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Supersizers?

I enjoyed watching the episodes when they showed on Cooking Channel. Amusing and educational at the same time, imagine that.

Jul 18, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News
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AB's Tokyo Nights

Yes, it's Parts Unknown, but it is one of the earlier episodes. It was re-run this past weekend.

Jul 18, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Eating out in Healdsburg

Mateo's does have an interesting menu, a departure from what you might usually think of as Mexican food.
http://mateoscocinalatina.com/home/

Tapas Bravas has the usual things you might expect on a tapas menu. They have a great outdoor patio and also great happy hour deals (if you want a light snack/early dinner).
http://www.starkrestaurants.com/brava...

Barndiva is a more upscale and refined experience, but completely representative of the local, seasonal Northern California.
http://www.barndiva.com/index.html

If you don't mind driving a little bit north of downtown Healdsburg, in the tiny town of Geyerserville there is a pizza restaurant, they also make their own charcuterie and have other items on the menu. It is called Diavola.
http://www.diavolapizzeria.com/

There are very few places in Sonoma County that are formal or pretentious. But the service is friendly and professional and you will find great food. Most restaurants also have good wine lists (although not necessarily extensive) featuring local producers. Some are also very liberal about corkage, if you find something while you are out tasting that you would like to drink with dinner. Congratulations and Enjoy!

Jul 17, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh & Easy Hummus Shockingly Good

I really like their hummus, the spicy jalapeno variety, which really isn't that spicy, but has a little kick of flavor. Much better than most of the commercially available brands. F&E also has some pretty good pita chips in the snack aisle to go with the hummus.

There are some things that they do well and a lot of other stuff to just pass by.

Jul 13, 2014
pamf in Chains

Help picking Wine?

We where given tastes of a couple Pennyroyal cheeses last fall when we were at the Navarro tasting room in Anderson Valley. Quite good, the cheese is worth checking out too.

Jul 12, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

I believe they originated in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Looks like they are expanding into Los Angeles.

http://www.japadog.com/

Jul 11, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

Steak tartare

Chez Maman has two locations, Hayes Valley and Potrero.
http://chezmamansf.com/

Gamine is on Union Street in the Cow Hollow/Marina neighborhood.

http://www.gaminesf.com/menu/GamineDi...

Jul 09, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Tipping during happy hour

I would tip 20% on the check amount and then possibly add a few dollars depending on what I thought of the service and how much food and drink was actually ordered by my party.

Jul 08, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

Book Recommendation

Agree on Honey from a Weed, I read it years ago (it's still in a prominent place on my book shelf) and it really changed how I thought about all things food.

Jul 07, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Where are the fruit flies?

There's been lot of discussions on that topic.

http://www.chow.com/search?q=fruit+fl...

Jul 05, 2014
pamf in Not About Food
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Best TBALT - Turkey Bacon Avocado Lettuce Tomato Club

I like a little place here in Pacifica, on Pedro Point (next to Fresh & Easy) called High Tide Cafe. It's a double decker with very generous portions of all the main ingredients (I usually split one). Good quality roasted turkey, sliced thin.

It's a great deal at $9.95. It's with also very generous helpings of either home fries or french fries and a side salad.

http://hightidecrepery.com/index.htm

Jul 04, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma wine

Are you transporting the wine yourself, or planning on having a winery ship?

If you are transporting, it would be a good idea to have a cooler large enough to hold the number of bottles that you plan on buying. Use frozen water bottles or those freezer packs. It doesn't need to be refrigerator cold, just cooler than the truck of your car. Looks like temps will be in the 90s in Sonoma this weekend.

Jul 03, 2014
pamf in Wine
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lunch before jail, dinner after [San Francisco]

There are several parking garages in the wharf area. Check with your cruise ship provider and see what is recommended, and they may have a validation/discount deal with one or another garage. If there is no deal parking can be expensive.

Pier 23 is a kind of divey bar with basic bar food, but if the weather is nice they have an outdoor deck with bay views. Could be OK for lunch.

Jul 02, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekday late lunch near SFO

If you are heading north, you can check out Cafe Grillades:

http://www.cafegrillades.com/index.html

They do have good vegetarian options, even if the menu looks a little meat heavy at first. It's in a strip mall, but it is definitely a nice place to sit if you are not getting there at lunch rush.

Jul 01, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Help! Intimate Rooftop Dinner Party Featuring Grilled Chicken?

The challenges of a grill-out in SF in July. The weather can go from 80 to 50 in an hour. :)

Have some sturdy salads (potato, bean, grains) prepared in advance.

If grilling chicken I would use drumsticks and thighs (they cook pretty quickly, but if the fog rolls in you may need to have an oven to finish them and make sure they are cooked through), and maybe make a couple of different marinades for interest. Spicy marinade will go with different red wines (think Spain, Italy, South America rather than California Cabs, cheaper too). You could do chicken skewers (boneless skinless thighs are great for this and pretty inexpensive), same idea up the spicing to match with a red wine.

Jun 30, 2014
pamf in Home Cooking

Women who don't eat much when among peers

I think the not eating around boys starts at about the same time that girls begin to take a romantic interest in boys. Hopefully they will grow out of it within a year or so.

