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Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 214, No. 5, May

Baby Cakes: Cupcakes Are Back, and Going Way beyond Birthday Parties. Try Our Surefire Recipes
Sprinkle-topped cupcakes are making grown-ups young again at Cupcakes by Heather & Lori in Vancouver, British Columbia. But at San Francisco's Citizen Cupcake cafe, mini cakes--like Moka Choka--are matching grown-up tastes. ("Cup-cakes needed a...
Backyards from the Ground Up
You've bought a house in a new development. You love its look, its location, its neighborhood ambience. There's just one problem: The backyard is bare ground. How do you create your dream garden without breaking the bank? Around the West,...
Befriend Bees
Give them food, shelter, and water to keep them pollinating your plantsBefore a flower can set seed or form fruit, it needs to be pollinated. Though some plants are pollinated by bats, birds, butterflies, moths, and wasps, most of the work is done by...
Befriend Bees: Give Them Food, Shelter, and Water to Keep Them Pollinating Your Plants
Before a flower can set seed or form fruit, it needs to be pollinated. Though some plants are pollinated by bats, birds, butterflies, moths, and wasps, most of the work is done by bees. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bees are in serious trouble, though....
Choy of Cooking
INGREDIENTExplore the new world of Asian greens in markets nowThe farmers' market table is buried in shades of green. Questions-"What's that?" "How do you cook it?''-punctuate conversation as customers spot unfamiliar, leafy Asian greens, called choy...
Choy of Cooking: Explore the New World of Asian Greens in Markets Now
The farmers' market table is buried in shades of green. Questions--"What's that?" "How do you cook it?"--punctuate conversation as customers spot unfamiliar, leafy Asian greens, called choy in Chinese. In California, many come from the San Joaquin...
Dare to Dream
I vividly remember when my mother decided to redecorate our living room. I was about 9. This was long before makeover television shows existed, when people kept furniture for decades and walls were white or off-white. Inspiration came from browsing...
Easy Arbor
Covered with dainty rose blossoms, the arbor in Tom and Juliette Domenici's garden in Huntington Beach, California, looks like it was custom-made. Actually, it was assembled from off-the-shelf pieces available at some home improvement centers. A store...
Good as Gold
PLANTINGMarigolds bring the warmth of Mexico into your gardenTo admire marigolds in all their glory, you have two equally beautiful options.You could travel to the marigold's horticultural epicenter, the city of Oaxaca in south-central Mexico. In late...
Good as Gold: Marigolds Bring the Warmth of Mexico into Your Garden
To admire marigolds in all their glory, you have two equally beautiful options. You could travel to the marigold's horticultural epicenter, the city of Oaxaca in south-central Mexico. In late fall, when the townsfolk celebrate the Day of the Dead--which...
Gotta Getta Alpaca
"How many of you are current alpaca owners?" Mike Safley asks. There are 30 of us here at Safley's Northwest Alpacas Ranch west of Portland, attending his seminar "How to Buy, Breed, and Succeed in the Alpaca Business." At his question, nearly everyone...
High Plains Drifter
For a spring fix-and some peace-head out to the prairieSoutheastern Colorado's plains are America's steppes, a land with a rich history and oceans of windswept grass. Spring weather can be iffy here, but on a sunny May day the plains near La Junta stretch...
Hood Canal Hideaway: Between Seattle and the Olympics, an Unsung Getaway Just Got Better
As you bank over Washington's Hood Canal in a floatplane, you realize just how far 37 air miles have brought you. Seattle is still within sight to the northeast, and the snowcapped Olympic Mountains rise just above the wing to the west. Below is a...
In the Slots
CLASSIC WESTHiking the Southwest's canyons takes common sense-and a sense of wonderI am always wary when I hike into a slot canyon. I keep one eye cocked toward the slitlike squeeze of sky overhead, watching the weather, and calculate my scrambles over...
Lacquer Luster
Supplies* 220-grit sandpaper* Tack cloth* Heavy-duty face mask (such as 3M's Facepiece Respirator)* 1 can (about 12 oz.) colored spray paint* 400-grit sandpaper* 1 can (about 12 oz.) clear spray lacquerDirections1. Lightly sand your piece with 220-grit...
Las Vegas a Top-Down City
Live the legend that is Las Vegas in a new Ford Mustang Convertible.Viva Las Vegas. In 2005, this hot, hip city turns 100. What better way to celebrate than cruising down the Strip in a Mustang Convertible. From the Rat Pack to today's world-class themed...
Las Vegas a Top-Down City: Live the Legend That Is Las Vegas in a New Ford Mustang Convertible
Viva Las Vegas. In 2005, this hot, hip city turns 100. What better way to celebrate than cruising down the Strip in a Mustang Convertible. From the Rat Pack to today's world-class themed resorts, Las Vegas is a legend that has always defined cool....
Letters from Our Readers
Mâche, a French favoriteWhale-watching by land or sea?In "See Whales from Shore" (Best of the West, February, page 22), we noted that some observers are concerned about the potential effect of whale-watching boat traffic on the mammals. However, Sunset...
