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How do you save a list of restaurants to try?

Thank you all for your suggestions and sharing what you use. I'm going to try a couple options and see which one I like best. Yelp bookmarks definitely have some bonuses with the proximity search, but I do like some of the other options too.

Aug 22, 2013
bellemdm in General Topics

How do you save a list of restaurants to try?

I checked out that article that talks about Memento which sounds very cool. Supposed to be the comparable to Bento. This sounds pretty cool for other reasons too so I will definitely check it out!

Aug 22, 2013
bellemdm in General Topics

How do you save a list of restaurants to try?

Looks pretty cool, I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Aug 22, 2013
bellemdm in General Topics

How do you save a list of restaurants to try?

Hi ttoommyy, this made me laugh out loud, or LOL, in tech savvy terms! I love it, a paper and pen - who would have guessed. I was just wondering if I was missing out on some cool app for such a list.

Aug 22, 2013
bellemdm in General Topics

How do you save a list of restaurants to try?

This question has been on my mind so I thought I would ask others how they save lists of restaurants that they want to try. I will see many great suggestions on this board, from friends, reviews online, etc. but then can't seem to think of any when it comes time to try something new. Happen to you?

Ideally it would be something with mobile capabilities (Droid) for me - I'm currently debating Yelp bookmarks. What do you use? Thank you for your input!

Aug 22, 2013
bellemdm in General Topics

Chowhounds' Favorite Burgers in Oakland and the East Bay

I highly recommend Disco Volante's burger - Volante burger with aged white cheddar, bacon jam and pickled pepper mayonnaise. Hello, bacon jam, need I say more?

Jan 30, 2013
bellemdm in Features

Vesu - Walnut Creek

Vesu is definitely closed.

Aug 01, 2011
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Today is the day! Where does everyone go for a fun atmosphere to partake in some beaujolais in either SF or Oakland? It seems challenging to find events online, let alone places that are actually honoring our nouveau tonight (Nov. 18, 2010). Please share your favorite places:)

Nov 18, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

Thank you everyone for these wonderful suggestions! I really want some now!

Nov 18, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

What to get....what to get.... Turkey VOTE !

Oh gosh, please don't do a Safeway bird, yikes! You get what you pay for - keep that in mind. I just called and talked to Ver Brugge and from their point of view the Willie and Diestel are comparable. They are both $2.99/lb. and they charge $12 extra for brining. My order is in!

Nov 18, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

My first inclination is a French restaurant, but I wanted to check the board to see if anyone here has a favorite place (it doesn't have to be French). Just to confirm, I am talking about the lovely slightly sweet and delicate onion soup. What disappoints me most are places serving this over salted and heavy "broth" stuff (like the last time I tried it at a steak restaurant, ugh). It begged my friend and I to ask the question, where do we find great French onion soup? Thank you for your expertise!

Nov 06, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Fried Chicken in San Francisco

I just had fried chicken at Sauce on Gough Street. Here's the description from the menu: Breast & Wing w/ Truffled Mushrooms, Green Beans & Bacon Whipped Potato& Pan Gravy. Since having it, I have declared it my new personal favorite over Town Hall. However, I haven't been to the other places that folks are listing here. I was very impressed with Sauce and am going back in a couple weeks to try more things off their share menu! http://www.saucesf.com/

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Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Aug 25, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

10 Cosmetic Uses for Everyday Foods

I concur with the coconut oil for dry hair. I also use coconut oil every day as my "body lotion" of choice. I once read somewhere, "If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin!" Another tip I heard on that Dr. Oz show is to use garlic to strengthen nails. Mince up one clove and then add to a bottle of clear nail polish. Let it cure for about a week and then it's ready to use. It does smell a bit well, garlicky, but gosh does it strengthen your nails. Amazing! And don't forget that Apple Cider Vinegar is a well known cure for many things that ail you. Try the cocktail recipe on the bottle of Braggs ACV.

Aug 25, 2010
bellemdm in Features

Comments for our San Fran & Napa Itinerary

I concur in skipping Domaine Carneros, way too touristy for me. A much better bet and right across the street is Cuvaison's new tasting room. Beautiful views from an outdoor patio that is right in the middle of the vineyards, plus a totally green and very modern building. If you can do lunch in Carneros, I really like the Boon Fly Cafe. Another place I like for lunch off Route 29 is Brixx - they grow all of their own produce and herbs there and you can walk around the gardens all while enjoying your lunch on the patio and taking in the surrounding vineyards (sigh). Maybe for your casual dinner on Monday, Bounty Hunter in Napa (one of my faves) - a wine bar/restaurant/wine shop with hard to find, unique wines and their signature dish is beer can chicken. Oh it is fantastic even if it is cooked over a can of Tecate! A must do for your casual night in my book.

I also second the recommendation on Robert Sinskey - great wine and food pairing. Maybe a look into Paraduxx is worthwhile? Again a beautiful setting and great wines - they serve you under the oak trees (I think that is what they are) in the Reidel tumblers with some cheese to pair with the wines.

As for a winery to work in, I have to promote Heitz Cellars in St. Helena. Incredible wines - all 100% varietal and 100% Napa Valley - they are famous for their single vineyard cabs that can age 20 -30 years. I've recently had a couple of their 1999 single vineyards and they are fabulous. Small very chill tasting room and there is no tasting fee so you can spend your money on wine instead.

As for some others, I have been to Go Fish in St. Helena - awesome. I was also just at Fish in Sausilito - very enjoyable - gosh their fish is fresh! A few of my favorite SF dinner spots are 1550 Hyde, Town Hall and Slow Club (definitely off the beaten path with this one) - Foreign Cinema and Zuni are also top spots in SF. I need to still try a couple on your lsit. If you can work in oyster happy hour ($1 oysters until 6PM) at Waterbar on the Embarcadero, you will be very happy indeed - just down the street from Hog Island, which is also good but no happy oyster hour and the view of the Bay Bridge and bay is sweet at Waterbar (can you tell I like places with nice views)?

Okay, I really could go on and on, but I guess I should get back to work now:(

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Boon Fly Cafe
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

Slow Club
2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Domaine Carneros
1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA

Go Fish
641 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574

Jul 21, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find good old school fried shrimp?

Thank you all for the replies, I will definitely check some of these places out and will incorporate a road trip to Half Moon Bay as well.

Jun 24, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find good old school fried shrimp?

I'm talking about the deep fried shrimp (batter or breaded) with red cocktail sauce, nothing fancy. I've really had this craving, but am lacking on ideas where to find it. Of course, it would be extra nice if it was fresh and sustainably raised, etc. but maybe I shouldn't be too picky. Just a place that can cook it right without being too greasy. Oh yum, cannot wait to hear the responses!

Thank you,
Michelle

Jun 24, 2010
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area

Does anyone know of a clambake in this area or have you hosted a clambake?

I grew up in the Cleveland area and this time of year (September/October) was filled with opportunities to attend clambakes. By the time I became interested in attending one, I had already moved to California and now I am very much wanting to attend a clambake! It seems that this food trend does not exist in the Bay Area or maybe I just cannot find them? Does anyone know of any clambakes in the Bay Area or Napa Valley? Or, if there are not public clambakes, has anyone ever hired a caterer to do a clambake for you? Would love to hear any ideas and thank you.

Sep 19, 2009
bellemdm in San Francisco Bay Area