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Blood Oranges [SD]

Yes, and the longer it stays on the tree, the sweeter it gets. Shake a fully-laden tree to get the ripest fruit--they will fall off. Citrus needs a lot of water to grow and produce, so San Diego's citrus trees should see a growth spurt after all this rain.

Dec 08, 2007
rawfoodie in San Diego

Best Taco Shops In San Diego...

Wowsa Cathy! Great blog! Thank you. And yes, cukes are mandatory in a seafood cocktail, at least to my way of thinking--their juice adds something, too--ever had a cucumber drink? Simplest is to add some to water; next best is add to yogurt and ice--fabulous thirst quencher in Summer; very popular in Afghanistan and other nearby countries where it gets scorchingly hot. Add some dried mint--it's all cooling and healthy.

There is or was a good place on Imperial just East of I-5 in a mall-ish affair, for great seafood cocktails, but they got pricey (compared to Benny's, back then) and I haven't been back there. I guess everything is pricey these days.

It may be antithesis or heretical to snobs or elite, but I've always trusted little ethnic places that cater to folks of immigrant origins--they wouldn't poison their own peeps. Whereas big grocers, importing from, say, China, would, as long as their CEO gets a billion dollar bonus for downsizing U.S. workers. GRRRRRRRR!

Anyway, thanks for the blog link (http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/). It's bookmarked and I'll be visiting often!

Dec 08, 2007
rawfoodie in San Diego

Best Taco Shops In San Diego...

Thanks Cathy. I don't go up to the mesas very often, but isn't that near 99Ranch? I'm overdue for a venture in that neck of the woods.

Dec 08, 2007
rawfoodie in San Diego

Best Taco Shops In San Diego...

The best hot red salsa is, IMO, at Quatros Milpas in Barrio Logan. It is like fire. Made with meat (not sure if it's beef or pork), and hence loaded with rich fat, and a little goes a long way. I can nearly make a meal of that and their equally fat-laden flour tortillas, which are fabulous with butter. I've been going there for about 40 years, mostly for their beans, tortillas, and hot sauce. If you plan to dine in, in the Summer it's hot and in the Winter it's cold. I only did that when I worked nearby. When I tried to go vegetarian, I took a break from them. Now that I've decided life's too short to not eat at least a little bit of something really decadent and relatively unhealthy, like meat fat, I'll be going back any day now. Their tacos are good as they use a nice crumbly Mexican cheese--asagio, I think, or maybe it's asadero. If I'm mistaken, I hope someone will correct me, please :)

Except for fish or ceviche tacos (homemade), I'm not a big taco fan so I'm glad to read all the other recommendations interspersed here. Benny's used to have the very best shrimp cocktail a few years ago, but they changed chefs and it's now too sweet for my tastes--or was, the last time I was there. I will stop off and try that carne asada burrito. I love burritos, but I'm very picky about the tortillas, and here again, Quatros Milpas outshines them all. It's the lard, baby!

Dec 08, 2007
rawfoodie in San Diego

Lemonade

Great basic recipe, thanks! Next to green tea, it's my favorite drink too. I use more water and hardly any sugar (simple syrup), but I love to add fresh spearmint muddled with sugar. Another thing I do is freeze the mint leaves in ice cubes.

I've also frozen the lemonade in cubes. Stores beautifully.

Dec 08, 2007
rawfoodie in Recipes

Crunchy Celery and Romaine Heart Salad

Fabulous! I add some chile flakes and crushed dill seed, and don't use sugar in the vinaigrette.

Dec 08, 2007
rawfoodie in Recipes