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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

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