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Publisher's Note

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Foodie Guide

PALATE PASSPORT

Welcome to our 2019 FOODIE San Diego issue! Once a year we dedicate an entire issue to shining a light on our vibrant and innovative “Foodie” culture. In the coming pages we ask locals to detail their favorite weekly stops in our Native Knowledge section (pg. 22), my favorite recommendation being fish tacos from Ironside Fish & Oyster—make sure to put that on your “must try” list. We pit local mixologists against each other in a battle that turned out to be very fruitful for all of us (pg. 47), and I suggest that you ask for Moe Girton at insideOUT to make you a Sunkiss Squeeze. In our Foodie Guide (pg. 57) you will be transported around the globe without leaving our country or its borders. Make sure to try the Death Star margarita at Galaxy Taco to feel like you are on vacation. You will need your actual passport to try the food in our next story as we fly to Japan with food blogger sisters

@hangrydiary for a tour of Tokyo’s food scene (pg. 71)—extra-fluffy pancakes included. Our story on how the Burrito Boyz (pg. 78) are filling the stomachs of our homeless population will warm your hearts, and you may feel like upgrading your kitchen knives after reading about Whiphand’s Chef Quinnton Austin’s tool collection (pg. 76). You might be getting full by now, and our interview with health food blogger Carissa Stanton (pg. 112) might have you packing a lighter lunch this week. If you are ready to push back from the table, we hope you enjoy the day trips to Palm Desert and La Quinta that we have planned for you. In case you decide to go, we have some weekend-packing suggestions (alcohol included) in our Shoppe Feature (pg. 101). This is our seventh year in San Diego and we are so grateful for you. Thank you for always making us feel welcome in your city.

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Photographed By: Jared Schlachet and Joe Magnani, jsquaredphotography.com | @j2pix Models: Alisha Marie & Remi Cruz, @alisha | @missremiashten | @prettybasicpodcast Written By: Kandace Cornell, kandacecornellcopy.com | @LAChicAmericaine Styled By: Sara Borgese, saraborgese.net | @s_borgese Style Assistant: Gina Checchia, @ginachecchia Hair & Makeup By: Jennifer Mau, beautycravebyjennifermau.com | @beautycrave83 Props Styled By: Jaclyn Kershek, jacandginger.com | @jacandginger Yellow Dress & White Pants Provided By: H&M, www2.hm.com Bra Top Provided By: Petersyn, www.shopbop.com Jacket Provided By: Joe’s Jeans, www.joesjeans.com Heels Provided By: Tony Bianco, www.tonybianco.com Boots Provided By: Steve Madden, www.stevemadden.com Props Provided By: Hi Sweetheart, www.hi-sweets.com

Like the business partners (and best friends) that they are, Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz arrived together with a mini entourage of BFFs-turnedproduction-team in tow to the frothy pink dreamworld that is to become their cover photo shoot.

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To say that pink was the theme of this session would be an understatement. With the flamingo-hued backdrops, an electric neon sign shouting the words “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” and feminine props like heart-shaped balloons and giant pool floats, the scene was a full-fledged Instagram wonderland, wrapped up and tied with a Pinterest bow. And the cherry on top? The clothes! With an array of candy-colored statement pieces to pull from the wardrobe rack, Cruz made an entrance in her first look: a pale pink pleather mini dress. Marie followed suit, stepping out of the fitting room in a fringed, bright fuchsia number, which Wardrobe Stylist Sara Borgese cinched with a skinny white belt. With Remi’s long, dark, beachy waves and Alisha’s choppy, blond, chin-

length locks, their chic looks and lovable “fun girl” personas complemented the style for their cover photo shoot. Snacking from a take-out container as Beauty Stylist Artist Jennifer Mau carefully dusted highlighter along her cheekbones, Marie begins explaining the backstory on her career as a social media influencer, which currently sees her as the co-creator of the recently-launched podcast “Pretty Basic” which she started with—you guessed it—Cruz. The other half of the duo only needed some finishing touches, having arrived already fully-lashed and glossed. For two girls who make their living in front of a camera, this shoot was a piece of cake for photographers Jared Magnani and Joe Schlachet. After making their way to the set, the pair tapped into their arsenal of pretty poses, played with fun props and blew bubbles with a plastic wand. In their natural element, the cover shoot theme created a world that’s perfectly suited for Marie and Cruz–best friends turned top digital influencers.

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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of

MARCH 2019

THIS ISSUE: FOODIE INSIDEOUT 1642 University Ave, Ste 100 San Diego, CA 92103 619.888.8623 www.insideoutsd.com

54 Cody’s La Jolla

THE BREAKFAST AND THE FURIOUS

Cody’s La Jolla Is Serving up the Best of Both Dishes

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PALATE PASSPORT

Pack Your Bags, We’re Going on a Food Tour of San Diego

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ARIGATO, TOKYO

Sisters Jocelyn and Justine of HangryDiary Have Your Tokyo Travel Guide Ready

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LAB Dessert & Coffee

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

LAB Dessert & Coffee Is Sweetening the Dessert Scene in San Diego

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SUGAR (C)RUSH

Chef Quinnton Austin Shows Us His Favorite Kitchen Essentials

Humanitarian Profile

THE BOYZ ARE BACK!

The Burrito Boyz Are Bridging the Gap Between San Diego and Its Homeless Population

47 Experts

RAISING THE BAR

Local Mixologists Show off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

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Shoppe

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84 Profile

WHAT A NATURAL

Designer Bryan Vaughn and Model Jaenna Wessling Are Changing the Environment of Fashion

89 That's What She Said

SHOP, IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Danielle Lucia Schaffer Takes Us on Her Perfect Day Out at The Shoppes at Carlsbad

Escape 124

Alive

24 Hours in Palm Desert

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Brocc Your Body

Coastal Roots Farm

This Health Food Blogger Knows How to Prep, Brocc and Lock It

Adam McCurdy Shares His Top Tips for a Blooming Home Garden

PREP RALLY

SIRI, TAKE ME TO...

We Have Your Next 24 Hours in Palm Desert Taken Care of

GOOD TO GROW

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Hotel Paseo

This Salon Owner Lets Us in on Her Beauty Must-Haves

Find out How SPARKCYCLE’s Co-Founder Got the Wheels Turning in San Diego

Hotel Paseo Heats up Palm Desert

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Artist Spotlight

Danielle Quigley and Sue Fan Started Wild Habit to Foster Creativity and Reconnect With Nature

Jenny Fong’s Brewtiful Creations Are Taking Instagram by Storm

94 Waylon Salon

A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS

AU NATURAL

ALL RIDE-Y THEN

ESPRESSO-ING HERSELF

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City of La Quinta

Six Pack or Six Bags, This Is What You Need on Your Next Weekend Trip

Discover the Natural Landscape on a Moonlight Hike in La Quinta

CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND

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TAKE TO THE TRAIL

SNAP SHOT THIS HOT SPOT

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YOU GOAL GIRL!

Get Down to Business at the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Co-Work Space

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LOCALENDAR 10 EVENTS EVERY SAN DIEGAN CAN ENJOY WRITTEN BY: MAYANDRA ROBBINS

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EASTER, BRUNCH AND DEL MAR? OH YES! April 21

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GET YOUR LAUGHS AT HA-HA-HARRAH’S March 9

¢ What’s the best way

¢ Head over to

to celebrate Easter? With a brunch at the L’Auberge in Del Mar, of course! Indulge in KITCHEN 1540’s decadent pastries, fabulous food and the glorious ocean views. Just make sure to reserve your space so you can partake in this annual tradition.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California to enjoy a night of comedic happenings with Chris D’Elia. His “Man on Fire” show will have everyone laughing out loud. Get your tickets early, because you’re going to want to see this!

www.destinationhotels.com/ lauberge-del-mar

www.harrahssocal.com/ events/chris-delia

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May 18-19

BATTER UP! ¢ Calling all San

Diegans for the Padres Opening Day! For a family affair or just a fun outing with friends, the Padres Opening Day at Petco Park is something to behold. Get your tickets and support SD’s team as they go up against the San Francisco Giants. www.petcoparkinsider.com/ padres-opening-day

SOAK UP THE SUN ¢ Eat, drink and enjoy the festivities of the 40th Annual Fiesta Del Sol. These two days of endless fun in the sun will take place in the heart of Solana Beach. With live performances and delicious food, Fiesta Del Sol is an event you must mark on your calendars ASAP. www.fiestadelsol.net

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! April 11-20

¢ It’s that time of the year again! For nine days, you can watch some of the most inspiring films that San Diegan filmmakers have to offer, so make your way down to Balboa Park and soak in the silver screen’s fabulousness. www.sdfilmweek.com

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May 12

¢ There is no better

way to celebrate Mother’s Day in sunny San Diego than going to the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa to enjoy an absolutely spectacular Sunday brunch. Treat your mom to scrumptious delicacies, live piano entertainment and the beautiful sweeping views of Mission Bay. www.catamaranresort.com/ mothers-day-brunch

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April 27-28

March 16

NOT A LUXURY, BUT A NECESSITY ¢ For the 35th year,

Little Italy will once again partake in the Tri-Annual San Diego Artwalk. For two days, walk around the chic and lively neighborhood to celebrate and enjoy the talented artists of San Diego County. www.artwalksandiego.org/ missionfederal

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PARTY WITH THE LOCALE CREW March 21

¢ To celebrate the

release of our newest issue, come on over to the LOCALE Launch Party! With live music, beverages and scrumptious food, this is a party that you will not want to miss. www.fatthursday-locale. eventbrite.com

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ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY ¢ Make sure you save the date for ShamROCK, the annual Gaslamp Quarter Saint Paddy’s Day Festival! From 2 p.m. until midnight, you have the green light to enjoy food, dancing and, of course, lots of beer. Cheers!

www.sandiegoshamrock.com

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A BUBLÉ PERSONALITY March 31

¢ Go to the Pechanga Arena in Point Loma to hear Michael Bublé perform a number of songs from his new album, love. Remember to get your tickets soon for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

www.pechangaarenasd.com/ event/michael-buble

Photos - Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation & Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH ON MISSION BAY

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Such a Sweetheart MOLLY ROSSETTIE LOVES EATING RIGHT AND GETTING OUT IN HER LA JOLLA ‘HOOD

EXPERT: Molly Rossettie CREDENTIALS: Owner, Hi Sweetheart

MONDAY ¢ I start the week with a little caffeine boost at my favorite coffee spot in La Jolla, Pinpoint Café. The girls at the counter see me running from the shop and start my order—two espresso shots over ice. They are the best! www.pinpointcafe.com

TUESDAY ¢ I start my day with a different kind of boost—an endorphin boost—from a personal trainer and friend, Kandal Smith, at La Jolla’s Finest Training. She kicks my butt with a great sense of humor and a smile! www.lajollatraining.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ I’m down in the village early to run errands before I open the shop. I usually stop at Juice Crafters for a Greenest Plus #3.5 over ice; it’s fresh and light with a little kick. Plus, Juice Crafters is a local, familyowned business! www.juicecrafters.com

THURSDAY ¢ Thursdays are when I visit my family up in Orange County. Sometimes we’ll meet at Zoomars in San Juan Capistrano for the afternoon, or have a special lunch at Zov’s Bistro in Tustin, where I grew up. www.zoomars.com www.zovs.com

HI SWEETHEART 7920 Ivanhoe Ave La Jolla, CA 92037 858.729.1985 www.hi-sweets.com PHOTO BY: Manny Mendez

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FRIDAY ¢ After a busy week in the shop, one of my favorite things to do is meet my husband, John, at Catania for dinner. Our favorites are the Kale Caesar, Crispy Octopus and Duck Sugo Orecchiette. Paired with a glass of wine and chocolate gelato, it’s the perfect start to the weekend. www.cataniasd.com

SATURDAY ¢ Dinner out with friends is always on the calendar. I was very excited when Javier’s opened in La Jolla, and it has become our go-to spot. It’s always a fun vibe with fresh, modern Mexican food and great margaritas! www.javiers-cantina.com

SUNDAY ¢ Sundays are for enjoying the San Diego sunshine. My husband and I walk the one and a half miles from home to the village, stopping at La Jolla Open Aire Market for a Bump Coffee. We have brunch at Whisknladle before heading back home along the water. www.drinkbumpcoffee.com www.whisknladle.com


NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Bean There, Done That HAPPY HOURS AND GOOD VIBES MAKE UP THIS COFFEE SHOP OWNER’S WEEK

EXPERT: Justin Esselstrom CREDENTIALS: Owner Operator and Founder, Genteel Coffee Co

MONDAY ¢ I like to start my week out with a hearty breakfast at Snooze, and since it’s a weekday the wait is much more manageable. Their eggs Benedict options are amazing, but don’t forget to ask about their off-menu pancakes. You won’t regret it. www.snoozeeatery.com

TUESDAY ¢ El Paisa is the perfect midweek hangout. It has a good atmosphere and even better authentic Mexican food. My favorite is the Shrimp Burrito coupled with an icy margarita. www.tacoselpaisasd.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ After work, my girlfriends and I like to cruise over to Wailua in Ocean Beach, grab a mango goji bowl and explore the farmers market. Sometimes we’ll even pop in for a game of pool at Tony’s Cocktail Lounge. www.wailuashaveice.com www.tonysob.com

THURSDAY ¢ I like to support neighboring businesses so I’ve really been enjoying Amplified Ale Works’ new location in East Village.

GENTEEL COFFEE CO 403 13th St San Diego, CA 92101 619.786.6142 www.genteelcoffee.com

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They have one of the best happy hours in downtown, and you don’t want to pass on the Doner Fries—they are fire. www.amplifiedales.com

FRIDAY ¢ I’m a sucker for dive bars, and University Heights is home to one of the best. Lancers has an eclectic crowd, a mean whiskey ginger and a number of bar games that will easily fill up your evening. @lancerscocktails

SATURDAY ¢ I love ice cream, but many years back I developed an allergy to lactose. After going years without good ice cream, Mutual Friend has been such a joy. They have a rotating menu and a good variety of vegan options, too.

