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new yorkers annual trip to san diego

I would beg to differ about the never repeating dishes. He may want it to be that way, but there are certainly dishes that TFL has become well known for (the gougeres, salmon cornets, beets & leeks, oysters and pearls, lobster mac & cheese, etc.) and can't remove. The curse of becoming famous.

On the flip side of that, I've been to plenty of well respected "creative" restaurants that ultimately left me feeling a little empty (Mugaritz, é, Oud Sluis, Restaurant Andre off the top of my head). All had great execution and were undeniably creative, but that only goes so far.

Dec 15, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

Couldn't you say the same about The French Laundry though too?

Dec 15, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

Addison

Dec 15, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I didn't know you were around here...

Dec 13, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego
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Glogg/Glugg Mix in SD?

Dec 12, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

TalkBeer

Dec 12, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza - closing

Clearly you've never done the Naples fold then: http://nymag.com/restaurants/cheapeat...

Dec 11, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

TB?

Dec 11, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

What's the best sausage you've had in your mouth?

The best sausage I ever had in Munich was at Feinkost Drexler during Oktoberfest. Great regular wurst but the knoblauchwurst is to die for. Garlic sausage sliced up and served on a bed of juicy kraut in which the brats simmered all day. The currywurst is great too.

I think they might have a restaurant or something outside of Oktoberfest time but I've never been.

Oct 07, 2014
DougOLis in Europe

Traveling through Spain this summer

I had a much better experience at Akelarre than Mugaritz. Mugaritz was super creative and there were a few good dishes but there were several flat out misses too that were sorely lacking. I just didn't think that the highs and consistency were as good as comparable restaurants I've been to (Noma, Fat Duck, In De Wulf, etc.). I found Akelare to be a much more special experience that was rooted in the cuisine of that area; modern and upscale takes on very traditional Basque dishes. Plus it has the most amazing view on top of a cliff looking over the water (not that Mugaritz' spot in the foothills is ugly). The service at both restaurants was good but I found Akelare to be a little more warm and friendly. Great and affordable wine list at Akelare too.

That was 2 years ago now though so maybe things have changed, but I personally would definitely go back to Akelare before Mugaritz.

Jun 12, 2014
DougOLis in Spain/Portugal

Brewery Tastings on Weeknights

Night Shift is open now

May 17, 2014
DougOLis in Greater Boston Area

Belgium: Birthday dinner in Antwerp (or...?)

Segio Herman of Oud Sluis fame in the Netherlands just opened up a new place in Antwerp called The Jane. No idea if it's good or not, but if it's up to his standards at Oud Sluis it should be very creative and very good; the space looks downright gorgeous anyway. Not sure about beer but it looks like they're putting together a good cocktail program.

May 08, 2014
DougOLis in Europe

Great coffee in SD..?

Is Bird Rock opening another location in Little Italy? On the back of Juniper & Ivy's menu they thanked quite a few people/places and in one of the notes it said something about thanks to Bird Rock for their special blend and they're looking forward to having them as neighbors in the near future.

Apr 03, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Great coffee in SD..?

Apr 01, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Great coffee in SD..?

San Diego's fear of anything Craft/Handmade/3rd Wave and the type of people that those things also attract (+ a bunch of dated/irrelevant stereotypes)?

Mar 31, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Best place to buy a French press or ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Why not get one of Vancouver's own Espro Presses? Much cleaner brew than a French Press. I still prefer an AeroPress or V60 over it but it's easier for multiple cups.

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

hipster!

Mar 17, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

With Ed Hardy or the reference?
With Ed Hardy - everything
With the reference - it's dated, lazy and out of touch to current trends. Right up there with the "striped shirt army"

Mar 17, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Juniper and Ivy / First visit impressions

Do people still wear Ed Hardy and wallet chains in San Diego or is that just a really dated reference? That trend is several years old now; I know SD is usually slower with trends but even that was several years ago there.

Mar 16, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

What shouzen said. It's kind of the only way to avoid spoilage if you're doing a cocktail with fresh fruit. In a spirit infusion the fruit would only be a small portion of the volume so not much need to worry about that spoiling, but most cocktails would be more fruit forward.

Mar 16, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Birthday dinner in La Jolla

George's Ocean Terrace with its more casual menu might work then.

Mar 16, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

Actually, that reminds me of one of the best cocktails I've had anywhere. The Worship Street Whistling Shop in London has a cocktail called "The Living Cocktail" that if I recall correctly is rum, tea, spices, and pineapple that have been fermented with penicillium roqueforti and aged in a barrel. Sounds disgusting but was so smooth and delicious.

Mar 15, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

Yeah, there are quite a few places all over the place that are doing barrel aging these days but bottle conditioning is a little more rare; guess it doesn't have quite the same cache. Small Bar does a few barrel aged cocktails but I don't think too many places in SD have actually caught on to the trend yet.

Mar 15, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

Interesting

Mar 15, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Sit down Mariscos in Chula Vista area

TJ Oyster Bar

Mar 14, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego
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Cocktail Bars in SD

Ah ok. The cocktail was bottle aged. I thought you meant the vodka was bottle conditioned before being used in the drink and I was wondering if that was a new thing. Did they age it with the fruit? Normally you would only age pure spirits due to risk of spoilage.

I've seen bottle aging of cocktails at a few different places as well (notably 69 Colebrooke Row in London - where I think the trend started).

Mar 14, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego

Cocktail Bars in SD

Bottle conditioned vodka? Is that a thing now? Does it actually make a difference?

Mar 13, 2014
DougOLis in San Diego
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The New Vanguard of Mexican Chefs

Here's my map with all the places I'm considering for reference: http://goo.gl/maps/MZO71

Feel free to critique and rip as you want. I don't know exactly where I'm going to eat or what days; will play most of it by ear. Plus whatever street food looks good to me at the time. I'm also going to do a food tour with Eat Mexico while I'm there. Pujol and Biko are the only ones I made reservations for ahead of time (with reason).

Mar 13, 2014
DougOLis in Mexico

The New Vanguard of Mexican Chefs

I'm realizing that now

Mar 12, 2014
DougOLis in Mexico

The New Vanguard of Mexican Chefs

I'll be there for 6 days and already have reservations at Pujol and Biko. Jay had suggested Maximo Bistrot to me out of the article but the other places are new to me as well. Originally when I started planning everything I was worried about a week being too much time; now I'm thinking it's not enough with all the places I want to eat and things I want to do.

Mar 12, 2014
DougOLis in Mexico