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Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

I don't think I've ever heard "awesome" and "grocery" wines used together, sets a pretty low bar I'm afraid. ; >P

Apr 07, 2014
PolarBear in Wine

Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

Another, not in the City, but one of the best red versions I've had in a long time was a few weeks back at Casa de Mole & Ruffina's Kitchen at 434 Center in Healdsburg.

Their dark mole had great depth of flavor also, and received the Lady PB seal of approval.

Apr 05, 2014
PolarBear in San Francisco Bay Area
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Good Restaurants on Hwy 5

Then you're not paying attention. Look for posts on Buttonwillow, e.g.

Mar 27, 2014
PolarBear in California
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One dinner/night between LA and San Jose on the Pacific Coast Highway

Especially since "PCH" northbound ends somewhere around Oxnard/Ventura. North of there it's known as Hwy 1.

Mar 27, 2014
PolarBear in California

Muir Woods to Napa winery

Agree with ML, we did the 116 route in the other direction a couple of weeks ago, cruising by the Sonoma Square, turning off of 12 as it turns north (to avoid retracing back on 12) to head south and catch 116. Be aware that you will need to make a poorly ID'd left turn to remain on 116 to access 101 more easily.

Again, if the north Napa area is your destination, the route through Healdsburg makes more sense, visually definitely, and timewise I believe.

Mar 24, 2014
PolarBear in San Francisco Bay Area

Healdsburg - dinner one night?

Had a wonderful dinner and Portuguese wines BTG at Cafe Lucia just last week. Hidden away a block off the southwest corner of the park.

235 Healdsburg Ave.
(707) 431-1113
Open daily for lunch and dinner

Mar 22, 2014
PolarBear in San Francisco Bay Area

Updated Santa Cruz restaurant reviews/opinions, please!

Then you're not trying hard enough. ; >P

Mar 10, 2014
PolarBear in California

Los Banos taqueria

Thanks Kayde, gives me reason not to bypass Los Banos on our next trek.

Mar 10, 2014
PolarBear in California

What are your thoughts of this restaurant corkage fee policy?

Then get thee to Passionfish in Pacific Grove. ; >P

Mar 06, 2014
PolarBear in Wine
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"Wine loves VitaJuwel" (?)

You did ask for comments.

Feb 27, 2014
PolarBear in Wine
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Any razor/bamboo clam sightings in the Bay Area in restaurants or markets?

I still crave the ones I had at Silver House in San Mateo a number of years ago. I tried to repeat not long after, called and was told they had them but not so upon arrival. Anywhere else to find them? They had two styles as I recall, whatever I had and one with black beans.

Feb 12, 2014
PolarBear in San Francisco Bay Area

Shrimp and Grits - SF Dish of the Month January 2014

Years back I frequented a place in DC, Johnny's Half Shell on P St. off Dupont Circle (since relocated) that did an excellent version of S&G. I recall the sauce being more of a clear style (butter?) no tomato or other veggies but with great flavor. Might this be a regional thing or just peculiar to JHS?

Jan 31, 2014
PolarBear in San Francisco Bay Area

Central Coast Town for short stay?

So sorry to hear of the, can I say "bastardization" of a noble cut of the animal. The old cultures are some more advanced in many ways.

Cheers,

Dave

Jan 12, 2014
PolarBear in California

Central Coast Town for short stay?

<<<"new" piece of left over animal parts>>>

Have been eating them for decades and the absolute worst I've had was pretty damned good, invariably from a small mom and pop tacqueria or taco truck. In fact, most places I go, it often surpasses the other offerings such as carnitas or pastor.

Only "sauce" I've ever found necessary is a decent salsa (verde or rojo) or a few drops of good bottled hot sauce.

ETA: If you find any unwanted halibut cheeks laying around, please send them my way. ;>P

Jan 12, 2014
PolarBear in California
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Nevada City recs?

Hopefully, an uphill alert for a change ....

Just bumping this up to say eight of us had fabulous meals at New Moon this past Saturday. The Scallops were out of this world and one of the specials, Rack of Lamb served with a loin that was fork tender with the ribs perfect medium rare. I shared the lamb with Lady PB's Prawns and Tasso in Creole sauce over cheese grits. There were a couple other dishes ordered and loved but my mind's stuck on the one's we woofed down, along with a couple of beautiful blends of 2003 Ramazotti (Ricordo and Regale) given to my pal by his brother who makes wine with Joe R.

Jan 08, 2014
PolarBear in California

Grass Valley/Nevada City Recs

Bumped this up on another thread to say eight of us had fabulous meals at New Moon this past Saturday. The Scallops were out of this world and one of the specials, Rack of Lamb served with a loin that was fork tender with the ribs perfect medium rare. I shared the lamb with Lady PB's Prawns and Tasso in Creole sauce over cheese grits. There were a couple other dishes ordered and loved but my mind's stuck on the one's we woofed down, along with a couple of beautiful blends of 2003 Ramazotti (Ricordo and Regale) given to my pal by his brother who makes wine with Joe R.

