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editor’s note


met Cheech Marin a couple weeks ago at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. He had come to town so we could shoot him for this magazine. Or maybe he was here to play golf. Either way, having watched his movies since I was a kid, getting my picture taken with him was a genuine thrill. After the shoot, I got lost somewhere in the nether regions of Clairemont, having failed to find a non-interstate shortcut from La Jolla to the Costco on Morena Boulevard. Driving around, I saw this banner hanging on the front of a church. “Don’t die yet! We’ll tell you why!” I already knew why—so I could meet Cheech. Glad I hadn’t died the day before. (My second thought was that I could probably save these guys some money on banner printing.) Since then, I’ve been trying to come up with jokes about marijuana for this editor’s letter. And when I finally sat down to write, I learned that Amy Winehouse had been found dead. Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and now Amy Winehouse—all rock stars, all dead at age 27. Here I was, trying to crack jokes about drugs while looking at the photo of Cheech and moi, me in my 23 shirt, and Amy Winehouse had just died—potentially of a drug overdose—on July 23. Of course, it’s just coincidence, but the whole 23 thing felt like a sign. Not a ridiculous sign on a house of worship in Clairemont, but a sign nonetheless. Hilarious weed jokes aside (I never came up with one, anyway), the experience gave me pause. And at the risk of sounding preachy, I’d like to share some advice for all you 27s (or 37s or 47s) out there: Have fun—slam a beer, smoke a bowl, stay up ‘til dawn—but whatever you do, don’t party like a rock star. It isn’t worth it. My plan is to heed my own advice, to party like I want to live to party again tomorrow. Maybe that way I’ll be able to find that dispensary…I mean Costco. It’s gotta be around that church somewhere. David Perloff, Editor-In-Chief


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The godfathers of ganja bring their chronic comedy to a new generation

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Hot times at Tiki Oasis; a theater’s rebirth in Coronado; sounding great at Jazz 88.3

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Local fighter dominates the UFC pack

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Padres to retire Trevor Hoffman’s iconic jersey

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105-degree murder

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A guide to the town’s most prevalent pricks

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Local entrepreneurs offer guys a pair with flair

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How to get those coveted, straight locks (without embalming your scalp)


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Taste the pigments of local chefs’ sizzling imaginations

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Punk-loving pageant winner finds her niche behind the bar in Mission Beach

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S.D. Music Awards to honor top local acts—from indie to jazz

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f you notice a cloud hovering over the coast on August 5, it’s not a marine layer—it’s Cheech and Chong and their smokin’ stand-up routine at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Though their ’70s stoner shtick may seem old school, comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are proud of the role they’re still playing in helping change how marijuana use is perceived in society. “It makes you feel almost fatherly in a sort of high way,” says Marin, 64, who will don his trademark tank top, knit cap and suspenders during the show. “We’ve changed the culture and brought stoner comedy to the mainstream,” adds Chong, 73. “When we see people copying us, it’s a compliment. I feel like the granddad that’s left the old car to the kids. ‘Here you go. Have fun with it.’” (Continued on page 24) C O UR T E S Y L I V E N AT I O N

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M arijuana is a very peaceful substance . I think , when marijuana is legali z ed , the wars will end . I t takes y our mind off —Tommy Chong the ugly things in life .


Cheech and Chong frequently use their humor as a vehicle to voice their opinions on the federal government’s War on Drugs and what they view as the inevitable decriminalization of marijuana use. In 2003, Chong became the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s celebrity whipping boy, spending nine months in federal prison for selling “drug paraphernalia” (i.e., bongs) on the Internet. Today, he is a staunch advocate of marijuana as a medicinal substance, as well as a vehicle for world peace. “I’m an old jazz musician,” says Chong, who once performed in an R&B group with Jimi Hendrix. “Before, we had to hide, and that was okay. It was our own secret club. Now, we’re getting close to the point where it will be legal, and I feel vindicated. Marijuana is a very peaceful substance. I think, when marijuana is legalized, the wars will end. It takes your mind off the ugly things in life.” Marin says the United States economy would benefit from legalization, since every toke could be taxed, and the Mexican drug cartels would take a huge hit (to their criminal empire, that is). Despite being onboard the bud bandwagon, neither Cheech nor Chong hits the bong on a regular basis these days. For Chong, giving up

ganja was a heavy decision. “I’m on a diet,” he says, having put down the pipe two months ago. “It’s almost impossible to diet and smoke pot. If I’m high, I have no will power.” Chong says he’s shaken the munchies and lost 10 pounds—though he’s looking forward to lighting up again when his doctor gives him the “green” light. “It’s gonna be like Christmas,” he says. Asked what they hope their audience will take away from their show, Marin says, “a lot of merchandise to cement their experience. Memories can only go so far.” (Especially after that third puff.)

Career Highs FOR Cheech AND Chong MOVIES: Up in Smoke (’78); Cheech & Chong’s Next

Movie (’80); Born in East L.A. (’87) Comedy Singles: Santa Claus And His Old Lady (’71); Sister Mary Elephant (’73); Earache My

Eye (’74); Born In East L.A. (’85) Recent TV appearances Tommy Chong: That ’70s Show; South Park,

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Historic oronado may be best known for the Silver Strand, but these days folks are venturing to the island for movie a peek at its silver screens. theater After remaining shuttered for a decade, the reopens in Coronado 8,500-square-foot Village Theatres at 820 Orange Avenue have

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(1) A screening room at the newly renovated Village Theatres in Coronado; (2) blues, jazz, rock, Zydeco and rock ‘n’ roll legend Dr. John will perform at Jazz 88.3 FM’s annual jazz festival in Ocean Beach, Sept. 10; (3-5) scenes from previous Tiki Oasis events; (6) Marina the Fire-Eating Mermaid will perform at Tiki Oasis, Aug. 18-21.




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lassic hot-rods, mai-tais and burlesque babes—it’s the stuff retro dreams are made of, and key components of San Diego’s 11th annual Tiki Oasis. The summer soiree, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel August 19 to 21 (with a preview party August 18 at the Bali Hai restaurant) will take Hawaiian-shirted attendees back to the 1950s and ’60s, when tropical cocktails flowed, and exotica music and come-hither pinup girls set the scene. The weekend of live music will include rockabilly and rock en español from Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets. And for a tiki tee-hee, check out the comedic flamenco of Marty Lush and His Latin Livers. This year’s theme is a toast to Latin music, which permeated pop culture in the 1960s, introducing Americans to everything from the Cha Cha and Latin Jazz to Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. A bevy of burlesque beauties will gyrate poolside, while a classic car show featuring 25 hot-rods heats up the hotel parking lot. There will also be ukulele jam sessions, live tiki carvings and a samba dance class. Event founder Otto von Stroheim says the event’s seminars will include an educational tequila tasting and lessons in mixing—and consuming—rum cocktails. “It’s the ultimate gathering of the tiki community,” he says.



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an Diego jazz radio station KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM— which also broadcasts blues, country roots and big band music—was named

reopened—and are looking better than ever, thanks to a nearly $3 million dollar face lift. Renovations to the Art Deco movie house, which were inspired by the design concepts of late Disney artist Joseph Musil, include three screening rooms with elaborate 3-D murals of historic sites in Balboa Park and Coronado—replete with faux twinkling night skies. Though you might catch a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show here, don’t expect concession prices to be the same as they were when the cinema opened in 1947, when tickets cost just15 cents. 619.437.6161,

Station of the Year (for larger markets) by JazzWeek, an online industry publication focused on jazz radio programming. Most remaining jazz stations across

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Cruz Control

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Local fighter dominates the UFC pack

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his head. It’s a scene straight out of a Matrix flick. After weeks of trash-talking with his opponent, Cruz realized his ninth straight victory on July 2, during a much-anticipated rematch against Urijah Faber at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Cruz had lost to Faber four years ago (his sole career defeat), when a firstround guillotine choke ended the featherweight title fight. Cruz had relocated from Tucson, Arizona, to San Diego just weeks before that ill-fated fight—a mere shadow of the athlete he is today. Though Faber still goes by the nickname “The California Kid,” Cruz is now equally proud of his

adopted stomping grounds. “I feel like San Diego has made me who I am as a fighter and as an adult,” he says. “I’m San Diego’s only UFC champion. I’m proud to bring it home to San Diego and want to share the experience with everyone here.” Having returned from Vegas with a championship belt around his waist, Cruz is now focused on his next bout, training feverishly at Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista through a combo of sparring, wrestling, boxing and muay thai. “It’s train, train, train. Make improvements, get better, no holes in my game,” Cruz says. “I want to be number one on the poundfor-pound list. Not try—I will.”

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eet Chula Vista’s Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC’s) Bantamweight Champion and, according to mixed martial arts (MMA) website,, the ninth best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Stepping into the octagon with the 25-year-old, 135-pound MMA champ is akin to shadowboxing, a warm-up technique in which a fighter throws punches at an imaginary opponent. Cruz’s fancy, technical footwork and elusive motion make his opponents look like they’re swinging at a shadow of what was—an instant before—

B y pat sh e rman uring the first round of the NBA draft held June 23, the Indiana Pacers scooped up San Diego State Aztecs’ basketball star forward, Kawhi Leonard. Hours later, Leonard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for point guard George Hill. Leonard, the Aztecs’ leading scorer for the 2010-2011 season, helped catapult the team to its first ever NCAA Sweet 16 ranking during a game against Temple University earlier this year. He cemented the win with a deft steal-and-dunk play during the second overtime. At 6’ 7”, Leonard averaged 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last season, helping the Aztecs win a record 34 games.

Former San Diego Padres’ star relief pitcher and all-time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, will have his stats engraved for posterity at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in the near future.

