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Great restaurant recommendations -no foie gras on menu!

Some tasty dishes, some weird, really pricey, maybe just too much creativity? We had the 10 course tasting menu, and there was really 14 dishes brought to us. Each complex. I was just burned out by dish 8. The desserts were not good.......

Great restaurant recommendations -no foie gras on menu!

On "moral" grounds.....

We didn't like atelier crenn.

Hope this helps.

Great restaurant recommendations -no foie gras on menu!

Just when I find a perfect restaurant for husband's birthday restaurant, they have foie gras on the menu and that's a deal breaker for me.

La Folie, sounded perfect, to give you an idea what I'm looking for, an over the top, no price issues, lovely experience.

He doesn't like sushi. That's the only type of retaurant he wouldn't enjoy.

Thanks for your advice!

I was really looking for great truffle dishes, if that helps.

Palm Springs - grapefruits? Dates? Date shakes?

Thank you for the recipe. Interesting that they use almond milk!

May 05, 2015
BarbaraBell in California

Palm Springs - grapefruits? Dates? Date shakes?

Thanks. I LOVE avocados. Sounds like I need to stop at roadside sellers. Unfortunately, the days I will be there, there are no farmers markets.

I will definetely go to windmill for the shake!

Mar 02, 2015
BarbaraBell in California

Palm Springs - grapefruits? Dates? Date shakes?

Going to Palm Springs March 8 for a few days and would like to bring home souvenirs. Where is the best deal for dates or grapefruit?

And I'm open to buying anything you guys think is good? Date cakes?

Also, where is the best date shake in Palm springs? Looking for an authenic one with no added "flavors"

Feb 28, 2015
BarbaraBell in California

Best dinner rolls in San Francisco?

I've been assigned to bring rolls to thanksgiving dinner. Any bakeries opened thanksgiving morning ? And who had the best? I think it wold be ok to buy day before, too.

Too many choices!

Near a bart station would be helpful!

Cherries? Yay! In a jar? Boo!

This Julia Child's recipe is easy peasy and everyone loves it:

Julia Child’s Cherry Clafouti

Clafouti is a baked French dessert that is typically made by baking fresh fruit (traditionally cherries) and a batter, halfway between a Yorkshire pudding/pancake batter and a custard in a baking dish.

1¼ cups milk

2/3 cup sugar, divided

3 eggs

1 TBL vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

½ cup flour (or gluten-free flour J)

3 cups cherries, pitted (I always use the whole jar of cherries from Trader Joes-- just drain before using. I also threw in some fresh blueberries)

Powdered sugar, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Using a blender, combine the milk, 1/3 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour, and blend.
3. Lightly butter an 8-cup baking dish and pour a ¼ inch layer of the blended mixture over the bottom. Set remaining batter aside.
4. Place dish into the oven for about 7 – 10 minutes, until a film of batter sets in the pan but the mixture is not baked through. Remove from oven (but don’t turn the oven off yet).
5. Distribute the pitted cherries over the set batter in the pan, then sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Pour the remaining batter over the cherries and sugar.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 – 60 minutes, until the clafouti is puffed and brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.
8. Servings: 6 – 8 for dessert, 4 for breakfast

Going to San Jose Rep Theatre and need recommendations for dinner?

We are pretty open as long as it is not a chain restaurant. Price no object. We love anything. I was hoping for a view but that is not a deal breaker

Cognac Shrimp Bisque

We enjoyed this recipe. I didn't have tomato paste. We still think it is missing something, and maybe the lack of tomato paste was the problem. Will try again as it was very good.

Feb 22, 2009
BarbaraBell in Recipes

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot coming to San Mateo

I am not sure what the items are in the broth. I was hoping someone would respond to you. I felt like I was walking on air thru the next day after eating here. I want to go back but I don't think they have Hot Pot for one?

Half Moon Bay??

Yes, it was our first time eating at Pasta Moon. I don't know any other restaurants to recommend. Hopefully, someone can post some for us. We enjoy hiking over there and it would be nice to be able to look forward to a nice lunch after the hike.

Half Moon Bay??

We ate at Pasta Moon yesterday and I guess we didn't order the right courses as it was not very good. Also, the prices were way too high. $19 for a small portion of gnocchi??? At lunch time???? And even though we were the first customers to arrive, people all around us were getting their pizzas, etc. and our main course had not arrived until they were almost done. In other words, an abnormal amount of time passed from the time we were done with our salad until our pastas arrived - it was a good 40 minutes.

We enjoyed their Rosemary focaccia bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar dipping sauce. We ordered for our salad:

Della Casa, G. Berta Farms Coastal Organic Greens, Sunchokes, Red Icicle Radishes, Sunflower Seeds, White Balsamic Vinaigrette

The salad was very tasty, but too much dressing - almost drowning it.

