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…

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.

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.

My FAVORITE Things

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…

COFFEE, COFFEE, BUZZ, BUZZ

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…

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…

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…

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…

Poland Calling

One of the often overlooked destinations in Europe, Poland will surprise you with its natural beauty, architecture, culture, history and more. Join us on a quick trip through two of the most well-known Polish cities - the capital, Warsaw, and Krakow, the second largest city in the country.

Destination: Summer

There are no easy roads to Black's Beach, which makes it not only a peaceful destination but one that is worth the trip for solitude and serenity. Why Black's Beach? We chose it for its mystique and place in local and national beach culture. Although it's not too far from the hustle and bustle of the Village of Del Mar,…

My Favorite Things

Since assuming management of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Joe Harper has guided the historic track through a period of unparalleled growth and success, overseeing Del Mar's emergence as one of the nation's top racetracks while preserving its elegant, yet casual, ambiance, which makes it unique. DMTC.com

Global Beauty, Local Charm

A full service interior design firm and retailer of high-end furniture collections, Nativa Interiors' furniture is crafted in a state-of-the-art plant using premium materials such as walnut wood, brass and marbles. Each piece is built using the latest technology but with old-world craftsmanship, delivering a unique look exclusively for their clientele.

The Making of…

Art of the Horse: 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar is more than just an art event. Walking around our community and others in the vicinity this month, you will probably chance upon several fiberglass horse sculptures decorated by local artists. These are life-sized artistic reproductions of the Torrie Horse used on the Breeders’ Cup Trophy and feature artwork and…

Men of Del Mar

Del Mar is a city with a small-town vibe and we confirmed what we knew, that the businesses and people are here because of the sense of community and the kind nature of its residents. When you see these men around town, perhaps offer them their favorite drink and convivial conversation will ensue. That's what we discovered when we wanted…

DMVA Summer Solstice

On Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., experience Del Mar's favorite local eateries and California's best wineries and breweries at Powerhouse Park. Enjoy live music, the ocean breeze and your front row pass to the gorgeous sunset. This is one summer night you'll never forget! Use promo code "DML10" for $10 off your ticket now until…

Dudes Do Vegas

Whether you want to witness a high-energy racing event or get behind the wheel yourself, LVMS is where you want to be. With Dream Racing, the only driving experience that lets you drive a Ferrari racecar, or Exotics Racing, which offers its own fleet of Lamborghinis, Porsches, Corvettes, and more, any need for speed is sure to be satiated here.…

Women to Watch

“When I started my business straight out of college back in the early ‘90s, I never would have dreamed that over 20 years later, I would have nine brick and mortar locations!” Annie Glenn now owns five locations downtown at Seaport Village, two in Del Mar Village and has recently opened two more at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.…

Glam On-the-Go

The Southern California beach look is taking the nation by storm: fresh-faced, little make-up, sun-kissed, glowing. Even Alicia Keys is sporting a “less is more” fresh face on this season of The Voice. However, for most of us, it takes a little work to look effortless. Katelyn points to the growing popularity of services designed to enhance natural beauty, like…

Fine Sugar Artistry

Owner, artist and creative director behind Petalsweet, based in San Diego, Calif., Jacqueline Butler is a former wedding cake artist turned sugarcraft and cake decorating instructor. During her first career teaching and training in the non-profit sector, she discovered and fell in love with sugar flowers as a hobby. She traveled extensively to study with some of the best sugar…

Mother’s Day In Bloom

Gift Inspiration from Flower Hill Promenade

Rustic Romance in the Countryside

Picture, if you will, a special event in a rustic barn setting; gardens, walkways, mini barns, and numerous outdoor vignettes allow for a unique and memorable experience in our oceanside community of Del Mar. The historic charm of Saltwater Farm lends itself to the barn being built from the salvaged wood of the Stratford Inn’s natatorium.

Chef Casey’s Homemade Recipes

Celebrity chef and culinary personality Casey Thompson spearheads a number of endeavors: three-time Bravo Top Chef competitor, culinary consultant for California wineries, international wine ambassador, food-centric world traveler, and, of course, chef, for upcoming concepts in the Southwest and on the West Coast. Her focus is on market-fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers. In support of ethical animal treatment, Thompson…

A Farm-to-Fork that Gives Back

Every Saturday afternoon, rain or shine, a parade of local families, hand-holding couples, discerning foodies, California-dreaming tourists and more bike, scooter, walk, jog and carpool to one of the most popular attractions in town: the open-air Del Mar Farmers Market. Reusable bags and bike baskets quickly fill with fresh, certified organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables, eggs, fresh-cut flowers and…

Traditional Eclectic Fusion

When designing a space, Molly O’Neil of Drop Cloth Interiors considers not only the space and the client’s objectives, but what furniture, artwork and textiles the homeowner has that will tell a story. This serves as inspiration for a design but it also lends a warmth and history that off-the-shelf pieces often cannot convey, adding personality to a space and…

The Well-Dressed Bed

There is something to be said about a well-appointed bed, one that conjures dreams of relaxation and comfort; a place to melt away at the end of a long day. For a sloppy bed will not do. A bed with crisp, white linens, perhaps ironed to smooth perfection with tightly tucked corners, a weighty duvet and a bounty of fluffy…