“I like to support neighboring businesses so I’ve really been enjoying Amplified Ale Works’ new location in East Village.”

www.mutualfriendicecream.com

SUNDAY ¢ Sunday rides on my Harley usually take me up PCH to Oceanside, where I grab an almond milk cortado at Revolution Coffee Roasters. Their almond milk is incredible— making the drive up the coast is always worthwhile. www.revoroasters.com

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

There’s an App for That! THIS FOUNDER AND ENTREPRENEUR USES HER FOODIE APP TO FIND THE BEST SPOTS IN SD

EXPERT: Lane Petrauskas CREDENTIALS: Founder, Skorch

MONDAY ¢ Dare I say I like Mondays? Hear me out—when else can you get that “fresh start” vibe? Mondays are like mini-NewYear’s, and I like to celebrate mine at Communal Coffee so I can work and set a positive tone for the week. www.communalcoffee.com

TUESDAY ¢ It’s Tuesday, which means the week’s to-do list is still scary AF. I’ll head to Bobboi Natural Gelato for a pick-me-up (aka their dairy-free passion lemon sorbet). [It] has a gorgeous ocean view, so I’ll take a stroll with treat in hand—no guarantees I’m not double fisting. www.bobboi.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ I’ll head to Holy Matcha for, you guessed it, matcha. Then I’ll hit up other places on Skorch, where you can find me taking an excessive amount of photos (Hi, I’m the girl standing on the chair taking pics of her food). www.holymatchasd.com

THURSDAY ¢ For lunch, I’ll go to Lola 55 for low-key, delicious Mexican food. Then I’ll head to Holsem Coffee, where I’ll get a latte with

oat milk, if they haven’t run out. This national oat milk shortage is a crisis. www.lola55.com www.holsemcoffee.com

FRIDAY ¢ Fish tacos at the gorgeous Ironside Fish & Oyster are a must. They’re exclusively on their happy hour menu from 3-6 p.m. It’s a great stop while doing work on my phone. JK, I’m probably on social media. www.ironsidefishandoyster.com

SATURDAY ¢ Saturday means no work, but I’m still working. As an entrepreneur, it never stops, and I don’t want it to. I’ll head to Moniker Coffee which has a coffee bar and cocktail bar. Need I say more?

“Mondays are like mini-NewYear’s, and I like to celebrate mine at Communal Coffee.”

monikergroup.com/moniker-coffee

SUNDAY ¢ I’ll hit up as many Skorchworthy spots as possible. I’ll go to Queenstown Public House for brunch. Later, I’ll head to the rooftop at Born and Raised, because it’s mini-New-Year’s- Eve (see Monday), and we deserve a little swank, amirite? www.queenstownpublichouse.com www.bornandraisedsteak.com

SKORCH www.getskorch.com @getskorch LANE PETRAUSKAS www.lanepetrauskas.com @lanepetrauskas Photoshoot Location: LOLA 55 1290 F St San Diego, CA 92101 619.542.9155 www.lola55.com

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He’s Not at the Lake LAKEHOUSE HOTEL & RESORT’S ERIC MCCONVILLE SHARES HIS WEEKLY MUST-BITES

“If you have never experienced the food and service at Trust Restaurant, you are missing out on a true gem.”

EXPERT: Eric McConville CREDENTIALS: Director of Food & Beverage, Lakehouse Hotel & Resort

MONDAY ¢ Happy hour at JRDN restaurant at Tower23 in Pacific Beach—you have to make it for the sunset and the specials. The sushi is out of this world! Chef David Warner has this operation going in an amazing direction. www.t23hotel.com/jrdn

TUESDAY ¢ Tuesday is gym day at 24 Hour Fitness in Escondido. Then coffee at Caffè Calabria in North Park with a few other food and beverage professionals to brainstorm ideas and talk about successes and failures within our operations. www.24hourfitness.com www.caffecalabria.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ [I go to] happy hour at Hundred Proof for some amazing drinks. Beverage Director Stephen Kurpinsky has this bar program going in a very positive direction. www.cyclebar.com www.hundredproofsd.com

THURSDAY ¢ Thursday is golf at 7 a.m. with my management team at St. Mark Golf Course. After work, it is wine knowledge time at The

LAKEHOUSE HOTEL & RESORT 1025 La Bonita Dr San Marcos, CA 92078 877.526.2671 www.lakehousehotelandresort.com

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3rd Corner in either Encinitas or Ocean Beach. Fantastic wines at amazing prices—this is a must for all locals. www.stmarkgolf.com www.the3rdcorner.com

FRIDAY ¢ [Time for] dinner with the wife and kids at their favorite spot, Vintana at the Lexus Centre in Escondido. The staff always goes out of their way to make the kids feel special. www.cohnrestaurants.com/vintana

SATURDAY ¢ Time for brunch! If you have never experienced the food and service at Trust Restaurant, you are missing out on a true gem. Owners Brad Wise and Steve Schwob have created a destination for all foodies from around the world. www.trustrestaurantsd.com

SUNDAY ¢ This is my day of rest. I’ll go to church with the wife and kids, then enjoy brunch at Decoy at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort that is truly out of this world. The rest of the day is preparing for the next week coming up. lakehousehotelandresort.com/decoy

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Frances’ Gram THIS FOODIE INFLUENCER SHARES TIPS, STATS AND WHO TO FOLLOW

—FRANCES TERAOKA

TIPS ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL FOODIE INSTAGRAMMER 1.

Have a great camera and know how to use it.

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Show your love for food and try everything once.

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Get to know the chefs, bartenders and restaurant managers around town.

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Find a good background with some depth.

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Bring a pocket light [for] when it’s dark inside.

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“My favorite accounts cover a bit everything. From travel and adventure mixed with learning about our environment to food and fitness and, of course, healthy recipes. I like to mix it up and follow a variety of topics because it’s important to embrace variety!” @adventurehydrology @thevenuereport @broccyourbody 30 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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“My boyfriend, Chris, is my photographer. It’s great having him there because he makes me feel comfortable in front of the camera and captures all of my candid and funny foodie moments.”

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“I was born in Tokyo and lived in five different countries. Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Vancouver and now San Diego.”

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DEAR JAMIE JAMIE SIGLER O’GRADY WRITES AN OPEN LETTER TO HER YOUNGER SELF

A Letter To My Younger Self, Today, I am 40 years old. There is so much I wish I could have told you 15 years ago as I worried about the life ahead. The fact is, you already established a solid foundation for the future. You were 25 years old, had big dreams, a strong work ethic passed down from your family and the worst thing you could become in your own mind was mediocre. Here is some advice to take along with you to ease the road ahead; you have never followed anyone or anything, and because of this you have often traveled the longer road. Know that even though your path won’t be the same others have taken— yours will be windy, bumpy and at times dark—that is okay. Don’t compare your path and timeline to those around you. If you stay focused on what you want out of your life, you will arrive at your destination. Because your personal and professional aspirations are big, you are willing to take risks to get what you ultimately want, or at least think you want at the time. This will open up a journey filled with the highest highs but also the lowest lows. Embrace those lows. Do not become a victim of your circumstance. You should know your greatest triumphs and motivations to learn will come after the dark times, making you enjoy the ride up and feel forever grateful for every ounce of happiness during the good times. Remember—compromise but never settle. Determination will power you forward. Your ability to stay true to yourself will remain your lighthouse. Trust your gut—it has always been your most powerful tool. Don’t let your motivation to achieve be the fuel to prove people who didn’t believe in you wrong. While it was good motivation at one point in your life, it isn’t healthy. I urge you to do things for yourself and for those who truly matter. I promise you, you’ll barely remember why some of those opinions of naysayers influenced you. Always remember that time with your family and your closest friends should be a priority, period. It doesn’t seem it at 25, but life moves fast and tomorrow is not a guarantee. Jamie, you have always been enough, you deserve the life you have always dreamed of. Go get it, girl!

Jamie Sigler O’Grady

Founding Partner, J Public Relations

“My mom owned a Jazzercise franchise in the Midwest and I used to collect the money for the classes and change the 45 single records backstage while my mom taught classes.”

Xo J

Age 9 month s

Take Note of Jamie’s Motivational Mantras

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Be strong, be confident, but remain humble and always remain kind.

Take business seriously, but never take yourself too seriously.

Love like you will never get hurt and love unconditionally.

JAMIE SIGLER O’GRADY www.jpublicrelations.com @jamlynnsig

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Words of Wisdom


FROM THE PAGES OF LOCALE LOS ANGELES

Most models are used to facing rejection, but where some might see roadblocks, Deddeh Howard saw an opportunity. Born in the African country of Liberia and raised in Cote D’Ivoire, Howard moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 with a dream of pursuing a modeling career. After being turned away by several agencies claiming they “already have a black model,” she decided to take matters into her own hands. With her photographer boyfriend behind the lens, Howard recreated major ad campaigns featuring white models, recasting herself in each shot and comparing the images side by side, launching what would become The Black Mirror Project. Seeking to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in the modeling and entertainment industry, Howard created an inspiring platform to fight for equal representation for women of color. “The project was created to inspire women like me who don’t feel represented or beautiful,” says Howard. “My goal is to keep inspiring, helping and spreading the word of diversity because I truly believe that we all matter.” Already an Instagram-verified lifestyle blogger and YouTuber, Howard was able to shine a light on her cause through social media— showcasing women of all colors and ethnicities and increasing their visibility while garnering a loyal following. Word of Howard’s mission spread and the project quickly went viral, sending her on a bonafide publicity circuit. While Howard believes there is still work to be done to achieve equal representation, thanks in great part to the popularity of her vision, the industry is beginning to listen.

Model Behavior

“It starts with the brands demanding that diversity [should be] featured in their campaigns,” Howard explains. “What they demand, the market will deliver. It also takes the vision to represent the world we live in today and not just a limited scope.” Howard says she’s grateful for the outpouring of support she’s received from the media and from fans around the world. The “baby steps” she’s witnessed toward greater inclusion is a beacon of progress for women across all industries and professions.

DEDDEH HOWARD’S BLACK MIRROR PROJECT IS ENCOURAGING CHANGE IN THE MODEL INDUSTRY

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“A lot of people are speaking out, having a voice and standing up for diversity,” says Howard. “We need to learn to understand each other and know that our differences are what makes us unique.”


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Two Peas in a

PODCAST PODCAST FOR ALISHA MARIE AND REMI CRUZ, THEIR SUCCESS IS ANYTHING BUT #BASIC

W R I T T E N B Y: K A N D A C E C O R N E L L

P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y: J A R E D S C H L A C H E T A N D J O E M A G N A N I

S T Y L E D B Y: S A R A B O R G E S E • S T Y L E A S S I S TA N T: G I N A C H E C C H I A H A I R & M A K E U P B Y: J E N N I F E R M A U

P R O P S S T Y L E D B Y: J A C LY N K E R S H E K

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Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz

A R E A M A T C H M A D E I N Y O U T U B E H E AV E N . B O T H H AV E F O U N D R E S O U N D I N G S U C C E S S I N D I V I D U A L LY O N T H E V I D E O P L AT F O R M , E A C H H AV I N G A M A S S E D A N I M P R E S S I V E L I B R A R Y O F C O L O R - P O P V I D E O S D E D I C A T E D T O E V E R Y T H I N G F R O M S U N N Y “ A D AY I N T H E L I F E ” T Y P E S O F S E G M E N T S T H AT D O C U M E N T D A I LY M E A L S A N D S H O P P I N G H A U L S , T O S E R I O U S I N T E R N A L R E F L E C T I O N S A N D S O U L- B A R I N G D I SC OV E R I E S . A F T E R W AT C H I N G J U S T O N E V I D E O , I T ’ S N E A R LY I M P O S S I B L E N O T T O F I N D T H E M C H A R I S M AT I C A N D E N D E A R I N G .

Tuning into one video inevitably leads to another, until hours have passed, making it easy to understand why viewers emerge with the distinct feeling that they’ve just acquired a new best friend. Chock-full of goofy hijinx, rapid-fire editing, dizzyingly colorful graphics and electro-pop music intros, it is the stuff of pure Gen Z fantasy. Now doubling their efforts, the 24-and-25-year-old influencers have brought their bubbly personalities (and a combined fanbase of over 28 million social media followers) to the airwaves in the form of a podcast called “Pretty Basic.” Having already pulled in a whopping five million downloads since launching in October, these girls are taking 2019 by storm with a live, four-city minitour set to kick off in April, including a one-night stop at the San Diego Observatory. Both natives of Orange County, Marie and Cruz had some pre-awareness of each other’s existence when they each started creating YouTube videos 10 years ago. They had some mutual friends in common, and once they both had developed an internet presence, each became a fan of the other. “We always kind of knew we’d be best friends,” Marie explains, referring to the time before their mutual agent played influencer matchmaker and made the introduction. “In fact, someone just sent me a screenshot recently of a comment I posted on one of [Marie’s] old videos that was like, ‘Oh my God, I love your channel!’” Cruz says. Adding to their list of commonalities is the shared fact that both girls found support from their families in putting college on the back burner to pursue YouTube as a full-time career. Cruz’s parents gave her one year to focus on growing her following, and the rest, as they say, is history. Carving a niche as a lifestyle vlogger, in an arguably oversaturated industry that’s still in the process of writing its rule book, is a task that many have tried and few have mastered.

“At the time when I started, 10 years ago, it was like you had to fit this kind of picture-perfect mold,” Marie explains. “Back then, the lifestyle genre was more about tutorials and these master gurus telling people how to do things, making it seem like you were an expert and your life was perfect. But I process things out loud, and now sometimes I’ll just have a question and make it a conversation [on the podcast] and we’ll talk things through, versus my videos where it’s just me talking to a camera.” This notion of relatability, of breaking the fourth wall with viewers and showing their genuine personalities allow viewers a glimpse behind-the-scenes of an otherwise glossy exterior, which is the key component to both the girls’ individual popularity and of their subsequent podcast. “Being able to open up and be vulnerable, which ‘Pretty Basic’ has helped me with a lot,” Cruz explains, “has really helped me grow my audience without even trying because they see that I’m not perfect.” Marie agrees, adding, “I came into this realizing that I’m not…a supermodel. I’m not Kylie Jenner. I shouldn’t even try to play those parts because it’s not who I am. I try to be myself as much as I can, and I think a lot of people like that and relate to it because no one is glammed up 24/7.” Cruz also understands the scrutiny that comes with physical appearance, having documented much of her inspiring 60-pound weight loss journey via her YouTube channel. “I think having someone always giving some kind of input on every aspect of your life [has been a challenge],” she says. “I cut my hair and people were freaking out about it. Something as small as that to something as big as my body transformation, it’s like everyone has an opinion about what I’m doing or not doing correctly. It’s crazy to not have any aspect of my life that someone isn’t judging.”

