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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BREVIN BLACH ON THE COVER: Natalie Pack, Miss California USA 2012, was photographed by Brevin Blach at architect Graham Downes’ home in Bankers Hill. Fashion Director, Simone Perloff. Styling by Jessica Rose Delee. Hair by Maegan Cooper for A Robert Cromeans Salon, Makeup by Sara Stewart. Ms. Pack is wearing Pretender bodice by One Teaspoon, $109, Drama Queen lace vest by Mink Pink, $88, both at Tease Boutique, teaseboutique.com. Boy short, by Parisa, $28, parisausa. com. Ellington earrings by Mimi and Lu, $68, Cecilia Boutique, ceciliaboutique.com. Ring by Nialaya, $2,290, nialaya.com. THIS PAGE: Natalie is wearing a pleated petticoat dress by Pleasure Doing Business, $330, Dolcetti Boutique, dolcettiboutique.com. Vintage necklace by Suki Bijuox, $68, gold Concho ring by Lush Jewelry, $32, both at Cecilia Boutique, ceciliaboutique.com. Shoes by Steve Madden, $111, Tutto Cuore Shoes, tuttocuoreshoes.com.

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departments C U R R E N T S 25 First things Kia Classic, Carlsbad Flower Fields and American Comedy Co. 30 Olmos Famous Local film festival features Edward James Olmos and other prominent Latino actors 32 Odd Balls The Sweet 16 of Celebrity Madness—which notorious lunatic outdid them all in 2011-12? 34 Open Door Policy Inside the closet of interior designer Jules Wilson

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38 Hair Apparent Trend for tresses and new looks for locks 40 Almost Home San Diego’s boys of summer: a springtime preview 44 He Shoots, He Scores SDSU hoopster gets points for making music 46 A-bUZZ and Beyond Local woman’s house of blues morphs into nationally expanding social network 20

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50 Heaven Sent Passionate do-gooders feed the homeless and their own souls

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94 New Waves A native son returns to San Diego to make a splash

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74 Beauty and the Yeast Exquisite food looks—and tastes—even better with beer 78 Crash Course Meet a chef who’s jumping ahead in more ways than one

92 Wishes Granted U.S. Grant Hotel wins coveted national award

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an Diego native Bobby Lee (pictured at left) got his start in stand-up at the Comedy Store in La Jolla. In 1995, he was comedian Pauly Shore’s opening act in Las Vegas, later becoming a regular on MADtv and landing roles in hit films including Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Pineapple Express. From March 1 to 4, Lee is headlining grand opening shows at the new American Comedy Co. on 6th Avenue in the Gaslamp. “It’s the only ‘A’ room in San Diego,” says owner Justin Hollister. “Our line-up is the best in the business.” And that’s no joke—also on the calendar are Christopher Titus (March 9 to 11), the star, executive producer and co-creator of FOX’s sitcomTitus; Tom Arnold (March 22 to 24); and Harland Williams (May 10 to 13), who’s best know as the cop who drank urine from a beer bottle in Dumb and Dumber. americancomedyco.com 28

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Otra Familia (The Other Family), a drama starring Jorge Salinas and Carmen Salinas. Don’t speak Spanish? No problemo. Many of the festival’s films are in English. Most of the ones that aren’t include subtitles, furthering Media Arts Center San Diego’s mission of promoting community through film. “The festival is the embodiment of the sentiment, ‘mi casa es su casa,’” Franek says. In addition to film screenings, audience members are also invited to attend discussion panels with the films’ actors and directors. And the after-parties promise to be biggies. “I went to Sundance, and our parties are better,” Franek says. Tickets cost $10 per film; $90 for a Film Pass, granting access to 11 films with VIP seating and no lines; or $180 for a Festival Pass, good for VIP admission to all films and galas. 619.230.1938, sdlatinofilm.com

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Demi Moore: Her Red Bull Diet may not have FDA approval, but there’s no doubt that it works— she lost 175 pounds (a portion of two and a half men) in the past year alone. Alec Baldwin: At least he made a funny SNL skit following his infamous Words With Friends incident on an American Airlines flight. Even so, it doesn’t seem like the multi-talented man-ape gives a damn that he inconvenienced a planeload of commoners. Lindsay Lohan: One way or another, there are always bars around this little scofflaw. The Parent Trap, it turns out, isn’t just her best movie, but also a metaphor for her semi-tragic upbringing. Charlie Sheen: His face is already on the Mt. Rushmore of American meltdowns. I place Charlie in the Thomas Jefferson position, what with his seemingly indestructible constitution and the fact that “Liberty” and “Justice” are the names of his two favorite strippers.

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6 6 6 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Sheen vs. Kardashian  After mounting a furious, come-from-behind rally, Charlie topples Kim for the title. As the great Jeff Ross noted, “Charlie, if you’re winning, this must not be a child custody hearing.”

Kim Kardashian: She got hoodwinked by a madefor-television marriage of her own design. At least she’s got something very large to fall back on. Kris Humphries: Hey, this mouth-breather is having his best NBA season yet, averaging close to 14 points and 11 rebounds a game. Perhaps he’s not as dumb as he looks. Scott Disick: This jobless, limo-preening, ascotwearing, Spencer Pratt-wannabe sperm donor of Kourtney’s would be a Number One seed in most douchebag tournaments, if only he had more name recognition. Build up your brand, Scotty! You take the “is” out of “Disick.” Bruce Jenner: This once-proud former Olympic champion now escapes into the garage to build model airplanes. Maybe someday he can build one big enough to fly himself to a decent testicular regeneration facility. When it comes to madness, Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph knows of what he speaks, weekday mornings on the Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw Show at 100.7 JACK-fm.


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ressed in a black Ted Baker cocktail dress, Jules Wilson opens the door to her home in Little Italy with a sweet smile and friendly disposition. The place is what you’d expect from an award-winning interior designer: lots of open space, clean textures and natural light. Standing beside her walkin closet, Wilson models hats, scarves and a purple rabbitfur shrug she purchased at Downtown boutique Goga by Gordana. “It made me feel happy when I put it on,” she says, “which is how most of my apparel decisions are made.” The shrug stands out from an otherwise black and grey, solid34

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colored wardrobe—a simplicity in keeping with Wilson’s fashion inspiration, famed French designer Givenchy, whose muse, the great Audrey Hepburn, donned a minimalist palette and simple accessories. For Wilson, that look translates to wearing skirts and dresses with classic silhouettes and little to no patterns. While she adores big-name brands, Wilson prefers lesser-known

labels with quality craftsmanship. “When I was in Italy, I was introduced to so many awesome designers that sold good, quality items,” she says. “They weren’t as popular as Gucci, but their stuff had leather soft as butter.” Now a brand herself, Wilson has outfitted the interiors of FIT Athletic Club in East Village and Emerald City surf shop in Coronado. Her innate eye

for design may stem from a childhood love affair with her own outfits. “My mom put me on a monthly shopping allowance, so I wouldn’t drive her nuts begging for new stuff all the time,” she says. These days, Wilson gets her shopping allowances from a growing roster of clients. And the doors keep opening. juleswilson-id.com


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pring Training is a time of hope in Major League Baseball. Last year’s standings are wiped clean, and player rosters are tweaked or overhauled as 32 teams prepare for the 162-game grind of chasing a championship. The San Diego Padres have done more overhauling than tweaking in the off-season, working to find a balance of youth and athleticism to supplement their already steady pitching staff as they battle four teams in the National League West.

