I'm going to San Fran for three weeks in September--also Calistoga/Napa/Sonoma and Santa Cruz/Los Gatos. Anything new since last year? This year's reservations include Manresa, Redd's, Gary Danko. Any other ideas, high brow or low, meals or snacks?
I'll be in Our Nation's Captiol for five days later this week. Any suggestions for can't miss eats? Also, are the farmers' markets open there?
I mean the wonderful french patisserie-lunch place on Madison Ave. around 35th st. I've eaten pain au chocolate and iced coffee from there since before the 21st century. Haven't been in the nabe for a few years and now I notice the awnings and signage are still up but the place is dark. Any info, Ed? You touted me onto "Larry's Place" over 20 years ago!
After reading a recipe for Bordelaise sauce, in which red wine plays an important part, I wondered if anyone else out there refuses to/is unable to cook with wine, and what they do about it.
If the recipe calls for a tablespoon or an eight of a cup, I substitute acidulated water. But when the wine, especially a red wine, really is an important part of the meal, how do you substitute?
I should mention that I am of the school which believe that you can't cook off 100% of the alcohol...and I can't have ANY alcohol.
My sister-in-law asked me to bring two desserts to the family Thanksgiving, which is at her house. (She is a very busy professional lady so her sister, mother, aunts, cousins and I all pitch in and bring dishes from home).
I emailed and asked her if a store-bought cake and a home-made fruit saladf would be nice. She emailed back and said thanks anayway but she really anted a store-bought chocolate cake and a store-bought mandelbrot. (Kind of like Jewish biscotti).
On the one hand, I'm glad to know what she really wants and what would be most useful at the dinner, but, on the other hand, doesn't the hostess kind of have to put up with whatever anyone is kind enough to bring?
In my family of origin, no one was crazy about Aunt Zelda's quinona (sp?), but it arrived every year rain or shine and we all thanked Auntie and took two spoonfuls of it to bury under the mashed potatoes.
Which is more important--Truth or Manners?
Has anyone tried this and, if so, in what part of the country? It's a great drink, not too sweet, with flavor mixes like pomegranate/blueberry and ginger/citrus. Also the bottles are 21 ounces which, to my mind, is just the right size (I like a lot of beverage). Been trying to get these near me (Hudson Valley, NY) or online but they are hard to find. Anyone know anything about this?
Yes, I said it, and now I'm standing here on the outskirts of humanity looking for some support.
Has anyone ever felt like this? Am I crazy? I have a full report on my website, but basically I felt that the service was chilly and that, not being especial friends of the house, we were rushed through the meal and touted onto the easiest selections rather than the best.
Shopsin's in Yountville? Not quite, but I wouldn't want to go back again. Anyone had a similar experience, or am I out of my mind?
Serious Eaters, I am going to change Annie's New York Eats into Annie and Carol's San Francisco Treats starting 8/8/08. My best friend and I are going to spend a week in San Francisco, followed by another week in Yountville (and surrounding area) and a few days in Santa Cruz.
I have read all the SF threads on this board, as well as Zagat, Chow and Yelp, but I need more, more, more.
Please tell me about restaurants, bakeries, food shops, malls, "only in San Francisco" experiences, and whatever else you feel I ought to know.
I made my reservation on a Friday specifically so that I could be in SF for the Saturday Farmers' Market at the Ferry Building, and I have reservations at Gary Danko's, Manresa, the Acme Chophouse, Incanto, Sushi Ran and, ahhhhhh, The French Laundry.
Also I really want to hit In-n-Out.
Please tell me All.
When BK put a couple of slices on my Whopper last week, I took 'em off (although I wanted them. Wanted them bad.)
When I found them chopped into a prepared salad at Whole Foods, I said, "Perhaps this isn't just a silly mistake?"
And yesterday, when slices of tomato were placed upon my bagel-lox-and-cream-cheese at Russ & Daughters, I gave in and said, "Oh, if you think it's okay..."
So what goes on?
Yes, friends--it was absolutely due to all the helpful advice I received here. I had the phone with the number set on speed dial, plus a watch with a sweep second-hand set to Geenwich Mean Time, and STILL I was getting the busy signal...then I thought of those tables that are always on Open Table...and quickly reserved a table for 4 at 5:30 PM on August 18.
After I had given them my info and gotten the email back and spent a few minutes wandering around my kitchen in a happy daze, I realized that my best friend and I, the diners for this dinner, are only 2. Not 4.
And if I cut down the number of guests in the rez, I have to pay $100 per guest.
But I'm not afraid. I'm going to ask everyone I know in the SF area if they want to come along (and, I should add, pay for themselves.) I'm going to put an ad on Craig's List. Try to sell my story on Grub Street. Ask Wookie if she really meant she and her husband would come along.
And how about any of the rest of you?
Okay--I'm going to take the plunge and try to get a reservation at The Greatest American Restaurant of Our Time for my 50th birthday.
The website says they will take reservations two months to the day before the date on which you want to dine.
Anyone have any idea when the reservation line opens, or any other good ideas about getting that reservation?
Very much appreciated.
In the interests of fairness--also because I feel like a worm--I have to tell you guys that Lisa Garza, the Demonic Diva of The Next Food Network Star, sent me an extremely good-natured letter explaining her point of view and linking to the Monday-morning blog which she is writing for the local Dallas magazine, "D", during the run of TNFNS.
I no longer have the email (ACCIDENTALLY deleted it--I'm switching from PC to Mac and am very, very confused) but she is sending it again. Today I wrote in my blog (Annie's New York Eats) about the letter; with luck she will send again and I can reprint it.
She's not angry, defensive, fiesty or mis-spelled. She's a high-profile person who has an individual point of view.
So, you draw your own conclusions, but I think she's a class act.
Where's the love? (If any). I'm blogging the eps on my site, http://www.annienewman.typepad.com, but did anyone here want to give an opinion? Or are we "so over" this?
I can't taste a thing. Is this my big opportunity to try Durian? Or should I just stick with chicken soup?
I had been slicing, but last week I sauteed/steamed a batch and the actual curly stems came out very tough. I'm not explaining this very well; perhaps I need to illustrate wth a photo of oyster mushrooms, but can anyone help please?
When I buy mussels, I always throw away the ones which are gaping open, but what about the ones where you can slide the shells against each other but they're not really open? This accounts for at least 1/3 of the mussels in some bags. Do I need to throw them away?
Well, there's question, pretty straightforward.
The feet need to not be attached the chicken. The chicken needs to be dead. The feet need to be clean, or at least cleanable.
And please, if you're going to say "Try Chinatown"--yes, but does anone know of a shop or an address specifically?
I've already tried Jeffrey's in the Essex Market, Lobel's, Dean and DeLuca, Eli's. Anything else? A free quart of chicken soup to anyone (in NYC) with a good answer.
In town for about a week, any restaurant suggestions? Chez Panisse and R&G lounge are on the agenda. Friends have suggested: Zazzies Tao Cafe Fresca's Tango Gelato Boulangerie Zarzuela Anamandara Godzilla Akiko's sushi Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly...
I am heading out west next month and wanted to know places that might be interesting to visit and/ or eat. I know they have a great market there but would love to know a few other places worth checking...