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BONES??

I have many bags in the deep freeze and once or twice a year do a marathon simmer in the crock pot (only reason I find it useful) and store it in whatever the hell I can find. I can tell by the look what type it is and it's hard to freezer burn something that's liquid

about 3 hours ago
hill food in Home Cooking

venison?

yes I've stopped mentioning if I've seen deer as Mom asks the question of "where?" me: some road.

umm deer jump fences and don't pay attention to property lines (doe: oh we can't venture forth as I believe that was deeded to the Moodys after Sylvie Rector passed).

Dad gets pissed about the one's he's missed and poachers, yet all I can think is if 'ya want a land grant deer park, well wall off the place and breed weird albino pygmy hybrids or stop griping.

about 19 hours ago
hill food in Philadelphia

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

yet the old bus that ran from SFO to Mission and 8th was valuable for cultivating melancholy.

do look at the transit passes. makes the idea of a coffee here and some jook or a burrito there so much easier.

about 20 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

so once you get the address of the place you just do a google 'streetview' before the deposit clears and note the conditions and makes of the cars and what the bldgs look like. (but note: unless new, most of SF looks a bit dowdy even if it's really not)

seriously, most of the inner Mission is still a bit grubby but is not and has not for years been a 'bad' area. oh sure sometimes you have to turn down business offers from prostitutes (politely - oh thanks! but some other time!) or decline assistance to the local drunk (I just can't tonight, best wishes), but that has usually been on Mission and South Van Ness and farther South. easy.

about 20 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

Yom Kippur

true and I always had to be Vashti - meaning maybe one speaking line which was usually just a gurgle (my older sisters and cousins produced/directed any and every event).

yes Sukkot is more kid-friendly if I think about it.

about 21 hours ago
hill food in Kosher

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

better yet get takeout at the Ferry Bldg. and stroll up to the pedestrian pier at the foot of Pacific, stretches maybe 1/4 mile into the bay and in good weather is a glorious detour spot for lunch (keep any adult beverages and your behavior discreet and nobody'll care)

about 21 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

MagicMarkR - re transit times - to be fair I like looking out of windows as the streetscape goes by so I'm biased. nuthin' better than playing hooky and taking the slow bus to the beach alone with no phone IMHO.

about 21 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

FoodTrippin: I didn't really think you were jumping on me, it's always a shifting landscape, the SF of 2014 is NOT the SF of 2004 or 94 or etc. I was afraid you thought I was being an asswipe or a naif.

hey it's not NYC yet!

"hey asshole you dropped something!"

me: oh wow a loose $10 came outta my pocket

him: "what you want I should wipe your ass too? sheesh"

me: "thanks!" well he was just trying to be nice in his own way (and he was)

about 21 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

oh yeah? that's 'cause you're a doody head and your name is doody.

this is a silly thread (never stopped me before), just don't anybody deny me what I want (within reason) and I won't deny you. Ketchup? go ahead - no skin off my ass you sad bastard.

There's an old Haitian proverb: "Whether you know it or not, your funeral is at 5 o'clock"

about 22 hours ago
hill food in Features

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

that's not funny.

about 22 hours ago
hill food in Features

Paste-Based Marinades on chicken thighs

hmm, I do a dry rub of whatever catches my fancy and include some brown sugar to help the surface items cook (well ok it's more a shake'n'bake type thing in a ziploc bag than a 'rub') and after maybe a couple of hours or more put in the liquid, being sure to include something acidic and something salty and some kind of oil. how long are you letting it sit? many recipes say at least 30 minutes but I give it a good 3 hours as a minimum, overnight if I have warning.

I doubt your grilling is wrong since you have had other successes, I'd say it's the changeover to a paste from a liquid that's the stumbling point. that's why I tossed my dry and wet process into the discussion as it eventually turns into a paste sort of thing.

sometimes I keep part of it off until the end, like the yogurt, on a regular old grill I'd probably save that for the last 1/3 of cooking, lid down <edit> I generally leave the lid down for chicken all through the process </edit>. the other day after the (bone-in, skin-on) thighs came off the grill there was a bowl of quick pickled scallion and pureed lemongrass to smear over each.

and some days you have to ask "is this a marinade or is it really a baste?"

about 22 hours ago
hill food in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

well that's a bit rough, certainly the ESL/EFL folks get a hall pass. I was not specific enough: since SF is a city of transients, if one can't be bothered to spend a moment to share a tiny amount of information as almost everyone at some point was new...

more than once I've witnessed people getting snapped at for just asking a simple question. bad day I guess, immediately 4 or 5 bystanders usually offer advice and shoot the ass some hard looks (who by that time is chagrined and studying something far away).

point being 9 out of 10 times (or better) any question will be met politely. heh, one time I was in Cala (back when it was still there at Hyde) and someone's babushka thought I looked Russian and started going on about something or other in Russian, I didn't blow her off, instead I called my ex who speaks some and put him on the line. turned out she was trying to figure out if her coupon was still good. that I think is more representative.

