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pimientos de Padrón

Yes, Ive received them from Suzies Farm in my CSA box and we definitely got some hot ones. I would say maybe 1:6 or so. That was last season though.

Aug 09, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Best souffle

Definitely plan on trying this one again. But, I would like to try a good one for "research" beforehand.

Aug 07, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

pimientos de Padrón

Saw them at Suzie Farm stand at Hillcrest Farmer's Market. Picked up a basket for $4. Pricey, but sooo good. FYI: Also saw Padron pepper plants for transplanting at Walter Anderson's Nursery near MCRD.

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Hillcrest Farmer's Market
San Diego CA, San Diego, CA

Aug 07, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Best souffle

Yes (hanging head low in shame, hah :) My husband and I were reminded of a missed opportunity in Las Vegas to try a souffle. Ive never really had one, other than one I tried to make, and overcooked, at home.

Aug 02, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Best souffle

Looking for the best sweet or savory souffle for dinner out tomorrow night. Starting from Chula Vista, but am willing to drive to north county. Thanks.

Aug 01, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Source for yard eggs?

These sound like what you are looking for.

http://www.suburbanchicken.org/index....

Jul 17, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Need help narrowing down eats for upcoming weekend

Had a wonderful time in Seattle and had to report back!

Tilikum Place Cafe- Loved this quaint little cafe. Service was friendly and attentive. I had the dutch baby pancake with rapini and pancetta served in a small cast iron skillet. It was light, fluffy, but still delightfully custardy on the inside. It was very good. My sister had the eggs benedict with cornbread and chorizo. Though not my cup of tea, she enjoyed it. Portions were perfect.

Parked for $10 on 3rd and Wall (weekends only) and spent the rest of day touring around.

Pikes Place Market- Loved this market, tons of fresh flowers, seafood, and produce. Also enjoyed the shops just outside like Le Panier (fabulous croissants: buttery and tender, and macarons) and Beecher Cheese (good macaroni and cheese).

Space Needle - $18 to basically go up, and down on an elevator. But had to do it.

Elliots- Shared a dozen oysters. They were deliciously fresh.

Melrose Market- Capitol Hill I really enjoyed this market. We stopped off at Calf and Kid and talked for good amount of time to the two employees behind the counter. They were extremely friendly, allowing us to taste some wonderful cheeses. We picked up small bits of comte (my favorite), cheddar, goats cheese, and water buffalo cheese and headed on over to Bar Ferd'nand where we ordered some sparkling wine and olives and ate our cheese while we waited for our meal at Sitka and Spruce.

Sitka & Spruce- Ok, here is where the magic ended for us. This was the restaurant that my sister and I were most looking forward to and we just didn't get it. First, it is a lovely restaurant. I love the open kitchen concept that you see in many restaurants in Seattle. But when I went to check in my party, I stood at the door for 8 minutes before I was even acknowledged. Now, if you haven't been there before, it is small. I mean like 12 tables small. A female server literally passed 5 or 6 times, making direct eye contact with me several times and never said anything. Finally, at around the 8th minute mark she passed me and said "Be right with you" and then proceeded to clear one of her tables. Maybe its just me, but I thought this was unacceptable. I feel a customer waiting at the door is more important than an empty table. At the 10 minutes mark another server finally came over and checked us in.
Second, the concept of this restaurant is "family style" dining. But we found it very hard to "share" any of the dishes they prepared for us. Even the large size plates often contained only one piece of any given element. It was uncomfortable trying to divy up everything. Thirdly, the female server (who had passed me up earlier) was very attentive, I have to say, once we were seated.
Finally, we ordered the salmon with pickled rhubarb. Very little salmon overpowered by the very strong presence of too much pickled rhubarb. Ordered asparagus salad with carrots, dill, cilantro. I liked this dish. It was bright and herbaceous. Ordered the bread with sea salt. Yes, you have to pay for the bread. But the bread was great. Crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. Then we ordered the fried crab with tahini, dill, and cilantro. This dish just didn't work for me. The tahini was flavorless and made the outer crust on the crab mushy. We also ordered the sea scallops and octopus dish. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but the octopus was charred and tough. The plate was also dry and this dish really needed a sauce. We ordered a few things that escape my memory (not a good sign) and finished with a shared dessert, a gateau with fresh berries. Bleh! The food was fresh, herbal, and for the most part, properly prepared. But all the dishes were missing something for us. It was just ok, all and all. My sister thought that maybe they were having staffing issues.

