Del Mar Stories

Crudo on a Thursday: out of the foie gras, but not the sea bass

Look beyond the pisco sour and gin fizz

Dining out has never been just about the food. Every aspect factors into the overall experience, from the way you’re greeted at the door to the lighting at your table. With the advent of countless ...

Breeders' Cup bettors' brouhaha

Something went rotten in Del Mar, say seasoned horseplayers

Just after the Del Mar Racetrack showed off its beauty to the sport’s largest worldwide horse-racing audience, a controversy has developed over one betting aspect of the Breeders’ Cup. With over 400 bettors ponying up ...

See the Del Mar racetrack from the comfort of your home

Previous owner identified cells responsible for the five basic taste perceptions

Listing materials for the hillside estate at 2116 Balboa Avenue in Del Mar invite prospective buyers to “enjoy spectacular whitewater ocean, sunset & Del Mar racetrack views from this extraordinary seaside Villa in Olde Del ...

Breeders Cup horses know what they're doing

“It may look like chaos out there, but it’s well choreographed.”

With a worldwide audience larger than America’s Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes), international racehorse breeders show off their finest on November 3 and 4. Over 45,000 fans, owners, and trainers will ...

The pet-friendly housing problem

"No friends, no music, no smoking — but you can have your dogs here."

A pet-friendly bill hit the governor's desk on September 21. The bill (AB 1137) would mandate that new multi-family housing developments allow tenants to have pets if those developments receive financing through state programs. Former ...

Breeders’ Cup comes to Del Mar

Track regulars shut out

I’m at my usual spot in the corner next to the winner’s circle, where the yellow fire hydrant sits against the rail, right across from the finish line. If I reach out, I can pet ...

Rogue docent theory on Torrey pines die-off

Aluminum, not bark beetles, to blame for decimation of rare trees

Two years ago, Dale Williams, a volunteer docent at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, started wondering what is killing the rare trees. Williams says about 25 percent of the reserve’s trees, which numbered about 6000, have ...

Own one of the largest lots in “Olde Del Mar”

Featuring one of the oldest trees in San Diego County

The half-acre estate at 901 Highland Avenue offers prospective buyers a “rare opportunity to own one of the largest lots in Olde Del Mar.” The listing goes on to describe the space as “a private ...

Kaaboo sound system should keep Del Martians quiet

"We created a ginormous version of a noise-canceling system."

“I can’t hear them,” said Del Mar Circle K worker Robert at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15. “There is a lot of traffic, though.” The opening night of the three-day Kaaboo music festival ...

Unobstructed ocean views from the moment you walk in

Sandy Lane, Del Mar home drops from $23 million to $20 million

“Situated in a private gated community on the sand & intimately adjacent to the Del Mar Racetrack,” listing materials promise, lies a “spectacular oceanfront estate” at 3002 Sandy Lane. The four-bedroom, five-bath home, constructed in ...

Del Mar's race season ends with a look forward

The Kardashians visited, horses died, and Breeder's Cup anticipation

As the 78th season of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club came to a close, I talked with two highly visible track personalities. They took a look back on the season and the future as Del ...

Penny pinchers and pikers rarely do well at the track

I wouldn't have asked Bob Hope for advice

I want to bet on Summer Buddha in the first race and Packin Heat in the third. Call it a lukewarm tip from a half-baked pal back in Jersey. But if his hunches are right ...

Cornhole finally on California beaches

Boys and Girls Club get Ballast Point and Latitude 33 to bring suds

During summer, especially in the Midwest, one can usually find a game of cornhole (tossing a corn-filled sack onto a tilted plank) in progress at the local park. During winter, it is played indoors where ...

County unemployment: Bostonia and Imperial Beach highest

Del Mar has lowest — below 1 percent

San Diego County's unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in June, up from a revised 3.6 percent in May. However, total non-farm jobs rose by 6400 during the month, and that is a more important ...

Viewpoint is good beer upside down

High-rent city's first brewery didn't happen without effort

Just in time for opening-day races, Del Mar's first craft brewery has opened to the public. Viewpoint Brewing Company sits directly south of the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds, just across the San Dieguito Lagoon. ...

Sour beer, sweet victory for Council

"You can go to any brewery and get an IPA."

The San Diego International Beer Competition announced its 2017 medal results back in April, but it kept one major award under wraps until its Del Mar beer festival the weekend of June 17th. This year's ...

Del Mar's parking fail

Revenue-generating idea may have backfired

Over the winter, the city of Del Mar widened and repaved its northern boundary, the busy Via de La Valle, between Coast Highway and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. They also added a bike lane and a ...

