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Gateway Dinner to Wine Country

As for Wine Country, I'm more familiar with Sonoma than Napa. My favorite restaurant is The Girl and the Fig. I just tried The General's Daughter last weekend...it was fantastic, but is second to The Girl and the Fig.

Mar 21, 2007
cynthia in San Francisco Bay Area

Gateway Dinner to Wine Country

I used to go to Vino Venue all the time because a friend of mine used to work there. It's fun because you're always trying something new, but it's difficult to converse with the people you came with because you're constantly walking around getting more pours. And, more often than not, the only education you get in the process is reading the description above the bottle. I also find the seating a bit uncomfortable. Two places I've tried in the past few weeks that I really enjoy are District SF (in SOMA) and Amelie (Russian Hill). California Wine Merchants is also a great choice.

Mar 21, 2007
cynthia in San Francisco Bay Area

Spicy Skillet Cornbread

I just hosted a chili cook-off for friends that included 11 different recipes; this cornbread went well with all and received rave reviews from the crowd. Additionally, there is something special about serving cornbread out of a cast iron skillet that makes it a little more adventurous; cookware and presentation wrapped up in one!

Jan 28, 2007
cynthia in Recipes

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Caper Vinaigrette

I'm a bit of a novice, but I thought the directions indicated drizzling the vinaigrette over the halibut prior to cooking? Well, that's what I did and it tasted like cooked eggs over fish. Not too yummy. What am I doing wrong?

Jan 24, 2007
cynthia in Recipes

Lamb Chops with an Olive-and-Herb Crust

I tried making this recipe the other night and it didn't turn out well. I felt that the flavors in the crust (especially the olives) overwhelmed the lamb, making it a disruptive combination rather than complementary.

Jan 24, 2007
cynthia in Recipes

Getting off the plane at 5.....next stop?

Thanks for the info so far.....what is Campanian food? We're stumped.

Jul 20, 2006
cynthia in Greater Boston Area

What is Low Country Cuisine?

Another low country staple is She Crab Soup. It has the same regional relevance as a good bowl of clam chowder does in New England. A good recipe will spice it up with just a dash of sherry before serving. So, so good. A nice bowl of hushpuppies is also very worthwhile!

Jul 18, 2006
cynthia in San Francisco Bay Area

Getting off the plane at 5.....next stop?

2 Chowhounds from San Francisco will be visiting 3 friends and are looking for a good meeting spot for a mid-range $ dinner with drinks. Any suggestions of places with easy access from the airport?

Jul 18, 2006
cynthia in Greater Boston Area