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what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

No such thing as the wrong kind of Tequila, as long as it is 100% agave. But don't use margarita mix! Just juice some fresh limes, and maybe an orange too, add a little simple syrup or agave or sweet orange liquour, and shake with lots of ice. See here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10643-per...

2 days ago
foodeye in Spirits

critique my food choices in wine country

I don't know the other restaurants in Glen Ellen, but note there is a great grocery store for picnic supplies, Sonoma Market, there is a brand new restaurant, Aventine, in a pretty and historic setting, and there is a local's/tourist's bar with a pool table, the Jack London. The "downtown" wine tasting rooms are good, but do not stay open late. The Jack London Park is also worth a visit, if you need an activity besides dining and wine tasting. It's a very small town - one night/two days may be enough. It is nice to stay and enjoy the wines at Glen Ellen Star and a night cap at the local bar, and just walk to your lodging.

Glen Ellen is about 5-10 minutes away from El Molino Central, too, so it is very convenient to overnight and then have Mexican brunch the next day (El Molino has Blue Bottle Coffee, too).

2 days ago
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for some new spots in Mission/Noe Valley area

La Nebbia is the new spin-off from La Ciccia.
Flour and Water (not too new) is similar to those places you've been, known for pasta.
St. Vincent, "wine-centric restaurant" is worth a try.
Between Mission and Potrero, if you don't mind noise/cozy upstairs dining room/crowded bar scene downstairs, try Trick Dog, for great cocktails and fun bar food. (May be a bit too loud and cozy for 6, but your tolerance may be high.)

Jul 08, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

critique my food choices in wine country

Since Jaiko mentioned Sebastopol, if you are interested in taking a scenic ride north of Petaluma and west of Sebastopol, Wildflour Bakery is a really great spot. http://www.wildflourbread.com/

In that same area, I have not tried this place, but I think the CH reviews have been positive: http://www.rockeroysterfellers.com/

There have also been recent positive review of this place, a bit north of Healdsburg: http://www.diavolapizzeria.com/

Jul 08, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area
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Peaches! 7 Things to Make with Summer's Perfect Fruit

Peaches are also a really good stand-in for tomatoes in a BLT (BLP)!

Jul 08, 2014
foodeye in Features

critique my food choices in wine country

I think your choices are all stellar. There's one favorite casual lunch stop you may like, just northeast of Healdsburg, Jimtown Store.

Jul 08, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1!

I made this cake this weekend http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...
It came out great. But (and, really, I can't stand how many of these such comments get posted at places like Smitten) I will add that I used half whole wheat and half AP flour, and I didn't have any Marsala wine, so I used Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

Jul 07, 2014
foodeye in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1!

If you want a variation on that, or don't have eggs on hand for the usual CCC recipe, this is a good version:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pecan...

And if you don't like the irregular size/shape, they can be cut into uniform bar sizes in the pan, when still a bit warm.

Jul 02, 2014
foodeye in Home Cooking

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

If Sausalito is not convenient, Waterbar on the SF Embarcadero may be more convenient, or one block down the way Hog Island or Slanted Door in the Ferry Building, or La Mar - all of which have very nice seafood and views.

Jun 27, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

What am I doing wrong with my brownie recipes?

I expect that is a cakey brownie, even though they call it "fudgy, chewy," due to the number of eggs and amount of flour. I do like that it calls for a huge amount of chocolate! (Though that does make it quite an investment.) I think if try it, I'd use a bit less flour and would double the salt.

Jun 24, 2014
foodeye in Home Cooking

What am I doing wrong with my brownie recipes?

Have you tried this old standby, which is almost flour-less: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

My current favorite is this one, which is more chewy: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/0...

You would need to double these recipes for a 9x13 pan, as they call for an 8" pan.

For a highlighting a chocolate taste that you prefer, use a ounce or two more chocolate than the recipe calls for and be sure to use a chocolate style that you like (my go to is Guittards unsweetened; Scharffen Berger is nice too, with a berry fruit profile), but if you want to keep it sweeter, maybe add extra of some semi- or bittersweet.

Jun 24, 2014
foodeye in Home Cooking
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Looking for cookies.........

Lo siento, those cannot be found, as discussed here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752624

Jun 20, 2014
foodeye in Mexico

Tapo Mexico City

Other ideas for you: I would never take the bus from DF to Oaxaca again, for numerous reasons, but especially at night it is not an enjoyable ride - I would FLY. Is that an option for you?

If you really want a bus ride and there is not a convenient bus directly from the airport to Oaxaca you can very easily bus from the airport to Puebla. In Puebla, for cena, go directly to Las Ranas for al pastor tacos and arabes, then stay overnight, see the main church, zocalo and maybe a museum in the morning, pick up a Torta Cemita in the market for a great traveling lunch and then do a shorter bus ride in daylight to Oaxaca.

Jun 20, 2014
foodeye in Mexico

France: One great meal in Lyon?

