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S.D. Foodie spoilers - Has this happened to you? - Since 'A' opened, I hardly ever/never go back to 'B'

cgfan | Oct 2, 2010 12:08 PM

Let's hear yours, whether it's a market, restaurant, product, bar, store, farm, or a vendor...

What Foodie businesses or products have been spoilers (in a good way) for where you used to go since you've discovered them? Do some of these form a chain of spoilers? (e.g.: Since I stumbled upon 'C' I haven't been back to 'D', since I discovered 'B' I rarely went to 'C', after 'A' opened I no longer like 'B'...)

Just to kick things off, here are a couple of mine:

Salumi
Since I tried Fra Mani, it has spoiled me for most other salumis

Markets
Since I started going to the LI Mercato, I seldom go to other farmer's markets

Japanese markets
Since Nijiya opened, I hardly ever shop at Mitsuwa (Yaohan)

Yakitori
Since Yakyudori (Hillcrest) opened, I no longer go to Suzuya
--> Since Yakyudori (Convoy) opened, I haven't been back to Yakyudori (Hillcrest)

Ramen
Since Chopsticks opened, I never went back to Otemoyan
--> Since Tajima opened, I never go back to Chopsticks
--> Since Santouka opened, I rarely go to Tajima
--> Since Yakyudori (Convoy) opened, I haven't been back to Santouka

Sushi
Since I've had Saito-san's Sushi at Samurai, I nearly stopped making "Sushi bar rounds"
--> Since I found Morita-san's Sushi at Tomiko, I "left" my earlier Itamae
--> Since I've had the Sushi at Shirahama, I continue to go to Kaito as my 1st, and Shirahama has become my 2nd when before there was no 2nd
--> Since I followed Morita-san to Kaito (El Camino Real), I rarely consider other Sushi bars (exc. Shirahama)
--> Since I followed Morita-san to Kaito (Enc. Blvd.), I rarely consider other Sushi bars (exc. Shirahama)

Espresso
Since I've had Analyn's espresso at Caffe Calabria, I finally have found a consistent barista in S.D.
--> Since I've had Yvonne's espresso at Kaiser, Kearny Mesa, I finally have an alternative barista
--> Since Zumbar has improved their game, we finally have a reasonably consistent espresso in S.D. with Nicole since losing Analyn from the bar at Calabria

Anchovies
Since discovering Agostino Recca's salt-cured anchovies (at Mona Lisa market and Filippi's market in L.I.), I haven't gone back to oil-packed anchovies

Garlic
Since trying purple hardneck garlic, I seek them out before using any other market garlic

Red Wine Vinegar
Since making my own red wine vinegar, it has spoiled me for any store-bought red wine vinegar

Uni
Since trying Matsushita's Uni at Kaito, it has consistently surpassed all other Uni I've had in S.D. and now get revved up whenever I see it in their case

Kumamoto oysters
Since having Washington State Kumamotos from Kaito, it has spoiled my for my past fave of the Hog Island Kumamotos.

Wagashi
Since trying the Wagashi fresh from Hogetsu's shop, I now think better of San Diego Wagashi (prior to that I've only had their Wagashi in distribution...)

Global knives
Since acquiring my first single-edged Global kife, it has spoiled me for my double-edged Globals knives

Grapes
Kyoho grapes (Nijiya and Mitsuwa) have spoiled me for any other grape

Soy sauce
Since tyring the Yuasa Ki-Ippon Shoyu at Nijiya, it has spoiled me for all other premium Shoyus... (please bring it back!)

Natto
Since trying the Ito no Chikara Natto at Nijiya, I finally have a single favorite Natto... (please bring it back!)

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