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Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

I too would love to know if the folks from Amelia's have resurfaced. I miss their pupusas, curtido & that fruit drink. I haven't found any pupusas in Redwood City to take there place. Have tried a couple that were just not worth the bother....

about 11 hours ago
RWCFoodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Shishitos at Skool

We have a good friend who grows shishitos, padrons & another similar pepper every year. They've all been relatively mild, but this year the padrons are extremely hot! I can do pretty hot, but these are too much.... Even resorted to chugging milk to try to put out the fire to no avail. Lips/mouth burned for hours! Her shishitos have been mild with just a tiny bit of heat. Our bizzare weather, drought or ??? By the way, I've taken to skewering & grilling these guys with just a brush of olive oil rather than the usual blast in a cast iron skillet...

Bat nuts roasting on an open fire (aka devil pod, bull's head, bull nut, buffalo nut, water caltrop, trapa natans, Ling Jiao)

I just had to post something to this thread to bump it! I was just reading something on a social media site about water caltrop so of course I had to do a search & up pops this hilarious & highly informative post from the early days of chowhound!!! Thank you rworange where ever you are...

Sep 09, 2014
RWCFoodie in General Topics

Where can I buy live crawfish in the city? [San Francisco]

The new Pacific Super in So San Francisco on Westborough Blvd has some nice feisty ones today... USA grown, $5.99/lb

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

After taking it out of the library to take a good look, I just ordered "The Banh Mi Handbook". Looking forward to making her Head Cheese recipe & making lots of banh mi! Andrea Nguyen demystifies Vietnamese cooking. Love her dumpling book too...

Sep 01, 2014
RWCFoodie in Home Cooking
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Is there much commercial crawfish fishing around or near the Bay Area?

A quick look at Google found this:

http://shop.californiacrawfish.com/ma...

Take a little ride to Colusa, not exactly near, but not Louisiana...

2014 regional Chinese roundup

Hope you're right about it being a temporary closure... The last couple of times I've been there, they were very busy and we enjoyed the dumplings, tendon & pig ears.

How I Wrote an Entire Book on Banh Mi

Andrea, I just want to add my thanks to you for writing "The Banh Mi Handbook"! I managed to get a copy from my local library just so I could take a look before I order a copy. I love the simplicity of your instructions. One of the most thrilling discoveries for me is the inclusion of a recipe to make head cheese, and that pig ears are part of the ingredients!

I am so looking forward to trying your recipes, thanks again!
Karen M.

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

GE: So looking forward to Tuesday's meal here (Kingsway)! Every time I look at your photos I drool over those wings & everything else for that matter...

2014 spot prawn season

Wish we could find them next week :-)

2014 spot prawn season

Tks grayelf for mentioning side stripes: we had them at a dock side trailer in a cruise stop several years ago. I think it was in June. They were loaded with roe! Probably the best prawns/shrimp I've ever tasted. Any chance of finding them in Van later this month?

Knifewear coming to the Coast in July 2014

Wish it was 7/29 rather than 7/27 :-(

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

After a couple of weeks in Italy eating fabulously delicious foods, we came home craving American junk food like hot dogs (of all things), hamburgers & french fries (ala MacDonald's)....

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

charliemyboy said it very well. I too enjoyed the beef num tok & the quail but was disappointed with the crispy rice ball salad and the Lao sausage. I much prefer the chunky style of the Champa or Vientien versions of the sausage. We tried a Lao cucumber salad with salted blue crab that I thought was tasty but found it boring after a few bites.

Shredded green papaya.. anyone know where it's sold these days? Used to be at Korean market on Castro Mtn View

I have never seen it any markets other than in San Jose. Last time I needed a lot (10 lbs) I went to Lion Super, the old one at Tully & King (I think). Its my experience that truly unripe, green papayas are usually found only in Asian markets. I saw some last week at 99 Ranch in Cupertino but no already shredded.

Craftsman and Wolves, Happy Moose Juice, Xanath, Zen Yai, Smitten, Tosca, State Bird (San Francisco: Day Four)

Offalo, I just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying your posts!

Kin Khao open for lunch again [San Francisco]

Yes!

Kin Khao open for lunch again [San Francisco]

Just read Pim's Facebook post, starting tomorrow, open for lunch 12:30 - 2:00 M-F. Yay!

Business lunch in Menlo Park

Interesting. We have always found the bar much quieter than the back room at lunch...

Best Asian preserved plums/fruits and best Taiwanese/Singapore/Malay shaved ice

If San Jose isn't too far, check out the Grand Century Mall Food Court. I don't remember the name, but there's a shop that is all dry/preserved fruits, vegs, fish & jerky of all kinds including venison. They will give you a sample of any of them. Very large selection. Not sure but it might be a branch of the place in Cupertino Village....

where can I find the best local strawberries?

At the College of San Mateo Farmer's Market on Saturdays one berry vendor is at the top of my list for best strawberries, Medina. I have never been disappointed with theirs...

Fresh Wild Caught Texas Gulf Shrimp, $9.99/lb at Raley's, Nob Hill & Bel Air

Hope you get some. I bought last year at Nob Hill & thought they were terrific. Great texture & flavor...

May 15, 2014
RWCFoodie in California

2014 regional Chinese roundup

Fabulous list; just to clarify one entry:
I believe iDumpling is in Redwood City not San Mateo...

Mussels (again) - method to see if they are meaty or not...

Tks P3, at this point I'm a little too decrepit to harvest my own :-)

I guess I'll just have a discussion with my local fish monger...

Apr 28, 2014
RWCFoodie in General Topics

Mussels (again) - method to see if they are meaty or not...

That's interesting knucklesandwich. I actually read that somewhere but didn't see how a resto specializing in mussels would mess them up... Guess I give them too much credit!

Apr 27, 2014
RWCFoodie in General Topics

Mussels (again) - method to see if they are meaty or not...

Thanks. Good idea if they are loose, but I don't know of anyplace where you can actually touch the goods.... I guess I could ask to hold one. Don't think it would work if they're in a net bag.

Apr 27, 2014
RWCFoodie in General Topics

Mussels (again) - method to see if they are meaty or not...

I've bought mussels any number of times & am frequently disappointed. The shell is big, the meat is tiny. I've had this experience in restaurants too.

Is there a way to find out ahead of time if mussels are meaty? I suppose I could buy a couple, open them & check them out but that seems cumbersome.

Suggestions?

Apr 27, 2014
RWCFoodie in General Topics

1226 Washington St. Calistoga

Searched & didn't find anything. Comments?

Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

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

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...