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Berlin food gifts for pals and potential paramours

Try the Ritter Sport store, you can get custom made Ritter Sport bars. Also the store the mini ones (including the seasonal favors) in bulk, as well as every current flavor in full and giant size bars.

http://www.ritter-sport.de/#/de_DE/be...

The mini's are available in the US, usually only around Christmas time in multi packs, and only the regular flavors.

I find Knorr & Lowensenf at Cost Plus in SF.

The one food thing I would bring back from Berlin is the curry ketchup from Curry 36.

about 2 hours ago
gnomatic in Europe

China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

I live just a few blocks away, and frequently walk pass on my way to Trader Joe's or Safeway. Before the name change it would seem "open", with one or two staff but seldom anyone dining there. Since the name change, it does not seem to be open at all, though it looks maintained.

Apr 14, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Yay for the Watermelon Cucumber cooler. I use my soda maker to add fizz to it, and it was nice and refreshing.

Apr 14, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I like the granola in homemade plain yogurt, I add a bit of jam for sweetness.

Apr 10, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Unsalted pistachios

There's a vendor at the Heart of the City farmer's market (Civic Center on Sundays) that has unsalted roasted pistachios. They sell from big bins of nuts.

Apr 09, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

House made bagels

I gave up on bay area bagels ...and went the route of making my own. I got very good result from this recipe http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

Mar 29, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Small Weddingish Cake for Eloping Couple from East Coast (Tartine, Craftsman & Wolves, B. Patisserie?) [San Francisco]

I think the C&W cakes would serve 5, they are quite tall. Their mini cubes are more like a serving for 2 (imho).

But I think the square shape would be a bit weird to divide up into 5 pieces.

Mar 16, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Dim Sum or Yum Cha?

My family is cantonese. For us, "Yum cha" (in cantonese pronunciation) is the meal, "dim sum" is the food.

i.e. "Let's go "yum cha" tomorrow" would mean going to brunch at a dim sum restaurant.

We never really use "yum cha" in the literal sense..it's a bit redundant since my family drink tea all the time.

I remember older members of the family (like my great aunt) used to use the word "cha" for boiled water...not just tea. (It got me confuse for awhile, mom had to explain it to me).

Dim sum refers to just the food for us.

But to my non Cantonese speaking friends, we would go out for dim sum. I don't recall ever using "yum cha" with them.

Mar 16, 2014
gnomatic in General Topics
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Oolong Noodles Opening in Chinatown? [San Francisco]

The menu was bigger...it was a spiral bound book with around 3 pages? There is definitely a page of appetizer as well..though I did not recall seeing the sushi menu (I remember that 'cause I was craving sushi). I only got a picture of the noodle page (it was quite dark in there for my camera phone).

The interior is still very much in the japanese style. I recall dark wood, red walls, big paper lantern.

Oolong Noodle House is on grubhub (I haven't ordered from them). The menu is available with prices here: https://www.grubhub.com/sf/oolong-noo...

Feb 21, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Oolong Noodles Opening in Chinatown? [San Francisco]

I went there for lunch on one of the days of the Chinese New Year flower festival.
There were quite a few diners, but not crowded. The restaurant is quite roomy. While I like the food, the service was quite slow.

I had the Japanese beef noodle, was quite surprise the beef was a soy braise beef, similar to what my mom makes. Also had the enoki beef roll, which I quite liked.

Feb 20, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Do you mean the Sun Valley Heirloom Navel oranges? My local TJ in San Francisco still had them in stock...I notice the oranges in second bag I got is bigger then the first bag (which I picked up when they first got it in stock this season).

Feb 18, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Oh heck yeah, I used to make homemade ice-cream and eat it with the waffle cookie. So delicious.....

Feb 14, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Yuen Kee (Rice noodle shop) RIP? [San Francisco]

I seen them making it in the morning. I used to stop by before work to get a bowl of congee and beef cheung fun.

Feb 13, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish/Veggie/Asian Suggestions for North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf [San Francisco]

Mussels & fries at La Trappe http://latrappecafe.com/?

The only decent choice for sushi in the neighborhood is North Beach sushi.

There's a new place near Bimbo's, Curry Leaf http://www.curryleafsf.com/

For sandwich to go:
Freddie's at Francisco & Stockton http://freddiessandwiches.net/menu/

Petite Deli on Columbus.

Feb 13, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

The belgium butter waffle cookies been around for a few years. I don't buy them because I would eat the whole darn box.

Feb 11, 2014
gnomatic in Chains
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Making Dough for Dumplings - what did I do wrong?

