David Dodd 2:53 a.m., May 21
The Inquisitive Tongue: Nanette Wiser's Good Dish
Let's Eat San Diego: First it was cupcakes. Now it's crepes, popping up in restaurants and food trucks around the country. My mom called them blintzes, savory ricotta and farmer's cheese, a dollop of sour cream on top. Get fancy and check out my favorite (Cafe Madeleine), or nibble the delightful dish at California Crepes, Cafe Hue, Fabrison's French Creperie Cafe, La Creperie, Crepes Bonaparte, Crepe World, Cassie's Crepes or go upscale at the legendary Le Fontainebleu, where they flambe and flaunt world-class crepes.
What's New? Chef George Morris joined La Jolla's Beaumont’s team this summer. New to the menu are butter lettuce and blueberry salad, served with spicy pecans, gorgonzola and a blueberry lemon verbena vinaigrette; local mussels prepared with roasted chilies, garlic, scallions, cream, and PBR beer; and for an Asian twist, Twelve Hour Pork Spare Ribs, served with a house made tamarind BBQ sauce, young ginger, Thai basil and scallions.
Big On Shrimp? Celebrate wild Mexican shrimp dishes at Indigo Grill (maize fettucini with tequila-lime shrimp), Vintana Wine Dine (chile and fennel blackened shrimp skewers), Island Prime (arbol chile and Yuzu bbq's prawns), 333 Pacific (applewood smoked bacon and mushroom-stuffed shrimp), BoBeau (shrimp rouille crostini) and The Prado (shrimp and veggie risotto).
Cook's Corner: Vanilla is anything but bland and all the rage. Sample Madagascar vanill bean Dry Soda, Lindt's Vanilla White Chocolate Truffles, smoked vanilla bean and sea salt truffles or whip up some vanilla sugar by scraping the inside of a vanilla bean and marrying it with two cups of sugar in a closed container for two weeks.
Upcoming Events : Raise money for Scripps Institute of Oceanography by dining gloriously with George's Trey Foshee and NYC's Jonathan Wasman (Jams, Barbuto) at Chef Foshee's private residence. Seating limited to 25, so book now for Nov. 10 ($500). Reserve your spot; contact email@example.com. Looking for a culinary adventure? The One & Only Palmilla hosts the second annual Mexican Culinary Festival Nov. 7-11, while gourmet chefs flock to A Cayman Cookout Jan. 17-20 at the Ritz Carlton.
Beer Week, Nov.2-11: The San Diego Brewer Guild’s official kick off festival will be held at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, which is located at 1000 N. Harbor Drive. Mayor Jerry Sanders and Sam the Cooking Guy will once again be tapping the first keg of the festival, leading into festivities including an array of beer and food pairings, live music and entertainment, and beer-related activities. With the introduction of the San Diego Beer Week mobile website, beer enthusiasts will be able to navigate through SDBW’s over 500 events from their phones with ease. The new mobile website will allow participants to not only easily search through SDBW events by date, location, type and distance, but also to save events of their choice to their personal calendar and rate their favorites.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, San Diego’s Beer For Boobs group will be joining San Diego Beer Week at the annual Brewer’s Guild Festival on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The Beer for Boobs booth will give SDBW goers the chance to “drink pink,” as each of the beers served will range from shades of pink to magenta. Among others still to be determined, Beer For Boobs will be serving Boob Check (a collaboration that White Labs did with Colby Chandler at Ballast Point) and the Maui/Coronado BC collaboration, Hibiscus IPA at their San Diego Beer Week booth. All proceeds and sales from Beer For Boob’s presence at the San Diego Brewer’s Guild Festival will go to the fight against breast cancer.
Elsewhere Edibles: Downtown Philadelphia boasts Parc Brasserie and an amazing farmers market but in Wayne PA Creperie Bechamel serves up classics (fresh lemon and sugar), breakfast (scrambled veggie) and entree crepes (grilled chicken, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, chevre goat cheese).
Farmers We Love: Wherever you travel, there's a farmer to visit. Just log on to Local Harvest and find out where you can find the best organic food to fondle or order online including Khalal stage dates, seed garlic or pecans
Spirited Advice: Oktoberfest means beer here, so why not throw a beer and cheese party. Gather tasters, warm up soft pretzels (frozen food) and slice up some sausages. Pair cherry beers with blue cheese, IPA with Asiago, Pilsners with herbed goat cheese, pumpkin beers with brie and Sam Adams Oktoberfest brew with swiss. Or just hang out at Karl Strauss beer gardens and sample their amazing seasonal ales.
App Yap: Hog prices rising, bacon too pricey? Throw a Tiny Food Party from bloggers SpoonForkBacon, a cookbook of mini meals for not-so-mini Me. Hogwash, I say.