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Post run brunches/lunches

Thanks for all the great suggestions! On Saturday, we went to Laughing Planet. Everyone loved it! On Sunday, we ended up at the Nike Employee Store, and went to New Seasons Market. What an amazing grocery store! Everyoned loved what they got at the deli. For our non healthy foods, we did Laurelhurst Market and Voodoo.

Jun 23, 2014
debbie421 in Metro Portland

Post run brunches/lunches

Hi hounds! I'm putting the finishing touches on our girls running weekend in Portland this weekend. We've all been to Portland before, but we're coming back out as a group to get some great runs in! We plan on a long distance trail run in Forest Park on Saturday, and a long distance road run around the rivers and bridges in the middle of the city on Sunday. That being said, where can 4 ravenous, sweaty girls get some grub on after our runs both days? Our preferences:

- We're morning runners, so should be getting done around brunch or lunch time.
- Someplace we can show up gross to, immediately after our runs.
- Somewhere in the vicinity of our runs, so near Forest Park and the city center on the river (does NOT have to be waterfront).
- Somewhere with healthy options so we don't ruin the benefits of our runs.
- Somewhere that doesn't require reservations or have long waits. No one wants 4 girls to get hangry!

We're from San Francisco, but don't mind copying good food we can get here. We normally do something like Whole Foods, but why not kick it up a notch on vacation! Our only other planned meal is Laurelhurst Market on Saturday night, just so you know what we have planned.

Thanks!

Jun 16, 2014
debbie421 in Metro Portland

State Bird Provision wait... how long on a Wed. night? [SF]

Just checking to see if all this remains true. I'd like to go tomorrow for my birthday and have no problem waiting in line. It sounds like I should get there at 4:45 if I want to eat at 5:30-ish?

Apr 13, 2014
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Monday night sushi

Thanks for these great recs! I'm not sure where I'm staying yet, but once I figure that out I'll pick a place.

Apr 03, 2014
debbie421 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Monday night sushi

Hi Toronto hounds! I'm coming in for a business trip and have Monday night free. I LOVE sushi and read all about Kaji and Zen. Unfortuantely, neither place is open on Monday night and it's my only open dinner! Is there any other sushi place that's chow worthy and also open on Monday night? I hope so!

Apr 02, 2014
debbie421 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best bites of 2013

A lot of mine aren't new to the board, but were new to me in 2013:

1. uni pasta at SPQR
2. scallop entree at SPQR
3. Spoonful of Happiness at Koo
4. raw beef salad at Yummy Yummy
5. cinammon roll at Devil's Teeth Bakery
6. devilled eggs at Fog City
7. Khoresht Bademjan at Maykadeh
8. BBQ oysters at The Marshall Store in Point Reyes
9. limeade at Sol Food in San Rafael

Dec 30, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Pad See Ew in San Francisco?

I'm not sure how popular my answer will be, but I order Pasd See Ew at Jitlada every time I'm there. I'm not a huge Lers Ros fan, so I go here every time I have a Thai craving. Small neighborhood place, excellent flavors. I've never had a bad meal here.

Dec 30, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Very specific New Year's Eve request

Great ideas everyone! I think we may have waited too long though, things are already booked for late night dinners. I made a reservation at Town Hall just to have something. Doesn't fit the fancy bill, but seems to fit everything else. Hopefully La Folie or other restaurants will open up.

Dec 21, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Very specific New Year's Eve request

That sounds pretty good! Any other ideas?

Dec 17, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Very specific New Year's Eve request

Hi all! Before I start, just want to say I promise I've done my research by searching this board AND searching other online sites for Bay Area New Year's events. That being said, I can't seem to find what I want! We are two couples, 30 somethings, and two out of the four of us do not drink at all. Also, two out of the four of us are very into food. Here's our requests;

-We're not interested in paying for an open bar, both for the environment the event tends to become, and because it's a waste of money for our party. (If that's your thing, more power to you, no judgement!)
-We don't care if it's prix fixe as long as it's good and has choices for extreme foodies and people who go along for the ride.
-We don't care about price if it has everything we want.
-I secretly love the fireworks, so bonus points for fitting that in. We'd even go outside the city for that (Marin, etc.)
-It'd be nice to go to a place where everyone is dressing up. It doesn't have to be black tie, but something fun and out of the ordinary.
-We don't want to be the oldest or youngest people there.

I intially thought about the NYE event at Epic Roasthouse, but I can't find anything on it this year. Any other ideas?

Dec 15, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Farm to Table Dinners at THE FORK (Farmstead Cheese Co.) in Point Reyes

Did you find anything? I'm interested in this as well.

Sep 22, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Critique my Paris plans, I did research!

Hi all! Quick update before we leave Paris for London. We've had amazing meals at Josephine Chez Dumonet and Chez Denise, some out of this world pastries at Pierre Herme, and mind blowing choclate at Patrick Roger and Jean Paul Hevin. My husband really enjoyed quick, cheap meals at Eric Kayser when we were off sightseeing. We're off to Dans Les Landes tonight, can't wait to report in more detail!

P.S. We decided to skip Le Taillevent for something more casual.

May 30, 2013
debbie421 in France

Borough Market search help

Hi all! I've been searching the board for a Borough Market thread that discusses all the great treats to chase down while at the market. It may be operator error, but I can't seem to find one. Any help? I've seen Kappacasein mentioned several times, so that's definitely on my list.

May 06, 2013
debbie421 in U.K./Ireland

Paris report - Le Gavroche

Just saw this restaurant mentioned here: http://www.traterra.com/travel-like-a...

I may check it out on our upcoming May trip!

Apr 17, 2013
debbie421 in France

Critique my Paris plans, I did research!

Dang it, now I just saw this: http://www.traterra.com/travel-like-a...

