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hen I showered as a kid, my brother would sneak into the bathroom and flush the toilet just to scald me. I don’t know if the toilet-shower-water-temperature vortex is an East Coast phenomenon or something that just happened at my mom’s house, but I do know that when he showered, I always got him back. Celebrating the best of everyday life in San Diego VOL.4


MAY 2010

PUBLISHERS David Perloff Simone Perloff EDITOR IN CHIEF David Perloff

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I’ll never forget the sound… Flush! Frantic feet squeaking on the other side of the curtain. You can almost hear the realization of doom. Desperate grasping for the faucet. Will he reach the hot before all the cold vanishes? The hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. C’mon. C’mon. Then screams. Success! Then me laughing hysterically, followed by Mom yelling at us to stop fighting. She called it fighting. We called it Burn Patrol. Good times. These days, showering is less exciting. I get in, I get clean, I get out— kinda like rehab. And even though it might be a residual childhood fear that accelerated my biological rinse cycle, I still manage to find temporary escape by closing my eyes and letting the hot water run across my face. A couple weeks ago, I’m enjoying my 30-second hot-water meditation when my wife comes into the bathroom to hang up her towel. “You shouldn’t do that, you know,” she says. The last time a woman caught me doing something I wasn’t supposed to be doing in the shower was at my mom’s house in the early 80s, but that’s a story for another time. The point here is that I was caught showering incorrectly, not in a way that might make me blind. “You should wash your face with cold water,” my wife says. “Hot water gives you wrinkles.” I’d argue, but what would be the point? Her skin is better than mine by a long shot, so what do I know? “I don’t care if I get wrinkles,” I say. “I see that, porquinho,” she says. I knew I never should have taught her English. What’s worse, I speak some Portuguese now, so I know she’s calling me a “little pig,” because she thinks I should have showered last night. “To be clear,” I say with the right amount of sarcasm, “I not only shower wrong but also at the wrong times?” In lieu of a response, she finishes hanging her towel, flushes the toilet and walks out without closing the door. Our house has more modern plumbing than Mom’s did, so I don’t get scalded, but my heart jumps, and in the instant of that flashback to terror, I am a kid again. I can almost hear my brother giggling on the other side of the room. This morning in the shower, I washed my face with cold water for the first time. And to be fair, because my wife was getting in right after me and I wanted to help her prevent wrinkles, I used all the hot water. Whether you leap in the deep with your peeps, or prefer to stay cool in a pool in Jamul, there’s somewhere in San Diego you can enjoy getting wet. This Water Issue of PacificSD splashes through a bunch of them. Mom says to wait 45 minutes before jumping in. David Perloff, Editor in Chief

“I get in, i get clean, i get out— kinda like rehab.”

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F e a t u r e s 32 Lest We Forget Remembering our hometown heroes—take a photographic tour of some of San Diego’s prominent veterans memorials 36 Make a Splash (without getting wet) Staying dry in poolside paradise—see scorching swimwear through the eyes of photographer John Mireles 41 Into the Blach The delicate balance between woman and water—photography by Brevin Blach 46 BBQ&A From butchers to briquettes to Frankie the Bull—the answers to a perfect San Diego barbecue 12 | MAY 2010


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{contents} D E P ART M E N TS CURRENTS 17 First Things Encinitas Sports Festival, anchorman Marty Levin, local water conservation, San Diego Coastkeeper 22 May Days Despite the name, they’re not always emergencies 24 Your Mother Her time has come...again 28 Splash Back The history of Women on Waves 30 High and Dry A new board sport is making waves in the sand TASTE 50 Get Hooked Chefs unite for the inaugural San Diego Sustainable Seafood Week 50 Berry, Berry Good Cinco de Mayo + National Strawberry Month = the strawberry margarita GROOVE 52 The Jurassic Period For rapper Chali 2na, it’s a thing of the past 54 Turning the Tables Offbeat with DJ Tara Brooks 56 Into the Blue At your service at Andaz 58 A Current Affair (blind date) Navigating the turbulent waters of singlehood CALENDAR 64 Five.ten May event listings

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hallenge yourself at the Encinitas Sports Festival, featuring competitive triathlons, duathlons and the Moonlight Beach Paddle and Swim. More than 3,000 people are expected to participate in the fifth annual event, which runs May 15 and 16. Competitors will swim, bike, run and paddle through the weekend, then join spectators at the Encinitas Sports Expo, showcasing the latest sports, health and fitness products, plus food booths and family fun. And everyone is invited to return the following Saturday, May 22, for the San Diego Century Bicycle Tour, a non-competitive 100-mile ride along the coast and throughout North County. Proceeds benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

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NBC anchorman Marty Levin keeps it reel, shown here at home with his high school fishing rod

Gone Fishing well, going, anyway


STORY AND PHOTO BY DAVE GOOD t’s a safe bet that when NBC 7/39 evening news anchor Marty Levin retires at the end of May, he’ll be breaking out the tackle box. “I love to fish,” he says. “One thing I’ve done consistently my whole life is fishing, ever since I was five or six years old.” Levin still has the same fly rod he received as a gift when he graduated from high school in his hometown of Bar Harbor, Maine. And he still uses it when fishing in the San Diego surf, but his favorite spot is on the Green River. “It flows down into Utah where we fish it,” he says. “There are more fish per mile there than anywhere. It’s all catch-and-release, which is fine by me because I don’t keep them anyway. I’m always good to the fish.” Back on dry land, Levin has been with KNSD for just over 22 years and has won more than a dozen Emmy Awards and three Golden Mikes. He and his wife, Gail, live in University City. Their son, J.T., is a University of Missouri journalism school grad. “It’s worked out better in San Diego than I ever would have imagined.” Levin’s distinguished career began with a journalism class at the University of Oregon. He says he read news on the campus radio station for a few months, and then landed a gig at a commercial radio station. In the years leading up to his anchoring TV news, he was a Top 40 disc jockey. In 1977, Levin anchored at KGTV Channel 10 for three years before leaving town for a bigleague anchor post in the nation’s capitol. He then returned to San Diego, landing at KFMB Channel 8 news before taking the job at NBC’s KNSD Channel 39. “I’m one of three people,” he says, “that has worked at all three of the major San Diego stations.” Phyllis Schwartz, former president and general manager of NBC 7/39, remembers 18 | MAY 2010

Levin as having the most insightful opinion in the newsroom. “He was the guy that everybody looked to if there was a problem,” Schwartz says, “whether about the news or something the station was involved in. Even if he wasn’t involved in the decision, the first thing I’d say to the news director was, ‘How do you think this will play with Marty?’ People respected his opinion. He was a good barometer.” Jim Sanders, now retired, was news director at KNSD in the late 1990s. “I think Marty’s the smartest guy I’ve ever worked with,” he says, “and I’ve worked with a lot of people in 30 years.” Sanders describes Levin as being both complicated and simple, but definitely not the celebrity type. “I’ve always been kind of private,” Levin says. “I don’t think I’ve ever taken the public role seriously. I’ve never been big on celebrating me.” Will he miss broadcasting? “The public part of that? No, I don’t think I’m going to miss it. Maybe I’m fooling myself. I’ll have to wait and see. I’m trying not to be too apprehensive or too over-confident. I’ve never retired before. What do I know?” Marty Levin’s final day on the air will be May 26. After that, he’ll be reeling in the years in more ways than one.





