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Looking for inexpensive - moderate food near downtown Westin, w/caveats

Funny you should say that, I had actually looked at that very option but decided I was too tired and sore (and alone) to do it late. It was one of the places I'd read about on these boards and had hoped to try. Also on my list was jsix, but it wasn't to be. Also, I'd wanted to have fish tacos at Brigantine's in Coronado but that, too, was nixed. We had a burger at Danny's and had a crab ale fondue app at the Hotel during happy hour. I wasn't expecting much but it was tasty, had plenty of crab, and we ate every bite. Finally, though, I had to accept that this was just not going to be my food vacation. Next time I go with eaters.

Thanks again for the help!

Jun 15, 2011
Nicolette S in San Diego

Looking for inexpensive - moderate food near downtown Westin, w/caveats

Please don't even ask about the trying to please everyone thing...BUT I was on my own today and had the most delicious supper at Pete's Meats in Little Italy. Homemade Italian sausage with peppers and onions in a proper roll really hit the spot after walking around Balboa Park and then over to Pete's. I had planned to try to find Marisco's German's truck today but never made it.

We did make it to Extraordinary Desserts the other day and found everything to be really beautiful. The blood orange ricotta torte was delicious.

Craft & Commerce looked good to me but didn't pass muster. Tough crowd.

Would still love to get some shrimp, crab, or fish tacos while here but don't know what my opportunities will be.
It's been painful to eat in restaurants that offer shrimp alright, but it's breaded, frozen, and fried.

I'm back at the hotel now but might go out in search of shrimp or crab if I get a second wind.

Thanks for the help, I appreciate your effort!

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Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado Ste 8, San Diego, CA 92101

Jun 11, 2011
Nicolette S in San Diego

Looking for inexpensive - moderate food near downtown Westin, w/caveats

Fair enough. Let's just forget the teen menu and assume we can find enough of that on our own. Any other ideas for good food around our area? We'll be near Little Italy and Gaslamp, I believe. Will also visit Coronado.
A friend who was here suggested Pete's Quality Meats.

I'll sift through old posts again, got a bit overwhelmed first round. ;)

thanks for your help, kriot.

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Pete's Quality Meat
1742 1 2 India St, San Diego, CA

Jun 07, 2011
Nicolette S in San Diego

Looking for inexpensive - moderate food near downtown Westin, w/caveats

We'll be traveling with a teen who has very limited food likes. Acceptable foods include steak, plain burgers, chicken strips, grilled chicken breast, plain ground beef tacos. Very straightforward food with no sauces, etc. No Indian, Thai, Chinese foods. The rest of us like most anything.

We could always pick up food from 2 places close to each other and have a picnic. Also, we could always go to her restaurant first and she can enjoy a dessert while the rest of us have dinner at a second place. Would like them to be fairly near each other, though. We're walking.

. Any Little Italy recs that don't necessarily have to meet the requirements listed above?

. Any good food trucks in this area?

I'm very interested in any info you can offer because there's no time to prepare for this trip. We will not have a car.

Thanks very much! Never been to San Diego and looking forward to it.

Jun 07, 2011
Nicolette S in San Diego

I have the munchies, but...

Nuts?

May 16, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics

Weight Watchers Foodies: What are you Cooking? Part 3 [old]

Soak oats in milk to soften. Mix in Greek yogurt, almonds, fruits of your choosing. Honey if you like it sweeter. I make it at night, pop it in the fridge and enjoy in the morning. Very tasty, satisfying, filling. Tastes 10x better than it sounds.

May 13, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

What are your favorite non-traditional birthday cake ideas?

Lemon tart served with sweetened whipped cream and some raspberries

Angel food cake with whipped cream and fruit

Strawberry shortcakes

flourless chocolate cake (epicurious has a good recipe "la bete noire") for the chocolate lovers.

We've also done birthday ice cream sundae bar and homemade cookies, no cake at all.

Apr 19, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Frozen Food Products

TJ's was sampling a quick gumbo dish last month that used the fire roasted onions and peppers you mentioned, along with chicken andouille sausage and arrabbiata sauce. I made rice and had a very easy, tasty supper. Will buy those peppers again and add them to Italian sausage and peppers. Not only is it convenient, but fresh red bell peppers can get awfully pricey! This product is nice to have around.

Apr 12, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics

America's Next Great Restaurant, Spoilers, 4/10/11

Yeah, I was turned off by her blaming the chef. That's what got me wondering how she ended up with him. He should have known the mac & cheese would dry out but it was her menu, blame to share. Also wondered if she had tasted the food and thought it was ok until the judges had their say.

Apr 11, 2011
Nicolette S in Food Media & News

America's Next Great Restaurant, Spoilers, 4/10/11

I missed seeing how Saints & Sinners new chef was hired. Did the show bring him on? Did she find him herself?

