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Party food?

Hi! The party was 8 months ago, but thanks for the great suggestions. I ended up making some martha stewart cheesy spinach dip that was totally delicious, as well as some other things I don't remember. Just to clarify, no baking did not mean I wont use the oven, it mean no pastries or bread, etc.

May 05, 2013
supergoldie in Home Cooking

FRIDAY NIGHT - WHAT TO DO

Hello,
I want to go out with a small group (6?) of friends on a weekend night in San Francisco. I am looking for somewhere to eat that would also be fun to sit around and drink afterwards, or (more likely) somewhere to eat close to somewhere fun to drunk. I'm thinking around $15 or less for an entree type of places (I guess we'd rather spend our money on expensive drinks), and I'd be happy for anywhere to drink that isn't a traditional bar (so... saloons? beerdardens? tiki themed?). I thought of Zeitgeist but we may have gotten too old for that, and Bourbon and branch is fun (if we can get a reservation) but there isn't really somewhere fun to eat nearby. I know you guys will have ideas...

Oct 24, 2012
supergoldie in San Francisco Bay Area

Party food?

Hi! Any suggestions for vegetarian party nibbles (cocktail food) which are not a lot of work (i'm not baking anything...) guacamole is happening, anyone have any recipes for some spinachy dip that is good? Something to do with mushrooms besides stuff with goat cheese?

Sep 27, 2012
supergoldie in Home Cooking

Israel

In tel aviv: A cafe/ coffee shop with a great atmosphere and very tasty food that kids would like is 'the streets' there is one on ibn gvirol and arlozeroff and one on king george just north of dizengoff center. For 'mizrachi' food, i like Shipudei hatikva, there are a bunch of branches but the easiest one might be by the ocean on hayarkon next to the american embassy - this is great for kids, if they like pretty plain meat or chicken on a skewer (who doesn't?). In the namal (port) i think the mid range food is overpriced and bad, expect for shuk hanamal which isn't great for kids, and Landver, which is another coffee shop/ cafe that is tasty. Dr. shakshuka in yaffo is famous for its shakshuka, but I prefer the abulafia restaurant where you can sit on the roof.

Aug 11, 2012
supergoldie in Middle East & Africa

9 Nights in Tel Aviv

I strongly strongly recommend Mizlala in Tel Aviv, I ate there recently and it blew me away. As someone on a limited budget is it one of the only more pricy restaurants that it is really worth it for me to go to (um let me know if you want company anywhere! only sort of kidding). I would skip max brenner, the chocolate stuff is bad and the food is pretty mediocre, you'd be better off going for a sabich somwhere. I also think Cafe Suzanna is pretty mediocre, although the location is lovely. In the carmel market, about half way through there is a stand that sells kebabs and other meat that they put in a pita, it is on your right if you are coming from the main entrance, and it is quite delicious... I think there is nowhere to sit there.

Aug 11, 2012
supergoldie in Middle East & Africa

Cookbook - limited ingredients available

i will check out plenty... ancient grains for moderm meals is a cookbook that looks really good... the author is greek/ german

plenty looks insanely good. perfect - thank you!

May 15, 2012
supergoldie in Home Cooking

Cookbook - limited ingredients available

any specific books? http://www.amazon.com/Mourad-New-Moro... looks amazing but possibly a bit challenging ingredientwise. Although 'authentic' is a westion construct used to other the exotic east. I learned that in undergrad.

May 15, 2012
supergoldie in Home Cooking

Cookbook - limited ingredients available

also, any opinions about ancient grains for modern meals? More delicious or more nutritious?

May 15, 2012
supergoldie in Home Cooking

Cookbook - limited ingredients available

Israel, not in tel aviv. I eat local cuisine a lot, and kind of want to branch out. Cucumber and tomato salad gets old after a few hundred days. I thought of greece and spain because i assumed the ingredients are similar.

May 15, 2012
supergoldie in Home Cooking

Cookbook - limited ingredients available

Hi, I am living outside of the US somewhere that the more exotic ingredients are rare or very expensive. I'm not limited to total basics, but I have had a hard time finding things ranging from Sorrel, shitake mushrooms to non string cheese mozzerella, and have a very hard time finding affordable meat or non farmed fish.

I have found myself repeating meals a lot here, and I have with me a few all purpose books (Joy of cooking! Nyt cookbook!) they are sometimes not totally inspiring. I want to buy myself a cookbook - restaurant or cuisine based whose ingredient lists that wont leave me sighing. I already have indian cookbooks and it is not really possible to find the ingredients for east/south east asian cooking here. I was thinking greek? Spanish? Or a great restaurant cookbook that doesn't have a lot of red meat/ unusual ingredients? Thanks

May 15, 2012
supergoldie in Home Cooking

9 Nights in Tel Aviv

Shuk banamal is much much better than kitchen market, and they are in the same building on the namal.

May 15, 2012
supergoldie in Middle East & Africa

Search for the BEST hummus and falafel in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, please.

Are the hummous places (specifically ha'suri) open for dinner? If not, what is a good and inexpensive place to eat dinner near shuk ha carmel/ neve tzedek?

Jan 10, 2012
supergoldie in Middle East & Africa

Friday foodie tour in Berkeley

I think Sea Salt is pretty Meh ambiance-wise, and the food is not special enough to make it a good pick over everywhere else on this list. If you are willing to try somewhere a bit more pricy, but comparable to 2/3 courses at Chez Pannisse upstairs, Commis in Oakland is great. If you go to Pizzaola, order a gin and tonic - they make their own tonic and it is wildly delicious.

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Sea Salt
2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Jul 29, 2010
supergoldie in San Francisco Bay Area

Thinking of Leaving SF for Berkeley or Oakland. Crazy?

Ajanta ajanta ajanta ajanta.

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Ajanta Restaurant
1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Jul 29, 2010
supergoldie in San Francisco Bay Area

Feedback on itinerary

Slanted door is a great choice. Really delicious, and something different if you have only tried cheaper, less fusiony Vietnamese food. I strongly suggest the Shaking Beef.

Jul 29, 2010
supergoldie in San Francisco Bay Area