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Cheeseheads looking for good San Diego food advice!

+1 on Siesel's, Catalina Offshore, J&I, George's Modern, Mariscos El Pescador, and Sushi Ota. Very solid list.

Add Sushi Tadokoro, Comun, Romescos, Tidal, and Bottega Americano.

about 8 hours ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Holiday Tamales

Yes. Actually, I was on a mission today in the Convoy area and swung by the one in Clairemont on my way home. It was a different setup than last year. They only had four kinds when I stopped by: chicken, cheese, pineapple, and one other. Maybe that was because it was fairly late in the afternoon.

I bought just one (chicken) because I'd just eaten. Pretty good. The chicken was just a little dry but the masa was great (plain, but excellent). Even DD might approve.

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

Holiday Tamales

Carnival is selling tamales from an outdoor cart today and tomorrow (only). Haven't been this year, but I picked up a few last year and they were pretty tasty, especially for the price (I think a dollar each). Nothing super special, but several kinds, all flavorful and fresh.

1 day ago
DoctorChow in San Diego

What's your *favorite* restaurant in San Diego?

Ipse, isn't this kind of like this one:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996183

And if so I have the same questions.

Dec 19, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

QED

Dec 19, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

That's a solid and admirable policy.

Dec 19, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

"If you know anything at all about cancer, the idea itself is proposterous."

That's why I'm not greatly worried about it.

Even if I were a worrier, though, I doubt that I'd be concerned about actually getting cancer from eating cancerous animal cells. I might instead worry about consuming toxins produced by cancerous cells, assuming there are such things, or something like that.

Anyway, it sounds like we're probably not even talking about cancerous tumors in swordfish, so the issue is moot.

Dec 19, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

True, but it seems to me that these kinds of tumors in swordfish are either cancerous in every case or benign in every case; no labwork required. From the 1986 LA Times article that SM pointed to, it sounds like the latter.

Dec 19, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

I guess my problem is that I'm not clear as to whether the types of swordfish tumors being discussed are actually cancerous ones. I think (but don't know, I'm not an MD or medical researcher) that benign non-cancerous tumors only impact the local area where they're growing; the rest of the organism is perfectly fine, like the worm in the apple. On the other hand, if we're talking cancerous tumors and a fish monger or chef spots one, then yes I'd also be more comfortable knowing that the decision would be made to discard the entire fish. Speaking strictly for myself, though, I'm not greatly worried about it.

Dec 19, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

I really feel this is something of a paranoid position, Honk, and I hope that not too many people are that tense about it. The fact that imperceptible imperfections exist in food is an existential fact; a reality of living.

How can one ever know with any certainty that there are no cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in the body of *any* animal or fish that is eaten? In the absence of obvious, visible signs, how can one be sure?

Either we choose to eat meat and fish or we don't, I suppose. If one's choice is the former, it certainly doesn't hurt to be concerned about minimizing associated risks, but at the same time perhaps a certain zen is helpful.

Dec 18, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

I think it's great if a fishmonger decides to toss the entire fish if it has flaws like this, but as long as a restaurant removes all such untoward growths before my fish order ends up on my plate, that's fine with me. It's like an apple with a worm in it. If you remove the part with the worm, there's nothing wrong with the rest of the apple.

Dec 18, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

I guess for people who are really worried about it, it's best to be selective about the kinds of fish you eat, and there are at least some easily-accessible resources available with the information needed to help down-select.

As for me, I say damn the torpedoes. I'm going to have sushi for dinner tonight and choose whatever looks good.

Dec 18, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

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

Here's another recent summary on the subject of mercury contamination in fish, written for non-scientists:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ma...

and

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ne...

Dec 18, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Best Chinese Food Christmas Eve near Coronado

Well, of course 6 pm would be during rush hour, but our freeways tend to be pretty smooth in the direction you'd be traveling at that time. Traffic here gets heavy in the south- and east-bound directions during rush hour. I think you can easily make it in 20 min at 8 pm; at 6 pm it might take a few more minutes.

You might want to take a look at this site to get an idea of our traffic situation at those times:

http://www.sigalert.com/Map.asp?lat=3...

Dec 17, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

RedO is Coming

That's what the UT reported this morning. They were pretty explicit about it. The plan is to raze the existing stand-alone building and build a new one.

Dec 16, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

For now...

Dec 15, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

RedO is Coming

Lots of good stuff, DD. Solid.

Dec 15, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange?

Great article! Should be required reading for all aspiring burger eaters.

Written specifically for NYCers, but with sufficient generality to be of interest to virtually everyone (well, maybe almost virtually everyone).

I would imagine that a "Blaisburger" at J&I would fall into the "gourmet burgers" category.

Somehow I can't believe I'm going to go to J&I some day and order a cheeseburger, though...

Dec 15, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

RedO is Coming

Hmmmm... OK -- on your first sentence, anyway. DD also mentioned that.

Well then, maybe in his role as a "creative consultant" could it be he was scoping out Aqui es Texoco, Puesto, and Romesco for a reason?

I'm looking for a conspiracy theory here, I guess, something beyond the ostensible. In your view, is it a pretty sure bet that the Red O in SD will be more-or-less a clone of the LA restaurant, foodwise?

It seemed unusual to me, when I read about it last week, that a chef of Bayless' stature and reputation would come to SD just to take a class. I'm not surprised by this development, in other words, coming as it has just a week later.

Dec 15, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

RedO is Coming

Well, Bayless was in town with his wife over the weekend a week ago, and it must have been a rare visit, being as it was reported (with some excitement) by Eater. Looks like he wasn't here just to take a class...

Dec 15, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Real dairy frozen custard in San Diego?

Couldn't agree more after visiting today. The texture of the frozen custard (the only thing I was interested in and the only thing I tried) was too heavy and the coffee flavor was weak and bland.

In fact, "coffee" was the most "interesting" (if you want to call it that) of the four custard flavors they had today. The others were chocolate and two types of vanilla (regular and lite). Boring.

Kids who live in the area might like it here, but Kopp's it isn't. First and last time for me.

Dec 15, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

LOL. Not! To me, Pliny is off-balance vis-à-vis the "double" IPA style. The Stone is beter balanced in that somewhat nebulous sense. IMO.

Dec 14, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Whether or not that clears anything up, at least it's been a good-spirited controversy!

I did find it amusing that one of the post-article commenters remarked that Pliny is, in his words: "One of the most balanced beers I've had". Hmmm...

Dec 14, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Real dairy frozen custard in San Diego?

I see that Rita's is opening up in the Bay Park Keil's center tomorrow (Monday). Just in time for the freezing December weather, but...who cares?

Dec 14, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Ha! Guess I stopped reading the back labels on Stone beers after the belly-laugh one on the bottle when Arrogant Bastard came out. I don't even know if the back label on AB has changed -- and I still enjoy a bottle periodically. Will have to look next time.

Dec 13, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza - closing

Very interesting article. Much of it is no surprise, but the big teaser is: “We will soon be announcing new tenants that will be joining The Headquarters early next year. We are confident that the Mozza space will not be vacant for long.”

Dec 13, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange?

"and get rarely out there without 7-8 other dishes (and some additional dishes later at another bar as midnight snacks)"

Now that's what I call living!

[Raises glass in a toast]

Dec 12, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Visit to La Jolla

Still have their steak tartare on my infinite list, per your rec a while back. I'm willing to put politics aside for that.

Dec 12, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego
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Best Chinese Food Christmas Eve near Coronado

I couldn't remember the name of the place, but yes Mr Chow's was a great little restaurant -- very sad when it closed.

Dec 12, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange?

Love it. Thanks.

Dec 11, 2014
DoctorChow in San Diego