KAABOO 2017 Festival Celebrates Successful Third Year

KAABOO Del Mar 2017 concluded a successful third year and announced 2018 dates. Highlights included an aerial performance from P!nk who debuted songs from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, and the first live performance of Kesha’s brand new single Praying. Purchase early bird 2018 passes now! KaabooDelMar.com Aaron Goulding Photography

Welcome to November!

Del Mar, I don’t know about you but I am beyond excited for this month with so much going on! We start the month with the Breeders’ Cup – Del Mar will be on the world stage. This event brings a lot of excitement to our coastal community including a week of festival events, food from around the world, and…

SD Coastal Chamber Annual Sip & Savor at Del Mar Hilton

The San Diego Coastal Chamber's Annual Sip & Savor networking and community event was held at the Del Mar Hilton in September. Guests enjoyed sips and bites from local restaurants and caterers while mingling with local businesses, residents and other community organizations. SanDiegoCoastalChamber.com

DMVA’s Taste of Del Mar Brings Community Together

The Del Mar Village Association hosted the Taste of Del Mar in September featuring 25+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, 15+ craft beer and wine sip stops, and live music. A night to stroll, relax, and enjoy while taking in the sunset and ocean views! VisitDelMarVillage.com

November 2017 Around Town

This year, the highly anticipated annual event attracted fans from all 50 states and over 30 different countries. In addition to a top-tier lineup of world class musicians such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Muse, guests were treated to live contemporary art installments in ARTWORK; Vegas style cabanas at BASK; culinary exhibits at…

Starry Starry Night Raises $1.16 Million For Voices for Children

Hosted at Sahm Estate at Del Dios Ranch, the signature event raised more than $1.16 million in support of VFC and its volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate program, enabling VFC to provide a CASA volunteer to more than 450 abused, abandoned, or neglected children for an entire year. SpeakUpNow.org

Fashion Week San Diego Annual Culinary Couture Evening

Held at the Hotel La Jolla, the dinner featured a four-course meal with cocktail pairings, drawing inspiration from four of fashion’s current hotspots: Mexico, L.A, Korea, and France. With each course, founder/director Allison Andrews explained how the chosen cuisine related to its respective stylish city. FashionWeekSD.com

Concert with a Vision Raises Over $500,000 For Vital Research

The Vision of Children Foundation hosted Concert with a Vision at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club raising over $500,000 to fund vital research seeking a cure for genetic vision disorders. Featuring Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, the event attracted more than 500 guests. 
VisionOfChildren.org Photography Bill Keane, Keane Studios.

Serving Community, Clients and Cars

DRIVE AutoCare’s origins can be traced back 37 years to their first automotive repair shop at 371 N. Highway 101 in Solana Beach. Founder Mike Gilmore opened California Import Auto in 1980, specializing in imported vehicles. Years later, Gilmore opened North Coast Alignment on N. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach in 2003 and immediately after, Align-Tech in Escondido in 2005.…

Your Breeders’ Cup 2017 Cheat Sheet

The Bing Crosby Season kicks off Wednesday, November 1, followed by one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 3 and 4. Opening Day will attract the region’s most stylish ladies and dapper gentlemen for the Opening Day Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest.

An Autumn Feast

November is here as are the holidays, parties, merrymaking and festivities. Whether it is an intimate dinner for four or a grand dinner for 24, hosts set the stage and craft a menu for guests that engages all senses. Verbena Catering Co. hosted a hearty dinner for six at the Ranch at Bandy Canyon. Celebrating the fall harvest and setting…

Winter Getaway to Wisconsin

For the ultimate lake resort vacation this winter, head straight to Elkhart Lake - a lively lakeside community for leisure and hospitality, located in the heart of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. Stay at The Osthoff Resort - This luxurious all-suite historic hotel boasts a four Diamond rating from AAA. The resort is also home to Aspira Spa, L’ecole de…

Giving Thanks

When celebrating Thanksgiving with near and dear this year, choose one of your local businesses to support for the holidays. Here are some of our area favorites to get you started with making plans to enjoy a lovely fall day with friends and family!

Cranberry Tart

When you are tasked with bringing a dessert to a dinner party and are looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous apple pie, give this sweet yet tangy confection a try. We suggest pairing with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

Favorite Things

A successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard-nominated cookbook author and television personality, perhaps most recognizable as a recurring judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and the winner of Top Chef All-Stars. Blais is a partner at the popular Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack restaurants, which will be expanding in the coming months, including the now-open Encinitas location. Blais’ second cookbook, So…

Crushing It: Carruth Cellars

Urban wineries have been popping up rapidly in recent times and San Diego is certainly seeing a piece of the action, but we have quite a few options right here in our neighborhoods, and one that has made its mark over the past few years is Carruth Cellars.

Fast Casual, Fine Dining

Contemporary fast-casual combining the freshness and variety of a food marketplace with fine-dining culinary integrity. Founders and industry veterans Saad Nadhir and John Zagara opened the first Urban Plates in San Diego in 2011 behind a fundamental philosophy to invest in food quality and thoughtful sourcing while maintaining accessibility and affordability.

