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“Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No, thank you,’ to dessert that night. And for what!” —Erma Bombeck

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Resolutions are for old ladies who forgot to buy their emergencybutton necklaces. If you were to ask Ruth, she’d tell you not to promise yourself to be a better person tomorrow. She’d tell you to go outside, smile at someone, share some love and improve your surroundings before the second hand hits the 12 again. Don’t wait, do it now! (Remember, this is Ruth talking. I’m still just sitting here, typing, trying to count how many Santa cookies I’ve eaten. I really need to start cutting down on desserts.) Carpe momento, San Diego. Love you guys for making PacificSD what it is today—the city’s most popular magazine. I’m so happy to be with you as we enter our fifth year together. And happy birthday, Gran. My gift to you—new brakes. Let’s resolve to sue whomever made that damn walker you’ve been rolling around on.

David Perloff, Editor-In-Chief

(Ardo, I can’t believe you read this crap. I swear, it’s just you and my mom.)

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Steve Froehlich is vice president of business development for BOSU® Fitness, the preeminent fitness company teaching professional athletes balance training today. “My whole life, I wanted to play professional baseball,” Froehlich says. “It’s a dream that fought a hard death, well after I finished playing Division-I NCAA football.” Froehlich chose to write about U.S. Marine intelligence officer and bikini competitor, Samantha Fishow, because his lifelong experience in sports, combined with a career devoted to training elite pro athletes, drew him to Fishow’s intensely competitive nature. See Froehlich’s “Operation Bikini Freedom,” page 32.

Pat Sherman

Pat Sherman studied writing at Southwestern and City Colleges and was a San Diego Union-Tribune staff writer for over five years. His fascination with historic structures led him to write about the El Cortez Apartment Hotel’s storied past. “Prior to its renovation, while the El Cortez was populated only by vagrants and ghosts,” he says, “its neon sign seemed to blink in Morse code: S.A.V.E. M.E.” Sherman believes Patrick Bilbray’s performance on the Imperial Beach City Council will be something to watch. “It will be interesting to see how far up the political ladder the more moderate, surf-minded son can follow his congressman father,” he says. See Sherman’s “The ‘El’ Word,” page 26, and “The Life of Brians,” page 30.

Catharine Kaufman

Catharine Kaufman, aka “The Kitchen Shrink,” is a nationally syndicated food columnist and partner in RangeClub.com, a healthy gourmet cooking blog.  “I follow the advice of Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, who said to ‘use food as your medicine,’” she says. As a cancer survivor, Kaufman researches nutritional means of prevention and healing to help people avoid and recover from illnesses. See Kaufman’s “Feed Your Mind,” page 59.


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BE THE TALK OF THE TOWN Want to go on a PacificSD Blind Date? Matchmakers are standing by. Submit a photo and a few sentences about yourself and what you’re looking for in a date to: blinddate@pacificsandiego.com

At 2,200 square-feet, Pacific Beach’s Madison Boutique is one of the neighborhood’s largest clothing stores. They sell shoes, denim, basics, Vegas dresses, you name it, and almost everything is under $40. This is why we sent a photographer to shoot the place, but then we neglected to publish any of the photos. So, yeah, we feel silly about it. Anyway, check out Madison, 1031 Garnet Avenue, PB, 858.270.2222.


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PacificSD’s 4-year anniversary party at FLUXX (details Page 14) DJ Cobra and Craig Smoove on the decks, Jason Whitmore on sax, FLUXX girls on fire, drinks and food on PacificSD.

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Apprentice to stand-up. What aspect of your career do you enjoy the most? A: I’m like a whore and I like whatever I’m doing. I just love the business. Q: What can San Diegans expect from your upcoming show here? A: First of all, every gay man in San Diego better show up! That’s number one, because they’re the best audience in the world. So, they should expect an awful lot of gay men. And, they should expect just having fun and telling the truth. It isn’t going be going down memory lane, ‘cause I couldn’t give a sh!t about memory lane.

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B y P a t Sh e r m a n • Ph o t o s b y S T ACY K EC K hen it opened in 1927, the El Cortez Apartment Hotel was San Diego’s tallest and most elegant building. Constructed on the former site of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.’s home at Ash Street and Seventh Avenue, the $2.5 million Spanish Colonial Revival hotel boasted jawdropping views of a San Diego Bay that, at the time, included neither the Coronado Bridge nor Harbor and Shelter Islands. During the next three decades, a series of additions and innovations made El Cortez the destination of choice for visiting celebrities and dignitaries, from President Dwight Eisenhower to Bing Crosby. Elvis Presley stayed at El Cortez in April 1956 during his first visit to San Diego. After one of his two sold-out concerts, police reportedly arrested 12 girls running naked through the halls of El Cortez in search of “The King.” Mayor Charles Dail was so incensed by the libidinal hysteria that he reportedly passed a resolution barring Presley from performing in San Diego again (Presley wouldn’t return until 1970). Senator Robert F. Kennedy appeared in El Cortez’s 3,300-square-foot Don Room for a fundraiser on June 5, 1968, the night before his assassination. Nearly collapsing minutes into his speech, Kennedy had to be rushed into the bathroom, where he vomited then briefly lay on the floor. In 1940, the art deco Sky Room lounge was added to the 15th story, providing a panoramic view of the San Diego skyline. The cost for Lobster


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Thermidor in the hotel’s dining room that year was just $4.95. The spacious Starlight restaurant was added to the 12th story in 1956, along with the world’s first exterior glass elevator. On weekends, people waited in a line stretching around the block to ride the “Starlight Express” skyward for dinner and dancing. In 1959, owner Harry Handlrey added another first—a moving walkway called the Travolator, which arched over 7th Avenue, connecting El Cortez with an annex hotel and garage (today a Holiday Inn Express) across the street. During the 1960s and ‘70s, the hotel’s image became tarnished, and the property fell into disrepair. In 1978, El Cortez was purchased by San Diego evangelist Morris Cerullo, who closed it. It was sold again in 1981, but stood as a ghostly shell for more than two decades while several renovation schemes fell by the wayside. Vagrants were known to sleep on the Travolator bridge until its demolition in 1986. The entire El Cortez complex narrowly escaped demolition, in 1990, when it received historic designation by the San Diego Historic Site Board. Anthony Block, part of the development team that returned El Cortez to its 1927 splendor, said that when he first walked into the heavily vandalized building in the 1990s, there was nothing left but graffiti, bird droppings and “empty wino bottles.” The ornate sandalwood roof of the octagonal Don Room had partially collapsed. Block and former business partner Peter Janopaul purchased the property in 1997 for $2.4 million—less than it cost to build it in 1926. Though Block said they had hoped to re-create the Sky Room experience and restore the exterior glass elevator, modern building codes precluded those plans. Instead, the duo focused their attention on the Don Room, which has become “the premier destination for wedding events,” Block says. “That’s pretty much what it’s going to be for the next generation.” El Cortez was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 for its architecture and engineering. Today, its iconic neon sign, installed in 1937, continues to illuminate the skyline, welcoming passengers landing at Lindbergh Field and serving as a beacon of history above the downtown neighborhood that’s official name is now Cortez Hill.

