Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Casa Guadalajara!

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In honor of one of Mexico’s most iconic holidays, Diane Powers’ Casa Guadalajara restaurant and Bazaar del Mundo Shops will team up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Old Town, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

Outside the entrance to Casa Guadalajara Mexican restaurant, guests will be welcomed into a charming and lively marketplace filled with Mexican folk art, crafts, handmade clothing, accessories, plus delicious traditional Mexican street food for purchase and activities for kids.

Inside, Casa Guadalajara will be bursting with festive colors and decor. Guests can enjoy “Cinco” inspired fare, such as “Cincoritas”, delicious strawberry, kiwi, and lemon-lime margaritas decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag; and “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces — rojas, verde, and blanca (red, green, and white).

In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, next to Casa Guadalajara at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Cinco de Mayo-themed crafts and collectables. Traditional Mexican clothing, carefully hand-selected folk art, jewelry and home decorations in vibrant colors will also be available for purchase and decorating inspiration.

Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers, Chinelos dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band will take place. The word “Chinelo” comes from the Nahuatl tzineloa, which means shoulder and hip movement. This unique dance is performed by many dancers dressed in elaborate, colorful costumes and is popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States. There will be multiple performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

“Cinco de Mayo is a day to come together and celebrate Mexican culture, cuisine and music,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara owner Diane Powers. “On this day of festivities there’s no better place to be than Old Town, the historic heart of San Diego.”

Recognized every May 5, Cindo de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, in which vastly outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the Imperialist French Army of May 5, 1862. This festive celebration has been adopted in many of the border cities in the U.S. over the last several years.

Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans or take the trolley, which stops one block south west of Casa Guadalajara in Old Town.

It’s a Friday Fiesta for National Margarita Day at Casa Guadalajara!

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Join us on Friday, Feb. 22 for National Margarita Day! We are celebrating by serving our famous house margaritas — which come in flavors like strawberry, raspberry, peach, banana, lemon-lime and mango — at our happy hour price of $5.00; all day, all restaurant.

Check out Our Special Valentine’s Day Menu

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This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and your date to a special three-course meal for only $23.80! 

Join Casa Guadalajara for San Diego Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-27!

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San Diego Restaurant Week is back! Join us for a week of delicious dishes and discounts, January 20-27. Check out our special menus below. 

“Day of the Dead” Rises at Casa Guadalajara & Bazaar del Mundo, Nov. 1-3

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Spirited Weekend Celebration with Altars, Live Entertainment, Face Painting, Crafts and More

In honor of one of Mexico’s most vibrant holidays, Old Town icons Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara will team up to celebrate Día de los Muertos, Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3.

The entrance to Casa Guadalajara will become a marketplace of artisans and merchandise from Bazaar del Mundo, face painting, a life-size Catrina (a female skeleton figure donning a Mexican folkloric dress and hat) sitting in an Instagrammable1800s carriage, and mouth-watering cuisine for purchase. Inside, Casa Guadalajara’s servers will be in traditionally painted skeleton faces, while the restaurant’s iconic fountains will be turned into elaborate altars to celebrate and remember loved ones. Guests can indulge in holiday-themed specials, such as the Muertos Margarita – a delicious commemoration of Dia de los Muertos, and the authentic Muertos Mole Dinner featuring one of the favorite dishes of Oaxaca, Mexico.

In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Día de los Muertos-themed work and collectables, plus additional altars and opportunities to participate in free family friendly activities – including sugar skull decorating, mask making, coloring and more.

Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class Mariachi band – all in painted skeleton faces – plus Chinelos dancers, will take place. Popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States, Chinelos dancers dress in vibrant, traditional costumes designed to mock Europeans and European mannerisms from the colonial period to the end of the 19th century.

“Día de los Muertos is one of our most beloved holidays,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara Owner Diane Powers. “For those heading to Old Town’s candlelight procession on Friday, be sure to stop by our celebration first to get into the spirit! Our fabulous face painters, flower crowns and masks will complete any Día de los Muertos ensemble.”

Celebrated every November 1 and 2, Día de los Muertos honors loved ones who have died, creating elaborately decorated altars with treasured items from their lives, and traditional elements such as marigold flowers, candles, water, bread and salt.

The festivities will begin on Thursday with the Old Town Altar Walk. Beginning at Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara, maps will be given out for the walking tour throughout Old Town to view more than 40 beautifully decorated altars. Then, Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans (after 5 p.m.  Friday and all day weekends), or take the trolley.

