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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Udi's bread is problematic that way. We still buy it. It is less of a problem than it used to be. Now most loaves are OK, but you still get one once in a while. WE still use it, but my teenage son that has been Celiac since 2 is the only one that eats it. He usually doesn't have sandwiches, but uses it for grilled cheese or other occasional uses. I like that the costco loaves are big. The little loaves are an awkward size.

Mar 28, 2015
jsaimd in Chains

Grocery Outlet -- February, 2015

My kids and I liked the Korean BBQ rice crackers (Snapdragon brand) for 99 cents at Palo Alto.

cheerios protein cinnamon for 99 cents. My son liked it.

Lots of Udi's products, GF prepared food. They had simple granola, muffins, cookies, bread, breakfast burrito and mac and cheese. All very discounted.

Feb 24, 2015
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

Our costco in SF bay area carries whole milk yogurt. Not greek.

Feb 11, 2015
jsaimd in Chains

are CHILES EN NOGADA available anywhere yet?

Lots of comments re: the room temperature sauce. The whole dish is traditionally served at room temperature and is quite nice like that. (It is a traditional Christmas dish at our house).

Pie for breakfast!

My family of 5 has 4 pies each TG - each of the 3 kids designs a pie and I have to have my apple crumb pie or apple crisp. This year, in addition to apple crisp, sweet potato meringue, chocolate-hazelnut silk and brown butter chess pie with mixed nuts...

So - we always have lot of leftover pie and the kids look forward all year to pie for breakfast.

Hey - look at what IHOP has been advertising as "breakfast". Caramel pancakes - come on - pie isn't that bad.

Nov 28, 2014
jsaimd in General Topics

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

NAY: Gluten free candy cane jo jos. Little candy cane flavor, flat cookie flavor.

Nov 24, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Best Dinner Buffet - SF Bay Area (South Bay?)

Does he like Indian? There are a few weekend dinner buffets. I haven't been to a buffet in awhile, and evenings have limited choices. We used to go to either Tumeric or Passage to India, but it has been awhile and options change. Bombay Garden used to be good, but then a few years later, not so great.

Brazilian is other good bet - my teen/tween boys love it. I am not a meat person, but was happy with the salad bar. Not enough to go often, but as a special occasion. We went to Pampas in Palo Alto last time (have been to other places outside Bay Area).

Nov 23, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

We had both the gluten free and regular this morning for our celiac/non-celiac crew. I just tasted a bit of the gluten free version since I am Celiac, but it received a meh from me. It had that gummy texture that some gluten free pancake products have, and not a lot of flavor. The gluten filled ones did bake up fluffy, but i did make them with buttermilk/milk mixture. Both mixes received a thumbs up from the kids, so no terrible off flavors there.

Oct 05, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

I am Celiac and deal with this all the time. I simply email the host and let them know I have food restrictions, but that I do not expect them to bend over backwards for me. I let them know that I would behappy to contact the caterer or write a letter they can pass on, but if the caterer cannot accomodate, I am happy to skip the meal and still celebrate with them. I make sure to let them know that the meal is secondary to the celebration and I am happy to just be there, but I am letting them know so they don't pay for a meal that won't be eaten.

Sep 08, 2014
jsaimd in Not About Food

CSA Reviews

We did Mariquita/Two Small Farms for 8 years. We stopped one year when we couldn't afford the payment and I do miss it. It's cheaper than a farmer's market, but I use Sigona's a lot now. Not always organic though. I still get the Mariquita mystery boxes and bulk deliveries as the prices are very good and quality fantastic. The mystery boxes are bigger and a better value than the weekly box, but the amount you get for any one item tend to be bigger. Both are a great value if you shop at farmer's markets or places like WholeFoods.

I think you had an off 9 weeks. Occasionally they have a bumper crop of a certain veggie. One year it was cabbage - a lot of cabbage. Another we seemed to get carrots every week for a bit. But it does vary a lot. You are buying a share of a farm, so it won't always be varied. however, we did get a lot of unique veggies that I loved, like varieties of peppers, different green leafies. I really do miss it. But we go through 2 boxes a week with our family, so buying in bulk is a lot more cost effective for us.

FWIW, se usually had quite a few green leafy veggies. Lot of kale, chard, etc.

