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New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Don't forget 24th Street. I think that still has a mix of the traditional and some new "hipster" places.

about 14 hours ago
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

I agree with Robert, the Mission and taco places are better suited to strolling and snacking in the afternoon than for a dinner destination. Plus there are the ice cream places and other treats to be found along the way.

about 15 hours ago
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Sourdough Revisited

I just want to add that Raymond's is making sourdough bread in South San Francisco. It's available in some Peninsula independent grocery store locations, or you can always visit the bakery store itself in SSF.

It's not as sour as I remember from the past, nor do they do a dark bake, but it's a decent loaf of bread and reasonably priced.

Sugar causes cancer!

In today's vernacular "babe" does not mean a child as much as it means a sexually desirable woman. So by calling herself the "Food Babe" she is really calling attention to her image rather than any knowledge, training or experience that she may or may not have.

I think we can all think of more than one food media personality that trades on the "babe" image rather than on any expertise.

Any Shishito peppers sightings?

I saw them in Safeway (of all places) last weekend. They were pre-bagged, not loose, and I am sorry I can't recall the price.

My Safeway is in Pacifica, but if they have them at one store it's likely that other Safeway stores might have them or can get them.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Guy's Big Bite is still airing. I am not sure when the last episodes were filmed. But he got a huge kitchen makeover and now cooks in a fabulous outdoor kitchen, presumably in Northern California.

Jun 30, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Has anybody been to Via Uno in Half Moon Bay

Stopped in yesterday for a light lunch. Split a pizza and salad with my SO. I wouldn't say that it is the best pizza on the Peninsula (love you Delfina), but it is definitely better than anything we have in Pacifica.

Crust had a good chew, not overly charred. Toppings were OK. We ordered their sausage pizza with fontina cheese and requested no mushrooms. It arrived with lots of mushrooms. They have a fairly limited selection of pizzas and don't really offer the option to customize, so we worked around that. Another minor service glitch was that we each ordered a glass of wine from their small but nice selection of wine BTG. The food showed up before the glasses of wine did and we had to remind our server about that.

I know I don't sound very enthusiastic but overall I would give them a B+. They did welcome our canine in their semi-enclosed outdoor area. I am sure we will go back again to try a few more things.

As a side note this lunch was following a very nice visit at the Trojak Knier Winery release party. Yes, there is a winery in Princeton by the sea. They get their grapes from Napa, but production is all done, more or less by hand, in Princeton, a true garagiste operation. They are open for tasting most weekends.

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Nadia G reruns are on Cooking Channel on Wed and Fri early morning (really early morning if you are not on the east coast). Set the DVR.

Jun 26, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

You don't ruin the corn for other shoppers because once the bad ear is exposed other shoppers can see that and avoid. Supermarkets know that there is going to be a certain amount of loss from produce that is bad or goes bad from not selling quickly.

Jun 22, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

Some stores actually put trash bins next to the corn so people can husk the corn in the store. So I guess the regular produce department people empty the bins as a regular part of maintaining the department. It's not entitled behavior if the store offers it. Makes for less mess at home. It's OK if you are going to cook it right away, but I prefer to keep the husk on because I think it stays fresher and I like to cook corn on the grill in the husk.

Jun 22, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Cooking Channel going down the Food Network drain?

You need to get a DVR, because the most interesting programs on TCC and even FN are in the early morning hours. Then you can watch whichever programs you like when it it convenient for you.

Does your cable company offer the DVR option?

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

It may take some time, but eventually you can make it a great kitchen. So much to do when moving into a new home.

Jun 20, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Pizza delivery charge

Thanks for that clarification, it's very useful to understand the business perspective.

Can you tell us what state or region you operate in?

Jun 16, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Lunch in SSF/San Bruno (Bart accessible)

The Basque Cultural Center is an interesting place that's not too far from the SSF Bart station and not too far from Genentech, kind of in between. You will usually always find cabs available outside the station because it is not walking distance, but probably just 5-10 minutes by cab.

If you have time for a nice sit down lunch with a sort of retro-French feel check out their menu. Closed Mondays and I would call for a reservation if you have time constraints.

Unfortunately, nothing within walking distance except Starbuck's and Trader Joe's. That stretch of El Camino is rather bleak, mostly just fast food. The San Bruno Bart is actually adjacent to the Tanforan mall, but nothing to recommend there just more fast food and chains (even a Hooters!


