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McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks in the Gaslamp Quarter serves fresh seafood and aged steaks, poultry, pastas and more!

Published by Terri Graham


McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks restaurants are noted nationwide for dishes prepared with local ingredients and menus that change twice daily. Satisfy your tastebuds with dishes like sizzling Prime Bone-In Ribeye Steak or pan-seared Chilean Seabass, and fresh (shipped overnight) Hawaiian Bigeye Ahi Tuna from the Chef’s Corner. Stop in for breakfast (San Diego location only), a classic business lunch, an intimate dining experience, a celebration, or take in the lively bar atmosphere and nosh on Baja Fish Tacos, burgers and other bites […]

Thistle is THE place to go for dreamy any-day and wedding bouquets, spectacular succulents and gifts for the home.

Published by Terri Graham


The cozy 1920s cottage is THE place to go for dreamy any-day and wedding bouquets, spectacular succulents and gifts for the home.

Led by owner Melanie Freed, the THISTLE team loves helping customers choose the best blooms for their wedding color palettes, along with centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres and other ceremony and reception flowers. Whether for a special occasion or for brightening up a home, talented designers take ordinary groupings of flowers and make them extraordinary with a pop of color, ribbon or statement-making greenery.

The shop is […]

Enjoy the Ride With North County Transit District!

Published by Terri Graham

North County Transit District Coaster

Sit back and enjoy the ride with North County Transit District! NCTD’s family of services includes the scenic north-south COASTER commuter train, east-west SPRINTER hybrid rail, and BREEZE bus network. In addition to transporting more than 11 million passengers throughout North San Diego annually, the COASTER and SPRINTER offer a great way to enjoy some inexpensive sightseeing. The COASTER’S double-decker cars traverse the beautiful coastline between downtown San Diego and Oceanside all day long with stops near beaches, restaurants, and boutiques. The modern and sleek […]

Patriotism, Honor and Service Celebrated at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Learn about honor, courage, sacrifice and commitment by veterans to our nation in this important living history museum in Balboa Park. Housed in a former Navy Chapel, the hilltop venue honors the U.S. Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine through impressive exhibits, memorabilia, artwork and documents.

See real U.S. Army Calvary boots from World War I. Marvel at a mural signed by local World War I and World War II vets. Explore at a life-size recreation of a bunker in the Korean […]

Enjoy A Day Of Whale Watching and Nature With Hornblower Cruises & Events

Published by Terri Graham

Hornblower Cruises San Diego


Written by: Barbara Pape

Although the air was crisp, the sun was shining and sky filled with fluffy white clouds contrasting the bright blue as we boarded the Hornblower. This beautiful ship has three levels, a snack bar, rooftop deck and windows all around for great views from every seat. There were over 200 hopeful whale watchers on board, but it never felt at all crowded as entire families, bachelorette parties, locals and tourists from around the world were all gathered sharing one mission – to […]

Indulge in an entertaining and delicious dining experience as Master chefs dazzle guests at Shogun Restaurant in Kearny Mesa.

Published by Terri Graham

Shogun Restaurant



Written by: Cynthia Lamont & Cathy Hendrie

Master chefs dazzle guests with their samurai-like swordsmanship as they skillfully slice, dice, juggle, and entertain, while preparing entrées on a sizzling Teppanyaki grill.

Start with an assortment of appetizers, like lightly battered Shrimp Tempura, Pot Stickers, Spicy Edamame and much more. Savor sublime sushi rolls, prepared with everything from shrimp to tuna to crab, salmon and yellowtail. Or feast on Shogun’s signature entrées while taking in a tableside Teppanyaki cooking show. Personable chefs display amazing knife skills, flipping shrimp […]

Spring Into Our March Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Spring into our March newsletter, filled with St. Patrick’s Day fun, festivals, museum exhibits, sight-seeing, wine-tasting, dining and more! https://buff.ly/2H9p8lg 

Explore wonderful shops, restaurants and services at Village Faire in Carlsbad! There’s something for everyone!

Published by Terri Graham



The Village Faire Shopping Center in historic Carlsbad Village sits about a block from the ocean. Set in New England-style architecture surrounding a fountain courtyard, the center’s boutique shops include beauty, fitness, a day spa, clothing, gifts, jewelry and imports. Dining covers a wide range of cuisine, including Mediterranean, Italian, Southwestern, Californian and Japanese, not to mention burgers, gelato, smoothies and coffee. Other establishments include a surfboard shop, art galleries, real estate services and a UPS Store. A great way to spend a day exploring all […]

Make your dream home a reality with Catrina Russell, Coldwell Banker’s top real estate agent in San Diego!

