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Crepes breakfast in/near Little Italy? (SanDiego)

My friends are visiting and heard about a place on India Street that has great breakfast crepes. Somewhere near Lil Italy with a long counter seating or bakery area. Anyone heard of this place?
TIA Katmom

Apr 04, 2008
KatMom in California

Weekend lunch in Sacramento [moved from San Francisco board]

What is the freeway noise like at this spot? I have some idea of where it is at, but looking on the map seems like it is very close to 80. Is the freeway up high enough to not be too loud or unpleasant for outside dining? thanks

May 19, 2007
KatMom in California

Best Hamburger in San Diego?

Boll Weevil! Any old 'hounds remember Jeff "Buddha"'s written feuds with the guy who used to reply with the BW for any question on where to eat in San Diego? I did happen to end up in a BW recently for happy hour, the waitress didn't give us our check until after the 1/2-price appetizer time, even though we were well finished with them before that, and tried to charge us full fare. No tip for her!

Apr 09, 2007
KatMom in San Diego

My Favorite NY Pizza in San Diego

I'm cornfused... what's the name of this place? Googled it and closest I came up with was "A Brooklyn Pizzaria" on Mission Gorge Road. Any comments thanks!

Apr 09, 2007
KatMom in California

Gluhwein recipe

Thanks for the ideas!!!

Nov 09, 2006
KatMom in Spirits

Gluhwein recipe

So you add this cooked brandy to the red wine?

Nov 09, 2006
KatMom in Spirits

Best Fried Rice in SD: where and what

Well, it is sure to be totally un-authentic or even considered remotely good traditional Chinese, but the house special fried rice at the Rickshaw (strip mall at NW corner of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and Santo Road in Tierrasanta) is a great 3-dinner dish that is a great value too. The rice is dense, heavy and sticks together, and the wok is well-seasoned so it has lots of satisfying layers of flavors. Big chunks of chicken and beef, lighter on the vegetables than other types I have had. Great comfort food.

Nov 06, 2006
KatMom in California

Gluhwein recipe

I don't know if I am spelling this correctly but it is the German version of mulled wine. I was searching for a recipe, and not much luck. Any ideas? Is this sweeter or less sweet than regular mulled wine? TIA, Katmom

Nov 06, 2006
KatMom in Spirits

California Burrito - San Diego entity or beyond?

There was a movie out about a decade ago "Eating" about women and their relationships with food. One scene was an interview about guilty food pleasures. This would definitely qualify for that category. It was very tasty, only ate one-half, but then had the rest for breakfast...

Oct 27, 2006
KatMom in San Diego

California Burrito - San Diego entity or beyond?

I stopped by my local favorite cheap taqueria on the way home from work tonight; Palomino's #2 at Clairmont Mesa Blvd. and Ruffin Road. Ordered something different for me: a California burrito. What I get is a huge Sunday-edition burrito with carne asada, french fries, cheese, salsa, sour cream. I was a little afraid at first (could just see the HDL and LDL battling for positions in my bloodstream), but dug in. It was great! Maybe because I was dead tired from office and needed a comfort-food fix, but it was fresh and piping-hot and very filling of course.

So has anyone had CA burritos from other places that are similar, are they carne asada fries wrapped up in a flour tortilla? It reminded me of my HSO's home-cooking Lomo Saltado, Peruvian steak strips with fries, only without the gravy. I would love to sample other restaurant versions, any recommendations or comments?

Oct 25, 2006
KatMom in San Diego

CA has the new cheese capital?

We do have CA Water Buffalo mozzarella, the cows are milked in the beautiful Chino Valley dairy preserve (which grows smaller every day and is so much unlike the rolling green hills you see on the CA Happy Cows commercials) and the product is on shelves in higher-end markets and cheese shops; Bubalis bubalis brand. The native bison (our Great Plains and beyond animal), has not been domesticated, and would be pretty hard to milk. I love water buffalo, they get very tame and make great pets. Unfortunately or fortunately for the rest of the states and world, California is always trying to out-do everyone else.

