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SPECTACULAR SAN DIEGO One of the best things about exploring “America’s Finest City” is that the possibilities are endless. Here, it really is possible to surf and snow-ski in the same day during the winter months, while the region’s rich history and dynamic cultural destinations reward adventure-seekers year-round. As the birthplace of California, San Diego was the launchpad of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis monoplane. The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are more than 100 years old. The county’s coastline—which spans 70 miles of tranquil bays and beaches—is the stuff of California dreams. These and other enduring attractions such as SeaWorld, Legoland and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch attracted nearly 36 million visitors last year. Then there are those compelling experiences and stories unfolding around the county that may surprise you. Your hotel puts you at the

Then there are those

center of it all.

compelling experiences

In these pages, we present a thoughtfully curated insider’s look at the places and people

and stories unfolding around the county that

making San Diego tick. We visit some iconic destinations, such as Ocean Beach—a quintes-

may surprise you ... In

sential SoCal beach community known for its landmark pier, dedicated surfing community

these pages, we present

and eclectic, bohemian vibe. We tour the renowned Birch Aquarium at Scripps—home to more

a thoughtfully curated insider’s look at the

than 60 aquarium habitats and 5,000 fish; as well as exhibits showcasing the latest cutting-

places and people

edge research from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The aquarium

making San Diego tick.”

recently unveiled a new permanent exhibit: one of the largest seahorse and seadragon habitats in the world, holding nearly 5,400 gallons of water.


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We explore a new, state-of-the-art performing arts venue—the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, nicknamed “The Conrad.” The $82 million design

SEE Springtime in S.D. means blooming flowers countywide. Visit Anza-Borrego

marvel is the new home of the La Jolla Music Society,

Desert State Park or The

which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Flower Fields at Carlsbad

We remember Audrey Geisel, a beloved philan-

Ranch—boasting 50 acres of brilliant blossoms.

thropist, community pillar and the widow of children’s author Theodor Geisel—famously known as


Dr. Seuss. We reflect on the rich contributions and

A walk along the water-

legacies left by both. (Dr. Seuss dreamt up How the Grinch Stole Christmas! from his La Jolla home.) To dine, we head to the bustling Convoy District—a culinary hotspot and true melting pot of authentic Asian cuisine and culture. Known locally as “the

front downtown is a must. You’ll find grassy parks, towering palms and unique sculptures lining the paths near the San Diego Convention Center.

Convoy,” the area spans a 1.5-mile stretch of Convoy


Street in Kearny Mesa and comprises more than 100

The county’s dynamic

restaurants, bakeries, bars and cafes. We stop for a cup of coffee … but not just any coffee. San Diego is home to a grow-

culinary scene has produced exceptional dining outposts countywide.

ing number of craft coffeehouses that are brewing up robust, organic, fair-trade pours—

Expect fresh, locally

impressing even the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs. And our craft coffee movement

sourced cuisine prepared

has taken root, literally, with thousands of coffee plants now growing on local farms. These are just some of the riveting San Diego tales we tell on the following pages. America’s Finest City is multifaceted and fascinating with much to discover. We invite you to choose your own adventure. Welcome to San Diego.

—Jeff Levy, Publisher


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S.D. essenCE 20 top gear

32 bohemian rhapsody

s.d.’s coolest cars Inside architect Jonathan Segal’s rare automobile collection, nicknamed the “Bat Cave.” By bradley schweit

photo essay A look at Ocean Beach, the city’s most unique coastal ‘hood—a blend of colorful people and sites. By tim king

44 retail renaissance

upscale shopping The county’s chic lifestyle centers have made San Diego a prime destination to shop ‘til you drop. By sarah Daoust

26 under the sea

38 coffee talk

48 literary legacy

birch aquarium S.D.’s famous aquarium is home to some of the world’s most unique sealife, including rare seadragons. By claire caraska

craft coffee movement From locally grown beans to craft brews to pour-overs, S.D. is home to a growing craft coffee scene. By jordan fraser

ted and audrey geisel A look at the impact and rich contributions made by Audrey Geisel and “Dr. Seuss.” By stephanie thompson

28 the conrad

42 Q&A

50 call of the convoy

performing arts La Jolla Music Society celebrates its 50th anniversary and a brand-new permanent home. By pat launer 

annie lawless Meet a local who started her own juice and makeup empires. By nicole quiroz

asian restaurant row A culinary tour through the Convoy District, home to more than 100 Asian restaurants. By erin jackson

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MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS Top city-defining destinations: The order depends entirely on your interests and mood.

54 NEIGHBORHOODS COUNTY GUIDE A tour of San Diego’s most celebrated communities, from Coronado to the North Coast.


SHOPPING The region’s major shopping destinations and a selection of local boutiques and galleries.

69 CHOW TIME DINING A guide to the best restaurants in San Diego County, no matter your taste—from comfort food to sushi.


ARTS & ATTRACTIONS Museums, theaters, theme parks, nightclubs, golf and more make San Diego a playground for kids and adults alike.


Carlsbad Beach at sunset, a California dream come true.




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• Coffee Talk, p. 38 Since childhood, Karen Morrison has loved art, design, film and photography. She graduated from UC San Diego with a visual arts degree and continues to dabble in various arts; alongside her freelance photography and graphic design work. She is also the director of AIGA San Diego LINK, a nonprofit that provides free art workshops for underserved local teens.


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• Literary Legacy, p. 48 Stephanie Thompson is a writer and copy editor who covers the arts, pets, food, travel, books, education and family topics. She contributes to San Diego Magazine and has been published in the Los Angeles Times. She is also a PR consultant for performing arts and nonprofits. Find her at Balboa Park and Dog Beach with her greyhound Lola, volunteering at her local library, or at the theater.

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• Bohemian Rhapsody, p. 32 Longtime SoCal photographer Tim King is based out of his home studio in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. His specialties are corporate events and headshots; however, his pure passion for photography lies within life’s everyday adventures. Whether it’s a fire-lit drum circle at sundown on the beach, surfers hanging 10, a flock of local wild parrots, the farmers market and other snippets of daily life in Ocean Beach; or an icy Polar Bear Plunge in Nova Scotia—his passion for life reverberates through his camera. Check out his work at


• Coffee Talk, p. 38 SoCal native Jordan Fraser loves to write about everything and anything related to San Diego— thanks to the passion that sparked during her tenure as the digital editor for Where San Diego. Always active in the community, she can be found around town performing with Looking Glass Theatre, sharing local home improvement stories on ABC 10, practicing yoga, and taking her dog Sam on urban hikes to all of San Diego’s best coffee joints—on the hunt for the perfect cup of decaf.


• Top Gear, p. 20 Bradley Schweit has long been a fan of exploring and encouraging any and all endeavors that appeal to the right side of the cerebellum. Early artistic forays delved into the photographic realm, but writing and music entered the fray not long thereafter. Turning passion into profession, he has been a published scribe for more than two decades, and a full-time freelance photographer for the last dozen years. Check out some of his photographic work at

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The Beaches Diverse backdrops and beach life abound along San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline, which stretches from the legendary surf break Trestles in the north to Border Field State Park in the south, where the rusty fence separating the U.S. from Mexico disappears into the sea. The wide, sandy swaths of La Jolla Shores and Coronado practically beg for sandcastle-building and sunbathing; while people-watching is mandatory along the raucous Mission Beach and Pacific Beach boardwalks. Del Mar’s scenic, flat stretches make for an ideal romantic beach stroll; while sunsets splashed across the sky with the Oceanside Pier completing the backdrop are postcard-perfect. The beaches of sleepy Encinitas and Leucadia invite hours of lulling under an umbrella with a book. Serious surfers are drawn to Swami’s and Windansea, known for their challenging breaks and gorgeous craggy cliffs lining the frothy coast. Curiosity-seekers venture out to clothing-optional (albeit “not officially sanctioned”) Black’s Beach just north of La Jolla to get acquainted with their inner exhibitionist. (Nude volleyball, anyone?) Pick your beach and make it your own.


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Gaslamp Quarter

Past and present collide in this 16-square-block area full of historical architecture and bustling nightlife in the heart of downtown. An erstwhile red-light district once known as the Stingaree, the Gaslamp Quarter was also the one-time stomping ground of Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp. These days, Victorian-era outlaws have been replaced by 21st-century fun-seekers, who swarm the boutiques and galleries on Fourth and Fifth avenues by evening finery. With 130-plus restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafes in the neighborhood—and the Convention Center just steps away—the Gaslamp is this beach town’s undisputed urban center. The area’s historical charm is accented by gaslampstyle streetlights and brick buildings. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues between Broadway and Harbor Drive, 619.233.5227,

Animal Attractions

San Diego radiates animal magnetism. Begin the wildlife tour at the San Diego Zoo, whose creative enclosures house many exotic species, from fierce big cats to clever meerkats. Safari Park in Escondido lets visitors get up close and personal with beasts roaming spacious tracts of open land. SeaWorld, with its rides and shows, is part theme park, part aquatic zoo, and home to dolphins, penguins, orcas, sea turtles and the interactive Explorer’s Reef. Find more sea creatures at Birch Aquarium, perched on a bluff overlooking La Jolla. San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515,; Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702,; SeaWorld, 500 SeaWorld Drive, Mission Bay, 619.222.4732,; Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474,


day and spill off the sidewalks by night in all their

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Balboa Park

The cultural heart of San Diego and more than 100 years old, Balboa Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country— larger than even NYC’s Central Park. A gorgeous 1,200-acre patch of green at the city’s center, Balboa Park is home to no fewer than two dozen esteemed institutions celebrating the arts and humanities, including the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the historical Old Globe theater and museums dedicated to nearly every topic imaginable—from photography to folk art to model trains to aviation. In addition to stellar sightseeing, the park also offers plenty of hike and bike trails; a Japanese teahouse and friendship garden; the Botanical Building housing more than 2,000 plants; an IMAX theater at Fleet Science Center; and the Spreckels Organ—the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Pack a picnic and settle in for free, family-friendly concerts, held weekly. The Balboa Park Visitors Center is located at the House of Hospitality, 1549 El Prado, 619.239.0512,

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Old Town

San Diego’s earliest settlers and explorers nested here, from the Kumeyaay Indians 9,000 years ago to the Spanish missionaries who arrived in the 18th century. Billed as the “Birthplace of California,” Old Town features authentic historical structures within Old Town State Park, including the Cosmopolitan Hotel and an entertainment complex; plus more contemporary diversions along surrounding streets. Find tortillas grilling at the many restaurants lining San Diego Avenue, while the nearby shops at Bazaar (this page, from top) Edwin Santiago, lorenzo Menendez/Flux Photography; (opposite) Michael Snell/Alamy Stock Photo

del Mundo offer colorful collectibles celebrating Mexican heritage. Other Old Town attractions include an enclave of preserved Victorian homes known as Heritage Park, the Mormon Battalion Historic Site, a Sheriff’s Museum, an early Catholic cemetery, the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception and the haunted Whaley House Museum. San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street,

North Coast

San Diego’s North County coastal communities have a certain charm that must be experienced firsthand to fully appreciate. Yes, the pace is a bit slower than other areas, but locals prefer it that way. The North Coast’s many quaint pockets offer the best in boutique shopping, gallery hopping and beaches. Don’t miss the California Surf Museum and Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside; Legoland and the blooming Flower Fields (in springtime) in Carlsbad; the tranquil and stunning Lux Art Institute in Encinitas; the art-lovers’ paradise Cedros Design District in Solana Beach; dozens of upscale boutiques and fine dining in Del Mar; and a photo op with the infamous “Cardiff Kook” sculpture in Cardiff-bythe-Sea. For a list of North County attractions, visit


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Accessible by ferry or via the Coronado Bridge, this charming village across the bay from downtown San Diego is home to one of the city’s most famous sites: the Hotel del Coronado. The resort’s iconic red turrets can be seen from the sea—as well as on the silver screen. (Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like It Hot there.) Explore the rest of Coronado either on foot or while bicycling along 15 miles of bike paths. Those that run up and down Silver Strand State Beach are especially scenic, running all the way down and past the Coronado Cays—known for its gondola tours. The main drag, Orange Avenue, boasts quaint mom-and-pop shops, sidewalk cafes and early 20th-century residential architecture, ranging in style from English Tudor to Craftsman to Spanish Colonial. Coronado Visitor Center, 1100 Orange Ave., 866.599.7242,

Since 1969, San Diegans have supported their hometown Padres, the MLB team that gave rise to beloved late Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn, who is immortalized in a bronze statue at downtown’s Petco Park. At Del Mar Racetrack, A-list celebs have been betting on the ponies for more than 80 years. Racing season runs from mid-July to early September, then resumes in November. Taking place all year-round are action sports, boating and surfing contests—including the San Diego Crew Classic regatta at Crown Point on Mission Bay in March, and the World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside in August. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village, 619.795.5000,; Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141,;;

(top) Justin Galloway; (bottom) courtesy Petco park

Spectator Sports

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Just east of the I-5 at Encinitas Blvd. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 760/ 436-3036

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With more than 90 courses, it’s safe to say San Diego is more than a little enamored with the links. Still, it’s quality—not quantity—that counts; thankfully, some of the world’s most sought-after greens are located right here. Torrey Pines Golf Course has been played by nearly every boldfaced name in golf; it’s been home to an annual PGA tour stop for decades. In Carlsbad, the Park Hyatt Aviara (pictured) boasts San Diego’s only Arnold Palmer signature course, and Omni La Costa Resort has hosted numerous PGA tour events. In Poway, Maderas Golf Club was named by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses”—known for its Johnny Miller- and Robert Muir Graves-designed course. For tee times, call Showtime Golf, 866.661.2334.


World-Class Golf

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Top Gear An exclusive tour of architect Jonathan Segal’s coveted car collection, aka the “Bat Cave” W r i tte n a n d p h o to g ra p h e d b y B r a dl e y S c hwei t


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It’s nearly impossible to pass a city block that Jonathan Segal hasn’t touched. With close to 30 residential and mixed-used developments under his design belt, he is easily San Diego’s most revered modern-day architect/ developer. His portfolio is a study in ultra-contemporary, urban living spaces—exemplified by such residential towers as The Q in Little Italy, Mr. Robinson and Park & Polk (both in Hillcrest), and The Fort in Mission Hills. His newest is The Continental—42 micro-housing units (375 square feet each)—in Little Italy. Beyond his passion for building, few know that Segal is also a fanatical car aficionado, and the owner of one of the most impressive, valuable and rare collections of automobiles on the planet— housed in one of the coolest garages I have ever seen, nicknamed the “Bat Cave.” The climate-controlled, 9,000-square-foot subterranean lair is tucked away inside Park & Polk, and home to 16 of the most impressive works of automotive aestheticism and engineering known to man. It also boasts an actual working garage, where routine maintenance and troubleshooting are achieved; a lounge of which both James Bond and Don Draper would be envious (a special ducting system is designed to whisk away dust and smoke when Segal is enjoying scotch and cigars with the boys); and a custom vehicle elevator with the Batman logo painted on the roof, hence, the garage’s nickname. I would imagine that this is legitimately as close to Bruce Wayne’s “Bat Cave” as one can get without visiting an actual movie set. As if the space itself isn’t impressive enough, the vehicles housed within are enough to make any car enthusiast drool uncontrollably on the garage’s concrete floors (no, that’s not an oil leak). Segal is a fan of a wide array of cars, and his collection reflects his eclectic taste. He loves American vehicles—Corvettes specifically, of which he has a ’58, ’63, ’67 and ’71. He has a soft spot for Porsches.

He makes frequent cruises to L.A. in veritable land yachts otherwise known as ’66 and ’71 Caddies; the former of which boasts an interior with more square footage than my bedroom. And while classics and cruisers represent roughly half of Segal’s collection, speed is also well represented in the Bat Cave. Topping that list arguably would be his Porsche GT2 RS. He casually describes it, “they say it’s the fastest car in the world right now,” but didn’t volunteer any specs beyond the 700-horsepower engine. (I later found an article by Motor Authority: “The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Might Be Faster than Porsche Says It Is.” The article’s title emerged from a road test that put the car’s max speed at 219 mph, despite Porsche listing it as 211 in the original specs. Oh, and the car will go 0-60 in 2.7 seconds.)



