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Chocolate Sparkle Cookies - Thomas Haas - have you baked these?

I just found your post from last year. I have been baking these as part of my annual cookie boxes for the past several years. They are a favorite I flash freeze the little balls then store them in a plastic freezer tub (filled with sugar to keep them from sticking together, you may not need to do this, but it works for me.) They back beautifully right from the freezer so I can always quickly bake a batch. They hold up very well for several days, becasue they are so moist on the inside. My son calls them his little bites of heaven.

Dec 10, 2012
selletson in Home Cooking

Outside Lands Festival - Which Food Vendors are worth Trying?

Thank you everyone for all your suggestions and advice. We went to Alembic Bar on Haight for Sunday Super and it was FANTASTIC. We ordered almost everything on the menu.
The Sumac Chips were salty which was perfect with the lemon garlic yogurt. The Quail Eggs were good too, not too vinegary (I think they would be delicious if they were deviled). After that we got the duck hearts with the pickled pineapple YUM. For mains we ate the "not to be missed" Ribs with charred corn salsa WOW! The bacon studded hot dog with
chicharrones and pappadew peppers was a huge hit. My friend had the Hiramasa Cruddo but did not share along with the Tomato Miso soup which was velvety. The food was so good we ordered four desserts. The Cheesecake in a jar would have been perfect if the key lime curd layer was just a little thinner. The warm chocolate chip cookies were perfect especially with the cold rice milk and the brioche pudding was heavenly. BUT the special dessert was the best, it was a white chocolate chermeaux and I would go back every day just for that dessert if I lived nearby.

We also went to Yank Sing for Dim Sum, IT WAS WORTH IT, top notch service, servers spoke english (we don't get that at our Ocean Palace in Houston) and the dumplings were all hot and fresh. We really liked the Soup Dumplings (I forget their names) and the seasme seed buns with lychee paste were the best we have ever had. All in all we had 14 items and the only thing we weren't crazy for was the small ribs, they were tasty enough but we were full.

At the Outside Lands Festival we tried the following based on your suggestions:
Farmer Brown's Little Skillet - Fried Chicken was the best!
Namu - Koren Tacos so very good, you should have said they had the seaweed wrapper.
Tacolicious - chicken and veggie tacos
Woodhouse Fish Co. BBQ Oysters
Sabores Del Sur - Alfajores WOW so good
and in Coco land I had the best hot chocolate and a s'more on a stick made with a cake ball and a roasted marshmallow it may have been at Sharonas but I am not sure.

I am sure that San Francisco did not disappoint on any level. Thank you everyone your city has wonderful treats I only wish I had more time there.

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Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

Namu
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Farmer Brown
25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Ocean Palace
5316 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA

Tacolicious
2031 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Outside Lands Festival - Which Food Vendors are worth Trying?

First trip to San Francisco, we'll be there for the Outside Lands Festival. We have a car and we are staying on Haight Street near the Park.

There are several food vendors and food trucks at the festival; does anyone have any opinions on what's worth trying?

And since we'll be in your great city, where should we grab a bite? I am thinking:
Magnolia Pub on Haight
Alembic Gastropub on Haight
Yank Sing if we do dim sum (is it worth it?)
and maybe Bar Tartine for our final night.

Also, is the Sunday Street thing worth going to, it will be in the Tenderloin the weekend of our visit.

Thanks in advance
Sharon from Houston, TX

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Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Best Place for a Picnic on Foxen Canyon Wine Trail?

Great info, I am so excited. I think I like the idea of Los Olivos Grocery better than Trader Joes (although I have never been to either) but I might get lost in Trader Joes. The map I have shows Kenneth Volk off of Tepusquet Road, it looked doable.

Thanks I like your suggestions. We'll be in Morro Bay for two nights, any other suggestions for that area? We're staying at Anderson Inn, don't know if anyone's familiar with it.

Again thanks OldJalamaMama

Jul 22, 2011
selletson in California

Best Place for a Picnic on Foxen Canyon Wine Trail?

We (four of us) plan on doing the Foxen Canyon Road Wineries on a Monday in just two weeks. We are starting from Venice Beach and will end up in Morro Bay.

I don't really know what to expect but think I would like to hit
Beckmen
Zeca Mesa
Rancho Sisquoc
Kenneth Volt

Please recommend
Coffee/Tea stop for mid morning rest stop:
Lite Lunch (thinking La Super Rico in Santa Barbara):
Foodie store for delicious picnic supplies (cheese, bread, charcuterie, fruit, etc):
Evening meal close to Morro Bay:

Is there anything I am missing?
Is there a photo op that I should know about?

Really excited about this first time in your beautiful state.
Thanks
Sharon from Houston, TX

Jul 22, 2011
selletson in California

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

I don't know if a burger is 'easy' to do well, there's a lot of bad burgers out there. But that said, the Unami burgers appear to be a big hit and may be one of our meals. I'm game!

