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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.

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…

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.…

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…

Father & Son Faves

 Article Kate Arcieri  Maxi Deluxe T-Bar Steering Scooters  $139, Gepetto’s, 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

Amy + Susan

 Article Toni Sutton-Deangelico | Photography Zemina Zaferakis  Tory Burch Boots  Neiman Marcus, $525

Favorite Things

Nativa Interiors owner Silvina Petrate shares some of her favorite picks from her beautifully appointed showroom and gallery spaces in La Jolla and Solana Beach. Known for their unique style of furnishings and accessories and providing limitless customization capabilities, many of these pieces are exclusively available only at Nativa and would be great additions to any modern home.

Love Local Makers

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

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!

Gifts That Give Back

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

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,…


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…

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.

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…

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.

My Favorite Things

Terry Buchholz, General Manager, L'Auberge Del Mar, A Seattle native, Buchholz has called San Diego home for 14 years. He has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and finds joy in creating memories.

My Favorite Things

Jayme Saunders is the creative mind behind Mint Studio, a gathering space to connect our community through the creative process. They offer adult workshops, kids classes, and sensory art to encourage creativity for all ages. Mint Studio specializes in custom parties and special events and they support the local makers community. Their mission is to cultivate an inspired life through…

Executive Chef Carl Schroeder

Dedicated to culinary quality, this Del Mar farm-to-table institution invites you to enjoy a truly unique and satisfying dining experience, offering a sensational selection of seasonal dishes consisting of fresh, locally grown, hand-selected ingredients. In addition to time-honored favorites, you will be delighted to find exciting new menu items, daily, that take advantage of the best produce, seafood, and meats…

Molly’s Pantone Picks 
for the Home

Molly O'Neil, Founder and Creative Director at Drop Cloth Interiors, has over 20 years of interior and architectural design experience. Her design studio and showroom are in the Village of Del Mar where she specializes in residential and commercial design.

Our Favorite {Romantic} Things

When they are not working with clients to find the perfect partner, you can find these two cuddling and dreaming of their favorite romantic getaway, Carmel-By-The-Sea.

My Favorite {Natural & Organic} Things

Dr. Kim McHugh is passionate about facilitating wellness and health in pregnancies and children in Del Mar and the surrounding areas and strives to offer the latest in gentle and effective family care. Dr. McHugh understands the importance of a healthy pregnancy and birth and she is extensively educated in pediatrics through the Epic Pediatric training program. Together with husband…

Holiday Fashion Edit

Heather Hunter owns Poppy Boutique in Rancho Santa Fe. Her store has a curated collection of women's contemporary designers and gifts. With the holiday party season in full-swing, here are some of her essentials for holiday festivities.

My Favorite Things

Shawn Evans, General Manager, Porsche of San Diego Shawn has been in the automotive industry since 1985, working for Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Acura and now Porsche. Shawn moved to San Diego a year ago “when the planets aligned!” When he is not training for a half marathon or going on extended hikes and adventures with his girlfriend Roxane, you can…

L’Auberge Del Mar’s Sommelier, Brian Mayer

L’Auberge Del Mar’s Sommelier Brian Mayer shares some of his favorite things! A Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Mayer is the Resort Sommelier at L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel. He masterminds the wine inventory for the resort’s signature restaurant KITCHEN 1540, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner showcasing California wines; and oversees all wines for…

Brands that Give Back

The 'Buy One, Give One' retail model is going mainstream. Ever since Tom's started providing shoes to needy children, more and more companies are making giving back part of their brand mission. From eyeglasses to umbrellas to doggie ponchos, nowadays there's a number of ways to give back while doing a little shopping.

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...

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.

Gifts for Dad

Be inspired by some of our fun gift ideas for the Father in your life. Celebrate Dad and spoil him whether he is a techie, music lover or sports fan! Or better yet, power-down the devices and spend some old-fashioned quality time with him doing something that he loves like catching a Padres game or maybe checking out the KAABOO…

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.

San Diego Restaurant Week 2016

The new year was kicked off in succulent style with San Diego Restaurant week, held over eight days in January! 12 years of culinary excellence was celebrated as San Diego Restaurant Week offered delicious discounted dining at over 180 participating restaurants across San Diego County. For eight days, foodies were able to dine like kings and queens at an extraordinary…

Ski Week 2016

To a lot of Del Martians, February means one thing: Ski week. For one week in mid-February Del Martians pack up and abscond to their favorite skiing destinations. We’ve composed a list of our top 5 California skiing destinations. Enjoy!