These little puppies can be hard to come by in the US. However, if you are in Northern California or Reno, Nevada, they can be found at Bel Air (Rayley's, Nob Hill) supermarkets for about a buck a piece. This is great news if you love to accompany dishes such as sausage pie with traditional English-style baked beans!
Begin by lightly whisking the eggs in a medium-sized saucepan, then add the rest of the ingredients and place the saucepan over a medium heat. Now whisk continuously using a balloon whisk until the mixture thickens – about 7-8 minutes. Next, lower the heat to its minimum setting and let the curd gently simmer for a further minute, continuing to whisk. After that, remove it from the heat. Now pour the lemon curd into the hot, sterilised jars, filling them as full as possible, cover straightaway with waxed discs, seal while it is still hot and label when it is cold. It will keep for several weeks, but it must be stored in a cool place.
Made loads of this in sweet small jam jars as little gifts for friends and family. Great way to use all of those lemons on your tree before they are frosted away. And, oh yes, it is beautiful on warm toast!
So I've been wondering what's available in terms of online shopping for British food stuffs. A Google search for 'British food' returns quite a few sites with the potential for being my future suppliers.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a California certified farmers market operated by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). The market is open on Tuesday and Saturday.More
The Farmer's Market on Saturdays and Tuesdays is a San Francisco 'must do at least once' experience. Offering excellent locally-sourced, organic and original products, the market is good for a shop or simply to look around and people watch. It is obvious who lives nearby - they make a bee line for a few choice items and quickly leave. Plan for a few hours there to take it all in and enjoy a champagne brunch or lots of small quick items (e.g. falafel with jalepeno hummus).
Blue Bottle Coffee (really good, popular, not sure if it was worth the 15 mins I had to wait in line though. Good thing there were New York Times papers available to read)
Slanted Door. Apparently the Hamachi is amazing. Long line queuing for the lunch service.
My new challenge:
Shop more at the Farmer's market instead of Costco or Safeway. Only buy meat products if it is possible to confirm the animal had a happy life, and look for locally-sourced fruit and veg that is in season.
You'll notice I bought pork sausages. More on the hunt for the perfect sausage later.
Recommendation for an excellent bar with ambiance that teeters on the right side of dark SF street modern and that serves unique cocktails: Rye Bar on Geary at Leavenworth in the Tendernob. Full address is 688 Geary, San Francisco, CA 94102 (not that you're driving).
Must try: Basil Gimlet, Fireside (bartender Phil's choice) which contains tequila, spiced apple syrup, jalapeno, italian
vermouth and lemon.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in San Francisco with a colorful parade featuring floats and performances by a mix of participants, including Chinese performing artists, elementary and high school groups and members of local government. For example, during the 2010 parade, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was walking along crowds of spectators, shaking hands and exchanging brief quips.
The parade is a free cultural event worth experiencing at least once. It takes place in part of San Francisco's Chinatown, of course, which happens to be the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Because the celebration is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the dates range between the end of January to the middle of February. In 2011, the year of the rabbit, the new year will be celebrated on February 3rd. See the relevant wiki article for future dates.
Apartment hunting in San Francisco can be a joy in three easy steps:
1. Check out my map. It's a bit messy ("MESS EHHH"), but it contains the unofficial truth about which neighborhoods are good, not so good and to totally be avoided as per:
My cousin who is a five-year veteran of the city helped and who created the original markings
Multiple freelance and contracted leasing agents (e.g. Avalon) with whom I got chatty
Work colleagues, also long-time locals
Click on the images for full size:
Note: purple ticks and Gs are a good thing, dollar signs indicate more
expensive areas. Also, it's a bike map, so darker orange indicates
2. Use PadMapper.com. Everyone tells you Craigslist is the only way to find an apartment in San Francisco. This is 98% true - however, this work of genius is a Craigslist and Google Maps mashup which marks the location of Craigslist listings on a map. Combine with knowledge gained from step one.
3. Ask the right questions. Just ask what they can do discount or otherwise if you are willing to move quickly. Offers received for this simple question included: 10% off annual rent / one month of free rent, 25% discount off parking, remodeling the bathroom, and free decorating (i.e. painting a feature wall). It's clearly a renter's market.
They don't advertise and say they most store traffic is driven by word of mouth mentions online (!).
They look a little run-down from the outside and have a slightly chaotic system whereby you pick up a price list and have to match up items and pricetags.(Based on experience, there is some room to negotiate.)
But, saying that, they are well worth a visit, selling high-end couches, office chairs, table and chair sets, coffee tables, etc. for knock down prices. Why? Because apparently they:
sell unused (only) returned items
sell things that are end of line
Beautiful couches were the objective but we walked out with this comfy, brand new in box leather office chair:
There are a few other furniture / design stores around the area as well if you are going to make an afternoon of it.