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San Diego Indian mango?

We were at Ker on Black Mountain about 3 weeks ago and they had just gotten a fresh shipment of them in. Call them to see if they're expecting a new batch of them.

Jun 02, 2009
mermaidsd in San Diego

Best Farmer's Market in San Diego?

I live in Carmel Valley and sometimes make it down to Little Italy or Hillcrest (which are both excellent), but have been truly enjoying staying local and going to Solana Beach's farmer's market. It's 10 minutes away and parking has never been a problem (where it often is down in Hillcrest).

May 05, 2009
mermaidsd in San Diego

ISO Cheap Lunch near High Bluff Dr, in North County

Spices Thai in the Piazza Del Mar shopping center is disgusting. Truly.

Villa Capri is probably your best bet in that mall, I've not been there for lunch but have had good dinners there.

You can also head over to Jimbo's in the Del Mar Highlands mall, they make good sandwiches and also have a salad and soup bar.

Jan 11, 2009
mermaidsd in San Diego

Del Mar area casual but good?

The Del Mar Highlands mall has a Jimbo's (similar to whole foods) and Eli's, which does have some gourmet items. Between the two of them, you should be set.

Champagne bistro is in the same mall and might suit your needs.

Also in the Piazza Carmel mall just slightly south, is an Italian restaurant called Via Capri that may fit the bill.

Jul 22, 2008
mermaidsd in California

Does good artisan bread exist in San Diego?

Still searching for a decent local source of a nice, crusty, full-bodied, "real" sourdough. In the meantime, I satisfy my craving with a trip to Boudin at the UTC mall.

Jul 20, 2008
mermaidsd in San Diego

Help finding foods that have a "cooling sensation" (like mint)

Yes, you definitely have to search for the real xylitol, but it's out there.

Jul 20, 2008
mermaidsd in General Topics

Help finding foods that have a "cooling sensation" (like mint)

Xylitol. It's a natural sweetener derived from birch, and can substitute for sugar in most recipes. I find that it definitely gives that "cooling" sensation.

Jul 18, 2008
mermaidsd in General Topics

SD Ramen gets an Upgrade (hint - Santouka)

YESSSSSSS! Now I don't have to stop by the Costa Mesa Mitsuwa on the way home from my daughter's dentist appointment to get my ramen fix. Thanks for the heads up.

Mar 02, 2008
mermaidsd in San Diego

Raw Cream in San Diego?

Jimbo's has the Organic Pastures raw milk and cream, you can check the Del Mar or Carlsbad locations. I would definitely call first to make sure they have it, as it does tend to sell out. I've also seen it at some Henry's markets, pretty sure I saw it at the Lomas Santa Fe Henry's.

Feb 15, 2008
mermaidsd in California

What's Chow-ish in Palm Springs?

just wanted to report back from our christmas trip to palm springs. went to acqua pazzo for christmas eve dinner and we were extremely happy with the meal and the service. they were very accommodating of our 2 year old, and our early reservations beat the crowd. had the tuna avocado tower as an app and it was superb, very fresh fish. a bit heavy handed on the gari (ginger) garnish but otherwise well done. as we have a chowbaby who wouldn't touch anything on a standard children's menu (and they did offer the usual suspects), we ordered her a bowl of the seafood chowder and she devoured it. nicely spiced, with generous chunks of seafood.

i had the lobster and shrimp salad, and it was very good, although i found the dressing to be just a tad on the tart side. big chunks of fresh lobster meat and fresh fruit to accompany, it was definitely the 'light' dinner i was looking for. my husband ordered the trio of lobster rolls and as a former summer resident of block island, he ordered it to take a trip down memory lane. he was very happy with the generous rolls as well as the matchstick fries which accompanied it.

we unfortunately deferred on dessert as we were more than satisfied, but there were several nice sweets on display including a flourless chocolate ganache cake, which would have been my selection if it weren't for the fact that i was stuffed.

all in all, well executed with nice ambience. it did get on the noisier side as it got busier, but the air was festive and not annoyingly loud. the service was attentive, even as they filled up during the course of the evening.

