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Cheetah Plains eco-luxe safari in South Africa via 360 MAGAZINE

Cheetah Plains

Next Level Private & Sustainable Safari

100% Solar Powered Exclusive-Use Villas and Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles

Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. A sophisticated, innovative eco-luxe safari run entirely on solar power, Cheetah Plains provides guests with a personalized, and flexible experience giving you the option to plan your safari on your terms.

Perfect for an exclusive family vacation or a luxurious safari sojourn with friends, Cheetah Plains’ three private villas each accommodate a maximum of eight guests and boast award-winning architectural design and interiors that redefine convention by sensitively translating urban sophistication in the bush. The villas, Mapogo, Karula, and Mvula are named after famous wild cats that have been a significant part of the history of the area, and blend respectfully into the surrounding environment through their modern design and use of natural materials. The location and unique appointment of each is a respectful homage to their secluded, tranquil environment and each safari hideaway provides groups with a unique bushveld retreat unlike any other. Each villa boasts four stand-alone private guest suites and a shared living space that houses an entertaining lounge, living and dining room areas, expansive swimming pool with deck, outdoor boma for fireside dining, fine wine gallery, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen.

“Cheetah Plains indulges guests in a truly unique and personalized sustainable safari experience. The level of flexibility and privacy affords the opportunity for a truly memorable adventure for families and friends. From prime wildlife sightings from (almost) silent Land Cruiser electric game viewing vehicles 

(that are Tesla battery-powered) to the incredible natural surroundings from the comfort of your designer villa to immersive gastronomical dining under the African skies. It’s simply unbeatable,” shares Peter Dros, Head of Sales and Marketing for Cheetah Plains.

Eco-Luxe Safari Experience: During a stay at Cheetah Plains each villa is provided with a dedicated hospitality team including an accomplished host, culinary team, lodge sommelier, spa therapist, and even childcare for the duration of their stay. Together, this talented group of professionals and your own dedicated guide and tracker, with a private safari, vehicle deliver a luxury experience of the highest standard and can create a tailored stay to accommodate individual preferences. 

Activities during a visit also include guided bush walks, wellness offerings, a fitness gym, and ‘Cubs Club‘ for kids. Each villa provides a platform to showcase Africa’s artistic talent, not unlike a contemporary gallery space, and has been personally and passionately curated by Cheetah Plains owner, Japie van Niekerk. Pieces by acclaimed masters are thoughtfully placed alongside current and emerging talent. Brunch in the bush after a morning game drive includes fresh locally sourced produce. Wine tastings from the 300 bottle wine cellar in each villa and meals are carefully prepared and offered fireside and under the stars, as well as, in the comfort of each villa. 

A Commitment to Sustainability: Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for a zero-emission, sustainable 4×4 luxury safari experience traversing over 20,200+ acres, led by a highly skilled guiding team. Taking a singular approach to sustainability, within their footprint on the Sabi Sand, Cheetah Plains delivers a next-level eco-safari. They have partnered with some of the world’s pre-eminent minds in the renewable energy field to provide clean energy solutions that drive both their hospitality and safari experiences.

The Cheetah Plains experience is ‘off the grid’, harnessing the power of solar to provide a reliable, renewable energy source. Meanwhile, their twice-daily game drives are taken in innovative Toyota Land Cruiser Electric Safari Vehicles powered by Tesla batteries. This bold advance toward zero-emission game viewing is what drives the sustainable safari experience at Cheetah Plains. The quiet, smooth gait of the Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles deliver the highest quality wildlife sightings and include eight comfortable bucket seats, individually set at the optimal recline of 11 degrees, USB ports, and heated seats. Their unobtrusive nature facilitates the most silent approach by vehicle, resulting in an unparalleled safari experience. Onboard, bird books, binoculars, and a professional level camera fitted with a telephoto lens are provided for guests’ enjoyment while out on a game drive. 

Bush Walks: For the most captivating safari experience, guests are invited to embark on guided, interpretive bush walks. Accompanied by certified and experienced walking-trail field guides, the opportunity to explore parts of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on foot is one not to be missed. There is no more tangible way than this to surround yourself with nature where visitors will surely find that a profound appreciation of one’s place within the ecosystem is deeply felt. The duration of walks are easily customized to guest requirements, taking the number of guests, fitness levels, ages, weather conditions, and the preferred game drive schedules into account. 

Kids on Safari: Cheetah Plains welcomes families and children of all ages. Highly qualified, relatable field guides and trackers are eager to share their bush lore with young, inquisitive minds. Bush bumbles (game drives of age-appropriate duration) and interpretive walks in their indigenous gardens facilitate a child’s connection with Africa’s wilderness and love of nature. Other kid-friendly activities include baking, arts and crafts, tracking and shooting targets with pellet guns. The villas have child-friendly features such as interconnecting suites and entertainment lounges with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a selection of games, and Netflix. The lodge also provides reliable childcare onsite for when parents are away on safari. 

Wellness: The restorative quality of your safari is luxuriously enhanced by personal pampering. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of massage therapies and beauty treatments in the privacy and comfort of your private guest suite. With Africology as the wellness amenity brand partner, a spa therapist expertly imparts the healing, restorative properties of select African botanicals, offering guests a remedying, calming wellness experience. 

Sporting beautiful views out over our rolling lawns and the Tamboti grove beyond, the climate-controlled gym is outfitted with a variety of high-quality, professional fitness equipment in partnership with Technogym. A short stroll from your villa and private suite, the communal-use gym facility at Cheetah Plains is a tranquil environment for weight training sessions, cardio work-outs or yoga, stretching, and core training. 