Apr 11, 2011
Nicolette S in Food Media & News

Weight Watchers Foodies: What Are You Cooking? Part 2

Wow, congratulations on meeting your goal! Wonderful accomplishment! Maybe I'll take a look at the PP system. I am sort of an on-again off-again fringe player. Your success is inspiring, I'll look into PP this weekend.
Thanks for the boost and, again, BRAVO to you!

Apr 07, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Use for broccoli stalks/stems?

I read your post today and made roasted broccoli for the first time. It's delicious! SO much better than any other way I've had it. I used olive oil, salt and pepper, and a dried spicy pepper blend. I've never been a broccoli fan, although I eat it without complaint and have cooked it for the family regularly over the years. I LOVED tonight's broccoli and will be forever grateful to you for your post!
By the way, I used a bag of frozen florets, didn't even slice them up, and it was just great. What a difference the roasting makes.

Apr 02, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies: What Are You Cooking? Part 2

I made the Skinnytaste oven fried chicken and we really liked it. For some reason I don't seem to make oven fried chicken often, not sure why not. It was a nice change and delicious treat for us. Went the all-out lazy way and just baked sweet potatoes and roasted some broccoli. We'll have this again!
oh, I didn't use as much salt as called for. Still great. Thanks for the recipe!

Apr 02, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Cooking for a sick friend - need your help

I can tell you of 2 things in particular that my family member liked while enduring the same experience as your friend. She liked the chicken broth from a nearby Chinese restaurant. It wasn't spicy but was rich and tasty.
Also, she loved sherbet and I tried mixing it with Ensure and making frozen pops. A bust. Then I tried yogurt instead of ensure and it was a hit. Sweet, tangy, easy on the stomach.

One tip I can give is to offer very small amounts in sweet little dishes. A normal portion can be overwhelming and the appetite will go. Just like that. She can always have more.

Oh well, maybe one more thing: what is tolerated or not can change daily! Just be ready to try other things.

You're a good friend. Best to Abby, her friends and family.

eta: There's a book called "Cooking Well for the Unwell". Perhaps your library has it so you can get some ideas there.

Apr 02, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

New Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd Quarter 2011 [old]

Lazy, yes, but I tried their frozen sweet potato fries and enjoyed the convenience. I usually make my own but it was nice to open a bag, season, and bake.

They were sampling the Rio Red Grapefruit Juice recently and I bought some. Very tasty, even though a label look reveals it's blended with white grape and lemon juices. I don't mind, tastes good and I'm thinking it will make a refreshing boozy drink. I think I'll pour a bit into my fizzy water right now. :)

Must try the Tarte d'Alsace next time.

My favorite buy from the last trip was a sweet little begonia plant for the kitchen.

Apr 02, 2011
Nicolette S in Chains

Weight Watchers Foodies: What Are You Cooking? Part 2

I, too, am in a cooking rut. Maybe I'll try this oven fried chicken recipe tonight with the boneless, skinless thighs that are defrosting. Oven baked sweet potato fries and some slaw to make it seem like a backyard summer meal ought to give us a boost.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Apr 02, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Easy dinner ideas for beginner?

I'm excited by how quickly you've gone from "help!" to being confident and capable in your kitchen! You are a woman of action, to be sure. Bravo, sjahns!

Re CH taking over your life, yes it is like that for many of us! A wonderful addiction/habit. Tons to learn here, everyone is so generous.

Have fun. :)

Apr 02, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

hosting cookout high school wrestling team- what to serve?

How about cooking a few pork shoulder roasts? You could have it all done ahead and keep it warm in crockpots. Could be carnitas served on tortillas if you flavor in that direction or on its own with bread and sides. Very economical meal.

As for grilling, I'd see what I could get at the best price and do that. Most kids love burgers, chicken, brats. Just find your best deal and go that way.

Just thought of chili and bread and cornbread. Put out butter and honey for breads, maybe crudite platters and dips. By the time you add desserts, it really should be plenty, simple though it may be.

Mar 29, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Are condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, aioli, etc.) necessary for burgers?

That sounds awfully good, ipsedixit.

Mar 27, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics

Are condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, aioli, etc.) necessary for burgers?

