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Compagno's Market & Deli - Monterey

Glad to see that Bennett is carrying on his dad's traditions. Too often the next generation has different aspirations. Nice post. I lived for 10 years on Alice St about 4 blocks or so from there,so many a dinner or picnic featured the sandwiches. Most of the stuff looks familiar although the ciabatta bread is a new addition - he used to use excellent local breads, but not artisan. Anyway, thanks.

Mar 22, 2015
Ed Dibble in California

Willamette Valley

Very good, Steve. Odd that SB does so poorly, but I would recommend OP try Pinot Gris; while no expert, all of my favorite whites from Oregon are PGs. Never forget stopping somewhere on the coast, having an oyster poorboy with Adelsheim PG and going across the street and buying a case. Of course, that was a Loooong time ago.

Feb 16, 2015
Ed Dibble in Wine

Visiting San Diego - Not to miss suggestions please!

While some wineries are around, beer is the local specialty. Numerous craft beer taverns and brew pubs would give you the most "San Diego" experience circa 2015.

Feb 16, 2015
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Why does so little of great German wine, besides Reisling, make it to the USA?

When I was in Germany, I believe must was fermented apple cider. I had relatives that drank tankards of the stuff, but I thought it sour. Who knows what I would think today.

Here's Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apfelwein

Feb 08, 2015
Ed Dibble in Wine

Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

Agreed. Those wood screw types will just shred a cork, particularly one in an aged wine. And that sucks.

Jan 09, 2015
Ed Dibble in Wine

Thoughts on these Paso Robles Wineries/Restaurants

You have received some excellent suggestions. For some reason, I liked Il Cortile less than Bistro Laurent or Thomas Hill. In the past Artisan has been good, but we stayed away last summer because we had heard mixed reports.

I have been tasting at Paso since 1985, though not often enough to really know the area like a local. I definitely recommend Calcareous; incredible view, nice tasting room, and very good wines. For your red wine cellar, I would stop at Caparone where the reds (and only reds are available) are age worthy and very affordable. J Dusi is also worth a stop if only because she makes some fine zins from her family's historic Dusi vineyard. We went to all of these last summer as well as some other places where we had never tasted previously. If you would like to read about our experiences at a very few Paso wineries last summer, you can find a fuller report at KirkK's blog, mmm-yoso!!!
http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

Jan 09, 2015
Ed Dibble in California

Carmel wineries intro

If you have time and like driving little roads, Carmel Valley Rd goes up Carmel Valley and ultimately emerges west of Greenfields in the Arroyo Seco Valley where there is some tasting, but a little further north and you find the Santa Lucia Highlands area. Last time I was there, not a lot of tasting rooms, but Paraiso was certainly worth a stop. Some folks feel that SLH pinot noirs are the best in CA.

Jan 09, 2015
Ed Dibble in California

What is authentic carne adovada supposed to be like?

In Yuma AZ, the term is rare on menus. But it is pork and it usually refers to pork chunks in a red chili sauce (as opposed to green chili here which is pork in a green chili sauce). It can be very spicy. I don't believe I have encountered the hard/shreddy type. But in the restaurants here, the line between al pastor and adovada is fuzzy. Restaurant nomenclature is not constant.

Dec 26, 2014
Ed Dibble in General Topics

Unpretentious Paso Robles Wineries?

Hate to reply to myself, but Caparone is now selling their wines already aged. I don't remember now why I didn't used to like their zins because the last few bottles of their zins that I have had were prefectly fine.

Dec 15, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Buying (used) cookbooks in San Diego

Not sure if the cookbook selection is great, but I am a fan of Adams Ave Books, at 35th and Adams (not far from a couple decent mariscos trucks). The cookbooks are upstairs in the room that was once the house's kitchen. In other areas, I think the place is a good used bookstore, but I don't buy a lot of cookbooks for myself.

Oct 15, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Influential Costco executive discusses wine business in Q&A

Thanks, interesting article. We drive an hour to get to the nearest Costco, but I like the wine selection/price combination.

Oct 13, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Montes to trial vineyard near Peru's Machu Picchu

More news: Decanter will try "trial" as a verb to see if it works. "If we don't like "trial" as a verb in a couple of years, we'll just quit using it that way," their headline writer explained.

Sep 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

I understand the snark. Some of the early wines had issues and they used to market them far too young. But . . Have you had a 10 year old Caparone in the last twenty years or so?

