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Photographed By: Corey Wilson, www.coreywilson.shop | @corey_wilson Model: Chantel Jeffries, @chanteljeffries Location: Nolita Hall, 2305 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 619.255.8000 | www.nolitahall.com Written By: Keri Bridgwater, keribridgwater.com | @littlesundaysun Styled By: Janelle Arreola, www.bebejean.com | @janellelyn Hair By: Athena Alberto, @athena_alberto Suit Provided By: Factory PR, ASOS, www.factorypr.com Earrings Provided By: Prism Boutique, Paradime, www.prismboutique.com
It’s a little after 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning at NOLITA, Little Italy’s beer hall. Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows—planes are descending toward San Diego International Airport at regular intervals with the bar’s Pandora station playing Outkast Radio in the background.
Dressed in an oversized hoodie, ˮRick and Mortyˮ joggers and fluffy leopard print slides, cover star Chantel Jeffries sits quietly, getting glam with Stylist Athena Alberto. They chat about costumes and her set at OMNIA’s AfterTheCon party later that night as Alberto curls her raven-colored locks into loose waves. Jeffries says she has two outfits—one for the convention and one for OMNIA—Sailor Mars (from manga series, “Sailor Moon”) and Khaleesi (from “Game of Thrones”). Photographer Corey Wilson is running through the shot list with LOCALE Magazine Publisher Erik Hale—there’s talk of heading up to the roof for the cover. Stylist Janelle Arreola flicks through a rack of clothes with Jeffries’ management, Amanda Gonzalez, and LOCALE Production Manager Renee Calder. A baby blue dress, cream pantsuit and a lilac jumpsuit (all ASOS) are solid maybes. While laying out accessories, Arreola
shares that she went street style chic for Jeffries’ look—something sexy and fun between editorial and off-duty. “These planes coming in are insane—some of them are huge!” says Wilson from NOLITA’s rooftop, where Jeffries has arrived by gracefully climbing two fire escape ladders before hopping on top of an air conditioning unit. Directly underneath the flight path, she’s at ease in front of the camera, nailing the cover shot as planes roar overhead. “I loved that shot with the planes coming in, although I thought I might fall for a moment,” Jeffries says afterward. “Cute outfit, too, although I really liked the orange co-ord set. It’s one of my favorite colors and really brings out my eyes.” Everyone heads back downstairs for the three remaining looks. Wilson starts shooting—Method Man’s “You’re All I Need” featuring Mary J. Blige plays before fading into Lauren Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” As Wilson snaps a few last frames, the retro split-flap display behind the bar presciently turns over to read: “Are You Having A Good Summer? Because You’re Hot.” And to wrap it all up, as Jeffries might say, “That’s facts.”
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GROW WHERE PLANTED
By the time this issue hits the racks, summer will be nearly over. The embers of backyard barbeques will dwindle, and a soft chill will kick off my favorite season: autumn. I know, I know— saying that sounds like blasphemy, especially in the gorgeous, endless-summer county of San Diego, but I can’t help myself.
Speaking of visitors, our colorful new For the Fridge concept is here to get you and your bar cart ready for any occasion (pg. 76). And prepare your body for sweater weather—we have some truly mouthwatering foodie spreads in our Sweet Spots (pg. 95), Veggie VS Regular (pg. 103) and Meals Deconstructed (pg. 91) features.
Truth is, I’m a sucker for all things autumnal: how copper-colored leaves pave the streets and how they sound beneath the soles of our favorite boots. Give me the gloomy, clingy marine layer that sets our sunsets on fire. Give me the sweaters that leave lint everywhere and the obligatory accessory a warm coffee shop cup brings to every outfit. And while I’ll always take a Mexican hot chocolate over a Pumpkin Spice Latte (sorry, not sorry), I love to watch people cozy up to colder weather in their own ways.
With Small Business Saturday coming up on Nov. 30, we got to know some SD businesses to help you give locals some love! Whether it’s getting your shop on with EDEN in University Heights (pg. 118) or strolling through Carlsbad Village (pg. 130), there are plenty of ways to support your local artisans and businesses. After that, we’re ruffin’ it with Insta-famous pooch @thatdogrupert (pg. 121), and LA-based blogger Neal Hruby plans our next date night in Del Mar (pg. 132).
Whether you’re mourning summer or celebrating fall, our new San Diego issue has something for you to enjoy in any season. It all starts off with our stunning cover star, Chantel Jeffries (pg. 36). After that, read up on the stories of locals who made it to the big time in our Alive Experts “Blood, Sweat and Tears” (pg. 47), then flip through our Guide of where to take all your soon-to-arrive holiday visitors (pg. 57).
So much love went into the creation of this issue, and I can’t tell you how much I hope it finds its way into the places you care most about: in your sandy beach bags as you soak up summer’s last rays with your family, or on your coffee table, waiting patiently to curl up with you and your cup of Mexican hot chocolate (or your Pumpkin Spice Latte).
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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
THIS ISSUE: ALIVE
SAN DIEGO IS SO BORING
Said No One Ever
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS
Local Professionals Show Us What Sets Them Apart From the Rest
REVVIN’ UP THE REVERO
Ride in Style With the 2020 KARMA Revero GT
62 NanoCraft CBD
NanoCraft CBD’s Innovative Products Infuse Traditional Remedies With a Natural Aid
64 Humanitarian Feature
PLANET PLASTIC OR PLANET EARTH?
Surfrider Foundation of Huntington Beach and Seal Beach Chapter Spreads Awareness Instead of Waste
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68 Artist Spotlight
A Local Muralist Shares the Inspiration Behind “Willamartha’s Honey Pot”
70 First Timer’s Guide
GET ON MY [SEA] LEVEL
Dive Into Our Guide to Getting PADI Open Water Certified
PUNCHBOWL SOCIAL 1485 E St San Diego, CA 92101 619.452.3352 www.punchbowlsocial.com PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL
TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
24 Hours in Carlsbad
Be Your Own Bartender With These Easy, Breezy Libations
We Have Your Next 24 Hours in Carlsbad Village Taken Care of
TALK OF THE VILLAGE
24 Hours in Liberty Station
CALLING ALL FOODIES
Check out Our Foodie Highlight Reel From Liberty Public Market
DATE THE CITY
Date the City Plans Your Next Outings in OC, LA and SD
THAT’S THE SPIRIT!
Two Things We Love
Del Mar Highlands
Get the Best of Both Worlds With Chef Rho’s Italian Dishes From the Land and Sea
The Sky’s the Limit With Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s Expansion Project
This Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador Is #Ginning
ROOTED IN TRADITION
NEXT STOP, SKY DECK
Galaxy Tacos’ Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder Is out of This World
This Sister Duo’s Future Is so Bright, They Gotta Wear Shades
BRAISE THE ROOF
A Roundup of Summer’s Sweetest and Trendiest Treats in San Diego
EDEN Is Rooted in Family, Community and Making People Happy
GROW WHERE PLANTED
That’s What He Barked
Savor the Taste of Mexican Cuisine at Casero Taqueria
This Insta-Famous Pup Is Living Life Unleashed
TACO BITE OUT OF THIS
RUPERT KNOWS BEST
5 Pro Tips
Tacos, Burgers and Pizza Go Head-to-Head in This Meat Versus Plant-Based Showdown
Hi Sweetheart Brings All the Fun to the Yard—and All the Decorations, Too!
VEG(GIE) VS. REG(ULAR)
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TI AMO, LITTLE ITALY!
From Luxe Living to Chef-Driven Dining and Bayfront Access, Little Italy Has It All
CREATING A VIBE
Kaskade Had OMNIA Dayclub in Los Cabos Spinning
A SAINT IN THE MAKING
95 SWEET CREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS
GET THE PARTY STARTED
CHECK OUT EXTENDED STORIES AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT Localemagazine.com
LOCALENDAR GET READY FOR COOLER WEATHER WITH THESE 20 SAN DIEGO EVENTS WRITTEN BY: AARON J. PELLOT
BRONX QUEENS REIGN THE SCREEN Starting September 13
¢ Grab your girls and head to Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas! Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B star in Hustlers, a modernday Robin Hood story of former strip club employees who turn the table on their Wall Street clients. This star-studded film is all about female empowerment, so bring your gal pals! www.cinepolisusa.com
SOCAL’S LARGEST FREE STREET PARTY September 21-22
¢ Six stages, 80 bands, 300 exhibitors and free admission; the Adams Avenue Street Fair is Southern California’s largest two-day festival, with crafts, food, beer and more! The festival will also have carnival rides for the kids to enjoy. With so much to do, it’ll be difficult to stay off the street! adamsavenuebusiness.com
BREWS FOR A CAUSE September 21
¢ San Diego’s “Original
Beer Festival” celebrates with over 50 breweries on-site. Located at the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, enjoy all the festivities while raising money to fight cancer with the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer. What’s even better is it will be unlimited tastings for over 100 craft beers! www.sdbeerfest.org
ANTIQUES IN CARLSBAD November 3
¢ With over 850 vendors, the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire brings style, antiques and food from all over the world. Children are sure to have a good time with event rides and a pancake breakfast! Take care—there’s limited parking for this popular event, but there will be complimentary shuttles running every 15 minutes! kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad
PUPS AND FRIENDS October 20
¢ Taking place in the
AN APPRECIATION FOR FILM October 15-20
Encinitas Community Park, the SaltDog Classic supports the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. It’ll be thrown “San Diego-style,” which means community-driven and family-friendly. Music, art and drinks are sure to have both you and your furry friends dancing!
¢ The world-famous San Diego International Film Festival comes back this year in its continuation of highlighting films of the highest talent. Last year’s gala premieres included The Hate You Give, Widows and Oscar winner Olivia Colman’s The Favourite.
PAINT LINES AND WINE
¢ Paint and sip...with
Ends September 26
your pups! Featuring over 150 artists, the festival isn’t just about the art. The two-day event will also have pet adoption stations, music and a silent auction. www.ljawf.com
FINE UNWINDING ¢ Treat yourself to an exclusive Ocean Pearl Spa service at the Westin Carlsbad: Uncork & Unwind Happy Hour! For only $109, you receive a glass of wine, appetizers and more with a 50-minute facial or massage. You might never want to leave—and we can’t say we blame you! www.oceanpearlspa.com
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25 YEARS OF CELEBRATION September 21-22
¢ The Pacific Islander Festival celebrates 25 years! This year’s theme of “Journey Home” will continue to celebrate the Indigenous People of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The festival weekend will be held at Ski Beach, Mission Bay. www.pifasandiego.com
Photos - La Jolla Art & Wine Festival: Nathan French | SaltDog Classic: Alex Mortensen
¢ Looking for an event that’s all about steampunk? Look no further because this year’s Gaslight and Steampunk Expo is filled with fashion shows, workshops and more. New York Times bestselling author Gail Carringer is one of this year’s guests of honor for the three-day weekend at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.
Starting September 28
HISTORY IN THE AIR ¢ There truly isn’t a
ENCINITAS HOLIDAY TRADITION November 24
Photos - Encinitas Holiday Street Fair: Michael Klayman | Silver Strand Marathon: Endurance Sports Photo | San Diego Asian Film Fest: 3PIXstudios/Pacific Arts Movement
¢ Nothing says “Happy
Holidays” quite like a handmade gift. Since 1989, the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair has provided a good time with rides, live entertainment and food. Located two blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the fair covers six blocks with international food and crafts for all. kennedyfaires.com/encinitas
better way to honor our brave first responders. Highlighting the Miramar history in San Diego, the MCAS Miramar Air Show presents air history in an entertaining way. Remote control demos, air races and parachute teams all will bring the show to the sky for everyone to enjoy.
¢ LEGOLAND’s annual Brick-or-Treat is back this fall, giving kids a good time this fall. With treat stations and costume contests, visitors are encouraged to dress up and enjoy all the festivities. And don’t forget to keep the hauntingly good times going at their SEA LIFE® Aquarium!
November 10-17 ¢ One of the most highlyanticipated foodie weeks in San Diego, the San Diego Day Wine + Food Festival will be featuring hundreds of wineries, both foreign and domestic, and plenty of craft beers and spirits. It will also highlight and recognize local chefs and talent. sandiegowineclassic.com
SUPPORT WOUNDED HEROES November 10
¢ The Silver Strand Half
Marathon takes place on Veteran’s Day weekend in Silver Strand, San Diego. The weekend includes a 5K, 10 Miler and Half Marathon. Proceeds will go to Operation Rebound, funding equipment for injured troops.
ADMIRING THE PACIFIC ARTS November 7-16
¢ Originally founded
in 2000, the San Diego Asian Film Festival highlights the culture of Asian Pacific Islanders through its unique voices and images. The festival presents opportunities to minorities in the hopes for the continuing cultivation of careers in media and film. www.pacarts.org/sdaff
PARTY ON THE WATERFRONT November 22-24
¢ The WonderFront Festival is a complete takeover of downtown San Diego with concerts, yacht parties, sunset cruises and more. Over 60 artists are scheduled
for performance, with afterparties stretching from Gaslamp Quarter to Little Italy. There’s a lot to see and experience, but don’t worry—there will be ferries to stages and beaches! wonderfrontfestival.com
HONORING THE DEPARTED November 1-3
¢ Old Town’s Dia de los Muertos is a complete community event. Over a four-day span, the event will have a traditional-style procession from Old Town State Historic Park to El Campo Santo Cemetery. Stroll the streets and enjoy gorgeous, traditional and contemporary Dia de los Muertos ofrendas created by over 50 businesses, shops, restaurants and museums. www.oldtownsandiego.org/ dia-de-los-muertos
SAN DIEGO IS A WONDERLAND September 11
¢ On Sep. 11, John Mayer’s world tour stops in San Diego at Viejas Arena. Performing all of his hits, Mayer is a great option for a romantic date, an outing with friends or just a fun time to let loose! www.johnmayer.com
MACHADO FALL CLASSIC
September 20-22, 27-29 ¢ Get ready for baseball season and wear your caps! The Arizona D-Backs will visit Petco Park for the September weekend series against the Padres. The stakes are guaranteed to be higher as fall baseball will be in full swing! www.mlb.com/padres
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Ready, Set, TKO SLOW DOWN FROM THE GRIND WITH THIS BOXING TRAINER’S FAVORITE LOCAL SPOTS
EXPERT: Erica Hulse CREDENTIALS: Trainer at The Boxing Club Sport & Fitness
MONDAY ¢ On Monday mornings, I like to go for a run at Balboa Park. [After] my workout, I like to stop and get a coffee at Communal Coffee. They have really strong coffee; perfect to get the week going. www.communalcoffee.com
TUESDAY ¢ On Tuesdays, I am [at The Boxing Club Sport & Fitness] in East Village. In between my clients, I like to grab lunch at Whiphand next to Petco Park. They have a really bomb Crispy Chicken Cobb salad and amazing Lemon Pepper Wets wings. www.theboxingclub.net www.whiphandsd.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ I am currently in school for a physical therapy degree, [so] after I am done with classes, I like to walk my dog to Figaro Dessert Cafe. I usually grab a gelato and people-watch on University Avenue. www.figarodesserts.com
THURSDAY ¢ Before my Burn and Power boxing classes in the evening, I like to stop at Seahorse
Photoshoot Location: THE BOXING CLUB SPORT & FITNESS | EAST VILLAGE 491 15th St San Diego, CA 92101 858.366.7885 www.theboxingclub.net
Coffee for a quick caffeine jolt. It is attached to Quartyard and they always have music and dogs playing. www.seahorsecoffeesd.com www.quartyardsd.com
FRIDAY ¢ [It’s] date night at Starlite with my husband. My order is always a glass of rosé and paired with their Pan Roasted Jidori Chicken. [Their late dinners are] very convenient for when the workday runs long on Fridays. www.starlitesandiego.com
SATURDAY ¢ I am not a club girl, but I like to go out on Saturday nights to a good dive bar [and] let loose. My go-to spot is called Bluefoot Bar and Lounge. It always has chill vibes and good music playing. www.bluefootsd.com
SUNDAY ¢ On Sundays, I love to go to Coronado and read a book on the beach while my husband enjoys the waves. After we head home, we like to enjoy a romantic early dinner at Alexanderʼs On 30th. www.coronadovisitorcenter.com www.alexanderson30th.com
“I am currently in school for a physical therapy degree, [so] after I am done with classes, I like to walk my dog to Figaro Dessert Cafe.”
