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Beijing Duck House (Cupertino)

Ding ding ding!!! Melanie, you've hit the nail totally on the head: when we left at about 7:00, the place was full, but I didn't see duck on any tables!!! All kinds of yummy looking dishes, but duck totally MIA...

Beijing Duck House (Cupertino)

I'm sad to report that we had a similar bad experience a week ago at Beijing Duck House. We were a group of 12 in the separate room. Triple bad as we ordered 3 ducks. Everything that was so good on our first visit was awful this time. Tough, flavorless duck. Thoroughly disappointing. It went beyond the ducks: duck soup with tofu & nappa only had about 4 small pieces of tofu & a meager amount of cabbage. Again, very little flavor. The fried carcass was as Melanie said, at least there was some salty crispy skin. The chow bing that was terrific on our first visit tasted like old oil. The only dish that worked was an appetizer portion of husband & wife. How can a restaurant go downhill so drastically almost overnight?!?! So sad...

Howie's Artisan Pizza Redwood City - brunch/bake sale starts today...

Passing by Howie's Artisan Pizza location in Redwood City this morning I noticed a banner announcing a Brunch/Bake sale starting today. Was curious so went in to see what they had to offer. The bake sale items are available until they sell out. Brunch is served from 8:00 am - 11:00 am on the patio, I think only on Saturday & Sunday. Looking at the menu, the brunch looks like a total deal: Several different omelets served w/either hash browns or summer fruit cup & a choice of any item from the bake sale!!! The bake sale items range from $3.00 to $4.25 so $12.00-$13.50 for an omelette sounds terrific to me!

Bake sale items included croissants, kouign amann, almond croissant, pain au chocolat, passion fruit custard bun, bostock, blueberry muffins, brioche tart w/bacon & gruyere, coffee cake, & a few others. Got a chance to chat with John, chef de cuisine. I asked if the laminated goods are being baked in house & was told yes! Be still my heart... IIRC John formerly worked with Belinda Leong at B Patisserie. These days my life doesn't include baked goods much, but I can enjoy them vicariously watching Bob eat them! Got him a Passion Fruit Custard Bun, a Kouign Amann & a Pain au Chocolat. (I had to have a bite of the Passion Fruit Custard Bun, oh Lord, it was one of the most delicious things I've tasted in quite some time. I thought long & hard about just scarfing the darn thing, but my senses returned & I gave it to Bob... I see that the baked goods are available by the dozen, $36.00.

I think soon I will have a date with an "Exotic Mushroom, Gruyere & fresh Herb" omelette & one of those Passion Fruit Custard buns... Need to check out their Margarita Pizza too for DOTM Aug 2015!

Howie's Artisan Pizza
837 Jefferson Ave.
Redwood City CA 94063
Fax 650-257-7493
Open every day!
Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Sunday thru Thursday)
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Friday & Saturday)

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

We were doing some shopping in Milpitas yesterday & my friend suggested lunch in Milpitas Square. We drove around & ended up parking in front of Won Kee Seafood Restaurant. Peeking in we saw a bbq/roasties station just inside the door. Ducks looked pretty good. Ordered 1/2 $8.99. Nicely bronzed skin, no visible pin feathers, fat layer well rendered. Good five spice flavor, a bit too salty (and I like salt). Much better than our visit to Cooking Papa! Can't say the same for the braised bean curd w/Spring veggies over rice. Gloppy, flavorless corn starch goo, very disappointing. But the duck was worth the stop.

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

Ah, thanks FD for that clarification. I didn't see the final tab so I don't know how they charged. I'll post what happens this Saturday... Going with a group of 12, ordered 3 ducks!

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

Thanks Melanie, I should have jumped in earlier to say that any roast duck dish is fair game (!) for this thread, although I tend to think of Chinese roast or Peking/Beijing roast duck...

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

FattyDumplin: Has the price at Beijing Duck House gone up? When we went a month or so ago it was $39.99...

Zola in Palo Alto

According to their website, corkage is $25, $50 after second bottle... Don't recall ever seeing a deal like the $10 if over 10 years :-)

Early Girl Tomatoes?

Have been at the Saturday College of San Mateo Farmers Market for several weeks. At least 3-4 vendors if not more...

Zola in Palo Alto

Interesting note on the menu re corkage: $10 if the bottle is over 10 years old :-)

Vietnam Restaurant | King City

Tks Melanie for this post... Stopped in for lunch during our drive to Santa Barbara. We tried both the pork & chicken banh mi. Rolls had been nicely heated/toasted. Some mayo, cucumber, shredded carrot, cilantro & jalapeno but the daikon was missing in action. Not much meat. Pork was tastier than chicken which seemed to have been prepared quite some time ahead so it was pretty dry & hard. Not bad banh mi considering... Vietnamese coffee is made with the instant powdered mix as are the smoothies based on the plastic bins of powders visible behind the counter. We'd probably stop again to try the salad rolls, etc.

