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what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

Try Sang Dao in Rolando also. Yummy and extremely casual.

Jun 15, 2014
esquimeaux in San Diego

Casual Work Dinner for 12-15 20-somethings?

Planning on taking our staff out to dinner next month, at a location that's no more than 10-15 minutes driving from downtown that can easily handle a group of 12-15 and where we can converse with each other, as we will be discussing some work topics. We really like Ponce's in Normal Heights, but I'd like to take them to another place this time. I thought about Blind Lady, but one of our employees is underage. Something ethnic would be even more fun, but things can get expensive at that point. Does anything come to mind for anyone? I appreciate the extra help!

Jun 12, 2014
esquimeaux in San Diego

Your Mashed Cauliflower recipe?

I make a whipped cauliflower puree all the time that the mashed potato men in my family have been converted to. I believe at our last Thanksgiving, they were amazed that they preferred the cauliflower!

I steam a large head of cauliflower till tender, then put it in a blender with copious amounts of butter and just a little bit of heavy cream, plus salt & pepper. When it's fully pureed, I fold in some chopped chives or whatever green herb, and I'm done. Yum!

May 29, 2014
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Egg entrees for egg haters?

I too have an egg-hating eating partner. But he LOVES Nigella Lawson's Asian-spiced Kedgeree, with extra salmon and extra eggs (we eat a protein heavy diet). The eggs must not be overcooked though.

I have similar tastes as your husband, and I also really love Greek avgolemono soup. The eggs disappear in the soup to make it rich and lemony and salty. Not really an egg drop soup per se.

Apr 19, 2014
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Question for all the Thai Food geniuses out there

Get your hands on Pok Pok, by Andy Ricker. I just read it cover to cover, and saw many mentions on the fermented fish sauce you describe as an ingredient in recipes.

Apr 19, 2014
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover fish taco sauce?

Had a fish taco party yesterday, and a guest brought the sauce. It was delicious, but we still have tons leftover and I'm not sure what to do with it. I think it had sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, cayenne, and salt. Any ideas on how to use it up? Thanks for the help!

Mar 23, 2014
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Ethnic restaurant for birthday dinner?

For what it's worth: We ended up going to Pomegranate, which was perfect! Fun atmosphere for a birthday, they gave us all (suspiciously smooth) vodka shots and birthday girl got the spicy, toad sweat ice cream, which was very yummy. All the dishes were great and it was a lot of fun to try a cuisine we had never tried before. The food was delicious, and so I've returned for lunch many times and it still hits the spot. Love the grilled meats!

Aug 30, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

Pork sisig from Fredcel's when they make it fresh is pretty good, if a little heavy on the white onions. I should really ask for less onions. Some days while I'm eating it, I can't help thinking, "I'm eating pig pico de gallo. Pigo de gallo."

Aug 15, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

As a recent convert to Filipino food, here's my highlights:

Manila Sunset - Longaniza plate, pork sticks, bibingka
Fredcel's - Lumpia!! All day long. Adobo and afritada are good too.
Tita's - Tinola and coconut chicken curry. I'm not really a fan of their bbq, it's too... big. Sinigang is good, basically all their soups are really meaty and generous.
Lisa's - Fish sisig! If you ask and give them 10-15 minutes, they'll make up a fresh sisig for you with the fried milkfish they have on display. It's the best.

When I want a Filipino feast, I basically have to drive all over town to collect my favorite items, but it's worth it. :)

Aug 08, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

Ethnic restaurant for birthday dinner?

Whoops! Forgot to mention no Chinese. They're coming from San Gabriel Valley, and have plenty of great Chinese up there. But I will be hitting up your recs myself another weekend, thanks!

May 24, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

Ethnic restaurant for birthday dinner?

Lots of great recs on ethnic restaurants here, but a lot of them are really tiny places or very casual. I'm not looking for super fancy, just a sit down place that can accommodate 9 on a Sunday evening. Preferably within 20 minutes of North Park! Thinking about Pomegranate, but would prefer something Asian or Latin. Any help is severely appreciated!

May 22, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

Dis-Fruta-Las - Anyone else been? Favorite fruit salad + ceviche!

Hah! I was all excited to post about them and forgot to say where they are. That's the address I pulled from Yelp... it also says on Yelp that they are in Normal Heights, but it feels distinctly like City Heights to me. Love that particular area - I can get some breakfast at Super Cocina or lunch at Fredcel's and wash it down with that delicious fruit salad.... I don't have fruit very often, which may be why I am becoming slightly manic about this.....

