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Editor's Note 122 5 Super Cute Shops
PUT YOUR $ WHERE YOUR HEART IS
Dear Reader, If you’re more of a summer gal like me, then you start to panic when the sun suddenly drops at 4:45 p.m., signaling the start of chilly temps and drizzle. It may sound silly, but the winter months take some adjusting to for a summer-lovin’ blondie like myself. Over the years, however, I’ve found a way to come to terms with seasonal changes and see the bright spots in each of them. From cozy sweaters and spiced cider to the look on Grandpa’s face when he opens “socks” for the third time, there is truly so much to revel in! These pages are a tribute to the little things worth celebrating this holiday season and in the new year to come. As you thumb through, you’ll find thoughtfully curated stories of locals like Kris Kirkpatrick (pg. 110) bringing handcrafted art to life or Jina Javier’s (pg. 42) ingenuity in crafting a space with chic and timeless aesthetics. Not to mention, our charming cover star, Toddy Smith (pg. 46), who made his way on the six-second video platform we all fondly remember as Vine. Before dashing to the nearest department store, flip on over to our Shoppe section, where you’ll find five enchanting San Diego boutiques chock-full of authentic goods (pg.
122). Whether it’s perusing through Seaweed and Gravel’s assortment of vintage treasures or enjoying the flourishing outdoor sanctuary that is Landmark Plant Co., “put your $ where your heart is” and show the locals some love this season! A new year brings new flavors, and our Foodie section offers a little slice of everything. Relish in Il Dandy’s artful execution of Calibrian-inspired dishes, such as the cavatelli with rabbit and shaved truffle (pg. 92). Take in Morning Glory’s souffle pancakes and modish design, featuring iridescent windows and glossy pink accents—making for the picture-perfect brunch stop (pg. 100). Once the new year hits, I’m always itchin’ for a new adventure. From a road trip through the turquoise lakes in the Canadian Rockies (pg. 74) to a day well-spent on Cedros Avenue, our Escape Guide is sure to give you the travel bug. With all that being said, I hope the people and places that grace these pages leave you feeling grateful and inspired. I hope that this issue excites you, ignites you and becomes the bright spot during this season of togetherness. Here’s to the little things that make us smile this season!
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Photographed By: Travis McCoy, www.travismccoy.com | @travis_mccoy_photography Model: Toddy Smith, @todderic_ Location: Los Angeles, CA Written By: Dash Finley, @morlokmovie Styled By: Teresita Madrigal, www.bornorigingal.com | @bornorigingal Groomed By: Lexi Kleyla, leximakeupartist.com | @lexikleyla Blazer Provided By: SUITS by Curtis Eliot, www.suitsbycurtiseliot.com Turtleneck Provided By: GUCCI, www.gucci.com Pants Provided By: Mattarazi Uomo, www.mattarazi.com Shoes Provided By: Menlo House, www.themenlohouse.com Handkerchief Provided By: Victoria Ragna, www.victoriaragna.com Jewelry Provided By: Pyrrha, www.pyrrha.com Socks Provided By: Express, www.express.com Skincare Provided By: Perricone MD, www.perriconemd.com Hair Product Provided By: R + CO, www.randco.com Makeup Provided By: Anastasia Beverly Hills, www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com
The phrase “YouTube star” has taken on somewhat dirty parlance in recent years due to a handful of ill-advised stunts, comments and posts from some of the most (in)famous individuals to hold that job title. Still, even the staunchest social media haters would be hard-pressed to find much in the way of ammunition against a guy like Toddy Smith.
Sure, he’s phenomenally goodlooking, successful and widely loved, but he deftly carries all that without a hint of the entitled posturing that might be a calling card of some of his colleagues. During the course of a fairly long, sweaty shoot, Smith was nothing if not courteous, prepared and consummately professional. He arrives on time and sits through the oftentimes grueling processes of hair, grooming and styling without a single complaint. It’s this attitude that earns him copious praise from the crew, as his persistently upbeat vibe permeates the entire set.
“Toddy is the overall perfect canvas...I wanted to work with the natural texture and wave of his hair... We love wild,” says makeup artist and hair stylist Lexi Kleyla as she applies a pomade stick to his coiffed hair. Fast-forward a few minutes, and Smith is right where he belongs: in front of the camera, posing in a series of colorful, retrotinged set-ups. “Fun, fun, fun,” says photographer Travis McCoy, as he snaps away at Smith—who’s holding an ‘80s boombox over his head à la John Cusack in Say Anything. Friendliness aside, Smith is always keenly open to creative input. “He’s a rockstar at heart so he’s always open to a (new) aesthetic [and] trying different looks,” raves wardrobe stylist Teresita Madrigal. Rockstar is certainly one way to describe Smith, but it may be too small of a box to fit his technicolor personality and grand ambitions. Based on the experience of this shoot alone, it’s clear that Smith defies clichés, stays true to himself and always—always— leaves a lasting impression.
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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
THIS ISSUE: ESCAPE
Experience OffThe-Grid Living With Baltic Sands Properties
Get in Touch With Nature in the Canadian Rockies
SAVING THE WORLD, ONE HOME AT A TIME
DO NOT DISTURB
43 Amazing Hotels You’ll Never Want to Check Out Of
72 Instant Jungle
IF WALLS COULD TALK
These Living Walls Are Bridging Agriculture and Decor for a Natural Flair
AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN NORTH ENOUGH
DATE THE CITY OF LA QUINTA Get Ready for a Date Out on the Town
Moxy San Diego
THINK INSIDE THE MOX
Have Fun, Hang Out and Hook-Up at Moxy San Diego
84 5 Pro Tips
THE CREATION OF A DREAMY OASIS System Pavers’ Jennifer Ressler Shares How to Build Your Own Backyard Haven
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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
Tura Alcoholic Kombucha
Raise a Glass to Tura Alcoholic Kombucha for a Healthier Alternative
Sarah Grossman Reveals Her Bright Vision Behind Her Blog
HER TRUE COLORS ARE SHINING THROUGH
THANKS A BOOCH!
HIGH THERE, 2020
Blacktop Restaurant Group
HUNGRY FOR MORE
Spark up Your NYE Celebration With Urbn Leaf
Blacktop Restaurant Group Is Building an Empire on a Foundation of Sandwiches and Tacos
92 Il Dandy
BRASS, MARBLE AND VELVET
Il Dandy Is Making History as a Cultural-Chic Dining Destination
PARIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
These Festive Drinks From Lillet Will Be the Highlight of the Evening
98 Two Things We Love
MEAT THE PROSCIUTTO BOYZ
Two Plates and 18 Individual Food Items Makes for One Happy Stomach
100 Morning Glory
MAKING BRUNCH BEAUTIFUL AGAIN
This New San Diego Restaurant Is Funky Fresh
103 Meals Deconstructed
BRUNCH A BUNCH
Elevate Your Brunch Game With Toast Gastrobrunch’s Dreamy House Specialty
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130 Ken Grody Ford
DIRT BY DAY, DATE BY NIGHT This Ford Raptor Cleans up Nicely
108 24 Hours on Cedros Avenue
STROLLIN’ THROUGH CEDROS
Your Guide to the Perfectly-Packed Day on Cedros Avenue
110 Meet the Maker
HAPPINESS IS HANDMADE
Kristopher Kirkpatrick Shares His Passion Behind Custom Craftsmanship
113 Holiday Gift Guide
OVER 50 HOLIDAY GIFTS TO IMPROVE YOUR 2020
Prepare for the New Year With This Holiday Gift Guide
122 5 Super Cute Shops
PUT YOUR $ WHERE YOUR HEART IS
These Boutiques Are a Shop-A-Holic’s Dream
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LOCALENDAR 20 EVENTS TO WRAP UP THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR WRITTEN BY: MARISA THRASHER
SEE IT IN STYLE! ¢ Catch the release
of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, one of the most anticipated movies in the franchise’s history, in luxury fashion at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. Order your favorite treats and (adult) beverages all from the comfort of your super plush seat. www.cinepolisusa.com
IT’S NO SECRET ¢ Based on the Peabody
Award-winning TV comedy, catch “Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour!” at Balboa Theatre for one night only. This Netflix hit will take you on a journey through some of the cheesiest movies ever made. www.broadwaysd.com
LIGHT IT UP ¢ There’s something
for everyone at Balboa Park’s December Nights. In addition to all the seasonal lights and decor, this event will feature live performances, international food, shopping and (of course) Santa! www.sandiego.gov/ december-nights
COUNTDOWN TO CASH December 31
¢ Harrah’s Resort SoCal will give away $100,000 each hour through its Mayor’s Millions promotion to 10 lucky winners and ring in 2020 with a memorable countdown. This year’s theme is a through-thedecades style celebration, looking at iconic trends and entertainers over the past 100 years, leading to a futuristic look for 2020. www.harrahssocal.com
DANCIN’ MACHINE January 3-5
January 23-26 ¢ Make way to the annual Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament. Each year this event brings out the best of the best (hey, Tiger!) and takes place at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, one of the top courses in the country. NBD. farmersinsuranceopen.com
WHEN I DIP, YOU DIP, WE DIP January 1
¢ What fresher way to
kickoff 2020 than to participate in the annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge? Last year, hundreds of brave souls took to the chilly waters for a quick dip, but don’t fret! There’s hot cocoa, donuts and a certificate waiting for you once you get out. www.visitdelmarvillage.com
February 15-16 ¢ The “I’m Yours” crooner is yours for this magical night. Jason Mraz will be playing at the iconic Spreckels Theatre in the city where this Grammy Award winner got his start. This will be a show you won’t want to miss. www.jasonmraz.com
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RUNAWAY BRIDE January 12
¢ If there’s a wedding in your near future, you’ll want to attend Bridal Bazaar in Del Mar. Over 200 vendors and wedding professionals will leave you feeling inspired and prepared for your big day. www.bridalbazaar.com
LET THE DRAGON LOOSE January 17-19
¢ The San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival is an annual Chinese New Year celebration that comes to life with dragon dance performances, firecrackers, a dog costume contest and many other live events. Plus, tons of great food. lunarnewyearfestival.org
Photos - Mayor’s Millions: Courtesy of Harrah’s Resort | Farmers Insurance Open
¢ The San Diego Bachata Expo brings in Bachata lovers from all over the world and will feature workshops, performances, concerts and social dancing. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced dancer, there will be two different rooms (one traditional and one modern), so you’ll never get bored.
LOCALENDAR 20 EVENTS TO WRAP UP THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR WRITTEN BY: MARISA THRASHER
YOU’LL WANT SUM MORE Every Sunday
¢ Eat your heart out by
feasting on dim sum favorites on the San Diego Dim Sum Tour. This unique experience will teach you all about the Cantonese, small plate-style cuisine and proper Chinese etiquette. The $69-perperson tour will continue with a light walk through Asia-town and end at an Asian supermarket. www.wildfoodietours.com/ san-diego-foodie-tours
DRINKS + GEEKS ¢ On The Beer Geek
Tour, you’ll visit White Labs, Brothers Provisions and Societe Brewing Company, all while drinking flights and learning about the brewing process. This five-hour expedition includes behind-thescenes tours, VIP tastings, lunch, beer and artisan food pairings and transportation. www.epicureansandiego. com/beer-geek-tours
BALLOON BALLIN’ ¢ The Port of San Diego
Holiday Bowl Parade is a massive, televised event that marches down San Diego’s iconic bayside and features marching bands, drill teams, elaborate floats and enough balloons to be dubbed “America’s Largest Balloon Parade.” Streetside viewing is free; grandstand seats cost $22 online. www.holidaybowl.com/ events/parade
IT’S A CELEBRATION ¢ The Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s annual NYE event will be a night to remember. Start the night off with champagne in your room, then head down for a beautiful buffet before you dance the night away at the NYE Soiree on the Bay—complete with a balloon drop, music by Redwoods Revue and a champagne toast. www.loewshotels.com/ coronado-bay-resort
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TEATIME WITH TEDDY December 1, 6-8, 13-22 ¢ Make magical holiday
memories at The Westgate Hotel during their annual Teddy Bear Tea. Enjoy premium tea along with housemade pastries and desserts in the elegant Westgate Room. Then, head on over to the Grand Lobby for entertainment from Santa’s Magician and Elf, along with some quality time with Santa himself. Each child gets to take home a keepsake teddy bear. www.westgatehotel.com
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WHIP IT GOOD! January 1-5
¢ The San Diego International Auto Show is back and better than ever! If you’re in the market for a car or you’re just an auto nut, this is your chance to check out all of the latest models, participate in a dozen test drive experiences and peep those super cool exotics.
RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN December 21-23
¢ Guests of all ages are invited to join the Park Hyatt Aviara’s expert pastry team as they cheerfully guide guests in a festive gingerbread decorating class. The cost is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity.
January 30-February 3
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE ¢ The BIG Salsa Festival
San Diego is a fourday event for Salsa dancers of all levels. Each action-packed day will feature dance classes, performances, live bands and dance parties. This is a spicy event you won’t want to miss! Tickets start at $50. www.bigsalsafestivalsd.com
GO OUT WITH A BANG! ¢ The Lafayette Hotel is hosting a Roaring 2020s NYE Party, so grab your fringe and feathers, and get ready to dance. There will be multiple rooms with live entertainment and a long list of DJs lined up to keep the swanky vibes going all night long. www.lafayettehotelsd.com
Photos - Teddy Bear Tea: Courtesy of Westgate Hotel | Gingerbread Decorating Class: Courtesy of the Hyatt
¢ The 10th annual Cardiff Kook Run is your choice of a 5k or 10k race (plus shorter runs for kids) along a gorgeous stretch of the 101 that passes the iconic “Cardiff Kook” statue. There’s also a costume contest, so use your creative license and come dressed up!
AL L ABOARD ! BOARD THE QUEEN MARY FOR THESE SPECTACULAR EVENTS! WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE
Witness the apparition of the spirits who haunt the hallowed halls of the Queen Mary.
A HAUNTED HISTORY
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Holiday Dining Aboard the Queen Mary ¢ This holiday season, the Queen Mary is offering seasonal specials and superb dining options for Thanksgiving and Christmas at her highlyacclaimed restaurants: Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, along with her
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legendary, awardwinning brunch. The staff of renowned chefs will prepare upscale versions of traditional favorites while guests enjoy impeccable service and breathtaking views of the Long Beach coastline. For more information on holiday dining reservations, private parties or hotel stays, visit www.queenmary.com. A Haunted History ¢ Ever wonder where all the haunted stories about the Queen Mary came from? Watch master magician and apparitionist Aiden Sinclair as he presents Illusions of the Passed; Legends of the Queen Mary—a story-driven, 90-minute interactive theatrical séance that takes you back in time to meet the ghosts and legends that haunt the ship, every Thursday through Sunday from 8-9:30 p.m. Feel the touch of a ghostly hand. Hear the voices of those long gone. Witness the apparition of the spirits who haunt the hallowed halls of the Queen Mary. This production is presented in the exclusive and intimate Revenant Room Theater and Lounge, located on B-Deck Forward. Remember though, children under 13 years old are not permitted without special permission from the performer.
Photography Provided By: The Queen Mary
NEW YEAR’S EVE
It will definitely be a night to remember...
