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the road to nowhere

It takes nine hours to get from Philadelphia to

Vermont—at least it did when my stepfather

drove us there to ski. It was the kind of road

trip dreams are made of…bad dreams.

For what felt like 30 hours, I was crammed in

the back seat of Ed’s Saab with my brother, three pairs

of ski boots and whatever mom packed to entertain

herself while we boys were on the slopes. Taking up

what would otherwise have been my legroom was a

cooler filled with delicious snacks—delicious by Mom’s

standards, that is. Cheetos, Oreos and Gatorade might

have made the trip bearable. Instead, we got rice cakes,

string cheese and sliced turkey. There may have been a

box of saliva-eliminating crackers, too. (Nothing a little

whole milk can’t fix, right Mom?)

It was a Friday evening in mid-January. I was 12 years

old or so, so it must have been sometime in the early

‘80s. We had left Philly at dusk (around 4:30 p.m. that

time of year) and, some hours later, were somewhere in

New York. Actually, for all I knew, it could have been

Connecticut or Massachusetts—with all the frost on the

windows, I could barely see whatever frozen nothingness

passed us by in the dark outside.

Even if I could have seen out the window, my focus

would have remained on the interior of the vehicle,

where my lungs were collapsing. I swear, I didn’t even

have enough room to fully expand my chest and suck

in a legitimate breath.

“Ed, can you move your seat up a little?” I gasped.

No response. He was either ignoring me or simply

couldn’t hear my weakened voice over the John Denver

cassettes he was playing too loud on the stereo. (To this

day, Sunshine on My Shoulder absolutely does NOT

make me happy.)

After about six hours, when we stopped for a

bathroom break, Mom announced that we were

halfway. Joel and I get out of the car to pee and stretch

our legs for five minutes, then it was back into our

cell…I mean, backseat.

During the second interminable leg of the journey, I

actually managed to doze off for a bit. I can’t be certain

whether it was legitimate sleep or just a side effect of

diminishing circulation to my extremities, but I am sure

of what awakened me—my brother. Unable to fall asleep

himself, Joel had opted instead to use my open mouth for

target practice, throwing pieces of Triscuits (there were

crackers after all) at me while I slept. It took him just one

bull’s-eye to rouse me. And, of course, I was throwing

string cheese at Joel when Mom turned around.

When we finally arrived at a small cabin in Killington,

Vermont, I unpacked, then spent the rest of the night lying

a few inches from the ceiling on the top half of a rickety

bunk bed, baking in the intense heat that emanated from

the floor heaters. Joel had won bottom in a coin toss. After

he fell asleep, I balanced out his good fortune by putting

rice cake remnants and a slice of turkey in his ski boot.

If you like skiing on ice in frigid temperatures, you

would have loved the next couple days. It was so cold

that the ski lift operators handed out blankets (to

people already wearing parkas and goggles) for the ride

to the top of the mountain. That was the weekend I

learned that the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales cross at

minus-40 degrees, and Ed learned the hard way what

frostbite on your big toe feels like. Given his infirmity,

Mom had to drive us home on Sunday afternoon. Man,

and I had thought Ed was the slow driver.

To this day, I have never missed sitting in the

backseat of a Scandinavian car, and something about

John Denver tunes still nauseates me. But I wouldn’t

trade these memories for the world—they helped form

the person that I’ve become and, more importantly,

taught me to keep my ass right here in America’s Finest

City when I find myself with a free weekend.

Happy Staycation, San Diego. Why go anywhere else?

(P.S.: Ed, you’re the sweetest nine-and-a-half-toed

stepfather a guy could ever ask for. Thank you for

teaching me to ski and for all the fabulous trips. And

from the bottom of my heart, un-thank you for the

weekend in Vermont.)

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never planned on staying.

In fact, when I first moved here from Atlanta in 2000, the only real plan I

had was finishing school, spending some time with my mother and then getting

back to the ATL.

But here I am a decade later, and I have no plan to leave. Yeah, I’ll still root

for the Braves when they come into town (that home opener back in April where the

Padres killed them 17-2 had me seriously reconsidering my allegiance), but other than

a predilection for bourbon and a rather unpronounced southern accent (that mostly

reveals itself when I’ve had too much bourbon), I’m a San Diegan in almost every way.

However, it’s worth pointing out that the things that make San Diego the ideal spot

to visit and live—the sunny weather, the beautiful beaches, the zoo and Sea World—are

probably the things I like the least. Me? I like seasons. I’m fine with cold winters (but not

too frosty) and hot summers (but not too humid). The beach is too, uh, sandy and I can’t

go down there without a jug of SPF 45. As an animal lover who believes that the best

place for them is in their own habitat (read:

not in a cage with a bunch of bratty kids

gawking at them), I’d have to say that places

like Sea World and the San Diego Zoo just

make me sad. I have visited both of them

only once and don’t plan on returning.

So what makes me stay? Why do I love

living here?

Because when it comes to the things

that are most important to me, San Diego

is the most underrated and understated

city in the nation. We have an art scene

here that is chock full of talent, not to mention people who are going out of their way

to bring that fact to the attention of the rest of the world (just check out Page 19 if

you don’t believe me). We have a music scene that’s truly inspiring. I can go out any

night of the week and check out a local band that deserves to be the next-big-thing

(evidence on Pages 24, 50 and 52). And what a dining scene! San Diego consistently

attracts some of the best chefs in the world and, unlike in cities like L.A., New York

and Vegas, you can actually get a reservation without offering up your first-born (see

Page 42 and 44 for just a couple examples).

But I think what I love most about San Diego is that it’s filled with people just like

me, folks who migrated here from other cities in search of something new. Meeting

a local, born and bred, is almost as rare as a yeti sighting, but the fact that our city

is made up of so many out-of-towners, all looking for their chunk of the California

dream, only makes for a truly vibrant and diverse scene.

And that’s why I stay. No, it’s not the sunshine or the beach or the fact that Shamu

lives a few miles away. It’s the people that have kept me here. Passion pervades

throughout San Diego, and everywhere I look, these movers and shakers are working

hard in their respective fields to put San Diego on the map. I can only hope that by

giving them a little ink in PacificSD, that I’m dong my part.

Oh, and the fact that I can’t get fish tacos or California burritos in Atlanta certainly

doesn’t help their chances of my ever returning. Just sayin’ ya’ll.

“I think what I love most

about San Diego is that it’s

filled with people just like

me, Folks who migrated

here from other cities in

search of something new.”

Seth Combs, Editor

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19 First Things

The contemporary art world

invades Downtown, former 91X

deejay Mat Diablo slacks off and

North Park gets rocked

26 Fresh Paint

Local artist Acamonchi brings new

perspective to the streets of

San Diego

28 You’re Tripping

Taking real vacations is just

plain crazy


42 The Fresh Man

Chef Antonio Friscia’s new menu

has some serious sting

44 Back to the Future

Chef Amy DiBase moves ahead

by stepping into San Diego’s past

46 What’s Shaken

I thought it was the martini,

but it may have been me


48 A Date with Destiny

Meet a country firecracker who

can determine the fate of your

next cocktail

50 Fight Songs

A San Diego quintet brings their

beach party to Warped Tour

and beyond

52 Bubble Boys

With their unique flavor, these

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electro on the national map


54 Double Time

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All’s Fair





Ann Berchtold had seen a lot

of San Diego art fairs come

and go. Then, a few years

ago, she traveled to Miami

to check out the city’s annual Art Basel

contemporary art fair. “Blown away”

by the cultural overhaul that had taken

place in the ensuing decades since her

previous visit (when she used to go there

for spring break), she had an epiphany.

(continued on Page 20)

Top: “Blind Spots” by Heather Gwen Martin;

Middle row (from left): “Alaska” by Sebastiao

Salgado, “Laella 015” by Miguel Ángel Madrigal,

“Electric Marshmallows for Real Eyes” by Natalia

Fabia and “Red Dress” by Keiko Sugiyama;

Bottom row (from left): guests at last year’s

art fair, “Birthday” by Fuyuji and “Library (from

School Play)” by Julia Fullerton-Batten. Next

page: “Empire” by Morgan Slade

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“It was a cultural dead zone

back then,” she says, “and it

struck me that San Diego is

similar. We’re a young, emerging

coastal city that hasn’t culturally

matured completely, but we’re

on the brink.”

Berchtold returned

with a mission: To create a

contemporary art event in San

Diego that not only attracted

galleries and artists from all over

the world, but also showcased

a city that for too long had

flown under the radar of art

aficionados. She spent two

years researching fairs and

talking to organizers. Then, last year, she held the first Beyond The Border

International Contemporary Art Fair at the Grand Del Mar resort.

“The first year was tough, but if it proved anything, it was that there was

an audience for this kind of event,” says Berchtold.

For this year, she changed the name of the show, switched locations and

assembled a crack team of experts to help make the event even bigger and

better. From September 2 through 5, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the

newly knighted Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair will showcase more

than 45 galleries and hundreds of emerging artists from all over the world.

Now, the fair that has the distinction of really showing the “what’s hot” and

“what’s next” in the visual art world.

“The new location will allow us to be a much broader, city-wide event,”

Berchtold says. “And being Downtown, it’s just a great canvas to be able to

interact with MCASD [Museum of Contemporary Art], the SDSU gallery

and all the places in Barrio Logan. People can come to the fair for several

hours, and then all of these other places are within walking distance, so

you can really experience downtown San Diego.”

