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Checking It Twice Your neighbors say whether they’ve been naughty or nice.

16. Vision

Let It Snow Pacific’s premier issue photographer, Christa Renee, captures the California cold.

18. Shape

Yule Feel Great Ring in the new year with a kettlebell workout.

20. Style

Haute In Cold Fabulous looks for a wintry getaway at Tower 23 hotel.

28. Style

Let The Sunshine In Meet Pacific’s glamorous cover girl, Sunshine Tutt.

32. Coolture

The Bay’s Ablaze The 36th annual Parade of Lights illuminates San Diego Bay.

33. Coolture

Clowning Around Meet Renaissance woman and master of the arts, Krystina Grammatica.

34. Taste

Just Fondue It! The cheesy history, where to take a dip, fon-Dos and fon-Don’ts.

38. Groove

Del Marvelous Spend an evening where the surf meets the turf.

40. Groove

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42. Love

Flirty Dancing Blind daters tango before a hot night at George’s at the Cove.

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Time’s flying I can’t believe it’s been a year since the exciting launch of PACIFIC San Diego. Long, strange trip so far. Loyal reader, for the magazine’s rapid growth and overwhelming popularity, we thank you. We’re grateful for the kind letters, appreciative of the constructive criticism and empowered by your unwavering support of our mission — to represent the REAL COASTAL LIFESTYLE we all live and love.

showcasing more than 70 unique merchants and artists from around the globe.

Inside this HOLIDAY issue of PACIFIC, you’ll find absolutely breathtaking photography by our new hero, Ming Wu (see below). Ming’s eightpage fashion exposÊ, shot at PB’s beautiful Tower 23 Hotel, sparkles in a way that will make you fall in love with the San Diego coastline all over again. For this month’s GROOVE story, we offer Del Marvelous, your road map to a delicious night out where the surf meets the turf. Feeling cheesy? Check out TASTE for San Diego’s fondue hotspots and some crucial fon-dos and fon-don’ts. In Flirty Dancing, our final blind date episode of the year, Alissa and Carlos take dancing lessons at Cheek 2 Cheek, in PB, before heading to a romantic dinner at the all-new George’s at the Cove. That’s a dozen blind dates in as many months. Our matchmaking track record? Dismal. (Details page 46.) So thanks again for reading. We couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have done it without you. Happy New Year!

thank yous Ming S. Wu, Commercial/Fashion Photographer: Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Fashion Photographer Ming S. Wu couples his colorful Asian heritage with a foundation in Fine Art Photography. His creativity is apparent within the vivid and beautiful lighting that forms the common thread in all of his commercial projects, whether in Fashion or Still Life. A versatile artist, Wu is especially fascinated with underwater fashion and has created entire editorials while submerged. Wu’s versatile Trend Wave Studios, in Los Angeles, feature permanent setups for both fashion and commercial advertising product photography, and include various outdoor settings. With a long and varied client list, including domestic and international magazines, European and Asian hair care product lines, fine jewelry and luxury shopping products, Wu’s work takes him worldwide. Thank you to Ming S. Wu and his talented and lovely wife, Maryl Velbeck (photography coordinator), for making this issue our dream come true. tower 23: Thank you to Jennifer and the wonderfully welcoming folks at Tower 23 Hotel. In case you didn’t recognize it, this issue’s cover is shot in front of the shimmering wave wall at the hotel’s famous JRDN restaurant. Check out the fashion spread (pages 20-27) to see more images of the region’s most glamorous resort. From check-in, to the Sanctuary Suite to the ocean-view terrace, the whole day went smoothly. Enjoy your own smooth times at Tower 23 as soon as possible, tower23hotel.com. Ted Lucier: Thank you to boy toy and real estate guru, Ted Lucier, who can be found in the backgrounds of the fashion spread photos (pages 20-27). If you need to buy or sell a home, call Ted immediately. He’ll provide brilliant service, look sharp doing it and be happy to appear in the backgrounds of your own photos, 858.764.4805, ted@ middletonteam.com.

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Joe Gaglione, owner of Gaglione Bros. Famous Steaks & Subs (728 Ventura Place, Mission Beach), says, “I’ve been nice because I’m busy building this business. The dog’s been naughty, though. She ate my surfboard last week.”

Travis, from Millers Field (4465 Mission Blvd., PB), says, “I’ve probably been a little of both, but something tells me to expect more coal than toys. Why? I don’t want to get on Santa’s bad side, so I’ll keep it all to myself.”

Katie, manager of Planet Funk in Horton Plaza, says, “I’ve been naughty, because I give my customers crazy deals on the hottest styles.”

Amy, of Sun Diego (3126 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach), says, “I’m on my fourth set of handcuffs this year, so I’d say I’ve been pretty naughty.”

