Monthly Archives: September 2009

Whole Acme smoked whitefish at Costco for the holiday

Just a quick note about my having seen and purchased whole smoked whitefish at the Richmond, California, Costco the other day.  My guess is that they are carrying this for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.   Recall that this Costco carried Acme … Continue reading

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The escargot are out playing in the yard

It’s drizzling in the Bay Area as I write this – which is news in and of itself given the time of year – and the snails are out in full force. I think they’re cute, so I don’t eat them, but … Continue reading

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San Pablo Lytton casino grub

My Mother-in-law, Elaine, is here visiting from Delray Beach, Florida, which means a trip to Reno – and any other casinos that are handy – with my mother, Renate, Sr.  They came back with a story the other day about … Continue reading

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Why you need a hand blender

  Word up:  part with the $20 it will take to get a hand blender, aka immersion blender, into the house.  There are things I can do easily with this guy that make it one of the most-used kitchen gadgets I own.  … Continue reading

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Tonina’s pignoli cookies

If I were being walked to my execution tomorrow morning and had to choose one type of cookie to eat tonight, it would be Italian pignoli (pine nut).  Soft in the middle and chewy outside with the strong flavor of almond paste that … Continue reading

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Albany Bowl’s restaurant

I admit it:  I love to bowl.  I hold the key to locker #1 at Albany Bowl (540 San Pablo Avenue), the bowling alley in Albany, California, a city with only about 17,000 people but boasting both a pool and a … Continue reading

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Lunch at Berkeley Bowl West

Berkeley Bowl West (920 Heinz, Berkeley) is a good place to have lunch, but we like to buy stuff in the market and bring it into the cafe, rather than buy cafe food.  The eating space is much nicer here than at … Continue reading

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Red Lentil Curry

I purchased a large bag of red lentils recently and was looking for a good red lentil curry recipe when I came upon this one, posted by Emma Maher, on allrecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Red-Lentil-Curry/Detail.aspx From the looks of the allrecipes.com legalese, I may not be allowed … Continue reading

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Indian curry paste

One good reason to have a mortar and pestle around the house is to help keep you in various curry pastes.  I always have a jar of homemade Indian curry paste on hand, for example, because I find that it works … Continue reading

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Taki Sushi has no sushi for lunch

Matt and I wanted to grab a quick lunch near home the other day, so we went to Taki Sushi (10889 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito).  They’re located in one of those cursed locations where things have come and gone … Continue reading

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