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Best sushi place in San Fran?

Looking for the best tasting sushi join in San Fran. Preferably not too stuffy, a place where you can chill in jeans and tee shirt. Thanks!

CHOW Root Beer

Thanks Chow for the awesome idea to make your own soda! Next request- homemade Ginger Ale please! I am a Michigander relocated to the Bay Area who was raised on the sweet tastes of Vernors ginger ale and considers this my ultimate drink of choice. I would love to be able to even mimic the enjoyment in my own kitchen. Chow and Chowhounds- any advice?

May 25, 2008
star7bs in Recipes

Can you cook with Mango peels?

Do not automatically write this off as a crazy question. I love mangos and I hate waste. There is always so much yummy pulp that no matter of scraping with teeth can remove. I am sure somewhere in the world some ingenious cooks have found ways to harness mango peels (hey, orange peels are turned into candies!) So....any ideas Chowhounds?

Apr 28, 2008
star7bs in Home Cooking

Dinner near SFO

Have a friend arriving late tonight in SFO and I am meeting him on the Bart. We will both be very hungry when he arrives and will want dinner but we are both chowhounds and thus are too picky for airport fare. Any suggestions?

Saturday Lunch in Mountain View (Santa Clara County)

I am traveling to Mountain View on Saturday for an all day music festival and am looking for a fun, interesting lunch spot for me and my roommate. My roommate is a vegetarian but I have no personal limitations to food and love discovering new and exciting eating experiences. Any suggestions?

Grass-Fed Beef

Am I the only person who finds this whole debate sadly ironic. Cows were biologically made to eat nothing more then grass!!! Their whole digestive system evolved specifically for this purpose. They have a whole additional organ to harbor scores of bacteria just so they can break down the cellulose in grass and extract their nutrients. This is why cows can survive on grass and humans can't; we don't have this organ!!!

To those that claim: "Grass fed cows taste too grassy...." Hello! Grass + rumen = cow....that is what they are supposed to taste like!

The only reason we can even have this debate is because we have come so detached to the actual flavor of cow meat. Its like someone who has ate nothing more then ketchup all their lives, then having a real tomatoe, and commenting "Gosh, is it just me, but I don't like this 100% tomatoe....it doesn't taste right."

Aug 01, 2007
star7bs in Features

Restaurant Warning Signs

I have an exception to number 2. There is a restaurant near where my mother lives in mid Michigan that attempts to do the unthinkable: expose the rather isolated midwesterns to more global flavors. They do this by featuring a long menu where different pages are inspired by different regional flavors- South American, Asian, Mediterranean. Even vegetarian and vegan dishes (this is cow country people!) Furthermore, they have a very decent Kids menus, along with pages and pages of domestic and imported wines and beers. Though the food is not close to 100% authentic and is far from what you would consider 'gourmet,' it is an one of the kind restaurant in a place otherwise surrounded by food chains and strip mails. My mother went there before I was born and now we go there together every time I visit home. Even though I now live in the foodie paradise of San Fran, it still holds a place on my lists of favorite restaurants

Jul 23, 2007
star7bs in Features

Either/Or

I grew in godforsaken nowhere midwest, full with the winding dirt road and fields of cattle and corn. I have vivid memories of sitting down to dinner with my family, biting into a juicy, rich, home-grilled burger and actually hearing the cows lowing right outside the window. However, instead of guilt, this experience granted me an intense understanding and admiration of the food I was consuming. I KNEW this cow I was eating, and thus, since they were to be butchered anyways (farmer Glen needed to make a living) I could at least make sure their death was not in vain.

The key to being a clear conscious carnivore is to have standards and respect. Even now that I live in a big city, without the farms right next door to get my produce, I am selective of where and how I get my meat. Don't be blind to what you are consuming, pay the animals the homage they deserve. Then enjoy your burger, thanking the cow-gods above that made the experience possible.

Jul 11, 2007
star7bs in Features

An American needs your help!

Hello neighbors. A nearby Michiganer is traveling to your wonderful city of Toronto and I am looking for advice for restaurants and/or stay.

I am going to be there three nights and four days. I want to stay in a location that is central enough I have easy access to the best food and cultural locations. Hotels with good restaurants inside? Any suggestions?

Finally, and most importantly, what are your BEST, NOT TO BE MISSED restaurants and food destinations? What are the places that you can find NO where else in the world? Price here is not an option, food is my love and I am willing to spend accordingly.

Thank you so much and I can't wait to see your glorious city!

My Dark, Healthy Secret

I am an ex athlete turned foodie. What was once an obsession with everything related to sports and body-image (aka; high protein, low fat, no sugar diet) to an obsession with food taste and experimentation. Sound like an unlikely change in lifestyle, but I actually did it to IMPROVE my health. Thats right; I had gotten to frail and thin from all the working out and dieting until I finally reached a breaking point. It was my first chef tasting menu at a top tier French restaurant that saved me and brought to into the light. Ever since, my life has been much more enjoyable and everyone seems to agree the foodie-me is a better version than the dieting-me (hard core dieters make horrible friends!)

Having been part of both worlds I can say that not all parts are incompatible. If you work out hard in the mornings; you have a better appetite all day long (endurance athletes can put down alot of food in one sitting). And not all diet foods taste bad. My whole-wheat banana bread is the bomb and guy friends, who couldn't give a rat's ass for its high fiber, high protein count, beg for it over all other baked goods. The best thing I realized is that a balance can be made.

