Photos by Brevin Blach | Matchmaker: Jessica Pelligra
May Grey won't go away, but that won't cloud this evening's play. With two blind daters still single for summer, overcast skies shan't be a bummer. Tonight's shaping up to be quite a peach as Jessica and Cesar head to the beach. Miss B's Coconut Club is stop Number One on a four-venue tour that's second to none. Before Epic Limo drops them on Mission, let's review the pre-date inquisition.
PacificSD: Where are you from and where do you live now?
JESSICA: Originally from Northern "hella" California; now I reside in La Jolla .
CESAR: My roots stem from Mexico, but I was born in Oceanside. I now live where the surf meets the turf, good ol' Del Mar.
What do you do for a living?
JESSICA: Recent UCSD graduate, landed a part-time internship at The Brain Observatory.
CESAR: I'm a sales and marketing professional. I also consult a couple of start-up companies on the side. I have been told I should teach Zumba, because my hips don't lie, so I might consider that one day.
Why are you going on a blind date in PacificSD?
JESSICA: 'Cause I'm single and I like to mingle... duh.
CESAR: I thrive for awkward and uncomfortable situations, as weird as that sounds. Too many people try to control the moment, so I figured this is as real as it gets. Plus, the Lakers missed the playoffs again, so my night is open.
What do you do for fun?
JESSICA: Laugh at my own jokes, take selfies, get into trouble.
CESAR: I try staying active for the most part - anything to get the blood pumping, like wake skating, surfing, hiking, biking or hiding in the dark to scare the crap out of my friends.
What are you best at?
JESSICA: Literally everything, including being sarcastic.
CESAR: Thumb wars, cooking Mexican food and putting babies to sleep.
What do you suck at?
JESSICA: Not gonna lie, if you put me in a maze, I would probably die because I'm directionally challenged.
CESAR: Popsicles, lollipops and sucking helium out of balloons.
What are you looking for in a date, physically and/or otherwise?
JESSICA: Someone 18-plus - not tryna catch a felony - who doesn't suck at massages; will whisper sweet nothings in my ear; and take long, romantic walks on the beach with me as we gaze into each other's eyes. Please make me laugh. I don't mess with vanilla f***boys. Being able to differentiate between "their," "there" and "they're" is always a plus, and being taller than me would be cool, too.
CESAR: Well, I'd like to meet a girl that can take care of herself. Independent, motivated and some curves wouldn't hurt.
Describe your special brand of sex appeal in five words or less.
JESSICA: Sensual seduction, sultry caramel macchiato heaven. Oops, that was six.
CESAR: Witty, cultured and adventurous.
What do you like least about yourself?
JESSICA: My undeniable charm and good looks.
CESAR: Not being able to stop eating Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten for looks.
JESSICA: I don't believe I fit on that scale. Not saying I'm above or below it; I just don't fit on it.
CESAR: Five. Under promise, over deliver.
Rate yourself on a scale from one to ten for personality.
JESSICA: Solid nine-point-nine.
CESAR: See above.
What's your biggest fear?
JESSICA: Being Kim Kardashian. Just kidding; she's a goddamn genius. I wish I could build an empire off a sex tape. Guess I'm gonna have do it the old-fashion way, aka actually work.
CESAR: It was Goosebumps for a while. Night of the Living Dummy II was a scary read.
What traits could your date exhibit that would be deal-breakers?
JESSICA: Stingy. If you take me to a nice restaurant, chances are I'm ordering the most expensive thing on the menu.
CESAR: Shallowness, smoker, being inconsiderate and sending me a Candy Crush invite.
Fill in the blanks: I want my blind date to be "blank" and "blank."
JESSICA: Carefree and fun.
CESAR: Alive and breathing.
Will the night end with a kiss, something more or something less?
JESSICA: Open for negotiation.
CESAR: Who knows? Maybe we can play truth or dare.
What's the most important thing in the world?
JESSICA: Family and surrounding yourself with people who add value to your life. All about those good vibes.
CESAR: Treating others as you would like to be treated. Just be kind and live life.
Miss B's Coconut Club
3704 Mission Blvd.,
A foursome of toasts to the coast
When their limo arrives at the first bar, Jessica and Cesar get out of the car. They head through the door to grab a seat, and then order drinks that look pretty neat. One's in a coconut; one's got a flower. For apps, it's two kinds of shrimp they devour.
After a while they get back in the car, talking and smiling - all good so far. PB AleHouse is the next place they're going; it's where food and drinks and the ocean are flowing. They order cocktails and sit for a spell, and everything seems to be going quite well.
In half an hour, they're ready for more, so they stroll over to Shore Club, located next door. Like Lady and the Tramp sharing a noodle, they finish a slushy... kit and kaboodle. Based on appearances, this set-up's a winner. The couple seems happy as they head north for dinner.
Next up is George's, overlooking the sea, where the menu's imagined by chef Trey Foshee. California Modern's the bill of fare, served with a backdrop that makes people stare. After a drink at the new Level2, the couple heads down for a meal with a view. As the sun sets over the cool, blue Pacific, we debrief the daters and hope all's terrific.
PacificSD: How's it going so far?
JESSICA: It's going really great, better than I expected.
CESAR: It's going great. I'm a little saucy, so I can't complain.
What were your first impressions?
