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Joseph Schmidt Chocolate Bowls - SUBSTITUTES?

abstractpoet, Thank you for the recommendation. I took a look at the chocolates, and they are just beautiful. We'll consider some of these in the near future. Abby

Apr 09, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Joseph Schmidt Chocolate Bowls - SUBSTITUTES?

Hi Annien, Yeah, we're heartsick that Jos. Schmidt's was bought out by Hershey's who just acquired them, obviously, to shut down the competition. The Schmidt truffles were the best ever. Two suggestion I have for you:

1) the Veruca chocolates. These have been recommended, and they have a major "WOW" going for them. You can order them online, as one could do with the Jos. Schmidt chocolates, and they have an excellent assortment of flavors: http://www.verucachocolates.com/

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2) the Norman Love Chocolate Confections. Very beautiful. True works of art and very appealing flavors. See what you think: http://www.normanloveconfections.com/

Neither of these companies is local, unfortunately, but they are unique, and I have purchased the Norman Love chocolates locally in SF at a great little cafe on Van Ness.

Good luck!
Abby

Apr 09, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

Thank you, Carrie. I'll check that out. Good, authentic black pudding is hard to find. Many thanks. Abby.

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

Hi Grouper, THANK YOU. It's good to know about them, and especially with a recommendation like yours. I'll check them out online, and we can give it a shot. Black pudding, too? Wow, that will be welcome news here at home. Many thanks, Abby

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

Thanks, Carrie. I haven't been to that You Say Tomato place yet, but it sounds as if they've got some great items. Many thanks. Abby

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

Thank you, Melanie. I'm not sure where that is, but i'll do a search and locate it. I appreciate the information!!! Abby

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

Thank you, Carrie! We sure have been looking around for a British store for a year or so, ever since the local one closed down. It sounds terrific, and we could head over to HMB sometime soon to take a look at the Cameron's Pub. Can't thank you enough.

Those Walker's chips are a big favorite with the kids, so I'll have to continue to look around for another source on that, too. Surely, in the whole Bay Area, there must be a full-range Brit store? Thanks so much for your help, and I hope I get some more information from others about their experiences.

Thank you, Carrie! Abby

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

There was a British market in the San Jose/Campbell area for many years, but it closed down about a year ago. Can anyone suggest a British market that carries the full range of British pies (steak, pork, etc.)? We even have haggis lovers here, so any ideas? Thanks to all.

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy fresh fenugreek?

I've been seeing plenty of fresh fenugreek root at Whole Foods in the South Bay. You could call the one on Los Gatos Blvd @ Blossom Hill to check on their supply, but I have even bought a couple of the fresh roots there.

Apr 08, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy live fish (to steam at home)?

Hi again, Jon. I go to the Joy Luck Palace, too, and they mainly serve up the seafood. Their dim sum is good, so it's worth it to go there. Attached through the back (past the fish tanks) is their smaller restaurant that serves every imaginable soup and also peking duck.

Apr 07, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy live fish (to steam at home)?

Jon, Definitely go to the Marina, Stevens Creek Road, Cupertino. Great selection of live fish and seafood. I think you'll like it. You can even pick out your own swimming fish, they'll net it for you, whack it in the head with a baseball bat (looks like one), and clean it right there for you. For an extra charge, they'll even flash fry it for you in front of your eyes. There are so many live creatures in the seafood section at the Marina that one of my kids teachers took the whole biology class there. Their Monterey Spot Prawns are beautiful, all alive, and you catch them yourself. When they see the net coming, they play dead, so don't be fooled. I've even seen live frogs there at different times of the year (not personally interested). You will find plenty of live & fresh fish & shellfish there, even live lobsters. What a place!!!! Good luck.

Apr 07, 2013
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for Best Thanksgiving Buffet in San Jose Area

We've gone to the buffet at the Fairmont Hotel for Thanksgiving now for a couple of years, and the family is looking for something new. Any suggestions as to the best possible buffet for Thanksgiving in the South Bay? Thanks to all.

