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Cas Anvar stars as

Dodi Fayed in Diana

Fall Glamping Guide Camping in Style A War Correspondent’s Road to Recovery

Planes, Food-Chains and Automobiles • A bartender in the flight path • 43 new airport eateries • Formula racing at The Q

Keys to the City

How to get anywhere in someone else’s car SEPTEMBER 2013 PACIFICSANDIEGO.COM AUGUST 2013 PACIFICSANDIEGO.COM

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The world’s fastest speedboats blaze through Mission Bay


The employee owners of New Belgium Brewing


Pairs well with people. People on bikes. People playing music. People watching people on bikes playing music. Stop by for a Fat Tire at Tour de Fat San Diego and see what it’s all about.

Bikes, Beer & Bemusement

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Them’s the Brakes


rom a cover story about Cas Anvar, the actor who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the upcoming film Diana (see “The Royal Treatment,” page 62) — which tells the story leading up to one of history’s most infamous car crashes — to a blind date that takes would-be love birds from a limo to an old VW van to a hot air balloon, this transportation-themed issue of PacificSD celebrates how we all move through life. In honor of all that is automotive, I’d like to tell the embarrassing tale of my first car accident. My first car was a midnight-blue, ’65 Mustang. I found it in the summer of 2001, sitting in a field with a “For Sale” sign in the window. Having just moved me from the sun of San Diego to the suici… er… overcast skies of Seattle, my parents were easy to guilt into shelling out the two grand for the beautiful beast. A few days later, Jack and Tim, my two best friends from San Diego, flew up to Seattle for a visit. I couldn’t wait to show off my ’Stang. Because it’s all about the reveal, I decided to surprise them at the airport. After a brief ruse, wherein I pretended my mom’s car was missing from where I’d parked it, I presented my shiny, new (to me) ride. We all piled in to cruise to my next surprise — dinner at Hooters, in Bellevue, Washington. After dinner, when I pulled up to the parking garage exit to pay, I realized the car was still moving, even with the brake pedal pushed all the way to the floor. I had to work the clutch to keep from rolling away from the attendant. VROOM. “That’ll be four dollars.” VROOM. “Thank you very much.” VROOM. “Have a nice day!” In true adolescent fashion, I didn’t give

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the issue a second thought until we were halfway down the exit ramp. That’s when the panic set in. Surprise! The brakes were completely out. Having lucked out with cross-traffic as we barreled out of the parking structure and onto the streets, my friends and I exchanged glances. Tim, ever the practical one, wanted to pull over and call a tow-truck. Jack had a gleam of adventure in his eyes. Quickly doing the math in my head (downshifting plus emergency brake plus grass-shoulder on the freeway equals complete safety), I ignored Tim’s petty safety concerns and began driving the remaining 20 miles home. Not counting one red light, where we “stopped” three-quarters of the way into the intersection, we made it home and into the garage without incident. I ran inside to brag to the ’rents about my impressive driving skills and… they were furious. When the tow truck arrived the next morning, all that was left to do was back the car out of the garage and into the street. Despite the apparent simplicity of the task, however, I found myself gaining momentum. Desperately trying to get the car into gear, I yanked on the emergency brake and… SMASH! The emergency brake didn’t stop Old Bessie, but the telephone pole at the end of my long driveway certainly did. I looked up to see my mother, mouth agape, watching the weatherworn, wooden pole sway above me. When she was sure it wasn’t going to topple over and crush me, she lowered her eyes, met my stupefied glare and slowly shook her head. Oops. Kyle Hall Editor-in-Chief

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If the drawing for this Harley-Davidson® Sportster® Forty-Eight® had been held at 7:19 p.m. on August 24, raffle-ticket holders would have had better than a

1-in-50 chance of winning. As of August 24 at 7:18 p.m., when this magazine was sent to the printer, fewer than 50 raffle tickets had been purchased. When raffle ticket sales end September 10, will your chances still be 1 in 50? That’s tough to say, but one thing’s for sure: if you win, you’ll be invited to stand on the pitcher’s mound at Petco Park for the ceremonial first pitch at the Padres

game September 23. That’s when we’ll hand you the keys to your brand-new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Proceeds from this charity raffle benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) living in San Diego. Purchase a raffle ticket today at, and may the odds be with you. Hope to see you on the pitcher’s mound. s e v e n t e e n [ septem b e r 2 0 1 3 ]


Auto Neurotica


drove from the City of Brotherly Love to San Diego in January 1993. My chariot: a $4,900 1984 Toyota Celica. It wasn’t Manifest Destiny; it was an escape from Philth-adelphia, a great place to eat cheese steaks, see the Liberty Bell and smell New Jersey, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Six weeks after I moved, my dad died suddenly. A month later, I received a check from his estate, ditched the jalopy and spent nearly all the money on a Nissan 300ZX. Saving a few dollars for rent and food would have been a good bet, but it was too late. Luckily, my rent was only $375 for a one-bed/one-bath place behind the VONS in Pacific Beach. Unluckily, I was making $150 a week as a high school sports reporter for the La Jolla Light. I abandoned the newspaper gig for a marketing job at Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, a traveling cartoon series based in La Jolla. That paid $6 an hour, which I supplemented with tips from waiting tables in Hillcrest. Of all the waiters, I had the nicest car, by a long shot. There were plenty of times I regretted spending all of Dad’s money, but never when I was behind the wheel of my Z — until a pick-up truck backed into it in a 7-11 parking lot in PB. It took me two years to be able to afford to have the fender fixed. While working at Spike & Mike’s, I met a guy from a radio station, 92.5 The Flash (now Magic 92.5), which led to my being hired as an advertising sales-guy, a position I held for six years. By the time I left The Flash for 91X, I was driving a 1995 BMW 525i, which I drove and loved for years. Next was a used Jeep Grand Cherokee. When I met my wife, who had just moved from Brazil and had $5,000 to spend on her own car, we found her a very used Nissan Sentra. Shopping for that Sentra along El Cajon Boulevard, I found a used, two-door Toyota Camry for $9,000. Not counting the Celica, it was the most affordable car I’ve owned. Today, I drive a 2005 BMW 525i. I leased it for three years, and then bought it when the lease was up. Now, 96 monthly payments later, I finally own the damn thing. If I had invested all the money I’ve ever blown on cars, I’d be rich today, even if I had spent only that first $4,900 on Apple stock instead of a Celica. Old habits die hard, but lesson learned, I guess. Those new Teslas sure look nice, though… Sincerely, David Perloff Publisher

P.S. Perhaps the coolest thing in this automotive-themed issue of PacificSD is the motorcycle charity raffle (see page 16), through which Miller High Life, the San Diego Padres and HarleyDavidson® San Diego are raising money for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) living in San Diego. I was invited (I begged for the invite) to throw out the first pitch at the September 23 Padres game, where the winner will receive the keys to the motorcycle. I hope you’ll buy a raffle ticket to support our vets, Dear Reader — and join me on the pitcher’s mound. As for what car I’ll be driving to the Padres game… I’ll probably call Uber (see “In for a Ride,” page 74). E I G H TEEN [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]


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S eptember in S an D iego , from ocean to sk y to the G A S L A M P underground

Fire in the Sky

Take flight with a hot air balloon happy hour Visit Cloud Nine with seven of your friends by winning the Hendrick’s Gin Hot Air Balloon Happy Hour. An onboard bartender will be your chaperone, mixing crafty Hendrick’s Gin cocktails for your party during your sunset adventure into the Curiositorium. Eventually, you’ll come back to Earth, but a piece of your soul is sure to linger in the heavens above the coast.

Enter to win this incredible adventure at Please remember always to enjoy Hendrick’s Gin responsibly. Photo by Rachel Marie of Specialty Produce.

Know Wonder

A grand opening in Ocean Beach WEDNESDAY, September 18 Something big is happening in Ocean Beach. It’s called Wonderland Ocean Pub, a panoramic-view paradise across from the sand and above the fray, where coastal grinds and local taps lure legions of mermaids and handsome salts. Join PacificSD for Wonderland’s official grand opening event, and we’ll help you (by paying for you your drinks) toast the sunset like you’ve never seen it before… with complimentary tray-passed deliciousness for all.

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Electronic Underground Travel deep into the subterranean Gaslamp Labor Day Sunday, September 1

Bass-booming EDM never thumped so hard until it started shaking downtown from beneath the city’s surface. Enter BASSMNT, an ethereal, underground realm of nightlife immersion, where LEDs and lasers mark the path to an unforgettable after-dark experience. Get on the list for the E.C. Twins VIP pre-party, and let PacificSD treat you to the night of your life (and your Bud Platinum and TUACA drinks).

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/DiveDayclub Must be 21 or older to attend. Owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Managed by HCAL, LLC. ©2013, Caesars License Company, LLC.

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ON THE COVER: Photography by Rob Hammer. Styled by Andrea Ross. Contributing stylist: Amanda Thorne-Pritchard for Thorne Artistry. Hair and makeup by Aubree Hill for Hair by Aubree. Shot on location at La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla. Cas Anvar is wearing a shirt, $158; knit tie, $95; pocket square, $65; metal belt, $85; trouser, $175; derby shoes, $240; all by Ted Baker, Plaid blazer by Hugo Boss, $595; ring by John Hardy, $250; watch by Burberry, $595; tie bar, $60; bronze bracelet by John Hardy, $595; all available at Bloomingdale’s, THIS PAGE: Photography by Kristina Yamamoto. Styled by Andrea Ross. Hair by Maegan Cooper for A Robert Cromeans Salon. Makeup by Kristen Hefti for Rock & Royal Makeup Studio. See page 68 for fashion credits.

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DEPARTMENTS CURRENTS FIRST THINGS 29 Going Overboard The world’s fastest boats speed across Mission Bay 30 Spoke Too Soon The bikes and beers are back 32 Latest Model Another win for the women of PacificSD

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out Torque of the Town How to earn racing stripes and bragging rights

TASTE DINING OUT 81 Air Fare New restaurants land at the airport

WHAT’S COOKING 90 When the Chips are Down In a crunch for a snack? Try this Tijuana favorito


DRINK 94 Drop it Like it’s Shot A blue-collar beginning for a popular drink

104 Spin Cycle September EDM shows 106 Comparing Notes Local bands compete for the spotlight 108 The Seen Candid shots in the dark BARTENDER 116 Fly Girl Airplane engines rev up the crowd at El Camino

34 Nine.Thirteen September event listings SPORTS 36 Get Chargered Up Discover and discuss San Diego’s football history

LOVE blind date 118 Love at First Site? Model citizens make a scene


97 Sound Decisions September Concert Calendar


Art Seen September’s art museum and gallery openings and events

130 Completely Booked Seven reasons to visit downtown’s new Central Library

48 Ready to Role Drive-By Cinema keeps its audience on their toes

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52 Going to the Mat One man’s journey from the frontlines to the ashram


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9/13-15: San Diego Bayfair Location: North Cove, Mission Bay Admission: $25-$250 Info:

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Watch the fastest boats in the world race a 2.5-mile course around Mission Bay, reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph. On-shore entertainment includes live music from more than 20 bands, beer gardens and up-close views of the Thunderboats. Tw e n t y - N I NE [ septem b e r 2 0 1 3 ]

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Spoke too Soon The bikes and beers are back

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he New Belgium Brewing Company is rolling back into San Diego September 28 for Tour de Fat, its nationwide series of events celebrating beer and bicycles. “This is kind of our way of showing everyone how sustainable the brewery is,” says Michael Craft, “Senator” of Tour de Fat’s nonprofit relations. “It’s about moving the needle for bike advocacy and making San Diego a better place to ride a bike.” The family-friendly event begins with a bicycle parade through Golden Hill, where pedalers of all skill levels are encouraged to ride in costume. The parade, which lured more than 1,000 riders last year, culminates with live music, dance contests, bicycle testdrives and beers in Golden Hill Park. Toward the end of the event, one volunteer will have his or her car auctioned off, and then pledge to drive — make that ride — nothing but a New Belgium bicycle for an entire year. Through the auction and sales of beer and merchandise, New Belgium hopes to raise $40,000 for the San Diego Mountain Biking Association and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. 9/28: Tour de Fat Golden Hill Park, Golden Hill t H I R TY [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

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Another win for the women of PacificSD


ongratulations to Cassidy Marie Wolf, fashion model for the March 2013 issue of PacificSD. When posing for the magazine, Ms. Wolf was Miss California Teen USA 2013. As of August 13, she has officially been crowned Miss Teen USA 2013. Wolf joins the ranks of other victorious PacificSD beauties who, months after being featured in their favorite magazine, won their respective competitions. Of course, we can’t take all the credit. Just sayin’…



Cassidy Marie Wolf

March 2013: Appears in PacificSD’s HOME ISSUE fashion editorial photo shoot as Miss California Teen USA 2013. August 2013: Wins title of Miss Teen USA 2013.

