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manioc flour and other Brazilian goodies?

Any BevMo would have them or are you thinking of a specific location?

@Windy - Beer and bikinis sounds like a great combo to me, almost a party in and of itself! :)

Mar 23, 2011
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

manioc flour and other Brazilian goodies?

Covered on the bikini front but will check out their drinks selection - I was hoping to get some liters of Brazilian beer . . . do they have alcohol?

Mar 22, 2011
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

manioc flour and other Brazilian goodies?

Right - that's the one! Thanks :)

Mar 22, 2011
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

manioc flour and other Brazilian goodies?

Sweet - thanks for jumping in there! Mi Tierra sounds perfect and on the way to/from Napa.

Mar 22, 2011
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

manioc flour and other Brazilian goodies?

I'm having a Brazilian Birthday Bash and cooking the traditional feijoada for it. I'd love to find manioc flour and any other regional treats if they are to be had in the bay area!
Thanks :)

Mar 22, 2011
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

South Bay Sichuan peppercorn and South Indian - here I come!

Thanks - I'll look into those :)

Jul 24, 2010
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

South Bay Sichuan peppercorn and South Indian - here I come!

So sorry to have been *away* for so long! Thanks for all the recs on Indian food! I suspected Sunnyvale was more the place to be for Indian than M.V. but wanted to spend the night in a walkable, downtown area instead of driving all over the place. Sounds like S.B. will be the place to try. I love a good sambar!
Any thoughts of the sichuan peppercorn? If there is a hot spot for that anywhere between Mtn View and Napa, I can always swing by for dinner on my way home!
Thanks all :)

Jul 23, 2010
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

South Bay Sichuan peppercorn and South Indian - here I come!

I'm tired of wine country cuisine and am bringing my vegetarian self down to Southbay in search of numb lips and rockin' South Indian food! I will likely be staying in Mountain View (unless someone can also recommend another central location with a nice, walkable downtown area!) but will be doing side errands in Milpitas and possibly San Jose.
Please, bring on the recs for great sichuan peppercorn dishes and dosas/idlis!
Thanks :)

Jul 19, 2010
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

How flexible is WD-50?

I know I want my cake (not to mention the salmon bagel!) and to eat it too. I already have committed to 10-courses at Degustation and just am not sure I can convince the sis of another full tasting menu. Guess I'll give the reservations chick a try and see if they can do me a favor. Never hurts to ask!
I'll say that Bazaar was more than accommodating on a recent trip, adjusting tasting menus, including off-the-menu dishes, even bringing extra courses on the fly when we really liked something and the two bites were just not enough! More places should be so user-friendly.
I look forward to your report then, as I won't be in town until Labor day.

Aug 20, 2009
digthevine in Manhattan

How flexible is WD-50?

Technically, it would be the whole table participating since it's just the two of us. Splitting hairs I know! There are a couple veggie dishes but not nearly as exciting as other dishes on offer (as is sadly true of most restaurants, even dedicated, high-end eateries :P ) and I'm pretty sure fish would be okay with my sis. It's really just the lamb that would be an issue.
Have any of you actually dined there?

Aug 20, 2009
digthevine in Manhattan

How flexible is WD-50?

I want to check it out but will be with a fairly hard-core veggie. Do they allow substitutions of the tasting menu? Any chance we could share a tasting menu and add a few a la carte dishes? The website only has a number for reservations . . . .
Thanks!

Aug 20, 2009
digthevine in Manhattan

Flash dinner with substance?

Visiting over Labor day weekend and would love a hot spot where the food measures up, similar to a recent experience at Jose Andres' Bazaar in LA. where the food was smoking and so were we and the rest of the crowd! Props again to the "philly" steak - we ate that twice!
Bonus points for veggie friendly and/or responsible sourcing. Thanks :)

Aug 11, 2009
digthevine in Manhattan

opinions of Napa cooking classes

Several wineries offer classes that are both fun and entertaining. Pine Ridge Vineyards has one every Sunday based on seasonal items that pair well with wines.

Aug 11, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

Somewhere for lunch between SFO and Napa

there are probably just too many choices! given your timeline - i'd stay in the city so you can eat, then digest on your way north. the caveat on that would be that summertime in S.F. is not the best time to eat outside! search the threads to find the kind of food you'll be craving and there will be plenty of info to get you where you want to go.
enjoy your trip :)

Jul 26, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

New Pupusa Truck in Napa?

I've spotted a new pupusa truck parked in front of an old garage just south of Old Abobe a couple time but so far the stars have not aligned for me to give the (possble) griddled goodness a try. Has anyone else sampled the wares or sussed out the pattern of availibility? Cheers :)

Jul 14, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

Must find Jackfruit Veggie-meat!

Oh, my tummy is so needing faux carnitas! That recipe sounds perfect but somehow I was thinking that canned jackfruit would already be cooked and further cooking would reduce it to mush? I'm going to have to leave early tomorrow to make sure I have time to hit Ranch 99. I'll post the results, however they may turn out!

Jul 09, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

Must find Jackfruit Veggie-meat!

I think what I had was unaltered, definitely not ground-up looking. It did have "pork" look, some chunks, some stringier bits. Would Ranch 99 be the go-to, yet again?

Jul 09, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

Tacos Garcia Taco Truck. Napa

Tacos Garcia came along after my veggie conversion so I'll probably never know how their carnitas stacks up against Michoacan or the Mitchell truck up in Calistoga (seriously delicious cilantro suace there - would make a shingle tasty!) but I will vote their breakfast burrito as one of the best I've had. I asked for anything that wasn't meat and my burrito came with fajita-style peppers and onions, softly scrambled eggs, cheese, plenty of spicy sauce (pico or salsa, not sure which), avocado and beans. Delish - wish they hadn't moved from the first (and closer to me!) location on Soscol but I'll track 'em down to Salvador now!

