Marren’s croissants are leavened 100% naturally, without
any commercial yeast, like a true sourdough. “You know, for being so
delicious,” he says, “these croissants really are the healthiest version of
Marren’s different methods definitely show up in the final pastry, the
most notable being a sourdough tanginess. That acidity plays nicely across
the interior’s sweet softness and the exterior’s crisp flakiness. Sharing a
Pagnol croissant with my friend Jen on the bakery’s front patio, we feel
the fortune of our find—Marren only bakes croissants twice per month
and they usually sell out in just two hours—and indulge in uncoiling the
buttery, beautiful dough, layer after layer. SLO LIFE
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1 bunch fresh basil
2 bay leaves
1 qt vegetable or chicken stock
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BY BRANT MYERS
Coming fresh off the heels of SLO Beer Week,
I desperately needed a break from my daily
bread—ales and lagers. Luckily, grapes and
grains aren’t the only fermentables on the
Central Coast. Let’s talk about another local
crop being grown right in our own backyard,
or maybe even your front yard—apples.
Some people eat them raw or bake them, but my favorite way to
consume apples is to drink them. Hard cider, as opposed to apple
cider, the non-fermented, non-filtered juice of pressed apples, has the
addition of yeast making it alcoholic and... amazing. Not to be confused
with the mass-marketed swill that’s been on our grocery store shelves
for decades, this local stuff is true to the educated consumers’ demand
for elevated products and thoughtful craftsmanship. Look no further
than five cideries right here in our county to see the resurgence this
crisp and flavorful beverage has made in recent years.
We’ve had our fair share of tour stops heading toward North
County breweries with a refreshing break at Bristols Cider House in
Atascadero. Their focus on dry ciders is changing the perception of beer
drinkers and wine drinkers alike, turning them into true fans of the
craft. It’s not just the drying champagne yeast that makes them stand
out, it’s the boundary-breaking techniques being employed. Raise a
glass of bright pink Mangelwurtzel to the light and see for yourself.
This unique brew has fifty pounds of Bull’s Blood beets added per ton
of apples to give it an earthy flavor that compliments the acidity of the
apples. Another brew that’s sure to convert even the most diehard beer
drinkers into the world of apples, and one we love to highlight, is the
dry-hopped Rackham. Utilizing classic citrus-forward flavors of West
Coast hops, this cider stands out as the bridge to gap both worlds.
Travel further up Highway 101 and you’ll visit the newest cider house
to hit the Central Coast, Tin City Cider Company. You can enjoy
their creations around the city of SLO both finding their tap handles
around local watering holes and their cans in grocery stores or your
favorite sandwich shops. Their Original Cider uses nine apple varieties,
six yeasts, three fermentation vessels, and two hops to make one batch. Not
bad for the daily drinker. Want to get funky? Sharing a wall with Barrelhouse
Brewing’s sour facility it’s no wonder they borrowed some blonde wheat wort
and added Brett and Lacto, barrel-aged, dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned
with Brux to make their Sour Blonde cider.
Avila’s See Canyon is renowned as our local apple producing region with its
perfect blend of hot sunshine and moist ocean air. When headed south we
love to dip into the winding tree-lined roads of Avila and explore two cider
makers with tasting rooms in the heart of their orchards. Kelsey See Canyon
makes not only beautiful wines and labels, but tasty beverages as well. Grab a
bottle of Red Delicious, a blend of rosé wine and cider, and head straight to
the Sycamore Mineral Springs with this bottle of “Hot Tub Wine.” Visit the
namesake See Canyon Ciders as they poise to reopen their tasting room with
ciders made right there on-premise and be the hit of your dinner party with
a bottle of Premium Dry, bottle conditioned for two years and cellared for an
additional four years. It is a great alternative to champagne.
Go further down the coast and you might bump into the very new Meraki
Cider. Run by husband-and-wife team Travis and Quincy Storm, they use
apples from their family farm to make the crisp and clean flagship Totem.
Catch them at cider events around the county to
sample seasonal variants like their persimmon and
coriander versions, or wait until spring for bright
additions of lemon, ginger, and tart cherries.
Lucky for you they deliver growlers to your door
and we will start seeing Totem bottles hitting
shelves in Pismo and beyond.
BRANT MYERS is owner
of Hop On Beer Tours, a
concierge service for craft
beer enthusiasts along the
So, whether you’re into the rich complexities
of wine or the refreshing drinkability of beer,
cider has a place in your fridge. Start to keep
an eye out for our neighborhood brands
popping up, give them a shot, or better yet visit
the source, and take part in the revolution as
local artisans fight to take back the great name
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Take in the impressive sight of
Hearst Castle decked out for
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December 1 - 31 // hearstcastle.org
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Out of work, this slacker decides to
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crunch. Witness this battle-weary and
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uncharacteristic moments of goodwill
just before his employment runs out.
December 5 - 21 // slolittletheatre.org
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Enjoy the full-length holiday classic “A
Christmas Carol” presented by Ballet
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December 16 -18 // pacslo.org
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It’s Christmas Eve and Clara is about to have
the night of her dreams. Marvel at the magic
and wonder of this spectacular, professional
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Kick off the New Year by
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wear swimming suits or come
in costume, but be warned,
wetsuits are frowned upon. The
festivities begin at 9:30am, with
the Polar Bear Dip at noon.
January 1 // cayucoschamber.com
Visitors and locals alike can experience the region’s
locally-inspired cuisine throughout January as
participating restaurants offer various special menus
and promotions, most featuring a three-course
prix fixe menu. Reservations recommended. Prices
and offers vary by restaurant. Dine out during this
delicious month celebrating some of the finest
cuisine on the Central Coast.
January 2 - 31 // visitsanluisobispocounty.com
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LA CUESTA RANCH TRAIL RUN
The race will take place at the gorgeous La Cuesta
Ranch, just outside of San Luis Obispo on Loomis
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Ridge. The start/finish area will be staged at the
historic ranch barn. This event features dirt trails
and ranch roads with fantastic views of the West
January 7 // ultrasignup.com
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January 17 // pacslo.org
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