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Wolf, on her win… “It’s like a dream; it doesn’t feel real. It still takes me a moment to remember where and who I am when I wake up in the morning.”

February 2013: Appears on PacificSD LOVE ISSUE cover as a Playboy Playmate. May 2013: Named Playboy’s Playmate of the Year.

On the PacificSD photo shoot… “Working with PacificSD was so amazing. The shoot gave me more experience, and it was neat to be featured in a magazine all about my hometown.”

Pomplun, on her win…. “It feels amazing. It’s almost unreal, unbelievable, a great rush of adrenaline, a true honor.”

May 2011: Appears on PacificSD’s WATER ISSUE cover as Miss California USA 2011. June 2011: Wins title of Miss USA 2011. Campanella, on her win…. “It was a pretty emotional, overwhelming moment the minute my reign began. Suddenly, everyone knows your name and wants your picture or autograph.”


On the PacificSD photo shoot… “Working with PacificSD was an amazing experience… and the outcome was perfect and beautiful. Even friends that I had not heard from in years contacted me to congratulate me for the cover. It was an amazing feeling of accomplishment. It put me out there for people to vote for me [for Playmate of the Year].”

Alyssa Campanella

On the PacificSD photo shoot… “The idea of seeing myself on the cover of such a popular magazine made my heart skip a beat. I received a lot of recognition from it. Shooting the cover for PacificSD helped prepare me for all the upcoming magazine shoots I would have as Miss USA. I also believe I was the only Miss USA contestant that year to be featured on the cover of a magazine prior to the nationally televised pageant.” t hir t y - T W O [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

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9/8: Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon


Labor Day Pier Swim Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside Admission: $40 Info: Swim a one-mile loop that starts and ends on the beach in Oceanside during this 84th annual event benefiting the Oceanside Swim Club.


La Jolla Rough Water Swim Location: La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Admission: $90-$120 Info: Compete against 2,000 other swimmers in a one-mile ocean course that starts and ends in La Jolla Cove. Established in 1916, the annual tradition also includes a three-mile Gatorman swim from the Cove to La Jolla Shores and back.

Location: Ski Beach, Mission Bay Admission: Free Info: Dance performances, “Drums of the Islands” and traditional islander cuisine draw a crowd of more than 80,000 people to Ski Beach for this annual celebration of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian cultures.


San Diego Brazilian Day Festival Location: Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach Admission: Free Info: Touted as the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast, this all-day street carnival features two stages of live entertainment and is expected to draw more than 60,000 attendees.

9/21: Wavecrest Woodies Annual Meet

Location: Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Admission: Free Info: Billed as the largest woodie gathering in the world, this annual event brings more than 300 wooden-bodied classics to the sandy shores of Encinitas for an all-day festival that includes a 25-mile cruise along Pacific Coast Highway, live Hawaiian music and trophies for “Best Wood” and other achievements.


Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk Location: Restaurants throughout Pacific Beach Admission: $20 Info: Stroll the streets of P.B. to sample some of the best bites and brews the neighborhood has to offer.


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9/21-22: Pacific Islander Festival

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Location: Del Mar Dog Beach, Del Mar Admission: Free to watch, $35 to surf Info: Hang 10 while your pooch hangs 20 in support of the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Latin Food Fest Location: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Downtown Admission: $45-$150 for individual events, $250-$950 for multiple-day passes Info: Rub elbows with Food Network’s Chopped star Aarón Sánchez and other renowned chefs while sampling Latin-inspired dishes and drinks from 60 San Diego restaurants.


South Bay Pride Location: Bayfront Park, Chula Vista Admission: Free Info: Celebrate LGBT pride at this family-friendly South Bay event, featuring live entertainment, a beer-and-wine garden and three same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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San Diego

Restaurant Week Location: Restaurants across the county Admission: $10, $15 or $20 for lunch; $20, $30 or $40 dinner Info: Dine out at a discount as 180 San Diego restaurants offer prix-fixe, three-course lunches and dinners.


Diner en Blanc San Diego Location: Undisclosed until right before the event Admission: $32 Info: Bring your picnic basket to this top-secret pop-up dinner, where thousands of guests dressed entirely in white will share in a communal, outdoor dining experience.

Padres Home Games 9/2-4: vs. San Francisco Giants (promotions: $1 Hot Dog Day 9/2; Taco Tuesday 9/3) 9/6-8: vs. Colorado Rockies (promotions: Beerfest 9/6; Padres Luchador mask 9/7; Padres signings and CA National Guard Appreciation Day 9/8) 9/20-22: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (promotions: fireworks, Hispanic Heritage Night and Padres BBQ 9/20; Padres/Xolos Soccer scarf 9/21; Padres signings, Padres team photo and salute to military families 9/22) 9/23-26: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (promotions: First Responders Salute and Taco Tuesday 9/24; Padres fan appreciation t-shirt 9/26)

Chargers Home Games 9/21-22: Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

Location: North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado Admission: $25-$250 Info: Check out this annual auto race on the runways of North Island, offering a glimpse of life on the military base, plus the chance to board an active Navy ship, see helicopters and hovercrafts in action, and experience the roar of aviation flyovers.


San Diego Festival of Beer Location: Columbia St. & B St., Downtown Admission: $35-$40 Info: Join 3,000 beer lovers in the streets of downtown for this 19th annual sampling of suds from more than 60 breweries.


NINTH Annual Chef Showdown Location: NTC Promenade, Liberty Station Admission: $100-$200 Info: Enjoy cuisine and drinks from restaurants and artisan food vendors while watching several of San Diego’s top chefs battle it out in an Iron Chef-inspired cooking competition benefiting the Center for Community Solutions.


MCRD BootCamp Challenge Location: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Loma Portal Admission: $39 Info: See if you’re tough enough to be among the few, the proud, by competing in this three-mile race featuring more than 50 obstacles ­— and 60 drill instructors screaming at you to stop being such a weakbodied civilian.


50th Annual

Cabrillo Festival Location: Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma Admission: Free Info: Journey back in time during this celebration and reenactment of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1542 arrival in San Diego.

What’s Afoot: Running Events

9/9: vs. Houston Texans 9/29: vs. Dallas Cowboys

9/7: Escondido Grape Day 5K Location: S. Orange St. and W. Grand Ave., Escondido Admission: $35 Info: Run or walk for victory, or do it for the drink ticket — redeemable for beer or wine at the Grape Day Festival immediately following the race. 9/7: San Diego Triathlon Classic Location: NTC Park, Liberty Station Admission: $140-$390 Info: Follow the Olympic Course (1,500-meter swim, 40K cycle and 10K run) or the Sprint Course (750-meter swim, 20K cycle and 5K run), and then cross the finish line into the post-race festival at Liberty Station. 9/14: SoGLOW 5K Location: House of Blues, Gaslamp Admission: $30-$80 Info: Glow (with glow sticks and glow paint) during an Amazing Race-style 5K scavenger hunt through Gaslamp, followed by an afterparty at House of Blues. 9/22: TriRock San Diego Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown Admission: $130-$230 Info: Run, bike and swim to live music during this triathlon along the downtown harbor, featuring bands performing along the course and a post-race concert in South Embarcadero Park. 9/29: 24th Annual AIDS Walk & Run Location: Quince Dr. and Balboa Dr., Balboa Park Admission: $35-$60 Info: Help raise much-needed funds and awareness by completing a 5K walk, 10K run or obstacle course. 9/29: Superfrog XXXV Triathlon Location: Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado Admission: $200-$260 Info: Compete against Navy SEALs in this swim/bike/run for a $7,000 purse.

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NFL Hall of Famer Ron Mix (#74) blocks the Rams’ charge, 1960s-style

Get chargered up

Discover and discuss San Diego’s football history


hat are the nuts and bolts that comprise an NFL team’s storied past? In search of answers, PacificSD assembled a team of Chargers experts to help non-fans avoid looking like fools at football parties, and give die-hard fans the opportunity to match wits with the best. Ever heard of Ryan Leaf, the worst draft selection in NFL history? The Chargers picked

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him second overall in the 1998 draft, signing him to a four-year contract worth $31 million, including an $11 million signing bonus. After just four wins in three seasons, Leaf was released by the Chargers. More recently, he’s made blazing headlines —mostly for burglary and drug charges. “Worst Draft Pick” is one of the categories we asked our experts to vote on, but then we ruled it out of bounds, in light of there being no serious competition for Leaf. Our seven experts boast a combined 200-plus

years of experience working with or covering the Chargers. Five have chronicled the team for the San Diego Union-Tribune: Jerry Magee, Rick Smith, Nick Canepa, Tom Cushman and Kevin Acee. One, Billy Ray Smith, turned a 10year career as a Chargers linebacker into a 20-year career in broadcasting. NFL Hall of Famer Ron Mix was a tackle for the Chargers throughout the team’s first decade. Attorney Mix now represents retired pro athletes in workers’ comp claims. {continued on page 38}

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currents { SPORTS } {continued from page 36} FROM TOP: Ron Mix, Lance Alworth, Junior Seau

According to the pros, here are the players’ names worth remembering — even for those who think football is a game you play with your feet.

Game Dropping Next time there’s a lull in the football party conversation, drop the words “Epic in Miami.” Most experts pick it as the most exciting game in NFL history, played in dehydration and exhaustion. Wikipedia devotes no fewer than 3,000 words (plus sources) to this ultimately meaningless game, played January 2, 1982. Sports Illustrated called it the “Game No One Should Have Lost.” But Chargers fans will always remember it as their team’s most exciting win, ever — a 41-38 overtime victory over the Dolphins in the 100degree heat and humidity of the Miami Orange Bowl. When it was over, it held NFL playoff records for most points scored by both teams, most total yards by both teams and most passing yards by both teams. Neither team went on to Super Bowl XVI, but TV reruns of the game are an annual certainty on sports networks.

Best Draft Choice: Picked by: Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts Jerry Magee, Rick Smith, Ron Mix Running back LaDainian Tomlinson Tom Cushman, Kevin Acee Wide receiver Lance “Bambi” Alworth Nick Canepa Linebacker Junior Seau Billy Ray Smith Greatest Coach: Don Coryell Sid Gillman Magee: “Much of what Coryell did had its basis in Sir Sidney’s schemes.” Worst Coach: Too many to name

Picked by: Kevin Acee, Tom Cushman, Nick Canepa, Billy Ray Smith, Rick Smith, Ron Mix and Jerry Magee

Best Owner: Gene Klein The Spanos family Mix: “Most underrated were Klein and Barron Hilton, who brought instant credibility to the AFL.”

Picked by: Rick Smith, Tom Cushman, Ron Mix Billy Ray Smith

Greatest Quarterback: Dan Fouts Acee: “A third-round draft pick to Hall of Famer.” Canepa: “Rivers still has a chance.”

Picked by: Consensus

Greatest Running Back: LaDainian Tomlinson Chuck Muncie Acee: “LT was the greatest Charger of all time. Only thing better than his game was his smile.”