Sail Into the New Year ¢ The new year is on the horizon! Sail into 2020 in style on Dec. 31 aboard the worldfamous Queen Mary and celebrate decades of decadence with New Year’s Eve: Past & Present celebration from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The ship’s decks and ballrooms will be brought to life with themed parties, music and immersive entertainment, with a nod to Art Deco styling and the decadent Roaring Twenties. It will definitely be a night to remember, not to mention one of SoCal’s top New Year’s Eve firework displays. You can also make the night last and stay aboard in one of the first-class staterooms! Get VIP passes when you book a special New Year’s Eve hotel package. This party sells out every year, so purchase your tickets or book your room today at www.queenmary.com.
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
Keep It Coastal 7 FAVORITE PLACES TO GET ACTIVE WHILE HAVING FUN IN CARLSBAD
EXPERT: Lydia Montez CREDENTIALS: Assistant Chef Concierge, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa
HAPPY TRAILS ¢ The Batiquitos Lagoon trail is a dirt hiking trail that runs along Aviara Golf Club. It is serene and perfect for nature enthusiasts, offering the best bird watching in San Diego. Be on the lookout for a great blue heron! www.batiquitosfoundation.org
WHEELY GREAT TIME ¢ Pedego provides the best way to get around the village with amazing customer service. Take in all the beauty of the Carlsbad beaches with a fun coastal tour on an electric bike. You will love it so much that you will want to buy one! www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/ dealers/carlsbad
HANG TEN ¢ New to surfing or need to perfect your technique? The instructors at Surfin Fire will have you standing on the board and riding waves with the dolphins before you know it. If it swells, ride it! www.surfinfire.com
JOIN THE CLUB ¢ Want to play where the pros play? Aviara Golf Club is perfect for all skill levels. It’s a
challenging course surrounded by rolling hillsides and native wildflowers. New to golf? Be sure to take lessons with one of our esteemed pros! www.golfaviara.com
BEND AND SPLASH ¢ A new way to experience yoga—on a stand-up paddleboard. The Carlsbad Lagoon is peaceful and beautiful. Balancing on the board through all of the poses is fun and challenging! www.carlsbadlagoon.com
HIT THE BRICKS ¢ Get a shopping pass to the most exclusive LEGO sets at the main store, and get your steps in while walking through the park to see all of the amazing LEGO structures. My favorite builds are at Miniland USA. www.legoland.com/california
GOLDEN AGE GROUNDS ¢ The Leo Carrillo Ranch is one of Carlsbad’s hidden gems. Take in the beauty of the lush gardens and roaming peacocks while walking the trails and learning about the ranch’s rich history with Hollywood. www.carrillo-ranch.org
PARK HYATT AVIARA RESORT GOLF CLUB & SPA 7100 Aviara Resort Dr Carlsbad, CA 92011 760.448.1234 www.hyatt.com AVIARA GOLF CLUB 7447 Batiquitos Dr Carlsbad, CA 92011 760.603.6900 www.golfaviara.com
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
The Deets on the Eats FROM SNACKS TO SEAFOOD, ANDAZ’S MICHAEL COCHRAN HAS SOME GREAT TASTE
EXPERT: Michael Cochran CREDENTIALS: Director of Sales, Events and Marketing, Andaz San Diego
IT’S NACHO PROBLEM ¢ When it comes to an easy afternoon with an incredible sunset and views of Downtown San Diego, the Andaz Rooftop is the place to be. My favorite is taking down some poke nachos, along with the Andaz Hazy IPA brewed by 32 North— sooooo good! www.andazsandiego.com
RAISE THE STEAKS ¢ My favorite spot to take clients is STK for happy hour—cool vibe, DJ and the Lil BRG’s are superb, especially with some truffle fries on the side. It’s a great way to close some business! www.stksteakhouse.com
GOTTA BE SQUIDDIN’ ME ¢ This is the spot with my lady on Friday night. The owner, Tony, takes care of everyone with service that is top-notch! Make sure to start off the night with the Fritto Misto Con Calamari—so much flavor, and so good with some vino. www.astisandiego.com
THIS IS HOW WE ROLL ¢ Sally’s, on the boardwalk of the Grand Hyatt San Diego, has a fresh lobster roll sandwich like no other. It’s mouthwatering on its own, but it’s even better with the
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view and a Hefeweizen or chardonnay.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE TOTS! ¢ Being a family man, I gotta have a place to take the kids prior to a Padres/Giants game. Bub’s at the Ballpark’s tots are perfect for the fam; plus, they take such great care of the kids. It makes my life a little easier, so I can enjoy everything too. www.bubssandiego.com
LEAVE ROOM FOR DANCING ¢ I could eat the whole order of The Deck’s brisket fries but never do—especially if the night is taking me to Moonshine Flats to go cut some rug. Don’t let the suit fool you; I used to dance professionally! www.thedecksd.com
EAT MORE HOLE FOODS ¢ Snooze you lose—these donuts go fast! The Donut Bar leftovers are the dozen donuts that are left. They’re like mystery donuts, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. My team gets these almost once a week. Now, we just need to go to the gym more than once a week! www.donutbar.com
PHOTO BY: Michael Wesley
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
We Can Do It! THIS BOSS LADY SHARES THE DEETS ON HOMEGROWN, FEMALE-RUN BRANDS
EXPERT: Anna Crowe CREDENTIALS: Founder and CEO, Crowe PR
LIVING THE GOOD LIFE ¢ The minute you walk into Saffron & Sage, founded by Cristin Smith, you feel 1,000 percent more relaxed and at ease. From premium natural products and essential oils to rejuvenating holistic treatments, this place oozes Zen, wellness… and Pinterest! www.saffronsageliving.com
WHISKEYED AWAY ¢ People around the country are buzzing about (and from) this amazing San Diego brand run by husband-wife duo, Steven and Brittany Merrill Yeng. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is smooth, delicious and perfect for any occasion—and don’t even get me started on the endless cocktail creations! www.skrewballwhiskey.com
TRAVEL...WITHOUT THE BAGGAGE ¢ You know how flight times rarely match your check-in times? Launched at the San Diego airport by CEO and Founder Crystal Browning, Baggage Nanny stores your luggage so you can explore the city bag-free! They then deliver your bags whenever and wherever you want. Genius! www.baggagenanny.com
LAYING DOWN THE LAW ¢ Run by awesome husbandand-wife team, Craig and Kelly DuFord, DuFord Law is changing the legal game.
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Not only are they fantastic at protecting businesses and setting companies up for success, they make legal help accessible and have a great corporate culture. www.dufordlaw.com
AMERICA’S FITTEST CITY
¢ What I love about Fit City
Adventures is that it gets people moving in a fun, creative way. Founder Angela Minardi puts active teambonding itineraries together for groups, allowing people to experience San Diego and create lasting memories. www.fitcityadventures.com
HEALTHCARE HERO ¢ This San Diego company was founded by one of my favorite women, Dr. Kristin L. Kahle. It makes healthcare reform compliance easy for businesses. While it doesn’t sound as sexy as whiskey or massages, NavigateHCR protects American businesses, which is huge. www.navigatehcr.com
GO CROWE ¢ Nothing makes me happier professionally than getting to work with good people, help other businesses grow and be a part of an innovative work environment. So, getting to see my team, clients and culture flourish is incredible. www.crowepr.com
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“For a midday pick-me-up, I’ll frequent the new One Paseo Del Mar, conveniently located down the street from our studio.”
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THISTLE MAKE YOUR DAY ¢ It’s not hard to convince me to take a trip to City Farmers Nursery. The beautiful grounds are filled with an abundant variety of plants and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Plus, the most adorable animals. www.cityfarmersnursery.com
UNO MOSS ¢ For a midday pick-me-up, I’ll frequent the new One Paseo Del Mar, conveniently located down the street from our studio. A matcha latte from Parakeet Cafe and a browse through the greenery at Pigment provide ample inspiration for me back in the shop. www.onepaseo.com
SERIOUSLY BLOSSOM ¢ One of my favorite places to take visitors is Balboa Park. I particularly love it when the Rose Garden is in full bloom or when we design a wedding in the historic Japanese Friendship Garden. www.balboapark.org
ALOE THERE ¢ On Wednesdays, you can find me exploring my favorite farmers market in San Diego. The market starts at 4 p.m., but my favorite time to arrive
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is when the sun begins to dip below the clouds. More often than not, you’ll catch a postcard sunset. www.northparkmainstreet.com
ROOTIN’ FOR YA! ¢ When it comes to house plants, North Park Nursery is one of my first stops. They feature a unique and changing blend of plants that are easy to tend to and liven up any space. www.northparknursery.com
IT’S UNBELEAFABLE ¢ After happy hour, we might pop down the street to Kindred for dinner. You hardly miss a beat with an all-vegan menu. Seriously, plant-based never tasted so good! Plus, they have delicious cocktails. Try the Cosmic Key—made with Amaro Montenegro, rosé, grapefruit, cucumber and bitters. www.barkindred.com
FROM “CACTI” TO “CACTUS” ¢ The San Diego Botanic Garden is pure magic. There’s always something new in bloom, so you can get a different experience with each season— it’s one of my favorite wedding venues for this very reason! www.sdbgarden.org
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Kind Design in Mind Jina Javier, the Mind Behind Leo by Liv3, Talks Style, Simplicity and Self-Care WRITTEN BY: KERI BRIDGWATER • PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: AMBER THRANE
“I envisaged creating this escape and place of calm, but with a cozy at-home vibe as well.” ––Jina Javier
Expert : Jina Javier Credentials: Owner and Founder, Leo by Liv3 Step 1
• “What’s your business, and who are you hoping to serve? Hone in on your message and feeling that you want the space to create for your clients. For wellness and self-care, it should be warm and inviting—transseasonal fabrics like velvet and natural elements, such as living plants, help soften the environment.”
• “Collaborate with like-minded creatives to help bring your vision to life. I followed Solstice Interiors on Instagram and knew I wanted to work with [Founder] Katie Gebhardt. In turn, Katie introduced me to the Moniker guys. During a tour of their studios, it was pure luck that I met Janie Rochfort, who ended up creating our mural.”
• “Design should feel timeless. Don’t be so trendy that you just
become known for being an Instagram spot because what’s the longevity in that? Create a space that feels authentic and true to your style.”
• “I’m a big believer in intuitive decisionmaking, but sometimes, it’s good to sleep on things when choosing key items like paint colors, fabrics and materials. And when it comes to decor, don’t be afraid to alternate price-points by mixing custom pieces with high street finds.”
• “Consider incorporating extra feel-good touches—it’s often the little things people appreciate or notice the most. Our self-reflection postcards (a collaboration with Hatched Collective) that clients can send to themselves and the “Be Good to Yourself” decal on the floor are two great examples.”
A KonMari Method devotee, Jina Javier counts megahit book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by pro-organizer Marie Kondo as the source of a fresh perspective and the aesthetic inspiration behind her first solo business venture, Leo by Liv3. Javier, who co-owns and operates San Marcos lifestyle boutique Liv3 with her sisters, opened the designforward nail salon and wellness space last December. From establishing an initial concept and collaborating with designers to sourcing accent decor, beautiful spaces don’t just happen—they take time and dedication. The perfect balance of modern meets bohemian whimsy, North Park nail bar and wellness space Leo was a labor of love from concept to completion. Here, Javier shares, in her words, her top five steps in creating a meaningful business with an inviting and trendy, yet timeless aesthetic. 42 LOCALE MAGAZINE
LEO BY LIV3 3104 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 619.458.9088 | www.leobyliv3.com JINA JAVIER @jinajavier
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Hidden Oasis Ú Bordered by impossibly tall pines, scenic Lake Fulmor is 10 miles south of Idyllwild on State Route 243. The onemile lakeside loop, wooden fishing pier and birdlife here make it well worth a stop.
Into the Wild Ú With hiking opportunities galore, hit the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail, a comfortable 5.2 miles out-and-back just north of town that rewards visitors with postcard-worthy views of Strawberry Valley and Tahquitz Rock.
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MOUNT SAN JACINTO STATE PARK www.stateparks.com
Get a taste of the seasons in Idyllwild! Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains just over an hour from Palm Springs, this quintessential California mountain town is big on charm and makes for a perfect day trip destination. Nicknamed the “Yosemite of the South”—and with a mile-high altitude of over 5,400 feet—Idyllwild’s alpine forests and hiking trails are popular with outdoorsy types. But with a thriving downtown, artsand-culture-minded visitors have plenty of exploring to do, from locally-owned galleries and boutiques to wine tasting and delectable dining.
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Post-Hike Refuel Ú Head back into town for lunch. This cheery spot does a great bottomless “Bubbles and Brunch” on weekends, or try hearty cheese plates, flatbreads and soups during the week (plus wine and beer tastings).
Carnivore Candy Ú Idyllwild’s go-to gourmet grocery store stocks a wide range of take-home treats, including all-natural elk, venison and wild boar jerky, alongside a variety of specialty food items from hot sauces and preserves to Amish popcorn.
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1:30 p.m. Treasure Hunt Ú There’s an eclectic assortment of curiosities and cool finds, including first editions, old vinyls and even unopened VHS tapes straight from the ’80s waiting to be discovered at this mecca for all things vintage. THE FUNKY BAZAAR 951.468.4124 44 LOCALE MAGAZINE
4 p.m. Buon Appetito Ú A long-standing favorite local hangout— swing by for happy hour or an early bird dinner (the traditional and specialty pasta dishes are standouts). Then, enjoy live music and another glass of wine on the patio. CAFE AROMA cafearomaidyllwild.com
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Something Sweet Ú One of the oldest family-run businesses in town does a mean shaved ice (They have a wide range of flavors!) and stocks vintage candy such as Pop Rocks and Turkish Taffy. They have handmade chocolates and treats like frozen bananas, too.
Sideways Sips Ú Make time for a tasting at this buzzy boutique winery with a gallery that showcases local art. Specializing in Bordeaux varietals, don’t miss their special reserve reds, which are produced in small 25 to 50-case lots. MIDDLE RIDGE WINERY www.middleridge.com
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6 p.m. Catch a Flick Ú This charming 1950s-era movie theater has comfy seats and blankets, freshly-made popcorn and features all the
latest Hollywood releases. Tickets cost $5 on Monday through Thursday and $10 on weekends.
THE RUSTIC THEATRE www.rustictheatre.com
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AT T E N T I O N FOR SIX SECONDS YouTube Sensation Toddy Smith Is Keeping It Real On- and Off-Screen WRITTEN BY: DASH FINLEY • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TRAVIS MCCOY STYLED BY: TERESITA MADRIGAL • GROOMED BY: LEXI KLEYLA LOCALE MAGAZINE 47
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“I got my start...making videos on Vine with my friend Scotty [Sire]. We would get off our shift bartending and then just go home and make stupid stuff together.” —TODDY SMITH
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It’s just past 8 a.m. in a slightly muggy studio space in Downtown LA, but T O D D Y S M I T H is ready to roll. Both literally, insofar as his seemingly boundless supply of energy, and figuratively, since he’s strolled in holding a Canon XF100 Camcorder. Then again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the 28-year-old Smith has made a name for himself as a prolific content creator, boasting over one million subscribers on YouTube and 2.4 million followers on Instagram. Smith’s fans respond in droves to his content, which runs the gamut from sincere video diaries and slice-of-life travel vlogs to irreverent comedy bits—all delivered with a 20-gigawatt smile and a sense of candid authenticity. But despite his rapid ascent up the new-media ladder, today offers Smith a chance to take on the most tested of old-media rituals: the photoshoot.
