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Cocktail Bars in SD

Bottle conditioning = fermenting in the bottle. Load the drink into the bottle, put in some yeast, voila. Think of it like the secondary fermentation when making champagne.

Mar 15, 2014
shouzen in San Diego
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Cocktail Bars in SD

I would have to place Noble Experiment (when Anthony is making the cocktails) far above any other place in SD - in fact, just slightly below my top two all-time favourites (PDT and Violet Hour). His sense of balance matches up very well with my personal taste. I don't bother making reservations. Just show up at 7pm and get a seat at the bar counter (best seats in the house, anyway).

Saltbox is OK. Did not like Polite Provisions - drinks too sweet.

The other place that I quite enjoyed was Cusp, although I believe the bartender there is now at JSix.

Mar 12, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Atlanta Chef Richard Blais Opening "Juniper & Ivy" in February

The menu is also up on their website now. I am rather interested in checking out their tasting menu...

Mar 03, 2014
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I'm actually quite ambivalent about Osteria Mozza. The last time we were there, someone in the kitchen had a very heavy hand with the salt, and we haven't been back since. I am still very interested in trying Chi Spacca, though...

And now, back to the SD board...

Dec 05, 2013
shouzen in San Diego
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Has anyone heard anything about El Charco in Chula Vista? Someone on the board mentioned they were "closed for renovations" or something similar - I hope that was not a portent

Dec 02, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I suppose if one were so inclined, they could fill up with cheese samples from Venissimo next door

Nov 29, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I can finally add a data point.

Went today for lunch, figuring that most people would be too busy shopping and recovering from Thanksgiving to eat at Mozza. I was right. Walked in at about 12.30 and we were seated immediately.

Ordered fried squash blossoms, pane bianco, and two pizzas. All very good. Crust of pizzas thinner than LA/Newport Beach, but crisp, nicely blistered and delicious, although the dough tasted slightly on the bland side. Server said they are still trying to nail the crust consistently.

They sent out a comped order of arancini because the pizzas were slow out of the oven. It was mediocre.

Main issue is speed. They have 2 ovens, but food seems to take a long time here - hopefully they work that out. Apparently, they are still finalizing the non-pizza items on the menu. All in all, nearly as good as the original. Maybe quality suffers when they're busy (as other posts might suggest), but we did not experience that here with a relatively quiet dining room.

Nov 29, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

A data point from Kirbie's Cravings says that the pizza at the SD location is not up to par with the other locations. Her blog post even has comparison photos, haha!

Nov 25, 2013
shouzen in San Diego
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Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I, too, am interested in a Mozza-Mozza comparison. Like honkman, we really enjoy Mozza and go there almost every time we're up in LA.

Perhaps it's just not for you, El C, because I've never had a disappointing meal there. I'd say lunch there typically runs ~$70-80 after tax/tip for the 2 of us, which is fair for the quality and quantity.

Nov 20, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Any update on this?

Oct 22, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

TBL3 - Georges California Moderns

Nice. When was this meal? Very similar to the one we did in mid-August.

Oct 01, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

The Casualization of Dining

I'm more concerned with the casualization of food rather than of dress, but I suppose that's a whole other discussion...

Sep 14, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Candlenuts in San Diego?

Success!! I actually DID eventually find these at 99 Ranch, in the Indonesian section. You have to look veeeeery carefully... small clear plastic bag about 4x4"

Jul 22, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Candlenuts in San Diego?

Has anyone seen candlenuts in a store locally?

Jul 15, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

Seconded. Good burger.

Jul 06, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

I think they've been better in the past, and are in a decline. Or maybe I'm just being soft..

Jul 06, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

SD Dish of the Month - July 2013 [The Burger!]

Met up with some out-of-town friends for lunch at Urban Solace to while away our Independence Day. Had the Griddle Burger, which was rather disappointing - it was definitely much better in the past. Ordered medium rare, it arrived medium (although this happens far too often everywhere, I never send a burger back for this - don't want to contribute to wastage). Lettuce was not crispy either. At least the egg bun was nice and sturdy, and the filling:bread ratio was correct. Fries were not crispy :(

Jul 04, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Delicias - 9-Course Tasting Menu or Keeping up with Chef McCabe

Amen to that...

Apr 17, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Amaya--La Jolla

I was here last week. Found the food surprisingly good (although the fried chicken was inconsistent between two portions), and service was really top-notch. The decor though, is really overwrought for my tastes, especially given the type of cuisine they seem to be serving - it makes no sense!

Wine list is reasonable given the type of establishment it is. As a side note, this might be one of the handful of places I've been to that actually CHANGES your napkin when you leave the table (as opposed to merely folding it).

Apr 05, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Buona Forchetta. Sí.

Apparently they will be doing lunch soon. I posted my opinion in the "New Places Opening" thread, but the quick summary would be Bruno > BF for me

Feb 23, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

One more thing: the tiramisu at BF is on point. It's the real deal, yay.

Random note: we recognized many of the FOH staff from Osteria Romantica. Seems like the former manager at Romantica is the owner of BF

Feb 17, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

Visited here last night, after some drinks and apps at Polite Provisions.

Verdict on PP after 1 visit: good introduction to cocktails for casual drinkers. Drinks only $8. Bar is very high-volume (hence cocktails on tap being a great option for them). Cocktails need better balance, and too many are too sweet. Also need a better ice program. Not in the same league as Noble, but not trying to be. (Food from Soda & Swine this night was poor: undercooked fries and a Scotch Egg that fell apart - we cut our losses after those 2)

Verdict on Buona Forchetta after 1 visit: Did not try the non-pizza items. Crust needed more char (although it was nicely springy), and I felt they were cutting corners a bit due to the huge crowd. Had 5 pies here - for me, Bruno still reigns supreme in SD. Can't wait for Mozza to open...

Feb 17, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - VOTING THREAD

TBH I don't remember the sauce exactly, but the filling was chicharron prensado (my first time having it)

Jan 29, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

Have been waiting for this place to open. How does the pizza compare to Bruno?

Jan 29, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - VOTING THREAD

Mexico :(

Jan 28, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - VOTING THREAD

Mmmmmmmm....

Jan 28, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Seville (bitter) oranges

Anywhere to get these in SD? A recent trip to Mexico inspired us to pull out the 'ol Yucatan recipes again. Pre-California, we used to replace Seville oranges with a mix of orange and grapefruit. Hoping there's a source for the real deal here

Jan 06, 2013
shouzen in San Diego

Mexico City during Christmas Time

We were in Mexico City between Xmas and the New Year, and the best meal we ate was a lunch at Quintonil. Very clean flavours, a seamless fusion of traditional and contemporary (and that bread, ohhhhh, I'm still dreaming of that crusty house-baked raisin bread with salsa and frijoles negros). I wonder why it doesn't get more love here.

PS: thank you to Cristina for making reservations at Dulce Patria for us! :)

Jan 03, 2013
shouzen in Mexico

China Max - San Diego

My feelings about the place are much more in line with ipsedexit than Dagney/sandiegomike. I went once and decided never to return. I wonder why the stark divide between CHer opinions...

Nov 18, 2012
shouzen in San Diego

Dulce Patria

Reviving a months-old thread...

Does anyone happen to know if Dulce Patria has an email address to contact? We'll be in the DF between Xmas and New Year and am trying to figure out if they're open during that period, and to make reservations...

Nov 02, 2012
shouzen in Mexico