Picked by: Billy Ray Smith, Ron Mix, Kevin Acee, Tom Cushman, Jerry Magee Rick Smith, Nick Canepa

Picked by: Consensus

Greatest Receiver: Picked by: Wes Chandler Tom Cushman, Rick Smith Lance Alworth Ron Mix Charile Joiner Kevin Acee Kellen Winslow Billy Ray Smith Cushman (of Chandler): “Pure ballet.” Greatest Defensive Player: Junior Seau Wilbur Young Canepa: “Seau, with Leslie O’Neal and Fred Dean — very, very close.”

Picked by: Billy Ray Smith, Kevin Acee, Tom Cushman, Ron Mix, Nick Canepa Rick Smith

bonus question:

Are the Chargers Girls still relevant? Ron Mix: “Routines are too often overly sexually suggestive. Such conduct demeans women.” Billy Ray Smith: “They would be sorely missed on Sundays.” Tom Cushman: “We have to admire them for the time they devote. That, in addition to their school-teaching duties.”

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Art Seen

“Hendrix” by John Van Hamersveld.

8/16-10/8: “Prints and Designs, 1965 – Present” by John Van Hamersveld .T.F.R. Gallery, Encinitas /

September’s art museum and gallery openings and events

Through his 1960s movie and concert posters, John Van Hamersveld captured the era’s radical intersection of rock ‘n’ roll and drug culture.

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pulse { ARTS } {continued from page 41} 8/31-9/21: “Fast Thoughts for Short Attention Spans” by Joshua Callaghan, John Kilduff and J. Nolan SPACE 4 ART, East Village Three Southern California artists, who will perform live during their show’s opening night, collaborated to create this exhibition of how today’s fast-paced minds have birthed subversions like sexting and fast food.

9/13-10/13: “Anium” by Charles Bergquist Subtext Gallery, Little Italy By combining design, photography, film, motion graphics and 3D renderings, San Diego artist Charles Bergquist creates vivid, abstract works that look like wisps of a neon existence extending into ethereal settings.

9/7-9/19: “The Show” by Zard One VISUAL, Normal Heights

9/5-10/6: “Thuppathome” by Matthew Land, Invisible God and Acamonchi Park Gallery, University Heights Street artists Invisible God, Acamonchi and Matthew Land display their paintings, screen prints and mixed media pieces in this super awesome (hint: say the title of the show out loud, as if you had a lithp) showcase.

Zard One has been spraying paint onto San Diego walls since the 1980s. These days, he sticks to purist graffiti ideals with his “wildstyle” work (those awesome, hip-hop-inspired, unintelligible words spray-painted near freeways and the like), but also tampers with new wave “graffuturism” pieces that take graffiti to new, abstract levels.

CLOCKWISE (from top right): “Butt Burger” by John Kilduff; “Wiz” by Zard One; “Burn it Down” by Matthew Land; “Secret Window” by Charles Bergquist.

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9/11-10/5: “You and I, and the Worlds Between Us” by the PRISMA Artist Collective Art Hatch, Escondido

9/24-2/1: “Struck by Modernism” by C. Carl Jennings Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park A pioneer of the artistic blacksmith movement of the 1970s, C. Carl Jennings has received little recognition for his modern mastery of the archaic, labor-intensive craft of ironworking.

9/21-1/12: “Sea of Cortez” by Dana Montlack Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla Inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Log from Sea of Cortez, Dana Montlack spent time at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, capturing photos of oceanic specimens, onto which she later overlayed her own images to create a new form of taxonomy.

Lowbrow/pop-surrealist art was born in Southern California in the late 1990s, and Bret Barrett has been on the train since Day One, creating art about time-travel, insects and aliens, all encased in light-hearted imagery. Barrett also plays with “kinetic” sculptures, sometimes adding moving pieces to his paintings.

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9/21-10/2: Bret Barrett VISUAL, Normal Heights

9/21-1/12: Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla In a nostalgic exploration of architecture and local history, the La Jolla Historical Society and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla examine the histories of their respective buildings. Both structures were built in the early 1900s, and both have collected incredible stories spanning from when they were Scripps family residences to the cultural centers they are today.

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A group of 30 traditional and digital painters, who blur the lines between the two media, will show their work at this Escondido exhibition.

CLOCKWISE (from above): “The Auroch’s Child” by Caitlin Hackett and Kaspian Shore; “Gate” by C. Carl Jennings; Robert Venturi sketch over a 1940 photograph (top), and a Irving Gill drawing over a 1920 photograph; “Untitled” by Dana Montlack; “What the Nug” by Bret Barrett.

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gearing up Apparel company revs up local artists with automotive décor


rnate motorcycle gas tanks and surfboards encased in metallic car paint are helping to establish the current theme at Us Versus Them, a Gaslamp gallery, retail space and counter-culture basecamp. “Our events document subcultures ranging from surf, skate, lowbrow, low rider and tattoo to photography and music,” says Us Versus Them president and CEO James Banuelos of his venue’s frequent art shows. A surfer/skater from Santa Cruz, Banuelos

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says he stays true to his subcultural roots by cultivating a community among the local artists he collaborates with for Us Versus Them’s apparel designs and art showcases. “It’s about being from the culture and participating in it,” he says. “I have watched billiondollar corporations build their businesses around iconic individuals and leave them high and dry.” Banuelos sees a distinction between his company and what he describes as “Them,” largescale corporations that exploit artists for monetary gains. The “Us,” according,

are those dedicated to “Keeping your head down, working your ass off, being creative, following your own path and respecting the community.” Supporting artists, it seems, is good for business, as Banuelos has recently inked a deal with skate company Stussy to distribute Us Versus Them t-shirts and hats worldwide. Us Versus Them 300 G St., Gaslamp @usversusthem

BELOW: James Banuelos’ 1948 Plymouth. INSETS (above, from left): Motorcycle gas tank painted by Mr. Rhythm; Bitwell helmet, pinstriped by Vince Felix; Us Versus Them apparel; City Fog surfboard painted by Honkey Kong.

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sing a milk truck converted into a mobile movie screen, Drive-By Cinema travels across the county, projecting independent films in unexpected locations. The vehicle doesn’t follow a set schedule. One day, it’s set-up in an art gallery parking lot. Next, it appears in the middle of the street in the Gaslamp. To keep up, moviegoers follow the truck via social media. Launched as an experimental off-shoot of the Pacific Arts Movement (aka Pac-Arts, formerly known as the San Diego Asian Film Festival), Drive-By Cinema operates with the mission to “create transformational experiences through the Pan Asian media arts.” “Each time we go out, we’re never truly sure what will happen,” says Christina Ree, a member of Pac-Arts. During Comic-Con, the Drive-By Cinema crew found themselves stuck in Gaslamp gridlock. Rather than worry about reaching their intended destination on time, they sprung into action, projecting classic monster films onto a screen atop the truck. The impromptu showing was a hit… resulting fender-benders be damned. All showings are free. Find out where to find the truck at

Park Place San Diego’s drive-in theatres

South Bay Drive-in Theatre With an upgrade to Technalight (fancy digital) Projectors in 2008, this drive-in offers the most bang for your movie-going buck. Three 100-foot screens feature back-to-back showings of current movies, seven nights a week. Upcoming movies include 300: Rise of an Empire, 47 Ronin and About Time. Tickets are $7 for adults. 2170 Coronado Ave., Imperial Beach 619.423.2727, Santee Drive-in Theatre Two screens situated along CA State Route 67 give passing drivers a glimpse of what’s playing at the Santee Drive-In, where two newly released flicks play back-to-back. Upcoming movies include Riddick, Prisoners and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Tickets are $8 for adults. 10990 N. Woodside Ave., Santee 619.448.7447, Full Moon Drive-in Theatre Watch new films and older classics — both chosen by requests made via Full Moon Drive-In’s social media — projected onto a 52-foot inflatable screen. Up-front parking is reserved for the classic ’50s and ’60s cars that roll up for most screenings. A frontand-center lounge area is available for anyone not wanting to sit in the car for two hours. Tickets are $8 for adults. 1500 Felspar St., Pacific Beach 888.211.0404,

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—Sarah Colonna 9/5-7: Sarah Colonna @ The American Comedy Company, This Chelsea Lately regular’s 2012 book, Life As I Blow It, was a New York Times best-seller.

“How long is it polite to pretend to continue to listen to someone after they’ve revealed they’ve got a boyfriend?”

“I’ve got one small criticism, and it’s probably only something a professional like me would notice. But, Conan, you look awful. You look like someone put a bright red fright wig on a skeleton. And chucked it out of a helicopter.”

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“Just so you guys know, if you’re ever babysitting a kid and you’re playing hide-and-seek with them and you pass out while you’re hiding... the kids get scared.”

—Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy on Conan 9/7: Will Ferrell and friends @ Civic Theatre, The legendary Anchorman and founder swings through town with comedians Jack Black, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll and more.

“A little while ago I was at the airport and I had a beard going because I was doing a part, and... you don’t want to be from the Middle East and have a beard and be at the airport. It’s just not a good idea.” B en B ernous

—Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek 9/6: Russell Brand @ Balboa Theatre, The Get Him to the Greek star and ex-Mr. Katy Perry just finished filming Paradise, a new comedy in which he plays a plane-crash survivor alongside Julianne Hough.

“If you’re 30 years old and you’re like, ‘Man, I love hookers,’ the next thought shouldn’t be, ‘Politics is for me.’” —Jeff Garlin 9/6-7: Jeff Garlin @ The Comedy Store, La Jolla, Best known for his role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, this funnyman provided voiceovers for Disney Pixar flicks WALL-E, Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.

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—Maz Jobrani on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 9/13-15: Maz Jobrani @ Mad House Comedy Club, One of the four headliners of the The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani released his Showtime special, I Come in Peace, earlier this year.

“We got Chinatowns everywhere: New York Chinatown, L.A. Chinatown. I was in China hoping to find an Americatown — just a bunch of fat, white people dipping food in ranch dressing, looking for free Wi-Fi all day.”

“I have this rule: I can’t smoke pot with anyone who didn’t grow up watching Duck Tales. That’s just one of my rules about smoking weed. It’s a good rule.”

—Steve Byrne 9/19-22: Steve Byrne @ Mad House Comedy Club, Following his 2006 win of the Myspace Standup or Sitdown Comedy Challenge, this half-Korean, half-Irish humorist acted in several films and currently stars in TBS’ Sullivan & Son.

—Drew Carey 9/21: Drew Carey @ Sycuan Live & Up Close, Currently hosting CBS’ The Price is Right, the slimmed-down Drew Carey has come a long way since his role as a taxi passenger in 1993’s Coneheads.

“Politicians have a lot to deal with these days. It’s a different world. You know who I feel bad for? Arab Americans who truly want to get into crop dusting. Could be their life-long dream, and every time they ask for a pamphlet, all hell breaks loose.”

—Brian Regan 9/27-28: Brian Regan @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, A regular on the Late Show with David Letterman, Brian Regan still tops the iTunes comedy charts with his 1997 CD, “Brian Regan Live.”

“Got an offer to do my next special in 3D. Sounds cool, but do you really want me coming into your house?” P aul M oble y

—Gabriel Iglesias 9/21-22: Gabriel Iglesias @ Pala Casino, This fluffier-than-life comedian did voiceover work for the new Disney movie, Planes, alongside Dane Cook and Brad Garrett.

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“When it rains really hard, I like to run stop signs just to make cops get out of their cars. Make them stand there in the rain in a big puddle. ‘Alright you, know why I stopped you?’ ‘Yeah, know why I ran the sign?’”

—Adam Ray 9/26-29: Adam Ray @ The American Comedy Company, Known for his video uploads to, Adam Ray has garnered more than six million views of his “Kermit the Frog reacts to ‘2 Girls One Cup’” clip.

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Going to the Mat One man’s journey from the frontlines to the ashram

Bhava Ram in his home yoga studio.

