After operating as a pop-up, Marla Bakery opened recently in more permanent digs on York Street in the Mission District. The quality dough and concentrated fillings in both the quince and the Meyer lemon sufganiyot impressed (though more filling = more better), and a fan of the bakery's earlier iterations says to expect excellent quality from this rising star.
Canned puréed chestnuts from France, either plain or in a sweetened spread with vanilla, offer an easy way to incorporate the nuts' delicate flavor in dishes both savory and sweet, from mashed potatoes and ravioli to a chocolate-chestnut terrine.
Foodie legend has it that the Cobb salad was invented at Hollywood’s Brown Derby, and though the small restaurant chain is long gone, its creation lives on in dining rooms around Los Angeles. Dig your fork into Fred 62’s Thai-inspired version, splurge on the one at the Polo Lounge, or sift through other suggestions from fellow Cobb lovers on Chowhound.
Busy Midtowners who want to look nice and also indulge a sweet tooth can check two boxes at once at Cosmetic Show. This curious little shop stocks beauty products alongside European confections, preserves, and more. Snack on McVitie's biscuits or Baci chocolate cakes, and freshen up that nail polish.
What's the practical difference between 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel? From function to finish, find out the differences between the two grades of steel. As a bonus, learn what causes blue- and straw-colored discoloration of stainless steel pans.
Tosca Café in North Beach benefits from a spit-and-polish renovation as well as a fresh menu from new chef-owner April Bloomfield (of New York's Spotted Pig). Recent reports say that some dishes seemed oversalted, but the sparkling cider and the antipasti menu—including spectacular moscardini and giardiniera—are worth your time.
Blind baking a pie shell—prebaking it filled with weights before adding the pie filling—helps ensure a crisp bottom crust in custard pies, and is a must if you're using an unbaked filling. To prevent your blind-baked crusts from shrinking, slumping, or puffing, check out Chowhounds' advice on pricking and chilling the dough, and why cheap pans can give the best results.
After the fish counter closes, the party begins at Calle 191 Pescaderia. Late at night, the shop morphs into a hot spot for cheap beer, cooked or raw seafood, and Latin specialties like empanadas and asopao (rice soups), to a soundtrack of Dominican bachata music.
Could those cheap, convenient disposable aluminum roasting pans pose a fire danger in your oven? Find out what kinds of jobs thin aluminum pans can handle safely—and for jobs they can't, get suggestions for budget-friendly alternatives.