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Calling all bread bakers...

Wow I forgot about this for a while. Thanks so much everyone for the help and feedback! I'm in the process of moving so experimenting with bread recipes isn't top of the list at the moment but when I settle in my new high-altitude home I will revisit this issue. Good luck to anyone else trying to replicate the recipe and please continue to post updates and recipes!

THANKS!!!

Jul 05, 2012
aeliseb in Home Cooking

Calling all bread bakers...

Great! They do sell a loaf in fact. Half Moon Bay is a nice little town, definitely a place to stop and get lunch. When is your trip and where are you coming from?

Feb 15, 2012
aeliseb in Home Cooking

Calling all bread bakers...

Yes I am trying to recreate the white bread recipe but we are using a unofficial (or perhaps official) recipe of the deli's wheat bread that was found online. The breads are very similar in texture but obviously have a different flavor.

Feb 14, 2012
aeliseb in Home Cooking

Calling all bread bakers...

I just called the deli and inquired about the recipe, or at least a hint. The lovely woman who answered the phone said she didn't know what was in the bread, and nobody except the bread baker did. She said it was a very closely guarded secret and she was sorry she couldn't be of more help.

I did find this recipe online: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,164,1.... I don't know if this is authentic or not and I don't want to make it because I don't care for wheat bread. I will however say that the wheat bread has the same overall texture as the white bread... does anyone see any ingredients in this list that might explain the unique texture of the bread? Or any other ideas before I start experimenting?

Feb 14, 2012
aeliseb in Home Cooking

Calling all bread bakers...

The closest I've gotten so far is 1 cup milk, 2 3/4 cups flour, 1 t sugar, 1 T olive oil, 1.5 t salt and 1/2 packet of yeast (I halved the original recipe, which made two bread loaves). The bread had great flavor and was overall a very good white bread. But the texture was completely different. The deli's bread is sort of spongy, not dry. I have tried adding more olive oil but the bread just comes out oily.

Feb 14, 2012
aeliseb in Home Cooking

Calling all bread bakers...

I am trying to recreate a bread recipe from an AMAZING deli with the best bread. I know a lot of people make that claim but seriously, this one is fantastic. It is called the San Benito House Deli and it's in Half Moon Bay, CA. I grew up there so I am very familiar with this local gem. HOWEVER. I no longer live in the area and having a sandwich just once a year is not working out. I need to figure out the secret to their bread recipe and I am struggling.

I know there are only so many components to bread so I'm not sure why my bread, although delicious in it's own right, is just not the same. The bread is very moist and spongy, kind of like fresh, good quality sourdough. But they call it French bread and it does not taste like sourdough at all. I considered the fact that maybe their secret is simply fresh-baked bread, but I remember keeping a sandwich in the fridge for over a day and the bread being just as good as when I first bought it. It's something IN the bread that makes it amazing.

Any ideas what their secret might be? So far I have experimented with your basic ingredients (yeast, salt, a little sugar). I use all-purpose flour, and have tried using milk and various amounts of olive oil. I am not sure where to go next.

I have attached a photo for reference.

Feb 13, 2012
aeliseb in Home Cooking

Best restaurants/cafes in New Orleans with outdoor seating?

I know nothing about their food, but I think this place is great anyway. It's called the Bridge Lounge and I refer you to their yelp page (http://www.yelp.com/biz/bridge-lounge...) because their website was not working for me. I love this "dog bar" because they allow you to bring dogs INSIDE. We have an 80-lb lovable mutt and he felt right at home here. Nice atmosphere, cheap drinks, and supposedly some good food. And 100% dog friendly? You don't see that in many places! I highly recommend it, especially because parking is plentiful. I plan to go back very soon myself!

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Bridge Lounge
1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mar 23, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

Best restaurants/cafes in New Orleans with outdoor seating?

Beautiful suggestion! I think we have a winner!

Mar 23, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

Best restaurants/cafes in New Orleans with outdoor seating?

My mom is visiting and I would love to take her to a cafe or restaurant somewhere in town that has a beautiful outdoor eating area. I saw a show on TV recently featuring some New Orleans gardens (all residential) and I thought... there must be somewhere around here that serves food and keeps a beautiful garden... the problem is, I don't know where!

Any moderately priced suggestions?

Mar 22, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

Good food, good music on a Monday night?

I will! Thanks! Monday night is a good time to go out, in my opinion!

Mar 22, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

Good food, good music on a Monday night?

Hello there,

That was definitely the plan until they (not me!) made a last minute decision to go over to the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro instead. I am excited to go to Jacque Imo's though because it was featured in an old Bon Appetit magazine I uncovered recently. Looks good to me! Thanks for the tips guys!

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Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Mar 22, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

Good food, good music on a Monday night?

Tonight we are celebrating a birthday and were hoping to enjoy some good food, and good music on a Monday night. We were also hoping to avoid the French Quarter - if possible - for parking reasons. Any ideas? Maybe something in the Garden District?

Mar 15, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

New to New Orleans: I need tips on where to shop!

Thank you for the wonderful response. This gives me a great idea of what to expect when living in this BEAUTIFUL city! I guess I'll just have to change my habits when it comes to shopping. :-)

Mar 01, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans

New to New Orleans: I need tips on where to shop!

So I am from San Francisco, sometimes referred to as "foodie heaven." I never really thought much about it until I moved here to New Orleans, and I can't find what I need very easily. I am used to going to ONE place to get fantastic produce, meat, and bakery items. I am used to farmer's markets that stretch over 3 city blocks.

This Saturday, I woke up early and excited to browse the Gretna farmers market. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was certainly expecting more than a handful of tables! I've tried asking locals, where can I get good food? They always, ALWAYS, tell me to just go to Whole Foods.

After many, many experiences of reading chowhound forums I am finally reaching out to you guys personally. Tell me: is there not a great place to shop to get everything I need? A place that sells excellent produce, meats, and bakery items? All under one roof? I live in Algiers Point on the West Bank. I volunteer in the city near St. Charles/Louisiana. Where can I go that is within easy distance of either place? Any suggestions? Rouses just ISN'T cutting it for me!

If nothing comes to mind, I will happily take suggestions on where to purchase these items individually... if I have to.

Thanks in advance!

Feb 28, 2010
aeliseb in New Orleans