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Hungry for Persian food, but on a budget

My favorite Persian place is Negeen in Campbell for the best Koobideh and Shirin Polo. The portions are large- enough for lunch for the next two days!

Jul 16, 2012
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Fruit tasting today at Andy's Orchard

I went and had a great time! We went a little overboard on the cherries and bought 15 lbs for two people! Yikes! My stone fruit favorite was the Flavor Supreme Pluot but didn't find any at the orchard.

Jul 08, 2012
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Aziza Tasting Menu and Nojo recommendations please

Going to Aziza tomorrow night for the first time. Should we get the tasting menu or just choose from the regular menu? Thoughts please.

Also - trying out Nojo tonight. Similar situation... Omakase dinner? or are there any recommendations on the menu that are must tries? The other option is to order the omakase + some extra items.

Feb 01, 2012
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

San Jose Dining info please

Hi!

I would suggest the following:
1. La Pastaia at the De Anza Hotel - It's the oldest hotel in San Jose. It's not a chain and they have creative desserts.
2. McCormick and Schmicks -Nice happy hour, walking distance from your hotel, out door seating and pretty good wings!
3. Morton's Steakhouse - Another good happy hour spot. Yummy burger and to die for souffles
4. Pho69 - You can feast for $60! It's on 2nd street. Good, fresh vietnamese food. Vegetarian Rolls and the Grilled Prawn noodle bowl are my favorites.
5. Saby - Local thai food. Open late. I love their pumpkin curry.

I tried to give you a mix of chain and non-chain restaurants.

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La Pastaia
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

Oct 23, 2011
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Corporate dining in San Jose that's not on Santana Row?

I second La Pastaia!

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La Pastaia
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

Sep 16, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Need recommendation - Italian in the South Bay

Tried Paesano for lunch the other day and wasn't that impressed with it. I tried the carpaccio and the antipasti platter. The carpaccio was quite small in portion and was lacking in flavor. The antipasti platter was pretty good with a nice Copa and Proscuitto with 1 slice of mozarella, some seafood salad and grilled veggies. My boyfriend had the bolognese which was also just "ok".

Overall, I would rather go to La Pastaia at the De Anza Hotel for better tasting food, variety and value. Deserts are more innovative. Pasta dishes are more developed and unique.

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La Pastaia
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

Paesano
350 W Julian St, San Jose, CA 95110

Sep 08, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Hay Market, San Jose - Vegetarian banh mi sandwiches, "Willow Glen hot dog" - anyone try it yet?

I tried it last Friday. It was "Day 23". No reservations taken - the place was bustling! We tried the charcuterie plate which was a nice selection of salami, had a few slices of brie, baguette, a fish cream of sort and a pate campagne. Delicious. Timing was off though - it came with our entree but they were nice enough to comp it. All wines by the glass were less than $10 bucks.

For entrees we tried the dry aged pork chop with eggplant caviar and the hanger steak. Both were cooked perfectly and were flavorful. Smashed potatoes was to die for. The dessert of peach clafoutis didn't look refined on the plate but it was also very delicious. Service was casual and it was nice that Joe (chef/owner) chatted it up with everyone. It gave the entire restaurant a local/homegrown feel.

Not everything was consistent though...but maybe they're still working out the kinks. Since it's community tables, you see what other people are eating. 3 other people ordered the hanger steak. Some came in a sizzling platter mine did not. Mine came with brocollini, others did not. Portions of pork chops were not consistent either.

Other than that, I LOVE this place and am so EXCITED that San Jose has a restaurant like this... FINALLY!

Aug 29, 2011
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Top 5 Bay Area Sandwiches?

Lucca's Ultimate Shmeared with their Garlic Sauce from Little Lucca in SSF
Sleeper on a Dutch Crunch from Darby Dan's
Italian Combo on a French Roll from La Villa (with a side of Cheese Ravioli's)
Grilled Pork Banh Mi with a side of Salt and Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips from Pho69 in San Jose
Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella and Fig Jam Panini from your local Whole Foods

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Darby Dan's
733 Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Little Lucca
724 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Aug 16, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

La Villa Delicatessen, San Jose - sandwiches, ravioli, sfogliatelle, bbq - best deli in the South Bay

I <3 La Villa! Everything is delicious but my absolute favorite lunch for 2 is: Italian Samwich with provolone and all the fixins, a pint of cheese raviolis with parmesan cheese, 2 amaretto cookies, and if we're splurging, a 1/2 pint of octopus salad! They cook the cheese ravioli's to order. They are OH SO FLUFFY!