Kelsey, hostess at Offshore Tavern (2253 Morena Blvd., Bay Park), says, “I’ve been pretty naughty this year, because I’m so rebellious.”

Brittany, from Lot 81 (1127 W. Morena Blvd., Bay Park), says, “I’ve been pretty nice this year; it’s my twin sister who’s been the naughty one. Wink, wink.”

Steve Hill, founder of Long Hard Ride (1815 Garnet Ave., PB), says, “I’ve been naughty. Mexico is located way too close to San Diego, and temptation is all over the place down there.”

Jami, barista at CaFfé Italia (1704 India St., Little Italy), says, “I’ve been nice. Everybody I run into seems to walk away with a smile on their face.”

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“I would set up little fashion shoots in my garage with the neighborhood kids.” Christa Renee first picked up a camera at age five. By nine she was shooting a bevy of aspiring models. Well, sort of. “I would set up little fashion shoots in my garage with the neighborhood kids,” recalls Renee. “My mom has my first shoot in my baby book. It was just something I thought was fun when I was little; I had no idea you could make a living at it.” When she wasn’t directing fashion shoots, the California native split her time between riding waves, riding horses and ditching school whenever she could. “I started shooting a lot more seriously in high school, because photography was the only class where you could leave campus,” Renee confesses. But

even though she and her friends used class as an excuse to surf, she always had a camera on hand to document their adventures. She went on to graduate from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, in 2001, but the early days represent a time Renee frequently attempts to re-create. “I had such a magical childhood and such a fun time in my teen years,” she says. “My parents were sort of hippies and everything just revolved around camping and surfing and being outside. That fits into my work for sure now. That’s what lifestyle photography is all about.” Renee’s artistic tendencies are fun and sexy, favoring movement and freshfaced realism — a quality achieved by

using medium format film and as much natural light as possible. “If it’s not possible for what I’m going for, I use lights and work hard to make it look natural,” she says. “I use a lot of fill cards, foam core, shiny boards, silks, stuff like that.”

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Though she may put in a truckload of effort, her acute ability to capture the essence of “carefree” hasn’t gone unnoticed. Renee’s impressive client sheet includes Roxy, Mini Cooper, Hewlett Packard, Apple, Target and this magazine (she shot our premier issue’s cover in January of this year.) “I feel very lucky to say this is what I do,” says Renee, who is clearly a long way from the little girl in the garage and definitely making a living. View more photos at christarenee.com. PACIFICsandiego.com

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Boys and girls, let’s face facts. Unless you ignore the homemade treats barraging your office space, starve yourself at every must-attend soiree and turn down each peppermint martini, hot buttered rum or glass of bubbly that comes your way, your clothing is going to be a little snug by month’s end. Not to worry, just add “get in shape” to your list of resolutions and say “hello” to your new friend, the kettlebell. Not to be confused with an actual bell, the medieval-looking fitness tool is more cannonball-with-a-handle, circa 18th century Russia. Long hailed by strongmen, soldiers and martial artists, its notoriety has recently reached new heights thanks to professional athletes and Hollywood A-listers. “The first time I picked up a kettlebell I thought it was stupid,” confesses Sarah Lurie, founder and owner of Iron Core, in Pacific Beach. “But I started just playing around, and I started doing two basic exercises — the Swing and the Turkish Getup — and within about six weeks I noticed an immediate change in my body.” Lurie explains that traditional weightlifting only isolates one muscle group at a time, whereas ultra-dynamic kettlebell movements engage all the major muscle groups simultaneously. This

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heads turn to see the hot winter trends, where the runway begins and the boardwalk ends. PREVIOUS PAGES; STAIRCASE. On Sunshine: Red coat, leggings, belt, Haute Culture Boutique, 5628 La Jolla Blvd., 858.551.8665, hautecultureboutique.com; booties, Stephanie’s Shoes, 5360 La Jolla Blvd. 858.454.8604, stephaniesshoes.com. On Jamie: Jacket, shorts, Haute Culture Boutique; pumps, Stephanie’s Shoes. Vintage luggage (not for sale), The River, 1020 Garnet Ave., 858.270.3022, theriverclothing.com. HALLWAY. On Sunshine: Dress, antique necklace, Haute Culture Boutique; shoes, Stephanie’s Shoes. On Jamie: Dress, Rumors Boutique, 7835 Girard Ave., 858.454.5845, rumorssandiego.com; shoes, Stephanie’s Shoes. On Ted: T-shirt, jacket, jeans, Rumors Boutique. THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE. On Sunshine: Dress, Haute Culture Boutique; suede boots, Stephanie’s Shoes. On Jamie: Dress, Rumors Boutique, 7835 Girard Ave., 858.454.5845, rumorssandiego.com; vintage necklace, Haute Culture Boutique; suede boots, Stephanie’s Shoes. On Ted: T-shirt, jacket, jeans, Rumors Boutique.


