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Wine, Dine & Holiday Time LIGHTSCAPE : PHOTO COURTESY OF LIGHTSCAPE STEAK 48: PHOTO BY BOB STEFANKO New, Now, Next: What's New San Diego's seemingly endless appetite for premium steaks has brought yet another destination into the mix, this time in Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Steak 48, the acclaimed national steakhouse chain from the people who founded Mastro's, made its grand debut last month, revealing a complete transformation of the former Searsucker space. Anchored by a sleek, wood-topped bar sparkling with glass overhead, the restaurant boasts a vast, almost labyrinthine interior featuring distinctly different dining areas between its many spaces, but consistent throughout is Steak 48's extensive menu showcasing towering seafood, prime cuts, and an impressive wine selection. What's Now You've got a few days to let the Halloween candy settle and find that one person who wants all your leftover Twizzlers before holiday festivities begin in earnest mid-month. Then, it's time to get in the spirit at San Diego Botanic Garden, when Lightscape returns for its second year beginning on November 17 and running through January 1. The immersive outdoor experience sparkles with more than a million lights along a one-mile path of brilliant tunnels, towering poppies, and other unique installations. Then, take your love of light to the next level and head to Riverside for Mission Inn Hotel & Spa's extravagant annual Festival of Lights, which kicks off its 31st annual seasonal offering beginning November 18 with an event-filled Switch-On Ceremony. Starting at 5pm, the evening welcomes special guest Cheech Marin and a concert with featuring Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Wally Palmar of The Romantics, Tommy Tutone, former lead singer of Kool & The Gang Skip Martin, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, Eliott Lurie of Looking Glass, and former Chicago frontman Jason Scheff. The crowd-averse have plenty of opportunity to catch the lights, which will stay aglow through January 7. Closer to home, the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association's Encinitas Holiday Street Fair will embrace the season with its usual élan on November 19 from 9am-5pm. Boasting more than 450 food vendors plus artists and makers offering holiday-themed wares, the event will also have live music on multiple stages, rides for kids, and a kid- and dog-friendly beer garden. Even the best intentions for an after-dinner walk are no match for the nap-inducing power of tryptophan, so on November 23, log some miles early and for a good cause at one of the many turkey trots around San Diego. In North County, the O'Side Turkey Trot offers 5-mile or 5K courses plus shorter tracks for tots to trot. Encinitas Turkey Trot's 5K loop and 10K double loop add a little "fowl" flair with a costume contest. And of course, Father Joe's Villages will host its time-honored trot, the Run for Hope Thanksgiving Day 5K, in Balboa Park. Each event requires advance registration, and all benefit select organizations to pay the fun of the day forward. Steak 48 Lightscape ranchandcoast.com 36 NOVEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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