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Dinner for 6 after a city hall wedding

Thanks for the awesome suggestions so far! I'm definitely going to ask about the Naked Kitchen private dinner. I love Greens too but unfortunately the bride & groom are big meat-eaters!

Cindy, I haven't been to Le Garage in so long. Do you happen to know if it's typically crowded on a Friday night? I remember that there were a lot of families with young kids.

I also thought of one more option: The Commissary. The one thread on chowhound seems to be very positive (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9769...). Anyone has a recent experience/have any thoughts on whether/not this will fit the bill? Probably can't see the water from the dining room, but beautiful view right outside on the lawn? Also the dining room looks open but empty in the pictures - does it have a good vibe? I'm scared of picking a place that may be deadly empty especially at 5:30/6.

about 19 hours ago
chocomel in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: ShakeDown Ice Cream, SF - Interesting flavors & Buckwheat Cones w/ PICS

Completely agree that the root beer float ice cream is exceptional. I actually clicked on this topic just to add that comment. We had it as a shake based on the recommendation of the very friendly employees. I finished half and it wasn't even my order.

I've also had a couple of their sorbets. The fruit flavors are always prominent, balanced and very natural. Not too icy, not too smooth. Light, refreshing, and not too sweet - a perfect end to a 7 courses of beef meal across the street.

about 19 hours ago
chocomel in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner for 6 after a city hall wedding

My friend is getting married at the city hall and have asked me to find a restaurant to celebrate after the wedding. The request is quite specific (read: nearly impossible) so I would really appreciate any help from fellow hounds.

Wants:
- Great view of the water
- Delicious food
- Up to 1 hr away from the city hall, no further unless it's really delicious
- Good atmosphere, not corporate (eliminates a lot of the embarcadero restaurants, especially at 5/6PM)
- We will be a small party of 6-8
- Bride and groom are very very adventurous with food but can be picky with food quality, which is hard for a waterfront restaurant!
- Wedding is in two weeks
- They are also definitely non-traditional and quirky (groom is wearing a tshirt with a tuxedo print) so different types of restaurants can work for them (casual/quirky/formal)

The only place i can think of that may somewhat fit the above is Murray Circle, maybe La Costanera. Any other ideas?

about 20 hours ago
chocomel in San Francisco Bay Area

Nontypical wedding food

Sounds delicious, thanks for sharing!

Share your favorite YouTube cooking videos

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Jul 09, 2015
chocomel in Home Cooking

Nontypical wedding food

What did you end up serving? Would love to hear your story!

Looking for Best Craft Beer Bars in the Bay Area

Any updates since 2010?

ISO: Arthur from Hill Farmstead in the Bay area

Thanks Spatlese & bouncepass!

Sad to hear that it will be hard to get Arthur. I really wanted to buy due to the name & style as a special present but now I might replace that present with a mini trip to Capitola.

Any other suggestions on small somewhat local brewery with similar style? I'm not really the beer connoisseur in the relationship (only tried Saison Brett out of the ones you mentioned) - do you think this is a good itinerary for a beer lover: http://www.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-... ?

Where to get chocolate writing on cake

Thanks for the responses - I end up going to Whole Foods and they were able to help (Thanks Dave MP!)

ISO: Arthur from Hill Farmstead in the Bay area

Just found out that this beer is not in retail distribution. The only time it's distributed is if there's a collaboration or on draft. Still, would appreciate any input if anyone has seen this beer in the bay area!

ISO: Arthur from Hill Farmstead in the Bay area

Hi,

Does anyone know where I can buy this beer in the Bay Area? I live in SF proper, but willing to travel as far as San Jose/Vacaville/Marin. I've already checked with the brewery - it doesn't seem the brewery can ship (it is however available on their retail shelf).

Any suggestions appreciated! Willing to call different stores.

Thank you!

Where to get chocolate writing on cake

Hi everyone - need an urgent help. I'm getting an ice-cream cake from a store that doesn't do custom writing. Is there any bakery in the SF where I can get custom writing (preferably in chocolate)? I'm thinking of one of those chocolate slabs with chocolate writing on top. I've gotten it before, but can't remember from where...

Thank you so much!

Baby shower for 30 - food ideas

Great idea- i think i will go with this. Perfect for an all women shower!

