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hatch chilies

Lucky on Fulton and Masonic had them at least within the last couple weeks.

Mar 02, 2014
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Hidden Gems: City Discount on Polk [San Francisco]

I love City Discount. All the staff are nice; the owner is a gem. One time I was standing in line at Cala (before it closed down for good,) and I was worried about getting to City Discount to buy some "00" flour before it closed for the day. Lo and behold, there was the owner standing in the same line. Even though I probably could have made it, when I told her I was rushing to her store, she insisted on driving me there even though she was on her way home. I kid you not. Also, she has given me recipes and it's so wonderful to hear her describe the ingredients and the process. You just don't get service like that at many places these days.

Like the OP said, they source well, and they are very knowledgeable about the inventory. Despite the small store size, most prices are surprisingly competitive. They have mostly kitchen stuff. They have modern items, but also some good-old standbys. It's one of those places you go when you need something like plain, well-made flour sack towels without all the flim flam that comes with them at the big box stores. You leave the store with the towels, a diminutive cake pan set, a candy thermometer like your mother had, and some tuna conserve. Around Christmas, they usually sell a very good torrone by the slice, as well.

Nov 30, 2013
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area
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Soft Gingerbread Cookes- Where to Buy?

I really like the ones at Flour & Co. Very soft and gingery, with a little bit of candied ginger in the dough—not too much, though.
They also sometimes sell the dough from the freezer, which is nice because you can slice off and bake just one or two at a time. Don't over bake them, though, or else they get dry quickly.
http://flourandco.com

Nov 30, 2013
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Pretzel Sausage/Hot Dog Buns?

Trader Joe's on Hyde St in SF has some hot dog bun-shaped pretzel buns that are pretty tasty. A little too big for hot dogs, IMHO, but they beg for a bratwurst with some sauerkraut and mustard. 99 cents each.

Jun 15, 2013
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Flour & Co - NEW Bakery, SF - any reports?

I've had the below and listed them in order of favorites.
- cold-brewed, bottled Stumptown coffee
- lemon bars
- biscuits and gravy (twice)
- pretzel bread sandwich with bacon, manchego and apricot jam (twice)
- gluten-free breakfast sandwich with bacon, cheese, and egg (twice)
- gluten-free coffee cake
- bread pudding
- savory oatmeal

The lemon bars were a perfect balance of sweet and tart. The crust crumbled just enough yet didn't fall apart. The bars were baked all the way through (not gummy like a lot of lemon bars) but still moist.

The biscuits and gravy dish is a nice change of pace because it's a mushroom gravy. I love a good meat gravy, but I feel less guilty somehow because of the lack of meat. Served on two heavenly biscuits, it fills you up without having to wear "yer eatin' pants."

I can't adequately describe why I like the pretzel bread sandwich so much. Maybe because it's salty and sweet without being a bacon donut or a salted-caramel-something.

Apr 27, 2013
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Charles Chocolates new SF Mission shop now open 3/15/13

Mar 18, 2013
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Trader Joe's coming soon to Hyde & Calif, SF

A TJ worker who was sitting outside the new store a few days ago told me November 30.

Nov 17, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Mexican caterer in SF

Nopalito
http://nopalitosf.com/catering/
Or one of the many businesses that work out of La Cocina
http://www.lacocinasf.org

Nov 17, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to eat near City College [SF]?

I also recommend the PCR (Pierre Coste Room) at City College.
(415) 239-3438

Also, I hear many good things about Broken Record, although their kitchen team is about to change, if it hasn't already.
http://www.brokenrecordsanfrancisco.com

A good article about that area:
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/S-...

Oct 31, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Portable Items from Ferry Plaza Market

NeoCocoa truffles from the La Cocina kiosk come in small, sturdy boxes and they are wonderful!

Sep 21, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find low-sulfite wine?

Trader Joe's sells one called Well Red for $5.99. It's drinkable.
http://www.traderjoeswineguy.com/p/tr...

Aug 15, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Tasty lobster roll

Prime Dip in the TL or on Fillmore has a tasty Lobster Dip. For me, it's rich enough on its own; the accompanying portion cup of "hot melted dill butter" sends it over the top. Not to mention the side dish. I usually split the lobster dip with someone, which makes the price of $14.99 for one sandwich a heck of a deal.
http://www.primedip.com

Aug 12, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Culinary Team Building Events in San Francisco

La Cocina has unique classes featuring authentic cuisines. I used to work for one of the businesses there, so I know that they sometimes shut down part or all of the kitchen either for their classes (below) or for classes put on by outside businesses who rent the space. I haven't personally rented out the space, but the participants seem happy. La Cocina is walkable from the 24th Street BART station. If you want to keep the party going after the class, your group could convene at a fun watering hole in the nearby Mission.
http://www.lacocinasf.org/events/culi...

Jul 19, 2012
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Trip Report from Toronto hound

I don't know which impresses me more—your report and pix or the fact that you hit 22 Ess Eff faves in 7 days without a planned eating itinerary. Great job!

Jul 19, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Best place to buy Big Green Egg?

I'd be interested in hearing how/ if you like your new BGE. I really have no place to put one, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming about entering the Johnsonville Kitchen recipe contest in which they are giving away not one but two Big Green Eggs!

