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Your favorite gourmet food stores?

I travel quite a lot across the US and I am always on the lookout for a great store or supermarket selling gourmet foods. What are your favorite local food stores?

May 10, 2008
GinaJ in General Topics

Can anyone recommend a good seafood restaurant in Hamburg?

Fischereihafen is the best!!!!

Nov 27, 2007
GinaJ in International Archive

Christmas Gift Ideas

My four suggestions:
1) Home-made Hot Cocoa Mix is a great idea (try with cinnamon and or cayenne pepper)
2) Home-made Chai Tea Mix is also a very nice idea and easily done.
3) Gourmet Olive Oils, e.g. Big Paw makes fantastic, subtle but intense olive oils. I like Basil and Garlic as well as the Meyer Lemon Flavor
http://www.theolivestore.com/bigpaw2....
4) German Christmas Stollen. The best I have come across is the one from Sterntaler Bakery (www.sterntalerbakery.com). They make a Baby Stollen which comes at around $5.00 a piece.

Nov 27, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

24 food ideas for advent calendar needed

Thanks for all your input. I will definitely stop by a Cost Plus World Market for some candy imports. I like the Hershey Kisses, Jelly Bean and airplane liquor ideas.

Nov 26, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Gourmet Foods For Christmas Gift Baskets?

I'm a huge fan of the Stollen Sterntaler Bakery makes (www.sterntalerbakery.com). Super yummy with loads of raisins, fruit, almonds and marzipan. They make Baby Christmas Stollen which would make a nice fit for a Gift Basket.
Oh, and the Stollen are also being sold at the Metropolitan Market in Seattle. I just saw them there last weekend.

Nov 25, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Krispy Kreme type creme filled donut?

Very cool. Next time I'm in the East Bay - that's where I'm going!

Nov 25, 2007
GinaJ in San Francisco Bay Area

Krispy Kreme type creme filled donut?

The regular creme-filled (glazed creme-filled) ones. That would be fantastic news!!
I have tried 4 different Krispy Kremes on the peninsula without luck over the past 12 months. The sales assistants there confirmed that they didn't carry them any more.

Nov 25, 2007
GinaJ in San Francisco Bay Area

Krispy Kreme type creme filled donut?

I used to love the creme-filled doughnuts they sold at Krispy Kreme and now discontined (even though strangely enough still advertised on their site).
I would drive 30 miles and up to get them.
Is there any alternative to these creme-filled doughuts at other doughnut shops in the Bay Area?

Nov 25, 2007
GinaJ in San Francisco Bay Area

24 food ideas for advent calendar needed

This year I want to surprise my husband with an advent calendar and half of the calendar should be little food goodies. Any tips of what I might use - home-made or not. The food items need to be fairly small and have to have a shelf life of at least 3 weeks.
Would be grateful for your input!

Nov 25, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

The perfect stollen

The best to my mind is the Christmas Stollen from Sterntaler Bakery.
Most of the other ones - unfortunately also the imported ones from Germany - (Bahlsen, TJs, Kuechenmeister, etc) contain a whole load of chemicals. The one by TJ for example tastes like sand. This is a real one to avoid.
Generally make sure it is made with real butter and not margarine. Makes a real difference in taste (and transfats of course).

Nov 20, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

What's your favorite Thai Iced Tea Recipe?

Stupid question: what is stevia?

Nov 20, 2007
GinaJ in Home Cooking

Gourmet Christmas gift, anyone?

1)Hot Cocoa Mix is a great idea (try with cinnamon and or cayenne pepper)
2) Chai Tea Mix is also a very nice idea to make a home
3) Gourmet Olive Oils, e.g. Big Paw makes fantastic, subtle but intense olive oils. I like Basil and Garlic as well as the Meyer Lemon Flavor
http://www.theolivestore.com/bigpaw2....
4) German Christmas Cake (Stollen). The best I have come across is the one from Sterntaler Bakery (www.sterntalerbakery.com). Christmas Stollen, I also love the Praline flavor.

Nov 20, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

What's your favorite Thai Iced Tea Recipe?

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Nov 18, 2007
GinaJ in Home Cooking

What is your favorite cheese splurge?

My personal favorite is "D'Affinois" a raw milk soft cheese (Brie).
It is more and more available in upscale grocery stores now.

Nov 18, 2007
GinaJ in Cheese

For all of you who love Muesli

Hi Susan,
It sounds like you had a type of Bircher Muesli (Muesli Swiss style). It is a very rich muesli (almost like a dessert) where the oats and grains are soaked overnight in a cream or a mix of cream and milk. Fresh fruit is added like grated apples and rasperries (which give the muesli a tint of pink).
Generally Muesli is very hard to come by in the US, where most people prefer granola. Granola and Muesli are somewhat similar. But since granola is usually coated with some type of sugary substance like syrup or honey and toasted to make it crunchy. It is often very sweet and of course more calorific.
Just as granola, muesli may contain pieces of fruit, nuts, various grains, coconut, the list is endless. Muesli, invented by the Swiss, normally has a base of oats and can contain nuts and fruit too, but generally is untoasted. It is often unsweetened .I enjoy mine with milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit chopped onto it.

