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red or black currants

They were needed for a still life photo of "bitter" foods, so I wasn't very particular. I don't know where she gets them. I assume Chile, but you never know. I saw California grown pomegranates at TJ's in July!

Dec 07, 2013
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

red or black currants

Hi there. I'm a food stylist and often need things that are out of season. I have a woman at the wholesale produce market who can find me most anything if it is ripe and available. Believe it or not she could have gotten them for me next week.
My chowhound community often spots things in places I would never guess to look. The shoot is over and we ended up not using them. Thank you for your reply.

Dec 07, 2013
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Blood Oranges yet?

Hi guys. Looking for blood oranges out there. Anyone seen them yet?

Dec 01, 2013
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Seville Oranges?

Looking for Seville oranges. Has anyone seen them around lately? Thanks.

Nov 25, 2013
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

red or black currants

Looking for red or black currants in San Francisco or the East Bay. Has anyone seen them around recently?

Nov 25, 2013
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find whole wheat Kaiser sandwich rolls/hamburger buns?

Short of making them, I'd love to know where to purchase them locally.
Thanks

Apr 18, 2011
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for pomegranate seeds

Yes, they are definitely out of season here. I need them for a photograph. The fruit can only be imported as seeds from other countries. Tried BB also, no avail.
Any other sightings would be helpful.
Thanks.

Jul 11, 2009
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for pomegranate seeds

TJ's doesn't have them right now. Any suggestions? Ethnic/Middle Eastern groceries?

Jul 11, 2009
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Going to Napa

As a former pastry chef myself having trained and worked in great kitchens in Paris and NY I would have to recommend that you take your daughter to Redd in Yountville solely to sample some of Pastry Chef Nicole Plue's creations. I have been a fan of her work for years and believe she is one of the best in the business. Totally consistent and super yummy stuff. Although I would call first to make sure she's still there. I would hate to have referred you if she's left.

Feb 08, 2009
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area

Eating in Noe Valley & the Castro

I live in Baja Noe Valley and would have to agree that most restaurants are mediocre. When I go out to eat in the hood I do so for sustenance more than anything else. I do like the funky vibe and the specials at Tamasei sushi bar. I always ask the Japanese waitresses what to order off the specials menu and they have never done me wrong.
Do yourselves a favor and venture out a few blocks farther to go to the area known as the Gourmet Ghetto on 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero. There you will find the best and also most crowded bakery in SF. I can say this because I studied pastry in France. Just about anything you get will be spectacular if you don't mind a long wait in line. They also serve wine, sandwiches, and salads. Just next door is Pizzeria Delfina. Also excellent, but often a long wait. Bes sure to get some Salted Caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery.
Chow is a favorite for good comfort food and the atmosphere is cozy. Same with Home, only a bit more expensive.
Mission Beach Cafe has one of the best burgers in the city at $13 bucks a pop, and It comes with yummy fries (chips to you). Also, their pies look really good, although I was too full to order a piece. And I do not sing the praises of pastries very often.

Feb 08, 2009
aka helen in San Francisco Bay Area