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ew employees have their own anthem blasted over the loudspeakers as thousands of people cheer them on for doing their job—but that’s exactly what retired relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman experienced as a member of the San Diego Padres. The ominous, chiming intro to AC/DC’s Hells Bells put Padres fans on their feet for more than a decade, as Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) ultimate closer made his slow jog from bullpen to mound with just one thing in mind: “Get that first strike.” It wasn’t always like that. Hoffman’s first appearance in a Padres uniform was a rough one. The Pads had just traded away fanfavorite Gary Sheffield in a fire sale, receiving Hoffman, an unknown pitcher and converted shortstop, in the deal­­. He was booed during his first outing with the team. These days, Hoffman can be found in the Padres front office, where he serves as a special assistant to team president, Tom Garfinkel. In homage to his excellence, the club will occasionally play a snippet of Hoffman’s theme song during his promotional appearances on the field. “It feels weird to be hearing Hell Bells and to be coming on in a suit,” says Hoffman, who

spent the last few years of his career pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers. “That song became like an announcement that there’s a job I have to do. It would amp me up and get me focused, whether there was 10,000 people in the crowd, or if the game was sold out. To this day, I get the same feeling when I hear it.” Hoffman, MLB’s all-time saves leader (601), will watch as his iconic number 51 jersey is retired on August 21, following a 1:05 p.m. game against the Florida Marlins. His number will join those of other retired Padres greats in centerfield, including Steve Garvey (No. 6), Tony Gwynn (No. 19), Dave Winfield (No. 31) and Randy Jones (No. 35). Today, Hoffman lives with his wife and three sons, dividing his time between a home in Fairbanks Ranch and a beachfront house in Del Mar. After nearly two decades in professional baseball, he says the word “retirement” can still feel “a bit scary.” “If someone sees number 51 up there with the other retired numbers and asks who he was, the best thing I could be remembered as is a good teammate,” Hoffman says. “Now, I get to do that for my family.”





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’d like to confess to a murder, because after all, this is a humor column. It happened like this… As you may know, the latest fitness craze is hot yoga, in which 25 people are jammed into a 20-by-30-foot room with forced heating that elevates the temperature to 105 degrees. This, so that you can stretch with more elasticity, release toxins and suffer more acutely while converting your body into a salt lick. I approached my first hot yoga session like any other first-time activity that involves other people: head down, avoiding eye contact, going straight to the back of the room so that any and all rookie mistakes would be seen by the fewest number of witnesses. As I stepped into the yoga room (which is not unlike deplaning onto the tarmac of Mars), this dude at the door, surrounded by a bevy of hot chicks, tapped me on the shoulder and boomed in a way over-projected voice, “You’re s’posed to take off your sandals before you

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step into the yoga room, man.” “Oh, yes, of course,” I complied quietly. “Perhaps next time raise the volume a half-decibel so they can hear you in Guam.” I quickly found a slot in the back row middle, looking out at a sea of mats pre-placed by the torture victims still waiting outside for the yogi to march them back into the oven. As they filed in, none other than Loud Man plopped down on the mat directly in front of me. Great. Twenty-three Jennifer Anistons with next to nothing on and I get Loud Man dead ahead. We began with something called the “downward dog,” which is a cross between advanced plyometrics and prison sex. The yogi took us through a score of other positions, for which I had to mimic either Loud Man or the Jennifers next to me, because I had no idea what the yogi was saying. To my ears, the postures sounded like “Chaka Kahn,” “Salmonella,” “Talladega” and “Diverticulitis.” (I recently found out the thing the yogi says at the very end is “Namaste,” which means, “the divinity in me bows to the divinity in you,” in Sanskrit. I learned this after asking the yogi why she always whispered “Monistat 7” at the end of the hour.) The yogi spoke in a soothing voice not unlike the sadistic Lawrence Olivier, when performing radical dental work on Dustin Hoffman without Novocain in the movie Marathon Man. “Always remember: This is your time. Breathe. There’s no ego, no competition, this is all about you and your practice. Think of your mat as your own island paradise,” she said, echoing the immortal saying: No man is an island…until

he’s lying in his own sweat puddle. Thirty-five minutes into the hour, I was doing pretty well. That is, until we were ordered into the Kamikaze pose, or whatever they call it, wherein you stand on one leg, kick your hind leg straight back, spread your arms out like airplane wings and forward-tilt your torso parallel to the floor while looking straight ahead. Did I mention Loud Man was directly in front of me? Wearing shorty-shorts that would have made Magnum P.I.’s hot pants seem like clam diggers? Did I mention Loud Man, aka Horse’s Upward Ass, was NOT WEARING UNDERWEAR? Yeah, that’s right. The seam of his shorty-shorts formed a perfect median strip for his open-air kiwis

some 36 inches from my heatplumped eyeballs. Suffice it to say, I fell out of my pose, nearly toppling a row of Jennifers like dominos. Okay, so I didn’t actually murder Loud Man, but if thoughts are sins the same as actions, I’m guilty of 105-degree murder. Happily, since that fateful day, I have successfully avoided Loud Man. Nevertheless, occasionally during transcendental moments on the mat, I meditate this headline: “Jury Exonerates Yoga Killer; Courtroom Applauds.” Monistat 7. Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph finds his chi weekday mornings with The Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw Show on 100.7 JACK-fm.









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hat do succulent plants, camels and pregnant women have in common? They all retain water. The difference is, camels and expectant mothers—even those exhibiting a maternal glow—can’t enliven windowsills and landscapes like succulents can. (Plus, pregnant women require higher maintenance than cacti.) Even at the hands of delinquent gardeners who forget to water them for weeks, these hearty plants thrive in San Diego climes, adding distinctively Southwest appeal to manicured yards, public parks and freeways. No lawn? No problem. You can grab some of this robust green from just about anywhere—nurseries, grocery stores, even Ikea. (Continued on page 34) Mother-in-law’s tongue

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prime spot to view succs is the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, which has “a long history of displaying and promoting succulents,” says Julian Duval, the garden’s president and CEO. Duval likens the whimsical garden to a tropical, undersea world in which some succulents resemble coral reefs, anemones and starfish.

For thousands of years the elements have deeply influenced global thought and culture. Eden, the tradition continues with a sensory experience unlike any other.


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From Aloe to Zebras Debra Lee Baldwin, a local author who wrote the guides Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, regards San Diego as “the epicenter of all things succulent in the United States.” More than 1,000 varieties of succs (including hybrids) grow in San Diego, where the arid, coastal climate is similar to those of the plants’ birthplaces, including South Africa, Argentina, Mexico and Bolivia. The common Aloe, a flowering succulent, is best known for its homeopathic sibling, Aloe Vera, the pulpy leaves of which produce a clear gel used topically to soothe sunburned skin. Other succulents that grow naturally in San Diego include mother-in-law’s tongue, with its long, serrated and sword-like leaves; thick, ground-covering ice

plants, which bejewel hillsides along interstates with their vibrant violet and yellow flowers; and Zebra plants, which are adorned with tiny, silvery pearls that form distinct stripes on the leaves. Orchids may not grow naturally here, but they can flourish in this climate—and they succs, too.

Kinder Garden As a rule of (green) thumb, Baldwin recommends planting succulents in a half-and-half mixture of potting soil and pumice, which allows for draining while keeping the soil as damp as a wrung-out sponge. As for sunlight, succulents along the coast can tolerate full sun all year; inland succs need an afternoon shade break from sweltering summers. For more planting tips, visit (Continued on page 36)

The San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society hosts annual shows featuring collectable plants grown by vendors throughout Southern California. The next such event, put on by the Society’s Escondido chapter, is scheduled for late October at the San Diego

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: dinner plate aeonium; euphorbia shrub (aka naked lady and sticks on fire); variegated century plant (aka American aloe)

Stay Thirsty, My Friend Succs succeed in San Diego County, “where we can grow more varieties year-round than anywhere else in the country,” says Julian Duval, president and CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Succulents can withstand long periods of drought by storing water in their stems and fleshy leaves, making them ideal for the yards of homeowners griping about high water bills. “Since 70 percent of drinkable water goes to landscaping, low-

watering succulent gardens conserve precious water,” Duval says. More than just a pretty, prickly face, these low-maintenance plants also make economical alternatives to grass lawns. Plus they’re fire-retardant, so they’re great for San Diego landscapes vulnerable to wildfires.

What’s Bugging You? Succulents are fairly insect resistant, except for mealy bugs and aphids. Baldwin’s favorite bug-zapping juice is full-strength rubbing alcohol dispensed from a misting bottle.

Rancho Soledad Nurseries in Rancho Santa Fe has become the glitterati of succulent nurseries, thanks to celebrity grower, Kelly Griffin. A mix of Old MacDonald and Dr. Frankenstein, Griffin creates exotic succs by shrinking aloe and agave into dwarves sure to jazz-up any container. They’re perfect for windowsill and condo gardeners short on space.

Botanic Garden. Cuyamaca College has an award-winning, five-acre water conservation garden with an impressive assortment of draught-resistant succulents. Sunset Magazine listed the garden one of the 10 must-see gardens on the West Coast. The college also has a licensed retail nursery that’s open to the public.

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Italian-made Pantofola D’Oro sneakers will be sold through finer U.S. shoe retailers beginning early next year.

PROPRIETORS Local entrepreneurs offer guys a pair with flair


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hen it comes to putting their feet in their mouths, men seem never to run out of material. Putting their feet in shoes, however, is a different story, as guys have fewer footwear options than women do. Clunky high-tops are hip, but Chuck Taylors can look too young. Sandals are cool and comfortable, but they’re often too casual. Dress shoes work with suits, but they clash with jeans, and faux-scuffed boots are too poseur. What’s a boy to do? Two San Diego outfits offer men the chance to slip into something a little more comfortable (and chic): imported Italian sneakers. Get ready to tie one on.

