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Discontinued at Trader Joe's - July 2013 through December 2013

No more spicy spinach pizzas from the prepared food sections. I really liked these, they were a good snack or light meal. I wish I had known, I would have stocked up and put some in the freezer.

Jul 28, 2013
potato or yam in Chains

New Cafe On Lakeshore Avenue

I walked down there a few days after it opened and got an iced tea. The space was nice, really bright and airy, and all of the employees were very friendly. Just from looking at the pastries in the case I don't think the food is going to be anything special. It all just looked like the same pastries that they sell in all of the breakfast/lunch cafes all over downtown Oakland.

It's a nice addition to the neighborhood and I'm sure I'll be stopping by again for coffee or tea. They also have free wi-fi and I saw a lot of people working on their computers.

Milk Bar Cornflake-choc chip-marshmallow cookies

That happened to me when I went to bake them off. I then scooped out the rest of the dough using a smaller (a little under 1/4 cup) scoop and they baked perfectly. It took about 7 - 8 minutes per batch of cookies.

I wonder if it has something to do with the ovens they used testing the book. I don't have a convection oven, mine is a 20 year old electric.

Feb 02, 2012
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Top Chef Texas - Ep. #6 - 12/07/11 (Spoilers)

I'm pretty sure the steaks going into ice water were the ones being grilled by Chris Jones for his steak "carpaccio." He seared them on the grill, threw them in the ice water, and then sliced and served it cold. I still think it's kind of weird but makes more sense for his dish than for the steaks being served as the main course.

Seattle Agenda for late October - Any obvious ommissions?

Absolutely do not miss Cafe Besalu. I eat and enjoy Tartine's croissants in SF pretty frequently but was blown away by the croissant at Besalu. It was hands down the best croissant I've ever had.

Cafe Besalu
5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Sep 23, 2011
potato or yam in Greater Seattle

Recipes from Smitten Kitchen blog.....what are your favorites??

For baked goods I love, love, love these:

Austrian Raspberry Shortbread Bars :

The bars are really easy to make if you have a food processor with a grating blade.

I also really like these Jalapeno Cheddar Scones:

Sep 05, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Trip Report - Spinasse, Poppy, Walrus & Carpenter & More

A big thank you to everyone on this board for making my long weekend in Seattle so enjoyable. I never posted for restaurant advice but put together a great list from reading over old posts from the board.

Arrived Saturday morning and headed straight to Cafe Besalu. Loved the croissant, one of the best I've ever had. It was buttery without being at all heavy. Also had a really nice slice of quiche Lorraine.

Saturday lunch was a quick salad and sandwich at Le Pichet. The house green salad was really tasty with a really nice dressing. The perfect place for a quick bite.

Saturday dinner was at Cascina Spinasse. I had been here before and everything was fantastic. The best dishes were the tajarin with butter sauce (which I'd had before) and my husbands rabbit meatballs with polenta. I really don't think you could go wrong ordering from this menu. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where we have a lot of regional Italian restaurants, but this restaurant is one of my favorites.

Sunday lunch was a quick bite at Ivar's Fish House followed by ice cream at Molly Moo's. I liked the ice cream quite a bit, the lunch was fine for what it was.

Sunday dinner at Poppy was the biggest disappointment of the trip. We started with the spice crispies which were tasty, and a fig tart which was a little boring. I had a 7 choice vegetarian thali, husband had a 7 choice meat thali. Nothing tasted bad, but everything was a little cold when it came to the table, and a little bland. It's hard for me to put my finger on why I didn't really enjoy this meal, but I think it was just a lot of average small bites.

Monday breakfast was just some standard breakfast fare at Easy Street Cafe (in the Easy Street Records). I had a breakfast burrito, husband had French toast. Just basic, but good breakfast foods.

Late lunch Monday at Serious Pie for Happy Hour. We had 3 small pizzas for I think $6 each. These were a great deal and all really tasty. I especially liked the Chanterelle mushroom pizza.

