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Where to Buy Mariage Freres Tea

I've gotten it at the Williams-Sonoma in Union Square recently.

Jul 25, 2008
dreamsicle in San Francisco Bay Area

SF cafe with free wifi and good lattes + food?

I think Bittersweet Cafe has free wi-fi now as well. They use Blue Bottle beans in their coffee and espresso drinks. Don't think they offer salads or sandwiches, but it seems like they have homemade soups now ... plus there are always the chocolates and the pastries.

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Bittersweet Cafe
2123 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Jul 21, 2008
dreamsicle in San Francisco Bay Area

What to buy at Miette?

Most of the macarons that I've had at Miette are chewier than Bay Bread's. As Ruth mentioned, the flavors are very subtle and barely discernible, probably except for the chocolate-based ones. I'm neither a fan of the buttercream fillings since they're more oily than creamy, leaving a greasy film on the lips.

Jul 17, 2008
dreamsicle in San Francisco Bay Area

Fage Greek Yoghurt

I'm back in Hong Kong too and noticed Fage yogurt (Total yogurt) on sale. It seems to be imported from the UK, but can't really remember where it is made. I'll check the next time I visit the supermarket again. Hopefully this version tastes better than the disappointing batches I've had in the US.

Jul 10, 2008
dreamsicle in General Topics

Muji Brand Tea Cookies

Those crescent-shaped crackers you talked about are the "persimmon seeds" I mentioned earlier, and yah, they're yummy and addictive. I've also tried the chocolate-covered cornflakes bar, but maybe I got one that wasn't as fresh and so the cornflakes weren't as crispy as I had wanted them to be ... still good as a snack though. :)

Jul 01, 2008
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Muji Brand Tea Cookies

I learned Japanese for three years and should be able to do a bit of translation, though I can't guarantee I'll know everything. What do you need help on?

Jun 28, 2008
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Muji Brand Tea Cookies

Yah, I actually got the Muji products from Hong Kong, where I'm originally from. Sometimes my mum sends me a parcel with a bunch of stuff from Muji and other Japanese snacks as well.

HLing, actually you're already pretty lucky to have a Muji in NYC :). There aren't any on the west coast and I don't think Muji has plans to expand here for now.

Oh, and gyozagirl, the steamed bread kit I got is actually pretty fun to make. You just blend the powdered mix with milk or water, and pop the mixture in the microwave for a minute or so, and voila, fresh steamed bread! Hope you'll like the goods your friend sends you.

Jun 24, 2008
dreamsicle in General Topics

Muji Brand Tea Cookies

I'm from Hong Kong and love Muji too! Their dorayaki (e.g. green tea and red bean, a seasonal sakura mochi one) and roll cakes (e.g. strawberry, hoji tea and cranberry) are pretty good, if Japanese "pastries" are your thing. I've attached a few pictures of them.

This may be more of a personal taste, but I also like their fish chips with black sesame (http://www.muji.net/store/cmdty/detail/4547315921812) and these snacks known as "persimmon seeds" (http://www.muji.net/store/cmdty/detail/4945247498936) ... the spicy ones are pretty addictive! The mini shrimp rice crackers or nori rice crackers are good too.

They also have packaged food items like curry packs and soup packs which aren't bad either. I've tried making steamed green pea and edamame bread from their baking kits and really loved it ... they come in other flavors like pumpkin or tomato and cheese.

Here's a link that you can navigate through to browse at products that you may like: http://www.muji.net/store/

On a side note, I like their stationery too ... simple yet practical!

Jun 23, 2008
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Great Szechwan Chowdown

I've had the braised chicken with taro dish at Great Szechwan before and really enjoyed the taro too! They're like a baby version of taro, also known as 芋艿 ("wu nai" in Cantonese), and seem to have a more mucilaginous texture than regular taro. I like how they are cooked to a soft and almost melt-in-mouth texture, a perfect vehicle for sopping up the gravy of the dish.

Thanks for the report. The pictures are making me drool! :P

Jun 23, 2008
dreamsicle in San Francisco Bay Area

World Peace Cookies

I've made them with Hershey's natural cocoa powder (which was what I had at home) and they turned out great .. one of my favorite cookie recipes so far. Back in pastry school, my instructor recommended cocoa powders from Droste and Valrhona, so you may give those a try. They should be available at Whole Foods.

And here's an earlier thread discussing good cocoa powder brands:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/508539

Happy Baking! ;)

Jun 18, 2008
dreamsicle in Home Cooking

Fage Greek Yoghurt

I had one cup of the Fage 0% yogurt for breakfast yesterday. There was some whey on top when I opened the carton, but after stirring, the yogurt became smooth and thick. I didn't notice any chalky texture, but the yogurt seemed tangier than before ... or maybe it's been a while since I've had it.

The yogurt is now manufactured at Fage USA Dairy Industry, Inc. in NY. Somehow I had the impression that previously, one container of the 0% yogurt had 80 calories, but the nutrition facts on this new carton reads 90 calories, 0g fat, 7g sugars and 15g protein. Could there have been a change in serving size or yogurt formula?

Jun 14, 2008
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Fage Greek Yoghurt

That's what I did, and how I ended up with a dozen cartons of Fage yogurt which I got this morning. I'll try one tomorrow to see if there's still that difference in texture and report back.

Jun 12, 2008
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Fage Greek Yoghurt

The last few cartons I've got also seemed a bit "grittier"/chalkier than before. I inquired Fage about it, asking them if there's a formula change or whether the cartons I got were of a poor quality. The woman I talked to said no, and offered to send me a case of yogurt which I will receive tomorrow.

Now I'm crossing my fingers that I don't get a dozen cartons of poorer Fage ... but I've got a bad feeling after reading all these posts.

Jun 11, 2008
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do you get crabby when hungry?

I'm always amazed by friends who can "function" without having food all day. I feel kinda irritated and am unable to concentrate well when I start to get hungry, to the point that all I can think about is FOOD. Sometimes my mum can even tell when I'm hungry and would say, "You need something to eat, don't you?" Mmm, I hope I wasn't saying mean things to her ... sorry, mum!

Jun 08, 2008
dreamsicle in Not About Food

Frozen (and all Related) Dinners?

I like Amy's frozen products too, and they use natural ingredients (a lot of them organic), which makes me feel better for eating a frozen meal :P. Recent favorites include the Indian Samosa Wraps and the Southern Meal with Cornbread and Beans, but the Tamale Pie and the burritos/pocket sandwiches are also good.

Jun 06, 2008
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Help remembering a restaurant!

I think it's Din Tai Fung as well. Here's more info from their website: http://www.dintaifungusa.com/

May 28, 2008
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Korean Walnut Cakes - Hodo Kwaja

Thanks again. I'll let you know how they turn out if I decide to bake them some time soon ... my baking list is just getting longer and longer!

May 13, 2008
dreamsicle in Home Cooking

Korean Walnut Cakes - Hodo Kwaja

Just one question, how much sweet rice flour are we supposed to use in the dough? It's not specified in the ingredients list. Thanks in advance. :)

May 12, 2008
dreamsicle in Home Cooking

Dill Dumplings (Chinese) - Authentic? Regional?

Actually I've always thought that fennel is 茴香 as well (at least that is the case in Hong Kong where I'm from), but a few online sources seem to say otherwise, so I was a bit confused, sorry again. I'm more familiar with the translations on this page and hope it's more reliable: http://www.knowingfood.com/glossary/m...

But then again, even Chinese translations differ from region to region.

May 11, 2008
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Dill Dumplings (Chinese) - Authentic? Regional?

I've heard of lamb and cumin dumplings, which are commonly eaten in the Xinjiang province of China where the food is predominantly halal. Since cumin is commonly translated as "xiao hui xiang" (小茴香), could it be the "dill" in your dumplings?