Coming to America Michael Lamb, owner of Carlsbad-based wireless company Ecolink Intelligent Technology, saw his first pair of Pantofola d’Oro (Italian for “golden slippers”) sneakers while traveling through Germany and knew he had to have a pair of his own. Pantofola d’Oro was founded in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, in 1886. By the 1940s, Emidio Lazzarini, a cobbler and grandson of the company’s original cobbler, began crafting shoes he could wear while wrestling (his hobby). Local athletes got wind of how comfortable the shoes were, and Lazzarini began making them for the city’s soccer club—a move that helped position Pantofola d’Oro to become what it is today: one of the best-selling soccer and dress sneaker lines in Europe. (Continued on page 40) 38 {August 2011}

FOOT PATROL (from left): Former NFL linebacker Glenn Cadrez (husband of former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate of the Year, Brande Roderick); Michael Lamb, owner of Carlsbad’s Ecolink Intelligent Technology; Mark Baldi, owner of Platypus Studios marketing communications firm; and John Bonano, owner of SP Media advertising agency and Eyeful Studios video production company.

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After returning from Germany, Lamb kicked up interest in the shoes among a few of his Rancho Santa Fe buddies, including Mark Baldi, John Bonano and former NFL linebacker Glenn Cadrez. The foursome contacted the Pantofola headquarters and, after some wheeling and dealing, purchased exclusive rights to market and sell the shoes in the U.S. (The team also hopes to

secure rights for Canada, South America and Australia.) Next step: the sneakers are expected to arrive in NeimanMarcus and Fred Segal stores in spring 2012.

A Foot in the Door Capitalizing on introductions from their fashion connections in L.A., the Rancho Santa Fe foursome convinced Maroon 5 singer Adam

Levine to get involved with the brand (an endorsement deal is pending). Racecar drivers Mario Andretti and sons are in discussions with Pantofola to design a custom race shoe for the brand, and the men of Boardwalk Empire will be wearing the shoes on-screen in the upcoming season of the HBO hit series. In addition, the sister of clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger,

best foot forward Stile Italiano owner, Nico Stanzione, and an assortment of the Italian sneaks for sale at his Hillcrest boutique.


native of Naples, Italy, Nico Stanzione opened Stile Italiano boutique in Hillcrest to offer the men of San Diego a style intervention. And since even the police in Italy wear uniforms designed by Valentino, heeding Stanzione’s advice makes

Ginny Hilfiger, has signed on to design the women’s line. The average American man may not look as hot as a professional soccer player, but, thanks to Pantofola D’Oro, now he can look as fashionable—and maybe improve his chances of scoring off the field. Pantofola D’Oro shoes retail from between $200 and $400.

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good fashion sense. Stanzione says shopping at Stile Italiano makes men feel like they’re wearing Armani, while spending like they’re at Express. Everything in his store is imported from Italy—the suits, shirts, jackets and dress sneakers, including Stanzione’s own designs, the Roma and the Firenze. “Italians are experts when it comes to color and fabric in shoe design,” says Stanzione, who imports from Milan, Rome and Naples. “My sneakers aren’t too Italian. I select them based on what I think is more in sync with tastes of U.S. men. It’s a balance of Italian and U.S. style.” Stile Italiano’s sneakers retail for $100 or less 142 University Ave., Suite D, Hillcrest 619.288.7968,

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How to get those coveted, STRAIGHT locks (without embalming your scalp) B y R e b e kah S ag e r


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rom the moment a curly-haired girl gets her first straight-blonde Barbie doll, the quest to conquer the frizz is on. And into adulthood, as they battle with at-home relaxers, flat irons and reverse perms, girls with curls become slaves to the war against humidity, often going to hairlarious lengths to tame their unruly manes.

Blown Away First up is Del Mar’s newest bar, Drybar. There are no cocktails, cuts or color here—just perfect blowouts for $35. Drybar founder Alli Webb opened her first shop in Brentwood in 2010. With nine salons now open, and three more on the way, Webb has found a way into the hearts of legions of corkscrew-haired chicas. Drybar stylists offer blowouts with styling choices named after cocktails, like the Straight Up (simple and straight), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth), the Southern Comfort (big hair with

Though Beyoncé and other kinkyheaded divas empower some women to let their freak curls fly, it’s the über-straight locks of the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian and Princess Catherine that typically set the trends. If a brush with fame seems far-fetched, check out these local salons that are helping us San Diego girls set things straight.


volume) and a few other options. “We’re offering women an affordable luxury,” Webb says. “It’s an homage to old Hollywood, where getting your hair done weekly at the beauty salon was the norm. We’re not changing the world here, but we

promise a transformation.” Having inherited my father’s soft, wavy curls and my mother’s “Jew-fro,” I had to give Drybar a try. Though I love my curly hair, I also love how it looks when it’s been straightened.

I opted for the Southern Comfort and went from, “Did you know you look a little like Alicia Keys?” to “You kinda look like Marisa Tomei.” Not bad. 12857 El Camino Real, Del Mar (Continued on page 44)

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TAKE A SEAT: At Dr. Walinski’s dental spa, a massage chair, serene atmosphere, skyline views and peaceful music make seeing the dentist fun (well, almost).

(Consider it practice for what you’ll be doing when you meet your new dentist, Christoper J. Walinski, DDS)

HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVERS: For a beautiful smile with a lifetime guarantee, Dr. Walinski uses daVinci Veneers, the brand favored in Hollywood and showcased on the hit TV shows, Extreme Makeover and The Swan. SERVICES: Implants: usually a better option than a fixed bridge or removable partial. Laser Gum Surgery: minimally-invasive option to traditional cut, scrape and sew periodontal treatment. Invisible Braces: benefit fromthe same beautiful results as traditional methods with our new (almost invisible) braces. ÂŽ

WELCOME, RELAX: Dr. Christopher J. Walinski is nationally renowned for his conservative approach to patient care. SEE THE LIGHT: Dr. Walinski is an expert and pioneer in Laser Dentistry, a practice which is more precise and causes less collateral damage than traditional drilling. His book on the subject has been published around the world in ten languages. “I hated going to the dentist when I was a kid. Hated the pain. Hated the smell. Hated the sound of the drill. In hindsight, I think that’s why I’ve become so compassionate with my own patients.�— Dr. Christopher Walinski (Former President of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry) and your new dentist

CHEW ON THIS: Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar that stops cavities, period. Dr. Walinski recommends Epic (, which comes with a cavity-free guarantee—if you use Epic gum or mints and ever get another cavity, they will give you a full refund. Standard Pricing for exam, X-rays and cleaning: $349. Reduced to $99 for Pacific Magazine readers— this special offer is not being published elsewhere.

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f giving your hair a formaldehyde bath sounds appealing, then a Brazilian hair straightening treatment is the way to go. A kinder, gentler approach can be found in keratin smoothing treatments, which promise to soften hair, make it shinier, reduce styling time and maintain texture and volume—and without the weird curly lines that sometimes plague women when hair grows back in. PacificSD’s marketing maven,

a few days but was skeptical as to how it would look after the first wash,” Baker says. “Surprisingly enough, it worked. I wanted it to look beachy, fun and sexy—and I think they got it right. I haven’t done anything but wash, condition and use texture spray since.”



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Jet Rhys keratin smoothing treatments start at $250. 3846 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest 437 S. Hwy 101, Suite 205, Solana Beach


Alyson Baker opts for Jet Rhys Hair’s keratin smoothing treatment.

Alyson Baker, agreed to have her hair professionally smoothed by keratin specialist Jennifer Schadt at Jet Rhys Hair, in Hillcrest, which has been beautifying San Diego heads for almost 20 years. The keratin process is fairly simple. A stylist washes and conditions the hair, applies the keratin treatment, leaves it in for 20 minutes, and then follows that with a blow dry and flatiron treatment. Initially, the hair is left pin-straight, but after 72 hours (in which clients are instructed not to bathe or sweat), a more manageable and attractive version of one’s curls return. “I liked having straight hair for

Just Blown In Also shooting air at problem hair is La Jolla’s newly-opened Naturale Hair Blows. The alternative blow dry salon offers a variety of styles, with an emphasis on all-natural and organic products. Owner Marla Ariza 44 {August 2011}

even offers a “day after” option, in which women can drop in after a night of partying and receive a $10 blow-out touch-up. 7932 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, 858.228.8194,

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COLDRUSH Beat the summer heat with San Diego’s frozen treats

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Keeping cool like Cheech Marin isn’t as easy as it looks. No sweat. When the summer sun gives us hot times, PacificSD makes cold calls—a countywide collection of America’s Finest and frostiest sweet spots—to help you lick the heat (and those pesky munchies) in style. Can a brain freeze of this magnitude be habit forming? Ask Cheech...

Out Cold

Chilling indoors to escape the heat? Check out PacificSD’s cover man, Cheech Marin (pictured at left), in his 1981 film, Nice Dreams. In this cult classic, Marin teams up with comedic sidekick Tommy Chong (see page 23) to sell marijuana ice cream made from herb grown at a covert, beach house plantation. The film also stars late LSD guru Timothy Leary and Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Rubens.


just the fax Cheech Marin’s sham sundaes and counterfeit cones come courtesy of Fax Foods, in Vista. For the ultimate fake-out, visit

Viva Pops savory posicles

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When it comes to popsicles, there’s more on the market these days than the Bomb Pops and Otter Pops kids score from ice cream trucks. At Viva Pops, they’re freezing fresh fruit, dairy and herbs to produce flavors such as Salted Caramel, Strawberry Basil and Margarita with Salt. Viva Pops uses as much seasonal, local produce as possible, but in the end, it’s not all that heady. Popsicles—even the mango-chili kind—are all about a tasty return to childhood. Viva Pops, 3330 Adams Ave., Normal Heights 619.795.1080,

Tap That

In the world of yogurt shops, where seemingly no flavor is off limits, Linda Vista’s Fiji Yogurt stands apart from the pack. Fiji’s sibling co-owners, Kyle and Cory Miholich, team up with neighbors Home Brew Mart and the MIHO Gasrotruck to create regular beer-and-food tasting events. The Miholich brothers whip up batches of beer-flavored yogurt for the events, creating flavors including Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Caffe Calabria coffee bean chunks and Even Keel Ale-lemonade-ginger sorbet. The next tasting at Fiji is August 11. Cheers! Fiji Yogurt, 5401 Linda Vista Rd., Suite 407, Linda Vista 619.299.9984,

Fit for a King

Pastry chef Rachel King turns tradition on its head at Searsucker. Her King Sundae— comprised of peanut butter cup-flavored ice cream, candied pecans, torched bananas and…wait for it…bacon caramel sauce—is the chill equivalent of a hunk of burning love. “It was inspired by Elvis’ favorite sandwich (peanut butter and banana),” says King, who admits she also wanted to see her name on the menu. “The combination is perfect—salty, sweet, cold, hot, creamy, crunchy. I love contrast, and this dessert hits the mark.” Searsucker, 611 Fifth Ave, Downtown 619.233.7327,

WHAT A Mess!

Sammy’s Messy Sundae

Slices may be the name of the game at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, but their aptly-named Messy Sundae is legendary. Served in a 22-ounce glass, the confection is a decadent eruption of caramel and chocolate syrups. The sticky-sweet, walnut-studded behemoth’s been on the menu since Sammy’s opened its first location in 1989. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza 10 locations countywide,


Domo Arigato, Mr. Gelato When it comes to gelato—Italy’s extra rich and creamy version of ice cream—it’s all about tradition and the perfect marriage of texture and flavors. In San Diego, nobody does this better than Gelato Vero Caffe, a double-decker sanctuary for Italian coffee drinks and icy mounds of perfection at the foot of Mission Hills. Though their suped-up gelatos include a Mocha Rum Crunch, nothing screams authentic Italiano louder than Gelato Vero’s Chocolate Hazelnut. With bursts of cocoa and nuttiness in every bite, your taste buds will feel like they’ve just arrived in Florence. 3753 India St. (at the corner of Washington St.) Middletown, 619.295.9269

Keepin’ it Rio

Packed with free-radical-fighting antioxidants and healthful omega fatty acids, the Amazonian açai berry is getting a lot of play these days, and no place in town is playing it up quite like Sambazon Açai Café. As the only source of freetrade açai in the county, the Cardiff-by-the-Sea café serves simultaneous doses of fuel, flavor and conscience. Offerings include their Brazilian Rio Bowl, a combination of frozen açai blended with banana and apple juice, topped with granola and more bananas. “It’s just like you’d find on the beaches of Rio,” says Sambazon’s communications manager, Kaia Lai. “You can also build your own bowl, choosing from 18 toppings.” Sambazon Açai Café, 2031 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea 760.230.2380, Gelato Vero Caffe’s triple threat

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Wet Willie’s daquiri wall

Wonder Wall

Poet Ogden Nash said, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Have both at the same time at Wet Willie’s in the Gaslamp, where a rainbow of frozen daquiri machines line the huge wall behind the bar. Make a great escape with a cup of Bahama Mama, a mixture of banana, coconut, raspberry and Bacardi light and dark rums. Or erase the experience from memory with a Call a Cab, a pink drink made with 153 or 190 proof grain alcohol. Wet Willie’s, 555 Market St., Gaslamp 619.546.8747,


Shore is Good

You can’t drink on the beach, but you can get a serious brain freeze steps from the sand at P.B. Shore Club, which serves up Vodka Red Bull Slushies to the masses. Shore Club owner Doug Sondomowicz says that during busy weeks, the iconic beach bar powers through 150 cases of Red Bull to make the stiff, frozen drink. “Sometimes we do margaritas and Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonades in the summer, but we can barely keep the Vodka Red Bulls frozen with all five machines going on a sunny day,” Sondomowicz says. PB Shore Club, 4343 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach 858.272.7873,


It wouldn’t be summer in San Diego without margaritas. For some of the county’s finest, head to Hacienda de Vega in Escondido. Their Hacienda Margarita, a tamarindand tequila-based refresher with potent, Mexican chile-salt on the rim of the glass, turns up the heat with the greatest of cool. Hacienda de Vega, 2608 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 760.738.9804,

Making homemade ice cream doesn’t require Granny’s old crank machine or that newfangled Cuisinart model. All you need is a Ziploc bag, a few standard ingredients and five minutes. Check out the directions below for the easiest—and freshest—vanilla ice cream on the planet.


¼ cup whole milk or half and half ¼ cup whipping cream 1 tablespoon granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pint-size, sealable plastic food storage bag 1 gallon-size, sealable plastic food storage bag 6 tablespoons rock salt Ice cubes Sambazon Açai Café’s Brazilian Rio Bowl


Combine the milk, cream, sugar and vanilla in the pint-size bag and seal tightly. Fill the gallon-size bag halfway with ice and add the rock salt. Place the pint-size bag in the larger one and seal. Shake until the mixture reaches the consistency of ice cream (about five minutes). Open the large bag, extract the small one, wipe the saltwater off of it, then open it slowly and serve. Recipe yields one scoop.

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t’s not all puppies and ice cream at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. Sure, kids shoot hoops, swim laps and play hopscotch there, but the Encinitas Y location is also home to one of the county’s gnarliest vert ramps. Vert ramps can get junky from weather and neglect, but the dedicated Y staff keeps their ramp in tip-top condition. Even vert god Tony Hawk has been known to skate there, and apparently his gift-to-shred has rubbed off on a few of the grommets that make the place their second home. Logging copious air time at the Y each week—often shredding like pros—are: Annika Vrklan, 7, Evan Aronson-Neel, 9, Sammy Schoonderwoerd, 15, and Austin Poynter, 16. These four bust their noses, break bones and get knocked out…and love nearly every minute of it. They’d all gladly pitch a tent and crash at the Y to gain an extra hour of riding time—if only their parents would let them. Expect great things from these four upstarts. And when one or more of them ascend to the ranks of Tony Hawk, remember—you saw them here first. * SEE LINGO BOX, PAGE 54

A u s t i n P o y n t e r < a g e 16 > PacificSD: What’s the gnarliest trick you’ve done on a vert ramp or pool? Poynter: It would have to be a 540. Why did you choose vert skating instead of street skating? Vert always seemed more interesting to me. When I first saw a vert ramp, I told myself, “I want to do that one day.” Describe your worst slam. I was skating in a pool about 10-feet deep, trying a backside disaster.* It didn’t feel right, so I bailed, but on the way down I clipped my foot on the board, and the board flung up in the air and came straight down on my spine. It pushed my disc forward and I still have to get it pushed back every couple months. Are you scared to slam like that again? It was kind of random, but it’s still pretty scary. Number of hospital visits? About four—just one broken wrist, knock on wood. Do you listen to music when you skate? I thrash to the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath and AC/DC, with some Red Hot Chili Peppers in the mix. 52 {August 2011}

Austin Poynter tweaks-out a stylish backside nose grab

Fill in the blanks: I’ve been skating for: Seven years. My sponsors are: Oakley, Powell-Peralta, Bones wheels, Osiris skate shoes, S-One helmets, 187 pads and McGill’s Skateshop.

My favorite skater is: Alex Perelson, because he has the best style and can skate everything. My favorite music to skate to is: Classic rock. Skateboarding is cooler than rollerblading because: It’s not even close!

If I won the lottery today, I would: Bring back the old Vans mini-ramps and street course. My goal in skateboarding is to: Keep it fun. I would be stoked if skateboarding became an official Olympic event, because: It would be getting the recognition it needs.




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BACKSIDE DISASTER: 180-degree turn with a stall/pause at the top of the ramp CORKED OUT: air with a combo twist/invert (upside down) FRONTSIDE 5-0 GRIND: only back truck (wheel axle) grinds pool coping INDY 540: 540-degree rotation combined with an Indy (back-hand) grab OLLIE: popping the board into air using momentum from feet and legs (no hands) SACKED IT: fell painfully—with one leg on either side of a rail TRANSITION: skating on anything but the street or flat ground (i.e., ramps or pools) Annika Vrklan busts a frontside 5-0 in the deep end.

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ANNI K A “ ANNI ” V RKLAN < a g e 7 > PacificSD: What’s the gnarliest trick you’ve done on a vert ramp or pool? Vrklan: Frontside 5-0* grind on the deep end of the 11-foot bowl. Is skateboarding cooler than other sports? No, because most of the skaters I know do a ton of sports, and it is cool to be on a team as well. Why did you choose vert skating over street skating? When I started skating, I did skate all

transition.* But now I skate everything from bowl to vert to mini-ramp and am really loving rails and huge ollies* in the street. Describe your worst slam. It was two years ago, when I was 5. I was warming up for the King of the Groms contest (editor’s note: a national skateboarding competition for skaters ages 12 and younger). I was doing a frontside air, slipped and did a huge faceplant. I went and iced my face in the office and

competed anyway, because that’s how I roll. Number of hospital visits? Once, when I was born. Do you listen to music when you skateboard? I’ll crank up some Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, Chili Peppers or All American Rejects. Do you want to compete with the guys when you grow up? Yes. I already do and I know I can hang.

Fill in the blanks: I’ve been skating for: Three years. My sponsors are: Hoopla Skateboards, Les Ettes Cosmetics, All Girl Skate Jam, Rockstar Bearings, Tail Wags helmet covers, Little Ruler clothing and Grind King. My favorite skater is: Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, because she is so nice to me and inspires me to pull a 720. My favorite music to skate to is: Fast music like pop and rock. It feels just like I am flying. When I’m not skateboarding, I like to: Surf, go to the pool, snowboard, do gymnastics and play with my friends. If I won the lottery today, I would: Build an indoor skate park where all the kids could skate every day, and give the rest to my mom and dad. We would travel to the coolest skate spots all over the world. The best thing about skateboarding is: Hanging out with my friends and learning new tricks. The worst thing about skateboarding is: Slamming hard, spraining anything or watching any friends get hurt. My goal in skateboarding is to: Always have a great time. I like to have sessions with pros, old guys, groms and anyone that will skate with me and loves what they do. I would be stoked if skateboarding became an official Olympic event, because: Everybody would see that skateboarding does rule, and the signs that say “no skateboarding” would stop.


Evan Aronson-Neel floats a Method air.

E v a n A r o n s o n - N e e l < age 9 > PacificSD: What’s the gnarliest trick you’ve done on a vert ramp or pool? Aronson-Neel: Frontside 540* on the vert ramp at the YMCA in Encinitas. Is skateboarding cooler than other sports? Yeah, skaters are just different. But any sport is better than video games. And it’s my transportation. Why did you choose vert skating

instead of street skating? I also like street skating. Variety is the spice of life. Describe your worst slam. I was trying to board-slide a big rail and sacked* it. It was sunny out. Is that descriptive enough? Are you scared to slam like that again? Scared is a big word, but, yes. Number of hospital visits?

I broke my arm walking on the train tracks, broke my hand running to the water fountain. Nothing from skating, though. Do you listen to music when you skateboard? I like Green Day, Dead Kennedys, Jacko, Cee Lo Green, AC/DC, Purple Helmet—that’s my dad’s horrible band—NOFX and Nirvana.

Fill in the blanks: I’ve been skating for: Seven years. My sponsors are: Emerald City Surf/Skate in Coronado and Anarchy Eyewear. My favorite skater is: Tony Hawk. My favorite music to skate to is: Green Day. Skateboarding is cooler than rollerblading, because: Rollerblading is lame—no offense. When I’m not skateboarding, I like to: Play the

drums, play baseball and eat candy. If I won the lottery today, I would: Buy a yacht, build a huge hotel with a skate park and buy a party island with waves for when I’m 21. My goal in skateboarding is: To become a pro. I would be stoked if skateboarding became an official Olympic event, because: I’d be competing, going for the gold, baby!

S a m m y S c h o o n d e r w o e r d < a g e 15 > PacificSD: What’s the gnarliest trick you’ve done on a vert ramp or pool? Schoonderwoerd: A corked-out Indy 540.* Is skateboarding cooler than other sports? Yes. Skating is less performance-based and more about expressing yourself creatively. With skating, you don’t have to be super tall or a certain body type. You can shred no matter what size you are. Why did you choose vert skating instead of

Fill in the blanks: I’ve been skating for: Eight years My sponsors are: McGill’s skate shop, Powell, Bones, S-One helmets, 187 pads. My favorite skater is: Alex Perelson, because he works really hard and he just wants to learn new tricks. He doesn’t sweat

street skating? You go a lot faster and a lot higher. Describe your worst slam. I got knocked trying an Indy 540. The last thing I remember is going up the ramp, and then I was laying on my back, looking up at the bottom of the ramp with seven people surrounding me. Number of hospital visits? Seven. I’ve been lucky to not break a bone in skating but I have gotten a lot of

contests too much. Skateboarding is cooler than rollerblading because: Which is in the X Games? Enough said. When I’m not skateboarding, I like to: Play basketball, surf, hang out with friends. If I won the lottery today, I would: Travel all over and skate every park in the world.

concussions—and stitches about three times. Do you listen to music when you skateboard? No. Every time I listen to music while skating, I get worked. I fell and bent my iPod so bad it looked like a half-pipe. What have been your biggest achievements in skateboarding? Probably the Gatorade Free Flow Tour in Salt Lake City. I got free food, free flight, free hotel. I felt like a rock star. It was so rad.

Also, I would go skydiving—one of my top goals in life. The best thing about skateboarding is: Working super hard to land a trick and finally stomp it. The worst thing about skateboarding is: Slamming and having to take time off from skating. Then you’re all rusty.

My goal in skateboarding is to: Work as hard as I can and learn as many tricks as I can. The rest will pan out. I would be bummed if skateboarding became an official Olympic event, because: Skateboarding is so much different than just a random sport. It has no rules or regulations. Sammy sucks up a frontside Stalefish.



BACON ME CRAZY Taste the new pigments of local chefs’ sizzling imaginations

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an Diego chefs are in the throes of a bacon mania, using cured pork to create everything from jam to ice cream. This bacon blitz may be rooted in the fact that most professional chefs are men. A study commissioned to determine which perfumes really set men’s noses alight concluded that the average fellow’s favorite scent is frying bacon. Some men like the aroma so much, they want it not only in their mouths but also coming out of their pores (see “Smell Like a Pig” sidebar, page 62). Here’s a sample platter of dishes Finest City foodies are sure to be squealing about. (Continued on page 60)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Quarter Kitchen’s Brandt prime flat iron steak with applewood-smoked bacon; Quality Social’s baconwrapped, Tijuana-style hot dog with pico de gallo and avocado; Sea Rocket Bistro’s grass-fed beef burger with bacon jam.

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DINING OUT Drawn and Quartered Quarter Kitchen chef Brian Pusztai satisfies bacon-hounds’ basic instincts with an entrée of Brandt prime flat iron steak with applewood-smoked bacon, soft polenta, field carrots, asparagus and torpedo onion ragu. That creamy delight on the side? Sherry bacon Béarnaise sauce (sans the standard tarragon and shallots), tasting slightly of bacon fat. Quarter Kitchen (at Andaz San Diego) 600 F Street, Gaslamp 619.814.2000, In a Jam How does Sea Rocket Bistro chef Chad White build a better burger? By dressing grass-fed beef with caramelized onions, roasted tomato, aioli, housemade pickles and, for the coup de grâce, his very own bacon jam. “We take bacon, molasses, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar, marry it, puree it, reduce it to syrup and spread it on a burger,” White says. Sea Rocket Bistro 3382 30th Street, North Park 619.255.7049, Going Whole Hog At Quality Social, which bills itself modestly as “a bar with food,” executive chef Jared Van Camp uses entire pigs to create various menu items, including charcuterie. He also makes his own hot dogs, which can be ordered TJ-style—wrapped in bacon (cured on site) and dressed with pico de gallo and avocado. Still feeling piggish? Try the bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts. Quality Social 789 6th Avenue, Gaslamp 619.501.7675, 60 {August 2011}

Smell of Success At Searsucker (the California Restaurant Association’s 2011 Gold Medallion winner for Best New Restaurant in San Diego), chef Brian Malarkey spreads his baconnaise, or bacon-flavored mayo, on a toasted ciabatta roll, heaping it with succulent, pulled pork with Bourbon barbecue sauce; peach-cabbage slaw; and tiny, crisp onion rings. After pigging out on dinner, try the decadent “King” Sundae, made with peanut butter cup ice cream and topped with baconhoney caramel sauce. Searsucker 611 5th Avenue, Gaslamp 619.233.7327, Stick a Pork in It Jsix chef Christian Graves, who cures his own charcuterie, offers this ultimate tribute to the porker: a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin entrée served with golden polenta, cipollini onions and black truffle aioli. Jsix (at Hotel Solamar) 616 J Street, San Diego, Gaslamp, 619.531.8744, Pie in the Sky For a slice of hog heaven, try Pizza Nova’s specialty pie, made with pancetta (a salt-cured, spiced Italian bacon), Portobello mushrooms and black truffle oil. Pizza Nova Locations: Hillcrest, Point Loma, Solana Beach, San Marcos What Else is New? Marrying bacon to something healthy like cauliflower seems contrary to the spirit of selfindulgence, but it definitely improves the taste of the vegetable side dish offered at Eddie V’s, a deluxe restaurant chain set to open its new La Jolla location August 1. Spiked with shallots, the bacon-rich

cauliflower accompanies Eddie V’s hand-cut steaks and seafood selections. Eddie V’s 1270 Prospect Street, La Jolla Meat You There On August 15, downtown’s celebrated Bice Ristorante will celebrate the Italian feasting holiday, Ferragosto, with a fivecourse meal that includes a salad with bacon-wrapped warm goat cheese and a dessert of fruit sorbet with mango sauce and chocolate-dipped bacon. Bice Ristorante 425 Island Ave., Gaslamp 619.239.2423, All Wrapped Up Offshore Tavern and Grill in Bay Park is serving up the ultimate in manly, meat-lovers’ grub, wrapping their house meatloaf with bacon and topping it with barbeque au jus and crispy onion strips. This meaty marvel is served with fries at lunch and garlic mashed potatoes at dinner. Offshore Tavern and Grill 2253 Morena Blvd., Bay Park 619.276.2253, HEAD OF THE CLASS Tavern at the Beach is giving beer drinkers something to squeal about on House Party Wednesdays, serving free bacon slices with every beer. Add in a game of Giant Twister for a real swine time. The Tavern at the Beach 1200 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach 858.272.6066, (Continued on page 62) FROM TOP: Quarter Kitchen chef Brian Pusztai and his bacon-laced beef entrée; Quality Social chef de cuisine, Sam Burman, with a slab of the eatery’s house-cured bacon; Sea Rocket Bistro chef Chad White and his burger with bacon jam.


