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New Chinese resto opening in Sacto (The Kitchen)

I've eaten at both and think Kings Palace is easly as good.

Jan 27, 2008
Roberto in California

Peking Duck Pancakes

Is there something I can pick up at a grocery store to cover this or do I have to make them from scratich?

Jan 18, 2008
Roberto in Home Cooking

Vietnamese take out in Sacto

I'm having some plumbing work done over here (read no water) so it was take out for me last night. I like 'Pho Sai Gon' at 5304 Stockton Blvd so I gave them a call. I ordered # 29, BBQ Prawn w/Rice Vermicelli. Calling the 35-40 count shrimp "prawns" is a bit of a stretch but it sure was good. What I got was one of those foam plastic boxs with room temp rice noodles, a baggie with lettuce and sliced carrots, ~10 BBQ shrimp, a small container of the sauce (rice vinegar, hot pepper flakes, ??? I don't know what's in it but it's good) and some chopped peanuts for garnish. It was all disassembled so nothing got soggy in transport. Get a bowl and add the various ingredients in proportions that makes you happy, add a little hosin sacue, soy sauce and some hot chilli oil (I have them in my pantry) and you have a nice warm summer evening repast. Oh, did I mention a glass of chilled white wine? I'll just have to wait for the water to get turned back on to wash that bowl.

I like this place, I eat lunch there often 'cuz it's close and good. Happy hounding.

Roberto

Jul 17, 2007
Roberto in California

Short trip to the Berkeley area

I'm comming from Sacramento so a couple more miles to Berkeley is no problem. At the Nantucket I had Fried Calamari strips. It was the frozen calamari steak cut into strips and deeep fried. The veggies were cooked "al la mom" wayyyyy over done. All in all not very good.

Thanks for all the advice everyone. I'm sure I'll do better this time.

Roberto

Jun 10, 2007
Roberto in San Francisco Bay Area

Short trip to the Berkeley area

I'll be in El Cerrito next week and am looking for a good lunch spot. I stopped at the Nantucket under the bridge in Crockett earlier this week and it was a miss. I'm open to any cuisine, Chinese, Japanese, American. Just good. Thanks,

Roberto

Jun 08, 2007
Roberto in San Francisco Bay Area

Cabeza Tacos Sacramento

I like La Favorita. They are at Franklin Blvd north of Florin on the east side (#1) and Stockton Blvd north of Fruitridge on the west side (#2). #2 is in front of the K Mart there.

Roberto

Feb 05, 2007
Roberto in California

Where to find Scotch Bonnet peppers in Sac?

I saw them at Corti's about an hour ago.

Roberto

Feb 01, 2007
Roberto in California

Best Breakfast in Sacramento?

I like the Fox and Goose too. The others I'd suggest would be The Uptown Cafe (I love their liver and onions) on Del Paso Blvd (just south of Arden on the west side of the street) and another little place I can't remember the name of on north 16th st just before it turns into a freeway. They have steak and eggs for about five bucks. It's on the east side of north 16th right after the discount carpet places. Sorry I can't be more specific. Good luck,

Roberto

Jan 16, 2007
Roberto in California

Pancho's Mexican Grill in Sacramento

I was just turned on to this place sunday. Was told the Posle was good and boy was it. They were very generous. I did a take out. "Would you like some chips?" So they gave me some chips, salsa, a small container of oregano, a small baggie with chopped onions and lettuce and four or five quarters of lime. It was very good. Eight bucks and a dollar tip. Enough for dinner and a lunch. I recommend this place. I'll be going back.

Roberto

Jan 10, 2007
Roberto in California

Macau Cafe, Sacto.

Thanks PeterL I'll check it out. I like HK Wok.

Robert

Dec 11, 2006
Roberto in California

Urgent, Hungry Celeste, a turkey gumbo question for you please!

I do it uncovered. The skimming happens pretty early in the process (first 15 to 30 minutes) then you can cover it. I put the lid half on and half off if you know what I mean. The turkey, already being cooked, goes in right at the end just to get it hot.

Roberto

Nov 26, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

Sourdough Pancakes

Gee, I don't have a Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker. I hate it when that happens! :-( I have a 60's Looney Tune Waffle Maker. It's Sylvester's head on the outside and when you open him up Tweety Bird's inside his mouth. Poor Tweety. The kids eat dozens of him when ever they can.

I mean they don't even know who Sylvester and Tweety Bird are. They get the joke though. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, Roberto

Nov 21, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

Beans again

Yes. Thank you cheryl_h.

Roberto

Nov 18, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

Beans again

What ever happened to the bean string that was started a few days ago? I did a bean search on the home cooking site and got 2100 hits so that wasn't much help.

The question was: Which beans to use for what?

I tried to keep an eye on it but it just went away.

I went shopping yesterday and wrote this down. Beans for about $2.90 a pound dry. Red Lentels, Lupin, Fava, Cranberry, Canellini, Flagolets, Green Lentels and Turtle Beans.

Beans for about $1.09 a pound dry. Black, Pink, Great Notrhern, Pinto, Small White and Red Kidney.

All were packaged in two pound bags. This leads me to believe that a comprehensive tasting would be pretty expensive. Not to talk about how many little pots it would take!