Sep 05, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

I haven't tried much new this year, but at one of the rest stops during the Marin Century bike ride Honeymoon ice cream was sampling ice cream. The almond toffee was ok, but the sample was too small to get much of the toffee. It just tasted of vanilla. However the bay chocolate was nice. I think bay is an underused herb in desserts and the did the balance right.

The ice cream is light, milky, being egg free.

Aug 12, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Study: menu calorie counts don’t impact choices for McDonald’s eaters - The Boston Globe

I do. And I like it as an educational tool for my children. I have a teen son that struggles with weight and it is helpful for him to see how much a milkshake adds for example. We stop at fast food places, although often not chain on weekly weekend trips and very much appreciate the law. However, some restaurants post such wide ranges they are meaningless and other vary because the serving size can be bigger in reality (like ice cream places).

Just because most people don't pay attention doesn't mean it isn't good to have.

Dish of the Month: Two years in review-- we need more exploration and eating!

I really like the DOTM thread. I don't vote, because we eat out so little these days I know I won't be able to participate very much. But I love to read about it, and will add to old DOTM threads over time.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

El Guerrero is a national brand. For massed produced I think their corn tortillas are on the better side. I would rather our local tortillarilla corn tortillas, but don't always get over there.

Which leads me to my NAY. TJs handmade corn tortillas and regular corn tortillas. The handmade are way way too heavy on the guar gum. And they are expensive. I eat a lot of corn tortillas.

Jul 25, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Gluten-free fish and chips?

Never been there but I did see a press release for Billy's Chowder House in Los Gatos through our Celiac mailing list. Have no idea if it is good, but not aware of others. However, there are some good frozen battered Halibut that are widely available (whole foods, sprouts, piazzas, Draegers)

Jul 22, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

We tried the uttapam - the texture was a bit off from our better Indian restaurants here, but not bad. Flavor was nice and tangy. Coconut chutney had the same aftertaste that much of the preprepared chutney has even when purchased at our abundant Indian groceries. I would rather just grab dosa or idli batter from the Indian grocery and stick it in the waffle iron - but for a quick meal or when no decent Indian is nearby TJs works.

Jul 18, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Sour cherries

I got at Redwood City and saw at Mountain View - I think they are widespread - they are seasonal but come back every year.

Jul 17, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Sour cherries

Frozen at Costco right now. I think it works out to about 3-4 dollars per lb. I keep them in my freezer for snacking. works well for pie as does jarred Morrello cherries at TJs.

Jul 16, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Taking kid to visit Stanford next week, where's a good lunch place in

Students don't really eat lunch off campus. It is pretty isolated. When they do go out for dinner it tends to be at places that are fun hang outs (like Nola) rather than great food.

I would probably head to town and country. Howie's for pizza, Asian Box for a quick meal. I have had good meals at Mayfield and although I used to be a Calafia detractor after several subpar meals, the last meal I had there was actually quite good. I have not been a Gott's fan but others like it. The taqueria there is not great IMO.

I also like Oren's Hummus Shop and Mediterranean Wraps. Both have free buses that get fairly close. I remember as a student thinking that University Ave. was so incredibly far away (it isn't).

You could go to the Thai cafe on campus. It has a strong following on campus and I lived on their noodle salad in undergrad/grad school. I haven't had it for years and it isn't always open. Coupa is also pretty good for arepas. Fraiche is in Tressider and serves good frozen yogurt.

Another option if you have a car is to seek out the area's good ethnic food, like Indian or Mexican cheap eats. They can be the "in the know" person when someone in the dorm rounds up a car to go get grub.

Jul 08, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for Good Chicken Enchiladas in Peninsula Grocery Stores

are you looking for heat and eat type or deli?

I would try Mi Pueblo which I know has chicken enchiladas and suspect Chavez market does. They are all in their taqueria area though - so already cooked. Mi Puebla has a large deli/meat section, which might have it too.

sandwiches- Palo Alto?

A Palo Alto favorite has been Village Cheese House - I haven't been there in ages to tell you re: the meat, but it is popular.

For a splurge of a sandwich there if Refuge in Menlo Park for pastrami - not cheap, but widely regarded.

Does anyone know if Schuab's in the Stanford Shopping Center does real roasted meats? They are a butcher/fish/deli that has sandwiches.

