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Or you can use gyoza/pot sticker/dumpling wrappers... which are already round

Lasagna Cupcakes: Just the Right Size for Lunch
8/24/10 11:10 PM

$1000 mortgage & HOA on my 650 sq ft 1 bdrm condo in North San Jose, CA. Lived there for just over 5 years, now have it rented out for about the same amount.

Moved to San Francisco this past spring, $1600 for 700 sq ft 1 bedroom apartment on the north side of Telegraph Hill.

Survey: How Much Is Your Monthly Rent or Mortgage?
8/24/10 05:47 PM

For the original post, if you have your internet from a cable provider, you do not have DSL. It's different technology.
Also for the posters who have landline numbers with the cable providers/internet package. You have a VoIP phone with a landline number. In real emergencies, it's not as reliable as a traditional landline.

Moving Survey: Do You Have a Land Line?
8/24/10 12:59 AM

These are known as kanelbullar in Sweden, a very popular pastry.

Breakfast in Bed Recipe: IKEA-Inspired Cinnamon Rolls | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/16/10 09:49 PM

you can get them really cheap at Japanese stores. It's only $1 at Ichiban Kan in SF Japantown ( or Daiso.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Hot or Not? Negi Cutter
6/17/08 10:53 PM

Lychee season starts early summer, I see them in SF Chinatown, but they don't look ripe yet.

They should be a darkish red colour and firm to the touch. If it's still green, it's not ready, brown is usually not fresh (probably refridgerated too long). Try and buy them with the stems attach. You shouldn't need a spoon to break it open. If the stems are still attach, a quick tug will open a small hole, and allowing you the peel it. Else, a slight pinch with your fingers should "pop" open the "shell", allowing you to remove the shell completely.

Similar to lychee is Longan, which are yellowish brown and round in shape. They are in season later than Lychee, usually around late summer, early fall.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Identify This Mystery Fruit!
6/17/08 11:03 AM

Canada always had a more open policy when it comes to imported fruits. As a result, prices are lower. I remember NYC relatives gorging themselves on lychees on one visit, because they couldn't get it in NYC (and couldn't bring them back thanks to US customs). I am not sure I have ever seen dragon fruit sold (legally) in the US, but I know they are available in Canada (something like $4 Hong Kong they are 3 for $15 HKD).

The asian supermarkets down here in San Jose are selling a bag of mangosteens for $7/lb.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Fresh Mangosteens Now Available In The US!
6/7/08 05:13 PM

Geoducks are super tasty...a very sweet, similar to scallops, with a slight crunch.
Some friends of mine went to dig for geoducks. It's ALOT of work, not to mention, once you get one, cleaning them is a pain.
They weren't always so expensive, in the early 80's, my mom used to buy them to make congee with (much to the shock of my Hong Kong relatives). But later geoducks were exported to asia, and the price went up.
Boiling them too long makes them chewy, it's best raw, stirred fried or added to soup at the end.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Food with Evan Kleiman: Geoduck Clams
5/14/08 05:23 PM

I try to head to the farmer's market (Sunday 9 am - 1 pm) in Mountain View (California) by 9:30 latest. It's a year round market, but come spring, it's a mob scene. I usually get my eggs from a kiwi farmer who brings her extra eggs to the market. Because she doesn't have many, I have to get there early (and bring my own egg carton).
Also, there are certain farmers that are very popular for their price & asian vegetables. I want to get NEAR the selection at all, I have to get there early.
I dislike the strollers too, especially since the aisles between stalls are so small. People with giant stroller just stop right in the middle, so no one could get by. Argh. Please move to the side. Sometimes there aren't even children in the strollers, they use it as shopping carts!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | What Time Do You Get to the Farmer's Market?
4/30/08 01:05 PM

I was willing, and planning to drill a bracket into the wall to hold the rod to hide the vertical blinds. So it was a happy accident that the brackets of the Umbra rod (this one fitted just over the vertical blinds.
I chose the rod because it had a nickel finish, expandable to long enough for the freakishly large sliding door, simple design, and cheap.