Each gallery and museum at the fair will have a space to show off its

wares. Beverly Hills, New York, Japan, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and

other prominent cities will be represented. Local participants include

Quint Contemporary Art (La Jolla), Scott White (Little Italy) and Joseph

Bellows Gallery (La Jolla), among others, some of which will showcase art

from emerging San Diego talent.

“I feel like the fair is another component to the art world that will help

artists here in San Diego,” says Heather Martin, a local artist who will

be on display at the Luis de Jesus Los Angeles gallery space within the

Hilton. “People will come from all over the world to see it, and galleries are

bringing artists from all over the world to participate. It helps establish San

Diego as a place where there’s good art.”

Also new this year are the more than two dozen “art labs,” which will

include collaborative art creation as well as performances from local

musicians and dance troupes. Berchtold thinks the event has the potential

to become one of the leading West Coast art fairs and hopes that the

mounting excitement will help lure other traveling art fairs to San Diego.

“It’s a way to get people more excited about collecting art,” she says. “I feel

if we get people at least excited, once the fair is gone, they’ll still be excited

and they’ll turn to the local art community. That’s always been my hope.”

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All three men claimed the sex was consensual.

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California’s “Gender Violence” law is powerful,

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When Mat “Diablo” Bates and

his radio cohorts were fired

from the 91X morning show

this past May, a pall fell over

San Diego. Karl Strauss even brewed a special

batch of beer for the crew called Black Friday.

Bates had made local commercial radio cool

again—at least for a couple of years—and

now the city had another on-air dead zone.

Luckily for listeners, Bates is back, though

not in terrestrial radio. He’s now the Senior

Program Manager at Slacker.com, a Rancho

Bernardo-based Internet radio company

that pushes content in the U.S. and Canada.

Actually, “radio” doesn’t do Slacker justice. Bates calls it “music discovery.”

“Slacker is my dream job,” he says. “Not only am I working with intelligent, passionate people, but

our mission is to connect people with the music they want to hear.”

That music ranges from indie rock—a channel Bates oversees—to hip-hop and hits, classical and

comedy, standards and spiritual. If it’s been recorded, chances are good Slacker’s got it, and it’s all

packaged for web and Smartphone platforms.

“We provide an alternative to your commercial, corporate radio playlist,” says Bates. “We’re literally

ubiquitous. You can take us anywhere you go.”

In 2006, Bates moved to San Diego to consult for Slacker, then a promising startup. Although the

self-proclaimed music nerd had worked in radio since his college days in Reno, Nevada, he claims he’s

never had a “radio personality.”

“I always just desperately wanted to share music with people,” he says.

His two-year stint at 91X was an opportunity for Bates to brand his name while also pushing the

boundaries of FM broadcasts. Now that the 91X show is kaput, he retains a loyal following that will

likely stick with him, even if he isn’t getting drunk or making fun of celebs on terrestrial radio.

Bates’ 91X listener base was confined to San Diego. Slacker, on the other hand, has 17 million

registered listeners worldwide. Unlike Pandora, another popular online music app that uses algorithms

to generate playlists based on user preferences, Slacker supplements its backend code with a human

touch, meaning that Bates manages not just technology, but also about 100 radio programmers who are

all experts in their individual genres.

From there, it’s up to the listener to customize the experience by adding artists, removing songs and

so on. “You can create a totally custom station based on your taste,” Bates says.

Now, Bates is busy ramping up Slacker’s content initiatives, including a dedicated Lollapalooza

channel, which will feature artists playing at the upcoming music festival in Chicago. On August 6,

he’ll head to the Windy City to broadcast live from the fest. A deal with ABC News is also developing.

“I feel emancipated and elated,” says Bates. “There could not have been a job more custom-tailored

for my passions. A lot of the ideas and philosophies I’ve always had about radio are not only being put

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Guitar Heroes




Kevin Hellman is used to friends

turning to him for advice on

how to make it in the music

biz. As publisher of the local

weekly, San Diego CityBeat, and president

of the San Diego Music Foundation—a

non-profit that puts guitars in the hands of

kids—he’s about as entrenched in the local

scene as one can get. So, it would seem

that it was only a matter of time before he

and his colleagues decided to harness their

collective knowledge into one event for the good of all local music.

That event is North Park Music Thing (NPMT), a music and

media conference, to be held August 13 and 14.

Now in its third year, NPMT was inspired by Austin’s South

by Southwest and New York’s CMJ Music Marathon. Through

interactive panels (held at the historic Lafayette Hotel in North

Park) featuring local media, legal experts and executives from top

record labels including Sub Pop, Epitaph and Sony, it serves to

help bands and artists get a leg up in the biz.

For music fans, NPMT is by far the largest showcase of the

best local up-and-coming local talent—more than 160 artists and

bands are scheduled to perform at venues throughout North Park.

Joshua Zimmerman, frontman for roots-rock band The Silent

Comedy, is one of those burgeoning musicians for which NPMT was

designed. But despite the industry-insider advice he can glean from

the conference, he says that it’s playing for hundreds of potentially

new fans that he enjoys the most.

“The first year, we played U-31, and it was absolutely out of

control,” Zimmerman says.

The event has grown exponentially over the last three

years, and buzz over NPMT is bringing in flocks of

newcomers, including some from out of town.

“We’ve got people coming from as far north as San

Francisco and Sacramento,” says Hellman. “And we’ve

got people from all over the country performing.” It’s a

migration local musicians are welcoming.

San Diego can be a real tough nut to crack for out-oftown

bands who aren’t familiar with the best places to play

or the best bands to play with,” says Zimmerman. He adds

From top: Gaux Nu Vaux, Joshua Zimmerman

that getting paired up with local bands can make a huge (far left) and The Silent Comedy, Erika Davies

impact. “They can ask them questions, learn from them and and The Dabbers are four of the over 160

make friends—which is the best way to break into a new city. bands playing NPMT this year; a scene from

last year’s music fest.

That’s a really exciting thing.”

In just three years, NPMT has grown to encompass

a music scene stretching far beyond San Diego’s borders, but the heart of the event remains local,

enabling our hometown music fans to see all the best talent in one fell swoop.

“This year, we’re back,” says Zimmerman. “And I anticipate that it’ll be another really rowdy show.”



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Fresh Paint





Anyone visiting San Diego in the past month might

have left our fair city thinking it was the street-art

capital of the world. July saw the opening of four

different local exhibitions devoted to the art form,

which comprises pieces developed in public spaces, often

without permission from the city or property owner.

The most notable of these exhibitions is Viva La Revolución: A

Dialogue With the Urban Landscape. On display at the Museum

of Contemporary Art San Diego downtown through January

2, 2011, it brings together 20 of the world’s top street artists,

including Shepard Fairey, whose most recognizable works are his

“Obey” emblem of pro-wrestler Andre the Giant and his “Hope”

poster of President Obama.

Today, Fairey lives in Los Angeles, but back in the late ‘90s, he

got his start using the walls of Downtown San Diego as his canvas.

That’s when he met Gerardo “Acamonchi” Yepiz, an established

street artist best known for his stencil of assassinated Mexican

Presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio. Acomonchi had

posted the image on the Internet, and the public response was

dramatic—so many people downloaded, cut-out and then used

the stencil, that Colosio’s face could be seen spray-painted on walls

throughout the streets of Mexico and Latin America.

Fairey and Acomonchi worked together a lot back then,

painting and installing art all over the San Diego. When Fairey

moved to LA and became commercially successful, Acamonchi

stuck around San Diego, traveling back and forth between Tijuana

to create images for Grammy-nominated electronic band, Nortec

Collective. With the help of friends, he also set up music and art

shows in abandoned buildings on both sides of the border.

“It was an exchange of ideas,” says Acamonchi. “There was a

lot of good things going on in San Diego and TJ at the time, and I

just tried to help bring the two places together.”

Today, street art has become part of mainstream culture. And

with the success of the recent documentary, Exit Through The

Gift Shop, the time is ripe for Acamonchi to be recognized as one

of the medium’s local heroes. His new show—a collaborative

exhibition with fellow artist Sergio Hernandez, called Acamonchi

vs. Surge 2010, which opens August 14 at Thumbprint Gallery

in North Park—represents his new work on more conventional

(non-street) canvases. But despite the transitions away from

illegal street art, and the fact that he’s done graphic design work

for MTV, Pepsi and Adidas, Acomonchi remains true to his roots.

“I’ve really stuck to my punk-rock values,” says Acamonchi.

“Do it yourself, do it right, be competitive, do a great job and

keep it legit. Keep it real.”


Clockwise from top left:

Gerardo “Acamonchi”

Yepiz; a piece atop

the pool at the Martin

Building + Flats in

Bankers Hill (also

bottom right); a piece

from inside the Martin

Building (another

bottom left); stencil art

of the Acamonchi logo

(left) and Luis

Donaldo Colosio

Acamonchi logo and Colosio pics courtesy of Jai Alai, Mezzanine Tijuana

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You’re Tripping




couple of Augusts ago, he could have vacationed in Rome, Italy.

But today, Super Bowl hero and weapons convict Plaxico Burress

is enjoying the ultimate staycation: two years in The Oneida

Correctional Facility...in Rome, New York.

