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Dinner post cocktails at Noble Experiement

+1 for Café Chloe. Very charming.

Jun 29, 2015
wanker in San Diego

steakhouse for a group of guys

+1 for Cowboy Star. It offers a bit more variety than the traditional steakhouse.

Jun 23, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Is lard traditional in corn tortillas?

Si.

Jun 12, 2015
wanker in General Topics

BBQ in San Diego? Or a good family friendly restaurant?

Casa de Guadalajara in Old Town; Phil's BBQ in Point Loma; the C Level Patio (part of Island Prime) on Harbor Island; and the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island/Point Loma are all good for families.

Jun 11, 2015
wanker in San Diego

4 reasons SD's food scene is on fire right now

The only aspect of the San Diego food scene that is "on fire" is The Fish Market. Too soon?

indian mangoes?

Zion Market was running a crazy deal on mangos. $2.99 per case of either Tommy Atkins or Alphonso. Not sure if it's still going.

Jun 09, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Where in San Diego can I find good Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale)?

Yep.

Jun 04, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Where in San Diego can I find good Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale)?

Remember to bring cash...

Jun 04, 2015
wanker in San Diego

salting tri-tip several days in advance?

I believe per the experts (Cook's Illustrated etc.), 48 hours achieved the best result when they dry rubbed a turkey.

Have the recent rains helped the drought?

The CA rain was nice for local farmers but there is zero snow pack in the Sierras, hence the long term drought issues.

Jun 01, 2015
wanker in Not About Food

Where in San Diego can I find good Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale)?

Both Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma carry the good stuff. I suspect that Assenti's Pasta and Mona Lisa do as well.

Jun 01, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Flour in SD

Von's and Albertson's both carry these flours; however, they are typically displayed in the hippy-dippy organic section of the store -- usually by the Bob's Red Mill products. Also Trader Joe's should carry what you're looking for.

May 12, 2015
wanker in San Diego

Frozen or Fresh Chicken Wings

Zion Market sells them in bulk, typically frozen.

Apr 21, 2015
wanker in San Diego

How can a roast pig be tasteless?

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

Apr 20, 2015
wanker in General Topics
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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