For our pastas, we had a fettucine type noodle with Prawns, Scallops, Clams, Mussels, - the clams were the only part that was not overcooked - the other fish was very chewy, tasted *old*. I had the gnocchi with a cream sauce with English peas and pancetta - it was way too cheesy. I wish I had ordered the butternut squash ravioli (but it sounded like a knock-off of Mario's famous dish which I had at his restaurant)

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot coming to San Mateo

We ate here Saturday Jan 12, 2008. We arrived at 5:30 p.m. and departed at 7 p.m. The restaurant was virtually empty when we arrived and there were several empty tables when we left (contrary to what we heard about lines being out the door).

We enjoyed our meal here very much. The decor is very pretty and the service was attentive. We ordered the half spicy/half mild broth. The spicy side was not very spicy (not like at Ninji Hot Pot, Newark where our mouths are burning and our eyes are watering the entire time). We got the fatty beef (good), Lamb shoulder (our favorite), udon noodles (excellent), potatoes (ok), bok choy (good once we tore it in bite size pieces before adding to broth), chicken skewers (ok), and some steamed rice on side.
I loved eating the whole garlic cloves in the broth.

We wanted to order the dipping sauces but the waiter would not let us. He said *we don't want anyone to order those sauces for their first time here as we think the broth is enough seasoning - we only have them on the menu for those grumpy customers that INSIST on it*

Well, we really missed having some dipping sauces (cause like I said, the broth was not that spicy). We especially miss the sauce cart at Ninji Hot Pot, in Newark (where we would get up 3-4 times to refill our sauce tray at their cart.

I loved the decor but the food was pretty bland. I must say though, that I felt fantastic the next day. Like it energized me or something. Maybe it was all the garlic. Anyway, I would love to go back but everyone in my party wants to go back to Ninji Hot Pot, in Newark

Zitune - Great Moroccan in Los Altos!

We finally visited Zitune last night, being residents of Los Altos we were overdue to go there. We were very happy overall with the experience. The only negatives were that the appetizers were room temperature and the main course (Moroccan Cornish Hen) was overcooked and liquid on the bottom of the plate which diluted the flavor.

We started out with cocktails which were the Zitune and the Mojito. The Zitune was good but would not order again. The Marrakech Mojito was fabulous but loaded with ice and therefore the $12 cocktail was very expenisive for a few sips of beverage.

The hummus and eggplant dip that comes with the olive bread was very good.

Our appetizers were the hi-light. The corn soup was delicious. The duck confit pastilla was amazing. I am still thinking about it - it was beyond fabulous.

The beet and white asparagus salad was quite large and very good. Quite a few greens included.

For dessert, we had espresso and the Almond Pastilla. This was fantastic. Similar to a baklava with honey drizzled and pastry and lavender ice cream on the side.

If we go again, I would be happy with the duck confit, a glass of wine, and the Almond Pastilla.

Beard Papa Chocolate cream puffs

I had a similar experince, eating the Satura/Los Altos cream puffs one week, and then trying the cream puffs at Bear Papa (Redwood City location).

We also like the Bear Papa version the most. They were positively delectable. The Redwood City ship is an odd location in that it not easy to get to, but we had a cream puff prior to the movie and then on the way out of the movie, stopped by and bought 6 to-go puffs ($10)

So our routine is to go to the movies in Redwood City (the theatre is gorgeous) and have the Beard Papa experience.

p.s. the chocolate glazed one, (they called it the eclair), was amazing, too.

B + B Ristorante - Molto Las Vegas

Yes, I also would like more detail about your experience. Which dishes did you order? We enjoyed our food so much (see review above) that we plan to go back as soon as possible during our next trip to Vegas.

Jun 19, 2007
BarbaraBell in Southwest

Bing Cherries from Christopher Ranch in Gilroy

Thanks Melanie, as usual great advice. We stopped at the Christopher Ranch stand today and bought three of the 2 lb plastic bags of cherries at $6 each. Excellent, ripe large cherries.
On the way down we ate lunch in Gilroy at Los Pericos (I recommend the garlic shrimp), and then purchased 3 lbs of carnitas to go at Carnitas Michoacan.
I may never need to eat again ...

B + B Ristorante - Molto Las Vegas

We went to B&B Saturday nite, May 5, 2007 and while the service was dismal, the food was fantastic. We had reservations at 8:30 p.m. and although the restaurant was three weeks old, it was quite busy. We loved the atmosphere. Our particular waitress was very off-putting and uncomfortable and made several mistakes through out the evening. There was a *supervisor* on the floor from back East and we discovered by asking him questions we found out all the info we needed to make this a memorable eveing (for example, he explained why the bread is served without butter and he had a charming informative history)

We had appetizers and pasta only (no main courses). To start, we had the cauliflower sformato which was a presentation of a custard type w/ sweet shrimp and grapefruit and beyond fantastic. I would go back to the restaurant just for this dish (despite my companion saying he didn't particularly like it). The other appetizer was salumi which was an assortment of three different types of cured meats which was very good but pricey.

Next, was the primi, which was the sweet potatoe ravioli (Lune) with sage and grated amaretti which was fantastic. Again, I would order this next time I visited. The other pasta was the strichetti (which they described as double bow ties) with spring lamb and English peas in a light tomato sauce. This had an unbelievable intense flavor that we are still talking about.

