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Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

It's been awhile since I've flown with SWA but I do remember being on a flight once when the announced at the beginning of the flight that they would not be serving the peanuts because of an allergic passenger.

Glad to hear that they are still around.

1 day ago
pamf in Not About Food

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

Plus they were just listed as one of the top ten restaurants in the country in the Sept issue of Bon Appetit magazine. We saw what happened with State Bird when they made that list a couple of years ago.

Sep 13, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Why is that Kids Competition with Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri on Food Network and not Nickelodeon?

Don't forget how many of FN's execs and producers actually came over from Nickelodeon.

Commercial microwave for home use?

Well depending on what you are cooking you may still have to stir from time to time, but in general it's pretty efficient. I also find that the dishware that you use to heat food can absorb heat and cause those hot edges. Heavy stoneware seems to do that.

Sep 10, 2014
pamf in Cookware

Commercial microwave for home use?

Take a look at the Panasonic models with Sensor and Inverter features. They are meant for home use, not commercial. They are a little more expensive than a basic home microwave but not excessively.

The Sensor setting varies the power and detects when food that is being reheated starts to steam and reduces power even more. The Inverter defrost also varies the power and you get evenly defrosted food.

Sep 09, 2014
pamf in Cookware

Olive Garden Pasta Pass

They are already sold out. The deal included all the soda you wanted too.

Sep 08, 2014
pamf in Chains

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

If an FN host describes something as "perfection" it probably isn't.

And that's the same FN host who always says that "you can just see all the flavor".

Sep 07, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

Lunch in Sausalito

Le Garage or Fish!

Both near the water.

Lots of recent topics on Sausalito:

New on Cooking Channel: Luke Nguyen and Rachel Khoo

Congratulations to you, Billy33. I don't have a big kitchen either but we do the best with what we have. Enjoy!

Sep 06, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

New on Cooking Channel: Luke Nguyen and Rachel Khoo

I guess I haven't been paying attention to the schedule or TCC has not been promoting these shows but today I just noticed two new and interesting shows.

I missed the Rachel Khoo, expecting there will be reruns.

I caught Luke Nguyen's France show, the Nice episode, and really enjoyed that.

Really good to see new shows on this channel.

Sep 06, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Sausalito - San Francisco (anniversary trip)

Those are two good choices and Poggio is likely to be within walking distance of your hotel.

I will add Le Garage, it's right on the water and they are a French bistro so the hangar steak is always on the menu. Lots of seafood choices too.

Monterey, Santa Barbara and Cambria are outside the Bay Area so you can look for recommendations on the general California board.

Sep 06, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy British foodstuffs?

Fresh & Easy has a small selection of British items (in the international section). Mostly canned goods and condiments. The prices tend to be pretty good.

They have two stores in SF and one in Pacifica.

Sep 06, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Dining with a tall Building & Great View

The Carnelian Room in the BofA building closed several years ago. The hotels on Nob Hill, Top of the Mark and Fairmont, have view restaurants, or at least bars.

The Marriot at 3rd and Mission also has a view bar, don't know if they have a restaurant up there.

Epic and Waterbar, on the Embarcadero, are not in a tall building but have good views over the bay and the Bay Bridge lights.

Sep 02, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom

Several years ago Nancy Silverton came out with a book called "A Twist of the Wrist", the premise of which is to put together quick meals from pantry ingredients. She keeps a pretty sophisticated pantry, so the book is useful for both recipe ideas and also ideas for specialty items to keep in stock.

While the recipes are simple, those high quality ingredients take them up a level.

Aug 30, 2014
pamf in Home Cooking

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

Whenever I read a Roz post I think about the character by the same name from the old Fraiser sitcom.

Aug 28, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

What 5 TJ's products...?

Tarte d'Alsace
Fresh chicken Italian sausage
Frozen cheese enchiladas
Marcona almonds
Frozen chocolate croissants

Aug 26, 2014
pamf in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

Try looking for the Winco store or the Grocery Outlet in Stockton.

Aug 26, 2014
pamf in Chains

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Legal Seafood
Burgerville (Halibut fish sandwich, rogue river blue cheese salad)
Fat Burger (onion rings)

Aug 24, 2014
pamf in Chains

What is the back story of Laura Calder's "French Food at Home"?

Actually she did 3 seasons, about 70 episodes, for FN Canada, very few of which ever showed up on Cooking Channel. I agree that these days CC only shows the same few shows over and over again.

I am a big fan too and would love to see more shows, but I guess there are licensing and contractual issues that limit what CC shows. I was lucky enough to first see FFAH while I was in Canada. I was excited when CC started up and saw that Laura was going to in the line up, but ultimately disappointed with the constant re-runs.

