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Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

I live on the other side of Sunnyvale. Welcome!

We never had Von's, just Safeway. Albertson's merged with Lucky up here. Most of the Lucky's closed. (The one remaining Lucky's that I know of, off Foothill Expy in Mountain View, has a huge kosher section.) There were never any Ralph's up here.

I am only aware of one Walmart in the south Bay, and that's off San Antonio and El Camino in Mountain View. I don't shop there.

Many people shop at Costco, also in Mountain View.

Up-scale - there's Whole Foods in Los Altos and Cupertino. There's Draeger's and Andronico's in Mountain View. I am very fond of the Nob Hill on Grant Rd. in Mountain View - good produce, bakery, meat cutters, etc. Recently a chain from San Jose, Zanotto's, opened a store in my neighborhood.

What you should check out are the many Asian markets (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian) scattered about. They range from supermarkets (Ranch 99) to tiny little mom and pop stores.

about 7 hours ago
512window in San Francisco Bay Area

What's the flavor difference between lemonade and pink lemonade?

The best pink lemonade is made with raspberry puree, strained, added to homemade lemonade. The flavor difference is the slight hint of raspberry.

That's how George Washington made it, and that's how I make it.

Jul 25, 2015
512window in General Topics

Dunkin Donuts coming to the Bay Area

That's it! I had the street name wrong, it was on Camden.
So, their whole PR is wrong: they were in the Bay Area and pulled out.

I don't eat many donuts and have never enjoyed anything from Dunkin Donuts.

Dunkin Donuts coming to the Bay Area

I could swear there was a Dunkin Donuts on Curtner Ave. in San Jose/Campbell in the '80s. If it wasn't them, it was another East Coast chain.

Dirty Water - SF

I was there last night. The risotto was excellent and contained lots of rice. We had a watermelon salad and a charcuterie plate which were OK. Drinks were good - but I rarely order cocktails so don't have the exquisite sensibilities of many.

It's clearly more of a drinks and appetizers kind of place, but unlike many, the tables are large and sturdy and spaced far enough apart that you're not in your neighbor's plate. Pretty loud.

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

I used to make pretty good whole wheat bread with my beloved bread maker - it actually was light and fluffy like the OP wanted. The breadmaker instructions said 80 degrees.

I was fanatical about that, and having everything else at room temperature, because I'd always killed the yeast before. This "wrist temperature" instruction is really vague.

80 degree water did the trick

Jul 17, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Sunnyvale or within a 15 minute drive // Best restaurants

Sakoon on Castro St in Mountain View. Upscale Indian.

General rant about food media and news

I love the German doctor:
Testing bitter chocolate as a dietary supplement was his idea. When I asked him why, Frank said it was a favorite of the “whole food” fanatics. “Bitter chocolate tastes bad, therefore it must be good for you,” he said. “It’s like a religion.”

Jul 10, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Mark Bittman, NY Times: ‘A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side’

I hope he washed it first....there are dogs in Oakland.

This is like when your kids start reading the books and watching the movies that you liked at their age. There's reasons why we like living in the Bay Area.

Jul 10, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Pulled Pork - can I use tenderloin instead of shoulder?

Ask her to take a picture of what she has and email it to you.

Tenderloin won't pull.

Jul 08, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

Aren't you complaining now?

Aromas cannot be cleansed...Auras perhaps. Nothing will intensify an aroma, but it may not dissipate as fast in a closed room as in one with open windows and doors. The problem is that once you've smelled it, your indignation will keep you smelling it.

Was it somehow worse at a "small arts theater" rather than the megaplex?

Jul 07, 2015
512window in Not About Food
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Left food out overnight. Will I die?

I thought you might have met Miracle Max. But Jesus works too.

You really should check back in in 72 hours.....

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

But...But....you just said you were dead. I am so confused.

Jun 24, 2015
512window in General Topics

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

So resistance *was* futile?

Jun 24, 2015
512window in General Topics

Left food out overnight. Will I die?

This has to be a joke - nobody eats sauerkraut *and* cabbage.

You will die.

Jam Making? What Does "Calcium Water" Do, and Why?

Glad yours turned out well. My mom was a great maker of apricot jam since she had two trees. She never used pectin. The secret was including a few less ripe cots in every batch.

Jun 23, 2015
512window in Home Cooking
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Dining establishment VS. Firefighters

I thought this was why firemen cooked at the fire station.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

I raised two kids to adulthood. I never cooked separate meals - we ate as a family and everyone had the same meal.

You do have to be sensitive to their likes and dislikes. I remember that my mother stopped serving acorn squash after I had a violent reaction several times. I stopped serving salmon when my daughter became allergic to it.

Jun 20, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Current restaurant pet peeve

You know where you can usually find accurate hours of operation? On Yelp. They will be up to date even when the restaurant's own website is wrong.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

In retrospect, I am glad I met Mom before Dad.

Soup Kitchen

When you've chopped and frozen all that's reasonable, just give out the remaining pineapples to your clients. If they can't deal with them, they'll probably just give them back.

Jun 17, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Three chocolate pies and their crust: a cooking experiment

I like chocolate tofu pie. It isn't very sweet, no added sugar other than the semi sweet chocolate.

Jun 17, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Can I Put Cut Small Red Potatoes in Water Overnight?

Wash them tonight, cut them tomorrow. Dealing with a big bowl of water has got to be worse than the few minutes it will take you to cut them in half.

Jun 17, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

Meeting my high school boyfriend's parents. Until she closed the refrigerator door, I hadn't realized that they were nudists.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

Isn't it time for a Viking funeral?

Jun 17, 2015
512window in Not About Food

How has your cooking evolved with age?

This is a great question! I've been cooking for decades. The dishes have changed over the years, but the big change that I've noticed is that I'm willing to try to cook/prepare anything. It might not turn out great, but I'll tackle it. Crabs, or bread, or tarte tatin, or pickles, or Thai food - I'll try to make it. When I first started out, I was much more timid.

Big shout out to my Mom, who was the opposite of a helicopter parent. My sister and I were baking cookies all on our own at 10 years old. Only time I ever remember being yelled at was when my sister didn't use the mixer to cream butter and sugar.

Jun 16, 2015
512window in Home Cooking
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Current restaurant pet peeve

I have reached that age. However, I still have pet peeves since I frequently experience the same problem at a new restaurant.

My peeve is the tiny tables spaced closely together in a restaurant that has chosen to remove every scrap of substance that might absorb noise. You can't hear the people you are dining with, but for some reason you can hear the people at the next tables. The food doesn't fit on the table. When the waiter comes to the next table, his/her butt hangs over my table.

Baking soda to cook potatoes?

Buy some distilled water and try that.

Or, cook the potatoes in the microwave instead of boiling them.

Jun 15, 2015
512window in General Topics

Desk meals!

I have Tasty Bite Indian meals in a pouch. You cut off the top, microwave it for a minutes, and end up with pretty good vegetarian dishes. My favorite is the Madras Lentils.

I like to eat it over rice and just found precooked brown rice, shelf stable, 1 cup containers, that you apparently just microwave as well. I bought but haven't tried.

What's your ??????????

Since I'm older than dirt and have been on the internet before it was the internet, I remember a contest on the science groups of Usenet for the person with the shortest email address. It was won by a guy in Sweden who was s@s

If they really need an address, give them that one. It was real. He'll get all your discounts.

My ????????? is when they give my bag, the one that I remembered to bring in, to the guy in front of me at the checkstand.

Jun 12, 2015
512window in Not About Food