The former New York Giants star is midway through his sentence for

holstering an unregistered Glock in his waistband and carrying it into a

Manhattan nightclub—the gun discharged when Burress fumbled for it as it

slipped. He suffered a minor gunshot wound, which may not have been the first

discharge he experienced while fumbling for something in his pants, but it was

certainly the most painful.

Jail does have its perks—in addition to relaxing in his prison cell, Plaxico can

venture out into “The Yard,” which Onieda travel brochures describe as “the most

well-staffed and breathtaking recreational facility in the entire New York State

penal system.” It must be true: last year 214 armed guards witnessed 27 stranglings.

But for the rest of us who remain un-jailed, we’re not going to Rome, Italy, for

another reason: the economy. I mean, who in their right mind would pay to fly

20 hours in coach, only to land in a place where your electronic plug-ins won’t fit

into the sockets?

Instead, why not just watch travel guru Rick Steves on PBS, guide us through

the Pantheon while we lie in bed eating fudge?

Yes cherished reader, I’m saying don’t pay, stay. Staycations are waaaaay more

awesome than actually going someplace.

Besides, once you’ve been to Vegas, you’ve already been to Rome, Paris or

New York City, anyway (perfect replicas if you believe those places have dry

heat into the 120s).

Still yearning for The Big Apple? Just watch CSI: NY or an old Seinfeld and save

yourself the expense and hassle of actual travel. Are you really all that interested in

cramming onto a ferry and crawling up Lady Liberty’s toga? Trust me, I’ve been in

her, and she’s not all that great. (Trivia: The Statue of Liberty inspired the expression,

“Like throwing a banana down Broadway,” shortly after arriving from France—as if

anything other than the Washington Monument could ever really satisfy her.)

Dying to see the City of Love? Instead of booking a flight to Paris, just pick

up some French Fries and stop showering for a week. Then, after staring at a

Google image of the Mona Lisa for ten minutes, go order a meal from the rudest

possible waiter in town. Look at that: the quintessential Parisian experience and

I just saved you 10 grand and jet lag.

So, instead of packing up your favorite things in a futile attempt to simulate

the comforts of home in a faraway place—all whilst paying out the wazoo for

it—just stay put. Obviously, we don’t envy Plaxico Burress’ staycation, but I’ll

take self-imposed house arrest over airports and security and weird foreign

toilets this summer. It’s just so much more pleasant than say, oh, I don’t know,

off the top of my head: surfing the Gulf of Mexico (although I hear the rates are

really, really affordable right now).

Uh-oh. Too soon?

Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph is now on 100.7 Jack-FM, mornings with the DSC.

He’s also a twice-a-week columnist at 619sports.net, which recently celebrated its

23rd web hit (counting family).

“instead of packing up

your favorite things

in a futile attempt to

simulate the comforts

of home in a faraway

place—all whilst paying

out the wazoo for it—

just stay put.”

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All I Ever Wanted

Frolicking Fall Fashions…A Love Story

Photography by Brevin Blach

She’s a journal-keeping, mid-western romantic who just moved here. He’s

a beach-going local whose idea of a day-planner is a crumpled up piece of

paper. She has a nine-to-five. He keeps some strange hours. With Summer

coming to a close and Fall quickly approaching, our star-crossed lovers

opt for some serious R-and-R, right here in town. After all, when you live

in San Diego, every day is a potential vacation.

ON RACHEL: Necklace, $350, bracelet, $225, dress by

Rebecca Taylor, $345, shoes by Prada, $750, Neiman

Marcus, neimanmarcus.com; hat by Naia Archer at

Shadowbox Design, $150, shadowboxdesign@gmail.com.

ON BLAKE: Pants, $195, t-shirt, $125, scarf, $125,

double-breasted linen pea coat, $345, all by Theory,

Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com; shoes, $70,

Banana Republic, bananarepublic.com.

Saturday, August 7

Blake and I have been dating for a few

months, and he still insists on teaching

me how to surf, but I’m a little afraid.

I mean, I just warmed up to fish tacos. We

finally came to a compromise, and today

we took a boat out around Mission Bay.

The boat looked a little unstable and the

paddles looked like they hadn’t been used

since the ‘40s, but I think I finally have

my sea legs. In the evening, we sat around

Enchanted Cove, huddled in blankets, and

watched the fireworks from Sea World in the

distance. Perhaps I will try surfing next.

Wardrobe and Makeup: Jeanette Marie, jeanette-marie.com

Hair: Gwendolyn Sneed, gwendolynsneed.com

Set Design: NaisArcher of Shadowbox Design

PROPS: San Diego Location Productions, sdpro.com

MODELS: Rachel B. at Ford Models, Blake E. at No Ties Management

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ON RACHEL: Dress by Theory

$158; necklace by Neiman

Marcus, $370, bracelet, $195,

shoes by Manolo Blahnik,

$735, Neiman Marcus,


ON BLAKE: Shirt by

Diesel, $100, jeans

by Rock & Republic,

$188, Bloomingdale’s,

boomingdales.com; shoes,

$160, sweater, $60, Banana

Republic, bananarepublic.com

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Where to play:

northwest corner of the Balboa

Park along Sixth Avenue

Morley Field (just stay out of

the way of those Frisbee golfers)

The Lodge at Torrey Pines lawn

(do I need a reservation?)

the beach??

Things to remember:

find a place that has

well-groomed grass

remember to bend at the

knees when I’m “roqueting”

the arches are called “wickets”

try not to get too crazy

with celebratory dance

with mallet in hand

try to let Rachel win

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Sunday, August 29

I can’t wait to go on a bike ride

with Blake today! There are so many

great bike trails here compared to

Minneapolis. Blake wanted to go on

the mountain bike trail near Sunset

Cliffs, but I don’t think my new

beach cruiser will cut it. Pacific

Beach and Highway 101 around Solana

Beach were thrown out as ideas,

but I really want to see Coronado.

Blake says he doesn’t cross the

bridge too often, and I hear it’s a

gorgeous place to ride around all

day and explore. Plus, the ferry

ride over should be quite romantic.

ON RACHEL: Shirt, $68, shorts, $88, jacket, $58, all by Aqua, Bloomingdale’s,

bloomingdales.com; shoes by Prada, $750, ring, $295, necklace, $275,

Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com; hair piece by Rachel Larraine.

ON BLAKE: shirt by Joe’s, $98, jeans by Rock & Republic, $188, fedora hat,

$70, belt by Levi’s, Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com; shoes by Clarks,

$65, scarf by Banana Republic, $70, Banana Republic, bananarepublic.com.

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ON RACHEL: Dress by Alex & Olivia, $330, shoes by

Prada, $750, Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com;

necklace, $70, bracelet, $70, Banana Republic,

bananarepublic.com; belt, stylists own; hair

piece by NaisArcher of Shadowbox Design, $85,


ON BLAKE: Hat, $40, sweater vest, $50, shirt,

$60, pants, $70, shoes, $160, Banana Republic,


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Saturday, September 12

What started out as a summer

romance has quickly turned into

love. Blake and I are so different,

but he’s so romantic sometimes. He

wants to take me on a picnic in

Balboa Park tomorrow. That’s where

we met and he said he wants to go

there because he’s ready to take

the next step in our relationship.

Not sure what that means (moving in

together?), but Fall is coming and

I’m finally feeling at home in San

Diego. And with him.

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Make Your Move

All over the county, the time is right for first-time home-buyers

By Michelle Mowad / Photos by Stacy Keck

We all know someone who’s a little on-the-fence when it comes to taking the plunge into home ownership. Can

you blame them? After hearing the horror stories of foreclosures and dirty loans, it’s a wonder we’re not all

hoarding our money under our mattresses.

Fortunately, the days of inflated values that led to the housing bubble, its subsequent burst and the historic

lows of 2008 and 2009 are behind us. Today, pricing has adjusted and finance rates are at record lows.

According to many experts, the time to buy is now.

Despite encouraging market indicators, however, looking for a house in a county as diverse as San Diego is rarely as simple

as checking crime rates and school district report cards. It’s about finding a good price as well as a neighborhood that fits your

personality. So, what can you expect to find in these burgs now and, more importantly, in the future? We poked around and asked

some local experts—here’s how things are looking.


It has been

a long time

coming. Downtown has finally transformed

into a vibrant community to work and live.

“It is probably the best time since the early

‘90s to purchase a home,” says Gary London

of The London Group Realty Advisors, a

real estate consulting and feasibility firm that

focuses on southern California.

Prices dropped in the past few

years, as numerous condo

projects were completed

at the same time,

creating a

glut of inventory. They fell even further when

consumer confidence took a dive after the

economy tanked. That’s all about to change.

At current sales rates, inventory of first-timesale

condos will be sold out by spring 2010.

The median price downtown is $340,000,

with the most expensive neighborhood being

the waterfront Columbia District (by the

Broadway Pier), with its beautiful bay views

and luxury amenities. On the flipside, the

least expensive hood is East Village.

Over the past decade, Downtown has

grown into a solid dining and nightlife

destination. If you relocate there, you can

expect to see more boutiques, bars and

bistros popping up amongst the

statuesque office and condo

buildings. Because of

this, Downtown

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Left page: Lofty ambitions in Downtown.