Jul 18, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

SF City College's classes for Home Cooks

I took CAHS 244 (Foods and Fitness). I learned more about nutrition than I did about cooking. (Perhaps that's because the class is geared toward beginners and I already had some professional experience before enrolling.) About half of the 4-hour class sessions are hands-on lab time including set-up, break-down, and clean-up. The other half involves sitting in class. If your mom is a beginner cook on a budget and wants to learn about things like low fat baking, this class might be a good place to start.

Jul 18, 2012
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Edible Glitter in Bay Area?

I've seen it at both Sur La Table locations in SF.

Jul 09, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Clam chowder and Best Cioppino

I never really liked seafood chowder all that much until I had it at Bar Crudo. They made me realize what I had been missing all these years.

Apr 24, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Custom Birthday Cakes

If anyone could make a lobster-shaped cake, it would be Kelly at Inticing Creations. She makes some really beautiful, unusual cakes that actually taste good, too. I know a pastry chef who asked her to make his wedding cake, and he was quite pleased.
http://www.inticingcreations.com/hello/
She makes whimsical cakes, too.
http://www.inticingcreations.com/hell...

Mar 23, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Mozzeria? Anyone been?

The space formerly housed Il Cantuccio.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/il-cantuccio-...

Mar 17, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Bar/Wine Stores?

Et Cetera wine bar has a pretty wide selection.
http://etceterawinebar.com/

Mar 17, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Please critique my itinerary for 5 night trip to San Francisco (DID LOTS OF RESEARCH)

Since you asked about the Mission, here's a nice summary and helpful graphic of new-ish places in the Valencia corridor:
http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/latest-restaurant-additions-valencia-corridor
addendum to the article:
http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/state-mi...
(I had a great dinner at Locanda)

Mar 06, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

SF treats that ship well

La Cocina sells gift boxes. Everything made in SF.
http://www.lacocinasf.org/lacocinastore/

Alternately, you could visit their kiosk in the Ferry Bldg and pick and choose.
http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/lacocina_merchant.php

Bonus: It's right across from Mariposa bakery kiosk which is gluten-free.
http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.c...

Mar 06, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Please critique my itinerary for 5 night trip to San Francisco (DID LOTS OF RESEARCH)

I don't know about Peruvian in that area, but there is a Peruvian restaurant right by your hotel. La Fina Estampa on Bush btw Van Ness & Polk. I've only been there once, but I liked it. The beef in the lomo saltado was very tender. They also bring an interesting trio of sauces with bread to the table.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-fina-estam...

Mar 01, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Please critique my itinerary for 5 night trip to San Francisco (DID LOTS OF RESEARCH)

Monterey/Carmel are wonderful, but does that mean you will skip the Ferry Bldg altogether? I would tell any friend (who is into food and had to choose because of time constraints) to choose the Ferry Bldg over Fisherman's Wharf. I wouldn't try to deter the average tourist from going to the Wharf because it's geared to them. However, after all of the time you've taken to research and plan your meals, I'd hate to see you end up with some slightly-better-than-average chocolate and an overpriced sweatshirt. If you want the cable car experience, the California line cable car is less than a block from your hotel and practically takes you straight to the Ferry Bldg. Plus, you don't have to wait an hour+ at each end to get on (like the other lines.) Granted, the Cal line doesn't go by crooked Lombard St, but what can you see anyway in a cable car packed like sardines? Alternately, you could take the Cal line to the Ferry Bldg, then you could take the F street car to the Wharf. Then to go back, you could wait in line for the Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason cable car or take the 47 bus back which stops 1 block from your hotel.

Love these on your latest itinerary: Pizzeria Delfina, Ler Ros, The Ice Cream Bar, Humphrey Slocombe

I like Dottie's, but IMHO Brenda's is better. Also, now that Dottie's has moved, Brenda's is closer to your hotel. http://frenchsoulfood.com/

Tadich Grill is popular, but I would go to Kokkari or Perbacco instead.

Feb 26, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Please critique my itinerary for 5 night trip to San Francisco (DID LOTS OF RESEARCH)

Not crazy about Burma Superstar or B Star either.
Go to nopalito — good food, great service & reasonable prices. http://www.nopalitosf.com/
Or Bar Crudo — excellent seafood chowder, interesting raw fish combos, great beer list. http://www.barcrudo.com/

Feb 26, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Late night snack/meal on Sat. night at Pine Street/Van Ness Ave.

I second Lers Ros, Victor's & Grubstake (great burger!) Front Room Pizza is not as good these days, but their deep dish is quite filling and they are open until 1 am on Sat. Never had their Brazilian food but it looks interesting.
http://thefrontroomsf.com/

Bamboo is not great (think greasy Americanized,) but I like their crab rangoon, the prices are pretty reasonable for SF, and the delivery is usually fast. Open till midnight.
http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

In the morning, be sure to make your way down to Fourth Wave Coffee on Pine & Polk. Great coffee, good prices, friendly & speedy service.

Feb 22, 2012
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Where to Buy Inexpensive Steel Bento Box? (preferably East Bay)

Container Store has them:
http://www.containerstore.com/shop?pr...
Not exactly cheap but I think you can find coupons online.

Feb 17, 2012
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Where to Buy Inexpensive Steel Bento Box? (preferably East Bay)

I'm pretty sure that I've seen them at Rainbow Co-op in SF.
http://www.rainbow.coop/forms/contact/

Feb 15, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area

Food trucks recommendations for our wedding?

Have you tried contacting La Cocina? Some food trucks work out of there. I've seen a couple of them doing tastings for potential clients.
http://www.lacocinasf.org/

Feb 09, 2012
rebeccakinney in San Francisco Bay Area