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Apr 13, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

Just looked at the website where it's spelled "Rafina's"...

Apr 06, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

Tks PB for the heads up on Rafina's in Casa del Mole in Healdsburg. You're very right about just how good the pozole/posole is. Deep dark red, slightly thick, very rich. Nice chewy posole, lots of tender, not stringy pork. Much richer & flavorful than any other version I've had before. A huge serving as you said. Husband had the Birria de Cabrito. Fabulous depth of flavor. Fall-off-the -bone tender meat served with house made tortillas. probably never would have found this place if you hadn't posted about it...

Apr 06, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Tai Wu Millbrae

Just heard that the new Tai Wu in Millbrae will have it's Grand Opening March 25 or so...

Interesting bit of info I got from a friend with insider access. (I can't confirm or deny this info): "Tai Wu took much longer for construction than anticipated. Everything has been manufactured in China....even the toilet paper is imported."

Tai Wu
300 El Camino Real
Millbrae CA
650-697-7888

Mar 17, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to get (tasty) roasted suckling pig?

Unfortunately CYL passed away in February 2013....

Mar 16, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Homemade olives

MonsieurTrent, as you can tell from the thread Robert pulled up from last Fall, this is the wrong time of the year to get raw olives to cure. Look for them next Fall...

Tks Robert for pulling up that thread from last Fall.

This last batch of Sevillanos produced almost 3 cases of pints! Again, we really like ripe green olives and we gave quite a few as gifts.

Mar 10, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Gogi Time in Oakland

Please remember that charcoal is only offered after 5:00. We got it at 12:30 only after pulling strings because we were a large group & the person who set it up knows the owner. I can see if it was during the evening & every table was using charcoal that it could be smokey & noisy.

As far as the meats being tasteless, maybe so in the hot pot but a swish in the dip was ok for me.

Mar 05, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Gogi Time in Oakland

Yes, we did. We had 2 tables put together so there were I think 10 at the table. The hot pot at one end & the grill at the other. Difficult but we made it work.

We did a split hot pot, half spicy, half not spicy (don't remember exactly what).

We had virtually everything offered. They refilled the broth several times. Fresh ramen added at the end was very good & by then the broth was a delight.

Was it the best hot pot I've ever had? No, but it was darn good! Quality of raw ingredients was very good IMO.

Mar 05, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Gogi Time in Oakland

We were there on Sunday for lunch as part of a group of 25. Charcoal is only used after 5:00 but our group prevailed on them & they set us up. It was not smokey! We had good service. Everything we had seemed to be of good quality & was very fresh. Including tax & tip it was $32/pp. I'd return.

Mar 04, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

where to find star funghi porcini bouillon cubes?

A couple if years ago I got them at the Woodside Deli in Redwood City.

Mar 04, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Padron Peppers?

I saw shisito peppers at Manila Super in King Plaza last week... Second cousin, twice removed, fairly close enough to padrons IMO.

Feb 27, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Maui - Luau lite

We just returned from a couple of weeks on Maui, probably our 15th trip. Finally made it to the slack key guitar show at Napili Kai Beach Club. We loved the show but I really don't see it as something children would enjoy. The audience was at least 90% seniors (includes us...). The Happy Hour at Napili Kai/Sea House is probably one if the best IMO.

Feb 25, 2014
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Best Poke on Maui?

Hi kathryn, We tried Tamura's based on some other poke threads. Got small amounts of 4 on offer that afternoon. The poke was ok, the attitude of the counter person was not!!! As we stay in West Maui, Foodland Farms is fine for our needs. FWI we've never been disappointed with their product or treated rudely there...

A lot has been written about Eskimo Candy in Kihei. This is fairly long drive from West Maui. Is it really that special that a schlep is worthwhile? Anyone know why they aren't open on the weekend?

Feb 13, 2014
RWCFoodie in Hawaii

Large Indian Grocery Stores like 99 Ranch, etc.?

Not huge, but the store in the little strip at the corner of Ralston Ave & El Camino Real in Belmont is probably the biggest in that area. I think it's called Namaste... They have quite a lot of spices & beans etc in bulk. When the need strikes, they usually have fresh curry leaves. Also several brands of paneer, yogurt & dosa batter too.

Feb 10, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Salt & Pepper Oxtail at Tai Wu/Mr Fong BBQ Noodle House Daly City

Cindy, I wouldn't quite go "hole in the wall", it's just a little cafe...