FN did a "Chefography" in 2011 I think and that was an interesting look into her background. You might be able to find that on the web somewhere. The "French Alps" episode was great and I was hoping that would turn into a new series, but I guess it wasn't picked up. The "Recipe to Riches" show was a contest show on FN Canada only and Laura was a judge. (It seems the usual progression for FN hosts, cooking show, then travel, then relegated to host the endless competition shows, blah!)

IMHO, I like to think that LC considers herself more of a writer than a TV personality, so if you like her check out her books. Her most recent "Paris Express" is her take on contemporary cooking among her Paris friends and has many approachable recipes. Her second book "French Food at Home" is a good one too and includes lots of recipes from the series. The first book was written before she did any TV and is kind of quirky, but fun.

LC also has a website and Tweets a lot, so you can check there for any news.

Aug 23, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

I believe I heard a brief mention in the video that they were "alert" dogs. A quick google shows that alert service dogs are trained to help diabetics and people who get seizures.

Aug 19, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Substitute for dried porcini.

Just a thought, you could roast the cremini to remove some of the liquid and intensify the flavor before adding to the ragout.

Aug 19, 2014
pamf in Home Cooking

What would you do to fix the Food Network

That columnist demonstrates that they have no idea what programming is actually on FN. I give a lot more credit to the author of the other salon article who wrote the book on FN, "From Scratch ...".

Ina has her own production company, same one as Nigella. So they produce their shows and sell to FN. Actually I think Nigella is only on Cooking Channel now, although that is also a Scripps channel.

When has Martha Stewart been on FN? Maybe as a guest on some shows but I don't recall her having a series there. Same with Lidia and Jacques Pepin. Sara Moulton was let go by FN and has found a place on PBS.

Ming Tsai was on FN for a while but he went back to PBS years ago. Mario Batali has cut ties with FN, presumably because the FN wanted a cut of his other income.

One thing he got right, Bobby, Rachael and Guy still going strong. Sandra Lee seems to have let go, she has not produced a new show since 2012, although her reruns still air almost daily.

Funny that the columnist does not mention Pioneer Woman, since she is now the highest rated day time show on FN.

Aug 16, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Best Buys on whole Lobsters on the SF Peninsula

Check out New England Lobster in Burlingame.

Aug 14, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I am not Guy's biggest fan, but he has a degree in Restaurant Management and he was an owner/partner in a few successful restaurants in Northern California (still ongoing and expanding) before FN. So he may not be a chef but he knows the food business.

Aug 14, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Suggestions for dinner in Healdsburg area

Great recommendations so far, if you don't mind driving a little, Geyserville is just a couple of exits north of Healdsburg on 101. Diavola pizza and salumeria is a must hit spot.

Almost next door to Diavola is Local's Tasting room. They offer wine from many Sonoma producers who are too small to have their own tasting rooms. Interesting wines at reasonable prices.

Also, Bravas Tapas has a great happy hour deal if you want a light snack or early dinner.

Wineries/Tasting Rooms that belong on another planet?

Check out some of the lesser known wine regions. One winery that comes to mind is Dobra Zemlja in Amador county. Their tasting room is in their cave.

Aug 09, 2014
pamf in Wine

Food Network Star - 8/4

Actually, IIRC from last year's book about the founding of Food Network, the outside production company presented a pilot to FN and FN said they would take the show but they wanted Guy to be the host instead of whoever was in the pilot. Guy was also the host of a network game show for a while, completely not food related.

RR made a fanstatic move by going to her network daytime talk show. Now she ties that back into FN (having the NFNS contestants on) and does cross-promotion. Whatever anyone may think of her personality or her cooking, she has been very smart at growing her career.

Aug 06, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Chipotle is going seatless...

I think I mentioned upthread that I have had many office lunches from Chipotle, in many different parts of the US. So I feel confident to comment on it without being accused of condemning something I haven't tried.

My original response was to c_oliver, who I know from her posts on the SFBA board does have access. I simply replied that she shouldn't go out of her way to try Chipotle because she would probably be disappointed.

Mexican immigrants, and Mexican-Americans, are moving into most areas of the US. I hate to see people passing up an opportunity to try a local mom & pop place in favor of the *safe* chain choice.

Aug 03, 2014
pamf in Chains

Chipotle is going seatless...

Who said anything about celebrity chefs? When you are eating good Mexican food you want it to taste like someone's Grandma is in the kitchen.

Chipotle is just standardized, institutional food. It's bland and it's not a good representation of the food you will find at small, local restaurants in the SF Mission district or various other parts of California.

Aug 03, 2014
pamf in Chains

Lucky's Market

Hi, pikawicca, what region are you located in?

Lucky is a chain in Northern California. They were bought out by Albertson's, but then sold off again and returned to the Lucky name.

Jul 31, 2014
pamf in Chains