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Canton Dim Sum or Yank Sing (Stevenson)? [San Francisco]

Thanks for the reassurance, everyone! Will call tomorrow and make reservations at Yank Sing.

Feb 17, 2014
Cowprintrabbit in San Francisco Bay Area

Canton Dim Sum or Yank Sing (Stevenson)? [San Francisco]

Headed down to SF this coming weekend and would like to do Dim Sum on Sunday. I've narrowed it down to Canton or Yank Sing (Stevenson); criteria were walkablity from St Francis and food quality.

My only question is about the service/crowding problems at Yank Sing - everyone seems to agree the food is better. Being from Seattle, we know from good Dim Sum and it seems to come hand in hand with surly service and packed dining rooms. I can remember in particular sitting at a table for 10 with 14 people at it; we all sat at an angle with the shoulder of our chopstick hand pointed inward :-)

Given the above, thoughts please? Are the complaints from people not familiar with the normal dim sum atmosphere?

Feb 17, 2014
Cowprintrabbit in San Francisco Bay Area

Helena Withdrawal (Caesarea, Isreal)

We used to eat at Restaurant Helena once a week; I am seriously in withdrawal! Have emailed them several times for recipes since we moved back to USA, no response, possibly because I'm writing in English? My written Hebrew is grade-school level...

Going to try to attempt a facsimile of their Shrimps and Scallops in Ouzo tonight, and maybe some flatbread to go with. There's no mention of either in the Uri Buri cookbook someone gave me when we left so am improvising unless someone has recipes?

Jan 17, 2012
Cowprintrabbit in Middle East & Africa

Veuve Clicquot CEW: what do I have?

Asked a friend coming through duty free to pick us up a bottle of Veuve Clicquot since it's so expensive here. What he brought back was $35 more that we were expecting, and is called Veuve Clicquot Cuvee Edouard Werle. From reading The Widow Clicquot (an excellent book!) I know that ol' Eddie was the widow's business partner and successor, but what does that mean for my bottle of champagne?

Mar 09, 2009
Cowprintrabbit in Wine

Latke aftermath

Cooking that hot for that long in nonstick scares me - we have a parrot and I read something a few years ago about teflon, etc should only be used for as long as it takes to scramble eggs if you have pet birds...

Jan 10, 2009
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

Latke aftermath

* In fact, I took one, stuck a wick in it, lit it and it burned for 8 days! * hee hee!

I had a couple turn out that way (the dogs liked them!) until the oil came up to heat - I had our gas stove turned up as high as it would go; but it's the kind with the propane tank outside - I think my best friend's in the US get hotter...

Jan 10, 2009
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

To Box or not

I ask for food to be boxed if I know I can get it rerrigerated within a reasonable time - DH and I have REALLY sensitive stomachs and get sick if the food was even considering maybe spoiling. I prefer restaurants that box for you, most restaurant plates are so heavy it's clumsy to lift with one hand and scrape with the other - not to mention the old knocking over the wine glass with the styrofoam container trick.

My favorite boxing story, though, is the our last night in a hotel before moving abroad. I had ordered Filet Oscar and couldn't finish it; and wanted to take it back to our dog waiting in the room. I didn't want to clog the room sink with crab and hollandaise debris, so I asked the waiter to rinse off the steak and box it without any of the sides. He was naturally curious so I admitted it was for canine consumption and got a huge smile! When we got back to the room and opened the box, there was not only my leftover filet, but a stranger's porterhouse bone, both neatly rinsed! My canine daughter enjoyed herself that night!

Jan 10, 2009
Cowprintrabbit in Not About Food

Family Lost in the Kitchen

what is it with mothers and dull knives? I have never cut myself in my own kitchen (knock wood) but I ended up with a paring knife almost through my palm in hers due to lack of clean cutting boards and improper/dull knives...

She HAS sharp knives, but never uses them, and I am finally allowed to use them at 31, only under supervision, and only after reminding her of the above incident every time I visit...

Jan 01, 2009
Cowprintrabbit in Not About Food

5 Kitchen Gadgets you can't live without???

It's actually pretty small, it will effectively do about 1/2 cup of something at a time. What i use it for the most is to mince garlic; I've got a bad shoulder on the my knife hand arm so the less I have to use a knife repetitvely the better. A garlic press is too much force, too.

I have the Williams Sonoma version of the as-seen-on-TV veggie chopper, too, but it didn't really make my list because, while better than hand chopping, it requires my whole body weight to get tomatoes and cucumbers through. And that I do make large salads with - we go through several gallons of Israeli salad a week!

Dec 30, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

Latke aftermath

unfortunately, it's on the inside sidewalls... Thanks, though!!!!!!

Dec 30, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

Latke aftermath

I was afraid of that - will letting it sit a month before cleaning hurt it? I mean, it's clean enough to cook in, it's just ugly...

Dec 30, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

Latke aftermath

OK, my first year making latkes - they turned out great. My husband is still raving!
BUT my gorgeous deep 5 layer stainless skillet with the helper handle on the far side (because I'm a weakling and can't lift it one-handed) has burnt on oil splatters all up the sides. I tried a cream cleanser and an organic orange concentrate that said it would attack oil. No go - hubby is going to bring me Bon Ami the first week of February when he's back in the States on business; but I hate to wait that long.

We don't eat much fried food, so I've never run into this problem before - how does everyone else clean their latke pan?