Before long, a thrum of activity ensues as wardrobe, hair, grooming and lighting are all set up simultaneously. Flashy outfits from upmarket designers like Gucci, William Lei and Menlo House are paraded out and probingly considered. Amidst the maelstrom, however, Smith seems serenely composed. Perhaps the soaring trajectory of his career has prepared Smith for this moment, or perhaps he’s comforted by the presence of long-time friend Darren Nuzzo, who’s looking around the set in slightly more wideeyed fashion. Nuzzo’s known Smith since they were both just two creatively-inclined kids attending Edison High School in their scenic hometown of Huntington Beach. Then, after graduation, Smith began splitting his time between attending college near Orange County and working as a bartender at numerous SoCal nightspots. There, Smith says, “I got my start...making videos on Vine with my friend Scotty [Sire]. We would get off our shift bartending and then just go home and make stupid stuff together.” But for the young audience on Vine—the then-nascent six-second video app—these videos were anything but stupid, and Smith had soon amassed over 330,000 followers on the platform. On Oct. 27, 2016, cataclysm struck when Vine’s parent company, Twitter, tanked the financially unstable app, disabling all uploads permanently. “[One minute] I was living in a house in LA with four other Viners, which was fun...then Vine died, and everyone panicked,” recalls Smith. “At first,
they were all trying to make Facebook videos. Then, people were realizing they could make money off YouTube videos, so I started getting into that as well, and I found this passion for making [longerform] content.” On YouTube, Smith found his footing and hit his stride, building a new audience brick-by-brick. Nevertheless, Smith largely eschewed the need to embody an over-the-top character to garner views. Instead, he connects with viewers by giving them time to become acquainted with his naturally buoyant personality. The majority of Smith’s most popular videos do not rely heavily on scripts or structure; he instead employs a naturalistic véritè style, that depicts their subject in his natural habitat—whether it be it at home or on the road, hanging out or light-heartedly goofing around with a host of fellow YouTube creators such as Jason Nash, Matt King and Jeff Wittek. “I am funny in real life, but when I make videos, I try to capture what’s actually happening with me and my friends,” states Smith. “It’s slowerpaced than a typical vlog that’s just cut-cut-cut... I’m not a stand-up comedian. When [the humor] happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m not trying to force it. I want people to feel something when they watch my videos and to really experience the emotion that I’m feeling at that time.” In regards to the full breadth of his content, Smith can perceive a definite progression on display. “It’s like growing up with us over the last few years,” he remarks. “[It’s] the evolution of ourselves.”
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Beach, Please •One of the bars Smith worked at was Fred’s Mexican Café, a noted Huntington Beach establishment known for its sizzling fajitas and towering house margaritas.
Just Rum With It •Smith’s first Vine that really took off was entitled “DAT 151 RUM,” a humorous take on the notoriously high potency of that alcoholic beverage.
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Rockin’ It •Fashion-wise, Smith is always interested in trying different looks, according to wardrobe stylist Teresita Madrigal. She remarks, “He’s a rockstar at heart, so he’s always open to a [new] aesthetic.”
Back to Reality •Smith’s first experience with traditional media was an appearance on the reality show “Sweet Home Alabama,” wherein city men compete with country gents for the love of a Southern belle. Smith appeared on the show’s fourth season, but was eliminated just after making the top three.
One for the Books •When asked to choose a highlight from his book, Smith picked a diary entry from his travels to Thailand, while Nuzzo selected the preface and prologue as the strongest pieces.
Screen Sensation •Of all his YouTube videos, Smith says his absolute favorite is the latest installment of “Just The Diaries,” a semiimprovised comedy series in the vein of “The Office.”
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“I’m not a stand-up comedian. When [the humor] happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m not tr ying to force it.” —TODDY SMITH
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“Before [the videos], I started writing short stories a number of years ago, and that’s where I truly found my passion for making stuff.” —TODDY SMITH
Back in real-time at the studio, Smith brings this ethos to life, gamely making his way through the gamut of outdated technology over the course of the shoot— twirling the cord of an old landline phone around himself and mugging while yelling into a chunky ‘90s cell. Smith is particularly taken by a series featuring a purple blazer inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. “I’m gonna post that one to Instagram when we’re done here!” he quips. But, never does he light up more than when paired for a shot with his old pal Nuzzo, both clad in ensembles that conjure to mind a ‘70s cop show duo. When someone jokes that Nuzzo is the brains and Smith is the brawn, he selfdeprecatingly chuckles along and strikes a Starsky & Hutch-style pose, employing his skill at taking a punchline to its logical endgame. “I’m trying to enjoy [it all],” he says with a grin. “But with each step I make, I say, ‘I’m not gonna be happy until this next thing is achieved.’ And then when it is, I start thinking, ‘what’s next?’” As it turns out, what’s next for Smith and Nuzzo is no prime-time mystery—the pair recently wrote a book together, titled “I’ll Give You a Dollar If You Consider This Art.” This latest effort, which came out in October, is a source of great pride for Smith, who sees it as a natural next step. “Before [the videos], I started writing short stories a number of years ago, and that’s where I truly found my passion for making stuff,” he says. “The creative process behind the book started years ago, when Darren and I were both experiencing different things in our lives, and we started putting them into action on the page. We were both going to school at the time, and we would talk about creating this, but we never thought it would really happen... So it’s been an ongoing process for some time. We have this email chain that started and sparked everything... We would send work back and forth, edit each other’s stuff and it all just grew from there.”
Much like Smith’s diverse output on YouTube, “I’ll Give You a Dollar...” is a kitchen-sink compendium consisting of poems, comics, short stories, diary entries and philosophical treatises. “Now we’re creating art in this new media world where everyone’s putting content out on these different platforms, from YouTube to Instagram, to Reddit, to Twitter,” says Nuzzo. “So we didn’t just sit down and say, ‘Let’s write a novel.’ We said, ‘Maybe we’ll start writing a novel for five days, then maybe three poems, and we’ll do comics for a week…’ It took us a while to embrace that we were so diverse and could take on a variety of different genres.” Smith agrees wholeheartedly, stating, “It’s how people consume media now. Everything is very quick. It flows nicely how we set this up because everyone today, myself included, has a very short attention span... But the book also shows a different side of myself and what I’m capable of. The stories are fiction, but they come from a non-fictional place about my life and Darren’s life. When [fans] read it, they’ll experience what we have over the course of our lives. It captures a human connection between two people.” No one can say for sure where said life-course will take Smith next. But as he flashes that perfect smile while standing atop an old tube TV in his slick leather drivers like a conquering hero, it feels like the smart man’s bet would be up, up and away. If you ask Smith, however, he remains everpragmatic about the future, joking about how the next generation of consumers seems to be moving over to new platforms like TikTok. In facing the winds of change, Smith knows he must also grow with the times. “When I think about the young kids who are watching me now, I remember that they’re going to get older too,” he remarks with a sly grin. “And one day, they will be the people in charge—the casting directors and company heads. Hopefully, they’ll remember me then, too.”
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BALTIC SANDS Meet the Minds Behind These Completely SelfSustainable Homes
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“Off the grid doesn’t mean rustic,” explains Ida Alwin, one of the owners of Baltic Sands Properties, an environmentally sensitive desert design company. The idea of fully sustainable homes was born in the winter of 2016, when Ewa & Jacques Marais came to the desert to visit Alwin, their niece. Today, Alwin is Owner and Operations Manager of the company, and Ewa Marais is the CEO. Marais is an interior designer whose work has been featured in many decor magazines and has designed homes for many years in South Africa. Alwin comes from a career in TV production in London. Her love for the desert brought her to Johnson Valley, California, where she built a prototype sustainable home.
“They’re completely solar powered… We use minisplits—one of the most energy efficient products on the market—to heat and cool the homes.” —Ida Alwin
“We were always interested in environmentally sensitive housing, but Ida approached us with a business plan,” Marais says. “My husband and I thought it was a really great idea. Who better to partner with than somebody who’s as passionate about it as Ida?”
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According to Alwin, Baltic Sands homes are completely 100 percent off-grid, and each has its own well. “They’re completely solar powered,” she points out. “We use mini-splits—one of the most energy efficient products on the market—to heat and cool the homes.” In addition to their ability to control the temperature in individual rooms, mini-splits utilize air purifiers, she adds. They’re powered by solar panels, and energy is converted from the solar panels to the homes. Each home also comes with its own backup generator.
According to Alwin, Baltic Sands homes are completely 100 percent off-grid, and each has its own well.
“We were always interested in environmentally sensitive housing.” —Ewa Marais Home Sweet Home • Who is Baltic Sands’ ideal home buyer? “Because we’re not building in highly populated areas, they’re usually vacation or secondary homes,” Alwin states. “Or people who run businesses like Airbnb.” Good for All • Marais notes that as their company expands, they would like to build homes for people in various economic brackets. “In the future, we could build sustainable low-cost cabins for communities in rural areas.”
The first Baltic Sands home, JT1, sold very quickly as an Airbnb property, and JT2 is currently on the market at $799,000. Both have sleek, contemporary designs, an open floor plan and high ceilings. Two more sustainable homes are being designed in nearby Pioneertown, in addition to a third in Joshua Tree. “We have a strong vision,” says Alwin. “We want to bring off-grid, sustainable living to a mass market.”
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NOT D I STURB 43 Amazing Hotels Youâ€™ll Never Want to Check Out Of
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ORANGE COUNTY OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST HOTELS IN ORANGE COUNTY FOR ANY OCCASION
Well-Cultured Trendsetter Who Wants to Experience Quintessential Orange County Culture, fashion and great food intersect perfectly in Costa Mesa, and the Four Diamond awardwinning Avenue of the Arts Hotel is the ultimate destination for the sophisticated traveler. Located in the Theatre and Arts District as well as adjacent to shopping mecca, South Coast Plaza, this luxurious, contemporary hotel that offers attentive service is loved by guests. For the last two years, Avenue of the Arts has won the Hotel of the Year Award from Marriott as well as glowing reviews from happy travelers. Rooms are beautifully appointed with hardwood floors, modern art and free WiFi. Relax at The Silver Trumpet’s newlyrenovated outdoor patio with fire pits and TVs, workout at the fitness center or take a dip in the sparkling pool. If you have come to see a show or shop till you drop, indulge in either and then end your day in complete satisfaction in the cozy comfort of your lovely suite.
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TA K E A V O W Ú Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is the perfect spot for your event and is a favorite of OC couples who want an unforgettable wedding experience. Say your vows in the beautiful Garden Retreat or lakeside and then celebrate with delicious cuisine in the Grand Ballroom. TH A NK S A BR UNC H Ú Even if you are not a hotel guest, you can enjoy a fabulous Sunday brunch lakeside with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys at
The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar. C URTA IN C A L L Ú The best location in OC for theater buffs and shopaholics, Avenue of the Arts Hotel is within walking distance to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. L IFE’S A BEA C H Ú Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and your choice of OC Beaches (Huntington, Newport, Laguna, Dana Point and San Clemente) are all within 30 minutes of Avenue of the Arts Hotel.
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In many ways, Avenue of the Arts Hotel is one of the most quintessential Orange County hotel destinations. Whether you’re the type to stay on-property and enjoy the amenities or venture off and explore, making this hotel your hub won’t disappoint. From the stylish suites that’ll make you want to stay in all day to the hotel’s bounty of near-by attractions like sandy beaches, luxury shopping and amusement parks, Avenue of the Arts Hotel surely proves that OC lives up to the hype.
AVENUE OF THE ARTS COSTA MESA, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 3350 Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.751.5100 www.avenueoftheartshotel.com
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front of you on the Ocean Lawn at the Paséa Hotel & Spa.
Dreamy Wedding Destinations SAY “I DO” TO THESE OC HOTEL VENUES
FO R T HE WILD C HIL D COU PLE Ú Wedding festivities will be as breezy as the blue Pacific right in front of you on the Ocean Lawn at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. After the vows, you and your guests will love dancing the night away overlooking the beautiful Huntington Beach. PASÉA HOTEL & SPA 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 855.622.2472 www.meritagecollection. com/pasea-hotel
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Ú The Rotunda at The Resort at Pelican Hill is the ultimate spot for the perfect dream wedding. The ocean views and lush green lawns coupled with the Renaissance dome and columns all make for something out of a fantasy. With all the incredible amenities the resort has to offer, you’ll realize wedding dreams can come true, right on the Newport Coast.
Ú For ocean lovers, the perfect spot for a coastal-vibe wedding is The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. High on a 150foot bluff overlooking the Pacific and surrounded by blooming flowers, this unforgettable location will amaze the happy couple and give their guests a ceremony they will never forget.
Ú Monarch Beach Resort’s luxurious atmosphere and views of the pristine coastline are perfection. Say your vows in the Mediterraneanstyle Botanical Garden under a white marble Roman gazebo. Whether you have hundreds of guests or just a few, your celebration will be uniquely impressive.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 949.240.2000 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ hotels/california/lagunaniguel
MONARCH BEACH RESORT 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 monarchbeachresort.com
THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd Newport Coast, CA 92657 855.467.6800 www.pelicanhill.com
FO R TH E R O MA NTIC W H O WA NTS D INNER W ITH A S ID E O F S UNS ET LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA 25135 Park Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 949.661.5000 www.marriott.com/ hotels/travel/snadplaguna-cliffs-marriottresort-and-spa
F OR T HE NATU RE L OV I N G CO U P L E Ú Calling all outdoorsy types: it doesn’t get better than The Harvest Lawn at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. The steep canyon walls showcase the rustic, natural beauty of the venue with Laguna Beach in all its glory just on the other side. A fantastic blend of serenity, nature and upscale amenities make The Ranch a truly unique wedding spot in Orange County. THE RANCH AT LAGUNA BEACH 31106 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.499.2271 www.theranchlb.com
FO R TH E S UR FER W H O W IS H ES TH EY C O UL D L IV E O N TH E S A ND NOMADS HOTEL 101 Avenida Serra San Clemente, CA 92672 949.492.6000 www.stayatnomads.com
FO R TH E S H O PA H O L IC O N A N UNL IMITED S H O P P ING S P R EE LIDO HOUSE 3300 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.524.8500 lidohousehotel.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 61
THE WESTGATE HOTEL 1055 2nd Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.238.1818 www.westgatehotel.com
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SAN DIEGO BEST OF THE WESTS
World Traveler Who’s Homesick for California You don’t have to travel to the Palace of Versailles to experience French antiques and tapestries, Persian rugs and crystal chandelier decor, as The Westgate Hotel San Diego offers all of that and then some. Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, the 223-deluxe room (160 of those are kings) hotel offers an exodus to another world, waiting with open arms for the ideal staycation hug. And since that hug comes in a world that is decidedly French-inspired, it makes perfect sense that The Westgate offers a restaurant that is très chic. French-style architecture and decor spill over into The Westgate Room, where you’ll find savory beef tenderloin, as well as an array of seafood from lobster to Bay scallops paired with Baja Prawn. Delicious California cuisine with French influences certainly supports The Westgate’s emphasis on wellness, as stimulated taste buds and warm bellies are evidence of that. But The Westgate Hotel takes it to a whole new level with its AquaVie Spa. There are few places in the heart of a major city where you can find relaxation, peace and quiet, but the AquaVie Spa not only offers just that within its private walls, but also advanced wellness treatments. Since health is a theme for staycationers at The Westgate, you won’t be disappointed by the 40,000 square feet of “sleek custom-designed workout spaces” at the AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club. Not only does it offer 200 cardio and weight machines, which eclipses most local gyms, but also spin classes, pool access and even a running track on the fourth floor, all of which allow you to zone out while you workout, and zone in on stunning downtown San Diego views. WRITTEN BY: MATTHEW J. BLACK 62 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL AND SPA www.catamaranresort.com
ANDAZ SAN DIEGO www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ california/andaz-san-diego/sanas
THE WESTIN CARLSBAD RESORT & SPA 5480 Grand Pacific Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.827.2800 www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/ sanwc-the-westin-carlsbad-resort-and-spa
Photography Provided By: The Westgate Hotel | The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa: Visit Carlsbad
A GO O D WALK. . . SPO ILED? Ú Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” but he should’ve added that if the first tee is a short walk from your bed, golf becomes a walk improved. Hone your putting skills on The Crossings’ 10,000 square-foot green, while golfing in cool breezes with ocean views.