Celebrities who’ve visited El Cortez Ginger Rogers, Ethel Barrymore, Bo Derek, Leeza Gibbons, John Stamos, Leslie Nielson, John Ritter, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix El Cortez in TV and Film Film: Almost Famous (2000) and A Ticklish Affair (1963); TV: How to Marry a Billionaire and Extreme Makeover Prominent features and year added The El Cortez’s iconic neon sign with 12-foot-tall letters (added in 1937, restored in 1999) Sky Room (1940) 100-room Caribbean Wing and grand ballroom (1946) Starlight restaurant and glass elevator (1956) Travolator bridge (1959) El Cortez 702 Ash Street, Downtown, 619.232.6730, elc.cc pacificsandiego.com

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him with a grappling hook, which would leave him with a nine-inch scar on his inner left thigh. After dropping Phelps off at a local bait and tackle shop to get stitched up, the rescuers took the chunk of blue ice (me) to a nearby saloon for examination, but not before using it (me) to chill a bucket of Coors. After a few hours and several beers, the ice had melted and a baby wailed. To my rescuers’ astonishment and ever-lasting epiphanies, they believed a beer-baptized messiah had fallen from heaven. Blue heaven. Overwhelmed by the responsibility, my drunken rescuers swaddled me in a burlap potato sack and dumped the bundle on the doorstep of the Midnight Ranch, a combination Spanish mission/whore-house on the outskirts of town. It must have been that place that inspired my life-long devotions to the Padres and disinfectant. As you can imagine, despite the initial trauma, I proceeded to enjoy a typically idyllic American upbringing. Likely due to that burlap swaddling, I never lost a potato sack race during Telluride’s summer festivals, plus I won 11 diving competitions at Trout Lake over the years (I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging). Having now shared this deeply personal tale, I hereby open the bidding war for the movie rights to my life story. (I’m thinking it’s a perfect vehicle for Brad Pitt, spinning off his wide acclaim in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, not to mention his striking resemblance to what I wish I looked like.) The journey includes hardships (bullies who called me sh!tbaby) and triumphs (a tearful reunion with my birth-mother at a traveling carnival, where she was making ends meet as a bearded lady/alligator wrestler). The most amazing thing about this story? My mom played the entire game the night of my birth, as her Bay Bombers totally face-planted the Sea Munchers, 169-54. 

Overwhelmed by the responsibility, my drunken rescuers swaddled me in a burlap potato sack and dumped the bundle on the doorstep of the Midnight Ranch, a combination Spanish mission/whore-house on the outskirts of town. It must have been that place that inspired my life-long devotions to Padres and disinfectant.

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This page: The political tides are changing for Imperial Beach town councilman Brian Bilbray, pictured here underneath the I.B. pier OPPOSITE: Father and son Bilbray celebrate their respective victories at downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Hall on election day, November 2

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“We used to pull Mexican nationals out of our swimming pool, because they would jump our backyard fence not realizing that we had a pool.”

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Like Father, Like Son Comparing the region’s Republican dynasties Duncan Duane Hunter, 34, and father Duncan Lee Hunter, 62: The elder Hunter served as a congressional representative from 1981 to 2009. His son, a U.S. Marine and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, replaced his father in the 52nd District (East County) seat in January of 2009. Duncan D. holds a degree in business administration from SDSU; Duncan L. attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

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B y P a t Sh e r m a n • MAIN Ph o t o b y g r e g r o n l o v andy-haired surfer Brian Patrick dotted with closure signs (his father championed Bilbray won his bid for a seat on a sewage treatment plant in Tijuana that never the Imperial Beach City Council came to fruition). on November 2—the same day his “I just felt that City Hall wasn’t really taking father, Brian Phillip Bilbray, won the leadership role that I would like them to take another term as a Representative for with the Tijuana sewage,” he says. “I thought if California’s 50th Congressional District in coastal I got on there I could really start pushing City North County. Hall to petition the federal government like we The elder Bilbray began his own career as an should. Having my dad in there helps; we can IB city councilman in 1976, eventually becoming start really putting pressure on Mexico.” that city’s mayor and a county supervisor. Bilbray says he doesn’t feel enough federal “I’ve lived in Imperial Beach pretty much my money flows into his seaside hamlet, given that whole life,” says “Pat” Bilbray, as he’s known to I.B. is home to a federal wildlife preserve and friends and locals at I.B. gathering spots such the Navy’s Ream Field. The City also collects the as Scoreboard II and Ye Olde Plank Inn. “I love lowest per capita sales tax revenue in the county. the small town kind of feel. I’ve tried to get away He believes he can help I.B. businesses prosper from it, but it keeps drawing me back.” and clean up the town’s shabby image. An avid surfer, sailor and Republican (like his Bilbray and his younger sister, Briana, father), Bilbray says he caught his first wave at attended West Potomac High School in age eight, while on a trip to Baja with his father, Alexandria, Virginia, while their father was then a county supervisor. serving as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. As “The first time I properly dropped into a wave a boy, Bilbray says he longed to follow in his was down just south of Ensenada,” Bilbray says. father’s footsteps, but he lost his passion for “I was so proud of myself. My dad jokes that my politics after high school. While enrolled in first steps were on a boat going from San Diego courses at Mesa and San Diego City Colleges (he to San Clemente Island.” never graduated), he briefly worked in his older Bilbray was elected to complete the four-year brother’s plumbing business in Nevada. term of Councilman Fred McLean, who died of “I wanted to be more of a surfer than pneumonia in 2009. Though on his Facebook anything,” says Bilbray, who rides a six-foot page Bilbray describes his political stance as “right “potato chip” short board. of middle,” he says he is more liberal on social “I ended up going off to Europe, working on a issues than his father, favoring amnesty for illegal pleasure yacht for two years. I was the deckhandimmigrants once the border is secure and certain slash-engineer’s mate.” conditions are met. His father is strongly opposed Bilbray says he did not tell his father he was to offering citizenship to illegal immigrants. planning to run for office last year. “I’ve been knee-deep in this issue since I was “I was kind of trying to keep it a secret from little,” Bilbray says. “We used to pull Mexican him,” he says. “He was excited, but a little nationals out of our swimming pool, because they apprehensive because he knows how mellow of would jump our backyard fence not realizing that a guy I am. He didn’t think that I would be able we had a pool. I probably understand (the issue) a to take the criticism that goes along with politics, little bit better than someone from Wisconsin.” but I think I’ll be all right. When you grow up Bilbray says part of his motivation to run for around this type of stuff, you learn how to let City Council was seeing the beach continuously things roll off your back.”

