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Rangetop decision: wolf vs blue star

Wolfe 36 is about $3400 and BS platinum 36 is about $4300.

Apr 17, 2015
keena in Cookware

Rangetop decision: wolf vs blue star

I love to cook. I do stir fry once a month or so and that high BTU burner is so appealing. I simmer every day almost.
I was sure I wanted BS but I've loved my old wolf and the knobs are now sturdy and I know the simmer function is great. I know the Wolf cleans up but the BS looks a little gnarly for clean up. The BS used to be cheaper but popularity has gained and it's now over 1K more than the comparable Wolf. Is it worth it? HELP! The one thing I thought I was sure of in my remodel was the BS and now I am seriously going Wolf.

Apr 11, 2015
keena in Cookware

Mother's Day Gaslamp Quarter

My kids took me to Bice a few years ago and we all loved it. Great italian food.

Apr 07, 2015
keena in San Diego

Buying tea

Wow! Went to Leaf and Kettle today and loved it! Very knowledgeable staff with a lovely selection and they offer you samples if you are trying to figure out which to get.
They had the obligatory tisanes and flavored teas but I got a lovely high end Darjeeling and some tasty black teas. Nice sitting area to enjoy their brewed tea and good assortment of tea pots and accessories. I will definitely be back and I officially no longer miss Infusions of Tea!
Thanks for the tip.

Mar 22, 2015
keena in San Diego

Small plates/tapas near Copley Hall

Oooh! Looks good and I could get reservations so we're heading there. Thanks!

Mar 16, 2015
keena in San Diego

Small plates/tapas near Copley Hall

Heading out to a concert and would like a small plates or tapas type early meal with great food. Is there anything decnent in the Gaslamp area? For East Village: we already do Cafe Chloe a lot so not that. Did Comun too. Did not like the food at Bottega Americano even though it's got a cool atmosphere.
We're originally thinking about Little Italy and Juniper and Ivy or Kettner Exchange but can't get reservations. Is it possible to get something at the bar if we get there by 6 on a Friday?

Mar 16, 2015
keena in San Diego

Downtown/Lake Union one dinner and lunch

So.. Le Pichet or Cafe Campagne for lunch?

Mar 04, 2015
keena in Greater Seattle

Downtown/Lake Union one dinner and lunch

SD hounds will be having a brief stop in Seattle on our way to Canada. Will be having all seafood in Canada so we will probably not be needing that, sad as it sounds. We like all cuisines, doesn't have to be fancy. Walkable or easy public transport or taxi from Lake Union. Italian, French, Asian, American....anything that will be good for one lunch and dinner. Thinking about Salumi Artisan for lunch....good idea?

Feb 25, 2015
keena in Greater Seattle

Viking, Themador, DCS or Blue Star, what's the best?

How long before you had an igniter go? I had a Wolf cooktop for 7 years before we moved and the only issue was replacing the knobs which were cheap plastic and my housekeeper was killing them. The simmer was lovely but I'd like a high BTU like BS since I love to cook Asian.
Wonder how the simmer compares between Wolf andBS. My current house has a thermador rangetop which is just great and the simmer is great but the constant auto igniting drives me nuts with the simmer and I'd never buy it because of that. It's Wolf vs BS and I can't decide.

Feb 02, 2015
keena in Cookware

North County Sausages

T and H meats in San Marcos is fantastic with an amazing selection at their store. If there are hunters in the family, they will process your meats into some amazing sausages. We love the jalapeño cheese, brats, italian and kielbasa. The italian sweet and jalapeño cheese are our favorites.

Jan 26, 2015
keena in San Diego

What's your *favorite* restaurant in San Diego?

Sushi Tadokoro
Via Italia in Encinitas
Tender Greens

Dec 20, 2014
keena in San Diego

Sushi?

Glad you liked it! It's a great place for all kinds of rolls that are creative.

Dec 14, 2014
keena in San Diego
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Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange?

Doh! Yes! Yodel not devil dog. I am getting my 60's processed food lunch treats mixed up! We did only share 5 dishes plus dessert and it honestly was plenty. The tartar was heaped with meat and the uni linguine was very buttery and rich. Definitely going back and will try that off menu burger.

Dec 12, 2014
keena in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange?

Went last night for the first time to J&I. Loved it! Crowded by 6 on a Wednesday so word is out.
The "deviled eggs" were unique and wonderful. Albacore with finger lime sauce was delicious. The new item "chicken nuggets" was very good, not great but he accompanying mustard and kimchi sauces were very tasty. Steak tartare w quail egg toast was delicious and loaded w meat. Uni linguine and clams was loaded w umami and perfectly al dente but sharing even an appetizer size portion was very heavy because of the richness.
Thank goodness I saved room for the devil dog. That may have been my favorite dessert ever. Should be shared by 4 people though as it was huge especially after the pasta. Can't wait to go back.

I had no complaints. My better half's only complaint was that he mentioned to them 3 times when he made reservations, it was my birthday and they didn't even say happy birthday. That would never happen at George's or Tapenade, my usual requests for birthday dinner. But I didn't mind with that kind of food.