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Other speed demons in his collection include a Ferrari 599 Spider and 2005 Ford GT that he describes aptly as “the cool American sports car.” Representing what is arguably the pinnacle of Segal’s collection, however, is a pair of Maseratis, the likes of which the world has never seen ... literally. There exists only one of each of those specific makes and models, and Segal owns both. The first, and arguably most important, is his 1956 Maserati A6G Frua Coupe. As Segal describes it, “This is potentially one of the most important all-original cars in the world.” The A6G Frua is actually the racecar version of the Maserati 2000 A6GCS Gran Sport, as it has a shorter wheelbase, notes Segal. The other half of the garaged pair is a restored A6G Frua that was purchased at auction in August 2018, and as Segal explains, “only recently were we even able to get it to run.” Which apparently isn’t entirely uncommon for vehicles in the 50- to 60-year-old range. When asked about his personal driving favorites (and he does drive all of them … if possible), Segal says candidly, “whichever car starts.”

Believe it or not, the original A6G was a barnfind vehicle that was once owned by French businessman Roger Baillon. Over the years, Baillon amassed more than 100 of the finest representations of automotive construction and innovation, with the intention of restoring each one to create a museum for the public to admire his collection. En route to his penultimate goal, however, Baillon’s businesses, and income, diminished. He was forced to sell roughly half of his collection, and the other half was stored on his property in the French countryside. In 2014, Baillon’s grandchildren inherited the collection of rust-riddled rarities and sold them at auction for close to $30 million. Segal hesitated to share on record what he paid for the A6G, but it was a relative steal. But for Segal, not unlike most car collectors, it’s not about the investment, prestige or attention; it’s the unique tales each tells, beneath and behind the tires, that makes each and every vehicle special. His cars are all perfectly imperfect in their own right, similar to Segal’s architectural style and prowess, and his approach to life itself: “I’m a type-A perfectionist,” he admits, “without the patience to be perfect.” And that makes them what they are: vehicles with a storied past … the pride in being able to own and even drive rare pieces of history. “The ’58 [Corvette] was a one-owner car,” Segal fondly shares. “I’ve got a picture of the lady … when she was 15 years old, when she bought this … looking over the steering wheel.” He continues, pointing to his 1971 Stingray: “That one is all original. It has only 20,000 original miles.” That’s true pride of ownership.

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UNDER THE SEA Birch Aquarium at Scripps makes a big splash with a new exhibit and many more oceanic wonders. BY CLAIRE CARASKA

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In 1903, zoologist William E. Ritter teamed up with a few influential San Diegans, including newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps and physician Fred Baker, to charter the Marine Biological Association of San Diego. Ritter created a modest laboratory in the boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado, but researchers quickly outgrew the tiny space. They moved to La Jolla Cove in 1905 and, for $992, built a new research home—which also included a public aquarium exhibit. Now known as Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego—one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research and education—the founders were not just committed to groundbreaking scientific research, but also to sharing their findings with the public. They vowed to always maintain a public aquarium, and for more than 100 years, Scripps has kept its word. Since 1915, the aquarium has and why it matters. There aren’t many aquariums evolved from its first standalone, small, wooden that are affiliated so closely with a research institustructure to the current expansive, state-of-the-art tion,” says associate curator Leslee Matsushige, campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its name who works with all of the aquarium’s live animals and architecture have changed over the years, but as part of its husbandry team. the aquarium’s mission to inspire understanding of Matsushige is the lead curator of Birch Aquarand protect our ocean planet has not waned. ium’s newest permanent exhibit, Seadragons & Today, visitors to Birch Aquarium at Scripps can Seahorses, home to two types of seadraglearn about and explore 60-plus aquariA RARE, LEAFY um habitats comprising more than 5,000 SEADRAGON (LEFT);  ons (weedy and leafy), several species of seahorses and pipefish. The exhibit is colorful fish and invertebrates, including GAZING UPON one of the largest seadragon habitats in leopard sharks, moray eels, sea anemoRESEARCH IN ACTION AT BIRCH the world, and features an 18-foot-wide, nes, jellies, butterfly fish, sunflower stars AQUARIUM AT 9-foot-tall tank that holds 5,375 gallons and a giant octopus. The outdoor Tide SCRIPPS. of water—the equivalent of 70 bathtubs. Pool Plaza lets visitors of all ages get A charismatic relative of seahorses, seadragons hands-on with live animals they can touch—all are “somewhat rare and new in aquariums, an while taking in postcard views of the Pacific. almost mythical kind of animal people tend to see But what’s most unique about a visit to Birch in drawings and ancient lore,” says Matsushige. Aquarium is the chance to observe real-time “So when people see seadragons in real life, they’re science, thanks to several interactive exhibits showamazed by them.” casing the latest cutting-edge research and discovWhile seahorses are found throughout the world, eries by in-house scientists. Research in Action: seadragons are only found in a small, isolated area 100 Island Challenge is a working laboratory and in Southern Australia. Only very recently were experimental reef for Scripps scientists to develop these fascinating fish allowed to leave Australia, so new coral research techniques and test equipment researchers at Scripps and elsewhere could further before they go out in the field. Visitors can meet the study them and promote awareness to protect scientists and see their prototype digital cameras these threatened animals from extinction. and underwater robotics. The dazzling exhibit also shines a spotlight on “We are the public face of the institution, so we the crucial, behind-the-scenes conservation work want to tell people about what Scripps is doing

Birch Aquarium does; its husbandry team has focused on breeding seadragons and seahorses for 25 years. In 2019, the aquarium received (for the fifth time) accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for its active commitment to animal care and conservation. “Climate change, overfishing and overpopulation are taking their toll. Zoos and aquariums are becoming sanctuaries,” says Matsushige, who specializes in raising seadragons and seahorses. She designed the exhibit with the goal of breeding in mind. The giant size and depth of the tank were intentional to ensure plenty of space for these ethereal fish to perform their elaborate mating ritual, which Matsushige likens to a “courtship dance.” “The male and female imitate each other, like a mirror image, and their tails will curl outward simultaneously,” she says. Once the dance is done, the seadragons swim upward together and the female releases and transfers her eggs to the male’s tail. The male carries the eggs—up to 250!—on his tail, for 40-50 days, until they fully hatch. Birch has had some previous success breeding weedy seadragons in captivity; however, the leafy seadragons have never been successfully bred in captivity. Birch hopes to be the first aquarium to do so. And visitors now have a front-row seat to take in a dynamic natural show and, hopefully, witness history in the making.


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THE CONRAD La Jolla Music Society Celebrates a Half-Century and a Stunning New Home. By PAT LAUNER

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THE CONRAD’S NAMESAKE Conrad Prebys (19332016) was a real estate magnate beloved in San Diego for his joy in giving, and his lavish contributions (hundreds of millions of dollars) to medical research, education and the arts. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Prebys worked in a steel mill and owned a pizzeria before moving to San Diego in 1965, at age 32. “I had $500, no job, no prospects,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘If I could just make a buck.’” He became a billionaire by building a real estate empire of 90 properties and 8,000 rental units. But he never forgot his humble beginnings. He considered his success to be equal parts “good fortune and elbow grease.” In his expansive philanthropy, Prebys confessed that he generally gave from his heart, but his support for music came from his soul. He donated $30 million toward the creation of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. “Music,” he said, “is my connection to the sublime.”

For 18 of the Festival’s 32 years, violinist Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin served as SummerFest music director. In 2019, he was succeeded by Inon Barnatan, the 37-year-old Israeli whom The New York Times called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.” Also in 2019, a new president/ CEO took the helm: veteran arts administrator Ted DeDee, who has led seven performing arts centers around the U.S. Optimism is soaring at LJMS which, with a $6.5 million annual budget, has continued to operate in the black. When the Society first began, tickets cost $6-$7. Prices still remain reasonable: $45-$89 for SummerFest and an average of $45$50 during the season. The Society is proud of its extensive education and outreach program. One of the most praise-worthy projects, founded in 1998, is the Community Music Center, an afterschool program in Logan Heights, an inner city neighborhood near Barrio Logan. A bilingual staff provides group music lessons three times a week. This program is unique in San Diego, because the instruction and instruments are provided free to any school child above fourth grade. If students fulfill attendance and music proficiency requirements, they are allowed to keep their instruments for life. The Discovery Series attracts rising classical music stars (recent prize-winners or young, up-and-coming artists), who attend LJMS performances and perform at area schools, libraries and community centers. Each year, the Series introduces thousands of San Diego children to classical music. And every year, the Society invites hundreds of local students to classical music and dance performances at no charge. The Society’s Artist Development Program provides professional opportunities for young artists through coaching workshops, master classes and a fellowship artist program—a highly competitive SummerFest opportunity from the world’s leading musical conservatories. The partnership with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory offers both scholarship and performance opportunities for developing local musicians. Pre-concert lectures and interviews, appropriate for all ages, are provided year-round through the Musical Preludes program. Open rehearsals are also scheduled throughout the year. SummerFest Encounters offer talks and roundtable discussions by composers-in-residence, on topics such as music history and theory. Since its inception, LJMS has commissioned new works, and plans to expand its horizons into world music. Other performing arts outfits have signed on to rent spaces in The Conrad, attracted by its location and state-of-the-art facilities. “We want the venue itself to be a performer,” says Society consultant David Kitto. “I think this facility will be one of, if not the, preeminent performing arts venue in San Diego.”



OR ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, the La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) gave itself a great big gift: an $82 million permanent home, the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. LJMS, which boasts of being “one of the West Coast’s foremost performing arts institutions” and “the largest presenter of classical music and dance in San Diego County,” was founded in 1941 as the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla. The organization’s name has changed over the years (later becoming LJMS in 1969), but its mission remains the same: to present and produce a dynamic range of performing arts. The idea of having a home of its own was brewing for a long time, but the plans were accelerated by the announcement of the closing of Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, which, since 1996, had been the site of the Music Society’s concerts and annual month-long SummerFest. In 2017, just a few blocks from the museum, LJMS broke ground on “The Conrad” (7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla Village), the nickname of the new performing arts center made possible in part by founding donors Conrad Prebys and his life partner Debra Turner. The 49,000-square-foot complex comprises the 513-seat Baker-Baum Concert Hall; the 116-seat, flexible-use space, The JAI (named for founding donors Joan and Irwin Jacobs; he was cofounder of Qualcomm); and a 2,000-square-foot flexible multipurpose space. After a yearlong competitive process, Boston-based Epstein Joslin Architects was selected from among 15 architectural firms across the U.S. The firm’s other projects include the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and the Baltimore Symphony’s Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda. The Conrad was designed to keep the relationship between audience and performers as intimate as possible. Nagata Acoustics America, the U.S. branch of Japan’s leading acoustical consulting firm, was engaged to create an acoustically excellent sound environment. They previously consulted on high-profile concert venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Philharmonie de Paris. The new performance venues and rehearsal rooms cluster around the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd, a garden courtyard designed to be “a cultural melting pot, akin to Lincoln Center Plaza.” LJMS will continue its signature performance programs: the internationally acclaimed August chamber music festival, SummerFest, which features world-class visiting performers; the Discovery Series (for young artists); the Piano Series; the Revelle Chamber Music Series; the Jazz Series; and The Dance Series.

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When you take the right side of the fork to head down Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, you’re stepping into a world completely different than the rest of San Diego. Akin to a southern Haight-Ashbury district, Ocean Beach is not just a neighborhood, but a way of life. Dotted with VW busses, barefoot hippies, surfers, yogis and, ahem, “cannabis connoisseurs,” you feel like you’ve entered a nostalgic, authentic, bohemian counterculture for which Southern California was long known. There’s an affinity for all things organic, a collective connection to the earth, an appreciation for the sun, and a strong sense of community. Plus, Ocean Beach Pier, bustling Newport Avenue and scenic Sunset Cliffs are iconic landmarks. A trip to S.D. wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our quirky, quaint and colorful “O.B.” w r i t t e n & p h o t o g r a p h e d BY T i m K i n g

A fire performer practices before the weekly farmers market show. Opposite: colorful, tricked-out VW busses are a way of life in ocean beach.

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This page (from top):  One of ocean beach's many murals—this one capturing the famous Chili Cook-off held each summer. San Diego’s famous   Rasta Pup duo. Diverse cuisine offered at the weekly farmers market. a retro O.B. station wagon. Opposite: A man and his dog enjoy sunset at ocean beach pier (the longest concrete pier on the West Coast at 1,971 feet).

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opposite: The view from the top of newport avenue boasts one of the ’hood’s best views of the ocean, as well as a straight shot of the farmers market. this page (clockwise from top): One of Ocean Beach’s most recognizable VW Busses aside one of many murals adorning the ’hood. A couple enjoys the sunset from just north of O.B. Pier. A musician provides a jazzy background soundtrack at the farmers market. Salutations to the sunset.


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production methods and direct trade practices lead to the perfect roast. Creativity and local artisan collaborations are also crucial to the ethos of Communal Coffee, where you’ll find flowers from Wyld Blooms, bread from Wayfarer Bread, and pottery and gifts from Clay + Craft. Beginning as a corner cafe in Encinitas in 2011, Lofty Coffee has expanded to Solana Beach and Little Italy, where the unique open-air architecture helps carry the scent of the freshly baked goods browning in the scratch bakery. No matter which location you visit, expect specialty beverages, single origin pour-overs, a wide selection of organic teas, and simple breakfast and lunch menus filled with organic and local ingredients. Expected to open its third location next to Petco Park in fall 2019, Achilles Coffee Roasters is a locally owned-andoperated shop that sources a variety of beans from small farms and co-ops around the world. According to owner Chad Bell, Achilles offers the largest selection of pour-over coffee in all of San Diego. Signature espresso drinks such as “The Champ” and cold brew on nitro prove that Dark Horse Coffee Roasters takes caffeine seriously. Each of its four locations serve beans roasted daily in-house. Add artisanal details such as homemade vanilla bean syrup to your cup, and check out Dark Horse Coffee Records for the ultimate coffee and music collaboration. Its debut by artist The Petty Saints is available on Spotify and iTunes. James Coffee Co. offers a revolving assortment of distinctive single-origin beans; as well as exclusive James Coffeecrafted blends unique to this independently owned-andoperated roaster. All James’ coffee is roasted at its San Diego roastery to preserve the quality and taste of each bean. Our favorite location is housed in “The Space” in Little Italy, which offers a hip collection of boutique shops and services to peruse while enjoying your handcrafted artisanal roast. This recent coffee revolution paired with a geographically desirable longitude also adds up to mean that San Diego is also among the first cities in the U.S. to be growing its own coffee beans. “We already have more than 20 farms that are actively growing coffee on their land and have contracts for more to be planted this year and in the years to come,” says Lindsey Mesta, chief marketing officer and founder at Frinj Coffee. “Our first cupping of one of the early farms portrayed amazing fruit notes, sweetness and complexity.” Now, not only can you enjoy a high-quality, artisanalroasted brew anywhere in the county with ease, it’s also possible that—for the first time—the beans for that cup were grown right here in San Diego.



