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Easter Brunch in Davis?

I live in Davis, and there's not much here that qualifies as upscale. Bernardo is my favorite brunch spot in town. You should also check out Little Prague. I think that they offer brunch and their patio is lovely. I definitely second the Tazzina Bistro in Woodland rec. Their brunch will be better than anything you'll find in Davis. Putah Creek Cafe in Winters is also great if you're willing to eat in the next town over. IMO Bistro 33 is meh, and Caffe Italia is yucky.

Mar 26, 2009
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Group dinner in Davis - must have pasta option [moved from San Francisco Bay Area board]

I second all of mudster's recs, except Katmandu whose food has underwhelmed me on several visits.

I would add that Delta of Venus and Crepeville also serve a decent breakfast. Delta's patio is lovely too. The breakfasts at Putah creek cafe are a lot better than anyplace in Davis though.

I actually like Cafe Italia. It is very generic americanized italian, but when I want huge portions of spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna, its where I go. Pasta? is another option for pasta. I've never had anything there that knocked my socks off, but in my opinion its about the same level of price and quality as all of the pasta places mentioned above.

Tazzina Bistro in Woodland is a fabulous resturant, and only a ten minute drive away. They usually have a pasta option. Prices are similar to seasons.

Little Prague is a better bet for desert than ciocolat. Try their princess cake, its amazing.

Have a great time!

May 09, 2007
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Mulberry Season?

The ones on my tree are ripening up right now. Robert is right, there are far too many to harvest and the birds get most of them. What do you want them for? They're a little long on sweet and short on flavor for my taste.

Anything edible in Susanville? (Lassen county)

Was it Hearts Diner? I was in Susanville with a field soil science class last summer and we had Breakfast at Hearts. It wasn't a spectacular breakfast, but it stands out in my memory because it was the first meal that I ate in two weeks that wasn't cooked on a camp stove by college students. I had french toast and a big helping of cut up fresh fruit that I enjoyed thoroughly. Our waitress was really nice to us despite the fact that we were a bunch of dirty bedraggled looking folks by that point in the trip.

Apr 11, 2007
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good food near I-80 in ski clothes? [moved from SF Bay board]

My choice would be Hometown Chinese Food in Davis. It's located in the Chevron station on the south side of the freeway at the RIchards boulevard exit. Frankly the ambiance sucks, but the food is great and cheap. They serve up taiwanese style food including excellent beef noodle soup, curry noodles and congee, as well as more americanized stir fries with very fresh vegetables. Owners are super nice too. My only complaint is that they use white meat chicken in the stir fries and I'm more of a dark meat lover. Their menu is on their Daviswiki page http://daviswiki.org/Hometown_Chinese... Definately worth a try, at least as a break from the old in-n-out routine.

Mar 16, 2007
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Davis: Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch?

I think that seasons may have gone out of business. I seem to recall that they were shuttered with a note on the window to that effect the last time I walked by. Memory is a bit fuzzy though, so I could be wrong.

The rest of these recs are solid. I would add that even though the hotdogger makes boring old American food, they do turn out a really excellent Chicago style dog, which imo is far from boring.

Mar 14, 2007
peashoot in California

Davis: Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch?

Tazzina deserves more mention on the board than it gets. Upscale california style food in downtown woodland. Much better than anyplace in davis, and I've eaten at most of the resturants in Davis. Reminds me of Rivoli in Albany, only a much better value. Their menu is on their website http://www.tazzinabistro.com/. It's worth the drive from Davis or Sac to check this place out.

Mar 14, 2007
peashoot in California

Smoothie recipe without Banana?

Frozen melon makes a surprisingly creamy smoothie, and is a great background for stronger flavored fruits like berries.

Mar 06, 2007
peashoot in Home Cooking

Davis - Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant & Bakery - Kolachke, Prague Dogs & open till 2am?

Hey rw,
If you make it to Davis, there is an Austrian bakery called Konditorei that might be right up your alley. I can only vouch for their pastries, which are delicious, but, they also have a variety of sweet breads which I haven't tried. Their website is currently broken but here is their Daviswiki page http://daviswiki.org/Konditorei ("gelato... better than Italy"--- Ha, shows what your average UCD student knows about food

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Regarding Little Prague, I've only been there for beer and princess cake (yummy!). The patio is lovely on a warm night.