I had a friend in high school whose mother made us the most delicious cheeseburgers! Not gourmet, but here's what she did:

Fried burgers in a skillet, then placed a slice of cheese, the top half of a buttered onion roll from the grocery store, then the bottom half on top of that, face up. She put the lid on and the cheese melted, the bun steamed. I'm telling you, those burgers were delicious. No ketchup or anything else added. The bun was a big part of it, I always thought. Haven't had one like that in many years. :)

Mar 27, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics

But this is how we always eat!

three, I have one relative who reacts to such things poorly. In her case, it's about snootiness. She's rather shallow and competitive, which leads to her being a jealous person. When I cook for this group she always says things like. "Oh! It's all so fancy!" (emphasis on fancy makes it clear she's saying I'm pretentious) and "I'm afraid to touch anything!" Lots of backhanded compliments round it all out. At first I was troubled by it but as I've gotten to know her better I've learned that she is just a pill about things. By the way, I'm not talking about full silver service etc, just things like beverages in pitchers rather than their containers, foods in towel-lined baskets, pretty serving dishes, cloth napkins. Ordinary "nice".

If my friends happen to think things are especially nice they'll say sincere, nice things and we all tuck in with delight.

As for your friend, is there any chance she's embarrassed by her own efforts/abilities? Sometimes it's simply that and she just doesn't understand that it's rude to put that on you.

Anyway, it sounds like you are a nice and gracious friend and did what you could to make your guest comfortable.

Mar 27, 2011
Nicolette S in Not About Food

But this is how we always eat!

That's so interesting, ospreycove!

Mar 27, 2011
Nicolette S in Not About Food

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter - Loved it!

Anyone else been here?

Mar 25, 2011
Nicolette S in Chicago Area

Whats your top 5 herbs?

Basil
Rosemary
Thyme
Cilantro or sage, can't decide.
Parsley

Basil, parsley, and cilantro must be fresh, but I do use both dried and fresh forms of rosemary, thyme, and sage. Come on, Summer!

Mar 25, 2011
Nicolette S in Home Cooking

Celebrity Cookbooks, do you own any?

I have "A Treasury of Great Recipes" by Vincent & Mary Price. Haven't had it out in quite a while but it's very interesting.

I also have "Dining with the Duchess" by Sarah Ferguson around here somewhere. It's been so long since I've seen it that I can't tell you much about it, just fessin' up. :)

Mar 21, 2011
Nicolette S in Food Media & News

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter - Loved it!

My daughter and I just spent a few days in the city and were directed here by my sister. We really loved it. Daughter had a chocolate croissant and I had plain.
We both had the single-brew Belgian coffee (they offer 2 brews, one stronger than the other) and found it to be the best cup of coffee either of us could remember having in a coffee shop. I like strong but smooth coffee and daughter likes it lighter. It was wonderful, rich and smooth with lots of good coffee flavor. We were both very happy. The owner (it's owned/run by 2 Belgians) said they've added a french roast coffee because many people want a larger cup of coffee and the ones we had are just a normal sized serving.

The croissant were crispy and flaky outside and tender and flavorful inside. Outstanding. The best I've had in the U.S.
I wish I'd grabbed a to-go menu as they had some delicious sounding sandwiches, including one made with goat cheese, honey, pistachio and thyme.

Seriously, I can't wait to go back. Such a nice find!

Re the location, it's *just * west of Michigan on Walton. (We passed it right by at first...)

By the way, we saved room because we wanted to try Sprinkles cupcakes just down the block. Wow, were we disappointed! Are we alone in this? Daughter had vanilla with chocolate frosting, I had vanilla with vanilla. Flavor seriously lacking and texture was dry and coarse. Neither one of us even liked it! Are our tasters off? Their appeal is lost on us.

Mar 17, 2011
Nicolette S in Chicago Area

Best croissant from Chicago bakery

We just had the croissant at Hendrickx Belgian Bakery today and found them to be outstanding. Crispy, flakey outsides with tender and flavorful insides. They also served a wonderful cup of coffee brewed in a filter that rests near the top of your cup. When the water filters through you remove the filter and enjoy the best cup of coffee I've had in a coffee shop. Truly delicious. As a matter of fact, we ended up having lunch at a place that served Intelligentsia and were disappointed after our morning coffee. The owner said they have started to offer a french roast coffee, too, because so many people prefer a larger cup of coffee and the one we had is just a normal sized serving. Wonderful stuff. I wish we'd found this on the first, rather than last day of our few days in the city!
You're right about the location, you could miss it. The building says 100 E Walton Condos or something like that. Go on in and there it is.

Mar 17, 2011
Nicolette S in Chicago Area

Comfort food after a break-up

Good god. Ixnay on the ootershay.

Mar 13, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics

Comfort food after a break-up

Wings and a hot fudge sundae? Sounds awfully good to me! :)

Mar 13, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics

Lenten food?

I love cream cheese, olive, and walnut sandwiches! Not because I wasn't into peanut butter, though. I love it all. So glad you mentioned it, haven't had it in ages. That will change!

We didn't have loads of fresh fish growing up because of where we lived but Mom used to make what amounted to stuffed potatoes with canned salmon. Tasty.

Mar 09, 2011
Nicolette S in General Topics