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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I'm a fan, but I mix it with Peet's before brewing to mellow the pumpkin spice out a little.

38 minutes ago
Frosty Melon in Chains

Gothenburg and Copenhagen

Last year in Gothenburg I enjoyed Smaka for dinner and Fiskekorke for lunch. Fiskekorke is the "fish church" which is a destination in itself, tons of fresh seafood in a converted old church by the water, where vendors also prepare dishes to be taken away or eaten outside at picnic tables. I had another good dinner at a Greek/Mediterranean place in Vasastaden I can't recall the name of.

Also, in the middle of town is a large food market with many offerings (you can't miss it); I think I got a takeout lunch there for my train ride to Stockholm.

Gothenburg was a bit of an afterthought in my vacation but I loved my time there. Very interesting and diverse city.

Sep 14, 2014
Frosty Melon in Europe

Prague Lokal Locations

I ate lunch at both the Dlouha and Mala Strana locations last week. Quality of food was the same at both (good) but the menus were different. Dlouha location had a much larger menu, but we had no problem finding something to enjoy at both. I wasn't a fan of their potato dumplings but otherwise loved everything, especially the starter of three house made sausages with mustard and whipped horseradish (though the whipped horseradish could've been stronger).

Sep 14, 2014
Frosty Melon in Europe

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

I personally don't think the "breadth of the experience" at SBP is terribly extraordinary. As someone else has pointed out, you can have a similar experience at Frances or Rich Table by focusing on small plates. But your mileage may vary.

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

If you're looking for "wow" I feel like SBP would disappoint. The experience is fun, the food is solid, but it's not exactly groundbreaking or overly innovative in its preparations.

If I can get a table at Rich Table or Frances, I'd take either over SBP anytime, unless I was with someone who hadn't been and wanted to see what the experience is like.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

I hated the spinach & kale yogurt dip too. Almost the whole tub went down the drain. But many on the board here love it.

Aug 18, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Place Des Vosges Area Recs

Any new specific additions to add to this thread? I'll be staying near Place des Voges on Rue des Tournelles the first week of September. Interested in casual lunch or dinner places (preferably where reservations aren't needed, but that's flexible). Roughly 20-30 euros per person w/o alcohol. Thanks!

Aug 06, 2014
Frosty Melon in France

Paris by Mouth food tours experience/thoughts?

It sounds like wine is only a small portion of these tours, is that correct? I don't drink but am interested in a PBM food tour (most likely the Marais one).

Jul 25, 2014
Frosty Melon in France

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

Those who work in the Human Resources department care.

Jul 24, 2014
Frosty Melon in Not About Food

Ina Garten Frozen Dinners?

Looks like they're being discontinued. BC posted this on Facebook today:

"Several of you have asked about my Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners. After an amazingly positive reception in thousands of stores across America, the company that prepared my dinners has been sold to a much larger food company. I believe in being very involved and hands-on to ensure the quality of my dinners and the smaller company allowed me to do that. So, I’ve decided to hit the pause button and go back to what I love doing most – writing cookbooks. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my cookbooks and television shows."

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Not exactly unique but I love treating out-of-towners to bread from Tartine. Also the pomme d'amour from Knead.

Visiting San Francisco with baby

Limon the restaurant morphed into another Limon Rotisserie awhile back.

Almond Kringle at Trader Joes

Soma store was out of them at 12:30 pm Thursday, but there was a sign, so they're stocking them.

Trip report - first visit to Bay Area

I'm pretty sure I've overheard them describe the filling as buttercream.

Trip report - first visit to Bay Area

They do chocolate ones too. They are really great. $4 each but worth it.

upcoming san fran trip itinerary critiques please

Also note lunch is not offered all weekdays -- just Wednesday through Friday.

Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

I love bunrab too, but they've been Portland-based for awhile now. Their site still has an archive of SF spots, but they're not quite current.

Experiencing Paris through food?

Which public holiday is that? I see Assumption of Mary is a national holiday on Aug. 15. I'm curious as I'll also be in Paris Aug. 31-Sept. 4. Thanks.

Jun 16, 2014
Frosty Melon in France

Where to eat on a Sunday in Gothenburg (Göteborg)?

I can't tell online if it's open or closed on Sunday, but I loved Smaka in Gothenburg for dinner.

Jun 05, 2014
Frosty Melon in Europe

Porcellino [San Francisco]

Same menu on Sundays (with daily specials on the chalkboard, not shown online). It's just called Sunday Supper because they're not open for lunch (well, not until 3 pm).

Porcellino [San Francisco]

That blood sausage grinder is really something else. Need to have it again before it's off the chalkboard menu.

Note they've changed their hours on Sunday to 3-9.

High-end and about average restaurants in Union Square, SF

Not at all accurate on the addresses, but both somewhat close to Union Square.

Roy's: 575 Mission (Soma)
Perbacco: 230 California (Financial District)

Souvla, Spit Fired Meats [Hayes Valley, San Francisco]

It's open, I went for lunch yesterday. At 1:45 they were out of the lamb. There were maybe 6-8 other customers, and lots of people poking heads in to have a look. Very casual, order at counter. Nice staff, and the owner walked around asking how people were enjoying it.

I had the pork pita sandwich ($10). I don't know a lot about Greek food, but I enjoyed it, the meat in particular was really nice, tender and juicy. I thought the tzatziki could've used more tang, but it was very satisfying overall. Tomatoes & cucumbers were very fresh. I felt like the pita was a bit too thick, and made it cumbersome to eat, but maybe that's as it's supposed to be.

Fries ($4) came out very hot and crispy (i.e., perfect) but came unaccompanied; I used some of the tzatziki which dribbled out of the sandwich.

It's a nice, bright space for being so small. One large communal table and maybe 4 individual tables. There are a couple of seats on the sidewalk at the big open window which looked like a good option on such a nice day.

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

This is a good summation. I'd also pay attention to the "cravings" and ask yourself if you're craving the taste, or the effect.

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Love the dried white peaches.

Apr 04, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Which Trader Joe's Holiday Items do you wish they had year-round?

The fried onion pieces are in stock now at the TJ store in San Francisco (Soma). I bought two cans yesterday.

Apr 04, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

I also don't care for the chocolate ones. Too sweet I guess. I love the kouign ammann though.

Here in SF yesterday I saw they had a ton of the pumpkin croissants. Leftover from fall, or are they not seasonal?

Mar 17, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains

Incanto > Porcellino [San Francisco]

Was there twice over the weekend and got seats at the bar (at or before 6 pm) both times also. That porchetta was really great; I wonder if/hope the Porcellino concept will have more dishes like it. Also had the lamb neck one night and the pork ragu pasta the other. The pasta was perfectly fine but I was kicking myself for not sticking to meat; the lamb neck was outstanding. Served with two forks to gently pull the succulence off the bones.

Incanto > Porcellino [San Francisco]

I'd expect Incanto to be pulling out all the stops in the final stretch.

Side note: almost no reservations available on their website (but calling may present more options). I plan on trying to get a seat at the bar at least once more before the 24th.

Which Trader Joe's Holiday Items do you wish they had year-round?

Sold year-round? Or around the holidays only?

Feb 10, 2014
Frosty Melon in Chains