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Eating out in Healdsburg

We really enjoyed Shed the last time we stayed in Healdsburg. We sat inside at one of the big farmhouse tables and ate our way through most of the menu and shared a bottle of wine. Definitely casual but a great waitstaff and terrific food make it a standout.

Jul 17, 2014
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe BaoNecci - Best Pizza in SF?

Speaking to the 'unripe tomato' point, I recently read in a beautiful cookbook called My Calabria that Italians don't like their tomatoes to be overly ripe. It is an interesting notion-- they would use the ripe tomatoes in sauce but use the less ripe ones in a salad. We loved a recent meal of three pizzas at Cafe BaoNecci but the salad was very basic.

Aug 22, 2013
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Montero's in Albany

We popped into Montero's last night around 6 pm for a quick bite--in the mood for a sit down dinner rather than a "to go" burrito or taco. We'd been years ago and somehow it had fallen off of our radar. Only a few of the tables were occupied maybe because of the early hour.

They brought us a basket of delicious thick corn chips and some very fresh salsa-- not too chunky so it was easy to scoop up with the chips. We ordered a basket of oven baked sweet potato fries to start-- I was very skeptical. The fries were delicious-- tasted fried not baked-- and the accompanying spicy aioli was lovely.

My husband ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce and I had the veggie chimichanga. Both were served with lovely green rice and your choice of beans (black, pinto or refried) as well as a dollop of guacamole and sour cream. Mine had the addition of a chopped tomato and onion salsa. He devoured his in short order claiming it "great" and "why don't we come here more often?" My chimichanga was very lightly fried and not at all heavy. I ate so much of the rice that I could only get about half way through the chimichanga so my husband finished it off. The chimichanga contained grilled onions, zucchini and red peppers along with a goodly amount of cheese-- great flavor!

I highly recommend this spot which I imagine gets hopping as the evening goes on. They have dancing and a full bar but sadly no beer on tap just a selection of 6 or 7 bottled types..

Apr 27, 2013
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Help! Celebratory splurge Oak/berk next sat

We went to Revival last night. I had the parsnip gnocchi which had little bits of orange cauliflower and some brussels sprout leaves tossed in a butter sauce. It was an excellent dish and vegetarian as far as I could tell. The vibe was lively and the service was more even than on past visits.

Jan 27, 2013
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Kids at Nizza la Bella? [Albany]

You'll be fine! We've been taking our kid to Nizza ever since she was a tot and they've always been lovely about it.

Dec 11, 2012
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

just moved to east bay - looking for a burrito

Gordo's on Solano is excellent. I always order a super burrito with pinto beans. Hubs always gets super grilled chicken. I always ask for hot sauce-- very fresh and delicious. The counter guys are efficient and if you take the time to say hello they are very nice and will start to smile when they see you come in. A+.

Sep 07, 2012
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Spanakopita to go?

Looking for a tray of spanakopita to go in the Berkeley/Albany area. Any recs?

Jul 24, 2012
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

July 13 National French Fry Day --- Your Favorites

Another vote for Nizza-- and their aioli is lovely. Cafe Rouge has good fries but they're served with ketchup.

Jul 14, 2012
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

creme brulee - patisserie or take-out in Berkeley/Oakland?

Check with The Pasta Shop down on Fourth Street. I can't speak to the quality but I think I've seen them there. Their pre-made foods are typically quite good.

Jul 07, 2012
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Romaine lettuce

Rivoli on Solano Avenue in Berkeley has a wonderful salad with mint, lemon, tomatoes, feta, toasted pita bread and romaine. I don't know if its on the menu right now but it is delicious.

Dec 21, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Good, reasonably priced Italian in Berkeley/Rockridge

We tried Sportivo last night. The space is nice and the server was a dear but the food was mediocre at best. We had the wood fired asparagus appetizer which was limp and seemed over boiled rather than crisp as we were expecting. Served in an odd fennel broth that reminded one of us of sauerkraut. Three pizzas followed: Margarita, Carnivoro and La Puzzola. Too heavily topped and very oily. The crust edge had a nice flavor but the rest of the pie was soggy due to the excess oil.

Dec 12, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Havarti Cheese - best easy uses?

Halve a baguette, rub with a cut garlic clove, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle on some red chili flake, a little salt and pepper, cover in thinly sliced havarti and broil until bubbly. Yum! Serve with tomato soup?

Dec 02, 2011
kellylee in Home Cooking

Some ideas for dinner with basic store-cupboard stuff

A strata made with onions, potatoes, cheese, herbs, milk and eggs? Many kinds of soups could be made with those ingredients and served with some focaccia or rolls and a salad. Garlic spaghetti is my "go to" when the cupboards are lean. Spanish tortilla would use the potatoes, onions and eggs.

Nov 29, 2011
kellylee in Home Cooking

"Higher-End" Takeout -- Oakland/Berkeley?

