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SD: Places to go if your having an affair. .

Please correct me if I am wrong, but aren't the Indian casino/hotel properties easy to get lost in the crowd in, plus they are loud, with lots of distracting lights and very noisy?

Even if ya get caught, nobody can prosecute or sue ya, not that I know diddly about that.

P.S. Also how about the Warner Springs Ranch, Palomar, the Ayres Inn, Alpine, and the two grand old nearby-but-out-of-the way places in Baja Norte - the Meling Ranch and Mike's Sky Rancho. Nobody would ever believe that you are having an affair, "Need some outdoor manly time, I'm just going hunting for quail, baby."

Aug 12, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

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

OK, just to ask for your opinions - am I grass-fed or corn-fed?

I mostly eat veggies - field greens salads, asparagus, fresh sweet corn, the same goes for quelittes (lambs lettuce) and all beautiful herbs and fruits available during summer (Baja has some incredible fruteria/dulceria venors who drench a twi-kilo clamshell box with the freshest of the fresh, topping it with cottage cheese and giving several plastic containers of locally sourced to go.

i won't turn down a great rack of ribs or steak or roasted chicken, but, I don't buy or prepare them in home anymore.

I love all kinds of sushi, but, I have never tried yakitori or its variation of offal arts.

And, I do drink wine (red and white, box or vintage, but Champagne is always a first choice), tequila and/or vodka.

No whiskeys, gin or bourbon are on my menu, at all, regardless of the "Craft Cocktail Movement).

Ohh, I almost forget to mention that I avoid flour tortillas when I have the choice. Me likey freshly made corn tortillas - the nixtamal is addictive.

Aug 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

August Sunday Evening Dinner at Splash! Rosarito, Baja North

We arrived at/about 7:00 pm. The weather all day had been hot and humid (80+ F) and there was no sign of the trademark splashing waves; the ocean was very calm.

The parking at Splash! was so crowded that we had to wait while the attendants waved cars out and figured out how to fit us in and also the other cars lined up behind us.

We hadn't been there for a few months (since Sister Clare's Toy Drive Charity Event), but our waiters. even though they were incredibly busy, were right there, taking our drink orders, even before we sat down at our table.

Hot, fresh chips and salsa arrived almost before I figured out how to get my legs under the table and my a-- in the chair without banging into the people sitting behind us.

Service was superb - our waiter remembered that we liked onion rings and he started his greeting with asking us if we wanted to order some.

Our dinner:

One dark beer, a generous tap pour, and one Sidral Apple Soda soft drink

One order of onion rings (of course!)

A double order of fried oysters

One order of Clams Casino

One Seafood Salad

One order of cheesecake for dessert (it was too sweet for our tastes, we won't order it again).

The bill - a good bit less than $400 pesos MN.

We left happy and full and, on the way back to our car, we bought two beautiful, colorful and well-made, full-sized bed blankets from the lady vendor on the outside for a very good price.

Splash! Restaurant, Rosarito: http://splashcantina.com/

Aug 11, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

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

If you have a tin ear, you don't know it until someone tells you straight up.

I can still see the pained look on my high school music teacher's face as he tried to "find the right place for me" in the choir.

i just thought that was because I was taller than the other girls.

Aug 08, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

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

My beloved #1 daughter used to look at me cross-eyed when I sang her lullabies as an infant.

When she learned to talk, amongst her first sentences were these two, delivered at bedtime, "Mommie, stop. Makes head hurt."

Aug 08, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego
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One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

Sing it sista!

(This said with a self-deprecating shrug at my attempt to sound hip.)

:)

Aug 08, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Table No. 10 (East Village)

Hey DD, I used the exclamation "Yowza" somewhat recently and my husband told me that it made me sound "low-class", not that you would give a care to his opinion.

It just has me confused. In my personal communications of all kinds, I do not employ the more common four-letter words at all. (Full disclosure, I may mutter them under my breath.)

Aug 07, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

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

JR's Fish Taco and JR's Tijuana - always fresh cabrillo and superlative, sublime and other adjectives, and each one less than a dollar.

Oh wait, I forgot (smack my face) that they are just a couple of mileas south of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.

:)

Aug 07, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Baja Chefs on the Move: Anniversaries, Expansions, and More!

Hey Y'all,

Here you go:

By Bill Esparza

"Tonight in Ensenada, one of the founders of Modern Mexican cuisine, chef Benito Molina will celebrate 14 years at Manzanilla with chefs Antonio Livier and Daniel Ovadia (Paxia, D.F.) at 8 P.M. When Molina first opened he was part of a small band of chefs that were the first generations of Mexican chefs that opened their own restaurants along with chef Enrique Olvera's Pujol in 2000, chef Jair Tellez's Laja in 2001, and chef Guillermo Berestain's Pangea in 1998.