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On Jamie: Dress, Haute Culture Boutique; graphite satin peep-toe shoes, Stephanie’s Shoes. On Sunshine: Dress, antique necklace, Haute Culture Boutique, 5628 La Jolla Blvd., 858.551.8665, hautecultureboutique.com; pumps, Stephanie’s Shoes, 5360 La Jolla Blvd., 858.454.8604, stephaniesshoes.com.


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Ablaze The 36th annual parade of lights illuminates san diego bay By Rebecca Chappell photos by joanne dibona

Ah, yes, ‘tis the season in San Diego. We’ve officially swapped our flip-flops for Uggs, swimsuits for sweaters and board shorts for snowboard pants. But how to rein in some holiday spirit when the weather outside isn’t as frightful as the classic carol would have us believe? Thankfully, the 36th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is back to provide at least a stocking’s worth of good cheer. And parents, if your idea of a holiday light display is driving through the neighborhood at 5 mph, while your kids whine that they have to go to the bathroom again, you’re in for a real treat.

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Parking at Harbor Island is at a premium, so arrive early to score a spot. Typically, the north and south ends of the Embarcadero as well as the waterfront park behind Seaport Village and the bayside pathway around Coronado are less crowded.

“Your sweetie, a blanket for two and a Thermos filled with coffee and Bailey’s”

Over 100 glowing watercraft – from kayaks to 149-foot-long yachts – cruise the bay with skippers vying for a coveted best-of-show award. It’s a friendly competition that proves size doesn’t always matter. Winning is simply based on creative lighting, decorations and the ability to engage the crowd. With this year’s theme, “YO HO HO … A Pirate’s Christmas,” you can bet on treasure chests brimming with jewels and more than a few gregarious swashbucklers.

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Hosted by the Port of San Diego, the “traditional Christmas present to San Diego from the boating community” sets sail Sunday, December 9, and again Sunday, December 16. The parade begins at Shelter Island immediately following a spectacular fireworks display at 5:30 p.m., and ends approximately two hours later at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

Although the parade is definitely family-friendly, we think it’s got “romance” written all over it. Imagine a sparkling nautical wonderland underneath the night sky – all you need is your sweetie, a blanket for two, and a Thermos filled with coffee and Bailey’s or whatever else floats your boat! Navigate further: sdparadeoflights.org.


Clowning Around MEET RENAISSANCE WOMAN AND MASTER OF THE ARTS, KRYSTINA GRAMMATICA Krystina Grammatica is no ordinary woman. She’s a Jill of many trades who spends most of her days designing for her clothing and accessories line, Grammatique, available at grammatique.etsy.com and boutiques in San Diego and Los Angeles. In addition to being a creative designer, Grammatica is a dance teacher, sewing teacher, event producer, model, stylist, music selector and photographer. She’s a professional clown and acrobat, too! Clearly, this is a lady in touch with her creative side. Lucky for us, she had time to style PACIFIC’s October and November issues.

Who are your favorite fashion designers? Hussein Chalayan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Betsy Johnson. Favorite place to shop? Etsy.com, local independently owned boutiques, thrift stores, flea markets. What current fashion trend would you like to see disappear? Cosmetic surgery. Who are your fantasy dinner party guests? Bjork, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, John Waters, Milla Jovovich, Picasso, Buckminister Fuller, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.

With her unstoppable energy, Grammatica even finds time to teach little ones to fabricate their own fashions at the San Diego Children’s Museum Elementary School, and shares her love of dance with inner-city kids.

What was the last book you read? “Einstein’s Dreams” by Allan Lightman and “Eat, Pray, Love,” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

On stage, Grammatica has performed with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Project Cathedral, Sushi Arts, Merge Events, Thursday Night Thing (TNT), Essentially Pink, Technomania Circus and Lindley-Lopez Circus. Catch her this month in the Lindley-Lopez Circus’ Production, “An Angel’s Gift,” at the Seville Theatre, December 14 - 16.

Biggest fear? I am trying not to focus on fear these days. If you had more free time, what would you do with your time? Dare, dance, laugh, eat, love, give.

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Just Fondue It! The Cheesy History and where To Take A Dip By Frank Sabatini, Jr.

Classic Swiss Fondue (serves about 4 people) INGREDIENTS 1 garlic clove 2/3 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons freshsqueezed lemon 2 cups finely grated Emmentaler cheese 2 cups finely grated Gruyere cheese 1 tablespoon cornstarch 3 tablespoons kirsch ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg Crush garlic clove and rub along inside of fondue pot. Pour wine and lemon juice into pot and place over heat stand or on medium stove burner. Slowly add cheeses. Stir continuously until melted. Combine cornstarch and kirsch and add to pot once cheese begins to bubble. Continue stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in salt, paprika and nutmeg. Serve immediately with cubed French bread and green apple or pear wedges.

