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Early dinner in Jerusalem

To catch a flight, I have to be done with dinner and in a taxi by 7:15pm. I have found that most restaurants open at 6:30 and remain quiet until 8, but I would like to sit down at six. I don't mind an empty restaurant. On my trip I have had great meals at chakra, workshop, sea dolphin and Gabriel and I'm looking for something similar to that. Suggestions?

Sep 19, 2012
sfmags in Middle East & Africa

Seeking Grilled Tuna recipe published in BA or Gourmet in early 2000s but not on epicurious.com

I'm looking for a grilled tuna recipe that was published sometime in either the late 90's or early 2000s. No later than December 2003. It was published in the letters section.

The recipe was a grilled tuna recipe with a topping that contained pineapple, soy and some other stuff I can't remember. The tuna and topping was finished with a wasabi cream drizzle. I'd love to find this recipe and make it again! If anybody has any info of where I could find it, I'd be most appreciative!


Apr 26, 2010
sfmags in Home Cooking

Los Altos Yogurt

There is a vacant storefront on Main Street in Los Altos (near Starbucks) that has signs outside reading "yogurt bar coming soon." When you peek inside, it doesn't look like anything is coming soon. Does anyone know what kind of yogurt store will be opening in Los Altos?

Jun 27, 2008
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Filipino restaurants in California

I've heard good things about Bistro Luneta, but it's in San Mateo, which is about a 30 minute drive outside San Francisco. If you're staying in the city, there are so many wonderful places to eat, I wouldn't drive all the way to San Mateo to try a filipino restaurant. However, there are two fusion type places that are serving some filipino inspired food in San Francisco -- Pres a Vie in the Presidio (lively, fun, delicious) and Polenge Lounge (haven't tried it yet, but hear good things).

Jul 28, 2007
sfmags in California

Acqua al 2 child friendly? Other gaslamp restaurant ideas with children?

We are staying in the gaslamp district for a weekend in August with our 7 month old baby. We've been taking her to restaurants since she was a few days old, and she always does great. She loves watching the action with us. We eat early at lively restaurants or on restaurant patios. We don't limit ourselves to "child friendly" restaurants (i.e. chains) but we don't take her to really quiet, romantic type places either. If they have high chairs, we'll be there.
Is Acqua al 2 a very quiet restaurant? or is it lively enough that most people won't notice a well behaved baby?

Alternatively, are there other restaurants that are busy on Friday/Saturday evenings within walking or short drive from the Marriott? We love authentic Mexican, Italian and grill food.

Jul 24, 2007
sfmags in California

sugar butter flour bakery in sunnyvale

Has anyone tried this place yet? There was a mention of it in the SJ Merc this morning. Any reviews? I tried searching for this on this board but without the "sort by date" feature I had trouble finding if anything recent was posted. Sorry if duplicate.

Mar 21, 2007
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

personal chef services in Cabo

On a friend's recommendation we ended up using Brown's Private Services, which worked out really well. They came to the rental and prepared a great mexican meal and did all the grocery shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning. http://www.brownsprivateservices.com/

Feb 28, 2007
sfmags in Mexico

Alexander's in Cupertino

It's good, especially for the 650/480. Portions are HUGE! I had a beef quad that was excellent -- kobe beef, short ribs, prime rib and something else I can't remember. Decor is a little interesting since it used to be an El Torito, but they've done a good job to disguise that.

Feb 28, 2007
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

personal chef services in Cabo

We're staying at a rented house in Cabo in a few weeks, and I'd like to use a personal chef service to come to the house to prepare and serve two families a gourmet meal. Does anyone have a recommendation for such a service in Cabo?

Feb 06, 2007
sfmags in Mexico

Sonoma Valley with a kid - vineyard and lunch spot suggestions needed

Kaz winery in Kenwood is a small winery that's very kid friendly. I didn't notice it while I was there, but the wine columnists at the Wall Street Journal say that they have a kids table with coloring and play dough, etc. You could go there (http://www.kazwinery.com/) and to the Fig Cafe (http://www.thegirlandthefig.com/html-...)

Dec 07, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Last minute celebration restaurant? for today

Call Nopa right at 2:00 and you should be able to secure a table

Oct 26, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Bakeries or Coffee Houses in Sonoma

I'll be staying at the Lodge in Sonoma in a few weeks, and I'm looking for the best place to drive to pick up coffee and breakfast pastries and fruit in Sonoma, close to the hotel. Fig Market looks like it's only a few miles away, so that's an option. Any other ideas from Chowhounds out there?

Oct 24, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Rec for first date in San Jose

It seems that whenever I eat at Thea at Santana Row, the table next to me is obviously on their first date. The food is great there, and the atmosphere is lively, if a little loud. I think it's a unique option for a first date. The lighting is perfect for a first date. It's owned by the same people as the mexican place at SR, which is also a good option.

The food at Village Cafe has improved significantly in recent months. It's quieter than Thea, especially on the patio, which is heated. wine list by the glass is good.

FOr first dates, I'd void Sino (too much garlic, which isn't romantic), Yankee Pier (lighting is too bright to be romantic), Pizza Antica (one of my favorites at SR, but not for a date). I haven't tried tanglewood yet, but I hear it's terrific.

Oct 23, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner in SF Friday 9/1 before swimming Alcatraz??

sroseme ~ congratulations on the swim, and I'm so glad Isa worked out for you. It's one of my favorite neighborhood spots.

Oct 20, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Palo Alto Area

Junoon (Modern Indian) on University is good:
150 University Avenue | Palo Alto CA 94301 Phone 650-329-9644

I also really like Tamarine, which is vietnamese. www.tamarinerestaurant.com
546 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 325-8500

Both of these options have a fun atmosphere and modern cuisine.

