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Spanish Cheese: What are some good shops?

Thank you everyone! I went to Rainbow and yes they do have a great selection of spanish cheeses and as always, the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Also picked up membrillo and anise flavored tortas to go with.

Apr 28, 2010
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Spanish Cheese: What are some good shops?

I will be making a spanish cheese platter this weekend and before I went driving all over town, I was wondering what cheese shops in either SF or Berkeley have the best selections. Also, if you have suggestions on what makes a good spanish cheese platter (marcona almonds, quince?) that would be much appreciated.

Apr 27, 2010
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Taste Pavilions

Just got back from the Taste Pavilions at Fort Mason. When I first got the email about the "slow dough", I was a little disappointed at the late notification and also skeptical that it would live up to the hype. But I must say I was pleased with our experience. The food was very high quality and delicious. I loved the charcuterie and so did everybody else. Be prepare for LONG lines (at least 20 min). They rotate the meats so if you go an hour or so later, there will be a different selection. If you go tonight or tomorrow, I suggest you do the divide and conquer method with a friend(s). Stand in line first at charcuterie, then have a friend get your wine and another friend get cheese and another get pizza. Those are probably the most popular "tastes" and the lines reflect that. My favorite was the fish taste. There was an octopus salad with deep fried garbanzo beans--yummy! Also in the taste was a fresh sardine and a trout(?) salad. Later in the afternoon there were other dishes that were equally good.
In the end, we were trying to figure out ways to spend our dough because we'd had enough to eat. We ended up just getting more wine and beer. I do wish there were more sweet things to end it. My daughter can't do dairy so the ice cream was out. The chocolate taste was good, but not very substantial.
Thank god for the water stations and no bottles!!! Finally someone gets it!

Was it worth $65? For just the food? No. But the displays were interesting and informative and there were lots of people to answer questions and steer you in the right direction. So I'm ok with paying for that overhead.

Aug 30, 2008
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Slow Food Nation not-to-miss?

I visited the market this morning and agree that it's probably not worth coming in from out of town or dealing with parking. I didn't get a chance to try any of the prepared food because I was there right at 9a and none were open. I was disappointed that the bread vendor wasn't there even by 10. I thought it was interesting that there were baskets of strawberries that were sold for $2 at one vendor, $3 at the next and $4 at the next. None were as good as the ones I buy at the Wed civic center market.
If you go early and are looking for a cup of joe, Blue Bottle is serving only New Orleans style iced coffee. One thing I couldn't pass up were the fresh peas and the smokey sauerkraut. I'll be going to taste pavillions tomorrow so I figure I'll be able to get a lot of the other things for "free".

Aug 29, 2008
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

sweet craving in Mission area

Thanks for the tip on buying before dinner, sugartoof! Never even thought about that. We can pick up a yummy cake from Bi-rite or I can go to Mission Pie in the afternoon. However, I'm with RL on the mexican stuff. While great in the am with coffee, doesn't quite satisfy my sweet tooth.
Will check into Pauline's and Dianda's.

Jul 22, 2008
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

sweet craving in Mission area

When my husband and I get a chance to go out for a date night, we spend so much time on the savory part that we usually have to race out before dessert (the clock's always ticking with the babysitter). Do you have recommendations for places in the Mission/Potrero area where we can get things to-go, it's open late and has things like donuts, cream pies and cakes? Oh how I miss Bepples Pies these days, although I think my taste buds have changed a bit, but you know what I mean, the idea of getting a banana cream pie late at night. We usually have dinner at Range, Foreign Cinema, Bar Tartine and other Mission greats, and have tried taking dessert to go but most don't travel well. Yes - we do sometimes hit Whole Foods and Safeway (ugh), but we're not looking for store bought stuff. Thanks for getting us out of the rut!

Jul 22, 2008
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

housemade granola in SF

Thanks everyone! I didn't see Divinely D'lish at WF, but I picked up Udi's cranberry and Galaxy Vanilla. They were both very yummy.

Aug 26, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

housemade granola in SF

I'm hosting a last minute brunch and was wondering if there is an SF cafe or store that sells really good, not necessarily low-cal granola. I heard Citizen Cake sells their granola but that was a while back. Does Rainbow have good granola? I've never been a big fan of bulk stuff because it always seems a little stale to me but I'm willing to try again.

Aug 24, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Whole Foods Market Potrero Hill - Opening Date

Per Potrero View it opens Sept 12.

Aug 15, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Burger in San Fran

For a good ole American burger, go to Kezar Bar in Cole Valley.
For a more modern burger, go to Slow Club in Potrero Hill.

May 20, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Where is your favorite bread basket?

Press in St. Helena. Olive bread, sourdough, flatbreads and others. It was quite an assortment. We took a bunch home!

May 17, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

rnm? has anyone been to rnm recently?

I was there a few weeks ago and the food is just a great as it has always been. I also think it would be a good date place. The upstairs has a very lounge-y vibe but it's really dark. The downstairs is lively and fun.

May 08, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

veggie cream cheese

I've been craving the vegetable cream cheese that you find at most nyc bagel shops--the kind with chunks of veggies and an orange-y hue. Which bagel shops sell that here in the city? Or what place do you think sells the best veggie spread?

May 06, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

On First Encountering Cyrus Restaurant

I agree that the food is just wonderful, but I thought the service was a little confusing. It seemed like everyone on the floor was our server. I think we had about 6 different people waiting on us. Is this a new trend in service? This is the only restaurant I've been to with this style so maybe I just need to try it again. Although it didn't detract from the food or our overall enjoyment of the meal, it was a little awkward at times. I tend to like the continuity of one server.

Apr 24, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Hot Cross Buns

Does anyone have a recipe for hot cross buns with the custard cross?

Thanks!

Mar 28, 2007
skimc in Home Cooking

babbo or everyday italian?

I agree with AnnaEA that Babbo is a restaurant cookbook. There are many components to most dishes and each component is essentially another recipe. However - the results are delicious! I love Everyday Italian. It is my go-to cookbook for everyday meals. Simple and delicious.

Mar 11, 2007
skimc in Home Cooking

Crab for $3.99/lb at Manila Oriental Market in SF

Thanks for the tip stonefruit! Frying services...sounds convenient and yummy!
Do they also sell the crab steamed?

Jan 01, 2007
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

looking for ginger scallion crab in the mission

Anyone have a favorite restaurant that makes ginger/scallion or salt & pepper crab? Don't feel like making the trek to the Sunset or Clement St or R&G, but anywhere around mission/potrero/soma would be fine. We'll need to get take out, or if the place delivers even better!

Nov 22, 2006
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Slow Club

Haven't been for brunch in a while, but we have dinner there or get take out all the time. It's been one of my favorite restaurants for 10 years or so. I love their burgers--they are more fancy pants style, with grilled onions, salad greens and a horseradishy mayo. They are always cooked to the right temp.
The other menu entrees are also very good (their menu is always updated on their website) and the chocolate pot de creme is great!

Nov 20, 2006
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area

Heritage vs. Wild Turkey Need advice

Bi-Rite Market on 18th and Guerrero is selling heritage birds for $5.99/lb. Not sure where they are from. 415-241-9760

Nov 12, 2006
skimc in San Francisco Bay Area