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Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

Wow, Nick's and Winter's on the same night, you are really going retro-Pacifica, props to you. I am sure you will have fun if you approach it that way.

As far as those "famous" crab sandwiches, they are rather mayo heavy. Maybe you should split one and order a couple of other apps/salads to round out your meal.

Welcome to my town.

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

You will be driving quite a long way out of your way from HMB back to SF, if you go to Redwood City or Woodside (who knows maybe you enjoy the driving).

However, there are some good spots right along Highway 1 you might want to consider. La Costenera (Peruvian) has a gorgeous setting directly overlooking the ocean, you can walk down to the beach from the restaurant if you are so inclined.

Cafe Gibraltar is pan-Mediterranean in a lovely small romantic room just one street up the hill from Pillar Point Harbor.

Pasta Moon is Cal-Ital right on Main Street in HMB proper. Very solid food, nice but not overly fancy ambience and good service.

When you are in Pacifica, your best bet is Puerto 27, also Peruvian. The food is comparable to La Costenera but it's a more casual type of vibe. They have good views of the beach but are actually located on the other side of Highway 1.

http://www.lacostanerarestaurant.com/
http://www.cafegibraltar.com/index.php
http://www.pastamoon.com/index.php
http://puerto27.com/

Have you ordered from Plated

Yes, I tried them. A few weeks ago I twisted up my knee and was having a tough time getting around for shopping, driving and cooking. The options for delivery and takeout are pretty limited where I live, so curiosity got the better of me and I checked out the link.

If you go through the link here on CH, you could get three meals for two for $24 (total six portions, three different dishes) which would regularly cost $72. Free shipping. I think this same deal is available with coupon codes from other media too.

You do have to give them all your info up front including credit card before you can even see what's on offer.

Selection was pretty limited and I guess it changes from week to week, and probably changes from location to location as well.

It was kind of fun to get the first box with all the stuff, but the resulting dishes were kind of dull. Certainly not anything we could not of made up on our own, since we are compulsive pantry stockers. We only needed the fresh meat and veg. Portion sizes are small-ish but they do provide nutritional information on every dish.

The items I received were all at the low end of the price scales $12/plate. They did offer other items, such as steak or salmon that were as much as $26/plate. At this price point you just might as well go out to a restaurant.

As far as prep and cooking, no difference, so you are just skipping the shopping.

Ingredients that were provided were of good quality but no better than I can buy locally.

I cancelled after the the first shipment. Which you need to do quickly because they will automatically charge you and send a default order ($72) if you do not.

Lastly, excessive packaging. I will save the insulated box and ice packs for taking out on picnics this summer, but I cannot imagine getting one of these every week, my recycling bin would be overflowing.

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I think you came up with the perfect solution for this situation. The book was discussed during your visit so it was thoughtful of you to remember and send it to your relatives.

I also like HappyBaker's suggestion on Penzey's. If you look at their website they have dozens of different gift boxes ranging from about $10 all the way up to $200. Something to keep in mind for future gifting.

I understand about gift cards, it's just like giving cash. Some families are OK with this and with others it can get a little touchy.

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

Ennuisans, may have been a bit early when he started this topic in January, but it looks like it has finally happened.

The last episode that was picked up on my DVR was 3-Mar-2015 and Laura has not been on the schedule, so far, for the rest of No the month. I checked this on the CC website, both the daily schedules and on Laura's chef page. This is sad because I still enjoyed watching the old reruns even those that I have seen many times.

Although a little bit of solace remains for Laura fans. She just posted today about a series of short videos that she made with friends in Paris. It's about hosting a dinner party and you can find them here:

http://fya.tv/laura-calder-hosts/#sth...

Mar 20, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

The situation you are describing is not remotely related to the OP and therefore is irrelevant to this discussion.

You are talking about two couples getting together for a casual meal without even restaurant reservations being a factor.

The OP is talking about a catered party where about 30+ guests are unaccounted for (no RSVP). Because the OP will have to provide a final headcount to the caterer, and pay for those meals, it is a significant consideration.

Mar 17, 2015
pamf in Not About Food
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Looking for Petit Fours in SF

The French Patisserie in Pacifica is an industrial bakery that ships to restaurants. They are open to the general public during standard business hours and will sell smaller orders to you directly. They take cards. All of their products are frozen, but they defrost quickly and deliciously. Prices are quite reasonable for the quality, which is great if you are serving a crowd.

I would definitely call ahead and discuss what you want to order before heading down there because sometime when you just walk in you are limited to what ever they have in the freezer that day.

