The Power of Inspiration

The other day, someone asked me, “Why are you in the art gallery business?” It was an oddly personal question to me, but I also realized it’s one that I’ve never answered. It made me think of the carefree time I spent traveling around the world as a surf photographer, chasing the endless summer. For more than 25 years, I…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

How to Plan a Home Renovation

Are you thinking about redoing an area of your home or maybe the entire yard, but aren’t sure how to go about it? After 48 years in business, I believe that a vast majority put off this endeavor because people are not sure how to start the process. 

Local Chocolate Shop Crafts Irresistible Truffles

If you're after a decadent and rich chocolate treat, look no further than Doce Chocolates, located right here in Carlsbad. Doce was founded in 2015 by Linda Friz, a Southern California local. She curated a passion for desserts and entrepreneurship early on, drawing her inspiration from her parents: Linda’s mother was creative in the kitchen, and her dad was a business…

A Day in the Life of Local Artist Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster began creating jewelry when he was only 15 years old. His keen eye for jewelry art then turned into a family-owned business that has operated since 1981 as Foster’s Fine Jewelry.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

OSKA Pulse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain affects more than 100 million people a year and is a major contributing factor to the nationwide opioid epidemic. It’s been reported that 142 people in the U.S., die each day from opioid overdoses. This is not only a national crisis, it’s an epidemic impacting hundreds of families in…

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation

In 2008, Brad and Beth Thorp buried their 18-year-old son, Mitchell, after an excruciating five-year medical tribulation that maxed out their insurance, emptied their bank account, challenged their marriage and led them to specialists all over the country. 

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.

Uniworld River Wine Cruise

Matchless experiences and exclusive opportunities are par for the course when cruising with Uniworld. From boutique ships outfitted with handcrafted furniture, fine antiques, original artwork and signature accents to an incredibly passionate staff that looks after your every need, each day of a Uniworld voyage is sure to be one of a kind.

A Tea Party to Remember

“It’s Always Tea Time” The Mad Hatter Tea parties are an age old tradition of creating sweet memories between Mother and Daughter…memories that linger for a lifetime, bringing smiles to your face whenever recalled. Whether on the bedroom floor with a few teddy bears as guests or high tea at a fancy hotel, there is something about a tea party…

Showers of Blessings

Generous is a word you often hear when people describe Carlsbad residents. Giving back through charitable donations and volunteerism is a hallmark of what it means to be a good citizen of Carlsbad. On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month homeless Carlsbad residents gather at the Father Moore Center on Madison Street to get a free hot shower,…

Discovering Olive Oils

The myths and mysteries surrounding olive oil are uncovered in a most delicious way, right in the heartbeat of our city. Humble Olive Oils, on State Street, is family owned and boasts 20 to 30 types of olive oils. Stopping by the store will elevate your understanding of the art and science of olive oil as well as delight your…

Carlsbad’s Hale Aikane – “House with Friends”

Ko and Michael Roston’s 6,000 square-foot home, Hale Aikane “House With Friends” overlooking the 14th Fairway of the legendary La Costa Golf Course, is nothing short of a personal Boutique Resort. When The Rostons purchased the original four-bedroom Mission-style home in 2002, there was none of the glamour and detail which the current residence boasts today. Roston, who has developed…

Customized Holiday Home Decor

The awe in the eyes of a child gazing upon a twinkling Christmas tree reminds us that the holiday season brings with it, great hope and lasting joy! Glorious holiday decorations bring out the child in each of us. This sense of wonder is what Nancy Starling (owner, Starling Designs) loves to bring to others with her inspiring holiday masterpieces.…

Craft Beer 101

You drink Bud Light. Always have, always will. Or maybe it’s wine. You have studied the varietals, contemplated the years and developed a sophisticated palette. You tell yourself that craft beer is not your thing. It is a fad…that you like to stick with what you know.

Simple Asparagus and Watercress Soup

Over medium heat, pour one tablespoon of olive oil in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Add asparagus and saute until tender and lightly seared on all sides. Remove from heat and cut into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat remaining butter or oil, add spring onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add…

Leap Coffee

“Let’s meet for coffee”! How many times have you said, heard, or been asked that question? Meeting for coffee is a common event embedded into our way of life. Shouldn’t it, therefore, be something amazing, every time? It can be! Thanks to Leap Coffee and the unique culture it embodies, the mundane meeting at the coffee shop can be a…

Vivace

Look no further than your backyard for one of the most memorable dining experiences you will ever encounter. Park Hyatt Aviara’s acclaimed Four Diamond, Vivace Italian restaurant, will exceed your expectations of service, ambiance and culinary performance. A glorious yet charming landscape of mature trees, grassy areas and blooming flowers welcome you. The stunning porte cochere, complimentary valet parking, a…

New Village Arts Theatre

New Village Arts (NVA) is a cultural hub for Carlsbad and North County San Diego, with award-winning theatre, local music, vibrant visual arts and thriving education and outreach programs. This summer’s hit production of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY sold out nearly every show in its 6-week run.

