Speed Science in Motion

LOCAL LIVING RESOURCE for Residents, Visitors & Newcomers


The Passport Blog

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!

Our Summer Camps & Activities Guide is Filled With Fun All Season Long!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Our Summer Camps & Activities Guide is jam-packed with fun! Learn, experiment and make new friends at all kinds of camps, plus enjoy activities on the water and at reopened museums. Also check out live music and events at coastal dining and shopping destinations. Check it all out here: https://buff.ly/3zlDqrD

#summer #sandiego #camps #activities #June #July #August #watersports #Shopping #Dining #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Ramona #seaportvillage #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

Splash Into Summer and Fun Things To Do in Our June Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Splash into the season with activities like kayaking and Jet Skiing, shopping for Father’s Day gifts, visiting reopened museums, dining indoors or out, sampling handcrafted cocktails and wines and many more things to do in our June e-newsletter. Check it all out here:

#June #summer #water sports #FathersDay #Shopping #Dining #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Temecula #Wineries #TemeculaValley #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurants Serve The Best Pizza, Pasta and Salads In Town! They Deliver Too!

Published by Terri Graham



Choose from over 20 piping-hot pizzas at Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurants’ locations in Encinitas and University Town Center/La Jolla. Aside from their famous pizzas (with a choice of gluten-free crust), the restaurants are known for delicious pastas, fresh entrées, subs, salads and desserts. Each location has a full selection of cocktails, wine and local beers on draft and Happy Hours run 4–7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Both La Jolla and Encinitas restaurants include large patios, perfect for casual banquets! For reservations, delivery or catering, call […]

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 […]

Get up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods at EcoVivarium!

Published by Terri Graham

EcoVivarium Living Museum



EcoVivarium is an educational non-profit living museum home to over 200 rescued and donated animals. Thirty to forty Ambassador Animals are featured in the museum each day, so every visit offers new animal encounters! Guests of all ages can touch and hold snakes and lizards of all sizes, meet a tarantula and other exotic creatures at this amazing Escondido Living Museum. Educational guides are on hand throughout guests’ visits. During the summer, week-long camps focus on animal care, habitats, and STEAM-based explorations. The museum also […]

Enjoy fine Italian specialties with friends and family at Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant

Published by Terri Graham



Break bread with friends and family at Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant, situated on the second level of the seaside shopping plaza Village Faire in Carlsbad. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Gregorio’s robust menu features everything from pasta primavera to specialty thin-crust pizzas, plus soups, salads and sandwiches. Seafood, chicken and grilled items such as the artfully prepared filet mignon round out the menu. Nosh on eggplant sliders, gnocchi mozzarella sticks and other snacks paired with signature cocktails during the popular Happy Hour […]

Get hooked on Sportfishing, Whale Watching (in season) and marine science learning adventures at Oceanside SEA Center at Oceanside Harbor!

Published by Terri Graham



The outfitter offers daily Sportfishing excursions and the chance to catch yellowtail, halibut, calico bass, and much more! Choose from spectacular half-day, 3/4-day and full-day trips. Visitors wanting an offshore fishing or sea-going adventure can book an open-party ticket or private charter, will find that the OSC has the boats, experience and staff to accommodate them. Private charters can be arranged for any size group. Fishing gear is also available for rent while licenses, plus live and frozen bait are available for purchase. Reel in […]

Time to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mom and More in May!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and more in our May e-newsletter! Visit reopened museums, savor a delicious meal indoors or out in the fresh air, sample handcrafted Temecula wines, plus many more activities during this fun-filled month! Check it all out here: https://buff.ly/3ti6QlY

#May #CincodeMayo #cincorita #MothersDay #Shopping #Dining #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Temecula #Wineries #TemeculaValley #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

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 […]

Savor soups and sandwiches and swoon over stunning sweet creations at this beloved bakery and deli gracing downtown La Jolla.