Brian Patrick Bilbray, 25, and father Brian Phillip Bilbray, 59: The elder Bilbray served as Imperial Beach’s mayor before going on to join the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the U.S. Congress. The younger Bilbray was elected to the Imperial Beach City Council in November. Brian Philip is a graduate of Southwestern College; Brian Patrick attended classes at City and Mesa community colleges. pacificsandiego.com

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Know Body What it takes to be among the few, the proud… the bikini contest winners COMPETITION SEASON workouts Weights—always lifts as heavy as possible Monday: Back/Triceps Tuesday: Chest/Biceps Wednesday: Legs Thursday: Shoulders Friday: Just cardio, minimum 30 minutes Saturday: Train weak areas with coach Meg Kruse at FitnessQuest10 Sunday: Off Sergeant Samantha Fishow takes 1st Place at the 2010 National Physique Committee Tournament of Champions, in Culver City, California.

Cardio—DAILY, except Sunday and leg day Spinning: 40-50 minutes Double-up two weeks before competition, with 30-45 minutes of intervals on different cardio machines

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OPERATION: BIKINI FREEDOM Fighting for peace, wearing a two-piece

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B y St e v e Fr o e hl i c h • Ph o t o s b y B r e v i n B l a c h eauty and brains—a combination too rich for most men to handle, and assuredly lethal when exhibited by a United States Marine. Add aggressiveness, a bikini, a pair of sexy stilettos and a tan, and you have the ultimate competitor, Sergeant Samantha Fishow. Fresh off her rookie season competing in the amateur ranks of the National Physique Committee (NPC) Bikini Division, Sgt. Fishow captured 1st Place in her height class (Over 5’7”) in her first two NPC contests, as well as a 1st Place Overall finish. “Fitness has always played a big role in my life,” says the 25-year-old intelligence officer. “I get out of the military early next year. Fitness has opened doors for me with personal training and created a new realm of possibilities.” Having deployed overseas three times during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sgt. Fishow loves the adrenaline of combat and embraces challenge. Case in point: entering four competitions in her first three months was a grueling test. (Continued on page 34.)

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Same schedule, but no stress if a day is missed Reduced cardio Off-season is the time to try new things Sgt. Fishow pulls her weight in the offseason at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay


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“I get cravings like nobody’s business, and it’s really hard,” she says. “All I thought about was food, all the time. The hardest thing about competing is not giving into cravings.” Fishow finished the season strong, ranking in her final two competitions, including the NPC National Championships in Atlanta, thereby positioning herself closer to her next goal— qualifying for her Pro Card with the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. What will she do while she’s waiting to turn pro and become a certified personal trainer? “I would join the reserves if I could deploy again,” she says. “I want to kill an enemy. Everyone knows that, though.” If looks could kill, Sgt. Fishow’s enemies would already be dead. Sitting at the dock of the bay? Fat chance for Sgt. Fishow

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS Sgt. Fishow’s Pre-Competition Diet When getting her body bikini-ready, Fishow eats only lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. To closely monitor her intake, she weighs and pre-packages her foods, most of which have only one ingredient. Daily Eating Schedule Five meals, plus protein shakes after workouts and 80 oz. of water 7:30 a.m. 6 egg whites 1 packet plain instant oatmeal 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 5 oz. chicken breast 1/2-cup brown rice 5 asparagus spears 4:30 p.m. 5 oz. chicken breast 5 asparagus spears 6 - 7:30 p.m. 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter 1/2 pita 7 egg whites, scrambled No-Nos Fast, fried, processed foods; sugar; white bread Go-to Cheat Meals Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole Frozen yogurt Wienerschnitzel chili cheese dog on pretzel bun

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“I got so desperate for carbs before a competition that I ate dog treats. They tasted good and I convinced myself it wasn’t cheating because it wasn’t regular people food. Eating the same foods all the time is boring. Let yourself cheat once a week.”

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Del Marvelous boutiques lure fashionistas with style B y Tay lo r D o m s Ph o t o s b y J a m e s N o rt o n

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Matti D 2689 Via De La Valle, Del Mar 858.523.0693, matti-d.com Something glimmers from every direction at the trésenchanting chictopia, Matti D, where countless baubles, layer upon layer of glamorous chains and an enormous disco ball compete for shoppers’ attention. There’s even a sparkling fountain with a crystal chandelier dangling above. All that glitters at this popular boutique is juxtaposed by shabby-chic furniture and sea-shell-encrusted decor. Despite the humdrum, strip-mall view from the exterior, inside, the aesthetic is pure whimsy.

Ladies, strut your scenester style with paneled leggings by David Lerner, or channel your inner urban bohème with quirky-colored vintage cowgirl boots. An ahhhhmazing selection of soft-leather jackets and an entire rack devoted to denim cutoffs would have even world-renowned (and formerly San Diego-based) fashion blogger Rumi Neely quivering with fiendish delight. Upmarket flannel shirts, slick denim and outerwear by Howe; plus hipster-fab cardigans by Caulfield Prepatory make up just a few of the notable handsome selections for the fellas. 36

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A stylish sophisticate herself, Mattie D owner Marie Ferris does more than just stay au courant on all things fabulous. Aside from sourcing many of her pieces from fashion enclaves and exclusive designers in Europe and beyond, she also launched her own line of one-of-a-kind belts consisting of vintage brooches that she meticulously reignites with semi-precious stones and inspired designs. A cultish following hungers for her unique and stunning creations. Lust du Jour: Metal-studded, sawdust-colored suede Oxford ankle boots by Sam Edelman.


The Backroom 2683 Via de la Valle, Suite C, Del Mar 858.720.1458, shopthebackroom.com The Backroom is a ladies’ lair of deluscious finds, where a solid selection of sensible footwear includes versatile knee-high suede flat-foot boots perfect for the city girl and a fine collection of UGGS ready to warm those frosty toesies. A girlie, zebra/ hot-pink theme runs across the store, while dripping glass chandeliers dangle from above, giving the space its ultra-edgy look. Stacks upon stacks of the most fabulous jeans by Hudson and True Religion lay in pristinely constructed piles; the place even stocks those coveted Seven “jeggings.” Stop in for a sweet selection of sparkly party dresses, silky tunics and cozy hippie-chic shawls, comprising an adorable array of daytime-to-dance-floor get-ups. Lust du Jour: The über-sexy Karina Grimaldi hot magenta silk, with black fringe that cuts across the center, could be worn in front for an ultra seductive look. This top plus Valentines Day equals Oh, baby!

