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La Palapa (Santa Rosa) - Report

I like Mac's Deli on 4th street, downtown for good, old-fashioned deli style sandwiches.

Dec 05, 2006
beckiefd in San Francisco Bay Area

La Palapa (Santa Rosa) - Report

Yes, a Roll Call sounds like a great idea. BTW I just returned from Cafe St. Rose, quite the menu! Quite the price! My friend had the boullabaise, with great, big, fat mussels, I had the cruzela (?) with potatoes and ham. She had the rice pudding with pistachios and pomegranite. . . I was too full from potatoes. I'll go back, soon and at those prices often.

Nov 27, 2006
beckiefd in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for free tastings in Napa?

Paying is better than tasting bad wine, you said it.

Nov 13, 2006
beckiefd in San Francisco Bay Area

La Palapa (Santa Rosa) - Report

Thank you for the review of La Palapa. My dining out dollars are scarce at the moment and I appreciate your reconnisance eating. I will definitely try La Palapa.

Any other reviews available for the Santa Rosa area?

Nov 13, 2006
beckiefd in San Francisco Bay Area

Petaluma or Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa I like Monty's grill in Montgomery village.
In Petaluma I like Volpi's or DeSchmire.

Oct 15, 2006
beckiefd in San Francisco Bay Area

Surprise! No question

I like your definition of lazy, my friend. I'm making some green tomato pickles. . . it's the lazy man's pickle.

Sep 24, 2006
beckiefd in Home Cooking

Let's have YOUR Fried Green Tomato Recipe

The bacon drippings have got to be present, a heavy iron skillet, 1/2" thick FIRM green tomato slices, a favorite hot sauce (mine is Cholula), as for flour, what's up? Corn flour? Bread crumbs? Corn meal? Egg wash? Bisquick? Enlighten me!

Sep 24, 2006
beckiefd in Home Cooking

Cup O' Custard cookies; do they yet exist?

Thank you for responding. I've emailed Keebler on 9/02/06 but have as yet to receive a reply. There are some cookies that come a close second, Mother's Taffy and some general vanilla cookies, but nothing that resembles the Cup O' Custard. And yes, I find it hard to accept, but it was probably in the late 60's the last time I saw a package of Cup O' Custard in the store.

Sep 24, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Ben & Jerry's Milkshakes

They taste just like chicken.

Sep 21, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Lard - to use or not to use? [moved from Home Cooking]

I love it when foodies and wordies get together!

Sep 18, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Lard - to use or not to use? [moved from Home Cooking]

(Please forgive me, but I have to say it) PRAISE THE LARD!

Sep 18, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Lard - to use or not to use? [moved from Home Cooking]

Let's face it, McD's french fries were better tasting before they stopped using beef tallow to cook them in. I understand some religious groups got very excited about the subterfuge.

So, last week at the Food Max (Whole Foods can kiss mine, $5.99 lb for organic melon), I bought a 4 pound bucket of lard. I've pan-fried several potato dishes and sauteed onions for a soup. For the latter I often use butter, but the lard use has me intrigued. Also there is sooo much of it.

My former Mom-in-law tells me should I want a dish to taste like my mom and/or grandma made it was to use lard or bacon grease (basically salty lard). I'm not sure that my taste memory is that great, but so far the lard seems to be excellent at getting things really crisp, but I don't 'taste' a difference otherwise.

Your experiences??

Sep 17, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

PB&J ... what type of bread do you use?

Ants on a Log! Celery works well too: spread PB on a stick (whole) of celery, throw raisans at it till they stick.
Deee-Lish!

Sep 15, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Treadwell Franklin Walton United Methodist Church Pancake Griddle

Thrill me with your menu choices!

Sep 15, 2006
beckiefd in CHOWTour

PB&J ... what type of bread do you use?

Sourdough! Artisan!??! Here in the bay area, that's the ONLY bread. I like it toasted, then buttered, then peanut buttered then jellied.

It is sold sliced you know.

Sep 15, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Carson City restaurants

Thanks for the info Janet and Steve. That should keep me busy for a while. I didn't get a chance to try any of the taquerias I saw around town, my traveling partner wasn't particularly adventurous at that time. I've heard about JT's Basque. I've enjoyed Basque restaurants in the Central Valley of CA, I'll have myself cloned to enjoy SO MUCH FOOD. And the lamb wasn't half baaaaaaaaad.

