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Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

Weak attempt at German humor, unfortunately the Internet is a very flat medium

about 5 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

There is some scientific indication that prions are most likely not only transfered through (eating) brains but most likely also through blood and other pathways - so why worry when eating brain from time to time (and it is really tasty and the consistency is not unlike tofu, so you really might like it) - Life is a game where you will lose at the end anyway, enjoy it as much as possible

Are you sure your not from the inside of Untersberg? - Just call me Barbarossa

about 8 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

If you would eat more in France you would see that those dishes (lamb, veal brain) are very common all over France (like all offal dishes in Europe). Have you ever tried it before you can say it is not good ?

about 11 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Solana Beach/Del Mar Eats

Blue Ribbon Pizzeria in Encinitas is very good

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

Mr. A's

If you look into that type of more "old school" dining you should look into Mille Fleurs (Rancho Santa Fe). Same chef but better food.

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

Mr. A's

I don't think they have great food (even their mussel bisque is just OK) especially for their prices

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

Than I guess you will find Napolitean style pizza (even though Mozza is not exact this style) gross.

Apr 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

Mozza pizza is a not made to be eaten by hand and will always flop down. Napolitean style are always "soggy" in the middle ( but I also heard that they are still not up to the same level of quality as their original location)

Apr 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

I actually think that more recently (last 12 months) Cafe Chloe improved quite a bit. The last few years one could get the impression that they were just doing their "day-to-day" cooking without great changes (which was still good enough to be one of the better resraurants in SD) but nothing unusual happened on their menu. More recently they are much more playing around with unusual ingredients (e.g. great lamb brain appetizer etc) or flavors (e.g. North African influences) and also their plates are getting better again (more focused, clean flavors).

Apr 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Old Town rec

Haven't heard about that one. What dishes are good ?

Apr 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

Why feel sorry - I was also thinking about Berlin

Apr 11, 2014
honkman in San Diego

If you could change the restaurant/bar scene in SD. .

Why not burn down San Diego and start from scratch ?

Apr 11, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Even though you might not need another meat book but "The Great Meat Cookbook" by Aidells is very good and has a lot of information about the different cuts, sourcing, how to cook etc.

Apr 10, 2014
honkman in Home Cooking

List some of your fave lunch spots. .

A. R. Valentien on their patio with a cocktail

Apr 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

"In Pursuit of Excellence" from Josiah Citrin chef/owner of Melisse in Santa Monica. We bought it at his restaurant when we had a tasting menu last Saturday. Will be interesting to cook some of the dishes and see how much we can replicate at home.

Apr 08, 2014
honkman in Home Cooking

Casual Date Night in North County SD

They seem to have quite rushed service as their main issue but if you order apps and mains separately you should be fine

Apr 06, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Casual Date Night in North County SD

If you are willing to drive to Del Mar Sea & Smoke (same chef/owner as Solace but Solace is by far the weakest of all three of his places) might be a good option

Apr 06, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

But who defines what type of beer (or even IPA) should be used to define if a city has top quality or not ? It would be the same when somebody would judge the quality of cities regarding all their food solely based on Italian (or even better Nothern Italian) restaurant.

Apr 03, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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Need Good recs for college students

If you are interested in exploring SD (and its food options) Coronado might be one of the worst places to stay (regarding local ption and distance to interesting places). I would try to find something else

Apr 01, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Maude in Beverly Hills. Any early reports?

So you are complaining that a restaurant focused on tasting menus (many small portions, constant change of cutlery and china after each course etc.) is serving you a tasting menu ?

Apr 01, 2014
honkman in Los Angeles Area

Just got a Sansaire (sous vide machine)! What should I cook?

Actually Scott Heimendinger is not one of the "original Modernist Cuisine guys" but joined their team more recently once Modernist Cuisine was already published

Apr 01, 2014
honkman in Home Cooking
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Great coffee in SD..?

