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New restaurant opened at North Park's Restaurant Row

My friend, Layton and his business partner Jason finally opened their new restaurant

Commonwealth Cafe

on 30th Street just before Upas Avenue as you are coming from University Avenue. Their original plan was to be open from 4 pm to 4 am making them one of the few places to go for late night munching. The city however has put a hold on that late hour and will only let them stay open till midnight. Until they can get this ironed out they will be open from noon to midnight but are working on getting those extended hours.

Dropped by Saturday night to try things out. Their menu is on the wall listing breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and omelettes. They have different sandwiches which includes different types of burgers (hormone and antibiotic free), BLT, PBJ, grilled cheese, hot dogs, chili, buffalo wings, mac & cheese, different fries, baked potatos, homemade pies, brownies. Their sweet onion relish is wonderful.

I ordered a plain burger (came with mayo, pickles, tomato and lettuce $5.75), an order of handcut fries (huge basket for $2.75), corn on the cob (baked/roasted with lightly spiced butter $3.50) and a side of their sweet onion relish. Their burger was juicy and the handcut fries were thin, hot and crunchy. The sweet onion relish I could eat just by itself as a munchie. A friend had the Texas Football (freetos topped with chili, onions and cheese $4.50) which I kept stealing samples it was so good.

I'll go back. The restaurant is fun, informal, and I love the late night hours.

Sep 24, 2007
maureen in California

Where are the hidden kitchens in San Diego County

I just finished reading the book by Hidden Kitchens: Street Corner Cooking, Kitchen Rituals, And Visionaries by Nelson, Davia; Silva, Nikki; Nelson, Davia Lee

They discuss the hidden, off the radar places they have found across the country where one can buy prepared food.

The one that comes to mind in San diego was a tiny Mexican restaurant in Golden Hills that on Friday and Saturday nights they closed the main part of the restaurant and starting at 10 pm the grill was brought outside to the patio and small street tacos were created where people would drop by buying dozens at a time. Unfortunately they are now gone for progress - a new Starbucks coffee house :(

Does anyone know any current hidden kitchens around the county?

Jul 02, 2007
maureen in California

Thai in San Diego?

My favorite Thai restaurant is Taste of Thai up off Via de la Valle in Del Mar. The one in Hillcrest is awful.

The worst Thai food I have ever had is from Kitima

Lately I have been going to Lanna's on Mission Bay Drive.

What I would like to know are what are your favorite dishes and what flavor makes them great.

Jan 20, 2007
maureen in San Diego

What's On Your Rotation? (San Diego)

I loved Pirets/Perfect Pan - the one on Goldfinch. Had a reservation there once or twice each month for lunch. To get a reservation one would have to show up on a specified date and time and wait your turn to pick out what date you wanted for lunch in the following 2-3 months. This is one of my fondest restaurant memories dining in this tiny restaurant with 4-5 tables. I still use their recipe for making a walnut oil dressing for my salads.

Jan 05, 2007
maureen in California

What's On Your Rotation? (San Diego)

I agree that Los Quatros is not very good. While they don't have a wide range of food I like El Pourvenir (not sure of the spelling)around the corner. A tiny place with 2 booths

Jan 05, 2007
maureen in California

San Diego - dining out on Thanksgiving

When you finally decide on your restaurant - call first - many places are closed on Thanksgiving.

Nov 17, 2006
maureen in California

Ham Bones in San Diego?

I make bean soup for new year's and have used a slice of ham from Trader Joe's (it's about the right amount). If I get there in time (by New Year's eve they are sold out) there is a sandwich place on the corner of Rosecran's and Midway - the same mall that Henry's is located but closer to the Midway street - that freezes their ham bones after slicing off most of the ham for sandwiches. They sell it just for this purpose. I hope they are still there as I am counting on them for this year's soup.

Nov 17, 2006
maureen in California

Has Bronx Pizza in San Diego changed or is it just me having a problem

This is good to know. I have friends at Scripps Ranch so when we order pizza I will suggest this.

Nov 09, 2006
maureen in San Diego

Has Bronx Pizza in San Diego changed or is it just me having a problem

This was a tall, very heavy set fellow - could have used some basic grooming. Anyone who handles food with his hands (even with gloves) should look clean. However, more than the person - when did Bronx start charging by the piece for a whole pizza?

I agree with Mimosa in her comment below about Luigi's. That has been where I have been getting my pizza lately. However, Bronx was closer to my destination. I didn't want to go to Luigi's then have to come north again. It will probably be awhile before I go to Bronx again.

Nov 09, 2006
maureen in San Diego

Has Bronx Pizza in San Diego changed or is it just me having a problem

When Bronx Pizza opened I was one of the first to try what they had. Loved it! I loved the crust, flavor but the biggest draw was the ability to buy one or two slices at a time. While I could do that back in Minnesota, it was unusual here in San Diego. At Bronx Pizza we could order a whole pizza or pick out several different slices to make up a pizza.