They also have all the various specialty deli meats that they will slice to order for your charcuterie plates.

Aug 07, 2011
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AT&T (inside the) Park

Caramel Popcorn at the Club Level is a must try! They pour caramel over the corn and toss it fresh for each serving. Oooey, Gooey goodness! =)

Aug 01, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Authentic Vietnamese in the Bay Area

I really like the Banh Xeo at Grand Century (at the food court place... that's called Banh Xeo) and then there's an awesome rice plate place off Tully - Com Tam Dat Thanh.

I also agree with Com Ga Nam An for chicken salad and porridge combo.

For a little bit of twist on the traditional, Pho69 (I hate the name...) has good banh mi with freshly made salt and vinegar sweet potato chips!

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Nam An Restaurant
348 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

May 09, 2011
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Seeking unique breakfast in San Francisco (see wish list)

yeah - Lucky Chances is my kinda spot for 3am breakfast! ... and yes, even when sober, the food does taste quite good. My favorite is Chicken Tocino, with poached eggs and garlic fried rice dipped in their seasoned vinegar.

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Lucky Chances
1700 Hillside Blvd, Colma, CA 94014

Mar 14, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Macarons - Any new places?

I stumbled upon some interesting premium macarons at Mitsuwa japanese market. It's at the front of the market at their "High-End" bakery section. They're quite delicious but pricey! About $2.80 each!!! It's worth it though... I love the Salt flavor the most but they have Yuzu and Citron too. If you get a chance to try, let me know what you think!

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Mitsuwa
675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

Yuzu
3347 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Mar 10, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Good Eats in the Downtown San Jose Area

It is really HARD to find good food in downtown San Jose... The only places I can even think of recommending is La Pastaia at the De Anza Hotel. Delicious pastas, solid pizza and pretty good desserts.

Oh, and I recently tried Pho69... I wish they didn't name it that because the food is pretty good. Banh Mi Sandwiches served with housemade (fresh!) salt and vinegar sweet potato chips! They also serve cherry blossom rice with katsu chicken and a fried egg. Their spring rolls have grilled pork, mango slices, and crunchy shrimp. Traditional vietnamese food, freshened up. Pretty good... I dont' know how authentic but nevertheless, delicious. I just wish they didn't call it Pho69...and their slogan is even worst!

Good luck! Let me know if you find/try anything yummy in downtown.

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La Pastaia
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

Feb 25, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recent Visit to Taste Buds in Sunnyvale

We haven't tried their buffet...but went again for dinner tonight (3x in 2 weeks...) On my second visit, I tried their butter chicken and I love it much more than the tikka masala. Today some of the new dishes we tried were the Fish Pulusa - which just was the right tanginess and lots of chunks of fresh fish. Also tried their onion pakora and unlike other places, theirs is not greasy! Haven't had a dish yet that I didn't like.

Feb 10, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

CSA Thoughts

I'm a Two Small Farms subscriber. I love knowing that I can visit the farms and actually see what's growing...like I really feel like I'm part of the co-op. Their variety is also very unique, it's like getting a surprise every week. We got veggies (and sometimes fruit) that we've never even seen in the markets... rapini, bugs bunny carrots =) , beautiful salad greens, the sweetest varieties of melons, mushrooms, and during the summer, practically fresh strawberries every week. The weekly box is so huge that there's enough veggies for 3 people that love veggies.

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Feb 08, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

If you were in Berkeley for one night,

I would try to get a counter seat at Commis... on the border of Oakland and Berkeley

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Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Feb 06, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recent Visit to Taste Buds in Sunnyvale

Seriously this place had some of the best indian food I've had in a long time. Each and every dish was an explosion of flavors. Unlike other indian restaurants, each dish was a standout and not one tasted the same as the other. We went a little overboard and tried the following dishes between the two of us:

Appetizer:
~Gobi Manchurian - this was recommended by the server. Who knew deep fried cauliflower would taste oh so good. Crunchy, spicy, battered cauliflower that tasted like sri ra cha!