Hainan Chicken Rice or Khao Man Gai Recommendations in the Bay Area?

Wanted to add one more to the list - chicken rice at banana leaf in milpitas (can be ordered boneless for additional ~$1). Very generous portion for about $12, does not come with side clear chicken soup.

Baby shower for 30 - food ideas

Thanks everyone for the replies!

Ideally would not like to reheat since the party will not be hosted in my home.

The group is mostly asian - I definitely considered the fresh spring rolls/vietnamese sandwiches/asian party trays route but not sure if it will be a little bit boring for the bride & guests (I personally can never get tired of the vietnamese/chinese options). Another question is how much to buy (how many of those trays needed for ~25 people) - I'll ask the restaurant once i decide on what to serve.

Baby shower for 30 - food ideas

Hi all,

I'm planning a baby shower for around 25 - 30 people with a budget of max $10 per person. The party will be held in someone's house in Milpitas. I'm really at a lost of what to serve and in general not a throw-a-party type of person.

Does anyone have any party tray/catering ideas near Milpitas? I'm looking for recommendation about specific restaurants that's tried and true. I live in San Francisco, so also willing to pick something up from SF.

Options that I considered:
- Taco part (i read a thread somewhere that Taqueria Los Gollos in Concord can cater for $4 per person, is there a similar option near Milpitas)
- Maybe Mediterranean food?
- Open to get party trays of Asian food (maybe fresh spring rolls, vietnamese salad, chinese meats, etc)
- Whole foods for tea sandwiches and finger foods (i called in, this optioni seems expensive and not a lot of food)

I'm open to cooking/preparing the food as well although I have a small SF kitchen and still need to prep party decorations (again, not a party-thrower, so also at a lost here).

Thank you all in advance!

Convert to pressure cooker: Bo Ssam

Help needed to reduce cooking time for David Chang's Bo Ssam (recipe here: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12...). My schedule makes it hard for me to carve out time to have the oven on for 6 hours.

Anyone has any tips on how to improve these steps?

1. Marinate like normal, discard juices
2. Brown the pork in pressure cooker (I have an InstantPot with a browning option
)3. Set pressure cooker to high and cook for 70 minutes (no added juice, I'm going to assume there will be enough juice coming out from the pork)
4. Remove, dry. Cover with salt/brown sugar mixture and roast in the oven 10 -15 minutes until crusty(is this going to work for my pork?)

Some specific questions

- Do i need to add a little bit of liquid in the pressure cooker? If I do, would chicken stock or water work?
- Is the pressure cooking time enough? Is it going to be fork-tender?
- Is this going to yield a dry pork (sometimes my pulled pork come out dry). The oven roasted version is very juicy.

Thank you in advance for all your help and happy thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2014
chocomel in Home Cooking

ISO pork/beef/chicken bones

Thanks all for the response. Haven't had a chance to stop by Man Sung yet and instead used a delivery service.

ISO pork/beef/chicken bones

I've only found the following threads:
- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8823...
- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6772... (mainly leads to east bay stores/ranch 99
)- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8823... (mainly east bay
)- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6784... (whole foods is suggested, anyone had success, i've never actually seen packages of bones, anyone has any experience with whole foods?)

ISO pork/beef/chicken bones

What are you favorite purveyors of reasonably priced bones from naturally raised pork/chicken/beef used to make bone broth? Preferably in SF proper, but willing to travel down the peninsula.

I'm looking to get the best bones at the best price while getting maximum health benefit.

Thank you!!

Recommendations - Whirlwind Rome / Florence / Venice Food Tour

I want to thank analogarsonist for the excellent and detailed trip report. We had two of our favorite meals based on the recommendation:
- Buca Dell’Orafo (Florence) – The artichoke omelette does live up to the hype. The best omelette I’ve had in my opinion. We had fish lasagna and a pappadelle with meat sauce for our mains, both delicious. We also had the groppa con pecorino (sliced steak) topped with sautéed herb and a lot of olive oil, very delicious. Make a reservation or call ahead – our reservation for another place fell through, we called this place and were told they only have 9pm reservation left.
- Pizzarium (Rome) – Everything looks and tastes delicious. Don’t forget to order based on weight or you can show how big of a slice you want instead of ordering one (in which case you’ll get one big slice that will fill you up). We came by at 11:30am when they first opened and they had about 8 different topping selections, mostly veggies. They brought out more pizzas (with meat options) around 12, so be sure to plan to stop in at the appropriate time.

