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Enjoy Our Spooktacular October Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

October is filled with so much hauntingly good fun, it’s scary! Dare to enjoy ‘spirited’ events, tasty activities, Fleet Week San Diego, Oktoberfest, educational opportunities, winery events and many more things to do, all in our newsletter here:

Discover the Dinosaur Gallery — A Gem of a Shop in Downtown Del Mar

Published by Terri Graham

Find unique gifts, including at the Dinosaur Gallery in Del Mar. The store carries a large inventory of semi-precious minerals and crystals, jewelry, exquisite artist collectibles, meteorites, corals and shells, a 2.7 billion-year-old stromatolite found in Australia and much more. Stop in anytime from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (closed Wednesdays) and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Dinosaur Gallery is right next to the Del Mar Library. Call (858) 794-4855 for more information.

Dinosaur Gallery • 1327 Camino del Mar • Del Mar, CA 92014

Find One-Of-A-Kind Gifts and House collections and fashion at Bazaar Del Mundo Shops in Old Town!

Published by Terri Graham


Fabulous treasures await you at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops, voted “Best Place to Buy a Gift In San Diego” by the readers of CityBeat magazine. Located at the north entrance of historic Old Town, the charming village marketplace is overflowing with carefully selected fashions, accessories, folk art, colorful home accessories, artisan jewelry and crafts, handwoven textiles, and so much more. Many are one-of-a-kind collectibles. The Shops also feature an intimate courtyard where guests can read or relax by a sparkling fountain. Steps away, shoppers […]

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Mexico at this favorite local restaurant, Casa de Bandini!

Published by Terri Graham


Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Mexico at Casa de Bandini, set at the Forum Shopping Center in Carlsbad. Filled with the fun and flair of the original Casa de Bandini in Old Town, proprietor Diane Powers’ second-generation North County venue welcomes guests onto its lush patio or inside its colorful dining room filled with traditional Mexican folk art. Start with a specialty margarita or try a signature tequila from the Cantina. Made with an emphasis on flavor and freshness, enjoy award-winning seafood dishes, […]

Experience sun-splashed days and chile-inspired nights at Casa Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Old Town!

Published by Terri Graham


Experience sun-splashed days and chile-inspired nights at Casa Guadalajara, Diane Powers’ popular Old Town restaurant known for festive décor, strolling mariachis, breezy outdoor dining and famous birdbath margaritas. Dishes reflecting the vibrant flavors of Mexico include sizzling fajitas, tantalizing handmade tortillas and award-winning seafood selections made fresh to order. Beautiful dining rooms and a patio reminiscent of a gracious Mexican hacienda await you. Old wooden gates, sparkling fountains, colorful Talavera tiles, and al fresco dining under a grand centuries-old California pepper tree create a truly […]

Discover Fiesta de Reyes Restaurants and Shops in Historic Old Town!

Published by Terri Graham


The pretty plaza boasts 19 specialty shops, ranging from one-of-kind art and jewelry pieces to garden decor, ethnic-inspired clothing, Mexican pottery and an amazing array of Dia de Los Muertos merchandise. Diverse succulents and native trees adorn the beautifully landscaped courtyard, which is also dotted with Mexican folk artwork and informative signage noting San Diego’s history as a cosmopolitan frontier. In the courtyard’s center, colorful Folklorico dancers and mariachi bands take center stage, performing daily for visitors who sometimes come just for the entertainment. The […]

Historic Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town Offers Victorian Charm and Award-Winning Dining!

Published by Terri Graham


Stroll through and stay at Fiesta de Reyes’ sister property, the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, steps from Fiesta de Reyes itself. This restored bed-and-breakfast features Victorian-style bedrooms and baths, private dining rooms (one containing a black-and-white portrait of Juan Bandini, who built the structure as his grand mansion in the 1800s) and a historic saloon, open periodically and offering tasty cocktails. The venue also invites patrons to dine outdoors on the Orchard Terrace or indoors in the more formal Grand Sala while enjoying Mexican […]

Impressive Californio Mex fare and extensive tequila list at Barra Barra Saloon in Old Town!

Published by Terri Graham


Behold Old Town San Diego State Historic Park from the patio at Barra Barra Saloon, the first Fiesta de Reyes venue welcoming guests to Old Town, California’s birthplace. As impressive as the Californio Mex fare and extensive tequila list is the period saloon’s furniture and décor, providing the ambiance of a ranch home in Old Mexico. Admire the authentic reproduction collectibles and Mexican artifacts while enjoying delicious seafoods, mouthwatering Mexican barbecue, Indian flatbread tacos and of course, the saloon’s famous frosty margaritas. Families are encouraged […]

Raise a glass to good company, delicious drinks, and great Mexican cuisine at Casa de Reyes in Old Town.

Published by Terri Graham


Raise a glass to good company, delicious drinks, and great Mexican cuisine at Casa de Reyes, situated in the back of the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard. Enjoy the lush garden setting, fire pits and a fiesta with lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Daily entertainment ranges from energetic mariachis to historical plays to traditional folklorico dancing. The restaurant serves everything imaginable under the Mexican sun, from burritos, tostadas and tacos to enchiladas, carnitas and tamales. More than just a restaurant, Casa de Reyes is an authentic […]

MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers and Sunset Markets The Place to Be Thursdays All Year!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

PassPort to San Diego

For free, family fun and fabulous fare, head to MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmer’s Market on Thursdays mornings and Mainstreet’s Sunset Market on Thursday evenings. This dynamic duo of tasty and entertaining events attract thousands of Oceanside residents and visitors each week.