I can vouch for the deliciousness of Summer Kitchen's pizzas. I sampled them at COLLECTOR's opening party (new gallery next door to SK).

Nov 28, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking quiet but festive restaurant in Oakland or Berkeley for small 90th birthday celebration

Seconding Rivoli. Let them know its a birthday celebration and they'll make it feel special. My older relatives enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The food is always delicious.

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Rivoli Restaurant
1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Nov 21, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Brew on Premise

We went to Elevation 66 last night and the place was hopping. The beer was great but the food was disappointing. That said, I would definitely go back for beers and fries, I just wouldn't stay for dinner. The vibe was friendly and convivial bordering on noisy with a nice mix of families and couples.

Nov 13, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy milk powder in the Bay Area?

I buy milk powder for yogurt making at Monterey Market in Berkeley. I will check to see if it is full fat and let you know.

Oct 30, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Good, reasonably priced Italian in Berkeley/Rockridge

Can anyone speak to the style of the pizza? Wood fired?

Oct 25, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Good, reasonably priced Italian in Berkeley/Rockridge

Trattoria La Siciliana is a nice choice as they offer "family style" platters with very generous portions for the price. The last time I went they were cash only- just so you know.

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Trattoria La Siciliana
2993 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Oct 20, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Zut! - former Eccolo [Berkeley]

I finally went to Zut! last night for cocktails and dinner. We had a wonderful experience. The waitstaff was lovely and the sangria divine. We tried all three pizzas, margherita, blue cheese/pear/onion and a pork cheek. Thin and chewy- very good. The little gems salad with buttermilk dressing was particularly delicious. We shared an ice cream sundae with crunchy, salty almond bits and fudge sauce. The vibe was fun and casual but it still felt special. The french fries were good but I might request them "well done" next time.

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Zut
1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Jun 22, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Sandwiches in the East Bay

The sandwiches at Eunice Cafe in Albany (1162 Solano Ave.) are quite good--- also, they sell gelato!

May 14, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Canning Classes in the SF Bay Area

The Institute for Urban Homesteading has classes:
http://www.iuhoakland.com/

Apr 29, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Chez Panisse Cafe disappointment

We ate upstairs. I feel like Pizzaiolo is CPC's competition foodwise. The vibe at Pizzaiolo is livelier and the food is excellent. In Berkeley, maybe Rivoli or Gather??

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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Rivoli Restaurant
1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Apr 17, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Chez Panisse Cafe disappointment

We went a few weeks ago for my daughter's 12th birthday. Not only did they treat her like a queen, with a tour of the kitchen and the gift of a Cafe Fanny cookbook but she loved every bite she took. In fact, we all loved our food and we're a tough crowd. I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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Cafe Fanny
1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Apr 16, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

The 2011 Garden

We have 3 Buffs and 2 Austrolorps. The buffs are big girls and lay big eggs. They're a total delight. Brown eggs. Have fun with yours! I'm enjoying your blog-- thanks for sharing!

Apr 15, 2011
kellylee in Gardening

Best Cookbook for Eating What you Grow

I like Deborah Madison's Local Flavors. It deals with seasonal farmers market fare but works for the home garden harvest, too.

Apr 14, 2011
kellylee in Gardening

The 2011 Garden

Wow-- so inspiring! Your chickens are lovely. What kind are they?

Apr 14, 2011
kellylee in Gardening

The 2011 Garden

We've been eating radishes, arugula, spinach and red choi-- so delicious! Three tomatoes that I started from seed are in the ground and seem to be doing well. The chard and kale just popped up. The basil is tiny but there's a lot of it. The carrots took their own sweet time germinating but the greens are about 4" tall now. The baby butter heads look gorgeous. I'll think they'll get eaten in a week or so. My potato towers finally shot out a dozen or so leaf furls. I suspect that their too compacted and may suffer for it. The snap peas are about 8" tall. I'm going to poke some bush beans down into a newly prepped bed tomorrow. The fennel and nettle bed hasn't germinated but its only been in for a week. The cats have been sleeping in it so who knows?

Apr 11, 2011
kellylee in Gardening

Sushi 29 on Solano Avenue

I thought I'd hop on and give a thumbs up to Sushi 29 on Solano Avenue in Berkeley. We grabbed a quick dinner last Thursday night and it was delicious. I had the veg sushi plate and it was very flavorful there was a lot of it. Yams, sundried tomato, asparagus, etc. My daughter had the Miso Salmon. She loved it and enjoyed the gorgeous presentation, too. Hubby had a huge plate of sashimi and raved about it. The decor is cool with a hip vibe yet casual enough for a family friendly feel.

Apr 05, 2011
kellylee in San Francisco Bay Area

Keeping cats out of the garden

The wretched deer ate most of my newly planted lime tree! What? The branches have (had) little spikes every few inches- I am shocked. The veggie beds have fencing/netting for protection but I thought the lime tree could defend itself...

Apr 01, 2011
kellylee in Gardening