EN YEARS AGO, it seemed as if San Diego saw the opening of a new brewery every other day. In 2019, the same can be said of craft coffee shops. Has San Diego traded hops for beans? We might not be giving up the craft beer crown, but no matter where you visit in San Diego County, there’s no need to praise the convenience of mega-chain coffee shops because a charming coffeehouse with a high-quality cup of joe is always nearby. Recognized with the high honor of “Roaster of the Year” by Roast Magazine in 2012 and considered one of the “12 Best Coffee Roasters in the U.S.” by Forbes in 2018, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters was among the first to spark San Diego’s craft coffee obsession. Often featuring live music and local art, visit the original location in Bird Rock where you can explore flavorful seasonal varietals at the pour-over bar; or join a cupping session for a sneak peek into the upcoming offerings, while getting a hands-on education on coffee production. In North County, Oakland’s famed Blue Bottle Coffee recently opened at the new One Paseo shopping, dining and lifestyle center in Del Mar. “We are always on the lookout for neighborhoods that tell a good story, and San Diego has an exciting energy,” says marketing manager Rose Bridges. Its coffees are sourced from all over the world based on the quality of the bean and the impact the source has on the environment and the community. Enjoy a guilt-free cup served at peak flavor on the sun-soaked patio, because as Bridges points out, Blue Bottle exists “to create memorable, beautiful moments around coffee,” which includes everything from service to design. The name Better Buzz is almost as good as the coffee it serves in its modern-chic Hillcrest location. A certified organic coffee roaster, Better Buzz sources fair trade and Rainforest Alliance coffees, which are delivered to each location weekly for peak freshness. Pair your buzz with a signature sandwich or avocado toast to dine in, or get your fix on the go at one of the drive-thru locations in Point Loma, San Marcos or Pacific Beach. Boasting cozy-mod locations downtown, at Liberty Public Market in Point Loma, Bay Ho and Bankers Hill, The WestBean Coffee Roasters is known for its house-roasted coffee— including cold brews on tap, pour-overs and more—sourcing its beans from trusted “green” importers. Enjoy an artful lavender latte on the dog-friendly Bankers Hill patio. With outposts in North Park and South Park, each as “Instagrammable” as the other, Communal Coffee serves Sightglass Coffee from San Francisco because its small

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Brains, Beauty & Influence ⁄ From cofounding Suja Juice to creating a luxury clean makeup brand, Annie Lawless plans to revolutionize the realms of wellness and beauty. ⁄

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ost 31-year-olds can’t say they sold their business to one of the largest companies in the world, have a New York Times bestselling book, launched a beauty brand at hundreds of Sephora stores across the country, and is followed on Instagram by hundreds of thousands of followers who hunger for clean beauty and chic lifestyle inspiration. But this is the real life of Annie Lawless. Lawless is the cofounder of Suja Juice; the San Diego-based outfit is the single largest producer of cold-pressed juice sold in the U.S. (Suja sold a minority stake to Coca-Cola for $90 million in 2015.) And just last year, she launched a luxury makeup line called Lawless Beauty—a clean beauty brand that focuses on natural, nontoxic ingredients—available in Sephora brickand-mortars and on and The growing collection is stamped with the mantra “Clean AF” (which stands for “always free”) and includes cleverly named products such as Woke Up Like This foundation and Seal the Deal talc-free setting powder; plus liquid lipsticks, an eyeshadow palette and more. Lawless has been featured in Forbes and in every major beauty and fashion publication nationwide. The longtime San Diego resident now splits her time between her La Jolla Shores home that she shares with husband Jeff Jacobs; and Los Angeles, where work duties call. She recently connected with us to reveal her top beauty secrets and life as a busy entrepreneur.

You’ve accomplished a lot as a young entrepreneur. What are you most proud of thus far?

My proudest accomplishment is being in Sephora in such a short period of time. I remember shopping there as a teen and have continued through my adulthood. I admire all the brands in there so much, so to be one of them is pretty surreal and amazing for me. To walk in a store and see my brand alongside so many other incredible beauty brands that I look up to is the best feeling ever. Which one was tougher: launching Suja Juice or Lawless Beauty?

Neither have been particularly easy. Starting any business is tough because you are building something out of nothing. Lawless Beauty has been more challenging because it was just me. I had no partners or investors to take on some of the work or guide me along the way; however, that has made it more fun because the journey has been so personal and so rewarding. What are some common misconceptions about clean makeup?

I think people see “clean” as less effective and designed for the “natural” no-makeup girl, and I don’t blame them ... That notion is what I am trying to change with my brand. Just because we want to remove certain ingredients from our skincare and makeup routines doesn’t mean we should have to sacrifice quality and performance of our products. More than ever, I think people are becoming aware that when we put something on our skin, we are essentially putting it into our bodies. One misconception about you?

After having one successful business under my belt, it’s easy to think I know how to be successful in anything, and that I have business down. That is so far from the truth. I was a fish out of water starting Lawless Beauty, and I still am. I have all the same worries that any other entrepreneur does about their business. I am humbled every day by how much I still must learn and how far I still have to go. What's your daily beauty regimen?

I always start the day by cleansing my face, applying a hydrating serum and a facial oil. This preps my skin for makeup and gets me going for the day. I like to use my more intense, acid based, exfoliating

serums at night, when I know my skin won’t be exposed to the sun. At night, I also apply shea butter to my under-eye area, my lips, and my lashes to condition them. I always seal in my skincare with a rosewater mist, which I also love to spray over my makeup at the end to help melt the powders into my skin. I keep a travel size in my bag to refresh my makeup throughout the day and help rehydrate my skin. Top three beauty secrets?

My first is to wash your makeup brushes weekly! There is so much hidden bacteria and pore-clogging residue in our brushes. This can lead to breakouts, dullness and poor makeup application. Second, sleep with a top knot. This trick helps me go twice as long without washing or heat styling my hair because it maintains a gorgeous beachy wave and gives body and texture. Last: shea butter! I use shea butter for everything. I’m a big believer in hydration for maintaining a youthful appearance to the skin, and shea butter is by far my favorite hydrator. Advice for new entrepreneurs?

Follow your passion! If you're not passionate about what you’re doing, you will not put in the effort and hard work it takes to start a successful business. It is a big undertaking, so you have to love what you’re doing and truly enjoy the process. Nobody who starts a business has all the answers, so don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice. It’s totally normal to doubt yourself, but don’t let that doubt seep in and prevent you from moving forward.


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shopping when you lived in San Diego meant a day trip to South Coast Plaza or Fashion Island in Orange County, or an overnighter to L.A. The county wasn’t exactly a major destination unto its own for a refined retail experience. Alas, times have changed. Not only is chic brick-and-mortar shopping not dead, but San Diego has become its hotbed. Fashion Valley Mall continues to add haute retailers and sophisticated dining options; while the Westfield UTC continues along a $600 million expansion with an influx of luxe specialty shops and finer dining. In Del Mar, the new One Paseo lifestyle center is home to 40 elite boutiques and restaurants. Nearby, tony shops await at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Flower Hill Promenade and Del Mar Plaza. These and more multi-concept destinations double as community gathering hubs that—after you’ve shopped ‘til you drop—invite you to eat, imbibe, lounge, play and stay awhile. Shopping is no longer a chore or a marginalized activity in San Diego, but part of a sophisticated yet fun, family-friendly lifestyle. Considered the mother ship of shopping in central San Diego, the open-air Fashion Valley Mall (7007 Friars Road) is the largest mall in the county. The bi-level center spans more than 1.7 million square feet and more than 200 stores—with elite retailers that include Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and many more. In between retail therapy, relax at its outdoor lounge areas, and fuel up at the mall’s

new eateries—which include Pure Burger, Blanco Tacos + Tequila, and North Italia. Stop by the Westfield UTC (4545 La Jolla Village Drive) once a week, and you’ll likely come across a brand-new store or restaurant that wasn’t there the week prior. The mall’s freight train of ongoing expansion to the tune of $600 million isn’t slowing down any time soon, but keeping up with it all is part of the fun. Among its 160-plus retailers and counting, there’s the glittering new Nordstrom flagship store; plus new shops that include Hermès, Design Within Reach, Lorna Jane, LoveSac, Bailey 44 and Honey Birdette. Recharge with live music under the coral trees at Palm Plaza; and dine at Javier’s, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Larsen’s Steakhouse, Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop, Great Maple and many more. There’s even a speakeasy, Raised by Wolves, which fronts as a bottle shop but houses a posh cocktail den hidden behind the fireplace. In La Jolla Village, La Plaza La Jolla (7863 Girard Ave.) is a luxe lifestyle center with around a dozen high-end boutiques, restaurants and services. Get rehydrated at the aptly named Hydration Room; dine at the new outpost of Sushi on the Rock; shop for ethically sourced fine jewelry at Brilliant Earth; and find one-of-a-kind scarves, footwear, gifts and accessories at La Scarpa. Home to class-A office buildings, 600-plus luxury apartments and nearly 100,000 square feet of shopping and dining, One Paseo (3725 Paseo Place) is North County’s newest



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lifestyle destination. Abundant outdoor amenities set the tone for a neighborhood vibe—a community lawn hosting yoga classes and live music, a koi pond, farmers market, fire pits, art workshops and outdoor games. Find exclusive tenants such as Sephora, Whiskey x Leather, BlackBook Bikini, Drybar and SoulCycle. Dining options include chef Michael Mina’s International Smoke, Ways & Means Oyster House, The Butchery, Shake Shack, Mizukiyama Sushi, Tocaya Organica, and Salt & Straw for gourmet ice cream. Nestled across the street from One Paseo, Del Mar Highlands Town Center (12925 El Camino Real) is a premier open-air community center comprising more than 70 shops, services and restaurants; plus a Cinepolis luxury movie theater. Grab a sugar fix at Sidecar Doughnuts and a caffeine fix at Philz Coffee before exploring haute retailers such as women’s clothier Tucci, Diane’s Beachwear, and Baker & Olive for gourmet pantry items. With a mix of boutiques, specialty shops, grocery stores, fitness studios, dining and more, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch (13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy., Carmel Valley) is a one-stop destination for errands, eats and lounging. More than 160,000 square feet of retail meets five acres of community space that includes a soon-to-open public park and dog park, a bocce ball court, garden and library. Shop at Tre Boutique for sophisticated head-to-toe styles for women; and Mabel’s, with clothing and gifts for women, infants and expecting mothers.

Dozens of chic shops and restaurants await at Flower Hill Promenade (2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar) near the Del Mar Racetrack. Top shopping picks: Patrick James, stocking “West Coast Classic” sportswear and suits for men, along with in-house tailoring; and Fairen Del, with handbags, shoes, belts, jewelry, apparel, luggage and leather goods. Dining favorites include Cucina Enoteca and Flower Child. Enjoy a shopping spree by the sea at the ocean-view Del Mar Plaza (1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar)—housing nearly two dozen boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Stop by Garys Studio for finely tailored menswear, from casual sportswear to suits to shoes; and CoCo Rose, a tropical oasis filled with romantic women’s wear and jewelry from Bali. Unfolding along 2.5 blocks, the Cedros Design District (Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach) is filled with more than 85 eclectic shops encompassing fashion, (we love HIS, Tucci and Satori Designs), home wares, art galleries, antiques, design studios, a Sunday farmers market and the famous Belly Up concert tavern. And then there’s the popular Forum Carlsbad (1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad). The outdoor mall offers a potpourri of mainstream retailers (think: Anthropologie, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and many more), specialty shops, restaurants and markets. Pop into Francesca’s for fashion-forward women’s clothing and gifts; and Johnny Was for luxe bohemian clothing with colorful, vintage-inspired patterns and embroideries. Retail therapy, indeed.


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Audrey & Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel made rich contributions that impacted San Diego and the world. by Stephanie Thompson

A Dr. seuss the cat in the hat illustration (above); audrey and ted “dr. seuss” geisel at their home on mount soledad in la jolla.

Parenting trends may come and go, but of one thing you can be sure: When you or your child picked up a book for the first time, it was likely one written and illustrated by the late Theodor (Ted) Geisel, famously known as Dr. Seuss. What’s your favorite? Hop on Pop? Green Eggs and Ham? Horton Hears a Who? If you have a kid or ever were one, you can’t help but smile just thinking of these zanily illustrated and wittily rhymed classics. You’re not alone. The numbers are staggering. In his lifetime, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated more than 60 books, many of which can still be found on children’s bookshelves and in classrooms and libraries around the world. Dr. Seuss books have sold more than 600 million copies to date, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Today, one in four children’s first book is by Dr. Seuss. Data from Barnes and Noble’s most recent top 100 bestsellers lists for children from infants to age 8 show that of the 300 books on these lists, Ted Geisel authored 35 of them. Random House sells 10 million Dr. Seuss books a year, and new ones occasionally appear. During a renovation of their La Jolla home in 2013, Ted’s widow, Audrey Geisel, found a manuscript for an unpublished Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? It was published in 2015 with a first printing of 1 million copies, debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. If that were Ted Geisel’s only legacy, surely it would

be enough. Thanks to Audrey, though, the Geisels’ legacy extends far beyond children’s literature. Ted and Audrey Geisel moved to La Jolla in 1953, and bought an airy house high on Mount Soledad. After Ted died of cancer at the age of 87 in 1991, taking care of his legacy became Audrey’s mission. In addition to running Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Audrey devoted herself to philanthropy, supporting dozens of charitable organizations through the Dr. Seuss Foundation, with education and literacy among its top priorities. For example, on March 2 each year—Ted Geisel’s birthday— the National Education Association teams with the Foundation to host Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens and books. Then, in 2008, Conservation International, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Random House launched the Lorax Project, whose mission is to engage individuals of all ages to conserve the places and species critical to the planet’s future. From the [Audrey and Theodor] Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, where Ted was an undergraduate, to the Geisel Library at UC San Diego, where thousands of his drawings and manuscripts reside, the Geisels’ legacy is far-reaching. But nowhere has it had more impact than at The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park. In 1998, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! premiered there. Now in its 22nd year, the beloved musical


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is a mainstay of the city’s holiday season. “Audrey was a passionate supporter of Ted’s legacy with the business acumen to understand how to sustain and expand its reach,” says Barry Edelstein, Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe. “Visiting Audrey in her office, which used to be Ted’s studio, was a humbling experience. Her desk was the table where Ted used to draw, and lining the walls were copies of his books translated into seemingly every language on Planet Earth. You really got the sense that from this little room, he was able to reach out and touch people all over the world.” The petite Audrey was known for having a wicked sense of humor and boundless energy. She would meet with friends each morning at La Valencia Hotel’s restaurant, arriving in a 1984 Cadillac with a license plate that read: “GRINCH.” “I would be summoned to breakfast at no less than 7 a.m. at her favorite meeting place, the beautiful La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla,” recalls Jack O’Brien, The Old Globe’s former artistic director. “And in she would step, as if emerging from a bandbox, elegant, precise and as charming as one of her husband’s illustrations. These lovely encounters, over the space of more than 20

years, produced a friendship ripe in delicious dish, smart insights and many examples of that steely control in the velvet glove that made her the wonder she was.” Through that friendship, The Old Globe received the rights to stage How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—“a gift that has continued giving to our theater and the community long after both of our individual departures.” “In philanthropy, our fondest hope is that we have a joyful donor, one who draws happiness from helping others, and Audrey Geisel was one of those,” says Todd Schultz, vice president for institutional advancement at the San Diego Symphony. Schultz was director of development at The Old Globe prior, and worked with Audrey to develop her significant support for both organizations. “She had a quirky sense of humor and a wicked wit.” When it came to her philanthropy, Schultz says, “she was methodical and thoughtful about her giving. Her gifts were very specific and meaningful to her. She never asked where or how she would receive credit—she only cared about the impact of her giving.” Schultz recalls Audrey especially liked attending the Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concerts and would giggle with delight riding in a golf cart to her seats. “There was something special about attending performances under the stars that made those concerts magical for her.” She also guest-conducted two Symphony concerts. Audrey’s love of being amid the action extended to a walk-on performance in How The Grinch Stole Christmas! in 2006. For this appearance, Old Globe costumer Robert Morgan designed especially for her a white wool dress in Whoville fashion with a boned petticoat. A pair of pink high heels with twisted, turnedup toes and jewels were made, along with a pink handbag. A pink boa, pink gloves and a short pink wig completed the look. Charlotte Devaux Shields, resident associate costume designer, says The Old Globe’s costume shop built the dress for Audrey to wear on stage and then gifted it to her; she later made a grand entrance wearing it to the Globe Gala called The SnowBall. Audrey passed away Dec. 19, 2018, at age 97—leaving behind a legacy of philanthropy and devotion to Dr. Seuss. “She remains [in my memory] vivid, smart, bubbling with good will, and the Inheritor- and Protectress-in-Chief she was born to become,” says Jack O’Brien. “No one could have played her part better.”


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CALL OF THE CON V A culinary tour of the Convoy District—San Diego’s diverse (and delicious) Asian Restaurant Row.


JUST A FEW MILES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN LIES ONE OF the most dynamic dining neighborhoods in San Diego. Along Convoy Street and its side streets in Kearny Mesa, intrepid diners can discover a diverse selection of Asian culture and cuisine—including Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and more. With more than 100 restaurants, bars and bakeries packed into a 1.5-mile strip, the Convoy District is one of the biggest and most remarkably diverse Asian restaurant rows in the U.S.—and it’s only getting better. Exciting new options such as Hidden Fish, J/Wata Temaki Bar, Realm of the 52 Remedies and MNGO Cafe—fronted by big-name chefs like John Hong and Junya Watanabe—are infusing new energy into the scene. Meanwhile, cult favorites such as Yokohama Yakitori Koubou, Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon, Tajima Izakaya and Phuong Trang remain beloved go-to spots of local chefs and food fans alike. You’d need months to fully explore all of the restaurants in the Convoy District. But to get you started, we’ve assembled a diverse list of destination-worthy bites. They’re almost too pretty to eat … almost.

