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By Sunao Gilbert, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM

Do you ever wonder why a 70-year-old person may not look a day over 40? Conversely, we have all met the 40-year-old who sadly looks 70.

We are pretty clear on how to age more rapidly than we should e.g., alcohol, tobacco, drugs, fast food, and sodas. But why are we less aware of how to stay young?

Why is it okay to diplomatically receive the answer, “…it’s a part of aging” when you ask your physician “Why am I always tired and have no energy?”

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Wellness, youth, what does it mean? Self-esteem? Energy? Low Stress? Quality sleep? Firm and glowing skin? A happy mood? Thick and shiny hair? Strong bones? A fit body? Quality sex? A positive outlook on life? It’s all of the above and it is achievable. However, it takes patience, persistence, and time.

It is an erroneous belief that youthfulness is unattainable and that it is inevitable to spend the golden years of life dilapidated and chronically ill. This myth has been disproven. In fact, there are documented ways to reverse your biological clock. However, it seems that it’s a well-kept secret. But now is the time for the veil to be lifted.

We are not a slave to our genes as was previously taught. We may have a predisposition to a certain illness based on our genes, but what determines whether those certain genes get “turned on” and whether illness becomes a reality, is the environment in which we house our genes.

We know that we are what we eat, and we know it’s important to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, but there is more, much more. So, what is the answer?

The answer is Functional Medicine also known as Regenerative or Anti-Aging Medicine.

Functional Medicine looks at the body as a whole symphony and works to optimize the body on a cellular level so that each organ, its systems and all the body processes are working at an optimal level. When each cell is functioning optimally, the body can work and heal itself as it was designed. Functional Medicine works to fine tune each organ system, biochemically on a cellular level, for the systems to harmonize like a beautiful symphony. It employs advanced testing and in-depth questioning to look for answers and then uses micronutrients, bio-identical hormones, supplements, peptides, pesticide free foods, lifestyle changes and many other modalities to replenish and rebalance the body and mind. It focuses on minimizing environmental toxic exposures, helping the individual achieve quality sleep, good gut health, a healthy weight, a balance between work and relaxation and does not neglect the importance of a robust libido.

Functional Medicine sees complaints such as lack of energy, pain in the joints and rashes as a harbinger of a much larger problem. It looks to find the cause of the symptoms instead of prescribing a medication to quiet your body’s cry for help.

Unfortunately, our current system of medicine focuses on disease, not dysfunction. Consequently, most symptoms are just quelled until they fester into a huge problem that can then be labeled as a disease. Only, then are your medications and testing hopefully covered by insurance.

Your health is an investment. Just like we siphon off earnings into a 401k, we should likewise invest in ourselves so that we may have a quality life, not just a long life. It is well known, what we don’t pay now, we will have to pay later with interest.
So, I invite you to take a deep dive into your health. I dare you to stay young!


dr gilbert logo910 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
Please call for your appointment
949-363-3162

Southern California is not just a location in which we reside, but a lifestyle that we live.

Longtime Orange County resident and owner of the Laguna Niguel-based Bronwyn Gorman - Decorating Den Interiors, Bronwyn embraces the unique SoCal lifestyle, and the indoor- outdoor spaces that reflect it.

“We enjoy helping our clients create the perfect look for them and their lifestyle,” says Bronwyn. “Whether it’s one room or one window that you’re interested in redecorating, we’d like to help you do it right the first time! If you’re like many of the clients we work with, you want a beautifully custom designed look, but truly don’t know how to make that vision a reality. The process of decorating a home can feel very overwhelming and quite often reaches the point of frustration that results in projects remaining unfinished or completed with disappointing results.”

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You might not be sure of “what” goes “where” – or with “what.” Or, perhaps you might want to begin your design project by building on what you already have, rather than throwing everything out and starting from scratch, but are unsure of how to begin. You might even fear that if you call a professional decorator, your home will end up featuring that decorator’s taste – not yours. And last, but certainly not least, you might not be sure you can afford the services of a professional decorator.

