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San Diego Visitors Center

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The highly anticipated San Diego Visitor Information Center opened its doors the last week of April to an eager crowd and an excited community.  Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego was chosen by the Port of San Diego to operate the Center located in the newly redeveloped North Embarcadero area of its downtown waterfront.  The building itself is considered an iconic work of art by Pae White where the transparent building, made of colored glass in dawn and dusk hues, mimic the San Diego Bay.
The center is staffed by four full-time and three part-time personnel along with other CASTmembers from our depot sales rep team.  In fact, their combined experience totals over 90 years of visitor and guest services in San Diego!  OTT San Diego’s experienced sales staff also shares the space as visitors enter to receive information on things to do, see and experience while in America’s Finest City.  Tour and area attraction tickets are sold at the Center along with San Diego logo’d merchandise.
A very special thing has been happening since we opened. Local residents and people who work downtown have been coming in to see our new Center saying that they’ve been watching its construction and couldn’t wait to see inside!  The Center is not only a feather in our company’s cap but something that our entire community is proud of.
The San Diego Visitor Information Center, located at 996 N. Harbor Drive, is open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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Walking for my Heart Health

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Thank you to all our CASTmembers who participated in the Walking for my Healthy Heart – Healthy Walking Challenge
We have completed seven weeks of tracking our steps, and hopefully have gained an awareness of the importance of healthy living and the FUN of walking.  You are all on the road to a healthier life!  Most of our walkers showed an improvement in their walking from the beginning week to the last week.  We had phenomenal participation from all our locations.  Celebrate this important “step” toward healthy living with your fellow CASTmembers and keep on walking!
A total of 236 CASTmembers participated across the country.  A special thanks to all our Wellness Volunteers and Office Managers for recruiting, supervising, tracking and reporting the steps each week. We hope you all enjoyed this challenge!

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Individual Winners
John Jeffress – Arlington National Cemetery Tours
John Clifford – Conch Tour Train
Dell Lunsford – Historic Tours of America Corporate Offices
Ryan Darrah – Historic Tours of America – St. Augustine Offices
Leslie Nagy – Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston
Stephen Chueka – Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Kevin Delahanty – Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West
Cathy Vaccari – Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah
Greg Coleman – Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine
Adam Johnson – Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC
Karen Brandt – Tropical Shell & Gifts
Jesse Panrock – Treasurers of the Florida Keys

Overall Individual Winner
Sebastian Biagioni
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego; with the most steps – 1,738,218!!

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The bragging rights for the location that had the most average steps in six weeks is:
Company Winner
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
With an average step count for the six and a half weeks of: 550,817
(an average of 77,800 steps per week/per CASTmember)

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Vegetarian Chili With Joy Stuckey

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Ingredients:

– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion
– ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
– ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
– 2 tablespoons minced garlic
– 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped (I usually leave the seeds in ½ of the pepper for extra heat)
– 1 medium zucchini, stems trimmed, medium dice
– 1 medium squash, stems trimmed, medium dice
– 2 cups of corn (fresh if available, frozen if not)
– 2 – 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
– 1 – 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
– 1 cup vegetable stock
– 2 tablespoons chili powder
– 1 tablespoon ground cumin
– 1 ½ teaspoons salt

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Directions:

1. Chop all the vegetables and premeasure all other ingredients.
2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and jalapeno peppers.Cook, stirring, until soft, about three minutes.  Add the zucchini, squash and corn, stirring until soft, about six minutes. Add all of the seasons and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, black beans and vegetable stock.  Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes.

At this point you can add adjust the seasoning.
Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream,
cheese or avocado.

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.

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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”.

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