5 Reasons {to Work With a Home Audio Specialist}

Joshua W. Turney and his fiancée, Victoria Vulaj, are the co-founders and proprietors of Deja Vu Audio West. Turney has over 20 years of experience creating and listening to high-end audio systems. He holds a B.A. in Music from Tufts University and has an ongoing, lifelong love affair with jazz. Vulaj is a lifelong classical music lover and oversees business…

For the Love of Pizza

Fresh Brothers Pizza isn’t your run-of-the-mill pizzeria. They take their fresh ingredients seriously, topping their pies with preservative-free mozzarella and all-natural pepperoni. Their dough is made in one central Los Angeles location and distributed five days a week to all of their 18 locations to ensure consistent quality crust. And it isn’t just the ingredients that set them apart; Fresh…

An Outdoor Soiree

For our February issue, we are dreaming of elegant emeralds, rustic woods and vintage metallics and our vision was brought to life by Bree Hueners of I Love You More Events. This styled shoot, photographed on location at Morgan Run Country Club by Kylie Chevalier, brought together talented artisans Bluebell Florals, Design by Laney, EC Style Bar and Aspire Hair…

Palm Desert Getaway

Whisk your loved one/s away to Palm Desert for a weekend or a week of savoring the desert life in one of Southern California’s quickly booming and favored getaways. Ringed by three magnificent mountain ranges, this premier resort destination in the heart of California’s Coachella Valley is sheltered from coastal air pollution and inclement weather. Offering an average of 350…

The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers or floriography has been practiced for ages and recognized throughout different cultures in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. However, during the Victorian era, flowers were often used to send clandestine messages to their recipient. This veiled language allowed feelings to be expressed without uttering words.

The Scent of Love

Love is in the air. We can see it, hear it, touch it … even smell it. Science shows that scents trigger excitement, happiness, nostalgia and desire. The French have their own name for a woman’s scent when perfume is mingled with her body’s natural oils and pheromones: cassolette.

RETREAT to WELLNESS

An all-inclusive health and wellness resort and the longest-running, most successful program for reversing many of modern society’s health concerns, Pritikin offers an array of specialty programs, including hands-on cooking events and health retreats, in addition to their all-inclusive program for overall healthy living. Learn first-hand from registered dietitians and chefs who teach classes based on healthy, delicious eating in…

Let Your Health Blossom

Hidden away among the trees on the 101 in Leucadia, you'll find Bloom Naturopathic Medicine where health and wellness are addressed with the cutting edge technologies of today's naturopathic medicine and the wisdom of ancient healing arts, designing a complete ‘plan of health’ tailored to every patient’s specific needs.

Music for the Soul

Coupling art with science, music therapy aims to improve the social, cognitive, psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of individuals and communities. It tackles issues such as anxiety, stress, and pain management.

Raw Awakening

New York. Paris. San Francisco. And now, Carmel Valley. Foodies have long traveled the world in search of innovative culinary delights. With the debut of Crudo by Pascal Lorange, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from one of the world’s most renowned chefs can be savored much closer home.

A Slice of Luxury

Designed by Gold Nugget Award winning architects, Altevers Associates, and inspired by designer Addison Mitzner, The Villas are a modern day revival of the Mediterranean architecture of the early 1900s. This Private Residence Club is nestled in the luxurious grounds of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and fully furnished with mediterranean sophistication. The Villas are just steps from the world-class…

Home for the Holidays

Holiday dinners, brunches, cocktails and lunches...so much entertaining this time of the year. There is always a soiree to host and our holiday home is what we present to our guests as they mingle near the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa. Times may have changed and different color palettes have taken their turn as popular, but there is…

The Holiday Gift Guide

We rounded up some holiday gift ideas that should put a smile on any recipient's face and light up the holidays.

Cookies & Cocktails

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday parties, decorations and merrimaking around every corner. What inspires you and gets you into the holiday spirit? It could be a song or movie or perhaps it’s a festive cocktail that stirs memories of holidays past. For many, it’s the smells of the holidays, specifically grandma’s sugar cookies baking in the…

Bucket List Adventure

Traverse the Best of the Southwest on a trip to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Moab, UT. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro or attempt a 10 day/9 night physical, cultural, and spiritual journey taking you through the magnificent Salkantay Valley en route to the legendary ruins at Macchu Picchu.

True Grit : Robyn Benincasa

Imagine you’re racing against more than 400 kayakers in the world’s longest nonstop paddling race. You endure 340 miles of water and place 4th overall, while tying for 2nd in the solo category. Impressive? Definitely. Now imagine you did all of this with a crack in your femur bone from a road bike crash two weeks earlier. Such was the…

Fall in Julian

For 30 years, the Julian Pie Company has been serving delicious pies to the Julian community. Liz Smothers and her family keep the tradition of pie making alive by making fresh pies daily.

Classic Style Underfoot

Judy and Lisa Wells know floors. Whether it is bamboo flooring, cork flooring or luxury vinyl flooring, they pride themselves on staying current with flooring trends, but they also do their homework concerning how to properly install each product, so that each type of flooring performs. With over 40 years of combined experience, the ladies at Geneva Flooring are dedicated…