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RedO is Coming

You don't know what you've got in a swordfish til you open it up. I'm sure Catalina buys only whole swordfish so they couldn't know what the state of the flesh is in. We used to just trim out the bad stuff and use the good stuff.

1 day ago
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Swordfish Tumors ?

Used to break them down for a seafood house. Nasty critters that are prone to be wormy and tumor-riddled. I won't eat the things in a resto because I can't trust that whoever handled the fish handled it correctly and I never buy it to cook at home. If one insists on eating swordfish, eat it well done.

1 day ago
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RedO is Coming

I used to work in a seafood house and used to break down fish as part of my job. It took just two whole (complete) swordfish to put me off of the beasts forever. Absolutely right, they have the potential to be riddled with gruesome green and brown ooze -filled tumors and loads of squirmy parasites. Sorry for any upsetting visuals, but these fish can be nasty. If you still want to eat the things it's important that it doesn't hit the table at anything less than fully cooked through - no medium or medium well.

1 day ago
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Glogg/Glugg Mix in SD?

I make one based on this:

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/glogg

Dec 12, 2014
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your latest Little Italy recs plus....

It's iconic to Southern California, there is some redemption in that, and visitors should get their taste of it despite its seeming ordinariness.

Dec 10, 2014
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Visit to La Jolla

Carnitas Snack Shack would be very welcome in Clairemont but, alas, they have failed to find their way there. North Park is it unless they've opened the new Carmel Valley store.

Dec 08, 2014
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9 Old Time Bars in SD

On Market St, yes. Don't confuse it with Dini's in National City. McDini's was part of the old Market St before it sprouted condos, markets and trendy bars. Wasn't a particulary good looking building but it was historic in a consumable sense. It would be very much in vogue now with locals looking for authenticity, but, alas.

Dec 02, 2014
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9 Old Time Bars in SD

Did you know Pete, FC? He made a concoction that he called a Cappuccino that was more a Mocha Coffee with Grand Marnier, Kahlua and Brandy - it was a killer late-night-with-a-date stop - so campy and retro and white-belted.

Nov 26, 2014
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9 Old Time Bars in SD

Too bad they tore down the oldest of them all, McDini's on Market. St Patrick's Days were always epic. They'd have bartenders come in from all over SD to work two hour shifts, four or five of them at a time and periodically sweep all of the people out of the place so it could be reset with booze, beer and sanity. Loved that place.

Nov 26, 2014
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Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

Yes, if you like the texture and taste of porky connective tissue (which I love) then it's a fantastic dish. I grew up eating pigs feet and hocks regularly so I'm accustomed to it, but some people react badly to the textures. The Pork Leg Stew Rice is a favorite of mine.

Nov 22, 2014
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Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

Try the Basil Chicken, it's pretty good.

Nov 21, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Bender's was below TD Hays and if I remember correctly Moms Saloon predated Diegos.

Nov 12, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Coaster Saloon is on Ventura, the street bordering the north end of Belmont Park and west of Mission Blvd.

Nov 12, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

They made a wonderful tinga poblana and would stuff the tacos sudados with it. Broke my heart when they closed.

Nov 11, 2014
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"Original" Sab E Lee Moving

A banner strung up in front of the closed Bale (Ba Le) in the Thuan Phat parking lot announces that it will be the new home of Sab E Lee.

A larger space and, comparatively, plenty of parking makes me a tad nervous that somehow the change will louse things up - deep down in the worrying me, anyway. Other than that, it'll be nice to not worry so much about timing.

Nov 08, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Yes, at least two levels. I remember the downstairs bar was called the Bomb Shelter.

Nov 03, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

It's still there, still the yellow cheese palace it always was.

Oct 24, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Boom Trenchards?

Oct 22, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Bob Dale...

Oct 21, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

The Playboy Club occupied the site of the former D.O. Mills - part of a small group of restos out of Sacramento. DO Mills had a reasonably nice dining room with an okay menu for the time and a large, wide-open bar/lounge upstairs. It was right next to the El Torito which was right next to Benihana's on Camino de la Reina.

Oct 13, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Butcher Shop at the Hotel International in Mission Valley? Infamous for its "7th Floor Girls", its alleged mafia ties, red leather booths and a good steak.

Oct 13, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Aha! Memory needs the occasional dusting off. Stage Door it was. Now I have to figure out why I remembered it as the Elbow Room...thanks, BC.

I think you're right about Waits and Bukowski had better joints to inhabit in LA I'm sure.

Oct 13, 2014
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Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

BC - if you want to go that far back, it was the Elbow Room across from what is now Kona's. The doors unlocked at 6am every morning giving every on-a-roll bartender, inveterate drunk and bleary-eyed sniffler a place to hide, continue the sot and be left alone for the most part. Had a few memorable post-work mornings there indulging in a guilty pleasure. Smelled like decades of cigarette smoke, spilled beer and bad perfume in there. Bukowski and Waits would've loved it.

Oct 11, 2014
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10 Downing Street?

Joe ran the Atlantis, too, didn't he?

Oct 07, 2014
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10 Downing Street?

No, Dobson's was the Press Club prior to Paul picking it up. The Press Club was across the street from the old Union Tribune building and shut it's doors not long after the UT moved to Mission Valley.

Oct 07, 2014
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Looking for Mariscos trucks open Sundays

Sundays are big days for the taco trucks, I doubt any of them would be closed.

Sep 30, 2014
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Caesar's Restaurant Brown Pasta Sauce Recipe

It was a wonderful sauce that went so well with the half and half ravioli/spaghetti order my dad would bring home occasionally. Fond childhood memories with that one. Would be lovely to find that recipe!

Sep 28, 2014
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One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

No fish taco stands on any pier that I know of in Ensenada. You may have confused it with the "Black Market" open-air seafood market just adjacent to the docks. It's where you probably got your fish tacos. The market is still there and you can get any sort of Mexican seafood concoction there you might wish for or any sort of fresh fish or shellfish you may want. There are also numerous fish taco stands around town that serve sometimes creditable versions.

Sep 22, 2014
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Thai and Holy Basil

Thuan Phat on Linda Vista Rd has it. It's labeled Thai Basil (or maybe just Basil) and it comes in a cellophane bag of sorts. It's in the case directly adjacent to the service door in the produce room.

Sep 15, 2014
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Mariscos German Locations and Hours

That is a German truck at that location, but this is the one I was referring to - 35th and University.

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.74976...

Sep 02, 2014
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