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Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Adding a link to GypsyJan's earlier post (My Burning Kitchen): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983303

Jul 25, 2014
phee in San Diego
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Coupons and Deals

Jul 20, 2014
phee in San Diego

Random San Diego restaurant history

How cool - it's like a ride in the way-back machine! I remember going to Su Casa and thinking, "this isn't Mexican food". And, good lord - Caravaggio's??!

Jul 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

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

Last I knew, it was purchased by Jack McGrory and a couple of other guys - both San Diegans. It had lost it's luster after the Copley's sold it, though I can't remember who bought it, but I'm told the new owners are doing it justice. We plan a visit in the fall.

Jul 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Dining in La Mesa: any suggestions?

It's in the same strip mall as On Cue Billiards and Pho Superbowl at Jackson and Parkway.

Jul 05, 2014
phee in San Diego

Del Mar Fair...$2 Tuesday tastings..new food items

Thank you for the rec, Cathy. That was one tasty sandwich!

Jul 02, 2014
phee in San Diego

Good food within walking distance of San Diego City College and Sheraton Marina?

Gen Lai closed last month.

Jun 23, 2014
phee in San Diego

I'm craving...

Burger Lounge has a pretty tasty quinoa burger.

Jun 21, 2014
phee in San Diego

Favorite Food Trucks

When I was working, I liked the Recess truck, too. They have a weekly schedule that doesn't vary much, they put out little seats for people to use while they're waiting, they keep their menu simple (and it's rather clever), and they put out a damned good grilled cheese sandwich and grass-fed burger.

May 25, 2014
phee in San Diego

Opening Tomorrow...AJs Fish Merchant

A few of the dishes on the menu have definitely piqued my interest. Fingers crossed for a decent place to get seafood in East County.

May 23, 2014
phee in San Diego

Sweet Bricks Toffee downtown San Diego

Danger, danger! This is way too close to my hair salon!

Will report back toward the end of the month (next appt.), as I can't resist good toffee.

Thanks (I think!) for the rec!

May 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Sea 180 Coastal Tavern

A friend and I went shortly after they opened. In fact, they were still finishing construction on the hotel and restaurant patio. We both liked the duck quesadillas. The potstickers were just okay. My friend had the steak sandwich - good but messy. I had the seafood potpie, which was decent. Nice hunks of seafood and the portion was perfect. Crust could have used a tad more seasoning, but all in all, a good meal. Considering they'd only been open a very short time, I was impressed. I was even more impressed with the quality of service, an area many new places seem to struggle with.

May 06, 2014
phee in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

It will be on Fridays, but not sure when they're starting up again.

May 06, 2014
phee in San Diego

rehearsal dinner in San Diego

You might want to include your price range per person, and any other particulars (private room? type of food?) you may have. That will help immensely. You'll find Coronado and places in South San Diego can vary greatly in price and what they have to offer.

Apr 21, 2014
phee in San Diego

Help me out with my Specialty Produce Farmer's Market Box

Exactly! That's the big plus factor for "bags or boxes" from places like this or CSAs - trying new things you wouldn't normally buy or order when out. I finally came to terms with beets and brussel sprouts. ;)

Apr 19, 2014
phee in San Diego

Help me out with my Specialty Produce Farmer's Market Box

I, too, rarely get the Farmers Market bag from Specialty Produce. I used to get it every week. We had the same experience - often the greens were of the "use today or forget it" quality, and that doesn't fly in our household. I did find that it made me try more veggies that I normally wouldn't buy. I love the Seaport oils, vinegars, and salts, the fresh pasta, some of the sausages, and some of the sweets, but those are "occasionally buy" items for us. I'm not a fan of Sadie Rose bread, and quit getting the seafood when I got bay scallops too many weeks in a row. I get my eggs from a local farmer, so I didn't even try the eggs.

Apr 18, 2014
phee in San Diego

Solana Beach/Del Mar Eats

The Hillcrest Farmer's Market is worth it, but get there early. Parking, later in the day, is a nightmare. You're looking at a good 40-mile roundtrip from Solana Beach to Hillcrest. There are farmers markets closer to where you're staying. Check here: http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farm...

For casual brunch, I recommend Claire's on Cedros.

Apr 14, 2014
phee in San Diego
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List some of your fave lunch spots. .

What do you like there, ipse? I've been to the one in Monterey Park and wasn't impressed.

Apr 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

List some of your fave lunch spots. .

My daughter and I had a lovely lunch of small plates at The Hake yesterday. Hamachi Tartare, Shaved Rib Eye (came with caramelized onions), Jicama Turnovers, and Ceviche.

Cucumber water was refreshing after a day at the Birch Aquarium. We'll definitely keep this in our rotation.

Apr 12, 2014
phee in San Diego

New Mariscos truck in University Heights.

Agreed. I would see a truck up there often when I was still working, and that was last year.

Mar 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

Is it bad that my first thought on reviewing the menu is "I hope they imported the 'ocean water' in which they cook their potatoes"?

Still anxious to try this spot, based on everything else I've seen from Blaise.

Mar 03, 2014
phee in San Diego

Q'ero

You just needed to go a little further to find out menu prices:

http://www.qerorestaurant.com/sunday-...

Mar 03, 2014
phee in San Diego

Help me out with my Specialty Produce Farmer's Market Box

I don't get one every week, but I've come to love the flavored balsamic vinegars and olive oils from Seaport. You can never go wrong with Spring Hill's organic butter - it's delicious!

Feb 25, 2014
phee in San Diego

Source for ORGANIC Sourdough bread?

Charlie's site says they use organic ingredients:
http://www.charliesbestbread.com/

I can't tell you if it's good because I make my own. :)

Feb 22, 2014
phee in San Diego

Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

Totally forgot about Tea Upon Chatsworth. Good suggestion!

Feb 18, 2014
phee in San Diego

Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

Aubrey Rose in La Mesa. Afternoon tea is their specialty.

Feb 18, 2014
phee in San Diego

Best grilled fish?

Thanks! It's been years since I've been to El Pescador, but she asked about it.

Feb 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Best grilled fish?

A friend and I share a birthday, and always celebrate with lunch out. She's a pescatarian, and expressed an interest in good grilled fish. We would prefer someplace less casual than Blue Water, and I was thinking The Fishery, El Pescador, Fish Public, or Spike Africa's (I heard their fish was good).

Thoughts?

Feb 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

A Room with a View

I ate at Sea 180 shortly after they opened. In fact, they were still working on the hotel. It's okay. The food is typical of most Cohn restaurants. The hotel was quite nice, but, having lived in IB back in the day, I'm having a hard time seeing it as a destination for many tourists wanting more upscale digs.

Feb 07, 2014
phee in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - CHOCOLATE

I've always been partial to their almond square. Dark almonds, however, are pretty darned good. Nuts & Chews FTW!

I need to put in a good word for Elegant Truffle in Point Loma. Though I love the sea salt caramels from Eclipse, the caramel squares here are transcendent. Big enough to quarter and share, and worth every penny.

Yes, all of the referenced caramels are chocolate-covered, to keep it in the DOM category.

Feb 06, 2014
phee in San Diego