Portage Bay Cafe- I liked this restaurant. I would have liked it more if we had made a reservation. We waited over an hour to be seated. But the food arrived very quickly. I ordered the lemon curd french toast. I thought the french toast was great. The lemon curd was tart and tasty. But all together, not so great. I also didn't like that they put a scoop of dry, ricotta on top of it all. I think it would be a better dish if they mixed the lemon curd into some blended ricotta and stuffed the french toast, and then served it with some raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries. But I digress. I would definitely go back. I would just order something different.

Discovery Park - This park is amazingly beautiful. It had a great mix of paved and off-road trails, and great views. Would definitely take my family.

Ballard Farmer's Market- Im still seething with jealously over this market. Raw cow and goats milk, pastured beef, pork and chicken. Not too many crafts. Mostly farmers. Loved it. Also, loved Ballard, in general a charming neighborhood.

We loved Ballard so much that we decided to go to Staple & Fancy for dinner. Had the chef's menu and it was fabulous. The first course consisted of 4-5 small plates, mostly centered around seafood. Soft boiled eggs with fresh anchovy served with an anchovy aioli. Crostini with duck pate drizzled with aged balsamic. White fish served with a bright, avocado puree with lime juice. Whole sardines, lightly breaded and fried served on top of a flavorful red pepper aioli. I know Im missing something here. But everything was delicious and perfectly prepared.
For the second course, we had housemade raviolis filled with english pea puree. Very tasty and perfectly al dente.
The third course was a pork tenderloin with a reduced sauce. Perfectly cooked, slightly pink in the center and very flavorful.
We finished with a vanilla bean cheesecake with rhubarb compote. We loved this restaurant! The service was great and it just has a great casual feel to it. Really enjoyed it.

Poppy- Had the 7 item vegetarian thali. Loved the risotto and naan. The dessert was the real show stealer here. One of the best dessert plates Ive had...ever. We ordered the thali for two. Lavender shortbread (tasted salty with just a hint of lavender. Perfect) Housemade NutterButter squares. Texture was lovely. Housemade chocolate salted caramel. This was the best caramel I have ever had. The textures was delicate and smooth, not chewy at all. Also loved the passion fruit gelee?/candy? Bursting with flavor, perfectly smooth texture. Also, the coconut lime sorbet was wonderful. My sister and I thought it was a little too sweet, but that didn't stop me from finishing it and trying to figure out how I was going to make it at home. Finally, the date cake with pecans, banana ice cream and butterscotch sauce. LOVE in a bowl.

Cafe Campagne- just ok. Ordered the quiche, and a bowl of housemade granola.

Loved Seattle. Some of the nicest, friendliest people Ive ever met. Would love to bring the whole family back next time and get into the mountains, hiking, etc...

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Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Portage Bay Cafe
4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Space Needle
203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Jun 29, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

After dinner drinks in Ballard

Thanks, for the great suggestions.

Jun 23, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

After dinner drinks in Ballard

I am going to be eating at Staple & Fancy on the weekend, and was wondering if there were any great bars/taverns to have drinks afterward in the Ballard area. I would prefer to walk from Staple.. but would have a car.

Thanks.

Jun 23, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Need help narrowing down eats for upcoming weekend

Tavern Law looks perfect. Reservations are set for dinner for both nights. Thanks for everyone's help. I will report back soon.