T h e Tr ave l e r Who Wa nts to L i v e a n d E at L i k e a S a n D i e g o L oca l
The Vacati oner Who ’s a Hotel Body a n d B a si cally Pai d f o r the Beach V i ews
L’AUBERGE DEL MAR www.laubergedelmar.com
TOWER 23 HOTEL www.t23hotel.com
Th e Influencer Wh o Wants to R ent a Cabana Wi th Th eir Insta- Famous Fr i ends THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL, SWIM CLUB & BUNGALOWS www.lafayettehotelsd.com
Local in Search of the Perfect Staycation The friendly Westin staff offers a free shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the resort, and within that area is Carlsbad Village and no shortage of activities and food to keep you occupied. But that’s assuming you’d even want to leave the resort in the first place, as the Mediterraneanstyle hotel offers everything from entertainment to first class relaxation. After a day out at the beach or golfing at the adjacent The Crossings 18-hole golf course, you may want to take time to treat yourself at the Ocean Pearl Spa. Their healing body treatments are enhanced by products and methods inspired by the sea, relaxing visitors with services such as the Vitamin Sea Massage or the Mermaid Facial. And of course, what day would be complete without a world-class dinner eaten while watching a stunning sunset view? The 20|Twenty, named for the picturesque, near-panoramic view of the western sky, will have you warming up next to a fire pit while the ocean breeze kisses you as it blows through your hair. Locallysourced food is the restaurant trend these days, but 20|Twenty is a class above, proven by their constant rotation of ingredients and cocktails based on the best locally sourced ingredients. For the casual eater and drinker, The Westin Carlsbad also offers the 7 Mile Kitchen, which serves pizza and beer on tap—‘nough said. But the designers of this coastal retreat had Southern Californians in mind when they included a complete rental service for athletic gear. So if you want to use “forgetting your runners” as an excuse for not working out during your staycation, you’re fresh out of luck.
The Brood ing W his k e y L ove r W ho Enjoy s t he Fine r Thing s in L if e PENDRY SAN DIEGO www.pendry.com/san-diego
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GREATER PALM SPRINGS
Instagram-Happy Travel Influencer One of the desert’s most iconic hot spots has been seducing high-profile guests since the late 1950s—even Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra have walked these heavenly halls. Today, social media influencers flock to this hotel, and it’s no wonder why! The Riviera seamlessly blends Old Hollywood charm with modern aesthetics, giving guests plenty of social content. From the moment you enter the hotel, you’ll be inspired to take an OOTD in front of the green, mid-mod wall facade that you’ll see upon your arrival and throughout the hotel. A perfectly-placed seat and mirror hanging on a wall of lush greenery is the ideal spot to take a selfie with your squad.
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With photo-ready backdrops to be found in every area of the Riviera, from the artsy cabanas to the boho-themed lounge areas, it won’t be hard to curate an enviable Instagram feed. WRITTEN BY: LAUREN MCCARRAN
Photography Provided By: Riviera Palm Springs
Be sure to take photo advantage at Cafe Palmetto—seated in front of the palm-themed wallpaper, of course! Boost your likes with one of their award-winning bloody marys or a handcrafted beer. The swanky Cantala Restaurant is reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour and has a customizable California-inspired menu. For a more seductive ambiance, stop by the dark and retro Gypsy Rose bar and try one of their signature cocktails like the Jalisco Mule, made with Cazadores Blanco, lime juice, agave nectar and ginger beer, or the Anti-Oxidant Mojito, loaded with rum, berries, pomegranates and mint.
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e The first hotel to be built from the ground up in over a decade has become one of the best places to stay amongst influencers and one of the most Insta-worthy spots in Palm Springs. ARRIVE offers tech-savvy service, gorgeous aesthetics and plenty of photoops—everything an influencer could ever want!
GET THE GRAM AT THESE INSTA-WORTHY SPOTS IN ARRIVE PALM SPRINGS
RAISE THE ROOF Ú Upon your arrival, be sure to notice the sleek lines of the butterfly roof and maybe snap a quick selfie.
WEX ON, WEX OFF Ú Poolside bites and drinks are provided by Wexler’s @ ARRIVE.
CHECK IT OUT Ú Be warned—the chic modern vibe, poolside “divein” movies and rooms will make you want to take up permanent residency.
GET GROUNDED Ú The herringbone floors add more textural design leading into the ultra-modern and luxurious bathrooms.
Photography Provided By: ARRIVE Palm Springs | Jeff Mindell
LIFE OF THE POOL PARTY Ú Rotating DJs, live music sessions, bocce, poolside yoga, communal fire pits and beer pong tournaments are just some of the fun to be had.
Native Knowledge Ú All hotel guests must be over 21, but guests of all ages are welcome to the restaurants onproperty.
THE POST WITH THE MOST Ú The entire super-hip boutique hotel begs to be Instagrammed and its minimalist modern design will surely attract followers and increase your impressions. 9 4
SLEEK AND CHIC Ú All 32 rooms are decorated with a neutral palette, patterned wallpaper, leather chairs, wooden accents and king-sized beds.
OH, WHEELY? Ú You can even rent a retro bike to pose for a pic and take a cruise around Downtown.
HAVE A NICE DAY(BED) Ú The clean lines of the exterior extend through the hotel and out to the cabana and lounge chairsrimmed pool, which is open to the public!
People Who Have GeoTagged ARRIVE 1. @camillekostek 2. @iamrachelmccord 3. @shutthekaleup 4. @captainbarto 5. @engelauren 6. @dwrexx 7. @caseyharris_xa 8. @tylset 9. @undertheseascout 10. @cinnam_o.n
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MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA 45000 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.341.2200 www.miramonteresort.com
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GREATER PALM SPRINGS ALL FOR FUN AND FUN FOR ALL
Family That Stays Active Together A family that plays together stays together, so the next time you’re booking an escape to the desert, make sure to choose a resort that has something that kids of all ages can enjoy! Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is known for its plethora of activities for all ages and interests. The Miramonte also partners with Indian Wells Golf Resort across the street, granting their guests access to the course. Sprawling lush lawns are the perfect place to spend some quality time with the kids. Toss around some bean bags with a game of cornhole, test your strategy and balance with giant Jenga or team up and challenge each other to a few rounds of ladder ball and bocce ball. Once it’s time to unwind, this hotel with stunning views and sprawling gardens has three pools for you and the fam to splash around in. In addition to family-friendly suites, stay during the summer for special packages! And parents, if you’d like to take a break, Miramonte’s award-winning Well Spa offers nine indoor treatment rooms and three outdoor relaxation spaces that reflect desert tranquility. You don’t have to leave the hotel grounds to have a good time, and your children won’t have to frolic far to find entertainment. Miramonte is conveniently located close to many desert activities such as hiking trails, The Palm Springs Aerial Tram, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens and the Children’s Discovery Museum—all perfect activities for a family outing.
The Saguaro Palm Springs
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Ú Bask in all the colors of the rainbow with a cocktail in hand at this always exciting desert oasis. The vibrant energy is kept alive by regular entertainment day and night, providing a sure-fire way to an unadulterated good time. THE SAGUARO PALM SPRINGS www.thesaguaro.com/palm-springs
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Ú This go-to hipster retreat is the epitome of California cool with an eclectic vibe and a lively party scene. The retro-inspired bar has 21 craft beers on tap. Day passes are available for $20 from 12-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Weekend rates increase to $30. ACE HOTEL www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111 www.laquintaresort.com
Poolside Pur veyor of Cocktails As we all know, adulting is pretty hard, but at La Quinta Resort & Club, it’s all about celebrating your adulthood! And what better way to celebrate than by enjoying a poolside cocktail at a gorgeous resort in Coachella Valley? Hint hint: it’s a bubbly happy hour featuring champagne, sunsets and the sounds of splashing socialites.
Photography Provided By: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa | La Quinta Resort & Club
For many of us, the mere mention of a good happy hour is enough to spread smiles and spark inspiration. But you can take it to the next level in the desert, where the hour is happiest when it’s dipped in a pool while staring at a stunning backdrop of purple mountains and clear skies. PLUNGE is La Quinta Resort & Club’s adults-only pool, and together with Veuve Clicquot, they host a high-spirited soirée, Aprés Swim. The HH menu features bubbling libations sure to keep you refreshed while you chill hard at this super cool swim lounge. We recommend the local fave, the La Quinta Cooler made with mint, cucumber and the drink of the hour—Veuve Clicquot. Come dressed in your poolside best or whatever you’re comfortable in! The laid-back vibe is open to anyone with an interest in a good time. Escape your day or start your night at Aprés Swim every Thursday through Saturday from 3-6 p.m., with Fridays and Saturdays reserved for resort guests only.
Ú Your inner child can romp through Splashtopia Water Park’s 425-foot long lazy river while enjoying an Icee with an adult twist—vodka or rum, anyone? If you prefer to play with kids your own age, there is an adults-only pool as well. OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA www.omnihotels.com/hotels/palm-springs-rancho-las-palmas
Ú High Bar is a unique blend of style and sophistication with an array of artisan cocktails to sip on like the Highway 111, made with bourbon, demerara, roasted dates and bitters. Day passes are available Monday through Friday for $30, but the pool is closed to the public on weekends. KIMPTON ROWAN www.rowanpalmsprings.com
Ú When life gives you lemons, make a poolside order for a citron presse! Available to registered guests, Parker Palm Springs’ Lemonade Stand is a vibrant pop of color ready to add a little more sunshine to your already-beautiful day. PARKER PALM SPRINGS www.parkerpalmsprings.com
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LAS VEGAS MAKE TIME FOR ME TIME
STEP INTO PAR ADISE Ú The Waldorf Astoria is actually located in Paradise, Nevada, a very fitting place for a hotel located right next to some of Las Vegas’ most soughtafter sights, award winning restaurants and luxuriousness.
ESCAPE THE STR IP WITH A TR IP DO WN THE R ABBIT HO LE Ú The spa includes an option for a Wonderland manicure and pedicure, a perfectly topsy turvy tea party celebration for children ages six through 12, where young ones can have their nails painted and have a cup of the Mad Hatter’s tea.
Restless Vacationer in Need of Some Luxurious R&R
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WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89158 702.590.8888 www.waldorfastorialasvegas.com
The Waldorf Astoria spa was built to completely submerge people in 27,000 square feet of tranquility for both the body and mind. Not only do they offer massages, but they have 16 different treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, herbal steam rooms, experience showers, an ice fountain and even a salon to complete their pampering menu. Check out their tranquility day pass for an all day experience dedicated to immersing yourself in vitality pools, lancomium, herbal showers and much more. If you’re desiring some self-care time in between hitting the Strip, they also offer personalized massage combos to target just what you need on your vacation get away. Their spa services include restorative massages to ease any stress and quiet the mind, a crystal balance treatment which uses the healing energy of jade to restore harmony to the body, as well as aromatherapy oil massages with heated stones to relieve tension with ease. Are you heading to Las Vegas with someone special? They also offer a wide variety of couples massages, such as the karmic happiness ritual, heart of romance, and state of equilibrium to help two minds and bodies de-stress simultaneously and intimately. Of course, every spa experience wouldn’t be complete without putting on The Waldorf’s comfy robe and slippers to help you turn your vacation rest and relaxation dial all the way up. Vacation is always a great time for pampering, and the body scrubs, wellness awakening massages and detox wraps at The Waldorf Astoria spa brings enough luxury into your vacation to make you say ‘ahhhhhh,’ even if the slot games don’t.
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FO R TH E C L A S S IC IS T Ú The Vdara Suite puts a luxurious twist on what it means to be a home away from home, complete with a full living room and kitchen area with a cooktop, offering plenty of space to unwind after a long burning of the vacationers oil. VDARA HOTEL & SPA 2600 W Harmon Ave Las Vegas, NV 89158 866.745.7111 vdara.mgmresorts.com FO R TH E MO D ER NIS T Ú The Canyon Suite offers guests dazzling views of the canyon mountains, as well as two spacious bedrooms and an equally spacious bar that seats five for those nights when you choose to bring the party inside and dance the night away on beautiful marble floors.
RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA 11011 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89135 702.797.7777 luxurysuites.sclv.com
Photography Provided By: The Bathhouse Spa at The Delano: MGM Resorts International | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
FOR T HE C ULTURALLYINC L INED WHO W O ULD LIKE TO E XP E RIENCE A H AMMAM Ú The Sahra spa was inspired by the beauty of the desert’s vast sky, moonlit nights and sand, to provide a unique experience of tranquility. Natural walls threaded with silver, mirroring the looks of slot canyons, guide guests into their oasis. Their Hammam massage is a modern take on the historical tradition of purification through heat and renewal. It provides a unique combination of body detoxification and steam treatments with a heated motherstone slab, two whirlpools and stone loungers. THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.698.7000 cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
FO R T H E W I LD C LUBBE R I N N E E D O F A W E LLN E S S DE T O X FRO M T H E S T RI P Ú Canyon Ranch has been providing an award winning space for rejuvenation since 1999, and is the largest day spa in North America. Their spa suite, Aquavana, is complete with thermal spa cabins, purifying salt grotto and multisensory experiential rains. This is just one of 150 spa, fitness and wellness experiences offered at Canyon Ranch to create the perfect blend of rejuvenating relaxation and bursts of energy to recharge. What a break from the bustle! CANYON RANCH SPA + FITNESS 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 1159 Las Vegas, NV 89109 877.220.2688 canyonranch.com/las-vegas
F OR T HE T EN S E W OR K A HOL I C W HO N EED S A R EJU V EN AT I N G B AT H S OA K Ú The Delano BATHHOUSE Spa offers steam rooms and saunas,12 treatment rooms providing massages, wraps and facials, as well as a complete workout facility (just in case you get the workout bug while on vacation). Try out a Coconut Lime Escape Massage, Hydration Wrap or Wild Honey Body Treatment to truly relax the mind and body. THE BATHHOUSE SPA AT THE DELANO 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 877.632.9636 delanolasvegas. mgmresorts.com
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Ú Located inside the Wynn Tower, the spa at Wynn Las Vegas offers an intimate setting for visitors to relax and unwind. Their spa experiences are designed with maximum flexibility and customizable treatments, so that every guest can leave with their own unique and fulfilling experience. The Thai oil infusion massage, provides a higher level of relaxation through a combination of Thai stretching and Thai-influenced deep tissue techniques, leaving visitors feeling energized with a wider range of motion.
Ú The Bellagio Spa, Salon & Barber aims to bring a bit of nature into the world of health and wellness, providing varying treatments to complement each of the seasons. The Moroccan oil treatment provides the ultimate level of luxury and pampering, complete with a warm hydration wrap, a nutrient packed body soufflé massage, followed by the sprinkling of a delicate gold shimmer to leave your outside radiating as much as your inside.
