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San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

Sushi Takodoro is pretty close to Sea World - about a 10 minute drive. Might be worth considering it then.

Aug 17, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

5 year old salt blizzard bringer has had a wonderful time sitting at the bar at Kaito and Tadokoro (which he says is his favorite because he likes the jazz). Loved the unagi and fried eel bones at Kaito. Says the monk fish liver at Tadokoro is his favorite. Both have very patient and conversational Itamaes. Also a fan of Ota but we've had a hard time sitting at the bar there.

Aug 13, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

How does your 5 year old do eating out? Some days my 5 year old can sit for three hours at dinner and engage the table in conversation. Other days it is a salt blizzard on the table cloth within 5 minutes and hide and seek under the table. TJ Oyster bar is super casual. Romesco's for lunch is casual but a bit more formal. You know your family best.

Aug 13, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

San Diego Itinerary - your thoughts?

After zoo day, if pizza is your thing, I'd suggest Buona Forchetta, Bruno's, or Blind Lady Ale House - all much closer to the zoo and very good.

Also consider TJ Oyster Bar after Los Americas.

PS - 5 year old will love the Living Coast Discovery Center. One of our hidden gems in San Diego. Who can resist a shark and stingray petting pool?

Aug 13, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

Might want to add Modern Times in North Park. For my money, right up there with Alpine as some of the best beer in town. The North Park location has great places to eat close by.

Jul 17, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

Best Mexican Food in Gaslamp

Comun is by far my favorite but not traditional.

Blind Burro is quite decent. I've only been for lunch however.

I'm still a sucker for Lolita's carnitas burrito.

Jun 24, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

Where in San Diego can I find good Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale)?

I picked up some very nice balsamic vinegar at Vom Fass in Hillcrest a few weeks back. Very pleased with it.

Jun 01, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

Lunch options

Estiatorio Milos in the Cosmopolitan is a great lunch and a great deal.

Apr 10, 2015
zmirzlina in Las Vegas

Fine dining off the strip?

I'll 3rd the Barrymore although it is in the saddest little hotel I've ever seen.

Apr 06, 2015
zmirzlina in Las Vegas

Affordable Bachelor Weekend Dinners in Vegas

Just got back from a weekend like this. I'd try the Barrymore (off strip) and Sage at the Aria (on strip) both of these meals were excellent and reasonable with the upperhand going to Sage for the $89 tasting menu.

Mar 09, 2015
zmirzlina in Las Vegas

Do real bagels (boiled) exist in San Diego County?

Rumor has it there is a poutine and Montreal style bagel place opening up in Hillcrest. I'm trying to find more about this. Montreal bagels are quite good.

Feb 17, 2015
zmirzlina in San Diego

Donut Time...Again

I gotta agree - stopped by Streetcar Friday and tried two donuts - maple bacon and Saturday Morning Surprise(with fruity coco pebbles on top, hey my son ordered it) - both were grease bombs, overly sweet and tasted more or less the same. The oil tasted clean, but it saturated the doughnut. Took a bite of each and called it a day. Coffee was good, but Calabria down the street might be better. Seems they all serve their coffee in paper and sometimes I like it a nice cup. I'll try again in a few weeks but got my Hanukkah donuts the next day from Mary's in Santee.

Dec 22, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

Waypoint Public had a great cassoulet last winter. Hoping in comes back this year. It was the real deal.

Nov 03, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Dinner for 7 in the city tomorrow night

Waypoint Public?

Oct 10, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

YALAHAFA (Yet Another L.A. Hound Asking for Advice) on Great Eats in SF Proper (Muni accessible, non-high end)

Just got back from 24 hours in SF.

Kin Khao is good, is it better than some of the better Thai places in LA? Probably not.

But if you're just starting to explore Thai food, you could do much much worse.

Plus it is close to where you are staying so it might be worth visiting if you are short on time for a lunch.

I will say the ribs are incredible with a funky glaze of fermented fish sauce and nice heat. Just be warned, you'll be smelling of that fish sauce for a good 24 hours after eating them.

But they are surely a dish I will now crave... Have fun!

Pacific Heights / Union Square Suggestions [San Francisco]

Ah, yes. Out the Door is very good.

Kin Khao looks interesting. Might grab a lunch there when I get in.


Pacific Heights / Union Square Suggestions [San Francisco]


Looks like I got word I'm heading to the City later this week for 24 or so hours. I'll be staying at the Sir Francis Drake which is out of my usual neighborhoods I like to haunt - I know the Mission, Inner Sunset, Richmond District quite well - I'm looking for:

1.) One dinner in the Union Square area. (Is AQ still good?)
2.) One brunch or lunch in the Pacific Heights area.

I'm partial to places like Burma Superstar, Lime Tree, Khan Toke (we don't do Asian too well in San Diego). Or modern inventive cooking (such as the abovementioned AQ).

Much appreciated!

Ironside Fish and Oyster

Tried it for lunch yesterday. Had a few oysters and had the lobster roll - nice amount of meat, barely dressed on a nice buttered roll. Excellent. Wife had the fish sandwich - rock cod - that was even better than the lobster roll. French fires were amazing - had a malt powder on them with onions that gave it a wonderful sour cream and onion flavor. I don't really eat french fries and I finished everyone on my plate. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Although my wife said "they talked too much". Will be back for dinner soon.