Besides, in order to truly appreciate the food universe, an open mind is a must. Who said algae can't be gourmet just because it hasn't been so in the past. At one point someone looked at the fungus growing out of a dung heap and said "I am going to cook that for dinner tonight...." Thank god he/she did.

Jun 11, 2007
star7bs in Features

One night in San Francisco: Best Restaurant Suggestions

I am going to be in San Francisco for one day only this weekend and am looking for a suggestion for Sunday night. I will be with one friend, possibly two, and we are all lovers of food. Quality is the most important factor, but a good ambiance is always appreciated. I am also somewhat of a food adventurer; always looking for the new and exciting. Almost no limitations; except for Mexican food ( I live in L.A. and there is no point eating it anywhere else but Mexico!). Any ideas or suggestions would be great. Or, just listing your own personal favorites. Thanks!

Good Downtown restaurant for this Saturday

I agree R-23 is a very good restaurant; me and my friend have been there for dinner twice. We live near Sawtelle, so we get very good Sushi more often than not. Is Water Grill truly the only great restaurant downtown? That is sad, mostly because, unlike most people, Water Grill did not blow me away. Maybe it was just so hyped up that I expected too much.

Apr 10, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area

Good Downtown restaurant for this Saturday

I am going to a afternoon play downtown this Saturday. I am looking for an AMAZING restaurant, for two, that is not Water Grill. Price is not an issue. The more interesting, the better. And, if any of the restaurants specialize in seafood, let me know. Thanks!

Apr 10, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation(s) for top 3 restaurants in LA? Cost not an issue

La Cachette for French. Amazing service, amazing food and amazing atmosphere. It is worth going just for the Chocolate Souffle. Every french restaurant seems to have one, but this place goes above and beyond!

Apr 09, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area

What to do with leftover lamb leg

I cooked a leg of lamb roast last night and have alot of leftovers. However, the guests are still staying over and I want a creative, yummy dish to serve them tonight. Any good ideas for how to use leftover lamb meat that doesn't taste like a reused dish?

Apr 09, 2007
star7bs in Home Cooking

The Best Bouillabaisse and Cioppino in L.A.?

I have been to La Cachette and I loved the entire experience. Their bouillabaisse was my favorite in Los Angeles so far (the best I have ever had was in Las Vegas and San Fran). However, I called Jiraffe two days ago, and they do not have a bouillabaisse on their menu right now, Is it a special, or have they just taken it off their menu?

Apr 08, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area

HELP! Need good dessert pairing for tonight's Easter Dinner!

I love this idea! I have never tried creme brulee before, but it a favorite of my friends. Any suggestions or hints you can give me? What spices would you recommend?

Apr 08, 2007
star7bs in Home Cooking

The Best Bouillabaisse and Cioppino in L.A.?

Thank you for giving me so many locations to pick from! I was in Pasadena last night so I made a reservation for Bistro45 with the sole intention of trying their Bouillabaise. I recommend this restaurant for anyone and everyone. From the moment we walked in the door, the service was supreme (the kind where you water glass is never empty and you have a fresh folded napkin between every dish). We sat on the patio, which was nicely heated and with a very charming garden feel, full with a mini fountain and true ivy crawling up the walls. Their wine list was impressive, with a fresh suggestion for everyone of their main dishes. I took their red wine suggestion for my soup and the pairing was spot on. Finally; the food. Very very good indeed. The main portion of the soup was a monkfish, surrounded with mussels, clams, one large shrimp and two scallops. The monkfish was delicate, but the flavor was lost in the sometime spicy broth. The mussels were good, but not as large or delicate as I have had in the past. The shrimp was the biggest disappointment, it was cooked a little too long and was tough. But the scallops....oh the scallops! They were little mini custards, so soft and flavorful! All in all, a great suggestion and it has made my list of the top ten. The only one in LA that is better that I have tried so far is the one from La Cachette, which I tried months before and I still remember fondly. Thanks agan, happy Easter, and I will keep slurping and marching on with my quest!

Apr 08, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area

HELP! Need good dessert pairing for tonight's Easter Dinner!

Okay, I am having four friends over for Easter dinner and I need a good, simple dessert suggestion. I am serving a leg of lamb roasted in Middle Eastern spices with carrots and onions and a side of potatoes. I am more of a cooker than a baker, so though I want to try making my own dessert I can't handle anything way to complicated. And it needs to be able to be made in advance, because the oven will have the lamb. HELP ME PLEASE!!! Thank you and happy easter!

Apr 08, 2007
star7bs in Home Cooking

Vegetarian Suggestions, anyone?

Michelia Nouvelle Vietnamese Restaurant

Has a whole menu dedicated to vegetarian food. I personally ate from their non-veggie menu, but the food was so good and wholesome, I can not imagine the veggie options to be anything but the same. I also have a friend that is a strict vegetarian and he lists this as one of his favorite restaurant for gourmet vegetarian food. Definitely worth the drive.

http://www.micheliabistro.com/
8738 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048-3814
310-276-8288

Mar 30, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area

The Best Bouillabaisse and Cioppino in L.A.?

My enduring love for all things that swim, squirm, and filter means that my most ideal dish consists of a proper representation of all above. Hence, my obsession with the two rustic fish soups, the Bouillabaisse and Cioppino. I have thus set forth on a mission to taste and rate every single example of these two dishes in the greater Los Angeles area. If anyone could lead me toward restaurants that list either of these dishes on their menus, I would be eternally grateful. Feel free to include or exclude your personal thoughts on the experience- I will most likely try them on my own either way. Thanks!

Mar 30, 2007
star7bs in Los Angeles Area