Published by Terri Graham

Savor soups and sandwiches and swoon over stunning sweet creations at this beloved bakery and deli gracing downtown La Jolla. Celebrating 29 years of serving inspired farm-to-table cuisine, the restaurant is also famous for its specialty cakes. Owners Francois and Diana Goedhuys use fresh produce straight from their Julian farm, much to the delight of loyal customers. François, a chef who hails from Belgium, also impresses with his Italian and eight-grain breads and personalized cookies. Enjoy everything freshly baked croissants, muffins and pies, salads and […]

Get Out For Some Fun On the Mission Bay Water with Aqua Adventures!

Published by Terri Graham


Get out on the water with Aqua Adventures, with a dockside location right on Mission Bay in sunny San Diego! Rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks (single, tandem, sea, outrigger, surf ski), hydro bikes (single and tandem), and canopied Duffy boats. Rent for 90 minutes or more. Just choose your excursion, hop on and go! Glide next to Mission Bay’s inlets and isles, taking in fresh air, while spotting seal lions, dolphins and sea birds. The outfitter also offers lessons, SUP yoga on Saturday mornings and popular […]

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


Find the bed of your dreams at Everett Stunz, purveyor of luxury mattresses, bed linens, down comforters and pillows, as well as towels and bath accessories.

Published by Terri Graham

Everett Stunz La Jolla



The Everett Stunz store in La Jolla is San Diego County’s sole supplier of the revolutionary Swedish Duxiana bed, engineered to soothe back pain and discomfort. The store also proudly carries eco-friendly Savvy Rest beds made from organic latex, cotton and wool; and the Reverie mattress system, built from cushy to firm DreamCell foam springs that can be configured in infinite patterns for different body types and support needs. Customers will also find exquisite organic beechwood and Egyptian cotton linens that complete a better night’s […]

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

Published by Terri Graham



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 […]

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 […]

Fleet Science Center Has Smart Fun For Everyone!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Experiment with 100+ interactive, “do-touch” exhibits and check out fun traveling exhibitions in this inspiring science museum and planetarium in Balboa Park. Inside the Fleet Science Center you can construct marble roller coasters in the Tinkering Studio, interact with a swirling tornado, learn how to generate electricity and explore other fun science concepts!

The Fleet is also home to the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater, showing stunning nature and science films in an immersive, wrap-around screen experience.

Without leaving your seat, you’ll feel as if you’re exploring […]

Cleared For Takeoff! USS Midway is Now Open!

Published by Terri Graham

USS Midway Museum

Cleared for TAKEOFF! Midway is #OpenNow

Join USS Midway Museum  on the flight and hangar decks where you can experience Midway’s extensive collection of restored military aircraft that span more than 70 years of naval aviation history. You will also be able to enjoy our award-winning audio tour and priceless conversations of service with our world-famous Midway volunteers, many of whom are former military pilots bringing the ship to life with tales of their adventures on the high seas.

Midway is currently at limited capacity […]

Cheers to April in San Diego and Great Things to Do!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Our April e-newsletter toasts to the return of spring, warmer weather, Easter fun, museum re-openings, indoor and outdoor dining, wine-tasting, and many more things to do! Check it out here: https://buff.ly/2PlXKHf

#April #Shopping #Dining #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Temecula #Wineries #TemeculaValley #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #Easter2021 #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

Visit this exciting North County children’s museum and experience a world of wonders with hands-on activities for kids up to age 10.

Published by Terri Graham


Visit this exciting North County children’s museum and experience a world of wonders with hands-on activities for kids up to age 10. Interactive exhibits focus on science, art, and world cultures and are separated into four distinct areas: Explore, Imagine, Experiment, and Discover. Children can set sail on the Discovery Sailboat, travel to the Kids Global Village, feed chickens in the Children’s Discovery Garden, and uncover a whole dinosaur fossil in the Base Camp dig site year round. Also enjoy the museum’s educational programming and […]

Viejas Casino Wows Guests With Luxurious Willows Hotel & Spa

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Health and wellness has never looked more appealing, thanks to the Willows Hotel & Spa, an adults-only, all-suites luxury property at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine.

Uniquely, Willows offers a 25-hour room, allowing guests to arrive at their leisure, and check out 25 hours later. Guests who arrive in the evening can check out in the evening, for example. Additionally, visitors are greeted with a walk-in welcome (no visit to the registration desk necessary) by a team member who escorts them […]