(650) 738-4990

http://www.frenchpatisserie.com/10872...

Mar 17, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Fed-up restaurant owners fight back at Yelp reviews

But unfortunately it's been the opposite, Yelp invites their "elite" users to attend special free events. The site was set up from the beginning with the intention of getting users to acquire status (number of friends, badges, first to review, ratings, etc.). That's why there are so many reviews without substance.

Some cities are better than others, the SF Bay Area where I live is particularly bad with reviewers who barely mention the food and just talk about the scene and complain about imagined bad service.

Mar 17, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Dinner near SF airport

Here's a recent SSF topic.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9643...

As noted in that old topic, I would choose the Basque Cultural Center (closed Mondays).

http://www.basqueculturalcenter.com/

There is also Bertoluccis for Italian.

http://www.sodinisbertoluccis.com/

If you get over to Grand Avenue (aka downtown) there are few blocks there to stroll and you can see what appeals. These are mostly casual restaurants with many different ethnicities represented.

It depends on the amount of time you have and how many dinners you need to cover.

If you do have the time and the inclination, you could go to the nearby CalTrain, or slightly less nearby BART stations and get into SF proper pretty quickly.

Mar 15, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner near SF airport

There are two Embassy Suites one north of the airport in the city of South San Francisco and one south of the airport in the city of Burlingame. Which one will you be staying at?

Mar 14, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

What's so healthy about pre-made General Tso sauce? Perhaps you should go over the ingredient list and nutritional information with him sometime. Also what type of chicken is he buying?

Feb 28, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Very tentative tourist plans, open to suggestions!

Planning is half the fun! Don't forget to get 3-day Muni passes, so you can hop on and off at will and not have to worry about having exact change.

http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/t...

This does not include BART though, that is a separate system.

Feb 14, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Very tentative tourist plans, open to suggestions!

If your flight lands at SFO at 9am how do you plan to travel to the city? Jump in a cab (or BART) with carry-ons and it should be pretty quick. But if you have to wait for checked bags and then get a rental car it could take quite a bit longer.

Also, you didn't mention the dates you were traveling, right now the weather is great, so delays should be minimal. But if the storms come back then delays can be expected.

Feb 12, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Very specific restaurant criteria

Epic Roast House. Convenient Embarcadero location. As I recall it was not at at all cramped feeling, but we were a party of 6 or so and got one of those great circular booths. The views over the bay also help keep it feeling expansive.

Very meat centric, although they have a few dishes on the menu for other tastes.

The bar lists quite a few bourbon choices, so I would hope they can make a good old fashioned.

Feb 12, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO, Boneless Pork Loin Recipes

I have enjoyed this Mario Batali recipe called Pork Loin in the
style of Porchetta. Of course you can sub out stuffing ingredients if you can't get to the store, use what ever vegetables you have on hand and sausage instead of the ground pork. Although the fennel is a great flavor in there.

http://leitesculinaria.com/5752/recip...

Feb 10, 2015
pamf in Home Cooking
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Moonraker: Updated and Open Again in Pacifica

Bumping this old thread to talk more about what's on offer at Moonraker these days (hard to believe it's been 4 years). I just commented on the on crabcakes DOTM thread, so this is about what else we sampled.

They offer happy hour every day and all evening on Wednesday. The happy hour offerings are $4-5 house cocktails, house wine and domestic beer. $1 oysters, chef's choice. The rest of the menu is at regular pricing.

In addition to the crab cakes (reported on the DOTM thread) we also tried the Duck Fat Fries (7.50), tasting portion of their clam chowder and a Ceasar salad.

The fries were cut nice and thinly (my preference) but were hard and kind of cold when served, no real evidence of the duck fat flavor. Ceasar salad was OK.

The clam chowder was quite good, lots of bacon flavor, lots of clams. The broth was creamy, not flourly. Best item that we had.

Feb 07, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Crab cakes SFBA Dish of the Month Feb 2015

We made a second visit to Moonraker in Pacifica last Wednesday to see if their initial efforts had improved. The appetizer portion is now two crabcakes, each about 2-3 inches in diameter, price is $15.

The cakes were a little over fried (too brown on the surface for my taste) and didn't offer much crab flavor. They were served over a salad of baby spinach with a few roasted or sauteed grape tomatoes. According to the menu they use Dungeness crab.

Sorry that I cannot recommend this place because the location and ocean views are what everyone wants, but the food quality and relatively high prices do not make it a go-to spot.

I have a few more coastside locations to check out this month if I can make it I will report again.

Feb 07, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

I would think that BA would not be a good choice. While I like some of their recipe ideas, it seems like they go for more restaurant type dishes and trendy ingredients.

