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The Clover Scoop Shop | Cloverdale - Sonoma County

We'll have to agree to disagree :-) I find Three Twins to have the best chocolate ice cream I've probably ever had (their Bittersweet Chocolate), and the few other flavors I've tried have been very good. And this coming from someone who didn't like their initial offerings (10 years ago??) at their shop in north San Rafael. Years later as it was appearing in many places I decided to try it again. I found it much better and so far that's been my experience every time. I probably have it once a week, mostly from Good Earth in Fairfax.

Easy Quick Pickles

I made my first batch a week ago, five quart jars of mixed veggies. It's all great!

Now I have a question: I finished one jar of the pickled veggies and have more than half a jar of brine left. Would there be anything wrong with just adding new veggies into that jar of brine?

May 16, 2015
Malcolm Ruthven in Recipes

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

Two of us went there for lunch yesterday, first time for the othe person. Both of us thought it was the best Thai food we've had in Marin (also probably in a wider area). I had the lunch special with (1) the recommended-above Yellow Curry (chicken), spicy, and it was just great with multiple complex flavors and (2) Chile Paste with pork, spicy, which was much saucy (as intended) and also great. I starter coconut soup seemed even better this time that the last time I was here. I could eat a large bowl of that for a meal.

Native Sons BBQ [San Francisco]

Thanks. That type of schedule in that location isn't going to work for me.

Native Sons BBQ [San Francisco]

Is this a permanent place? Indoor tables? Etc...

Great Eats within a mile of Union Sqaure [San Francisco]

Bio, a French cafe mostly for takeout but (I think) with a few tables, is very near Union Square. I loved the short-lived sit-down place in Sausalito last year and was so sorry it didn't make it. The Food was great. Give the Union Square place a try.

75 O'Farrell St.
Monday-Sunday: 6am-6pm
http://biologiquesf.com

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

I was also in SF at that time. The one I frequented the most was the New Pisa.

Has anyone used this mole base?

I fixed the whole container, adding a whole quart "box" of organic chicken soup. I thought it could use a bit more liquid, so I added a bit of water. I then got a whole cooked Mary's organic chicken from Whole Foods (labeled 1.75 pounds), pulled apart the meat (weighed 1.4 pounds), and mixed in some of the mole. I've had a few meals of it and like it a lot. The mole is different than I've had before; the sesame seeds are quite noticeable as mentioned by someone. But overall I'd say it was quite good. The same store also has another type they sell and I may try that one next.

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

I had a very good lunch there today. The lunch specials are $10 (plus $1 for brown rice) and include two choices. That took a bit to sink in; I first read right over it without noticing. I had the Chili Paste with chicken (stir fried in special chili paste with green beans, bell peppers, and topped with kaffir lime leaves) and the Fresh Ginger with pork (stir fried fresh ginger, garlic, bean sauce, carrots, bell peppers, yellow & green onions). Everything was great tasting, and the Chili Paste was about as hot as I'd want. The meal started with a bowl of coconut soup, clearly tasting of coconut. Give this new place a try.

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

Thai Aroi-Dee is a new place on 4th St in San Rafael (west end, taking over the Om space). Several rave reports on yelp for authentic Thai.

1518 Fourth St
San Rafael
415-295-7464

Arguello, Presidio [San Francisco]

Great to hear about the very good service, making our dinner experience hopefully a one-off (abetted by a large party our waiter was also serving).

Petaluma for dinner?

The evening at Speakeasy was very nice, sitting outside in the warm weather and sharing their very tasty smallish plates. Interesting flavors seem to be their hallmark. The small inside was too dark for me; I'll sit outside again next time.

- Huevos Endiablandos - one deviled egg - quite good,
- Papas Bravas - fingerling potatoes, chipotle aioli - excellent
- House Made Empanadas - ground pork, Gravenstein apple, creme fraiche - excellent
- Crab & Mango Salad - Dungeness crab, shredded mango, green papaya & cucumber, curry mayo dressing - Quite good and interesting in its own way, but the crab and mango were pretty well lost to my taste. Still good, though.
- Gemelli Rustica - Gemelli pasta, grilled chicken, prosciutto, rosemary cream sauce, shaved parmesan - Not as good as it should have been from the list of ingredients, not sure why. Sort of a "where's the beef" moment.
- Two glasses of their "house red", 2011 Ca' Momi Rosso di Napa. I really liked that wine and it's available online for $10-$13. http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-129...
- The whole tab was $60 including tax.