Dec 25, 2007
mermaidsd in California

Fruitti Yogurt in UTC (San Diego)

i tried fruitti last night, as i was excited to learn about a yogurt place closer to my house than yogurt world. i tried the plain, pomegranate berry and peach mango flavors. i actually prefer yogurt world's tart flavors. fruitti is good, but compared to yogurt world, it's just not on the same level.

i love the self serve aspect of yw, as well as the myriad of topping selections, some of which are quite exotic.

i can't compare to pinkberry as i've never had yogurt there before. i'm also really interested to try the 'red berry' place opening up in the nijiya parking lot to do a comparison.

Aug 04, 2007
mermaidsd in California

Mom's 60th birthday in NYC

my husband and i went to nobu as one of our "last hurrah" meals in NY and we loved it. i was actually thinking of that as an option if nothing else was suggested. thanks...i'm going to call to see if we can get an early reservation.

Aug 01, 2007
mermaidsd in Manhattan

Mom's 60th birthday in NYC

Hi, all...

Now that I live in San Diego (which is great for fun & sun but is quite the culinary wasteland compared to growing up a foodie in NYC), I'm kind of out of the loop. I'll be traveling back East with my 21 month old to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday in 2 weeks and we're looking for some ideas, any input would be welcome and very much appreciated.

Here are our parameters:
-party of 6-8 including my 21 month old chowbaby. she eats anything and everything (i know...lucky me!) and is happy sitting in a highchair, so it doesn't necessarily have to be a family friendly place...semi-trendy is ok.
-leaning towards great quality sushi, but the place needs to also have some cooked entrees for my non sushi eating father. my mom also really likes italian...especially fried calamari.
-possibly close by to a fun place to go afterwards for dessert/coffee/tea.

THANK YOU in advance for any advice or input.

Aug 01, 2007
mermaidsd in Manhattan

Haribo Twin Cherries: The Best Gummi

haribo peaches!! yummy!! i used to eat a bag of those during class in high school :).

Jul 24, 2007
mermaidsd in General Topics

San Diego (with kids)

we like tent city. i've taken my now 20 month old there several times and the food is excellent. their california salad is wonderful.

Jul 24, 2007
mermaidsd in California

cheap weekday lunch in UTC area San Diego

my suggestion is nozomi as well, it's fast, service is good and although it's not top-notch, the quality is good and the portions are generous. i am a big fan of their chirashi salad.

mikec mentioned lorna's, i usually steer clear of italian but i've been pleasantly surprised by this place. they have nice salads if you're looking for something a bit lighter.

Jul 18, 2007
mermaidsd in California

Yogurt World Convoy St SD

i also noticed the difference in the mochi balls at yogurt world. they used to be softer, now their firmer, chalkier and sweeter. i hope they're able to get the old ones back.

also, does anyone know about the topping there that they call 'coconut jelly'? they're square, fairly firm and not very sweet, but i just absolutely love the texture and was wondering if they're available at some of the markets in town. maybe 99 ranch or zion?

Jul 18, 2007
mermaidsd in California

Favorite Sushi spots in San Diego? Bonus if they're kid-friendly...!

i second sakura, i've gone there several tomes with my 20 month old chowbaby and they have been extremely friendly and accomodating.

we also go to tajima for lunch a lot. the waitresses are so kind there as well. we like to go to their newer location across from mitsuwa.

Jul 18, 2007
mermaidsd in California

North Fork, LI recommendations needed

Legend's is great. (I used to work there, back in the day). They have a casual menu on the 'bar' side and a more upscale menu on the 'dining room' side, so there's something for everyone.

New Suffolk is a sweet little town as well, not much there but really nice to walk around before/after your meal.

My fav restaurant on the North Fork is Jamesport Country Kitchen. All around great food and really nice service.

Briermere's is also amazing, make sure to get a loaf of their Poppyseed Egg Bread, it makes awesome french toast. Their Wespennester cookies are extraordinary, as are their fresh fruit pies.

How to make soda flat ... quickly?

would it be possible to purchase some coke syrup from a beverage supply company? then you can have the concentrate and dilute it with water to your taste.

