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I need a fun first date restaurant (Union Square area [think broadly]) [San Francisco]

With the nice weather recently, I would suggest pre-dinner drinks at Rickhouse and then outdoor dining at one of the restaurants at Belden Place.

KFC's boneless chicken roll out

If they remove the skin too, then forget about it, that's the best part.

Apr 09, 2013
M_and_H in Chains

Urasawa fined for labor violations

Does the "unpaid" overtime pay on their $4/hr wages really matter in comparison when their real income are from a share of the 20% tips on the $400 ++ pp meals? Sure he might've broken the labor law, but I doubt he has taken advantage of the employees.

Mar 18, 2013
M_and_H in Los Angeles Area

Pad Thai Restaurant [SF] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 29

It has quite a bit on it, about 2-3 pages long. Our old favorites were Hoi Tod (Pan fried seafood pancake), and Tom Sap Nuer (Sour beef soup). They also have bamboo shoot salad which was pretty pungent.

Haven't been back in a while, so not sure if those are still being offered.

Pad Thai Restaurant [SF] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 29

Do they still have the secret menu? They used to have it prior to the ownership change.

What to do with a few open (full) bottles of wine?

Use them to make sangria for christmas or new year's party. With fruits, sugar and brandy added, the wine probably won't matter as much

Dec 19, 2012
M_and_H in Home Cooking

Just Back...Trip Report

We had so many good food and wine, and yet still lose 5 lbs after 1 week. Paris has definitely become one of my favorite city.

Oct 23, 2012
M_and_H in France

1 - 1.5 hr meals, 2 hr max?

Their savory items are located two stores down next to the sweet one. We tried their mushroom tart, duck & foie gras tart, and veal tart. Each one we have to take it back to the apartment to heat up for another 10-20 minutes, depending on the tart. They are all delicious with the veal tart being outstanding. Each cost around 7-12 euro.

Give it a try.

Oct 23, 2012
M_and_H in France

1 - 1.5 hr meals, 2 hr max?

We got ours at Stevenot Rotisserie in Marais, next to Marche des Enfants Rogue.

Oct 23, 2012
M_and_H in France

1 - 1.5 hr meals, 2 hr max?

Thank you again everyone for the feedback. We just returned from our trip to Paris and had a blast. We tried to try as much as possible to snack or bring food back to the apartment to enjoy. We were able to hit a few restaurants that we had in mind with great success. L'Ambassade & Cafe Des Musees for dinner (baby was asleep throughout the whole dinner). Les Papilles for lunch and baby was exceptionally well behaved and enjoyed tastes of our food, and even played with a neighboring table.

Highlights from the trip:
1. Lentil salad from L'Ambassade
2. Andouilette from Cafe Des Musees
3. Everything from Les Papilles (our favorite meal)
4. Caramel crepe from Breizh Cafe
5. Veal tart from Pain de Sucre
6. Caramels from Jacques Genin
7. Macaroons from Laduree and Victor et Hugo
8. Shawerma from L'As Du Falafel and Mi-Va-Mi
9. 36 month Comte
10. Coquelet Rotisserie

Once again, thank you everyone.

Oct 22, 2012
M_and_H in France

1 - 1.5 hr meals, 2 hr max?

Thanks Parigi for the feedback. We took her to Slanted Door in San Francisco last night, she was fairly well behaved for the most time, although we had to take her out about one time for a 10-15 mins stroll between appetizer & entree. The whole meal took around 2 - 2.5 hrs. Hopefully, it'll be quite as successful in Paris.

We're also considering 2 other options as they're pretty close to our apartment. Chez Denise and Robert et Louise, are these two places doable?

Sep 24, 2012
M_and_H in France

1 - 1.5 hr meals, 2 hr max?

Thanks so much for the feedback John. Will go and try to make the reservations now.

Sep 24, 2012
M_and_H in France

1 - 1.5 hr meals, 2 hr max?

Hi all,

We'll be travelling with our 13 month old toddler to Paris for the first time for a week. We have done our research and know that it's not going to be easy eating in restaurants with such a young toddler. We've been going out with her in San Francisco to restaurants and found that 1 hr - 1 1/2 hr meals are probably max for her before she starts getting antsy. Other than that, she's pretty adventurous and love to try new food and haven't found anything that she doesn't like yet, and that's including sweetbreads.

We've also read the thread from Lupadog travelling with their two year old and found it very helpful, but also realize that one year old and two year olds can be quite different.