Pacific Ridge School’s Inspirational 
Teacher 
Scott Silk

Some teachers live to teach while others teach to live. Meet Scott Silk who has taught history at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad since its founding in 2007. A dedicated teacher inside and outside of the classroom, Silk combines his life's passions with Pacific Ridge's unique program to leave a lasting impression on his students. He teaches United States History,…

Carlsbad Educational Foundation Supports Music!

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) Board recently approved grant funding for Carlsbad Unified School District’s music programs in the first semester of the 2017-18 school year. The projected cost is between $250,000-$300,000 for the school year. This grant provides each elementary school the opportunity to offer 45 minutes of weekly music instruction to every student.

The Great Escape

Since White Heat was the first movie filmed on the island in 1934 to 2015’s Jurassic World, Kauai has been the stunning backdrop of more than 60 movies. Check out some of the views featured in the films, including waterfalls and the Na Pali Coast sea cliffs on a relaxing helicopter tour, or dive deep into a more intimate view…

Life’s a Beach!

Featuring over seventy miles of coastline, San Diego County is truly a beach-lovers paradise, and for lucky Carlsbad residents, many of the best beaches are in North County.
Not all beaches are the same. Sure, every beach is "...a pebbly or sandy shore, adjacent to a seashore..." but what if you'd rather surf than sunbathe, or maybe your grandchildren are visiting…

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Not every city can say it has a link to the glory days of Old Hollywood, but Carlsbad can, thanks to 1920s-1960s actor Leo Carrillo. Whether you’re a fan of the Golden Era or not, it is at the sprawling 27-acre Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, once owned by former co-star of TV’s The Cisco Kid, that you can be…

Outdoor Soiree

Is there ever a time we’re not in the mood for a tropical getaway? Didn’t think so. This whimsical tropical photo shoot styled by Couture Events, is filled with decor that is both chic & dreamy plus captures the perfect essence of relaxing summer entertaining. From pineapple centerpieces to coconut cups, with a color palette of pastel pinks, yellows and…

For the Love of Music

New York may have Carnegie Hall, but Carlsbad has its own salute to music. Whether you play an instrument or just like to listen, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music should be on your list to pay homage. 
This is not your ordinary museum but rather a spot where you can go back in time; see historic acoustic and electric pianos…

 World Team Tennis – San Diego Aviators

When we think of watching a tennis match, the first thing that comes to mind is a long game with fans sitting quietly as their heads rotate back and forth following the ball. Shhh don’t make a sound at service, don’t move during play….Well think again! World Team Tennis has created a competitive tennis format that includes the excitement and…

July 2017 Around Town

More than 50 children and their families from the Los Angeles and San Diego chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities® were treated to an exclusive day at LEGOLAND® Water Park as LEGOLAND® California Resort splashes out to summer! LEGOLAND Water Park is bigger, wetter and better this summer with the addition of the newest California beach-themed area, Surfers’ Cove, opening…

North County Board Meeting

North County residents know that there is something special about living in this unique pocket of Southern California. We love to swim, bike, run, hike, golf and play tennis like we’re professionals and then take that passion and energy directly into our places of work, innovating creative changes in various industries that are affecting the professional landscape of North County.…

Henebery Celebrated Whiskey

Henebery Whiskey, a 90 proof rye whiskey made with organic ingredients, dates back to 1851 in Peoria, Illinois, where it was farm-to-bottle produced by Matthew Henebery. His great-great-great grandson-in law, Jesse Fanning, is now resurrecting the brand that ceased to exist when Matthew passed. Jesse, along with his family; including his mother, father-in-law and wife, are resurrecting the family name…

The Switchfoot BRO-AM

"We want to giveback to our hometown and invest in the next generation" 
-Switchfoot One of the most common questions asked of local GRAMMY Award winning band Switchfoot, is “Where is your favorite place to perform?” Even though the band has traveled and toured around the world, their answer is always “Home, in beautiful San Diego”.

Spring and Summer Looks We’re Swooning Over

From eye-catching prints to practical and comfortable simplicity at its finest, bold hues, and new classics—there are many style stories right here in your own hometown. With apparel provided by Aranelle, jewelry and handbags from Clever Element, and shoes from Coolest Shoes in California, these three Village boutiques, along with La Costa model Audrey Welsh, worked together to provide their…

Canyon Ranch

If only you could escape to relax, unwind, let loose...somewhere far from everything that distracts or causes stress. We know just the place….Canyon Ranch. Since 1979, the Canyon Ranch wellness resorts in Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts have been the answer to rampant stress and busy-ness. Both of the all-inclusive resorts were built entirely around the concept of healthy living…

Golf Fitness

When it comes to the game of golf, every player from beginner to professional is looking for ways to lower their score. But, before you head to the range to hit another bucket of balls or sign up for a golf lesson, there is something that might be holding you back….YOU! Did you ever think that no matter how much…

Lovely Lady

When Maureen Simons smiles her nose crinkles and her hazel eyes gleam. She smiles a lot, not surprisingly, when talking about her seven children, fifteen grandchildren and her deceased husband, John, to whom she was married for forty-two years. She also smiles often when talking about Carlsbad, her home since 2000, the place she describes as having “great people, great…

State Street Farmers’ Market

Part of the charm of Carlsbad Village is the State Street Farmers’ Market, a 20 year tradition held every Wednesday in the heart of the Village. When you think of a farmer’s market, you think fresh produce. It’s a vegetarian's delight...Right? Well, if you have not been down to visit our market lately, you’ll be impressed to find a wide…

Lake Calavera

"It's so peaceful & serene. I don't think that a lot of people even realize that the lake is there." - Andrea, Carlsbad. There’s much to appreciate about living in North County: the best weather in the country, beautiful beaches, family-oriented neighborhoods, great schools, and for those who want to get outside and commune with nature (and who doesn’t?) beautiful…

Avanti Workspace

A recent study by Intuit shows that by 2020, 40% of the U.S. workforce will be entrepreneurs; freelancers, contractors or temporary employees. Until recently the trend has seen these workers setting up home offices. While it does have its perks, there are also a few downsides, such as finding separation between work and home, as well as finding quiet, appropriate…

Escape to a Dream Vacation…in your own backyard

No boarding pass required. No long security lines. No delays. Imagine being able to relax like you are on vacation, just by stepping into your own backyard. Philip Lizarraga, founder and owner of Team G7 Landscape, a local landscape design and build company in Carlsbad, specializes in transforming your yard into your favorite place to visit. Even the smallest spaces,…

Get a New Look

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of serendipity is: “The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” For Coleen Choisser, owner of Anna Rode’ Designs in Rancho Bernardo, the serendipitous event that led to her becoming one of the top-rated interior designers in San Diego County was her choice of an elective her freshman year…

Want to know your neighbors?  Go Nextdoor

"We have a cat who wouldn't come out from under our couch. We thought it might help her to resocialize by setting her up in a large kennel. We posted on Nextdoor to ask if anyone had a kennel available. A neighbor responded that day to say she had an extra one and that we could come by and get…

Art to Heart

Our beautiful city is blessed with nature’s art in many ways. When I take a walk on the beach as the sun is setting, I am always struck by the beauty of where we live! But as an art lover and collector, one of the things I really enjoy about living here is our growing reputation as an arts community,…

Love in the Village

Looking for a romantic local 
Valentine’s Date? 


There’s no need to travel far to find romance. The village in downtown Carlsbad is a charming location, popular to both residents and tourists alike. It has classic options plus a handful of new modern restaurants and venues to offer up hours of entertainment and enjoyment. Local residents Lisa & Terry Rodman, who…

Palm Desert Getaway

Whisk your loved one/s away to Palm Desert for a weekend or a week of savoring the desert life in one of Southern California’s quickly booming and favored getaways. Ringed by three magnificent mountain ranges, this premier resort destination in the heart of California’s Coachella Valley is sheltered from coastal air pollution and inclement weather. Offering an average of 350…

For Your Love

This Valentine's Day, discover local gifts your sweetheart will simply adore!

Raising the Barre

The very mention of barre might meet with resistance when considering fitness options, especially for someone looking for a new exercise regimen. Many conjure perfect ballet poses and levels of finesse that are intimidating. Little do they know, the technique behind barre classes requires nothing more than motivation and commitment to explore a tried and tested fitness method that has…

Learning Through Service

Founded in 2007, Pacific Ridge School, a private independent college prep school in Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch, is the realization of a vision held by a group of parents and community members who wanted to provide students with an innovative and first-rate educational experience. “Our mission is to foster academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement,” says Alison Behr, Director of…

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

Drs. Paul and Gina Hodgson and their fantastic team at New Wave Chiropractic Center in Carlsbad attract some of the most challenging health cases from around the world. 
Chiropractic has long been known to alleviate back pain, neck pain, headaches, and many other symptoms, however the real benefit is in getting your entire body balanced: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and chemically. When this is…

Winter Garden Success

For some, “winter garden success” may seem like a rather vague phrase. If you’re a recent transplant to Southern California that’s understandable. If not, you owe it to yourself to know exactly what it means, and that’s easy to do.