Jan 27, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

Dis-Fruta-Las - Anyone else been? Favorite fruit salad + ceviche!

This place is my new obsession and I want to see more people trying it! Mostly because I am a ceviche fiend, and I think they have an excellent shrimp ceviche there. But good fruit salads and escamochas too. Haven't tried anything else, also I'm fairly new to the Mexican fruit shop world, but I'm going to try to get something new each time.... to be the dessert to my ceviche.

3647 University Ave
(between Cherokee Ave & 36th St)
San Diego, CA 92104

Jan 27, 2013
esquimeaux in San Diego

Two Huge Bunches of Sage

i have this problem! sage water is delicious and refreshing. just a bunch of leave in cold water, serve with ice, yum!

Jun 22, 2012
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Suckling Pig Advice & Side Dishes?

Ha! That was the inspiration piece. :)

Dec 10, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

best (affordable) ceviche

I love Latin Chef's ceviche! Peruvian style, with sweet potatoes and giant corn kernel things and plenty of leche de tigre. Yum!

Dec 10, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego

Suckling Pig Advice & Side Dishes?

Hi Hounds! We got a crazy idea to roast a suckling pig on Sunday, so I'm picking up a 16 lb. fresh piglet tonight. I have MANY questions! If you have anything to share, I'd really appreciate it! :) One important note: we don't eat grains or legumes, but everything else is fair game!

- Should I ask the butcher to butterfly it for me or is unnecessary to butterfly?

- Will it fit in my oven butterflied or otherwise? I'm looking at my 30 lb. dog who greatly resembles a piglet herself, and thinking, "She could fit in there..."

- Should I brine tonight? In what kind of solution beyond salt/sugar/water?

- Do I need to truss this little guy if I'm roasting in the oven?

- I'm thinking of stuffing with apples and onions and sage. Any other suggestions?

- Side dishes? I'm thinking grilled veggies and a crunchy zippy fresh salad and some roasted sweet potatoes or winter squash.

Thanks for the help!!

Dec 10, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

How to use liquid left from carnitas made in crock-pot?

Make rice! http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/200... I use the carnitas liquid in place of the chicken broth and butter. The bits of leftover carnitas increase this recipe'sdeliciousness tenfold.

Nov 25, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Restaurant Thanksgiving in North Park-ish Area?

Any recommendations for a lower-key Thanksgiving dinner in the general vicinity of North Park, no more than a 5-10 minute drive? Price range up to $40/person. Thanks!

Nov 22, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I don't like the taste of roasted garlic in mashed potatoes either, so I mince raw garlic and mash it in. People seem to love it.

Nov 15, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Tired of Mexican and "Gastropub" food. Other options, that are grain-free friendly?

So happy to be out of this rut! Just had a great meal at Sab E Lee even though I wish I had gotten everything spicier. Tilapia skin was crackly delicious. Next, it's Okan and Little Sheep, and I need to look up everything else you guys suggested. Trepidatious to try Negro Durazo, because I love Mariscos Chente in Culver City so much, and it's the only place I've had Sinaloan, and you know... first love and all that. But if I say "Why doesn't someone just mail me the fish??" one more time, I think I'll go crazy.

THANKS EVERYONE!

Oct 21, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego

Tired of Mexican and "Gastropub" food. Other options, that are grain-free friendly?

- I love the Sab E Lee and Okan recs! Thanks!

- I make a lot of KBBQ at home, but the Hot Pot rec sounds fun to me, this will be on the list too. Is hot pot the same as shabu shabu? I mean, the physics sound the same, but what's the flavors like?

You're right, upscale does not matter to me. Thanks for the tips!

Oct 21, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego

Tired of Mexican and "Gastropub" food. Other options, that are grain-free friendly?

Oh sorry, North Park!

Oct 21, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego

Tired of Mexican and "Gastropub" food. Other options, that are grain-free friendly?

I'm having trouble finding new places to eat! And my mouth wants something different from the same old I've been having lately. Sort of stumping me on my Google and Yelp and CH searches because I like to eat lacto-paleo. When dining out, I'm much more relaxed but I still don't like to eat too much rice, wheat, or corn. Sound like an interesting challenge, you jaded SD Chowhound experts? Read on! :)

Restrictions:
- Grains are not the star. Pasta and pizza places are pointless for me, because what is pizza without the crust? A sandwich shop without the in-house baked bread? I'm happy to sub veggies for grains at other places though.

- NOT "new american" or "gastropub" style. Comfort food is great, but I live in North Park and my eating partner lives in Normal Heights. We've covered this ground very thoroughly and want something new.

