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Fresh Tomato Juice at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market [San Francisco]

Does anyone know who the vendor is that sells "spicy tomato juice" at the Ferry Building?

May 30, 2014
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese at Levi's Plaza...

What was the name of the restaurant that used to be there and what happened to it?

Oct 21, 2013
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Dick's Bakery in San Jose...

Have you been? How is it? Specialties?

Thanks!!

Kimberly

Sep 18, 2008
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

where can I get "homemade" bacon?

Roundman's in Fort Bragg, CA. OMG! The BEST Bacon EVER!! You can order online: http://www.roundmans.com/

Sep 18, 2008
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Business lunch near Great America in Santa Clara?

Hi hounds -

I have a client coming into town on Wed and would like to take them to a nice lunch. I just started working in the area (from SF) and have yet to find the cool spots. Nice and REALLY nice is what I'm looking for. Thanks for your help!!

Phoebe

Sep 08, 2008
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions for roasted pork shoulder.

HI -

I simply buy a good dry rub for pork (ie; Made in Napa Valley rub for pork or lamb), mix it with the roasted garlic to make a paste and add chipotle powder or peppers. Rub the meat and voilå, perfect pulled pork!!

Jul 08, 2008
epicurgirl in Home Cooking

Easter Brunch...

Hey Hounds!

So, I moved down to Sunnyvale last Summer and am not adapting well to the food scene at all - strip mall restaurants and Buffet everywhere! I would love to have a nice brunch on Easter with my boyfriend and another couple and thought somewhere like Half Moon Bay or Monterey would be nice -any suggestions? I already checked out the Ritz in HMB - but if I see the word buffet again, I may cry... I 'm looking for nice atmosphere (I'll be wearing a big hat!), good food and a view would be great!!

Any suggestions for a great brunch spot in the south bay greatly appreciated as well...

Thank you.

Kimberly

Mar 19, 2008
epicurgirl in California

Easter Brunch...

Hey Hounds!

So, I moved down to Sunnyvale last Summer and am not adapting well to the food scene at all - strip mall restaurants and Buffet everywhere! I would love to have a nice brunch on Easter with my boyfriend and another couple and thought somewhere like Half Moon Bay or Monterey would be nice -any suggestions? I already checked out the Ritz in HMB - but if I see the word buffet again, I may cry... I 'm looking for nice atmosphere (I'll be wearing a big hat!), good food and a view would be great!!

Any suggestions for a great brunch spot in the south bay greatly appreciated as well...

Thank you.

Kimberly

Mar 19, 2008
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to dine in the South Bay?

Hi folks,

I live in Sunnyvale (as of June) and want to go to a nice, fun place with good food. I'm not super familiar with the offerings down here. Any suggestions for a good Saturday night place - not too far from home?

Thanks!!

Jan 11, 2008
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Acorn Squash Skin...

I plan on making baked acorn squash and it just dawned on me that the skin may be inedible. Is it?

Nov 21, 2007
epicurgirl in Home Cooking

Help - have to make a Kosher dinner, TONIGHT!

Hi Hounds,

So, we're having friends over tonight and I just found out they're kosher. Not too strict, basically no meat with dairy stuff. But looking for any good recipes anyone may have that won't take all night to cook. Beef, chicken, fish I suppose. Any favorites out there?

PS - I'm a good cook so don't worry about difficulty or fear of new things : )

Oct 25, 2007
epicurgirl in Home Cooking

Fine dining in Edinburgh?

Price is not really an issue - we're saving on accomadations and we want to have a few really nice dinner experiences... Thanks!

Aug 22, 2007
epicurgirl in U.K./Ireland

Fine dining in Edinburgh?

So far, I think we'll hit Tower, but there is another place that I want to try and cannot find - named after the chef... any suggestions? We want at least two fine dining experiences while we're here - until the 28th.

Many thanks!!

Aug 20, 2007
epicurgirl in U.K./Ireland

Best Indian near Vallco Fashion Park?

HI there -

Going to the movies tonight and would like to have Indian prior - any suggestions in that area?

Thanks,

K

Jul 17, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner for 12 -- would any of these work?

I recently did a dinner for 10 - here's the link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40148...

Jun 27, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Best French Dip?

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a trip to SF and a $17 FD at Houston's - extremely lean, paper thin, medium rare piled high on a perfect bun.... mmmm... the BEST!!

Jun 26, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Pre-Opera Dinner?

