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breakfast/brunch in SF?

thanks!

breakfast/brunch in SF?

Where would you go for real down-home breakfast in SF? I'm thinking corned-beef hash, i'm thinking big huge rashers of bacon, i'm thinking stacks of banana pancakes.....

Not too expensive would be great. Drinkable coffee would be even better....

best pickles EVER

I have to say they tasted amazingly fresh. I've just never had really great pickles since I moved to the US, except at the old Second Ave. Deli. Really enjoyable. Must try their sauerkraut...

best pickles EVER

whatever: they taste great.

best pickles EVER

I just found the pickles of my dreams at Rainbow Grocery. Back in the miso/pickled lemons fridge, across from the olive bar, they have two kinds of pickles: "lower East Side" pickles and another kind, called, I think Bubbie's. The latter are so good I can't even believe it. It's hard to find truly sour pickls and these are awesome. I may drive there again this afternoon to buy a dozen more.

matzo brei in the bay?

Dos anyone know of a breakfast place that serves matzo brei, in SF? Even if only during passover?

Cheap(er) Fruit

Holy cow -- thanks to everyone for the tips. I'm jonesing to do some canning this weekend. I'm actually in Pasadena but will drive anywhere. Anyone else done some recent canning/jam/jelly-making?

Jun 25, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Basic (Vegan) Chocolate Cupcake

These are phenomenal.

Jun 25, 2007
Dafina Girl in Recipes

Cheap(er) Fruit

Does anyone have any advice or tips for buying good, inexpensive fruit in Los Angeles? I want to get started with summer jam and jelly making but I'm finding it hard to get fruit that isn't going to bust my budget.

Thanks!

Jun 20, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Marzipan Ice Cream

thanks raj1 -- i think i'm going with standard vanilla ice cream plus expensive store-bought marzipan. will definitely strain just in case.

dg

Feb 26, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

suggestions for vegetarian options?

oh wow -- i'm going to go look it up now. thanks for that. i should have bought that book a million years ago.

so maybe an eggplant caviar, guac and tomato tartare, with fish substituted in for the non-veggies.

thanks jsaimd

Feb 26, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

suggestions for vegetarian options?

Hey all --

I'm hosting a dinner this Friday at which at least half the guests will be some form of vegetarian. I was planning on a salmon and tuna tartare appetizer with guacamole and crispbread but need something to replace the fish for the vegetarians. I hate hummus so can't do that.

Any ideas?

White bean puree? Eggplant salad?

Thanks in advance!

DG

Feb 26, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

Wedding cake flavor

We had a marzipan flavored cake. I had chocolate sauce on the side to make the choco-philes happy.

Feb 24, 2007
Dafina Girl in General Topics

Marzipan Ice Cream

Does anyone have a recipe for marzipan ice cream?

Thanks!

Feb 24, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

Lunch at Ford's Filling Station - short review

My cousin and I had a fantastic lunch at FFS yesterday. We sat in the front window and played backgammon; waiter service was from the bartender.

Any criticisms that follow are nitpicking; lunch was really pretty great all round.

We started with the caesar salad, which we shared. It comes served with two croutons topped with baked tomatoes and white anchovies. While I thought the caesar was solid, and the croutons were wonderful -- sweet and not at all salty, with the slight vinegar tang of white anchovy - the dressing was a bit less lemony than I usually like.

My cousin had the fish and chips which is something along the lines of a tempura place but with beer batter; you get two asparagus spears in batter, some potato fingers and an onion ring with a curries tartar sauce. Fabulous batter, great oily fish, and the veg was solid. It also comes with two young carrots, pickled with star anise or fennel, I couldn't tell which.

I had the skirt steak sandwich which was a little tough to bite through but otherwise fab; a great roll (I usually find myself taking the meat off of bread in lunch joints, but this was a crusty, sweet roll with just the right amount of sticky white bread feeling to it), loved the steak sauce, good thick fries.

We ended up breaking down and ordering two glasses of wine which made the lunch bill astronomical, for us anyway: she had the rioja, I had the paige 23 2004 syrah.