For dessert it was espresso and chocolate mousse (fantastic) AND pot de creme which was coffee infused with delicious cookies on side. Both very nice.

If we didn't have such an odd waitress (who messed up our order, our drinks, our bill), the entire experience would have been a ten. We will definetly go back.

May 07, 2007
BarbaraBell in Southwest

Los Gatos recommendations for to-go food?

I have never been up to Los Gatos and will have time to stroll the main street this afternoon.. Wondering if there is any place that has great to-go food to take home and eat?

Thanks for any recommendations.

Dined at Los Pericos in Gilroy today for lunch

We were looking for Carnitas Michocuan (sp?) on Monterey Road based on reviews here. We never found it and thought it might be closed anyway for the holidays.

Anyway, Los Pericos was a few doors away and we took a chance. Couldn't find any reviews here. We were pleasantly surprised.

It was crowded (very popular), very nice atmosphere. Seemed like everyone else was ordering the menedo.

We had the carnitas tostada (which was good) and the shrimp w/ garlic (fantastic).

Dec 31, 2006
BarbaraBell in California


We just ate at Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant in Carmel on 12/23/06 and it is not only still there, but very popular. We popped in at 1:30 p.m. and while other restaurants on Ocean were half empty, we had to wait for a table at Patisserie.

I find it very charming, like a tea room with a fire place. We had the pasta, vegi burger and a puff pastry wrapped around vegis. For dessert, the chocolate gnache cake.

Everything was great. Our server was a bit flakey as she never returned after dropping off the food and my dd wanted ketchup and I needed a refill for my iced tea. And then we needed the bill, and still no server. The co-owner noticed us and apologized profusely (as well as gave us a to-go eclair for our troubles)

My fav spot in Carmel to have a nice lunch in a charming atmosphere.

Dec 25, 2006
BarbaraBell in California

New restaurants in Carmel

We ate ate Cantineeta Luca on 12/23/06 based on reviews here at Chowhound.

The positives:

Great Service

Nice ambiance (although seating is a little too close to the other diners)

The negatives:

The food was underwhelming. We started with the tuna carpaccio and the beet salad. The tuna was very thin and not much of it was on the plate and it was a bit bland. The beet salad turned out to be 3 or 4 small pieces of beets covered with bitter greens. Expecting more beets.

The salume choice was an extremely tiny portion; but, tasted great.

The pumpkin ravioli, again, a very small portion, maybe 5 raviolis, was delicious. It had a sage butter sauce that was divine; but, an odd crunchiness on top.

The margharite pizza was actually larger than expected, but it was nothing we would ever order again. Good, but not great.

I think this would be a great restaurant if you happen to order the right dishes. We had asked our server for the most popular dishes and that didn't seem to help (except for the ravioli)

Dec 25, 2006
BarbaraBell in California

Any place to drive a limo to for dessert for a b-day?

Exactly, I was thinking of a place like Blum's (which is long gone). Thanks to everyone so far, I am checking out the places to see if they are set up for a party of ten to eat some cake/ice cream

Any place to drive a limo to for dessert for a b-day?

We live in Los Altos and would like to rent a limo and drive my 13 year old daughter and her friends to some place fun to have dessert and then take the limo home. Since the limo is for three hours, I was thinking some place in San Mateo or out by the airport on the bay? Even going down to San Jose would be okay too -

But where is there a place that serves sundaes or fancy desserts?

Gabriella Cafe in downtown Santa Cruz...very impressed

We dined at Gabrilla's today during Brunch time. Although the place was not crowded at all, they sat us within inches of the next diners. Very uncomfortable, awkward. On top of that, service was excruciatingly s-l-o-w and very distinterested in their customers.

We ordered the pastry/guyere/carmelized onion appetizer and when it FINALLY arrived, a good 30 mintues after we arrived, it was fantastic.

After another long wait, our main course of pasta arrived. The shrimp was old, some of the noodles were hard (not cooked) and the sauce was very thin and odd tasting.

Very disappointing. We would never recommend this place.

Oct 28, 2006
BarbaraBell in California

PDX: Restaurant Service

We ate at Paley's over Memorial Day weekend and we had one of the best meals of our lives. Maybe we got lucky, but our server was fantastic. She was quite knowledgeable about the wines and she was informative about all the food on the menu which helped us to chose very wisely.

Jul 02, 2006
BarbaraBell in Pacific Northwest

Mammoth- Village at Mammoth

We recently spent a week in Mammoth and ate at:

Chart House (over-rated, crowded, good if you like chain type restaruants)

Skadi's - We ordered four dishes and they all were BLAND and needed seasoning/salt. Very disappointed.

Petra's - it is a wine bar/restaurant and it was so good we went to dinner there twice in four days.....Amazing lobster roll, gnocchi, cheese board, wines, chocolate torte, etc. Everything we ordered was delicious.

Jul 02, 2006
BarbaraBell in California