Cheetah Plains is conveniently accessible by a 1.5-hour flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on a commercial or private charter with a 20-minute private vehicle transfer from the Arathusa airstrip to your villa. A safari at Cheetah Plains is best paired with Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park, and Victoria Falls. Daily scheduled flights are available on Federal Air from Johannesburg to Arathusa and on Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to KMIA and Skukuza. Charter jets can be arranged by Cheetah Plains to Arathusa, or helicopter transfers directly to its private helipad. Rates begin at $2,000 per person per day, all-inclusive, based on four adults with a 2-night minimum and $1,550 per additional guest, or $770 per child 3-12 years of age, or $150 under three years of age. Reservations can be made online HERE.  

About Cheetah Plains: 

Opened in 2018, Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The eco-luxe experience includes three private villas with four guest bush suites that accommodate up to eight guests each with its own formal lounge, living and dining areas, expansive swimming pool, and outdoor deck that operates off-grid. Each villa comes with a complete hospitality team consisting of an accomplished host, culinary team, and spa therapist, as well as an expert field guide and tracker dedicated to you for the duration of your stay. Families and children of all ages are welcome to experience their own personalized safari, guided bush walks, wellness offerings, fitness gym, and ‘Cubs Club‘ for kids. Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for zero-emission game-viewing utilizing its own fleet of solar-charged Land Cruiser Electric Safari vehicles. A luxury sustainable safari that is beyond expectations. 

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St. Patty via Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

St. Patty’s Sip List

March has arrived, and while Spring is still a ways away, there’s still St. Patrick’s Day to look forward to. As it is a celebration of Ireland, lots of drinking is naturally associated with the holiday. As a result, 360 has compiled a list of the best beverages for your celebration.

Space Dust IPA

As one of the most celebrated holidays globally, St. Patrick’s Day is all about bringing people together, and what better way to do that than by raising a glass of Elysian Brewing’s best-selling Space Dust IPA (8.2% ABV), which balances bitterness with the sweetness of grapefruit, mango and orange aromas. 

If you’re searching for “something green” to bring to your St. Patrick’s Day party, look no further! Space Dust’s iconic green mascot, Dusty, featured on every can and bottle, is here to help you avoid the pinch. Plus, the Elysian team has released an easy-to-make festive drink recipe called the Irish Astronaut, which cleverly features 50% Nitro Irish Stout and 50% Space Dust IPA.

Tully Mule By Gillian Murphy

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
  • 0.5 parts Fresh Lime Juice
  • Top with Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wheel

Method:

  • Stir Tullamore D.E.W. Original and lemon juice in a mug filled with ice. 
  • Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wheel.

Gold Rush By Gillian Murphy

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Tullamore D.E.W.
  • 0.75 part fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 part honey syrup

Method:

  • Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker.
  • Shake and strain into an ice filled glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist. 

Green Machine By Gillian Murphy

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Tullamore DEW Original
  • 0.5 part Lemon Juice
  • Juice of 1 fresh pressed green apple (or 6 parts cloudy apple juice)

Method:

  • Build in a highball glass over ice.
  •  Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Guy Fieri’s Caliente Margarita

Mixed with Santo Blanco Tequila and a hint of triple sec, the Caliente Margarita is a cocktail everyone will love. Santo keeps it simple for you to mix this cocktail up right at home, using muddled cilantro leaves and jalapenos to give it that unique kick we all look for in the classic libation. Fieri has even shared his one-of-a-kind recipe for Homemade Sour Mix that will take your Caliente Margarita to the next level. Finish it off with a salt rimmed glass and you are good to go. This bold and classic cocktail is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds, leaving you yearning for more.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Santo Blanco Tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 3 jalapeños (2 for muddling, 1 for garnish)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 oz Homemade Sour Mix
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice

Method:

Muddle cilantro and two jalapeños in the bottom of a large pitcher. As you are muddling, add tequila and triple sec. At the same time, make the sour mix. Combine sugar with 1 ½ cups of water in a saucepan. Allow it to simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Once it has cooled, add the lemon and lime juice. Stir the margarita well, adding sour mix as you go. Pour into glasses rimmed with salt and garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeño slice.

1800 Earl Grey

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. 1800 Cristalino
  • ¼ oz. Elderflower liqueur
  • ½ oz. Earl Grey syrup
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice 

Method: 

 Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice cubes and garnish with an edible flower.

1800 Añejo Sunset

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. 1800 Añejo 
  • ¾ oz. Demerara syrup
  • ¾ oz. carrot juice 
  • ½ oz. lime juice 
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters 

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice cubes and garnish with a lime wheel and a salted pepper rim.

1800 Tequila Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. 1800 Reposado 
  • ¾ oz. honey syrup 
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • Iced peach black tea, to top

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice cubes and garnish with a lemon wheel.

D’USSE Lemonade

This is a signature cocktail blending the sweet-tart flavor of lemonade with the smoothness of D’USSÉ

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ½ parts D’USSE VSOP Cognac  
  • 4 Parts Lemonade 

Method: Add D’USSE and lemonade into an ice-filled highball glass.

JAJA Mango Shandy

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. JAJA Blanco
  • 1.5 oz. Mango Juice
  • Top with Mexican Lager 

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice cubes and garnish with a mango slice to top off with a tajin rim.

JAJA Mexican Cold Brew

ingredients:

  • 2 oz. JAJA Añejo 
  • 2 oz. Cold Brew
  • Top with Tonic Sparkling Water 

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks highball glass over fresh ice cubes and garnish with a lemon wheel.