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(Continued from page 40) Tasked with stocking the player inventory to match this philosophy is new General Manager Josh Byrnes, who won a 2007 division title in the same capacity with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Byrnes was promoted to the GM post by Pads Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Jeff Moorad (who was also his boss in Arizona) and inherits a richly stocked cupboard of minor leaguers—one that was recently voted the best in baseball by ESPN’s Keith Law. Managing the players will be Buddy Black, back at the helm for his sixth season. Byrnes wasted no time shaking things up. In January, he made a bold deal with the Cincinnati Reds, dealing away ace pitcher Mat Latos in exchange for four players. The centerpiece of that exchange was 24 year-old, sweet-hitting first baseman Yonder Alonso, whose line-drive swing seems well suited for the vast gaps at Petco Park. The lefty would likely rate as the top prospect for most MLB organizations, so getting him was a real find for San Diego. Undoubtedly, closer Heath Bell will be missed for his outstanding contributions, both on the field and as a lovable team leader. Byrnes acquired Huston Street from rival Colorado to fill the vacant closer’s role. The bullpen, still anchored by Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri, will also include flame-throwing newcomer Andrew Cashner. The Friars’ most electrifying player, centerfielder Cameron Maybin (pictured below) elevated his game in 2011—his first opportunity as a full-time starter since coming over from the Florida Marlins. The 24-year-old made highlight catches the norm all season, showing his speed by stealing 40 bases. On paper, the Padres should score a little more, pitch just as well and perhaps enjoy better luck with injuries after a brutal 2011 season in the infirmary. Will that be enough to help them shock the baseball world with a National League pennant as they did in 2010? The socalled “experts” would likely say no, but these same experts failed to pick the Giants in 2010 or the Diamondbacks in 2011. Whatever happens in 2012, with strong leadership in place and a farm system stocked with reinforcements for years to come, the Padres look to be starting another strong run. (Read the full version of this story at pacificsandiego.com)


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here are angels among us. Case in point: Darin Dew, director of Street Angels, a local nonprofit that delivers backpacks filled with food, toiletries, socks and other basic necessities to San Diego teenagers living on the street. “Somebody does care, even if it doesn’t feel like it,” says Dew. Launched in 2005 by Pastor

Richard McCullen of Mission Gathering Church in North Park, the Street Angels spread hope, grace and love to kids in need. Today, under Dew’s supervision, an altruistic team of six-to-eight volunteers hits the streets of Ocean Beach and Downtown, distributing goods from wagons. Though the group was born from a Christian church, Dew insists Street Angels has no religious agenda. “It wouldn’t be charity to us if we were

trying to get them to come to our church,” he says. “We’re out there to give.” In keeping with the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished,” the Street Angels have faced adversity from those who regard handouts as fostering homelessness versus a change of lifestyle. But Dew disagrees with the detractors. “(Problems) existed before we got here,” he says. “Ignoring them doesn’t make them go away.” streetangelsministry.com

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here are two things that impassion Natalie Pack, the newly crowned Miss California USA: health and being in front of a lens. So when PacificSD called, the University of California, Irvine biology major happily broke from cramming for junior-year midterms and her internship at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach for some camera time. Turns out she feels right at home in San Diego. “I have several best friends in Pacific Beach, so I visit at least twice a month,” says Pack, a dean’s lister. “I totally adore the weather and lifestyle.” The judges of the Miss California USA 2012 Pageant in Palm Desert found plenty to adore about Pack when they handed her the title in January. The Rancho Palos Verdes native won against 278 other beauties, the largest number in the event’s history. That last year’s state winner, Alyssa Campanella, was featured on PacificSD’s May 2011 cover and went on to take the Miss USA crown isn’t lost on her successor. “It’s all a little surreal,” she says with a laugh. “Everything is so overwhelming, in such a good way. That weekend in Palm Desert was one of the best of my life.” Pack also thinks it was “great” that this year’s Miss California

USA featured two openly lesbian contestants—a pageant first that preceded the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Proposition 8 (banning gay marriage in California) is unconstitutional, which she fully supports: “Everyone’s entitled to their happiness. I just don’t see that anybody should be not allowed, by law, to marry.” Calling her taste in fashion “conservative,” with extravagances limited to “big, flowy” tops and skinny jeans, Pack sought a wardrobe for the Miss California USA 2012 Pageant that was both comfortable and cost-efficient. “My shoes were, like, ten dollars,” she says. “I picked out the most flattering dress at Nordstrom’s, and I chose a swimsuit I already had. I wanted to feel good about myself but didn’t want to spend thousands, like some girls do.” Pack is now prepping for her June appearance in the Miss USA Pageant, where she’ll strut her smarts ’n’ stuff for not only a national TV audience but also pageant co-owner Donald Trump. “I heard that Mr. Trump hired one girl who didn’t end up winning the title last year,” Pack says. “That’s exciting, and I’m ecstatic at the prospect of meeting him.” So how does she think she’d fare on The Donald’s hit series Celebrity Apprentice? “Oh, I’d totally win that show! Anything where I can put my brain to work, I’d do well.” Better, perhaps, than she did

three years ago as one of 13 contestants on The CW’s popular “reality” program America’s Next Top Model. Although grateful for the exposure, Pack was frustrated by what she deemed biased editing and storyline manipulation that turned her into a “spoiled brat” character. “It hurts when your family’s seeing the show and you don’t appear how they know you to be,” she says. As Miss California USA, Pack gets a more satisfying reality check from her work with the Make-AWish Foundation and fundraising for Hoag Hospital’s breast cancer treatment and research. (Her aunt has survived two bouts with the disease.) And as a budding doctor, she’d someday like to tackle the problem of childhood obesity. “It’s the one thing I would do if I could change the world,” she says. “For the first time in U.S. history, parents are outliving their children. Kids are starting puberty at ages six and seven now because of the chemicals we use in food, and they’re getting diabetes at such a young age. It’s sad.” En route to reaching these and her other goals, Pack acknowledges she’s got much to learn. “It’s important to stay focused on what I want in life—and go for it,” she says. “Now, I’ve been given an opportunity to do so.” Read more at pacificsandiego. com. Follow Natalie Pack on Twitter @NataliePack


“Sectional sofa and daybed in mocha brown leather, facing a wall fireplace in the master suite’s sitting room.” —GRAHAM DOWNES

Dress, $550, Kathy Hilton, kathyhilton.com. Skyler necklace, $110, yellow beaded circle ring, $32, both by Lush Jewelry, lushjewelry.com. Pink ankle-strap heels, $69, Shoes Me, shoesmeonline.com.

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“The floor is Gammapar, which is reconstituted coconut, so it’s a sustainable material.” —GD

Leopard Hillary bodice by Motel Rocks, $35, Tease Boutique, teaseboutique.com. Isabella earrings, $108, Mimi & Lu, mimiandlu.com. Pearl bracelet, $39, Fabulous Rag, fabulousrag.com. Vintage bangles, broach, stylist’s own. Vegas rhinestone ring, $32, Dahlia ring, $46, both by Lush Jewelry, lushjewelry.com. Shoes by Chinese Laundry, $77, Tutto Cuore Shoes, tuttocuoreshoes.com.

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“The frosted glass sliding doors are one of the contemporary elements I’ve thrown into the home. They provide a divider between the master bed area to an adjacent seating area.”—GD

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house attlesnake expert Lawrence Klauber (“Laurie,” to friends) was born in San Diego in 1883. He studied electrical engineering at Stanford University, then returned home and took a job with the San Diego Consolidated Gas and Electric Company (now SDG&E), of which he later became president. In 1927, Klauber purchased a 6,000 square-foot, sixbedroom, five-bathroom home in Bankers Hill, where he lived until he died in 1968. “I bought the house in 2004 with a view to completely modernize it inside,” says architect Graham Downes, “but I grew sort of fond of the history of the home, so only in certain areas did I change the character. From the exterior point of view, it’s all original and restored.” Downes lives in the enormous home with Madiba, his rescued pitbull, and his friend and fellow bachelor, Dermot Gilligan. “We hardly see each other, though, like ships in the night,” Downes says. “But it’s good to have someone else in the house.” Today, Downes has several someones in the house: model Natalie Pack and the PacificSD camera crew, onsite to shoot this issue’s cover and fashion pages. Please enjoy this exclusive virtual tour of The Klauber House, San Diego Mills Act historical building Number 911. Downes will indicate points of design interest along the way. And don’t worry about Madiba…he’s a sweetheart.