Lawsuit targets Del Mar's short-term rental ban

Environmental review needed.

Everything is special in the coastal zone: surf, views, and land-use rules. Among the rules are ones that protect everyone's access to the beach. Those rules are being violated by the city of Del Mar's ...

On the sand in Del Mar for only $6864* (*per square foot)

"Built to withstand any type of weather."

The Del Mar beach house at 2606 Ocean Front promises “one of the most unique homes on the market” that “just finished a complete rebuild using the finest materials.” According to the listing, there are ...

Del Mar Fair opening — here for the piggies

Deviled eggs with roasted salmon, smoked Brie, hummus cucumber dip, Portobello tortas.

The iconic bronze statue of Don Diego, dressed up in cowboy garb, overlooked the main gate of the San Diego County Fair, as hundreds lined up for opening night on June 2. And like the ...

San Dieguito High honors classmates killed in battle

Twenty names read on Saturday, most by someone who knew them

During the Vietnam War, Del Mar resident 1st Lt. Jimmy Mitchell, a member of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, landed at Chu Lai in South Vietnam. On an August 31, 1965 patrol, the Marine from ...

16 acres of coastal bluff above Del Mar's dog beach finally sold

Public allowed behind locked gates to vote on design for housing, landscaping

For the first time in almost 100 years, the public recently got a look at 16 acres of coastal bluff top, probably the largest piece of undeveloped beachfront property in private ownership in San Diego ...

Belly Up County

Tavern's talent-buying blokes expand territory

Having Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett, and the Rolling Stones drop by for a show may be the Belly Up Tavern’s most visible triumphs. But behind the scenes the booking staff of the Solana Beach venue ...

Del Mar anguishes over short-term rentals

Racing season visitors are a tradition

As high tourist season approaches, Del Mar is on edge. What will happen with vacation rentals? Last month, the city council drew a line in the sidewalk, separating homes and commerce. Interpreting the zoning code, ...

San Diego County school boards — do they need training?

And should they defer to staff on matters of teaching?

The county’s grand jury put out two reports in May concerning school boards. One discusses elections and term limits while the other points to inconsistent training of both school board members and superintendents. California is ...

A private Olde Del Mar location

“Expansive white water ocean views to the west, endless lagoon & mountain views to the east”

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owner: PDMI LLC (Denver-based developer) Asking Price: $22,500,000 The luxury estate situated at 2160 Balboa Avenue, on a peninsula of land between the San Dieguito River and Pacific Ocean just ...

San Diego quinceañeras vendors at Del Mar Marriott worried

Hispanic glitz slow-down — Trump blamed

“This year we expect a slow quinceañera season, it’s going to be tough,” said Marco Salcedo from Chula Vista. Salcedo said that there were about 300 visitors at his Quinceañeras Magazine Expo event on Sunday ...

Goodguys omits L-word at Del Mar car show

Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks - but not lowriders

“Man I think that lowriders should have their own category here,” said Steve Polen, “they got restomod, 100% original, and others – but not lowrider.” On the first weekend of the month, the Del Mar ...

More parking than most Del Mar homes

$8.8 million gets you space for six of your favorite cars

Beds: 6 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Mark Van Oene List Price: $8,800,000 “It’s getting harder to find a property like this,” warn listing materials for the “magnificent Del Mar Craftsman estate” constructed in 1997 at ...

Husband and wife cheated workers' compensation

Indicted for hiding the existence of 800 hotel workers

Hyok "Steven" Kwon and his wife, Woo Hui "Stephanie" Kwon, were sentenced to prison yesterday (March 15) for concocting and carrying out a complicated scheme to avoid paying workers' compensation insurance premiums and employment taxes ...

A house in Torrey Pines State Reserve

Third on a list of Del Mar’s priciest offerings

Beds: 5 Baths: 9 Current Owner: David Batchelder Asking Price: $29,000,000 The bluff-top estate at 100 Stratford Court in Del Mar offers prospective buyers nearly 6000 square feet of living area in a just-completed “coastal ...

The fight for a wood-burning fireplace

“It’s pretty nasty stuff. This stuff really is bad news.”

Several south coast counties restrict wood burning fireplaces, but San Diego isn’t one of them. Not yet. “Although it is not prohibited, wood burning in the home is a growing source of air pollution in ...

Car stars in Del Mar

Import-auto competition has changed a bit since the '90s

“A lot has changed from the first time I attended these shows,” said Walter Manongdo on February 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. His yellow Nissan race car was posted at the entrance next to ...

McDonald's sauce hunters swoop on local restaurants

Big Mac gravy seems a good investment — oh, 2017, you...