Breads:
~ Onion Kulcha (2 orders just because it was that good) - freshly made naan filled with lots of sweet onions that complemented the entrees so well. ~Garlic Naan - also came out piping hot. Flavor was delicate for garlic, but still delicious.

Rice:
~Lemon Rice - I loved that they had a variety of rice dishes. We decided to try the basmati lemon rice which was a bright yellow fluffy bowl of basmati rice with just a hint of lemon that you can sense at the back of the palate.

Entrees:
~Palak Paneer - I always try the Saag/Palak Paneer when I go to other places, but this one was different. Their version was a fresh bright green blend of spinach with tasty chunks of paneer and just had so much depth of flavors.
~Chicken Tikka Masala - Buttery, sweet, spicy tender chunks of chicken in a heavenly broth that I just wanted to drink like soup!
~Goat Curry - Boyfriend said it was absolutely the best goat curry he's had in a long time. It was rich, with just the right amount of gaminess.

Extras:
~Mango Lassi - Creamy, fresh, tangy.
~ Chai Tea - came out in a styrofoam cup just in case we wanted to take it to go..but it was so perfect with dessert. No additional sweetener needed as long as you eat it with Gulab Jamoon.
~Gulab Jamoon - Often overlooked in the buffet , here at Taste Buds, these heavenly dough balls fried with a hint of cardamom are soaked in a sugar syrup were the perfect ending to the meal.

Overall, this hole in the wall is our new favorite Indian restaurant. No frills, just good food. Can't wait to go back.

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Taste Buds
673 Grape Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Feb 05, 2011
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Recommendations for Dinner in San Jose- 8 people

If you want to go to Downtown SJ - I had a really pleasant dinner at La Pastaia last night. Solid pastas, entrees and awesome desserts. They have an inhouse pastry chef who's equal or even better than some top SF restaurants.

I second Morrocco's! It's fun, lively and you get a-lot of food! They have all you can eat family style dinner for $30pp... and their Sangria is super addicting.

I would skip Arcadia. it's just not one of Mina's strong restaurants (and it's always pretty empty).

Other hidden gems would be Nazca for Peruvian,

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La Pastaia
233 West Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113

Jan 28, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Menu with the best burrata?

Vicolleto in North Beach has absolutely the best, to die for burrata. Served so simply with good olive oil, arugula and cherry tomatoes, yet one bit feels so luxurious! I heard they import it straight from Puglia. Yum!!!

Jan 04, 2011
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best afternoon or high tea in SF or Marin?

Yes! Samovar. Bread Pudding and a nice cup of tea! Perfect and relaxing!

Nov 10, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Truffle Season

I found one more... Palio d'Asti is also starting a truffle menu on November 12 and 13. 5 courses; $75/person + $45 for wine pairing.

Nov 07, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Truffle Season

Looks like Alexander's having a truffle tasting menu - 9 courses black/white... $390.. ouch! Let me know if you try it.

Also per EaterSF - Poggio in Sausalito is having their Festa del Tartufo from November 9 - 13th.

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Poggio
777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Nov 07, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

True Moroccan restaurant.

I like Morocco's in San Jose - but my only relative comparison would be Menara Moroccan in San Jose as well. Morocco's is tons of times better!

Lentil Salad was yummy and beef tagine was so tender.

They have live music and their version of Sangria is delicious. I think our party drank 1 pitcher per person...there were 8 of us.

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Menara Moroccan Restaurant
41 East Gish Rd., San Jose, CA 95112

Nov 03, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

San jose, mobile to the sf area looking for...

Oysters near the convention center will be tough to get... Scott's seafood is a nice walk and has oysters but i'm not sure if you're going to get "good" oysters. I live in San Jose and have such a hard time finding good kumamotos in downtown. You may have to travel to SF to get some good west coast oysters later in the week.

