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Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

Hi treb - in which location did you get these grapes? Thanks.

Jul 23, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

French Groceries/markets in Bay Area

I second Gourmet Corner. Great place for canned goods, French wines, French yogurts, and also French cheeses. They sometimes have wine tastings on the weekend.

Jul 15, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Pacific Catch and Paul Martin- new in Mountain View- any feedback?

I haven't been to these places in Mountain View, but have been to both in San Mateo recently. Since they're both chains, I hope you don't mind if I make some correlations.

We liked Pacific Catch a lot. We had a group of 10 on a Saturday night (made the reservation the day before) and the service was very courteous and friendly. The food (especially the poke and the Korean bowl), as well as their special drinks, were very good. I would definitely go back.

Paul Martin's was a different story. We went on a Tuesday night because they have a fried chicken special. The service was slow, the drinks were so-so (the martini wasn't even good - watery and blah), and the food was "okay". To their credit, when I asked for all-dark meat for the chicken, they did accommodate me. I might go back for wine and appetizers, but not for a full meal with cocktails.

Perhaps these restaurants in Mountain View will be different. And honestly, it would be good to hear that a different location of a chain offers up a better experience.

Jun 29, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

richmond costco selling hawaii poke today

I've seen it several times at the Redwood City Costco. Unfortunately, the batch I bought was mushy. I hope others are having a better experience.

Jun 29, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Today they had the Tuscan olive oil (November/December 2013 harvest) at the Redwood City Costco.

Jun 28, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

Your favorite grilled chicken wing recipe!?!?

My favorite is this Buffalo Style Wing recipe from the Dad Cooks Dinner site. I've made them a half dozen times on our gas grill. I always use the marinade, but rarely the hot wing sauce (to save on calories), and I think the wings are delicious without the sauce. Also, if I don't have Frank's Red Hot Sauce in the pantry, I'll use Tapatio and that works great, too. This page also has a recipe for Teriyaki wings, but I haven't made them. http://www.dadcooksdinner.com/2008/09...

Jun 19, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Cleaning a gas stovetop. Any suggestions?

Hi Scubadoo - which of Greased Lightning's products do you use? On their site, they show the Multi-Purpose, Super Strength and Orange Blast.

It's so hard to remove the grease from the stove, so I will be so happy if this works! Thanks!

Jun 16, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Grocery Outlet (June 2014)

The 4-pack of Pacific organic chicken broth was at the Redwood City store yesterday.

Also sighted was the salted Anchor butter from New Zealand. I think it was $1.49 or $1.99.

Jun 12, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

best ramen in the bay area

We tried Ramen Dojo recently and loved it. The noodles were springy and perfectly cooked, and the garlic pork broth - regular spicy - was very tasty.

We got there on Friday night around 7:00 and were surprised that the line wasn't that bad. We only waited 5 minutes (we went ahead of others, probably because we were a party of two). I doubt the others in line had to wait more than 20 minutes, though. The restaurant brings food out quickly and their service is quick, too.

Jun 08, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Do you use a dishrack?

We have a dishwasher AND a dish rack. I would prefer not to have a dish rack since it takes up so much room, but it is always in use, especially because there are only 2 of us so we run the dishwasher only every 2-4 days.. We hand-wash our pots and pans and knives, so those go in the drying rack. In addition, our coffee thermal pot and dripper need washing/rinsing every day. Also, we no longer wash our wine glasses in the dishwasher after the stems kept breaking off, so we have to wash those by hand, too. Not to mention the occasional martini glass. And finally, my husband makes a blender smoothie every day, and we need a place to dry that as well as the smoothie glass out after he cleans them.

We got a Simple Human stainless steel rack about 10 years ago and it's still going strong. It looks like it's no longer being sold, but it looks similar to this. http://www.simplehuman.com/wire-frame...

Jun 01, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

Hi NapaSpy,

I really enjoyed your description of the Daimo Monster - your imagining how your grandma would react make me laugh! Can you please explain the difference between HK, Taiwan, Shanghai and Cantonese styles?

Thank you!

May 15, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Me, too. Love the savory mushroom taste.

May 13, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

Muffuletta Olive Salad.

The Boscoli is available at Cost Plus World Market, too. I don't recall the price, though.

May 07, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for authentic Cacio e pepe in Bay Area

I haven't tried it, but I've heard that Tosca Cafe in SF serves it and that it's good.

