Winter 2017, Editor Letter

The word cozy conjures up images of comforters and warm socks by the fire with a good book. Cozy can mean cuddling up with your favorite person and a movie. Cozy means comfortable, safe, and comfy.

A cozy memory for me is when I was a child sitting by my grandmother as she crocheted a new lap rug, with one of her very own creations covering our laps as we watched TV. Gram was a woman who couldn’t sit still and do nothing. She had an antsy “do-er” bug that inspired her to make dolls, tissue boxes, afghans, you name it. If it required yarn and a needle or hook, it was destined to become her project, but she didn’t just make these things for herself and her family. Every year, she crocheted a thousand afghans to give away at nursing homes. Her gift of crocheting spread coziness throughout the care facilities of Colorado Springs. It’s a gene she passed on to me. I’ve decided I will continue her tradition of selflessness this year by donating some of my crocheted items to those who need a piece of cozy to get through the winter. It might not be a thousand pieces like Gram, but hopefully it will bring cozy to a few people who really need it.

What are your favorite cozy activities? This issue of SEARCH will help you stay inside and keep cozy as we explore cozy books, music, and food. For you who like going out in the cold, we’ll add in some fun adventures away from home, like touring the Galindo house in Concord or shopping at SCRAP. Read more about cozy in our Winter 2017 Issue.

Emerian Rich
Editorial Director

 

 

 

 

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SEARCH Magazine Winter Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine Winter 2017

Galindo House,
A giant part of Concord and Contra Costa history. We go inside the house built by Don Francisco Galindo and his wife Maria Dolores Pacheco.

City Spotlight
Rodeo, California
Books
Five Books to Achieve Cozy
Tech
Stay Cozy Inside with Tech
Health
Post-Partum Congestive Heart Failure
Travel
Iceland: The Land of Fire & Ice
Music
Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years
Food
Braised Tri-Tip with Sherry-Mushroom Gravy
Do it Yourself
Hot Cozy Drink Ideas
Business
Believe in Your Worth
Autism / Parenting
Frustration Station
Humor
Prince Goofball and the Search for Cozy
Events
Event pictures from around the Bay.
Bay Area Attraction
SCRAP, San Francisco
Cozy Quizzes
Something to do While You Coze

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Fall 2017, Editor Letter

fallcoverAlthough I love entertaining, I’m not the greatest cook. Not that I can’t cook. I just despise doing it. My family is not the easiest one to cook for either, since we all have different food allergies. For me, recipes need to be simple, quickly assembled, and easily substitutable. My favorite go-to meal when guests show up unexpectedly is chicken salad, which I’ve shared below.

Entertaining is more than just setting out some bags of chips and turning on the TV. It’s a way to show those you care about, how much you care by spending actual time with them. I know, a novel concept in this busy, text-driven world. Putting away the phones and spending time face-to-face is the best gift you can give to those you care about.

In this issue, we’ll be exploring cooking and entertaining in many different ways. For quick and easy entertaining ideas, check out the contributors suggestions throughout this issue. For you cooking pros, we have the Dake’s stunning Chorizo Tamale Pie. Whatever kind of party you’re panning, we’d like to hear your experiences. Read more about entertaining in our Fall 2017 Issue.

Emerian Rich
Editorial Director

Emerian’s Quick Chicken Salad
1 can white meat chicken, shredded
2 heaping tablespoons mayo
1 granny smith apple, diced
Pepper

*Mix chicken, mayo, and diced apples in a bowl.
*Sprinkle pepper over to taste.
*Spread on croissants, wrap in tortilla, or eat with crackers.
If serving in a buffet, you can have extra apple slices or chips to scoop and enjoy.

 

 

SEARCH Magazine Fall Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine Fall 2017

An Interview with
Artist Kenny Cowan
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area painter whose art is inspired by northern California’s vast landscapes.

City Spotlight
El Sobrante, a small town with a big heart.

Entertaining
Dress your table to impress.

Interview
Abie Ekenezar, actress and writer.

Travel
New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud.

Music
Dean Martin, a personal recollection.

Books
Food in literature.

Food
Chorizo tamale pie

Do it Yourself
Roast your own coffee.

Business
Pros and cons of working from home.

Autism / Parenting
Our food story.

Humor
Don’t kick the cook!

Bay Area Attraction
Fall celebrations.

Events
Event pictures from around the Bay.

Party Planner
Plan the best party by using our plan.

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Summer 2017, Editor Letter

Adventure. We all crave it. Whether it’s a dream to travel to the pyramids or simply an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on the morning latte, we want our lives to be exciting. True, the cravings of adventure tend to wane in adulthood. The dreams of becoming a fireman or astronaut have a habit of making way for realistic, less-challenging goals. We work so we can afford a family to call our own, which can be an adventure all its own. For a moment, let’s put away our adult responsibilities and dream of the impossible.

I remember jumping on my bike as a child and tooling around with my friends in hopes of adventure. When none occurred, we’d make up our own. I was no longer a pre-teen riding her bike around Los Angeles County. I was a member of the A-Team, chasing bad guys and solving crimes. We’d explore paths we’d been down a hundred times, pretending it was a forest in Quebec or the wilds of Peru. Bad guys were around every corner, and if we were super vigilant, we’d save the day. During our silly games we even caught a real-life cat burglar. Boy was that exciting!

