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Washbag Closes

At last, it's "over"-the food was over-priced, over-hyped, and the whole mystique was over-done. Take the money & run-time !!!!!!

Jan 03, 2008
chilipalmer in San Francisco Bay Area

What to serve with Salmon? [Moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

OH yeah !!! Dry-ish rice pilaf sided with green beans/garlic/Hoisin sauce. Creme caramel for dessert. Do not forget the champagne & chocolates for the dessert dessert.

Dec 20, 2007
chilipalmer in Home Cooking

A Simple Mind

There was a time when I wouldn't eat a ripe avocado without a crushed toasted sesame seed/sea salt mix sprinkled on each bite. There is a proper name for this sesame seed /salt preparation, but it escapes me momentarily.

Dec 20, 2007
chilipalmer in General Topics

Best Chinese lunch for 6 in SF?

Dragon River on Geary/22nd Ave- 1 block West of Park Presidio. Bring quarters for parking meters. You will not leave unsatisfied, or un-astonished...

Dec 20, 2007
chilipalmer in San Francisco Bay Area

Anthony Bourdain blogs about the Food Network...

The man is a self-promoting, greedy, 2nd rate chef with bad dreams about being washed-up in a couple of years. "Buzz" ain't brains, and Tony is only about the "Buzz".

Feb 23, 2007
chilipalmer in Food Media & News

Anthony Bourdain blogs about the Food Network...

Tony B. needs to show us that he can cook, rather than: 1. Eat, & 2. Write. The HST comparison is off-target as TB lived his gonzo life without writing it and HST never wrote about food, but lived a gonzo life. Glibness + ego does not = talent. In the land of Chow, ya gotta prove it on the plate.

Feb 23, 2007
chilipalmer in Food Media & News

Don't Stare, Dear, You'll Only Encourage Them

This "artist's" muse must have left town, and obviously, the artist doesn't exhibit much "taste"...

Jan 26, 2007
chilipalmer in Features

"I'm not Alice Waters"

Chris is really showing his stripes with the "gourmet cooking thing is over" comment. The populist bacon-eater from Vermont is talking through his hat. He may not cook "gourmet", but his recipes sure went to that school.

Oct 13, 2006
chilipalmer in Features

Seeing Red

I'm outraged. The French Laundry should have gotten 5 stars, what a rip job. FRENCH restaurant inspectors were obligated to justify their observations; judging the ingredients, the taste of the food, the level of service plus the "intangibles" of these establishments and have provided opinions. Go to Lyon with the Green Michelin guide and see if you can find serious points of disagreement. The number of stars only allow the owners to charge more for their service. Imagine trying to get seats in those "1-stars" if they were made "2-stars". even worse, if the "2-stars" made it to the "3-star" level...Count your blessings and save your centimes to visit Lyon, or Paris.

Oct 03, 2006
chilipalmer in Features

Cliff House - Sutro

Go for drinks at sunset, dine anywhere else.

Sep 28, 2006
chilipalmer in San Francisco Bay Area

Chicken Chile Verde

Potatoes do not belong in "Chile verde"-chicken or pork The starch is provided by tortillas, preferably hand-made corn.

Sep 27, 2006
chilipalmer in Recipes

Hooray for Superficially Attractive Female TV Chefs!

Those guys at Details aren't just spankin' the monkey. Sure Sandra Lee is eye-candy in the latest Buckhead chic; she may not own an apron. But as the trophy wife of some TV exec, she does as well as boxtop recipes can provide. Her best "table-scape" would be her, stripped, then decorated with sushi, but that wouldn't make it past the censors. Daisy Fuentes, Nigella Lawson, and, OK, perky, quirky little Rachel Ray are not demonstrating their skills for just women, even the great gals on "America's Test Kitchen", who are great cooks are not sexless drones. Let's flip it over: Tyler "Hunky", Michael Chia-really hot, Joey Altman, and even the grand old man of TV cooking, Wolfgang Puck,;they all cast a leering glance towards the women-watchers in their sweats and jammies, over a well-sauced short rib from time-to-time. Animal attraction is an element in human relations. You want to sell something, nothing sells like something sexy; and you can take that to the bank, "I gare-on-teee"...

Sep 27, 2006
chilipalmer in Features

Batali, High and Low

Sara acquits herself in fine self-congratulatory femi-Nazi fashion, slashing a heroic and respected food idol all the way up the back, with her feline clawings, rooted in jealousy and underachievement. Was she hoping for a Tuscan 3-bean salad or Carciofi alla Daytona? Mario, NASCAR, tail-gating; his passion and his expertise forced to coexist in seemingly unfamiliar surroundings resulted in a serviceable guide. OK, for gals, a "boys club" anything might provoke derision for the sheer fem-fun of it; but where's the fun? Mario could toast bread with olive oil and scrape garlic on it and it would be a heavenly treat; Sara, what do you make besides reservations???

Sep 27, 2006
chilipalmer in Features

Q: TV cooking/food programs you'd like to see

It would be great to see local chefs preparing menu dishes requested by diners in the restaurant. Read the description, follow the "check" into the kitchen, see the actual cooking people grab the ingredients and make the thing in real time. It would be a real education to see that "mis en place" including pre-portioned protein items get the "master's touch" and be carried from the kitchen out to the table. In some cases, the revelation that the pasta has been par-cooked, flash boiled to add temp. then sauced to order; all done by a grungy line cook in a baseball cap, while the "Chef" drinks wine with the select patrons out front, might be an eye-opener.

Sep 23, 2006
chilipalmer in Food Media & News

Mario Cancelled

The original greatness of Molto Mario was he, himself, cooking the recipes of unique and idosyncratic dishes. After three-(maybe ten)- times through each one, it was time (for the FN)to move ahead. Mario is too self-promoting not to be dreaming up something new.

Sep 02, 2006
chilipalmer in Food Media & News

Honeymooning in Napa/Sonoma - Looking for someplace special

Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa. Tell the reservations person you are honeymooning, will be arriving late, and want a quiet table in the corner. Drink only Champagne. Feed each other, by hand. Order 4 of the desserts, to go. Pay for the dishware or promise to return it on your 1st Anniversary.

Aug 29, 2006
chilipalmer in San Francisco Bay Area

Sophisticated & delicious non-alcoholic beverages? [moved from General Topics]

You gotta get "Izze"'s. Fruit juice with carbonated water. Several flavors: I go for the pomegranate. Mixes well, not sweet, available at Cost Plus or Target,

Aug 19, 2006
chilipalmer in Home Cooking

San Francisco Magazine's "Best Of...2006"

Check the site for the "official" bests...I found the list
predictable and chamber of commerce'ish..You?

http://www.sanfranmag.com/best_of_the...

Aug 19, 2006
chilipalmer in Food Media & News

The Best Delivery Pizza in SF - FOUND!

Glad to see that Victor's is still making pizza-hounds happy. My kids "cut" their teeth on those crusts back in the 80's. The Anastasio family owned the place and were proud to be voted among the most popular places for years and years. I would opine that the best Victor's pie compares quite favorably with the best Topmmaso's pie, slice for slice.

Aug 12, 2006
chilipalmer in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Dim Sum In SF

Had a lunch with 8 in-laws last week @ the Yank in Rincon & was pleased to find the quality and consistency unchanged & excellent. Excellent customer service and validated parking. Koi Palace serves over-rated, and over-priced mediocrity. Ton Kiang is tasty, but un-generous with regard to portion size.

Aug 09, 2006
chilipalmer in San Francisco Bay Area