PHOTO BY: Damien Noble Andrews
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
This Is How He Rolls FROM SUSHI TO CANNABIS, WILL SENN KNOWS HOW TO CHILL
EXPERT: Will Senn CREDENTIALS: Founder of Urbn Leaf
MONDAY ¢ My weeks are usually stacked with meetings, so I like to kick Monday off with a boost of caffeine from my favorite coffee shop in Loma Square, 85ºC. Order their iced sea salt coffee to get your morning going. www.85cbakerycafe.com
TUESDAY ¢ When I need to run a few errands, my go-to is always Westfield UTC. Everything you need is right there and the weekdays tend to be less crowded. Plus, I can stop into Din Tai Fung for their famous soup dumplings. www.westfield.com/utc www.dintaifungusa.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ After work, my wife and I like to cruise over to The Pool House at the Pendry for happy hour on the rooftop. The atmosphere is perfect, their poke bowl is amazing and their [Don Sandia cocktail] is delicious. www.poolhousesd.com
THURSDAY ¢ Some nights I like to just lay low with a freshly rolled pre-roll of Sundae Driver from Ember Valley Farms. I’ve found
cannabis eases my mind and helps me unwind from those stressful work weeks. www.ember-valley.com
FRIDAY ¢ Nothing says “date night” like Nobu—their yellowtail sashimi jalapeño is amazing! It’s so fresh; I order it every time. Everything on their menu is cooked to perfection and you can stroll through the Gaslamp after. www.noburestaurants.com
SATURDAY ¢ On the weekends, I like to visit our Events Team out in the field and support our local festivals. You can usually find me floating around a food festival like taco fest or bouncing around a music festival like Horizon. www.intothehorizon.com
SUNDAY ¢ Sunday nights typically end with sushi at Shino. This is hands-down the best sushi restaurant in San Diego and Chef Robert is THE man—trust me, you’ll like anything he creates for you. shinosushikapposandiego. goodcafes.site
Photoshoot Location: URBN LEAF | BEACH BAY/BAY PARK 1028 Buenos Ave San Diego, CA 92110 619.275.2235 Locations In: Southwest & Seaside www.urbnleaf.com
PHOTO BY: Damien Noble Andrews
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Stop and Smell the Cauliflower THIS SAN DIEGO FLORAL SHOP FOUNDER PLUCKS OUT THIS WEEK’S ARRANGEMENTS
EXPERT: Natalie Gill CREDENTIALS: Founder/President of Native Poppy
MONDAY ¢ After work at our Solana Beach store, I’ll head up for seriously the best sushi I’ve ever had at Kai Ola Sushi. The laid-back atmosphere and freshest fish I’ve ever had completely fuel my soul. www.kai-ola.com
TUESDAY ¢ I love to head to The Rose for a glass of wine and some of my favorite food in San Diego. Their Salad Pie is something I dream about and their empanadas are always incredible! www.therosewinebar.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ When I need some inspiration and soul time, I love going to City Farmers. I walk around and look at their huge selection of plants and visit their numerous farm animals. www.cityfarmersnursery.com
THURSDAY ¢ I love having breakfast at Little Lion Cafe. Every single thing on the menu is delicious— from the decadent baked eggs to the healthy Mermaid Bowl. Plus, it’s located on Sunset
Cliffs and it doesn’t get much better than that. www.thelittlelioncafe.com
FRIDAY ¢ I am obsessed with tiki drinks and no one on the planet does it better than False Idol. I truly love this place from the decor to the expert bartenders. It’s a speakeasy, so you’ll have to text for reservations. www.falseidoltiki.com
SATURDAY ¢ Dinner at Trust is my favorite celebratory place to eat. The food is truly incredible and the cocktail menu is amazing. You really can’t go wrong with anything you order, but I love the wood-grilled cauliflower and wood-grilled octopus. www.trustrestaurantsd.com
SUNDAY ¢ If it’s a perfect Sunday, I’ll schedule myself a rejuvenating all-natural facial at Shop Good [where you’ll find clean cosmetics and natural skincare]. It’s the fastest way to unwind and my favorite form of self-care. shop-good.co
Photoshoot Location: NATIVE POPPY SOUTH PARK 3009 Grape St San Diego, CA 92102 SOLANA BEACH 142 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075 619.535.0245 www.nativepoppy.com
PHOTO BY: Damien Noble Andrews
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Ride the Wave THIS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE PRINCIPAL PINPOINTS SAN DIEGO’S BEST HOTSPOTS
EXPERT: Paul Ahern CREDENTIALS: Principal at Next Wave Commercial
MONDAY ¢ I like to kick off the work week with a hearty breakfast at Crushed in Pacific Beach. On weekdays it’s a challenge to ignore their mimosa flights, but to keep it strictly professional, I’ll always recommend their Florentine omelette. www.barcrushed.com
TUESDAY ¢ San Diego has A LOT of great Mexican food, but my favorite tacos have always been consumed at the Taco Stand. Insider tip: there’s always a line, so maybe consider bringing a talkative friend or a good book to pass the time. www.letstaco.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ My mid-week reward usually comes in the form of after-work drinks at Raised by Wolves, which is the perfect spot to enjoy an intimate date or bring some friends from out of town. www.raisedxwolves.com
THURSDAY ¢ I love eating at Napizza because it’s a different kind of artisanal pizza using a unique variety of ingredients that doesn’t crush my post-meal ambitions. Try a slice of their Truffle Porcini! www.na-pizza.com
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FRIDAY ¢ I like to enjoy my Friday nights unwinding at casual watering holes like the Aero Club, Waterfront and Harbor Town Pub. These places are all owned by the same family who have done an incredible job of creating fun neighborhood institutions. www.aeroclubbar.com www.waterfrontbarandgrill.com www.harbortownpub.com
SATURDAY ¢ Date night done right happens at Campfire in Carlsbad Village. My wife and I have tried everything on their menu and have yet to find something we don’t love. Between the beef tartare, roasted broccoli, ceviche and char-grilled oysters, you can’t go wrong! www.thisiscampfire.com
SUNDAY ¢ I like to detox from a long week and head to Choice Juicery for their hand-crafted organic variety of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, craft milks, elixirs and various superfoods. Word to the wise: grab a lavender milk for the road. www.choicejuicery.com
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“San Diego has A LOT of great Mexican food, but my favorite tacos have always been consumed at the Taco Stand.”
LETTER TO... KEONE AND MARI MADRID HOPE TO SPARK CREATIVITY AND PURPOSE
To Those Who Are Waiting, Maybe you’re waiting for a job opportunity, an artistic revelation, to make work you’re proud of or for your work to be noticed. You’re waiting for a breakthrough—some gleam of light that will propel you forward whether that be professionally, personally or psychologically—a moment that makes you feel encouraged and like all of the grit and grind is worth it. Here’s what we say to you: trust the small things. When we were young and still developing artists, we had absolutely no expectations. We literally danced for fun and created because we loved it. When we began to get opportunities to teach or to showcase our work at small dance community events, they felt huge. Each class we taught, each minute we put something out into the world was focused wholeheartedly on before, and diligently studied after. Then at the next chance we got, we would take the information we had learned, and bounded into the next thing with that aspiration to be better than we were before. None of that has changed. We’re both very detail-oriented people and very passionate about making things that spark something deeper to the person experiencing it beyond cool visuals. And I believe that mindset has both moved us forward to make quality work and to be patient as we build our path. This is one thing that I think can get easily lost in the social media age: just regulating your expectations. People see so much content now. You’re flooded with imagery, and in the case with many of the quality things you find, you don’t see the years of rehearsals, decades of education, frustrating creation sessions, doubt-filled conversations, mountainous logistics of self-production and years of relationships built in an image or a one-minute video. Each interaction, each opportunity (paid and unpaid), each chance to share is precious. You learn something from every situation: good, bad or mediocre. Sometimes doors close because a bigger one is waiting for you around the corner. And we’ve found that every small thing taught us and prepared us to be ready for big things. Don’t be in a hurry to get to the big things or try to shortcut to them. You may find yourself unprepared and potentially even damaging the chance for unforeseen opportunities ahead. Trust the small things—they all will add up to where your future-self will be.
Keone and Mari Madrid
Choreographers and Professional Dancers
The World Is Their Stage • Keone and Mari competed on the first season of NBC’s “World of Dance” in 2017.
Partners for Life • Keone asked Mari to marry him the best way he knew how— right after slow dancing with her on the beach!
You Compete Me • Keone and Mari first heard of each other when they were unknowingly competing for the same job.
Keone and Mari Madrid
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In an industry where men make up the majority of DJs, Jeffries says that aside from finding her niche and the type of music she wanted to make.. breaking in was the hardest part.
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"I can't wear high heels DJing, even though I love them, but I'm such an active person anyway, always jumping around. A little dress and sneakers are usually my go-to.” —Chantel Jeffries
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With her undeniable Age of Instagram star power—her followers currently number 4.4 million on the platform alone—the rise of social media darlingturned-producer-and-DJ, Chantel Jeffries, has been swift. Not only has the multi-talented 26-year-old carved out a career in the boy's club world of electronic music, but she also helped fly the flag for female creatives in the process; she's collaborated with respected rappers, too—like Offset—and was the first to sign on to 10:22pm/Capitol Records. Her latest single, feelgood hit "Chase The Summer," dropped on June 5 this year and racked up 1 million global streams on Spotify alone less than a week later. She spins A-list events from Coachella to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party, landed on the coveted 2019 Hakkasan Group Las Vegas roster and then there's her capsule collection for trendy Gen Z-focused e-retailer, superdown. So just how did this self-professed former mathlete (and current “Rick & Morty” enthusiast), hit the big time? Signed by Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in her early 20s, she featured in A$AP Rocky’s 2016 Guess campaign, modeled Khloé Kardashian’s Good American denim line and has been a brand ambassador for L’Oréal since 2017. An extensive music library and SoundCloud playlists were integral in Jeffries’ emergence as Ceejay The DJ (also dubbed the ‘Aux Cord Lord’ by friends). “I like to go with the flow and never get too caught up in putting pressure on myself,” Jeffries says. “I've always been into music and the arts. At the time when this all started, I was doing more acting and modeling, but people said they liked the music I was putting out on my social media, so I started making playlists because everyone asked me to. And then people started thinking I was a DJ, and then I said, ‘Well, let’s see where this goes,’ and so I just went with it.”
In an industry where men make up the majority of DJs, Jeffries says that aside from finding her niche and the type of music she wanted to make––influences have ranged from Euro-house to dancehall––breaking in was the hardest part. “I had a lot of good friends that were supportive,
though,” she explains. “It’s something I love about the community—everyone’s supportive, everyone loves to collaborate and everyone has such good energy. Diplo’s a great friend and has been a mentor for sure—he’s helped me with direction and feedback, so I definitely look to him for advice. In this community, I feel like everyone’s friends with everyone, though; it’s like one big family.” When it comes to writing, producing and crafting her sound in the studio, Jeffries has the hottest industry names at her fingertips—she collaborated with hip-hop heavyweights YG, Rich The Kid and Boricua-Italian trap star BIA on 2018 track, “Facts,” while her latest single, “Chase The Summer” features R&B artist, Jeremih. She says the inspiration for the song, which held a solid spot on the US iTunes’ “Best Of The Week” and currently has over 4.7 million views on YouTube, was to make people feel happy and excited for summertime. “It’s definitely one of my favorites that I've done so far. It just has this great summer vibe, and it's been wellreceived, so I’m happy about that. The music video’s doing great, too. It has all my friends in it (Alissa Violet, Cindy Kimberly, Mackenzie Altig) and we had a really good time filming in LA and the Dominican Republic. It’s actually the first shoppable video and features my collection with superdown.”
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“Mom and Dad would always bring CDs and cassette tapes instead of listening to the radio, so I grew up listening to a lot of gospel music, Motown, disco, a lot of throwback stuff." —Chantel Jeffries
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Gotta Go to Tokyo
• If Jeffries could go anywhere tomorrow, it would be Tokyo. “The culture is so innovative and inspiring—and there’s not much I love more in the world than good sushi.”
Behind the Ear Buds
• Jeffries has “been listening to a lot of Eurodance music and deep house lately,” as well as audiobook titles by Robert Green.
Chantel’s Top Tracks This Summer
• “‘Chase The Summer’ is on rotation as my summer jam. I also have a remix that I did for Oliver Heldens called ‘Summer Lover,’” the DJ says. “And, in keeping with the theme, ‘Summer Days’ (Haywyre Remix) by Martin Garrix.”
What’s in a Nickname?
• “My friends called me the ‘Aux Cord Lord’ because I always need to have the aux—I’ve mastered asking for it in every language so I can control the tunes when I travel,” Jeffries explains.
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"I had a lot of good friends that were supportive, though. It's something I love about the community—everyone's supportive, everyone loves to collaborate and everyone has such good energy.” —Chantel Jeffries nice and it was really safe. I used to ride my bike to school at Coronado School of the Arts, ride to the beach, go ice skating at The Del. So many amazing memories—I try to [go] back whenever I can.”
As stylish in the studio as she is behind the decks, music and fashion go hand-in-hand for Jeffries, who’s previously-mentioned capsule collection of sexy but straightforward separates and accessories––think mini-dresses, on-trend bodysuits and strappy sandals––debuted on new e-retail site, superdown. Created by Revolve founders Michael Mente and Mike Karanikolas, and already a favorite among bloggers and social influencers, it was the perfect platform for Jeffries.
“I like fun, simple staples, and these pieces represent my style perfectly. I love superdown as a brand—Revolve, too. They were great to work with and really brought my vision to life.” Jeffries, who’s also “really liking Balenciaga right now,” has been digging Artistic Director Demna Gvasalia’s ‘I Love Techno’ Spring/Summer 2019 collection. At work, though, she favors sneakers. “I can't wear high heels DJing, even though I love them, but I'm such an active person anyway, always jumping around. A little dress and sneakers are usually my go-to. DJing burns a lot of calories so that, plus eating clean, really helps me stay in shape on the road.” And the road—or the skies (she often travels to gigs by private jet)—is something Jeffries has seen a lot of this year thanks to her ‘dream come true’ residency in Las Vegas with hospitality heavyweights, Hakkasan Group. “The residency is amazing—I LOVE Vegas. Hakkasan is beyond next level; they make it such a great experience. The vibe is great, too, because everyone's going there to have a good time, and there are always friends in town, so I get to see a lot of people traveling in and out. It’s been unreal.” The Entertainment Capital of the World isn’t the only city Jeffries has graced with her presence in 2019. A New Year’s Eve Party on St. Barts notwithstanding, she’s played everywhere from Miami and Montreal to San Diego—most recently at OMNIA’s AftertheCon party in July. “A lot of people know I was born in Coronado because of my dad being in the military, but I actually lived there until I was 10,” she explains. “It was a great place to grow up—beautiful weather, the people were super
With such a packed schedule, Jeffries doesn’t get much downtime, but when she does, watching movies and going down the rabbit hole on Tumblr are on top of the list. “I'm a HUGE movie person and love watching films. It's one of my favorite pastimes. I’ll dedicate a month to a different director and watch all their movies, especially when I'm on the road.” She loves reading (anything sciencebased or spiritual) and is a big fan of the Audible app. “Honestly, I like going on Tumblr, too,” she confesses, a little shyly. “I get ideas––maybe for a song, a sound I'm working on, a single or a video. I like it because there’s all this really great visual content that isn’t related to anyone I know, so I get inspired without getting caught up in anything, any drama. It’s definitely one of my hobbies.” Jeffries, also a self-professed cat lady (she has one, but her roommate has three) is super close to her younger sister, Selah, who currently lives with her in Los Angeles. On the subject of family, Jeffries shares that some of her earliest musical influences stem from her parents. “When I was young, we took a lot of road trips and my parents moved a lot, so we’d be in the car for a long time. Mom and Dad would always bring CDs and cassette tapes instead of listening to the radio, so I grew up listening to a lot of gospel music, Motown, disco, a lot of throwback stuff.” She says her dad, a now-retired USMC Colonel, always catches her shows in Miami. “He comes out and he has a really good time, but my mom, who lives on the West Coast, prefers Kenny G and going to jazz festivals. My dad wakes up in the morning, though, and puts on music videos and he knows ALL about it,” she laughs. Coy about future plans and projects (she wants them to be a surprise for fans), Jeffries shared that her birthday is coming up on Sep. 30. “I have a few shows that week—I'm doing Miami, New York and Vegas, so I'll bring my friends out, and we’ll celebrate on the road, and we’ll have a good time.”
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Celeste Byers’ Murals Are off the Wall
FIRST TIMER’S GUIDE We Dropped Into the Ocean With Liquid Adrenaline Divers for a FirstTimer’s Experience PAULINA GRANADOS @paulinagrana2 Photoshoot Location: ALLIANCE MMA GYM 646 H St Chula Vista, CA 91910 619.947.6375 www.alliancegym.com PHOTO BY: Nick Isabella
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS Many of us grew up with a favorite sport or extracurricular activity, but while most of us hung up our cleats or our helmets years ago, some took it to the next level. When it comes to inspirational stories, there are few more stirring than that of the local who made it to the big time. Within the next pages, you’ll find the stories of six locals who had what it takes to become a professional in their field—whether it be racing towards the finish line, touring the globe with a worldrenowned dance company or racking up three Olympic gold medals.
LOCAL PROFESSIONALS SHOW US WHAT SETS THEM APART FROM THE REST WRITTEN BY: ELISE EDWARDS, JORDAN NISHKIAN & ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN, NICK ISABELLA, ERIK ISAKSON & MATT MISISCO LOCALE MAGAZINE 47
Tackling a New Field NOTHING CAN STOP THIS NFL LINEBACKER-TURNED-FIGHTER WRITTEN BY: ELISE EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN
EXPERT: Shawne Merriman CREDENTIALS: Former NFL Linebacker, Founder of Lights Out Brand and Lights Out Xtreme Fighting If you ask NFL legend Shawne Merriman what he’s most proud of from his career, he’ll tell you it’s the people he got to play with. “In my 2006 season, we had 11 Pro Bowlers and three or four Hall of Fame guys on one team. I mean, how many times does that happen?”
Despite retiring in 2013, the former San Diego Charger doesn’t have much time for reflecting these days. He launched the MMA league, Lights Out Xtreme Fighting, has his own line of athletic clothing and, in April, was one of 64 legends chosen to take part in NFL Draft Day. “It was cool for me because they could have asked anybody. So to have me out for that, it was an honor and a pleasure. And craziness. I walked out on the stage and I have no problem talking to crowds, but 200,000
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people was a whole different story. I felt like I was at a Beyoncé concert.” Merriman knows firsthand that not much compares to the day a player is officially drafted. To those lucky enough to secure a spot, he says, “Enjoy the day and having your name called. A lot of these guys dreamt of this when they were kids, so the first part of your dream is done, but the real work is just starting. Now you have to go make your mark. Nobody cares what you’ve done—it’s what you do now that will solidify your legacy.” As for himself, Merriman feels like he’s getting to leave his legacy for a second time. “I had a great career where I accomplished exactly what I set out to do. The only thing that I was missing was probably a ring or two. But I’ve been grateful for everything in my career… I’m getting a chance to live out my dream and my dream after my dream.”
“When you enter the world of combat sports, you have to make it your life, so until I was ready to do something full-time, I didn’t want to take that next step.”
Weigh to Go • Merriman discovered the weight room at his high school as a freshman, and despite the fact that it was rundown, he became a “workout freak.” Years later, he went back and helped renovate the entire gym at the school. Brains and Brawn • Merriman currently gives lectures at colleges on intellectual property and patent infringement. He learned about it from defending his own name and trademark, “Lights Out.”
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“[In Mini Mermaids, we] talk about positive words versus negative words, trust and honesty. You know, stuff they might not be getting talked to about at home.”
Hit Like a Girl THIS MMA FIGHTER HITS HARD AND TRAINS HARDER WRITTEN BY: ELISE EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NICK ISABELLA
EXPERT: Paulina Granados CREDENTIALS: MMA Fighter After high school, Paulina Granados found herself in a downward spiral. She had been an athlete her whole life, even winning an honor created for her called the “Energizer Bunny Award” for playing six sports in one year. But, once that stopped, she got bored and started experimenting with alcohol and drugs. That’s when she went on MySpace and saw a picture of MMA Fighter Gina Carano throwing a flying knee. “I was like, ‘Who is that and what is she doing?’ I started investigating the sport, found a gym and never left. It pretty much saved my life.”
With her rigorous training, the 31-year-old doesn’t mess around when it comes to being in shape. It’s a dangerous sport and she knows firsthand how devastating the injuries can be. She’s had two surgeries, fractured her nose about three times, injured her meniscus, partially tore
her ACL and broke her orbital bone. “The doctor who did the surgery on my knee pretty much told me that I wouldn’t be able to do the intense stuff that I do now. When he was telling me, I thought, ‘You watch me. I’m gonna recover from this and be sprinting uphill.’ And I did.” That doesn’t make it any easier for her parents as spectators. “My dad doesn’t watch my fights. My mom watches and she makes my fight skirts. Growing up, she would make our clothes and I used to hate that she couldn’t buy us stuff, but now I appreciate it so much more. I know she makes those garments with love, and it’s what I go into battle with.” When not in battle, Granados enjoys going to the beach, doing “girly” things like getting her hair and nails done, and eating pizza and tacos. She also coaches high-risk kids through a program called the Mini Mermaid Running Club. “I talk to them about exercise and life stuff. The getting is in the giving. That’s what really makes me feel powerful.”