The problem with planning so far out if you keep getting more information!

Apr 17, 2013
debbie421 in France

Critique my Paris plans, I did research!

Is it truly $600-$800 (american dollars) per couple? We would clearly go cheap on wine, but just trying to wrap my head around the cost. Thanks for the replies everyone!

Apr 15, 2013
debbie421 in France

Critique my Paris plans, I did research!

Hmmmm, it looks like La Regalade St Honore might fit my price point as well. Worth giving up any of the other restaurants for? I'd really appreciate your feed back!

Apr 13, 2013
debbie421 in France

Critique my Paris plans, I did research!

Hi all! Talk about an exhaustive chowhound research extravaganza! I think I might have my dinners planned out for my 5/28-5/31 trip, but would love your opinion. Here's are those details you love to ask:
-We're doing one fancy pants dinner, but going for mid range for the other two, i.e. less than 100E for 2 people for something akin to 3 courses (including tip, tax, and whatever else they charge in Paris).
-My husband drinks but doesn't mind inexpensive wine and will only do a drink or two with dinner. I don't drink at all.
-I'm an extreme foodie who will eat anything, but my husband is a middle of the road diner. Every once in a while, he surprises me with his choices, but not often. So no sea foam or degustation menus. :)
-We're staying at Hotel La Belle Juliette in the 6th but don't mind traveling for good food. We currently live in San Francisco, so public transportation doesn't scare us.
-I know a lot of people like to save money by doing nice meals at lunch, but we're just not into that. We'd rather grab food on the run as we're being touristy and do dinner after a shower and a nap.

Here goes!
Tuesday: My husband's boss got us reservations at Le Taillevent. I'm a little apprehensive about this, but he claims it's a once in a lifetime experience. It also sounds like a $600-$800 per couple experience. Worth it? Is there somewhere else we should go?

For Wednesday and Thursday: My top choices at the mid range price are Chez Denise, Dans Les Landes, and Les Papilles.

Since we have so many cuisine choices in San Francisco, I feel like sticking to “French” food, but don't really have it narrowed down to type.

Can't wait to hear your opinion!

Apr 12, 2013
debbie421 in France

Restaurants with draft root beer

Hi all! I know there's a huge thread discussing local root beers, but I'm more interested in great San Francisco restaurants with root beer on draft. I searched the boards but didn't find a ton of answers.

Feb 27, 2013
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Cooking for mother w/health problems

Help! First off, I don't know how to cook. Second, I will be caring for my mother after a back surgery and have to feed her for a week. Third, she is both diabetic and has GERD, an intense acid reflux disorder. Not only can she not have a lot of sugar, she also has to avoid the following foods: heavy dairy (cream or cream of anything, butter, etc), citrus fruits, tomatoes or tomato products, garlic, anything spicy or fried, or onions. I was hoping for some easy crockpot recipes, but they all seem to have tomato something, cream of something soup, copious spices or onions, or all of the above. Do any of you kitchen geniuses have an idea?

Jan 18, 2013
debbie421 in Home Cooking

Wine Country Grape Juice

I reached out to Navarro and they'll set up a juice tasting just like you'd do a wine tasting! We probably won't go out for a month or two, but I'll post a review.

Dec 23, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Russian New Year's Eve

I recently read an article about a traditional Russian New Year's Eve meal: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011.... It sounds amazing! Is there anywhere in San Francisco that puts on such a feast? I'd definitely stay up past midnight for that.

Dec 19, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Country Grape Juice

Hi all! I recently went to Chez Panisse, and when they learned no one in the party drinks, they offered us a high end grape juice that was clearly from a vineyard. It got me to wondering, are there any local wine country vineyards that produce some sort of non-alcoholic grape juice? I'd love to set up a grape juice tasting so I can also enjoy the beauty of wine country with my wine drinking friends.

Dec 19, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ritz Half Moon Bay Christmas Brunch

Hi all! Has anyone tried the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Christmas Brunch before? My husband and I are staying home Christmas and are looking for some place fun to go. Although I'm a foodie, he definitely is not, so a holiday buffet serves us well. We've done the Cliff House before, but since it's fairly mediocre, I was hoping for something with better food quality. (I know, buffet and better food quality are usually not terms that go together!) What do you think?

Dec 04, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Late night dessert

Thanks hyperbowler and vulber! My tastes are low bor enough to skip the Asian dessert, but Wing Wings and Nopa sound good. Any other suggestions? I'd even do a good pie.

Nov 13, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Late night dessert

Hi fellow chows! I have an confession to make: I like simple, old school desserts. I love a foodie dinner, but several times I've skipped the dessert menu to make a run by Bob's for some doughnut dessert instead. That being said, any good suggestions for some late night/after our dinner reservations place for a comfort, throwback dessert? Think ice cream, doughnuts, milkshakes, baked goods (cupcakes, cookies, cake), etc. Please keep the suggestions to places in San Francisco (any neighborhood), places open after 10, and bonus points for easy parking. Thanks in advance!

Nov 12, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Serbian restaurants

Thanks, I passed along the info!

Sep 14, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Serbian restaurants

Hi! I have a friend that recently moved from Serbia and is missing great Serbian food. She's willing to go anywhere in the metro area, city, peninsula, San Jose, east bay, etc. Anyone have any ideas? I tried searching and didn't see anything.

Aug 28, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best sushi in Sacramento

I've been doing some board research, but there don't seem to be any board favorites for good sushi in Sacramento. Everyone seems to have ther own favorite. Any place everyone agrees on?

Jun 13, 2012
debbie421 in California

Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

Fredy's Deli! Only a few blocks off Ocean Beach, at the end of the park. Expect a 30 minute wait to get a sandwich and make sure to get it on sourdough with everything. To die for.

Jun 03, 2012
debbie421 in San Francisco Bay Area