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Roasting tomatoes and tomatillos

I cook a lot of Mexican food. I roast a lot of tomatillos. I just line my baking sheet with regular old foil and have never had any problems or reactions. Clean-up is a breeze, no muss, no fuss

I usually pour off the accumulated juices and use the in whatever I'm making.

about 6 hours ago
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

She still has 2 stores there (next door to Casa Guadalajara) and they are definitely pricey. She does the Latin American festival the first weekend in August and brings in artisans, mostly from Mexico. The prices there are horribly inflated.

Sep 17, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

Diane Powers had cheap margaritas and mariachis. Booze helps ;-D

Sep 17, 2014
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San Diego is the Place to Go For...

Carne asada fries are actually really good, but it depends entirely upon where you get them as to what they'll come with. We serve them with choice of straight cut or seasoned curly fries, carne asada, sour cream, pico, guac, shredded cheese and your choice of salsa rojo or verde.

Yes, they are a heart attack on a plate and a total gut bomb, but the flavor combination all together is PDG.

Sep 17, 2014
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What say ye, SuperChowers?

Wow, "scathing" may be too kind a word!!

Sep 16, 2014
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Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Or neither...you (of all people) know what they say about ASSUME...

Sep 13, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Yeah, forgot about the Rock Church meeting there.

Sep 13, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

I wouldn't call BL blighted, transitional might be more accurate.

I think there was a whole social dynamic at play with the BL market as well as San Diego's inherent racism. The whit community isn't going to leave the safety of their community to travel to an area that has traditionally been perceived as "less than" and certainly not equal.

A friend of mine is doing a whole history of the Logan House from the 20s on. It was kind of like the Y or Boys & Girls club. Interesting stuff but totally segregated. Whites didn't go to the barrio then and they don't go very frequently now.

Sep 13, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Really? I've never had an issue parking anywhere at Liberty Station

Sep 13, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Don't think so

Sep 12, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Well, here's the thing...this type of model - i.e. large central market with many smaller 1-day community markets - exists in almost every town in Mexico. The prices are cheap, and in many cases dirt cheap, at both type of markets. That is not the case NOB.

Where you can get 3 kilos of bananas for $15 pesos in Mexico (and they won't be the ubiquitous Cavendish), no where in the U.S. will you find 6 1/2 pounds of (RIPE!!) bananas for $1.25.

Sep 12, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego
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Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Once again...with 50+ farmers markets a week and Rosecrans often being the street from H*ll to navigate...does San Diego really have the critical mass to support this? I suspect with it being in Liberty Station chances are better than LOGAN Heights (Thank you Dagney, having grown up here, that's all we ever called it)

I actually like going to Liberty Station just to walk around, but it's a schlep from the westernmost fringes of the East County...

Sep 12, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Puebla, Oaxaca & DF updates (esp. El Naranjo, Oaxaca)

Did you eat your chile en nogada in Oaxaca or Austin, TX.

Illiana relocated to Austin and El Naranjo is now open there - http://www.elnaranjo-restaurant.com/s...

Sep 11, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

We don't have critical mass to support a SF-style Ferry Building operation.

I think we're building to it, but we're not there yet and the local farmer's markets do a reasonably good job at capturing the existing critical mass...

Sep 11, 2014
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Compendium of Dishes: Super Cocina (SD)

Gracias...prefiero mi chile rellenos llenado de picadillo

Sep 10, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Compendium of Dishes: Super Cocina (SD)

the chile relleno...con picadillo o queso o ?

Sep 10, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Yes, I think it was. I seem to recall on in Marina del Rey

Sep 08, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Rusty Pelican...wow, haven't thought of them in years!

Sep 08, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

First time to DF

Chef Jair Tellez has 2 restaurant on the Pellegrino Top 50 in Latin America. He is rarely at Laja any more but his major domo (to whom I think he actually sold a part interest) has done a fine job of maintaining food and service and Laja is as good, and some say better, as when the chef was there regularly.

Sep 08, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

First time to DF

You can contact Pujol (e-mail or phone) and ask if Chef Olvera will be there on the date you intend to eat.

How good your experience is if he isn't there will most likely be dependent upon who his person in charge is when he's gone, how well trained that person is and how dedicated to ensuring the experience s/he is. My guess is that he's probably got a very good person in place to cover while he's gone.

Sep 08, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Homemade Corn Tortillas

I was pretty sure you weren't really eating people :-D

Sep 07, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Consuelo's is l-o-n-g gone. There was one in La Mesa, one in Hillcrest and I think one in La Jolla

Sep 07, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Homemade Corn Tortillas

I'll assume you meant red posole and not red people ;-)

Sep 07, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Corn may be more traditional with some dishes, but you probably have all the necessary ingredients in Norway to make some pretty decent flour tortillas. Flour + fat + water & salt. Rest, roll and cook.

Sep 07, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

The Top Shelf, yes. Great steaks. It's the Brig now...and much remodeled :-)

Consuelo's for the complimentary (Sonoran-style, tho we didn't know it was Sonoran-style at the time) cheese crisp. I still make those occasionally

Sep 07, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Homemade Corn Tortillas

You might want to check your bag and see where it's from. I believe this product is from Colombia which makes it better for arepas than tortillas

To make the tortillas you want, you need to be using a product from Mexico, which would most likely be Maseca.

Sep 07, 2014
DiningDiva in Home Cooking

Ten Mexican Restaurants Rated among Top 50 of Latin America.

Valle de Guadalupe, Baja...just outside of Ensenada

Sep 05, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

Ten Mexican Restaurants Rated among Top 50 of Latin America.

A little surprised Corazon de la Tierra is #42, the food is exceptional

Sep 05, 2014
DiningDiva in Mexico

San Diego is the Place to Go For...

Not too much credibility w/that HuffPo list. . .

It's not a burrito de papas fritas, it just a California burrito. Regular carne asada burrito + a handful of fries = California burrito.

Carne asada fries = California burrito wirhout the tortilla + cheese & sour cream. Caloric wonder but actually pretty decent

strongly suspect writer has never really been to SD and just did some on-line research for the SD paragraph

Sep 04, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego

Mariscos German Locations and Hours

The truck on Grape St. is closest to where you're going to be, and it's good.

Aug 31, 2014
DiningDiva in San Diego