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Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Google seems to suggest that "Pancho's" is actually called "Sancho's".

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Yeah - somehow I really misread that.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

PA = "Pretty Average"?

Shallow Alto?

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

You don't need to drive - it's a few stops away on the Caltrain.

Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

2005? That was the crap I heard during the early 90s craft beer buildup.

Aug 22, 2015
RB Hound in Beer
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Small Redemptions of San Diego

I'm not the one that used the initials in the first place; that was kriot. As you must know by now, I certainly don't have an aversion to typing. LOL

Aug 20, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Pabst Blue Ribbon........quality vs. quantity Question for Beer Drinkers

I remember when I used to have to walk to the grocery store two miles through driving snow, uphill, just to take back those returnable Stroh's bottles.

Aug 19, 2015
RB Hound in Beer
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Small Redemptions of San Diego

Redwood City, Mountain View, Half Moon Bay. I think you can figure out the rest. It was a response to my post which spelled out one of those places - so that was your code key. :)

Aug 19, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Small Redemptions of San Diego

That one I have not seen, but I did see one near the Sunnyvale/Santa Clara border.

Aug 17, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Small Redemptions of San Diego

Part of it may be that I live in the Silicon Valley, but trustworthy and generally reliable fish markets such as Catalina Offshore, or even El Pescador or Blue Water don't seem to exist in San Jose / Sunnyvale / Mountain View.

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Thanks, Melanie. i saw Dittmer's (was staying in a hotel near there for a while), but didn't wander in. Was tempted. Fruitwise, the farmer's markets have kept me pretty busy, so maybe when a lot of the fruit season has passed (in particular stone fruit) I'll give that place a try. Maybe the Mountain View farmer's market is a special case, but I was shocked at how much produce (actually "farm" stuff) was there compared to the typical San Diego markets. Locality of the farms to here, I guess.

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

Sea World has surprisingly decent BBQ at the Calypso Bay Smokehouse (near the dolphin stadium). Not as bleh as you'd think. The eating options there are quite a bit better than they are in the Zoo, IMO.

Speaking of the Zoo, it is pretty close to Panama 66 and the Prado in Balboa Park. It would not be difficult for you to shoot out of the Zoo for lunch, then go back in - definitely walkable.

I was going to suggest doing Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for the convenience, but then I saw you were staying at Torrey Pines (which is really San Diego, but I digress) which is relatively convenient for hitting Zumbar. Zumbar carries pastries (especially the croissants) from the Opera Cafe, FWIW.

Aug 13, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Cry Me A River (of Beer)

I've noticed. I agreed with his overall sentiment, but just because I don't feel sorry for the East Coast Beer Koch doesn't mean I think that foreign conglomerates should be able to buy breweries in this country and get taxed less to produce the same beer. This is another example the message getting lost because of the messenger.

Aug 12, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

I think Honkman's little avatar should have Eeyore in it.

Aug 10, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego
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Will Anthony's remain on the waterfront?

And the Sunroad project has Kraftbier!!!

Aug 07, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Cry Me A River (of Beer)

So all of your "craft beer" talk is, in the end, a load of BS. You are more interested in classism than good beer. I'll keep that in mind the next time I read your musings on beer.

I really don't care how much EC Beer Koch pays in taxes, but I don't think it is fair if he pays more than taxes than if an international conglomerate owned Sam Adams. They should pay tariffs through the nose.

Aug 06, 2015
RB Hound in Beer
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Cry Me A River (of Beer)

Care to expand? I think he makes a reasonable point, one I think you'd be all over. Or are you so against any big producer that you'd rather see them being run by international conglomerates than local interests?

Aug 05, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Kid Friendly Dining in SD

For the most part, that is true honkman, though the Coin-Op Game Room has pretty good cocktails from what I've heard.

Aug 05, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

A couple of New Yorkers visiting San Diego for the first time. Where to eat?!

I think you meant Luche Libre, not El Luchador (which seems to be a catering outfit).

