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Dec 30, 2010 07:03 AM

What and (Where) was your FAV dish, in SD, for 2010

Was it a Great Steak? Seafood? Italian? It has to be the 'one' favorite that really stands out.

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  1. the grilled musubi ball with ume in hot broth at Okan
    the Nagoya style cold noodles at Okan

    sorry, had a hard time sticking to one!

    1. Cauliflower in green curry sauce at Addison.

      1. "If a single moment stands out in a person's life, it must have been a pretty boring life"

        --Ray Terrell, my middle school science teacher.

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        1. re: Fake Name

          if *no* single moment stands out in a person's life, i'd say *that* is indicative of a pretty boring (and sad, and lonely) life.

          first kiss. graduation. saying "I do." birth of a child...nope, nothing remarkable or memorable there!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Yes, all those are important moments. Thus, my point. I can't differentiate between our child's birth, his subsequent rise to the ripe old age of ten, meeting the not-yet-but-soon-to-be Mrs Name, or, perhaps even more important NOT getting hit by a car while motorcycling (something perhaps more important than all the others).

            For food, certainly a romantic and spectacular meal in Aix en Provence, the perfect burrito at Sergio's, three hour meal by myself at Bouchon, and the most pathetic restaurant in Fredonia, AZ where no vegetables were on the menu.

            None. But after that day's off(and on) road riding near the Grand Canyon, and helping an injured fellow rider back to our origin with his leg broken, it was remarkable meal.

            Tea at the Carlton in Monte Carlo, lunch in Pienza and a group dinner in Cortona. Cheese sampling meal in Tuscany. Our son's first oyster (and subsequent addiction for MrFussy) and the lunch at Denny's after knowing my father's death was imminent.

            Our third trip to Addison and the cassoulet I made here at home. Mrs Name's pies were awesome this year, and she made The World's Best Carrot Cake (some thanks to Dorie Greenspan) for xmas dinner.

            But pick one?

            No way.

            1. re: Fake Name

              Oh, yeah- a pouch of Starkist albacore tuna with a plastic fork and dessert of dried Trader Joes blueberries on the very edge of a 1000' cliff in a remote area of the Grand Canyon.

              Belon Oysters in Nice.

              Cinqueterre wine in Monterroso al Mare

              I just can't pick one.

              1. re: Fake Name

                That's only because you haven't been to Berlin.

                1. re: Fake Name

                  okay, i see what you're saying - i misinterpreted the meaning of your quote...but even though i had some pretty terrific food "moments" here in LA this year (SD was pretty unmemorable during the 7 months i was there in 2010) and i'd hate to have to pick just one as *the* one, if someone put a gun to my head i could do it :)

                  besides, all the food moments you listed were elsewhere - does that mean nothing stood out for you in SD this past year? i'm not being a wiseass, i'm genuinely asking.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Addison and Sergio's both excellent this year.

                2. re: Fake Name

                  Agree. It's often a new flavor, the good company, spectacular (or bizarre) location, circumstances or events that sets a meal apart rather than the food itself. Many memorable in that way from travels and often simple. I'll take a peanut butter sandwich on a deserted atoll in the Cook Islands over 5 star white tablecloth feast any day.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Child's birth, meeting someone, getting not hit, none of those are names of foods nor happened this year. The original question is a soft toss here lol.

                3. re: Fake Name

                  How about many moments, some of which happened this year, and one of which involved food? Now we just have to name it!

                4. I just had the best dish in SD last night at Kitchen 1540. It was smoked steelhead roe on a piece of toasted brioche with frozen creme fraiche. So simple yet so good. The different textures, flavors and temperatures really made this something special.

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                  1. re: SDGourmand

                    omg that sounds fantastic. Is it too early to start drooling?

                    Off the top of my head, I have to add the ricotta gnocci and oxtails at Whisknladle. Several amazing courses at Wine Vault this year...darn so much for a single favorite.

                    1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

                    1. re: SDGourmand

                      Now that sounds awesome, it's going on my list.

                      1. The kebab shop. doner kebabs... my first time trying. [spent less than 24 hours in SD, thanks for the rec, San Diego board!]