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Our Point Reyes vacation

Thanks to this board we had some wonderful meals while staying in Inverness. We drove 5 hours from Yosemite and checked into our (amazing) B&B, then went to Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station for dinner. We were both kind of wiped out, so ordered two appetizers each, all wonderful. I had oysters (as I did each night in the area) and an heirloom tomato salad; my husband also had the salad and grilled baby octopus. All very good, and just right after a long day. The place is lively (read: a bit noisy).

So because it's food, I will highly recommend the breakfasts at Osprey Peak B&B-- check it out.

The next day we spent the day hiking in Point Reyes, but on the advice of our B&B host first went a couple miles out of our way to get lunch supplies at Perry's Deli in Inverness Park. I highly recommend this "gourmet deli" for anything you could possibly want for a picnic.

After a long day of hiking Tomales Point, we cleaned up and then went to Sir and Star in Olema. This is definitely a quirky place; the woman who seated us (an owner? I think) was verrrry low key but friendly. (The next day our hosts asked us about "the service" and I said that some of the staff seemed slightly stoned!) She made some wonderful recommendations and even brought us each a small complimentary glass of sparkly mead because she thought it would complement our appetizers. I highly recommend the "faux gras" (not faux duck, just not produced in the now-illegal way). Everything we had there was beautifully prepared and presented.

Our final day for dinner we took a long drive (about an hour) up to Bodega Bay to go to Terrapin Creek. I really loved this place as well. It's busy and informal, with fantastic food and a very friendly vibe. The drive back in the dark, dodging many animals in the road, was another story!

(Our final evening in the area was spent in San Francisco, where we ate at Slanted Door. Loved that place as well; I'd eaten there on my own on a business trip a year or two ago and loved it)

Sep 28, 2014
DGresh in San Francisco Bay Area

zeytinia trouble? [Croton]

where is the location of A&S? Not that it matters much to me, as the Montrose location (not really Montrose per se) is already a stone's throw from me.

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

I always wonder that sort of thing. Why draw attention to not producing what you intended?

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

not enough time? I don't recall the time limit, but I thought eggs done that way require 40 minutes or so

Sep 24, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

yeah I was being sloppy

Sep 23, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News
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Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

I have a grammatical quibble here. What is shown on those cookies is not a vagina. I have the same quibble with Project Runway's constant refrain "we can see her vagina!" Somehow, I doubt it.

Anyway, I guess there are all types in this world.

What are the most overrated restaurants in Westchester?

it's on 9A in Croton, north of Chase and all that. Near the Senasqua road exit. I went once and was underwhelmed. Any place that serves steamed spinach and wild rice mix with EVERY ENTREE ("no substitutions") is unimpressive to me. Maybe they've changed since; I went years ago. It just seemed very ordinary (though I did appreciate the variety of oysters, and it was there I learned that I prefer Pacific to Atlantic oysters)

Can Richard Blais Save the Food Network? A Look At His New Show, Hungry Games

I went to Bryan V's Volt restaurant a year or two ago, and he does lots of "fancy stuff" but it was to a purpose (IMHO). I loved it.

Sep 22, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Is pasta making just time and practice?

yeah, my atlas only goes up to 7, and I typically stop at 6. I've never had trouble with the slicing part of the process.

Sep 22, 2014
DGresh in Home Cooking

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

that doesn't make sense to me. A simmer is a simmer, no matter what the pan. If you wait to put it in until the water is at a simmer, then start counting, the pan should not matter.

Sep 22, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

How do you over do an egg? If you are at the altitude you are comfortable with, isn't it just a matter of doing the right number of minutes and seconds? I don't get it.

Sep 22, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I guess it's more that my definition of bee-itch (in relation to reality TV-- not life!) requires a much "higher" level of behavior than what she exhibited in season 1. Unfortunately, I think bad behavior on TV has "evolved".

Sep 22, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

Surprised me that they said he was from Maryland. I checked, he was born there, but is associated with California. I half expected his brother instead, since he really does cook and work in MD.

Sep 21, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Blue Hills at Stone Barns, worth the trip?

Have to agree with you. We've spent the last few days in Western Marin county, and *every* restaurant is farm-to-table, within 20 miles and all that. And it's not precious, it's *normal*, and "can I get you another beer with that". And at about one fifth the price. (And really delicious!)

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I guess I didn't think that the time thing was that bad. There are rules, and she was being strict about them. Doesn't seem like a jerk (at least to me)

Sep 12, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

yeah, I've just been catching up on the first three seasons that I missed "real time", and there's no way that Tiffany was other than "strident". Certainly not as bad as she's been made out to be. And the same with Marcel in season 2. I thought he was totally bullied, and was not in any way a "bad guy". He got ganged up on from the beginning.

Sep 12, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Olive Garden investor cries 'too many breadsticks and not enough wine'

"doesn't salt the water for the pasta" ? That's a hanging offence as far as I'm concerned. And more wine is always a good idea.

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

I had the same thought about the "scallops". I thought that course was supposed to be a "meat substitute". To me, that means that you get your protein one way or another. A mushroom is a pretty poor "meat substitute" in that sense.

Sep 12, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News
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Szechuan peppercorns in Westchester?

My supply is running low; White Plains or so and north is preferred. Does HMart or Golden Village carry them?

Master Chef 9/8 spoilers

yeah I also thought the truffled lobster mac and cheese was so predictable. And the judges certainly seemed to give bonus points to the ones given "hard" family favorites. Leslie didn't really have an advantage, since they were folding in the difficulty of the task. And somehow I doubt Christian's gumbo was really that good, it was good given the time constraint.

Sep 10, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

It probably won't be perfectly done at the exact number of minutes after you put it in that they say it will. Check early and often.

Sep 08, 2014
DGresh in Not About Food

All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

So if a recipe calls for Heinz ketchup and you have a different brand, you'll go out and buy Heinz? if so you're more precise than I am.

Sep 07, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Authentic recipe for mapo tofu?

I made this one last week and it was REALLY good. I used silken tofu (unspecified firmness) and it held together fine.

Sep 07, 2014
DGresh in Home Cooking

Top Chef Duels, 9/3 Burke vs Takashi, SPOILERS, another profane and increasingly violent recap

I also enjoyed this episode. They were clearly enjoying the crazy challenge. And lord, that complaint about Burke's dessert was ridiculous.

Sep 07, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

reminds me of a spoof magazine that had a Martha Stewart article about "making your own H2O"

Sep 05, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

as someone of roughly MK's age, that was a bit insulting; is Gordon much younger? (ETA Gordon is 9 years younger) The way GR shows off his body on Hotel Hell he clearly thinks he's still hot stuff.

Sep 05, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

you're right. By far that would be the best television.

Sep 04, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels: the Knockout (possible spoilers)

I missed the first four seasons of TC and am catching up now on Hulu Plus. They are much more entertaining (even though I know who wins!) than the Duels.

Sep 04, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

They are really good. I've done it with the butternut squash referenced in the recipe.

Sep 02, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

That is a Parisian gnocchi (Parisienne to be fancy); completely different from potato. I've done Thomas Keller's: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Sep 02, 2014
DGresh in Food Media & News