This page (clockwise from right): North

Park shows signs of being the next dining

and nightlife destination; a spot in La Jolla

still fetches a hefty sum; house prices in

North Park rose even in the bad economy.

is attracting three primary types of buyers: young

and socially-engaged professionals, the buy-down

buyers that finally sold off their overpriced home

in the ‘burbs and out-of-area buyers looking to be

at the center of it all.

Hard Rock Hotel concierge Robbie Mandagie

recommends downtown’s newest offerings,

including Bice Ristorante on Island Avenue,

FLUXX nightclub and Noble Experiment, a

hidden speakeasy with a secret entrance.

In addition to booze and bites, the area is also

seeing a cultural evolution towards the arts with

the opening of numerous galleries and collectives

such as Alexander Salazar Fine Art and the

SDSU Downtown Gallery.


Once a sketchy

part of town,

North Park has finally come out from under

Hillcrest’s spirited shadows as an up-and-coming

community with serious artistic flair. Over the

past few years, investors have risked rehabbing

apartments into condos in droves, and many Baby

Boomers sold their aging homes to eager young

buyers who didn’t mind moving into a fixer-upper.

For the median price of $460,000, you can own a

single family home in this boutique neighborhood;

condos can be found for just $205,000. Listing

prices are up from last year, as a myriad of

restaurants are opening their doors to welcome

20- and 30-something neighborhood patrons.

North Park is perfect for indie music fans with a

hankering for beer bars, wine lounges, boutiques

and a motley mix of restaurants including West

Coast Tavern and the area’s newest cantina, El

Take It Easy, created by the folks behind the

neighborhood’s celebrated Linkery. And there’s

more on the way: URBN Coal Fired Pizza + Bar is

set to be open by the end of the summer, and the

owners of True North are currently looking into

opening a neighboring brewery.

The neighboring burgs of South Park,

Kensington and Talmadge are also attracting

younger buyers, according to area real estate

agents. Perhaps one of these flourishing

communities will become the next North Park.


One of the most

prestigious and elite

neighborhoods in San Diego County, Southern

California and the nation, La Jolla attracts the


Plenty of posh digs are available in The 92037.

More than 40 homes are listed for, ahem, $10-

plus million. Even the lower end of the price

spectrum still fetches seven figures. For $10,000

on a month for 30 years, you can own the

median priced home of $1.4 million.

“La Jolla is the Beverly Hills by the sea,” says

Gary Kent, a veteran real estate agent who heads

his own firm, Gary Kent Team. “It has cache, it

has the great Village of La Jolla, its name attracts

buyers and it’s a name known around the world.”

The streets of La Jolla’s downtown village

are lined with galleries, high-end retailers and

sumptuous eateries. There is almost no reason to

leave this chic community besides the fact that

La Jolla lacks solid nightlife venues that offer

more than dinner and drinks. However, that may

change when two newcomers open this summer:

Barfly, a sports bar by day and nightclub by night,

and Hennessey’s on Herschel Avenue, which will

have more of a gastro-pub feel. Also, nightlife

impresario Mike Viscuso (owner of downtown’s

famous On Broadway nightclub) is taking over

the old Jack’s location with plans to reestablish

La Jolla as a posh nightlife destination. The

name? What else? Mike’s.



While waves of college students and recent

graduates roll in and out of Pacific Beach’s and

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Mission Beach’s rental properties, the inventory of

homes and condos for sale is tight. In addition to

the limited listings, the median-priced home here

is nearly twice the county median, making Pacific

Beach a stretch for the first-time home-buyer. Last

month, the median home price for a condo was

$425,000, and $680,000 for a single family home.

Despite the home prices, these beach

communities remain a 20-something’s wet dream

of inexpensive beer, hairless buff bodies and tons

of places for take-out. The further from Garnet

Avenue, the party epicenter at the beach, the

more relaxed the neighborhoods feel. Crown

Point, North Pacific Beach and South Mission

Beach have the same beach community vibe, but

lack the hoopla associated with the main drag of

bars and clubs.

Jamie Lynn Sigler, founding partner of lifestyle

and hospitality PR firm J Public Relations, works

downtown but loves calling Pacific Beach home

because it’s relaxed and still close to her office

and clients.

“I feel PB offers the best of both worlds,” Sigler

says. “I can get to wherever I need to be in 20

minutes, and I am still at the beach.”

So, it looks like Pacific and Mission Beach will

keep catering to renters; and potential homebuyers

should expect continued sand, surf and

SDSU students in the future.


The North County coastal market has not

traditionally been affordable for first-time homebuyers.

Home prices, from tony Del Mar to the

ritzy areas of Carlsbad, well exceed the county’s

entry-level price range. This region is more apt to

draw move-up buyers looking to sink $550,000

or more.

According to real estate agent Roberta Murphy,

the appeal of North County lies in the schools

and shopping. Browsing the high-end lifestyle

shopping centers and the Cedros Design District

in Solana Beach, and playing the ponies in Del

Mar are easy ways to drop some dough. First-time

buyers wanting to live in North County should

consider Oceanside or the inland cities of Vista,

San Marcos, Escondido and Poway.

If you have a bit more cash, consider

looking to buy in Encinitas. The city is seeing

a resurgence in energy that started with the

opening of Lux Art Institute in late 2007, and

additional investors are reportedly eyeing the

area. Business partners Scott Watkins and Chef

Matt Gordon took note—the fellas behind

North Park’s Urban Solace restaurant will open

its sister restaurant, Solace and the Moonlight

Lounge, later this year.



South Bay

comprises an eclectic mix of neighborhoods with

varied housing choices.

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Left page: “For Sale” signs are all

over Mission Beach for those

craving sand and surf.

This page: Chula Vista and Lemon

Grove (below) are perfect for new

homeowners looking for stability.

Coronado, for example, offers a mellow mix of

military, tourism and high-end living. Residents

can walk for a snack at Burger Lounge on Orange

Avenue or sample one of nearly 500 wines at

Hotel Del Coronado’s wine bar, Eno. The area’s

beaches and near-zero crime-rate make it a very

pricey option for first-time home-buyers.

On the other end of home-price spectrum, the

least expensive city in South County is National

City, where you can buy a three-bedroom house

for $207,000, or a two-bedroom condo for


Somewhere between the million-dollar

mansions on Coronado and the ultra-affordable

homes in National City lie the homes in Chula

Vista, Bonita and the border beach city of Imperial

Beach. A few years ago, Chula Vista was known

nationally for its high number of foreclosures;

today new homeowners are taking advantage of

previous owners’ bad luck, picking up homes at

discounted rates via short sales (transactions in

which proceeds fall short of the balance owed on

the property’s loan).

Mexican culture is woven into nearly all

parts of South Bay’s communities, which have

stayed true to their roots and ties to family and

friends south of the border. Old taco shops and

bodegas line one end

of the region, while

new eateries, such

as Miguel’s Cocina

(by The Brigantine

restaurant group) in

Coronado, are emerging

on the other.

Cindy Gomppers-

Graves, CEO of

the South County

Economic Development Council, says some of the

South County’s best features are its entertainmentdriven

assets, including the Silver Strand bikeway,

the Olympic Training Center in East Lake and

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre.


Life is a little

slower and a bit

cheaper in the East, and residents like it that way.

San Diego Association of Realtors President

Mark Marquez says East County has some of the

best deals for home-buyers, pointing out that some

prices have dropped nearly 50 percent in some


“The most bang for your buck is East County,”

says Marquez. “Some 3,000 to 4,000-square-foot

updated, remodeled, newer homes on larger

lots that were going for over $1 million a few

years ago are now $500,000 to $600,000 in

neighborhoods like Rancho San Diego.”

Prices across East County are the lowest in the

county and provide many options for first time

home-buyers. Median home prices in El Cajon,

La Mesa, and Lemon Grove range from $265,000

to the high $300,000s.

However, culinary and cultural development

is slow there. With the exception of the opening

of La Mesa’s Riviera Room and Supper Club

restaurant a few years ago, the biggest deal in the

past year has been the opening of a Sonic burger

joint in Santee (first one in San Diego). So, if you

loathe change, East County is the way to go.

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The Fresh Man



By Brandon Hernández / photoS by GABRIELA LINGENFELDER

Over the past half-decade,

Downtown’s Stingaree has

garnered nationwide attention

for being a top-tier night club

that serves up nights to remember to luxuryminded

night owls. And while other clubs

have come and gone, the key to Stingaree’s

success has been reinvention—just when

things were getting a little static, they

unveiled a redesigned rooftop lounge earlier

this summer. That same philosophy of

reinvigoration has just been applied to the

venue’s fine-dining restaurant, which, later

this month, will unveil a brand new menu

created by its executive chef, Antonio Friscia.

“I’ve always stuck to my Italian training,

but now I want to do a little bit more,” says

Friscia. “When I was younger, I worked

and traveled in Bali for a year and a half.

Since then, I’ve gotten used to using those

[Indonesian] ingredients when cooking at

home for my wife and kids. The new menu is

a combo of what I learned during my travels

to Asia and my training in Italy.”

