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Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple 68th Annual Temple Obon Festival - did anyone go Sun 7/13/14?

I just heard about the Seaside, CA Obon Festival, has anyone ever been? How's the food? It was only for one day Sun 7/13/14:

Website with schedule:
http://www.japanese-city.com/calendar...

about 4 hours ago
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Oakland's Mr. Dewie "ice cream" a Cashew milk ice cream- have hounds tried it?

Found out my WF Fremont now carries it, what do hounds think of Oakland's Mr. Dewie "ice cream"? Any favorite flavors I should try?

Good write-up of the brother's here:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_...

Jul 08, 2014
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Weekday late lunch near SFO

I haven't been to these places, but they might work, check Y*lp reviews/pics or their websites. All in Burlingame:
Taste In Mediterranean Food
Crepevine
Mediterranean Kebab

Jul 01, 2014
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SF Dish of the Month (July 2014) - Nominations/Voting

BRAISED OXTAIL

Jun 30, 2014
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NOW OPEN: Matcha Love by Ito En inside Mitsuwa Market, San Jose (Matcha ice cream/Black Sesame ice cream, etc)

2nd time to Matcha Love - this time got Matcha & Black Sesame swirl Large $4, with tax $4.35, CASH ONLY. Tasted pretty good.

Got a Caramel Obanyaki $2 from the special booth Sweet Potato (only this weekend)- Cash Only. Mine was undercooked so tasted pretty bad, liked the caramel inside though it's very sweet.

Jun 20, 2014
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Business Lunch [San Francisco]

One Market Restaurant - 1 Market St, SF
Boulevard - 1 Mission St, SF
Kokkari Estiatorio - 200 Jackson St, SF
Hakkasan - 1 Kearny St, SF

Jun 19, 2014
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Ramen Street Festival part of J-Pop Summit, SF Japantown July 19-20, 2014!

Exciting news of a Ramen Street Festival July 19-20, 2014 in SF Japantown from 11am-6pm. Admission FREE, $8/bowl ramen.

The Bold Italic has more info:
http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles...

Official website:
http://ramenyokochous.com/

Jun 18, 2014
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The Ramen Bar opening 6/30/14 & Pabu opening 7/1/14, SF 101 Calif Street

The Ramen Bar is opening June 30, 2014 & Pabu is opening 7/1/14. Both are at 101 Calif Street, SF.

Info on the Hana chef & Michael Mina partnership:
http://www.sfgate.com/food/insidescoo...

EaterSF mentions new chef for both will be Paul Piscopo:
http://www.tablehopper.com/chatterbox...

Jun 17, 2014
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World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, SF North Beach - I haven't tried it yet, but read good things on Y*lp.

Jun 17, 2014
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Bay Area Check Please 6/12/14: Hana, Rohnert Park; Cocotte, SF; Sakoon Restaurant, Mtn View

Bay Area Check Please aired on 6/12/14 these 3 places: Hana, Rohnert Park; Cocotte, SF; Sakoon Restaurant, Mtn View. Any recent reports in the last month?

Check Please blog w/ reviews & video:
http://blogs.kqed.org/checkplease/201...

Jun 15, 2014
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NOW OPEN: Matcha Love by Ito En inside Mitsuwa Market, San Jose (Matcha ice cream/Black Sesame ice cream, etc)

CASH ONLY. It's inside Mitsuwa across from the Food Court. They only got 3 flavors:
Matcha
Black Sesame
Hoji-cha - Roasted green tea

Small size $3; Large $4

Ask to try all 3 flavors. I liked Black Sesame and Hoji-cha, matcha tasted too powdery for me. You can get Black Sesame & Matcha swirled together, but not Black Sesame & Hoji-Cha. If you want all three flavors you can get in waffle bowl $4.75.

They also sell Hot Tea $2 - Sencha, Gyokuro, Hoji-Cha, Jasmine, Oolong, Genmai Matcha

Hot Latte (12oz) $2.50 - Matcha, Black Sesame, Hoji-Cha

Shake (Cold-12oz) $2.80
Matcha, Black Sesame, Hoji-cha, Mango, Apple or Peach

Boba Tea (Cold - 12oz) $3.20
Matcha, Black Sesame, Hoji-cha, Mango, Apple or Peach

Hrs:
11am-7:15pm

Jun 05, 2014
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Bay Area Check Please: Lanna Thai, Livermore; 20 Spot, SF; Chalet Ticino, Foster City

Bay Area Check Please aired Th 6/5/14: Lanna Thai, Livermore; 20 Spot, SF; Chalet Ticino, Foster City. Any hounds been to any of these in the last months? All of them sound interesting & I hope to one day try them all.

Website w/ reviews & videos:
http://blogs.kqed.org/checkplease/201...

Jun 05, 2014
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Grocery Outlet (May, 2014)

I paid $2.59 for 28oz at 99 Ranch for the Huy Fong Sriracha a few weeks back and a friend said she saw it for $2.19 at 99 Ranch a week before I bought mine, not sure the oz for what she saw.

For the Snapea Crisps what flavor was it? I paid $1.79 & $1.89 for the Washabi flavor & Caesar flavor at Walgreen's so if it's the regular flavor maybe a good price.

Jun 01, 2014
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NOW OPEN: Matcha Love by Ito En inside Mitsuwa Market, San Jose (Matcha ice cream/Black Sesame ice cream, etc)

A friend posted a picture on Instagram of her ice cream from Matcha Love by Ito En inside Mitsuwa Market, San Jose. They opened Th 5/29/14. Hope some hounds will try it & report back.

Flavors on their website that hasn't been updated:
Matcha ice cream
Black sesame ice cream
Hoji ice cream
& more tea sweets
http://www.mitsuwa.com/matcha-love-by...

Matcha Love inside Mitsuwa Market
675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
408-255-6699 is the store number (they couldn't give me the Matcha Love phone number
)Store Hrs daily 9am-8pm

May 30, 2014
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Bay Area Check Please aired 5/29/14: Pinole Creek Cafe, Pinole; Shanghai House, SF; Murray Circle, Sausalito

Bay Area Check Please aired 5/29/14 these 3 places: Pinole Creek Cafe, Pinole; Shanghai Cafe, SF; Murray Circle, Sausalito. Any new reviews of these places in the last few months?

Bay Area Check Please link w/ reviews & videos:
http://blogs.kqed.org/checkplease/201...

May 29, 2014
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NEW: Chino in the Mission, SF - Menu has XLB & open daily until 1AM, any reports yet?

Read on EaterSF that Chino is now open. Menu sounds fun & XLB sounds good to me, "Shanghainese dumpling maker Leo Gan once folded dough for Cecilia Chiang at the Mandarin."

EaterSF link w/ opening menus:
http://sf.eater.com/archives/2014/05/...

Chino
3198 16th St at Guerrero, SF
Daily 11:30am-1AM

May 28, 2014
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Check Please aired 5/22/14: Capo's, SF; La Mar, SF; Bistro Liaison, Berkeley

Bay Area Check Please aired Th 5/22/14 these 3 restaurants. Any new reports on Capo's, SF; La Mar, SF; Bistro Liaison, Berkeley?

Website w/ reviews & videos:
http://blogs.kqed.org/checkplease/201...

May 22, 2014
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NEW: Bei Jing Restaurant, Point Richmond - Any reports?

Y*lpers mentioned Bei Jing opened up in Point Richmond, CA, any reports? Saw a pic of lion head meatballs so could be promising.

Bei Jing
199 Park Pl
Point Richmond, CA 94801
510-215-1688

May 22, 2014
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NEW: Kobe Curry, Mtn View - any reports?

Found about Kobe Curry in Mtn View from Y*lp. Hope hounds will report back if they try it.

Kobe Curry
180 Castro St, Mtn View
Read it's behind Shabuway, entrance along walkway left of it.

Website:
http://www.kobecurryus.com/

May 21, 2014
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New England Lobster Market & Eatery, Burlingame Report w/ PICS

I've been wanting to try New England Lobster Market & Eatery for a while now, and just last minute decided Mon 5/19/14 to go after work.

Traffic wasn't too bad on Hwy 101. Found the place fine using the GPS in the car. Parking available on street & in the back of the restaurant.

Only 1 cashier so the line can get long. Food tastes a little time to get, but pretty fast.

We got:

Naked lobster roll $17.50 - comes with house-made chips, I didn't try them but B. said they were really good. Coleslaw on the side was pretty good. Lobster roll was fine, lots of meat, bun felt a bit too big for all the meat. Butter on the side I didn't really need it.

Dressed lobster roll $17.50 - lobster tossed in mayo & whatever, it was ok, I think the Naked lobster roll is better. Comes w/ house made chips & coleslaw.

Cup of Manhattan $7 - B. didn't like it, it looked like red veggie soup. Slice of their butter bread.

Cup of lobster corn chowder $7 - I liked it, creamy, not a lot of lobster, some corn, but it was still tasty. Bread I found a bit hard.

Happy Hour Menu is at the Market side, order there. I didn't notice until after we finished eating. M-F 3-6pm
Clams: Top Neck or Little Neck $1.50 ea! Worker told me Little Neck suppose to be smaller & sweeter.
Oyster $1.50 - Blue Point oyster from James River VA
Beers: $3
Wine $5

Sold at Market side - Oyster Knife $4; Lobster cracker $4, etc.

Charge it. Separate bathrooms available. Inside & outdoor seating available.

NE Lobster Market & Eatery
824 Cowan Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010

Market hrs 9am-9pm daily
Eatery hrs 11am-9pm daily

May 20, 2014
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Fried Chicken Mondays at Pizzeria Delfina, Burlingame - Anyone try it?

Walking by I saw the sign for Fried Chicken Mondays at Pizzeria Delfina, Burlingame. Who's tried it? Do other locations have that special?

Pizzeria Delfina
1444 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame
650-288-1041

May 20, 2014
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Richardson's Ice Cream Parlor, South Lake Tahoe - Who's been?

Who's been to Richardson's Ice Cream Parlor in South Lake Tahoe? There's a listing on Y*lp, but I didn't see on Chowhound's board.

Richardson's Ice Cream Parlor
1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lk Tahoe
800-544-1801

May 19, 2014
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Paris Baguette Cafe, Milpitas - Grand Opening Weekend 5/16-18, 2014 Report w/ PICS

Checked out Paris Baguette Cafe Fri 5/16/14 for their Grand Opening weekend. Lots of people during lunch.

Didn't plan on getting so many things, but since you have to wait in line to pay and so many people you end up getting stuff you just want to try.

Got:

mocha soft cake - I read it wrong, thought it said mochi soft cake. Gave to co-worker, didn't try it.

soft cheese cake $1.75 - not a traditional cheese cake, didn't taste any cheese at all, just ok.

strawberry soft cake $1.75 - maybe I'll try it Sat or Sun.

one bite chocolate dessert $1- it was a glob of chocolate in the middle with a croissant tasting outside. I liked it.

fruit cup - M. got it.

croissant stick thing - M. got.

If you spend over $15 you get a Tote Bag, I asked for one not sure if we got charged or was it free cuz I didn't see the bill. got a Free red bean bun over $10. Free coupon book with any purchase.

Only 2 cashiers so it can be slow. They sell coffee, sandwiches, lunch combos. Didn't see caneles that I really wanted to try.

Paris Baguette Cafe
249 W. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
Near FedEx & Grocery Outlet

May 17, 2014
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Bay Area Check Please: Senor Sisig (food truck); M.Y. China, SF; Italian Colors, Oakland

Bay Area Check Please episode that aired Th 5/15/14: Senor Sisig (food truck); M.Y. China, SF; and Italian Colors, Oakland. What do hounds think of them? Any recent reports?

Blog w/ reviews & videos:
http://blogs.kqed.org/checkplease/201...

May 17, 2014
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I-Tea Oakland, opening and report

I think the shop is called I-Tea, 388 9th St Ste 125A, Oakland, CA 94607. 510-882-2228. From a Yelp menu pic looks like they have a Japanese Matcha Kreama drink $3.75

May 16, 2014
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No loaves for sale at The Mill, SF May 17-19, 2014

Just a note that The Mill, SF won't have loaves for sale May 17-19, 2014 because Josey Baker got married and all the bakers are celebrating - seen on their Instagram (themillsf)

May 14, 2014
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Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park - Boysenberry Pie (summer dessert) for over 50 yrs - who's tried it?

I just read on Yosemite Blog that the Ahwahnee Hotel makes a Boysenberry Pie for summer!! Any hounds tried it?

Blog has pic & even a recipe to make your own:
http://blog.yosemitepark.com/2014/05/...

May 14, 2014
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Cherry Season 2014 - Prices seen in the SF Bay Area?

I bought some cherries at Costco 2lbs for $12, paid too much on Fri, noticed at 99 Ranch Fremont they had Bing cherries for $2.99/lb today 5/12/14.

Hope others will post prices they see around the SF Bay Area.

May 12, 2014
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Monique's Chocolates, Palo Alto - any reports?

Monique's Chocolates is in Palo Alto, read on Yelp they will be closing June 15, has anyone been?

Monique's Chocolates
539 Bryant St, Palo Alto
650-323-9669

May 11, 2014
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Bluxome Street Winery, SF - any reports?

Saw a mention about Bluxome Street Winery in SF. Who's been and any reports?

Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome St, SF
Hrs: Tues-Sun 12-7
http://www.bluxomewinery.com/

May 11, 2014
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