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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.
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.
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Hey PokémonGo players – Casa Guadalajara is an official PokéStop in San Diego. Let us turn your quest to catch ‘em all into a fiesta!
Come celebrate the art of delicious design during Bazaar del Mundo’s “Fashion + Flavors,” a vibrant new event by Diane Powers featuring food, fashion and fun, Friday and Saturday, June 17–18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets in Old Town.
To give the event added “flavor,” our own Chef Jose Duran will present cooking demonstrations of his popular summer salad and dressing recipes. Guests can enjoy tastings of his splendid creations along with a light lunch served in the beautiful Bazaar del Mundo courtyard at 11:30 a.m. both days.
For eager “fashionistas,” guest artists will showcase their handmade creations, including unique fashion accessories, clothing and crafts. Shoppers can peruse collections of silk scarves, leather handbags and jewelry made from metals, glass, semi-precious stones and sparkling jewels that are contemporary, as well as ethnically inspired.
Visiting artists include:
- Mary Brown: Using unique stones and silver, Ms. Brown creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind ethnic jewelry pieces.
- Bonita Chamberlin: Ms. Chamberlin presents silver and semi-precious stone jewelry, handmade in Afghanistan to support local villages.
- Beautiful Soul: Hand-crafted jewelry made with natural gemstones, pearls and metals.
- Melissa Gladhill: Found objects and ceramic pieces are incorporated into Ms. Gladhill’s unique jewelry.
- DanDee Silks: These hand-painted silk scarves, ruanas and ponchos are made and designed by self-taught, retired school teachers in brilliant color combinations.
- Kim Yubeta: Attending Friday only, Ms. Yubeta creates one-of-a-kind “treasure” necklaces.
- Erda Bags: Handbags for every event made from fine leathers and tapestries.
- Rochelle DiMaggio: “Day of the Dead” inspires Ms DiMaggio’s jewelry.
- Indiri Silver Jewelry: Made in Bali, each item is Fair Trade and handcrafted with pride in villages that specialize in ancient jewelry making, with techniques passed down over generations.
Musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican troops prevailed over French forces on May 5, 1862. Mexico’s soldiers, greatly outnumbered, defeated the army that was thought to be the most powerful in the world at the time. Though it did not stop the French from taking control of Mexico, the victory boosted the nation’s morale and determination to fight the invasion.
In honor of the holiday, Diane Powers first launched Old Town’s Cinco de Mayo festival in 1983. Today, she continues her tradition of celebrating Mexican culture with lively revelries at her Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants.
Specials on food and drinks include: the festive “Cincorita” margarita – strawberry, Midori (melon flavored liqueur) and lime in layers of green, white and red, paying homage to the Mexican flag; and Enchiladas Guadalajara – a shredded beef enchilada with salsa roja and a chicken enchilada with salsa verde.
And, it wouldn’t be one of Powers’ distinguished events without strolling Mariachis and Folkloric dancers!
Also visit Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town for festive and authentic Cinco de Mayo attire and decorations for your own home or party.
Join us Thursday through Saturday, May 5–7, for live entertainment, promotional giveaways, delicious food and drink specials, and a fiesta unlike any other!
Have a special occasion coming up? A big family birthday, rehearsal dinner or company milestone? Give your gathering some fiesta flare by hosting it here at Casa Guadalajara!
Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine and Birdbath Margaritas among beautifully decorated dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio. Decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, fine Mexican folk art, and colorful hand-painted murals, guests feel the warmth and romance of Mexico as soon as they enter the door. Our world-class strolling mariachis add a level of fun to the festive atmosphere.
Casa Guadalajara offers abundant banquet and catering menu options, including gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections. Only the freshest ingredients are used for our 14 salsas and sauces made fresh daily, delicious selections of homemade salad dressings, and hot corn and flour tortillas prepared throughout the day. Choose from one of our affordable event packages, or let us work with you to custom design your perfect menu.
Give your guests a fiesta to remember!
To let us bring the fiesta to you, call us at 619 295-5231 to discuss party-to-go options or visit our website to view our take-out catering menu.
You’ve heard about love at first sight, but at Casa Guadalajara we believe in love at first bite! This Valentine’s Day, bring your loved ones for an unforgettable authentic Mexican experience. Here at Casa Guadalajara, we offer a variety of delicious Mexican dishes in generous portions perfect for sharing. Start your meal with our popular Antojitos Platter, which includes a few favorites like our cheesy quesadillas, taquitos and nachos — all bursting with mouthwatering flavors.
Our beautiful ambiance and lovely décor are more than enough to make any guest fall head-over-heels. Decorated with colorful streamers and surrounded by splashing fountains, our courtyard is the ultimate destination for any romantic occasion. Sit under the stars as you enjoy the charming music of our strolling mariachi. Don’t forget to indulge in one of our birdbath margaritas as you listen to the festive tunes! In tasty flavors like strawberry or mango, these drinks are also big enough to share and are sure to get the fiesta started.
With delicious entrees like Tequila Lime Shrimp or Carne Asada Tampiqueña on our fabulous menu, it may be hard to pick just one! Room for dessert? Our Deep Fried Ice Cream is sure to get your appetite going again.
Make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable one. Fall in love with the taste of Mexico at Casa Guadalajara!