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“We always kind of knew we’d be best friends.” —Alisha Marie

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Alisha Marie Spills Four Secrets That Most Influencers Aren’t Talking About:

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IT’S ISOLATING

• While it may seem like most YouTubers are just taking silly, off-the-cuff videos with their friends, it can take hours to film and even days to edit a single video.

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BRAND TRIPS AREN’T JUST FREE VACATIONS

• While travel and lodging are typically paid for by the brand, influencers are expected (and usually contracted) to continuously post content, forgoing meals, sleep, and sometimes, the event they’re posting about to film and edit.

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THE WORK/LIFE BALANCE CAN BE A STRUGGLE

• When your life is your job, you’re working 24/7 and always brainstorming the next topic for content. There’s constant pressure to capture every moment, and it’s tough to find the “off” switch and find time to recharge.

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IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO MAKE MONEY

• While many vloggers’ lifestyles seem super-luxe, it takes a long time to grow a following, the equipment can be expensive and it takes a village of agents, publicists and managers to navigate the business aspect of monetization. LOCALE MAGAZINE 41


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“My favorite thing about the podcast is when we get listeners who tell us that we helped them get through something.” —Alisha Marie A lack of privacy and becoming the target of blatant uncensored opinions from the general anonymous public is one of the prices one must inevitably pay in exchange for internet fame. While most of the girls’ fanbase is accompanied by overwhelming support and lavishing loving comments on their video star “BFFs,” the callous negativity of internet trolls is shockingly abundant, as illustrated in one of Cruz’s videos entitled “Fat vs Skinny,” which was published in November of 2018 and has received close to two million views as of press time. In this video, Cruz points out the hypocrisy in reactions from members of her following regarding the way she comports herself as a physically altered version of her former self. While she reiterates that her fun personality hasn’t changed along with her physical appearance, she receives an onslaught of backlash to her once-silly ways, now filed under the category of “slutty.” The plot of the video sees her seek to re-create a staged photo originally posted by Alissa Violet, fellow YouTube star and model, who strikes a sultry pose in a bathing suit. Cruz notes that although Violet’s picture received a barrage of gushing support, after capturing herself in the same pose and posting the photo to Instagram, Cruz’s post received quite the opposite. Seated at a kitchen counter in a hooded onesie, Cruz reads and shares screenshots of the alarmingly hurtful array of insults she receives in the comments—everything from shaming terms like “slut” and “hoe” to even suggesting that she become a porn star with the insinuation that she’s seeking male approval. In the face of all this negativity, learning to love herself has been the ultimate lesson. Having the courage to take such hostility in stride is a new societal phenomenon, the likes of which former generations have never endured. Adopted first by millennials and perfected by the incoming Gen Z population, the ability to desensitize and mute the angry white noise of a phantom internet chorus–a digital mob airing its grievances online and projecting

their insecurities onto those on the other side of the screen–is an essential skill to master in today’s social media-driven society. While many young internet users have faced some form of cyberbullying, not all have experienced brushes with strangers the way that public personas like Cruz and Marie have. “[Being recognized in public] is the weirdest thing,” Cruz says. “People are so nice and polite, but I always have this realization that they know so much about me and I know nothing about them. They’ll be like, ‘How’s your dog? How’s your mom?’ But it’s so cool knowing you have that connection to people.” Finding that work/life balance is another challenge. In a YouTube video posted in May 2018 entitled “This Isn’t Goodbye...,” Marie describes the creative burnout she experienced from the pressures to create and post content on a consistent basis. The hustle led to overworking herself to the point of exhaustion, causing her to take a much-needed two-month hiatus to focus on herself and emotional wellbeing. Now that she’s back in fighting form, “Pretty Basic” has breathed new life into the world that she and Cruz share and they’re glad to be able to reach their followers in a new way. Their fun banter is full of endearingly honest glimpses into their personal lives, with the easiness and familiarity of old friends at a slumber party. “My favorite thing about the podcast is when we get listeners who tell us that we helped them get through something,” Marie explains. “We forget sometimes that we’re talking to an audience, it feels like we’re just talking to each other. Our personalities really balance each other out.” “I never get sick of her,” adds Cruz. “Maybe one day!” As for the podcast and their personal brands, the future is bright. In addition to the mini-tour, a year full of brand trips and personal growth is on the horizon. “The sky’s the limit,” says Cruz. “We always say, ‘There are no ceilings.’”

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FOODIE MIXO LO G IST S / / / B R E A K FA ST / / / B U R R I TO S

MARCH 2019

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EXPERTS Mixologists Go Head-To-Head With Seasonal Ingredients

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EXPERTS Raising the Bar

Local Mixologists Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

CODY’S LA JOLLA Sweet and Savory Breakfast Dishes Go Head-To-Head at Cody’s La Jolla

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FOODIE GUIDE Take a Bite out of These Top San Diego Restaurants

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LAB DESSERT & COFFEE You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Tried This Cotton Candy Burrito

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PROFILE Join HangryDiary for Tokyo’s Top Faves

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WHIPHAND Take a Look Inside This Local Chef’s Toolbox

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HUMANITARIAN PROFILE This NationallyAcclaimed Nonprofit Is Reaching out to San Diego’s Homeless, One Burrito at a Time

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THE BAR

Local Mixologists Show off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

WRITTEN BY: MATTHEW J. BLACK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER, JOSIE GONZALES AND JAMES TRAN Competitions bring out the best in us, and in that tradition, LOCALE put a cocktail challenge out to six San Diego bartenders, then watched patrons tilt their heads back as they reaped the benefits. Two bartenders were given the same ingredient to create a cocktail and a license to do whatever they wanted outside of that. Grapefruit, blood orange or raspberry had their brains shaking up new cocktails for lucky San Diego bar connoisseurs to imbibe. Their methods of matching, masking and bringing out flavors are the stuff of artists, and we dove deep into their minds to find the secrets behind their delicious libations.

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It ’s Bloody Brilliant

THE SEAFARER INGREDIENTS

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “Chef Cullimore created an awesome SeaweedDusted Duck dish that pairs beautifully with the Seafarer. He made a sous vide duck dusted with seaweed, served with a mushroom demi glaze, crispy beet greens and blood oranges.” MEETING GROUND

• Blood Orange Juice • Blood Orange Peel Simple Syrup • Blood Orange Wheel Garnish • Seven Caves La Jolla Cove Gin • Bitterman’s Boston Bitters • Lemon Juice • Seaweed Dust and Flake Salt

• “I’ve always found myself behind the bar in some capacity. The creative element is really just a nice perk to what I love the most— building relationships with people and being able to make someone’s day better, even if just for a drink.”

WAYPOINT PUBLIC 3794 30th St San Diego, CA 92104 619.255.8778 www.waypointpublic.com

The EXPERT

HEATHER SANDISON Bartender at Waypoint Public

KELP! I NEED SOMEBODY “I wanted to create a cocktail that celebrated the bright flavor of blood oranges and also played with a fun San Diego coastal theme. The kelp gin adds a really fun element and just feels like San Diego. Who wouldn’t want a cocktail that embodies a day out in La Jolla or Mission Beach?” 48 LOCALE MAGAZINE

BITTER IS BETTER “The most important thing when using blood oranges in a drink is the sweetness that they pack. It’s important to not use too much, especially if you intend on adding additional sweetener. It’s best to balance it out with a bitter citrus, such as lemon or lime.”


The Seafarer

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Sunkiss Squeeze

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT

Photos By: Kambria Fischer

• “The tart with the sweet of the blood orange and aroma from the rosemary really get your mouth salivating. In that way it pairs well with the Ahi Tuna Poke. The chili soy sesame sauce and fattiness of the tuna are cut by the sweetness.”

SUNKISS SQUEEZE INGREDIENTS

A LITTLE BIT OF AMBIANCE

• Effen Blood Orange Vodka • Fresh Blood Orange Juice • Fresh Meyer Lemon Juice • Rosemary Syrup

• insideOUT is such a destination restaurant that they just hosted their first wedding. It’s not too surprising, considering General Manager Paris Quion puts such an emphasis on ambiance. Everything you see, hear and taste is given careful thought, with extra attention to the aroma.

INSIDEOUT 1642 University Ave, Ste 100 San Diego, CA 92103 619.888.8623 www.insideoutsd.com

The EXPERT

MOE GIRTON

Partner/Creative Director of Spirits and Wine at insideOUT

JUICE TRUCE “I love working with fresh juices and cold press juices, and that goes especially for brunch cocktails. The juices make the biggest difference in the quality of a drink.”

AROMA THERAPY “The Sunkiss Squeeze has a nice, tart, refreshing flavor with a hint of rosemary from the sprig. It gets right in your nose, and it’ll make you want to breathe in while you drink it.”

LEARNING THE ROPES “I have always been into craft cocktails and using different things to make drinks. Over the years I studied more, experienced more and really started experimenting with different style drinks, different ingredients, syrups and more.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 49


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Talk About A Great-Fruit

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The Orange Cumin Carnitas Tacos pairs perfectly as the citrus in the carnitas and the perfectly salted richness just screams for something juicy and refreshing.”

YES PLEASE INGREDIENTS • Grapefruit Juice • Campari • Lemon Juice • Pineapple Gum Syrup • Orgeat • IPA

LET THE GAMES BEGIN! • “I have created a cocktail for a competition before, it was called “The Avoquato”—blanco tequila, hand-squeezed lime juice, kumquat, lemongrass and lime leaf ‘shrub,’ orgeat and a pinch of salt. Shaken with fresh avocado and double strained into a salted tortilla chip rimmed coupe.”

JALISCO CANTINA 213 N Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 760.429.1679 www.thejaliscocantina.com

The EXPERT

AMY DELEE Bar Manager at Jalisco Cantina

HANDY SHANDY “The brightness of lemon adds another bit of citrus, then there’s a touch of sweetness from the pineapple gum syrup. The splash of orgeat slightly rounds out a bit of the bitter bite from the hops, Campari and grapefruit, making this an extremely drinkable shandy-style cocktail.” 50 LOCALE MAGAZINE

WA R M - U P “Grapefruit has a bitter edge, so I like to pair it with something that has some fat to cut through the acid. Grapefruit marries very well with warm baking type spices, like cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg, as well as with an ingredient that adds a bit of heat, like chili or jalapeño.”


Yes Please

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Lily’s Word

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT

Photos By: James Tran

LILY’S WORD INGREDIENTS • Grapefruit Shrub • GrapefruitInfused Del Maguey Vida Mezcal • Yellow Chartreuse • Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur • Lime Juice

• “The freshness of the cilantro in the Hawaiian Ahi Crudo awakens the herbaceous quality of the Chartreuse, while the acidic tone of the lime and shrub cut through the rich body of the coconut broth and tuna. The smoky mezcal, spicy chile oil and tangy dill all come together to bring you umami.”

B O U L E VA R D ( I E R ) O F C O C K TA I L DREAMS • “My favorite cocktail to drink is a Boulevardier. It’s such a simple cocktail, and yet it’s so complex in flavor. The simple build allows for a lot of room to play, but really, you don’t even need to. Bourbon, vermouth and Campari…yes, please!”

DEATH BY TEQUILA 569 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760.782.2240 www.deathbytequila.com

The EXPERT

JARED FLORES Bartender at Death By Tequila

KNOW YOUR FRUIT “When you’re pairing anything with grapefruit you have to keep in mind the natural astringency of the fruit. Grapefruit can be semi-sweet, tart and somewhat sour. Grapefruit also tends to leave a tannic mouthfeel.”

GANG’S ALL HERE “I went with four flavor profiles when creating this cocktail: sweet, acidic, bitter and savory. I found that the ingredients I chose all play well with each other, and help to bring the best qualities of each to life.”

BALANCING ACT “You’ll want something more acidic or herbaceous to cut the bitterness of the grapefruit, but also bring out the sweeter side of it.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 51


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Berry, Berry Quite Contrary

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The [cocktail] pairs with our Short Rib Bao Buns. The meat is super tender and delicious, and the common thread is gochujang—Korean soy bean chili paste, which is part of the marinade for the meat and works with cocktails.” GETTIN’ CRAFTY • Kurpinsky is an active member of the “get more craft bartenders to San Diego” movement. He’s a local Chapter President for the United States Bartenders Guild, and a co-promoter for Bartenders Weekend—a three day event in its sixth year where San Diego hosts over 1100 bar professionals from around the globe.

SOMETHING WITH RASPBERRY INGREDIENTS • Raspberry Gochujang Cordial • “Ome” Mezcal • Ginger Syrup • Lemon • Cilantro • Salt • Dehydrated Lemon Garnish

HUNDRED PROOF 4130 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92103 619.501.6404 www.hundredproofsd.com

The EXPERT

STEPHEN KURPINSKY Beverage Director at Hundred Proof

T H E G O O D O L’ D AY S “The Something With Raspberry reminds me of 15 years ago during the rebirth of the craft cocktail. Everything was fresh— the juice, the measurements were proper, cold glasses became standard and raspberry was a big part of that. There was a lot of fresh fruit in those cocktails.” 52 LOCALE MAGAZINE

LONG LIVE THE LEMON “The [cocktail] is finished with a dehydrated lemon. We’re very much into sustainability. We throw away so much in the bartending world, especially when it comes to all these lemons that we precut. But if we dehydrate them they last longer.”


Something With Raspberry

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Raspberry Sour

RASPBERRY SOUR INGREDIENTS

Photos By: Josie Gonzales

• Raspberry Eau de Vie • Cranberry Wine • Aqua Fava Chickpea Juice • Simple Syrup • Lime Juice

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “When we do our wine pairings, we always want salty, spicy and fattiness. The Charcuterie Board has asiago cheese with chili flakes, which pair nicely. The Raspberry Sour compliments the fattiness of the meat, and olives have saltiness that goes well with the cocktail.” GOOD BUSINESS • Haghighi is a self-made man, and has faith that his progressive approach to business will win out. He’s relying on the savvy consumer, who wants more options than just whiskey and vodka, and also does their research to spend their money where sustainability matters.

