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Pastry arts program

Have you ever looked to see it San Francisco City College does a Pastry program? I went throught the 18 month Culinary Arts program and graduated in 1998. I am still paying for it. The cost has sky rocketed since! If I knew then, what I know now, I would have gone to City and saved myself the money. Just so you know, you are lucky if you make $10 directly out of school, which is really dissapointing after forking out that kind of dough. But if you are not planning a career in it and you have some money, maybe Tante Marie?

Mar 30, 2007
Cups in San Francisco Bay Area

Incanto visit

Thanks for the input. My friend and I are planning a visit in the upcoming weeks. Sounds like everything was great except for the graphic detail of the meat! EWE!!

Mar 30, 2007
Cups in San Francisco Bay Area

My trip to Toronto (Perigee, Lee, Scaramouche...

No, I only had a couple of desserts. I wasn't expecting to even eat, I just wanted to check out the place after a meal. Honestly, I was so busy I had to narrow it down to the restaurants I did actually go to for full meals. I was only there for 5 nights. The vibe seeemed cool, but I went early so I didn't see the place when it got busy. The people working seemed nice and the place is still gorgeous...It does seem like somewhere to go with others as opposed to just by yourself, but I could be wrong. The menu looks amazing and if I had more time I definitely would go back for the savory dishes as well.
The desserts I had were each like a sampling of 3 or 4 desserts. One was a take on chocolate that included a carrot 'pudding' with yogurt sorbet, and cocoa nibs(excellent), chocolate shot, chocolate pastry cream with curry etc. very interesting...

Mar 27, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My trip to Toronto (Perigee, Lee, Scaramouche...

Thanks to everyone suggestions on my post "Visiting Toronto, Solo, 1st time! All of your advice was great.
Although it sounds like I am made of money, I'm not AT ALL. I just decided to spend my money on dining out. So I went to some restaurants that were suggested by some hounds, that were good places to eat alone. Here is the report:
Perigee was great, I felt so well taken care of. Pat, the chef really interacts with the diners on a personal level. My food was totally tailored to my liking and everything was fresh and delicious. I specifically liked the first course, smoked juniper char, in a creamy watercress(?) soup, fingerling potatoes, oven dried cherry tomatoes, and poached egg yolk. The yolk added a richness to the dish that was amazing!
I had several courses and wine...including dessert courses. The ice creams stood out, as well as the fig jam, goat cheese, lemon balm "pizza" on a sable cookie. Yum! Oh, the breadsticks and housemade butter are awesome too.
The staff were friendly and really helpful too. Highly recommended!
Scaramouche was tasty, too. The bread, breadsticks and hummus when you sit down was a nice beginning. My smoky pork was fantastic, mashed celriac and braised red cabbage, done really well. The only thing missing was something sweet. The menu noted that the celriac was supposed to conatin apple as well. I found no hint of apple at all. But it was still good and I scarffed it up.
My dessert, a meyer lemon semifreddo, poached rhubarb, white chocolate mousse on top of flaky pastry. It was really a great combination, although why did I order something frozen when it was below freezing outside? Yeah, the wine was influencing my choices at that point.
The customers at the bar were very talkative and I had extensive chats with people on both sides of me. Great suggestion...
I went to Lee and found it to be friendly, although super-hip atmosphere. The food, hmmmm the first dish I had was spectacular! It was a parsley spinach soup with feta and tomato, served with a leek filled 'doughnut'. Awesome...BUT! The rest of my dishes were absolutley nothing to write home about, at all. I think its overrated, but maybe I just didn't order the right things. I dunno...
All in all it was great, I did tons of other stuff (Niagara Falls, wineries, St Lawrence Market, afternoon tea...)and saw so much. Toronto is a great place to visit. I am so glad I went! P.S. Also had scrumptious, unusual desserts at Rain!

Mar 24, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peameal bacon, Canadian specialties, where?

Thanks to everyone for posting! I feel much more confident about the trip! Don't hesitate to add anything, I still have a week before I leave. :0)

Mar 12, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peameal bacon, Canadian specialties, where?

Littlegreanpea...awesome, thank you.

Mar 12, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peameal bacon, Canadian specialties, where?

Thanks DockPotato! Awesome, thorough, love it!

Mar 12, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yum (Market Street) is gone

I just think it was the wrong location for them.

Mar 08, 2007
Cups in San Francisco Bay Area

Peameal bacon, Canadian specialties, where?

Yeah, I am interested in all foods in general, but because my time is limited, I'd like to scope out the best places. I am really interested in anything Canadian. Although it isn't super different from the US, I still would like to immerse myself in the culture and food of the area. Its what I like to do when I travel. The Cheese Boutique sounds cool, I will definitely check it out. As far as travelling, I will be without a car so I suppose I would go anywhere that is accessible via public transportation. I will be staying downtown.
I am taking a trip to Niagara Falls and would love to check out the wine region, but that most likely won't happen. The trip to the Falls does stop at one winery on the way back, but I am not counting on that to be the best- who knows maybe it will be! Any ice wine tips? Never tried it, but I hear fabulous things...can't wait! Cups

Mar 08, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peameal bacon, Canadian specialties, where?

I live in San Francisco and I work in the restaurant industry at a fine dining establishment. I like all kinds of food but not too big on offal (sp?) and things like foie gras and sweetbreads. I know some people are gasping, but hey! We all have our preferences. :0)

Mar 08, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peameal bacon, Canadian specialties, where?

I am visiting Toronto and would like to know where to get the best peameal bacon sandwich and any other Canadian specialties I might want to try. I read something about cheese curds. What are these? Should I seek them out? Thanks!
P.S. I had an earlier post about my 1st time visiting and I got a wealth of info. I would love some helpful tips on this as well! Thx :)

Mar 08, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Toronto Solo, 1st time...

Thank you all for your replies! I will take all of your suggestions with me to Toronto! :0)

Mar 07, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Toronto Solo, 1st time...

I will be there for 5 nights, and want to go to some snazzy restaurants that are good for people dining alone (very interested in good, fine-dining food). Can anyone tell me about Rain, Canoe, North 44, or Susur (Lee)? Also, who has the best desserts? Please help if you can, I read these boards often and you all seem to have good knowledge and advice. :0) Thx!! -Cups

Mar 06, 2007
Cups in Ontario (inc. Toronto)