Sushi is not good downtown either and you'll have to travel for some decent sushi places. You may be able to find some in SJ'sJapantown but will need to drive to those.

Best bet for the earlier portion of the week would be "street food":
La Victoria's greasy but addicting mexican food and orange sauce are a must try.
Mogo's BBQ truck can usually be found near SJSU.
Da Kao has cheap and tasty vietnamese sandwiches. Grilled Pork is my favorite and it's only $2.50!

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La Victoria
131 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Nov 03, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

I'm looking for the best breakfast/bruch in Silicon Valley. Your favorites?

If you'd like to venture more south you can try the following:
1. Stacks in Campbell has awesome everything. My favorite is the banana macadamia coconut pancakes.
2. Sweet Pea in Los Gatos is quaint and makes yummy buckwheat crepes - personal favorite is the crepes boulderado - horseradish, roast beef, caramelized onions..yum. And you have to get a dessert crepe.
3. Bills in Willow Glen - if you're in the mood for a party! Shots! Craziness and an overall good time.
4. Los Gatos Cafe in Los Gatos (The Ole' Iron Skillet) - for some breakfast fare + an extra large cinnamon roll that's pure indulgence.
5. Original Pancake House - for the absolutely most amazing, pancake for 2...apple pancake.

Hope you go exploring and let us know how it goes!!!!

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Iron Skillet Cafe
15662 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA

Oct 30, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Two new Chinese restaurants in Cupertino Village (Shanghainese and .... NorthEastern?)

Tried "Shanghai Restaurant" this evening for date night. HC Dumpling House sign is still up but there's a paper on the door that says "Pre-Open". The place was packed which was a good sign. We waited for about 15 minutes before we were seated. Service is still kind off. Maybe it's a cultural thing... but to order; to pay; to get anything, you'll have to flag down a server...and they didn't serve any water (even though we asked). We also noticed nobody else had water. They do have soda and hot tea. We ordered by number and was able to communicate through the minor language barrier.

We tried the Crispy Fried Fish with Sea Moss - DELICIOUS! The pork belly with bean curd twists were also a hit! Also had an order of XLB. I like it better than HC's version - tasty and it was the perfect temperature. My BF loved the pork liver dish. Also, they didn't have the red vinegar XLB sauce, instead they had this garlicky sweet/soy vinegar concoction that was so delish!

Can't wait to go back. They have a huge menu and I'd like to try their other dishes!

Oct 30, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chez Panisse plus this year's other Michelins

Haven't been to Kaygetsu but heard it's also amazing. Wakuriya was just really fun because it was really different. Imagine a serene and relaxed place where there was a lone chef that masterfully crafted each dish (either 6 courses or 9 courses which is really 12) for the 17 patrons each night. Reminded me of a similar zen like, peacefulness that I felt when I enjoyed a dinner at Commis.

I enjoyed the tasting menu at Luce and Dominique Crenn's style of cuisine. My only complaint is that the service at Luce just isn't as refined as the other Michelin rated restaurants. I must confess that I enjoyed Crenn's Into the Garden much more than Kinch's. Edgier presentation and enjoyable "dirt" Oh, and her dish "sea"... where "lobsterunifoie" just rolls off my tongue, that dish was so delicious that it made my eyes roll behind my eyelids and made me moan mmmmmm! Lobsterunifoie - that's just plain cheating!

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Kaygetsu Restaurant
325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Wakuriya
115 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo, CA

Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Oct 26, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Gary Danko???!!!

At Gary Danko and at most of the fancier places, everyone at the table gets their dishes placed before them at the same time. So for a party of eight, it's not unusual to have atleast 4 servers (most likely more) each time they bring a course. I went to Providence where we had 8 courses of dessert for 6 people, and for each course, we had 2 servers pouring the wine pairing and 6 servers that placed the dish in front of us + 1 explaining what we were eating. Pretty crazy...

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Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Oct 26, 2010
rosiella1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Luke's Local (San Mateo Hillsdale Caltrain station), San Mateo

Will let you know! Sending the boyfriend over there to bring home dinner tomorrow from this place. Menu on the website looks pretty darn good.

Oct 26, 2010
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