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Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

I like Craft & Commerce, Starlite, and Lion's Share for that area. North Park: Polite Provisons and Coin Op. The crowd/clientele at CoinOp has been fairly annoying the last couple of times I have stopped in.

I still really like the whole experience at Noble Experiment, once I am in the door. everything before that (parking, texting, waiting) not so much.

Apr 16, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Cocktail supplies in San Diego : bitters, liqueurs, etc

bumping this as craft cocktails have gained even more popularity since the last post. Are there stores selling interesting bitters and such now? Is anyone locally making bitters for sale?

i saw some new brands of mixers and such at Pigment (a home decor place on 30th near Urban Solace) and started wondering about this.

Apr 14, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

Frankly, i find it pretty annoying that adults can't have a nice dinner at more places without having a few indifferent parents letting their kids run around/scream/climb all over stuff/etc. Those are probably the ones that grow up to do the same thing as adults.

Well behaved kids and thoughtful parents at restaurants that aren't primarily family-targeted are the exception these days, not the rule. That being said, i rather like seeing the rare family with well behaved young kids enjoying upscale dining. Our last dinner at J&I was one such case, i was rather curious was dishes the kids were trying.

Apr 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Restaurant closings outnumber openings

Too many places making mediocre beer

Apr 11, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Thyme-Honey Mustard

Mar 29, 2015
MrKrispy in Recipes

Buffalo Public House - Hillcrest

Stone Brewing will likely have a beer out soon with all three of those in it. Yum.

Mar 16, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

The Water Grill

I'm also very guilty of conspicuous consumption. I normally take my food and quickly make like Gollum and run into a dark room to eat my meal inconspicuously. I've sunk to lows and admit to eating conspicuously in public places, restaurants with roll up doors, patios, in my car with the windows down, even at the bar in plain view of others. I do prefer aioli and curry for my fries like any true well traveled person, but sometimes when I relapse I dip my fries (sorry, frites that is ) in ketchup. Don't tell my friends!

Fries at McDonalds - $2
Fries at Burger Lounge - $5
Fries for the hoi polloi - $10

Following a linear fit correlation of $ per ounce of fries (sorry, frites) vs table furnishing quality (cloth napkins, construction of chairs, table laminate, etc) the equation seems to fit quite well, locally at least.

Mar 15, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego
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Coming from LA for a few days...

i definitey like the turkey stuff there, not sure if it is chow-worthy thow heh heh

Mar 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Coming from LA for a few days...

Mr Peabodys?? no...just no. It isn't kid friendly and they serve a single SD-made beer. A few food items might be good for locals but not sure why you would send tourists to a dive bar in Linda Vista of all places (with a multitude of better beer options in any direction).

A Pizza Port or Blind Lady would be more appropriate for lunch with kids as well as having a good number of local beers, if trying to find something very "San Diego"

Mar 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

How could you ever feel bad about a guy like that having his restaurant fail...

Mar 07, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Ok, thanks. Some relatives were just talking about meeting us there this month.

Mar 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Is Yanni's out on Scripps Poway Parkway no longer there?

Mar 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Looking for fresh "asian" wheat noodles

Do these types of fresh noodles without the preservative come dry, damp, or in liquid? Refrigerated? Very interested to try them...I didn't know fresh ones existed in SD.

Mar 04, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

My Gf and I stopped in on Tuesday, had a few dishes and everything seemed like before. Yes, that also means your appetizer and one entree will be delivered at the same time while waiting at few minutes for the other entree haha.

New location is still Cash Only for anyone wondering.

Feb 06, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

San Diego restaurants OPENINGS (2015 edition)

Glad I saw this, I was going to call in an order. I was at the BofA a few times and it looked like the front counter and numerous other furnishings were being remodeled. Hopefully they can keep up with the increase in customers.

Feb 03, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Heritage Pigs in SD

If you are going to subject a belly to curing, does it matter if it has been frozen or not? I honestly don't know, never thought about it before.

Jan 26, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

A (VERY late) trip report! (From the Cheeseheads)

Thanks for the trip report, hope you enjoyed SD!

As for World Famous, you pretty much nailed several of the reasons it isn't recommended on Chowhound heh heh. Did you make it to any breweries or beer bars?

Jan 22, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

Vinegar is cheap but a pressure cooker is cheaper over time for sterilization because you can use it to cook stuff also haha

Jan 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

How to convince wife to go to TJ

Spot on everyone, lots of good tips.

We have been desperately wanting to on get south but our last driving experience several years ago was miserable - not because of violence but because the border (northbound car) crossing construction has been changed up so much that we got lost (even though we would go down to Baja regularly). Got lost, couldn't find the entry to the car line, Mexican policia were screaming at us, got lost again, finally found the entrance to the line after a few hours, and then had the border wait.

We also used to cross on foot all the time to eat at the border area, I never felt particularly unsafe. Going to try that again soon, thanks for the recs.

Someday soon I hope we can do a tour to the Guadelupe valley.

Jan 13, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Enchiladas Suisse

I had to look at the date, figured this was from the early 2000s haha. I wish they weren't so good, I have barely tried anything else on the menu!

Jan 11, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

Your previous post about needing to "add way more salt than you think" was spot on. I just can't reach a balance of tomato, chili flavor, and heat. Either my sauce is too tomato-y, or way too hot. I roast my drink arbols in a pan until I smell them, then stem them and knock out the seeds. I have tried dried chilis from the local carneceria as well as Sprouts, can't tell if their is a difference. I will try again!

Jan 11, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

Gorgeous photos! I pot planted a small jalapeƱo plant on my deck this year and got dozens of good peppers. My intent was to smoke most of them but my friend with the smoker moved out of town unfortunately. I have been cooking them on low over some wood chips and they come out okay but not great, for making compound butter and mayo.

I tried the method mention for chile de arbols numerous times before...are you adding roma tomatoes or tomatillos? I didn't use onions or seasonings besides garlic, that is new to me. Have you tried mixing in the dried guajillo peppers that we get around here?

Mama Testa or somewhere local had a delicious hot sauce with sesame seeds or pepitas in it...need to figure that one out.

Jan 11, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

Thanks for the bump...this thread is a reminder of my numerous failures at trying to replicate local taco shop hot sauces. Never got close even with all the information here.

Jan 08, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Pastrami to go

I don't have the capacity to smoke corned beef at home, but do have the capacity to make rye bread as well as bring some back from NY when I visit. Anyone know of good to excellent quality pastrami in San Diego that I can pickup to go? I asked two different meat counter delis and they only had it priced for their sandwiches. I'd just like a pound occasionally, I'm not real particular about the slice thickness either.

Thanks!

Jan 05, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

Prices getting stupid

Cascade bottles from stores have always been on the list of the Usual High-Priced Suspects, which stinks because the bottles direct from them are much cheaper and inline with other breweries doing sours.

IMO, liquor stores have all gotten on the craft beer wagon within the last few years and now know which beers can command higher prices...as such, most liquor stores and bottle shops have inflated prices to match other places that were inflating prices. I don't expect it to get better anytime soon, unless most craft breweries are pumping out good sours (and commerical sq ft prices take a major nosedive and fruit prices take a major nosedive).

Jan 04, 2015
MrKrispy in Beer

Cowboy Star--Meh

$40 for skirt steak is robbery IMO, even for waygu.

Jan 01, 2015
MrKrispy in San Diego

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