Feb 05, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Salt & Pepper Oxtail at Tai Wu/Mr Fong BBQ Noodle House Daly City

Keep in mind this is a small, unassuming place...

Feb 01, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Salt & Pepper Oxtail at Tai Wu/Mr Fong BBQ Noodle House Daly City

A week or 2 ago I heard about & saw pictures of a dish that was new to me: Salt & Pepper Oxtail. The pictures I saw looked so good & the descriptions I read just about drove me crazy! The more I thought about it, the crazier I got.. I even had a dream about them! Sheesh...

Couldn't arrange to go try them until today when 5 of us decided to brave the Chinese New Year shoppers to have lunch at Tai Wu/Mr Fong BBQ Noodle House King Plaza in Daly City. The oxtails were just so good, we had 2 orders! They were tender, flavorful and the S&P batter/coating was perfect. Not greasy, good salt & pepper flavor, just yummy.

We also shared a 3-way combo BBQ platter, roast duck, cha siu & soy sauce chicken. Pea shoots w/garlic & a big bowl of Roast Duck Yee Foo Wonton Soup. The BBQ meats were very fresh & juicy - disappeared in a flash! Pea shoots was a huge portion. Duck Yee Foo Wonton soup was very good, I love what frying the wonton before adding them to the soup does for the flavor & texture.

This was a feast for $17/pp incl tax & tip.

I feel my waist expanding even more just thinking about this meal, but I know I will be eating these dishes again, and again!

Tai Wu/Mr Fong BBQ & Noodle House
950 King Dr
Ste 101
Daly City, CA 94015
(650) 878-8882

Jan 31, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area
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Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

When we were there the eat-in menu was under the glass on the table tops. IMO it is quite reasonably priced. I saw very full, luscious plates of roast pork & duck with rice go by and I think they were about $9.00 or so... We had lunched already so we didn't sit, just got our goodies to go.

I did manage to get a tiny container of that ginger/green onion/garlic condiment but dear husband scarfed it up with his chicken before I could even get a taste!

Plus I saw a recent Facebook post from KK of a gorgeous plate of regular cha siu, cha siu pork jowl & pork neck. Looked fabulous but I don't know how easy it would be to score these goodies without a Chinese speaker...

Jan 28, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Today I heard from a friend who speaks Cantonese that the roast goose will only be available on the weekends...

Jan 27, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

caryjones: did they have the roast goose when you were there?

Jan 25, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything new on Happy Bakery & Deli rebuilding? [San Francisco]

Here's a new thread I started last week about Ming Kee:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/960220

Jan 23, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

I tried those frozen mixed mushrooms w/asparagus when they had them last year. Nice idea but I found the mushrooms were just too slimy slippery from being frozen. I believe I mixed them into cooked pasta to salvage something. Wouldnt buy them again.

Jan 20, 2014
RWCFoodie in Chains

baby pig?

HTC One android touch screen sabotage! Suckling Pig. ;-)

Jan 17, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

baby pig?

vincentlo: Normally I would jump on an offer to go in on a roast sucking pig but we're headed out of town until Feb 18th. I'd be interested in the split if you hold off till then... See my profile for email address.

Jan 16, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Maneelap Srimongkoun Restaurant -- New Lao Food Option in the Excelsior [San Francisco]

CB: Re delivery area: Hand-written on the take-out menu, "5" miles radius, crossed out replaced with "2".

Jan 16, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Drove down Ocean Ave. today to see what might be happening at the former Happy Bakery. We almost drove on by because there still isn't any new signage & it almost looked like it wasn't open. A closer look revealed a couple of roast ducks hanging in the window & the door was open. With parking Karma on our side, we pulled into a spot almost in front of the door!

After dealing with a little ordering chaos, we were able to buy some Soy Sauce yellow chicken to go, can't remember the prices before, but a whole one is now $17, half $8.50. I'm a little confused by the menu as Soy Sauce chicken is listed at $3.95/lb...

Roast goose was not available today & they were just too busy to answer questions so time will tell. It's on the menu at $25 whole, $13 half.

The eat-in menu at this point is just rice plates w/roasties. A plate of roast pork & duck with rice went by that looked terrific & seems like a good buy at $9.50. This plate might serve 3 average eaters...

