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…

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

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.


 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…


 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…

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.

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 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…

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…

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…

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

Jewelers & Brewers

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

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…

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

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…

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 - AMUR.com   Kip Pale Blue Nail Lacquer  -  ButterLondon.com  Ally Cotton Button Up Shirt - EcoVibeApparel.com

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…

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.

Local Business, Community Focus

If you’re craving ice cream and feeling adventurously indulgent, you’ll want to stop by The Baked Bear. It isn’t your typical ice cream shop though. They create custom ice cream sandwiches and the signature offering features ice cream encased by two freshly baked cookies, which can be rolled in your topping of choice!

Readers Choice

 Best Dessert/Bakery: 
Baked Bear Carmel Valley  Homemade from original recipes and hand-scooped onsite, the cookies here are made with the highest quality ingredients and baked fresh from scratch daily. “We are constantly testing new recipes and seasonal flavors, striving to provide our customers with a dessert experience that stands out from the rest,” says Franchise Owner Daniel Arabi. Baked Bear…

Love Local Makers

 Textiles: Cotton & Flax by Erin Dollar  Woodcraft: The David Alan Collection  
Herbalist: Herb + Nectar

Mint Studio: A Makers’ Space

Walk into Mint Studio at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch and you are instantly aware of the creativity that happens in this space, you can feel it in the air. Decorative moldings on the walls and bright velvet upholstered chairs greet you along with a 'selfie-wall' featuring large, white, paper flowers - made at a previous workshop.

Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

It's February, perhaps the chilliest month of the year. We couldn't think of a more romantic yet comfy way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with breakfast in bed. With comfort food on our minds, we made waffles the star of this romantic morning menu. However, these are not your average waffles! These are liège waffles - rich, chewy and dense, with a caramelized sugar…

Hiking the Coast to Crest Challenge

The Coast to Crest Trail, from Del Mar to the summit of Volcan Mountain, will be the backbone of the San Dieguito River Park once it’s completed, although you can currently hike along 45 miles of the planned 70-mile trail. With accessible trailheads in Del Mar, in the Del Dios Gorge, at Lake Hodges, and in the San Pasqual Valley,…

On the Wellness Journey

The New Year is when many promise to pay more attention to their health and well-being with renewed hope and motivation. Here are a few alternate therapies available in the community on your journey to better mental and physical care for yourself and those around you.

My Favorite Things

You've seen him out and about in Del Mar, at surf events and supporting other community activities as well. Johnny O, as most folks know him, is admittedly one of the city's best known ambassadors. Here he is, sharing some of his favorite local spots!

Doing Good in Del Mar

Kudos to some of the local organizations making a difference here and beyond. Our community prospers thanks to the good work done by these groups and their members. 

Present Mood

When gift-giving, presentation matters! Here is one gift presented three ways. Basic craft wrapping paper can be elevated to new heights with different colors and accents. We chose a few colorways and elements to evoke a different style, embellishing with ornaments or wooden words personalize the package for anyone's taste. What is your present mood?

Your Holiday Home

 Open your doors and home to guests.  It's that time of year again when we open our home to guests for dinners, parties, and general merrymaking. Plus we have guests who travel in from far and wide to celebrate the holidays with us. You don't want to overlook the guest bedroom when decorating for the holidays, and it's always a good idea…

Gifts That Give Back

A few local gift giving options that not only bring joy to those who receive but also benefit other causes...

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 Good,…

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

Some of our neighborhood eateries offer healthy options for family dining – high quality ingredients, creatively used for a fresh take on menu staples. Take a look at who is on our list, and do visit them soon for fall and winter offerings!

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.


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…