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What Foods have You Eaten That Were Past The 'Best By' or 'Expired Date'

Yogurt as long as the top wasn't distended. I usually do any canned goods, I've kept eggs for months and eaten them to no ill effect. Box juices too.

As long as it smells ok, the package isn't bulging or have a fur coat, should be good. :)

Feb 18, 2014
bdachow in General Topics

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

Oh to have a DW....I can keep dreaming!

Feb 14, 2014
bdachow in Not About Food

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

Your behaviour is definitely not unusual or unique. I don't have a dishwasher and I don't have a ton of dishes so I'm constantly cleaning to re-use. Plus in the summer here in Bermuda, if I leave anything out too long, it attracts the ants hence the cleaning compulsion.

Feb 12, 2014
bdachow in Not About Food

Kits Happenings

Am buying the Little Sheep packs from T&T. They have2 kinds, the spicy one and a regular herbal/plain one. Love the spicy one as do many of my friends down here, we moderate it a bit by not dumping the entire contents of the oil packet. Lol. Otherwise, pretty tasty. The plain was interesting, i may stick to a plain miso one next time though, the herbs in it remind me too much of my mom's herbal soups as a kid which took me hours to swallow.

Jan 05, 2014
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kits Happenings

Alas....back to the packaged stuff. :(

Dec 26, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Beaucoup Praise for Beaucoup Bakery

Have been in twice now and not had bad service on either occasion. First was this past weekend, had mini chocolate croissants, cheese croissant, cinnamon scroll and the peanut butter cookie. Everything was really good. Croissants were flaky and buttery, leaving a lovely butter flavor finish and a mess of shards everywhere. Cookie extremely rich and decadent, major peanuty flavor, the filling was so light and mousse like almost. Scroll was crunchy and had a lovely intense flavor. Second trip had a cheese and onion scone, tropical scone, americano and latte. Was surprised how much i enjoyed my americano, was smooth and not acidic with a sweet flavor. Much better than one I had at Elysian before. Scones were big thumbs up, very light, crunchy outside, tender and moist and buttery inside. Tropical is macadamia, pineapple, coconut and white chocolate. Really enjoyable. Fortunately, am staying around the corner so gonna try again to try the koigh (sp?) amann. They were out by the time we rolled over. Coffee is 49th parallel I believe.

Dec 24, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

BERMUDA in December

Glad to hear that everything was wonderful. Ascot's has always known how to treat its customers and glad you enjoyed the pastry shop.

Dec 24, 2013
bdachow in Latin America & Caribbean

Kits Happenings

Thanks GE! Counting down days!

Dec 17, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Let's See How Smart You Are....

Lol, I got 7. Apparently I should stay put in Canada and strangely I got the China one wrong (and I'm Chinese), Mom always told me about the starving kids in Africa.

Dec 12, 2013
bdachow in Not About Food

Kits Happenings

Ooohhhhh....I've taken to buying the pre-packaged hot pot soup mixes from them at T&T and really quite enjoy them (although it was way too hot here still last weekend when I whipped it out), can not wait to actually try their store front. Alas, I'm guessing not opening before the new year?

Dec 12, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Portuguese egg tarts: where do you get yours?

GE, did you try them at Cafe Bica yet? Will be back in town over Xmas with the Portuguese fiance (yeah me!) in tow and looking forward to some good Portuguese egg tarts. GIsle is conveniently located for me.

Nov 29, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

Definitely not, with a winemaker for a cousin and my parents generation called the Frowny people by my young niece, it takes more drinking to get me through a family meal without wanting to get up and walk right out on them. After 60 years of being siblings, you'd think my mom would eventually stop squabbling over the same arguments. *roll eyes*.....

Thank goodness it's usually once a year now that I live abroad. :)

Nov 27, 2013
bdachow in Not About Food

BERMUDA in December

Did you get to try Tribe Road Kitchen when you here last? Corner of King Street and Reid Street in Hamilton?

In Dockyard, there is the pastry shop that does sandwiches, it's closer to BoneFish, in a little courtyard, next door to the crew sleeping quarters. I love their quiche and you can get a nice loaf of bread from them for your breakfasts.

In town, on Court Street, upstairs from Chewstick (not sure what the cross street is), there's a chicken and waffle joint that I haven't gotten around to trying yet.

By Elbow Beach hotel, near the residents area, there is a little place called Thyme that opened recently, again, I haven't made it there yet.

Southampton Princess has the Gastropub which replaced the Newport Room. I'm a big fan of the burger and steak tartare. Open for dinner only I believe. Not sure if they'll switch to winter hours as well come December.

Otherwise, more upscale is Red Steakhouse in town. The usual, steakhouse fare. I prefer their lunch to their dinner, steak salad was very nice.

That's all I can remember off the top of my head.

And of course, congratulations on 25 years. Wishing you both all the best for another 25!