Another peeve I have with them is that they have a very artsy style which involves tiny fonts and printing in light colors on photo backgrounds. I am a couple of decades younger than your dad and I literally cannot read this magazine without getting out the reading glasses, magnifiers, etc. I get a headache after a few pages. Food photography is nice though.

Feb 06, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News
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Looking for a magazine for my 80+ dad, not too adventurous

I would suggest Cooking Light as well. They have loosened up a bit over the years on the super-lowfat (it's OK to use some butter and cream once and a while) while still maintaining a health orientation. Nutritional info is given for every recipe and they also have features on menu planning and meal planning for the week. Most recipes are very simple and use commonly available ingredients.

Feb 06, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News
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Safe SF bar crawl for newly-minted 21-yr-old?

The Marina is probably the best choice for a group of young girls on their own. The OP did not mention where they are coming from or how familiar they are with SF.

They can walk the several blocks of Chestnut or Union Street and stop in at places that look interesting to them. Plenty of food options too. Lots of hotels along Lombard Street.

Feb 01, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Vacaville eatery makes Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015

That is good news for Vacaville! Recently read this kind of interesting article on slate.com about the Yelp Top 100.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technol...

Nugget Market acquiring Paradise Foods to expand to Marin County

A few years ago I was traveling to the Sacramento area frequently for work and Nugget was a regular stop. They do carry very high quality items in the seafood, meat, cheese and wine departments with prices to match.

But they are also a full grocery and prices on regular grocery items are quite good.

Very nice prepared food, deli counter, in store bakery and coffee bar too. Looking forward to having one closer than Vacaville.

Jan 30, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Pioneer Woman

<<I am wondering how long it will be before Ree Drummond is selling a line of Pioneer Woman merchandise>>

Looks like we will only have to wait several more months before we can all have our own PW branded cookware. In bright purple with a butterfly handle no less.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2014/...

Scroll about half way down the page.

Jan 26, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

You can find a couple of her cookbooks used on Amazon. Specifically the one titled "French Food at Home" is available inexpensively. Her books were all published in Canada so I guess they were never in wide distribution in the US, therefore kind of hard to find. "French Food at Home" is interesting because she wrote it before ever being involved with TV.

Jan 24, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

"A question for you fans - how many of her books have you bought?"

I have all four. I would recommend the most recent one "Paris Express" which has many short essays on food and dining related topics interspersed with the recipes and lovely photos of Paris.

Jan 24, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

LC is also pretty active on Twitter, so if you use that you may want to follow her there. I think that gets updated more often than the website.

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

Sorry to see her gone from CC, although they had reduced it to repeating the same 12 (or so ) episodes over and over again.

If you are a Laura fan then check out her cookbooks. They are lovely. I always got the impression that she considered herself a writer first and not so much a TV personality.

Jan 21, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Need great produce store near Pacifica

My favorite location for produce is Lunardi's (top of San Bruno Ave near Skyline). Their selection may not be as extensive as MM but quality is good and prices are fair.

Mollie Stone's (San Bruno Ave at Cherry) may be a little too much like WF but their produce selection is good.

In Pacifica, Oceana Market (in the Eureka Square mall)is a good stop for basics. They are a small, independent market with a really nice selection of products. Because they are small though, their turnover on the produce is not always that fast.

For Asian items, Pacific Market (Westborough and El Camino) is probably worth a visit.

There used to be a Mexican produce store on Grand in SSF right next to La Tapitia market.

There is a farmer's market at Serramonte mall on Saturday and Thursday mornings (back parking lot). Unfortunately the Pacifica farmer's market (Wed 1pm to 6pm, and closed for the Winter now) is so small that it usually has only a few actual produce stands.

Hope this is helpful, you may not be able to find everything in one place, but hope you find some places you like to shop.

Jan 19, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

What happened to Top Chef?

It's a show on the Esquire network.

http://tv.esquire.com/shows/knife-fight

Cooking competition, with a bit of an edge. It's filmed at a "hip" (or maybe once hip) LA restaurant. Two guest chefs are given mystery ingredients, usually somewhat exotic, and they have an hour to create their dishes. Judges taste, etc.

I sometimes have a hard time watching it because the restaurant is packed with an audience and they are cheering and yelling at every move. I have to turn the sound off.

I also think that Bobby Flay's new show "Beat Bobby Flay" ripped off some of the style elements from this show.

Jan 17, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

Actually, it appears that as of the first of the year she is gone from the FN schedule. The end of an era.

Jan 16, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News