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How can a roast pig be tasteless?

Probably under seasoned. You have to very liberal with the salt when BBQing pork.

about 10 hours ago
wanker in General Topics

Cocktail Hour: Grownup Time

If you're ever up north, Cucina Enoteca, the Moonlight Lounge, The Pony Room and Red Tracton's all provide quality adult time.

Apr 17, 2015
wanker in San Diego
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Cane Sugar

I think you're referring to turbinado sugar?

Apr 13, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Las Cuatro Milpas hot sauce?

You're spot on. It's essentially lard, chilies and salt. It may also have a bit of garlic.

I was unaware of the beef broth. I'll have to taste it a bit more carefully next time.

Apr 09, 2015
wanker in San Diego

What's your favorite coffee maker?

Got a Bonavita to replace my Tecbnivorn when it finally died. Both are great.

Mar 31, 2015
wanker in Cookware

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

I like Robert Parker, but he misapplied the use of the term "caste system."

Also the high end wine that Robert Parker was referring to is luxury item, as is high end fashion such D&B. We're not talking basic necessities. Regardless, the laws of economics still apply to both. Producers will charge what the market will bare.

Mar 25, 2015
wanker in Wine

garbanzo beans

This Bon Appetit recipe is terrific.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chic...

Mar 24, 2015
wanker in Home Cooking

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

What a silly statement. Producers will charge what they can in a free market system. It's like saying that Dolce & Gabbana is creating a caste system in fashion, because I can only afford to wear Levis jeans.

Stick to the wine, Bob.

Mar 23, 2015
wanker in Wine

Is there a "quick" bolognese sauce?

The CI "weeknight" recipe is terrific, but candidly it still takes over an hour with all the prep work.

However, it does include all the umami short cuts such a ground mushrooms, tomato paste etc. that help replicate the great savory flavor of a long simmered Bolongnese.

Mar 19, 2015
wanker in Home Cooking
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Birthday for the bored

How about south of the border? Take a cab into TJ for Mision 19 or La Querencia?

Mar 19, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Master List of Beers Owned/Destroyed by Anheuser Busch/InBev

So am I supposed to hate these beers now?

Please let me know ASAP. I'm a little old school as right now I only drink beers that I enjoy. I wasn't aware that I am supposed to hate certain companies.

Much appreciated.

Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

Oxo sells an oil stopper/pourer that works well. However, the challenge is finding a bottle that it will fit into. I had to use an old wine bottle, but it works well.

Mar 03, 2015
wanker in Cookware

Reasonably priced 12-qt. Stock Pot?

The 12 quart Tramontina Tri-Ply stock pot from Walmart is terrific and runs around $100.

IMHO, it's well worth spending the extra money to get the Tri-Ply to prevent scorching, etc.

Mar 02, 2015
wanker in Cookware

Dishwasher Detergent, is There an All in One that works?

I've been thoroughly unimpressed with the Finish Powerballs and have gone back to the Cascade pods. Much better.

Also if you have hard water, you need to descale your dishwasher every 6 months with a dishwasher hard water remover/cleaner (they sell them by the detergent) and/or vinegar (search the Internet). Also check and clean your dishwasher filter. It will make a difference.

Feb 24, 2015
wanker in Cookware
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What to sub for ramen

Rice noodles and Udon are both good substitutes. FWIW, I wouldn't worry too much about the ramen noodles being flash fired -- it's the sodium bomb flavoring packet that is the issue.

Feb 24, 2015
wanker in Home Cooking
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Is my dutch oven starting to get ruined?

Looks fine to me. Enamel coating is not bullet proof and you will always get some wear and tear. As long as you don't use metal utensils you'll be okay.

Feb 08, 2015
wanker in Cookware

Caesar Salad

Mr. A's always does a solid classic Caesar.

Jan 26, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Olive bar olives - detergent taste!?!

You may be tasting sulfites that are used as a preservative and to prevent browning.

Jan 22, 2015
wanker in General Topics

"Fresh" Ham for Lechon Asado

If you want the crisp skin use picnic shoulder, otherwise pork butt works fine. Both are readily available. Fresh ham is more difficult to find retail because, well, they use it to make cured ham.

Jan 02, 2015
wanker in San Diego

What are the best kind of ground meats for hamburgers?

Sirloin, chuck, steak tips, brisket and boneless short ribs are all cuts that can be used in ground beef. Typically, at least 60% will be either chuck or sirloin (for cost) with the remainder other cuts.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740410

Dec 29, 2014
wanker in Home Cooking
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How is the Sur La Table tri-ply (compared to all clad)

Quality is excellent and they come with a life time warranty. (SLT will even replace your non-stick tri-ply pans when the non-stick coating wears out.) The only caveat is the pans are noticeably heavier than the All-Clad line. Bottom line if the pan fits your needs, I'd buy it without hesitation.

Dec 26, 2014
wanker in Cookware

Caviar for New Year's Eve

I've seen caviar at the Morena Costco during the holidays. However, I don't know if Costco is stocking it this year.

Given the seasonal demand for caviar, my gut tells that your best option for quality fresh caviar is mail order.

Dec 24, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Anything new and exciting at the Gaslamp?

A short cab ride to Little Italy can provide some additional options. And frankly Little Italy is more relaxing and less touristy than the Gaslamp. A quick forum search will disclose the latest and greatest.

Dec 23, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Caviar for New Year's Eve

BevMo also carries caviar and there are many CA producers that can ship without issue.

Dec 23, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This subject has been beaten to death a bit on the forum, but your best bet for unadulterated EVOO is Costco and California Olive Ranch, which interestingly is actually Spanish owned.

Personally, I find that Trader Joe's EVOO line up weak and flavorless, but some consumers may line the milder flavor profile.

Dec 11, 2014
wanker in General Topics

Prime Rib in San Diego

Craftsman Tavern in Encinitas serves Prime Rib Saturdays for $24 bucks. Plus they've got the sound issues under control.

Dec 06, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Prime Rib in San Diego

My personal favorite is Red Tracton's.

Dec 06, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

You're right I overstated things a bit as Pliny the Elder is readily available in CA. PTE apparently has limited distribution on the East Coast.

With that said, most out-of-state beer fans I know have had no difficulty getting their hands on a couple of bottles.

Dec 04, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Pliny the Elder is a damn fine beer, but IMHO any IPA from Alpine Brewery is better. Alpine is truly a world class cult brewery whose beers simply are not available outside the SD area. Heck, Alpine beers are barely available with SD County other than from the brewery -- hopefully Green Flash will change that.

Just my two cents.

Dec 03, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Why are you trying to locate a No. Cal. beer that is widely available throughout the US in one of the world's best microbrewery cities?

San Diego's breweries make numerous local beers equal to or superior to Russian River Brewery Co.

If you're into beer make the effort to visit Alpine Brewery; Alesmith; Ballast Point; Stone Brewery etc.

Just sayin'

Dec 03, 2014
wanker in San Diego
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