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any good spots for dessert and a nightcap?

hey 'hounders...

hubby and i go out to dinner often in the oakland/berkeley area and are always looking for good spots for dessert and coffee or drinks AFTER we've had dinner. we don't always want to stay at the same place we've had dinner, we like to experience different settings.

the other issue is finding some nice late night spots too. i was born and raise in oakland, but lived back east/down south and in chicago for a while and hubby is from atlanta and spent time in new york, and we're missing this terribly! more often than not we're finding ourselves riving aimlessly around looking for somewhere to go after a great movie or event, for a snack/tapas and drinks and engage in romantic chit chat.

can anyone help?

angela :)

ideas for hake?

hi all! thanks so much for recommendations!

i wound up seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, then seared in a heavy bottom (all clad) skillet and put in the oven at 400. once done, i removed fish, tented, then added shallots and garlic and let soften. i then added some dry white wine and a bit of veggie broth and let reduce, then added some cream, lemon and capers. i made couscous and zucchini 'pasta' (as my 9 year old calls them, their just jullienned).

YUM-EEEEE!!!

thanks again everyone!

angela :)

Feb 28, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

ideas for hake?

thanks for the info, i now know how to proceed.... and great story lil big al!

angela :)

Feb 27, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

ideas for hake?

hi all! my fish monger was out of true cod, so they suggested hake. can any of you give me some ideas for it? i was thinking of broiling or baking in the oven, serving with couscous and zucchini ribbons - but would LOVE some of your suggestions please!

thanks!
angela :)

Feb 27, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

A little less Gioia in Berkeley (regulations run amok?)

funny you post this! i'm literally polishing off one of their mushroom slices now, and will then dig in to Julien....YUMMY!!!
chicago style pizza is pretty decent when done correctly. to me, zachary's is a different animal than gioia's. like apples and oranges (again, to me). zach's thin crust isn't bad, but still NO comparison to gioia's!

angela :)

A little less Gioia in Berkeley (regulations run amok?)

bad blood huh? that would explain the comments. one of the weekly routines i look forward too is my market runs - i hit monterey produce, drop off the goodies at car, head over to gioia to grab a slice, then hit the fish market and magnani's, then back to the car.

so i mention this being my favorite time to the checker at monterey produce, he makes a funky comment under his breathe, i didn't catch it all, but knew what he was saying. then as i was waiting at magnani's, one of the guys there made a comment about the produce market to another customer (actually i think was other way around). they both laughed in a way that now, given what you've said about bad blood robert, makes sense.

wonder what happened. oh well, as long as i can still get my slice. i hate that it can get cramped, and it's really annoying when it gets busy and i am using my walker (i have mobility issues so sometimes i'm using my cane, my walker, or my wheelchair). it can be really difficult. good 'ole berkeley!

angela :)

please help me with dinner tonight!

i'm in a funk and am so not in the mood to cook, but WANT to (i'm sure all you CH'ers understand that nonsense, right?). so hubby (and 10yo dd) has made quite it clear what he/she wants by defrosting some nice petrale sole i got thursday from our local monger. so with that said, here's what i have on hand, can u please help me?

i have:
couscous, quinoa, fresh brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, a few nice yukons (left over from my cauliflower/potato concoction of last week), brown, jasmine, and basmati rice. and of course i have a dizzying array of spices and herbs (fresh from garden and dried), along with citrus (limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits), and plenty of alcohol! (maybe a white wine mustard sauce with capers...?)

anyway, HELP!

thanks,
angela :)

Jan 16, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner? #123 [old]

i'm totally with you megjp!! TOTALLY!

:)

Jan 16, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner? #123 [old]

hmmmm, that veggie broth sounds sooo good! i love broth filled with anything too. this may sound crazy, but i can't wait til our weather gets cold and blustery, so i can make batches of broth/stock and fill it with fresh veggies and herbs. make a light sandwich to accompany, and i'm a happy girl!

feel better :)

Jan 16, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner? #123 [old]

hmmm, stir fry!! with sole, huh? i like...

and yes, i do LOVE just about anything braised, lol!!