TRE Clothing 2710 Via De La Valle, Del Mar (in the Flower Hill Promenade) 858.755.7227 (other locations: Carlsbad, 760.942.0227; 4S Ranch, 858.485.8000) As hip as it is high-quality, TRE Clothing’s ever-rotating stock features flouncy silk numbers, slinky dresses that gleam with embellishments and racks of fabulous faux furs in funky designs. Two levels of diverse offerings showcase glamorous gala attire in fresh, yet elegant silhouettes, as well as a wide selection of versatile everyday options. Lust du Jour: The black jersey top by Bordeaux has an impossibly low-draped back that’s just so seductive.

Julie’s Beachwear 1414 Camino del Mar, Del Mar 858.792.1359 Wintertime rarely has San Diegans scrambling for beachwear, but for those fortunate enough to be enjoying a vacay in the opposite hemisphere this season, this store is the hotspot. Offering a yearround selection of top swimwear lines including L*Space, Beach Bunny, VIX, Agua Bandita and Poko Pano, Julie’s is always prepared for those itching to hit the sand six months early. Come fall and winter, the boutique’s stock is chock full of cozy knits as well, most of which are sourced from fair-trade practices and outlets. Lust du Jour: A multicolored fair-trade scarf looks soft enough to nuzzle our chilly noses into. (Continued on page 38)

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Jolie Femme 2609 Via de la Valle, Suite D250, Del Mar (in the Flower Hill Promenade) 858.792.1222, joliefemmeboutique.com

BellocCio 1219 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 858.259.8636, belloccio.com Belloccio offers a mixed-up bit of everything, including fine accessories by Cirello Jewelry, a reclaimed stainless steel line handcrafted locally and inspired by “sacred geometry.” With an enormous collection of denim styles, pretty plaid shirts and even a saucy selection of lingerie by Cosabella, the boutique is home to both unique and stylish, crowd-pleasing pieces. Lust du Jour: We’re lovin’ an adorable faux-fur vest by Jenny Han that would look sassy over a hippish blouse.

Flawless frocks require perfect beneath-the-sheath attire, and Jolie Femme offers all the right solutions, including Nu Bra’s full line and other options to help nix almost any booby dilemma. The boutique also satisfies minxy needs with salacious goodies ranging from elegant and seductive teddies by Arianne to thighhigh lacey peekaboo tights by Leg Avenue. There’s even a “badgirl corner” filled with all kinds of naughtiness guaranteed to make any girl giggle and blush. Lust du Jour: Some things are better left unsaid.

Sundancer 1418 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 858.259.4722 Perfectly suited for the everyday gal who fancies a bit more dazzle in her daily affairs, Sundancer offers a wide selection of cute comfortables from lines including Hale Bob, Hard Tail, Sky, Michael Stars, Bailey 44 and Yummie Tummies. With a few sassy, cocktail-hour-ready pieces, plus well-constructed and impeccably tailored outwear and a unique selection of handbags, the quaint boutique is a great place to round out that haute new look. Lust du Jour: We’ve got our eyes fixated on a luscious pair of Marcia Moran dangly earrings fitted with a lux, yet earthy, light-blue druzy. 38

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On a breezy, early-December afternoon in Poway, Antonio Gates, the San Diego Chargers’ six-time Pro Bowl tight-end, opened his home and his heart to PacificSD. Smiling for the camera, our dapper hometown hero is a man’s-man’s fashion plate, all decked out in the latest looks from Bloomingdale’s—not counting the shoes. The luxury department store carries plenty of men’s size-14 footwear, but Mr. Gates has been nursing a toe injury and didn’t want to risk making it worse. Clothes may make the man, but when you’re rocking a five-year, $36 million contract, putting your best foot forward on the field (rather than for your favorite magazine) just makes sense. Enough of the fan chatter. Here’s what Number 85 has to say…in his own words.

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“I’ve thought about staying in San Diego and going into coaching, but you know the coaches gotta be there earlier than the players— and I don’t even get there on time now.”

Giorgio Armani tie, $145; Hugo Boss shirt, $125; Ben Sherman vest, $99; all available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

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Zegna sport shirt, $245; Michael Kors watch, $225; both available at Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own. .

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On fatherhood…

“I want to continue to raise my children to treat people how they would want to be treated.”

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Zegna Sport sweater, $245; Armani Collezioni pants, $195; all available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own. RLX hoodie, $145; Zegna shirt, $95; RLX pants, $125; all available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

On his style…

“I was the bestdressed in high school, but I think my fashion has grown over time. Back then, having a jersey on Was sweet.”

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On his signature smile...

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what people recognize. I look totally different to people on TV than I do in person.â&#x20AC;?

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On television…

“I did some broadcasting. I was on a set in New York and I did the whole ESPN thing. I felt pretty comfortable doing that.”

Lacoste shirt, $88; Michael Kors leather jacket, $895; both available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Watch and earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

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Salvatore Ferragamo coat, $2,250; Hugo Boss shirt, $95; Burberry tie, $140; Michael Kors pants, $145; Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Belt and earrings, Mr. Gatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own.

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Where to connect with the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest burgers

Bare Back Grill barebackgrill.com This Down Under-themed spot is head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to the sheer volume of toppings (and protein) on their Big, Bare and Dirty, a monster loaded with two organic beef patties, two fried eggs, bacon, cheese and an Aussie favorite, beet root. Bare Backâ&#x20AC;ŚAustralian for burger. 624 E St., Downtown, 619.237.9990 4640 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.274.7117

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Burger Lounge burgerlounge.com SoCal restaurants are at the forefront of the country’s responsible-eating movement, and this chain applies that approach to burgers on a grand scale. Their all-natural organic burgers are not only conscious-fortifying, but also delicious and one of the best on-the-go options in town. 922 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6835 406 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.487.1183 4116 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.584.2929 1101 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.456.0196 1608 India St., Little Italy, 619.237.7878

hether it’s a molten slice of cheese, crispy bacon strips or fresh avocado, nearly everything seems right at home atop a glistening patty of ground beef sandwiched between toasted buns. The versatility of the almighty burger allows it to adapt to anyone’s taste, making it a great menu staple for every type of restaurant from greasy spoon to gourmet. Modern life may have us scrambling for cost-efficient comfort, but burgers can provide our palates with a taste of affordable luxury. Savor the richness by sinking your teeth into any of these man-sized, prime-beef numbers. By Brandon Hernández • Photos by Brevin Blach pacificsandiego.com

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Take a trip back in time to an American standard, courtesy of this golf-course adjacent Lodge at Torrey Pines eatery. Simple and straightforward, their Drug Store Burger is so juicy that the bottom half of the bun acts as a soft, delicious sponge, soaking up all that beefy goodness.