Sep 08, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

Let me make a completely different suggestion. Caparone Vineyards in Paso Robles claims that their wines (generally under $15) will age for up to 25 years. Last fall, a friend and I drank a 1992 Cab and it was quite tasty. Obviously these are not world class wines, but they are are world class reasonably priced red wines for aging. Right now Caparone is not yet selling 2012s, but you could certainly contact them about release dates. It is a small family owned and operated business. I'm sure they would give you personal attention.

http://www.caparone.com/

Sep 08, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Philly Hound

I have no idea about Philly dining, but Vietnamese, sushi/Japanese, and maybe Korean are the strong points in SD Asian. The best guide to the Asian food scene (among other things) is Kirk's blog, mmm-yoso!!!

http://www.mmm-yoso.typepad.com/

There is a lot of stuff there, but generally Kirk knows what he's writing about.

Sep 08, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego
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How is Rosine's in Monterey?

Thx for the heads up. John Pisto deserves a break, but not happy about the prime rib.

Aug 25, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

How is Rosine's in Monterey?

If you really like prime rib, Whaling Station does it right. Most other places just serve reheated roast beef.

Aug 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Wines aged in steel?

Just got back from Paso Robles. We tasted at Lone Madrone and they were pouring a wine called Zin of Steel, no oak, no malolactic, meant to be served chilled. We bought a bottle and had it with some stuff grilled outside and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jul 09, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

The "California wines can't age" notion

Perhaps relevant to this discussion of aging CA wines was my recent visit to Caparone winery on San Marcos Rd just north of Paso Robles. All the wines served in the tasting room were aged. The Sangiovese and Aglianico were from 2010, and those were the most recent. The Zin and the Merlot were from 2005. All were tasty to my modest palate. No charge for tasting all 6 wines, and all bottles priced at $16 each - with case and 1/2 case discounts. You really can't beat that at any other tasting room in Paso!

Jun 23, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Best inexpensive wine?

Their 2012 Shiraz (CA) is also drinkable at the same price.

Jun 11, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Questions about wine lists

Well, I am far from typical, so forgive me for even contributing here. Community college professors don't make serious money, but I have liked and read about wine for over 30 years. Nonetheless, I rarely (almost never) go to expensive steak houses. Still sometimes I will encounter a restaurant (we have one locally here) that has a terrible over-priced wine list. The sorry $12 - $14 dollar wines are $42. And the list is not well selected and contains very little interesting and different.

On the other hand, at Passionfish in Pacific Grove CA, bottles are marked close to retail and the list is extensive and widely varied. Such a list leads me to try things like a CA Arneis or Marsanne, and I will never forget a bottle of Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2005 from Chinon that was wonderful, earthy, smoky and the best Cab Franc (by far) that I have ever had. That kind of wine list attracts me to the restaurant, the first type keeps me away. In fact, I haven't eaten at that local restaurant in probably 5 years.

If I had a choice of steakhouses for a special meal, I certainly would look into the wine lists and pricing because that would probably determine where I went.

Jun 09, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

ethnics

I have eaten at Pho 43 Express three different times and been very impressed each visit. The Pho is outstanding and is available with many meat choices. Plentiful garnishes. Hu Tieu (pork and seafood noodle soup) also excellent. A good version of bun bo hue (spicy beef noodle soup). I haven't explored the rolls etc, but everything else has been excellent.

The place is a family run restaurant, often noisy and busy, so no atmosphere. But darn good Vietnamese food.

Jun 03, 2014
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Purslane - what do you do with it?

Here on the border, verdolagas can be prepared in enchiladas. An Arizona/Sonoran friend used to fix it that way with a frijole sauce. Quite excellent. I have a couple pictures of them in a post on the restaurant Danny (RIP) owned in Yuma.
http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

May 13, 2014
Ed Dibble in Home Cooking

Yuma

I think the fish and shrimp tacos at El Cositas are the best in town. The chipilones with shrimp is something new to me. During the day, Juanitas on 8th near Ave A has good seafood coceteles and passable fish/shrimp tacos. there is a small truck on Ave B between 12th and 8th that does good seafood tacos, but is only open during the day. Also in that area on B is a place called (I think) Angry Ginger that I have not yet tried.

The best Mexican seafood selection is Mariscos Mar Azul, which is a restaurant actually on 5th Ave at the back of a strip mall between 4th and 5th around 13th St.