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“There’s a solidsurface material wrapping walnut cabinet faces in a guest bathroom, and a Duravit fixture on an Ikea sink— just simple, clean lines.” —GD

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“The cabinets are darkstained walnut with continuous pulls; the countertop is a Calcutta gold marble; the appliances are Dacor, with a Viking hood clad in steel and a Sub-Zero fridge.” —GD

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“San Diego is the epitome of Southern California and Downtown almost feels like a warmer New York. For nightlife, it’s the place.” pacificsandiego.com

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“This patio arbor is original to the house, which is 100 years old. The wisteria the model is standing next to is likely just as old as the house.” —GD

Mad Love Flyaway tank, $105, skinny Colored Crop jeans in apricot, $85, both by Free People, Chelsea Cat Eye by House of Harlow, $138, all at Tease Boutique, teaseboutique. com. Heart ring, $3, Fabulous Rag, fabulousrag.com. Buttercup Lavish bracelet by Tricia Milaneze, $298, triciamilaneze.com. Shoes, $68, Shoes Me, shoesmeonline. com. Demi pushup by Parisa, $64, parisausa.com

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“I used to carry myself in a chillaxed way. Now, I have to embody what’s expected of a pageant contestant. And I want to.”

“This is one of 14 dining room chairs, modeled after a Saarinen design. It’s up against African mahogany paneling that’s original, and I’ve refinished at least twice.” —GD

Megan Pencil red dress, $120, Bettie Page Clothing, bettiepageclothing.com. Lana earring, $46, Lush Jewelry, lushjewelry.com. Tuxedo shoes by Andrea, $56, Tutto Cuore Shoes, tuttocuoreshoes.com.

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From the kitchen to the living room to the backyard, it’s good to be home

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n the bustling home kitchen of a celebrity chef, his photographer wife and their adorable children (three-year-old Taylor and 18month-old twins Miles and Sailor), who does the dishes? “Whoever has a free arm,” says Brian Malarkey, holding one son as he helps the other squeeze lemons from the family’s backyard tree. “If you have Miles, you definitely don’t do dishes, ‘cause he does not let you put him down. Watch.” Malarkey bends over to put Miles down. In the instant his feet touch the floor, the toddler scrunches his face, turns red and begins to cry. “Neat trick, right?” Malarkey smiles, scooping Miles back into his arms. A Bravo Top Chef finalist, Malarkey led the kitchen at Downtown’s Oceanaire before teaming up with partner James Brennan to open the wildly successful Searsucker in the Gaslamp. Within a year, on Opening Day at the races, the duo opened Burlap in Del Mar. They launched Gingham in La Mesa a few weeks ago; in April, they’re slated to unveil Gabardine in La Jolla. But how about home-cooked meals? “Breakfast is a big deal in this house—it’s early and it’s fast,” says Malarkey. “Dinner is very rare around here, ‘cause dinner is at the restaurants, but we always do a big breakfast.” Doting over their darling daughter and sons (sporting gingham shirts, of course), the couple seems proud of their new kitchen, which they designed together. “The whole remodel kinda revolved around making sure that we could fit a dishwasher in here,” Chantelle says with a laugh, simultaneously distributing glasses of lemonade and making sure Hunter doesn’t spill his.

1. “Before the babies were born, my wife and I went to Italy. We packed all these clay, hand-painted dishes in our luggage, and somehow they survived. What’s silly is we got home and realized you could buy them here a lot easier than traveling all over Italy with them. We should’ve smuggled some prosciutto or truffles.” [laughs]

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2. “This Breville espresso machine was given to me by my staff at Searsucker to celebrate my birthday. I thought I had plenty of energy, but I guess they tell me that I need a little bit more spark in my day.”

3. “We have a great little dwarf lemon tree out back—they look like lemons, but they taste like a tangerine-lime-lemon hybrid. Hunter and I like to make our own lemonade; he likes to add a little extra sugar to sweeten it up nice.”

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4. “This is a Shun knife; I get those from Great News! in Pacific Beach. It’s a really thin, kind of a softer metal. You’d think a soft metal would be bad, but it’s actually really good—that way you can keep it sharp with a stone. Absolutely amazing. This knife is almost a representation of Burlap: it’s kind of an Asian knife made by white boys. [laughs]

5. “This is a Boos bamboo cutting board I’ve had with me for longer than I’ve had my wife—a very, very long time. My father has a nice cutting board at his house, my mom has a great cutting board, and that’s always kind of been the center of our kitchens. I look forward to passing this on to my children someday.”


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7. “What’s really fun with these big large bottles of wine is that they’ve been given to me for different events. This one was signed by the entire staff at the restaurant Oceanaire, in Houston, after I was on Top Chef. The Fritz was given to me by a Fritz family after a wine dinner where I represented their wine. The Groth was given to me by my old mentor and dear friend Michael Mitchell, who is

8. “Here is another one of the flowerpots we smuggled from Italy. My wife loves ivy and just can’t keep it alive, so every two weeks we get a new ivy plant in the kitchen.”

9. “Dacor was kind enough to give us some of their equipment to try out. We’ve had a great time using it—the refrigeration, microwave, oven and the dishwasher hidden back here.”

10. “Blue cups, straight from Searsucker to our house. These are actually going to be the same glassware used at Gingham and at Gabardine. The only restaurant that we have that doesn’t have the blue cups is Burlap.”

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sing mud, lampshades and tabletops, San Diego artist Jennifer Anderson breaks furniture-making tradition, constructing chairs with unique forms and textures that require beholders to examine more closely. “I try to make people pay attention to the objects they’re using,” Anderson says. With her work now being displayed internationally, it’s safe to say people are indeed paying attention. When she isn’t playing with mud or daydreaming about making a chair out of porcupine quills, Anderson teaches art and furniture design classes at local colleges and partakes in craftsman societies. It’s all part of her quest to make people reconsider where they’re putting down their glasses, what they’re lighting their rooms with and, of course, what they’re sitting on. From her College Area studio, Anderson describes a few of her favorite pieces. jenniferandersonstudio.com —Patricia B. Dwyer

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“Someone has written that the mud chairs are like something you would discover at an archeological dig.”