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f you’ve ever looked down while walking around San Diego, you’ve probably noticed a cartoon dolphin asking you not to throw trash in his backyard. “No dumping. I live downstream,” it pleads. It’s Jamie Ortiz’ job to make sure the dolphin’s wish comes true. Ortiz is the marketing director for San Diego Coastkeeper, the region’s largest organization dedicated to protecting our coastal environment and waterways. “We are not just focused on the ocean,” she says, “but also on the lakes and the creeks that channel inland pollution into the bays and ocean.” Funded by grants and donations, San Diego Coastkeeper has been around since 1995. The nonprofit works with elected officials, businesses and educators to reduce sewage spills, increase water recycling and reuse, and develop initiatives to promote habitat conservation. “One of the main things we are working on is the cleanup of San Diego Bay,” Ortiz says, “which was, at one point, one of the most toxic bodies of water in the nation.” After ten years of direct involvement, progress has been made but the work is far from over. Another of Coastkeeper’s hot buttons is marine garbage. “There has been a lot of media attention recently about the big trap of debris that is gathering in our ocean,” Ortiz says. Experts say the trash from our streets amasses in the circular currents of the North Pacific, clogging the water between Hawaii and California with an enormous pile of floating trash known as the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex. Composed of untold billions of plastic particles from land-based waste, this toxic underwater dump poses significant danger to the environment and ultimately to humans—the plastic sludge ends up in the food chain and finds its way onto our plates. “The majority of debris out there starts inland,” says Ortiz. “It’s stuff that people throw away on the beach or toss out of their car windows while driving.” Join one of Coastkeeper’s bi-monthly beach clean-ups throughout the county, where volunteers often pick up more than 400 pounds of trash in just one Saturday morning.


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n March, Mayor Jerry Sanders praised residents and businesses citywide for reducing San Diego’s water consumption by 12.6 percent compared to this time last year. That’s the good news. The bad news is that our water supply has been dwindling—drought, reduced snow-pack and the subsequent diminished runoff have lowered the level of the Colorado River, this region’s primary source of potable water. Can we maintain the water-conservation levels that the Mayor has congratulated us for? Only time will tell. This February, after all, was one of the wettest months we’ve had in years—2.28 inches of rainfall, compared to 3.02 inches for all of 2002. For more information on water use, and tips on how to conserve, visit the City Drought Alert web page at

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Is Sarah smokin’ hot or a gunny sack full of antlers? I don’t care! My bunko group is meeting at the wine bar before the big premiere and we’re taking a limo. so, OMG, I can’t wait!!!

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ight after the soothing words, “Is there anyone on board who can fly this plane?” the last thing you want to hear from the cockpit is, “May Day! May Day!” How did May 1 become aviation’s distress signal? Blame it on the French, and their term m’aider, which means “help me.” Indeed, if ever a country needed a global 9-1-1, it’s been France. After all, when you’re surrounded by hostile enemies and the only protection you’ve got is some pretty fabulous cabernet and an arsenal of crêpes, you’d cry for help too. But, please, Pierre, next time leave May out of it. We have our own agenda for this month. In sports, the Kentucky Derby (May 1) leads off the month. In 135 previous races, only three fillies and nine geldings have won the Derby. Not surprisingly, three fillies and nine geldings is also Gloria Allred’s favorite jury pool make-up. The only distress signal you might hear on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is “Pronto de Mario.” Bartenders shout this phrase when running low on Dos Equis or tequila. Mother’s Day (May 9) causes panic attacks for procrastinating children sifting through the depleted CVS gift-card aisle 10 minutes before mom’s Sunday brunch—settling for a “blank inside” card where you have to write your own poem (avoid the Nantucket series). Sex in the City 2 will be released this month (May 27). It’s always fun to see what new sexual positions Kim Catrall will pretzel into and how the writers pretend Cynthia Nixon is hetero, but why is Sarah Jessica Parker still with frumpy Matthew Broderick when she could be back with Big? What’s more, Matthew cheated on her and she stayed! Am I mixing movies with reality? Is Sarah smokin’ hot or a gunny sack full of antlers? I don’t care! My bunko group is meeting at the wine bar before the big premiere and we’re taking a limo, so, OMG, I can’t wait!!! No filly has ever won the Indianapolis 500 (May 30). Danika Patrick gave up trying, joining NASCAR instead. She’s not winning there either. I see that a gelding has won at Indy, however. Three times in fact: former Dancing with the Stars champ and auto-racing superstar Helio Castratednads (2001, 2002, 2009). Whoops, spell-check is telling me “Castroneves.” My bad. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but if it’s devoted to raising

awareness about mental illness, why do they call it Health? LA Fitness isn’t called an Illness Club. That would be a hospital. In romance, this month inspired the May/December concept, which usually involves a much older man with a much younger woman. Or three women, like Hef with The Girls Next Door. When iguana-mouth Hugh would pucker up, all I could think was, “Recoil, Kendra, recoil!” In 50 years, Kendra can turn the tables, playing opposite Brangelina’s grandson in the remake of Harold and Maude. Memorial Day (May 31) is a day off for most of us. A day for family barbecues and picnics and laughter and volleyball. Flip a burger, stub a toe, get a bee sting and drink so much you forget what you’re supposed to be remembering. Oh, yes: It’s to honor the brave men and women who’d love to be with us—and the burgers, the toes, the beers and the bees—but sadly cannot, because they didn’t come back. Enjoy it for them.