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itting in the lotus position in the South Park yoga classroom where he teaches five days a week, Bhava Ram hits his chest with his hand. He’s recalling the moment in his life when he turned everything around. The gesture is his way of emphasizing how intense the moment was. “My little boy was my only connection to the world,” Ram says. “He came to me and finally realized something was wrong and said, ‘Get up, Daddy.’ And those three words hit me in a place that I didn’t know I had.” Ram was formerly known as Brad Willis, an award-winning war correspondent for NBC News. He covered turmoil and political unrest across the globe 1973 to 1993, stepping into the world’s most dangerous moments because he felt hardhitting journalism was his one true calling. A broken back — an injury he suffered while shutting a window during a storm while vacationing in the Bahamas — ended his career. Debilitating pain resulting from failed spinal surgery, combined with his loss of his identity as a newsman, led to Ram’s years addiction to painkillers and alcohol. “I went into an abyss of darkness and despair,” he says. Years wasted away until hope arrived in the form of a child. Ram’s joy stemming from the birth of his son, however, was soon overshadowed by a diagnosis of stagefour cancer. The prognosis was grim: doctors told Ram that, at best, he had a few years to live. He was ready to give up.

CLOCKWISE (from top): Bhava Ram leads a yoga class at Ginseng Yoga Studio in South Park; the cover of Ram’s book; Ram with his son.

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But then his son hit him with those three simple words, “Get up, Daddy,” and he decided he had to figure out a way to get up… and keep fighting. Thanks to a serendipitous run-in with a now-defunct holistic healing program at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Ram embarked on a self-healing quest into yoga, meditation and veganism, all of which are detailed in his 2013 book, Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life. As the title implies, Ram credits yoga with healing his back, curing his inoperable cancer (thereby baffling his doctors) and ultimately changing his destiny. “From a war correspondent to a peace correspondent,” Ram says with a gentle laugh.

“From a war correspondent to a peace correspondent” Kurdish Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq, 1991.

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Before Bhava Ram was perfecting yoga positions, he was zipping across the globe, covering some of the day’s biggest events, including the SovietAfghan war in Afghanistan. In 1986, he was embedded with MujahIdeen freedom fighters and visited massive refugee camps. His work along the Afghan/Pakistani border earned him the prestigious Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for journalism. Ram also covered the struggle against apartheid in South Africa; the drug wars in Columbia, Bolivia and Peru; the Persian Gulf War; and political turmoil in El Salvador and Nicaragua. fif t y - fo u r [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

CLOCKWISE (from top left): Bhava Ram in Afghanistan with Mujahideen fighters during the Soviet War in 1986; Ram with General John Admire, First Marines, during the Gulf War in 1991; Ram with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in Nicaragua, in 1989; Ram with Tom Brokaw in Kuwait City, during the Gulf War, in 1991.

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TORQUE OF THE TOWN How to earn racing stripes and bragging rights B y C had D e al

As the green flag waves, you mash the accelerator to the floor and scream around a racetrack at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour. It’s not a dream; it’s you and a 750-horsepower machine, barreling down the asphalt at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California (near San Bernadino). {continued on page 60} fif t y - e igh t [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

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he NASCAR Racing Experience begins with a check-in on Pit Road and being fitted for a racing suit. After training with a crew chief, it’s time to jump into a real-life NASCAR racecar and put the pedal to the metal. When you come roaring up behind an opponent, your professional instructor will give you real-time instructions (via a two-way radio) on how to pass like the pros. After the race, collect your graduate certificate showing

your top speed, and then try not to get a speeding ticket on the way home. If IndyCars are more your style, check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, also at Fontana, where you take charge of a 600-horsepower, open-wheel, open-cockpit road-beast for up to 54 minutes of whiteknuckled racing. The NASCAR Racing Experience (October 9, 11 and 12) and Mario Andretti Racing Experience (October 10 and 13) ain’t cheap. Prices start at

$129 for a three-lap ride-along with a professional racing instructor. Taking the wheel costs $364.99 for a five-minute race; $464.99 for an eightminute race; $864.99 for two eight-minute races; $1,299.99 for three eight-minute races; $1,999.99 for four eightminute races; and $2,999.99 for four eight-minute solo runs and two 15-minute races. Call 877-RACELAP, or visit nascarracingexperience. com or to make a reservation. To reach maximum velocity

closer to home, check out Allen Berg Racing Schools, coming to the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot September 27 and 28. Your chariot here is a reduced-scale Tatuus Renault Formula 1600 racecar equipped with on-board data acquisition technology to provide accurate specs and feedback on every aspect of your racing experience. Prices are $399 for 20 laps; $695 for three hours; $1,695 for a full day; $3,195 for two days; $4,495 for three days.

Start Your Engines Three types of rubber to burn NASCAR

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(race at Fontana) Horsepower: 600+ Engine: 3.5-liter V8 Top speed: 200+ mph

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(race at Qualcomm Stadium) Horsepower: 140 (equivalent to 500 horsepower, given reduced scale’s power-to-weight ratio) Engine: 1.6-liter, four-cylinder Top speed: 100 mph

On the Right Track Fontana Speedway specs Originally called California Superspeedway, Auto Club Motor Speedway (9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana) was built on the former site of the abandoned Kaiser Steel Mill and has appeared in movies including Charlie’s Angels and The Bucket List. The two-mile, D-shaped track’s grandstand seats 92,100 race fans. Gil de Ferran set the track-record in 2000, hitting an average lap speed of 241.428 mph. S I XTY [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

Photography by Rob Hammer Styled by Andrea Ross. Contributing stylist: Amanda ThornePritchard for Thorne Artistry. Hair and makeup by Aubree Hill for HAIR by Aubree.

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August 31, 1997, Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, died in arguably the most infamous car crash of all time. While many people know the details surrounding the princess’ death, few know what transpired in her personal life during the preceding two years, following her divorce from Prince Charles. Diana is about to change that. Directed by Academy Awardnominee Oliver Hirschbiegel, the film details the former Princess of Wales’ relationships with Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan and Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed. Its release coincides with the recent spike in royal-mania spurred by the birth of Diana’s grandson, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s son, Prince George. Cast alongside Naomi Watts (Diana) and Naveen Andrews (Dr. Khan), Cas Anvar portrays Fayed, the flashy, Egyptian movie producer who perished in a limousine with Diana in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France. Unlike the character he plays, Anvar couldn’t buy his way onto a film set. His long and arduous path (check his profile on to the role in Diana began long ago, with a teasing prod from one of his teachers at Beaconsfield High School in Montreal, Canada. “He stopped me in the hallway and said, ‘If you don’t try out for the play, I’m going to fail you,’” Anvar says. “I was a big geek in high school — comic book collector, played Dungeons & Dragons. I loved science, not anything that could put me in front of people.”

Treatment Actor Cas Anvar is Dodi Fayed in the upcoming film Diana

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the teacher might hold true to the threat, Anvar showed up to the auditions and knocked it out of the park, despite a miscalculation: he’d stepped onto the stage and recited Hamlet’s legendary “To be or not to be” soliloquy with a mouthful of gum. Quick to chew him out for the mistake, the teacher couldn’t deny one thing — a mastery of Old-er (technically “early Modern”) English, which Anvar credits to the time he spent playing Dungeons & Dragons. “I got the lead role of Hamlet,” Anvar says. The former introvert wasn’t prepared for what came next. “I went from a nerd that had no friends to the most popular guy in school, overnight, and it completely messed with me.” With the full support of his parents (who now live in North County San Diego, what Anvar describes as his “second home”),

Anvar embraced his affinity for the craft, eventually going on to study at the National Theatre School of Canada, the Canuck equivalent to New York’s famed performing arts school, Juilliard. Being of Iranian descent and an “ethnic minority actor,” as he puts it, Anvar was conscious of the pitfalls of typecasting and learned to be proactive about securing the type of work that interested him. With the help of friends, he spearheaded his own Shakespeare-in-the-park company, Repercussion Theatre, which went on to become the most prominent such outfit in North America, and still performs to this day. Over the ensuing years, the hardworking Anvar racked up more than 80 film, television and video-game acting (stop-motion and voiceover work) credits before a coincidental series of events led to his winning the role in Diana. It started when he appeared in a 2011 Syfy network miniseries called Neverland, a prequel to Peter Pan — a bit eerie, considering

the late Dodi Fayed was executive producer of the Robin Williamsas-Pan sequel, Hook (1991). The 2003 remake, Peter Pan, was dedicated to Fayed’s memory. When Neverland was showing in the UK, Anvar took advantage of the exposure by signing with an agent in London. After quickly booking three roles through the agent, he was tasked with filming five audition tapes while on a press stop in Montreal. One particular script came with very little information. All his agent knew about the role was that that the character’s name was Dodi. Much like in high school, Anvar had no idea what he was getting himself into. “I wasn’t nervous, that’s for sure,” he says. “I was totally relaxed... and I was actually annoyed that I had to tape a fifth audition.” After emailing the clips to his agents, Anvar boarded a plane to Luxembourg to begin filming a TV movie, Air Force One Down. Upon landing, he received a call from London.

Speaking in an authenticsounding, British female voice, Anvar recounts the most pivotal phone call of his career. “Just letting you know, you’ve just booked this Dodi role, and now I’ve got more details. It’s Dodi Fayed, and you’re playing opposite Naomi Watts, who’s playing Princess Di. Do you want to do it?” Switching back to his normal voice, Anvar states the obvious: “I accepted right there on the spot, didn’t even have to think about it.” After completing the project in Luxembourg, he flew straight to London to start filming Diana. “Even then, once I booked the role and understood it, I had no idea what it meant,” says Anvar, “until we were shooting for two weeks in Croatia on a yacht… and we were shooting the paparazzi scenes.” One of the first media darlings to be swarmed by paparazzi, Princess Diana was famously hounded by photographers — so much so, they ended up contributing to her death.

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was expecting the 30-or-so extras hired to mimic aggressive paparazzi, but wasn’t prepared for the secondary ring of actual paparazzi, fighting to get a shot of him and Watts. For authenticity, director Oliver Hirschbiegel decided to include the real paparazzi in a few takes. “I have to say, the first few times we shot those scenes walking down the docks, I was a little overwhelmed,” Anvar says. “It freaked me out. I had 30, 40 extras, screaming and flashing cameras, and that’s probably exactly what it feels like. And I’m trying to see that as a life. It made me quite fearful.” If British fervor over the release of the movie poster showing Watts as Diana (“Excitement is set to reach fever pitch.” — The Daily Mail UK) is any indication, Anvar will face similar throngs of paparazzi at the film’s premiere in September. Unlike when he was in high school, Anvar has now had a long time to prepare for the rush of exposure that’s sure to come

along with the release. Early indications are that his stock in the industry is already rising fast. While on location at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla for the PacificSD cover shoot, Anvar receives a phone call. “Well, you guys are good luck,” he says as he hangs up. His agent called to let him know he’s been offered a recurring role in a TV series called Intelligence — without having to audition for the part. Starring Anvar’s fellow Lost castmember Josh Holloway (Sawyer), the pilot is set to premiere on CBS in February 2014. As for how the offer and its implication for the future of his career makes him feel, Anvar describes a warm sense of gratitude. With a big smile, he says, “Finally, all of that hard work is being rewarded.” The world premiere of Diana is set for September 5, in London. The international release follows on September 28.

Casting Call-Outs Cas Anvar’s career highlight reel

Of Anvar’s 83 credits on, here are PacificSD’s picks for his top three roles in each of his primary acting fields. Film Diana (2013) Source Code (2011) Shattered Glass (2003) Television Intelligence (2014, offered role during the PacificSD cover shoot) Last Resort (2013) Lost (2006) Video Games Dalton in “Halo 4” (2012) Ahmad in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” (2012) Altair in “Assassin’s Creed Revelations” (2011)

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Cas Anvar’s favorites Movies Amadeus (1984) The Princess Bride (1987) The Matrix (1999) Wedding Crashers (2005)

Actors Robert Downey Jr. Johnny Depp Kevin Bacon

Kevin Kline Ben Kingsley Bryan Cranston

Naomi Watts and Cas Anvar on the set of Diana.