Friscia is using this first-person fusion

approach on his new dishes. There’s his

sweet caramelized sea scallops served with

a salad of Japanese sekai-ichi apples dressed

in sherry vinaigrette, his roasted lamb chops

with a spicy red lentil dahl (Indian-style

soup) and barbecued pork served donburi

(“bowl,” in Japanese) style in a bowl filled

with flavorful fried brown rice. For those

with a little culinary bravery, be on the

lookout for uni (the edible eggs of the sea

urchin), a delicacy Friscia used to enjoy

at the beach as a kid after abalone diving

sessions with his dad.

“I have this dish that’s eventually going

to be added to the menu, where I take fresh

pasta, sautéed garlic, white wine and some

fresh roasted chilies and toss them with uni at

the last minute so it emulsifies into a sauce,”

says Friscia. “It’s really simple, but delicious.”

Another of the chef’s favorite ingredients

is pork from the Happy Tummy pig farm in

nearby Alpine, where Friscia has worked out

a symbiotic pact with the farmers: Stingaree

provides the farmers with green waste for

their pigs and receives top quality, responsiblyraised

Duroc pork in return. Friscia has

big plans for every succulent section of

the animal, from tail to snout, and the first

Happy Tummy item to hit the bill is spareribs

brushed with a sweet Hoisin-honey sauce.

If that dish sounds like was made to be paired

with a nice Merlot, diners are in luck. Friscia’s

uncle, Nunzio Alioto, is one of America’s

foremost Master Sommeliers. He showed his

nephew the ropes of reds, whites and rosés at an

early age, igniting Friscia’s passion for vino that

gave way to a life of study and appreciation.

“Today, I’m an Advanced Sommelier

with the Court of Master Sommeliers and

the Wine and Spirit Education Trust out of

England,” says Friscia. “It cost me thousands

of dollars, but it was worth it.”

All of this could sound intimidating to some

diners, but Friscia maintains that Stingaree’s

new menu will always be based on a

communal format meant to spark conversation,

interaction and memorable experiences.

“Life’s too short to eat bad food or fast

food,” says Friscia. “Sit down at the table and

take time to talk to your friends and family

and enjoy your food.”


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Clockwise from top: Chef Antonio

Friscia; Roasted lamb rack with red

lentil dahl and natural jus; “OG”

pineapple upside-down cakes;

Kondashi-crusted hamachi with red

miso sauce and wasabi peas

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{taste} dining out cocktail



Margaret Virissimo is doing well by doing good.

She’s a member of a new breed of fundraisers

bringing a young, contemporary spin to supporting

worthwhile causes. Margaret plans special events

to raise funds for one of San Diego’s classic

charities: Meals–on-Wheels.

Events are not her only thing…she is currently

founding and recruiting a new group where savvy

young professionals can mix and mingle and, at the

same time, give back to this wonderful organization.

Margaret just successfully staged a huge

Street Fair and is now pounding down Red Bulls as

she helms the organization’s biggest event in years:

A 50th Anniversary Gala. It’s on September 11 at

the Sheraton (the first, big hotel on the right.) “I’m

slammed but I love the pressure. This gala is going

to be awesome!” Margaret said. “It’s going to POP!”

She is a native daughter of San Diego; a proud

Portuguese princess from Point Loma. A former

Miss Cabrillo, her dark eyes flash with pride as she

describes how her grandparents arrived here with

no money, no English and built a lucrative family

fishing business and helped to settle the vibrant

Portuguese community on the Point.

“I love my grandparents and when I go out and

deliver meals to our clients, I fall in love with them!”

Margaret said. “I want to bring other new people

into the Meals-on-Wheels family.” If you love your

grandma, call Margaret. She’ll hook you up with

tickets to the upcoming gala, which will feature an

appetizer throw-down with top local chefs including

Chef David Warner from JRDN and Chef David

Meade from Nobu at the Hard Rock. You can also

join the new young pro group at Meals-on-Wheels

bringing fresh philanthropic energy to make a real

difference in this world. One grandma at a time.

Back to the Future



By Brandon Hernández / Photos by Bradley Lamont

Everywhere she’s cooked, chef Amy

DiBiase has upped her culinary

cred, capitalizing on a classic French

technique and the inherent flavors of

her Mediterranean heritage. She wowed diners

with her buttery foie gras torchon (liver wrapped

in cloth) at Laurel and drew the masses to Point

Loma for her sumptuous braised pork cheeks

at Roseville. Earlier this year, she decided it was

time to move onward and upward, so it’s only

natural she should turn up in…Old Town?

Say what? One of San Diego’s most gifted

gourmands has touched down in the land of

refried beans and gringo-friendly Ameri-Mex

cuisine? WTF?

On the surface, it sounds rather bizarre del

mundo, but fear not, foodies. DiBiase’s new digs,

The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, is

anything but just another beans-and-rice dot on

the Old Town State Park map.

“We don’t want it to be a Mexican restaurant,”

says DiBiase. “This is an opportunity to give

locals a reason to come to Old Town to have a

nice experience that represents the history of all

of San Diego, not just Mexican settlers.”

Drawing from a list of ingredients indigenous

to the area, DiBiase’s style could probably best

be described as Seasonal Californian meets New

American cuisine. Albacore is pepper-crusted and

topped with a tapenade of local olives, swordfish

is brightened by a tangy bell pepper relish, housecured

salmon is artfully matched with earthy

poblano chilies in a buttery potato “torta” (tart) and

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her infamous pork

cheeks sing with

new life thanks

to a Temecula

lavender honey and

kumquat glaze.

DiBiase’s arrival

comes on the

heels of threeyear,

multi-million dollar restoration of the The

Cosmopolitan property that was overseen by

historians and the California State Park system.

The result is a hospitality venue that appears

exactly as it did from 1850 to 1874, from the décor

right down to the buttons on the vests of the staff’s

uniforms. It’s a little bit of the old with a lot of

the new, and the only thing more surprising than

coming across a restaurant like this in the heart of

Old Town is The Cosmopolitan’s price point. The

majority of the dishes, including the albacore, pork

cheeks and a half-pound prime top sirloin steak

are under $20, and everything is under $30.

Serving as the culinary ambassador for San

Diego’s storied past while breathing new life into

the region’s edible bounty and at a reasonable

rate—it’s all in a day’s work for the tireless

DiBiase and a challenge she relishes deeply.

“In the end,” she says, “I just love seeing people

experience food the way it should be experienced.”

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was sitting in a bar downtown a few years ago, and my date ordered one of those black martinis. They

were all the rage back then. It was a pretty thing to look at: pearlescent, not quite black but close

enough, and served in traditional martini stemware, frosted and sophisticated.

“I’ve never had a martini,” she said, taking a delicate sip.

“You still haven’t,” I said. Maybe I spoke too soon.

Shaken or stirred, the classic martini is a simple, no-frills cocktail: a measure of good gin and a

dash of vermouth mixed in a shaker full of cracked ice, then strained and served in a martini glass

with either an olive or a lemon peel garnish. Created in the ‘30s, it eventually grew to include a vodka

variation with a pearl onion garnish, but little else.

Richard Nixon hated marijuana, but he loved his martinis as much as the fictional James Bond does

and the very real Dorothy Parker did. Parker, the witty New Yorker writer who died in 1967, was such a

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thought I was one—until now.

This evening, Wellington Steak and Martini lounge bartender Colin Killroy has made me a Cucumber

Goose martini: muddled lime, cucumber, eucalyptus infused syrup and cracked ice with Grey Goose vodka.

“I call it a spa treatment in a glass,” says Wellington manager Javier Rios.

He isn’t kidding. Opened two days before last Christmas by Red Door owner Rick Liberan, Wellington

offers 18 martini variations, all just $7.50 during the 5 to 6 p.m. daily happy hour. As I take another sip from

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When it comes to her name,

Destiny Newton’s heard all

the lines.

“The one that I hear

most often is, ‘Oh, did you know you’re my

destiny,’” she says. “All I can say is, ‘Oh, no,

I’ve never heard that one before.’”

She may resemble your typical beachgoing

babe, but The FleetWood bartender is

a hard-drinking, fly-fishing nature girl from

Northern California who’d rather be riding

horses outside than a mechanical bull in a

nightclub. And starting in August, she’ll be

serving it up at The FleetWoods’s beachside

sequel, The BeachWood, in Pacific Beach.

Just before heading out on a camping trip,

the fiery country gal hips us to everything from

the best college major for bartenders to the

drink that she claims real women imbibe (and

no, it’s not a glass of Chardonnay).

Destiny Newton raises the bar at The BeachWood

PacificSD: Nice cowboy boots. Where’d you say

you were from?

Destiny Newton: I’m from a small town outside of

Chico. I moved here three years ago.

So, would you consider yourself a cowgirl at heart?

Newton: Yeah, for sure. I would definitely take going

out camping over going to a club any day. But, I also

enjoy going out on the town. When my girlfriends come

down to visit me, it’s on. We go out, and we go big.

What do you consider the best things about both

the Woods?

Newton: I love sports, and when I work at FleetWood

during the Padres games, it gets that sports-bar vibe

going. There’ll be that same atmosphere at the beach,

but it’s more of a vacation vibe. In Downtown there’s

more business-people, and the beach is going to be

more of a party.

What do you do outside of the bar?

Newton: I’m going to college for communications.

Well, that’ll come in handy if you keep bartending.

Newton: [Laughs] Yeah, the job helps with the speech

classes a lot.

What’s your drink of choice?

Newton: Jack Daniels.


Newton: And nothing. Sometimes I need a Coke

back, but it’s always been my favorite.

