Now Serving: Holiday Merriment at Casa Sol y Mar

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Turkey Mole Enchiladas

Serving up festive fare and classic cocktails with a twist, Diane Powers’ award-winning Bazaar del Mundo restaurants – Casa Sol y Mar, Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini – now present a unique menu that incorporates traditional holiday flavors into authentic Mexican offerings, available through the New Year.

The restaurants are beautifully decorated for holiday cheer with colorful Christmas trees dressed in handmade Mexican ornaments, Mexican paper flowers, donkey, bull and horse piñatas, painted tin ornaments, and lighted chili ristras. Strolling mariachis add to each restaurant’s cheerful ambiance. 

Casa Sol y Mar’s holiday menu includes:

  • Turkey Picadillo Chimichanga – a crisp burrito filled with turkey picadillo and cheese, topped with salsa verde and mole sauce, garnished with avocado, cilantro, red onion and sour cream 
  • Green Apple Skillet Burrito – a crisp burrito with green apple pie filling, served on a warm skillet with cinnamon sugar buñuelo strips and topped with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with warm caramel sauce
  • RumChata Martini – RumChata liqueur and cinnamon-infused tequila

Other seasonal entrees featured are Turkey Enchiladas Verdes and Turkey Mole Enchiladas

Through December 15, guests can buy a $50 gift card at any of the restaurants and receive a free $10 gift card; a $25 free gift card comes with the purchase of a $100 gift card.

All the Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants present a beautiful environment for family or corporate parties, especially while splendidly decorated for the season. Catering is also available.

Casa Sol y Mar’s Holiday Menu is Here!

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Casa Sol y Mar Holiday Menu

Race to Casa Sol y Mar After the Races

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Frosty Birdbath Margarita

Tourists and San Diegans alike are enjoying more time at the Del Mar Racetrack for the inaugural Bing Crosby Season – an extra four weeks of exciting horse races and events in Del Mar.

If you’re looking for a place to dine after or before the races, Casa Sol y Mar is only 10 minutes away! Our lively Cantina offers giant frosty margaritas, premium tequilas, wine, beer and a large selection of tasty appetizers. Come with a group and share the Antojitos Platter – a delicious combination of chicken mango quesadilla, beef taquitos, crispy camaroncitos, bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños, guacamole and our homemade salsa quemada.

Join us at one of the best restaurants in Del Mar before the season ends on Nov. 30!

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 shopping the sales at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, take a break and join us at Casa Sol y Mar to sip a frosty margarita and try one of our new healthy dining creations such as Turkey Picadillo Enchiladas – turkey enchiladas topped with salsa verde and queso cotija, served with black beans and jicama slaw (560 calories). When you eat at Casa Sol y Mar, know that you’re supporting a local business 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 Sol y Mar’s Altar Honoring Tony Gwynn for Día de los Muertos!

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Casa Sol y Mar Altar for Tony Gwynn

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 Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands, where we are remembering the life of Tony Gwynn.

Join us for lunch or dinner then take a trip to Old Town, where Bazaar del Mundo will be celebrating the occasion on Nov. 1 & 2 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. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara ­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 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.

Healthy Mexican Dining at Casa Sol y Mar

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Grilled Salmon Fresco (Photo by Eduardo Contreras, U-T San Diego. Full gallery at: http://goo.gl/Zfk8Q5)

Grilled Salmon Fresco (Photo by Eduardo Contreras, U-T San Diego. Full gallery at: http://goo.gl/Zfk8Q5)

Are San Diego restaurants getting healthier? That’s the question Lori Weisberg is answering in her recent article for U-T San Diego. Lori talks with Healthy Dining President Anita Jones-Mueller, who says one of her favorite healthy dining choices when she eats out is the Salmon Fresco at Casa Sol y Mar!

Read the full article and view the gallery here.

 

Holiday Parties and Office Lunches Become a Fiesta at Casa Sol y Mar

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Give your holiday fiesta some Casa Sol y Mar flare, and let us host it here! You’ll find splashing fountains, festive strolling mariachis and frosty Birdbath Margaritas that will fill your guests with cheer at your exciting Mexican fiesta holiday party or company lunch! Choose from one of our affordable event packages, or let us work with you to custom design your perfect menu.

Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine among beautifully decorated dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio. Diane Powers’ Casa Sol y Mar is a top Del Mar destination for regionally inspired Mexican fare.

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. Diners can enjoy giant Birdbath Margaritas while being charmed nightly by strolling mariachis playing popular Mexican ballads – making it a great place to bring family or colleagues for a very special holiday experience.

Casa Sol y Mar offers abundant banquet and catering menu options featuring award-winning authentic Mexican cuisine. Only the freshest ingredients are used for their 14 salsas and sauces made fresh daily, delicious selections of homemade salad dressings, and hot corn and flour tortillas prepared throughout the day. Popular dishes include the flavorful Carnitas a la Michoacan, succulent morsels of pork served with hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa and beans. During the holidays, Casa Sol y Mar serves delectable Holiday Turkey Tamales, a beloved Mexican tradition, filled with tender turkey, raisins, chopped pecans and apples, all topped with a rich mole sauce and sesame seeds.

Casa Sol y Mar also caters to the diner’s dietary needs with gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections.

Give your guests a fiesta to remember!

To let us bring the fiesta to you, call us at 858-792-4100 to discuss party-to-go options or visit our website to view our take-out catering menu.

San Diego Restaurant Week at Casa Sol y Mar, Sept. 21-26

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San Diego Restaurant Week Lunch Menu, Sept. 2014

 

San Diego Restaurant Week Dinner Menu, Sept. 2014

Calling All Casa Sol y Mar Enthusiasts!

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citybeat_bestof

Casa Sol y Mar needs your vote. Nominations are open for San Diego City Beat’s “Best Of” issue, and we need all Mexican cuisine connoisseurs, food lovers and restaurant goers to help us win “Best” for:

  • Family Restaurant
  • Local Catering
  • Mexican Food
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Fish Tacos
  • Happy Hour
  • Margarita at a Bar

You have through September 15 to nominate. Voting for the top 5 is held September 17-29 and the winners will be announced October 22.

Show them where to get the best Mexican food in San Diego – Casa Sol y Mar! Nominations can be made at http://goo.gl/xbHjOR.

Sweets, Treats and Good Eats at Casa Sol y Mar

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Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? We think not! Come relax with us and complete your meal with one of our mouth-watering desserts. Our “postres” menu is loaded with Deep Fried Ice Cream, traditional Churros and many other satisfying treats for your sweet-tooth.

  • Chocolate Lava Cake – Moist chocolate cake filled with chocolate lava and topped with ice cream and whipped cream.
  • Flan – Traditional Mexican style custard with delicious caramel sauce.
  • Deep Fried Ice Cream – A mound of creamy vanilla ice cream in a crispy cinnamon-sprinkled crust, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
  • Mexican Banana Split – Three scoops of vanilla ice cream drenched in caramel, chocolate and strawberry sauce, nestled between two slices of banana.
  • Churros & Ice Cream – Golden fried churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla ice cream.

There is always room for dessert here at Casa Sol y Mar!