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CELEBRATING

10 YEARS

JANUARY 2017


BREWED WITH SLOW-ROASTED CARAMEL MALTS


JANUARY

EDITOR’S NOTE

A PERFECT 10 In 2006, I heard print was dead, and then I started a magazine. A decade later, I sold it to a newspaper.* PACIFIC launched in January 2007. At this moment, you’re reading the 10-year anniversary issue, which wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for you, dear reader. As for what year 11 may have in store, perhaps fictional heavy metal rock star Nigel Tufnel says it best (in the 1984 flick This is Spinal Tap) when extolling the virtues of amps with volume dials that go past “10.” NIGEL: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and ... MARTY: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten? NIGEL: Exactly. MARTY: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?

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Sincerely,

David Perloff, Editor-in-Chief

*The San Diego Union-Tribune acquired PACIFIC in June 2016.


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ONE.SEVENTEEN / FEATURES

JANUARY

F E AT U R E S 51 UNDER COVER Spend two minutes taking 120 second looks

62 WHAT A TRIP Weekend getaways from (and in) a city that’s tough to leave

ON THE COVER: Just a bunch of magazine covers – 120 of them, to be precise. ON THIS PAGE: 130 sculptures by Ricardo Breceda (including this serpent) dot the otherwise wideopen landscapes on the Galleta Meadows property in Borrego Springs. Photo by Diana Lindsay.

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MARKET STATS (November 2016 data shown) Homes for sale: 141 Homes sold: 64 Highest price: $2,600,000 Lowest price: $309,000 Median home price: $505,000


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ONE.SEVENTEEN / DEPARTMENT

JANUARY

D E PA R T M E N T S CURRENTS 24 One.Seventeen Event calendar

86 Take it from the Tap A monthly taste of beer from here

34 Laughing stock January stand-up comedy shows

90 Sweetening the Pot True North rolls out S.D.’s first cannabis cocktail

PULSE 36 Art Beat January gallery & exhibition openings

92 A (Mid)Way of Life Meet one of the friendly faces behind Loma Portal’s new Banzai Cocktails and Food

42 Curtain Calls Performing arts preview 44 Reel Cool January motion picture preview 48 Industry Standard San Diego start-up gets funding to connect hospitality worldwide

TASTE 74 Fare Enough An ample supply of new San Diego eateries

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GROOVE 94 Sounds Like a Plan January concert calendar 104 Take a Spin Upcoming EDM and DJ shows

LOVE 106 Love at First Site A romantic ride through blind-date history

True North Tavern’s new cannabis cocktail, the Prop. 64, is the first drink in San Diego to use CBD oil. Photo by Eduardo Contreras.


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BRIAN’S 24 Brian’s 24 is the Gaslamp Quarter’s 24-hour, full-service restaurant. Everyone can find something to fall in love with on Brian’s diner-style menu, which is stacked with favorites including chicken and waffles, buttermilk hotcakes, pizzas, burgers and chicken wings. This mega-popular downtown spot boasts a grand, handcrafted mahogany bar, a beautiful crystal chandelier and a decorative tin ceiling, all of which contribute to the warm feeling you get when walking through the door into the restaurant that never sleeps. Whether you’re hungry for a friendly place for happy hour, a cocktail at midnight or an omelet at 3 a.m., Brian’s 24 will surely satisfy. BRIAN’S 24 RESTAURANT, BAR & GRILL 828 6th Ave., Gaslamp 619.702.8410 | brians24.com

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CURRENTS

ONE.SEVENTEEN / EVENTS

JANUARY

BY MICHELLE DEDERKO

1.15-22

SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK

Participating restaurants countywide, sandiegorestaurantweek.com Dine out for a discount during San Diego Restaurant Week, an eight-day culinary showcase of nearly 200 restaurants across the city. >>>

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CU R R E N T S CALENDAR

P E G G Y P E AT T I E

1.7 SAN DIEGO BEER FESTIVAL Liberty Station, Point Loma, sandiegobeerfest.com This outdoor fest highlights dozens of local and international craft beers.

1.1 NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR BEAR PLUNGE La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, lajollacoveswimclub.com Splash into the New Year with a morning dip in the frosty waters off La Jolla Shores, followed by a potluck with warm chili and soups.

1.7 THE SWOON EVENT

SUZI JACOBS

Broadway Pier, downtown, theswoonevent.com Before tying the knot, find fresh inspiration at this curated wedding market with complimentary sips and bites, live music and Pinterestworthy design ideas.

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CHARLIE NEUMAN

Mission Bay, sandyfeetevents.com Shed a few holiday pounds and get a healthy start on 2017 by slogging through a 5K or 15K course along Mission Bay.

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C O U R T E S Y S P I E N T E R TA I N M E N T, I N C .

SAN DIEGO RESOLUTION RUN 5K & 15K

1.7 AUSTRALIA’S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Pala Casino, Temecula, palacasino.com/entertainment Get thrust into the action of the Australian male revue Thunder from Down Under, making muscle fans squeal since 1999. >>>


Know Thyself. The Pendry San Diego celebrates heritage and embraces modern sensibility by planting roots in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. The unique character of this locale perfectly parallels the twist on tradition that Pendry embodies. The hotel strikes a balance between modern and traditional, pairing classic Southern California influence with modern luxury programming and amenities. Featuring a collection of six unique restaurants and bars, and highlighting some of the cities more talented chefs and concepts, Pendry San Diego will become the coveted place for locals and visitors alike.

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CU R R E N T S CALENDAR

1.14 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

H AY N E PA L M O U R I V

Petco Park, East Village, supercrosslive.com Watch the world’s top Supercross racers compete for broken bones and glory at Petco Park.

J A M I E S C O T T LY T L E P H O T O G R A P H Y

1.15 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, alpha-zsl.org In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this massive parade marches down Harbor Drive with dazzling floats, bands and more.

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MONSTER JAM Petco Park, East Village, monsterjam.com Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and other monster-truck heroes rev up huge crowds during this live motorsport event at Petco Park.

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1.15 CARLSBAD MARATHON & HALF MARATHON The Shoppes at Carlsbad, Carlsbad, carlsbadmarathon.com Run a glorious waterfront course during the Carlsbad Marathon, the first race of the Triple Crown series. >>>


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CU R R E N T S CALENDAR

1.20-22 SAN DIEGO LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

H AY N E PA L M O U R I V

Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley, lunarnewyearfestival.org Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster with dragon and lion dances, as well as a Miss Asia Pageant.

1.20-22 SAN DIEGO CAFFEINE CRAWL Various locations, caffeinecrawl.com Get a caffeine fix from a selection of more than 25 local roasters by following any of 10 routes through the city’s rich coffee scene.

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1.23-29 SAN DIEGO COMEDY FESTIVAL W W W. A R R OY O P H O T O S . C O M

Various restaurants, visitescondido.com Escondido holds its own version of Restaurant Week with more than participating 30 restaurants featuring prix-fixe menus.

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DINE OUT ESCONDIDO!

The Comedy Palace, Kearny Mesa, sandiegocomedyfest.com L-O-L at this weeklong joke fest showcasing comedians from across the country. >>>


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MISAEL VIRGEN C PEDERSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

1.27-30 SD YOGA FESTIVAL

Various locations, Ocean Beach, sandiegoyogafestival2017.sched.org Downward dogs abound at this three-day festival slated to include classes and workshops covering everything from hip-hop yoga to the art of backbending.

1.28 OCEANSIDE CRAFT BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL

1.26-29 FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, farmersinsuranceopen.com Watch the pros swing for victory at this major tournament at Torrey Pines, which offers course-side access for golf fans and plenty of action for those attending just to be part of the scene.

K.C. ALFRED

Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside, chugginbrews.com Highlighting local and regional breweries, the Oceanside Craft Beer & Food Festival adds to the buzz with chef creations and local bands.

K.C. ALFRED

1.28-29 SAN DIEGO CAT SHOW

1.1 CHARGERS HOME GAMES vs. Kansas City Chiefs, chargers.com

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Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, sandiegocat.org The largest cat show in the Western U.S. purrs with a kitty pageant, cat adoptions and a feline agility competition.


CU R R E N T S COMEDY

BY MICHAEL BENNINGER

LAUGHING STOCK JANUARY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWS

BEN 1.13-14 GLEIB “I’M NOT SAYING I’M ADDICTED TO ONLINE PORN, BUT I CAN’T COME ANYMORE UNLESS I’M WEARING HEADPHONES. IS THAT WEIRD?”

— Ben Gleib on Comedy Juice All-Stars @ The Comedy Store, lajolla.thecomedystore.com

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M A R K D AV I S / G E T T Y I M A G E S

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1.5-7 Corey Holcomb

1.14 Maria Bamford

1.26-28 Jon Dore

1.27-28 Cort McCown

“I KNEW MY DAUGHTER WAS GONNA BE A FREAK WHEN THIS B*TCH WAS 3 MONTHS OLD. LISTEN, THIS LITTLE HEIFER, SHE NEVER KEPT THE BOTTLE IN HER MOUTH. SHE ALWAYS PULL THE BOTTLE OUT AND SHAKE THE MILK ALL OVER HER FACE AND SH*T. I TOLD HER, I SAID, ‘GIRL, YOU JUST LIKE YOUR MAMA.’ ”

“THEN WHAT HAPPENED IS I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES, AND I LOST 10 POUNDS BECAUSE THEY TAKE THE FOOD AWAY BEFORE YOU’RE DONE. ONCE I GOT THE STOMACH FLU FOR A MONTH AND EVERYONE KEPT TELLING ME, ‘YOU LOOK AMAZING!’ MAKES YOU THINK HOW GOOD WE’LL LOOK WHEN WE’RE DEAD.”

“THE POPE, MAN, POPE FRANCIS. THIS GUY’S COOL AS SH*T, MAN. HE CAME OUT A FEW WEEKS AGO AND HE CONDONED SPANKING CHILDREN. A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE UPSET ABOUT THIS, BUT LISTEN, MAN, I THINK THE CHURCH HAS COME A LONG WAY, BECAUSE ALL THE POPES BEFORE HIM CONDONED F***ING THEM.”

— Corey Holcomb at the All-Star Comedy Jam @ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

— Maria Bamford on Ask Me About My New God! @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org

“THE ONE REGRET I DO HAVE IS I BOUGHT MY NEPHEW A KITE FOR CHRISTMAS. I WILL NEVER, EVER BUY ANOTHER CHILD A KITE FOR CHRISTMAS, BECAUSE KITES ARE LIKE SMOKE SIGNALS TO PEDOPHILES. THEY KNOW WHAT’S ON THE OTHER END OF THE STRING. IT’S CALLED ‘DINNER.’ WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING TO EAT THE CHILDREN. IT DOESN’T MATTER. I HAVE TO LOOK THAT UP.”

— Cort McCown at Gotham Comedy Club @ The Comedy Store, lajolla. thecomedystore.com

— Jon Dore on Conan @ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com J E F F K AT Z P H O T O G R A P H Y

1.12-14 Bert Kreischer

1.19-21 Rex Navarrete

“YEAH, I LEARNED IT ON DR. PHIL — ‘DP,’ AS MY WIFE CALLS HIM. WE’RE AT A PARTY AND SHE GOES, ‘OH MY GOD! I LOVE DP!’ I’M LIKE, ‘HEY EVERYONE, THAT’S DR. PHIL, NOT DOUBLE PENETRATION.’ ”

“FILIPINO AND VEGETARIAN: TWO WORDS THAT WILL NEVER COEXIST. YOU WANT TO STOP BEING FILIPINO? BECOME A VEGETARIAN. THAT’S YOUR WAY OF BEING BANISHED FROM THE CLAN, OUSTED FROM THE VILLAGE. THERE WILL BE NO RECORD OF YOU. ONCE YOU BECOME VEGETARIAN, YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN.”

— Bert Kreischer on Comfortably Dumb @ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

— Rex Navarrete on Komik Organik @ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

1.27

ALI WONG “IF A MAN HAS A PINTEREST PAGE, HE’S PROBABLY PINTERESTED IN MEN.”

