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KIRKLAND (Costco) Bordeaux

The other night I uncorked a bottle of Kirkland Bordeaux, a 2003 Paulliac. It was magnificent! There were no other clues regarding its true origin.

Does anyone have any hints?

Does your local Costco still carry it?

Jun 14, 2007
hungrylawyer in Wine

Wine Refrigerator Recs

Many thanks ....

May 13, 2007
hungrylawyer in Wine

Margarita Recipes [Split from Margarita bar thread on Calif]

For a great blended margarita follow this really simple recipe:

1. Empty a can of frozen limeaid, any brand, into the blender
2. Fill the can with 50% good blanco tequila like Don Julio
3. Fill the other 50% with Gran Marnier or Cointreau (if you are going to Mexico get a bottloe of "Controy" and split this 50% into half Controy and half Gran Marnier/Cointreau)
4. Add tequila/Gran Marnier mix to blender
5. Add 1-2 teasponns of sugar
6. Fill belender with crushed ice
7. Blend
8. Drink
9. Refill glass
10 Repeat

May 09, 2007
hungrylawyer in Spirits

Single Malt Irish Whiskey?

I have been searching for unique Irish brands and have had very little luck. In addition to Bushmills (not so great) I have tried Jameson's 12, 18 (OMG) and 24 years, Powers, Tulamore Dew (not bad) and even RedBrest, which was not a s good as the Jameson. Do you know of other brands available in the US that are worthwhile? Does the good stuff get exported from Ireland? What brands?

May 09, 2007
hungrylawyer in Spirits

Wine Refrigerator Recs

I just started shopping and am looking for recs. I would prefer more than 50 bottle capacity and at least 2 temperature zones, energy efficiency a plus. Any recs, winehounds??

May 09, 2007
hungrylawyer in Wine

Puerto Nuevo for lobster or stay in Rosarito?

I have not been there for several years, but the best Mexican lobster I ever had was in Rosarito at a place claeled La Guerrita.

Jan 29, 2007
hungrylawyer in Mexico

Your restaurant in San Diego where you always order the same dish

Mission Coffee Cup-- papas loco (potatos, black beans, fresh jalepenos, cebolloitos, avacado, sour cream, salsa) scrambled eggs optional

Nov 18, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

Nice Lunch Near Balboa Park - SD

If you like Italian, you will LOVE Gemellis at 5th & Laurel. Right by the Laureal entrance to the park. Best Italian in the city...honest.

Nov 14, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

SD: great hole-in-wall open late?

Last week I was working late in SF. About 10, a friend took me to the Brazen Head in Cow Hollow/Marina for dinner. I had never been there before. It has no sign, accepts only cash, is small and very dark. The well stocked bar (several good tequilas) manned by Jimmy takes up half of the space. It served a very nice steak house kind of menu at about 2/3 the steakhouse price. I have checked the SF board and the SF hounds rave about the Ceaser salad, the veal piccatta, the rib-eye steaks (which I had and thought was great), etc.

Do we have anything like this in San Diego? [It had some surface similarities to Bully's but the food and ambiance was vastly better; imagine veal piccata at Bully's--Not)

Oct 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

Milagro tequila

Here is my take on Milagro which I have posted previously.

I often enjoy Milagro, but I am also deeply suspicious of it, and no longer buy it for myself. Whoever makes and markets this stuff certainly knows their business. First, I would guess that it is a US export label, unknown in Mexico, except in high traffic tourist areas and duty free shops. I don't think that it is associated with any particular tequileria. (there are about 65 tequilerias and 6500 brands) I admit that I could be wrong. Second, tequila is not like Scotch so I would not waste money on the single barrel marketing gimmick. The anejo barrels are sealed by the government. Third, I keep my open tequila in the freezer. In the past, part of the Milagro has frozen, indicating the presence of a significant amout of water as tequila has too much alcohol to freeze. No other tequila has ever done that. Finally, I am a cynic and their bottles are too cool to be real.

Oct 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in Spirits

Best Spanish in San Diego area?

About 2 years ago I took a guest from the small Spanish city of Zamora (the Rio Duero/Toro wine region) to tapas at Picasso. He said it was better than Spain, but he also was aghast the prices which he said were ten times more than Spain.

Oct 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

Fried cilantro

Does anyone have a recipe for fried cilantro?

Oct 02, 2006
hungrylawyer in Home Cooking

Worst of San Diego and Most Over-rated

The food at the Cohen Group is definatly third rate, but you gotta give them kudos for decor and creative menu writing; it is some of the best sounding food in town. If only you could eat the menu...or maybe eating the menu is better than eating the food.

