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Girls Who Hate Girly Drinks

I specifically don't give my bartender carte blanche. I am a girl into gin mostly, but I do love an adventure (unaged corn whiskey is my current new fav). Unfortunately, even when I've been very specific about what I like when asking a bartender to give me something new, I end up with sugary girly drinks. I get it. And I know that my friends would love them. But it would be nice to be able to go into a bar focused on specialty drinks and say "I'd like to try something new; the drinks I've been enjoying lately are 209 gimlets, Hendricks martinis, and Aviations." And not end up with something full of sugar syrup, peach schnapps, and grenadine.

So I just order a martini and play around with new drinks at home.

Oct 28, 2009
emmaroseeats in Features

Friends over for BBQ planning questions

You could use Facebook but you might also want to text people. I find I get more responses that way. Plus, there is no one community tool all my friends use...

I would invite your neighbors. Keep it simple and your flat politics easy.

I usually provide the sides and some booze and try to keep it simple - corn, potato salad, tecate - and ask folks to bring whatever they want to grill, making sure I have whatever I want, like a couple burgers or a pack of hot dogs. Some will bring chips, some will bring beer, and some will bring pineapple...you never know what you'll end up with.

I think that buffet and as food is ready happens easily on it's own. Our backyard has a picnic table with benches that we keep next to the grill. It's perfect for chillin' and grillin'.

And welcome to SF!

Sep 23, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

CHOW Root Beer

We tried this recipe this weekend and it turned out horribly. The taste; the carbonation and bottling went swimmingly.

Before we bottled the brew and even before we added the yeast, the only real smell present was the sarsaparilla smell. Has anyone else making this recipe had that experience? I want to guess that we should have put in 2tbs of sarsaparilla and 3/4 cup sassafras...

Sep 02, 2009
emmaroseeats in Recipes

where to get Irish breakfast items (rashers, sausages and blood sausages) --uncooked

There is also a corner store at 15th St and Castro called Healthy Spirits (I think) that sold a lot of Irish breakfast staples when I lived there a year ago or so. Worth checking out if you're in the area since I can't promise they still do but I know they're still under the same ownership.

Aug 06, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Paladar (Cuban food), SF w/ pics

I am lucky enough to work around the corner and can report that the bread has indeed changed from the earlier roll. Such a good sandwich. The other items are just as fantastic. The pork platter, the chicken soup special, the shrimp sandwich...

Aug 06, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy Goat Meat

It's delicious. They have goats out at their Pt Reyes Ranch and also source it from some other local grass feed only farms.

Aug 06, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Marinating your Bloody Marys.

And they use the fabulous Hanger One Chipotle Vodka...mmmmm

I might try it just for fun but what a lot of work for a morning with a hangover. Definitely something I'd make ahead of time or for a special brunch.

Aug 06, 2009
emmaroseeats in Spirits

northbay ethnic food suggestions

Just for a little home town pride - I love Aram's in Petaluma for Mediterranean...on Kentucky St., downtown.

Jul 30, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Tin spice containers okay?

Pretty sure it's fine, especially if it's food grade.

Jul 29, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

Should I Join Costco?

I'm in San Francisco and we definitely make out on the cheese options here in the Bay Area. The Pt Reyes Blue, the Rouge et Noir Camemberts, etc. I think it's all about your local store. We also stock up on booze there but that's a non-issue for you... Cookbooks?

Folks above have made great suggestions for checking it out, sans membership. Worth a try. Don't go hungry.

Jul 29, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

Cocktails in SF

+1 for Rickhouse. Very much enjoyed the traditional style cocktails there (not so much the sugary offerings in the giant menu) and if you get there earlier in the eve you can snag a spot on the little balcony above.

Current fav Aviation in the city is still the one at Bourbon and Branch, a password access speakeasy with a slight scene but fun anyway.

*Oops! If you meant Tuesday, yesterday, I'm late in the game...

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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Rickhouse Bar
246 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA

Jul 29, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

coconut M&M sightings?

The Walgreens at Kearny/Sutter has a big stash at the moment...

Jul 29, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Idiotic things you do in the kitchen

We discovered the same (plus some old wood scraps) in the dishwasher when we did the walk through! Turned out they had never used it and the wood was from the previous owners. I thought it was a freak incident...crazy.

Jul 29, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

Schmidt's

Sorry I missed this yesterday. We did go for dinner and had a good time.

We enjoyed the cured meats plate very much, the pretzel roll was delish, and my hubby thoroughly enjoyed his Kiełbasa with potato salad. The onion cake(?) we had was strangely room temp and not something I'll revisit and the sauerkraut needed a little something...maybe bacon? The flavor was just a little too sweet for us.

Service was neighborhood style friendly and they stayed on top of things as the place got busier. Great folks.

The one thing that would give us pause in going back is that the place is super loud. We are very into lively eating spaces but this one is kitchen loud. The bang and clatter of the stove and pots into the sink was always discernible and sometimes startling and we were at the table farthest away from the kitchen. I'm sure it doesn't help that there isn't anything on the walls; some fabric up there would be great...not sure how to achieve change in that regard and continue the minimalist vibe.

Jul 29, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Schmidt's

Heard they just opened for dinner hours (must have finally received their liquor license). Planning on heading over tonight...

