Sponsored: One of a Kind: Rejuvenate at this Napa Farmhouse estate nestled in Reliez Valley

This Lafayette home, designed and built by Domus Construction & Design Inc., is masterfully crafted with large rooms, clean lines, stylish fixtures and finishes, and a neutral palette of colors that doesn't compete with its surroundings.

This newly constructed Napa Farmhouse-style estate showcases an open, light-filled floor plan that connects effortlessly with resort-inspired outdoor living.

This Lafayette home, designed and built by Domus Construction & Design Inc., is masterfully crafted with large rooms, clean lines, stylish fixtures and finishes, and a neutral palette of colors that doesn’t compete with its surroundings.

Lafayette’s coveted Reliez Valley — known and revered for its natural beauty, rural ambience, and custom homes of distinction — is the location of this almost 2.5-acre property. The home at 1700 Reliez Valley Road sits majestically up and off the main road and features incredible views and the utmost privacy.

Designed and built by Domus Construction & Design Inc., the home is masterfully crafted with large rooms, clean lines, stylish fixtures and finishes, and a neutral palette of colors that doesn’t compete with its surroundings. The main home features 5,373 square feet of living space on two levels with five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a great room with gourmet kitchen, formal rooms, wine cellar, home theater, and open bonus room.

But there’s more. A 750-square-foot, one-bedroom and one-bathroom guesthouse is self-contained with a full kitchen, living and dining areas. Your guests may never want to leave the comfort of the home. Right outside its front door is an amazing outdoor space that includes a huge pool with waterfall features and spa. Outdoor entertaining and fun in the sun is a breeze with the outdoor kitchen featuring concrete counters, and True wine refrigerator, ice maker, and grill.

A luxurious loggia stretches out to include a dining area, and living room with a stone gas fireplace, and ceiling fan.

Flagstone walkways meander around the home and gardens that include 15 fruit trees.

With that much acreage, there remains plenty of room to add your personal touch. Plant an olive tree orchard or vineyard …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Pageant of the Masters brings art to life

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Laguna Beach is particularly proud of two things: its legacy as a haven for painters and their work and its quirky SoCal beach town vibe. The Pageant of the Masters manages to honor both.

For more than eight decades, the annual show has been the centerpiece of Laguna’s summertime extravaganza, Festival of the Arts. In a 2,600-seat natural amphitheater, the Irvine Bowl, an army of volunteer set builders, costumers and makeup artists helps prepare and stage “living” works of art – people who pose as elements of famous paintings and sculptures.

This year’s pageant celebrates two major anniversaries, the pageant’s 85th and the Laguna Art Museum, another revered local institution, which is marking its centennial.

“The director of the Laguna Art Museum came to me and said, ‘We’re going to have our 100th anniversary. Wouldn’t it be great to create some tribute to the local artists?’ Of course I said yes,” said pageant director Diane Challis Davy. “The founding of the museum led directly to the first art festivals in Laguna and then later the pageant. Without it, the pageant wouldn’t be here.”

Laguna’s summer-long Festival of the Arts got its start in 1932, when local artists teamed up to display their work. The following year, the artists staged a public event to add some sizzle. A parade of local volunteers dressed as characters from famous works of art — Whistler’s Mother, Mona Lisa and Atlas, among others — marched along the Coast Highway to the festival grounds. Later, they posed inside a tiny set, holding their poses as tableaux vivants, or “living pictures.” Together, the parade and show were titled “The Spirit of the Masters Pageant.”

The pageant, which assumed its present name in 1935, has …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


World Health Organization: “gaming disorder” is now a disease

Just as many parents have long suspected, the World Health Organization now says that the 2.6 billion people around the world who play video games could be putting their health at risk. The group announced this morning that compulsive gaming now qualifies as a disease.

The good news is that only a minority of these gamers are likely suffering from such a health condition.

Still, the WHO’s news release will surely confirm the fears of many critics who have worried for years about the addictive and damaging aspects of repetitive game-playing, especially by young people.

The U.N. health agency said classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will “serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.”

The huge global gaming crowd, which includes two-thirds of American households according to the Entertainment Software Association, spawns annual revenues for the industry that are expected to grow 31 percent to $180.1 billion globally within the next three years. Consider this; “Fortnite,” the latest blockbuster created by Epic Games that pits players against each other in an apocalyptic storm, reportedly earned $300 million in a single month recently and has drawn more than 100 million players.

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health, said WHO accepted the proposal that Gaming Disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, in addition to “the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world.”

Scientists, however, cautioned that only a small number of gamers would be affected by the disorder. Some experts even said that the new designation could cause unnecessary worries among parents.

With the help of the WHO and other groups, here are some of the things you should know about the newly classified disorder and what to do about it:

What is a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Health


Tacolicious Guest Chef Tacos Series Returns to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

It’s that time again. Now in its ninth year, Tacolicious’ Guest Chef Series at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is one of the most delightful ways to taste tacos made by some of the Bay Area’s most famous and hottest chefs.

The Guest Chef series takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays through August 9 at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Past guest chefs have included Tanya Holland, Christopher Kostow and James Syhabout.

This year, Daniel Sudar of San Francisco’s China Live launched the series on June 14 with his “Betelnut” minced chicken taco with chopped Asian vegetables, hoisin and China Live Chili Bean Sauce. A full list of this year’s lineup is below. Look for tacos ranging from pre-Hispanic Mexican influences to Japanese, Italian and even a dessert taco.

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June 21: Monica Martinez, Don Bugito

June 28: Adam Tortosa, Robin

July 7: Freedom Rains, a Mano

July 12: Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb

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July 26: Geoff Davis, True Laurel

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August 9: Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw

All Tacolicious locations, including the farmers market stand, will be giving away punch cards for visitors to bring back each week. Try them all and you can enter a chance to win prizes including …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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