Jun 12, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Need help narrowing down eats for upcoming weekend

I had heard so many rave reviews about ZigZag, too. What do you think about SunLiquor on Summit Ave. ? Do you have any other rec's for the Capitol Hill area? Will be eating dinner at Poppy.

Jun 11, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Need help narrowing down eats for upcoming weekend

Bastile looks great and they do brunch until 3 pm which is perfect for a late lunch. Thanks.

Jun 11, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Need help narrowing down eats for upcoming weekend

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. Here is my basic plan;

Saturday

Tilikum Place Cafe
Pikes Place Market
Space Needle
Elliots
Melrose Market- Capitol Hill
Bar Ferd'nand - either before or after dinner at..
Sitka & Spruce

Does that sound like a full day? too much? Am I missing any thing that I must do or see while in these areas?

Sunday

Portage Bay Cafe
Discovery Park - looks like a nice place to walk off breakfast
Ballard Farmer's Market
Poppy
ZigZag - for late cocktails

I wanted to go to Paseos for a cuban sandwich, but they are closed on Sundays. Any other good places to eat lunch on Sunday in Ballard? or is the Farmer's Market full of great places to pick at? As before, is there anything I must do or see when in these neighborhoods that I am missing? I think its obvious that food is going to be the center of our visit to Seattle.

Thanks again for any help.

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Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Portage Bay Cafe
4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Space Needle
203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Jun 11, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Need help narrowing down eats for upcoming weekend

My sister and I will be in Seattle for one weekend in June. I am in charge of narrowing down the restaurant choices. I've read the board and been to all the websites of the restaurant below. I think they all look wonderful....and that's the problem. I can't narrow it down to 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 2 dinners. If it helps, we are staying in hotel near Renton, but we will have a rental car. We do not mind driving for a great meal.

Breakfast/Brunch:

Portage Bay Cafe - this place is exactly what I am looking for, for breakfast
Tilikum Place Cafe
Tilth
Toulousse Petit

Lunch: Im open for other suggestions here.

Elliots - for oysters
Shiro's
Toulousse Petit - love all the choices

Dinner:

Staple & Fancy
Sitka and Spruce
Poppy - looks so good!
Toulousse Petit
Tilth
Cafe Shez
Herbfarm - Is this worth the $200?

Wait, maybe I didn't give enough info. We are food people. We also loooooove dessert. So a dinner place with great desserts would be a bonus. We love organic, fresh...but Seattle seems to be full of those thankfully. Thanks.

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Shiro's
2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

The Herbfarm
14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Portage Bay Cafe
4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Jun 08, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Looking for CSA Opinions

I have been with 3 different CSA's. Be-Wise several years ago. I felt like they had a great variety and price was ok (We got a family/large box every other week. I actually split it with a friend. 3 people in each of our families at the time. But pick up location became an issue, so did not renew.) It had some fruit as well as a good variety of veg.
I was with The Gardner for a while. Not as much variety (beets up the wazoo, greens, salad etc...), as they are a small farm in Rainbow. But, location was great as they go to my local farmers market. It costs about $25 a box. Mostly veg but she also includes some eggs from her own pastured chickens and a container of flavored garlic spread or some of her homemade preserves
My last CSA was Suzie's Farm. It is also about $25 for regular sized box. Great selection of veg(kale, beets, sorrel, squash, broccoli, peppers, herbs, etc.. and some strawberries when in season. She has just added bees to her farm and will soon have chickens, as I understand it.
Im taking a break right now for financial reasons. But would definitely go back to The Gardner or Suzie's.
My understanding is that USDA organic means absolutely no GMO.

May 30, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Looking for great sweet/desserts spots

Thanks for the recs. So hard to decide. I will make sure to follow up with how it all turns out.

