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How much alcohol do I need for my wedding??

Depends on your family/guests. With mine, I could never afford the amount they'd be able to put away. ;)

May 30, 2008
BonzoGal in Spirits

Will Eating Luna Bars Make a Guy Grow Breasts?

Will reading fake questions laced with product-placement make my eyes stick in a rolled-up position?

May 30, 2008
BonzoGal in Features

Cocktail "flight" at Bourbon & Branch?

Thanks! Hubby and I ended up having two of the champagne cocktails each- the French 75, the Elderflower, the Cucumber Gimlet and one other I can't remember, plus the amuses, which, you are correct, was just enough.

Praise for Bouchon but not for its bakery-big post (my first)

I second that emotion- my husband and I make Bouchon's perfect roast chicken from that book all the time and it's amazingly simple and foolproof.

Berkeley Lunch

Cesar for a later-afternoon lunch is wonderful. I try to go there about 2pm and it's so relaxed and friendly. The food is always great, and you can get wine and cocktails. If it's at all nice, sit by the open windows in the front.

Berkeley Lunch

There are lots of places near campus, but most are pretty casual. Did you want this to be a more formal, fancy meal or something more relaxed?

Cocktail "flight" at Bourbon & Branch?

Hola everyone- my husband and I are starting our 11th anniversary evening this Saturday at Bourbon and Branch (before going to dinner at La Folie, whee!). I love the cocktails there and usually order about two or three different ones for an evening.

So cocktail-o-philes, what would be your ideal "flight" of say, three cocktails for a nice evening out? (We're having cocktails early-ish and having dinner much later in the evening, so indulging shouldn't hurt dinner plans.)

Many thanks for your suggestions!

El Cerrito: Jac's Asian Bistro (9am-2am) – Oh my goodness (really!!!) … I finally 'get' Hong Kong-style coffee shops

This is great- I loooooooooove Ba Le, but it'll be fun to have a new place to try! Thanks!

Surprise Guest: Mom

BethC, I think you're being a bit hard on the Chagrined Hostess. A "party" party should be flexible and open to (a few) new guests; dinner parties are another thing. She also said this party was for a group of close friends who rarely saw each other anymore. I can see wanting that to be just those friends so they could catch up with each other. Bringing in a new guest, especially someone's mother, means that the others would be on their "best behavior" and not relaxing with old, close friends.

I think the guest with the mom should have bowed out and entertained his mom instead. It seems a bit rude of him to ditch her at home!

May 15, 2008
BonzoGal in Features

Approve

I've been making Sazeracs with rye and absinthe for a couple of months now, and hummmmm-baby, are they deelish. A straight shot of rye is very pleasant as well.

Mar 28, 2008
BonzoGal in Recipes

Rick Bayless Can Go "Screw Himself"

"Mexican food and fine dining don't go together"? Excuse me?!? I guess there's nothing like using one's culinary/cultural ignorance and xenophobia as a good "sour grapes" excuse.

Mar 28, 2008
BonzoGal in Features

Spanky Noodle Dandy

I know the corn sounds odd, but it really does taste good in there. It adds just a tiny bit of sweetness and crunch. It's also good with frozen peas or edamame.

Sriracha is the Sauce of the Gods!

Mar 28, 2008
BonzoGal in Recipes

Spanky Noodle Dandy

Mar 25, 2008
BonzoGal in Recipes

Negroni

I had a Sparkling Negroni at Bouchon in Yountville last weekend: Boodles Gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, topped up with a little dry champagne and served up in a martini glass with an orange twist. It was wonnnnnderful.

Dec 27, 2007
BonzoGal in Recipes

Grapefruit Bitters

Use gin instead of vodka and you have a grapefruit Negroni, sort of.

Dec 27, 2007
BonzoGal in Recipes

Calvin Trillin made me want Singaporean hawker food

Calvin Trillin just wrote an article in the latest New Yorker that made me want to try Singaporean street-food/"hawker" food. Anyone have any suggestions in the bay area?

where would Ignatious Reilly eat?

I have a Dr. Nut bottle cap that I bought from eBay. I made it into a fridge magnet so I could always remember to make sure my valve was operating properly before eating.

Aug 28, 2007
BonzoGal in New Orleans

Breakfast for 10 near McCormick Place?

Oops, guess I was wrong about the Hyatt- thanks!

Apr 25, 2007
BonzoGal in Chicago Area

Breakfast for 10 near McCormick Place?

Thanks- that's pretty much what I thought. The Hyatt only has a coffee bar type place for breakfast, no "nice" sit down place, alas.

Apr 25, 2007
BonzoGal in Chicago Area

Breakfast for 10 near McCormick Place?

I need to find a breakfast restaurant near McCormick Place for a meeting of MDs. Can any Chowhound help with suggestions?

- Needs to be open on Saturday morning about 7am.
- Needs to take reservations for breakfast, or be easy to get about 10 people in right away. (These MDs are a little cranky and don't like to wait.)
- Needs to be within short walking distance of the McCormick Place convention center.
- And last, the food/ambience need to be fairly "nice." I like hole-in-the-wall diners for myself, but these folks are a little fussy.

Many thanks for any ideas/suggestions!

Apr 25, 2007
BonzoGal in Chicago Area

The French Laundry-Yountville

I had great luck with Open Table- got a reservation for a Saturday afternoon lunch within 7 weeks of the date I was looking.

Favorite Kitchen Utensil....What's Your Fav that You Can't Do Without??

I second the vote for the citrus juicers and microplane grater. The juicers are fab for cocktails and any recipe calling for lime juice. They get every drop! And the grater can be used on anything you want grated, right at the table even.

Aug 25, 2006
BonzoGal in Cookware

good thai on the peninsulia

Thai Stick in Millbrae, on El Camino. Order the salmon.

restaurants near Bimbo's 365 club

Burgermeister is about two blocks up from Bimbo's, and they make a great burger and fries.