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Popular flavors that you don't care for

licorice anything-candy, liquor, anise seasoning.
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Oct 31, 2011
lyn in General Topics

What is the freshest seafood shack in the San Diego area?

I think Gypsy Jan might be on the right track with Mexican seafood joints. I just have not been to any yet. I know they have great things like whole fried fish, pulpo, ceviches etc. I think they are mostly in Chula Vista. The other thought it to get some Ceviches from Marisco German seafood truck, put them in a cooler and picnic at Sunset Cliffs-probably 20-30 minutes from the truck.

Aug 11, 2011
lyn in San Diego

supermarket and restaurant help! please

I am not sure how this thread evolved into eating at Liberty Station. Mostly sterile corporate places. I went to Corvette diner b/c I happened to have a coupon and was at the (awesome) trader joes in the plaza. It was pretty awful. I mean I guess kids might like it (lots of games and kitch) but in no way, shape or form would I consider it worth going to on your vacation if good food is what you want.

I use both the Albertsons and Ralphs downtown. Both are good. Get a shopper card from customer service when you arrive. Well worth it. Cathy mentioned above the market on 43rd. I assume it is Northgate and it is awesome-very accessable off the 805-probably 10 min from downtown if non rush hour. It is a modern Mexican market and you could have everything for a taco feast there-carne and pollo asado, carnitas, fresh tortillas, ceviche, quacamole, salsas,etc. Great meat dept. and deli

Aug 11, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

Sooo...I made my padrons-fried them in olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt. they were delicious. BUT, out of about 15-20 we did not get a suprise hot one. When I had these in spain, no matter where I went they were about 1:8 hot to regular. Do the locally grown Padrons have suprise hotties? I will be getting them again for sure, but I really loved getting a hot one.

Aug 09, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Day trip from Los Angeles

Also consider Laguna Beach if you decide to go as far south as Orange County.

Aug 09, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Day trip from Los Angeles

I think the day trip proposed is way too ambitious. The traffic will be exhausting. While I love SD, Coronado and so on, If you are only going to commit to day I would consider only going as far south as La Jolla. It really does not sound like food is the primary focus-rather chilling in coastal S. Cal seems to be standing out. Driving all day is not going to give you a real feel for laid back enjoyment of the area.

The other thing is if you where to come on a Wed instead of Tues, you could hit the Ocean Beach farmers market-and check out near by sunset cliffs, lay out, get some tasty eats, and soak up the goofy beach atmosphere. http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/eve...

But if you did this I would skip Old town, Seaport village etc. Too much for one day.

Aug 08, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

Great looking menu! I am relatively new to the area so it is nice to see promising places I have not been

Aug 08, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

I ended up getting mine at Whole Foods. They are green and a bit smaller than the ones I had in Spain. I am really looking forward to trying them here as they were one of my favorite tapas. I was thinking of stuffing them with a medium soft sheep/goat Spanish cheese...but may just do the cheese on the side. Does anyone know of any Galician wine are available locally? In Spain it was served in ceramic cups because it was cloudy. I can't see that flying here, so I guess my chances are slim.

Also as a side note I discovered (after I bought my peppers) that Sea Rocket bistro has a fried Padron tapa! I need to try that place-also fresh grilled sardines.........

Aug 08, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

holy smokes 7.99 a lb at whole foods....will need to check the farm markets first :)

Aug 06, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

will have to wait until next Sat, in Portland now. I saw them here and it made me think of them. I ordered them everyday, every where when in Spain. addicted

Aug 06, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

Great! being fairly new to the area I have only made it to a few farm markets (Mission Hills, OB and North Park)....I live closest to Little Italy and have not been yet-for shame!

Aug 06, 2011
lyn in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

I am looking for Padron chili peppers. Does anyone know of any markets that have them? Are they called something else locally?I have not seen them at Northgate or North Park produce.

Aug 06, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Scotch bonnet peppers

as mentioned the northgate markets have them. Also North Park Produce typically has them.

Aug 05, 2011
lyn in San Diego

No/Low Carb Meals

I make my tabbouleh w/o wheat and it is amazing. We have been low carbing about 2 years and are very happy with the results (inside and out!).I serve this with chicken or lamb/beef kabobs. I use chicken thighs or other meat and season with tangy middle eastern spices such as sumac, cumin, citric acid (you can buy great mixes and middle eastern/Indian stores, but always make sure there is no sugar), let sit in fridge overnight, brush with olive oil and grill.
Serve with the Tabbouleh, full fat greek yogurt, olives and sriracha sauce.

Aug 05, 2011
lyn in Home Cooking

Incongruently-named/Silly/Misleading Recipe Names

come one, nobody has said Buffalo wings yet? If they have sorry... :)

Jul 29, 2011
lyn in Not About Food

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Applebees, Chilis, Red Lobster, Outback, TGIFridays, Bennigans, burger king. Alright I am done. thats the worst, the rest are not great.

May 25, 2011
lyn in Features

Anywhere local to buy Sichaun Peppercorns?

