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Bakery in North San Diego

I third it. Everything is wonderful!

Sep 15, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Carlsbad recommendations?

A few suggestions: split the big John breakfast at Tip Top Market, check out Bull taco at the Cardiff State Beach campground, have some soup at La Especial El Norte and Bird House Grill for bellydancing on the weekend. Oh and Qero on the 101 in Encinitas is quite tasty too. Have fun!

Bird House Grill
250 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Jul 22, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

San Diego Wedding Caterers and Bakeries

I was married last summer and we used VG Donuts in Cardiff for our wedding cake. No kidding! I was high skeptical but they totally delivered! We got a lot of compliments on our cake - three tiered chocolate and raspberry for one layer and two layers of banana cake with buttercream frosting. Our design was very simple and it looked perfect for us. Another plus was the price it was under $300.

Not too sure about caterers, we were married at our golf club and they took care of that part.

Good luck!

Apr 12, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Ethnic Markets in San Diego

Venissimo Cheese in Del Mar has Mozzarella di Bufala imported from Italy as well as Proscuitto San Daniele that they can slice fresh for you. There's a great selection of other cheese and things from around the world...

Venissimo Cheese
754 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

Apr 11, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Why Do People Always Order Ginger Ale When They Fly?

I always order ginger ale when flying. I get motion sick very easily. Plus canned water seems strange to me.

Feb 22, 2010
RebJaeBoe in Features

Searching for cheese and charcu. in Del Mar

Venissimo all the way!
2710 Via de la Valle Ste B138
Flower Hill Mall
It's a short drive (15 min) from the Grande Del Mar.

Feb 09, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Anything extraordinary in or near Encinitas?

Just realized I forgot Bety's Mexican food on Encinitas Blvd. Yum! The family is great and the food is even better.

Feb 01, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Anything extraordinary in or near Encinitas?

A few people have mentioned these but they're worth repeating:
Kaito - sushi
Elizabethan - yummy desserts
Savory - Sort of upscale by laid-back Encinitas standards
Bird House Grill - Go on a Friday or Saturday and stay for the belly dancing

A few that I didn't see:
Qero - Peruvian food that can't be missed
Tony's - Mexican, try the turkey tacos!
Jorge's - A little taco shop with two locations in Encinitas. Their Mexican soup is amazing and the ultimate cure for a cold
Honey's - on PCH for breakfast, owned by the same people that do Swami's and Beach Grass Cafe

Feb 01, 2010
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Trader Joe's brand - The Good, the Bad - What have you enjoyed? tossed? bought more of? thought a bargain?

TJ's is in my regular grocery shopping rotation. Here are a few of the things my husband and I get frequently:
Frozen brown, jasmine and basmati rice - three minutes and done. (I always forget the rice.)
Heavy whipping cream - it's the only kind I use ever.
Peeled garlic in the vacuum-packed bags - always a time saver
Nuts - all types
Crimini mushrooms - TJ's has the lowest price
Baby sweet peppers - I use them for all sorts of things, especially salads
Baby tomatoes - I eat tons of 'matoes and the dogs get them as snacks
Pre-made salads - My husband loves the Pasadena, I go for the chopped Italian.
Cereal - I eat the high fiber cereal everyday (seriously.)
Frozen BBQ chicken and orange chicken - That's what my husband eats when I'm not there to cook
Pasta and rice - good prices, good quality.
Organic brown and granulated sugar
Greek yogurt - Yum!
Shave lotion - no parabans!
Vodka - okay, I don't know the name but the label looks like it's from Stoli but it's green and gold. One of the employees recommended it for mixed drinks. It goes down easy and is like $8 a bottle.

Feb 01, 2010
RebJaeBoe in Chains

Glow-in-the-Dark Gin and Tonic Jelly

Why Indian tonic water? Does it really matter?

Oct 18, 2009
RebJaeBoe in Recipes

What's the BEST cooking site?

For videos have you guys seen Most of the videos are from top chefs and they're all shot in HD.

Nov 21, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Food Media & News

Need Suggestions for Co. Holiday Party in Downtown SD

I'm trying to find the best restaurant in downtown San Diego for my office holiday party and need some of your wisdom!
The ideal spot has a fun, hip ambiance and yummy food with prices at about $30 an entree. Also, we're going dancing afterwards and don't want to eat food that will put us in a coma and slow down the groove! There will be approximately, 12 of us. Initial searches turned up Red Pearl Kitchen and Rama. P.S. We loooove Oceanaire but just went there a few weeks ago.
Thanks for your help!!

Nov 13, 2008
RebJaeBoe in California

San Diego's Filippi's Pizza Grotto

Like The Old Man and littlestevie, I wasn't surprised that Filipi's didn't last there. That spot is terrible. It didn't help that the service at that location was usually sub-par and poorly run. Brett's across the street is also in a bad spot but when I've been in there it's been busy and it's awesome to-boot. I hope that one sticks!

Nov 10, 2008
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

Encinitas - One Year Later

Brett's BBQ is a great place for those nights when you don't feel like cooking. We've even picked up some of the beed brisket and buns and served it when friends come over unexpectedly. Everyone thinks it's awesome.

Sep 04, 2008
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

We're at the Hotel del Coronado: Where to eat tonight? (SD)

I don't hang out downtown much but I'm really a fan of Oceanairre. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is sophisticated yet a little playful. Plus I'm kinda addicted to their salt and vinegar fries.

Sep 04, 2008
RebJaeBoe in California

Using A Fire Extinguisher

I know your question was months ago - sorry for just now realizing it. I'm hoping that maybe this can help future pizza box burners. I'm not 100% sure but I think the extinguisher was the mono ammonium phosphate variety, it was dry. I cleaned up everything first with a damp sponge and then after some scrubbing I turned on the self-cleaner. The oven looks as good as new and works perfectly. No problems with corrosion. I hope that helps.

Sep 04, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Not About Food

Kaito in Encinitas

I went back to Kaito tonight with my future mother-in-law (lol) and we had the best time. I prefer the traditional sushi - no more rolls for me. The fish was amazing and I prefer their new location. There is a chance for more socializing and where we were sitting more sushi chef action! Kaito is a new favorite for us. We loved everything.

Sep 04, 2008
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

The one place in San Diego or North County

Market (unicorporated Del Mar), Mille Fleurs (Rancho Santa Fe) and/or Pamplemousse (technically, I think in Solana Beach. Have a good time!

Sep 03, 2008
RebJaeBoe in California

Did I ruin my AllClad?

Try Bar Keeper's Friend. You can find it in the grocery store and also at Linens and Things and Bed Bath and Beyond in the cleaning isle.

Sep 02, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Cookware

LV-Review Journal - "Best of " results

As a native Las Vegan, I know and expect to read the results of the RJ's annual with a grain (at least) of salt. Everyone who is a true local knows that the Olive Garden is not the best place in town for Italian food and that Applebees is certainly not the best pick for a family place. They do however get some things right - Metro Pizza for best pizza for example. But emphasis on some...

Climberdoc you hit the nail on the head noting that most readers and survey answerers are not Chowhounds. They are normal people killing a Sunday afternoon filling out the time-consuming survey. Most of us Chowhounds would be far too busy cooking a gourmet meal or enjoying some of Las Vegas' finer establishments.

I really don't forsee the RJ including the Strip places in with the local places. There are so many locals that don't even bother going down to the Strip. I would say that most don't hate the Strip, they just don't want to be bothered with all of the tourist action that happens down there. Las Vegans for the most part love tourists, they keep taxes low and help keep food on the tables of many families.

Mar 24, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Southwest

Using A Fire Extinguisher

Thanks Chowhounds. You guys are pretty darn handy. Latter that day I did call our local fire department. He said to just vacuum it up and use a damp sponge to clean up the rest of the powder. I used the oven again last night, everything seemed fine. The only problem is that it still smells like I've been smoking a ham in my house but I've been keeping the windows open, luckily we live in San Diego!

Mar 13, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Not About Food

Using A Fire Extinguisher

Never in my life did I think I would ever need to use a fire extinguisher, luckily my boyfriend had the foresight to make sure our kitchen was well equipped, just in case. In the last two months I've had to use one twice. First on our toaster oven over a piece of toast. This morning, much to my dismay a cardboard pizza box was left in oven and I unknowingly turned on the oven to make my breakfast. I smelled smoke a few minutes in, turned off the oven and grabbed the extinguisher. Now I need to figure out if there is a certain way I need to clean up the powder residue left over from my breakfast mishap. Has anyone else ever had to use a fire extinguisher in their kitchen? Does anyone else keep one in their kitchen and my most pressing question, is my oven ruined now? Chowhounds...

Mar 11, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Not About Food

Kaito in Encinitas

My boyfriend and I stopped at Kaito last night to test it out and we were pleasantly surprised. It's probably the closest sushi place to our house but have never stopped there because it always looks so empty. My boyfriend was elated when he saw Ike was there. He used to visit him often at Nobu. The food was great especially the kampachi (sp?) Ike only works on Thursday. He works at another place in Solana Beach on the 101 but I can't remember the name right now.

Cgfan - I am somewhat of a sushi novice so maybe I just can't detect the difference but I thought Samurai and Kaito shared a number of similarities. The fish at both establishments were, I thought, of high quality. But hey- I'm originally from the desert so maybe I just don't know any better!

Jan 11, 2008
RebJaeBoe in San Diego

How/Why did you pick your screen name?

My name is a combo mash-up of my first and two (yes two,) last names. My Mom must have wanted to punish me with a long, German, hyphenated name and I always try to find ways around it.

Jan 10, 2008
RebJaeBoe in Site Talk

Shelf Life Of Rice & Other Dry Goods

Okay, so maybe I was acting a little too irrational. Thanks for all of the replies Chowhounders!

Jan 10, 2008
RebJaeBoe in General Topics

Shelf Life Of Rice & Other Dry Goods

Last night I reluctantly used an expired box of Rice O' Roni to get the rice (not spice packet) for a soup I was making. (Earlier in the day, my boyfriend used up the fresh, non Rice O' Roni rice I had set aside.)

He has insisted on keeping several boxes of expired Rice O' Roni and a few other expired canned goods saying that they don't go bad, they just lose flavor. I adamantly disagree with this and pointed to the fact that only two days ago the expired chili he made himself for lunch was rancid. This point fell on deaf ears.

In his opinion, I am wasting the food. (side note: the rice I used last night was a month past due but another eight boxes expired in '05.) He has argued his theory on me wasting food quite vocally and in some respects he is correct. We are on different sides of the fresh vs. rancid spectrum in many respects but even still, I feel that it is important to put fresh food in my body, not expired.

Thoughts on this debate Chowhounds?

Jan 09, 2008
RebJaeBoe in General Topics

Lavender-Scented Fruit Parfait

I thought the recipe called for way too much lavender. I added some vanilla paste to calm it down but the deed was already done. Next time around I think I will use much less than one tablespoon of lavender and add some honey to the fruit. Overall the recipe is a good idea.

Jun 29, 2007
RebJaeBoe in Recipes

Marinated Mango and Jicama Salad

Yum, yum, yum! This recipe is light and refreshing and couldn't be easier to make. I toned down the spice for my boyfriend and tried a small batch with some dark rum which turned out to be pretty good.

Jun 29, 2007
RebJaeBoe in Recipes

Take Home Chef on TLC

I usually watch this show for entertainment only. You can't really learn anything while Take Home Chef is flirting it up with the (always) very attractive women he picks up at the market. The show does however make me dress up a little bit more when I got to Whole Foods. (Just in case...)

Jun 28, 2007
RebJaeBoe in Food Media & News

Top Chef 3 - Ep. 3

Wingman - You hit the nail on the head noting that the cheftestants in all three seasons have lacked in the "updated classics" department. I think the time constraints have a lot to do with that but on the other hand if this contest is meant to produce a "Top Chef" and similar challenges have occured in earlier seasons, you would think the contestants would have thought of what they would create if placed in similar situations.

I laughed a little bit when Micah made the comment on ketchup. My boyfriend and I were sitting down to dinner and as usual his Costco sized ketchup bottle was right in front of him.

Jun 28, 2007
RebJaeBoe in Food Media & News