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New(ish) Ice Cream alternative: Mr Dewie's Cashew Milk "Ice Cream"

just tasted some Caramel Almond Crunch Frozen Dessert by Mr. Dewie's. It's cashew milk based and made in Oakland. Very smooth with good caramel flavor and a clean finish. I like it! On sale in July for $5.69 a container. I got it at El Cerrito Natural Foods and they're at Whole Foods plus other places. Many more alternatives to ice cream in the freezer case these days.

Jul 15, 2014
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split top buns for lobstah rolls or hot dogs

http://www.mercurynews.com/home-plate... this article mentions that Fudrucker's sells split top rolls - no other sources locally except to buy the pan from King Arthur and make your own. the pan is about $30.

Jul 06, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

pays to be vigilant .... very disappointing that he wasn't up front about your request. at least he didn't double down when you said you wouldn't accept it.

Jun 27, 2014
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What ever happened to Blum's?

Sweet Stop Bakery in Japantown has the Coffee Crunch Cake a la Blum's ......http://www.sfgate.com/magazine/articl...

Jun 24, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Sorry to hear that you got some dry ones ..... I usually go when it's not so busy and I've enjoyed the falafel. Crunchy but moist interiors ..... and nice spicing. Hope it's a one off?

Jun 23, 2014
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Apple Rose Tart

Yes, the frangipane does help hold the tart slice hold together. It's a bit moist and a slice of tart can be held in hand. It will bend a bit but you will smoosh the roses as you cut. I found myself lining up the cut and moving a rose or two over a bit to avoid cutting them when possible. Although I think this is a pretty tasty tart ...... it's as much for presentation as it is for savoring.

Jun 18, 2014
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Apple Rose Tart

I had the radio on in the kitchen and took some breaks as I was making the roses .... but probably spent 3.5 - 4 hours making the roses. It can be done the day before and then bake the pastry and frangipane the day of. I find it kind of therapeutic to have a lazy morning to myself. Yes, I used some different color apples and different sizes with the skin on. Cut around the core of the apple and then make slices from the apple chunks. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar in a pan before laying the apple slices in and cook until they get a bit of color .... it takes a few minutes to do this so I just slice some more apples - they didn't really brown much and I'm going to put some color on them in the pan anyways. Smaller individual tarts would be cute also.

Jun 17, 2014
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Apple Rose Tart

I pieced together a few different recipes. Eugenie Kitchen for the apple rose technique. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qc1nd...
I did a partial blind baked the tart shell and then finished with a frangipane filling. When it was done and cooled I arranged the apple roses and drizzled the caramel sauce around and brushed the roses with some apple cider syrup.

Jun 17, 2014
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Apple Rose Tart

beautiful dessert but time consuming!

Jun 16, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

some folks have coined the word: fawaffle

Jun 07, 2014
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M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

great photos! - as usual .... thanks.

Jun 06, 2014
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Ran Kanom Thai Noodle - San Pablo

had lunch there today ..... Thursday at 11:30 - only one or two other parties at first but as we left around 12:30 it was getting busier but not packed. very pleasant space. really enjoyed the 3 dishes we tried: generally assertive seasonings and good looking food. had the Boat Noodles with wide rice noodles and Niman Pork....great flavors - we split a small bowl and it turned out to be plenty for the two of us with our other dishes. had the Thai Green Papaya Salad - medium hot - and that was spicy enough for me but I have a delicate palate : ~ ) The pad Thai was tasty but not spicy .... glad to have a dish that was not spicy in the mix. I think I'd be quite happy with ordering mild here and adjusting at the table if necessary. Besides a sriracha sauce on the table they bring a quartet of seasonings to the table: one is pickled chili peppers, another is red pepper flakes, one looked like salt ? and the other was a dark thin sauce that I didn't try. The food is nicely presented and well seasoned. I look forward to going back ..... the service was friendly and efficient.

Jun 05, 2014
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SF Chinatown Bargains - Fruit!

I saw multiple stores on Stockton St. with $1.99 lb cherries ..... even saw some Raniers for $1.99 but they were $2.99 at others. The bings had pretty good color but the Raniers looked pretty pale overall.

May 31, 2014
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SF Chinatown Bargains - Fruit!

walking down Stockton St. today: cherries are $1.99 lb in most places and they look decent. strawberries: 1 lb clamshells - 2 for $1.10 - from Dole. Blueberries 1 lb clamshell for $1.39. Rasberries - 6oz clamshell for 50 cents! Conventional - like you'd find in most supermarkets .... not organic. One store on Stockton St. near Washington - East side of Stockton had big displays of bargain priced fruit on the sidewalk.

May 31, 2014
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Cam Hong Deli in El Sobrante

A new place for banh mi and pho just opened in El Sobrante - 4068 San Pablo Dam Rd. 510. 222-2700 15 bang mi , pho, rice plates and other noodle dishes. I had the grilled pork banh mi - $3.50. I was there at 11am and the pork was freshly grilled - pretty tasty. the sandwich was good - bread fresh and lightly toasted ...... moderately filled with vegetables and a fair amount of spread. Didn't try the pho but there were several tables having that ..... the vegetable side dish looked good: bean sprouts very white and fresh.

May 22, 2014
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Cam Hong Deli in El Sobrante

driving through El Sobrante the other night I think I saw a Grand Opening sign up for Cam Hong ( Huong? ) Deli on San Pablo Dam Road. It's close to where Appian Way comes in. maybe another bahn mi source? wonder if it's related to the Oakland Cam Huong?