Your friend may know of places along Grand Ave. in down town SSF, that's where a lot Genetech folk show up at lunch time. These would be more casual lunch spots.

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

I thought I would hate Tacolicious, because of some of the things that I had read that it is not "authentic" or what ever, but I really enjoyed it. Food was flavorful, ingredients were fine quality. It's not what you are going to get at neighborhood taco truck but it is tasty. Regular restaurant prices though, not truck pricing.

We went at late lunch, weekday, at the Valencia Street location and there was no wait and the outside tables are dog friendly.

You could probably just go to the bar and order a drink and a few tacos for your group.

Jun 14, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

barndiva or the healdsburg shed?

I have not been to Shed, so I cannot compare, but we had an exquisite lunch at Barndiva. Every detail both on the plate and as far as service was exceptional. Check their menu to see if it appeals, as it was a small menu. They have a sample menu on the web site but that may change daily.

If the weather is pleasant (might be getting a little warm this time of year) you can sit in the lovely back garden under the trees. They use this space for weddings and events, but I think it usually available for general seating at lunch. BTW, They welcome dogs in the outdoor seating areas (small outdoor space out front too) and the uniformed waiters bring out a water bowl.

I had the crab BLT and even though outside of local crab season it was great, the bacon in a class by itself and the side salad of heirloom tomatoes (probably too early in the season for that right now) was so lightly dressed that you hardly noticed it and the tomatoes full flavor came through. SO had the duck leg confit over frisee salad, with egg, and that always makes him happy.

Our server noticed that were looking at our Wine Road map and brought the somm over to discuss some places we should check out.

It's a little on the pricey side but you will leave feeling very happy.

For a lighter, more casual lunch Tapas Bravas can be great fun. I have never tried it but really want to is Mateo's Cocina Latina for an up scale take on Cal-Mex.

Ten minutes up the road in Geyserville is Diavola, pizza and other delights.

Sorry for such a long post, but I will be back in that area next weekend and am really looking forward to it. Hope you have a great time.

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

I agree with you there and I am not following this routine, but the truth is my dog always seems to get his share of the people food when it is OK for him to eat. I think he got about half of my burger at lunch today, restaurant burgers are always too big for me to finish.

Anyway, the book is charming and it says a lot about Judith Jones and her love of both food and dogs that she is in her 90's and doing this and still writing.

There are a couple of recipes I might try, like the Ground Turkey Pate. I used to cook more for my dog, plain roasted chicken and a ground beef/veg/brown rice mix were staples. But earlier this year I injured my knee and was not able to do as much kitchen work, so I tried the Freshpet refrigerated foods and he likes them and is seeming to do pretty well with those.

Jun 14, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Damaris is still on in daytime, but I am not sure if they are new shows or reruns. Kelsey is over on Cooking Channel (once again could be reruns).

I saw Damaris as one of the hosts on a "Beat Bobby Flay" episode the other day and she was really funny (in a good way).

Apparently Dinki has a new show starting with Bobby Deen, which I will try very hard not to watch.

Jun 14, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Cooking for your dogs! Share your favorite recipes please.

I just want to mention a lovely little book that I got several months ago. It's called "Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing with your dog the everyday good food you cook and enjoy" written by Judith Jones.

Ms. Jones is best known for being Julia Child's editor but she has worked with many other well known cookbook authors and written a couple of books of her own over the years.

She's in her 90's now and semi retired, lives in Vermont and NYC.

The book has simple recipes and lots of photos and includes some memoirs about previous dogs in her life plus some input from her veterinarian and other sources.

Not to mention that her current dog a Havanese is adorable and very photogenic.

Americans Try Exotic Japanese Kit Kats

My SO got a hold of some of the Green Tea Kit Kats and they were pretty good, if a little bit to sweet.

For his birthday a friend gave him another bag of the Green Tea and a bag of another variety that is unidentified. I'm guessing they could be either Crème Brulee or Flan. There is no English on the packaging, but there is a graphic that depicts putting them into an oven so that the tops would get caramelized.

Jun 12, 2015
pamf in General Topics

Food textures -- do they ick you out?

Hey hillfood, I am right here with you. Can't eat as much these days and have to keep it down on the spicy stuff. But still love to think about what's on the menu and sometimes cook things for others that I might not eat.

Jun 08, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Staying near theater district on Geary [San Francisco]

I always thought of them as mostly Spanish - influenced, but you are correct that the chefs have turned over a lot.