Wish they had the fried rice with crispy taro bits & roast duck that we enjoyed when they were on Irving St. during the reconstruction...

Ming Kee Restaurant
Hong Kong Style B-B-Q
1548 Ocean Ave. (near Capitol St.)
San Francisco CA 94112
Open 7 days a week - 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
415-337-8198

Jan 16, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area
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Maneelap Srimongkoun Restaurant -- New Lao Food Option in the Excelsior [San Francisco]

After reading Gary Soup’s write-up about the new San Francisco Lao/Thai restaurant, 3 of us had lunch there today. Thanks Gary for the heads up! We had to try a new place on the SF side of the Bay for some of our favorite Lao dishes. There is much more to explore on the extensive menu.

From the Lao Menu, each $8.99:
#3 Nam Kao Tod (Crispy rice ball salad w/raw preserved pork, fresh ginger, onion, cilantro, mint with a spicy lime sauce). We were asked if we wanted this crispy or not; we chose crispy & it was. Could have used more the "spicy lime sauce", but enjoyable.

#5 Sai Ooa (Laos’ Sausage, home-made pork sausage w/herbs & chili, baked & served with fresh vegetable, ginger, peanut & onion). We asked about the option of having the sausage dry or not. Our server said that they can make it crispy or not because some people like it crispy. We opted for not crispy. We still feel that Vientian's version is the best.

#13 Kao Poon (Laos’ curry with coconut milk, blended stew, chicken meat service with vermicelli noodle). Comfort food that if served piping hot would be perfect.

#14 Mok Pla (Cooked fish fillet with blended sticky rice and Laos’ herb). There seemed to be more actual pieces of fish than we've previously seen in this dish. Nicely flavored with kaffir lime leaf and other herbs.

Service was pleasant and fast, our young server refilled our water glasses several times and asked if everything was OK at least 3 times.

We were comped a dessert of Roti with coconut ice cream & condensed milk (I think our server overheard us discussing having dessert at either Mitchell’s, Bi-Rite Creamery or even Marco Polo & maybe relayed this info to the kitchen. We liked the sweet/salty taste of the this nice surprise dessert, the perfect sweet bite after a savory meal.)

The room is clean & nicely decorated with the tables spaced well. In general we found the dishes to be flavorful & if we were in the area we’d return. We found a couple of things that we felt could use correction: Every dish that should have been hot, was barely lukewarm. We suggested that maybe if they heated the plates the food wouldn’t cool off so quickly. And we felt that the serving sizes are a little on the small side.

Maneelap Srimongkoun Restaurant
4995 Mission Street (at Italy St.)
San Francisco CA 94112
Tel: 415-347-7755
Hours: 11:00 – 3:00 lunch, 5:00 – 10:00 dinner (apparently 7 days a week)
Delivery 2 mile radius: Free with $20 purchase or more & free egg rolls (4 pieces)

Jan 16, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area
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Boulder Creek - Burgers & Breakfast - Burger 9 formerly 9 Burger...

Burger 9 formerly known as 9 Burger...

There has been an ownership change & along with it came slight changes to the interior design & service format. The most notable change is the kitchen is now semi-enclosed & rather than ordering at the counter, now there is table service. They still have metal-leg chairs that make a terrible SCREECH if someone pulls or pushes them in or out from the table... While they have a Facebook page in the new name, they do not seem to have an operating website.

Also with the change comes grass fed beef, gluten free options, table service, Captain Crunch milk shakes, etc.

Today I'm just talking about Breakfast: They are serving breakfast on Saturday & Sunday from 8:00-Noon. This is mentioned on their Facebook page, but you have to hunt thru all the posts to find the menu. The menu doesn't show the bacon options: Candied, Jalapeno or Rosemary.

This Sunday morning thinking there might be a crowd, we arrived at about 9:15 to an empty house. Apparently there is no heat in the barn-like room so it was COLD and I had on several layers... Server brought menus & asked about drinks. Mimosas $4.00 or $10.00 for bottomless, although the server didn't seem clear on this. Regular menu doesn't show the bottomless option, but it was on their Facebook page.

I ordered the Eggs Benedict $12, "House made English muffin, Pick of bacon, Poached eggs, House made Truffled Hollandaise, Arugula, Cilantro, Potato disks". Husband ordered the Breakfast Burrito $9 "Flour Tortilla, Scambled Eggs, Pepper Jack Cheese, Pick of bacon, Pico De Gallo, Herb Fries, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Potato disks.

