Summer Bucket List 2018: Del Mar Edition

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Del Mar does a great job at gracefully balancing the casual feel of seaside, sand-in-your-suit living with chic offerings. With friendly locals, world-class attractions, beautiful coastline and a relaxed vibe, Del Mar has great activities to enjoy all year long — but summertime is absolutely the best. So slather on that sunscreen and take…

Plein Air Plates

 Article Kate Arcieri | Photography Ashley Perry  When your town's a year-round outdoor playground, alfresco dining options abound. But not all open-air eating experiences are created equal. So we tested the temperate tables at eateries in and around Del Mar, offering extra points for people-watching patios, fun fire pits and peaceful panoramas. And we racked up five spots with just the…

VIP With a View

 Article By Kate Arcieri  It’s a Del Mar evening unlike any other.  L’Auberge Del Mar’s Opening Day After Party comes along every year, but precisely when it will begin can’t be predicted. Despite a scheduled 5 p.m. start time, the pacing of some ponies down the road a mile will determine just when the celebration kicks off. Between 4 and…

Summer Is Here

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for lazy afternoons at the beach and the colorful explosions of fireworks on the Fourth of July. Time for concerts in the park, Chino’s corn on the grill and the thoroughbreds running in the afternoon sunshine. Is there any better place to be? If you’re … Continued

The New Civic Center

 Article Kate Arcieri | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Madonna’s "Like a Virgin" topped the Billboard charts, Super Mario Bros. had just been released on Nintendo, and Ronald Reagan was in the White House. The year was 1985, and Del Mar was having its first go at designing a civic center. The city council tried again in 1991, enlisting the talents of internationally…

The Boardroom International Surfboard Show

Celebrating its 11th year, The Boardroom (formerly Sacred Craft) highlights the surfboard manufacturing industry at the Del Mar Fairgrounds May 5-6. A gathering of like-minded enthusiasts who are drawn by an authentic love for riding waves and the crafts that move us along those waves, the show put the surfboard — and the modern-day kahunas who … Continued

Del Mar Lifestyle’s Mixer with Music at Wokou Carmel Valley

Del Mar Lifestyle held its May Mixer with Music celebrating the people of our May and June issues. A Perky Blonde Beer on draft was provided by Resident Brewing. Wokou Ramen and Yakitori provided drinks and appetizers.

July 2018 Around Town

The Barrel Room, Mason Ale Works Tasting Room + Kitchen Open in Merge Carmel Valley Two new tenants have arrived in Merge Carmel Valley. The Barrel Room is a premier vintage wine bar and bistro with more than 40 wines by the glass and crafted plates from Executive Chef Trevor Chappell. If craft beer is more your style, Mason Ale Works … Continued

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Juan Meloncamp

 Article Ted Gibson | Photography Ashley Perry  Juan Meloncamp  Few flavors tap into the nostalgia of summertime like fresh watermelon.  Tequila, vermouth and basil provide a delicate herbal backdrop, and a few dashes of bitter Campari help to balance the  sweetness of the watermelon and honey. A pinch of salt is rarely a bad idea and helps to elevate the cocktail's flavors.

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

Wokou Ramen & Yakitori: Serving Up Asian Dining with a Twist

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  When you walk through the doors of Wokou Ramen & Yakitori, you can instantly smell the yakitori being slow-cooked over the open-flame grill. Yakitori is Japanese street food that consists of skewers of vegetables and meat. The menu of ramen and yakitori in addition to the raw aesthetic is what truly makes it…

Jewelers & Brewers

 Article Kate Arcieri | Photography Zemina Zaferakis    It all started with a gold strike in a tiny South African town.

