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Support Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29

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Small Business Saturday

On the busiest shopping weekend of the year, American Express is reminding us to shop and dine locally with its Small Business Saturday campaign.

While you’re out doing holiday shopping at Bazaar del Mundo next door, take a break and join us at Casa Guadalajara to sip a frosty margarita and try one of our new healthy dining creations such as Camarones del Pacifico – the ultimate shrimp ceviche marinated and poached in Pacifico beer, lime juice, red onions, Tajin and cucumbers (290 calories). When you eat at Casa Guadalajara and shop at Bazaar del Mundo, know that you are supporting local businesses in your community.

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 up to $30. For more info about the campaign, visit: www.smallbusinesssaturday.com.

Come see Casa Guadalajara’s Altar for Día de los Muertos!

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Altar at Casa Guadalajara

Día de los Muertos is a joyous festival when the memory of loved ones and the continuity of life are celebrated. Traditionally, altars are set up that include favorite items of the departed, such as drinks and food. Special skull-shaped candies and breads are also prepared for the occasion. Come see our Day of the Dead altar at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town!

Join us for lunch or dinner then walk next door to Bazaar del Mundo, where we will be celebrating the occasion with more elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting.

As part of 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 on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and face painting both days (small fee applicable). Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults. We ­will have authentic Mexican cuisine for sale as well as event “specials.”

The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bazaar del Mundo, located next to our restaurant at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets.

The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos two-day event, happening from 2 to 9 p.m. both days, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites. 

Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day Saturday and Sunday, or take the trolley.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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Celebrate at Casa Guadalajara or let us cater your at-home fiesta.

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Diane Powers was the first to bring a Cinco de Mayo celebration to Old Town in 1983, and today she continues her dedication to the Mexican culture with lively celebrations at her family of restaurants.

Join us at Casa Guadalajara May 3-5 for several days of strolling mariachis and Folkloric dancers, tasty food, and drink specials!

Festive entertainment will begin at noon Saturday, Sunday and Monday with Troubadours, followed by mariachi and Ballet Folkloric performances.

On May 5, drink specials will start at noon in the Cantina, with promotions including Margarita de Cointreau for $5.95 from noon to 2 p.m., MargaFrida (Frida Kahlo margarita) for $6.95 from 4-6 p.m., Herradura Silver Shots for $5 from 6-8 p.m., and Herradura Skinny Margarita for $6.95 from 8:15-10:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, some of our most popular antojitos (appetizers) will also be on special in the Cantina, including the Cheese Quesadilla, Nachos Chicos, Tostadita and Taquitos Chicos for $4.95, and Mini Ceviche for $5.95.

Join us for a great weekend of delicious Mexican food, drinks and entertainment. Or, if you’re planning a party at home, let us cater. We promise to “WOW” your guests with tasty antojitos (appetizers), flavorful entrees and sides, fresh tortillas, and sweet postres (desserts).

Visit our website for catering information: www.casaguadalajara.com.

 

¡Viva el Mariachi!

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Mariachi Band

If you have visited any of our Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants, you know we love lively mariachi music, a style rich in Mexican history and culture!

First appearing in the nineteenth century in the Mexican state of Jalisco, mariachi groups are known for performing at religious celebrations, plazas, big family events and restaurants – but their appearance has changed over the years. Early mariachi groups consisted only of string instruments, including guitars and harps, but as jazz music became more popular, the trumpet was introduced – now a beloved staple of the band.

Spreading their culture to the U.S., the first appearance of mariachi groups flourished in California. Now the groups are known all over for spicing up celebrations!

Guests love mariachis’ traditional clothing. Commonly called a charro suit, this outfit usually includes waste-length jackets, pants or skirts, and embroidery with leather designs or silver buttons.

If you haven’t had a chance to experience mariachi music, it’s time you visited one of our restaurants for an unforgettable fiesta! We invite you to celebrate your special occasion with us or join us for dinner and drinks, where you’ll be transported south of the border by our strolling mariachis.

Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group Mariachi Schedule

Casa de Pico

Thursday-Sunday: mariachi band 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Casa Guadalajara

Thursday-Sunday: mariachi band 6-9 p.m.

Casa Sol y Mar

Thursday-Sunday: mariachi band 5-9 p.m.

Casa de Bandini

Wednesday-Thursday & Sunday: mariachi band 6-9 p.m.

 

*For more information about mariachi music, click here.

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