Dec 11, 2014
keena in San Diego

Sushi?

Umi sushi in Shelter Island would fit the bill for that and they have a ton to select from.

Dec 09, 2014
keena in San Diego

Mendocino area report

Reposting from our august trip because this thread really guided us.

I'm happy to report back that we had a great trip and any thanks for the advice on this thread and Dottie May's thread.

Stopped at Big John's in Healdsburg for some wonderful items for a picnic. Wish we had a place like that here! Made it to Navarro winery before we had to stop and dig in while enjoying a bottle of their fabulous Rose.
We also stopped at Toulouse winery which was just a welcoming, family run place. Enjoyed some fine Pinot Noirs there.

In Mendocino, we agree that Wild Fish in Little River was our favorite. Very small, only seats 20 so you need reservations. Best black cod and halibut we've ever had. Spectacular, unusual dessert of Blueberry Lavender creme brûlée. Loved this place. Family run and they make sure to take care of you. We just strolled in one night and were turned away so you absolutely need reservations.

We also went to Ledford House in Albion. Food was very good but kind of surprised that the fisherman's stew had no shellfish at all, just salmon and a whitefish (more bouillabaisse like in Cassis I guess) but was definitely under seasoned with salt and I usually complain things are too salty. But what made it wonderful and why we'd return was the awesome view and live jazz which just made it a great Mendocino experience. Owner was a really nice guy too.

Spontaneously stopped by Albion River Inn for dinner without reservations and got a window table which again was just gorgeous for ocean views. We were not too hungry and just had some apps and shared a burger and delicious wines. The service was extremely warm and friendly and we'd certainly return.

Piaci's in Ft Bragg is also very small essentially a bar with a nice selection of beer on tap and quite a pizza selection as well. Very good salads. Enjoyed our lunch there but I felt the bartender/waiter couldn't care less about whether we enjoyed our lunch. My husband didn't mind and just said well it's a local place, that's what you get.

Had lunch at the Mendocino Hotel because...starving. It was ok. Cold day so we had chowder and their version of ramen noodle soup (obv not authentic in the least but warm). Despite what I'd read about service, the server here was very efficient and friendly.

Only tried 5200 in Little River for breakfast as we were staying at Heritage House. Selection was mediocre, service was lacking (had to ask everyday for coffee refills, or milk for oatmeal or something). So with so many excellent options for dinner, we didn't risk it. They still have a bunch of kinks to work out with service.

On our way back to Sonoma we had very tasty panini and iced tea in Boonville at Mosswood Market. Tried the grilled eggplant with goat cheese panino and the salami panino, both excellent and served with salad and a smile. The chef came out to make sure we were enjoying her panini.

So all in all a lovely trip, didn't even go over how much fun we had doing non-foodie things. I see everyplace there accommodates for picnics and that is what we will do more of next time in addition to revisiting Wild Fish, ARI and Ledford House for dinner and sunsets! Thanks for all the advice, hounds!

Dec 07, 2014
keena in California
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Tadokoro, Fantastic experience

I love Tadokoro! Our favorite place because of Take, the ambience and the sushi.
I've discovered so many wonderful things there. The ankimo is homemade and wonderful. Zuke tuna and cured halibut delicious! He cures his own salmon roe which is out of this world. Our best night there was when he gave us a "tour" of 6 types of tuna starting with basic tuna and ending with three grades of toro. Absolutely amazing . And he is just the nicest guy too. Beats Ota and Kaito for me.

Dec 03, 2014
keena in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

Went to Mozza once and it was good pizza, not out of this world. Prices were higher than I'd like but you were downtown. Weird to not get any kind of hospitality when you arrive...at least serve olives, or bread or popcorn or something while we wait and wait for service. Had to park at the Hyatt so that was costly. Service was ok, not great considering it wasn't busy. Decor was ok but chairs quite uncomfortable. It just didn't have the magic I'd hoped for. Living in north county we are sticking with blue ribbon pizza.
Better half however has been to Mozza in Newport Beach and says it was way better for service,food and ambience. So there's that. You can't always blame San Diego for managerial decisions that lead to poor outcome of a new restaurant.
Puesto was packed when we were at Mozza.

Nov 15, 2014
keena in San Diego

Buying tea

I used to love Infusions of Tea at Costa Verde. They sold wonderful bulk tea and you could also drink brewed tea there. Great assortment but they went out of business a few years ago. Any places in SD where you can buy and try tea? And don't say Teavana, that's totally different than what Infusions of Tea was.

Nov 12, 2014
keena in San Diego

Fresh Pasta in San Diego

Rosanna's pasta shop sells it in Encinitas. Very good.

Nov 10, 2014
keena in San Diego

Easy dining for one from the convention center

That looks delicious! And a bit like the food I had in Costa Rica. Will have to try it.

