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…

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…

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…

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…

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.