Last night I did not have time to preorder a pizza and found out that we could no longer order different slices for the price of a whole pizza but had to pay a per slice rate. When did this change? The person behind the counter was rude, mumbled prices (asked him twice the price and I swear he said $40 each time). For being the one handling food he did not even look clean. I gave him a $20 and got no change back. I left feeling I didn't need to go back there again. Am I the only one having this problem?

Nov 09, 2006
maureen in San Diego

Good Butcher in SD?

Siesel's is on Ashton - cross street is Morena. It is right next door to Bay Park Seafood.

Oct 25, 2006
maureen in California

Persian restaurants in San Diego?

There is a rather new persian restaurant in the shopping mall that is on the corner of Midway and Rosecrans - the same mall that has Wednesday Morning, Tall Big Men's Wear, and I think Rubios in there too. I haven't been as yet but it is on my list. If anyone beats me to it, let us know what you think.

Oct 19, 2006
maureen in California

Do you change dinnerware seasonally?

I have a variety of colors in napkins but don't have many "real" tablecloths. There is a funky fabric store in San Diego where I buy highly discounted decorator fabric (end of bolts, end of season, mis-printed - originally intended for drapes or upholstery) and sew runners, placemats, turn edges under and call that a tablecloth. I also use quilts, curtains, etc. on the table.

Oct 11, 2006
maureen in Cookware

Sell me on Le Creuset

I agree with Kagemusha - LC can discolor with time both inside and the bottom. It also chips. However, like others have stated it is easy to clean. If your bigger Dutch oven pots are Lodge - keep them instead of buying the larger LC ones. I find I use my smaller LC more. However, if you are looking they are on sale at this time of year everywhere. I have also seen them at Tuesday Morning and Marshalls. Check out Amazon.com. They are always having sales on LC of one color or size. They don't charge postage for things over $25 and there is no tax when shipping to California either.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

Do you change dinnerware seasonally?

And here I thought I was the only one doing this. I find dishes everywhere - garage sales, estate sales, antique stores, ebay, marshalls....I love to mix and match. I don't have one full set of anything except my waterford crystal and 2 sets of sterling. I started out collecting Lenox Rutledge (the only pieces I bought from a "real" store) and have added through the years from ebay and flea markets. There is the Ginori china (Diamonti, Margharita plus a couple of other patterns I have only have 1-4 place settings). Then there is the bennington pieces, oriental blue and white series, several different Christmas patterns. Spring is Wedgwood strawberries, summer staffordshire hunting, easter is lenox/rutledge. I have begun to pass some pieces to my family - knowing I can borrow them back if needed:)

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

Is a mango slicer worth it? [moved from General Topics]

Was given one for my birthday and sent it off to the thrift store already. They work well but leave too much mango behind which means still making a mess cutting out the rest. I stab the side of the mango with a fork, cut straight down, turn it over and repeat then do the sides. Works for me.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

Need suggestions on organizing my cooking utensils

This sounds like my house. In my last apartment I hung a length of copper tubing under the upper cabinets along one wall and hung all my hangable utensils from that tube. Another time I found a great 3 level rack that hung from the ceiling, attached hooks on the rack and hung my utensils on that. My current apartment the ceiling is too high so I found some straight sided round baskets that holds the tall things, and cobalt blue sturdy large glasses that hold shorter things (all my spatulas are in one, wooden spoons in another, etc). They all sit next to the stove. I have one very deep drawer which has all the small stuff in those rectangular plastic dividers that hook onto each other.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

Steamed milk without an espresso machine?

I have read on some of the cooking blogs that the aeroccino is the best at frothing milk. btnfood - you are right - cheap it is not - around $81. Williams Sonoma is supposed to have this in stock this month. I plan on going to check it out and have them demo one for me.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

Need a Waffle Iron Rec

Don't know if any of you have a store called Tuesday Morning ini your area - but next Tuesday, October 10 they start another sale and are featuring waffle irons - I think they are the Villaware - hearts in a circle and another one that makes small round waffles. Can't remember if the price is 19.99 or 29.99 - but definitely cheaper than the standard price. I remember seeing these in Williams Sonoma for considerably more.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

One More Time: KitchenAid Pro 600 vs. Artisan

I was raised and learned to bake with my mother's kitchenaid. The first appliance I bought when out on my own was a kitchenaid which lasted for 35 years when I decided I wanted something a little bigger (sending the older one off to a delighted friend). The artisan had a bigger motor and bigger bowl than the one I had used for many years but not as big as the Pro. However, I went with the artisan. I did not like the bowls that are held on by pins. I had to remove the beaters first before removing the bowl. The artisan raises up at the top allowing me to remove the bowl, change bowls, makes it easier to use the spatula, add bulky ingredients, etc.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in Cookware

San Diego for 4 days, please edit on my food itinerary

PastryLover - what is VGs? Where?

