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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

That janky website?

Dec 12, 2014
Seiji in San Diego
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Potential REAL butcher shop in San DIego

Yeah Kickstarters usually start with a large bump, go through a lull, and then there's a last minute bump *if* the project looks like it'll get funded.

As of a few days ago I thought they weren't going to get that last push, but it looks like someone bought the $10k option which brought the overall total much much closer to funding-looking-viable territory, thus spurring a lot of last minute buying.

Good on them – I met both of them towards the beginning of the KS and they are both friendly as can be, and we could always use more of these kinds of businesses.

Oct 17, 2013
Seiji in San Diego

Mexican burrito shacks UTC area?

I live in UTC, and yeah the basic answer is No. Primo's is about the best you can do but it's a very far cry from most of the Mexican restaurants you can find in SD.

May 14, 2013
Seiji in San Diego

Carne Asada Burrito - San Diego Dish of the Month - March 2013 Edition

I’ve been surprised in the past that nobody has mentioned Yesenia’s (I’m referring to the Clairemont Mesa location – I haven’t been to the Caramel Mtn. location).

The carne asada has just the right amount of fat:lean ratio, and just the right amount of pico de gallo and guac to meat ratio… most other places I’ve been to have too much fat in the meat or too little (Super Sergio’s leans towards too much for me). The one problem is that they sometimes skimp a little on the meat, which means too much tortilla, but it entirely depends on who’s cooking that day.

Mar 07, 2013
Seiji in San Diego

Locally produced Ginger Ale in San Diego?

I haven't had it, but I *think* Local Habit makes their own? I know their kombucha is made in-house.

Feb 01, 2013
Seiji in San Diego

Tender Greens at UTC

Oh wow didn't expect it to be open already. Yes yes yes! Finally a bright spot on the blight that is affordable UTC dining.

Jul 18, 2012
Seiji in San Diego

Punjabi Tandoor--what to order

“Is it better to order off the menu then to get the items they have in the buffet?”

Yes. My go-to is the 2 meat combo. I agree though that they have consistency problems – I find that sometimes the naan and the chicken are overcooked. Lamb is usually done nicely though.

Jun 28, 2012
Seiji in San Diego

Gluten-free vegan dining

Local Habit has a ton of vegan and GF options – they even denote it on their online menu, which is handy.

May 13, 2012
Seiji in San Diego

Kearny Mesa area dining

I actually work about a block or two from Residence Inn. If your kids are fine with asian food, you're very near the asian food mecca of San Diego: Convoy street. Lots of great korean and japanese food along that street (way too many to name). Also some good Mexican food, like Lolita's, Yesenia's, Rigoberto's, and Gualberto's.

Mar 20, 2012
Seiji in San Diego

Sundubu Jjigae (순두부찌개) / Korean Soft Tofu Stew

I’ve no idea about authenticity, but my favorite is Convoy Tofu House (the one south of Balboa, not the one next to O’brien’s). I’ve had sundubu at most of the Korean places in Convoy and I find their broth to be notably richer than anyone else’s. And pretty much every Korean place around here will give you banchan.

Dec 23, 2011
Seiji in San Diego

First time trying Korean food

If you’re going to go to one of the Tofu Houses, I recommend Convoy Tofu House, which is the one just south of Balboa – I think in particular their soondubu broth is amazing.

Having said that though, word on the street is that Chon Ju Jip is where all the real Koreans actually go to (it’s in the same plaza as Convoy Tofu House). In particular, their Galbijim is a bit hit – it’s galbi (short ribs) braised for many many hours until the stew condenses into a luscious salt-ridden stew. Do try it.

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Convoy Tofu House
4229 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

Tofu House
4646 Convoy St Ste 116, San Diego, CA 92111

Nov 08, 2011
Seiji in San Diego

21st Birthday near UCSD with good food?

Karl Strauss, but the Sorrento Valley location. Absolutely gorgeous, with a koi pond and beautiful lighting at night. I really think it’s exactly what you’re looking for. And if you order before 6:30, drinks are only $4.

Aug 12, 2011
Seiji in San Diego

When Did the Califonia Burrito First Become the California Burrito?

Wow. California burrito with tater tots. That sounds amazing. Does anybody still do that?

May 25, 2011
Seiji in San Diego