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Week in Escondido/San Diego

Don't know if you are into wines but there area couple in north SD county that are actually pretty good. Vesper is behind the Escondido Auto Park and Milagro is upĀ in Ramona. From LW, Temecula is not too far, if you want to do that whole scene.

Mar 23, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

I am not really surprised by this. These towns have either universities, high tech, or tourism. They are going to draw young educated people with disposable income. The restaurants will follow. The WSJ article comes across as a bit patronizing to me.

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

You know it was the look, the attitude, the condescension, more than where we ended up. Yes this was a few years back and I have only experienced it once before at the long gone Chasen's. Never, ever had a problem at Spago or Chnois on Main or The Bistro when they were the hot ticket. I dunno, just wasn't meant to be.

Mar 17, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Carlsbad

We have not eaten at the Green Dragon for dinner but we went to a fund raising function there about a month ago. It was the standard small passed plates, but it did surprise me in a pleasant way. It was much better than I was a fearing and we really haven't had a chance to go back but I definitely want to try out the menu in the dining room.

Mar 16, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Yes, the Chinatown reference is perfect. And you summed up my feelings exactly. Kinda like Ma Masion from the 80's with the unlisted phone number.

Mar 15, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Carlsbad

Have you thought about Paon in downtown Carlsbad or Chandler's at the Hilton down in Ponto? And though I have never been, how about the the Land and Water Company in the old Twin Inn building? yeah you have a freaking tourist t shirt shop next to you but.. might be fun.

Mar 14, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

I know I will get flamed for this as seeing another thread praising it's virtues, but Dan Tana's just does not do it for me. I have gone several times over the years, and every time I went, while I always had reservations, we were treated like c***. The only reason I kept going back was trying to please my dad because of an ethnic connection. The food was good but not great, and I just don't need to be treated like a piece of dog s***. And yes, while I am nobody famous, I am fairly well heeled and I dress appropriately and I am not a a*****e when I enter a restaurant. Sorry if you go out of business, I am not going to shed a tear.

Mar 14, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Baltaire in Brentwood

I looked at the menu and to me it looked like a clone of Eddie V's steakhouse menu. Not that it is a bad thing, because I do like Eddie's and for that genre, it's really pretty good. I know that the Coral Tree people are running Baltaire and Eddie's was bought out by the Darden group a few years back, so they are not associated, but they do look very similar. Not that steakhouse menus vary a whole lot anyway.

Mar 13, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Santa Barbara "Urban Trail" wineries

ABC is great. I like the Syrahs at Lafond. I have avoided Sanford ever since they screwed Richard out of his winery. If its a nice weekend, the wineries on the beach side of the 101 can get a bit crazy.

Mar 12, 2015
littlestevie in California

When Pigs Fly BBQ in Vista

Honkman, one of the advantages of driving the 405 up to LA is that there are some fairly cool places not far from the freeway. Bludso's is one of them. It is really close to the 405 and 710 interchange.

Mar 12, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Martin Yan new show on PBS. Vietnamese cooking

Ming Tsai recently had a series of shows on PBS (at least on my PBS station) about Japanese cooking. A lot of the show was travelogue type stuff, which my guess would be similar to Martin's show. For what it is worth, I enjoyed it, and I will probably like Martin's as well. I really don't know much about Vietnamese cooking, and I get Martin was not trained in that style of cooking, but I am sure he knows a heck of a lot more than me. Martin has to be way better than that couple that cooked there way around Korea that was on PBS a few years back.

Seated Repeatedly in Siberia

No I don't think it is male/female thing, I think it is more that you look a bit edgy or trendy. Restaurants want to look hip. They don't want their restaurant full of people looking like me. I totally get encoctte. That is why we have given up on going to those hip and too cool for school places down in LI, 30th street or Gaslamp. I guess that is why I like Red Tracton's or Tony Jacal's, the front treats us decently.

Mar 10, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Ode to The Godmother

Lo-cal is San Diego, So-cal is LA and environs. SD is the lowest part of California, in geography not quality. However mustard is great on the godmother as well as a burger. PS I wish there was a Bay City down in North County, nobody really comes close. When I visit my mom, we go for a roadie down on Lincoln. TG for her disabled parking.

