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Best 'Mexican' market in San Diego?

I, too, am way out in East County and agree that Foodland and Kaelin's are lacking. Good for some things; others, not so much. The trek to Northgate is worth it.

May 14, 2015
phee in San Diego

Ristorante Kaz?

I understand this is a sister restaurant to Sakura, and located in the same strip mall. Has anyone been, and, if so, what did you think? I find the combination of Italian-Japanese to be.....interesting.

May 14, 2015
phee in San Diego

Flour in SD

I've ordered from here: http://www.westwindonline.shoppingcar...

You can also use a combination of a good multigrain flour with the King Arthur Organic High Gluten flour to make your own blend of multigrain bread flour. That takes a bit of experimentation, but I really like KA flours.

May 13, 2015
phee in San Diego

Flour in SD

I've found Sprouts to be sporadic in the types of flours they carry. That said, I've found Bob's Red Mill Unbleached Whole Wheat bread flour at the Sprouts in Santee.

I usually order my multigrain flours, and also use the bread flour Costco carries (when I make tartine sourdough loaves).

May 12, 2015
phee in San Diego

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

There was also a Mulvaney's in Chula Vista on Broadway. AND there was an Aunt Emma's in CV, as well.

Oh, geez - I'm dating myself, aren't I?

Apr 28, 2015
phee in San Diego

ISO: your favorite croissant in San Diego

Arely vs. Opera: your take?

Mar 11, 2015
phee in San Diego

85°C Degrees Bakery ...

Stopped in there today, and, though the line was long to pay, it went fast. I think they've found their groove. I liked the fact that they had "crowd control" for pastry selection. It was a freakin' zoo inside, but fairly smooth considering. The pastries are pretty good, and I like that they had various breads from which to choose. I'd give an edge to Paris Bakery on the sweet stuff.

Feb 15, 2015
phee in San Diego

Ototo Sushi Co.

Went today for lunch, and really liked this little place. Spicy edamame was much less greasy than at other places, very fresh fish, and good ginger pork. I found the Ototo roll - tuna, crab, yellowtail, salmon & avocado wrapped in cucumber and no rice - a bit difficult to eat, but it was delicious. Iced green tea was exceptionally good, and service was attentive without hovering. Next time, I want to try their small plates.

Feb 15, 2015
phee in San Diego

Cucina Basilico

We stopped in here last night after a trip to Fry's, and were pleasantly surprised. Homemade gnocchi? Yes, please! Pantera Rosa sauce with pancetta was delicious, and the DH really liked his lasagne. They were slammed, and our bruschetta order was overlooked, but the bread with olive oil was filling enough. They comped our chianti, which I thought was a nice gesture. And honkman, you were spot on when you said the tiramisu was "one of the best in SD". It looked big (it comes in a bowl) but was light enough for us to split. So good! We'll definitely go back.

Feb 14, 2015
phee in San Diego

I'm craving...

I like the 'Totchos' made by the Eat at Recess truck, but you'd have to ask them to "hold the beef". ;)

Feb 03, 2015
phee in San Diego
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Anybody like meatloaf?

Thanks! He does a fine job with prime rib roast - so much so that we can't really order it out anymore - as well as turkey and jerky. Just never thought about smoking meatloaf.

On the topic of restaurant meatloaf, a friend recently recommended ordering the meatloaf sandwich at the Big Front Door. I must say, I've always been partial to next-day meatloaf sandwiches over just-out-of-the-oven meatloaf.

Jan 01, 2015
phee in San Diego

Anybody like meatloaf?

Smoked meatloaf? How long do you smoke it? I'd love to have the DH give it a go.

Best non-meat meatloaf, IMO, is the "Neatloaf" from Jyoti Bihanga.

Dec 29, 2014
phee in San Diego

Glogg/Glugg Mix in SD?

Mea culpa. I asked the DH, and he confirmed it was the bottled stuff we saw.

Dec 13, 2014
phee in San Diego

Glogg/Glugg Mix in SD?

I've seen it at World Market.

Dec 12, 2014
phee in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Did you see this, RB Hound? http://sandiego.taphunter.com/beer/Ru...