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The first fondue recipe, unwittingly created by Swiss shepherds and peasants centuries ago, may have read something like this: In a large communal cauldron, melt one wheel of last year’s cheese with two jugs of wine. Enjoy by dipping bite-size chunks of months-old crusty bread into mixture. Hey, winters can be brutal, and you gotta do what you gotta do, right? As it turns out, the shepherds were way ahead of their time. Fast forward to the 1970s, when culinary hipsters heralded fondue for its communal design and sheer simplicity. Like, can you dig it, man? Yeah, we dig it. But like disco music and Pet Rocks, the craze waxed and waned, and fondue sets were relegated to basements and storage closets.

Broth fondue requires little more than cutting up a variety of raw meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables and setting them around a fondue pot filled with the broth of your choice. Your guests then “cook” the tasty morsels by skewering them and dunking them into the hot liquid. To complete this savory experience you’ll want some dipping sauces like Jamaican jerk, dill sour cream, Thai peanut, horseradishcream or mango chutney – all of which can be made from scratch or purchased ahead of time. For the classic Swiss cheese fondue, refer back to ye olde shepherds’ recipe. Combine Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses with dry white wine, and you’ve got yourself a first course, or an entire meal. You can also combine any number of complementary cheeses like Provolone, Mozzarella and Scamorza or Cheddar, Longhorn and Monterey Jack. For dipping, you’ll want to cube some artisan crusty bread, previously deep-fried tidbits, fruits or raw veggies.

“What was once considered uncool eventually became cool again”

Lucky for the culinary hipsters of this generation, what was once considered uncool eventually became cool again. The Florida-based and ever-expanding Melting Pot now has 120 locations throughout the U.S., including La Jolla, San Clemente, Irvine – and coming soon, Temecula – and fondue sets are among the leading gift items on bridal registries and during the holidays. Although fondue is a unique restaurant experience, it’s perhaps even more fun to make at home. It’s nostalgic, it’s a great way to get people together and, when done right, it’s darn tasty. Best of all, it’s easy.

Dessert fondue can take a few forms but chocolate is the clear winner. Think strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and chunks of pound cake or angel food cake. Don’t be afraid to have fun with this one, especially if it’s a party for two! (Recipe page 36.)


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Hot Picks for Fondue Forever Fondue, 909 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.4509; 1610 Friars Rd., Mission Valley, 619.295.7792 foreverfonduerestaurants.com San Diego’s first fondue restaurant provides an upscale milieu with Venetian light fixtures in the heart of downtown La Jolla. Fondwue fans will embrace the creative broths for meat and lobster fondue, plus savory cheese recipes and an outstanding dark chocolate fondue that keeps you dipping cheerfully to the finish. Large groups welcome.

The Melting Pot, 8980 University Center Lane, la jolla, 858.638.1700 » themeltingpot.com This restaurant features nearly 50 tables indoors and a dozen on the back patio, all with built-in burners for enjoying cheese, meat, seafood and dessert fondues. Colored bottle lights and geometrical wall designs create a modern, artsy atmosphere. The separate “lovers lane” area is all about romance.

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La Fondue, 31761 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.0300 » lafondue.com Known across the country for its plush, over-the-top “historical” atmosphere, the restaurant has become so popular that it now accepts reservations up to one month in advance. The menu features 50 different types of fondues including wild game, Kobe beef and filet mignon as well as a variety of imported cheeses.

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Fondue for Chocolate Lovers

by Nicole D’Alesandro

Thanks to the communal pot, fondue spices up the social nature of group dining. It also has the power to bring out the inner-child in those of us who love to play with food. To look like you know what you’re doing and to avoid fondue faux-pas and a trip to the ER, remember these rules: Fon-do’s •  Pace yourself. The trick is to enjoy the experience and fill up slowly. •

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Choose bread with a crust –it’s more likely to stay on your fork, helping you avoid having to fish for fallen pieces. Pair brandy and orange liqueur with melted chocolate fondue, and wine and beer with a cheese mixture. When hosting a party, provide guests with bamboo skewers if you don’t have fondue forks. Skip chopsticks and toothpicks. Drink hot tea instead of cold water to prevent a painful cheese lump from forming in your stomach.

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Fon-don’ts  Avoid touching the fondue fork to your mouth and then sticking it back into the communal pot. No double-dipping!

Never stick your hand into the pot and lick the chocolate or cheese off your fingers (unless no one’s watching).

Don’t use Kraft American Cheese when trying to impress. Velveeta is equally inelegant.

Don’t seductively feed your date in a mixed gathering. Save PDAs and racier chocolate parties for more intimate settings. Please!

Don’t burn yourself by touching the metal fork to your lips. It is yummy, but it’s also boiling. And no one at work is going to believe the scab on your lip is from a dining mishap.

