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please go to To Hyang [San Francisco]

I just got off the phone with Ohgane, I spoke with a male, possibly in his 20s or 30s, may have been ethnically Korean, as he spoke with a slight accent and responded appropriately when I delivered the traditional Korean greeting, and he confirmed that Ohgane no longer puts pine nuts in the raw beef dish we have been discussing in this thread. He said they did before, that's why it was listed as an ingredient in the menu, but no more, and he did not give a reason (I did not inquire further). So it looks like if you, like me, crave this dish with pine nuts, you're out of luck in the Bay Area.

The idea just occurred to me you could purchase some pine nuts, lightly brown them, and add them to the dish at the restaurant or at home, which makes me wonder why someone at the restaurant couldn't do this. I looked up Pine Nut Syndrome on wikipedia, found this (I had not heard of this syndrome before, and had not suffered any of the described symptoms, even after eating the aforementioned dish in 2007):

"The Nestlé Research Centre has hypothesized that nuts from a particular species of pine occurring mostly in China, Pinus armandii, is the cause of the problem. The suspect species of pine nuts are smaller, duller, and more rounded than typical pine nuts. A 2011 study found results consistent with this hypothesis and also suggested that chemicals used in the shelling process might be responsible...The FDA is currently investigating 'Pine Mouth'."

Jan 26, 2013
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please go to To Hyang [San Francisco]

Robert, you never fail to amaze me with your expansive knowledge of restaurants and food. Melanie is one of the most prolific food reporters on this site, and I admire her fearless spirit, but you are an unsung hero. I've gone to the online presences for all the places you mentioned, and have confirmed they do indeed have the very dish I crave. It seems Ohgane does list pine nuts as an ingredient, but curiously, the picture they have in their menu doesn't seem to contain any (if the pine nuts are there, they must not be whole, or maybe they are well-hidden in the mound of meat).

Sura transliterates the name of the dish as yukhoe, Sanh Maru as yook heh, and Jong Ga House as yuk hwe. Thanks for the tip.

Jan 26, 2013
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please go to To Hyang [San Francisco]

I had not heard of this restaurant before, vulber, so thanks for the tip. Throughout the years I've dreamed about the raw beef with raw egg yolk and julienne pears dish that I had at an excellent chowdown organized by Melanie a while back, wherein Melanie snapped this photo at the Sigoljip Korean BBQ in Santa Clara back in 2007:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/47...

From looking at photos of To Hyang's version on Yelp, it looks like theirs doesn't have pine nuts, which I think really makes the dish. If you look on Sigoljip's Yelp page, there is talk that the restaurant has changed owners and retooled their menu, and I can't seem to find any more references to raw beef or Yook Hwe (To Hyang transliterates theirs as Yuk Hae) past 2008. A shame really, I'm sad to hear that To Hyang may be the only restaurant in the Bay Area where one can find this dish, and maybe not even as good as what it could be.

Link to the 2007 Sigoljip Korean BBQ chowdown:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/396036

Jan 24, 2013
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Two bargain basement deals at SF Costco

I was at the store today, while it seemed like many in the crowd were excitedly watching the San Francisco 49ers vs Falcons game, and spotted these two specials after walking the entire bank of refrigerated aisles. I took a picture of the cheese, but not of the mousse. The 16 oz mousse is split into two 8 oz pate tubs, each tub individually wrapped in vacuum sealed plastic:

16 oz le Trois Petits Cochons (the 3 little pigs) mousse truffee pork & chicken liver mousse with truffles, topped with aspic, $5.97 each, 11276

d'Affinois garlic and herbs brie cheese, $4.97 / lb (regular price $9.97 / lb), 43092
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15742375...

As fellow chowhound wolfe has indicated in another Costco thread, if you wait, the price may go down, but you also run the risk of missing out entirely on the deal. I've included the item numbers after the price if you wanted to call ahead to confirm the items are in stock.

Jan 20, 2013
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Where to find beef cheeks today without pre-ordering

I was in Hayward Business Center Costco last year, December 6, and they had beef cheeks for $1.65 per lb, each box is around 60 lbs.

Nov 15, 2012
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Any intrepid souls out there?

fruti, Kayde, I didn't know there were fellow hounds in my area. I moved to the Fruitvale about 2 years ago for the excitement of the place, and haven't even scratched the surface. Looking forward to what you are eating, and am following you two.

Jan 04, 2012
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Fish bones for making stock in Oakland - Berkeley area (or anywhere in the East Bay, for that matter)

Escolar is good, but in small quantities. I think almost anyone is sensitive to the particular waxy escolar fat, and you should limit yourself to a couple of ounces at the most, or else you will have the unpleasantness of oily discharge that will surely ruin where you're sitting.