Well fear not! Let the professional, knowledgeable and friendly decorators at Bronwyn Gorman - Decorating Den Interiors put your decorating concerns to rest! From design concept to completion, they’ll help save you valuable time and money by guiding your decision making process through a myriad of functional and decorative ideas. Bronwyn and her team stand behind their commitment to YOU that they will be with you every step of the way.

The list of benefits available to you when you choose to work with a professional decorator goes on and on. The bottom line, however, is that a professionally trained interior decorator can not only make your ideas work better, but they know how to make your decorating dreams a reality! Maybe it’s time to consider calling in the professionals!


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Owner | Interior Designer
Decorating Den Interiors
(949) 755-2032
bronwyngorman.decoratingden.com

When Karen Mauro talks about her partner Jim Espinosa, there’s laughter in her voice. And happiness. And most definitely love. “Jim’s a joy to be with. I just love him,” she says, with her signature North Carolina chuckle.

That’s the beauty of life at The Covington, an ECS senior living community in South Orange County’s Aliso Viejo – that two people can find love in their 80s and live a rich, vibrant life together within an outgoing and active community. This is a story of Karen and Jim. But it’s also about the indelible connections residents at The Covington make with one another, and how that makes for a very lovely life.

But, first, let’s back up.

Karen, a former nurse, marriage and family therapist, and religious educator, and her late husband Tom moved into The Covington in 2017. Tom was a family physician who loved to play beach volleyball and travel the world. But his health and memory were in decline and Karen knew it was time to make a move.

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“I had heard about The Covington through friends who had convalesced here after surgeries,” says Karen. “Everyone said it was the most fabulous place they had ever been – the care, the food; they couldn’t praise it enough.”

“One day, I received bad news regarding a blood test. The report turned out to be erroneous, but nevertheless, it got me thinking: what if I go first? What’s going to happen to Tom? What’s going to happen to our kids?” So Karen made the decision to leave the ocean views of Laguna Beach for the mountain views of The Covington. It ended up being one of the best decisions of her life, she says.

“When I moved to The Covington, it was such a relief to be there. I was personally falling apart as a caregiver and Tom needed more care than I could give him on my own,” says Karen. “The nurses, doctors, and Chaplin here did a tremendous amount to help me get back on my feet.”

At first, Karen and Tom lived together in The Covington’s independent living. After six months, however, Tom moved to The Covington’s full-time memory care facility. Sadly, Tom passed away in April 2018.

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But there was a silver lining, Karen says. She met other couple friends at The Covington who were going through a similar experience – one spouse in declining health, the other serving as a caregiver. The friends became informal support group for one another and the powerful connection has endured. “We all support one another, we all understand. And we’re all so thankful that we’re here.”

After Tom’s passing, Karen kept busy. She participated in exercise classes, became president of the resident’s association, and was active in The Covington’s social life.

Two years later, Jim, a former businessman and avid golfer, moved into The Covington. Because of her involvement in the Resident’s Association, Karen knew just about everyone in the community. So, when she noticed the new face at The Covington, she introduced herself. Turns out, Jim’s best friend was one of Tom’s best friends, and they had a lot of the same friends in common.

Soon, Karen and Jim were attending the same exercise classes and Monday Night Football gatherings in The Covington’s lounge. Karen invited Jim to a few events at The Laguna Playhouse, of which Karen is a supporter. After one such event, Jim and Karen went out to dinner and got to know each other better. When they returned to The Covington, Jim gave Karen a little kiss. The rest, they say, is history.

“The two of us thrive on each other,” says Karen. “Jim’s attitude toward life is very positive. He’s one of those people who builds others up.” When asked how he’s doing, Jim’s trademark reply is, “Never been better.” His optimism and warmth make him a friend to many.

Together, Karen and Jim have traveled all over the States, meeting one another’s families and college friends. They’re a fixture at The Covington gatherings, frequently attend off-site events around Orange County – and they still go to exercise classes together.

There’s even more to love at The Covington

One of the things that initially drew Karen to The Covington was the vibrant lifestyle. Because, although her husband’s health was failing, Karen was active and wanted a lifestyle to match. She found it here.