Arguello, Presidio [San Francisco]

How was the service at the Commissary for lunch? Three of us had dinner there a month ago; great food, very poor service (plus small pours of wine).

Petaluma for dinner?

Thanks, everyone, for all the recs and suggestions. I decided on Speakeasy because it's a bit different. I'll report back...

Petaluma for dinner?

Tell me more about Speakeasy. Is it a good place for conversation (at least before the music starts)? Tables crowded together or good-enough room?

Petaluma for dinner?

Thanks, all, for the recs.

Also, anyone been to Speakeasy? I find the dinner menu interesting.

Petaluma for dinner?

No dinner menu on the website, at least I couldn't find it.

Petaluma for dinner?

I've had many lunches in Petaluma over the years, but never dinner. This Saturday night two of us will be having dinner in Petaluma. Looking for very good and interesting food of any variety (probably not sushi), good atmosphere, moderate prices. Looking over my notes culled from here, I'm considering Risibisi, Rosso, Le Bistro, Namaste.

All comments appreciated...

Has anyone used this mole base?

How would you rate the quality of this mole?

The Hummingbird in Fairfax

I went to The Hummingbird in Fairfax for lunch today. It's a coffee-shop-style physical place with "home cooking" of many varieties, including New Orleans (where the owner is from). I had the Everything Gumbo, with Chicken, Sausage, Oysters, Shrimp, and Dungeness Crab (without the oysters; never liked them). I'm no expert on gumbo, but this had a deep, rich flavor that was just great, with generous amounts of the goodies. I think about $16, so they use the best ingredients and charge you for it. The owner, working behind the counter, said she made it. They also have a great housemade red hot sauce, with its own rich flavor as well as heat.

http://hummingbirdfairfax.com

Cafe Des Croissant in Petaluma

I stopped into Cafe Des Croissant in Petaluma this afternoon as I was walking by. I got a chocolate croissant and I have to say it was probably the worst excuse for a croissant I've ever had, and the chocolate was limited to a small "tunnel" through maybe 2/3 of it. Most of it went into the garbage can. Has anyone had anything good there?

http://cafedescroissant.com

Has anyone used this mole base?

Thanks to you and Robert. I now have some idea instead of flying blind.

Has anyone used this mole base?

Did you use this same mole? How did you like it?

Has anyone used this mole base?

I bought it at Novato Market, a Latino market that used to be called Quezada Market. The directions say to add chicken broth but don't say how much. Is anyone experienced with this? Or want to take an educated guess?

La Empanada in San Rafael

I was nearby today so went again. This time she had chicken empanadas as well as beef and veggie, so I had the chicken. I liked it even better than the beef; seemed to have more separate items and flavors.

La Empanada in San Rafael

I stopped at La Empanada in San Rafael for lunch today. It's a quite small place in a very small strip mall next to Office Depot on the freeway side. I had a very good beef empanada (I think $6) made by the owner/operator who is from Chile. You could tell it was very fresh and "homemade". Also had an alfajores, again "homemade"-seeming and very good. She also has many different sandwiches. Check this place out and see what you think.

http://laempanadapetaluma.com

The Commissary (San Francisco)

All that was fine. The very helpful maitre d' directed them to the correct entrance door and led them in; same thing when leaving. This place is such an enigma. Great food in a fine space with (mostly) good staff, but very poor/very slow service for us and short pours of wine in strange glasses. It worked well for our purpose, but I won't be rushing back for dinner to spend those $ for poor/slow service and short pours of wine.

Any reports on Canneti Roadhouse Italiana (Forestville)?

A year later, has anyone been there since Melanie's visit, particularly for lunch?

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Yes, the crazy wine glasses with very small pours are pretty much unforgivable. If I go back for lunch, I don't drink at lunch so no problem. If dinner, probably won't order wine and will tell them why.

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

We went to The Commissary last night. Report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9769...