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1. Nietos Mikko Paakanen, 2002 Plywood, epoxy, metal, upholstery “It’s meant to look as if you’re looking at the frozen crust of snow on this untouched, beautiful snow bank.” –Christine Knoke

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fter World War II, Finland was forced to pay reparations to the Soviet Union. Rather than let fiscal hardship cripple their culture in addition to their economy, Finnish craftsman derived inspiration from the struggle, creating what would become the country’s modern aesthetic. On display at the Mingei through April 22, a traveling exhibition organized by Designmuseo (the design museum in Helsinki, Finland) characterizes this economical use of materials and the close attention paid to the innate qualities of each material used. The intersection of form and function excites the Mingei’s Christine Knoke, local curator for Northern Stars: Twentieth Century Finnish Design. “I’m not supposed to sit in things,” she says, “although I’ve been tempted.” mingei.org —Patricia B. Dwyer

3. Chair for Children Artek, 1970s Birch “This is just an awesome chair. There’s an importance of function, but it’s also beautifully designed.” —CK

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2. Chairs Douglas Deeds, 1962 Brazed (soldered) steel beer cans “It’s great if you have a great shape and great material and an interesting design, but it’s even better if you can sit on it.” –DH

3. Mirror Chairs Jack Rogers Hopkins, 1971 Birch, Honduras mahogany, Brazilian rosewood “You wind up with pieces that are really pieces of art and not craft, functional things that people will use in their house, but are really art statements.” — ­ DH

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he word “organic” makes storebought tomatoes expensive, but Ari Tenenbuam sees only savings. Touting the more efficient use of one’s exterior surroundings, he launched Revolution Landscape, a La Jollabased company that installs organic mini-farms (in residential, public and commercial settings) that foster healthier eating while reducing excessive water use. Tenenbaum practices sustainability, watering plants with drip irrigation systems, constructing trellises with recycled materials and using organic soil derived from compost. While his firm focuses on providing unmatched customer service (harvesting clients’ crops on request and leaving the bounties on their doorsteps), Tenenbaum also dedicates time to educating the public, even those not in the market for his edible installations. “I’m at the La Jolla Farmers Market every week,” he says. “I talk to people for hours about their gardens and I really think they walk away learning something.” —Catharine L. Kaufman

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barrels that can no longer be used for wine, and now we have blueberries growing in them.” 4. “There’s like six different types of lettuce here. I’m not even sure which is which. You can get these seed packs so you can get a nice array of different stuff.” 5. “Those are bunching onions, basically green onions, and that’s broccoli. Having two

things in the same bed helps with susceptibility to pests.” 6. “These are nasturtiums, and we have a handful of other edible flowers. You can use them as a garnish—they do have a bite, but they are awesome to throw into a salad.” 7. “The soil was here. We just brought in organic compost and improved the existing soil.”

8. “This is my hat, and it’s awesome. I wear it everyday, and that’s why it looks so awesome.” 9. “Pruners and a trowel, these are all you need.” 10. “Radishes are actually really good cooked, once they get to the point that they are kind of bitter. You can eat the green, too.”


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dna Harper made her husband a bet: that she could tame their hillside honeysuckle vines into topiaries without using internal supports. If she succeeded, Alexander would have to maintain the vegetal safari at their Mission Hills home. “Dumb bet, real dumb,” says Alexander, grinning. Edna derived inspiration for weaving and cutting the vines from her vacations, sculpting figures to commemorate trips to Egypt, Thailand and other exotic locales. But with 26 reviews on Yelp, her garden has become a travel destination itself. “I went to a party and someone goes, ‘You’re the topiary lady!’” says Edna. “They don’t know my name, but they know I’m the topiary lady.” These days, Pedro, the gardener, maintains the property four or five days a week. More than 15 years since losing the bet, Alexander finally admits to needing a little help. “That’s sixty-some-odd stairs, and we aren’t spring chickens anymore, let me tell you,” he says. “We don’t go down there unless we have to.” See the home at 3549 Union St. (between Upas St. and Vine St.), Mission Hills.

1. “We put the little boy on top of the big elephants because he’ll be waving at people as they go by.” —Edna Harper 2. “The pyramids…I did go to Egypt, so I wanted to remember that. That was a nice trip.” —EH

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Amelie Racicot can see the future. “If you want to know what’s coming into style for interior design,” she says, “look to the fashion industry. Interior trends follow those of fashion by about six months.” As the in-house visuals and merchandising director (aka “head honcho interior designer”) for Downtown’s BoConcept, Racicot (picture, bottom right) styles and accessorizes living rooms, bedrooms and other domestic spaces to make her store’s passers-by stop in—and to make

stoppers-in fall in love with furniture and buy it. So, what’s in store? “We’ve got some metallic and textured pieces coming in,” Racicot says. “But for spring, it’s really about bright, fluorescent palettes. To keep things looking modern but not overwhelming, start with neutral colors—grays, whites, blacks—and from there, add in pops of lime greens and bright oranges.” Sit back and relax as Racicot describes what went into designing this room with a hue. boconcept.com

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2. “The wall unit is multifunctional. When accessorizing it, we selected a variety of materials to keep it interesting. We chose glass pieces as well as wood sculptures to warm it up. The touches of white are threaded throughout the entire unit to keep your eyes moving, which creates a sense of harmony.”

3. “This sofa is going to give you a very high-end, progressive look, but it can be a very low price-point depending on the material. This is a great fabric, because it’s a neutral color, but the texture and the sheen kick it up and make it interesting.”

4. “If you don’t have room for a side table, this little side tray is a must-have. You can set your wine or your coffee there, and if you’re entertaining, guests will always have a spot for their drink.”

5. “The coffee table is going to look the best if you keep it at seat height of the sofa or a little bit lower. We’ve got a lot of detail in this room, so something low-profile, simple and clean is a great fit for this space.”


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7. “A lamp is a great way to add some height in a room. Modern is always pretty lowprofile, you want it to be balanced on a vertical level, too.”

8. “The rug pulls in every color in the room, which anchors all the pieces. When you have a neutral palette, a great way to jazz it up is to add pattern.”

9. “This room is based on a progressive design. Image is everything to the people that live here. They enjoy urban living and want the latest and greatest in life.” —Amelie Racicot

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San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site

Come walk 2,000 miles at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site, featuring a free, interactive historic tour that follows 500 men as they marched from Iowa to San Diego in 1846. Have fun panning for gold in our sluice as you learn about the men who were actually there when gold was discovered. Have a free old-time photo of you and your family taken. 2510 Juan St., Old Town 619.298.3317, facebook. com/mormonbattalion

Come enjoy San Diego’s largest artisan market, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 .p.m., on Harney Street in the heart of Old Town. Groove to live music while shopping for the perfect gift. Find paintings, jewelry, photography, hand blown glass, clothing, pottery and so much more. Harney St., Old Town oldtownsaturdaymarket.com

25 Forty Bistro & bakehouse

Owner and head Chef Mark Pelliccia has developed a menu of contemporary-meets-classic cuisine at 25 Forty Bistro, in the heart of Old Town. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, offerings are inspired by simplicity, fresh local ingredients and european flare. 25 Forty Bistro’s quaint, cottage-like setting is the perfect place to relax and treat yourself to a decadent meal. All pastries are baked in-house. Visit our website to view the winter menu. Lunch: Thu. & Fri. only, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Tue.- Fri., 5 p.m. – close; Sat. & Sun, 4 p.m. to close Weekend Brunch: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2540 Congress St., Old Town 619.294.2540, 25fortybistro.com

Casa de Reyes

Located in the center of the Fiesta de Reyes plaza, Casa de Reyes is more than just a restaurant, offering an authentic Mexican experience for all the senses. Enjoy homemade Mexican cuisine and frosty margaritas, while relaxing in the courtyard surrounded by lush gardens, water features and the San Diego sunshine. 2754 Calhoun St. (at Wallace St.), Old Town 619.297.3100, fiestadereyes.com

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Introducing the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass. Local residents, take advantage of our tours in San Diego for FREE when accompanied by a full-paid adult guest. Old Town Trolley Tours showcases the best of San Diego and Coronado. You can avoid costly parking and city driving. The tour is designed so you can hop on and off and explore on your own at any time. With frequent pickups at all our stops, this helps you avoid walking long distances. 619.298.8687 sign up today at hometownpass.com *some restrictions apply.

