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What's Your Favorite Italian Restaurant In San Deigo

Unless you like that sort of thing.... your 17 year old might love it. If I had to go to the Gaslamp that's when I think I would do it. (Generally I try to avoid the Gaslamp, but if you are going to do it might as well go when it is going full tilt).

Jul 07, 2013
svnirvana in San Diego

NPR: How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank

Very cool!

Feb 09, 2013
svnirvana in Gardening

Saveur magazine worth subscribing to?

I've seen a few issues in the waiting room at the doctor's office and I have enjoyed them. I'd guess it would be worth $5, but I don't know what you like... everything is so subjective!

Feb 09, 2013
svnirvana in Food Media & News

Ziploc/Glad Containers: Am I expected to return or toss?

You know I have always looked at the inexpensive Glad and Ziplock containers as a limited life item... a couple of months of use and they are done for. Usually it is the top that cracks first, but I don't expect them to last very long no matter what.

If I drop off food in one to someone who is sick or has a new baby the last thing I expect is that they will return the container.

If they want to return them that is fine, but I wouldn't think any less of someone who doesn't, after all, they cost about 25 cents a piece at Costco or Smart & Final!

However, I do expect to get my Le Creuset and Calphalon back <G>

Jan 27, 2013
svnirvana in Not About Food

Top Five Sandwiches in San Diego

I would also add that I am quite fond of the "California Grill" at Nordsrom Cafe.

Jan 08, 2013
svnirvana in San Diego

Top Five Sandwiches in San Diego

Fish Sandwich from Point Loma Seafood

Turkey Cobb from Con Pane (Although I liked Con Pane better at their old location)

Roast Beef or Turkey from Stars and Stripes on Shelter Island Drive

Hot Roast Beef Supreme from Twin Oaks Market in San Marcos

Jan 08, 2013
svnirvana in San Diego

Dive Bars..San Diego

Back in the 70's there was a bar in Escondido called "Honest John's".

There was a sign on the front advertising "Happy Hour from 4-8 pm and something called "Sick Call" from 6-10 am.

I was too young at the time, but I have always figured that it must have been a serious dive bar if they offered morning drink specials.

Dec 13, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Mice and the dish drying rack?

Well now, I wouldn't be too quick to demand the landlord do SOMETHING about it.

Who knows what the "professionals" are going to use to kill the mice? At the very least, talk to them yourself and make sure you are OK with the treatment that they will apply to your living quarters.

If you want to go "old school" just hunt around your neighborhood and ask some of the older residents if they have any "mouse poison" laying around in their garage. Chances are you will find something that works really well and has been banned by the EPA since the 70s. <g>

Dec 07, 2012
svnirvana in Not About Food

Hachiya Persimmons in San Diego area?

Does anyone know where to get Hachiya Persimmons?

I've checked at several North County Farmers Market's and the people I have gotten them from in the past tell me that they have taken out their trees and replaced them with Fuyus.

Dec 04, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

nice lunch place in Temecula? [Califoria]

Oddly enough I just passed through Old Town Temecula about an hour ago (10:30 am Saturday) and the place was busy... lots of people walking around window shopping and dining at the outside restaurants. The main drag is decorated for the Holidays and it looks like it would be a fun place to wander around for a few hours.

If you cook or drink tea you might check out the Old Town Spice Merchants. I've never been there but a friend I trust speaks highly of them.

Nov 24, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Super Sergios

Oh, so now we are talking about Tamales... so good after coming back from Midnight Mass.

Nov 18, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Escondido Food Truck Festival – Nov. 18

12 to 6 at Orfila Winery in Escondido.

Nov 14, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Baja Weekend Trip Suggestions?

So, how long has it been since you have been in Baja California? Tijuana and Ensenada are not just for gringos, and even Cabo has its good points, although I will admit that it is the most touristy place in Baja.

I used to spend a fair bit of time in the Yucatan back in the 70's and early 80"s, but I wouldn't dream of telling anyone where to eat now... although I can remember a few 2nd and 3rd class buse trips that were a hundred or so miles of pain (especially in the summer months). <g>

Nov 07, 2012
svnirvana in Mexico

True food in fashion valley

Zodiac at NM is good and also I think Nordstrom Cafe is a step above "mall food:.

Oct 31, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego


I haven't been to La Paz for a couple of years, but here are a couple of places you can try.

Rancho Viejo: They may have a couple of locations around town, but the original is toward the south side of the malacone a couple of short blocks from the water. Roast meat is the speciality. They have a couple of indoor dining rooms, but I'm always happiest sitting outside near the grill, sometime near midnight.

