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Del Mar restaurants

Thanks! Market couldn't take us until 8:30, but I got a reservation at Blanca and they were very accomodating. Really appreciate the help and will update on what we thought!

Jul 22, 2011
tracee in San Diego

Oola

We went. The dessert was the highlight. The food was only so so.

Jul 12, 2011
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Kid friendly in SF

We have family coming into town for the SF marathon in a few weeks. They want to go out to dinner on Friday near their hotel at Union Square. We go out in SF alot with our 4 year old, but she is a restaurant pro and behaves beautifully wherever we take her. I know that my nephew (6) and neice (2) do not go to restaurants often and my one experience with them at a restaurant was not so great. Anyone have any ideas for places we could go in that area where their behavior would be ok?

Thanks. I am totally at a loss here.

Jul 12, 2011
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Del Mar restaurants

We are heading down to Del Mar for my mom's 65th b-day. Last year we did a big to do in Vegas for my dad's and my mom's has to be somewhat scaled down due to a new baby in the family. I am looking for a suggestion for a good dinner restaurant for a group of 10 people including a new baby. Something with really good food and a nice atmosphere. We have people in the group who do not like fish, so something that is not all fish is good. Any recommendations?

Thanks!

Berkelite visiting in August

Jul 09, 2011
tracee in San Diego

St. Pat's Corned Beef

Anyone have a recommendation for great Corned Beef and Cabbage meal in the Berkeley area for this Thursday night?

Mar 12, 2011
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Oola

Anyone been and have any comments?

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Oola Restaurant & Bar
860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Mar 05, 2011
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Small Plates recommendation

My husband I want to go out in SF in a few weeks. We have been on a pretty strict diet for the last 2 1/2 months and are interested in a place where we can have a little bit of a bunch of different things. The other thing I am very inetersted in is a great chocolaty dessert. Does anyone have an idea of a place that would fit both those things? We are open to most types of food. Thanks.

Mar 02, 2011
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Bon Appetit recipe needed

Tried that, but it is not available on the website :(

Jul 20, 2010
tracee in Home Cooking

Bon Appetit recipe needed

Fellow Hounds:

I tore out a recipe from the RSVP section of the June Bon Appetit for Goat Cheese and Mushroom Chiles Rellenos with a Red Chile Sauce. I just realized that I did not get the page with the directions for making the chile sauce, only the ingredient list. If anyone has that issue or recipe and wouldn't mind sharing the directions with me, I would appreciate it!

Thanks!

Jul 20, 2010
tracee in Home Cooking

Desperately need recipe from FIne Cooking December 2009

OMG! I get so many magazines that I think I just had the wrong one! I remembered what the page looked like so knew it was not Bon Appetit. YOu just saved me! Thank You!

Apr 14, 2010
tracee in Home Cooking

Desperately need recipe from FIne Cooking December 2009

I have posted here before with success in this area. I am looking for a recipe from the December 2009 Fine Cooking. They did a series on gifts you could give from your kitchen and they included recipes that you could put together in a jar and then give. I need the lentil soup/stew recipe for assistants' day at my school. Can anyone help me with this? I made it already once, printed the recipe and then put it someplace so "safe" that I can't find it.

Apr 14, 2010
tracee in Home Cooking

Fine Cooking

You are a life saver! My husband really wanted to try this recipe and I can't find it after using it last week! Guess I cleaned a little too well. I have now entered it into my recipe database for future reference. Thank you, thank you!

Dec 21, 2006
tracee in Home Cooking

Fine Cooking

It was great. I made it in mini bundt pans and gave it away as gifts to the people I work with. They raved about it. I am making it again now that I have the recipe (THANK YOU!) for Christmas Eve dinner with my family.

Dec 21, 2006
tracee in Home Cooking

Fine Cooking

I made a chocolate stout cake from Fine Cooking #61. The recipe is on page 42. I can't find the recipe now and would like to make it. If anyone has it, could you post it please!?!

Dec 21, 2006
tracee in Home Cooking

Any new restaraunts opened in berkeley/Albany area

Not yet open. Looks totally ready with alcohol bottles in the bar and tables set, but so far no action. I pass it every day on my dog walk.

Sep 03, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Sam's Log Cabin on San Pablo breakfast Anybody been?

We tried to go to Sam's once and had the cash issue. We love Sunnyside and Meal Ticket for breakfast. Going to Bette's can be nice if you go early enough to avoid the wait. Don't like Fat Apples at all. Have never understood why people stand in line for that place. Also not wild about Jimmy Beans.

Sep 03, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa Review - Dish by Dish with Pictures (very long)

Just curious about the cost of the meal. Seems like the portions were pretty little and I wondered about how much you ended up paying.

Sep 03, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymooning in Napa/Sonoma - Looking for someplace special

I think that Martini House in St. Helena is very romantic at that time of year. They also have great fall flavors on their menu!

Aug 29, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Best truly French croissants in Berkeley?

Having returned from France just two weeks ago, I would agree that Masses is the place to go in Berkeley. They have the flakiest, most buttery croissants. I have always loved them and after our trip, I know why. They come the closest to the best croissants we had in France. Their other desserts are also usually quite fabulous as well. Anything lemon is good and their raspberry chocolate cake is the best of that combination that I have ever had!