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ON TALIA: Silk shirt, $208; available at Blended Industries, Plaid shirt by White Crow, $50; available at Studio 12.20, Denim shorts by Page, $149; available at Azzaria Denim Lounge and Boutique, Madelynn boots by UGG, $168; raffia hat by Hat Attack, $99; both available at Cedros Soles, Steel bracelet by Michael Kors, $115; gold bracelet by Marc Jacobs; beaded bracelets, $38; plaque bangle by Marc Jacobs, $88; rose gold watch by Michael Kors; all available at Bloomingdale’s,; S I XTY - e igh t [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

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Leave this collapsible, heat-absorbing water reservoir in the sun for a couple hours, and then compress the foot-pump to build pressure for a warm shower. Also perfect for sandy surfboards and dusty mutts, the Helio won a 2013 Gear of the Year award from National Geographic Adventure. NEMO Helio Pressure Shower, $99.95,

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Powered by a built-in solar panel or hand-crank, this half-pound handheld is a digital radio (AM/FM and NOAA weather band), cell-phone charger, bottle opener and LED flashlight in one. Eton Scorpion, $49.99,


This ingenious product filters water to 15 nanometers (the smallest known virus is 25 nanometers). In case of natural disaster or water shortage, this thing really could be a lifesaver. LIFESAVER Jerrycan, $254.99,


For a small service fee, this little black box can turn a smartphone into a satellite receiver to send messages, stay connected to social media and, in case of emergency, transmit an SOS to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center. If Aron Ralston (dude had to amputate his arm when stranded after a rockclimbing accident) had one of these things, 127 Hours would have been much easier to watch. SPOT Connect, $99,


Able to withstand a one-meter fall and getting splashed with water, this Bluetooth speaker with built-in solar panel keeps the music going while the sun is shining, and can keep rocking (or charging other devices) for up to eight hours after dark. Eton Rugged Rukus, $99.99,

ON TALIA: Jacket by BCBG Max Azria, $598; silk scarf, $189; both available at Blended Industries, Knit sweater by Monoreno, $49; studded boots, $374; both available at Soles Cedros, Leggings by Vestem, $110; available at San Diego Fit, Stone ring, $95; knotted bracelet, $70; bangle by Michael Kors, $95; “Katie” bracelet by Marc Jacobs, $128; all available at Bloomingdale’s,; ON OLIVER: Vest by Penguin, $79; available at Blended Industries, Cashmere scarf by Burberry, $395; LINCIO jacket by Diesel, $358; both available at Bloomingdale’s, Denim pants by Deus Ex Machina, $150; available at Fowler’s Boutique, Leather belt by Lucky, $41; sunglasses by Ray-Ban, $150; both available at His Men’s Boutique, s e v e n t y [SEPTEMBER 2013]


Stay off the grid indefinitely with this ecofriendly stove that uses gathered twigs and leaves as fuel. In addition to its portable grill attachment, this two-pound contraption converts heat to electricity to charge gadgets via USB. BioLite CampStove, $129.95,


Requiring no batteries or electricity, this hand-pumped-pressure espresso maker uses ground coffee beans or pods to provide a burst of caffeine wherever there’s access to hot water. Handpresso Wild Hybrid, $131.79,


Made with pressure-injected insulation capable of keeping its contents cold for a week, this ultra-heavy-duty, 25-quart strongbox can prevent a trip back to civilization for more ice. Sizes range up to 150 quarts. Brute Box, $199,

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Rated to temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit, these fun-to-wear onesies come with amenities including rubber soles, comfy hoods and belts to adjust the fit. The only thing missing is a butt-flap. Selk’bag Original, $159,

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Special thanks to the crew at Beach Bum Blazers (beachbumblazers. com) for letting PacificSD borrow the company Vee-Dub, and to The Grand Artique for set design. The Grand Artique is a collective of creative individuals with a hidden treasure trove — half store, half trading post — of ancient mystery and intrigue in Pacific Beach. These gatherers of antiquity can build you a contraption, design you a stage set, perform you a ditty, rent you props or fulfill whatever strange (and mostly legal) request you may have. Call 619.200.3413, visit or find the rabbit and follow him down his hole.

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In for a

Ride Rolling around town in other people’s cars

By Ron Donoho / Photos by Paul Body These days, when heading out and wanting to leave your car at home, calling a cab isn’t the only option. Lyft, for example, is a casual, cost-efficient choice that recruits regular citizens to become taxi drivers. Using their own cars, these part-time chauffeurs pick you up, drop you off and chat you up along the way. Uber, on the other hand, offers higher-end rides in Lincoln Town Cars and Cadillac Escalades with professional drivers at the wheel. Both companies’ customers use a smartphone app to summon services. When backseat driving won’t do, hop in a Car2Go. These all-electric smart cars are parked all over town, and they’re available for immediate rent — for a few minutes or the entire day. When you’re done, simply abandon the vehicle wherever you’d like (geographic restrictions apply). “People are changing their driving habits,” says Car2Go U.S. regional manager Mike Cully. “Car2Go, Lyft and Uber all fill in the blanks of urban transportation today.”



ownload the app, use Car2Go’s GPS system to locate one of 380 nearby electric smart cars, and then hop in and drive away. A plastic card with a magnetic strip grants drivers access to the cars, which rent for 38 cents per minute, $13.99 per hour or $72.99 for a full day (not counting a onetime registration fee of $35). Car2Go has become an international phenomenon. San Diego was the second U.S. startup (after Austin, Texas) and the only city in the nation that’s 100 percent electric. “San Diego has the charging stations available that make that a robust possibility,” says Car2Go U.S. regional manager Mike Cully. This car-sharing company’s partnership with the city of San Diego allows drivers to drop off the cars and park for free in any metered space within a 32square-mile, downtown-centric zone. Cully says an agreement reached in July makes Car2Go parking free in Chula Vista as well.

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“People are changing their driving habits” — Car2Go U.S. regional manager Mike Cully.

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Carpooling Resources You’ve probably noticed those Park & Ride signs along the county’s highways and byways, but what happens there? Essentially, they’re parking lots where people can meet, call “Shotgun!” and commute to work in the carpool lanes. There are 63 such sites in San Diego, says Caltrans District 11 Park & Ride coordinator Mike Roy. About half are owned by the state, the others are privately run by churches, shopping centers or the county. A few Park & Rides along I-15 are transit centers, meaning buses stop there. A half-dozen locations offer bike lockers. Fourteen locations have donation centers for Goodwill, AMVETS and the Salvation Army. Those charities staff security personnel from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The busiest Park & Ride is on the I-805 at Sweetwater Road in South Bay, where Roy says the 135 parking spots are full 99 percent of the time.



ext time you need a lift, download the Lyft app, tap a button, and a driver will respond in minutes. They will be piloting their own car – be it a white Hyundai sedan, a green Subaru station wagon or almost any other kind of car – adorned with a fuzzy, pink mustache hanging above the front license plate. “Lyft is your friend with a car, whenever you need it,” says Erin Simpson, the company’s director of communications. A peer-to-peer transportation solution intended to make cities safer, more affordable and better connected, Lyft launched in 2007 under the name Zimride. Today, the company operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and, since July 4, San Diego. It’s all very chummy. Passengers can choose to sit in the front seat (Simpson says about 80 percent opt to do so), where they can charge their phones, control the radio and discuss the meaning of life with the driver. A video on the Lyft website all but encourages passengers/driver love connections. Simpson notes that Lyft rides have led to the formation (between driver and passenger) of at least one band in L.A. In San Francisco, a driver hooked up a passenger with Giants tickets. As for safety, Lyft’s driver-screening process includes DMV and criminal background checks. All vehicles must be model-year 2000 or later, and all drivers are issued a $1 million (per occurrence) liability insurance policy. Some Day Driver: Meet Lyft driver Aidin (pronounced “eye-deen”) Esparza, a Bankers Hill high school teacher who moved to San Diego from L.A. in 1996. Nickname: Aidinie the Traveling Genie Car: 2011 silver Mazda CX7 mini-SUV Discovered Lyft: “Through an intriguing Facebook ad.” Previous experience: “I was always the one who drove friends places and was the designated driver.” Greeting passengers: “I always do the fist bump. I get a lot of hugs at the end.” Best shift: “I made about $300 during a 10-hour shift.” The trademark pink mustache: “It’s great to drive with it on the car. Kids point at it. I get thumbsup. People take pictures. It’s unique. I love it.”

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“Lyft is your friend with a car, whenever you need it” — Erin Simpson, Lyft’s director of communications.

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t’s hard not to feel cool when arriving in a slick, black, unmarked Uber car. Slicker still is that, when you get out of the car, there’s no exchange of money. Payment, including a tip of about 20 percent, is charged to the credit card you enter when registering the Uber app on your smartphone. Uber started rolling in 2010 in San Francisco and now operates in 36 cities worldwide. When it launched in San Diego in June 2012, it had just five cars servicing the Gaslamp. Today, roughly 500 driver-owned Uber vehicles deliver passengers in style across the county. Uber offers three levels of cars: Uber X, which are mid-range sedans and hybrids; Uber Black, which include Lincoln Town Cars and Mercedes; and Uber SUV, Cadillac Escalades and the like, which can transport up to six passengers. Uber X costs about 20 percent less than a standard cab fare. Uber black costs about 20 percent more than a taxi, but the fact that the drivers open the door for you (and often let you drink alcohol in the back seat) as they would in a limo makes the price feel like a bargain. For those on slightly lower budgets, Uber now offers fare-splitting, wherein the cost of a ride can be divvied up between multiple passenger accounts. Here’s something über-cool: Uber Ice Cream. During a July 19 promotion, Uber users in 33 cities across the globe pushed a button on their phones, and voila — an ice cream truck appeared. Prices started at $25 for five people; the fee was automatically charged to users’ credit cards on file. The uberest Uber? Hands down, it’s Uber Chopper, which flies up to five passengers from New York City to the Hamptons (where an Uber SUV is waiting) for $3,000. Fare Well: Meet Uber X driver Reza Veyceh (not pictured), a Mission Beach student and gay activist who emigrated to San Diego from Iran and is awaiting confirmation of his U.S. citizenship. Car: 2006 Honda Civic hybrid Previous experience: “Yellow cab driver for three years. It was hard to make money. I definitely transferred my stress to customers.” New attitude: “You can make money at Uber. I’m so much happier and I feel respected.” Best shift: “I made $250 on the Fourth of July.” Average rate: “Most days, you average about $20 an hour.” Best service: “An Uber car will always arrive quickly. That means drunks don’t have to worry about DUIs.”

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“An Uber car will always arrive quickly” —Uber X driver Reza Veyceh

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CLOCKWISE (from top left): Exterior of Sunset Cove at the newly expanded Terminal 2; Pacifica Del Mar’s Sugar Spice Salmon; the future storefront of Bubbles Wine and Tapas Bar; Saffron’s Salad Rolls; Stone Brewing Co.’s Artisanal Sausage Platter; Fig and Bacon Pizza from 100 Wines; storefront to-be of Red Mango and The Seaside Stack Shack; Terminal 2’s new Sunset Cove area will house 30 restaurants.


AIR FARE New restaurants land at the airport

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one are the days when flying coach came with the dignity of a warm meal and an occasional mini-bottle of free liquor. Now, however (no thanks to the airlines), passengers traversing San Diego International Airport can refuel at 43 new restaurants before, during or after their flights. The sweeping concessionaire program arrives on the heels of a $1 billion Green Build expansion at Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 2, where 30 of the restaurants, many of them homegrown, will be strewn among dozens of new retail shops in and around the terminal’s glossy, freshly built Sunset Cove. “Our goal is to let passengers passing through any of the terminals know about the iconic restaurants in San Diego,” says Nyle Marmion, program manager for the airport’s concession development program. “We’re encouraging them to bring the same feel and designs they have on the streets into the airport.” The program, which also lends engine power to local beer and wine bars, is due for completion in March. Say “goodbye” to Big Macs (yes, McDonald’s is going away) and “hello” to cuisine that originates from the city’s bona fide chefs.

Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant’s Ruby Red Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad.

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant (Opening in late September, Terminal 2) It’s likely that no other airport restaurant in the world dishes up plates of nostalgia quite like the zesty deviled eggs chef Carl Schroeder features as an appetizer at his Bankers Hill hotspot. Co-owner Terryl Gavre promises their new outpost will also feature Schroeder’s famous house-made lemon potato chips, beet salad and “substantial fare that translates to a fast, high-quality product.” The restaurant’s signature deconstructed design will change to “industrial-modern” at the airport, and will feature a full cocktail bar to boot. {continued on page 84} e igh t y - t wo [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

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Thai Chicken Wrap from Pacifica Del Mar’s Breeze Café.

Pacifica Del Mar (Opening in November, Terminal 1) A concessionaire from one of the airport’s outreach teams figured nothing would quell the frustration of a flight delay better than Pacifica Del Mar’s sugar spice king salmon. The restaurant’s owner, Kipp Downing, says the rep ate at Pacifica’s adjoining Breeze Café three days a week and urged him to come on board. In keeping with the original venue’s seaside theme, the airport location will greet guests with ocean-blue colors, a bar and a menu highlighting the cinnamon-cocoa-spiked salmon as well as crab Louie salads, sandwiches and wraps. “Because this is a mini form of running a full-scale restaurant, it will take us a few months to see what sells and to figure out what works well for grab-and-go,” Downing says. E I G H TY - fo u r [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]

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TA S T E { DINING OUT } BELOW: Saffron’s Tomm Yum Noodle Soup. LEFT: 100 Wines’ Spicy Sausage and Artichoke Fettuccine with sauteed shrimp and oven-roasted tomatoes.

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Saffron (Opened in August, Terminal 2) The titillating photos of Thai cuisine gracing Saffron’s India Street digs compel airport visitors familiar with the spot to schlep their luggage inside this second location. Founder Su-Mei Yu felt it was time to give travelers healthy alternatives and gluten-free dining options. “Our food has wonderful fragrances and it will make people on the planes jealous,” she says, referring in part to her acclaimed salad rolls, curries and pad Thai noodles that appear on the abbreviated menu. As part of her agreement with the concessionaire, Yu relinquished management rights, but insists she isn’t worried. “I have friends and spies to make sure the food is right,” she says. 100 Wines (Opening in March 2014, Terminal 2) Arriving with time to spare before takeoff will soon afford an opportunity to test which wines pair best with sausage-artichoke fettuccine and fig-bacon pizza with smoked gouda. “Those are only a few of the items that will be on our airport menu,” says owner David Cohn, who plans to capture the same Old World charm at the airport that his design team implemented at 100 Wines Hillcrest. Unlike his street location, which serves only dinner and Sunday brunch, the airport kitchen will also dish out breakfast and lunch, while catering to kiddie travelers, too. “The previous food offerings at the airport were pretty pedestrian,” Cohn says. “I’d rather have visitors get a taste of what San Diego has to offer.”

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Stone Brewing Company (Opened in August, Terminal 2) The only folks who shouldn’t be sampling craft beer in Stone’s sleek, new outlet are pilots. As multiple taps pump the company’s latest and greatest suds, the bill of fare has come to include hop-friendly sausage plates and duck tacos like those served at the brewery’s World Bistro and Gardens in nearby Liberty Station. The organics that appear in other dishes originate mostly from local plots, including Stone Farms in Escondido. With its beer distribution now in 37 states, not to mention countless San Diego bars, Stone is providing the traveling masses a drinking sanctuary that feels like home.

Emerald Express The Kearny Mesa restaurant brings the unexpected addition of fresh dim sum to Terminal 1 in November, along with transportable duck filets, honey-walnut shrimp and other Cantonese specialties. Phil’s BBQ Follow your nose through Terminal 2 and you’ll encounter the charry ribs, chicken and saucy-faced customers that have made this San Diego barbecue house the envy of all others. Garden by Tender Greens The recent arrival of farm-tofork salads and organic proteins cooked on a Brazilian grill in the Commuter Terminal means that you can put away your Trail Mix for the long run. California wines, craft beers and cocktails are also available.

Tommy V’s Pizzeria Coming soon to Terminal 2 are thin-crust pies made in front of your eyes. This North County favorite offers a plethora of sassy toppings you won’t find at Sbarro. Craft Brews on 30th Street Since mid-summer, Terminal 1 visitors have been exposed to a glimpse of 30th Street’s teeming pub scene, thanks to a replica of the North Park street sign hanging above a dozen taps showcasing local brewers. Burgers and pork sliders add to the pre-flight merriment. Jack in the Box No touchdown in San Diego feels complete unless you’ve wolfed down a pair of deep-fried tacos encasing that mulchy mixture of beef and soy, or a burger smeared with tangy secret sauce. The locally based fast-food chain replaces McDonald’s in Terminal 1. E I G H TY - e igh t [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]



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e’re all familiar with tacos, elote (Spanish for “corn on the cob”) and baconwrapped hot dogs. Now, there’s another type of Mexican street food that’s gaining popularity stateside: Tostilocos. Typically, this on-the-go snack is made by cutting open a bag of flavored corn chips and pilingon toppings such as pickled pig skin, tamarind candies, Japanese peanuts, jicama, cucumber, lime juice, chamoy (savory sauce) and hot sauce. This loco combination of ingredients creates seriously satisfying contrasts in flavor and texture. The chips are crunchy; the toppings are soft; and the sauces are sweet, salty and spicy. This recipe for Bacon Tostilocos deviates from tradition in two ways. First, I’ve substituted thin strips of smoky bacon for the pickled pig skin. Second, I’ve included quick-pickled cucumber and red onion to add another note of sweet, sour and salt. You can easily make these pickles at home in an hour, most of which is wait time. The fully assembled snack is addicting. Serve it on a plate as a fun appetizer at a party or enjoy it at the beach straight from the bag. There’s no official recipe for Tostilocos, so I urge you to play around with the ingredients outlined below. Precision is needed for the pickles, but you can adjust or omit almost any ingredient for the Tostilocos. I purchased all ingredients at Pancho Villa’s Mexican Market in Normal Heights.

Bacon Tostilocos Ingredients For the quick pickles: 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon sugar Half of 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced Half of 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into half moons For the Tostilocos: 1 small bag (3.7 oz) salsa verde flavored chips 1 heaping tablespoon tamarind candies, plus more to taste 1 heaping tablespoon Japanese peanuts, plus more to taste 3 slices of bacon (cooked through but still pliable), thinly sliced Quarter of 1 small jicama, peeled and sliced into thin sticks Lime wedges, for serving Chamoy, for serving Hot sauce, for serving (Tapatio or the like) Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving n i n e t y - t wo [ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ]


Quick pickle. Add lime juice, oregano, salt and sugar to a small bowl, whisking to combine. Add sliced onion and cucumber, tossing in the pickling liquid. Let sit for one to three hours at room temperature, tossing every 20 minutes for the first hour. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month. Stack and serve. Arrange a layer of chips on a large plate. Scatter some of the pickled onion and cucumber, candies, peanuts, bacon and jicama over top. Add another layer of chips and toppings. Dress the entire plate with freshly squeezed lime juice, chamoy and hot sauce to taste. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro. On the go. To enjoy these Tostilocos on the go, open the bag of chips by slitting through one of the long sides. Add toppings and flavorings directly to the bag. Be sure to bring extra napkins.

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TA S T E { drink }

Drop it Like it’s Shot A blue-collar beginning for a popular drink B y L e o S chmid P ho t os b y K ris t i n a Yamamo t o


was a cold Christmas night in 1801 (as legend has it), when all through the tavern, Richard Trevithick and his friends were… drinking. The crew was out for an evening in Cornwall, England, celebrating Trevithick’s invention, a steam-powered vehicle, having just climbed a hill. After throwing back maybe a few too many whiskey-and-beer combos, the guys returned from the pub to check on their modern machine and discovered, to their blurryeyed dismay, the vehicle had been reduced to ashes. Amid the day’s excitement, the jolly Englishmen had neglected to extinguish the fire in the machine’s boiler before going to get hammered. When it ran out of water, the machine went up in flames. The silver lining? Out of that regrettable night of drinking, it is said, the boilermaker was born (although “boilerdestroyer” might have been a more accurate moniker). A boilermaker is a “drop-shot” — in this case, a shot of whiskey dropped into a pint of beer, which is then chugged. The ill-fated mix eventually spread across the industrialized world, giving bluecollar steel and railroad workers a great way to relax after a long day. In addition to keeping the working class pickled, the boilermaker has paved the way for a panoply of newer drop-shots, including the classic Sake Bomb (sake in beer), the universally loved Jäger Bomb (a shot of Jägermeister in a glass of Red Bull) and the as-dangerous-as-itsounds Flaming Dr. Pepper: a shot of Amaretto and Bacardi 151, lit on fire and dropped into a beer.

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Downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular RA Sushi has released a new menu of signature drop-shots, including fresh takes on the traditional Sake Bomb, where a shot of sake is balanced on two chopsticks sitting on a half-pint of beer. To activate the drink, pound your fists on the table until the shot falls into the glass, and then slam it (the drink, not the glass). Gaslamp newcomer Kamikaze Seven is also dropping bombs (see menu below). RA Sushi 474 Broadway, Gaslamp 619.321.0021, USA Bomb: shot of Jack Daniels in Budweiser Fuji Bomb: shot of apple sake in Kirin beer Fire Bomb: shot of Fireball cinnamon whiskey in Angry Orchard apple cider (pictured) Chocolate Cherry Bomb: shots of cherry vodka and Godiva chocolate liqueur in stout beer Kamikaze 7 411 Market St., Gaslamp 619.696.6262, Lost in Translation: shot of Suntory Time whiskey in Orion beer Black Magic: shot of espresso in Sapporo beer Shogun: shot of Shochu (Japanese vodka) in Sapporo beer Pearl Harbor: shot of Nigori unfiltered sake in Sapporo beer Uni Bomber: quail egg in shot of cold sake topped with uni (sea urchin), dropped in Sapporo beer

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Voted the “Sexiest Babe of Indie Rock” by in 2003, this folky singer-songwriter is also a member of the band The New Pornographers, which kinda gave her a leg up on the competition (Playboy’s into that sort of thing).


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9/3: Said the Whale @ Soda Bar, These Canadian indie rockers will release their fourth album, hawaiii, mid-September.

9/11: Minus the Bear @ Belly Up, Indie rock quintet out of Seattle, with a new album, Acoustics II, slated for release on September 9.

9/4: Tesla Boy @ Soda Bar, Electro pop foursome from Russia currently on a world tour.

9/12: Andre Nickatina @ House of Blues, This rapper/producer won Artist of The Year and Album of The Year (for Bullets, Blunts in Ah Big Bankroll) at the Bay Area Rap Awards in 2005.


9/5: Everlast @ Belly Up, This hip-hopper-turned-rocker is best known for his 1998 hit, “What it’s Like.”


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9/6: Dave Matthews Band @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Later this year, the South Africa-born frontman will perform in his native country for the first time. For now, he’s rocking Chula Vista. 9/6: Charli XCX @ House of Blues, Charlotte Aitchison (aka Charli XCX) started writing indie pop songs when she was eight years old; she released her first two singles at age 16. Since being discovered by Kanye West in 2008, the “Day ‘n’ Nite” hip-hop singersongwriter launched his own record label, Wicked Awesome Records.

9/6: Earth, Wind, and Fire @ San Diego Civic Theatre, This funky jazz band has been rocking for more than four decades and is credited with being the first AfricanAmerican band to sell out New York City’s Madison Square Garden. 9/7: Murder By Death @ The Casbah, These indie rockers raised nearly $200k on Kickstarter last year to fund their sixth album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon. The lead singer sounds like Johnny Cash. 9/7: Hopsin @ House of Blues, Known for his creepy use of white contact lenses, this Los Angeles-based rapper will release a new album, Knock Madness, at the end of this year. 9/8: ZZ Ward @ House of Blues, This Pennsylvania-born singersongwriter first joined a band (her father’s) at the age of 12.