The programming and amenities at The Covington are designed to keep residents creatively, physically, and socially active. They include resident-run clubs, an art studio, game room, indoor pool, a concert venue, an endless itinerary of exercise classes, a community garden, walking trails throughout the 12-acre campus, and much more.

“You can live life to the fullest and live up to your potential here,” says Karen.

What’s more, complementary transportation means residents can get out on the town whenever they’d like. “A group of us like to go to the theater on Saturday afternoons. The limo bus drops us off right in front and picks us up as soon as the event is over.”
Dining is a world-class experience at The Covington, featuring meticulously-planned menus and impeccable service. Residents gather at one of The Covington’s three award-winning dining areas: The Grandview gourmet restaurant, The Cove bistro, or Grandview Lounge.

“Living here is like being in a luxury hotel or the highest-end cruise ship you can imagine,” says Karen.

Connections of a lifetime

The Covington, Karen says, is a place of friendships.

“People come from all over the world to live here, from all sorts of fascinating backgrounds.”

Whether they’re bonds made through a shared hobby, through a support group, or even a romantic relationship like Karen and Jim’s, meaningful connections abound at The Covington.

“People love one another here, like we’re a big family,” says Karen. “It’s a good place to come for the rest of your life.”

And that sounds just lovely.


The Covington
3 Pursuit
Aliso Vieo
(949) 209-3829
thecovington.org

Usually when my husband and I travel, we’d use the verb “schlep” to describe the general disarray that accompanies our family of four.

Especially if we’ve got the teens in tow - cruising in and out of hotel rooms, or fiddling with yet another key code for a private rental. Nothing could be further from the verbiage I’d use to attempt a recap of our recent stay at La Jolla’s Grande Colonial Hotel. There’s something so special about individually decorated guest rooms, a calming juxtaposition to your typical grey and orange chain stay. iPhone docking stations for the kids, flat-screen televisions for the adults, premium bedding and designer toiletries to take things up a half a notch.

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Accommodation options include luxurious ocean, garden, or village view rooms, sumptuous suites and vacation rental studios - each capturing the essence of the quintessential California coastal lifestyle. But the truly satisfying distinction lies in the luxury amenities scattered about this sun kissed San Diego property.

The only Four Diamond Hotel in the Village of La Jolla, The Grande Colonial Hotel has been welcoming guests to a gorgeous coastal respite for over a century. One of the city's oldest original seaside hotels, The Grande Colonial has been completely modernized, yet remains faithful to the timeless elegance of its storied past - the sophisticated decor infused with a classic European ambiance and aesthetic. This intimate, iconic property is ideally situated amidst the pristine beaches and regal bluffs of one of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal towns.

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From a family staycation standpoint, there is literally something for the everyone right outside the doors - steps from all of the shops, art galleries, restaurants and favored local coffee spots. As far as I'm concerned, anytime of year is the ideal time to visit.

As fledgling foodies, my husband and I are fans of the casually elegant farm-to-table dining experience at NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar on site. Led by nationally recognized chef, Jason Knibb, the local harvest dictates his "globally inspired, locally sourced" seasonal menu. I love, love crudo and both the hamachi sashimi and the Ahi tuna appetizers were incredibly flavorful (the first with marinated baby shiitake mushrooms and the latter with a Calabri chili and Meyer lemon relish), while kids devoured their signature NINE-TEN angus burgers.

Other popular dishes on the menu at the time of this writing range from pan seared Maine sea scallops enhanced with roasted Matsutake mushroom, the pan-roasted Colorado lamb loin with maitake mushroom and another favorite - pan-seared black cod accompanied by braised leeks, roasted cauliflower mushroom, yuzu and white wine leek broth.

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Health club, glittering outdoor pool, and an incredible restaurant and bar serving globally inspired locally sourced cuisine. A culinary excursion through classic California farm-to-table fare, end your day of activity outside (the hotel is just moments from ziplining courses, swimming, sailing, scuba, kayaking and more) with a crisp ocean view. No schlepping allowed.


