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Interview with Candice Woo (Eater San Diego)

Interesting interview with Candice Woo (Eater San Diego) on the link below. FYI the interview with Ms. Woo starts at ~22:50 and lasts about 15 mins. Lot's of good info and opinion. I was excited to hear about:

- Heart and Trotter (whole animal butcher)
- South Park Brewing
- Bagby Brewing

http://tinyurl.com/kyaqorm

Apr 27, 2014
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San Diego breweries among best in the world....

Just for shits and giggles, what would you consider the top 5?

Apr 03, 2014
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Your Favorite Beer Snack?

Great topic! My father loved to eat Snyder's hard pretzels and cheddar cheese with beer (Budweiser only). I've expanded this to many different types of cheese and some form or crusty bread with craft beer. Easily my favorite beer "snack", though if the cheese and bread are good it sometimes turns into a meal.

To your second question, I don't have a typical beer because I like to drink a variety. Though lately I've focused on Belgian styles.

Mar 29, 2014
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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

Keep in mind that oxygen is not necessary for oxidation. The term oxidation is a historical one and the phenomenon was first observed with oxygen. However, oxidation is a general chemical phenomenon that takes place with a number of compounds where there is exchange of electrons. So oxidation can take place in airtight, flushed bottles.

Remember: LEO the lion says GER. Loss of electrons: oxidation, gain of electrons: reduction.

Mar 16, 2014
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Source for organic pork in San Diego Grocery Stores

The OP is likely referring to a "junkscience" study (funded by an anti-GMO group) and published by a small, pro-organic farming journal that purported to show an increase in certain conditions (primarily stomach inflamation) amongst GMO-fed pigs. The publication was roundly criticized based on methods and use of unusual statistical analyses. The conclusion of most unbiased scientists is that any observed difference is the result of chance and not a real difference. The original article and a review are below.

http://www.organic-systems.org/journa...

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/06...

Mar 15, 2014
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Where have you had the best Osso Buco in SD?

Amaya at the Grand

Feb 17, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

Thanks for the info!

Feb 09, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

Cool! I like them both but never made the connection. Know where the cheese/mustard can be purchased??

Feb 08, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

I do love the AleSmith. Funny story. Awhile back a vendor I work with hosted a party at a box at Petco for a Padres game. Turns out one of his friends is a brewer at AleSmith and is also attending. Spent a lot of time talking to the brewer and he mentions that next time my vendor buddy is in town he should stop by the brewery and he'll give him some beer to bring to me.

So the next time he's in town, we meet for lunch to discuss business and he mentions he has some AleSmith for me. Expecting a couple of bottles, we get to his car and he brought me 12 (yes 12!) growlers and 2 cases of bombers!!! I'm in beer heaven but growlers have a limited shelf life and there's no way I can drink that much beer (including 2 growlers of the 11% ABV stout) without a couple weeks of detox. Fortunately the following weekend is Halloween and I took the beer to a friends house who lives on a street where they do Halloween big. The kids roam the street for candy and the dads roam the street with Red Solo Cups for adult treats. So we poured the AleSmith and were the highlight of the dads Trick-or-Treating that year.

Need to get down to AleSmith to try the Vietnamese Speedway!

Feb 08, 2014
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San Diego breweries among best in the world....

I think another misconception is that SD is a tropical climate when it is in fact a cool coastal climate, especially within ~5 miles of the coast. It rarely exceeds 80F in the summer and usually cool in the evenings, save the occasional Santa Ana. I rarely consider the temp too hot to enjoy a bigger beer.

Feb 08, 2014
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San Diego breweries among best in the world....

....according to RateBeer. 7 SD breweries ranked in the Top 100 in the world.

http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/...

AleSmith ranked #1. We certainly are blessed in SD to have so many great breweries locally.

Feb 07, 2014
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Italian Ice & Soft Serve Frozen Custard

Certainly does bring back memories. Will need to take the kids.

Do you remember "water ice" (i.e. Italian ice, not sure why it was called that) served on top of ice cream being called a "radio ball"??

Feb 05, 2014
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Actually, by doing just a little study of the history of the SD brewing industry one will find that it was in fact very much an "organic" development and growth of an industry. San Diego was considered a very unlikely place for a brewing trend to take root. A number of the seminal SD breweries were home brewers making for family and friends that went pro (e.g. Pizza Port, Ballast Point). Pizza Port, a great example, started as a pizza restaurant and didn't sell beer for the first 5 years. Many of their recipes came from (and still come) from home brewers. Having White Labs right in SD encouraged experimentation and collaboration using different yeast strains. Many breweries got their start by brewers leaving a company and starting their own. Often using space from a brewery that had expanded and moved on. The lineage of brewers in SD is very incestuous.

Sure, Stone has an interesting and different marketing approach, but one would be hard pressed to find a better example of "organic" seeding and growth of an industry than brewing in SD.

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

And it was....good?...bad?...ugly?