Dec 29, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

5 Kitchen Gadgets you can't live without???

spring-loaded tongs
salad tossing/chopping scissors
salad spinner
and best of all - one of those chopping things like you see at the state fair (spring loaded, with the accordion shaped blade that goes up and down and round and round)

Dec 29, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Cookware

Crepes (Palacsinta) Hortobagy

While on vacation in Budapest, I loved the Crepes Hortobagy (crepes with chicken in a sour cream/paprika sauce) so much I had it at least once a day. Now I'm back home wanting to make it for myself but not finding much online. Can anyone share their Hungarian grandma's (or grandpa's!) recipe?

Dec 28, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Home Cooking

Where Beer Is Truly Liquid Courage

I love this idea! Beats the heck out of the herbal tea at Gene Juarez :-)

Now I just have to figure out how to fit an appointment into my one week visit home...

Sep 15, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Features

Seattle breakfast w/o margarine

Cool, thank you! She was not aware of the new location (they love the old one, but it was too far from the condo.)

Sep 14, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Pacific Northwest

Homemade slice-and-bake cookies with design inside?

I'm wondering if two chocolate ropes the same size and one fatter one, with plain dough around the outside would make a reasoble Mickey Mouse - fun for kids if it worked!

I'm also thinking a fat orange rope with a skinny green one pressed into a dent in the top might make a pumpkin cookie.

Uh oh, I feel a cookie making session coming on! My neighbors should be happy :-)

Sep 14, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Home Cooking

Seattle breakfast w/o margarine

My sister has a condo in Seattle near Lake Union; she is there about once a month so they don't really have cooking stuff there. She would like to find a good breakfast place that doesn't use margarine, organic would be a plus, too. I had recommended Tilth, but they only do brunch on Sundays and they're normally heading back out of town by then.

Any suggestions for her?

Sep 13, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Pacific Northwest

Basic Pancakes

I had the density problem also - my husband described them as pancake bagels ;- /

I liked the salt and vanilla, though!

Sep 04, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Recipes

What's your Salt Fetish?

I have low blood pressure and have to indulge my salt cravings or I get dizzy when I stand :-)

Used to eat salt out of the shaker as a kid; had to stop buying peanutbutter because it's really not meant to be eaten by the 1/2 jarful. Why is such a good salt source so fattening? Pickles, olives (cracked Syrian, please!), soy sauce, potato chips - ecxuse me while I go raid the kitchen...

Sep 02, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in General Topics

First date advice; need help

I love the Pasta Freska idea! My sister and bro-in-law took us there a few years ago and it was wonderful. If my sister likes it, it is a good restaurant - she is the pickiest eater I have ever met...

Sep 01, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Pacific Northwest

Where has the great dim sum gone?

I second Noble Court and Top Gun (either the Seattle or South Bellevue locations)

Sep 01, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Pacific Northwest

Ageist service problems -- paranoia or shared experience?

Not just in restaurants, we have walked out of car dealerships and jewelry stores when they bypassed us to wait on older customers who came in after us. Then I developed two silver streaks in my otherwise brown hair - problem solved! (note - I am still only 30; we go grey early on my mom's side...)

Aug 31, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Not About Food

First REAL Food memory

I would have been 3 or 4; the open-faced shrimp sandwiches served in Harrods (not the food hall, the restaurant upstairs.) I've only found them again once or twice in my life - and the ones at Ikea do NOT measure up.

Probably the next one was at a restaurant in Seattle on the water (Lake Union?) and being allowed to order my own filet mignon at 8. I had the most amazing baked marinated mushrooms as an appetizer that I've never found again. The steak was topped with crystallized ginger which my dad told me to eat as a joke and I ended up loving!

Aug 31, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in General Topics

What's on your cookbook wishlist?

I just ordered technique books from Le Cordon Bleu and Jaques Pepin - I'm really excited, but have to wait till October to pick them up from my mom's where I have stuff shipped...

Aug 27, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Home Cooking

Crossing the US / Canada border with food. [split from Quebec]

Is duck poultry or game? My sister has a friend who brings and prepared confit de canard whenever he visits. He is always relieved to have gotten it over the border OK. I think once he said he gave them a bottle of wine to look the other way.

He also takes cases of WA wine back to BC with him and counts on losing a bottle per case to the customs agents. I'd be too nervous to try that!

Aug 27, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Not About Food

I love fritters

have you tried a touch of cayenne in corn fritters? Yum!

Aug 27, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in Home Cooking

What is THE dish to judge a cuisine by?

Growing up I thought my mom was very pious, she'd pray before every meal in a restaurant. Several years ago she confessed she was actually warming the butter between her palms and had always wondered why I got quiet when she did it!

Aug 25, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in General Topics

Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

I keep a box we brought with us from the US to shock and disgust dinner guests. Evidently it's a foreign concept for most of the world. It was a lifesaver in college and when I could barely stand and cook post spine surgery but now - no thanks!

Aug 25, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in General Topics

fruit & veg washes/rinses

yep, here it's called "Fairy" but in the US I used Dawn. I keep a spray bottle of a few drips to a whole bottle of water around too. It's good for delicate things (and applying stained glass window film, but that's a different board...)

I figure if it's safe enough to wash my dishes and untensils with, it's safe enough to wash my food with.

Aug 25, 2008
Cowprintrabbit in General Topics