Jul 12, 2015
RWCFoodie in California

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

A friend & I had to be in Santa Clara, we were hungry & near Cooking Papa, so we stopped for lunch. I thought why not have a 2-item bbq plate with roast duck & roast pig... Big mistake. Duck was pale, skin not crisp, almost 1/2" of fat & very little, flavorless meat. Other than that, it was great (not). A complete waste of calories & $. Picture looks better than it did in "real life". Pork was disappointing too. Pea shoots in garlic sauce was tasty if undersalted. Shrimp wonton soup tasted like pure MSG, sort of stung my mouth. It's been years since I've eaten here & it will be many years till I stop here again. :-(

Chowdown at Boiling BeiJing [San Bruno]

Ah, success!

Chowdown at Boiling BeiJing [San Bruno]

Let's see if I can post some pictures... No luck the last time I tried

Chowdown at Boiling BeiJing [San Bruno]

Thanks hyperbowler for organizing this dinner. I too enjoyed this gathering of a relatively small group of 6; conversation was interesting & easy once the TV music was turned down! I thought it was a big plus that our waiter was easy to deal with, no language difficulty.

In general I enjoyed the "big" flavors. My favorites were the Dumplings in Hot Oil, the Husband & Wife "Combination Beef in Spicy Oil", and the Cucumbers in Garlic Sauce. The dumpling was different for me in that the filling had a couple of big chunks of shrimp. Wrapper was a bit mushy but flavor made up for that (for me anyway). I could have easily eaten the whole plate of the Husband & Wife (should have gotten an order to go for DH as he loves this too). Cucumbers were a nice fresh accompaniment to the oily/spicy dishes. Nothing was very spicy but I'm sure they could bump that up on request. I liked the dry pot too, wish there'd been more lotus root slices, love that texture. The pumpkin red bean dessert pancake, freshly made, hot out of the pan, & the dessert mochi were scrumptious to me.

I'd like to return & have the duck hot pot that wasn't available that night...

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

barleywino: check out the threads on Beijing Duck House in Cupertino. They specialize in duck carved table-side. Must pre-order, $39.99...

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

Join us by eating Roast Duck in July & learn more about Roast Duck as other Chowhounds eat it too!

To keep things lively, focus on places you have not eaten Roast Duck before & report back. Bring pictures!

Volunteers for SFBA Dish of the Month Coordinator (June to December 2015)

I volunteer for July...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Sounds delish boogiebaby!!!

Jun 26, 2015
RWCFoodie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Interesting that fresh whole cauliflower is $2.50 at your TJ JudyGrn. It has been $1.79 at my store & just recently chgd to $1.99. They are really big ones too...

Jun 26, 2015
RWCFoodie in Chains

Trip Report: San Francisco with my Foodie Son...

Wonderful write-up - truly appreciate your detailed account of your trip!

A review: The Gazebo on Maui

When I saw the title of your post I got very nervous, I was afraid it might not be a good one! We love the Gazebo & always make at least one visit during our yearly stay in West Maui...

Just want to add that for my DH the Big Kahuna Omelette is his usual breakfast choice, easily achieving a 5 star review from him so if & when you're not craving sweets, give it a try :-)

Jun 12, 2015
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Toong Mai by Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery in Honolulu

Might be worth checking with Takahashi in San Mateo as they bring in lots of goodies from Hawaii...

Jun 12, 2015
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Farmers market Sunday

+1 for Mountain View with one caveat: it is super busy & gets very crowded. Tip: go early!!!

Beijing Duck House (Cupertino)

The duck is $39.99. I don't believe we ordered different styles, just asked for extra crispy. We also got soup made with the carcass with Napa cabbage stems & tofu. I think the soup & fried carcass is standard...

Beijing Duck House (Cupertino)

Thursday 8 of us enjoyed a great 2-duck dinner at Beijing Duck House. Dishes we had: Cold Pork Ears, Jelly Pork, House Made Cucumber (in sesame sauce), Hot Mustard Duck Flippers, Pea Sprouts, Beijing Cake, plus extra pancakes & veggies for the duck. Great meal $23/pp.

The duck was the best I believe I've ever had, expertly carved & plated. Crispy skin that crackled when sliced, flavorful meat, delicate thin pancakes, carefully cut green onion & cucumber, extra flavorful duck sauce, altogether a delight...

The Beijing Pancake is not to he missed, total wok hay, flavorful dish.

Thanks to ChewChew & DeeGlaze for suggesting the dinner & thanks to hyperbowler for finding out about the private room that seats at least 12 & ordering our ducks extra crispy!

Looking forward to a return visit.

For an unknown reason, I'm not able to add my photos...

Grocery Outlet May 2015

In the Geary St. SF store yesterday: Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea, 4 boxes for $5.99, 18 tea bags/box! I think I've paid about $3.50 for 1 box at other stores...

Nice early Sunday dinner in Palo Alto, plus transportation help

The noise level at Left Bank would be a deal killer for me... But that's just me!

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

I agree on Spederia in San Carlos...

Naks, Menlo Park

Nooo, I'm so sad to hear this... I live in MP & quite often when I've needed something & not wanted to drive all over, they have had what I need. Probably rent went thru the roof... Sad :-(