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Pancetta i roll form

Lunardi's Market (3 South bay locations) will have it in their deli section. Just tell them you want it in one piece and not put on the slicer.

Oct 17, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Indian Food in SF

If you are asking about India Clay Oven on Clement near 26th, my BF lives almost right across the street from them and they are in the standard rotation for takeout.

They do the basic stuff well, tandoor, biryani, the tikka, butter chicken and such. A la carte is probably better than the lunch buffet. The prices might be a bit higher than the restaurants in the tenderloin.

Oct 16, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Prices for Butter?

Was in the local Safeway today (SF Bay Area) and prices ranged from $3.99 for the generic store brand to $4.99-$5.99 for the better known brands and upwards from there for the organic and European style butters.

Oct 14, 2014
pamf in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

Still waiting for "My Little French Kitchen" as well. I think I ordered it on the Labor Day sale. I got two books for US $24 and free shipping I think. The first book arrived a while ago and my cc was charged $12 (so far so good).

The MLFK book is listed on Amazon as a pre-order to be released 14-Oct-2014, but there are also used copies available. So I am thinking that the used copies are the European edition (many of them list that they will be shipped from UK, France, etc.) and the American edition is what will be available Oct 14. So that is what TGC will probably ship, so maybe we will see it by the end of the month.

As a comment on TGC in general, I have been a member for quite a few years and have never had an issue. The deal you get for signing up is great, then you have to buy a full price book or two. But after that I just wait for the big sales and buy from them maybe a couple of times a year. It's easy to go online and decline the featured selections (although their website is not the best). I have never received anything I didn't order.

Oct 12, 2014
pamf in Home Cooking

Slow Cooker books

Rick Bayless' book "Mexican Everyday" has a lot of recipes for braises and stews and lists slow cooker alternatives for a lot of them.

Oct 06, 2014
pamf in General Topics

Bourdain's Season Opener/Shanghai

My local cable schedule show it on CNN this evening at 5:00pm and again at 8:00. Along with the new episode on The Bronx at 6:00 and 9:00. Check your listings and sometimes CNN bumps these shows if there is breaking news.

Oct 05, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Incanto > Porcellino [San Francisco]

For those who don't regularly read the Food Media and News board, there is a thread that links to a recent video of a talk that Chris Cosentino gave about his experience working in food TV.

Oct 02, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Chile Verde Stew ... Your opinion is welcome

It's not sacrilege, but if you already have hominy and potatoes than you have more than enough starch in the dish. Are you considering replacing one of those with the pinto beans?

Sep 27, 2014
pamf in Home Cooking

Which cooking magazine...?

Yes, it is Bon Appetit. As of the current month's issue they still have this feature.

Sep 23, 2014
pamf in General Topics

Lunch near Golden Gate Park / Cal Academy of Sciences

I agree that restaurants in the Sunset District (just south of Golden Gate Park) are the most convenient and are a moderate walk from the Academy. The neighborhood is a busy pedestrian area during the day, so safety is not an issue.

If you do want to maximize your museum time, there are food offerings on site. There is a casual cafe with a pretty wide variety of food as well as a full service restaurant called The Moss Room.

It's been a couple of years since I have visited, but I found the cafe food to be quite good. The details and sample menus are on the website:

Sep 18, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Sep 15, 2014
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