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Love is a Fiesta!

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Win a $50 dining certificate to use this Valentine’s Day, or after, from your favorite Bazaar del Mundo restaurant!

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Share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of yourself with the love of your choice eating at your favorite Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group location – Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico, Casa de Bandini or Casa Sol y Mar. Tag the restaurant and use the hashtag #LoveisaFiesta, and you could win a $50 dining certificate to use for a special Valentine’s Day dinner, or any time in 2017!

Submit your entries before Friday, February 10. Two entries will be selected at random to win. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 13.

*One entry per person, per restaurant, please.

Tag us using the following handles:

Casa Guadalajara

Casa de Pico

Casa de Bandini

Casa Sol y Mar

International Home Décor for Spring at Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo Shops

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At Bazaar del Mundo, thousands of unique treasures from across the globe will add brightness throughout your home to celebrate spring – a colorful time of year!

Throw pillows, rugs and table runners are beautiful ways to add instant splashes of color to your living or dining rooms. Choose from a wide selection of embroidered and handwoven fabrics from Guatemala, Peru, Oaxaca, India and more.

Vibrantly painted talavera vases make wonderful accent pieces that add color in a fun and functional way. Our talavera collections also include plates, platters and pitchers, and can be found throughout our Shops.

Add ambiance to any room with one-of-a-kind Moroccan-inspired lamps. Hang one or display a cluster for a more dramatic effect.

For more inspiration, stop by the Design Center at Bazaar del Mundo and let us guide you in finding the right spring-time accessories for your home!

Laurel Burch Fans, Rejoice! New Jewelry Collections Available at Bazaar del Mundo

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Laurel Burch has long been embraced by art collectors and kindred spirits throughout the country for her unique and whimsical designs. Inspired by her desire to give and passion to create beauty, Laurel’s art transcends cultures, crosses the boundaries of age and race, and reflects her love for life.

At the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town San Diego, we are huge fans of Laurel Burch and even have a dedicated gallery of her work. As longtime friends of Laurel and her family, we are thrilled to be one of the first locations in the world to showcase the new Laurel Burch jewelry collections.

Laurel passed away in 2007, but her legacy lives on through these new collections designed by her daughter, Aarin Burch. Designs range from “Retrospective” takes on Laurel’s early work, to modernized versions of her “Iconic” designs.

Fans of her fantastical feline designs will fall in love all over again with the debut of Burch’s new “Classic” jewelry collection – featuring her signature cats, as well as brightly colored exotic birds. The enamel is made of brass with either a rhodium or gold finish. These new pieces have arrived at the perfect time – whether you’re hoping to get a head start on the fast approaching gift-giving season, or simply wish to add to your own collection.

The whimsical designs and brightly colored, free spirited creatures in this collection remind you to play, to dream, to laugh and sing, and most of all – to pretend you have wings and use them.

Come visit Bazaar del Mundo’s Laurel Burch Gallerita to see these new collections and help us celebrate the life of a beloved local icon.

A History and Celebration of Casa Guadalajara

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Casa Guadalajara is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week! While many San Diegan’s have come to call the restaurant their favorite San Diego Mexican dining destination, we bet few remember how Casa Guadalajara came to be. In honor of the milestone, here’s a little history behind the Old Town icon:

Casa Guadalajara was once known as Romaine’s Guadalajara Grill. Upon discovering that Romaine’s former owner intended to cut down a majestic, 250-year-old California Pepper tree on the property to make way for a parking lot, Diane Powers purchased the land and transformed the restaurant into Casa Guadalajara – saving the tree and making it the focal point of the restaurant’s festive courtyard. Casa Guadalajara officially re-opened for business on June 12, 1995.

To celebrate the occasion, Powers and Casa Guadalajara will be throwing a week-long fiesta, with special entertainment including Folklorico dancers, strolling troubadours and mariachis, and special promotions. Starting Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., a special “Happier Hour” will take place in the Garden Room with tequila vendors on hand to present a special seminar. Thursday and Friday, June 25 and 26, will feature a special “throwback” menu with five favorite dishes that date back to the original menu, each with a 20 percent discount, and a commemorative T-shirt giveaway provided by Casamigos Tequila.

Come join the party and see why Casa Guadalajara has been a San Diego favorite for the last 20 years!

It’s Margarita Month!

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Calling all margarita lovers! Throughout the month of May, Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Bandini and Casa Sol y Mar are competing in Margarita Month and need your help to win! Visit any one of these locations and order their specialty drink:

  • Casa Guadalajara:La Milagrosa Rosa” margarita – a delicious blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, lime juice and agave nectar with a splash of pomegranate juice.
  • Casa de Bandini:Milagro Mexican Belini” margarita – a refreshing blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, white peach syrup, sweet and sour mix, and organic sliced white peaches, shaken and served on the rocks.
  • Casa Sol y Mar:Milagro Mercado” margarita – a fresh and spicy blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Azucar Morena syrup, fresh-squeezed lime juice, muddled cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño served over ice in a glass rimmed with Chamoy and Tajín.

Then, upload a photo of your margartia on Instagram using the hashtags #MargaritaMonth and #CasaGuadalajara, #CasadeBandini or #CasaSolyMar. You can also rate the drinks HERE. Cast your vote for a chance to win $1,000 in gift certificates from participating venues!

