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Good SF Brunch

A favorite of mine is Axis in Potrero. The food is fantastic, but the service is slow. If you go, be ready for a leisurely brunch.

NYC for Thanksgiving

I'm headed to NYC for the Thanksgiving weekend and am trying to decide on a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner (not necessarily Turkey dinner). I want to go somewhere fabulous and will be having a party of 6. Probably looking to spend $100 per person max including wine/drinks. I welcome any suggestions you might have.

Sep 25, 2006
Jennieb in Manhattan

Is there good pizza in Seattle?

Pagliacci's for delivery...south philly is so delish. Piecora's is good as well. Tried another good place on Capital Hill one night but can't remember the name. Too many glasses of wine that night.

Sep 21, 2006
Jennieb in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Seafood Restaurant

Wasn't that impressed with Etta's. Nothing was truly outstanding and too many tourists. Cutter's is pretty good, but also not outstanding. Unfortunately, I never made it to Oceanaire while lived in Seattle. I was however, impressed with Flying Fish in Belltown. Thought they had a good selection & quality for the price.

Sep 21, 2006
Jennieb in Pacific Northwest

Do you wear an apron when you cook?

I hardly ever wear an apron. I used to not have any but found some adorable ones at Anthropologie. However, I still don't wear one often b/c I just forget. It's never become a habit, but due to some stains on my clothes, it really should.

Sep 21, 2006
Jennieb in Not About Food

Why do they look inside?

speaking from experience, it's only to see if you signed the slip and left it there. I've had people take both copies in which case you will not get your tip and the restaurant cannot prove that you approved the charge (usually they still electronically send the charge in). Some restaurants would make the server pay for the whole check if the patron walks with the credit card slip.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in Not About Food

AP article on waiters and tips.

ditto. or even worse...when they have the tip line on the credit card slip.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in Not About Food

AP article on waiters and tips.

write to your congressman to have the laws changed. in most states servers are not allowed to be paid less than minimum wage (still low, but not $2). restaurants still make money in these states, so i say there is something wrong with the labor laws in your state.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in Not About Food

AP article on waiters and tips.

Was a waiteress and bartender for 5+ years and probably always over tip. However there are exceptions when your service is less than satisfactory (Today I was forced to have Tom Yum instead of Tom Kha b/c the waitress did not hear me correctly and didn't want to correct the matter. She merely took it in the kitchen and added some coconut milk...not satisfactory). I left her 15% rather than 20%+. There needs to be an incentive in the service industry to help ensure good service. Not all servers deserve 20%. Of course some people perpetually undertip on good service, but usually it rounds out if you are a genually good server (always did for me). If this Yakup wants to change the system he should try to secure better wages directly from the servers employers.

Last note...every single person that accepts a job as a server or bartender knows that they will be relying heavily on tips. That is what makes it so great b/c every so often you get a nice, big, fat tip! If you aren't willing to take the gamble, get a different job!

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in Not About Food

To egg wash or not to egg wash

I used to not use an egg wash b/c I didn't think it would really make a difference and like you didn't want to waste an egg. But if you care at all about presentation, just do it! The golden brown crust/color is amazing. If you're still worried about wasting...make something you can use it in for dinner...like meatloaf or fried rice.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in Home Cooking

Cooking by intuition?

I think with age and cooking experience everyone ends up in the latter. However, with baking you should always measure accurately...learned that lesson the hard way with a pie crust.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in Home Cooking

How do you prefer your "B" in your BLT?

I've always loved BLT's, but in my youth I enjoyed the "chewy" bacon. Now I adore the crispy bacon in a good BLT. The flavor is just more intense. When it's "chewy" the fat gets in the way of the flavor.

I prefer to cook my bacon in the oven on a rack (over a sheet pan). It's the easiest and you get the crispiest bacon.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in General Topics

Foods most commonly prepared badly... that are great when made well. (Who knew? What's the key?)

scallops, when it's bad it's REALLY bad.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in General Topics

New flavor combinations you really enjoy

For avocado lovers...sliced with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in General Topics

New flavor combinations you really enjoy

Add some mangoes to the mix! It's great with both ice cream and angel food cake.

Sep 20, 2006
Jennieb in General Topics