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Tres Leches Cake

Ive always made it the day before I plan to serve it... always successful!

about 14 hours ago
RWCFoodie in Recipes

Wonderful --- a Hunan restaurant in Millbrae

Four of us had lunch at Wonderful today. We liked it very much!

We had #44 Fish fillets with soft tofu & pickled chili, #56 Cauliflower with smoked pork & #91 Godfather's hand cut noodle with chili & pork. We ordered medium spicy.

The Godfather's noodles were a real pleaser, we all liked the whole black beans & the little bit of mouth-numbing. A very flavorful dish that hit the spot for the carb-deprived.

The Fish fillets with soft tofu & pickled chili was another pleasing dish; carefully prepared & presented.

The Cauliflower dish was tasty but I would have liked to see more smoked pork.

Service was great, caring & sincere. I look forward to returning...

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

Hi Caitlin, reporting in on my attempt at this dessert: I doubled the recipe & baked in 4 oz souffle ramekins. Very easy to put together a few hours ahead & baked off toward the end of dinner.

All seemed to be going well... Pulled them while centers were still basically liquid. Let them sit for 5 min per the recipe. Unmoulded them onto plates, garnished w/whip cream, fresh raspberries & mint leaves. While they were delicious little chocolate cakes, in the time they sat before unmoulding, the centers totally solidified, no lava, sigh...

Will try again maybe with a Lindt truffle in the center :-)

Mar 22, 2015
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

Caitlin, I'd like to do them in 4 oz ramekins. Do you think that will be ok? You may have guessed by now, I'm not much of a baker :-)

Mar 19, 2015
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

Thanks Cww & bumble, this looks very much like the Epicurious recipe which is the other version of this type of cake. I'm torn now as to which one to try - the one without flour or this one! I guess if I really wanted to mess around I could make both & see which one turns out best :-)

Mar 19, 2015
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

Hi mm, appreciate the david lebovitz link. I looked at it & even the title makes it sound more like a chocolate pudding cake rather than a liquid center/molten chocolate lava like cake. When you've made it, did it have an almost liquid melted chocolate center or more pudding-like...

Mar 19, 2015
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

Need tried & true Chocolate Lava cake recipe...

A friend has asked that I make this for dessert as part of her BD dinner.

I pulled a couple of recipes off Epicurious but not sure which to try. One is just chocolate, butter, egg yolks, sugar & egg whites. The other has twice as much butter, more eggs, powdered sugar & some flour.

Appreciate some pointers!

Mar 18, 2015
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

Advice for Family Traveling to Maui/Kauai

I'd recommend Tamura's up the hill by Star Noodle, Lahaina for very good poke. IMO much better than the Kahului branch, way more spirit of aloha... Foodland Farms, Lahaina has decent poke but the last couple of times (last 3 wks) the counter guy was far from welcoming...

Feb 24, 2015
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Maui Wedding Dinner for Two

So you will be in the Wailea/Kihei area. We rarely if never head that way as we are always in West Maui & don't enjoy that longish drive at night, especially factoring in some wine with dinner:-)

Have you looked at Ko or some of the other nice hotel restos in Wailea?

Jan 03, 2015
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Maui Wedding Dinner for Two

Well, I'm not Foodie Girl, but my husband and I have spent many, many fine vacations on Maui... Our splurge place is Lahaina Grill. We have never been disappointed there. Ask to sit in Richard's section: he is their somm & the best server there IMO.

Jan 02, 2015
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Palm Springs - Best Mom 'n Pop Mexican and Diner

Have to add my 2 cents about Taco Salsas (the name varies along these lines). After 45+ years visiting my parents in Palm Desert, and finding lots of boring/awful food, I can heartily recommend this place, please excuse the Y_ _ _ link:

Jan 02, 2015
RWCFoodie in California

SFBA Dish of the Month (Jan 2015) - Nominations/Voting

I would want it to be:


As I prefer the stone bowl prep... But that's just me I guess.

Cooking Papa (Mountain View)

A friend was telling us it was closed because the bathrooms were not handicapped accessible... Hard to believe.

Which Trader Joe's Holiday Items do you wish they had year-round?

AmyH, Re TJ's Pumpkin Dried Cranberry Scone mix: I wonder what I did wrong... I baked them today, following the very simple directions. Without a doubt, these are probably the worst baked item I've ever tasted! Husband thought the same. They are like sawdust, they're bitter, the dried cranberry bits are almost non-existent and the spices taste weird. I'll try another one for breakfast to see if they might have improved overnight. This was a fresh box purchased in early November this year with a use by date of March 2016 so they were fresh stock.

Dec 05, 2014
RWCFoodie in Chains

In search of large/long corn husks for tamales... Mid-peninsula preferred

Every time I make tamales I buy dry corn husks at various Mexican markets in the Redwood City or South San Francisco area. I've never yet managed to get any that are large so my tamales are smaller than I'd like (it's the length that's the problem, I overlap for better width).