Zumbar, Caffe Calabria and Bird Rock are our three go to places

Mar 30, 2014
honkman in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

Tried it last night from 10-11:30pm for their late night/bar menu and it is a great addition to our rotation - great food, good cocktails, relaxed ambience. The food had the same quality as their regular menu, good portion size and cheap, e.g. the pork belly was much better quality (meat/fat ratio), better prepared and actually larger than at Urban Solace (our regular place for pork belly) but just $8 instead of $23

Mar 30, 2014
honkman in San Diego

No evidence saturated fats promote heart disease, no evidence unsaturated fats reduce it

A huge number of studies on any field or topic doesn't prove anything in terms of the likelihood that the hypotheses are correct, especially if it is based on animals, tissue or cell data (and the majority of the studies you have cited are based on these kind of research). (And it is something you ignored you address in your reply). Same also with specificity of research - there are numberous cases where you will find many research articles on a particular field which in the end turned out to be not relavant for a disease, e.g p38 for certain types of inflammation etc etc.

I don't know how many papers you have submitted to peer-reviews journals or if you have reviewed submitted papers (I do both) but your expectations of how this works, especially the "examination of funding thoroughly" couldn't be further from the truth (publishers might claim this but they don't have any capacity to investigate anything and their only way to "prove" it, is by believing that the authors are honest when they fill out the online submission form)
I am just curious if you are working in any biology/chemistry/pharmacology related field ?

Mar 27, 2014
honkman in Food Media & News

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Really ? We never have problems to find parking in this area, e.g. Juniper west of 30th

Mar 27, 2014
honkman in San Diego

No evidence saturated fats promote heart disease, no evidence unsaturated fats reduce it

I am not only talking about bias in terms of the outcome of the results but bias which biological targets will be researched by academic groups. Grants (which are the life blood of the different research groups inclduing very well establishd researchers) from industry and government are given primarily to research groups which work in the "right" research fields of the moment, therefore you will often see certain biological targets pop up first in the scientific literature from a number of groups and than in the mainstream media (since to get the next grants you need widespread coverage for your name) but there is not scientific reason that those targets have a higher chance of success to just because they pop up more in the literature.

"The potential for bias is stronger when the researcher has a personal stake in the issue, than if they simply are getting a grant from an industry group" - grants are their personal stake, if they don't get grants they will have smaller groups or lose them completely

Mar 27, 2014
honkman in Food Media & News

No evidence saturated fats promote heart disease, no evidence unsaturated fats reduce it

It is quite easy to find many, many studies in all scientific journals to claim many different correlations between many different biomarkers and functional readouts but most often they are rather useless as they vastly oversimplify a complex system - humans. Many studies, including either look just at a single (or a few) readouts and try to make connections often based on isolated tissues/cell cultures of interest and it is quite easy to find correlations is such a setting but they have little meaning in a much more complex systems as humans where there are many feedback loops and other mechanism not captured in such simplified systems. In addition, correlating from animal (any rodent or non-rodent) data has proven to be completely random (we can cure pretty much every cancer in a mouse xenograft model but are obviously very, very far away from the same situation in human) - inflammation or cardiovascular research is no different and based on the available animal models even further behind (something I see in my daily job).
All these papers cited by you are just saying that there is potentially a correlation between a certain biomarker to a functional readout but based on industry and academic historic evidence a very, very small percentage of these correlation will turn out to be true and having any relevance in the daily life of humans. (In addition, many of these papers and their topics are very biased since they are often from academic groups based on grants they get which are unfortunately very much driven not by science to science politics. So you will see a lot of publications on certain topics for a few years because it is a "trendy" topic you easily get grants and than the science community will move on to the next field)

Mar 27, 2014
honkman in Food Media & News

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

He is now exec chef at Vivace at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad

Mar 24, 2014
honkman in San Diego

SuperNatural Sandwiches To Open Its First Brick & Motar Site

You travel to somewhere close to Alaska north of the I-8 just for a sandwich ?

Mar 24, 2014
honkman in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

Comparable to Gjelina in terms of ambience and quality of food but the kind of dishes are obviously quite different between both restaurants (even though there are some overlaps like the brussel sprout (which are better at Blue Ribbon Kitchen). Foodwise it might be closer to restaurants like SPQR but on a much more rustic level. Overall it was the best italian inspired dinner/restaurant we had in 12 years living in SD. (It will be interesting to see with Chef Jason Seibert back in SD at an Italian restaurant if we see some drastic improvements for italian cuisine)

Mar 24, 2014
honkman in San Diego