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editor's note Some days call for a salad and an hour at the gym. Other days call for an ice-cold IPA, a deep dish pizza and a side of no regrets. Life is all about balance. And as much as I love eating clean and feelin’ good, a little indulgence is necessary to keep things fun. I’ve got to be honest— my love for good beer extends far beyond my love for salad. With that said, I hope this issue makes you reaaallly hungry for some new foodie adventures. We’ve rounded up everything from stellar happy hours and food hall favorites to sly speakeasies and the best tacos in town. With pages chock-full of decadent brunch dishes and Michelin Starred must-haves, our March foodie guide is sure to leave your tummy rumbling. And the best part? We created it using all 26 letters! But before you dig in, prepare for a giggle as our cover star Rob Riggle dishes on life as an actor, veteran, mayor and family man. Let’s just say
this story is packed with stacks upon stacks of poker chips and a lifetime supply of delicious fare in an all-youcan-eat fashion. Once your mouth is fully watering, thumb through and find a slew of creatives and collectors who’ve managed to turn their dreams into reality. Among them is Aaron Hennings, a San Clemente native who turned socks into a worldwide sensation (pg. 88), January and James, owners of Wild Island Collective (pg. 100), Leslie Cohn and Jeff Pitroff, the brains behind a nonprofit taco shop (pg. 108) and so many more! Whether you’re still trying to maintain that New Year bod or you’re ready for some flavorful adventures, I encourage you to skip the salad, show your taste buds some love and dig into this amazing San Diego Foodie Guide with relish! I’ll raise my pint to that. Bon appétit!
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The clock strikes noon. Rob Riggle sits comfortably on a beige velvet couch in the Mayoral Suite of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, poised and relaxed. Today, our team of stylists and photographers were determined to bring Riggle’s on-screen knack for absurdity to life with a series of over-the-top shots built on the concept of decadence and—most importantly—fun. Takin’ a Gamble Dressed sharply in a dark blue dinner jacket, white dress shirt and black tie, Riggle sat down for a game of blackjack with $4.2 million in chips stacked around him. As Riggle goofed and smized for the camera, models Madison Ashley and SNT JMS joined in on the million-dollar shot with boujee, celebratory flair. “Rob’s personality really brought this shot to life,” says photographer Jared Schlachet.
Time for a Trim With Harrah’s state-of-the-art barbershop at our disposal, Riggle headed in for a risky trim as blindfolded Ashley posed confidently with trimmer in hand. “Because it’s the spring issue, I chose light fabrics like linen, which lend an easygoing feel; I wanted to create that relaxed vibe,” says wardrobe stylist Melissa Souza. With a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ attitude, Riggle played the fool in this ironic, haircut-gone-wrong shot, hamming it up as usual. Feast Your Eyes From stacks of jumbo crab legs and juicy sausage links to decadent cakes and ice cream, Riggle sat down at the Buffet for the lunch of a lifetime. “For this shot, we snuck in Rob’s Adidas shoes because why not be comfortable in your own kicks when they’re not going to be in the shot?” shares Souza.
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table of contents March 2020 /// Foodie Edition
A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of San Diego
H Is for Happy Hour SD Happy Hours That’ll Help You Forget It’s Monday
MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB 3704 Mission Blvd, Ste 7154 San Diego, CA 92109 858.381.0855 www.missbcoconutclub.com
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table of contents March 2020 /// Foodie Edition
24 Hours in Oceanside
SALT AIR, NOT A CARE
THE DR. IS IN
The Success of Aaron Hennings’ Brand Was Anything but Happenstance
Stylish, Comfy and Durable—Dr. Martens Are the Triple-Threat of the Footwear World
THE ART OF CONFIDENCE
Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life
Behind the Brand
Jason Huggins Turned His Passion Into a Profession With San Diego Streetwear Label 5&A DIME
KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF
What's in Stock
HOW’S THAT SOUND?
Please Welcome Our Guest Speakers, Bang & Olufsen
That’s What They Said
CENTER OF ATTENTION
Fashionistas Marla and Valentina Spend the Day at Del Mar Highlands Town Center
COLORING OUTSIDE THE LINES Artist Carolina Arrieta Merges Passion and Creativity With Bright, Bold Designs
GREEN THUMBS UP
How to Make Your Office Space Green and Ready to Be Seen
City of Palm Desert
HIT PAUSE OR PRESS PLAY
Take It Easy or Get Moving in the City of Palm Desert
100% of Taco Libertad’s Profits Go Towards Charity, While 100% of Deliciousness Goes to You
The Kaminskiy Team Is Here to Make Your Remodeling Dreams a Magnificent Reality
GREAT TACOS... FOR GOOD
5 Pro Tips
WHAT A STEAL!
Here’s Why Petco Park Is the Place to Be This Spring
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Take a Ride Through Oceanside
SWELLS & SKETCHES
Mele Saili Shares Her Love for Surfing and Art
DREAM (HOME) COME TRUE
YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT
The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart
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LOCALEndar SELECT DATES IN MARCH & APRIL
Why: Because the kids in your life will love you forever. How: sandiegotheatres.org/civic-theatre
What: San Diego Vegan Festival What: March Madness: NCAA College Basketball Tournament
Where: Waterfront Park Why: A FREE event for vegans and the vegan-curious!
Where: Watch at Park 101, Casero Taqueria or PB Shore Club
Written By: Marisa Thrasher
What: Frozen: “The Musical” Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE SAN DIEGO HAPPENINGS
Why: Nothing like good brews and fantastic food as you hope that your bracket won’t be busted during this annual event. How: ncaa.com | park101carlsbad.com caserotaqueria.com | pbshoreclub.com
What: Céline Dion: Courage World Tour Where: Pechanga Arena Why: It’s Céline Dion—enough said! How: pechangaarenasd.com
APRIL EVERY FRIDAY What: “From Gypsy to Belly Dancing to Flamenco: The Journey” Dinner Show Where: Cafe Sevilla Why: Cafe Sevilla’s “From Gypsy to Belly Dancing to Flamenco: The Journey” Dinner Show is an evening of Spanish Gypsy and Flamenco dance along with a tasty threecourse meal. Tickets cost $65, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. How: www.cafesevilla.com
EVERY SUNDAY What: Lane Field Park Market Where: Lane Field Park, Downtown San Diego Why: A creative farmers market to go with live music, lawn games and performances. How: www.sandiegofoodmarkets.com
What: Best Coast Beer Fest 2020 Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North
Why: Enjoy tastings from over 100 west coast breweries. Ticket sales help fight cancer! How: www.bestcoastbeerfest.com
1 What: Best Coast: The Always Tomorrow Tour Where: The Observatory, North Park Why: Catch some awesome tunes as this rock duo plays their hearts out. Tickets are $25. How: www.observatorysd.com
What: Ripe: National Tour
APRIL 9 TO APRIL12 What: The Masters Tournament Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia—Stream it Live! Why: The 84th year of The Masters tees off in Augusta, bringing together golf’s elite.
Where: House of Blues, San Diego Why: A seven-piece ensemble whose music combines jazz, soul and funk. How: www.houseofblues.com/sandiego
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Photos - The Journey Dinner Show: Cafe Sevilla Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar | Best Coast Beer Fest 2020: Eder Photo | Celine Dion Concert: Alan Hess
LOCALEndar San Diego
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE SAN DIEGO HAPPENINGS Written By: Marisa Thrasher
MAY 2 MAY 3
What: Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo Where: San Diego Avenue, Old Town Why: Tacos (and tons of other amazing foods), tequila and entertainment. How: www.cincodemayooldtown.com
10-11 What: Easter Bunny Tea Why: Sip on freshly brewed teas along with housemade, sweet delicacies and savory sandwiches at The Westgate Hotel’s annual Easter Bunny Tea. The kiddos will love the egg hunt and magic performance with the Easter bunny. How: www.westgatehotel.com/activities/ hotel-events/easter-bunny-teas
18 What: San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K Where: Mission Bay Why: A super scenic course for runners of all levels!
What: Marvel Studios’ Black Widow Premiere
What: Mother’s Day Brunch
Where: Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
Where: Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Why: Enjoy cocktails, gourmet food and a great flick in a fancy-schmancy, super comfy seat for the release of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow at San Diego Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas locations. Oh, there’s also a wait staff!
Why: Treat the mama in your life by taking her to an award-winning Mother’s Day brunch at the Crown Landing at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. She’ll feast on fabulous fare that’s truly fit for a queen.
How: www.loewshotels.com/ coronado-bay-resort
What: ”Van Weezer” Album Release Where: Everywhere! Why: This album is said to be chock-full of rad guitar riffs. How: www.weezer.com
16 What: SoCal Taco Fest 2020 Where: Waterfront Park Why: Tacos and dope performances at the same time! How: www.socaltacofest.com
MAY 20 JUNE 1 TO
What: San Diego Yoga Festival
What: Pacific Beach Farmers Market
Where: Imperial Beach
What: EarthFair 2020
Where: Bayard Street, Pacific Beach
Where: Balboa Park
Why: A wide selection of the freshest produce, gourmet goodies and artisan crafts.
Why: Yogis come together for an epic four days of everything yoga on the beach.
Why: The largest environmental fair in the world, and it’s free! How: www.earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html
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Photos - Black Widow Movie Premiere: Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas | Mother’s Day Brunch: Loews Coronado Bay Resort | Westgate Easter Brunch: The Westgate Hotel
Where: The Westgate Hotel
Causing a Stir These Cocktail Experts Shake up Their Routines With the SD Foodie Scene
San Diego NAME Frankie Thaheld & Irving Gonzalez JOB TITLE Director of Mixology & Mixologist, Snake Oil Cocktail Company
LOCAL COMPANIES WE LOVE WORKING WITH 1. The WestBean Coffee Roasters 2. Cafe Bassam 3. Counterpoint 4. Coin-Op Game Room 5. Cutwater Spirits 6. Stone Brewing Co.
RESIDENT OF Pine Valley & Tijuana LOCAL LIVING 26 years & 4 years
SNAKE OIL COCKTAIL COMPANY AT JULEP VENUE 1735 Hancock St, Ste D San Diego, CA 92101 858.754.9173 www.snakeoilcocktail.com www.julepvenue.com
THANKS A BRUNCH
Ò “Nate’s Garden Grill is my favorite laidback, out-of-the-way brunch spot,” says Thaheld. “The biscuits and gravy will send you over the moon. There’s live folk music often, and it’s adjacent to a plant nursery with lots of animals for the young ones to check out. It’s out of the way in City Heights and very unsuspecting.” @natesgardengrill
KEEP IT 100
Ò When it comes to finding the best locally sourced ingredients for Snake Oil Cocktail Company, Gonzalez recommends Specialty Produce. “They have everything you might need,” he says. “The quality is always on point, and the staff is awesome. Get there around 10 a.m. to noon before the craziness happens.” www.specialtyproduce.com
OLE TOWN ROAD
Ò “I am always intrigued by the road less traveled,” Thaheld says of Grand Ole BBQ. “Although it has gotten quite popular, it still feels transportive to go to this roadside destination for the stellar barbecue and live honky-tonk music on the weekends. Get there early and get a seat out back, so you can enjoy the live jams. Don’t forget to try the Lady Bird’s Texas Red Chili.” www.grandolebbq.com
NEAR AND DEAR
Ò When it comes to the food and drink scene, it’s always important to support sustainable efforts. “KINDRED puts a lot of soul in their dishes and tries to be eco-friendly but always focuses on flavor,” notes Gonzalez. “It has a really cozy bar, the atmosphere is casual, there’s great music—it’s perfect for hanging out with some friends. Order the Rice Above; it’s a great choice!” www.barkindred.com
Photographed By: Manny Mendez | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
“The love that is put into cocktails and experience—we always try to bring our customers a little bit of the passion that we have for this industry.” —Irving Gonzalez
Ò Gonzalez’s favorite place to grab a drink is El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. He says, “The atmosphere there is really chill, the staff is super friendly and they put serious effort into their cocktail creations.” But when it comes to brunch, it’s hard to beat the Westgate Hotel (and their flavored bellinis). “Ask for bartender Alex— he makes the best bloody mary around!”
It’s All Sips and Giggles This Hospitality Expert Offers an Inside Scoop on the San Diego Social Scene
Carlsbad NAME Natasha Ross Prickett JOB TITLE Director of Brand Marketing & Events for Grind & Prosper Hospitality
3 OF MY FAVORITE SPOTS FOR A SIP
1. Louisiana Purchase in North Park 2. King and Queen Cantina in Little Italy 3. KINDRED in South Park
RESIDENT OF Little Italy LOCAL LIVING 17 years (Wow, time flies!)
We have a huge Myron Mixon H2O smoker in the kitchen that weighs two tons. We had to have it brought in first and then we built the restaurant up around it. It’s how we create all of our delicious smoked meats.
“Park 101’s Tamarack Deck upstairs is the perfect spot to catch some sun while drinking with friends or for late-night reverse happy hour.” —Natasha Ross Prickett
PARK 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.434.2217 www.park101carlsbad.com
PRAY FOR BRUNCH
Ò Brunching in San Diego is practically a religion, and Morning Glory is our church. From the tiles to the teacups, every detail lends to the eclectic, effortlessly cool vibe. My go-to order is the Khachapuri—an open-faced breakfast calzone with a cracked egg on top. Best hangover cure? The latter, add Michelada x2. www.morningglorybreakfast.com
Ò My girlfriends recently took me to Animae for my birthday, and it did not disappoint. We ordered family style, so we were able to try a bit of everything. The unique ingredients unexpectedly meld together to create bold, delicious flavors. Plus, the design and decor are undeniably extravagant in a rich and refined way. www.animaesd.com
Ò Carte Hotel is a hip new hotel in Little Italy with a great rooftop bar—Above Ash Social—which is open to the public. The surrounding buildings frame out the best view of San Diego Bay. They have amazing craft cocktails, a projector-size TV, couches and fire pits! www.hilton.com
MY CUP OF TEA
Ò I like to swing by Copa Vida in East Village when I am heading into our IDEA1 offices for morning meetings. They have a great selection of teas, which is why I’m such a fan. Try the seasonal jalapeño version of their hibiscus iced tea. I live for it! www.copa-vida.com
Photographed By: Kambria Fischer | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ò The Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a beautiful little oasis in San Marcos that seemingly pops up out of nowhere. It’s newly renovated and beautiful but retains the timeless charm of the ‘60s when it was first built. The property is comprised of two top-notch dining options—Decoy, an elegant upstairs eatery, and Dock Bar, a downstairs casual restaurant floating on the water.
You’ve Been Served Follow This Chef’s Lead on the Best of the Best in San Diego
Rancho Bernardo NAME Christopher Gentile JOB TITLE Chef de Cuisine, AVANT
3 PLACES TO GO FOR A GREAT COCKTAIL IN SAN DIEGO
RESIDENT OF San Diego, Cortez Hill LOCAL LIVING 10 years
1. Raised by Wolves 2. Fifth & Rose 3. Park & Rec (I love ping-pong)
LOVE WHAT YOU DO
I love AVANT! The building itself has an incredible history. We have an onsite vegetable garden with a master gardener, Trish Kydd, who works with me and the team to grow the produce that is served at AVANT. The best thing about AVANT is our Table 65 tasting room.
TASTE OF SD
Ò My fiancé and I like to do a “date night food tour.” Our tour starts at Herb & Wood for their hamachi crudo and oxtail gnocchi. We wash that down with one of my favorite drinks in town, Mezcal & Flowers. We then shoot over to Born and Raised for the dry-aged meatball. After, we head to Cowboy Star for a “dessert” of A5 striploin and a nice glass of whiskey—you can’t really go wrong with anything Chef Victor and his team create at Cowboy Star.
“The best thing about AVANT is our Table 65 tasting room.” —Christopher Gentile
www.herbandwood.com www.bornandraisedsteak.com www.thecowboystar.com
MEET YOU AT THE BAR!