Birds of a Featherweight • When Granados became serious about training, she moved from Texas to San Diego to train at the Alliance Training Center because that’s where all her favorite fighters were. Natural Athlete • As a kid, Granados participated in multiple sports including soccer, track and volleyball. Just Keep Moving • On her recovery days, she makes sure to stay busy doing what she calls “active recovery,” even if that’s just taking the dog for a long walk. “Anything to keep me from being home and stuffing my face!” she jokes. PAULINA GRANADOS @paulinagrana2 Photoshoot Location: ALLIANCE MMA GYM 646 H St Chula Vista, CA 91910 619.947.6375 www.alliancegym.com
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The Drift King THIS PRO DRIFTER LIVES LIFE IN THE FAST LANE WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ERIK ISAKSON
“I tell myself I can do this. Let’s just push it 100 percent. If the car breaks, it’s okay...my loyal mechanics can fix it.”
EXPERT: Ken Gushi CREDENTIALS: Professional Drifter and Owner of Ken Gushi Motorsports Ken Gushi, a Japanese-American professional drifter and owner of Ken Gushi Motorsports, is not one to hold up traffic or be caught driving slow in the fast lane (or any lane for that matter). Known as the Drift King, Gushi has mastered the art of drifting—a controlled slide in a vehicle that terrifyingly hugs the turn of a road at a rapid speed. Drifting is all thrill with zero room for error, a diminutive margin Gushi viscerally lives to push his limits in. “Behind the wheel, I can express myself,” he says. “Whether it be aggressive driving next to a wall or sliding 120 miles an hour sideways.”
To be successful in the realm of drifting, one must have unwavering confidence combined with remarkable mental toughness. Aside from mental training, Gushi trains three to five hours (sometimes 10 hours) daily on a racing simulator at home which allows him to
practice on multiple tracks that are exact replicas of the ones he competes in. “Eighty percent of drifting is all mental. You have to tell yourself ‘Fuck it… Whatever happens, happens,’” says Gushi. “The moment you feel like this is scary is the moment you should probably retire or look for another career because in that moment, there’s no way you’re going to propel [or] push yourself into being a better version of what you currently are.” Gushi’s next big goal is to win a championship in the Formula Drift series. From there, he hopes to pass his crown off as the “Drift King” to a young, talented driver and bring them on to Ken Gushi Motorsports for the future of drifting. But for now, Gushi lives his life fearlessly in the fast lane. The same adrenaline he gets today when behind the wheel is exactly the same adrenaline he felt when he first got behind the wheel 24 years ago. “I’ll continue to do it as long as I feel the same rush,” says Gushi. Early Start • Gushi’s first taste of driving a car was at eight years old when he helped his father, an owner of a car maintenance shop, move cars around.
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Anime-ted • At age 13, Gushi’s interest in drifting stemmed from watching a Japanese street racing anime series called “Initial D.” Flow Into the Drift • “Don’t worry about trying to make it pro. Don’t worry about the sponsors,” advises Gushi. “If you’re passionate about drifting, and just drifting, then the pro aspect will come looking for you eventually.” KEN GUSHI @kengushi Photoshoot Location: BOOST BRIGADE HQ 9 Vanderbilt Irvine, CA 92618 949.588.8300 www.shop.boostbrigade.com
“The first step is fundraising and getting sponsors. You then have to build a boat and then you have to build a team all while you keep yourself focused and in shape.” —Mike Buckley
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EXPERT: Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield CREDENTIALS: Professional Sailors Mike Buckley got his first taste of sailing as a child growing up on Cape Cod. “My mom found some little crappy boat that had a little sail. It was wooden and leaked and she used to push me off the beach in it with a rope tied onto a tree on shore. I used to go out there until the thing would half sink and then come back and try again.”
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Sitting in that boat, Buckley could never have imagined the position he’d be sitting in today—preparing alongside partner and fellow sailing world champion, Taylor Canfield, to lead an all-American team to sail in America’s Cup in 2021. Between staying in shape, fundraising, building a team and building a boat, it’s an objective that’s all-consuming. Buckley and Canfield are currently knee-deep in the creation process of a 75-foot race boat that’s as
The Dream Team • Their dream crew member is Michael Phelps. They’d love for him to be a grinder and come sail with them. Unstoppable • Buckley cites taking a vet who lost his leg to sailing as one of the coolest moments of his life. When they met, he said he wouldn’t be able to sail without a leg, but he just competed in his first handicapped sailing event. A Rocky Start • Buckley jokes that when he and Canfield first sailed together 10 years ago, they vowed to never do it again, but after a few years they decided to give it another shot.
MIKE BUCKLEY starsandstripesteamusa.americascup.com @mikejbuckley
technologically advanced as a modern-day aircraft and capable of reaching speeds between 50 and 60 mph. “We toured Virgin Orbit in Long Beach where they build rocket ships and there’s a lot of parallels between what they’re doing and what we’re doing. Their craft flies to space while ours flies above the water, but there are so many similarities,“ Buckley explains. As the country watches this first all-American entry in over 15 years to challenge for the Cup, it’s impressive to note the combination of work ethic, attitude and commitment to social change that has helped make them an inspiration to so many. “We have this incredible platform to inspire people, to teach kids what the American dream is and what hard work can get you. If you have a dream, it’s not gonna find you on the couch. You have to go out and do it. Take risks, work your butt off and good things usually happen.”
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Acing It THIS OLYMPIAN’S SELFLESS MENTALITY CULTIVATES TEAMWORK WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ERIK ISAKSON
“I always grew up playing for those who couldn’t play…when I complained about being tired, my dad would be like, ‘Well there’s somebody in the hospital bed or a kid out there with cancer.’ You got to play for those who can’t play.”
EXPERT: Misty May-Treanor CREDENTIALS: Former Professional American Beach Volleyball Player In volleyball, most successful players have a height advantage. Standing at five feet and nine inches tall, the genetic disposition of Misty May-Treanor didn’t set her up to succeed in the game of volleyball, but her perspective did. “It’s a thinking game,” explains May-Treanor. “You may not be the fastest or strongest but you can outthink your opponent, and that’s what I love about it.”
Ever since she could remember, the Santa Monica native grew up peppering with her parents. Both her parents were very supportive and heavily involved in the game. May-Treanor’s father, known as Butch in the tight-knit volleyball community, was just as loving as he was tough on her. “He’d put me in the corner and nail balls at me… I didn’t mind,” laughs May-Treanor as she reminisces of her earlier days. May-Treanor was a dominant force and versatile player in both the indoor and beach game. Her game was a rare sight to witness—embodying the elements of finesse and power.
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Without a doubt, the volleyball star was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of player. From leading her California State University, Long Beach team to an NCAA championship title in 1998 to winning three back-to-back Olympic Gold medals with her then partner Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings, May-Treanor not only outsmarted her opponents, but her selfless mentality also always cultivated a team environment that helped her teammates improve both as players and as people. “It can’t be about you—it’s about teamwork,” says May-Treanor. “It’s about making the person next to you better, and ultimately making the team better and ultimately making you become better.” Although retired, May-Treanor hasn’t stopped making the teams that she’s a part of become better. Currently as the Director of Volleyball Operations at Long Beach City College and owner of Dream in Gold volleyball club, her impact on the game of volleyball goes beyond the court lines. May-Treanor continues to be an incredible leader and role model— back then as a player, and now, as a mother, mentor and coach. Like Father Like Daughter • May-Treanor played her first beach volleyball tournament with her father, Butch, when she was eight years old. Bittersweet Milestone • One of her proudest moments was when she qualified for her first Olympics—it was the only Olympics her mother, who passed away from cancer, got to see her play in. Learn From the Best • “If you want something bad enough, you put blinders on and become tunnel vision on that one goal,” says May-Treanor. “Don’t focus on what other people are doing [or saying], just focus on yourself.” MISTY MAY-TREANOR @mistymayvb Photoshoot Location: ROSIE’S DOG BEACH 5000 E Ocean Blvd Long Beach, CA 90803 www.hautedogs.org/beach.html
“I love it because it’s the most freeing experience. When I’m dancing, it feels like nothing else is really going on except for this present moment. It feels like a sacred prayer.”
Bend, Don’t Break FROM OC TO NYC, THIS DANCER’S CAREER IS ALWAYS EN POINTE WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATT MISISCO
EXPERT: Danica Paulos CREDENTIALS: Dancer When speaking with Danica Paulos and watching her dance, it’s clear to see that she is living the life she was meant to. “I’ve always known that I wanted to be a dancer,” she says, reminiscing of how her grandmother started putting her in classes at Huntington Beach’s Orange County Dance Center when she was five years old. Now, 20 years later, she is a member of one of the most prestigious dance companies in America, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Through years of trials and tribulations, Paulos’ hard work never wavered. Her passion for her craft and her tenacity pushed her to where she is and who she is today. “The greatest challenge I’ve had to overcome is to know my worth,” she explains. When she first joined her current company, she was Stepping Forward • 2018 marked Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary. What began in March of 1958 has become an era of exploring the African American experience through modern dance. Back to Her Roots • “The first time I performed in Orange County with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for my friends and family, there were about 40 young students from Orange County Dance Center there. It was really overwhelming to see my two worlds colliding. That was the moment it really hit me.” DANICA PAULOS @danfreaka @lens_of_the_heart Photoshoot Location: DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION 135 N Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.972.0711 www.dorothychandlerpavilion.net
given a temporary contract; she was only supposed to fill in for an injured dancer for one international tour. And while she was grateful for the opportunity to live out this dream, there was a nagging feeling that she wasn’t worthy and that “they didn’t want [her] for a long time—only a short time.” Thankfully, Paulos found her worth and her joy. “I realized that my time is now and that I’m here for this, and I’m going to enjoy every single moment.” That revelation came to her five years ago, and she has been dancing with the company ever since. When asked what her words would be to her younger self, Paulos answered that she “would tell her that her love for dance is the most important aspect of this whole experience, and not to let the opinions of others, whether positive or negative, blind her. Stay true to that inner calling of who you are.”
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Revvin’ up the Revero RIDE IN STYLE WITH THE 2020 KARMA REVERO GT
WRITTEN BY: AMEIHIA TURINGAN
Since its inception five years ago, Southern Californiabased KARMA Automotive has aimed to help shape the future of driving through its vehicles and business direction. With the 2020 luxury electric hybrid KARMA Revero GT, KARMA Automotive offers new levels of innovation by utilizing improved design, technology and performance capabilities for higher functionality.
Origin Story • The original KARMA Revero was based on the Fisker Karma, incorporating much of its original design and aesthetic.
New Beginnings • KARMA Automotive started in 2014 and is headquartered in Irvine.
A BMW TwinPower Turbo, three-cylinder, in-line engine powers an on-board electric generator to keep the Revero going for up to an additional 280 miles, giving the car a total range of up to 360 miles. The enhanced technology found in the 2020 Revero GT also improves zero to 60 miles per hour performance; the car will hit that mark in 4.5 seconds, nearly a full second faster than the model it replaces. “We created a world-class electric [hybrid] vehicle drive system that delivers the performance and packaging requirements
of the new Revero,” says Bob Kruse, KARMA’s Chief Technology Officer. “Alongside a series of other technological advancements, the new 2020 Revero is as fast as it looks.” In terms of interior design and function, KARMA Revero’s interior comes with sixway adjustable seats. Each vehicle can be customized to the customer’s liking as the Scottish leather comes in eight different colors and three multi-colored themes. The Revero is equipped with features like 3D touch steering wheel controls, parking assist and an eight-speaker audio system for a quality driving experience. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa and Google Home help Reverso drivers and riders stay connected on the road. “The KARMA brand is driven in part by owner experiences that are both personal and special,” says John Maloney, KARMA’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We believe ownership is about more than just our beautiful Revero GT—it’s about becoming part of our brand and connecting with those who stand behind it.”
KARMA | WESTLAKE 250 S Cord Ave Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 844.935.0800 www.karmawestlake.com KARMA | PASADENA 285 W Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91105 833.205.6602 www.karmapasadena.com KARMA | ORANGE COUNTY 950 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 844.527.6262 www.karmaoc.com
Photography Provided By: KARMA Automotive
Show and Tell • KARMA Automotive showcased the Karma Revero GT, along with the KARMA Pininfarina GT and KARMA SC1 Vision Concept at Auto Shanghai in April 2019.
The 2020 KARMA Revero GT is an electric hybrid vehicle that the company calls “a bridge to the future.” KARMA’s team of designers and engineers worked on the new car to provide essential redesign, technology improvements and elevated aesthetics. The new Revero is now 357 pounds lighter due to its aluminum base structure, and a refined dual-motor electric propulsion system that increases all-electric range up to 80 miles when fully charged.
Photos - Native Poppy | The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows: Justin McChesney-Wachs | Morning Glory: Zack Benson | Punch Bowl Social: Amber Boutwell, Punch Bowl Social | Sycuan Casino Resort
ALIVE /// GUIDE
Is So Boring Said No One Ever
WRITTEN BY: JACLYN KEAGY
[ The San Diego sunshine never quits. Even well into the fall, you’ll find beautiful weather, happy beachgoers and seemingly endless shoreline. If you’re able to peel your eyes off of the hypnotic horizon for just a moment, you’ll also find a city crawling with unique things to do. For the days when you’re able to ignore the call of the ocean, we’ve compiled a list of 13 San Diego activities you won’t want to miss. Pick an iconic San Diego hotspot, or opt to experience a new event before it catches all the hype next fall!
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PA R T I C U L A R O R D
REMINISCING SUMMER PLAYLIST [ “Summer Days” by Martin Garrix feat. Macklemore & Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy [ “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry [ “All Around the World (La La La)” by R3HAB x A Touch Of Class [ “Cool” by Jonas Brothers [ “Higher Ground” by ODESZA feat. Naomi Wild [ “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
For the Member of Your Crew Who Secretly Wants to Live Like a Viking [ Bullseye! Welcome the autumnal season stress-free and book a session at the largest indoor axe throwing facility in Southern California. Envision your average bar-friendly game of darts…now kick it up a notch with double the thrill! Battle Axe allows you to unleash your innermost warrior desires in the safest way possible. Toss your blade aiming at the wooden target, rack up points and hopefully kick your roommate’s axe. Grab your best bud or a group—Battle Axe hosts groups as small as two and large parties, making it perfect for birthdays or bachelor parties. Book a session for any occasion—no questions axed! BATTLE AXE 6330 Riverdale St, San Diego, CA 92120 619.501.8811 | www.battleaxesd.com
FOR THE Friend Who Lives in Their Swimwear...Even Though It’s Fall
[ Some days, all you really want to do is wake up and throw on your bathing suit. If that’s all you’ve been dreaming of since summer, treat yourself to a cool retro vibe and visit the historic Lafayette Hotel, a San Diego landmark since 1946. Rent out a cabana for the ultimate birthday or bachelorette party celebration, or hide under your best floppy hat and have yourself a minigetaway. The cabana
comes complete with a poolside server offering food and a full bar—not to mention the perfect view of ongoing poolside entertainment. If you’re just looking to soak up some sun on one of the many poolside lounge chairs or make a quick splash, purchase a ‘Day-Cation’ pass, priced $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends. Go on, treat yourself!
[ Save your island-loving friend a flight to Hawaii and treat them to a night at The Grass Skirt in Pacific Beach. This tiki-themed bar is the ideal escape to island culture while on the mainland, complete with Southeast Asian Cuisine and exotic cocktails. However, as any good escape behaves, it’s not easy to find—The Grass Skirt acts as a speakeasy. Don’t let the locals catch you looking confused, though; they might give away your coveted booth. Enter through the neighboring Good Time Poke shop, and be led into a dimlylit ambiance complete with classic tiki décor. Opt for the reservation—more people are plotting their escape than you’d think.
THE GRASS SKIRT 910 Grand Ave San Diego, CA 92109 858.412.5237 www.thegrassskirt.com
THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL, SWIM CLUB & BUNGALOWS 2223 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92104 619.296.2101 www.lafayettehotelsd.com
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Photos - Battle Axe: Bhadri Kubendran | The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows: Justin McChesney-Wachs | Punch Bowl Social: Amber Boutwell, Punch Bowl Social | Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
MACHO ROOMMATE WHO ASPIRES TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER
[ Assure your roommate he’s still the toughest guy you know and save yourself a night of in-house wrestling. On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., the World Wrestling Organization is taking over the Oak Ballroom at Viejas Casino & Resort for Lucha Fest! Cheer on the women’s championship and even the mini’s matchup before the main event between Warlock and Tonga Kid. Just this once, let your roommate flaunt his cape in public.
For the Social Butterfly Who Has Too Many Friends
[ If you’re constantly torn between who to spend your Friday nights with, we have the perfect solution. Come one, come all to a night out at Punchbowl Social, where there’s an activity for every kind of enthusiast. Curb your competitive side with a friendly game of bowling, shuffleboard, bocce ball—you name it! In need
of some vocal therapy? Reserve a karaoke booth! The possibilities are endless. With a huge 24,000 square-foot space, there’s plenty of room for your group to explore everything offered, all with a drink in hand. Share a punchbowl to complete the experience, or grab a table in the downstairs restaurant for some pre-game fuel.
VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT 5000 Willows Rd Alpine, CA 91901 619.445.5400 www.viejas.com/lucha-fest
6 FOR THE
Cinema Snob Who Could Afford an Upgrade to Their MovieViewing Experience [ We’ve got our flicks in extreme high definition—why not match the cinema experience to boot? Choosing quality over quantity, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas selects their screenings based on what they believe to be the highest quality films, both brand new and classic. Appropriately located in Del Mar, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas offers 11 auditoriums complete with full-service, a wide food and beverage selection and a good chance that no one will be kicking the back of your reclining leather seat. CINÉPOLIS LUXURY CINEMAS DEL MAR 12905 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 858.794.4045 | www.cinepolisusa.com
PUNCHBOWL SOCIAL 1485 E St, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.452.3352 | www.punchbowlsocial.com
FOR TH E DIE - H A R D E DM R AV E R WH O C A N SH U F F L E T O A N Y U N C E U N C E B E AT [ Retrieve your beat-driven bud who refuses to leave the depths of the club and force them into the outside world! Shuffle them into the sunshine with the promise of the same beats and drops they can’t resist. San Diego’s very own electronic music festival is back again for its newest edition at Waterfront Park. Catch a top-notch lineup across three different stages, featuring DJs like Kaskade, Kaytranada and Portugal. The Man. In between entertainment, find craft beer, food and tons of photo ops to capture your unique festival-wear. The fall Crssd Festival takes place Sep. 28-29. CRSSD FESTIVAL Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy | San Diego, CA 92101 | www.crssdfest.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 59
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[ Swing, clink, home run! Trade your ballpark brew for a classic cocktail before you watch the Padres take down the Colorado Rockies. The Padres CocktailFest is part of the Padres’ “Party in the Park” series, and will take place at Petco Park at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 6. The event features live music, food and, of course, cocktails! All you’ll need is yourself, a friend and your ticket to the game for entry. After you’ve achieved that perfect pre-game buzz, head to your seats to cheer on some good old -fashioned baseball. Game begins at 7:10 p.m.! PETCO PARK 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.795.5555 | www.mlb.com/padres/ballpark
9 For the Creative Who Loves All Things Floral
[ There’s nothing like adding a touch of flora to your home to welcome in the new season. For those who gravitate towards a more mellow artistic outlet, Native Poppy has two amazing workshops for you! Their workshops are ideal for every skill set, as Manager Molly Prentzel boasts, “Even if you do have traditional floral experience, you’re going to learn a lot.” Sessions include instruction and materials, light bites and drinks and a professional photographer to capture your final bloom. Keep a close eye out for their Dried Wreath Making workshop in September and their Fall Flower Arranging 101 later this autumn, and don’t wait too long to sign up—these classes always sell out!
