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San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

The problem is that if anybody is worried about tumors in fish having an potential effect on your personal health, serving parts of the "cleaned" fish might not remove many of the cancerous cells in other tissues. You can cut out a worm from an apple and don't have to worry about parts of the worm remaining inside the apple, unfortunately that is not the case with cancerous cells/tumors.

about 3 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

We had about ~20-25 tasting menus starting at Bistro LQ and his pop-ups and he never had the number of staff members (BOH and FOH) like you would expect it for his level of cooking like in Michelin star restaurants. In addition he is always going for a more European approach in terms of service (much slower paced than in the US) - these two issues combined made and will make it hard for him to not have people complain about slow service (even though we really liked the relaxed pacing)

about 4 hours ago
honkman in Los Angeles Area

2014 Top Ten Tastes

about 5 hours ago
honkman in San Francisco Bay Area

Hinoki & The Bird or The Bazaar for Birthday?

Saam at Bazaar

about 5 hours ago
honkman in Los Angeles Area
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San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

Mercury is not the only metal which can form organometallic compounds, same happens for example with Pb or Sn. In addition metal atoms also bind/chelate directly to proteins not only MeHg. My point is that it shouldn't be focused only on one metal/compound but that the pollution problem is too complex to try to dissect it and the root cause has to be addressed

about 5 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

Do you have any scientific papers which show that mercury is the main heavy metal pollutant in water in general ? Without doubt mercury is a big problem but just a brief look in some science databases show that different papers claim different heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury) as the main heavy metal pollutant which is also dependent of the location of the experiments.

about 10 hours ago
honkman in San Diego

San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

There is over the last 40 years enough science out that suggest a correlation between tumors in fish and water pollution. Here is just one example:

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/con...

With SciFinder or PubMed you can easily look up additional papers

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

They have valet parking ($7) which makes parking easy. There are also always parking spots close to the Modern Art Museum (5-10 minutes walk)

1 day ago
honkman in San Diego

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

You are aware that the amount of food per course is small (and it is one of the most creative chef in LA)

Dec 16, 2014
honkman in Los Angeles Area

RedO is Coming

Just curious and assuming that not only swordfish has potential issues that doesn't allow it to sell to the public, how much % of 30,000 pounds of fish you buy at a time can't be sold to the public due to issues ?

Dec 16, 2014
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

The 15% locals includes the upstairs Ocean Terrace which has a higher number of plates served per day and is largely the tourist part of the restaurant complex. Georges Modern is to a large part visited by locals according to people from Georges.

Dec 16, 2014
honkman in San Diego

RedO is Coming

I am hopeful that the mods won't delete anything and I really would like to hear about the tumors

Dec 16, 2014
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

I have to admit then I don't understand why Georges is not a good restaurant for visitors. I tend to send visitors to restaurants which represent something unique to SD which restaurants in other cities don't have. What are your criteria for a good restaurant to recommend for visitors and what are examples in SD especially with the criteria guven by the OP

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

Since you mentioned in another discussion this year that you think San Diego is in the top5 to top10 dining cities in the US (which admittedly nearly everyone disagreed with) there must be many high profile and high quality restaurants in SD. So if Georges is so overrated what are the great places in SD which are much better than Georges for you ?

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I doubt that millions of people position themselves as connoisseurs for craft beer (and even wine) but just enjoy a subjectively good bottle of craft beer (or wine). At the same time I believe that many of these people are able to differentiate nuances in the flavor of different beers (or wine) and can explain why they prefer one over the other. They might not be able to do it as eloquent as somebody who is doing it as a full time job but I think you are underestimating the abilities of people who are interested in craft beer (or wine).

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

And the point is....

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Many interesting new dishes done this year but also used for the first time a pressure cooker and as the first recipe from Modernist Cuisine at Home the Pork Belly Adobo was outstanding.

