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Food Souvenirs from San Francisco

I'm not surprised. I was in Las Vegas about 15 years ago and there was a Ghiradelli Chocolate shop near Harrah's.

My niece wants something edible that her fiance hasn't had, and he hasn't had sourdough bread or See's. I guess they can't get them in Atlanta, or he just hasn't had them anywhere else he's lived...I think he's from Arkansas.

about 11 hours ago
alwayshungrygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Souvenirs from San Francisco

I truly have no time to go to the Ferry Plaza before my trip next week and am kicking myself for not thinking about it when I was there 2 weeks ago. So I will either get a box of See's Candy (the night before I travel) or a loaf of Boudin's sourdough bread at the airport...

HELP! What Goes With Grilled Veggies?

My first thought is "where's the beef?" meaning, where's the protein? So to keep it light, a salad incorporating protein of any kind (grain, dairy, etc) would be perfect. Or, if you can get great tomatoes, a caprese salad (or kabobs, for portion control) would be nice and colorful. Heirloom tomatoes filled with the caprese components would be an elegant touch.

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

Your buffet looks lovely! So glad everything worked out for you and your parents had a great time. I'm sure you'll feel more confident the next time they come to visit.

Great job!

Aug 11, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

Glad to know this was useful advise. I forgot to mention that I also list the serving vessel (platter, bowl etc) so that helps the last minute "what should I put it in?" confusion. I've accumulated alot of serving pieces throughout the years and this saves time when I'm ready to serve.

Aug 11, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

Everyone has given you lots of great ideas, so I'm going to recommend something else.

Plan your prep carefully. If you know how to use Excel, make a spreadsheet with your menu items on top; the ingredients for each and then make a master shopping list from that.

Then--a daily list of what has to be purchased and a timeline of what has to be done that day. If you need more than one day to shop and/or prep, this part is the most essential. After you've reviewed your recipes (several times if needed), list everything that has to be done in the order needed. When I have entertain, I plan, plan, plan and refine my spreadsheet til I'm ready to execute.

Can you practice doing anything ahead of time? Brown some butter, use the blender, try one of the recipes (make a small batch if possible).

And lastly as others said, BREATHE. I'm sure that whatever you prepare, your parents will appreciate. And hopefully you'll have gained some confidence doing this, and do it more often.

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

I've eaten at that restaurant and it was very good. Small, homey, and the portions were very generous.

Aug 08, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Freezing cauliflower

I have roasted cauliflower and then frozen it. No loss of quality--texture or flavor.

Aug 06, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

Slice (overripe) grape tomatoes in half (stem to end). Toss with alot of olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of kosher salt & ground black pepper. Add some Italian seasoning if you want, chopped parsley is good too (save basil for garnish). Turn onto a sheet pan lined with foil, cut side up and roast at 350-360 degrees til they get nice and soft (no slow roasting for me, I want 'em done quick!). Toss with hot cooked pasta, julienned basil and Parmesan. Add sun-dried tomatoes if you want an extra tomatoey flavor.

Jul 31, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Home Cooking

Driving from San Francisco to Big Sur: where to stop for lunch?

Whenever I drive from the Bay Area to Carmel, I usually stop for lunch at Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing. It doesn't always get a lot of love on this board, but I haven't had a bad meal there yet. Parking is very limited and they are always busy. And how can you fault a guy that beat Bobby Flay in a cioppino throwdown?

http://www.philsfishmarket.com/

Jul 28, 2014
alwayshungrygal in California

Sorry, another I-5 and Hwy 99 question!

Toot Suite is closer to I5 than 99 (March Lane exit off 5), and out of the way if going to SF. From Stockton to SF, you have to go south on 5 first and then cut across on 205 to the 580 to go back north to SF via 880 or 580 and the Bay Bridge.

Otherwise, agree that Toot Suite is a good place to stop.

Jul 28, 2014
alwayshungrygal in California

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Thank you all for your replies. I never thought I would be flamed so badly as I was. I posted what I thought was a simple question and stated my reasons in response as thoughtfully as possible. Some responses provided suggestions, some were downright...nasty and hurtful, not to mention unnecessarily so.

Believe me, I have much better things to do with my time than to "play you" or write a "bogus post" as has been suggested.

To those of you who actually gave HELPFUL advice, my thanks. The rest of you....whatever.

I'm done.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

I would NOT like to handle 150 requests of the menu, which is why I won't call the venue. We accommodate dietary and religious issues with advance notice and if something comes up during service, then we deal with it as best as we can.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

I've read all the posts. I don't understand why I am being flamed. I'm just trying to make a good decision. Given that the bride made an effort to give options, I'd like to make sure it's not a wasted effort (on her part).

