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WHATA CATCH! Hooked, online, a stinker
om said I wouldn’t find love at a nightclub. I found it at a gay bar. It happened December 23, 1999, at Rich’s in Hillcrest. My wife thought I was gay until 2001. These days, people are so busy multitasking (Googling and “working,” texting and driving), they think they have to resort to online matchmaking. Dating sites provide the opportunity to scan hundreds of photos in a single night, but when you’re looking for just one, maybe having such a wide selection makes it hard to narrow the field. Take Farmersonly.com, for example. These guys run ads on CNN, encouraging field hands and green thumbs to visit their site for what may be lying on the other side of the fence. Spoiler alert: it’s a cow patty. The farmer’s daughter on the screen weighs 75 pounds more than her profile pic, and the cute boy with the big arms is three months late on his tractor payments. Unless you want to date a cow (see uglyorfatdating.com below), you’re probably better off at the farmers market. Veggies are good for you, and you might meet somebody nice while stimulating the local economy – versus stimulating yourself in front of the computer. I think it’s easiest to find love wherever you happen not to be looking for it. I wasn’t looking for it at Rich’s (I swear!), because, among other reasons, Adam’s apples can be hard to spot in the dark. Other things get hard in the dark up there, too. This issue of PacificSD is packed with innuendo (in your end, oh?) and plenty of sex appeal. Inside, Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun shows the world how to look hot in lingerie (“Undress to Impress,” page 54), CW6’s Ruben Galvan reveals how he got his sexy back (“Sharper Image,” page 37), San Diego adult film stars bare it all in the name of fame (“A Star is Porn,” page 64), and a 26-year-old virgin blogger explains why she’s holding out (“Celibate Good Times! C’mon On!” page 63). If, after reading this magazine, you aren’t ready for the real-life singles scene and can’t resist the urge to try to click a winner, check out these real dating sites and their corporate slogans, printed alongside my advice in italics. E I G H T
Farmersonly.com Slogan: “Meet 1,000s of down-to-earth county folks today!” Who you’ll really meet: the cream of the crop, the pick of the litter – and maybe your first cousin. Christianmingle.com Slogan: “Find God’s match for you.” I wonder who Buddha would want me to date? Grandma wanted me to find a nice Jewish girl, and she was an atheist. Cougarlife.com Slogan: “Meet divorcees, single moms and sexy singles looking for a young stud.” Scan Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston’s profiles, or saddle a Rancho Santa Fe 50-something and score front-row seats to Opening Day at Del Mar. Militarysingles.com Slogan: “Where the ultimate patriot goes to date military singles!” Do him for your country! Mancrunch.com Slogan: “Putting the ‘man’ back in romance.” They almost went with “Putting the ‘U’ in a guy.” Uglyorfatdating.com Slogan: “Fat, overweight or just cuddly.” If only they could be all three. Sugardaddie.com Slogan: “Where the classy, attractive and affluent meet.” The usernames “Hef ” and “Trump” are already taken. Schwarzenegger’s still packin’ major loot, but the maid never lets him out of the house. This time, he may not be back. Jdate.com Slogan: “The premier Jewish singles community online.” Oy! I already married a shiksa. Here’s my real advice: don’t take advice from me – I met my wife at a gay bar. Happy hunting, San Diego! David Perloff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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54 Undress to Impress
Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun exhibits glamour and lace
62 Maxxximum Sexposure
Showcasing celibacy, porn stars and everything in between (the sheets)
“It’s not necessarily that lingerie turns on a man – anything can turn on a man.” —RAQUEL POMPLUN ON THE COVER: Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun shares an intimate moment at the Lafayette Hotel in University Heights. Photography by Brevin Blach. Fashion Director: Simone Perloff. Styled by Amanda ThornePritchard (Thorne Artistry). Hair by Maegan Cooper (A Robert Cromeans Salon). Makeup by Sara Stewart. Stylist’s assistant: Erin Riley (Thorne Artistry). Shoot assistant: Jessica Hoerth. Raquel is wearing a Chantelle bra ($72), Intimacy, myintimacy.com; shorts by Playboy Intimates, playboy.com; socks from Deja Vu Love Boutique, loveboutiqueonline.com; ring ($768) and earrings ($1,250) by Alber Rezko Designs, alberrezko.com. THIS PAGE: Raquel is wearing an Aubade bra ($140) and bottom ($109), myintimacy.com; necklace ($400), “X” ring ($2,000), “O” ring ($1,199), bracelet ($10,000) and earrings ($2,000), all by Alber Rezko Designs, alberrezko.com; sparkle shoes ($159) by Hustler, hustlerhollywood.com.