WYNN LAS VEGAS 3131 Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.770.7000 www.wynnlasvegas.com
BELLAGIO LAS VEGAS 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.693.7111 bellagio.mgmresorts.com
FO R TH E C H IC Ú The Sunrise/Sunset Suite offers a wide expanse of windows to allow guests to rise with the sun in the morning and fall asleep staring at the colorful lights of Las Vegas at night, while also showing beautiful views of the Red Rock National Conservation Area to perfectly balance out the human and nature made masterpieces. FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY 3960 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.632.5000 www.fourseasons.com/ lasvegas FO R TH E BA L L ER Ú The Hardwood Suite has enough beds to fit 10 people, and it’s not a coincidence that that’s the perfect number for two pick-up teams, as this suite comes with a private basketball court and locker room. It’s perfect for those looking for some sporty competition while on vacation. Basketballs and scoreboard are included, but the game-winning shot is not. PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 69
HOTEL ANGELENO 170 N Church Ln Los Angeles CA 90049 310.476.6411 www.hotelangeleno.com
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LOS ANGELES W E S T C O A S T, B E S T C O A S T
Tourist Wanting the LA Experience Having trouble deciding on a spot for your stay in LA? The Hotel Angeleno combines the best of all worlds. With its central location on the west side just off the 405, it’s never been easier to get where you’re going. Plus, with the hotel’s unique cylindrical shape, you can choose a city view from any angle. Face oceanside to the west for a glimpse of Santa Monica, or east for the glittering skyline of downtown, and everything in between. Perched at the very top is WEST Restaurant, the crown jewel of the Angeleno. With a sleek bar and 360-degree views, “You can’t beat the view on a clear day,” says General Manager Rick Gluth of the posh eatery. If you’re feeling spendy, spring for one of three Fit For a King suites, which features a separate entertaining area, a media center with Bluetooth streaming and a personalized bar cart with handpicked liquors and snacks. When you curl up in a plush robe and take in a sunset from your private balcony on the 16th floor, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed among the stars.
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Th e Posh Beach g oer Loung i ng i n Luxur y
Th e Couple i n Need of a Second Honeymoon
HOTEL CASA DEL MAR www.hotelcasadelmar.com
THE SHADE HOTEL www.shadehotel.com
The S e e k e r of G ol d e n A g e G l a m our MILLENNIUM BILTMORE LOS ANGELES www.millenniumhotels.com
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.6700 www.loewshotels.com/santa-monica
Vacationer Craving Coastal Culture If beaching is your aim, you can’t get much closer than Loews Santa Monica. Just steps from the sand, you can get the full seaside experience right from your very own guest room, or treat yourself to an upgrade in a luxury suite with a variety of customized features (think fire pits and beach-level terraces). Light and airy just like the breeze along the coastline, each room is outfitted in creamy tones with coastal aquamarine accents. Enjoy various dining experiences located downstairs, including an alfresco feast of seafood and local cuisine at Ocean and Vine, curl up by a fire pit on a chilly late night at Blue Streak or take in casual, farmto-table fare at Bar Belle. Expect to be dazzled from your front-row seat of the sweeping views of the sparkling Pacific, and the dizzying lights of the Santa Monica Pier framed by the majestic mountains.
Photography Provided By: Hotel Angeleno | Loews Santa Monica Beach
“We take care of everything for our guests to ensure they have a well-rounded stay for the ultimate coastal getaway,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Marta Hagan. By day, get down with the local culture by taking a boogie boarding class or a private surf lesson (all arranged for you by the hotel concierge), and come nightfall, kick back and relax with a drink in hand.
T h e A r ti s a n With an A f fi ni ty f o r B ou ti q u e s
T he A r ti st Inspir ed b y Q u intessential Lo s Ang eles
FARMER’S DAUGHTER HOTEL farmersdaughterhotel.com
LINE LA thelinehotel.com/los-angeles
Th e Dr eamer Cr avi ng th e Celebr ity Li festyle WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
The S oc ia l it e W ho D rink s P ink y - Up R e g a rd l e s s of W ha t ’s in The ir G l a s s MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills
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If Walls Could Talk THESE LIVING WALLS ARE BRIDGING AGRICULTURE AND DECOR FOR A NATURAL FLAIR
• “I’ve always been intrigued by fishtail palms,” Wallace muses. “It’s one of those plants where you either love them or hate them.”
• Wallace reveals the next trendy plants are Philodendron Monstera, Calathea varieties and Fabian Aralias.
WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NATHAN WHELAN
In the plant kingdom, one man reigns as king of the jungle. That man is Greg Wallace. Nearly 40 years ago, a seed was planted that Wallace grew into a blooming—eh hem— we mean booming business. Stemming from his own Southern California roots, Wallace took over an Orange County botanical business in 1980 and, what started as a simple side gig, developed into four decades of working in the field of plants, and his company, Instant Jungle, is still thriving today.
Instant Jungle is an industry leader when it comes to the latest plant furnishing trend: living walls. These installations act as living, breathing art that can complement any personal or public space. When it comes to choosing your living wall, there are three different types of applications (tray, module or TerraScreen wall) to consider after deciding whether the plants will live inside or outside. Design concepts and aesthetic are meticulously mulled over, and a method to frame the wall and how it will adhere to its new vertical home are picked. Depending on which system is chosen, a living wall can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to install from start to finish. Instant Jungle works hand-in-hand with landscapers
and customers to ensure that the wall is functional, aesthetically pleasing and matches its surroundings. This form of agricultural art can range in scope from a single wall to an entire rooftop and everything in between.
Greg Wallace CEO, Instant Jungle
“Plants create a nice environment and ambiance and they just really enhance [an area]. We stage with plants to soften things, make them look warm and friendly,” says Wallace. While the living walls still remain one of the top trends in the flora field, Wallace acknowledges that “architectural plants are really popular again…[they are] coming back and making a stronger statement because it also kind of ties in with the drought-tolerant trend.” If you recall, droughttolerant plants began sprouting like weeds with all sorts of species of succulents invading the industry. Wallace jokes, however, that “we’ve had rain and we have short-term memory,” so he predicts this trend may soon be watered down, so to speak. Wallace explains, “The cool thing is we can use anything that is on the property. We have different decorative containers. We have different ways to wrap [our plants]. We offer underplanting so you can do a forest, a jungle…we can create the whole element or illusion, whatever you want to create.”
INSTANT JUNGLE 2560 S Birch St Santa Ana, CA 92707 714.850.9227 www.instantjungle.com
AINâ€™T NO MOUNTAIN NORTH ENOUGH
GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WRITTEN BY: BRIANNA ROMANO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRIANNA ROMANO AND ANDREA MARTINEZ
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A road trip
through the Canadian Rockies has always been on my bucket list, but it seemed so daunting that I postponed it until I was better equipped. Little did I know that there is something there for even the most novice of adventure seekers. From the turquoiseblue lakes and the towering jagged mountains to the abundant wildlife amid dense forest, this drive was undoubtedly the most scenic of my life. And if you’ve driven on the 74 Freeway in the summer months, navigating the stretch between Banff and Jasper is a piece of cake.
Banff Stay Ú A 90-minute drive from the Calgary airport, this little resort town is a perfect home base for exploring the surrounding area. Stay right in the heart of downtown at Mount Royal Hotel to be close to plenty of shops and restaurants, or for epic views of one of Banff’s most famous glacial lakes, experience the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. MOUNT ROYAL HOTEL 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7 Canada 866.606.6700 | www.banffjaspercollection. com/hotels/mount-royal-hotel FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 Canada 403.522.3511 | www.fairmont.com/lake-louise
Explore Ú Take the Banff Gondola to soak in a panoramic view of six mountain ranges from above. Pro tip: take the first gondola at 8:30 a.m. to secure a parking spot and have the viewing deck almost completely to yourself. The two most famous turquoise glacial lakes in the area are Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Going later in the day in the summer (after 4 or 5 p.m.) is encouraged if you want to ditch the crowds, and since there is daylight until about 10 p.m. in the summer, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the sights. Rent a canoe for an hour or enjoy one of 76 LOCALE MAGAZINE
the many hikes around the area. We rented a canoe at Moraine Lake, as it seemed to be less crowded and just as picturesque. If you’re feeling adventurous, take on The Devil’s Thumb climbers’ trail—a 7.4-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,897 feet—for an incredible view of both lakes at the top. If you’re like me and begin panting profusely at the slightest incline, the 1½-mile hike to Fairview Lookout at Lake Louise is good enough to catch a sight from above. Eat & Drink Ú If you’re a whiskey drinker, Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar is a must-stop. Be sure to try the Plain of Six Glaciers cocktail served with their housemade Park Glacier Rye, or try a Skoki Lodge, served with their Park Maple Rye and a scorched piece of wood on top of the glass to give it that smoky flavor. Maybe even take a bottle or two home with you to go along with a pizza from The Bear Street Tavern. Don’t forget their signature chili oil and honey mixture to dip the crust in! THE BEAR STREET TAVERN 211 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A1 Canada 403.762.2021 | www.bearstreettavern.ca PARK DISTILLERY RESTAURANT & BAR 219 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7 Canada 403.762.5114 | www.parkdistillery.com
FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE
[The Icefields Parkway] takes about 2 ½ hours to traverse, but keep in mind you will want to stop about every five minutes because the views are that amazing, and you might spot a bear like we did! COLUMBIA ICEFIELD DISCOVERY CENTRE
STARTING LINE Ú When planning your trip, note that there will most likely be no snow or ice in the summer, but driving in the winter is a completely different story. If you are not experienced in driving through snow, I recommend going from June through August. If you are going back to Calgary, you will be taking the same road back, so plan for stops on the way up and the way down. We did the Icefield experience on the way up and explored Peyto and Moraine Lake on our way down.
PAY THE FEES TO SAVE THE TREES Ú Be sure to pay the Banff National Park and/or Jasper National Park fees when driving into the city. It’s easy to drive past the toll booths; there are open lanes for cars that already have passes, so keep an eye out. If you don’t have your ticket on your dash, you will be fined. WHY SO BLUE? Ú As a glacier melts into a lake, it scrapes the bedrock, creating sediments or glacial silt that causes the water to appear bright turquoise and milky.
The two most famous turquoise glacial lakes in the area are Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Jasper Ú Once you finally make it to Jasper, book a stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, or for a little more rustic feel, drive a little further north to the secluded Overlander Mountain Lodge. Enjoy breakfast at the Sunhouse Cafe before making your way to Maligne Lake, one of the most Instagrammable places in Jasper National Park. FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada 780.852.3301 | www.fairmont.com/jasper
The Icefields Parkway Ú As you make your way up toward Jasper, you can catch a glimpse of Bow Lake from the road, and Peyto Lake is only a short 10-minute hike (and well worth the stop). The Icefields Parkway is the road between Banff and Jasper. It takes about 2 ½ hours to traverse, but you will want to stop about every five minutes because the views are that amazing, and you might spot a bear like we did! You can’t miss the receding Athabasca Glacier as you drive down the parkway. Ride in one of the massive buses up onto the glacier to see it up close or take a quick look at the bottom. If
you aren’t afraid of heights, a little bit down the road is the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, where you can step out onto a glass platform separating you from a 918-foot drop. Both of these experiences require a checkin and tickets at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, so book in advance. Also, keep in mind that these experiences will take a few hours, so be sure to factor that in when planning your day. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD DISCOVERY CENTRE AB-93, Jasper, AB T1L 1J3, Canada 866.506.0515 | www.banffjaspercollection. com/attractions/columbia-icefield
OVERLANDER MOUNTAIN LODGE 27010 Hwy 16, West Hinton, AB T7V 1X3 Canada 877.866.2330 www.overlandermountainlodge.com SUNHOUSE CAFE Jasper National Park of Canada 610 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada 780.852.4742 PEYTO LAKE
My Road Trip Essentials:
1. SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS Ú Be sure to download them before you leave!
Ú I take my Canon 6D with 24-195mm lens with me everywhere—don’t forget the extra SD cards and batteries.
3. NOCO JUMP STARTER
Ú There is nothing worse than your battery dying because someone left the lights on in the car.
4. PAPER OR DOWNLOADED MAPS OR A SATELLITE DEVICE
Ú You may find yourself without any cell service on the Icefields Parkway; I always bring my Garmin InReach Explorer+ with global satellite messaging and navigation.
5. MY ‘STICKY SITUATION’ GEAR
Ú Because I’m an overpreparer I also like to carry bear spray, five gallons of gas, an air compressor, tow rope, tire repair supplies, fuses and a shovel.
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Think Inside the Mox HAVE FUN, HANG OUT AND HOOK-UP AT MOXY SAN DIEGO
WRITTEN BY: DAN KREFFT PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MOXY HOTELS
They say you don’t just stay at Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp— you arrive! The youngest of Marriott’s next-generation boutique hotel brands, Moxy is the perfect place to stay and play on your next visit to America’s Finest City. Developed in partnership with J Street Hospitality and Azul Hospitality Group, Moxy San Diego is a vibrant and playful twist on the traditional hotel. Get all the feels without breaking your budget. It’s time to expose yourself to the magic that is Moxy.
Its stylish design and intoxicatingly sociable atmosphere invites guests to sit, sip and savor all night long.
Get Cozy • With intelligent and flexible design, guest rooms serve as an intimate space to retreat for the evening. Delivering a message of “less is more,” bedrooms feature an open storage concept and uncluttered ambience to stay and play. Don’t let its size fool you, Moxy San Diego prides itself in providing guests with the highest quality hotel experience and superior customer service. “We’re not snooty, not pretentious— just on point,” says Tim Billing, vice president of regional operations at Azul Hospitality Group. “Moxy San Diego bridges the gap so guests can understand without understanding.” Spirited
crew members make no excuse encapsulating what has become known as the “Moxy Mood.”
Forever Young • You’re only as young as you feel when you belly up to the bar at this happy hour hot spot. Part entryway, part lobby, part front desk, the Moxy Bar creatively doubles as both check-in and cocktail lounge. Pioneering and progressive in its approach, the hotel provides all the amenities of a traditional hotel in a unique and fun way. “It’s a style of blended hospitality that’s like a shot of attitude, with a conventional back,” Billing adds. “Moxy is just bloody cool!”
Work Hard, Play Harder
Its stylish design and intoxicatingly sociable atmosphere invites guests to sit, sip and savor all night long. Challenge your friends to a game of Pac-Man, Space Invaders or indoor shuffleboard. The hotel offers an all-day menu of graband-go bites and
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decadently delicious treats including breakfast burritos, burgers, sandwiches and their signature naan breads—perfect for that late-night snack attack. Need to get down to business? Moxy offers blazing fast (and free) Wi-Fi and a peaceful library plug-in zone to power through all those work emails.
• Things are seldom what they seem when you discover the hotel’s underground speakeasy, Room 56. Only the most wellread and connected travelers need apply.
• The hotel’s signature welcome cocktail blends dragon berry Bacardi, black cherry purée and simple lime juice. Just a little sweet because it wants to be.
If You Love Me, Let Me Know
• Bank some social currency by signing their digital guestbook. You’ll be the envy of your social network, just make sure to do it #AtTheMoxy.
At the Hub
• The Moxy acts as the hub for all things entertainment! From Petco Park to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, you’re sure to escape any and all feelings of boredom.
MOXY SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN/ GASLAMP QUARTER 831 Sixth Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.239.6699 www.marriott.com
DATE THE CI C ITY TY OF LA QUINTA
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When planning the perfect desert day trip, there is no place better than La Quinta. To capture the essence of this escape, we turned to the date-planning guru himself, Neal Hruby, Creator of Date the City. Follow Hruby and his date, Shaelee Hansen, as they explore five of the best date spots La Quinta has to offer. From channeling their artistic side at a pottery studio to raising their margarita-filled glasses at Adobe Grill, here’s where to go for your next La Quinta outing—Hrubyand-Hansen-style.