Both dishes were very tasty, eggs poached perfectly, Hollandaise light and flavorful, wish potatoes were crispier, good spicy bacon, but the plates were ice cold so the food was just barely warm when it made it to our table.

It was ok, but for $37 after tax & tip, at least serve the food on heated plates!

If it weren't for a neon "Open" sign, it would be hard to tell if they are open or closed. From the highway it looks dark inside. This morning only about 1/2 of the interior lights were on contributing to the "closed" look...

Here's a link to the old thread about 9 Burger, but keep in mind there have been many changes to the menu. Go to their Facebook page and you can see the new menu.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787259

Or just take a look at what they posted November 2, 2013, sorry no prices:

MENU
November 2, 2013 at 7:16pm

BURGERS : Grass Fed Beef . Chicken Breast . Quinoa Patty

BUN: Brioche . Gluten Free

All Burgers Come With Our House-Made Pickles

The 9

Grass Fed Beef . Goat Cheese . Butter Lettuce . Candied Bacon . Heirloom Tomato . Caramelized Onion & Mushroom . Avocado . Herb Butter . Roasted Red Bell Pepper Crema

Vintage

Grass Fed Beef . Smoked Cheddar . Butter Lettuce . Avocado . Jalapeno Bacon . Heirloom Tomato . House Sauce

West

Gruyere Stuffed Grass Fed Beef . Gruyere . Crispy Picante . Berry Habanero BBQ Sauce

Daybreak

Grass Fed Beef . Goat Cheese . Arugula . Sunny Egg . Candied Bacon . Herb Butter

Snout

Rosemary Bacon Encrusted Grass Fed Beef . Brie . Jalapeno Bacon . Candied Bacon . Rosemary Bacon . Sunny Egg . Herb Butter

Inferno

Grass Fed Beef Stuffed With Pepper Jack & Jalapeno . Smoked Cheddar . Arugula . . Crispy Picante . Chili Ranch . Habanero Sauce

Truffle

Grass Fed Beef . Gruyere . Caramelized Mushroom & Onion . Truffle Oil

Estate

Chicken Breast (Grilled/Fried) . Pepper Jack Cheese . Butter Lettuce . Avocado . Rosemary Bacon . Heirloom Tomato . Spinach Pesto

Elemental

Quinoa Patty . Brie . Arugula . Roasted Bell Peppers . Roasted Garlic Aioli / Fig Jam

Small Plates

Sliders

Grass Fed Beef . Pepper Jack Cheese . Caramelized Mushroom & Onion . Roasted Garlic Aioli

Sloppy Joe

Grass Fed Beef Mix . Smoked Cheddar

Grilled Cheese

Potato Country Toast . Smoked Cheddar . Parmesan Crust

Fresh French Fries

Herb . Sweet Potato

Gooey Fries

Herb Fries . Pepperjack and American Cheese . Sunny Egg . Roasted Garlic Aioli

Crispy Picante

Sliced Fried Jalapeno . Sliced Fried Leeks

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Fried Onions

Farmers Salad

Arugula . Seasonal Vegetables . Candied Pecans . Parmesan . Garlic Croutons . Citrus Vinaigrette

Fish & Chips

Beer Battered Seasonal Fish . Herb Fries . Tartar Sauce

Sauces

House Sauce

Roasted Garlic Aioli

Spinach Pesto

Chili Ranch

Berry Habanero BBQ

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Crema

Fig Jam

Tartar Sauce

8 Sauce platter

Dessert

PBSammy

Peanut Butter Cookies . Reeses Cups . Vanilla Bean Ice Cream . Powdered Sugar . Caramel Sauce

Oreee...OH’s

Red Velvet Battered Oreos . Marshmallow Cream . Feta Cheese . Honey . Powdered Sugar

Ask About Sat/Sun Breakfast

Jan 05, 2014
RWCFoodie in California

Chowdown at SF's Grand Hot Pot Lounge

<sigh> really miss Zone 88; sorry I didn't get back to explore more of that menu... I've never had dry fried pig intestine like there's.

Jan 04, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Vietnam House - Excellent Banh Khot, special order Tamarind Crab and Grilled Catfish... [San Francisco]

seamonkey: thanks for the "banh hoi" info...

Jan 04, 2014
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area