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Spain report, Part 3 - Cadiz and Jerez

Great report - thanks!

Dec 16, 2014
Eris48 in Spain/Portugal

raw spanish peanuts - where to buy ??

Any success, Gordon?

Also, what about already-roasted spanish peanuts in bulk? Rainbow used to carry these, but stopped after some dispute with the distributor over their definition of "organic" ... Can't find them at Whole Foods and the stuff in the can at most stores (Planters "redskin peanuts") is made with soybean oil!

Apr 28, 2014
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dang Butterscotch Rootbeer

Bought it at the Fizzary about three months ago. Not sure if it's still there, but the proprietor is great about ordering stuff if you ask for it.

In LA, Galco's is always a good bet.

May 15, 2013
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian Hong Kong?

We're headed to HK for three days. Any recommendations for vegetarian-friendly fare? We'll definitely head to Pure Veggie House on Garden Road for dim sum, but would love to hear any other suggestions.

Also, any reports on Chilli Fagara? Their menu looks great and they have the Michelin star, but is it overrated?


Dec 08, 2012
Eris48 in China & Southeast Asia

Grocery Outlet-April 2012

Did you get the coupon from the Oakland store?

Apr 09, 2012
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarians visiting Seattle from SF

Thanks to all for your suggestions! Plum Bistro, Sitka & Spruce, and Bar Ferd'nand sound like musts. And we will strike Barking Dog - thanks, Christy. Seems like there are plenty of places to drink great NW beer without a zoo atmosphere!

Anything else to add, especially in the breakfast or lunch categories?


Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Plum Bistro
1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Aug 16, 2011
Eris48 in Greater Seattle

Vegetarians visiting Seattle from SF

My wife and I are spending four days in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. Our main agenda is good food and drink. We are both lacto-ovo vegetarians, but are happy to eat at "regular" places that offer something good for us. We're staying in Capital Hill, but we'll have a car.

We live in San Francisco, so we have no need for good ethnic food, nor for noveau-California style fare. What we're looking for is really good regional Pacific Northwest, or one-of-a-kind places - stuff we can't get at home, in terms of food, drink, or ambiance.

Here's what we have planned so far. Please disabuse me if any of these places are lousy, and clue me in to what we're missing! Cost is not a big issue, and we're happy to eat up to five meals a day if necessary.


Georgetown Liquor Company
Hillside Quickie's

Eltana (no Montreal bagels in SF!)
Cafe Flora

Brouwer's Cafe
Stumbling Goat
Barking Dog Alehouse

What should we add? Many thanks in advance!

Cafe Flora
2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Barking Dog Alehouse
705 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Aug 14, 2011
Eris48 in Greater Seattle

Two weeks in Sicily - Need some specific suggestions!

Looks wonderful. Thanks for the rec!

Any more out there?

(BTW: As compensation, I will be sure to post a full report on the trip when I get back!)

Apr 26, 2011
Eris48 in Italy

Restaurant to buy out for rehearsal dinner?

OK, many months later, the report ...

We went with Mercedes Cantina in FiDi (thanks for the rec, tatertot!) They were by far the most accommodating and most affordable place we looked at. And unlike most places (even small ones), we had the entire restaurant to ourselves.

The food, drinks, atmosphere, etc. were perfect for what we wanted: casual, lively, and fun. We hooked up a wireless mike to the sound system to do toasts.

Added bonus: we arranged for the Twirl and Dip softserve truck to come by around 9 PM. Needless to say, it was a BIG hit with our guests!

Thanks for all the help ...

Apr 26, 2011
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Two weeks in Sicily - Need some specific suggestions!

Yes, that is very much on our radar screen! Anywhere else in town to recommend, for a more substantial meal?

Apr 26, 2011
Eris48 in Italy

Two weeks in Sicily - Need some specific suggestions!

My newly-minted wife and I are leaving this weekend for a two week honeymoon in Sicily. Very exciting! Here's the catch: we are vegetarians (dairy and eggs are fine, as is fish in small quantities, but no shellfish, red meat, etc.). We have spent time in Palermo and eaten VERY well despite our dietary restrictions. Our itinerary this time is taking us a little further afield, though, and we need some advice. We are aware of La Foglia in Siracusa and have a solid plan for Palermo, but beyond that ...

Our itinerary is below - any recommendations are greatly appreciated. There are also some specific requests for suggestions from knowledgeable 'Hounds! We will have a car and are willing to make a trek for a great meal.

- 4 nights in Noto
- 3 nights in Monreale/Palermo
- 3 nights in Erice
- 3 nights in Lipari

Specific requests:

- Lunch near Fontanarossa Airport?
- Dinner in Noto?
- Dinner in Modica?
- Lunch in Caltagirone?
- Best pizza in Monreale? (I'm told there are many good options)
- Dinner in Trapani?
- A good bar in Marsala to sample a range of local wines?
- Best places, island-wide, to eat artichokes in season? (This is basically the whole reason we're going)

Many, many thanks in advance!

Apr 26, 2011
Eris48 in Italy

Wild Nettle and Pecorino Pizza at Pizzaiolo (Oakland)

There was a great nettle, aged provolone, and preserved lemon pizza at Ragazza last week. Would have liked a bigger helping of the greens, though - as it sounds yours had, Melanie!

Jan 21, 2011
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet January 2011

I have found that the RWC store consistently has a poorer selection than either the East Bay stores or the San Jose stores. Do other people agree?

For clarity, Ruth, the Pomi tomatoes are in Berkeley?

Jan 04, 2011
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant to buy out for rehearsal dinner?

I looked into The Box, but it's quite pricey even before you get a caterer involved.

Interesting idea with Perbacco - is the upstairs space nice? (I.e., comparable to the vibe of downstairs.) I wonder if Barbacco would be open to a buyout?