BY CHRISTINA DYLAG inding mom the perfect present for Mother’s Day can be an arduous task. What will it be this year, a straight-from-someone-else’s-heart Hallmark card? Or the bet-you’d-never-guess bouquet of flowers? (We won’t even mention the ironically mass-produced “#1 Mom” mugs.) In search of fresh ideas, we packed the PacificSD mini-van and drove here, to the epicenter of gift-giving commerce, Fashion Valley Mall. And to make sure mom gets some Yang with her Yin, we’re asking shoppers to reveal not only what they’re buying for mom on May 9 (it’s always the second Sunday in May, as if the flower shops would let us forget), but also a tightly-held secret that mom should never know. To get the real juicy stuff, we’re telling participants that their mothers don’t read this magazine (though of course they do). And with any luck, the secrets themselves will become the gifts that keep on giving.

Robert, San Diego Gift: A necklace Secret: I got a DUI.

Jenna, Carlsbad Gift: To be honest, she doesn’t really want anything. Me and my brother will probably take her out to dinner or something. Secret: I’m going to be moving in with my boyfriend soon.

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Veronica, San Diego Gift: Probably books, that’s what she usually wants. Secret: Is my mom going to see this? I guess it would be stealing the car at about age 13.

Iman, Coronado Gift: Probably some perfume or jewelry Secret: My trip to Cabo.

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Aaron, Pacific Beach Gift: Nothing. I don’t talk to my mom. Secret: I cut an electrical cord in the backyard, and I blamed it on my dog.

Isaac, La Mesa Gift: Probably perfume. Secret: I drink too much.

Max, City Heights Gift: That’s a good question. Um… chocolate. Secret: I really don’t know. There’s so many things to say—I would not want my mom to know that I’m bi.

Spencer, Hillcrest Gift: Probably fragrance. Secret: How much time I’m at the bars. .Erick, North Park Gift: I’m going to get her a pedicure/manicure. Secret: She didn’t know I was actually in Puerto Rico when I was supposed to be in San Francisco for a school trip.

Michelle, Pacific Beach Gift: We actually are going to Costa Rica for Mother’s Day for her, so probably wine or rum or something down there. Booze. Secret: I tell her everything.

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Devon, La Jolla Gift: A massage. Secret: How often I stole her car before I was 16.

Ashley, Carlsbad Gift: Probably take her to breakfast, flowers and get a bottle of wine. She’s a wino. Secret: That I just got a $2,000 ticket. It wasn’t my fault. They thought I was giving minors alcohol. I was found innocent.

Ben, Carlsbad Gift: I already got my mom a gift—I got her last name tattooed on my arm. She doesn’t know yet, but she’ll be seeing it on Mother’s Day. Secret: I’m pretty honest with my mom, but probably a lot of things that I got away with in my childhood I wouldn’t want her to know about now. Probably stealing stuff when I was six and seven. I was a klepto.

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urfers today have it easy compared to Faye Baird Fraser (reputed to be San Diego’s first female surfer), who in the 1920s was known to catch a wave on her 85-pound redwood plank. On one Bethany Hamilton’s memorable adventure from North Pacific Beach to the shark-bitten surfboard, on display at the CaliCrystal Pier, she reportedly said, “All I could think about fornia Surf Museum was dodging those pilings and it thrilled me to death.” Fraser, who died in 2000 at age 91, is one of the many surf legends featured in the California Surf Museum exhibit “Women on Waves: Performance, Beach Fashion and Feminine Mystique in the World of Surfing.” The exhibit traces the evolution of women’s role in the sport from ancient Hawaii through its midcentury heyday—the advent of the bikini, surf competition pioneers and pop culture icons such as “Gidget”—and into modern times. Most of the items on display are on loan from the subjects themselves or their families. One such item, on exhibit for the first time anywhere, is the surf board ridden by Hawaiian teen Bethany Hamilton when she was bitten by a 15-foot tiger shark in 2003; the board has a giant chunk missing from it. Hamilton lost her arm, but the accident kept her from

the water for all of three weeks, turning her into a role model for young girls taking up the sport. Organizing the show was a “great surfing community effort,” museum staffer Todd Quinn told me during a tour. “Men come through and think it’s all for women but then see it’s not the case. The history of women in the sport is just as amazing.” The museum will be holding a gala fundraising benefit Saturday, June 5, from 5-10 p.m., with many prominent female surfers in attendance, including possibly Kathy Kohner, the 1950s inspiration for the “Gidget” character. The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, and open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More info: 760.721.6876,







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ith all this talk about water, it’s time to dry off for a sec and see what else there is to do around here. Don’t have a beach body (lord knows I don’t) but still want to get your fix riding a board in the sun? Grab your gear and head for the slopes—make that the sand. Local mountains may have lost their snow for the season, but conditions are prime year-round for a new extreme sport, sandboarding. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is: all you need is some sand and a board. “It’s very similar to snowboarding, in particular to riding powder,” says Lon Beale, publisher of Sandboard Magazine. “In fact, if you snowboard, surf, skate or wakeboard, you are 90 percent there.” Standard snowboards can be used on sand, but actual sandboards offer a much smoother ride with less friction. Plus, they’re cheaper than their snowbound cousins—a basic set-up including board and bindings can be found for under $100. 30 | MAY 2010

The absence of ski lifts makes sandboarding a great workout. “Like with surfing, for every ride in, you have to paddle back out,” Beale says. Or, in this case, climb back to the top of the dune. “This is seen as a benefit for the health conscious, as it offers a workout with an immediate pay-back. You won’t find a more exciting way to tone your legs and glutes.” The best rides in SoCal can be found in the larger dunes in the desert regions of Imperial Valley, but Beale says you don’t even have to leave the beach to have fun on a sandboard. “Beach sand is actually the best to ride on, and we’re seeing people riding anywhere that they can find sand banks with enough angle to let it slide,” he says. “You’d be surprised how little run you need to have a great time.” Perhaps the best thing about sandboarding is that it can be enjoyed year-round and in most weather. As Beale explains, “You don’t have to wait for it—it waits for you.”

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ith so many holidays on the calendar, some are bound to go unnoticed. (Did you even know it was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2?) But on Memorial Day, if not every day, it’s our duty to remember our fallen comrades and the brave men and women who continue to devote their lives to keeping our country safe. San Diego is home to the second largest naval base in the Pacific after Pearl Harbor, and Camp Pendleton is one of only two training grounds for the Marines. With these and many other prominent installations spread across the county, our nation’s military makes a major impact on life in America’s Finest City—wherever you may look.

