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Unearth A World Of Adventure At The San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park!

Published by Terri Graham

Museum of Man


Unearth a world of adventure at the San Diego Museum of Man, the impressive cultural anthropology museum in beautiful Balboa Park. Aside from its numerous artifacts and immersive exhibits, the museum offers tours of the California Tower, providing stunning views from 198 feet above San Diego. Visitors can trace the history of human evolution, explore the world of Ancient Egypt, learn about legendary monsters, delve into assumptions about race and much more. The museum’s newest exhibit, “Living With Animals,” takes a closer look at how […]

Enjoy Sweet San Diego Offerings in Our February Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Enjoy sweet  San Diego offerings in our February newsletter! Toast to Valentine’s Day dinners at area wineries and restaurants, tour museums for half price, catch a play, watch the Super Bowl at exciting venues and much more! Check it all out here:

Sunny Side Always Up at the Broken Yolk Cafe

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Broken Yolk 35 Years Logo


With apologies to the chicken, the egg comes first at the Broken Yolk Cafe. After all, the longtime restaurant’s slogan, “We’ve Got Huevos!” celebrates the egg in all its morning glory.

But eating is believing, so a quick bite at the Gaslamp Quarter location in downtown San Diego recently confirmed my thoughts about the establishment’s “eggs-cellent” culinary reputation. Needless to say (and this will be the final “eggs” pun), I was “eggs-static” when I saw the menu:

Poached, fried, scrambled, you name it, the Broken […]

Cougar Vineyard & Winery Shines at Annual Wine Judging Event!

Published by Terri Graham


By Barbara Pape
PassPort to San Diego

In a rare act of sobering (pun intended) courage, Rick and Jennifer Buffington allowed five of their favorite varietals to not only be compared side-by-side in a blind tasting with their Italian counterparts, but to also be judged by seasoned experts in the wine industry as well as 50 loyal wine club members, customers, friends, family and the press. The 3rd Annual “Cougar Meets Italy” event was held Thursday, January 18 at their boutique winery in Temecula, CA. Confidence […]

Journey Through Time As You Visit Four Museums In One Place!

Published by Terri Graham


Journey through time as you visit four museums in one place: Natural History features specimens from throughout the world. Archaeology is filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from North, Central and South America. The artifacts in Anthropology represent Native American life after 1492. The Art Wing has contemporary western art and a Chinese collection, including a jade burial suit from the Han Dynasty. Stroll through the botanical gardens, containing exotic palm trees on one side and desert plants on the other.

Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyamaca College […]

Visit Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden

Published by Terri Graham


Find peace and enjoy meditation among the ornamental plants, colorful Koi pond and beautiful Bonsai display in this expansive Balboa Park garden. Considered to be a living work of art in Japanese culture, the garden also features a meandering path flanked by artfully arranged rocks, shrubbery and trees.  The garden is a popular venue for weddings and corporate events and  has both indoor and outdoor facilities. Docent tours are free with paid admission, and special exhibits are also a must see while visiting!

2215 Pan American […]

Fleet Science Center Has Smart Fun For Everyone!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Experiment with 100+ interactive, “do-touch” exhibits and check out fun traveling exhibitions in this inspiring science museum and planetarium in Balboa Park. Inside the Fleet Science Center you can construct marble roller coasters in the Tinkering Studio, interact with a swirling tornado, learn how to generate electricity and explore other fun science concepts!

The Fleet is also home to the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater, showing stunning nature and science films in an immersive, wrap-around screen experience.

Without leaving your seat, you’ll feel as if you’re exploring […]

Pay homage to classic motorcycles and collectable autos at the San Diego Automotive Museum

Published by Terri Graham




Pay homage to classic motorcycles and collectable autos of the 20th century at this world-class museum in Balboa Park. Check out “Show Stoppers,” a permanent car and motorcycle collection including a stunning group of Indian Motorcycles, an extremely rare 1966 Bizzarrini P538 and of course the beautiful three-wheeled 1932 Morgan Super Sport just to name a few. Other exhibits include presentations on actor and automobile and motorcycle racer Steve McQueen, and Louis Mattar’s Fabulous Car.

San Diego Automotive Museum

2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego   • […]

See Art in Action at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

PassPort to San Diego

Color your world at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, where 37 working-artist studios open their doors to the public. The courtyard, with its playfully painted tiles, is a kaleidoscope, drawing visitors in. Art lovers are invited to watch glassblowers and potters, painters and sculptors, jewelry-makers and other craftspeople create of one-of-a-kind pieces, many for sale. The studio artists often share stories, teach, and give recommendations to budding artists interested in similar work. Events include the Potters’ Guild and Art Glass […]

Veterans Museum at Balboa Park Displays Permanent, Rotating and Visiting Exhibits of Patriotic, Military and War-Related Memorabilia

Published by Terri Graham




Veterans Museum at Balboa Park displays permanent, rotating and visiting exhibits of patriotic, military and war-related memorabilia, artifacts, photographs and Memorial Garden. The center also serves as a host to programs that perpetuate the memories of deceased veterans or members of the United States Armed Forces and to comfort their survivors.