Barra Barra Saloon

Overlooking Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Barra Barra Saloon offers visitors a unique chance to dine in the birthplace of California. Come in and check out our new and improved menu for 2012, which draws inspiration from border town barbecue and Mexican comfort food. Make sure not to miss the “Best Margarita in San Diego” for only $5. Barra Barra Saloon is the place to get your fiesta on. 4016 Wallace Ave., Old Town 619.297.3100, barrabarrasaloon.com


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he pale jade romanescos (a broccoli-cauliflower hybrid) at the Suzie’s Farm stall beckon food dude Brandon Matzek, a San Diego-based photographer and food stylist whose Kitchen Konfidence blog is driven partly by visits to Little Italy’s Saturday farmers market. As he hefts one, it’s unclear whether he or the vegetable quivers first, but the mutual attraction is obvious. You can sense a recipe being born. (Continued on page 72) pacificsandiego.com

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THIS PAGE (clockwise from top): Matzek’s bacon and habanero infused vodka; the Kon man, himself; kosher dill pickles made with cucumbers, brine, herbs and spices. OPPOSITE (from top): Matzek’s simple skillet pizza, made with organic tomato sauce, skim mozzarella and parmesan cheese; his salted tarragon greyhound cocktail, made with home-infused grapefruit tarragon vodka; slow-cooked Mexican braised beef tacos; red velvet pancakes flavored with unsweetened cocoa powder.

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(Continued from page 71) “I’ll come to the Mercato and find an ingredient I’ve never used,” says the 30 yearold transplant from Hillsborough, New Jersey. “I’ll pull out my phone and do some recipe research right there.” Waggling a bunch of rainbow chard, Matzek offers instructions for how to sauté it with chopped bacon, onions and garlic and serve it sizzling. His blog pairs similarly simple how-tos (for everything from making red velvet pancakes to infusing vodka with bacon and habanero peppers) with mouthwatering photos to nab about 40,000 hits each month. Matzek recently won the Today Home Chef Challenge, an online competition conducted via the website for Today, NBC’s morning news program. “Being featured on Today.com brings me a lot of viewers,” he says, speaking above some Jersey-style crooners serenading the farmers market crowd with “On The Boardwalk.” Largely self-trained (his Italian-American mom taught him to make red sauce), Matzek characterizes himself as a “pretty good cook” who discovered an innate knack for teaching. His Konfidence is katching. “I’ve had friends who didn’t know how to cook and came to my kitchen to learn,” he says. “Now they’re good home cooks.” kitchenkonfidence.com


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Mark Bolton’s cured salmon with chestnut blini, lemon vinaigrette-dressed arugula and caramelized onions

Colin Murray’s truffle-filled black pepper egg yolk agnolotti with celeriac purée and bacon froth.

ost of them have only known each other since last October, but The Trencherman are already one of San Diego’s most buzzworthy food fraternities. Their mission: to expose the delicious symbiosis that happens when exceptional beer and cuisine collide. It’s a passion project that was born, aptly enough, over a few brews. Toronado chef Nate Soroko was behind the bar when he overheard an exuberant Colin Murray (Brooklyn Girl) talking about food and beer. Murray’s excitement about both subjects left no question in Soroko’s mind: this guy was a chef. Within moments of introducing himself to Murray, Soroko invited him to a dinner at the home of Soroko’s friend and fellow chef, Mark Bolton (Pacifica Del Mar), where two of Soroko’s other beer buds, Tyson Blake (O’Brien’s Pub) and Brandon Brooks (SOL Markets), were also converging. Five chefs, one guy in common—what could go wrong? (Continued on page 76) 74

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CLOCKWISE (from top left): Tyson Blake’s pink peppercorn scone with grilled persimmon, spiced goat cheese ice cream, goat’s milk Belgian caramel, candied bacon and pecans; Colin Murray’s butter-poached venison loin with mustard and house-cured bacon braised Swiss chard, roasted fingerling potatoes and pearl onions, Marcona almonds and tart cherry cardamom venison jus; Colin Murray’s “Coffee and Donuts” dessert: macaroon “donuts” filled with salted coffee caramel and chocolatecinnamon ganache-stuffed “donut holes” with coffee semifreddo (“halffrozen,” in Italian culinary terms) and cinnamon Chantilly cream.

(Continued from page 76) “It could have been a disaster,” says Soroko. “Any one of us could have been like, ‘these guys are assholes’, and we’d have gone our separate ways. But from the second we got there and started cooking, we got along perfectly.” Just four months later, they’re like family and, under their official name, The Trencherman, the quintet has cooked up multiple dinners, blowing away the palates of brewing and dining industry insiders along the way. Now, they’re bringing their 76

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creative cuisine and pairings to the masses. “It’s still a very fresh group, but with a recipe that includes five pretty cool ingredients—all of us—the sky’s the limit,” says Blake, who envisions The Trenchermen doing everything from personal beer dinners to catering for special beer-and-food events and providing brewing companies a way to show off their wares in the best possible light. Yet, even as they grow, Soroko echoes the group’s desire to keep things intimate. “We want to stay

true to our original format: events in peoples’ homes for less than 20 people.” To a Trencherman, all agree this is key to reaching people and showing them how incredible fine beer and food can be together. Count Murray as a convert. “I was trained with wine, but beer is the perfect medium for showcasing food,” he says. “Everybody knows beer and pizza, but it’s fun to have good beer in elaborate culinary situations. And hopefully this opens eyes to beer’s versatility.” No matter their eventual

reach, The Trenchermen already regard their efforts as successful. “Everyone’s grown from this experience,” say Brooks. “Chefs don’t usually get to see each other cook, but working together like this, we get to watch each other, communicate with one another and learn from each other’s ideas and techniques.” To get in on this beery bromance, check them out on Facebook (TrenchermanFC). In the meantime, feel free to salivate over these downright pornographic shots of their early dishes.


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Meet a chef who’s JUMPING AHEAD IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE ast June, Kaitlin Ramos was recovering from a shattered leg at Palomar Hospital when the phone rang. It was Chef Dan Moody, with whom she had worked in February 2011 when his nighttime “pop-up” restaurant called Relate assumed the Encinitas space that houses St. Germain’s Bistro & Café. “Chef Dan told me that St. Germain’s was looking for a new chef, and that he was going to give them my name,” recalls Ramos, who sustained her injury in a motocross accident. Whoa...a motocross accident? Yes, off the clock and away from the stove, Ramos is an amateur motocross maven who’s been riding since age 11. (Her father, a former pro racer, taught her the rules of the rougher road while she was growing up in Mira Mesa.) But back to St. Germain’s. When restaurant owner Roy Salameh called her for an interview, Ramos told him her injury would require three months on crutches—a major impediment in a commercial kitchen. Yet, with Salameh so enamored of her passion, he hired her on the spot, encouraging her to take as much time as she needed to mend before starting. Ramos, whose penchant for physical fitness hastened her recovery, has repaid Salameh’s patience and understanding with a fresh and delicious St. Germain’s menu comprised of 78

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French-inspired cuisine infused with homey touches. And a few dashes of her freestyle spirit. “There’s a ton of overlap between motocross and cooking,” says Ramos, 23. “For one, motocross has taught me to be tough—there is no crying in motocross and there’s definitely no crying in the kitchen. And in both environments, you have to be selfmotivated to be successful.” That drive has led Ramos to several motocross contest wins, including a third-place finish at the 2010 Cahuilla Winter Grand Prix, in Anza, California (Palm Desert). Unfortunately, in motorcycle racing, injuries are virtually a given: Ramos’ number came up on June 10, 2011, when she was slammed by her own bike, causing 11 breaks in her right tibia and the severing of the tendon connecting her ankle and knee. Her work at St. Germain’s has been a more welcome hit. “I want our food to be exotic enough to intrigue people, but simple enough not to intimidate them,” says Ramos, who prefers to save the scariest stuff for the motocross course—and still twowheels with dear, bold dad in her free time. Ride along with Ramos via Twitter @TheMXChef or her food blog on the St. Germain’s Bistro & Café website. St. Germain’s Bistro & Café 1010 South Coast Hwy., Encinitas 760.753.5411 Stgermainscafe.com