The Grande Colonial Hotel
910 Prospect Street
La Jolla
(858) 454-2181

Morena Tile and Stone, in San Juan Capistrano, is a 5000 square foot store showcasing one of the largest selections of tile, and natural and engineered stone in South Orange County. The business was opened in 2014 by John Schrab and his wife, Linda, with the goal of creating a convenient, local resource where one can find an abundance of fun, imaginative and up-to-date tile and stone – all under one roof.

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As a family-owned business, John and Linda focus on customer service and building relationships with their clients, while helping to bring their projects to life. From mild to wild and traditional to modern, they will assist in finding the perfect materials for your dream kitchen or bath. Morena’s designers are on hand to assist customers with navigating through the myriad of choices to get their project started and they serve as a resource every step of the way – from concept to completion.

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Homeowners, designers and contractors love the vast product selection and convenience of shopping locally, in a store where everyone knows your name. John, a 4th Generation tile and stone contractor, is willing and available to answer your questions and provide advice on materials, design, and installation. He believes in treating cus¬tomers like family and understands what it takes to make your project come to fruition.

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Whether you’re undertaking a major home renovation, updating your kitchen island or installing a tile floor, Morena Tile & Stone offers all of the necessary components to manage your project in-house. Along with a gorgeous variety of materials for you to choose from, there’s also an on-site fabrication shop with a crew of master craftsmen that have worked for John for decades. This level of experience and cutting-edge technology, combined with old-world craftsmanship, provides clients with the reassurance that their project will be done correctly and beautifully. As John likes to say, “We make things pretty every day.”

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Visit Morena Tile & Stone when you’re ready to embark on your next home improvement project. John and Linda would love the opportunity to offer you a cup of coffee while you look around, and they’d be proud to add you to their long list of satisfied customers.

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Little Johnny with his pop, granddaddy and great gramps, 4 generations of tile guys.


Morena Tile Stone 08 202032951 Calle Perfecto
San Juan Capistrano
(949) 489-8990
www.tileandmarble.com

Do you ever wonder why a 70-year-old person may not look a day over 40? Conversely, we have all met the 40-year-old who sadly looks 70.

We are pretty clear on how to age more rapidly than we should e.g., alcohol, tobacco, drugs, fast food, and sodas. But why are we less aware of how to stay young?

Why is it okay to diplomatically receive the answer, “…it’s a part of aging” when you ask your physician “Why am I always tired and have no energy?”

Wellness, youth, what does it mean? Self-esteem? Energy? Low Stress? Quality sleep? Firm and glowing skin? A happy mood? Thick and shiny hair? Strong bones? A fit body? Quality sex? A positive outlook on life? It’s all of the above and it is achievable. However, it takes patience, persistence, and time.

It is an erroneous belief that youthfulness is unattainable and that it is inevitable to spend the golden years of life dilapidated and chronically ill. This myth has been disproven. In fact, there are documented ways to reverse your biological clock. However, it seems that it’s a well-kept secret. But now is the time for the veil to be lifted.

We are not a slave to our genes as was previously taught. We may have a predisposition to a certain illness based on our genes, but what determines whether those certain genes get “turned on” and whether illness becomes a reality, is the environment in which we house our genes.

We know that we are what we eat, and we know it’s important to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, but there is more, much more. So, what is the answer?

The answer is Functional Medicine also known as Regenerative or Anti-Aging Medicine.

Functional Medicine looks at the body as a whole symphony and works to optimize the body on a cellular level so that each organ, its systems and all the body processes are working at an optimal level. When each cell is functioning optimally, the body can work and heal itself as it was designed. Functional Medicine works to fine tune each organ system, biochemically on a cellular level, for the systems to harmonize like a beautiful symphony. It employs advanced testing and in-depth questioning to look for answers and then uses micronutrients, bio-identical hormones, supplements, peptides, pesticide free foods, lifestyle changes and many other modalities to replenish and rebalance the body and mind. It focuses on minimizing environmental toxic exposures, helping the individual achieve quality sleep, good gut health, a healthy weight, a balance between work and relaxation and does not neglect the importance of a robust libido.

Functional Medicine sees complaints such as lack of energy, pain in the joints and rashes as a harbinger of a much larger problem. It looks to find the cause of the symptoms instead of prescribing a medication to quiet your body’s cry for help.

