Archive for May, 2014

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


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

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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Plan Your Fiesta at Bazaar del Mundo


No one knows how to throw a Cinco de Mayo party like Diane Powers! Visit her Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town to plan the perfect fiesta for your friends and family.

Everything you need to throw an unforgettable get-together can be found in our Shops – colorful dishware, Talavera platters, one-of-a-kind Mexican paper flowers, traditional Mexican papel picado and hanging chili lights. You can even give your guests festive party favors like our tasty Mexican sauces and salsas.

Complete the cultural experience by dressing the part! Stunning and authentic blouses and dresses are available in our Artes de Mexico Shop, along with gold and silver jewelry in Ariana.

Leave it to our chefs at Powers’ Family of Mexican Restaurants – Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico, Casa de Bandini and Casa Sol y Mar – to cater a flawless meal including antojitos (appetizers), carne asada, carnitas, fresh tortillas, frijoles, postres (desserts) and more.

To see more of our fabulous Cinco de Mayo merchandise, see a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

It’s Spring – Think Green!


St. Patrick’s Day is over, but we’re still seeing green. A sweater, a scarf – perfect for breezy weather – or a dazzling beaded belt, you can dress in various green hues from our Ariana shop.

Or, entertain guests with a green table! The Kitchen Shop has dishes – glasses, bowls, plates and flatware – as well as table linens and place mats that will fit your theme. Your diners will be you-know-what with envy.

Throughout the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, you’ll also find “verde” lamps, bags, Mexican folk art, furniture, jewelry, shoes and more!

To see more of our fabulous green merchandise, visit our Facebook photo album.

Spruce Up Your Space


It doesn’t take much to liven up a tired room. Whether it’s a guest bedroom or living room, new throw pillows or linens can add color to any area.

The Bazaar del Mundo Shops have many options for festive and ethnic pillows, including a selection of fair trade merchandise. Floral patterns, tribal designs, Pendleton blankets and an array of Guatemalan fabrics will have your guests asking, “Where did you get that?”

Shop bedding, linens and more home decorating items at our Shops, located at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor Street.

Valentine’s Day Treasures at Locally Owned Bazaar del Mundo


Finding the perfect present for the woman you love can be difficult, but with thousands of unique international gifts at Bazaar del Mundo, there’s always something beautiful to express your message.

Whether it’s a colorful pair of earrings, darling wallet with a Mexican calendar girl, or a special jewelry box, a gift from Bazaar del Mundo stands out – never something you could find at a department store!

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.

Customer Appreciation Day is Here!


We’d like to thank our wonderful customers with a day dedicated especially to them. Please join us at the Shops for Customer Appreciation Day, a celebratory shopping party, this Thursday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s the perfect time to escape the crowded malls and enjoy some holiday shopping!

As always, shoppers can find one-of-a-kind creations and unique designs that are distinct, beautiful and creative. There will be live music, delicious food and beverages, prize drawings, and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with artist John August Swanson, who will be displaying his newest work.

Customer Appreciation Day

Something to Bark About at Bazaar del Mundo



We know San Diegans love their pets – maybe it’s the ideal all-year-around weather, perfect for morning walks and park visits. When you can’t get enough of your furry companions, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops is the place to visit, featuring a large assortment of colorful, unique animal-themed items.

From bright, eclectic throw pillows, to one-of-a-kind art pieces made of wine bottles, our selection is bounding with variety and whimsical style. New items are regularly being added, so you are sure to find exceptional, intriguing pieces with each subsequent visit. With the holidays quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to see what’s in store – and to find the perfect gift for that animal-lover in your life!

Shop with Us on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30


Join us at Bazaar del Mundo on Nov. 30th for music, treats and a merry environment to get an early start on your holiday shopping. Browse our collection of handcrafted artisan jewelry, home accessories and collectibles from all around the world, creative fashion, arts and crafts, hundreds of cookbooks and whimsical ornaments in all different styles and colors to adorn your Christmas tree!

For a shopping break, dine locally at Casa Guadalajara next door. Sip a frosty margarita, nibble on the Antojitos Platter and indulge in the Carne Asada Tampiqueña – and when you do, know that you are supporting a local business in your neighborhood.

Small Business Saturday is a national campaign that rewards American Express users when they shop and dine at local businesses, making a contribution back to their communities. AmEx users who have pre-registered their card, will receive a credit back on their statement. For more info about the campaign, visit:

Small Business Saturday

Bazaar del Mundo Honors Day of the Dead with “Saints, Souls & Style”


Dia de los Muertos Altar

Bazaar del Mundo’s second annual “Saints, Souls and Style” will pay homage to the dead with a Dia de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting.

As the first stop on Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), 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 will sell jewelry, accessories, prints and cards promoting the holiday. Music will be performed by Latin American folk band Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class as well as a face painter (Saturday only; noon to 7 p.m., small fee applicable). Drinks, snacks and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara ­will have authentic Mexican cuisine for sale as well as event “specials,” and serve as the second stop on the tour.

The event will take place Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bazaar del Mundo at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets.

“Saints, Souls & Style” is in conjunction with Old Town’s Dia de Los Muertos two-day event, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face-painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.

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