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Dinner recommendation on 10/29 after 8 pm 715 Bush St. Typifying SF Dining Experience

Well we decided to go to Farallon based on old memories. Decor beautiful as remembered. I ordered a martin dirty w/ hangar vodka...had odd taste. Waitress was impatient w/ us. We ordered variety of oysters (I liked), excellent green salad, weird calamari appetizer, halibut entree (decided mediocre), odd bass dish w/ bacon--bacon was best part of meal. Waitress recommended excellent half bottle of white wine. Service good but waitress annoyed with our questions and ready to call it a night; when we left alll the garbage was out on the front street )bad impression). Conclusion: mediocre meal and overpriced. Next night chowhounds took us to Toom Kee ....more in our price range and much more delicicous. Should have paid closer attention to ur recommendations.

Nov 16, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner recommendation on 10/29 after 8 pm 715 Bush St. Typifying SF Dining Experience

What about Biscuits and Blues? Some friends had recommended that and it seems like it might be a compromise tween cost, food, location and live music. Once again thanks for all of your comments.

Oct 28, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner recommendation on 10/29 after 8 pm 715 Bush St. Typifying SF Dining Experience

Pei, thanks so much for your reply. Our budget is around $40 (not including the liquor bill). I would guess that narrows it quite a bit.

Oct 28, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner recommendation on 10/29 after 8 pm 715 Bush St. Typifying SF Dining Experience

Hello, my colleagues and I will be arriving from Fresno via train and checking into our hotel hopefully around 8ish. We would like to recover with a nice dinner. We have already arranged an "off the menu" Chinese dinner for 10/30 and are since we are from Fresno don't need recommendations for ethnic restaurants. I grew up in the Bay Area, so remember Sam's fondly. I am wondering what sort of recommendations you might have that are w/in walking distance (8 blocks); serve martinis, and might give my colleague a good and positive example of SF dining. Our budget is flexible. I fondly remember dinner at Farallon several years ago, but that would be my latest dining experience in SF so am obviously out of touch. Any recommendations high or low would be most appreciated. Also is their a convenient wine store selling quality wines nearby?

Oct 26, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowing with the Hounds Picnic, 2008 Report.

You can buy this at TJoes.

Sep 28, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowing with the Hounds Picnic, 2008 Report.

Is the cool spoon a ladle? Can you give the cooler to Cecelia when you next see her as it is mine (her sister Monica).

Sep 28, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowing with the Hounds Picnic, 2008 Report.

Hi this is Monica, Cecelia's big sister. Glad you liked the green gazpacho. I adapted my recipe from Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave Cookbook. I lived in Spain for a month, ate gazpacho daily, it is one of my favorite hot weather dishes. I thought my sister's was fabulous.

White Gazpacho

1/4 cup of toasted slivered almonds
2 large english cucumbers, peeled, sliced, seeds removed, and sliced into chunks
3 slices white country bread, crusts removed (no wonder bread plz)
1/2 C warm water
3 cloves garlic, peeled
6 scallions, whites only, sliced
Handful of green grapes cut in half
3T good quality olive oil
2T white balsamic vinegar (use sherry vinegar is you can find it, i couldn't find it in Fresno)
1 t fresh lemon juice
salt, pepper, cumin to taste

Soak break in water until it softens. Throw everything into the blender and blend until consistency of milk. Adjust seasonings as desired. Let sit overnight for flavors to meld

Before serving, arranged decoratively on top of soup: 1/2 C green grapes cut in half, 1/4 C chopped cucumber, 1 T scallion whites, 1 t almonds. Enjoy!

Thanks for having us to the picnic ....we had a wonderful time. I'll post some comments later. I'd love the recipe for the red beans and olive dish.

Sep 28, 2008
4spain in San Francisco Bay Area

Guadalajara Book Fair 11/22-28

I am a librarian attending FIL. It will be my second time attending. I appreciate all the restaurant recommendations!

Nov 22, 2007
4spain in Mexico

Guadalajara Book Fair 11/22-28

Please send recommendations for some fabulous feasts you have had in this city as well as any surrounding city such as Tlaquepaque. Any food tips in general would be most appreciated.

Nov 21, 2007
4spain in Mexico

Salamanca Barrio, Madrid

Thanks to both of your for your advice. I am now in Madrid and am looking forward to trying these places. Yes the menu del dia at my university seems to be the best deal in town!!!4.35 euros for soup or salad, entree, dessert, drink.

Jul 09, 2007
4spain in Spain/Portugal

Salamanca Barrio, Madrid

Hello, I will be staying in Salamanca, Madrid for a month while also attending classes at the Universidad Juan Carlos. I will be traveling alone. I would appreciate suggestions for tapas, wine and sherry tasting, good coffee/pastry/chocolate places...something off the beaten tourist track. I want to experience all I can during this month!!!Thanks for your suggestions.

Jun 27, 2007
4spain in Spain/Portugal