Unfortunately, our current system of medicine focuses on disease, not dysfunction. Consequently, most symptoms are just quelled until they fester into a huge problem that can then be labeled as a disease. Only, then are your medications and testing hopefully covered by insurance.

Your health is an investment. Just like we siphon off earnings into a 401k, we should likewise invest in ourselves so that we may have a quality life, not just a long life. It is well known, what we don’t pay now, we will have to pay later with interest.
So, I invite you to take a deep dive into your health. I dare you to stay young!


dr gilbert logo910 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
Please call for your appointment
949-363-3162

When he visits HAMMER & NAILS | Men’s Grooming Shop in the Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel, his most difficult decision centers around which premium beverage to enjoy and what cable program to watch on his own personal big-screen TV while receiving his services. Providing a full-range of experiences from Premium Haircuts, Beard Grooming and Old-School Straight-Razor shaves to their cornerstone experiences for Hand & Foot Grooming (Men’s MANicures & Pedicures), as well as services such as Facials and Facial Waxing (eyebrows, ears & nose), making it his premier one-stop destination for confidence to always look and feel his absolute best.

HammerNails 78“We’ve built a ‘Man Cave’ and it has everything you’d expect,” says the owner, Beverly Shepherd. Adding, “Our guests can relax without all the astringent smells you typically find at normal nail salons. Instead detecting the subtle scents of cedar, leather, and steel. We have an incredibly cool custom ‘57-Chevy lighted door panel that welcomes guests before being warmly greeted by one of our Client Concierge’s.”

When you first arrive, your eyes are immediately drawn to the larger-than-life graphic of sparks exploding from the Hammer and is impacts the steel beneath it. As you are still taking in the rugged, weathered corrugated steel wall behind the reception counter, you are greeted with a warm friendly smile, offered your choice of a premium complimentary beverage including choices such as Ketel One® Vodka, Macallan®, Crown Royal®, selection of craft beers, wine, or soft drinks.

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Beverly first came to America from the Philippines in 2009. Shortly after she met her husband, Michael while she was working at the Nordstrom cosmetics counter in Fashion Island. Beverly & Michael married in 2017 in a romantic beach ceremony at the El Nido Resort in the Philippines. Mike sold his previous company, an electronics & materials test lab, in 2015 and they wanted to start a new business together. After seeing the episode on SHARK TANK® featuring the original founder of Hammer & Nails, they decided to open the first HAMMER & NAILS Franchise in Orange County in Laguna Niguel and just celebrated their 4th anniversary for the shop.

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Bev & Mike have assembled a team of the top talent in Orange County providing 5-Star services to local residents as well as many from out of the area and those vacationing at one of the many local luxury resorts in the area. “With couples getting married at these amazing resorts, many will schedule groomsman parties to be sure they are all looking sharp and “on point” for their special day,” Beverly stated. While our incredible Barbers/Stylist can keep anyone looking their best and have proven time-and-time again their confidence and skill for clients seeking a new look and even a total transformational haircut style. Beverly also added, “it is not uncommon for gentlemen to visit our shop each month and spend several hours, starting with a Premium Haircut and Shave or Facial then relaxing in our Hand & Foot Grooming Man Cave for one of our Signature Manicure/Pedicures combos like the Big Daddy Aromatherapy.

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“It was a good experience for me. I was there after a tough day and felt welcomed. I have received several compliments on the haircut and will be back for more soon. Thank you.” - T. Alvarez

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“Another great experience at Hammer & Nails. I don’t live in the area but often visit friends in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel who turned me on to Hammer & Nails so I always try to stop in for a haircut or manicure/pedicure. I think this was my 4th visit. The stylists and nail techs are skilled and friendly, and you can enjoy a complimentary adult beverage during your appointment. Terrific!” - E. Rodgers

“The place was “hopping”, but I never felt overlooked or unattended to. When my turn came around, I certainly felt the personal touch your business has always provided me. Found a new addiction too, my first facial experience has left me yearning for more.” - D. Brask