JAJA Pineapple Mule

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. JAJA Reposado 
  • 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice 
  • Top with Ginger Ale

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice on the rocks and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice cubes and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

ebike photo by Kian Mahd Soltani for use by 360 Magazine

DYU RELEASES NEWEST EBIKE

The new DYU R1 20 Inch eBike is the perfect companion for a quick trip to the bodega or a ride around the neighborhood. Sporting an aluminum body and 20-inch tires, DYU’s newest eBike is super lightweight and easy to store. DYU’s new torque sensor is the main feature of this bike, which boosts your pedal strength while riding, facilitating your riding experience: the harder you pedal, the faster it goes. The R1 eBike is perfect for anyone looking for a highly comfortable and effortless ride, as well as anyone just starting to break into the world of electric bikes.

DESIGN

The R1 design is all about flexibility. DYU’s new advanced Lithium-Ion battery sits silently within an adjustable seat, successfully veiling the bike to the external eye. The R1 also features a foldable handle head, making it painless to store in your car, building, or on the subway. The R1 head has two brakes and an LED screen, for which all the wires are neatly fastened together by a sleek black tube, ridding you of messy, unappealing wires in the front of your bike. The back of the bike has a designated space for any bags, groceries, and more commonly, a nice speaker for you to ride in sound and in style. All charging ports and wires are not only very manageable to use and easy to remove, but they are also elegantly placed, making the R1’s curb appeal sleek and simple. The R1 comes in 3 different streamline colors: Black, Green, and Blue. Affiliates of 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test the R1 Black, which was a silky matte, but our team imagines the green and blue colors are just as sleek. The R1 design is all about simplicity and ease.

TECHNOLOGY

The technology in the DYU R1 20 Inch eBike is evolved from previous models. Instead of a throttle, the R1 is solely based on a cutting-edge torque sensor to control your power while pedaling. With a maximum speed of 25 mph, the interior of the bike is a 250W Geared Hub Motor, from which there are 3 different gear speeds. The battery inside the seat is a 36V, 5Ah Lithium-Ion battery which takes about 3-4 hours to charge and has a maximum distance of 25+ miles every charge, making it simple to charge overnight or during the workday. The front and rear wheels also have dual disc brakes that add additional safety when braking. For an even more enjoyable drive, the front wheel has double-spring shock absorbers to allow you to go over bumpy roads without hesitation. The left handlebar is fitted with an LCD Display that shows you your battery usage, speed, and gear mode. The power button is placed on top of the LCD Display. For your midnight snack run, the R1 additionally has a light on the front for visibility. The tech in the R1 makes it useful for both leisure rides as well as those under a time constraint.

PERFORMANCE

For a full-fledged performance test on the capabilities of the newest DYU R1 20 Inch model, affiliates of 360 Magazine took the R1 out in Little Italy in the Bronx. Dating back to the 1850s, Italian immigrants began to move towards Belmont as the Bronx Zoo and the Jerome Park Reservoir were constructed. What resulted was an authentic hub of Italian cuisine and community, a cultural cornerstone of New York City to this day. The terrain around Arthur Avenue has both smooth flat grounds, as well as hills and bumpy roads. 360 Magazine took the R1 on an outing, passed by Full Moon Pizza, enjoyed lunch at Avenue Gyro, during which the R1 remained dependable. Although this eBike could be considered a subtle eBike, we made sharp turns, dodged double parked cars, and went over all the terrain in the area to test out the R1 features and aptness for all scenarios. This eBike is great for brief rides. Riding the R1, there is no problem in controlling the frame and the brakes were extremely receptive, so riding in the street with cars is no problem. However, it became clear to 360 Magazine that this bike is for leisure rides only, or maybe for your Abuela to go to the store and back. At first gear, if pedaling at a casual pace on flat ground, the R1 goes about 11 mph. At second gear, 14 mph. Finally, at third gear (considered to be the fastest) it only reaches about 16-17 mph. If you’d like to go faster and break the 20mph mark, consider going downhill or pedaling extra hard. Moreover, attempting to go faster by pedaling standing up feels like you will fall forward due to the size of the tires and the height of the handlebars. Yet, the DYU R1 20 Inch model is the perfect neighborhood-friendly eBike. DYU checked off every box for the comfortability of the R1. Enjoy a super straightforward to handle and lightweight eBike that does not go too fast but beats walking in both style and convenience.

ERGONOMICS X ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The R1 is a part of a bigger movement, along with all DYUs electric bikes. The DYU company is made up of staff from former high-tech enterprises like Huawei, Baidu, Mindray and more, so it is expected that their electric bikes will both be high quality and great for the environment! The eBikes have a high efficiency, featuring zero-emissions. By lowering their owner’s carbon footprint, having long-lasting batteries, and featuring fast charging times, their eBikes make a positive impact to our roadways and feature a green way to have fun!

In New York City, the other most common electric bike that is purely pedal assist are the electric Citi Bikes that have stations all over the city. Being a much bigger bike with big wheels and only one gear speed, those bikes are more suited for long distance and speedy travel. The R1 is perfect to take on the subway downtown for a ride through the West Village or a stroll in Washington Square Park; a mode of short-distance transport.

SAFETY

While riding the R1, it is certain you will get some swiveling heads in the neighborhood as you cruise through to your deli, but don’t be blinded by admirers. Priced at $999 and currently on sale for $849, you will want to make sure that your eBike is safe from theft. Although it does not come with any Smart App features, nor an anti-theft system, it does include a lock for the back wheel and the seat (which is important because the battery is within the seat) as prevention features. Therefore, without additional safety features, as an owner you want to make sure that you are consciously keeping the bike out of sketchy areas and out of clear sight. Don’t always leave your bike in the same place, use a good lock like a Kryptonite Folding Lock, and even use multiple locks on different parts of the bike. Anchor your bike down to objects that are more durable than the bike frame itself. Your first choice, however, should always try to bring the R1 inside.

