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NEW: The Flying Falafel, SF - who's been?

I've read good reviews of The Flying Falafel new shop in SF, where 3 Potato 4 used to be. Have the hounds tried it yet? They also have a food truck in the South Bay.

SFWeekly:
http://www.sfweekly.com/foodie/2015/0...

The Flying Falafel
1051 Market St, SF 94103
www.flyingfalafel.com
415-964-1003

Feb 25, 2015
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NEW: Zensen Sushi Express now in Newark: $1.50/plate & No Tipping w/ PICS

Tried out Zensen Sushi Express on Sun 2/1/15 which is in Newark next to Dollar Tree in the Lido Market Shopping Center. They used to be in Berkeley near UC Berkeley but they closed that location to be in Newark.

Wait to be seated in one of 2 square they have. I saw a few tables, but it's still the same sushi they get from the conveyor belts too.

Barely any service. You get your own hot water, and you can add a tea bag to it. Sushi are $1.50/plate on the conveyor belts. Grab what you want to eat, put lids on one of the spots that go around.

We shared a total of 17 plates. Some have 1-3 pieces. Some dishes are meh-ok. Supposedly you can ask one of the workers to make hand rolls for you - I didn't do that. If you want certain rolls, ask and maybe someone will get it for you.

When done have one of the workers count your plates, then pay at Register. Charge it if you want, No Tipping!

Maybe good to try once, but nothing I would rush to go back too.

Zensen Sushi Express
35233 Newark Blvd
Newark, CA 94560

Feb 03, 2015
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: The Market at the Twitter Building, SF

Security guard just said if I wanted to take pictures I would have to ask management, that was all he said. There are already tons of pictures elsewhere so not a big deal to me anyways.

Jan 27, 2015
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NEW: The Market at the Twitter Building, SF

What do hounds think of the new The Market at the Twitter Building, SF - Market & 10th St? I went in briefly on Sun 1/25/15 and looked at the high prices at the small grocery store, security was watching me and wouldn't let me take pictures, even when I was at The Market Cafe, very strange.

Got a latte small $3.50 at The Market Cafe - was just ok with a nice latte art.

Tried some gelato at Nuubia the chocolate, gelato small 1 scoop $4, 2 is $6, macaron $1.90 ea, they sell coffee too. I did like the almond gelato and the macaron was just ok.

The have a tapas place, pizza place, sandwiches, sushi/oysters, and coming soon Azalina which opens Feb 2.

Bathrooms: women's is just for 1 person at a time and you need a security code to use it. Geez. Even the worker helping me at Nuubia was in line with me, said there's one in the back for them but always busy too. Separate one for men - not sure what they have, probably just 1 person too and w/ security code.

Hrs:
Daily 9am-10pm
Cafe opens 7am

Have other hounds been yet?

The Market website and mention of other locations coming:
http://www.visitthemarket.com/hours/

EaterSF:
http://sf.eater.com/2015/1/21/7867873...

Jan 25, 2015
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NEW: Neighbor Bakehouse in the Dogpatch, SF

a new bakery in the Dogpatch called Neighbor Bakehouse is still in soft opening. Y*lpers like the croissants there, what else is good?

Neighbor Bakehouse
2343 3rd St Ste 100, SF 94107
Soft opening hrs:
M-Sat 6:30am-11:30am

Website:
http://neighborsf.com/

Jan 20, 2015
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Where can I find Calbee Honey Butter Chips?

I asked Calbee and they responded that they are only sold in supermarkets & internet shops in Korea.

Jan 04, 2015
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Crystal Jade, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

Did the Singapore To Go open yet?

Jan 02, 2015
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Restaurant Week coming soon: Jan 15-25, 2015

Oakland Restaurant Week coming Jan 15-25, 2015. Any hounds going to try for special prices $20-40pp?

http://visitoakland.org/restaurant-week/

Jan 01, 2015
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Solo dining for a light eater?

What did you order at Lotus of Siam that was good? What did you get at Viva Las Arepas? Any flavors you like at Gelato place? I'm going next week!!

Dec 12, 2014
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NEW: The Kebab Shop, Fremont w/ PIC

the lamb/beef was the usual Kronos-type log. Chicken they have the on the spit looked more like real meat, and they have a chicken kebab chunks that they grill per order - I want to try that one day. They also have shrimp kebabs that I guess they grill per order too.

Dec 11, 2014
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NEW: The Kebab Shop, Fremont w/ PIC

Tried out this new The Kebab Shop in Fremont next to The Habit Grill in Pacific Commons. They have 6 locations in San Diego area which I haven't been to.