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

No but she sure made sure she served food she knew we (4 siblings) would eat.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

C'mon, give me a freakin break. This is definitely not a bogus post. As for trends, I've been to exactly 2 weddings in the last 20 years and 7 bar/bat mitzvahs. None of them had a choice of meal on the response card. Oh, and 3 were buffets, very helpful.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

THANK YOU! This isn't a make it or break it decision. It's just that I've never had 3 options, and only once (just recently for another wedding) had a choice at all. I just don't know what to put. Do I pin three pieces of paper on a dart board, throw a dart at it and pick the one it gets closest to? Shuffle cards and see which one I pick? If you are given a choice, don't you want to make a good one?

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Exactly, and that's just part of what makes my job so stressful.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

I agree, it's about the couple, but please see my post just above re waste. That's what concerns me. Why pick something you won't eat? I'd almost rather have no choice, and deal with what I get. Weird, I know.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

My clients are all business. We don't do social catering, no weddings or bar mitzvahs. Thankfully, tho what I do is just as stressful.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

There is no drive home. It's out of town and the wedding is in the hotel I'm staying in.

and yes, I care about the food, no matter where I am or the occasion. I hate waste of any kind, and it would upset me to think I was wasting the brides well spent money on food I didn't eat.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

I know it isn't about me, I really do. It's more curiosity than anything else. I was intrigued with 3 choices--haven't seen that yet, and it is a truly a quandry as to what to pick. I wouldn't call the venue, they have enough work to do than to satisfy curious guests.

I work for a catering company and have to help my clients design menus for many, many, more guests than at a typical wedding. But for banquets (we only serve one entree), we always have options for typical dietary issues, i.e. no-dairy or no-nut salads, gluten free, always have a vegetarian entree, and will have kitchen staff available to dish-up any last minute plates for guests that have dietary issues that we haven''t thought of. I have dealt with allergies to things I never would have suspected. Ground pepper? That was a new one a few months ago.

But back to my question--assuming you eat everything, how do you choose given the 3 options? Will I be in the mood for fish that night? I just don't know what to pick.

Thanks for all your responses.

Banquet dinner options--how to choose what to eat?

Got an invitation to a wedding and on the response card is listed 3 different entree choices, all indicated by a symbol, for vegetarian, fish and chicken+cow. I'm not usually a very picky eater but there are quite a few ingredients I don't like that will and one will literally make me gag (bleu cheese). And sometimes, one option might be more interesting than another. I know the parents of the bride so can casually inquire what the menu is, and then will make my choice and send the card back.

But I got to thinking, how would I choose if I couldn't find out the menu? Hounds, what would you do?

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

I was wondering if Fedco still existed. I moved out of LA up to the Bay Area almost 30 years ago and when we came to visit for the first few years after that, we'd hit Fedco for a "major shop." Sundries and food staples--they were so cheap then. The looks we got at one xmas time--sheesh. I still have a few items from them--apple cider vinegar for one. The bottle has to be from before we left. I can't even remember what I used it for.

Vegan/Vegetarian Options in Santa Clarita (SCV) ?

I am down in SGV at least 2x a year visiting my son and always try to get to Egg Plantation in downtown Newhall. They have a very extensive menu (and it's mostly breakfast items, so not really vegan) and is very popular. There has always been a wait whenever I've gone there. The service is always very good and nice ambiance as well.

Best marinara sauce in a jar?

Being a single parent/empty nester, I too have a hard time using a full jar of sauce before it goes bad. Solution--put the excess sauce into ice cube trays; freeze, then put the cubes into a zip lock bag (squeeze all the excess air out). Defrost/use the cubes as needed.

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

Does anyone remember the scenes in "Play It Again, Sam" where the character played by Tony Roberts kept calling his office to update where he was the the relevant phone number(s)? That was pre-everything, even pagers. It was meant to be symptomatic of how Diane Keaton's character felt she wasn't getting enough attention from her husband (Tony Roberts).

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

"So where do you wipe your hands before handling anything else?"

Hopefully the OP picked up a napkin with his/her food.

Advice for operating without Kitchen (during remodel)

Great idea but the black holes are literally unaccessible unless I crawl into them. They are corners, and walled off by the cabinet next to them. The turntable will combine the 2 cabinets into one space, with the turntable on one end. One existing cabinet will now be narrower to allow for the space that the turntable will occupy.

Jul 08, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Cookware

Advice for operating without Kitchen (during remodel)

I agree, stooping down isn't going to be a thrill for me but I really am tired of "losing" things in the black holes. The bottom ones are really inaccessible as they are so it can't get any worse. I can get on a stepstool to look into the top ones but I'd rather not do that if possible. I don't see how they can be done any other way, so I'll make the best of it.

Jul 08, 2014
alwayshungrygal in Cookware