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SD: Dinner at Farmhouse Cafe, pre-dinner drinks?

Jayne's Gastropub was perfect! We loved it and will definitely go back for a meal next time we're in San Diego. We loved the bartender. He really knows his wine.

Aug 03, 2009
cookingodyssey in San Diego

SD: Dinner at Farmhouse Cafe, pre-dinner drinks?

Thanks! I'll check out Jayne's. Friend chose Farmhouse.
Edited to add: Just checked it out and it's perfect. I wonder why I didn't see it before. Thanks again for the suggestion.

Jul 30, 2009
cookingodyssey in San Diego

SD: Dinner at Farmhouse Cafe, pre-dinner drinks?

Walking would be best, but short drive is okay too. Beer or wine preferably.

Jul 30, 2009
cookingodyssey in San Diego

SD: Dinner at Farmhouse Cafe, pre-dinner drinks?

We're driving to San Diego on Saturday and meeting some friends for dinner at Farmhouse Cafe. I'm looking for suggestions for pre-dinner drinks. I've looked at google maps and there doesn't seem to be anything near there.

Any suggestions?

Jul 29, 2009
cookingodyssey in San Diego

Good Eats Near LAX

There's always In n' Out!

Apr 15, 2009
cookingodyssey in Los Angeles Area

Vegan for non-Vegans

Veganomicon, also by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is also a great cookbook. I eat vegan two days a week and use recipes mostly from this cookbook. Everything I've tried has been wonderful. The flavor combination are outstanding and she uses real and mostly easy to find ingredients. I also like the magazine Vegetarian Times, lots of vegan recipes or vegetarian ones that can easily be made vegan.

Mar 09, 2009
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

DYING OF HUNGER IN THE I.E.

Yes, it is open on Hole now. Haven't tried it yet, but some co-workers have and it is good.

Feb 26, 2009
cookingodyssey in California

Weekend Review of Palm Springs--Copleys, Zin, Elmers

Thanks for the reviews. I'm always looking for places in the Desert. Next time you go to Zin, try the adult Mac and Cheese. It's very good.

Nov 20, 2008
cookingodyssey in California

NOVEMBER 2008 COTM: Voting [Ends 10/18]

My vote is for THE ART OF SIMPLE FOOD.

Oct 17, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER DESSERT Cookbook of the Month Suggestion Thread

I'd like to suggest, Alice Medrich's PURE DESSERT. It looks interesting and focuses on quality ingredients.

Oct 17, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

good idea for extra basil?

Basil ice cream is to die for. I just made some last week. It's my new favorite flavor.

Sep 29, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

Raw milk

Have you had the nonfat raw milk? I wonder if it is really "raw" if it is nonfat. I assume they just skim off the fat when it floats to the top.

Sep 25, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

What's your "secret ingredient?"

I like using vanilla paste instead of vanilla extract in baking recipes. While the taste isn't dramatically different it is deeper and more intense.

Sep 25, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

Need recs for mod-priced SD restaurant walkable from Conv Center

I can't find Molly's on Marriott's website. It looks like there now is a Roy's. Currant looks good. Do you know their ability for large groups.

We're there 5 nights total. For some of the nights I can go pricier b/c there are a couple foodies in the group. So for those nights I was thinking Oceanaire or Candelas.

Can Neighborhood take large groups and reservations? How about Cowboy Star?

Sep 25, 2008
cookingodyssey in California

Raw milk

Raw milk is sold in grocery stores here in Southern CA. I've been interested in buying some, but have been a little scared.
Based on reading the posts in this threads, it seems I shouldn't buy the stuff in the store b/c it probably wasn't milked that day. Is that right? Has anyone bought raw milk from a store?

Sep 24, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

Better Together

Pears and Manchego cheese
Apples and Cheddar cheese
Tomatoes and Fresh Moz

I love cheese and love fruit! :P

Sep 24, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

Have to go on a cruise, will I die of starvation?

Cruise food is nothing to write home about. There is a lot of it, but not great tasting.
I've been on 3 cruise lines: Royal, Princess, and Regent.