To be fair, I think both would work, the texture might be slightly different. My mom makes her dough with room temperature water (she told me I was doing it wrong with hot water), it's chewier then the version I made with hot water.
I grew up helping my mom make jiaozi, and though I never made the dough, I helped wrap. My mom's dough just seem more sticky, and needed more flour to keep separate.
The hot water dough was really easy, I just mixed flour and hot water in the bowl, until it was mixed, and cool enough for me to knead into a ball with my hands (all in the same bowl). Wrapped it up and let it sit for awhile and it was ready for rolling with very little extra flour. I got really lazy, and used a big cookie cutter instead of rolling individual balls.

It was much easier then making/rolling out pasta.
Attached are the pictures from my first attempt ever at making jiaozi dough..which I think it turned out pretty good.

Jan 28, 2014
gnomatic in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I am not a huge fan of Kouign Amann, it's a bit too much for my usual pastry craving. I didn't care for any of the SF version (tried Starter, La Boulange..and maybe B. Patisserie. I think I had the one from Bouchon Bakery as well. I did love the version at Fuji Bakery in Seattle, it had the caramelized sugar crunch.

Jan 27, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Pacific Mall coming to Milpitas

Yes, grew up going there.

It's 2 floors of small (think one room) stores, similar to what one finds in Hong Kong, in a hangar like space.

I am not sure there is big enough of an Chinese asian community to sustain a mall of that size. Even in Toronto, vacancy rate for stores in that mall is pretty high. I think the area around it is currently being rebuilt.

Most of the clientele was bored suburban asian kids with cars. Traffic was always horrible, and there was never enough parking. I only remember going on boxing day, because it was the place that was guaranteed to be open, and it was warm.

Jan 26, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

They used to carry the beef broth, but haven't for awhile. Anyways, I am pretty sure it's made by Savory Choice, you can order the low sodium beef broth from their website (http://www.savorychoice.com/).

Jan 25, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Making Dough for Dumplings - what did I do wrong?

I don't think hot water is needed, but hot water dough comes together really easily. The OP's recipe looks like too much water.

I have made pot sticker skins with 3/4 cup hot water to 2 cups of flour.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/04/the-food-lab-how-to-make-scallion-pancakes-chinese-appetizers.html
http://www.chow.com/recipes/28052-basic-dumpling-dough
http://www.ming.com/food-and-wine/rec...

Jan 24, 2014
gnomatic in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I think they are $3.99 or $4.99 a box (a Kouign Amann run between $3 - 5 each at bakeries in SF).

I actually prefer them completely cool, when warm the sugar was still liquidly...but completely cool, it forms into a nice caramelized sugar crust with a nice crunch.

Jan 21, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I just picked up a bag at my store ( San Francisco). Cut one open and devoured it when I got home. Delicious.

Jan 19, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

The frozen scones are more like scones with blueberries sandwich in between. I didn't care them either.

I did like the berry scones mix, it was very quick and easy for when I am too lazy to make scones from scratch.

Jan 19, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

Thanks for the update! Will keep an eye out for them, it's the only oranges I like.

Jan 17, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

I love to cook from scratch but every now and then I can't resist...(insert name of convenience food here)

campbell's cream of chicken soup, add some can corn, over rice. It's a childhood comfort food for me.

Jan 13, 2014
gnomatic in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

It's a bittersweet chocolate, not too sweet.

I hacked the mini plain croissant, by shoving a piece of the frozen chocolate covered banana in it before baking. I felt a bit less guilty because of the smaller size.

Jan 13, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

I was disappointed in the organic hot chocolate (in comes in a box, with pouches per serving) as well. I vaguely recall there was a chalky taste to it.

Jan 13, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Why cooks are leaving SF?

The "institute" you mention is like the many "IT schools" that sells the gullible individuals into paying for useless education. It's not surprising the startup well under if that is typical of the hiring decision they make.

Jan 05, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

What to do with a dry Sacher torte?

Have to agree with Caroline1. I bought the Cost Plus one last year, it was dry and really flat. I wasn't entirely surprise, it's a box cake that required no refrigeration, shipped from Europe with a disturbingly long expiry date on it.

It is no where even close to the Sachertorte at Demel in Vienna, or a coffee houses in Budapest. And I am not a fan of it myself, I find it a bit too rich. I prefer a Dobostorte.

Dec 30, 2013
gnomatic in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

When I made it, it did rise quite a bit (though not as much of the croissant). It did "unfold" it self on baking despite me gently refolding it after proofing (before going in the oven).

Dec 30, 2013
gnomatic in Chains