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SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Thank you, Sneakeater. We will plan to order off their menu if we go there for the view and ambiance.

Aug 16, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Thank you for your candor, the forceny. We have definitely decided to replace Maya and Artisinal with other selections.
What would you substitute for Cafe Boulud, given my lacto ovo veggie status, and my husband's food adventurer status?
What would you suggest as a replacement for Jo Jos?

Aug 16, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Thank you, Jomuelle. I am not familiar with Cafe Storico, and I will check that out.

Aug 16, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

I have added William Greenberg's to our itinerary. Those cookies look tempting. Thank you for the tip.

Aug 16, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Thank you, Ttrockwood. Thank you for the recommendation for cocktails at our hotel. The bar looks splendid, and I bet that they can make my favorite cocktail--Corpse Reviver 2--quite well.

We have good middle eastern restaurants-- and some great Ethiopian, too.
Someone just told us about the Indian restaurant Junoon. Do you have any thoughts about that?

Aug 16, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Thank you for your advice, Loraliff. I appreciate it.

Aug 14, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

I have eaten at both cafes at the Neue, and they are wonderful. They now have a no reservations policy except for top level donors.
I will look at Stumptown in the Hole. We live in Pacific heights, too, so maybe we know your friends.
Thank you for your help. I am happy to give you great recommendations in SF. Frances SF near the Castro is one of our favorites.

Aug 14, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Dyrewolf, hard to believe, but there is not much great Mexican in SF, unless you are happy with burritos and tacos. There used to be a Maya in SF, but the closed due to an unfavorable location. I will check out Beechers and Murrays. Thank you for your help.

Aug 14, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

Hi, New York Chowhounds,
I am a San Francisco Chowhound, and I am happy to help any of you out when you need SF recommendations.
We are staying at the Peninsula Hotel, and coming into town for a wedding.
Art history and European decorative arts are our shared passions.
My husband eats everything, and welcomes all foodie adventures. He is an accomplished home chef,
Me—I am a lacto vegetarian, who eats no meat, fish or fowl, but I welcome dairy and eggs. I am an accomplished baker.

Do you have any suggestions for me based on my current itinerary?
I have reservations at these restaurants, and these are our plans:
August 23: arrival from Ca. Dinner at Maya Restaurant.
August 24: Breakfast at Clement, light snack at American Wing at Met, Dinner at Sfoglia, across from 92nd Street Y.
August 25: Full day of tours and lectures at Met. Lunch at Met Members dining room. See Curious Incident of Dog in the Night at Barrymore Theatre. Dinner at 9:45PM at Barbetta on 46th between 8th and 9th avenues.
August 26: Breakfast at Clement, business meeting, Full afternoon at Whitney Museum. Dinner at Dirt Candy.
August 27: Breakfast at Clement, full day at Met Museum. Early dinner at Café Boulud.
August 28: Breakfast at Clement. At Neue until 1Pm. Head to Eataly, with reservations for late lunch at La Birreria. Explore Eataly. Private cocktail party at night.
August 29: Brunch at Jo Jos. Wedding and reception at Rainbow Room.
August 30: Brunch at Artisanal. New York Historical Society. Early dinner at Gato.
August 31: Breakfast at Clement. Cooper Hewitt, Cloisters, Met, or Moma. Dinner at Cosme.
September 1: Breakfast delivered from Tal Bagels. Tour of Frick Collection. Pre-theatre dinner at Becca. Hamilton at theatre.
September 2: Depart for SFO
Are these restaurants good choices for our trip based on the lacto ovo vegetarian requirement and my husband's need for foodie adventures? Can you suggest other, better choices? Thank you so much.

Aug 13, 2015
wellworld in Manhattan

Sunday brunch for Easter

I promised to report back to you about our Easter brunch. We had made reservations at Big 4, but unfortunately, my husband was too sick to keep the reservation. Oh well, better luck next year.

where to get flours for bread baking in East Bay?

King Arthur has a free shipping offer happening today.

Candyfreak - where to find obscure candy bars?

http://www.groovycandies.com/ has a lot of the old fashioned candies and candy bars.

Brunch @ Navio [Half Moon Bay]

Mr. Smart, we go Navio about 3 to 4 times a year, and I would consider myself a fairly demanding customer in terms of food and quality. I disagree that the price does not offer good value. We have always found the food to be B+ or A, so I would love to know what eatery are comparing this to. Did you know that you can also order a cooked to order omelette --or anything else that is not on the buffet--served at your table as part of this menu? Maybe they had an off day on the Sunday that you chose?

Looking for exceptional birthday cake with milk chocolate as the star...

I appreciate the suggestions, Smatbrat. I will check on both websites.

Looking for exceptional birthday cake with milk chocolate as the star...

