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Best In Show

Mark Dearinger, owner of Dear­in­ger Salon (La Jolla and downtown), is well-known for his styling expertise. But few know that he spends his spare time styling a very different type of client: champion show dogs, including his own. His Yorkshire terrier, Georgie Porgie, has won 38 best-of-breed titles at competitions around the country and was featured on the cover of Top Notch Toys magazine.

Dearinger travels to shows with George most weekends and says styling four-legged clients is much harder than styling the human kind. “The dogs move around and get distracted, so it requires a lot of patience and is really time-consuming,” he says. He learned some lessons the hard way: “When I worked on my first show dog, I didn’t wrap the hair correctly—the long hair is kept in papers to protect it—and I created dreadlocks that I spent six hours combing out.”

Caring for his Yorkie’s coat requires constant attention and hours of bathing, blowdrying and pinning up sections of the coat to keep it from becoming dirty or breaking off. Quite a bit of money is required, too; owners of show dogs can spend anywhere from $25,000 to $75,000 per year to keep their prize pooches in top style condition.
—Jillian Anthony


Shop Talk


What’s in a name? To Hazel Walker, cofounder of the new Carlsbad skincare boutique NuboNau, the moniker should reflect the total shopping ex­perience. “I want people to feel like they’re on cloud nine when they walk into our boutique,” she says. Hence her and husband Philip’s decision to name the shop after the Esperanto translation for that common expression of unequivocal bliss.

If only the most natural and organic skin and beauty products will do, NuboNau is cloud nine indeed. The Walkers specialize in the au naturale, importing high-end lines from around the world, including brands from their native U.K. (Pai, Aromatherapy Associates), and displaying them in a luxury environment.

Among the products housed in the climate-controlled shelving (this stuff’s so unadulterated it can spoil) are John Masters Organics hair-care products and Juice Beauty’s vitamin-rich, organic face creams. NuboNau also has the San Diego exclusive on celebrity-endorsed skincare line NUDE.

NuboNau is at 1923 Calle Barcelona, Suite 147, Carlsbad, 760-632-4800, nubonau.com
—Julia Beeson Polloreno


What's Your New Year's Resolution

Tracy Borkum
Owner of Kensington Grill, Cucina Urbana and Urban Kitchen Catering

“To only look forward—with eyes wide open, no regret and total optimism for a brilliant and wild ride into 2010 and beyond!” 

Marcella Lee
Channel 8 anchor/reporter

“My top three resolutions are to spend more time playing with my 3-year-old twins and less time trying to check off items on my to-do list; sleep 7 to 8 hours each night (as I write this at 12:30 a.m.); and clear the clutter! (Why am I keeping e-mails from 2001?)”

Rusty Preisendorfer
Owner of Rusty Surfboards

“To work harder on last year’s resolutions, to work toward not feeling compelled to make resolutions for the following year and to not have to work as much.” 

Todd Gloria
San Diego city councilman

“After resurfacing 60 miles of roads in District 3, I resolve to find something sexier than a newly paved street. Perhaps midblock streetlights? And I resolve to do my part to balance the city’s budget.

Jeff Moorad
Padres owner

“I won’t rest until the Padres are in the World Series. Whether it’s all the way to October this next season or a significant step toward it, that’s where my focus is.”

—Brittney Cannizzaro 

Have Pan Will Travel

Marine Room executive chef Bernard Guillas and chef de cuisine Ron Oliver have visited some 60 countries between them. They’ve compiled their worldly culinary experiences into a gorgeous, self-published book, Flying Pans, full of recipes that are easily reproducible at home. We asked Guillas about traveling, as well as global gastronomy right here in San Diego. 

Is this book a culmination of all your world travels?

It’s almost like a vignette of the world. It’s a collage of memories. Every summer my family would be traveling somewhere. It’s Europe—you just get in the car and go. It wouldn’t be like a five-star hotel, I’ll tell you that, but the camping was pretty cool. Especially with my father, in the ocean and the streams. You catch your stuff, and you eat it with your sisters and your mom. That was really cool.

What one country would you visit for one meal?

India. I’d go back tomorrow. I would get on the plane in an hour! I fell in love with India when I was in Mumbai. I had an incredible journey eating the food in the stands outside. And I learned how to cook in a tandoori oven. They had those sabers. I looked like Zorro, man! You put the fish and the meat on it, and you have to put it into the oven. All the hairs on my hand disappeared.

What ingredients have you been excited about lately?

Spices. A lot of different spices are really coming into fashion. Cardamom, star anise, the peppers ... all types of peppers. They’re all very, very different.

How does global cuisine square with eating locally and seasonally?

