RVSD May 2014 : Page 36

[now in s.d. ] writers’ block paris match By Amy Finley Photography by Tim Melideo In her critically acclaimed new memoir, We’ ll Always Have Paris (Sourcebooks), novelist Jennifer Coburn escapes to Europe again and again with her young daughter, Katie, in tow. We talked to the S.D. writer about surreal road trips, her almost-famous father and why all aspiring writers should take teatime at the Del. Travel in your blood? I grew up Coburn’s memoir, We’ll always Have Paris, is a in New York City, about a mile european vacation in from the U.N., a lot like being a literary form. world traveler in reverse. Hitting the road? My father, the musician Shelly Coburn, died of cancer when I was 19. I wanted Katie to have amazing memories with me, just in case. Musical influence? My wildest fantasy is that a producer will read my memoir and make my father a posthumous rock star. Game plan? Everything—maps, passports, schedules—goes in a red leather binder. This helps me create the false sense of having our trip under control. Delusion can be very comforting. On the couch? Writing a memoir is better than five years of psychotherapy. So is...? I used to drive to the Hotel del Coronado for a cup of tea every time I received a rejection letter from an agent. Sitting in such a beautiful setting, sipping from those dainty little cups, made me feel like success was right around the corner. Global S.D.? I head to 99 Ranch in Kearny Mesa or drive to Kit Carson Park in Escondido to see Niki de Saint Phalle’s mosaics. Spanish reign? My favorite! Paella’s always on the menu. Katie and I visited all three points on the Dalí triangle: Figueres, Port Lligat and Pubol. Still siesta? Whenever possible, which is, sadly, not often enough. Why Paris? You’re kidding, right? JENNIfEr CoBurN STyLINg By TED BAkEr, fASHIoN vALLEy book mark Jennifer Cafe Culture author Jennifer Coburn outside of her frequent haunt, south Park’s Cafe Madeleine 4 number crunch The number of legs possessed by the newest pampered guests of the famed Hotel del Coronado (hoteldel.com). Pack the squeeze toys! S.D.’s favorite landmark hotel has gone pet-friendly. A hit with humans who flock to the island resort for a little R&R on one of the country’s most fabled beaches, the Del’s now rolling out the red carpet for the furry and fluffy set. No more leaving Fido behind; instead, it’s tartan floor beds in the guestrooms, scratching posts on demand and a room service menu that caters to the original raw foodies. Don’t miss Sunday’s Yappy Hour on the Sun Deck, boasting Evian and kibble for the collared crowd and pet-inspired libations like Greyhounds and Salty Dogs for their grown-ups. Now you’re barking up the right tree! – AF 36 RIVIER A m Ay 2014

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