s

Shortsord's Profile

Title Last Reply

Romantic Anniversary Dinner in Santa Barbara Labor Day Weekend

Another option to consider would be Stella Mare's. They have great food, the location is lovely(though imperfect due to a near freeway), and the restaurant itself is very romantic and cozy. Asking for the Greenhouse would be my suggestion, an almost all glass side room with a large fireplace and a view of the bird refuge across the street.

I hear good things of both The Stonehouse and Downey's, and wouldn't turn you away from them. Zaytoons, while great, I don't think of as an anniversary place, as it's also a hookah lounge. Hope you enjoy yourselves.

-----
Stella Mare's
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Aug 30, 2010
Shortsord in California

The Basics: How to Make Veggie Chili

Fantastic recipe. Definitely add in a little bit more fat, a quarter cup of butter's nice. Be generous with your spices, and rather than water, I prefer to add either a heavy red wine or a strong beer, add it before the beans and tomatoes and let it go on high for 2-3 minutes. But really, this is a simple recipe, fantastic on it's own, and easy to expand on and experiment with. Good show, chowhound.

Oh, and for those who prefer a thicker feel to your chili, as this comes out a bit soupy, quinoa is a wonder grain adding texture, protein, and fiber. Healthy and delicious!

May 02, 2010
Shortsord in Features

Phở in the central coast

Go for it. I'd be surprised if the majority of pho shops didn't offer pho bo vien. It's tasty, and definitely different than any meatball you've ever had, I'd guess. Sometimes it's offered with all the other goodies, sometimes it's only offered on it's own.

Sep 23, 2009
Shortsord in California

Phở in the central coast

Are you sure it wasn't bo vien? It's a traditional Vietnamese beef meatball. It has kind of a more rubbery texture than what you'd expect, and are often cut in half or into slices. Extremely common in pho. Tasty, too.

Sep 23, 2009
Shortsord in California

I heard Santa Barbara has the best SEA URCHIN (UNI) - true?

Santa Barbara indeed does have some of the best uni in the world. Several places in Japan import it especially as well. There's no doubt that very few other locals have uni as good, several areas of Japan and San Diego are about all that compare. But to say whose its "The Best"? I have no idea.

The Harbor Festival coming up in October has an uni booth, always with a long line, and totally worth it. Deliriously fresh shooters and plates. For what you describe, this is an absolute must visit. Seriously.

Restaurant wise, visit Hungry Cat in downtown SB, if they have any, it will be fresh caught, and served all in it's shell. It's delightful, indulgent, and delicious. Get some good cocktails with it, too.

As for sushi, to be honest, the sushi offerings are generally fairly average. You'd be better off going into LA for excellent sushi and near guaranteed SB uni. I can recommend specific places for SB uni in LA if you need.

Sep 20, 2009
Shortsord in California

Goleta/Santa Barbara abschieds restaurant

Totally forgot about Beachside, it is also a good choice. Probably not as great of food as the others I mentioned, but still good. Also great location with the beach and the pier, and very close to UCSB as well.

Sep 18, 2009
Shortsord in California

Goleta/Santa Barbara abschieds restaurant

The California board is the appropriate place to talk about Santa Barbara and such.

It really depends on what you want, and want to spend. In Goleta, there are few restaurants that are more than just quick cheap stops. Your best bet would probably be the newly opened Holdren's steakhouse, or cheaper Pastavino italian restaurant, or possibly the classic Hollister Brewing Company, all three in the Camino Real Marketplace at Storke and Hollister.

If you're interested in Santa Barbara restaurants, then without a specific idea or price in mind it's hard to recommend something specific.

Best of luck to your daughter, UCSB is a great school.

Sep 18, 2009
Shortsord in California

Malta Guinness - Local Source?

You're spot on that they're basically different brands of cola. I've had Goya mostly, as it's the easiest to find, but at a cuban restaurant around noho I got a bottle of Malta Bohio, and I couldn't really tell much of a difference. I think Goya was a little sweeter, but it was a while back.

Sep 01, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

Price of tasting menu at Spago?

Since nobody seems willing to just pick up the phone, I did. Also grabbed a res for two sats from now.

5 course - $95, $135 with wine
10 course - $140, $220 with wine

Sep 01, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

Foot Fetish

We have a no shoes policy anywhere in the house except for the foyer and dining room areas. It works just fine. It's the way I was raised, and I'm just a Californian. I have no problems with others who prefer no shoes, or if they absolutely insist shoes. It simply isn't worth getting riled up about, unless you have a disability of some sort, in which case a host should be as accommodating as they can.

What really disgusts me, though, is the type of people who insist that there way is absolutely right and any other way is disgusting and despicable. Some of the attitudes displayed in these posts are abhorrent, and I sincerely hope that I never invite someone like them over, or visit someone like them either.

Sep 01, 2009
Shortsord in Features

In search of the perfect Reuben...

Another vote here for Brent's. Langer's, I feel, is a close second. But Brent's is king.

