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Merguez Sausages

Although the OP searches only in Oakland/Berkeley -
I find Merguez sausages in San Francisco:

Salama Halal Meat
604 Geary Blvd. very spicy, can be ordered 'less spicy' for a mild sausage.

about 18 hours ago
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

First trip to Sonoma County- help!

Aug 30, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Baltica (San Mateo)

Winter Palace Cake - a dream of clouds...perfectly not-too-sweet meringues

Aug 30, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Taste of Jiangnan on Clement in San Francisco?

A list of deliciousness:
Wonton soup, Wuxi-style
Braised Pork
Sweet Corn pancake
Crispy Rice with salted egg yolk
Steamed cabbage with pork
Steamed egg with salted egg yolk
peanuts and pickled kelp
table condiments, chili sauce and jalapenos

Aug 25, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet, August 2015

The SF Grocery Outlet on Geary at 27th Avenue doesn't offer the Sustainable Seas tuna for the BOGO offer, the price is $1.99 ea.
I did remember to get the bag of small avocados and you're right - it's the perfect size for one serving. I didn't see the German butter and the pineapples are gone! No Fever Tree tonic. This is a small GO and not as well stocked as yours.

Aug 21, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Taste of Jiangnan on Clement in San Francisco?

Great lunching today with Melanie Wong on the 'soft opening' menu at Taste of Jiangnan, 332 Clement Street. We savored a two-hour lunch and I'll wait for Melanie to comment on each dish here. We were first to be seated and watched as the tables filled and turned. I'd say the word is out and I am eager to return for another early lunch before long waits become the norm.

Duke's Mayonnaise - where to find it in the Bay Area?

The Dollar Tree in Sonoma has Duke's Mayo on the shelf, too.

Aug 02, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

SFBA Dish of the Month Nominations (June to December 2015)

TOMATO BEEF CHOW MEIN (or, CURRIED TOMATO BEEF CHOW MEIN)

SFBA Dish of the Month Nominations (June to December 2015)

FRIED CHICKEN

What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Gougères are out of the oven and cooling on the rack, to be filled with salmon salad for bridal shower this afternoon. Three weddings this month - daughters of friends.
Baking gluten-free berry tart for bride-to-be's shower now.
Yesterday I baked a sourdough beer bread with lager for snacking.

Mandarin Garden in Berkeley

2015 delicious Lunch update:
Peking Duck with pancakes, plum sauce, scallions, cucumbers $32
(sorry for the out-of-focus pix. at the end of the lunch we were presented with a wrapped package of the meaty duck carcass)
Water spinach with garlic
Sauteed Crab meat with buns,and Ginger-Onion sauce
Stuffed Eggplant with pork and shrimp in Ginger-Garlic sauce
Pork Belly
Sichuan Spice Rock Cod Fillets
Sichuan Chicken
Sichuan Pork Intestine
Sesame Rice Dumpling with Rice Wine
Mandarin Glazed Banana
Mandarin Glazed Apple

Regional Chinese roundup 2.0

Mandarin Garden
2025 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
for the Sichuan menu + Peking Duck, Crab meat with buns, Mandarin Glazed Banana/Apple, Sesame Rice Dumplings with Rice Wine. Wonderful.

Jun 12, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy's Joynt (SF)

http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/To...

End of July - no change with new buyer?

Jun 12, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Best DanTat in SF Chinatown

Dan Tats at Napoleon Super Bakery at 1049 Stockton.

May 22, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Best DanTat in SF Chinatown

I'm on my way to Garden Bakery at 765 Jackson Street for dan tat and pineapple bun... AA Bakery at 1068 Stockton, too.

May 22, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Am I the only one who lives in a magic house? A lighthearted look at ourselves & food safety

What's a world without Sam? We do miss him terribly and I reread his chowhound posts for his wisdom, humor and good sense.

May 14, 2015
Cynsa in Not About Food
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Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

May 13, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Hot Milk Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

We're crazed.
It's better for me to fly to Austin to visit my sister-in-law and have the bonus of BBQ.