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Ù Art From the Heart • The Artisan Studios was originally a family’s house complete with a pool where the pond is now. After that, it became three different restaurants before finally converting to an artists’ playground.
Stop #2: Old Town Artisan Studios Ú As you enter into the Old Town Artisan Studios
amongst artists ranging from preschoolers to elderly retirees, your private art soirée awaits as you find your personal studio. This day, you’re opening your world to acrylic drip painting—a simple art style blended with incredible fun. You mix, stir, pour and watch as your creation comes to life. Blown away by what you’ve just created, you leave your masterpiece to dry as you head out to enjoy something still dripping. OLD TOWN ARTISAN STUDIOS 78046 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.1444 www.oldtownartisanstudios.org LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB
Date The City La Quinta Edition
Stop #1: La Quinta Museum
Ú The calm corners of Calle Estado inspire a calm
tucked into the Coachella Valley. To escape the heat, you sneak into the Spanish-styled La Quinta Museum. The friendly volunteer shows you where to discover the history of the valley's first inhabitants, the Cahuilla Indians. Dive into the origin of the valley's settlement, then finish things off with a ride down the iconic Route 66. Once you've had your fill of history, step back out to the present for a new kind of local past-time.
state of mind when you enter Casa Mendoza. You are likely to spot the day's social atmosphere: couples canoodling in the corner or friends clinking drinks at the bar—each revelling in a universe all of their own makings. After your first sip, you feel like family as you’re welcomed to chips, salsa and a front-row seat to the Mendoza’s second home. Opting out for seconds, it's time to hit the road for a golden era original.
LA QUINTA MUSEUM 77885 Avenida Montezuma La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7170 www.playinlaquinta.com/arts-culture/la-quinta-museum
CASA MENDOZA 78110 Calle Estado La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.1463 www.casamendozamexicangrillandbar.weebly.com
Ú The hot desert sun pierces every inch of La Quinta, a quaint resort village
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Stop #3: Casa Mendoza
2-6 Friends or 1-3 Couples
Start at 3 p.m.
La Quinta, CA
$175-250 per Person
Casual Desert Vibes
Stop #4: Morgan’s in the desert Ú Towering palm trees welcome you as you cruise
into the La Quinta Resort & Club. Hidden like an oasis in the corner of the original hotel is your dinner destination: Morgan’s. Passing by a welldressed gentleman smoking a cigar on the patio, you fall back into a classic era of elegance. A perfectly refreshing cocktail from the bar becomes your compadre as you enjoy a few oysters to start. When you’ve had your last drop, it’ll be time to enjoy a more nouveau moment. MORGAN’S IN THE DESERT 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7600 www.morgansinthedesert.com
“You realize tequila is king [at Adobe Grill] as your margarita is mixed, poured and presented in a glass the size of your head. Dance like a Cahuilla, shake like a local artist or bop to the tunes like a Hollywood movie star.” ADOBE GRILL
Û Dinner and a Show • Enjoy live music at Adobe Grill every Friday and Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m.
Ü No Trail Mix Here • Morgan’s in the desert doesn’t just have an exquisite cocktail program—they have a sensational bar bite menu, featuring items such as Pacific oysters, burrata salad and chocolate bombe.
Stop #5: Adobe Grill Ú Bubbling fountains and man-made streams
flow down the manicured entrance to the Adobe Grill. The night is young as you step into the bustling bar. You realize tequila is king here as your margarita is mixed, poured and presented in a glass the size of your head. Dance like a Cahuilla, shake like a local artist or bop to the tunes like a Hollywood movie star. As the night twinkles on, the clashing of history, art and cuisine blend perfectly into the cultural oasis—La Quinta. ADOBE GRILL 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.5700 www.laquintaresort.com/dining/adobe-grill
MORGAN’S IN THE DESERT
3 p.m. La Quinta Museum
4 p.m. Old Town Artisan Studios
5:30 p.m. Casa Mendoza
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“Cancel out noise pollution from traffic and neighbors by adding a water feature…” —Jennifer Ressler
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BACKYARD ESCAPE • “Cancel out noise pollution from traffic and neighbors by adding a water feature, thus creating a tranquil meditation oasis or place to kick back and read your favorite book!”
RELAX AND UNWIND • “Catch up with family and friends, from morning coffee to a relaxing dinner with a beautiful sunset, by adding a pergola for shade throughout the sun hours.”
SYSTEM PAVERS’ JENNIFER RESSLER SHARES HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN BACKYARD HAVEN
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN
PARTY HEADQUARTERS • “Patio parties are awesome! Don’t run indoors when the sun sets; keep the fun going all night by adding a firepit to help cast a warm, illuminating glow over your outdoor entertaining space.”
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After work, you walk into your kitchen to pour yourself a drink, and that’s when you see your backyard through the window. Barren and unused, youʻve always fantasized about transforming that patch of dirt into that lowered firepit you saw on your vacation in Maui. Fortunately, there are seasoned, passionate professionals who can help you turn these dreams into reality. One of these professionals is Regional Vice President Jennifer Ressler, and here are her five tips on transforming your backyard into a dreamy oasis.
Picture This • Having a hard time visualizing the end result? System Pavers’ Online Design Discovery session allows you to preview your desired space before you decide!
DINING DONE RIGHT • “Alfresco dinners featuring steaks and seasonal vegetables grilled to perfection make for an evening well spent, so head to your outdoor kitchen and give your indoor kitchen a break. Accent tables with festive décor—it’s all in the details!”
GAME STOP • “Whether you want to play bocce ball, host a putting contest or simply play fetch with Fido, adding turf will give you a yard to bond with your favorite people and pets.”
“Don’t run indoors when the sun sets; keep the fun going all night by adding a firepit to help cast a warm, illuminating glow over your outdoor entertaining space.” —Jennifer Ressler
SYSTEM PAVERS 1570 Brookhollow Dr Santa Ana, CA 92705 844.569.7788 www.systempavers.com
Photography Provided By: System Pavers
“...Adding turf will give you a yard to bond with your favorite people and pets.” —Jennifer Ressler
Go Green • System Pavers offers a variety of SP Turf® to accommodate every lifestyle, including residential lawn turf, petfriendly turf and performance-grade putting green turf!
The Creation of a Dreamy Oasis
FOODIE BUBBLES /// BOOCH /// BRUNCH
TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA Discover a Boozy Brew That’s Good for You, Too
BLACKTOP RESTAURANT GROUP This Entrepreneurial Duo Has Made Their Way on Tacos, Sandwiches and Pure Ambition
IL DANDY Design Meets Flavor at This Elegant Ristorante
FEATURE Be the Host With the Most at Your Holiday Soirée Thanks to These Lillet Recipes
TWO THINGS WE LOVE Stay Awhile at J & Tony’s While Pairing Your Favorite Foods
MORNING GLORY From Mystical Libations to Soufflé Pancakes, This Brunch Spot Wins
MORNING GLORY 550 W Date St San Diego, CA 92101 619.629.0302 www.morningglorybreakfast.com PHOTO PROVIDED BY: Morning Glory: Zack Benson
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED One Bite and It’s Easy to See How the Coconut Pistachio Kanafee Became Toast Gastrobrunch’s House Specialty
MORNING GLORY Making Brunch Beautiful Again
This New San Diego Restaurant is Funky Fresh
Thanks a Booch!
Berry Good • Tura is available in two unique flavors, including Blueberry Ginger and Hibiscus Wildberry.
RAISE A GLASS TO TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA FOR A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
It’s hard to believe that just 10 short years ago, the only libation choices widely accessible to us were regular ol’ beer and the variety of hard alcohol we are quite familiar with. Times have truly changed for the better with microbreweries and distilleries sprouting up in just about every able town in America. Now, the variety has ascended to the pinnacle with the addition of Tura Alcoholic Kombucha.
The phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” doesn’t really apply here, does it? In fact, it looks like you can have your cake, eat it and reap its benefits too. Tura is the perfect brew with the benefits of kombucha and the crisp bite you expect from an alcoholic beverage. While all kombucha naturally contains alcohol, Tura takes an additional step to create this certified organic, gluten-free kombucha that is four percent ABV and only 120 calories, making it the best alternative to beer since beer itself. Tura was developed by a humble team of kombucha enthusiasts led by Product Developer Annette Fritsch. Brewed in small batches
TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA www.turakombucha.com
with a base of fermented tea, organic cane sugar and carefully selected symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, Tura is the synthesis of a refreshing alcoholic beverage that is the embodiment of kombucha’s ancient origins and today’s modern techniques. Before the creation of Tura, Fritsch found joy in experimenting in the complexities of kombucha’s fermentation. As a thirdgeneration yogi, meditation practitioner, student of Ayurveda, avid kombucha drinker and curious brewer, Fritsch wanted to craft a great tasting, hard kombucha that would fit within her lifestyle and the lifestyle of many others living well. “While I have dedicated most of my life to fermentation, I’ve found that kombucha fermentation is one of the most unique, given the interaction of different types of fermentation working harmoniously together— all to create something refreshing and delicious!” said Fritsch. It’s that spirit and dedication that birthed Tura’s natural greatness.
Brewed in small batches with a base of fermented tea, organic cane sugar and carefully selected symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, Tura is the synthesis of a refreshing alcoholic beverage…
Any Way You Like It • Tura is available in six-pack bottles, 16-ounce cans and on draft.
Reap the Benefits • Kombucha contains probiotics and has been associated with reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Hungry for More BLACKTOP RESTAURANT GROUP IS BUILDING AN EMPIRE ON A FOUNDATION OF SANDWICHES AND TACOS
WRITTEN BY: BEN HITCH • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRIANNA MOSS There should only be a handful of things you think of when you hear the word blacktop: tetherball during recess, “shooting some b-ball outside of school” with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and a restaurant group stemming from a duo born and raised in SoCal.
The brainchild of Craig Applegate and Clayton Wheeler, Blacktop Restaurant Group is the driving force behind an expanding collection that includes Board and Brew and Casero Taqueria, with the potential of more to come.
“It’s truly all about bringing the food we love into new, rad communities and sharing our passion with the world we grew up in.” —Craig Applegate and Clayton Wheeler
Back in Black • SoCal is truly the heart and soul of Blacktop. After Applegate and Wheeler both attended the University of Colorado Boulder, they returned to their stomping grounds hungry and ambitious. Get on Board • Though Applegate and Wheeler opened their first Board and Brew in 2013, Wheeler first fell in love with the Board and Brew sandwich back in high school. 90 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Though Applegate and Wheeler can’t remember the exact date they met (it dates back to diapers), they found success in their collaborative efforts after helping to open Rimel’s of Del Mar. In and out of the restaurant, they were friends and partners, and the pair had sights on bringing the best food to San Diego County all under one name: Blacktop Restaurant Group.
Blacktop Restaurant Group was founded in 2014, a year after the duo opened its first Board and Brew in Carlsbad Village. After the immediate success, it was off to the races with visions of a second, third and eventually a seventh. “The Blacktop Group had to be formed, because with any more than one, it’s a group,” adds Wheeler. There is no doubt Board and Brew set the foundation for Blacktop, and despite Applegate and Wheeler being called nuts for wanting to open a Mexican restaurant in SoCal, they added Casero Taqueria to both Bressi Ranch and their portfolio. And truly, Casero Taqueria was the goal from the start, “to open something that was truly ours, and now we’re pressing nearly 800 tacos a day,” they mention, calculator in-hand. Blacktop is now the mothership to eight restaurants with a mixture of sandwiches, brews, margaritas and thousands of tacos. It’s a team of roughly 200 employees that have come to form a family. As one of the fathers of that family, Applegate says, “It has been amazing to see all the employees grow on both a personal and professional level within the Blacktop family.” As the kitchens close and doors get locked up for the day, Applegate and Wheeler are excited about the future and the momentum they have. Neither could point to the number of ventures they hope to open. “It’s truly all about bringing the food we love into new, rad communities and sharing our passion with the world we grew up in,” they explain. Simply put, Blacktop Restaurant Group is focused on putting out the best they can, and when the time is right, perhaps another Board and Brew, a second Casero Taqueria or a totally new concept will be opening in your neighborhood.
BLACKTOP RESTAURANT GROUP Photoshoot Location: CASERO TAQUERIA 2674 Gateway Rd, Ste 195 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760.405.4195 www.caserotaqueria.com
“You don’t just want to have a business; you want to create an experience from the moment they walk in to the second they leave.” —Agostino Sannino
L ET’ S TAL K FL AVORS
• Il Dandy’s Michelin-starred chefs have carefully curated their menu to feature some classic Calabrian dishes. Treat yourself to the gorgeous and creamy cremoso, a panna cotta that is nearly too beautiful to eat, or prepare your taste buds for the chef's special of the evening. Always a crowdpleaser, Il Dandy's modern spin on classic spaghetti is made with sea urchin, tomatoes and a finishing touch of fresh basil.
Brass, Marble and Velvet IL DANDY IS MAKING HISTORY AS A CULTURAL-CHIC DINING DESTINATION WRITTEN BY: DEVIN URIARTE • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BHADRI KUBENDRAN
Welcome to Il Dandy, a modern Italian restaurant bringing elements of Calabrian culture and food to the city of sunny San Diego. The swanky space draws inspiration from the Mediterranean seaside village, creating a strong visual impact and electrifying ambiance.
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By incorporating clean lines and shapes with bright colors and textures, designer Agostino Sannino has melded classic Italian midcentury decor with a modern-day Art Deco twist. “We wanted to do something a little bit different than many traditional Italian restaurants and bring our culture into the design,” explains Sannino— and culture he brought. A modernized replica of the
Italian “Bronzi di Riace” statues stand boldly as a centerpiece, with plexiglass bubbles that represent the ones found on the original statues when they were pulled out of the sea. To contrast this piece of history, Sannino installed a sinuous neon electrolier to hover above a semi-private dining space, illuminating a long shelf of plants that resemble the Calabrian landscape.
AN ARTFUL EXECUTION
• Il Dandy’s brassy accents and futuristic design work in tandem to give this stunning restaurant a glossy and inviting interior. Sleek marble tables and blue velvet chairs hug the perimeter, offering the eye a pop of color. Let’s just say, chic is an understatement.
Sannino worked closely with the chefs in order to create a cohesive story and overall feel. “You don’t just want to have a business; you want to create an experience from the moment they walk in to the second they leave,” explains Sannino. The poignant clash between cultural and contemporary decor makes Il Dandy an aesthetically unparalleled masterpiece.
IL DANDY 2550 Fifth Ave, Ste 120 San Diego, CA 92103 619.310.5669 www.ildandyrestaurant.com
Paris for the Holidays These Festive Drinks From Lillet Will Be the Highlight of the Evening
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
LILLET www.lillet.com @Lillet.USA
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When it comes to holiday soirées, few entertain quite like the French do, and let’s be honest, is any bar cart truly complete without Lillet? From classic and simple spritzers to gorgeous, handcrafted cocktails, Lillet’s line of Blanc, Rosé and Rouge brings a refreshing, fruity smoothness that’s sure to please any palate. So break out the bottles, turn up the tunes and get this party started—Santé!
