Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

cubano's Profile

Title Last Reply

Recieved most recent Home Cooking e-newsletter 4 times

Nope, it happened to me, as well. It must be a glitch on their end.

Sep 02, 2014
cubano in Site Talk

Where can buy black chicken?

My 99 Ranch flier just arrived, and they're selling black chicken aka "Silky Chicken" for $8.49 apiece from June 13-19.

Jun 12, 2014
cubano in San Diego

Olive bar

Try the International Market at 5907 Balboa Ave in Clairemont ( They keep the olives in the back corner, near the deli counter.

Oct 07, 2013
cubano in San Diego

Candlenuts in San Diego?

After seeing these mentioned in a recipe I'd like to try, I've been searching locally for these, as well. And with no luck.

Apparently, they're called different names In other cultures: Indian walnut, Kemiri, Varnish tree, Nuez de la India, Buah keras or Kukui nut.

I've been looking mostly at 99 Ranch, but I'm guessing an Indian spice store might be my next stop.

Jul 21, 2013
cubano in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Ah, we used to stop at Sausage King for Landjäger every Sunday when heading back home from the Unitarian Church back in the late 60s.

Sausage King
811 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

Mar 18, 2011
cubano in San Diego

Creme Brulee- need flavor options. Never made before, need suggestions!

I'll second the passion fruit. I put a layer along the bottom, complete with the seeds. The crunchy seeds echo the crunch of the carmelized sugar breaking along the top.

Feb 18, 2011
cubano in Home Cooking

Buying fresh black mussels (such as PEI) near mission valley

Mission Valley Costco has them. That's pretty close. Otherwise, I head for Point Loma Seafoods on Scott St. in Point Loma.

Point Loma Seafoods
2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

Point Loma Cafe
4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Dec 19, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Food in Literature

Émile Zola's third novel, "Le Ventre de Paris," describes the Parisian Farmer's Markets in exquisite detail, and much of the action involves a charcutier. Also, as Wikipedia says, Zola's "description of the olfactory sensations experienced upon entering a cheese shop, has become known as the "Cheese Symphony" due to its ingenious orchestral metaphors."

Nov 25, 2010
cubano in Food Media & News

Where can I buy a whole duck in SD?

I'd really recommend 99 Ranch at 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. I saw at least ten fresh ducks there this morning, all less than $15. Head for the produce section, but then look along the back wall. You'll find the poultry there. To avoid the crowds, go very early on a weekend, or sometime during the week.

Sep 25, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Marisco's German

Yep, it was gone from Ocean Beach this afternoon. Bummer. I'll have to try to recreate their Pulpo tacos recipe.

Aug 24, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Marisco's German

The OB Mariscos truck was still in OB's Apple Tree parking lot three days ago. I remember because they were out of pulpo tacos. I'll check again this afternoon.

Aug 24, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

Kevin Faulconer's office wrote back to me (letter below). When I responded that the problem was mostly a lack of a building permit for a mobile taco truck, he said he'd forwarded my e-mail to Lisa Johnson, the person at the city's "Neighborhood Code Compliance" office who's in charge of the case.

Here's her contact info, in case anybody wants to write her:

She's out of the office until July 8, but she'll have the letters waiting for her.

Here's the e-mail I received from Kevin Faulconer's office:

"Thank you for your email regarding Mariscos German taco truck in OB. It is my understanding that the Mayor's Neighborhood Code Compliance (NCC) department received a complaint about the business operating in a location that is not zoned for such a business.

Council does not have any jurisdiction over NCC or have a chance to weigh in on code violations cases. I have copied the NCC officer handling this case Lisa Johnson, on this email so that she is aware of your concerns.

Lisa, could you let us know if there are any immediate changes that could be made to change zoning, or would it have to go through the regular Development Services process?


Thyme Curtis
Council Representative
Office of Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
City of San Diego - Second District

Jul 01, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

The coffee shop's been there for years, but it never draws the crowds that Mariscos' does. When nearby restaurant owners saw all the people standing in line at Mariscos, they figured they'd cut the competition by complaining about technicalities. And when they complained, the florist and coffee shop were caught in the same net.

Restaurants didn't complain about the pre-Mariscos hot dog cart because nobody stood in line for the hot dogs.

But oh, my Mixta Tostada was good today. I ate it as if it were my last meal...

Jun 29, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

I finally got a look at the city's letter today. It boils down to permit issues.

The biggest two issues seem to be that Apple Tree didn't go through the city to get any building or signage permits for their three additional structures: the florist, coffee shop and the taco truck.

Apple Tree is fighting the issue. If Apple Tree loses, the deadline for the taco truck is July 1, with the others to close in the weeks after.