Reading this thread earlier today inspired me to get one from Brent's, and it is fantastic still. Don't forget to ask for extra pickles, too.

I agree with the excellence of the knockwurst on rye as well.

Aug 29, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

Malta Guinness - Local Source?

I'd be very surprised if Glaco's no longer carries it. I used to pick up six packs there as recently as 8 months ago, so I guess it's possible they no longer offer it, but they sure used to. If you haven't called or visited, I suggest you do, as it's a likely shot.

If not them, it's also a popular caribbean drink, so caribbean markets like Right Choice on Crenshaw, may carry them as well.

Hope you have luck in finding it, it's an absolutely delightful drink.

Right Choice Caribbean Market
4233 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 292-8921

Aug 29, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

Simple, cheap, and farmer's market accesible

I'm underweight due to a new medicine I'm on. I eat meat but try to limit the amount of red and just am generally trying to eat a more veg based diet. Egg whites only because I'm sensitive to yolks, can't handle more than one at a time if that. Stir frying is a great idea, too, I can throw just about anything in and already have a rice cooker. Thanks.

Jul 28, 2009
Shortsord in Home Cooking

Simple, cheap, and farmer's market accesible

I do buy bulk in dry stuff and as far as seconds, I've never noticed boxes labeled as such, but will ask in the future. Good tip.

Jul 28, 2009
Shortsord in Home Cooking

Simple, cheap, and farmer's market accesible

Great recipe idea, thanks.

Jul 28, 2009
Shortsord in Home Cooking

Simple, cheap, and farmer's market accesible

Sorry, I should have clarified. My location is in Santa Barbara actually. I know most of the ethnic markets, and the one I mentioned and an Indian one about 20 minutes away are the only ones that seem to have fresh produce/spices.

Jul 28, 2009
Shortsord in Home Cooking

Simple, cheap, and farmer's market accesible

I'm a recently unemployed student with ample access to farmers markets looking to expand my horizons, and not my budget. When I was employed, I dined out half the week and the other half cooked whatever I felt like it ignoring expenses. I generally shop TJs for most staples, but do have access to a limited south-east asian market for specialty goods, as well as tons of chain grocers.

Mainly, I'm now looking for cheap, relatively healthy, foods/recipes for what I can get cheap and fresher at the local farmers markets. High calorie is also somewhat appreciated, since I tend to be underweight.

My current staples, and literally all I get, is as such:
Potatoes(bake in quarters or boil and saute)
Kale(saute)
Green Beans(boil)
Spinach(throw into scrambled egg whites)

I would really like to get farther than just this, without breaking the bank now. I live in southern California.
What tips or simple recipes do you guys have for bang-for-your-buck farmers market veggies?
I'm very open to explore, except asparagus(eww), I just need to keep things simple and cheap.

Thanks a lot.

Jul 26, 2009
Shortsord in Home Cooking

Anyone try these beers?

Samuel Smith makes some great ales in my opinion and I'm a big fan of many of them, including their Oatmeal Stout. If I recall correctly there is also an organic oatmeal stout they make if you're so inclined, I've yet to try it. But yes, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is very good, my second favourite oatmeal stout by far.

Mar 30, 2009
Shortsord in Beer

REVIEW w/pics: The Yumminess of Umami Burger(s)

Missed that. Thanks much for the tips.

Mar 16, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/pics: The Yumminess of Umami Burger(s)

I salute you on your conquest. Sounds fantastic and I will be heading there soon with the stilton and port burger on my mind. And I adore Cake Monkey products, so I'm glad to see them getting around. One question, does the place seem to get crowded? There seems to be a lot of talk around it, but no one has mentioned the crowd/scene yet. I have crowd-phobic companions once in a while.

Mar 16, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara Review

I think Tupelo is one of the best restaurants in SB. I've been craving them all week. Tonight, I feast on ribs.

Mar 16, 2009
Shortsord in California

Cocktails featuring Fee Brother's Bitters?

I did not know of this brand of bitters before you mentioned it, but now that I know it I've already ordered a bottle. Thank you.

A look on their website, and they have a small list of cocktails they recommend, most of them being simple standbuy's really, but the Brandy Cocktail caught my eye. I used to get something just like that over ice made with Calvados at a friends house, and I think that with bitters like that it would be really good.

Also, I once for a party infused a bottle of rye with some cinnamon to make some special manhattans, and they were fantastic(what few we poured before someone broke the bottle in the sink). Perhaps making a manhattan with those instead of angostura might be swell.

Mar 15, 2009
Shortsord in Spirits

Santa Barbara Gastropubs?

Place looks interesting, I'm definitely gonna try it next time I'm in the area.

Mar 05, 2009
Shortsord in California

Santa Barbara Gastropubs?

sbgirl did a good job at nailing pretty much the only brewhouses in town.

Hollister Brewing Co has some decent beers, rarely anything too unique, but definitely solid. Their food, however, leaves much to be desired. I would rather have chicken crispers from Chili's next door, than eat food at Hollister Brewing Co.