Oct 25, 2006
KatMom in California

Destined for Los Banos and Livingstons

Well, Robert and I can vouch for Woolgrower's Basque Restaurant in Los Banos for dinner, come hungry, they serve vast quantities of food. I would save room for the pan-seared steak or lamb chop, then if you have room try out the sides and salads.

Oct 19, 2006
KatMom in California

BBQ in San Diego

Speaking of Buddha (Jeff), what has happened to him? I haven't seen him post in a very long time. I used to be invited to the BBQ events, but moved out of SD, then moved back just this fall. Anyone remember the "Boll Weevil" guy too?

Oct 17, 2006
KatMom in California

The Best Hot Dog I've EVER had... you'll be surprised!

John, great to see you posting on the Left Coast! I had the opportunity to follow your hot-dogging advice couple of years ago visiting family in NJ, and my kid and partner are still talking about our "Hot Dog Tour of NJ". <3 Syd's...Have you been to our side of the tracks? This place sounds like a good-drive-to Chowhound trip.

Oct 04, 2006
KatMom in Los Angeles Area

LA to Modesto- highway 5 and 99- recs???

I have made the drive from San Diego to Sacramento a lot more often recently, and finally had a chance to check out Tita's Pupuseria at the Buttonwillow gas line-up. Similar to other posters, they are sort of better than average, but not a home-run true CH hit. The La Roco which had cheese and green peppers inside were better than the other ones with chichiarrones (sp?), but they were hot and tasty for a good piece of driving. The restaruant is located on the east side of 5, about across the street from Mc D___'s.

Off of 99, there is an exit for CH Warlow rest area on the east side, and a gas station, can't remember the name but it is now a Valero, Gas n Go, Fast n Easy something like that. They actually have very good burritos in the hot food section, something other than the fast-food chains. Last one was a green chile verde with what looked like pork, and I while I was nervous about the remaining 200+ miles of my drive, I did not have any ill effects.

I drive again this weekend and will see if I can come up with something else.

Sep 26, 2006
KatMom in California

Somebody get this sysadmin a sandwich

Maybe a board for Roadtrips, where you could start with the subject of where you are going and where you are going to land? It would probably get too cumbersome and confusing.

I drove from CA to Florida and back in the past year, with a couple of cats and my Beloved (dog), and would try to find free wireless places to look up Chowhound-reviewed places for the next big town I saw on the map. No time to question and read replies. The cats went crazy for tamales in Albuquerque. Not so good Memphis bbq, but it was late and rainy.

I recommend traveling with a wireless-enabled laptop, and buying a months worth of Flying J internet. You can also pull into the parking lot of motels that advertise free wireless and see if you can pirate a signal, but I guess that isn't entirely legal.

Sep 23, 2006
KatMom in Site Talk

Slocum House in Fair Oaks (Sacramento area) means slow coming food

I forgot all about my experience at the Slow House this past Father's Day for a brunch with my son and his dad until I read your review. The story that day was that the kitchen staff and wait staff was new and didn't have much training. We were comped Mimosas or just straight champagne as the 10 am reservation time turned into finally dining at 11 and getting out of the restaurant after plenty of apologies from the water server all the way to head manager around 12:30. I can't even remember the food now, I have blocked the whole experience from my memory. Just say No, Thanks.

Sep 19, 2006
KatMom in California

For 99¢ at Grocery Outlet in Marina . . .

Hi Melanie, My friends and I call the Grocery Outlet the Canned Food Museum. I love to browse through the canned items to see what is on the shelf. Haven't had the courage to try beef in a can. Their specials on other items can be very good. Thanks for the post.