— Ali Wong on Late Night with Seth Meyers @ Balboa Theatre, sandiegotheatres.org

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PUlSE

ART BEAT / GALLERY & EXHIBIT OPENINGS

JANUARY

BY LISA DEADERICK

1.7-2.11 “Delri Romero: Small Works on Paper and Books” ATHENAEUM MUSIC & ARTS LIBRARY 1008 Wall St., La Jolla 858.454.5872, ljathenaeum.org Delri Romero, a “master printmaker” who lives in Mexico City, presents this series of his paintings, prints and drawings. >>> Delri Romero lithograph.

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P U L S E A R T B E AT

CLOCKWISE (from top left): “Half-Life” by Jackson Thilenius; “Over the Moon” by Helen Petre; “Dandelions” by Jamie Kanes.

1.6-1.29 “4 UP” THE STUDIO DOOR 3750 30th St., North Park 619.255.4920, thestudiodoor.com Four local artists – Sherry Krulle-Beaton, Jackson Thilenius, Patrick Brown and Nancy Plank – showcase their work in this invitational exhibition.

1.7-2.11 1.7-1.8 “Art-A-Thon” DISTINCTION GALLERY 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.707.2770, distinctionart.com Distinction Art and ArtHatch team up to present the sixth annual Art-A-Thon, where 25 local teen program artists join together to create artwork for 24 hours straight. Watch the marathon artists live in person or online via Ustream.

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“Over the Moon: A Collaborative Project Created by San Diego Book Arts Members” ATHENAEUM MUSIC & ARTS LIBRARY 1008 Wall St., La Jolla 858.454.5872, ljathenaeum.org A series of haiku poems inspired this collaborative project featuring the work of 40 members of San Diego Book Arts, which a group of book artists formed in 1996. >>>


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1.7-3.5 “Southern CA Sculpture / A Group Show” SPARKS GALLERY 530 6th Ave., Gaslamp 619.696.1416, sparksgallery.com The National Sculpture Society handpicked the works for this exhibition, which features 23 Southern California sculptors.

CLOCKWISE (from top left): “Wild Dog” by Adam Matano; “Secured” by Logan Maxwell Hagege; “Lamp” by Doug Flack.

1.14-2.4 “WOOD: A Furniture Show VIII” ESCONDIDO ARTS PARTNERSHIP MUNICIPAL GALLERY 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido 760.480.4101, escondidoarts.org Furniture makers from all over Southern California showcase contemporary, traditional and art furniture in this exhibition, presented in partnership with the San Diego Fine Woodworking Association.

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1.14-2.26 “Cowboys and Vaqueros: Legends of the American West” CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 760.839.4125, artcenter.org Rediscover the wildness of the West in this collection of paintings and objects, which explore the regional history of Native American, Mexican and cowboy traditions and culture.


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“Sandy Swirnoff: Knotted Fiber Jewelry”

“42nd Annual Small Image Show”

MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.239.0003, mingei.org Using a type of free-form macramé, Sandy Swirnoff combines antique glass shards with beads to create necklaces and bracelets.

GALLERY 21 OF THE SPANISH VILLAGE ART CENTER 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park 619.233.9050, spanishvillageart.com This juried show challenges artists to produce work in a variety of media, including photography, painting and sculpture. There’s one catch: submissions must measure 10 inches by 10 inches.

1.26 “Ren Renfa’s Bird-andFlower Painting in the Context of the Yuan Era (1297-1368) and Beyond” SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park 619.232.7931, sdmart.org A museum lecture focuses on the hydraulic engineer and high official in the Mongol Yuan court who created several important paintings during his life.

CLOCKWISE (from top left): Necklace by Sandy Swirnoff; artwork by Kathi Vargo; “Wild Ducks in Spring Water” by Ren Rafa; “Winter’s Flight” by Stefanie Bales.

THROUGH JAN. 29: “Winter Show” ADELMAN FINE ART 1980 Kettner Blvd., Ste. 40, Little Italy 619.354.5969, adelmanfineart.com Celebrate the chill and slumber of the season with a selection of works that reflect it, like “Pine Needles in Snow,” a finger painting by Iris Scott.

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P U L S E

BY SARAH PFLEDDERER

PERFORMING ARTS

CURTAIN CALLS JANUARY PERFORMING ARTS

1.6-8 A Culture Shock Nutcracker SPRECKELS THEATRE 121 Broadway, downtown 619.235.9500, spreckels.net This retelling of the holiday classic blends the traditional tale and Tchaikovsky’s original score with pop culture elements including Pokémon GO.

1.10-15 Rent

1.29-2.26 Blue Door

SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATRE 1100 Third Ave., downtown 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org This 20-year-old rock musical tells the story of struggling New York City artists, suggesting love might be the true measure of success.

MOXIE THEATRE 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, College Area 858.598.7620, moxietheatre.com Grappling with how to embrace his African-American heritage, a man chooses not to attend the Million Man March, a decision that drives away his wife and leaves his ancestors haunting him.

1.12-15 New Voices Festival 1.6, 1.13 Masters of Illusion HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760.751.3100, mastersofillusionlive.com Before they vanish to the next city on tour, marvel at levitating women, escape artists and exotic animals from the TV series “Masters of Illusion.”

THE OLD GLOBE 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park 619.234.5623, theoldglobe.org Eager young playwrights debut their scripts in this fourth annual festival, giving emerging artists a stage from which to read their plays and the opportunity to make a name for themselves.

1.12-2.12 Bad Jews 1.6-22 Maple and Vine

ABOVE: Play it Again, Sam. BELOW: The Artificial Woman. LOWER RIGHT: Freaky Friday.

TENTH AVENUE ARTS CENTER 930 10th Ave., East Village 619.269.9283, trinityttc.org What is worth sacrificing for happiness? Pull pointers from Katha and Ryu, who, after meeting a community of people who re-enact life from the 1950s, become inspired to ditch their 21st century lifestyles.

1.6-2.4 Play It Again, Sam ONSTAGE PLAYHOUSE 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista 619.422.7787, onstageplayhouse.info Woody Allen’s rom-com comes alive onstage as an awkward lad attempts to become a ladies’ man by imitating Humphrey Bogart.

CYGNET THEATRE 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town 619.337.1525, cygnettheatre.com After their grandpa kicks the can, three cousins get caught in a hilarious quarrel over the family heirloom.

1.17-22 Shen Yun 2017 CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 800.988.4253, artcenter.org Watch as a Chinese dance troupe journeys 5,000 years back in time, resurrecting China’s ancient culture known as “Land of the Divine” with live orchestra accompaniment.

1.23 The Artificial Woman 1.6-2.12 Beau Jest GREG RONLOV

LAMB’S PLAYERS THEATRE 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado 619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org See what happens when a woman hires an actor to pretend he’s her fiancé — and a doctor — to impress her visiting parents.

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WHITE BOX 2590 Truxtun Road, Suite 205, Liberty Station, Point Loma 619.225.1803, sandiegoballet.org Head-over-heels in love with a widowed composer, a man commissions an artist to create a life-size doll of the target of his obsession.

1.31-2.5 Matilda the Musical SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATRE 1100 Third Ave., downtown 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org Armed with a sharp mind, vivid imagination and bravery to take action, a young girl inspires a revolution, proving that anyone can turn rotten circumstances into a new destiny.

1.31-3.12 Freaky Friday LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla 858.550.1010, lajollaplayhouse.org Disney’s new musical adaptation modernizes this fantastical comedy about an overworked mom and spunky daughter who are forced to get along when they magically switch bodies with each other.


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Live By Night The American Dream has a price. CRIME | DRAMA Director: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana In theaters: Jan. 13 A Prohibition Era outlaw works his way into an organized crime family, then creates a powerful enemy when he steals the boss’s money — and his main squeeze. >>>

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estled between the tropical, green Sierra Madre Mountains and the tranquil waters of the Pacific Ocean, La Troza is a secluded, luxurious paradise. This exclusive beach resort rests just south of beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Accessible only by boat and surrounded by nature, La Troza truly is paradise found. From The Villa to The Casita, and down to The Beach House, all rooms offer sweeping views of the beach, ocean waters and Puerto Vallarta across the bay. Decorated with tropical luxury and fit with the best of amenities, relaxation is imminent. Enjoy ocean views from every room and listen to the waves as you drift into your dreams on luxury linens. A full kitchen staff and five-star chef are yours to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Unlimited wine, beer and national liquor will help you unwind and relax. With a panga boat and boatman on call, you will enjoy touring the bay and exploring other hidden beaches. The tranquil waters of the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) and the Sierra Madre Mountains will keep you busy during your stay. From snorkeling to kayaking right in front of the property, hiking to waterfalls and scuba diving, fishing and surfing excursions, there’s always a thrill to be had. For those seeking a more tranquil experience, schedule private yoga classes, cooking

classes or a spa treatment tailored to your specific needs. La Troza features eight luxuriously appointed bedrooms, which sleep a total of up to 24 guests. Accommodations are housed in three separate residences that include the main Villa, Beach House and two separate casitas, giving you plenty of space to spread out at your very own private beachfront estate complete with restaurant, infinity-edge swimming pool, and outdoor Jacuzzi situated on a small stretch of white-sandy beach. Not that you will ever have to leave your secluded paradise, but in the chance you do, Puerto Vallarta offers visitors a long list of spectacular places to visit. From historic churches and small boutiques, to endless nightlife and lounges, the city is meant to be explored. Eat your way through this culinary destination by enjoying some of the local flavors – there are over 400 restaurants and food vendors to discover. Try pescado en vara asado (roasted fish on a stick) or a favorite local dish, Birria, which is made with goat or lamb meat in a spicy sauce and served with tortillas. Tamales and tacos will be abundant, along with fresh juices and cocktails. If you haven’t tried Mezcal or Raicilla, be sure to order up a shot (or two!) during your stay.   Secluded and luxurious, it’s the perfect setting to recite your wedding vows, celebrate a family reunion, getaway with the girls or rent out the entire property for you and that special someone. Escape to paradise at the beautiful La Troza resort. latroza.com

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P U L S E MOVIES

Underworld: Blood Wars

Monster Trucks

Patriots Day

The Bye, Bye Man

Sleepless

Every bloodline must end. ACTION | HORROR Director: Anna Foerster Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies In theaters: Jan. 6 A vampiric Death Dealer comes face-to-face with a frightening new foe as she continues her battle against the werewolves of the Lycan clan.

ACTION | ADVENTURE Director: Chris Wedge Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Rob Lowe In theaters: Jan. 13 While a high school senior attempts to build a souped-up truck from junkyard scraps, an uncanny creature emerges from underground and finds a new home inside the kid’s hoopty.

DRAMA | THRILLER Director: Peter Berg Starring: Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman In theaters: Jan. 13 Based on actual events, a heroic cop works with the city’s police commissioner to capture the ruthless terrorists responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Don’t say it. Don’t think it. THRILLER | HORROR Director: Stacy Title Starring: Douglas Smith, CarrieAnne Moss, Lucien Laviscount In theaters: Jan. 13 When three college students start living in an old off-campus house, they inadvertently emancipate a pestilential presence that preys on everyone who utters — or merely thinks — its name.

Don’t judge a cop by his cover. ACTION | THRILLER Director: Baran bo Odar Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, T.I. In theaters: Jan. 13 In this fast-paced thriller set in Sin City, an undercover cop must save his teenage son from the vicious kidnappers who abducted him in broad daylight.

xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage ACTION | ADVENTURE Director: D.J. Caruso Starring: Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev In theaters: Jan. 20 A fearless government agent long believed to be dead comes out of hiding after enemy forces gain access to the mother of all weapons.

The Founder

“McDONALDS CAN BE THE NEW AMERICAN CHURCH, AND IT AIN’T JUST OPEN ON SUNDAYS, BOYS.” — MICHAEL KEATON (AS RAY KROC) IN “THE FOUNDER”

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“I LOVE MY STORIES BEING MULTI-LAYERED, AND COMING AT IT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES, SO THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE FILM’S TRUE EMOTIONAL MOTIVATION UNTIL THE VERY END.”

