About Steph

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Hi everyone, my name is Stephanie and I am originally from Santa Monica, California, some of you might know it as Dogtown.   After traveling the world in my 20’s I settled down in Maui for a year then moved to Hood River Oregon, the windsurfing capital of the world!  I opened and ran a very popular restaurant called Purple Rocks Art Bar and Café for 3 years at the age of 23.  I had no prior experience and I didn’t even go to school for it.  Basically, I just went for it!   I especially loved the developing of recipes and the overall designing of the restaurant and menu.  I taught myself to cook and bake through research, trial and error.  Operating the restaurant was the hardest thing that I had ever done in my life.  At one point I had 23 employees however, it was the most incredible learning experience.  At the time, the town was only busy enough in the summers so I ended up selling it.
 After I sold the restaurant, I started a jewelry line named Venezian, which I sold to 23 stores in Portland, Seattle, Idaho and California.  At the same time, I had designed 3 of the top selling hats for Dakine snowboarding accessories.  I had been into making natural skin care for some time so I decided to start my own line where I developed my own recipes.  It was named “Flower of Flowers” after the Ylang Ylang flower.  My friend had joined me and we started to sell the line to local health food stores as well as hosting our own skin care parties for about 2 years.  My friend ended up moving to Maui and I decided I was going to let it go and kept on with my Venezian jewelry line.  Shortly after I was hired on at Flerchinger’s Vineyards (now known as Cathedral Ridge) and I worked there for 4 years serving customers in the tasting room as well as I worked at all the Oregon wine shows slinging wine.  I ended up learning all about the wine industry from the different varietals, bottling, labeling, the climates that the grapes grow in, the crush methods, filtering, the fermentation process and so much more!

10 comments

Rena Blouin November 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I love your Bio ladies. You make me proud. love mama

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Maria Chouinard May 3, 2013 at 6:40 am

You have the most incredible website!! I know a lot about making natural cosmetics, toners, masks etc… have a lot of books on it and I have taken classes at my local center for intergrative herbal care; but this site is great!! You have a listing of all the natural elements out there that we can use to make our own products and great skin care info. Not to mention the recipes.. they sound out of this world and I forwarded your site to five of my friends. Thank you so much!!

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CaliZona May 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

Wow, thank you so much!!! I want to post a lot more recipes but first focusing on all ingredients so people cam make up their own products. We really appreciate your comment!!! : )))

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Natasha bennett April 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

So awesome ladies! Inspiring 🙂

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venezian5@hotmail.com April 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Thank you so much Natasha : ) xOx

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Mike February 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

Great Site!!

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STEPH February 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Thank you so much : )

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karen80 February 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm

I was pinning recipes on Pinterest and came across your site. Thank you for the wonderful vegan recipes and the restaurant reviews. I live in northern California, so it’s great to get recommendations like this for new restaurants to try. I am impressed by your website!

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STEPH February 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Thank you so much! That is so great, I’m so stoked you found me! Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot! xO

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karen80 March 6, 2016 at 4:27 am

You are welcome Steph! Keep up the good work :-).

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