Nov 17, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Business Event/Party- Hamburg, Germany

I lived in Hamburg for many years:
3 suggestions:
Hip Hotel: Gastwerk (www.gastwerk.com
)OPENED IN JANUARY 2000- GASTWERK IS EUROPES FIRST LOFT-STYLE HOTEL. BUILT IN A FORMER MUNICIPAL GASWORKS BUILDING...
Hip Restaurant: Eisenstein (www.restaurant-eisenstein
)In a former ship's propeller factory, excellent pizza, popular with artists, journalists, filmmakers...
Hip Bar: Cafe Keese
Located in the Redlight district (which is a major attraction in itself in Hamburg).
AOL Germany had their company Christmas Party there for 200 people a few years ago.
Unfortunately does not have a website.
Address: Reeperbahn 19 -21 21
20359 Hamburg Tel.: 040/319931-0 Fax.: 040/319931-50
info@cafe-keese-hamburg.de Opening hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 09:00 - 02:00 Friday, Saturday 09:00 - 05:00

Hope this is a start!

Nov 17, 2007
GinaJ in International Archive

For all of you who love Muesli

Having lived in Muesli Country (Germany) for for some time I now basically live off Muesli.
I have been on a long hunt in California for the muesli I know from Europe.

I have been on a long quest for the muesli I know from Europe. It should be unsweetened, has a base of oats and contains pieces of fruit, nuts and various grains.

I had found two alternatives in the past which I had grown tired of: Trader Joe's Blueberry Muesli (who can eat blueberry every morning?) or Bob Red Mill's Old Country Style Muesli which is too heavily loaded with nuts for my taste.

BUT now I am saved: I found out my favorite brand, "Seitenbacher" from Germany started a mail order distribution service in the US. (www.seitenbacher.com
)I had my first batch of muesli shipped last week and I am very happy.

Seitenbacher sells a large variety, some 100% organic, some with natural ingredients only. All the mueslis are unsweetened and very, very tasty with the right balance of nuts and fruit.
Prices and shipping charges are very reasonable.
Don't mind their awful website, some of it even badly translated from German and their online shop which does not even give you a final bill confirmation. The products make up for it.

If you care for Muesli, don't miss out on this one!!

Nov 17, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Recipe for Lemon-sage infused ice-cream?

Sounds like great basic recipe for infused ice creams. Would you use fresh or dried lemon sage?

Nov 15, 2007
GinaJ in Home Cooking

Recipe for Lemon-sage infused ice-cream?

It is not the season for ice-cream, I know. However I had the most amazing eating experience at a dinner party the other day: lemon-saged infused ice-cream.
Would any one happen to have the a recipe for it?

Nov 15, 2007
GinaJ in Home Cooking

For all of you who love Kefir

I just wanted to share my new discovery:
Nancy's Kefir.
I have been on the hunt for good Kefir for quite a while because it is one of my favorite foods. In Europe you will find a lot of variations and brands. Here it is hard to find.
Most places do not carry it. I had settled for TJ's Organic, lowfat Kefir (comes in 2 flavors) which is pretty good.
Now I found Nancy's Kefir. Wow! It is just absolutely delicious! It is also organic and low-fat, comes in many flavors (try the blackberry or peach!) and apart from being very creamy and not too sweet it is very fruity.
Be careful though: their website is a little outdated or at least the retail locactions listed on the website are outdated. I only found it at Whole Foods. Some of the supermarkets they list there do not exist anymore (Albertson's, Bell Markets) and some may have carried it, but do not carry it at present (Safeway's).
So you have to pay a premium for it at the moment, but it is well worth it.

Nov 09, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Alternative to NUMI Tea?

Thanks for the advice!!!
I had a feeling there may not be much out there (yet) at Numi's quality level. I'll definitely give Rishi's a try as well as being more adventurous with TJ's bagged teas. I might also go back to drinking more loose teas which I used to when living in Europe.

Nov 06, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

question about butter

Definitely Plugra (has the highest butter fat content). At Trader Joe's is fairly cheap to buy.Kerrygold is also very good. Forget Challenge European Style butter, For baking it works well, but not on your breads.

Nov 06, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Alternative to NUMI Tea?

I love tea and I like Numi teas, but they are very expensive. With all the new tea companies out there and mushrooming is there an alternative to Numi's bagged teas?

Nov 06, 2007
GinaJ in General Topics

Looking for Authentic (German) Stollen

If you like the Stollen form dresdenstollen.com - which is good - you will love the Stollen from Sterntaler Bakery. Tastes like the best Stollen baked in Germany (and I have tried a lot of them having lived most of my life in Germany). Never mind the powdered sugar coating which certainly would be the icing on the cake in the truest sense of the word.;-)

Oct 27, 2007
GinaJ in Chicago Area

Looking for Authentic (German) Stollen

The best Stollen available in the whole of the US I would say is the Stollen made by Sterntaler Bakery (www.sterntalerbakery.com). Moist, full of flavor and simply a delight. You would have to order online though. They are based in California.

Oct 24, 2007
GinaJ in Chicago Area