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9/8: Melissa Etheridge @ Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, The raspy-voiced rocker has been a prominent gay-rights activist since her public coming-out at the Triangle Ball celebrating President Clinton’s inauguration.

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9/12: The Dangerous Summer @ SOMA, These indie rockers from Maryland played the Vans Warped Tour in 2011. 9/13: The Features @ The Griffin, Indie rock foursome currently signed to Kings of Leon’s record label, Serpents & Snakes. 9/13: Rascal Flatts @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, These good ol’ Nashville boys are touring with country trio The Band Perry and The Voice season-three winner, Cassadee Pope. 9/13: Carly Rae Jepsen @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, This is the girl responsible for “Call Me Maybe.” Don’t worry, she’ll be gone soon. 9/13-14: San Diego Music Thing 2013 @ VARIOUS VENUES AROUND SAN DIEGO, SANDIEGOMUSICTHING.COM This two-day music festival features Ra Ra Riot, The Album Leaf, Weekend, FIDLAR and nearly 150 other bands performing on 16 stages. 9/14: Orgone @ The Griffin, Put on your dancin’ shoes — these funksters are out to “move your ass and melt your face.” 9/14-15: Operation KickAss Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction and more will rock the South Bay stage over two days. 9/15: Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ The Belly Up, Performing with Nine Inch Nails on the Tension tour starting in October, these Canadian rockers should be forgiven the confusing use of punctuation — they’re from Quebec after all. {continued on page 100}

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9/17: Luis Miguel @ Pechanga Resort & Casino, Known as El Sol de México (“The Sun of Mexico”), this Latino singersongwriter won his first Grammy at age 15, making him the second youngest to do so (behind LeAnn Rimes). 9/18: Wynonna Judd @ The Belly Up, After rising to stardom in the ’80s in the mother-daughter duo The Judds, Wynonna went on to become a solo singer, actress and New York Times bestselling author. And still, all anyone ever wants to talk about is Ashley! 9/19: Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, These southern rockers have had plenty of highs and lows in their nearly 50-year music career, including a deadly 1977 plane crash that killed the then lead singer, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

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9/19: Julieta Venegas @ House of Blues, This trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) singer and musician has scored several Latin Grammys over the past decade. 9/20: 91X X-Fest @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Rescheduled from May to accommodate headliner and San Diego spawn Blink-182, this year’s annual X-Fest features punk rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Offspring and more. 9/20: Tech N9NE @ House of Blues, This rapper’s songs are frequently used in video games, including the (totally educational) game 25 To Life, in which he makes a cameo appearance. 9/20: Diana Krall @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, Canadian jazz singer-songwriter and producer of Barbara Streisand’s 2009 album, Love Is the Answer. {continued on page 102}


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9/21: We Butter the Bread with Butter @ SOMA, German deathcore band on tour to promote its third album, Goldkinder.

9/27: Gary Clark Jr. @ House of Blues, This Texas-born blues rocker played the Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza music festivals last year.

9/21: The Vaccines @ The Casbah, This indie rock band has opened for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

9/28: Between the Buried and Me @ House of Blues, This progressive metal band will perform its Future Sequence album in its entirety at every show on this year’s fall tour.

9/22: Fall Out Boy @ Valley View Casino Center, Pop punk band with an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting the most interviews in a 24-hour period (74 total). 9/22: Depeche Mode @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Britain’s Q Magazine named these alt-rockers as being among “50 Bands that Changed the World.” 9/25: The Naked and Famous @ House of Blues, Songs by these New Zealand altrockers have been used in TV shows including The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy. 9/27: Air Supply @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, This soft-rock duo met nearly 40 years ago, during a “Jesus Christ Superstar” rehearsal in Australia.


9/28: Keith Urban @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Aussie country rocker who’s a returning judge on American Idol and is married to fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman. 9/29: Matt Nathanson @ House of Blues, Folk rock singer-songwriter most recognized for his 2008 hit, “Come On Get Higher.” 9/29: Bullet for My Valentine @ SOMA, Welsh heavy metal band that started out playing under the moniker Jeff Killed John. 9/30: Vampire Weekend @ SDSU Open Air Theatre, events. Films Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, I Love You, Man and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse feature songs by these indie rockers from New York.

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9/6: POSSO @ BANG BANG, BANGBANGSD.COM Two ladies from L.A., bringing down some killer house music. For a taste of what’s in store, check out their bootleg of “Down in Mexico” by The Coasters. 9/7: M A N I K @ EL DORADO, ELDORADOBAR.COM Making the trip out from NYC, M A N I K dips into a variety of EDM genres with his remixes and productions, but he really thrives with deep house and nu-disco.




Known for the hit single “You,” the UK producer touches on a wide range of electronic music from ambient chill wave to minimal techno.

9/8: CHRIS LAKE @ INTERVENTION SUNDAYS, INTERVENTIONSD.COM Scottish DJ Chris Lake’s single “Changes” landed on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart. 9/12: THE M MACHINE @ FLUXX, FLUXXSD.COM A progressive house trio from San Francisco with a slew of remixes for big names like Bruno Mars and Passion Pit.

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9/12: DIGITALISM (DJ SET) @ VOYEUR, VOYEURSD.COM This German duo will play fantastic selections of progressive house and techno. 9/14: MORGAN PAGE @ DIVE DAY CLUB, DIVEDAYCLUB.COM; AND BANG BANG, BANGBANGSD.COM Nominated for two Grammys, this big-time progressive house DJ/ producer hails from Vermont. 9/15: MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY @ PETCO PARK, MADDECENTBLOCKPARTY.COM Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis and Jack U pack the parking lot at Petco Park.

9/19: AC SLATER @ FLUXX, FLUXXSD.COM Not to be confused with Filner’s friend and San Diego’s binational affairs director, this AC Slater is no stranger to FLUXX. This shining star from the Trouble & Bass label will play heavy progressive house, and will definitely not be inviting the mayor.

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9/20: CASHMERE CAT @ BANG BANG, BANGBANGSD.COM This 25-year-old Norwegian’s remix of “No Lie” by 2 Chainz placed first on VICE Magazine’s list of “25 Awesome Genre-Benders of 2012.” The hard-to-pin-down EDM producer has since collaborated with big names like Maroon 5 and Jeremih.

9/26: CYRIL HAHN, RYAN HEMSWORTH @ BANG BANG, BANGBANGSD.COM Expect super-groovy house tunes from these two. Cyril Hahn is known for smooth remixes of big R&B acts like Mariah Carey and Destiny’s Child, and has been featured on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1.

9/21: LAZY RICH @ BASSMNT, BASSMNT.COM Canadians love their progressive house, and Lazy Rich is one of the best they have to offer. Expect big remixes of Sander Van Doorn and Avicii.

9/26: FIREBEATZ @ FLUXX, FLUXXSD.COM This Dutch progressive house duo’s 2011 hit “It’s Like That 2011” reached the top of the charts in four countries. 9/28: PAUL OAKENFOLD @ VOYEUR, VOYEURSD.COM Perhaps best-known for annoying players of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 with repetitive loadingscreen music, the neargeriatric (he’s 50!) English trance-legend is bringing his world-renowned skills back to the Gaslamp.




9/22: THE STAFFORD BROTHERS @ INTERVENTION SUNDAYS, INTERVENTIONSD.COM Originally from New Zealand, these boys are NOW based out of Australia and reign supreme at the top of the list of Australian DJs, according to the inthemix DJ Awards.

This pair, performing together, will be a sight to see. Both are unique techno house producers in their own right, and they’ve collaborated on a few booming tracks that may just level Voyeur.


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are a heavy alt-rock band with elements of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys. A real power-trio, these guys have been making their mark on the local music scene for almost a year, playing shows regularly and supporting other bands in town by going to their shows. The group just released its debut EP, Starfisher. Of note… Drummer Danny Katz says the band has been described as “a mix between The Doors and the Foo Fighters.”

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moved to San Diego in April, relocating from the hipster haven of Brooklyn, New York, traveling against the tide of countless SD bands that have made the opposite trek. The band’s sound is a mix of The Beatles and The Kinks, with some Stones thrown in for good measure. Download their self-titled album from their website for free. Of note… The band formed after bassist /vocalist David Hyman and guitarist/ vocalist Scott Seader met on a plane en route to Chicago 11 years ago.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Sutton Papanikolas has four nipples and brews beer.

Hyman says they came to San Diego to “find the gnar.”

Kats and Papanikolas (and the writer of this story) graduated from La Jolla High School.

The core of the band moved from Brooklyn. They found John Hegner with a Craigslist ad.

Neighbors to the North (from left): Sutton Papanikolas, Paul Moffat and Danny Katz.

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Sushi joint, Tokyo-themed bar, the biggest disco ball on the planet (almost) — you never know what’s hiding behind the next curtain at downtown’s new Bang Bang.

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he roar of airplanes making their final approach to nearby Lindbergh Field makes North Little Italy’s El Camino the perfect place to enjoy a drink while reading this transportation-themed issue of PacificSD. The nueva Mexicana-themed bar/restaurant sits directly below the flight path. The noise is a trip. “More than 90 percent of guests love the planes flying over so loudly, and they think it’s amazing,” says bartender Brynn Nersesian. “They cheer and do shots and play drinking games. There are a few people who hate it, but we’re loud and vibrant. This is definitely not your Nana’s place... though, your Nana is welcome here. Just know what you’re getting her into.” Nersesian, 31, is a New Hampshire native and now downtown denizen who’s been in San Diego for 10 years. She started with the company at El Camino’s original location in South Park (now closed) four years ago. Nersesian recalls a time at El Camino (formerly Airport Lounge) when a plane caused a big stir. “When planes fly over, there is a [wave of turbulence] that happens about a minute after they pass,” she says. “And sometimes there’s wind. Earlier this summer, the patio was full, around dinnertime, and so much wind came that it stirred up dirt and sand and just covered all the people and their food.” Most shrugged it off. Some folks had to have their meals replaced. “I don’t know why it happened that day,” says Nersesian. “But that’s the only time it’s ever done that.” So the odds are low that an airplane vortex will affect anyone who stops by for weekend brunch and orders a 40-ounce cocktail punch bowl. “People love our new punch bowls,” says Nersesian, who had a hand in creating El Camino’s cocktail list. “They’re tequila-based, and we light them on fire. We put them in these amazing, vintage, carnival-glass bowls. We were giving people teacups to drink from, but

we’ve found most people want to drink them through straws. It’s a party vibe.” The list of party drinks goes on to include Micheladas – beer mixed with Clamato and served in a glass boot with the rim lined with spicy chili and dried lime. “I think half the people who order a Michelada do it because we serve it in a boot,” says Nersesian, whose drink of choice is a Mezcal Old-Fashioned. That’s what she’ll be holding in her hand when a 747 whisks her off to a vacation on Oahu. O NE


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Love at First


What do you do for fun? TALIA: Food, friends, family and my French bulldog. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing, as long as I’ve got good company, good food and get to bring my dog, then I am having a good time. OLIVER: I create art.