Jul 22, 2011
selletson in Los Angeles Area

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

@Windy,

Yeah I get that, In Texas we bicker over BBQ, Steak, Burgers, CFS, Chicken, Hell we don't even need a reason to bicker sometimes. I did, however, check out the unami burger menu and the boys I'll be with may be into that, so I've added it to the possible list. Tasting Room would be more my speed.

Jul 21, 2011
selletson in Los Angeles Area

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

So, if you are going to have a lunch you would do an Umami burger over 3 Square or one of the better food trucks? Would it be better than Jin Patisserie? Hmmm, we do have some good burgers here in Houston so I wonder if its really ALL THAT (in my most humble voice).

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Jin Patisserie
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Jul 21, 2011
selletson in Los Angeles Area

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

Thank you, I did make Gjelina reservations for Saturday night 9pm. How late do the kitch shops stay open and what time do the hipsters show up? I like to think of myself as a kitchey hipster. Maybe someone will be watching me (sheepish grin).

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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Jul 21, 2011
selletson in Los Angeles Area

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

Your Venice Recs sound on par. We maybe from Texas but we don't enjoy Texas size food, nor do we 'chain restaurants/fast food' .
After reading your recs I am hoping to fit in: 3 Square, Jin Patisserie, and a little food truck stop. Maybe a late night bar hopping from The Brig to The Other Room.

I looked up Casa Del Mar and it looks like it may have closed.

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Jin Patisserie
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Casa Del Mar
4552 Riverside Dr, Chino, CA 91710

Jul 21, 2011
selletson in Los Angeles Area

One Day Venice Beach & One Day LA

We arrive Saturday AM (from Houston) and will have a car. We are staying at The Venice Beach House B&B. Not sure what to expect. Based on Chow posts I have made 9:00 pm reservations Saturday at Gjelina for dinner.

What's the one spot to go to for lunch?

What can we expect for nightlife in the area? Is there a good place to go after dinner to linger over a few pints or a bottle of wine?

On Sunday we will drive into LA for the Hollywood walk and 1:00 Cirque IRIS Matinee. Is there a spot near Kodak Theater that you can recommend for a pre-show bite. We will have had breakfast at the B&B. I have made 6:30 pm reservations at Vodvil, but dependent on the atmosphere may need a Plan B. Any thoughts in the $$ range? What's your opinion of Father's Office? Probably want to get back to Venice Beach to see the sunset before we leave on Monday.

What should I see? What can't be missed?

These are our only days in LA, and its my first trip. We are open to food trucks, cheap eats, small plates. We enjoy good beer and wine. And coming from Texas we get Mexican all the time so I can skip that.

Thanks in advance.

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Father's Office
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Beach House
619 Sleepy Hollow Ln, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Plan B
11637 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Jul 20, 2011
selletson in Los Angeles Area

It's a lot to ask but please help me plan my first ever trip to California LA to SF

Thank you for taking time to reply, I think I see what you mean. I will repost more specific requests after I do a little more site research, of course taking your suggestions.

Thanks again (I am such a newbie to this site)

May 13, 2011
selletson in California

Am I alone in the thought that EVOO...

I am a fan of EVOO I have to admit (not a R.R. fan though). I agree about the distinct flavor and find some brands and regions of olive oil have a slightly off putting taste. Currently I by most of my oils from a farmer's market supplier of Sciabica Olive Oil http://www.sciabica.com/ . I am an addict - I use the Orange OIl in brownies to burssels sprouts, the jalepeno is for my eggs, lemon oil finds its way into almost everything the rosemary adds a little omph to beef and potatoes. It has replaced butter for me.

May 13, 2011
selletson in General Topics

It's a lot to ask but please help me plan my first ever trip to California LA to SF

9 days/ nights on Road Trip from LA to SF in August. This will be my first impression and taste of California and I am very excited. I am listing our Inns if that helps you. We would like to mix it up, some casual (food trucks are even okay) and a splurge or two but our guys won't be wearing jackets. Our goal is to get a good taste of the area where we are visiting. My vacation memories are mostly of what I ate. We choose qualty over quanity, we avoid chains. We enjoy fine wine as well as microbrew. Foodwise we enjoy good food be it Sushi/Dim Sum/Tapas/Farm-to-Table. We love stopping for a good snackie snack anytime.

Sat/Sun - LA Area

Mon/Tue - Morro Bay Area (Anderson Inn)

Wed - drive up to Monterey (Seven Gables Inn)

Thur - drive up to Santa Cruz (West Cliff Inn)

Fri - drive up to San Fran

Fri/Sat/Sun - SF Area (Red Vic Inn, Haight Area) for the Outlands Festival

I value ya'lls opinion. What are our Must see?.. Must Taste? ..Must Drink? for these areas. and if there is a place that make a good drinking chocolate I would be so very happy. I will definately tell you where we go once it is decided.

Thanks in

May 12, 2011
selletson in California