about 23 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

"gangs, homeless, urban weirdos" and "posh hipster restaurants one area, two block over and it can feel very sketchy"

some can say the same for Union Square.

but I do agree with the comment about gangs and their rivals, whenever I've lived in areas known for gang activity, most people were left alone, the only people they targeted were ones they knew and bore a grudge.

about 23 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

what are they charging for the cable car these days anyway? I forget - something ridiculous for being jammed into a space more intimate than I feel comfortable with including even those who I'm uhh, intimate.

as pointed out, the F-line is much cheaper, easier and even a bit more scenic than the cc's.

about 23 hours ago
hill food in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

and never be afraid to ask directions, most people in SF, once engaged are quite happy to give directions etc. if not then they're asses who need to move back to whatever hole where they were spawned.

do bring the phone just in case since pay phones are so rare anymore, just leave it turned off.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is such a solemn occasion of introspection, if your son is very young I wonder if he'd 'get' it. (not that there's ever any harm in trying to spread understanding - and I say sooner better than later)

but it's not much fun on the sliding scale of holidays. Purim is better at engagement for a child.

1 day ago
hill food in Kosher

venison?

7 deer off 2.4 acres? wow. well heck, is it a field between a treeline and a creek?

we're on a 'bit' more than that, very remote and except for off-season poachers it's been 2 or 3 years since anyone has bagged one. but then we're mostly on a ridge with just a few ponds and an intermittent creek down in the valley. (not terribly intent hunters if you couldn't tell)

driving around I have seen a lot more deer this year than in the past few.

1 day ago
hill food in Philadelphia

Restaurant tipping - DC

back when I could expense things corporate said (and I thought a stingy rule, but the puppet masters were in Minneapolis) said a strict 15% on pre-tax. I ignored those guidelines as sometimes they were places I'd go on my own dime. I never got called out on it. and anyway it is easiest to just double the tax than do the math. geometry was my forte, not arithmetic.

never much paid attention to pre or post tax, as if it's a cheap meal we're talking pocket change and if it's a high-end place then the difference is really no more than a glass of wine or less and if you're spending $300+ on dinner, it's really not time to quibble (unless the service was atrocious - but that's what Yelp! and a chat with the manager are for)

Please help ladies with DC recs

a bit OT but the AAM/NPG has got to be by far my favorite art museum in the SI collection, usually even more so than the Hirshhorn (they curate quite good traveling exhibits but the permanent collection gets sorta boring sorta fast, and the food is a cart outside, yet love that building!)

do give yourself extra time as it's interesting how two museums were sort of 'sandwiched' into one bldg. not kept separate but kind of interspersed - makes for cool random encounters.

given your hotel and the purpose of your trip, for some very good restaurants/cafes you will only need to step into a cab or on Metro if you so choose (and DC is off the 'zone' system now so cabs are a standard meter - oddly still all costs about the same unless it's rush hour).

vegetarian dim sum?

only when you're desperate and there's nothing else in reach.

then, and only then, do you qualify for a dispensation.

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

sorry - I'm usually not so dense and hate making anyone explain a joke or witty remark as that really sucks all the fun out of life.

2 days ago
hill food in General Topics

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

most parts of town you'll spend as much or more time looking for a space as the bus/streetcar would have taken. and taking a few cabs is cheaper than the car rental and the parking. if you want to do a day trip out into the countryside, the majors have facilities near Union Sq.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

that definitely rules out Nob Hill proper as strictly defined (by me) and most of the Financial District.

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

I don't get it... I get not liking canned baby corn, but crab and corn chowder is a natural, so why not toss in some Asian influences?
or crab and corn cakes?

ehh it's been a long day and i haven't been sleeping well of late.

2 days ago
hill food in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

hot and sour shrimp'n'grits congee

heck why not?

2 days ago
hill food in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

well, what are fingers but messier and far less elegant chopsticks after all?

2 days ago
hill food in General Topics

vegetarian dim sum?

heh! I remember the time I took a veg visitor to my favorite cheap'n'good Salvadoran place on 17th St. (Panchita's) for pupusas etc. and they assured us the beans were v/v - lord had there been any more lard in them they'd have been dripping.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

the Western (beach) end of GG Park isn't really a pain to get to, just a little time consuming. once the N-Judah clears 19th Ave it goes fast and an express Balboa or even Geary bus is only a short walk (to me) away from GGP. the Fulton runs all the way along the North edge of the park.

http://sfmta.com/maps/muni-system-map

seeing as all bars stop serving at 2 am and almost all restaurants are long closed by then SF has really only been a late night town for private house parties and ecstasy-fueled dance clubs.

cabs are much better than they used to be. god they sucked up until about 2000 or 2001.

Cooking two chickens in the same roaster

ahh cut-up, well that makes your life easier. my comments about turning were for rotating whole birds in the oven.

otherwise 'stet'

2 days ago
hill food in Home Cooking

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

breading that tastes like a beignet no less (how much sugar is in that stuff?)

2 days ago
hill food in Features