Nov 07, 2011
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Dim Sum, once again

Ok, If I understand where you are, I think I have a suggestion for you for some good dim sum nearby. One of my Chinese friends came there with me twice, and she liked it a lot. Coming south out of the City, right off 101 on the Peninsula, you take Ralston Avenue Exit, go west about a mile into Belmont. There on the right is: China Village Seafood Restaurant @ 600 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA. You'll see the sign, and right before the building is a driveway. Turn R into the driveway, and there's a big parking lot in the back. Go in back door. They have a very good selection of dim sum, great service, and they do a lively business. You'll see the tanks of live stuff when you walk in. I've never had anything there that I haven't liked. It's so easy to find: 101 and a few blocks west.

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China Village Seafood
600 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Feb 10, 2011
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Great Dumplings/Dim Sum in/near San Jose's Chinatown or the Rosicrucian Museum?

Hi DarkRose, There isn't a Chinatown in SJ (as the history was explained so nicely) now. There is a Japantown, but no real Chinatown. Interestingly, Cupertino, at SJ's west edge, has a thriving Asian community. ABC out in Milpitas is good, but the best dim sum is in Cupertino at Joy Luck Palace, Wolfe Road in a shopping center there, across from Valco. You can get off 280 onto Wolfe Road and it's nearby. Their dim sum is spectacular.

Also, after you finish at the Joy Luck Palace, if you follow Wolfe Rd. south to Stevens Creek Road a few blocks, and make a right turn, go west just a bit, and you'll see an Asian shopping center (hidden a tiny bit) across from the Marie Callender's. In that shopping center is The Marina, an excellent source of all Asian foods. The Marina's seafood section is great. Everything is alive, including Dungeness and Blue crabs, lobsters, huge Monterey Spot prawns, and lots of fish (sometimes frogs and turtles, too). It's a good place to get fresh clams, including the giant ones when they have them. The lobsters can be 5-6 lbs., and they are priced very reasonably. They will clean the fish for you and cook it on the spot, if you like. You kind of dig in like everyone else there and throw your stuff into a bag. The guys there weigh it up, and you're ready. I always pick out my own lobsters from the tank, and also use the net to get my Monterey Spot prawns. Those are really funny! The minute you have them in a net, they play dead, and you think you got a dead one, but as soon as you slide them in the bag, they go crazy.

At the Marina, here's some more good news: you get a 10% rebate when you check out, and you can redeem that in their hot deli where there is Peking duck, roast pork, and all kinds of Chinese treats, some of which I am clueless about. The store has great produce, good meats and poultry, and everything you'd ever need to whip up your own dishes. The Marina is a wild place. You'll love it. It's always a ritual with us: go to the Joy Luck Palace and then pick up some fresh seafood at The Marina.

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Joy Luck
327 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Marie Callender's
18599 Sutter Blvd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Feb 10, 2011
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Any oysters shuckers out there for a small private party?

Cheesy Oysters, Sounds like you figured it out. If you like restaurants that serve really fresh oysters and cheese plates, have you tried Elite Cafe on Fillmore? Wonderful, just fabulous, especially having the fresh oyster array with their Meetinghouse Biscuits and deviled eggs. One of the best places ever. You'll never want to leave.

Feb 10, 2011
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area

Brown Rice and Gai Lan Jook (Rice Porridge)

SEG, I am guessing that the brown rice version is to add more fiber and rice bran. It's much healthier than white rice (which a lot of people try to avoid). To get a creamier, soupier consistency, just add more water or broth.

Feb 10, 2011
abbyj in Recipes

Any oysters shuckers out there for a small private party?

One of the best is Bill. He's an acclaimed oysterman, reasonable in his prices, and I've attended more than a dozen parties and openings he's catered with his excellent oysters. Luscious, fresh, and beautifully presented, they are fabulous. He also does oyster shots, if you request them. You won't regret calling him. He's a staple in the entire Bay area, and we seek him out. Good luck!

http://www.billtheoysterman.com/

Feb 09, 2011
abbyj in San Francisco Bay Area