Oct 02, 2006
hungrylawyer in San Diego

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

The prices at Chilango's are fairly moderate. They have a $6.99 luch deal that is agrewat deal: cup of soup, (entre about 6-8 shoices), agua fresca and ice cream. Dinner is less than $15 p/p plus drinks.

Sep 29, 2006
hungrylawyer in San Diego

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

Don't get me wrong, Super Cocina is great. But Chilangos is much closer to the airport and IMO the food is more unique.

http://www.chilangosgrill.com/

Also, Kazumi-san serves many Japanese people (the Sony execs in Mexicali bring him over twice a year) and the sushi is super. Also much closer to Coronado.

http://www.sushibarkazumi.com/

The Brigantine in Coronado goes under the Miguel's name.
http://www.brigantine.com/miguels/ind...

Happy eating...

Sep 28, 2006
hungrylawyer in San Diego

WHICH ANEJO TEQUILA IS BEST FOR SIPPING?

I would say that Milagro's consistency is better than many, but that your experience is not surprizing. I often enjoy Milagro, but I am also deeply suspicious of it, and no longer buy it for myself. Whoever makes and markets this stuff certainly knows their business. First, I woulkd guess that it is a US export label, unknown in Mexico, except in high traffic tourist areas and duty free shops. I don't think that it is associated with any particular tequileria. I admit that I could be wrong. Second, tequila is not like Scotch so I would not waste money on the single barrel marketing gimmick. The anejo barrels are sealed by the government. Third, I keep my open tequila in the freezer. In the past, part of the Milagro has frozen, indicating the presence of a significant amout of water as tequila has too much alcohol to freeze. No other tequila has ever done that. Finally, their bottles are too cool.

Sep 25, 2006
hungrylawyer in Spirits

Any good deli in San Diego?

The palce is generally weak. The breads have a stale quality to them and their bagels are awful - oversized and underflavored. Sometimes, the whitefish salad is not offensive; you can take it home and fix it up.

Sep 24, 2006
hungrylawyer in San Diego

San Diego recommendation in downtown?

Do you really like the FOOD at Athens Market? What items? Personally, I think that the food is weak and the place survives as a vestige of "old San Diego."

Sep 24, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

WHICH ANEJO TEQUILA IS BEST FOR SIPPING?

Alot of folks do like Chinaco, I am just not one of them. IMO they use too much wood, sometimes too much "perfume" and are another label that suffers from extreme variability. Th amount of money that I am wiling to spend on tequila, both per bottle and in the agrregate, makes me shy away from labels that have extreme variability unless, like Gran Centenario anejo, one variation is a knock-out. I have never had a bottle of Chinaco that I have raved about so I don't buy it very often. (But I would rate it MUCH higher than Heradura). In Chainaco's defense, one of the oweners lives in the area and she is very nice. Also, they are not a concocted label, they have a real tequileria, but I don't know if they buy juice or not (I suspect that they do, as the juice buying issue was the product of enhanced world wide demand and a weavil problem)

Sep 24, 2006
hungrylawyer in Spirits

Waffles ( SD)

Did you have the waffles? I can't eat there anyway. It used to be a pet store and I can't get over it. And there are too many tourists

Sep 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

WHICH ANEJO TEQUILA IS BEST FOR SIPPING?

Of the anejos mentioned already, I second the Casa Noble and Don Julio. You should know that there are only about 65 tequilarias and about 5000 labels. (For example, I am told that Lapis is an American concoction, a label without a tequilaria, put together to take advantage of the fact that hard currency paying Gringos and Germans associate good tequila with good bottle design) There is also a shortage of juice. So, like wine, many labels buy their juice on the market. This means that fine tequilas, especially the anejos, vary in quality and flavor from batch to batch. What you liked 2 months ago you may not like today and vice versa. Gran Centenario anejo is an extreme example of this phenomenon, going from unbelievable to undrinkable from batch to batch. As it has expanded its production, Don Julio has also improved its consistency.

1921 is also very good and a new entrant, Abuelo, is also excellent.

But if you really like tequila, do as the Chivas (Guadalajarans)do in the capital of Jalisco state where the town of Tequila is located-- drink blanco or plata. Again, Don Julio, 1921, Abuelo are all good choices as are Trancas, Regional and Coralejo.

Sep 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in Spirits

Waffles ( SD)

I like waffles, but my wife, who makes great ones, usually doesn’t like to cook them when I want to eat them. Does anyone know of a really good place for waffles in SD? The only really good place I know of is the Pancake House in El Cajon (kinda inconvenient to LJ, where john’s waffle house closed years ago), which has much better pancakes (duh!) and scrambles than waffles.