So, you get some bad pick-up lines, but what could

a customer do to get your attention, if anything?

Newton: Just ask me how my day is going. I love to

get to know people, and I’ll make sure they’re taken

care of. I love making people happy by getting them


So, uh, how’s your day going?

Newton: [Laughs] I’m going camping, but when I

come back you’re doing a shot of Jack with me.

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(Crown Royal, Sour Apple schnapps,

cranberry juice and splash of 7 Up).

“Basically, anything with whiskey.

They’re simple, but everyone gets really

happy after they drink mine—probably

because I’m a little heavy with the


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think he was really hammered and

didn’t realize what he was doing, but I

didn’t tell him.”

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Alex Bigman knows how to

party. Back in 2004, the

one-time SDSU frat boy

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entertaining a crowd far more than

simply being a part of one. That’s when

the aspiring singer, along with friend

and drummer, Josh Reef, started the

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For the last six years, they’ve

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extensively, produced a pair of EPs

and continuously worked to refine

their sound. Just a few weeks ago, they

finally released their full-length debut,

California Kicks, a collection of upbeat

punk tunes steeped in classic surf rock.

“We really wanted to bring what we

love about California to the rest of the

world,” says Bigman.

And as luck would have it, they’re

currently getting a chance to do just that.

Fight Fair was invited to play the

entire June to August run of the 2010

Vans Warped Tour, a nationally touring

music festival that stops in San Diego’s

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on

August 10. Bigman says the transition

from long-time audience members to

performers on the popular tour has been

a dream come true.

“I went to my first Warped Tour

years ago,” he says. “All the way through

high school and college, I’d go with my

friends every single summer. And now,

it’s just so exciting and awesome that we

can actually be a part of it.”

While Fight Fair started out with

a harder-edged sound (think lots of

guitars riffs and screaming), the band

has worked diligently to hone their

sound into one that is more accessible


to a broader audience. But even in

doing so, the young five-piece has never

lost track of the So-Cal culture that has

significantly impacted all of their lives.

By drawing from a wide range of

classics like The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean

and Buddy Holly, and channeling it

through punk influences like NOFX and

Pennywise, Fight Fair comes off like a

version of Beach Blanket Bingo directed

by Joey Ramone. And that happens to be

exactly what they’re going for.

“I think it’s a totally original sound,”

says Bigman. “There’s really no one else

doing what we’re doing right now. And

more than anything, we just want to

do our own thing. We’ve been getting

a great reaction so far and want to see

where it can go. Hopefully, it’ll just

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Earlier this year, they were just two producers/DJs who started a

little passion project to make dance-floor-ready electro remixes of

some of their favorite songs. So, when DJ Anthony Ross and DJ

Groundfloor (working together under the name Bubblegum Sci-

Fi) posted their remix of “The Reeling” from Massachusetts synth-poppers

Passion Pit online, they had no idea how big the song would get. But the

day after its debut, the song was everywhere—it climbed to the number one

spot on the HypeM.com charts (a website that tracks a song’s popularity on

thousands of music blogs, something like a Google for music) and the guys

were suddenly inundated with calls from promoters and advertising execs.

“The blog world passed it on to every corner of the Internet,” says Ross.

“The best part was when Sony contacted us to use it on commercials to

market the UK TV show, The Skins.”

“A big ego booster was looking at the comments people posted on

YouTube about the song,” adds Groundfloor, whose real name is Lee

Schneider. “Thousands of people said nice things. One guy said he

conceived while listening to it!”

Despite their now being considered a super-group on the local club

scene, both Groundfloor and Ross already had a lot going on individually,

even before the new collaboration. Between them, they have more than

a decade of club experience–Ross plays almost every other weekend at

Voyeur, while Groundfloor spins everywhere from Hard Rock to U-31. But

together, Ross says, they produce a gritty, bass-heavy take on electro they

couldn’t have made individually.

“I just think, as an artist, it’s impossible to stay in one spot for too long,” he

says. “If the niche you’re in doesn’t expand, it’s just a black hole of talent. The

music doesn’t go anywhere but to the same ears, and the scene doesn’t grow.”

While the guys seem content at the prospect of representing the San

Diego scene (which Ross claims could be “the fastest growing electro scene

in the country”), they remain selective on the shows they’ll play. An album

of original material is in the works, and Groundfloor claims it will be filled

with what is already the group’s signature sound.

“A blogger on a popular dance music blog described our Passion Pit

remix as a ‘fist-pumping sing-a-long.’ I think that’s what we strive for,” he

says, “minus the Jersey Shore connotation.”


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With the sun setting over

Crystal Pier, and dudes

and chicks rolling by on

skateboards and beach

cruisers, the view from the bluff at the west

end of Felspar Street is quintessential summer in Pacific Beach—the perfect setting for tonight’s

hometown getaway blind date.

An impossibly long limo is stretched out by the boardwalk, waiting to take the daters on their

great escape. Before Emily and Veronica meet Danny and Carlos for the first time, let’s review the

pre-date interviews.

PacificSD: What do you do for a living?

Veronica: Grad student and cocktail server.

Emily: My friends would say I’m a

professional beach bum.

Danny: I’m the city’s marketing director for Yelp.

com. Basically, I have fun for a living.

Carlos: I’m a professional networker and a taco


What do you do for fun?

Veronica: I like to run, dance, boat, anything

outdoors, and I love nightlife in San Diego.

Emily: I’m obsessed with Hula Hooping right

now. I’ve got some good tricks down.

Danny: I love the unknown. Anytime I can try

something new, whether it be a restaurant, sport,

bar, sports bar, fitness class, or outdoor activity I’ve

never partaken in before, I’ll seize the opportunity.

Carlos: I love live music. Going to shows and

seeing new bands is my favorite thing to do in town.

Why are you going on a blind date in a


Veronica: For a chance to meet someone with

no pressure.

Emily: Veronica asked me to go, and I can’t say

“no” to a good battle of the blondes.

Danny: ‘Cause VH1 rejected my spinoff proposal

for Real Chance At Love, where I get to date several

different gorgeous ladies. Apparently they didn’t like

the title, Thirsty For Wursty, too much. [Danny’s last

name is Wurst]

Carlos: Whether it’s a hobo in OB or a

pretty girl downtown, I love to be outgoing

and meet new people.

What are you looking for in a date?

Veronica: Definitely someone that can make me

laugh, but most of all someone who is honest.

Emily: Someone to be less awkward than me—

that can be cured by someone who laughs a lot. I

like to keep things lighthearted, so I hate when the

talk goes philosophical.

Danny: I’m looking for someone I can be myself

around, someone who’s funny and ambitious, but at

the same time doesn’t take life too seriously. Basically,

I’d like a good friend who’d I’d eventually like to

make sweet, sweet love to.

Carlos: Someone who likes to have a good time,

loves to laugh and is a Charger fan.

What are your biggest turn-ons?

Veronica: Self-confidence, humor, intelligence.

Emily: Tall men with beards.

Danny: Sense of humor, sincerity, creativity and,

yes, a rotund boo-tay never hurts.

Carlos: Optimism. Also, someone who can

laugh at themselves and not worry too much

about what others think.


Veronica: People who talk about money and

possessions, and people who are rude.

Emily: Small upper lips, cross tattoos and a bad


Danny: Flakiness, manipulators, halitosis,

cheapskates, snort-laughers, Millionaire


Carlos: A busted-up grill. No one wants to kiss

someone with a snarl tooth, right?

Anything you’d like to add?

Veronica: No matter what, I’m sure Emily and I

will have fun. We make the best out of all situations.

Emily: Nope.

Danny: On a serious note, 90 percent of the time,

I’m not being serious.

Carlos: Do I have to pay? Also, I heard Danny

farts in his sleep—FYI, ladies.

The daters meet and then jump into the Epic Limo

land yacht for the cruise south along the coast to

Belmont Park, in Mission Beach. With Peroni beers

and Patrón tequila on board, it’s a San Diego tourist’s

dream come true.

(Continued on Page 56)

Tourist’s Tip:

Crystal Pier, which featured a cork-lined dance

floor at its western tip opened when it opened on

July 4, 1927, was developed by Earl Taylor, who

had arrived in Pacific Beach from Kansas in 1923.

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Champagne wishes

and cotton candy

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a Dipper?; three

outta four ain’t bad

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With VIP amusement passes on their wrists,

the daters take on Belmont Park

Having just dismounted their nighlife

charriot, the foursome heads toward

the Giant Dipper, Mission Beach’s

iconic roller coaster. Emily and the

guys seem excited for the ride; Veronica does

not. She rises to the challenge, but stands on the

sidelines when the other three take on thrillride

number two, Beach Blaster, a swinging and

spinning pendulum of nausea and almost certain

death. Shrieks of laughter emanate from the ride

as Veronica looks on…without a smile.

Strolling through the amusement park after the

rides, the four split into twos: Emily and Carlos are

talking and laughing; Veronica and Danny seem

to be walking together by default. After picking up

the requisite bag of cotton candy, they get back into

the limo, heading north through Bird Rock and

Windansea to Tikul, a brand-new haute Mexican

restaurant on Prospect Street.

Inside Tikul, a jazzy trio (fronted by a guitarplaying

lead singer who also owns the joint)

performs Carlos Santana and Gipsy King tunes.

