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Thinking of Leaving SF for Berkeley or Oakland. Crazy?

Parking. The final frontier.

Feb 03, 2011
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

This week at Rivoli

That's known as a pine float.

Feb 03, 2011
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

What was the first thing you learned to make?

From a cookbook, a kid's cookbook, it was "cinnamon toast". Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon on bread, put under the broiler until the sugar melted. A too sweet disgusting mess that I loved as a kid. It included the lesson that you can' t put sugar near a fire and walk away.

Feb 04, 2010
EdwardAdams in Home Cooking

The best thing your school cafeteria served

Wednesday was chili beans with whole wheat French bread baked especially at the local bakery. Yummy and healthy too.

Oct 05, 2009
EdwardAdams in General Topics

how's Monterey Market lately?

The biggest change I notice from last year to this season is the lack of unusual peppers. There is a featured section up front with a named source and correspondingly high price but the pepper section itself just has the standards. The end of summer used to bring a wide selection of unusual peppers to try.

There is a general slowdown in the unusual seasonal and the bargain offerings recently, making the braving the parking situation less appealing.

Sep 19, 2009
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

Chain Restaurants in peril

There is a question of how much information technology will affect the chain restaurants. The only time I frequent them is when traveling, especially on road trips. They are often conveniently located just off the freeway and a fuel and fuel stop is efficient. However, if a local joint, touted by locals, was easily available, I would go a bit out of the way.

Now, with netbooks getting so cheap and reliable, information about such is just a few keystrokes away.

Jun 28, 2009
EdwardAdams in Chains

Berkeley Bowl West - The promised land ... west of Eden

I made my first visit yesterday. I have to think most shoppers are familiar with the old store, conditioned to grab the first parking they see. Although it was hot and sunny, the above ground lots were full as were the approach streets while the covered parking was only 1/4 full.

Jun 28, 2009
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

Salt in Restaurant Food

Big chain enterprises test their recipes with tasting panels, I'm certain. We are held hostage by a public that downs mountains of potato chips and think that salt tastes good. I find most chain outlets offerings too salty to eat.

Thank heaven for salads or I might starve on a road trip.

May 25, 2009
EdwardAdams in General Topics

Planting by the moon?

My mother said her grandmother kept the best kitchen garden and always planted by the moon, whatever that means. Venturing onto the web yields mixed results for what it means. I want to try it, so anyone who has with good success, let me know. I did plant my beans and lettuce on the waxing moon and the germination of the lettuce has never gone so well before.

May 09, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

The Great Burrito Debate

Speaking of burritos, where is an east bay location to try a "California burrito", one that substitutes potatoes for the rice? My daughter informs me that they are present in the Valley towns and apparently started down south.

Inquiring taste buds want to know.

May 07, 2009
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

Do you LIKE gardening?

I love gardening. Being outside, watching my plants grow, bloom and produce is a true pleasure. The odd thing for me is that the biggest pain in my gardening life, other than some uninvited creature eating my plants, is harvest. Somehow, at payoff time, my enthusiasm for gardening wanes and, since things like beans quit producing if they are not harvested in timely fashion, my lackadaisical attitude toward it hurts me.

May 07, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Does one's gender affect food preferences?

As for desserts, chocolate or fruit based?

Do women like chocolate much more than men, or is it just desserts in general?

May 06, 2009
EdwardAdams in Not About Food

Oakland: Unicos de Cuernavaca Tamal Shop - the best tamales in the Bay Area

Yeah, thanks for the heads up. Pork tamale delicious as advertised and it stayed warm on the drive all the way home in Albany. A timely plug should help the business since it's location is unexpected.

Apr 30, 2009
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

What's your favorite box cookie

Depending on the grocery store there are Jules Destrooper almond thins or Gille Double Chocolate Crisps, both excellent cookies.

Apr 29, 2009
EdwardAdams in General Topics

Albany - Sam's Log Cabin – What came first, the free-range chicken or the organic egg?

On a fine day, they have tables on a patio in back. The wisteria is in bloom.

Apr 28, 2009
EdwardAdams in San Francisco Bay Area

What's the farthest from home you'll travel for groceries?

Your question made me realize that sometimes there are huge benefits to living in a more urban area. Within three miles, I have a host of groceries stores of many types and specialty food shops. The parking at times can be difficult and often the shops are crowded but no long drives required.

Apr 28, 2009
EdwardAdams in General Topics

Soy is bad for you

All things in moderation. Even the article states that one portion a day is fine. Since tofu is so inherently tasteless, limiting intake should not be a stretch.

