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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Hi Hill,

It's still there, but the clientele is a bit "douche bro" now. The drinks are not that great either. Still if it's quiet and you're in the hood it does in a pinch.

Sep 15, 2014
cosmogrrl in General Topics

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Ruth, I grew up the same way. By the time I was 6-7 I started helping in the kitchen. Washing the lettuce or something, then later on the whole salad, also helped prep, set the table, etc. We had to eat what was on our plates, or go to bed with no dinner, and no TV. There were somethings that we were allowed a free pass on, for me it was split pea soup. But then again my mother could get a meal on the table in ~15 minutes if she needed to. I really enjoyed dinner with the family in the breakfast room. We only got to eat in front of the TV on Sunday nights so we could watch The Wonderful World of Disney, and Wild Kingdom. Everyone helped with the clean up too.

Sep 14, 2014
cosmogrrl in Food Media & News

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

I'm curious about this too, as I grew up in the 70's and here were tuna sandwiches and PBJs galore. I read that there has been a 50% rise between 1997 and 2011.

There are also quite few studies being done. Here is something about it from UCLA: http://fooddrugallergy.ucla.edu/body.....

Even more reading: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02...

Sep 14, 2014
cosmogrrl in Not About Food

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Tiki bars, and rum are having a resurgence, at least here in San Francisco. Of course Trader Vic's is still around, and The Tonga Room (with a new menu), and quite a few new ones. The most notable one is Smuggler's Cove, where you can hear Martin Denny! Smuggler's has some of the most amazing tiki drinks, real Mai Tais, Navy Grog, etc. Hrrm, now I want a Navy Grog.

Sep 14, 2014
cosmogrrl in General Topics

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

I work in tech in the bay area, mostly in start ups. Drinking at lunch happens a lot. It's always been this way. Unless it's crunch time and you eat lunch at your desk.

Jul 17, 2014
cosmogrrl in Not About Food

OOPS!?! That wasn't PARCHMENT PAPER!!

I've not done this, but I have done some really stupid things in the kitchen. We all have.

Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

Not a convert yet, as I haven't tried it. Once i get it into my hands I will report back. First item on the menu for it is a tomato sandwich, then a mayo based salad dressing.

Apr 27, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Cooking Task You Detest the Most?

This reminds me of my aunt in Turkey, teaching me how to prepare a chicken for roasting. Check for an egg, added bonus!, then take the neck (still attached), and put it over the gas stove to burn the last of the feathers off. Cut off the feet, then the neck. No either chop it up for parts or roast whole. As a child from the states, who was used to super market chicken, this was a new experience. I think I was about 6 at the time.

Apr 27, 2013
cosmogrrl in Home Cooking

Michael Bauer's efforts to remain anonymous

Ok, my 2 pennies. They probably should have valet parking. But, if you are having the wine pairing effing take a cab home you dumb ass. Do NOT drive buzzed or drunk EVER. And, for some that could mean three drinks, for others, one. It's .08 in California, and I think the minimal fine is $10,000, or some thing like that.

So, basically, nice night out? Having a drink and/or wine pairings? Cab it. Keep the rest of us, and you safe.

The idea of "I'm fine to drive." rarely washes with me, you're buzzed and should not drive. It's just stupid.

Sorry, but I had to rant, as I see way to many people driving after their "special occasions", and I've seen how much they've had to drink.

A very specific challenge regarding ambiance for my dear parents - Paris

Have them learn a few French phrases. "Please", "Thank You", "Where is...?", "We would like..", etc., the more the better. I have found that even my crappy high school French went a long way in Paris. Even if the conversation was continued in English, or hand signs. I never had any rude service. However, French service is different than American. They can appear quite stiff, or formal, and not very convivial. But there are exceptions. Basically, smile, be polite, and speak French if possible (even if you horribly mutilate it).

Sorry that I can't help you with restaurants.

Apr 27, 2013
cosmogrrl in France

Foods Together: My Way or the Highway

I can agree with the bourbon part wholeheartedly. Although I have never been to Kentucky.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Cocktail party - for about 20 people

yes, we really do need a particular location in order to make a suggestion. SF, Oakland, San Mateo, and even a region in there of. Love to help if I can but don't have enough info. Would also be helpful to know a general age group, and ambiance needed; such as view of bridge, loud, funky, date place, pick up bar, with food, no food, quiet, etc.

There are a lot of bars in the bay area.