Rife with the scintillating scent of sizzling meat, this smallish urban outpost has been serving up burgers and gyros for decades. Both of these sandwich options are great, but carnivore nirvana is achieved when they slap a heaping spatula of slow-roasted lamb atop a freshly grilled beef patty.

Being featured on the Food Network gave the place cred, but not as much as decades of milelong, wrap-around-the-building lines of ravenous patrons have. Since 1969, the Hodad’s family of “burgermeisters” has been serving up hearty two-handers in Ocean Beach. In 2011, they’ll spread that beefy love to a second location, a downtown spot at 10th and Broadway.

11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, 858.453.4420

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Inspired by the unpretentious, yet thoughtful grub of international gastropubs, this East Village spot is the local cornerstone of a movement toward casual, ultra-modern consumption. Neighborhood’s burgers have a fine, homogenous texture rivaling that of any restaurant in San Diego. Now, if only they’d bring back the mushroom Masala burger!

These guys have bucked the big-business trend by keeping it real—despite having more than 600 US locations, the mega-chain has adhered to an always-fresh ideology that has driven the company since its first location opened in Virginia a quarter-century ago. Everything’s fresh, including the laundry list of toppings customers can use to customize their burger experience.

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Rocky’s Crown Pub rockyburgers.com Most pubs have a regular following of neighborhood denizens looking to knock back a few while brushing off the dust from a hard day’s work, but this spot enjoys a downright cult following for its lusciously greasy burgers that go down just as easily as the first sip of an ice-cold pint. 3786 Ingraham St., Pacific Beach, 858.273.9140

Encinitas Alehouse encinitasalehouse.com This beer haven has been open just over a year and has already created enough buzz to justify the claim they’ve staked for their “locally world-famous burgers.” A favorite among their North County coastal clientele is the 10-ounce Wagyu (Australian version of Kobe beef) burger with gruyere and gorgonzola cheeses and crispy onion straws. 1044 South Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.943.7180 Public House opening soon at 830 Kline St., La Jolla

O’Brothers obrothersburgers.com The ideal of responsible eating is cool, but only when it resonates as well on the palate as it does with dietary dogma. Such is the case at O’Brothers at Horton Plaza, where everything is 100 percent organic, including not only the burgers, but also every topping and even all the beverages. 188 Horton Plaza, Downtown, 619.615.0909

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Stingaree stingsandiego.com Chef Antonio Friscia’s menu at Stingaree is loaded with gourmet options, not the least of which is his Brandt Beef Burger, made with organic, locally-sourced beef topped with white cheddar, savory Nueske bacon and a secret sauce. The chef’s Kobe beef burger is also top-notch. And forget the guilt—even the extra calories that come with the side of shoestring fries are easily burned off on the dance floor. 454 Sixth Ave., Downtown, 619.544.9500

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Smashburger smashburger.com When typical chain restaurants roll into a new city, they tend to try winning customers over with an alreadyestablished style of food or take on a specific dish. This nationwide, Denverbased macro-burgery is different, having arrived bearing a different kind of gift: the regionally-inspired San Diego Smashburger, served with avocado, cilantro and chipotle mayo on a torta roll. Welcome, neighbor! 7610 Hazard Center, Ste. 507, Mission Valley, 619.684.1550 1000 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.750.2531 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.461.4105

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Nicky Rotten’s nickyrottens.com Big, unwieldy burgers are the name of the game at this gangster-motif bar and grill, where no one goes hungry thanks to offerings like the Dirty Sanchez (chili, jalapeños, pepper Jack, guacamole), Pizza Burger (pepperoni, provolone, marinara) or Da Ultimate Burga: 2½ pounds of beef with all the fixin’s (yours for free if you can finish it). 560 Fifth Ave., Downtown, 619.702.8068

The Waterfront waterfrontbarandgrill.com When it comes to food, quality is often inversely proportional to serving size. At this beloved Little Italy sanctuary, however, quality comes in half-pound servings via an array of burgers that have helped keep the joint packed since it was actually on the water, back before the San Diego airport was built. 2044 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.232.9656

Crazee Burger crazeeburger.com Exotic proteins are the name of the game at this North Park spot, serving up burgers made of everything from ground antelope and alligator to ostrich and kangaroo. With dozens of options on the menu, Crazee Burger is a great choice for burger fans craving the ultimate in variety. 4201 30th St., North Park, 619.282.6044 Second location opening soon in Old Town

Boomerangs boomerangburgers.com This cult favorite is stocked with a smorgasbord of top-shelf toppings. Choose from an astounding 15 cheeses, 32 sauces, 40 veggies and other toppings, but only after deciding whether all that goodness is to be piled atop a patty made from beef, turkey, buffalo, lamb, chicken or…bratwurst?! It’s all about building from the ground (meat) up. 4577 Clairemont Drive, Clairemont Mesa, 858.483.9500

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The Local thelocalsandiego.com At this popular drinking hole, a half-pound of beef (or a vegetarian Boca patty, for those so inclined) is regarded as a blank canvas on which to create a customer’s dream burger. They provide the basics—lettuce, tomato, onion—but beyond that, it’s a build-it-yourself deal, and no combination is out of bounds. Hankering for something as outlandish as Gouda, guacamole and teriyaki sauce? Can (and will) do. 1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown, 619.231.4447

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“This place is like the Cheers of gyms,” says Undisputed member Ryan Girard. “Sometimes you want to go where everybody, including the owner, knows your name.” Undisputed has impacted its surrounding area by pioneering the business community past 15th Street. “The presence of Undisputed in the area has helped other businesses sustain and attract new business,” says one local business owner. Kids from all over the neighborhood take part in a youth outreach program called The Undisputed Kids Foundation, which, for a minimal price, allows local youth to take part in instructional boxing classes focused on positively channeling energy and staying out of trouble. A family environment that reaches out to its community and provides a first-class service at a great price is the Undisputed difference. See you there.

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Feed Your Mind How what you eat (grey) matters

B y C a th a r i n e L . K a u f m a n ( a k a T h e K i t c h e n Shr i n k ) hen it was analyzed during autopsy, Albert Einstein’s brain was shown to have 73% more glial cells than average. These cells form during the embryo’s development, so Mama Pauline must have been eating right while her budding genius was still in utero. Leonardo Da Vinci enjoyed a popular Renaissance dish of grilled eel and orange slices, and studies have shown that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like carefully chosen seafood, may help boost IQs. Beethoven had a penchant for strong coffee (60 beans to the cup), the Dalai Lama is a chocoholic, and Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was a fan of green eggs and ham (made green by healthy herbs, no doubt). Einstein said, “There’s a genius in all of us.” If he’s right, then perhaps all we have to do to realize our mental potential is eat healthy foods. Here’s a list of no-brainers.