This summer, we’re going to help you cook up your own adventures with articles about local places to visit, how to adventure from your couch, and even what to read to make this season a memorable one.

Emerian Rich
Editorial Director

 

SEARCH Spring 2017, Editor Letter

From the Editor-in-Chief,

editorltrThis month we’re going to be talking about our favorite fur balls and best friends, our pets.

I remember the day I set my eyes on my dog, Sasha, surrounded by other cute and cuddly German Shepherds. When I saw her, my eyes lit up with excitement. I knew she was my dog.

She laid her head on my leg as we drove home. I promised her I would always protect her, not knowing one day she would protect me. She’s not only a protector for me, but for our neighborhood. She once alerted us about a group of kids who were lighting a fire. Her vigilance saved our house and other houses around us from burning down.

She has so much energy. She runs around and fetches ropes for hours. She loves swimming and attending pool parties with friends and family. When the weather gets up to 80-90 degrees, you will find her in the pool or around the poolside relaxing. She also likes camping, were she runs freely and enjoys fetching sticks from the lake. When we’re shopping at Petco, we never leave without a big dog bone. She loves them.

I’m so happy to say, that I’m a proud owner of a fantastic dog name Sasha.

There is a special connection between pet and owner and this issue we will be talking about your experiences with pets and what you can do to help your best friend stay happy and healthy. Enjoy the Spring issue by clicking here.

JeannieNormandeau

Editor-in-Chief

 

SEARCH Magazine Spring 2017 Issue

spring17finalPET HEALTH

with Dr. Teresa Spencer. It’s springtime, and with it comes more outdoor activities. This is a great time to take the dog out for a Frisbee game in the park or let your cats out on the patio for some sun.

City Spotlight

Orinda, California, one of America’s friendliest towns.

Animal Rescue & Foster Care

Shelters around the Bay need your help.

The Importance of Exercise

Do you want to be happier, reduce stress, and lead a healthier lifestyle?

The Sounds of the City

Our iconic city has been the backdrop to a whole host of movies.

Fur-tastic Vacations

What are the best places when travelling with you pet?

De-cabling VS. Cable

In the duel between de-cabling versus traditional cable companies, who wins?

Interview with Kimbe Abernathy

She’s turned her natural gifts into an influential brand.

5 Fantastic Dog Books

Indeed, dogs and books go together like chew toys and tennis balls.

Spring Fresh Pea Soup

Learn how to make the best pea soup you’ve ever tasted.

Build a Catio

To keep cats safely outdoors, build a catio or catbitat.

The Ghost Ship Fire

A tragic loss in Oakland’s art community.

Take Care of You

Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself.

Just One of the Litter

A humorous look at pet ownership. Do you own them or do they own you?

Bay Area Attration

Japantown is often an over-looked part of San Francisco some people don’t even know is there.

And more…click to read now!

 

SEARCH: BAY AREA, The Palace of Fine Arts

BAY AREA, The Palace of Fine Arts
By Emerian Rich

pofa8Walking under the grand arches of the Palace of Fine Arts is so breathtaking, I find it hard to compare it to anything in the Bay Area. Sure maybe if you visited the Pyramids of Giza or the Pantheon in Rome, you would feel the same inspiring experience, but this is in our own backyard.

For those of you unaware of the palace’s history, it was constructed in 1915 for the Panama Pacific Exposition. Its purpose was to exhibit art and was to be torn down directly after the event. As one of the only surviving structures of the fair, it’s amazing to note it’s still in the same spot as originally built. Designed by Bernard Maybeck, an arts and crafts movement architect and instructor at UC Berkeley, the structure was inspired by Roman and Greek architecture. While most of the exhibition structures were torn down or relocated after the event, the palace had a friend in Pheobe Apperson Hearst (Mother of William Randolph Hearst). Phoebe, always the activist, founded the Palace Preservation League even while the exhibition was still running. However, while Phoebe had saved the structure, it wasn’t stable…continue reading.

SEARCH: Bachelor to Grandfather in a Blink

Bachelor to Grandfather in a Blink
By Tim Reynolds

img_0356On my 41st birthday, I was a childless bachelor with a long history of living loose of foot and free of fancy. On my 42nd birthday I was four months into a terrific relationship that would last another thirteen years. Then, without any warning whatsoever from a certain inebriated palm reader or the sweet Psychic Tradeshow Tarot reader, I celebrated my 43rd birthday as a grandfather. Yes indeedy, I went from childless bachelor to grandfather in a blistering eighteen months. Somehow this old dog had managed to skip parenthood completely and jump straight down the rabbit hole to grandparenthood.

Baby Jake was born very suddenly due to an abruption his mother suffered. They were only a couple hours from either one or both of them not surviving. He was a lot of weeks early and spent most of it imprisoned in the Neonatal Care Unit under heavy guard. It was a long time before I was allowed to hold this little bundle of wonder, but I did get to see him incubating a few hours after his hatching. He was wrinkly, and red, and so tiny I was afraid to even breathe near his chamber of life. As time passed, he grew strong and bigger.

When Jake-the-Snake…continue reading.