May 22, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Fresh Tortillas

For flour, we hit up Tommy's TexMex stand on 32nd and Thorn in North Park. Friday through Sunday.

Corn, Northgate

May 22, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Where have you had the best Osso Buco in SD?

I want this one...

Osso Buco By Billy Collins

I love the sound of the bone against the plate

and the fortress-like look of it

lying before me in a moat of risotto,

the meat soft as the leg of an angel

who has lived a purely airborne existence.

And best of all, the secret marrow,

the invaded privacy of the animal

prized out with a knife and wallowed down

with cold, exhilarating wine.

I am swaying now in the hour after dinner,

a citizen tilted back on his chair,

a creature with a full stomach--

something you don't hear much about in poetry,

that sanctuary of hunger and deprivation.

You know: the driving rain, the boots by the door,

small birds searching for berries in winter.

But tonight, the lion of contentment

has placed a warm heavy paw on my chest,

and I can only close my eyes and listen

to the drums of woe throbbing in the distance

and the sound of my wife's laughter

on the telephone in the next room,

the woman who cooked the savory osso buco,

who pointed to show the butcher the ones she wanted.

She who talks to her faraway friend

while I linger here at the table

with a hot, companionable cup of tea,

feeling like one of the friendly natives,

a reliable guide, maybe even the chief's favorite son.

Somewhere, a man is crawling up a rocky hillside

on bleeding knees and palms, an Irish penitent

carrying the stone of the world in his stomach;

and elsewhere people of all nations stare

at one another across a long, empty table.

But here, the candles give off their warm glow,

the same light that Shakespeare and Izaac Walton wrote by,

the light that lit and shadowed the faces of history.

Only now it plays on the blue plates,

the crumpled napkins, the crossed knife and fork.

In a while, one of us will go up to bed

and the other will follow.

Then we will slip below the surface of the night

into miles of water, drifting down and down

to the dark, soundless bottom

until the weight of dreams pulls us lower still,

below the shale and layered rock,

beneath the strata of hunger and pleasure,

into the broken bones of the earth itself,

into the marrow of the only place we know.

From "The Art of Drowning" by Billy Collins

Feb 19, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

US Grant. Cafe Chloe does an afternoon "urban tea" if I recall correctly

Feb 18, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

I am so hungry....

Kabob Shop, quick drive to Northgate Market or Tacos al Paisa, Cafe Chloe, Lolita's, the Counter, Basic Pizza, Blind Burro.

Feb 12, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

One Beer dinner

I keep on forgetting about Ritual. They were good for a while then went downhill. I need to give them a visit again because I'm hearing good things about them again.

Jan 28, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

One Beer dinner

Never liked the food at Stone. Sorry. Lovely ambience. I would go with BLAH or Waypoint Public - both have good food, excellent beer. Both are also in proximity to 30th St. so one could in theory hit up the Toronado afterwards for some additional drinking.

Also with decent tap lists good food:

Jayne's Gastropub and Urban Solace.

Jan 28, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

Tender Greens would fit the bill. Keep in mind Liberty Station is right in the flight path so you'll have the sounds of planes taking off overhead.

Alright, I'll say it - Stone beers are decent, there are many better breweries in town. What Stone has is great marketing. And I do like the fact I can find their IPA on tap in the middle of nowhere when I travel; but there are many other places to drink beer that you can get nowhere else but San Diego.

Jan 10, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

Love Alpine. Favorite brewery in San Diego but for a "beer day" a bit of a drive, in my opinion.

I'd start at Blind Lady Ale House on Adams and move south to 30th St (has it's own beer from Green Flash). Heading down 30th St. Roze can hit up (in the distance of 2 or so miles...): Tiger!Tiger!, Belching Beaver Brewery, Ritual Tavern/Kitchen, Toronado (always has Alpine on tap, Societe 90% of the time), Waypoint Public, Bottlecraft (for bottles to take home - ask them for the Alpine which they usually keep in the back), Hess Brewery, URBN pizza, Thorn St. Brewery, the Stone Company Store (South Park), Hamilton's Tavern and then end with dinner at Alchemy or Bon Forchetta.

Like I said Alpine is my favorite (especially the Nelson), but it's a bit of a drive unless heading out to Julian (in which case stop at the new Nickel Beer Company just outside of town). And if one is expecting a tour, there's not a whole lot to see.

Parents could even drop you off on 30th and hit up the zoo while you make your way down the street.

Not a fan of the Stone menu either but the one in Liberty Station is a beautiful space especially if outside and the weather is nice.

Jan 09, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Paesno's in North Park (30th and Landis) would fit the bill.

Jan 07, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Best Restaurant Meal in 2013 ?

Yeah, running into that already. All he wants is sushi. Watching him eat reminded me of this great video of kids trying different foods for the first time...

Jan 03, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Best Restaurant Meal in 2013 ?

State Bird Provisions in SF.

Locally, hmmm, Kaito Sushi with my newly adopted 3 year old son who tried everything placed in front of him with wonder and amazement and decided his favorite food is now uni and monkfish liver.

Jan 02, 2014
zmirzlina in San Diego

Al Pastor San Diego

Tacos al Paisa - brick and mortar location on 25th and Commercial(?). On the spit.

Dec 19, 2013
zmirzlina in San Diego