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Blanca Review-- Lets keep this chef around!

Word in the Twittersphere last night via Chef Schmidt and Keli Dailey was this:

"'We want a fresh start' - Blanca team will close the Solana Beach resto, drop name, move, reopen in a few months as a more rustic spot"

Aug 19, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants - Replacement for old board.

wow, really? I can't believe I didn't know that considering I live about 10 blocks from there and walk by it constantly. Was it pretty recently? I was there maybe a month ago, and it seemed relatively busy. Certainly not as packed as when it first opened, but still seemed to be reasonably popular.

Aug 01, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Restaurant in Julian, CA?

Thanks for this, Ed. Great info!

Jul 29, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Restaurant in Julian, CA?

Ah yes, that probably sounded a little vague. A little of both - for enjoy myself, of course, but also because I'm often asked for my recommendations around the county. And there are still parts of the county I haven't done much dining in, like Julian. So it's great when I can say "even though I haven't been, I've heard good things about..."

Jul 26, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Restaurant in Julian, CA?

Hi folks,

I'm reviving this post for a slightly different purpose....there's so much food research I have to do that I just can't make it everywhere (especially up to Julian) to vet things on my own! Here's what I'm hoping to find out:

-Anyone else have additional thoughts on Jeremy's? Sounds like it's kind of divided. I'm particularly interested in breakfast or lunch there.

-Dudley's...I know it's not technically in Julian. Is is just the bread that's good, or are their pastries, sandwiches, etc. worth a trip?

-Are any of the apple orchards in the area organic, special, supplying to local shops for pie? I tried researching this and couldn't find anyone explicitly saying "we get our apples from this orchard" (or vice versa, supply to this pie shop).

Are there any other culinary hidden gems in/around Julian that would be worth a foodie's visit, either restaurant or producer/supplier?

Jul 26, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Best croissants in San Diego?

I'm curious to know if the experience is recent as well. I thought of recommending them based on when I had been there with my mother. Back when I as in high school, my family lived up in North County. My mom found this place and would go once a week - my mom is a French, born and raised, immigrated in the 70s. She absolutely loved getting croissants there, and I thought they were fantastic at the time, but (without giving away my age) clearly that was some time ago.

Jun 24, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Cafe Sevilla to debut new $2.7 million Gaslamp location

I'll second that comment about the food. The absence of real Spanish cuisine in San Diego drives me crazy. Seems like everytime I travel to other cities, I seek out Spanish restaurants because the very small handful we have here just aren't cutting it.

Jun 03, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

The Lincoln Room..

I'm waiting for a report too...I've heard good things about the fried chicken, and it's been on my list for months now to try, so I'm dying for a CH recap.

Apr 21, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Any non-touristy mexican food spots featuring Mariachi bands in San Diego?

Hey folks,

First, I feel obligated to say that I've been reading the SD Chowhound threads frequently for a long time, but haven't been a big poster myself. However, that's likely to change, because my job requires me to be up super caught up on our culinary scene (whereas before it was just a hobby). So that's just my little way of saying that I'm looking forward to talking more directly with all of you guys :)

Here's my question related to this thread: I have someone coming into town next month that is really looking to recreate the Casa de Bandini experience he had in Old Town back in the day...in Old Town. So my question to you is two parts -- first, are there any restaurants in Old Town that come close, and second, how does the Carlsbad location compare to the original?

Thanks in advance, team SD.

Feb 16, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Chef Changes

Can anyone tell me who is Exec. Chef at El Bizcocho these days? Their website says Joseph Shutsa III is the Executive "Banquet" Chef...forgive my ignorance, but with all the recent turnover, I want to make sure I've got the right facts.

Also, I'm really thinking that I need to change my handle since my wedding was over a year ago.

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El Bizcocho
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

Jan 27, 2011
foodie bride in San Diego

Any places NOT doing prix fixe on NYE?

Great tip on Nopa, thanks! We don't mind a long wait, as long as it's worth it.

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Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Dec 28, 2010
foodie bride in San Francisco Bay Area

Any places NOT doing prix fixe on NYE?

My husband and I are coming up to SF from San Diego for the second half of the week and are trying to find dinner reservations for New Year's Eve...only thing is that I'm not a fan of prix fixe menus. I love food, but can rarely eat three whole course, and it just ends up feeling like a big waste for me (same thing with my husband...which is probably why he and I tend to gravitate towards small plates places so readily).

We inquired at Comstock Saloon, Farmer Brown, A16, Foreign Cinema...all are doing prix fixe. Is there anyone that isn't? We're pretty open on type of cuisine, as long as it's chow-worthy! (Although, we are planning on hitting up Yank Sing for lunch that day, so probably not Chinese.)

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A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

Farmer Brown
25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Comstock Saloon
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Dec 27, 2010
foodie bride in San Francisco Bay Area

San Diego Wedding Caterers and Bakeries

ah, sadly no catering recs. i knew i wanted to use a restaurant because i'd know the quality of the food would be good, and the whole venue fee + outside caterer + rentals for said venue concept really bothered me. for what i paid to rent out a restaurant for the afternoon, i could NEVER have had that extensive of a menu at a venue where i was paying $2,000 just to use their room, plus pay another $1,000 on tables and chairs and linens. with a restaurant, it's all already there! and you can use the ambience/decor of the restaurant and build off of that. saves you a bunch on decorations, too.

May 21, 2010
foodie bride in San Diego

San Diego Wedding Caterers and Bakeries

I'd like to add my support for CAKE in Mission Hills, which aloha925 mentioned above. We used them for our wedding in November, and people LOVED their cake. Lots of rave reviews on the big day. I loved that they don't use fondant and make buttercream look just as beautiful. We couldn't decide between two flavors, so we ended up doing both and there was no extra cost. And all in all, I thought that the pricing was very reasonable, especially when you see all the places that are charging $8 or even $12 a slice. I can't remember exactly what we paid now, but it was definitely less than $8.

I blogged a lot of my wedding, so you can see and read about our cake from CAKE:
http://fightthefondant.blogspot.com

May 19, 2010
foodie bride in San Diego

Small wedding reception in San Diego -- where should I NOT go?

I'd vote for Urban Solace or something along those lines. I know folks on this board have reported mixed things from FarmHouse, but the times I've been there have been good. A friend of mine was evening planning on having his small reception there...until the wedding got called off.

You might also consider the Linkery, which would be good if your fiance likes craft beers and if your guest list is closer to 20 than 40. We had our rehearsal dinner in their back dining room. It might be a little too small for you -- it could fit 25, but definitely not 40.

My last two cents is that I'm a HUGE fan of having receptions in neighborhood restaurants rather than "wedding factories," like the Prado. We just had our reception at Bleu Boheme, and it was AMAZING. Seriously made the whole event what it was, which was a delicious and insanely fun party. And finally, I wouldn't rule out Mexican entirely -- our photographer recently shot a wedding reception at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town. I can't speak for the food at all, but it looked beautiful. If you find a Mexican restaurant that also has great decoration/atmosphere, it can work and not look too casual. Maybe Candelas?

Dec 14, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

San Diego Wedding Resources and Reviews

Hooary for this thread! If you haven't aleady seen that I went through a similar dilemma and started asking for help on this board, you can see the results of that here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597906

At the beginning of our planning process, we had a terrible time coming up with a venue, because we wanted to find something where the food and the decor/atmosphere could be stars on their own, rather than shelling out a bunch of money simply to rent a room somewhere and then have to fill it will decorations, lighting, catering and the accompanying rentals. We thought it would be really easy, but it turned out to be challenge finding the right combo of available at the right time, good food, easy to work with, and within our price range.

We're having our reception at Bleu Boheme in two months. So far, they've been amazing to work with, and we love our menu. Some of our more conservative guests are a little startled that escargot will be served, but we couldn't imagine not having it! Their also working with us to select wines that aren't on their regular menu, because we can't exactly afford to have a hosted bar at $24 per bottle!

We're also having our rehearsal dinner in the private dining room at the Linkery. I'll have more play-by-plays of both dinners after they take place in November :) But if you can't wait, you can check out my blog, too: http://fightthefondant.blogspot.com.

Wish this thread had been going back when we started planning!

Sep 09, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Cucina Urbana-SD?