JESSICA: You know what, I really like that heart/butt tattoo on his arm. It's really cute and caught my attention.
CESAR: Jess had just walked up to the limo and she's pretty foxy, so it was great to see a good-looking girl coming up.
Is this the type of person you'd normally date?
JESSICA: Yes and no. I don't really discriminate; I do both ends of the spectrum. There's, like, business-type, and I like the other type, too. He fits right in the middle, so it's kind of perfect.
CESAR: Based off looks, I could say yes. But usually it's a little more in-depth, so we'll continue on to see how the date goes.
What do you think of the way your date is dressed?
JESSICA: I love it; he's so adorable.
CESAR: Somewhat conservative; I can't complain. She didn't look too flashy, so I like that, and it's a plus in my book.
How was Miss B's Coconut Club?
JESSICA: So good. The food was amazing.
CESAR: Miss B's is great. I've been there before once, and service and food is amazing. Everything was great.
721 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach
What did you eat and drink there?
JESSICA: I love the coconut curry with the mussels. It was bomb.
CESAR: We had a couple of beverages. We had something out of a coconut and something out of a brass pineapple, and a piña colada and some mussels.
How was PB AleHouse?
JESSICA: It was really good, too.
CESAR: We had a good time. The food is always great there.
What did you order?
JESSICA: We had the ceviche; it was really good. I had the strawberry margarita and I loved that the strawberries were muddled in the margarita. That was amazing.
CESAR: We had a couple cocktails and ceviche.
How was PB Shore Club?
JESSICA: I mean, I've been there plenty of times, and it's always a good time.
CESAR: Shore Club was great, awesome view.
What did y'all have?
JESSICA: The Red Bull slushy, but they had it with the new Red Bull, the yellow one, so it was really, really good.
CESAR: We had a Red Bull slushy.
What's the most attractive thing your date has done so far?
JESSICA: When we were in the limo, he started twerking, and it was really cute... because he loved my music.
CESAR: I let her take over the auxiliary cord in the limo, and she had a great playlist of music, so that's very impressive.
What's the least attractive thing your date has done so far?
JESSICA: Probably the same thing.
CESAR: Can't complain, really.
What would your parents say if you brought your date home?
JESSICA: If he started twerking, they'd probably be like, "Oh, god, you're just like Jess - you're a train wreck."
CESAR: They wouldn't say much. They know if I brought someone home that they'd respect my decisions and go with the flow.
Rate your date on a scale from one to ten for looks.
JESSICA: I don't feel like he fits on the scale, like below or above. You can't put a number on that, you know.
CESAR: Ten. She's a good-looking girl.
How about for personality?
JESSICA: Oh, definitely doesn't fit on the scale either.
Do you want to kiss your date now?
JESSICA: Not right now, not this moment. But give me two more shots and maybe.
CESAR: Respectfully, I can't answer that.
Does your date want to kiss you?
JESSICA: Of course, duh.
CESAR: Can't answer that either.
PB Shore Club
4343 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach
The Next Wave
Surf's (and turf's) up at George's
A blind date that features in-limo twerking suggests the matchmaker's system is working. As plate after plate comes from the kitchen, tonight's meal can be said to be coastal and bitchin'. As dessert arrives, the camera crew splits. The next morning, we call to see what we missed.
PacificSD: Describe the limo experience.
JESSICA: Instantly slammed two tequila shots and a beer - boom, common ground.
CESAR: Limo was fun.
How was dinner at George's California Modern?
JESSICA: Food was amazing; dark-lit and vibe-alicious. Always has been one of my favorite restaurants.
CESAR: The ambience was amazing.
What did you eat and drink there?
JESSICA: I had two glasses of a full-body zin paired with a lovely four-course meal; carrot cake for the finish
CESAR: I ordered their "deconstructed" fish tacos, pork belly and vegetable paella. So good.
Where did you go after George's?
JESSICA: We went to Firehouse and continued the shit show. If I wasn't blacked out by dinner, I most definitely was by the end of the night's festivities.
CESAR: We went back to the bars for a couple of drinks.
When did you get home?
JESSICA: Was back home and in bed by 1:30, being the good girl that I am.
CESAR: Not really sure.
Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?
JESSICA: I honestly couldn't tell you. I don't think so. But then again, you never know.
CESAR: Casual goodnight kiss. Kept it respectful. I wouldn't say there was a romantic exchange, but we seemed to vibe. She's a little young for me.
What was the best part of the date?
JESSICA: Spending time with someone with good vibes who shares my enthusiasm about good food and good drinks.
CESAR: I would have to say the dinner at George's was the best. The food and service was top-notch. I also got to hear Jessica talk in Russian to the family next to us.
Will there be a second date?
JESSICA: Maybe baby might just come hither.
CESAR: Not really sure.
What's one thing your date should know before going on another date?
JESSICA: Don't catch feelings. That's when I disappear.
CESAR: Bring tissues - inside joke.
AFTERMATCH: "Vanilla f***boys" aren't Jessica's faves, so how'd Cesar fare on this night by the waves? "Don't catch feelings" is her dating warning. However it ended, we don't envy their morning. The couple connected, let's give them a hand. What a great night they had near the sand. But questions abound as they sometimes do, when proof's not captured by the camera crew. Like how was the smooch? And what kind of kiss? It's hard to say when memory's amiss.
George's California Modern and Level2 at George's
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla