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San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

Ok, I'll calm down haha.

Dec 22, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

You ask for scientific evidence and when shown evidence you prefer anecdotal information. Nice, thanks for wasting my time.

Dec 22, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

Well, not exactly sure what you mean but in this table from the FDA, Mercury contamination in swordfish was on the upswing the last 3 years they have data listed, and just a glance at a few types of those fish in the table shows wild swings and general trends upward from 1990. Swordfish for example going from 0.5ppm to 1 to 2 the last 3 years

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIlln...

This document, roughly pages 90-94 for this discussion, goes over trends in seawater and sea life contamination of the span of about 100 years, including the annual increases in contamination.

http://www.amap.no/documents/download...

Dec 22, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego Swordfish (and other fish)- Are there tumors, and how do San Diego's fishmongers deal with them?

I don't think 20-30 years is a good barometer for stability....scientists were warning of increased heavy metal accumulation in predator and bill fish in the 80s. I stopped eating swordfish in the 80s because of this (and more importantly, overfishing). While the US has made better efforts since the Clean Water Act (whose impact was really about rivers and lakes), many many many more countries have increased their industrial output and contamination load.

Dec 18, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Yeah that surprised me too!

Dec 13, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Tuberculosis?

Dec 12, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

The first sentence on the back of the label: "So called because of the immediate ruinous effect on your palate".

Regardless of this particular discussion I do like Ruination. That and Hop Stoopid are the better examples of the early "hop punch to the face" beers that aren't boozy, malty, and are expressly intended to be very much way outside of balanced. I'm getting thirsty!

Dec 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I've never...ever....ever heard Ruination described as balanced (much less sophisticated) in any form. It even describes the imbalance right there in the name! It's like you are speaking an alien language to me! ;)

My personal tastes, and those of many people on the West Coast now, are to not have "full bodied" anywhere near a fantastic IPA. A lot of people still love what I call "East Coast IPAs", that's fine. Everyone else is usually at least 10 years behind California taste-wise hahahah.

Dec 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

For any other visitors (or Chowhounders) looking for Pliny bottles, I implore you to check the bottle date on the back label. As of the last year, many liquor stores are charging exorbitant prices (>$7) and sometimes they are selling old bottles. I usually won't buy them if they are older than a month based on past experiences, although Vinnie has been working hard to improve the bottle consistency.

Dec 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I don't frequent BA much anymore unless I get a PM. I go to Council regularly, the owners are really nice and I am loving the rotation of the tart saisons. They get proper IPAs too, hop sourcing is tough as a new nano though. Really looking forward to North Park Beer Co when they finally open too.

Dec 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

I used to like going to the Red Fox on El Cajon, not for the food but everything else. Maybe we will try a Thursday or Friday night.

Edit: that beer and wine list gives me one impression, the food menu another.

Dec 08, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

I've not eaten at Albie's before... The fear has outweighed the curiousity. I suppose we should just give it a try, any particular nights better than others?

Dec 08, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

If we were talking about Pliny the Younger, I may agree with the over-hyped comment. For us in SoCal, Pliny the Elder "hype" and mystique is reserved to new craft beer drinkers and those that haven't realized it is available year round on draft here. This hype is driven by said noobs and out of staters, not the brewery or local craft beer fans.

I have done numerous blind tastings of IPAs and IIPAs and I can say with 100% certainty that Stone IPA and Ruination have never ranked close to Pliny. Ruination has a harsh bitterness, slight caramel maltiness, and a resinous hop flavor. Pliny lacks that slight maltiness and its flavor is driven by the citrus flavors in the hops, with a massive hop aroma.

Pliny (and Blind Pig IPA before it) was the pioneer of a more regional IIPA style far different than the older malty craft IPAs of the 80s and 90s. The color is a much lighter yellow, bitterness is subdued (relative), and the flavor is from the hops instead of barley malt driven. For examples of the "older" styles I am referring to, try a Green Flash West Coast IPA or Ballast Point Big Eye.