Oct 22, 2014
keena in San Diego

Downtown Denver

Staying in downtown Denver by the Marriott City Center for 3 nights. Would love some nearby dinner or even lunch recs as we won't have a car or others within reasonable taxi distance. Can be any cuisine, we love all kinds. Something very Denver? Any price point will go but unique ethnic cuisines are appreciated. We're from San Diego, so don't need Mexican or sushi recs so much.

Sep 19, 2014
keena in Mountain States

Good bread in No County

Went to Prager brothers (they're only open Friday and Saturday) and the bread was indeed delicious. Luckily one of the Prager bros was there and told us about the farmers markets that have it and some local stores. My dream is that someday they open up a restaurant too like Bread Cie but here in NoCo!

Sep 18, 2014
keena in San Diego

Wine stores in North County

I usually go to SD Wine Company or Vintage Wines on Miramar road but was wondering if there's anything similar in North County. I'm not much for BevMo and even though the Vons in Encinitas has a pretty decent selection was wondering if I could find some place like SDWC locally in a pinch.

Sep 18, 2014
keena in San Diego

Good bread in No County

Oooh! Thanks for the tip about Darshan. Got their baguette today and it's delicious. Next on the agenda, Prager brothers, then Belen when I feel like a drive.
I will also check out Bread and Olive as it's close to where I live and that name just sounds yummy!

Aug 29, 2014
keena in San Diego

Good bread in No County

Used to love to get freshly baked bread at Bread Cie and Con Pane but since we moved to No County don't know where to go. Boudin in Encinitas has good sourdough but I want those rustic and ciabatta type loaves you get at BC and CP. Champagne bakery here does bake fresh French bread but it's not all that. Having a cocktail party this weekend and really would like to not have to drive all the way downtown to find some. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2014
keena in San Diego

Santa Rosa to Mendocino

I'm happy to report back that we had a great trip and any thanks for the advice on this thread and Dottie May's thread.

Stopped at Big John's in Healdsburg for some wonderful items for a picnic. Wish we had a place like that here! Made it to Navarro winery before we had to stop and dig in while enjoying a bottle of their fabulous Rose.
We also stopped at Toulouse winery which was just a welcoming, family run place. Enjoyed some fine Pinot Noirs there.

In Mendocino, we agree that Wild Fish in Little River was our favorite. Very small, only seats 20 so you need reservations. Best black cod and halibut we've ever had. Spectacular, unusual dessert of Blueberry Lavender creme brûlée. Loved this place. Family run and they make sure to take care of you.

We also went to Ledford House in Albion. Food was very good but kind of surprised that the fisherman's stew had no shellfish at all, just salmon and a whitefish (more bouillabaisse like in Cassis I guess) but was definitely under seasoned with salt and I usually complain things are too salty. But what made it wonderful and why we'd return was the awesome view and live jazz which just made it a great Mendocino experience. Owner was a really nice guy too.

Spontaneously stopped by Albion River Inn for dinner without reservations and got a window table which again was just gorgeous for ocean views. We were not too hungry and just had some apps and shared a burger and delicious wines. The service was extremely warm and friendly and we'd certainly return.

Piaci's in Ft Bragg is also very small essentially a bar with a nice selection of beer on tap and quite a pizza selection as well. Very good salads. Enjoyed our lunch there but I felt the bartender/waiter couldn't care less about whether we enjoyed our lunch. My husband didn't mind and just said well it's a local place, that's what you get.

Had lunch at the Mendocino Hotel because...starving. It was ok. Cold day so we had chowder and their version of ramen noodle soup (obv not authentic in the least but warm). Despite what I'd read about service, the server here was very efficient and friendly.

Only tried 5200 in Little River for breakfast as we were staying at Heritage House. Selection was mediocre, service was lacking (had to ask everyday for coffee refills, or milk for oatmeal or something). So with so many excellent options for dinner, we didn't risk it. They still have a bunch of kinks to work out with service.

On our way back to Sonoma we had very tasty panini and iced tea in Boonville at Mosswood Market. Tried the grilled eggplant with goat cheese panino and the salami panino, both excellent and served with salad and a smile. The chef came out to make sure we were enjoying her panini.

So all in all a lovely trip, didn't even go over how much fun we had doing non-foodie things. I see everyplace there accommodates for picnics and that is what we will do more of next time in addition to revisiting Wild Fish, ARI and Ledford House for dinner and sunsets! Thanks for all the advice, hounds!

Aug 01, 2014
keena in California

Santa Rosa to Mendocino

Mmm yes. We've been to Healdsburg and had some great meals there. Would it be crazy to drive up 1 instead of 101?
Any Mendocino wineries besides Navarro that we should check out?

Jul 24, 2014
keena in California

Santa Rosa to Mendocino

Flying into Santa Rosa and driving to Mendocino. Get in around lunchtime. Any suggestions for lunch along the way? Restaurants or gourmet food to go and picnic along the way would be great!

Any winery recs for Mendocino?

Jul 24, 2014
keena in California

Mendocino area report

How is 5200 at heritage house?

Jul 07, 2014
keena in California