Ò Raised by Wolves is my favorite place to grab a cocktail. I love hitting this spot with a belly full of dumplings from Din Tai Fung. I’m a really simple cocktail type of guy, but when I bring friends to Raised by Wolves, they usually go for something more adventurous. I really like this spot because there are no distractions—you can have a great conversation in a dimly lit room, turn off the phones and just enjoy your company. raisedxwolves.com
CLOSE TO HOME
Ò I really enjoy staying at Pendry. Although I only live a few blocks away, when the lady and I are going to a festival at Waterfront Park or just planning a fun night out, we like to go to the Pendry for our staycation. Honestly, my favorite brunch spot in SD is Provisional Kitchen at Pendry. Chef Brandon Sloan never disappoints, and I’m a sucker for bucatini bolognese. www.pendry.com/san-diego
PRETTY IN PASTEL
Ò Chef Andrew Bachelier and the team at Jeune et Jolie have done a killer job. I love a great-tasting menu experience, and the Carte Blanche menu here does not disappoint. The decor perfectly matches the food, and the service staff is super knowledgeable—all unwavering in approach and elegance. www.jeune-jolie.com
Ò The omakase menu is incredible at Sushi Tadokoro; the fish is fresh and delicious. It’s definitely a hidden gem because it’s located in Old Town—it’s not a tourist trap, and it can be a bit tricky to find if you don’t know where you’re going. Sit at the sushi counter and try everything! www.sushitadokoro.com
Photographed By: Manny Mendez | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
AVANT AT RANCHO BERNARDO INN 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr San Diego, CA 92128 844.254.0013 www.ranchobernardoinn.com/dine/avant
With a Grain of Salt This Chef Is Serving up Classic American Cuisine and Local Tips
San Diego NAME Israel Hernandez JOB TITLE Executive Chef, Hope 46 at the Lafayette Hotel
3 BEST BREAKFAST BITES FROM HOPE 46
RESIDENT OF San Diego
1. Baja Scramble 2. Huevos Rancheros 3. The Breakfast Sandwich
LOCAL LIVING 27 Years
The best part about working in a boutique hotel in the heart of a trendy neighborhood is the exposure you get to different cultures and diverse groups of people. There is constant change; every day is different.
“The Lafayette Hotel plays a variety of different roles in the lives of its guests. Some days we are an art gallery and even a concert venue. Other days we play host to the most important day in a couple’s life.” —Israel Hernandez
HOPE 46 AT THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL 2223 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92104 619.780.0358 www.lafayettehotelsd.com
Ò Las Cuatro Milpas is a little old authentic Mexican restaurant in Barrio Logan with picnic tables and a small menu. That is the way to do it: do one thing and do it great for many years. Start your Saturday with a traditional menudo! www.las-cuatro-milpas.com
FRESH IS BEST
Ò Specialty Produce is a family-owned company with a great selection of organic produce and imported cheese and is our main produce supplier at The Lafayette Hotel. Choose from their selection of unique ingredients and cook something new! www.specialtyproduce.com
Ò Seaport Village is a great place for an afternoon walk. Take a stroll and snap a picture in front of the iconic Unconditional Surrender Statue in Tuna Wharf Park. Then look up for a breezy, breathtaking waterfront view! www.seaportvillage.com
SEAS THE DAY
Ò The Fish Market is a great place for an early dinner. I always go for fish straight off the grill. Ask the server what was brought in that day and enjoy the freshest fish in town. www.thefishmarket.com
Photographed By: Nick Isabella | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ò Chez Loma is a great little French bistro set in the Carey-Hizar House, which was built in 1889 and is a Coronado historical landmark. It reminds me of my trip to France! It’s also a nice place for a cozy date night, and if you get there early, there’s a pocket-friendly prix fixe menu available.
10 things we love
. .Food trends always keep us on our toes.
Raise a Glass
Ú The possibilities are
JUST IN... RING IN 2020 WITH THESE FOOD TRENDS
Ú It’s no secret that Asian
cuisine is full of guilt-free deliciousness. Gochujang, a popular chili paste, can complement an authentic Asian meal or be used to coat your favorite hot wings. With its pungent spice and full-bodied flavor, it’s finally forcing Sriracha, the supreme ruler of spice since 2015, to step aside.
Healthy, but Make It Fun!
Ú Next time you’re cooking, why not include CBD? Thanks to oils and crystals, adding a dash or a sprinkle of CBD to your favorite meal is easy to do. And since there’s no THC, you’ll be able to feel full and zened out—without getting the munchies. 4
East Meets West
Ú With bold flavors and healthy ingredients, Middle Eastern food is making its way into the homes of millions. One flavor that’s stealing the spotlight in particular is rosewater. A staple in traditional Middle Eastern ingredients, rosewater can add a bright, floral hint to pastries, proteins and cocktails.
OTHER INGREDIENTS ON THE RISE 5
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From tracking down popular food trucks to planning the perfectly ‘grammable spread for your dinner party, food trends always keep us on our toes. With the new year in bloom, it’s time to dig deep for the most groundbreaking trends of 2020 to obsess over. Welcome floral and fiery flavors onto your palate and prepare to be amazed. Which craze will stick with you?
Photos: Tura Kombucha: John Glover | Turmeric: Dani Rendina | Ugly Produce: Anthony Davison | Malibu Mylk | Nanocraft CBD: JamesTran
It’s Getting Hot in Here
endless when it comes to new health kicks that feature unexpected twists. For those who want more of a kick, a tall glass of boozy kombucha should do the trick. You can reap all the benefits of regular kombucha— boost your gut health, improve your immune system, aid in digestion— plus, it’ll get you tipsy!
FUNNY SIDE UP ROB RIGGLE FLEXES HIS FUNNY BONE AND RELISHES LIFE AS AN ACTOR, VETERAN, MAYOR AND FAMILY MAN
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JARED SCHLACHET AND JOE MAGNANI STYLED BY:
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“I don’t know if I ever knew I was funny. I just knew I got reactions.” —ROB RIGGLE
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Humor • [hyoo-mer] n. A quality which appeals to a sense of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous.
From stand-up and slapstick to improv and over-the-top exaggerations, humor grants us the ability to drop our shoulders and appreciate the irony of life. It relieves us, challenges us and changes us. The next few pages detail the rise of a 49-year-old Kansas native whose comedic presence preserves the art of humor as we know it. A man who embraces life, on- and offscreen—one laugh at a time.
Ladies and gentlemen, Rob Riggle.
Comedic actor, United States veteran, mayor of Funner, CA and father of two—Riggle is no slouch when it comes to breadth of experience. His knack for laughs, however, dates back to his childhood vacations at his family’s lake house in the Ozarks and his days in high school, where he was voted “most humorous” by his classmates. “I don’t know if I ever knew I was funny. I just knew I got reactions,” remembers Riggle. With no TV at the lake house, Riggle found alternative ways to amuse himself. “In the evening, my sister and I and my cousins, would entertain the adults by putting on skits. Then we’d pass the hat...and we’d, you know, make money—quarters and dollars and whatever.” Being the youngest of the bunch, Riggle had little say in his own character choices, playing whatever role his cousins assigned. “They’d say, ‘Rob you come in and you’re the whatever’ and I would go, ‘Okay!’” Riggle mimics, with an obedient, child-like inflection. As a child of the ‘80s, Riggle grew up watching comedic giants in fan-favorites like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Stripes. “I always appreciated comedic acting and watching those guys. It brought me such joy, and it was something I always wanted to do,” says Riggle. Unlike most other comedians, Riggle earned his pilot’s license and served 23 years in the United
States Marine Corps as a public and civil affairs officer, traveling to places like Liberia, Albania and Afghanistan. “We were shot at. Being exposed to that kind of stuff happens these days; it doesn’t matter what your job is,” Riggle explains. After nine years of active duty, Riggle switched to the ground side to free up his schedule and give comedy a go. “I didn’t have much training in [comedic acting], but I just knew I loved it and wanted to try it,” says Riggle. Now known for his roles in hits like The Hangover and Step Brothers, as well as his stints on “Saturday Night Live” and as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” Riggle learned that his switch from combat to comedy was no misstep. “Most people go through life and you never get to be obnoxious—you shouldn’t be. But when you get an excuse to be obnoxious, it’s the greatest gift in the world,” he says with a grin. If you recall, Riggle's overly hostile character Randy in Step Brothers is just that—obnoxious, frequently punctuating Brennan's younger and more successful brother Derek's sentences with "POW!" But for any comic, there is a learning curve when it comes to knowing if and when to cross the line. “When you’re young and you’re starting out, you don’t know what boundaries are, and you don’t know what works and what doesn’t, so you just kind of throw it against the wall,” Riggle explains. “You learn the subtleties [as you go] and how to dial it up or dial it down.”
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“Most people go through life and you never get to be obnoxious—you shouldn’t be. But when you get an excuse to be obnoxious, it’s the greatest gift in the world.” —ROB RIGGLE
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•When in Kansas City, Riggle’s go-to spot to watch the Chiefs is at Brick and Mortar on 75th and Broadway. When in SoCal, Harrah’s Resort Socal’s poker room is his ideal spot to play cards and watch the game.
Corps to Comedy
•While there is no direct link between comedy and the Marine Corps, Riggle credits intangibles like mental toughness and how to handle rejection as a means of preparation for show business.
A Serious Side
•Riggle starred in a movie called Midnight Sun where he took on a more dramatic role as Bella Thorne’s father.
Rules for Rehearsal
•According to Riggle, three unwritten rules in the acting industry are “show up on time, know your lines and don’t chew up the scenery”—a term used to describe when someone’s performance is overpowering.
While it’s no secret he has mastered the role of the “comedic jerk,” Riggle’s favorite role to play is “arrogant ignorance,” which, in his words, is “large and in charge but totally wrong-headed.” This may ring a bell when it comes to his role in Hollywood’s bachelor-party-gone-wrong classic, The Hangover, where Riggle plays Officer Franklin, a sadistic, taser-happy cop. “I always enjoy watching that type of person on screen, so I always enjoy playing that type of character,” says Riggle. And while his portrayal of a jerk on screen is nothing short of priceless, and at times believable, he has managed to form lasting friendships with his costars. In the iconic Step Brothers Catalina Wine Mixer scene, Riggle fondly recalls a snippet of his character Randy (that was cut from the film due to length) where his friendship with fellow actor Jake Johnson blossomed.
“We shot these fantasy sequences...where everybody kinda drifts away to their fantasy. They made one for me, but my fantasy sequence for my character was...in a high school locker room and Jake Johnson was a dealer, and I was buying my first set of steroids from him,” Riggle laughs. “That was a happy moment. And Jake looked ridiculous.” Since their locker room exchange, Riggle and Johnson remain good friends on- and off-screen, working on films like Let’s Be Cops, web series “Kuganauto” and Netflix animated show “Hoops”—set to release in 2020. “He’s just funny, relaxed, cool and we vibe,” says Riggle. Prompting laughs from viewers is no problem for someone like Riggle, but when it comes to his own kids, he’s just like every other dad. “Early in the morning, when I’m driving [my kids] to school and they are super cranky...I sing the words to their songs wrong and drive them nuts,” he says with a smirk. “I know what I’m doing. I love to watch them spin.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 45
“ “You’re holding 50,000 volts little man; don’t be afraid to ride the lightning!” — R O B R I G G L E AS O F F I C E R F R A N K L I N , T H E H A N G O V E R May 15, 2019 marked the start of a new era for this funny family man as he entered the world of “politics.” Donning a lustrous purple suit with gold embellishments, Riggle took the stage and welcomed his leadership role as mayor of Funner, CA. And as you could have guessed, the inauguration ceremony was nothing short of extravagant. From moonwalks and flamethrowers to zebras, giraffes and llamas, Harrah’s Resort Southern California sure knew how to make a mayor feel welcome. “They actually lit the pool on fire for a brief minute,” says Riggle. “It was a big deal. It was a BIIIIIG deal.”
But the fun(ner) didn’t stop there. The celebration featured a harpist, gold confetti cannons and stacks of decadent donuts and desserts. “They had all kinds of great food—most of it had gold in it. Which is all I asked for,” he smirks. “I kept it real simple; I said ‘Put gold in the food.’” Since his inauguration, Riggle has introduced an abundance of “funner” aspects at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. From launching a collection of cabana packages at Dive—the BrunchBana, the BabeBana and the BroBana—to introducing themed culinary specials including the Riggle’s Regal Donut and Riggle’s Go-To Chili Mac and Cheese, he has established his mayoral flair and propensity for fun. Riggle also implemented the Mayoral Hotline, where guests can dial ext. 4242 and select from a menu of options, including Mayoral Life Tips, bedtime stories and the mayor's favorite sounds from Funner. And when it comes to making the most of your stay, Riggle puts it best: “You gotta lay all your troubles at the door... They’ll be waiting for ya when you leave. And when you’re here, it’s all fun all the time.” As a man with an affection for the outrageous and a slew of absurdly iconic lines, a simple stroll down the street for Riggle is anything but ordinary. “People yell [my lines] at me all the time in the weirdest places,” he giggles. “It’s usually ‘POW!’ from Step Brothers and ‘In the face!’ from The Hangover. I also get a lot of ‘Not you, fat Jesus,’ and ‘You’re
holding 50,000 volts little man, don’t be afraid to ride the lightning!’” Just like the rest of us, Riggle too enjoys a good laugh. And when he’s not the one in front of the camera, there are a handful of comics who make even him laugh. From stand-ups like Sarah Tiana and Adam Carolla to the entire cast of “The Office,” Riggle makes time to not only study his craft, but revel in the talent that surrounds him. “I really respect all comedians… Everybody has people they gravitate toward more than others, and I’m like that too. But I love the fact that they are out there doing it,” says Riggle. When it comes to flexing his funny bone, Riggle has no plans of slowing his roll. With an unannounced movie in the works, another season of ABC’s extreme mini-golf series “Holey Moley” (featuring Steph Curry) and working on a new pilot for CBS that he will star in and produce, his future plans are bold and bright. You can also check out his new show on Discovery, “Rob Riggle: Global Investigator,” that was recently released in February 2020. Aside from his pursuit of comedy and current projects, Riggle continues to work with a variety of organizations that support veterans and their families. “I do my own golf tournament called the Rob Riggle InVETational up in Westlake Village to raise money for the Semper Fi fund, which was started by a bunch of Marine wives right out here in Camp Pendleton. They do amazing work,” says Riggle. With numerous accomplishments under his belt, giving back to those who serve is something that will always be a part of his life. “Once a Marine, always a Marine. I feel a need to continue to give.” No matter where he finds himself, Riggle continues to grace people with his outlandish on-screen personas, his humble charm and his heart for humor. "Comedy brings infinite joy into people’s lives. Just imagine a world without comedy or laughter—no thanks! Laughter is the best medicine... I take great pride in what I’m doing with my life!”
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“Once a Marine, always a Marine. I feel a need to continue to give.” —ROB RIGGLE
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A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of San Diego
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Prepare to quench your thirst and lick your lips. From happy hour sips overlooking the ocean to secret speakeasies, take your dinner plans somewhere new and dine in the most gorgeous restaurants. Curb your appetite with the juiciest burger or freshest taco— whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s here in this guide. Cheers!
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B Is for Burger MEAT AND GREET THE BEST BURGERS IN SD
It’s all about that juicy burger. When it comes to burgers, everyone seems to like something different. Whether you’re into the soft bun, the flavorful patty or the scrumptious spread that makes you lick your lips, here’s where to get the best burgers in San Diego.
NASON’S BEER HALL
More Than a Burger
u Nason’s double cheeseburger is topped with Certified Angus beef, American cheese, chopped romaine and secret sauce—all on a brioche bun. What’s paired best with a burger? An ice-cold beer! NASON’S BEER HALL 570 J St San Diego, CA 92101 619.738.7060 www.pendry.com/san-diego/entertainment/nasons-beer-hall
DOUBLE BACON CHEESEBURGER
u The Surf and Turf 2.0 is all set with two smashed patties, a parmesan crisp, buttered crab, garlic aioli and chive. Warning: it may get messy. THE FRIENDLY 4592 30th St San Diego, CA 92116 619.892.7840 @thefriendlysd
Taste the Flavors
u Hodad’s is known for their staple Double Bacon Cheeseburger. “Over 100,000 were sold alone just at two of our locations. The bacon makes it,” says Jeremy Diem, CEO of Hodad’s. HODAD’S 5010 Newport Ave San Diego, CA 92107 619.224.4623 www.hodadies.com
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u Order The Porky Goodness for a ground pork and bacon patty, mango habanero jam, lettuce, tomato and smoked crispy fried onions, served on a brioche bun. Three words: mango habanero jam. Goodness! THE CORNER DRAFTHOUSE 495 Laurel St San Diego, CA 92101 619.255.2631 thecornerdrafthouse.com
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C San Diego
Is for Coffee Cups WE LIKE THESE SD COFFEE SHOPS A LATTE!
