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Old-school sourdough bread?

The main Boudin bakery is on 10th and Geary, in SF. I know that it's a trek from the East Bay, but it might be worth it.

Also, Grace Bakery is in Richmond. Although, I don't know where ... I'm just looking at the info on the wrapper. Their "sourdough pugliese" is sold at Safeway, IS NOT IN PLASTIC, and is reasonably priced. I think it's the closest thing to the "old" SF sourdough.

Dec 05, 2009
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Gold Mirror/Little Joe's ... thoughts?

Thank you. I'm glad to hear that it's the same Gold Mirror. I'll have to get to Little Joe's, and report. I would imagine that they are doing a fairly good business...assuming that they have maintained quality...considering that Original Joe's was sidelined by a fire, a few months ago. Original Joe's was my favorite, and when it was near my workplace, we ate there often.

Apr 19, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Gold Mirror/Little Joe's ... thoughts?

Yes, I agree, and recognize the difference in their formats and ambience. I was just wondering if they had undergone significant dining changes with their restoration and move.

Apr 19, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Gold Mirror/Little Joe's ... thoughts?

Two "hearty meal" Italian restaurants that I used to like are "The Gold Mirror," on 18th and Taraval, and "Little Joe's," (Broadway, then Van Ness and now on Turk).

"The Gold Mirror," closed for extensive renovation a few years ago, and "Little Joe's" made its third move a few months ago. I haven't tried either, since their re-openings. I wonder if anyone has any thoughts or reviews.

Apr 15, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Passover Coke at Lucky in SF

Thanks for the tip. I'm not a huge soft drink fan, but if it tasted more like it did when I was a kid, I might have it more often. I'll pick some up tomorrow, on the way to Stonestown.

Apr 15, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Help? Special occasion restaurant for mom's 85th in SF w/a view, perhaps?

...further afoot...

For an ocean view, The Cliff House is spectacular. It is, however, very pricey.

The House of Prime Rib, on Van Ness, doesn't offer a view, but they create a succulent basic-meat-and-potato dinner. I've been there once in a private room, but I don't know what limits they put on the size of the group.

The North Beach Restaurant is probably "walkable" for the younger folks. No view, here, either. But, it has an array of Italian/American dishes, and a SF "feel." (Note: Any updates on this welcome...I haven't eaten there for 4-5 years.)

Apr 04, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Seafood on Fisherman's Wharf

If you are willing to forego water window views, you might look into Pompei's Grotto, on Jefferson St.. The ambience is trattoria red-checkered tablecloth. The food (including seafood) and prices, are the best on the Wharf.

Many decades ago, Tarantino's was one of the signature places on the Wharf. Today, you will pay over-the-top dollar, for run-of-the-mill food/service.

I've not eaten at Capurro's. So, I can't offer any comments.

Apr 01, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

Hi...I'm (sort of) new to the site.

Thank you! I just checked the cooking board. This is going to be fun.

Mar 25, 2008
CatyL in Site Talk

homemade boursin

I haven't tried to make it, but I have eaten a version it. The hostess who made it, used equal parts cream cheese/butter...it was FAR too rich. And, the poor herbs didn't have a chance to show off their talents. If I were to try it, I would cut the ratio down, considerably. A very tiny bit of butter, for accent, with an infusion of ground pepper, might have balanced it.

Mar 25, 2008
CatyL in Cheese

Leftover lamb leg roast - ideas?

I agree with OCEllen. I save every morsel of meat, and every drop of gravy, for the Sunday after Easter, when we enjoy lamb curry over rice.

Mar 25, 2008
CatyL in Home Cooking

Hi...I'm (sort of) new to the site.

I discovered the "chow" site a couple of months ago, while researching places to buy Italian tuna. This is the first day that I have re-visited, and I'm delighted to find a SF Bay Area regional board. I grew up, here, and try not to be an obnoxious native. I don't eat-out on a regular basis, but I like to cook and shop for great ingredients at the best prices. I will share what I can...and look forward to learning a lot.

Mar 25, 2008
CatyL in Site Talk

OPEN Restaurant is opening 3/28 ... the dinner as the performance?

I think that I might wait for reviews, before rushing to the new "Open."

"Behind-the-scenes," in any industry, can be uninviting...with slaughter and dishwashing, it's practically guaranteed. There are, also, people who contend that anytime an eatery puts emphasis on the visual (beautiful views, etc.), the quality of the food will be sacrificed.

However, it may turn out to be a great experience. I'd not heard of it, and I curious to hear more.

Mar 25, 2008
CatyL in San Francisco Bay Area

New tuna at Costco

I live in San Francisco, but usually shop at the Costco in Santa Rosa while visiting my mom. We found this tuna, in a 6-pack, for (apx) $8...but that was a couple of years ago. I recognized it from an Italian wine-food tasting, that I had attended in the late '90's. Attendees were given some to take home. It was superb. I thought that the Costco offer was too good to be true, or too good to LAST. We check (just in case), each time we shop there. I think that it may have been distributed to Costco by mistake. A friend thinks that the distributors knew what they were doing, and introduced it to the wider Costco clientele, then withdrew it to sell it at a higher price, elsewhere. I have seen it at Whole Foods...for $2-3/can.

Feb 18, 2008
CatyL in Chains