Jan 16, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner? #123 [old]

hi everyone! i've been lurking around this thread, and getting inspiration for a while now...i just LOVE this thread! and thanks to you all and this thread i've already done my menu planning for the week! it's tonight i need help with!

so it's almost 3 pm here in the SF Bay Area and the weather has been fairly decent.(like in the upper 60's low 70's inland!). i'm craving comfort food like braised beef short ribs with polenta, or a seafood chowder, but hubby has already defrosting some petrale sole (guess he's giving me a hint, lol!

i'm just not sure what to do with it tonight, so here's what i have on hand....
couscous, quinoa, rice, lemons, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, frozen sweet peas, frozen sweet corn. along with a shamelessly dizzying array of spices and herbs to use.

any ideas? something easy/quick tho, hubby and i have been helping our newly minted 10yo dd with an annoying school project all day!

angela :)

Jan 16, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

how to know what side dish goes with what main..?

yes! this is what i'm talking about megjp! help with flavor combo's, balance, etc!! i love this site!

and yes, i get that having a 10 year old who's willing to try something at least twice is a big deal, lol!! hubby and i are foodies, although i am more of one than he is. he used to HORRIBLE! his favorite meal used to be overcooked bland chicken breast, canned corn or green beans, and boring mashed potatoes. his date night dinner routine was to order a beautiful cut of meat (filet, strip/rib eye, or even prime rib), then ask for it to be cooked to over done!! YIKES! he wouldn't eat any ethnic food beyond basic grocery store 'taco in a box' tacos. it was bad for a long while, and needless to say our biggest fights were always about what was for dinner, lol!

but now, he's turned into somewhat of a food and wine snob!

thanks again everyone!

Jan 12, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

how to know what side dish goes with what main..?

this is very helpful!

:)

Jan 12, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

how to know what side dish goes with what main..?

actually THIS is what i'm talking about!! things, flavors that complement each other, and ideas for pairing them. thanks for this info.... i love this site!

angela :)

Jan 12, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

how to know what side dish goes with what main..?

thanks everyone!
you have served to remind me that i need to just continue to do what I WANT TO DO!! what i've been doing. i just thought i'd come here, like always, for some ideas and inspiration. and i have it.

thanks for taking the time to respond!

now i'm off to make some sole en papillote with confetti couscous (with corn, peas, leeks, and almonds), and a nice salad and crusty bread for my family!

angela :)

Jan 11, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

how to know what side dish goes with what main..?

i am the same way!!

Jan 11, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

how to know what side dish goes with what main..?

is this a dumb question? i love food (which is why i'm a 'chowhound'), and am always experimenting, but always get tripped up when menu planning (like know before i head to the markets), and trying to figure out what pairs well with what, as far as protein and sides. we're a family of 3, with a 10 year old who will eat or try just about anything i put in front of her. hubby can be a bit of a hard sell at times, but gosh has he come a long way (LOL).

i'd just like to feel a bit more confident/adventurous in this area, so any help, recommendations, suggestions will be so very welcomed and appreciated!

angela :)

Jan 11, 2012
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

Where to get Spices and Seasonings in the East Bay??

thanks!

Where to get Spices and Seasonings in the East Bay??

you guys are great! thanks. i forget about the good 'ole food mill! i used to pass them everyday going to school!

i will check out every one of these places over the next week or so, and see what they have to offer, then i'll report back. thanks again!

~ angela

Where to get Spices and Seasonings in the East Bay??

Hey Chow Family,

am wondering where can i get/find fresh spices in the east bay, that run the gamut? from the many different paprikas, to curry, to vanilla - u know what i mean?

thanks!

~ angela

Need a little info from you all about cooking with alcohol...

ok, it turned out AMAZING!! will be adding this to my personal recipe stash.

happy cooking :)

Oct 16, 2011
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

Need a little info from you all about cooking with alcohol...

yeah.... duh!! thanks so much for that reminder lady tenar, i really appreciate it.