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/ Steamy Piggy / Dan dan noodles Pepperheads will appreciate the dan dan noodles at this trendy Taiwanese locale. The thin noodles are tossed with a spicy sauce made with Sichuan peppers, sesame and peanuts. Shredded cucumber helps temper the burn. Steamy Piggy (4681 Convoy St.) is also known for its handmade dumplings and baos, as well as its fun decor of pink walls and hanging planters.

/ Hidden Fish / Toro with uni, sturgeon caviar and black truffle You can’t get much more indulgent than this signature nigiri with a slice of premium toro (fatty tuna belly) topped with uni, sturgeon caviar and thinly shaved black truffle. Hidden Fish (4764 Convoy St.) is the city’s first traditional omakase sushi spot—meaning your meal is decided by chef John Hong (aka Chef Kappa). The intimate dining den offers a “timed dining” concept that is popular in Japan and NYC. Eight seats are reserved at the sushi bar for a 50-minute, 12-piece menu for $50 per person; or enjoy a 90-minute, 18-piece experience for $90.

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/ Nishiki Ramen / Russian Roulette Takoyaki Dig into this classic Osakan street food treat—topped with umami bonito flakes—alongside a steaming bowl of authentic, Tokyo-style ramen. (Just beware: One of the tender octopus dumplings is filled with spicy wasabi paste!) Nishiki Ramen (8055 Armour St., Suite 201-A), owned by chef and ramen grandmaster Hajime Kitayama, is a casual, bright, modern space with communal seating—and often packed with ramen die-hards.


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/ MNGO Cafe / MNGO Kakigori Mango desserts are the specialty of this Japanese dessert shop and coffee bar (4176 Convoy St.). Try the signature MNGO Kakigori for a triple hit of tropical goodness, including fluffy mango-flavored snow ice, mango pudding, chunks of fresh mango and a dollop of cream sauce on top.

/ Somi Somi / Ah-Boong with soft-serve ice cream

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A swirl of creamy soft serve in a gold fish-shaped waffle cone is the perfect whimsical treat. This Korean-style shop (4620 Convoy St.) offers enticing flavors such as matcha, ube and black sesame. (Hint: It’s extra delicious with taro or red bean filling.)

/ Pokirrito / Signature sushi burrito Sushi burritos are a fun way to enjoy fusion fare with a SoCal twist. The shop’s signature option features krab meat, tamago, cabbage slaw, fresh greens and crunchy lotus chips wrapped up in sushi rice and seasoned nori. Pokirrito (4646 Convoy St.) is a fast-casual creation of chef Junya Watanabe, also beloved for its poke bowls and chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken).


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LA JOLLA Known as “the Jewel,” La Jolla is the pride of San Diego, boasting unparalleled natural wonders and a cozy sense of community. The village’s tree-lined avenues give it a quaint, Main Street USA feel, only decidedly more upscale—thanks to tony boutiques and four-star bistros with sweeping views of the majestic, craggy coastline below. Surfers flock to La Jolla’s legendary reef breaks—such as Windansea Beach, famously chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Pump House Gang—while kayakers are drawn to the cove’s mysterious caves. Youngsters find endless amusement watching the seals at Children’s Pool Beach. The town is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (currently closed for renovations), which presents world-class exhibitions overlooking the Pacific.

LITTLE ITALY New York’s got one, Chicago’s got one, and so does San Diego. Downtown’s Little Italy has a palpable authenticity to it. Though it’s a popular stop for visitors looking for a slice of la dolce vita, don’t be surprised to hear the mellifluous strains of la madrelingua wafting from the bistros, pasta markets and sidewalk cafes lining the main drag, India Street. The village-like ‘hood is populated by many actual Italians, whose heritage is celebrated during several annual festas. Little Italy has also become one of the trendiest nesting sites for San Diego’s young urbanites, thanks to its contemporary architecture, stylish boutiques, a burgeoning design district along Kettner Boulevard, and, surprisingly, a growing array of non-Italian dining hotspots.

DOWNTOWN/GASLAMP QUARTER/EAST VILLAGE The one-time red-light district and former hangout of Wild West legends like Wyatt Earp, downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter is now among the country’s most vibrant entertainment districts, packed with a dizzying array of restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques. Downtown is also San Diego’s civic and cultural center, housing the headquarters for the Symphony and Opera, as well as the historical, beautifully renovated Balboa Theatre. Still more attractions await along the Embarcadero, including the Maritime Museum, the USS Midway aircraft carrier and Seaport Village, with its shops, restaurants and vintage carousel. Adjacent to the Gaslamp, the developing East Village seems to sprout a new bar or condo highrise weekly, attracting residents with its proximity to Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

DEL MAR/  SOLANA BEACH These North Coast beach towns are a shopper’s paradise. Upscale but accessible, Del Mar’s pedestrian-friendly downtown has no shortage of bars and restaurants at which to wind down from a day spent indulging in retail therapy at the chic boutiques of Del Mar Plaza or betting on the ponies at the famous Del Mar Racetrack, a longtime hotspot for Hollywood’s elite. A few miles up the famed Highway 101 lies funky Solana Beach, where boutiquelined Cedros Avenue forms the spine of the area’s design district. Converted Quonset huts house all manner of home decor shops, art galleries and clothiers, while by night the Belly Up Tavern books some of the best local and national musical talent on the circuit.



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UPTOWN/SOUTH PARK San Diego’s edgiest cultural districts can be found just north and east of Balboa Park. As the center of the city’s LGBT community and host of the annual Pride Parade & Festival, Hillcrest brims with stellar shopping, ethnic cuisine, casual dance clubs and a Sunday farmers market. Neighboring Mission Hills is home to grand estates whose residents frequent its quaint boutiques and bistros. Due east, North Park— with its alternative galleries, bars and the historical Observatory North Park theater—is the city’s arts-and-nightlife hub; while its southern neighbor, South Park, is a small but charming collection of shade-dappled streets lined with boutiques, bars and cafés. Take a drive through the area’s residential streets to marvel at fine examples of Craftsman architecture.

ENCINITAS/CARLSBAD The beach communities of North County have a pace all their own. Quaint and walkable, the neighborhoods operate on clocks that seem to tick a bit slower, where corporate homogeneity doesn’t stand a chance against homegrown mom-and-pop shops. Locals prize this simple, laid-back lifestyle as the very definition of the good life. Encinitas lends itself to quiet contemplation, whether from atop a longboard at Swami’s beach or while strolling the gardens of the Self-Realization Fellowship, whose golden, lotus blossom-shaped towers define the skyline. To the north, Carlsbad’s village is packed with bistros and antique shops, while Legoland and other attractions, such as the seasonal Flower Fields, are just a short drive to the east.

CORONADO Sometimes referred to by locals as “the island,” Coronado is actually an isthmus, connected to mainland San Diego by a slim strip of beach known as the Silver Strand. Accessible by ferry from downtown San Diego or via a majestic 2.12-mile-long bridge, Coronado makes for a charming day trip. Wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical homes lend a small-town atmosphere to Coronado’s main drag. As it makes its way toward the Pacific, Orange Avenue winds past the picturesque red turrets of the Hotel del Coronado, a Victorianera resort where Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon famously filmed Some Like It Hot. The area’s scenic beaches are favored by joggers, swimmers, sandcastlebuilding families and dog owners, whose four-legged friends love to frolic in the surf.

PACIFIC BEACH/MISSION BEACH/MISSION BAY San Diego is home to dozens of colleges and universities, and the beach neighborhoods are where those students live. On a thin peninsula separating Mission Bay from the Pacific Ocean, Mission Beach is one continuous beach party; its boardwalk is abuzz with joggers, bicyclists, skateboarders and sightseers on Segways. It’s also home to Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper roller coaster, built in 1925. East of Mission Beach is Mission Bay, whose salty waters are plied by kayakers, speedboats and catamarans. Nearby Pacific Beach is a haven for swimwear boutiques, surfing, sunbathing and fishing off the end of the iconic Crystal Pier. By night, Garnet Avenue’s lively beach bars and clubs keep the good times rolling.

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OLD TOWN By day, pedestrian-only Old Town State Park attracts visitors with historical structures, including the city’s first public schoolhouse, oldest surviving newspaper (The San Diego Union) and first brick courthouse. Nearby Heritage Park is a collection of immaculately preserved Victorian homes, including the 1887 Stick/ Eastlake-style Sherman-Gilbert House and Temple Beth Israel, the city’s first synagogue, constructed in 1889. On the hill above Old Town stands the landmark Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park, where Father Serra established Alta California’s first mission in 1769. By night, Old Town’s streets become a quaint entertainment district, packed with Mexican restaurants and festive bars serving up margaritas.

OCEAN BEACH/  POINT LOMA These are the quieter, more scenic coastal cousins to the raucous neighborhoods of Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. Ocean Beach, or “O.B.” to locals, is a holdout of bohemian counterculture, full of organic grocers, antique malls and watering holes. The Wednesday afternoon farmers market—replete with fresh veggies, busking musicians and even llama rides for the kids—offers a perfect snapshot of the community. Adjacent Point Loma houses Cabrillo National Monument, where, in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo became the first European to set foot on the West Coast. Point Loma’s iconic lighthouse, which dates back to 1855, is also worth a visit.

BAJA CALIFORNIA No longer just a getaway for the youthful partygoer, the new Baja is a worthwhile excursion for passport-wielding foodies and cultureseekers. Though you needn’t look far to find a boisterous party scene in downtown Tijuana, you’ll also find a concert hall, art galleries and a museum at the spherical Centro Cultural, as well as celebrated restaurants such as Misión 19 (pictured) serving haute Baja-Med cuisine. Twenty miles south are Rosarito and Puerto Nuevo, where fresh-caught lobster is a local specialty. Surfers and horseback riders are drawn to their beaches, while the area’s luxury spas offer a little R&R. (Try Rancho La Puerta in Tecate; it focuses on diet, wellness and fitness.) Baja even has its own wine country, a 14-mile route through the Valle de Guadalupe. FOR WHAT’S HAPPENING IN S.D.,   SEE WHERE TRAVELER SAN DIEGO   MAGAZINE OR SOCALPULSE.COM  

GREATER S.D. COUNTY   Tourist brochures tend to focus on central San Diego and the coast, but interesting day trips await in the county’s eastern and northeastern reaches. About an hour from downtown is Julian, a charming Gold Rush-era town in the scenic Cuyamaca Mountains whose small main drag is lined with historical buildings. It’s particularly beautiful in the fall, when the leaves are turning and the apple harvest is in full swing. (Try the pie; it’s famous.) San Diego has its own wine country out here, too, home to more than 100 (yes, 100!) producers including the 130-yearold Bernardo Winery; another 40 are clustered together in nearby Temecula. Many of San Diego’s best breweries, including Stone, are headquartered in the Escondido area and attract a growing number of beer pilgrims.



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ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS Design-minded shoppers will find a treasure trove of home furnishings, plants, flowers, designsavvy gifts, artwork and more at Pigment—one of the Arts District at Liberty Station’s many charming boutiques. (It’s the second location to the shop’s flagship in North Park, with a third location now open at One Paseo in Del Mar.) Owned by Chad Anglin and Amy Paul, Pigment is more than just a shop; it’s an experiential concept and community hub, complete with a DIY terrarium bar, an indoor/outdoor plant lab, a wrap-around patio deck with picnic tables, and event space. Find lush potted plants and succulents at every turn inside the light, bright, whitewashed space— showcasing locally made artisanal products, books, pantry items, jewelry, and women’s and kids’ clothing. Be on the lookout for special events. 2885 Perry Road, Point Loma, 619.795.6300,

H BAZAAR DEL MUNDOCL002705 For more than 41 years, Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo has endured as one of San Diego’s most beloved tourist destinations. This festive collection of boutique shops just across Juan Street from the State Park features eye-catching items from around the globe, from colorful pottery at Artes de Mexico to feminine clothing and jewelry at Ariana. You’ll also find textiles, kitchen items, home furnishings, paintings, folk art and an inspiring array of coffee-table books and other titles.  4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161, CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS Fashion vendors at this outdoor shopping center range from Calvin Klein, Dooney & Bourke and Lacoste to Barneys New York and Brooks Brothers. The outlets also boast shops specializing in children’s clothes, shoes for every occasion, travel gear and gifts. The center is located just off Interstate 5 (look for the giant windmill).  5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.804.9000, DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER This open-air pocket of dining, shopping and entertainment comprises more than 70 shops and restaurants, as well as luxury movie theater complex Cinépolis. Pick up gourmet pantry items at Baker & Olive, fashionable swimsuits at Diane’s Beachwear, and chic threads at Tucci. Fuel up at several dining options, including Searsucker, Casa Sol y Mar and Snooze.  12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.793.5757,

DEL MAR PLAZA Experience the elegant seaside approach to a full shopping excursion. The shops at Del Mar Plaza offer merchandise ranging from specialty clothing, footwear and organic bath products to artwork and gifts. Casual and fine-dining restaurants are perched upon this elevated plaza, which offers coastal views.  1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.847.2284, DUTY FREE CITY Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, this 14,000-square-foot space offers sophisticated, duty-free shopping: luxury accessories, beauty products, leather goods, confectionary, wine, spirits and tobacco.  601 E. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, 619.621.2600, FASHION VALLEY MALLCL9000006472 There are shopping malls and there are shopping empires. Fashion Valley Mall holds sway as San Diego’s premier shopping destination, with department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s—and around 200 shops and restaurants. Luxury retailers include Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Prada. Restaurants include North Italia and True Food Kitchen.  7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.688.9113, FLOWER HILL PROMENADE4 A favorite destination for North County shoppers, this upscale, open-air retail center is known for its refined culinary outposts, casual coffee shops and diverse array of luxury boutiques and specialty stores— stocking clothing, home accessories and more. 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.481.2904,

THE FORUM CARLSBADCL9000006474 This North County staple is much more appealing than your average strip mall. The pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing shopping center is lined with tropical palm trees and boasts popular retail outlets such as Talbots, Victoria’s Secret and Anthropologie, plus family-oriented eateries such as Buca di Beppo and Panera Bread.  1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760.479.0166, H THE HEADQUARTERS   AT SEAPORTCL0000027067 Formerly the city’s police headquarters (built in 1939), the historical, seaside property is now an open-air lifestyle center. Explore sophisticated shops—including CoCo Rose, Madison, Geppetto’s Toys and Urban Beach House, featuring unique clothing items, gifts and accessories— art galleries and eateries. In between shopping, refuel at Puesto, Eddie V's, Seasons 52 and The Cheesecake Factory. 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.235.4013, LAS AMERICAS   PREMIUM OUTLETS Bargain hunters regularly trek to the border to find discounted treasures at this outdoor fashion outlet center, San Diego’s largest. With more than 125 stores and restaurants, Las Americas offers ample square footage to shop. You’ll be happy to discover savings of 25 to 65 percent over retail prices at other malls and stores. Bonus: Tijuana is a fiveminute walk away. Hop on the Blue Line trolley from downtown for a hassle-free day.  4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, 619.934.8400,





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GALLERIES ADELMAN FINE ART CL00259 Shop original paintings, limitededition prints, sculpture, artisanal jewelry and more—all created by local and national artists and designers—at this contemporary boutique and art gallery in the heart of Little Italy's design district.  1980 Kettner Blvd., #40, Little Italy, 619.354.5969,


