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ISO White Rice Flour, Preferably in Bulk, Preferably in East/North Bay

Indian grocery stores almost always have it in 5 lb. bags. I think I bought mine at the grocery store next to Vik's (and owned by the same people) in West Berkeley.

Jan 06, 2010
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Blackberries in Sonoma?

We ended up not going last weekend - had an unlikely case of not wanting to drink wine! Went to Marin instead. I'll definitely post again right after our trip to Sonoma, which should happen one of these weekends.

Aug 04, 2008
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Blackberries in Sonoma?

We also hope to go more deeply into the Russian River valley and perhaps also Alexander Valley. I'll shape our itinerary around the blackberry bushes in any case!

Aug 01, 2008
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Blackberries in Sonoma?

I've been reading on here about people foraging for blackberries in Sonoma. We're headed out there tomorrow. Any choice spots for picking? I must say we don't know Sonoma all that well - we're from Berkeley - and will be wine tasting around Healdsburg. Thanks!

Aug 01, 2008
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite Bay Area bread

That's good to know. Otherwise, I would have naturally gravitated towards that: if levain's good and whole-wheat's what I want, whole-wheat levain would have been ideal. But alas!

Mar 28, 2007
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite Bay Area bread

Wow -- so many suggestions. It looks like the Acme levain is the clear favorite. I'm going over there today to get that -- even though it's sourdough and not fully whole-grain --and maybe also the Upstairs bread, which, I assume, is what they serve at Chez Panisse upstairs. I can't wait to try all the suggestions, though. Thanks!

Mar 27, 2007
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite Bay Area bread

Thanks, Lori. A multi-grain bread is exactly what I'm in the mood for. Do you know where I might find it?

Mar 26, 2007
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite Bay Area bread

Oh my god -- that's so funny. I really did think it was pet food! (I used to have one of those "only in Berkeley" moments when driving past the place.) Now that it's deemed fit for human consumption, I'll definitely try it.

Mar 26, 2007
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Whole wheat pizza dough recipe?

I've recently decided to limit my carb intake to whole grains. Am I doomed to not eating pizza for the duration of this diet or are there whole wheat pizzas that taste good? If you have any good recipes for whole wheat pizza dough, please pass them along. I have a nice bread machine -- so bread machine recipes would be best. Also, what about the whole wheat pizza dough at TJ's? Has anyone tried it?

Mar 26, 2007
coriander in Home Cooking

Your favorite Bay Area bread

Please tell me your favorite Bay Area bread. We're trying to come up with an everyday bread for our family and I'm ashamed to say, in the bread-paradise that's the Bay Area, that we still haven't found one.

We're looking especially for suggestions for whole-grain non-sourdough bread but are open to trying other breads on occasion. We live in North Oakland and my office is in West Berkeley -- so recommendations near there are especially welcome.

Mar 26, 2007
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

East Village Indian Myth?

Was she the very nice Bangladeshi woman who ran the kitchen? She came out a few times to talk to patrons. And I thought it remarkable that she made us feel no less special than the Rushdies, even though she clearly knew who they were. (Well... she was a bit more flustered to see them than she was us, but she was just as nice to everyone.) I heard she used to run a place in Queens. Is that still around?

Feb 21, 2007
coriander in Manhattan

East Village Indian Myth?

A couple of years ago, when we were visiting NYC, we ate at Angon. It was easily the best Indian meal I've had outside of India (and I'm an Indian living in the SF Bay Area). As an added bonus, the people occupying the table next to us were Salman Rushdie and his wife Padma Lakshmi, the host of Bravo's Top Chef!

Feb 21, 2007
coriander in Manhattan

How often do you eat out?

1. Where?
SF Bay Area

2. How often eat out?
As a couple 2-3 times a week; spouse eats lunch out often during the week.

3. What meals?
On average: dinner once a week, brunch once a week and takeout once a week.

4. How much on eating out?
$400-500 a month

5. Is this an average amount?
In the Bay Area I think this is quite a bit below average; but then so is our income!

6. Why eat out?
Most often for the convenience of not having to cook, sometimes for socializing, and only very rarely for the food. I think we make much better meals at home, both healthier and tastier. We would eat out more, or at least at nicer places, if we could afford to spend more.

Feb 05, 2007
coriander in General Topics

Vegetarian low-cook breakfast ideas please!

Thanks, those are all great suggestions. For the record, I prefer savory to sweet, though I don't mind a sweet breakfast every now and then. Piccola, the brown rice and yogurt suggestion reminds me of our typical breakfast when I was growing up in South India -- cold rice with plain yogurt, which we would eat with very spicy lime pickle! Most of my American friends don't think this very appetizing, but invariably love it when they try.

Jan 30, 2007
coriander in Home Cooking

Vegetarian low-cook breakfast ideas please!

Please save me from breakfast bars! I normally get to my office very early and have a Clif or a protein bar for breakfast. I'm really getting sick of these and am looking for other things to eat. What can I take to work that involves not much packing at home (I usually have to pack lunch in any case) and little or no effort to prepare at the office? We do have a toaster oven, a microwave and a hotpot at the office. There is also a Trader Joe's nearby, so if there are particular breakfasts from there that you like, please let me know.

By the way, I'm vegetarian, and try to get at least some protein in my morning meal, so if it has a goodly bit of protein, all the better. I'm not a vegan, so things involving egg and cheese are good too.

Thanks so much.

Jan 30, 2007
coriander in Home Cooking

South Indian in Berkeley tonight: Where should I go?

Apart from Udupi, Priya is probably the only other option for South Indian at dinner. I had their masala dosa a while ago and was not impressed. Udupi's is much better, I think. Of course, Viks' dosas (both the masala dosa as well as their vegetable dosa) are much superior, but they do close at 6pm.

Dec 10, 2006
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Wild mushroom pizza at Cheese Board

I had pizza for lunch at Arizmendi in Emeryville today, and they had a wild mushroom pizza too. Very mushroomy, yum! It didn't have any goat cheese on it, though.

Nov 23, 2006
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Things to understand about Canteen

You're welcome. Most of the ingredients you list are part of that -- the main being eggs, fish and rice, all flavored with curry -- but I've never heard of raisins in one, so that's probably Canteen's innovation.

Nov 22, 2006
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Things to understand about Canteen

Was your breakfast dish called kedgeree (or some variant thereof)? Kedgeree is an Anglo-Indian dish with similar ingredients.

Nov 22, 2006
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch at Chez Panisse cafe

I've been curious about the CP cafe lunch for a long time. Is the menu different from the menu at dinner. Is it cheaper? I know they post their dinner menu online, but I haven't been able to find their lunch menu.

Nov 17, 2006
coriander in San Francisco Bay Area

Food delivery in Pasadena for starving in-laws

My mother-in-law fell down and broke her wrist this weekend. And I don't think my father-in-law has ever cooked in his life. We're thinking of arranging a bunch of restaurant deliveries for them intermittently throughout the week. They generally eat Middle-Eastern and Jewish food at home. They don't eat out much (and aren't particularly adventurous when they do) but they do like American- Chinese and Mexican food. They also like simple preparations of seafood. Any ideas of places that we might order from that will deliver to Pasadena?

Many thanks!

Nov 13, 2006
coriander in Los Angeles Area