Aug 04, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Kauai: The Feral Pig Pub & Diner in Lihue

If you go to the Facebook page and look back (I never can figure out how to get URL's for individual posts!), it implies that it may have been a rent/leasing issue.

Aug 03, 2015
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Pale Ale Taste-Off: 6 Great Brews on Tap

Some times when you get beers on tap - especially those that are cask conditioned - they are dry hopped differently than their usual product.

It could also be an age issue as well - kegs much fresher than the bottles...

Aug 03, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Zagat picks 8 "overhyped" dishes

This group of restaurants looks an awful lot like a list of recommendations you'd get from a tourist magazine back in the late 90s.

Aug 02, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego
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Zagat picks 8 "overhyped" dishes

They did regional ones (San Diego listed below), but tacos at El Indio also showed up as #1 on their national list.

https://www.zagat.com/b/san-diego/the...

Some of our favorites are on this list, naturally, but I'm trying to figure out who hypes the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Jul 31, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Thank you. I went to Nob Hill tonight and thought a decent place, it didn't really seem quite there (in fact, they seemed like a good Ralph's replacement). I'll try Drager's and Andronico's soon...

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Thank you. The beauty of the Mountain View one is that I can hop on the light rail and not have to deal with parking. I pretty much live right by the Fresh & Easy on Fair Oaks (don't get me started on them LOL).

Bracero

I was talking about the specific topic, Doctor, just parsing of language. And it wasn't here; I think it was actually in the beer forum, discussing whether some beer/brewer was "groundbreaking". The person that was getting all curmudgeonly about the definition was that Danish guy that pretty much disappeared.

Jul 28, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Bracero

Am I deja vuing or has this discussion occurred before?

Jul 28, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego
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Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Supposedly the farmer's market in Mountain View on Sunday mornings is pretty good. Maybe I should make sure that I'm not that hung over this coming weekend, so I can check it out. LOL

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Completely forgot about Whole Foods in my list (especially given it was probably #2 on money spent). We also shopped some at Costco, naturally. Other than Bristol Farms, they had the best steaks.

I think you may have misunderstood my point about Von's - it mostly *is* Safeway. Same products, same store look and feel, etc. My loyalty card works in them. So naturally, it's familiar.

There's a Walmart Grocery in Santa Clara just east of the Sunnyvale border, near Great America and Levi's Stadium. I watched some family in front of me take over 10 minutes to check out a half full grocery cart.

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Some of you may remember me from the old California parent board (I can't even imagine what a single board would be like now). I've moved to the north Sunnyvale area for work purposes. I promise I'll behave a lot more here than on the San Diego board - my yapping would usually just get drowned by all of the signal here, anyway. :)

Finding restaurants is easy. Not a lot discussion about this area, but enough to keep me busy. My real problem is that the In-N-Outs are a lot more numerous here. What I am now trying to figure out is the grocery landscape and how it relates to what I was used to before.

Some are easy:

Von's -> Safeway. It's the same store.
Trader Joe's -> Trader Joe's.
Sprouts -> Sprouts. Not quite as ubiquitous here, but there are a few nearby.

Ralph's -> ???. Looks like there is no Kroger/Ralph's nearby. It was my primary store, so it sounds like I'll need to do some adjustment.

There is a Lucky's that is near my residence, but I see a lot have closed. Sounds like the remnants of Albertson's (which had to close a lot of stores due to the merger with Von's). Not sure it is worth being on my list, but easy enough to check out.

I see quite a few Walmart Neighborhood stores, which provide you the Walmart grocery experience in a standalone store! OK with getting some stock items at those, but... And along those lines, I see that most of the Targets have groceries as well.

My other remaining gap is the upscale grocery store. We had a Bristol Farm's nearby, which I very much liked. It sounds like Nob Hill Foods would be similar? I see that there are also a Draeger's and an Andronico's not too far away (south Mountain View / Los Altos), but probably far enough that it wouldn't be a normal stop unless they had unique (or uniquely good) items.

Thank you in advance.