Glaze Teriyaki on Fillmore [San Francisco]

I think he means bland, or maybe chain now that I re-read the post. But I like a lot of these places you listed, and do not consider them bland by any means. Especially Troya, which has my (and my father's) seal of approval as Turks.

Wanted: low sugar yogurt.

Me too.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

A Love it, and often ask for extra mayo (they can be so stingy!). And I just ordered some Duke's because I found it can be ordered online. My favorite is usually Hellman's/Best Food's.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

Like fries.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Survery: Do you like Mayonnaise?

I can't make cake, except for angel food. No matter what I try, it's a heavy, leaden, door stop, except for a box mix. Why it is that I can make a difficult cake, but not a simple one, is beyond me.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Your Biggest Restaurant Menu Pet Peeve

Well there are the Toronto Blue Jays!

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in Not About Food

Chows and Chains

I loved their steak salad, and their buttermilk dressing.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in Chains

Chows and Chains

I just found that McDonald's has a side salad for $1 in the downtown area of SF, very near my office. I keep a bottle of salad dressing in the fridge. It's a nice, fresh, albeit slightly dull, salad. Any other place in the area would charge at least $5. Not too shabby. And yes I could bring one from home and do the same thing, but I'm pretty much a zombie in the morning, and forget in the evening.

But that's pretty much the only fast food I eat. Okay, you got me, occasionally I do eat a McD's cheeseburger, it's comfort food.

Apr 26, 2013
cosmogrrl in Chains

Proper martini glasses

We have some from my SO's grandmother, some Noritake she got when they were stationed in Japan after the war. We've managed to get some more at a few junk shops. They're quite small, and I really must say I prefer it.

Battenburg lace gives me nightmares, but only because I had to iron all my mothers stuff after a heavy starch (i.e., dipped into a pot of starch), but the rest I agree with, makes for a lovely place setting.

Feb 23, 2013
cosmogrrl in Spirits

Noodles, noodles, noodles: Oh, how I love noodles.....

I love all noodles, pasta, ramen, udon, soba, pho, and many others.

But my favorite is manti, a Turkish dish..

Jan 23, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Your First Time...Did You Enjoy It?

It was a small place on San Pablo called "La China Poblana" and was owned by a Mexican/Indian couple. I loved chapatis and the tacos, but loved having tastes of my parents' curry dishes, but they were a little too hot to have as my main dish. I must have been about 4 then. Bonus points was that it was across the street from a Winchell's Donuts, so we had those for dessert.

Jan 22, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Far Western Moving to Orcutt in 2011

It's opened in the new location, FYI. I haven't been yet, but will next time I'm down there visiting the in laws. There's quite a few new places in Old Orcutt, and I heard tell that there will be a another new mexican place with a full bar that open this spring.

Jan 22, 2013
cosmogrrl in California

Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

The dried beef with a white "gravy" was called "sh*t on a shingle" by the military for several wars (may still be called that). I had a boy friend who loved it, so I had to get the recipe from his Mom.

Jan 16, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

Our Cat Likes People Food

I'm glad your cans are fed well! That brought up some very funny imagery for me!

Jan 15, 2013
cosmogrrl in Not About Food

Our Cat Likes People Food

My kitteh does this as well. She goes especially crazy when I am butchering the beef filet into steaks and bits. She gets a taste or two when I do this. She's not a particularly greedy cat, she just "wants a taste". Hrrm, that last sentence makes her sound like a Hollywood Mafioso type. :)

Jan 15, 2013
cosmogrrl in Not About Food

Recipes to use up poor quality feta?

Try making papara. Cut up your old baguette into bite sized pieces and toss into a pan with oil or butter. Once they're toasted, and a bit of garlic and saute for a few seconds. Add a bit of water and cover. Remove cover when bread has softened and add crumbled feta toss and remove from heat. It's a nice savory breakfast!

Jan 13, 2013
cosmogrrl in Home Cooking

Is there an online source for buying soup and marrow bones?

You may want to try some of the new delivery services that have started up in SF, TaskRabbit or Postmates. Here's article about some of them: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/arti...

I haven't used these myself, but they may be worth a try.

Jan 13, 2013
cosmogrrl in General Topics

What is your favorite cookbook of all time?

Yes. Especially now that some of the "Old School" recipes are making a small comeback. And because I find some of the recipes new to me (I'm in my 40's) such as cold salmon with dill sauce.

Mind you, I have a minimalist cookbook collection, as I have a tiny place, and most of the newer things can be found online.

Jan 11, 2013
cosmogrrl in Home Cooking