ROYALE WITH CHEESE
Eat it Up
u “The Royale with
Cheese has been a favorite since day one,” says Jordan Brownwood, who owns the restaurant with his wife. Gruyere cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, pickles, special sauce and mustard on a one-thirdpound grass-fed beef patty...yes, please! ROYALE 4204 Voltaire St San Diego, CA 92107 619.431.5653 www.royalesd.com
Introducing the Starlite Burger—one-half pound of Brandt beef, gruyere cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun
with dijonaise and served with a dill pickle. This is the true star of the show. STARLITE 3175 India St San Diego, CA 92103 619.358.9766 www.starlitesandiego.com
Crazy for Burgers
u Loaded with Angus beef, slow-roasted pulled pork, sliced pork belly, pepper jack cheese and ginger BBQ sauce, the giant Fine Swine burger is the perfect mouthwatering combo of sweet and salty. CRAZEE BURGER 3993 30th St San Diego, CA 92104 619.282.6044 www.crazeeburger.com
Not Your Average
u Don’t skip out on the
Shame on Brie burger. “Truffle aioli adds earthiness, apricot jam for the sweet and cold, crispy prosciutto for the crunchy and salty, brie for the creaminess, [all on a] half-beef blend, seasoned with salt and pepper,” explains Owner Brian Gruber. NOTORIOUS BURGERS 6955 El Camino Real, Ste 107 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760.431.2929 www.notoriousburgers.com
Must Order: Charcoal Roaster Tung Ting
Must Order: Cold Brew Stack
COPA VIDA Carlsbad | Carmel Valley | East Village | Marina | Sorrento Valley www.copa-vida.com @copa_vida
DARK HORSE COFFEE ROASTERS Golden Hill | La Mesa | Normal Heights | North Park www.darkhorsecoffeeroasters.com @darkhorsecoffee
Must Order: Marzapan Latte
Must Order: Lavender Latte
POR VIDA Logan Heights www.porvidacollective.com @porvidacafe
COMMUNAL COFFEE North Park | South Park www.communalcoffee.com @communalcoffee
Must Order: Rotating Espresso
Must Order: Mango & Matcha
BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS Carlsbad | La Jolla | Little Italy | Morena | Pacific Beach | Torrey Pines www.birdrockcoffee.com @birdrockcoffeeroasters
COFFEE & TEA COLLECTIVE San Diego www.coffeeandteacollective.com @candtcollective
Must Order: Cold Brew Float
Must Order: Vanilla Hazelnut Cold Brew Latte
BETTER BUZZ COFFEE ROASTERS Encinitas | Hillcrest | La Jolla | Mission Beach | Mission Valley | Pacific Beach | Point Loma | San Marcos www.betterbuzzcoffee.com @betterbuzz
REFILL San Diego www.refillcafe.com @refillsd
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Must Order: Al Pastor Taco
Is for Deliciosos
Ingredients: Rotisserie Marinated Pork, Onions, Pineapple, Cilantro Sauce & Corn or Flour Tortillas THE TACO STAND www.letstaco.com @letstaco_
QUESO, YOU GOTTA TRY THESE TACOS
Must Order: Fish Tacos
Must Order: Korean Short Rib
Ingredients: Rock Cod, Cabbage, Radish, Salsa Casera, Cilantro & Corn Tortillas
Ingredients: Ginger Garlic Soy Sauce, Jicama, Green Onion, Gochujang, Sour Cream, Crispy Panko & Flour Tortillas
MUSTANGS & BURROS meritagecollection.com/ estancia-la-jolla/dining/mustangs-and-burros
Must Order: Carne Asada Street Taco
Must Order: Undefeated Seafood Taco Ingredients: Blackened Mahi or Shrimp, Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Cabbage, Serrano Sauce & Corn Tortillas LUCHA LIBRE www.luchalibretacoshop.com @luchalibretacoshop MARISCOS EL PULPO
One of the best parts about living in Southern California is the delicious tacos. Whether you prefer fresh fish, shredded beef or a little bit of spice, here’s where you want to head for the tastiest bites. Sip your salted margarita or ice-cold beer and savor these tacos—best paired with guacamole.
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Must Order: Pollo Asado
Ingredients: Asada Marinated Grilled Angus Steak, Cotija Cheese, Guacamole, Onions, Cilantro, Salsa Roja & Corn Tortillas
Ingredients: Wood-fired Chicken Thigh, Onions, Cilantro, Guacamole, Salsa Verde & Homemade Corn Tortillas CASERO TAQUERIA www.caserotaqueria.com @caserotacos
SPITFIRE TACOS www.spitfiretacos.com @spitfiretacos
Must Order: Fresh Fish Taco Ingredients: Grilled Catch of the Day, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Cheese, Cilantro White Sauce & Chargrilled Flour Tortillas WONDERLAND OCEAN PUB www.wonderlandob.com @wonderlandoceanbeach
Must Order: Pulpo Chicarron Taco
Must Order: Steak Taco
Ingredients: Sautéed Octopus, Garlic Butter Sauce, Serrano Slices, Pork Skin & Corn Tortillas
Ingredients: Nopal Salsa, Radish, Beans, Charred Green Onions & Corn Tortillas
MARISCOS EL PULPO www.elpulposd.com @elpulposandiego
GALAXY TACO www.galaxytaco.com @galaxytacosd
NOT NOT TACOS www.notnottacos.com @notnottacos
$1 - $4
$4 - $6
Must Order: Carnitas Taco Ingredients: Pork, Salsa, Cilantro, Lime & Corn Tortillas CARNITAS LAS MICHOACANAS 619.229.9574
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“I am proud to say that I can trace every seafood item on our menu back to its origin. —Chef Jojo Ruiz
Name: Jojo Ruiz Job Title: Executive Chef, Lionfish
Seafood restaurants are a dime a dozen in San Diego, but Lionfish—located in the Gaslamp Quarter—certainly stands apart from its contemporaries. A funky two-story establishment with dark blue hues and cast-iron fixtures, Lionfish is one of only three Smart Catch-certified restaurants in San Diego and a fervent promoter of ethical food sourcing. This position is not one that Executive Chef Jojo Ruiz takes lightly. “I am proud to say that I can trace every seafood item on our menu back to its origin,” he says. “I want to teach diners about sustainability with seafood, our oceans, and for them to learn from the cuisine we create. It’s why I believe I was led in the direction of being a chef— to make a change.”
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To that end, Lionfish gathers much of its fresh fish and locally grown produce from nearby farmers markets, utilizing whichever items are in season. Lionfish also partners with sustainable hatcheries, such as Pacifico Aquaculture in Mexico. “People usually think of farm fish as a negative thing, but it’s actually good for the environment,” he explains. “If we keep eating wild fish exclusively, they might go extinct.” Furthermore, Lionfish promotes eco-friendly dining by using recyclable to-go boxes, biodegradable straws, and silverware instead of single-use plastics and Styrofoam.
E Is for Ecological SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY AT LIONFISH IN THE HEART OF THE GASLAMP QUARTER
The menu at Lionfish evolves on a regular basis, depending on the season. One of Chef Ruiz’s favorites is the Sashimi salad with local seaweed, Japanese cucumbers, and Dashi pickled onions. He calls this dish “fresh, beautiful and using the best of the best products from the farmers market and all our sustainable fish from the sushi case.”
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F Is for Food Halls
Liberty Public Market
GET YOUR FOODIE FIX AT THESE FOOD HALL FAVORITES
Food for Thought THIS EXPERT DISHES THE DEETS
Celebrate in Italy
warm, sweet crepes, Liberty Public Market has something for everyone. Paraná Empanadas, a crowd favorite, serves 14 different, absolutely delicious Argentinian empanadas. They’re perfect for shopping (and snacking) on the go. Try the Malbec beef, which is ground beef marinated in Argentinian wine for 24 hours, and dip it in savory chimichurri sauce.
Street’s beloved Piazza della Famiglia, and surrounded by some of the best Italian cuisine on this side of the Mediterranean, it’s fitting that Little Italy Food Hall’s campione is a Milanese pizzeria called Ambrogio15. Their 48-hour rising process creates some tasty dough. Go for the “paper thin,” which is a creamy and savory Burrata prosciutto pizza.
u From raw oysters to
LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET 2820 Historic Decatur Rd San Diego, CA 92106 www.bluebridgehospitality. com/libertypublicmarket 58 LOCALE MAGAZINE
u Located in Date
LITTLE ITALY FOOD HALL 550 W Date St, Ste B San Diego, CA 92101 www.littleitalyfoodhall.com
10,000 Square Feet of Eats
u Sorrento Mesa’s The
Park campus is home to Park Commons, but you don’t have to work there to enjoy everything that this food hall has to offer. Check out All Spice at Park for delicious Mediterranean staples. The Israeli salad, made with red onions and feta, pairs delightfully with the savory, mouthwatering pork souvlaki.
PARK COMMONS 9645 Scranton Rd San Diego, CA 92121 www.parkcommonssd.com
Q: What’s your go-to drink from Mess Hall? Samantha Gabryelski: I’m pretty simple. I love our margarita. It’s the same recipe company-wide for Blue Bridge Hospitality: tequila, fresh lime juice and agave. At Liberty Public Market, it pairs nicely with tacos from Wicked Maine Lobster, Bopjo, The Pig’s Gig or Cecilia’s.
Fun for All
u Carlsbad’s beloved windmill started spinning again this past fall, and locals are loving it! Windmill houses an incredible array of cuisines ranging from poke and pho to sandwiches and tacos, but Cross Street Chicken and Beer, which serves a Korean twist on American fried chicken, is a favorite spot. The Classy as Cluck fried chicken sandwich with herb mayo and cheese is big enough for two! WINDMILL 890 Palomar Airport Rd Carlsbad, CA 92001 www.windmillfoodhall.com
Q: If there was a day where the calories truly didn’t count, what item(s) would you indulge in from Mess Hall and Liberty Public Market? SG: A glass of Brut Rose paired with the Macaron Fraisier or Ludi’s Macaron from Le Parfait Paris. Q: What are three must-try drinks from Mess Hall? SG: The Blackberry Bramble—it’s a ginbased drink that vodka lovers will fall in love with. The Italian Zombie, made with rum, apricot luxardo, falernum, pineapple shrub and orgeat, because who doesn’t love a good tiki drink? And the Georgia Peach; it’s a play on a Bee’s Knees that we make with bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey, ginger and peach bitters. All these flavors together are delicious. Q: What’s the best way to try the most food in Liberty Public Market? SG: Bring friends! Order from different vendors, grab a large table and share.
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Trying to make the most out of your visit to Liberty Public Market but not sure where to start? When it comes to mixing business with pleasure (and craft cocktails with fantastic food), few know how to do it better than Samantha Gabryelski, manager of Mess Hall.
G Is for Gorgeous THESE SD EATERIES WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
WESTGATE HOTEL: WESTGATE ROOM
stylish, sophisticated and glamorous with antiques, tapestries and crystal chandeliers that grant the space a charming French aesthetic.
velvet booths and elements of Calibrian culture, make Il Dandy a swanky spot with an electrifying ambiance.
u The Westgate Room is
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WESTGATE HOTEL: WESTGATE ROOM 1055 Second Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.238.1818 @westgatehotel www.westgatehotel.com/ dining/the-westgate-room
From Paris With Love
u Crushed velvet
History Re -eats Itself
u The old fort and oak
trees of Presidio Hill— the birthplace of San Diego—is the inspiration behind Fort Oak’s creative and hip interior. Plus, their food is as pretty as the space!
FORT OAK 1011 Fort Stockton Dr San Diego, CA 92103 619.722.3398 @fortoaksd www.fortoaksd.com
booths, arched mirrors and cafe-style tables will have you dreaming like you’re dining on the Boulevard Saint Germain in Paris.
JEUNE ET JOLIE 2659 State St Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.637.5266 @lejeuneetjolie www.jeune-jolie.com
u Powerhaus Pizza may
be full of energy, but the space is quaint, modern and embraces the coastal eaze of beach life, San Diego-style.
POWERHAUS PIZZA 1550 Garnet Ave San Diego, CA 92109 858.886.7666 @powerhauspizza www.powerhauspizza.com
u Brassy accents, blue
IL DANDY 2550 Fifth Ave, Ste 120 San Diego, CA 92103 619.310.5669 @iamildandy www.ildandyrestaurant.com
Buff Beach Bum
u Holy Matcha’s tiny,
chic space features pink pastel walls, tropical wallpaper and a charming sit-and-stay attitude. You’ll want to snap a picture for the ‘gram before you leave!
HOLY MATCHA 3118 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 @holymatchaa www.holymatchasd.com
Seafood by the Sea u Serea embraces
guests with a relaxed, bahama-style vibe, featuring pillowed wicker chairs, marble table tops, lush greenery and breezy beachfront views.
SEREA 1500 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118 619.435.6611 @delcoronado www.sereasandiego.com
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Is for Happy Hour SD HAPPY HOURS THAT’LL HELP YOU FORGET IT’S MONDAY
THE SMOKING GOAT
Must Order: The Smoking Goat Rosé or Blanc When: Monday-Friday, 5-6 p.m.
Must Order: We Don’t Practice Santeria When: All Day, Every Day
u The food is on point,
the decor is all about the island vibe (steps from the beach) and with pre-bottled Cuba Libres, you’ll be inviting Miss B to your next family gathering.
MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB Mission Beach www.missbcoconutclub.com
u At its root, The
Smoking Goat offers a true happy hour (singular) with half-off select wine bottles, including The Smoking Goat’s very own private label from Bordeaux.
THE SMOKING GOAT North Park thesmokinggoatrestaurant. com
Must Order: Bavarian Pretzel With Grain Mustard + Beer Cheese When: Every Day, 3-6 p.m. & Friday-Saturday, 10 p.m. to Close
Must Order: Dealer’s Choice
Must Order: Mexican Bulldog
Must Order: Seasonal Sangria
Must Order: BYO Mule
When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-Midnight
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
When: Every Day, 3-6 p.m. & All Day on Thursdays
When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.
u When you’re looking
u Casa Guadalajara
u Cafe 21 offers farm-
with another minute under the sun, there is a space just off the beach waiting for you to call home. Duck Dive’s cocktail menu has all your ice-cold, off-thebeach necessities.
for something a little more than a bar stool, Park & Rec has the cocktails, big-kid patio games and, with Ron Swanson’s approval, live music that will rock till the morning hours.
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certainly puts the “happy” in happy hour. It’s simple, really: mariachi—bueno; margaritas—muy bueno; complimentary antojito (little cravings) buffet— muy, muy bueno!
CASA GUADALAJARA San Diego www.casaguadalajara.com
to-table bites based on the seasonal offerings of local farms. Even better, the mimosas and sangrias are made from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients!
CAFE 21 Gaslamp Quarter | University Heights www.cafe-21.com
u When you can’t deal
DUCK DIVE San Diego www.theduckdive.com
u The next time you’re asked, “If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring?” you can leave your budget at home because Leroy’s is waiting for you with its discounted drinks and snacks.
LEROY’S KITCHEN + LOUNGE Coronado www.bluebridgehospitality. com/leroyskitchenandlounge
Must Order: Return of the Mac When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. & Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
u The deals are better than its namesake
1803 acquisition at North Park’s Louisiana Purchase! Look for a seat along the sidewalk to pair your happy hour-priced drinks and eats with all kinds of people-watching. LOUISIANA PURCHASE San Diego louisianapurchasesd.com
Must Order: Smoke Show When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. & Friday-Saturday, 9-10 p.m.
u Along the coast in San
Diego’s North County lies Park 101 with a vibe so SoCal, it almost feels like happy hour all the time. Kids—both two-legged and four-legged—are more than welcome, but if kids aren’t your thing, the upstairs is 21 and up.
PARK 101 Carlsbad www.park101carlsbad.com
Must Order: When Doves Cry When: Every Day, 3-7 p.m.
u Nestled in San Diego’s
vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, La Puerta is firing up dishes inspired from the state of Sinaloa and squeezing every lime that goes into their coveted margaritas. It’s an unexpected gem in the downtown landscape.
LA PUERTA San Diego www.lapuertasd.com
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I Is for International Smoke
J Is for Japanese GET A TASTE OF THE SEA AT THESE SUSHI SPOTS
u Sizzle meets the sand at One
Paseo’s International Smoke. The brainchild of celebrity chef Michael Mina and restaurateur Ayesha Curry, International Smoke commits to the theme of smoke-infused and wood-fired dishes. International Smoke boasts an incredibly flavorful, eclectic menu of steaks, seafood and vegetables, which are infused with global flavors.
