Get Juiced with Fresh Fall Fruits and Veggies

Enjoy the Bounty of the Season with Fresh Juices Made at Home


Fall fruits and vegetables are not just for your Thanksgiving table or making pies.  Whip up some great juices that are not only delicious but chock full of powerful nutrients.  Try these recipes for tasty and good-for-you juices that utilize fresh fall produce.

Sweet Potato Juice

  • 1 cup of grapes
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • Ginger
  • 1 sweet potato – cooked
  • 1 apple


Apple Carrot Beet Juice

  • 2 apples
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 beet
  • 1 ginger root


Autumn’s Goodness Juice

  • 3 carrots
  • ½ bunch of kale
  • 1 or 2 pears
  • 1 cup of grapes


To preserve healthy enzymes and nutrients in juices, use a low-speed juicing system, such as the Vert VRT 350 ($379, The Vert VRT 350 extracts juice at 80 RPM, preventing oxidation and allowing juice to be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation.  Juices look and taste better because there’s less separation than with high-speed juicers, and the Vert VRT350 features an automatic cleaning system that keeps the clears the screen during the juicing process making it more efficient.


The clean up with this type of juicer is a bit of work, but the benefits of the process are well worth it.  Because the Vert VRT 350 is built to stand up to industrial use, it is durable, especially when it comes to the juicing screen, designed to withstand heavy duty juicing.


This juicer gets its name from its vertical design, which makes it more compact than many juicer styles that require a lot of countertop space.


Take advantage of crisp apples, pomegranates and other fall fruits to enjoy the bounty of the season, and juice it up!

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Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch Returns to West Hollywood

Halloween Event Has Treated Families to Frighteningly Good Time for 27 Years

Guest post by Stephanie Houfek

If you love Halloween and live in LA, then surely you have heard of Mr. Bones, the skeleton king who has reigned over the pumpkin patch in West Hollywood since 1986.  The Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch has become nearly as famous as some of his neighbors in Hollywood, as each year paparazzi snap photos of celebrities and their kids at the patch.  But glamour aside, this delightful pumpkin patch has earned its fame for its fun kid activities, frighteningly big and scary decorations, and fabulous assortment of big and beautiful pumpkins, gourds and squash.


Kids can pull along a wagon and pick their own pumpkin from the piles of pumpkins in the patch.  Cute signs instruct kids (and parents) on how to handle, or not handle the pumpkins – no throwing, dropping, picking up by the stem, sitting on pumpkins, etc., Pumpkin prices range from $1 for baby pumpkins to $60 for jumbos, and up to $100 for Big Mac Organic pumpkins.

The Mr. Bones slide, pumpkin bounce house, hay maze, petting zoo and pony rides are some of the most popular attractions for kids.  The food offerings, including gourmet Kosher hotdogs, gourmet chicken sausages, fantastic carne mignon tacos, grilled Tillamook cheese sandwiches, hand-dipped carmel apples, Porch Pie pies, and gourmet flavored snow cones are pretty appealing for kids of all ages.  If $5 hotdogs are beyond your budget, no worries, visitors are welcome to bring their own snacks.  All rides cost $1-$7. Face painting costs $10-$15.  All attractions and food are payable in tickets purchased on site.


Despite the immense popularity of this pumpkin patch, it still feels intimate, partly due to the fact that the space itself is rather small – on about a city block, and because it is family owned. The focus is on providing a fun and friendly atmosphere for families to enjoy.  To this end, the professional photographers who come to get pictures of the celebrity patrons are cordoned off in a pen and monitored by security so they do not intrude upon guests.

Since fall temperatures can still reach into the 80s, Mr. Bones added a shade tent and more umbrellas in past years where patrons can retreat from the heat, and there’s also a pumpkin house and two teepees where kids can play out of the sun.  Best advice is to wear light clothes during the warmest day hours or visit after 5 pm, and if kids wear costumes (optional), dress them in clothes underneath or bring other clothes for a quick change if they get overheated.

While the pumpkins may be pricier than the local supermarket, the weekend admission of $4 for adults and $2 for kids can be used as credit to buy pumpkins or other merchandise in the Mr. Bones boutique, which also sells costumes, decorations, pumpkin carving kits and other Halloween goodies.  Weekday admission is free, and groups are welcome before 2 pm on weekdays. This year, Pillsbury is a partner with Mr. Bones, and the company will be donating $5,000 to support the LA Regional Food Bank as part of their partnership.


The patch is open weekdays 9am to 7 pm, 9 am to 8pm Friday through Sunday, and 9 am to 3 pm on Halloween.  Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is located at 702 N. Doheny Drive in West Hollywood, where the owners also operate Mr, Greentrees at the same location during the Christmas season; but that will change next year as the property has been sold.  The new site has not yet been determined, but you can join Mr. Bone’s mailing list on the website for updates.