Hi there -

So, we're going to Don Giovanni on Saturday night and I think Italian would be most apropos - any suggestions near the Opera House? Or other outstanding cuisines in that general area?

Thanks!!

Jun 26, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Good place for Birthday dinner?

FYI -

We ended up at Aziza on Geary and it was FABULOUS! They have a $50 prix fix menu and there was a TON of really good food! About 4 different samples of each course and the atomosphere is great too.

Jun 06, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Old Italian joint in Fremont?

YES! Thanks!!!

Jun 05, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Old Italian joint in Fremont?

I heard about a place in Fremont that's an old-school, martini lunch kind of place in Fremont and I can't remember the name... Any ideas??

Jun 05, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a great celebration restaurant in the city

What about Faz? They have nice views... I haven't eaten at this one, but when Faz Poursohi took over the Santa Fe Bar & Grill in Berkeley from Jeremiah Tower I loved it!!

May 27, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Minneapolis Top Eats

Omigod! You MUST stop in at Nye's Polonaise - go to the piano bar and sing-a-long!!
http://nyespolonaise.com/
The food is o.k., I had the prime rib dinner and the waitresses hung out with me (it was almost closing...) I love it!

May 17, 2007
epicurgirl in General Midwest Archive

My lunch at Backstreet Cafe, TX - kinda long...

I posted a message on the Chowhound.com Texas message board asking where to go in Houston for a nice brunch. One person who replied suggested the Backstreet Café so I looked it up and reviewed the menu and decided to try it on my way to the airport before my flight home. Unfortunately, it’s Friday and so the brunch was unavailable, but my lunch was just lovely.

Began with:

Mache Salad
A nice combination of Mache, mint & cilantro leaves (great compliments to the peppery lettuce), cubes of caramelized pumpkin, pears and “truffled” cheese (not sure what kind of cheese – Manchego perhaps) and candied walnuts in a very simple vinaigrette – I think it may even have been just olive oil with a drizzle of balsamic – which was perfect because the flavors in the salad were really interesting, especially the cheese – the truffle flavor really came through!

’95 Chateau Marouline Rosé, France – light, crisp, dry – classic French style.

Entrée:

Seared Duck Breast
Spice rubbed breast, seared (cooked medium) and braised leg served atop butternut squash puree & sautéed spinach surrounded by a lovely jus and figs.
The duck was not too rich at all – the leg meat fell off the bone and the breast was very tasty and tender, the vegetables were very simply seasoned and the jus was the perfect compliment to everything on my plate.

’95 Benton Lane Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR – in the nose were notes of figs and raisins, it was a hearty pinot that tasted of cherries with a hint of rose and a chocolate finish (perfectly suggested by my server Chris).

Dessert:

Seasonal Cobbler
A slightly warm blackberry cobbler with a sweet, biscuit-like topping with a small scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream – very simple and good – not too sweet and the berries were plump and tasty.

‘?? Don Bernardins Beaumes de Vanis Muscat – florals and vanilla, extremely smooth and not too sweet.

All the daily specials sounded terrific, the soft shell crabs – spice rubbed and sesame crusted (sautéed) were VERY popular – they looked great, they came atop mashed Peruvian Purple potatoes and sautéed spinach and topped with lump crab meat (looked like really good crab too – not Snow or canned) and a lemon, butter sauce – and I swear it was like at least a half of a cup of crab!! I passed on them because my server didn’t quote the prices of the specials which is a requirement for me in a new restaurant (flashback to the $38 crab cake LUNCH special at Houston’s in SF, circa ’99 – “they’re blue crabs from Maryland – flown in special” Hello? This is San Francisco – home of the best crab ever!! – Grrr… But I digress…

The other specials were Pan Seared Halibut with spinach and stone ground cheese grits (which I totally meant to order on the side and forgot!!) topped with crawfish tails in a white wine sauce and a couple of muscles and the third was… I forget, but I know it was also fish and had the pile of crab involved.

All in all a lovely experience, I sat outside on the patio next to the fountain, surrounded by trees and birds – oh, and other happy diners.

If you ever find yourself in Houston’s Riverside dist. Call and talk to Larry Bennett, the manager and he’ll take good care of you!

--Kimberly aka epicurgirl.

May 17, 2007
epicurgirl in Texas

Coming to Milwaukee...