Thank you, Rubadub.

Looking for exceptional birthday cake with milk chocolate as the star...

I am having a milestone birthday in early May, and I plan to serve two cakes at my party. One will likely be a Princess cake from Victoria Bakery. For the second one, I want a cake which is made with milk chocolate--probably a milk chocolate ganache or milk chocolate mousse interior, with yellow or hazelnut cake, and milk chocolate frosting. I have looked at Schuberts and a number of other bakeries, but all of their cakes seem to made of dark or bittersweet chocolate. I spoke with a few places, and they are not willing to alter their recipe to accommodate a milk chocolate lover. We live in lower Pac Heights, so something in northwest SF would be the easiest for us to retrieve, but we will go further for the right sweet. You are the experts, and any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you so much.

Quince 21 course menu? [San Francisco]

Heeney, we dine at Quince about 3 times a year. This video seems to show a sampling of many of their favorite menu items. They are showing 4 amuse bouche items here, and we have been served all of them, but on different occasions. Their luxury menus for holidays such as Valentines Day and Christmas eve typically include a few more courses, but never 21 courses. Quince is our favorite restaurant in the city.

Best place for a party of 12 under $100 per person

Plin on Valencia Street has a private dining room that seats 12. I am sure that you could work out something with them.

We just dined there last Saturday, and were extremely happy with the food and the outstanding service.

Amazing cocktails. I had the best Corpse Reviver 2 here--better than I can remember in SF in a long time.

It is not on the website, but they have a Bites menu where most little plates can be ordered for around 5USD each.
Alexander Alioto is the chef, and his dad Nunzio assists him with front of house operations when he is not busy.

There is a paid parking lot about a block away.

http://www.plinsf.com/#1

Sunday brunch for Easter

Magali, sounds like fun, but we already have plans for Saturday, April 4.

Sunday brunch for Easter

So we have made reservations at the Big Four for Easter sunday brunch. I will report back in early April. Thank you for all of your help, SF chowhounds.

Looking for Best Yogurt in the Bay Area

I have two to recommend. Noosa Yogurt and Liberte yogurt. Both are thick and creamy with delicious fruit or flavorings. Both are made in Colorado. I buy mine at Safeway, but I am sure that other grocery purveyors carry them.

Looking for Best Yogurt in the Bay Area

Have you tried Noosa's yogurt? Creamy, thick with fresh fruit.
www.noosayoghurt.com/

Sunday brunch for Easter

Foodseek, I will check it out. Sounds like it has the atmosphere we want.

Sunday brunch for Easter

Sfoodie, we were just at Navio for Valentine;s brunch, and they said that they will do a dinner instead this year.

Sunday brunch for Easter

smartbrat, thank you for your suggestions.

Sunday brunch for Easter

Looking for a Sunday brunch for Easter Sunday, preferably in SF, but other Bay Area options are welcomed. Group of 4 adults.

Comfortable upscale surroundings preferred. No hard chairs that make you want to rush out.We typically eschew places with hard surfaces because it is too noisy to speak in a normal tone.

It needs to be a place where we can make reservations in advance, and not wait for a long time.

We do lots of brunches, but I want to make sure that I am not missing any great places. I know that you are the experts.

Great food--quality over quantity-- is also important. One of us is a vegetarian who does not eat meat, fish, or fowl, so a selection with great egg dishes is ideal. Excellent bread and pastries are also a consideration.

Favorite is Navio at RC Half Moon Bay, but they are only doing dinner this year.
We have tried Murray Circle, Garden Palace, Ellas, Presidio Social Club, Wayfare, Bar Tartine, Greens, Olympic Club. We liked Grand Cafe before it closed.

Campton Place, Vitrine and 4 Seasons look ordinary for breakfast/brunch, but maybe some of you have had good experiences there recently.
A buffet isn't necessary. As a vegetarian, it is sometimes wasted on me.
Has anyone had any wonderful experiences with Sunday brunch that they would like to share?
Thank you in advance for your help.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

WE have been to Bremer and Salvestrin and enjoyed them both very much. We will make sure to include Failla in our visit. Thank you for the information.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Onion Tears, thank you very much. We haven't been to either one in quite a while, so we will check them out.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Thanks, Goldang. We have been debating about Kenzo.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Long time wine aficionados staying in Yountville and visiting Napa and Calistoga for 5 days in January for new wine tasting/ food pairing experiences. We enjoy everything from big cabs to zins to pinots to burgundy style whites. We live in San Fran, and visit frequently. We like to think that there are still some unusual experiences still to be savored. Last visit we did Hess Cab tasting, Larkmead, Hourglass, Long Meadow Ranch, and Maisonery. Members of Biale, Seghesio, Rubicon. Any new suggestions from this august group?