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South India cuisine

thanks rasam...for the benefit of all here is the description from the readers comments -

amritakala is made with coconut cream, milk, sugar, ghee and saffron. i add cardamom too. the key is timing and the heat so it sets properly more than the ingredients which are rather straightforward.

Saffron is the favor most recognizable.

Jul 19, 2008
lauercrnsw in Home Cooking

San Jose Dining Recommendations

Links to San Jose dining

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Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

La Pastaia
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

19 Market
19 N Market, San Jose, CA 95113

Saigon 75 Bistro
304 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA

71 Saint Peter
71 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

Arcadia Restaurant
100 W San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113

Morton's the Steakhouse
177 Park Avenue, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95113

A P Stump's - closing July 10 2009
163 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Grill On the Alley
172 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113

Menara
41 E Gish Rd, San Jose, CA 95112

Emile's Restaurant
545 South 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95112

Sushi Maru
262 Jackson St, San Jose, CA

John's XLNT Foods
1238 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

Chiaramonte's Deli & Sausages
609 N 13th St, San Jose, CA 95112

Sonoma Chicken Coop
31 N Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

Bo Town
409 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

Teske's Germania Restaurant and Beer Garden
255 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Paolo's Restaurant
333 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Blakes Steak House
17 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

Mount Hamilton Grandview Restaurant
94 Mount Hamilton Rd, Mount Hamilton, CA

Picasso's Bar & Grill
17 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Tied House Cafe & Brewery
65 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
33 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113

Scott's Seafood Bar & Grill
185 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95113

Hawgs Seafood Bar
150 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

Original Joe's Restaurant
301 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Seven Restaurant
754 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

Jul 12, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Gyros in South Bay

* Yiassoo
2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, USA
* Yiassoo
10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA

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Yiassoo
2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Yiassoo
10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Jul 12, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hummus and fresh pita bread in bay area?

I struggled to find the best gyro. And then I happened upon Yiassoo. They have the absolute best pita bread.

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Yiassoo
2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Yiassoo
10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Jul 12, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

South India cuisine

I had dinner the other night at an Indian restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. The meal was the best Southern Indian food I have ever had. The Masala Dosai was delicious. I finish my meal with an incredible desert called Amrutha Kala. Does anyone know the recipe for this?

Jul 12, 2008
lauercrnsw in Home Cooking

Looking for Dungeness Crab on the Peninsula/South Bay

The best fish market in the south bay is Race Street Foods/Market. They have seasonal fish plus a variety of fresh frozen shellfish. They also deliver to homes know. They also at the same location a kitchen that is very family friendly with outside picnic tables on the warm summer evenings.

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Race Street Fish & Poultry
253 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126

Jul 12, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

South India cuisine

I had dinner the other night at an Indian restaurant in Santa Clara. The meal was the best Southern Indian food I have ever had. The Masala Dosai was served at the perfect temperature with delicious crepe and spicy potato. I finish with an incredible desert called Amrutha Kala. Does anyone know the recipe for this?

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Dasaprakash Indian Restaurant
2636 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Jul 12, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for good Chinese in Los Gatos / Campbell area

A solid choice in Campbell is the Blue Sky Restaurant. Prawns with black bean sauce is my favorite

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Blue Sky Chinese Restaurant
2028 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008

Jun 19, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy fresh fish, monkfish in particular?

I've used the following several times for the freshest fish.
Ports Seafood, Inc
The Fresh Fish Company
1440 Bancroft Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
Telephone:
(415) 593-8080
Fax:
(415) 593-9393

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Ports Seafood Inc.
1440 Bancroft Ave, San Francisco, CA

May 24, 2008
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

San Jose Little Portugal – Mayolo’s Market, Café Docanto, Popular Bakery

here is a recap with easy links for this historic neighborhood/area

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Popular Bakery
1636 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116

Cafe Docanto
7 N 33rd St, San Jose, CA 95116

Sousa's Restaurant
1614 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116

Y Market
233 S White Rd, A San Jose, CA

L & F Fish Market
3 Lewis Ctr, Newark, CA 94560

St Clare's Church
941 Lexington St, Santa Clara, CA

Sep 23, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Sumiya Yakitori in San Jose

It's at Moorpark and Williams near Lawrence Expressway in West San Jose. Near the border of City of Saratoga.

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Sumiya
2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Sep 18, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Croissant in SF/Bay Area?

In SAN JOSE we have a least two great bakeries:
1. http://www.rigabakery.com/mercurynews...
2. http://www.greenleesbakerysj.com/home...

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Riga European Bakery & Cafe
1338 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

Greenlee's Bakery
1081 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

Sep 16, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetable stocks

Quite honestly I don't know why you would want to make a "favored" stock. Maybe when you make a demi glace or gravy or sauce for dinner.

Sep 14, 2007
lauercrnsw in Home Cooking

dinner near Sacramento/Roseville/Citrus Heights (moved from SF)

any suggestions?

Sep 14, 2007
lauercrnsw in California

Gyros - where's the best one?

I've been struggling trying to find the BEST Gyro place in the south bay, peninsula or S.F. Up to this point I have to say Yiassoo is by far the best. They have the most outstanding pita like I have found no where else. The lamb is moist and fresh. The vegetables are colorful and crisp with the utmost freshness. Where's yours?

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Yiassoo
2180 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Yiassoo
10660 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Sep 13, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert-only restaurant?

San Jose has a dessert bar already!
A Perfect Finish - www.apfwinebar.com
Located at 55 S. First St. San Jose
A classy wine bar that complements their diverse wine and spirit selction with an eclectric array of desserts.

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A Perfect Finish
55 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Sep 12, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO corned beef tongue

This butcher shop has it all!

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Schaub's Meat Fish & Poultry
395 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Sep 12, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

where are the offbeat eating experiences?

here are some exciting and unusual places to "dine"
1. http://www.outstandinginthefield.com/ - - eating in an open field with all the food around you
2. http://www.roguechefs.com/ - - chef's table to the extreme
3. http://www.sushi22train.com/ - - party time

Sep 12, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert-only restaurant?

my favorite place that makes "natural/organic" desserts is -
http://www.prolific-oven.com/
Rivermark Village
3938 Rivermark Plaza
Santa Clara, CA 95054

My suggestion is
1. Chocolate Rum
2. Chocolate Mocca
3. Carrot Cake
4. Swiss Water Process Decaf coffee
5. Chipote Chicken

Sep 09, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Cleaning a Watermelon - Why didn't I think of this?

why don't you just cut the ends off and then stand it up and cut the rind off. DONE
http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tip...

Sep 09, 2007
lauercrnsw in General Topics

Dessert-only restaurant?

The Perfect Finish - www.apfwinebar.com
Located at 55 S. First St. San Jose
A classy wine bar that complements their diverse wine and spirit selction with an eclectric array of desserts.

Sep 09, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Sake only store in SF? Other sake recommendations?

www.nijiya.com

Only one of 2 or 3 Japan towns remaining in the USA is in San Jose. Nijiya Supermarket located at 240 Jackson St has its own rice source from organic farms in southern California. This store is most notiable for its extensive premium sakes.

www.kojisakelounge.com

Or if you want to go to a Sake Bar check out Koji Sake Lounge located at 48 S. First St. Really cool house music and cooler-than-thou staff

Sep 09, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area

Best upscale Mexican in Bay Area?

http://www.santanarow.com/dining/?id=19

Consuelo Mexican Bistro
377 Santana Row, #1125
San Jose, CA 95128 / 408-260-7082
Fax 408.260.7090

Sep 09, 2007
lauercrnsw in San Francisco Bay Area