So, I have to be in Milwaukee on biz on my birthday(!) Where do I have my vendor take me to dinner? We're from the SF Bay Area so we like Fabulous dining!!

Thanks Hounds!!

Kimberly

May 17, 2007
epicurgirl in General Midwest Archive

Good place for Birthday dinner?

Hi there -

I'm planning on having a group of about 10 people for a birthday dinner later this month. I'm looking for good food, not too over the top expensive and great atmosphere... Places I've done this and enjoyed have been the likes of Le Colonial, Ana Mandara and Postrio.

Thanks!!

KB

May 14, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

It's Mojito season...who does the best one?

Enrico's did... :(

May 14, 2007
epicurgirl in Greater Boston Area

Help! I'm in Newark...

I just started working in Newark (on Gateway near Jarvis) and the only restaurants around here seem to be fast food... Looking for anything good - especially Sushi!!

Thanks hounds!!

May 03, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area

My lunch at Backstreet Cafe - kinda long...

I posted a message on the Chowhound.com Texas message board asking where to go in Houston for a nice brunch. One person who replied suggested the Backstreet Café so I looked it up and reviewed the menu and decided to try it on my way to the airport before my flight home. Unfortunately, it’s Friday and so the brunch was unavailable, but my lunch was just lovely.

Began with:

Mache Salad
A nice combination of Mache, mint & cilantro leaves (great compliments to the peppery lettuce), cubes of caramelized pumpkin, pears and “truffled” cheese (not sure what kind of cheese – Manchego perhaps) and candied walnuts in a very simple vinaigrette – I think it may even have been just olive oil with a drizzle of balsamic – which was perfect because the flavors in the salad were really interesting, especially the cheese – the truffle flavor really came through!

’95 Chateau Marouline Rosé, France – light, crisp, dry – classic French style.

Entrée:

Seared Duck Breast
Spice rubbed breast, seared (cooked medium) and braised leg served atop butternut squash puree & sautéed spinach surrounded by a lovely jus and figs.
The duck was not too rich at all – the leg meat fell off the bone and the breast was very tasty and tender, the vegetables were very simply seasoned and the jus was the perfect compliment to everything on my plate.

’95 Benton Lane Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR – in the nose were notes of figs and raisins, it was a hearty pinot that tasted of cherries with a hint of rose and a chocolate finish (perfectly suggested by my server Chris).

Dessert:

Seasonal Cobbler
A slightly warm blackberry cobbler with a sweet, biscuit-like topping with a small scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream – very simple and good – not too sweet and the berries were plump and tasty.

‘?? Don Bernardins Beaumes de Vanis Muscat – florals and vanilla, extremely smooth and not too sweet.

All the daily specials sounded terrific, the soft shell crabs – spice rubbed and sesame crusted (sautéed) were VERY popular – they looked great, they came atop mashed Peruvian Purple potatoes and sautéed spinach and topped with lump crab meat (looked like really good crab too – not Snow or canned) and a lemon, butter sauce – and I swear it was like at least a half of a cup of crab!! I passed on them because my server didn’t quote the prices of the specials which is a requirement for me in a new restaurant (flashback to the $38 crab cake LUNCH special at Houston’s in SF, circa ’99 – “they’re blue crabs from Maryland – flown in special” Hello? This is San Francisco – home of the best crab ever!! – Grrr… But I digress…

The other specials were Pan Seared Halibut with spinach and stone ground cheese grits (which I totally meant to order on the side and forgot!!) topped with crawfish tails in a white wine sauce and a couple of muscles and the third was… I forget, but I know it was also fish and had the pile of crab involved.

All in all a lovely experience, I sat outside on the patio next to the fountain, surrounded by trees and birds – oh, and other happy diners.

If you ever find yourself in Houston’s Riverside dist. Call and talk to Larry Bennett, the manager and he’ll take good care of you!

--Kimberly aka epicurgirl.

Apr 28, 2007
epicurgirl in Texas

Coming to Houston on Biz

and I would like to eat some really good Texas fare... Price is no object, in fact I'd like to hit one really upscale eatery for dinner and a great down-home place for brunch.

Suggestions?

Kimberly from San Francisco

Apr 23, 2007
epicurgirl in Texas

Rehersal Dinner spot in or around Sebasapol?

Looking for a nice yet resonable place to hold a rehersal dinner - any suggestions?

Thanks,

Kimberly

Apr 23, 2007
epicurgirl in San Francisco Bay Area