Chocolate Fondue (serves about 5 people) INGREDIENTS 8 to 10 ounces good-quality, semi-sweet chocolate 2/3 cup milk 1/3 cup heavy cream 1/3 cup super-fine sugar 1 ounce unsalted butter, diced 1 shot Grand Marnier or cognac (optional) Chop chocolate into small pieces and place into fondue pot. Add milk, cream, sugar and butter. Stir frequently over low-medium heat until chocolate melts into a warm, glossy sauce. Finish off with your choice of liqueur. Do not overheat or bring to a boil. Dip in seasonal fruits and marshmallows or cubed pieces of pound cake.


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Something cool is going on in Del Mar. There’s an electricity in the air that you can taste, smell and hear. This energy lingers all day, and grows in power after sunset, when a multitude of mesmerizing hotspots come alive. The beach town’s nightlife scene takes place where classy and casual collide — in and around the Del Mar Plaza. Here are seven core members of the engaging collection of restaurants, bars and lounges that give Del Mar her mature, hip and inviting atmosphere.

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1 POSEIDON 1670 Coast Blvd. » 858.755.9345 poseidonrestaurant.com

Although Poseidon’s exquisite seafood menu is topnotch, the view alone is reason enough to dine on their heated beachfront patio. Poseidon epitomizes the soulful Southern California lifestyle, blending the ambiance of the beach scene with a relaxed and informal dining atmosphere. 2 JIMMY O’S 225 15th St. » 858.350.3735 jimmyossportsbar.com

Jimmy O’s is a nationally renowned sports bar and one of Del Mar’s most popular venues. Sporting gourmet bar food and lots of high-def TVs, Jimmy O’s is the perfect place to grab a bite and watch the game, but after 9 p.m., the bar fills up with those looking to drink and dance.

3 SBICCA 215 15th St. » 858.481.1001 sbiccabistro.com

Sbicca, an American bistro, has won dozens of awards in just the past few years. The menu is comprised of extravagant wines, divine cocktails and amazing American cuisine. Enjoy an unbelievable meal in a relaxing seaside atmosphere at this family owned establishment. 4 BULLY’S 1404 Camino Del Mar » 858.755.1660 bullysdelmar.com

A staple in the Del Mar scene since 1967, Bully’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a reputation for quality in food, service and atmosphere. Check out Bully’s for sumptuous steak and seafood platters at any time of day, and enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers during their daily happy hour. 5 EN FUEGO 1342 Camino Del Mar » 858.792.6551 enfuegocantina.com

Those looking for superior Mexican meals in stylish surroundings need look no further than En Fuego, an outdoor cantina serving delectable seafood platters and potent libations from Mexico and South America. With a daily happy hour, Taco Tuesday and Wine Wednesdays, this place is truly “on fire.”

7 ENOTECA DEL FORNAIO, Del Mar Plaza

1555 Camino Del Mar » 858.755.8876 » ilfornaio.com Enoteca is the rooftop wine bar and café adjacent to the elegant Italian restaurant, Il Fornaio. The perfect place for a romantic sunset toast, Enoteca offers unobstructed views of the of the surrounding beach area.

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6 EPAZOTE, Del Mar Plaza 1555 Camino Del Mar » 858.259.9966 epazotedelmar.com

8 PACIFICA DEL MAR, Del Mar Plaza 1555 Camino Del Mar » 858.792.0476 pacificadelmar.com

Del Mar’s only ocean-view steakhouse, Epazote features an enticing selection of steaks for both lunch and dinner. Located on the roof of the Plaza, Epazote is a cornerstone of the Del Mar scene. Inside you’ll find Z Ocean Bar, serving up good times and award-winning margaritas during happy hour.

Casual sophistication is the key at Pacifica, a Del Mar hotspot showcasing coastal cuisine and an impeccably designed interior reminiscent of a fine art gallery. Their daily happy hour and decadent wine selection make the Pacifica Bar an absolute must for any visit to Del Mar.


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Shore Thing pacific’s bartender of the month

What is your biggest pet peeve? Lipstick on glassware. What’s your least favorite food? Anything meat. If you could have somebody else’s body, whose would it be? Tiffani Amber Thiessen, “Saved By The Bell” years. Who’s your worst enemy? I don’t think I have any. What piece of art would you most like to own? Michelangelo’s “David.”

Meet Allison, one of the founding bartenders at Pacific Beach Shore Club, the all-new but classically styled beach bar with a panoramic ocean view. PB Shore Club’s uniquely casual atmosphere features a butcher’s block bar, frosty beers in over-sized schooners and friendly faces like Alli’s behind the bar. Alli mixes it up nightly, Wednesday through Sunday, at PB Shore Club, 4315 Ocean Blvd., PB. Sunsets served daily. pbshoreclub.com

If forced to sing karaoke, what song would you pick? “Gambler,” by Kenny Rogers. What current trend would you like to see disappear? Men in women’s jeans. If you had six months with no obligations, what would you do with your time? Buy a van and cruuuise. Have you been naughty or nice? Nice...that’s just how I roll.

