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Pork Fried Rice

It is the style I grew up with in NY...when I came here I thought the fried rice seemed "Wan and Pallid"! In comparison with the deep rich color of the fried rice I grew up with...Yimster told me he thought they might use dark soy to achieve the mahogany color...btw I haven't found this style here yet.

Any recommendations on restaurants serving chicken livers?

Thanks Jayporter...they have pork belly and bone marrow!!! Going tomorrow!!!

Corned beef in the Mission [San Francisco]

And so the "JEWISH/CHINESE CONNECTION" continues to a new generation...10,000 combined years of History!!Oy/Ay!

Can "Corned Beef ChowFun be far behind?

The best San Francisco sourdough?

Damn! Too bad! and yes, I also remember the "extra sour" but how is "today's variety" MORE interesting if we are given fewer options? Am I missing something?

Concert at the Addition in SF. Where to eat?

They are however NOT located in the Fillmore...but WAY out on Geary and Masonic!!! but thanks for your review...last time I tried to go I got a parking space paid for it, only to find out they were closed...so time for another try...

Concert at the Addition in SF. Where to eat?

1330 Fillmore...real close, same building, Beautiful space, great atmosphere and superior fried chicken...!

http://www.1300fillmore.com/

The best San Francisco sourdough?

I remember loaves at the supermarket came in 2 varieties, regular and Dark Bake (my preference) does anyone still do this???

Also has anyone tried sourdough from Paramount?

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

thanks...i'll definitely give it a try

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

I've never gotten them at T Tower...which one do you go to...and thanks

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

DO ANY of these places put "UNBORN EGGS" into their Pho Ga? I am always on the lookout for them as my Yiddish grandma put these (as well as chicken feet) into her chicken soup!

Who carries vacuum sealer bags?

Bed Bath and Beyond....20% off coupon!

Where to eat Saturday night near Castro Theater? [San Francisco]

Belmont Greek Festival?

I had the moussaka, which was very good (no potato filler) could have used more cinamon.. (and of course been made of lamb...the same for the meat filled dolmades) the tyropita was nice and crisp...unfortunately the louchmades were not crisp enough!...The kataiffi (SP) was terrific..very crisp with a nice flavor texture balance.....just as an aside, I felt the SF Greek Festival had really improved on their food this year....I also love the mountain aerie of the Oakland Greek Cathedral for their festival!

Poutine.

Trader Joes has poutine in their frozen food dept.,....having never had the real thing, I can only say I was surprised I enjoyed it so much...I fried the potatoes and didn't use the oven...so the fries were extra crisp, the gravy was not bad, and the cheese curds squeaked when I bit into them...now I'm curious about the real thing!!!

Sfogliatelle/Focaccia at 54 Mint Il Forno, Walnut Creek

Me too, me too! I'll check to see whether 54 Mint in SF also has them...

Nope...not in their online menu...anyone, personal experience?

Chowdown at San Wang, 3/29/2014 [Japantown, San Francisco]

Loved the company.. place is still as dreary as ever..although nice high ceilings.....the food was surprisingly tame for me....I didn't care for the dumplings at all...I guess my favorites were the pea sprouts..very fresh and didn't catch in my teeth!! Hey, this is important!...and the shrimp..which really tasted more like a Cantonese sweet and sour....nothing else "sang" not bad but not exceptional to my taste buds....perhaps I was expecting more Korean "zing"......

New Xi'an/Shaanxi restaurant Terra Cotta Warrior on Judah St. [San Francisco]

My experience with the group was a little different...the last restaurant we tried, the food was Soooo HOT, that my tastebuds were numbed and I really couldn't taste anything...this time although the food could also have been too hot for me...it wasn't! The heat level was pleasant...however the food itself seemed undistinguished, monochromatic, and really lacked variety or taste..the flavor was just...absent!!
The place itself was quite beautiful for a Chinese restaurant...quite tasteful!...if the food had mirrored the decor I would have been quite happy! I won't return....but thanks for putting the outing together as always it was fun...

East coast Italian-American at St. Vincent [San Francisco]

Clicked on their website hoping for a real Eastern "Southern-Italian/American" (my definition of "Eastern Italian") for lunch...but alas only open for brunch sat/sun and dinner...great menu...but nary a meatball, baked clam or parmagiana in sight! Major Bummer...you got my hopes up..as I was really craving Real "Italian" red sauce/gravy!!!

Wonderland -- lower haight, SF

I do not like Wonderland AT ALL!!! and it is the closest "Chinese" restaurant to me...I have hoped too many times and been disappointed too many times!

Mandalay is exactly the opposite...every meal is consistent and very good!!!

Pie - SF Dish of the Month October 2013

Count me as one...It's called Shaker Lemon...and it's my favorite pie there...nice and tart, perfect with tea...but then again I also like the Lemon Buttermilk Pie at Chili Pies...(I guess I love citrus!) I have a jar of lemon curd in the fridge..had some this morning on the Swedish pancakes I got at Ikea

Chowdown @ Brother Seafood 10-22-13 [San Francisco-Irving & 19th]

I was at table 2..I was disappointed with most... if not all of the offerings...I found most tasteless and bland..although some like the chicken feet had good texture..I kept chewing on things hoping to extract some taste but for me it was hopeless....loved the company as usual!!!

On to the next one...!

Chowdown: All Season Restaurant (SF)

Loved the company...liked the food!
The most interesting thing for me (as people who know me will attest.. (remember when a tray of boiling hot chicken feet was accidently dumped on my head at one of our chowdowns) was the chicken feet...they were perfectly cooked and could be sucked right off the bone...these were not in black bean sauce,...but a more refined, delicate abalone sauce. They are definitely better in the mouth than on the head!
I really liked the egg coated pumpkin and yams, because they had an additional crunchy deep fried coating..never had it that way before.. my other faves were the Shredded Pork Puffy Rolls, the deep fried lobster dumplings ( these were probably stuffed with crayfish..it seemed,) Durian Pastry and Black Sesame mochi..it came with a lot of sesame..perhaps a tad too sweet.

Dottie's sign on front of building..."for sale or lease".......anyone have any info??? [San Francisco]

Is the building for sale or the business?

British style Sunday roast lunch [San Francisco]

House of Prime Rib (HOPR) definitely has Yorkshire pudding..and meat comes in different size portions...on Van Ness is SF

Dim Sum Chowdown at Hong Kong Lounge II [San Francisco]

These were my favorites as well! The flavor and textures were a treat! They fry very well not at all greasy! I would definitely order these again... The dumplings did not "sing".. but the company and service was great...thanks Melanie! Another good one!

Best Cantonese style Egg Foo Young?

One mans' "Gross" is another mans' "Gourmet"...!!!

To each there own...

Looking for the best pie in the Bay Area.

I've always enjoyed the pies at "FatApples" in the East Bay Berkeley...and somewhere else...you can go in sit down and try a slice..they serve heavy cream for your coffee!

New Chinese.. "House of Pancake" 937 Taraval bet 19th and 20th [San Francisco]

I drove by..has anyone been??? Intriguing name!!!

New place, not yet open on Clement in SF...called "Xiao Long Bao"

between 5th and 6th I think (or 6th and 7th) mid block...new sign, but as of today..not yet there! Hoping for the best!

Buche de Noel in SF Proper

Schubert's on Clement has 12inch logs in 4 or 5 flavors...preorder by phone, they do not show on website.