Published by Terri Graham




Make your dream home a reality with Catrina Russell, Coldwell Banker’s top real estate agent in San Diego, Riverside and Temecula Valley. A longtime resident of the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area, Catrina was also again named 2016 Customer Service Business of the Year by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. Dedicated and professional, Catrina consistently exceeds her clients’ expectations. For a free, no-obligation home evaluation, or if you are considering selling or purchasing a home, contact Catrina@CatrinaRussell.com or visit CatrinaRussell.com

Catrina Russell /Coldwell Banker Residential
1851 Cable St., […]

Savor stupendous soups and top-of-the-line sandwiches, salads  and pastas — all made from scratch — at Prontos Gourmet Market

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Written By: Cathy Hendrie

Savor stupendous soups and top-of-the-line sandwiches, salads  and pastas — all made from scratch — at Prontos Gourmet Market, THE place to enjoy breakfast and lunch, and pick up dinners-to-go in Carlsbad Village. Prontos features an amazing array of gourmet foods and specialty items like Angus Beef Osso Bucco, Greek Stuffed Chicken, Wild Atlantic Salmon and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese. Not to be missed is the large pastry case filled with cobblers, cakes, bars and other homemade treats. Dine indoors or out […]

Mormon Battalion Historic Site a San Diego Treasure

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Mormon Battalion

Mormon Battalion Historic Site

By Carolyn Howard
Passport to San Diego

The free guided tour inside the San Diego Mormon Battalion Historical Site in Old Town is fun, interactive and impressive!

The tour guides are all friendly and extremely animated, really getting the crowd involved. There are great special effects, like interactive hologram photos which spoke to us. Learning about the journey that the Latter-day Saint families took from Iowa in 1846, and about their 2,000-mile march west to California, was so interesting. The exhibits displayed historical treasures […]

Iconic Cars Are The Stars In New Exhibit At San Diego Automotive Museum

Published by Cathy Hendrie

1957 Peacock Blue Ford Thunderbird

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Take a trip down memory lane while touring the San Diego Automotive Museum’s new world-class exhibit, “ICONS: Cars That Drove Our Imagination.”

The dazzling display filling the museum’s expansive showroom features classic and famous cars and motorcycles, wowing visitors with their sleek, elegant and innovative designs. Above all, though, the show is undeniably about reverence and nostalgia, evoking entertaining and era-defining stories behind each iconic model.

All are showstoppers and hail from around the globe. Strolling about, enthusiasts […]

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 […]

Explore Charming Shops and Restaurants While Enjoying Spectacular Skyline Views of Downtown San Diego at the Coronado Ferry Landing!

Published by Terri Graham


Explore charming shops and enjoy spectacular skyline views of downtown San Diego at the Coronado Ferry Landing! The seaside shopping village features beautiful boutiques carrying everything from designer eyewear, men’s and women’s fashions and footwear to memorabilia and seashells all surrounded by inviting seating areas to relax in the sun. The plaza is also home to fine restaurants and casual eateries, grassy lawns for picnics and even a small beach area to get your toes wet. There is live music each weekend and a Tuesday […]

Chill Out at Lighthouse Ice Cream in Ocean Beach!

Published by Terri Graham



Make your ice cream dreams come true at the coolest shop in Ocean Beach! Located a half-block from the ocean, Lighthouse Ice Cream not only features 39 flavors of the sweet treat (both traditional hard scoop and soft serve), but also offers yummy shakes, malts, sundaes and flurries. In addition to plain, sugar and waffle cones, Lighthouse offers specialty cookie cones and crispy pretzel cones. Not to be missed is the store’s showstopper, the Hot Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich, especially with bacon! With […]

‘Uncork, Sip Back and Relax’ at Koi Zen Cellars!

Published by Terri Graham

Koi Zen Winery in Poway

Gather with friends and neighbors at this pretty, polished winery tucked away in a Carmel Mountain Ranch business park. At Koi Zen Cellars, high-quality grapes sourced from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi and Lake County are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged onsite. Sip and savor Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec and more by the glass, flight or bottle along with live music on weekends. Also toast to the venue’s cool painting and craft classes, community fundraisers and popular wine clubs. koizencellars.com 

Koi Zen Cellars
12225 World Trade […]

Please your palate at The Cork & Craft, at Abnormal Company, and San Diego’s only restaurant, winery and brewery in one!

Published by Terri Graham

The Cork & Craft Winery, Brewery, Restaurant



Please your palate at The Cork & Craft, at Abnormal Company, and San Diego’s only restaurant, winery and brewery in one. The Rancho Bernardo venue boasts 41 taps and an extensive wine list, inviting guests to sample some of the best beer and wine from around the world. Food is focused on serving refined plates in a casual environment. Celebrating a special event? The Cork & Craft offers options from small and intimate dinners in its library, social receptions with drinks and appetizers on a […]

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 […]