May Favorites
Recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchenTamil Chicken WingsELAGUPILLAI MAGESWARIHARBOR CITY, CAElagupillai Mageswari seasons chicken wings with a fragrant Sri Lankan paste and serves them with a refreshing cucumber salad.PREP AND COOK TIME:...
May Favorites: Recipes from Our Readers, Tested in Sunset's Kitchen
Tamil Chicken Wings ELAGUPILLAI MAGESWARI HARBOR CITY, CA Elagupillai Mageswari seasons chicken wings with a fragrant Sri Lankan paste and serves them with a refreshing cucumber salad. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 35 minutes, plus at least...
Message on a Bottle
Western Rieslings warrant cracking the codeFunny how we "discover" a wine every now and then. A decade ago it was Merlot, until, with one movie ticket last fall, we learned that no serious wine drinker would stoop to that variety; Pinot Noir was the...
Message on a Bottle: Western Rieslings Warrant Cracking the Code
Funny how we "discover" a wine every now and then. A decade ago it was Merlot, until, with one movie ticket last fall, we learned that no serious wine drinker would stoop to that variety; Pinot Noir was the thing. Lately I've been offered Riesling...
Office on Stage
Turn a sunny corner into a streamlined workstationJust like computers and fax machines, the home office is getting smaller. At the same time, it's becoming much more visible, with increased aesthetic demands, as people look for ways to work without shutting...
Old Egypt, New Blooms: San Jose Is Home to Ancient Wonders and, This Month, Delicate Roses Too
The air in San Jose's Rose Garden region carries a sweet scent this month, as 3,500-plus rosebushes hit their peak bloom in the district's namesake park. The quiet neighborhood of bungalows and Spanish villas at the city's north end juxtaposes this...
Old Patio, New Look
The concrete patio--an iconic element of the post-World War II suburb--is aging fast. The original smooth surface often becomes worn, with bulges and cracks appearing here and there. Such was the state of my 55-year-old patio, which was originally...
On the Road
And two-wheeling in the West has never been easierSerious road cyclists have a trick for boosting their spirits during steep climbs, headwinds, and lonely stretches of road. They belt out songs to the rhythm of the pedals. But as I crank north along...
On the Road: And Two-Wheeling in the West Has Never Been Easier
Serious road cyclists have a trick for boosting their spirits during steep climbs, headwinds, and lonely stretches of road. They belt out songs to the rhythm of the pedals. But as I crank north along New Mexico's State 41, a thin ribbon of asphalt...
Open Door Policy
An LA. remodel uncovers the secret to small-space livingMost potential buyers looked at the small, rotting, Spanish-style house and saw big headaches. John Jennings and Sasha Tarnopolsky saw design freedom. "We lived next door in a Craftsman-style home...
Open Door Policy: An L.A. Remodel Uncovers the Secret to Small-Space Living
Most potential buyers looked at the small, rotting, Spanish-style house and saw big headaches. John Jennings and Sasha Tarnopolsky saw design freedom. "We lived next door in a Craftsman-style home that had so much original detail, we felt we couldn't...
Open Studio: A Peek Inside California's Montalvo Arts Center-The Ultimate Western Art Colony
The painter from Bombay is sitting opposite the artist from Amsterdam, who in turn sits next to the filmmaker from Rome. Conversation at the 20-person dinner has danced from art to politics and now--perhaps because the grilled chicken with chutney...
Pacific Treasure
Crown jewel of the West, Pacific Coast iris (PCI) is rapidly gaining admirers as plant breeders develop a profusion of new hybrids from Iris douglasiana and other species. In recent years, specialists like Joe Ghio of Bay View Gardens in Santa Cruz,...
Pacific Treasure
Crown jewel of the West, Pacific Coast iris (PCI) is rapidly gaining admirers as plant breeders develop a profusion of new hybrids from Iris douglasiana and other species. In recent years, specialists like Joe Ghio of Bay View Gardens in Santa Cruz,...
Rethinking the Classic Bungalow
A Portland couple achieves a graceful evolutionAll over the West, homeowners are renovating old bungalows. Some meticulously mimic the original architecture; others create strikingly contemporary additions, sharply contrasting old and new. Architects...
Rethinking the Classic Bungalow: A Portland Couple Achieves a Graceful Evolution
All over the West, homeowners are renovating old bungalows. Some meticulously mimic the original architecture; others create strikingly contemporary additions, sharply contrasting old and new. Architects Joann Le and David Horsley, a Portland couple,...
Rolling on the River: Sunset Staffers Went after Whitewater-And Came Back with Lots of Advice. Plus: Best Rivers for Beginners
On a two-day guided rafting trip along the South Fork of the American River, Sunset staffers soaked up California's Gold Country sunshine in a delicious combination of thrill-seeking adventure and laid-back camping trip. We ranged from first-timers...
Scenic Remake
A San Luis Obispo garden embraces its regional heritageWhy would you want an East Coast garden in a West Coast town? asks Baywood Park, California-based landscape architect Jeffrey Gordon Smith, who believes we should cherish our own unique heritage....