FRUITCRAFT FERMENTERY & DISTILLERY 1477 University Ave San Diego, CA 92103 877.484.6282 www.fruitcraft.com

The EXPERT

ALAN HAGHIGHI

Founder and Owner at FruitCraft Fermentery & Distillery

SLOW AND LOW “Whiskey may take four days to ferment. When you ferment raspberries in four days, the flavor would be gone and turned into gasses. Fruit takes three to four weeks at low temperatures to keep the aromas. In whiskey, they’re trying to get rid of the corn, but here we’re trying to keep the raspberry.”

I L I K E T H E WAY Y O U W O R K I T, NO ACIDITY “The raspberry alcohol has no sugar or acidity—when you add tartness and sweetness you taste the fruit like it’s a raspberry. I wanted to bring out the flavors of the eau de vie and the aqua lava, which is vegan. It gives texture that serves as the icing on the cake.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 53


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Savory Ingredients: • Smoked Pork Loin • Poached Eggs • Toasted English Muffin • Hollandaise • Choice of Griddled Potatoes or Stone-Ground Grits

TRADITIONAL EGGS BENEDICT

• If you’re opting for the classic route, go with the Benny’s two poached, farmfresh eggs cooked to run over thick-sliced, smoked pork loin. The English muffins round it off, and everything is topped with a house-made hollandaise sauce. Since Cody’s assumes you came to eat, you also get your choice of griddled potatoes or creamy grits.

S AVO R Y

• A traditional, savory Eggs Benny is served with bacon or ham, so how do you improve on that? Cody’s gives us another part of the hog—-the tenderloin. At this point, it’s important to understand that Cody’s doesn’t have a freezer in-house, so you can bet everything is brought in fresh daily. Don’t want pork? Try it with crab. It is La Jolla after all.

VS. The Break-Fast and the Furious CODY’S LA JOLLA IS SERVING UP THE BEST OF BOTH DISHES

Sweet Ingredients: • Thick-Sliced Challah Bread • Candied Walnuts • Fresh Strawberries • Marscapone Honey Butter

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In the morning, do you crave sweet or savory? If that’s a battle you fight when it comes to brunch time then you’ll find the answer, no matter what it is, at Cody’s La Jolla. From the patio, hungry eaters get to enjoy a view of the ocean, then satisfy their taste buds with sweet treats like French Toast and savory gems like Eggs Benedict. We couldn’t decide either—that’s why we tried them both and are telling you all about it!

LA JOLLA LOYALTY • Cody’s is just about the best place to work in the world, but don’t expect any job openings soon— everyone loves working there so much that they haven’t hired a server in eight years!

CHILA-KILLIN’ IT • The Awesome French Toast and Traditional Eggs Benedict are fan favorites, but the staff favorite is the Chilaquiles. For the adults in the room it’s a hangover cure, and for everyone else, it’s a Baja California breakfast staple.

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A FAMILY AFFAIR AW E S O M E F R E N C H TOA ST

• Let’s talk about the toast. Its thick-sliced Challah bread from Bread and Cie Bakery is lightly battered in the proper French fashion and griddled to perfection. These thick slices of heaven are topped with fresh strawberries and candied walnuts for a tasty crunch. For the finish, spread the delicious Marscapone honey butter on your Challah bread before you drown it in maple syrup.

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• Cody’s has a good thing going at just a stone’s throw away from the sea, so when Owner Adam Stearns took over in 2012, he endeavored to make everything even better. Case in point is the Awesome French Toast, which uses fresh bread from a local bakery daily. And mixing butter with Marscapone and honey? Take your bow, sir!

• Cody’s really is a family-run operation. They close on holidays like most businesses, but also on Oct. 7, 2017—the day when GM Amanda D’Orazio married Owner Adam Stearns.

CODY’S LA JOLLA 8030 Girard Ave La Jolla, CA 92037 858.459.0040 www.codyslj.com


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America’s Finest City is also home to some of the finest cuisines, no matter what you’re in the mood for. San Diego has an undeniable surplus of diverse eats that includes a bounty of fantastic taquerias, sushi restaurants and pizza shops. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best of what SD has to offer your taste buds. Consider this your Palate Passport to the crème de la crème of spots for tacos, sushi, pizza and then some. And don’t worry, readers with food restrictions— we’re looking out for you, too! These are some of the finest places to eat all around San Diego County.

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Lean With It Guac With It

AND YES, WE KNOW IT'S EXTRA

MUST ORDER: BREAKFAST TACO Delicious food and unbeatable micheladas are served up with a special SoCal flair right next to the historic Chicano Park. People come for the tacos, but they all rave about the street corn! e

SALUD 2196 Logan Ave San Diego, CA 92113 619.255.3856 www.saludsd.com

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Celebrate Margarita Monday

MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY

MUST ORDER: BREAKFAST CASSEROLE e Provisional is a go-to brunch spot not only for their mimosa flights and breakfast casserole, but who else has a Champagne vending machine? Located in the fabulous Pendry Hotel, Provisional also houses an espresso bar and a retail space inside a greenhouse. PROVISIONAL 425 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 619.738.7300 | www.pendryhotels.com

MUST ORDER: HOUSE MARGARITA e Their House Margarita is simple and just the right amount of sweet— the perfect blend of Espolon Blanco Tequila, triple sec and limonada served on the rocks. RED O RESTAURANT 4340 La Jolla Village Dr San Diego, CA 92122 858.291.8360 www.redorestaurant.com

Live It Up on Taco Tuesday TACO TRUCKS WORTH THE TRAFFIC MUST ORDER: CARNITAS TACO Serving: San Diego Area

Breakfast Taco: Bhadri Kubendran | Gardez Margarita: Kambria Fischer | Carnitas Taco: Señor Grubby’s

MUST ORDER: GARDEZ MARGARITA e With mangopineapple-Serrano infused tequila, organic agave, fresh fruit and a rim dusted in Tajin, this local favorite is your new go-to. KING & QUEEN CANTINA 1490 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 619.756.7864 www.kingandqueencantina.com

TACOS LA MEZCLA 1517 30th St San Diego, CA 92102 619.889.1337 @tacos_la_mezcla

MUST ORDER: CABEZA TACO Serving: San Diego Area LA PRINCESITA 2351 Ulric St San Diego, CA 92111 619.765.8194

MUST ORDER: DEATH STAR e For a margarita that’s out of this world, try the Death Star, made with mango-pineapplechili-infused tequila, sangrita and Mandarine Napoleon. GALAXY TACO 2259 Avenida De La Playa La Jolla, CA 92037 858.228.5655 www.galaxytaco.com MUST ORDER: BLUEBERRY MINT-A-RITA e Perfect for friends who love to share, the Blueberry Mint-a-Rita is a concoction of Espolón Blanco, a house-made sweet and sour mix and blueberry purée that’s topped with soda. EL PREZ 4190 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.750.2512 www.elprezpb.com

MUST ORDER: SHRIMP TACO Serving: San Diego Area MARISCOS MI GUSTO ES 1606 Market St San Diego, CA 92101 619.274.5924

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A true Barrio Logan gem, this spot serves up delicious taco shop favorites on tortillas made fresh and in-house. There’s often a line out the door, but every single person in that line will tell you it’s worth the wait.

Serving up SoCal-quality Mexican food, it’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular spots in SD. The luchador motif is a feast for the eyes with a menu that’s just as exciting!

After a day in the office or paddling out, this is a popular spot for street tacos and margaritas up in coastal North County, especially on Taco Tuesdays!

An institution in San Diego’s South Bay, people are lining up in droves for these taqueria-style tacos. Pro-tip: each meat has its own line, so split up if you come with a group!

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SEÑOR GRUBBY’S 377 Carlsbad Village Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.729.6040 www.eatgrubbys.com

LUCHA LIBRE TACO SHOP 1810 W Washington St San Diego, CA 92103 619.296.8226 www.luchalibretacoshop.com

LAS CUATRO MILPAS 1875 Logan Ave San Diego, CA 92113 619.234.4460 www.las-cuatro-milpas.com

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“Birthday Cake” by Rihanna

“Passionfruit” by Drake

“American Pie” by Don McLean

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Viva L’Italia!

WE SPEAK AMERICANO

MUST ORDER: CAMPANELLE

MUST ORDER: TURKADO e Board & Brew’s Turkado— turkey, jack cheese and avocado—is a tried-and-true San Diegan favorite. B&B has been serving up delicious sammies in Del Mar since 1979 and is only getting better. BOARD & BREW 1212 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014 858.481.1021 www.boardandbrew.com

Best Wines to Pair With Pizza

MUST ORDER: DRUGSTORE HAMBURGER e One of their most popular picks is called the Drugstore Hamburger, but don’t judge a burger by its name. Its classic flavors speak for themselves, especially since The Grill specializes in cooking on an open flame and serving spectacular views along with their food. THE GRILL AT TORREY PINES 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA 92037 858.777.6641 www.grilltorreypines.com

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One might argue that this is the absolute best pizza in San Diego, but you ought to try it for yourself. Get two Bronx-style slices and a soda for seven bucks—and don’t forget to bring cash!

There’s no better place to hunker down on some seriously great slices after a long day of exploring Coronado Island. Their garlic knots are to die for, but you can never go wrong with their New York-style pizzas.

This is some gourmet pizza that you can really feel good about. Not only is their unique dough easy on the stomach, but all of their ingredients are sourced from and support local farmers.

REGENTS PIZZERIA 4150 Regents Park Row, Ste 100 La Jolla, CA 92037 858.550.0406 www.regentspizza.com

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BRONX PIZZA 111 Washington St San Diego, CA 92103 619.291.3341 www.bronxpizza.com

MUST ORDER: OSSOBUCO DI MAIALE

Solare’s Ossobuco di Maiale is often mentioned for the delectable pork shank that gets served on top of a risotto Milanese. Aside from the food, people come back to Solare for their cooking classes!

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SOLARE RISTORANTE ITALIANO

2820 Roosevelt Rd San Diego, CA 92106 619.270.9670 solarelounge.com MUST ORDER: TIRAMISU

Their hand-spun, New York-style pizzas and their Chicago deep-dish pizzas keep fans coming back (but the few dozen beers on tap might have something to do with it, too). e

MARETALIA

1300 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118 619.522.0946 www.maretalia.com

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NAPIZZA ENCINITAS 615 S Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760.452.2340 www.na-pizza.com

VILLAGE PIZZERIA 1206 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118 619.522.0449 www.villagepizzeriacoronado.com

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England: Sweet Corn

France: Fried Egg

Hawaii: Pineapple

Costa Rica: Coconut

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CIVICO 1845

1845 India St San Diego, CA 92101 619.431.5990 www.civico1845.com

Photos - Buona Forchetta: Kambria Fischer | Village Pizzeria: Blue Bridge Hospitality

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MUST ORDER: MARGHERITA The folks behind this South Park-born favorite were so passionate about serving up authentic Italian eats, that they built their own nationally-recognized oven to make the best Neapolitan pizzas.

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BUONA FORCHETTA 3001 Beech St San Diego, CA 92102 619.381.4844 www.buonaforchettasd.com

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Sushi Me Rollin’

JUST ADD SOY SAUCE

MUST ORDER: AGUACHILE ROLL Buzz about their Aguachile Roll and their Sushi Raw Bar are what get people over to this Pacific Beach restaurant, but the amazing views of the beach and boardwalk— especially at sunset—are what truly have diners saying, “Wow!” e

JRDN RESTAURANT 723 Felspar St San Diego, CA 92109 858.270.2323 www.t23hotel.com

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MUST ORDER: MAHI MAHI TACOS e The mahi mahi tacos here are award-winning, but secretly most people are really at PB Shore Club for the Red Bull vodka slushies. Located right on the beach, entertainment is all around, especially with their own events like WednesdayNight Goldfish Races. PB SHORE CLUB 4343 Ocean Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.272.7873 www.pbshoreclub.com

All in a Day’s Work CRYSTAL WHITE, BAKER AND OWNER OF WAYFARER BREAD EARLY MORNING

MUST ORDER: SURFY TURFY BURRITO e The Surfy Turfy Burrito at Park 101 is what people seem to gravitate towards, but it’d be kind of hard not to gravitate towards everything when it’s prepared in front of your face in the exhibition kitchen food line. A revolutionary communal dining space, Park 101 is family and petfriendly with plenty of picnic tables and fun games. PARK 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.434.2217 www.park101carlsbad.com

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at 4:30 a.m., greet the morning baker who has been there since 3:30 a.m. baking croissants. I mix baguettes and begin making bread.” MID-MORNING e “Drink my fourth cup of coffee of the day and give the pastry display one final glance before opening our front doors. Now’s the time to catch up on office work, run errands, check in with local farmers and alter our menu to make use of their offerings.”

AFTERNOON e “Assemble our sandwiches and salads for the afternoon crowd. I’ll take a quick break in our back garden and soak up some sun, then begin mixing tomorrow’s bread.”

Photos - JRDN Restaurant: Kambria Fischer | Himitsu: Luis Meza

LATE AFTERNOON e “Time to shape the bread, my most relaxing time of the day. This takes a couple hours and is usually accompanied by the soothing tones of Neil Young or Led Zeppelin.”

EVENING e “Once the bread has finished proofing around 7 p.m., it’s ready to be rolled into the walk-in refrigerator overnight where it stays before it’s baked the next morning. Then I feed the sourdough starter, turn off the lights and skedaddle!”

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An intimate fusion of the sushi bars of Ginza and the Southern California lifestyle, this low-key sushi spot is a favorite for fresh sushi and sashimi. Their specialty rolls are on point, but their Sushi Set gives you a little bit of everything.

The crispy beef skewers, spicy tuna musubi and shrimp tempura roll are also a few of the favorite things at this Carlsbad establishment. Their seasonal menu is crafted with care from local produce and traceable seafood.