I really wanted to try other highly recommended restaurants on this site in Rome and Florence but couldn’t make it due to timing issues with some sites we want to see. We also came in during a local holiday so every place we want to go to is fully booked! I have to say that I probably only had one bad meal in my whole trip in Italy, it was such a delicious trip and hard to go wrong. Our lack of plans results in some pretty good meals/snacks:
- Life (Rome) – Probably the best carbonara I’ve ever had. The black truffles topping did not overwhelm the dish.
- Trattoria Nella (Florence) – Great steak, lasagna and panna cotta at a great price
- Venchi (Everywhere) – This gelato chain (yes, a chain) serves some of the best gelato (I loved the consistency and flavors)
- Santa Trinita gelateria (Florence)
- San Lorenzo market (Florence) – Delicious bakery on the top floor with cherry and strawberry donut-like pastry
- Many places in Cinque Terre – Very bright flavors and cheap too! I can only remember a place near our hotel, Da Eraldo, that serves beautiful charcuterie plate with such delicious bread (tigelle) and pasta.

I can’t remember the name of some other places we visited and now kicking myself for not taking pictures of the names. Happy eating to those traveling to Italy!

May 12, 2014
chocomel in Italy

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

Agreed with the NAY - French onion soup was horribly salty and tasted a little off.

Jan 06, 2013
chocomel in Chains

This foodie just moved from NYC area to Sacramento and needs help!

Golden Dragon in Rocklin. Ask for the chinese (szechuan) menu. This is comparable (if not better) than a lot of restaurants in the bay area. Love the chong qing chicken, any of the cold appetizers in chili oil, twice cooked pork, and fish.

Aug 22, 2012
chocomel in California

Delivery Options in SF

The few times I've called Lers Ros (and begged) they do not deliver all the way to the North Beach. Not too sure about Pac Heights,

Do You Doggie Bag?

FoiGras, I have the same problem with leftovers when travelling, in particular when I really enjoy the food. I feel so guilty for leaving the leftovers. Ordering just a salad or an app sometimes do not make sense because I have to order similar meals as my dining partners (app, entree, dessert - all eaten at about the same pace) and I, of course, do not want to miss out on some potentially delicious entree. To top it all off, after a few days of eating really rich food, my appetite typically shrinks - leaving even more leftovers!

Aug 12, 2012
chocomel in Not About Food

Recs for a great bar in SF for 21st birthday?

Also, if you choose Gitane/Comstock/15 Romolo, you can stop by Rickhouse. This will give you an amazing selection of romantic-girly-date worthy/great cocktail "old school" pub/slightly divey/packed to the gills frat boy atmosphere.

Have a happy birthday!

Recs for a great bar in SF for 21st birthday?

I love Gitane's drinks (not so much the food - very salty) especially the drink with saffron. The best thing about their cocktails is that it's more on the refreshing side than sweet. From there you can head on to 15 romolo, more divey, or comstock saloon. Comstock does excellent negroni and sazerac, I've never ordered an old fashioned there. Unfortunately, I don't think any of these places is great for beer. If beer is important, I would go to alembic, they have some beer there, and then walk a few blocks to magnolia for more beer (or better yet, take a bus/walk to toronado?).

What's growing in my pickle jar?

How long do quick pickles last (just doused in vinegar/salt/sugar). I make them frequently and still eat them after a week. I try not to go past a week - even if they still look good (but sometimes not an issue since I finish them before they hit a week).

May 18, 2012
chocomel in General Topics

What foods live up to their reputation? What do you 'rave' about?

Banh mis, fish tacos (deep fried versions), philly cheesesteaks, steak, NY pizza, macarons, pickles, fried chicken anything (with waffle, sandwiches, just fried chicken, etc).

May 03, 2012
chocomel in General Topics

Items you’ve converted into kitchen use

I use lip gloss cap (round metal cap pounded to a flat disk) as a coconut meat scraper...

May 02, 2012
chocomel in Cookware