Sep 07, 2006
KatMom in California

Eating Solo in San Diego

I dine alone quite a bit in San Diego, and find the small ethnic places are easier for single women diners. (Don't know what your gender is!) Take out from 99 Ranch Market and Mitsuwa is good and very cheap for grad students I am transitioning from grad to employed, and haven't experienced the freedom of a consistent paycheck yet. I did get out to Super Cocina, awesome food, very warm and friendly staff, and it is fun to make faces at the babies who are out late with their families. If you are compelled to read, The San Diego Reader can usually be found at the entrance to most places. San Diego CH's like to argue about the restaurant reviews in The Reader! Good luck and hope you make some dining-out friends.

Sep 06, 2006
KatMom in California

Up Town Cafe (Sacto) Good Eats

Robert's still around (look for Roberto), now that he is retired he has a lot more time to eat! He actually reviewed this place last March, I was there and enjoyed the navy bean soup since I had just had my braces adjusted. It was pouring down rain, but they still had a very good patronage. Very interesting location, Del Paso Blvd. is a bit of a trip back in time.

Sep 06, 2006
KatMom in California

Shopped at Trader Joe's tonight. These are some items I picked up (w/ pictures)

I really like the canned Pink Salmon, its in a small cat-food size can. Less metallic taste than any canned tuna. I think the label says Alaskan. BTW, my cats go crazy for the cat-food tuna. I haven't got to the poor-old-starving stage YET, but the label for the tuna cat food says "for pet consumption only", and really it isn't as appetizing as Fancy Feast Beef Grill with Gravy....

In Northern CA and SoCal, consistently dry, poor shelf life for breads. I don't know where it is distributed from. Over the years I have gone more low-carb and rarely need to buy bread anyhow.

Aug 11, 2006
KatMom in General Topics

Lower the Flag at Bandera's (Sac)

I guess this must have come up on a search. Back then we didn't have the Chains board. I have been to this restaurant, and then attended dinner at Houston's (same chain, different name) in Ft. Lauderdale. I love to ask the waitress for an extra napkin, it is almost like a scene out of Austin Power's where the beautiful women's head explodes, it takes them a while to figure this out, as they don't have access to just the linen napkins and have to resort to bringing out a stack of linen/silverware rolls to the table.

Jul 29, 2006
KatMom in California

Breakfast near Sac downtown Farmers Market

Another great place if you can tolerate spicy food for breakfast: Vallejo's, at the SW corner of 4th and S Street, just a couple blocks away from the market. I like to go early to the market and get to the restaurant before the church-people get there, or get breakfast first and then to the market. The chorizo and eggs combinations are great, but it is a LOT of food for the price. I usually just get the chorizo and egg burrito ala carte, but my BF can pack away the combo plate. Of course we don't get much done afterwards, full tummy's and lazy Sundays...

Jul 17, 2006
KatMom in California

Bun Bo Hue 3 Ways – San Diego

Great post, its making me hungry. BTW, how does one eat Pho soup with the plate of condiments served with it? I have tried breaking pieces of basil and other leaves with the bean sprouts into my spoon, and dipping it into the broth, but haven't figured out if that is the proper way to eat it. I suppose there are instructions somewhere on the internet, but any CH's with experience to give a little lecture?

Jul 08, 2006
KatMom in California

Melting Pot Restaurant

I posted about a Melting Pot experience a few years ago. Haven't been back since, but what was most remarkable was the food odor that penetrated my clothing, shoes, and purse after my dining experience. I could smell the onion and garlic odor when getting into my car, and had to take off my clothes outside before my kid would let me in the house door. In other posts, people had similar experiences, seems like it depended on where you were seated in the restaurant, better ventilation in some spots. I know, food odors are normal when you come home from dining, but this was extreme, had to throw out the purse, and shoes became outdoor garden shoes after that.

Jun 30, 2006
KatMom in Chains

Your Favorite Chain Burger

Driving from Ft. Lauderdale to Sacramento, I drove forever through Oklahoma and kept seeing Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Store. Finally stopped at one in Clinton, and the Jalapeno Jack Cheeseburger was great. Cool it off with Cherry Vanilla ice cream. Any one else stop at a Braum's? I wish I had an excuse to drive through OK again, but probably not in this lifetime.

Jun 30, 2006
KatMom in Chains