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PIE - San Diego Dish of the Month - April 2013 Edition

So it looks like PIE won by a landslide in the voting.

Go forth and explore all the different forms of PIE within SD. Remember to post about it in real time if possible.

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  1. So...when you say 'all the different forms of PIE within SD' are we to assume you're including pizza pies, pot pies, chinese meat pies and anything else that may be in wiki's list of pie's? or is it just fruit pie's?

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    1. re: polldeldiablo

      Somebody needs to open a pie shop (one of BeachChick's ongoing dreams for the next fad) named "The Life of Pie".

      1. re: RB Hound

        That would kick serious ass in SD..can't believe that some hipster loving pie chick hasn't opened a food truck with unicorns and rainbows plastered all over it..maybe if I wait a little longer, Fakey, will photo shop one for me and put it in his garage..

        RB, you've been real funny lately...what the hell is going on?
        Hee Hee

        1. re: RB Hound

          I vote for somene opening an Aussie Pie Shop like the one that used to be on College Avve in Oakland, near Berkeley. Fond memories.

        2. re: polldeldiablo

          I think we can be self regulating, but I would assume at first that all forms of pie are acceptable

            1. re: Fake Name

              Hand crafted by you I assume? The interior contains what?

              1. re: cstr

                It probably contains Carne Asada.

                1. re: cstr

                  Nah, I'm not the family baker- that'd be MrsName.

                  This one was apple. Yesterday's was strawberry.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    MrsName has some serious skill.

                    1. re: cstr

                      If Mrs. Name wants to open a pie shop, she is free to use "The Life of Pie" without any challenge on my part. My only request would be dibs whenever a new selection appears.

                  2. re: Fake Name

                    That may not count...not available for sampling by the rest of the class. :D

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      Wow Fakey that is one beautiful pie..what's inside?

                      I would stop what you are doing right this second and go and kiss Mrs. Name right now!

                    2. Last night, personal pizza pie, nightly special, Brooklyn Girl: asparagus (overcooked), sun dried tomato (acidulated), basil pesto (too oily, not fresh), shiitake mushroom (hard to screw up), goat cheese (sure, why not), (absolutely, positively undistinguished).

                      We decided to walk to dinner, instead of driving to Bruno's. Our bad.

                      1. We had a pretty good lunch at Great Maple yesterday (1 dish was very successful, the other...not as much). Management sent us a complimentary piece of key lime pie that was delicious.

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                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            Used to be the old Brian's eatery on Washington, just past 163.

                            1. re: foodiechick

                              Ah, thanks. Haven't been by that way for about 6 weeks. I wondered what it was going to end up being, now I know :-)

                            1. re: Fake Name

                              Is that pie? No matter. I want that yummy pan of goodness! Is MrsName willing to share her recipe?

                              1. re: Island

                                No. i was informed it is a cake.
                                Mea. F. Culpa.

                                ; )

                                1. re: Fake Name

                                  None necessary. Strawberry was the runner up after all.
                                  Still looks delish and still want it!

                              2. re: Fake Name

                                And this thing of beauty is called???

                              3. Whoopie Pie @ Extraordinary Desserts.

                                And there must be a fissure in the space-time continuum as I was able to drive from LA to SD in 102 minutes. We need to revisit Newtonian physics immediately and perhaps revise our understanding of Einstein's theories -- they're only theories after all.

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                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  A fissure indeed. We just did LA-San Diego yesterday around noon. It took 2 hours. Woe be to those doing San Diego-LA. There were two accident near Encinitas and nearly bumper to bumper the rest of the way.....Hours and hours....

                                  1. re: wrldtrvl

                                    That must be impossible. Ipse has never seen an accident so none have ever occurred.

                                    1. re: JRSD

                                      Hmm ... when and where did I say that?

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        Wow, I am surprised that someone so willing to go with hyperbole in the other thread did not recognize it.

                                        1. re: JRSD

                                          I am simply not as smart as you.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            Although I guess it was really more reducto ad absurdum.

                                            1. re: JRSD

                                              There you go again.

                                              I guess this just demonstrates your genius.

                                              1. re: JRSD

                                                "reducto ad absurdum"- did Hermione Granger say that?

                                                1. re: Fake Name

                                                  my attorney says this to me all the time...minx

                                  2. Too many opportunities to have pie last week.

                                    Tues afternoon key lime at Urban Solace. Sadly disappointing. Looked good so artfully arranged on the plate, and I was ok with the mousse-like texture, but it was completely tasteless other than the graham cracker bottom, which is not a plus. No tang, nada. Only saving grace for flavor was the berry smear.

                                    Fri night work function at The Palm. Chocolate cake was calling my name, but went with pie for the purpose of this thread and key lime was the only choice.
                                    More traditional in texture, tangy, but still wanted more lime flavor. Graham cracker crust had a hint of nutmeg and the blueberry compote was good. Better than Urban Solace, but average at best.