Say ”konnichiwa” to Japanese restaurants that you’ll dream about. Our coastal city of San Diego is home to a diverse Japanese food scene—from trendy infusion to traditional cuisine. These days, food has to look as good as it tastes, and Japanese cuisine is no exception. Check out our catch of the best Japanese food in town.
Buns Are Here Must Order: Signature Ramen
u Devoted to using
u Presentation is on par with flavor at
International Smoke. The restaurant’s “Instant” Bacon Bao Buns hit your mouth literally smoking hot; the Gulf shrimp are topped with sizzling lemon juice on the rocks.
DECOR u The restaurant’s buzzing ambiance is complemented by rich colors, bright murals and a cheeky neon sign made for your next Instagram story.
PRICE u With most dishes ranging from $20
to $50, International Smoke is the perfect date night spot to split a few shareables. With a Lilikoi Mai Tai in hand, we’ll toast to that!
VERDICT u With a menu that continues to surprise and delight, stellar service and a laid back but trendy vibe, International Smoke is the hottest newbie on the block.
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the highest-quality ingredients, Harumama features traditional recipes with a modern flair (don't leave without trying the buns!). Customizing ramens are their specialty. With six signature dishes that can be customized with almost 25 different proteins, toppings and noodle varieties, there’s something for everyone. HARUMAMA 1901 Columbia St San Diego, CA 92101 619.269.7122 harumamasd.com
HIDDEN FISH 4764 Convoy St, Ste A San Diego, CA 92111 858.210.5056 hiddenfishsushi.com
Must Order: Omakase
u Sushi Ota is one for sushi
connoisseurs. The quality is unmatched, and the experience is all authentic. The omakase experience offers hand-selected and prepared sushi of the chef’s choice. From nigiri to sashimi to specialty rolls, it’s one to remember.
Hidden Gems of the Fish Must Order: Signature Nigiri
Catch of the Day
u Hidden Fish is home to
San Diego’s first omakaseonly sushi bar. Enjoy their Signature Nigiri after the omakase course. There are four kinds to choose from, which are all set with a piece of O-toro nigiri with
Slurps Up Because There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Noods
WRENCH & RODENT SEABASSTROPUB 1815 S Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 760.271.0531 seabasstropub.com
Sushi on a Roll
SUSHI OTA 4529 Mission Bay Dr San Diego, CA 92109 858.270.5670 sushiota.com
to vegetables. Try the kampachi crudo, which is made with passion fruit and black garlic.
Soy into You Must Order: Nigiri
u While Kokuro is a little
out of the scene, the sushi is not. The omakase needs a three-day notice for a reservation. All ingredients are either locally sourced or straight from Japan. As for a must-try, the nigiri is perfectly prepped.
KOKORO 3298 Greyling Dr, Ste B San Diego, CA 92123 858.565.4113 kokoro-restaurant.net
Must Order: Kampachi Crudo
u With a focus on
sustainability, Wrench & Rodent takes pride in offering locally and responsibly sourced ingredients—from fish
Seas the Sushi Must Order: Seared Jalapeno Ahi Roll
u Banbu strives to use
only the finest-quality ingredients that are healthy,
organic and clean—from seafood to poultry and veggies. Have a seat at the sushi bar and enjoy off-menu market seafood items. Pouring over their large menu (consisting of salads, sushi, noodles and entrees), the seared jalapeno ahi roll wins.
BANBU SUSHI BAR & GRILL 8555 Fletcher Pkwy, Ste 106 La Mesa, CA 91942 619.589.0071 banbusushi.com
Sit Back, Relax and Chopstick Must Order: Tsunami Tataki Sashimi Dish
u Sushi Lounge offers
a fresh alternative with quality ingredients and a laid-back vibe. Their menu features Japanese favorites as well as sashimi dishes, specialty rolls and nigiri. The Tsunami Tataki is the perfect combo of warm and spicy.
SUSHI LOUNGE 1304 Rosecrans St Point Loma, CA 92106 619.501.5982 sushiloungesd.com
Must Order: Char Siu Ramen
Must Order: Nabeyaki Udon
Must Order: Belly of the Beast Ramen
Must Order: Black Edition
HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA www.santouka.co.jp/en
IZAKAYA MASA www.izakayamasa.com
RAKIRAKI RAMEN www.rakirakiramen.com
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uni, sturgeon caviar and black truffle on top.
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L u East Village's neighborhood restaurant and butcher shop, Cowboy Star combines contemporary American cuisine with a western flare. Co-founders John and Angie Weber based Cowboy Star’s design around a Hollywood western theme, as seen through the cow-skulls, the photographs of classic country music stars and the portraits of midwestern landscapes mounted on the rustic brick walls. The restaurant’s friendly staff goes the extra mile to accommodate patrons with dietary restrictions, meaning individuals on the lowsugar, high-protein keto diet are in safe hands. Cowboy Star’s ribeye steak is dry-aged for roughly one month to create a delicious, surprisingly juicy cut with minimal seasoning. This dish is typically served with mashed potatoes, but for a keto-friendly option, try it with the Carrots Confit topped with chimichurri sauce or the roasted Brussels sprouts served with apples and a sweet maple vinaigrette dressing. While Cowboy Star is considered high-end compared to other steakhouses, the expense is justified, given that the restaurant prides itself on only using ethically sourced products, such as USDA approved prime angus cuts and certified fresh fish under the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Standards. Boasting highquality steak, locally sourced produce, and top-of-the-line customer service, Cowboy Star provides the perfect place to stick to your keto habits but enjoy a fine-dining experience.
K Is for Keto DIETING IS EASY AT COWBOY STAR
Cowboy Star, a high-end San Diego steakhouse, combines five-star service with a welcoming setting, grounded in the old American West. The employees go the extra mile to accommodate guests, meaning that individuals on the low-sugar, high-protein keto diet are in safe hands.
COWBOY STAR 640 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.450.5880 www.thecowboystar.com
Is for Lobster Cobb u In the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter lies Searsucker, a paradise for social butterflies. This communal American restaurant has renovated its menu, shifting its focus from standard steak-andpotatoes fare to more dynamic and seasonal offerings. Grab your gang and get social!
FOOD u For a tasty seafood snack, order the lobster Cobb—a hearty salad made with tomato, avocado, bacon, egg, blue cheese and creamy southwest dressing.
DECOR u Most of the restaurant’s booths are set up lounge-style; the interior combines floor-to ceiling windows and an open-concept kitchen with industrial brick walls, Edison bulbs and factorystyle light fixtures.
PRICE u The cost of a main dish at Searsucker
ranges from $24 to $44, which is on the pricier side, but paying a little extra is worth it for the sake of supporting Searsucker’s efforts to serve locally sourced products.
Must Order: Carbonara Udon
Must Order: Creamy Chicken Ramen
Must Order: Soba Noodle Soup With Roasted Duck
Must Order: Beef Curry Udon
Must Order: Kamo Nanban
OKAN DINER @okan_diner
WA DINING OKAN wa-dining-okan.cafes-world.com
AJISEN RAMEN www.ajisencalifornia.com
u With a motto like “Come early, stay
late!” it’s clear that Searsucker is the place to be for a night of socializing in the heart of San Diego. SEARSUCKER 611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 619.233.7327 | www.searsucker.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 63
u Locale Magazine’s
September 2019 cover star, Chantel Jefferies, was photographed at the state-of-the-art Nolita Hall!
Fresh Is Best u Solare was
one of the first restaurants in Liberty Station. The restaurant uses organic produce, wild fish, hormonefree meat and makes their pasta fresh every morning.
Hall of Fame
u While 747s rumble overhead at Nolita Hall, the board
behind the bar tracks the origin and speed of the plane that’s rattling your beer. This is a classy, fun place with plenty of games and over 20 beers on tap. The Michelin Guide loves Nolita Hall’s “carefully prepared” woodfired Neapolitan pizzas.
NOLITA HALL 2305 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 619.255.8000 | www.nolitahall.com
u Solare is recognized
by the Michelin Guide in their Bib Gourmand category, which is “exceptionally good food at a moderate price.” Don’t be fooled by their oversized bar—this is a foodie destination with ravioli for everyone; it comes stuffed with lobster, short rib or butternut squash.
SOLARE 2820 Roosevelt Rd San Diego, CA 92106 619.270.9670 www.solarelounge.com
u Juniper & Ivy is an NOLITA HALL
Is for Michelin FILL UP YOUR CULINARY CUP AT THESE AWARD-WINNING FOODIE FAVORITES
SPICY CITY San Diego spicycitysandiego.com
MAESTOSO Hillcrest maestoso.com
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unexpected addition to Michelin’s “Bib Gourmand” category, but the Guide can’t say enough good things about this Little Italy foodie destination. Strict adherence to “left coast” ingredients sees constant changes to the menu. Find yourself enjoying bucatini with cocoa
CUCINA SORELLA Kensington urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-sorella-kensington
IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER Little Italy ironsidefishandoyster.com
KETTNER EXCHANGE Little Italy kettnerexchange.com
LOLA 55 East Village lola55.com
powder that’s served with wild boar sausage or a drizzle of caramelized onion aioli over short rib and cheddar arancini.
JUNIPER & IVY 2228 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 619.269.9036 www.juniperandivy.com
S’il Vous Plate
u Better get a move on
because Addison is the only restaurant in San Diego with a Michelin Star. Chef William Bradley has the menu at his mercy, as freshly sourced ingredients create French-inspired, California-influenced five- or 10-course meals. Complex flavors are found in Kumamota oysters, Ossetra caviar with fluffy brown butter foam or coffee-roasted canard (duck).
ADDISON 5200 Grand Del Mar Way San Diego, CA 92130 858.314.1900 www.addisondelmar.com
BORN & RAISED Little Italy bornandraisedsteak.com
HERB & WOOD Little Italy herbandwood.com
M | Written By: Matthew J. Black | Photos - Nolita Hall: Diana Sciacca | Solare: Josie Gonzales
Shoot for the Stars
Is for Never Skip Brunch WHEN IN DOUBT, BRUNCH IT OUT AT THESE TOP SD BRUNCH SPOTS
u Panoramic ocean views
garage doors are perfect for people-watching early in the a.m. Their loaded deviled eggs are unlike any other—made with cheddar ranch yolk, bacon, chives and topped with breadcrumbs. They also have a housemade cinnamon roll with an orange-vanilla glaze that’s finger-lickin’ good.
u This shimmery pink,
‘80s-inspired brunch palace is nothing short of phenomenal. From fluffy souffle pancakes to their French omelette stuffed with creamy goat cheese, Morning Glory is decadent and, well, straight up glorious.
MORNING GLORY Little Italy morningglorybreakfast.com
CODY’S LA JOLLA
PB SHORE CLUB Pacific Beach www.pbshoreclub.com
From the Farm
u Gather at Ranch 45 for
local farm-to-table dishes. Their avocado toast is a fan favorite, featuring heirloom tomato relish, lemon zest and sea salt on grilled country levain. Pro tip: add a fried egg to kick it up a notch.
RANCH 45 Solana Beach www.ranch45.com
u This country-chic
u The selection of crafted
u The ocean view at
Cody’s La Jolla should be enough to get you up and at ‘em. The menu is stocked with favorites like the Awesome French Toast with candied walnuts and strawberries. On the savory side, the chilaquiles are also a favorite, topped with queso fresco and crème fraiche. Yum!
CODY’S LA JOLLA La Jolla www.codyslj.com
espresso drinks at each of Breakfast Republic’s seven locations will draw you in and keep you coming back. Plus, their unique menu of brunch items like the Breakfast Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese—served with juicy bacon and topped with parmesan breadcrumbs, chives and three eggs—will change your life!
BREAKFAST REPUBLIC North Park | Liberty Station | Encinitas | Ocean Beach | East Village | Carmel Valley | Pacific Beach | Mission Valley www.breakfastrepublic.com
cottage has eight different kinds of Benedicts with no shortage of farmhousestyle egg dishes. For a sweet twist on a camp favorite, indulge in the Bonfire Pancakes made with marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate sauce.
FARMER’S BOTTEGA Hillcrest www.farmersbottega.com
Eat, Sip, Shop
u The chic allure of
Provisional Kitchen is enough to draw you in. Try the carnitas hash for a south-of-the-border bite or the Sweet Sunny Side Up, a breakfast dessert with coconut panna cotta,
passion fruit, caked home fries and fruity bacon!
PROVISIONAL KITCHEN AT PENDRY SAN DIEGO San Diego www.pendryhotels.com/sandiego/dining/provisional
Toast to That!
u Toast Gastrobrunch gives off all the vibes of a modern eatery with tasty, Instagram-worthy bites. Their Southern Fried Benny is the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and for a sweet escape, try their signature Coconut Pistachio Kanafee. TOAST GASTROBRUNCH Carlsbad www.toastgastrobrunch.com
Hash It Out
u Hash House is award-
winning for their Midwestinspired breakfast and known for their generous servings. Try out The Big O Sage Fried Chicken and Waffle Tower. Yes, it’s a (delicious) mouthful with a smoked bacon waffle, sage fried chicken breasts, hot maple reduction and two fried eggs; aka the ultimate breakfast dish.
HASH HOUSE A GO GO Hillcrest www.hashhouseagogo.com
A Rustic Retreat
u A perfect mix of urban
and modern, Fig Tree Café offers unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Try out their breakfast sushi, three thick bacon rolls that are baked with brown sugar and paprika, rice and scallions, served with fresh fruit and plum sauce.
FIG TREE CAFÉ Pacific Beach | Liberty Station www.figtreeeatery.com
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and a salty breeze make PB Shore Club one of the best brunch spots in San Diego. Aside from serving all the breakfast classics, PB Shore Club’s Crab Cake Benny and classic Mexican chorizo plate are must-try items when it comes to brunching by the beach.
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u Waypoint Public’s
WAYPOINT PUBLIC North Park www.waypointpublic.com
Brunch With a View
It’s time to wake up and smell the pancakes because these amazing eateries across San Diego are calling your name. Whether you reside on the savory side with bacon and eggs or live for the sweets like syrupsoaked Belgian waffles, there’s surely something for every type of bruncher to enjoy. And if the food isn’t enough to grab your attention, there’s always mimosas! Let’s dig in!
O | Written By: Rachel Leanne DeLaurenti | Photos - Jake’s Del Mar: Bhadri Kubendran | Oceana Coastal Kitchen: Kambria Fischer
O Is for Ocean Views CHECK OUT THE BEST 180-DEGREE OCEAN VIEWS IN SAN DIEGO
OCEANA COASTAL KITCHEN 3999 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 oceanacoastalkitchen.com COASTERRA 880 Harbor Island Dr San Diego, CA 92101 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ coasterra C LEVEL LOUNGE 880 Harbor Island Dr San Diego, CA 92101 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ islandprime THE POSEIDON RESTAURANT 1670 Coast Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014 poseidonrestaurant.com CANNONBALL 3105 Ocean Front Walk San Diego, CA 92109 www.cannonballsd.com 20|TWENTY 5480 Grand Pacific Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 www.20twentygrill.com THE MARINE ROOM 2000 Spindrift Dr La Jolla, CA 92037 www.marineroom.com GEORGE’S AT THE COVE 1250 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037 www.georgesatthecove.com ISLAND PRIME 880 Harbor Island Dr San Diego, CA 92101 www.cohnrestaurants.com/ islandprime JAKE’S DEL MAR 1660 Coast Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014 www.jakesdelmar.com
JAKE’S DEL MAR 1660 Coast Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014 www.jakesdelmar.com
JRDN RESTAURANT 723 Felspar St San Diego, CA 92109 www.t23hotel.com/jrdn LOCALE MAGAZINE 67
Point Loma Heights
P Is for Pasta
FOOD u Cesarina’s pasta is vegan, hand-rolled, always
fresh and cooked al dente with a variety of yummy sauces and toppings to choose from. The tiramisu is assembled tableside and features homemade lady fingers, espresso, “crema al mascarpone” and powdered cocoa.
Is for BBQ
u The South is where BBQ was born—but in
California, San Diego is the closest you can get to the real South. For an authentic Texas experience, Grand Ole BBQ offers the best of the best for smoky, sauce-lovin’ barbeque fans. Southern hospitality reigns at Grand Ole BBQ.
Is for Ratatouille
u Je t’aime, The French Gourmet. This cozy
hidden gem in Pacific Beach combines a bakery, wine shop and restaurant into a onestop shop frequented by a host of regulars. Amidst a sunlit space, The French Gourmet’s menu pays tribute to shareable French classics, a robust wine list and—of course— droolworthy desserts and pastries.