Put a Little Spring in Your Step with Some Retail Therapy

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Spring is almost here! Still feeling a little jilted from daylight savings and an hour less of sleep? Give yourself a pick-me-up by visiting the Bazaar del Mundo Shops. With thousands of treasures from around the world, you’re sure to find something to brighten your day.

You can treat yourself to a new pair of festive earrings or a beautiful silk scarf, or rejuvenate your wardrobe with vibrant blouses, sweaters and dresses to match your mood.

Maybe it’s your kitchen that needs a makeover! Our unique and vast array of colorful dishes will have your next dinner guests saying, “Where did you get these?”

For more items sure to spice up your spring, visit Bazaar del Mundo at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor. www.bazaardelmundo.com

Spring into Bazaar del Mundo

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Something people always notice while shopping at Bazaar del Mundo is how colorful our Shops are! It’s true, you can find something for your home, kitchen, garden or closet in just about every fabulous shade. Whether you want to decorate your home with a certain color, or you want to wear it, you’ll find something unique in the hue you desire at Bazaar del Mundo.

If you’re looking to jazz up your wardrobe for springtime, Bazaar del Mundo offers purses, shoes, scarves, sweaters and jewelry in all the most popular colors. You can dress head-to-toe in “it” colors! According to Pantone, the season’s hot shades are cool and soft, with subtle warm tones and an en plein air theme. Think very natural, with understated brights. Here are a few samples:

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For more of this season’s best colors, visit: http://goo.gl/pD7c0X. To shop for your favorite shades, visit Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town.

Calling All Bazaar del Mundo Enthusiasts!

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Bazaar del Mundo needs your vote. Nominations are open for San Diego CityBeat’s “Best Of” issue, and we need all avid shoppers, culture connoisseurs and jewelry junkies to help us win “Best” for:

  • San Diego Tourist Attraction
  • Cooking Store
  • Gift Shop, Jewelry Shop
  • Women’s Clothing Store
  • Cultural Festival (Latin American Festival or Santa Fe Market)

You have through September 15 to nominate. Voting for the top 5 is held September 17-29 and the winners will be announced October 22.

Let them know where the best shopping in San Diego is – Bazaar del Mundo! Nominations can be made at http://goo.gl/xbHjOR.

 

Say Hello to Healthy! Now Welcoming 6 New Low-Calorie Entrees.

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Healthy dining…Mexican style? Only at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group, where six flavorful and regionally-inspired Mexican entrees are new – and all under 650 calories! Gluten-free choices are also included.

The chefs at Powers’ award-winning Mexican restaurants – Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, Casa de Pico in La Mesa, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad and Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands – have created lighter selections using the finest and freshest ingredients, with homemade salsas and sauces newly prepared every day:

  • Camarones del Pacifico: The ultimate shrimp ceviche marinated and poached in Pacifico beer, lime juice, red onions, Tajin and cucumbers – 290 calories
  • *Ensalada de Chef Ignacio: Grilled chicken, avocado slices, tomatoes, queso Oaxaca and thin red onion, served with spicy chipotle light ranch dressing – 510 calories; gluten free
  • *Turkey Picadillo Enchiladas: Turkey Picadillo Enchiladas topped with salsa verde and queso cotija, served with black beans and jicama slaw – 560 calories; gluten free
  • Turkey Picadillo Soft Tacos: Two soft, ground turkey tacos with pico de gallo, pickled red onions, queso cotija, served with black beans, arroz poblana and salsa quemada – 490 calories
  • Tacos de Pescado Tropicales: Grilled fish with pineapple and mango salsa in soft corn tortillas, served with jicama slaw, light sour cream jalapeño lemon sauce, and black beans – 650 calories
  • *Ensalada de Carne Asada: Grilled and marinated carne asada, with sliced avocado, tomatoes, queso cotija, sliced radishes, spring mix of romaine and cilantro lime dressing – 390 calories; gluten free

* = gluten-free selections

Diners can enjoy the new healthy dining entrees while washing them down with a frosty Skinny Margarita, made with Tres Agaves nectar and under 100 calories. ¡Salud!

 

 

My Fair (Trade) Lady

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Shoppers will find more than their “fair” share of unique and colorful jewelry, accessories and textiles at Bazaar del Mundo’s first World Fair Trade Day event, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Socially-conscious shoppers will delight in fair trade Haitian tin wall art, woven baskets from Africa, Indian picture frames and jewelry boxes, and Guatemalan creations including cosmetic bags, textiles, and purses made from Mayan huipils (traditional women’s blouses).

The Shops’ courtyard will be bustling with TINKU’s live Latin American folk music from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara will offer delicious Mexican anotjitos (appetizers) and refreshing beverages all day. Ben & Jerry’s will be offering complimentary samples of its fair trade ice cream from 1-3 p.m.

Representatives from Fair Trade San Diego and La Mesa Fair Trade will also be available to answer questions about fair trade and educate shoppers on best buying practices.

The Fair Trade Federation states that manufacturers of fair trade products must:

  • Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
  • Pay Promptly and Fairly
  • Ensure the Rights of Children
  • Respect Cultural Identity

For more information visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.

 

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