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San Diego on a Budget

Thank you for the recs! I'll definitely look through the search results as well!

Jun 30, 2012
tjbern in San Diego

San Diego on a Budget

Hi All,

My girlfriend and I are going to be out in San Diego for a few nights (July 6 - 11), staying in the gaslamp area most likely with a car, and would love to get some good food, but at a good value (I'm about to start business school and looking at my student loan applications has definitely tempered my usual spending habits).

That said, in addition to recommendations for some good values/ cheap eats, it would be great to have maybe one splurge meal ($50 - 75/ person).

We are pretty amenable to different types of foods. I'm more of an adventurous eater than my girlfriend, but we can do many types of cuisines.

So, what do SD hounds do to save a few bucks on good eats? Where could we treat ourselves?

Also, we're visiting another couple who is acting as our semi-hosts, so where would be a good place for two couples to go with a moderate price tag? Maybe something that there's a lot of small plates/ sharing?

Looking forward to your recommendations! (Feel free to include any other budget-friendly tips as well - e.g., save on parking, inexpensive activities, etc.).

Thanks!
Tim

Jun 30, 2012
tjbern in San Diego

Anniversary Dinner - Romantic, great food - not super fancy

OK, so I was able to get reservations at Bibou and Osteria. So I guess the decision will be between Bibou, Osteria, and Bistrot la Minette.

I'm leaning towards Osteria, because I think Bibou's menu might be a bit small for my SO. Is the ambiance at Osteria romantic at all? Or is it just a good place to go for the food?

Thanks,
Tim

Dec 13, 2011
tjbern in Philadelphia

Anniversary Dinner - Romantic, great food - not super fancy

Thanks everyone for the great advice!

I think I'm going to try Bibou (though I think they only let you make reservations one month out), I'm also going to swap Fish for Little Fish, and drop out Il Pittore.

Anyone have any ideas on Bistrot la Minette? Pictures on yelp make it look really nice and warm inside. Is the food top notch?

Dec 05, 2011
tjbern in Philadelphia

Anniversary Dinner - Romantic, great food - not super fancy

Ok, I'll give Osteria a call. Thanks for the idea.

I have reservations at Fish at 1708 Lombard. Not sure if that's the new or old on though . . .

Dec 03, 2011
tjbern in Philadelphia

Anniversary Dinner - Romantic, great food - not super fancy

Hi All,

I'm looking for a place for an anniversary dinner in January. I've recently moved to the city from New York, and would love to find a place that had really great food with a romantic atmosphere, but without the flourishes of "fine dining." In New York we had great anniversary dinners at Mas Farmhouse and Blue Hill, and would love to know if there's anything comparable.

I've read about Vetri's restaurants, but Vetri and Osteria are booked for the night I'm looking. Also, it looks like Fountain is closed that night (though I think it'd be the wrong atmosphere anyway). I also assumed LBF would be too stuffy too, but if not, please let me know.

As far as cuisine goes, I think anything except for Asian and Indian. Would love to know your thoughts!

Tentatively, I have reservations at Il Pittore and Fish, but think I could do better. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Tim

**Edit: So I've also looked into Meme and Farm and Fisherman. Anyone care to weigh in on those options?

Dec 03, 2011
tjbern in Philadelphia

Purees/Smoothies for a sick friend

Thank you all for the suggestions; keep them coming if you have more ideas (finely processed things work as long as there's a liquid companion to wash it down). He is no longer on chemo or going through radiation so that taste factor is not an issue. We know that his love for smoked turkey legs has not changed (we finely food processed those, and he was very happy!). His energy level goes up when he has savory things. We'll be passing these recipes on to his family so they can keep his foodie needs satisfied.

Apr 11, 2011
tjbern in Home Cooking

Purees/Smoothies for a sick friend

Hi All,

I have a friend who is terminally ill and at this point he can only eat things of a pureed/smoothie consistency. if it's the wrong consistency, it could be difficult for him to eat

Do any of you have ideas for some tasty concoctions? He is a foodie, so a good recipe would be very much appreciated.

Thanks so much!

Regards,
Tim

Apr 10, 2011
tjbern in Home Cooking