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Good bread in No County

For us by far the best bread anywhere in SD or North County

http://www.pragerbrothers.com

They are at several farmer markets but have also a small shop in Carlsbad

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

Marche Moderne…what's happened?

We set up tasting menus with them from time to time. Just contact them a week before and they will have everything ready once you enter Marche Modern... and it was a nice piece of seared true foie gras

Aug 25, 2014
honkman in Los Angeles Area

Marche Moderne…what's happened?

It was complimentary and it was quite obvious that they didn't try to hide it from other customers, so just calm down

Aug 25, 2014
honkman in Los Angeles Area
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Marche Moderne…what's happened?

We recently had a great 9-course tasting menu including foie gras - as good if not better than ever

Aug 25, 2014
honkman in Los Angeles Area

What does everyone think of the San Diego Reddit's "Best of San Diego"

Bird Rock makes better roasted coffee beans than Calabria but the baristas at Calabria are much better and their final product, e.g. cappuccino is much better than at Bird Rock even with worse beans - but overall Zumbar is one of the best places in the moment to buy beans and for prepared espresso or cappuccino

Aug 24, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Coupons and Deals

I hope you are right but I doubt that there is data to back this up. We buy most years the "Entertainment" coupon book and there is quite a good correlation between new restaurants in the book and that they go out of business within the next year.

Aug 12, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Coupons and Deals

They have reservation (opentable) for years now. It is still quite crowded on Friday and Saturday night but went recently during the week at around 9pm and it was surprisingly few customers

Aug 12, 2014
honkman in San Diego

dinner followed by drinks with out of towners

It's not within walking distance but I would start at Smoking Goat for good food and than drive over to Social Experiment for good cocktails (and some additional small plates, and also validated parking)

Aug 11, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

"Food labeled organic must be third-party certified to meet USDA’s criteria. Organic foods cannot be irradiated, genetically modified or grown using synthetic fertilizers, chemicals or sewage sludge. Organic meat and poultry cannot be treated with hormones or antibiotics (sick animals must be treated but cannot be sold as organic) and must be fed only organically grown feed (with no animal byproducts). Organic meat animals must have access to the outdoors, and ruminants must have access to pasture. There are two ways to identify organic fruits and vegetables: by the “100% organic” or “organic” label and by the unique Price Look-Up (PLU) code sticker. Instead of a 4-digit number beginning with a “4,” organic produce has a 5-digit number that begins with a “9.” "

Aug 11, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

It is not completely irrelavant but you have a much larger time window until you overcook as long as your bath temp is the desired core temp. A rule of thumb for steak is that it is fine to keep it in the bath up to 4 hours until it starts to get tough (but actually not overcook).

http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/01/w...

Aug 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

The key difference in both methods which will give very different results is that the bath temp of the sous vide will be 125F (for rare so that there is no way that any part of the meat will overcook) wheras in your method significant parts of the meat have to overcook since your oven temp is 250F and significantly over the desired meat temp. You should try to lower your oven temp to 150F (or lower if possible) to minimize the temp gradient. Also a roast cooked sous vide will have much better way to be cooked to the desired doneness, e.g. medium rare short ribs instead of braised short ribs.

Aug 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

If you want unusual game with great cocktail you might want to look at Lions Share

Aug 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

Homegrown Meat is a very good source for grass-fed beef. They also have butcher in La Jolla

http://www.homegrownmeats.com

Aug 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

The problem with this method (and what FN describes) is that you will always generate a temperature gradient within the meat. The middle of the meat might be rare but large parts of the meat (>50%) will not be rare (you can't really argue against physics). The only way to not overcook meat is to cook it at the desired temperature, e.g. sous vide, combi oven and sear it afterwards to give it the desired crust. The very short sear will still cause some overcooking of the meat but a much smaller percentage than for example finishing it in the oven. If you like your steak rare with a great crust sous vide is the best way to give you the desired result

Aug 10, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Cucina Basilico

It's always nice to find one of these mom'n'pop shops who stand out and our todays visit to Cucina Basilico was a surprising and very promising start. It's a small restaurant in the shopping mall at the Aero Dr exit off I-15. The star is the homemade pasta, 2-3 options per night like fettuccine and mushroom-pappardelle (and gnocchi) tonight which you can match with a few classical homemade sauces like pesto or bolognese (both excellent). a number of appetizers and salads are also available and the tiramisu was one of the best in SD. Nothing fancy or unusual but very good home made, simple dishes. They are mainly open during the week for the lunch crowd but also for dinner from Thu-Sun.

www.cucinabasilico.com

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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Tell us what we need to do to save this site? PLEASE.

+ blue heart

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in Site Talk

San Diego restaurants, please

Definitely skip Prado

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego

What's the best way to introduce Lamb to someone who's never had it?

Lamb ragu with pasta

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

Those places which serve it as part of a tasting menu with sous vide. Since steak restaurants tend to not use sous vide I have yet to find one which I like. Conventional steak cooking methods will always lead to large parts of a steak being overcooked (you can't beat physics/nature). Once you have eaten any steak made using sous vide it is hard to go back

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

I was completely underwhelmed from the steak at Donovans several years ago. And even though Cowboy Star was much better everything else like sides, appetizer etc were disappointing at several visits. (But I hadn't yet the chance to try their tasting menu (only Mon-thu) which looks very promising). In addition I prefer restaurants which sous vide their steak/meat which will give you a far superior dish than any steak focused restaurant can offer

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego

San Diego restaurants, please

Juniper & Ivy is the best place in Little Italy. Otherwise some of the best restaurants outside of Little Italy are Georges, Cafe Chloe, Smoking Goat, Pearl, Social Experiment (good place now to share some late night dishes and cocktails). Not on the same level but still worth a visit are Sea & Smoke, Urban Solace, Cucina Urbana, Starlite, Lions Share

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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Restaurant for corporate foodies

In downtown you could try the private room from Cafe Chloe, JSix and Cowboy Star (even though I think the first two are better options)

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

That's like comparing apples and pears. Yes they are both fruits and look similar but just because I like pears more than apples I wouldn't call them overrated. corn vs grass fed beef has obviously very different flavor profiles based on the diets - one has a much more "buttery" flavor with a more tender mouthfeel (corn) whereas the other has a much more "natural" beef flavor with an often more chewy consistence. None is overrated, there are just personal preferences, e.g. I like beef flavor, if I want to taste butter I prefer to eat butter.

Aug 09, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Restaurant for corporate foodies

The general question since San Diego is very spread out - which part of SD ?

Aug 08, 2014
honkman in San Diego

One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

organic plankton fed

Aug 08, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Table No. 10 (East Village)

Was the branzino with bagna cauda ? The dishes look a bit unusual for SD but a bit like they looked at some restaurants in other cities that work well and took a lot of very close inspiration (e.g. scallop and pork belly, crispy chicken skin, brussel ceasar salad). Might be worth trying, what's the ambience, noise etc. ?

Aug 06, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Dr Brown's bottles 4-packs?

Call Major Market in Escondido, they might have it

Aug 06, 2014
honkman in San Diego

PASTRAMI DIP IN SD

What has pastrami dip sandwich to do with Greek restaurants ?

Aug 05, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

It looks like you listened to Lewis Black

Aug 03, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

Isn't the earth just 7000 years old ? Why are these guys not riding dinosaurs ?

Aug 03, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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