For local breweries making single and double IPAs of comparability to Russian River, I would suggest Alpine, Societe, Rip Current, and any of the Pizza Port locations (and hopefully Bagby Brewing when they can get hops). Stone's Enjoy By IPA is probably the closest they get to the modern style, but IMO that beer is too inconsistent becaus they likely use different hop per iteration depending on availability. " Large" local breweries seem to ignore the impact of hop flavors on their once-notable IIPAs likely due to cost and sourcing, which is why beers like Mongo, Dorado, and Hop15 are so different than they were years ago.

*whew*

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Stone IPA comparable to Pliny? No, just no. Not even close. Please stop the madness!

Dec 05, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Pliny the Elder is widely available throughout the US now?

that doesn't sound accurate at all.

Dec 03, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Lunch in Pacific Beach

Some casual lunch suggestions:

I like Calfornia Kebab/amplified Aleworks for the kebabs and craft beer with a view.

Iron Pig BBQ just opened, I haven't been able to check it out yet but it was opened by two chefs from Whisknladle I guess, and they say they are dedicated to proper BBQ. If you go please report back.

Nov 18, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

Little Mexico contained in Little Vietnam would be pretty strange, although I would love to try a carne asada banh mi.

Nov 17, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

I can't believe that guy knowingly added ketchup to a Carolina vinegar sauce, probably got banned from all of the places in eastern NC. I've never even been there and I know it's heresy!

I am curious why more places around here aren't offering the SC-style mustard sauces as a counterpoint to our salsa-trained palates, I love that stuff with pulled pork.

Nov 17, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego's Local-Mussel Dishes

The mussels-in-broth dishes at Waypoint and Brabant have been spectacular, had them both numerous times.

Nov 13, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Fresh Pasta in San Diego

tried several varieties from Pascucci (sp) via our Specialty Produce boxes and quality seems to vary widely. If you find a good source I would love to know.

Nov 10, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

last time i went in for smoked wings for MNF it was the busiest I had ever seen it - 4 tables full.

Nov 10, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Best BBQ in San Diego?

same, was going to swing by Saturday but I want to wait a bit for them to get their pacing figured out....went to Amplified Aleworks instead.

Nov 09, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Dining Mentors

this might be the coolest idea ever on Chowhound.

Nov 05, 2014
MrKrispy in General Topics

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

i gave up trying to catch them with anything besides lumpia, if they are actually open. they must sell a helluva lot of lumpia for catering to run a storefront like that.

Nov 04, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

wow finally something in that location that isnt a mediocre combination of Chinese+Thai+Vietnamese!

Nov 04, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

I love waterzooi, a hearty Belgian stew with a cream base and usually contains chicken or fish. Brabant in South Park is the only place I know of in SD with this.

Nov 02, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

last time I had the duck soup it tasted like a campfire.....very very odd

Nov 02, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Fukujinzuke (Japanese pickled stuff)

Ok, great call on the pickle room. I stopped by Mitsuwa and had some ramen in the food court and proceeded to the room under the large PICKLES sign I had never noticed. I realized I had been in the side room before to grab seaweed salad or ginger but had never looked around. There was no attendant when I was there.

I grabbed a variety four pack of tsukemono labeled for curry and a container of pickled yellow stuff (daikon I think). There were individual containers as well as different vendors. There was the brown fukujinzuke as well as the red (I assume they use the dye and not the traditional method using the leaf). I also found products in the cold case at the end of the store...those seemed to be imported. I didn't look for the cans on the shelves.

I cooked up some Japanese curry last night and tried them all, generally pretty good. I wasn't highly impressed with the fukujinzuke and will try the others in time. Thanks for the heads up!

Oct 29, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Buffets in San Diego

Do you know how many germs are on strangers' hands? Yech!!
The only good buffet is one based on quality beer or wine, heh heh.

Hmm actually I went to a Wine Steals "unlimited tasting" once and it was kind of like being at Souplantation if everyone went berserk from overeating.

Oct 28, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego

Buffets in San Diego

I think the French spell it different, I spelled it in Freedom Fries English.

Oct 28, 2014
MrKrispy in San Diego