Kitchens Accomplished

Even hardcore design lovers may need a moment to identify just what “modern farmhouse plantation style” is. But to in-demand interior designer Kari Arendsen, it’s fairly obvious.

F is for Foodie

F is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. And this month at Del Mar Lifestyle, we’re all about feasting with foodies as we just scratch the surface of all things food.  In this issue, travel to Valle … Continued

Healthy Smiles

Dr. Mary Lynn Merz, of Torrey Pines Orthodontics, loves contributing to her patients’ health and success in life.Board certified and with 25 years of experience in orthodontics, Dr. Merz prides herself on providing in-depth orthodontic knowledge and the highest quality care for her patients.


Fondue was all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s as a popular fad in social dining. You’d stick a piece of meat into a boiling pot or dip a piece of bread into melted cheese. The latest trend in Del Mar is social grilling with the iBBQ. iBBQ is the innovative way to gather around the table and cook together. The…

October 2018 Around Town

The Lot Cinema- Del Mar to Debut in Spring 2019 The Lot first came to La Jolla, then Point Loma Liberty Station and now is making its grand entrance in Del Mar. The luxury movie experience is projected be completed in spring 2019. More than just a movie theater with popcorn, the Lot offers a … Continued

Twilight Trifecta A Pre-Race Style Event-

The Business Associated Group threw a Twilight Trifecta A Pre-Race Style Event Tuesday July 17th at the La Valencia Hotel. Guests enjoyed live music from Debora Galan & a fashion show featuring  Aimee Fuller Hat & Jewelry Designs & Reine Krief Made in Italy handbags. Photos by Tim Ozbun Photography

Pacific Classic Party at L’Auberge Del Mar

L’Auberge Del Mar in collaboration with the Del MarThoroughbred Club will be hosted the Official PacificClassic Party to benefit Winners Foundation August 17th, 2018.

Trending Kitchen Gadgets

Justin McChesney-Wachs is a passionate food blogger and a self-taught professional food photographer. He cooks what he wants to eat, and his friends happen to want to eat it too. While not in the kitchen, he loves spending time traveling through food with his wife and their young toddler.

Our Trip to Baja California for the Beauty, Food and Wine

Valle de Guadalupe invites you with sunshine, a glass of vino and a big hug. Just an hour and a half south of the San Diego border is a world for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike. All you need to bring is your passport and an open mind to the unique wine varietals and up and coming restaurant scene.

September 2018 Around Town

Two Fresh Mexican Eateries Coming to Carmel Valley The Rise & Shine Restaurant Group is adding some flavor at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch: Casa Rustica and California Taco Club. Casa Rustica will serve up Mexican specialties, and California Taco Club will have a more causal taco menu flair. Addison to Host Culinary … Continued


 Article Natalie Neece * | Photography Janis Foley Photography  Del Mar is as vibrant as ever. Summertime continues past Labor Day with Southern California's premier entertainment mix-experience, KAABOO. Going into its fourth year, discover world-class musical performances, hilarious comedians, delectable eats and drinks, awe-inspiring large-scale murals, Vegas-style pool parties and more.  “KAABOO is an elevated live entertainment experience which captures…

Festivals, Fundraising and Fashion

September in Del Mar isn’t quite the same as it is in other cities. We’re not flipping our entire wardrobes or battening down the hatches for impending bad weather. But September style’s still special here. For one thing, this is the month when we Del Martians perfect our festival-wear game. To get you ready, our … Continued


 Article F. A. Newton | Photography Madeline Garrett Photography  One of a kind. Those words have never been truer than when talking about BijouRocks by Reine Krief and Reine Krief Leather and Accessories. BijouRocks, located in quaint coastal Solana Beach within Bella Sareena Spa, is a unique boutique that specializes in handmade jewelry and handbags. Creating new pieces and repurposing antique…

Opening Day 2018 at L’Auberge Del Mar 10th Anniversary Party

Del Mar’s favorite day of the year! L'Auberge Del Mar hosted the Official Opening Day After-Party. Guests enjoyed the ocean views as mixologists poured tasty cocktails. Party foods galore from the culinary mind of Chef Nathan Lingle, along with music by Southern California DJs FishFonics and Gabe Vega on the pool deck had partygoers dancing until the wee … Continued

Insta Inspire

 Article Natalie Neece  San Diego represents the true definition of SoCal fashion: casual and comfortably beachy yet sophisticated. With so many amazing locally owned boutiques, these influencers have great style and make a lasting impression in the San Diego fashion scene. Del Mar Lifestyle did a little scrolling and filtering on Instagram, the most popular source to find the latest fashion…

Crowd Funding a Cure

 Article Kate Arcieri | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Pull Quote:  “We’re novel both in terms of our platform and the research that we’re funding.”

Del Mar Lifestyle and Compass-P.S. Platinum Opening Day Party 2018

Del Mar Lifestyle co-sponsored a relaxed opening day after-party with Compass-P.S. Platinum at their Del Mar Plaza office. Guests enjoyed a laid-back experience with food and drinks plus entertainment by the all-female performance art troupe Nathaniel Allenby from Cirque Quirk and the Violet Vixens.  Photos by Pro Frame Imagery

Trip of a Lifetime

 Article Natalie Neece  Del Mar student, Caden,11 known as a big ball of energy, made his wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a trip of a lifetime, New Zealand! He and his family went to New Zealand in February 2018 and he got to do everything on his bucket list. Here are his Top Five favorite things about his trip.…

Back-to-School Fashion

 Article Natalie Neece | Photography Ashley Perry  Summer is coming to end, which means the kids are heading back to school. For Del Mar, the summer weather is all year round so shopping for back to school is a breeze. Del Mar Lifestyle collaborated with local boutique Sweet Pea to style some back-to-school outfits.  Sweet Pea has been a Del…

Baby Steps

 Article Natalie Neece  “I love that I am a part of expanding the joy in their lives. It is what makes me smile and get out of bed every day.”  Dr. Wendy Shelly was in her obstetrics and gynecology residency when she realized that working with fertility patients suited her.

Making a Hullaballoo in Del Mar

 Article Natalie Neece *  “The truth about kids’ music is that whenever a child is listening, a grownup is almost always there listening with them. We want to make it fun for the whole family, so we write and perform with that in mind,” says Del Mar musician Steve Denyes, of the band Hullaballoo.  Steve has been playing music for…

You Should Know:

 Article Alex Newton | Photography Ashley Perry  To say that being a doctor comes naturally might seem like a slight to the years of schooling and practical learning that precedes a successful career in medicine. But it’s fair to say that the human side of treating patients is definitely organic for local pediatrician Dr. Angelo Del Re.  “I think that…

August 2018 Around Town

Camp Del Mar at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Offered during every race during the summer season, Camp Del Mar has mini golf, crafts, activities, lunch and snacks for kids ages 5-12 while their parents are at the races. While the kids play take advantage of the Del Mar summer concert series after the races. Salt & … Continued

All about the Kiddos

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 30th Annual Spring Fling

Held at the Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe, the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 30th Annual Spring Fling Gala treated guests to a “Moonlight Masquerade” and the money raised was downright dreamy. All donations supported the pets and the programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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.

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.…

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


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

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

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…

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

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.