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Chowdown Report: Lunch at Nido in Oakland

What makes a cemita unique is the sesame bread. If that's off, one would be happier with a different kind of torta. Also I noticed that Nido doesn't seem to add papalo, which I consider essential, nor the option of chipotle peppers.

about 2 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Ongoing Feedback for New Conversation Types

When posting this reply to a thread, I got an error message that said something like, enter text before posting.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9827...

However, when I refreshed the board index, my post had indeed gone through.

about 2 hours ago
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

Chowdown Report: Lunch at Nido in Oakland

Last to report . . .

my favorite dish of the meal would be the tostada topped with chicken tinga.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melanie...

I also liked the fruit gazpacho a great deal, and it was interesting that our two orders were pretty different in taste due to the different proportions of the same ingredients.

When we put in our order, I paused for a moment to question whether we'd ordered too much chicken. As it turned out, not at all as each was seasoned and prepared much differently. And not a dry bit of bird among them. The ollito was especially juicy and much better than I expected.

I didn't get enough of a bite of each taco type to render an opinion much beyond this . . . really good corn tortillas.

Weakest dish for me was the ceviche of the day. Too much saucy coating interfered with the taste of the fish.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melanie...

Horchata was too dilute, but I did like the blanco y negro idea of adding a shot of coffee.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melanie...

And we finished on a strong note with the luscious flan.
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I'm very interested in returning for the larger dinner menu. On the way out, I spotted Jose Ramos sitting at the bar. I had missed the news that he had left Sabrosa in the City to return here as a consultant. He said that he had left Sabrosa a couple months after opening. This explains the difference between the sparkle of my first visit and the much flatter performance my second time. He's still looking for his own place, but in the meantime, he said I can eat his cooking here.

about 2 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

"No Strollers — No High Chairs — No Booster Chairs"

And a restaurant in San Francisco with a similar name has been taking flak from the angry and confused for the Monterey spot's policy.
http://sfappeal.com/2014/07/fisherman...

about 3 hours ago
Melanie Wong in Food Media & News

Ongoing Feedback for New Conversation Types

I've had a chance to try out the Photo Story format and I like it for reporting via pictures. I deliberately used mostly camera phone photos taken in dim light, i.e., blurry and dark, to see how they'd fare. At the current photo size, I won't be doing that again. They're ok when I view the topic on my phone, but they're not acceptable in full screen size on my 11" MBA, and that's a pretty small screen.

I used all landscape, but I've seen some examples in portrait that are humongous, more than the height of my screen. That's just too big to be pleasant viewing. Are there any plans to allow posting photos in different sizes?

about 3 hours ago
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Wing Wings, Lower Haight, San Francisco

Biscuits and gravy, $4.50. Pretty nondescript, perhaps its most distinctive feature is how lacking in distinction this turned out to be. Lumpy white gravy with little taste of meat or bacon fat. Flat biscuits. Green onions. Coarse ground black pepper.

Since we were the last customers, just before the midnight close, we earned "bonus biscuits". The complimentary biscuits --- both plain and the brown sugar-black pepper --- were more satisfying than the B&G reheated the next morning and eaten with some sweet butter. They were very light and revived well in the toaster oven.

http://www.wingwingssf.com

about 4 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Can't post a new topic (discussion, Q&A, whatever) using Google Chrome

Each of the urls I linked go directly to the branch within a longer thread that addresses the issue. Is that not working for you either?

Those branches have 6, 18, and 3 posts respectively on what to do in adjusting your browser add-ins. You don't have to drop Adblock, just adjust it.

about 12 hours ago
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

"No Strollers — No High Chairs — No Booster Chairs"

Here's my post from last year
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9018...

about 13 hours ago
Melanie Wong in Food Media & News

Eating out in Healdsburg

Fingers crossed for good news from IMW in September!

To answer your question about Mexican food in San Francisco,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984165
I'll redirect you to Healdsburg and Sonoma County.

In Healdsburg:

Taqueria Guadalajara
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3858...

Agave Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7552...

Casa del Mole y Rufina's Kitchen
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8841...

Mateo's Cocina Latina
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793704

In Boyes Hot Springs (Sonoma Valley):

El Molino Central
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7113...
(If you're calling on Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine (who may be at the same stage of waiting to hear about the dissertation), this would be nearby.)

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

That visitor guide is as great idea.

I'd encourage you to talk up the smokehouse (if you haven't already), your produce finds, and other provisioning for home cooking. Learning about local food sources is always welcome.

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in Southern New England
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Trou Normand [San Francisco]

Biscuits and gravy on the breakfast menu . . . that sausage gravy has gotta be great.
http://trounormandsf.com/menus/Breakf...