Cam Hong Deli
510-222-2700
4068 San Pablo Dam Rd
El SobranteCA94803-2952

May 13, 2014
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raw spanish peanuts - where to buy ??

Yes, I found them at Bombay Spice House on University Ave in Berkeley. But the last time I was in SF Chinatown I found them for a lot less $$$ on Stockton St.

Apr 28, 2014
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BEST PRODUCTS AT TRADER JOE"S!

Coffee Bean Blast - Super Premium Ice Cream - intense coffee flavor - good texture ( smooth & creamy ) and a very good price when compared to Ben & Jerry's/Haagen Daas etc....

Apr 25, 2014
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Elevation 66 - El Cerrito

gave it a try before a movie last night ..... tried the Fish and Chips. The fish was moist and tender but the batter was getting moist in places ...... not very crisp overall. The little 3 sectioned dish with the ponzu aoli, malt vinegar and catsup looked nice but was a pain to actually use: a shaker for the vinegar works better and the amount of catsup was not very generous for the mound of shoestring fries. Although the shoestring fries were well cooked ...... I do prefer a larger potato with fish and chips - ones that will stay hot longer and that can be creamy inside while having a crispy exterior. We also had the cardoon/celery root cakes with a harissa aoli - good frying ( not greasy ) and well seasoned. Food service is a bit slow it seemed ..... if you're trying to make the movie - I'd suggest mentioning it to the server. The bar had a lively business going on.

Apr 19, 2014
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Any recs for Chinese specialty food shops in bay area?

Mow Lee Shing Kee & Company - 774 Commercial St SF - just below Grant Ave. They are an old establishment that makes Chinese Sausage and other preserved meats. Not many of these left. Old school vibe.

Apr 13, 2014
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Chow Dim Sum at Saigon Seafood Harbor Richmond 4/5

Any thoughts on the dim sum experience ? Wasn't there a Chowdown on Saturday ?

Apr 06, 2014
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Little Lucca, So. S.F.

I meant to say that each half of the sandwich is 6 inches long - a real foot long sandwich! and it weighed about 24 oz!

Mar 29, 2014
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Colma - Annual Chicken & Polenta Feed. April 5th

Colma Firemen's Social Club Annual Chicken and Polenta Feed
April 5 at 4:00pm in PDT

Saw a sandwich board for this event next Saturday. Thought I saw the mention of sausage included also. The Colma Firemen's Social Club has a FB page - you can check the details. Never been but these kind of things always sound interesting - especially when I'm traveling to another part of the country.

Mar 29, 2014
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Little Lucca, So. S.F.

just an update on Little Lucca's ..... rainy day but there was still a line pretty much coming out the door of this unassuming little shack. got the Little Lucca Combo - $7.50 : provolone, mortadella and salami ..... the hot pepper sauce and the garlic sauce really add a nice kick to the sandwich and I noticed that even the tomato slices looked good - unusual for this time of year. The hefty sandwich could feed two folks pretty well ..... each is 6 inches long and pretty hefty even though I had them take the middle out of bottom part of the roll. Nice to know that they are still making a fine sandwich.

Mar 29, 2014
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Stella Nonna, Berkeley

an update and pics of Stella Nonna. Read the old East Bay Express review ..... L. Tsai was right: the Korean Fried Chicken Wings are the best thing on the menu - by far possibly. Judging by what we tried tonight the seasoning is a bit understated on most things other than the KFC Wings. The wings start out as mild ( for me ) but the heat builds slowly ...... I liked the heat level - I knew there was some heat but it wasn't crazy hot. We also had the Carnitas and the Pulled Pork Sandwich. The Carnitas had a nice bit of char and was quite moist but the sauce did not contribute much and the carnitas didn't have a rich meaty flavor like it can have. The mac n cheese filled pasilla pepper was creamy but mild. The pulled pork sandwich was pretty good: some smoke flavor and a tangy sauce. The slaw was OK, the nice pile of young arugula hardly had any acid - and it needed some to offset the bitter notes of the arugula. Service was quite good/friendly. They pour still or bubbly water in chilled bottles on the house and done in house I would presume. The water bottle was refilled without asking. Loved the Wings - wish I liked the other food as much. Nice, comfortable space though. I hear the calamari is good - might be back for the wings again and maybe try some other apps ? They do have match boxes, though!

Mar 24, 2014
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Live Surf Clams at 99 Ranch Market

Richmond Store. ....live Surf Clams - $4.69/lb haven't seen these here before. the meat can be very sweet.

Mar 12, 2014
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Cheapo SF Rice Plates

Not quite in the Chinatown super deal realm but the last time I had lunch at Hakka I saw that these contractors came in and all order rice plates ...... the size of them was jaw dropping! I will make it back to try one someday ... they looked very good as well as copius.

Mar 11, 2014
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Grocery Outlet -- February 2014

Richmond /McDonald Ave ..... I forgot that there are now two stores in Richmond.

Mar 03, 2014
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June's Cafe. Sacramento. Home style Japanese American Comfort Food

not totally surprised to hear that they declined the opportunity to be on Triple D .....although, June's is Off the Hook !

Feb 26, 2014
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Grocery Outlet -- February 2014

Richmond GO has Brigham's ice cream - Quart size for $2.99. Salted Caramel flavor IIRC ..... this is for the New England transplants. There's also a Light Ice Cream but I can't remember the flavor. I enjoyed their ice cream when I was a youngster but haven't had it recently.

Feb 26, 2014
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