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Enjoy A Tasty Texan Meal Or Cater Your Next Event With Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ!

Published by Terri Graham



Enjoy a tasty Texan meal or cater your next event with Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ! The restaurant can serve up a barbecue with all the fixins’ for any event, any size, with full service at your office, party, home, or picnic. View the Catering Menu here. Guests dining in for lunch or dinner will enjoy a friendly and laid-back environment. Mouthwatering menu items include the showstopper Texas Chainsaw Mammoth Sandwich, platter specials like the Baby-Back Pork Ribs, sampler plates such as Beef Brisket and […]

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 […]

Behold the largest tasting room in San Diego. A place to create your own barrel-aged beer blends, pay tribute to baseball legend Tony Gwynn, or just sip a couple pints with friends.

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Founded in 1995, AleSmith started as a small single-unit space. Soon after, its handcrafted ales began winning medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. AleSmith’s reputation was further solidified with its purchase in 2002 by Peter and Vicky Zien. Peter, a grand master judge, had already won over 400 home-brewing awards at the time, making him one of the most respected brewers in the world.

Forging ahead, AleSmith closed its original location and opened a brand new 105,000 square-foot facility two blocks away in […]

Unwind, create, play and learn at Kroc Center in East County San Diego! Get Discount Coupon For 50% Off Day Pass!

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The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Unwind, create, play and learn at this exceptional recreational, educational and cultural arts facility, open to all, and made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Joan Kroc. Located near the vibrant neighborhoods of East San Diego, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, this nurturing and inspiring gathering place teems with activities year-round. Visitors can drop in on dozens of exercises classes from cycling to yoga, work out on treadmills, bikes and stair climbers, splash […]

Discover Region’s Past at the San Diego History Center

Published by Cathy Hendrie


A Wells-Fargo stagecoach, Wyatt Earp’s signature and the story of Bum the town dog make for fascinating fun at the San Diego History Center, located in the heart of Balboa Park. The 1866 stagecoach could travel from San Diego to Los Angeles in just two days. Gambler Wyatt Earp had business dealings in San Diego properties and bet on prizefights and horse racing. Bum the St. Bernard/spaniel arrived in the city as a stowaway on a late-1800s steam ship and decided to stay.

But the birth […]

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!

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Let your imagination soar at this indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation!

Published by Terri Graham


See 31 historical aircraft up close at this indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation. The venue displays historical prop-powered planes, fighter jets and helicopters, as well as fascinating military artifacts, all while honoring the pilots who flew them. Many of the museum’s docents are retired veterans who share their personal experiences with the aircraft. For a limited time, see the exhibit on Military Working Dogs. Check the website for dates of Military Working Dog demonstrations.  This summer, little kids and […]

Visit the Ocean Beach Business Center for Printing, Mailing and Marketing Needs!

Published by Terri Graham


Your one-stop-shop for all printing, mailing and basic marketing needs is at the Ocean Beach Business Center. As a FedEx®, UPS® and USPS® center, you can buy boxes, pack, ship and track just about anything, anywhere in the world as well as rent personal mailboxes for your residence or business. The state-of-the-art equipment and staff expertise allow your creative juices to flow when it comes to creating marketing materials, posters, fliers, brochures, bulk mailers, binding, lamination or even custom design orders. Business center hours are Mon. – […]

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 […]

Splash Into Fun at The Wave Waterpark!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
Passport to San Diego

Splash into fun at The Wave Waterpark, Vista’s coolest attraction open all summer long. Situated steps from the vibrant Vista Village area, the aquatic playground offers six main water-filled activities. Visitors (42 inches or taller) can climb the Slide Tower and whoosh down four different water slides, all emptying into a splash pool.

For boogie boarders, The Flow Rider creates endless summer fun. It’s North County’s only simulated wave machine creating the perfect beach break with every ride. The park also features […]

Belmont Park Coupon for $5 Off Unlimited Rides Pass & More!

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belmont-Park-Mission Beach



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 […]

Discover the San Diego Coastal Community of Ocean Beach!

Published by Terri Graham


Groove to the beat of this eclectic California beach community, famous for its half-mile long fishing pier, OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival, OB Oktoberfest, OB Holiday Parade and OB Holiday Parade. Start any visit to “OB” at the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association on Bacon Street. Smiling staffers can recommend favorite eateries, tasting rooms, shops, entertaining events and specialty services. Shopping for a special occasion? Pick up plants and order dreamy bouquets at THISTLE, a cozy 1920s cottage featuring an outside nursery stocked with […]

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 […]