Mar 09, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

ISO: your favorite croissant in San Diego

Used to run by there almost every day until I blew my back out. Know exactly where you are talking about but never stopped. Do you know if they owned by the Self Realization people? Because isn't the temple right next door?

Mar 09, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

ISO: your favorite croissant in San Diego

Also if you are on a road trip to LA along the 405, there is a Renaud's down by the Long Beach Marina. Which is a pretty easy to get to from the freeway.

Mar 09, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

6 a.m. bars in L.A . What's left ?

Very true. It sounds like the people over on the La Barbara's thread. I loved that place, and had great memories as a kid and as an adult but can't go back, it won't be the same. Time to move on.

Mar 07, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

6 a.m. bars in L.A . What's left ?

See you ruined my very young adulthood. I knew it couldn't stay the same for the almost 40 years since I stepped in there. Back then it was still an undiscovered dump with strong drinks.

Mar 07, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area
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6 a.m. bars in L.A . What's left ?

It is probably way too trendy and hip now, but back in the day, The Gaslite down on Wilshire in Santa Monica was the 6am hot spot. Back in the very early 70's, being age 21 was not a real requirement to have a drink at 6, you just had to know what to drink and of course be willing to knock one back at 6am. A shot and a beer worked as did scotch on the rocks, no fu-fu cocktails please.

Mar 06, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

In the Sawtelle district, a name change that makes sense

Cool article Ipse. Loved that area as a kid. It seemed back then there were a lot more Nisei living in the area and more mom and pop nurseries. And to PGL, yes the north end of Sawtelle is still seedy, but back in the 60's it was really ratty as was the stretch of San Vicente Blvd between Wilshire and Barrington.

Mar 06, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

I have enjoyed most of the menu items that I have ordered from HdV. My problem has been more front of the house issues and timing of dishes due to the size of the kitchen. No I don't love the entire menu, but then I could say that at almost every restaurant in town

Mar 05, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

My SO just came down from Carlsbad, and told me that Hacienda de Vega opened up a second location in Carlsbad. It is off of Faraday and College. I am pretty sure that there is a mall up there in among all of the industrial buildings in the area. She just ate at the one on Escondido about a week ago and they did not mention the second one at all. Hopefully this one has a bigger kitchen that can handle the traffic and it might give Diane Powers a run for her money

Mar 05, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

When Pigs Fly BBQ in Vista

I've never been, and actually never heard of them but it sounds good. There is a cool little nursery out that way called Pearson's Nursery, which just opened for the spring. Next time I am out that way for herbs, I'll have to stop by for some 'que. And if you want to plant some more exotic herbs that you won't find at HD or Armstrong, I might suggest Pearson's

Mar 05, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Woman Sues Restaurant for Ruining Her Valentine's Day, Seeks $100,000 in Damages...

Umm, shouldn't she be suing her husband for not showing up for dinner on Valentine's Day, assuming of course that he is still alive. If I did that to my wife, she wouldn't want to get even with the restaurant, she would....

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Your map reading skills blow, it is west of the 15. I thought that place had been around for a while, though that space has been a couple different restaurants, while the Leucadia Pizza in the same mall keeps plugging along.

Mar 02, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Fudgy the whale rocks!

Feb 20, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

The Oscars is one of the few non sporting events that is actually shown live on the west coast

Feb 19, 2015
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Haggen, a Pacific Northwest supermarket chain is buying out a lot of the Albertsons in No. County. Not sure when. Don't know what they will carry as far as cakes. It should be an improvement because that Albertsons on El Camino Real in La Costa
is an absolute dump.

Feb 19, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Visiting San Diego - Not to miss suggestions please!

Actually yes, to me the farther north the better. If you like 'em great, I've been Tomales, they were good, but not that great. If I can get something sourced on the west coast, why get them from PEI? If I lived in NYC, I'd go with east coast.

Feb 18, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Visiting San Diego - Not to miss suggestions please!

Yes! The mussels are fine but I have never been a big fan of the oysters. The same goes for the east coast oysters. Even the one from the central coast are not that great. They are ok fried or in a stew, but for fresh raw oysters, Washington or BC only.

Feb 17, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego

Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

Have you been up to Old World in Huntington Beach? they have a pretty wide selection of sausages. As an added plus, one of the few places in California that sells Blue Bell ice cream is right around the corner.

Feb 13, 2015
littlestevie in San Diego