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Dec 01, 2010
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant to buy out for rehearsal dinner?

You make an excellent point.

Nov 30, 2010
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant to buy out for rehearsal dinner?

Very good leads so far ... thank you for the help!

Pauline's is an interesting idea, although I have to say that I don't love their pizza. The price is good, though - especially considering it includes tax and tip!

Any other suggestions?

Nov 30, 2010
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant to buy out for rehearsal dinner?

I know I can count on the Hounds for help ...

I'm planning a wedding rehearsal dinner for roughly 80 people in April. (Everyone's invited, not just family.) The intention is for casual, stand-up food and drink. I'm guessing that the best bet will be to buy out a smaller restaurant and ask them to open the bar and just keep bringing food out until people stop eating it.


1) In San Francisco. Ideally Embarcadero/FiDi/Union Square/SOMA/Mission/Castro, and accessible by BART or Muni.

2) Willing to do a buy out on a Friday night. (OR have a separate space for 80 people.)

3) Good service, but casual atmosphere.

4) Good with vegetarian food.

5) Pizza would be a plus.

6) A cool space.

Our first thought was Beretta, but they don't do buyouts - their only offer was their downstairs room, which only seats 40 (and is frankly much blander than the upstairs).

Second thought was The Plant on the Embarcadero, which satisfies all of the above - except that the food just hasn't been that good the past couple times we've gone.

Please help! Thanks!

Nov 30, 2010
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

What are the places/things that SF does better than Boston? [moved from Boston board]

The best banh mi in SF is at Little Vietnam Cafe in the Inner Richmond - definitely has superior ingredients (esp. bread) to Saigon Sandwiches, and cleaner, and friendlier.

However, BJK ... the best banh mi in the U.S. (ok, that I've had, which includes lots of places in New England, New York, LA, and the Bay) is right in your home town of Boston: Mei Sum in Chinatown (on Beach St.). Done.

Little Vietnam Cafe
309 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

Sep 29, 2010
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Amazing Almond Milk Price War at Safeway

I've been drinking almond milk as an expensive indulgence for a few years - I think it tastes much better than either soy or rice milk, but historically it cost about $5 for a half gallon. The only decent brand was Almond Breeze by Blue Diamond.

That seems to have changed with the introduction of almond milk made by Silk a couple weeks ago. Safeway had it at an "introductory price" of $2.79 (regular price $3.99) - an amazing bargain. I bought it - and received three coupons for Almond Breeze, one for a free half-gallon and two for $1.50 off a half-gallon!

So yesterday, I went to cash in my first coupon. (At this point, Almond Breeze had lowered their price to match the $2.79.) After claiming my free half-gallon, I got yet another coupon - this one for a free half-gallon of Silk almond milk, the one I bought in the first place!

So if you do the math, I've now gotten three half-gallons of the stuff for my initial $2.79 investment - less than a dollar a piece, not to mention the two coupons I still have that will bring the price down to $1.29 for subsequent purchases.

I can't promise that you'll get this deal too, because I don't fully understand Safeway's coupon-granting scheme, but it seems that right now competition is really working for the customers.

As an aside, the two brands are both good, although Silk definitely has a more pronounced "almond" flavor, which I kind of like. Both are better than Trader Joe's brand (formerly $1.99 for a shelf-stable quart, but now down to $1.69 - I assume as a consequence of the price war?), which is more chalky. Also, I only buy the Original flavor of all of these, because the Vanilla is cloyingly sweet.

Feb 06, 2010
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable Parmesan?

OK, I am now the proud owner of nearly two pounds of Costco Parmigiano ... delicious; definitely the real thing. Only $11.29 a pound - just what I was hoping for.

So how do you "store it right"? Because I'm not going to polishing this off this week.

Feb 12, 2009
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable Parmesan?

I know food prices are up across the board ... but I still have to imagine that there's a place in the Bay Area that sells real Parmigiano-Reggiano for less than $16 a pound. Any suggestions?

I miss $9.99 Parmesan at the Fairway!

Feb 11, 2009
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Superlative Sandwich Report from Providence

Just visited the Hudson Street Market in Providence's Armory District. Had the vegetarian sandwich, which was outstanding. I might go so far as to call it the best sandwich in Providence if not all of New England. I'm basing this on quality of ingredients (which is top-notch) as well as quantity (which is completely mind-blowing compared to other "sandwich" shops in town like Geoff's, whose sandwiches hardly qualify as an appetizer).

The vegetarian sandwich: they split an entire loaf of (good-quality) Italian bread down the middle and fill it to the brim with avocado, tomato, sprouts, pickles, tasty olives, hot peppers, carrots, tofu, and your choice of cheese and condiments. To the brim. And bear in mind that this is an entire loaf of bread, not slices. And this goes for: $9. A lot for a sandwich? Yes, but this one easily feeds two people, and could probably suffice for a family of four. They also have half sandwiches for ... half the price. Other sandwiches run the gamut of standards, and they're willing to make you just about anything you ask for.

Add to that great soups, homemade desserts, locally brewed sodas, friendly staff, and outdoor seating (on nice days) and you have a top-notch sandwich shop.

68 Hudson St. Providence, Rhode Island

Great Vegetarian Dumplings in the Bay Area?

Some great suggestions here ... thanks for the advice!

Aug 04, 2008
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

Great Vegetarian Dumplings in the Bay Area?

Seems like every place known for its dumplings has outstanding pork, beef, XLB, etc. options but their vegetarian dumplings always are an afterthought? Where can I go to get superlative vegetable dumplings?

Aug 02, 2008
Eris48 in San Francisco Bay Area

East West Grille in Hartford?