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CASTmember Spotlight– Ross Burns

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Conductor; Old Town Trolley San Diego

After working 15 years in the non-profit field Ross found myself at a crossroads and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. He was speaking with a friend one day who suggested applying for a sales position with Old Town Trolley Tours.  He had several years of sales, marketing and customer relations experience in the non-profit field and liked helping people so he thought this would be a great position for me to utilize all of his skills.  He started with OTT as a part time sales position to test the waters and found himself really enjoying the position and meeting guests from all over the world and providing them with all of the tools they need to have their best vacation experience ever.  One of the things he really enjoys about working with OTT is being able to assist guests in planning their day with us.  One of his favorite tools to use is the souvenir “walking guide book” Essential Guide to San Diego.  The book not only lists all of the sites to see when you depart at each stop but it lists the sites in order so the guests don’t get lost and has a detailed map in the back so the guest can plan out how much time to spend at each stop.
In his spare time, Ross likes to explore San Diego, spend time outdoors, take his two rescue dogs, nine year old German Shepherd/Chow, Izzy, and three year old Bull Terrier/ Australian Cattle Dog, Sadie, to dog beach, dog park and just about everywhere else.  HeRossBurns photo also like volunteering and supporting local non-profit organizations.

Independence day

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

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Milanesa Napolitana

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Our own David Thornton shares how to make a delicious dish: Milanesa Napolitana!

Milanesa Napolitana is a variation on the breaded fried steak called Milanesa that is popular in Argentina and Uruguay.
Milanesa Nthapolitana is similar to veal parmesan, but with South American touches – after the steak is breaded and fried, it’s topped with a slice of ham, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese, and served with fries. Leftovers make great sandwiches, especially when paired with a soft but crusty roll

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings

 

Ingredients:

4 thinly sliced chicken fillets
3 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce
4 slices of deli ham
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

 

Directions:

1. Place the eggs in a shallow bowl or pan, and whisk them together with the oregano and some salt and pepper.
2. Stir the parmesan cheese and garlic into the bread crumbs and place them in another shallow pan.
3. Dip the steaks first in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs, coating them well with the crumbs.
4. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet, and cook steaks for several minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Drain steaks on paper towels.
5. Place steaks on a baking sheet. Turn on oven broiler. Top each steak with a slice of ham, 2-3 tablespoons tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese and place steaks under broiler until cheese melts.
6. Serve warm, with fries.

Vendor Spotlight: Hillcrest Bed & Breakfast

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast

Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast

We are so pleased to showcase Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast and our good friend,  Ann Callahan, the Innkeeper. Ann has been a great supporter of Old Town Trolley Tours for many years. She comes from the corporate hotel background working for the Hyatt Corporation and then one day decided to open her own Bed and Breakfast. She is a Board Member on the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as the Hotel Motel Association. Hillcrest House is located in the vibrant, eclectic, urban neighborhood of Hillcrest which also happens to be where I live. It is a great base location for exploring all that San Diego has to offer; just 10 minutes to San Diego Beaches, Airport, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park Museums, the Zoo and Old Town. Ann has several themed rooms such as the Old Town, Zoo, Coronado, Balboa and Gaslamp room. The Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast has also received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the past three years. Carlos Murray from our Key West IT Dept. just recently stayed there and had an amazing time. Thank you Ann for being such a great supporter and friend!

San Diego Visitor Center Opens

Friday, May 1st, 2015
San Diego Visitor Information Center

San Diego Visitor Information Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego opened their new visitor center on the San Diego’s Embarcadero.  The event brought out dignitaries from the city and Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego’s parent company, Historic Tours of America including President Edwin Swift, III and Chief Operating Officer, Edwin Swift, IV and Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego General Manager, David Thornton.

San Diego Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego Donates Services to Veterans

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Old Town Trolley CASTmembers at the Veteran's Luncheon.

Old Town Trolley CASTmembers at the Veteran’s Luncheon.

