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Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

hmm. Funny. My uncle's name is Doak. He used to live by Goldrush as well. Are there any other good places to eat in that 'hood? Where is La Duni?

Jan 23, 2008
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go?

Bland is no good. I hate bland sauce and crust. Well, we'll probably just end up going to Giordano's. It's my sister's favorite as well as the kiddos so, we'll probably get that delivered one night. And then when the bf and I are wandering around the city we're bound to run into a pizza place and we'll most likely be hungry and end up eating there. Wherever it may be. I'll have to let you know how it goes.

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

Ah, I see....there's also a good polish deli? Not sure waht it's called but my uncle sweras by it....

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Miami?

no dolphin sandwich for me. Not sure i'd get a dolphin sandwich anyway--is it really a dolphin? Not mahi-mahi. hmm. The California girl in me balks at the idea of eating a dolphin.

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Florida

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Miami?

Thanks for all the good input. Don't mind going to funky hole in the wall places--we have lots of good hole in the wall places out here, and not all of them have the absolute best food, just fun to go to for the experience. I don't mind eating "not the best in the entire world" food as log as it's cheap. I really hate going to places that are super expensive where I could hve made something better myself. Which while SF is a great food city, there are plently of places where I have been sorly sorely disapointed for a $100 meal for two. and very very impresseed for under $10 a piece. It's really great to get advice from locals....

I'm really excited to try as many places as we can while we are there. Yakko-San sounds amazing. Sergio's, Garcia's, Joe's for crab and pie, Fritters at Capt. Crab--i like the big and dense, but Scotty's landing and a view, let's go there too! Yum...Argentinian food definitely! And some open air markets. I'm there. I'm going to have to be rolled onto the plane.

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Florida

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go?

Ok. Burts it is....

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go?

thanks! I hope we leave thinking the food is better in Chicago. My Bf and I are thinking of moving to Chiago and have a hard time leaving SF mostly because of the food.

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

Oh yes the Goldrush is still around. In all it's glory.

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

Yup have had some good sushi in Dallas. Where is your favorite?

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

Hmmm. I'll have to make sure that someone in my family will mail therm to me from time to time before i try them. Because Omg! Cheese pockets. Okay. I'm there. Can't wait! Thanks you thank you thank you!

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

Yes, cindy;'s is not good per-say. And, no not anywhere close to a NY deli. But that said, it is dallas and thebagels are good and so is the white fish and serously their danishes are very very noteworthy. I go just for the danishes.

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

How funny. Those Gold Rush folks. yup for the ambiance and good company. My aunt used to work there back in the day. Whenever I'm there we all go in and chat with george and drink way to much coffee--or iced tea. i'm more of a teagirl myself...I always leave buzzing on caffine with a big smile.

Oh, Deep Ellum. My uncle used to own Club Dada so we go back from time to time just to see the hood. God was like a ghost town ast tiem we were there. Glad to hear that there are still places to eat! Hope some cool restaurant will open up and bring it back to life...

Nov 04, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Dallas?

My boyfriend and I are going to Dallas in January to visit my family and am wondering if there are any places we can't miss. We'll be there for four or so nights I'm sure we'll go to Campisi's one night. It's pretty much a family tradition to go when we are there-- don't love all the food but have a good ol' time with crab legs a cold crunchy salad with olives and giant red plastic cups of iced tea. And, I love love love the cheese danishes at Cindy's -- really excellent to take home on the airplane. and, we'll go to gold rush for really cheap bad sanwiches and coffee and funny conversations with my aunt's crazy hipster friends.

Any thoughts on where else to go? We'll probably only have one night out to eat that we'll get to choose the restaurant and maybe a could lunches or breakfasts.

good tex-mex? chili con queso?
bbq?
fried egg sanwiches?
breakfasts?
funky coffee shops to sit at and drink vats of iced tea?

yay!

Oct 30, 2007
misti in Texas

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go in Miami?

My boyfriend and I are going to be in Miami visiting friends for a few days sometime in January. Where do we absolutely have to eat? We're more looking for really amazing neighborhood joints as opposed to fancy pants places--although fancy is fine as long as the food is really, really, really worth the money.
any thoughts on where to go fo:

good cuban food?
amazing seafood?
conch fritters?
really good, real key lime pie?
pick berries? heard there was berry picking in the winter in Florida.

