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Thanksgiving

It's a long and complicated story, but we're looking to celebrate Thanksgiving at a restaurant this year (for the first time!). We are still fairly new to the area. I know the Del over in Coronado and the Grant Hotel are two good options. Has anyone try either? Do you have first-hand knowledge? And if not -- other good suggestions for that day?

Oct 15, 2011
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Good Indian food

Hey all, we're looking for a short list of good Indian restaurants. My daughter and I often hit up Cafe India (and order off the menu, not buffet) over on Sports Arena, mostly out of convenience, but we'd like to try some other places where we can explore this cuisine. Ideas?

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Cafe India
3760 Sports Arena Blvd Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92110

Oct 15, 2011
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Heading to Julian

Thanks all. Any other orchard suggestions besides Raven?? (It sounds good, but just curious if there are other choices as well!)

Oct 08, 2011
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Heading to Julian

We're thinking of taking the kids out to Julian for apple picking, but have never been there. Any tips/suggestions on the right orchards to try, and of course, good eats while we're there for the day? Would love to hear your tips!

Oct 05, 2011
DipCone in San Diego

Split Side of Beef in San Diego Area?

I picked up a brochure from the Da-Le Ranch folks at the Little Italy farmer's market, and it looks like you can get 1/4, 1/2 or a whole grass-fed cow. I don't see a website, but the email is: dave@da-le-ranch.com and the phone is: 951-657-3056

Jul 29, 2011
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Recs for solo business diner

I think you'd like Craft & Commerce; The Pearl or if you like wine, then Red Velvet. All easy places to dine solo and the eats are good too.

May 07, 2011
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Champions league at San Diego

Blindy Lady Ale House also would likely have the game on.

Apr 14, 2011
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Chinese in La Jolla

Definitely agree with that.

Apr 06, 2011
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Chinese in La Jolla

It's not Chinese, but I bet your pop would like it: Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen on Girard. It's not intimidating, and the food was surprisingly good.

http://www.spiceandricethaikitchen.co...

I have to disagree about the Mandarin House being good. We tried once, and never went back.

Apr 05, 2011
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Hip lounge, great ambiance...

Small Bar, The Pearl

Apr 05, 2011
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Everyone Loves this Place but Me...

Mine would be Cups, the cupcake joint in LJ. Terrible. I don't get the love there. And I agree with others over Cucina Urbana. I've only been once, but was scratching my head why everyone was so gaga over it. Sure, the polenta and ragu of the day was good, but of the 8-10 items our table tried, only one or two were "on", the rest? Not so much.

Mar 20, 2011
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Food pantries / Drop off sites in PB?

Does anyone know an easy place to drop off pantry items or donate non perishable food stuff in PB?

Mar 20, 2011
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Charcuterie

We sat at the bar at Tapenade last night, and they have a very delicious charcuterie plate for something like $10 bucks if I remember right. Four different types, all housemade. I'm guessing they change frequently. Nicely done there, and just adding it to your list.

Dec 10, 2010
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Dungeness?

Now that the dungeness season is open, is there a good source for fresh (not frozen) at a reasonable price?

Nov 16, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

Charcuterie

We had lunch at A.R. Valentien recently, and ordered the charcuterie plate. It was very refined and tasty. Generous too. Three big slices, each a different terrine/pate. Could have stopped at that for lunch. Don't know if they do any of the dried charcuterie, but this really was spectacular.

Nov 05, 2010
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Cheese at Costco

Fyi, there has been a recall on Costco's Bravo Farm's raw milk gouda: http://bit.ly/bZk7cm

Nov 05, 2010
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Is there a stellar raw bar in SD?

Title says it all, but looking for a spot that really does it right with large oyster selection, maybe crab, ceviche, whatever. Big platter, cold beer. Ideas on where I should look? (Non-chain please.)

Oct 18, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

My egg dilema

I don't know, but I'll ask him next time I go to Mercato.

Sep 28, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

More new to SD eating

Have tried a few more places and wanted to give a shout-out to the hounds who sent me to Coffee Cup in La Jolla. My gawd, it's fantastic. My tastebuds thank you. :)

Also went to The Fishery on Cass Street. It was excellent. We tried a number of things: Fishery soup, which was tomato-based with nice hunks of fish; Ahi Tuna Poke which was very fresh and well done. I meant to order the Oregon pink shrimp cocktail, but just ordered "shrimp cocktail" and the Mexican one came out, but it was fantastic. The shrimp have that sweet shrimpy-taste that is absent in the cheaped farmed stuff from Asia. Really, really delicious. I had the local yellowtail with frisee and plums. It was solid, but IMO overcooked. Not enough for me to say something and send it back, but definitely overcooked. Husband had the linguini and clams. They were excellent. The pasta was good too. Kiddos split the Yukon River Coho Salmon Miso. The kitchen plated it separately for them, which is always so appreciated, and honestly? Rarely happens. Kudos to them for that.

For desert we tried the balsamic strawberries with ice cream, and it was a stinker. The berries were piping hot. Melted the ice cream as soon as they "met", and it was too heavy on the balsamic. I've had this combo many times. The balsamic needs to be a light touch. Still? I was mighty impressed with the sustainability of the fish on the menu -- these people walk the walk. And the fish counter looked beautiful. I will definitely be back. ///edited to add one other thing: The only other complaint I had at The Fishery was the pace. The speed at which our dishes came out was rocket-fast. Too fast, and that was a bummer. Next time, we'll order the apps and hold on to the menu so they can't rush us.///

On another day, we tried The French Gourmet on Turquoise Street. Husband had a French onion soup and I had the tuna nicoise salad to-go. Both were a solid good. On a second trip, we tried the chocolate crossiants, and took some country pate home with us which was pretty good too. I didn't try the bread yet. It looked just okay. Am I wrong on that? Anyone try it?

