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One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

DD, I really hate to disagree with you, but babies do like sweets. The whole mother's milk thing. It is a survival mechanism for mammals. But yes, there is way too much sugar in processed foods and unfortunately this leads to a whole host of health problems. Most babies don't like bitter, again this is felt to be a survival mechanism because most alkaloid poisons taste bitter.

about 6 hours ago
littlestevie in San Diego

Mojitos

I remember flying with my sister to New Mexico to visit my uncle. I was maybe 15, so it was many, many years ago. The airline, and I can't remember which one it was, PSA? Frontier? gave us these cute little snack packs with a bottle of Mateus Rose in it. My older sister gave me the evil eye, but I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Sep 24, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Ethnic plus

I would also add Tasting Rooms Wine, Vesper

Sep 22, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Wine stores in North County

First I would agree with Dr.Chow SD Wine is worth the drive, really not bad on Sat or Sun. The Wine Loft in the Forum has a nice selection, Meritage I think is a little pricey. Harvest Ranch in the same mall actually has a good selection, again not cheap but the do have wine sales on random Wednesdays.

Sep 19, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I really wasn't commenting on her restaurants. But whether you liked them or not, they did have a healthy mix of both tourists and locals. It was the shops in the Bazzar that I was alluding to. Her jewelry store had some nice native American pieces, probably some of the best I have seen in SD, and I would call that high end. Her bookstore had some interesting selections, for its size. The dinnerware and glassware were very nice. Yeah there was some junky stuff but it was a wide mix of stuff. You may not like any of the items that she carried, but obviously some people did. You can have some of the nicest stuff in town, but if nobody goes there, you are not going to be in business very long.

Sep 17, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I actually think that this could work. For me coming from No. county, the drive is about the same as to Barrio Logan. I think that NTC is just a more interesting space to walk around, not just some old metal stand-up building. Yeah parking is pretty bad on Sunday morning, but the couple of times we were there on Sunday, it was not impossible. If the Grand Central Market in LA can re-invent itself, and become a popular place to go, the SD Public Market has a solid chance to be a success. They just have to have a mix of products that would appeal to both tourists and locals. I think that is why Diane Powers did so well in Old Town with her Bazzar del Mundo, there was high end stuff and moderate things for both locals and the tourists

Sep 17, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I agree with DD. Since I live up in No. County, the Vista farmers market has filled my needs. I really never saw a reason to go to Barrio Logan. It didn't seem like they had anything that I couldn't find in the larger farmers markets in my area.

Sep 11, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Who remembers La Barbera's pizza in West L.A.?

As much as I liked it, and we went as a family many, many times in the 60's and 70's, it is time to move on. I am not sure that you can recapture the fun, food and ambiance that was LaBarbara's. I will always have very fond memories of the place.

Sep 11, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

I guess I'd better not suggest Red Tracton's for you where you are down in Solana Beach.

Sep 10, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

You don't like Taylor's Steakhouse up in LA? While it may be super old school, the last time I was there, the steaks were pretty darn good. Of course that was about 10+ years ago, I don't venture much into downtown LA anymore.

Sep 09, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Is somebody going blow out that UTC space?

Sep 08, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Best Burgers and Fresh Fries in San Diego?

Now that they are brewed by Miller, I guess Hamm's just doesn't cut it anymore.

Sep 04, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Best Burgers and Fresh Fries in San Diego?

PBRs must have been more a midwest thing. Out in California, we had Olys or Coors QBs in brown bags. But for the height of class, there was Lucky Lager, with the puzzle on the inside of the bottle cap.

Sep 03, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

I am just curious, and I am not a labor law attorney by any means, but if the Food Network hired Lenny, wouldn't they be opening themselves to a major sexual harassment lawsuit from Ree? I get that he did not work for FN when he made his comments, but he has not really retracted them and so they are still out there. Or if he said something that was even slightly off-color, because of his history, he would be easy pickings for a good lawyer. I also get that that thgy probably would work for different production companies, but it is still under the FN umbrella. My guess is that this guy is way too toxic. Run FN, run.

What say ye, SuperChowers?