Split

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He took someone else’s idea and ate it up. BIOGRAPHY | DRAMA Director: John Lee Hancock Starring: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman In theaters: Jan. 20 An ambitious salesman meets a pair of brothers with a brilliant restaurant concept and, after helping them expand the McDonald’s brand, assumes control of the company from under their noses.

THRILLER | HORROR Director: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson In theaters: Jan. 20 A disturbed man with 23 distinct personalities kidnaps three young girls and prepares them to meet the one insidious identity he’s thus far kept hidden.

Are you our daddy? COMEDY Director: Lawrence Sher Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons In theaters: Jan. 27 When a wellintentioned mother tells her adult sons that their father isn’t really dead — she simply doesn’t know who he is — the fraternal twins embark on a far-flung quest to discover their dad’s identity while learning all about their mom’s promiscuous past.

A Dog’s Purpose Every dog happens for a reason. DRAMA | COMEDY Director: Lasse Hallström Starring: Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad In theaters: Jan. 27 An inquisitive canine experiences an existential awakening after a series of reincarnations shows him what he truly means to his many masters.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Evil will end. ACTION | HORROR Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose In theaters: Jan. 27 The ultimate installment of this post-apocalyptic franchise pits the protagonist and her fellow survivors against a relentless throng of zombies hellbent on eradicating humanity.

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CODY BARBO

THIS PHOTO: Cody Barbo. INSET (from left): Industry co-founders Errol Asuncion II, Varun Villait, Cody Barbo and Matthew Cecil.

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STANDARD SAN DIEGO START-UP GETS FUNDING TO CONNECT HOSPITALITY WORLDWIDE

After shutting down his first tech start-up, Cody Barbo needed a job to hold him over until he figured out what to do next. So he began applying at San Diego restaurants. “I thought it would be easy,” he says. “I could not have been more wrong.” Though Barbo expected to land a job in a few days, it took nearly two months before Seasons 52 hired him. His search, however, sparked an idea – creating an online professional/hiring network for workers and employers in the hospitality industry. In 2014, Barbo co-founded Industry, which has launched in nine West Coast cities and recently raised $2.3 million from investors. Customers include MGM International, the Washington Hospitality Association and the San Diegobased Cohn Restaurant Group. Barbo, 27, and many tech entrepreneurs are a bit like Hollywood scriptwriters. They have a story to sell. Their pitches often draw comparisons to past blockbusters. While a writer might describe a script as a cross between “The Terminator” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Barbo refers to Industry as a hospitality-focused version of LinkedIn, the career-oriented social network valued at about $26 billion. “The crazy thing is people in services and hospitality don’t use LinkedIn, and many times they don’t know what it is,” he says. “It’s so geared toward corporate

America and tech, not service and hospitality.” Barbo’s start-up provides a platform for hospitality workers to post biographies, career tips, photos and videos in their profiles. When restaurants, bars and hotels need workers, they can tap Industry’s platform for applicants. Turnover is high in the hospitality industry, and it takes an average of 28 days to fill a position. Videos in particular are a new wrinkle in the hiring process that could become a game changer. “This is super beneficial to chefs who want to highlight their food, bartenders their drinks,” says Barbo. “But even for the first-time job seeker, it is a great way to highlight your personality. That is ultimately what got me my first job in the industry. I didn’t have the experience. It was my personality that got me the opportunity.” At the trendy Downtown Works office space, Barbo oversees a team of 15 people who come to work in T-shirts. He is the prototypical millennial entrepreneur – tech savvy, hyperarticulate, full of energy. Growing up in Huntington Beach, Barbo caught the entrepreneurial bug while in high school. Before GoPros became popular, he made extra cash making videos of action sports enthusiasts. When he enrolled at San Diego State University in 2007, Barbo described himself as an introvert. He joined student government in an effort to break out of his

shell. During his senior year, he was elected SDSU’s student body president. “It gave me the confidence to want to be an entrepreneur,” says Barbo. After earning a degree in communications, Barbo launched his first company, Niche, which sought to create geo-fenced social networks based on location. “This was in 2011, and our parents were coming onto Facebook,” he recalls. “We didn’t want them to see what we were posting on Facebook. So, what if you could create a private social network just for your fraternity house, and the only way you could access it was if you were physically there?” Niche was eventually overwhelmed by competitors. But the experience was valuable in laying the foundation for Industry,

which Barbo founded with Matt Cecil and Errol Asuncion. Industry makes money differently from other online hiring platforms. Instead of a monthly subscription fee, Industry charges employers based on the number of qualified applicants it delivers. Workers join for free. For Industry, the key is building enough value to compel workers and employers to visit the website every day, says Barbo. Industry recently added news and messaging features to its platform. “There is not a great place online to connect with mentors, people who will inspire you,” says Barbo, who is on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. “We know people want to share the food they are making, the drinks they are making. So we think Industry will really get people connected to move forward in their careers.”

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Print is dead, which means you’re reading this in the afterlife. If you were alive in San Diego at any point since January 2007, however, perhaps you’ve seen one of PACIFIC’s 120 monthly magazine covers, which appear on the following 10 pages – each representing a year in the life of America’s Finest City. Life’s cool.

[Notes from PACIFIC founder/Editor-in-Chief, David Perloff]

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2007 — JANUARY (1): Rosemary Delgado Cassidy, a deputy design director from Glamour magazine, designed PACIFIC’s first issue (the cover story of which was shot at Catamaran Resort Hotel). It was like getting Michael Jordan to play on our pick-up hoops team. FEBRUARY (2): We painted those cupid wings on the wall of our Pacific Beach office. Can’t believe they’re still there. APRIL (3): That’s me in the astronaut suit I rented from Buffalo Breath. Only time I appear on the cover in 10 years, I’m wearing goggles and a helmet. You’re welcome. SEPTEMBER (4): We dropped the “Beach” from Pacific Beach Magazine and became PACIFIC.

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2008 — APRIL (1): Fashion Careers College students competed in designing eco-friendly couture for PACIFIC’s Green Issue. This trash bag dress won. OCTOBER (2): Nearly two years in, we have our first male-only cover, chef Clay Bordan of Clay’s La Jolla.

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2009 — APRIL (1): Turns out photographing public art doesn’t give a magazine publisher the right to publish said photograph on the cover of a magazine without permission from the artist. Who knew? Apparently, lawyers representing the late Niki de St. Phalle (whose Escondido installation in Kit Carson Park is featured on this cover) did. AUGUST (2): This was the first issue Kenny Boyer (PACIFIC’s current art director) designed for PACIFIC. Wouldn’t have made it here without Kenny. City Ballet’s agreeing to play along for the day was so cool.

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2010 — FEBRUARY (1): Our first celeb! We shot Dr. Drew for the cover of the Love issue. During his nationally syndicated Loveline radio broadcast, he said he was pissed we had superimposed a Loveline logo vs. a 91X one on his t-shirt. Miscommunication = no free rehab :(. NOVEMBER (2): That’s real food and ingredients the dashing chef Scotty Wagner staged on a 4’x5’ table at his Eden restaurant in Hillcrest. Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan captured the image from a ladder above the table.

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2011 —JANUARY (3): Chargers star Antonio Gates (image on previous page) welcomed PACIFIC into his home for this cover shoot by photographer Brevin Blach. AUGUST (1): Cheech! We shot him eating fake ice cream at the private restaurant in the penthouse at La Valencia hotel. He was dressed for golf at Torrey Pines and didn’t seem high. DECEMBER (2): I love this original art by San Diego artist Court Jones.

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2013 — FEBRUARY (1): Playboy Playmate of the Year and San Diego native Raquel Pomplun modeled lingerie at The Lafayette Hotel in University Heights. We shot her again for June 2016’s Beaches Issue. JUNE (2): PACIFIC sent photographer Donald Mirale to Hawaii to shoot San Diego native Ocean Ramsey, who’s famous for swimming with enormous Great White sharks. NOVEMBER (3): Comedian Anthony Jeselnik appeared on the cover in advance of his stand-up show at San Diego’s House of Blues. DECEMBER (5): The Hills star Audrina Patridge sparkled.

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2014 — JULY (1): Batman kissing Spiderman seemed like the perfect concept for an issue covering Comic-Con and Pride. FOX News called PACIFIC’s illustration “the controversial kiss” and broadcast an image of it in cities nationwide. AUGUST (2): Spent an afternoon with Ziggy Marley at his offices in Beverly Hills. He played guitar, sang and smoked joints during the shoot. Coolest day ever.

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2015 — FEBRUARY (1): Crystal Hefner posed for the Beaches Issue under cloudy skies at L’Auberge Del Mar. MARCH (2): Stars of E!’s hit show “Total Divas,” WWE’s The Bella Twins spent a day with PACIFIC at Montgomery Field. APRIL (3): PACIFIC commissioned this original work for the cover of the Art Issue. DECEMBER (4): “Arrow” (popular show on The CW) star Katrina Law.

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2016 — JULY (1): Scott Eastwood (Clint’s kid) appeared on the cover of PACIFIC to promote the upcoming release of the action flick Suicide Squad, in which he co-stars. SEPTEMBER (2): The Bella Twins returned (they also appeared in PACIFIC’s March 2015 issue) to promote their new E! show, “Total Bellas.” DECEMBER (2): Santa smoking a J on the cover. Not clear if that was coal or ashes in our stockings, but the cookie plate was definitely empty.

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What a WEEKEND GETAWAYS FROM (AND IN) A CITY THAT’S TOUGH TO LEAVE

Visiting the bilingual wine country that lies across the border, playing in the snow-capped local mountains and watching the sunset over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are great reasons to get out of town for a winter weekend. And, lucky for San Diegans, making a great escape within America’s finest staycation city requires nothing more than checking into a hotel and checking out of the daily routine for a couple days. Bon voyage!

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et’s put a cork in the cliché that Valle de Guadalupe is “The Next Napa.” Baja’s booming wine region is what Napa would be if it let down its hair and got a little tipsy. The Valle is just a 90-minute drive southeast of San Diego but a world away. It’s where winemakers throw out the rule books and blend whatever they want – because they can. It’s where chefs create gourmet magic – on a campfire. And it’s where hotels are cutting-edge, literally – one has rooms clinging to the side of a mountain. A perfect getaway for thrill-seekers and chill-seekers, the Valle is unlike any wine region you’ve ever been to. So grab your passport, jump in a car you won’t mind getting a little dusty and get ready to let your hair down.

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Where to Eat/Drink TRASLOMITA Behind (Tras) a winery (Lomita, as in Hacienda La Lomita), it’s one of several Valle restaurants where the garden is the dining room. Fresh, organic produce comes from Lomita’s sister winery, Finca La Carrodilla, and chef Sheyla Alvarado is considered a rising star in Baja. Don’t miss the smoky, crispy-skinned

POOL AT ENCUENTRO GUADALUPE.

TRUCKS? STOP! Some of the best bites in Baja can be had from upscale camiones de comida (food trucks), which serve everything from tapas to tacos to tortas. Three to check out: Adobe Guadalupe, on the patio outside the wine shop; TROIKA, by Vena Cava Winery at La Villa del Valle hotel; and chef Javier Plascencia’s latest venture in a hipster Airstream, Lupe at Finca Altozano. MONTE XANIC One of the Valle’s pioneering wineries, Monte Xanic’s stunning, multimillion-dollar facility is an architectural marvel. Sip the sophisticated whites and reds (particularly the sauvignon blanc and Gran Ricardo cabernet-based blend) at the tasting bar or on the patio overlooking a lake. +52 646.155.2080, montexanic.com.mx/ home-en HACIENDA LA LOMITA Owned by forward-thinking 30-something Fernando Pérez Castro, La Lomita makes quality, affordable whites, red blends and the oh-so-drinkable Cursi rosé. (Do a tasting before lunch so you know what to order at TrasLomita.) High on a hilltop, the modern adobe-style property offers stunning Valle views. Eclectic art lines the winery walls. +52 646.156.8466, lomita.mx BAJA BONUS: A brand-new app from San Diego-based TripBucket helps you navigate the roads, wineries, restaurants and more. Search “Baja Wine Country” in the Apple and Android app stores.

