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How to eat Mexican Soup with a side of Tortillas?

Put the tortilla on the palm of your hand. Starting at the side by your wrist, roll it towards your fingertips to form a cigarette/cigar shape. Eat your soup, dip the end of the tortilla into it if you want, or simply take a bite every now and then.

Yes, you get a lot of tortillas with an order of soup, but the one thing you need to remember is that a corn tortilla (unless hecho a mano in the resto) in the U.S. is totally different than a Mexican corn tortilla. The Mexican ones are softer, more pliable and often smaller. Also, if you're still hungry after eating the soup, just keep eating tortillas - which with Mexican tortillas it's easier to do - until you're full ;-D

about 23 hours ago
DiningDiva in General Topics

What say ye, SuperChowers?

"I have to say the Brussels Sprouts at Bo Beau"

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. They are addicting

The Focaccia di Recco + Honeycomb at Davanti Enoteca in LI is pretty darn good too.

1 day ago
DiningDiva in San Diego

Reservations for Laja

This isn't the appropriate place for the discussion.

1 day ago
DiningDiva in Mexico

Visitor in San Diego for the day- picks for lunch/dinner?

Big second on that one. I love Great Maple for breakfast

2 days ago
DiningDiva in San Diego

Reservations for Laja

I think there's more to that story that has been made public...

Aug 28, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City - opinions?

Have you ever had Ricardos chichilo? It's magnificent too. I'm also quite partial to his manchamanteles

Aug 28, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Reservations for Laja

Tecate is usually worse than SY on weekends and holidays because it's only 2 lanes. But, that being said, it probably won't be too bad crossing north on Saturday or Sunday. Monday will be brutal.

We crossed at SY on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, almost no wait for either SENTRI or the regular line. But watch out for the topes leaving the crossing...YOWZA!!! Your car needs picton to get over them

Aug 28, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Reservations for Laja

You also might find that whoever answers the phone speaks pretty good English ;-)

Aug 27, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

What does everyone think of the San Diego Reddit's "Best of San Diego"

Have you been to Catalina Offshore yet? Not a restaurant but probably the best fresh fish and seafood in SD.

Aug 27, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Oaxaca for dummies

Casa Oaxaca is not a cheap ticket, so those that eat there are going to be those that can afford it. It is oriented towards the contemporary interpretation of Mexican cuisine. The cooking is solid and the food is good. Unless things have changed recently, I wouldn't say it's a restaurant oriented towards the tourist trade as much as I'd say it's a restaurant oriented towards showcasing the food of Oaxaca in a non-traditional way.

I was in Oaxaca last November and will be there again this year for Muertos. There are lots of things to do, places to see and food to try. Don't over think your choices; that tends to put limitations on the experience and set unrealistic expectations. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to Oaxaca planning to eat at specific places but didn't because other options popped up that proved to be really good.

In general, the food in Oaxaca is good to very good and the options can be staggering. Don't box yourself in by thinking you have to eat at certain restaurants, or even certain foods. You'll also discover that people pretty much live outside; the street scenes - and food - are a lot of fun. Sure you'll see tourists and ex-pats but you'll also see as many,if not more, Mexicans, out and about. Sometimes it's more about the experience than the food.

Typically when I'm in Oaxaca I eat at a mix of places. Some cater to locals, some to the tourist trade and some to a combination of both. It's possible to have good meals at all of them. This trip I am looking forward to trying the 2 breakfast places Cristina has mentioned as well as a new-to-me tlyuda place out in one of the colonias. I may make it up to Itononi...or not, but I will for sure hit up the nieve stand in market off the zocalo. I may end up at Casa Oaxaca, or Casa Crespo...or both, or even neither. Just go with the flow and don't stress about where to eat, in Oaxaca that always seems to work itself out one way or the other.

Aug 26, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Duplicating French yogurt in glass jars

Where are you located? If you are in California, St. Benoit makes a French style yogurt that is insanely good. If you can get your hands on some, you could use that for your starter.

http://www.stbenoit.com/

Aug 24, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

What are your favorite ways to use vallarta and/or ayocote morado beans?

I like them with pork shoulder (beans and pork cooked separately) and greens, served over rice - or - with corn tortillas

Aug 24, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

What are your favorite ways to use vallarta and/or ayocote morado beans?

Actually, I think the ayocote morado is a maroon colored bean. Same color as a kidney bean. The are a large bean.

Aug 24, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

Little Italy Al Fresco Short Date Ideas

Papplecco's...State & Cedar (I think) or maybe it's State & Union, I can never remember

Aug 20, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Cabrito at a street cart and ........

Geno0 there is a taqueria in back of the U.S. Embassy on Rio Lerma, kind of set back from the street a bit...tables in front, grill, counter and more seating further back. They've got some interesting, and sometimes different, options on their menu. They *might* have cabrito, but no guarantees. Prices were reasonable and it wasn't a fancy/pants place.

Aug 20, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico
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Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Don't think there is much comparison between Kaito and Seabasstropub. Kaito is essentially traditional Japanese sushi. Seabasstropub, as their menu says, is unorthodox sushi, more contemporary than traditional?