Can you be more specific of the type of food you're looking for, or the type of atmosphere you're looking for?

Oct 18, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Vino Locale in Palo Alto

I saw an advertisement in today's paper for Vino Locale, a wine bar in Palo Alto. Has anyone tried this place? Is it recommended?

Oct 12, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast or Brunch in Half Moon Bay

Since Sam's Oysterhouse won't be open until later this month, I'm looking to have breakfast or brunch in HMB on Sunday morning and am seeking recommendations from fellow chowhounds.

In searching previous posts on half moon bay on this forum, it looks like the positive reviewed options for breakfast include the following restaurants:

Cetrella -- nice and a good option, but we've already been there and would like to try something different

Rogue Chefs -- looks like a good option for brunch

Half Moon Bay Coffee Co -- sounds delicious, but I hear it's counter service only, and we'd like to have table service. is this place really good? If so, I could live with counter service.

any others I should consider? Has anyone had good or bad experiences with the above restaurants?


Oct 06, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Food stops in sonoma

My husband and I will be staying in the town of Sonoma on the weekend of October 27th/28th. I'm looking for foodie places to visit during the day since I'm pregnant and can't spend the day wine tasting. I searched the boards on "Sonoma" and found a post about Hardin Gardens, which looks interesting and will still be open until the 29th. I also want to stop at the Fig Pantry.

Does anyone have other suggestions for artisanal cheese (cheese tasting instead of wine tasting?? yum) or olive oil purveyors in the area that accept visitors? Or maybe wineries that have food or garden tours, so the focus isn't entirely on tasting the wine?

Oct 04, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma or Napa?

Thanks for all the great input, chowhounds. We've decided to stay in Sonoma since we've never stayed there before and we stayed in Napa last year during the same time of year. I love napa but I'm looking forward to something different.

Reservations so far are at girl and fig on Friday night and General's Daughter on Saturday night. I also want to try the fig pantry for lunch stuff, so I might skip girl & fig restaurant on Friday night and go somewhere totally different. we'll see.

Oct 04, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma or Napa?

I wasn't aware of the dinner drop off service -- hmm...now I'm leaning towards Sonoma even though I'm also interested in trying Thomas Keller's temporary restaurant in Yountville, Ad hoc, which is closer to the napa location.

Thanks for the tips.

Oct 03, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Update on Sam's Chowder House - opening October - more fried clams & lobster roll

I called Cetrella, and the hostess' response was
"I think it's opening in mid-October, around the 16th"

Oct 03, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma or Napa?

My husband and I want to burn through some of our Marriott points and plan to stay at either the Napa Marriott, which is on Hwy 29, near Trancas OR the The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma, which is in the town of Sonoma (not farther north like Healdsburg) off hwy 121.
The deciding factor of where to go is not the quality of the rooms, but rather, the restaurant choices in the area. By "in the area" i mean, within a 5-10 minute drive. As much as I would love to try Cyrus in Healdsburg, that's too far from the hotel in Sonoma.
Can any chowhounds weigh in on which restaurants are top choices near either of those locations to help me decide??


Oct 03, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Update on Sam's Chowder House - opening October - more fried clams & lobster roll

How interesting...those links aren't working for me anymore either, but I checked them both prior to posting this message. There was a link to a cetrella blog, which I was hoping to get answers from, but the last time anyone posted to the blog was 9/20. THere were no specific opening dates posted on the blog or on either website. Quite mysterious.

Oct 02, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Update on Sam's Chowder House - opening October - more fried clams & lobster roll

Does anyone have any recent updates on the expected opening date? I was hoping this restaurant would be open by this weekend, so I could buy pumpkins and get chowder/Fish & Chips. Next weekend is the Pumpkin Festival, so I'd like to avoid the area then. I don't receive the Cetrella newsletter.

Oct 02, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Anniversary Dinner: Fine Dining and easy reservations this weekend

It's my anniversary this weekend, and I'm late in making dinner reservations. Aak!
Any ideas for fine dining restaurants in the City or penninsula that wouldn't be impossible to get reservations on a saturday evening for an early dinner? I tried Gary Danko, and they put me on the waiting list (I appreciate that they didn't make me feel like a jerk about calling so late and they were very courteous about the wait list).

Sep 27, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

good indian on the peninsula

I like Amber India in Mountain View a lot.


Sep 14, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Plan my day in Sonoma/Healdsburg

I really like Jimtown store to pick up some lunch, followed by winery visits. J Winery serves great appetizers with their sparkling wine tastings -- a good experience. Roshambo winery has great views and is a little different from your typical winery experience. I've also enjoyed Stryker Sonoma Vineyard and Dry Creek Vineyards in the past.

Enjoy your stay...Healdsburg is a great town.

Sep 08, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner in SF Friday 9/1 before swimming Alcatraz??

I did that race in 1998 -- it's a great swim! good luck.

There are so many great places to eat on Chestnut street, which is in walking distance to your hotel. One of my favorites is Isa, which has an outdoor patio. The inside can get loud because it's small, but the patio isn't quite as loud. Food is great.
A16 is also good but might not fit your criteria for unique/interesting food of being quiet. It's not too bad if you go early. I especially like to sit at the chef's bar seats.
Enjoy, good luck on the swim, and report back if you can!

Aug 27, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Gift Cert for personal chef rec?

There was an article about this in the Chronicle last year. The article includes some local suggestions that look really good.


Aug 03, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area

Healdsburg recommendations

I second the Willi's suggestion. I also liked Barndiva, which had a hip vibe and great food (kind of small portions though). Dry Creek Kitchen was fabulous when it first opened but has since disappointed.
Pick up lunch at Jimtown Store and bring to a local winery for a picnic.

Aug 01, 2006
sfmags in San Francisco Bay Area