San Diego’s Finest Fiestas: Cinco de Mayo Celebrations at the Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants

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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 award-winning restaurants and Bazaar del Mundo Shops, Diane Powers continues to honor her love of Mexican culture. The embodiments of all things “fiesta!”, the Bazaar del Mundo restaurants will feature inspired “Cinco” fare, such as “Cincoritas,” delicious strawberry, kiwi and lemon-lime margaritas decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag; and “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces – rojas, verde and blanca (red, green and white).

Additional offerings and entertainment vary by location:

Casa Guadalajara, Old Town:
4105 Taylor Street, San Diego, 619-295-5111, www.casaguadalajara.com
May 5–6: Head to the “Two for Cinco” street taco bar in the Garden Room and enjoy drink specials in the lively Cantina, including cans of Tecate and Dos Equis for $5.50. Mariachis and ballet folklorico dancers will perform throughout the restaurant.

Casa de Pico, Grossmont Center, La Mesa:
5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-463-3267, www.casadepico.com
May 5–6: Celebrate with carnitas tacos and Corona beer buckets! Additional drink specials will be offered both days, including hourly margarita specials featuring Tres Generaciones, Cabo Wabo and Don Julio tequilas. Mariachis, troubadours and ballet folklorico dancers will provide live entertainment throughout the restaurant.

Casa de Bandini, The Forum, Carlsbad:
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760-634-3443, www.casadebandini.com
May 4­­­–5: Spice up your fiesta with the Carnitas Taco Sampler and wash them down with Casa de Bandini’s new Cazadores Palomas. Sip on specialty cocktails with drink specials by the hour, offered Friday and Saturday. The fiesta wouldn’t be complete without live mariachi music and dancers.

Casa Sol y Mar, Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Del Mar:
12865 El Camino Real, 858-792-4100, www.casasolymar.com
May 4–5: Festive Cantina specials include “Tour of Mexico” beer buckets or Hornitos tequila flights for $20. Enjoy with the choice of a taco sampler, cantina tostada or jalisco wings. Music and folkloric performances will take place throughout the weekend.

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.

It’s a San Diego Restaurant Week Fiesta at Casa Guadalajara!

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More than 180 of San Diego’s finest restaurants are gearing up to participate in San Diego Restaurant Week this year! Starting next week (Jan. 21-28, 2018), your amigos at Casa Guadalajara are offering up lunch and dinner options at delicious discounts. Check out our two available menus below.

Transform Holiday Parties into Delicious Fiestas at Casa Guadalajara

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Dazzle guests with a festive party to remember and have Casa Guadalajara take care of the details! When you let us host your party in the heart of Old Town, your guests will enjoy our traditional Mexican food, strolling mariachis and world-famous margaritas. Whether you are throwing a holiday gathering or a casual company lunch, we have a variety of delicious menu packages that cater to your needs. Or, have it your way with a menu custom designed to fit your one-of-a-kind event!

Diane Powers’ Casa Guadalajara is a top San Diego destination for authentic and award-winning Mexican cuisine, showcasing friendly service and the very best in Mexican cultureWe have a gorgeous dining room, two charming patios and a lively Cantina available to host whatever special occasion you are celebrating.

Casa Guadalajara welcomes guests from near and far with its vibrant atmosphere and fabulous décor. The fiesta begins when you walk through the door – your party will be welcomed with vivid colors, hand-painted artwork and hand-crafted furnishings. Our environment makes every occasion extra special, spotlighting fun entertainment, delicious cuisine and refreshing cocktails. Diners can sip on frosty giant birdbath margaritas while enjoying regionally inspired Mexican fare, alongside Mariachi music played by our very own Cielito Lindo.

We take pride in serving the best traditional and regional Mexican cuisine – all of our recipes are made from scratch using only the finest ingredients. From freshly made tortillas to a selection of 14 homemade salsas and sauces, Casa Guadalajara offers a wide array of choices for all tastes.

For those with special dietary needs, Casa Guadalajara provides special gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining options.

We also offer our “Fiesta Express” menu, making party planning easy by offering our delicious cuisine for pickup or delivery. For more information or to book a reservation, call 619-295-5231 or email rolsen@casaguadalajara.com.

Treat your guests to the true spirit and taste of Mexico at Casa Guadalajara!

Join Our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

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Mariachis, Margaritas and More! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the 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 in San Diego: 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 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.

#LoveisaFiesta

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Win a $50 dining certificate to use this Valentine’s Day, or after, from Casa Guadalajara!

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Share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of yourself with the love of your choice eating at Casa Guadalajara. 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.

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