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the whaling bar at La valencia hotel 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla

The Whaling Bar and Grill is a cozy red-leather-booth pub decorated with harpoons, scrimshaw and other nautical gems. Located inside Prospect Street’s La Valencia Hotel, the bar is great for food and famous for the Whaler, their adults-only version of a classic milkshake.

The folks at La Valencia remain tight-lipped about The Whaler’s true ingredients, but our crack team of scientists managed to discover the key flavors: Kahlua, brandy and HaagenDazs vanilla ice cream. It’s delish and gives you that certain je ne sais quoi you get from vodka. (There may be some of that in the Whaler, too.) lavalencia.com Not in the mood to go out? Make your own eggnog alternative at drinksmixer. com. We like the Nutcracker, Kahlua Frost and the Alaskan Polar Bear.


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Flirty Dancing blind daters tango cheek 2 cheek before dining at George’s at the Cove By Michael Benninger Photos by Thomas Mathew

In our final match-making effort of the year, PACIFIC pairs a stunning psychologist with a dashing real estate guru. MEET ALISSA “I can’t believe I’m doing this,” says Alissa, 30, who describes herself as a “genuine person.” Originally from San Juan Capistrano, Alissa lives in North PB and is working toward a doctorate in psychology. “School takes up a lot of my time,” she says, “but I also like running, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.” Regarding the type of guy she seeks, Alissa says, “I like passionate men, though intelligence and a good sense of humor are the most important.” Though she’s excited to meet someone new, Alissa doesn’t plan to fall in love tonight. “It’s kind of hard to meet ‘the one,’ so I’m just looking forward to meeting somebody nice who I can have a good conversation with.” Alissa’s got a case of the jitterbugs. “Dancing has always made me nervous,” she says, “but tonight’s lesson sounds like a good opportunity.” MEET Carlos Carlos, 38, is a native San Diegan and a Mission Beach realtor. “I work to play, so I’ve got to play hard,” he says. Though his professional, athletic (he’s an Ironman Triathlete who frequently competes in charity events) and altruistic accomplishments are numerous, the gent’s true fame stems from his decadelong stint as the Aztec Warrior, Monty Montezuma, SDSU’s flaming-torch-toting mascot. “I like women who are active, outgoing and always trying to better themselves,” Carlos says. Though he has never taken a dance class before, Carlos remains confident. “I can get out there and shake it,” he says. “I did a lot of dancing back when I was the Aztec Warrior.” Did Carlos buy a new shirt or anything special for tonight? “I picked up a box of condoms,” he says. “Just kidding. No, seriously. I’m going to surprise her with a nice bouquet of flowers.”

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cheek 2 cheek Alissa and Carlos meet for the first time at Cheek 2 Cheek Dance Studio, in PB. After a brief hello and a handshake, Pierre, the studio’s owner and instructor extraordinaire, whisks the daters onto the dance floor for some Salsa 101. After an hour of dips and salsa (and a little tango), PACIFIC splits the blind date dancers for mid-date debriefings. SHE SAYS What do you think of Carlos? He’s handsome and interesting and very much a gentleman. What did you think of the lesson? I was a little bit nervous, but I feel more confident dancing now. Anything embarrassing happen? At one point, when we were dancing, I kind of punched Carlos in the nose by mistake. He took it pretty well. Carlos danced with Pierre nearly as much as with you. Any thoughts? I liked that Pierre took the attention away from me. Is there any chemistry? I think it’s hard to know if there’s a connection there, but I feel comfortable with him.

HE SAYS What do you think of Alissa? She’s hot. How about the dance lesson? I just kind of went with it. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. Can the fox trot? Alissa’s dance skills got better as we went along. Anything unusual happen? Right when we first started to dance, she was like, “Oh, wait, there’s something in my eye.” I thought, she just wasn’t into it, but she actually had something in her eye. That was classic, like it was straight from a movie. Is there any chemistry with Alissa? She was looking me in the eyes and smiling, but it’s too early to tell.

The daters move to La Jolla for a delicious evening at the legendary George’s at the Cove. (Continued page 44.)


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Curious at George’s Alissa says Carlos is “handsome and interesting.” He says she’s “hot.” So far, so good. The romance continues at George’s at the Cove. The famed restaurant has been exquisitely remodeled (as you’ve probably heard) and is now the ideal, ultra-modern venue for tonight’s hot date.