This morning, kid #2 and I did a last-minute stop at Ricky's. We pass it on the way to school and, frankly? I'm a sucker for anything that says, "World Famous Apple Pancakes". So, so, so glad we did. Yes, it's 20 minutes for what's really a souffle and not a pancake at all, but that dish is a plate of cinnamon-sugar-apple-goodness. Superb. Crispy. Inflated (until we jabbed it with our forks), and 100% worth making #2 late for school. Dying to know how the fried chicken is here. Has anyone tried it?

Also, since last report, I've been to the Mercato and Hillcrest markets. I'd say that each market has something I like and don't like. So probably making the rounds is going to be the way to go. I'm closest to the LJ market, and that's easy, but I ♥ the Descanso egg man (as mentioned on a different thread), and over at Hillcrest, I liked the Carlsbad Oyster dude who said he's at the end of his season.

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French Gourmet
960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

Coffee Cup
1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Sep 27, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

My egg dilema

Hi Juantanamera, I wasn't writing off all farmers' market eggs, but I was saying that buying my eggs at a market was how I was attempting to insure that I was getting really great eggs, and that just was not happening. I was willing to pay a premium for small-produced, free range to cage-free eggs, and the quality I was getting in return was sorely disappointing. Until this weekend. I tried the Little Italy Mercato market and bought two dozen from the Descanso Ranch guy, and ding-ding, we have a winner! The shells had excellent strength. The yolk had a deep yellow color and stood up beautifuly. Both the inner and outer white held their shapes and didn't run all over the pan, and the Descanso guy couldn't have been nicer. He even threw in a giant double yolk egg, which I'm going to surprise my kids with tomorrow morning. :) The farmer said he's dry farming and so the food the chickens eat and scavage for is still bugs and whatever, but it won't really be peak season for eggs soon.

Sep 27, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

False claims, lies caught on tape at farmer's markets

Right, but not everyone has a market manager who keeps a tight rein.

Sep 24, 2010
DipCone in Food Media & News

False claims, lies caught on tape at farmer's markets

Thought this report was well done: http://bit.ly/adiZk5

But how do you guard against it? Asking questions of the farmers themselves may not lead to truthful answers. If you shop at a metro farmers market and don't know all your vendors on a first name basis, how are you protecting yourself from this kind of fraud? Advice?

Sep 23, 2010
DipCone in Food Media & News

Independent Steakhouse?

Just made reservations at Cowboy Star. Looks tremendous. Thank you all!

Sep 22, 2010
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Independent Steakhouse?

Terrific. Thank you all. And, RB Hound, no, I think Donnovan's sounds fine. I was trying to avoid a Ruth's Chris or a Capital Grille type chain. I'll check these two out.

Sep 22, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

Independent Steakhouse?

My steak-loving in-laws are coming for a visit next week. Finding a very good steak dinner is high on the list of priorities. No chains please, but any suggestions would be welcomed. I drove past The Wellington the other day, and that looked hip and fun, but we're talking in-laws here, and hip makes them uncomfortable, so that choice is probably out. Can you help point me to a winner?

Sep 22, 2010
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My egg dilema

Gasp! You are right. My mistake. Still, these don't look like reused cartons. The sticker from the Hillcrest batch says: Gama Farms. Free Range Eggs, Grade AA. Packed (with a number that I think says: 261; Sell by: 10/18
Arvin, CA Then a code: CA5318AN <--tracking, I'm sure.
And then instructions to refrigerate after purchase.

Do you think it could be a regional thing? I know the color of the hen determines the color of the shell. But my lament is more about the strength of the shell being noticibly weaker than what I was used to on the East coast; and the whites spread out in the pan far more than what I think they should, based on my experience with other straight-from-the-farm eggs. Maybe it has something to do with the weather, bugs, plants -- the terroir of these eggs? Could it be??

Sep 22, 2010
DipCone in San Diego

My egg dilema

So, I complained recently that the egg-lady at the LJ farmer's market sold eggs that were far below the quality I expected. The shells seemed weaker, and the whites and yolks didn't stand up like I expected. Last week, I tried the Hillcrest market, and bought two dozen from the egg stand there. Very similar results. On closer look at both cartons, I noticed the eggs were graded AA, not A. (Grade AA eggs are inferior.)

So my question is this: WHY are farmers selling lesser quality eggs at a farmers market? Where do the Grade A eggs go? And if I can't get them at my farmer's market, where exactly do I go to buy fresh, small-producer eggs that are Grade A? I am so surprised (and frankly, bummed out) by this. Does anyone have any background or insider knowledge they can share with me?

Sep 22, 2010
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Great News! cooking supply store

Thanks, Josh. Was thinking the tamale making class looked good, and possibly the Farm to Table class with Jordan Russell. Do you know him? Would it be worthwhile?

Sep 17, 2010
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Great News! cooking supply store

Have you taking any of their classes? Looks like a wide variety of subjects with a nice mix of class times and price points, despite what looks like repeat-instructors. Would you say any class in particular is "don't miss"? Worth the time? Previous experiences here?

Sep 17, 2010
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New to SD -- here's what I've eaten so far

I agree. Just that Ceviche lady was getting ruffled about me asking her about the "red snapper" that we both knew wasn't red snapper at all, and when the sourcing of the shrimp came up, she said, "It's from Baja". I hope that it was, but when there's insanely cheap shrimp from Asia, and my flag was already up on the snapper, I just wasn't confident about where the shrimp actually came from and decided to skip it all together. Shrimp can be a best alternative, you are correct. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...

Sep 16, 2010
DipCone in San Diego