For the Friend Who Works a Little too Hard
[ We all have a workaholic in our lives. It can be a friend, a parent— it can even be ourselves! And in our opinion, there are a few ways to take the work week edge off like a weekend at Sycuan Casino Resort. Splash around in their gorgeous pool and watch your worries float away—with the help of one of their delicious poolside cocktails, of course. And for those who really need some TLC, head to
Spa Ritual at Sycuan for something simple like a mani-pedi, or go all out with their 80-minute Enriched Thermal Mud Wrap to help your skin, muscles and mind relax and rejuvenate. And don’t get us started on the Hot Stone Massage (but, really, please do): nothing demolishes pent up stress and tension like warm basalt stones and traditional Swedish massage techniques.
NATIVE POPPY 3009 Grape St San Diego, CA 92102 619.535.0245 www.nativepoppy.com
SPA RITUAL AT SYCUAN 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 | 619.659.3376 | www.sycuan.com
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[ Gather up your best pasta-lovin’ pals for the latest and greatest Italian hotspot in Banker’s Hill. Veteran Little Italy restaurant owners Dario and Pietro Gallo, who own Civico 1845, teamed up with Michelin-starred restaurant owners Antonio and Luca Abbruzzino. The two teams joined forces to combine SoCal and Southern Italy ingredients all in one kitchen. The unique fusion creates a seafood-inspired modern Italian eatery that’s sure to please anyone’s palate! The bar is set high for the team, but we’re certain that their unique dishes will create nothing short of rave reviews. It’s the perfect date spot!
FOOD CONNOISSEUR WHO COULD EAT ITALIAN FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER
IL DANDY RESTAURANT 2550 Fifth Ave, Ste 120, San Diego, CA 92103 | 619.310.5669 | www.ildandyrestaurant.com
T BUT NOT LEAST
STAY CRAFTY [ The Celebrate the Craft room package starts at $595 per night while reservations last!
For the NotSo-Basic Brunch Lover
[ Thou shalt not ever let brunch be basic. Stick to your commandments and check out the newest brunch spot that’s rightfully earned all of the buzz! Morning Glory overlooks Little Italy’s Piazza della Famiglia and features a chic design-heavy space equipped with toptier breakfast, completely custom-made by designer Paul Basile of BASILE Studio. Morning Glory’s unique, 1980s-inspired ambiance is equally matched by top-tier breakfast by twoMichelin starred Executive Chef Jason McLeod and CH Projects Hospitality Group. Their menu aims to be a step above, sourcing culinary inspiration from all over the globe. Beat that weekend crowd and get there early, though; no reservations are being taken just yet! MORNING GLORY 550 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101 619.629.0302 | www.morningglorybreakfast.com
Photos - Native Poppy | Sycuan Casino Resort | The Lodge at Torrey Pines | Morning Glory: Zack Benson
Parent Who Claims to Be an Artisanal Chef
[ Is your belly halffull, or half-empty? Either way you look at it, parents are constantly checking that our bellies are happily fed through our entire adolescence and beyond. Treat the masterminds behind your entire childhood cuisine to a place where they can relish in an innovative culinary
experience! Book a stay and join The Lodge at Torrey Pines for their 17th annual Celebrate the Craft event, where gourmet artisans gather to showcase the finest food, wine and craft beer. It will take place on Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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NANOCRAFT CBD www.nanocraftcbd.com @nanocraftcbd
Founders Todd Erwin and Stefan McKellar created NanoCraft CBD for “the athlete in all of us...”
Remain Calm NANOCRAFT CBD’S INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS INFUSE TRADITIONAL REMEDIES WITH A NATURAL AID WRITTEN BY: JACKLYN BRADY • PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: NANOCRAFT CBD
In an industry rife with snake oil salesmen, NanoCraft CBD is taking strides to back up the benefits of their products with science. From infused waters to pain sticks and sleep aids, NanoCraft is providing the health and fitness industry with a variety of ways to infuse their life with CBD. Founders Todd Erwin and Stefan McKellar created NanoCraft CBD for “the athlete in all of us,” and focused their efforts on educating consumers about the benefits of CBD. These products are just a few of their most popular items.
Moving beyond the power of pure CBD, full-spectrum hemp carries a wider variety of nutrients that provide even greater benefits than CBD alone.
CBD PAIN SALVE STICK • An onset of 500 milligrams of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil coupled with healing herbs and essential oils aid in recovery while offering a sense of calm. The pain stick can be applied before or after physical activity or at night before bedtime.
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CBD OIL PURE FORMULA • Like all of NanoCraft’s products, the Pure Formula is created with a blend of key ingredients that are encapsulated in nanospheres, making them more bioavailable to the body. The Pure Formula has a ginger citrus flavor that offers the benefits of CBD without the added ingredients boasted by the Day & Night formulas. CBD OIL DAY FORMULA • The Day Formula will kill morning fog and midday lag. It promises to help with mental focus and drive, using a mixture of mint and cacao, along with B-12, organic caffeine and a blend of other unique ingredients. The Day Formula is perfect for those who want to enjoy the benefits of CBD while also heightening focus and productivity. CBD OIL NIGHT FORMULA • For those who might want a little help winding down, the Night Formula uses the subtle
scent and flavor of lavender to calm the senses. NanoCraft’s Broad Spectrum CBD is blended with a variety of sleep support ingredients and topped off with melatonin to help invite deep, restorative sleep. FULL SPECTRUM NANO CBD DROPS • Moving beyond the power of pure CBD, full-spectrum hemp carries a wider variety of nutrients that provide even greater benefits than CBD alone. The Gold Series drops range in dosage from 1,000-3,000 milligrams and can be used daily to promote overall relief and recovery. CBD SUPERFOOD GREEN POWDER • This green juice powder provides an energy boost while fueling cells and bolstering mood. The blend offers probiotics, digestive enzymes and immunity enhancements.
CBD ENERGY WATER • Hydrate and energize while enjoying the benefits of CBD. Craft H20 is a PH9+ Alkaline water with Methyl B12, Coenzyme Q10, Potassium and electrolytes. The Energy formula is black cherry flavored and includes organic caffeine and vitamin B-12.
PLANET PLASTIC OR PLANET EARTH? SURFRIDER FOUNDATION OF HUNTINGTON BEACH AND SEAL BEACH CHAPTER SPREADS AWARENESS INSTEAD OF WASTE
WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CELINE HAEBERLY
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The goal of SF H/SBâ€™s education is to teach the younger generation from the beginning how to practice good habits and understand that every decision they make in this materialistic society has potentially large outcomes for the fate of the earth.
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Above and Beyond • After each beach cleanup, Pedroza takes home all hard plastics collected at the beach cleanup and personally recycles them.
Hold on to Your Butt • Norma Sellers, the Chair of Hold on to Your Butt, collects the cigarette butts from the installed canisters in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach and ships them to TerraCycle— where they recycle the plastics from the cigarette buds and repurpose them into plastic pallets and ashtrays. “It’s a good idea instead of being in the landfills and polluting the environment.”
By 2050, there could be more
plastic swimming in the world’s oceans than fish in weight. This
prediction was made by various renowned sources such as The
United Nations and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Society is well aware of
the first step to the solution in solving this ecocatastrophe: pick up your
Ocean Friendly Restaurants • “We started Ocean Friendly Restaurants in 2011 [where] we convince restaurants to use alternatives rather than styrofoam and plastics,” says Soriano. This was such an eco-brilliant idea that headquarters in San Clemente took it over.
trash and dispose of it in the correct color bin. Getting everyone to care enough to take action-based steps
and turn them into daily eco-friendly
habits is where the difficulty lies. Cue
Surfrider Foundation (SF), a nonprofit
organization of coastal defenders with over 82 chapters worldwide.
In particular, the mission of their Huntington/Seal Beach (H/SB) chapter is to fight apathy by cultivating communitybased awareness through digestible education targeted at the youth, and reducing (and eventually eliminating) plastic pollution in the ocean with their diverse range of programs. At every beach cleanup hosted by SF H/ SB chapter, expect several blue canopies set up with registration tables displaying various educational tools on how to take care of our planet—colorful, reusable water bottles, samples of water testing, several wide-mouth plastic jars filled with cigarette butts and young, eager volunteers greeting fellow volunteers with a warm welcome and a reusable bag for the beach cleanup. Adjacent to the registration tables sits another blue canopy known as their “pit.” 66 LOCALE MAGAZINE
“We may think that one straw...doesn't make a difference. But accumulated together with everyone else's straws, it does.” —Surfrider Foundation Huntington/ Seal Beach
“I see a lot of apathetic people...people don’t really think twice about throwing something out the window, which is a shame, but it still happens. They don’t really make the connection that those things go into storm drains and get washed down in the ocean.” —Stephanie Pedroza
The pit, spearheaded by Stephanie Pedroza, the Chair of SF H/SB chapter, is where the central point of change occurs. All collected trash goes to the pit and is then separated into the correct category: hard plastics, straws, bottle caps, cigarette butts and syringes. “The pit is where most of the action takes place...everybody’s role is important,” says Pedroza. Loudly situated on the outskirts of the pit are more educational tools to demonstrate the wastefulness and damage we are doing to our oceans—a large wheelbarrow filled with plastic straws, a clear storage bin brimming with plastic bottle caps and several informative signs— one reading: “We may think that one straw...doesn't make a difference. But accumulated together with everyone else's straws, it does.” The ecological action and education at the pit is where the chapter hopes a shift in perspective may take place for a new volunteer (or a passerby) who may be lackadaisical about using single-use plastics for daily convenience. “It's all about awareness—that's what we're here for,” explains Pedroza. “We’re here to expose and educate people on the effects of single-use plastics.” At the end of every beach cleanup, Pedroza and her pit crew weigh the total amount of garbage gathered from the cleanup. SF H/SB’s website holds seven years of data from previous beach cleanups. On May 4, 2019, the chapter’s beach cleanup at Beach Blvd. State Beach gathered 683 volunteers—from all walks of life, organizations and schools—who collected a total of 591 pounds of trash and a real sense of camaraderie and fulfillment. Beach Cleanups is just one of SF H/SB’s 10 programs. Some of their other coast-protecting programs are: Blue Water Task Force, Help Your Harbor, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Rise Above Plastics, Ocean Friendly Gardens and many others. “When you have education at the beach like this, the little kids remember the stories that were here and why they came down,” says Tony Soriano, the Staff/Advisor
and former Chairman of SF H/SB who has been with the organization for 14 years. “That’s what was created here at our chapter—[bringing] awareness to the community and awareness to education for the students at all levels.” From school presentations regarding pollution to helping students start an environmental club, SF H/ SB understands that real environmental change will take off with this next generation. Their Blue Water Task Force program, chaired by Manuel Florence, submitted grants and raised funds to build labs and purchase all equipment for water testing purposes for Edison High School and The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach. The goal of SF H/SB’s education is to teach the younger generation from the beginning how to practice good habits and understand that every decision they make in this materialistic society has potentially large outcomes for the fate of the earth. However, preventative steps can be taken now by everyone. It is everyone’s responsibility. Pedroza says that you can start by taking responsibility for the garbage you use and create. “I see a lot of apathetic people...people don’t really think twice about throwing something out the window, which is a shame, but it still happens,” she says. “They don’t really make the connection that those things go into storm drains and get washed down in the ocean.” By taking action and spreading awareness, SF H/SB is cultivating a responsible community through education whose goal is to save and preserve the beaches we love and the earth we live on. “It is easy to get involved and participation is important...or just being proactive within themselves because if every person just changed one thing—not buying single-use plastic water bottles—that would make a world of difference,” explains Pedroza. Planet Plastic or Planet Earth? You decide.
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Wall-ToWall Art A LOCAL MURALIST SHARES THE INSPIRATION BEHIND “WILLAMARTHA’S HONEY POT”
Oh My Gouache • On being asked about her favorite artist tool, Byers doesn’t even take a second to mention Gouache, a paint that is similar to watercolor, however modified to make it opaque.
WRITTEN BY: TANYA SAWHNEY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOSIE GONZALES
If you live in San Diego, you have probably seen some massive murals decorating different parts of the city. Along with beautifying the town, murals provide an attraction to draw people off the beaten path. Today, symbolic street art decorates facades in neighborhoods near Ocean Beach and La Jolla, and Cali-based muralist Celeste Byers’ “Willamartha’s Honey Pot” is no different. Byers describes her work in three simple words: colorful, natural and positive...
“My inspiration comes from everyday life, my environment and cultural diversity.” Pro Tip • Starting out on a mural “is all about the basics of just practicing drawing and painting a lot before you go to a big wall, so just practice as much as you can.” Do What You Love • According to Byers, the desire to bring something from imagination and translate that into something of tangible, inspirational beauty is reward enough to keep her motivated. 68 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Since she first started her artistic journey, Byers has been busy with a diverse clientele ranging from The New York Times, Warner Bros., American Express and many more. Byers describes her work in three simple words: colorful, natural and positive, and her work blends humor and surrealism with modern imagery, creating an aesthetic all her own. “My inspiration comes from everyday life, my environment and cultural diversity,” she reveals.
Today, homeowners and businesses commission her to paint all around town. She shares the story behind the creation of this beautiful artwork that she made for Shauna Aiken, a local beekeeper in Ocean Beach. “[Aiken] wanted me to paint a mural that celebrated bees, but when she told me that her family had been in OB since 1887 and showed me photos of her Grandma Willie who lived here in the ‘60s, I was very inspired to paint her!” Byers exclaims. “She looked so interesting and captured a specific time in the history of OB.” And what’s with the elephant on the flower, you ask? According to Byers, “there is a project in Africa, the Elephants and Bees Project, where they are using bees to protect elephants with the use of beehive fences which protects farms from crop-raiding elephants.” This keeps both the farms and the elephants safe. With more than 20k followers on social media, Byers is looking forward to her upcoming projects which include painting an elevator at the Porto Vista Hotel in Little Italy and mural projects with two cosmetic companies in LA. Next year, she will also be painting a mural for KAABOO Cayman Islands. On being asked about her dream project, Byers says that painting murals for a decade has shown her how much a single painted wall can transform a space, and she would love to expand on that and have the opportunity to transform an entire space beyond a wall. “I’d love to curate an entire environment,” she says, “from the walls to furniture and plants, bringing in other artists and designers to collaborate and create a beautiful experience.”
CELESTE BYERS www.celestebyers.com @celestialterrestrial Photoshoot Location: “WILLAMARTHA’S HONEY POT” Ocean Beach, San Diego
FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE
Get on My [sea] level Dive Into Our Guide to Getting PADI Open Water Certified WRITTEN BY: BRIANNA ROMANO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE
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THE RIGHT DIVE • Depending on where you are going for your ocean dives, you might want to enter straight in from the beach or from a boat. In my opinion, I think entry from a boat is easier, as you typically don’t have to deal with the extra stress of reading tides. So if you can arrange a boat for your first ocean dive, I would suggest it. DIVER RANKS • You must be training for or have a dive certification in order to go diving. Once you become an Open Water Diver, you can continue your education by becoming an Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver or even Divemaster. Personally, I am an Advanced Diver!
From my own experience, I've found that private sessions are much better when you are learning to dive. You are able to have a more flexible schedule and get through the skills faster. — Brianna Romano
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WITH 71 PERCENT OF THE EARTH COVERED IN WATER,
there is a whole world below the ocean’s surface that many people never get to experience. Diving will open your eyes to a realm where everything is a little more colorful and a little more Dr. Seuss—and you can breathe underwater! Luckily, Southern California is home to an abundance of marine life and a handful of great dive locations, some easily accessible right off the beach in Laguna and Catalina. Whether you’re planning a tropical vacation or just looking for a new adventure in your own backyard, scuba diving is an addicting activity to add to your list of skills. It will also connect you to a global community of divers, and a deeper relationship to the ocean and its protection.
The first certification you will need is your PADI Open Water Diver. Here are the steps to getting PADI OpenWater Certified:
DIVING FORCES • While most people have heard of PADI, the largest scuba organization in the world, you will learn that there is not one diving certification agency, with SSI and NAUI being the two other most widely recognized accreditations.
1. FIND AN ACCREDITED DIVE INSTRUCTOR OR SCHOOL. Liquid Adrenaline Divers is a team of certified instructors based in Southern California. With their flexible schedule, overall knowledge and calm demeanor, I felt like I was in good hands diving with one of the two owners, Ruth Harris. 2. TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE. The online course is where you will learn the “Dive Theory” basics about scuba through instructional videos, reading materials and quizzes. 3. CONFINED WATER DIVES. This can be done in one day. Here, you will get to put into practice the essential scuba skills you read about in the online course. You will learn how to set up your equipment, how to use your equipment, removing and adjusting equipment underwater, sharing air, buoyancy control, as well as act out different scenarios for safety procedures. There is also a bit of a physical component where you will be required to tread water for 10 minutes and swim 200 yards at your own pace without stopping.
Most courses will require you to have your own mask, snorkel and fins. The one piece of larger equipment I would suggest investing in is a dive computer.
With [Liquid Adrenaline Divers’] flexible schedule, overall knowledge and calm demeanor, I felt like I was in good hands diving with one of the two owners, Ruth Harris.
LARGE GROUP CLASSES VS. PRIVATE SESSIONS • From my own
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EQUIPMENT • Most courses
will require you to have your own mask, snorkel and fins. The one piece of larger equipment I would suggest investing in is a dive computer. Other equipment like regulators, buoyancy control device (BCD), scuba tank and weight system can be rented. For cold water diving in California, you will also need a thick wetsuit, gloves, booties and possibly a hood.
POPULAR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVE LOCATIONS:
Shaw’s Cove & Diver’s Cove, Laguna Beach • You’ll see plenty of Garibaldi, the California state fish, and might get to swim with some sea lions. Catalina Island
• The kelp forest is home to giant
black sea bass, moray eels, leopard sharks and spiny lobster, just to name a few of my own sightings! La Jolla Cove, San Diego
• Also known for its kelp forest;
during certain times of the year, sevengill sharks aggregate here. HMCS Yukon, San Diego
• This is a shipwreck dive that’s perfect to train for Advanced Open Water diving!
4. OPEN WATER DIVES. There are four open water dives that you will have to complete; this can usually be completed in two days. You will demonstrate everything you learned in the pool, as well as experience what it’s like to dive in the ocean!