Waking Up on Old Kitchen Nook with a Fresh Look

Making a Big Statement in a Small Space with a Moderate Budget

It was time for a new start for this kitchen nook in a 1933 Spanish style duplex in Los Angeles.

The centerpiece of the room, a 50s reproduction Formica top kitchen table with handle-back chairs, had served the homeowner well for many years.  The set up was snug with two chairs, but with the addition of a child, playdates and visiting grandparents, the need grew for more seating, and four chairs was a crowd.


The 50s Formica table and handle-back chairs were replaced with an Eero Saarinen-style Tulip 30” table and four chairs with bright yellow cushions from as the centerpiece of the nook makeover.

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Time for a change…

The nook measured 99” x 93” with a 93” high ceiling.  The room adjoined a long narrow kitchen with original bright yellow and green wall tiles and matching counter top.  The original wood floor had been replaced with faux wood vinyl planks. The much-patched lath-and-plaster walls were dingy and dinged, and the windows sported mismatched aluminum mini blinds.


Arch Interiors Design Group of Beverly Hills was brought in to help create a new look for the space, centered around a shiny new white fiberglass reproduction of a mid-century modern classic – the Eero Saarinen Tulip 30” table, with four chairs with bright yellow cushions ($825,  The sleek set fit more comfortably in the space, and the pedestal style legs eliminated the cluttered look in the room.


The Fillista pendant lamp from IKEA kept within the designers’ mid-century modern classic theme.

With the table and chairs as the starting point, Arch Interiors’ Christopher Grub and Linda Turner conceived a fresh retro look for the room, from top to bottom, all within the moderate budget requirements of the client.

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The design team tackled the room from the top down.  Starting with lighting, they chose the Fillista pendant lamp from IKEA ($29.99), inspired by another mid-century modern classic – the Henningsen Artichoke lamp for Poulsen.

“We wanted to update and soften the mid-century look and make it livable.  The house has a vintage kitchen and we wanted to keep some of that feeling in the space.   And there’s a young child in the family so we wanted to keep it fun,” explained Turner.

To pick up the colors of kitchen tile, Turner added a pattern to the ceiling to bring the eye up to the beautiful tray ceiling and its dramatic oversized molding.  To execute this concept, David Brandon of David Brandon Designs conceived of an argyle pattern which complemented the pattern of the kitchen tiles and the furnishings in a way that was slightly retro, but not gimmicky.

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A plain ceiling is transformed…

“I thought the argyle worked because of the diamond pattern, and also it felt nostalgic but not dated. I feel argyle has that same timeless quality,” said Brandon.  “I wanted a look of fun and whimsy, but still classic and never out of style.”

Brandon’s contribution to the makeover was the most painstaking.  Using a projector and a laser ruler he traced the basic pattern onto the ceiling.  He made many minuscule adjustments to accommodate for the slight irregularities in the room dimensions, owing to the 80-year-old home’s settling. He accomplished the final strokes of “stitches” through the argyle pattern while holding a straight edge and painting each line by hand.

“There was a lot of math in getting it to be symmetrical,” said Brandon.  “The hash marks through the print were also a challenge because I only had two hands.  It took some trial and error.”

Brandon used a palate of minty greens and more than six shades of yellow to achieve the desired effect.  He chose Sherwin-Williams Emerald paint, which he favors for its smooth application and its suitability as a long-lasting, high-hiding and washable paint ideal for the high-traffic kitchen nook.  He covered the walls with a matte French Vanilla, then created depth effects in the ceiling design with various yellows — Lemon Chiffon, Straw Harvest, Cheerful, Solaria, Classic Light Buff, and greens – Aloe and Easy Green, and trimmed in semi-gloss Decisive Yellow.


David Brandon Designs provided the unique argyle-patterned ceiling with Sherwin-Williams Emerald paints.

The results of Brandon’s neck-breaking efforts are spectacular.  The pattern draws the eye up and makes a statement from the moment you enter the room.


An amazing transformation into an argyle masterpiece

To balance out the color on the ceiling, Turner used white and stainless steel in the accessories, with accents of blue-green and yellow, to bring the eye down through the room.   She found affordable decorating items to complement the ceiling design and new furnishings, including floor- length drapes (Luxury Linen Grommet Top 88-inch Curtain Panel, $69.99, to help ground the space, and a natural woven rug (6’ Round Hand-Woven Braided Natural Jute Rug, $107,, to add texture.

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An assortment of décor items, including a vase, ceramic tea pot, coffee press, fruit basket and glassware from HomeGoods finished the look, along with flowers and food from Whole Foods and plates and table linens from Williams-Sonoma.

The old blinds were replaced with embossed 2” faux wood blinds ($39.99, for a bright and clean look.  Accessories were simple and sleek, such as the curtain rods (Adjustable Curtain Rod Set with Pewter Ball Finial, $29.99,, with a simple ball finial, in keeping with mid-century modern design.