Remember This Events in support and memory of our troops

The Bay Bridge Run/ Walk 2010 Cross the Coronado Bridge on foot in support of Quality of Life Programs for Navy personnel. Entry in the fourmile walk/run, which starts at San Diego Hilton Bayfront, costs $44 and includes a free ticket to the May 30 Padres game. Sunday, May 16, 8 a.m., 760.298.0588,

American Freedom Festival, Embarcadero Country music star Ronnie Milsap performs live in concert. Afterparty on the flight deck of the USS Midway. Saturday, May 29, 6:30 p.m., 619.398.8241,

Fort Rosecrans, Pt. Loma Memorial Day Celebration with guest speaker, Brigadier General Ronald L. Bailey. May 31, 10 a.m., 619.553.2084,

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, La Jolla Memorial Day Celebration with guest speaker, Hon. Col. Robert L. Howard, who served five tours in Vietnam and is the only soldier in U.S. history to be nominated for the Medal of Honor three times. May 31, 2:00 p.m., 858.459.2314

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Clockwise from top right: the stars and stripes fly above Mt. Soledad; a sea of gravestones at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary, Point Loma; Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial; looking across North Island from Fort Rosecrans; Viet Nam Memorial at the Embarcadero; Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary; U.S.S. San Diego (CL-53) Memorial, Embarcadero

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from butchers to briquettes to Frankie the Bull— The answers to a perfect San Diego barbecue By Frank Sabatini, Jr. Photos by Brevin Blach

ust throwing another shrimp on the barbie might work during other seasons, but in May, National Barbecue Month (whoever makes these decisions also made it hamburger month), it’s time to get things fired up. For your outdoor cooking pleasure, here are smokin’ tips and saucy recipes from San Diego’s expert barbecue chefs, details on some of the city’s top delis and a look at a barbecue with Porsche parts (which costs slightly less than one of their cars). And if you’d rather lift a fork than a spatula, there are some great places for dining and takeout, too. Q it up! 46 | MAY 2010

A Bunch of Bull

Flames or smoke? Sweet or sour? When it comes to barbecuing, Frank Terzoli, owner of The Big Easy restaurant in Hillcrest, swings four ways. He had previously opened Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ on West Morena Boulevard prior to gaining celebrity as “Frankie the Bull” on Bravo’s Top Chef (season 2), and his cooking secrets combine the best of all these worlds.

Now We’re Smokin’! To create authentic smoked barbecue flavor on flame grills, Terzoli says to dry-rub red meat or chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, cayenne, onion powder and brown sugar. Then place a coffee can or tin foil “cup” filled with smoking chips opposite the heat source. Shut the lid and allow the meat to sit inside the grill for 10 to 12 hours at 180 to 200 degrees.

Clean Air Act When barbecuing with charcoal, Terzoli says to look for the natural mesquite variety available in major grocery stores. Those black, chemically-bound briquettes are a nono because, he says, “they give meat the taste that you’ve cooked it on your tail pipe—and it’s bad for the environment.” The same applies to lighter fluids. An electronic starter costs about $6 at Target and Home Depot.

Raging Bull’s Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce (Makes approximately 5 cups)

3 cups tomato puree 1 cup dark molasses 1 cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup each of honey and brown sugar ½ cup of Louisiana cayenne pepper sauce or Frank’s Hot Sauce ½ cup of Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon crushed garlic 1 teaspoon of salt Combine all ingredients in a cooking pot and reduce by about a quarter over medium heat. Slather over pork ribs, beef brisket or chicken before and during grilling. Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Where’s the Beef?

According to the National Barbecue Association, pork and beef ribs rank as the leading protein served at backyard barbecues. Veteran meat supervisor Stan Glenn of Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel’s Old Fashion Meats attests: “Customers ask most about ribs at this time of year, and we sell about 800 pounds of them in May alone.” But a new trend is emerging as consumers turn adventurously toward exotic meats. “You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten alligator ribs,” says Glenn. “They look like spare ribs, but have a flavor all their own.” The reptilian delicacy, imported from Louisiana, sell for $9.99 a pound, sharing deli space with antelope, elk, ostrich and wild boar. Both stores offer an in-house publication containing cooking methods for every grill-worthy flesh known to man. If you haven’t been before, this is the perfect time to stop in—both stores are offering free samples of numerous meats from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Saturday in May. Iowa Meat Farms, 6041 Mission Gorge Rd., Mission Gorge, 619.281.5766 Siesel’s Old Fashion Meats, 4131 Ashton St., Bay Park, 619.275.1234, Raw alligator ribs from Iowa Meat Farms

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Heat your food without accelerating global warming Mother Earth loves a picnic involving “green grilling,” which involves grill units rigged with infrared burners. Available at Barbeques Galore, as well as Sears and Home Depot under different brand names, they use 50 percent less gas than standard brands and emit 80 percent less smoke. “Infrared grills also heat a lot quicker and can exceed 700 degrees. You get minimal flare-ups, yet the food still has a good, charry flavor,” says Brian Huff, a store director for Barbeques Galore, which carries the grills in about six different models, ranging from $799 to $8,000. The latter is manufactured by Grand Hall and designed with futuristic elements by Porsche. For diehard charcoal fans, Barbeques Galore also sells a proprietary ceramic grill called The Globe Café for $1,000. Huff says, “It’s kind of like a tandori oven, which holds heat and moisture much better.” Say goodbye to shriveled burgers and chewy chicken.

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Tips for preparing burgers and ribs An 80-20 ratio of meat to fat yields the juiciest and besttextured burgers. A couple teaspoons of yellow mustard added to the ground meat provides extra tang and increases the flames when

cooking at lower heat levels. Apply black pepper at the end of the cooking process. When used at the beginning, it can burn, altering the natural flavor of the meat. Live dangerously—sneak small

pats of butter into the centers of raw hamburger patties to keep them lusciously moist during grilling. When using turkey meat, sprinkle in a pinch of rosemary as well. Don’t mash down the patties

with a spatula as they cook, because the flavorful grease will leak out before it has a chance to run down your chin. When cooking ribs, leave the back membrane on—it adds richness to the meat as it breaks

down during cooking. Marinate ribs in a favorite sauce for up to 24 hours, oven-steam them in a baking dish at 150 degrees over water or black coffee until tender (about 2 hours), and then brown them on the grill.


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Richard B. Schmitt, who has cooked in commercial kitchens for more than a decade, says that “the grill is the most difficult station to work in a restaurant.” Currently the executive chef for “The Cooking Experience” school at Barbeques Galore in Rancho Bernardo, he teaches class participants (Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6 p.m.) how to avoid the common missteps in grilling, while also demonstrating how to properly cook veggies and fruits outdoors.

