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Safe SF bar crawl for newly-minted 21-yr-old?

My daughter is turning 21 in a few months and want to celebrate in SF with a couple of girlfriends. Any recommendations for "safe" bar crawl itinerary? They will not have a car - taking taxis; I haven't booked their hotel yet (waiting to see which neighborhoods are recommended). Thanks in advance!

The Wedding Won't Go On Without Your Help!!!! [Tucson]

I second the rec for Agustin Kitchen, even though the food can be uneven. The courtyard is REALLY pretty, and some friends of mine had their wedding reception there (they rented out the courtyard for the evening). Another pretty venue with garden space and seating inside as well as outside is Cafe a la C'art, next to the Tucson Museum, and the food is wonderful.
Maynard's also has a lovely patio setting a very good food, although it might be over your budget:
Good luck, and have fun!

Sep 05, 2014
Claudette in Southwest

Jon Favreau's movie, "Chef"

just saw it last night in packed theatre (part of a preview consortium) - great little movie! Smart script, great acting, fun cameos, cute plot. Q and A with Jon afterward revealed him to be smart, funny, and perceptive. I'll have to see it again - the food shots went by too quickly.

Restaurants in Tubac? Elvira's?

$100 is fine for 2 at Elvira's, which is good but pricey.

Apr 25, 2014
Claudette in Southwest

U of A in Tucson for 1.5 days

Cafe Poca Cosa for dinner (you should both order the "Plato" to get a sampling of 6 different moles.
Reilly's and Proper are both near Maynard's, and are very good. Hub is very happening, but the food's a bit heavy (go there for after-dinner homemade ice creams, though). Have fun!

Mar 22, 2014
Claudette in Southwest

Pizzeria Bianco in Tucson-

The last mention of it in the Chow section of Tucson Weekly said February, I thnk.

Jan 05, 2014
Claudette in Southwest

Artisan Cheese in Tucson

I'm not familiar with Blu, but it's getting more press. It might be opening a store or wine/cheese bar in the Mercado on the west side. Also see:

Dec 05, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Really good Southwestern food [Tucson]

Poco and Mom's is a mom-and-pop New Mexican cafe at 22 St x Kolb - casual, friendly, inexpensive, and delicious. It's Southwestern, with lots of hatch chilies.

Nov 19, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Tucson Thanksgiving

That sounds good! BTW: Maynard's is also an option (it's my 3rd fave resto in Tucson); every family-style dinner I've had there has been outstanding. Don't know about their martinis, though.

Nov 19, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Tucson Thanksgiving

Give Primo at the JW Marriott at StarrPass a call - they've usually done special limited menus for Thxgiving. Also check Open Table. Or come over to our place - we have room for four more.

Nov 17, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Breaking News...Food Network won't renew Paula Deen's contract

Thank you for such an eloquent analysis, Caroline1.

Finally- tortilla chips like I remember

Was this in Tucson?

Jun 10, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Hostess Gift For Chef/ Restauranteurs

This is the best idea yet! Can you tell me where you found them? The chef coming over already had tats but he'd be tickled at those. Thanks in advance!

May 09, 2013
Claudette in General Topics

Cherry Rhubarb Pie: tapioca pearls vs. starch?

The only problem with starch is that it makes lumps, so I always make a slurry first with some of the fruit's juices. Quantities are tricky: depends on how juicy the fruit is - each fruit and even each batch of fruit can vary.

May 09, 2013
Claudette in Home Cooking

Chinese Steamed Chicken - recipe please

This was how my mom and grandmother did it and we never got sick. They'd even store the cooking liquid between chickens to use over and over again. They also did this in China with no refrigeration.

May 02, 2013
Claudette in Home Cooking

Need New Ideas for Cold Smoked Foods!

my brother smokes cheese-stuffed jalapenos and olive oil -delicious!

Apr 18, 2013
Claudette in Home Cooking

Tucson, it's been a while since I've gone out for a nice, celebratory dinner. Any rec's for places you've been to recently?

We went to Le Rendez-Vous last Saturday, and I think the front room is really romantic: red canvas ceiling, French flourishes, etc. The food was classic French: traditional, rich - delicious, but I can't eat that much butter and cream any more. They comped my dessert because it was my birthday, but the cakes were not very exciting. I loved the mussels, though.

Apr 15, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Acini di pepe. Ideas for "pasta and some sauce" vs tossed into soup?

