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Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

Baguette and brie

Burmese Salad Days and More at Laksa King in Vancouver

TMI - While I love the flavors of tea leaf salad, I've noticed if I eat too much of it (like not sharing the salad with 1 or more people), then it results in incredibly stomach pain... leading to potential issues later. I think it works "well" as a digestive.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Secret Weapons Pork Kit

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

BLT with tomato from the garden on sourdough, maybe with avocado too. Had great leftovers last week and made a salad with butter lettuce, bacon, tomato, avocado, shallot and cold salmon.

Cereal Eats: My Trip to General Mills HQ Part 3

General Mills has been mentioned quite a bit in the book I just started reading - Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss. Interesting how sugar is used in so many ways for cereal - not just for flavor but as a preservative.

We Try the New Bacardi Light Strawberry Daiquiri

Where is Will Gordon? I must have missed something...

Bake the Book: Bouchon Bakery

Macarons from Bouchon in Yountville or eclairs from my dad --- both excellent!

ISO: Easy cocktail for fondue

Traditional Gruyere style, no chocolate.

Holiday Bread: Traditional German Baumkuchen at Stork's Bakery

Can you name the bakery in CA? I've never seen these before but they look tasty.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

BLT! Or with a fried egg -

Food Field Trip from San Francisco: Tomales Bay Oyster Company

It is a fun way to spend an afternoon - good food, fun company and gorgeous views. We've gone a few times and everyone is clearly enjoying their time. I think they are cheaper than Hog Island, further down the road (and at the Ferry Building which is why I think they're pricier).

College Tours: What to Eat Near Dartmouth College

Off-topic: The only person I know from Dartmouth also finished in 2000 and was named David Koo, also from SF. You didn't rename yourself, did you?

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Does this mean Dorie's cookies are only available in NYC? Recipe?

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

San Jose (population: 1 million) also banned the plastic bags this year. There were complaints for the first few weeks but now everyone is done talking about it. There's a mall nearby that is partially in San Jose and partially in the neighboring town, so some offer bags for free and some don't. What I failed to ask when charged for a bag there last week was why the fee was 16 cents rather than 10. Maybe the store (Pottery Barn) was pocketing the other portion?

Staff Picks: What's the Best Sandwich You've Ever Eaten?

Have had a handful of great sandwiches through the years but one I made last year at home is still a favorite: sourdough bread from the farmers' market (a bit tangier than most), sauerkraut (again at the F.M.), mayo, mustard and cheddar cheese. It's all a bit sour but so good when toasted so the cheese melts.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I think I have two very adorable kids but Malcolm ranks right up there too! What a sweet boy. And love the name too, that was definitely in our top three choices.

What wine should we buy for our baby?

Congratulations! We wanted to buy a mixed case of reds for our daughter from 2008. We waited until 2010 and then when to our favorite wine store nearby. They suggested French wines since they are meant to age longer than most CA wines. We only ended up with two though, so we might get just two for our son, born 2011. And it would be a shame to buy an entire case to find it has turned. Port is a great idea, so maybe we'll do that too. And remember, the lack of sleep improves dramatically at three months.

How Much Do You Spend on Wine?

We drink wine several nights a week with dinner. Our per bottle price seems to have gone up in the last few years to around $15 each. That said, it is hard to determine what will be better, whether it's $12 or $18. I buy almost all of it directly from local wineries where I have tasted it first or from a great local store, The Wine Club (Santa Clara, CA). They have a informed staff and a huge range of wines at every price point and they have seemingly tasted all of them. Huge turnover, so there's always something new to try. They had a great $11 sparkling wine a few years ago (which I saw mentioned on SE last year) and a recent white wine that was also well-priced. It's become a fun hobby to find new affordable wines and if you get a bad one, try try again!

Sausalito, CA: You Can Feel Okay about Ordering the Beef at Fish

Their fried sardines are delicious -- have had them with a sweet sauce. It's a huge bucket of them, hard to stop eating. Their tuna salad is also really good -- big enough for three people with beans and many veggies with fresh tuna.

Building a Pizzeria: A Pizzicletta Update

I was just wondering last week how the restaurant was going. Glad to hear you love it and it's successful too -- a great combo!

Kale, Apple, and Pancetta Salad

Made this last night -- forgot the pecans and it was fine without nuts. I added everything as I cut it, mixing strongly with the dressing so the kale could break down a bit. I used white wine vinegar because that's what we had. It was very tasty!

Get to Know Us: Will Gordon, Bottom Shelf Columnist

He looks exactly as pictured and she does too, I think. I read all of his stories despite almost zero interest in cheap booze. More, please!

Spice Hunting: How to Do a Spice Audit and Reclaim Your Pantry

My mother-in-law has spices that are decades old -- the oldest one I could find with a date was 1982 -- and this was only 3-4 years ago. She said if they were lacking flavor, she'd just use more of it but that's clearly not true because then they'd be gone!

I got a large set of glass containers, and the bottles are laid on their side in a drawer. I try to write the date I bought it and they get purchased in very small bags, so there's less waste.

A Sandwich a Day: Broder Club from Broder in Portland, OR

I was just remembering this place as somewhere I want to return when I visit Portland again. We were there last January and went there both mornings of our trip. We got there right when they opened and got a table but within 20-30 minutes, there was a wait. Coffee was excellent, as was all of the food we tried. I can't wait to return!

Bubbles Under $15: Domaine J. Laurens Cremant de Limoux Brut

Ooh, I finally know this wine! I've bought it for $9 or $10 in CA and no one knows it's so cheap -- the label is not a giveaway. We've made champagne cocktails with it and mimosas but it'd be fine on its own. Even better, it does not cause headaches like some do.

The Wine Club in San Jose has it every so often, and great prices.

ISO: Easy cocktail for fondue

In addition to serving wine, I'd like to make a simple cocktail (like 3-4 ingredients) for a fondue party this weekend for all women. I think they'd prefer lighter flavors - will probably only have 1 or 2 drinks apiece.

Warm or cold drink recipes welcome (we're in CA, so it's relatively warm). Thanks!

Where to travel in the U.S.?

I apologize if this is a bit of a stretch for this category but everyone on SE seems knowledgable about all things food-related...

My mom is retiring from teaching this year and as a gift, I thought it would be fun to travel somewhere together in the fall. I'm thinking mid to late September, probably for one week. We'd be leaving from the San Francisco area, aiming for somewhere in the U.S. (or Canada).

I love to eat great food and love dining out in general. She is currently vegan due to health issues. What city or region would you recommend? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks!

Perfect cocktail for a BLT?

We're having a BLT gathering this weekend, inspired by Ruhlman's site. Local CSA bacon, our own lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and bread. We'll have beer, iced tea and side dishes... but what would be a good end-of-summer cocktail to have with the meal, (preferably one I can make before guests arrive)? It'll still be warm here in CA.

Looking forward to any ideas! Thanks -

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