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

Weisella gingerbread cookie is the only holiday item my family looks forward to...saw them today & stocked up.

Nov 23, 2014
ceekskat in Chains

Yank Sing Settlement Labour Dispute [San Francisco]


"There are a lot of violations like this in the restaurant industry," UC Berkeley research economist

"During this process we unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local U.S. standards." What bs. And only a $3,500 fine????

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Grrrreat question!

Nov 20, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Dinner after Nutcracker - Large group, kids and food allergies. Help please! [San Francisco]

Looks like prices have crept up a bit since I've been, but take a look at Town Hall. Also Perbacco & Zero Zero.

Best martini olives?

Is this available in stores? If available online for purchase, could you please provide a link? I enjoy making martinis for my husband :) Thanks.

Nov 18, 2014
ceekskat in Spirits

Help Please, Sunday 28 December

Uber is also an option.

Recs for Thermador service in SF?

I was happy with Otto's Appliance Service located in Millbrae (they do service SF).

Kid-friendly restaurant in SF?

If you need to take the baby outside, you would have to go downstairs & bathroom is *tiny*. Just not convenient imho.

Check opentable for La Mar, Slanted Door, A16, Zero Zero, Yank Sing. Early dinner at Perbacco might work.

Help Please, Sunday 28 December

As already mentioned, Slanted Door and La Mar are good options for lunch in SF, as is Zuni. If you find yourself in the MP area for lunch, there's the casual upscale Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto. Of course this could also work for dinner (not a better option than Flea St, just different). Wine list may not be great but you could potentially pick up a nice bottle from nearby Beltramo's or KL Wines to take to dinner.

I am not knowledgable about wine availability/buying in Toronto, but wine shopping could be something fun to do since both have nice selection with excellent prices (KL a little better).

It is allocation season. What do you have coming?

I recently joined and am anxiously awaiting my first few bottles!

Oct 30, 2014
ceekskat in Wine

Lunch rec for San Jose...

There are some great suggestions on this thread. Depending on how famished you are, there is an In-n-Out burger right next to the airport though I'm not sure how feasible it is for someone without a car.


Food jokes - list

Think I heard on The Daily Show last week:

Son says to his dad, "Dad, what does Champagne taste like?"

Dad responds, "Son, I don't know, I'm a Dodgers fan."

Oct 28, 2014
ceekskat in Not About Food

French single malt - who knew?

Based on a rec from our local wine shop, I bought their version for my husband's birthday, yesterday. DH loved it (I enjoyed it too though I'm not a scotch drinker). The rec was based on the fact that the salesperson knew my husband was a fan of the now discontinued Johnnie Walker Double Black (he also likes Laphroaig & countless others; Macallan not so much).

My notes fwiw: supple, velvety, some sherry, not too sweet, not smokey. And here's the store's writeup:


Oct 27, 2014
ceekskat in Spirits

Sweet 16 Birthday Dinner in SF/area?

I just realized you said mid-December...ice skating in Union Square & Embarcadero may be open. You could do dinner nearby & go skating afterwards. Zero Zero may work for this.

Sweet 16 Birthday Dinner in SF/area?

El Mansour, Zero Zero & Ozumo were some of the venues for my daughter's friends' 16th birthday parties. I recall one small dinner, at A16, included visits to Crissy field & Coit Tower (for nighttime viewing).

Private room for 15 people (San Francisco)

Radius, though I don't know about cost.

SF: What's Left to Do?

Hit the taquerias again? :)

Where to get good bread in the south bay?

I haven't seen Acme bread in RWC Costco in quite sometime; not sure they carry it anymore.

OP: try Mayfield Bakery, Town & Country, PA

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

Seriously, and who buys Louboutins & complains about student loans??? Ashamed my foot...aargh!

Sep 17, 2014
ceekskat in Food Media & News

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

I just came across this & thought about your post...


Unfortunately, we were underwhelmed with our dinner at Stone's Throw, with only the squid ink pasta dish shining. Service was great, people were incredibly nice.

buttermilk cheese biscuit dough discolored

Thanks everyone. I baked, ate & am still here :)

I like the potato analogy. Also, I was starving when I found the dough & it just didn't look like mold and it had been in the fridge for only 3 or so days.

Sep 17, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for store bought marinades, sauces, and pre-mixed seasonings for chicken

Can't tell if you are being serious not...


Sep 16, 2014
ceekskat in General Topics

buttermilk cheese biscuit dough discolored

Made some on Saturday & kept rest in fridge for Sunday. Forgot about it until I just saw it in the fridge. It looks like mold color but discoloration is fairly even throughout the surface of the 1/2" thick, hand size dough. Only on surface. Your diagnosis is appreciated.

ETA: I had it saran wrapped.

Sep 16, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for store bought marinades, sauces, and pre-mixed seasonings for chicken

Recently discovered El Pato Sauce. In particular, love the Tomato Sauce (Mexican hot style) & Tomato sauce with jalapeno. I've made chicken, stuffed poblano, etc...


Sep 16, 2014
ceekskat in General Topics

Another restaurant wine pricing rant!

And another approach from soon to open Zola in Palo Alto...

"Corkage is $20 - a corkage fee is waived for each bottle purchased from our list or if the bottle is over 10 years old."

Sep 16, 2014
ceekskat in Wine

SPQR or Perbacco? [San Francisco]

"Cozy" has a price. As Robert states, SPQR is expensive. If budget is an issue, I would think twice; otherwise, you will enjoy SPQR.

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Flamin' hot Cheetos

Restaurant for 16th birthday lunch?

Slanted Door, Zero Zero, A16.

Help! Is mini Bocconcini cheese supposed to taste like this??

They shouldn't be bitter. DON'T CHUCK...take it back for a refund. I once bought Brie without realizing it was reduced price due to exp. date (thought price was a misprint lol) One pkg was great, the other tasted off...took it back next day for money back.

ETA- bummer that party is today, I hate when that happens. I too bought my cheese for an event & ended up being a bit short :(

Sep 13, 2014
ceekskat in Cheese

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

Dim sum at Great Eastern, Chinatown.