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Hai Di Lao? WTF is this? Paging Chandavkl, TonyC

OMG. HaiDiLao was my favorite hot pot place in China. The service was amazing. They also had this refrigerator so you can see the freshness of the produce and meat they were using that day. I cannot wait for the official opening.

Cowboy star-what do you order?

Any idea what is on Cowboy Star's happy hour menu?

Aug 15, 2012
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Dinner in shanghai for Second Aniversary

Is that US$150? And by Chowhound-style, do you mean good food in addition to a good second anniversary atmosphere or just strictly good food?

I wouldn't recommend any Mexican places in Shanghai, but if you had to go to one it would be Maya, which is an upscale Mexican experience and significantly better than Cantina Agave. For other non-Chinese options there is Madison (New American), Goga or Hai by Goga (New American - call in advance for reservations), El Willy (Spanish), Cuive (French), Franck (French), Stiller's.

For Chinese options with a bit of fancy, there is Lost Heaven south of the Bund, Din Tai Fung, Ye Shanghai, South Beauty...

Sichuan Restaurants in Shanghai

You can try Spicy Joint or 辛香汇. There are multiple locations in Shanghai. The only thing is that they don't take reservations so you will have to go really early or really late because the queues can be over an hour, especially on weekends.

Sundubu Jjigae (순두부찌개) / Korean Soft Tofu Stew

Any good place to get authentic sundubu in San Diego? I would prefer it as a meal in itself complete with banchan, not just a small portion to compliment a Korean bbq experience (though, am also curious which Korean bbq places have good sundubu as well). Had it in Korea and it was awesome...spicy and served bubbling.

Dec 22, 2011
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Jesse vs xin jishi? Help with my foodie vacation plans

There are a few dishes that they will only make if you order it in advance, but it is highly recommended you do so. If you go to Jishi / Jesse, you need to make a reservation in advance. The space is really small and gets packed quickly.

Halo Halo

Try Conching's Cafe in National City. It's been around since I was a kid. You can get ube ice cream on your halo halo, too, or just plain ube.

Nov 02, 2011
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Shanghai; Why no Chowhound Meets?

Just an update. The meet on August 21st was at a Shanghainese style Sichuan restauant called Chopsticks. Would be interested in a regular event.

Best Salad or Sandwich for a Budget near or around Downtown

Where is this rare ahi smothered with wasabi mayo? Apparently I will be back in SD after being away from the States for a year!

Jul 10, 2011
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

If your daughter would like, you could get tea at the hotel and enjoy the view and atmosphere. L. Frank Baum of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" apparently is credited in designing the chandeliers in the Crown Room of the Hotel Del.

Mar 07, 2011
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

Plenty of locals from Coronado like to go to Cafe 1134 for their coffee spot. Also, there are morning queues at the coffee cart in front of Bay Books on Orange Avenue or Kafeens at the Landing.

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Cafe 1134
1134 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Feb 18, 2011
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Shanghai vegetarian?

Last I checked, Vegetarian Lifestyle has a lunch set deal for 20rmb.

Where is the Best Sunday brunch in Shanghai?

I'm a big fan of the brunch at Madison. I went with 6 people and we ordered almost everything on the brunch menu (plus a few double orders) and it came out to about 90rmb per person with drinks. I highly recommend the scrambled eggs with mushroom and Scottish eggs (made with duck eggs and duck sausage). Austin Hu apparently managed to extend the lease for 6 more months until they are able to find a new location.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (SOMA), SF?

At home, I do a traditional grilled cheese without any special fixings. Just good bread and cheese. Seeing this place in a travel magazine, I was curious to try it out during my short stop in San Francisco. I went there on a Wednesday for lunch en route to a Giants game. I arrived just before the lunch rush, a tad before noon. I didn't know what to get so I asked the girl at the till and she suggested the Jalapeño Popper as her favorite (the owner loves the Black and Blue). I was curious about the basil-lavender pesto though. My Jalapeño Popper (with 2 strawberries) arrived and I could see the hearty and earthy bread was well-toasted and slightly buttery. I'm not really a jalapeño fan, but the spicy kick was complimented by the sweetness from the apricot-jalapeño relish. The sandwich had an excellent balance of cheese, bread, bacon, jalapeño and relish so no single component overpowered the other. US$9 seemed a bit much to me, but I think the sandwich was well worth it.

Best Salad or Sandwich for a Budget near or around Downtown

I tried The Cheese Shop and had their turkey avocado sandwich, which was full of creamy avocado. Now I must find a hot sandwich!

I'm staying in Coronado (and I do have a car). Getting my Mexican fix today at Tacos el Paisa.