There is a Hawaiian bbq place in Santa Rosa's been opened for several months. I tried it ONCE, 'sokay if you like spam and pineapple together, but the flavor thrills end there.

Sep 13, 2006
beckiefd in Southwest

Kokopelli's Reno??

This is more or less off the subject, but I was interested to find Reno located on the California board. I have to go to the San Francisco board to find reports on restaurants in the North Bay (Santa Rosa). A meager 60 mile drive that generally takes 2 hours as we all crawl along the parking lot known as Hwy 101. So you can appreciate a chowhound NOT doing a 4 hour roundtrip just for lunch.

Anyhow, enough complaining. Reno/Carson City Chowhounds: I plan to move to beautiful Carson City in a few months, and I am CLUELESS in regards to restaurants there. I did enjoy a great Chicken Fried Steak at the Carson City Station, but how many times a week can you eat that?

Help me!

Also - Which supermarkets have the best produce?

Thank you for your help.

Sep 13, 2006
beckiefd in California

Treadwell Franklin Walton United Methodist Church Pancake Griddle

You're on! How far is Philly from DC?

Sep 13, 2006
beckiefd in CHOWTour

IKEA

Yes, you have to assemble it yourself, they give you a little L wrench.

Sep 05, 2006
beckiefd in Chains

Irish Cuisine - an oxymoron??

Enlighten me please. . . what is the origin, and why do I keep eating it on St. Patty's day?

Sep 05, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Irish Cuisine - an oxymoron??

Now that I have your attention. . . I would love to read the opinions of my fellow chowhounders regarding Irish food, inside or outside the pub, inside or outside of Ireland. My experience ends at corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer and boiled potatoes, not a bad place to end . . but I need to know more, more, MORE!

Thankyouverymuch.

Sep 05, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

what do you eat/or prepare straight from the can, jar, package, etc.. that is perfect just as it is as a meal or snack? ?

Do you own a copyright on that word glurp, if not, may I use it?

Sep 04, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Treadwell Franklin Walton United Methodist Church Pancake Griddle

Please join me and the other freaks who believe to put thoughtfulness (at least, if love is not available) into food served to friends (and strangers)is an obligation to one's self respect.

Sep 04, 2006
beckiefd in CHOWTour

Gumbo - Okra: Yea or nay

In my heart of hearts I simply wanted to start a conversation regarding the pros and cons of okra in a dish I was told is named gumbo. We can call it goo soup if you want. Or the muguffa dish, it makes no never mind to me.

Sep 04, 2006
beckiefd in Home Cooking

Cup O' Custard cookies; do they yet exist?

Thanks for the info re Sunshine. I'll try Keebler.

Sep 02, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

IKEA

Yes, my son and hopefully future daughter-in-law go to the IKEA in Emeryville to eat. It may be price over quality, but they tell me the quality is good.

As for hospitals - I unfortunately need to frequent Kaiser in Santa Rosa an while waiting for test results and prescriptions between visits I find their cafeteria to be an oasis, especially the salad bar. Surprisingly the french fries are quite good.

Sep 02, 2006
beckiefd in Chains

Treadwell Franklin Walton United Methodist Church Pancake Griddle

Yours is the first post to make me laugh out loud! Truly!

Sep 02, 2006
beckiefd in CHOWTour

what do you eat/or prepare straight from the can, jar, package, etc.. that is perfect just as it is as a meal or snack? ?

Oh yes! If the juice doesn't slide down your forearm and drip onto the floor, well, it just isn't a pickle!

Sep 02, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

what do you eat/or prepare straight from the can, jar, package, etc.. that is perfect just as it is as a meal or snack? ?

Jesus God, sumbody else eats Mary Kitchen corned beef hash unheated. BTW I love the name porkypine (makes me think of when my boy was little - "Mommy we saw a porkypine at the zoo!" Time of his life.

Sep 02, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics

Shopped at Trader Joe's tonight. These are some items I picked up (w/ pictures)

Camping food?! My idea of roughing it is no room service.

Sep 02, 2006
beckiefd in General Topics