- No Mexican food, I eat carnitas and carne asada and guisados to death. UNLESS you can give me a personal recommendation for a Sinaloan place where I can get awesome pescado zarandeado and pulpo cocteles.

- Cheap is best, since I'm looking to expand my regular dining options, but I don't mind splurging occasionally.

- No more than 20-25 minutes away.

Thanks for any help!

Oct 21, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego

I've never eaten cauliflower before...

I always hated cauliflower. Now I eat a lacto-paleo diet and am growing it in my garden because I love it so much. This is how I eat it:

- Steam till tender, whiz in the food processor with hot cream, butter, salt, pepper, sour cream and then fold in chopped green onions. The food processor makes it SUPER smooth and creamy and delicious. Now I actually enjoy and crave the taste of cauliflower!

Oct 21, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Severe Food Allergy; Looking for a fish sauce substitute.

braggs liquid aminos or coconut aminos?

Oct 11, 2011
esquimeaux in Special Diets

Canola oil replacement?

pork lard or beef tallow. i think the fact that they are the healthier and more wholesome choice is starting to become more mainstream these days.

grass-fed ghee is nice too but pricey.

Oct 08, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Would love to replicate "Pill Pockets" for dogs

If anyone has a dog who can find and discard pills in whatever food you hide it in, here's how to pill them by hand: open jaws, stick pill as far back as you can (dogs do not have a gag reflex), hold mouth closed, wait till they swallow. If you want to speed up the process, and you know the dog well, kiss them on the nose, that makes them lick their nose and automatically swallow. Takes like 5 seconds, and if you give them a treat immediately afterward, it becomes a positive ritual.

Another trick - when using food-wrapped pills, don't just hand it to your dog, they might be more curious about it and apt to investigate it and be suspicious. Have a handful of untainted treats, with the pill mixed in, go through your dogs commands/tricks excitedly so they're happily and quickly gobbling each tiny treat, and they're more likely not to notice the pill one.

And just in case these are not food related enough, the best consistency I've found for hiding pills is American cheese, because it won't dissolve tablets through moistness, and it's moldable.

Sep 15, 2011
esquimeaux in Not About Food

Crock pot cooking--best ideas???

I've been using the crockpot a lot lately, while eating a lacto-paleo diet, so in that sense, I suppose this is healthy? My favorites:

Chili Verde
- I've used pork shoulder hacked into pieces and bone-in chicken pieces with good results. The chicken was annoying because I had to remove skin and bones, and watch to make sure it didn't overcook. I don't brown the meat, just salt it., Then empty a jar of salsa verde from Trader Joe's over it, add whole or halved garlic cloves, chopped onion, a little lime juice, and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. I eat this over sauteed cabbage, serve to other with cilantro rice & beans & tortillas.

Brisket & Onions
- This I will brown very thoroughly in a cast iron pan. Add 1/2 cup any kind of stock, couple tablespoons each of soy sauce and worcestershire sauce, a dash of fish sauce for more salt if needed. Two sliced onions, lots of minced garlic, lots of cracked black pepper. I make the braising liquid into a gravy to serve over mashed fauxtatoes (cauliflower). When serving to others, they don't notice it's not potatoes, and I also serve up some quick crunchy kale chips.

Carnitas
- Pork shoulder in chunks, with the juice of one orange, one lime, a little cinnamon, s&p, a bay leaf. Cook till tender, then I chop or shred it up, spread on a baking sheet and stick under the broiler to get crispy bits. To serve to others, I use the cooking liquid with all the meaty pieces to make Mexican rice (tomato paste, garlic, onion, cilantro) and it's amaaazing. But I normally just eat it salad style with tomatoes, lettuce, and lots of homemade guacamole.

Sep 06, 2011
esquimeaux in Home Cooking

Meat CSAs

So I'm trying to find a reliable source for grass-fed, pastured, organic meat. Here's what I've come up with so far - anyone have any experience with these farms or want to suggest a different one? My head hurts.... too bad my fruit & veggie CSA doesn't raise animals too!

Sonrise Ranch - Grass-fed beef, free-range pork, pickup at farmer's market

J&J - Grass-fed beef, pick up at hosted locations

Rainbow Ranch Farms - Pastured poultry & eggs, grass fed beef, free range pork, lamb, goat, using heritage breeds. I see on their LocalHarvest store, they offer free home delivery of pastured chicken for their CSA members, but on the website it says CSA membership is full. No other meats in the store.

Hidden Haven - hormone and antibiotic free poultry and rabbit, pick up at their farm in Jamul only.

Aug 17, 2011
esquimeaux in San Diego