Overall, the DYU R1 20 Inch Electric Bike is most suited for those looking for a very casual bike; not anything to go long distance and back quickly, but something for a brisk excursion through your neighborhood – perhaps a means of getting groceries and coming back home. This eBike is also appropriate for anyone of an older age wanting something that helps them move around with ease but is not too powerful that they lose control and injure themselves. Pick up a new DYU R1 20 Inch model here.

By: Kian Mahd Soltani, Ellen Grant x Vaughn Lowery

Makeup Illustration for use by 360 Magazine

Art of Pure × Chicago

Art of Pure, a curator of clean beauty grounded in purity and sustainability, will open its first retail storefront this November. The new boutique, located at 958 W Armitage Ave. will offer a handpicked selection of local and internationally sourced skincare, makeup, haircare, modern wellness, personal care products, and eco-friendly home goods. Nurturing beauty, body, and wellness through truly natural, pure and potent products, Art of Pure ensures products are responsibly sourced, ethically produced, have a minimal environmental impact, and provide social good, while being free of any harmful ingredients. Art of Pure invites shoppers and the beauty community at large to access trusted and classic brands all while discovering unfamiliar gems.

“At Art of Pure, we are on a mission to prove that beauty can be synonymous with sustainability,” said Monika Joshi, founder and CEO of Art of Pure. “For years I have envisioned a store where green beauty lovers can shop without worrying about the ingredients, and I am thrilled to be able to share that vision with the community.”

Joshi, a former investment banker and mother, felt an urge to enter the beauty industry after spending countless hours researching skincare ingredients in an effort to understand her daughter’s eczema as well as her own issues with sensitive skin. Joshi became an expert in the field and decided to share her knowledge and product recommendations by launching the Art of Pure e-commerce store in 2017.

Art of Pure promises to bring safe, non-toxic, and entirely green solutions to customers through brands that seek to promote a health and wellness forward lifestyle. The new boutique will boast 1,000 square feet of space and serve as a physical extension of the online store, featuring products with high-performing, plant-based ingredients and actives. The store will carry all existing lines and categories along with new product lines including feminine wellness, environmentally friendly home goods, and gifts. As the focus is on sustainability, the store will include a soap and lotion refilling station. Customers will also be able to book a clean makeup application session with a professional makeup artist or a clean swap consultation. Additionally, Art of Pure will host wellness events, panels + discussions, and mini markets, all while helping foster community and dialogue. A mask bar will be offered at the store in the coming months as well.

Health and safety standards are uncompromising for Art of Pure. Ensuring transparency and thoughtful sourcing, Art of Pure tests every item, ingredient, and brand for performance and potency. Building on a foundation of growth and discovery, Art of Pure continues to learn and expand its knowledge base within the cosmetics industry, focused on continued research, thoughtful partnerships, and expanded knowledge.

For more information about the Art of Pure and its offerings, visit www.artofpure.com or follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

G-shock image from Taylor Hesseltine at M&CSaatchi Sports & Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

CASIO – G-SHOCK WOMEN’S COLLECTION

G-SHOCK ADDS TO ITS WOMEN’S COLLECTION WITH NEW SERIES OF METAL COVERED TIMEPIECES

New Models Highlight the Power and Beauty of Metal with Elegant Octagonal Bezel and Metallic Dial Finishes

Today, Casio launches its newest G-SHOCK Women’s collection of slim and compact, metal-covered timepieces, the GMS2100. These new models combine the octagonal shape of the original G-SHOCK DW5000C with the design identity of the GMAS2100 series. Measuring at 40.4mm, this series offers the smallest case size while maintaining a slim form of 11.0mm thin. 

Forged in stainless steel with concentric hairline and mirror finishes, the GMS2100 bezel adds to the overall statement of strength. Keeping with the minimalist style, the only markings are the engraved branding on the top and bottom, for a simple, one-piece design. The dial, flattened for slimness, is treated with a vapor deposition finish coloring and mirrored indexes to add depth. A non-textured resin band completes the look of uncomplicated sophistication.

The collection includes three color combinations perfect for fall fashions: the GMS2100PG-1A sports a pink-gold IP bezel with a black urethane band, the GMS2100-3A, has a stainless-steel bezel, olive green dial, and matching band and the GMS2100B-8A finishes the assortment with a grey IP bezel and charcoal band.

As part of the release, G-SHOCK has unveiled an exclusive landing page taking consumers through the features, which can be viewed HERE. 360 Magazine has always loved Casio’s new collections and is happy to see a new series released.

Each new timepiece also comes equipped with G-SHOCK’s technical features including: 

  • Shock Resistance
  • 200M Water Resistant
  • Super Illuminator LED (Double)
  • 5 Daily Alarms
  • 1/100 Stopwatch (24Hr)
  • Countdown Timer (24Hr)
  • World Time (31 Time Zones, 48 Cities+UTC)
  • 12/24Hr Time Formats
  • Hand Shift Feature
  • 3-Year Battery

The GMS2100-3A will retail for $180, while the GMS2100B-8A and GMS2100PG-1A4 will retail for $200. All three models will be available for purchase at the beginning of September at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

KBO Breeze illustration via Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

KBO Electric Bike

By: Emily Bunn × Vaughn Lowery

Photo Credit: Jeff Langlois

The KBO Breeze Commuter Electric Bike marries modest price with versatile e-bike functionality. This street-friendly model is the perfect everyday companion for professionals on the go and bike enthusiasts alike. 360 Magazine was fortunate enough to test ride their most popular models on the reopened, busy streets of Los Angeles.