I also like the pupusas at Pupusas Maria at B and 8th.

Truth be told, I haven't been to every truck open this winter, so if you find something interesting, be sure to post.

Apr 20, 2014
Ed Dibble in Southwest

Central Coast Fine Dining?

Paso Robles has become a great food/wine area. In addition to places mentioned already, we loved Thomas Hill Organics the last time we were in the area - though that was not recently (unfortunately).

Apr 07, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

You just brought back terrible memories of a Thanksgiving where my sister in law added Sprite (or some such) to a nice Bordeaux I'd brought special for the occasion. Shudder.

Apr 02, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Yuma

Los Manjares has declined somewhat since Pepe opened a branch restaurant out in Foothills. Nonetheless, chicken dishes like chicken taco salad, chicken enchiladas, boneless chicken plate, and wonderful Sinaloa chicken are still usually pretty good. In addition, Pepe’s special (pork in tomatillo sauce) and the Wednesday daily special (pork in chipotle sauce) are both good. Sometimes service is lacking, but prices are always low.
Mar Azul is a good Mexican seafood house. Dishes like whole fish, filet of fish, campechana (mixed seafood) cocktail, tacos gobernador and the decent fish and shrimp tacos are good.
Mi Rancho is pretty standard large Mexican restaurant, with outstanding salsa and a very wide menu including dishes like Birria de Chivo, Carne in su jugo, and barbecoa as well as more common dishes – generally prepared well with generally good service.
Recently we’ve been eating fairly often at La Flor. It is very homestyle with a range of good Mexican soups – de pollo, pozole, albondigas, siete mares, de res. Also they have excellent green chile and the laaarrrge flour tortillas.

Herraduras has a great cheese crisp and excellent chips and salsa. I also like the fish fillet in Ranchero sauce, the enchiladas and the potato tacos; the people are nice the decor is good for Yuma Mexican restaurant, but prices seem a little high for what you get.
There is a taco truck culture thriving in Yuma these days. The newest and trendiest location for the trucks is on Pacific from 16th St. to 24th St. where there are a couple of clusters of trucks. I haven't been to all of them, but I have had a few good evenings trying one or the other. When the weather is nice, it is a true Yuma experience. On the other hand, my favorite local taco truck is in an empty lot with a couple of other trucks on Fortuna in Foothills, not far from Walgreens. My favorite is El Cositas in the back of the lot. The best fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and asada tacos in town. They also have vampiras, the taco/tostada cross with cheese and asada on a crunchy flat shell, and chipilones, asada, cheese, and roasted green chili on a regular tortilla.
You do not want to eat Italian food in Yuma. Let me repeat: do not eat Italian food in Yuma. Consider yourself warned.
For a steakhouse, my favorite by far is the oldest restaurant in town, Jack & Rosies, which dates back to the 1930s and is located in a residential area at 1551 W 5th St. It is like a trip back to the 50s with old-school music on the jukebox, and old-fashioned full bar, and tables with plastic tablecloths. The steaks are generally pretty tasty in a simple and straightforward way and considering that they come with soup, salad, and sides, they are reasonably priced. One warning, their steaks cooked rare are extremely rare.

Apr 01, 2014
Ed Dibble in Southwest
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Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

I think the best under 5 buck wines I've been buying the last few years come from a local liquor store that has a stock of close outs etc. The best I've had recently: Mendelson 2006 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard pinot noir; Lambert Bridge 2003 Merlot; a couple different Mendocino Fire Station Reds from 2007 - one a redblend, the other a cabernet Sauv; Windmill Lodi Sirah 2006; and a Shardana Sardinian Red 2005. The guy also carries some real clunkers, but all of these listed are well worth double what I pay. Browsing the back of stores or going to smaller discount outfits can sometimes lead to goood deals.

Mar 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Ba Ren Sichuan - I Really Miss It

In fact, Kirk has recently posted on a new place on Convoy operated by one of the underling chefs from Ba Ren. I haven't been there, but you can see what Kirk has to say.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

I think he's done another post on the place as well.

Jan 22, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Sushi (Especially Uni) Near Asilomar?

Just a note - the uni at most reputable sushi bars in CA will far exceed anything in the middle of the US. Some of the very best uni in the world is sourced from the waters off CA. You might do well to research the best sushi bar in the area, irrespective of where you went last time. It would have good uni.

Jan 18, 2014
Ed Dibble in California