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    Palo Alto, CA (30 minutes South of SFO)
  1. Saw a link and ad for this knife http://www.aplusrstore.com/product.php?id=689 today. Claims to last 25 years before sharpening (5x ceramic and 300x steel) and is made from titanium carbide fused onto steel. Have any of the resident knife geeks tried one out yet? For $225 if it never needs to be sharpened, it should sell very well.
  2. At the risk of discouraging gadget purchasing, couldn't you just buy a little flashlight? (or buy the new Canon 5D and shoot at 25,600 ISO)
  3. I've lived in CA for 3 years and still can taste their Banh Mi. Almost worth a trip back for a sandwich.
  4. The naming split is essentially an Eastern US v. Western US think. The left names are the eastern and the right is the west.
  5. Fabulous ingredient, except it would cause my wife to croak, which is rarely my objective with dinner. Anything I could use to give that roundness of flavor without using shrimp?
  6. GA has rather antiquated policies regarding alcohol returns, so the policy could be an accommodation of those rules that was just explained poorly.
  7. Not in S.F., but there is apparently a place in San Jose that gets good reviews http://www.yelp.com/biz/hIfQgmYTfz5T2q7qFJuq9g just reviewed in the Mercury News http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_5621455?nclick_check=1
  8. davidthomas8779

    Dinner! 2007

    Friday's dinner. Chorizo, manila clams, and choy sum. Served it with rice to sop up the juice
  9. My wife and kids can't eat wheat, rye, or barley. I love dumplings and would like to make them at home, but can't buy dumpling skins commercially b/c they're all made with wheat. Does anyone have a good recipe for non-wheat dumpling skins?
  10. I've never used anything but a wide-mouthed juice glassAnd now that I've finally edited my profile to point out my proper current location, I feel a need to point out that prior to 18 months ago, I lived in Virginia and Georgia for 28 years and therefore know more about biscuits than the average Northern Californian.
  11. do you shore-fish or fish from a boat? If a charter boat, do you have a recommendation? I want to take my kids fishing (or you could take us )
  12. Nobody has yet pointed out the most important thing for a newcomer to know about living in Georgia. You can't buy booze on Sunday, liquor is only sold in liquor stores, although you can buy beer and wine in the grocery store, you can't buy alcohol to take home with you on Sunday (after noon on Sunday, you can buy alcohol in a restaurant to consume in that restaurant.) Nothing was a worse feeling than a Sunday of unpacking boxes only to realize that I couldn't buy a six pack and sit in my garage drinking beer and breaking down boxes to recycle.* Perhaps it was a worse feeling when I went to the house next door to borrow a beer. "Don't mind me, I'm Dave, your alcoholic neighbor from the North"
  13. Last weekend I paid 1.29 per lb for gorgeous tasty cherries in San Francisco Chinatown. This weekend, I paid 2.99 at the Mountain View, CA farmers' market.
  14. Madame Gifted Gourmet - If we could limit the cuisine to some specifics, I could provide some off-the-beaten-path input. As great as they are, I feel there are better places than Fat Matt's and Tamarind for candidates for their categories. I don't remember visiting Watershed. I wanted to nominate "The Varsity" to outdo Rachel Ray, but then I also expressed my wishes for Thomas Keller to copy the old Red Barn motif at his new burger joint. The finest Mexican food I've had anywhere, including California and the border area into Texas, is Nueva Laredo Cantina on Chattahoochie St. in NW Atlanta. I take all my out of town business associates there. The Vortex in Little Five Points has the best burgers/pub food in town. For Vietnamese/Thai, have you been to Saigon Cafe on Jimmy Carter (the best Pho)? For barbecue, have you tried Swallow At The Hollow in Roswell? I still prefer Touch Of India for the food and atmosphere in midtown, too. Pastis for authentic Provencal food on old Roswell square (my sister's firm help them with their visas). Canoe for their impeccable wine list. Thelma's Kitchen for Southern/Soul. Mary Mac's Tea Room on Ponce and Bobby and June's Country Kitchen on 14th for meat-and-three or breakfast, or Aunt Fannie's Cabin in Marietta for southern comfort (cliche, but the kind of places that have the traditions and stories the Food Network would eat up) All of these are Top Shelf, Gifted Gourmet, Top Shelf! If you'd like, I would be pleased to meet you at any of these locations to Chew and Discuss. (And this isn't some cheap come-on, as far as you know) Edited to add more ideas ← Matthew's Cafeteria on Main Street in Tucker for a great southern cafeteria experience.
  15. Absolutely wait until you happen to walk past one . . . and then keep walking past it.
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