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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. koizencellars.com 

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. vintagewinessd.com

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! https://buff.ly/2IweDXF

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 […]

Maritime Museum of San Diego – Get $2 Off Admission Coupon

Published by Terri Graham

Maritime Museum Star of India

Be sure to use the Maritime Museum of San Diego discount coupon for $2 Off Admission. 

Click Here To Download Coupon 

Walk along downtown San Diego’s waterfront, and you’ll see one of the city’s most treasured attractions — the floating Maritime Museum of San Diego, anchored in the bay. The museum is housed in an iconic collection of ships, with the magnificent Star of India, an 1863 iron bark, as the main draw.

The museum’s collection includes the steam ferryboat Berkeley, a B-39 Soviet submarine, an American research […]

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 […]

Win a 4-pack of Tickets to Hornblower’s ‘Rock the Yacht!’ Cruises.

Published by Chris Johnson

Photography Contest San Diego

Best San Diego Scenic Photography Contest

Upload your Best San Diego Scenic Photography shot for a chance to Win a 4-pack of Tickets to Hornblower’s “Rock the Yacht!’ Cruise, Running Friday and Saturday Nights Through Oct. 27. This is a 21 and over cruise.

Upload/Submit your BEST San Diego Scenic Photograph for contest consideration. Limit One Submission Per Email. Winner will be chosen on October 4th and notified via email. Note: “Rock the Yacht!” is a 21 and over cruise. Images submitted will also be considered for […]

Treat your feet at Sock District located in Carlsbad’s Village Faire!

Published by Terri Graham

 

 

Treat your feet at Sock District, filled with the widest selection of novelty, fashionable, witty, and classic socks you’ve ever seen. Pick up a pair (or two, or three or more!) for any occasion. Music lover? Sports fan? Animal enthusiast? Need a gift or souvenir? Looking to make a stylish statement for Independence Day, Christmas or any other holiday? Sock District has you covered. Find socks for men, women and kids. Visit the store at Village Faire in the heart of downtown Carlsbad and see […]

Cafe Milano is a little glimpse of Italy nestled right off the California coastline in beautiful downtown La Jolla.

Published by Terri Graham

   

Cafe Milano is a little glimpse of Italy nestled right off the California coastline in beautiful downtown La Jolla. Welcoming you as family, the inviting space has two indoor dining rooms and an outdoor patio surrounded by greenery. The tempting aroma of fresh bread, homemade desserts, and generations of tradition in the tomato sauce, greets you from the bustling kitchen seven days a week. Owner Chef Pasquale’s 25 years of experience with Northern Italian Cuisine is evident in the extensive menu featuring a delightful […]

Savor fresh sushi rolls, chicken teriyaki, shrimp tempura and many more delicious dishes at Akai Hana Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Rancho Bernardo.

Published by Terri Graham

Aka Hana Japanese & Sushi Restaurant

Savor fresh sushi rolls, chicken teriyaki, shrimp tempura and many more delicious dishes at Akai Hana Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Rancho Bernardo. Most of the lunch combos come with miso soup, rice, salad (with an amazing sauce), and either a California or spicy tuna roll. The friendly neighborhood restaurant also serves dinner seven days a week. Order in or take out and see why locals love it! 

Akai Hana Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar
16769 Bernardo Ctr. Dr., Ste.K11, Rancho Bernardo (858) 451-0074

 

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 […]

Behold the World’s Largest Outdoor Pipe Organ!

Published by Terri Graham

  

Behold the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ while enjoying its vibrant sounds during year-round concerts by the Spreckels Organ Society. Performances are held in Balboa Park at 2 p.m. every Sunday, and on Monday evenings in summer (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) All concerts are free and open to the public. Seating is outdoors in the organ pavilion, on metal benches that seat up to 2,500 people. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, seat cushions, shade hats, or sun umbrellas and music-loving pets are welcome, as […]

Discover the Dinosaur Gallery — A Gem of a Shop in Downtown Del Mar

Published by Terri Graham

Find unique gifts, including at the Dinosaur Gallery in Del Mar. The store carries a large inventory of semi-precious minerals and crystals, jewelry, exquisite artist collectibles, meteorites, corals and shells, a 2.7 billion-year-old stromatolite found in Australia and much more. Stop in anytime from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (closed Wednesdays) and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Dinosaur Gallery is right next to the Del Mar Library. Call (858) 794-4855 for more information.

Dinosaur Gallery • 1327 Camino del Mar • Del Mar, CA 92014

MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers and Sunset Markets The Place to Be Thursdays All Year!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

PassPort to San Diego

For free, family fun and fabulous fare, head to MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmer’s Market on Thursdays mornings and Mainstreet’s Sunset Market on Thursday evenings. This dynamic duo of tasty and entertaining events attract thousands of Oceanside residents and visitors each week.

At the morning farmers market, stock up on fresh fruit, bread and flowers, buy handmade goods, jewelry, soaps, lotions, art, as well as artisan-baked goods, organic dips and sauces. Enjoy the ocean breezes while strolling and sampling all the offerings at this hometown […]

Spice up your lunch or dinner plans and head to Himalayan Cuisine, serving fresh and healthy Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan dishes in La Mesa.

Published by Terri Graham

Himalayan Cuisine La Masa

  

  

Spice up your lunch or dinner plans and head to Himalayan Cuisine, serving fresh and healthy Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan dishes in La Mesa. Open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, the restaurant impresses patrons with its authentic offerings, such as Himalayan Lentil Soup, Biryani (mixed rice) and Momo (steamed dumpling) selections, Vegetarian Takari, Chicken, Lamb and Tandoori dishes and the popular Garlic Cilantro Naan Bread. The popular lunch special features a choice of two entrees, rice, lentils, soup and naan for only $8.95. Get $10 […]