Our LA adventure with KBO led us to Ballona Creek Bike Path. We mountain biked over six miles of trails, taking in Ballona Creek and the stunning California landscape. Comfortably seated on the KBO Breeze, our bike trip led us from Marina Del Rey to Culver City. While this e-bike is the ideal city cruiser, it also was great for riding along Santa Monica’s beach on the sunny afternoon. 

The KBO Breeze is perfect for comfortable city cruising and commuting. If you’re looking for more adventure, the KBO Breeze can handle rough terrain as well, thanks to its sturdy front suspension and mechanical disc brake system. For young people and professionals on the go–whether you’re going into the office, picking up groceries, or just getting some exercise–the KBO Breeze is the perfect electric bike option.

The recommended rider height for the e-bike is 5’4”–6’4”, so this electric commuter bike is ideal for adults on the go. It’s not often that an e-bike has this wide of a range of recommended rider heights, making this e-bike suitable for almost everyone.

KBO Bike was founded in 2018, and the company is driven by the principals of high-quality and affordability. KBO stands for “Keep Biking On.” The company believes in clean alternative transportation solutions and aims to reduce pollution. The company’s e-bikes from a green, sustainable, no-petrol alternative to cars and other public transportation. The KBO Breeze bike model was developed due to COVID-19 and the virus’ impact on increasing personal transportation. The KBO Breeze was the company’s first product and stands as a tested and true model of e-bike excellence.

Curb Appeal

The KBO Breeze comes in a sleek black or electrifying tangerine color. The black variant has a classy, streamlined appearance, whereas the orange model is sure to be the star of the streets. The fenders of the bike are painted to match the body color, showing KBO’s acute attention to aesthetically pleasing detailing. In addition, the lustrous paint job on the bike proved KBO’s dedication to both artistry and craftsmanship.

Design

The KBO Breeze is brawny and built to last, weighing in at 62 lbs. The stem diameter of the bike measures 31.8mm, and the handlebar diameter is 22mm on the sides and 31.8mm in the middle. Though this e-bike is compact, it packs in ferocious function and persistent power.

The 6061-aluminum bike frame is composed of a 170mm forged alloy crank, a KMC chain, front suspension fork, front light, sensitive cadence sensor, speed sensor, and rear light with an integrated taillight. The e-bike’s compact body has a unique, retro look to it. Unlike many minimalist modern e-bikes, the KBO Breeze maintains a vintage-looking appeal. Lower down on the bike’s body, stainless steel spokes encase the wide front and rear tires.

On the right handlebar, riders can gently twist the throttle to accelerate. The throttle is very responsive and is made from a different material than the rest of the grip, so riders can easily rev the engine. The Shimano Derailleur also helps riders find their optimal cruising speed while riding.

The seat of the KBO Breeze is cushioned and comfortable for all riders. The saddle-inspired seat reduces the feeling of turbulent riding and road bumps. The seat post has a diameter of 30.4mm and a length of 300mm.

Technology 

With an LCD Backlight display panel, riders can easily access information while driving the KBO Breeze. The panel shows your speed, power level, assist level, total miles, and more useful statistics. This display is especially functional, as it also starts and stops the bike with the push of a button. By using the “M” button on the left side of the display, users can toggle through different settings and turn the bike on and off.

Further, the KBO Breeze’s 0–5 pedal assist levels allow for users to customize the operating mode of the e-bike. Pedal assist makes for customizable cruises with a smooth cadence.

Customization

With our gifted KBO Breeze bike unit, we also received a KBO water bottle holder, full fender, rear rack and multi-function tool. Upon purchase, the e-bike comes with free aluminum full fenders and rear rack, both of which are essential for commuting. The rear rack also is helpful when it comes to transporting goods while cycling.

Upon purchase of the KBO Breeze, the company offers a second battery for purchase to double the effective range of the bike. This second battery allows for bikers to travel 60 to 110 miles without having to stop to charge the e-bike.

Durability 

The KBO Breeze is an extremely durable and reliable e-bike. Equipped with an aluminum alloy front suspension fork, the Breeze has 80mm of travel, preload adjustment, and lock out abilities. With a payload capacity of up to 300lbs and suspension damping, the KBO Breeze easily absorbs shock and impact force while riding.

The KBO Breeze is equipped with 27.5 x 2.4-inch Panasonic tires. These high-quality tires are resistant towards punctures. The wide width of the tires makes for improved traction and stability. Further strengthening the bike’s stability, the aluminum Wellgo pedals on this e-bike lets riders to rest their feet on a large platform with tenacious grip.

When you arrived at your destination, use the KBO Breeze’s heavy-duty, rust-resistant kickstand will prop up your e-bike securely.

Performance 

The KBO Breeze comes with a removable 4V, 16Ah lithium-ion Samsung battery that affords bikers 768 Wh. The KBO Breeze’s hub motor has a 750 peak. Provided with such a long-lasting battery, the KBO is perfect for both day bike trips and multi-day biking excursions. With an estimated range of 30-55 miles from a single charge, the 3.0-amp charger quickly recharges so you can get back on the road in no time. In only five hours, the quick and smart 48V charger keeps up with the rapid pace of busy commuters and speed demons. Fast, but not too furious, the KBO Breeze offers a ride to remember.

Bikers can ride through city blocks, light trails, and dirt roads breezily with the e-bike’s sustained 500W brushless geared hub motor. No matter how steep the hill, the KBO Breeze is able to climb to the top with energy and ferocity.

Installed with the reputable Shimano 7 Speed Derailleur gear shifter, the KBO Breeze lets users effortlessly switch between gears while driving. Further, the Shimano gear shift automatically adjusts to different terrains on-demand. That way, wherever your journey takes you, you’re ready for whatever road you embark on.

The Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc brake system has 180mm disc rotors in the front and rear of the bike, providing powerful braking force once arrived at your destination.

Safety

Safety features include a 48V LED headlight for safe nighttime cruises. By pressing and holding down the “+” button for three seconds, users can turn on the bright light. On dark nights, the bike’s integrated brake rear light will automatically light up upon braking, keeping cyclists safe and their paths illuminated.

Ergonomics x Additional Features

Compared to other bikes in its category, such as the Ride1Up 700 Series Bike, the KBO is competitively priced. Especially due to the large 48 V 16 Ah battery that it comes equipped with, the KBO Breeze stands with a larger and less expensive battery than most. Further, the e-bike’s two-year warranty is double the standard e-bike warranty offering. Additionally, compared to Rideal’s Arial Rider e-bike which only has a Shimano 6-speed drivetrain, the Breeze’s 7 Speed Derailleur make this e-bike stand out. In these ways, KBO Bike has gone above and beyond to provide for their customers.

The Commuter Electric Bike KBO Breeze comes modestly priced at $1,499.00. The KBO Breeze comes with $198 worth of free gifts upon purchase, including a water bottle holder, multi-function bicycle 16-in-1 kit, KBO Breeze rear rack, and the KBO Breeze aluminum full fenders. The full fenders are extremely durable and help protect riders from water and mud.

Further, free shipping and a two-year warranty are included.

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KBO Breeze image via Jeff Langlois for use by 360 Magazine
KBO Breeze image via Jeff Langlois for use by 360 Magazine
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Iconic Texas Auto Group Goes Green

Cavender Auto Group is the first auto dealer group in San Antonio to install solar carports by partnering with local company, Big Sun Solar. The iconic auto company tapped Big Sun Solar to build and install solar carports at five of its San Antonio-area dealerships and its recently-announced Cavender Collision Center at Wetmore Road. The carports will provide Cavender’s inventory of vehicles with protection from inclement South Texas weather while providing valuable renewable energy savings on their electric bills.

Cavender has been working to incorporate sustainability initiatives into its operations, and determined investing in solar energy was its next step. The decision greatly enhances the customer experience for Cavender car buyers by providing shade and decreasing the interior temperature of the vehicles during the summer months.

Installation of the solar carports is nearly complete at Cavender Buick GMC West Loop 1604 at Culebra Road. Cavender Cadillac and Land Rover San Antonio are underway, and the remaining San Antonio-area locations will follow.

The locations include:

– Cavender Buick GMC West — 7400 West Loop 1604

– Cavender Cadillac — 7625 North Loop 1604

– Cavender Chevrolet — 30700 IH-10, Boerne, TX

– Land Rover of San Antonio –13660 West Interstate 10

– Cavender Buick GMC North — 17811 San Pedro Avenue

– Cavender Collision Center —  Wetmore Road (opening Fall 2021)

– Cavender Grande Ford — 4562 IH-10 East (opening TBD)

Big Sun Solar, formerly known as Go Smart Solar, has expanded rapidly since its founding in 2016 and has built more solar carports than any other company in Texas, indicating the region’s increasing demand for clean energy.

Cavender Auto Group President, Bobby Cavender, expressed his excitement about the company’s investment in sustainability.

“Solar carports make perfect sense for Cavender Auto Group. Their energy lowers our electric bills, they provide shade for our customers and protection from damaging hail storms,” said Cavender. “We are thrilled to be the first auto group in San Antonio to embrace solar carports and we are grateful to Big Sun Solar for making it happen.”

Robert Miggins, CEO and Co-Founder of Big Sun Solar, expressed his excitement and gratitude to the San Antonio businesses investing in a more sustainable community.

“The momentum to build a more green city is growing,” said Miggins. “Solar has been available for many years, but with recent innovations, it has become more accessible for more people. Cavender Auto Group is one of the many businesses that are taking another step toward reducing their carbon footprint and improving the customer experience. San Antonio is a top-10 city in the United States for solar energy because its residents and corporate citizens value sound financial investments that also produce clean energy. Cavender is a shining example of this philosophy.”

About Big Sun Solar

Trusted by leading brands such as Cavender, Baywood Hotels, and Rush Enterprises, Big Sun Solar is #1 in customer service for Texas businesses. While every project is designed for maximum financial returns for their clients, it’s Big Sun’s Net Promoter Score of 88 that sets them apart as an industry leader. They have over 45 years of combined experience in rooftop, carport, and ground-mount solar systems coupled with experience from partnering directly with CPS Energy to build 5 megawatts (MW) of community-owned solar power. For more information on the company or to inquire about solar ownership, visit their website

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Colonial Chemical Wins EPA Green Chemical Awards

Suga®Boost surfactants consume less energy to create, are biodegradable, and are derived from plant-based materials, with performance that demonstrates potential to replace EO-containing surfactants such as SLES and APEs. This surfactant group is also a winner in the 2021 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program, specifically in the focus area of The Design of Greener Chemicals. Colonial Chemical is being recognized for developing Suga®Boost surfactant blends that use more environmentally friendly chemicals than traditional cleaning surfactants.

Many surfactants used in traditional cleaners are derived from petroleum-based raw materials and pose several issues including high environmental toxicity or a need for high-energy processes in their manufacture. One group of chemicals often found in cleaners is alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified this class of chemicals as toxic to aquatic organisms, especially because they bioaccumulate in mollusks, soils, and sediments. Additionally, APEs can mimic natural hormones and induce endocrine disruption in aquatic and land organisms.