The Tide is High: Pacific Records Still Making Waves

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico and Kate Arcieri | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Brian Witkin’s childhood might have looked like a traditional Del Mar upbringing, as the son of a successful emergency-room physician. But that tepid description belies a rockin’ backstory. Dad Joe Witkin was also a music legend who shot to fame in 1969 at the granddaddy of all music festivals, Woodstock.…

Dads and Dudes of Del Mar

Our June issue is our “Dude” issue spotlighting various successful men in our community. You’ll learn about some fathers and sons that have found a way to build successful family businesses and various other entrepreneurs. I can’t wait to share our Local’s Choice. This magazine and each issue moving forward is for you, the readers, … Continued


Flower Hill Promenade today announced the start of a very special initiative as part of its highly anticipated  inSunshine summer season: “Growing Kindness inSunshine,” a four-month program of special installations, activations, activities, community and charity events that showcase the idea that “What sunshine is to flowers, kindness is to humanity.” Growing Kindness inSunshine is set … Continued

Heart of a Child Concert

7th Annual Heart of a Child Concert . April 28th, 2018, Irwin Jacobs Qualcomm Hall

June 2018 Around Town

San Diego County Fair Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is. You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities … Continued

Father & Son Faves

 Article Kate Arcieri  Maxi Deluxe T-Bar Steering Scooters  $139, Gepetto’s, 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

Men About Town

 Article Kate Arcieri | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Brian Milligan, Chiropractor/Owner at Del Mar Chiro  Running the Bases: Cool-cat chiropractor Brian Milligan’s highest profile clients are star athletes, but pretty much every brand of local hits his practice.

The Goal Diggers of Del Mar

 Article Kate Arcieri | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  The Fashionista  Mahjuba Levine

Girls Trip!

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Looking to escape to Los Angeles on your next girls trip? Then look no further than LA’s most famous ZIP code that’s home to the fanciest shops, gorgeous cocktails and yes, the hotel from "Pretty Woman." Whether it’s a bachelorette party, a birthday, a reunion of old friends or a weekend with your best…

Design Innovator

 Article and Photography  Sol Quintana Wagoner was born and raised in Argentina where she earned a bachelor's degree in architecture. She was involved in the design of various projects in Buenos Aries before moving to Southern California where she now practices her passion for artistic, impressive home design.  

Alexus Willson; A Competitor In An Olympic Sport That Is Way Harder Than It Looks

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Alexus Willson performs at various shows at both the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Park, and since 2016 has been sponsored by Dr. Sidal, the owner of Torrey Pines Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Del Mar/Carmel Valley. It's his "giving back" that has been essential to the riding success that Willson continues to see. Dr.…

Amy + Susan

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Tory Burch Boots  Neiman Marcus, $525

May 2018 Around Town

Fiesta del Sol The 39th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be on May 19th and 20th from 9AM to 9PM each day. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE 2-day Arts & Music Festival for 39 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach! The event takes place at Fletcher Cove. The Belly … Continued


It was about 10 years ago that I was lucky enough to stumble upon this little seaside hamlet called Del Mar. I found this little village merely by accident as a tourist for a night or two on my first visit passing through San Diego on business. The specialness of the landscape and the active … Continued

Pardee Homes Carmel Valley 5k Race

There’s a 5K run/walk and a Fun Run for kids in Carmel Valley. The proceeds from this event benefit the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation to helppay for science, art, music, and technology programs. So, get your athletic shoes on and let’s go!

Egg-cellent Hunt at Carmel Valley Park

Enjoy egg hunts, crafts, bounce houses, prizes and more. Photo-op with Easter bunny. BYOBasket. Free event. Mar. 31, 10-11:30 a.m., Carmel Valley Community Park. Event details.

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

Del Mar - Spring has sprung!  This month we celebrate going green and how we can grow together.  These past few years I am so grateful to have grown in this community with you - personally, professionally and on this journey together in life.  It is with mixed emotions I share with you that a new publisher will be taking…

Off the Walls: Vertical Gardens

Since 2002, designer Tracy Lynn has treated her clients to a creativity, collaboration, and vision that is unmatched in the interior design industry. Her singular vision guided the interior design of her own home that first year. The result created so much buzz that she soon had more work than she could handle on her own. Tracy Lynn has spent…

April 2018 Around Town

Rise and Shine Restaurant Group is continuing to make San Diego’s culinary scene even brighter with the announcement of three new restaurants slated to open this year throughout San Diego. The Village in Pacific Highlands Ranch’s multi-use retail and residential complex has become a benchmark destination for residents and visitors of North County’s Carmel Valley neighborhood. Now, Rise and Shine is…

Sleek & Stylish Sustainability

With the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche is introducing a plug-in hybrid as the flagship of the model line for the first time and it's another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology. Utilizing a boost-strategy derived from the 918 Spyder that combines a 136 hp electric motor with a 550 hp twin-turbo V8 engine capable of accelerating…