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THE HORSES AT ADOBE GUADALUPE. A L E J A N D R O TA M AYO

ADOBE GUADALUPE Set on the vineyards that produce some of the Valle’s top-quality wines, Adobe is the top choice for an ultraromantic, hacienda-style getaway. Six meticulous rooms face a serene interior courtyard, while a multi-course gourmet wine dinner is served in the elegant main house dining room. Breakfast and reserve VIP wine tasting in the Adobe cellar are included. Horseback riding and massage available. ($275.) +52 646.155.2094, adobeguadalupe.com

FINCA ALTOZANO Helmed by Cali-Baja super chef Javier Plascencia, Finca Altozano is an indoor/outdoor campgroundstyle smokehouse. Everything’s grilled, from the bread to local mushrooms and the carne. Leave the flannel home, though – Finca is a see-and-be-seen scene. +52 646.156.8045, fincaaltozano.com

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ENCUENTRO GUADALUPE Closer to the heart of wine country, but on another planet, is this Travel + Leisure Design Award-winning “antiresort,” with 20 futuristic metal-shed lodgings built into a mountainside. Watch the stars from your private terrace, complete with fireplaces. Shuttles bring you back down to earth, or at least to the lobby bar. (From $300.) +52 646.155.2775, grupoencuentro.com.mx

chicken, suckling pig taco and grilled octopus. +52 646.156.8469, facebook.com/traslomitabaja

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CUATROCUATROS Glamping has never been so glam. CuatroCuatros’ 14 trickedout cabañas are set amid 140 acres of vineyards, olive groves, mountains and a natural preserve, but have all the amenities of a luxury hotel. Private patios, fireplaces, premium bedding, botanical bath products, A/C and minibars take rustic chic to a new level. Spend the day horseback riding, whooshing down a zipline, indulging in spa treatments and, of course, tasting wine. Catch an ocean-view sunset from the cliffside bar. Full breakfast served. (From $189.) +52 646.174.6789, cabanascuatrocuatros.com.mx/en

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A SANDY VISIT TO ANZA BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK BY J. HARRY JONES

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short drive, a bit of perspiration and a spirit of adventure is all that’s needed for a quick getaway to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where options abound for hiking, golf or spa activities at one of the area’s tranquil resorts. Sweetening the pot for hikers, the nonprofit Anza Borrego Foundation, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, is offering free day passes on select weekends to one of the park’s

most popular spots, the Borrego Palm Canyon trail. At three miles long, this breathtaking trail is known for its oversized palm tree grove and bighorn sheep sightings, as well as its culmination at a beautiful palm oasis and waterfall. Visitors to the trail must typically purchase and display a $10 vehicle day pass, but on Jan 21-22, Feb. 11-12 and March 2526, admission will be free for those who register at theabf.org.

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What to Do The Palm Canyon trail is one of hundreds of hiking opportunities in the 620,000-acre state park, the largest in California. A two-hour drive from San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs, the desert park is beloved by 1 million annual visitors who come to hike, lounge by resort pools or play golf on fairways that include the Tom Fazio-designed course at the Rams Hill Golf Club – ranked third among resort courses in California by Golf Week magazine. In the spring, with the right amount of rain, wild flowers bloom in brilliant colors throughout the desert park. An added bonus is the night sky. Unencumbered by man-made ambient light, astounding views of the heavens and stars can be seen year-round.

LA CASA DEL ZORO FRONT ENTRANCE. STEVEN GRAFFHAM

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Where to Stay BORREGO STATE PARK SCULPTURE.

THE ARCHES RESTAURANT AT BORREGO SPRINGS. X- D E FA U LT

Though some come to Borrego Springs on day trips, the unincorporated town surrounded by park land has many hotels, large and small, plus numerous RV resorts and, of course, campgrounds. Some of the more popular hotels include La Casa del Zorro, The Springs at Borrego, Borrego Springs Resort & Spa, Borrego Valley Inn, The Palms at Indian Head and the Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort.

Where to Eat/Drink During the winter tourist season, Borrego Springs offers many dining options including Carlee’s Place, a lively roadhouse just off the town’s iconic Christmas Circle where locals, snowbirds and day trippers have been eating and drinking for decades. Other notable eateries include Rams Hill Restaurant at the Rams Hill Golf Club, the Big Horn Bar & Grill, The Arches at Borrego Springs Resort, Carmelita’s Mexican Grill & Cantina, the Krazy Coyote Bar & Grille, Kendall’s Café and the Red Ocotillo.

BORREGO SPRINGS SPA SERENITY.

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DRIVING TOUR OF BEASTS AND SERPENTS Visitors to Borrego Springs won’t want to miss driving by some of the more than 130 metal sculptures that dot otherwise wide-open landscapes on the Galleta Meadows property. The land is owned by a trust created by the late Dennis Avery, a philanthropist and millionaire who owned thousands of acres of undeveloped land in Borrego Springs. Avery initially commissioned artist Ricardo Breceda to create sculptures of beasts that once roamed the valley when it was a jungle. But when Breceda ran out of animals to sculpt, he became more fanciful, creating giant serpents, dragons and other creatures. Many of the sculptures are along Borrego Springs Road, but detailed maps are available at the Anza Borrego Natural History Association store near Christmas Circle.

LA CASA DEL ZORO POOL.

LA CASA DEL ZORO DINING AREA.

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Stay Trippin’ GETTING AWAY WITHOUT LEAVING TOWN BY MICHELE PARENTE

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The Neighborhood STAY BRITT SCRIPPS INN. Travel back into San Diego’s vintage past with a stay at the Britt Scripps Inn, which has elegantly stood in Bankers Hill since 1889. With only nine guest rooms, the antique-lined Queen Anne Victorian feels more like a grand private home than a hotel. The romantic rooms have 12-foot ceilings, plush bedding and modern amenities. Made-to-order breakfast is served in the quaint dining room or on the garden-view porch. For an oh-socivilized evening, there will be wine and cheese in the parlor. Time hasn’t stood totally still here, though: a $6 million renovation a few years back ensured the historic inn would please even the most contemporary guests. (From $63.) 406 Maple St., Bankers Hill. 619.230.1991, brittscripps-inn.com

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EARNIE GRAFTON

Step from history into one of San Diego’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Bankers Hill is teeming with gourmet restaurants and funky shops. After a day exploring Balboa Park, shop, get a mani-pedi or full-on treatment at Denise Barrow Salon & Spa, opt for perfect pizza and pasta at Cucina Urbina, and then indulge at Extraordinary Desserts, known for its epic (historic?) treats.

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PENDRY SAN DIEGO. Opening in January, the 12-story hotel is setting a new standard for downtown destinations. As a sister brand to the ultra-luxe Montage Hotels & Resorts, the Pendry sports 317 preppy-tasteful rooms, including 36 suites, all of which are outfitted with top-of-theline amenities. But with six dining and drinking venues, a pool deck, trendy retail shop, full-service spa and fitness center, we can’t see spending too much time in our room. How to choose between craft beer and bites at Nason’s Beer Hall, dinner at Lionfish, chic cocktails at the Fifth & Rose bar, the open-air Pool House or

If you do venture outside, duck into Cute Cakes Gaslamp for, well, cute, moist and delicious cupcakes. Work them off by renting some wheels from The Bike Revolution next door. Cruise along the waterfront’s bike path (that’ll take you to Silver Strand, if you’re really ambitious). Reward your righteous behavior with a hot night at OMNIA. Then you can go back to your room.

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Leaving the L’Auberge oasis won’t be easy. Take a private path down to the beach or walk across the street to Del Mar Plaza to pick up some sweet swag from Urban Girl Accessories. Then pop upstairs to catch the sunset over drinks and appetizers at Pacifica Del Mar. Wind down at the nearby Tasting Room, a cozy new spot for wine, beer and the dishes that pair with them best.

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L’AUBERGE DEL MAR. If your rich uncle had an estate in the Hamptons, it might look like this. The ocean-view hotel’s beachcottage-chic decor, intimate fire-pitwarmed spaces and boutique-resort amenities earned it the ranking of No. 1 hotel in Southern California in Condé Nast Traveler‘s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. L’Auberge’s hushed glamour is everywhere, from the 121 smartly appointed guest rooms to the rejuvenating sanctuary of Spa L’Auberge and innovative cuisine at Kitchen 1540, the property’s signature restaurant. With the Pacific as a backdrop, enjoy the taco trio al fresco at Coastline café, then sip specialty cocktails fireside at Bleu Bar, perched above the pool. (From $359.) 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. 858.259.1515, laubergedelmar.com

clubby confines of the Oxford Social Club? Hey, it’s vacation, why not choose them all? (From $300.) 550 J Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7000, pendryhotels.com/san-diego

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A QUICK LOOK AT WHAT’S UP IN THE MOUNTAINS FOR SAN DIEGANS IN FOR A RIDE BY KEN LEWIS

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ocal snow makes flaking out of work cool, and the right kind of après-ski makes a trip to the mountains chill. With so many resorts within striking distance of San Diego, it’s always a great weekend to escape corporate life, grab the gear and hit the slopes for a different kind of “board” meeting.

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SNOW SUMMIT With an elevation of 8,200 feet, Snow Summit offers 31 trails and nearly 250 acres of rideable terrain. No storms? No problem. A stateof-the-art snowmaking system using water from Big Bear Lake adds to the snowpack. 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake, 844.462.2327 bigbearmountainresort.com

Where to Stay

SWITZERLAND HAUS BED &BREAKFAST.

SNOW SUMMIT AERIAL VIEW.

Those into Swiss won’t want to miss a night at Switzerland Haus Bed & Breakfast. Grab one of the quaint, two-people-max rooms and wake up to breakfast prepared by the innkeeper. 41829 Switzerland Dr., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.3729 switzerlandhaus.com

Where to Eat/Drink After the last run, have a drink on the mountain’s 13,000-square-foot deck or head into town for pizza and drinks at Saucy Mama’s. 618B Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake, 909.878.0165

BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDER.

BEAR MOUNTAIN After fueling up at Big Bear Roasting Company (41080 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.0859. bigbearcoffeecompany. com), head to the main lodge before hitting miles of mixed terrain, half-pipes and the Red Bull Plaza – the mountain’s urban terrain park. Bear Mountain is also home to the largest beginner ski area in the region. 43101 Goldmine Dr., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.5766 bigbearmountainresort.com

Where to Stay After a day on the mountain, rest weary legs at Big Bear Manor Spa Cabins. For the low price of $70, each cabin comes complete with a hot tub. 40393 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.6800, bigbearlakecabins.com

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Where to Eat/Drink Après-ski, give Captains Anchorage a try for a delicious steak or prime rib. But don’t overdo the spirits – the elevation makes dehydration a bear, and this place is said to be home to a friendly ghost named George. 42148 Moonridge Way, Big Bear Lake, 909.866.3997, captainsanchorage.com

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MAMMOTH The gold standard in California for decades, Mammoth Mountain is a monster, offering 3,500 acres of skiable terrain covered by an average annual snowfall of 33 feet. Mammoth soars to an elevation of 11,053 feet, making it the highest summit in California. The small resort town has grown immensely over the years, attracting nearly 2.8 million visitors annually. 10001 Minaret Rd., Mammoth Lakes, 800.626.6684 mammothmountain.com

Where to Stay

Where to Eat/Drink After working up an appetite bouncing down the Olympic Bowl mogul run, check out The Bullwheel Bar & Grill, located above the West Resort base area. Specialties include spicy fish tacos and hot toddies. 24510 CA-2, Wrightwood crystalmountainresort.com/dining/bullwheelrestaurant-bar

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When staying in town, good, affordable lodging can be found at the trusty Mammoth Creek Inn (663 Old Mammoth Rd., Mammoth Lakes, 760.934.6162. themammothcreek. com). If splurging is in order, check out (or into) the Westin Monache Resort Mammoth (50 Hillside Dr., Mammoth Lakes, 760.934.0400. westinmammoth.com), featuring an outdoor heated pool and two adjacent hot tubs. The place is pet-friendly, so Fido is welcome, too.

