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Organic Green Tea Ice Cream (just happens to be vegan and gluten free)

@VEGAN. I am not the creator of this recipe, but you must, must, must understand that matcha is supposed to be bitter, and the more high-end, the complexity and richness that comes from the leaves, but the bitterness will be more prominent as well. Matcha green tea ice cream (Japanese style) is supposed to be not overly creamy and not too sweet, almost with a "gritty" texture to it. You can call it an acquired taste, but you don't have to like it. My point is, the better brands of matcha will not necessarily be what you consider "good tasting" if bitterness is a disqualifier.

Dec 16, 2012
theophila in Recipes

Central Coast Wines?

Well, since this has been recommended so many times, I'll ask my husband to make a visit with me this weekend!

Mar 25, 2010
theophila in San Diego

Central Coast Wines?

I have wines beyond the Central Coast that I like - but unfortunately, unless they are Argentinean, Spanish, or Italian, they are usually not within a reasonable price range to drink regularly. And we prefer CA wines. Obviously, not all of the CC wines I'd listed fall under affordable for everyday drinking (some just happen to be our personal favourites), but many do. A benefit of having lived in SB was that a lot of local wines were at our fingertips for not much, especially when they were available at your local Costco for somewhere around $8-10/bottle for 85-95 pt rated wine. Even great Napa and Sonoma wines (and boutique wines from the area) were available at an average price of $25/bottle, since many locals (and visitors) would try a wine at a local restaurant, love it, then look for it in stores. Just looking for a store that would have that feel.

Mar 25, 2010
theophila in San Diego

Central Coast Wines?

I am aware of the other threads one wine shops/stores such as http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678519 and everything it links, but I am looking for specifics.

My husband and I recently relocated to Chula Vista from Santa Barbara, where we used to shop Costco or Trader Joe's for our affordable local wines, and I've been starved for good California/Central Coast wines! Even the Napa/Sonoma selection here seems to be pretty limited to the big corporate wineries with steep price tags, and BevMo is pricey on what few SB/SRH/SMV/Paso wines they do have.

I have read about SD Wine Co, KnB, Holiday Wine Cellar, etc., but I'm not really ready to drive all over San Diego for potential disappointment (we stopped in The Wine Bank briefly, and they claimed to be "the best," but for all their selection, I was definitely let down).

Specifically I am looking for:

Jaffurs, Beckmen, Bridlewood, Carr, Foxen, Summerland, Stolpman, Tantara, Roblar, Addamo, Au Bon Climat, Denner, Adelaida, Booker, L'Aventure, Linne Calodo, Caliza, Tablas Creek

As you may be able to tell, I enjoy the wineries that specialize in Rhone varietals. Any insight as to where I might find these would be much appreciated! And I do mean more than the occasional SB Winery Pinot or Bridlewood Syrah.

Thanks so much!

Mar 18, 2010
theophila in San Diego

Any restaurant open late in Santa Barbara ?

Another place is Blue Agave - again, sit at the bar. We've had wonderful service at a table/booth before, but we've also had TERRIBLE service, where it took 45 minutes to order, never got drink refills, and even though we'd told her that we came in for appetizers and dessert, we were finished with our appetizers for 20 minutes without seeing our server, then she dropped the bill. However, we've pretty much always enjoyed eating at the bar.

Feb 24, 2009
theophila in California

Any restaurant open late in Santa Barbara ?

I'll second the Milk & Honey recommendation. Yes, service is sometimes spotty, but that's because it IS still a tapas bar, and they do have a late-night crowd, so they can get slammed. Try to get a seat at the bar, and it shouldn't be a problem. As for food, I love the chorizo-stuffed mushroom caps, and the tortilla espanola and the flautas yucateca are a much better deal for the money and delicious too.

Feb 24, 2009
theophila in California