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, an important resource to the San Diego community, offers these events in January:

• Every fourth Saturday of the month is a memorial service for all veterans who have passed […]

Shop, Dine By the Bay at Seaport Village and The Headquarters

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Nestled along the San Diego Bay with its coastal breezes and views of the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village is a stunning 14-acre waterfront shopping and dining complex in downtown San Diego. It offers eclectic shops, fine and casual dining and family-friendly entertainment.

Finding a favorite flag, trying on eco-friendly clothing or appreciating exclusive art are just a few of the offerings at the 50-plus diverse shops dotting the village. Visitors can also grab a bite at more than a dozen eateries […]

Dive into the world of sharks, seahorses and living coral reefs at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Published by Terri Graham


Perched on a bluff above the Pacific and featuring more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates, the aquarium hosts daily animal-feeding and hands-on educational visitor activities. Birch Aquarium also offers seasonal outdoor excursions such as whale watching, grunion runs, pier walks and more. Other programs include monthly SEA Days (Science, Exploration & Adventure!) and Summer Learning Adventure Camps. Also not be to be missed are living tide-pool displays allowing visitors to touch sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and other other unique animals local […]

Enjoy Healthy, Fresh Fare at Lanna Thai in Pacific Beach!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

Whenever I am in Pacific Beach around lunch time, I make it a point to stop by one of my favorite Thai restaurants: Lanna Thai. It’s a quaint restaurant tucked into a small strip mall on Mission Bay Drive.

Inside, easy listening music filters through the dining room and intricate wood carvings from Thailand adorn the walls. The warm waitstaff take eat-in and to-go orders of entrees like Pad Thai, Pa-nang Curry with rice and crispy tropical duck with mango. Other […]

Whiten Your Teeth or Give the Gift of Braces This Holiday Season at Coast Dental!

Published by Cathy Hendrie


Ask about teeth-whitening treatments for the holidays and the gift of braces at Coast Dental in Oceanside. Dr. Thomas Maddocks at Coast Dental is a dentist who you can trust dentist and who we recommend. Coast Dental does extensive orthodontics, for military, adults and children, including Invisalign. The staff is fluent in Spanish, Russian and Tagalog. Open Monday through Thursday and Saturdays so that you can fit your appointments in your busy schedule. Make your winter cleaning appointment today, you’ll be glad you did. They […]

Delight in Homemade Dishes at Hob Nob Hill Restaurant! A San Diego Favorite Since 1944!

Published by Terri Graham

philly cheesesteak Hob Nob Hill Restaurant



Locals rave about the homemade dishes at this San Diego landmark, serving classic American cuisine since 1944. Coffee cake like your grandmother made, omelets and fresh-baked pastries, bacon waffles, fresh-roasted turkey dinner, potato skins, patty melts, slow-roasted prime rib served Thursday-Sunday, chicken and dumplings and more keep San Diegans coming back. Showcased on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for melt-in-your-mouth corned beef, Hob Nob truly pleases the palate. Enjoy breakfast served all day, as well as bottomless mimosas (limit of six) and daily […]

Oceanside Locals Love San Luis Rey Bakery & Restaurant

Published by Terri Graham



This family-owned business features its famous Napoleons, fresh fruit tarts, eclairs, cupcakes, cookies and more. An Oceanside mainstay for 45 years, the historic bakery offers a wide array of bakery items such as breads, rolls and pastries and is well known for its professionally decorated cakes for special events like weddings, quinceañeras and birthday parties. The restaurant also serves authentic Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Find this delicious place near Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Open daily.


490 North El Camino Real, Oceanside […]

Wheel Fun Rentals Coupon – Rent One Item, Get 2nd Hour 50% Off!

Published by Terri Graham

wheel fun bike rental san diego coupons

Wheel Fun Rentals Coupon – Rent One, Get 2nd Hour 50% Off!

Click here to download coupon and find the location nearest to you!

Wheel Fun Rentals offers everything from traditional cruiser bikes and specialty cycles to carriage-like Surreys and tandem cycles. You won’t find a wider variety of recreation rental equipment anywhere!  Take the entire family for a spin on a four-wheel Surrey cycle, cruise through your favorite park on a cruiser bike, or enjoy a waterfront adventure on one of our many types of specialty cycles. […]