Fine wine brand manager, and foodie

  • Location: Petaluma,CA
  • Favorite foods: Salt, carbohydrates, and Fat

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Cookbook recommendation needed!

Great recommendations all!! Thanks so much!

The Nigel Slater book was suggested by my husband who had purchased it and gifted it away to others four times before I had met him. We don't have a copy ourselves and my husband swears by it.
The Bento Box suggestion is super interesting too. I will look at all of these options. Thanks again!!

Cook the Book: 'Rustic Italian Food'

My husband made homemade buratta for the first time and he was so proud of it. It was delicious!

Bake the Book: 'Momofuku Milk Bar'

artisan breads and french pastries. But the bread has to rival the best in the world.

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

Lucky Charms. I can eat a whole box in a couple of days. It's sick and wrong.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

First time I had suckling pig in a tapas restaurant in London. It was amazing!

Tuscon Traveller

Definitely rent a car. Public transport is non-existent and it's like 100 plus degrees.
There are a few vegetarian restaurants, but maybe stick to places like Feast, Cup Cafe, Maynard's, Bluefin, Jax Kitchen, or J Bar. They all offer delicious food and service that will accommodate a vegetarians dietary needs.

Slice Poll: How Long Have You Gone Without Eating Pizza?

2 months because I was borderline gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. Finally though I gave in and had two slices at 36 weeks. Sooooo delicious.
The baby's due in two weeks, then I will limit my pizza intake for weight loss reasons, but my motto is everything in moderation.

New Yorker going to Gramercy Tavern for the 1ST TIME. Worth it?

We ate there on a whim while visiting the area. Just walked by and decided to stop for a light meal. We really liked it. The food was really comforting, but creative. Everything was well prepared and flavorful. We thought the wine list had a lot of unique options that didn't break the bank and the service was very friendly and casual.
I'd go back if we were in NY again. I wouldn't go as a special occasion stop though, just a fun casual meal.

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

Strawberries, straight from our garden. Texturally perfect and deliciously sweet!

Where to eat in Scottsdale?

Zinc Bistro is not very good. It's poorly made, wanna-be French food. Sauce is OK, but it's a chain.
Pizzeria and Pane Bianco are excellent. You will wait for Pizzeria Bianco, but if you get there early, it's not too bad.
St. Francis is new and very good.
Cowboy Ciao has a chaotic but incredible wine list and is a classic for the area.
Gallo Blanco in the Clarendon Hotel downtown is great modern Mexican. Fantastic tacos.
Matt's Big Breakfast, for breakfast obviously.

I agree with Mizzvenuz, and say head to Tucson. Much better weather, and really far more interesting and creative restaurants to choose from. Especially if you want real Mexican Food. Plus Tucson is more down to Earth, and friendly than the Phoenix area. It's only a 2 hour drive.

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Tofu and brown rice. Dressed up according to my mood.

Cook the Book: 'In The Green Kitchen'

Wash your veggies. Even those where you peel or cut away the "skin".
Food poisoning is not fun.

Hosting a Wine Tasting, Need Suggestions!

How about a "Trust Your Importer" tasting?
Then you can have various styles, producers, regions etc., but all brought in from one particular Importer. There are so many reputable importers, it could be very interesting to focus on one company.
Most of your fine wine shops would be able to accommodate such a tasting. You might not be able to accomplish this if you buy wines from a big box store, or a local grocer.

Cook the Book: 'Molto Gusto'

Hey Robert Carpenter!
Great Plug for Wilco! You mean in Tucson right? A great friend of mine owns that place!

Our regular is Rosso's Pizzeria in Santa Rosa, CA. We eat ther probably once a week to every 10 days.