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Curried Turkey Salad

Overall, our family is pleased with the results--my husband and son give this a thumbs up, sans raisins. (I tossed in a few in my own sandwich, and appreciate the way the sweet raisins cut through the curry and ginger.) They're looking forward to having the leftovers for a lunch break tomorrow when they head off surfing.

I suppose it depends on the freshness of your curry powder, but, as much as I love curry, I would still consider experimenting with half the curry called for next time, so that I can taste all those other flavors going on from the turkey, the shallots, the cilantro, the apple. I found that the curry contrasts I expected from the shallots and apples were overshadowed--I probably diced them too small. The ginger comes through easily.

I haven't seen whole-milk yogurt in eons, since the emphasis everywhere is on low-fat; so I worked with a strained Greek-style yogurt for more body, which worked out great. Tossed in 1/4 cup diced red onion, also. The salad is good with arugula; and do not forget the salt and generous pepper! Add some cayenne, also. I like KailuaGirl's suggestion of adding mango chutney--I was sorry to be out of it!

Jan 01, 2013
jperes167 in Recipes

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

My connection's been buggy this morning, so I apologize if you've been receiving half-finished thank-you's from me.

Sapori was outstanding. Truly. All the way around. From the wait-staff to the desserts, we were all very happy. No sticker shock; no pretense. Staff and owner were enthusiastic and knowledgeable without being pedantic, and they were never intrusive.

Tartine looked wonderful; but I apparently asked the wrong staff person for a take-out menu. He barked--and I mean, barked--that they were at the register. Hard to notice since they are the size of a business card and are tucked into a cute tiny bucket. It wasn't like I interrupted him mid-delivery with his arms full of entrees; he was standing with his hands behind his back in the center of the restaurant, surveiling the tables.

We will definitely make a point of stopping at Sapori the next time we visit. Their lunch menu sounds like a sensational deal; and we will be looking forward to it. Your recommendation really was a high-point.

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Tartine
1106 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

Feb 15, 2011
jperes167 in San Diego

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

Good morning, and thanks very much for all your suggestions--they'll be in my purse for our next trip, most definitely.

Feb 15, 2011
jperes167 in San Diego

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

Good morning, and thanks so much for your consideration! That's a lot of information and thought, and I'm looking forward to stepping into your recommendations. I haven't been back to Coronado since I was teen. And now I'm the mother of one! Food for us; surf for him. Well, surf for him and his dad. Thank you for helping us out so enthusiastically.

Feb 10, 2011
jperes167 in San Diego

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

Good morning, Fake Name, and thanks so much for your recommendation.

Feb 10, 2011
jperes167 in San Diego

Weekend visit to the Hotel Del--good neighboring eats?

Hello, San Diego Board,

We're motoring down to Coronado Island this weekend, and would appreciate your recommendations for decent food, spanning all three squares--breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, a dependable coffee spot, preferably a local vendor, if you please?

Thanks very much, in advance, for your input.

Feb 09, 2011
jperes167 in San Diego

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Oh, Heavens. Lovely.

I enjoyed the random little salt crunch bursts in the frosting. Didn't seem too salty to me at all. Perhaps I was distracted by the butter fat rapture.

Oct 01, 2010
jperes167 in Recipes

Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Apricot Glaze

This did work out nicely. Perfectly moist. However, I was a tad short on the apricot preserves, and so compensated with mango chutney; and I let it roast for another 15 minutes (a little too dark of a pink in the middle for my husband's taste). Turned out great, and there was just enough glaze left in the pan to drizzle chic-ly over the top. Even our 14-year old enjoyed it!

Feb 24, 2010
jperes167 in Recipes

Three Drunken Goats and Goudas & Vines redux

Apparently they papered up the windows and closed their doors only to re-arrange their space by removing some tables and bringing back the Goudas & Vines types of gourmet take-home products and additional wines.

The menu seems to be the same.

