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Gnocchi in Oakland area?

Baywolf's were fluffy; just toothsome enough.

Mar 31, 2014
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Chinatown Takeout Dim Sum Roundup 2009

I like the rousong (dried pork or "pork-floss") buns at Princess Bakery. Haven't been bowled over by anything else there though...

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Delicieuse Princesse Bakery
317 13th St, Oakland, CA

Apr 15, 2009
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Proposing to GF in Berkeley/East Bay?

LINK

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Rivoli Restaurant
1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Apr 03, 2009
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Proposing to GF in Berkeley/East Bay?

Congratulations and best wishes!

My husband proposed to me over a dinner he made himself- can' t remember the meal except that it was reeeaally garlic-y.

But we announced our engagement to our parents at Rivoli in Berkeley which was perfect. Food is consistently good and atmosphere is comfortable and elegant. And the younger ones in your group will love the wildlife outside. Ask to be seated near the rear window outside.

Apr 03, 2009
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

San Diego- Birthday Dinner- Lobster-Kids

Thank you everyone. These are all great suggestions. I think we are going to try to stay San Diego proper. I think my dad wants a place really special (so probably not super kid friendly but we'll eat early) Looking at Oceanaire. McCormick and Scmick still our fall-back unless y'all have dire warnings. In any case I'll try to report back. Dinner is in mid-march.

Jan 23, 2009
suebe in San Diego

San Diego- Birthday Dinner- Lobster-Kids

Old Man, Kings looks fun.. I think I was thinking of something a little more formal since it's a big birthday- I know.. formal yet kid friendly- sheesh...

Can anyone give me recent feedback on Cafe Pacifica?

Jan 21, 2009
suebe in San Diego

San Diego- Birthday Dinner- Lobster-Kids

okay, that title sums it up. Will be in San Diego for Mom's 75th birthday. Looking for a festive restaurant to celbrate with 6 adults and 3 kids under 8. And Lobster is her favorite food so we're looking mostly at seafood places. Assume they can special order if not on the regular menu.
Any ideas? Cafe Pacifica looked fun but can't find recent reviews and I understand that they changed management very recently. McCormick and Schmick fits the bill but possibly too corporate?
Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Jan 21, 2009
suebe in San Diego

so how is the Martha Stewart Dutch oven?

I received one as a gift and it seems like a nice adjunct to my trusty Le Creuset 7 1/4quart one as its a bit smaller. Seems heavy and sturdy. Will it hold up as well? Any heating ideosyncracies?

Dec 08, 2008
suebe in Cookware

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

Great. Look forward to your reply since despite all of M.L.'s google hints and my generally adequate research skills, have been unable to find a reference with concrete ranges of D3 in grass-fed vs conventionally fed cows.
Much thanks to your company. I hope to be proven wrong about this (that the D3 level IS adequate) as I miss lugging home my big glass Straus bottles and mixing up the cream for my little one.

Nov 25, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

Thanks Maria Lorraine. I'm trying to quickly up my own evidence based knowledge base. Don't have access to the Ag Journals unfortunately. As to what I'm reading- just finished: Vitamin D fortification in the United States and Canada: current status and data needs. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004;80:1710s-6s which basically says that even with our fortification practices, hypovitaminosis D is prevalent in vulerable populations. Now one could interpret that as "then why bother fortifying at all?" while I see it as "Why invite possible risks when there are measures to do do otherwise" I've also been reading somewhat interesting theories/possible mechanisms of vitamin D deficiency and autism risk- I don't think there are great studies to prove or disprove this but its a theory born from other research which finds higher autism rates in rainy climates during especially rainy seasons. In general here are a lot of un-scientific theories around autism and nutrition so of course I'm reading w/a bit/lot of skeptism.. but its interesting. Okay, now I'm waaay off topic. Thanks again for your input. SB

Nov 13, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Romantic Restaurant Suggestions. Birthday wkend

You're right about Da Flora! That's hillarious. Maybe that's why I haven't made it there- subconscious avoidance... a la memories of Bruno at the Aub Zam Zam

Nov 13, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Romantic Restaurant Suggestions. Birthday wkend

We went to Acquerello on my 45th birthday. Really lovely, romantic but not stuffy- pre-fixe menu.

In North Beach proper is Da Flora. Haven't been but a chowhound search will yield many responses

Nov 13, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

The cows themselves may be less prone to rickets- which is a good thing. But haven't found the aforementioned studies that their milk is rich enough in vitamin D that it meets our DRI's. But please send me a reference.

Nov 13, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

I like your idea.. and recognize and appreciate a good tongue-and-cheek

but our point is that just about all milk is now supplemented w/vitamin D (but not salami or pumpkin) and therefore the exceptions should let it be known.

Nov 13, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

oh I agree with you here that it is a slippery-slope. But I think that most parents know that chips and sodas may contribute to obesity, but very few realize that some milk may not be fortified with vitamin D. Yes, I'm making a lot of assumptions.. but they are based on my job, which is working w/families around nutrition education.

In a few postings above you asked if there was proof that it was the only dairy not supplementing with vitamin D? Don't know.. but its the only one I've found in the bay area.. maybe there's another in the northeast? So because its the exception and most peoples perseption is that milk is fortified.. my "call for action" is simply a statement on their label stating that they choose not to fortify.

Nov 12, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

Yes, it seems like that would be the case... but I haven't found any scientific evidence confirming that- (or disproving that) Of note, even the publicity materials put out by farmers of grass fed beef do not list that as an advantage- yes- vitamin A, E, omega 3 and conjungted linoleic acid- but no mention at all of vitamin D. I would guess that it just varies according to production, time of year etc which is why fortification is recommended.
I agree with Xiau Yang on this one- if we're talking about growing children why not err on the side of caution?