Dec 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

The Belly Up -- When Should I Be There?

Donny Darko would be proud, RB Hound.

Not sure why honkman would think Tears For Fears couldn't be classified as rock-star-status. These guys still pack 'em in. The concert is sold out.

Go early for a good seat, unless you've reserved something in the upper loft. I'd be there by 6pm for an 8pm show.

The food - to keep this "food related" - is okay, but there are better places close by. Enjoy the show - they put on a good one!

Dec 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

Yep - one of several.

The piano guy was good the night we went. Fun venue for a group dinner (we had 12).

Dec 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

I can tell you it gets busy on Saturday nights! Between the piano bar and the diners, it was fairly packed when we were there last month. Very old school, including the racy paintings in the bar. ;)

Dec 08, 2014
phee in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

DD, the last time we ate at Bully's, we swore we wouldn't go back for prime rib. The prime rib bits at the bar, yes, but we were very disappointed with the prime rib itself. Mind you, it's been about 4 years since we were last there, and it could have been a bad night for them.

Love them for happy hour, but probably won't go back for a meal.

Dec 08, 2014
phee in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

Ever since the DH started smoking meat at home, nothing from a restaurant quite measures up to his prime rib roast. However, Red Tracton's does a pretty good job.

Albie's is good. We were just there last month, and it's about $25.00 for the prime rib.

Now we'll have to try Fiddler's!

Dec 06, 2014
phee in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza - closing

Nov 15, 2014
phee in San Diego

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

We get the Manhattan clam chowder to go every now and then. It's kind of a cold weather (thus the 'now and then') tradition in our family. Oyster crackers - oh, yeah.

Nov 01, 2014
phee in San Diego
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Vintana Wine + Dine (Escondido) patio "small plates"

I met friends here last Friday - we were there for the band - and I must say the venue is much nicer than I expected. Someone said the view is better than you think, and they're absolutely correct. And again, I can't say enough about the service at Cohn restaurants. Their food is not swoon-worthy, but my experience is that they're consistent. Valet parking is complimentary. A very nice patio for drinks and apps at sunset.

Oct 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

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

La Bella's has changed, but mostly to accommodate the newer diners. I think the restaurant will always be "family-oriented", but it stands to reason they would do their best to bring in a broader customer base. You don't stick around for nearly 60 years without, for lack of better terms, staying relevant.

That said, I was there was late last year, and the pizza is just as good as it's always been.

Oct 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

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

Lindy, have you tried Alforon for Lebanese? Almost in La Mesa - very close - and the food is very good.

http://www.alforon.com/

Also, there are a couple of places in El Cajon: Alibaba and Sahara. I've never been disappointed with either restaurant.

http://sahararestaurantsd.com/
http://www.alibaba421el.com/

Sep 25, 2014
phee in San Diego

Wine stores in North County

Though it may be too far inland for you, Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido: http://www.holidaywinecellar.com/.

Sep 19, 2014
phee in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

True, Cathy, and once Rock Church started up there, it pretty much meant Liberty Station was 'never on Sunday' for me because of traffic. All the events I've worked or gone to have been on Saturdays, and when I go to shop or dine, it's during the week. The good Doctor has a solution, I see, but being 20+ miles out, I'm still going to avoid Sundays.

It will be interesting to see this unfold. Liberty Station already has a fair amount of draw for tourists and locals alike, and the location is great. I'm pretty sure they'd be busy on the weekends, not only because of the church (10K...really?!), but because of all the events that are held near the water.

Sep 13, 2014
phee in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Me neither. Meeting friends for dinner, especially on a Friday night or weekend, it's sometimes the choice because parking isn't an issue! However, it can get tight on the south side if there are several events going on. The key is knowing all your parking options, alternate entrances (crucial during the worst traffic moments on Rosecrans), and what part of LS you're visiting.

Sep 13, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego Public Market

Catt runs the PB, North Park, and Fisherman's Market, as well as Little Italy. Yeah, she'll be fine.

Sep 12, 2014
phee in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Exactly. I'll go if I'm in the area - and I'm there about every other week - but I doubt I'd make a special trip just for the food hall.

Sep 12, 2014
phee in San Diego