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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A spoonful of Sea Rocket Bistro’s bacon jam; Quality Social’s Manhattan cocktail with bacon; bacon-wrapped dates at Quality Social.

Smell Like a Pig Though most guys don’t dig being called pigs (even when their philandering ways warrant it), they may opt to smell like swine with Fargginay’s new fragrance, bacon (pronounced bay-cone). The makers of this new fragrance, which smells like mom’s breakfast table, guarantee it will have your sex life sizzling. Try the “spicy maple” cologne for men or the “sizzling citrus” perfume for women.

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A sampling of summer-ready sangrias B y B rand o n H e rn á nd e z P h o t o s by br e v i n b l ach


or many California oenophiles, the word “wine” conjures thoughts of what we know and what we’re known for: earthy, smoky, Napa Valley cabernets. The thought of diluting that may seem odd at first, but such apprehensions melt away after a few sips of Spain’s chill adult beverage— sangria. This high-octane, wine-based punch, with its intense fruitforwardness, is the perfect elixir to combat San Diego’s late-summer sizzle. To help you stay cool, here are two restaurant versions and a recipe to try for yourself—a veritable Red, White and You of San Diego sangrias. Salud!

RED At Wet Stone Wine Bar, a cozy, wine and small-pates eatery in Bankers Hill, owner, chef and sommelier Christian Gomez makes his Stonefruit Red Sangria with blueberries and, as the name suggests, nectarines, peaches and other softfleshed fruits with pits (or stones). Wet Stone’s sangria has created a big buzz—and not just for those who consume it. Gomez is in talks with a company interested in marketing and distributing his recipes for red, white and a recentlyreleased rosé sangria made with pomegranates, strawberries and a secret Middle Eastern ingredient. “I’m pretty amazed by the popularity of it,” says Gomez, who goes through about 10 gallons of sangria on a good night. “With San Diego being such a weather-friendly city, sangria is just a shoe-in and a complement to the lifestyle.”

WHITE When it comes to sangria, few local spots mix up a more authentic version than Cafe Sevilla, downtown’s premier destination for tapas, salsa dancing and Spanish culture since 1987. Sevilla’s white sangria (which started out as a summer-only drink, but became so popular that it’s now 64 {August 2011}

served year-round) comprises a variety of liqueurs, enhancing the flavor of the oranges and red and green apple slices that give the drink its fruity backbone. Chief among them is Licor 43—a spirit made from 43 Mediterranean fruits and herbs—which adds additional citrus essences and a delicate hint of vanilla.

Wet Stone Wine Bar’s Stonefruit Red Sangria

daily. Today’s favorite? HoneyCantaloupe Sangria. “I wanted to create a lighter, white sangria that you can enjoy during the hot summer months in San Diego,” Hockmeyer says. “The inspiration behind it was to deconstruct some of the flavors in Sauvignon Blanc— honey, melon, thyme—and add those elements to it.”

Add the wine to the purée, then refrigerate for at least two hours. To serve, pour the sangria into a glass containing ice cubes and fresh cubed cantaloupe.

Cafe Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp 619.233.5979,

Whisknladle’s Honey Cantaloupe Sangria

AND YOU A recipe for Success A popular hub for craft cocktails, La Jolla’s Whisknladle approaches its sangria with the same spirit of innovation. Based on the whims of mixologist Justin Hockmeyer, the restaurant’s sangria changes almost

Honey Cantaloupe Sangria 2 1/3 cups cantaloupe, cubed 1 cup cucumber, chopped 1/3 cup honey 2/3 cup water 2 sprigs fresh thyme 2 bottles sauvignon blanc

Combine the fruit, honey and water in a blender and purée.

Wet Stone Wine Bar 1927 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill 619.255.2856, Whisknladle 1044 Wall St., La Jolla 858.551.7575,

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SENSATION pop princess Katy Perry brings her sugar-coated spectacle to San Diego


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n a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Katy Perry says she sees candy canes where the rest of us earthlings see road construction signs. Share Perry’s sweet visions, August 9 at Valley View Casino Center, when the glitzy candy girl delivers a sugar rush of pure pop delight, including her hits I Kissed A Girl, Teenage Dream and California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg, who performs Aug. 12 at Harrah’s Rincon Casino).

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ABOVE: Rafter gets in touch with his analogloving side. BELOW: Rafter, live.

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but Rafter credits Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo and The Beach Boys as influences for the collaborative work—and with that kind of inspiration, he just might pull it off. Even his last release, Quiet Storm, which Rafter says was inspired by black metal and a “human mind explosion,” managed to be danceable and occasionally pretty (for audible proof, download the track Fire Fire, Water Water for free at When he’s not stretching the boundaries of artistic expression with his own music, Rafter composes quirky, smart and effective ad jingles for Crayola, Subaru and other corporate clients—something he’s been doing since 2000 via his company and studio, Singing Serpent. Going commercial is a creative solution for an artist like Rafter, who has a family to support. “I’m able to use what I’m best at to make a living, which is totally a blessing,” he says. “I know that a lot of people aren’t so lucky.” Rafter plays Soda Bar with Mr. Tube and The Flying Objects on Friday, August 5; and at the BellyUp Tavern with Bushwalla on Wednesday, August 31.

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Caribbean, punk, noise rock and countless other genres. Normally, this much genre hopscotch would spell career suicide for an artist, but for Rafter…well…not so much. He makes music that he likes, and if someone else likes it, he’s stoked. Fortunately for Rafter, NYCbased record label Asthmatic Kitty has supported his erratic musical nature since day one, including his spastic side project, Bunky (with Emily Joyce). His eighth release, Roberts & Lord, a collaboration with U.K. electronic musician Simon Lord (of Black Ghosts fame), is slated for a September 6 release on the AK label. Lord sold Rafter on the collaboration via Myspace. At the time, Rafter had “cooked up” about 25 instrumental tracks, but he hadn’t been able to find the lyrics to match. “(Lord) just went crazy on them, and sent back fully developed vocal tracks with huge walls of harmonies,” Rafter says. He likens the result to “blown-out reggaeton fu#king music, like being in a Jamaican dance club at 2 a.m.— and the speakers just blew out.” On the surface, that might sound like a miserable listening experience, G UY W E B E R

after (the assumed persona of musician and producer Rafter Roberts) is a selfproclaimed music-making nihilist. In terms of his own musical ideas, he believes in nothing. “Anytime I end up doing something that works, my immediate reaction is to destroy it and do the opposite,” Rafter says, noting his penchant to derail musical concepts once they garner critical acclaim—or threaten to pigeonhole his artistry. That self-destructive process is crucial to Rafter’s cult-like success and continued rebirth. The restless 35-year-old producer/experimental musician makes dance music that can, at times, come across as a noisy, beautiful mess, seemingly devoid of a genre. Recognized for his bright red coif, Rafter performs live shows that devolve into sweaty, epic dance parties, inviting even the most aloof hipsters to get down. His songs meld the arty pop of the Talking Heads with the eccentric, white-boy-funk awkwardness of Beck. Rafter has dabbled in pop, afropop, R&B, electro, disco, funk,

“Anytime I end up doing something that works, my immediate reaction is to destroy it and do the opposite”



San Diego Music Awards WHEN: August 8, 7 p.m. WHERE: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, Shelter Island TICKETS: $30-$50 INFO:

FROM TOP: Wavves founder and front man, Nathan Williams; Cuckoo Chaos; The Penetrators

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San Diego Music Awards to honor top local acts—from indie to jazz


n eclectic mix of local talent will rock Shelter Island during the 21st annual San Diego Music Awards (SDMA), August 8 at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on Shelter Island. The event—during which nearly 30 awards will be presented to local musicians—includes much-anticipated performances by surf rock act Wavves, twangy rock duo Little Hurricane, The Silent Comedy, Cuckoo Chaos and many more. Last month, San Diegans cast votes online for their favorite performers, all vying for awards in 23 categories. Four additional awards will be determined by members of the San Diego Music Academy. San Diego punk rock progenitors, the Penetrators (19771984), will receive the San Diego Music Foundation’s Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of the late Penetrators drummer and Beat Farmers’ front man. Event producer Kevin Hellman says the Penetrators—and various members’ subsequent musical projects—were a catalyst that helped San Diego’s music scene thrive through the decades. Also performing will be jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and Oceanside blues singer Candye Kane (with pianist and longtime collaborator Sue Palmer). The duo’s CD, One Night in Belgium, was nominated for a Best Jazz Album award. “I try to make this show represent more than just the indie rock scene every year,” Hellman says of the event, first held in 1991 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla. To read the complete list of nominees or to purchase tickets, visit


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Pete Rock has been killing it in the hip-hop game for more than 20 years. From his groundbreaking early work with conscious rapping pioneers CL Smooth and A Tribe Called Quest to his most recent collaboration (Monumental) with Brooklyn mainstays Smif-n-Wessun, Rock’s production resume is unmatched. The Bronx-born producer’s forte is matching gritty, yet heady East coast MCs with his buttery, jazzed-out beats. That’s exactly what he did with Monumental, and it paid off—head bopping bangers from start to finish. For fans of: J Dilla, 9th Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Standouts tracks: Prevail (feat. Raekwon), Night Time (feat. Buckshot)