FOOD u For a southern classic, try the half-pound sliced brisket “El Borracho” style, which includes BBQ on top of corn pudding, smothered with chorizo queso and Frito serrano relish.
FOOD u Look past the patisserie menu toward the traditional ratatouille. Served beautifully atop nutty farro, the herbaceous vegetable dish is one for the books.
DECOR DECOR u Potted greenery and wooden furniture, which
is positioned alongside a wall of jars filled with fermented fruits, give the space a true Mediterranean feel. Watch your pasta being shaped in the glass encased pastificio.
u From the wooden tables to the rustic signage, Grand Ole BBQ embodies authentic Texan flair. Grab a picnic table with some pals and enjoy your meat of choice, smoked to perfection.
DECOR u The traditionally French decor and warm color scheme transports diners to a cobblestone sidewalk French cafe—you’ll nearly forget that the beach is just a few blocks away.
PRICE u Pasta prices range from $15 to $30, which is
u With everything straight off the grill, the reasonable prices make a trip to Grand Ole BBQ well worth it—plus you can order as much or as little as you would like, starting at a quarter pound.
expected for pasta this fresh and delicious.
PRICE u Ideal for an intimate, low-cost date night, The French Gourmet’s $29.95 prix fixe menu serves up three courses (appetizer, entree and dessert), which is perfect for a pair of lovebirds.
VERDICT VERDICT u The Italian owners found a chef who cooked dishes
with a taste of home, so they named the restaurant after her. Handmade pasta, creamy pomodoro fresco and crispy octopus make this place hard to beat! CESARINA 4161 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107 619.226.6222 | www.cesarinarestaurant.com
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u Grand Ole BBQ is an authentic barbeque experience. The food is smoked in a real barbeque pit for excellent flavor, and the live music and entertainment make for a grand ole time!
GRAND OLE BBQ 15505 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon, CA 92021 619.312.0714 | www.grandolebbq.com
VERDICT u If the smell of freshly baked bread isn’t enticing
enough, the thought of becoming a local regular in a neighborhood eatery that dishes up French delicacies should do the trick. THE FRENCH GOURMET 960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109 858.488.1725 | www.thefrenchgourmet.com
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u “Location, location, location” is the recipe for success at many restaurants, but Cesarina in Point Loma Heights stands on its pasta and a loyal, local following. The cozy Italian neighborhood gem is bursting at the seams with freshly made pasta, and patrons who keep coming back.
S Is for Shhh… SIPPING IN SECRET IS ALWAYS MORE FUN
Howlin’ Good Time Where: Located inside Westfield UTC San Diego.
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Entry: Reservations are available, but a good portion of the space is left available for walkins; don’t let the lack of available reservations curb your decision to go.
RAISED BY WOLVES 4301 La Jolla Village Dr, Ste 2030 San Diego, CA 92122 www.raisedxwolves.com
Trip to the Tropics Where: A secret door within the walk-in cooler of Craft & Commerce’s main bar leads to the hideaway tiki bar. Entry: Reservations can be made in advance via OpenTable, but walk-ins are still welcome! There just may be a bit of a line. FALSE IDOL 675 W Beech St San Diego, CA 92101 www.falseidoltiki.com
Martini Madness Where: In the basement level of Barley Marsh in the Gaslamp District. Entry: No reservations; walk-ins only! GINGER’S 600 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92101 www.gingersgaslamp.com
Read Between the Lines Where: Hidden behind a secret bookcase door within the mezzanine library of the Moxy’s lobby. Entry: Text the codeword to the number displayed on their webpage for a reservation. Instructions to enter the speakeasy will be sent once the reservation has been made.
Entry: Reservations are available, but space is set aside specifically for walkins every day to better accommodate the visitors. REALM OF 52 REMEDIES 4805 Convoy St San Diego, CA 92111 www.52remedies.com
Breakin’ the Rules Where: The entry to Prohibition is hidden in plain sight behind a door that says “Eddie O’Hare’s Law Office” on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp District. Entry: No reservations; no call-ins; just show up! PROHIBITION 548 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92101 www.prohibitionsd.com
Gothic Escape Where: Behind a hidden door disguised as a wall of stacked kegs within the Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar. Entry: Make a reservation online or text the number listed on their website for the password. NOBLE EXPERIMENT 777 G St San Diego, CA 92101 nobleexperimentsd.com
ROOM 56 831 Sixth Ave San Diego, CA 92101 www.viiiv.co
The Cure Where: Behind a glass door inside Common Theory Public House. LOCALE MAGAZINE 69
T Is for Tapas
TINY TAPAS, BIG FLAVORS
Surrounded by Spanish culture and cuisine, savor a pair of small bites that’ll wake your taste buds at Cafe Sevilla. Moorish spices enhance the honey and mint flavors of a flame-grilled lamb skewer, and garlic almond black rice makes the perfect bed for sautéed shrimp. In other words, the mouthwatering combination of Cafe Sevilla’s top tapas, cordero brocheta and shrimp romesco, will leave you wanting more.
Is for Umbrella Drinks
u Things are heating up in Pacific Beach! The Grass Skirt, a speakeasystyle tiki bar (hidden in Good Time Poke) screams cocktail creativity and foodie fun. With Polynesian-inspired design, interactive stormy sound effects and sizzling dishes, a trip to this decked out volcano tavern is sure to put you in an island state of mind.
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DECOR u Decked out with wooden tiki
carvings, skull motifs, hanging pufferfish lanterns, luau girl lamps, cozy booths, a fire pit and swing seating, The Grass Skirt is a tropical respite. Shrimp Romesco Ingredients: • Seared Shrimp • Marcona Almonds • Piquillo Peppers • Shallots • Garlic • Thyme • Basil • Parsley • Tomato • Balsamic Vinegar • Bomba Rice Infused With Squid Ink and Lobster Stock
PRICE u With cocktail prices ranging from $10 to $20 and dishes going anywhere from $8 to $17, this is the perfect date night spot or festive happy hour hangout.
VERDICT u The Grass Skirt doesn’t just fuse Asian flavors; the bar offers attentive service, trendy design touches and a strong exotic cocktail list to create an unparalleled experience.
THE GRASS SKIRT 910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 858.412.5237 | www.thegrassskirt.com
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Cordero Brocheta Ingredients: • Australian Lamb Sirloin • Olive Oil Marinade • Honey • Mint • Garlic • Coriander • Cumin • Fennel Seed • Salt • Pepper
u The bar breathes new life into traditional tiki drinks, such as the umbrella-topped, rum-heavy Tiki Tony’s Mai Tai, which is a tropical staple on the menu.
V Is for Vegan
Dish Name: From the Farm Compare to: Luna Grill’s Santorini Chicken Salad Ingredients: All set with quinoa, avocado mousse, local veggies and pecorino, From the Farm lives up to its farm-to-fork origins. CLARA Carlsbad 760.994.0699 | claracoastal.com
OF SAN DIEGO’S FAVORITE PLANT-BASED TREATS
Dish Name: Banana Peel Tacos
Dish Name: I Love You Bowl
Compare to: Taco Bell’s Tacos
Compare to: Chipotle Burrito Bowl
Ingredients: This creative, tasty dish is a vegan take on tacos with abodaba spice. No faux meat here folks!
Ingredients: Roasted yams, maple Brussels sprouts, Fresno chili, garlic tahini, smashed avocado, black rice and quinoa—what’s not to love?
THE PLOT Oceanside theplotrestaurant.com | @theplotrestaurant
CAFE GRATITUDE Little Italy 619.736.5077 | cafegratitude.com
Dish Name: Memphis BBQ Jackfruit
Dish Name: Bread Fang Pizza
Dish Name: Raw Burger
Compare to: Bubba’s Smokehouse BBQ’s Pulled Pork Sanwhich
Compare to: Blaze Pizza’s Hot Link Pizza
Compare to: In-N-Out Burger
Ingredients: A sandwich of pulled soy curls, green chili aioli, pickle, onion, Dijon mustard, sourdough and potato chips—modern barbeque.
Ingredients: Take a bite outta this pizza that’s topped with bianco dinapoli tomatoes, mozzarella, mushrooms, red onion, spinach, dried olives and Calabrian chiles!
Ingredients: A seed and nut herb patty, cashew hummus, tomato, lettuce and sprouts on a cabbage leaf makes this burger taste like the real deal!
Dish Name: The Buffalo ‘66
Dish Name: Havana Affair
Compare to: Buffalo Wild Wings’ Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich
Compare to: Flame Broiler’s Angus Beef Bowl
Dish Name: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
KINDRED South Park 619.546.9653 | barkindred.com
PLANT POWER Ocean Beach 619.450.6845 | plantpowerfastfood.com
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Ingredients: A Buddha bowl of coconut cilantro lime brown rice, quinoa, black beans, roasted yams, pickled Cuban slaw, plantains and Cuban mojo sauce. EVE Encinitas 760.230.2560 | www.eveveganeats.com
EVOLUTION Bankers Hill 619.550.1818 | evolutionfastfood.com
Compare to: The Kebab Shop’s Lamb & Beef Plate Ingredients: Tabbouleh, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, Kalamata olive, sweet pepper, pistachios and feta topped with a harissa yogurt vinaigrette. FLOWER CHILD Del Mar 858.314.6818 | www.iamaflowerchild.com
V | Written By: Bianca Kasawdish | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar
Ingredients: The ultimate sandwich—crispy battered buffalo “chicken” breast, “ranch” dressing, lettuce and tomato.
DONNA JEAN Bankers Hill 619.299.5500 | donnajeanrestaurant.com
W Is for Whisky Whether you’re entertaining a dinner party or unwinding after a long day, nothing raises your spirits like a cocktail made with Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky. So clear your counter and break out the glasses—these four drink recipes are so simple, you’ll have them memorized as a part of your repertoire in no time.
DRINKS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MAKE
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Fashioned
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u Orange Twist
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Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
u In a double rocks glass, add the Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel reserve, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir briefly. Garnish with an orange twist.
u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve, simple syrup and Angostura bitters into a traditional julep cup. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs.
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Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky • Fresh and Fruity • Sweet • Mellow
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve
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u ¾ part Fresh
• Sweet and Spicy • Rich • Lingering Sweetness
GLENFIDDICH SCOTCH WHISKY www.glenfiddich.com
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u Pour the whisky, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker tin. Add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe and serve.
u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve, sweet vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass and stir over ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with brandied cherries.
W | Written By: Jordan Nishkian | Photos - Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky | Illustrations - Vicente Martí Solar
(Serves 6) • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes • Juice of 2 limes • ¾ tsp sea salt • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes • 1 tbsp fennel seeds • ½ tsp ground nutmeg • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 3 tbsp and 1½ tsp ground cumin • 3 tbsp and 1½ tsp ground coriander • 1 tbsp black pepper • 1 tbsp poppy seeds • ¾ tsp ground clove • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds • 2 yellow onions, small diced • 2 Anaheim green chilies, small diced • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 10 cloves of garlic, minced • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced • 2/3 cup tomato purée • 1 tbsp pure tamarind paste
foodie /// guide
1. In a medium bowl, add the cubed chicken and toss with the lime juice and sea salt. Stir well and set aside.
3. In a large sauce pot, melt the coconut oil over high heat. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onions, diced green chilies and turmeric. Stir frequently until onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). 4. Add garlic & ginger, letting fry for 30 seconds. Stir in spice mix and tomato purée, combining well. Add the chicken and let brown, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
5. Pour in 4 cups of water. Bring to a rapid simmer for 10 minutes. Add the tamarind and continue simmering until the liquid has reduced by half and has a thick, saucy consistency (about 40 minutes).
Is for Xacuti WOW DINNER PARTY GUESTS WITH A TRADITIONAL INDIAN XACUTI CURRY, REFRESHED FOR A PALEO DIET
Z Is for Zinqué EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC FRENCH FLAVOR AT SAN DIEGO’S ZINQUÉ
u Zinqué opened its San Diego location
in September 2019, bringing customers a stylish and relaxed eatery to enjoy at any time of the day (including brunch and latenight). Emmanuel Dossetti, the owner of Zinqué, moved from Marseilles, France and has since dazzled the United States’ palate with refined and delicious French dishes.
6. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cauliflower rice and fresh cilantro.
Must-Try French Favorites: 1. La Française 2. Beef Carpaccio 3. Pan Con Tomate with San Daniele Prosciutto 4. Grilled Salmon with Ratatouille 5. Clafoutis Cherry Tarte
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Is for Yacht u Herringbone La Jolla is a real catch
for San Diego foodies. From a droolworthy menu packed with fresh, seasonal takes on locally sourced seafood, high-quality meats and refined twists on comfort classics to subtle maritime decor, the restaurant embodies a coastal charm that mirrors its neighborhood. You will be hooked from the moment you walk in.
FOOD u The star of Herringbone’s menu is
The Yacht. This shareable seafood tower is packed with oysters, shrimp, crab, crudo and ceviche, taking taste buds on a trip up and down the coast— and all the way to the briny Atlantic.
DECOR u Brick-lined walls, lush olive trees strewn with white lights, draping fish nets and ropes, maritime art and industrial lighting fixtures create a cozy, intimate atmosphere.
PRICE u The Yacht rings in at $120, making it the perfect shareable appetizer (or meal) for a special celebration.
VERDICT u Seafood has never tasted fresher, Brussels sprouts never crispier and sea salt blondies never sweeter than during a cozy, candlelit date night under the olive trees at Herringbone.
HERRINGBONE LA JOLLA 7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 858.459.0221 | herringboneeats.com
X | Written By: Chef Whitney Aronoff | Photos By: Hannah Wilson Y | Written By: Emily Torres | Illustration By: Vicente Martí Solar Z | Written By: Isabella Cook
2. In a small bowl, combine the spice mix of coconut flakes, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, pepper, poppy seeds and clove. Stir and set aside.
PHOTO BY: Nick Isabella â€¢ WILD ISLAND COLLECTIVE 3504 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 | 619.952.8460 | www.wildisland-collective.com
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The Dr. Is in STYLISH, COMFY AND DURABLE—DR. MARTENS ARE THE TRIPLE-THREAT OF THE FOOTWEAR WORLD WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DR. MARTENS
From classic leather work boots to collaborations with globally-recognized artists, Dr. Martens is a punk powerhouse that’s walking its way into every wardrobe. Pair with your favorite jeans or give that little black dress an edge—no matter what look you’re going for, there’s a pair of Docs for you. DR. MARTENS www.drmartens.com | @drmartensofficial
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The Art of
CONFIDENCE Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life WRITTEN BY: ISABELLA COOK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN MODEL: ANGELA BROOKS OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
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“The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy.” —DR. PETER LEE
WAVE PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER INC 2700 Alton Pkwy, Ste 231 Irvine, CA 92606 949.833.0200 www.waveplasticsurgery.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 83
shoppe /// profile
DR. PETER LEE is a renowned plastic surgeon and also the Founder and CEO of Wave Plastic Surgery Center, the largest practice of its kind in the nation. Wave took Southern California with such success that a new facility recently opened in San Francisco, with even more on the horizon. Dr. Lee uses his business to help bring more options to more people, paying special attention to individualized patient care. It’s safe to say that your beauty is in good hands with Dr. Lee and the team of doctors at Wave!
At the age of 14, Dr. Lee began attending a university for a special physics program, but before long, he decided that he wanted to work with something more tangible. Dr. Lee then turned his focus to medical school, in an effort to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He says, “[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” Now, Dr. Lee is an award-winning plastic surgeon with international acclaim. He also travels to teach microsurgery, with an emphasis on minimal incision. Dr. Lee has a unique perspective on plastic surgery that rebuffs the pervasive vanity stereotype of the industry. He (and Wave, by extension) believes that cosmetic surgeries are primarily about increasing a patient’s quality of life. Having the ability to fix your flaws with surgery allows people to gain confidence and shed whatever insecurities they carry. According to Dr. Lee’s personal philosophy, “Aesthetic treatments are a cure for a lot of people who aren’t as confident, and when you do something to make yourself look better, it changes who you are.” 84 LOCALE MAGAZINE
“Wave covers all spectrums, and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” —DR. PETER LEE
ONWARD AND UPWARD • Wave has set its sights on expansion and plans to open up locations in the South and East Bay—after that, the company is off to take on the Big Apple! SPEC-TACULAR SOLUTIONS • At Wave Plastic Surgery Center, there’s a large focus on providing care for Asian-predominant surgeries like the double eyelid procedure. Dr. Lee saw a need for this specialization in the industry.