Schmitt’s Tips:

Flip your meat more than once and move it in circles so that it browns and caramelizes evenly. Those diamond-shaped grill markings everyone tries to achieve can actually leave a pricey rib-eye tasting pungent and bitter. Before grilling fish of any variety, pat it dry and then let it sit on a paper towel at room temperature for about an hour. Then oil both sides and cook over medium heat. This method prevents the fish from sticking to the grill and tearing into pieces. Use meat thermometers in lieu of timers when grilling steaks. And do like the French: designate 110 degrees for rare, moving up in 10-degree increments respectively for medium-rare, medium, medium-well and (god forbid) well-done.

To harness the natural flavors of potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower and other vegetables, roast them raw over a low to medium heat until soft, then toss them into a bowl with seasonings and olive oil while still hot. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let them steam for 10 or 15 minutes. Schmitt calls it “reverse blanching.” Firm, slightly under-ripe fruits including mangos make for unique side dishes when they are “quickled.” Grill the sliced fruit over high heat for a few minutes and then transfer the pieces into a pickling liquid comprising the juice of two limes, a tablespoon of soy sauce, a splash of rice vinegar and a pinch of sea salt. Keep veggies submerged for about 15 minutes before serving.

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The “BBQueue” cam posted outside the entranceway at Phil’s BBQ by the Sports Arena enables customers to preview the cattle lines on their computers before heading in. Since opening his original location in Mission Hills 10 years ago, owner Phil Pace claims to have sold more than one million pounds of his top-secret barbecue sauce that washes over delectably tender ribs and chicken. Full pork rib dinners (12 bones) with three sides cost $18.95; beef rib dinners (five bones) are $19.95. Chicken is sold in halves and quarters. Deliveries require a $200 minimum. 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., Sports Arena, 619.226.6333,

Huffman’s Barbeque and Catering in Lincoln Park captures the soul of Mississippi charcoal grilling, affording customers a baker’s dozen of marinated, charry pork spare ribs plus a 22-ounce side dish for $27.95. The mom-and-pop operation has been around for 43 years and is also wildly famous for its sweet potato pies, which hail from a family recipe dating back more than 100 years. Deliveries are available for a minimum of 25 people. 5039 Imperial Ave., Lincoln Park, 619.264.3115 48 | MAY 2010

No flames and all smoke define the ribs, salmon, chicken and beef brisket at Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ, which remains in operation even now that Frank Terzoli has opted out. The meats cook all night in heavy smokers that are more indigenous to Texan jamborees than to San Diego kitchens. Side dishes include coleslaw with almonds, smoky baked beans and corn bread. There are no minimum requirements for catering orders. 1127 W. Morena Blvd., near Bay Park, 619.276.2855,

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azing at the Pacific from San Diego’s equally picturesque beaches, it’s easy to take this seemingly endless azure expanse for granted. Ditto for the millions of species of wildlife living just beneath that thin blue line. We’ve grown up hearing, “there’s plenty of fish in the sea,” but sadly, the ocean’s finite supply of wildlife is fading fast thanks to rampant overfishing throughout the world. Reckless and ecologically-irresponsible practices by fishing companies have rendered many fish and shellfish species extinct and pushed others to the brink. But it’s not just the fish that are negatively affected. A number of maritime communities, and, in some cases whole countries, have watched their oncethriving economies go belly-up in tandem with their suddenly defunct fishing industries. Consumer demand is the primary driver of the overfishing epidemic. Fishing companies set out to catch what the public wants to eat. In an effort to school the dining public on which breeds of fish are safe to eat and which should be avoided (at least for now), a group of local chefs have banded together to put on the first ever San Diego Sustainable Seafood Week. This seven-day span is comprised of dinners and food events featuring delicacies crafted using only seafood procured from sustainable sources, all of which will be served with a side of education and an ice-cold glass of awareness. 50 | MAY 2010

Unless things change, experts have 2048 pegged as the year the planet’s seafood resources will be completely depleted. Mark the first week of June on your calendar and find out what can be done to keep this grim prediction from becoming a reality.

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See what’s cookin’ at Sustainable Seafood Week May 31 – June 6 Special Sustainable Seafood prix-fixe menus available at local restaurants: 1500 Ocean (Coronado), A.R. Valentien (La Jolla), Café Chloe (East Village), Farm House Café (Normal Heights), George’s California Modern (La Jolla), The Glass Door (Little Italy), Jsix (Downtown), KITCHEN 1540 (Del Mar), NINE-TEN (La Jolla), Stingaree (Downtown) June 1 “End of the Line” documentary screening and food event, San Diego Museum of Natural History, Balboa Park June 6 Sustainable seafood stakeholders discussion and Cooks Confab dinner, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado


inco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. (For the record, our neighbors handed the French their collective derrieres, and no foreign army has set foot on this side of the ocean since.) As it happens, May is also National Strawberry Month, giving us the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: toasting valor with a strawberry margarita. It’s the ingredients that separate the Zocalo strawberry margarita from the pack. So says the general manager of the restaurant chain’s Old Town location, Ed Pecus, who builds me one using sliced frozen strawberries—instead of the standard sweetened strawberry sludge—and Zocalo’s sweetand-sour mix. “It’s our own house recipe,” he says. Orange-flavored Patron Citronge replaces generic triple sec, and Cuervo Gold seals the deal. Served with a salted rim and a lime garnish, this blended baby is certain to induce brain-freeze if sipped too fast. For those who can’t take the cold (or think they’re too manly for a frozen drink), Pecus recommends a Zocalo hand-shaken margarita: Patron Citronge, Cuervo Gold, a blend of fresh lime and orange juices and a measure of that house sweet-and-sour. The pucker factor, on a scale from one to 10, is about an 11. Zocalo is a Spanish word for town square or central meeting place, and the restaurant will certainly live up to its name as 250,000 people converge in Old Town, Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2, for San Diego’s biggest Cinco celebration. Find event details at

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by LOGAN BROYLES Best known for being the front man of hip-hop group Jurassic 5, rap legend Chali 2na is launching his solo career with his first major album, Fish Outta Water. Featuring talents including Talib Kweli and the Marley brothers (Stephen and Damian), the new CD reveals the smooth-voiced lyricist’s deeper side. In advance of his May 8 live performance at Soundwave in Mission Beach, Mr. 2na shares his thoughts on his new venture and life in California.