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HIMITSU 1030 Torrey Pines Rd, Ste G La Jolla, CA 92037 858.263.4463 www.himitsusd.com

SUSHI OTA 4529 Mission Bay Dr San Diego, CA 92109 858.270.5670 www.sushiota.com

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THE LAND & WATER CO. 2978 Carlsbad Blvd, Ste 110 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.729.5263 www.landandwaterco.com

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Italy Parmiaga-no. It may be a favorite add-on in the US, but Italians suggest keeping the Parm off their pizza and pasta unless the dish calls for it.

Russia Don’t pass on the vodka! It’s considered rude to decline vodka when offered at meetings, group events or festivities.

HARNEY SUSHI 3964 Harney St San Diego, CA 92110 619.295.3272 www.harneysushi.com

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“CARIBE WELCOME” COCKTAIL

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GET THE FINEST GRAM AT THESE INSTAWORTHY SPOTS IN SAN DIEGO!

MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB 3704 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.381.0855 missbcoconutclub.com

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LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET 2820 Historic Decatur Rd San Diego, CA 92106 619.487.9346 libertypublicmarket.com

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THE GOODS 2965 State St Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.994.0458 thegoodscarlsbad.com

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CLOAK & PETAL 1953 India St San Diego, CA 92101 619.501.5505 www.cloakandpetal.com

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COMMUNAL COFFEE 2335 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 619.363.7737 www.communalcoffee.com

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POP PIE CO. 4404 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92116 619.501.4440 www.poppieco.com

INSTA HERE: Palm Leaf Wallpaper

HOLY MATCHA 3118 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 www.holymatchasd.com

10 Foodie Accounts You Should Be Following 1. @youstayhungrysd 2. @bestfoodsandiego 3. @eat_sandiego 4. @eat_whatcha_like 5. @sdfooddiaries 6. @bestfoodfeed 7. @firstcomeslatte 8. @619foodie 9. @taylereatseverything 10. @apriljackeats

Photos - Miss B’s Coconut Club: @missbcoconutclub | Liberty Public Market: @karaleavesagain | The Goods: @thegoodsdoughnuts Communal Coffee: @menstylebyguillermo | Holy Matcha: @holymatchaa | Cloak & Petal: @cocktailbars | Pop Pie Co: @saharpaigeyazdanii

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Show Me the Stats

Make the Swap SWITCH OUT UNHEALTHY FAVORITES FOR HEALTH-FOCUSED SUBSTITUTIONS

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A study in the US National Library of Medicine shows that more than $15.5 billion was spent on the retail sales of gluten-free foods in 2016, more than double the amount spent in 2011. e

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REPLACE THIS: BURGER

REPLACE THIS: CHICKEN POTSTICKERS

REPLACE THIS: FILET MIGNON

REPLACE THIS: BISCOTTI

WITH THIS: MAGICAL/CG DOUBLE DOUBLE

WITH THIS: “CHICKEN” POTSTICKERS

WITH THIS: FLOUNDER

WITH THIS: GLUTEN-FREE CINNAMON DIPPER

This is so close to the real thing, you might even forget you’re actually eating a black bean patty. Of course, Café Gratitude is so popular for their food that even a carnivore wouldn’t mind that it’s entirely vegan!

Sipz knows how to take vegetarian-friendly fare and make it fun with an exceptional menu of tea, boba drinks and a full menu. Their “chicken” potstickers have everyone fooled.

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There’s no better place to get fish than right by the sea, so it’s a good thing that’s exactly where you’ll find Campfire. This rustic restaurant has received plenty of high praise, and undoubtedly it’s because of the way their Flounder a la Plancha and other dishes are inspired by the smoky flavors of a wood fire.

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STARRY LANE BAKERY 3925 Fourth Ave San Diego, CA 92103 619.328.0500 www.starrylanebakery.com

Photos - Café Gratitude: Lee Walters and Jennifer Stroman

San Diego may be home to some of the best eats in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean much to people with certain dietary restrictions. Thankfully, vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and those sensitive to gluten alike are all accounted for in SD’s culinary scene, and the food-sensitive options out here do not disappoint!


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You’ve heard of the California burrito, the sushi burrito and the ramen burrito, but have you heard of the legendary Cotton Candy Burrito? This unicorn-inspired dessert is not just a thing of myths—LAB Dessert & Coffee has introduced this sweet snack to San Diego!

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LAB DESSERT & COFFEE 4817 Convoy St San Diego, CA 92111 858.384.2449 www.macaronsandcoffeelab.com

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The jaw-dropping Cotton Candy Burrito is best paired with a plain hot or iced Americano, according to Lee, who claims a sweet latte would render the burrito “tasteless.” We’ll take his word for it! LAB Dessert & Coffee, formerly known as Blush Desserts, is tucked away in a Kearny Mesa shopping center, but it’s not to be missed—the sweet smell can lure you in from a mile away. Guests who enter the shop can expect a flawless fusion of vintage and modern style, gorgeous lighting and, of course, a myriad of inventive and colorful indulgences. LAB’s menu is packed with dozens of other sweet treats, including 14 different flavors of house-made macarons, macaron ice cream sandwiches, snow ice and cloud cheesecake. The LAB also offers an expanded coffee menu with options ranging from basic espresso drinks to sweet latte and mocha creations. “Our goal is to create new ideas on desserts and coffees so customers can always experience something new and never get bored,” said Lee.

Think Pink • The Cotton Candy Burrito is far from the only colorful menu item. LAB’s Pink Hazard, a pink vanilla latte, is one of the hotspot’s bestselling drinks!

Never Board • LAB offers a selection of fun board games so you can play while satisfying your sweet tooth.

So Brewtiful • LAB will be introducing a new creative coffee menu this year. Stay tuned!


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ARIGATO, TOKYO Sisters Jocelyn and Justine of HangryDiary Have Your Tokyo Travel Guide Ready WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HANGRYDIARY

HANGRYDIARY @hangrydiary www.hangrydiary.com

HangryDiary is a food diary my sister (Justine) and I (Jocelyn) founded when we graduated from UCLA and USC. We loved exploring new restaurants, and that was our inspiration for becoming food bloggers. If you want to run into us, you can try seeking us out at the hottest restaurants in town. We’ll be the two holding cameras and taking an obscene amount of time getting that perfect shot of the dishes! We’re showing you our favorite spots for a day in Tokyo—a lot of food at hard-to-reserve restaurants, a trendy place to stay and places to explore included. Get your passport ready—we’re off to Japan. LOCALE MAGAZINE 71


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the top traditional tempura places in Tokyo. Master Tetsuya Saotome (aka God of Tempura) has been making tempura for over 50 years. He told us: “Tempura is my practice of aesthetics as a creature.” Chef Saotome varies the coating and frying methods. One of the highlights of our meal was anago (sea eel). When serving the anago, Chef Saotome used a long, metal utensil to slice the eel into two. It was truly amazing! PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ TOKYO TIP: The handwritten menu is beautifully complemented with his drawings. The meal is completed with special calligraphy drawn and signed by Chef himself. MIKAWA-ZEZANKYO

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GINZA WEST AOYAMA GARDEN

9 a.m. BREAKFAST 朝御飯 Ú We always call Japan a

pancake wonderland. Our recent favorite is the big, fluffy pancake that you should eat like a cake. Ginza West Aoyama Garden has a rich history of over four decades. The perfectlyshaped, pillowy pancake is so fluffy! We went an hour early before the cafe opened and chose to sit on the patio, enjoying the perfect weather while taking huge bites. PRICE: ¥¥ TOKYO TIP: Visit the store at least 30 minutes before it opens! GINZA WEST AOYAMA GARDEN

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Michelin Star-Rated Restaurants

If It's Good Enough For The Pros, It's Good Enough For Us

TWO MICHELIN STARS Ú Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa puts

a magical twist on the dining experience to make it playful and kawaii, yet is still rooted in the classic kaiseki cuisine. His signature garDen salad is made with emoji carrots and 20 vegetables harvested daily from the garden, and at the end of the meal, Chef and his dog Puchi will bid you farewell. PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ DEN

www.jimbochoden.com/en/

TWO MICHELIN STARS Ú Chef Noboru Arai creates

a fusion between French and Japanese cuisine. He is wellknown for using ingredients from around the world and employing classic French cooking techniques. We could tell that all the dishes were prepared with a lot of effort and incredible skills. The meal was extremely impressive. PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ HOMMAGE

www.hommage-arai.com/en/

ONE MICHELIN STAR Ú We’re not huge fans of eel,

but after trying the unagi (aka eel) at Obana, our feelings toward eel have changed. The unagi has one Michelin Star and is charcoal grilled to perfection and seasoned with sweet, caramelized sauce. PRICE: ¥¥¥ OBANA MIKAWA-ZEZANKYO

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5 p.m. DINNER 晩御飯 Ú Yakitori Omino is the

“You can expect to find yourself standing beneath waterfalls, wandering through a forest of flowers, followed by waves in five unique areas.”

3 p.m. ENJOY A MUSEUM 博物館 Ú teamLab Borderless is a

group of artwork that forms one borderless world. You can expect to find yourself standing beneath waterfalls, wandering through a forest of flowers, followed by waves in five unique areas. Be amazed as you explore this new world created by 520 computers and 470 projectors. PRICE: ¥¥ TOKYO TIP: You have to see this! Our favorite is the everchanging room with scattered petals that grow, bloom, wither and die in an endless cycle. MORI BUILDING DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: TEAMLAB BORDERLESS

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place to get your skewered chicken fix. Yakitori Omino is headed by Chef Masayoshi Komino, who trained for six years in Meguro's Michelin one star restaurant Torishiki, and uses the highest quality date chicken with the finest flavor. If you choose to go with omakase, you can experience a variety of chicken parts such as thigh, liver, gizzard, heart, tail and more! If you’re still hungry, you can also order their oyako-don! It is a risotto with date chicken and kodawari shirotamako, or white egg. PRICE: ¥¥¥ MORI BUILDING DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: TEAMLAB BORDERLESS

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9 p.m. TIME TO TURN IN ホテル Ú Look no further than

The Celestine Hotel Ginza. The hotel faces the worldrenowned main shopping street of Ginza and is steps away from high-quality restaurants with easy access to the train station. We were welcomed by the friendly team who went above and beyond to provide clear directions to all sightseeing spots and even ordered admission tickets for us! PRICE: ¥¥¥¥ TOKYO TIP: In the superior twin room, they provide not only regular amenities but also extra amenity kits from Bvlgari and Shiseido! THE CELESTINE HOTEL GINZA

www.celestinehotels.jp/ginza/eng/

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8 p.m. DESSERT デザート Ú Do you recognize this fruit

tart? You may have seen it all over IG! It is a Frenchinspired Japanese pastry served at Été, which is located in a residential area near Yoyogi Park. It is the most exclusive, seasonal fruit tart from artist and chef Natsuko Shoji! Every bite is juicy, sweet and memorable. Packaged in a jewelry box, the fruit tart is skillfully crafted in three layers, with a buttery, sable cookie crust, topped with special custard, edible “roses,” mango from Miyazaki, or other seasonal fruits with gold flakes or a sugar butterfly. PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ ÉTÉ

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“The hotel faces the worldrenowned main shopping street of Ginza and is steps away from high-quality restaurants with easy access to the train station.”

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Louisiana echoes the sound of a trumpet playing in the French Quarter, spreads the smell of beignets through the city and raises up the most pristine, well-practiced chefs, and at Whiphand in San Diego, you can find Louisiana-raised Chef Quinnton Austin. As the culinary director for Grind & Prosper Hospitality, Chef Austin is creating dishes with flair and a perfected method. Whether he’s crafting one of his favorite dishes, a ribeye or serving up dishes from Whiphand’s American Brasserieinspired menu like their short rib pie a la biscuit or Chef Q’s seafood pie, there are a few things he simply can’t cook without. So what’s cooking in Chef Austinʼs kitchen? Only the best meats and seafood created with these must-have tools:

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Cast Iron Skillet “I had the idea of everything being cast iron skillet-made…all of [Whiphand’s] steaks are made in skillets. [It gives] the steak a goldenbrown. The point of the skillet is to get that nice char and get a better flavor than putting it in a broiler or a grill.”

8 Butcher’s Twine Butter and Herbs “Put it on at the end of making the steak to give it more of a buttersaucy-type of feel.”

“Cling the ribeye to help it keep its shape. It’s supposed to have more of a circular form and not a long oval, so it’s to help it keeps its shape.”

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THE BOYZ ARE BACK THE BURRITO BOYZ ARE BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SAN DIEGO AND ITS HOMELESS POPULATION

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“OUR GOAL, WHICH WE TRY TO IMPART THROUGH THESE PEP TALKS, IS TO PROVIDE HOPE, DIGNITY AND COMFORT TO A POPULATION THAT OFTEN DOESN’T RECEIVE THE HELP IT NEEDS.” —MICHAEL JOHNSON

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Sunday mornings in San Diego typically begin early for MICHAEL JOHNSON. While the rest of the laid-back city enjoys a lie-in, he is up and about at 4:30 a.m., converting pizza joint Long Island Mike’s in Kearny Mesa into a gigantic kitchen and processing center for his non-profit Hunger 2 Help, otherwise known as the Burrito Boyz. By 5:15 a.m., Johnson and his staff are cooking up to 130 pounds of potatoes and cracking approximately 1,920 eggs, which youth and adult volunteers will later assemble into mouth-watering burritos. Within two hours, the team will have produced and packaged 600 burritos and, after assigning various duties to the younger volunteers, will be preparing to take the food to feed the homeless in East Village.

