Join the Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants
Enjoy live mariachi music, folkloric dancers, authentic Mexican cuisine and frothy margaritas during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Diane Powers Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants: Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico, Casa de Bandini and Casa Sol y Mar.
Through her restaurants and Bazaar del Mundo Shops, Diane Powers continues her dedication to the exposition of Mexican cultures. Now the embodiments of all things “fiesta!”, her award-winning San Diego restaurants will feature the “Cincorita,” a delicious strawberry and kiwi margarita decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag, plus inspired “Cinco” fare and other festive specials to celebrate the occasion.
Offerings and entertainment vary by location:
Casa Guadalajara, Old Town:
4105 Taylor Street, San Diego, 619-295-5111, www.casaguadalajara.com
May 5–6: Guests will receive discounts on two Mexican food favorites – Chile Verde and Chile Colorado – as strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers perform throughout the day. The restaurant will also host promotional giveaways from favorite tequila brands such as Casa Amigos, Hornitos, Partida and Gran Centenario.
Casa de Pico, Grossmont Center, La Mesa:
5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-463-3267, www.casadepico.com
May 5–6: For true “Cinco” style, enjoy the “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces – rojas, verde and blanca (red, green and white). Music and folkloric performances will take place throughout the day as well as promotional giveaways from Dos Equis, Corona, Hornitos, Cabo Wabo, Grand Marnier, Puerto Vallarta Tequila and more.
Casa de Bandini, The Forum, Carlsbad:
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760-634-3443, www.casadebandini.com
May 5–6: Celebrate with music, folkloric dancing and hourly specials on select margaritas and tequilas, including Casamigos, Casa Noble, Hornitos, Clase Azul and more. Guests will also meet representatives from their favorite tequila brands and receive festive giveaways and souvenirs.
Casa Sol y Mar, Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Del Mar:
12865 El Camino Real, 858-792-4100, www.casasolymar.com
May 5: Get in the spirit with a build-your-own nachos bar on Casa Sol y Mar’s beautiful outdoor patio, or take a tour of Mexico with $20 beer buckets and $15 Patron flights in the lively Cantina. Strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers will perform in the dining room as guests enjoy $5 house margaritas and Mexican beers. Representatives from Corona and top tequila brands will also liven up the party with giveaways and souvenirs.
Sometimes confused with Mexican Independence Day (September 16), the Cinco de Mayo holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla, in which vastly outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the Imperialist French Army on May 5, 1862.
Check Out These Paw-sitively Adorable Canine Creations
Searching for the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life? Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo Shops are full of fun and whimsical holiday gift ideas inspired by man’s best friend.
Celebrate a canine companion with a hand-sewn doggy doll, an expressive throw pillow, or fashion accessories from beloved artist Laurel Burch. The Shops also offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments featuring dog lovers’ favorite breeds: bulldogs, Chihuahuas, poodles, Scotties, pugs and more! Or, help Fido really feel like one of the family with his own handcrafted stocking.
Gifting is made even easier with Bazaar del Mundo’s signature gift wrap – completed onsite and free with any purchase of $30 or more.
Owned and operated by Diane Powers, Bazaar del Mundo has been one of San Diego’s favorite places to buy a gift for more than 40 years with its selection of unique merchandise from all over the world, including home accessories and collectibles, handcrafted artisan jewelry, plus creative fashion, quality crafts and folk art.
For more gift ideas, visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets at the north entrance to Old Town.
For directions or to learn more, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.
The Tradition is Alive! Crafts, Altars and More at Bazaar del Mundo’s Día de los Muertos Event, Saturday, October 290
Old Town San Diego’s beloved Bazaar del Mundo Shops will pay homage to the dead with a Día de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting on Saturday, October 29.
As part of Old Town San Diego’s annual Day of the Dead celebration, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.
Guest artists, including Lacey Waddell, Annette Fussell and Asia Bur-Min, will sell jewelry, accessories, books, clothing, candles, prints and cards, and other crafts promoting the holiday. Music will be performed by Latin American folk band Tinku.
Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class and face painting on Saturday (small fee applicable) from 12–6 p.m. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara will have its own beautifully decorated altar to accompany its authentic Mexican cuisine and event “specials.”
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bazaar del Mundo, located at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets.
The celebration will continue on Wednesday, November 2, in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos event, which includes the “Tour of Altars” at more than 40 altars throughout Old Town, a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites. Bazaar del Mundo will have its own face painter, and will transform its courtyard into a marketplace of vibrant Día de los Muertos merchandise, with treats and crafts for the family.
Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day or take the trolley.
What do you get the mom who has (and does!) everything? At Bazaar del Mundo, we have thousands of unique gifts from all over the world, and hundreds more made locally here in San Diego.
Whether she’s a foodie, artsy or a fashionista – we’d love to help you find the perfect gift. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:
- Help her relax with beautifully fragrant and luxurious soups and lotions from England, France and more.
- Keep her warm AND fashionable at the office with our large selection of colorful, luscious scarves from India.
- Spark her creativity in our Libros Shop – whether she’s into cooking, home design or coloring.
- Build a bouquet of handmade paper flowers that will never lose their beauty.