1 Drink Name:
Le Ruby de Lillet Ingredients: • 2 oz Lillet Rosé • 1 oz Cranberry Juice • 2 oz Ginger Ale • Ice Cubes • Orange Twist (Garnish) Recipe: • Pour Lillet Rosé over ice in a tall wine glass, then add cranberry juice and top with ginger ale. Stir together gently and garnish with an orange twist.
2 Drink Name:
Holiday Spritz Ingredients: • 3 oz Lillet Blanc or Rouge • 3 oz Tonic Water • 3 Large Ice Cubes • Cranberries (Garnish) • Thyme (Garnish) Recipe: • In a tall wine glass, build the drink over ice cubes and garnish with cranberries and thyme.
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4 Drink Name:
Set the Mood
• “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf
Lillet Apple Pie
• 3oz Lillet Blanc • 2oz Champagne • 1oz Blackcurrant Liqueur • Dash of Vanilla • Ice Cubes • Orange Zest
• 2 oz Lillet Blanc • 5 oz Apple Juice •.5 oz Malibu Rum •.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice • Cinnamon Stick (Garnish) • Apple Slice (Garnish)
• Combine the Lillet Blanc, champagne, blackcurrant liqueur and vanilla in a mixing glass. Then, add ice cubes and stir until properly chilled. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and garnish with orange zest.
3 Drink Name:
• “J’aime les filles” by Jacques Dutronc • “Que C’est Triste Venise” by Charles Aznavour • “Les feuilles mortes” by Yves Montand • “Couleur café” by Serge Gainsbourg
Recipe: • In a heat-resistant pot, gently heat the Lillet Blanc, apple juice, Malibu Rum and fresh lemon juice. Do not bring to a boil. Serve in a heat-resistant cup and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice.
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N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Schmidt likes to pair this tapenade and the meat platter with a half-sized Lambo Royale, which contains gin and Italian vermouth. This drink is one of J & Tony’s famous Negroni cocktails and has a “transcendent, if slightly bitter taste.”
A RT I C H O K E TA P E N A D E
• At the suggestion of a customer, Schmidt now serves the meat and cheese platter with a jar of artichoke tapenade. This savory, slightly acidic spread serves as the perfect accent and binder to the other items on the platter. “It’s like a condiment that you can use as a spread, but you can also eat a spoonful right out of the jar, and it’ll taste great on its own,” says Schmidt. The tapenade is topped wth extra virgin olive oil, and accompanied by a dollop of French butter and a slice of toasted baguette.
Meat the Prosciutto Boyz TWO PLATES AND 18 INDIVIDUAL FOOD ITEMS MAKES FOR ONE HAPPY STOMACH WRITTEN BY: SARAH HOOD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER
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What’s the best bite we can make? That is the question that drives Anthony “Tony” Schmidt to create the best appetizers and lunch items at J & Tony’s Discount Cured Meats. This newly opened eatery and cocktail bar exudes a laidback, welcoming atmosphere and a sense of camaraderie amongst its patrons.
Artichoke Tapenade Ingredients: • Roasted Garlic • Olive Oil • Artichoke Hearts • Parmesan Cheese • Pickled Red Pepper • Palmetto Olives • French Butter • Baguette Slice
MEAT A ND CH EESE CO MBO P L AT E
• Served with pickled vegetables on the side, J & Tony’s meat and cheese combo plate brings your taste buds into contact with a variety of contradictory yet complementary flavors: the mild spice of saucisson slices, the nuttiness of prosciutto, the creaminess of a rare bleu cheese and the surprising crunch of Kristal cheese, which evokes a sensation not unlike that of Pop Rocks. You can nibble on one item at a time or pile them all on a baguette for a sandwich unlike any other.
DID YOU KNOW? • J & Tony’s has 15 sister restaurants and bars under the business enterprise CH Projects. Among these are Born and Raised, which specializes in trimming and curing meat products, and Ironside, a seafood restaurant.
Meat and Cheese Combo Plate Ingredients: • Mortadella Laced With Wagyu Fat • Saucisson Sec Laced With Black Truffle • Prosciutto • Honeycomb • Whole Grain Mustard • Cornichon • 24-Month-Aged Parmesan • Aged Balsamic • OG Kristal Cheese • Bucherondin Cheese • Pasteurized Goat Cheese • Fourme d’Ambert AOP (Bleu Cheese) • Pickled Cauliflower • Pickled Red and Orange Peppers
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Customers also like to order tomato salads and the house sandwich, which features American and Italian cold-cuts on fresh baguette bread.
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE • J & Tony’s shares its premises—and its customers—with a café called Modern Times. “We got the idea from our travels in Italy, where cocktail bars and coffeehouses share business spaces and overlap with each other,” says Schmidt.
PUT ANOTHER DIME IN THE JUKEBOX, BABY • Musically minded guests are free to browse J & Tony’s record collection and play their favorite bands on the old-fashioned record player.
J & TONY’S DISCOUNT CURED MEATS WAREHOUSE 631 9th Ave San Diego, CA 92101 855.634.7664 @prosciuttoboyz
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Morning Glory is a sensory adventure from entrance to exit...
• Morning Glory needs to climb to the top of your dining hit list. Enjoy mystical libations and food that dazzles the taste buds.
MESMERIZING VIEWS • BASILE Studio has brought forth a modern marvel with the magical visions of CH Projects. It’s loud, it’s refined and it beckons your attention. From iridescent windows to shimmery pink pastel accents, this space is one you have to experience firsthand. CHEERS TO BRUNCH • With a mobile nitrogen-chilled bloody mary cart, Morning Glory is as much a place to drink as it is to dine. “Go with a Goldstein’s Orange Joolius for a cocktail (made with really fluffy OJ),” notes Chef Jason McLeod.
SNAP A PICTURE... OR TWO
THIS NEW SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT IS FUNKY FRESH WRITTEN BY: BEN HITCH
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When you walk into Morning Glory, it takes a moment for your eyes to grasp the beauty. The colors are bright, the booths are plush, Wu-Tang and Eazy E are providing the aural pleasure and smells wafting from the kitchen are nothing short of phenomenal. Morning Glory is a sensory adventure from entrance to exit, bar stool to lavatory; and with an open kitchen, the space is uniquely interactive. Positioned on the second floor with the SoCal sun shining through the glass panes, your brunch experience could easily turn into an all-day affair. MORNING GLORY 550 W Date St San Diego, CA 92101 619.629.0302 www.morningglorybreakfast.com
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE • Morning Glory’s menu is a spectacle of culinary delights. The menu offers a spin on the classics to enthuse the taste buds. The breakfast fried rice, khachapuri and soufflé pancakes are absolute musts.
Photography Provided By: Morning Glory: Zack Benson
Making Brunch Beautiful Again
• The eye-popping colors, jiggly pancakes, massive starburst over the bar, and authentic CH Projects aesthetic makes Morning Glory the do-it-forthe-gram, #NoFilter restaurant of San Diego. Don’t forget to tag them, @pancakelordssd!
M EALS DECONSTRUCTED
...Just when you think the tower of flavor may have reached its peak, a healthy crumbling of pistachio adds color and texture to this gorgeous house specialty.
U N B CH A ELEVATE YOUR BRUNCH GAME WITH TOAST GASTROBRUNCHâ€™S DREAMY HOUSE SPECIALTY WRITTEN BY: BEN HITCH PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOSIE GONZALES
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Seeing Red • Choose your spirit (tequila, vodka or gin) for your bloody mary, just be sure to order the Red Monster—a house bloody mix with lime, horseradish, shrimp, roasted jalapeño, Tajin on the rim and a stuffed olive.
All Hands on Deck • As a second location prepares to open in Las Vegas, Chef Alfie is still at the “office” seven days a week—as he says, “I’m not afraid to get in the kitchen and throw down with the team.”
“[Toast] was a blank canvas to really make mine, and there is just something so inviting about the farm life.” —Chef Alfred “Alfie” Szeprethy
Classic Combinations • The menu is designed to be super nostalgic, reintroducing the classics to millennials with a bit of a twist. Chef Alfie explains, “I’m a brunchy kind of guy; I like my options, and I love my breakfast at all hours of the day.” Starting from Scratch • Chef Alfie has been Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza’s Corporate Chef for the last seven years and was given a blank canvas for design when it came time to curate what is now Toast Gastrobrunch.
textures. The saccharine acidity from the syrup and the earthy, sweet crunch of the pistachio crumbles is sure to dazzle the taste buds of its indulgers. Finally, the density of the stacks of phyllo, still surprisingly light on the fork, plays against the continually softening brioche—the crescendo of this stunning symphony. Upon entering this brunch utopia, you’ll notice the space is walled with rustic wood paneling and accented with barn-red stools and wicker chairs accompanying the surrounding tables— all supporting Chef Alfie’s vision of a farm environment: full of family and good food. Naturally, why wouldn’t there be a 4-foot-tall cow grazing in the middle of the restaurant? Don’t worry, she’s fenced in.
When your mission is to brunch, brunch you will… and maybe loosen your belt. If you’re heading to Toast Gastrobrunch, it’s going to be an event. Toast’s menu is filled with standouts like smoked brisket hash, coffee cake cakes and (you guessed it) an assortment of incredible topped toasts. The bar menu is stacked with flaming coffees, bubbles and bloody marys to assist as you fork through your dish. And when it comes time for the big show, the house specialty, the coconut pistachio kanafee is, well, coco-nuts.
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The coconut pistachio kanafee is a visual masterpiece that tastes as good as it looks. On presentation, it resembles a lilypad floating in a dark lagoon, boasting with forthcoming flavors of unworldly proportions. The black ceramic plate glistens with an orange blossom syrup as it soaks into the toasted brioche foundation. Perfectly positioned on top of the brioche are sheets upon sheets of phyllo dough (same as used in the famous sweet baklava), covered in a snowfall’s proportion of shredded coconut. And just when you think the tower of flavor may have reached its peak, a healthy crumbling of pistachio tops off this gorgeous house specialty, adding vibrant color and texture. The pastry is a classic and was not intended to reign supreme atop Toast’s menu. “It earned the title of house speciality,” says Partner and Executive Chef Alfred “Alfie” Szeprethy. The intricacy continues through the layers of phyllo as the ricotta’s creamy, soft texture proves to be the perfect bonding agent and catalyst for the pyramid of flavors. The orange blossom syrup enhances the dish with just the right amount of acidity, complementing the coconut pistachio kanafee’s tower of contrasting and savory
Toast’s unique dining atmosphere captures the “soul of the farm” through its charming furnishings and artful ambiance. “It was a blank canvas to really make mine,” Chef Alfie explains, “And there is just something so inviting about the farm life.” Beyond milk pails and egg cartons on the shelves, the walls include a few playfully painted avocados in a bit of a dispute, with one saying “I said you’re the good kind of fat,” a piece of toast confessing “You’re my butter half,” and, as any brunch joint should state, “You say tomato, I say bloody mary.” Needless to say, everything about Toast is comfortable, quaint and (most importantly) delicious. According to Chef Alfie, Toast Gastrobrunch is the culmination of “working extremely hard to bring something to Carlsbad that was missing—a delicious and unique breakfast experience.” It’s an environment for friends, family and recovery from the prior night’s proceedings, where the door is always open and the food takes you on a magical journey away from the complicated bits of life. You can’t go wrong with any choice from the menu, but only one bite of the coconut pistachio kanafee will prove why the house specialty is just that—special.
Coconut Pistachio Kanafee
Coconut Pistachio Kanafee Ingredients: 1. Toasted Brioche 2. Shredded Phyllo 3. Ricotta 4. Jack Cheese 5. Pistachios 6. Coconut 7. Oranges 8. Orange Blossom Syrup
SHOPPE CA R E /// CHA R M / / / C R A F TS M A N S HI P
24 HOURS ON CEDROS AVENUE Explore Cedros Avenue Like a Local With These 9 Stops
MEET THE MAKER Kris Kirkpatrick’s Functional Art Is Turning the Tables
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Buy Yourself Some Time With These New Year’s ResolutionThemed Gifts
5 SUPER CUTE SHOPS Peruse Your Way Through San Diego’s Most Charming Boutiques
LANDMARK PLANT CO. 495 Leucadia Blvd Encinitas, CA 92024 760.634.7688 www.landmarkplantco.com PHOTO BY: Tomoko H. Matsubayashi
5 SUPER CUTE SHOPS Put Your $ Where Your Heart Is These Boutiques Are a Shop-AHolic’s Dream
Strollin’ Through Cedros YOUR GUIDE TO THE PERFECTLY-PACKED DAY ON CEDROS AVENUE
Cup O’ Joe Jumpstart Ú Start your day off with a freshly roasted coffee from Lofty Coffee Co. Their coffee is sustainably sourced, and their pastries are made in-house from scratch with ingredients from local producers. Talk about a fresh start!
Dreamy Design Ú For major home inspiration and #designgoals, head on over to Kern & Company. Home to Susan Spath Interior Design, Kern & Company is known for its timeless luxury design. Find the home decor of your dreams!
LOFTY COFFEE CO. loftycoffee.com
KERN & COMPANY kerncodesigns.com
WRITTEN BY: KEANA MCGRATH
Looking for the perfect, dreamy and relaxing way to spend your weekend? Look no further than Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. With a crisp ocean breeze, bakeries and local artisan work to peruse through for hours, Cedros Avenue is a wondrous sensory experience.
Coastal Creations Ú Peruse on over to Bixby & Ball, a home decor boutique full of coastal-chic furnishings and decorative accents. “I love creating spaces that not only look, but more importantly, feel good,” says Owner Betsy Bracken.
A Modern Affair Ú Get ready to be swooned! Nativa Interiors’ custommade furniture and world-class design team embody the word “inspiration.” The best part? All of their gorgeous furniture is environmentally friendly and ethically sourced.
Home Is Where the Food Is Ú Lunch at Homestead Café and Market is a must. With a shady patio encompassed by plants and delicious meals made from scratch, Homestead is a must-try. Taste their famous gluten-free chicken pot pie!
Wood-n’t Skip This Stop Ú This next stop gives us all of the heart eyes. The David Alan Collection gallery is known for their singlepiece slab tables made from reclaimed and exotic wood.
BIXBY & BALL bixbyandball.com
HOMESTEAD CAFE & MARKET homesteadsolanabeach. com
LOFTY COFFEE CO.
5 p.m. Wine About It Ú It’s 5 o’clock! Carruth Cellars is an urban winery that sources grapes from the Sonoma countryside to produce in the city— or in their case, the beach! Sales Director Heather Newman suggests you sip on their Unicorn Blend, which is a “pay it forward” bottle—a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Earth Alliance Amazon Forest Fund!
NATIVA INTERIORS nativainteriors.com
CARRUTH CELLARS carruthcellars.com
DAVID ALAN COLLECTION thedavidalancollection. com
HOMESTEAD CAFE & MARKET
Open Air Eats Ú Part of the famous Belly Up, the Wild Note Cafe is renowned for its Pacific coastal/
Mexican fusion and dreamy atmosphere. We recommend dining on their patio that looks out onto the charming, shop-lined street! WILD NOTE CAFE wildnotecafe.com
8 p.m. Don’t Skip a Beat Ú End your evening
with a (musical) bang at the worldfamous Belly Up Tavern. Established in 1974, the Belly Up is known for bringing the best new artists to Cedros!