SHE SAYS The night definitely went better than I thought it might. George’s was amazing. Carlos is really nice and we had a good time talking and getting to know each other. He had a beautiful bouquet flowers delivered to the table, which caught me off-guard. He told me that he had actually arranged them himself. That was cool. The question of what we’re looking for in an ideal relationship came up, and we’re both looking for what everybody’s looking for: someone nice, sincere, motivated, intelligent, that kind of stuff. Carlos was like a mascot or something for San Diego State. He was showing me pictures of that on his iPhone, which was kind of cool. I think he enjoyed my company, because he seemed to be having a good time and he was comfortable. We stayed at George’s for a few hours, and then went to Jack’s for a drink. He gave me a little kiss on the cheek right before we took off. We’re planning to go running sometime soon, and maybe go do yoga. I don’t really do yoga but he does.

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The daters enjoy cocktails in George’s downstairs lounge, then move to the ocean-front dining room for a delicious meal. Finally, PACIFIC leaves the would-be love birds alone. We call the next morning for the juicy details.

HE SAYS We had a blast and hit it off pretty well. The service at George’s was wonderful and the ambiance was impeccable. We had the best seat in the house. Alissa is smokin’ hot, and she has a great smile. She’s aspiring to be the best that she can be, and that is a quality that’s very difficult to find in women, especially very attractive women. There’s nothing more sexy than a very beautiful woman who has the drive to live life to the fullest as well as be educated and close to her family. The dancing was awesome. I was absorbing the lesson, and not just thinking about the date. I could tell Alissa was a little stressed, but she was much more relaxed at dinner. I would like to go back to Cheek 2 Cheek with Alissa if she’d be up for it. From what I gathered, she would probably want to hang out again. I would have loved to have gotten it on with her, but I just gave her a nice kiss on the side of her lips. I don’t like to move too quick, especially under these circumstances.

CONCLUSION Carlos says he kissed Alissa “on the side of the lips.” Alissa said it was a peck on the cheek. A few days after the date, Carlos, Alissa and her dog went for a jog along the Mission Beach boardwalk. We wish them luck, which, given our lackluster track record of making love connections (see page 46), they’ll surely need it. Thank you to the friendly staff at the all new, upscale, contemporary restaurant, George’s at the Cove. From the mix-master’s refreshing cocktails to chef Trey Foshee’s inventive California cuisine, the whole night was an absolute ocean-front pleasure. For an unforgettable dining experience by the coast, take a date (blind or otherwise) to George’s, 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla. georgesatthecove.com Thank you to Pierre and everyone at Cheek 2 Cheek Dance Studio for a delightful dance lesson. With 6,000 square feet, two floating dance floors, and two state-of-the-art sound systems, Cheek 2 Cheek is the perfect place to get your groove on. “Walk in, dance out” at Cheek 2 Cheek, 909 Grand Ave., PB. cheek2cheek.net


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Back in May, Danielle, the Brazilian bombshell, met Scott, a gringo from Encinitas. The two shared a sultry blind date Gringo’s Cantina in PB. During the mid-date debriefings, Scott said, “Let’s just say there’s a party in my pants and Danielle’s invited. I plan on getting home around midnight, before she turns into a pumpkin.”

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My brother and I enjoy each other. We go on hiking trips. We talk on the phone. We laugh about our childhoods. But two years ago he suggested a truce: NO MORE PRESENTS! I guess he’d grown weary of the Ansel Adams calendars I’d send him every year and frankly, I already owned the Bogart DVDs he kept sending me. So truce it was. Maybe the greatest gift we ever got each other: one less item to shop for. What guys we are! So why do I still want to shop? Or is it just the idea of shopping? Maybe that’s it! I don’t personally know any of the people listed below, but if I did, and they weren’t siblings, this is what I’d get them: Exiled Quarterback Michael Vick: Main Gift: The upper bunk. Stocking Stuffers: Chew toys. NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant: Main Gift: A brand new Shaq. Stocking Stuffers: Name tags for his current teammates. Chargers Owner Dean Spanos: Main Gift: A new stadium. Stocking Stuffer: A DVD of “Trading Places.� PadreS General Manager Kevin Towers: Main Gift: An outfielder with big-time power. Stocking Stuffers: Visiting team tickets to Fenway in October. El Cajon’s NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson: Main Gift: A southern accent. Stocking Stuffer: Matchbox replica of Jeff Gordon’s #24 Chevy Monte Carlo. Home Run King Barry Bonds: Main Gift: An offer to DH in the American League. Stocking Stuffers: Refrigerator magnets shaped like asterisks. Cycling Legend Lance Armstrong: Main Gift: A beer gut. Stocking Stuffers: The Olsen twins.

