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Papa Joe's BBQ in Manteca

This restaurant is not consistent. We went again and the ribs were great.

Mar 10, 2012
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Breakfast casserole

Thanks to all who shared their great recipes.

Mar 10, 2012
howefortunate in Home Cooking

Sonoma Itinerary Recommendations (for next weekend!)

I really enjoyed the artwork at imagery. The tasting room hostess did a great job of telling us tidbits about each of the pictures, which have all been used as wine labels for their wines. She took us into the club tasting room as well where some of the more interesting pieces are displayed.

Enjoyed their wines, too!

What is the best vineyard tour in sonoma & napa counties?

My favorite vineyard tour is Benziger in Sonoma Valley. You actually ride out into the vineyards...it's quite interesting.

Aerators

I have a Vinturi and have tested it in blind testings. It definitely improves the flavor of the wine.

Aug 08, 2011
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Cheap Wine that Doesn't Suck

Check out Gayot's Top 10 Wines Under $10 - http://www.gayot.com/wine/top10wines-...

Mar 13, 2011
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The impossible: top-notch cuisine with oceanfront view?

We were at Highland's Inn in Carmel in December. The view is quite dramatic. We thought the food was excellent, but I can't remember what we had. The view in the bar is equally breathtaking....enjoy a drink by the window as you watch the sunset...hard to beat!

Mar 06, 2011
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Amazing Destination Restaurant for Anniversary Dinner?

I've never attended the Chef's Holiday, but Yosemite is my favorite place in California. The scenery really is breathtaking! Let us know how it turns out.

Mar 06, 2011
howefortunate in California

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Donato in January. We shared the wild boar bruschetta....very flavorful and a nice start. The roasted chicken was delicious. The chicken itself was tender. It came served in a piping hot cast iron pan along with potatoes, veggies, and kalamata olives. I can't wait to go back to order the same meal again. Our server recommended an Italian wine that paired perfectly with our food.

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Donato Enoteca
1041 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

Interesting restaurants in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area?

I ate at Back A Yard as well during this last trip to Menlo Park area. Was not impressed!

When I first saw the restaurant, I thought that the food must be great for the good reviews I've seen for this little hole-in-the-wall spot. We were both disappointed. I had the jerk chicken, which was tender and moist. My husband had the oxtails, which where also tender.

The problem was the lack of flavor in all the side dishes. We would probably not go back.

Interesting restaurants in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area?

My husband and I ate at Donata Enoteca two nights ago and were very impressed. It was a nice atmosphere, great service and the food was fabulous.

We started with the Boar Brishetta. Bread was lightly toasted and crispy. The boar was full of flavor and there was lots of meat on the 3 slices of bread. A nice starter!

My husband enjoyed the Pork Ribs. It came served atop a generous servicing of mashed potatoes. Wonderful flavors! I ordered the roasted chicken and it was delicious. Again....generous portions. I left with half the chicken. It was served in a hot baking dish with a yummy sauce along with zuccini, brussel sprouts, potatoes, and green olives. Chicken was moist yet had crispy skin. The veggies were full of flavor and complimented the chicken.

Our server recommended an Italian wine we had never heard of that was a hit as well. We would have loved to try a dessert, but were too full.

Amazing Destination Restaurant for Anniversary Dinner?

Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach (just south of San Luis Obispo) is a fun place. The restaurant is great. If you choose to stay, each room has its own private jacuzzi that you fill with hot mineral water after you arrive. The spa is also excellent. Perfect for a winter getaway!

Dec 16, 2010
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Creme Brulee

Whatever recipe you use, slice a vanilla bean and scrap the inside into the mixture before cooking. It will have a much richer vanilla than using vanilla extract.

May 02, 2010
howefortunate in Home Cooking

Looking for great pizza place in Sherman Oaks/Studio City Area

I moved to this year a year ago and still haven't found a great pizza place. Any recommendations?

Any great places to dine for dinner in Studio City?

My daughter recently moved to Studio City. Any recommendations to dine while visiting?

Thanks!

Best Breakfast in LA?

Cici's is my favorite place for breakfast. It's not far from 101. Exit at Reseda and go right on Burbank Blvd. I usually order the German Pancakes with fresh strawberries. YUMMY!

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Cici's Cafe
18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Glen Ellen: Raymond & Co. Cheesemongers – Probably the best cheese shop in the Bay Area

Will pay a visit next time I'm in Glen Ellen, Thanks!

Chocolate Martini

Sep 09, 2009
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How do you prefer to buy your wine?

It's fun to discover a new wine while wine tasting at wineries. There are wines that you can only buy at wineries.Living in California where there are lots if wineries, I probably buy 50% or more of my wine this way. I belong to the wine clubs of a few wineries, and will often buy wines at Costco or Beverages and More.

Sep 09, 2009
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Pineapple Honey Smoothie Recipe

I just tried this smoothie recipe and loved it!

Sep 09, 2009
howefortunate in Recipes

SF Italian/Bistro 50th BDay Dinner Suggestion

How was Kokkari? I haven't eaten there but am considering it.

Driving from Berkeley to Sonora. Dinner around Manteca/Oakdale?

Ferrarese's Deli Restaurant in Oakdale is wonderful. It's right on the main street on the south side of the road as you start to head out of town. It's rustic, but charming and the food is fabulous. Whenever we go that way, we stop. Never disappointed.

Apr 22, 2009
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Papa Joe's BBQ in Manteca

My husband and I were not impressed. They were friendly, but the food was not up to par. Would not go back.

Apr 22, 2009
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Any dinner recommendations in Aptos area?

We ended up at Theos. Service was nice. The food was not bad, but looked better than it tasted. We liked the atmosphere. After hearing lots of good things on this board, maybe I should try again.

Apr 22, 2009
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Butterfingers

Apr 19, 2009
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Crock Pot Roast

Dec 01, 2008
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Town of Sonoma Dinners - - Itinerary help, please

The burger at A Girl and A Fig is definitely worth a visit. Yummy!

Harris Ranch - AWFUL

Harris Ranch is a nice place, but the food is nothing I would brag about. I have stopped there many times....does anyone know of a good place to stop out on I-5 that is good?

Jul 08, 2008
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Mission Bay - inexpensive dinner for 15 kids?

Corvette Diner in the Hillcrest area is popular with kids. This is a lively 50s style diner with a live DJ, a corvette from the 50s parked in the middle of the restaurant, and crazy servers. It's reasonably priced and lots of fun.

Jul 08, 2008
howefortunate in California

Best breakfast in Santa Cruz?

I have eaten at Zachary's many times in the past and enjoyed it. My husband and I ate there this morning and were disappointed. It was not as crowded as it usually is....a nice surprise. However, my husband's pancakes were served cold and my omelette had cold cheese inside....very little eggs and some of the eggs were still quite runny.

Feb 03, 2008
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