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Cookbooks for taking it to the next level?

I think I am in a very similar situation, and am looking for the exact same thing as you, although you have articulated it much better than I am able to.

The only help I can give is that I have Peterson's Essentials of Cooking, and it is spectacular. If he had another book, similar in style but at a more advanced level, I think that would fit the bill. The great thing about Peterson, is that there are only a few actual recipes, but lots of detail on technique and variations.

I had Bouchon from the library for a while -- it's really good, with solid well-written recipes. I learned some technique from it (e.g. pate choux), but it is still more single-recipe driven than what I was looking for.

Anyway, I hope you get some good suggestions.

Jul 08, 2008
plambert in Home Cooking

best french fried potatoes in san francisco?

It's been a long time since I was there -- but I always liked the fries at Absinthe.

Looking to eat oysters in SF *tonight*

Yes we did, and had a great time. I love the space, service was very warm and friendly and the food was quite good. We actually only had a dozen oysters, assorted (favorite were the St. Simone), since we wanted to try other things as well.

Had the crudo sampler (which they will make for 3 on request) and the special (seared scallops with some kind of nuts, on celery root puree, etc).

We loved the Belgian beer variety (just my imagination, or Belgian beers are becoming more popular?) and had several of those.

The oysters were great -- in retrospect, should have ordered more of those. The crudo sampler was very tasty, especially the scallops and the char. I would have liked to have tried the lobster salad (actually I would have liked to have had one of everything) but we were trying to stay within budget. The seared scallops were a pretty typical dish, but extremely flavorful and well done (mostly due to the excellent and very fresh scallops used, I'm guessing).

Location next to the Tunnel-top bar is very convenient -- they were running behind, which was fine as we had a good time chatting in the bar, and someone came to get us when our table was ready.

Anyway, thanks again for the suggestion.

Looking to eat oysters in SF *tonight*

Wow, this place looks amazing -- exactly what I am looking for. Reservation has been made -- thank you both for the suggestion.

Looking to eat oysters in SF *tonight*

OK, this is short notice, but I figured I'd try here for a suggestion. I just found out that a friend is flying in from the East coast, arriving around 7pm this evening. He's in the mood for oysters, which sounds great to me as well. The obvious choice - Hogg Island - is out, because we won't be eating until at least 8 pm.

Can anyone suggest another great place for oysters in the city? We're more interested in a place where fresh oysters, or at least fresh seafood in general, is the focus; as opposed to a "nice" restaurant, that happens to have oysters as an appetizer.

Secrets of the Perfect Salsa

The salsa at Papalote is very good, but as far as the rest of the food, you're much better off walking 2 blocks further and eating at one of the taquerias near Mission and 24th.

May 31, 2007
plambert in Features

Grilled Rib-Eyes with Chile-Lime-Tequila Butter

I think 15 min. sounds way too long for medium rare ...

May 20, 2007
plambert in Recipes

where can I get great Buffalo Wings?

I would also love to find some good wings in SF. I don't crave them often, but when I do, nothing else will satisfy. For me, sauce should be the classic (Frank's? or whatever it's called + butter), large meaty wings, and they must be crispy. Definitely no batter or breading (don't think you can call them Buffalo wings if you do this), just fried crisp, and tossed in the hot sauce.

Looking for Italian sub in SF, specific requirements

Just wanted to mention that I will slowly work my way through everyone's suggestions -- but I am at this moment eating a sandwich from Roma's Deli in San Bruno (based on other Chowhound threads about lunch in/near SSF), and it is pretty damn good.

I was pretty excited when I walked in: Boar's Head meats and a "combination" sandwich on the menu, which turned out to be an Italian combo. Didn't bat an eye when I specified leaving off mustard and mayo, and oil and vinegar instead. The bread is decent, crusty. Strangely, when I asked about peppers, the young man making the sandwich said they only had a hot pepper cheese, so I told him to not worry about it. But when I was looking in the deli case, while waiting to pay, I saw cut up pepperoncinis and jalapenos with the other sandwich fixings, and noticed them listed on the menu as extras. Apparently we had some kind of miscommunication. Also on the menu, I noticed as I was paying, is a New York combo -- Italian meats, provolone, and oil and vinegar. I'll be trying that one next time.

So anyone struck by a similar craving who is in the area should check this place out.

Looking for Italian sub in SF, specific requirements

This sounds perfect, especially since I live in Noe Valley. Will definitely be hitting this soon. Thanks for the suggestion.

Looking for Italian sub in SF, specific requirements

I had similar impression of East West, which I tried a few times when I used to live in that nbhd. Somehow, it always came close, but never quite hit my expectations. I still think it's a great place though, albeit a bit pricey for what is essentially deli food.

Looking for Italian sub in SF, specific requirements

Wow, thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. I will definitely try to get to all the places mentioned, at least those on this side of the bay.

Looking for Italian sub in SF, specific requirements

Thanks, I will try Little Lucca, but have already tried Roy's Deli and Darby Dan's, and Little Lucca sounds similar?

Also, I am definitely not complaining about the food here -- since moving out, I've discovered so many new things food-wise that I will never be able to do without (good Mexican food, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, etc, etc, etc,)

But for some reason, the sandwich craving remains. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion.

Looking for Italian sub in SF, specific requirements

Every once in a while, I get a craving for a specific type of sandwich that I haven't been able to find since moving out here from the east coast. Of course, I've had lots of great sandwiches here -- but my craving will only be satisfied by some very specific requirements:

First of all, I'm looking for the classic mixed Italian sub, typically found at any deli in NY, NJ, etc. Nothing gourmet or fancy (I like those sandwiches too, but again, looking to satisfy very specific craving), several different meats, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions, maybe hot peppers and olives and most importantly -- *oil and vinegar*. All on good crusty Italian bread (not sourdough, or dutch crunch, or foccacia, or anything else. Again, I love those breads too, but not for this specific sandwich). Meats should be Boar's Head or something similar quality.

No mayo or mustard, or garlic spread, or hot sauce, or anything else. I keep trying a lot of deli recommendations, and they want to put mustard and mayo on my sandwich, and don't know what I'm talking about when I ask for oil and vinegar.

The ideal place for me would be one where I walk in, ask for a mixed Italian sandwich, and all the above requirements are met by default.

Can anyone help out? I live in SF, work in South SF, so anything in the city, or even the peninsula would be fine.