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hen Widmer Brothers Brewing was looking for innovative India Pale Ale (IPA) recipes, they headed straight for America’s Finest. Let’s hear it for our homeboys. “One of our brewers, Andy Schwartz, cut his teeth in the San Diego brewing scene—at Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company— and was familiar with the national success of QUAFF,” says Widmer brewmaster Joe Casey. QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity) is a hundreds-strong group of San Diego County homebrewers that has racked up tons of awards, including being named the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Club of the Year from 2001 through 2006. To find its new IPA, Widmer tapped the expertise of QUAFF’s members, working with the group’s president to set up a clandestine competition. Even without knowing who was behind the contest, dozens of brewers submitted their entries. The

competition was friendly but fierce—in the end, beer buds Paul Sangster and Chris Stawney took top honors with their chai tea–infused Spiced IPA. “I was walking through Vons, carrying all my stuff while trying to talk to Chris on my cell phone,” says Sangster, the nation’s top homebrewer thanks to his winning the most medals at the 2011 National Homebrewers Conference. “At one point, I was like, ‘Hold on, dude. I gotta put my stuff down.’ Right then, I looked up and saw I was in the tea aisle and thought, Chai-P-A! Sometimes these things just work.” The base recipe is a superhoppy IPA called Lupulin Lust, which Sangster has been making at home for years. Stawney’s big contribution was masterfully blending in the tea without letting it detract from the beer’s bitterness and floral nuances. “We were really interested in this recipe, because it was the most different from anything else we had going on. And it tasted so good and exotic,” says Casey, who oversaw the brewing of 9,000 barrels of the Sangster/Stawney suds.

“I never thought we were going to win, because it was pretty out there,” says Sangster. “It’s really cool to have a beer with my signature on the six-pack that my friends all over the country can get. Mostly, I’m excited to get to represent QUAFF.”

Homebrewers Paul Sangster (left) and Chris Stawney raise glasses of their award-winning Spiced IPA

Happy Home Makers

Other local homebrewers who’ve dabbled in the commercial arena: Kelsey McNair: This award-winning North Park brewer pulled a guest shift with Ballast Point Brewing Company’s specialty brewer Colby Chandler to create his San Diego County Session Ale at Escondido’s Stone Brewing Company.

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Alex Tweet: Colby Chandler also helped out with this brewer’s Indra Kunindra India-style Export Stout: the Madras curry, coconut and Kaffir lime–laced winning entry from a 2010 homebrew competition sponsored by Holiday Wine Cellar.

Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard: This duo teamed up to brew a Cherry Chocolate Stout at Stone. The bittersweet concoction was packed with so much chocolate that an initial test batch sent the brewery’s system into sugar shock.


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Henry Rollins is a punk rock icon (and spoken-word artist and actor) who does everything with intensity, including fronting punk band Black Flag and the less punk Rollins Band. An opinionated man who likes to talk, he’s been known to keep audiences at attention for hours on end with his spoken-word performances. Two bits of trivia—before joining Black Flag, Rollins

managed a Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop in Washington, D.C. Also mostly unknown is the fact that he produced an acoustic album with Charles Manson that has never been released—not yet, anyway. Hear what the man has to say in person when “Henry Rollins: The Long March Tour” arrives at the San Diego Woman’s Club (near Balboa Park) March 31.—Tim Pyles

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You might remember him only as the quirky dude that was always getting thrown out of the Fresh Prince’s house, but DJ Jazzy Jeff is actually a highly respected hip-hop producer and turntablist. Aside from the 10 million records he’s sold, Jazzy Jeff ’s found time to win three Grammy awards and build a huge recording studio in West Philly, where he produces rap and soul records and compiles pretty dope hip-hop mixtapes. Suck on that, Uncle Phil. —Ryan Hume

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“The World’s Sexiest DJ” and Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Playmate, Colleen Shannon, performs at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego March 16, which means she’ll be spinning records and being sexy. Here’s a little background info: she’s a Playmate and she’s toured the world as a DJ. That would be enough for me, but there’s more: she’s shared the stage with The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Donald Glaude, Funk Master Flex, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Bad Boy Bill, some of the biggest names in the DJ game. And outside of DJing and modeling, she has acted in films including Chasing Ghosts (in which she plays a DJ) and has appeared on television in “How I Met Your Mother.” Model, actress, DJ—it’s the whole package. (Bring your camera.) —Tim Pyles 84

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(March 28-29) If you dance, you’ve danced to Benny Benassi. Probably best known for his 2002 summer club hit “Satisfaction,” the Grammy Award-winning Italian DJ and producer of electro house music has remixed OutKast, Goldfrapp, Felix da Housecat and Fischerspooner. Cuts from his latest release (2011) and fourth album, “Electroman,” will electrify two nights at FLUXX in the Gaslamp—March 28 (ages 18 and up) and 29. Think dance party, bottle service and sparklers. —Tim Pyles

Best recognized for working with superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold, Welsh DJ Sasha is a legend in his own right. His career began in the late ’80s (as part of the acid house scene at the famous Hacienda in Manchester, England), and he’s still one of the world’s top DJs today. That’s nearly 25 years of making a living as a DJ, meaning a lot of his current fans hadn’t been born yet when he started spinning. Sasha has remixed everyone from Madonna to the Chemical Brothers and has been voted among the top ten DJs in the world by readers of DJMag every year since 1997, placing first in 2000. If you like dance music, then go see him “live” at Voyeur March 9. He’ll be spinning house, electro house and maybe some acid house. Did I mention house? djsasha.com —Tim Pyles

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The young Minneapolis band Howler has made quite the splash in the United Kingdom, but they’ve yet to conquer the U.S. However, given the name of their just-released debut album (“America Give Up”), it seems they’re now focused on conquering the domestic market. And I think they’ll succeed. Howler’s garage-y surf rock sound has been compared to that of The Vines, The Strokes, The Beach Boys and The Vaccines. That’s a mix that excites me. Hear it for yourself (with me) at the Soda Bar for just eight bucks on March 22. In the meantime, download the track “Back Of your Neck” for free via the band’s website, howlerband.com. —Tim Pyles


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What’s most interesting about Floggy Molly is that, if you stripped away the banjo, fiddle and accordion (played by Carlsbad native Matt Hensley), they’d be just another run-of-the-mill punk band. Conversely, if you subtracted the guitars, bass and drums, they’d be a traditional Irish folk band. But when you combine these opposite-side-of the-spectrum elements, you get a Celtic punk concoction that’s pretty kick-ass to see live. Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin-born singer/songwriter/ guitarist Dave King thrashed metal tunes with bands like Motorhead. But it wasn’t until the seven-piece collective got together at a bar that he knew it was serendipitous. “There was an energy in the room that I’d never experienced in any other band I’d ever been in,” says King. “We started playing in a bar and just played and played and played. We’re a live band. We’ll always have that.” Likely to be fueled by Jameson and Guiness, Flogging Molly’s House of Blues show promises to be a romping Irish hoedown. —Tim Donnelly

