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#31 Honkman

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

Id be very interested in your thoughts on that grass-fed beef. its taste, etc etc.

granted all beef is not the same ( chime in PB ) grain fed or grass fed.

this is something Id like to learn about.

on the 'sprouts cooked right they can be exceptional. not usually.


Grass fed beef (without grain finish) will give you a much stronger natural beef flavor whereas grain fed has a much more buttery flavor.

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#32 patrickamory

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

Was the Slanted Door a revelation?

#33 Kerry Beal

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

Not really - excellent food - but then I've had a lot of excellent Vietnamese food in the past - some of it in Vietnam. Well - except for the brussels sprouts - enjoying them would be considered a revelation!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

Here you go Dave - Tout Sweet. Not as big as it looks in the pictures - but a very clean looking space - lots of white. Three or four flavours of pates de fruit - tasted a couple - not enough acid added I'd say - they needed a bit of punching up. Oh yeah - and I got you some macarons.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

Dinner tonight was at Bluestem Brasserie - compliments of Ecole Chocolate - this was our celebratory dinner - the school having been in business for 10 years.

Light was pretty low - had to use the flash on most pictures.

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Had two drinks this evening - the first a Honey Badger - described as american honey bourbon, maker's mark, BBQ water and lemon. The second a sidecar (which came with a sidecar) - brandy, grand marnier, lemon - quite sweet.

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Three apps were brought to be shared - grass fed beef sliders, crisy chicken wings with a tamarind sauce and tuna tartare on cucumber.

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A watercress salad with compressed honeycrisp apples, grapes, fennel, spiced walnuts and a cider vinegrette.

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I opted for the pan-roasted sweet potato gnocchi - cavalo nero, hazelnuts, mushrooms, meyer lemon brown butter and parmesan. Quite yummy.

Dessert was a jar of assorted cookies - some interesting items for sure.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:54 PM

Dessert was a jar of assorted cookies - some interesting items for sure.

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What kinds of cookies?

#37 Kerry Beal

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:01 AM


Dessert was a jar of assorted cookies - some interesting items for sure.

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What kinds of cookies?


All sorts - there were some little chocolate chip, I had something akin to a rum ball with hot pepper in it, there were some little peanut butter squares (but baked like a cookie in a square), the same with ginger, there was something like a white truffle.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:29 AM

Dessert was a jar of assorted cookies - some interesting items for sure.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:01 AM


found this:

http://redboatfishsa...ere_to_buy.html

if the SF map doesnt show up in this link, type San francisco CA a bout 8 places show up.

cheeers


Found it - Sur la Table had it, as well as a grocery and butcher in the Ferry Terminal Market.

And, uh... how many bottles did you pick up? :wink:
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:20 AM



found this:

http://redboatfishsa...ere_to_buy.html

if the SF map doesnt show up in this link, type San francisco CA a bout 8 places show up.

cheeers


Found it - Sur la Table had it, as well as a grocery and butcher in the Ferry Terminal Market.

And, uh... how many bottles did you pick up? :wink:


They are teeny little bottles actually - but I guess it's like a 'finishing' fish sauce. Bought two initially - said to hubby that I'd regret it if I got home with only one for myself and Anna. He of the common sense suggested I get two more. So four. Want one?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

250 ml? cost more than you thought? that one?

no whole foods in CAN? discerning country as Ive always known.

hope your bag doesn't get dropped !

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Edited by rotuts, 19 January 2013 - 07:41 AM.


#42 Kerry Beal

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

250 ml? cost more than you thought? that one?

no whole foods in CAN? discerning country as Ive always known.

hope your bag doesn't get dropped !

:blink:


Yup - 250 ml. They were $7.50 each at Sur la Table and under $6 at the other place. I don't think Whole Foods in Canada carries it. Although their online list of places that sell it is clearly a bit skint.

My bag will contain well padded and ziplocked bottles of all sorts - so indeed hope it makes it home safely. I've had a few leaks in trips past. There was the one of 21 bottles of single malt that leaked on the way back from Scotland - all carry on in those days. We smelled like classy rummies.

I picked up a 375 ml bottle of St George's Absinthe and a regular sized bottle of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao to protect too.

#43 Kerry Beal

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:55 AM

Today's obligation is a luncheon here in the hotel for the graduates of Ecole Chocolate. We faculty will be placed at each table to answer questions and facilitate conversation. Not sure whether I should go for the interesting breakfast today or the interesting dinner - but betting lunch won't be too exciting.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:10 AM




found this:

http://redboatfishsa...ere_to_buy.html

if the SF map doesnt show up in this link, type San francisco CA a bout 8 places show up.

cheeers


Found it - Sur la Table had it, as well as a grocery and butcher in the Ferry Terminal Market.

And, uh... how many bottles did you pick up? :wink:


They are teeny little bottles actually - but I guess it's like a 'finishing' fish sauce. Bought two initially - said to hubby that I'd regret it if I got home with only one for myself and Anna. He of the common sense suggested I get two more. So four. Want one?

If it isn't too much trouble, I'd love one! Thank you!
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#45 Kerry Beal

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

No trouble at all!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

Headed back over to the Ferry Building this morning cause we woke so early. Market was in full swing.

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Roli Roti truck was up and running - Porchetta not quite ready - but chicken available. Perfect for breakfast.

Walking around afterwards looking at the various Good Food award winners - I was approached by Alan McClure (Patric Chocolate) to say hi. Some will recall A Patric from his Demo on Bean to Bar chocolate here on eG.

Alan won 3 awards this year.