LA PLAZA LA JOLLA The luxe lifestyle center comprises three quaint levels and around a dozen high-end shops, eateries, cafes and services—including jeweler Brilliant Earth, and footwear and accessories boutique La Scarpa; plus Sushi on the Rock restaurant.  7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 888.555.1234, LIBERTY STATION The former naval base is home to Liberty Public Market, with more than 30 specialty retailers selling gourmet food items and home wares; as well as Comickaze Comic Books, Kid Ventures, Moniker General, The LOT luxury cinema, The Loma Club golf course, NTC Park, an arts district and a dozen restaurants.  2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma, ONE PASEOCL0000027067 North County’s newest upscale lifestyle destination features nearly 100,000 square feet of exclusive shop-

ping and dining—with retailers such as Sephora, Whiskey & Leather and Urban Beach House—plus a community lawn, koi pond, farmers market and more.  3725 Paseo Place, Del Mar, 858.523.2298, SEAPORT VILLAGECL0000027063 This popular tourist destination has many charms beyond its corner on the local souvenir market. In style, the 14-acre complex pays homage to the early days of the century-old seaport and features 50-plus shops, a carousel and more than a dozen eateries. Miles of bayside cobblestone paths make it an ideal place for strolling on a sundappled afternoon.  849 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.530.0704, WESTFIELD UTCCL0000027067 This sprawling open-air mall features several major department stores and more than 160 upmarket shops and eateries. Commissioned artwork includes a dolphin-themed play fountain for children. The mall’s

ART & FRAMES BY   WOOD GALLERY CL00259 This quaint Coronado gallery is stocked with a vast variety of both traditional and contemporary artwork by local, national and international artists—including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass works and much more—plus hand-signed lithographs by 20th-century master artists such as Chagall, Picasso and Matisse. It's a treasure trove for art lovers.  936 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.5212, H THE ART OF TIM CANTOR CL00259 At age 15, Tim Cantor saw one of his paintings placed in the White House. He has been featured in the world’s most prestigious art venues, and recently went on tour with rock band Imagine Dragons, who featured his work on their Smoke + Mirrors album cover and in music videos. His gallery shows his darkly ethereal oil paintings and limited-edition prints.  527 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.235.6990, CHUCK JONES   STUDIO GALLERY The work of world-renowned animator Chuck Jones has been viewed and valued by many generations enjoying Saturday morning cartoons, and is now on view in the Gaslamp. The

gallery features work by Jones, the Oscar-winning creator of such memorable characters as Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian and Pepe le Pew, as well as images from San Diego’s very own beloved Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.  232 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.294.9880, DISTINCTION GALLERYCL9000007944 This Escondido contemporary art gallery showcases figurative pop and urban surrealist paintings from emerging and established artists. Readers of the underground art mag Juxtapoz should find something to like in this 7,000-square-foot building, which features various exhibition spaces as well as 14 artist studios. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.707.2770, LIK FINE ART LA JOLLACL9000006511 This upscale gallery in the heart of La Jolla emanates a certain peaceful vibe, lined with world-renowned photographer Peter Lik’s luxury, landscape and fine art photography. The La Jolla locale is one of 18 Lik galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad, but the pieces here are rare, exquisite and one of a kind.  1205 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.200.0990, MADISON GALLERYCL9000007945 Gallery owner Lorna York presides over this contemporary warehouseturned-art space, which features works by emerging, mid-career and established international artists working in a range of media. The gallery (relocated from La Jolla) is named for York's daughter, Madison.  320 S. Cedros Ave., #200, Solana Beach, 858.523.9155, QUINT GALLERYCL9000007943 Since 1981, Mark Quint has been known as one of the most influential gallerists in town, and his opening parties are legendary. People still talk about the time, years ago, that he let an artist shove a telephone


food court overlooks an ice skating rink offering daily public skating sessions—one of the few remaining in San Diego.  4545 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.546.8858,

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pole through the front door, two walls and a back office. Ryan McGinness, Robert Irwin, Kim MacConnel and Roy McMakin are among the many big names the acclaimed gallery represents.  5171 Santa Fe St., San Diego, 858.454.3409, subtext GalleryCL9000007943 The modern gallery, which originally started as a bookstore, showcases artists from across the globe. Styles include neo-contemporary, illustrative, graphic design, pop surrealist, street art and lowbrow works. Owned by Don Hollis and Dylan Jones features monthlong exhibits and hosts special events.  2479 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.459.2332,

Shops & Boutiques Aloha Beach Club52 This modern boutique in North Park captures the aloha spirit with its collection of clothing and accessories that are “surf-inspired” but

not your typical Hawaiian-shirt cheesy. Find printed tees, organic denim skinny jeans, trendy woodframe sunglasses from Shwood and other essentials; plus accessories for her and travel-inspired home goods.  3036-3039 University Ave., North Park, 619.269.3028, h ascot shop L9000007948 Nestled in the heart of La Jolla Village, this high-end men’s clothing boutique stocks both classic and modern apparel—featuring coveted labels such as Bruno Magli, Hagen, J Brand, Peter Millar, Jacob Cohen and many more.  7750 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.454.4222, Between the sheetsCL9000007948 Specializing in luxury bed linens and European decor, you’ll discover a diverse range of fine linens and home furnishings in a variety of styles to suit every taste. From sheet sets, towels, bath rugs and throw pillows to dinnerware, accent decor, furniture

h Ben BridgeCL9000007948 Your personal jeweler since 1912, Ben Bridge is a family-run business known for its fine jewelry and knowledgeable service. From engagement rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets to watches, accessories and gifts, choose from designer brands including A.JAFFE, Mikimoto, Rolex and TAG Heuer. Ben Bridge also offers appraisals, engraving, repairs and complimentary cleaning.  Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, #543, Mission Valley, 619.291.7572; Westfield UTC, 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, #C-19, La Jolla, 858.453.9996; 200 E. Via Rancho Pkwy., B-233, Escondido, 760.745.3900; h BLACKBOOK BIKINI Shop for high-end women’s swimwear, lounge wear and accessories—including beach towels, totes, sunglasses and shoes—all carefully curated by BlackBook founder Pamela Dirkes.  960 S. Coast Hwy., 101 Suite 101, Encinitas, 760.487.1788; 3665 Paseo Place, Suite 0920, Del Mar, blends9 To make an edgy fashion statement, don’t forget your feet. Blends in East Village is known for its rare and exclusive urban footwear, including sneakers, trainers and high-tops. The Nike Roshe line of brightly colored, polka-dot-covered sneakers can stop traffic; while the Vans Vault Collection blackand-white checkerboard high-tops help to create a smooth street style.  719 Eighth Ave., East Village, 619.233.6126, Camellia Boutique L9000007948 Contemporary women’s clothing and accessories fit for the beach or a

night out abound here. From relaxed cotton tops, rompers and denim to chic dresses, colorful swimwear and statement-making shoes, Camellia stocks comfortable, fun and edgy fashions that channel that free-spirited California lifestyle. Featured favorite brands include Faithfull the Brand, Stillwater and Bella Dahl. Plus, leather totes, jewelry and locally made soy candles.  301 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, 858.481.8616 Coronado Taste of Oils This family-owned shop is stocked with oils and fine-aged vinegars from around California and imported from the likes of Italy, Chile and Australia. The best part: Guests can sample any item in stock. Try the organic, Tuscan-herb olive oil infusion, the blood-orange-infused olive oil or the cranberry and pear white balsamic vinegar.  954 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0098, D.G. Wills BooksCL0000027074 While mega-bookstores peddle everything from CDs to lattes, D.G. Wills sells books. Fiction and non-fiction, stacked high on floor-to-ceiling wood shelves, along with photographs, prints and old-time La Jolla memorabilia. Owner Dennis Wills can talk at length about all things literary; he also makes spot-on reading suggestions. The shop long has hosted readings by esteemed authors such as Allen Ginsberg, Edward Albee, Gore Vidal and Maureen Dowd.  7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.1800, DEEPFLINGCL0000333849 Located in The Lumberyard shopping center, deepFLING is a treasure trove for Scandinavian fashion, jewelry and accessories for women. Shop coveted brands from Scandinavia and northern Europe, including Odd Molly, KumKum, Pilgrim, Chamilia, Liebeskind Berlin and Lotta Jewelry. 937 S. Coast Hwy. 101, #C-100, Encinitas, 760.942.4254,

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H THE DINOSAUR GALLERY This one-of-a-kind boutique and art gallery is a treasure trove for unique finds—from rare fossils, animal skulls, minerals, corals, crystals and opals; to sculptures, paintings, meteorites, jewelry, gifts, dinosaur toys for kids and more. 1327 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.794.4855, THE FABULOUS RAG Need a new frock? From fun and flirty prints to casual chic and little black dresses to maxis, this Pacific Beach boutique is filled with oneof-a-kind dresses and other unique fashions. Whether you’re looking for a new outfit for a night out or a day at the beach, you’ll find it here, as well as the latest styles in jewelry and handbags. 845 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.997.0117, GONE BANANAS BEACHWEAR Since 1975, Gone Bananas’ collection of women’s mix-and-match swimwear has been unsurpassed in quality and quantity. With some 15,000 pieces of swimwear, this Mission Beach shop showcases hundreds of designers, including Luli Fama, Vitamin A, L*Space and Billabong.  3785 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.488.4900, GORJANACL0000333859 Find versatile jewelry pieces with fine finishes at this modern shop. The celebrity-lauded brand encompasses mid-range-priced ($30-$200) necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets. Peruse delicate designs with gemstone beading—including their popular “power gem” pieces, layered rings and bar necklaces.  Westfield UTC, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, 858.626.0117, GOORIN BROS.CL0000333859 Design is a priority from head to toe at this well-appointed hat shop in a historical Gaslamp Quarter building. Fedoras, trucker, cowboy, even

quirky baseball caps can be found here. Or try accessorizing with a vintage hatpin—they’re making a comeback.  631 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.450.6303, H GRACIE JAMES L9000007948 A champion of artful living, this charming shop stocks elegant home accessories, drinkware, candles, soaps, hand creams, plants, custom floral arrangements and more.  7938 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.291.8041, GRAFFITI BEACHCL0000333866 Melanie Michaud keeps her inventory stocked with one-of-a-kind “beachto-street” fashions for women and men from up-and-coming designers. Eco-friendly accessories—bamboo sunglasses, wood watches and jewelry made from drum cymbals and skateboard decks—and hip gifts for babies are also popular here, as well as nostalgic and edgy art by emerging artists.  2220 Fern St., South Park, 858.433.0950, GROUNDED CL0000027080 Find a fresh, mod approach to gardening and design at this spot in Encinitas’ Lumberyard. Among its housewares are indoor and outdoor furnishings by Herman Miller, Blu Dot and Gus Modern, along with placemats from Chilewich. Stock up on books on home and garden design.  897 S. Coast Hwy. 101, #105, Encinitas, 760.230.1563, HIS MEN'S STORE9000006851 Whether shopping for the guy who lives in plain tees, or who prefers more flair, this boutique offers men's and kids' clothing and accessories for diverse tastes. HIS carries lines that embody effortless SoCal style.  143 S. Cedros Ave., #K, Solana Beach, 858.350.6410, HI SWEETHEART There’s a lot to love inside this little gift boutique. Here you’ll find a fun

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blend of hand-picked goods, from distinctive jewelry and playful accessories, to unique kitchenware, letterpressed stationery, books and candles. Plus, one-of-a-kind art and home decor; toys and books for little ones; whimsical party supplies; and a slew of items to show your love for the Golden State, including a Californiashaped cutting board; and mugs, beach totes and coasters featuring the state's beloved grizzly bear.  7920 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, 858.729.1985, Hunt & GatherCL9000006851 This boutique lives up to its name with its array of vintage clothing, accessories and home decor gathered from up and down the West Coast by owner Zoe Crenshaw, who customizes her finds with embroidery and other touches.  2871 University Ave., North Park, 619.297.3040, h JOHN MATTY CO.CL9000006478 Inside this elegant outpost showcasing the finest and rarest gems that owner John Matty can find during his many world travels, clients can design and create custom jewelry, update their current jewelry and transform an outdated family heirloom into an exquisite and timeless work of art.  16081 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe, 760.473.2300, Loghman JewelersCL9000006478 A diamond lover’s dream, this sophisticated shop carries an elegant selection of engagement and wedding rings, plus fine jewelry, watches and magnificent pieces from Italian designer Roberto Coin and Forevermark by De Beers.  1555 Camino Del Mar, #324, Del Mar, 858.523.0000; LONE FLAGC Add some pop to simple basics with accessories that say something. Lone Flag is more of a concept space than shop—focusing on American-made clothing and accessories for men

and women. Think well-crafted, premium-quality pieces that stand the test of time. Try the eye-catching Westward Leaning Voyager 16 sunglasses—featuring circular mattesand tortoise frames with blackened California Redwood inlays for $185; or an electric blue, unisex utility bracelet for $28.  1057-A S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.271.1303, LotusL9000006478 Located in the heart of the popular Cedros Design District, this airy, 14,000-square-foot marketplace (formerly named Leaping Lotus) is a great spot for personalized gifts. Shop among pieces from dozens of merchants and local, emerging artists—including art, photography, bath/spa products, candles, clothing, exotic imports, accessories, jewelry, home decor and furnishings, and kitchen wares.  240 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.720.8283,







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M-Theory MUSICL9000006667 San Diego’s version of the record store in High Fidelity, this shop carries a nice selection of new and used vinyl, as well as CDs. Pick up the latest albums by indie acts like Arcade Fire and The Black Keys, or search the used bins for classic rock, jazz and soul records. The store has also hosted legendary live performances by Chuck D, Spiritualized and TV on the Radio, among many others.  827 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619.220.0485, Mimi & RedL9000007927 Both locations of this trendsetting women’s clothing boutique are regularly frequented by fashionistas in search of the latest piece no one else has. Shop among trendy looks of the moment, from dresses, tops and rompers to jewelry and accessories.  3041 University Ave., North Park, 619.298.7933; 5680 La Jolla Blvd., Bird Rock, 858.456.2933;



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miss Match1 Located on Ocean Beach’s main drag, this boutique caters to women of all sizes, ages and budgets. With wallto-wall clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories, Miss Match not only keeps its stock high—with new inventory arriving daily—but also very au courant, carrying only the latest fashion trends and one-of-a-kind items. So if you see something you like, better buy it before another fashionista does. 4932 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.223.5500; 1201 First St., #217, Coronado, 619.435.5550, my sister's closet CL0000027093 This upscale consignment shop stocks premium-quality, designerlabel women’s (as well as men’s) apparel and accessories. Shop among couture handbags, jewelry, scarves, shoes, sunglasses and more.  Costa Verde Center, 8610 Genesee Ave., Suite 200, UTC, 858.455.0045; 146 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.436.3600; h Na Hoku0000027095 As Hawaii’s finest jewelers since 1924, Na Hoku captures the essence of Hawaiian lifestyle and tradition in its collection of fine jewelry. Hawaiian for “stars,” Na Hoku carries unique fine jewelry designed and made in Hawaii. You’ll find original pieces set with Tahitian pearls, diamonds and colored gemstones, as well as collections by renowned designers such as Kabana, LeVian and Effy.  Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.294.7811, Nicole MillerCL0000027097_ The designer's flirty, feminine dresses give classic silhouettes a modern twist. Rumor has it she also was the first to coin the term "Little Black Dress." You’ll find plenty of those here, plus Miller’s gorgeous bridal line.  The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, #141, Carlsbad, 760.632.7000,

h Nikki & Co. Fine Jewelers4 Behind its ornate grapevine-motif brass gate, this tiny spot comes courtesy of a third-generation jeweler whose family has been in the business since 1948. Inside, find pre-owned fine Swiss watches from names like Patek Philippe, Panerai, Cartier, Rolex and Breitling; as well as antique and estate jewelry and diamonds, some dating back as far as the Victorian era.  562 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.236.0870, Noon DesignsCL9000006661 This charming little shop in the heart of Ocean Beach showcases the work of craftswomen Maie Webb and Nora Alexander. Graphic designer Webb hand-draws and presses Noon’s adorable greeting cards while Alexander, trained in industrial design, handcrafts its nature-inspired jewelry line. You’ll also find candles, soaps, hand towels, home goods and many other handcrafted pieces.  4993 Niagara Ave., #105, Ocean Beach, 619.523.1744, OmegaCL0000333837 As the official timekeeper for 24 Olympic Games, Omega has been a leading name in impeccable watchmaking since 1848. Designs range from the elegant, red gold ladies’ Constellation watch, with its whimsical diamond swirl face; to the sturdy, navy blue Planet Ocean watch for men, made from scratchresistant Liquidmetal, a super-strong zirconium-based alloy.  Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.260.1120, paSSION FINE JEWELRY This full-service jeweler owned by Tim and Janna Jackson carries Hearts on Fire diamonds, Alex Sepkus handcrafted jewelry and its own Passion Collection jewels, and is the source for Independent Watchmaking.  415 S. Cedros Ave.,