An indulgence but a real treat. It gets bumping busy around noon with the culver city crowd.

Feb 24, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Shopping in Japantown - yuzu, salmon, uni?

Clare K, Ogawak, wilafur, Cicely and arkestra -- Thanks for this great info. I'm going to check out mitsuwa later this week, before the dinner.

Man, it takes time to dial into a new city! I appreciate the help.

Feb 22, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Shopping in Japantown - yuzu, salmon, uni?

Inspired by some tai nigiri last night at Japon Bistro, and a dish that used to be my favorite at Tokyo Go Go in San Francisco I'm adding a sashimi/guacamole timbale appetizer to the dinner menu that I'm planning for next week. I want to do uni sashimi as well.

When I lived in SF I'd go to Japantown and buy trays of uni for less than $12, and get all of my fish, from a big Japanese supermarket. Is there any thing similar in Japantown that people can recommend? I also need some fresh yuzu lemons.

Thanks in advance!!!!

Feb 22, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

your top five cheap restaurants in northeast LA/glendale/pasadena?

I loved the chivo...

Feb 22, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Brunch in Westwood?

Thanks Emme.

Feb 18, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for Brunch in Westwood?

Hola chowhounds --

I'm meeting some friends in a few hours for brunch in Westwood and wanted to know whether anyone had suggestions for a good brunch. Any price range from cheap to a slightly expensive brunch (ie La Brea Bakery brunh) is fine, just forewarn me.

Thanks!

Feb 18, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena Recs?

Hey all --

Any recommendations for dinner in Pasadena. Not too fancy is what we're looking at. It can be anything from budget/takeout to inexpensive sit-down. Ethnic is great.

Thanks!

Jan 26, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

I love Lidia Bastianich and I really love America's Test Kitchen. Julia, Julia, Julia of course.

I can't believe no one has said this: Paula Deen's southern food is DISGUSTING. Is anyone with me on this?

Jan 14, 2007
Dafina Girl in Food Media & News

Rustic Canyon

We were there a few weeks ago and loved it. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Jan 14, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

Miso Paste - How do I use it

I didn't but I will next time; the suggestion to mix it with broth or water first is dead on I think.

Jan 14, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

Miso Paste - How do I use it

I use miso - particularly red miso - in salad dressings. I combine olive oil, low sodium soy (a better flavor I think), balsamico and then a dash of sesame oil for flavor. You have to really work on the miso to get it to break up.

I use this on salad greens but also on reconstituted hijiki (seaweed).

Jan 12, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

Dessert party menu -- looking for feedback

I might add some fruit. Do post the banana tartlets recipe....

Jan 12, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

is it possible to over-marinate?

Hi.

I'm marinating some lamb shanks in red wine - the recipe says twelve hours only but I'm doing it for about 19. Is that too much?

The next step is sprinkling them with flour and browning them -- I guess I could take the shanks out of the wine and keep them wrapped until I need to brown them.

Any advice? what would you do?

Jan 12, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

is it possible to over-marinate? [moved from the Los Angeles board]

Thanks!

Jan 12, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking

Afternoon tea? Rose Tree Cottage?

I was at Rose Tree this week and I really enjoyed it; the sandwiches are excellent, the scones are awesome, and they use high quality devon cream. That said, I didn't love the tea that they used; it was a bit too tannic for me. What they do is keep one pot going for the whole tea room, whihc is pretty smart. I'd go but suggest asking for a different kind of tea than they're serving.

Also, you need to book one week in advance, but I bet if you call they might let you in.

Jan 12, 2007
Dafina Girl in Los Angeles Area

is it possible to over-marinate? [moved from the Los Angeles board]

I'm marinating some lamb shanks in red wine - the recipe says twelve hours only but I'm doing it for about 19. Is that too much?

The next step is sprinkling them with flour and browning them -- I guess I could take the shanks out of the wine and keep them wrapped until I need to brown them.

Any advice? what would you do?

Jan 12, 2007
Dafina Girl in Home Cooking