Colonial Chemical discovered that blends of functionalized alkyl polyglucoside (APG) surfactants provide cleaning performance that is equal to or better than APEs while avoiding environmental issues related to aquatic toxicity, endocrine disruption, and carcinogenic impurities. Suga®Boost surfactants are blends of derivatized APGs prepared by attaching functional groups such as sulfonate, phosphate, quaternary ammonium, glycinate, and citrate. Suga®Boost blends do not yield toxic substances as they biodegrade. They are mild and safe for the formulator and end-user. Lastly, Suga®Boost blends require less energy to manufacture and require only water as a solvent during manufacture and cleanup.

These functionalized APG surfactants have the potential to replace EO-containing surfactants worldwide. Suga®Boost and its underlying chemistry have the potential to expand into wipe products, disinfecting cleaners, dishwashing, carpet cleaning, and fabric care.

EPA recognized the winners during the virtual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. This year’s awards have special meaning because it is also the 25th anniversary of the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. During the quarter-century of the Green Chemistry program, EPA and the American Chemical Society, which co-sponsor the awards, have received more than 1,800 nominations and presented awards to 128 technologies that decrease hazardous chemicals and resources, reduce costs, protect public health and spur economic growth. Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals and saving billions of gallons of water and trillions of BTUs in energy.

“Green chemistry is one way to provide solutions to some of the significant environmental challenges we’re facing today, like exposure to toxic chemicals, dependence on non-renewable sources, and climate change,” said EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Michal Freedhoff. “The innovative technologies we celebrate today are great examples of how green chemistry is protecting our environment, preventing pollution at its source, and keeping U.S. business globally competitive by creating more sustainable products.”

Bernardus menu item illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Lucia Restaurant & Bar New Menu

LUCIA RESTAURANT & BAR CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH A PLANT-BASED BASH

NEW COLORS OF THE SEASON MENU FOCUSED ON GREEN, GORGEOUS & GASTRONOMIC

America’s love affair with the garden has exploded with 9.7 million people now fully immersed in a plant-based diet. In fact, 2021 is projected to be THE year this diet finally goes mainstream. From plant-based beverages to meatless burgers, this trend has no signs of slowing given the benefits to both one’s body and the environment. Riding this wave, chef Cal Stamenov is culling beets, chard, asparagus and fresh fava from the Lodge’s two-acre organic garden to debut the new Colors of the Season menu. Served in addition to the la carte and five-course tasting menu, Colors of the Season is available June 1 through July 31, 2021; prices range from $16 to $36.

NATURE’S BOUNTY

Crafting vegetable-driven dishes requires equal parts timing and finesse. Picked at their peak, kale, sweet peas, chard and fresh fava share short lifespans. Coaxing their distinct flavors while marrying ingredients into a leafy risotto, humble ratatouille or goat cheese terrine is an art. Take the elevated Red Striped Beet Spring Roll, a visual stunner with pops of cilantro, olives and creamy avocado, balancing texture and flavor for a full palate immersion. Purple Cauliflower Soup, blending purple basil and purple radish with fresh black beets puts a colorful spin on comfort food.

Other starters include lip-smacking Local Asparagus, steamed with saffron couscous, curly purple mustard and a passionfruit emulsion. The Backdoor Avocado Salad, spotlighting fruit culled from nearby Salinas Valley, delivers a mélange of quinoa, heirloom tomatoes, fennel and fresh basil lightly dressed in Meyer lemon-olive oil with a dusting of Big Sur Sea salt. There is also a spin on crudité, with the Colorful Pickled Veggies Around and an ethereal Beautiful Strawberries, pairing arugula, lemon confit and aged balsamic with a dollop of fluffy Italian burrata.

Green Gazpacho makes a showing on the new menu, with a deft blend of celery, cilantro, avocado and piquant Padron peppers. The Leafy Green Risotto, focused on kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chervil and fresh fava is a flavor explosion, as is the Portobello Wellington, stuffed with zucchini, kale, goat cheese and pine nuts with a rich butternut squash sauce. Corn hounds will love the Agnolotti Pasta, prepared with fresh yellow corn, just-picked sweet peas and shave or two of Australian black winter truffles. Rounding out the menu is a Stuffed Rainbow Chard, easy on both the eyes and palate, pairing green lentils du puy, zucchini, brown rice and goat cheese.

SOURCING SUPERFOODS

The switch to a plant-based diet is not a fad. According to Gallup, 77 percent of Americans have reduced their meat consumption in the past 12 months, with almost six in 10 Americans reporting transitioning to a more flexitarian or semi-vegetarian diet. This bodes well for chefs who have long refined their craft in this category.

There is no shortage of benefits for those who aligned with a vegetable-forward diet. According to Everyday Health, the nine scientific benefits from following this menu regimen include lower blood pressure, reduction in cardiovascular disease, weight loss, reduction in Type 2 diabetes, stroke and risk of cancer, and issues surrounding cholesterol. Living longer is another key benefit. The Journal of the American Heart Association study found that a plant-based diet lowers the risk of all causes of mortality by 25 percent. Finally, the noted benefits to the brain, largely due to polyphenols which are known to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Simply stated, the world is your (mushroom) oyster!

LUCIA RESTAURANT & BAR

Set in secluded Carmel Valley on 28 acres of sweeping lavender, grapevines and olive orchards, Lucia Restaurant & Bar has long set the standard for luxury dining along the California coast. Named after the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains which provide the dramatic backdrop to the 2,300 sq., ft., alfresco terrace, the contemporary 90-seat dining room is set in rich white Italian leather paired with rustic treatments crafted in marble, oxidized copper, teak and reclaimed wood. French wooden floors, chandeliers and stunning exterior fireplaces grace the mixed-use table layout with a focal point fireplace styled from Bagattini Oregon stone marking the main entrance. Paired with Stamenov’s light touch and artisanal integrity, the restaurant underscores the authentic relationship between food and terroir.