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Fish and Tips Swap red meat for red snapper or other omega-3 fatty acid powerhouses (especially wild-caught, deep sea, cold-water varieties) including salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. One of the omega-3s in fish, DHA, is a key building block in components of grey matter. So, a diet rich in omega-3s may keep brain cells well-lubricated and vibrant, improving mood, brain-wiring and cell-to-cell communications. That all adds up to quick thinking. Wild-caught salmon is also a rich source of niacin, which is believed to ward off age-related cognitive decline from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As Dr. Seuss says, “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.” Pepe Ccapatinta, executive chef at Piatti in La Jolla Shores, puts sardines, wild-caught salmon and anchovies on his A-list of brain foods. “A lot of people don’t like sardines because of a bad experience as kids, but they need to move beyond that (Continued on Page 60) pacificsandiego.com

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and add them to their diet,” he says. Ccapatinta decorates pizzas and antipasti platters with anchovies, balancing the salty fish with sweet tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Another of his faves is wild-caught salmon salad stuffed inside avocado halves.

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Brazilian Bombshell Açaí (meaning “fruit that cries” in Portuguese) is a brainy berry packed with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, amino acids, fiber, vitamins (A, B6, C and E), iron and calcium. A Brazilian import linked to staving off age-related brain ailments, açaí is available as a juice, fruit pulp or freezedried powder. Its rich taste is a blend of purple berries and bittersweet chocolate, making it delightful in smoothies and traditional Brazilian frozen açaí bowls.

Feeling Berry Good Blueberries are packed with a variety of micronutrients including Vitamins B6, C and K, along with manganese, antioxidant pigments and phytochemicals attributed to enhancing long-term memory and boosting cognitive processing. Studies have also shown that wild blueberries may lessen deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients by shielding the brain from free-radical attack. So, toss them in your muffins, cereal and yogurt, and rejoice. (Stoli Bluberi vodka may make you feel smart for an hour or two, but a “brain food” it is not.)

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(better jot them down to be safe) Rosemary not only jazzes up boring chicken and tames the gamey flavor of lamb, but also snaps memory back into shape. The aromatic evergreen of Mediterranean roots contains carnosic acid, which has been found to put the skids on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s by warding off free radicals from the brain. Claire Allison, chef/owner of Claire’s on Cedros in Solana Beach, recommends her hormone-free lamb sandwich, marinated in rosemary and mint (picked fresh from her restaurant’s on-site garden). “When you see rosemary, you just want to grab it in your hands, smell it and crush it,” says Allison. “The fresh, clean, piney

fragrance invigorates you and transports you to a warm, sunny Mediterranean clime. We’re so fortunate it grows here, copiously, like a weed.”

Use Your Bean Arabica rules—more than 100 million people in this country can’t start their day until they’ve had their java jolt. In its most pristine form (sans the double-caramelmocha-crème-brûlée-like infusions) coffee is now, after decades of debate, widely considered to be a high-octane brain fuel when consumed in moderate amounts. The caffeine, in particular, has been shown to boost short-term memory, increase focus and enhance problem-solving skills. In addition to being a brain-friendly upper, the coffee bean is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, just like its close cousin, the cocoa bean. Pure, dark chocolate with a cocoa content of over 70 percent is a brainstimulating food packed with catechins and antioxidant flavonoids—eight times the number found in strawberries. This blissful bean endowed with aphrodisiacal properties elevates mood and cognitive functions, so indulge guiltlessly. “We’re especially happy to give people a brainy sweet chocolate fix,” says vegan Jim “Jimbo” Someck, owner of Jimbo’s natural markets across San Diego. Jimbo’s not only embraces “brain foods,” but also carries them in organic, hormone- and antibioticfree varieties. “Anytime you eat simply, you’re more alert, sleep better and wake up with a clearer head,” says Someck.

Go Nuts How fitting it is that walnuts, loaded with brain-boosting plant-based omega-3s (i.e., alpha-linolenic acid), resemble miniature hemispheres of the brain? The fatty acids in these little gems, which are said to increase cognitive functioning as omega-3s from animal sources do, have also been linked to blocking signals produced by free radicals that could eventually create inflammation in the brain. Walnuts have also been found to hike melatonin levels, one of the body’s sleep-regulating hormones. Crazy? Maybe. Nuts? For sure. S ee m ore photos a t

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RISING SON The next in line grabs the reins of the family business

B y G e n e v i e v e A . Su z uk i Ph o t o s b y J e f f “ T urb o ” C o rr i g a n s Jewish deli D.Z. Akin’s bounds into its third decade, another generation of Akins has stepped up to the plate to continue pushing Matzo ball soup on the masses. Having studied film at USC in LA, Elan Akin, 29, never imagined returning home to assume general management duties of his family’s restaurant just east of SDSU. He was working as a television producer for HGTV when his parents, Debi and Zvika (“D” and “Z”) told him they were thinking of selling the place. His older brother, Neal, who everyone had thought would take over the business, had opted instead for a career in real estate. Younger brother, David, works in the bakery, but at age 19, he’s still too young to take over. “[Neal] always wanted to do this. I didn’t feel strongly either way,” Akin says. Nevertheless, when D and Z told their middle son about the possibility of a non-Akin-owned deli, he returned to San Diego without regret, despite admitting that, at the time, he didn’t think he was “leaving-leaving” LA for good. Akin soon warmed to the idea of

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Keeping it in the family runs in the family when it comes to the Akins and the Epsteins. Brian’s 24, a Gaslamp restaurant popular among the post-clubbing crowd, was passed on to the next generation of Epsteins after its owner, Steve Epstein, died a few months ago. Steve was Debi Akin’s (the “D” in D.Z. Akins) brother. He was also a good friend of PacificSD, offering warm support and kind guidance. We miss him a lot. Working with his mother, Steve’s son, Brian, has asumed the role of running the restaurant, which serves up breakfast 24 hours a day. Coincidentally, Brian’s 24 was not named for the new guy in charge. “There had been two Brian’s restaurants in San Diego, but eventually the owners split the businesses, and the one who owned the downtown Brian’s sold it to my family,” explains Elan Akin, Brian Epstein’s cousin. “The Epsteins did wonders to improve the restaurant into a success, day and night alike. They’re especially proud of their pancakes—fresh daily with all real ingredients really make these hotcakes stand out.”