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alia grew up in Fallbrook and now lives in Pacific Beach. For a living, she’s a VIP cocktail server at Side Bar Ultra Lounge in the Gaslamp. Oliver is from Sausalito, near the San Francisco Bay area. He lives in the Gaslamp, co-owns the popular Rubicon Deli (with locations in Mission Beach and Little Italy) and moonlights as a professional paintball player. If Oliver looks familiar, it’s either because you’re an avid paintball fan, or because you recognize him from his first PacificSD blind date, in the March 2011 issue. Perhaps the second time’s a charm (the first time wasn’t). Talia and Oliver met for the first time half-an-hour ago, and are now cruising in an Epic Limo en route to San Dieguito Park, in Del Mar, where they’ll pose as fashion models for this issue’s “Let’s Go Glamping” photo shoot (see page 68). Before they arrive to get made-over and done-up, let’s review the pre-date interviews. {continued on page 120} O NE


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What are you looking for in a date, physically and/ or otherwise? TALIA: Tall, dark and handsome; a man and a gentleman. I am oldfashioned when it comes to manners of love and how a man should treat a lady. OLIVER: Anything physical would be nice, maybe a little continuity. Someone capable of healthy conversation and maybe even teaching me something. Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less. TALIA: Comfortable in my own skin. OLIVER: Elegant, smooth, unique, confident, realistic.

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Rate yourself on a scale from 1 to 10 for looks. TALIA: Happy, wherever that lands me on the scale. OLIVER: Eight, but getting better with age. How about for personality? TALIA: Nobody’s perfect. I just always try to be a 10. OLIVER: 9.9. What’s your biggest fear? TALIA: If I see a cockroach, I will freak out. I am absolutely terrified of them. Even thinking about it grosses me out. OLIVER: Not procreating. What traits could your date exhibit that would be complete deal-breakers? TALIA: Poor manners, hygiene or etiquette.

OLIVER: Being typical. Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be “blank” and “blank.” TALIA: A gentleman and handsome. OLIVER: Beautiful and juicy. Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less? TALIA: Nothing more, could be less. OLIVER: Always aiming for the stars. What’s the most important thing in the world? TALIA: All you need is love. OLIVER: Perpetuation.


As Talia and Oliver roll up to the mock campsite for the photo shoot, PacificSD’s styling team tends to their hair and makeup, and then fits them with fall fashions borrowed from local boutiques. Then, action! From the first click of the shutter, the daters seem to be enjoying themselves. Talia’s smiling; Oliver’s cracking jokes that have her and the whole production crew laughing. Pretending they’re on a romantic, backwoods getaway, she pours espresso while he lights an ecofriendly stove. Wardrobe change. Then, he takes an outdoor shower while she chops wood. Wardrobe change. Between outfits, H UN D R E D

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Oliver gives no sign of blushing as he strips down to his underwear. The two seem to be hitting it off. After the final shot, and a mug of champagne in the Volkswagen van, the two change back into civilian clothes, jump into the limo and head to the launch site for their sunset sojourn in the Hendrick’s Gin hot air balloon. As they soar thousands of feet above Del Mar, they’ll enjoy cucumber gimlets (Hendrick’s Gin, pressed lime and cucumber) mixed by in-flight bartender Joey Weller from downtown’s The Lion’s Share. THANK YOU! Epic Limo 858.270.LIMO (5466),


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What were your first impressions? TALIA: He had a card for me. I just thought that was really thoughtful, sweet, considerate. It was a picture of an orchid. OLIVER: She lives in PB. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.


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s Talia and Oliver arrive at the hot air balloon takeoff location near the Del Mar Polo Fields, the clouds overhead have grown thick and grey. The wind is picking up. Legally, the balloon can’t launch when the cloud-cover is this dense, as a lack of visibility would make it susceptible to colliding with another aircraft. As they wait for a break in the weather, the daters get things off the ground by hopping into the balloon basket and sipping

Hendrick’s Gin cocktails. Oliver smirks while continuously cranking open the release valve on the balloon’s engines. Given the pleasure he appears to derive from sending burning propane roaring into the sky, it’s easy to picture this paintballer wielding a flamethrower. Then comes the deflating news: the flight has been canceled due to inclement weather. What a letdown. Perhaps the silver lining in this cloud is that both daters need to hit the bathroom, which could have posed a challenge, not O NE


to mention a cool photo op, in the air. Back in the limo, the couple rides west to Sea & Smoke, Del Mar’s freshest surf ‘n’ turf hotspot by celebrated restaurateur/chef, Matt Gordon (Urban Solace in North Park, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas). As they arrive at the restaurant, Talia and Oliver take a seat on the courtyard patio. Once they’ve had a chance to share appetizers, they’re split for mid-date debriefings. t w e n t y - t wo


Has your date been fun and interesting to talk with? TALIA: Yes, he has a great sense of humor. OLIVER: I really can’t get a read on her because I think she likes a different sort of guy. We’ve had good talks, but I still haven’t been able to break her down. I think she’s got bigger fish to fry. What do you think of how your date is dressed? TALIA: I love his style. He has his own personal attention to detail and swag. OLIVER: She wore a really vibrant blue dress; it was nice. And she had no bra on, which I’m a huge fan of, by the way. {continued on page 124}

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Is this the type of person you’d normally date? TALIA: In all honesty, no. He’s really nice and funny, and has a great sense of humor, but I think we’re a too much alike. I also think he’s a little bit overly confident. I like that he knows what he likes and wants, but that’s something that could potentially make us butt heads. OLIVER: Not really. She’s very pretty, without a doubt, and she’s got a great body, but I like these open, overzealous girls that are hilarious and super confident in themselves. We haven’t clicked yet. I’ve been trying really hard to be as stupid as hell and make jokes, but she hasn’t really given back yet. I like girls that don’t take themselves too seriously. I don’t take myself seriously at all.

How was the photo shoot? TALIA: The shoot was fun. I think he managed to make every moment not awkward. He’s just lighthearted and funny and tried to make everybody on the shoot feel included and not uncomfortable. OLIVER: The photo shoot was great. The Grand Artique does a hell of a job, and we had the Beach Bum Blazers VW there. They made us look good. My date looked really good, actually. I was very impressed. It was a good shoot. It was funny to be in it. How was almost hot air ballooning? TALIA: I’m glad it was too overcast. I would have been terrified. I was so happy with exactly what happened. OLIVER: I’ve always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon… and now I O NE

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks. TALIA: Seven. OLIVER: 8.5.

guess I still do. Put it on the I.O.U. for PacificSD. The bartenders from The Lion’s Share were great, though. The cocktails were delicious, the Hendrick’s was good, and we’re still alive. What’s the most attractive thing your date has done so far? TALIA: I think that he actually handles himself like a true gentleman, at all times. He opens car doors, makes sure I’m comfortable and happy. OLIVER: The most attractive thing she’s done so far is definitely not-wear a bra. She’s 28, she knows what she likes and she’s got an agenda, which is also attractive. What’s the least attractive thing your date has done? TALIA: I haven’t gotten there yet.


And for personality? TALIA: Ten. OLIVER: Eight. Do you want to kiss your date now? TALIA: No. OLIVER: No. I’d probably like to grab onto her boobs, though. OLIVER: She got into the limo and started text messaging, and that’s just kinda lame, in general. If anyone goes on a date, you should be with the person. I mean, we’ve all got lives, we all want to check our Instagram, we all want to be those selfish social mediaers, but it’s just not very polite to do it on a date.

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Does your date want to kiss you? TALIA: I have no idea, I hope not. OLIVER: Probably not, no. THANK YOU! Hedrick’s Gin {continued on page 126}

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s their entrees arrive, Talia and Oliver are finally left alone to enjoy the rest of their date away from the cameras. The next morning, we call to find out what we missed.

How was dinner at Sea & Smoke? TALIA: The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and I loved being able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful San Diego summer night. OLIVER: Dinner was nice. The place is the new, trendy place-to-be in Del Mar. What did you eat and

drink? TALIA: A lot. I am not a picky eater, and Oliver has a true love for food, so I let him do the ordering. We drank a delicious bottle of red wine and, honestly, everything I ate and drank was good, especially the French fries. OLIVER: We had some delicious Hendrick’s cocktails at our mock hot air O NE

balloon ride, so I was feeling a little loose. We ordered the mussels and yellow tail crudo, as well as a decanted red wine. We shared the pork shoulder and the salmon. We did really good at ordering. What happened after the magazine crew left you two alone? TALIA: I was ready for bed. I had the limo drop me off at home and let Oliver take it out on the town. The ride home was actually one of my favorite parts of the day.


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It was pretty obvious at that point there was no romantic connection. OLIVER: The date became a little mundane. I could tell she wasn’t very excited to be there anymore when she noticed her ex-boyfriend at the bar with another girl. I wasn’t interested in any sort of drama occurring, or being even slightly involved. She couldn’t hop out of the limo fast enough. I think my garlic breath from the mussels must have been singeing her eyelashes. Was there a kiss or romantic exchange? TALIA: No, nothing of that sort. OLIVER: No, she was too busy texting other people and worrying about her dog


for me to even try to put the effort in. What’s the funniest thing that happened during the date? TALIA: There are too many to choose from. Oliver knows how to make a girl laugh. OLIVER: When we were leaving, she tried to make me go talk to her ex with her, but I fled up the stairs. I wanted no involvement at all, and then I heard someone take a big spill right at the foot of the steps. I could only imagine it was right in front of her ex. Then she confirmed it was her, and embarrassing. We laughed about it. {continued on page 128}



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What was the worst part of the date? TALIA: Being on different pages. I just felt really bad, because from what I have seen so far, he really is such a great guy. He was so attentive, funny, thoughtful, and went out of his way to make the date special. It just wasn’t the perfect match for me. OLIVER: I just wish my date was more into the experience. These things are about having fun; the stories are everything. I wish we had more excitement, like we took the limo to Vegas and got hitched. Will there be a second date? TALIA: Romantic date, no. As friends, yes. We shook on it. OLIVER: Considering she wouldn’t even hold my hand, I’m gonna say probably-definitely-maybeno, for sure.

What’s one thing your date really should know before his/her next date? TALIA: Try to always remember to open the car or limo door for her. OLIVER: Texting while on a date is just rude; that goes for everyone. Excuse yourself to the rest room and connect with your outside life. When you’re together, try to be present. If you can’t stand it, excuse yourself from the date and don’t waste anyone’s time. AFTERMATCH: Despite a picture-perfect start, Talia and Oliver’s blind date never really took off. At the mid-date break, she said, “he’s really nice and funny,” and he said, “she’s very pretty… and she’s got a great body.” But much like the balloon, the romance was going nowhere. Perhaps there was a glimmer of hope when Talia said, “he actually handles himself like a true o n e

gentleman,” but hopes were dashed when Oliver said, “I’d probably like to grab onto her boobs.” Probably? The point is, he wasn’t sure. Like the wind did to a would-be hot air balloon adventure, the PacificSD matchmakers blew it. We didn’t forge a love connection, but the good news is that the Glamping

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COMPLETELY BOOKED SAN DIEGO’S NEW Central Library IS FINALLY READY TO OPEN ITS DOORS P H O T O B Y J E F F “ TU R B O ” C O R R I G A N Downtown’s new library has everything, including a super-techy charter high school. Here are the Top Seven reasons to check it out.


Building the library complex cost you and the rest of San Diego’s taxpayers $184.9 million. If you don’t at least go check it out, it will be a slap in the face… to yourself.


The new facility will house 60 percent more books than the old one. That’s more than 1.2 million options to rub all over your Kindle to make it smell authentic.


That metal dome on top of the building is known as the People’s Penthouse, and it’s common knowledge that anything goes in a penthouse.

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The on-site bank of computers has quadrupled in size, which means up to 400 creepers can now have their porn searches blocked simultaneously. The place will be stocked with four tons of candy and a few thousand lost puppies. Okay, that’s conjecture, but the library’s vision statement includes the following: “Imagine 40,000 children at Kid’s Day at the ballpark, spilling out of the game and walking across the street to the new Central Library…” What else would get the kids so fired up? Books?


The LEED Silver-certified property will have nine electric-vehicle charging stations, making it the perfect place to ditch your Car2Go (see “In for a Ride,” page 74)


The library has a café that offers free WiFi. There is virtually zero chance that intelligence will rub off on you at Starbucks, but inside a cultural hub packed with more than a million books and… high schoolers? Sh!t, forgot about the high schoolers. Probably still work in a Starbucks.

The New Central Library celebrates its grand opening September 28, so go get carded. Many happy returns!

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