In those days, being a chef wan't a respectable profession in Mexico, and if you were a chef you wore a big hat and made Frenchy cuisine in a hotel--the Mexican cooking world in those years was still marked by the age of the Grandes Damas de la Cocina Mexicana, or grand ladies of the Mexican kitchen with chefs like Patricia Quintana, Suzana Palazuelos and Martha Chapa. They did beautiful presentations of traditional Mexican cuisine in their cookbooks and restaurants while the rest of the younger chefs made everything but Mexican cuisine.

In 2004, when the Modern Mexican revolution began, chef Benito Molina was right there in the middle of it--he had moved his restaurant from Mexico City to Ensenada and began to use local ingredients never before used in Mexican cuisine like sea urchin, geoduck, local olive oil from the Valle de Guadalupe and sea beans for amazing seafood dishes paired with the emerging wines of the Valle de Guadalupe.

It's happening tonight if you want to get in on a lively party and excellent tasting meal with 3 of the best chefs in Mexico. We wish chef Benito Molina a happy 14th anniversary and thank him for all he's done for Ensenada, Baja, and Modern Mexican cuisine.

Chef Carlos Valdez has just opened Kochi Kochi BBQ in the old Buffalo BBQ space and Buffalo has moved to a new address. Kochi Kochi BBQ is a younger and more approachable menu of Valdez's original brand of Baja surf and Sonoran turf cuisine and this is where you will be able to find the chef cooking the best steaks in Mexico and mouthwatering seafood.

Kochi Kochi is where you experience one of the best clam tastings in Mexico--La Paz is where you get chocolatas, pismos, blood clams, pen shells, blancas and more from the nearby islands. Everybody has live chocolatas in La Paz but none compare in quality and presentation, and talk about steaks?--forget about it. Valdez served a Mexican wagyu cooked on his Santa Maria grill that evaporated in my mouth--wagyu beef with salsa and Sonoran flour tortillas could form its own religion.

Of all the peninsular chefs, Valdez always has a strong presence of Mexican popular ingredients--his queso fundido is chicharron prensado sauteed in chile guajillo sauce with local cheese that has a fried cheese skin resting atop the crimson pressed pork jumble. It's paisa chic and delicious.

Thin seafood tostadas are served glistening from various dressings and dashes of house made ponzu that highlight the fresh catch of yellow tail. You can wash it all down with a Kochimato featuring artisanal Clamato juice, sea snail ice cubes and vodka which will have you demanding that all bars and restaurants make their own Clamato juice. It's brilliant, playful and tasty just like everything else on the menu.

Buffalo has a higher price point but it's worth it when in La Paz to visit both restaurants so you can have the callo de hacha made with pen shell clams, firm pineapple clams and a touch of mezcal and Valdez's taco of shrimp, guacamole and crickets on a tortilla with chile guajillo colored masa. La Paz has is one of my favorite destination on the Baja peninsula and making the restaurants of chef Carlos Valdez will make your visit that much more memorable.

Tijuana's chef Javier Plascencia opened Bermejo a few months ago, which is the first Modern Mexican cuisine restaurant in the cowboy state of Sonora, Mexico's greatest surf and turf state. The restaurant located in the heart of Hermosillo's hotel zone highlights the local seafood products from the Sea of Cortez(Bermejo is the original name of the Sea of Cortez), the cattle ranches and nearby pueblos magicos on the Rio Sonora.

The restaurant design pays tribute to the Sea of Cortez with a modern eco-design accented by driftwood lit by an attractive back bar that has a nice selection of Bacanora, the local spirit of Sonora made from the agave Pacifica, also known as the agave yaquiana.

After a refreshing Bacanora cocktail with can enjoy some of the best callo de hacha in Mexico harvested in nearby San Carlos, or pen shell clams that are also called callo rinon (kidney shaped clams) lightly garnished or on a tostada with chicharrones and chile chiltepin, one of the regional spices of Sonora.

Burritos de guisado are one of the culinary favorites of Sonora--Bermejo has duck confit in a house made hoisin sauce inside of an artisanal flour tortilla.

The lonja de pescado, or fish market is a grilled piece of fish paired with crispy chinchulines, or chitterlings that salts the fish and adds a contrasting texture, a chayote cream and a raw salsa verde for acidity. The aged rib-eye explodes with the proud flavors of Sonora from a buttery cut of Angus steak from Rancho 17, a famous Sonoran producer of beef.

