Sunset

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. 232, No. 2, February

A California without Palms Would Be a California without Dreams
After you've lived here a little while, though, you have another kind of palm tree experience. You hear a rush of air and see a blur like a falling piano: a 40-pound palm frond plunging 60 feet, and you think, My god. I almost died ironically. In a...
All-Seasons Retreat
As much as she sought any planting, Diane Lam wanted a piece of her childhood in her San Marino, California, backyard. "I have fond memories of gathering around a firepit after a night swim with my sisters and friends," says Lam, an interior designer....
AMERICA'S NEXT TOP Noodles
Ramen has had its share of glory. Now meet udon- and the man who'll show you how to make it a star inyour kitchen.It should be almost too hot to eat," says Sylvan Mishima Brackett, setting a bowl of his homemade udon soup in front of me. The noodles...
America's Next Top Noodls: Ramen Has Had Its Share of Glory. Now Meet Udon-And the Man Who'll Show You How to Make It a Star in Your Kitchen
"It should be almost too hot to eat," says Sylvan Mishima Brackett, setting a bowl of his homemade udon soup in front of me. The noodles lie coiled in a steaming, caramel-colored broth, topped with a soft-cooked egg and a mound of thinly sliced green...
Ask Sunset
Q: Last year you featured exceptional plants, one being an apricot grevillea. Please remind me which one you recommended. I'd also appreciate help in tending my grevilleas. What are their soil and fertilizer needs? -KATHY, APTOS, CA DEAR KATHY...
Best of the West: Our 12 Favorite Things This Month
1. Pedalinge petals Three years ago, Christina Stembel, a development officer at Stqn-ford Law School, wondered why the flower arrangements she Was buying for fund-raising lunches cost so much. The answers--perish-able inventory and high transportation...
Best Places to Live
Looking for the perfect place to launch a career? Start a family? Just relax? We've found the ideal city, town, or L- neighborhood for you. To compile our list of the West's 24 Best Places to Live and Work (6 top winners and 18 *- - » mm ritt runners-up),...
Bozeman, MT
BEST PLACE TO REBOOT YOUR LIFE You're weary of the big-city corporate world. Youewant a slower pace. You want to be your own boss. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We've got the towns for you. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BIG PICTURE "More and...
Chasing Waterfalls
WANDERLUSTOn Washington's wet and wild Olympic Peninsula, a couple in search of the perfect cascade learns to go with the flow.jumping the guardrail to get a better look at Hamma Hamma Falls doesn't seem like a bad idea, at first. Not until we reach...
Chasing Waterfalls: On Washington's Wet and Wild Olympic Peninsula, a Couple in Search of the Perfect Cascade Learns to Go with the Flow
JUMPING THE GUARDRAIL to get a better look at Hamma Hamma Falls doesn't seem like a bad idea, at first. Not until we reach the edge of the mossy outcroppings above it and we, too, seem likely to tumble into the cerulean plunge pool do I consider that...
Craft Beer Gets Craftier
Adding wine to the brew gives it a whole new dimension. And it's great with food.hybrids ws wish hadn't happened: jeggings, infomercials, sporks. A much more promising mashup: beer brewed with wine."I'm surprised you don't see it more," says Scott Kendall,...
Craft Beer Gets Craftier: Adding Wine to the Brew Gives It a Whole New Dimension. and It's Great with Food
HYBRIDS WE WISH hadn't happened: jeggings, infomercials, sporks. A much more promising mashup: beer brewed with wine. "I'm surprised you don't see it more," says Scott Kendall, co-owner and executive chef of Carpe Diem Wine Bar in Napa and maker...
Diy Shrubs
AS A FORMER fashion designer, cooking teacher Mary Karlin keeps an eye on trends. So when she saw shrubs--a sweet-tart infusion of vinegar and fruit--appearing on cocktail menus, she was intrigued. Soon, her counters were covered with jars of homemade...
Flagstaff
THE BIG PICTURE "People buy 40 acres on the edge of town and realize they're bored and wish they were closer in. Make sure what you buy matches your desire for community or isolation." --LUTHER PROPST, FOUNDER, SONORAN INSTITUTE, TUCSON [ILLUSTRATION...
Flavor Burst
Wake up your winter cooking with tart-sweet kumquats.KUMQUAT MINT SALAD with JASMINE DRESSINGSERVES 4/35 MINUTESThis salad may be simple-note the very short ingredient list-but is full of exotic, refreshing flavor.2 bags jasmine tea5 oz. kumquats (about...
Fronds in High Places
They're graceful, they're amazing, they're iconic, defining Western skylines from San Francisco to San Diego; in Arizona and Hawaii. Here are five palms we admire-plus the palmiest, balmiest places to hike, bike, or bask among them this winter.PALM TREES...
Honolulu
BEST PLACE TO POSTPONE YOUR CAREER Not ready for 9-to-5 life? These towns will satisfy your urge for adventure. (Note to parents: Nobody says you can't move here too.) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BIG PICTURE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION...
In the SUNSET GARDEN
"Every spring, our Itoh peony wows us with 50 or more blooms in just afew weeks."JOHANNA SILVER, ASSOCIATE GARDEN EDITORGARDEN WISDOMDOGSCAPINGReaders ask us about dogs in the yard almost as often as they ask us for planting advice. Our top tips? First,...