You can order Doner Kebabs (wraps); Shawarma (sandwiches), Doner Box; or Plates.

We picked Plates because we were hungry:
Salmon Filet plate $11.99 - it's one long stick with chunks of tender, juicy, salmon which I liked! Comes with salad and rice. I think you can pick other sides if you want. I liked it!!

B. got a Lamb/Beef plate $10.29 with french fries and dilled cucumbers. It's that gray mystery meat gyro that's spinning around. He thought the meat was kinda dry, but he loved the french fries and the cucumbers.

We also got a Large plate with 3 side salad $8.99 - Tabouli I really liked; Algerian eggplant too thick, tasted ok; green lentil & walnuts - tasted ok.

I also got a Pistachio Burma dessert $1.99 - it was tasty enough, a bit soggy in spots, still liked it.

cashier also gave us a sample of the rotisserie chicken - kinda dry. Ask for garlic sauce to make it beter.

Next time I'm getting Salmon Doner Kebab in the wrapped flatbread. Also want the Chicken Kebab Doner - chicken chunks in the wrap!
Extra, extra, extra garlic sauce.

Fountain drinks available or sodas in the bottle. Mints by the fountain machine in the back.

Charged it.

Separate bathrooms in the back.

The Kebab Shop
43834 Pacific Commons Blvd, Fremont
M-Sat 10:30am-10pm
Sun 10:30am-9pm

Dec 10, 2014
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NEW: Indochine Vegan in the Mission, SF - Anyone try it yet?

Indochine Vegan sounds pretty interesting to me, any hounds been yet?
Dish I hope to try: Vietnamese fragrant claypot rice $9.95

Indochine Vegan
508 Valencia St, SF
Daily 5pm-10pm
website:
http://indochinevegan.com/

Dec 10, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

SWEA SF Swedish Christmas Fair Sat Dec 6, 2014 - Anyone been before?

I just noticed admission prices:
Adult $8
Senior $5
Children $2

Flyer:
http://sanfrancisco.swea.org/document...

Dec 05, 2014
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SWEA SF Swedish Christmas Fair Sat Dec 6, 2014 - Anyone been before?

I'm curious about the 31st Annual SF Swedish Christmas Fair that's going on for one day, Sat., Dec 6, 2014. Any hounds been?

Website w/ some pics & info:
http://noelophile.com/?p=6139

FB page: SWEA San Francisco Christmas Fair

SWEA SF Christmas Fair
held at: St Mary's Cathedral
1111 Gough St (b/t Geary & Ellis) SF
From 9am-4pm

Dec 03, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Westin St. Francis Union Square, SF Holiday Pop-Up Sweet Shoppe - Only for the month of Dec 2014

On our annual stop into the lobby of the Westin St. Francis on Union Square we saw the new Sugar Tree (there until 1/2/15), and across from it was a holiday pop-up sweet shoppe selling macarons 5 pre-packaged for $13, chocolate chip cookie $2, etc. I didn't buy that day, but hope to go back and get some stuff.

Only Sat & Sun Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2014

Westin St. Francis Union Square
335 Powell St, SF

Dec 03, 2014
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Baker & Banker Bakery, SF - Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie; XXX Cake; etc.

They closed their bakery and restaurant.

Dec 02, 2014
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NEW: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, SF w/ PIC

Checked out the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, it just says Bakehouse on the outside window, not sure why they don't put the rest of it there or a sign. It's at Larkin near Sutter.

Not much selection on Sat 11/29/14 around 1pm. I got Amelie Amann $4 their version of a Kouign Amann - I thought it was just ok, not as good as Starter Bakery in Oakland or B Patisserie in SF. Not enough crunch and not enough butter for me. Filling I think there was a tiny bit of, couldn't taste what it was.

Chocolate chip cookie $3 w/ sea salt - lots of chocolate chip, but way way way too salty.

Friend tried the Ferrero Rocher Choux Bomb $3.5 and said it was good.

My total $7, charged it.

Also they sell Coffee $2.5 & Sparkling (water?) $2.5

"I got baked in San Francisco" w/ peace sign - Awesome!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
1042 Larkin St, SF

Nov 29, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

Yes to the fresh rice noodles. Options of gilbets & unborn eggs - not sure, but it's on the front cover of the menu and they speak English so you can ask them.

Nov 24, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

Tried out the Pho Ga Small $7.95 I think on Sat 11/22/14. It was a little bit busy, but not crazy like Turtle Tower in the Tenderloin.