Could you offer any advice on the following places to be in and out within 1.5 hrs and still enjoy our meal? We'll try to go mostly for lunch, with other meals to be cooked at the apartment rental or take out.

1. Cafe du Mussee
2. L'Ambassade d'Auvergne
3. Cafe Breizh
4. Les Papilles
5. Dans Les Landes

Thanks so much!

Sep 21, 2012
M_and_H in France

San Francisco Dish of the Month July 2012: Asian Fried Chicken

That's pretty much it. Bones with little bits of meat (maybe after being taken for other dishes), lightly battered and deep fried. Sinfully delicious, but probably best enjoyed in the privacy of home rather then in front of strangers. Don't usually need the hot sauce.

Jeruk Limo (nasnaran Mandarin)

Does anyone know where in the bay area we can purchase this small lime where it's often used to make sambal or grilled fish in Southeast Asian cuisine? Other names of this lime can be jeruk limau or jeruk sambal.

San Francisco Dish of the Month July 2012: Asian Fried Chicken

Our favorite Asian fried chicken dish is the fried chicken bones at Sai Jai Thai. It's a challenge to eat but the salty, crispy bits are worth the amount of work, especially when you get the crunchy skin parts. For those not up to the challenge, you can also order the fried salty 1/2 chicken, it's quite as tasty just not as fun.

Quick and Good (preferably Asian) for post-airport pickup. SF, Daly City, Millbrae?

There's a new hot pot place called hot pot garden on Taraval and 21st. I believe it's open till midnight on Friday nights. It has gotten pretty good reviews. You can choose to do set menu or all you can eat/drink.

Good ice cream (in maker) recipes?

Hi L & L, would you mind sharing the tiramisu ice cream recipe? It sounds decadent.

Apr 19, 2012
M_and_H in Home Cooking

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

If you go to the Hog Island on Thursday evening 5-7, they have a happy hour for half price oysters

Recommendations for my brand spanking new pressure cooker

Try Jacques Pepin's Puerto Rican pork and beans. It's easy one pot meal that is cooked faster in a pressure cooker. The recipe is online if you search on google.

Apr 11, 2012
M_and_H in Home Cooking

Foulest flavours...

Another item that I can't stand the smell is Doritos, but it's fine eating it, I just can't stand the smell if someone nearby is eating it.

Mar 07, 2012
M_and_H in General Topics

Need suggestions for a quick half day/ day trip to either Napa or Sonoma!!! PLEASE HELP

I think the question is what is more important to you? The quality of the wine, the beauty of the winery, or just the experience? For example, when I bring guests and their priority is the wine and/or surroundings and do not mind a higher tasting fee, I might bring them to either Joseph Phelps or Duckhorn. If they don't care so much for the quality of the wine and want a different experience, I might bring them to sterling (gondola, self guided tour, patio tasting). For the very serious drinkers, there's many appointment only exclusive wineries.

Foulest flavours...

For me it has to be natto. I've given it multiple tries but still can't get used to it, and I eat almost anything else.

Mar 06, 2012
M_and_H in General Topics

Please explain LOL LOL LOL

sometimes "haha" just doesn't cut it. lol. -_-

Mar 06, 2012
M_and_H in Site Talk

Great Red Wines for under $30

Among our favorites that you might like and fit under the $30 criteria are:

T-Vine Zinfandel & Petite Syrah
Neyers Syrah and Zinfandel
Landmark Pinot Noir
David Bruce Pinot Noir

Feb 28, 2012
M_and_H in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

This is not a sweet wine, it's made by Jayson Woodbridge of Hundred Acre. It's actually pretty good for an everyday wine.

Jan 31, 2012
M_and_H in Wine

Best wine you've had under $15

For under $20, we like the Layer Cake shiraz, can be found at costco for around $15 or so. We prefer the Layer Cake Cab, but that's $25.

Jan 30, 2012
M_and_H in Wine

Quick Saturday day trip to sf, need a place for dinner

Can't think of any good place for Mexican in that area. For dinner, Alembic would be a good choice, close to gg park, small plates and great whisky based cocktails to go with it. Since you're eating solo, sitting at the counter would be perfect.

Top Chef Texas - Ep. #12 - 01/25/12 (Spoilers)

lol! reminds me of Hunger games.

Jan 27, 2012
M_and_H in Food Media & News

Washing chicken

I'm always afraid to let raw chicken air dry in the fridge, doesn't it contaminate other items in the fridge?

Jan 20, 2012
M_and_H in Home Cooking