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Food at Hearst Castle

Now that I'm home, I'll answer my own question. Food at Hearst Castle is basic food court. I brought my own sandwich, the members of my group who ate there were uniformly disappointed, including those who had pizza, rice bowls and hamburgers. The general consensus was "not bad, but not nearly worth what they charge."

Plate sharing fee- why?

For all the reasons given by others, I'm sure there are times and places when the fee is justified. But here's one I question - a friend and I went to lunch recently. We couldn't decide between two different sandwiches, so decided we'd each order one and swap halves. We were told there was a $2 split fee. So we each ordered a sandwich, and when they arrived, I put half of mine on her plate and she gave me half of hers. Everything else was identical, same amount of same salad on each plate. Was that fee justified? I don't think so, but it was certainly easy to avoid and still get what we wanted.

Sep 05, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Central Coast Updates

An update on Central Coast updates: We spent the past week in lovely, cool Cambria, and have bad and good news. The bad - Sebastian's is still there, but a shadow of its former self. Very limited menu - two burgers, a few sandwiches and a couple of salads. The interior has been cleared out, all the funky old coolers are gone, and there's more seating inside now. We didn't eat there, but from what we saw and the comments of a few locals led us to believe that it's now just an okay place to eat - not bad, they still use Hearst beef in the burgers, but no more of the "oh boy, I can't wait for lunch" that we used to feel. But it was still pretty crowded at lunch time, so I suppose they don't need to be any better than they are.

The good news is the Harmony Cafe, our lunch there was delicious. I had a warm chicken, pesto, brie sandwich, DH had pasta with Italian sausage and tomato sauce. Both dishes were fresh and made to order. They have a small wine list, but there's no corkage fee; we brought our own. We'll definitely go back next time we're in the area.

Sep 03, 2014
judybird in California

Food at Hearst Castle

I should add that there's no choice. We'll be with a group, and reservations have already been made for the castle tour, then heading up the coast to visit the elephant seals. DH and I are thinking we might just pack our own lunch rather than risk the restos at the Castle, but figured I'd just ask if there's anything there worth spending our money on.

Aug 24, 2014
judybird in California

No ketSUP for you!

The article refers to the burger at Father's Office in Santa Monica, which comes with Maytag blue cheese, arugula, and a caramelized onion and applewood-smoked bacon compote. No substitutions, and they won't leave anything off. You can't taste the burger. We were there once with someone who loves the place.

Aug 24, 2014
judybird in Food Media & News

Food at Hearst Castle

Has anyone eaten at one of the restaurants at Hearst Castle? Any recommendations?

Aug 23, 2014
judybird in California

Remember Katie Joel on Top Chef?

Eater.com today has a link to every elimination in the history of the show. In short, it's a montage of first Katie, then Padma, saying "Please pack your knives and go." Amazingly, Katie looks like she's having trouble getting that line out every single time. I'd forgotten how incredibly wooden she was, this brings it all back.

Aug 23, 2014
judybird in Food Media & News

A few things to get off my chest ...

60+ years ago, when we had vanilla ice cream for dessert, my dad always poured a little of his coffee onto the ice cream. Who knew he'd be considered a trendsetter?

Aug 17, 2014
judybird in General Topics

Pork ribs left in our car over night, temp went down to nine degrees celcius do we toss or can they be cooked?

Where the heck are you where it got that cold overnight? And can I please come and visit?

Where's the farro?

I never thought of Costco. We'll check it out tomorrow, thanks!

Aug 07, 2014
judybird in General Topics

Central Coast Updates

Oh no, I can just see Sebastians' prices going up and the lovely, funky, ambience changing. We'll be in the area in a few weeks, will head up there with fingers crossed.

Aug 05, 2014
judybird in California

Where's the farro?

Thanks to you both. I hadn't thought about TJ's, I'll look into it.

Aug 05, 2014
judybird in General Topics

Where's the farro?

We usually buy farro in bulk from Whole Foods, but haven't been able to get any for almost a month. There are two WF in our town, both are out. They have the packaged stuff, which is way more expensive. Anybody have a clue where we can get it in bulk?

Aug 05, 2014
judybird in General Topics

does anyone know what type of fruit this is?

Passion fruit. A friend in Pasadena has a huge passionfruit vine in her back yard. She makes delicious jelly from it every year.

Aug 01, 2014
judybird in General Topics

How good is your flavor imagination?

We often cook that way - what's in the refrig/pantry, what's the temperature outside, how hungry are we, what seems like it will go together. Some of our best meals have been cooked like that, and it's always kind of sad when we realize we'll never be able to make that again.

