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Catered Dinner by Chef Thomas Wortman of Klamath's Historic Requa Inn

tasty looking meal! plus the screening ..... a good night.

May 15, 2015
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Stop for Indian Food in Mount Shasta ...... Maruti Restaurant.

go to their website for exact hours: I think they're closed on Tuesdays. On Monday, Wed, Thurs and Friday they offer lunch boxes to go - only.....no sit down service until dinner hours. Mon, Wed, Thur & Friday, Sat and Sun - dinner hours are 5 - 9:00pm I think.

May 06, 2015
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Stop for Indian Food in Mount Shasta ...... Maruti Restaurant.

stopped in for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the level of cooking at this Indian restaurant just a bit off of the main street. ( 531 Chestnut St ) you're greeted with some pappadam and dishes holding 4 sauces - all delicious. you're offered a taste of the wines of the day ( by the glass ) I'm not much of an imbiber but the Saved Red Wine 2012 was easy to like: a blend of 10 grapes IIRC - deep notes of berries and chocolate - zinfandel is the predominate component. very smooth with some nuance. we started with the Bhel Puri - a puffed rice salad with potato, tomato, red onion, etc and dressed with a tamarind/cilantro chutney. amazing play of textures and flavors. Lots going on. One order was enough to share. Then we decided on the special biryani of the day - a combination of mushrooms, sliced almonds and various vegetables. A raita featuring their own yoghurt accompanied the biryani. It was served in a deep bowl and was a reasonably large portion ..... we barely finished it. The seasoning is well balanced ..... tasty - not too hot for my taste but not bland either. a mango lassi was made with their house made yoghurt is a nice foil for the many flavors they feature. We were very satisfied at this point but decided to go for some dessert anyways. The mango sorbet and the donuts with rosewater syrup - were a bit of a let down for us. The mango sorbet is made from the mango lassi but it's very hard and a bit difficult to tackle ..... also not as tasty as the lassi. The donuts in syrup were too sweet for my taste .... I'll order another mango lassi to finish off the meal next time? The host and service was very friendly ...... the meal went very smoothly. Got to chat with the chef as well ..... she delivered one of the dishes. She used to work at Dosa in SF - think they've been in business for a bit over a year? I'm glad to have them there and will look forward to going back.

Bubbie's Love Jewish Deli - Citrus Heights - Sacramento

thanks for the detailed report ..... sounds worth a detour!

May 06, 2015
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Redding: Greek Shack; Champa Garden; Yaadgar Restaurant - Reviews w/ PICS

good report, thanks! the lamb gyro looks good!

May 06, 2015
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Coast from San Fran to the Oregon Border - road trip food along the way?

I just got back from the Redwoods and beyond ( Oregon Coast/Bend/Ashland ). Our first night was at the Requa Inn ...... end of April is off season for them: No dinners on Monday night but did have breakfast on Tuesday AM. And I believe that I read that they now are open to the public concerning their dining room ( call to confirm ). The breakfast was superb: started with a green smoothie ( fruit with some spinach for color but tasted more fruity than vegetable. the main plate consisted of two large pecan pancakes ( batter studded with pecans ) topped with pecans and served with a caramel/toffee sauce & butter - an egg cooked as requested and some seriously smokey bacon cooked nicely crisp. the pancakes were light and fluffy and the bacon was some of the best I've ever had. Perfect way to start the day! I can only imagine what we missed at dinner? I'd definitely go back.

May 06, 2015
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Driving Oakland to Klamath

we just got back from an Oregon Coast trip ...... on our first night we stayed at the Requa Inn ...... at the end of April it's still quite slow and they do not have dinner on Monday nights yet. But the breakfast on Tuesday was excellent: toasted pecan pancakes .....lots in the batter and on top ....light fluffy pancakes - 2 large ones with a caramel/toffee sauce. plus an egg and some seriously smokey bacon cooked crisp. this was a great breakfast ...... makes me wonder what we missed for dinner? I understand that you don't have to be staying there to dine there ..... I'd definitely recommend it.

May 06, 2015
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Mazzetti's Bakery / Pacifica

pamf .... thanks for mentioning Galli's Sanitary Bakery .... should have known there would be an Italian Bakery in SSF. I'll look in next time I'm down that way.

Mazzetti's Bakery / Pacifica

"Hate to Snark" ??? sorry if my tastes don't meet your standards in this particular case.

Mazzetti's Bakery / Pacifica

I totally forgot about Dianda's ..... thanks for mentioning them. Not really setting out to find those traditional Italian cookies but now that you have mentioned them - I will check them out next time I'm down there.
..... I had some friends many, many years ago that lived in San Mateo and they used to go to a local bakery that I imagine was Dianda's.
Is this Dianda's related to the one in SF?

Mazzetti's Bakery / Pacifica

while in Pacifica this weekend ....... we ventured into this Italian bakery. Definitely into the Easter theme ..... lots of baked goods in the glass cases. Many pans of cookies but couldn't find some of the Italian cookies that my S.O. grew up with. We bought a couple of small pastries as a hostess gift but we didn't end up trying them after dinner because they had a cheesecake from Mr. Zanze. Anybody have any favorites from this bakery? I see a lot of references to a Derby Cake online......

