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Uh oh - Valentines Day in Napa - where can a girl get a delicious meal?

I'd head to Oxbow Public Market- Pica Pica followed by a Kara's cupcake!

Las Vegas/Henderson fine dining

Thanks for the recommendation- I'll check it out!

Dec 28, 2009
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Las Vegas/Henderson fine dining

Hi hounds! I'll be in Vegas for a weekend- first evening at Le Cirque prior to seeing O. We'll be staying with family in the Henderson/Lake Las Vegas area and would like to take our hosts out to a nice dinner the next night. I'm considering Daniel Boulud (and being from SF have enjoyed restaurants like Michael Mina or Bouchon), but don't necessarily need/want to head back to the strip. What else should I check out in the area? Thanks for your guidance!

Dec 26, 2009
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Making fry bread ahead?

Thanks everyone- I had a feeling you'd answer the way you did- but, having never served them after holding them first for any length of time, I was hoping they'd hold up better- I'll see if I can make & roll out the dough ahead of time, transport it, then fry them on site?

Dec 16, 2009
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Making fry bread ahead?

I agreed to bring the fixings for Navajo tacos to an upcoming family gathering. Problem is, they'll need to be transported (I'd rather not be underfoot in my in-laws' kitchen)- and may not necessarily be eaten immediately upon my arrival anyways. Is this a really bad idea? I usually serve my fry bread right away and don't know how they hold up an hour or so after cooking.

Dec 15, 2009
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Pinole: King Valley Tea House - Delicious dim sum at reasonable prices.

Looking forward to giving it another go- thanks for the report!

Napa: Brix brilliant brunch buffet - an American classic … From Laughing Bird shrimp to Fatted Calf pate to carved beef filet to hot blackberry cobbler

Thanks for the reccommendation rw! Took my family to celebrate my husband's birthday- it was really lovely. We enjoyed sitting on the back patio and got to watch a wedding in their garden. The coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice was excellent! The cheese table was wonderful with an interesting selection of cheeses, cold cuts, and breads. Tucked away in baskets and platters were some real gems- we were frequently saying to each other- ooh! where'd you find THAT? Some favorites at our table were the tiny herb biscuits and zucchini bread, the huge & sweet Laughing Bird shrimp, the beet salad-YUM!, the lamb skewers (don't forget the sauce- sauces and condiments were sometimes not directly next to their dish, making them easy to miss), the smashed potatoes, and the berry cobbler. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We'll definitely be going back soon! I might do a 10:30 reservation next time though- they open for brunch at 10, but I saw a wider variety of dishes out later into our meal- and by then I was too full to try them.

Pinole: King Valley Tea House dim sum - A real winner ... for having the worst service of any Bay Area restaurant

I went on their second day- a relative happened to go on opening day and was raving about the good food and reasonable prices and wanted to go back. Being in Solano County, I figured it would be worth checking out to save a drive to Pacific East Mall or into the city. Part of our party was late arriving, so we didn't notice the delay in serving our table AT FIRST. We had grabbed a few steamer baskets off a passing cart upon first sitting down. At no point were we ever offered a menu and our requests for condiments (soy, hot mustard, and chili sauce) and drinks were ignored several times. I'd say it took at least an hour (and that's being generous) for us to get settled in and even then we were never informed that we should order our dim sum from a menu. Carts were sporadic and didn't seem to make a full round of the restaurant. Tables are packed in extremely closely. Servers seemed to hover (in multiples) over some tables and avoid others entirely. At one point, I ordered a bowl of hot tofu from a passing cart. The waitress started dishing it up, placed the filled bowl on the cart, disappeared for several minutes (leaving the cart still tableside), and then came back about 10 minutes later to hand me my tofu- strange. We eventually manged to get an order of delicious seafood chow fun, the dumplings WERE good- hargow, siu mai- and I LOVED a sweet rice dumpling covered in peanut dust and filled with sweet black sesame seed paste. I MIGHT give this place one more chance- maybe in a month or so to work out the kinks- and now I have a possibly better strategy for ordering, but if service is still as sorry- I'd say skip it- service so unattentive just isn't worth your time or business.

Looking for mini cupcakes for kids, as little sugar as possible, upper to lower Peninsula

I know these don't necessary fit your criteria, but as a Kindergarten teacher I've had great success with a package of those round brownie bites from Costco which I top with a small swirl of frosting- they're the perfect size for little kids, who tend not to finish more than a half of regular-sized cupcakes.

Recreating Diner Pancakes

I like my pancakes on the sweet & fluffy side too- try this
http://canitasteitnow.blogspot.com/20...

Jul 29, 2009
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Help for a single mom with 2 gourmet daughters travelling in Napa/Lake Tahoe next week looking for resto suggestions...

Pica Pica is a fave- love their yucca fries! Servings are good sized, their Pica-2 combo is a great option.

Napa Recommendations

In Napa- Angele has one of my favorite burgers- go for lunch, sit on the riverfront patio, and enjoy the gorgeous weather! Definitely swing by Oxbow & have a cupcake from Kara's. Up in Yountville, don't miss ad hoc. Redd (a few doors down) is also really good- their peanut butter gianduja dessert is to die for!

Help for a single mom with 2 gourmet daughters travelling in Napa/Lake Tahoe next week looking for resto suggestions...

How about Pizzeria Tra Vigne or Taylor's Refresher in St. Helena- both are good lunch stops with your girls. You might also check out Woodhouse Chocolates while you're there- they'll love the jewel-box of a store with the Tiffany-blue boxes!

