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America's Test Kitchen reviews are meaningless

Correct. The published taste tests are conducted by the Test Kitchen staff. The studio audience is just for the Cook's Country TV show. It has no input into their published results.

With that said, all taste tests are subjective and America's Test Kitchen is just one resource. ATK does a good job explaining food science and why some product taste better than others. For instance, the ATK did a great job debunking all the hype surround San Marzano tomatoes which is consistent with my palate. And yet, they did taste tests on the "best" hot sauce which was silly given the variety of styles.

Jul 09, 2014
wanker in Food Media & News

Prepared lunch/dinners in San Diego (city)

Saffron offers a nice picnic basket for take out. Mona Lisa in Little Italy also has a great deli.

Jul 07, 2014
wanker in San Diego

best craft cocktails encinitas area?

Moonlight Lounge. Then when you're ready for a real drink, head over to The Daily Double Saloon.

Jun 07, 2014
wanker in San Diego

SGV quality chinese in past year

Dumpling Inn is good, but not new.

I've got to ask though, why would your relatives from China/Hong Kong even want to try Chinese food in the States? Seems like a sure recipe for disappointment.

Jun 04, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Hanging in Del Mar. .

Cucina Enoteca in Flower Hill is the place to be. Sea & Smoke has a great patio, but I'm not a fan of the food.

Also if you haven't been since the remodel, the Pony Room at Rancho Valencia is worth visiting for happy hour.

May 14, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Beef heart

Zion Market provides a good selection of offal cuts.

May 12, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Brunch at Rancho Valencia or Sea & Smoke?

Rancho Valencia. S&S is a nice space, but just doesn't have a brunch vibe.

Apr 16, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

There's nothing inherently bad about the Gaslamp and its restaurants, other than they're overly touristy and are home to many chain restaurants.

Seersucker, Blue Point Coastal, Bice Restaurante and Oceanaire are solid restaurants with seafood/vegetarian options.

Apr 14, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Breakfast in Del Mar / North San Diego area

Although I'm not a big breakfast fan, here are some suggestions.

Naked Café -- Solana Beach
Hide Away Café -- Solana Beach
Pipes Café -- Cardiff
Crepes & Corks -- Del Mar
Original Pancake House -- Encinitas

Apr 11, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Great coffee in SD..?

Zumbar Coffee & Tea is terrific, but is located in no man's land in Sorrento Valley.

Apr 01, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Cater for wedding at new central library

Waters Fine Foods and Catering is always great.

Mar 06, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Happy Hours. .what's new and exciting?

The Oyster Bar at the Fish Market is terrific, but it's very difficult to get a seat. The Oyster Bar seems to have a cast of regulars who monopolize them. However, you can sit in the gegular bar and order from the menu, but it's just not same.

Feb 28, 2014
wanker in San Diego

SD Places 8 Restos on Top 100 List

Simply confirms that Californian's like to use Yelp.

With that said, I have no issues with Yelp, it's simply one resource like this forum.

Feb 28, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Happy Hours. .what's new and exciting?

For No County Happy Hours:

The Pony Room -- Rancho Valencia Resort
The Del Mar Brig
Red Tracton's (where candidly it's always Happy Hour)
Union Kitchen Encinitas

Feb 27, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Creative Ideas For Slow Cooker Rosemary & Garlic Pork Butt

I always make carnitas tacos with my left over pulled pork, regardless of the seasoning used.

Feb 21, 2014
wanker in Home Cooking

Afternoon Tea in San Diego?

The Westgate Hotel

Feb 18, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Any one know of any good Dim Sum restaurants in San Diego?

The Pearl Chinese Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo also serves Dim Sum. It's decent.

Feb 12, 2014
wanker in San Diego

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

FWIW, IPA is San Diego's best know style, and if you want very drinkable IPAs, I highly recommend the trip to Alpine Brewery.

Feb 08, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Can you buy SD microbrews in the supermarket?

The local BevMos carry a wide selection of local San Diego beers. The exception is Alpine Brewery whose beers are difficult to find outside the brewery.

Jan 29, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Super Bowl Take Out Thoughts

I also enjoy Saffron for good take-out. Stick to their whole Thai grilled chicken combo, and it's a good deal ($16.00).

Jan 29, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Help Me Pick my Super Bowl Bar

The Local will be great, but I wouldn't count on being able to hold a conversation during the game.

Jan 27, 2014
wanker in San Diego

One Beer dinner

Stone Brewery in Escondido wins for the ambiance. Otherwise, with SD microbreweries the food is, well, expected. Trust me, you already know the menu before you step foot in any of them.

Since the food is an afterthought, I'd go for the beer. Ballast Point is terrific, and I'd definitely recommend the drive to Alpine Brewery. Heck you could spend the day visiting breweries off 76.

Also as you've already learned, all local gastro pubs carry a terrific selection of SD Beers -- it's a source of local pride. Hence the Tap Room in the heart of Pacific Beach might be the best option as you can take a cab.

Jan 27, 2014
wanker in San Diego

Trouble shoot my pork loin

Either use enhanced pork loin or if you're using natural pork then you'll want to brine it.

Also pork loin is finicky even in a braise, so it sounds like you should have pulled it from the oven around 55 minutes given that the residual heat will continue cooking the pork for a while.

Jan 08, 2014
wanker in Home Cooking

Brining turkey safety

They'll be fine. FWIW, I find that a 48 hour dry brine (aka a salt and seasoning rub under the skin), works just as good as a wet brine, without all the hassle of buckets and ice.

Dec 23, 2013
wanker in Home Cooking

best pizza

Blue Ribbon Pizza in Encinitas.

Dec 22, 2013
wanker in San Diego

Al Pastor San Diego

Tacos El Gordo in Chula Vista and Mexican Fiesta Downtown San Diego.

Dec 19, 2013
wanker in San Diego

Holiday lunch recommendations please

AR Valentien, Red Tracton's and Mille Fleurs all do great lunches.

Dec 18, 2013
wanker in San Diego

Clad cookware on grill?

The high heat of the grill can cause warping of the a SS pan. I have the Sur La Table SS grills and they're okay -- but of course they warp with high heat.

That's why most people stick to cast iron when grilling.

Dec 16, 2013
wanker in Cookware

Champagne dinner ideas?

Seafood risotto, or any seafood -- lobster, scallop etc.

Dec 08, 2013
wanker in Home Cooking

Dog Friendly with good food & TV's on patio

Bull's BBQ in the Morena district is uber dog friendly with great food.

Dec 08, 2013
wanker in San Diego