Flaky Egg Custard Tarts at Wa Li Bakery/SF Chinatown

I think I read that GG Bakery's price is up to $1.60@ ? They are $1.00 each at Wa Li ...... I'm not so interested in playing the waiting game and figuring out whether they are on vacation or not anymore but I'm sure that many folks will still be there for them.

Flaky Egg Custard Tarts at Wa Li Bakery/SF Chinatown

the other day I was in Chinatown and looking for some baked pork buns ..... they were all sold out of them at You's so I walked around and came across Wa Li on 1249 Stockton St. - and noticed how flaky the pastry in the egg custard tarts looked. I tried one and was delighted to bite into a very crispy, flaky crust with a good amount of egg custard that had a few browned spots on top ( not as much as a Portugese custard one ) it was a great balance between the moist richness of the custard and the flaky texture of the crust. No lines. around a dollar I think. I also tried one of the baked pork buns ......very soft mildly sweet bread and a good amount of filling with some large dice of onions - but the texture of the filling was a bit thick for my taste. Definitely will be going back for the egg tarts though !

June's Cafe. Sacramento. Home style Japanese American Comfort Food

The Wienie Royale is a nod to internment camp food ..... I like the sentiment but I think I'd recommend the Loco Moco. You had the tonkatsu and curry last time I think? I had the tonkatsu with onions ........ the curry sounds good.

Feb 04, 2015
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June's Cafe. Sacramento. Home style Japanese American Comfort Food

Hi Melanie,

On the Yelp page for June's - photo 46 is of the menu. There are two items listed under Breakfast specials: Chicken and Cheese and Eggs ..... and Hamburger, Cheese and Eggs ...... otherwise it's the Lunch menu. http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/junes-...

Feb 04, 2015
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Ben's Restaurant (Chinese food) in Jack London Produce Market District, Oakland - Wed only fried chicken $6; Curry chicken fried rice - any reports?

here's a photo of the black bean/chile hot sauce relish ...... it is indeed very tasty! black beans, red chiles, green chiles ( serrano/jalapeno ? ) , preserved vegetable I think ....., lots of oil, sesame oil, garlic, etc ....... we got there when they open at 11:30am on a thursday and there was no wait. by the time we left there were people standing around downstairs waiting for their food and to order. We ate upstairs and there was no one else. I had the ma po tofu with beef and my friend had the egg fu yung with shrimp. the shrimp were tasty and it was a decent portion over rice. the sauce for the ma po tofu was well seasoned ..... the ample veg pieces were a bit too al dente but the dish overall was still OK ..... I'd go back. May have to try the fried chicken ?

Ajanta October 2014 [Berkeley]

Glad to hear that they're still operating at a high level.

Hot and Fresh Sangak at Yeganeh Bakery in Super Sunnyvale

I saw a similar oven down in Irvine ..... at Wholesome Choice Market. Long lines of customers waiting during dinner hour. Very good bread! I'll definitely look for this when I am down in San Jose. The almost too hot to handle bread is draped over the sides of shopping carts so that it doesn't steam/sog out.

Grocery Outlet -- January 2015

Richmond GO had Del Monte Petite Cut Tomatoes with chipolte peppers for 50 cents a can ( 14.5oz )

Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

Last week at 99 Ranch in Richmond - the price was about the same ...... all the rain and bad weather has taken it's toll it would seem.

Challah in the East Bay

I was looking for some challah to bring to a dinner last night ..... we bought a loaf of Semifreddi challah but it looked a bit plain and poofy. Called Hopkins Street Bakery and they had two small challah that were a day old. I decided to get them and was glad that I did. They charged me $2.00 @ so it was a good deal and they looked fantastic. I put some lettuce leaves in the plastic bag they came in and left them together over night. Warmed them in foil before serving and they were moist and had a nice texture and flavor.

SF Chinatown Pork Bun (Char Siu Bao) crawl - suggestions?

a little while ago I was on lower Pacific Ave and feeling hungry ..... stopped into New Hollywood Cafe/Bakery and got a baked pork bun plus an egg custard tart. thought the pork bun was pretty good: the filling was ample and had more of a savory leaning than sweet. a lot of places make their filling too sweet for my taste. the egg custard tart shell was more of the crispy style -- I prefer the flaky style.

Costco Holiday Treat: A5 grade of Wagyu Beef for $1200

such a deal! now, that's marbling!

Costco Holiday Treat: A5 grade of Wagyu Beef for $1200

http://www.thedailymeal.com/news.cook...

Has anyone seen this locally yet?

Bye Bye Roast Pork Goodness

Concert at the Addition in SF. Where to eat?

We had a pretty nice dinner at Woodhouse Fish Co. - we're transplanted East Coasters so it was nice to have some fried clams and steamers also! Six blocks away from the Addition ..... it was a nice evening for a walk. Lots of folks walking about -

Crystal Jade, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

here's a photo of the bar ...... with the open kitchen in the background ( steamer baskets, etc )

China Village (Albany) is open!

I'm not aware of any connections.

The best San Francisco sourdough?

IIRC - Larraburu had a dark bake It was my favorite in the 60's & 70's. It was a shame that they had to cease baking.

Does anyone know what happened to a shop (that made chocolates and flourless cakes w/ incredible butter cream), which was called "Cocolat," or something similar to that?

I think the original store was on Shattuck Ave in North Berkeley.