BELLY UP

(March 21) The music blogosphere is full of hype-fests and dream-kills. Case in point: Cults. Brian Oblivion and Adeline Follin relocated from San Diego to NYC to make films, not music. When Oblivion played Follin some tunes he’d been working on (some of the first he’d ever written), she began to sing—in a tweenish sounding voice that is inexplicably cute and creepy in the same breath. The two sent their collaboration (a hyper-catchy, doowop inspired ditty called “Go Outside”) to some friends, requesting they not share it. Fortunately, their friends didn’t listen, and a few months later, Cults were signed to behemoth label, Columbia Records. But that’s not to say they didn’t deserve their turbo rise to fame. They just didn’t expect it. Through a mutual appreciation for Wu Tang, Phil Spector and The Supremes, the darling duo dreams up lulling pop-gems that are soaked in out-of-focus synths, tactful beat sampling, inescapable retro-melodies and brooding lyrical themes. Become a member and worship Cults at The Belly Up March 21. —Tim Donnelly

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Marty Party’s “Six Shots Tour” stops at Winston’s March 23, rattling the streets of Ocean Beach with heavy-ass bass. An electronic music producer and performer, MartyParty blends hip-hop and dubstep to create a new sound he calls “Purple Music.” Prepare for the show by downloading a free mixtape at his website (martyparty.com), then turn it up, stick your head in the bass bins and just start nodding. —Tim Pyles


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Tim Pyles was born in Minnesota, grew up in La Jolla and is now San Diego’s unofficial Mayor of Local Music. He hosts FM94/9’s FTP show (Sundays at 7 p.m.), a weekly radio broadcast dedicated to new music and the latest releases. He also hosts The Local 94/9 (Sundays at 8 p.m.), showcasing of some of San Diego’s finest musical talent. Pyles is a blogger/host for NBC’s SoundDiego music blog, books shows for the Casbah, hosts the monthly Maryjane’s Underground (Hard Rock Hotel San Diego) and writes about music for PacificSD. Cool dude, indeed. 90

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hat do people who drink cocktails through straws and East Coast waves have in common? They both suck. Just ask surfing bartender Nick Majersky. He was born in Oceanside and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where the waves are no bueno. “You might wait months for good ones,” says Majersky, 34, who switched coasts in 1999, when he “just kind of fell into bartending” at the Embarcadero’s swanky (and 94

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now-defunct) Star of the Sea. In 2005, Majersky moved over to Jack’s La Jolla (also defunct), the popular La Jolla cougar den once known for its Thursday night blowouts. “I liked being around my peers, the music and the ‘turn and burn,’” he says, referring to bar guys’ term for high-RPM drink-slinging. These days, Majersky is the bar manager and lead bartender at restaurateur Sean Shoja’s new Red Light District (billed as a “dining room and social house”) in the Gaslamp. He wrote the book on what to drink there.

“I figured if I could make a cocktail menu that would actually pair well with food, it would stand out,” Majersky says, his pride palpable. “I was given the autonomy to do what I want right off.” For Majersky, creating savory drinks to complement chef Jason Maitland’s (formerly of Flavor Del Mar) cuisine is a pretty sweet deal. One of his favorite inventions, the Apple Cider Soda, is made with blanched fresh peaches that are roasted in brown sugar, cooked sous vide (vacuum-packed and simmered in a hot-water bath) with Bulleit Burbon, strained

through cheesecloth and then mixed with vanilla bean-infused apple cider. “I wanted to make one drink as handcrafted from beginningto-end as I could, and everybody thinks this is my shining star,” says Majersky. “It’s got a full two ounces of booze. It’s not weak by any means.” If the local surf ’s as strong as the drinks he’s been making, for this mix-master, it’s been a welcome homecoming indeed. Red Light District 409 F St., Gaslamp 619.255.2800, rldsd.com


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ordanne is an account executive at Olive PR Solutions. She grew up in Reno, Nevada, and now lives in Hillcrest. Chris owns OEX La Jolla, a water sports adventure company. He hails from Modesto, California, lives in Pacific Beach and was voted California’s 2011 Bachelor of the Year by readers of Cosmopolitan. The blind daters-to-be have never met, but Barbara Roberts already knows their future. “The sexual chemistry between them as facial opposites will be very electric, as they are both passionate, powerful people,” says Roberts, a professional face reader. “After the first few dates, I’d be surprised if this romance progresses. Who they are and what they want in a long-term match is so different.” During her 25-year career, Roberts has evaluated more than 6,000 faces. She has appeared on the “Tyra Banks Show” and “NBC Nightly News,” and has presented more than 300 seminars for clients including the US Navy, Wells Fargo and the City of San Diego. Given PacificSD’s dismal recent trackrecord of making blind dates work out for the daters (although catastrophes sure are fun to 96

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watch), we sent Roberts photos of Jordanne and Chris in advance of their date to see if they’d be a good match. Her expert analysis: Jordanne has a wide mouth, which means generous, affectionate, warm heart. The rounding of her eyes, full cheeks and her naso-labial lines, the lines that circle her nose to her mouth in a “U” shape, convey a person gifted in verbal communications. Low-set eyebrows also means she is friendly. The width between her nose to ears reveal a responsible, creative person committed to her work. Chris’ face is angular, with his square forehead line: works hard at his job; and his thick, arched eyebrows: artistic, very intense about what he wants and will or will not do. His dimples show playful chemistry, and the ball on the chin means high sex drive, passionate, sensual and love of life. The chemistry here is the passion for life and the love both have for adventure. Travel, rock climbing, something thrilling and fun would draw them. But will they last the day-to-day aspects of developing a deep friendship and long-term love relationship after the first dates? My vote is “No.”

    We should have sent Roberts the photos last week. Now, it’s too late—Jordanne and Chris are already in the limo that’s about to drop them off at Splash wine lounge in North Park. Quick, before they arrive, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

PacificSD: What do you do for fun? JORDANNE: I like listening to live music, hanging with my fam, traveling and being outdoors. Hike, swim, paddle—anything that has to do with the ocean, I love. CHRIS: I work at the beach everyday and, sad to say, I love it so much that on my off days I’ll be surfing or playing beach volleyball. What are you looking for in a date? JORDANNE: I’m looking for someone that I feel comfortable with, someone who makes me laugh until I cry and someone I am physically attracted to. CHRIS: Physically fit, mentally tough and a voice like an angel. What’s the best thing that could happen

during the date? JORDANNE: We could have a great time and live happily ever after. CHRIS: We run into Turtle from Entourage, and he asks us to join him and the rest of the crew. Next thing you know, we’re on Kanye West’s private jet (probably a G6) headed to Tokyo (with a layover in Hawaii) to see Lenny Kravitz. What’s the worst thing that could happen? JORDANNE: I could throw up on my date, literally ON my date. CHRIS: I pee my pants like I did in the third grade, because my teacher wouldn’t let me go. But this time, it’s because the photographer won’t let me go. Then my new girlfriend laughs at me, and I run out of the restaurant crying. (Continued on page 98)


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ordanne and Chris arrive at Splash for wine tasting. They appear to be getting along famously as they talk over food, smiling and laughing amid frequent visits to futuristic wine-dispensers that look like something out of a Star Wars movie. After getting acquainted for about an hour, they head to dinner at Wang’s, North Park’s enormous new Asian Fusion restaurant. Once they’ve had a chance to try their appetizers and enjoy a first round of drinks, they’re split for mid-date debriefings. PacificSD: How’s it going so far? JORDANNE: It’s going great. He’s seems fun and nice and all that good stuff. CHRIS: It’s good, it’s great, it’s fun. I can’t complain; it’s awesome. What were your first impressions of your date? JORDANNE: I was pleasantly surprised. He was attractive. We got along right away. He seemed nice. CHRIS: She’s cute, she’s smart, she seems like a good girl. I live in PB. Let’s be honest, I don’t meet a lot of good, smart girls in PB. (Editor’s note: looks like someone may have trouble hooking up at the beach this summer.) Is your date fun to talk with? JORDANNE: Yeah, we’ve been talking a lot about work, ‘cause he owns his own kayaking business. I love what he does, ‘cause it’s what I like to do in my spare time. It’s easy for me to help him think of 98

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marketing ideas, so we’ve been talking a lot about work. CHRIS: Yeah, I’d say she’s definitely fun, definitely interesting. She’s traveled, studying for the GMAT, got a good head on her shoulders. She was telling me about her time in South Africa, so that’s pretty cool. And I was in South Africa.

food was amazing. It’s really unique and different. The machines are cool—you can try more expensive wines for cheaper prices. I liked it a lot. CHRIS: It’s awesome. For sure, I would definitely take a girl there. Probably wouldn’t go with my buddies, but I’d take a girl there.