In addition to straddling the California-Nevada border, the picturesque and breathtaking Lake Tahoe offers 10 resorts including the famed Olympic mountain Squaw Valley, North Star, Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain. After risking life and limb on the slopes, take a gamble in a casino on the Nevada side of the border before going back to Cali. While each resort has its own website, skilaketahoe.com sums it all up pretty well.

Where to Eat/Drink

Where to Stay

No trip to Mammoth is complete without a visit to The Stove (644 Old Mammoth Rd., Mammoth Lakes, 760.934.2821, thestoverestaurantmammoth.com). The Cinnamon Swirl French Toast is a slice of heaven. For craft beer, don’t miss Mammoth Brewing Company (18 Lake Mary Rd., Mammoth Lakes. 760.934.7141, mammothbrewingco.com).

If staying in South Lake Tahoe (on the Nevada side), gamble the night away at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe (18 State Route 50, Stateline, Nevada, 775.588.6611, caesars.com). The nearby Grand Residences by Marriott Lake Tahoe (1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, 530.542.8400, marriott.com) may be worth the splurge, as the Heavenly gondola is practically on its doorstep. On the north end of the lake, visit airbnb.com to rent a rustic cabin in the woods with easy access to multiple mountains.

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Where to Stay There are many lodging options on the mountain, including the quaint and affordable

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Where to Eat/Drink Before jumping on a lift in South Lake Tahoe, warm things up at Keys Café, a cool little coffee shack (2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 530.542.3800, tahoekeyscafe. com). For a snazzy meal after a day on the slopes, check out Edgewood Restaurant at the Edgewood Tahoe resort, offering fine dining and commanding views of the lake. Cocktails get crafty at the adjacent Brooks Bar & Deck (100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, Nevada, 775.588.6183, edgewoodtahoe.com). In North Lake Tahoe, stop by Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. (475 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 530.581.4677, tahoebrewing. com) for a year-round brew or a limited release, such as the Smoke Maibock, a pale lager aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

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Mountain High has come a long way in recent years. Tucked into the San Gabriel Mountains a little more than two hours from San Diego, the resort features three distinct areas (East, West and North resorts) for one ticket price, each offering a different kind of terrain. If a full day of skiing or shredding isn’t enough, night skiing (open seven nights a week during peak season) should be. For a totally tubular experience, ride down any of 10 lanes at North Pole Tubing Park, located at the base of the North Resort. 24510 CA-2, Wrightwood, 888.754.7878 mthigh.com

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DINING OUT / FARE ENOUGH

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h g u o En AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF NEW SAN DIEGO EATERIES

Forks up, San Diego. Nearly three dozen restaurants have just made their debut or will be opening their doors in the coming year. Here’s a menu of new places to taste in the coming months.

Pappalecco, CARMEL VALLEY Italian brothers Lorenzo and Francesco Bucci opened their first Tuscan-style coffeehouse in Little Italy in 2007 and have since opened three others in Hillcrest, Kensington and Cardiff. In mid-December, they opened their fifth location in Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Pappalecco serves Italian-style coffees, pastries, breads, gelato and pizza. 12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley. pappalecco.com >>>

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Barrel Republic, CARLSBAD

The award-winning pour-your-own bar company, with locations in Pacific Beach and Oceanside, has expanded. A third location had its grand opening in December in Carlsbad, with both indoor space and a patio. 2961 State St., Carlsbad. barrelrepublic.com B.

Dunkin’ Donuts, NATIONAL CITY

Two years after the much-loved Massachusetts doughnut chain opened its first San Diego location downtown, another one opened Dec. 6 in National City. The new location is the chain’s very first 24-hour drive-thru store. It’s also home to the chain’s largest sign west of the Mississippi River. The company has plans to open 200

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locations statewide in the coming years, with future expansion plans for Coronado, El Cajon and more. 2139 E. Plaza Blvd., National City. dunkindonuts.com C.

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Flower Child, DEL MAR

In December, Fox Restaurant Concepts opened this healthy foods eatery in the old Sea & Smoke space at the Flower Hill Promenade center. The whimsically designed eatery serves salads with optional proteins, vegetarian dishes, bowls and whole-grain wraps, as well as organic juices and kombucha on tap. 2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. iamaflowerchild.com

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Harbor Float,

HARBOR ISLAND More a special event venue than a restaurant, the newly opened Harbor Float is Cohn Restaurant Group’s newest location. Harbor Float is on the site of the old riverboat restaurant, the Reuben E. Lee. Anchored next to Cohn’s spectacular $15 million Coasterra restaurant, which opened last year, Harbor Float is a $3 million, 6,000-square-foot solar-powered floating event dock designed for weddings, parties and convention events for up to 250 people. 880 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island. cohnrestaurants.com/coasterra E.

Mendocino Farms,

LA JOLLA/CARMEL VALLEY The popular L.A.-based artisan sandwich and salad restaurant company, owned by husband-wife team Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, opened its first San Diego County location in La Jolla in December. A second is planned in Del Mar Highlands Town Center in the spring. Mendocino is known for cultivating relationships with family farms, cheesemakers and growers to serve unique high-end ingredients. Now open: 8975 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla. Coming soon: Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12873 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley. mendocinofarms.com >>>

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Mess Hall at Liberty Station, POINT LOMA A.

To accommodate larger-than-expected demand, the Mess Hall in Liberty Public Market underwent a short renovation in December to add more food vendors. The former Mess Hall restaurant reopened Dec. 19 as Mess Hall Bar, a more fastcasual, counter-service alternative serving marketsourced fare. Also inside the Mess Hall, two new quick-service vendors have been added: Grape Smuggler Bar, serving wine and tapas, and Pi Bar, serving pizza by the slice. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station. libertypublicmarket.com B.

Moto Deli, ENCINITAS

This retro motorcycle-themed artisan delicatessen, sandwich and charcuterie shop opened in midDecember. Moto Deli was conceived by motorcycle enthusiast Mario Warman and founding chef Alex Carballo, who created a menu of gourmet sandwiches and housemade condiments that have been served since last summer from their food truck. The brick-and-mortar location, overseen by new chef Andrew Halvorsen, offers dine-in and takeout options. 810 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas. motodeli.com C.

The Pizza Press, CARLSBAD

The Anaheim-based, eight-store pizzeria chain opened its first San Diego County location in December at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, the nowin-renovation mall formerly known as Plaza Camino Real. Pizza Press allows diners to design their own personal-size pizzas, with choice of sauces, meats and veggies. 2501 El Camino Real, Space 210, Carlsbad. thepizzapress.com

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Bluewater Grill,

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This seafood-centric restaurant is slated to open in the spring in the former Fish House Vera Cruz location in Carlsbad Village. The small seafood-restaurant/fish-market chain is owned by partners Richard Staunton and Jimmy Ulcickas. The Carlsbad location is being renovated to add a full-service bar, patio, upgraded fish counter and modern dining room. 417 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. bluewatergrill.com E.

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Born & Raised, LITTLE ITALY

CH Projects is spending $2.5 million to convert the old Nelson Photo store into a two-story, 4,500-square-foot steakhouse with a midcentury design by Basile Studio. The meat-centric restaurant will have an in-house dry-aging program, chef’s garden and retail butcher shop. It’s set to open in February or March. 1909 India St., Little Italy. consortiumholdings.com F.

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Breakfast Republic,

EAST VILLAGE AND CARMEL VALLEY Johan Engman’s 2-year-old trendy breakfast chain (with locations now in North Park, Liberty Station and Encinitas) will open two more in 2017. In February, the East Village location will open in the former Zanzibar Café space. Then, in April, a twostory location is planned in the Pacific Highlands Ranch Center. 707 G St., East Village; 6025 Village Way, Suite F101, Pacific Highlands Ranch Center, Carmel Valley. breakfastrepublic.com >>>

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Cheesecake Factory,

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Farmer’s Table,

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The Shoppes at Carlsbad mall has announced plans to build a store of this popular chain in the east end of its lower level in 2017. No opening date has been set. It will be the chain’s fifth location in San Diego County (including Fashion Valley and Westfield North County malls). Cheesecake Factory is known for its large portion sizes, extensive menu and signature desserts. 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. thecheesecakefactory.com

In January, this farm-to-table restaurant will open in the old Sanfilippo’s pizzeria space in downtown La Mesa. Co-founder Alberto Morreale (Farmer’s Bottega, Fig Tree Café) calls the concept “honest food done right.” The menu has been developed by chef/ co-founder Vincenzo Lo Verso (Fresh Catch, Greystone). 8141 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. farmerstablelamesa.com

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The Crack Shack,

ENCINITAS Owner Mike Rosen and chefs Richard Blais and Jon Sloan will expand their wildly successful fast-casual fried-chicken-and-eggs concept to Encinitas in January/February. A former Coco’s restaurant is being renovated to house the indoor/ outdoor concept with a walk-up food counter and full-service bar. The eclectic menu features fried Jidori chicken, sandwiches, salads and appetizers. A third location is planned in Costa Mesa later in the year. 407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. crack-shack.com C.

Curadero, GASLAMP

The former Saltbox gastro lounge closed in November to make way for this eclectic, soulful Mexican street food eatery, which is set to open in early 2017. Chef Brad Kraten is creating a menu of street tacos, ceviches, small and large plates and house mole sauces. There will also be a bar serving Mexican craft beer, wines, tequilas, mezcals and cocktails. The old upstairs dining room will become the Arriba Room, a game room filled with vintage arcade and classic table games, which will feature a walk-up taco window. Hotel Palomar, 1047 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. curadero.com

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COMING IN 2017

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Grater Grilled Cheese, CARMEL VALLEY E.

Chef/founder Gaston Corbala’s fastexpanding hot-pressed sandwich company will open its third brickand-mortar location before March in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Corbala launched the company in 2011 with a food truck and has built a solid reputation on his oozy, rich, Puerto Nuevo-style lobster grilled cheese sandwich. 3545 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley. gratergrilledcheese.com F.

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Holy Matcha,

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San Diego’s first café devoted to matcha — the specialty green tea grown in Japan — will open in February in North Park. Founded by Geraldine Ridaura, the cafe will serve both traditional matcha and creative twists on the drink, such as a dirty matcha coconut latte. Matcha-infused pastries and snacks will be available for sale, as will a variety of teas and drip coffee. 3118 University Ave., North Park. facebook.com/holymatcha  G.

Monkey King,

GASLAMP Opening in January, this Asian-inspired restaurant and lounge will serve an eclectic menu of dishes drawn from the cuisines of China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Fiji. The restaurant, located at the former Sovereign Kitchen location, will have the upscale vibe of a down-tempo lounge. 467 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. monkeykingsd.com >>>

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E. Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles,

GASLAMP

BARRIO LOGAN

The signature, upscale two-story restaurant in the $100 million Pendry San Diego Hotel will be helmed by former Craft & Commerce chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz. The menu will feature small plates, local seafood, meat and regional cuisine. The hotel and restaurant are slated to open in mid-January. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. pendryhotels.com/san-diego

The Long Beach-born soul food chain will open its first San Diego location in early 2017. Founded by Harlem native Herb Hudson in 1975, the company, which now has seven stores, is famed for its simple meal plates such as “Sir Michael” and “Stymie’s Choice.” 1678 National Ave., Barrio Logan. roscoeschickenandwaffles.com

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B. North Park Breakfast Company,

NORTH PARK Another breakfast concept arrives in March from Johan Engman (Fig Tree Café, Breakfast Republic). This nontraditional, upscale, two-story eatery will offer a cocktail bar, quinoa blueberry pancakes, bone marrow, guava-infused pancakes and egg yolkfilled breakfast ravioli with pork belly. 3131 University Ave., North Park. breakfast-company.com C.

Nomad Donuts,

NORTH PARK The popular and eclectic doughnut eatery will open a second and much larger North Park location in the spring. The new eatery will be more than four times the size of the older one at 4504 30th St. and will stay open all day, serving fresh-baked doughnuts, Montreal-style bagels, sandwiches, craft beer and wine. It will also have a pop-up savory and sweet bakery with items baked at whim by head chef Kristianna Zabala. 3102 University Ave., North Park. nomaddonuts.com D.