Jul 24, 2009
emmaroseeats in San Francisco Bay Area

Arts and crafts vendors at farmers markets

First - context: my primary FM is at the SF Ferry Building.

I am there for the produce and some of the prepared wares. I love being able to pick up my locally made cornmeal crusts at the same time I'm picking up the toppings. But I do sincerely appreciate that the arts & crafts folks are across the street. I am not often in the market for their wares but I do like to look on occasion. And I would love it if the coffee and food vendors could be separated. That would be AWESOME. Less strollers and tourists waiting in line for Blue Bottle to navigate around so I can get to those gorgeous Zee peaches.

So while I agree that farmers should be the majority at the markets, I would miss the cheese people and the people selling local dried fruit.

And please keep the arts & crafts across the street.

Jul 23, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

Idiotic things you do in the kitchen

Preheating the oven without looking inside - doh! I frequently put herbs/bread/etc on a cookie sheet in the oven to dry out. Burned chamomile flowers smell absolutely horrid, btw.

As a kid I replaced the half the chocolate in a cake recipe with peanut butter because we ran out of chocolate. Shortribs - I once made a cake with salt instead of sugar - you should have seen my uncle's face.

Jul 23, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

The Chillax Conundrum

Regardless of how your turn them down I think being honest is much better than a "white lie". Why is that even necessary? I agree that a good friend will know me well enough to not get hurt feelings when I say - I'd love to hang with you some time soon but I need a night at home.

Jul 22, 2009
emmaroseeats in Features

Family Food Dilemma

Suggest a bbq for at least one of the meals? That way there will be items that can be cooked by other folks and NSESM can make a few salads or something.

The other thought I have is for your friend to say that he is having some sensitive tummy issues and can he bring a couple things so that he can be specific about the ingredients.

I would argue against telling other people about the food for the first dinner...and then if the issue presents itself, there is a larger group of folks with the same outcome and he can group think alternate solutions.

Jul 20, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

stickers on organic produce @ loblaws

Talent. :) No - it was a number of years ago and the organic varieties were much stranger than the conventional. But when you would run into something like, say, a granny smith apple, the green color would be different between the two.

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

To mulch or not to mulch?

I just got Pam's book out of the library and am loving it! I am waiting to buy my own copy early next year when the next edition comes out. The few pages I've read make me talk out loud to the book saying "exactly!" after my early struggles in our climate. :)

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Gardening

Gin - my anathema

Ah yes - Aviations! Any luck trying the new violet liqueurs on the market? I just make my Aviations without. Love the Luxardo Maraschino and used some recently to make my own marasca style cherries. Not quite like the real thing but darn tasty.

Also a big fan of a martini style cocktail with gin (usually 209), cointreau, lemon juice and a twist. Or just a Hendrick's martini. Which seems like the perfect thing for later today.

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Spirits

Marinating your Bloody Marys.

I love having a pitcher of my BM mix in the fridge for impromptu enjoyment and add the vodka later (current fav is the Hanger One Chipotle - delish). Something I add to my mix that I'm not seeing on here is the juice from my olive jar. Dirty!

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Spirits

Barrel Aging will Make All Booze Taste the Same

I wonder if part of the puzzle here is that some of us just don't like the oaky taste? (I don't - not even in wine.) Or perhaps only in very specific spirits?

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Spirits

Barrel Aging will Make All Booze Taste the Same

Ooh - I beg to differ. I actually love to sip Georgia Moon. The first sip is a doozy of course, but there is such a nice corn finish that I can enjoy it neat all night.

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Spirits

Small Home Bar

Love this 3 tiered break out and agree with most. (Except Bombay Sapphire - ugh! I hate that stuff. If I need a more floral gin for a martini I go with Hendricks...) I've got quite a collection but most of my spirits are of the clear variety with a heavy lean on gin. I will check out the Ryes and Bourbons recommended above. I am a new fan of unaged corn wiskey and have never really liked oaky tasting libations but I'm always open for broadening horizons.

Also - I agree with JohnEO that the regular Tanqueray is better than the Tanqueray 10 but I use my Tanqueray mostly in G&Ts.

I love Goslings Black Seal Rum for Dark and Stormies. Mmmmmm.

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Spirits

I'm going certifiably NUTZ!

I finally have 2 little red ones!!

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Gardening

stickers on organic produce @ loblaws

I'm not saying that people stealing is ridiculous...I know that some folks are like that. But I find it really hard to believe that sticky stickers are on my organic produce as a preventative for some sticker swapping conspiracy. When I worked in grocery we had to know what each produce item looked like and there weren't stickers to tell us what was organic or nonorganic - you just had to know. It was a source of pride for a checker to not only be able to tell the produce apart but to know all the codes by heart. And we reviewed the newly introduced produce daily. I'm not expecting larger chain stores to be able to train people up to that level, but I also don't expect the world to revolve around sticky theft prevention.

Jul 17, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

stickers on organic produce @ loblaws

I'm sorry but that is ridiculous.

Jul 16, 2009
emmaroseeats in Not About Food

At work dessert contest

I cut mine into bite-size squares before dusting with powdered sugar (and usually add a tbs or so of Grand Marnier or almond liquor to the recipe; ancho chili sounds like a must try).

Jul 16, 2009
emmaroseeats in Home Cooking