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Perfect picnic- store with cheese, fresh baked breads, Italian salami?

I'm staying in Redondo Beach and driving up to Santa Maria tomorrow. We want to stop at a winery for lunch and bring some cheese, fresh made bread and perhaps salami. Ate there any good cheese shops or bakeries with good sourdough or French bread in the area?

Jul 20, 2014
MaryCath in Los Angeles Area

Gnocchi in Oakland area?

I'm a big soft fan. I really don't like the firm ones. When they make the gnocchi is that too salty as well?

Gnocchi in Oakland area?

Any really good gnocchi close to Oakland? Just had the best ever at Bella Roma Ristorante in Capitola and would like to find something closer.
Also any gnocchi making classes in the Bay Area?

Restaurant in Redondo Beach?

We will be spending one day in Redondo Beach and are looking for restaurant suggestions for a light lunch and a nice dinner. We enjoy seafood and a view would be nice but we don't usually like chain restaurants. We would happily forego the view for good food. Any suggestions? I'm mostly interested in dinner ideas. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2014
MaryCath in Los Angeles Area

King Cake Mix -Oakland area!

Thanks- I called and they are holding one for me.

King Cake Mix -Oakland area!

Just went to Cost Plus World Market- they are sold out of king cake mix. Any idea where I can get a mix or buy a king cake before Tuesday? Help!!!

Phyllo Mini Cups

Anyone know where I can find these in the Oakland/San Leandro area? I've tried Trader Joe's, Safeway, Costco, Lucky. Need them for a Thanksgiving recipe. THANKS!

Looking for Fish Tacos in the East Bay

I would to find a place that serves decent wine and fish tacos. I like the grilled fish, not the breaded fried fish.
Thanks.

Puerto Rican Pasteles in the Bronx?

I am looking for a restaurant that serves Puerto Rican style Pasteles, which is a holiday pork dish made with bannanas and yautía and wrapped in bannana leaves and paper. I live in California and I leave on Monday. I am staying in the Bronx but will gladly travel if anyone knows of a good restaurant. I am craving that food!

Jun 20, 2009
MaryCath in Outer Boroughs

Puerto Rican Pastelas

I am looking for a restaurant that serves Puerto Rican style Pastelas, which is a holiday pork dish made with bannanas and yautía and wrapped in bannana leaves and paper. I live in California and I am only here for the weekend. I am staying in the Bronx but will gladly travel if anyone knows of a good restaurant. I am craving that food!

Jun 18, 2009
MaryCath in Manhattan

Creme de Violette locally

I am lloking for a local source for R&W Creme de Violette. Easiest is Oakland but this weekend I will be going from San Leandro over to Half Moon Bay so anywhere along that route would be fine. It seems like the Peninsula has many specialty shops.

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Anyone know where I can find those in the East Bay-perferably in Oakland/ San Leandro area? I saw an article in the SF Examiner that recommended them and I want to try them out.

DINNER in Oakland or Berkeley

I have a childhood friend who is visiting the Bay Area in two weeks. I would like to take him out to dinner somewhere in the Oakland/Berekely (maybe Alameda) area and I do not want a chain. Someplace by the water would be good but not necessay. I would also like a place that is not too noisy so we can catch up. I would like a full bar so we could have some drinks. it shouldn't be terriby pricey but I don't want to sacrifice good food for low cost either.
Essentially I want to show off the Bay Area by going to a nice restaurant with both good food and atmosphere. HELP! Any suggestions? We enjoy all types of cuisine.

Best Bakeries in the East Bay?

Looking for a bakery that makes fantastic cakes with milk cholocate icing, It is a special birthday request from a friend. Any suggestions? I can go to any bakery from Hayward to Berkeley.