May 07, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Looking for great sweet/desserts spots

I will be staying in Seattle with my sister at the end of June. I think I have taken more than enough great recommendations for food, drinks from this board...but Im looking for a great dessert place. We are coming from San Diego and have places like Extraordinary Desserts dedicated to cakes, pastry and coffee. Does Seattle have anything like that? If not, where we can we find great choices for desserts? We will have a car. Thanks.

May 01, 2011
nmrios in Greater Seattle

Best place for Indian Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)?

Ok, I know this might sound a bit pathetic, but I bought the Tandoori Style Butter Chicken at Trader Joe's and am now obsessed with it. I would love to have it at an authentic Indian restaurant. Any recommendations? I live in Chula Vista, but don't mind traveling a bit.

Thanks.

Jan 25, 2011
nmrios in San Diego

Is Extraordinary Desserts worth it?

While not without its flaws, Extraordinary Desserts is usually pretty reliable. I usually avoid the items you ordered. They are not the "headliners", if you know what I mean, and usually will sit longer. I like her cakes and specialty pastry items...these things are constantly being replaced fresh from the kitchen.

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Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

May 09, 2010
nmrios in San Diego

Classes in San Diego?

I really enjoyed the cooking class at Sur La Table. I went by myself and had a great time. Cooking with strangers is a great ice breaker! Great News was ok.

I have taken classes with Nadia Friggeri several times and have always loved the food and her personality.

May 08, 2010
nmrios in San Diego

The Best of San Diego in Two-ish days

I second Cafe Chloe, reliably good and nice comfortable ambience. If you have a sweet tooth and your own transportation, try Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy. Cowboy Star is also good.

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Cafe Chloe
721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

May 08, 2010
nmrios in San Diego

trip report - Thanks

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this board for their input on our trip to SF. We had a wonderful time in your city and had some wonderful food.

Farm:Table - I really liked this little (and I do emphasize "little") neighborhood gem. The menu consisted of 3 choices. My husband and I ordered 2 of them and found them very tasty. Loved the coffee as well. Service was very friendly.

Washington Bakery in Chinatown...I thought it was "blah". Their egg custard was good, but the BBq Pork buns were not as good as what I get in San Diego.

Dinner at La Folie. This meal was the highlight of our trip. We ordered the 4 course (which became 7 courses due to generosity of the chef) My favorite thing: The snails with bone marrow....delicious, savory goodness. The timing and service at this restaurant was impeccable. The dessert course was one of the best I've had in-house in a long time ( I normally go to specialty dessert place after dinner at most restaurants) It was a wonderful night and appreciate all who steered us in their direction.

Bocadillos - despite mediocre reviews on this board, I liked this place. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was not spectacular, (but then again, this was after La Folie, so everything paled in comparison) but I liked the spirit of the place and their Patatas Bravas with romesco sauce satisfied the carb fiend inside me. We also had a nice chocolate cake with banana ice cream that was very good.

Fish in Sausalito - Looooooved it. Food was fresh and well prepared/seasoned. Love the lemonade in mason jars, sitting outside in the warm sun. Brought cash thanks to tip from this board...One thing to note, this place gets busy....very busy. Be prepared to stand in line to put in your order. We didn't have to wait long, but between 1-2:30 we watched the line get longer and longer.

Ferry Building: I could live and die in that place. Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Acme Bread (loved the ham and cheese turnover here), Miettes (cloud topped key lime tartlett). Saturday's farmer's market was wonderful and exactly what a farmers market should be.

Chez Panisse - a let down. The food was good, but unremarkable. Service was good. Saw Curtis Stone (chef on The Apprentice) eating there. I was underwhelmed though.

Palace Hotel - had a nice breakfast buffet in their grand room. Great selection, good quality in a very grand setting.

Thanks everyone.

Nicole
San Diego, CA

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Acme Bread
1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Cowgirl Creamery - Petaluma Facility
105 H St, Petaluma, CA 94952

Bocadillos
710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Washington Bakery & Restaurant
733 Washington St, San Francisco, CA

Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

May 08, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Would appreciate some input on trip itin

mmmmmmmmm, bone marrow

Apr 21, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Would appreciate some input on trip itin

Yeah, you were right about Flour +Water, nothing for 8 weeks, geesh...now I really want to go there. I did get a reservation for Range though.