“We always give the kids an inspirational talk before we take our caravan on the road,” says Johnson. “[We hope] that they will connect with people and know them by name. Our goal, which we try to impart through these pep talks, is to provide hope, dignity and comfort to a population that often doesn’t receive the help it needs.” The outing that would soon morph into Burrito Boyz occurred in 2012, when Johnson’s then 17-year-old son Alex presented him with a Christmas list featuring multiple expensive items. Drawing from his own experiences working with the homeless in his hometown of Cleveland, Johnson decided to take his wife, his son and his son’s friend, Luke, to make breakfast for San Diego’s homeless population in the hope of helping the teens gain perspective and learn to appreciate the things they had. Says Johnson, “We chose burritos because they were the easiest type of hot breakfast to transport and make in large quantities.” That first Sunday was a success—not only did the quartet administer 54 burritos along with water bottles, but the two young men also asked if they could do it all again on the following Sunday. 80 LOCALE MAGAZINE

“WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT REASONS WHY SOMEONE MIGHT BE HOMELESS AND THAT JUST HANDING SOMEONE A PAMPHLET OR DROPPING THEM OFF AT FATHER JOE’S IS NOT A PERMANENT SOLUTION.” —MICHAEL JOHNSON

Much to Johnson’s surprise, Alex, Luke and their friends—the original seven Burrito Boyz—worked on this new enterprise through Christmas 2012 and beyond, steadily recruiting other youths and their parents as volunteers. According to their official website, the Burrito Boyz have convened in the East Village for 428 consecutive Sundays and served over 217,000 people as of publication date. Johnson describes these gatherings as “a big family dinner in the home territory of this population. We started out going from one sleeping bag to another, but now we use tables and have everyone stand in line to collect their food.” In addition to the burritos and water bottles, the volunteers distribute necessities such as toilet paper and feminine products, dog and cat food, pastries and other miscellaneous items. Meanwhile, the teen volunteers set up a special area for homeless children to play games and receive goodie bags, while the adults provide books at a miniature lending library, whose materials are dispersed through the encampment. Johnson and his crew also provide information on housing and employment and various other resources for the homeless men and women they assist, although they typically wait to do so until they have earned an individual’s trust and respect. For the past four years, Burrito Boyz have been successfully “developing relationships over meals and working over the course of months to build friendships that may not have happened otherwise,” says Johnson. “We understand that there are many different reasons why someone might be homeless and that just handing someone a pamphlet or dropping them off at Father Joe’s is not a permanent solution. Instead, we get to know each person as an

Talk of the Town • Burrito Boyz has been profiled by CBS Evening News, People Magazine and several talk shows. They even received a letter from President Barack Obama! Helping Hands • Some of the businesses and organizations that have donated money and resources to the Burrito Boyz’s outreach include PAWS, Trader Joe’s and Panera.

individual, and when they finally reach the point where they feel comfortable opening up to us, that’s when we encourage them to seek help.” Despite the attention that the Burrito Boyz’s philanthropy has garnered from media outlets all over the world, Johnson remains grounded by the immediate demands of his family’s enterprise, including ongoing efforts to become more environmentally conscious in 2019. “We’ve made a point of collecting more trash from the streets than we bring in,” says Johnson. “But now we really want to step up our efforts and teach the homeless how to be better neighbors.” In recent weeks, the Burrito Boyz have been providing their homeless customers with reusable canvas bags emblazoned with the non-profit’s unofficial motto: “Serving the world one burrito at a time.” Individuals are encouraged to bring their bags with them each Sunday to receive a special treat. Johnson also hopes to eventually stop relying on plastic water bottles and potentially introduce reusable bottles and a refill station to the community. For now, he is eager to “improve our overall efficiency so that we have more time to engage new homeless friends.” If the way to one’s heart truly is through the stomach, he should have no trouble with that at all.


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THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID This Blogger Shows Us Her Favorite Places in The Shoppes at Carlsbad

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PROFILE At Wild Habit, North County Residents Get to Walk on the Wild Side

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“When I watch my designs come down the runway, I love to watch the audience’s reactions. When I see my feelings in the reactions, I know I’ve done my job.” —Bryan Vaughn Top Designer Brand Fashion Week San Diego 2018

VAUGHNBERRY www.bryanvaughnberry.com @VaughnBerry @BryanVaughnBerry

ALL APPAREL PROVIDED BY: VaughnBerry www.bryanvaughnberry.com

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Growing up on a Southern California ranch surrounded by horses, 4-H member and math lover Bryan Vaughn may have seemed like an unlikely candidate for 2018 Fashion Week San Diego’s Top Designer. But, his experience was likely what catapulted Vaughn to earn the title this past fall. After a brief stint in a structural engineering program, Vaughn felt an undeniable urge to apply his problem-solving skills to fashion design in 2007. In 2016, he launched his line, VaughnBerry, and never once questioned his decision.

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London Calling • You may see a familiar face beyond the runway soon— Wessling will be featured in British Vogue this March!

“After a brief stint in a structural engineering program, Vaughn felt an undeniable urge to apply his problem-solving skills to fashion design in 2007.”

VaughnBerry primarily focuses on menswear with an artistic approach. “VaughnBerry takes classic and familiar silhouettes and then blends them with fresh and different outlooks. As a menswear designer first, I have always felt this genre was stale and boring to a certain extent. I grew tired of seeing the same nicely-fitted black and blue suits walking the red carpets,” Vaughn explained. “No longer do men have these stale options. In VaughnBerry, textiles make all the difference in design. I love to use eccentric textiles that are feminine in nature. Fabrics like chiffons, brocades, faux furs and lace are great examples of textiles you will find in my menswear.” The designs are targeted to the traditional gentleman who doesn’t take himself too seriously and is not afraid to take risks. According to Vaughn, “This man travels with the belief that the adventure is more important than the destination.” While primarily focused on menswear, the line also includes designs for the modern woman. “The greatest thing I am learning about VaughnBerry is that even women are wanting to wear my menswear. In fact, my menswear inspires my womenswear. The VaughnBerry woman loves expressing herself as a woman, but wants to be taken seriously in this modern world,” Vaughn said of his androgynous designs. The line breaks these traditional style boundaries for men and women by gleaning inspiration from Vaughn’s lifetime love of nature and the environment. “I always had a love of animals and nature which is a huge aspect in my line today. Everything we need to exist is in nature,” Vaughn noted. “I’m fond of hiking and traveling, and the sites I’ve come across bring out emotions I have never felt before. The textures, landscapes, animals and weather all tell a raw and evoking story. Those stories provoke thought and feelings within myself, and I tell that story through my designs. When I watch my designs come down the runway, I love to watch the audience’s reaction.


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When I see my feelings in the reactions, I know I’ve done my job.” Not only do Vaughn’s designs tell a story about nature and the feelings it can evoke, but they also work to preserve the environment. “I find trends wasteful and too impactful on the environment and the whole fast fashion industry is living proof,” Vaughn explained. “Touching back on my inspiration, I love nature and look to preserve as much of it as possible when it comes to my line. I’m looking for ways to make my line 100 percent sustainable, and that’s a trend I support fully. As a fashion designer, I am not looking to follow trends. Instead, I’m looking to create trends that will last forever.”

“My goal is to move toward more sustainability. I hope that the fashion industry will move toward fair-trade and higher quality.” —Jaenna Wessling

It’s only fitting that this nature-minded and boundary-breaking line was donned by 2018 Fashion Week San Diego Top Model, Jaenna Wessling. Wessling is both an environmental scientist and an Asian-American model who is breaking the norm of traditional models. Wessling, who began modeling in 2017 and appeared in her second FWSD in 2018, has made it her mission this year to avoid fast fashion brands. “My goal is to move toward more sustainability. I hope that the fashion industry will move toward fair-trade and higher quality,” said Wessling. Similar to VaughnBerry’s disruptive designs, Wessling is blurring the lines for traditional models, too. The print and runway model has Filipino, German and Irish heritage. “I grew up not really seeing Asian-American models. I would love to see more representation from people who look like me in the media,” Wessling explained. While Wessling is breaking barriers for racial diversity in modeling and environmental science, Vaughn is continuing to blur the traditional boundaries in menswear and womenswear across the country. He will be taking its natureinspired Europa collection on the road later this year. “You will want to pay attention to VaughnBerry and where we are headed!” LOCALE MAGAZINE 87


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Shop, in the Name of Love

WRITTEN BY: DANIELLE LUCIA SCHAFFER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER HAIR BY: MALISSA MORAN

Danielle Lucia Schaffer Takes Us on Her Perfect Day Out at The Shoppes at Carlsbad

DANIELLE LUCIA SCHAFFER www.citygirlgonemom.com @citygirlgonemom

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I’m Danielle Schaffer! In between my two full-time gigs as chef and chauffeur to my four kids, I seek to entertain, educate and inspire fellow moms who could use a good laugh and a few parenting tips through my lifestyle blog, City Girl Gone Mom, and podcast, The Mom Confidential. The juggle and struggle of a family and career-focused mom is indeed real, so taking time out to date myself is the only way I stay balanced. Penciling in a workout or a spa treatment is a must. In celebration of reaching over 350,000 readers on my parenting column on “TODAY,” I decided to woo myself with a day trip to the Shoppes at Carlsbad. I’d say it went pretty well. In fact, there was so much chemistry, sparks flew all afternoon.

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11 a.m. Lucha Libre Taco Shop Ú Taco lovers, unite.

Worth every minute you’ll wait in line, Lucha Libre is a fun and funky hotspot paying homage to the colorfully masked luchadores. Make no mistake, the menu is just as colorful as the walls in this establishment, with an entire menu dedicated to Cali Burritos. Add crispy cheese to your Surfin’ California Burrito with grilled steak and shrimp, fries and a boatload of other fresh fixins, and you’ll thank me later. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 218 C Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.429.2935 luchalibretacoshop.com

Noon Nekter Juice Shop Ú Happiness in a bowl. Or a cup. I’m not picky.

Nekter Juice Shop has been one of my longtime favorite stops for juices, bowls and smoothies on the go. If your self-care rituals are as decadent as mine, the Nekter Cleanse is awesome for detoxing with fresh pressed juices like Turmeric Citrus Skinny Lemonade. Try the 6-Day Celery Detox to boost digestion or the Classic Detox to help you kick your sugar cravings and increase your appetite for whole foods. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 216 Carlsbad, CA 92008 442.287.0144 www.nekterjuicebar.com

Ú I came for the coffee. I stayed for the coffee. And the avocado

toast, and the almond butter toast, and the cardamom and the goji berry bowl. Hey, no judgment. The artisanal coffee is next level, fit for simple caffeine seekers to coffee connoisseurs alike. The vibe is hip and relaxing with friendly baristas. A sanctuary of sorts. Sit by the window, and enjoy the breeze. 5611 Palmer Way, Ste D Carlsbad, CA 92010 760.448.6167 www.leap.coffee

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3 p.m. Francesca’s Ú Next time you find yourself walking

past a Francesca’s boutique, stop, turn around and walk in because there’s something for everyone for every occasion. Plus, finding an outfit including all accessories for under $100 without going to a department store is good for the soul. A bonus? In and out in 30 minutes, and the next five birthday parties are covered. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 230 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.583.2542 www.francescas.com

Wonder Woman In addition to authoring her popular blog City Girl Gone Mom, Schaffer is also a top parenting contributor on “TODAY” and host of the popular podcast, The Mom Confidential.

“If I could compile a list of all my favorite fast, fresh and healthy seafood plates, the menu at Grubby’s Poke & Fish Market covers it.”

4:30 p.m. Grubby’s Poke & Fish Market Ú If I could compile a list of all my

favorite fast, fresh and healthy seafood plates, the menu at Grubby’s Poke & Fish Market covers it. Spicy surf and turf, poke nachos, salads, ceviche— the list goes on. For the atmosphereobsessed patron like myself, the décor was an absolute delight with modern fixtures and reclaimed panels of wood in hues that mimic the ocean. And don’t forget the sake. Try the Sho Chiku Bai, it’s just as sexy as it sounds when saying it out loud. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 218 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.828.9074 www.grubbyspoke.com

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7:30 p.m. Sweet Cloud Creamery Ú After coffee, breakfast and an

afternoon of shopping, I hardly deserved another treat, but Sweet Cloud Creamery was screaming, “Come to mamma!” and an Italian mamma never turns down freshly-made ice cream with authentic Italian ingredients. Matcha Madness, Vegan Cookie Monster, Fro-Chata, Flaming Hot Mango Sorbet—yes please, with a cherry on top. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 131 B Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.720.5345 www.sweetcloudcreamery.com

8 p.m. Zara Ú Chilly spring nights call for fresh new

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6 p.m. SoHa Living Ú Aloha from SoHa! Contrary to my husband’s theory that I’ll

use any excuse to acquire new decorative pillows, I’m a firm believer that seasonal home design can re-energize a space. And I’m pretty sure SoHa must stand for “so happy” because that’s how I felt the minute I set foot in the door. From playful to gorgeous, the wall hangings, fragrances and pillows embody a lifestyle of leisure, vacation and tropical luxury. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 119 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.362.8484 www.sohaliving.com 92 LOCALE MAGAZINE

wardrobe staples, and nobody does it better than Zara. My top picks for the season? TRF for new trends with an edge, and I’m also loving the fit of the Mid-Rise Sculpt Jean and leggings. For the kiddos, overalls and blazers are everything and Zara gets it right every time. For casual days, special occasions and most importantly, picture day at school, the Spanish brand turned style mecca is the ultimate one-stop shop for my entire brood. 2525 El Camino Real, Ste 110 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.434.2473 www.zara.com


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SLIP SILK PILLOWCASE u The foundation of beauty begins with a good night’s sleep. These pillowcases not only prevent bed head in the morning, but the silk fibers are less absorbent and keep your skin’s moisture, facial products and hair products where they belong.

IBIZA BRUSHES u Every great blow out starts with the right tools. With Ibiza, the boar bristles eliminate frizz, promoting hair with volume and shine. Plus, the light cork handle is more comfortable and easier to grip.

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CHANEL CC CREAM u This cream is perfect for a quick cover up before heading to the gym or running errands and is a great base before a full face of foundation. The added SPF is the perfect way to protect from the San Diego sun. www.chanel.com/us

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www.oribe.com WAYLON SALON & BOUTIQUE 5726 La Jolla Blvd, Ste 105 San Diego, CA 92037 858.230.7992 www.waylonsalon.com

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With a vision of being simultaneously personable and high-end, Alli Hayes opened Waylon Salon in La Jolla and now makes clients happy with healthy and compliment-ready hair. Although busy running a full-time business, Hayes has finalized her beauty routine down to a T, leaving her looking like she just stepped out of the salon herself with these necessities.

Photos - Waylon Salon & Boutique: Kambria Fischer

REGENERATING SKIN NECTAR u As a busy full-time business owner, simplicity is key when it comes to my skin care regimen. I use this product both in the morning and at night to keep my face feeling healthy and youthful.

ORIBE MYSTIFY u This is my goto when trying to preserve my style from the day before. Mystify spray reactivates previous product to restyle while strengthening and protecting the hair from damage.


