Have You Been to Great News! in Pacific Beach Yet??

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Some people like to shop for clothes.  I like to shop for cookware.  I’ve contemplated pretending that I work at Great News! or Williams-Sonoma just so I can talk to people about which garlic press to buy (Yes, Courtney, I’m thinking of you.).  My favorite store for shopping and browsing is Great News! Cookware and Cooking School in Pacific Beach in San Diego (http://www.great-news.com/). First of all, I love the classes they offer.  I’ve only taken one so far: Nijiya Market Tour with Mineko Takane Moreno (co-author of Sushi for Dummies) followed by a Japanese lunch at Izakaya Sakura Restaurant (http://izakayasakura.menutoeat.com/).   Everyone was given a packet of information, and anywhere there was white on the page, I wrote notes.  There was so much good information, and it was interesting meeting others in the class.  Check out the website for a list of classes – there’s everything from how to make cheese to basic knife skills (which everyone should learn) to throwing the perfect French Bistro party.  Classes for kids are offered, too!  Prices range from $15 to $80. Secondly,  the people who work there are so helpful and well-informed.  I went in the other day to buy something I thought I needed.  The saleswoman told me not to bother with buying a particular item because it wasn’t really necessary.  Love the honesty!  Thirdly, they have great sales!  And if you sign up for their emails, you get a coupon every so often.  If you are a culinary student or professional, you get a discount, too.  And finally, it’s fun to shop there.  There’s something for everyone.  If you are a hard-core cook, they have what you need.  If you just like to cook once in a while, there’s something for you, too.  If you need to create a gift registry, I would consider this place!  You can add classes to your registry as well!  (One deal that is going on through April: bring in any used pan, and get $10 off a new one!  Call for details!)

In addition to being a great store, it supports great causes.  Great News! is hosting the Food Blogger Bake Sale on Saturday, April 28th.  Proceeds will go to Share Our Strength (http://www.strength.org/), an organization with the goal to end childhood hunger.  If you buy a little something at the bake sale (or a lot of something!), you will get a $5 off coupon to use in the store!  Woohoo!  Please pass the word to everyone you know and help make this an awesome event!  Unfortunately, I can’t attend the sale, but my dessert will be there – that’s much more important!!  So go and buy my stuff!!

Take Care and Happy Eating!

Happy Easter and Passover Weekend!

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It’s been way too long since I’ve posted! It’s been a busy time, but there have been some fun things going on! I was able to meet up with my cousin whom I haven’t seen in a long time – and I met her daughter and son-in-law. We met at Farm House Cafe in University Heights. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it. I opted to refrain from taking pictures of the food. This gives me a reason to go back asap to get photos! It’s such a comfortable country French restaurant, and I feel lucky to have it in my neighborhood. Good thing to know: Tuesdays and Wednesdays are half price glasses and bottles of wine. Great nights to go! Reservations are a must because it’s small, but there are a few bar seats where you can eat as well. Check it out (I even love the music they play on the website!): http://www.farmhousecafesd.com/#/intro

Also, I was able to check out a Cleveland Indians Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers in Goodyear, Arizona. I had never gone before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved the warm Arizona evening, and I order the biggest chili cheese dog I’ve ever seen. I was hit by a ball, too. That was exciting! It hit me as I was ducking, but I survived! Our beers did not make it though. But I got the ball!

On a minor food note, my husband and I joined up with a group of friends that have an IPA Night at different bars once a month. This month was Tiger! Tiger!  in North Park (http://tigertigertavern.blogspot.com/).  We couldn’t pass it up since it’s one of our favorite places.  On Thursday, we grabbed a couple of beers at Small Bar (http://smallbarsd.com/) in University Heights. We never go out on a weeknight – and we did it twice! We’re crazy!! I have to mention something new I tried at Small Bar. I absolutely love their Corn Dogs and Fries, and I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that I worked at Corn Dog on a Stick in High School. Last night, I opted to pay the buck extra and get the french fries beer battered (2 Corn Dogs and regular fries are $7.50). So good!! It was probably unnecessary considering the corn dog is battered, but why not? The food went great with our Speakeasy Double Daddy (9.50% abv). The only drawback to Small Bar is that there’s a patio where I could even bring our dog, but usually people are smoking cigarettes are out there and that doesn’t go well with my Double Daddy! However, that seems to be the problem with most patio areas. Such a bummer I can’t enjoy the outside as well. Another side note, do not plan on going to Tiger!Tiger!, Live Wire, or Blind Lady Ale House Saturday the 14th. Will Ferrell is hosting a charity Pub Crawl and these spots will be closed (http://cancerforcollege.org/PUB_CRAWL.php). And if you are attending the Pub Crawl, I am so jealous! Ring the cowbell once for me.

After all of that, the eating continues with the Holiday weekend! I love Easter! Coloring hard-boiled eggs is a must! And drinking champagne is a definite! And we’ll fit Mass in there, too! One thing I love, whether it’s on Easter Day or anytime of the year, are Danish Pancake Balls known as Aebleskiver. The first time I had this delicacy was in Solvang, California the morning after touring wineries. I was in Heaven. These dough balls can be filled with savory things (like cheese or bacon or both!), or sweet things (like fruit), or filled with nothing but more batter. Franz bought me an Aebleskiver pan during one of our trips to Solvang, but you can find the same pan at Great News! Cookware and Cooking School (http://www.great-news.com/home.php) or Williams-Sonoma for around $40 (Good to know: If you sign up for Great News! Newsletter, you get coupons occasionally to use at their store! Great deal!).

The recipe I use to make Aebleskiver is http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/danish-pancake-balls-aebleskiver-10000000663064/  If you are having people over for Easter, this is a great way to start the meal!  Unfortunately, this is not appropriate for a Seder meal, so anyone celebrating Passover will have to try out this recipe next week.

I hope everyone has a great, fun, and food-filled weekend!  Take Care and Happy Eating!