Apr 20, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Would appreciate some input on trip itin

I really don't know, that is what my husband called it from his Eyewittness Travel Book. He' s the history buff, not me...sorry.

Apr 20, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Would appreciate some input on trip itin

My husband are arriving in San Francisco from San Diego in a couple of weeks and I would love to get some input on our dining itinerary.

Thursday:
We arrive at our hotel (Nob Hill area) - figured quick breakfast close to hotel - Farm:Table
Rest of day will be spent venturing out into the city. Some things we are interested in seeing are Golden Gate Park, Filmore Street, Chinatown, Coit Tower and Panama Exposition. We are visiting for three days, so they don't have to be done in one day. Any suggestions on sequence to avoid fatigue and backtracking? Any must do eats near any of those places? (Im talking treats and snacks, here.) Also, in Chinatown- my husband has his heart set on eating lunch there...but after reading through the board, I am put off. Is there a good Chinese bakery there instead, where we could pick up some steamed pork buns or a snack to hold us over until dinner?
We have dinner planned at La Folie. Would love a rec. for after dinner drinks/music close by. We are celebrating our 10th, and in our late 30's, so nothing too trendy or rowdy.

Friday
Taking Ferry to Sausalito- Either going to go casual and eat at Fish, or might try to check out Cavallo Point and eat at one of their restaurants (maybe even book a spa treatment) Open to other suggestions for where to eat here/things to do. We were going to try to hit Muir Woods, but transportation from Sausalito seems to be a problem. So day might be open for more city exploration. Has anyone ever done/or recommended the Chocolate Tour or Taste of the City tour?
Dinner will be back in the city - Im thinking Bocadillos

Saturday
Ferry Building Farmers Market for breakfast
Chez Panisse for late lunch , also going to check out original Peets Coffee location
Dinner in the city- Flour and Water or Range

Two places I would really love to go to our Tartine Bakery and Bi-Rite but Im not sure which day I'll do this yet.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Bocadillos
710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Cavallo Point
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Apr 19, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Chloe – Another perfect night

When my CSA has frisee, I make it for breakfast. I found a pretty good recipe from Simply Recipes.

Apr 17, 2010
nmrios in San Diego

Looking for romantic, fantastic food within a budget

Thanks for the reply. We will definitely hit 1550 Hyde during our trip. One thought I forgot to mention is that my husband looovessss french cuisine. What do you think about La Folie? it looks like they have prix fix meals for 3-4 courses between $70-80. I know it has had some good reviews on the board. My question is for a special dinner, would you choose 1550 or La Folie? We don't mind leaving the area around the hotel, but probably need places that are not tucked away and difficult to find or get to by public transportation.

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La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Apr 17, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for romantic, fantastic food within a budget

My husband and I will be travelling to SF at the end of April for our 10th anniversary. We arrive on a Thursday and that is the day of our anniversary and am looking to start our trip with a great meal for dinner. I've read enough posts to know that great food can be had in SF without breaking the bank. I am a foodie through and through, organic, seasonal, local, artisanal. My husband on the other hand is another story. I need a place that costs no more than $80 per person (my husband will probably want a good glass of wine), I on the other hand, love a fabulous dessert to end my meal with. Not too exotic (him....again) and the menu can't be too fish heavy (are you getting the picture here? I dont know how the man survives.) We are staying in the Nob Hill area. I appreciate any help I can get.

Apr 16, 2010
nmrios in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Chloe – Another perfect night

My absolute favorite thing to have at Cafe Cloe is the French Bistro Salad (Salad Lyonnaise), frisee, lardons, croutons with a poached egg on top. Simple and delicious.

Apr 16, 2010
nmrios in San Diego