#100, Solana Beach, 858.794.8000, PigmentCL9000006479 Pigment has everything for your home and then some, with sleek modern furniture, flooring and home accessories. Pigment also carries baby items, jewelry, eco-friendly totes by Baggu, decorative mini-terrariums and limited-edition art prints by co-owner Amy Paul.  3801 30th St., North Park, 619.501.6318; One Paseo, 3715 Caminito Court, Del Mar, 858.876.6360; 2885 Perry Road, Point Loma, 619.795.6300; SoloCL0000027107 This warehouse-like retailer in the heart of Cedros Design District carries all manner of home decor items, stationery and unique gifts for men, women and children. Find one-of-akind furniture, kitchen items, plus an array of inspiring architecture and design books, jewelry and accessories from local artisans, eye-popping lighting, children’s toys and more.  309 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.794.9016, Stuart Benjamin & Co. Jewelry DesignsCL0000027109 Focusing on designs from Europe and the U.S., Stuart Benjamin & Co. offers a dazzling and diverse array of fine-quality jewelry—including classic styles, unique and contemporary jewelry, timepieces and custom designs. Known as the area's top jeweler for quality and service, the store also offers on-site jewelry repair and appraisal services.  7510 Hazard Center Drive, #405, Mission Valley, 619.297.7666, Sun splash SwimwearCL0000027109 With a vast international selection of swimwear and resort wear, including dozens of name brands, Sun Splash carries everything from itsy-bitsy Brazilian bikinis to modern designer one-pieces. Sizes run the full range, and Sun Splash specialists

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are trained to find the perfect figure-flattering fit.  2673 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.9116, SWEET PAPERCL9000007930 This quaint, sunny stationery boutique run by a pair of sisters celebrates the lost art of the handwritten message. Check out their selection of clever, smartly illustrated cards by boutique brands; there’s also a wellcurated array of gift items, including candles, notebooks, recipe cards and more. Brides-to-be will love the shop’s bridal lounge.  7660-A Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.1446, TAYLOR GUITARSCL9000006850 Taylor Guitars rest in the hands of famous musicians such as Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz and more. At the company’s factory, you can learn how the guitars are made and even purchase your own axe at the onsite store, which also carries picks, parts, accessories and more. Tours of the factory are offered M-Th at 1 p.m.   1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, 619.258.1207, VOCABULARYCL0000027108 Make this a definite stop on any shopping itinerary. The Little Italy boutique is one of the loveliest around. Tiffany-blue walls, white molding and a plush seating area complement the youthful collection of clothing for women and men, as well as jewelry, accessories, home decor, paper goods, gifts and more.  414 W. Cedar St., Little Italy, 619.203.4066, WARWICK’SCL0000027113 Warwick’s has been a La Jolla institution since it first opened in 1896. Bibliophiles appreciate the wide selection, knowledgeable staff, regular author readings and other literary events. Peruse the independent bookseller’s bestseller and recommended lists for suggestions. Locals also shop there for

stationery, office supplies and gift items.  7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.454.0347, H WE OLIVE & WINE BARCL900796 Enjoy complimentary samples of California-grown extra virgin olive oils in a variety of inventive flavors at this specialty shop. You’ll also find bread mixes, body balms, lotions and soaps made with olive oil, plus vinegars, party dips and other gourmet items. Don’t miss the ocean-view wine bar in back, where you can enjoy a glass of boutique California wine. The bar also serves local craft beers and seasonal small plates.  1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250, H WESTIMECL9000007956 Westime has been one of the top watch boutiques in all of Southern California since 1987. This upscale, chic 2,500-square-foot boutique in the heart of La Jolla Village is the first Westime outpost to open outside of Los Angeles. Find all manner of timepieces, from popular fashion watches to limited-edition selections from the finest Swiss watchmakers (with pieces from more than 50 top designers). Brands include Hublot, Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin and Bell & Ross.  1227 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.2222, WILD DOVE BOUTIQUECL9007956 Inside owner Rachel Hunt's boutique, you’ll find eco-friendly tops, flirty dresses and stylish denim—that can easily transition from day to night. The shop’s rotating racks feature collections by designers including Amour Vert, Lavender Brown and Show Me Your Mumu; as well as local labels. Plus, contemporary shoes and accessories to complete your ensemble.  740 Market St., East Village, 619.501.5849,






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TAKE YOUR PICK Six food stations plus a cocktail and wine bar await at Little Italy Food Hall, an airy urban food hall with indoor/outdoor communal seating. Favorites include the nontraditional gourmet “tacos” filled with unexpected ingredients at Not Not Tacos by Sam Zien, aka Sam the Cooking Guy; and locally sourced gelato from Bobboi Natural Gelato. Other stations: Ambrogio15 (serving Milan-style gourmet pizzas), Mein St. Asian Kitchen, Wicked Maine Lobster, and Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop.

ADDISON French.  San Diego’s only Michelin star restaurant overlooks the golf course at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar—featuring contemporary French cuisine intricately fused with Mediterranean flavors. Dinner entrees change seasonally, as Executive Chef William Bradley—a James Beard “Rising Star Chef” nominee and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef—uses the finest and freshest ingredients available. Pair your meal with a glass of vin from the Wine Spectator Grand Awardwinning wine list, which includes 3,500-plus labels. D (Tu-Sa).  5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900,

Outside, stroll through Piazza della Famiglia—a 10,000-squarefoot, European-inspired community gathering place and pedestrian hub. Flanked by a striking tiled fountain on the east side, the cobblestone piazza is a meld of public, residential, shopping and dining space. Umbrellacovered tables and chairs line the thoroughfare, offering San Diego Bay views. 550 W. Date St., 619.269.7187,

BANKERS HILL American.  Named for the neighborhood that houses it, this restaurant by Terryl Gavre features farm-fresh shareable small plates and entrees like barbecue braised pork tacos, housemade pastas and steak, served in a chic urban-casual setting—complete with quirkily mismatched furniture. An enclosed front patio boasts a living tapestry of succulent plants mounted on the wall. D (nightly), Br (Su).  2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222,

BENCOTTO ITALIAN KITCHEN Italian.  The Italian word for “perfectly cooked,” Bencotto’s menu spotlights heaping portions of house-made pastas, an array of savory sauces, cured meats, artisanal cheeses and rich desserts—all served in a modern, airy setting inside the glass-concrete-and-steel walls of Little Italy’s Q Building. D (nightly), L (Tu-Su).  750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.450.4786, H BLUE OCEAN ROBATA   & SUSHI BAR Japanese.  High-style design meets modern Japanese cuisine. The menu features yakitori-skewered meats, seafood and veggies that are charcoalfired on a custom Japanese robata grill; plus sushi rolls and small plates that include savory vegetable potstickers and salt and pepper calamari. Wash it all down with a well-curated selection of Japanese whiskey and sake. L, D (daily).  2958 Madison St., Carlsbad, 760.434.4959; 1250 Prospect St., Suite B10, La Jolla, H BLUEWATER GRILL Seafood.  Fresh, sustainable seafood reigns supreme at this waterfront spot—housed in the historical former Hotel del Coronado Boathouse. Choose from an array of shellfish and small plates such as ahi tuna poke and seared scallops with roasted jalapeño aioli. Entrees include miso-glazed black cod, pasta with shrimp and scallops, cioppino, beer-battered fish ’n’ chips, and daily fresh catches. Its sister restaurant in Carlsbad offers a wide variety of seafood dishes in a relaxed, nautically themed space. L, D (daily).  1701 Strand Way,

Coronado, 619.435.0155; 417 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, 760.730.3474; BROCKTON VILLA American.  This 1894 cottage with a spectacular view overlooking La Jolla Cove is great for breakfast; try the famous Coast Toast, a French toast soufflé. For lunch and dinner, choose from an array of salads, seafood, steak and chicken. B, L, D (daily).  1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393, BORN & RAISED Steak.  Little Italy’s posh fine-dining steakhouse boasts porterhouses, dry-aged cuts, prime rib, American and Japanese wagyu and more; plus rooftop dining, an in-house butchery, the city’s largest collection of scotch by the glass, martinis made tableside and tuxedo-clad servers with a sense of humor. D (nightly). 1909 India St., Little Italy, 619.202.4577, BUONA FORCHETTA Italian.  The wood-fired oven named “Sofia” takes center stage at this cozy corner eatery known for its authentic Neapolitan pizza, house-made pastas and salads. Save room for classic Italian desserts like tiramisu, panna cotta and cannoli. D (nightly), L (Tu-Su).  3001 Beech St., South Park, 619.381.4844, CAFE SEVILLA International.  If you’re just mad about saffron—and the cuisine and culture of España, for that matter—head to Café Sevilla. In a Spanish-themed dining room with matador art on the walls and a huge tin bull installed above the bar, feast on a wide array of tapas, paella and


A.R. VALENTIEN California Cuisine.  Overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the signature restaurant of the Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines is named for an early 20th-century San Diego impressionist whose work is featured in the dining room. Under Executive Chef Jeff Jackson, the restaurant uses seasonal, local produce to create its own masterpieces. B, L, D (daily).  11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.777.6635,


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seafood. Sangria and live flamenco dinner shows will have you shouting out, "Olé!" L, D (daily).  353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5979,

alfresco, feast upon traditional dishes, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and giant, frosty margaritas. L, D (daily). 12865 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.792.4100,

CANNONBALL Japanese/Pacific Rim.  San Diego’s largest rooftop restaurant showcases Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine overlooking the ocean in Belmont Park. Enjoy shareable plates such as beef tongue, salmon tataki and lemongrass chicken; plus inventive sushi rolls. L, D (daily).  3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858.228.9304,

CHART HOUSE American.  Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean—sliding glass doors open to bring crashing waves and spectacular sunsets that much closer. The menu includes Chart House standards such as the delectable macadamia-crusted mahi or prime rib, for example—as well as dishes that take advantage of local seafood offerings and regional flavors. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su).  2588 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-theSea, 760.436.4044,

H CASA DE BANDINI Mexican/Southwestern.  Located at The Forum Carlsbad, Casa de Bandini channels old Mexico, from the handmade lanterns, bubbling fountain and colorful folk art; to the regional classics cooking in the kitchen; to the strolling mariachis who serenade diners. Famous for its giant margaritas, the vast menu includes fajitas, enchiladas, salads and seafood specialties. L, D (daily).  1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760.634.3443, H CASA GUADALAJARA Mexican/Southwestern.  Find traditional Mexican cuisine in a hacienda-style setting at this Old Town favorite. The menu features regional specialties, enchiladas, burritos and seafood. Dine indoors or on the shaded patio in the lush courtyard garden. Pitchers of frosty margaritas, charming mariachis and festive decor complete the experience. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  4105 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.295.5111, H CASA SOL Y MAR Mexican/Southwestern.  The warmth and beauty of Mexico comes alive here, via colorful folk art, authentic decor and roaming mariachis ready to serenade your table. Whether dining indoors or

COASTERRA Mexican.  The Cohn Restaurant Group’s Mexican restaurant/lounge features a massive waterfront dining deck offering unrivaled panoramas of the bay and skyline. The menu of refined regional Mexican cuisine highlights local, seasonal ingredients, from ahi tuna tostadas and whole, fried Baja striped bass; to guacamole prepared tableside. An agave-focused cocktail menu includes 100 tequilas and a dozen mezcal infusions. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.814.1300, COWBOY STAR Steak.  This downtown steakhouse, with its exposed-beam ceilings, large leather booths, stark landscape photography and cozy fireplace, brings a touch of Old West style to the neighborhood. The adjacent butcher shop ensures that the meats, like the USDA prime 35-day dry-aged beef, are top quality. Plus, wild game offerings, seafood and salads. L (Tu-F), D (nightly).  640 10th Ave., East Village, 619.450.5880, CUCINA ENOTECA Italian.  Located in the Flower Hill Promenade, the restaurant features

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a Cali-Italian menu packed with organic, sustainable antipasti, salads, pastas (even gluten-free pasta) and artisanal pizzas. Retail wine shop features an extensive wine list; plus, a rooftop dining patio. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly).  2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500,

define the classic menu. The restaurant also serves top-quality pork and veal chops and fresh local seafood, coupled with classic sides. Perfect for business and romantic dinners. D (nightly).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.450.6666; 570 K St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.237.9700,

CUCINA URBANA Italian.  This reigning hotspot features antipasti, pizza, salads, pasta, craft cocktails and a retail wine shop heavy on Italian varietals. The cozy-chic decor combines contemporary touches with vintage accents. Don’t miss the ricotta-stuffed fried squash blossoms. L (Tu-F), D (nightly).  505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222,

EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Seafood.  This upscale seafood haven located in La Jolla and downtown San Diego offers nightly live jazz, indoor/outdoor dining and 200-degree views of the Pacific (at the La Jolla location). But the food is as much a reason to visit as the view. Find seafood classics like shrimp cocktail, ahi tartare, and lobster and crab bisque, plus premium hand-cut steaks. Menu favorites include the jumbo lump crab cake, the Maine lobster tacos and the famous crab fried rice. L (F-Su) in La Jolla only; D (nightly) at both.  1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500; 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.615.0281,

DAVANTI ENOTECA Italian.  This wine bar and restaurant serves up rustic Italian cuisine with creative twists in a fun, casual setting. Enjoy shareable plates, bruschetta, artisanal pizzas, pasta and more, paired with wine. Weekend brunch features the popular bloody mary bar. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1655 India St., Little Italy, 619.237.9606; 12955 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.519.5060, H DECOY DOCKSIDE American.  Lakehouse Hotel & Resort’s chic, bilevel eatery offers wood-fired New American cuisine overlooking Lake San Marcos. Inspired by the great outdoors, the space features a floating lakefront bar, generous patio and floor-to-ceiling windows. Dinner mains include wood-fire-grilled steaks, seafood and pastas. B, L, D (daily).  1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, 760.653.3230, DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Steak.  Donovan’s is a truly authentic steakhouse, from the mahogany and delicate lighting to the mouthwatering prime cuts of beef that

FORT OAK California Cuisine.  Executive Chef Brad Wise’s striking outpost features an exhibition kitchen with 16 countertop seats and retractable windows, ample patio dining, a retro-cool U-shaped bar and a massive, custom open-fire wood grill. The artisanal menu is meant for sharing; think: elegant seafood bites, charcuterie, salads and gourmet small plates. Standouts include the goat milk cavatelli with charred broccoli, fennel sausage and truffle; and opah pastrami toast with egg yolk caviar. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1011 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills, 619.722.3398, H GASLAMP FISH HOUSE Seafood.  This spacious, contemporary fish house (formerly Spike Africa’s) features a raw bar, Mediterranean-American dishes and fresh, locally sourced seafood and daily catches. Offerings include

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Carlsbad black mussels, wild Pacific swordfish, mustard-glazed salmon, surf ‘n’ turf, pastas, salads, desserts and house-baked bread. L, D (daily).  411 Broadway, downtown, 619.795.3800, GEORGE’S AT THE COVE California Cuisine.  This foodiefriendly La Jolla landmark offers three distinct dining experiences and a side of picture-perfect ocean views. Hang out in the laid-back Level2 bar for craft cocktails before sampling chef Trey Foshee’s daily menu of inventive California cuisine in the upscale George’s California Modern dining room (D only). The rooftop Ocean Terrace is a favorite weekend spot with its casual bistro fare. L, D (daily).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244,

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GRANT GRILL California Cuisine.  Grant Grill’s been a downtown power spot for business and political leaders since it opened in 1951. The legendary restaurant reopened in 2006 with a renovated interior and menu. Dark 12:03 PM woods, leather booths and crisp white linens provide a sophisticated backdrop for contemporary California cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski. Movers and shakers only interested in shaken or stirred, take note—mixologist Jeff Josenhans is one of the country’s rising cocktail stars. Splurge on a selection from the Billionnaires cocktail menu. B, L, D (daily).  326 Broadway, downtown, 619.744.2077, GREAT MAPLE American.  Echoing a stylish European dinette with rustic touches and seasonal plates, this upscale diner serves up well-crafted comfort food and serious drinks. The menu is broken down by small plates, salads, hearty burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta and flatbread pizzas. Save room for the house-made apple pie and the cult-loved maple-bacon doughnuts. B, L, D (daily).  1451 Washington