Artwork was kept minimal with two pieces:  A circa 1960s black and white lifestyle photo of the client’s mother, and a large print of a vintage surf scene, Cruise California by David Grandin, ($204.99, custom framed by


Windows and walls got the treated to faux wood blinds and custom-framed artwork from

The designers’ challenges included incorporating both a kitchen cart and a water cooler, which the client wanted for functionality, in a small space without drawing too much attention to them.

The old butcher block cart was replaced with a stainless steel professional kitchen cart (Danver Cocina model, as assembled with drawer and towel bar, $704,, and the outdated and cumbersome water cooler was replaced by a compact stainless steel Aquaverse water cooler ($229, with sleek modern lines, which made the pieces feel integrated into the space.


The wheeled Danver stainless steel professional kitchen cart featuring two shelves; a front drawer and a side towel bar and hooks for utensils replaced an old-style butcher block cart.


Decorating items included Luxury Linen Grommet Top Curtain Panels and Hand-Woven Braided Natural Jute Rug and Adjustable Curtain Rod Set with a Pewter Ball Finial, all from

Turner selected an assortment of décor items from HomeGoods, including a vase, ceramic tea pot, coffee press, fruit basket and glassware, seeking out pieces with clean lines, geometric patterns, and shapes reminiscent of mid-century modern design.  Her color scheme for accent pieces consisted mostly of white or neutral colors, or stainless steel, to balance all the color on the ceiling.  She used the pops of blue-green and yellow to carry the color from the ceiling through the room.

water cooler

The Aquaverse 5H Commercial-grade Stainless-steel Top-load water dispenser with heavy-grade construction and leak prevention design met the both functional and aesthetic needs.

For another touch of class, Turner set the table and cart with items from Williams Sonoma including Herringbone Stripe table linens in Sunflower ($24.99 for set of 4 napkins) and a small Ceramic White Cake Stand ($29.95) and Jars Cantine dinnerware in yellow, ($384.95 for 16-piece setting).  All available at

To complete the picture, Turner styled the table for our photo shoot with colorful fresh flowers, scones, and iced coffee from Whole Foods.

“We hope that the space provides a bright, cheerful place for the family to enjoy casual meals together and makes them happy to start the day when they have breakfast in it,” said Grubb.

Dana Point Hosts Elephant Parade

Exhibit Displays Herd of Baby Elephant Sculptures Painted by Artists and Celebrities

If you thought whales were the biggest animals to watch in Dana Point, get ready for a spectacle of huge proportions as Dana Point hosts the Elephant Parade: Welcome to America, on display until November 17.  Don’t worry, animal lovers, this is not a show of live elephants.  These beautiful creatures are life-size painted works of art, designed by artists and celebrities, with proceeds of the open-air exhibit benefiting the Asian Elephant Foundation (TAEF), a charity dedicated to the welfare of the Asian elephants.


Visitors to Dana Point can view 80 of the baby elephants of the full herd, which has traveled worldwide from London, Singapore, Milan and Amsterdam.

Seven of the creations recently traveled to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE for a two-day stint just outside Wells Fargo Private Bank, the parade’s Grand Patron sponsor.

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The custom created sculptures were painted by artists, celebrities and pop icons including Khloe Kardashian, Andre Miripolski, Sona Mirzaei, Laura Seeley, Lily Tomlin, Cesar Millan and Chor Boogie.  Other artists who have contributed to the worldwide exhbit include Sarah, Duchess of York, Diane von Fürstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi, Peter Beard, Goldie Hawn, Ricky Gervais and Katy Perry. Image

Elephant Parade was founded in 2006 by father and son team, Marc and Mike Spits. While on holiday in Thailand, Marc was introduced to a baby elephant named Mosha, who became the world’s first elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic limb after stepping on a landmine.

“We’ve created a social enterprise built on a successful model of art, business and charity resulting in very tangible, timely preservation efforts,” commented Mike Spits, co-founder of Elephant Parade. “If we don’t take action now, the Asian Elephant could become extinct in just a few short decades.”

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The local arts community and the Resorts of Dana Point, including The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, St. Regis, Monarch Beach, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach and Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, have embraced the project, which is attracting visitors nationwide to the shoreline Southern California shoreline destination.

Art aficionados can bid on the original creations at auction November 17 or purchase half-sized tribute pieces.  For fans with a little less space, three-and-a-quarter-inch souvenir replicas are selling for as little as $31.  Funds raised through all efforts will support the Elephant Parade, which to date has raised more than $5 million for the conservation of the majestic mammals. Image

For a map of where the elephants are displayed, guides on where to stay in Dana Point or other information on the Elephant Parade, go to


Stampede: (from left to right) Rob Koscelnik, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach-Dana Point; Mike Spits, founder, Elephant Parade; Bruce Brainerd, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Johnny So, St. Regis Monarch Beach; Jim Samuels, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.