What does a fella do?

Roberto

p.s. This wasn't all the beans they had by far. Mucho mas...

Nov 18, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

what's the diff between dried beans and which are good for what?

This a good question and I'm looking forward to responses. Recently I've been using canned beans. I'm of the rinse the goop off and use a chicken broth crowd.

My favorite is the S&W Premium White Bean. They are small and can be used in a number of ways. Sweet with brown sugar, maple surup, Steens etc., etc., ... or savory (meaning less sweet).

I was looking at about 6 types of dried beans yesterday and had the same question you have. At my local farmers market (Sacramento CA) there is a producer who is showing up with "heirloom beans" Anazi is one of them. A tasting is a good idea but not cheap with these guys.

Another favorite is fresh frozen beans. I find limas and blackeye peas here. But your question is what to use for what? I just do it by the seat of my pants. That, in my case, gives me quite a bit of latitude! :-)

Again, I'm looking forward to hound cooks input.

Robert

Nov 15, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

Hong Kong Cafe vs. Hong Kong Restaurant

Yeah, I avoid the Hong Kong Cafe too. Hasn't been any good for years if then.

Roberto

Nov 15, 2006
Roberto in California

Election party eats?

I would include a Chilian Blue Bean dish. It would contribute to the gas that comes out of that place!

Roberto

Nov 07, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

Best breakfast in Sacramento - Fox and Goose

I'm going on the 14th and/or the 21st, depending on scheduals,
and am looking for company. Check out the Sacto site. All are invited.

Roberto

Nov 06, 2006
Roberto in California

Best breakfast in Sacramento - Fox and Goose

Let me know when you're going and I'll meet you there if I can. I know those people too well. Anyone else who wants to go is welcome as well.

Roberto

Nov 04, 2006
Roberto in California

Best breakfast in Sacramento - Fox and Goose

My favorite at the Fox & Goose is their tuesday lunch special, Bangers and Mash. I've been eating it for years and it's always great. Their breakfasts are also very good. They used to have great dinners on friday and saturday nights. Roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding, leg of lamb w/homemade mint sauce. Man them were the good ole days. I'm dating myself so I'll stop.

Roberto

Nov 01, 2006
Roberto in California

Bean soups

There is a great Senate White Bean Soup that is served in the congressional restaurant to our senators and assembly members. It's available all over the net, just do a Google on it.

I think it accounts for all the hot gas that comes out of the place!!!

Roberto

Oct 27, 2006
Roberto in Home Cooking

Acequia in Visalia - Go there immediately

Great post Pate. I'm planning on doing a drive down 99 pretty soon myself and will stop and check the place out.

Thanks, Roberto

Oct 26, 2006
Roberto in California

quick (shorthand) restaurant bill calculations - rules of thumb

I don't see how this "double-double" system could account for the wide range of drinks costs.

I too am in California and I prefer the cost plus double the tax for a tip. That's about 17/18%, if your want to do 20% that's easy math.

Roberto

Oct 22, 2006
Roberto in Not About Food

Looking for new places to find ingredients in Sacramento

Yes, that's the place, under the freeway. The oysters are great. Fresh from Tomalas Bay. Salmon, if it's still there, is great. I stay away from the fish stuff at the s/w corner, doesn't look too good to me. I'd like another opinion on that actually.

They still have peaches!!!

Yes, let's do another taco run. Actually I'm on my way to La Favorito for a couple of taco's right now.

Nice to see ya Nick. Have fun at Apple hill.

Roberto

Oct 14, 2006
Roberto in California

Chow Dinner at Wakano Ura (Sacto Area)

Hewn this is a very old post. Two years old in fact. It was a pretty good dinner with very little in the way of ambiance. We are setting up another get together here in Sacto but since the moderaters discourge organizing them on this site I suggest you go to sacramentofoodgroup.org to see what's happening locally.

Roberto

Oct 13, 2006
Roberto in California

Looking for new places to find ingredients in Sacramento

Yes, yes and yes. I hope some of these Sacto types check out Melly's site and try to make it to the lunch.

Roberto

Oct 12, 2006
Roberto in California

Looking for new places to find ingredients in Sacramento

I agree, I like Wing WA on Stockton.

Roberto

Oct 12, 2006
Roberto in California

Looking for new places to find ingredients in Sacramento

Nick, nice to see you again. Yes I too have found the place on Land Park and Sutterville has changed hands and it's not any good at all IMHO. Well ok, not so H. The seafood at the farmers market is the best deal so long as you stay away from the big booth on the south west corner. But the salmon, oysters and stuff from specialists is great. Too bad the salmon is over. Just too fished out. Hope to see you again sometime. That taco run you set up was memorable.

Robert

Oct 12, 2006
Roberto in California

Sacto chow-in at Everett & Jones BBQ?

I'm in. I live in Sacto and probably close to the place you are talking about. Check out www.sacramentofoodgroup.org You might find some interested people.

Oct 10, 2006
Roberto in California

Looking for new places to find ingredients in Sacramento

SF Chinese market at 65th St and Stockton Blvd.

La Superior Mexican market on Stockton Blvd North of Fruitridge on the west side of the street.

Are both good choices.

Roberto

Oct 06, 2006
Roberto in California