                                    If I had to pick a winner from last week it would have been the one I tried from the store bought assortment at an Easter Sunday gathering. A day early for Dish of the Month, but the chocolate bomb with chocolate crust I sampled was very tasty. More like a rich dark chocolate mousse instead of pudding texture. Wish I asked where it came from.

                                    Photos of the key lime. Urban Solace is the one that looks like a snail in dappled sunlight on a rectangular plate. Couldn't get a good shot with the sun through the stained glass window.

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                                    1. re: Island

                                      I wondered when someone was going to bring up the store-bought pie :-). Some of the Costco varieties of pie are pretty good.

                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                        They are pretty good, but even the best pies lose their luster when you still have half the pie left three days later. :)

                                        1. re: RB Hound

                                          Are you kidding?

                                          Day old, and days old, pie are fabulous, esp. straight out of the fridge with a cup of coffee. Even better when eaten straight from the tin.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            Ugh. That taste in the mouth after one scrapes the fork along the bottom of the pie tin.

                                            1. re: Fake Name

                                              I couldn't get past the with a cup of coffee. That's the operative Ugh for me.

                                              1. re: Fake Name

                                                I save the very bottom of the tin for my tongue. Cuts out the middle man.

                                              2. re: ipsedixit

                                                No. Only fresh or a day old they are good. Everything else is just desperation

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Funny! Crust isn't soggy though?

                                                    1. re: Island

                                                      After a day or two the crust becomes "one" with the pie. It's a like culinary Vulcan mind-meld.

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  I'm not talking about age alone, Mr. Ipsieplyx. I'm talking about age combined with the fact that you've already eaten 6 slices, and still have 4 or so to go.

                                                  In other words, I was subtly joking about the size of their pies. If you bought them for an event, it is one thing, but if you are on your own or have a small family and want to try them, you either have to gorge yourself or throw out a bunch.

                                                2. re: RB Hound

                                                  Who has pie leftover after 3 days ??!?!??? Even a Costco pie doesn't last that long.

                                                3. re: DiningDiva

                                                  Love their chicken pot pie, but, like sausage, you don't want to know the ingredients.

                                                  The list is very long and has a lot of scientific words with which I'm unfamiliar.

                                                  I never buy them.

                                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                                    What kind of pie does Costco have? Never noticed it there other than pumpkin at Thanksgiving, however pie is never my go to dessert especially at a restaurant unless it's their specialty. I would seek out that chocolate one again though. It wasn't oversized, so doubt it came from Costco.

                                                    A few I wanted to look at this weekend...if I hadn't already overindulged, were Lemoncats at La Costa FM, Under the Crust at PB FM or Sugar & Scribe Bakery in PB. Anyone tried them?

                                                    1. re: Island

                                                      Costco often has a variety of fruit pies, from blueberry to peach to strawberry and cherry (when in season).

                                                      I think they are ok, good bargain, great for parties where you want a stand-by dessert that will feed lots of people without offending too many.

                                                      1. re: Island

                                                        Mostly the standard fruit pies, apple, cherry, etc. Like everything else at Costco, they're BIG. They don't do specialty pies.

                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                                          If you live in a household with 2 adults (only one with a heavy appetite) and a small kid, how in the world could you consume a Costco pie in 3 days?

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                              Those behemoths they roll out around holiday season are 16 servings. To finish that would require the adults to eat 2 slices a day for 3 days, and the kid to have 1 slice a day plus an extra one somewhere. That's a lot of pie, especially when it is the same thing three days in a row.

                                                              1. re: RB Hound

                                                                A "serving" is just like my cousin.


                                                                1. re: RB Hound

                                                                  No, silly...this is what you do. Buy pie, eat how ever many slices you want. Take rest of pie to work. Leave in break room...free pie?...gone in less than 10 minutes.

                                                                  Just call it a random act of kindness...

                                                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                    Well, yeah, but that isn't finishing it. :)

                                                                    I work at a local university - grad students and postdocs will wipe that stuff out in 5 minutes tops. I would call that "throwing it out", though it does serve a better purpose than going to the dump.

                                                                    1. re: RB Hound

                                                                      You're jaded RB. I'd call it a donation to starving students.

                                                                      I work at several local community colleges, our IT department can polish off leftovers in about 10 seconds. We're thinking about changing the name of the department to Hoover.

                                                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                        Wouldn't Dyson be a better choice? The students can change direction on a dime and no bag is needed. :)

                                                                        1. re: Gypsy Jan

                                                                          Students yes, good call.

                                                                          IT department? Still gotta call 'em Hoovers

                                                                    2. re: DiningDiva

                                                                      Bring it to work, agree. Baking and cake decorating experiments, left over holiday candy, you name it, scarfed up in no time especially husband's work cronies.

                                                                  1. re: honkman

                                                                    I'm at least 50 pounds overweight, and did not get that way with a dainty appetite. If I think it is too much, it likely is too much. :)

                                                        2. Key Lime Pie doughnut from Donut Bar this morning. The second specimen had a much better filling to dough ratio than the first. Overall, a nice breakfast homage to the key lime pie. It had a nice soft dough, the graham crackers added some texture, and the glaze was nice and tart.