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Cozy & quiet near(ish) 7th and Brannan SF [San Francisco]

+1 for CB -- but it's Folsom, not Harrison.

Crab season is upon us

Sadly no. When I tried Thursday night the place was packed (Market St location) and I couldn't wait.

Crab season is upon us

That's disappointing. Last year the price was $16, and came with garlic bread, but I remember the same thing re: the carapace. Still I hope to give it a shot tonight or tomorrow.

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog

That's where I saw it at the Church/Market Safeway the other day.

Rome: Need Sunday night, solo, jet-lagged dinner near Jewish Ghetto

That looks perfect -- and just a 4 minute walk from the apartment I'm renting. Grazie!

Nov 17, 2014
Frosty Melon in Italy

Rome: Need Sunday night, solo, jet-lagged dinner near Jewish Ghetto

I'll be arriving in Rome at around 3-4 pm next Sunday, will be jet-lagged and probably looking to eat dinner by 8 at the latest. Staying near Jewish Ghetto and Campo di Fiori. I won't feel like challenging myself (or wait staff) trying to speak Italian well, and won't want anything very fancy. Simple, casual pasta or pizza would be great, or meat/seafood. Maybe a salad or veg too. Price (no alcohol) around 25-30 euros but flexible.

Will I have trouble finding a decent place to walk in (would rather not make a reservation) and getting something to eat on a Sunday night in that area? Even a place with take-out slices might work, but not sure that exists nearby either.

Nov 17, 2014
Frosty Melon in Italy

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

So does Walgreens. Haven't had any but the Trader Joe's ones myself. They are so good.

Nov 14, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

The 9th Street store in SF had the three-pack of nut oils yesterday.

Nov 06, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Jewish Ghetto Rome

Thanks for this, Cynsa, from a fellow SF hound. I'll be staying in CdF/Jewish Ghetto area at the end of this month so will mark down these tips. Will be my first time in Rome (or Italy, for that matter).

Oct 30, 2014
Frosty Melon in Italy

Talenti Gelato -- crazy good supermarket gelato

Holiday flavors now on shelves: Pumpkin Pie, Egg Nog and Peppermint Bark. The pumpkin pie is really fantastic. Pumpkin's the 4th item on the ingredient list after milk, sugar & cream. Not cloying nor overwhelming with pumpkin spices, and there are little bits of pie crust (graham cracker? gingerbread?) mixed throughout.

Oct 30, 2014
Frosty Melon in General Topics

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Same is true using these chips with a garlicky hummus. For me the flavors are a perfect combination. I've bought at least 6 bags of them so far this season.

Oct 29, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

I'm not a fan of the spiced pumpkin seeds, but the Soma store in SF has them in stock today by the registers.

Oct 16, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

Just notice that last week. Thanks for updating the info here.

Meta Discussion on Trader Joe's Threads

I'll throw in that I'd really like each month's discussion to be "locked" when a new month's is started. But I'm guessing the mods won't just do that by request.

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

That and pumpkin spice coffee are the only things missing that I can tell.

Oct 03, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains
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Chris Cosentino Deeply Regrets Television Appearances

You're saying his reasons for accepting the TV opportunities need to be more original?

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Wait, I need more on that last part. These are peanut butter cups with speculoos instead of peanut butter? Are they stocked in the plastic tubs with the rest of the candy/chocolate covered nuts?

Oct 02, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I saw the cranberry upside down cake yesterday here in San Francisco. There was one left and I was curious but didn't buy it.

Sep 26, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Was happy to see the return of the maple walnut blondies in SF yesterday. They do freeze really well, and I agree, just a portion of one is good enough. A pack of 4 lasts me longer than I expected.

Sep 26, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I think it's the same as last year's. If it's different it's not by much.

Sep 25, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I'm a fan, but I mix it with Peet's before brewing to mellow the pumpkin spice out a little.

Sep 23, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Gothenburg and Copenhagen

Last year in Gothenburg I enjoyed Smaka for dinner and Fiskekorke for lunch. Fiskekorke is the "fish church" which is a destination in itself, tons of fresh seafood in a converted old church by the water, where vendors also prepare dishes to be taken away or eaten outside at picnic tables. I had another good dinner at a Greek/Mediterranean place in Vasastaden I can't recall the name of.

Also, in the middle of town is a large food market with many offerings (you can't miss it); I think I got a takeout lunch there for my train ride to Stockholm.

Gothenburg was a bit of an afterthought in my vacation but I loved my time there. Very interesting and diverse city.

Sep 14, 2014
Frosty Melon in Europe

Prague Lokal Locations

I ate lunch at both the Dlouha and Mala Strana locations last week. Quality of food was the same at both (good) but the menus were different. Dlouha location had a much larger menu, but we had no problem finding something to enjoy at both. I wasn't a fan of their potato dumplings but otherwise loved everything, especially the starter of three house made sausages with mustard and whipped horseradish (though the whipped horseradish could've been stronger).

Sep 14, 2014
Frosty Melon in Europe

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

I personally don't think the "breadth of the experience" at SBP is terribly extraordinary. As someone else has pointed out, you can have a similar experience at Frances or Rich Table by focusing on small plates. But your mileage may vary.

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

If you're looking for "wow" I feel like SBP would disappoint. The experience is fun, the food is solid, but it's not exactly groundbreaking or overly innovative in its preparations.

If I can get a table at Rich Table or Frances, I'd take either over SBP anytime, unless I was with someone who hadn't been and wanted to see what the experience is like.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

I hated the spinach & kale yogurt dip too. Almost the whole tub went down the drain. But many on the board here love it.

Aug 18, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Place Des Vosges Area Recs

Any new specific additions to add to this thread? I'll be staying near Place des Voges on Rue des Tournelles the first week of September. Interested in casual lunch or dinner places (preferably where reservations aren't needed, but that's flexible). Roughly 20-30 euros per person w/o alcohol. Thanks!

Aug 06, 2014
Frosty Melon in France

Paris by Mouth food tours experience/thoughts?

It sounds like wine is only a small portion of these tours, is that correct? I don't drink but am interested in a PBM food tour (most likely the Marais one).

Jul 25, 2014
Frosty Melon in France

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

Those who work in the Human Resources department care.

Jul 24, 2014
Frosty Melon in Not About Food

Ina Garten Frozen Dinners?

Looks like they're being discontinued. BC posted this on Facebook today:

"Several of you have asked about my Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners. After an amazingly positive reception in thousands of stores across America, the company that prepared my dinners has been sold to a much larger food company. I believe in being very involved and hands-on to ensure the quality of my dinners and the smaller company allowed me to do that. So, I’ve decided to hit the pause button and go back to what I love doing most – writing cookbooks. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my cookbooks and television shows."