Feb 12, 2010
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

Pepper-Roasted Cauliflower

My 14-year old son liked it, which I think is a tremendous endorsement. Thank you!

Feb 04, 2010
jperes167 in Recipes

Three Drunken Goats and Goudas & Vines redux

Looks like Three Drunken Goats has shifted some furniture around and out, and moved back in the metal racks from their Goudas & Vines days to provide gourmet to-go comestibles again. Even some Goudas &Vines bags are scattered here and there. Varieties of cheeses and fruit pastes; pastas; condiments; oils and vinegars; champagnes; chocolates; olives.

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Three Drunken Goats
2256 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose, CA

Feb 02, 2010
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

How to give beef stew more punch?

I add a couple tablespoons of tomato paste to the recipe I follow. Also, I substitute beef consomme for the beef stock that the recipe calls for. Adding sprigs of fresh thyme gives a boost.

Jan 15, 2010
jperes167 in Home Cooking

Worthwhile Thai food in Carlsbad or thereabouts?

Hello, All,

We're taking a trek down to Carlsbad, haven't spent any time in the area in eons, and have no idea where to have dinner. A great Thai restaurant would make us all very happy before we head back up home to the belly of the beast.

Many thanks!

May 23, 2009
jperes167 in San Diego

Pepe's in Montrose

Greetings, all,

My husband and I ran into Victor this past weekend as he and a couple others were coming out of Pepe's. He said at that time they were hoping to have a "soft opening" either tonight, Tuesday, 5/13/08, or tomorrow night, Wednesday, 5/14/08.

You might call Margarita's first and double-check--bonne chance!

May 13, 2008
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

Oven-Fried Buttermilk Chicken

I was reluctant to add salt to the corn flake crumbs, and recommend that you not be! The sweetness from the corn flakes needs that offset, m'thinks.

Otherwise, I thought the recipe turned out okay, with results like digkv's above. Crispy on top, moist inside. I thought all the peppers and tabasco would have given it more a kick than I got, but the buttermilk probably neutralized them a bit. I might make it again sometime.

May 09, 2008
jperes167 in Recipes

Avedano's: Better and better.

Oh, Heavens. Sounds like another reason for fantasizing about an extended stay in the Bay area. Why. . .yes. . .we are Angelenos.

However, there is a cafe not far from my workplace that sells Poco Dolce tile chocolates. Worth the $4.09 a gallon occasional sprint. Particularly, the Aztec chile with a tiny pinch of grey sea salt accenting the top. I believe it has toasted pepita in it. Truly wonderful. Also very good is the ginger variety.

So, the next time locals are picking up skirt steaks or petrale sole or other dinner items, consider some Poco Dolce sweets for dessert. They were $2.00 a tile here in the Los Feliz area; but a small taste goes a long way. And even the working poor like me can appreciate it on occasion. Enjoy!

May 05, 2008
jperes167 in San Francisco Bay Area

blue agave sweetener--how do you use it?

Thanks very much for the information!

Apr 29, 2008
jperes167 in Home Cooking

Three Drunken Goats

By George, you're right, yes, in addition to an array of Anderson Valley wines, Three Drunken Goats does offer a variety of Spanish wines, many from the Basque region. It does seem to still be in that "soft" opening stage. I hope to stroll down soon!

Apr 29, 2008
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

blue agave sweetener--how do you use it?

Any pointers out there? I picked up some at Trader Joe's. Reminiscient in texture and flavor of a light-bodied honey, no distinctive flavor, really.

Thanks for any information. I've looked at Whole Foods and wholesomesweeteners.com sites already; I'd appreciate some insights from Chow folk.

Apr 29, 2008
jperes167 in Home Cooking

Three Drunken Goats

Yes, it is the former Goudas & Vines. Same owners, also. And, just to split hairs, it is located in Montrose. As a Montrose resident (Montrosian? Montrosite?), we don't think of it as Glendale. Mebbe Glendale does.