Pizza Republic,

NORTH PARK From the founders of Breakfast Republic comes this take on Neapolitan-style pizza, serving freshmade pasta and house-cured meats. It will open in the summer next door to the original Breakfast Republic location. 2726 University Ave., North Park. riseandshinerg.com

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Red O, LA JOLLA

After a nine-month delay, chef Rick Bayless’ upscale Mexican restaurant chain will finally open its La Jolla location in February or March. The L.A.based chain spent $7 million on the 8,300-square-foot restaurant, which replaced the old Donovan’s restaurant in the UTC-adjacent office park. 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. redorestaurant.com G.

Shake Shack, LA JOLLA

New York’s beloved “better burger” chain will open its first San Diego County eatery in fall 2017 at Westfield’s University Town Centre shopping center. The 3,000-square-foot location will be located on level two of the mall’s new two-story expansion project. Shake Shack, known for its low-priced but high-quality fast-food burgers and fries, has 110 locations worldwide. 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. shakeshack.com H.

STK San Diego,

GASLAMP The One Group’s upscale chain combines a steakhouse and chic lounge with an in-house DJ, featuring a menu that ranges from bite-size Wagyu beef burgers and lobster mac ’n’ cheese to high-end steaks. STK’s opening has been delayed and is now slated for early 2017. Andaz San Diego Hotel, 600 F St., Gaslamp. stkhouse.com >>> B.

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COMING IN 2017

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The founders of Urge Gastropubs in Rancho Bernardo and Oceanside will open a third and much larger location in a San Marcos warehouse space in March. The 21,000-square-foot multi-use space will have three bars, an eight-lane bowling alley, an in-house brewery for the company’s Mason Ale Works label, a beer barrel-aging room, outdoor bocce ball courts, children’s games, a full-service restaurant menu and seating for up to 450. 255 Redel Road, San Marcos. urgegastropub.com B.

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Park 101, CARLSBAD

Opening in February, this multilevel, 8,000-square-foot destination in Carlsbad Village will include a market, shops, a picnicfriendly plaza and four different dining and drinking options. Owned and managed by Peter Cich, Doug Sondomowicz and Rob McShea, Park 101 will include both grab-andgo and sit-down options. The park’s market will serve take-out hot sandwiches, juices and coffee, ice cream and housemade doughnuts. Park 101 Barbecue will serve ribs and other meat-centric barbecue dishes. The Garden Pub will offer up to 32 local beers on tap and regional wines. And the Tamarack View Deck

will serve gourmet snacks from a rooftop lounge with seats arranged around fire pits. 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. park101carlsbad.com C.

Waterbar, PACIFIC BEACH

The long-shuttered Joe’s Crab Shack on the boardwalk near Crystal Pier has been razed to make way for a large ocean-centric restaurant/ bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and a menu that’s focused on shellfish from the East and West coasts as well as Baja. Owners are billing it as a “social seafood experience” that’s part social club, part breakfast spot and part dinnerhouse/bar. 4325 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach. facebook.com/waterbarsd D.

Voltaire Beach House,

OCEAN BEACH This beachy restaurant/bar with a copper outdoor fireplace is owned by David Schiffman and George Somers (Florent Restaurant & Lounge, Whiskey Girl). Chef Abe Bottello’s casual American menu will include dishes such as quinoa salad, ahi bowls, flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, wings and s’mores. The cocktails will feature fresh-pressed juices. The place is slated to open this winter. 4934 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach. voltairebeachhouse.com


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What’s on the near-horizon for 32 North? Cans! We are working hard to get on the shelves of (quality bottle shops) like Bine & Vine in North Park. We’re also filling barrels with our Russian imperial stout, Death of a Brewer, and making more styles of beer. This brewing thing is fun.


WORKING IN BEER HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. I DON’T KNOW IF I COULD EVER GET ANOTHER JOB AFTER THIS. —NICK CENICEROS

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Rouleur Brewing Company:

COMING TO A HEAD What’s new in brew or coming soon

Sharing its name with sure-tired French cyclists, this interest will roll into existence from a homebrewing owner who is making the jump to the pros with the assistance of a world-class international brewery consultant. His aim is to create beers that are alternative versions of popular styles such as blonde, golden strong and India pale ales that trade convention and guidelines for adventurousness. 5840 El Camino Real, Ste. 101, Carlsbad, rouleurbrewing.com

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here’s a new avenue for entry into the local brewing scene. Conceived by local developer H.G. Fenton, a pair of Brewery Igniter campuses in Miramar and North Park provide leasable, readyto-brew facilities complete with cold storage and tasting rooms, allowing ale entrepreneurs to test out their biz concepts without the initial outlay for construction and machinery. It has proved so successful that a third Brewery Igniter is on tap for El Camino Real (near Faraday Avenue) in Carlsbad. Meet its soon-to-be tenants …

LET’S GO TO THE HOPS January beer events

Wiseguy Brewing Company: Another homebrewer of the award-winning variety is taking up the second suite in the new complex and aiming to come in big with a beachy aesthetic and plenty of hoppy beer to really drive it home. It will be like being in San Diego ... uh, wait. Look for numerous IPAs plus a bevy of Germanic beers — altbier, doppelbock, schwarzbier, dunkelweizen. It will be like being in Berlin, but in San Diego. That’s more like it. 5840 El Camino Real, Ste. 100, Carlsbad, wiseguybrewing.com

DO ME A FLAVOR New beers to cheers Sweet Ride

Jan. 7 | San Diego Brew Fest: A beer festival just

The gold medal-winning best Bohemian-style pilsner in the country is brewed by O’side’s Bagby Beer Company. Order one, experience the crisp, clean, yet flavorful (are those … yes, they are … HOPS!) taste and be prepared never to go back to humdrum lawnmower beer. Bagby Beer Company, 601 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside, bagbybeer.com LAURIE DELK

one week into the New Year. What took so long?!?! Start the ’17 sudssipping year off with a bang at this alfresco event bringing together droves of brewers elated to finally be over their NYE hangovers. 12 p.m., NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Rd., Liberty Station, Point Loma, sandiegobeerfest.com BRADLEY SCHWEIT

Break Line Traditional Bock

Jan. 22 | Family Dinner: ChefBRUCE GLASSMAN

turned-brewery-owner “Bitter” Bill Warnke likes pairing new beers with old taste buds. Join him at his tasting room with extended members of the Bitter Brotherhood hailing from various local restaurants for a (bitter)sweet supper! 5 p.m. Bitter Brothers Brewing Company, 4170 Morena Blvd., Bay Ho, bitterbrothers.com

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Would you believe the best American version of a traditional German bock is brewed in … San Marcos? Two consecutive gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival deem that statement a cold, hard fact. Rather than question, head to one of Rip Current Brewing’s pair of tasting rooms and experience it for yourself. One of the finest lagers in a town awash in ales, it’s a focused beer that tastes like beer, with a mild sweet breadiness balanced beautifully by Old World hops. Prost! Rip Current Brewing Company, 1325 Grand Ave., No. 100, San Marcos; 4101 30th St., North Park, ripcurrentbrewing.com


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PHOTOS BY EDUARDO CONTRERAS

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TRUE NORTH ROLLS OUT S.D.’S FIRST CANNABIS COCKTAIL

n Nov. 8, as Californians sparked up to celebrate the Golden State’s newfound freedom to consume cannabis legally, the minds behind True North Tavern decided it was high time to introduce San Diego to a brand-new type of beverage. Dan Sutherland, True North’s in-house alchemist, recounts the hazy origin of Prop. 64, the first cannabis-infused cocktail in the city. “The Prop. 64 story began with bartenders Christine Briggs, Amy Adams and myself at the drawing table … the one with all the condensation circles, if you catch my drift,” Sutherland said. “We started talking about the election, then got into Prop. 64, legal mumbo-jumbo and, finally, CBD oil. Before I knew it, we were slamming our drinks on the table, demanding that we be the first in San Diego to use CBD in a drink. Then some stuff happened, I think, and now here we are. We couldn’t be more proud.” CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in marijuana. Although it is similar to its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in how it affects the body, CBD lacks psychoactive properties, so it doesn’t get you high. It’s similar to how decaffeinated coffee offers health benefits but doesn’t provide the jolt most java addicts crave. To prepare a Prop. 64, Sutherland mixes Nolet’s Gin with his homemade Amarillo hop bitters in a shaker, then adds an egg white, lime simple syrup and Chareau aloe liqueur. He then shakes the drink well before adding ice, and then gives it another quick shake. Finally, he pours the concoction into a Champagne coupe and drizzles in a few drops of CBD. The finished product, which is a beauty to behold, also offers an unmistakable scent. “The idea was to capture a natural and earthy smell,” Sutherland said. “Think Phish concert.” Although it’s been available for only a few weeks, Prop. 64 has already created a devoted following. Sutherland admits, however, that the drink’s success wasn’t guaranteed. “I was terrified at first about how the North Park community would receive this beverage,” he said. “But we made a promo video and, boy, did it go viral. Everyone and their stoney mom began sharing it.” Get Mom to drop the bong, then head to True North for this uplifting new cocktail. And don’t forget to sip, sip, pass. TRUE NORTH TAVERN 3815 30th St., North Park truenorthtavern.com

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THE IDEA WAS TO CAPTURE A NATURAL AND EARTHY SMELL, THINK PHISH CONCERT.

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BARTENDER

A (MID)WAY OF LIFE MEET ONE OF THE FRIENDLY FACES BEHIND LOMA PORTAL’S NEW BANZAI COCKTAILS AND FOOD PHOTOS BY K.C. ALFRED

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nown as North Bay, Sports Arena, the Midway District and Loma Portal, one thing the patch of land between Point Loma and Interstate 5 isn’t known for is electrifying nightlife. But with the arrival of the new Banzai Cocktails and Food, not to mention the DJs it’s bringing to this stretch of (almost) coast, that tide could be about to turn. Taking its name from a Japanese battle cry, Banzai sprung up a few months ago on Midway Drive where the punk club Shakedown once stood. Owned and operated by the cousins behind the Gaslamp Quarter’s Werewolf and Little Italy’s landmark The Waterfront Bar & Grill, this 1,300-square-foot bar sports an old-school arcade room, an enormous fish tank and a menu of Hawaiian- and Asianinspired plates. Bartender Chelcie Lopez, a Bakersfield native who moved to San Diego a year ago, offers a closer look at what Banzai has on tap. PACIFIC: What’s the vibe like at Banzai? CHELCIE LOPEZ: Southern Cali

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dive bar with Asian-fusion food. We have a yummy cocktail list and rotating draft beers. The design of the bar is so rad. We’re pet-friendly and have spacious seating in the patio area. How have Loma Portal locals been reacting to the new spot? People have been really curious since construction was going on and they are blown away when they stop in, not only by the design but the food as well. This is the perfect spot to hit before and after a visit to the Sports Arena. We’ve met a lot of people from the neighborhood, newcomers and old, who we’ve been seeing a lot of. What are a couple of Banzai’s signature drinks? Our No. 20 is a hot drink. I’ll make ’em all night after someone sees another guest with one. It includes our blackberry puree made in-house, matched with the perfect amount of bourbon. The Smokeshow is my favorite drink, also made with our blackberry puree and a smoky mescal tequila. It’s just sweet enough to make you crave another. What are a couple of your favorite items on the food menu? One of my favorites is the grilled ginger chicken bowl. The cilantro sauce is to die for. It has edamame, carrots and cucumbers in there for that healthy feel. What food-and-drink pairing do you suggest first-time guests try? I don’t think most people know we’re a “scratch” kitchen. When guests see the menu, they get a look at a wide range of deliciousness. If you love poke, like me, then the crunchy poke tacos are a must. Your taste buds will thank you. Aside from Banzai, what are a couple of your other favorite

venues in S.D.? I love being beachside at any opportunity. And any place with a rooftop has my heart already. Where else in San Diego have you worked? I got my start at Pacific Beach Cantina. The employees there were so rad. The girls made me feel like family right away, and who doesn’t love a huge margarita in their life? Worst pickup line you’ve overheard at a bar? “Are you Google? Because I’ve just found what I’ve been looking for.” I feel like I have heard them all, but every time it’s always the cheesiest that make a girl laugh. What neighborhood do you live in now? I just moved to the North Park area. I love the fact I’m so close to great coffee and the Observatory to see all my favorite artists. What do you get into on your days off? I go to different yoga studios and I’m looking for an awesome salsa studio. I also like to take my Yorkie to the beach to run around. It’s like my Disneyland. What’s your jam right now? Feels by Kiiara has been on repeat. I tend to listen to all types of music. Local Natives and TAME are my favorite. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? To be a little bit more spontaneous and go/see beautiful places around the world or even closer to me. I also plan on running in a few marathons I’ve already signed up for.