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P R O M O T I O N
Your Guide to Fabulous Hillcrest! FA
Celebrating 30 years of bringing New York Deli fare and comfort classics to San Diego. Melt-in-your-mouth corned beef and pastrami, lox, blintzes and cabbage rolls are amongst the favorites. Open late every night; ’til 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Breakfast anytime. Ample validated parking. Full bar / happy hour. 535 University Ave. (on the corner of 6th Ave.) in the heart of Hillcrest. 619.295.2747 | Citydeli.com
Café Barbera’s unique concept offers a chance to relax in a warm, inviting and elegant Italian classic dining environment. Along with the unmistakable taste and aroma of their coffee, a number of fresh, tasty and healthy food items are also served. 3614 5th Ave. | 619.683.2233 cafebarberaSD.com
In Italy, a meal is an event, a social gathering and, best of all, can last for hours! Osteria Origano in Hillcrest will dazzle your senses and delight your taste buds with its warm and inviting atmosphere, paired with fresh, quality, Italian dishes. Join us for bottomless mimosas every day and Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Like the neighborhood it joins, there’s always something for everyone at Uptown Tavern. This casually hip bar and eatery invites guests to eat, drink and socialize in comfort and style, seven days a week. 1236 University Ave. 619.241.2710 uptowntavernsd.com
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The Hillcrest Farmers Market takes place each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come find more than 125 vendors, who sell everything from organic produce to handmade arts and crafts, prepared foods, fresh flowers and more! Whether you’re giftgiving or optimizing your health, be sure to visit the market this February to nourish the hearts of yourself and your loved ones.
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S I X T E E N
FIRST THINGS 23 Snakes On A Dame Don’t fear the creeper CITY 26 Neighborhood Gild Hot prospects for the cool community of Golden Hill
ART 42 Hubba, Hubbell! And kudos to other sculptors, painters, puppeteers and toymakers showing their work here in February
CALENDAR 32 TWO.THIRTEEN February event listings
COOLTURE 50 Reel Love? Romantic movies that stick out – for better or worse – in one critic’s mind
SPORTS 34 Taking Chargers New GM and head coach expected to help end San Diego’s NFL playoff drought
52 How To Get A Little Piece On Earth Comic Monique Marvez advises: less nagging, more shagging
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DINING OUT 69 Choc It To Me Sweet somethings from the hands of celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard 72
We Will Choc You Take a peek inside the creations of San Diego’s sweetest chocolatiers
76 Public Display of Confection Museum exhibit uses sight, sound and smell to show the history of chocolate 78 Fattening Tuesday Eat like there’s no tomorrow on Mardi Gras WHAT’S COOKING 86 Custard’s Last Stand Homemade dessert and a chance to whip it good
92 Honorable Dimension Award-winning DJ’s 3D backdrop sets the stage for February’s hottest ticket 94 Spin it to win it A contest victory propels the career of a local DJ 96 Concert Calendar February concert dates BARTENDER 104 Good Cheer Former Charger girl scores contentment at Quality Social
LOVE: BLIND DATE
106 SCENTUAL HEALING Smells like teen spirit all over again THINK 114 you are here San Diego stereotype map Celebrity chef Keegan Gerhard created these bonbons from scratch at D Bar, his restaurant in Hillcrest. CLOCKWISE (from top): single-origin chocolate from Maracaibo, Venezuela; cookies and cream; white chocolate strawberry; milk chocolate peanut butter and jelly; dark chocolate raspberry (center).
STYLE 37 Sharper Image CW6 reporter Ruben Galvan captivates viewers in style
B R E V I N B L A CH
E I G H T E E N
Official San Diego launch of REDD’S APPLE ALE
crowded by 7pm. free admission until 10pm. no guest list. please arrive early.
In case your Valentine’s not, come meet somebody hot...
Bottles of REDD’s $1 from 7-9 p.m. PLAYMATE RAQUEL POMPLUN
Getting Naked in the Year of the Snake Hot Prospects in Cool Golden Hill Steamy Blind Date Produces Love Potion CW6 Reporter Ruben Galvan Like You’ve Never Seen Him
Hosted by PacificSD cover model and Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun
Valentine’s Day at Café Sevilla
CO-HOSTED BY CW6’S TOO-HOTFOR-TV STUD RUBEN GALVAN