TACOS / / / TR E ATS / / / TA STE R S
FEATURE Make These 3 Essential Summer Sippers at Home
24 HOURS IN LIBERTY STATION Bring Your Appetites to Liberty Station for a Food-Filled Adventure
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Braise the Roof Galaxy Tacos’ Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder Is out of This World
PROFILE Mark Stoddard Shares Why Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Is Every Gin-Lover’s Dream
TWO THINGS WE LOVE Make Yourself at Home With Amici’s Takes on Old World Classics
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Let’s Taco ‘Bout This Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder
FEATURE Melt Away or Sweeten up Your Summer With These San Diego Desserts
FIRST BITE SoCal Meets Mexico at This Carlsbad Taqueria
GALAXY TACO 2259 Avenida De La Playa La Jolla, CA 92037 858.228.5655 www.galaxytaco.com PHOTO BY: Josie Gonzales
FEATURE It’s a Food Battle of Reg vs Veg in OC, LA and SD
FOODIE Songs to
B.Y O.B Be Your Own Bartender With These Easy, Breezy Libations
Set the Mood • “Rio Ancho Instrumental” by Paco de Lucía • “Tres Notas para Decir Te Quiero” by Vicente Amigo • “Samba Delight” by Govi
TEQUIL’IN ME SOFTLY Kick It up a Notch With This Spicy Spin on the Paloma Cocktail We’re definitely not saying there’s anything wrong with your traditional Paloma, but we’re also not saying that we’re opposed to giving it a twist. Sweet and spicy mingle beautifully in this take on a citrusy classic, proving that change can be a good thing—especially when it involves Milagro. Drink Name: Milagro Ancho Paloma Recipe: • 1½ oz Milagro Reposado Tequila • ½ oz Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur • ½ oz Lime Juice • 3 oz Grapefruit Soda • 1 Lime Wedge • Salt (Rim) • 1 Grapefruit Wheel (Garnish) Instructions: • Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a highball glass and coat half the rim with salt. Squeeze the lime wedge into the glass, then discard the squeezed wedge. Fill the glass with ice, Milagro Reposado Tequila, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, lime juice and grapefruit soda, and stir to combine. Garnish with a bright and delicate, thinlysliced grapefruit wheel.
MILAGRO TEQUILA www.milagrotequila.com Photoshoot Location: PIRCH COSTA MESA 3303 Hyland Ave, Ste D Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.429.0800 www.pirch.com
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B.Y O.B Be Your Own Bartender With These Easy, Breezy Libations
MODELO CITIZEN Modelo’s Baja Michelada Is Reminiscent of Ocean Breezes and White Sand Beaches
Songs to Set the Mood • “El Perdón”
Relaxing on a beach in Baja sounds nice and all, but kicking your shoes off and enjoying your patio sounds pretty amazing, too. Whether you’re a homebody reminiscing vacations past or a wanderer gathering inspo for future getaways, a Baja Michelada is what we’d recommend for you! Drink Name: Baja Michelada Recipe: • 1 Bottle Modelo Negra® or Modelo Especial® • 2½ oz Tomato-Clam Juice • ¾ oz Lime Juice • 4 Dashes Mexican Hot Sauce • Kosher Salt (Rim) • Cocktail Onions (Garnish) • Smoked Oysters (Garnish) Instructions: • Salt the rim of your preferred glass and fill halfway with ice. Combine tomato-clam juice, lime juice and hot sauce, then add Modelo Cerveza. Top with garnishes of your choice.
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by Nicky Jam • “Bailar” by Deorro • “Mi Gente” by J Balvin
LILLET www.lillet.com Photoshoot Location: PIRCH COSTA MESA 3303 Hyland Ave, Ste D Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.429.0800 www.pirch.com
Be Your Own Bartender With These Easy, Breezy Libations
YES WAY, ROSÉ This Light and Summery Spritz Is the Perfect Way to Toast to Warmer Weather
Songs to Set the Mood • “Elysée tango Tango” by
As the epicenter of all things simplistic and beautiful, we think that integrating a French vibe into your cocktail hour is always a good idea. Clean, refreshing and just the right amount of sweet, the Lillet Rosé Spritz has a certain je n’ais sais quoi that we absolutely adore. Drink Name: Lillet Rosé Spritz Recipe: • 3 oz Lillet Rosé • 3 oz Lillet Tonic • Fresh Strawberries (Garnish) Instructions: • Pour Lillet Rosé and Lillet Tonic into your desired glass, then garnish with fresh strawberries or berries of your choice—it’s that easy!
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James Leseur • “Chez moi” by Emilie-Claire Barlow • “Dance Me to the End of Love” by Madeleine Peyroux
Calling All Foodies
Take a Bao Ú Start off with a Pan-Asian twist at Bao Bar! Pair some of their freshly steamed and stuffed bao buns with a milk boba tea. It’s like a savory donut, but better.
Such a Sweet-Art Ú After wandering around the market, you’ll for sure want something sweet. Stop by Crafted Baked Goods to watch their pastry artisans in action and choose your treat from an array of decadent treats.
BAO BAR @baobarbb
CRAFTED BAKED GOODS @crafted_bakedgoods
CHECK OUT OUR FOODIE HIGHLIGHT REEL FROM LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET WRITTEN BY: KEANA MCGRATH
San Diego’s historic Liberty Station is a center for commerce, history, the arts and amazing food. Some of our favorite must-eats are located in Liberty Station’s Liberty Public Market, San Diego’s first seven-day-a-week market. It’s home to over 30 artisans and vendors, making it the one-stop shop for foodies and lovers of art. With so many options, it can be overwhelming, but loosen your belt buckles a few notches and grab your food-loving friends because we’ve got a whole day planned for you with all the must-eat spots!
LIBERTY STATION LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET 2820 Historic Decatur Rd San Diego, CA 92106 619.487.9346 www.libertypublicmarket.com
5:00 p.m. Sinfully Delicious Ú You know the legendary lobster rolls that you can only get on the East Coast? Well, Wicked Maine Lobster has perfected this classic dish, brought it to the best coast and it is as buttery and tasty as you can imagine.
THE LATIN CHEF
Peru for You Ú For lunch, head to The Latin Chef, known for its delicious, handmade Peruvian food. Get authentic dishes such as the Lomo Saltado to-go and picnic on the beautiful open-air patio right outside the market.
Get the Good Stuff Ú Stuffed!’s mouthwatering burgers are literally stuffed with cheese and topped with indulgent ingredients. Try The Boom: an American cheese-stuffed patty heaped with spicy mac n’ cheese and peppered, smoked bacon. Yeah—it’s real and it’s amazing.
THE LATIN CHEF @thelatinchefls
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WICKED MAINE LOBSTER wickedmainelobster.com
WICKED MAINE LOBSTER
Ding, Ding, Ding, We Have a Weiner! Ú Head to Mastiff Sausage Company, where we suggest you try one of their famous housemade sausages (we love the smoked andouille) anyway you want—on a salad, as a sandwich, in a taco,
SCOOPED BY MOOTIME CREAMERY
over fries… Are you drooling yet?
MASTIFF SAUSAGE COMPANY mastiffsausagecompany. com
8:45 pm What’s the Scoop? Ú Coronados’ famous MooTime Creamery has now made a
second home in Liberty Public Market with Scooped by MooTime Creamery. Try their handcrafted ice cream flavors such as Brownie Batter, or bite into one of their famous Mootacos!
SCOOPED BY MOOTIME CREAMERY @mootimecreamery
Photography Provided By: Blue Bridge Hospitality
S ’ T T A HE H T SPIRIT!
This Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador Is #Ginning
WRITTEN BY: MAYANDRA ROBBINS AND JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOSIE GONZALES
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HENDRICK’S GIN www.hendricksgin.com @hendricksgin Photoshoot Location: HUNDRED PROOF 4130 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92103 619.501.6404 www.hundredproofsd.com
“[Hendrick’s] innovative nature pushed the gin industry to transform and begin to experiment with new botanicals in gin." —MARK STODDARD
How to Make: The Midsummer Spritzer Ingredients: • 1½ oz Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin • 5 oz Sparkling Water • ½ oz Elderflower Syrup • Edible Flowers or Fresh Herbs and a Slice of Lemon (Garnish) Instructions: • Fill a wine glass with ice and a splash of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin. Throw in a dash of elderflower syrup and top with sparkling water. After a quick stir, garnish with your favorite herbs and flowers for that endless summer flair.
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For those who have enjoyed Hendrick’s, it’s easy to notice that it’s not your typical gin.
Gin has always held a special place in Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador Mark Stoddard’s heart. “I've always had a love for gin, specifically, because of the rich history behind it and how it lends itself to creating a cocktail." After competing against thousands of other mixologists across the globe and earning the title of 2010 Cocktail World Cup Champion, Stoddard began his dream job with William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s Gin’s parent company. As someone who has always "admired the Hendrick's brand,” this opportunity turned out to be a match made in heaven. Since then, Stoddard has combined his passion for travel and gin to spread the magic of Hendrick’s across the globe.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM • “[Midsummer Solstice] opens doors to a whole new world of creativity!" Stoddard says. “It shines when you incorporate botanicals.” A MAN OF MANY TALENTS • Not only is Stoddard a World Champion Mixologist, but he also has an amazing green thumb and participates in amateur bird watching.
For those who have enjoyed Hendrick’s, it’s easy to notice that it’s not your typical gin. And that’s because, well, it isn’t. Nestled within the rolling hills of Scotland, Hendrick's Gin’s benefits from over 130 years of family distilling heritage. Then, in 1999, the creative genius of Master Distiller Lesley Gracie took over and added some never-before-seen flair to the gin world. A chemist by trade, Gracie emphasized the importance of quality control and presented a desire to use more of the gifts that Mother Nature has provided—making Hendrick’s the first (and only) gin at the time to infuse rose and cucumber into their product. “It's distilled unlike any other spirit out there," Stoddard remarks. “[Hendrick’s] innovative nature pushed the gin industry to transform and begin to experiment with new botanicals in gin."
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CATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN • Midsummer Solstice is a seasonal gin that will only be around for late spring and throughout the summertime.
There are plenty of ways to use Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin, but Stoddard recommends creating a spin on the classic spritzer.
Hendrick’s latest innovation? Its limited-time-only Midsummer Solstice, which Stoddard describes as “a deeply floral expression of Hendrick’s Gin.” Midsummer Solstice takes “special edition” a whole new meaning—its conception began as a wedding gift for one of Hendrick’s brand ambassadors. Sticking to what she does best, Gracie decided to make a special gin for the couple by infusing the flowers from the bridal bouquet and distilling it into the spirit. It was such a huge hit that Gracie decided to perfect the recipe until it became what we now know as Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice. The newest member of the Hendrick's Gin brand pays homage to the flora kingdom in an array of floral essences—a combination that is only known to Gracie. And since she’s the only one who knows the true bouquet of ingredients that creates the summery spirit, the rest of us will have to test our senses. However, Stoddard has his own thoughts about the secret combination.
He describes the Midsummer Solstice as a party for anyone's palate, and that this newfound floral expression is "balanced, harmonic and sphericalshaped." Upon first experiencing Midsummer Solstice, you’re instantly flooded with the scent of seasonal, fresh blossoms reminiscent of the summer solstice. The first sip is rich with a symphony of warm floral and spicy notes before drifting to a hint of citrus blossom. After, the gin relaxes into Hendrick’s signature cucumber and Bulgarian rose, which is then finished off with the nice, peppery kick of the juniper, which ties the smooth, dreamy gin all together. There are plenty of ways to use Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin, but Stoddard recommends creating a spin on the classic spritzer. Stoddard shares that “[the Midsummer Spritzer is a] simple and refreshing summer drink meant to be enjoyed outside in a garden." We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the summer season! LOCALE MAGAZINE 87
F O O D I E / / / 2 THINGS WE LOVE
Rooted in Tradition
Arugula Salad Ingredients: • Arugula • Balsamic Vinegar • Cherry Tomatoes • Lemon
GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS WITH CHEF RHO’S ITALIAN DISHES FROM THE LAND AND SEA WRITTEN BY: SARAH HOOD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DANIELLE JACKSON
• To create the perfect Veal Milanese, the meat is left on the bone, then pounded thin and covered with imported Panko bread crumbs, thoroughly seared on both sides and served with a fresh arugula salad. The tang of the balsamic salad dressing provides a delicious contrast to the light, crispy veal.
Veal Milanese Ingredients: • Veal Chops • Flour • Egg • Panko Breadcrumbs
If you’re new to the Carmel Valley area, let Amici’s Ristobar be the first to welcome you to this upand-coming neighborhood. This classy yet comfortable restaurant opened in 2018 to rave reviews. According to Executive Chef Rhoelle Gabriel, “Our menu and aesthetic is meant for date nights, families and anyone who would love a neighborhood gathering spot. Amici’s welcomes everyone through its doors!”
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Although the veal is typically pounded to within an eighth of an inch in most versions of this recipe, Chef Rho says, “We [leave] ours a little thicker so that the meat stays juicier on the inside.”
WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? • “Amici’s” means “friend’s” in Italian, which perfectly matches both the restaurant’s Italian-style menu and its emphasis on cultivating relationships with the community.
JUST FUR FUN • Amici’s Ristobar is not only kid-friendly; it’s also pet-friendly! Dogs are welcome on the enclosed patio, and there are water bowls and treats waiting for your four-legged pals by the front entrance.
2 SEAFOOD CIOPPINO
Seafood Cioppino Ingredients: • Salmon • Mussels • Clams • Shrimp • Crab • Scallops • Tomato Broth • White Wine • Chili Flakes
• First concocted by San Francisco fishermen who would combine their scraps and boil them into a hearty stew, each version of Seafood Cioppino is unique to the chef and the ingredients. Chef Rho promises that her take on the recipe, which is served on Sundays, has a “bright, fresh, ocean-y flavor” with a slight kick (courtesy of mild chili flakes). “If you’re a seafood lover, this dish has everything you could ever want,” exclaims Chef Rho.
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Chef Rho suggests pairing the Seafood Cioppino with a crisp Grigio or similar citrusbased white wines.
NEW NEWS • Recent upgrades at Amici’s include a build-your-own-pasta dish, an expanded kids menu (including pizza, pan-seared salmon and spaghetti Bolognese) and happy hour every day for adults.
AMICI’S RISTOBAR 5980 Village Way, Ste B106 San Diego, CA 92130 858.847.2740 amicisristobar.com
braise M EALS DECONSTRUCTED
THE RO OF GALAXY TACOS’ BRAISED AND ROASTED PORK SHOULDER IS OUT OF THIS WORLD
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOSIE GONZALES
Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder
The pork shoulder is topped with cabbage, radish, cilantro and chicharrón, then brought to the table in a serving bowl filled with pinto beans and the delectable broth. GALAXY TACO 2259 Avenida De La Playa La Jolla, CA 92037 858.228.5655 www.galaxytaco.com
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FOODIE “Pork shoulder is a very humble ingredient, but it’s probably one of the most delicious parts of the pig, as far as I’m concerned.” —Chef Trey Foshee
That’s A-maize-ing • Galaxy Taco’s stunning maize mural was designed and painted by local artist Manu Faves.
statements here is: ‘The only thing we take seriously is the quality of the ingredients and the preparation of the food,’” says Chef Foshee with a smile in his voice, “and we like to have fun with everything else.”
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work • While his business partnership with Hauer brought the concept of Galaxy Taco into fruition, Chef Foshee credits much of the success of the restaurant to the work of Chef Christine Rivera in the kitchen and General Manager Amy Grave at front-of-house.
Fast-forward to today: Galaxy Taco has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, and has fulfilled Hauer’s and Chef Foshee’s vision of being an easy-going hangout by the beach where people can “come in their flip-flops for a good margarita and some ceviche.” But, as their mission statement suggests, the carefree atmosphere doesn’t apply a bit to their food’s preparation, and they have proven that with Galaxy Taco’s Masa Program.
Mi Masa Es Su Masa • According to Chef Foshee, finding the right recipe for their tortillas took a lot of trial and error, but was well worth it in the end!
Fresh pork shoulder is bathed in a flavorful marinade of cumin, garlic, cilantro and chili flakes overnight. By morning, flavors which originally began as separate, simple entities, have melded together to create a mouthwatering symphony. The meat is then braised until it becomes juicy and tender, then waits for a lucky patron’s order before being roasted and plated. Similarly to how the flavors and ingredients of Galaxy Taco’s Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder entrée come together, Chef Trey Foshee’s career took a while to build and become everything it is today.
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A quick timeout for those who aren’t trained in tortillas: as much as we all love to see restaurants with people hand-pressing and flipping tortillas in-house, that doesn’t guarantee that the masa is housemade. According to Chef Foshee, the hand-pressing “is actually the least important part of the process.” Chef Foshee wanted to be sure that every ingredient going into Galaxy Taco’s tortillas was of the highest standard, meaning that they only use heirloom corn grown in Mexico, not commodity corn from the US. “The quality of the corn is really important… It’s what ultimately makes the tortilla what it is,” he explains. The corn is cooked with cal overnight, rinsed, stoneground and prepared into masa in the morning, then pressed and cooked-to-order. “There are very few restaurants in California that truly prepare their own masa from scratch every day,” Chef Foshee beams, and Galaxy Taco is proud to be one of them.
Chef Foshee has had an illustrious culinary career which now sees him as Chef Partner at George’s at the Cove and Owner of Galaxy Taco—two of San Diego’s most beloved eateries. But slaving over a stove wasn’t always Chef Foshee’s passion; working in a kitchen began out of practicality. “I ended up in restaurants out of convenience because I could surf in the morning and work at night,” he explains. “Then slowly, the torch was handed off to cooking and that’s the direction I’ve been on ever since.” After teaming up with restaurateur George Hauer for George’s at the Cove, an elegant ocean-view restaurant that has earned rave reviews, the duo decided to open up a sister restaurant—this time a little more relaxed. “Four years ago, there weren’t really any restaurants where you could get a wellprepared Mexican meal using good ingredients [that also had] a good bar program. They existed independently of each other,” Chef Foshee says, noting that “you could go somewhere with a great bar program, but not necessarily for food,” and vice versa. The two wanted to bridge that gap while creating a laid-back, lighthearted atmosphere that everyone could enjoy. “One of our mission
This care is carried throughout their menu, and the Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder is no exception. “Pork shoulder is a very humble ingredient, but it’s probably one of the most delicious parts of the pig,” Chef Foshee says. After its savory overnight marinade, the shoulder is slowly braised with a little chicken stock, and that’s when the magic happens. The marinade, the pork and the stock turn into this gorgeous blend of meaty and comforting flavors. The meat is then portioned, but at this stage, still has “some residual fat on the inside,” so it’s then seared in a pan and roasted in the oven with a bit of the braising liquid. Chef Foshee explains, “This allows it to get kinda crispy on the outside and really moist and juicy on the inside.” The pork shoulder is topped with cabbage, radish, cilantro and chicharrón, then brought to the table in a serving bowl filled with pinto beans and the delectable broth. It’s served alongside their tortillas and a flight of four salsas: salsa macha, salsa àrbol, salsa verde and pico de gallo. From there, you can eat it any way you’d like. While Chef Foshee recommends “flaking off a piece of pork” and building tacos out of this delicious spread, it’s a-ok to dig in in whatever way feels best. “If I was coming in, I’d share it with somebody,” Chef Foshee says. “It’s super easy to share.” But don’t worry if you want to keep the deliciousness all to yourself—it’s alright, we won’t judge.
Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder Deconstructed
Fennel Seed 6
“One of our mission statements here is: ‘The only thing we take seriously is the quality of the ingredients and the preparation of the food.’”—Chef Trey Foshee
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Braised and Roasted Pork Shoulder Ingredients:
CHEF TREY FOSHEE
MARINADE: 1. Cilantro 2. Salt 3. Black Pepper 4. Cumin 5. Fennel Seed 6. Chili Flakes 7. Garlic 8. White Onion DISH: 9. Cabbage 10. Lime 11. Jalapeño 12. Radish 13. Chicharrón 14. Braising Liquid 15. Pinto Beans 16. Pork Shoulder LOCALE MAGAZINE 93
c r e t a e e m w s s Are Made of This
A ROUNDUP OF SUMMERâ€™S SWEETEST AND TRENDIEST T R E AT S I N SAN DIEGO
HOLY MATCHA 3118 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 www.holymatchasd.com
WRITTEN BY: NADINE BLANCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY: BHADRI KUBENDRAN & LUCIANNA MCINTOSH
“We really put some heart into our artisan doughnuts, which are made in small batches throughout the day with homemade glazes and fillings that have no preservatives.” —AERIEL BARILLE, OWNER OF THE GOODS
People flock to San Diego for the sun, the surf and, as of lately, the sweets! With its burgeoning culinary scene on the rise, America’s Finest City has an abundance of options to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. From local dessert institutions like Extraordinary Desserts— whose new Banker’s Hill location will be your next favorite hangout— to more niche offerings like the Green Tea Swirl at Holy Matcha or the doughnuts at The Goods, you’re never at a loss for options when you’re craving something sweet. And don’t forget, desserts were made for sharing—on Instagram, of course! Here are six San Diego sweet spots to put on your foodie bucket list. 96 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Off the Menu g “Our most popular doughnut is constantly changing,” says Barille. “But for the moment, I would say the Prosecco Buttercream would be best paired with our Fermensch Bloom lavender blackberry Kombucha. But, if you want something not on the menu, try our Bourbon Caramel Latte!” Drop by on Tuesday or Thursday for gluten-free options and Wednesday or Saturday for vegan options.
THE GOODS Doughnuts are one of the only desserts that can be enjoyed at any time of the day— particularly breakfast—and thankfully, The Goods is whipping them up fresh every hour in Carlsbad Village. “We really put some heart into our artisan doughnuts, which are made in small batches throughout the day with homemade glazes and fillings that have no preservatives,” says Owner Aeriel Barille, who works closely with her lead baker, Kevin Skibba, to bring artisan doughnuts made with locally-sourced ingredients to the good people of North County. From classic flavors like Classic Glaze, Chocolate Ganache and Vermont Maple to more innovative tastes like Strawberry Cheesecake or Prosecco Buttercream, there’s something for everyone at this adorable little shop. The Goods’ interior is appropriately art deco; European-style café seating with a blue-velvet banquette and gold embellishments throughout give the space a cozy yet elegant feel as you’re invited to watch the bakers make the doughnuts by hand through the glass cases. Few places will make you want to “Glaze and Grind” quite like The Goods. 2965 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.994.0458 | www.thegoodsdoughnuts.com
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HAMMOND’S GOURMET ICE CREAM The taste of the islands has never been sweeter than at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream. Co-Founder Trang Hammond tasted Hawaii’s Tropical Dreams super premium ice cream and knew it would be a hit with folks back home in SD. But when it came to bringing these flavors to America’s Finest City, she knew trying to imitate a recipe wouldn’t cut it. “We didn’t want to sell Hawaiian Ice Cream and not have it authentically made in Hawaii,” says Hammond, which is why all their ice cream is sourced directly from the islands. Because of this, you get Hawaiian-inspired flavors like Lilikoi Sorbet, Ube (purple yam) and Kona Coffee, along with more traditional tastes like Cookies and Cream or Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo. Customers can expect to feel welcome and safe at Hammond’s, where their scoops would make for a great picture on the ‘gram with vintage framed ice cream scoops that adorn the walls and adorable succulents in the background. 3077 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 619.220.0231 | www.hammondsgourmet.com
Match-a Made in Heaven g The Matcha Green Tea Swirl is the perfect dairyfree cooldown treat that’ll keep you coming back for more—and you’ll definitely want to. Holy Matcha rotates the complimentary flavor often. Depending on when you drop by, you’ll get a taste of matcha swirled with earl grey, coconut, passion fruit or even seasonal flavors like pumpkin! MUST HAVE
green tea matcha swirl For the Indecisive Type
“We didn’t want to sell Hawaiian Ice Cream and not have it authentically made in Hawaii.”
g “You know that feeling when you want a few flavors but don’t want too much ice cream? Well, if you have ever had that feeling, then you need to experience our ice cream flight,” says Hammond. Customers can sample two to six flavors, each scooped on individual mini cones. Feeling ambitious? Try every single flavor on offer with a flight of 32, which is perfect for families!
H O LY M ATC H A If there was ever a space that catered to matcha enthusiasts and tailored specifically for our Instagram feeds, then consider North Park’s Holy Matcha heaven! After a visit to Japan, Founder Geraldine Ridaura brought the traditional Japanese stone-ground tea—wrought with health benefits and antioxidant properties—to her native San Diego in 2017. From matcha lemonade and lattes to matcha donuts, to two different grades of ceremonial matcha, Holy Matcha is a godsend for matcha addicts and those looking for a coffee alternative. The space itself is what Instagram dreams are made of: with Parisian-style bistro seating, including a pink velvet banquette; quartz table tops and brass fixtures; and flourishing decor in hues of pink and green, it’s “you, me and matcha” all day long. 3118 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 www.holymatchasd.com
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EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS Whenever you’re in the mood to truly indulge your sweet tooth, look no further than Extraordinary Desserts. A San Diego mainstay for over a decade, Extraordinary’s new Banker’s Hill location on Fourth Avenue is the perfect place for those who want to know what pure decadence tastes like, then share it with all their IG followers. “The sleek, modern interior invites customers to feel like they’re in a jewelry box with the desserts serving as its jewels,” says Founder Karen Krasne. Indeed, all of Extraordinary’s delectable offerings—from signature cakes like the Shangri-la and the Balboa to desserts like the Strawberry Shortcake and the Passion Fruit Tart— are on full display in a generous glass case that is central to the space. Adorned with organic fresh flowers and gold leaves, these desserts are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for your sweet tooth. Whether you sit at the family-style tables or opt for something more intimate, the simple elegance of this light space is an immersive experience you’ll need to sink your teeth into. 2870 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 619.294.2132 | www.extraordinarydesserts.com
The Choice Is Yours g Boba Bar and Desserts has 10 signature flavors for their puffle cones, but if none of them suit your fancy, you can also build your own! However, if you’re looking for something tried-and-true, opt for the Cereal Milk Puffle which is topped with all the good stuff— Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes and Cookie Crisp.
cereal and milk puffle BOBA BAR AND DESSERTS
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“A puffle is a Hong Kong-style egg waffle that is made fresh to order… As you take a bite of the puffle, you will taste the sweet and warm waffle, followed by the creaminess of the frozen custard.” — T I F FA N Y T R A N , O W N E R O F B O B A B A R A N D D E S S E R T S 98 LOCALE MAGAZINE
g The Strawberry Shortcake and the Passion Fruit Meringue Tart are popular for sharing, and trust us, you won’t want to take on these babies alone. The Strawberry Shortcake— with fresh strawberries and whipped cream—is perfect for those wanting a traditional taste, while the Passion Fruit Meringue Tart— served atop a strawberry, blackberry and mango sauce— is refreshingly tropical with a coconut almond crust.
You’ve likely seen them all over Instagram already: puffy, honeycomb-shaped cones stuffed to the brim with ice cream and a plethora of drool-worthy toppings. These are called puffle cones, and whenever you’re on Convoy, you’ll want to go to Boba Bar and Desserts to try one! For those who are wondering what it tastes like, Owner Tiffany Tran says, “A puffle is a Hong Kong-style egg waffle that is made fresh to order. We make our batter from scratch here at Boba Bar. The puffle is then paired with a frozen custard, decorated with various toppings and a drizzle of your choice. As you take a bite of the puffle, you will taste the sweet and warm waffle, followed by the creaminess of the frozen custard.” Everything from the menu to the café itself is inspired by Tran’s travels throughout Asia. The newly renovated space will make you feel like you’re in a fun, cute café in the far-eastern continent, which is exactly what Tran was trying to achieve. 4619 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111 858.226.3903 | @bobabarsd
Getting Pretty Ballsy g The Honeydew Bingsu is a musthave! Freshly scooped melon balls drizzled in condensed milk sit atop a delightful bed of shaved ice, red beans and vanilla soft serve, all served in an entire half of a honeydew melon. The dessert is served complete with a side of corn flakes, mochi and more vanilla soft serve! Don’t think you can finish this bad boy on your own—sharing is highly recommended.
honeydew bingsu BING HAUS For as long as any San Diegan can remember, Convoy Street has been a treasure trove of Asian flavors with its mom and pop shops that line the street. But for the past three years, Nancy Chi has been bringing something new to the table at Bing Haus. “I wanted to be able to offer a mind meld of concepts I’ve fallen in love with from Seoul, New York and Japan. With warm tones and a lot of wood inspired by Japan, open concepts from Seoul and hexagon tiles that are popular in New York, I wanted to create a modern yet cozy space for others to enjoy,” says Chi. A green leather banquette, wooden tables with generous seating and green plants throughout make the space feel clean and organized, despite a custom neon sign that reads “coffee cures chaos.” In addition to rolled ice cream—a traditional Thai street dessert—and an extensive coffee and tea selection, Bing Haus also has patbingsu, a popular Korean shaved ice dessert that’s perfect for sharing with friends—both in-person and on Instagram. 4425 Convoy St, Ste 216 San Diego, CA 92111 858.276.9479 www.binghaus.com
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Taco Bite out of This
S AV O R T H E TA S T E O F M E X I C A N C U I S I N E AT C A S E R O TA Q U E R I A
WRITTEN BY: BEN HITCH • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: GABI NEHRING
We all have our go-to taco spot for when el estómago takes control, but now it’s time to realign your hit list with a new fast-casual Mexican eatery. Pressing fresh tortillas in Carlsbad’s new Bressi Ranch Village Center, the franchise team from Board & Brew raises the bar yet again with Casero Taqueria.
FOOD • Que bueno. It’s simple and boasting with local flavors, and if it’s presented in one of Casero’s handpressed tortillas, well, it’s going to be spectacular.
The menu, as is the decor, is expressively simple and promotes the long-standing motto of “less is more,” says Co-Founder Craig Applegate. And as the focus is on true south of the border flavors, there are a few standouts that should be on your radar. The Rajas & Crema is a phenomenal pairing of poblano spice and cream with all the right hints of salt from the Oaxaca cheese. And where chips are great, the dip is served with freshly pressed homemade corn tortillas that put this starter on a whole other level.
DECOR • It’s open and airy, perfect for a business meeting or date night.
Casero’s tacos are unquestionably delicious and what sets them apart is the simplicity of flavors that ignite your taste buds. The proteins are cooked over an open flame that triggers the inherent flavors of Baja and Mexico, and paired with fresh cilantro and onion, each bite is better than the last. As Applegate says, “There is nothing better than a taco and good cocktail.” And speaking of cocktails, the Abreojos takes a spin on the classic Old Fashioned with a Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila substitute. A scientific mixture of bitters, a large cube and demerara bring the smells of an orange field in spring. This cóctel should come with a warning sign that states the impending order of a second because it’s that darn smooth and tasty.
PRICE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED • Two years in the making, Co-Founder Craig Applegate says, “People thought we were crazy to open a Mexican restaurant in SoCal, but we saw a necessity for something between the hole in the wall and a full-service restaurant.”
Every item on Casero’s chef-inspired menu is focused on the purity of Mexican flavors. Even the churros, a cinnamon surgery crispy dough, are joined by rich Mexican melted Azteca chocolate that escalates the postres beyond the allotted five stars on Yelp. When all’s said and done, you need to hop in your car and get to Casero Taqueria ASAP because the food is on point, the bill won’t break the bank, there is plenty of seating (indoor and out) with an added dedicated kid’s section and a tiny market at the front door to help fill the void of an empty doggy bag (because you’ll be joining the clean plate club). Come for lunch and stay for dinner because Casero Taqueria deserves your attendance. 100 LOCALE MAGAZINE
• With all the different proportions and dishes to choose from, the pricing is right on point.
VERDICT • This is the place you want to be at, whether you’re from Carlsbad or driving up from downtown San Diego. From the windows to the walls, from the kitchen to the bar, Casero Taqueria is the answer for authentic Mexican flavors.
CASERO TAQUERIA 2674 Gateway Rd, Ste 195 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760.405.4195 www.caserotaqueria.com
mad dog pizza
Tacos, Burgers and Pizza Go Head-to-Head in This Meat Vs. Plant-Based Showdown
Photos - Stefanie Parkinson
REG(ULAR) WRITTEN BY: ASHLEE POLAREK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MARIVIC DIVINA, STEFANIE PARKINSON & JOSIE GONZALES
CAFÃ‰ GRATITUDE 512 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291 424.231.8000 www.cafegratitude.com
MOD 8985 Venice Blvd, Ste K Culver City, CA 90034 424.345.9282 modpizza.com
You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the veggie tacos from Taco Asylum. With bold flavors and sophisticated combinations, you’ll have a hard time choosing your favorite. We recommend ordering the chimichurri taco with delicious and savory sautéed mushrooms. INGREDIENTS:
• Sautéed Mushrooms • Fried Potatoes • Chimichurri Sauce • Sautéed Onions and Peppers • Flour Tortilla
mushroom chimichurri taco
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Order one (or six) of the chicken soft tacos from Naugles. Grilled and marinated chicken call a super soft flour tortilla home, but no matter how delish the base is, it’s all just a vessel with which to consume their signature white sauce. INGREDIENTS:
• Grilled Chicken • Shredded Lettuce • Naugles Signature White Sauce • Grated Cheddar Cheese • Diced Tomatoes • Flour Tortilla
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Café Gratitude reigns supreme when it comes to vegetarian and vegan food, and the story is no different when it comes to pizza. Ancient grain flatbread serves as the delicious crust for their “Giving” pizza topped with amazing seasonal veggies and locallysourced ingredients. INGREDIENTS:
Hawaiian Pizza • Pineapple • Coconut Bacon • Blackened Tempeh • Marinara • Cashew Mozzarella • Brazil Nut Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza • Brussels Sprouts • Marinara • Cashew Ricotta • Basil • Smoked Salt
roasted butternut squash pizza
CAFÉ GRATITUDE 512 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291 424.231.8000 www.cafegratitude.com
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Sure, you can build your own pizza at MOD—and with all the fresh ingredients, the possibilities are endless. Trust us, you can’t mess it up! But first, do yourself a favor and order the Dominic. If you’ve never had a white pizza, now is the time to start. INGREDIENTS: Mad Dog Pizza • Red Sauce • Mozzarella • Pepperoni • Mild Sausage • Ground Beef • Original Crust
Dominic Pizza • White Sauce • Asiago Cheese • Fresh Chopped Basil • Red Onion • Sliced Tomatoes • Mild Sausage • Original Crust
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The Vegan Royale from Royale! is a huge win for vegans. The black bean and quinoa patty comes topped with mushrooms, spicy veganaise and pickled veggie slaw. Even if you’re not a vegan, this burger is outstanding! INGREDIENTS:
• Black Bean/ Quinoa Patty • Fried Eggplant • Sautéed Mushrooms • Pickled Veggie Slaw • Spicy Veganaise • Whole Wheat Bun
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HODAD’S 5010 Newport Ave San Diego, CA 92107 619.224.4623 hodadies.com
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The relaxation and chill of the beach meet classic American burgers at Hodad’s. Put on your boardshorts and stop in for a cheeseburger, where the burger is so good you don’t need all the extra frills to distract you. INGREDIENTS:
• Ground Beef Patty • Cheese • Mayo • Mustard • Pickles • Tomato • Lettuce • Sesame Bun
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SHOPPE PU PPIE S / / / P LA N TS / / / PA RTI E S
EDEN Grow Where Planted
EDEN Is Rooted in Family, Community and Making People Happy
DEL MAR HIGHLANDS Reach for the Skies With Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s Upcoming Sky Deck
PROFILE Adjust Your Sunglasses With the Founders of Saint Owen
EDEN Stephanie Reed and Her Family Are Taking the Guesswork out of Plant Parenting
THAT’S WHAT HE BARKED That Dog Rupert Knows How to Hit Paws and Unwind
5 PRO TIPS Hi Sweetheart’s Backyard Bash Essentials
EDEN 4636 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92116 619.431.5095 www.edengardenhome.com PHOTO BY: Josie Gonzales
Stay Classy • The Del Mar Highlands Town Center is an upscale destination that currently houses two grocers, a luxury cinema, sophisticated dining, boutique retailers and specialty services.
DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER 12925 El Camino Real, Ste J-28 San Diego, CA 92130 858.793.5757 delmarhighlandstowncenter.com
Next Stop, Sky Deck THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WITH DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER’S EXPANSION PROJECT WRITTEN BY: MARISA THRASHER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER
Get excited: the Del Mar Highlands Town Center is undergoing a $120 million expansion project dubbed “The Collection at Del Mar Highlands Town Center,” adding over 120,000 square feet of exciting new tenants. Tara Sanchez, the Marketing Specialist behind the project, says the expansion will include “40 contemporary shops, top-rated restaurants, boutique fitness studios and new spaces to work, play and lounge.” Perhaps the most exciting addition? The Sky Deck, “a restaurant collective experience inspired by El Nacional in Barcelona.”
Make your way up to the third level via a spiral staircase and you’ll find yourself on an elevated outdoor area d u b b e d t h e “ b r e w e r ’s d e c k . ”
Socialize Among the Clouds • The Sky Deck will bring a new dining concept to San Diego by creating an experience that encourages social gatherings under a rooftop skylight. With a central cocktail bar surrounded by eight to 10 distinct dining destinations, why would you want to go anywhere else? Eat Around the World • With the vast amount of diverse cuisine options, the Sky Deck is adding authentic dishes inspired by Italian, French, Thai and Mediterranean fare. So far, new restaurants include Thai Extraordinary, Ambrogio 15, Le Parfait and a Mediterranean concept by Beeside in Del Mar. The only struggle? Deciding where to eat! Take It on a Higher Level • Make your way up to the third level via a spiral staircase and you’ll find yourself on an elevated outdoor area dubbed the
“brewer’s deck.” Not only will you catch an eye-popping view of the tree-filled community, but the brewer’s deck will also “feature satellite tasting rooms from Northern Pine, Rough Draft Brewing and Boochcraft Kombucha,” says Sanchez. One for All • The Sky Deck isn’t only intended for enjoyment during the day! Make sure you take advantage of the communal bar and open collective seating. A concept by Scott Slater, the space was designed for “people of all ages for dinner, evening cocktails, date nights and casual nights out with friends,” explains Sanchez. Never Leave Again • The Sky Deck will meet the needs and wants of Carmel Valley and further solidify it as the destination hub to run errands, shop, dine and lounge with friends from day-to-night.