Oct 24, 2013
bdachow in Latin America & Caribbean

CHOW Reviews: Magic Bullet Express 17-Piece High-Speed Blender Mixing System

I inherited one from my BF. Use it to grind coffee beans and smoothies and that's it. Everything else, I have a knife for or my handy Bamix for making soups. :)

Sep 28, 2013
bdachow in Cookware

Bermuda Birthday Trip Dinner Plans

I like Wahoo's especially for their wahoo preparations since it's a fish that easily dries out if overcooked slightly.

Dinner at The Point is nice, I had a very nice dinner there quite a while ago but have never made it back (it's a bit of a trek for us).

Mad Hatter's is nice, good value for money I think. The fun hats make it a little zany but in a fun way. Sides are served family style and the food is solid cooking but nothing too avant garde.

Not been to Coconuts so defer to Athena for that. I'm a big fan of The Dining Room at Gibb's Hill Lighthouse. I like the views over the island and water and food is good when I've been for brunch (it's the same restaurant group as Rustico's mentioned by Athena). If you go, try and request a table by a window.

Good luck, welcome back and happy pre birthday!!!!

Aug 30, 2013
bdachow in Latin America & Caribbean

The Reefs Bermuda

Ditto, although it might have been more than a year when I went for dinner, service was excellent, food was terrible. May have to put it back on the visit list.

Jul 01, 2013
bdachow in Latin America & Caribbean

Bermuda Restaurant Recommendations

It's not super strict about the smoking, in buildings yes, outside on the street, don't think anyone fusses.

Good luck with the ginger beer, it's obviously a personal taste thing, some like it more "gingery" than others. :)

Jun 28, 2013
bdachow in Latin America & Caribbean

Bermuda Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks very much for reporting back on your experience. Am glad that you and your husband were able to work out logistics relating to his wheelchair use and that you had some good meals. I often forget about the entire tip issue since it's become second nature to me that it's automatically included here.

As for the Dark & Stormy, to be most authentic, use Barritt's Ginger Beer and Gosling's Dark Seal Rum. However, many bars in the US sub a Jamaican ginger beer due to availability, it really just comes down to personal preference. Good luck with coming up with your version!

Jun 26, 2013
bdachow in Latin America & Caribbean

5 Days in SF/Napa

If you haven't reserved for dinner at Redd and they're Full. Maybe try them.for lunch instead. Sorry for.the fat finger typos.

Jun 24, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

5 Days in SF/Napa

Solage is a great spa. I went with girlfriends a couple years back and had a great experience.

As for wineries, I did Robert Biale (felt very wine geek-ish), then our tour through Sonoma did Saintsbury (very relaxing, tasting in the garden, however it was windy so a bit chilly but they had blankets), Scribe (picnic tables overlooking the vineyard, super relaxed and fun different styles of wines, think unoaked chard), Imagery (cool setting, artwork in gardens but was a bit busy and the last of the day so my tastebuds were shot). Then I had an appt at Smith Madrone (super informative but casual, hard to get to but chatting with Charlie, the winemaker and tasting over his desk in the warehouse was fun), swung past St. Clements (had an order to fill) and Ballentine (one of my fave Zins).

Good luck and you'll have loads of fun, I know I want to go back already!

Jun 24, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

5 Days in SF/Napa

Mark,

Just got back and I promised I'd comment on the Westin. Location was nice, just up the block from Oxbow Market, very convenient for breakfast as Model Bakery was open early (although I found the sandwich needed a wee bit of salt). Easy to walk around Napa as well. The wifi is spotty though especially if your room is far at the end of the hall, we actually had to change because we got virtually no signal on any of our 4 devices. We had dinner downstairs one night at The Bank, they had a nice enough half bottle selection although we opted for cocktails (being wine-d out). They do happy hour tapas and wine tasting between 5-7 in the lobby, it was a small no tasting room winery on the evening I ventured down. I believe you can park on the street yourself although there was no additional charge to valet the car (aside from tip).

Bi-Rite, worth the wait in line. I preferred the Salted Caramel to the fancy place in Paris on Ile St Louis (?). Comstock, very nice cocktail the waiter recommended based on what I said I liked. Redd, I think well worth it for dinner, was very happy there for lunch, the hamachi and tuna tartare was really refreshing with good textures and flavour. Glazed pork belly was also really good, if not super rich, on it's own, I found it a bit too much but with the apple puree, it really shined.

Taylor's Refresher...loved the garlic fries, they reminded me of fries in Buenos Aires, with the garlic and parsley oil in it. I had a stomach ache and still managed to polish off quite a few they were so good. Had the texas burger, it was good but not great. The toppings made it while I found the patty flavour got lost but great texture on the patty, not overworked. Thought the bun could be better, got a little squishy from the juices.

Mission Chinese is closed for summer holidays until July something. I went to Mission Cheese which I really enjoyed, nice selection and relaxed pace of life.

