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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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Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

You could have had three cases of 2BC for the same price.

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

Just curious, moto, I assume Z&Y is one of the four, which one am I missing?

Earthquake

Afternoon reports seemed to say that up valley things weren't so bad, but they were talking mainly about restaurants, markets, etc. Is it a different story with the wineries? Thanks so much for your feedback ML, you're all in our thoughts and prayers.

Aug 24, 2014
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Food at Hearst Castle

Sebastian's General Store has long been the oasis for the area. An earlier post this month notes a change of ownership. The good news the new owner is Ian McPhee. There's a link to an article in the OP.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9848...

Aug 24, 2014
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August dinners in Palm Springs area?

So glad to hear the Johannes remains up there after all these years.

Aug 21, 2014
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El Molcajete in Cloverdale, Sonoma County

I've had several places tell me they had to abandon the stoneware due to orders from the health department.

Bantam in Santa Cruz

Aug 13, 2014
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Eating out in Healdsburg

I'd like to give Cafe Lucia, mentioned by Moto on another thread a bump up. We had a great meal there last visit and as mentioned a nice selection of Portuguese wines. About a block south of the park, kind of hidden down a corridor, nice patio as well.

If you're into more casual and Mexican, Casa del Mole y Rufina's Kitchen is a must, the posole was outstanding.

Central Coast Updates

Yep, RIP unfortunately I fear.

Aug 05, 2014
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The Best Pancakes and Waffles in the Monterey Area

OMC was my other go to place, esp. if I had to be in DT Monterey also had a great breakfast at WW, however haven't been back to either one in several years.

Maybe a local or more frequent visitor will chime in, I'd like an update also.

Cheers,

Dave

Aug 03, 2014
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The Best Pancakes and Waffles in the Monterey Area

Might give Toastie's in PG a try, across from Passionfish and the Post Office on Lighthouse.

Aug 03, 2014
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Good takeout food in Paso Robles or Templeton?

Touch of Mexico has great pupusas (and other things) right in downtown Templeton. You could have the curtido and salsa packed separately.

Touch of Mexico
105 S. Main @ 1st St.

Pier 46 Seafood Market makes some nice sands & burritos
1131 Rossi Rd.

Jul 28, 2014
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Sorry, another I-5 and Hwy 99 question!

Just so you're aware, the Karl's special is enough for two, unless you are really hungry. It does reheat nicely though. Have a great trip and be sure and report back.

Jul 28, 2014
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Sorry, another I-5 and Hwy 99 question!

Four miles north of Kingsburg is Selma, home of the original Sal's Mexican Food. They are best known for their Fancy Burrito, and my favorite, the Karl's Special Burrito, made from the meat of their excellent slow braised ribs. Just a few short blocks off the 2nd Ave exit on 99.

Jul 27, 2014
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White Pinot Noir

Highly recommend a visit to the Carlton Wine Makers Studio if you happen to be in the area.

Jul 21, 2014
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Wine country central location

Hey Melanie, would you happen to know how the Bottle Barn on Industrial Dr. is for selection and prices for Sonoma County wines?

Would love some help on really beautiful settings and budget finds in Vancouver and Victoria? Breakfast, lunch, drinks and apps? Someplace with a special setting we won't see in Los Angeles? (Even if we have to put up with good, not great food?)

Unfortunately, the you tube video "is not available in your country" down here in the lower 48. Who did we piss off NOW? ; >P