The daters talk over drinks and appetizers at the

bar before being split for mid-date debriefings.

Tourist’s Tip:

The Giant Dipper, which cost $50,000 to build and

opened to the public July 4, 1925, was part of a

development project envisioned by San Diego

sugar magnate, John D. Spreckels.


PacificSD: First impressions?

Emily: It was almost nerve-wracking

walking up to the boys, but it was good.

They were super-easy to get along with as

soon as we met them.

Veronica: The guys are very cool, very laidback.

I don’t feel awkward or creeped out.

How was the roller coaster?

Emily: If you make me go upside down and

throw up, that is a good date. When my hair looks

horrible and like half of my top is ripped, I like it…

in the sense of roller coasters. [Both laugh]

Veronica: I did not favor the roller coaster on

a first date.

What do you think of Danny?

Emily: Danny seems cool, he’s a total East-

Coaster, born and raised in Chicago. It’s fun to

have somebody from a different coast mixed in

with the west coasters.

Veronica: I think he’s a little more laid back

than us. We’re a little more…rambunctious. He

said he’s a very dive bar kind of guy. I’m much

more of a, you know, gotta have a DJ in the house.

How about Carlos?

Emily: He’s sexy, he’s laid back. We have a lot of

the same interests. He’s definitely a fellow beach

bum and surfer. When he pulled his hair back in a

pony tail…sold! I love it.

Veronica: Yeah, you guys clicked instantly. I

haven’t even talked to Carlos.

Rank Carlos physically on a scale from one to 10.

Veronica: Oh, that’s sorta mean.

Emily: No it isn’t; he’s good. He’s got long hair,

good teeth—he’s like a nine.

And Danny?

Emily: He’s a seven for sure.

Veronica: I think they’re both sevens.

Do you want to kiss either of the guys right now?

Emily: Give me another martini, and I’d be

down. Yeah, no harm in kissing—it burns calories.

Veronica: No, not really.

During dinner, you’ll sit in adjoining booths,

each of you with one of the guys. Whom will you

sit with?

Emily: Carlos.

Veronica: I’m definitely going to sit with

Danny. Danny and I are way more clicking, and

they’re more clicking with each other.

(Continued on Page 58)

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PacificSD: First Impressions?

Danny: They seem pretty down

to earth, pretty cool. And after

talking to them for a little bit, I

was pretty relieved that they were

a lot smarter than what you would

actually think that two really hot

blonde babes that look like that

would be.

Carlos: Both girls are beautiful.

They seem outgoing and perfect for

two guys like us.

How was the roller coaster?

Danny: I thought it was cool, a

fun idea. You definitely get to know

someone a lot better when you’re

more on the sober side, doing something like going

on a roller coaster.

Carlos: It was a little awkward at first, waiting

in line and small-talking, but the ride itself broke so

many barriers. We just screamed at the top of our

lungs together and were all of a sudden more willing

to share stuff with each other, so it was awesome.

What do you think of Emily?

Carlos: She likes to travel, she likes to laugh,

and those are two qualities that I seek in people.

Danny: I didn’t really get to know her too much.

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whereas Veronica seemed

like more of an Um, I’m

not really sure if this is for

me type of girl.

How about Veronica?

Carlos: I didn’t get

to know her as well as I

did Emily, and obviously

the attire might’ve

contributed to her decision, but I thought that her

not going on the big ride might have come across

as not willing to be spontaneous. Spontaneity is a

really big thing for me.

Danny: On a physical level, she’s obviously cute,

but I think we would be more on like a friends

basis. The lack of being spontaneous was kind of a

red flag that she wouldn’t be the kind of girl that I

would want to date.

Rate the women physically on a scale from one

to 10.

Carlos: I’ll give Emily a 10, Veronica a nine.

Danny: I would give Veronica probably an eight,

The guy in the middle sings and plays

guitar (well) and owns the place

and Emily I would give more of a


Do you want to kiss either of them

right now?

Carlos: Yes, I would have to say

I have more of a connection with

Emily, and I feel like it would only

be polite to cap off a pretty fun

night with a kiss.

Danny: Who’s to say I haven’t

already kissed

both of them?

During dinner,

you guys will

sit in adjoining

booths, each of

you with one

of the women.

Whom will you

sit with?

Carlos: Based

on the evening so

far, I’d like to have dinner with Emily.

Danny: I’d probably rather have dinner with

Emily, just because I haven’t gotten to know her as

much, But it’s cool. Go for it, Carlos.

Sitting in their respective booths, the couples look over

the menus. Despite some inter-booth conversation,

Emily remains focused on Carlos, while Veronica

appears to have warmed to Danny a bit.

As their entrees arrive, the daters are finally left

alone to enjoy their evening in privacy, away from the

flashing lights and probing questions of the magazine

crew. We call the next morning to see what we missed.

(Continued on Page 60)

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Veronica, Emily, Danny and Carlos confirm that the limo dropped them off

at Thrusters Lounge in Pacific Beach for a night cap after dinner. “I think

the ladies were a little intimidated by our moves,” Danny says, “because

they left shortly thereafter.”

PacificSD: Overall, how was the date?

Veronica: I started out a little whiney at the fair,

because I was just a little over dressed with heels

for a roller coaster. But when we got back in the

limo, it was better from then on.

Emily: It was a damn good way to spend a

Thursday night.

Danny: It was a really fun way to cross my first

blind date experience off the list.

Carlos: It was my first blind date, and it was a

fun experience.

How was Tikul?

Veronica: There was nice music, friendly

service and delicious food. Danny and I shared the

filet mignon and the sea bass for our entrees, and

all four of us shared the coconut-crusted shrimp,

the mussels (which were amazing) and the ceviche

for appetizers.

Emily: It was a mellow, sexy atmosphere. I drank

a few dirty Kettles and tried their sangria, which

was amazing. We all shared the appetizers. I had

the seared tuna for dinner.

Danny: Tikul is definitely a great place to take a

date. The food, drinks and atmosphere were all on

point. I was stoked that my date was up for sharing,

so we were able to try a little bit of everything.

Carlos: Tikul had a lot of potential—the classy

La Jolla vibe, delicious food with great cocktails—

it’s a perfect date spot. I’d certainly go back.

What was the best part of the date?

Veronica: We all just got along really well, and

there were no awkward moments of the date.

Emily: Riding the roller coaster in Mission. I love

roller coasters!

Danny: The limo rides were really fun. Besides it

being fully stocked with beer and Patron, I think

the four of us really hit it off on a friend-like basis.

Carlos: Having lived in San Diego for as long

as I have, I had never gone on the Belmont Park

roller coaster That was so much fun.

Will there be a second date?

Veronica: For now, just as friends, but we will

definitely be hanging out.

Emily: We will all hang out as friends again, for

sure. If something romantic comes out of it, then

I’m down.

Danny: I’m gonna have to go with “No” on the

formal date setting, but I’d definitely friend request


Carlos: I don’t think so—maybe a day at the

beach playing bocce ball but nothing formal.


Like the Giant Dipper itself, this four-way blind

date had its ups and downs. Veronica started out

unhappy on the roller coaster, but a limo ride and

a few cocktails turned that frown upside down. In

contrast, Emily and Carlos seemed to be high on

each other from the start, but their ride peaked early

and plummeted back to earth after dinner. Danny

kept an even keel throughout the voyage and always

seemed happy to be along for the ride.

A stretch limo, sunset over the ocean, playing at an

amusement park, dinner in La Jolla and late-night

dancing—these could have been the makings of a

perfect date, but they weren’t. The good news is that,

even though the daters didn’t fall for each other, last

night’s hometown getaway may have helped them

fall in love with their city all over again. Well, that

and the fact that, when they were all hanging out at

Thrusters, Carlos and Danny got free drinks.

“The funniest part,” Emily says, “was running into

Veronica’s ex at Thrusters while we were still with

our dates, and having her ex pay for all our drinks…

our dates’ drinks included.”

PacificSD sure knows how to show our daters a

good time. Eat your heart out, Travelocity gnome!

Tourist’s Tip:

In the late 1860s, brothers Daniel and Samuel Sizer

each bought 80-acre plots in La Jolla, paying the

City of San Diego about $1.25 per acre. Today, the

land would be worth more than $2 million per acre.

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Submit events to calendar@pacificsandiego.com. Compiled by Logan Broylesg

Pala Casino


8/6: Ringo Starr @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

8/6: The B-52s @ San Diego County Fairgrounds, sdfair.com

8/6: Rob Thomas @ Pechanga, pechanga.com

8/7: Ludacris @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com

8/10: Vans Warped Tour @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, livenation.com

8/10: Everclear @ Anthology, anthologysd.com

8/10: Alejandro Escovedo @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com

8/11: My Morning Jacket @ SDSU Open Air Theatre

8/11: Seu Jorge, Almaz @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyup.com

8/12: Creedence Clearwater Revisited @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

8/12: Aterciopelados @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyuptavern.com

8/13: Steve Poltz @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com

8/14: Lewis Black @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com (comedy)

8/14: Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu @ San Diego County Fairgrounds, sdfair.com

8/14: Reverend Horton Heat @ House of Blues, hob.com

8/15: Los Lonely Boys @ The Dreamcathcer at Viejas, viejasentertainment.com

8/16: Chromeo @ House of Blues, hob.com

8/16: American Idol Live @ Viejas Arena, viejasarena.com

8/19: Fitz & The Tantrums @ The Casbah, casbahmusic.com

8/20: Dave Matthews Band @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, livenation.com

8/20: Bill Maher @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com (comedy)

8/20: Ozomatli @ San Diego County Fairgrounds, sdfair.com

8/21: Wolfmother @ House of Blues, hob.com

8/21: Weezer @ San Diego County Fairgrounds, sdfair.com

8/24: Three Waves A Day Benefit ft. Shaka Buku @ Belly Up Tavern, bellyuptavern.com

8/25: John Mayer @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, livenation.com

8/25: Chris Isaak @ Humphrey’s by the Bay, humphreysconcerts.com

8/27: Wanda Sykes @ Pala Casino, palacasino.com (comedy)

8/29: American Carnage Tour @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, livenation.com

8/1: UFC Live!

