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.


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 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…

A Taste for the Fine Life

Timing is truly everything. The timing of seasonal ingredients, paired with refreshing brews or invigorating wines, can enhance your senses for a unique culinary experience. The new local hotspot on our radar, which can help you with just that, is the Tasting Room Del Mar.

Brew-sing Through Hoppy Times

You would be too after you see this little pub-crawl list we’ve got going here! Its no secret the local beer scene has been brewing big time, pun intended, of course. So we decided to get a cheat sheet going of our fave watering holes! In no particular order, join the fun…

Perfect Pairings

Pairings taste best when you move from mild to wild. Start with the most subtle flavors, and gradually expand the palate as the evening progresses. Set the cheese out one to two hours before the party. It has the fullest flavor at room temperature. Prepare three tasting stations with two wines and two cheeses at each station. This will encourage…

Picnic at Polo

Del Mar and horses go together like Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. You may instantly think of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with the twice-annual thoroughbred meets, but Del Mar isn't simply a one-horse town. San Diego Polo Club is just around the corner, with matches each Sunday through October 2nd, and two viewing experiences: the VIP social scene under…

Charity Begins Here

The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Childrens Hospital Auxiliary is hosting their first ever destination gala Mystic Nights Extravaganza 2016 on October 28-30 in the beautiful Grand Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico benefitting the endowment for the first Genomics Institute for Children in the USA. Space is limited to only 100 couples for this exclusive and limited opportunity.…

The Ultimate Mixperience: KAABOO

It's back again - bigger and better than before! Kaaboo will take Del Mar by storm the weekend of Sep 16-18 as three days of fun and almost 40 hours of the best festival experience entice locals and visitors alike.

Taste of Del Mar

The Del Mar Village Association hosts the first evening Taste of Del Mar event on September 8, 2016 in the Del Mar Village from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. This year, the focus will be on the culinary arts and talents of Del Mar’s top chefs, along with beer, wine, cider, mead and distilled spirit tastings, called “Sip Stops.”

Meet the Makers

Childhood friends and founders Rob Robbins and Shane Stanger are San Diego natives who always had a dream of starting a restaurant together. Both went to school at Torrey Pines High. In late 2012, they decided to drop their respective careers in different cities and come home to pursue their dream. The Baked Bear was born! Their craft homemade ice…

The Key To Financial Freedom

We’re living longer, social security is abysmal, and often people are living beyond their means. While all of this may sound dreary, financial advisor and author, Laurie Itkin, says there are still ways to come out ahead. Also known as "The Options Lady", Itkin lives in Carmel Valley and serves clients throughout the country. She’s also a mentor to women…

Del Mar Village Association’s Favorites

The staff at Del Mar Village Association share some of their favorite things to look forward to this month and beyond...

Off to the Races

It's that time of year again when the Surf meets the Turf. What will you be wearing at Old Del Mar?

Come Away with Me

Del Mar is considered an enviable paradise by other parts of the country, with world-class amenities, activities, gorgeous skylines, sunsets and mountain views, so we set out to find some of the exotic within our community. This led us to the exquisite Fairmont Grand Del Mar which is a world away even though it is tucked into our backyard.

Beach Bag Essentials

Whether you are going to the beach or hitting the cabana at the club, make sure your beach bag is on-point and packed with all the essentials. We rounded up some of our favorite beach bag requisites and it all starts with the amazing African Rays tote from PilyQ.

Chef Dana Hauser’s Favorite Things

Under the direction of recently appointed Executive Chef Dana Hauser, California’s #1 luxury resort on TripAdvisor is raising the bar with a new Southern Italian menu at its Amaya restaurant.

Wine Getaways Done Three Ways

The month is ripe with sunny weather and culinary adventures calling your name – some of which are right here in our beautiful state. These luxe travel experiences highlight some of the regions best wine destinations and culinary expeditions… explore by bus, bike or Segway - whatever strikes your fancy!