In the Sunset Kitchen
VALENTINE'S DAY JOY Love at first bite After a happy week of taste-testing in the Food department, we came up with this short list of sweets--all made in the West and all utterly swoon-worthy. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Lake Chelan Valley, Wa
A PERFECT DAY INWinter in this lakeside town-and nearby mountains-means no crowds, low-key skiing, and dining that will chase the cold away. By Jeanine BaroneSnow that's all yoursLocals love to boast about Chelan's sunny climate (the region averages...
Love Letters
when i describe the joys of living in the West to friends back East, I usually focus on our accessible wilderness and reliably glorious weather. (I try not to be too smug about the latter-and usually fail.) When we asked readers and Facebook fans to...
Meet the Rush: Most of the 26 Cascades That Make Up the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail Flow All Year Long. Some Require Backcountry Excursions, Others a Boat Trip. Here Are Three You Can Hike to in a Day
SOL DUC FALLS The most stunning waterfall (or is it?) on the trail is also one of the most accessible. At the end of Sol Duc Road, follow the 0.8-mile path to a footbridge that puts you above the stream. Once you've had your fill, take the 6-mile...
Old House, New Tricks
STEAL THIS LOOKA family brings a modern edge-and major personality - to a traditional Santa Monica home.£ven from outside, Kerry Kane and David Scarpa's house stands out. The 1940s American colonial revival feels almost exotic among the bungalows in...
Old House, New Tricks: A Family Brings a Modern Edge-And Major Personality-To a Traditional Santa Monica Home
EVEN FROM OUTSIDE, Kerry Kane and David Scarpa's house stands out. The 1940s American colonial revival feels almost exotic among the bungalows in Santa Monica. "Neither my husband nor I thought we'd wind up buying a place that looked just like what...
Our 12 Favorite Things This Month
1. Pedaling petals \Three years ago, Christina Stembel, a development officer at Stanford Law School, wondered why the flower arrangements she was buying for fund-raising lunches cost so much. The answers-perishable inventory and high transportation...
Pineapple Ginger Mint Shrub
1 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger with peel scraped off (use a spoon) 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (1/2 by 1 in.) About 1 3/4 cups raw (unpasteurized), unfiltered apple cider vinegar*, such as Bragg, or raw...
Plant Now, Feast Later
In the Test Garden, we turned a little patch of land into an entire berry "room." Follow our small-space plan for a big summer bounty. By Johanna SilverlAUREN dunec is such a connoisseur of fruit that she talks about berries the way our wine editor talks...
Plant Now, Feast Later: In the Test Garden, We Turned a Little Patch of Land into an Entire Berry "Room." Follow Our Small-Space Plan for a Big Summer Bounty. by Johanna Silver
LAUREN DUNEC is such a connoisseur of fruit that she talks about berries the way our wine editor talks about Pinot. In musk strawberries, she detects undertones of melon; in the alpine variety, a hint of pineapple. "When it comes to flavor, I'm always...
Port Costa, CA: A Big-Time Restaurant Opening and Revamped Hotel Breathe Life into a Tiny Town on the Carquinez Strait
Starting where the buzz started [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mornings begin gently at the Burlington Hotel's cafe, with damn good pour-over coffee and fat slices of cornbread...
San Francisco
BEST PLACE TO LAUNCH A CAREER You're out of school and eager to make your mark (and have some fun too). Here's where you go. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BIG PICTURE "There's a big sort going on. A generation ago,...
Sugar House, Salt Lake City
BEST CITY HOODS These urban neighborhoods mix metro amenities with high quality of life. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BIG PICTURE "The new American dream is urban during the week, outdoors on weekends. Western cities are ideally suited for...
The Real Hollywood
You need more than a map of the stars to get to the heart of Tinseltown. Two locals roll out the red carpet. As told to Erin KlenowFor a dose of classic Hollywood?PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOSdan levy: It sounds cheesy, but to really feel like you're in...
The Real Hollywood: You Need More Than a Map of the Stars to Get to the Heart of Tinseltown. Two Locals Roll out the Red Carpet. as Told to Erin Klenow
For a dose of classic Hollywood? PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOS DAN LEVY: It sounds cheesy, but to really feel like you're in Hollywood, you have to visit the Paramount lot. ALISSA WALKER: It's the only studio that's still in Hollywood, and they...
Udon Essentials: You Can Find Most of These Ingredients in Well-Stocked Grocery Stores. A Few, Marked by Asterisks, Are Sold Only at Asian Markets or Online-But You Can Simply Substitute the Alternative Ingredient Listed in the Recipe
DRIED BONITO FLAKES (KATSUOSUSHI) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dried smoked skipjack tuna (often called bonito), shaved into fluffy pink flakes and sold in cellophane packets. Buy bonito flakes that have a pinkish hue--they're...
Weeknight Cooking
FAST & FRESHRecipes in 30 minutes or lessCOFFEE and ANCHO CHILE SKIRT STEAK with GREEN CHILE-APPLE RELISHSERVES 4 TO 6 / 30 MINUTESIt's an unusual combination, but when coffee and chile mingle with meat, the flavor is extraordinary. The relish adds...
Weeknight Cooking: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
COFFEE and ANCHO CHILE SKIRT STEAK with GREEN CHILE APPLE RELISH SERVES 4 TO 6 / 30 MINUTES It's an unusual combination, but when coffee and chile mingle with meat, the flavor is extraordinary. The relish adds an exclamation point. 1 tbsp. each...
Your CHECKLIST
PLANTSet out Chinese ground orchids (Bletilla striata) this month. Hardy to 0°, they produce pinkish purple, 2-inch orchids in late spring. Plant Delights Nursery is a dependable source, plantdelighfs.com.'Honey Nut' is a new, single serving-size butternut...
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