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Casa del Mole and Rufina’s Kitchen in Healdsburg

We stopped in a few weeks ago. K most always goes for the mole dishes, this time swapped out the pollo for camarones. I noticed one of the meats listed that I didn't recognize and asked about it but couldn't understand all of the explanation, except that I could try it in a taco if I wished, which I did.

It was taken out of the meat case and looked similar to dismiel (sp?) without the seasoning on it, think I also had an al pastor and cabeza taco. Everything was excellent including the spicy salsa and chips.

Really nice folks behind the food counter and the market portion as well. It's a must stop for us when in town.

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

Having lived in Deutschland and having enjoyed hassenfpeffer many times, don't believe it was ever with Chenin Blanc. :>P

That said, I've been pleasantly surprised recently by a couple of CA offerings in what I can only assume is the "correct" style at most reasonable prices. Dry Creek Valley is one, iirc, believe the other was from Lake County. I now need to branch out and find a source(s) for some of the French offerings.

All suggestions most welcome.

Cheers,

Dave

Jun 15, 2015
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2015 Tacos Challenge (Van Foodster)

Or as we say down here.... El Crappo de Toro

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

Semillon, Roussane, Marsanne, Tocai Friulano, Arneis, Müller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Vermentino, Malvasia

Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre, Barbera, Primitivo, Maréchal Foch

curious about but have not yet tried Furmint, Ribolla Gialla and Négrette

Jun 13, 2015
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Trinidad Bay Eatery | Trinidad - Humboldt County

Actually I believe I ducked in for a case or two in the meantime while passing through. ;>P

Jun 13, 2015
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Trinidad Bay Eatery | Trinidad - Humboldt County

Your post made me wonder how other places in the area are doing, especially the restaurant in the casino. Found my old write up, can't believe 10 years have slipped by.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/87652

Jun 11, 2015
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Trinidad Bay Eatery | Trinidad - Humboldt County

Thanks for the update, Melanie. Things look even better than our last visit. Katy's is a jewel, we always pick up a case of their small, line caught canned tuna to tide us over until our next visit to the area.

Jun 09, 2015
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Root in SSF. Jiangxi restaurant - has anyone tried this?

The link for the PDF lunch and dinner men downloads didn't function on the other site. A work in progress?

Root in SSF. Jiangxi restaurant - has anyone tried this?

Found the print menu after a few dead ends ....

http://mandaringardenssf.com/menu.html

The Wrath of Grapes

"...even though I *tend* to *generally* dislike the TYPE of wine he favors. There are, of course, exceptions..."

This speaks volumes, Jason, that echoes MY palate for the most part. I have a number of friends and retailers that feel his word is gospel (esp. regarding Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, and the ilk). My response to them usually (TPFIC) is that I look for the ones RP rates 86-89 for there to be a chance that I will enjoy it.

Cheers,

Dave

May 31, 2015
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Falafel Heaven and more at Occasion Bakery [Fresno]

That's great news, thanks Jeff.

Cheers,

Dave

May 31, 2015
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Your cocktail of the year?

Found two quite different recipes, one equal parts of the liquids, the other 3x the gin per parts cherry liq, green chartreuse, and lime juice. Do you prefer the sweet style or the higher octane?

May 25, 2015
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Taquitos Hernandez | Old Town Marketplace - Salinas

Melanie, tried to post this earlier, no idea what happened.

I see an address on the banner, 239 San Juan Grade, which I google mapped hoping to see a brick and mortar place, but it appears to be a residential area.

Do they only serve at the Saturday event? TIA

May 23, 2015
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Decanter’s orange wine tasting: the top 24

Just curious, why is Dirty and Rowdy's Semillon considered and orange wine?

May 18, 2015
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BC / Vancouver board

The top thread is:

VANCOUVER CHINESE FOOD EXPERTS NEEDED! with 7 replies, last on May 14

got the same by clicking on your link. All the other boards I frequent are updating just fine.

May 17, 2015
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BC / Vancouver board

Wondering if there is a problem? Four days with no posts.

May 17, 2015
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Parker: not awarding 100 points “irresponsible”

I much prefer Jason's five item ratings scale giving tribute to Mr. M.G. Krebs, not to be confused with the Krebs Cycle or course.

May 10, 2015
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Central coast seafood. Santa Barbara to Paso Robles on a budget.

They need to update their listings. We've had some great meals at the Ocean Grill. Cross the street from Joe Momma's with a nice view of the water.

Apr 20, 2015
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Road trip up 5 into Oregon

Do a search on this board for Williams, Willows, Chico, Redding, Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta (city), Yreka.

Apr 06, 2015
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Rival oak bottle enters wine market

Then there's the dilemma that once emptied do you stick a plastic flower in it or use it as kindling?

Mar 30, 2015
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Big Sur Bakery - Any reviews or opinions?

Thanks much, can't wait to try it. Great information on your blog BTW, will be sharing the link with friends that have dietary issues.

Cheers,

Dave

Mar 22, 2015
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Big Sur Bakery - Any reviews or opinions?

Care to swap recipes? I can't make myself buy packaged granola anymore, nothing against the BSB, we love the place. Email me via profile if interested.

Cheers,

Dave

Mar 16, 2015
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Monterey / Pacific Grove / Carmel - Solo Dining Rec's ?

Hit 1833 for a drink and tour of the place if nothing else. Hearing about a new chef makes me more intriqued about dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
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WSJ: 6 Great Small Cities for Food Lovers (Sacramento)

Like Melanie, would like more 4K11 from the local hounds. I've kept CH notes on Sacto for the past 12 years, Kru is the only one that I've put on my must try list, The Kitchen has been there some time but the opportunity hasn't arisen, but an inclined to go with the OP's alternatives given feedback over the past few years.. I have The Porch in a list from one hound's recos but with no other info to make me bump it up given my limited dining time in the capitol.

Mar 16, 2015
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Best tacos along Hwy 99?

Correction to the location of Don Pepe's in Fresno above. Should be southeast corner of Blackstone and Gettysburg.

Mar 01, 2015
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Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

You should have also tried the world famouse SF tap water.

Restaurants in Santa Barbara / Santa Ynez / Paso

Makes sense, given the price of their cookies, even though they are pretty damn good.

Feb 12, 2015
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Restaurants in Santa Barbara / Santa Ynez / Paso

RE Cayucos, Ruddels is a tiny fish smokehouse/deli, mainly take out, couple of tables on the sidewalk. Only two decent places have closed (Hoppe's and Cass House). We're here now and it's pretty dismal, Windows on the Water in Morro Bay is the closest upscale place.

Feb 10, 2015
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Thanks soupcon, was beginning to wonder if this was still a food forum.

sadoequinonecrophilia

Why does so little of great German wine, besides Reisling, make it to the USA?

I did find a bottle of Lemberger a couple of years ago up in WA, iirc, aber schade nichts aus Deustschland.

Jan 29, 2015
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