I admit that I am a sucker for the proverbial “hole-in-the-wall” Mom & Pop eatery. I will search, like the conquistador Coronado, throughout the area for the elusive pot-of-gold place, especially for breakfast (Jewish deli & Mexican, too.) Believe me, I have been to every neighborhood in this town looking for “The Lost City of Chow.”

Saturday morning my wife said, “Let’s try the Country Waffle House in Claremont.” I should have asked more questions, but after almost 30 years of marriage...off we went.

We found the place on the bottom back of an office building by the Rite-Aid at the corner of Genesee and Balboa. The parking lot was packed and there was a short wait . . .both good signs. The tacky faux country décor, ugly formica and plastic flowers were all promising in a perverse the-worse-the-place-looks-the-better-the-food sort of way. They even managed to mis-spell “Countr[y]” on the specials board. Anticipation built as we were seated and the waitress gave us menus encased in heavy plastic with pictures of Grandma and Uncle Jed, the founders from Arkansas. But unlike the sumptuous specials board with its pictures of country scrambles, chicken fried steak (the Holy Grail of country food) and waffle specials, the waffle part of the menu at the Country Waffle House was skimpy with only a few overly fruity/whipped cream entrees. (If not for Prop 64, I would have considered a false advertising class action) (before any right-wingers scramble over that parenthetical – pun intentional- it was a joke. Sort of.) I decided to stick to the basics... a plain waffle, which came with bacon or sausage and eggs; unlike the waffle special which also came with bacon or sausage and eggs, but which added 2 out of season strawberries and a slice of hard yellowish cantaloupe for $1.25 more.

First, the coffee. It was weak but at the same time of industrial quality and tasted less like coffee and more like the residue of instant. We had to ask for another cup when the cream (in those little plastic containers) separated when added to my wife’s coffee (karmic pay-back?)

The waffle, served with a large scoop of margarine (yum) which the waitress said was butter, was indeed exactly as advertised -- plain. In all respects. As I ate it, it occurred to me that maybe it had not been fully prepared on the premises as it was almost perfect in appearance. The bacon was inedible and the eggs could easily have been powdered. The best part of the meal was the peppermint at the counter. We beat feet out of there as fast as we could and hit the computer to beg your assistance.

So, can any SD Chowhounds help us out? Where is there a good waffle in this town?

Sep 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

Any good deli in San Diego?

If you are looking for a good Jewish deli in San Diego...fogedabodit!!I have searched for 30 years and found zip. About 6 months ago, I posted a question on this board about where to find decent lox in this town -- not "good" because experience was taught me to lower my expectations, just decent -- (I gave up on bagels long ago). I swear to God that the very first reply said, "What is lox?" (The Chowhound Webmaster removed that to another board) Another poster suggested the Marine Room brunch (oy vey) and then some others got upset because I suggested that DZ Akins was awful and that no serious hound would go there.

As far as pastrami goes, the best that I have been able to find is at "The Place" about 67th and El Cajon. The deli is in the back of a small kosher grocery and consists of about 4 tables. There are lots of Orthodox, Chabad (Chabadies?) and foreign-born Jews (I can't tell where they are from) who go there. (They are very nice, but seem confused when someone comes in off the street) Anyway, the pastrami is decent, but its about $9 for a small sandwich, no deli atmosphere, Dr. Brown's, Reuben's, pickles or other items that you might expect from a NY Jewish Deli.

I have been to many of the Beverly Hill places that people rave about and while they are definitely better than the SD fare, they still are not very good. I really miss the old pastrami burrito that I used to be able to get by the federal courthouse in downtown LA-- don't laugh at the burrito part--it was not traditional, but it was awesome!

So if you find anything remotely like a NY deli, please let us know. GOOD LUCK.

Sep 23, 2006
hungrylawyer in San Diego

Shabu Shabu in San Diego

Toshi San in La Jolla (formerly knwon as Shabu Shabu)

Sep 21, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

The Prado (San Diego)

Our office is near the park, making this a convenient place for us to take out-of-town visitors, so I have been many times. And your comment is dead-on...the setting is beautiful and cudos to the Cohn's for remaking the Prado from the dump that it was..but the food is not "ordinary," it is much weaker than that, but the menu is very well written.

Aug 13, 2006
hungrylawyer in California

Best Mole in San Diego (besides S. Cocina)

C'mon people, mole is serious business. El Agave is maybe OK on its best days and Old Town Mexican is just too rasty for any Hound to ever mention except as a place NOT to go, their mole probably comes from a jar. But if you think that these are "good" then, then I guarantee you will love the several real moles at Chilango's.

www.chilangosgrill.com

Aug 05, 2006
hungrylawyer in San Diego