If you want a sort of "Gringo" style Mexican dinner try "Tailhunter", on the waterfront a mile or so north of downtown. The owner Jonanthan runs a number of the local sportfishing tours and he has (every time I've been there) fresh fish and good food and good times. If you care about NFL playoff games, this would be a good place to check out.

For breakfast or an early lunch, get a taxi and have him take you to one of the "mercados"(there are 3 or 4 of them in town) and go inside and walk around. You will see lots of good food for sale! There will be a number of "lunch counter" vendors who serve very authentic mexican food, if in doubt choose the one with the biggest crowd. Look at what other people are eating, and ask for samples... it's not for everyone, but I've alway enjoyed it.

Oct 12, 2012
svnirvana in Mexico


Has anyone been to Northgate?

Aug 25, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Cash only for gratuity!!

So what's next, cash only for the Early Bird Special? Cash only at Happy Hour? <G>

If they accept the credit card for the bill, they should allow you to include the gratuity unless they have notified you IN ADVANCE that tips will be "Cash Only"!

I hate to say this, but I think the way to handle this it to pay the bill, and then as you are leaving simply tell the waiter that you are sorry but don't have the cash on hand to leave a gratuity.

Suggest that they ask their employer to change their policy, and if they won't, maybe the waiter should look for another job with an employer who values their staff.

Aug 10, 2012
svnirvana in Not About Food

Non chain bars downtown

How about "Downtown Johnny Bown's" in the Civic Center?

Aug 04, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

10 Downing Street?

Jul 31, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

I will not be eating or drinking at Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Herringbone, Gabardine

I guess the question is; what happens when you finely take a taste and the wine isn't good?

Jul 31, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Wilting Tomato Plants

If you have way to put up some shadecloth it might help, at least until they get over the shock of being transplanted.

Jul 21, 2012
svnirvana in Gardening

I will not be eating or drinking at Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Herringbone, Gabardine

You know, owning a race horse is a good way to become cash strapped!!!!

Jul 18, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Del Mar racing season...

Oyster Bar at the Fish Market.

Jul 10, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

I will not be eating or drinking at Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Herringbone, Gabardine

Well, no but I didn't think that the number of employee's was the point.

I thought the point was that the OP didn't want to support owners who don't provide health insurance for their workers. If you work for a small business with 25 employees your family won't need health care?

Jul 05, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

I will not be eating or drinking at Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Herringbone, Gabardine

So, I guess you will never eat at a Taco shop again?

Jul 05, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Texan coming to SD!! Help me eat!

If you are going to Hodads you might want to go on Wed. afternoon when the OB Farmer's Market is going,

It will be crowded, but it has a nice SoCal beach vibe that the kids might enjoy, not just farmers but quite a few other vendors make it kind of a Market/street fair hybrid.

Jun 30, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Recommend me one burrito.

The California Burrito at Santana's (MEX) anytime between 2 am and 4 am. <g>

The very best was at the Point Loma shop anytime after Captain's Quarters (RIP) closed!

Jun 29, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

NYC hound seeks SD aid

I enjoy the Oyster Bar at the Fish Market downtown. and if you sit outside on the patio there is a very nice view of SD Bay. The view at the La Jolla places mentioned previously is more spectacular but it can be kind of a pain to get there (traffic and all) if you are staying downtown and need to be back downtown later in the evening.

If you do end up at the Fish Market be sure to talk to the person behind the counter and ask what is "best" (freshest). The Oyster Bar and the Sushi Bar there are good, but I wouldn't advise going into the dining room and ordering off the menu.

I don't know how much free time you have, but if everyone in your party has a passport you might want to consider spending part of a day in Mexico. It's really pretty easy to take the trolley down to the boarder (or drive down and park and walk across the boarder) and spend a few hours in Tijuana. It would be off topic to discuss it here, but a quick post on the Mexico board would get you a bunch of suggetions.

Jun 21, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego

Kitchen 4140

Gosh, it is located at 4140 Morena Boulevard. The name doesn't seen that difficult to me...

Jun 09, 2012
svnirvana in San Diego


I concur with #1,

I grow a lot of plants in containers and my only suggestion would be to consider using a 7 gallon pot rather than a 5 gallon.

I transplant lots of plants from seed/cuttings via 4 inch, 1 gallon, 3 gallon to 7 gallon container size progression. For most plants the greater yield from the 7 gallon more than makes up for the slightly greater space the larger container takes up.

Jun 06, 2012
svnirvana in Gardening