Regent had the best food, but I think it was more about location. It was a Tahitian cruise and the fruit was unbelievable. They served tuna sashimi one day for lunch and it was the best I've ever had. The French bread served at every meal was great and the Tahitian vanilla creme brulee was wonderful.

Princess was better than Royal Carribbean, but I don't remember too much about the food as it wasn't memorable.

Sep 24, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

Need recs for mod-priced SD restaurant walkable from Conv Center

A bunch of us are going to San Diego for a convention the end of October. I've searched the boards and have a bunch of good recs at all ends of the price spectrum. I'm looking specifically for a decent restaurant moderately priced (no more than $30 pp not including drinks). It needs to take reservations and be able to accommodate a large group, 10 to 12 people. Wine list is a plus. I would love to go to Cafe Chloe, but it doesn't seem to be able to accommodate a large group.

It must be walking distance from the Marriott/Convention Center. Walking is a big thing for this group.

We went to Wash DC last year and I have a reputation to uphold with restaurant picks, but of course it was much easier in DC.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 24, 2008
cookingodyssey in California

HP brown sauce... is A-1 sauce the same thing?

I've seen HP at CostPlus World Market. You might want to check there.

Aug 17, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

Cooking Classes

I recommend Hip Cooks, too. I've taken 2 classes from them and I'm ready to sign up for my third.

Aug 15, 2008
cookingodyssey in Los Angeles Area

What is a guarenteed crowd pleaser?

Caprese Salad either served orginal or on toothpicks with a grape tomoto, square of fresh moz, and a folded basil.

Or just a cheese plate in general great cheese.

Jul 03, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

Ready-made dough for baking samosas?

I was just in a Indian cooking class and we used wonton wrappers for mini-samosas. Instead of the traditional triangle shape, We squeezed each on into a little purse. They held together well.

Jun 26, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

a cookbook to cook my way through?

No, I don't--but it's on my wishlist. :)

Jun 25, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

a cookbook to cook my way through?

I think either of Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" books (the original or Vegetarian versions. I'm currently cooking through "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian". I started off the process cooking the recipes in order, but soon got sick of salads (the first chapter).
I like them b/c he explains each food group and always has useful ideas for substitutions. He also doesn't use strange ingredients.

Jun 25, 2008
cookingodyssey in Home Cooking

markets in Rialto/Riverside?

Riverside/Rialto don't even compare to Seattle, so set your expectations low and have an open mind. Cardenas is a chain Mexican grocery store. There is a humongous one in Fontana with a great fresh fruit bar. In Riverside on Arlington Ave, there is a great Cuban restaurant. I think it is called Cuban Cafe. It's very good. Olivia's on Magnolia in Riverside has good Mexican food.

Jun 19, 2008
cookingodyssey in California

Really Good Graham Crackers?

I made homemade from a recipe in last month's food&wine mag. I thought they tasted like graham crackers and were really tasty, but I didn't roll them out thin enough so they didn't have the graham cracker texture. I'm going to try them again soon.

They were easy to make, btw.

Jun 18, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics

Good tasting menu for pregnant woman

Thank you all for your answers. I also agree the pregnancy restrictions are a little overboard, but I'm not a mother.

We've checked out the menu at Melisse and probably will go therefor our first trip out. We'll look at Grace now too.

Jun 02, 2008
cookingodyssey in Los Angeles Area

Good tasting menu for pregnant woman

Is there a fine dining establishment in LA that has a tasting menu that is safe for a pregnant woman? Or does not require the whole table to get the tasting menu?

We've formed a fine dining club with a few friends, but one is pregnant and very strict about her intake. I love tasting menus b/c I don't have to think...

May 31, 2008
cookingodyssey in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy beignet mix in the OC?

Cost Plus!

May 31, 2008
cookingodyssey in Los Angeles Area

Latest addiction

Halloumi cheese. I just tried it for the first time last week and I can't get enough of it.

And strawberries, of course. I've been buying them by the bucket load at the farmer's market every week.

Apr 30, 2008
cookingodyssey in General Topics