Not a meal, but if you like quality chocolate make sure to pick up some from Bernachon, which is very hard to obtain outside of France. Note that the small filled chocolates have a very short shelf-life (fresh cream), but the bars would make a great souvenir/gift. http://www.bernachon.com/fr/

Jun 16, 2014
foodeye in France
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Late lunch with prosecco?... [San Francisco]

There's some here, and Happy Hours 4-6.

http://www.54mint.com/#!wine-list/c1yi7

Jun 13, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

Great updates/pics - thanks!

I had the Lola Sempre (a margherita, really) from Bouli Bar at the Ferry Building yesterday, and it was quite good - you might want to try it, too.

Jun 12, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Capri & Positano

Some tips, and photos, from a blog:
http://aliceqfoodie.blogspot.com/2014...

Jun 09, 2014
foodeye in Italy
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Walking Trawl for Friday Night [San Francisco]

You can do a crawl (trawl?) along the Embarcadero: snacks and drinks are very good at Coqueta, La Mar, Hard Water, Waterbar, etc., and that is by-passing the other choices at the Ferry Building (Slanted Door's bar, Hog Island - now with full bar, Bouli Bar).

Jun 06, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area
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Where to live in Oakland for food?

Sounds like you are describing Rockridge/Temescal, though many other neighborhoods would fit, too.

Note that there's no Costco in Oakland, but there is in San Leandro, the next town to the south (short drive).

Jun 05, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

YALAHAFA (Yet Another L.A. Hound Asking for Advice) on Great Eats in SF Proper (Muni accessible, non-high end)

Best cannoli in the Bay Area are in San Mateo at Romolo's.
(Not cannolis: cannoli is plural, cannolo is singular.)

Jun 02, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area
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Request for your Best of the Best in SF to WOW my Fiance!!

Fridays at lunchtime are almost as crowded as Saturdays in the FB (unless it's raining, and then its quiter). Try back again earlier in the week.

May 30, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Request for your Best of the Best in SF to WOW my Fiance!!

FYI - the remodeled expanded Hog Island restaurant now has a full bar.

May 30, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Smoke and BBQ, California Style

Also, there is no mention on their web-site of whether the meats are sourced well (humane/organic/sustainable or some subset), which seems like a natural fit for Aptos/Santa Cruz. Anyone know?

May 22, 2014
foodeye in Features

French Laundry alternatives?

Are you also planning to go to Glen Ellen Star? Totally different than TFL, and may not qualify as your "experience" meal, as it is very casual with a limited ala carte menu, but the chef/owner fomerly cooked at TFL. It has really great wines and creative food, and is highly recommended (anyway, by me!), especially as you will be so close by.
For your experience meal perhaps a winery, such as Sinskey http://www.robertsinskey.com/fetes, (though note it is not recommended to enjoy the wine and then drive yourself between Napa and Sonoma) or a local event caterer, like http://www.thegeneralsdaughter.com/ab... , would create a special dinner for you.

May 20, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Eastern Sicily, Amalfi and Capri

Are La Madia in Licata and Il Duomo in Ragusa already on your Sicily list? Both are well worth a detour, though the town of Licata has little else to stay for, so maybe have a nice lunch at La Madia and then travel on from there.

I made couple of other Southern Sicily suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973205

May 13, 2014
foodeye in Italy

The best thing you've never had?

Not on the Harbor or in a small village, but the fish and all are certainly fresh and delicious here: http://www.anticamarina.it/antica-mar...

For the seaside spot, try: http://www.lacialoma.it/index.php?p=d...

I appreciate that it is required in Sicily for a menu to asterisk any frozen items.

May 08, 2014
foodeye in General Topics
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What are you putting on Toast?

Buttered whole grain or sourdough toast with a ripe fig (not Newton) or a ripe apricot halved and smooshed on it.

May 06, 2014
foodeye in Home Cooking
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First time in S.F./hubbie's bday dinner

Slanted Door does great cocktails, too. The same owner has another spot close by, called Hard Water, and a couple steps further along the Embarcadero, there's Michael Chiarello's Coqueta that also does great drinks. La Mar is also good for a pisco sour.

May 06, 2014
foodeye in San Francisco Bay Area

Shopping around Noto, Sicily

Not exactly what you asked for, but in the area make sure to visit just south of Noto the Calamosche beach, which is at the northen edge of the Vendicari Nature Reserve, and just further south the beautiful tiny coastside town of Marzameni, which has many outdoor seating restaurants with lots of kids around.

There is a really great restaurant in Noto, Crocifisso, that has the best antipasto and swordfish.

May 02, 2014
foodeye in Italy

Kaffir Vodka

For fans of Hangar One vodkas, be aware that you might want to stock up right away to obtain the current pre-industrial versions.... the change in production will likely not include sourcing the same botanicals ...

Here's what the St. George folks said:
"Twelve years ago, we created Hangar One Vodka. Four years ago, we sold the brand to Proximo Spirits, but agreed to continue producing Hangar One—for four years. With us so far? Okay then... (Spoiler alert!) Yup, our Hangar One production contract has run its course. The time has come for us to bid a bittersweet farewell to Hangar One ...."

May 02, 2014
foodeye in Spirits