Just anywhere you think we can not miss while we were out there?

Oct 30, 2007
misti in Florida

Visiting from San Francisco-Where to go?

My bf and i will be visiting family in Wilmette sometime in the begining of the new year and are looking for places we absolutely cannot miss. We'll go to Gino's East 'cause I like it, but other that that where should we go? Any thoughts? There were lots of exciting looking places in this months Savuer Chicago issue. Would love to find lots of good neighborhood joints with amazing food that won't break the bank. We have a case of champagne taste (or good beer), (cheap) beer pockets. and we're really really spoiled coming from San Francisco. So any ideas for:

Somewhere on Devon Ave for really excellent affordable Indian food?
Good German food?
Best greeek food in Greek town?
Favorite pizza?
Somewhere to get loads of veggies? Not a totally vegetarian place but I like to eat my vegetables, lots of dark green, leafy, organic ones and tend to miss them when I leave California......

Oct 30, 2007
misti in Chicago Area

Best San Francisco Cakes

Oooh, that sounds delicious! Yum. I'll have to tell her about that. I have a feeling she may say that she wants just a cake cake--she's feeling very traditional about it, but that sounds sooo good. I'll have to look at the website to see if they have pics!

Oct 13, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Best San Francisco Cakes

So, a friend of mine is having an aniversary party and is looking for a place to get a cake. She loved the way the Miette cakes look but after reading all the reviews it sounds like they are pretty but flavorless. Has anyone had the ginger cake? Has anyone had a good experience with thier cakes?

How about Citizen Cake? Are they tasty?

We also looked at Petite Patisserie--they look like a good possibility pretty and people have said good thngs about the way they taste.

Also looked at Victoria Pastry--a little too homestyle for them. Crixa cakes sound really delicious but are less polished than what they are looking for.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Who has your favorite tasty and a little fancy looking cakes. It doesn't have to be from anywhere fancy. If it's moist and pretty it could she is okay with even Safeway cake. We're going cake tasting soon, but it would be nice to know where to start.

Thanks!

Oct 13, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Fried Chicken Perfection at Ad Hoc

Food and Wine published the AD Hoc fried chicken recipe. Very exctiing!! here's the link to it!

http://www.inuyaki.com/archives/84

Oct 13, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

thanks Lori!

Oct 12, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

I know, the prices at GP are hard to beat. And it's in the neighborhood which is always a plus. I think I'll go to the Ferry building farmers market on Saturday and just poke around maybe pick up a few fancy odds and ends and then go to Golden for the bulk of it. No Rainbow for produce this time--maybe for some cornmeal and bulk olive oil ! My housemates and I were just wondering a couple of days ago whether or not its cheaper to get it in bulk or not....

Oct 12, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

Thanks! I'll have to go sometime when I'm on that side of the bridge already and not looking for fancy party veggies -- looks like a good place to pick up groceries on my way back over to SF. Think I'll probably stick to doing my shopping for the party on this side--I guess with gas and bridge toll and such it probably won't be much cheaper to go to the East Bay. But I always love to explore new markets so i'll have to check it out at some point. Looked at their website and it looks really great.

Oct 12, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

"Best" local whole or multi grain bread?

True, no real crust. But, I love it anyway and I'm a crusty bread kind of gal too.

Oct 12, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

Do they have a good selection of organic stuff? I gave them a call and got a few prices but he sounded pretty busy so didn't want to keep him on the phone too long. Sounds like a great place. Do they have a good enough selection to make the trip from SF?

Oct 12, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

Was thinking that Golden Produce would probably be one of my best bets. I may call the Monterey Mkt and see what they have in terms of local stuff and see how it compares to Golden. I've never noticed whether or not Golden carries local produce. Do they?

Oct 12, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Best picnic wineries near Sonoma

I love love love love Preston's grounds (and their wine). Their grounds are open to wander around on. Not sure about their regulations. You could probably get away with bringing your own wine but I highly reccomend buying wine there. Their tastings were either very very cheap or free. can't remember They also make their own bread. Mmm. Good for a picnic. They have lots of room to walk around. Green grass, trellises, a big veggie garden, a few ft cats wandering around, it's beautiful. Here's a link to their site:
http://www.prestonvineyards.com/

Oct 11, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

"Best" local whole or multi grain bread?