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DANIELLE QUIGLEY AND SUE FAN STARTED WILD HABIT TO FOSTER CREATIVITY AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE WRITTEN BY: SARAH HOOD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAMIEN NOBLE ANDREWS

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WILD HABIT 1834 S Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 www.wildhabit.com

Danielle Quigley Co-Owner, Wild Habit

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An Urge for Birch

• The duo’s favorite items to design are their lighting fixtures created from birch. Quigley and Fan are especially proud of their lampshades from this line.

Living Off the Land

• The most unusual place that Quigley and Fan have gone to harvest materials is Wales. Says Quigley, “We stayed in a barn and foraged in the surrounding farm for firs, vines and patterned stones.”

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Oceanside has a reputation for being an easy-going beach town, an ideal place to raise a family near the calm beauty of the ocean. But within this even-keeled city, business owners Danielle Quigley and Sue Fan have established a space for their suburban customers to embrace their wild sides. Their shop, Wild Habit, sources natural and organic materials from a variety of locations throughout the United States, from forests to fens and beyond, and transforms these items into jewelry, decor, furniture and other statement pieces. Says Fan, “We take beautiful things in nature and show you how to use them to make your home warm and wild.”

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• Fan and Quigley also work as style and design consultants for other businesses and events, including a smaller-scale version of Ted Talks called The Do Lectures. Through this, the duo has written a book called “Do Inhabit: Style Your Space for a Creative and Considered Life.”

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“A S M U C H A S W E TRY TO BRING THE OUTSIDE IN, WE ALSO TRY TO BALANCE OUR N AT U R A L V I B E W I T H M O D E R N F E AT U R E S .” —DANIELLE QUIGLEY

in New Hampshire or sheddings from deer antlers in Maryland. We once sourced cacti from Joshua Tree here in California!” From there, Fan and Quigley shape their findings into entirely unique products, with no two items being the same, even within a singular line of lamps or wall hangings. The results, according to Quigley, are entirely unpredictable and completely representative of the shapes and colors found in nature; one can expect plenty of curves and soft lines, as well as hues of green, brown and white. The duo also accentuates their wares with contemporary elements. “As much as we try to bring the outside in,” says Quigley, “we also try to balance our natural vibe with modern features. For example, we might use a bit of shiny bronze or rose-gold accents to complement our wood products.” This aesthetic also extends to Wild Habit’s physical location. Fan describes the premises as “a big open space with a clean, modern feel” that complements the earth-hewn tones and textures on display. There is also a dedicated DIY area in which customers can use the natural materials that Fan and Quigley scavenge to make terrarium necklaces, birch bark stamps and any other crafts they can imagine. Not surprisingly, the store and its products have attracted artists and “plenty of transplants from Los Angeles and elsewhere who are drawn to this woodsy style,” says Quigley. Many families have

also embraced Wild Habit’s free-spirited creations; according to Quigley, “We have a strong community here in Oceanside who contribute to its ‘gritty and pretty’ vibe. We know our customers by name, and we love that people get to take nature with them when they leave our shop.” Wild Habit is equally dedicated to teaching its customers “the importance of respecting nature and leaving the wild to be wild,” says Quigley. Not only do she and Fan practice recycling and environmentallyfriendly sourcing in their sojourns, but they also promote charities that will give back to the landscapes that they adore. “We do our best to be as sustainable as possible in designing and selling our goods,” says Fan. “Ten percent of our proceeds go to an Arbor Day non-profit, and one tree is planted for every single item we sell at Wild Habit.” As 2019 dawns and new adventures beckon, Quigley and Fan anticipate reaching out to new customers and going bigger and better with their craftsmanship. To that end, the women can look to their own customers for inspiration—or rather, their customers reach out to them. “People often send us stuff that they find on the ground,” laughs Fan, “or else they’ll bring the material into the shop and try to make something out of it. We keep up to trend by observing what interests our clients.” It certainly seems that the ladies of Wild Habit won’t be at risk of losing their customers’ interest any time soon.


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WRITTEN BY: KAITLYNN LABIT PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAVID ALONZO HERNANDEZ STYLED BY: DEVON RIESENBERG & FELA BARNETT

THERE ARE A FEW NECESSITIES YOU NEED WHILE TRAVELING—a toothbrush, a change of clothes, your phone charger—but what does any of that matter if you show up to your weekend getaway empty-handed? Let's be real, no one wants to be that guy (or girl). If you’re the one who shows up expecting to live off of others’ libations, flip the pages and take our advice to bring these drinks on your next adventure. We have your weekend bag packed—drinks included. Whether it’s a Saturday with the bros, an R&R weekend for you and your girl squad, a birthday celebration or a romantic time for two, you’re about to go from “that guy” to “that guy!”

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TAN LINES? Don't fear a shorts tan. Bring your favorite pair of denim shorts that you slide on while sitting at the poolside bar and take off when you're ready to take a break from the sun and swim.

Striped Bathing Suit Van De Vort

Tassel Earrings Pigment Coconut Body Oil Van De Vort

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Corona Extra Canteen Woven Handbag Gold Diggers

BUT MAKE IT FASHION Pack your best straw hat so you can look good while you lounge and achieve the golden glow and ditch the sunburn.

Slides Van De Vort Couples Journal Pigment

Turkish Towel sparkle + toast {EVENTS} Tropical Paradise Chocolate Bar Pigment

Pom Pom Garland sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Sunscreen Coola

“Unicorn Snot” Sparkly Sunscreen Pigment

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NO WIFI, NO PROBLEM Be prepared and go old school with a cocktail recipe book in case cell service is spotty.

Cocktail “Road Trip” Book Graffiti Beach

Tacos Hat Pigment

Dry Shampoo Powder Graffiti Beach

Let’s Hear It for the Boys

Hangover Patch Pigment

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MAD ABOUT PLAID A flannel is a nofuss, lightweight solution when you're transitioning from warm days to cold nights.

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Mini Incense Kit Graffiti Beach Spiced Citrus Beard Softener Graffiti Beach Mini Craft Cocktail Set Pigment

Mexican Wrestler Bottle Opener Hi Sweetheart Boutique

Flannel Shirt Faherty

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JUST BEAD IT Don’t head to a party without the right bag in tow! Store your gloss, phone and cards in a chic, little, eyecatching clutch!

LIGHT MY FIRE Ditch the monogrammed candies and opt for something with a little spark. Design custom matches to let your party guests know they’re one-of-a-kind.

Birthday Crown Where’s The Party?

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Lucite Block Heels Van De Vort

Beaded Clutch Van De Vort Custom Birthday Matches Graffiti Beach

Party Poppers Where's The Party?

Chunky Bracelet Van De Vort

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Cocktail Guide Book Graffiti Beach

Birthday Cards Pigment Disco Ball Tumbler Where’s The Party?

Marble Candles and Palm Napkins Geese & Ganders

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Let’s Go, Girls CAN I BORROW YOUR SUNGLASSES?

Rose-QuartzInfused Bath Salts Pigment

Yellow Acrylic Handbag Pigment

Cat Eye Sunglasses Van De Vort

SHINE AND SHIMMER No need to wait for that golden glow— stay glowing all weekend long with this Illuminating Body Oil!

Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil Pigment

Gold Cross Earrings Van De Vort

Green Juice Gummies Pigment

Loose Leaf Tea Jar with Sugar Cubes Van De Vort

Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Cactus Tumbler sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Bandeau Bikini Van De Vort Trinket Dish Van De Vort

Water Bottle Pigment H2-WOAH In between those mouthwatering meals, stay hydrated by keeping this cute water bottle close by…your skin says thank you in advance!

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Find out How SPARKCYCLE’s CoFounder Got the Wheels Turning in San Diego

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BROCC YOUR BODY Carissa Stanton Shows Us How to Meal Prep Like a Pro

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Meet the Latte Artist Behind S3 Coffee Bar’s Decorative Drinks

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CITY OF LA QUINTA Set out Under the Stars on a Moonlight Hike

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• “I have a few items that I make all the time and I’ll alternate between these foods every week so I don’t have to stress about what I’m going to make for the week.”

• “Let’s be real—three meals a day ain’t enough. That’s why I always have healthy snacks prepped and on hand. My favorites are fresh fruit, carrots and hummus, raw nuts, kombucha and beef jerky.”

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Just Go For It • “You don’t need to be tracking calories or putting yourself on all of these strict diets. Just keep track of what you’re putting into your body and be conscious about it. Your body knows what it needs.”

Don’t Get Carted Away • “I do 90 percent of my grocery shopping for the week on Sunday. I always have my meals for the week written out and what ingredients I need for each. It’s so easy if you’re prepared.”

• “No better way to treat yourself than a nice set of food storage containers, amiright? Jokes aside, fresh, glass Tupperware gets me hyped. It’s pricier than plastic but lasts way longer.” 3

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Start Fresh • “I tend to have certain foods portioned out and ready to cook instead of cooking it ahead of time. This prevents food from spoiling before you get the chance to eat it.”

Let Her Show You the Kitchen • Stanton works fulltime as a real estate agent. So her recipes are catered to people with busy lives!

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Carissa Stanton of the healthy food blog, Brocc Your Body, is all about balance. Yup, that’s right. Broccoli and bagels— you can have both! With a degree in kinesiology emphasizing in fitness, health and nutrition, Stanton is an advocate for healthy eating and fitness, but she also loves a good red wine blend. Her blog and Instagram are dedicated to creating healthy spins on the food we grew up eating. Oh, and Crunch Wrap Supremes (I’m looking at you Freshman 15). Not only are her recipes delicious, but they are also affordable and easy to make. Stanton makes a point to create meal and snack preps that are economical for the wallet and the waistline. CARISSA STANTON broccyourbody.com @broccyourbody Photoshoot Location SAN DIEGO, CA

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Get to the Good Stuff • The meals that Stanton makes don’t take hours of prep or cook time—what she posts is actually what she’s eating! Squash the Competition • According to Stanton, “My favorite go-to meal is my zucchini boats. They’re so easy and so good!”

CARISSA STANTON Creator of Brocc Your Body

Smart Foodie • Stanton graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. She emphasized in fitness, health and nutrition—it’s no wonder why her recipes are so trustworthy!


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ALL R I D E -Y THEN FIND OUT HOW SPARKCYCLE’S COFOUNDER GOT THE WHEELS TURNING IN SAN DIEGO WRITTEN BY: LOUIS SCHULER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NICK ISABELLA

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WHAT STARTED AS A WAY TO DE-STRESS AND UNWIND AFTER WORK THEN BECAME A PART OF HER NORMAL ROUTINE.

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“I LOVE SEEING PEOPLE FEEL GOOD AND SEEING PEOPLE FEEL HAPPY.” —STEPHANIE COCHRANE

Mind-Body Connection • “We’ve found [that 45 minutes] is plenty of time to get the cardiovascular workouts, the mental, spiritual, uplifting, feelgood vibes that you leave with while still being able to fit it in your day, ” said Cochrane.

Press Play • “Making the playlist is a huge part of it...I have to love the music in order to teach it and get excited and get inspired and create that energy for the room,” explained Cochrane.

Jump on It • The first class is discounted at $14 for newbies, so don’t be shy and come join the fun!

looking for. But it was the mixture of career aspirations, passion and deviating from the mundane concept of the traditional workout that eventually led to SPARKCYCLE’s May of 2014 opening in the scenic La Jolla area—one of the factors she credits to the company’s successful debut.

You could say Stephanie Cochrane, founder of the energetic, polished and increasingly popular spin class company SPARKCYCLE, may not have expected to get into the fitness industry prior to starting her career journey. In fact, her creativity, business-savvy ambition and willingness to try new things had little to do with spin class at all. What started as a way to de-stress and unwind after work then became a part of her normal routine. From there? The idea sparked and that creativity, business-savvy drive and adventurous quality fueled Cochrane to take the ride of her life.

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In her early years, she began as an equestrian who competed in show jumping and participated in three sports in high school. Fast-forward to college, when Cochrane began working at a nonprofit where she gained knowledge about building businesses and brands while also practicing real estate on the side. This made for a busy lifestyle—something which cycling helped her manage.

“We had people who were excited about bringing this concept to San Diego, and I really have to attribute it to having really good people on our team. And the La Jolla community was super welcoming,” Cochrane said. “People got really excited about it.” But perhaps the true moment came when Cochrane found what gave her a great sense of gratification—seeing the joy and happiness her spin cycle classes brought to others.

“It was finally something I would look forward to doing after working. I was working maybe 10 to 12 hour days sometimes,” said Cochrane. “I would find myself leaving work early or at a normal time to go cycle in Orange County, and I just fell in love with it.”

This then funneled into the next evolution of her vision for the company: creating a space that reflected a sense of friendship, camaraderie and a jubilant community within each class—one that instills relationships both inside and outside.

The then 26-year-old Cochrane discovered a newfound love for her spin class—a place allowing for an escape from the daily Orange County chaos. She would also often visit San Diego to see her brother, only to find that the area didn’t seem to offer the same type of workout routine she was

“I love seeing people feel good and seeing people feel happy. Like when they’re coming out of a class, they’re just on this high. And that inspires me to create the best product possible—the best experience we can offer to people because that’s what I got five years ago when I fell


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in love with it. I was like, ‘oh my gosh, this feels amazing’—just seeing the joy and the excitement and the adrenaline after a class...that’s what it’s all about.” After seeing success in La Jolla, Cochrane opened another location in Point Loma’s bustling Liberty Station in April 2017. Both locations feature a vibrant, immersive experience with low-dimmed rooms and around 40 bicycles per class. The music alone provides plenty of incentive to get the full, calorie-searing workout with reverberating beats bouncing off the walls and the rhythm of pedaling classmates around you. But don’t be fooled, this experience can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. “We want people to feel welcoming and inclusive, and we want people to feel comfortable and empowered—it’s

not just for the cool kids,” Cochrane says. “Honestly, it’s intimidating to go to a boutique fitness class, so we want people to feel amazing when they leave the studios. Our instructors are welcoming and we try to make it accessible while still challenging so that you leave feeling challenged and inspired.” As for SPARKCYCLE’s future? Cochrane is still pedaling strong. Her passion for bringing people together through the joy and rigor of cycling still drives her today. “I’ve been so fortunate to be able to be in an industry where I get to work with people that want to be doing what they’re doing—people who are passionate about improving people’s lives. I love the freedom I have right now, and the ability to be creative and put smiles on people’s faces.”