Jun 30, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

Women who don't eat much when among peers

I don't know the woman either. I think we are just coming at this from two different perspectives, but probably no one is actually starving in any of these scenarios. :)

I think that when I go out to eat with a friend or group, I usually order about the same number of courses/amount of food as my dining companions.
Because you don't want to have someone sitting without a plate while you are having an appetizer, or whatever. So if the OP's wife occasionally dines with this friend, she might just adjust to her friend's pattern, enjoy the company, and want a snack later.

Jun 30, 2014
pamf in Not About Food
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Women who don't eat much when among peers

Then he should ask her.

Once again, personal experience, I can have a drink and small plate and be happy at a restaurant. A few hours later I might be looking for a snack. I might not describe it as "starving", but to each her own.

What I am trying to say is that it is not a cultural phenomenon, but just varying appetites.

Jun 29, 2014
pamf in Not About Food
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Bridal Shower Luncheon in Marin County....Venue Ideas?

Piatti is standard Cal-Ital type food. It's not ground breaking, but they do a good job. I went to a rehearsal dinner there which they handled a group of about your size really well. From looking at their website, looks like you might be able to reserve their deck for lunch, it looks out on a little inlet off of the bay, with views of Mt. Tam.

http://www.piatti.com/millvalley/

Jun 29, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Women who don't eat much when among peers

Speaking as a woman who is close to your wife's age, our bodies change, our eating habits change.
In my personal experience, I cannot eat "heartily" at most restaurants.
Entree portions are too big, appetizers and small plates are great. I can have a few different tastes and not feel stuffed. (Twenty years ago it was a different story.)

Pick up some good cheese and bread (or whatever your wife likes) or cook up something she can snack on when she's feeling hungry. Be kind to each other.

Jun 29, 2014
pamf in Not About Food
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Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria (Geyersville)

Was that the Local's tasting room next door?
The have wines from lots of local small producers who do not have their own tasting rooms. Great spot.

It's difficult to to go wrong at Diavola.

Jun 27, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

First visit to San Francisco and dont know where to begin??????

Check out the Muni passes, gets you on the cable car and any city streetcars and buses. It makes it easy to venture around the city without having to worry about having exact change for every ride.

http://sfmta.com/th/getting-around/tr...

Jun 27, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Anchorage downtown recc?

I have been in Anchorage a few times for business (but the last time was few years ago). I have liked Simon & Seafort's. Mostly steak and seafood, with a few other choices.

http://www.simonandseaforts.com/locat...

They are at the far edge of downtown and have water views. They have an early bird menu on their website. It's kind of old school Victorian-ish decor.

Glacier is much more modern and may be closer to your hotel.

http://www.glacierbrewhouse.com/

Both places are going to seem pretty pricey but there are only so many restaurants and tourists are a captive audience.

Jun 27, 2014
pamf in Pacific Northwest

Does TJ's Go TOO Far To Please Customers?

TJ's does things like this, I remember one time I was checking out and an item of mine got left behind in the cart. I had already swiped my card and the transaction was completed when the checker noticed the item. I offered to pay for it because it was something I needed, but the checker just put in my bag and said it was on them.

I guess it was to keep the line moving, but it was a nice gesture. They do these little things to keep customers happy, that's just the TJ way.

Jun 26, 2014
pamf in Chains
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Pepin Kickstarter

Pepin has been a part of the PBS system for years, where he was required to pitch in for hours of pledge breaks, as well as to line up corporate sponsorships for his shows.

I really don't see how this is that much different.

Kickstarter and crowdsourcing via social media are still relatively new, so there are probably not a lot of people who are experts (yet) in using these methods.

Jun 23, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News
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Anyone else enjoying Create TV?

I seem to remember reading in an interview with Sara Moulton, sometime in the last year or so, that she had to find her own sponsors, in the million dollar range, in order to produce and keep her show on PBS. It's probably a similar sponsorship arrangement for Create.

Jun 19, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Any place one can buy Kouign Amann in SF?

They are pretty good if you let them rise properly. (I learned on the chains board that you can heat the oven to a low heat, turn it off, and let them rise overnight in the warm oven.) Same for the various croissants. Maybe not as good as the bakeries cited here but not bad for a freezer item. They are too sweet for me although the other household members didn't think so.

Jun 19, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

do yu "drink" at work??

I live in a moderate climate, so room temp water is fine by me. But when I am somewhere that the temperature and humidity get really high, then iced is the way to go.

I have noticed during my business travels, in the south and in parts of Texas, that a full size ice maker is standard equipment in a lot of office break rooms.

Jun 18, 2014
pamf in General Topics

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

I've had the TJ's frozen falafel. They make a good snack, the flavor is fine, but the texture is off. They are a little soft and mushy, especially if you microwave them. I would usually crisp them in the toaster oven, or you could lightly fry them.

Jun 18, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Pacifica Update - Spring 2014

No, I have not. I knew that the previous restaurant closed, but had not heard there were new owners. Will definitely give their pizza a try, probably soon. Thanks.

Jun 18, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area