The Right Brew

What a fun issue we have this month! Coffee and beer here - two of my favorites. We hope you enjoy our round-up on some of the best spots to get your daily buzz - coffee is so much more than a drink...it's a connection. Meeting an old friend, celebrating family, a new client that could be growth for your…

Hats, Heels and Hooves Opening Day After Party

The excitement of Del Mar Racing's Opening Day continued into the night at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with a fabulous after-party where guests mingled with racing fans, jockeys and socialites. Becki Freed Photography.

October 2017 Around Town

Warren Cook, Healthy Living Festival Producer, has begun writing Generation Fit, a senior fitness blog, to help find the best ways for seniors to live well and to avoid most of the afflictions associated with aging. Cook plans to develop the blog into a senior fitness discussion center, a wide-ranging forum where members of the community can trade ideas and…

Breeders’ Cup Festival Sneak Peek

The excitement and festivities are just around the corner with the 34th Breeders’ Cup Championship coming to Del Mar on November 3 & 4. The week leading up to the event, October 28th through November 4th is filled with activities for the local community, racing aficionados, and spectators alike all in celebration of the world's best thoroughbreds in one location.…

Canine Companions Golf Classic

The 9th Annual Canine Companions Golf Classic at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa was held July 21. This event raises funds and awareness for Canine Companions for Independence. CCI.org Photography Aaron Goulding.

4th Annual Cornhole and Horseshoe Tournament

BGC San Dieguito has been dedicated to providing positive programming to develop the education, health, self-esteem and character of youth. This event helps raise funds and awareness for their positive programming. BGCSanDieguito.org

A New View on Brews

Charles Koll moved to Del Mar when he was 5-years-old. After short stints in Colorado and San Francisco, he discovered his passion — pairing seasonal food with craft beer. He soon realized he could share this passion with others, so he returned to his adopted hometown. And thus, Viewpoint Brewing Co. was born, becoming Del Mar’s first craft brewery.

Opal – The stone of happy dreams

Famously Australian and captivatingly beautiful, precious opals have an alluring display of color and unique internal structure. In the dreamtime mythologies of Australia’s indigenous cultures, opals were brought to the land via a great rainbow. Where the rainbow connected with the land, rocks and pebbles that glittered in the sun with all the colors of the rainbow were formed. Many…

Just Food for Dogs

The old saying goes that a dog is man’s best friend. You take care of yourself by eating whole foods that are healthy for your body. Why would you not feed your furry best friend the same nutritious foods? Coming to the Del Mar Highlands Center is the highly anticipated Just Food For Dogs, where the main goal is to…


Darrin is passionate about cars, but he is equally passionate about the community; you can find him supporting the likes of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Angel Faces, and many other charitable organizations. Among his other interests are traveling, wake boarding/skiing/tubing and spending time with his family for movie night or catching a game at Petco Park. His hidden…


With fall upon us and the days getting shorter, we may need some extra motivation in the mornings. So look no further than our local coffee houses to get a little morning buzz and liquid motivation.

Craft & Cocktail

One of the most intriguing aspects of L'Auberge Del Mar is the atmosphere: cozy seating, burning fire in the hearth, not to mention the iconic view. With more than a couple places to toast with friends, The Living Room, Bleu Bar, Coastline and KITCHEN 1540, we would be remiss not to mention the amenable staff behind the cocktails. Those friendly…

Look Good, Feel Good

September is a month for transition. Summer turns a page to fall on the calendar and fashion makes a mark for new trends. This month, we're excited to showcase fashion in our feature story (page 20), cutting edge health trends (page 16) locally to get the look you want, the ride that will get you some looks driving in town…

Porsche San Diego Debuts New Showroom

Porsche of San Diego debuted their new, state-of-the-art showroom with a crowd pleasing event for Porsche enthusiasts and spectators alike.
 PorscheOfSanDiego.com Photography Zemina Zaferakis, ZBellaPhotography.com

Opening Day at the Races

Always a highly anticipated event! Opening Day Hat Contest only adds to the fun. Polo season in full force, here's a quick glimpse at some of the festivities. DMTC.com Photography Aaron Goulding AaronGouldingPhotography.com

September 2017 Around Town

DRIVE AutoCare is proud to announce the promotion of Hannah (Marquardt) Mann to Service Manager at their 128 N. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach location. With this promotion, this location is now the only woman-managed auto repair facility in San Diego County. Hannah will be managing this location in partnership with Kelly Johnson, formerly of Rancho Santa Fe Motors & Fairbanks…

Sapphire – The stone of peace

More commonly known as the blue variety of corundum, sapphire can in fact be almost any color of the rainbow (including a rare color-change sapphire), a little known fact that is always received with widened eyes of surprise. Having said that, the red variety of corundum is known as ruby, the other much loved and adored gem and this is…

Fierce Fashion

When it comes to fashion, fall is the time for serious fashion. However, in San Diego, we usually have only two seasons: summer and almost summer, but that doesn't mean we couldn't find some amazing women with a more-than-casual eye for style. Each of these ladies has talents and personality to fill out the trendiest of the sartorial selections found…

Pay to Play

When BMW is mentioned in conversation, there is the immediate assumption of luxury, fine craftsmanship and power. The 2018 M760i is the epitome of that trio of descriptions, plus numerous package options to further separate itself from virtually every other automobile on the road.