While Dr. Lee has worked with sick patients in the past and has even performed reconstructive surgery for people suffering from cancer, he enjoys his current occupation because, “In the cosmetic realm, you’re not sick—you’re healthy. You’re looking for improvement.” Dr. Lee sees the curative function of plastic surgery in his work, which he believes is often overlooked since the changes that occur appear only on the outside. What the common observer cannot see in cosmetic surgery patients are changes to their everyday happiness. “The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy,” Dr. Lee explains. Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or that wonky family nose you inherited, it’s important to never let the small things keep you from going out and enjoying life. As Dr. Lee puts it, “When we stop doing things is when we get older.” Dr. Lee’s spirit of improving a patient’s quality of life through cosmetic surgery translates over to the company model as well. Wave Plastic Surgery Center recognizes the importance of well-informed and singularized cosmetic surgery care, from the first interview to the last checkup. “We invest heavily in a variety of options,” explains
LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS • Wave Plastic Surgery Center has locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, Rowland Heights, Arcadia and San Francisco. Pop by for a 30-minute consultation with an expert plastic surgeon if you think cosmetic surgery might help improve your quality of life.
“[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” —DR. PETER LEE
Dr. Lee, which is why Wave Plastic Surgery Center is set up to allow for specifically designed individual care, the likes of which are rare in cosmetic surgery clinics. Since Wave is so much larger than other plastic surgery companies, they can offer a much wider selection of procedures which, in turn, gives patients a chance to sit down and decide on the absolute best path for their foray into cosmetic alterations. “Something we stress [at Wave] is to feel out and get an answer from the patient,” he says. Dr. Lee and the doctors at Wave Plastic Surgery Center are aiming to do more with their skills than just alter a patient’s physical appearance— they want to empower people by giving them the control to change parts of themselves that hold them back in life. Wave has doctors from different backgrounds with varying realms of experience, but all of them are there for one reason: to help their patients experience life exactly the way they want to experience it. Dr. Lee’s humanistic approach to cosmetic surgery, as well as his success in his field, has opened a platform where anyone has the power to change anything they don’t like about themselves. “Wave covers all spectrums,” says Dr. Lee, “and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 85
shoppe /// behind the brand
Street Dreams JASON HUGGINS TURNED HIS PASSION INTO A PROFESSION WITH SAN DIEGO STREETWEAR LABEL 5&A DIME WRITTEN BY: KERI BRIDGWATER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BHADRI KUBENDRAN “I heard somewhere that when it comes to business, you either have to be the first to do something or the best one doing it,” says Huggins, who, together with sister Darcie, opened East Village streetwear store 5&A DIME in the mid-2000s.
lows of running a small business, including the addition of Darcie’s popular The Goodstuff Cookie Co. in 2014. “There have been some steep learning curves for sure––my biggest regret was waiting so long to make 5&A DIME a brand. We did the store first, branding second; but since 2015, have focused solely on our apparel line.”
Initially selling designer toys, books and apparel as a third part of the equation, Huggins’ cool “sis and bro show” dynamic has seen the duo ride out a recession, oversaturated streetwear market and rise of e-commerce throughout their 15 years in business. “When we opened in 2005, it was a case of the right time, right place,” he says. “5&A DIME was the only store from here to LA where you could get labels like Crooks & Castles, The Hundreds and Rogue Status. On some release days, we’d make $5,000-$6,000 in sales and thought, ‘Hey, this is easy!’”
While Huggins’ coordinates production, Darcie and her boyfriend are behind the eyecatching graphics, often working with local creatives and social collectives like The Travelers Club, Tito Boy, Locals Only, Never Made and tattoo artist Sergio Hernandez, aka “Splurgeo.”
A passion for collaboration and foresight to diversify helped Huggins adapt and navigate the highs and
5&A DIME’s classic stack logo is still a top seller, but limited-edition drops and special runs always go fast. Despite the street cred cachet, there are no “too cool for school” vibes at the store. “At the end of the day, 5&A DIME is a family business–– my mom, dad, sister and I built this together. We always have and always will make shopping here a personal experience.”
Old School • A Sacramento native, Huggins grew up around the West Coast snowboard, skateboard and BMX scenes. After moving to San Diego in the mid-’90s, he cut his teeth in retail, working at Jim Ruonala’s legendary PB skate shop, Pacific Drive. A Family Affair • Huggins’ mom—a former seamstress and wedding dressmaker—creates one-of-a-kind sweatshirts, bandanas and bow ties for puppers and good boys under offshoot label “Designed by Mom 5&A DIME.”
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THE SUCCESS OF AARON HENNINGSâ€™ BRAND WAS ANYTHING BUT HAPPENSTANCE
WRITTEN BY: WHITNEY ARONOFF PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ERIK ISAKSON
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“SOCKS WERE THE LAST PIECE OF APPAREL ON THE HUMAN BODY THAT DIDN’T HAVE A BRANDED CATEGORY LEADER, SO WE FIGURED IT WAS TIME TO CLAIM IT.” — AARON HENNINGS
STANCE WORLD HEADQUARTERS 197 Avenida La Pata San Clemente, CA 92673 888.391.9020 www.stance.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 89
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In a town where people love wearing flip-flops, five guys had an idea to revolutionize an overlooked everyday accessory. In 2009, socks were an underappreciated apparel category. Aaron Hennings—along with Jeff Kearl, Ryan Kingman, John Wilson and Taylor Shupe—saw an opportunity to inject personality into a product that would allow people to show self-expression. Soon enough, Stance was born and has changed the way we dress our feet ever since. 90 LOCALE MAGAZINE
“ WE WANTED TO ESTABLISH STANCE IN THE WORLD OF PERFORMANCE SOCKS BY SHOWCASING OUR PRODUCTS ON SOME OF THE MOST DEMANDING ATHLETES IN THE WORLD.” — AARON HENNINGS
One Wheel? No Problem • Each team member has talents, but not all of them can do circus tricks. Hennings continues to impress his staff with his unicycle skills!
“Socks were the last piece of apparel on the human body that didn’t have a branded category leader,” Hennings says, “so we figured it was time to claim it.” The idea to create Stance was rooted in the belief that an ignored product category could be disrupted and brought to life with a heavy dose of creativity. “We knew that great brands become category leaders by disrupting markets that have been neglected, asleep and ripe for innovation,” says Hennings. Hennings and his partners have deep roots in the surfand-sport apparel industry.
Prior to diving into the sock and underwear industry, he served as Art Director at Billabong for nine years. When deciding on a name for the business, the men focused on the connection to feet. “Stance has a double meaning for us, referencing both the physical positioning of the legs and feet during activities like skateboarding and basketball, as well as being an intellectual or emotional
attitude,” shares Hennings. The deeper meaning of Stance shines through at the company headquarters in San Clemente. There is space for employees to play and physically express themselves, whether it be on the skate ramp or the volleyball court. There are also more traditional artistic expressions throughout the space, such as murals, paintings and photographs. But the most unexpected feature at Stance headquarters? It would have to be “a custom-built Harley Davidson ’58 Panhead motorcycle parked in our front reception area...leaking oil,” says Hennings. The mantra of Stance is to embrace “the uncommon thread.” Within the first five years of business, they’ve helped turn socks into one of the most popular accessories worldwide. You can find Stance in 40 countries and counting,
“ WE WANTED TO BUILD A COMPANY THAT WAS A REFLECTION OF OUR PERSONALITIES AND CREATE A PLATFORM FOR THE THINGS WE LOVED.” — AARON HENNINGS
igniting global creativity. “We wanted to build a company that was a reflection of our personalities and create a platform for the things we loved,” shares Hennings. “Stance was born as partbusiness opportunity, part-fashion movement and part-entrepreneurial undertaking.” In 2015, Stance laid new ground by becoming the first official sock of the NBA. “We wanted to establish Stance in the world of performance socks by showcasing our products on some of the most demanding athletes in the world,” explains Hennings. “Basketball has a connection to both on-court performance and sneaker culture. The NBA was interested in our ability to provide a product to both markets.” Stance continues to provide the league’s 30 teams with branded designs, which are available for fans through retail outlets.
The mantra of Stance is to embrace “the uncommon thread.” “We are working with Chicago-based graphic design artist Cody Hudson as part of our ‘Untitled’ collection,” Hennings shares. Donovan Mitchell, a Utah Jazz player who is the latest Stance brand ambassador, is working with the company on limited edition socks that feature his favorite emoji and his own personal Spida logo. After all the success, Stance continues to be wellgrounded. “The greatest rewards have been the ability to bring creative ideas to fruition as well as build a brand and working environment that provides
deliverance from corporate confinement,” Hennings says. Is there any compliment that still gets Hennings fired up? Fans will send in photos of their new tattoos featuring the Stance argyle logo and tell the team how much they admire the brand. Now that’s modern brand loyalty! Consider yourself a Stance fan? Then get ready for oneof-a-kind products in 2020. Stance has some incredible technologies launching this year, featuring enhanced fabrics that place an emphasis on durability and softness. We’re ready for all the feels.
Northern Native • Though Hennings grew up playing on Orange County beaches like Trestles and San Onofre, he calls Canada his second home, given the fact that he is half Canadian. LOCALE MAGAZINE 91
shoppe /// what's in stock
BEOPLAY H9 $500 BEOSOUND SHAPE Starting at $4,500
BEOVISION HARMONY Starting at $20,000
BEOPLAY A9 Starting at $3,000
BEOPLAY E8 2.0 $350
BEOLAB 18 Starting at $9,500
How’s That Sound?
BEOLAB 50 Starting at $40,000
Bang & Olufsen combines state-ofthe-art technology with a natural, sleek design to compose the ultimate audio experience.
PLEASE WELCOME OUR GUEST SPEAKERS, BANG & OLUFSEN WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER • PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BANG & OLUFSEN
When it comes to your home, embellishments often take precedence over acoustics. And while furnishings are important, the coil of wires jutting from your outdated stereo system is nothing but clutter. The days of hiding your sound system, however, are over. Bang & Olufsen combines state-of-the-art technology with a natural, sleek design to compose the ultimate audio experience. From upscale speakers and televisions to exceptionally chic headphones, Bang & Olufsen is changing how you experience sound—one pristine product at a time.
BEOLIT 17 $500
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BANG & OLUFSEN 7851 Girard Ave La Jolla, CA 92037 858.750.2202 www.bang-olufsen.com
shoppe /// thatâ€™s what they said
T H AT ' S W H AT T H E Y S A I D
CENTER OF ATTENTION Fashionistas Marla and Valentina Spend the Day at Del Mar Highlands Town Center
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MARLA IVANNA @marlaivanna VALENTINA SICOLI @valeisicoli VALMARE BOUTIQUE valmareboutique.com @valmareboutique Photoshoot Location: DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER 12925 El Camino Real, Ste J28 San Diego, CA 92130 858.793.5757 www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com
WRITTEN BY: ALYSHA HARAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MANNY MENDEZ
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We’re sister-duo Marla Ivanna and Valentina Sicoli, owners of Valmare Boutique in Little Italy. Running our resort wear boutique keeps us busy around the clock, so regular play-days are a must when it comes to staying happy, healthy and balanced. Being fashion entrepreneurs, we know a good thing when we see it, and Del Mar Highlands is a one-stop destination that’s packed full of things that make us feel good inside and out. From pilates class to happy hour—with books, lingerie and a luxury movie theatre in between—come with us as we enjoy a day full of great food, indulgent fun and fashion!
8 a.m. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Ú For a post-workout
refuel, we headed over to fast-casual diner Snooze—the perfect spot to unwind after pilates class. With everything from shrimp and grits to BRAVOcado Toast, they have plates to satisfy every appetite. The outdoor patio is a great place to bask in the morning sun and catch up over a cup of locally brewed coffee from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. 3435 Del Mar Heights Rd, Ste D3 San Diego, CA 92130 858.703.5300 www.snoozeeatery.com
10 a.m. Rumeur Lingerie Ú There are the good kinds of rumors and then
12843 El Camino Real, Ste 102 San Diego, CA 92130 858.523.9980 www.rumeurlingerie.com
7 a.m. Club Pilates Ú Running a successful fashion brand is hard work. In fact, we love hard work so much, we start our day with it! Whether we’re feeling full of energy or wanting to focus on stretching and flexibility, Club Pilates offers a schedule that’s packed with classes and always leaves us feeling renewed and ready to take on the day.
APPAREL PROVIDED BY: Vuori www.vuoriclothing.com
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12995 El Camino Real, Ste 103, San Diego, CA 92130 858.914.1965 | www.clubpilates.com
Photos - Snooze, an A.M. Eatery: Valerie Kon | Rumeur Lingerie: Del Mar Highlands Town Center
there are the best kinds—Rumeur Lingerie. Naughty or nice, Rumeur has something for everybody. Whether you’re looking for your dayto-day basics or a special unmentionable, this full-service boutique will fit you and bring your recommendations right to your dressing room. Don’t be shy! Go in and browse. And if the mood strikes, try something on. We won’t tell.
11 a.m. DIESEL Ú DIESEL is heaven for bookworms.
Lined with bookcases that seem to stretch from the floor to the store’s lofty ceilings, it’s hard not to spend the entire day thumbing through cookbooks, biographies and bestselling novels. The event calendar highlights local talent, and the staff is always eager to stock the shelves full of customer recommendations. 12843 El Camino Real, Ste 104 San Diego, CA 92130 858.925.7078 www.dieselbookstore.com
Perfect Pair Combining Sicoli’s love for fashion and Ivanna’s head for business and marketing, the sisters opened their flagship store in 2019. Valmare resort wear can be found in boutiques located in Beverly Hills, Miami and throughout Mexico.
“The folks at Casa can make even a simple grilled salmon salad feel like a feast by pairing it with spicy chipotle ranch dressing and fresh-cut watermelon.”
Noon Casa Sol Y Mar Ú The folks at Casa can make even
a simple grilled salmon salad feel like a feast by pairing it with spicy chipotle ranch dressing and fresh-cut watermelon. But before you dive in, do yourself a favor and order a Mangorita— the perfect blend of sweet and spicy! Plus, the homemade flan and churros make even the hardest pilates class worth it. 12865 El Camino Real San Diego, CA 92130 858.792.4100 www.casasolymar.com
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Ú After a long day of shopping, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas is the perfect place to kick your feet up. Not only does the luxury cinema have the comfiest seats, but it’s equipped with a full drink menu that makes starting happy hour a breeze! There’s an awesome wine selection that can be ordered without having to wait in line. And never fear, even if you run out of popcorn, someone is available at the push of a button to bring you more. 12905 El Camino Real San Diego, CA 92130 858.794.4045 www.cinepolisusa.com
Learned From the Best When Sicoli was 5 years old, she met designer Carolina Herrera. Sitting on her lap, she told the famous icon that she wanted to be just like her when she grew up. Dreams really do come true!
Ú A day at Del Mar Highlands Town
Center isn’t complete without a stop at our favorite Italian eatery, Davanti Enoteca. It’s a great place to meet friends or share some quality one-onone time. Order a bottle of wine and a few things off the “Per La Tavola” (for the table) part of the menu. The pasta comes in all shapes in sizes and is always fresh, and the Mediterranean sea bass is a must!
“This New York City-inspired boutique with concrete floors and gallery lighting will inspire you to go beyond your yoga pants.”
12955 El Camino Real San Diego, CA 92130 858.519.5060 www.davantienoteca.com
2 p.m. little APPLE Ú This New York City-inspired boutique with concrete floors and gallery lighting
APPAREL PROVIDED BY: little APPLE www.shoplittleapple.com
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6 p.m. Davanti Enoteca
will inspire you to go beyond your yoga pants. With labels that include Paige, Bailey/44 and Rebecca Minkoff, the clothes and accessories are glam, and the jewelry is chic. The best part? The little sign on the shelf reminding every woman that while life isn’t perfect, your outfit can be! 12925 El Camino Real, Ste J7, San Diego, CA 92130 619.236.1421 | www.shoplittleapple.com
Photos - Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas | Davanti Enoteca: Del Mar Highlands Town Center
4 p.m. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
shoppe /// my style INDOOR/OUTDOOR PLANT FOOD u Newland recommends this natural, non-synthetically sourced plant food “to give plants a boost to grow better, happier and healthier.” Good Dirt - $21
u January Newland and James Gaulke Owners of Wild Island Collective
VEGAN CHOCOLATE u Raaka is vegan, gluten-free, organic chocolate made from transparent trade practices—“all the way down to where the beans come from.”
