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Apr 9, 2009 09:48 AM

Passover in San Diego..

Never experienced a Seder..any suggestions for this Shixa.
Happy Passover!

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  1. We had passover meal @Miltons last night. You can conduct your own seder at their tables.
    I've never been a big fan of this place.....but I have to say the gefilte fish, m Ball soup and chopped liver were good. The brisket however was dry and flavorless. Another standout was the latkes (not as good as mine) according to my grandkids. But bubbie liked them alot.

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    1. re: kitchenhag

      A friend of mine had Seder dinner at Urban Solace. I'm waiting to hear her review. Anyone else go?

      1. re: sdnosh

        Urban Solace states on their website that they are sold out and taking reservations for next year..
        : (

    2. Any restaurant ideas for me for Passover?

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        I think Urban Solace does a special Passover Seder but there's a chance it's already booked up. That's the impression I got from a few different tweets anyway.

        Urban Solace Restaurant
        3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

        1. re: DougOLis

          I think it still might be open. Or was a few days ago. Probably a better first time experience:

          Urban Seder, March 29th, 2010

          Passover is different from all other nights, especially at sundown on Monday, March 29 at when Chef Matt Gordon and proprietor Scott Watkins will present their second annual “Urban Seder.”

          Jews and gentiles will gather around the table for a lively dinner and Passover Seder, led by San Diego favorites: Sam the Cooking Guy (Sam Zien) and restaurant critic Steve Silverman. And it’s all for a good cause, as a portion of the dinner’s proceeds will benefit Jewish Family Service’s “Project SARAH,” supporting survivors of domestic abuse.

          Sam the Cooking Guy and Steve Silverman will conduct the Seder using the "Haggadah for Urban Solace" compiled by Steve. Then mixing his signature style with time-honored recipes, Chef Gordon will serve, family-style, dishes including chicken liver pâté, charoset and house-made gefilte fish. The Seder will conclude with a four course dinner paired with a selection of West Coast Wines:

          First: Caramelized Fennel and Roasted Garlic Matzo Ball with Jidori Chicken Consommé

          Second: Cold Smoked Char with Asparagus/Lemon/Herb Quinoa

          Third: Braised Shortrib, Green Garlic Pistou, Sweet Potato-Parsnip Tzimmes

          Fourth: Lemon Blackberry Cake with Basil/Mint and Cracked Almonds

          Passover commemorates the Jews' flight from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. During the Seder participants read from the Haggadah, which recounts the story of the Exodus.

          The price is $90 for adults, including wine, and $75 for children. For reservations and information, e-mail Debi Saltzberg at . Space is limited.

          Please be aware that all dietary restrictions must be communicated about in advance! *this is not a kosher meal but served "kosher style!"

          Urban Solace Restaurant
          3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. re: Ewilensky

            are they going to hide the afikomen somewhere on the premises? :-)

            1. re: Ewilensky

              Wow..thank you so much Ewilensky and others!

        2. If you have any interest in a real hardcore Passover experience, Chabad hosts Passover seders on March 29th and 30th in downtown. Cost is 40 bucks.

          Or you can experience Passover at Chabad in Malibu, where you might possibly see Bob Dylan, but probably not Mel Gibson.

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          1. re: Encinitan

            Thanks Encinitan!
            Should my first Passover be a 'real hardcore Passover experience' ?
            We have friends in the Colony..maybe that be something different.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Did you recently convert or something?

              Chabad is kind of an odd bunch, and many Jews consider them to be a cult. Not sure that's where I'd recommend having a first Passover experience.

              If you have any Jewish friends you might ask them about attending. People are normally supposed to be hospitable to requests for attendance.

          2. DZ AKINS does the Passover Meal, with out the Sedar reading.

            Generally it is a family thing and everyone takes turns reading from the Haggadah. We use our old ones that my Great Uncle has notes written in the margins, ie if children are restless, start meal now sort of stuff. My Great Uncle has since left us, but he would be over around 100. I recommend you find some Jewish friends and have a home cooked Seder meal.

            A resteraunt one would be great, but lack the real feel of the holiday, it is not like going out for Easter Brunch.