Feb 04, 2014
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Star B Ranch in Ramona is the place that grows hops. They are primarily a buffalo ranch growing hops on the side. Not sure if there's a connection between the two. Still not clear whether the hops have made it into beer.

http://ramona.patch.com/groups/busine...

Feb 04, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Counter is open at the airport in Terminal 1 in the Gates 3-10 pod. Been so for a few weeks now.

Feb 03, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

BLAH is probably easily ruled out as they only have 5 or 6 bar seats and they're pretty uncomfortable. Not a great TV behind the bar either.

Jan 28, 2014
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One Beer dinner

I would recommend the Blind Lady Ale House for the best combination of beer and food, IMHO. The beer quality and selection are legend at BLAH. They also have charcuterie and cheese plates that are some of the best I've had anywhere. They make their own pates and terrines in house as well as the accompaniments (pickled vegetables and chutneys) with nicely grilled bread. And excellent salads. Pizza is good there though not the best in SD. Atmosphere/ambiance is nice in a laid back, communal table kind of way. Though can get a bit loud.

Jan 27, 2014
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Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

Glad you enjoyed the trip and thanks for the report. One more place you might put on your SD bucket list is Hamilton's Tavern. Also a Draft Mag top 100.

Jan 19, 2014
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2 days/1 night in San Diego for Anniversary. Foodie Recs

I'm a big fan of the service at BLAH. Once when sitting up front I spilled a nearly full beer and walked up to the beer counter and let them know to bring a mop. I stated the "I spilled my beer and...." but before I could mention a mop the woman working the beer counter replied "What were you drinking, I'll pour you another". Love the focus on the customer (and the beer!).

On the topic, took the family to BLAH for lunch yesterday. Their charcuterie plate is just fantastic. Typically 4 pieces served with 2-3 pates/terrines made in-house and 1-2 imported cured meats e.g. ham, salami, etc. But what sets them apart are the accompaniments. The also pickle their own vegetables (red onion, cucs, carrots, cauliflower, etc) and made a great sour cherry, apricot and mustard chutney. Finally is the nicely grilled bread. Overall the best I've had anywhere.

Jan 19, 2014
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2 days/1 night in San Diego for Anniversary. Foodie Recs

Blind Lady has some of the best cheese plates and charcuterie plates I've had anywhere. They do some very nice salads as well. Pizza is pretty good but not the best in town.

Enjoy!

Jan 17, 2014
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Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

Are you saying that Societe beers are that good? Your previous e-mail seemed dismissive.....

Jan 10, 2014
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Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

Apps like Google Maps always assume that you're driving the speed limit (which I rarely do) so are good as a conservative estimate.

Jan 10, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

IPAs just as good as Alpine? And a shorter drive! I must have this beer. ;)

Actually, I did just have a Societe IPA over at Stone. Nice, but not as good as Alpine IMHO.

Jan 09, 2014
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Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

I think your beer plan is a good one for someone travelling with folks who don't drink beer. Alpine is a fabulous brewery and the drive there is very scenic and your parents should enjoy. Unless you have a special reason to visit Societe, I might recommend Automatic Brewing/Blind Lady Ale House. It's right off highway I-8, a good brewery and a great beer bar overall (most beers are guest beers). It's a Draught Magazine Top 100 beer bar. Stone (assuming you're planning on visiting the Liberty Station brewery) is a great place even for non-beer drinkers. Great place to hang out. There's even a bocce court.

In terms of wine, I haven't tasted there much but there seems to be a growing wine region in the Ramona Valley. Even has a designated AVA. Nice drive from Coronado into the foothills.

Enjoy your visit to SD!

Jan 09, 2014
steveprez in San Diego

Best Restaurant Meal in 2013 ?

SD: Alchemy
OSD: Montiel in Barcelona

Jan 04, 2014
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Celis....again

Apprehensive about wading into this debate but.....

....while in Austin awhile back I listened to a PBS (I think) story on the radio about the rebirth of Celis by his daughter. Apparently, Celis wanted to move to the US generally but was afraid that he'd have diffiiculty with the language, not being a native English speaker. He chose Texas because he'd heard the people there spoke slowly.

Dec 24, 2013
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Pho King??

Dec 23, 2013
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Christmas/Winter Brews

I always look forward to Delirium Noel (belgian strong dark ale) and Alesmith YuleSmith - Winter (imperial red). Going to AleSmith today to fill a couple of growlers. If I spend Xmas in Portland with family there, we always share a bottle of The Abyss (awesome imperial stout).

Merry Xmas to all!

Dec 23, 2013
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best pizza

A great place for pizza that I've never seen mentioned on CH is Del Mar Pizza. It's just a block off of Seagrove/Powerhouse park and you could get take out and walk to the park. Or they will deliver to the park if you give them the location. It used to be primarily a take-out joint but they've upgraded and even have sidewalk dining area (forget if they have heat lamps) that kinda, sorta, almost has an ocean view. It's NY style pizza and has a great crust and toppings. I've lived in Philly and NY for 25 years and it's easily as good as anything I've had there.

Dec 23, 2013
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