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Iftar?

Thanks, I'm happy to have a good referral for the future. And a good haleem or biryani is reason enough to try it. According to its website, it stays open until 10pm, good to know as late night eats are scarce.

Crescent Cafe
3003 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 988-0786
http://crescentcuisine.com/
Daily 10am - 10pm

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

2014 regional Chinese roundup

Trend Restaurant has closed and is now Chef Zhao's.

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

"Various advice re: adobetag? Adlock? Ghostery?"

Sorry, Adblock and Ghostery are modifications that some users have made to how their browsers operate that are now interfering with using the site. That's my reference to "you", the user-added things that make the site not work. If you don't recognize those terms, then you're probably not using them and the issues you're seeing originate elsewhere.

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

5-night visit to SF - some ideas, but need help refining them!

I suggest you have your Mexican meals when you're in Healdsburg instead of SF. Much better choices in Sonoma County ... I'll add some suggestions to your earlier query later.

1 day ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, Geyserville

These squash blossoms were surprisingly light, aren't they? Maybe because they were filled with less cheese and more squash and seafood, plus being fried so well. I had thought that the appetizer alone would be enough for lunch, and I did realize that this would be the first time eating at Diavola where I didn't have pizza. But after finishing the dish, I figured I had room for a couple slices of Margherita and could take the rest home. ;)

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Monsieur Benjamin (Hayes Valley, San Francisco)

Last Tuesday, the place was full at 10:30pm. We had a reservation and there were only a couple seats at the communal table and one two-top left.

I was surprised by the Camembert beignets too. Especially since I'd just finished explaining to my DC what a French beignet would be like . . . and this was not at all expected. It was sort of biscuit like, close to a cracker since they were so flat and crusty. The photos below show how the dish of them looked in the dim light and the leftover one I took home by daylight. The powdery coating was puzzling with its sweet, salty and protein character. I asked, and was told it's cep (boletus) powder, not cheese, on the outside.

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

I started a new topic to collect the advice for fixing this. I had the same problem too . . . it was on my end, not the site's.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984149

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk
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If you're having trouble starting a new topic . . .

it's not them, it's you.

Several posters have appended to different topics here that they can't start new topics/discussions. Check these threads for how some have fixed the problem.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9840...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9836...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9838...

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk
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What is the policy about restaurant owners responding to negative reports?

There's more than the snippet above. He can request a review of the report (see FAQ).

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

What is the policy about restaurant owners responding to negative reports?

Here's the FAQ that pertains to restaurant owners,
http://www.chow.com/faq#insiders

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

best cioppinno?

Blech.

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Orthodontist needed for broken smile

Add a space after the paren. If there's a return, it will go to the next line.

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk
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Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Well, maybe because Scherrer's own vineyard produces Cabernet, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Fred Scherrer's years at Dehlinger made his name in Pinot Noir and he does a lovely job with that grape too.

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Eating in Season: Squash Blossoms

The blossoms atop at the pizza at A16 aren't fried.

Actually in past years, I've had them oven-roasted, folded into an omelet, baked in a casserole, stuffed into a pork roast, or melted into a quesadilla. What's missing from my rounds so far this year are the Mexican uses of flor de calabaza.

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Eating in Season: Squash Blossoms

Were Nopa's similiarly stuffed and deep-fried?

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

Again, thank you, masha. Let me link up to your original post and the replies for a fuller picture of the issue,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9836...

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

Here's a link to the stats you reference,
http://boardreader.com/fp/Chowhound_C...

The other spot where the "debate" language needs to be changed is from the menu bar at the top of each board index where one selects the post type. The bubble that pops up when you hover over Discussion says "Looking for in-depth food conversation? Our knowledgable Community is ready to discuss (and sometimes debate) all things food."

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in Site Talk

Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, Geyserville

Sunday's lunch was an afternoon stop at Diavola. On my first visit six years ago I tried the Margherita. This time I returned to that classic to see how it might have evolved over the years.

This time of year, the zippy sauce is made with fresh tomatoes. A little more seemed to be applied. The crust has the same puffy rim but a more developed yeasty flavor than before. It's also darker with more variable spotting and more smoke influence. The basil's baked in rather than added after cooking. The flavors seemed to knit together more. This is another Diavola pizza to love.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melanie...

I had started with the squash blossom app, and recommend it highly if you can get in there soon.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melanie...

Eating in Season: Squash Blossoms
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984027

Jul 29, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Special occasion vegetarian friendly restaurant in the East Bay?

You might want to take a look at A16's menu. Yes, it is a pizza specialist, but it offers considerably more.
http://www.a16rockridge.com/menus/

Jul 28, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area