THIS SISTER DUOâ€™S FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT, THEY GOTTA WEAR SHADES WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ANDREA DOMJAN PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MEILANI COTTRELL
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“MICHELLE AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN THE FASHION REALM AND VERY STYLE-CENTRIC.” —VALARY SANDERS
SAINT OWEN www.saintowen.com @saint.owen PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: Huntington Beach, CA LOCALE MAGAZINE 115
BEFORE IT WAS COOL • Before larger-framed sunglasses became a trend, Haner and Sanders used to shop in the men’s section to achieve that oversized look.
BUILDING GENERATIONS • One of Saint Owen’s earlier designs, “Triumph,” was named after the first twin-engine Triumph motorcycle that Haner and Sanders’ father built. The look was also inspired by the motorcycle goggles.
mix was Matt, Sanders’ husband and Haner’s brother-in-law. Sullivan and Matt were close and would later form the band Avenged Sevenfold with fellow bandmate Brian, who is now married to Haner.
Dedicated to perfectionism with an edge and reaffirming what is authentic, this familyowned-and-operated sunglasses brand, run by twin sisters, is breaking the monotonous cycle that the eyewear industry has begun to stifle into over the last 30 years. With a sunglasses brand offering more than what meets the eye, Michelle Haner and Valary Sanders have constructed a unique, vibrant company from the ground up, bypassing the industrialized procedures of their industry counterparts and priding themselves on building a new type of enterprise with purpose and intent. To them, that is authenticity. That is Saint Owen.
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The motivation behind the company’s hallowed name was to honor their late childhood friend, James Owen Sullivan. Haner and Sanders grew up in Huntington Beach, California and came to know “Jimmy” Sullivan as children and developed a friendship that would span almost two decades, up until his untimely passing in 2009. Remembered for his innovative spirit, vibrant personality and, as Sanders put it, someone who wore the “craziest glasses ever,” Sullivan was attributed to being a great inspiration to the sisters’ creativity. It’s only fitting the sister duo would draw inspiration from those closest to them, as Saint Owen’s origins truly stem from family and lasting friendships. Another major element in the brand’s beginnings comes full circle in their backstory: Haner, Sanders and Sullivan were childhood friends who grew up in the heart of Surf City, attending concerts and punk shows. Included in that
With the defining impact of music playing a role in much of their early years and into adulthood, the sisters toured the world with their rockstar husbands and still do to this day; Sanders took on the role as their tour manager for five years. During that time, Matt and Brian suggested their wives take a shot at designing some custom frames for an upcoming show. Haner and Sanders collaborated and got to work. The end product was so wellreceived that they decided to turn it into a business, and now here we are, full circle. “Michelle and I have always been very involved in the fashion realm and very style-centric,” states Sanders. Haner adds that they wanted to “create something personal but that had a lot of edge.” Since its launch in 2017, Saint Owen’s personal commitment still holds true in ensuring every aspect along the design, development and construction process is touched by hand in an effort to bring an intimate quality to the products—a quality lacking in most of today’s markets. Sanders elaborates, “We just
IT’S ONLY FITTING THE SISTER DUO WOULD DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THOSE CLOSEST TO THEM, AS SAINT OWEN’S ORIGINS TRULY STEM FROM FAMILY AND LASTING FRIENDSHIPS.
felt like the whole industry was getting monopolized…by huge giants who were doing mass-market production.” Every pair of Saint Owen sunglasses is crafted in either Italy or Japan, as both countries have a prestigious reputation for creating high-end quality. “We specialize in limited edition pieces and exclusivity. We wanted to create something that can’t be replicated,” says Sanders. Each piece possesses an intricate detail—a result of the careful handcrafting with only simple frames being mass-produced. When asked about a typical day in the design process, the sisters made clear that no day is typical at Saint Owen. It’s a rarity to come across a sunglasses brand founded by women—sisters at that—but what makes this brand so unique is how involved both Haner and Sanders are in the design process. The two wear many hats, and that means playing a role in not only the design, but also the product development, product research and even creative directing; they appear to sincerely love what they do. In describing one of the most memorable moments from the job, Haner and Sanders agreed that client feedback takes the cake. Reminiscing over an emotional email, Haner shared a customer’s experience after receiving a pair of sunglasses in the mail. The customer expressed how instantly confident and beautiful she felt after putting them on. “That was my most gratifying moment. It was just uplifting,” says Haner. Sanders adds, “And that’s what we wanted. Put ‘em on and feel something. Feel emotion. Feel like a badass. Feel like they could conquer the world. It sounds above and beyond for just a pair of sunglasses, but I feel like sunglasses have that [power].” Sanders goes on to say, “Everything about the brand is embedded in us.” Haner interjects “Or, everything about us is embedded in the brand.” The two share a playful laugh and agree that their main focus is to disrupt the eyewear industry by merging edge with quality because that’s what their customers deserve. Haner concludes, “We want it to be elevated, gritty and edgy, but classy as well.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 117
Grow Where Planted
DRACAENA • Purifies air of benzene and formaldehyde • Tolerates low light and likes to run dry 1
VARIEGATED RUBBER TREE • Purifies air and emits lots of oxygen • Likes bright, indirect light and running dry between waterings
SNAKE PLANT • Considered the best air purifier • Only water every few weeks 3
PEACE LILY • Removes mold spores in air • Likes moist soil and bright, indirect light 4
EDEN IS ROOTED IN FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY
FIDDLE LEAF FIG • Helps control humidity • Wants bright indirect sunlight
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOSIE GONZALES
Tucked away in a narrow unit on Park Boulevard, local plant shop EDEN bursts forth with a lush indoor jungle of gorgeous greenery handpicked by CoOwner Stephanie Reed herself. “I love picking out all the plants,” Reed says with a smile in her voice. “We don’t preorder anything, so I get to go to a lot of local north county wholesalers and pick out the best of the best.”
The quality of the plants is evident even when you first step through EDEN’s doors. Even the air itself seems to change, wrapping patrons in a clean, pleasant humidity. “People always say, ‘Oh, the air is so clean! It smells so good in here!’” Reed says. And there’s a good reason: “More than half of the plants in EDEN are air-purifying plants.” Not only does EDEN promote healthy, beautiful indoor spaces, it also promotes peace of mind—without that boutique price tag. “I really want our store to be for people who don’t necessarily have a lot of money—college students, stay-at-home moms, people who just want to add a little bit of life to their space without breaking the bank.”
“Houseplants are a lot easier than people think!” —Stephanie Reed
Although many attribute the store’s success to the family’s green thumb, Reed insists, “Houseplants are a lot easier than people think! When people go online and they’re reading all this insane amount of information, it can seem daunting, but really, it’s not that hard.” The family business began when Reed, along with her mother, sister and brother-in-law, bought Northpark Nursery, and “about six months or so into owning it,” they opened EDEN. “We noticed that indoor plants were becoming trendier,” she explains, “which is something I really grappled with: it is trendy. It’s very fueled by social media, so I get a lot of people [who] want the trendy plant, and the trendy plant is now something overpriced.” Instead, Reed makes a point to introduce her customers to other plants to ensure that they’re making the best choice for their space and their wallet: “I’m always trying to remind people that there are so many pretty plants that aren’t trendy, that aren’t overpriced, that are easy to care for. Just because you haven’t seen it hashtagged a billion times, doesn’t mean it’s not worth having.” While there are plenty of studies that back up the physical and psychological benefits of plants, Reed thinks it’s a personal experience. “I don’t know if plants just make people kinder or if just being surrounded by nature naturally creates a calm,” she discloses. “Either way, it’s all good vibes from here at the store!” EDEN 4636 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116 619.431.5095 | www.edengardenhome.com 118 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Stephanie Reed CO -O W NE R,
IN HER ROOTS
A FAMILY AFFAIR
• “My mom’s father was the lead landscaper at UCLA for 30 years [and] his father was a gardener in Beverly Hills, so we had plants everywhere growing up,” Reed laughs. “My mom never let me water the plants, though, because that was her thing!”
• “Most people think I own EDEN alone because I’m usually the only owner who works there,” Reed clarifies, “but my family’s at our sister store, which is Northpark Nursery.”
T H AT ' S W H AT H E B A R K E D
Rupert Knows Best This Insta-Famous Pup Is Living Life Unleashed
WRITTEN BY: RUPERT DEBRINCAT PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER, ANGEL MANUEL, LEE WALTERS & JEN STROMAN
RUPERT DEBRINCAT @thatdogrupert
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Hi, I’m Rupert DeBrincat, a 6-year-old, well-traveled and well-fed French bulldog living in Orange County. I live my life through a simple mantra: “Born and bred to rip and shred.” But, if you follow me on Instagram, it’s really a bit more like “born and bred to lay in bed.” Either way, I’m one lucky pup who’s been able to get out and do some cool stuff. Thanks to my supportive parents, I’ve never had to work a day in my life. I love snuggling with Mom and Dad, pushing the limits of fashion, meeting new people and, of course, sleeping and eating. But my favorite things in life either roll or bounce. Stick with me through the next few pages and I’ll show you some of my favorite spots across Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.
Sit Saint Marc American Cuisine & Pub Ú Did somebody say
bacon? Seriously, like every single kind you could ever imagine! Located in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City shopping center, Saint Marc has a great vibe, the nicest staff and an outdoor patio that’s friendly to little guys like me. Plus, if you look around, you just may find their secret speakeasy bar, private enough to serve up a couple puppuccinos for you and your buddies.
SAINT MARC AMERICAN CUISINE & PUB 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.374.1101 saintmarcrestaurant.com
Play Huntington Dog Beach
Ú Can I just say
I’d like to start a movement to change it from Surf City to Dog City? I know, not the same ring, but this town seriously loves dogs. Furreal. At the north end of the city is a beach just for me…and you, too. Huntington Dog Beach is a place where we can run free, take a go at surfing or just bask in the sun and get a tan. Leashes are optional at Dog Beach, but fun and a sandy face are mandatory.
HUNTINGTON DOG BEACH 100 Goldenwest St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.dogbeach.org
Snack TOP DOG *barkery *bath *boutique Ú Being local to Orange County, I gave a couple
of high fours straight away when we walked in the door. The gang at Top Dog are serious when it comes to baked goods—even for the food sensitivitychallenged. This is my go-to spot when somebody asks what kind of cake I want for my birthday. They have so many different treats, toys and other pooch-friendly necessities. Did I mention the peanut butter cupcake was my must-have favorite? Don’t cheap out on us four-leggers. We deserve some good treats for dessert, too! TOP DOG *BARKERY *BATH *BOUTIQUE 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste A-160 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.960.3647 www.topdogbarkery.net
Stay Paséa Hotel & Spa Ú As a guy who sleeps on your pillow and snores at volume 10, I’ll take
whatever I can get to block it out so my mom and dad can have a quiet night’s rest—and the soothing sound of crashing waves right outside the window seems to do the trick! This new hotel is so plush and comes with all the amenities you could ask for: fire pits, cabanas and even a huge puppy play park with a lifeguard tower. My only complaint about the Paséa is that they have a beautiful and amazing outdoor bar shaped like a tree, but peeing on it is frowned upon. Before you leave, be sure to give a belly rub to the dog of the house and Director of Barketing, Lago.
COLLAR PROVIDED BY: Puppies Make Me Happy www.puppiesmakemehappy.com
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PASÉA HOTEL & SPA 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 855.622.2472 | www.meritagecollection.com/pasea-hotel
Stay Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Ú Want to get whisked away to Hawaii
without leaving California? Then the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is right for you! Located on the shoreline of San Diego’s Mission Bay, this resort is a tropical paradise. Be sure to catch the hotel’s dogfriendly patio, located at its outdoor lounge Moray’s, for delicious bites and cocktails. My favorite? The Greyhound, of course!
CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL AND SPA 3999 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.488.1081 www.catamaranresort.com
People think my smile is cute, and I agree. So, I created a hashtag to show off photos of me and new friends doing their best “Rupert Face.” It’s not just Tongue Out Tuesday—it’s Tongue Out Every Day.
Snack Urban Wolf Ú If you’re a health-minded pup
Rustic Root checks all the boxes I look for when getting out on the town with my pawrents.
If you’re inviting me over for dinner, you better have a seat at the table ready. I have it good, I know.
parent, look no further. The team at Urban Wolf is so confident in their kitchen, they’ll open their doors wide enough for both of us to go check it out. Their food is sourced locally and prepared on-site. So fresh and so clean! Sure, eating healthy might cost a bit more, but we’ll make it up to you by going to the vet less and sticking around a lot longer. And let’s be honest: you want that. Still not convinced? Do some homework on how grocery store kibble is made. You’ll never shop anywhere other than Urban Wolf ever again. URBAN WOLF 475 Tenth Ave San Diego, CA 92101 845.328.0364 www.maxotaraw.com
Play Petco Park | Park at the Park Ú With so much to do and so
Sit Rustic Root Ú It’s summer, so let’s shout it from the rooftop (bar)! Rustic Root checks all the boxes
I look for when getting out on the town with my pawrents, although there’s really just one box: the one that says I’m invited. If you find yourself in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, be sure to stop by for a happy hour that includes food and drink specials like $5 local craft beers. Grab a sofa and kick your feet up while these guys take care of making the rest of your sunny afternoon awesome.
RUSTIC ROOT 535 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 619.232.1747 | www.rusticroot.com
much to see in San Diego, the Park at the Park is a great spot to put your belly on the grass to relax a bit while catching a Padres game. It’s a park in the Park. How cool is that? Got a couple of bucks to spend? Feel free to invite me and my folks to join you in a Barkyard Dog-Friendly Suite out in left field. There’s only a couple of these available, but they come with four-people seats and two pet seats. Can you say “ultimate date night?” PETCO PARK | PARK AT THE PARK 100 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 619.795.5555 www.mlb.com/padres/ballpark
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Loews really does love pets!
Sit Ashland Hill Ú Finally, a restaurant with
an outdoor beer garden and a curated craft beer list that even my Frenchie buddy Pablo Escobeer would appreciate! And for dogs… The first Tuesday of every month is Yappy Hour. It’s a who’s who of meetups with cocktails and small bites for the bigs and a special dog menu for us. But even better, proceeds from the night go to support local petrelated nonprofits.
ASHLAND HILL 2907 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.392.3300 www.ashlandhill.com
Snack Healthy Spot Ú This was my favorite
A Little Help Please
I won’t jump on or off the bed or chairs. Is it because I’m welltrained or too scared? You decide.
Stay Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Ú My stay at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel was suite! Great rooms, a great pool
and great service—what more could you ask for? How about an unobstructed view of the beach and Santa Monica Pier that even a little, vertically-challenged guy like me can appreciate? Loews really does love pets! So much in fact that they had room service drop by with a chicken dinner and a pet-friendly gift basket when we arrived. Be sure to say hi to my new friends Nick and Silvia when you check in and let them know you want to see a Rupert room key card in the future. Even though we live nearby, I can’t wait to come back for a staycation soon.
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.6700 www.loewshotels.com/santa-monica
If it rolls or bounces, count me in! I go beyond fetch into attack mode with everything from balls to skateboards. Balloons and roller suitcases? Yep. Those make the list, too.
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spot when I lived in Costa Mesa—you could say I was a regular. I’m so happy to see Healthy Spot locations popping up all around Southern California. This boutique pet store has the best gear and the hippest vibe all with healthy and natural options to keep man’s best friend feeling and looking great. They even have a doggie day spa! Because what pup wouldn’t want a massage and a blueberry facial?
HEALTHY SPOT 1110 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.2004 www.healthyspot.com
Play Santa Monica Pier Ú Who doesn’t love long
walks on the beach? I know I do. Santa Monica is one of those picturesque Los Angeles towns that you need to see in person. From the Promenade on Third Street to the Amusement Park on the pier, there really is something for everybody. Grab your leash and take a stroll on the boardwalk to see one of those famous Southern California sunsets that are even more beautiful than any photo. SANTA MONICA PIER 200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.8900 www.santamonicapier.org
“It’s really the little details that make a party a success.” —Molly Rossettie
heart Gift Boutiqu
, Owner, Hi Sweet
IT’S FLAM-AZING • “A flamingo theme pretty much works for any type of party—a birthday party, baby shower, bachelorette—it’s versatile, fun and colorful, and lends itself to an island or tropical menu... mint mojitos, mini cuban sandwiches, plantain chips and dip, tropical fruit plate, mango and coconut sorbet for dessert.
GAME ON • “We have a lot of friends with kids and we like to entertain a lot, so I always like to have something for the kids to do. When parents come, they want to enjoy the party, too, so we always try to have some sort of fun game or activity...corn hole, cookie decorating, giant jenga.”
PUMP UP THE VOLUME • “We always have a good playlist going. Music is so important. You can’t have people walking into a silent house.”
HI SWEETHEART BRINGS ALL THE FUN TO THE YARD—AND ALL THE DECORATIONS, TOO!
WRITTEN BY: CORI DEASON PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER
Pack up your sand toys and let’s take everyone back to the house. Summer in San Diego is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Never thrown a backyard party before? You’ve come to the right place! When it comes to intentionality and creativity, Hi Sweetheart Owner Molly Rossettie knows all. So whether this is your first backyard bash or you’re a seasoned host, everyone can be inspired by Rossettie’s tips, tricks and (adorable) essentials.
“A flamingo theme pretty much works for any type of party—a birthday party, baby shower, bachelorette—it’s versatile, fun and colorful...” —Molly Rossettie
Paper, Not Plastic • “We carry lots of fun paper plates, napkins, cups, paper straws and bamboo flatware...all recyclable. My favorite brand, Meri Meri, designs beautiful and bright supplies for any occasion! It’s really the little details that make a party a success.”
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Get the Party Started
Do Yourself a [Party] Favor • “Party supplies aren’t just for kids! No party is complete without party supplies, and the best part is that they are all reusable: hats, horns and the candles. I always tell people save it—don’t just throw it away!”
SAY CHEESE! • My husband, John, and I love to entertain, but I am terrible at taking photos. We have found it fun to set up a themed photo backdrop with paper streamers, balloons and props with a Polaroid camera. We have collected a lot of funny hats, glasses and random costume items over time, so it’s just fun!
VINI, VIDI, VINO • “The to-go wine glasses [from Goverre]... are glass, but if you drop it, or someone knocks it over, it won’t break. They are also dishwasher safe. Two San Diego locals, Shannon Zappala and Regan Kelaher, came up with these amazing wine glasses!”
“We have found it fun to set up a themed photo backdrop with paper streamers, balloons and props with a Polaroid camera.” —Molly Rossettie
HI SWEETHEART GIFT BOUTIQUE 7920 Ivanhoe Ave La Jolla, CA 92037 858.729.1985 www.hi-sweets.com
ESCAPE SIT E S // / C I TI E S / / / S U N S HI N E
24 HOURS IN CARLSBAD Explore All There Is to See, Eat and Do in Carlsbad Village
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Date the City Plans Your Next Outings in OC, LA and SD
FEATURE Don’t Waste Another Minute of Date Night Trying to Figure out What to Do
LITTLE ITALY When in Rome, Eat, Shop and Live Like the Locals Do
FEATURE Kaskade’s Set at OMNIA Dayclub Was Full of Sunshine and Good Vibes
DATE THE CITY @datethecity www.datethecity.com PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES www.pedegoelectricbikes.com PHOTO BY: Michael Wesley
Talk of the Village WE HAVE YOUR NEXT 24 HOURS IN CARLSBAD VILLAGE TAKEN CARE OF
Rise and Shine Ú The gourmet breakfast sandwiches and avocado toast are top-notch at Crackheads. Constructed from repurposed shipping containers, there are picnic tables and a bottomless brunch on Sundays.
