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Learn about San Diego’s greatest attractions and destinations. Find something new to try on the weekend, explore new areas, and taste new flavors in sunny San Diego!

Order Your Holiday Platter Today From Prontos Gourmet Market!

Published by Terri Graham


At Prontos Gourmet Market you can order a sweet treats, mini pastry platter (Covid style) individually wrapped! They also have wonderful Chucuterie platters! Order your platter today!  #dessert #pastries #carlsbadvillage #carlsbadfoodie

2812 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad (760) 434-2644


Shop Great Gifts For Everyone On Your List In Our Holiday Shopping Guide!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Enjoy holiday sales and events at your favorite destination shops, specialty stores, and farmers markets around San Diego County! All are open for in-store (20 percent capacity) or open-air shopping and many offer online stores as well. Read more for Great Gifts For Everyone On Your List here:

Enjoy delicious deli fare and plentiful portions at Milton’s Delicatessen!

Published by Terri Graham



Enjoy delicious deli fare and plentiful portions at Milton’s Delicatessen, a Del Mar gem celebrating its 25th anniversary. The restaurant has a new Outdoor Sport Lounge, where patrons can watch a game while enjoying more than 100 items, including favorites such as the freshly made matzo ball chicken soup, the traditional Cobb salad, and the famous Reuben sandwich on freshly baked rye bread. Open daily. Call (858) 792-2225. Enjoy $5 Off A $25 Order Here

Located in Del Mar

2660 Via De La Valle Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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‘Tis the Season to Sip, Shop & Save at Local Wineries!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Has there ever been a better time to buy and drink wine? For the holidays, local wineries and tasting rooms — from Temecula Valley’s vineyards to San Diego’s urban venues — invite you to shop online, buy gift cards, or enjoy wine club pick-ups and to-go bottle sales, plus retail sales. Read more about discounts and specials at area wineries in our e-blast here!

Hit your stride wearing classic, comfortable and stylish footwear from Birkenstock of San Diego.

Published by Terri Graham



Birkenstock of San Diego Stores has all the top brands when it comes to comfortable footwear! Five area locations sell the iconic German sandal famous for its contoured footbed, deep heel cup and cork base lined in soft suede. The sandals range from the classic Arizona in taupe suede to a large selection of contemporary styles and colors. Always striving to find new, stylishly innovative and comfortable footwear, the stores also carry Merrell, Pikolinos, OluKai, Mephisto, Naot, Keen, Sanita, Arcopedico and Taos brands, as well […]

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 […]

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 […]

Life’s A Fiesta at Colorful Casa de Pico in East County

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego, Inc.

As an East County resident, I was very happy when Casa de Pico moved from Old Town to Grossmont Center in La Mesa several years back. I have been many times to lunch, dinner and happy hour at this colorful and festive Mexican restaurant. I still need to make it to Casa’s Sunday Brunch, which I’m sure is excellent! I was so happy to learn that they decided to offer a coupon for a complimentary fried ice […]

A San Diego Hub for Life and Culture, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is A Unique Waterfront Destination!

Published by Terri Graham





A burgeoning San Diego hub for life and culture, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is a unique waterfront destination with 120 galleries, museums, artists, makers, restaurants, luxury cinemas and a public market.

ARTS DISTRICT is a place to create, connect, learn, shop, dine, explore and buy local art. From artists and dancers to boutique shops, a historic golf course, seasonal holiday ice rink, and event venues, ARTS DISTRICT abounds with entertainment, annual festivals and innovative cultural and culinary experiences.

Located at the former Naval Training Center in Point […]

Satisfy your South-of-the-Border cravings at Marieta’s Restaurants

Published by Terri Graham


Satisfy your South-of-the-Border cravings at Marieta’s, a Mexican favorite that customers have loved for generations. The family-owned restaurant is known for its authentic cuisine prepared with quality ingredients, sauces and dressings. Marieta’s has three East County locations (La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee), all offering tacos, burritos and tostadas as well as many delicious combination platters (served with rice and beans). Popular menu choices include sizzling fajitas (beef, chicken, shrimp and combination), Enchilada Suizas (with homemade green sauce and sour cream) and Pollo Sonora. Don’t miss their lunch […]

Wheel Fun Rentals Coupon – $5 Off Any Bike Rental!

Published by Terri Graham


Wheel Fun Rentals Coupon – $5 Off Any Bike Rental!

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. They’ve […]

Ring in the Season With Our Holiday Shopping, Dining and Activity Guide!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

The holidays look a little different his year, but San Diego’s shops and restaurants are ready to make the season bright! Read our Holiday Shopping, Dining and Activity Guide for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials, gift ideas, restaurants serving hearty meals and tasty treats, and festive events throughout the season!

Enjoy Exceptional Wine and Cuisine at Callaway Vineyard & Winery!

Published by Terri Graham



Experience exceptional wine and farm-to-table cuisine paired with stunning views at Callaway Vineyard & Winery, offering a premium wine selection and lovely tasting room. Steps away, dine at Meritage while gazing upon expansive vineyards. Walking tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Callaway’s tasting room in San Diego’s Gaslamp District is temporarily closed. When it reopens, Enjoy a Two-For-One Wine Tasting here.

The Only 100% Pure, Estate-Grown Olive Oil From Temecula Valley Wine Country is at Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Published by Terri Graham

Cougar winery olive oil


By Barbara Pape
PassPort to San Diego

Owners Rick and Jennifer Buffington are at it again this year with a new harvest of their 100% estate grown, extra virgin, Manzanillo Olive Oil.

“A little spicy on the palate with a nice peppery finish” is how most would describe this 100% pure oil that is grown, milled, filtered, and bottled all in-house at their charming, family-owned winery on the De Portola Wine Trail in Temecula, Calif.

Each year’s olive harvest varies in quantity, just like the grapes they create […]

Enjoy the British Tradition of Afternoon Tea at The Grand Tea Room in Escondido

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Around the world, Afternoon Tea bespeaks an honored tradition of elegance and refinement. Fine china, lacy linens and glove- and hat-adorned patrons add grace and polish to the occasion, whether it’s for a light meal or for a more formal affair, such as a shower, graduation or birthday.

Fortunately for San Diegans, the same experience can be enjoyed at The Grand Tea Room, a full-service tea room and gift shop in downtown Escondido. The venue, which also offers patio dining, is […]

Sea Hive Marketplace a Home Designer Destination and more!

Published by Terri Graham


Treat yourself and tour Sea Hive Marketplace, bringing childhood memories back to life. Showcasing 13,000 square feet of everything from vintage Levi’s to vinyl records, to Mid-century Modern furnishings and exquisite estate jewelry, this home designer destination is a truly a sight to behold. Shop over 100 dealer spaces under one roof. Also ask about their Second Saturday outdoor market. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Sea Hive Marketplace


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 […]