September 2015 Around Town 1


Fair Trade Décor Welcomes Nigerian Jewelers

Del Mar’s Fair Trade Décor boutique honored Taureg artisan and community leader Elhadji Mohamed Kaumama and his son Ismael of Niger with a special event to feature the family’s handcrafted silver jewelry. The Kaumama Family Collective has been crafting jewelry in the Agadez, Niger, area for 25 generations and are known for high-quality artwork involving silver, ebony and semi precious stones. The Tuereg believe that jewelers have special powers because they must handle fire in order to make the jewelry. This year, Elhadji is representing 50 artisans from Niger at festivals, museums and events in nine cities, including the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival.
Del Mar

Crudo to open in October

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch will open a new permutation of the nationally acclaimed Fig & Olive Restaurants under the stewardship of Executive Chef Pascal Lorange, whose restaurant repertoire includes Michelin-starred venues around the world. Slated for an October opening, this Mediterranean Riviera-style eatery will feature brunch, lunch and dinner items. The Del Mar Times reports that Lorange, one-time private chef for Julio Iglesias, has also created meals for the Clintons, Oscar de la Renta and President Obama. Be on the lookout for raw plates, including sashimi and carpaccio, as well as seafood en papillote and homemade pastas. If you want to get things cooking with Lorange, he’ll be offering twice monthly culinary classes on location. Sounds delicious!
Pacific Highlands Ranch

The Inn to Feature Art of Fashion

Fall is always the most interesting season for fashion, and the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe plans to help fashion-forward individuals explore the newest trends. recently announced that on Sept. 17, guests can explore boutique shopping, a runway show and luncheon on the lawn. The special event kicks off at 10 a.m., when attendees are invited to sample petite sweets and sip on champagne. At 11 a.m., check out fall fashions during the runway show. Luncheon on the lawn will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by wine and dessert tasting at 2 p.m. Auction items include two round-trip Alaska Airline tickets to Hawaii or anywhere Alaska flies and a one-week stay at the Ho’olei at Grand Wailea. Aloha! Proceeds benefit The Country Friends charities.
Rancho Santa Fe

Local Author Launches Baby Boomer Book

Congrats to Rick Bava of Carmel Valley, who recently published In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation, a book that he wrote at the Del Mar Library. Recently, he presented copies to both the library and then-manager Gretchen Schmidt to thank them for supporting his literary efforts. Bava wrote the book after traveling around the United States interviewing hundreds of Baby Boomers from all walks of life and socioeconomic classes. It’s a great coffee table read, with plenty of interesting insights from around the country. For more info on this Baby Boomer whisperer, check out Bava’s blog.
Carmel Valley

Snake Oil Debuts Broken Yolk Breakfast Cocktails

Mixologists have concocted special cocktails especially for Del Mar’s brand new Broken Yolk location, including fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. “Imagine fresh juices spiked with seasonal spices and infused garden herbs,” says Frankie Thaheld, the company’s Director of Culinary Mixology. “We will be utilizing quality, low proof spirits to give a charge to the balanced and delicious mixes. Think soju and agave wine, aperitif wines, vermouths and sherries. This is going to revolutionize the way people dream of brunch cocktails.” This sounds perfect paired with an omelet or decadent artisan sandwich. Brunchers can also request that the specialty drinks be prepared mocktail style, sans alcohol. Cheers!
Del Mar

Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Plans for Cleaner Skies

Congrats to members of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board for their earth-minded vision of beautiful skies in North County. San Diego’s draft Climate Action Plan includes the goals of reducing greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2035, according to the Del Mar Times. The plan involves five main strategies to reduce greenhouse gases: incorporate energy efficient and water efficient buildings, focus on clean and renewable energy, encourage bicycling, walking, and public transit, moving toward zero waste, and boost climate resiliency. The goal: reach 100 percent clean energy by 2035.
Carmel Valley

Polar Bear Photographer Launches New Book

Congratulations to Andrew Bazeley of Rancho Santa Fe for launching his photography book Waiting For Dancer with Canadian collaborator and arctic expert Dennis Compayre. The adventurous duo travel into the Canadian arctic wilderness to capture striking images of polar bears. These luminous photographs provide a behind-the-scenes view of powerful and sometimes aggressive predators in their snowy kingdom to the north. 
Rancho Santa Fe

Peter Scott Reveals How Being Fit Gets You Paid

It might be hard to believe, but, according to Peter Scott, mindset and fitness mentor for high achieving entrepreneurs and author of the newly released book The Fearless Mindset, there is a direct correlation between your fitness and your finances. Scott explains that by prioritizing your fitness through daily habits and rituals, you skyrocket your energy, focus, and confidence, empowering you to create more value in your business and make more money as a result. The problem is that an overwhelming number of business owners struggle to find the time to work out, eat right and connect with their loved ones. Time constraints, business pressure and work stress all contribute to this challenge. Fortunately, there is a way to overcome this, according to Scott, who is on a mission to help entrepreneurs systematically get fit in less time, double their income and become unstoppable.
Solana Beach

Warm Welcome to Baked Bear Ice Cream

San Diego’s original artisan cookie and ice cream sandwich parlor opened doors on their newest location at 13480 Highlands Place in Carmel Valley. The company’s co-founders, San Diego natives Shane Stanger and Rob Robbins, opened the original location in 2013. Carmel Valley’s location will feature a streamlined, modern design with a full bakery in back, walk-up counter, and 12 ice cream flavors displayed. Picture homemade brownies, donuts, craft ice cream, hot fudge sundaes and a specialty Bear Bowl – a warm chocolate chip cookie pie with a scoop of ice cream on top. Things are definitely getting sweeter.
Carmel Valley