Jan 08, 2014
PolarBear in California

Nevada city and grass valley

Just bumping this up to say eight of us had fabulous meals at New Moon this past Saturday. The Scallops were out of this world and one of the specials, Rack of Lamb served with a loin that was fork tender with the ribs perfect medium rare. I shared the lamb with Lady PB's Prawns and Tasso in Creole sauce over cheese grits. There were a couple other dishes ordered and loved but my mind's stuck on the one's we woofed down, along with a couple of beautiful blends of 2003 Ramazotti (Ricordo and Regale) given to my pal by his brother who makes wine with Joe R.

Jan 08, 2014
PolarBear in California

Central Coast Town for short stay?

It definitely is, however we always prefer to stay in either Cayucos/Morro Bay area or Pismo/Shell Beach for the being on the coast feeling and making the short 10-15 minute drive into SLO for some great food, music, etc.

Jan 06, 2014
PolarBear in California

License to Shuck Oysters?

So she basically told you to shuck off? (sorry)

Jan 06, 2014
PolarBear in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Central Coast Town for short stay?

In addition to glbtrtr's excellent suggestions I would add Cambria, you could tour Hearst Castle. I'm assuming that you're already familiar with all that Santa Barbara has to offer?

Jan 06, 2014
PolarBear in California

Paso Robles Wine Tasting

Jan 06, 2014
PolarBear in California

The Prospector Twain Harte

Do you recall the wine he selected for you?

Dec 30, 2013
PolarBear in California

Santa Barbara cheap eats

Taquería La Colmena 217 N. Milpas St
habanero-peanut salsa, lomito (pork chop) taco, rajas con queso, creamy bean dip, barbacoa

Cuernavaca Taquería – al pastor, roasted red salsa, suadero
201 W. Carrillo St

Tacos y Mariscos Boca de Rio 318 N. Milpas St
fish, shrimp, lengua, cabeza, camarones a la Diabla (dinner)

El Sitio 138 S Salinas St

Los Agaves 600 N. Milpas St

[ETA] Minnow Cafe around the corner from Brophy Bros. in the harbor NEVER MIND, just saw report that it closed.

Dec 29, 2013
PolarBear in California

new log in issues

Same issue using FireFox on a Mac. Even if I do not shut down overnight and just put the machine to sleep it requires log in again the next morning.

Dec 28, 2013
PolarBear in Site Talk

Squaring Decanting vs Correct Temperature for Serving Red Wine?

I was given one as a gift a number of years ago, the "test tube" was wide enough to hold cracked ice, Only used it a couple of times to hold down the temp of white wine that was sitting outside subject to summertime heat. Never thought of using it for a long period decanted red .... now where the hell did I put that thing?

Dec 24, 2013
PolarBear in Wine

Capitola-Bound...

Recent article in the local independent on changes at the Rio Grill, just south of Capitola

http://www.gtweekly.com/index.php/santa-cruz-restaurant-reviews/5264-rendezvous-at-rio.html

Cafe Rio
131 Esplanade, Aptos
http://www.caferioaptos.com/menu.php

The Point Market & Cafe just to the west of the village has breakfast burritos and advertise breakfast all day.
23040 E Cliff Drive, Capitola, CA

Manuel's in Aptos was our goto for Mexican food whenever we were in the area, haven't been in a few years.
http://www.manuelsrestaurant.com/

Grady's Market at 509 Bay Ave was our place for BBQ meats. Hear that the name has changed and sandwiches are now available.

Dec 23, 2013
PolarBear in California
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Amphawa Thai Noodle (SF)

Melanie, would that have been B&K Kitchen?

Cheers,

Dave

Dec 16, 2013
PolarBear in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresno Chowhounds?

Couple of updates:

Chris is now (and has been for a while) the chef and wine manager, putting out great food. Brother Mike left to pursue other interests.

World of Pinot has moved to the Bacarra resort north of Santa Barbara as of this coming March.

Dec 12, 2013
PolarBear in California

Random thoughts re: ***out-of-town*** BYOB

I think the destinations play a key role, at least in our travels of late, i.e. we don't get back east or the southeast much anymore and when we get to the left coast biggies (LA and SF notably) we tend to do obscure ethnic or what we call "dive dining", avoiding the high end places, with exceptions made for Portland, Seattle, and BC.

What I find most enjoyable is visiting the local wine shops, tasting rooms, or wineries of the areas and taking advantage of exploring what isn't readily available at home. I always come home packing 2-3x or more wine that I leave home with, which sometimes may be none at all.

Our friends up in OR and WA never fail in steering us towards a good bottle or 12.

Cheers,

Dave

Dec 11, 2013
PolarBear in Wine
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Random thoughts re: ***out-of-town*** BYOB

Agree with one exception, love margaritas on the rocks with many Mexican dishes (or the occasional Negra Modelo or Pacifico).

Dec 11, 2013
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