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

yes. I had the calamari steak dore at Capp's Corner on Sunday - last day is April 19 - a good choice.

Apr 13, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

garbanzo beans

I am making this African Chickpea Soup for dinner tonight.
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/afric...

Mar 25, 2015
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Looking for Petit Fours in SF

I have ordered petit fours from Divine Delights for many years for catered events. They're fresh, lovely, and delicious - perfect pleasers - and they will ship to you...
although the drive to Petaluma is not far from SF.
http://www.divinedelights.com/

Mar 25, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

Fruitcake in March? It's bishop's cake with dates, pecans, maraschino cherries, and chocolate chips.

Mar 22, 2015
Cynsa in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

I, too, love the Almond Squares.
Mixed and out-of-the-oven in minutes, baked last night - only two squares remain for a snack with tea this afternoon.
Thank you for the recipe link.

for a potluck: mac & cheese or scalloped potatoes?

mac'n cheese! - a side dish that can satisfy as an entrée

I start with this as a base and stir in ribbons of Swiss chard or spinach and sauteed mushrooms - and I'll add a topping of panko bread crumbs drizzled with melted butter before baking when I don't have any Parmesan:

Skinny Cauliflower Macaroni And Cheese
Serves 5-6
Ingredients
• 1 pound elbow macaroni or other pasta
• 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
• 1 cup skim milk
• 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
• 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
• 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to packaging directions, or until just al dente. Reserve pasta water.
3. Wait a few minutes for pasta water to come back up to a boil and add cauliflower florets. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender.
4. Remove cauliflower from pot, shaking off excess water, and transfer to blender or food processor.
5. Add 2 tablespoons cooking water and pulse until cauliflower is pureed and mostly smooth.
6. Stir cooked pasta and pureed cauliflower together in a large bowl (or in casserole dish) and stir in milk, sour cream and cheddar cheese.
7. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and nutmeg and mix together.
8. If not there already, pour mixture into casserole dish and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese evenly over the top.
9. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until Parmesan is golden and crispy and sauce is bubbly.
10. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

http://12tomatoes.com/2015/02/healthy...

Mar 09, 2015
Cynsa in Home Cooking
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Why are they standing in line ?

In 1969, I moved to San Francisco from Columbus, Ohio. My first line up was at Bud's Ice Cream at 24th Street and Castro - it was a cold and foggy night...
https://lostsf.wordpress.com/tag/buds...

Feb 27, 2015
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

me, too. Stool in front of stove... pockets for stashes!
I ate mashed avocado and sea salt on toast, granola and yogurt, shredded cabbage with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, hard-boiled eggs, potato salad, steamed veggies with a peanut sauce, hummus with green pepper strips, black bean dip.
Easy to cook: scrambled eggs and toast, cups of tea, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, couscous, quinoa
Crock Pot: meatloaf, chili, soups, stews, bread pudding
Microwave: baked potato
Roast Chicken will make many meals; hot, wrapped in tortillas, cold chicken salad with mayonnaise or Thai salad with rice vinegar or peanut sauce.
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/m...
Have condiments to jazz up your dishes: sriracha, mustards, pickles, bbq sauce, hoisin, black bean sauce, oyster sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, garlic confit, sour cream/yogurt; fresh lemons and limes.

mise en place: have all your ingredients prepared before you cook

Eat chocolate!

Hope you'll have a Speedy Recovery.

Feb 21, 2015
Cynsa in General Topics
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How long will you stand in line for food?

At Franklin in Austin, the doors open at 11 am. I was third in line at 9am. Closes for the day when bbq is gone. We were in Austin for 3 days.
At home in San Francisco, I know the 'off-hours' and can avoid lines...when traveling, it's now or never.

Feb 21, 2015
Cynsa in General Topics

How long will you stand in line for food?

We drove to Lexington for Snow's and to Lockhart for Kreuz and Smitty's Market. Beef tastes better in Texas than California.

How long will you stand in line for food?

2 minutes - that's longer than my DH - he stands in no line. period.
on the other hand, he will circle forever to find street parking before garage parking... we walk a lot. lol