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playing a larger role at D.Z. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family business, after all, and who better to help keep the name and tradition alive? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; being here that made the business,â&#x20AC;? he says. Zvika, originally from Israel, was working as a kosher butcher in Los Angeles when he met Debi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They fell in love over a bowl of chopped liver,â&#x20AC;? says Akin with a chuckle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very Jewish story.â&#x20AC;? That love the couple had for each other spilled over into the restaurant they opened together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The deli, when it started, was tiny,â&#x20AC;? Akin says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a family business and luckily it was a successful family business. That meant my parents worked a lot.â&#x20AC;? Now, the workload is largely his, and Akin has embraced the challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the beginning of the future,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change something that works.â&#x20AC;? With one eye focused on modernization, Akin remains eager to preserve the deliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage. As itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been, diners will continue to be able to nosh deli pickles at the table while the waitstaff

serves up personality-plus. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new, among other things, is that the once-photocopied table tents have been replaced with digitallyprinted, full-color versions. Akin has also created the Noshers Club, an opt-in email program that notifies customers of specials and discounts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just to sort of acknowledge that there are always things to evolve to,â&#x20AC;? he says. Mother Debi continues to offer input, such as the addition of designer salads to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been mostly a traditional Jewish deli menu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For every client who comes in wanting a Reuben,â&#x20AC;? Akin says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they might have a daughter whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want a salad.â&#x20AC;? Despite leaving the glitz of show biz behind, Akin regards his (sorta) new career as a wonderful opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not everyone has a successful business handed to them,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I ever felt the need for that side of me to come out, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d shoot a commercial.â&#x20AC;?

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JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED In addition to the Reuben sandwich (â&#x20AC;&#x153;smoked, pickled meats are the icons of the deliâ&#x20AC;?), D.Z. Akinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager Elan Akin says the deliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defining menu item is matzo ball soup, which is not only delicious but also a favorite elixir among under-the-weather customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We joke that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish penicillin,â&#x20AC;? he says. D.Z. Akinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6930 Alvarado Rd., 619.265.0218, dzakinsdeli.com

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that AC/DC tour coming up…not really sure how they’re gonna like opening up for us.” With Ridley’s English accent, you can’t be sure what’s true. We spend an hour catching up on the last six months, which has been anything but slow for Transfer—their opening of the studio, their recording and online releases of “Future Selves” and “Losing Composure” and their love of San Diego. “When you hit that Mission Bay turn on the drive, when you see downtown, that’s why I live here,” Ridley says. “We’re looking forward to playing Soundwave [in Mission Beach]. It’s been a while since we’ve been home,” says bassist Shaun Cornell, cleaning his shotgun as he talks. When asked how the tour with Brandon Flowers went, frontman Matt Molarius understates that “the swell around the last tour was a good response.” But none of it gets me any closer to the Coldplay rumor.

When I push, Molarius finally offers up a solid lead. “Chris Martin and Andy [Ridley] were actually soccer mates back in England,” he says. (Chris Martin, Coldplay’s lead singer, is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.) Ridley confirms, “Me and Elton John, also.” Yeah, that sounds reasonable—Chris Martin, Sir Elton and Andy Ridley, all doing bicycle kicks on the Queen’s lawn. Cornell cuts Ridley off before he can elaborate. “I don’t want you to print that,” he says. “It’s nepotism.” And that’s where they end the interview, leaving me lost, again, as to whether or not Transfer may soon be embarking with Coldplay on the biggest tour of their career. See Transfer perform live in concert New Year’s Eve at: The Casbah 2501 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy 619.232.4355, casbahmusic.com


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b y d a v i d p e rl o f f Ph o t o s b y B R EVIN B L AC H uring the day, Jessica promotes nightlife. She’s a publicist for a prominent local public relations firm and focuses her energy on servicing the company’s hospitality accounts. For work and pleasure, she’s always on the scene. She grew up in San Diego and seems to know everybody in town. Finding a guy Jessica doesn’t know is a tall order, but tonight’s date is meant to be a blind one. Failure is not an option. J.R. is a mechanical engineer from Mission Viejo, California. He moved to San Diego less than a year ago and isn’t friends with Jessica on Facebook (a PacificSD blind date prerequisite), so it feels like a safe bet that they haven’t met before. As we speak, J.R. is riding in style in a mega-stretch N Style limousine. He’s being chauffeured from his downtown apartment to Jessica’s place in Pacific Beach. Before the vehicle exits The Five at Grand/Garnet, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

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 What makes you a good catch? JESSICA: I’m smart, funny, have a great job, am down to earth and just like to have fun no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at. J.R.: I’ve had my fair share of practice in relationships, so my relationship commonsense is on point.

Fill in the blanks: In general, the people I date are “blank” and “blank.” JESSICA: Outgoing and funny. J.R.: Social butterflies and electric personalities.

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How and why did your last relationship end? JESSICA: We were just in two different places in our lives. J.R.: Restraining order. What’s your favorite thing about yourself? JESSICA: Not taking myself too seriously— definitely not afraid to laugh and have fun with things. Life’s too short to be uptight. J.R.: My drive.

What’s your biggest fear? JESSICA: Bad first dates. Oh, and heights. J.R.: Hot air balloons. What animal are you most like and how? JESSICA: A polar bear—I’m cute and fluffy, but don’t f#ck with me. J.R.: A dolphin. Don’t all girls like dolphins?

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How was dinner at Flavor? JESSICA: I had the scallops and he had the short ribs. Everything was amazing, I’m a huge fan of the chef there. J.R.: Flavor was awesome. I had the short ribs, which were amazing. It was prepared a little different than what I’m used to, unbelievable. She had the scallops, which were really good, too. What was your first impression of your date? JESSICA: I have a confession I have to make— J.R. and I actually know each other. He’s kind of casually dating one of my best friends. J.R.: Let’s just say I was shocked, because we knew each other. Is this the type of person that you would normally date? JESSICA: Yeah, he’s cool, he’s sweet, he’s outgoing 74

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and fun—and just, like, down-to-earth. We get along really well. J.R.: She’s great; she’s everything that I look for. What’s the least attractive thing your date has done so far? JESSICA: Nothing. J.R.: I guess the least attractive thing is that I went out with her best friend. What would your parents say if you brought your date home? JESSICA: I think they would approve. He’s like a generally nice guy. J.R.: Oh, they would love her. I come from a big family—I have seven brothers and sisters—and she’s kind of got like a little spunky personality, which goes a long way with my family. Rate your date’s looks on a scale from one to 10. JESSICA: I would say probably like an eight. J.R.: She’s a 10. How about for personality? JESSICA: Like a nine or a 10. He’s funny. J.R.: Ten.