Thanks in part to all the “cock rock” that, ahem, penetrated the airwaves in the early 2000s (thank you, Creed), the term “rock and roll” has lost its vigor. San Diego psych-rockers Black Hondo are attempting to restore the categorization to its ’60s-era awesomeness. Trippy, hard-rocking guitars and driving drums lay down the perfect foundation for seductive lead singer Lucina Gonzalez (think Jim Morrison meets Karen O) to vocally thrash about. It’s sexy, Mexican desert rock that flat-out rocks. Black Honda nabbed an SD Music Awards nomination in the Best Rock Album category earlier this year. See them live at the Casbah August 6. For fans of: The Black Keys, The Doors, Fugazi, Velvet Underground Standout tracks: Take You Down, Mexican Rock

In 2009, Bon Iver founder and frontman, Justin Vernon, holed up in a frigid Wisconsin cabin to record For Emma, For Ever Ago, an unassuming debut that merged Vernon’s Prince-like falsetto harmonies with woodsy instrumentation. A swift web buzz ensued, and the Bon Iver hype became so pervasive that even Kanye West was jocking Vernon. The two later collaborated. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is the longawaited follow-up to For Emma. At its core, the new album is a folky gem that probably shouldn’t be called “folk.” Instrumentally, its arrangements are orchestral and complex but somehow come off as breezy. Vernon’s lyrical themes can be foreboding and disjunctive at times, but his ghostly delivery keeps each song intact. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is a beautiful anomaly that deserves repeated listens. See Bon Iver live at Spreckles Theatre September 16. For fans of: Wilco, Ben Harper, Iron and Wine, Fleet Foxes Standout tracks: Halocene, Towers

Tim Donnelly is a New York transplant that calls Encinitas home. At age 12, he’d “borrow” money from his mom’s purse, ditch school and hop a train to the record store-riddled streets of Greenwich Village in NYC. He digs music, a lot.

AUGUST concert calendar

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8/1: The Fresh and Onlys @ The Casbah, 8/2: Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/3-4: Pendulum @ Voyeur, 8/5: DJ Audrey Napoleon @ U-31, 8/6: Weezer @ Del Mar Racetrack, 8/8: San Diego Music Awards @ Humphreys, 8/9: Vans Warped Tour @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/9: Katy Perry @ Valley View Casino Center, 8/12: Snoop Dogg @ Harrah’s Rincon Casino, 8/12: The Wailers @ World Beat Cultural Center, 8/13: The Penetrators @ The Casbah, 8/14: Steel Pulse @ House of Blues, 8/14: Aimee Mann @ BellyUp Tavern, 8/15: Califone @ The Casbah, 8/16: Death Cab for Cutie @ Rimac Arena, 8/17: Mötley Crüe w/ New York Dolls @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/18: Simian Mobile Disco @ Voyeur, 8/18: She Wants Revenge @ FLUXX, 8/19: 311 and Sublime w/ rome @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/19: Devo @ Del Mar Racetrack, 8/19: Slaughterhouse @ 4th & B, 8/19: Ganglians w/ Cuckoo Chaos @ Soda Bar, 8/20: Daniel Tosh @ Copley Symphony Hall, (stand-up comedy) 8/21: Rock the Bells w/ Raekwon and Ghostface @ House of Blues, 8/23: Sade and John Legend @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/24: All Leather (Dim Mak) @ U-31, 8/24: Company of Thieves @ BellyUp Tavern, 8/25: Lil Wayne @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 8/26: Butthole Surfers @ 4th & B, 8/26: The Airborne Toxic Event @ Del Mar Racetrack, 8/28: Tapes N’ Tapes @ The Casbah, 8/31: Bushwalla w/ Rafter @ BellyUp Tavern,


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uring her recent tenure as “Miss Emerson,” the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club’s (OMBAC’s) community spokes-model, Stephanie Woods fell in love with the tight-knit community of Mission Beach—so much so that she found herself a gig slinging drinks at the neighborhood’s Sandbar Sports Grill. The Pacific Beach resident says OMBAC members and M.B. locals tend to drink in a circuit, hopping from watering holes such as the Pennant and The Beachcomber on Mission Boulevard to the Coaster Saloon and Sandbar, both situated across from Belmont Park on Ventura Place (a homecoming of sorts for Woods, who grew up in Ventura, California). “South Mission is a culture unto itself,” says Woods, who, as Miss Emerson, posed for photos and volunteered her time at blood drives, youth sporting events, the club’s horseshoe and volleyball tournaments and at last month’s Over-the-Line tournament. “A lot of people that were born and raised in Mission Beach have never left Mission Beach, or they don’t make it much further. If you see a Hawaiian shirt in Mission Beach, I guarantee you, they’re affiliated with OMBAC— that’s kind of their signature.” Woods’ own signature is old-time rock and roll and punk rock, including Agent Orange, Tim Armstrong, Operation Ivy—and especially The Misfits. She’s also known for sporting knee-high socks, cracking jokes and her love of Jameson Irish Whiskey and chilled Smirnoff 100 Proof Root Beer Vodka. Since Woods is the only employee who digs root beer vodka, management knows whom to question should the supply run suspiciously low. And there are other telltale signs. “When I’ve had too many cocktails, I go cross-eyed,” she says. “My (coworkers) all like to tease me about it…but I just have fun with it.” Getting to the root (beer) of the problem—what a cross (eyed) to bear.

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Stephanie Woods, who tends bar at Sandbar Sports Grill in Mission Beach, ended her tenure as the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club’s Miss Emerson last month.

Stephanie Woods Age: 28

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Hometown: Ventura, Calif.

Movie: Elf

Hangouts: Green Flash, Wave House,

Sport: Horseshoes


Pet: Beagle puppy named Jameson

Band: The Misfits

Best Tip: Paid $300 by a regular to learn

Drink: Bloody Molly (like a Bloody Mary,

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Diamond Engagement A hot night at Petco—where the dates go


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t’s 5 p.m. on a perfect Thursday afternoon in paradise, and the Padres are preparing to battle the first-place San Francisco Giants. Blind daters Sarah and Jon just met for the first time at the VIP entrance to Petco Park. Before they’re escorted onto the field for a Major League, behind-thescenes view of batting practice, let’s review their pre-date interviews.

PacificSD: Where are you from? SARAH: I am originally from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Now I have my own place here in downtown San Diego and absolutely love it. JON: I was born in Michigan, moved to O.C. in fourth grade and then to San Diego for college at Point Loma Nazarene University. What do you do for a living? SARAH: I am a Realtor. I work at the Downtown Condo Showroom, where I specialize in selling condos throughout downtown. JON: I’m currently working on my fourth start-up, called MOGL. It’s a “loyalty program with a purpose” that hooks you up with 10 percent cash-back at tons of great San Diego restaurants. Every time you buy a meal at a MOGL restaurant that’s over $20, we buy a meal on your behalf for someone in need

in San Diego. One in six San Diegans are meal insecure. It’s a real problem, and MOGL’s mission is to not just fight it, but end it. What do you do for fun? SARAH: I love working out, enjoy running on the beach, spending time with friends. My “ladies nights” are one of my favorites. I have recently taken up standup paddleboarding, which is now my new favorite summer hobby. JON: It sounds cheesy, but I have fun at work. When I’m not working, I love traveling, surfing, partying with friends, more traveling and sometimes doing absolutely nothing. What are you looking for in a date? SARAH: Well, I tend to have a type. They all look the same—tall, dark and handsome. I have to be

attracted to them, hands down. But more importantly, I want someone that complements me, can laugh with me, have a good time together and just be themselves. JON: A good time. I tend to be pretty serious during the day, so I like to play around at night and just have fun. What’s the sexiest thing about you? SARAH: I would say my confidence, but if you are asking for physical, then most people would say…my butt. JON: My large feet. <winks> What’s your biggest fear? SARAH: Failure. JON: Failure. How many bases do you visit on a typical first date? SARAH: It depends on how good

the pitch is. JON: It all depends. Commemorative, 75th-anniversary Padres posters in hand, Jon and Sarah are led through the players’ entrance to Petco Park, past the team locker rooms and umpires’ lounge (which has brail on the outside of the door—can these guys see at all?) and out onto the field to watch our hometown heroes warm up. CRACK! The sound of the bat hitting the baseball is startling from this vantage point, but the daters seem not to notice, paying more attention to each other than to the Padres and Giants taking practice swings. So far, so good. After posing for photos and being scolded for touching equipment in the home team dugout, the two head upstairs to grab a drink. (Continued on page 74)

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Game On

The players take the mound (of cash)


rmed with a fistful of Padres bucks (valid for hats, t-shirts, bobble-heads and food from any restaurant in the stadium), the daters stop by the bay-view Coronados Bar & Grill to get acquainted and discuss how to spend their loot. First purchase: drinks and over-sized shots. Jon celebrates the round by making it rain $5 bills. After paying their tab with funny money, the couple walks (arm-in arm, PacificSD: How’s it going so far? SARAH: He’s got a great personality, he makes me laugh and I’m having a great time with him so far. JON: I’m having a great time. It’s really fun. She’s just cool and laidback and fun and has no kind of barriers and walls that you find with a lot of girls. Like, the tough nut to crack, she’s the opposite of that—really just open-minded and fun and cool and funny, with a sprinkle of sexy. What were your first impressions? SARAH: When I first saw him, I thought he was super-adorable. He’s the type that I would normally date, looks-wise, and his personality just fed off of what I thought he was going to be like. JON: Warm and inviting. She was very welcoming to me when we walked up. We hugged it out right away.

we’re thrilled to report) toward their seats. On the way, they take a quick detour to Baja Bistro for... food? Nope, more drinks and shots. Cocktails in hand, they finally make it to their seats, just in time for the National Anthem. As the first inning draws to a close, they’re split for middate debriefings.