Was just watching a tamale making video that frustrated me as the husks she was using looked like they were over a foot long so the tamales she made were nice & long!

Does anyone have a particular brand of packaged ones or a certain store where I can get the bigger ones? I don't believe I ever see them in bulk, only in cello bags...

Appreciate any info.

Holiday Baking supplies

I've been in the Sugar 'n Spice store in Daly City. They have lots of specialty utensils, every imaginable size of cellophane bag, all different kinds of boxes for gifting edibles, etc. but I don't recall edibles or ingredients other than food coloring pastes & decorations...

So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

Apple pie for breakfast, yum! Sandwich: Turkey, cranberry/pear conserve, mayo, tortilla chips on nice fresh Pugliese... Soup from the carcass made me crave matzo balls, so comforting. I'm content now! Enough broth left to maybe make a batch of jook tomorrow :-)

Nov 28, 2014
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

ISO Turkey Tails (yes, just tails)

This is bad news. I pick up pkgs of turkey necks when I see them to stash in the freezer. Like to add them to the soup pot & we enjoy eating them. I hope another producer will start supplying them. Did your butcher give you any idea why Foster Farms has discontinued packaging them? I wonder what they are going to do with them; pet food?

Thanksgiving Day Live

Having arrived at that point in life where the adult children host the day, all I need to bring is the Cranberry Pear Marmalade & the gravy. I am going to make a shame-faced admission: this year for the first time in my life I'm using a commercial gravy: Trader Joe's... It just didn't taste "rich" enough. Into the freezer for some dark brown roux made for a gumbo: Resounding Success! Moral of the story: always keep dark brown roux in the freezer (by the way, a foul-proof method to make roux, use your microwave, it's like magic). Happy Thanksgiving everyone:-)

Nov 27, 2014
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking

Where to get tamales on the Peninsula for holiday party?

In Redwood City Robert?

Where to get tamales on the Peninsula for holiday party?

FWIW my very fussy son-in-law gets them at Tapatia in South San Francisco on Grand Avenue...

Help Please, Sunday 28 December

Hi goldangl95: Village Pub in Woodside is a straight shot up Woodside Road. Don't know where you're getting that it's up a "windy road" (I live about 6-7 minutes away so know it well)...

Trader Joe's coconut pancake mix: no, just no.

I'm bummed, just bought it :-( Will try it & at least TJ will give a refund if I don't like it...

Nov 11, 2014
RWCFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Saw it in Menlo Park CA 2 days ago... Thread looks a little convoluted to me: this is about the turkey gravy.

Nov 08, 2014
RWCFoodie in Chains

Cemita Poblano?

I'm really curious about what markets you went to in Redwood City. I've never had a problem buying fresh poblano chiles in Redwood City. Granted, some have a better selection of fresh produce than others, but they're pretty readily available when I've wanted them...

Trader Joe's frozen pie crust - fail!

Tks for the feed back everyone. To further clarify, I defrosted it in the refrigerator. I took it out at least an hour before I wanted to use it & let it sit on the kitchen counter. It was completely pliable & not cold, but broke at all of the creases. Yes, I pressed it back together but was unhappy.

And yes, I usually make my own tart/pie dough, but was feeling a little stressed so took this "short cut" (I had just processed 40 pints of home-cured olives & just didn't want much more fiddling around...)

Oct 29, 2014
RWCFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's frozen pie crust - fail!

Tried searching to see if anyone else has had problems, but didn't come up with anything, so I'm starting this thread...

Last week I bought a pkg of frozen pie crust at TJ (was feeling lazy). This is not pre-formed into a pie pan, it's rolled (2/pkg). I followed the directions for thawing in the refrigerator as I didn't need it until the next day.

Took it out & attempted to unroll it into a tart pan. It totally fell apart. It wasn't dried out or hard, it just had a lot of creases every couple of inches & even though it was pliable, it just broke up at the crease lines. So I messed around & pressed the broken places back together. In the end, the tart was ok, but I was so frustrated with it!

Has anyone else had this problem or is it just the way frozen pie crusts work? Is it specific to the TJ product?


Oct 29, 2014
RWCFoodie in Chains

Lunch rec for San Jose...

Burmese in Burlingame, Mingalaba

South San Fran Dinner Reccs

Take a look at the Food Section of today's SF Chronicle, First page "South City Renaissance, a 2-page spread about where to eat & drink in South San Francisco....

Cubano with Falling Apart Roast Pork, not Usual Sliced and Dry?

Gosh BB, I don't know if Casita Chilanga has changed the filling for La Tesorito or what, but when I've had it in the past, it's been smoked pork leg not carnitas...