HANGING PALM BASKET u “[This is] a really cool decor piece for a very jungle, tropical style,” Newland notes. Woven Finds - $24-$38
CBD OIL u “I was looking for a CBD product for postpartum anxiety,” says Newland, who uses her shop to host a weekly breastfeeding support group. Collective 108 - $80
Raaka - $7
NATURAL DEODORANT u Newland, who is passionate about clean beauty products, loves this lavender sage deodorant. “The method of sourcing is part of our ethos,” she says.
WILD ISLAND COLLECTIVE 3504 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116 619.952.8460 www.wildisland-collective.com
Stomping Ground Herbals Farm Armor - $16
Plant-Based FOR THIS NORMAL HEIGHTS SHOP, ATMOSPHERE AND ADVENTURE ARE SECOND NATURE WRITTEN BY: ANNA GABRIELE • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NICK ISABELLA
LITTLE WATERING CAN u According to Newland, this watering can offers a “meditative experience to slow down and pay attention.” Burgon & Ball - $22 100 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Meet January Newland, her life and business partner, James Gaulke, and blue-eyed baby boy, Jack. This beautiful ensemble owns and operates Wild Island Collective, a small plant shop (and more) that’s rooted in Normal Heights. Since launching the business, the family has created a visibly adored ambiance for visitors who desire to spend extended time amidst their indoor jungle oasis.
PLANTS u “Plants are our No. 1 seller… We are first and foremost a plant shop,” says Newland. Plants may be matched with pots and wooden stands “like an installation or beautiful piece of art.” Wild Island Collective - Starting at $5
alive March 2020 /// paint. pedal. park.
PHOTO BY: Michael Wesley â€¢ CAROLINA ARRIETA www.artebycaro.com | www.wildwawashop.com | @arte.by.caro
Coloring Outside the Lines Artist Carolina Arrieta Merges Passion and Creativity With Bright, Bold Designs
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Salt Air, Not a Care TA K E A R I D E T H R O U G H O C E A N S I D E
WRITTEN BY: JACLYN KEAGY
Get on the Grind Ú Jump-start your day with fresh coffee and friendly conversation! Carefully prepared in small batches, Revolution Roasters packages coffee within 24 hours of roasting. Isn’t it time to wake up and smell the revolution?
Pedal Along the Pier Ú Centrally located on the pier, Wheel Fun Rentals is a great starting point to explore the sights of Oceanside Pier and Harbor. Opt for the hour bike rental to get your wheely fun day rollin’!
REVOLUTION ROASTERS www.revoroasters.com
WHEEL FUN RENTALS wheelfunrentals.com
It’s no secret that the best way to explore a city is to eat your way through it. Include a dash of activities and a sprinkle of shopping, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a perfect day. In a huge city like San Diego, it’s near impossible to get to everything—but it never hurts to try! We’re racing the clock to walk you through an idyllic day in Oceanside, mapping out every possible spot that time (and your tummies) will allow for. All in a day’s work— or dare we say, play?
11:00 a.m. A Very Betty Brunch Ú Hellooo, sunshine, and Hello Betty! Start at the rooftop lounge atop this Oceanside favorite for a mimosa with a side of morning rays. Then head downstairs for the ceviche del dia or the dreamy Baja stone crab and cheese dip. HELLO BETTY FISHHOUSE hellobettyoceanside.com
1:00 p.m. Shop Scrappy Ú Get your hands on handmade at Rais Case, where you’ll find locally designed and crafted bags and backpacks. “We use the best leathers, fabrics and hardware we can find,” explains Designer and Owner Julie Rais Ellis. “Our bags work well for everyday use—they are simple and have character.” For the crafty consumer, a DIY table invites guests to 104 LOCALE MAGAZINE
repurpose scrap leather into beautiful crafts. RAIS CASE www.raiscase.com
2:00 p.m. A Louisiana Luncheon Ú That Boy Good, and he’s even better with all-day happy hour! Snag a TBG Famous Bloody Mary paired with your choice of smoked meats for a dose of ultimate southern comfort.
5 p.m. She Strolls Seaside by the Sea-Store Ú Eclectic goods and electric grooves best describe San Diego’s top street fair, Oceanside Sunset Market. Explore over 200 merchants spanning four blocks on Pier View Way! Treat yourself to a pre-dinner gourmet dessert to perfectly complement your sunset stroll.
THAT BOY GOOD thatboygoodbbq.com
3:00 p.m. Wild, Wild, Watersport Sesh Ú The day’s trajectory can only go one way at Up Sports. Get your adrenaline fix with a SUP kayak or surfboard rental. No day in Oceanside would be complete without your moment with the ocean! UP SPORTS www.upsports.com
OCEANSIDE SUNSET MARKET mainstreetoceanside. com/sunset-market
Roll It on Home Ú You’ve heard of DIY—Barrel Republic believes in PIY. Pour everything yourself with an all-access
FLYING PIG PUB & KITCHEN
wristband to any of the 48 beers and eight wines on tap. Just scan, pour, enjoy and repeat; the tab can wait. BARREL REPUBLIC www.barrelrepublic.com
8 p.m. This Little Piggy Went to Dinner Ú A sustainable rustic pub? When pigs fly!
Grab the day’s final grub at the Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen, serving up a variety of fresh, locally sourced American cuisine. Chow down on BBQ shrimp and grits alongside your craft “pigtail!”
FLYING PIG PUB & KITCHEN www.flyingpig.pub
Photography Provided By: Revolution Roasters: Emery Photo | Hello Betty Fishhouse: Sage Restaurant Group | Barrel Republic: Alternative Strategies | Flying Pig: Camila Badaro
HELLO BETTY FISHHOUSE
alive /// spotlight
Coloring Outside the Lines
Arrieta’s various, lively paintings are made using two main mediums: acrylic watercolor and gouache paint, which is an opaque watercolor typically used by commercial artists for illustrations and design work.
ARTIST CAROLINA ARRIETA MERGES PASSION AND CREATIVITY WITH BRIGHT, BOLD DESIGNS WRITTEN BY: ISABELLA COOK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MICHAEL WESLEY
Carolina Arrieta always knew she wanted to pursue a career in the arts. At 28 years old, Arrieta has successfully done just that. Not only does she produce visually stunning paintings celebrating the female form, but Arrieta also co-owns a baby clothing company, called Wild Wawa, with her mother and sister. She combines her knowledge of art and fashion to produce a unique artistic style that you can’t help but appreciate, no matter the medium. “I grew up knowing for sure I’d do something creative,” states Arrieta. Though Arrieta was born in LA, she spent most of her formative years living in Peru with her family. Her parents also owned a baby clothing operation, and Arrieta fondly remembers the intricate
MADE WITH LOVE
CAROLINA ARRIETA www.artebycaro.com www.wildwawashop.com @arte.by.caro
“SOME DAYS, I’LL DO AN ENTIRE DAY OF PAINTING, EIGHT TO 10 HOURS—IT’S MEDITATIVE.” —CAROLINA ARRIETA
embroidery her mother would sew into the items. After high school, Arrieta returned to the US for an education in fashion. “I always painted,” recalls Arrieta, “especially when I was in fashion school.” She took this passion for painting to art school where she studied illustration design at Art Center of Design in Pasadena. Now Arrieta combines art and fashion by hand-painting designs for Wild Wawa. As Arrieta says, “It’s bringing my art into the fabric.” Her favorite part of being in the industry is being able to see her work not just in a painting, but on people as well. On top of co-owning a successful clothing company, Arrieta also creates paintings for art shows, commissions and more. She draws inspiration from growing up in Peru along with her travels since then. Arrieta enjoys painting female forms the most and uses this passion
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Arrieta loves making art by hand. She hand paints each design for her textiles
before digitizing them. In Arrieta’s words, “It’s nice to keep that handcrafted touch in there.”
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
Arrieta selfidentifies her artistic style as being very figurative, illustrative and decorative. She enjoys the dual nature of her artistic pursuits and considers her work to be “conversation pieces.”
to bring representation to strong, confident women through art. “I don’t really tend to plan my paintings—it’s very organic,” she says. Rather than having a regular painting schedule, Arrieta paints when she wants to and when she has the time. She describes her schedule as highly flexible. “Some days, I’ll do an entire day of painting, eight to 10 hours—it’s meditative,” she explains. Arrieta plans to continue to pursue both her career in painting and her role at Wild Wawa, where they’ll soon begin designing and selling clothing for women and children. You can support Arrieta and her art by following her on social media or by commissioning or purchasing her work. There’s certainly more amazing art to come, and Arrieta has no plans of stopping anytime soon: “It’s all I’ve ever known. I love it.”
Great Taco. fr God
alive /// humanitarian profile
100% of Taco Libertad’s Profits Go Towards Charity, While 100% of Deliciousness Goes to You
WRITTEN BY: ISABELLA COOK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MARY CAROL FITZGERALD
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The concept of tacos for charity almost seems too good to be true, but Tacos Libertad is as real as the tacos they sell.
MARTIN JUAREZ EXECUTIVE CHEF, COHN RESTAURANT GROUP
JEFF PITROFF OPERATIONS MANAGER, TACOS LIBERTAD
LESLIE COHN CO-FOUNDER, COHN RESTAURANT GROUP
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...Each month a charity is selected to receive a donation of at least $3,000 guaranteed.
Show Us the Stats
The motto of San Diego’s Tacos Libertad is “tacos for good,” which pretty much sums up the philanthropic business model behind these delicious street-style tacos. While customers order and eat as usual, the restaurant takes the profits and donates them to an anonymously chosen charity every month. Leslie Cohn, co-founder of the Cohn Restaurant Group, and Jeff Pitroff, operations manager at Tacos Libertad, are the people behind this charitable operation. Anyone looking for a unique and all-around feel-good dining experience needs to get down to Tacos Libertad for both the food and the cause.
The restaurant itself is located on busy University Avenue in Hillcrest, and a line is often seen sprawling out the door and onto the curb. With the delicious smell of street tacos done right, along with trendy yet comfortable decor indoors, it’s easy to see why Tacos Libertad is a local favorite. Customers can order their tacos in the front of the restaurant and eat there or head to the backroom—a glamorous speakeasy that’s perfect for sipping drinks and savoring tacos. Tacos Libertad is also conveniently located near several bars, making it the perfect pit stop for a night on the town! Dig into the customer-favorite Libertad Fries, the duck confit tacos or the classic flan 110 LOCALE MAGAZINE
for an unforgettable dining experience. Vegetarians are in luck as well since Tacos Libertad has several tempting meatless options on their menu. Tacos Libertad was founded nearly three years ago and has since helped over 30 charities. Their mission? To make the world a better place, one taco at a time. “We wanted to focus on one charity each month,” explains Cohn. So each month, a charity is selected to receive a donation of at least $3,000 guaranteed. If Tacos Libertad makes more than the minimum, the excess goes to the charity, and if they make less than the minimum, they still ensure the monthly charity receives its full donation. Other than the cost of running the restaurant
• Tacos Libertad has helped over 30 charities and raised more than $108,000 since opening.
How You Can Help
• Come on down to Tacos Libertad in Hillcrest to get a taste of just how good it feels to enjoy delicious tacos while knowing your money is going straight to charity.
• Tacos Libertad doesn’t close its doors until 2 a.m., making it the perfect late-night venue for hungry taco lovers to grab a quick meal.
and paying its employees, all the money Tacos Libertad makes goes to a good cause. “Once everything is paid off, 100% goes to charity,” explains Pitroff. Tacos Libertad has raised over $108,000 for charity so far, and that number is growing larger with each taco sold. Among the numerous charities benefitting from Tacos Libertad is the Center for Gender Affirming Care, which received almost $12,000 in July 2019 in celebration of Pride. “It was pretty amazing,” declared Pitroff. Since the Hillcrest Pride Parade marches by the Tacos Libertad storefront every year, the restaurant and its team members hold the issue close to heart. “With the buzz and excitement, you can tell Hillcrest is very community-oriented,” says Pitroff. “It’s
such a fun little spot, and everyone’s got so much life and character!” The concept of tacos for charity almost seems too good to be true, but Tacos Libertad is as real as the tacos they sell. Anyone out there wondering how they can get involved and help the community, swing by Tacos Libertad for a mouthwatering meal. And even if a taco or two doesn’t seem like a big donation, rest assured, they add up. “People think they can’t make a difference,” explains Cohn, “but tacos are $4.50!” There’s no better feeling than eating a good meal for a good cause, and it’s up to the hungry people of San Diego to get out there and eat tacos for charity. “We can’t do this without the community,” Pitroff says, “and we’re so appreciative.”
“With the buzz and excitement, you can tell Hillcrest is very community-oriented.”
alive /// 5 pro tips
“Petco Park is the place to be in San Diego on the weekend.” —Katie Jackson
dres Vice President
Pa KATIE JACKSON,
IS IT FRIDAY YET? • “Petco Park is the place to be in San Diego on the weekend. Party in the Park (presented by Southwest Airlines), including fan favorite Beerfest, takes place every Friday home game at Petco Park.” 2
SWINGIN’ IN STYLE • “The Padres recently unveiled their new brown and gold uniforms the club will wear in 2020 and beyond. New uniforms include a home white [jersey] with brown pinstripes and ‘Padres’ across the chest.”
GET YOUR GRUB ON • “Petco Park features a variety of food and drinks that are local to San Diego. Stadium favorites include Seaside Market’s burgundy pepper tri-tip nachos, Board & Brew’s Turkado and Ballast Point’s Swingin’ Friar Ale.”
HERE’S WHY PETCO PARK IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS SPRING
WRITTEN BY: DAN KREFFT
The boys are back in town, and the scene is better than ever! Slide into a private luxury suite or have a picnic in the park this season, and celebrate the spirit of the city in the heart of downtown San Diego. Besides experiencing the exciting on-field action, take in amazing city views, post-game entertainment, award-winning culinary confections and local craft beer. Petco Park is a sizzling summer celebration of local neighborhoods, restaurants and breweries not to be missed.
On Tour • Not a baseball fan? Petco Park also plays host to the biggest concerts of the year! Past artists’ stadium tours include Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones.
CONCERTS IN THE (PETCO) PARK • “Fans can enjoy Petco Park by checking out one of the many concerts being held at the Sycuan Stage in Gallagher Square. In partnership with Live Nation, it’s the newest premier concert venue in San Diego.”
PAMPERED PADRE • “Looking for a more premium seating experience at Petco Park? Be sure and check out the in-seat service and an unbeatable view of the action at the all-new Gallagher Chairman’s Club and Coronado Club.”
“Be sure and check out the in-seat service and an unbeatable view of the action at the all-new Gallagher Chairman’s Club and Coronado Club.” —Katie Jackson
PETCO PARK 100 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 619.795.5000 www.mlb.com/padres
Photography Provided By: San Diego Padres
“Stadium favorites include Seaside Market’s burgundy pepper tri-tip nachos, Board & Brew’s Turkado and Ballast Point’s Swingin’ Friar Ale.” —Katie Jackson
Hole in One • Swing into The Links by Callaway during the Padres offseason to enjoy a round of golf, as Petco Park is converted into a 9-hole ballpark golf experience.
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What a Steal!
alive /// spotlight
Swells & Sketches MELE SAILI SHARES HER LOVE FOR SURFING AND ART
WRITTEN BY: BEN HITCH • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER Surfer pro Mele Saili is a toes-on-the-nose and acrylics-on-canvas kind of girl. Born and raised in and around San Diego, always close to the beach, Saili has come to be of common tongue in both the surf and art world.
Surfer pro Mele Saili is a toeson-the-nose and acrylics-oncanvas kind of girl.
It would’ve seemed fitting for Saili to be riding the waves before she could walk with her family’s surfing heritage, but at the time, the sport seemed too familiar. “[My family’s surfing background] is exactly what kept me away from the beach,” she says. But at the age of 13, Saili finally dove in and from those first few swells, she’s been traveling the world, representing and surfing for herself. Out of the water but never far from the beach, Saili finds peace and a breath of fresh air away from the surf through art. Beyond her family’s artistic background, Saili draws inspiration from artists like the
talented photographer and painter Ed Templeton, street artist Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen—a contemporary graffiti artist and painter. Their collections moved her to incorporate acrylics and charcoal into her own art. When it comes to her personal style, she says, “I guess I’d call it weird; I really like fine lines like in good tattoo.” And where it may seem natural for surfing and art to coexist, Saili uses art to find different means of expression than she might out on the water. And even if the ocean froze over, she admits, “I’d still be by the beach, I love the forest meets the water perspective.” On her days off, just like you and me, you can find Saili on the couch watching Johnny Tsunami or scrolling through the popular Instagram “wipeout” account @kookslams—which she may or may not have made an appearance on back in the day.
