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Cooking trom Ottolenghi's "JERUSALEM"

Thanks everyone for your speedy responses, I'll stick with the viognier.

Jul 25, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Cooking trom Ottolenghi's "JERUSALEM"

To Jen or anyone else who has made this successfully, may I know what wine you used please? I've made this twice, great once but the other just o.k.

I think I used Sauvignon Blanc both times but different producers (< $10 from Trader Joe's). Just bought Yalumba Viognier from Costco without realizing I needed DRY white wine. Been a while since I've made it...thoughts?

Jul 25, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Gateway Foods(dishes) to introduce foreign / ethnic flavours

Then may be a dosa...a savory crepe. And serve with coconut or tomato chutney, " a condiment."

Jul 21, 2014
ceekskat in General Topics
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central location in city for good food and family with toddler and baby

Where did you stay previously? Union Square should be fine. Walking distance to Ferry Bldg & Chinatown. Also, helps to visit during weekdays as parking is much easier in areas such as Mission district & Marina.

Jul 21, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

lunch recs for a week [San Francisco]

2nd Yank Sing

rosamunde sausage grill
croque monsieur at Tartine Bakery
Super Duper Burger
Taqueria San Jose
La Taqueria

Casual upscale- Cotogna, Zero Zero, A16, La Mar

Jul 14, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Help picking Wine?

You should start by asking your boyfriend about his parents' preference. I have teenagers who've known forever that our preference is red wine :)

Also, you don't have to rely on Target & WF. Couple of great places to buy good wines at decent prices are K&L Wines in SF & Peninsula & Artisan Wine Depot in Mtn. View. In Berkeley, we really like the light, fun wines of Broc Cellars.

Jul 11, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Ny'ers 1st time itinerary. Feedback welcomed

If you are not pastry fans, do try the croque monsieur at Tartine Bakery. It is their bread that is not to be missed! I've had their frangipane croissant, pain au chocolat & I'd say skip it. And they're huge! May be next time I'll try the morning bun but I'm not holding my breath. Have enjoyed their quiche.

BTW, their oatmeal choc. chip walnut cookie is almost cracker thin & not too sweet, highly recommend!!

Jul 10, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

I'm with you on wine & Indian food; additionally, tacos from my local taqueria.

When I went to India last year, ate so many heavy meals that I was craving a nice big salad (which I never do :)

Jul 10, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me pick two: Nico, Verbena, Stones Throw, Baker & Banker? [San Francisco]

From your list, I've only been to Verbena (Memorial Day). I highly recommend the restaurant. The sprouted seed bread, mole, dessert & excellent cocktails are reason enough for me to go back. One negative was the seared squash dish which, while beautifully presented as with all dishes, wasn't cooked thoroughly resulting in a raw middle. Service was also very good.

Not one for sweet or strong drinks, I had inquired with our server for suggestions to which he duly proclaimed, "all of our cocktails are balanced". I thoroughly enjoyed my Rocket & Rose & was pleasantly surprised at dh's Gilded Lily (apple scotch, vermouth, cardamom and ale). Now I know what a balanced cocktail is. I honestly don't think you can go wrong with any of their cocktails.

Jul 10, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area
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Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

Yet another vote for Yank Sing. On our most recent visit in April, ladies were very nice, mindful of our shellfish allergy & were even kind enough to take a picture of our family. YS is a must whenever my elderly parents visit from Texas. Yes, do get get the XLB & finish off with mango pudding.

Lastly, call ahead to be safe. I've even called same morning.

Jun 20, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Top 10 Eats From our Last Trip

Love your dessert posts...did you get any help with these? LOL. I could feel my waistline expanding just by looking at the pics!

Jun 14, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Family with teens

Thanks for the breakfast recs. Hopefully no pizza during trip as we have a pretty good selection at home :)

Jun 14, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Family with teens

Good to know about Sylvain, will do Herbsaint instead. And thanks for the heads up about the hotel.

Jun 14, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Top 10 Eats From our Last Trip

Don't know whether to bless you or curse you for this timely report! Coming from SF, I too wanted to avoid Italian but now...

Going with teens & they do love pasta as well as desserts. Recs based on desserts if you had any...Sylvain, Peche, or Herbsaint?

Jun 14, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Family with teens

K Pauls- meant our stay is Sun thru Wed lunch.

We'll be able to venture out for breakfast one or two days, thanks.

Jun 13, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Family with teens

I think I have the dinners down...will choose among Galatoire's, Sylvain, Luke, Cochon, Peche. Would like to have tried K-Pauls, but no reservations available at preferred times (Sun-Wed lunch). Please let me know if I'm missing something.

DD1 has been to Commander's palace dinner so I thought we'd try something different. First visit for rest of us & sadly, two allergic to shellfish.

Staying at JW Marriott. Would appreciate breakfast suggestions (already have Cafe Du Monde on list). Lunch Cochon Butcher, may be Camellia Grill? Would prefer not to have lengthy lunches. Thanks.

Jun 13, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Sno-Zen Shaved Ice Mountain View?