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How was Club M? JESSICA: Club M was a trip. I don’t venture into North County too often, and it definitely upheld its “Cougar Den” reputation. We drank a couple of vodka-cranberries, then decided to socialize, make new friends and have a good laugh. J.R.: Had some Jäger bombs and vodka and danced with Jessica a while. Then we quickly S ee m ore photos , v iew p a st d a tes a nd sign up for y our own blind d a te a d v enture a t

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realized the cougars at this place is where it’s at. They couldn’t keep their hands off of us.

came off. Oh, wait, was that at the end of the night? I don’t remember.

Describe the limo experience. JESSICA: Limos are always fun. We drank champagne, laughed about what a small world San Diego is, blasted the radio. You know, the usual. J.R.: Well, this limo wasn’t as big as mine, but it worked for the occasion. Put a little Jay Z on—big pimpin’, baby! I had her at “hello.”

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here are plenty of fish in the sea, but somehow J.R. managed to get hooked up with two of them that were already best friends. Perhaps the “relationship commonsense” he spoke of earlier is really something more akin to ESP. When asked if J.R. were the kind of person she’d date, Jessica said, “Yeah, he’s cool, he’s sweet, he’s outgoing and fun.” She said she didn’t want to kiss him, though, which means U! she’s a best friend that comes with YO K benefits—in this case, loyalty. Not counting any real or imagined pantsless Lambada Club M at Fluxx, for J.R., it seems (at the Grand Del Mar) that Jessica is a friend 5300 Grand without benefits. But don’t Del Mar Court, shed a tear for our young San Diego, engineer. He’s probably 858.314.2700, chin-deep in cougars by thegranddelmar.com/ club-m now. Rawrrrrrrrr!

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1/4-9: West Side Story Venue: Civic Center, downtown Tickets: $26-$102 Info: broadwaysd.com See the Jets battle the Sharks in this classic musical (scored by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim) about starcrossed lovers caught in the middle of rival New York gangs.

12/30-1/2: San Diego International Auto Show Venue: San Diego Convention Center, downtown Tickets: $10 Info: sdautoshow.com Join more than 100,000 people expected to converge on the Convention Center to see, sit in and even testdrive hundreds of new, domestic, imported, exotic, eco-friendly and concept cars. A special art exhibit features sculptures made from old car parts.

1/9: 2011 San Diego Resolution Run Venue: De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Registration fee: $25 per team member, $35-$40 per individual Info: sandyfeetevents.com Leave your green footprint on either a 5K or 15K run around Fiesta Island at this social and athletic race for to promote environmental consciousness.

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1/13: Sex Ed for the Real World Venue: Wine Steals, Point Loma (at Liberty Station) Tickets: $25 Info: winestealssd.com Sip wine while learning about orgasms, oral sex and the G-, P- and C-spots from San Diego sex educator and creator of sexy-toy website onjenoo.com, Yvonne Silva.

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1/18: Pourwars Flair Bartender Challenge Venue: Millers Field, Pacific Beach Admission: Free Info: pourwars.com Juggling and performance art meet drinkmaking, as the nation’s top flair bartenders compete for cash and glory in the fourth annual Pour Wars in Pacific Beach.

1/21: A Night with Airedale Brewing Venue: Handlery Hotel & Resort, Mission Valley Tickets: $50 Info: handlery.com/sd Come hungry and thirsty to this fourhour taste-fest, where San Diego’s own Airdale Brewing will pair its best local drafts with a five-course menu. Joan Marcus

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1/24- 1/30: Farmers Insurance Open Venue: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla Tickets: $16-$26 per day, $105 for the week Info: farmersinsuranceopen.com Fore! Tiger Woods, San Diego star Phil Mickelson and returning champion Ben Crane hit the links to compete against top PGA golfers in this nationally televised weeklong tournament (formerly the Buick Invitational). 80

1/22: Monster Jam Venue: Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley Tickets: $15.35-$106 Info: monsterjam.com Eco-unfriendly monster trucks, including returning champion Dennis Anderson’s trademark Grave Digger, race as they jump over and demolish cars.

1/30: Bridal Bazaar Venue: San Diego Convention Center, downtown Tickets: $9 in advance, $12 at the door Info: bridalbazaar.com Brides-to-be, rejoice! Fawn over dresses for yourself and dowdy sacks with which to punish your bridesmaids, as more than 300 wedding-industry pros guide you through the dos and don’ts for creating your perfect day.


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ild chicks in leopard print mini-skirts, cougars running around like college girls, dudes behaving like party animals—it’s a jungle out there. In the hopes of catching free-range singles in their natural habitat, PacificSD hits the town to help otherwise solitary souls mate…or at least meet. Closing deals isn’t part of the game—the goal is just to open doors. It’s Friday night and it’s freezing as we arrive at La Puerta in the

ICE-BREAKER: Keith P., 25, New York TARGET: Mia P., 23, La Mesa KEITH SAYS: “The girl in the stripes. She’s pretty cute.” RESULT: The couple hits it off and ends up sitting together for hours.

ICE-BREAKER: Tyson G., 25, East Village TARGET: Natalie E., 25, Pacific Beach TYSON SAYS: “That chick in the red. She has nice eyes.” RESULT: Natalie’s scores twice in one night—picked by two guys in less than hour.

La Puerta 560 4th Avenue, Gaslamp 619.696.3466, taco619.com The same guys who own La Puerta just opened The Lincoln Room (901 Fourth Avenue, across from Horton Plaza) on the site that used to be Confidential Restaurant + Loft. The new spot offers classic American dishes and drinks, wallto-wall Lincoln logs and an 1850s vibe. It’s like pennies from heaven. 82

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Gaslamp to spark hook-ups with firewater. (Puerta means “door” in Spanish. If you don’t know at least that much Spanish, please return to Wisconsin immediately, and may el dios help you.) Armed with a photographer and a bar tab, the PacificSD crew approaches La Puerta’s wildlife with a simple proposal: point out whom you’d like to meet, then we’ll buy that wild thing a drink on your behalf, as long he or she agrees to pose, with you, for a photo. Game on…

ICE-BREAKER: Dan The Man, 28, Bay Park TARGET: Me (Alyson), 25, Pacific Beach DAN SAYS: “You. You have beautiful brown hair.” RESULT: He sweeps me off my feet, but I need to finish buying drinks for everyone else.

ICE-BREAKER: Alex S., 37, Downtown TARGET: James M. (left), 23, England ALEX SAYS: “This guy, ‘cause he kind of looks like me.” RESULT: Age ain’t nothin’ but a number— these two forge an instant connection.

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ICE-BREAKER: Roger D., 45, Downtown TARGET: Rafael N., 42, Freemont, California ROGER SAYS: “There’s no cute chicks here, because I would already have bought them a drink. So I choose him, ‘cause he’s a cool motherf#cker.” RESULT: BFFs, single and staying that way… for the moment, anyway.


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