Banzai Cocktails and Food 3048 Midway Dr., Loma Portal 619.501.5458, banzaibar.com


I LOVE BEING BEACHSIDE AT ANY OPPORTUNITY. AND ANY PLACE WITH A ROOFTOP HAS MY HEART ALREADY.

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SOUND DECISIONS / CONCERT CALENDAR

JANUARY

BY SCOTT MCDONALD

1.12 @ MUSIC BOX MUSICBOXSD.COM The Jamaican singer and songwriter released his fourth full-length album, “Royalty Free,” earlier this year. It can be downloaded for (you guessed it) free on his website. >>>

PROTOJE C H E KO T H A R I

I’VE SEEN EMPIRES FALL AND WITHER DOWN TO DUST AND ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, IT COULD NOT LIFT THEM UP MOST BRILLIANT OF ORNAMENTS CRUMBLE DOWN TO RUST BECAUSE WE PUT WE FAITH IN LUST AND DISREGARD THE TRUST.

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SOUND DECISIONS

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SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN A.

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1.4,5: Devil Makes Three

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com The Santa Cruz rockabilly-fusion trio spends two nights in San Diego promoting their latest, “Redemption & Ruin.” Lost Dog Street Band opens both shows.

C.

1.10: Dawes

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com The L.A.-based folk-rock quartet will spend “An evening with…” local fans who already have a ticket to this sold-out show. D.

1.10: Brown Sabbath

@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com Brownout, the nine-piece Latin funk ensemble out of Austin, Texas, puts a unique spin on classic tracks from the godfathers of metal. They released their second volume of Black Sabbath covers in October.

1.6: Warren G

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com Fresh from Snoop Dogg’s “Puff Pass” tour with DJ Quik, Tha Dogg Pound and Bone Thugs-NHarmony, the West Coast hip-hop legend is ready to “regulate” San Diego on a solo run.

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1.11: La Santa Cecilia

@ Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org The L.A.-based multicultural pop quartet released their last album, “Buenaventura,” a year ago. New single, “No Te Lloro Más,” has been out since March. F. 1.12: Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

@ The Loft, theloft.ucsd.edu The 27-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist grew up in Los Angeles, but listening to his throwback acoustic blues will make you think he was raised in a Louisiana juke joint.

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E.

F.

@ BELLY UP TAVERN, BELLYUP.COM UK ska musician and Belly Up regular Pato Banton helps kick off the New Year by bringing his positive vibes back to Solana Beach. >>>

1.6

PATO BANTON P H O T O S B Y: A. GILES CLEMENT C. MARIE VOGEL D . C O U R T N E Y C H AVA N E L L D. BILL STEBER

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NOW THIS ONE IS DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE ALL OVER. REMEMBER THE WORDS OF YOUR CRUCIAL ENTERTAINER. WHEN I SAY: I DO NOT SNIFF THE COKE, I ONLY SMOKE THE SENSIMILLA. —LYRICS FROM “I DON’T SNIFF THE COKE” BY PATO BANTON


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1.12: Mint Field

@ Soda Bar, sodabarmusic.com Originally a trio, the Tijuana-based shoegaze duo of Amor Amezcua and Estrella Sánchez were introduced to the world when they played Coachella’s main stage last year. B.

1.13: Talib Kweli

@ Copley Symphony Hall, sandiegosymphony.org The hip-hop vet’s 12-track, November-released “Awful People Are Great at Parties” features production from J Dilla, Hi-Tek and Kaytranada. C.

1.13: Ozomatli

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com Still going strong in their 22nd year, the long running bilingual funk collective continues to tour regularly, has released a children’s album and served as the house band for all three seasons of Gabriel Iglesias’ Comedy Central show.

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1.13: R. Kelly

@ Valley View Casino Center, valleyviewcasinocenter.com The songs on his Octoberreleased “12 Nights of Christmas” will be freshly irrelevant at this show, but setlists from the multiple Grammy-winner’s current “Buffet Tour” prove that he has too many hits to play them anyway. E. 1.13, 14: Sublime with Rome

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego Sublime founder/singer Bradley Nowell has been gone for 20 years, but original bassist Eric Wilson carries on with Rome Ramirez and Josh Freese. F.

1.15, 16: Lucinda Williams

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com The three-time Grammy-winning Americana singer spends two nights at the Belly Up. Her latest, last year’s “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” is her 12th studio album.

@ OBSERVATORY NORTH PARK, OBSERVATORYSD.COM The Compton-born singer and songwriter returns to San Diego with a new crop of hybrid reggae tunes from his just-released album, “Wash House Ting.” >>>

1.12

J BOOG WONDERING MAYBE IF YOU FEEL A CONNECTION CUZ OF THE WAY YOU STARING STRAIGHT AT MY DIRECTION. —LYRICS FROM “ROSE PETALS” BY J BOOG

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1.19: Zakk Sabbath

@ Brick By Brick brickbybrick.com This Black Sabbath cover band is fronted by Zakk Wylde, who came to fame as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne — Black Sabbath’s original singer. It’s the great heavy metal circle of life.

C.

1.22: The Toasters

@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com Recently celebrating their 35th year, the New York-based second wave ska band is still led by original singer/guitarist Robert “Bucket” Hingley. The septet released their last single, “House of Soul,” in 2013.

1.21: The Ravonettes

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com The Danish indie rock duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo spent every month of 2016 recording and releasing a new song. They’ll be playing plenty of the songs from their self-proclaimed “Anti-Album” on the current tour.

D.

E. 1.22: Portland Cello Project

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@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido, artcenter.org Cello? Probably not like you’ve heard it before. This ensemble collaborates with a wide-range of peers and tackles all-cello covers of artists such as Radiohead, Kanye West, Elliott Smith and Rihanna.

1.22: Robby Krieger

@ Music Box, musicboxsd.com Billed as “Robby Krieger of The Doors: Celebrating 50 years of The Doors Music,” the band’s founding guitarist will perform a career-spanning set.

F.

1.25: Seratones

@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com The Shreveport, La., rock quartet released their debut, “Get Gone,” in May. They toured with both The Dandy Warhols and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down in 2016.

D.

E.

F.

1.17

@ HOUSE OF BLUES HOUSEOFBLUES.COM/SANDIEGO

OMG! It’s Joe Jonas!! But seriously though, “Cake by the Ocean” is a ridiculously catchy song. Just try not singing along. >>>

DNCE P H O T O S B Y: A. JUSTIN REICH C. DFP PHOTOGRAPHIC D . A R AYA D I A Z F. C H A D K A M E N S H I N E

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WALK FOR ME, BABY I’LL BE DIDDY, YOU’LL BE NAOMI, WHOA-OH LET’S LOSE OUR MINDS AND GO FUCKING CRAZY AH YA YA YA YA I KEEP ON HOPING WE’LL EAT CAKE BY THE OCEAN. —LYRICS FROM “CAKE BY THE OCEAN” BY DNCE


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A.

1.25: Pepper & Less Than Jake A.

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com The San Diego-via-Hawaii reggae rock trio joins forces with the Florida-based ska punk quintet for this double bill. St. Pauli presents.

B.

C.

C.

1.27: Ty Segall

E.

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com Prolific weirdo rocker Segall was just here playing a solo show at the Hideout. This time, he returns with a full band to crank up the intensity and melt faces once again.

1.28: Hamilton Leithauser D.

B.

1.25: Rick Astley

@ House of Blues, houseofblues.com/sandiego Even after 30 years, Astley still refuses to give you up, let you down, run round or desert you. That’s reason enough right there to be at this show.

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F.

1.28: Devendra Banhart

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com The freak-folk poster boy released his ninth studio album, “Ape in Pink Marble,” in September. It’s his first since 2013’s “Mala.” F.

@ Casbah, casbahmusic.com Teamed with former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam, the pair released one of 2016’s best in “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.” The former front man of The Walkmen will perform these show without Rostam, but the songs are so good it shouldn’t matter.

E.

1.30: Ace Frehley

@ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com Original Kiss guitarist Paul Daniel “Ace” Frehley was known as the “Spaceman” during his tenure with the makeup-clad band. He collaborated with Slash, Paul Stanley, Lita Ford, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready on his 2016 album of rock covers.

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1.30: Run The Jewels

@ Observatory North Park, observatorysd.com Killer Mike and El-P continue their historic run with the release of their aptly titled “Run the Jewels 3” this month. Special guest The Gaslamp Killer also will perform at the sold-out show.

1.27

COLD WAR KIDS FLYING LIKE A CANNONBALL, FALLING TO THE EARTH HEAVY AS A FEATHER WHEN, YOU HIT THE DIRT HOW AM I THE LUCKY ONE?, I DO NOT DESERVE TO WAIT AROUND FOREVER WHEN, YOU WERE THERE FIRST FIRST YOU GET HURT, THEN YOU FEEL SORRY. —LYRICS FROM “FIRST” BY COLD WAR KIDS 102

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@ OBSERVATORY NORTH PARK, OBSERVATORYSD.COM The Long Beach indie rock quintet released the Trump-protest single “Locker Room Talk” in October, their first new song since 2015’s “Five Quick Cuts” EP.


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TIësto @ OMNIA, OMNIANIGHTCLUB.COM

The legendary Dutch DJ founded AFTR:HRS Records this year, just remixed DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You,” and has been through San Diego a few times in the past few months. It just never gets old.

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1.6: WeAreTreo @ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com Trevor Shawn, Ace Future and Spencer Regan just remixed Drake’s “Fake Love” after gaining traction with their take on Twenty One Pilots’ “Ride.” The L.A. trio will make it back-to-back Fridays in San Diego after playing INFINITY NYE here last week.

1.12 Purity Ring

1.14 Spag Heddy @ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com The Spanish DJ’s remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down Feat. Daya” is approaching 2 million plays on Soundcloud, while his song “Permanent” has over 10 million of them on DubstepGutter.

1.14 DJ Ruckus @ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com Full disclosure: This is the dude who went straight-up street fighter (away from the club so they could really throw down, no less) with Tyson Beckford over Australian model Shanina Shaik this year. Dude’s not bad, but really, we want to see round two. YVES SUCKSDORFF

1.19 Felix Jaehn @ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com The 22-year-old German house DJ and

1.20 Bingo Players @ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com Dutch DJ/producer Maarten Hoogstraten continues on under the moniker he once shared with collaborator/ co-founder of Hysteria Records, Paul Bäumer. Since Bäumer’s death in 2013, Hoogstraten has released a handful of singles and remixed the likes of Gorgon City and Hardwell. He appears as part of the duo’s 10th anniversary tour. ANDREW HUTCHINS PHOTOGRAPHY

@ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com Canadian electronic duo Megan James and Corin Roddick last released a studio album in 2015. So maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance they’ll tease some upcoming new music in this DJ set. One can hope.

producer scored a big hit this year with “Bonfire feat. Alma.” He makes a stop at Bang Bang as part of his 2017 North American Tour.

1.20 MitiS

@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com Classically trained as a pianist, Philadelphiabased DJ Joseph Torre released his dubstep EP, “Foundations,” earlier this year. His latest single, “Frameworks,” is out now.

1.21 DJ 4B @ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com The New Jersey-based DJ has released tracks on Diplo’s Mad Decent and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. In conjunction with Conspire Studios, he just released a music video for his track “Juice.”

1.26 Helena Legend + Kennedy Jones @ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com The British-born, Australia-raised, L.A.based DJ just released her three-track “No Explanations Part 1” last month and teams here with the bearded Los Angeles DJ responsible for recent remixes of Calvin Harris and Rilan.