Grabbed some lovely dried figs as well as a bottle of Ransome Old Tom.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Nice breakfast!
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

So glad you went to the market. My favorite spot in San Francisco. Keep reporting--I'm living vicariously through your posts.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

So glad you went to the market. My favorite spot in San Francisco. Keep reporting--I'm living vicariously through your posts.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

Since it was a short walk from our hotel - decided to take annachan's advice and try Martin Yan's restaurant M.Y. China.

The man is quite the showman - he didn't stop schmoozing the entire time we were there. He signed cookbooks, had his picture taken with the punters, sang happy birthday...

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Who do you think they tried to drop the drink with the flower in front of? Mai Tai for the hubby.

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Monkey King for me.

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Pork Belly sliders - not as good as the momofuku version.

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Spring rolls.

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Scissor cut noodles with boar.

Forgot the hubbies salad with chicken and pomegranate seeds.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

Here you go Dave - Tout Sweet. Not as big as it looks in the pictures - but a very clean looking space - lots of white. Three or four flavours of pates de fruit - tasted a couple - not enough acid added I'd say - they needed a bit of punching up.


That's funny, I was there for a weekend just before Halloween and thought the PDFs were all very good but slightly too acidic, and a bit weepy. Different batches or different tastes, or both.

Also stumbled on a Japanese sweets store, all imported I believe, but interesting if you're into that sort of thing, at Market between 2nd & 3rd: http://www.kitchoan.com/

Craftsman & Wolves in the Mission a few block SE of Tartine was pretty good too - less mainstream flavors, more architectural - if you are back in that neighborhood. Tartine is the best though, LOVE those spicy pickled carrots!

Edited by pastrygirl, 19 January 2013 - 09:29 PM.


#52 Kerry Beal

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

These weren't weepy - so I wonder if they've fiddled the recipe a bit

Saw the Japanese Sweet store when I was passing on the streetcar this morning but didn't make it in there.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:00 PM

So many great places to eat - so little time! I've got to thank everyone for their great suggestions - I wanted to go to every single one of them. In fact in a search for someplace I could get a reservation on a Sunday night at the last minute - I looked at almost every one of them.

Tonight Chotto - Japanese pub grub.


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Cucumber infused shochu.

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Rice Ale.

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Gyoza.

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Saba - spanish mackerel with sweet sesame miso.

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Yuzu ponzu calamari. This is the most tender calamari I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

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Gyu kaku - rock sugar and light soy braised short ribs.

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Kara-age - crispy ginger soy chicken thighs.

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A little rice for good measure.

We ordered dessert - but we finished our tea and there was no sign of it. Waitress said she planned to comp it - but decided we'd rather head off than wait any longer.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:10 AM


250 ml? cost more than you thought? that one?

no whole foods in CAN? discerning country as Ive always known.

hope your bag doesn't get dropped !

:blink:


Yup - 250 ml. They were $7.50 each at Sur la Table and under $6 at the other place. I don't think Whole Foods in Canada carries it. Although their online list of places that sell it is clearly a bit skint.

My bag will contain well padded and ziplocked bottles of all sorts - so indeed hope it makes it home safely. I've had a few leaks in trips past. There was the one of 21 bottles of single malt that leaked on the way back from Scotland - all carry on in those days. We smelled like classy rummies.

I picked up a 375 ml bottle of St George's Absinthe and a regular sized bottle of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao to protect too.

I long for the days of carry-on liquids, when buying a bottle of something wouldn't cost you an extra $35 for the checked bag it now needs to go in.

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#55 Kerry Beal

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:03 AM



250 ml? cost more than you thought? that one?

no whole foods in CAN? discerning country as Ive always known.

hope your bag doesn't get dropped !

:blink:


Yup - 250 ml. They were $7.50 each at Sur la Table and under $6 at the other place. I don't think Whole Foods in Canada carries it. Although their online list of places that sell it is clearly a bit skint.

My bag will contain well padded and ziplocked bottles of all sorts - so indeed hope it makes it home safely. I've had a few leaks in trips past. There was the one of 21 bottles of single malt that leaked on the way back from Scotland - all carry on in those days. We smelled like classy rummies.

I picked up a 375 ml bottle of St George's Absinthe and a regular sized bottle of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao to protect too.

I long for the days of carry-on liquids, when buying a bottle of something wouldn't cost you an extra $35 for the checked bag it now needs to go in.

Did you get the 40 °N or the 50 °N Red Boat?


Oh shit - there's two? 40º N I think.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:19 AM

who knew? pricy stuff:

http://redboatfishsa...t&product_id=53

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

250 ml? cost more than you thought? that one?

no whole foods in CAN? discerning country as Ive always known.

hope your bag doesn't get dropped !

:blink:


Yup - 250 ml. They were $7.50 each at Sur la Table and under $6 at the other place. I don't think Whole Foods in Canada carries it. Although their online list of places that sell it is clearly a bit skint.

My bag will contain well padded and ziplocked bottles of all sorts - so indeed hope it makes it home safely. I've had a few leaks in trips past. There was the one of 21 bottles of single malt that leaked on the way back from Scotland - all carry on in those days. We smelled like classy rummies.

I picked up a 375 ml bottle of St George's Absinthe and a regular sized bottle of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao to protect too.

That really was expensive. Sur La Table and Ferry Terminal places are going to be like that. In San Jose today at Lion Market, I picked up a 500mL bottle of 40n for $7.49. I think that's going to be similar at any of the Bay Area's asian market chain stores like Ranch 99, Marina Foods, and Lion Market. The Japanese, Mitsuwa is usually higher, but not double like SLT. 


Edited by MRE, 17 February 2013 - 03:57 PM.

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