Scenic Remake: A San Luis Obispo Garden Embraces Its Regional Heritage
Why would you want an East Coast garden in a West Coast town? asks Baywood Park, California-based landscape architect Jeffrey Gordon Smith, who believes we should cherish our own unique heritage. Take his renovation of a garden in San Luis Obispo,...
Scottsdale by Design
A growing modern furnishings scene makes for chic shopping"The desert has a certain starkness to it," says highly sought-after Scottsdale, Arizona, interior designer Judith Testani. She means that as a compliment. It's the Sonoran Desert's clean lines...
Secret Sand
Near Santa Barbara, the three best California beaches you've never heard ofThe surfer dude with a retro 'fro lets out a call that channels a combination of a sea lion's bark and a bloodhound's howl as he gets his first look at the surf hammering Jalama...
Secret Sand: Near Santa Barbara, the Three Best California Beaches You've Never Heard Of
The surfer dude with a retro 'fro lets out a call that channels a combination of a sea lion's bark and a blood-hound's howl as he gets his first look at the surf hammering Jalama Beach: "AAAARH-OOOOOGH!" The big storms have passed, but southwest...
Step Up to the Bar
Throw a Cinco de Mayo burrito party in minutesAs a holiday, Cinco de Mayo stirs up more hoopla north of the Mexican border than south of it-but any excuse for a party that involves Mexican food is good enough for us. Best yet, it's easy to do: Just buy...
Step Up to the Bar: Throw a Cinco De Mayo Burrito Party in Minutes
As a holiday, Cinco de Mayo stirs up more hoopla north of the Mexican border than south of it--but any excuse for a party that involves Mexican food is good enough for us. Best yet, it's easy to do: Just buy what you need for a burrito buffet at the...
Strategic Color
Looking for a little visual punch? Perk up your home with objects in shades of the same bold hueLiving room* Choose matching tones. Start with a color you like and select other items in lighter and darker shades. Here, variations of yellow-green liven...
Strategic Color: Looking for a Little Visual Punch? Perk Up Your Home with Objects in Shades of the Same Bold Hue
Living room * Choose matching tones. Start with a color you like and select other items in lighter and darker shades. Here, variations of yellow-green liven up a neutral sofa and wall. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Lead the eye with color. Don't...
Surf the Dunes
Get a whole new perspective on sand in Florence, OregonHow does sandboarding compare with snowboarding? Being a skier, not a boarder, I couldn't say. But my companion could."It's sandier," he said. Indeed."Lean back and close your mouth when you fall,"...
Surf the Dunes: Get a Whole New Perspective on Sand in Florence, Oregon
How does sandboarding compare with snowboarding? Being a skier, not a boarder, I couldn't say. But my companion could. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It's sandier," he said. Indeed. "Lean back and close your mouth when you fall," was the parting...
Tandem Cooking
Buddy up in the kitchen, and salmon and orzo are yours in an hourCaprial and John Pence share the struggle of most working couples: finding time to be together. The irony in their case is that they work together, running Caprial's Bistro and a cooking...
Tandem Cooking: Buddy Up in the Kitchen, and Salmon and Orzo Are Yours in an Hour
Caprial and John Pence share the struggle of most working couples: finding time to be together. The irony in their case is that they work together, running Caprial's Bistro and a cooking school called Caprial and John's Kitchen, both in Portland. But...
Teen Design
Most teenage boys' bathrooms could probably best be described as Superfund sites. Not so with Sunset fan Zach Rosen: His gleams. Think W Hotel. Most surprising, Zach, now 16, conceived it himself at age 14. A family vacation to Italy when he was 10...
Veggies in Front
Corn, squash, and other crops make up an edible entry gardenVegetables have traditionally been confined to the backyard. But innovative gardeners like Deborah Risi are discovering that edible crops fit beautifully up front too. When she remodeled her...
Veggies in Front: Corn, Squash, and Other Crops Make Up an Edible Entry Garden
Vegetables have traditionally been confined to the backyard. But innovative gardeners like Deborah Risi are discovering that edible crops fit beautifully up front too. When she remodeled her home in Menlo Park, California, Risi redesigned her front...
Water World: Hike to Thundering Cascades in the Shadow of Mt. Shasta
Long before you reach McArthur-Burney Falls, it reaches out to you, sending a cool mist up the canyon to coat your face. Descend the steep trail through giant Douglas fir trees and stand before the deluge, and you'll find yourself staring into a broad-shouldered,...
What to Do in Your Garden in May
PLANTING * Annuals and perennials. Long-blooming annuals and perennials provide a good source of cut flowers. Try alstroemeria, coreopsis, cosmos, gaillardia, gloriosa daisy, lavender, Limonium perezii, lisianthus, Mexican sunflower, purple or white...
What to Do in Your Garden in May
PLANTING AND SHOPPING* Plant blossoms for butterflies. These drought-tolerant plants bear flowers that will attract butterflies to your garden: Angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis), blue mist spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis), butterfly weed (Asclepias...
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