PacificSD: What made you decide to start performing by yourself? Chali 2na: Let me say it like this, I’m a painter first and a rapper second. I just want to express myself on an artistic level. When artists from a group do a solo album, they get to do their thing and then come back to the group. We didn’t plan for J5 to break up. Why should fans buy your new album? 2na: I wanted to do something that I had never done before. I’d never had a band before, so my intent was to create songs that felt like a live experience. You have some great guests on your album. Who was your favorite to work with? 2na: There were so many great artists. I would say the Marleys, just on a personal level, because their father’s songs always spoke to me when I was growing up. Also, they helped me learn how to deal with all that comes with fame. Are you happy with the current direction of the rap industry? 2na: I’ve been in the game for 15 years, so I was able to watch all this develop. The Old School was invented in my youth, and now kids have their own style. I could put it down, ‘cause it’s not my school, but the essence of hip-hop is the same–I’ve seen it give people jobs, seen it save lives, and seen it murder people. What made you move to LA from your hometown of Chicago? 2na: My family was going through problems. My grandfather died. I wasn’t happy, man. I was like, “I’ve got to get up out of here.” When I came out here, I went to school with damn near everybody that’s doing stuff in the rap game today. It still bugs me out.

What’s your favorite part about living in California? 2na: That’s easy, man, the weather, the women and the weed. <laughs> I’m on some Biggie Smalls stuff. It really is an amazing place, in a lot of ways. What’s your favorite thing about performing in San Diego? 2na: The coastal lifestyle brings out the best in people. I love hangin’ in OB. I’ve even got a favorite taco stand down there by the pier that I go to whenever I’m in town. P h o t o s © 2 0 0 9 N abi l E l derkin

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Turning the Tables OFFBEAT WITH DJ TARA BROOKS by lenny j. ploffer / PHOTOS BY JOHN AUDLEY Unlike most of her colleagues, rising San Diego DJ Tara Brooks is a woman. PacificSD: Is it difficult to control the ones and twos when you have two X chromosomes? Tara Brooks: Most people think that you got it for the wrong reasons, because you’re hot or whatever. I like proving people wrong. This is actually something that I love, just as much as any guy. Brooks takes pride in having honed her craft on vinyl (Google “enormous 1900s rotating plastic musical disc”) and remembers how it all started. How’d you end up on this side of the DJ booth? Brooks: My ex-husband had a DJ set-up at our house, and he was a really great DJ. It was what we had in common—our passion for music, dance music especially. With a penchant for all things house music, from techno to progressive and tribal, Brooks refuses to spin Top 40. Can I hear some Lady Gaga? Brooks: People might expect Britney Spears, but I play highenergy, peak-hour. My music is super-banging. That’s what moves me. Now backlit by a trillion-watt LED wall, Brooks has modernized and moved away from records. But despite the transition, her career continues to spin without a scratch—in April, she performed on her home turf, Voyeur in the Gaslamp, as the opening act for one of her primary influences and DJ superheroes, Trent Cantrelle (far right in group photo).



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hat once was the Ivy is now Andaz (Hindi for style), the newest member of a small group of posh boutique hotels operated by Hyatt. The brand’s other locations include London, West Hollywood and two properties in Manhattan, but Hyatt says they don’t plan to make major changes to the physical attributes of the San Diego hotspot. “Instead, Andaz is overhauling the customer service experience,” says general manager, Rusty Middleton. “For example, curbside guest check-ins are now facilitated by tablet computer-toting hosts who are responsible for escorting guests and their luggage to the rooms, simplifying the standard valet-to-bellhop-to-registration-to-room process.” Once inside the rooms, guests are treated to the same caliber of opulence offered by Ivy, with a few exceptions: the telephone now works for 24-hour room service, and there are complimentary beverages and snacks in the mini-bar. Unfortunately (for now, anyway), beverages still aren’t free on Andaz’ rooftop pool-deck and lounge. They are, however, frequently poured from the deft hands of bartender Julie Rodenhiser, who provides insight into the life of a whistle-whetter and a simple tip for scoring a free drink.

PacificSD: Dr. Phil, The Situation and Elton John; you have to have sex with one, slap one, and marry one. Rodenhiser: All of the above with Elton John, obviously. What’s the biggest tip you’ve received? It was $5,000 from a regular, but I didn’t take it. My first night working here, a guest gave me $100 for handing him a pen. Cheesiest pickup line anyone has used on you? Do you have any Irish in you? Have you ever found love from behind the bar? 56 | MAY 2010

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I don’t usually date people I meet at work, or people I work with, but sometimes it just happens. So, yes. What’s your favorite breakfast spot? I like going to Brian’s 24 on Sixth Avenue after work (late at night) and getting either the Thai chicken pizza or fried pickles. Their fried pickles are insane. How about dinner? Santana’s, at 3 a.m. I work late. What’s your favorite place to dance? For me, dancing is something that happens sometimes, but not something that I set out that night to do. Translation: I only dance when I’m

drunk. Shaken or stirred? Shaken. How can I get a free drink? Saying “please” and “thank you” goes such a long way. May I please have a free drink? No. <laughs> The hotel’s director of marketing, Jessica Cline, says the hotel is offering complimentary poolside manicures, pedicures and massages during Sunday chill-out parties this summer. Three cheers for plastic martini glasses.

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here are many fish in the sea. Hopefully these two will get along swimmingly. Heather recently leapt off the professional deep end, quitting a job in healthcare to try her hand at publishing children’s books. It takes guts to make that kind of move in this economy, so it’s no surprise she’s got the confidence to jump into the unknown again this evening. John may work at a law firm during peak hours, but on nights and weekends he’s a professional athlete. Semipro, anyway. He’s the backup quarterback for a minor league football team, the 2009 national champion North County Cobras (true story). Known to throw the occasional Hail Mary, he’s game for throwing his hat in the ring tonight. Let’s dive right in. 58 | MAY 2010