Venue: San Diego Sports Arena

Tickets: $44-254

Info: sandiegoarena.com

Let’s face it: MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has officially taken over as the biggest contact sport

in the world, and Ultimate Fighting Championship is the big leagues. It’s hard to believe

that San Diego has never hosted a fight, but that’s all about to change when Jon “Bones”

Jones takes on Vladimir Matyushenko. Sure, you could watch it on pay-per-view on a big

screen, but in-person is about as high-def as it gets.

8/7: Chargers Fanfest

Venue: Qualcomm Stadium

Admission: Free

Info: chargers.com

Is this finally going to be the year

the Chargers make it back to the

big game? Ask one of the Bolts

diehards at this year’s Fanfest, and

you’ll likely get a very affirmative

answer. Get autographs from

your favorite players, watch a

performance by the Chargers girls

and join 10,000 other crazed fans

to watch a full-team scrimmage.

Craig Schwartz

{Home Games}

San Diego Chargers Vs. (Preseason)

8/14: Chicago Bears

8/21: Dallas Cowboys

7/20-8/22: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Venue: La Jolla Playhouse

Tickets: $31-66

Info: lajollaplayhouse.org

High school English would have been a

lot easier if Shakespeare’s play came with

pictures and a translation. Lucky for us,

the La Jolla Playhouse’s artistic director,

Christopher Ashley, is a serious bard buff

and is staging a whole new reimagining

of the fantastical play, which features a full

orchestra, aerial acrobatics and puppetry.

San Diego Padres Vs.

8/1: Florida Marlins

8/10-12: Pittsburgh Pirates

8/24-26: Arizona Diamondbacks

8/27-29: Philadelphia Phillies

courtesy of UFC Mike Nowak

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Daza courtesy of the Del Mar Fairgrounds

8/28: Pacific Classic

Venue: Del Mar


Tickets: $6

Info: dmtc.com

There’s no doubt that

opening day at the

racetrack is one of the

biggest events of the

year, but if you’d rather

watch the ponies than

silly hats, then it doesn’t

get any bigger than the

Pacific Classic. See who

fetches the $1 million

dollar purse and stop

by the craft microbrew

festival while soaking

in the sounds from the

nearby FM94/9 local

music showcase.

8/7: Professional

Bull Riding

Venue: San Diego

County Fairgrounds

Tickets: $26-$66

Info: sdfair.com

Our editor thought

Professional Bull Riding

(PBR, for short) was

kind of hokie, until

he went to see it in

person and came back

with a big belt buckle.

Straddling braveness and

insanity, the international

crew of fellas that mount

these crazed beasts gets

thrown around like rag

dolls—all for a shot at

the championship.

8/19: Sassy Chicks Fashion Bash

Venue: Float at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Tickets: $3, $10 VIP

Info: sassycitychicks.com

If there’s anything the ladies love more than designer

labels, it’s a deal. What better way to get the hottest

fashion items than straight from the source? Top

designers like Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Hudson will be

flaunting their best summer items for epically low sales

of up to 80% off. Special VIP tickets include a gift bag full

of lingerie, make-up and other prizes, plus free entry into

Float for an evening of beats by DJ Echo.

8/27-9/2: Maya Indie Film Series

Venue: Gaslamp All Stadium 15

Tickets: Price of theater admission (varies)

Info: mayaindieseries.com

San Diego already has the impressive Latino Film

Festival, and now the Maya Indie Film Series is

coming to town after an eight-city national tour.

PacificSD featured Chamaco (starring Martin Sheen)

in the July issue, and the other five films are just as

critically acclaimed and are directed by some of the

best up-and-coming Latino directors.


8/28: Timken’s Art of Fashion

Venue: Timken Museum of Art

Tickets: $125

Info: timkenmuseum.org

The creativity from Project Runway fused

with artistic talent of the Getty—get in

tune with your creative self as you browse

through fashion pieces based on famous

works of art by Fashion Careers College

students, including Project Runway

contestant Jesus Estrada.

courtesy of Bauman Photography

Robyn Twomey

8/8: CityFest

Venue: 5th Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest

Admission: Free

Info: fabulousehillcrest.com

If you’re still in a celebratory mood after

Pride, then Hillcrest is once again the place

to be. Help celebrate the burg’s and culture

at the 26th annual CityFest, when the streets

underneath the Hillcrest sign will be closed to

traffic, luring an expected 150,000 attendees

with live music, over 250 vendors, a beer

garden and games and activities.

Lori Brooks Photography

8/29: San Diego Fire Run

Venue: La Jolla to Pacific


Registration: $35

Info: sdfirerescue.org

Running can be fun,

especially when there

are hot, sweaty firemen

involved. Enjoy the, uh,

scenery, as the Fire Run

begins at the shores of La

Jolla and ends at a beer

garden and after-party,

where each participant (over

21) receives two free, welldeserved

beers. Proceeds

benefit the San Diego Fire

Rescue Foundation.

8/28-11/7: The Art of


Venue: Lyceum

Theatre Gallery

Tickets: Free

Info: artofphotography


More than ten grand

in prize money is

up for grabs as

photographers young

and old compete

in this international

exhibition. Stop by

and see startling

images from some

of the world’s most

talented shutterbugs.

You never know, you

might see them in

National Geographic

one day.


c o u rt e s y o f t h e S a n D i e g o

Fire Rescue Foundation

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A Grand Old Time


For one of our recent daily Facebook contests, PacificSD posted the following message:

Pacific San Diego Magazine You have one day and

$10,000 to spend on the ultimate Staycation day in

San Diego. In 25 words or less, what will you do?

Many of you played along. Here are our favorite (unedited) responses:

R.J. L. I would rent out the pool at the Hard Rock. Mojitos for everybody! Also, bikini tops

wouldn’t be allowed because they clog the pool’s filters. Safety first!

Taryn A. I would rent a surf camp for a week for foster kids...of course my son and I would

have to join them, cuz I stink at surfing!

David S. With ten of my friends...Day Spa, Padres Game then close the Gaslamp.

Jennifer H. AM shopping spree, dj’ed yacht party, poolside pregame @ the Del catered by

Phil’s BBQ, buyout Quality Social for a nite of fist pumping and douchbagery!

Tracy J. To return the favor, I would throw a huge bash for Pacific Mag and their

Facebook fans. That way, everyone can finally meet each other to the point “where

everybody knows your name.” =)

Nick A. This one’s easy. I would rent the Star of India for a cruise on the bay and throw

one kick ass party!

Jonathan N. Group skydiving with close family and friends. Then a great dinner with the

same family and friends.

Tim C. Buy up 1 section of tickets to the next Dodger @ Pads Game (July 27th) and give

everyone San Diego Chicken costumes to wear!

Patrick H. Take a Helicopter flight out East to a flat top mountain for a Champagne lunch,

fly back and take a private yacht for a moon light dinner on San Diego Bay and up the coast

past La Jolla and Torrey Pines. Then a Limo to the Gas Lamp Quarter for after dinner drinks.

Finishing with a walk on the beach and a night at the Hotel Del in the Honey Moon Suite.

Lauren A. Batting practice followed by a bbq on the infield of petco park with a bunch of

friends. A little over the $10,000 budget, but dare to dream, right?

Creative E. Find five intelligent homeless teenagers, give each $2,000 for an apartment,

new clothes, food and computer so they have a chance to accomplish their dreams.

Rachel H. Waking up at The Del. Mimosas and Bloodies overlooking the beach! Shopping

at Nordstrom. Gondala ride at night- champagne! The rest cannot be wrote here...

Matt G. With half I’d buy 10,000 temporary tattoos and cover my body entirely. The other

half would go to the best illegal firework display ever.

Elaine Z. Fish taco food fight

Grand Prize


Nick A., from North Park

For making a mundane tourist

trap, the Star of India, seem

fun all over again (perhaps for

the first time in 100 years),

Nick A. wins $10,000* cash

and this fabulous $274 grand

prize package:

• Two tickets to board the

Star of India ($24 value)

• $50 gift certificate to the

all-new BeachWood in

Pacific Beach

• $50 gift certificate

RT’s Longboard Grill in

Pacific Beach

• A pair of tickets to see

In the Heights at the

San Diego Civic Theatre

($150 value)

*$10,000 cash to be paid in annual

installments of $10. And even then,

this is hardly a guarantee of payment.

However, the prizes are yours for sure.

Sorry, Nick—tough times, you know?



Patrick H.



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