St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282; 8675 Genesee Ave., UTC, 858.886.7403; H HARUMAMA Asian.  This adorable eatery serves Asian cuisine with a mod twist— ramen and other noodle dishes, sushi and bao buns. To drink: beer, sake and wine. L, D (daily).  1901 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.269.7122; 2958 Madison St., Carlsbad, 760.720.7874; 1250 Prospect St., Suite B10, La Jolla, HASH HOUSE A GO GO Breakfast.  Famous for its king-sized portions, the Hash House is where San Diegans go when they’re hungry. Really hungry. Always bustling with locals, the restaurant’s decadent and delightful food often warrants a doggy bag. The setting is casual and friendly, with one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods just steps away. Expect a long wait for weekend brunch. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Su).  3628 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.298.4646, HERB & WOOD American.  Dine on savory woodfired dishes and sip old-school cocktails inside Brian Malarkey’s sprawling warehouse-turned-chic hotspot. Delights include roasted branzino, avocado toast and grilled venison loin, washed down with the Passion & Bubbles cocktail. D (daily), Br (Su).  2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.955.8495, HERRINGBONE Seafood.  This La Jolla hotspot offers “ocean bazaar” cuisine in an indoor/outdoor setting that evokes an Old World market, complete with 100-year-old olive trees. Start with oysters, Baja stone crab or whole fish ceviche; followed by main dishes sourced from the sea (wood-ovenroasted whole fish) and field (Mary’s half roasted chicken). Br, D (daily); L (M-F).  7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221,

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H HUNTRESS Steak.  RMD Group’s glam new steakhouse and whiskey bar boasts the finest cuts of meat available, one of the largest collections of Japanese whiskey in California, and eye-popping contemporary decor—including a multilevel, floor-to-ceiling wine display. D (nightly).  376 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.955.5750, H HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT Seafood.  This San Diego landmark, which offers waterfront dining and live music every night of the week, features contemporary global cuisine with eco-friendly ingredients, including sustainable seafood, local produce and farm-raised beef. The elegant interior complements one of the finest views in town. B, L D (daily); Br (Su). 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577, IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER Seafood.  It's all about the oysters at this raw bar, bakery and restaurant— featuring an eye-popping design that is urban, nostalgic and nautical. Pull up a custom stool at the 15-foot marble countertop—near the open kitchen—and enjoy lobster rolls, daily fresh catches and custom cocktails. The raw bar stays open till midnight (till 2 a.m. F-Sa). L, D (daily).  1654 India St., Little Italy, 619.269.3033, ISLAND PRIME / C LEVEL Seafood.  Enjoy seafood, a variety of steak cuts, salads, cocktails and one of the city’s best views looking back at the skyline. Adjacent C Level on the spacious deck is popular with the after-work crowd and serves a separate menu. C Level doesn't take reservations, but the bar inside Island Prime is a fun spot to hang out and people-watch while you wait. D (nightly) at both; L (daily) at C Level only.  880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.298.6802,

JACK & GIULIO’S Italian.  Formerly known as Giulio’s of Pacific Beach, this family-operated Italian restaurant in historical Old Town is a perennial favorite among both San Diego locals and visitors. A sure menu bet is the Scampi alla Giulio, served since 1961 and befitting its proud name. Also choose from homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef and fresh seafood—all just waiting to be paired with a robust Italian wine. Full bar. D (nightly). 2391 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.294.2074, JAVIER'S Mexican.  Find Mexican dining at its finest inside this sexy space, featuring an elegant lounge, fire features, modern fountains, mosaic tiling and lush greenery. Feast on premium steaks, Maine lobster enchiladas, Mexican prawns bathed in wine sauce and garlic butter, and arguably the best carnitas plate this side of the border. L, D (daily).  4301 La Jolla Village Drive, #1000, UTC, 858.200.2222, H JRDN California Cuisine.  The beachfront Tower23 Hotel upped the culinary ante in Pacific Beach when it launched JRDN. Dramatic lighting, teak-wood accents, and water and fire features are part of the ultra-mod decor. Dine indoors or out on the patio—gorgeous ocean views abound. JRDN’s menu features mod California cuisine (steaks and seafood); plus sushi, poke bowls and a raw bar. B, L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su); D (nightly).  723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.2323, JUNIPER & IVY California Cuisine.  Top Chef star Richard Blais oversees the modern Cali-American menu loaded with artisanal dishes at this popular “it” spot. Start with the buttermilk biscuit with smoked butter. Then choose from raw seafood, pastas and small plates; as well as seasonal, rotating mains such as dry-aged rib-eye and and whole-

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H LEROY'S KITCHEN + LOUNGE California Cuisine.  Fresh, local and sustainable define the eclectic cuisine at this favorite locals’ hangout. Here you’ll find inventive farm-to-table fare on a seasonally changing menu; sample items include rigatoni with wild boar bolognese, toasted garlic and Parmesan; and Brussels sprouts with Asian barbecue sauce and scallions. To drink: craft beer flights and signature cocktails. D (nightly), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087, H LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET California Cuisine.  The city’s premier indoor public market—a 22,000-square-foot space in historical Liberty Station—houses 30-plus local artisan vendors selling handcrafted food, goods and other specialty items. 2:43 PM Grab food to go or dine on-site at a quick-service counter; plus, cocktails and wine at Mess Hall Bar. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma, 619.487.9346, H LOBSTER WEST Seafood.  Serving fresh Maine lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster bisque, New England clam chowder, locally grown organic salads and more, this quaint fast-casual eatery is seafood heaven. Beer and wine to drink. L, D (daily).  1033 B Ave., #102, Coronado, 619.675.0002; 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.634.1684; Windmill Food Hall, 890 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad; MADISON California Cuisine.  This sleek restaurant and lounge is outfitted with cedar-paneled vaulted ceilings,

mid-century-mod decor, Italian design accents and cozy booths. Executive Chef Tony Gutierrez oversees the SoCal-infused Mediterranean menu. Highlights include the beet-cured salmon crudo; and the kale and romaine chopped salad with truffled gouda and a poached egg. Cocktails include the Clover Club—gin, lemon, raspberry and egg white—plus, build-your-own Old Fashioneds and mezcal flights. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566, THE MARINE ROOM California Cuisine.  With arguably the best location in town, The Marine Room sits practically in the ocean at La Jolla Shores beach. Come during high tide, when the waves lap against the window panes and the surfers look like they could hit the windows at any moment. Chef Bernard Guillas’ French-infused cuisine is innovative, the service is top-notch, and the ambiance is second to none. D (nightly).  2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222, MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR California Cuisine.  Innovative food from well-known owner/chef Carl Schroeder has made Market a winner for local gourmands and visitors to the nearby racetrack. Schroeder gets his vegetables fresh daily from nearby Chino Farms and the dinner menu, featuring local seafood and meat, changes nightly. D (Tu-Su).  3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.0007, MILLE FLEURS French.  Mille Fleurs is one of San Diego’s top special-occasion restaurants. At this out-of-the-way location in tony Rancho Santa Fe, you’ll find elegant haute cuisine in a setting of unparalleled grace. Jovial owner Bertrand Hug has been in the business forever and has risen to the top of his game. The menu of spectacular French California fare changes daily

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MONELLO Italian.  The vibe at this Little Italy hotspot is sleek and casual-glam, with the menu focusing on Milanese street food. Choose from a selection of pizzas, pastas and house-made gelato. Happy hour features a daily aperitivo from 4 to 7 p.m. with complimentary nibbles from the chef, and its signature vermouth. L, D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su).  750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.501.0030,

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MISTER A’S American.  One of the most exciting places to eat in San Diego, Mister A’s sits 12 stories up, with sweeping views that stretch from Tijuana to Orange County. Watch jetliners bob their way down to the runway at Lindbergh Field and enjoy some of the best cuisine served anywhere. Add excellent service and even the most jaded diner will be impressed. Br (Su), L (M-F), D (nightly).  2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377,


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H MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Steak.  Part of the popular steakhouse chain, the San Diego location offers everything you’d expect from this national favorite. Succulent prime steaks and chops—we love the Cajun rib-eye—and seafood specialties are among the many menu selections. Home to one of the best martinis in town, the restaurant features a stylish, comfortable setting, near the Convention Center. D (nightly).  285 J St., downtown, 619.696.3369, NINE-TEN California Cuisine.  The outdoor tables at this über-classy spot in the Grande Colonial hotel make people-watching on La Jolla’s main thoroughfare a delight. The food is

also delightful, with innovative offerings and an elaborate, award-winning wine list. Chef Jason Knibb’s seasonally changing dinner menu offers a mix of both classic and contemporary in dishes such as the fork-tender, prime beef short rib with local vegetables and fingerling potatoes. B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su).  910 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.964.5400, NOBUCL9000006721 Japanese.  After conquering New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London and Las Vegas, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa brought his global brand to downtown San Diego with this sleek sushi spot in the Hard Rock Hotel. You’ll find a raw bar as well as signature hot dishes including miso black cod and abalone in garlic sauce, when it’s in season. D (nightly).  207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.814.4124, H OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM Seafood.  The retro supper club has the feel of an elegant 1930s ocean liner—all dark woods, sleek curves and crisp white linens—but it’s docked safely in the middle of the Gaslamp. Such vintage-style luxury is the perfect backdrop for seafood so fresh it tastes just plucked from the sea. Perch at the Oyster Bar and throw back some decadent mollusks and a dirty martini. Or slide into a high-backed leather booth and take your pick from the high-end restaurant’s changing menu, printed daily. Sides are a la carte. Bon voyage. D (nightly).  400 J St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.858.2277, PACIFIC COAST GRILL Seafood.  The elegant oceanfront eatery features an oyster bar, select sushi rolls and seafood entrees that range from porcini-crusted scallops to chargrilled wild salmon; plus Hawaiian-style baby-back ribs and chilerubbed fliet mignon. And every seat inside and on its heated patio and

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upstairs deck offers an ocean view. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff, 760.479.0721, Pacifica del mar Seafood.  One of North County’s beloved haunts, this coastal seafood spot delivers award-winning cuisine in front of a brilliant ocean backdrop. White linens and polished service add to the elegant dining experience. For an entree, choose a fresh local catch—favorites include the sugar-spiced salmon and panroasted sea bass—as well as steak and pasta dishes. Or opt for smaller plates such as lemongrass-poached shrimp cocktail and clam chowder. Indulge at the Ocean Bar during happy hour for discounted beer, wine, cocktails and small bites. D (nightly), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 1555 Camino Del Mar, #321, Del Mar, 858.792.0476, the patio Group California Cuisine.  The Patio Group is known for its popular, casual neighborhood spots that feature great design, seasonal fare and indoor/outdoor dining. At each location—The Patio on Lamont in Pacific Beach, The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills, Fireside by The Patio at Liberty Station, and retro steakhouse Saska's in Mission Beach—you’ll find organic salads, flatbreads, seafood and meat dishes, as well as an array of cocktails, global wines and local craft beers. Canine friends are welcome on the patio. See website for addresses and hours. h POSEIDON restaurant American.  Poseidon’s beachfront deck offers a relaxed dining experience day or night. The contemporary, eclectic menu includes an array of freshly prepared seafood, meats, produce and pastas. The lobster and crab salad, grilled prime New York steak, and seafood linguini are standouts. D (nightly), L (M-F),

Br (Sa-Su).  1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.9345, h The Prado International.  Nestled in Balboa Park, The Prado takes the trophy for prime location. With its vibrant decor and eclectic international tapas, the restaurant is a contender for citywide favorite. Spanish Revival architecture, kaleidoscopic hand-blown glass and unparalleled alfresco views on the terrace serve as a lovely backdrop to California cuisine with Latin and Mediterranean influences; plus a diverse wine list. L (daily), D (Tu-Su).  1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441, h pueblo Mexican.  Just two blocks from the ocean, this upscale restaurant and bar features outdoor dining, modern Mexican fare focusing on Baja-style dishes and seafood, margaritas, agave-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. Menu changes often to include the freshest catches and seasonal, local produce. L, D (daily).  877 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.3312, PUESTO Mexican.  Creative street tacos made with organic ingredients are the menu stars at this hip, colorful spot. Favorites include the potato soy chorizo taco, the filet mignon taco and the lobster taco with black beans and crispy onions. Plus specialty cocktails, beer, wine and an array of high-end tequila and mezcal. L, D (daily).  789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.233.8880; 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260, h Richard Walker’s   Pancake House Breakfast.  Since 1948, the Walker family has been serving gourmet breakfast and lunch favorites. Originating from the Chicago area, the family made its way to down-

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town San Diego in 2006, La Jolla in 2014, and Carlsbad in 2019. Choose from classic griddlecakes, crepes, and Benedicts. Specialties include oven-baked omelettes and Bavarianstyle, oven-baked pancakes. B, L (daily).  520 Front St., downtown, 619.231.7777; 909 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.8800; 2656 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, 760.893.8400; h sally’s fish house & bar Seafood.  This marina-facing venue at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which comes complete with knockout views and an exhibition kitchen, is one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets. The seafood-heavy menu includes a seafood tower and jumbo lump crab cakes with caper remoulade and mango relish. Sally's makes for a great power lunch spot along the waterfront. L, D (daily).  1 Market Place, Embarcadero, 619.358.6740,

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h Stake chophouse & barCL9000006700 American.  The gleaming indoor/ outdoor rooftop retreat is a sexy, modern steakhouse. The menu boasts rib-eye, filet mignon, American wagyu beef and a 35-day, dry-aged, bone-in New York strip. Stake is one of the few restaurants in San Diego serving A5 Japanese wagyu beef (a delicacy). The wine list features 2,000 bottles and 200 selections—all housed in two elegant glass wine cellars. D (nightly). 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077, StarliteCL9000006700 California Cuisine.  Behind its hexagonal entryway, this hip haunt spotlights farm-to-table cuisine, including one of the town’s top burgers, served on a buttery brioche bun—and cocktails such as the Starlite Mule, served in a rustic copper mug. We love the stunning chandelier suspended over the sunken bar, and the charming back patio. 21+ only. D (nightly).  3175 India St., Midtown, 619.358.9766,

STK SAN DIEGOCL9000006700 Steak.  It’s a sexy steakhouse with a chic lounge vibe and DJs spinning. Choose your size and cut of steak, from a 6-ounce filet to a 128-ounce, dry-aged tomahawk; then select a topping, such as Alaskan king crab and truffle butter; and finish with a side of their famed sweet corn pudding. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  600 F St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.354.5988, TAPAS & BEERSCL9006470 International.  It’s a casual-cool gastropub that lives up to its name— offering savory tapas, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and entrees alongside local wines and craft beers (with 20 San Diego brews on tap). Step inside an inviting bilevel space boasting an urban-industrial design—complete with soaring ceilings, reclaimed wood paneling, high-top tables, flat-screen televisions and a sleek bar. L, D (daily).  926 Broadway Circle, downtown, 619.564.7255, water grillCL0000026984 Seafood.  The bustling, casual-chic hotspot is a seafood lover’s dream— offering lobsters and wild Barents Sea red king crabs from its own live tank—plus a full raw bar, a dozen seafood entrees focused on seasonal catches, prime steaks and more. L, D (daily).  615 J St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.717.6992, whisknladle California Cuisine.  Nosh on inventive, artisanal fare, sourced locally by chef Ryan Johnston, and sip craft cocktails—either in the lounge or on the covered outdoor patio. Menu items include charred bone marrow and dungeness crab taglierini. Br, L, D (daily).  1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575,