At the morning farmers market, stock up on fresh fruit, bread and flowers, buy handmade goods, jewelry, soaps, lotions, art, as well as artisan-baked goods, organic dips and sauces. Enjoy the ocean breezes while strolling and sampling all the offerings at this hometown […]

Belmont Park Coupon for $5 Off Unlimited Ride Wristband

Published by Terri Graham

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Belmont Park is an iconic amusement center that is located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach. The amusement center dates back to 1925, where visitors still ride the Giant Dipper, an original wooden roller coaster, which sits majestically along the ocean and boardwalk of Mission Beach.  The park offers free parking and free park admission and is loaded with concession stands to fine dining eateries, amusement rides, arcade, laser tag, zip line and the FlowRider®,  flow boarding fun for beginners and professionals alike.

Belmont Park is the optimal oceanfront destination for event […]

Palomar College is celebrating more than 70 years of providing higher education to hundreds of thousands of students.

Published by Terri Graham

Palomar College is celebrating more than 70 years of providing higher education to hundreds of thousands of students. The comprehensive community college offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs, and has classes offered in a variety of formats, including traditional, online and Fast Track. Palomar offers a complete range of student services including counseling, scholarships, veterans services, financial aid, and support for students who are the first in their families to attend college. In addition to the the San Marcos location, classes […]

Toast to September and Fun Things to Do!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Raise a glass to wine harvest fun, the annual Festival of Sail on the Embarcadero, museum exhibits, theatrical performances, area dining and more in our September newsletter! Check it all out here!



Tide Pools the Star at Cabrillo National Monument Foundation’s First ‘Sunset Social’

Published by Terri Graham

So there I stood, at the southwest tip of the United States, socializing with new friends as we learned about sea creatures inhabiting the tide pools before us. Snails, urchins, abalone, crabs and many species of fish fascinated us as we explored their fragile world. This terrific tidal ecology show was then capped by a golden sunset over the Pacific.

During my visit, I found myself reflecting upon this striking setting. Rich in history and natural beauty, the region’s only national park […]

Be treated like family in the Greek tradition at Athens Market Taverna in Downtown San Diego!

Published by Terri Graham

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Athens Market Taverna In Downtown San Diego

Be treated like family in the Greek tradition at this San Diego institution, where good food and good company are savored, and dining is a relaxed, entertaining event. The fresh, home-cooked and healthy Mediterranean menu is bursting with the flavors of Greece and can be paired with authentic Greek wines or traditional ouzo. This beautiful restaurant, with its elegant décor, is the perfect event venue. Host a plated dinner in the private banquet room or mix and mingle with […]

Spice up your lunch or dinner plans and head to Himalayan Cuisine, serving fresh and healthy Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan dishes in La Mesa.

Published by Terri Graham

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Spice up your lunch or dinner plans and head to Himalayan Cuisine, serving fresh and healthy Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan dishes in La Mesa. Open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, the restaurant impresses patrons with its authentic offerings, such as Himalayan Lentil Soup, Biryani (mixed rice) and Momo (steamed dumpling) selections, Vegetarian Takari, Chicken, Lamb and Tandoori dishes and the popular Garlic Cilantro Naan Bread. The popular lunch special features a choice of two entrees, rice, lentils, soup and naan for only $8.95. Get $10 […]

San Diego’s Best Shopping is at Kobey’s Swap Meet! It’s not just shopping it’s an adventure! Get $1 Off Shopper’s Admission Coupon!

Published by Terri Graham


Discover a bargain hunter’s paradise and find unique treasures at Kobey’s Swap Meet, open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday! At Kobey’s, you never know what you’ll find and every weekend is a new adventure. Shop for fresh fruit, flowers, toys, antiques and collectibles and so much more. Space fees for vendors are $20/Fridays and $40/Saturdays and Sundays. Kobey’s Swap Meet at the Sports Arena is San Diego’s biggest outdoor market, drawing close to 25,000 shoppers and 1,000 sellers weekly. Admission is […]

Maritime Museum of San Diego – Get $2 Off Admission Coupon

Published by Terri Graham

Maritime Museum Star of India

Be sure to use the Maritime Museum of San Diego discount coupon for $2 Off Admission. 

Click Here To Download Coupon 

Walk along downtown San Diego’s waterfront, and you’ll see one of the city’s most treasured attractions — the floating Maritime Museum of San Diego, anchored in the bay. The museum is housed in an iconic collection of ships, with the magnificent Star of India, an 1863 iron bark, as the main draw.

The museum’s collection includes the steam ferryboat Berkeley, a B-39 Soviet submarine, an American research […]

Meet Amazing Wildlife at Living Coast Discovery Center!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Come face-to-face with with moray eels, an American bald eagle, sea turtles and many more fascinating animal residents at The Living Coast Discovery Center, just six miles south of downtown San Diego.

The center’s “living, breathing, flapping, buzzing, and splashing home” sits on the 316-acre San Diego National Wildlife Refuge on Sweetwater Marsh, the ideal location for exploration of the region’s most memorable wildlife in their native habitats.

Get close to rays as an interactive touch pool puts the aquatic creatures beneath […]

Enjoy Smokin’ Hot Food at Kansas City Barbeque!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

To commemorate the 31st anniversary of the classic movie “Top Gun,” why not stop by Kansas City Barbeque for some delicious food and catch a Kansas City Chiefs game? Coming up, the University of Kansas basketball games will also be shown. The restaurant and bar area are covered in Top Gun memorabilia, perfect for a photo opportunity. For $20, you can purchase a Top Gun Challenge Coin celebrating the 30th anniversary release of the 1986 Tom Cruise film.

Because everything on the […]