Apr 28, 2009
EdwardAdams in General Topics

Basil Bugs? Gardening Question.

I'm focusing of the phrase "little bitten slivers" to think that it must be caterpillars doing the job because they are the only chewers that will leave the midrib intact at times. To see if it is slimers, snails or slugs, dampen a newspaper section, roll it up loosely and leave it near your plants overnight. If slugs and snails are around, they will camp out in the newspaper after a night of dining.

Apr 25, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Are my almond trees dead?

Take a sharp knife and cut an angled cut along a twig. See if there is any green just below the bark and if the wood is still fairly pliable. If either is true, there is hope.

Apr 23, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Is Cooks Illustrated partial..

Cook's Illustrated cannot test every available item on the market so that their prejudice is not in the testing, but in the selection of items to be tested. For food items, they definitely skew toward those available on the east coast.

I suspect they leave all copper pots out of the tests because they have a cost barrier for testing that copper cannot clear.

Apr 23, 2009
EdwardAdams in Cookware

Best Grapefruit Juice

I like Trader Joe's Rio Red Grapefruit blend. It's a bit on the sweet side but I'm addicted.

Apr 23, 2009
EdwardAdams in General Topics

Keeping knife sharp to breakdown chickens.

I use the oldest knife I own, and old school carbon blade "butcher knife". The curve to the blade helps in maneuvering through the joints. It keeps an edge fairly well and I've never had a problem getting through one chicken. The plus side of being softer than stainless is that it sharpens back up quickly. The $10 Accusharp sharpener works great for an incredibly quick new edge.

Apr 23, 2009
EdwardAdams in Cookware

Best Knifes Not you whole paycheck?

Apr 23, 2009
EdwardAdams in Cookware

Getting rid of roly-poly's(or pill bugs)?

I don't think your problem is sow bugs now. They don't eat entire leaves. Cutworms, maybe and you would be lucky to see them. Try a physical barrier like a paper cup with the bottom out around the bean plant when it sprouts.

Apr 22, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Raspberry Patch: Friend or Foe?

I ended up raising the grade to plant them in since it was the winter rains that got to them. Only two years in with the latest planting and we have had low rainfall years recently in N California. We shall see if a 6 inch raised bed will do in a wet year when that comes.

Mine are against the fence. I use posts and wires to hold them upright on the other side.

Apr 22, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Best Knifes Not you whole paycheck?

I wil cast my vote for Mundial as well. Well designed and executed and made from
German steel worked in Brazil. The price is outstanding. After using them for a number of years, I bought my daughter a three piece set, chef, serrated, parer for $80. She says they are the only ones she uses now.

Apr 22, 2009
EdwardAdams in Cookware

Raspberry Patch: Friend or Foe?

Raspberries are great. Since they really don't ship and last all that well, they are a bit on the expensive side so growing your own becomes cost effective.

The problems I've had in the past have to do with drainage and squirrels. Raspberries like moist soil but get root rot quickly if the soil gets saturated. Mine are against a fence which makes a dandy highway for the local rats with bushy tails angling for a treat.

Apr 21, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Raised Beds

Retaining walls or raised beds is a bad application for Trex. Even in flooring it has much more of a tendency to bow under pressure than lumber. Pressure treated lumber is probably the cheapest route if you are worried about longevity. I used redwood, then stapled plastic on the inside before adding soil to keep the moisture loss down.

I connected the lumber with L shaped steel salvaged from those universal bed frames and carriage bolts as fasteners. They are still strong after 20 years of use.

Apr 21, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

Getting rid of roly-poly's(or pill bugs)?

Beg to differ but sow bugs can eat seedlings. They are little threat to mature plants but can damage the little guys significantly. However sorting out whether they or slugs or snails are the worst offenders is difficult. Trapping them with rolls of damp newspaper is a technique that works for all of the above. Simply roll up the paper and dampen, then put in the garden overnight. Check the center the next morning. It should harvest a significant number of these moisture loving pests.

Apr 16, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening

thanks chowhound! also, what's your plan for spring and summer herbs?

Is arugula an herb or a green? It doesn't matter, it grows like mad in my cool country summer garden. I've given up on warm crops but grow herbs, lettuce and green beans which produce forever in the cool weather.

I can always trade with my daughter for the good homegrown other stuff that needs warm weather.
Here is her gardening blog:http://marionthedirtprincess.blogspot...

Apr 16, 2009
EdwardAdams in Gardening