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Jenny Rocks the Block • When Fong isn’t whipping up art in a cup of Joe, she’s busy playing field hockey, working with her high school environmental club, acts as the VP of UNICEF club and works with the Red Cross.

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Caffeinated beverages are cool pick me ups and all, but have you ever experienced the magic of rainbow sprinkles and whimsical rosettes before? For coffee-lovers who are looking for drinks that are as much of a treat to the eyes as to the palate, S3 Coffee Bar comes through drippin’ with savory brew and some of the most creative latte art that you have ever seen. If you’re an avid Insta follower of the coffee shop, then you’ve most likely double-tapped on some of their creatively colorful concoctions—and you can thank Barista Jenny Fong for that!

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“My sister decided to open shop and she needed help, so I thought ‘Okay, this was going to be really cool!’”

Do you have a love for coffee and art? JF: I just thought it was so fascinating how I could get creative with latte art! Do you have a favorite design or creation? JF: I started with a basic heart rosette and now I’m able to do a swan! Now I want to progress and become more advanced to perfect my craft with more creations.

Two Kinds of Shots • Fong’s artistry goes beyond whisks and espresso tampers—she also dabbles in photography.

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How did you get into it? JF: My sister decided to open shop and she needed help, so I thought ‘Okay, this was going to be really cool!’ How long have you been creating latte art? JF: Well, I never thought about it because I didn’t have any experience until my sister needed art, then it took me around three months to have it down and I’ve ended up loving it. So I’ve been doing it a while now, most days after school in the afternoons and weekends.

“When my sis got a Breville machine for home, I would practice, like, two to three hours a day after school and I would find myself more interested and inspired.”

S3 COFFEE BAR 6171 Mission Gorge Rd, Ste 102 San Diego, CA 92120 619.693.5333 www.s3coffeebar.com

What was your inspiration behind becoming a latte artist? Jenny Fong: My sister signed me up for classes and I also went on YouTube to watch some video tutorials and they were so helpful. Then when my sis got a Breville machine for home, I would practice, like, two to three hours a day after school and I would find myself more interested and inspired. Once I understood the basics, I would want to challenge myself to do more complicated art.

Can’t Rush Art • If you’re ordering one of Fong’s signature rainbow lattes, be prepared to give the artist time to do her thing! The intricate process takes around five minutes to perfect.

Have you done any latte competitions? JF: I only did one and I was so nervous against the other competitors but out of 64 I made the top 11 before I was eliminated. It was really fun but nerve-wracking. Can you describe the popular rainbow latte? JF: People see pics on Instagram and when they come in they want what they’ve seen. We use food coloring in the milk and the creation takes a lot of work, so it’s only a weekend thing, which works because during the week people just want grab-and-go coffee and not so many rainbows.


A Glowin’ Good • On the moonlight hikes, guests can use black lights to discover cool insects that glow in the dark, like scorpions.

7:00 P.M. 6:30 P.M. HIKE BY MOONLIGHT • Get ready for an experience like no other! Be sure to bring at least one liter of water, a headlamp or flashlight, and wear closed-toed shoes. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m.—don’t forget to RSVP beforehand!

GRAB A BITE BEFORE YOU HIKE • Get right before your hike at Cork & Fork. Enjoy a glass of wine or two over a small plate at this upscale, awardwinning restaurant. They offer over 15 wines by the glass with local and sustainable dishes. CORK & FORK 47875 Caleo Bay Dr, Ste A106 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7555 www.corkandforkwinebar.com

ON THE TRAIL

LA QUINTA COVE PARKING LOT CORNER OF CALLE TECATE AND AVENIDA RAMIREZ La Quinta, CA 92253 760.862.9984 www.desertmountains.org

Take to the Trail DISCOVER THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE ON A MOONLIGHT HIKE IN LA QUINTA WRITTEN BY: KIERSTEN MORRIS

Tall Tales • History of the Cove Hike is a great one that offers hikers a look into early La Quinta including movies that were filmed there, myths and legends of the city as well.

8:00 P.M. MOONLIGHT, SHINE BRIGHT • During this time you see the shadows dancing against the mountains from the moonlight. Around 8:30 p.m., which is the midpoint of the hike, you can really soak up the views of the Santa Rosa mountains with the lights of the La Quinta Cove. ON THE TRAIL

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9:30 P.M. LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL • You made it! End your moonlight hike with a cold brew at the La Quinta Brewing Old Town Taproom. FYI: It’s a taproom only and does not provide food, so bring your own! LA QUINTA BREWING OLD TOWN TAPROOM 78065 Main St, Ste 100 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.972.4251 www.laquintabrewing.com

Look Into the Past • Set out on an archaeological exploration. On a couple hikes, you can uncover a site with ancient fish traps in Lake Cahuilla or explore ancient Cahuilla petroglyphs from hundreds of years ago.

GLOW IN THE DARK • Scorpions have never been cooler! Wind down your hike and check out some pretty cool scorpions that actually glow in the dark. No need to be afraid, they’ll be plenty of light to guide you.

11:00 P.M. STAYCATION • Time for a little R&R! For anyone visiting, book your stay at the La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort. Sit back and take in the picturesque scenery in their Spanishstyle rooms. Amenities include a golf course, spa and more!

Sky’s the Limit • Get a close-up view of various constellations and planets through the lens of a telescope. The volunteer can point out not-to-be-missed astrological sights for a night to remember!

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TRAILING ALONG • Lookout! Keep your eyes peeled for bats above and creepy crawlers below. Explore the trails of La Quinta with every twist and turn of something exciting to see around every corner.


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24 HOURS IN PALM DESERT Explore All There Is to See, Eat and Do in Palm Desert

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COASTAL ROOTS FARM This Encinitas-Based Farm Has the Secret to a Successful Garden

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HOTEL PASEO Time to Book That Reservation, Hotel Paseo’s Waiting

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PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Reach Your Goals at This Amazing New Co-Work Space

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COASTAL ROOTS FARM Good to Grow

Adam McCurdy Shares His Top Tips for a Blooming Home Garden

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Relax and Play Ú Bae can practice his swing at one of two championship courses at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, white you treat yourself to a Desert Journey massage at the Spa at Desert Springs.

Worth the Wait Ú Wilma & Frieda serves up some great comfort food and original dishes for breakfast—especially delicious is Kim’s Banana Caramel French Toast, made with brioche thick-cut bread. Our stomachs are grumbling already.

DESERT WILLOW GOLF RESORT www.desertwillow.com THE SPA AT DESERT SPRINGS www.marriott.com

WRITTEN BY: LYNNE EODICE

WILMA & FRIEDA www.wilmafrieda.com

Toss us the keys and pack your bags, we’re heading to Palm Desert! If you only have 24 hours to spend in this oasis, we’ve rounded up great places to eat, shop and play from dawn till dusk! Whether you’re looking to indulge in a spa and shopping spree or eat your way through the best restaurants, we’ve planned a day you’ll be reliving through Instagram for weeks afterward.

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BUMP AND GRIND TRAIL www.hiking-in-ps.com

12 p.m. Organic Eats Ú Grab your gals for an organic lunch at Luscious Lorraine’s. Our favorites are the Asian Tofu Salad and Turkey Chipotle Sandwich (with gluten-free bread!).

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3 p.m. Find Your Fashion Favorites Ú Don’t forget your spare suitcase! Treat yourself at The Shops on El Paseo for designer boutiques including Bottega Veneta. You’ll find tried-andtrue stores including Anthropologie at The Gardens on El Paseo. For treasure hunters, head to Delany’s Antiques to find your next big score! THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO theshopsonelpaseo.com THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO thegardensonelpaseo.com DELANY’S ANTIQUES delanysantiques.com

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Grab a Bite Ú The black-and-white patterns are worthy of a few Instagram shots alone, but this eatery is more than just a pretty face. If you love a good rack of lamb or falafel, Evzin is your go-to for dinner.

EVZIN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE www.evzincuisine.com

8 p.m. Rest Up, Boutique Style Ú Check into Hotel Paseo, within walking distance to many shops on El Paseo. The trendy boutique hotel has luxurious rooms, the rejuvenating Spa La Le’ and a lively restaurant— AC3 Restaurant + Bar. THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO

HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com

10 p.m. Nightcap Ú But before you turn in, we suggest one final stop to grab a nightcap at Libation Room. The

speakeasy-feeling lounge serves delicious cocktails perfect for ending the night on a high note.

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Photography Provided By: Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery, The Gardens on El Paseo, Hotel Paseo

Get Your Heart Pumping Ú Work off your breakfast by taking the Bump and Grind Trail, which serves up a great workout and views when you reach the top. You bring the water, we’ll bring the sunscreen!

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‘TIS THE SEASON • “Bring in the springtime with the right crops that mix up your garden with their different bloom times. Radishes, broccoli, carrots, kale, chard, collards, lettuce and Bastia are the perfect fit.”

ADAM MCCURDY SHARES HIS TOP TIPS FOR A BLOOMING HOME GARDEN

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Old McDonald may have had a farm, but he could never dream up the experience Coastal Farm gives. Located in Encinitas, this picturesque property sits on over 70 acres and features sustainable agricultural produce that serves to help fight food insecurity and cultivate the land based on ancient Jewish traditions. With over 17 years of farming experience, Adam McCurdy, Coastal Farm’s farm manager, shares tips on how to create your home garden.

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TOMATO, TO-MA-TO • “Tomatoes are very susceptible to pests and fungal infections. Plan to work hard up front and continue doing so throughout the season to be rewarded with these ripe veggies.”

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BEST BUDDIES • “Sometimes a natural garden can use a little bit of help. Products such as Thin Reemay Floating Row Crop Covers can protect and grow your garden.”

“Bring in the springtime with the right crops that mix up your garden with their different bloom times.”

“Plan to work hard up front and continue doing so throughout the season to be rewarded with these ripe veggies.”

All for Food, Food for All • Coastal Farm offers a Pay What You Can farm stand to welcome the community and offer fresh produce for all families, no matter their income.

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At The Center of it All • What used to be called the “flower growing capital of the world” is now where Coastal Roots Farm’s property sits.

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Palm Desert’s first luxury hotel to be built in over 30 years, Hotel Paseo, has been making lasting impressions since its opening in March 2018. Dubbed as one of the most Instagrammable hotels of the region, this midcentury modern-themed hotel is an artistic dream. In short? Everything you want in a getaway is right here at Hotel Paseo. “Hotel Paseo offers guests once-in-alifetime experiences,” says Judy Esterbrook, Director of Sales and Marketing. If Hotel Paseo wasn’t already on your bucket list, it will be once you’ve read this.

AIRSTREAM, YOU STREAM • In the hotel’s backyard sits the fully-restored, vintage 1950s trailer featuring a queen bed, kitchenette and patio—complete with an awning and Adirondack chairs. The Airstream is available for events and receptions, and will soon be a room that guests can book overnight.

SPA-LA-LA • In need of decadent relaxation? Spa La Lé is a must on your agenda, including their signature 24-Karat Gold Drench treatment—this age-defying facial includes real gold! “This is a truly relaxing experience, where we focus on the whole journey for our guests,” says Esterbrook.

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• For an iconic stay, the Billiards Suite comes equipped with a full-size billiard table in the living room, a Shinola record player with speakers (and a great music collection) and a wet bar. “The guests also love the jaw-dropping views of the desert palms,” says Esterbrook.

• Just a few steps away from Shops at El Paseo, Hotel Paseo is your ultimate girls� weekend getaway. Stay in the Glamour Room with a mixology bar and Hollywood-style mirror for getting ready. Then, take your celebrations poolside in your private cabana— facial mist by Lather included!

• True to the district’s local art history, Hotel Paseo has its own art gallery which is comprised of curated pieces mostly from local artists. Esterbrook states “It’s an eclectic collection, from the canvas works in the lobby to the fun, thought-provoking pieces that line the hallways.”

Soak in Silence • You don’t know relaxation unless you’ve booked the Oasis Spa Room— complete with a soaking tub in the middle of the room to enjoy right after your spa treatment. Game On • Take your competitive side to the lawn for a friendly game of shuffleboard or cornhole. Hotel Paseo’s lawn is stocked with fun outdoor games for the whole squad!

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Perfectly Situated • The Chamber of Commerce is conveniently located in Downtown Palm Springs. “Parking is free,” says Watson. “And there are 65 restaurants within walking distance.”

In the Know • The Co-Work space also offers its users opportunities to network and connect with other creatives and professionals at their mixers, guest speaking and class events.

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Whether it’s putting that startup plan in motion or collaborating with friends, let the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s new Co-Work space be your creative HQ. Spearheaded by Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Nona Watson, the creative hub came from one simple idea. “We run the Chamber out of the office,” said Watson. “But had a huge space waiting to be put to use.” The result? A productive space where small business creatives can gather to put their ideas into reality.

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• “There’s a demographic that prefers to use a co-working space,” says Watson. It’s for people who have an idea, but perhaps don’t have an office, or for those at a company who don’t have office space. “We’ve just given them a place to go.” Your Plan, Your Way • The new CoWork space at the Chamber offers several options, like renting monthto-month. “We welcome drop-ins, or you can rent a permanent desk in a community space, or rent private office space,” says Watson.

for PowerPoint presentations. The space also offers printing, copying, scanning and shredding at a small charge. Good Eats • The Co-Work Space includes a kitchen, which is great for heating up lunch or even cooking up a gourmet meal for clients. The Chamber provides free coffee, tea, water and soda. In It Together • “You can work your own hours,” Watson points out. “You’re not sitting at home alone—you’ve got the energy of people working around you.” Using the space also comes with access to the Chamber’s database. “We have 1,100 members, the Chamber can help you connect.”

Speedy Service • “We offer speedy wireless or plug-in internet access at no extra charge,” notes Watson. Video conferencing is available at an additional fee. Office Amenities • “We offer access to boardrooms for meetings,” she says, adding that they’re equipped with LCD projectors

PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 190 W Amado Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.1577 www.pschamber.org/co-working


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