Beverly Shepherd“You guys are doing great. I called Friday afternoon in search for a manicurist for an urgent need of a pedicure due to a painful ingrown toenail. My manicurist was unavailable. I was hesitant to drive from Irvine to Laguna Niguel but your receptionist talked me into. She was right. 20 minutes. Not bad. I was seated right away and offered a beverage. Jack & Coke in a crystal short. Nice! The manicurist, I wish I knew her name, was amazing. She talked me through the service and help relieve my pain. The Jack & Coke helped. She did an awesome job! - F. Mejia

“I’m a repeat customer and always treated well, have a good experience.” - T. Gallagher

“Service is always prompt, excellent and friendly. BEST IN CLASS” - G. Powell

“You took really good care of my elderly father who has many foot and toenail issues. The staff was all very kind.” - R. Misiow


PREMIUM & CLASSIC SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Haircuts
  • Straight-Razor Shaves
  • Beard Grooming
  • Face Treatments
  • Facial Waxing
  • MANicures
  • Pedicures

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These Premium MANicure/Pedicure Combo are the Signature Services of HAMMER & Nails found nowhere else and are the service that places us a level above any other nail salon for Men. All our Premium Pedicure services include callus resurfacing, infused signature scrub, hand & foot massage, nail care (clip, file, and buff), finishing with warm paraffin on your hands & feet, and our steamed towel wrap.
The Jack Hammer Experience - Rich, liquid-gold from fingers to toes.

  • The Hops & Cedar Experience - Beer-lover’s bliss. 
  • The Big Daddy Experience - Refresh & relax with our most popular Hand & Foot experience. 
  • The Milk & Honey Experience - Saturate your skin in luxury.
  • Sports Pedicure - Sore muscle relief for our most active guests. 
  • Essential Tea Tree Pedicure - For feet needing extra TLC.

Scan to Book BlackHAMMER & NAILS is active in the community a Members of the Chamber of Commerce for both Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. They also actively sponsor and contribute to many of the local schools and community events. Bev & Mike and their entire staff take a great deal of pride in providing exceptional services to the community and have enjoyed getting to know their clients and other local business owners

Hammer Nails Laguna Niguel logoWe look forward to meeting you at:
HAMMER & NAILS
32411 Golden Lantern, Unit H, Laguna Niguel
Book you appointment at HNGrooming.com or call/text 949.340.3559

At The Covington, an ECS senior living community in South Orange County’s Aliso Viejo, holiday meals are an opportunity to create cultural experiences for residents.

The Covington is home to residents of many faiths. Holiday meals are a chance for residents to celebrate their faith and culture with others through food.

“There are multiple religious beliefs here at The Covington,” says Javier Sarmiento, Dining Services Director at The Covington, whose hospitality background includes The Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels. “So, when there’s a religious holiday, we try to accommodate as much as we can by creating delicious meals that are typical for that celebration.”

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Holiday meals at The Covington are frequent throughout the year, and include Seder dinner for Passover and Chinese New Year.

“Our Executive Chef, Mike Desimone, is great at coming up with different dishes that accommodate our residents,” says Sarmiento. “It’s something we’re really proud of – attention to detail.”

Resident reaction is what makes it all worth it.

“Our residents are really appreciative of our dinners,” says Sarmiento. “I’m surrounded by an extremely talented team and it is really gratifying to be able to host meaningful celebrations like this for our residents.”

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It’s not just the Culinary Team at The Covington that helps make these holiday meals happen. The resident Dining Services Committee plays a large role, too. “Our Committee is comprised of approximately 25 residents, but anyone can come to the meetings,” says resident Barbara Peck, Chair of the Dining Services Committee. “The purpose is to have an open, on-going conversation with our chefs, and to share comments and suggestions,” says Peck. “They’re always agreeable with what we have to say and open to ideas we have for upcoming events.”

The Committee gathers monthly, along with Sarmiento, Desimone, and the Dining Room Services Manager, Gerardo Guerrero. The group discusses upcoming celebrations and menu options. It takes about 2-3 weeks to execute a holiday meal, from ordering food, testing menus and tasting dishes, and making sure the meals look great on the plate. Depending on the number of residents who are attending a particular holiday dinner, the celebrations occur in The Covington’s variety of dining venues and event spaces such as the Grand View formal dining room, the Lounge, or Schumacher Hall.