SB Brewing Co has decent food, not outstanding, but I would happily eat here for some of their beers. Their seasonal ones are hit and miss, but the pale ale and nut brown they brew are very solid, and very good.

Brewhouse is the best in my opinion, good food, just simple and well prepared, and the best beers you'll find in sb. Their seasonal selection is pretty darn good, and if they don't have one I'd prefer they have a great hefeweizen and a seriously good porter.

You're not really going to find a gastropub per se in Santa Barbara, not like Father's Office in LA or Cafe Katja in NY. But Brewhouse serves up good food and great beer, and is worth checking out.

Mar 05, 2009
Shortsord in California

lunch 2/27 in Santa Barbara

Tupelo is great, fantastic food and friendly staff. Not loud at all and, being a small place with a big window wall, plenty sunny. Paradise Cove has a wonderful patio with plenty of seating, and good food. And, as sbgirl mentioned, Stella Mares is a wonderful option as well, great food and a lovely environment, though a bit away from the downtown area.

I really would recommend Tupelo gladly, and hope you have a good time.

Feb 26, 2009
Shortsord in California

Any restaurant open late in Santa Barbara ?

In my experience Milk and Honey is better than the sister Alcazar, where we have found mediocre food and service several times. Milk and Honey is very loud and trendy in comparison, but the drinks are better and the food, even when the dish is the same as at Alcazar, has been better done. That said, the food is good, not great. Latest nice dishes I've had there have been the Nutty Goat, Por-Que, Ceviche scallops, and the Chorizo plate.

I have to say, re: Hungry Cat service, that, while there are many reviews about service problems there, there are also many without any problems, and I am one of those, having dined there on numerous occasions and never encountered any nearly pushy service. Judging from some reviews, I wouldn't say bad service never happens there, but I would also not expect it now walk in with poor service on your mind. Many wonderful times there I've had, with many charming bartenders. And of course, really great food.

Also glbtrtr, for swedish pancakes, Ellen's danish pancake house has swedish pancakes which will kick IHOPs butt.
I also wish I new about the port at Milk and Honey, as I was recently there. Anderson's recently impressed me with their port choices as well, at least comparatively.

Feb 21, 2009
Shortsord in California

Any restaurant open late in Santa Barbara ?

Hungry Cat is basically the best idea. It's a block away from the arlington, serves food till midnight, and there's rarely that annoying rush to get orders done with and eaten by 12 because the bar stays open till 1. Great food, great drinks, sit at the bar if you can. Seafood restaurant, if you didn't know, so if fish is out, your only choice their is the fantastic Pug Burger, or consider other options.

Roy's isn't all that bad, though it is a bit further away. I'd stick to HC, that's where I'll be after the show.

And Milk and Honey is across the street from HC, it's a mod-tapas style place. Good food and ok drinks, but can be spotty service, and late night it has a very nightlife oriented scene. Open till midnight as well, and a decent choice.

Feb 19, 2009
Shortsord in California

Great Port in LA

I'm tired of going to restaurants with fabulous and extensive wine lists only to find they have maybe a bottle or three of vintage or tawny port at best.

What restaurants in LA have the best selections of port? By the glass is always preferred, but by the bottle is worthwhile as well. I don't mind the style of food, though I would hope for good food, but mainly want to find interesting and uncommon ports to try and enjoy.

Last good port I remember having in LA was a Cockburn 83 at Chinois many months ago, and an interesting colheita(I think it was Quinta de la Rosa) at Patina over a year ago. I can't be the only fan of port in LA, thanks for any recommendations.

Feb 14, 2009
Shortsord in Los Angeles Area

Need romantic restaurant near the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara

2 Blocks south on State, Petit Valentien is a nice casual but elegant french restaurant. Very good food, friendly service, and a small but good and very by-the-glass friendly wine list. Right around the corner is Olio E Limone, a nice italian restaurant, good food and good wine list, a bit less casual(still Santa Barbara) and a bit more romantic. Opal next door is also a worthwhile option, though I'm less of a fan.

Have a wonderful date.

Feb 11, 2009
Shortsord in California

Spontaneous trip to San Francisco this weekend

A friend of mine has convinced me to go with her on a random trip up to the bay area this weekend. We'll be arriving midday friday and staying till sunday evening.

My friend has never been to San Francisco before, and I'm pretty limited in my experience here as well, so I was hoping you guys could recommend a few places to eat that really showcase the area, culture, history, or even just whatever is in season. We're aiming for roughly 3 dinners, 2 lunches, and a nice breakfast or two as well. Any type of food is ok, as is any type of scene.

Budget wise, one, maybe two, places over $100 a person, and the rest under that and we're fine. If the place requires reservations in advance of a few days, please mention that. Any places to visit recommendations are fine as well.

Thanks a lot.

Jan 15, 2009
Shortsord in San Francisco Bay Area