Sorry for the hodge podge approach and hopefully this helps!

Jun 24, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

I saw that thread and am keeping my fingers crossed that they'll be back up and running when i'm there next week! Is it bad to change your screen saver to be a countdown to vacation? :)

Jun 13, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

Boulevard [San Francisco]

Thanks GE. I was thinking of going to Cotogna the evening we arrive in SF. Don't have a reservation but we land about quarter after 8 so by the time we get to the hotel and checked in, maybe 9, am hoping by that time, it'll have started to fade out a bit.

Jun 13, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

5 Days in SF/Napa

If you want Redd for dinner, book soon. I couldn't get a decent time so am going for lunch instead. I think Addendum is only open certain days?

Am totally stealing your Mission crawl although am doing dinner at Commonwealth. :) Thx in advance.

Jun 06, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area
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Boulevard [San Francisco]

I have an upcoming reservation for a Sunday evening and was debating if I should dump it and try somewhere else instead (Cotogna). The latest comments seem promising, has anyone else been lately?

Jun 06, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

Oooohhh....bacalao! I hope they're able to overcome the bad memories of the BF, he's Portuguese, not fond memories. :)

Jun 05, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

I hadn't planned much driving in the evenings since I'd rather be able both of us to enjoy. I have zero problems spitting during the day. Zuzu appeals with the tapas theme but love oysters. Maybe happy hour oysters first? Any recs on outstanding bites at Zuzu?

Am torn, looking over Boon Fly and Fremont Diner, both look really laid back and menus look good. Preferences?

Am not a big bubbly person, so Sojourn appeals to me more than Taittinger.

Jun 04, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

Thanks for the advice re: backtracking Thursday. I hadn't really thought about the timing with the balloon ride being so early and even with breakfast after at Domaine Chandon, they probably still won't be open yet.

Will most likely walk, like suggested for dinners (assuming that I don't miraculously get a FL reservation). I'm gonna axe Morimoto out of the list, I've been to his NYC branch and although good wasn't totally impressed by the price point. Plus I went there last time I was around, fun but pricey.

Don't suppose you have any thoughts on wineries with good whites?

Jun 04, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

Sure not a problem. I've been following your thread intently to help in my planning as well. So thanks for letting me piggy back! :)

Jun 04, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area

A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

Have spent a couple weeks stalking this board for my upcoming San Fran/Napa trip in 2 weeks. Am super excited even with it being my third trip to Napa valley but my first time planning so not sure about drive times/traffic/ambition (plus I thought someone had mentioned construction on St. Helena Hwy)...so here goes.

Criteria: am a red lover (Zins & Cabs) but need some white recs for a little rounder itinerary. Still have space for two or three more tastings. I'd prefer to stay away from the mass market guys (e.g. Cakebread, Paraduxx, Far Niente) since I can easily purchase big producers here in Bermuda, so looking for small/mid sized wineries that are harder to source (e.g. went to Ballentine, Conn Creek, Lava Vines, Honig, Frank Family, Del Dotto, St. Clement).

Monday am - pick up rental car downtown SF, any breakfast recs around the Omni?

Lunch: I wasn't sure about drive times/traffic out of downtown SF so booked a 1:30pm lunch at Redd. If we head to pick up the car around 10am, I'm guessing we may be early?

3pm - appointment at Robert Biale (based on stalking since I've never tasted anything from them but someone mentioned Zin and Petite, yum!).

Check in Westin Verispa.

Dinner: 8:15pm at Ad Hoc (I've eaten there when it first opened and really enjoyed it) but reading some reviews leads me to question this reservation. Maybe if we're in Napa early, hit Grace's table for happy hour? (plus we're waitlisted for FL all 3 nights, I was blown away by my previous meal with gf's so want to take the BF for a similar experience.)

Tues: breakfast and lunch provisions from Oxbow, picked up tour of Sonoma (no recs necessary, I've left it in the hands of the tour company which I've used before with great success). No dinner plans. Maybe Zuzu or Hog Island?

Wed: Napa Valley Biscuits for breakfast (I thought about stopping at Bouchon for pastries, is it less insane on a weekday since on a weekend I waited 30+ minutes?!?!?)

11am - Smith Madrone appointment

Lunch - debating Goose and Gander or Gott's for burgers.

Free afternoon, considering hitting Ballentine again since I did enjoy their zins from my last visit (plus they were super nice).

Dinner: ???? (not feeling the love for Bottega, Bouchon, Cindy's)

Thurs: Sunrise balloon ride

Lunch: Addendum takeout for drive back to SF, squeeze in one more winery en-route back to SF?!? We need to be back around 4/5 to return the car, check in to Fairmont and make it to Coi for 7pm.

Any help to fill in some blanks would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for your help in advance.

Jun 03, 2013
bdachow in San Francisco Bay Area