These holiday meals are in addition to the approximately 11,500 meals The Covington’s Culinary Team executes each month.

“Food is a very important part of life at The Covington, and it’s done very well,” says Peck.

Part of what makes the meals at The Covington so delicious are the high-quality ingredients used by the Culinary Team.

Meals feature hormone-free poultry and beef that is USDA Choice or better. Santa Monica Seafood delivers fresh seafood twice weekly and selections are made per the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines. Locally sourced produce is always a priority to support nearby farmers and the region’s economy.

At one particular Committee meeting, a resident requested the Culinary Team bring back the Triple Chocolate Cookies, which had been phased out because of pandemic-related supply chain issues. “Sure enough, that same week, we had Triple Chocolate Cookies back on the menu,” says Peck. “Sometimes it’s the little things.”

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“We normally wouldn’t be able to accommodate a request like this so quickly because of ingredients being on back order, so we got creative and had our pastry chef make the cookies from scratch,” says Sarmiento. “Whatever it takes.”

Another way residents are able to stay in touch with the Culinary Team at The Covington is through comment cards in each of the dining rooms. The cards give residents an opportunity to share their feedback on a particular dish or meal. “It helps motivate our team when we hear positive comments,” says Sarmiento. “And it gives us a chance to course-correct when we receive not-so-great comments. We want to hear it all.”

The Culinary Team occasionally receives handwritten recipes on the comment cards, a nice insight into residents’ tastes, memories, and passions. “Chef Desimone will take the resident’s recipe, work on it, and figure out how to implement it into our menus,” says Sarmiento. One such menu offering is called Grandma’s Favorite Meatloaf.

But while faith-based meals are an important aspect of life at The Covington, so, too, are the events that are simply a great time. These events add an extra air of festivity to an already active social life at The Covington. Events include luaus, barbecues, and even an Elvis Presley Night. “Whether it’s religious or not, we try to be very creative with what we do,” says Sarmiento.

Oktoberfest 2022 was a huge success and a lot of fun for residents. “The Dining Committee met with the Culinary Team, and we asked them to serve drinks and appetizers that would be found at a traditional Oktoberfest,” says Peck. “So, they brought in kegs of German beer, pretzels with cheese sauce, and bratwurst. It was a lot of fun.”

“The main point is to be able to give the residents a great experience,” says Sarmiento. “That’s what we’re here for.”


Interested in learning more about The Covington?
Reach out at (949) 209-3829 and thecovington.org.

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Along the California Coast, the ultra-popular maritime activity of whale watching kicks off for the fall/winter season with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see gray whales migrating through the waters for a limited time. In San Diego, City Cruises' seasonal winter whale watching experience returns, which will run through the spring, featuring the best sightseeing of the Bay paired with a professionally narrated tour of whale hot spots and not-to-be-missed San Diego sites. To guarantee a memorable experience for all guests, City Cruises will provide a pass to return for another whale watching or harbor cruise experience if some species of whale is not spotted.

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Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with an unforgettable experience on the water. The two-hour Thanksgiving brunch cruise is available in Newport Beach, San Diego and Marina Del Rey, and includes a menu of freshly-prepared Thanksgiving staples as well as drinks, including unlimited champagne, live music, and unbeatable views.

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For those who wish to skip the holiday meal preparation and spend more quality time with loved ones, the Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise offers an evening cruise complete with a decadent Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment. Dinner will be offered at the Newport Beach, Marina Del Rey, San Diego and Long Beach ports.

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Dare to stay young!

Health & Wellness Sorbet Mag

Dare to  stay young!

By Sunao Gilbert, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM Do you ever wonder why a 70-year-old person may not look a day over 40? C...

Painting for Patriotism: Keeping the Prado Dam Mural Alive

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

Painting for Patriotism:  Keeping the Prado Dam Mural Alive

There’s a certain mystique that comes alongside the signs which state “National Register of Historic Places...