PacificSD: What do you do for a living? Heather: After eight years of Continuing Medical Education, and a year and a half of mulling over the decision, I am now the proud owner of a children’s book company entitled Pudgy and Pals, based on the life and adventures of my bearded dragon lizard. John: I’m an IT Manager in the San Diego office for a large international law firm. Where are you from? Heather: I’m from everywhere—military brat here. I consider Miami home, and I’ve been living in San Diego for just over a year and a half. Buh-bye mosquitoes! John: I was born in Indonesia

and lived there ‘til I was almost eight. Spent some time living in Pasadena, California, and Fort Collins, Colorado, before moving to San Diego nine years ago. Describe your personality in seven words. Heather: Boundless, loyal, generous, complex, simple, tomboy, determined. John: Mellow, thoughtful, laidback, sarcastic humor, smiling. What do you do for fun? Heather: Hiking, getting on the back of a motorcycle (I’ll be learning to operate one soon), chess, write, read, take Pudgy through Balboa Park and answer the same five or six questions everyone asks me about having a lizard on a leash. John: I enjoy staying active— boxing, kettle bell workouts— play on a minor league football team in North County and go out with friends. Where are you most comfortable? Heather: Traveling the world. There aren’t many places I’d rather be than on my way to

a place I’ve never been. John: Taking a nap. What person, food, drink, song and other item would you take to a deserted island? Heather: Copernicus or Einstein, vodka gimlet with extra lime, H2O, Jimmy Buffett’s Fruitcakes album, Pudgy (my lizard) and sunblock. John: I would take my mentor, sushi from Chiba, a Gray Goose and 7, a mix CD, a football and a baseball. Heather and John meet for the first time at WaveHouse in Mission Beach, where, after some liquid courage, they’ll battle Flowrider, the smaller of the two manmade waves. (The totally-tubular giant is called Bruticus Maximus.) The forecast calls for wipeouts— neither of the daters surfs. (Continued on Page 60)





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fter talking for about half an hour, John and Heather finish their drinks and head over to the wave to disrobe and get preflight tips from a smiling instructor. With the perpetually perfect wave thundering underfoot, John inches into the deluge first. He’s up! He rides for 30 seconds or so on his first effort. Then, splash! He’s head over heels in the first of several wipeouts. In subsequent rides he remains upright longer and even manages a few delicate turns. Now it’s Heather’s turn. Sporting a tank-top to thwart any potential wardrobe malfunctions, she wobbles on her board while the instructor lends a toe to help her balance. It’s go time. In the instant the water washes over her feet, Heather’s on her back, and it becomes apparent that she should have considered some sort of protective apparatus for her lower half, too. With the raging current now pulling at her bikini bottoms, she struggles to retain her clothing and her dignity. It’s a close call, but she somehow hangs on to both, then jumps right back on the board, laughing the entire time. After a few more rides and tumbles, the daters towel off and warm up by the fire pit, then change for dinner at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay’s waterfront restaurant, the Red Marlin. The sun begins to fade when the couple arrives at dinner. Once they’ve ordered wine and looked over the menu, they’re split for mid-date debriefings. 60 | MAY 2010

PacificSD: How’s it going so far? Heather: Good. He seems really nice. He’s very easygoing, which is good, and he’s all talky, which is really good, too. It just flows, feels natural. John: Having a good time, enjoyable. She’s funny. Can you surf? Heather: No, not me. John: I’m a terrible surfer, but I got lucky today and the instructor was good. Can your date surf? Heather: Yes, he did an awesome job. John: No, she’s horrible at surfing. <laughs> I admire her for getting in and getting wet, but she should stick to skydiving.

How do you look in a bathing suit? Heather: Well, if you gave me three weeks to work out, I’d look a lot better. John: I look alright for it being April. Summer body’s coming. Rate your date physically on a scale from one to ten. Heather: That’s a horrible question. I would say beyond a 10, because he’s a nice person and I like him. The personality shines through the physical. Is that corny? John: She’s got a great smile and she’s a lot of fun. I’d say she’s a seven. And for personality? Heather: Eleven. I think he

has a great personality. John: Eight to nine. Does your date want to kiss you now? Heather: I just ate chips and salsa with onions, so I doubt it. John: We’re still getting to know each other and feeling out the evening. Do you want to kiss your date right now? Heather: If he kissed me at the end of the night, I would be ok with it. But I would not kiss him, because I’m old-fashioned. John: We’re still getting to know each other and feeling out the evening. <laughs> (Continued on Page 62)

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On the Waterfront DINNER BY THE DOCK of THE BAY


s their entrees arrive, John and Heather are finally left alone to enjoy the rest of their evening. PacificSD calls the next day to see what we missed.

PacificSD: Overall, how was the date? Heather: It was great. John was really cool and laidback. It felt totally natural. I didn’t expect to laugh so much. John: I had a fun time at WaveHouse, and dinner was fantastic. The conversation was steady and meaningful all night. How was Red Marlin? Heather: Everything was wonderful. We started with crab cakes and grilled shrimp with mango salsa; they were both excellent. I ordered a filet mignon and John had swordfish. We ended with cherry cobbler and a piece of cheesecake. I think I gained five pounds. John: The view was very peaceful and relaxing. We shared the homemade blue crab cakes and Thai grilled shrimp for appetizers. My main course was the swordfish, which I highly recommend. What’s the sexiest thing your date did last night? Heather: I like it when a man takes charge, and he did that. When we decided to hang out later, he made the plan and executed. John: Among a few other things, the five-inch high heels. What happened after the 62 | MAY 2010

magazine crew left? Heather: We finished our meal and headed out to Bar West in PB, then over to Tower 23, sat outside and talked until they closed the patio, moved inside for a little while and called it a night. It was past 1:30 a.m. John: We finished up dinner, then grabbed a drink at BarWest and Tower 23 before calling it a night. Later I sent her a text message to make sure she made it home safely and to say I had an enjoyable evening. Was there a kiss or romantic moment? Heather: I’m a lady, and ladies don’t tell. John: We had a very pleasant end to the evening, but the romantic fireworks were courtesy of Sea World. Will there be a second date? Heather: Stay tuned. John: I’m sure we would have a lot of fun hanging out, but most likely as friends at this point. What advice would you give your date?   Heather: Always have plenty of $1 bills when parking in PB. John: She talked a lot about how she likes lizards.

Aftermatch: Like her reptilian companion, Pudgy, Heather seems more

at home on dry land than she does in the water. But despite her fears, she jumped in and had a blast. John stepped out of his comfort zone, too, leaving the football field for a more fluid sporting adventure. Last night’s plan was to demonstrate once and for all whether it’s the size of the boat or the motion of the ocean. Neither dater fell hook, line and sinker for the other, however, so we’re releasing two singles back into the dating pool. And while they look for their own keepers, we set the bait for next month’s blind date. Are you a catch? Email pics and your bio to