The backets are shaped like a sideways 5. The top of the 5 is squarish, and it fitted perfectly over the top of the vertical blind box thingee that has the movement mechanism.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Window Covering Solution for Our Bedroom?
4/11/08 01:21 PM

Oh I have a photo of it here:

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Window Covering Solution for Our Bedroom?
4/11/08 12:32 PM

I have the same thing in my condo. I kept the veritical blinds, but got an umbra curtain rod ($25 at Target). The brackets snaps right on to of the veritical blind (so no need to drill holes in the wall). I do have flat linen curtain panels (2 pkg of curtains..2 panels each, also fron Target, total $50)on them, it gives me privacy but lets the light in. And since the veritical blinds are still there, I can get block out the light too (helps with keeping the apt cool in the summer). I suppose you can put up some bamboo blinds from a rod instead...

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Window Covering Solution for Our Bedroom?
4/11/08 12:30 PM

There is a hiking trail up to the summit from the valley floor. Of course, for qualified climbers and mountain goats only.

Only the top round part is the revolving restaurant. There is a screening view that shows Her Majesty's Secret Service on a continuous loop under the viewing platform. It's a breathtaking view of the Lauterbrunnen valley, surrounding mountains, Interlaken and the lake.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Blofield's Chateau, Our Dream House
4/9/08 02:28 PM

Dried Gojis are a staple in Chinese herbal soups/tea/medicine. It's very cheap (it's not usually used on it's own, it's always mix with other herbal ingredients), and I was quite amuse to see the huge markup whole foods and health food stores sells them for, now that they are the "miracle" berries.

Chinese supermarkets have them. At chinese herbal or dry goods stores you can buy them in bulk. For those who are worried about chinese imported food.. Gojis are fairly safe, else Chinatown(s) wouldn't be as crowded as it is. We are force fed soup made from these stuff from infancy.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Healthy Eating: What Should You Do With Goji Berries?
4/4/08 04:08 PM

I live in an earthquake zone, use Museum Gel (the clear version of Museum putty) to secure breakable objects. Nothing broke during the last earthquake.

You can also get it at the Container Store.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Good Questions: Unstable Vase#comments
2/4/08 08:25 AM

Get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I would totally end up falling into that tub... and it's in a guest room? Oh dear....

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Sunken Clawfoot Bathtub#comments
1/17/08 02:09 PM

Fishs Eddy has a 21 oz and a 14 oz version of the glasses. Lids are only $ 0.45 each.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Luminarc's Working Glasses#comments
12/17/07 07:53 PM

I have the Ikea Bjursta table (which uses the same mechanism) for the last 3 years. I use it as a kitchen/dining table and desk. Despite daily heavy use, it's VERY strong and not at all wobbly. It's actually quite heavy (more so then other Ikea dining room tables). The legs are solid wood with veneer. The supports for the leaves are solid wood. It was also very easy to put together. However the table top is a bit worn due to daily use as a computer table, but I have it in the brown/yellow, so it's not noticable, wear might be more obvious on a black/brown.

Scandinavian Designs had the same mechanism in their Beta table. I compared the Ikea & Scandinavian design tables in person, they were similar in quality.

I love the table because of the simple shape, the leaves hide underneath, no lines in the middle of table top when not expanded. It's great when I have a few more people over for dinner.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Opinions on CB2's Portfolio Table?
12/7/07 07:20 AM

That is just plain stupid for those of us old enough (I say this as a 31 yr old) who remembers what FILING CABINETS are.

Human/Computer interaction research suggests it's easier (shorter learning curve) for people to relate to real life objects. That was why "folders" on virtual "desktops" become common place on most GUI O/S in the first place. about re-inventing the wheel.

Apartment Therapy - Physical "Desktop"Slinks n. (slingks) Surreptitious web links to other good sites
11/19/07 03:21 PM

I disliked the original Karim design too. Sure it looked pretty (the reason I bought it), but it was too big for the little ledge next to my faucet. I couldn't actually put it on the counter because it leaked.
Also the soap was REALLY harsh on my hands. Argh.

Apartment Therapy - Good Product, Bad Packaging: Method Dish Soap
11/7/07 11:07 AM