Why Work With An Interior Designer?

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Why Work With An  Interior Designer?

Southern California is not just a location in which we reside, but a lifestyle that we live. Longtime Orange C...

Renew Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Renew  Ketamine Infusion Therapy

The first time I heard of Ketamine was a few years ago from a friend in nursing school. Then again recently fro...

Grande Colonial Hotel Superior Staycation on California’s Golden Coast

Travel Sorbet Mag

Grande Colonial Hotel Superior Staycation on California’s Golden Coast

Usually when my husband and I travel, we’d use the verb “schlep” to describe the general disarray that ac...

What to Consider when Choosing Hospice!

Health & Wellness Pamela Mangen MSN, MBA, RN, PHN, PCCN-CMC, LSSGB

What to Consider when Choosing Hospice!

Hospice care is a type of health care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient’s pain and s...

What to Consider when Choosing a Caregiver!

Health & Wellness Pamela Mangen MSN, MBA, RN, PHN, PCCN-CMC, LSSGB

What to Consider when Choosing a Caregiver!

When considering a Care Giver, it is important to know the specific type of care you require; for example, Skil...

It’s all about dem BONES!

Health & Wellness Pamela Mangen MSN, MBA, RN, PHN, PCCN-CMC, LSSGB

It’s all about dem BONES!

There’s a common misconception that a high-protein diet is bad for bone health but nothing could be further f...

Morena Tile & Stone. Your Local Resource from Concept to Completion

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Morena  Tile & Stone. Your Local Resource from Concept to Completion

Morena Tile and Stone, in San Juan Capistrano, is a 5000 square foot store showcasing one of the largest select...

Dare to stay young!

Health & Wellness Sorbet Mag

Dare to  stay young!

Do you ever wonder why a 70-year-old person may not look a day over 40? Conversely, we have all met the 40-year...

BUBBLES MOBILE AUTO DETAIL

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

BUBBLES MOBILE AUTO DETAIL

There is a specific type of business person I particularly appreciate when utilizing his or her services. One w...

VIEW restaurant at the Vea Hotel in Newport Beach

Travel Jody Robinson

VIEW restaurant  at the Vea Hotel  in Newport Beach

Sweeping ocean and verdant golf course views aren’t the only thing you can come to expect from VIEW - the gor...

The Somm's STASH

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

The Somm's STASH

Purposefully designed to make great wine uncomplicated One could venture to say with Micah Sampson, what you s...

Day Tripping in Style at Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Entertainment Jody Robinson

Day Tripping  in Style at  Desert Hills  Premium Outlets

Full disclosure: I’m a mom of teenagers and as such, am continually on the hunt for bonding opportunities tha...

Greetings from Lake Tahoe California

Travel Jody Robinson

Greetings from Lake Tahoe California

There are a few places on my winter vacation shortlist: San Diego for a surf and sand staycation, Big Apple for...

Kansas City, Missouri

Travel Jody Robinson

Kansas City, Missouri

Where to Eat, Stay and Play in the "City of Fountains" A friend of mine joked with me recently that Kansas Cit...

Isn’t it Time he made Santa’s Nice (Looking) list this Season?

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Isn’t it Time he made Santa’s Nice (Looking) list this Season?

When he visits HAMMER & NAILS | Men’s Grooming Shop in the Ocean Ranch Village in Laguna Niguel, his most...

Henry’s Coastal Cuisine

Dining Out Jody Robinson

Henry’s Coastal Cuisine

Surf City’s Newest, Elevated Dining Experience Surf-fare isn’t necessarily a new term, but it is certainly...

Water Grill Crafts Incomparable Culinary Creations

Dining Out Jody Robinson

Water Grill Crafts Incomparable Culinary Creations

There’s something so satisfying about seeing an iced tray of gorgeous Eastern or Pacific oysters on the half ...

City Cruises’ Seasonal Whale Watching Experience Returns!

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

City Cruises’ Seasonal Whale Watching Experience Returns!

Photo credit: City Cruises by Hornblower Along the California Coast, the ultra-popular maritime activity of ...