I went on a Thursday night in mid-July, about 2 weeks after opening, and it was pretty well-filled. Not packed to the gills, but very bustling. And we got great service and attention from the staff. The fiance and I loved it :)

Aug 07, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

New Pizzeria Luigi to open in Little Italy on India Street, San Diego

I'm stoked about this because I live in Golden Hill and am hoping that the new locations are gonna thin out some of the crowd at the one in our hood. The surge in the size of the line got completely outta control after that whole Food Network appearance. I mean, great for them that their business is flourishing, but I get pretty cranky standing in line for an hour hungry and smelling pizza.

Aug 05, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

San Diego Closed restaurants from the Down Economy

I personally LOVE Laurel the way it is now. My fiance and I had it at the top of our list for our wedding reception venue. I have faith in Tracy that she will make the new concept awesome, but it still makes me a little sad to see that this incarnation will be gone.

May 21, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

Thanks for all the input, everyone! Since I've gotten a few responses here (and several in the real world) from people who were thinking of doing the same thing for their wedding and wanted to know how I was going about it, I started a blog hoping it will help other brides with their planning: http://fightthefondant.blogspot.com/

rbarnhart and sdpanda80, you should check it out! I haven't done an posts about Bleu Boheme yet, but I will soon.

Mar 05, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

We're using the entire restaurant. We are going to have a daytime reception to keep it more affordable, but you can get the entire restaurant for a Saturday night as well (it's just a higher minimum that you have to guarantee).

Mar 05, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

We've decided - It's Bleu Boheme! They are great - really flexible and affordable. And we went to try a few things on the menu and thought the food was fantastic, so we're stoked!

Mar 04, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

I will definitely let you know! My fiance's brother had his wedding at a neighborhood restaurant in Seattle and we loved it, but we've had a hard time finding other folks in SD that have gone this way with their reception. We thought about Vagabond too, but thought it might be too small.

Feb 23, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

Of course, part of me when thought when I posted this "I'm sure that the people I've been waiting to hear back from will get back to me as soon as I'm done typing"...which ended up being the case. So I do like all of my original ideas - I'm just not sure how to determine which of the pros & cons will win out.

Feb 23, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

I have checked out their website...their event rooms just seem so bland, not much personality.

Feb 23, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

80 people, and view is not at all a factor. In fact, I'd prefer not to use a waterfront venue. I'm a little reluctant to share my budget, so feel free to throw out all options.

Feb 23, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

The ceremony is just in the garden, so we shouldn't be affected by it. The house was operated by the Historical Society, but the City has always been in charge usage permits for the garden so it doesn't change much on that front, fortunately.

Feb 20, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego

Wedding Reception at SD Restaurant

Hi folks, I'm new to the board and really hoping to get some expert foodie advice from anyone who may have gone through non-traditional wedding planning.

My fiance and I want to have our wedding reception at a restaurant rather than a bland ballroom somewhere that has no ambiance and will end up costing more because of having to pay for the venue, PLUS hire a caterer, rent tables, linens, etc. However, we've contacted a few restaurants and have hit some glitches, making it really hard to settle on one. Here's the breakdown...

Laurel: This was my first choice. LOVE the food and the decor. Very close to ceremony site (Marston House). Here's the problem - after initially talking to them and having them say "yes, we'd love to host your reception," I haven't heard back. No responses to my calls or emails (which I find odd considering I have worked with them professionally before and not had that problem).

El Camino (in South Park): I also really loved this idea because of how unusual it is. However, same thing - after the initial conversation, I didn't hear back from them. I even went by to see if I could talk to my contact in person. Her response was that she had emailed me AND called me a week ago. I find it hard to believe that BOTH of those messages didn't make it to me.

Bleu Boheme: They have been super responsive. But I'm hearing mixed things about the food (I admit, I haven't eaten here yet - of course I will before making a decision). And it's not very close to the ceremony site.

Linkery: I also thought this would be a cool, unusual place, but I'm not sure how the layout would work because of how much the dining area is divided from the bar area by that low wall. And I don't think we could get all 80 guests in the dining area alone.

So, fellow foodies, what are your thoughts? What should I do in particular about these people who haven't been getting back to me? Other places you would suggest?

Feb 20, 2009
foodie bride in San Diego