Hercules: The Powder Keg Pub and Seafood Cafe - wow, $4 bloody Mary bar, crab Benedict, $1 oyster Monday, Joe's special ... a nice place

I agree that this is a nice new brunch find- went about a month ago and had the smoked salmon benedict- it was good, but I wasn't expecting the heavy layer of cream cheese inside. It would have been fine without, or at least, much less cream cheese. My Ramos fizz was perfect- loved that. We also shared a plate of the marmalade-stuffed french toast- this was a great treat! It was quiet when we went, service was friendly. Good neighborhood spot. I'd definitely go again for breakfast and am planning to check it out with friends one of these weekends for dinner & drinks.

San Diego- Catamaran Resort

Thanks CampySD! I totally "get" your use of quotation marks. It usually figures that whenever you try to accommodate a large group on vacation, chow-worthiness sometimes isn't the highest priority in choosing a resto as it would be if it was just me & the hubby. Authenticity isn't of huge importance with my in-laws & for this meal- they've taken us to PF Changs & Maggiano's when we've visited them. I'll save the other recs for when I can sneak away and explore more on my own!

Jun 10, 2009
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San Diego- Catamaran Resort

is taco surf more of a take-out place or would it work for our large (15) group for a casual dinner the day we all arrive? They seem to want Mexican food.
And do I have the right place-
http://www.tacosurf.com/
'cause I don't see a SD location?

Jun 09, 2009
sweet ginger in San Diego

San Diego- Catamaran Resort

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Like I mentioned, I know so little about the SD area, and having links to some of your other posts helps put my search results into context. I'll probably pass on JRDN this trip- doesn't quite sound like the right scene for us (3-yr old in tow & husband's 4 older siblings with their families). And with such a big group, I expect we'll be making dining selections fairly randomly and spontaneously, so it helps to have some solid, casual options nearby- La Playa and Cafe Athena are likely to go over well for easy dining. Is there any place in our neighborhood that I should ABSOLUTELY avoid?
PS Beach Chick- glad to see you like Taylor''s Ahi burger too- definitely one of my favorites with their sweet potato fries- and I'm glad to have Oxbow really nearby so I can get my fix without braving the hordes of tourists heading up-valley ;)

Jun 04, 2009
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San Diego- Catamaran Resort

We'll be driving down from the SF Bay Area in a couple of weeks to stay in San Diego around the Father's Day weekend. I've never been, so names of different neighborhoods don't mean much to me as I read old threads. Can you help? We'll be staying at the Catamaran- Mission Bay area, I guess? What's walkable? I'll have a toddler (an adventurous-eater/ Chowpuppy) in tow. Also any recs for a large-ish group (15 people)? TIA!

Jun 03, 2009
sweet ginger in San Diego

ISO lemon layer cake recipe

Great! Mushiness was my main concern with the soaking in addition to frosting.

Apr 15, 2009
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ISO lemon layer cake recipe

Thanks chowser- this recipe was actually quite helpful- I wasn't sure if a lemon syrup soaked into my cake layers would work well if I was also adding frosting, but it may do this trick with my current recipe. I also like the idea of layering the lemon curd in addition to the frosting!

Apr 13, 2009
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ISO lemon layer cake recipe

I've been searching and searching for a lemon cake that has a good amount of lemon flavor- a new white chocolate buttercream recipe I came across would be just divine with the right lemon cake. I don't want a bundt, tube, or pound cake- unless the recipe would lend itself well to being baked in rounds and stacked. Moist, tart, lemony layers- 'hounds, please help!

Apr 13, 2009
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Seeking Navajo fry bread

I recently found a very simple recipe for it and made it for the first time- It's incredible when fresh and warm. Can't imagine it would be much good packaged, and there are so few ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, water), a mix doesn't make much sense.

Valerio's Tropical Bakery - whole wheat pan de sal (Filipino)

Yes the chicken empanadas are good. I also like their banana turon! Will have to try their whole wheat pan de sal.

Trader Joe's holiday items [Old]

Just bought another 2 boxes this past weekend to make cakes- layered them (1 box per layer) with cream cheese frosting- heaven!

Dec 17, 2008
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Shortbread cookies at the Farmer's Market

They're also not difficult to make- a basic "millionaire's shortbread" cookie!

Costco frozen biscuits-Yum!

the costco ones-

Dec 06, 2008
sweet ginger in Chains

Costco frozen biscuits-Yum!

I'm at the Fairfield Costco (East Bay)- I used to purchase the So. style Pillsbury all the time until my Raleys stopped carrying them- hadn't yet tried the TJ's ones, but I definitely prefer the Meetinghouse brand to Pillsbury! Bigger size, more homemade flavor.
The package also recommends using them for shortcake with berries and cream...can't wait til summer! Mmmm...

Dec 05, 2008
sweet ginger in Chains

Costco frozen biscuits-Yum!

Not sure how new of an item these are, but I recently picked up a box of 24 frozen biscuits at my local Costco- the brand is something like "Meetinghouse" (blue box) and it says they are 72-layer cream cheese biscuits. Served them at Thanksgiving and they are awesome!!! I made a fairly full tray- inner biscuits didn't puff up as well- I think they need a little more room for the heat to circulate than what I gave them...

Dec 03, 2008
sweet ginger in Chains

Trader Joe's holiday items [Old]

Not yet- glad to hear the applesauce version turned out well.

Dec 03, 2008
sweet ginger in Chains

Trader Joe's holiday items [Old]

Love that gingerbread mix- you'd never know it came from a box- really moist and spicy!

Dec 02, 2008
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