I love the vital vittles as well. their "real bread" tastes just like my grandmas bread. Nice and fresh tasting--it is a loaf, but it holds up in the fridge pretty well.

Oct 11, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Late night in SF

Osha in the Mission has great thai food and they are open tll midnight. They have a restaurant downtown as well.

Oct 11, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

So, I am having a dinner party on the 21st. Started out it was just going to be a small get together and now I'll be feeding 40. Which is great. I'm excited. I'm good at cooking for big parties and have some really great kitchen help. And, I have been saving up for the last two months to be able to put this together so I think I'll be okay. I just want to try and get the best ingredients as reasonably as possible. I've done the shopping for the non-perishables and have about $180 for the rest.--can probably come up with another $30 between now and then. Think I can I do it?

Where to go to get ingredients? I want to do organic but for some things I'll probably do conventional. Can I afford to do the Ferry Building Farmers market for produce? Really I just want an excuse to blow $100 there, but I know it's not the frugal way to go. But I want purple carrots and watermellon radishes and sweet sweet corn and deer tounge lettuce and pt reyes blue cheese and organic marigolds and .... Wheee!!! Ahem...Anyhow.

Any other ideas where to go for produce? Any other farmers markets that you like? Thinking maybe I'll go to Golden Produce for things I can't afford at the Ferry building. Not in love with Rainbow's produce but it's pretty good so might go there? Thoughts?
Here's the menu..

Buttermilk fried chicken-- Called around and surprisingly enough Bi-Rite has the cheapest Fulton Valley Farms leg quarters. A buck cheaper than Mission Meat Market and only fifty cents more than coventional chicken at some other meat market on Mission. Wow. So I went ahead and ordered 35 leg quarters cut into two. And, I got a pound of chicken livers 'cause I like them and really think that if people have had good chicken livers they will like them. I figure I'll probably pick up a few breasts to throw into the mix. So about $40 or so will go to the chicken. I have the dry ingredients just need the buttermilk. Like a gallon and a half or so.

For the veggies we're having:
Mashed potatoes with celery root and mushroom gravy--already bought potatoes at rainbow-10 lbs. Am thinking I should get another 10 lbs. Plus 1/2 and 1/2. Already have the butter and a huge container of mushroom stock in my freezer.

Citrus marinated beets-- where can I get enough beets for 30 people for around $15?

Brussel Sprouts--with truffle oil and pecorino romano-Already bought the cheese and truffle oil. Whew. Probably have to go conventional on the sprouts. All the organic ones I've seen are around $5/lb which I can't do for such a big party. boo.

Corn on the Cob with shallot butter--Really want to get good organic fresh fresh sweet corn. Ferry Building? Can I get 2 ears for $1 there?

Big Salad-with really finely sliced radishes (a few different kinds) and carrots (purple? red? orange?) sunflower sprouts or something similar, a few different kinds of hearty lettuces, tomatoes from my bf's roof garden and a blue cheese vinagrette. Bacon bits and croutons on the side. Will prb just pick up a few slices at Bi-Rite. Or is there someplace amazing that I have to go for bacon?

Then for more starch I'm making Hungarian sour cream rolls--already have the sour cream and flour and such. And strawberry jam that I already made--got a good deal on u-pick strawberries at swansons Berry farm.....
And buttermilk corn bread with honey butter. Already have the honey and butter and the corn meal.

So, where to shop? Any brilliant ideas, tips, thoughts? Is there some hidden farmers market with amazing prduce but cheaper than the Ferry Building? Some bay area grocery store that I don't know about?

Can I feed 35 people good organic stuff without eating cereal for every meal from now until the party? I actually really like cereal.....

Oct 11, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Help! Ideas for a birthday dinner?

Thanks!

Mar 07, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area

Help! Ideas for a birthday dinner?

Wild side west would be fun. I'm thinking drinks will be with the younger crowd and we'll meet his parents at the restaurant.

Has anyone been to Aperto?

Mar 07, 2007
misti in San Francisco Bay Area