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Best place to buy Big Green Egg?

FYI...the fire starters can get expensive if you do a lot of BGE cooking, so we made our own. We took paper bathroom cups and filled them with saw dust (got it for free at a local lumber mill). We then melted paraffin wax (got it at osh) and filled up the cups...right before the wax completely set up we stuck a match in the wax for easy total we made 24 fire starters for about 10 bucks (the cost of two blocks of paraffin - everything else was free or what we had laying around the house). Just thought I would share the idea.

Best place to buy Big Green Egg?

Costco only has the small egg and there is no discount given. My husband bought our green egg at what is now "off the grid" in oakland. He scored a great deal...better than what the big green egg company was offering at the real eats festival in oakland last year. I know there is some big show thingy up in sacramento every september/october and then they sell off their eggs after the event...we got info about this at real eats last year (BGE had a booth there) - my husband could not go as I had just delivered my son a few days before the event, so he bought one locally.

First time in San Fran

Just a tip...while you are here, do not call San Francisco "San Fran" - marks you as a tourist. It's "the City" or just plain San Francisco.

Also, if you want to cross the bay via BART - I suggest taking a ride to Rockridge (Oakland) and have dinner at Uzen - really good quality fish and sushi made by Japanese sushi chefs - sort of a novelty around here. Also, College Avenue has a lot of really nice shops and coffee spots.

Chicken fried steak with white gravy, fried okra, and buttermilk biscuits around the Bay Area?

My husband, who used to live in Georgia, LOVES the chicken fried steak with gravy and eggs combo at the Merritt Restaurant and Bakery - totally random, I know - but it's good (and more pocket friendly than BSK). I have also heard that MRB has great fried chicken.

Any good ramen in the East Bay...

We love Tampopo in J-town, but can't seem to find any good ramen in Oakland. Any suggestions?

Real Butcher Shop on the Peninsula

Pape Meats in Millbrae.

Narrowed it down -- which would you pick?

Had my rehearsal dinner for 45 people at Perbacco and they did a great job - greaet food and service. However, the upstairs room we were in did not have the "atmosphere" and beautiful decor of Farallon or Blvd. I would consider if this is important to the party.

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Restaurants for autumn visit to Santa Barbara, Carmel, Napa and SF

Oh, and for a reasonable and yummy breakfast stop by the Model Bakery at Oxbow Market...their fresh English Muffins are to die for and they sell egg and ham breakfast sandwiches on the muffins for $6...they also serve Pete's Coffee.

Model Bakery
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

Restaurants for autumn visit to Santa Barbara, Carmel, Napa and SF

In the Napa area I suggest Redd or Bouchon for a nicer meal (you can always get into these places as opposed to French Laundry) and Uva or Pearl for a more reasonable meal. I have been told that Meadowood is very good, but quite pricey. The CIA is also very good and very reasonable. In SB I recommend Bouchon (not connected to the Bouchon in the Napa area) for a nicer meal and Jane for a more reasonable meal.

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Need Mexican-Style Rice for 50 People in Oakland...

We are hosting a "make your own taco party" and we need to find a restaurant/taqueria in the Oakland area that sells really good Mexican rice. We are grilling our own meat, making our own black beans, salsa, and guacamole...however, making rice for 50 people is a bit more than I want to take on. All suggestion are appreciated.