Posted on June 23, 2013 by bayareafoodie
Ever since I saw Jamie on Top Chef I’ve wanted to try Absinthe. Even after her departure the restaurant remained on my radar. We finally stopped in for dinner. Everything was good but of note were the pretzels which were really little bite size garlic rolls. Insanely good. I could have eaten a dozen. The mussels/clams were also delish and a steal for $15!
SOFT GARLIC PRETZELS
Vermont cheddar Mornay
FRENCH ONION SOUP GRATINEE
PEI MUSSELS & MANILA CLAMS
andouille sausage,roasted bell peppers, lemon-chardonnay sauce, spiced crostini
COQ AU VIN
red Burgundy-braised Mary’s chicken,
bacon, roasted crimini mushrooms, crostini, persillade
Filed under: Northern CA, PLACES TO EAT/DRINK, San Francisco | Tagged: absinthe restaurant, food, french, French Onion Soup, garlic pretzels, restaurant review, San Francisco | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 22, 2013 by bayareafoodie
Last weekend we made a trip to Sprinkles to try the new Cuban coffee cupcake. While there I also picked up a vegan red velvet (this was recommended by a reader) and a triple cinnamon. I don’t know how this (triple cinnamon) slipped by me but it must be relatively new because they don’t list it on the menu posted on the wall in the store and it’s available 7 days a week!
Check out how they ranked here
*Cuban is gone April 28th,2013
Filed under: Northern CA, Peninsula, PLACES TO EAT/DRINK, Sprinkles (Palo Alto) | Tagged: baking, cuban coffee, food, new flavors, palo alto, sprinkles cupcakes, triple cinnamon, vegan red velvet | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 25, 2013 by bayareafoodie
Brunch at Redd in pictures. No commentary necessary…JUST GO!!!!
*click on any image for description and/or larger view
bacon bloody mary
brioche french toast with mandarin orange and granola
blood orange smoothie
Steamed pork buns, hoisin, vegetable salad
Redd lobster club, poached maine lobster, bacon, lemon aioli, shoestring potatoes
Filed under: Napa Valley, Northern CA, PLACES TO EAT/DRINK | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 23, 2013 by bayareafoodie
Have you been to a dim sum restaurant and tried the coconut jelly dessert from the cart? Well, if you have and you liked it …try this recipe. Who would have guessed Tyler Florence would have featured it on his TV show.
As usual the video and the recipe posted on the Food network site were not exactly the same. I chose wrong and decided to follow the written word… I have a feeling I should have gone with Tyler. In the end everything turned out fine but I had to cut the tops off all my jellies. For some unknown reason there was a layer of clear sugar water covering the top.
Filed under: Dessert / Baked Goods, RECIPES | Tagged: asian, coconut jelly, cooking, dessert, dim sum, food, food network, recipe, tv, Tyler Florence, Tyler's Ultimate, video | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 31, 2013 by bayareafoodie
Something sweet for this special occasion. This was deliciously dense, chocolaty and moist. You won’t be able to eat more than a tiny square. Soooo rich! More like fudge than a brownie.
Note: hit the foil with some cooking spray to ease the removal.
Bon Appetit Magazine / February 2012
Filed under: Dessert / Baked Goods, RECIPES | Tagged: baking, bon appetit magazine, Chocolate-Stout Brownies, cooking, food | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 2, 2013 by bayareafoodie
I rarely drink cocktails but when I do it is always rum based. I love the flavor of rum so when Shellback asked me to try their new line of silver and spiced Caribbean rum I jumped at the chance. It came at a perfect time because we were hosting a Christmas Eve gathering and I wanted to serve a signature cocktail. I ended up going with a Coquito which some call the Latin version of egg nog. Ingredients include coconut milk, evaporated milk and lots of rum. Although the drink took some time to make it was well worth it and a huge hit.
Some said the smooth cocktail tasted like rum raisin ice cream. I even got a few compliments from people who are originally from Latin countries. Coquito will definitely be our go-to holiday beverage from now on!
While the weather remains chilly we will be using our spiced Shellback rum in coffee, tea and cider. However, I can’t wait for the sun and heat when I’ll be mixing up some mojitos, coladas and daiquiris with the silver. Check out the Shellback site for recipes.
Coquito Recipe link
*I left the egg out and didn’t miss it.
Filed under: Cocktails, RECIPES, REVIEWS OF PRODUCTS | Tagged: beverage, cocktail, Coquito, drink, food, holiday, latin egg nog, RECIPES, review, Shellback Premium Rum, silver rum, spiced rum | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 4, 2012 by bayareafoodie
I got a golden ticket!
I finally have time to write about our end of the summer bbq. After dinner we had a Willy Wonka ice cream tasting courtesy of Oakland based Dreyer’s. They sent me an ice chest full of their new line of wacky Wonka ice cream flavors. Fourteen of our friends tasted and ranked the creamy concoctions in order of their preference.
Here are the results:
- Kerfuffle Truffle, chocolate ice cream with chocolate truffles and swirls of fudge
- Caramel Nut Kadoozle, caramel ice cream with mixed nut brittle and walnut caramel swirl
- Chocolate Mintropolis, chocolate ice cream with peppermint patties and chocolate mint cookies
- Chipperberry Swirl, black raspberry and vanilla ice cream with chocolaty chips
- Chocolate Chipper Chip, vanilla ice cream with chocolaty potato chip bark and swirls
- Kernelpuff Caramelstuff, caramel ice cream with popped kernels, pecan pralines and salted caramel swirls
- Chocolate Snowflakes, vanilla ice cream with melt-in-your-mouth chocolaty flakes
The first place winner was a super chocolaty combination. We did have a bunch of chocoholics in the group which I think skewed the numbers. I was sure the vanilla with chocolate covered potato chips was going to be my favorite but it was too salty. I actually preferred the two caramel flavors. The brittle and praline were very yummy additions to the ice cream but don’t take my word for it go try them yourself. Thank you, Mr. Wonka!
A fight almost broke out!
Note: Wonka Ice Cream is currently sold exclusively in the Northern CA and Reno areas.
Filed under: REVIEWS OF PRODUCTS | Tagged: dessert, dreyer's, food, frozen, ice cream, summer, treat, Willy Wonka Ice Cream Tasting | 2 Comments »