April 2018 Tech Savvy

Kilroy Realty was founded more than 70 years ago, and serves as a publicly traded real estate investment trust that develops, acquires, and manages office, mixed-use, and life science technology real estate assets on the West Coast, Seattle, WA, and San Francisco, CA. They have multiple locations in San Diego— including right here in Del Mar. But what sets them…

Pretty in Pink

On Thursday, February 8th, a fabulous group of women gathered in the hills of a Del Mar estate to see Zandra Rhodes' new collection and fashion show. Guests were greeted with champagne and raspberries, mingling around the pool and taking in the vast views. Photos by Gisele.

Eat. This. Now.

Undoubtedly, you have strolled by this little, fuzzy, brown fruit at the Farmers' Market and in the produce aisle and perhaps you picked up a few to bring home. Once peeled and sliced this sweet yet tart fruit displays the most vivid green pulp with tiny black seeds. Traditionally, Europeans referred to it as a Chinese Gooseberry, attributed to its…

Outdoor Oasis

This gorgeous Del Mar beauty's charm lies in its versatile use of space and luxury technology upgrades. Every bit of space is utilized and optimized for the family that lives here. From the chalkboard wall for the kids to the putting green for dad and friends and the bar seating for extended family to the cabana studio for quiet workspace,…

Five Questions with Bettina Whiteford

Originally from Vail, Colorado, Bettina Whiteford of BW Home has an affinity for beautiful, quality furniture and antiques, attributed to her experience as a gift and home furnishings buyer for Gorsuch Ltd, a high-end store with European and Alpine influence in Vail, Colorado. She started consigning furniture serendipitously while helping her mother downsize. Whiteford found boxes of china, crystal and other valuables so…

Fashion Edit

 Danielle Jumpsuit -   Kip Pale Blue Nail Lacquer  -  Ally Cotton Button Up Shirt -

The Heart of the Home

It's March Del Mar and spring is in the air. Perhaps that means you are spring cleaning or making plans to update your living space or spruce up the exterior of your home. You might find me knee-deep in an organizational project in the garage where it seems everything collects in our home and needs the most help especially with…

Rotary Club of Del Mar Christmas Party

Rotary Club of Del Mar hosted its annual Christmas party for over 150 children who are members of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club Harper Branch. Rotary Club members assisted at seven different craft stations where children could decorate stockings and cookies, make holiday decorations and more.

Her Blood Runs Pink

If you are a fan of 70s culture or fashion, then you surely know the name Zandra Rhodes.

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

March 2018 Around Town

Playing March 23 – April 29, 2018 (Opening night: Thursday, March 29) at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Enjoy the world premiere by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez and presented in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company. Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here’s a wild…

Favorite Things

Nativa Interiors owner Silvina Petrate shares some of her favorite picks from her beautifully appointed showroom and gallery spaces in La Jolla and Solana Beach. Known for their unique style of furnishings and accessories and providing limitless customization capabilities, many of these pieces are exclusively available only at Nativa and would be great additions to any modern home.

Outdoor Oasis

This gorgeous Del Mar beauty's charm lies in its versatile use of space and luxury technology upgrades. Whether a night out grilling with the boys or a family fiesta on a Sunday, this property lends itself to a variety of outdoor scenarios with all the tech add-ons to boot.

Ask the Expert

Achieving your financial goals requires expert insight, so engaging a wealth management firm to provide guidance is a great step in the right direction. Solana Beach wealth management firm Hall Private Wealth Advisors’ (HPWA) Founder and Managing Director Russell Hall shares his thoughts on the matter and what sets his firm apart.

Duck, Duck, Confit Quesadilla

“Hustle” is the name of the game in Asheville, a city where most folks juggle at least two jobs to make ends and dreams meet. It’s a concept Bandidos owner and chef Justin Smudde knows a thing or two about. The wily entrepreneur has a handful of businesses, including Bandidos and Blue Ridge Renovations. Over the years he’s ventured into…

do it yourself

 Stylist Katelyn Hutson   We're in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website ( full of modern design projects that don't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.    (A single 48” dowel is all you need to make three…