Your blog is terrific and the photos excellent.
Love your depiction of sausage stuffing. There are so many varieties of sausage that it is almost impossible to run out of combinations.
I used to prepare a lot of wild game sausage when I had an arrangement with some hunters but as most have moved away, I now have very little chance at it.
I am a big fan of the San Diego area and used to get down there a couple of times a year at least, either for dog shows or for visits to friends who live down that way, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon, National City and Imperial Beach (all Basenji owners). I also recall some wonderful meals at various restaurants but unfortunately can't recall the names, except for the Beach grill and a Mediterranean place that I think was in El Cajon. I also recall a dinner at a Nepalese/North Indian restaurant in a little strip mall, next door to a UPS store in which the food was excellent but the service a bit rattles because there were nine of us and it was somewhat confused until the tables were arranged and everyone settled. There were three servers working our group, which caused a bit of confusion in itself but as I said the food was well worth it.
You are correct that San Diego and the surrounding area does not get the kudos it deserves, especially since there are more really great restaurants in a much smaller area than in the L.A./OC area which means a lot less driving.
It is also great that there are some terrific farms and fruit growers not too far away to make it difficult to drive out to the farm stands. One of my friends owns an avocado grove in Vista but doesn't have a roadside stand, she sells to a co-op that in turn sells at local stands and to restaurants.
I simply can't wait to see all that you have planned for this week to delight and inspire us.
Phoned my friend who lives in El Cajon. The restaurant is Himalayan Cuisine and is on El Cajon Blvd in La Mesa. The Mediterranean restaurant is Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant, also on El Cajon in La Mesa. She says the baklava is the best she has ever tasted and she has traveled extensively in the middle east.
She says that when you visit, have a big appetite because the portions are extremely generous.
Edited by andiesenji, 04 July 2011 - 12:00 PM.