Aug 17, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

sauce

Had a first meal at Sauce on Gough this evening. Started the meal with the spinach brule. It came with foccacia crostini (good on their own!)There was a lot of cheese and a crunchy topping, but there was not a lot of spinach flavor. However, we cleaned the plate. Two of us had the tomato soup with cheese sandwiches and one of us had the mushroom soup. Both were the standouts of the meal. The soups were rich and creamy and extremely flavorful. For entrees my husband had the halibut cheeks, which were cooked to his liking (rare) and tasty. I had the vegetarian strudel. Tasty. My mom had the roasted chicken mac n cheese. It was rich and very tasty. Finally we ended with the dessert sampler. Wow. It had strawberries and cream with brown sugar, simple and tasty, the PB&J which was unusual but very good, the ice cream smash, yummy, brownies and ice cream and chocolate, and finally the sugared donuts with bourbon vanilla sauce, warm and puffy.
Overall it was a good experience. The service was attentive and the one problem we had was corrected immediately. The room was cozy, but got a little loud thanks to a group near us. Good food and a pleasant meal.

Aug 15, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Burlingame recommendations

My mom is coming to Burlingame for work in a few weeks and won't have a car. As BART doesn't go there, it seems I will have to drive out there to have dinner with her. Never been to Burlingame... any suggestions for good places to eat that are "tame." My mom is not an adventurous eater.

Jul 18, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Boysenberry Pie

Growing up in the central valley, boysenberries were an every summer treat. We made jam each year and we always made boysenberry cobbler. Two weekends ago I found a stall at the SF ferry plaza farmer's market that was selling them and they were outstanding. I highly recommend trying them to anyone that likes fruit!

Jul 11, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Adagia - first visit

So, we tried adagio for the first, and last, time. Went in for dinner at 6:30 and the place had very few customers. Great room and atmosphere. I felt like I was in an old castle. Huge fireplace, beautiful windows, a great breeze blowing through the open doors and windows. The menu looked great and I really had to take my time deciding what to order.
We ended up starting with the grilled pizette with arugula, onions, prosciotto and mozarella. We waited a really long time for it considering the number of customers. We each had a glass of wine, a pinot gris and beaujolais while we waited. The pizette was tasty. The onion made it taste very sweet and I couldn't really taste the prosciutto.
My husband ordered the burger. He also had an additional glass of wine, the pinot noir. He said the burger was good, but hade a strong onion powder taste to it. The onion rings were thick and pretty good.

I ordered the pork loin which was not at all what I expected. It was basically an open faced sandwich with a salad. The salad was great. Crisp romaine lettuce with cherry tomatoes and a dijon dressing that was just right. The pork was overwhelmed by the mustard on the bread. It was so spicy it made my nose burn! I ended up eating just the pork with the cheese, sauce and tomato off the top. Not very flvorful.

Total bill ended up at $92 with tax and tip. I was really hoping for something great to take the place of Bendean, which we really miss, but I guess I will have to keep looking.

Jul 08, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Memphis Minnies - good bbq

Since we were on the right side of the bridge today, we decided to seek out Memphis Minnies. It is the closest we have found to good southern BBQ in the bay area. I had a trip tip sandwich with mac & cheese. The trip tip had a good smokey flavor to it and didn't need any sauce to be moist enough to eat. My husband had the two meat platter with brisket and pulled pork with the beans and fries. He loved the brisket and thought the pork was just fine. The beans needed "a little something" in his opinion, so he added one of the BBQ sauces. I liked the Texas one best. Fun place to try and we will definitely go back if we are in the area again around lunch time!

Jul 02, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

first time pizzaiolo

With tax and tip our bill came to 85.50. I rounded up to about 90 as I didn't have the receipt in front of me. I think being within $5 is acceptable...

Jul 01, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

philly chowhound iso napa vally suggestion

I agree with the Bouchon raw bar. My husband loves it. Martini House is a favorite of mine. They have a nice mix of food and a great patio in the summer.

Jun 30, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Plan my Trip!

For Napa, I would go to Martini House in St. Helena. They have great variety, a beautiful patio and good food.

The city is harder because the great places fill up way in advance. Ditto on calling ahead for fourth of July. I know Gary Danko is closed that day.

Other places to try in the city, I really like Boulevard and they meet your pretty food requirement as well as offering something your family would like.

In my opinion, Masa's is overpriced for what you get. Same with Aqua.

Farallon is a fun experience if you are seafood people. The atmosphere is good and they service is unbeatable. I don't eat seafood, but my husband really enjoyed his meal.

Let us know what you went with and how it was when you return.

Jun 29, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

first time pizzaiolo

Inspired by yesterday's review, my husband and I made the trek to Oakland from our Solano Ave. neighborhood to try it out. We are die hard cheeseboard and Lo Coco's fans for our pizza, but we were impressed. We got there around 6:30 and sat down immediately at the bar. We ordered the sparkling rose and a white burgundy ($10/glass seemed a lot but...) and then got into the menu. My husband ordered the beet and avocado salad and proclaimed it a great mix of flavors. We then ordered the Margherita with buffalo mozz. and the arugula and prosciutto pizzas and the sweet corn polenta. It was all quite good. The crust was crispy, even with the relative wetness on the buffalo pizza. There was a bit of spice in both. The service was attentive. We had plenty left over to take home, but we had wanted to try several things during our first trip, so that was ok. Bill was about $90 which was a little high I thought. Overall, it was good, but I wouldn't make the trek again. I would go back if I happened to be in that neighborhood already.

Jun 29, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert

This sounds right up my alley. I will definitely check it out! Thanks.

Jun 28, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert

I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and have since cut back on my sweets intake. I am a sugar freak and it has been extremely hard. I have taken to having one dessert each month as a treat. June is almost over and I have yet to have my dessert. Any recommendations for a restaurant that has fabulous desserts? I am a chocolate lover (classic combos with peanut butter, caramel and raspberries) One of my favorites has always been the chocolate souffle at GD. I also like ice cream and fruit combinations. Anyone have someplace they would try in the east bay or SF?

Jun 28, 2006
tracee in San Francisco Bay Area