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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.

2 days ago
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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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South Bay: where to buy fresh red jalapeños or Thai bird chiles?

I just bought some red chile peppers ( jalapeños I think -maybe Fresno? ) at Rincon Latino in Richmond on San Pablo Ave. - they were super spicy!

Feb 15, 2014
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Water spinach/morning glory in East Bay?

The farmers markets usually have one or two Asian Vegetable vendors that have a good selection of seasonal vegetables at good prices. I go to the one in Richmond at Civic Center. I'm not very enamored of ong choy so I don't really notice it but I just bought some of the youngest gai lon that I've seen last week. Fridays. They speak English also.

Feb 04, 2014
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raw spanish peanuts - where to buy ??

They didn't have them at Milan but I called Bombay Spice House ( University & 10th St.) and they said they have them !

Jan 18, 2014
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raw spanish peanuts - where to buy ??

Thanks, Robert ..... I am going to try Milan.

Jan 18, 2014
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raw spanish peanuts - where to buy ??

I asked at the desk near the bulk section ..... they don't have raw spanish peanuts. I'll try calling Rainbow - I also might try calling some of the Indian stores on University Ave. these peanuts are also popular as a Chinese snack ...... so I'll look next time I'm in Chinatown.

Jan 18, 2014
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Berkeley Bowl West - Kind Bars 99Cents @

End aisle display right across from checkout no. 5 - Kind bars are 99 cents each. Very good price for a good bar ..... real fruit and nuts. Kind is showing up everywhere recently .... wonder if they are owned by someone big nowadays ?

Jan 18, 2014
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raw spanish peanuts - where to buy ??

got back from Oaxaca and want to make the peanuts with garlic and chile that are so popular there. have been looking all over the east bay for raw spanish peanuts ..... to no avail. Berkeley Bowl West, Country Cheese, Mi Tierra, Las Montanas, 99 Ranch, San Pablo Market, etc ....

Jan 18, 2014
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Dia de los Muertos 2012 - Oaxaca

got to try Caldo de Piedra this recent visit to Oaxaca - here are some pics. it's an interesting procedure and it's well executed. we got the seafood combination - shrimp, fish - the resulting soup/broth is very flavorful. the quesadillas and guacamole were good and you can watch all the preparations and take pics.

Jan 06, 2014
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BBQ 'n Curry in Marin City

Melanie, your food looks very appetizing ( nice photos ) - look forward to trying this place !

Jan 05, 2014
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Grocery Outlet January 2014

did a quick walk through and noticed some Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet - pint size - for $1.99. I like this flavor quite a bit and this is a decent price. Saw this at the Richmond location.

Jan 04, 2014
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Oolong Noodles Opening in Chinatown? [San Francisco]

the construction is done and they're opened ..... not a lot of activity there when I walked by on Sunday at 12:30

Dec 23, 2013
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Grocery Outlet December 2013

I couldn't find a post for this month yet ..... good deal of the day at the Richmond store - Hillshire Farm Deli Select. Smoked Ham - lower sodium 8 oz. for ...... 79 cents. Bonus: it comes in the reusable tupperware- like sandwich container.

Dec 18, 2013
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Great China (Berkeley) still great

maybe not if your dining companion is a " non meat eater"

Dec 17, 2013
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Apple Rose Tart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qc1nd... this is one of many ways to assemble the tart. I used a frangipane layer in the tart shell - upon which the apple roses sit. brushed with a thinned caramel sauce and drizzled some more on.

Dec 16, 2013
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Apple Rose Tart

came across pictures and recipes for apple rose tarts when I was looking for apple desserts ..... very showy but laborious !

Dec 16, 2013
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Bob Kantor, founder of Memphis Minnie's, died earlier this week

Very sad to hear this news : ~ (

Dec 14, 2013
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BBQ 'n Curry in Marin City

Malcolm, it's a pleasure to see your photographs! Nice colors and sharp! Good stuff.

Dec 11, 2013
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Bardelli's

I hope table side service makes a comeback ..... but I doubt there are enough skilled waiters around for that ?

Dec 07, 2013
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