Aug 20, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Aug 20, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

The scenery between Puebla and Oaxaca is a lot of high dessert type stuff...brown...rocks...brown...mountains...more rocks. If you've not seen that it's interesting for a while, but then becomes a little monotonous. I have pictures I can post of that stretch of highway

You also run the risk of getting stuck in traffic due to road work. Unlike a lot of areas in the U.S. these days, road work is still done during daylight hours and not at night. Often one side of the road will be closed for 15-30 minutes to allow traffic from the opposite direction to pass, and then your direction is allowed to pass. As comfortable as Mexican executive buses can be, being stuck in traffic on one is still being stuck in traffic. I traveled the road between Puebla and Oaxaca last November and there were 2 delays due to road work.

Second Cristina's suggestion to go Interjet.

Aug 19, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?

Hmmm...why bother? You've written off everything before you've even gotten here or eaten anywhere.

Mexican is NOT a strength in San Diego. Taco shops, yes, but Mexican in general, no.

Carnitas Snack Shack isn't Mexican...Carnitas is the name of the chef/owner's pet pig.

Just have a craft beer and a burger and call it good.

Aug 19, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego
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DF: Gotan Restaurante and La Guapachosa

Andybreav...I live in the beer capitol of the U.S. (that would be San Diego), our gastropubs are hardly dishing up "some of the best and most exciting food". Some of the best and most exciting beer yes, food not so much. There is far more focus on the taps than the food in most of our gastropubs; food definitely plays second fiddle to the beer.

I looked at the website for La Guapachosa. It appears to be mostly photos and mostly photos of adult beverages and people having what looks to be a good time, very few of the photos were of food and there was no menu link. That kinda signals to me that the food probably isn't going to be the main focus. The drinks looked pretty good though, I'd probably be willing to give some of them a go :-)

Since there isn't anything on either place on this board, you can be the the trailblazer! Check them out and report back. Enjoy your trip :-)

If you want an Argentinian steak house experience, I can vouche for Cambalache. I had an excellent steak and overall excellent meal there a few years back.

Aug 18, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Fish Shop Encinitas

The fish and chips at AJs Fish Merchant in San Carlos is surprisingly good. They tartar sauce and bacon ketchup they serve with it are good too :-). Kind of a schlep for you, but if you're ever in the neighborhood it's a good choice.

Aug 16, 2014
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EATING IN MEXICO CITY..my tentative list, plus request for barbacoa

DF is a great place for food across the board these days. Armed with a little research, a sense of adventure, some flexibility and a good appetite you'll do just fine. Don't skip a place just because it wasn't mentioned on here, or a blog, or another written resource. Talk to the people at your hotel, tell them what you want and ask for recommendations. If you go some place and it looks too divey, unsafe or otherwise not what you want, just keep walking if on foot, or tell you taxista to keep on going. Don't overlook eating at market fondas if that's your thing.

If you've read the threads here on CH then you should already be aware that Mexicans eat the main meal of the day, comida, in the afternoon between 2-4. That is when most restaurants will be busy and have the "A" team working the kitchen. You should factor this into your planning. Don't be afraid to eat your main meal then as well and then eat much lighter in the evening for cena.

I think El Arroyo is the barbacoa place you are remembering in the south of the city.

I like El Bajio. The original flagship location in Azcapotzalco is probably your best bet for comida and the truest representation of the food that made El Bajio famous.

I've eaten at the branch location in Polanco, it's more upscale (obviously) but pretty good too. The Polanco location used to be open for breakfast (not sure if it still is) and it was really quite good with breakfast pastries made in-house at that time, good coffee and some interesting egg dishes that paid homage to Doña Carmen's roots in Veracruz. This location had (and perhaps still does) an active bar scene and a LOT of flat screen with sporting events on them.

Aug 16, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Bo-Beau La Mesa

I know that 2-top. I've refused it at least once :-)

I really like eating in their bar area when I'm alone. Sometimes at the high tables, sometimes at the bar. The tables along the front windows I think they save for walk-ins

Aug 16, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

Because Chula Vista has a large, built-in population of people who use chiles and roasted chiles on a regular and on-going basis. Most other neighborhoods in SD, particularly those north of the 54, do not.

Call Pancho Villa on El Cajon Blvd. and see if they're going to do it. I don't recall they ever have but it is a Boney family market, so they might.

Aug 15, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Bo-Beau La Mesa

Where'd they put you? I'd dined there alone and I usually end up at one of the two-tops in the bar along the front window.

I agree about their burger being awfully big. Last time I ordered it tho' it came on a dinner plate. I wonder why that changed.

Aug 15, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

Northgate on 43rd has been roasting this year. I think they're still within city limits, but maybe not.

Aug 15, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Sand dabs

Comparatively speaking, that's not a bad price at all...

Aug 14, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Tijuana Comes to Chicago

The taqueria Kokopelli is opening a branch operation in...Chicago?

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drin...

Congratulations to them. Their tacos are terrific. If Chicago doesn't embrace them I'll be very surprised.

Aug 14, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

baking supplies in San Diego

Thank you. I'm happy you could find what you wanted :-)

Aug 12, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

SD: Places to go if your having an affair. .

Pal Joey's????

Not the first place I'd think of if I were having an affair, but you'd not be found, that's for sure :-D

Aug 12, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego