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Al Pastor San Diego

Second the possible closure of Tacos Mi Pueblo. Hubby was at the Supercuts last week and noticed the place was dark and locked up. Not such a big loss now as the last couple of times we were there the original owner was no longer behind the counter and the food was nasty. But shoot, when they were at the top of their game, they were the BEST!

Feb 21, 2009
evilipoo in San Diego

Best Frozen Yogurt locations in San Diego / SoCal?

Does El Cajon count as San Diego? :)
Cause for my money, no one beats the Yogurt Mill on Broadway in El Cajon...
Sketchy location, but lines out the door all summer long... No other yogurt has ever quite done it for me.

Jul 31, 2008
evilipoo in San Diego

San Diego: Bell'agio Ristorante Tierrasanta

A quick search of this board brought up nothing... Does anyone have an opinion?

http://bellagioristorante.com/

A friend and I are looking for good, reasonably priced Italian food for a weeknight dinner and I'm hoping this will fit the bill.

Suggestions always welcomed... Additional criteria would be easy parking and somewhat centrally located.

Jun 30, 2008
evilipoo in California

Pizza Restaurants in San Diego

I love Pizzeria Uno... Especially the fresh-to-bake that I can take home to Alpine and have whenever I want! *G*... Bonus--if you order 2 pizzas to go, they give you 1/2 off the second one.

Salads there are good too...

Jun 29, 2008
evilipoo in California

Dragonfruit / Pitahaya in San Diego

Maybe not what you're looking for, but Trader Joe's had it dried with the rest of the dried fruit...

Jun 29, 2008
evilipoo in California

Grilling with Chicken Wire?

Just a quick follow-up...

The poppers turned out excellent! We ended up using the toothpicks that hold the bacon on the peppers to prop them up in a grill-top stir-fry... um, pan? Anyway, I don't think the rack in the photo above would work, neither would just laying them on the grill. The bacon sticks to the metal and the cream cheese expands and would run out if they were on their sides.

Knowing what we know now, we are going to try an improvised rack with foil next time.

Jun 29, 2008
evilipoo in Cookware

Grilling with Chicken Wire?

Galvanized comes to mind, but I'm not positive. I'm sure it is not stainless. And not rusty or dirty. ;-)

Any thoughts on why the zinc is bad? Is it taste or chemical composition? Not that one is less 'bad' than the other...

Thanks for your reply!

Jun 27, 2008
evilipoo in Cookware

Grilling with Chicken Wire?

Well, I looked and looked and this is my best guess as to where to post this question, so here goes...

I want to make this recipe for Jalapeno Poppers: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip... on the grill, but I don't have the popper-holder-thingy. I was thinking that I could stand the peppers in chicken wire so that the filling stays in the pepper. My concern is that if the wire would leach something into the food that should not be there... I remember my mom saying something sometime ago about never using a metal refrigerator rack (remember those?) over a fire to grill and don't now if this is along the same lines?

If not, what might I use instead?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Jun 27, 2008
evilipoo in Cookware

More East County (SD) Dining

Finally tried The Vine on Alpine Blvd. Very nice little wine bar with a more extensive menu than I planned on. Friend was picking up the tab, so I did not pay as much attention to the prices as if I had been paying.

They have a neat little tasting that you can buy for $16 that gives you a number (the server said 10, but that seems like a lot) of 1oz tastings of anything they have open at the time. You get a punch card so you can just drop in and taste a few and come again later. Seems like a neat idea. We all ordered a red flight (which they served with a small bowl of chocolate pastilles ?sp) that they had on special--3 3oz pours for $18. Honestly, they did not seem like 3oz pours but it was a nice little tasting. And sorry--I was paying more atention to the company so I could not tell you which wines we were served--except one was SKN Napa and it was great.

The menu ranged from bread and butter & a nice cheese plate to soups such as Creamy Mushroom with Brie ($8) and French onion to salads and wraps. Our host had the Roast Beef Horseradish wrap on previous occations and loved it. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the Mushroom Brie soup--it was in a decent sized bowl and came with a couple slices of bread. We also shared a cheese plate which was beautifully presented (no price posted on the menu as they will do them for any number of people, so the price varies) and a Vine Onion which is a roasted onion served with an assortment of breads and butters. I think the onion was about $7. I did not see desserts on the menu, though our server did offer them but we were satisfied and did not indulge.

The interior has not changed much from when it was an espresso/dessert joint a while back. Kind of woodsey looking with a nice stone fireplace in the front area where the bar is and then a longish room that curves around to the side of the building. I really enjoyed the ambiance and that it was fairly low-key. No loud music or that sort of thing--very relaxing. There were about 5 other parties there and the noise level was very pleasant.

One thing I would have liked was more information on the wines. When I've ordered flights in the past, they usually come with a little write-up on the wines. We asked for this, but the owner could not find anything on 2 of the 3 wines that we tasted. Too bad.

They are open from 10a-Midnight Friday and Saturday and until 10ish on other nights. I understand that they do happy hours during the week so I plan to stop in again next week and pay more attention.

Gosh, I hope this place makes it... We could really use this in Alpine.

Feb 24, 2008
evilipoo in California

Japanese hibachi in San Diego

Ah, Fuji sounds interesting. I will see what I can find out about them, Thanks! We like to keep it around Kearny Mesa/ I-8 corridor just so everyone can get there easily from work. I commute to Serra Mesa from Alpine, so a trip to North County after work might put me home around... 1am. :-)

Oct 30, 2007
evilipoo in California

Japanese hibachi in San Diego

Thanks for the suggestion... I neglected to post that Shogun is out of consideration due to one of the folks in our party experiencing a really bad health violation there.

My apologies.

Oct 30, 2007
evilipoo in California

Japanese hibachi in San Diego

A friend at work is having a birthday and has always wanted to go to Benihana, so we figured we would take him next week. But apparently the Benihana in Mission Valley is closed for remodeling. My next thought was Hayama (?sp) but apparently they are closed too. Any suggestions for something in a similar style? Thanks!

Oct 29, 2007
evilipoo in California

More East County (SD) Dining

Howdy. I'm new on this board and live in Alpine so I feel your pain... Tho it might not technically be EC, how about DZ Akins? I've never had a bad meal there and it's just on the other side of Lake Murray Blvd.

Desserts in the case are pretty pricey, but worth it.

Oct 11, 2007
evilipoo in California