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show time A prime piece of Gaslamp Quarter real estate is buzzing once again. Shuttered in early 2016, the landmark movie theater long known locally as the Pacific Gaslamp 15 (and then Reading Cinemas) has reopened as Theatre Box—a stunning, 73,000-square-foot entertainment complex. The modern venue looks and feels very “Hollywood glamour”—housing TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, with eight stateof-the-art movie theaters complete with reclining leather seats; Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Belmont Park Located right on Mission Beach, Belmont Park offers nostalgic summertime fun and modern entertainment for the whole family. Ride the historical 1925-built Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, or thrill-seek on the Octotron and Tilt-a-Whirl. Plus, bumper cars, a carousel, miniature golf, a zip line, laser tag, the new Coconut Climb tree-climbing experience, arcade games, dining and more.  3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.488.1549,

restaurant and bar; a candy shop with 450 types of confections; a gelato bar and cafe; and the Chocolate Lounge eatery and cocktail/dessert bar. The Theatre Box cinemas also feature dine-in food and cocktail menus. Slated to open next: Pitbull’s iLov305 Rooftop Bar & Garden; and Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Sports Bar & Arcade. 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter,

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Educational and entertaining, the aquarium features an eye-popping assortment of Pacific marine life and lots of creative, hands-on exhibits —with 60-plus habitats—highlighting the ongoing research and discoveries of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Check the calendar for events and activities for kids and adults.  2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474,

h BERNARDO WINERY Founded in 1889, it’s the oldest operating winery in SoCal—family owned and operated by the Rizzo family since 1927. The winery features a spacious tasting room and patio, galleries and shops—selling handbags, jewelry, olive oil and flowers. The Kitchen at Bernardo Winery restaurant serves paninis, salads, grilled skewers and pastas. There's even a craft coffee house. Open daily. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866, Cabrillo National  MonumeNT When Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first gazed on San Diego Bay in 1542, he called the area “a very good enclosed port.” Later, Point Loma would be home to a historical lighthouse and Fort Rosecrans, a key cog in the coastal defense system. Now Cabrillo National Monument gives visitors the best views of downtown and sweeping ocean vistas.  1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma, 619.557.5450, hike bike KAYAK Rent your own kayak or take one of their guided ecological tours along La Jolla Shores; plus, La Jolla Cove snorkel tours; coastal biking tours; surfboard, snorkel gear and bike rentals; and more.  2222 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.551.9510, Hornblower Cruises With a fleet of seven vessels capable of carrying from 50 to 1,000 people, Hornblower runs daily narrated tours of San Diego Bay that get you up close and personal with some 50 major landmarks,

from the Star of India to Cabrillo National Monument. Also offered: whale watching (seasonal), nightly romantic dinner cruises, a two-hour Sunday champagne brunch cruise (on Saturdays, too, during the summer), yacht charters, weddings and private events.  970 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715, LA JOLLA KAYAK Enjoy guided ocean snorkeling and kayak tours of La Jolla’s spectacular cliffs and caves, as well as La Jolla Cove, with certified and experienced instructors. Or rent single/double kayaks and snorkeling gear to explore on your own. Best part: La Jolla Kayak will transport your kayaks to and from the beach so you don’t have to worry about lugging gear. Plus, whale watching, standup paddleboarding and bike tours.  2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.459.1114, Legoland Carlsbad is home to one of two U.S. parks, featuring more than 60 rides along with model attractions (called Minilands) designed and constructed by master Lego builders using only Lego blocks. The Sea Life Aquarium is adjacent to the park and features educational and interactive entertainment. Don't miss the water park, which includes a 45-foot water slide tower, a lazy river and more wet rides.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 888.690.5346, Rotor Zen   Helicopter Tours Take in the city’s sites from a bird’seye view: Scenic, custom helicopter tours let you soar high above local landmarks, including SeaWorld, the

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Attractions H balboa Park At 1,200 acres, this lush green space overlooking downtown San Diego is the largest urban cultural park in the country, home to more than 17 museums, theaters and other cultural institutions, as well as the Spreckels Organ, the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. You’ll also find spectacular gardens showcasing anything from succulents and palm trees to roses and perennials; The Old Globe theater; facilities for sports and recreation; trails for hiking and mountain biking; and Irving Gill’s historical Marston House.  1549 El Prado, San Diego, 619.239.0512,

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San Diego Zoo, the USS Midway, La Jolla Shores, the Pacific coastline, Coronado and more. All flights depart from and return to San Diego International Airport. Commercial flights and photo flights are also available.  Signature Flight Support, 3300 Admiral Boland Way, downtown, 619.215.9023, H SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN Back in 1957, Charles and Ruth Larabee donated their 30-acre private estate in Encinitas to the county. The San Diego Botanic Garden, now run by a nonprofit organization, immerses visitors in colorful flora and fauna in this urban oasis.  230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036, H SAN DIEGO ZOO It's world-famous for a reason. Visitors can get up close and personal with around 4,000 rare and endangered creatures from nearly every corner of the world. Animals live in habitats rich with features and activities (such as the Elephant Odyssey and Australian Outback exhibits). The Zoo is a longtime leader in animal care and wildlife conservation, and it shows at this landmark San Diego attraction.  2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515, H SAN DIEGO ZOO   SAFARI PARK The Serengeti is thousands of miles away, but the 1,800-acre Safari Park lets visitors experience a safari here. More than 300 species roam the extensive exhibits, designed to resemble natural habitats like savannas, forests and lakes. Guided tours bring animal adventurers close to elephants, giraffes, gorillas, lions, antelopes, zebras, rhinos and more.  15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702, SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO From inspiring orca encounters to Shipwreck Rapids, the 54-year-old park melds informative, fun aquatic

shows with unique experiences and thrilling rides—including the Electric Eel and Tidal Twister roller coasters. Get wet on the splashy Journey to Atlantis, or explore polar life in Wild Arctic and sea turtles at The Turtle Reef.  500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay, 619.222.4732, SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP The property's golden lotus domes, akin to a palace, are an unexpected sight along Highway 101 in Encinitas. Take a stroll through the meditation gardens (open to the public); the paths wind through lush greenery and koi ponds. At the bluff, you can see white-capped surf and surfers below. Founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, the SRF is a big part of this mellow surf town’s local flavor.  215 W. K St., Encinitas, 760.436.7220, H SPANISH VILLAGE ART CENTER This artists’ haven includes 37 working studios and an outdoor patio area where visitors can watch resident artists create original works of art. With more than 200 artists represented, the center displays a large variety of paintings, glass works, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, enamel, woodwork and more.  1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.233.9050,


USS MIDWAY As one of the world’s largest floating naval-aviation museums, the USS Midway showcases restored airplanes and interactive exhibits. It’s one of the nation’s longest-serving aircraft carriers, and many docents are veterans who served onboard the carrier, in service from 1945 to 1992.  910 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.544.9600, VISIT ESCONDIDO It’s your resource for all things Escondido, which translates to “hidden” in Spanish. However, this



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northeast San Diego town offers it all—from attractions such as Safari Park, to wineries, craft breweries, arts and culture, culinary experiences and a charming historical downtown.

wide fairways and sloping greens. The seventh and 12th holes on the South Course are two of the town’s toughest.  11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.452.3226,



THE CROSSINGS AT CARLSBAD This 6,835-yard, 18-hole, championship municipal golf course features generous fairways, large greens and state-of-the-art amenities—all nestled amid 400 acres of coastal terrain with views of the foothills to the east and the sparkling Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.  5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, 760.444.1800, OMNI LA COSTA RESORT Measure your game against golfing’s elite at La Costa, the site of numerous PGA Tour events and Southern California's only Gold Medal Golf Resort. Amid 400 acres in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, La Costa features two 18-hole championship courses, a driving range, equipment rental and a golf performance clinic offering on-site programs.  2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 760.438.9111,

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PARK HYATT AVIARA San Diego's only Arnold Palmer signature golf course, Aviara winds through rolling valleys with ocean views. Named by Golf Digest as one of the nation's best resort courses, and by Condé Nast Traveler as No. 1 in San Diego, the resort also welcomes non-guests to play.  7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad, 760.603.6900, TORREY PINES GOLF COURSE Home of the PGA Tour’s annual Farmers Insurance Open, this is one of the best-known courses in the U.S. (Tiger Woods and local Phil Mickelson are among the greats who have played here.) The two public courses have stunning ocean views from the bluffs above the Pacific,

CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum documents not just the history of San Diego’s surf culture, but the whole state’s. The museum’s occasional exhibitions explore classic surf photography, the evolution of surfboard design and relics from the sport’s golden era. From highly specialized gear to music, art and clothing, the museum’s small but informative collection tells the story of a life lived according to the way the waves are breaking. 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.721.6876, H FLEET SCIENCE CENTER This hands-on science center makes learning a blast. Explore more than 100 interactive exhibits and Kid City, where scientists ages 5 and younger can climb into the driver’s seat of a model fire truck and play pretend in a mock grocery store checkout line. And the whole family can catch large-format IMAX films and planetarium shows at the Giant Dome Theater.  1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233, MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM Mingei features a rich collection of folk art, crafts and design with pop-up exhibits around town; plus a store and cafe. (Note: The museum's Balboa Park building is currently closed for major renovations.)  2640 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station, 619.239.0003, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO Its two distinctive locations keep native and visiting culture-vultures satiated with lectures, film series and



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rotating exhibitions that have included marquee art-world names as well as notable up-and-comers. MCASD La Jolla is closed for major renovations; but the downtown campus (whose galleries occupy the historical Santa Fe Depot) is open and features commissions from artists including Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer, Roman de Salvo and Richard Wright.  1001 and 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541, H MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC This unique museum showcases vintage musical instruments, interactive audio and visual exhibits, films, concerts and discussions that explore the history of music-making in the U.S. from the 1890s to the present day. Exhibits often focus on specific musical instruments, from the harp to the saxophone.  5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, 760.438.5996, MUSEUM OF   PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS Since 1983, the Museum of Photographic Arts has brought the best of moving and still images to San Diego, ranging from pure art photography to pointed social commentary. The permanent collection consists of more than 7,000 images, from the earliest daguerreotypes to modern photojournalism; while its new exhibits are among the best in the world. MoPA also shows films in its state-of-the-art theater, and has one of Balboa Park’s coolest gift shops.  1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559, THE NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Designed just for kids, this awesome interactive art/play space downtown is a revolutionary learning environment. The museum encourages its wee visitors to interact with the exhibits, which are always innovative, educational and engaging. Plus, there is fun to be had for kids of all ages. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619.233.8792,

SAN DIEGO AIR   & SPACE MUSEUM This dynamic museum traces the history of human flight, from the earliest contraptions to military jets, all suspended from the ceiling above interactive, educational exhibits that tell the stories of the two World Wars. The 3D/4D theater provides an immersive thrill for all ages.  2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291,


SAN DIEGO MARITIME MUSEUM San Diego’s Maritime Museum is world-famous for its beautifully preserved historical ships and collection of seafaring memorabilia. Take a tour of the magnificent Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship. Since her maiden voyage in 1863, she’s survived a mutiny, a collision and thousands of tourists. Now safely docked—except for a couple of exhibition sails each year—she’s a tall ship with plenty of tall tales.  1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.234.9153, SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART Opened in 1926 as the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, the museum’s diverse collection today includes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque works, 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings and sculpture, and a vast Asian collection. Director Roxana Velásquez, formerly of Mexico City’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, has launched exhibitions featuring works from sought-after foreign collections.  1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931, SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN Located in the historical California Plaza at the center of Balboa Park, the Museum of Man is known as much for its architecture as its exhibitions— the museum’s California Tower is Balboa Park’s signature landmark; for an extra fee, visitors can climb up to the top to take in breathtaking views of the city. Past exhibitions have spotlighted everything from ancient Egypt

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to medieval torture devices.  1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001, SAN DIEGO NATURAL   HISTORY MUSEUM Housed in a building designed by San Diego architect William Templeton Johnson (who also designed the nearby Museum of Art), the Natural History Museum hosts permanent exhibitions such as Fossil Mysteries (prehistory of Southern California and Baja) and Coast to Cactus in Southern California, as well as temporary/traveling ones. One of the more popular stops in Balboa Park, the museum also features an extensive film schedule at its 300-seat, giant-screen 3D theater.  1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821,








BELLY UP TAVERN Built in a converted Quonset hut, this intimate club and concert venue has hosted some of the best live music in the county since 1974. The diverse lineup runs the gamut from local and indie bands to well-known names in folk, world, rock, country and so on. It’s a short haul from downtown San Diego, and well worth it.  143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.481.8140, OMNIA SAN DIEGO The multimillion-dollar, multilevel venue by the Hakkasan Group boasts both indoor and outdoor spaces— including a large terrace with views of the Gaslamp Quarter—interactive features and state-of-the-art technology guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable night out. The innovative club has hosted a superstar lineup of DJs and electronic artists; plus bottle service and dancing.  454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.544.9500, OXFORD SOCIAL CLUB Located below the Pendry San Diego hotel, the Oxford Social Club is an intimate yet glam nightclub featuring

an extensive craft cocktail program, bottle service, dancing and a rotating lineup of national and local DJs.  435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7040, TOP OF THE HYATT Boasting some of the most spectacular and dramatic ocean and city views in all of San Diego, this iconic bar and lounge has undergone a multimilliondollar renovation. Perched 40 stories above the Pacific, the space features floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek yet warm decor. Try one of 12 signature libations from the cocktail menu, a glass of wine or beer; and snack on bar fare such as the grass-fed beef sliders, and the fig and pig flatbread with smoked mozzarella and blue cheese.  1 Market Place, downtown, 619.232.1234,

PERFORMING ARTS BALBOA THEATRE The Balboa Theatre has enjoyed a long and colorful life since its construction in 1924. Originally a vaudeville and movie palace, it was transformed in 1934 into El Teatro Balboa, used by the Navy during WWII, served as single-occupancy housing after that, and in 1959 was rescued from possible demolition by the Russo family. In 1986 the City purchased the theater and in 2002 decided to restore and renovate the historical building. In January 2008, after many years and $26 million, the Balboa Theatre finally reopened its doors as a local, national and international performing venue.  868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.570.1100, CYGNET THEATRE Critics applaud the award-winning outfit, whose productions range from stage classics and world premieres to clever comedies and edgy browraisers laced with innuendo. Shows take place at an intimate space in the heart of Old Town. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525,



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LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE The Who’s Tommy. Memphis. Jersey Boys. All won a bevy of Tony Awards, and all premiered here, 3,000 miles off Broadway in La Jolla. This theater founded by Gregory Peck and others in 1947 has a storied history, and continues to draw top-flight original musical and theatrical productions. The Playhouse has earned additional acclaim for its Without Walls program and festival, where unique plays are performed in unusual locations.  2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010, LAMB’S PLAYERS THEATRE This ensemble theater company presents a year-round schedule of productions in two different venues—its resident stage, a beautiful 350-seat space in Coronado’s historical Spreckels Building, and the newly refurbished Horton Grand Theatre, an intimate 250-seat space in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. This energetic company serves up an engaging range of comedies, musicals, classics, bold dramas and new work. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado; Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.437.6000, H NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE From classic plays and musicals to world-premiere stagings, the North Coast Rep has been delivering highquality productions for more than 30 years. Comedy and drama are no stranger to the stage at the intimate 194-seat theater in Solana Beach. The Rep is also committed to fostering a love of theater in local youth via its Theatre School education and outreach programs.  987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, #D, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055, THE OLD GLOBE Mixing Tudor architecture and Shakespearean staging with contemporary plays, The Old Globe, founded in 1935, brings high-quality

theater to the heart of Balboa Park. The complex holds three stages: the main Shiley Stage (capacity: 580), the more intimate White Theatre and the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Annual program highlights include the summer Shakespeare festival and popular holiday offering, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623, SAN DIEGO OPERA With an interactive website and informative podcasts, San Diego Opera presents several traditional operas each year at San Diego Civic Theatre downtown; plus boutique productions with modern, boundary-pushing themes at Balboa Theatre and nontradtional venues. SAN DIEGO REP Small but prestigious, The Rep (as locals call it) stages contemporary plays, reimagined classics and world premieres annually at the downtown Lyceum Theatre space, including a few—such as It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues—that have moved on to Broadway.  Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp Quarter, 619.544.1000, SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY San Diego Symphony has been enriching local culture for more than a century now. The orchestra performs both classical and symphonic pops concerts throughout the year. Its winter home is downtown’s Jacobs Music Center inside Copley Symphony Hall. For its annual Bayside Summer Nights concert series featuring headlining musicians, the orchestra moves outdoors to the waterfront Embarcadero Marina Park South.  750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804,


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