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Addison = excellent

Both of you are probably right, that 3 hours isn't too long for a 7 course meal. With good and exciting food the time would have probably flown by. Unfortunately, for that evening, even two hours would have seemed too long.

Feb 17, 2011
uponthoughts in San Diego

Addison = excellent

My husband and I went to Addison because of the rave reviews and wanted to embrace and support great food in SD. We had the seven course Carte Blanche and were extremely disappointed. We don't know if it was an off night or if the place is simply overrated. The wine pairing was weak, dinner took over three hours and most importantly the food was sub-par.

We should have known there was a problem when the waiter could not describe to us the difference between the $140 seven course and the $225 ten course other than one has three more courses than the other. He said the chef wanted to keep it a surprise...it was a surprise....surprisingly bad.

My husband got the wine pairing for $100 and I got the non-alcoholic juice pairing for $60. My husband was underwhelmed by the pairings, particularly the red wines. I thought the best part of my meal was the different fragrant and flavorful carbonated fresh juices with each course.

My least favorite was the foie gras with the macaroons and the meat course. The macaroons were hard and inedible and ruined the foie gras with its hard stick to your teeth consistency. The ham and veal dish was breaded and fried in butter and had a strange texture with no seasoning other than the taste of hot oil and butter. All I could taste was greasy breaded protein. I ate several bites and then gave the rest to my husband. Dessert was uninspired, a simple chocolate ganache and butterscotch gelato that both lacked depth of flavor and character.

We were also surprised that there was no flow to our dining experience. It took over 20 mins between some of the courses and dinner took over three hours, a bit excessive for a seven course meal. Again, it could've been an off night.

I gave it two stars because of the beautiful ambiance inside the restaurant, the tasty non-alcoholic pairing option and the wonderful amuse bouche of smoked salmon rillettes and excellent first course of australian hiramasa. It was all downhill after the first course. I expected all courses to be excellent or at least good.

We wanted so badly for it to be as good as the reviews, but it unfortunately fell flat. We will eventually give it another try and will get the three or four course meal where we get to choose each course from the menu. No more surprises.

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Addison
5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130

Feb 17, 2011
uponthoughts in San Diego

Temecula vineyard recommendations [California]

We have found the wineries in Temecula to be sub-par and too pricey. If you do go, I would recommend going to ones that have a 2-1 coupon tasting special on the weekdays.

Dec 27, 2010
uponthoughts in California

Rehearsal Dinner somewhere in La Jolla / Del Mar or North County

Two recommendations: Blanca and Brigantine Del Mar

1. My husband and I just had dinner at Blanca in Solana Beach and found the food to be very creative and tasty. Very relaxing vibe and very low key. Unfortunately, there is no ocean view but they have plenty of parking. The chef's tasting was a bargain at $75 per person.

2. Brigantine Del Mar. Some partial ocean view and reasonably priced seafood. Food is okay, valet only parking. It also has an outdoor area....but it might be pretty cold.

If your meal is at night keep in mind that you won't be able to see the ocean so the view will likely be underwhelming….unless your meal is during the summer days.

Congrats and good luck!

Dec 27, 2010
uponthoughts in San Diego

NYE Champagne Toast-appetizer recommendations in Mira Mesa area

I am hosting a NYE party and looking for good appetizers in the Mira Mesa area.

Any recommendations for good:

1. Egg rolls
2. Spring rolls
3. Pepper/salted chicken wings

I was thinking of Cristy's Bakery, China Chef II or Ba Le. Any feedback on these restaurants?

Thanks!

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China Chef II
9225 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

Cristy's Bakery and Restaurant
9178 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

Dec 27, 2010
uponthoughts in San Diego

Where to buy caviar in San Diego?

Thanks to all the responses! I ended up going to Whole Foods in Hillcrest and bought two ounces of Sturgeon Caviar for $32.50 each. It was excellent. I also looked online at Costco.com and it seemed like they had caviar at 30% less than other retailers. If I was more certain of the delivery date, I would have gone with Costco.

Nov 17, 2010
uponthoughts in San Diego

Where to buy caviar in San Diego?

Where is a good place to find reasonably priced and fresh caviar in San Diego? I am making soft boiled eggs with caviar.

Oct 25, 2010
uponthoughts in San Diego