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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 […]

Enjoy a festive and flavorful Mexican dinner in San Diego at Casa Sol y Mar, the newest culinary venture by local icon Diane Powers.

Published by Terri Graham


Enjoy a festive and flavorful Mexican dinner in San Diego at Casa Sol y Mar, the newest culinary venture by local icon Diane Powers. Perched near the southwest corner of Del Mar Highlands Town Center, the colorful venue is artfully painted in gold, crimson and orange jewel tones, reflecting the warmth and romance of Mexico. Homemade dressings, salsas and sauces are prepared daily, along with hot corn and flour tortillas made by hand, right in view of delighted patrons. Choose from fresh salads, seafood, enchiladas, […]

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 […]

Experience High-Flying Fun With San Diego Parasailing Adventures!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

It was the perfect San Diego October afternoon to go parasailing! Captain Sam and his assistant Jeff led the boat of 11 passengers, two of whom were 9-year old boys, who had the time of their lives! We left out of Mission Bay and made our way to the ocean for our parasail trip which ran between the jetty to the PB Pier. Once equipped in our parasail gear, which included life jackets, we paired off for our tandem flights.

With approximately […]

See San Diego’s Sights With Segway of Pacific Beach

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

It was a very warm Friday afternoon in October when my friend and I rented a couple of Segways for an hour from Segway of Pacific Beach.

We didn’t go on a tour, but were happy to see they have a trio of guided adventures: On the Mission Bay Segway Tour, guests glide along the ocean boardwalk. On the Gaslamp Segway Tour, they ride around downtown and see Petco Park, the USS Midway and the Star of India, among other stops. […]

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 […]

Take note of this dynamic museum, a tribute to the love of all things music!

Published by Terri Graham

Located behind the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, this hidden gem is home to hundreds of vintage instruments and specialty exhibits held throughout the year. Live concerts at the museum feature famous international and national musicians as well as local talent. Visitors can also pick up and play instruments like keyboards, drums and guitars in a vibrant hands-on area. A walk through the museum’s chronologically organized, 100-year history of music takes center stage. Gallery tours can be self-guided or for groups, led by docents. Either way, […]

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 your […]

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 […]

‘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. 

Koi Zen Cellars
12225 World Trade […]

A casual, surprisingly affordable wine bar with a collection of over 1,500 Wines in Miramar.

Published by Terri Graham


A casual, surprisingly affordable wine bar welcomes you to taste many of their wonderful wines, purchase your own bottle to share (with no corkage fee), or just to hang out and enjoy a glass with other wine lovers. Providing the best service, pricing and selection in the industry, this family-owned business offers their entire collection of 1,500+ wines both online and in the store. Specializing in premium wines, in all price ranges, from around the world.

Vintage Wines,  Ltd.
6904 Miramar Rd., San Diego • (858)549-2112

Dare to Enjoy Our October Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Dare to enjoy our October newsletter filled with spooky fun and tasty treats! The hauntingly good fun includes Halloween happenings, food-sampling events, Oktoberfest celebrations and much more!

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 […]