1.27 3LAU @ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com New York-born, Vegasbased DJ Justin Blau uses a 3 for the B in his stage name (still goes by Blau), but don’t hold that against him. He’s remixed everyone from Zedd and The Chainsmokers to Adele and Shawn Mendes, and he gives all kinds of money to charity.

1.27 Sikdope @ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com Fresh off of a winter tour with Marshmello and Ookay, the Polish DJ/producer recently remixed his 2014 track with Borgore, “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse.”

1.28 Joe Maz @ Parq, parqsd.com Billboard panel reporting member and creator of remixes for artists ranging from Kanye and Coldplay to Daft Punk and Maroon 5, the Miami-based DJ continues his Parq residency.

1.28 Manufactured Superstars @ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com The Denver-based DJ duo of Brad Roulier and Shawn Sabo have been known to dress up in spacesuits and play with a gigantic teddy bear on stage. They’ve hosted artists such as Cee-Lo, The Crystal Method, and Lil Jon at their hometown “Superstar Saturdays” shows.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICK NOCON MATCHMAKING BY JESSICA PELLIGRA

LOVE AT FIRST SITE

A ROMANTIC RIDE THROUGH BLIND DATE HISTORY ’Twas the night before New Year’s Eve a decade ago when PACIFIC’s first blind date appeared in the magazine’s inaugural publication, the January 2007 issue (see “Under Cover,” page 51). Ten years and 120 blind dates later, this evening’s blind daters will take a trip back in time, visiting the sights and sites where it all began. Bri and Pearce met about half an hour ago in the Epic Limo that’s about to drop them off at Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, the backdrop for PACIFIC’s first cover shoot. Before they arrive for a sunset sail on Mission Bay, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

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PACIFIC: Where are you from and where do you live now? BRI: I’m a global local, or for lack of better words, a “military brat.” Currently residing in sunny San Diego. PEARCE: Born in Atlanta, raised in Missoula, Montana. Now I am a resident of North Park, after eight years in Vegas. What do you do for a living? BRI: Pour alcoholic beverages and

listen to people’s life stories. PEARCE: Marketing scientist and managing partner for Clique Hospitality – currently building three venues at the new Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp. What do you do for fun? BRI: I enjoy doing anything outdoors and spending time with friends and family. PEARCE: I work for fun; I love my job. I also enjoy taking my bulldog to the beach, DJing, reading and getting outdoors whenever I can. What are you best at? BRI: Being sarcastic. PEARCE: Making people laugh.

What do you suck at? BRI: Taking selfies. PEARCE: Making plans. What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise? BRI: Athleticism, humorous and down to earth. PEARCE: Personality, smarts and sense of humor are the most important to me, although my friends will definitely tell you I have a “type” – blondes with names that start with “K.” >>>


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Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less. BRI: Athleticism, humorous and down to earth. PEARCE: Southern gentleman meets goofy partier. What do you like least about yourself? BRI: My blunt honesty gets me into trouble. PEARCE: My receding hairline. Rate yourself on a scale from one to 10 for looks. BRI: I think I’m biased on this one, so a 10. PEARCE: I would say I am a solid 7 on a good hair day, 7.5 in a finely tailored suit, which is important.

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How about for personality? BRI: My personality is even better than my looks. PEARCE: Eleven. What’s your biggest fear? BRI: Failure. PEARCE: Tarnishing my reputation, nightlights – the old orange ones from when I was a kid. What traits could your date exhibit that would be deal-breakers? BRI: If he spent time on his phone during our date. I hate when people aren’t present in the moment. PEARCE: Rudeness towards waiters, super-picky eaters, weird eyebrows, inability to handle her liquor.

How many people have you slept with? BRI: Define “slept.” PEARCE: I know the number exactly, 51, and I could probably still write down all of their names from memory. Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.” BRI: Funny and easy on the eyes. PEARCE: Smart and funny. What’s the most important thing in the world? BRI: My family and my dog. PEARCE: Happiness. And naps. As their limo drops them off at Catamaran Resort, Bri and Pearce

walk through the hotel to the dock that served as the location for PACIFIC’s January 2007 cover shoot. Next, they board a small boat at Action Sport Rentals and cruise Mission Bay. As the sun sets, and the frigid (mid-50s) winter wind blows across the water, the couple returns to terra firma and heads inside Oceana for a seafood-forward waterfront dining experience. As ocean-inspired fish dishes emerge from the kitchen, Bri and Pearce appear to be each other’s catch of the day. They’re sitting close and laughing without a break as sushi, scallops and ceviche arrive at the table. >>>


WINGING IT A LOVE CONNECTION TAKES FLIGHT After about an hour at Catamaran, Bri and Pearce jump back into the limo for the short ride to Cass Street (between Grand Avenue and Thomas Street), the site of PACIFIC’s original offices, where they pose for photos in front of the cupid wings PACIFIC painted on the wall in January 2007 for the February 2007 issue. Next stop is a block away, the site of the former Good Time Charlie’s, where the PACIFIC crew used to take extended

lunch/drink breaks. Now, the venue has now been reborn as Good Time Poke and The Grass Skirt. After arriving at Good Time Poke, Bri and Pearce eventually find the secret entrance to The Grass Skirt, where a bartender sets their night on fire with a flaming cocktail for two. Once they’ve had a chance to wet their whistles, they’re split for middate debriefings.

PACIFIC: How’s it going so far? BRI: I was a little nervous, but I am having so much fun. I’m glad I came. PEARCE: Surprisingly better than I thought, honestly. I’ve never been on a blind date. And, literally, when she got in the limo, we started to hit it off. It was great. What were you first impressions? BRI: I call myself a personality whore – the way you look on the outside has no reflection of what’s on the inside. He has such a good personality. He’s f**king hilarious. PEARCE: My first impression was she was funny and witty. She kind of snapped back at some of my jokes; I appreciated that.

Is this the type of person you’d normally date? BRI: I have moved around so many times in my life; I have met so many different types of people. PEARCE: Normally, no. But would I want to date? Yes. What do you think of the way your date is dressed? BRI: We talked about this. We were both nervous about what to wear. I think I overdressed, and he did the same. He came straight from work. I think we are both dressed cute and casual. PEARCE: Amazing. If she was walking by in a group of 20 girls on the street, she’d be the one that I was like, “Yup.” >>>

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How was your experience at Oceana? BRI: The food was amazing, and the atmosphere was beautiful. We sat on their patio, which overlooks the bay. PEARCE: Oceana was cool. The patio was definitely my favorite part; great view. What did you have to eat and drink there? BRI: Seafood/modern cuisine. We had crab cakes and a sushi roll. Everything was really good. I was blown away that he did not want to have dessert. I made him. PEARCE: The food was awesome; ceviche was amazing. We did get a little bit of food on us because

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we were feeding each other for the photographer a couple times – then we just started doing it ourselves.

attention to what I was into. PEARCE: Ordered a whiskey; I like a whiskey drinker. And she is blatantly honest.

How was your experience on the boat? BRI: I did not expect to go on a boat. But it was fun and kind of funny going seven miles per hour while they’re taking your pictures. Also, my hair was not wind-resistant. PEARCE: I didn’t expect to drive a boat. Luckily, we didn’t drink a lot before. No BUIs.

What’s the least attractive thing? BRI: He didn’t want dessert. PEARCE: She told me I wasn’t supposed to say this, but she did spill some food on herself. In retrospect, it was hot, because I actually spilled on myself first, and she said she didn’t see it, then I caught her spilling on herself. But if I had to say least attractive thing – saying she didn’t like country music.

What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far? BRI: Most attractive is he is very caring and listens, and he paid

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks. BRI: Eight.

PEARCE: Ten. How about for personality? BRI: A f**kin’ eleven. He has the best personality. PEARCE: Eleven. Do you want to kiss your date right now? BRI: I don’t know. I mean, this is awkward – even if it were to happen, I’m such an awkward person. PEARCE: I 100-percent would. Does your date want to kiss you? BRI: Dude, I don’t know. I’m such a nerd. I don’t know how to read people. PEARCE: I think so. >>>


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DRAWING STRAWS IN THIS GAME OF CHANCE, EVERYBODY WINS As the blind date clock goes tikitock, the PACIFIC crew finally leaves Bri and Pearce alone at The Grass Skirt to enjoy the rest of their evening away from the camera. The next day, we call to see what we missed. PACIFIC: How was your experience at The Grass Skirt? BRI: It was the first time either of us had visited The Grass Skirt, so we had been looking forward to it. The overall experience was a perfect addition to our night – great food, drinks and service. PEARCE: The Grass Skirt was awesome. I had definitely been wanting to go there; such a cool

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concept with the hidden entrance from the poke shop, all of the cool cocktails and presentations. And the staff seemed stoked to show off their concepts. What did you eat and drink there? BRI: We definitely came in hot to The Grass Skirt and decided to order their flaming punch bowl before we even sat down. The kimchi fried rice and drunken noodles were amazing. PEARCE: We went with the drunken noodles and kimchi fried rice, both delicious. And, of course, a ton of drinks. What did you do after dinner?

BRI: We took the limo for a bit of a cruise while we chatted, mostly laughed, and ended with ice cream from Ghirardelli’s in the Gaslamp. PEARCE: We had the limo for the rest of the night and really wanted ice cream, so we went by Ghirardelli downtown. And then we were both so tired and hammered, we called it a night. I had to work super early, and we had had a ton of Old Fashioneds. Was there a kiss or romantic exchange? BRI: He was a gentlemen and took me home first, walked me to my door, and there may have been a good night kiss.

PEARCE: Not ashamed to say there was a goodnight kiss. And still a text message chat going on – about another date. Fill in the blanks. I wish my date had a bigger “blank” and a smaller “blank.” BRI: I wish my date had a bigger sweet tooth and a smaller drinking tolerance. It’s actually not a bad thing; I just know we could’ve drank all night. PEARCE: I wish my date had a bigger night’s sleep the night before, so we could have stayed out longer, and a smaller alcohol tolerance. Girl can drink some whiskey, gave me a run for my money. >>>


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What’s the funniest thing that happened during the date? BRI: Let me preface that we both hate photos and may be even more awkward around the camera. So, hands-down funniest moment for me was at the Catamaran. The photographer was trying to stage a good photo while we were eating dinner and asked him to feed me a chip. It was an ultimate fail, and I hope no one ever has to see those photos. PEARCE: Probably us sneaking away mid-date to escape the pressures of pretending to be models. We both equally hate having our pictures

taken, so it was taxing.

was a whiskey drinker.

What was the best part of the date? BRI: I can’t think of one moment in particular, but we got along really well from the start. We were dying laughing the majority of the time, especially being followed around by a photographer while drinking. Neither of us would make it as celebrities, something we found out together. PEARCE: The best part of the date was the solid matchmaking. Props to the man or woman behind the curtain – really nailed this one. We really hit it off. And I liked that she

Will there be a second date? BRI: There has been talk about a second date. We had such a great night getting to know each other; I honestly think we laughed through most of it. PEARCE: Absolutely, there will. Already planning it. I would love to get to know her better. She was witty, funny and had a great personality. I mean, she was also super hot, too. Definitely my type. AFTERMATCH: The first 10 years of PACIFIC blind dates spawned

several love connections, two of which culminated in marriages – one of which produced a lovely little girl who’s already 5 years old now. As year 11 begins, Bri and Pearce both gave each other 11s for personality during a magical evening that began where PACIFIC was born… and ended with a kiss. Could wedding bells be in PACIFIC’s matchmaking future once again? Stay tuned or help speed things up by emailing a photo and a couple of sentences about yourself and what you’re looking for in a mate to setmeup@pacificsandiego.com.

PACIFIC thanks our promotional partners for making last night’s blind date a smashing success: Epic Limo, 858.270.LIMO (5466), epiclimo.com; Oceana Coastal Kitchen (at Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa), 3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay, 858.488.1081, catamaranresort.com; Action Sport Rentals, 3981 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay, 858.538.8896, actionsportrentals.com; Good Time Poke, 910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0257, goodtimepoke.com; The Grass Skirt, 910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.412.5237, thegrassskirt.com.

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