I preferred to get a glass of wine or cocktail at the bar and a small snack, rather than dinner there. They have (or had) excellent bartenders who could make you something on the fly, to your taste.

Going off topic, but Bridget Batson, one of the original(?) chefs at Gitane is now working for (a food delivery service) where she does mostly vegetarian dishes.

Jun 07, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Staying near theater district on Geary [San Francisco]

Gitane typically has a small menu so check and see what appeals. Their website is not working for me right now so I can't see the current offerings. It has the the most amazing decor, so it's worth a stop for at least a cocktail, glass of wine or sherry at the bar.

Jun 07, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Staying near theater district on Geary [San Francisco]

Second on the suggestion for Cafe Claude and Gitane, there is also another restaurant in the same cute alley (Claude Lane) called Claudine. These three all have the same ownership, but each has it's own personality. They are all in the same block so you can easily check out the menus and see which appeals the most.

A couple of blocks farther east is Belden Place (another cute pedestrian alley) which also has a selection of restaurants, with B44 Spanish restaurant and Plouf for mussels. Also on the corner of Bush Street and Belden is Sam's Grill which is classic SF cuisine and ambience, pristine seafood simply prepared just like they have done for decades.

A little further east are Acquitane (Southwest French) and Gaspar Brassiere on Sutter Street. A little bit south of Market is the relatively new Mourad (same chef as Aziza) with a Cal-Morrocan menu.

Closer to the theater district you can check out Colibri (upscale Mexican, small plates) which is directly across the street from the Curran. The newly redone restaurant in the Hotel Monaco (Geary and Taylor) is called BDK and it received a pretty good review in the paper recently. It's at least worth a stop for a drink and app at the bar, if it's close to where you are staying.

All of these are easy walks (no steep hills) and safe areas to walk around. Especially since it's June and tourist season is in full swing and it's light out. Don't forget a jacket for later in the evening though. Hope you have a nice stay.

Jun 07, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Season 2 of "The Pioneer Woman": Roped and Branded

Oh please Chow, get rid of puff pieces like this and do not have them popping up as promos on the Chowhound site. This is just crap and everyone knows it.

Jun 01, 2015
pamf in Features

American Pinenuts?

I am not familiar with that company, but their web site looks a bit out of date. They mention that new product will not be available until after the 2012 harvest.

Pine nuts or Piñon do grow in New Mexico and are a specialty product. A quick google turns up several other sellers, so you should shop around a little.

May 29, 2015
pamf in General Topics

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Muir Woods is a very beautiful place but is a bit difficult to get to if you don't have a car (you didn't mention if you would have a car). Even with a car it gets very crowded during the summer. There is a shuttle that runs from Sausalito to Muir Woods on the weekends so you could possibly combine a ferry ride to/from Sausalito (there's a bus too) with the trip to Muir Woods but it would involve a lot of walking. There are also some private tours from SF but they seem pretty pricy.

One place that has not been mentioned yet, that might be very interesting to a 13 year old, is the Exploratorium science museum. It has lots of hands on exhibits, kind of like a giant science fair. It's located right on the Embarcadero at Pier 15, close to the FiDi and the Ferry Building.

If you are going to be relying on public transportation in SF look into getting a MUNI multi-day pass. That will let you travel around the city as much as you want without having to worry about having exact change for every trip. It even includes the cable cars.

May 28, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you ordered spicy hot food and then complained about it being too hot?

We seem to have a a lot of Peruvian restaurants in the the SF Bay Area and in my experience, the main dishes are not hot but are served with side sauces that can pack quite a bit of chile heat.

It is up to the individual diner to add the condiments as desired.

I believe this to be true for most Mexican and Central American cuisines as well.

May 24, 2015
pamf in General Topics

Flatware buying tips?

You might want to check the Cookware board. This gets discussed a lot.

Here's one:

May 19, 2015
pamf in Cookware

Headed to Moonraker in Pacifica for AYCE Fish n Chips tonight (Thursday deal)

I have not tried their fish and chips, but they offer them for about the same price for a regular portion at lunch ($15), so if you can eat more than one portion it's a good deal.

Try to get there early, before 6:30, and perhaps you can combine the AYCE deal with their $1 oysters and discounted drinks for happy hour.

It's pretty cloudy now but that could change by late afternoon/early evening. The views are nice, sunset is at 8:11pm today.

May 14, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area