May 03, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Poke Bar at Costco: SF, RWC, Concord, SJ Almaden weekends only

I love ahi poke! I saw it a couple of months ago at the Redwood City location and purchased it. Unfortunately, I thought the texture was very strange. Mushy, even kind of soggy. No resistance to the tooth. Not fresh tasting. A month later, we saw it again. This time, we asked for a taste. Same thing - texture was weird. I don't know the reason - whether the problem is the fish, or it's been sitting for too long, or what. This was the regular flavor.

Moral of the story - ask for a taste. Even though I haven't had a good experience, I would try it again, in the hope that one day, I'll find good poke at Costco.

May 03, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

The Palo Alto store had the same Gloria Ferrer 2008 Pinot Noir 375 ml today. $4.99. I picked up 6 bottles.

May 01, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

Yes, I've tried it. It's pretty good. Not like a true Tom Yum soup you'd find at a Thai restaurant, but it's a decent home substitute. I think I doctored up the soup, though.

Apr 22, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

Yes, everything on the package had an equal translation in French, so you're probably right!

Apr 21, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

April 16: The Redwood City GO had Pacific Organic Mushroom Broth for $1.49 (34 ounces; no, 34 is not a typo). They also had the Ziggy Marley coconut oil mentioned by zippo, in the Curry flavor. Several shapes of Barilla pastas were $.99.

There wasn't anything out of the ordinary in the refrigerated section.

Apr 17, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Tramontina Proline Cookware at my Costco

Which Costco is this one?

Apr 17, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Your favourite thing to do with jam/preserves?

Hi Arvid,

I know this post is a couple of years old. But I'm wondering if you could share how you make the Jam Jellies. Do you have a particular recipe?


Apr 16, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

If you wash Riedel wine glasses in a Miele dishwasher . . .

It's been a couple of years since culinarynomad posted about the Miele Futura dishwashers, and I'm wondering if anyone has an update. Our [very old] dishwasher has gasped its last breath, so it's time to join the modern world. (The plates were loaded on the top rack, not bottom rack, was very noisy, and did a normal cycle in 70 minutes - that's how old it is! :-))

While we don't have many Riedel glasses, we would love to put any type of delicate glasses in the dishwasher. We had enough breakage in the beginning that over the years, we've become accustomed to hand wash even the cheapest of wine glasses. Would love for that to change!

Apr 01, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day

Hi Melanie,

Did you try the Snake River corned beef round? If so, how was it? I saw it at Costco but purchased the Shenson instead as it was a bit cheaper. I have to say the Shenson was very tender and surprisingly, not too salty. My whole family loved it.

Mar 23, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

New and interesting pots at Home Goods

Hi Suetmo,

How big is or what is the capacity of the Berndes Windsor-like pot? I have a SS Windsor saucepan by Calphalon, but it's so heavily weighted on the handle side that it tips over easily. Thanks!

Feb 25, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

My first stock from chicken feet - roast? how many lbs for 6 qts stock?

Can I just say how much I love my fellow Chowhounders?! I was laughing at the comments, and also at myself, because I'm just like you in some of our food obsessions! Where else could we expound on gruesome chicken feet and pedicures and gelatin and fat caps?! :-)

Feb 12, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Best way to reheat fried chicken

I don't have a convection oven. I usually microwave the chicken for a minute or two to heat up the inside. Then, I place it on a pan in the toaster oven and bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes to get the skin crispy.

Feb 05, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Salt & Pepper Oxtail at Tai Wu/Mr Fong BBQ Noodle House Daly City

Wow, the oxtails sound great! I haven't been to this restaurant but will try to make it there soon. Thanks for sharing!

Feb 01, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area

Target/Super Target Yays and Nays 2014

The Simply Balanced organic blue corn tortilla chips were very tasty. They also have the EVOL line of frozen entrees, which are "healthier" than other brands.

Jan 28, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

Requesting the perfect cheese blend for nacho cheese...before this Sunday!

Kenji on Serious Eats recommends Pepper Jack and pickled jalapenos. He also uses evaporated milk. I made this a couple of weeks ago. It was very good, but still too cheddary for my taste. Next time, I would use a higher proportion of Pepper Jack. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jan 28, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Grocery Outlet January 2014

Redwood City this evening:

Columbus Farm to Fork Uncured Sopresata Salame, sliced. (This is Columbus' natural brand.) Expiration date of 2/14/14. $1.49

Columbus Farm to Fork Oven Roasted Turkey, expiration date of 2/12/14. $1.49

Hain Iodized Sea Salt. $.99

Dried udon noodles, 12 oz (sorry, don't remember the brand). $.59

Jan 28, 2014
goodeatsgal in San Francisco Bay Area