BELLY UP TAVERN www.bellyup.com
Photos - Lofty Coffee Co. | Bixby + Ball: Jennie Corti Photography | Carruth Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Room | Homestead Cafe & Market: Jessica Davis Photography
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Happiness Is Handmade KRISTOPHER KIRKPATRICK SHARES HIS PASSION BEHIND CUSTOM CRAFTSMANSHIP
Forest Forager • Being from the Bay Area, Kirkpatrick is used to working with the best wood in the world. Believing in sustainability, he prefers to use redwood, walnut and maple, but only from trees that fell naturally.
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Then, Kirkpatrick got the worst news: from a lifetime of extreme sports activity, his shoulder had such severe nerve damage that his neurologist told him he’d lose all movement between his wrist and shoulder.
Kirkpatrick creates functional art that brings people’s visions to life.
Some years back in the Berkeley Hills that overlook San Francisco Bay, Kristopher Kirkpatrick decided he was going to take on a new hobby; he was going to take up wood shaping and create a table. If he was going to do it right, he had to find the right wood, so he bought a beautiful, thick slab of fine reclaimed California redwood.
Kirkpatrick made his way to sunny San Diego with his wife, and when he went out on his own, he could barely keep up with orders. Today, he chooses his clients very carefully. “My favorite part of every project,” Kirkpatrick explains, “is when clients call to evaluate me; I actually evaluate them.” His interview process is very important, as Kirkpatrick has his own visions, but he wants to bring others’ visions to life. “I like to hear their story, take their words and create something for them. The process is totally interactive, and it’s totally custom.”
“I like to hear their story, take their words and create something for them. The process is totally interactive, and it’s totally custom.” —Kristopher Kirkpatrick
Out of Office • Kirkpatrick’s studio is in a barn on a 21-acre farm in Valley Center, North County where he can run his chainsaw without neighbors complaining. If you want to be inspired by his studio, you may visit by appointment only. 110 LOCALE MAGAZINE
In the crossroads of his life— between careers, as corporate America fit him like a coffee table with stools—Kirkpatrick wanted to work with his hands, but that dream was slipping away. The slab of redwood, which could’ve mocked him, suddenly called to him, so he taped an electric sander to his hand, and for 10 hours a day, the vibrations between wood and man stimulated his nerves so much that he now has full capability in his entire arm. Now, Kirkpatrick creates functional art that brings people’s visions to life.
His most famous table style is also his most unique, as one look at his Blue Water Resin Tables will have you wondering how something so beautiful could be functioning art. Kirkpatrick learned about epoxy through his apprenticeship, and when he decided to pair it with wood cut from under the waters of the Panama Canal; he decided to recreate the waterway. The result is a table style that even woodworkers would say defies belief. “I get texts from people years later: ‘Just sitting here admiring your table,’” says Kirkpatrick. “It’s a very personable experience, and the client is very much involved. If you want your vision brought to life, perhaps you should get involved too.”
KRISTOPHER KIRKPATRICK www.kristopherkirkpatrick.com @kristopher.kirkpatrick
LOCALE MAGAZINE Holiday Gift Guide
50 H OLIDAY G IFT S TO IMPROVE YOUR 2020
PREPARE FOR THE NEW YEAR WITH THIS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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Wrapped in Coconut Kit
Avanti Travel Yoga Rug
$68 La Vie Boheme Yoga laviebohemeyoga.com
$32 Kopari koparibeauty.com
GilletteLabs Heated Razor $200 The Art of Shaving theartofshaving.com
Lil’ Charcoal Charmers
*Comes in pack with other products $36 Drybar x Kopari koparibeauty.com
Beard Wash and Beard Conditioner $30 The Art of Shaving theartofshaving.com
$24 Collective 108 collective108.com
California: Living & Eating Book $29.99 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
$28 Collective 108 collective108.com
19 | Nano Softgels - 90 Count $120 Collective 108 collective108.com
$7.95 LUSH lushusa.com
The Yoga Man(ual) Book $24.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Cinna-buns Scrub $18.95 frank body frankbody.com
Arcana Skin Mystics: “The High Priestess” Face and Body Mist $24.95 House of Intuition houseofintuitionla.com
Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You: A Mindful Journal $12.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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LUA skincare - Daily Ritual Oil + Stone Blends $38 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Q&A A Day For The Soul Journal $16.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb
Valmont Moisturizing Booster $160
Valmont Prime Renewing Pack $220
Valmont Elixir Des Glaciers Masque Majestueux Votre Visage $425
Valmont Priming With Hydrating Fluid $125
WAVE Plastic Surgery waveplasticsurgery.com
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Sea Salt Giant Bombshell Bath Bomb $14.95 LUSH lushusa.com
Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes
$17 H2O Closet Modern Apothecary h2ocloset.com
European Goose Down Sleeping Pillows
$239 and up Between The Sheets betweenthesheetsinc.com
Sleep Chic - The Long PJ Set $139 Eberjey eberjey.com
Frida Kahlo Lashes and Roses Sleep Mask $24 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Living the Dream Sleep Mask
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$24 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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Jane Inc. “Sleep” Personal Vaporizer (1 oz)
CBD + Melatonin Capsules $55.99 Medterra medterracbd.com
NANOCRAFT CBD Full Spectrum Melatonin $84.99
NANOCRAFT CBD Oil Night Formula $59.99
NanoCraft CBD nanocraftcbd.com
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FLX Babymaker Electric Road Bike
$1,999 FLX Bike flx.bike
$75 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
Baldwin Boxer Lunch Bag
Impala Rollerskates - Marawa Rose Gold $119.95 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
$39.95 Corkcicle corkcicle.com
S1 Lifer Helmet Gold Gloss Glitter
GS TORTOISE Sports Bra $60 GOLDSHEEP goldsheepclothing.com
Sock It to Me Flamingo Knee-High Socks $12 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
The Petite Tie Dye Float $25 Float Naked floatnaked.com
House of Blues Chardonnay $18.94 House of Blues houseofblues.com
Sugar Skull Mug $12 House of Blues houseofblues.com
Picnic Travel Rug $138 SKOVA skova.co
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Marianne Straw Rattan Handle Bag $73.99 Morning Lavender morninglavender.com
The Blowfish Surfboard $650 Thread Surfboards www.tdsurfboards.com
6-ft Pro Leash
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Crystal Pearl Leggings
$1,295 Grayse by Kelly and Marie Gray grayseofficial.com
John Hardy Sterling Silver Cuff
$795 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
ALOR Bronze Carnation Bangle With 18k White Gold Pave-Set Diamonds
$950 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
ALOR Bronze Carnation Ring With 18k White Gold Pave-Set Diamonds $750 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
Willow Chandelier Earrings $27,725 Mimi et Cie mimietciejewels.com
Hand Blown Glass Heirloom Artisan Seashell Candle
$250 Laguna Candles lagunacandles.com
Paratestes II Sunglasses $1,485 Chrome Hearts Available at: Vitra Eyewear South Coast Plaza
Sylvie 1969 Mini Top Handle Bag in Emerald Green Patent Leather $3,200 Gucci gucci.com
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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback
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Put Your $ Where Your Heart Is THESE BOUTIQUES ARE A SHOP-A-HOLIC’S DREAM WRITTEN BY: AARON JERRELL PELLOT One of the most beautiful aspects of San Diego is its vastness in culture and opportunities to engage in meaningful community. In a time where it seems every brand is determined to lure you in with new marketing ploys, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, and let us be your guide! From locally sourced products to gorgeous aesthetics, these five charming boutiques are San Diego’s best.
• From hemp-infused honey sticks to their signature Plant Lab, Pigment is all things adorable. This cute, little shop thrives on greenery and pops of pastels. Whether you’re looking for home accents, wishing to attend a creative workshop or just wanting to see some serious eye candy, this stunning haven is a must-see.
• Whether you’re a plant expert or a novice, Landmark Plant Co. is hospitable and enchanting in its displays. Associates like Aliana Whitt take pride in “educating people how to nurture” their plants. From succulents and cacti to a lush array of greens, this growing sanctuary breathes comfort and radiance.
PIGMENT Locations in Del Mar, North Park & Point Loma www.shoppigment.com @shoppigment
LANDMARK PLANT CO. 495 Leucadia Blvd Encinitas, CA 92024 760.634.7688 www.landmarkplantco.com
HONEY, I’M HOME!
MEET THE MAKERS
• Moniker General presents “a new adventure every time,” as associate Hannah Litschewski describes. Neighbored by Moniker’s local coffee shop and cocktail bar, the space is engaging and intentionally collective. Locally made totes, pomades and picture-perfect gifts are only a few of the unique goods you’ll find on your Moniker adventure!
• Current Collective presents the unique opportunity to “shop small, shop local and shop current.” Handpoured soy wax candles, local artists’ creations and stone-beaded bracelets are just a few products that are both darling and ecofriendly. The folks at Current Collective are dedicated to finding and supporting the local makers of San Diego.
MONIKER GENERAL 2860 Sims Rd San Diego, CA 92106 619.255.8772 www.monikergeneral.com
CURRENT COLLECTIVE 5032 Niagara Ave San Diego, CA 92107 619.226.3130 shopcurrentcollective.com
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A VINTAGE FLAIR • Seaweed & Gravel’s authentic feel is palpable from the minute you enter their space. Built on the clever concept of “Never Grow Up Weirdos,” Seaweed & Gravel is home to an assortment of unique, vintage treasures and locally made products. From custom surfboards and vintage motorcycles to handmade hats and bonsai trees, Seaweed & Gravel exudes a funky, retro vibe. SEAWEED & GRAVEL 1144 North Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 seaweedandgravel.com
Photography Provided By: Pigment: Thula Creative Co. | Seaweed and Gravel: Christian Guerra | Moniker General: Ryan Knapp | Landmark Plant Co.: Tomoko H. Matsubayashi
I WANT IT ALL
ALIVE CO LO R S /// C E LE B R ATI O N S / / / C U STO M S
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT This Gal Is Giving San Diego a Pop of Color
URBN LEAF Weed Be Crazy Not to Try This Celebration-Ready Cannabis
KEN GRODY FORD This Ford Raptor Cleans up Nicely
URBN LEAF Bay Park 1028 Buenos Ave San Diego, CA 92110 619.275.2235 San Ysidro 658 E San Ysidro Blvd San Diego, CA 92173 619.663.6337 www.urbnleaf.com PHOTO BY: Olivia Hayo
URBN LEAF High There, 2020
Spark up Your NYE Celebration With Urbn Leaf
Her True Colors Are Shining Through SARAH GROSSMAN REVEALS HER BRIGHT VISION BEHIND HER BLOG
WRITTEN BY: ANDREA DIAZ PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MARY CAROL FITZGERALD Playfully positioned in front of La Jolla’s Favorite Color Mural, self-professed “art nerd” Sarah Grossman spills the inspiration behind her blog, Polychromist. “I wanted to share my view of the world in some way,” says Grossman. Pops, hues and shades are everything when it comes to artistic expression, and while her blog primarily focuses on the art of fashion, she draws enthusiasm from a variety of people, places and events. The dictionary defines polychrome as “painted, printed or decorated in several colors,” which perfectly represents Grossman and her creative process—one that she describes as being all over the place at times. She has been working on Polychromist, her colorful art fashion blog, for over two years now, and believes there is inspiration to be gathered from everything and everyone. Grossman strives to find the perfect balance between art and fashion in order to showcase them both within an environment, whether it is to find a look that matches the location or one that contrasts it. “All I want to do is showcase art here in San Diego and around the world and come up with designers along the way.” Grossman strikes a couple of playful poses as she jumps and
turns for the camera, all while talking about current projects. “I often find myself working on eight to 10 looks at a time, and right now, I am really excited for the upcoming fall collections.” Sarah Grossman is not only the name behind @polychromist, but she is also the associate director, special events and corporate relations coordinator at The San Diego Museum of Art. Naturally, being pulled in several different directions brings its own challenges to the mix. “Finding enough time to create constant content is probably the biggest challenge of all,” she admits. As Grossman removes her colorful coat to reveal a stunning little black dress, she explains the role artists play today in the era of social media. “Even though social media has become more popular, our museum attendance has actually gone up,” she notes, while illustrating that this has been a direct result of peoples’ presence online that has made them want to be present in person as well. “I even find myself planning trips around the museums I want to see.” As Grossman fixes her signature dark, long bob, she begins to gush over her new-found career and smiles—admitting that her favorite part of it all is the never-ending excitement of new projects, new artists and how far away she is from monotony.
SARAH GROSSMAN www.polychrome.blog @polychromist Photoshoot Location: MURAL BY ROY MCMAKIN Favorite Color, 2010 7596 Eads Avenue www.muralsoflajolla.com
High There, 2020 Spark up Your NYE Celebration With Urbn Leaf
Songs to Set the Mood • “Fortress” by Lennon Stella • “Believer” by Marc Scibilia • “Dear to Me” by Electric Guest
Switch up your NYE celebration by trading your flute of champagne for a cannabis-forward option. Whether you’re looking for a product to get the night started, spark up at midnight or wind down after the ball drops, Urbn Leaf has all the goods needed for a perfectly blissful night.
Ring It in
• Roll your own, choose
a pre-roll or pack edible gummies for a night on the go. With various strains and effects, Urbn Leaf’s flower options are endless! There’s a Cure for That • Sore dancing feet? Smooth on Urbn Leaf’s hemp-derived CBD lotion (made with essential oils) to target muscle and joint pain! Their tinctures also help you unwind and make for an effective hangover remedy. Leaf It to the Pros
• This cannabis boutique
displays a polished atmosphere with professional budtenders to help you to discover the possibilities of medicinal and recreational cannabis. Visit Urbn Leaf to find these products and more goodies!
URBN LEAF Bay Park 1028 Buenos Ave San Diego, CA 92110 619.275.2235 www.urbnleaf.com San Ysidro 658 E San Ysidro Blvd San Diego, CA 92173 619.663.6337 www.urbnleaf.com
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Dirt by Day, Date by Night THIS FORD RAPTOR CLEANS UP NICELY WRITTEN BY: JAMEE LIND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI MODELS: KATIE BOZNER AND JEREMY GRINACOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
Sitting in your office parking lot Monday morning, spotted with the mud and the toils of the weekend, is your customized Ford Raptor. You’re obviously upset about the dirt, but you can’t be brought down too far when you know what lies underneath that dried inch of sand. Your only actual worry is getting it cleaned before your dinner date later on tonight.
But again, you know that the dirt can be managed; your expectations, however, cannot. When you’re trucking through the dirty bliss of an open California backroad or zooming past the city lights of downtown, you need a vehicle as diverse and complex as yourself. You already know that the factory presets of a modern-day truck inhibit your free-flowing lifestyle and limit the travel capabilities of both you and your vehicle. That’s why you went with a customized KG Custom Ford Raptor in the first place, to hint at how bold you actually are compared to those around you. A customized Ford Raptor is considered “the best truck in the market,” according to Ruben Pina,
general manager at KG Custom. Built for both athletes and other high-end professionals, Pina notes that this is a car no one is going to be able to not notice, and that’s exactly what you’re going to need to impress your date tonight—just cleaned up a little first. “In the social way we live, it’s a car that really pulls to our attention,” Pina said, furthering on about how their Ford Raptor caters to the needs of every highend driver. From cold air intakes to customizable brakes, the KG Custom design brings its clients the ultimate horsepower. “You have function, aesthetics and aggressive styling,” said Pina. “Contractors, construction, athletes, guys that want to go surfing— it’s the best, all-around getaway truck.” The car wash is squeezed in after your last meeting, something you were never too worried about in the first place. You are a little worried about how the date will go, but more excited to see what’s in store for the night, with your freshly cleaned customized Ford Raptor making it a much smoother ride (and first impression).
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