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Folk Art & More at the Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 2-4


There is no need to travel to the deepest regions of Mexico in order to experience some of the world’s most vibrant Latin American folk art and Mexican pottery – just visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops’ Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 2 to 4, in OldTown,San Diego.

The colorful marketplace hidden beneath a colorful array of umbrellas with artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries, showcases one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional clothing and textiles and colorful collectibles and radiant jewelry this side of the border. Guests can peruse authentic, hand-painted Mata Ortiz Pottery, colorful Mexican folk art and vibrant artisan jewelry.

The Festival exhibits San Diego’s largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, with several skilled potters showcasing their wares, including Jorge Quintana – a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world.

Live demonstrations will be performed for eager festival-goers, as artists hack away at wooden stumps to reveal life-like animal figures, weave hand-pulled wool into intricate textiles and skillfully paint delicate designs onto hand-formed clay pots.

Other custom crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: San Antonio embroidery, tinwork, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wooden animal carvings, Guatemalan weaving, various colorful and symbolic wall art and sculptures, Huichol yarn and bead paintings and one-of-a-kind pottery.

Musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, a Latin American Folk band performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin Americaon authentic native instruments. Mouth-watering Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale.

Admission is free. The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Casa Guadalajara Is The Best In San Diego!



Casa Guadalajara Old Town San Diego Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Holiday Parties/Catering by Casa Guadalajara

Casa Guadalajara San Diego Old Town Catering

Catering for All Events: Our Place or Yours

The holiday season is fast approaching, and our schedule is filling up fast. Our Casa Guadalajara catering group provides the finest in Mexican cuisine catering at your location or at our restaurant at 4105 Taylor St. in Old Town, San Diego. Revered by many as the best Mexican Restaurant in San Diego, we take the pressure off of you by taking care of all of the personal details that make your event unique and memorable.

All of our events are custom designed to provide a unique experience for your group. Since 1995 dozens of companies and organizations have enjoyed our full service catering for their end of year parties. In lieu of the traditional holiday “office party”, many companies host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for their employees and/or customers. Since you’ll probably be eating Turkey on Thanksgiving day, we’ll put together for you a special menu that will make your event one which everyone will remember for years to come.

For your holiday party our Courtyard and Garden Rooms provide you with a private, intimate atmosphere for you to celebrate ’till your hearts are content. Our Director of Catering and Special Events, Catherine Breedlove, will create an event to remember for you. Catherine is extremely creative and goes above and beyond to be sure all of your guests are given the special treatment you want them to experience.

If you’d prefer, we’ll happily bring the party to you. Our catering department can deliver your special event right to your doorstep. If you’re in charge of special events for the end of the year, contact us as soon as possible to get your event scheduled.  For information visit our Bazaar del Mundo banquets and catering web page at Call Catherine Breedlove at 619-295-5111 for complete information and to make your reservation.

Mas Tequila at Casa Guadalajara!


Casa Guadalajara San Diego Mexican Restaurant


When it comes to Happy Hour, tequila, margarita’s and fun, the San Diego Mexican Restaurant known to have it all is Casa Guadalajara in Old Town San Diego. Serving over 50 different types of tequila, the bartenders at Casa Guadalajara can help you choose the particular tequila that best suits your particular taste buds.

According to there are nearly 1000 different brands of tequila to choose from, and our staff has narrowed it down to what we believe are 50 of the finest available. While we’re not quite able to give you a detailed history and details on all the choices available, we can break it down to some basic elements to help you decide where to start the next time you visit us for dinner or Happy Hour, which runs from 4-7 pm daily in our cantina. provides this excellent summary: “the main two types of Tequila are first split into two categories, 100% Blue Agave, and Tequila Mixto (Mixed). Mixto Tequila contains a minimum of 51% Blue Agave, and the remaining 49% from other sugars (typically cane sugars). The additional products allowed in Mixto Tequilas are caramel color, oak extract flavoring, glycerin, and sugar based syrup. Mixto Tequila can now be bottled outside of the Tequila territory, including other countries, which started January 6, 2006.”

Just like going into a Starbucks and ordering coffee can be a bit intimidating with all of the choices and terminology most of us don’t understand, it can be the same when ordering Tequila. In our next blog post we’ll dive deeper into the five different types of tequila and you’ll then be able to narrow it down to a couple you can sample next time you visit us.

Casa Guadalajara is located at 4105 Taylor St. in Old Town, San Diego. Visit us for Happy Hour from 4-7 pm daily, then stay for a fabulous Mexican dinner in one of the most authentic and colorful restaurants you’ll ever visit. We look forward to seeing you soon. Mas tequila!

Casa Guadalajara: All The Best of Old Town in the Heart of San Diego



Casa Guadalajara Old Town San Diego

Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, San Diego

At the midpoint of downtown San Diego and Mission Valley lies a treasure for many San Diegans and out of town visitors: Casa Guadalajara in Old Town. Located next to one of San Diego’s most unique shopping venues, the Bazaar del Mundo, Casa Guadalajara is revered by Mexican food and margarita lovers alike. But don’t just take our word for it.  Casa Guadalajara received the California Restaurant Association’s award for “Best Mexican Restaurant 2010″ and was voted “Top Margarita in San Diego” by the very popular San Diego radio station Star 94.1 FM listeners in May 2011.

General Manager Filiberto Horta and his staff take great pride in ensuring that every guest leaves with having their expectations of enjoying San Diego’s best Mexican food met. Two favorites of the many choices available on our menu are Carnitas Mole Enchiladas ~ Two corn tortillas filled with carnitas, onions and cilantro, topped with a rich mole sauce and drizzled with cream Mexicana.  Served with Me

xican rice and firjoles de la olla and Taquitos Rancheros ~ Five crispy rolled tacos topped with lettuce, diced tomato, Mexican cheese and sour cream.  Your choice of chicken, beef or veggie.  Served with Mexican rice, frijoles de la olla and salsa quemada.

Director of Catering and Special Events Catherine Breedlove provides unforgettable events, both on and off site. Known for her attention to detail, Catherine leaves no stone unturned. She and her staff provide guests with specially chosen menu items, and can also make available the famous Casa Guadalajara margaritas. The saying, “A good time was had by all” rings true with every event Catherine puts together.

There is ample parking behind Casa Guadalajara, which is located at Taylor and Juan Streets in Old Town. Happy hour runs daily from 4-7 pm with a buffet and special happy hour prices on beverages. Did we tell you we offer over 50 different types of tequilas? Come see us for lunch, dinner, happy hour or that special event or meeting you’d like catered. The more you know the people and delicacies of Casa Guadalajara the more you’ll love us!

Like tequila and margaritas? Stay tuned to this blog by clicking on the little orange triangle at the top of the page. We’re going to be giving you some very interesting information that just might help you enjoy your favorite tequilas and margaritas even more!

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