Please don't flame me, but the poke tacos at the Brig are really good. Kumamotos at any place and almost any price are worth it. Yes it is trite, but I do loves fried calamari. Rings and heads only, no strips. Sorry Brig you are out.

Aug 29, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Good bread in No County

My SO usually gets their olive bread. Since she treks out to Major at least once a week, That's where she gets it. PS Major does have lobsters on sale this week at $10/lb.

Aug 29, 2014
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Good bread in No County

Belen bakery has also been pretty reliable for us. They are out of Escondido but we usually get stuff from the Leucadia Farmers Market.

Aug 29, 2014
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Any good deli in San Diego?

Nosh Deli in Encinitas closed a while back. It was kinda ehhh. No great loss.

Aug 28, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

What does everyone think of the San Diego Reddit's "Best of San Diego"

Hey, Hey, Hey, the UT had their readers poll in today's paper. Look at that bad boy and you will stop bitching about Reddit's list almost instantly.

Aug 24, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Jakes at the Cove?

I'll have to admit I do like their poke and, yes, the Hula Pie. I am just glad it is the TS group taking over that space instead of Brennan. I am just kinda surprised that the Cohn's didn't end up with it.

Aug 24, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Umm isn't a properly trained service dog a heck of a lot more expensive than hearing aids? If their insurance company won't cover hearing aids, I really doubt they will cover service dogs. and if this surgeon has such a significant hearing loss, how can he practice in an OR? There is no way any hospital would let him bring in his dogs to the OR. Everybody needs to be masked as well, so lip reading is out of the question, whether he is in an OR or doing procedures in his own office. Unless of course he does not believe in OSHA standards. I also used to live by Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis and I didn't see a reliance on alert dogs by the kids. But that may also be CID's philosophy.

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Thanks for the link.

From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

I just came upon this thread and good god I can't believe it. In the early 60's, I remember as a kid going down to the GCM with my dad, my mom wouldn't go. We would literally step over bums sleeping on the sidewalks and the outside just reeked of urine, but the inside was so cool, things I never saw before, all sorts of sheep and cow innards, whole roasted sheep heads, veggies that you didn't see westside, I thought I was in some exotic far away country. I worked for a short while downtown in the 80's and GCM had not changed much. Now, all I can say is wow, I just hope it still has some of the old exoticness that made GCM a fun place to explore as a kid.

Aug 21, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Sand dabs

Lots of fond memories. The 405 stopped at Beach and Newport was sorta an island with all that open land around it. There was a Jolly Roger on Balboa Island and the houses on the island were still modest. At least the last time I checked, Dad's was still there. But what I really do miss is the local fish.

Aug 20, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

When I was a wee child, I had a neighbor that was a hand surgeon and he used to take his dogs to the office with him. His practice was in a very crummy section of LA where he worked on a lot of city employees that cut up their hands at work. He couldn't keep his RNs or front desk very long because of the location. So he sent away to Germany for two Shepherds, who were very well trained. Never had any more problems with losing staff or hold-ups. The dogs would just sit by the front desk all day long always on duty.

Deep dish pizza

With the speeds on the southbound 405 on Saturday afternoon, I could pull out a knife and fork. Plus if I finish my pizza by Beach Bvld., I can go to Whipp'd and wash the pizza down with a Dole Whip.

Aug 19, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Deep dish pizza

I have given up on North County getting a decent deep dish. Since I drive up to visit mom in WLA, I found Union Pizza in Manhatten Beach to be quite reliable. They are on Rosecrans just west of the 405. I call ahead, and they do a half baked pizza that you can finish up at home. If I got a finished pizza, I would probably eat it on the way down, especially with the lousy traffic along the 405 in Seal Beach these days.

Aug 18, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Sand dabs

When I was a kid, many many moons ago, we used to rent a house down on Capistrano beach for the summer. This was way before Dana Point Harbor was dredged. Anybody remember Capistrano Beach Club? Anyway we used to surf cast for fish. Caught a lot of perch and some flat fish (species unknown). Gutted and cleaned more than I care to think about. Now I want my fish ready to go on the pan.

Aug 15, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

Yeah, but I bet the drink menu would be good, or at least after a couple of her cocktails you wouldn't care about the food anymore.

Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

And don't forget Giada. However, all of the stuff about her is just rumor.