Backyard BBQ

Fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers everywhere will be celebrated this month and there is nothing that dads like more than golfing, grilling and sipping on a craft beer. Treat him to his favorite hobby in the morning and then let him do what he does best - grill - in the afternoon.

Respecting Natural Beauty

Jewelry designer and local business owner Bunny Bedi is bringing semi-precious gemstones from all corners of the world to Del Mar. His handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs create a jewelry experience that will take you on a journey through Earth’s treasures. Made In Earth was established in 1999 in Melbourne, Australia by Head Designer and Creative Director Bunny Bedi. When asked about…

Our Best Golf Courses

Some of the best internationally renowned golf courses are right here in and around Del Mar. These exclusive, members’ only golf resorts offer the pick of the crop when it comes to tee time options. Add to that the amenities each venue offers from world-class dining to state-of-the-art fitness facilities and more, this is a proposition too hard to refuse.…

Here, Grab a Beer

June means summer and what’s better on a hot summer day (or warm summer night) than a cold beer? We’ve put together a list of some local hot spots – some brand new in Del Mar – to enjoy a beer with old or new friends. You might even skip the usual card and tie for Dad and take him…

Celebrating Mom at Home

With Mother’s Day upon us, what better way to celebrate moms, grandmothers, godmothers and the amazing women in your life than by hosting a carefree brunch? This menu is packed with flavor but relatively easy to assemble, enough so that the kids can even help with preparations. Purchase pre-diced and prepared produce, and bake the Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cake the…

My Favorite Things

Who: Molly Proul, President and Creative Design 
Director, Molly M. O’Neil 
Where: Molly M. O’Neil, 1228 Camino Del Mar, 
Del Mar, CA 92104 

Molly M. O’Neil is downtown Del Mar's 
full-service Architectural Interior Design Studio, offering unique fabrics, artisanal stone and tile, VOC free paint and wallpaper, one-of-a-kind custom-made and locally built furniture.

Improving More Than Your Sleep

Remember the last time you shopped for a mattress? Chances are it wasn’t a fun experience. The mattress you ended up buying might have brought a lot of restful nights but the task of choosing one likely was more a chore. Visit Sleep Bedder, on the corner of El Cajon Blvd and Utah Street in North Park, and you’ll find…

Making A House Your Home

Our community is home to many unique and stunning properties, but what is outer beauty without inner beauty as well? Nobody understands that better than the team at Lars Remodeling & Design, a community business for more than 25 years and a leader in residential remodel and design, helping many in the Del Mar community create their ideal indoor and…

Great Scott: Opera vs. Football

San Diego Opera will present the west coast premiere of American composer Jake Heggie’s new opera, Great Scott, on May 7. With a libretto by famed playwright Terrence McNally and direction by San Diego favorite Jack O’Brien, the anticipation for this premiere has been intense after its successful world premiere at Dallas Opera last October.

Broadway Nights Beckons

Experience the magic of Broadway Nights, April 23 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, when supporting fundraising efforts by the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary Unit for Rady Children’s Hospital. Over the past 17 years, the Unit has raised over $9.7million for RCH, made possible by the help of sponsors, supporters and countless volunteers integral to the fundraising effort. This year,…

Reclaim Your Health

Five years ago, Warren Cook launched a festival that today is changing lives, including his own, for the better. The Healthy Living Festival runs April 9-11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and offers a full day of wellness featuring 30 free workshops, seminars, and cooking demonstrations. More than 200 exhibitors showcase the latest wellness products and Sharp HealthCare offers free…

Hidden Treasures: Rodrigo’s 
Recycled Art

We are all familiar with the expression “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Rodney “Rodrigo” McCoubrey is a master of finding treasure in everyday trash. A self-proclaimed environmental folk artist, McCoubrey takes the negative aspects of waste and reinvents it as fun, positive art pieces. “If it ain’t fun, I ain’t doin’ it,” he says.