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{Listen} 5/1: Dark Star Orchestra @ Belly Up Tavern, 5/1: Daughtry @ San Diego Sports Arena, 5/2: 3OH!3 @ Soma, 5/5: FM 94/9 presents Mastodon @ House of Blues, 5/7: Kottonmouth Kings @ House of Blues, 5/7: B-Side Players @ Soundwave, 5/7: The Crystal Method @ Pechanga, 5/8: Too Short @ 4th & B, 5/8: Chali 2na @ Soundwave, (Story Page 52) 5/8: Scarlet Symphony @ 10th Avenue Theatre, 619.237.4510 5/11: Ben Folds @ House of Blues, 5/13: Jewel @ Pechanga, 5/13-14: Groundation @ Belly Up Tavern, 5/14: Mack 10 and WC @ 4th and B, 5/14: Channel 93.3 Summer Kickoff featuring Usher, Akon, Kei$ha @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, (win tix @ 5/15: Steel Pulse @ House of Blues, 5/15: Bullet For My Valentine @ Soma, 5/20: KPRI presents John Butler Trio w/ State Radio @ House of Blues, 5/21: Queensryche @ 4th & B, 5/22: Frightened Rabbit @ Casbah, 5/23: Eagles @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre,

{Home Games} San Diego Padres 5/1-2: vs. Milwaukee Brewers 5/3-5: vs. Colorado Rockies 5/14-16: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 5/17-18: vs. San Francisco Giants 5/25-27: vs. St. Louis Cardinals 5/28-30: vs. Washington Nationals 5/31: vs. New York Mets

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5/24: Nada Surf @ Belly Up Tavern, 5/27: 91X presents Say Anything w/ Angels and Airwaves @ House of Blues, 5/28: The Expendables @ Belly Up Tavern, 5/29: DJ Kaskade @ 4th & B, 5/30: DeadMau5 @ Hard Rock, 5/31: Tech N9NE @ House of Blues,

Submit events to Calendar by Logan Broyles 5/1-2: Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo Venue: Old Town Admission: Free Info: For more family-friendly fun than you can shake a piñata at, check out the 27th annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo, a weekend full of live music and dance, mucho Mariachis, a low-rider showcase and the requisite heavy flow of margaritas. The event’s organizers say it’s the biggest Cinco fiesta north of the border. Olé! c o u rtes y o f G l enda M c C o nne l l


5/7-9: 9th Annual Gator by the Bay Festival Venue: Spanish Landing Park, San Diego Bay Admission: $20 Friday, $25 Saturday and Sunday Info: Zydeco, blues and 8,000 pounds of crawfish transform San Diego Bay into the Louisiana bayou. Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) with Cajun and Creole food and more than 70 musical performances on six stages.

5/8: Chelsea Handler Venue: Civic Theater, downtown Admission: $52-$67 Info: See the host of E!’s hit show Chelsea Lately perform stand-up at to promote her smashhit new book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.

5/9: Beach to Brewery Venue: Karl Strauss Brewery, Pacific Beach Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door Info: Writer, The Silent Comedy, The Howls and Stranger perform live in concert at Karl Strauss’ annual celebration of local music and their award-winning home-grown beers in support of the Surfrider Foundation.

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5/16: North Park Festival of the Arts Venue: 30th and University, North Park Admission: Free Info: More than 30,000 are expected to attend the 14th annual North Park Festival of the Arts, featuring works from local artists and galleries, live music and dance on six stages, plus an international food court and Craft Beer Block.

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5/22: Ray Romano with Brad Garrett Venue: Pechanga Casino, Temecula Tickets: $70-95 Info: On tour with his TV brother from the hit show, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano performs live standup, upstaging Brad Garrett as usual.

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5/22: Smucker’s Stars on Ice Venue: San Diego Sports Arena Tickets: $29-139 Info: See incredible performances by some of the world’s best ice skaters, including silver medalists from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

5/26: Taste of Little Italy Venue: Little Italy restaurants Tickets: $35 advance, $40 day of Info: Sample appetizers, entrees and deserts on a self-guided, culinary walking tour of more than 25 popular eateries throughout Little Italy.

5/22-23: Professional Bull Riding Tour Venue: Pala Casino Tickets: $23-$58 Info: As man battles beast, we hope the bull-riders don’t break their necks, but we root for the poor bulls with the leather straps cinched on their genitals. What the buck! 5/28: Star Wars in Concert Venue: San Diego Sports Arena Tickets: $35-75 Info: Experience sci-fi classics in grandeur, as a full symphony orchestra and choir perform music from all six Star Wars movies, while footage from the films plays on a three-story high-def LED super screen.

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5/14-16: Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles Venue: Civic Theatre, downtown Tickets: $20-$77 Info: Follow the Fab Four from the Ed Sullivan Show through the psychedelic ‘60s and beyond, as talented musicians bring Beatlemania back to life in a live musical performance enhanced by historical footage and live concert action projected on giant screens.

{Of Note} 5/1: May Day: baton the hatches 5/4: National Teacher Day: I don’t feel tardy 5/5: Cinco de Mayo: gimme five 5/9: Mother’s Day: thanks, ma! 5/15: Armed Forces Day: much respect 5/31: Memorial Day: we will never forget

5/29: KiFM Smooth Jazz Festival Venue: Gaslamp Quarter Tickets: $29 advance, $35 door Info: Top national and popular local jazz musicians perform all day and night at more than 20 venues throughout the Gaslamp.


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The Hoff and Steve O love PacificSD’s blind dates


Observations (continued from Page 62)

“Enough with the water jokes already. Seriously! This whole damn magazine is overflowing with stupid water jokes.” –The Tin Man

“Whatever, squeaky. <grabs own crotch> I got some oil for you right here, brah. You guys hear the FBI’s gonna pay me to learn to surf?” –Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah from Point Break

“Shut up, Keanu. Speaking of surfing, I bet I can surf better than those blind daters did.” –Nancy Reagan

“Yeah, but can you hold your water?” –David Hasselhoff (slightly hammered) C o u rtes y o f P R P h o t o s

“Oh, like you can, Hoff? You’re hammered.” –Pam Anderson

“Pammie, why don’t you make like two flotation devices and…uh…just get outta here.” –The Hoff (all the way hammered)

“Hey, could I jump in? I know how to surf.” –Heidi Montag (disrobing)

“Oh, my lord. Would you get a load of this one? Keep your clothes on, sweetheart.” –Nancy Reagan

“Seriously, Heidi, 10 surgeries in one day? Even I wouldn’t cut myself that much.” –Steve O

“You might when you’re hammered.” – The Hoff (high-fives Steve O)

“I think I’d sleep with Heidi.”

“Say ‘brah’ one more time and I will break you, son. You can stay in character as long as you want, but you must know that you sucked in Point Break.” – Hef

“I am an F.B.I. agent, brah!” –Johnny Utah

–Hugh Hefner

“Shut up, Keanu!”

“I thought you already did, brah. Isn’t that how she got the Playboy cover?”

“Johnny, are you really in the F.B.I.?”

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–everyone but Heidi –Heidi

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