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SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

nope. just me trying to turn over a new leaf and not be an opinionated ass anymore.

Feb 13, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

Thanks for your TG appraisal, jayporter. I hope on your new move you'll write regularly. Now, in a world where everyone is an authority on food just because we eat, it's rare to hear from those who are truly authoritative, who think conceptually, and who write well.

Feb 13, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Best SD doughnut / donut ?

can't wait to hear.

Feb 13, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Favorite (independent) coffee shop?

Bird Rock. Open air and spilling out to the sidewalk, crowds of local regulars. NYTimes on sale. Good enough coffee and service.

Feb 13, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

thank you so much for the detailed review and especially for the news of the late lunches on Fri and Sat. Some of my best meals with Mexican inlaws have been at those times-- which continued on into the night!

Feb 13, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

old school but so was my brother. thanks Veggo for knowing.

Feb 11, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

I'm in Texas for my brother's funeral. In his honor, on the way to the border where his ashes were to be poured in the Rio Grande, we stopped at a place he loved. I couldn't resist when I saw Chile en Nogada on the menu. It was in pecan sauce not walnut, hence seasonal-- and it was divine.

[realize this is "facebooking" the thread, as that young Chris calls it, but I thought you might appreciate a tastier photo.]

Feb 11, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego
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SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

You made me wonder if there are chefs who've come out of George's to run other places. . .

Feb 07, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

Marketing only works if there is news involved. Hype is the reverse of that. TG's news is that they are successful enough -- for a myriad of reasons-- to be opening new locations in two giant wasteland sites in SD: UTC and the airport and that they have a new woman chef on staff.

Feb 07, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

It gets coverage because it's consistent, good, and local. What's wrong with that? Can't we be proud of something that works? No one works harder for quality at his places with less blah,blah, blah look-at-me than Pete Balestreri.

Feb 07, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

It looks ur- um less fake than yesterday's.

Feb 06, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

SD Chef Family Tree Graphic - UT

The online article that goes along with it is gibberish, but the graphic showing the chef spawn of Jeff Jackson, Carl Schroeder, and Deborah Scott is kinda interesting. Any other chefs who should be represented?

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/f...

Feb 06, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

I Love Anthony Bourdain, but...

my brother just passed away, and he lived in Eagle Pass. He was a gringo married to a Mexican woman from Piedras-- and he LOVED this episode. He loved that some smarty pants east coast guy (a chef no less) cared enough to climb in a boat and talk to locals about the reality of this complicated place.

AB is of my generation. He gets to the heart of things. Food is not just stuffing your face or fame or money-- it's place, people, history, politics. He may be a huckster, but he's an educated and empathetic man. It shows.

I've seen the walls the US is building. They are absurd. I've seen the drones fly the border. They're scary but at least they don't blight the landscape.

In your memory, Bud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlS1G...

Feb 06, 2013
pickypicky in Food Media & News

Heading out of San Antonio toward Eagle Pass - good mex or bbq?

Thank you, Saeyedoc, so much for this recommendation. However, a friend told me my brother's favorite SA restaurant, so we'll stop there, even if it's not as good as the Mendez-- which we may be able to hit on our way home. My brother loved La Fogata, so that's where we'll go and raise our marg glasses in his honor.

Feb 06, 2013
pickypicky in Texas

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

This bears no resemblance whatsoever to my sister-in-law's CR. Yellow cheese. Urg. Thanks for saving me the trip.

Feb 05, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

ok. I'll wait.

Feb 05, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

Yes! I did have them at Chilango's and had forgotten. As I remember, they were quite good. And yes, to you MW, for reminding us that "seasonal" doesn't always make sense to us in CA. I'm still getting used to Basil and Tomatoes in the markets year round.

I hope I'll hear of some good ones to go try. . .and I'm definitely going to Romesco's now.

Feb 05, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

Thank you! Have wanted to go there and now I'll make it a point.