- When in doubt, jewelry is the way to go! From fun and chunky to sparkly and elegant, you’ll find something to fit her unique style.
Visit our Facebook page for more ideas, or stop by our Shops at the corner of Juan and Taylor in Old Town. Don’t forget to ask about our signature gift wrapping!
At Bazaar del Mundo, we have thousands of treasures from all around the world. While many would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, here are two ideas sure to be a home run this year:
Our new collection of Laurel Burch jewelry includes sterling silver designs with beautiful, whimsical hearts. These unique pieces are sure to delight the woman in your life. The collection includes various necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Daniel Wellington watches are a must-have for guys this spring! Available in leather or NATO straps, these sleek timepieces will make your guy feel like a million bucks. As one of the few stores in San Diego to carry the line, we’ll show you how easy it is to switch back and forth between straps to have a stylish component for every outfit.
We know you want your gift to be a wonderful surprise. Our signature gift-wrapping adds a vibrant, festive touch.
The countdown to Christmas is on – only 7 days left! Still searching for gifts that won’t break the bank? Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego has some fabulous finds for under $25:
- Crafted with care in Vermont, colorful Sol Mate Socks are made from recycled cotton and available for men, women and babies in the Gallery. Sets come with two pair and a spare for $22.
- Each Art of Hearts ornament is a limited edition work of art that can either hang on a tree or stand alone using the ornamental key included with every design. The ornament shown above features artwork by renowned artist Laurel Burch. Ornaments are $16 each.
- For the modern gal, grab a pair of Touch Sensor Technology Gloves so she can send texts and emails on the go while keeping her hands toasty warm. Several colors available, $23 per pair.
- Everyone knows an animal lover! The darling leather keychains shown above are perfect stocking stuffers for just about anyone. Made from beautiful Italian leather!
- Made with vegan leather, our embroidered, Bohemian-style wallets have several compartments for keeping cards and cash handy with flair. Styles shown above are $23.
Waited till the last minute to do your shopping? We offer beautiful gift wrapping and shipping to make holiday shopping even easier. Ask an associate for more details.
Have you begun to decorate your home for the holidays? If you’ve visited Bazaar del Mundo lately, you may have noticed our Shops are alive with the holiday spirit.
Throughout the Shops, we have a collection of wonderfully dressed Christmas trees adorned with hand-crafted ornaments, Mexican paper flowers, colorful ribbons, and – for something a little out of the ordinary – creative folk art masks, dolls and gourd ornaments. These pieces of art are stunning on a tree or as gifts!
If you’re searching for holiday pieces to decorate your mantel or dining room table, we have a wide selection of hand-carved nativities and festive poinsettia table runners that will add holiday cheer to your home.
The holidays will be here before you know it! Visit Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town to find unique décor items from all over the world that will help turn your home into a holiday oasis.
Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to remember past family and loved ones. Despite its title, the celebration is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the lives of those who have passed.
Celebrated annually on November 1 and 2, Bazaar del Mundo will continue the tradition of paying homage to the deceased with a three-day event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating, face painting and more.
As part of Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and guest artists selling Day of the Dead-themed jewelry, handbags, accessories, prints and cards to promote the holiday. Exotic sounds will be provided by Latin American folk group Tinku.
Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and face painting both days. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.
Next door, sister restaurant Casa Guadalajara will have a spectacular alter of its own, and offer Day of the Dead food and drink specials to help celebrate the holiday.
The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops will highlight its alters and offer treats and children’s crafts through closing at 5:30 p.m.
The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos three-day event, from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.
Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day Saturday and Sunday, or take the trolley.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Why not show mom a little shopping-spree lovin’ to make her feel extra special this year? Diane Powers invites all mothers to come spoil themselves, while dads and kids shop for the perfect present, at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town for a “Mother Lovin’ Shopping Spree,” May 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Whether she’s a fashionista, foodie, free spirit, or a little bit of it all, this Mother’s Day shopping party will host artists creating special gifts fitting the taste of all kinds of mothers. From themed cookbooks to handcrafted necklaces, there is sure to be the perfect gift for every mom.
Come enjoy this colorful family affair filled with beautiful gifts, delicious appetizers and Mother’s Day activities for the children. Recently voted the “Best Place to Buy a Gift in San Diego,” the Bazaar del Mundo Shops are the perfect choice in making this Mother’s Day a little more memorable!
Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town has a grand selection of romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for the love of your life. The Shops offer thousands of treasures from all over the world – perfect for your “darling.”
- Chuao Chocolatier, based in Encinitas, creates delectable and unique flavors, such as Potato Chip and Maple Bacon. This treat is great for men, women and children.
- Kim Yubeta makes stunning women’s jewelry using stones and sterling silver. The necklace pictured even has a lovely heart motif.
- Aromatic soaps, lotions and sprays in soothing scents like lavender.
- Cozy socks by K. BELL in holiday patterns like kisses or hearts are great to cuddle up with.
In addition to great gift ideas, Bazaar del Mundo has heart-themed home décor to help add pizazz to your Valentine’s Day party. Heart-shaped pillows, wall art, books, retablos and other folk art are available.
To see more Valentine’s Day-themed gift and décor ideas, visit our Facebook page. For more chic Valentine’s Day gifts and hidden gems from all around the globe, visit Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor.