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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
hhc in Las Vegas

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
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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

They closed their bakery and restaurant.

Dec 02, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

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

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

On their FB page for It's-It they mention they have Pumpkin flavor. They mentioned they carry it at their Factory in Burlingame or corner store in SF. Who's seen it in the SF Bay Area? Is it any good? I'm going to be in SF today so hope to check out all liquors that I pass to find it!

I've called my local Lucky's store in Fremont and asked for them, lady said she'd write a note for the vendor, hope they will help me. They carry vanilla and mint I think.

Oct 11, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Now Open The Hall, in Mid-Market, SF - what do hounds like?

Checked out The Hall in Mid-Market on Market St near 6th on Sun 10/5/14.

Fine & Rare - we liked the smoked seafood gumbo $5 cup. A bowl is $8. It was pretty tasty. B. also got side of brussel sprouts $5 - came with a bunch of brussel sprouts & some nectarines. We liked it fine.

Little Green Cyclo - got some Rolls w/ peanut sauce on the side $7 - I liked it ok.

Raj & Singh - mango lassi $3/cup - it was ok, premade he just poured it into a cup. B. bought lamb curry and it was ok.

Bar for wine & beer - B. got 2 glasses of Buzz-erkly beer $6/glass. He liked them.

Separate bathrooms - women's just one sink/one toilet. It's hidden in the back on the Left, behind Dignita coffee.

Cassia - didn't see anyone there so didn't get to order.

The Whole Beast - nobody there Sun 10/5/14.

Dignita - B. got an espresso which he liked. I still need to try.

Big screen to watch TV. I think all of shops take credit cards.

Oct 07, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Andytown Coffee Roasters, SF Outer Sunset - Snowy Plover & Scones w/ PICS!

Finally got to try out Andytown Coffee Roasters - it's a small coffee shop in the Outer Sunset, SF. It's famous for their Snowy Plover Coffee Drink - I think it's espresso, Pellegrino, and homemade whipped cream. Scones are freshly made and the cheddar scallion scone $3.75 I tried was warm & pretty tasty for a scone. I saw Ritchie from Hapa Ramen there & SF Firefighters in line outside. Some seating inside & out. One unisex bathroom in the back. What do hounds like?

Andytown Coffee Roasters
3655 Lawton St between 42 & 43rd Ave
SF
Closed Mondays
Tues-Fri 7am-3pm
Sat & Sun 8am-3pm

Oct 05, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Belcampo Meat Co, Palo Alto (Town & Country Village) - anyone been yet?

Read Belcampo Meat Co is now open in Palo Alto Town & Country Village in the back. Who's been and can recommend what they liked?

Belcampo Meat Co
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto
650-561-3492

Oct 03, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Now Open The Hall, in Mid-Market, SF - what do hounds like?

EaterSF mentioned that The Hall in Mid-Market, SF is now open, it's a temporary pop-up, then then'll build apartments sometimes in 2016. Daily 8am-8pm. Six vendors:

Fine & Rare: sustainable seafood dishes

Cassia: Moroccan-Peruvian fusion, from the team behind the Fuki food truck

The Whole Beast: gyros and roast beef sandwiches

Raj & Singh: Indian curries, available as plates or naan wraps

Little Green Cyclo: pho, banh mi, and other Vietnamese specialties

Dignitá: coffee and baked goods

What do hounds like & recommend?

EaterSF link:
http://sf.eater.com/2014/9/30/6874381...

Oct 03, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Boba Guys (2nd Store) now open in Union Square, SF

The Berkeley location was only a pop-up and they closed it because of staffing.

Sep 27, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Boba Guys (2nd Store) now open in Union Square, SF

Boba Guys 2nd store in now open (soft open still 12-5) in Union Square, SF. Official grand opening Sat 9/27/14 and all profits going to non-profit Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly SF Chapter.

Boba Guys
429 Stockton St
near the Stockton Tunnel
SF, CA 94108

Sep 24, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area

Cornology (Popcorn shop) now open in SF North Beach, Livermore, Emeryville, Milpitas

Cornology is now open in North Beach, SF, they give free samples if you want to try the popcorn. What do hounds think of them? Other locations: Livermore Outlet; Emeryville Bay St; Great Mall, Milpitas.

Cornology
522 Columbus Ave
SF, CA 94133
S-W 11a-10p
F-Sa 11a-11p

Website:
http://cornology.com/Home.html

Sep 24, 2014
hhc in San Francisco Bay Area