Stopped in for a quick treat with my girls as the older has been talking about it for some time. All I have to say is WOW! Seems to be a cross between shaved ice & frozen yogurt (it is a dairy based product). So pretty how this frozen treat is folded & layered.

They have various fruit toppings as well as option of adding plain condensed milk or black sesame condensed milk. Dd1 had taro w/ condensed milk & dd2 had mango with strawberries. I preferred the latter (not as rich) but next time, would like to try it with black sesame condensed milk as we were told it wouldn't be as sweet as plain.

Wonder how they chose this location...

https://www.google.com/search?q=snoze....

Jun 12, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Late lunch with prosecco?... [San Francisco]

Lovely suggestion but OP should be aware The Rotunda closes at 5:00 p.m on Fridays.

Jun 12, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner with vegetarians near San Jose/Mountain View?

Dish Dash in Sunnyvale...may not be loud if you go early.

Jun 08, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area
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Disappointing dinner at David Burke's Primehouse

I agree about the $3 up charge being chintzy but I am curious to know the following...

Menu states extra charge is for "white anchovies". Would you have received dark/regular anchovies at no charge?

For the record, I've never had Caesar salad prepared table side nor am I well versed in varieties of anchovies.

Jun 08, 2014
ceekskat in Chicago Area

Learned from experience?

About 2 years ago, my then 13 year old turned on the oven only to smell burning plastic after a few minutes. She hadn't checked inside and found a loaf of bread whose wrap was melting away. Needless to say, she's been careful ever since.

Of course prior to this experience, I had always told her to check the oven before turning on.

Jun 04, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

(another) Napa Valley Itinerary Thread

I haven't been to Angele but based on board recs, I think you'll do fine there. About vacillating between restaurants, keep doing that myself with an upcoming NOLA trip.

Jun 02, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco/Chips & guac question

This was my thinking...there will be brownies, fruits, mini sandwiches, etc.

Thanks all for your replies.

Jun 02, 2014
ceekskat in Chains

Costco/Chips & guac question

Need to buy enough tortilla chips & guac for 24 teens(seniors). There will be others supplying more of this & other foods for a total of 150 kids. My question is will the guac at Costco (organic, 3 pack 16 oz. each) be enough for 24? I am fairly certain their 5lb Las Fortunitas chips will be sufficient :)

Jun 02, 2014
ceekskat in Chains

(another) Napa Valley Itinerary Thread

If time is short, I suggest Keenan after Pride. Friendly staff & nice variety of wines in a casual, laid back setting. Just makes sense to visit more than one winery while you are up there.

Since you are visiting Far Niente, no worries about missing Phelps as their visitor center is undergoing a remodel and tastings have been moved to a temporary location on the ground level near the vines (will not have the vast view as from the upper level though I have not been to the temp. site).
http://www.josephphelps.com/renovation/

Here's a thread that may help...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8827...
Do drive on the Silverado trail as much as possible, lot less traffic.

If you need a couple of wineries that are not time consuming, try Elyse (call ahead, nice rhone wines) or a newcomer, Odette, the latest from the PlumpJack group. Inexpensive tasting in a beautiful new building (don't think you need an appt).

Enjoy, you are going to love it!

Jun 01, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Try these little frozen fruit pies before they disappear (cuz every dessert I love does!).

http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/...

Great crust; good crust to filling ratio; not too sweet filling; perfect individual size *for me*. Just really good.

May 31, 2014
ceekskat in Chains

(another) Napa Valley Itinerary Thread

"Final final note, yes, I will be eating at La Ciccia on Sat night since I don't come to SF and not eat there."

Along the same lines...you are coming all the way from the East Coast, how can you not visit Pride?

First time dh & I went to Pride was during our first overnight trip sans kids in 8 years. 5th grader had weeklong Yosemite trip to which we said, NAPA!! Dropped her off at 8:15, gathered things & booked it for the little over 2 hr drive through SF rush hour. Not doing that again.

You OTOH, will already be in Napa and the drive so early in the morning is not bad at all, especially if you take the Silverado trail. Yes, the winding mountain road will be a little rough, but worth it. On a subsequent overnight visit for us (yes, dd was on another school trip, lol), dh & I did visit another mountain winery the next morning. Much more relaxing than having to drive 2+ hrs directly to mountain top. Okay, that was my 2cents.

May 29, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Emerils vs Commander's Palace vs Galatoires

Good to know.

May 28, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Emerils vs Commander's Palace vs Galatoires

Will do, thanks. If there is a significant wait, is it possible to put our name down & get a drink nearby? If so, suggestions for a place to get good cocktails & snack where girls wouldn't feel out of place would be appreciated.

May 28, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans

Emerils vs Commander's Palace vs Galatoires

I currently have a reservation (upstairs I presume?) at Galatoire's on a Sunday evening in June. Would you still recommend as this would be for a family of four with 15 & 18 yr old girls? Other choices are Sylvain & Emeril's.

May 28, 2014
ceekskat in New Orleans