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CONCERT / COMEDY ACT:

12/7-12/8: BALBOA PARK DECEMBER NIGHTS Lights, entertainment, exotic food and spirits; free museum admission, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. balboapark.com

12/9: STAR 94.1 JINGLE BALL Duran Duran, Matchbox Twenty, Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Carlton. Sports Arena, star941sandiego.com

THEATER:

12/7: AVENGED SEVENFOLD Operator, The Confession and Black Tide. Sports Arena, ticketmaster.com

12/9: 91X NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS Angels and Airwaves, Bad Religion, Against Me!, Seether. Cox Arena, 91X.com 12/10: MODEST MOUSE Featuring former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Soma, somasd.com 12/14: ETTA JAMES Among Rolling Stone Magazine’s “ 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” 4th and B, 4thandB.com

CLASSICAL / SYMPHONY: 12/5: ANDRE RIEU AND HIS JOHANN STRAUSS ORCHESTRA Classical music was never this fun. Sports Arena, ticketmaster.com

12/13: MANNHEIN STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS Long live the synthesizer. San Diego Sports Arena, ticketmaster.com

ART GALLERY / MUSEUM: 12/6: THURSDAY NIGHT THING (TNT) Performances by The Softlightes and Tender Buttons; DJ grooves from Dr. Indulgent. Museum of Contemporary Art, mcasd.org 12/6-1/13/08: THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA EXHIBIT Photography by Abe Ordover. The Ordover Gallery, ordoverproject.com

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12/4-9: CIRQUE ELOIZE “RAIN” Award-winning Canadian circus troupe. Civic Theatre, sdcivic.org 12/12-23: AMHAL AND THE NIGHT VISTORS Classic tale of three kings and Bethlehem; mezzo-soprano, Priti Gandhi sings. Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre, lyricoperasandiego.org 12/15-23: THE NUTCRACKER Principal Dancers Jennifer Curry and Cassandra Lund perform with the California Ballet. San Diego Civic Theatre, sdcivic.org

SPORTS / FITNESS:

12/8: USO SAN DIEGO RUN Support our troops; 8K/5K/1K run and Candy Cane Stroll for kids. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, usosandiego.org 12/20: POINSETTIA BOWL 6 p.m. kickoff. Qualcomm Stadium, poinsettiabowl.net 12/27: HOLIDAY BOWL 5 p.m. kickoff. Qualcomm Stadium, holidaybowl.com

OUTDOORS:

12/9 and 12/16: SAN DIEGO BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS Over 100 glowing watercraft – from kayaks to 149-foot-long yachts – cruise the Bay. sdparadeoflights.org (See story page 32.)

12/7-23 and 12/26-30: WILD ANIMAL PARK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Featuring night tours, arts & crafts, face painting, Santa and snow sledding. sandiegozoo.org/wap 12/17: FIRST DAY OF WHALE WATCHING SEASON Tours twice daily, seven days a week. hornblower.com 12/27: BIG BAY BALLOON FESTIVAL & PARADE Over 25 gigantic balloons, “Battle of the Bands,” wiener dog races. holidaybowl.com

FOOD & LIBATIONS:

12/8: BELGIAN BEER DINNER Del Mar’s Iris restaurant hosts an evening of full steins. irisfoodandspirits.com

CHARITABLE GOOD TIME: 12/7-9: NBC 7/39 TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE U.S. Marines will be on hand to accept new, unwrapped toys. Downtown/Broadway Circle, nbcsandiego.com

MISCELLANEOUS:

12/27: “DANCING WITH THE STARS” TOUR Includes Season 2 winners Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke. Sports Arena, ticketmaster.com

PLANNING AHEAD…

1/1/08: ANNUAL “POLAR BEAR PLUNGE” Make a New Year’s splash. La Jolla Shores, lajollacoveswimclub.org 1/3-1/6/08: SAN DIEGO BOAT SHOW Yachts, dinghies and everything in between. San Diego Convention Center & Marriott Marina, sandiegoboatshow.com


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T H I N K

YOU Thank you, loyal reader, for making 2007 terrific at PACIFIC. We’ve enjoyed spending the first 12 months of our lives with you and hope to bump into you at one of our upcoming events. Stay tuned for good times. And the excitement continues… Pacific is proud to reveal that our January 2008 cover model will be Rachael Murphy, the exquisitely sexy Aussie star of VH1’s hit reality show, “America’s Most Smartest Model.” “The competitor/exhibitionist in me couldn’t resist the opportunity to test my abilities and hone my modeling skills in front of a national audience,” Murphy says of her newfound celebreality. “I wanted to gain exposure and experience.” Murphy has appeared in TV commercials for Mervyn’s, Circuit City, Mistubishi Electronics and Southwest Airlines. Joining her in next month’s photo shoot will be fellow VH1 castmember/model (and competitor), Daniel Schuman. JAMES BOND HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. Time to say goodbye to 007. Hello, 2008.

Happy new year!

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C IT YS E A RC H VOTE D BA R WE ST “ B E ST B E AC H BA R ” A N D C I RO’S “ B E ST PI Z Z A” ( N OW S E RV I NG AT BA R WE ST )

Pacific San Diego Magazine, December Issue 2007  

Pacific San Diego Magazine, December Issue 2007