Dinner Monday was at The Walrus & Carpenter and was the highlight of the trip. We only waited about 10 minutes for 2 seats at the counter to open up and had a great meal. Started with a bunch of raw oysters and a jamon and peach salad. We then moved on to some fried oysters, escargot, more raw oysters, and a nice plate of cheese. Ended with the bread pudding with espresso sauce. We loved everything we had, it was all seasoned really nicely and tasted super fresh. It was a lot of fun to watch the cooks from the counter and listen in on all of the conversations happening around us.

Thanks again for all the great recommendations. We had a fantastic trip and can't wait to come back.

Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Le Pichet
1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cafe Besalu
5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Cascina Spinasse
1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Sep 02, 2011
potato or yam in Greater Seattle

Cooking from Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold

Tonight for dinner I made the SHEET PAN MUSSELS WITH RED-CURRY GARLIC BROTH p. 170.
These were a hit, even with my husband who never eats mussels. The mussels are baked in a 500 degree oven with some dry white wine and then have a combination of melted butter, garlic, Thai red curry paste, and some of the mussel infused wine poured over them. I made two small changes to the recipe. Instead of dry white table wine I used a dry vermouth. I also doubled the amount of vermouth (that the mussels had been cooked in) that was added to the butter sauce. My favorite part of eating mussels is sopping the broth off the bottom of the bowl with bread, so I wanted a little more of it.

The amount of curry paste was perfect, it added a little but of heat but didn't overwhelm the flavors from the garlic and mussels. This wasn't much easier than steaming mussels, but I'm sure I'll be making it again.

I served this with BASIL-SCRUBBED TOASTS p.102 which I also drizzled with a little bit of olive oil, and a arugula, tomato salad.

Aug 17, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Cooking from Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold

Tomato Salad with Zatar Pesto - writing this from work without the book so no page #

This was a really simple but tasty recipe.The pesto was just zatar mixed with grated parmesan cheese and olive olive oil which was spooned over sliced tomatoes. The whole thing is then sprinkled with some toasted pine nuts. I loved the flavors in this dish, I always have these ingredients on hand but never would have thought to put the together.

The only thing I would skip next time is the sprinkling of salt she has you put on the sliced tomatoes before the addition of the pesto. My zatar (which I get from Penzey's) is already on the salty side so the whole thing verged on being overly salty.

Aug 13, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Cooking from Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold

Thanks! I do want to start posting more. I get so many ideas from these threads that I really do need to to start contributing.

Aug 01, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Cooking from Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold

Just want to thank everyone on this thread for introducing me to this book. My copy arrived the other day and immediately made the Salmon with Lime Leaves, Poppy Rice and Coconut Sauce (p. 139) already reported on by LulusMom. The dish was delicious, with a lot of great and subtle flavors. I also really enjoyed being introduced to a method of cooking salmon (steamed in plastic wrap) that won't smell up my whole apartment for days!

I do a lot of reading on the Home Cooking board, but not a lot of posting. I look forward to cooking alongside everyone as I delve deeper into this book.

Aug 01, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Momofuku's Pork Belly Buns - You can make them at home too! (esp. for MMRuth!) Pics included

I think the recipe most people have had problems with is the bun recipe posted on Epicurious. I made the buns using the recipe from the Momofuku cookbook and they turned out really well. If you don't have the cookbook the recipe should be pretty easy to find online, I've seen it in several blog posts (and I think some newspaper articles).

Jul 23, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Cake with Grated White Cheese in it ?

Glad to help! Let us know how it turns out.

Jul 23, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Cake with Grated White Cheese in it ?

I came across this recipe for a sweet/savory breakfast cake from El Salvador while browsing Food52 the website the other day. It's made with rice flour but otherwise sounds similar to what you are looking for.

Good luck with you search.

Jul 23, 2011
potato or yam in Home Cooking

SF Gifts for a world traveler?

If she likes cooking I would bring her some Rancho Gordo beans. I send these to people every Christmas, and all my friends have gotten hooked. My friend (also from Indiana) also loves anything from Kika's Treats. I would suggest just going through the Ferry Building farmers market on a Saturday and picking up a bag of assorted goodies. You can get a lot of the stuff already mentioned in this thread there.