Jul 24, 2014
judybird in General Topics

Use for lime pulp?

A neighbor just gave us a huge bag of Rangpur limes, which we love for Margaritas. We'll keep some in the refrig, and are squeezing the rest for juice, which we'll freeze. There's a lot of pulp, way more than in ordinary limes. DH hates to throw away any vaguely food-like substances - any thoughts on how to use it?

Jul 22, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking

Yellowtail at Bristol Farms

The South Pasadena BF has a special on fresh, wild-caught yellowtail for $4.99/pound! We bought 3 pounds, had some for lunch yesterday and more for dinner last night, freezing some, making ceviche with some. It was all good, and a great deal, through Sunday (tomorrow) only.

Roadfood along the 5 btwn SF and LA?

Others may disagree, but I'd skip Harris Ranch. Service is often slow, food is way overpriced.

If you want a short detour off I-5, and don't want to pack your own food, check out Wolfsen's Sausage company in Gustine. http://www.wolfsensausage.com/. They make pretty good sandwiches, and you'll love shopping their sausages.

Jul 04, 2014
judybird in California

Roadfood along the 5 btwn SF and LA?

Not a lot of good food choices given your schedule, but once you get onto I-5 proper, there's a decent state rest area about every 60 miles. Clean restrooms, picnic tables, may be just what you need.

Jul 04, 2014
judybird in California
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Need a food processor

Thanks for the suggestion, DH will like that. We got what we needed through eBay for less than $40, now back in business, but I like the idea of stockpiling extra parts just in case.

Jul 04, 2014
judybird in Cookware

Need a food processor

Thanks to everybody who replied. I've been studying these answers and various web sites for the past few days. The new processors are amazing in the amount of work they can do, the power, and the cool accessories like the second bowl inside the first, but the problem for me is - they're huge!

We have an older house with a small kitchen and limited counter space. I looked at the KA and the Breville at a local store, and was stunned at their size, and the number of accessories they come with - we'd have to empty a whole cabinet just to store the blades.

So we're shopping on eBay, have a pretty good line on a base that will work with all our blades, and costs less than $50. Thanks again to everyone, it's been an interesting study.

Jul 01, 2014
judybird in Cookware

Need a food processor

No big deal, I was shredding carrots. I did put on a bit of pressure, as I was taught to do with solid foods - all of a sudden there was a loud noise and the thing stopped working. We had trouble getting the blade off, when we finally did, we realized that the shaft was cracked. I think it was just its time.

Jun 30, 2014
judybird in Cookware

Need a food processor

My much-used, 25+ year old Cuisinart has finally given up the ghost (shaft broke). I'd love to replace it, but I hear from many sources that Cuisinart just isn't what it used to be. I'm not a pro, a good home cook who uses it a lot, but not every day, and I definitely don't want to spend more than about $250. So with that in mind, please let me know what fellow 'hounds recommend.

Jun 29, 2014
judybird in Cookware

If Chinese restaurants will often assume non-Chinese patrons will want a fork ...

DH and I (Caucasian) are friends with a couple who are American-born of Japanese descent. Years ago, we'd go to a favorite dive in Chinatown together, and they'd automatically give us forks and our friends chopsticks. But we knew how to use chopsticks, and the husband of the other couple didn't, he'd grab one of the forks.

May 13, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Funniest thing a server said to you 2 (or, funniest thing you've heard in a restaurant)

Lots of years ago, when Kentucky Fried Chicken was still a pretty new chain, we stopped at one while on a road trip. I'd gotten giblets in the past at one near us. I asked if they had giblets, the response was "no, ma'am, we only serve chicken."

Apr 22, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Chicken Feet

I don't know about SM, but the Whole Foods in Pasadena carries them.

Apr 08, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Special birthday dinner Pasadena or environs

Claud & Co. Eatery. www.eateryonallen.com

Mar 29, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions. We wound up at the Balboa Cafe and had a wonderful meal - shared some oysters, crab cakes and a burger. We sat at the bar, and thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails as well - martini for me, excellent Manhattan for DH. We'd definitely go back.

We did look at Sabrosa and liked their menu, but it was pretty quiet at 6:30, and the energy just wasn't there. Balboa was it for us.

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

That sounds just about perfect, both type of food and distance from our hotel. Thanks.

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

We'll be visiting SF for a few days next week, staying on Lombard in the Marina. We're planning on eating at Tadich one night, but would love something walkable for the other night. We're not looking for fine dining, casual is best, any ethnicity okay.