Jun 22, 2007
mermaidsd in General Topics

Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas- YUM!

on recommendation from here, i visited elizabethan desserts last week right before going to a playgroup with my 18 month old. i purchased a tropical buckle (coconut, mango, pineapple and bananas) and an apple scone, and both were delicious. elizabeth even warmed up the treats for us. she was just in the middle of making up a batch of the smores bars, which i will definitely go back for, in addition to the yummy bubbly delicious pies that were cooling out on the counter. elizabeth is a delight to talk to and she is clearly passionate about her pastries.

to answer a previous question, she does do custom cakes (she has a photo album portfolio of cakes she's done out on the counter). she also said that she does catering and can make appetizers etc.

May 20, 2007
mermaidsd in San Diego

ISO-Wespennester cookie recipe

oooh, thank you. i would love it if you could post the recipe!!

May 05, 2007
mermaidsd in Home Cooking

ISO-Wespennester cookie recipe

I spent a lot of time out on the North Fork of Long Island years ago, and there is a wonderful bakery/pie shop/farm stand way out east called Briermere's Farms. Besides having the best fruit pies, they also have great breads and cookies.

One of the cookies that they sell there is hands down my favorite. They call it "Wespennester" and it is a cross between a meringue and a crumbly cookie. Cocoa flavored, studded with nuts (walnuts, methinks) and has that unmatched combination of ethereal, melt in your mouth meringue with the earthy density of the finely chopped nuts, all with a hint of chocolate.

I crave these cookies, which isn't good because I now live on the other coast. If anyone has a recipe for a cookie that resembles these, PLEASE share!

Thanks!

May 04, 2007
mermaidsd in Home Cooking

Un Pasteurized Milk in San Diego?

jimbo's, whole foods and people's coop in ob sells raw milk. call them beforehand to find out when their shipments come in because 1)it sells out really fast and 2)you want the freshest milk.

i make homemade yogurt with the raw milk and it's delicious! better than anything that comes from the store, and so very easy.

May 04, 2007
mermaidsd in California

Pizza in SD

buongiornos in solana beach is quite good.

i'm from nyc and i don't like bronx pizza.

May 04, 2007
mermaidsd in San Diego

Destination Proposal- San Diego

for pre-dinner drinks, the 'w' hotel is a very cool place. in the lobby, there are cool swanky daybed type chairs that can be very cozy and romantic. the whole vibe there is very chic.

congrats!

Mar 30, 2007
mermaidsd in California

Appetizers in San Diego North County?

yumeya in leucadia is fantastic. they serve 'tapas' style and it is excellent. there is a thread here someplace dedicated to it, it has since become my favorite restaurant in san diego.

Mar 30, 2007
mermaidsd in California

What's your favorite vegetarian restaurant in San Diego?

the tempeh reuben at jyoti bihanga is outstanding, and their salads are fresh as can be. the lemon tahini dressing is particularly delicious.

ki's restaurant in cardiff is great, and you can't beat the view.

Jan 25, 2007
mermaidsd in San Diego

Food prank -- pulled on you or by you

then, variations on a theme...

my bf (now dh) had a very old, quite decrepit poor old pug dog a few years ago when we met. he had some issues with incontinence (poor thing, we loved him soooo much!) and sometimes he would poop without even knowing it, right in the house.

i had just bought myself a bag of these really awesome japanese snacks called karinto, they are coated with a sugary, molassesy hard 'frosting' and the shape is absolutely reminiscent of a turd.

i put one of them on the floor when dh wasn't looking, and a few minutes later said, "ooops, normie pooped again", and i proceeded to pick up said 'turd' and eat it.

as you can see, i'm easily amused by potty humor...

Jan 17, 2007
mermaidsd in Not About Food

Food prank -- pulled on you or by you

we were once staying in a vacation house in cape cod with a bunch of friends, i was one of only 2 women with a group of 10 guys. the house was gorgeous but we discovered by the second day that it was in quite a state of ill-repair. things started flooding, including one of the bathrooms, there was raw sewage backing up through the shower stall in the basement.

the next night, my boyfriend at the time and i wrapped a stella-d'oro chocolate cookie (the ones that look like turds)in a wad of toilet paper, and put it in one of the other bathrooms in the tub. in the morning, one of the guys goes in there to take a shower, and comes out hurling expletives about the piece of poo that was in the bathroom. we all go in to investigate, boyfriend picks up the poo and takes a bite out of it in front of everyone. they were HORRIFIED, but we all got a kick out of it afterwards.

aaah, good times.

Jan 16, 2007
mermaidsd in Not About Food