Rancho Gordo
1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

ISO eggs from pastured chickens in East Bay

I have been seeing Marin Sun Farms eggs at Berkeley Bowl West for the last few weeks. They are a little over $8 for a dozen.

Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

ISO small corn tortillas in the East Bay ...

My coworker who runs a taco catering business on the side buys his from La Finca Tortilleria at 3809 Foothill Blvd in Oakland. They make them fresh, and they taste really good for store bought tortillas. I know he calls ahead with an order, I don't know if you can just drop in and buy them.

Onigiri at Clover Bakery in San Jose

Tokyo Fish carries onigiri packaged in the same type of wrapper. They have salmon, ume, and sometimes tuna fish (the canned kind, mixed with mayo). I've also seen them at Berkeley Bowl West. I usually eat these once a week as a quick lunch/snack and still sometimes have trouble getting the wrapper off.

Tokyo Fish Market
1220 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

bulk olive oil in berkeley/oakland ?

They do not have any prepackaged bottles (they bottle everything when you buy it), so I would think their entire selection would be available in bulk. They have a pretty wide selection of flavored and unflavored oils and will let you sample anything. The olive oils are pretty good, but I would say not any better than places like the Pasta Shop. They also have a lot of flavored balsamic vinegars, most of which I found pretty strange tasting (things like coconut and chocolate flavored).

The staff is very friendly.

Ice cream trucks in Walnut Creek / East Bay?

You might also want to try Twirl and Dip. They do soft serve ice cream. They are mostly in the city now but used to be in Oakland pretty frequently.

Small and Funky Wedding Venue

You might want to check out Medjool in the Mission. They have a rooftop which can be rented out, you can also do smaller parties in other parts of the restaurant. They may let you get married on the roof and then move downstairs for a seated dinner.

2522 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Voila Juice Lover - Where to buy?

I work for a company that orders from Voila and have much better luck getting in touch with them over the phone. I would try calling them at the number listed on the website, (510) 261-1444 during normal business hours.

4505 Chicharrones

The Pasta Shop (2 locations, one in Oakland and one in Berkeley) often has the 4505 Chicharrones. They ship a lot of their products, and though the Chicharrones are not listed on their website you might want to give them a call and see if they will mail them.

Pasta Shop
1786 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Pasta Shop
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Best homemade food gifts?

The toffee from Rose Levy Beranbaum's Christmas book is delicious. I make it every year. The only change I make to the recipe is adding a little bit of salt to the hot sugar before pouring it over the chocolate.

Edit: I just realized this thread is 4 years old, but the toffee is still delicious.

Nov 19, 2010
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Holiday dinner for about 20+ - Oakland/Berkeley/SF Downtown

I've been working with someone at Pican about setting up a private event and they have been very helpful. I think their private room which is just off the main restaurant can hold up to 40 people, though I got the impression that they were already booking up pretty quickly for events in December.

Pican Restaurant
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Perbacco or Delfina?

One thing to consider is that the pasta dishes at Perbacco seem heavier and richer than the pasta dishes at Delfina. Perbacco looks great and I can't wait to try it in a few weeks, but it doesn't look like the kind of meal that would sit to well with me during the marathon the next morning. I might consider Perbacco for a post race meal to replenish your carb stores and do something a little lighter the night before.

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Cooking my way through Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking

I really like these spring rolls and usually make them at least once a month. My boyfriend tends to get a little tired of meatless meals so sometimes I will substitute ground pork for the tofu. I also like to serve them with spicy peanut sauce as a dip which can make them seem a little bit heartier as a meal.

Sep 12, 2010
potato or yam in Home Cooking

Is Poc Chuc still BYOB?

When I was there a few months ago they told a customer who had brought his own beer that he could not drink it in the restaurant.

What to order at Manresa?

I had the chanterelle mushrooms in bonito butter as part of the tasting menu in October 2009 and while everything we ate was great, this is the dish I'm still thinking about. I loved it.

instant yeast

A lot of brands market what you are looking for under "rapid rise yeast." Fleishmann's makes it and I've seen it for sale both in jars and small packets on most chain grocery stores like Safeway.