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Carnitas Snack Shack

Well, even leaving aside the cougar crowd, that essentially the town center for Carmel Valley, which is about as suburban San Diego as you can be. On top of that, there is a fairly significant Jewish population in Carmel Valley, so you have that.

about 18 hours ago
RB Hound in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

I could see it fitting into the coastal Del Mar vibe somewhat, and definitely could see it fitting into the coastal Solana Beach vibe, but Carmel Valley / Del Mar Heights? Yeah, tough.

In addition, a significant portion of the residents in that area would not be eating carnitas anything.

about 21 hours ago
RB Hound in San Diego

Elysian Brewing Is About to Sell its Soul to Anheuser-Busch

I've seen some arguments that some of Goose Island's "mainstream" beers (e.g. Honkers, 312) aren't as good as they once were as they now are being contract brewed, but since I really never drank much of them in the first place I have no personal opinion on it.

All I know is that BCBS was as good as ever this year.

2 days ago
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A (VERY late) trip report! (From the Cheeseheads)

World Famous is on Beach Chick's hit list. LOL

I went to graduate school in Wisconsin, so I'm a cheesehead of sorts too.

Jan 23, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Lagunitas sues Sierra Nevada – then doesn’t

It's weird. If I look closely at the two labels and compare various elements, they definitely are different. However, if you just give the labels a quick glance, there is something quite similar about them, and I'm not talking about the string IPA. Maybe a lot of dimensions *are* the same.

This was good publicity, though. Why? Because most people responded to the lawsuit by saying or thinking "Lagunitas Sucks!"

Jan 20, 2015
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Anchor Steam plans pop-up at stadium

I think Jess pretty much answered the question.

I think that as penance, Josh should go order an "Anchor Steam Porter" at the Cheesecake Factory.

Jan 19, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Cactus Cooler Soda

I used to drink one or two of those when golfing at Balboa, 15 years or so back. They always had it at the snack shack that is between 9 and 10. Perfect when ice cold.

I'll check if Bristol Farms has it the next time I'm in there. They may have singles; not sure if they have 6-packs.

Jan 17, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Eats around Pacific Beach, CA

And just like that, BC rips through another list. :)

I think Iron Pig deserves addition to any PB list:

http://www.ironpigalehouse.com/

Jan 16, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

The plague of clueless bartenders

Josh, would you say that is more of a problem in the Bay Area than down in San Diego (given your familiarity with both)?

Jan 15, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Milestone birthday weekend for vegetarian/vegan foodie?

I'm not sure how long you've been around, Rhonely, but the "elitist" attitude is mainly shtick. I'm sure if you dug back into the annals (or should that be anal) of history, you'll find some of the very same people that are criticizing restaurant week acting excited about it.

The reality is that this is a case of "fool me once, fool me twice, fool me X times...". You can only burned so many times before giving up.

Jan 15, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Do you really think that is the reason why the Mozza experiment failed, though?

Jan 08, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

faculty candidate Interview dinner choices

I wouldn't know what to say, Fakey. I'm not sure if I've ever been to the Tilted Kilt (definitely not the San Diego one), and I'm pretty sure I haven't been to a Hooters in at least 10 years. I'm too old to handle greasy bar food (especially when it isn't all that good), I'm too big of a beer snob to find their tap list (or lack thereof) any bit enticing, and I am almost insulted by the fake flirting.

The only reason I made the suggestion above is that I know Hooters as a chain is not doing very well, and they did end up closing the one in Rancho Bernardo (which opened to a lot of controversy).

Back to the thread topic, I think that the OP is trying to find a few gems of their own they can dangle in front of their colleagues. LOL
I know how these things work - a lot of the faculty end up going off dated references when it comes to dining options for candidates/visitors, and you can end up with a little egg on your face if you aren't paying attention.

Jan 08, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego
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faculty candidate Interview dinner choices

Tilted Kilt is a lot better if you are going that route.

Jan 08, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Parsley root in San Diego

Yes, and plenty was present. Thank you for the tip.

Jan 07, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Parsley root in San Diego

Yeah, pretty much that. Use it in soups and sauces.

Jan 06, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Parsley root in San Diego

Guess I know where I will be going tomorrow.

There was somebody from here or previous forum iteration that was also married to a Romanian - would that be you? :)

Jan 05, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Parsley root in San Diego

Sometimes, honkman, about the same frequency as Whole Foods.

Let's put it this way - I can give the head produce guy a look, and he'll say "sorry - no parsley root" (for a while, it was the same with the deli and Canadian bacon)

Are you sure about that, Dr. Chow? I've looked the last two times I've been in Balboa International and didn't notice it, but I wasn't scouring through the entire produce section either (just glancing at it on my way to and back from the yogurt).

Jan 05, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Parsley root in San Diego

Up until about 6 months ago, Ralph's in La Jolla would usually have some parsley root in stock. Whole Foods would have it on occasion, too.

I have not seen it at either place since then. I notice that Specialty Produce has it listed on occasion, but I do not know of any grocery stores that carry it. Are any of you aware of any stores that might have it? Obviously (to some), these will probably be stores frequented by Eastern Europeans.

Jan 05, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

breakfast and coffee

If Fakey and honkman are on the same page, that generally is a good indication of a SD Chowhound consensus.

Jan 05, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

If You Had to Leave USA. for good...would beer determine you choice.

"Home brewing is antisocial, in communist countries."

Are you saying that home brewing is antisocial when one is in a communist country, or are you saying that home brewing is antisocial in general, and is mainly done (or is an artifact of being in) communist countries?

Jan 04, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

A trip through lager land, Bavaria

Yeah, somebody arguing with Thomas called him Jonkyo out of frustration. I don't think that drove him away, though - I think he just irritated during QuadGate.

Dec 29, 2014
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A trip through lager land, Bavaria

I don't think he took being accused of also being jonkyo very well. LOL

Dec 29, 2014
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Pliny the Younger Sightings 2015

In San Diego, people in the know keep the Pliny events that aren't well publicized on the down low.

Dec 29, 2014
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Caviar for New Year's Eve

There are a few nice employees there. What is amusing is when they are working at the same time as the grumpy ones, only to have the grumpy ones take them to task for being too nice to the customers.

Dec 28, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Caviar for New Year's Eve

You've got the politeness factor all wrong, honkman. Speaking Russian (or Ukranian) will get you worse treatment - almost all of the service quips I see are from people that say "it makes me feel like home 30 years ago" or something like that.

You may be getting their usual level of gruffness, if they detected any German in you they probably cranked it up a notch.

But as you say, it's a deli/market, not a full service restaurant. And they'll order a lot of specialty items for you, too, all the while being gruff. LOL

Dec 27, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Caviar for New Year's Eve

The European Continental Deli is still open and quite busy (though their holiday hours may be iffy). Warning: authentic, gruff Russian customer service.

Dec 27, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Caviar for New Year's Eve

Hey - you aren't supposed to laugh along with the Berlin quips!

Dec 23, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Unconscious Motives and Beer

This is a very good point by Josh.

I'm not sure how it works in the rest of the world, but if you are a new nanobrewery in San Diego, you get successful by doing this:

1. Opening up with at least a few impressive beers right out of the gate,

2. impress a few people in the San Diego craft beer illuminati.

This is probably a level below where most people are here, though.

Dec 23, 2014
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RedO is Coming

It wasn't something that leaped out from the article, but it sounded like they were going to raze the Donovan's space and build a new building for them.

Dec 16, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

RedO is Coming

CSTR - you do know who "bluefin2na" is, don't you?

Hint: he'd have a pretty good idea of what Catalina would buy or not buy.

Dec 16, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego