Our Ventura Blvd - Our Ventura Blvd November 2017

Surfway to Heaven

Discovering the joys of riding waves in Malibu—and beyond

WRITTEN BY KATHLEEN LACCINOLE | ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES We spend much of our childhood learning things and much of our adult life learning to be afraid of things: earthquakes, cancer, war, boogeymen. For me, it’s the ocean—my invitation to death, my one-way ticket to heaven. I’d been working on this one for a lifetime. I grew up in Calabasas…

Home For the Holidays

The cast of Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel shares their holiday plans.

Mark Steines This year is really special since we welcomed our new baby, Parker, in July. It will be our first Christmas as a family of seven (five people/two dogs). Between hosting Home & Family and the Rose Parade broadcast on KTLA, we need to stay local—which is what I prefer. We love to decorate the house, shop for gifts that are both…

#MegaMayan

A weekend getaway on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula might bring out the Instagram warrior in you.

WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS Ever get super-envious of your friends when they post amazing vacation pictures? You know the ones, where they look tall, sun-kissed and lovely posing on an exotic beach with a margarita in hand? Many scoff at the humble photo brags littering their social feed. Yet when I see those, I often start thinking future trips. After…

Get Your Etiquette On

Dress up your holiday etiquette with Beverly Hills Manners founder Lisa Gaché

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL As CEO of Beverly Hills Manners and the author of Beverly Hills Manners: Golden Rules from the World’s Most Glamorous Zip Code, Lisa Gaché advises clients on the “how-to’s” of being polite. Here VB editor in chief Linda Grasso queries her on how to be a great guest and host—and resolves a long-standing manners squabble with her…

Bento Block

A quiet stretch along a block in Sherman Oaks emerges as a culturally diverse dining destination.

WRITTEN BY JOSHUA LURIE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY TAMEKA JACOBS No longer is Whole Foods the best reason to exit the 101 at Coldwater Canyon. The intersection of Coldwater and Riverside Drive features a strip of creative restaurants that offers a dizzying array of varied tastes.     Rock’n Pies This summer, when the pizza joint Rock’n Pies paid tribute to…

Destination Thailand

Discover the magic of Thailand—beyond Bangkok.

WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN For nearly two decades as a magazine editor and writer, I’ve met people who travel for a multitude of reasons. Some simply want an escape. Others are trying to find meaning and purpose, reach a difficult life decision or fulfill a “bucket list.” Regardless of motivation, everyone seems to ask me the same question: “Where should…

Crossing a Cougar

Hemmed in by deadly freeways, the Santa Monica Mountains’ iconic cougars are facing near-certain extinction. What local groups are doing to provide them with a safe passageway in their hunt for suitable mates—and to ensure their future.

NIGHT VISION | One of the mountain lions being monitored by the National Park ServiceWRITTEN BY ANNE M. RUSSELL  |  PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Most of us Valley dwellers enjoy the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains. As we pass them each day, we see them as a gorgeous, seemingly open and endless expanse. But for the…

Lake House

A sophisticated, contemporary farmhouse turns out to be the third-time charm for a couple in Toluca Lake.

WRITTEN BY HEATHER DAVID | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL Burbank natives and high school sweethearts, Tim and Paula Davis, have built three homes in their 47 years of marriage, but their latest project stands apart from the rest. First, it wasn’t exactly in the cards. The couple were perfectly content in their Burbank home. Plus, going through construction again wasn’t…

Street Scapes

Datebook

Bernstein on Stage The Soraya The New West Symphony celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein with a performance of his compositions at CSUN’s newly renamed performing arts center on November 17. valleyperformingartscenter.org Katy Perry Staples Center The pop singer performs songs from her new album, Witness. Her tour hits the Staples Center for three nights: November 7, 8 & 10. staplescenter.com…

Flu Fighters

From ancient herbs to time-tested treatments, here are a few eastern medicine alternatives for staying healthy during the winter months.

WRITTEN BY HEATHER DAVID You know the feeling. It starts with a little tickle in your throat and before you know it, you’re down and out with a flu bug. If you’re looking for an alternative to over-the-counter pharmaceutical standbys, Chinese medicine, which has been used for more than 4,000 years, is worth investigating. Licensed acupuncturist and owner of Golden…

Southland Dental Care

Dr. Michael Abaian & Dr. Delaram Hanookai Owners

4312 Woodman Ave., Suite 100 Sherman Oaks  |  818-788-8787  |  southlanddentalcare.com Southland Dental Care is a multispecialty office that offers smile makeovers, porcelain veneers and crowns, full-mouth reconstruction and dental implants. Dr. Michael Abaian is a general advanced cosmetic dentist, and Dr. Delaram Hanookai is a certified periodontitist and dental implantologist. The husband-and-wife team both studied at USC School of…

Esthetic Professionals

Dr. Kristi A. Crispin & Dr. Bruce J. Crispin Owners

18981 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Tarzana  |  818-654-7100  |  estheticprofessionals.com Father/daughter dental team Dr. Bruce Crispin and Dr. Kristi Crispin and their team at Esthetic Professionals offer patient-focused dentistry in a state-of the-art facility. Both are 1 of only 400 worldwide accredited dentists in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and participate in extensive continuing education to stay on top…

Calabasas Orthodontics

Dr. Stuart J. Hoffman Owner

4764 Park Granada, Suite 104 Calabasas  |  818-222-0090 | forbraces.com Celebrating 25 years of orthodontic care, Calabasas Orthodontics provides personalized specialty orthodontic care to patients of all ages. Owner Dr. Stuart Hoffman treats every patient himself and is proud of his practice’s “on time” reputation. A specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. Hoffman earned his DMD from the University…

Encino Center for Advanced Prosthodontics

Mark D. Exler, DDS, FACP, & Rosemarie L. Whitaker, DDS

L to R, back: Meg Hayes, Jessica Ross, Dr. Exler, Dr. Whitaker, Kathi Urias, Sherri Schreiber. Front: Arnold Marasigan, Mali Clark.16311 Ventura Blvd., Suite 530, Encino  |  818-647-1696 | markexlerdds.com Encino Center for Advanced Prostho-dontics is a dental practice specializing in restorative, cosmetic and prosthetic treatments. Dr. Exler is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a graduate of…

Lasky Pediatric Dental Group

Michael Lasky, DDS, Jill Lasky, DDS, & Adi Genish, DDS

12930 Ventura Blvd., Suite 226C, Studio City  |  818-465-7545 | laskypediatricdental.com The doctors at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group are longtime health care practitioners in the LA area who practice a whole-child approach to dental care. As specialists in behavior modification techniques, they treat high-anxiety, ADHD and special needs patients. The office is available 24/7 for emergencies and offers convenient evening…