What color are your date’s eyes? SARAH: I don’t know. Brown? Oh, blue? JON: Hazel, just like mine.

enjoy doing in my free time. JON: The sexiest thing she’s done is put her arm around me and— kind of gave me the green light.

How was batting practice? SARAH: It was great. I was a little nervous at the beginning, but we started chatting about our careers and what we did, so I felt that we were able to start communicating with each other—so I had fun down there. JON: It was cool to be on the field. You felt like a VIP, and it was fun. I’ve never been right there when they were at batting practice. The dugout was really cool, too.

What would your parents say? SARAH: My parents would think that he fits the total type that I date. They would think he is a big sweetheart. JON: They’d say, “Behave, Jon, behave.”

What’s the most attractive thing that you’re date has done so far? SARAH: He’s just been engaging in conversation with me, he’s put his arm around me, he acts interested in me, he asked me a lot of questions about me and what I

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 in terms of looks. SARAH: I would give him a nine. JON: Nine-plus. And for personality? SARAH: Nine. JON: Nine-plus. Would you like to kiss your date right now? SARAH: Are you really asking me that question? He’s kissed

my forehead, if that counts. I’m blushing. Does that count? JON:: Absolutely. Does your date want to kiss you right now? SARAH: I’m pretty sure. JON: Absolutely. If you had to choose between leaving now with $100 cash or making-out with your date, what would you do? SARAH: I think Jon and I would both decide to take your hundred dollars, then go behind your back in the bathroom and make-out. JON: I’d totally stay and makeout. Maybe even for like 500 bucks, I’d stay and make-out. What would make this date more fun? SARAH: More fun? I’m pretty sure we’re having a lot of fun. JON: If you guys would leave. (Continued on page 76)

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t’s the end of the bottom of the third inning (the Padres are beating the Giants 1 to 0) when the magazine crew finally leaves Jon and Sarah alone to enjoy the rest of their date in relative privacy.

PacificSD: Overall, how was the date? SARAH: The date was a lot of fun. We definitely got along great, laughed and enjoyed one another’s company. He was very easy to talk to. I particularly liked hearing his story about a shark almost attacking him, his friends pulling him out of the water and him making-out with the boat. It was classic, I must say. JON: It was a blast. Sarah was easy to get along with, and the date location didn’t suck. Getting to go into the dugout and watch batting practice on the field was cool. How was watching the game? SARAH: The seats were awesome—great view, and I am pretty sure we were too into each other to notice people around us. JON: We were half into the game and half into each other. The Padres were winning, and the date was fun. What more could you ask for? Is seeing a Padres game at Petco a good first date? SARAH: I think it makes for a fantastic date, even if you don’t like 76 {August 2011}

Just before we head to our own seats, we see the daters kiss. Unfortunately, we were too busy watching the game to get a good picture of the real action. The next morning, we call the daters to see what we missed.

baseball. The atmosphere is fun, fans are cheering, and the people are friendly. JON: It’s got an energy about it—you can’t help but have fun. And there are a ton of really cool bars and restaurants, so it’s so much more than just watching a game. What was the best part of the date? SARAH: I liked the entire date, but it was pretty amazing to be down on the field watching the players during their warm up and batting practice, not to mention going into their dugout. How many people can say they have done that? JON: Making it rain Padres dollars. Worst part? SARAH: Probably the fact that we didn’t eat anything until the very end of the game; we grubbed on some nachos and hotdogs. JON: Running out of Padres dollars. Describe any romantic connection. SARAH: I definitely think we hit it off. There was no question about that. I felt like I could be myself around him, which I liked. I think

he could agree with me on that. JON: We got snuggly when we were watching the game. There was a definite connection there. Will there be a second date? SARAH: Yes, I believe so. He said he was going to call me, so we will have to wait and see. JON: Yup. Right before the magazine crew left, you guys were smooching in your seats. Explain. SARAH: We were? Apparently he had a good pitch. JON: No comment. What did you guys do after the magazine crew left? SARAH: PacificSD Magazine is PG13, so I can’t tell you where we went. JON: After the game, we parted ways.

A F T E R M ATC H You catch that? Sarah is remaining tight-lipped (now, anyway) about where the couple went after the magazine crew left, but Jon says it was root, root, root for the home team…and then game over. Looks like we’re going to have to cry foul on this one, sports fans. The game went into extra innings—the Giants scored five runs in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Pads 6 to 1—but all we want to know is if the daters made it past first base. Alas, like the umpires who need brail to find their locker room, we’ll never really know what happened. Still, the date was a homerun in our book. Go Padres!

Swinging for Offences (celebrity observations) “Gimme Jon’s phone number and I’ll tell you what really happened after the photographer left.” —Rupert Murdoch “I’d hit that! Hey, get your mind out of the gutter—I’m talking about the baseball.” —New York Yankees shortstop (and member of the 3,000-hit club) Derek Jeter

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8/3: The Sky Tonight Venue: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, in the Dome Theater Tickets: $12 Info: Take and guided, indoor tour (at 7 and 8:15 p.m.) of San Diego’s night sky—as it might appear without the scourge of urban light pollution—at the Fleet’s planetarium. 8/4: Product Porch/TNT Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (downtown) Admission: Free store admission (museum admission $10) Info: Shop for accessories, functional art and furniture made by designers from around the world at Product Porch, a six-month pop-up retail space at MCASD, featuring an opening night launch event with cocktails, art activities and live music from the Republic of Letters and the Nervous Wreckords. 8/5: Cruisin’ Grand Location: Grand Avenue, Escondido Admission: Free Info: Get your motor running (from 5 to 9 p.m.) with hundreds of vintage, American-made muscle cars and hot-rods, gleaming mean along the streets of Escondido. 8/8: Coronado Grub Sprawl Venue: Participating Coronado eateries Admission: Free (pay only for food) Info: Nosh on $5 signature dishes from Coronado restos, including The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant, Miguel’s Cocina, Bino’s Bistro and more. Pick up a free wristband at The Brigantine and leave with a full stomach—and wallet. 8/9: Vans Warped Tour Venue: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista Tickets: $47 and up Info: A Day to Remember, Gym Class Heroes, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Less Than Jake, The Expendables and a roster of other rap, electronic, metalcore, hip-hop, rap, punk, ska and reggae bands rock Cricket Wireless in this annual concert. 8/12-14: Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Festival Location: Pier View South Beach, Oceanside Admission: Free for spectators (fees apply for competitors) Info: Hang ten or just chill out and soak-in O’Side’s longboard festival, featuring surf competitions, surf goods, live surf rock music and the Guy Takayama Pro Noseriding contest.

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Hard Knocks: San Diego Seduction The hit HBO show Hard Knocks typically follows an NFL team as they prepare for the upcoming season. But with the lockout cutting training camps short, this series will instead document the lives of our ladies in the Lingerie Football League (which really exists, BTW). Watch as players work out rigorously, train in front of flocks of fans/ creepers, try to recruit tight ends from Pure Platinum and straight up knock the silicone out each other. The Surfer Whisperer Capitalizing on the ratings success of The Dog Whisperer (National Geographic Channel’s popular pooch-training program), The Surfer Whisperer is hosted by bad-ass surfer, Jeff Spicoli, now a balding, 50-something insurance salesman. Not since Fast Times at Ridgemont High has Spicoli wasted this much time. Watch as he helps locals understand his native people by establishing dominance over the 82 {August 2011}

surfer packs with his extreme “whatever” attitude and his in-depth knowledge of California burritos. He also deciphers their complex language, including how the word “bro” has 32 different meanings. Tijuana Idol Our neighbor to the South has exported a lot of musical talent, including Carlos Santana and Frankie J., with even more yet to be discovered. So, in this musical competition, celebrity judges George Lopez and the guy from the Tapatío hot sauce bottle judge performers as a total package, based on singing, dancing, thickness of mustache and the ability to rock the accordion in a 14-person band. Muy caliente! The Real Househusbands of Hillcrest Seriously, how is this not on Bravo yet? Survivor: Santee Watch as contestants attempt to survive the doldrums in a place

where the most exciting attractions are a Sonic burger joint and the Museum of Creation and Earth History (as in: God good, evolution bad). Hot weather, rampant unemployment (in the non-meth lab sector), crumbling strip malls and an abundance of tribal tattoos are just some of the elements these players will have to face. Immunity challenges include changing the tires on their neighbors lifted trucks (and homes) without getting shot—and trying to find something, ANYTHING, to do. Lockup: La Jolla This documentary about prison life takes you inside Trump Penitentiary, where basic cable, limited cell phone reception and conjugal visits with only your wife make it almost not worth the millions swindled. The Japanese tea garden (aka “the yard”) is segregated into two major groups: the Martha Stewart Mafia and the Madoff Militia. The key to surviving here? Make someone your butler before you become theirs.

Ultimate Space-Cake Off In the only prescription cake-making competition, 420 of San Diego’s top marijuana dispensaries battle for the tastiest and most medicinal cakes. Watch as teams develop new recipes, try some samples (aka “quality control”), play Xbox for a few hours, laugh at the funniest thing ever, forget the funniest thing ever, try more samples and then sit there awhile longer before finally completing their cakes—only to eat them when the munchies kick in again. Mildred Kendra isn’t the only floozy who can sleep with a creepy old guy and get her own show. This docudrama follows Mildred Patricia Baena, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s maid/mistress, as she moves to San Diego to start a new life and housekeeping empire (slogan: Cleaning house, with a little dirty on the side). Watch as Mildred mops floors, dusts shelves and makes special appearances at 99 Cent Only Stores amid public comments of “Her? Really?” and “Que tetas inmensas!”

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