Thanks

Maureen

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in San Diego

San Diego for 4 days, please edit on my food itinerary

I agree with chica - if you go to the Del then eat on the terrace. The view of the ocean and being outside is hard to beat.

Oct 07, 2006
maureen in San Diego

Waffles ( SD)

I had an excellent waffle at The Big Kitchen about 2 weeks ago. They only serve one kind - plain - but will top it with strawberries, bananas, blueberries - if asked. They were having trouble with their iron and for awhile there were no waffles. The restaurant must have gotten a new one. I like to sit in the section with the counter because the "theater and soul" of the restaurant usually occurs here.

I agree with others about the Clairemont The Original Pancake House - that is the better one. When I am there, however, I get their Swedish pancakes with ligonberries because I can't find that anywhere else.

Sep 26, 2006
maureen in California

Restaurant at La Jolla Cove?

What about The Top of the Cove - food is pricey but good

Sep 14, 2006
maureen in California

Suggestions on great Chinese cookbooks?

The Breath of a Wok and Land of Plenty are two of my favorite Chinese cookbooks. However, there is a blog www.tigersandstrawberries.com run by Barbara Fisher in Ohio that has wonderful tutorials in her archive sections about chinese cooking (also Thai and Indian) which helps enormously in the explanations of techniques, ingredients, methods. She hasn't done a lot of Chinese cooking recently as she is expecting a baby but no doubt will get back to it soon as she has a deep love, understanding and respect for this type of cooking.

Sep 07, 2006
maureen in Home Cooking

Leftover pulled pork ideas?

I made pulled pork this weekend so checked out this posting for ideas for myself. On reading some of the ideas I decided that making chili rellenos by stuffing pasilla chilis with the pork, adding a couple black olives and a sliver of carrot would make a great dish.

I could also just stuff the chilis the same as above, line a baking dish with the stuffed chilis, cover with some sauce, grated cheese and bake until hot and bubbly.

Sep 07, 2006
maureen in Home Cooking

Hazelnut Oil

Try it in cake recipes that call for oil - like carrot cake. For the total amount of oil needed - use 1/4 to 1/2 in hazelnut oil. I do this with walnut oil. The cake already calls for chopped walnuts and I use part walnut oil in the mix too.

There was a restaurant in San Diego many years ago called the Perfect Pan which served fabulous food. They mixed a great salad using sliced mushrooms marinated in walnut oil, vinegar/lemon juice, mashed garlic, salt and pepper and a little mustard if I remember right. After marinating for several hours the mushrooms were tossed with chilled crisp butter lettuce and I always included small tomatoes and shaved parmesan cheese. No reason hazelnut oil couldn't be used in place of walnut oil.

Sep 07, 2006
maureen in Home Cooking

Eating Solo in San Diego

I eat out quite frequently on my own and agree with KatMom that ethnic restaurants are easier dining solo.
1. Jimmy Carter's Mexican Restaurant on Washington
2. Bronx Pizza on Washington
3. Luigi's Pizza (cook came from Bronx pizza) on 25th & B St
4. The Cottage in La Jolla
5. The Big Kitchen in South Park - for breakfast/brunch on weekends - sit in the section with the "u" shaped counter
6. Aesop's Greek Restaurant across from UTC
7. Bay Park Fish Co on Ashton and Morena
8. Just Fabulous Kensington
9. The Liar's Club in MB
10. El Zarape Mexican Restaurant on Park Blvd towards Adams

Sep 07, 2006
maureen in California

Extraordinary Desserts (San Diego)

A couple of years ago a couple of articles came out about Karen and ED. They interviewed her about her approach to desserts, how she came up with her recipes, etc. She did mention that wedding cakes was not her favorite cakes because delivering them was such a problem. I think it was that article in which she stated that the only 2 people to trust with wedding cakes were the baker (Karen) and the bride. Too many problems came in delivering and setting up and brides were too busy getting ready for the ceremony. She had reached the point of not doing them very frequently.

Aug 12, 2006
maureen in California

Extraordinary Desserts (San Diego)

To keep things exciting and different some of the mixture combinations in some of the desserts and pastries have gotten a bit far out. When I first started going there I wanted to say give me one of that...and that...and that...and that - going down the line. Sometimes now I only order a cookie and a cup of coffee because the combinations are too strange (example cinnamon roll should be cinnamon, nuts and or raisins, carmelized - not filled with citrine, dried fruits and peel). I think Just Fabulous in Kensington does a better job overall. As to service, I have never had bad service at ED or a problem with the staff.

Aug 07, 2006
maureen in California