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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dine About Town: Summer 2008 - San Francisco, CA

posted by snekse
***UPDATE***
Find the latest information about the current San Francisco Dine About Town restaurants.

This will be the last bit of California posting that we do for a bit. I've never been able to take advantage of this event. It looks like the bargain to be had this year is at One Market Restaurant in the Embarcadero/Financial District.

The 7th Annual Dine About Town

It's like you've dined and gone to heaven. Dine About Town is back - again - for 2008! Now you have a second chance to try the restaurants you may have missed in January. Save on a specially prepared 3-course gourmet prix-fixe menus at some of San Francisco's best restaurants. Dates and times of participation vary by restaurant. Menus subject to change. Please ask for the official Dine About Town menu when you are seated.

Duration: June 1 - 15, 2008
Pricing: $21.95 lunches, $31.95 dinners;
 - prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity
Participating Restaurants: List of participating restaurants

RELATED LINKS:
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Taqueria Ramiro & Sons - Alameda, CA

posted by snekse
With the Cinco de Mayo celebrations come and gone, I thought I'd throw out a taqueria challenge. One of the things I hear most often from people who move to Omaha from California is the lack of a good taqueria or taco truck. Just the low key, Mexican street food that really hits the spot in a way restaurant food just never can.

One of our favorite spots to hit in the bay area is Taqueria Ramiro & Sons in Alameda. It's a small spot with a heavy lunch crowd. The decor is minimal, but the food is awesome. The principle differences I've found between the burritos in California versus the ones found in the Midwest are:
  1. The size. You got jipped if your burrito was less than 7" or 8" long. On the same token, it should also be thick. The combination of the two means it should also be heavy.
  2. The wetness. Burritos are not wraps. Steam that $@*|<#?. I should not be able to easily peel open my burrito because the tortilla should be glued to itself. If I find unmelted cheese in yet another Midwest burrito, so help me...
  3. The money shot. The meat should be tender and juicy. By the end, you should have juice dripping down your chin. This is usually the result of long, slow braising while listening to tracks by Barry White and Al Green.

And this mentions nothing about the low prices, the lack of cheddar cheese, and the hand-chopped-to-order carnitas found at Taqueria Ramiro & Sons. All of which I think add to an extra special taqueria.

So here's my challenge: Tell me I'm wrong. Tell me where I can find an outstanding taqueria in Omaha. Bonus points if it's west of 72nd. Double bonus points if it's west of 120th. If you can tell us of one west of 168th, give yourself as many bonus points as you want because you're a liar.

And keep in mind, this is the search for a great taqueria, not a Mexican restaurant. How can you tell the difference? Count the menu items. If you have to count, it's not a taqueria. It should basically just be tacos, burritos - pick your filling.

And don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Omaha doesn't have great Mexican food or that Omaha doesn't have a great taqueria; I'm just saying I haven't found them yet. So clue me in and quit hoarding all of the chicharrones for yourself.

RELATED LINKS:
Taqueria's in Omaha
A Foodie's Week in San Francisco
Taqueria Ramiro & Sons on Urbanspoon

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Chocolate Mousse Cake @ Au Coquelet Cafe

posted by snekse
This isn't really a review of the Au Coquelet Cafe in Berkeley, CA. It's just me espousing my love for a certain menu item there. The Chocolate Mousse Cake A.K.A. "Chocolate Butter"TM.

Cutting through this "cake" is very similar to cutting through butter that is chilled, but not cold - firm, yet yielding. In the mouth it has a slight chew, but mostly melts smoothly over your tongue. It's a very dense, yet light mousse that borders on being ganache. This dessert as a whole is just a paradox.

If anyone has this recipe, PLEASE . The closest thing I've found so far is the Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte from The Cake Bible. The torte is good, but isn't as silky as the Chocolate ButterTM which literally melts in your mouth.

***UPDATE***
Someone told me this is a purchased product. If you know where they buy this from, please .

RELATED LINKS:
A Foodie's Week in San Francisco
Chocolate ButterTM pictures
Au Coquelet on Urbanspoon

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Friday, May 02, 2008

A Foodie's week in the San Francisco Bay Area

posted by snekse
I just spent a week in San Francisco doing almost nothing but eating and taking pictures of it with my new camera (the wonderful Canon Rebel Xsi dSLR with the amazing Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 lens). So this whole next week is going to be spent sharing the things I found there that aren't in Omaha, but should be. If you want to bookmark this page, I'll update this post with the links to the related articles, or you can just keep checking back.

RELATED LINKS:
Chocolate Mousse Cake AKA Chocolate ButterTM @ Au Coquelet Cafe
Taqueria Ramiro & Sons - Alameda, CA

Previous Foodie in California items


coming soon...

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Dine About Town 2007 - San Francisco

posted by snekse
Doh! I just realized I forgot to hit the publish button on this. Well, you still have 3 weeks left to take advantage of one of the best ways to try some new restaurants in San Francisco.
Dine About Town
Gourmet Prix-Fixe Menus
January 1 - 31, 2007

Enjoy gourmet, 3-course meals at some of San Francisco's best restaurants.

Duration: January 1 - 31, 2007
Pricing: $21.95 lunches, $31.95 dinners; prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity

Please ask for the official Dine About Town menu when you are seated.

*Please note specific meal offerings and day restrictions for each restaurant.
Void where prohibited. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer valid through January 31, 2007.
Make a Reservation

POST TYPE: NOTICE
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Gary Danko

posted by Foodie-E

Salmon Tartar with Asparagus soup and Creme Fraiche


Seared Ahi Tuna with Avocado, Nori, Enoki Mushrooms and Lemon Soy Dressing



Carrot Ginger Soup with Lobster, Mint Espuma, and Curry Oil



Risotto with Lobster, Rock Shrimp, Maitake Mushrooms, Patty Pan Squash, Marjoram Oil



Dungeness Crab Salad with Fennel, Apple, Grapefruit and Mustard Tarragon Vinaigrette?



Seared Foie Gras with Caramelized Red Onions, Blood Oranges and Grapefruit?



Escargot with Morel mushrooms


Mushroom Dusted Sea Scallops with Cauliflower Puree, and Pan Roasted Shiitake?




Foie Gras and Duck Confit Terrine with Fig Relish and Vanilla Brioche



Roast Maine Lobster with Morel Mushrooms, Asparagus and Tarragon



Pan Seared Beef Filet with Wild Nettle Risotto, Asparagus, and Morel Mushrooms



Roasted Quail Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Foie Gras with Kumquat Cashew Relish?



Lemon Herb Duck Breast with Duck Hash and Strawberry Compote



Caramel crispy with chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse, and chocolate ice cream



Passion Fruit Souffle Cake with Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream



Trio of Creme Brulee with Cookies



Strawberries with White Chocolate Mousse, Balsamic Ice Cream and Buttermilk Panna Cotta



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