The Pho Ga has a bunch of rice noodles, many chicken pieces, cilantro, red onions, and lots of chicken broth. Side had a small slice of lemon, 2 jalapeno pepper slices, and the salty garlic/ginger sauce that Chinese give for the white chicken which I liked.

The pho ga was fine, I would go back for it if in the area. Bathrooms downstairs. Charged my meal.

Joy Hing BBQ Noodle
710 Kearny St, SF 94108
415-981-0531

Spices! now has a location in Fremont - Report w/ PIC

Checked out Spices! in Fremont because I heard they are now open. They opened in Aug 2014 so I'm a bit late on going here. I've been to a few locations in SF and thought they were good. The Fremont location is kinda meh for me.

Tried them out Wed 11/19/14 around 5pm. Only one table was filled rest of the place was empty. Parking is tough in this strip mall - lots of other shops & marital arts class nearby.

Suppose to have many Hunan dishes & Sichuan too.

Free tea - from tea bags. I did like the tea.

We got:

spicy sliced lamb fried chili cilantro $14.99 - lots of thinly sliced lamb w/ tons of chili peppers & cilantro. Not spicy enough, paper-thin slices, not that good, just meh.

shredded pork wooden ear fungus bamboo garlic $10.99 - B. liked it ok, I don't like bamboo shoots. Pork tasted ok for me.

Flaming shelled shrimp & season chilies $16.99 - a bunch of large shelled shrimp - not cleaned and overcooked! Skip it.

Dry braised string beans $7.99 - I liked the string beans, just way too salty. Eat with lots of rice.

Steamed jasmine white rice $1.50 a small bowl charged per person.

Before tip our total $58.80, Charged it.

Spices!
1616 Washington Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539
510-270-8828

Nov 23, 2014
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Farmer's Markets, Palm Springs area?

I only used Google, no experience going. Please report back if you go. Seems they have 3 locations: Wed, Sat, Sun:
http://certifiedfarmersmarket.org/

Nov 10, 2014
hhc in California

Apple Hill visit ...... any tips?

I finally made it to Apple Hill since it's 2.5hrs drive from Fremont. We stayed the whole day on Sat 11/8/14. It's busy at most of the places we went, some way too crazy for me. Lady at Wofford Winery said best to go in Sept and on a weekday:

Bill's Apples/Felice's Doll - free sample of peeled, cored, sliced apple, tried Fuji & Arkansas Black, best prices $1/lb - Thanks for the tip.

Grandpa's Cellar - tried chicken tamale w/ tiny salad $4 - tamale pretty dry, salad nothing special just some lettuce and tiny dressing on side. Soup $4 was hot and tasted ok - chicken w/ rice. I bought these items at the shop: strawberry apple jam; strawberry rhubarb apple jam; Caramel apple butter; White's honey 1lb,8oz $14.

Apple Ridge Farms - didn't buy anything since we were too full, they have baked goods, bbq & other food, petting zoo, Nature trail.

Rainbow Orchards - got the famous apple cider donut "crispy" $1ea for hubby - he liked that it was warm & crispy, but said inside too sweet and mushy. Apple cider sample you can try was tasty, got half gallon $5.

Denver Dan's - bought pomegranate jelly & pomegranate jam; free sample of apple that was peeled, sliced, cored. They have animals for the kids & pony ride.

Bodhaine Ranch - famous for pies: blackberry apple cream cheese pie; raspberry apple cream cheese pie; harvest delight. I tried blackberry apple cream cheese pie because lady said it was less sweet than the raspberry, I really liked it, $4 something for slice. Charged it. You can buy fresh or frozen pies & special bag for frozen is for sale. I didn't buy full pie though was tempted.

Jack Russell Farm Brewery - it's just for beer and wine drinkers, it was packed to the gills. I didn't buy anything there.

Wofford Acres Vineyards - 3 small free pours, or you can do tasting of their list of 6 pours $5. Hubby tried 2 pours and liked one - he can't remember what it was. Nice view of canyon. They have hachiya persimmon in their backyard - I should have asked if I could have a few.

High Hill Ranch - crazy packed place, fishing pond, alpacas, pony rides, apple cider milkshake, apples, tacos, wine, & beer. I only took some pics. Funniest thing was when the 2 alpacas got out and lady had to chase them back in - she managed, but it was so funny.

Nov 09, 2014
hhc in California

7x7 Magazine Big Eat Oakland - 50 Things to Taste Before You Die

What do hounds think of 7x7 Magazine Big Eat Oakland 50 things to taste before you die list? #28 Kronnerburger - Kronnerburger in Oakland hasn't opened yet.

http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/big-eat-...