Dessert ends the meal with a dragon fruit ice cream that is both delightful and palate cleansing. When you're in Hermosillo there's so many fascinating local foods that will be on your checklist, but Bermejo is required dining."

Bermejo, Bl. Fco Eusebio Kino 177 Ste. L-17, Hermosillo, Sonora, 011-52-662-215-2087

Kochi Kochi BBQ, Av. Madera, La Paz, B.C.S., 011-52-612-122-7277

Manzanilla, Teniente Azueta 139, Ensenada, B.C., 011-52-646-175-7073, remanzanilla.com

Aug 02, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

Hey, DD, you have experience and history. That does not translate to old.

Cheers, GJ

Aug 01, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Baja Chefs on the Move: Anniversaries, Expansions, and More!

Please try this recopied link:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki... s_javier_plascenc.php

Aug 01, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Baja Chefs on the Move: Anniversaries, Expansions, and More!

OK DD, please try this (the Baja Nomad link is working)

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthrea...

Aug 01, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Baja Chefs on the Move: Anniversaries, Expansions, and More!

From The OC Weekly. For the original story and its the beautiful photos, go to:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki... s_javier_plascenc.php

Aug 01, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

Bring a straw hat and shawl, drape artistically, then after you climb in, you make introductions, "Say hello to my leettle friend!"

That'll get you to your destination in record time.

;)

Jul 31, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Good mid-day sushi on Saturday

Sushi Yaro on Engineer Rd., Kearny Mesa

http://www.sushiyaro.com/home

Jul 31, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego
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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Since U am not a foureen-year--old wirh a Smarat Phone, I qill reply in an antedeluvian manner: "neer, neerer."

Jul 29, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Dear Mr Taster

Boy, you really like poking a stick (as ny southern relatives would say) to stir up things.

I just wish that I could travel up to Bludso's hoodie and Bludso's Light just to make my own taste comparisons.

All of this yelling on inter-what makes me giggle.

:)

Jul 29, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Hi Doctor Chow, please let me clarify; I am not the author of the blog "My Burning Kitchen", nor do I know or have a personal relationship therein.

My only intent was to share what I thought was good info about how to find good chow during an event that was going to have a large impact on San Diego (featured on the national Today Show this morning) with the good people on Chow Hound.

Regretting my excessively verbose explanation, I am retiring now.

Jul 28, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
Robert A. Heinlein

Jul 28, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

And a fedora and a SearSuckered suit?

Jul 24, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

"...a 24-oz. can of PBR"?

I guess that you are are now a reformed European snob and have embraced membership as a flag-waving booster of us common people.

But, in order to cement your street cred, you need to misspell "bruschetta" and "prosciutto".

:)

Jul 24, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

"Christmas in July" - Sister Clare's Toy Drive at Splash! Restaurant. Rosarito (Campito Location)

The celebration tarts at 1:00 pm tomorrow.

Free food and entertainment.

Please bring an unwrapped toy or a cash donation.

For more info, contact Ann Platenberg, (661) 614-0498; Email at ann4baja@yahoo.com or Chuck Drouet, (661) 614-0850.

Jul 22, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Mexico

My Burning Kitchen

"Destroy All Hunger: Where To Eat Downtown During San Diego Comic-Con"

Jul 22, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

Vietnamese in San Diego

"Mum" is Vietnamese wit a British influence?

I love this. :)

Jul 22, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

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

This is total BS - a Fox News editorial about nutrition.

Jul 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego

burgers

:)

Jul 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

burgers

Dear pizzamaven.

You did not bore me and I am sorry if my comment upset you.

I value good communication and look to Chow Hound for guidance to great places to go.

I apologize to you.

GJ

Jul 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

burgers

"As I Lay Dying." - I almost did.

Cheers, ipse :)

Jul 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

burgers

Amen! OMG Amen.

If someone, anyone, wants to write in "stream-of-conciousness" mode, for all that is holy, please give us a break so we can take a breath and wade back in to find the gems in the post.

James Joyce would have given up two lines in.

Jul 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in Los Angeles Area

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

There has been a lot of discussion about the touted superior taste and environmental sensitivity of choosing to consume grass-fed beef.

OK, I haven't the faintest idea about where to go to find out for myself. (Also, I am easily confused and distracted by bright shiny objects.)

Where do you go, fellow Chow Hounds?

Jul 21, 2014
Gypsy Jan in San Diego