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Chocolate flourless cake for Passover

Walking by Lotta's Bakery this morning, I saw that its offering a flourless chocolate torte and other items for Passover.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880914

8 minutes ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Flour & Co - NEW Bakery, SF - any reports?

Stopped in for a hot cross bun this morning. Can't really recommend it, but I'm happy to find these reports about the pretzel bread sandwich and the GF English muffin disk-looking breakfast sandwiches that I want to try next.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8385...

about 4 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Hot Cross Buns

Flour & Co., San Francisco

Getting caught up here . . . this one's a bit out of the box. The smallish bun, $2.75, has a very thin glaze over the top and then a cream cheese frosting cross. No raisins, no citron, no cardamom. Instead, it's studded with a few dried cranberries and lightly spiced with cinnamon. The bun part is too bread-like for my druthers. The frosting was the best part.

While I probably would not buy this again, I was happy to check out this place for the first time. Plenty of other things looked very appealing. Here's more about Flour & Co.,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8993...

about 4 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

The best lobster roll I've had in the Bay Area was from the New England Lobster Co.'s truck. Since opening its sit-down place in Burlingame, the truck has been grounded. Here's more about the Eatery.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8782...

about 5 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marla baker (mission, SF)

I stopped by this morning intending to get a hot cross bun, as promoted in this SFGate piece,
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Where-to-get-hot-cross-buns-5396202.php

Turns out that the hot cross buns are available by special order, not sold at the window. BUT, they will bake some today and have a few at today's Mission Community Farmers Market, 22nd & Bartlett, 4-8pm.
http://missioncommunitymarket.org/

I did not walk away empty handed. For my breakfast, a farmers cheese and green onion turnover, $4. The golden, short pastry for this square is wondrous. I think it might have some cheese worked into the dough, as it has such full flavor, crumbly texture and deeper dairy notes than butter alone would contribute. For those who prefer savory over sweet to start the day, this would be the ticket.

And a hazelnut macaron for later.

about 6 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch in the Marais

A mostly vegetable based light lunch chosen from the Elements at Chez Marianne was my pick to meet my host for a first lunch stop off the plane from San Francisco and pre-nap. Here's the menu:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/7100889437/

and here's the plate:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/melanie...

(Skip the pastrami)

about 6 hours ago
Melanie Wong in France

Chocolate flourless cake for Passover

I noticed Marla Bakery is offering one for Passover.
https://www.formstack.com/forms/marla...

about 19 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Padi Indonesian in San Leandro

I called. It's open every day but Tuesday.

I'd like to hear from anyone who's tried the new noodle menu offered on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

about 22 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Hung's Kitchen in San Ramon

A photo of some expertly pleated xiao long bao flashed by on a friend's FB page. I thought he might be in Taipei, but no, he's in San Ramon at Hung's Kitchen.

Who's tried this place?

Hung's Kitchen
500 Bollinger Canyon Way A1
San Ramon, CA 94582
(925) 735-8880
http://www.hungskitchen.com/

about 22 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Tashi Delek: Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian & Bhutanese in El Cerrito

Luke Tsai beat you there.
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland...

about 22 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Any good cheap souvlaki in SF proper?

No idea, I have not been there, just offering a pointer to a discussion that you missed. I suggest that you post your questions to that thread and then those who have tried the place can answer you.

2 days ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area
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Any good cheap souvlaki in SF proper?

2 days ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Where should I spend my per diem in Fayetteville and/or Goldsboro?

Thanks, pretty cool that Fayetteville has good German choices.
http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/restaurant/7490/the-german-diner

Wilber's was my first ever taste of Eastern style BBQ.

Here's the FB page for Sumo.
https://www.facebook.com/ncsumo?rf=11...

Apr 15, 2014
Melanie Wong in Southeast

Online food reviews reveal inner self, Stanford researcher finds

"Stanford scholar Dan Jurafsky found that the words used in online restaurant reviews provide a surprising source of insight into human psychology. While positive reviews of expensive restaurants were rife with sensual and sexy metaphors, the good food at cheap restaurants prompted references to drugs."

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/ap...

Apr 15, 2014
Melanie Wong in Food Media & News

Where should I spend my per diem in Fayetteville and/or Goldsboro?

Where did you wind up eating?

Apr 15, 2014
Melanie Wong in Southeast

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

A spritz of water on the crust before warming helps too.

Next time you're north, I feel the baguette from Nightingale is even better than either Acme or DF. Check it out.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in Los Angeles Area

What to expect at a Nepalese restaurant?

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a concentration of Nepali restaurants. Here's a link to some of the eating reports if you want to get an idea of the dishes typically offered.
http://www.chow.com/search?q=nepalese...