:)

Oct 16, 2011
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

Need a little info from you all about cooking with alcohol...

hi there!
i'm roasting a pork shoulder in the oven right now and i really wanted to do something different. i LOVE marsala and cook with it all the time (chicken, pork, veal), so i thought why not add it to my roast!

but i didn't reduce the marsala like i normally do, before adding the broth - i was distracted my my nine year old ladybug (my dd) and her new goldfish. this time, after sauteing the shallots, mushrooms, and garlic, i added a little flour, let that cook a bit, then added the marsala, let it cook a few minutes, then added the broth. i didint realize what i had done till i went to taste and was overwhelmed by the alcohol, not the normal sweetness of the marsala.

so,with all that said, i'm wondering if the alcohol taste will mellow, and the marsala reduce to it's yummy marvelousness while in the oven cooking?

oh how i hope you all say yes, because if not, then i've just ruined a beautiful cut of meat, and hubby will be so disappointed not to be able to have this 'new' concoction of mine (lol!).

thanks for your help!

angela :)

btw... i'm making either potato gratin (with guyere cheese and onions), whipped yukon golds and parsnips with lots of cream and butter, or grated sweet potato hash style with butter, brown sugar, and a little ginger. along with either ginger and brown sugar glazed carrots, or steamed cabbage with onions and garlic.

thanks again!

Oct 16, 2011
ladybugsmom in Home Cooking

Am I The Only One Who Feels Like Everyone on Chowhound is Amazing?

"ODE TO CHOWHOUND-ER'S"

dearest daisy - i often feel the same way, and actually thought of doing a similar post, but as usual, someone always thinks of it too!

i am, i think, a half way decent cook. everyone brags about what i do - what little i do. i am working on expanding my repertoire as there's so much out there that's so exciting.

and just like you dear monica, i feel the folks here are amazing - for all that they do and know, and willingness to share. like you, i can ask the most non cerebral questions with little to no admonishment for being a culinary dweeb. i can come and figure out what to have for dinner in a basic way or in a most exciting and extravagant way.

yes, it's definitely love.

~ angela :)

Sep 28, 2011
ladybugsmom in Site Talk

Am I The Only One Who Feels Like Everyone on Chowhound is Amazing?

no daisy and monica - i too do not make my own pasta nor jam - BUT, however, i have asked for a pasta maker for my bday, and am contemplating classes at CIA - let your hubby bragg, lol!!

~ angela :)

Sep 28, 2011
ladybugsmom in Site Talk

which chain grocery stores in the east bay are better?

i can honestly say that TJ's IS industrial organic. my cousin works there, has for years and years when they only had a few stores, and she's currently in the buying department.

yes, they do separate by region, and some regions are different than others, depending on who's in charge. but for the west region (includes the bay area, not sure about oregon tho), it's primarily industrial organic.

my cousin has a colleague who left TJ's and went to WF and can confirm that WF does buy local, especially if/when they're just down the road from farmers (as in the north bay).

i focus on TJ's grocery items like ice cream, and other dairy, dried pastas, and sauces, crackers, cookies, etc... oh, and can't forget the alcohol!

where to get really good cake by the slice in the evening, Berkeley/Oakland?

i'm so glad this post is here - it saves me from posting something similar!

so, hubby and i always come into oakland (i'm born and raised, but am now a suburbanite :< ) for dinner and just plain hanging out. often we want to go to a nice spot for dessert and coffee afterwards in the Oak/Berkeley area, but are always at a loss.

these recommendations are in a good direction, but would love to hear more!

thanks!

angela :)

what's your weekly grocery shopping routine? looking for new ideas...

wow, thanks everyone for all your replies! i've been curious as to what others do in their day to day for food shopping, and what kind of mix there is out there - hardcore organic, CSA'er, local/chain grocery store, discount food stores, independent mom/pop shops, or combination.

thanks again everyone, i see lots of ideas i can use myself, and i appreciate that guys.

angela ;)

what's your weekly grocery shopping routine? looking for new ideas...

hey ms. ruth, u answered one of my other posts, thanks for stopping here too. there's just 3 of us. i've just been curious about other peoples grocery shopping routines, and if i could pick up any new ideas from them, that's all.

i like roberts idea of a CSA, and had been doing some research on it for meats too, but then forgot. i like your idea of 'trip linking' alot! and the one about using the super fresh stuff earlier in the week.

i usually try to cook several meals in one day, friday or saturday, and cook extra like turkey or chicken for sandwiches (lunch box) and lunch time salads. i'm pretty good, i just need better strategies for menu/meal planning. that i'm struggling with.

thanks again :)

what's your weekly grocery shopping routine? looking for new ideas...

you're a lucky duck. i miss city living, i am a suburbanite now (i'm in hercules in the east bay). however, i am in the middle of investigating CSA's actually. so thanks for that!

:)