Favorite Things

Located on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, Pink Lagoon is the brainchild of local designer and trendsetter Jenny Livits. The wardrobe design and styling boutique is founded on the principle of building a closet that perfectly fits your lifestyle to create a well-edited wardrobe and a personal look that is as effortless as it is chic. PinkLagoon.com

Beyond the Music: Nashville

Tennessee’s Music City has a lot more to offer than the tunes its best known for. The city of lyricists and musicians boasts unique little neighborhoods, a booming culinary scene, historic venues and more. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our favorites from a recent trip to Nashville. Though synonymous with country music, music production and stellar songwriting, you’ll…

Have Stubborn Pounds to Lose?

Ever wish you could just swallow a pill and lose weight? Well, for those struggling with shedding pounds, it’s a fantasy no more. And it’s right here in Del Mar. Esthetica of San Diego has introduced the FDA-approved Obalon Balloon System, which is one of the latest technology breakthroughs in weight loss – there’s no other weight loss system of…

Happy August, Del Mar!

We are lucky to have beautiful, inspiring weather all year long. Marine Layer or not, the landscapes, vistas and waves in Del Mar make for wonderful subjects for artists and musicians, and inspiration for dancers, actors and performers. We are fortunate to have a culturally rich community that is as diverse as it is generous. There are many artists living…

Opening Day Polo Del Mar 2017

More than 40,000 race fans attended what's defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west - Opening Day at Del Mar presented by Valenti International. Celebrating the season, fashion-minded guests participated in the Opening Day Hats Contest. DMTC.com Photography Zemina Zaferakis, Z Bella Photography.

Oggi’s 2nd Annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament

After last year’s incredible success, Oggi’s and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee LaDainian Tomlinson teamed up once again, raising $30,000 to benefit The Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation and its programs in Southern California, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. Oggis.com

Voices for Children Hosts 6th annual Wine, Women & Shoes

Voices for Children (VFC) held its 6th annual Wine, Women & Shoes, co-chaired by Patricia Brutten and Marina Marrelli. The afternoon garden party at the Canfield-Wright Estate featured a fashion marketplace, 'Wall of Wine' and runway show. The event grossed $300,000 to support local foster youth through VFC. SpeakUpNow.org

EmPOWER Teens And Power Up Your Parenting

Hosted by Melissa Cizauskas, Carmel Valley resident, local realtor, and Founder/Leader of the Bay Club women's networking group, the event included an interactive yoga class led by teen life coach and yoga instructor Erica Rood. 37 teenage girls and 11 parents attended.
 MelissaC.Rocks Photography Becki Freed.

Del Mar Village Summer Solstice Party

Held at the Powerhouse Park. guests experienced culinary creations from some of Del Mar’s highly regarded restaurants while sipping wine, beer, cider, and distilled spirits from local producers and beyond. The oceanfront vantage point was perfect for taking in the sunset while 
enjoying live music from Second Cousins. VisitDelMarVillage.com

August 2017 Around Town

Chris Roth and Brett Jerhoff the Jr. Board charity Horseshoe Corn Hole Tournament August 26th at Del Mar Dog Beach. These successful and charming young gentlemen, along with the rest of this well-established board, bring together food, craft beer, and hundreds of fun and sun loving professionals for this premier annual North County event. Like the Jr Board generally, it’s…

Caring for Your Eyelids

While most people are familiar with eye doctors, the specific tasks of an eyelid specialist remain fairly unknown. San Diego Eyelid Specialists’ Dr. Srinivas Iyengar is an internationally established Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon originally from San Diego, now serving his native community. Dr. Iyengar and his team channel their focus on cosmetic and reconstructive procedures exclusively for the eyelid. “Anyone considering…

Art to Heart

You might recognize some of the work on the next few pages. Or you might learn something new about a community member. For our feature this month, we wanted to celebrate some of our local artists, no matter their medium or specialty. We were overwhelmed with the talent we discovered and are excited to share some of that with you.…

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It!

We hunted down some of the best tacos on menus in and around the area so you don’t have to think twice when Taco Tuesday rolls over. Sit back, relax and take a big bite!

Favorite Things

Born into a theatrical family, Ellenstein worked in theatres across the country, including as Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Repertory Company before joining North Coast Rep in 2003. He is a veteran of over 250 theatrical productions, and has also been guest faculty for numerous universities including Cal Arts. He lives in Del Mar with his beautiful wife Denise…