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in General Topics

Kansui Ramen in San Jose [Goat Pastrami, Pumpernickel Noodles, Willow Glen]

The list is based on the best bowl I've had at each of those places and is not a judgement on the overall establishment. At Halu, the best bowls are the specials offered a few times a year, e.g., lobster ramen. It no longer has a website, so one needs to call to find out what's the special on offer. Typically 20 portions for lunch and 20 portions for dinner are available.

Many have said that my ranking for Himawari is too high. It has been a couple years since my last visit and my favorite has been the clam ramen with an extra helping of butter. So, keep that in mind.

Now I need you to post about the biryani you've tried locally, both good and bad, ok?

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

50 Birthday Near Fisherman's Wharf

I suggest the Garden Restaurant in Chinatown. The folks staying at the wharf can walk or take a short cab ride. The ones driving in can park in Portsmouth Square and the restaurant will validate for two hours. I'll note that the evening flat fee parking at the Hilton hotel next door turns out to be the same price as the post-validation parking, so remember it as back-up in case the Portsmouth garage is full (as it often is on weekends). It would be easy to set up your group at two round tables in the street level dining room, one for the kids and another for the adults.

Here's a link to the banquet menus from February. We had our Chinese new year dinner there and were very happy with the quality and value. Be sure to order the Peking duck, served two ways.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7618...

ETA: There was no corkage charge. Our group opened a case of wine, so that was a considerable savings. I recommend bringing your own wine glasses though and a corkscrew.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Heartland Healthy Food, Irving St, San Francisco

Thanks for filling in the blanks, Wes.

Funny story, after poking my head into this store, I had lunch down the street. Soon I recognized one of the store's employees come in to tuck into a plate of roast duck. She saw me staring at her and said that her husband's the vegetarian, not her. :)

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Any recs for Chinese specialty food shops in bay area?

The place for Chinese beef jerky is Jackson Market. I have not tried it, been around for years.
http://jacksonmarket.com/store/

Wycen also makes beef jerky, besides sausages. It's alright but not so special.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Grandma Linda's Ice Cream Shop [Sonoma Plaza]

True that. When the closing of Ben & Jerry's was first announced and the changeover to independent status, I thought I had read that it was going to serve up grandma's recipe ice cream or something like that. And if you're going to put your grandmother's name on it, pick a better quality product. It's $3 for a single scoop.

Edited to add: Checking the boards for Oregon, apparently Umpqua ice cream has its fans. I couldn't say it's good, but maybe it doesn't make the trip down here well.

Does Frozen Art still have a shop on Hwy 12? I like La Michoacana but I think Frozen Art is even better. But I've only been to the Santa Rosa original.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Move to Carmel >>> constant stream of visitors!

Maybe somebody else can fill us in.

You'll want to put the Big Sur Wine & Food Festival on your calendar for November.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in California

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I saw this pile of baguettes baked by the Bread Lounge at Fresco market when I was down there in September. Hope someone can tell me if they're as good as they look . . . I've regretted not buying one to try.

http://breadlounge.com/

http://www.frescomarkets.com/

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in Los Angeles Area

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Did you decide to attend?

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in California

Hot Italian in Sacramento

In February I was back here as part of a large group. I wanted to post that it worked quite well for serving a party of more than 20 people at a big table with a couple auxiliary smaller tables. And the staff did a good job of keeping track of individual tabs for drinks. I started with a glass of prosecco rosato served in a stemless flute.

Since I didn't order, I don't know the names of the pies we had. In any case, the pizza with a swirl of pesto was my favorite, as well as one with thinly sliced pears. We rounded out the ordering with a bunch of composed salads to share. I had hazelnut gelato at the end that was no great shakes, and turns out its Naia, which has never been a favorite of mine.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in California

Pakistani restaurants: any regional specialties?

Thanks for the explanation about Andhra Pradesh. Now mutton pepper fry and other meated dishes make sense to me. In Milpitas, I really liked Tirupathi Bhimas, perhaps the fieriest food I've ever eaten, but have not been there for several years now. It is vegetarian though.
http://www.tirupathibhimas.us/menu.html

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

Nice, and a real lime! Love the idea of tacos dorados with pozole.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Higher end indian catering in SF - Dosa catering experiences or other suggestions . . .

Three years later . . . wondering who you hired and how the experience turned out.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Chef Mark Malicki at Bodega’s Casino Bar & Grill

Heheh, I've not spoken to Fred about hunting but to his father before. Dad said that he raised him with the philosophy that if you shoot it, you eat it. I've had wild turkey confit that Chef Malicki made from a bird that Fred bagged.

Apr 14, 2014
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area