You can stay global, but you should stay sus­tainable—but more important, you should stay in season. Those are three really good ingredients for success. And support what’s local. When I teach, I always tell everyone, “Go and support your farmers’ markets,” because they work really hard. But all the produce is so incredible and so intense that you’ll be able to savor the true flavor of the ingredients. All your senses are

Can cooking progress if we limit ourselves to what’s immediately around us?

If you call “limitation” what’s growing here right now and what’s caught in our waters and raised on our farms, it’s gonna be limited. But if you go to the store ... look at the melting pot in this city. We have Indian stores, Asian stores, Middle Eastern stores. I shop all the time, and chefs should be doing that. Play with the ingredients, and incorporate them into the cuisine. Same with a home cook. The only boundary is it should be fresh—in season. All the other ingredients are the supporting cast. I mean, you can really go around the world and stay in San Diego! —Adam Elder


 Trend We Love

Bringing Back the Pop Tart

We hope this culinary trend is here to stay. A pair of local high-end restaurants—Suite & Tender and Urban Solace—have put a modern twist on a classic treat. Suite & Tender pastry chef Joe Burns fills a melt-in-your-mouth pastry shell with strawberry jam and tops it with royal icing, Nutella ice cream, chocolate sauce and multi-colored sprinkles. Priced at $8, it’ll satiate a sweet tooth for two. Urban Solace’s savory tart, created by chef and co-owner Matt Gordon, is a flaky shell stuffed with fresh crab, leeks, celery and rich cream and garnished with apple and fennel salad ($17.75). Dee-lish!   —J.B.P.


News Beat

Unkindest Cuts

There’s been much ado about the severe staffing cuts at The San Diego Union-Tribune over the past two years. But downsizing isn’t limited to newspapers. Never have so many familiar TV faces been impacted by newsroom layoffs, unrenewed contracts or so-called “salary dumps”—offers of new contracts at much lower rates, sometimes for less-desirable jobs.

One of the most visible and best-loved casualties is NBC 7/39’s longtime sportscaster Jim Stone, laid off in November. Other victims from the station: Ken Kramer, Lorrie Jordan, Pat Brown and Kimberly King. Soon to go: veteran anchorman Marty Levin, who’ll depart in May. (See Tom Blair’s I on San Diego on page 128.)

Some folks have landed at other stations, likely for far less money. And some, like Pamela Davis, former KFMB weekend anchor, have switched media: Davis is the new morning anchor at KPBS radio. Others feeling the pain: KFMB anchor Kathleen Bade and weatherman Loren Nancarrow, who both jumped to Fox 5; KFMB meteorologist Natasha Stenbock; and KGTV’s Geni Cavitt, now director of communications for San Diego councilwoman and former 10News reporter Marti Emerald.    —Kelly Thornton


Busman's Holiday

Former San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre hasn’t quite left it all behind. He recently flew to Sacramento, on his own dime, to attend the hour-long argument before the California Supreme Court on the conflict-of-interest case against six former San Diego city pension trustees.

In an unusual proceeding—held before the case has gone to trial—prosecutors contended the pension officials allowed the cash-strapped city to underfund the pension in exchange for better retirement benefits.

“I went because I felt it was a historic moment in the reform movement in San Diego, because it was really the last chance we have to bring to justice the people I believe engaged in unlawful behavior,” Aguirre says. “I wanted to be a part, even as a spectator, of those proceedings, because I wanted to see firsthand exactly how the Supreme Court was going to handle it.” He wasn’t disappointed. His favorite moment was when one of the justices asked, “Why wasn’t the city council indicted if they paid a bribe to the pension board?”

“It sent reverberations through my entire body,” Aguirre says, “because that’s the question I was asking all the time I was city attorney. I was hoping, for a moment, the Supreme Court would say to me, ‘Mr. Aguirre, you’re in the audience; we want to hear from you!’ But that didn’t happen.”   —K.T.



"This building does not fit into the surrounding community, nor does it have any style or flair. The final verdict? The Escondido police and fire headquarters is to be issued a citation for disturbing the peace.”
—2009 Orchids & Onions emcee ­Barbarella, awarding the Escondido Police & Fire Department Building an Onion for architecture

“I must say, have you ever seen a cop with style and flair, outside of the Village People?”
—commentator Graham Downes, dressed as a police officer, “accepting” the award

The Insider

Stay classy, San Diego: The latest celebs to parade through downtown’s Stingaree include The Hills’ Audrina Patridge, The Soloist’s Jamie Foxx and ... Newt Gingrich? Funny, we didn’t think bottle service and deejay-spun beats were the former Speaker of the House’s bag—especially on a Tuesday night. Gingrich kept a low profile when he stopped by the Gaslamp nightclub with a small party for dinner. Foxx, on the other hand, skipped the red carpet at his own event, snubbing fans and even the club’s owner. He drank vodka Red Bulls and hid out in the club’s penthouse, getting on the mike only to proclaim, “I’m Jamie muthaf***in’ Foxx.” Class act.