Jul 03, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

May be too late but GF items that my son likes (and some I like too - but I am a salad girl)

- tamales, I like the sweet corn, he likes the beef
- Indian entrees - I think they have a kofta or something similar that people have been enjoying in addition to the panner dishes mentioned below.
- new item, I haven't tried, but promising, uttapam
- my son like the GF frozen pizza
- Cod Provençale

Not frozen - but decent price on Udi's bread if your caregiver likes bread.
A lot of their boxed soups are GF too.

Jun 27, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Grocery Outlet (June 2014)

there is a special fridge case? I never go into the wine section, but LOVE having the new grocery outlet here.

Probably gone, but Monday got:

Hebrew National all beef hot dogs for 99 cents for kids.
Hillshire farms turkey - not great stuff, but for $3 for 3 packs - it was worth it.
Nature's Path gluten free cereals 2.50/bx- cinnamon and another. We haven't tried yet, but related to the maple sunrise which is decent stuff.
Sam's mill gluten free bars - great for biking. 1.29 per box.
We quickly depleted the saurkraut from Germany. Nothing but cabbage and salt in the ingredients. Doesn't replace my favorite local stuff, but pretty good.
Jamba juice bars, coconut passion fruit - not bad. $1.50 per box of 6.
Sunspire vegan natural peanut butter chips were not good.

Didn't buy but have been sorely tempted - large box (15 I think) salted caramel haagan daaz ice cream bars for $8.

Jun 19, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Afternoon drive from San Francisco to Reno

We make a similar drive (to the south lake side of Tahoe) every weekend for four months during ski team season. It can be brutal if you leave after 3 PM. However, before that it can go fast, especially using the Waze app. But 3.5 is optimistic.

As far as restaurant suggestions I admit that our dining selections are mostly based on kids starvation following practice. We usually hit fast chains, but a few non-chains or local chains my kids like are: Dos Coyotes in Davis, or Murder Burger in Davis (I don't think the latter is that great, but others love it), Fenton's in Vacaville (this one is a local diner and ice cream place, that is an institution in Oakland. It is OK, the salads are decent, but my kids LOVE it).

If you aren't in a hurry or want to kill time to let traffic in Sacramento subside, hit the Jelly Belly factory tour. Kids love it.

Jun 16, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

Kirkland Greek Yogurt?

our carried both for awhile but did not have Fage yesterday. However we appreciate the price immensely. My husband eat a lot of yogurt and has come to prefer greek.

May 17, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Mountain View CA Costco has had Simply Maize gluten free cereal by Kashi and we really like it. It is like popcorn and cornflakes had a baby and then dressed it in a glaze. unfortunately it has the dreaded "star" on the sign so is a limited time offer.

They also had gluten free Krusteax brownie mix - works out to about 2.50 a batch. I often just make brownies, but it is often nice to tell people where to get a mix for my son or just have them on hand. Haven't tried yet, but looking forward to it.

Nice to see the Kirkland Signature greek yogurt back. Better than most. Husband still prefers Fage, but this is much cheaper and the man eats a lot of yogurt.

Lots of clearance items in food this time too.

May 17, 2014
jsaimd in Chains

Grocery Outlet (May, 2014)

Not sure if I am supposed to start a new one, but

5/9 in Palo Alto

Nature Valley berry yogurt bars, 3/$1 boxes of 6 or 99 cents for 18 - we bought a hundred + bars! My husband is a cyclist and goes through a lot of bars. Also he bought golden graham extra large bars for same price and Fig Bars for 50 cents each.

99 cent Jif Hazelnut chocolate spread.

Didn't buy but their pint size ice creams were Dove chocolate. Never had to know if it is worth it.

May 09, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

recs near Stanford for August

If you are already buying a permit to park on campus, just walk on weekends or take the bus to Town and Country. From my office near Hoover tower it is less than a 15 minute walk.

Coupa has several locations on campus, and the dining hall n the business school isn't bad.

May 08, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

recs near Stanford for August

Zibbibo recently shuttered.

May 08, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area

eating in SF with a kid and allergies

I don't live in the city, but do have kids with other allergies. SF isn't bad to eat with well behaved 5 year olds if you go on the early side. Most mid-range to upscale places do very well with allergies too. Just let them know when you make the reservation. Others should probably chime in on specific recs but...

There are a couple of good pizza places in SOMA - UPN and Zero zero.

There is a thread on teh best sushi in SF and another on burgers under the dish of the month.

May 05, 2014
jsaimd in San Francisco Bay Area