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See Art in Action at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

PassPort to San Diego

Color your world at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, where 37 working-artist studios open their doors to the public. The courtyard, with its playfully painted tiles, is a kaleidoscope, drawing visitors in. Art lovers are invited to watch glassblowers and potters, painters and sculptors, jewelry-makers and other craftspeople create of one-of-a-kind pieces, many for sale. The studio artists often share stories, teach, and give recommendations to budding artists interested in similar work. Events include the Potters’ Guild and Art Glass […]

Make Tracks to Cougar Vineyard & Winery, Specializing in 100 Percent Estate-Grown Italian Varietals Paired with Picturesque Views of Temecula Valley.

Published by Terri Graham



Make tracks to Cougar Vineyard & Winery, specializing in 100 percent estate-grown Italian varietals paired with picturesque views of Temecula Valley. Cougar not only grows its own grapes, but also produces and bottles its award-winning wines on site. The 17-acre property on the De Portola Wine Trail features a popular tasting room, barrel room, gift shop and live music Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Order fresh salads, sandwiches, hot paninis and pizzas from Sangio’s Deli, kick back on the sunny patio, and raise a […]

Order Your Holiday Platter Today From Prontos Gourmet Market!

Published by Terri Graham


At Prontos Gourmet Market you can order a sweet treats, mini pastry platter (Covid style) individually wrapped! They also have wonderful Chucuterie platters! Order your platter today!  #dessert #pastries #carlsbadvillage #carlsbadfoodie

2812 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad (760) 434-2644



Come Discover Beautiful Ramona! Great Restaurants and Places to Shop, plus Award-Winning Wineries, Golfing and much more!

Published by Terri Graham


“The H.E.A.R.T of San Diego” is Ramona, which is located 36 miles northeast of San Diego in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains. Venture over the mountains and you will be in the Anza Borrego desert, playground for the camping enthusiast.

The Ramona Chamber of Commerce supports the local businesses with networking opportunities and events to promote their community and guests which includes, The Annual Community Awards, Installation Dinner, Ramona Open Studios Tour, Motorcycle Events, Ramona Country Fair, Taste of Ramona, Merchants Safe Trick or Treat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rent New Office Space at Oceanside Technology Center!

Published by Terri Graham



Ready to get out of the house and work in a pretty, private furnished office? Professionals will love the brand new spaces at Oceanside Technology Center. Disconnect from the noise of everyday life and increase productivity. Inquire about month-to-month private office rental, which includes access to a private keypad locked office, sit/stand desk, reliable WiFi, printer use and access to all common areas. State-of-the-art conference rooms, daily private office rental, co-working and virtual offices also available. Only blocks from the beach and the Sprinter station, […]

Let Bradbury | Macleay Realty Group – Windermere Homes & Estates Help You Make the Right Move!

Published by Terri Graham


Recognized as a Top Ten Team Producer in 2020 and 2021 by Windermere Homes & Estates, Valerie and Erik Bradbury have extensive local experience with luxury and second-home properties, seasoned homeowners, first-time buyers and out-of-town relocations. Coupled with Erik’s experience as a licensed CPA, this North County San Diego real estate duo has the expertise and acumen so critically needed in today’s market. Considering selling, or need an assessment of your home’s potential value? Contact Valerie and Erik for a no-obligation meeting to review your […]

Buy Beautiful Bikinis this Summer at Boom Boom Brazil!

Published by Terri Graham



Splash into spring with Boom Boom Brazil, a happy South Oceanside swim and beach boutique where the locals go for one-of-a-kind swimwear, ethically sourced and made with love. Whether trendy surf bikinis or sophisticated one-pieces, the shop has something special for mermaids of all ages, sizes, and styles. Find every color and print under the sun, from sparkly neon pink and turquoise, to tropical florals and palms. Accessorize with locally crafted jewelry, pretty beach kimonos, or comfy Mommy & Me leggings. New arrivals are added […]

Enjoy A Mouthwatering Margaritas and Delicious Mexican Cuisine at Anita’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina!