I made a special trip to Ranch 99 a couple weeks ago specifically for sichuan peppercorns. I turned that place upside down and could not find them. I then made attempts to communicate with staff. In the end I was able to piece together that they have not had them in a while and did not know when they would get them again. boo!
This forced me to go home and tear up the kitchen to find the stockpile I had tucked away. Luckily these things seem to last pretty long, so my chicken came out great.

Apr 24, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Chains that support the Republican or Democratic parties, and various agendas?

I do recall Cracker Barrell firing enployees for being gay. Thats pretty conservative.

Apr 19, 2011
lyn in Chains

Downtown cheap eats

I hope someone will comment about 5th Ave Grill http://www.5thavenuegrill.com/ you could walk from your hotel. I live in the neighborhood, and it gets great business and reviews. It is persian food and the place it full of taxi drivers...so does this mean it is good, don't know, but the menu looks great.

I agree, Happy hour is a great way to eat good food on the cheap.

kingofhappyhour.com is a great web site to search happy hours in the gaslamp, eastvillage and little italy which are very near your hotel. . I love the one at Puerta La Boca http://puertolaboca.com/ it has lots of great food items and reasonable house wine.

I also recommend the happy hour at Mr. A's. It is the best view of the city and happy hour menu is not bad at all. You could make a meal out of a few items. It is a great way to enjoy a pricey place for a moderate price http://www.bertrandatmisteras.com/. If you look at the king of happy hour site it is in Bankers Hill-a neighborhood very near your hotel which also has other great places for happy hour or a regular dinner-Cocina Urbana for one

Apr 18, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Favorite cheap meats?

Braised beef and pork cheeks are amazing. I am sure they will get expensive. Chuck eye steaks are 1/2 the price or rib eye and I think about as good. They must not be cooked beyond med rare or they are garbage. I have not been able to find them since being in S. Cal.

Apr 10, 2011
lyn in General Topics

Mision 19 in Tijuana Gets Some Big Attention From the New York Times

maybe you should cross post this review on the SD forum as I never would have seen it if not for the frugal foodie yahoo group. I am not too worried about the language barrier-somehow my food Spanish is pretty good! It is just when things get more complex I get lost. After 3 years of HS Spanish and a few semster more in college, food related terms seemed to the only thing that stuck.

Apr 04, 2011
lyn in Mexico

Mision 19 in Tijuana Gets Some Big Attention From the New York Times

wow that sounds amazing! Good job describing it. Would it pretty easy for someone with limited Spanish be able to work though the menu? Were the wines local?

Apr 04, 2011
lyn in Mexico

Whiting, baby flounder and Smelt

The sardine I thinking of, the ones I had in spain and southern italy (and of all places, cleveland), where whole, head on, and had the bones. They were small enough to eat bones and all. The entire fish, head to tail ranged from about 4-6 inches. They were grilled on a flat grill in olive oil.

Feb 27, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Whiting, baby flounder and Smelt

so bait barge would require:
1) a new friend with a boat that will take me out there,as well as maybe other boating places for some beer and/or wine for sipping for the ride.
2) a new friend who would help me learn to clean them (you really would only need to gut them, right? scales would be ok, wouldnt they be?)

Feb 26, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Whiting, baby flounder and Smelt

too bad there are no fresh sardines around. They would work well. I have looked everywhere to no avail. Whole foods said they may get them one day.

Feb 26, 2011
lyn in San Diego

National City Chula Vista - Vast foodie wasteland?

I just went to Tita's Kitchenette in National City and if was GOOD. We shared pork adobo, a pork parts blood stew( Dinuguan?), a tangy tomato and vinegar based goat stew and another stewed pork dish plus complimentary (not sure if this is always the case) chicken soup-very unique and seasoned with tamarind I believe....We loved everything- so tangy and flavorful.2 huge combo plates with plenty leftover for lunches tomorrow was 13.00. It is served cafeteria style and the surroundings are humble, but we will be back for sure. There were also a couple of bakeries in the plaza. I don't eat sweets but I imagine they would follow up a meal like we had well....if you had room.

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Tita's Kitchenette
2720 E Plaza Blvd Ste E, National City, CA 91950

Feb 21, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Short Visit (Unfortunately!)

I have heard the same-San Diego has a quality micro brew scene- from more than one out of town brewmaster. The diversity of styles is great, as well as the quality. I am rather crushed I no longer drink beer. I heard Alpine Brewer is the one to watch

Feb 17, 2011
lyn in San Diego

Cold Sichuan appetizers

Land of Plenty by Fuschia Dunlap is the current go to for sichuan. I have tried some of the recipes and love them

Feb 15, 2011
lyn in Home Cooking

What have been your best and worst liquor purchases?

well over the years it would be hard to choose...so many already named here. But in the last 3 months:
Worst-Stoli Blueberry-undrinkable
Best-Sailor Jerry spiced rum. Delicious!

Feb 14, 2011
lyn in Spirits

Vegetarian uses for mole

I think is would be great with butternut squash or pumpkin

Feb 12, 2011
lyn in Home Cooking