May 11, 2008
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Soy sauce + butter = yum!

Usually I use spaghetti or linguine but prefer the latter ... just personal taste, plus it seems to "sop up" the sauce better. And the dish I make is slightly soupier (i.e. with more sauce) than the usual pasta dish. Hope you'll like it. :)

May 10, 2008
dreamsicle in Home Cooking

Soy sauce + butter = yum!

I sometimes use that when I make Japanese-style pasta too (also without the sesame oil), topped with furikake, bonito flakes, and lots of black pepper. When you add mixed mushrooms like shitake and shimeji to the pasta, they soak up the sauce and become awfully succulent and tasty!

May 09, 2008
dreamsicle in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Canned Smoked Trout - Back in May!

Was at the Rockridge location today ... nope, those are just plain trout fillets in oil and brine ($3.29 per can), not the smoked ones.

May 09, 2008
dreamsicle in Chains

What is as good as Trader Joe's Tuna in Red Panang curry ?

I've been asking the staff over the past few weeks, and yes, they have been discontinued. The green tuna curry was my favorite and I've yet to try the red curry despite the good reviews ... that's just too bad! :(

May 09, 2008
dreamsicle in Chains

Article on Bay Area's Best Tacos and Burritos

I'm not a big taco/burrito eater, but here's an entry on Serious Eats today with a link to a SF Chronicle article from 2006 on the Bay Area's Best Tacos and Burritos. Just thought that some Chowhounders would be interested. Happy Cinco de Mayo! :D

http://www.seriouseats.com/eating_out...

May 05, 2008
dreamsicle in Food Media & News

Looking for translations of Chinese sauces (from English)

Hope I've gotten this right ... here are the actual Chinese words followed by the pinyin in Cantonese and Mandarin. (I'm a Cantonese speaker so my Mandarin pinyin may not be entirely right, but hope it helps.)

(1) 酸梅醬 (suen mui jeung / suan mei jiang)
(2) 蘇梅醬 (so mui jeung / su mei jiang)
(3) 海鮮醬 (hoi sin jeung / hai xian jiang)
(4) 叉燒醬 (char siu jeung / cha shao jiang)
(5) 豆瓣醬 (dau ban jeung / dou ban jiang)

May 03, 2008
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Eggettes: Good? Bad? Worth the trip?

Yah, Yummy Guide makes a better and crispier one than Shooting Star if you happen to be in that area. I've also had one at this boba place called Mochaccino/Double Rainbow Cafe on Bancroft Avenue (near Quizno's) by the UC Berkeley campus and it was quite okay, with fairly crispy edges and slightly soft centers. It's been a year or so ago though, so I'm not sure if they still serve them or whether they taste the same.

May 02, 2008
dreamsicle in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Canned Smoked Trout - Back in May!

Still no sight of it at the Rockridge location on College Avenue (also in the Bay Area), only the canned smoked herring ... hope it's not discontinued.

May 02, 2008
dreamsicle in Chains

Thorough Bread and Pastry?

I haven't been to Thorough Bread and Pastry yet, but gotta agree with you that Bay Bread makes my favorite almond croissant (and I don't even like flaky pastries) as well as canneles. If you're lucky, you might even be able to get a warm croissant with a sweet and slightly flowing frangipane filling. Sometimes I ask for a crispier one with a crackly topping and flaky crust ... paired with the soft and creamy filling, decadent indeed!

I find Tartine's almond croissant denser than I would like, and the filling is drier and could be a bit sweeter as justryit described. Ditto for the filling for Patisserie Philippe's almond croissant ... guess I have a sweet tooth as well. The latter does make a good plain croissant though, rich and buttery but uber crispy and flaky with a nice hint of salt.

Apr 30, 2008
dreamsicle in San Francisco Bay Area

Starbucks Coffee Tasting

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, and thanks for the report. Do they usually just post about the classes on the bulletin boards in the store?

Apr 29, 2008
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