Classically trained with an eye to sustainability, Stamenov’s light touch and artisanal integrity are evident in every offering. Wielding an impressive resume working under the ardent eye of such culinary greats as Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Richard, Alain Ducasse, Eric Ripert and the legendary Masa Kobayashi, his California country cuisine plays off locally sourced product with the essence of the dish taking center stage. Subtle reductions and thoughtful flavor marriages are his mantra, paired with a back pocket of local farmers and foragers keeping Lucia’s kitchen at a steady simmer.

Culling from the Lodge’s two-acre backdoor organic garden and a private cache of 150+ fruit trees, heirloom vegetables, 180,000 Italian honeybees and resident Plymouth, Barred Rock, Rhode Island, Speckled Sussex and Ameraucana chickens, Stamenov’s seasonal spotlight menu is certain to please.

Colors of the Season:

Red Striped Beet Spring Rolls | cilantro, avocado, olives, spicy hummus | $16

Herb Goat Cheese Terrine | beets, carrots, celery root remoulade | $16

Beautiful Strawberries | italian burrata, arugula, lemon confit, aged balsamic | $18

Colorful Pickled Veggies Around | leeks vinaigrette, parmesan toast, garden herbs | $17

Local Asparagus | steamed, passionfruit emulsion, saffron couscous, curly purple mustard | $18

Swank Farm Purple Cauliflower Soup | purple basil, purple radish | $12

Backdoor Avocado Salad | quinoa, heirloom tomatoes, fennel, fresh-picked basil, olive oil, big sur sea salt, meyer lemon| $18

Australian Winter Black Truffle Risotto | carnaroli rice, glazed spring vegetables, chervil| $36

Baked Ratatouille | marble potatoes, rosemary, fresh spaghetti, olives | $32

Agnolotti Pasta | yellow corn, australian black winter truffles, sweet peas | $36

Stuffed Rainbow Chard | green lentils du puy, brown rice, zucchini, goat cheese | $34

Green Gazpacho | avocado, celery, cilantro, peppers, leafy greens, lime | $14

Leafy Green Risotto | kale, asparagus, chard, spinach, parmesan, fresh fava, parsley, chervil| $27

Portobello Wellington | kale, swiss chard, zucchini, goat cheese, pine nuts, butternut squash sauce | $36

Wild Mushroom | brown rice with roasted garlic, black truffle potatoes, parmesan, arugula | $32

Fresh Raspberry Vacherin | raspberry sorbet, baked lavender meringue | $14

Blenheim Apricot Tart | almonds, lavender-honey ice cream | $14

Christine’s Organic Strawberries | lemon verbena ice cream, sauternes granite| $14

A variety of coveted private dining venues from the casual Cooper’s Den to the 12-seat private Wine Cellar, exclusive five-seat Chef’s Table and 16-seat Magnum Room offer extensive tasting menus backed by an impressive 25,000-bottle wine cellar. Light dining is also available in Lucia Bar and patio.

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Dreamer Boy x Sweatshirt Video

Today, slowplay / Harvest Records’ Nashville singer/songwriter Dreamer Boy has released his next video for the track “Sweatshirt” off of his recent album All The Ways We Are Together. This tender, emotive video showcases Dreamer Boy (Zach Taylor) on a split screen, one side in color and the other in black and white. Through these contrasting visuals, the viewer experiences two different ways of processing the same set of emotions. Today’s release follows last month’s video for “Best of Me.”

Arriving in April, All The Ways We Are Together is Dreamer Boy’s second full-length album. The record is a hazy, sentimental collection of songs about love and meaningful relationships, and its release date, Earth Day, was carefully chosen. Per Zach Taylor -the artist, who grew up everywhere from Washington to Texas to Alabama, behind the Dreamer Boy name-the set is meant to reflect on the ways we relate to one another, but also the effects we have on the world.

Around the Earth Day release of All The Ways We Are Together, Dreamer Boy created a microsite where fans could stream the album and contribute directly to planting trees. Through a partnership with One Tree Planted, 1,500 trees have been planted from this initiative.

Additionally, Zach hosted community Zooms with fans to discuss ways to give back and engage in a day of action on Earth Day. Zach and his friends participated in a local Nashville trash clean up, and by using the hashtag #allthewayswearetogether, fans could share their own community actions from all around the world. This follows sending seeds out with early merch orders to encourage fans to plant marigolds and watch them grow toward the album release.

The overarching theme behind all of these ideas was to use the album as a launching off point for people to connect directly with the planet and their own communities, both central themes in the underlying concept of All the Ways We Are Together.

“The songs are about the love we have for ourselves, the love we have for our friends, and the love we can show the environment around us,” Taylor explains.

All The Ways We Are Together follows a busy string of sunny singles released over the last year, including “Know You,” “Crybaby,” and “Don’t Be a Fool,” each of which appears on the record. These new tracks, as well as a string of late 2019 tour dates with Clairo, were warmly received by critics and fans alike, garnering praise from outlets like FADER (2021 artist to watch), Flaunt, and Clash, the latter of which said “Easier Said Than Done” pushed pop to “a sophisticated new realm.” Taylor was also recently featured in DORK Magazine who wrote that All The Ways We Are Together “embraces love in its most natural, authentic form.” Additionally, Taylor recently became one of the new faces of Tommy Jeans for Men.

Watch the “Sweatshirt” video HERE.

Listen HERE.