We strolled by early Sunday afternoon this past weekend, while at the Farmers Market, and they were open for business. A lot of Anderson Valley wines, and many of them were reasonably priced.

Apr 24, 2008
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

The Other Pinot

Hadley Cellars in Anderson Valley makes a beautiful Pinot Gris.

Apr 13, 2008
jperes167 in Features

San Francisco and Wine Country in Three Days - Wrap-up

I hope the next time you're in the vicinity, you make it to Zin! My family and I stepped in for lunch one day when we were shlepping around, taking a break from camping in Hendy Woods (about uh, five years ago!). It was an outstanding experience in terms of food quality and service quality. The staff was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic without being pedantic.

Apr 06, 2008
jperes167 in San Francisco Bay Area

Trip Report: Russian River/Napa (Ubuntu, Farmhouse, Round Pond)

In mid-August 2007, when we were spending a dinner or two at the now passed-on Bistro V, at either end of camping forays at Van Damme State Park and Hendy Woods, The Farmhouse was one of the restaurants that was emphatically, fondly recommended by Bistro V chef Rick Vargas and his wife.

Since our meals at Bistro V were truly memorable, I will keep The Farmhouse in my mind for our next sojourn up to the Sonoma/Mendocino/Anderson Valley environs.

And I must thank Pane for the Round Pond Estate Winery recommendations, also!

Apr 06, 2008
jperes167 in San Francisco Bay Area

Do I Need to Replace the Water in My Kettle?

Otay, thanks for that confirmation. Say, what is the BEST way to clean the kettle and get rid of the scale that builds up? At what point do you get rid of the kettle--we have a beloved Chantal, but, I look at and feel the bottom of it, and I wonder. I've done some long soaks with hot water and baking soda, but, there's got to be a better way.

Jan 20, 2008
jperes167 in Features

Chicory, Tangerine, and Pomegranate Salad

So many good flavors and sensations going on here; I regret that I blithely sallied through step 4 without tasting as I went. The dressing overpowered everything else: the bitter greens, the pickled shallots, the tangerines. I know better!

So, while I think the recipe is a keeper, I need to heed common sense next time. I will give it another try.

Jan 03, 2008
jperes167 in Recipes

Meyer Lemon and Black Pepper Cookies

The distinctive Meyer lemon flavor does shine through; I'd recommend more pepper, perhaps a 1/4 teaspoon more. I'd refrigerated the dough overnight, and didn't have a problem with blob-like cookies. They spread a bit, but no problem. Very easy recipe.

I'm inclined to give the Mexican-chocolate icebox cookies a try; the Lemon/Pepper ones are okay, but I don't think I need to make them again.

Jan 03, 2008
jperes167 in Recipes

Christmas Stollen w/ Marzipan?

Funny you should mention Christmas stollen--my husband and son just brought home a loaf from Berolina's today. It ran about $12, by the way. They make Lucia buns every Christmas time, also, and I love them--fragrant with saffron and honey.

Dec 18, 2007
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

INGREDIENTS is opening in North Glendale...finally.

Outstanding! So glad to hear it's arrived. I've been curious and waiting for so long that I gave up looking for it. Sometimes, business's gestation periods in Montrose are what-the-hell's-taking-so-long long. We were just at La Cabanita tonight (and our food was nearly hot--wow!)--I should have eyeballed the block as we were heading home.
Looking forward to stepping in the door. Bonne chance!

Dec 18, 2007
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

Any luck finding all-butter puff pastry in Pas/Glendale stores?

Thanks so much for the information!

Dec 02, 2007
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area

Any luck finding all-butter puff pastry in Pas/Glendale stores?

Hello, all,

Has anybody in the Glendale/Pasadena areas found a source for all-butter puff pastry dough, since I am the czarina of poor time management and will probably never master making it myself? Thanks for your help.

Dec 01, 2007
jperes167 in Los Angeles Area