McDonald’s pulled off a nationwide marketing stunt on January 26, releasing 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac “secret sauce.” The free 11.4-ounce bottles could only be obtained at few undisclosed restaurant locations and by stating ...

Digging it in Del Mar

Where they dumping all that sand?

Excavation for a 369-car, three-story parking structure at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center is in full swing, sending up to 40 semi-trucks daily onto the roadways of North County, according to a construction worker ...

A baseball-friendly anniversary beer

San Diego's fifth-oldest brewery embraces its sports-bar side

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. While the restaurant franchise didn't start making its own beer until 1995, its original pizza restaurant opened in 1991 in Del Mar. The place ...

Banjo maestro Danny Barnes

Barnes brings his four-string thing to Brick 15

And now for some banjo love: many have tried to make that instrument cool and failed. Danny Barnes, 55, from Temple, Texas, claims to not be affected by the limitations of it. And there are ...

Del Mar train-track crossers being ticketed

Crackdown said to emanate from federal government

It used to be easier to get to the beach in Del Mar, and most residents wish they could turn back the clock. All they want is a convenient way to cross the railroad tracks ...

Honduran mahogany, Brazilian granite, Venetian plaster

Honduran and Cameroonian influences in Olde Del Mar

Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Current Owners: Charles & Patricia Zuker List Price: $10,700,000 Welcome to what’s billed as an “extraordinary seaside Villa in Olde Del Mar,” where one can “enjoy spectacular whitewater ocean, sunset, and ...

A ribbing at the racetrack

Pitmasters dish it up at the state BBQ

The Del Mar BBQ State Championship brought 47 grillers and smokers from around California (and Arizona) to compete at the racetrack on Sunday, July 17. While a panel of Kansas City Barbeque Society judges did ...

Del Mar seeks $3/hour parking

Coastal commission concerned cost would limit beach trips for many

The cost of parking where the surf meets the turf (at Del Mar) is going to go up later this year, but the question of how much is still up in the air. The city ...

Farewell, Del Mar fair

Three people with decades of involvement pack it up

The end of the 26-day San Diego County Fair leaves many participants exhausted, particularly those who operate booths and concession stands. When the lights dim at midnight on July 4, most are packing up, readying ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

Gas prices jump but maybe not too high

World oil prices decline following Brexit vote

San Diego area gas prices jumped 10 to 15 cents per gallon last week, with many stations pushing their cash price for regular gas over the $3.00 threshold. Surprisingly, the oil companies are not offering ...

Takin' It to the Fair with Michael McDonald

Doobie Brother infuses jazz and his husky voice into classic rock favorites

“Nothing says rock ’n’ roll like whipping up the crowd with a bingo game,” quipped Michael McDonald, referring to the pre-show entertainment at his San Diego County Fair appearance. Actually, one might argue that the ...

Del Martian demolition party

After 40 years, "temporary" city hall to be replaced

Del Mar residents and government officials gathered in front of city hall on Saturday morning (June 11) to celebrate the impending demolition of the government headquarters. Originally incorporated in 1959, Del Mar purchased its current ...

Switchfoot — a perfect kickoff to summer

Alt-rockers highlight opening night at the Fair

San Diego natives Switchfoot made a triumphant return to the main stage at the San Diego County Fair. Opening night saw the band in fine form as they delivered a tight set of favorites and ...

Padres keep losing, San Diego beer keeps winning

San Diego International Beer Competition 2016

Winners have been announced for the San Diego International Beer Competition, ahead of its June 17–19 festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds. As usual, San Diego breweries defended their home turf with a dominant showing. AleSmith ...

Proposition 47 a culprit in increase of burglaries?

“It’s not just Encinitas. It's also Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad..."

On the morning of May 20, a home on Nolbey Street in Cardiff by the Sea was the second home burglarized on the same street in the past two weeks. Combined with an increase of ...

Real estate fraudsters stole more than $30 million

Coronado, check...La Jolla, check...Del Mar, check...

Coronado businessman Courtland Gettel and Arizona lawyer Jeffrey Greenberg pleaded guilty this week to pulling off a real estate scam that took in $30 million. They took out big loans against expensive homes in La ...

Del Mar’s Boardroom

Like, wow, dude.

Beginning in the mid 20th Century, surfing culture was its music, clothing, and language. For decades, the boards were pretty much the same; the main difference being the long board and the short board. Hobie, ...

Tiny dogs and good sushi

A day on the patio at Shimbashi Izakaya

If you’re dining on a patio somewhere, one good way to tell you’re in Del Mar is when multiple impeccably groomed, toy-sized dogs discretely nibble bits of sushi from the manicured fingers of their doting ...

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