Each year, on the top of the highest peak along the coastline of San Diego County, the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association pays tribute and honor to our Veterans.  This year’s ceremony paid special tribute with a plaque to Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (MIA) Veterans.  Old Town Trolley was also recognized for its years of supporting and donating transportation services to local Veterans groups with a special plaque too.  The Old Town Trolley plaque included current CASTmembers who are also Veterans.

Master of Ceremonies was Marc Bailey, Morning Anchor from CWTV 6.  Keynote speakers were Capt. Ernest Moore, USN (Ret) – POW Commemoration and Barbara Brichim – MIA Commemoration.  The ceremony ended with a special T-34 performance team flyover.  The ceremony honors Veterans by preserving their legacy.

Bella Joins our Fleet!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Introducing “Bella”, our second wedding trolley we’ve added to our fleet, joining our other wedding trolley “Felicity”. Our wedding business has been growing year-over-year at about 15% above last year’s numbers. During the peak wedding months between April-September, our wedding trolley “Felicity” is often booked, sometimes up to a year in advance. We have missed out on additional wedding transportation business due to the lack of our special wedding trolleys. “Bella”, was originally one of our red Balboa Park shuttle trolleys that provided free service by the City of San Diego. The city purchased their own trams for the park shuttle service resulting in three extras trolleys for us. With the wedding peak season fast approaching, our maintenance crew worked feverishly transforming the red trolley into our new pristine “Bella”. With just days away from “Bella’s” first wedding, she was christened “Bella”.

Baking for Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Each October our amazing CAST at Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego’s raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Through bake sales, yard sales, and tip donations, these amazing men and women raise over $5000 for the University of California – San Diego Moors Cancer Center. This is their fourth year and their efforts and enthusiasm get bigger each year!

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego baking for a good cause.

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego baking for a good cause.

Meet David Mahl

Monday, October 20th, 2014
David Mahl

David Mahl

I was born in the heartland of Des Moines, Iowa, but then moved to the hot deserts of Arizona – and I deplore the heat. I went on a high school vacation to San Diego and I fell in love. After graduation I decided to move to San Diego to enjoy the sun and beautiful beaches. I love being outdoors, working in the garden, and being in nature. That’s probably why my hobbies include planting gardens and restoring things that people have thrown away. You know what they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

I’ve always been connected to Old Town State Park in one way or another. I remember always seeing one particular conductor smiling and ringing the bell as he drove by (Harold Dozier our current Head Conductor) and thought it might be fun working there. One day I saw an ad that they were hiring so I applied. Fifteen years later I’m still here selling tickets and delighting guests in San Diego’s beautiful sunshine.

If you could choose one reality TV show to be on what would it be?
The Amazing Race because I love the chase and the possibility of winning.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be a talented chef.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Batman for his strength and darkness.

What is your most treasured possession?
My gift of imagination and creativity. “Creative people have the spirit of hope and the gift of striving.”

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere in the Pacific Northwest where it rains. I love the rain.

Top Sales Reps Nationwide in San Diego

Friday, October 10th, 2014
The happy winners of the Historic Tours of America, Half Million dollar club; three of the top 10 sales reps of the company. picture; Pictured Barbie Harrell, David Mahl, Karen DeHaan and Depot Sales Manager Tyler Grubenhoff

The happy winners of the Historic Tours of America, Half Million dollar club; three of the top 10 sales reps of the company. picture; Pictured Barbie Harrell, David Mahl, Karen DeHaan and Depot Sales Manager Tyler Grubenhoff

Boy am I one lucky guy! There were ten sales reps nationwide that sold more than a half a million dollars and I had three of them on my team. Not only were they on the list, they were the top three sellers. Karen DeHaan was the number one seller in the nation and Barbie Harrell came in second place. They are in a league of their own because they sold more than Three Quarters of a Million Dollars. Great job! David Mahl was third in the nation and he sold more than a Half a Million Dollars. This is the second year in a row where Barbie and David made it into the prestigious “Half a Million Dollar Club”. Great job and congratulations to all three of you!

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