Love nest: Actors Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy have been plagued by rumors of infidelity, but the couple showed no signs of being on the rocks when they checked in at the Hard Rock Hotel on a recent Saturday night, bringing Hewitt’s mom and brother along. The pair showed up “exhausted” after filming a comedy special in Orange County and headed straight to their rooms—but not before Kennedy checked on Hewitt’s family to make sure they were comfortable in their rooms. The group planned to attend the next day’s Chargers game and also reserved a private firepit area at the rooftop Float nightclub.

Ivy league: The L.A. Lakers were spotted at Ivy Hotel celebrating their pre-season win against the Denver Nuggets in Anaheim. The team, including Kobe Bry­ant, celebrated at the hotel’s rooftop lounge with Grey Goose bottle service in a VIP cabaña before turning in for the night. The next day they faced the Nuggets again at the San Diego Sports Arena. Other recent guests of the Ivy’s Star Suite—which comes equipped with a stripper pole—include D-List comedian Kathy Griffin, singer John Legend and American Idol winners Jordin Sparks and David Cook (separate visits).

The anniversary party: Also spotted getting cozy at the Hard Rock were Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and her accountant hubby, Michael Cameron, who married a year ago in a lavish celebration in Italy. Apparently the honeymoon phase hasn’t faded for the pair, who toasted their first anniversary at Float with Grey Goose cocktails and 20 close friends. About her spouse, Beverley gushed, “He is the love of my life; he is gorgeous, and I am just still obsessed with him today.” They also attended a birthday party at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach.

Family guy: David Caruso of TV’s CSI treated his two toddlers to a weekend at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara. The family splashed around the resort’s pools before heading off on an excursion to nearby Legoland.               —Rachel Zenn Sachs


News Beat

Strange Bedfellows

San Diego Councilmembers Donna Frye and Carl DeMaio are City Hall’s perfect odd couple. The political polar opposites have teamed in recent months on issues that include more-open government and a 2010 ballot initiative about the city’s strong-mayor system. They’ve issued joint memos, held joint press conferences—everything but double-date, it seems.

Both mavericks, Frye and DeMaio say they like each other and just want to get things done for the city. “Sometimes I want to knock him in the head,” Frye says, laughing. “I do sort of think of him like my kid. I’m trying to teach him the ways, so he doesn’t go too far astray.” After learning, recently, that her “kid” had announced a plan to eliminate the living wage, Mother Frye lost patience with DeMaio. “We’re having some disagreements in the family here,” she says. “I may put him up for adoption.”    — K.T.


Coming Up Roses

When the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band participates in the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade, they typically march in a formation of 10 rows of 10 men across, beginning with a line of trombonists. French horns follow, then euphoniums, piccolos, clarinets and saxophones.

Crashing cymbals come next, then the crisp snap of the snares. Four booming bass drums boast insignia from each of the Southern California bases in the composite band. Finally, shimmering brass tubas make up the last row of marchers, who trek the 5.5-mile route of the Rose Parade, a tradition for more than 50 years. The televised event, themed “2010: A Cut Above the Rest,” is seen in more than 20 countries, and Pasadena police estimate that about 1 million people attend the parade in their city annually.

Camp Pendleton’s band officer, Michael W. Edmonson, who served two tours in Iraq, leads the Marine musicians this year for the second time as an officer. But it’s his eighth time marching, going back to 1987, when he was a lance corporal playing clarinet. He never tires of the big brass sound that articulates patriotism in ways that words fail to express.

“I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve done the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’” Edmonson says. “When you think of the sacrifices that have been made and the chances people took to make what we have today ... you feel it in your chest every time.”  —Marcia Manna


News Beat

Oh, What a Web

Does San Diego need another news Web site? It’s all about target marketing. The newest is aimed at a younger generation of gays and lesbians interested in more than nightlife. San Diego Gay & Lesbian News—sdgln.com—was launched in the fall and already is making an impact, tracking 3,000 visitors a day and stirring up some passionate responses from readers on hot topics.

“Our goal is to change the tone and tenor of gay media,” says publisher Jonathan Hale, “and to bridge the gap between mainstream San Diego and the gay and lesbian community.”

The Web site has four staffers and a large group of mostly unpaid contributors, plus a partnership with another news site, San Diego News Network. And it has some well-known political columnists—San Diego City Councilmembers Todd Gloria and Toni Atkins. It also features a column by a straight author, called Blurbs from a Breeder.

“We feel it’s important not to just put out the gay agenda,” Hale says, “but to really get the perspectives of people who aren’t gay.”    —K.T.

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