Jan 24, 2007
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Soup Cook-off - Help!

That's a good idea. I think I might be able to manage pouring two soups at the same time out of small pyrex measuring cups.

Jan 17, 2007
peashoot in Home Cooking

Soup Cook-off - Help!

Ok, so I tried the white cheddar soup recipe from Epicurious. It definately satisfied my requirements for being strong flavored; the first sip was tasty, but a whole bowl was way too rich and intense. Reheating the soup without the cheese, then adding the cheese to the hot soup went well; the cheese didn't curdle.

My main complaints are: 1)the soup isn't white. In fact it's downright orange from the red bell pepper coloring the oil on the soup's surface. This could probably be remedied by adding only green pepper but I don't think I'm going to bother because of complaint 2)I just don't think that this soup has the flavor profile that I'm looking for. I'm looking for something that will compliment a very thick spicy chili. I don't think that the savory white cheddar soup will work as well with the chili as something sour cream or cream cheese based.

If anyone knows a good sour cream or cream cheese based green chili soup I would love the recipe. I'm looking for one like the Chile Con Queso soup that they serve at Munchies in Ashland OR. It basically tastes like melted cream cheese with a few green chiles and green onions in it. I'm thinking that this might be a similar recipe: http://www.recipegoldmine.com/swsoup/...
Thanks!

Jan 17, 2007
peashoot in Home Cooking

Soup Cook-off - Help!

Yes, that's what they say on Epi, but I doubt I'm coordinated enough to simultaneously pour two soups into a soup bowl. I know I'm not coordinated enough to simultaneously pour two soups into a 2 inch diameter tasting cup.

Jan 17, 2007
peashoot in Home Cooking

Soup Cook-off - Help!

The above likk doesn't work. Try this one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

Jan 14, 2007
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Soup Cook-off - Help!

Thanks everyone for your ideas! They all sound wonderful. I will definately have to try the peanut butter and barley buttermilk soups, they sound unusual but very tasty. Corn chowder is a fav in the summer.

For the cookoff I'm leaning towards something based on Black and White soup from Epi. I'm going to make a pureed black bean soup based on Deborah Madison's Black bean chili from the Greens cookbook and a white cheddar soup, then serve them side by side in the same cup with a colorful garnish, maybe three different colors of finely diced bell peppers.

I still need help with the white cheddar soup. I like the looks of this recipe from epi http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec.... I'm thinking of subbing diced jalapeno and other mild green chilis for the bell peppers, vegetable broth for the chicken broth (the vegetarian vote at the cookoff is critical) and possibly adding some light beer to the broth (full sail american ale). Any other suggestions or modifications?

I don't think that this type of soup re-heats well so I was going to make it ahead up to the point where you add the broth, milk and cream, then store it in mason jars for a day or so. At the cookoff I will add the cheese to the broth in the crock pot that I'm serving from. Will this method prevent the soup from curdling as long as I don't let it boil?

Does anyone have any experience plating a soup like this? The soup is servde in 2 oz plastic cups like the ones that salsa comes in at a taqueria. I'd like the soup to be served so that the black and white portions are side by side on the surface of the cup. I assume you do this by jamming a rubber spatula into the cup and pouring the soups in on either side of it. Will this work or is there an easier way? I'm still looking for exciting garnishes too.

I sure appreciate all the help from you hounds. I'm doing a test run on the cheddar cheese soup tonight and I will report back. Thanks!

Jan 14, 2007
peashoot in Home Cooking

Soup Cook-off - Help!

I've entered a soup cookoff fundraiser for a soup kitchen and I need help with what to make. I think a good strategy is to wow people with a tiny taste of soup that may be too intense, rich, etc. to eat a whole bowl full. The problem is that most of my soup recipes (lentil, chicken noodle, etc.) are not exactly flavor sensations.

I'd like some ideas for soup bases and garnishes that will really knock everyone's socks off in a 2 oz tasting cup. Thanks.