Is this the type of person you’d normally date? JORDANNE: I don’t think so. He’s a little bit more intelligent than the guy I would normally go for [laughs]. I think he’s really interesting. CHRIS: Yeah, I definitely try to date girls who have a goal, who aren’t, no offense, hairdressers and waitresses. She’s going to apply for her masters in marketing, I think she said.

What’s the most attractive thing that you’re date has done so far? JORDANNE: That he was California’s most eligible bachelor. CHRIS: I’m not sure. She laughs a lot at my jokes, so that’s a good thing.

How was Splash? JORDANNE: It was so cool; the

What would your parents say? JORDANNE: All they would care about is if he was a golfer or not, so as long as he can golf, he’s good to go. CHRIS: They wouldn’t have a bad thing to say.

Rate your date on a scale from 1-10 in terms of looks. JORDANNE: Probably like an eight. CHRIS: 8.5. How about for personality? JORDANNE: Nine. CHRIS: 9.5. Do you want to kiss your date right now? JORDANNE: Maybe at the end of the date, not right now. CHRIS: Only time will tell. If you had to choose between leaving now with $100 cash or staying and making out with your date in the booth at Wang’s, what would you do? JORDANNE: I would probably take the $100 and then go on one of his kayak tours—and then make out with him. CHRIS: I would stay; it’s a good time. (Continued on page 100)


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The daters’ lips are sealed…at least when the photographer’s around ordanne’s into water sports—just like Chris, who’s a “little bit more intelligent” than the guys she’s used to dating. And she isn’t a hairdresser or waitress, which appeals to Chris. So far, so good. Will the ball on Chris’ chin be a good fit Jordanne’s naso-labial lines? (Mind out of the gutter—we’re talking about faces here.) Not for long, if you ask Barbara Roberts, but we just need some magic to happen tonight. To speed that plow, we leave the daters alone for the rest of the evening and call the next morning to see what we missed. How was dinner? JORDANNE: Wang’s was really cool. I like the atmosphere. I couldn’t get over the fact that it used to be a Big Lots. We had specialty cocktails, chicken, fried rice and some appetizers. The food was great. CHRIS: It’s the biggest Asian Fusion restaurant that I’ve ever been to—great food, a trendy atmosphere and lots of style. We ate orange chicken, dumplings, fried rice. I also had a Mule and this cool Buddha beer in a Buddha bottle. What happened after the magazine crew left you alone? JORDANNE: We went back to Splash and had some more wine and dessert, then the limo dropped me off at home. CHRIS: We finished eating at Wang’s, then went back over to Splash. 100

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PacificSD: What was the best part of the date? JORDANNE: The best part of the date was the post-date dessert. He ordered red velvet cake based on something I had said earlier in the night, which I thought was very sweet. CHRIS: Splash—awesome concept, cool atmosphere. What was the worst part of the date? JORDANNE: The pre-date anticipation. CHRIS: I had to get up early this morning to make it to work. Was there a kiss? JORDANNE: A lady doesn’t kiss and tell. CHRIS: I don’t know. Did you see anything?

Will there be a second date? JORDANNE: Only if he takes me whale watching. CHRIS: I’m sure we’ll hang out. Upon closer analysis, PacificSD’s tireless matchmaking crew concludes: “No” means “No” (unless you’re R. Kelly). “A lady doesn’t kiss and tell,” actually means, “Yes, we kissed.” At least that’s what we’ve gleaned from conducting 63 blind dates. Epic Limo’s invoice says Jordanne and Chris were dropped off at home just before 2 a.m. That’s a lot wine tasting. Professional physiognomic analysis aside, we read between the lines (on the daters’ faces) to determine what really happened late last night. We imagine at least one of the daters grabbed some Wang’s…not to mention take-out Chinese. A happy ending, indeed.

thank you! Barbara Roberts For an in-person analysis of your face (or your partner’s or someone else’s partner), visit Barbara Roberts’ website, facereading1.com. Roberts’ book, Face Reading: How to Know Anyone at a Glance, is available for purchase on the site (paperback, PDF, iPad) and on amazon.com. Splash 3043 University Ave. North Park 619.296.0714, asplashofwine.com Wang’s 3029 University Ave., North Park 619.291.7500, wangsnorthpark.com Epic Limo 858.270.LIMO (5466), epiclimo.com


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3/17 3/17: shamROCK Location: Streets of the Gaslamp Admission: $35-45 Info: sandiegoshamrock.com Party in an 80,000-squarefoot sea of green (Astroturf), as the Young Dubliners headline this annual St. Patrick’s Day event, featuring Irish dancers, top DJs and 20,000 people drinking Miller Lite—and trying to get lucky.

3/22: LAF-OFF (LAWYERS ARE FUNNY) Location: House of Blues, Downtown Admission: $60-100 Info: lafoff.com Getting sued is no joke, but some lawyers are actually pretty funny, as demonstrated by this annual stand-up comedy competition for attorneys and law students.

3/24: RACE FOR AUTISM Location: 6th Ave. and Laurel St., Balboa Park Admission: $30-40 Info: raceforautism.org A child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes—about as long as it takes to run this annual 5K, benefitting programs devoted to the research and treatment of the disease.

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3/31-4/1: SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Location: Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay Admission: $10-12 Info:crewclassic.org Watch 3,500 athletes compete in nearly 100 races along Mission Bay in this popular rowing event, billed as “America’s Premiere Spring Regatta,” now in it’s 39th year.

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3/24-25: SPRING BUSKER FESTIVAL Location: Seaport Village, Downtown Admission: Free Info: seaportvillage.com Pedal that unicycle to Seaport Village and pretend-slap a mime as scores of street performers swallow swords, breathe fire and act like clowns.


This St. Patrick’s Day, Miller Lite and ShamROCK will offer FREE SHUTTLE bus service to anywhere in San Diego County from 9pm until 12:30am, departing from ShamROCK’s main entrance at 5th and G. Visit www.sandiegoshamrock.com for more details.


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HERE WE GROW AGAIN Just the facts (more or less)

SAN DIEGO, CA, FEB. 27—Rattled by the continuing failure of its mantra, “Just Say No,” the conservative-leaning DEA has redirected its focus to protecting the environment. “That is a ridiculous assertion that has precisely zero basis in fact,” agrees a federal agent at the Tijuana border crossing, speaking to PacificSD on the condition of anonymity. At the end of 2011, in an effort to boost the use of energy produced with sustainable resources, the Feds threatened San Diego landlords with jail time, promising swift incarceration for failure to evict marijuana dispensary tenants immediately. Almost overnight, dozens of retail (“weedtail,” to the boys in

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blue) stores went up in smoke. As their corner clinics started to vanish, cannabis users began growing their “medicine” at home instead. The big win for the environment-minded DEA is that homegrowers have been purchasing solar panels in record volume to power their in-home grow lights and prevent a detectable (and reportable to the police) spike in demand for power from SDG&E. In the end, the DEA closed most local dispensaries, making it harder to buy green while simultaneously helping San Diego go green at home.


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