In Bloom Ú Looking for a colorful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers? This longstanding local nursery and florist has a great selection of succulents and houseplants that will keep the greenthumbed folks among you happy.
WRITTEN BY: KERI BRIDGWATER
BAMBY’S FLOWERS www.carslbad-village. com/go/bambys-flowers
WYSH SAN DIEGO
North County has some of San Diego’s most picturesque corners and also some of its coolest. The gorgeous Pacific coastline speaks for itself, but the charm of the laid-back beach town of Carlsbad doesn’t end with sandy shores and surf cred. Within walking distance of Tamarack Beach, Carlsbad Village is packed with buzzy shops, restaurants, bars and community events, including a weekly farmers market. Ride the Coaster up from downtown for a day and hop off in the heart of it all.
Perfect Pour Overs Ú Grab a cortado and get caffeinated at this rad little coffee shop and awardwinning nano-roastery that serves perfectly executed brews using beans roasted on-site. Chai tea fans will love the ginger-spiced Indian Summer!
Retail Therapy Ú From home decor and stationery to graphic tees and boho jumpsuits, Wysh San Diego is packed with oh-so-cool interior finds, adorable gifts and on-trend apparel. The store also stocks a number of handmade items from local makers.
Simply Natural Ú If you love clean beauty products, you’ll love the line of soothing bee balms, hydrating toners, restorative serums and healing THC-free CBD tinctures here, which are all handmade by a local aromatherapist.
Let’s Do Lunch Ú A solid menu and sweet views make Park 101’s Tamarack View Deck rooftop lounge a bomb spot for lunch. Gaze out over the Carlsbad neighborhood sign while digging into some tri-tip tacos and a craft cocktail.
STEADY STATE steadystateroasting.com
BOTANICALS BY THE SEA botanicalsbythesea.com
CARLSBAD VILLAGE www.carlsbad-village.com
3 p.m. Handcrafted Ú Get behind the wheel and make something beautiful— memories included— with a private pottery lesson at this artist-run ceramic studio, which, among other workshops, also holds a Coffee & Clay intro class every Saturday morning.
WYSH SAN DIEGO www.wyshsandiego.com
PARK 101 park101carlsbad.com
HANDLED POTTERY STUDIO handledpotterystudio.com
Eco-Conscious Eats Ú Chef Robert Ruiz’s farm-to-table restaurant and sushi bar is the perfect place for dinner. Celebrated for its ethical sourcing methods and zero waste kitchen, the
THE LAND & WATER COMPANY
L&W Co. team grows its own heirloom vegetables and edible flowers, too. THE LAND & WATER COMPANY thelandandwater.com
8 p.m. Speakeasy to Me Ú After dinner, head downstairs to a genuine Prohibition-
era bar and round off the night with some stellar cocktails. Check Instagram for the password, look for the unmarked door and make sure everyone is dressed sharply.
THE CHARLES KENNETH www.thecaptaincharles kenneth.com
Photos - Steady State: Solveig Jobbins Photography | Wysh San Diego | Land & Water Co: Jack Antal | Park 101: Desanti Photography
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DATE THE CITY @datethecity www.datethecity.com
From first dates to anniversaries, spending time with your partner is what keeps the butterflies in your stomach fluttering. Whether you’re starting something new or rekindling an old flame, a well-planned date is a universal way of saying “I love you”...or maybe just “I really, really like you” if you’re not there yet. To take the pressure off the planning, we’ve turned to an expert—Neal Hruby, Creator of Date the City—to curate three unforgettable summer outings in Laguna Beach, Santa Monica and Del Mar. No matter who you’re sharing your time with, these dates are bound to bring you and your summer crush closer than ever.
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Music to Our Ears
• The Wine Gallery is no slouch when it comes to live music. Stop in Tuesday and Thursday nights when they have a live band.
$65-$90 per person
Bring Dancing Shoes
Summar y Along the “unassuming” stretch of Laguna Beach coastline known as Woods Cove, you’re sure to spot sandy couples scuttling to their cars and surfers squeezing out of their wetsuits as the beach day comes to a close. Happily dry and sand-free, you turn in to The Wine Gallery and receive the kind of welcome normally reserved for a neighborhood regular. Take your seat at the high table and listen as your energetic waiter dishes out wine and food specialties. Italian “tapas” à la meatballs and roasted cauliflower arrive as the energy in the tiny venue slowly builds along with your glass of wine. When your pizza arrives, snack, sip and repeat as necessary. Once you’ve maxed out your cheese consumption for the evening, it’s off to the races. Two entrances serve The Seahorse Bar, but the back driveway more adequately introduces the concept of this one-time auto parts store-turned-boutiquewatering-hole. Once inside, time slows down a while for the always-busy OC, so soak in the old school
bohemian vibes. There is a theme to everything you see, and uncovering the little mysteries means it’s worth repeat visits. The makeshift bar serves an eclectic mix of beer, wine and a surprisingly refreshing “adult kombucha.” Plop down on a vintage couch next to the record player emitting a bygone era’s top hit and pretend it’s 1963. Relax and rehash old times while sipping on a freshly poured glass of the good stuff. Soon, you’ll be dancing worlds away. The multilevel castle of Mozambique’s maze baffles you as you pass live toucans and giggling couples en route to your final stop. Above the high-brow dining room is a party gearing up for your arrival. Pass into the energetic room and squeeze up to the bar in time to order before the band takes the stage. Go with an African Mojito or Drunken Elephant to pair with the Peri Peri Prawns or Blackened Salmon to whisk you to faraway lands just as the first beat of a classic rock anthem engulfs the room. To wait at the bar or hop on the dance floor, that is the question.
MOZAMBIQUE 1740 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.7777 www.mozambiqueoc.com
5 p.m. The Wine Gallery
6:15 p.m. The Seahorse Bar
WINE GALLERY 1833 S Coast Hwy, Ste 110 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.714.8744 www.winegallerylaguna.com
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Just Bique-ause 7:30 p.m. Mozambique
• Mozambique was originally a Mexican cantina called Tortilla Flats. This is where Javier Sosa, owner and namesake to Javier’s Restaurants, started his culinary career years ago.
Photos - Carlos Valle | Models - Adam Santa Cruz & Xavier Gutierrez of Brand Model & Talent Agency, www.brandtalent.net
Date The City San Diego Edition
$115-$165 per person
PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES www.pedegoelectricbikes.com
Photos - Michael Wesley | Models - Rayna Valade & Myles Orosc of Brand Model & Talent Agency, www.brandtalent.net
Summar y The welcoming archways of The Cedros Avenue Design District greet you as you begin to rubberneck from art store to adorable café. Stepping inside the Pedego Bike Shop, you will be greeted by none other than The Lord of Fun and his elderly Chihuahua, Chica. With a full afternoon of cruising, get yourself and your partner sized, serviced and strapped in to the day’s vehicle: the electric tandem cruiser. After a few test-runs, you’ll be set up to roll out and win the day. As you traverse hilltops and dodge other fun-loving cyclists, you’ll casually arrive at your destination: the ivy-laden Café Secret. Take a seat under the sidewalk pergola, as your respite from the road begins with freshly squeezed mimosas. Dig in to their menu of ceviches and saltidos-galore. The “secret” here may be the effortlessness with which it takes to enjoy yourself prior to the food arriving. Then, a colorful display of fresh fish, indigenous veggies and mango salsas engulf your senses. Each bite sends you a kilometer closer to Peru,
but your next stop is in a different direction. Follow the echo of “skwaaawk” as you turn for the next destination, Free Flight. Push open the gate to reveal a mini oasis of exotic birds scattered throughout a tropical oasis. After a lesson from the docent, purchase a bowl of fruit from the “tiki bar.” Cautiously step from parrot to parrot, and gather the courage to invite one on your arm; laughs and unsure moments are all part of the game. When that perfect Insta-photo has been captured, take a short ride to your final destination. Inside the warehouse of Viewpoint Brewing, join the packed scene of locals, passing cyclists, aspiring cornhole pros and various sun-worshippers sipping a brew. With beer flight in hand, don’t get suckered into a normal place to sit—look around and make your way to the swings on the far patio. It’s your “private” floatyseat—the perfect space to relax after a day’s ride. Before too long, the hardest decision of the day is to return for another round or return the tandem. You decide.
10 a.m. Pedego Bike Shop
11:45 p.m. Café Secret
VIEWPOINT BREWING CO 2201 San Dieguito Dr Del Mar, CA 92014 858.356.9346 www.viewpointbrewing.com
1:15 p.m. Free Flight
3:00 p.m. Viewpoint Brewery
What’s the Viewpoint?
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$20-$35 per person Winged Victory
• The massive plane outside the museum is a Douglas DC-3. During WWII, 30,000 of these were sent to fight and were eventually credited as one of the four things that won the war.
Smart but Casual
Summar y Overlooked World War II hangars sit in plain view behind the chain-linked fences lining Santa Monica’s Airport Avenue An area once boasting America’s top-of-the-line plane manufacturing capabilities now houses artist stalls and casting studios. Above the east end of the street is a floating Douglas DC-3 marking the location of your first stop: The Museum of Flying. As you step foot inside the modernized hangar, you’re dwarfed by flying machines of old. Pay your dues and wander like a kid under wings and cockpits of Santa Monica’s goldenera of aviation. After soaking in all you can, head out to experience a flight of your own. Walk along the tiny airport to find the hidden, miniature sign directing you to the Observation Deck. Circling around the far side, take in the expanse of the field as the mutterings of the air traffic controller are heard over a loudspeaker. With front row seats, look off into Century City’s skyline and find the distant speck, or “PJ,” dropping in line for landing. Within moments the jet careens to a thump, as
you cheer for the plane’s safe arrival. The exuberance of this scene is something only your inner child knew you’d be excited for. After a few more successful passes, head away from the propellerexcitement and duck into your own “plane” to dine on something much more enticing than airplane food. Spitfire Grill shines in the golden-hour sun like an ancient beacon of aeronautical greatness. Cross over where the runway used to be before making your way through the white-picket fence into an air-fan’s dream. Gawk at the classic photos as you wander through the original WWII-era “bar.” Find a seat among the local crowd who dutifully sip their wine and ponder the miracle of flight. With a drink in hand, you head out to the patio then place an order of fish and chips—like any Navy man would’ve back home from a recent tour. As the sun sets down beyond the silver hangers and guiding lights of the runway, focus in on your internal flight pattern: it’s time to make some history of your own.
SPITFIRE GRILL 3300 Airport Ave Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.397.3455 www.spitfiregrill.net
2:30 p.m. Museum of Flying
4 p.m. Observation Deck
MUSEUM OF FLYING 3100 Airport Ave Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.398.2500 www.museumofflying.org
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My Cheeseburger Is My Co-Pilot 6:30 p.m. Spitfire Grill
• The inside of the Spitfire Grill is the original bar, which was fashioned to mimic the inside of a commercial Douglas DC-3 airplane, making the pilots feel right at home with their cheeseburgers.
Photos - Tae Kwon | Models - Dionna Chambers and Paul Keating of Peak Models & Talent, www.peakmodels.com
Little Italy is the hotspot to live.
10 Things We Love About Little Italy
PIAZZA DELLA FAMIGLIA
Meet Me at the Piazza
High on Luxury
FROM LUXE LIVING TO CHEF-DRIVEN DINING AND BAYFRONT ACCESS, LITTLE ITALY HAS IT ALL WRITTEN BY: ANNA KEEVE
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Little Italy is undeniably one of the hottest ‘hoods in San Diego right now. With luxury housing options, an incredible chef-driven restaurant scene (where nearly every big restaurateur has an eatery) and proximity to the airport and waterfront, Little Italy is the hotspot to live. Residents enjoy the big-city perks of walkability to nearly everything while still experiencing a charming community.
Music to Our Ears (and Taste Buds) Ú On the south end
of Little Italy sits music venue and event space Music Box. With in-house gourmet dining and signature cocktails, patrons experience an ultra comfortable and hip music-going experience. The three stories and large outdoor balcony are a bonus, making the venue feel spacious while still maintaining the intimacy you desire from a musical performance. MUSIC BOX 619.795.1337 www.musicboxsd.com
LUMA APARTMENTS 619.492.3809 www.lumaapts.com
PIAZZA DELLA FAMIGLIA 619.233.3898 www.littleitalysd.com 4
#FashionGoals Ú Little Italy was in
desperate need of some fashion-forward shopping— finally it has Stroll, a boutique that delivers on all fashion fronts. Stroll offers a modest but effective collection of ontrend clothing, shoes and accessories, and its sister store, Stroll Home, is the perfect destination for gifts, home accents and décor.
STROLL 619.431.5225 www.shop.sdstroll.com
BEST EATS: 5
Steak Sampler for Two and Tableside Cocktail
BORN AND RAISED bornandraisedsteak.com 6
Tableside Cheese Wheel Pasta With L’Amico Cocktail
MONELLO www.lovemonello.com 7
The Mega Board and Biodynamic Wine NOLITA HALL www.nolitahall.com 8
Must-Order: Brined Rotisserie Chicken With Pinot Nero
ROVINO ROTISSERIE + WINE www.rovinosd.com 9
Must-Order: Avocado Toast and Iced Tea
PARAKEET CAFE www.parakeetcafe.com 10
Must-Order: Smokey Pork + Mac and Korean Short Rib
It’s Showtime Ú Avoid ticket fees by purchasing directly from Music Box’s box office, open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NOT NOT TACOS www.notnottacos.com
Photos - Parakeet Cafe | Music Box: Phillip Silverstein | Stroll: Kristian Gallego | Piazza della Famiglia: Little Italy Association | Luma Apartments
Ti Amo, Little Italy!
Ú The latest in ultraluxury high-rise living has arrived in San Diego. Luma Apartments is situated in the Little Italy neighborhood just steps from nightlife, shopping, dining and entertainment. Inside you’ll find sleeklydesigned apartments (from studios to three bedrooms and penthouse homes) all equipped with smart home technology. Amenities include a hi-tech 24-hour Fitness Center with sweeping views, a rooftop pool, outdoor theatre and a resident clubhouse with a full kitchen.
Ú This highly-anticipated piazza is making Little Italy finally feel complete. The 10,000-squarefoot European-inspired piazza gives Little Italy a city center with ample outdoor seating and a picture-perfect view of San Diego Bay. Surrounded by all new eateries, the piazza is a perfect place to kick back in the sun.
KASKADE www.kaskademusic.com @kaskade OMNIA DAYCLUB Vidanta Los Cabos Resort Boulevard San José s/n Lote 12 Campo de Golf San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, México C.P. 23406 800.887.0376 www.OMNIAloscabos.com
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ESCAPE Hello, Bungalow • OMNIA Los Cabos Dayclub features an exclusive two-story, private bungalow equipped with an infinity pool.
The moment Kaskade stepped into the DJ booth at OMNIA Dayclub in Los Cabos, Mexico, there was a sudden shift in the atmosphere—a wave of undeniable energy filled the room from everyone brimming with excitement. A talent that needed no introduction, and an adventure unmatched, the dayto-night experience within the Vidanta Los Cabos Resort disarmed attendees with a unique getaway from the mundane resort life. Boasting three distinct experiences that blended perfectly together, this lavish experience took guests inches away from the sun and the sand, and seconds away from the fun. Paired with the vibes that Kaskade brought, it was easy to realize you couldn’t find this anywhere else. “I’m always excited to return to OMNIA [Los Cabos],” Kaskade said. “It’s always such a treat to share these kinds of venues and moments with my audience. It’s beautiful...grand—the location is feet from the sand and the ocean. I’m fascinated with the idea of creating these experiences in exotic locations.”
OMNIA Dayclub, located within the serene Vidanta Los Cabos resort in San José del Cabo, is the second dayclub venue from Hakkasan Group (with OMNIA Bali being the first). The dayclub celebrated its one-year anniversary this past March with Kaskade headlining the weekend celebrations.
There has been a sort of gradual shift in the entertainment industry where your typical nightclub experience has to bring something extraspecial to the table for it to be memorable. It’s becoming increasingly normal for people to take the opportunity to travel to a remote or exotic location to experience a musical event—extending that “staycation” to a legitimate vacation and finding a home away from home.
“There’s really nothing quite like the OMNIA brand. The food is amazing [at Casa Calavera], beautiful club, the hotel is incredible—and I’m really excited to check out Bali because everyone has been telling me…‘You’re not going to want to leave,’” gushed Kaskade. “It’s amazing what’s being done at these exotic locations; building it to a real destination point.”
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Like many musicians— especially as decorated
• Kaskade’s favorite record is Daft Punk’s 1997 classic, “Homework.”
Fun in the Sun • Kaskade’s music festival, Sunsoaked, returns to Long Beach, California on July 13-14.
“There’s really nothing quite like the OMNIA brand. The food is amazing [at Casa Calavera], beautiful club, the hotel is incredible...”—Kaskade
Creating a vibe takes more than amazing talent headlining a show— it takes the right ambiance and environment to balance it all out.
as the multi-Grammynominated DJ/Producer Kaskade, finding a balance between family and tour life can get difficult. “I guess I kind of have this ‘father’s guilt,’ and that’s the sacrifice you have to make to be in this business,” Kaskade explained. “You miss birthdays, Christmases, etcetera, but there are workarounds… It’s hard when you do what you love. I think we’ve done about 118 shows over the past [calendar] year, but I've gradually slowed down...because the shows have become much larger over time; I’m doing less nightclub appearances and more arenas and festivals.” Kaskade, who was voted “America’s Best DJ” in 2011 and 2013 by DJ Times, is slowly approaching the golden age of 50, but is still easily a massive influence in the Electronic Dance Music community since his debut in the early 2000s. His music and accolades have taken him to music’s biggest stages like EDC and Coachella, performing for over 100,000 people, but he said his most fulfilling experiences have been the dance parties he’s headlined at home with his three daughters. Life as a world-renowned DJ has a lot of pressure tied to it—and being the maestro to the
audience’s vibe and overall attitude over the course of one to two hours can be a daunting task to experience. It’s like attempting to navigate yourself through the forest with no path, so choosing your set takes both a bit of planning and spontaneity. Kaskade noted, “I know what I'm going to play first and maybe second, but I’m constantly refining it all the time. I also look at what fans may want to hear, get them nostalgic about a song I played at a previous show, so maybe I'll throw that in there. My sound is all about creating a vibe.” Creating a vibe takes more than amazing talent headlining a show—it takes the right ambiance and environment to balance it all out. And his performance at OMNIA Dayclub was just a taste of what is being brought to the table at Vidanta Los Cabos. You may start the day with refreshing drinks at SHOREbar, then an afternoon full of energy and excitement with Kaskade at OMNIA before settling into the evening with an authentic taste of the local culture at Casa Calavera, an open air concept overlooking the Sea of Cortez. All this was designed with the ultimate vacation experience in mind. LOCALE MAGAZINE 143
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