Jan 13, 2007
peashoot in Home Cooking

KILLER desserts for New Year's Eve

I second the trifle idea. I've made an ammaretto roasted pear trifle twice now and it was a big hit both times. Here is a very funny column by marlena speiler with the recipe. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi... I used a home baked sponge cake in place of the ladyfingers, and a different recipe for the pastry cream (I think that pastry cream made with flour comes out gritty). It held perfectly in the fridge overnight, was beautiful and tasted deliscious.

Dec 28, 2006
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Seeking the best food in the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area

The old Ardellas was great, but I can't recomend them since their move. The meal I had there in September after their move was totally sub par. I ordered an omlette with carmelized onions, arugula and garlic cream cheese. I watched my omlette sit under the heatlamp for half an hour while the homefries were inadaquately warmed up on the grill. When it finally came out, the eggs were cold and rubbery, the cream cheese had not melted at all and the arugula haden't even wilted. The potatoes were cold too.

My bf's Jo's special was equally pitiful compared to what they served up in the old location. Instead of a garlicy scramble of nicely browned ground beef chunks, spinach, and parmesan cheese, he got a luke warm slab of eggs with ground beef and unmelted cheese sprinkled over the top. We were totally unaware of the e coli scare because we had been on a ranch outside of town for a week. We thought that they should have warned us that there wasn't going to be any spinach.

The menu is similar to the old location with a few new items added but the feel is totally different. The space is about four times larger with several booths, a large counter, and a cool terrazzo floor. I was sad that the owners are in the back now, and don't interact with patrons, or feed bacon to neighborhood dogs any more.

I am reluctant to try again because bf's parents who were regulars at the old location say that the kitchen continues to be slow and food arrives cold. I hope they hit their stride soon. If anyone has had more recent experience please post. I'd love to hear that they've improved.

Dec 03, 2006
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How's the bread at The Nugget (Davis)?

I grew up eating Acme Bread in Berkeley and now live in Davis. I'd say that the bread at the Nugget is ok, but nowhere near as good as acme bread. You can probably find better quality bread tna the nugget makes in your area.

Nov 21, 2006
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my first oven pot

I got my 5qt enameled cast iron dutch oven off the internet for $35. As far as I can tell it's almost identical to a Le Cueruset dutch oven except that the handle is made from the same enameled cast iron as the pot so you don't have to worry about it in the oven. Here is a link to the website where I bought it:

http://kitchen-and-dining.smartbargai...

Nov 16, 2006
peashoot in Cookware

Milk Shake Recipes

Best peach milkshake ever: A bag of frozen peaches, a couple of glops of sour cream, a bit of milk, vanilla, brown sugar, whirl it up in the blender.yummmmm.

Nov 16, 2006
peashoot in Home Cooking

Farms, japanese food and Sonoma county

I think the picture is of a Cherokee heirloom watermelon called 'Moon and Stars'.

Purple Cauliflower

I grew an Italian heirloom purple cauliflower in my garden this spring. It turns green when cooked and has a little more chlorophyll flavor than white cauliflower. I found it sweet and tasty, a lot like romanesco broccoli. I've also seen the yellow cauliflower in heirloom seed catalogs but I've never tried it. Maybe the colored cauliflower in stores isn't very fresh.

Oct 25, 2006
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What's your favorite oddball candy?

I think haw is the fruit of a hawthorn tree but I'm not sure. Can anyone confirm this?

Sep 21, 2006
peashoot in General Topics

Looking 4 a fun SF restaurant for 21st Birthday dinner

I attended a very fun twenty first birthday party at Cafe Mums in the Japan Town Holiday Inn. Really the shabu shabu was only ok but at $35 per person for all you can eat shabu shabu and all you can drink beer and sake nobody was complaining. As I recall there were around twenty people in attendance and everyone had a great time.

Savory Recipe for Sweet Potato

Sweet potato and carmelized onion quesadillas. Carmelize a couple of onions, add grated sweet potato, a little cumin and red pepper to the pan and use as a filling for tacos or with cheese for quesadillas. Delish!

Sep 19, 2006
peashoot in Home Cooking