Aug 23, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Best Salad or Sandwich for a Budget near or around Downtown

I'm coming back to San Diego for a short weekend before promptly returning to Shanghai, People's Republic of China. Considering that I am on a Chinese local budget (in RMB) and that it is very difficult to get an excellent salad (no iceberg lettuce) or sandwich in Shanghai, where should I go to get my fill in San Diego? It has been about a year since I've been on the San Diego scene so I hope some local SD Chowhounders will be able to help me out (and others in San Diego on a strict budget). Seeing that "the best sandwich in Shanghai" runs at US$10 / 68RMB, I would say under US$10 range or under US$15 if the salad is really THAT good. Extra points for a good tuna melt with an even balance of bread, tuna salad, and light on the cheese (but the cheese should be quality) or suggestions with properly ripe avocado. Thanks!

Aug 20, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Heading to Hong Kong and Istanbul

For Istanbul, I went to Ciya Sofrasi in Kadikoy (Asia side). That was awesome. You could also try one of the hole in the wall shops in the fish market there on the way.

Try the lokum (Turkish delight)! I particularly like the pistachio and rose varieties. The flavor is not too sweet and does not taste artificial.

Regional Chinese Cuisine in San Diego

Thanks for the rec for Ba Ren. Any word on their mapo dofu? Bull frog? Or yuxiang qiezi (fish-fragrant aubergine)? I'm assuming they would have that considering they are Sichuan.

Are there Xinjiang places also?

Apr 29, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Regional Chinese Cuisine in San Diego

Is there anywhere in San Diego to get authentic Hunan, Yunnan, Dongbei, or Sichuan cuisine? Something other than the generic Americanized Chinese food or Cantonese? In addition, does anyone know of any restaurants that specialize in Shanghainese xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and hong shou rou? Thanks!

Apr 26, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

First Timer in Shanghai- Where not to miss?

Spicy Joint or Xin Xiang Hui is very popular with Shanghai locals, especially for the cheap price. The food is properly spicy. I particularly like the mapo dofu (spicy tofu) and the bullfrog. The yuxiang qiezi (fish-fragrant eggplant) was also nice. We ordered the roasted fish, but it was not as impressive as it looks. Anyway, they don't take reservations, so expect to queue at least 1 hour and even more on weekends, unless you go really early or really late.

Yu Xin is another popular Sichuanese chain, but there seems to be a migration to Spicy Joint lately.

Shanghai vegetarian?

Here is a helpful website for a vegetarian restaurant listings in Shanghai. http://www.happycow.net/asia/china/sh...

I personally have only been to Vegetarian Lifestyle, which was alright, but we went late and most of the meat substitute options were gone by then.

Feed me in Coronado please.

I would definitely go for the beer at CBC. Try the Red Devil Ale or the Orange Avenue for a hot day.

Cafe 1134 is a good place for coffee, though some might enjoy the cart at the Ferry Landing for the ambiance.

Feb 23, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

San Diego Breweries

Mermaid Red by Coronado Brewing Company is really good. Nice color too.

Feb 07, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

San Diego - Shochu bars/restaurants

Do you know how extensive the shochu selection is at these potential Japanese places?

Jan 28, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

San Diego - Shochu bars/restaurants

Are there any shochu bars in San Diego? Or any good Japanese restaurant for shochu? To clarify, shochu is not sake and is made from barley, sweet potato, or rice and is higher in alcohol percentage than sake.

Jan 21, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Filtered tap water in San Diego

I recommend the filters by New Wave Enviro. Water tastes great for drinking and cooking from the 10-step filtration process, which filters out more than Brita or PUR. And you don't have to change the cartridge until 4000 gallons, which is cheaper on the cost per gallon basis. I think you can also get different seals depending on the size of your faucet.

Jan 17, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Where can i get Italian pine nuts in SD?

Whole Foods sold pine nuts in their bulk section (not sure about now) so you can buy as much or as little as you need.

Jan 05, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Coronado Chow-ish and not too expensive?

Swaddee in Coronado has Thai, but I think their spicy hot factor has gone down. When it first opened, we had to request a level between 1-10 for heat. Anyway, most of the restaurants in Coronado are catered to the tourist crowd.

For good, authentic Mexican, I recommend going over the bridge and heading to Tacos el Paisa on National and 30th, which is off the first exit from the bridge heading south. That is the shortest distance you can go getting off the island.

Jan 04, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Five Guys: The San Diego Burger Invasion Continues!!!

When I was comparing Five Guys to In N Out, I preferred In N Out, but I think it was the In N Out bun that did it for me. In any case, the fries from Five Guys are awesome.

Jan 04, 2010
FrenziedPalate in San Diego

Shanghai - Vietnamese pho

Pho Real went down since its soft opening. The pho and spring rolls had the potential of getting better, but that did not happen. It also got more expensive for the fixed lunch menu.

Went to Pho 26 last weekend and the accompaniments were just wrong. It's cheaper than Pho Real though.