Jul 09, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

Must find Jackfruit Veggie-meat!

I visited a great veggie place in LA over the weekend (Pure Luck) and really dig their versions of BBQ and burritos made with jackfruit. Anyone know where it can be found, anywhere between Napa and San Francisco? I think I'd prefer the canned or frozen versions as the fresh sounded like a lot of sticky, messy prep. Opinions on whether canned or frozen is better would also be welcome!
Cheers :)

Jul 09, 2009
digthevine in San Francisco Bay Area

Review: Posh (Scottsdale)

I had a thread to help me narrow down choices for a splurge dinner on a recent trip to Scottsdale but since POSH ended up being the spot of choice, thought I should add it in here.
I have to say that I really wanted to love this place - lovely space, fun seating to watch the kitchen, nice enough wine list (a champagne BTG would have been nicer!) but at the end of the night, only one course out of five and the lovely goodie bag of cookies/biscotti really thrilled.
I had:
Popcorn soup - fun idea but the viscous texture of the puree and along with soft kernels of popped corn guaranteed to stick in every molar made it something I do not need to have again.
Bruleed Fois Gras - excellent foie and, again, a fun idea but for me it was all richness and sweetness(spun sugar on top of bruleed sugar with reduced fruit sauce) and only half a strawberry to provide any texture or brightness. Would have made a great dessert - definitely better that the dessert I had!
Gnocchi with curried coconut cream sauce with summer squash, chantrelles - It took a few bites for this dish to grow on me. I was not thrilled by another sweet-sounding dish right on the heels of the foie but the delicacy and richness came together perfectly and I almost licked the bowl. The only drawback was that the sadly few chantrelles were so lightly cooked as to be a little crunchy still. Perhaps that was intended to keep the dish fresher.
Fig charlotte and Chocolate Sandwich - Seriously underwhelmed with this one. The charlotte featured watery figs with a filling so overwhelmingly almondy, it probably would have overpowered even figs at the height of flavor. The sandwich was kind of two rectangles of standard-tasting chocolate with a dab of white chocolate mousse in between. Just completely not worth the calories - and I don't even count calories.
They were super sweet after noticing that the plate was set aside after two bites and offered a replacement. Desperate for something fresh that would echo my favorite course, I asked for a light and crunchy salad.
Red leaf lettuce and roasted sweet peppers - My main issue with the salad was that despite the baby-sized lettuces (approximately 8 small to very small leaves with a 1/2 teaspoon of julienned roasted red and yellow peppers) was that they were tough. My first bite - one of the mid-sized leaves - took way longer to chew than a leaf of lettuce ever should. And again with a sweeter dressing!
In their favor, the server mentioned that they were busier that night than they had ever been so maybe it was just my bad luck. I probably won't rush back to find out though. :(

Jun 23, 2009
digthevine in Phoenix

Asia de Cuba - worth it?

Hey all - thanks so much for the responses! I am definitely interested in at least one meal where quality, preparation and presentation combine so that I'm calling up friends after to talk about it. Sounds like this may not be quite the spot for that but I'll probably give it a shot anyway, even if just for apps and drinks. I'll look into the places mentioned but would prefer not to range too far from FireSky so if there's anything within a few miles of that, I'd love to hear about it. Cheers :)

Jun 15, 2009
digthevine in Phoenix

Asia de Cuba - worth it?

Hey there - coming to Scottsdale for the first time next month and looking for a killer meal, as always. I'm surprised not to see a single post for AdC - should I take that as my answer?
Cheers!

May 27, 2009
digthevine in Phoenix

Visiting for July4th weekend

hey all - i'll be visiting a fellow foodie from the bay area over the holiday weekend and would love to have a splurge meal somewhere that combines gourmet and chic/hip. a place that emphasizes responsible/humane ingredients would be the epitome of a night out for me! otherwise, maybe something in an area with other fun/chic bars or gathering spots would be great as we'll probably be playing it safe and cabbing it. Thanks!

May 21, 2009
digthevine in Los Angeles Area

blue hill vs. blue hill?

can anyone recommend the "town" or "country" version, one over the other?
does the country version have lunch and tours of the farm? i've not been able to surf their site too successfully. thank you!

Nov 02, 2007
digthevine in Manhattan

4 Stars AND Vegetarian - possible?

thanks for the ideas folks! i'll definitely look into blue hill which sounds like the right spirit. daniel and acquavit (like the overbooked perse) are coming up in all the posts concerning a memorable night out, so that might just be the ticket.

Oct 28, 2007
digthevine in Manhattan

4 Stars AND Vegetarian - possible?

I'm heading with my boyfriend from Sanf Fran to the Big Apple next month (7-12) and would like at least one great, blow-out meal while there. One catch is that I prefer to eat no flesh or industrially raised foods of any kind. Exceptions for responsible, humane, local, etc. are doable as I want to support providers who are growing foods 'off the grid' as Michael Pollen put it. So, that said, is there any hope of us having an 'event' kind of night out?
Per se is pretty well solid so I'm discounting it as an option ;) Thanks!

Oct 26, 2007
digthevine in Manhattan

Really Very Hungry

One of my favorite M.F.K pieces. Great food in a secret-feeling spot in one of my all-time fave places in the world.
How I long to find that inn . . . !

Oct 26, 2007
digthevine in Features