I use it instead of rigatoni in my timpano, because it sets up nicely in the bechamel, and I didn't want any holes. The only thing I don't like about it is that if any drop on the floor, they're hard to find, and can even roll to the next room.

Apr 15, 2013
Claudette in Home Cooking

Bakers' input wanted: Have you ever baked in a True Convection oven?

I've had three convection ovens over the past 30 years, and loved all of them. The only thing that did not turn out well or better was creme brulee - it just would not set, and did not cook evenly nor well (and I've been making creme brulee for many years). Now I just bake custards w/o the convection feature.

I also do not remember to adjust the temp down, but with careful watching for browning, it's fine.

Apr 10, 2013
Claudette in Cookware

Costco: different states, different tri tips?

We moved to AZ recently, and the tri tip at Costco here is longer, flatter, thinner, and has only a one-way grain, whereas the ones in CA (near SF) were shorter, thicker, and had two grain directions. Is this a different cut with the same name, or a differently cut tri tip? I haven't cooked it yet, so can't comment on the flavor or texture yet. Would like to hear your experiences.

Apr 10, 2013
Claudette in Chains

Tucson, it's been a while since I've gone out for a nice, celebratory dinner. Any rec's for places you've been to recently?

For high end we like Primo, Sullivan's, and are going to Le Rendez-Vous for the first time this weekend. We did not like AZ Inn, nor Anthony's.
For mid-range have you tried Reilly's Craft, Hub, Cafe Poca Cosa, Feast, or Downtown Kitchen? I love Maynard's, too.
Happy Anniversary!

Apr 09, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Tucson, where to buy lamb shoulder?

Todays's Sprouts flyer says grass-fed lamb shoulder chops are only $3.99/lb.

Apr 08, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Carrying a cake on the plane.

You won't believe this but I sawTSA take away a person's cupcake once - said the frosting was considered gel. So stupid - because sometimes I get yogurt passed on through...

Apr 03, 2013
Claudette in Not About Food

Tucson, where to buy duck confit?

Have you tried AJ's Fine Foods?

Apr 02, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Need to find a Restaurant for a Surprise B-Day Party in Tucson

The Signature Grill at the Starr Pass JW Marriott has two large back rooms.

Feb 01, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

BBQ in Tucson, AZ?

I agree with DriverPhil, but we make do with the new Mr. K's on Stone, and Catalina Grill at StarrPass. Brushfire on Campbell would be in distant third place.

Jan 27, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Restaurants Convenient to Loew's Ventana Canyon (Tucson)

Check website menus for Acacia, Jonathan's Cork, and Tanque Verde Ranch - you'll find something interesting, I'm sure.

Jan 24, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Restaurants Convenient to Loew's Ventana Canyon (Tucson)

As far as I know, there's no Tex-Mex in Tucson. Loew's has the Flying V, which I've never liked, but my daughter did, so you might want to try it (I haven't been there in over 4 yrs, so perhaps it's better now). bitchincook's suggestion of El Charro might be your best bet.

Jan 22, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

Tucson Qs

Be sure to check Yahoo maps to get more accurate details and locations: Zinburger is about 15 miles from the hotel, and can take 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic (tip: don't take Campbell there - take Stone or 1st Ave instead).They are my 4th favorite burger place; #1 is the burger at Monterey Court Cafe, #2 is the Big Boy at Pasco Kitchen, #3 is Maynard's burger.

Cup Cafe, Maynard's, Hub, El Guero, and a Mariscos are all within about 6 miles of the hotel. Daisy Mae's and Cafe a la Cart (at the Tucson Musem) are all close, too.

Check the older threads for the complete lowdown and controversy regarding Mexican/Sonoran in Tucson. I don't think there's any Tex-Mex here. Have fun!

Jan 16, 2013
Claudette in Southwest

The Best of Tucson

After living here and eating burgers with my teenager for 7 months, my favorites are:
1 - Monterey Court Cafe: truly fire-grilled! almost made me cry.
2 - Pasco Kitchen: Big Boy comes with pork belly and soft egg
3 - Zinburger: gourmet toppings and wine!
4- Culver's: yes, a chain, and not as cute as Freddy's, but the burgers are bigger and tastier than Freddy's, Five Guys, Monkey Burger, In-n-Out...

Jan 08, 2013
Claudette in Southwest