Would You Help me Eat This?

Hubby Thinks My Bread is Better - He still remembers our Bay Area Dining experience at Skates on the Bay near Berkeley, CA as a good time, but likes my focaccia better. He may just be a keeper for that.
@drannhh (15229)
United States
February 24, 2008 11:50pm CST
Now that we are retired I have more time to bake, and especially to experiment, which for me is a lot more fun than following recipes. Below is a photo of the focaccia I made to go with tonight's dinner. Although I tried to make a small batch, just for the two of us, it is so good that we are having a hard time just eating a few pieces. As hubby likes to say, please take some of that food off the table or there will be no prisoners! We don't want to over do it, so would you help us eat this food?Our first taste of focaccia was at Skates Restaurant near the Berkeley Marina and that is a hard act to follow. If you put "Skates" and "focaccia" in as search keys on Mr. Google a whole bunch of articles will come up extolling the virtues of the bread at this restaurant. However, from my point of view the most interesting thing that came up online concerning this restaurant was on their own web site: http://www.skatesonthebay.com/ Just click on the link at the bottom of their page that reads "360 degree Restaurant Views" -- awesome, it hasn't changed a bit. Even though we haven't been there in 20 years or so, I can see in the picture exactly where their focaccia was set out to cool when it came out of their ovens. Do you like to go back and revisit places that you have dined before and enjoyed? Would you get a thrill just from seeing a photo of such a place? Do you have a restaurant you remember fondly and would like to share? Please include a link to the restaurant's web page if it has one! My kitchen smells so good! We know for sure there will be no leftovers, so if you would like some, please take a slice before it is all gone!
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@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
bread loaf - ryoma eating a piece of bread
hi drannhh! what kind of bread is focaccia? it looks so delicious. what's in it? i'll definitely help you eat that.^__^ i do go back to restaurants that i've been to before and which food i really liked. in fact, i prefer to eat in restaurants that i'm sure of the taste. even though i'm open on trying other restaurants and new food, i'm not really brave to do it. ^__^;; i don't have any link to the websites of those restaurants. i don't even know if they have a website. ^__^;; leave something for me drannhh!!
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
25 Feb 08
It is basically the same kind of dough used to make bread or even pizza crust, but with lots of olive oil and pressed out flat and topped with herbs and grated hard cheese like parmesan or romano. I will most certainly make a new batch just for you!
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@GardenGerty (100474)
• United States
26 Feb 08
If I start with a packaged dough, I know it is not as good as homemade, but I will press ground flax seed meal and wheat germ into the surface, or even whole oatmeal, or oatbran, just to give it more of an "artisan" texture. The herbs you add certainly make it healthier.
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
26 Feb 08
i haven't eaten a bread with herb on it. it sounds delicious. i wish i could taste one. ^__^
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I have never eaten focaccia before... so i would gladly help you eat the one you baked... it does look yummy... i don't bake but i love eating cake, bread, pastries, or the like... and if i plan to learn how when i am about to retire... but of course i need to buy an oven first... There is a certain restaurant in my area called Perfect Loaf... they make delicious cakes and bread... and i remember eating there almost everyday when i was pregnant... but now... i rarely do... And i must agree with you... you kitches does smell good... almost divine...
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I love homemade bread and that looks sooo good. I live in Mississippi but my husband is from California. There is a Chinese restaurant we visited when we were there called Good Friends in Valley Springs, Ca. It had a huge buffet and the food was wonderful.
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Yummy. Could that be a place called Good Friends! If so, Yahoo reviewers gave it 5 stars and one called it the best Chinest restaurant in California. Inexpensive and not far from Yosemite. We heard they have a new Mongolian BarBque out that way, too. Sounds wonderful.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Yes, that's it. I agree. Its the best Chinese food I've ever had....and I love Chinese food.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
13 Mar 08
This is very nice discussion. You are so nice to share with us your focaccia. I have never eat it before, but i would like to try it. And to a restaurants, i don't really have the most favorite one, sicne I like to change them. But i know my husband does. It is greek restaurant in germany and when he was in army he used to go out there a lot. Now after many years he went back there and was surpriced the same restaurnat was still there, with only a little change and all the greek waitress remember him. I am sure it was nice for him to come back to this restaurant after so many years.
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
13 Mar 08
So happy here that you would like to try my food. Greek food is delicious and that must have been a nice experience to be remembered after some time. We are the same, as I like to change restaurants too whereas hubby prefers the familiar.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
5 Mar 08
oh would I ever! that is beautiful! I am sure I can smell the aroma just looking at the picture. I can see why your husband finds it so irresistible. there are a couple restaurants that we went to while dating and in our early marriage that I would love to go back to - and would get a thrill looking at pictures from them.
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Thank you, as yes it did smell good. It is time I make some more!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Looks pretty tasty...you can always save it for tomorrow or freeze it! There are places I enjoyed immensely as a kid, but most of them no longer exist sadly.
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
2 Mar 08
There were no prisoners, lol.
• Hong Kong
2 Mar 08
Yes I think making up things as going along is really fun! I can cook but I don't really cook that much and not to mention, when I am living here, I don't really have the energy and time to cook. There are certain restaurants I love around here, but they don't have websites so I really can't include anything here. But I do love going back to those restaurants and keep order the stuff that I think they are the best. Well, after my vacation, when I came back, I actually rushed to the restaurants, so you could imagine how much I miss them *laughs*.
@drannhh (15229)
• United States
2 Mar 08
I think where you live there are many wonderful, healthy, and affordable restaurants, the likes of which we do not have here at all.
@GardenGerty (100474)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Please pass me a slice, it sounds so yummy. I love the 3360 view, although after awhile I got kind of dizzy. I am pleased to hear that hubby thinks your bread is better.
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Glad you liked it. I got a little dizzy looking at it, too, and hungry! We are having pizza tonight, which makes me think I should experiment with making this sort of bread from the pre-packaged pizza dough mix and write an article for Triond or somebody. Gotta healthy that stuff up a little, though. Too much salt, white flour, and fake fat for me.
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I might have some, thanks -- looks pretty good. ;)
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Help yourself to a large piece and I sure hope you enjoy it!
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
25 Feb 08
That looks delectable! Save me a slice and send me the recipe. I like to revisit favorite restaurants but also enjoy finding a new favorite. There is a restaurant I would love to visit, but my husband isn't interested. I will have to drag my sister or dad there instead. :)
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
25 Feb 08
All gone, but I'll bake you a new one, and also put my recipe up on my blog. I know what you mean about restaurants hubbies do not want to try. Been there! (((Trace)))
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I think i will eat that..
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I would surely feed some to your avatar. She rocks! Did you draw her? Also, there must be many delightful restaurants in Perth...do you have a favorite and what kind of bread do they serve?
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I've never had this kind of bread in fact I've never heard of it. If you'd like to share the recipe that would be great. I love to bake and like to try new things. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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