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This one on the CA board doesn't seem to be working

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/997669

Thoughts on these Paso Robles Wineries/Restaurants

Give Kenneth Volk a try, just west of 101 on the S side of 46.

Dec 17, 2014
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Seeking food pairing for garnacha

My first thought was eggplant parmigiana with a meatless marinara sauce.

Dec 16, 2014
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Unpretentious Paso Robles Wineries?

Thanks for the 411 Ed, I recall not caring all that much for them years ago as well, time to give them another shot.

Dec 15, 2014
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Oyster Rookie

I probably used the wrong term, we have rather hefty dinner knives with nice big handles but dull edges. To my mind not much good for anything that needs slicing, other than butter.

Oyster Rookie

Learned a trick some 10yrs ago while wading a foot deep with some locals in the waters of the Hood Canal. Carrying bottles of generic hot sauce in our shirt pockets (have since switched to Floyd and Freds Hot Lime) we would eat one for every 2-3 we tossed in the bucket.

The secret is using an oyster knife with a longer blade (about 6") instead of the usual short ones. Holding the oyster around the hinge parallel to the ground shave the tip where the two halves come together with 3-4 strokes of the blade removing a little each time. You'll first see the individual layers of the two halves, then a small hole appears. Simply insert the tip of the knife and twist. No glove required since you're not jamming a sharp object toward your hand.

Lacking a long blade I imagine a hefty style butter knife would work.

This is messy and should be done outside if possible. I cleaned a bunch that I brought back home over a flower bed which attracted tons of ants. A sink lined with newspaper would probably contain things if you're not doing 8-10 dozen as I was.

Wine for prime rib and traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner?

"...when I was still a teenager (probably back in 1967 or 1968)"

Ah, you young whippersnapper, I was (finally) drinking legally by that time (albeit, cluelessly).

Seriously though Jason, what an excellent summation of what you have tirelessly repeated and "new" advice you have given for those that have only recently discovered this forum.

We are all most fortunate and drinking better for having you here.

Cheers,

Dave

Nov 25, 2014
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5 Out of this World Wineries

How about function over flash? Carlton OR, some very nice wines as well.

http://www.winemakersstudio.com/About...

Nov 12, 2014
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Burmese Kitchen closing, another victim of the out-of-control hi-tech economy. [San Francisco]

Have to wonder if anyone has actually asked Denis at BK? Recall him being most cordial and approachable.

Château Pontet-Canet's second wine loses right to its AOC

Just discovered a bottle of Marty's 1997 gathering dust. Not holding out any hope for it, but recall enjoying it back over a decade ago.

Oct 24, 2014
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Seeking Oregon and Northern Cali hidden gems

Thanks for the tip on Hensel's, but I see from your other post that it is in Crescent City, not Trinidad correct?

Oct 22, 2014
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Cheeseburger & Wine Pairing Rd 2: Zinfandel and Cabernet

Ah, one of my favorite Zin blends. I'd wager the Lytton Springs would have shown nicely as well.

Oct 17, 2014
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Seeking Oregon and Northern Cali hidden gems

Do a search on this board for Trinidad, Arcata, and Eureka for Humboldt Co. To the south do the same for Ft. Bragg, Mendocino (note spelling), Little River, and Gualala. St. Orre's has been a favorite in that area.

Napa and Sonoma Counties are covered on the SF board

Oct 17, 2014
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Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

+ 1 for Richard's on Belmont

Kaya, SW corner of Ashlan and Blackstone, south of the bank. Not sure if it's still in business, billed as Korean food. Weren't impressed our one visit but that was years ago, and it may have been a different name at that time.

Oct 17, 2014
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Cheeseburger & Wine Pairing Rd 2: Zinfandel and Cabernet

What wines were they paired with?

Oct 17, 2014
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Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

Strong second for:

Tacos de Huicho – al pastor (on spit)
123 E 18th St

would also add:

La Costa Mariscos (shrimp plates are the specialty)
716 21st Street @ Q St.

and have heard good things about:

Sarducci's Italian Deli
4530 Stine Road

Oct 05, 2014
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Which cheese & wine pairing? Test of 5 cheeseburgers v. cabernet....

Zin would be my first choice as well.

Oct 03, 2014
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Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

If you are heading up 101 (and not taking Hwy 1 all the way up) you can have some of the best Mexican food you'll find in a little Healdsburg market at:

Casa del Mole and Rufina’s Kitchen - great posole (pozole), tamales en hoja de platano (Oaxacan style chicken w/mole negro) , ponche barely sweetened with natural juices and piloncillo, and fragrant with sweet mulling spices. Loaded with pineapple, apples, and tejocote
434 Center St. (707) 433-4138
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884193

also in H'burg:

Parish Café – Cajun, muffaletta, shrimp & grits, po’ boys
60 Mill St Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-8474
http://www.theparishcafe.com/

Frank & Ernie's Tavern – Cheeseburger lunch deal 11-3pm, daily happy hour
9 Mitchell Lane (707)433-2147
http://www.frankandernies.com/
off Healdsburg Avenue just a block from Healdsburg's Plaza

The Wurst
22 Matheson St, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Bar & Grill: - Makers Mark Manhattan, chili cheese dog, burgers
245 Healdsburg Ave., (707) 433-3333. http://www.healdsburgbarandgrill.comw...

Prosecco out-marketing Champagne

"Sometimes my special occasion is that I made it through the day."

I find this seems to be occurring much more frequently lately. ;>P

Sep 23, 2014
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Robots to replace wine critics?

My scientific brain's first thought was wtf, now wines are ONLY about tannins?

Then I tried without success to recall the last great Danish wine I had tasted.

Sep 23, 2014
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Winery shows faith in synthetic closure

If I understood correctly, it was what the customer had ordered, I think the server was either working on his standup comedy routine or just being a smart ass with tongue firmly planted in cheek. FWiW, I never could create that sound, probably a good thing. Did you post before coffee again, Jason? ;>P

Sep 21, 2014
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Winery shows faith in synthetic closure

Heard tell of one clever server that discreetly broke the seal on the closure while approaching the table, then rolled the neck end of the bottle down the coat sleeve of his inside left forearm and made a popping sound with his mouth as he removed the cap.

Sep 21, 2014
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How to get started?

Jason, what about a nice port or ______, to go with the cheesecake? I had to give up the sweet stuff years ago so pretty much have no clue as to matching with dessert.

Sep 12, 2014
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The Marie Antoinette story is a myth.

I was with you on the body parts, but got lost in the evolution. ;>P

Sep 08, 2014
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Earthquake

This one was called a "slip" type quake, i.e. the movement of the ground was horizontal. The 1994 Northridge was a "thrust" type which is vertical movement which has greater potential for damage. Note that it was a 6.7 (seven time stronger) and at a depth of about 11 miles or so.

Aug 26, 2014
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Earthquake

A magnitude 6 at a depth of six miles is a whole different animal than one at say 30, along with other variables.

Aug 25, 2014
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Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

I tried both, but you know I forgot warp.

Aug 25, 2014
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Dim Sum Club -- XLB worth seeking out? [San Francisco]

Thanks moto, that does look good.

Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

Surprise, a search of Time's website and the Food & Wine section comes up with zilch.

Aug 25, 2014
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Food at Hearst Castle

Are you considering takeout? If so Wm R Hearst State Beach is just south of Sebastian's.

Aug 25, 2014
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