I've already written a letter of complaint to our councilman, Kevin Faulconer. If anybody else wants to, here's his contact info again:

Jun 29, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Sessions Public - Pt. Loma

From the address, 4204 Voltaire, it looks like they're replacing that pizza place, "Little Italy." The restaurant's in a long narrow space next to the Catalina Lounge. It's at a busy intersection, with difficult parking. Hope they make it, as we have way too many pizza shops in the area.

Catalina Lounge
4202 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

Jun 26, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

I suspect the complainer is the restaurant right around the corner. I won't name names, but it rhymes with Mubway Mandwiches.

Kevin Faulconer is the council member for Ocean Beach. I don't know if he's a fan of fish tacos, but I'll write him a letter asking why he's allowing precious jobs to be lost in the Ocean Beach area by closing down established businesses in his district.

Jun 23, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

I spent some time today talking with the folks at the taco truck, the adjacent coffee place, and the flower shop. Apparently Mariscos' taco truck was doing such good business that competing restaurants along Newport and other streets complained to the city.

Apparently, the taco truck, florist, coffee shop *and* Apple Tree all received a notice from the city about some zoning violations. They're all protesting. Nobody had a copy of the letter, so I couldn't see exactly what the zoning issues were. Perhaps the lot's only zoned for one business, but I'm just guessing.

Since it's a zoning issue rather than a permit issue, it might be more difficult to fight.

The folks at the taco truck might be moving to North Park, if OB doesn't work out.

Jun 23, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

I drove by this morning (couldn't stop), and the truck was still there. Hopefully, they've settled things with the city.

Jun 22, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Tacos German truck in OB is closing

Did they tell you why the city's making them close? After all, they're parked on private property, not city property. I sure hope they can find a way around this.

Jun 20, 2010
cubano in San Diego

New knife sharpening place

I've always sharpened my knives at home with a Chef's Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage sharpener. What are the advantages to using a belt or water stones? Does the edge last longer?

Jun 09, 2010
cubano in San Diego

White Anchovies???

I think I saw those in the deli counter of the Hillcrest Whole Foods Market. You might want to give them a call first to make sure they're in stock.

May 10, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Where can I buy farm fresh mushrooms and truffles in San Diego?

You'll find fresh chanterelles at the Mission Valley Costco around October. It's a long wait, but they were only $9.99 a pound for the past two years.

May 01, 2010
cubano in San Diego

French Onion Soup

It might be closed for longer than Mondays if the Feds have their way:

Apr 29, 2010
cubano in San Diego

San Diego Wedding Caterers and Bakeries

Waters Catering is expensive, but they're top notch, from the sourcing of their ingredients, to their preparations, to their professionalism. We used them to cater a 85th birthday party for my mother-in-law, and they were quick to set up camp early, handle unexpected emergencies on the fly, and deliver the goods as promised.

Apr 23, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Mariscos German truck in Ocean Beach!

The truck was gone today. Panic stricken, I called their main restaurant. They said the truck had a minor mechanical problem and should be back tomorrow. Whew!

Apr 12, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Good Spices?

I'll second goodhealthgourmet's recommendations. My wife picks up all her Indian spices in bulk at India Sweets & Spices in Clairemont, and I just picked up some wild juniper berries from the bulk spices at OB People's Co-op.

The only time I'll go mail order is for paprika, and a friend just brought me back some nice stuff from Morocco, so I can put that off for a little while.

Apr 11, 2010
cubano in San Diego

ISO vegetarian or seafood recipes with red wine

Would it work for making red wine vinegar? Richard Olney used to make his own, fetching half-empty glasses after a party and pouring them into a wooden barrel to ferment.

Apr 09, 2010
cubano in Home Cooking

Looking for a convenient and good sushi or japanese restaurant in San Diego

I'll second Point Loma Seafoods, but they're mostly a lunch crowd. Sushi Ota is great, but it's a decent cab ride, as are the places in the Convoy area.

If you want close, try Umi Sushi at 2806 Shelter Island Drive. It's about two miles away from your hotel. Not the cheapest, but decent sushi last time I visited.

Point Loma Seafoods
2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Apr 01, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Where can I buy duck and duck fat in San Diego?

I pick up rendered duck fat at Iowa Meat Farms' sister shop, Siesel's Meats, on Morena Blvd, if you're closer to that end of the city. The duck fat's not cheap, but you can reuse it several times. I think I'm on my third run with the same fat. Eventually it gets too salty, a stage that works great for making french fries.

Also, a slow cooker makes great duck confit, if you've never tried it. (


I'll second the ducks at 99 Ranch.

Mar 13, 2010
cubano in San Diego

Blood Sausage, Boudin Noir, Morcilla, Black Pudding etc.

I buy German-style blood sausage at Sausage King in Hillcrest, at 811 W Washington St
(between 8th Ave & 9th Ave). If you've never been, it's worth a stop.

Mar 10, 2010
cubano in San Diego