Close Call • Saili had a bull shark breach within feet of her while waiting for the next set, proving to be one of her scariest moments on the water. Born for the Beach • Even if the ocean froze over, Saili would still be near the beach with a “forest meets the water perspective.”
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MELE SAILI @mele_saili Photoshoot Location: SAN ELIJO STATE BEACH 2050 S Coast Hwy 101 Cardiff, CA 92007
escape March 2020 /// relax. restore. renew.
PHOTO BY: Robert Miller â€¢ RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE 475 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001 | 800.323.9279 | www.rusticinnatjh.com
You Need to Branch Out The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart
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HOW TO MAKE
Green Thumbs Up How to Make Your Office Space Green and Ready to Be Seen WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO â€¢ PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE
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When you spend about a third of your day confined to an enclosed space made up of fabric-paneled room dividers, muted-colored walls and dismal carpeting, all below a band of fluorescent overhead lights, it can be challenging to maintain a stimulated state of mind.
“Plants create a more comfortable and enjoyable workspace.” —Carol Grandy
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Expert : Carol Grandy Credentials: Interior Sales Representative, Instant Jungle International
If this setting sounds even slightly familiar, then it’s time to brighten up your workspace. Numerous scientific studies show there is a direct link between decreased employee stress levels in relation to displaying greenery around the office. In fact, when plants are present, individuals typically feel more at ease, resulting in increased productivity and motivation. So, why not include greenery in your office?
Sure, not all of us are gifted with green thumbs, but luckily, the creative team at Santa Ana’s Instant Jungle International is. Specializing in an array of plant types, including tropical foliage, traditional plants and even silk creations, Instant Jungle is a full-service wholesale and retail nursery that provides both interior and exterior designs, plant installation and plant maintenance. Interior Sales Representative Carol Grandy offers the 411 on the services this local exotic plant kingdom provides, along with advice on where to begin when developing a personal green haven. For those who may be more horticulturally challenged than others, it would be wise to opt for a plant that requires less maintenance. Grandy explains, “There are some plants that don’t require water on a weekly basis; however, they should be dusted, checked for pests and have any yellow or brown leaves removed.” She notes that dracaenas and pothos are easy to keep alive as they are very adaptable to interior conditions. Another important factor to take into consideration is the amount of natural light available in the intended space. Many indoor plants do not require an abundance of natural light, but some is certainly needed. On that note, some plants should be avoided entirely. “Anything that is meant to grow outside in full sun will not survive inside. You cannot acclimate an olive or citrus tree to interior conditions no matter how much your decorator wants you to!” says Grandy. Aside from aesthetic appeal, Grandy explains that these plush assortments also bring added benefits to individuals— mentally and physically! “There was a study by the University of Queensland in 2014 that found plants increase productivity [at] work by 15%,” Grandy notes. The study concluded that by incorporating plants in the workspace, employers were showing their employees that they cared about their welfare. “Plants create a more comfortable and enjoyable workspace,” Grandy says. 120 LOCALE MAGAZINE
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFICE GREEN AND SERENE Transform Your Workspace With Instant Jungle’s Tropical Foliage Installations
Believe it or not, beautifying the office by adding some decorative floral flair—married with varying shades of nature’s greens—can go a long way in transforming a dull workspace into a colorful, happy place. “We can customize any [arrangement] to fit our clients’ needs,” Grandy says. If you’d prefer to leave it to the experts, its 40 years of experience and extensively trained technicians make Instant Jungle your go-to for design consultation, installation and maintenance. Here, Grandy takes us step-by-step into the creation process of a wall installation piece for an office.
• It’s important to first get a feel for the space you are working with. Style, layout and mood all play a role in creating the desired ambiance. “I met with our clients to tour their facility and get a read on what they envisioned in their building,” Grandy explains. “I assessed the light levels, measured the spaces in each location, made notes and took pictures.” She recommends to “select something that fits the space and will survive with the amount of lighting available.”
• Once the overall look and feel has been determined, brainstorm ideas of the best plant options that will work in the space. “I was able to make several suggestions to them on the spot and [the clients] were very receptive,” Grandy says.
• Confirm which options are available and begin pairing your plants with complimenting accents. Grady says, “I sent our client images of several plant wall designs, so they could choose the plant pallet that they liked best [and] that would survive on their walls.”
• Finalize, install and maintain! “Plant maintenance is very important!” Grady explains that regular weekly maintenance is best, so try and make it part of your weekly routine. “Check and maintain the plant first thing Monday morning when you arrive…or make it the last thing you do on Friday before you leave.”
• Begin mapping out the plant of attack. “I went back to the office and selected which wall systems would work best in each location, along with containers and the right plane for each space.”
“We can customize any [arrangement] to fit our clients’ needs.” —Carol Grandy
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escape /// versus Palm Desert
Hit Pause or Press Play Take It Easy or Get Moving in the City of Palm Desert WRITTEN BY: STEPHANIE TEASLEY
Most vacationers take their time off seriously, however, how one spends their precious time varies. While a relaxing day by the pool is the ideal day for some, others prefer to step off the property and experience their surroundings. No matter if you’re an on-the-go vacationer or prefer some serious R&R, Palm Desert has everything from world-class spas and poolside cocktails to outdoor hikes and upbeat bars!
SEIZE THE DAY
A BOOZY BRUNCH • If you’re ready to get your day started, walk on over to Wilma & Frieda for a fun brunch with bloody marys and mimosas!
BREAKFAST IN BED vs.
HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
A LEISURE ART WALK vs.
THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO theshopsonelpaseo.com
• For nature lovers who prefer an outdoor hike, Bump and Grind is the most popular low-elevation trail.
RELAX AND UNWIND vs.
BUMP AND GRIND TRAIL www.alltrails.com
NAH, IT’S POOL TIME vs.
PURE BARRE www.purebarre.com
RED BARN 760.346.0191
• If you tend to take your out-of-office time seriously, book a stay at Palm Desert’s Hotel Paseo and lounge by the pool for a day of sun and sippin’. HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com
BOOZE AND BEATS • If you prefer cocktails, live music and games, head to Red Barn for an upbeat night of fun!
• If you’d rather relax indoors, the JW Marriott offers luxury spa treatments, such as body scrubs, hair and scalp treatments and even a steamy couples massage. JW MARRIOTT www.marriott.com
ON THE GRIND • If working out is part of your morning routine, get your sweat on with a class at Pure Barre on El Paseo.
• For the creatives who’d rather appreciate art at a leisurely pace, stroll through El Paseo’s many art galleries at the acclaimed El Paseo Art Walk. EL PASEO ART WALK elpaseoartwalk.com
• What better way to start off the getaway than sleeping in and enjoying a cozy breakfast in bed at the luxurious Hotel Paseo?
WILMA & FRIEDA www.wilmafrieda.com
• Power through your shopping as you hit all of the stores The Shops on El Paseo has to offer.
ELEGANT EATS vs.
• Enjoy a sit-down dinner at Venue Sushi Bar with an extensive menu of eats crafted by award-winning sushi master Engin Onural. VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE thevenuepalmdesert.com
Dream (Home) Come True THE KAMINSKIY TEAM IS HERE TO MAKE YOUR REMODELING DREAMS A MAGNIFICENT REALIT Y
WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: KAMINSKIY DESIGN AND REMODELING
It all started with a modest sketch on a piece of paper for the owners of 18555 Polvera Dr, a one-acre property located in the rolling hills of Rancho Bernardo. With a vision needing guidance from a trustworthy expert, Kaminskiy Design and Remodeling was the first to come to mind, a highly reputable San Diego-based designand-build remodeling company. The Kaminskiy team helped design and remodel a home that would provide both an ideal atmosphere to raise a family and ample living space to entertain guests. They took on big design aspirations, quickly turning wild remodeling dreams into a truly magnificent reality.
KAMINSKIY DESIGN AND REMODELING 12396 World Trade Dr, Ste 108 San Diego, CA 92128 858.256.5085 www.kaminskiyhomeremodeling.com
“All of the doors and windows were replaced with dual-pane, energyefficient windows and doors.” —Sergei Kaminskiy
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“The inspiration behind this home was to create an open living concept, while utilizing modern design elements…” —Sergei Kaminskiy
RECORDBREAKING RESULTS Ò The gorgeous
home sold quickly after the remodel and surpassed the sales record by about 15% for the highest price ever sold per square foot in The Trails.
THE SMARTEST WAY TO LIVE Ò Kaminskiy
believes making your home a “smart home” is a fabulous investment during a renovation. Automating processes and creating “scenes” that can be activated with one push of a button is something that anyone can appreciate.
Kaminskiy Design and Remodeling was founded in March 2005 by husbandand-wife duo Sergei and Elena Kaminskiy, with the fundamental mission of providing the best customer service possible through consistent contact and superb communication. What distinguishes Kaminskiy from other design and remodeling companies is their personalized approach throughout the life of a remodeling project. The Kaminskiy team always begins with an in-home design consultation to achieve a better understanding of what their clients wish to achieve. For this home particularly, they were faced with a big problem: though the home was just over 3,400 square feet in size, the dark wood-planked ceilings and walls separating the various living spaces made the home feel less spacious than it really was.
Kaminskiy’s design specialists then further discussed key details that were to be included in the home. At the Kaminskiy state-of-the-art design center, the team presented the proposed plans and reviewed the elements that would be incorporated into the design. Sergei explains one of the main focuses of the home renovation by stating, “The inspiration behind this home was to create an open living concept while utilizing modern design elements. The goal was to create the perfect home for entertaining and raising a family at the same time.” Pleased with the proposed plans, the homeowners gave the green light for phase one of the renovation process: the demolition. To successfully deliver spectacular results, Kaminskiy Design thoroughly addressed every
aspect of the living space, beginning with the front entrance of the residence. Originally, the home’s front entrance lacked grandeur, failing to accentuate the sheer beauty of the rest of the property. Sergei and his team proposed adding a bright and elegant entryway upon entering the home. He explains, “The foyer area was an addition that we built to give the home a better first impression and more grand entry.” The completed foyer provides guests with a magnificent first look into the home, complete with light gray walls and a breathtaking chandelier marking the center of the space. Choosing pieces that are not just beautiful, but also timeless, is something Kaminskiy Design takes into consideration when taking on a project. The foyer’s sumptuous design shifts guests’ focus into the heart of the home—the central great room, which is an ideal place to entertain. The large great room was an area that Kaminskiy’s team truly transformed, turning what felt like a quaint, dated room into a vibrant central gathering space. The great room itself consists of a relaxing fireplace, sitting area and a formal dining space. An opulent chandelier hangs above the dining area, providing the space with a touch of glamour while still staying true to the overall contemporary feel. Sergei gives insight into the team’s reasoning behind the design: “By installing recessed lighting into the ceiling and painting the wood planks white, it helped make the space much brighter and more inviting. Removing the walls that separated the space helped create the open-space concept we were going for and made the space perfect for entertaining.” In addition, the team removed the dated flooring in the great room and kitchen,
replacing it with much more inviting hickory-engineered flooring. The kitchen was another area of the home that had true potential but was in need of a major facelift. The removal of the soffits in the kitchen area helped bring in even more natural light from the newly installed windows and doors that lined the space. “All of the doors and windows were replaced with dual-pane, energyefficient windows and doors,” states Sergei. The kitchen was tastefully designed to incorporate a large island that’s perfect for cooking and entertaining guests. The juxtaposition of white and brown cabinetry was a design touch that added a modern flair to the kitchen area. Though each and every room in the fourbedroom, four-bathroom residence was exquisitely renovated, the master bedroom is a part of the home that will truly take your breath away. Upon entering, you are met with a luxurious sanctuary, complete with high ceilings, an enlarged walk-in closet and spalike master bathroom. From lavish quartzite on the bathroom wall to high-grade porcelain lining the shower, no detail was spared in the space. The walk-in master shower was also turned into a steam room, complete with aromatherapy and aesthetically pleasing chromatherapy lighting. With a virtually endless amount of amenities, it is hard to imagine leaving the beautiful home. Taking on even the smallest home remodel— let alone an entire home renovation— may seem like quite a daunting task. However, having Kaminskiy Design and Remodeling experts on hand to help guide you throughout a project is sure to yield worthwhile results.
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YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart
RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE 475 N Cache St Jackson, WY 83001 800.323.9279 www.rusticinnatjh.com
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THE CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS OF FLAT CREEK FLOW THROUGH THE RESORT, HELPING TO CREATE A THRIVING NATURAL HABITAT.
WRITTEN BY: DAN KREFFT PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ROBERT MILLER
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Snow Big Deal • At the end of each March in Jackson Hole, racers face-off in the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Catch a glimpse of your favorite riders at the resort after they tear it up on the powder!
What a Ham • The resort claims to have the best bacon in town. They cook thick-cut pork extra crispy and then dip each piece in the deep fryer.
Chill out and skip the trip to the tropics this year! Jump on a free airport shuttle as you cruise past gigantic aspens,
crackling clearwater creeks and lush greenery, ready to experience the great outdoors. Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole is the ultimate in small-town luxury with a touch of vintage charm. Nestled just
outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and
wildlife fun. Here are five reasons to make the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole your next vacation destination.
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• Ever dream of having your own personal helper? The Spa Suites’ butlers are on-site from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help you with your arrival, your departure and everything in between.
ULTIMATE SPA SUITE EXPERIENCE • Make your escape warm and protected from extreme weather in extravagant one-and two-bedroom spa suites. These intimate hideaways offer all the contemporary comforts of a five-star hotel with exclusive access to a private bar, hot tubs, fire pits, patios and even your own personal butler! There’s room for everyone in the Grand Balcony Suite, featuring a furnished patio with a fireplace, a four-person hot tub and room for up to 12 people. Breathe in happiness and refresh yourself in the one-of-a-kind eucalyptus steam room before enjoying a daily cooked-to-order breakfast. NATURE CALLS
SOCAL-STYLE SPA DAY • Looking for a sweet spot to rest and recover? Relax your soul and indulge your senses at the Inn’s luxurious full-service spa. Located in the private spa suites building, the space serves as a sanctuary of solitude and rejuvenation. The 30-minute Mountain Tune Up is just what the doctor ordered for those achy muscles; plus, it is a great way to adjust to the altitude. Experience the miracle of the Mud Mor Wrap, a 55-minute detoxifying treatment that uses mud from an ancient Canadian lakebed. Who knows? You could be greeted by a family of moose as you soak up the pristine mountain views, blissfully meandering back to your cabin. DINE AND UNWIND
• From sunrise to sunset, the cozy comfort of the Rustic Inn Bar & Bistro makes it a great place to gather and chill with friends. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the stunning outdoor patio or watch the sunset as you sip and savor your meal—and your day! The locally sourced menu features Americaninspired cuisine, including delicate panseared trout and mouthwatering bison tenderloin. Sip on a signature cocktail from the bar or perhaps a glass of award-winning red from the wine cellar. For all you early risers out there, don’t miss the gourmet daily breakfast buffet of eggs, crispy bacon and potatoes, along with a variety of pastries, fruits, coffee, teas and fresh juices.
• Just a short snow coach ride away from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, adventure-seekers can enjoy the resort’s epic yearround outdoor activities. Hit the slopes and crush the powder with unlimited access to world-class skiing and snowboarding during winter; March into early April are ideal times for hiking, golfing or just lounging creekside with a fishing pole. “Even experienced anglers will be impressed by the size of the trout they can catch in our exclusive stretch of Flat Creek,” explains Rustic Inn Representative Courtney Carter. “We have also partnered with the Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School to offer fly fishing casting lessons for our more adventurous guests.”
• The crystal-clear waters of Flat Creek flow through the resort, helping to create a thriving natural habitat. You can enjoy a long walk around the wetlands or melt into a rocking chair in front of the fire to roast marshmallows. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an elk! With the help of both local and national environmental organizations, “wildlife has returned to the property,” says Carter. And if experiencing the Old Faithful geyser or the Yellowstone Caldera is on your bucket list, you’re in luck—call up a free resort shuttle ‘cause Yellowstone National Park is only a short drive away.
Nestled just outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and wildlife fun.
Peek at the Creek • Want to see what you’re missing? The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole has a live webcam overlooking Flat Creek so you can take a peek at any time. Warning: may cause serious FOMO. LOCALE MAGAZINE 131
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