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in Home Cooking

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

The French Laundry has a similar spin but Thomas Keller started it all (for french-inspired cuisine with tasting menu focus) and in my opinion has more creative dishes (constantly changing dishes with never repeating dishes) If somebody wants that style of cuisine than go for French Laundry (which is cheaper than Addison).

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

RedO is Coming

Mexican inspired steakhouse might be a bit harsh but the menu at the restaurant in LA didn't look that interesting when we looked at at their opening - we are just tired of menus which always put so much emphasis on the meat part of it. (I wasn't even aware that they have now a second location in Newport Beach).
Is he really "only" consultant or is he also financially involved since the webpage of the restaurants writes "...by Rick Bayless" and the "About" part is not clear of his role.

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

We haven't been to Addison yet because every time we want to go there we look at other bloggers tasting menus it looks from a technical point very interesting but the dishes itself don't look very creative and unusual like you would get them at a lot of high-end strongly French inspired restaurants. At least for us this is a tasting menu when you want to play it save and don't be surprised by creative, unusual dishes. Especially with a price tag of $300 for the full tasting menu not something we look for normally

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

RedO is Coming

Not sure if I am too excited about it when I look at the menu at the one in LA, reminds me too much on a steak house with Mexican influences. The location is also not great mainly betting on the lunch crowd from the offices to survive.

Dec 15, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

So your real name is Patrick Emerick ;)

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego
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new yorkers annual trip to san diego

Obviously in this case we strongly disagree as I see Georges as the best restaurant in SD by a large margin

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

TBL3 includes a lot of local (and foraged) ingredients which makes it a very unique SD / Southern California tasting menu which you won't find in Vancouver. In addition, by your argument the OP doesn't have to bother with any high-end tasting menu in California

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Ground Beef: Are my taste buds getting too old, or does Ground Beef have little taste compared to apprx 20 years ago?

which one are you visiting - I am a regular at the one in La Jolla and it is great what they are willing to organize or order if necessary. The guys there are very knowledgable and have a great selection of meat (especially more "unusual" cuts. The few time I was at Jimbo's meat counter was a sad joke with little knowledge of different cuts and bad selection of for example grass-fed meat

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in General Topics

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

There are very few tasting menu offers in San Diego worth considering. Georges (especially TBL3 (one table each night) but also their regular 8-course) is excellent and can compete with many high-end places in California. Otherwise Solare has a nice 9-course Italian tasting menu. If you are willing to drive about an hour from Rancho Santa Fe Marche Modern in Costa Mesa is a good opportunity for a tasting menu. There are a number of restaurants in SD which don't offer regular tasting menus but bt contacting the chef/restaurant you can sometimes organize a unique tasting menu if you are willing to invest a little bit of time.

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Ground Beef: Are my taste buds getting too old, or does Ground Beef have little taste compared to apprx 20 years ago?

The poster often posts also on the San Diego board and shows interest in environmental issues. The carbon foot print (especially transportation) of the cows raised very close to San Diego will be significantly better than similar beef raised and shipped from New Zealand to San Diego. In addition I always think it is worth supporting local farmers/shops etc when they offer a product as good or better than something which has to be shipped around the world

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in General Topics
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Ground Beef: Are my taste buds getting too old, or does Ground Beef have little taste compared to apprx 20 years ago?

The grass-fed beef from TJ comes from New Zealand. Since you are from SD you should support local farmers like Homegrown Meats which also have 100% grass-fed organic beef sold in their shop or at Whole Foods.

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in General Topics

Friday night before Holiday Bowl

You could walk to Cafe Chloe which is one of the best middle priced restaurants in SD, JSix is another option closeby but I would clearly prefer Cafe Chloe

ETA - a better second option than JSix would be Lion's Share (good food and excellent cocktails)

Dec 14, 2014
honkman in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange?

That sounds really good and we might try it. (Luckily there are also still some options to get also foie gras in California restaurants from time to time)

Dec 12, 2014
honkman in San Diego