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Anniversary dinner in Palo Alto-ish area

What I would do is get a reservation for a time that you are sure to make. If you arrive before that, you can roam around before your dinner. I would recommend Mountain View rather than Palo Alto if you do that. There is a nice and lively downtown (that is, a few blocks on Castro St) with a couple of bookstores to pass the time. There are lots of restaurants on Castro St or a few blocks away (Chez TJ is one that has been cited in this thread).

Apr 15, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Indian Grocery - Spices & Masala Dabba

India Cash & Carry is where I bought mine. At that time, they only had one with a steel lid, not with a transparent lid. Surprisingly, World Market also carries this item (with a transparent lid, and of smaller size than Cash & Carry, I think):
http://www.worldmarket.com/Stacking-S...
They have several locations in the Bay area.

Mar 11, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

L'Petit Laurent, Glen Park - total dissapointment

I second your comment. French people typically eat meat much less cooked than Americans, hence possible problems when it comes to specifying how cooked you want it.

Feb 21, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Sanctuaire style spice containers

I had a similar wish a few months ago. After accumulating many spices, I started looking around for some convenient containers to store them. I didn't find anything suitable sold as "spice countainers". So I ended up buying glass containers from a container company and it works nicely ofr me. See for example:
http://www.ebottles.com/showbottles.a...
http://www.containerandpackaging.com/...
They don't seem to carry the flat shape you want, but it might help you as a starting point.

Feb 19, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

I gave Country Sun a visit (440 S California Ave, Palo Alto). They have a selection of flours from Arrowhead Mills, in particular quite a few organic ones, that are kept in a fridge. But not the ones that I really wanted...

I think so far Andronicos in Los Altos has the best combination of selection, prices and convenient location for me. I will buy kamut and chestnut flour online.

Feb 01, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

The recipe I have is a little different: it has buttermilk, dark rum and walnuts besides the obvious ingredients. The proportion of all purpose flour to chestnut flour is the same as in your recipe though. If you are a chestnut person, the book also has recipes for chestnut tuiles, chestnut-walnut meringues, and chestnut and vanilla ice cream squares.

Feb 01, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

Thanks everyone for all the addresses! I have checked Milk Pail (my favorite spot for fruits and cheese), they have spelt and rye. I will check the other addresses for chestnut flour soon.

Jan 21, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

I have baked pie crusts, almond filling and cakes with TJ's flour without noticing much difference with the flour ground without the skins. Maybe for delicate cookies like amarettis the difference is noticeable. I will pay attention next time.

Jan 21, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

The recipe that prompted me to look for chestnut flour is a chestnut pound cake recipe from Alice Medrich's "Pure Dessert"book. In fact, I am looking for such odd flours like kamut flour just because of that book, all the recipes I have tried so far are so great. Also, I have a recipe for blueberry-chestnut cake that I have made so far substituting almond flour for chestnut flour that I would like to try in its original form. Chestnut flour also often appears in recipes from Corsica.

Jan 21, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

Hi,
I am looking for chestnut flour and kamut flour to make cakes. Also I have started baking my own bread, and I am looking for other kinds of flours such as rye, spelt, buckwheat, ... Does anyone know where I could find these around Mountain View/Palo Alto/San Jose? Whole Foods carries some but not chestnut nor kamut, and they are usually expensive. Trader Joe's has very cheap almond meal. The Indian grocery stores have cheap cracked wheat "flour". But that's all I have been able to find so far.Thank you.

Jan 18, 2008
edanna in San Francisco Bay Area