Feb 04, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Heading out of San Antonio toward Eagle Pass - good mex or bbq?

We're flying into SA from San Diego at noon, and after lunch, driving to Eagle Pass for my brother's funeral. A good meal would help me face what lies ahead. Please recommend a stop in San Antonio or on the way to EP for CH-worthy mexican food or bbq. It can be a dive, or not. What matters is the food. Thanks. . .

Feb 04, 2013
pickypicky in Texas

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

OMG. Chiles en Nogada. I first had them in NYC in 1978 at El Tenampa, a tiny place where the woman who cooked and the man who waited tables fought passionately in the kitchen and then would shut the kitchen door and just as passionately make up-- while we waited for our food. I have never had them since.

If ever you find them in SD please let me know. Any time of year. :-)

Feb 03, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Locally produced Ginger Ale in San Diego?

I was going to ask here about ginger beer vs ginger ale, and then sure enough there's a thread on the topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/391817

I had thought I'd had some very gingery ginger beer/ales at The Grill at the Lodge but couldn't remember the brands and if any were local.

Feb 03, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

DD, as always you get to the core of things. One of the biggest problems with sampling CR is how ubiquitous they've become in their frozen Sysco incarnations. Deep fry anything, especially a chile, and it can be pretty good.

The one at Rana tasted real but it was buried in Mole, something I found disconcerting and muddy-tasting. But that was in Nov.

I know we're not supposed to talk about anything other than SD, but my Mexican sister-in-law once warned me about chile rellenos and tamales made by strangers. She said, they are not foods you eat casually, and you must know who made them. It's been hard to shake her advice.

I love CR and hope some good ones are found.

Feb 03, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Feb. 2013 Dish of the Month - CHILE RELLENO

YES. . . Stuffed Chili Anchos are not my favorite but an equal contender. First had this dish in Austin, and it's now a home recipe of frequency. A beautiful and unusual dish with outstanding flavors.

Feb 03, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Whither San Diego's Avocados?

Nice pun, ipse.

(wither/whither. well, almost)

Feb 02, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Brit Honeymooners staying in San Diego Thursday 16 May, then Carlsbad 17th and 18th May

I just ate at Paon for the first time. It was lunch, and it was lovely. Beautiful patio, exquisite pear salad. My friend's pasta was delicious. Great wine list. Perfect for a honeymoon stop.

Jan 29, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Brit Honeymooners staying in San Diego Thursday 16 May, then Carlsbad 17th and 18th May

My comment came from a new map of San Diego which I find deliciously satirical.

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/bl...

Jan 28, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Seriously Delicious Yogurt

May be inventory time or may be CEO John Mackey's political statements. I'm boycotting WF except to buy Valrhona cocoa powder, unless yall know another source.

Jan 23, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

Seriously Delicious Yogurt

So happy for this tip. I found the St. Benoît at the OB People's Store, and really can't get over how good it is. To boot, it's one more thing in my diet that's plastics-free. Thank you again,DD!

Jan 22, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

The Pony Room...Rancho Valencia Resort

Gosh, Foodie! I apologize. I KNEW it was you posting and my fingers typed it wrong. But I do think of you two chicas as cut from the same sunny cloth: happy positives to my usual negative.

And thank you again for steering us to such a lovely afternoon. I wish the Rancho Valencia all the best in its new incarnation as one of the most classically beautiful and truly elegant places in San Diego.

(And yes. Some day I'd love to share a glass and a meal with my anonymous friends.)

Jan 22, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego

The Pony Room...Rancho Valencia Resort

We had lunch at the Pony Room today. Perfect. I had the Quiche Lorraine and Tomato Soup with Parmesan crouton like Beach Chick did. Anything but boring. Husband had a wood-fired lamb pizza and beets with burrata. Excellent wines on tap, including a frizzante. One of the most beautiful hotels I've ever seen. I want to live there but I'll settle for a regular lunch date.

Jan 21, 2013
pickypicky in San Diego