Published by Terri Graham



Experience the taste of true Mexican fare served with a smile at the South “O” location of this third generation family-owned restaurant. A community staple, Anita’s has proudly served Oceanside and neighboring cities since 1973. Thirteen deluxe combination plates, ranchero-style dinners such as Carne con Chile Colorado and Carne con Chile Verde, plus seafood specialties anchor the menu. Enchiladas, burritos, tostadas and tacos can be ordered a la carte. Locals also love the complimentary chips and salsa and amazing list of mouthwatering margaritas. Toast to […]

Gather at South ‘O’ Hot Spots The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza and The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar!

Published by Terri Graham




Taste the difference at this South “O” hot spot, firing up phenomenal Neapolitan-style pizzas in its 100 percent coal fire oven. An early star of South Oceanside’s now shining culinary scene, the restaurant is also known for fresh and locally sourced ingredients used in its gourmet appetizers, salads, soups and specialty dishes. Savor starters such as Mahi Mahi Taquitos or Grilled Octopus or skip right to palate-pleasing pastas such as Baked Ziti, and Shrimp Linguini; also try the new Chicken Gnocchi or lean into a […]

Hornblower Whale-Watching Cruises Make a Splash

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

One of the great experiences in San Diego is whale-watching season. California gray whales migrate from their summer feeding grounds in the North Pacific and Bering Sea to their winter breeding grounds in the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja California and trek back north again. Passing by San Diego, their round-trip journey moves them through 12,500 miles of coastline.

Curious to witness this longest-known mammal migration, I boarded a yacht with Hornblower Cruises & Events, which offers whale and dolphin-watching excursions December […]

The Only 100% Pure, Estate-Grown Olive Oil From Temecula Valley Wine Country is at Cougar Vineyard & Winery

Published by Terri Graham

Cougar winery olive oil


By Barbara Pape
PassPort to San Diego

Owners Rick and Jennifer Buffington are at it again this year with a new harvest of their 100% estate grown, extra virgin, Manzanillo Olive Oil.

“A little spicy on the palate with a nice peppery finish” is how most would describe this 100% pure oil that is grown, milled, filtered, and bottled all in-house at their charming, family-owned winery on the De Portola Wine Trail in Temecula, Calif.

Each year’s olive harvest varies in quantity, just like the grapes they create […]

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 […]

Stop By Estate Sale Warehouse in South Oceanside and Leave With Amazing Finds!

Published by Terri Graham

Find worldly to whimsical pieces at this well-known resale emporium, known by locals as the “cow store” for its welcoming black-and-white mascot (named Penelope) out front. An estate sale shopper’s dream, the 12,000-square-foot showroom is replete with high-quality used furniture, antiques, artwork, paintings, home decor, kitchen goods, collectibles and oh-so-much more, all at unbeatable prices. Venture in and find a treasure at this South “O” mainstay, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Estate Sale Warehouse.

Enjoy Refreshing Varieties of Kombucha at Living Tea Brewing Co. in Downtown Oceanside!

Published by Terri Graham

Enjoy friendly faces and a cup of kombucha waiting to greet you at this wellness-focused shop near the beach in Oceanside. A favorite of locals, this sunny spot specializes in the probiotic fermentation of kombucha tea with its heirloom SCOBY culture. Sample refreshing flavors like Mango, Ginger or Lavender, all on tap. The store also carries around 30 organic specialty teas, herbs and roots for bulk fill up or served hot to go. Now serving vegan comfort food from noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Don’t […]

Come Explore, Dine & Stay At The Award-Winning Legacy International Center in Mission Valley!

Published by Terri Graham



The award-winning Legacy International Center in Mission Valley is now open! With a 126-room luxury hotel, Theresa’s Italian Steakhouse, a multi-functional conference center, and immersive exhibits, the Legacy International Center honors Dr. Morris Cerullo’s seven-decade career in ministry. People of all cultures, faiths, and backgrounds are invited to experience this one-of-a-kind resort. Attractions include replicas of Roman catacombs and Jerusalem’s Western Wall, an interactive world globe, and a domed 4-D motion-seat theater. Reservations are also welcome at the Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa. For more information, visit the Center online or call (888) 534-2299 […]

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 […]