Nov 12, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

These are all great points and I appreciate yours and everyones input. Yes, I guess I, and all of my colleagues need more continuing education about fortification and labeling laws. I am certainly doing more reading about this now.
On a practical basis, my thought, which I still stand by, is that if a bunch of RD's assumed their milk was fortified then the general public probably is making the same assumption. You don't think that is the case and that is where we disagree- fine- but my 9-5 job is working with consumers around nutrition education so I have a good handle about general beliefs.
I appreciate the analagy with vitamin C and orange juice but it's a poor one for a few reasons. Vitamin C deficiency is not the public health issue that Vitamin D deficiency is (I have yet to see a case of scurvy but have seen lots of children w/vitamin D deficiency-infants and older) Orange juice is not routinely fortified and therefore a label stating that it isn't wouldn't make any sense. Orange juice has a fairly constant level of vitamin C while the amount of (unfortifed) vitamin D would vary widely in milk depending on production.
And as I keep saying- Straus is not a bad company. I like most of their products and most of their company policies. They are not obligated to put anything on their labels but it would be good customer service. And since they don't, I feel obliged to let people know that this is the case so that they cna make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Nov 11, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

They do not need to state that they do not have ANY vitamin D in their product but that they do not have ADDED vitamin D..

They actually don't need to do either but it in my opinion, it would be a customer friendly thing to do.

Nov 10, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

which is why they can use the word "added" not "this product does not contain any vitamin D" And I will look into your assertion that it probably has more vitamin D.. but unfortunately I don't think that is the case..

Nov 10, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

WOW-
feel like I should chime in again since I started this post.. At least clarify my positition. In general I feel like folks need to advocate for themselves- it's not up to the government to police our intake or knowledge.. and I feel foolish as an RD that i didn't realize that vitamin D was an optional fortification- but in fairness neither did any of my colleagues. We were all surprised. So I would guess that most of the public thinks this as well.

But I think my visceral reaction was not that of being an RD but being a mom- this was the milk we were giving to our 22 month old precisely because we want to give him the best.

I respect Straus and made it clear that in my original posting that we are having an open, civil dialogue about this topic.

What harm would it do to include on their label- "this product does not contain added vitamin D"? It's not their job or arguably their obligation- but it would be great customer service and omiting this information causes me to think that they care much more about their bottom line then they want their image to portray.

Nov 10, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Straus Milk- No vitamin D

Not sure whether to post this here but since Straus is an essentially local product.. We were surprised to learn that Straus milk (thats the one in the glass bottles) is not fortified with vitamin D. a very nice email from their customer service representative confirmed this and explained that they try to remain as pure and unadulterated as possible. I think most people (including me, and I'm a pediatric dietitian) assume that all whole milk contains vitamin D so I think it behooves them to make it a bit more obvious on their labels that their product does not contain this nutrient. Working in a teaching hospital I unfortunately see cases of rickets caused by vitamin D deficieny. Children and adults with special health care needs are esspecially at risk.
Again, their customer service folks have been great and they said they would talk it over with Mr Straus when he returns from Italy.

Nov 05, 2008
suebe in General Topics

Any great authentic Mexican food served Cafeteria style?

Mi Pueblo was what I was thinking of as well. They usually have several guisados, moles etc.

And they make their own tortillas

And I love the cactus salad

And fresh epazote in the produce aisle..

Oct 03, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Is Luka's my best bet?

Dona Tomas or Pizzialoa..

Jun 09, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Good food outdoors in Berkeley-Oakland area?

Wasn't open when we were there but not sure if it was just closed for the day or not open yet at all.
Silly (actually distracted) me, shouldve asked!

Apr 29, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Good food outdoors in Berkeley-Oakland area?

Husband, 15month old baby and I ate outside at Taco Grill in Oakland and of course had dessert at Cinqo de Mayo afterwards. It's a fairly urban setting but very pleasant facing a semi enclosed courtyard. Lots of kids (including our own) running around.

Weather was too warm for Pozole but perfect for Ice cream.

I don't know how to link addresses- both places are at the newish Fruitvale Public Market.

Apr 28, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

La Farine- Chocolate Macaroon

They had coconut.. and not sure if they were truly Kosher for Passover (and was reasonably confident that Mr Dude w/attitude helping me wouldn't know..) they probably weren't.. but since no flour, close enough for my practices.

Apr 22, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

La Farine- Chocolate Macaroon

A wonderful way to start my morning! Deep deep chocolate flavor...

Was told it had no flour which makes it Kosher-for-Passover enough for me...

But alas, the young guy helping me was so sullen.. My usual AM pastry place is Sweet Adeline and everyone there is so pleasant, happy and knowledgable..

So where else are you finding Pasadic (or close enough) goodies in the East Bay?

Apr 22, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Kosher vs Tel Aviv Kosher Market and Cheap Matzah Hunt

checked boxes this AM-
non-organic

Apr 16, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Kosher vs Tel Aviv Kosher Market and Cheap Matzah Hunt

I bought a 4 (5?) pack at Safeway (College and Telegraph) for the amazing price of $3.99! It was the Yehuda brand- don't remember if organic or not.. do they make a non-organic version? Anyway, a fabulous deal!

Apr 15, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area

Seafood Recs in East Bay

Yes!! The onion rings (more acurately onion strings) We had as well.. and loved. Lucky for us the waiter originally forgot to place the order so they were specially ordered and delivered hot-from-the-frier for us.

Apr 03, 2008
suebe in San Francisco Bay Area