Oct 21, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Pumpkin It's It - Anyone seen it in the SF Bay Area?

I walked SF Sunday Streets in the Mission & decided to look for them Sun 10/19/14:

Fred's Liquor, 200 Valencia St, SF - pumpkin - don't remember price

Stop & Shop Market, 3000 Mission St (at 26th), pumpkin $2ea

Valencia Whole Foods, 999 Valencia St - pumpkin $1.99ea

Randa's Market, 3131 16th St - strawberry & pumpkin $2ea

K & D Market, 3177 16th St - strawberry & pumpkin $1.99ea

E & M Market, 399 Valencia St - strawberry & pumpkin $1.99 ea

I didn't buy any because I was too full so will have to wait until next time I'm in the City to try them, but they are in SF!

New Alexander's patisserie venture, downtown Mountain View

They had a line to get in because they want to control how many people go inside, pastries not ready until 1pm Sat 10/18/14.

Only a few things so far: macarons $2 ea; crossants, kouign amann $4ea; tarts $6: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lemon.

I got a caramel macaron $2 - sweet, chewy macaron. Tasted ok.

kouign amann $4 -tried it and it's GOOD. I heated it up for breakfast, it's small, crispy, little sugar on top. Yummy! Like B Patisserie in SF! GET IT!!

Chocolate tart $6 - it's enough for 2 to share, shortbread crust, chocolate inside, then chocolate mousse, gold covered nibs, and and chocolate ganache on top. Tasted ok. Huge box for it if to-go.

Got FREE paper bag for my purchase, I asked first of course. It's fancy, can't throw it away now.

Coffee & Tea available. Prices are cheap: latte $2.3/2.8/3.3 - I need to try it next time.

Charged my purchase. Some tables/chairs in the dining area.

Sun 10/19/14 - still can't get any pastries until after 1pm Yelper said.

Oct 19, 2014
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Coffee, pastries, lunches and happy hours/beer/cocktails for a greedy BC Hound please

Did you see my Andytown Coffee Roasters post?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9912...

Oct 19, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Udon Mugizo (Japantown, San Francisco)

Tried out Udon Mugizo for lunch Sat 10/11/14 it's inside the Japan Center West Mall upstairs next to Maido, near Sophie's Crepe.

Got there a bit before 11:30am. Got a 2 top once it opened. You can get green tea or water or both. Green tea was Cold! I wanted hot tea, told the girl but she just said it was hot from the container she was carrying and didn't bother to make it hotter.

Ordered:

Seared mackerel sushi - 3 pieces for $3.50 - tasted ok.

No sea urchin cream udon when I went - that was my top choice.

Tried spinach salmon cream udon $11.50 - it's Huge portion, creamy sauce does splat everywhere so don't where anything that u don't mind getting splatter on. Very messy to eat. Cream was pretty gross, spinach just a few leaves not cooked, salmon was just a few pieces of smoked salmon. Ikura was ok. Noodles were fine.

B. got katsu curry udon $12.95 - it's a side of fried chicken that he said was dry and it looked very greasy. Beef curry he said wasn't tender enough.

They charge the SF Healthcare mandate on the bill.

Our bill before tip $31.93. Charged it.

Bathrooms - Downstairs in the mall.

Oct 13, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Lush Gelato now has a new shop open in SF w/ PIC

I've been to Lush Gelato other 2 locations: Berkeley Epicurious Garden & Piedmont Ave, North Oakland so was happy to try this NEW shop in SF!

He makes all the gelato in the kitchen you see through the window at this tiny shop. There is 12 rotating flavors which you can ask for samples of. I didn't try all of them, I think 4 and all really good.

I ended up getting: fresh mint & vanilla - small cup is $3.20.

Cone .75
1 scoop $3.20
2 scoops $4.20
3 scoops $5.20
1 pint $8.50
2 pints $16
3 pints $21
4 pints $24

There was total 2 tables & 4 chairs in the shop.

Bus 19 stops in front.

Lush Gelato
1817 Polk St (between Washington & Jackson St), SF

Oct 13, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Sweet 16 Birthday Dinner in SF/area?

I think for the age group and size of the party best to go to Buca di Beppo, 855 Howard St, SF (make reservations!) It's a loud and fun place and good for groups and huge portions meant for sharing!

Oct 13, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Pumpkin It's It - Anyone seen it in the SF Bay Area?

Someone on FB said "7/11 has them in Burlingame on Rollins Rd"

Oct 12, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area