Dec 13, 2011
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Are restaurants open late in the Bay Area? What time do most places to res until?

I don't understand this sentence from your title: "What time do most places to res until?"

Dec 13, 2011
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Dungeness crab prices for '11

If there are human ghosts, why not crab ghosts?

Dec 12, 2011
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El Ojo de Aqua [Oakland taco truck]

Melanie, maybe it's because I'm on a slow connection, but I've tried the above link on both Firefox and Internet Explorer, latest versions, and in both, the link doesn't take me anywhere, it just shows me a map of North America.

Dec 06, 2011
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Dungeness crab prices for '11

Just came back from Oakland Chinatown, the best price I found was $3.59 / lb at LG Supermarket (formerly New Sung Hung Fat) for live crab, with mostly average size and some larger crab in the tank. For dead crab, all the stores I went to that had them, like New Sang Chong, were offering them for $2.99 / lb.

LG Supermarket
325 10th St. Oakland, CA

Dec 03, 2011
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Shad fish - where can I buy?

if you crave the ritual of sitting before a delectable cooked fish and slowly, painstakingly, carefully removing bone from flesh, might I suggest the milkfish:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milkfish

I see it invariably for sale at 99 Ranch in Richmond for $2.99 / lb, and I'm certain you can find it in almost any 99 Ranch, or Filipino or Asian grocery store (Union City or Daly City are your best bets), in the Bay Area. If you're unfamiliar with this delightful fish, I've eaten many since I was a small child, and two associations come to mind:

1. a whole milkfish has many bones, and the bones are unique in that, looking at a bone laid on a flat surface, one end is a single bone one would find in any fish, but then that bone dovetails into many bones. The best analogy is if you looked at a witch's broom laid on a flat surface, or better yet, the part of a tree you see above ground. Many of the bones of a milkfish have a tree structure
2. the rich, fish-oil fatty belly, that I find pairs well with rice. The milkfish has this layer of very rich semi-solid fat that surrounds its belly, and I find the belly fat can be divine with a bowl of rice. If you're into fish guts, I also love to eat the other organs of the milkfish, like the stomach and liver.

Having a bit more time and patience when I was younger, I loved to provision 2 hours to leisurely take apart and eat an entire milkfish whole. What I do is go into the fish department of a 99 Ranch, ask them to scale the fish, and maybe cut off the fins and the tail, but to leave everything else as is. Then I take it home, cook it on the grill, or pan-fry it, and it tastes great warm, especially the belly, but the flesh also tastes great cold as a late-night snack out of the fridge. Another good thing about the milkfish is, if you look in the freezer section of any of the above mentioned stores, you'll find lots of other milkfish products, like deboned, or juvenile milkfish, or just the belly portion, which many fish lovers like myself ooh and ahh over. The skin is also really good.

Happy eating!

Nov 29, 2011
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"Old Man Cakes" (Lao Gong Bing) at Wonder Food Bakery, Oakland Chinatown

My heavens, abstractpoet, what an extraordinary find. Flaky crust, meaty, sweet filling with a nutty crunch, and $1.30 out-of-pocket for five lao gong bing, circular, about 3 inches each in diameter. Sprinkled with black sesame seeds on top for an appealing presentation (I'm bringing these to Thanksgiving dinner), delicious, and a real bargain.

Note: you need to flag the attention of one of the young women working the counter and ask for them, as they are not displayed prominently, at least when I was there.

Nov 22, 2011
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Grocery Outlet 20% off Wine Starting Nov 9 - Opinions?

Just came back from Grocery Outlet Oakland, in search of good sparkling wine (champagne), and prompted by rworange (thanks Krys!), I got four 750 mL bottles of Gato Negro Brut (charmat method), product of Argentina. Haven't opened it yet, but looking forward to some affordable bubbly. The price was $3.99 (with tax it's $4.34 / bottle). The 20% off promotion is no more. Here's a link to more info, including a picture of the bottle:

http://mendoza.uvinum.com/gato-negro-...

Nov 18, 2011
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duck, duck and more duck

The link you shared refers to this page.

Nov 16, 2011
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Chicken Pot Pie/ Berkeley or Oakland Area

I'm not sure what you mean by "U2" here.

Nov 08, 2011
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A Lot of Bang for the Buck with a Banquet at Five Happinesss

Amazing photos and captions, and a great review. I've actually been to Five Happiness many times in the past, but not in a while (there are so many amazing restaurants in the Bay Area). But this is what I live for when coming to chowhound: food porn.

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Five Happiness
4142 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Nov 06, 2011
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2011 Crab Season opens November 15

Mussels sport harvesting season opened a few days back:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/env...

Nov 05, 2011
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In search of exceptional cinnamon rolls

You might also want to try Sin Dawgs from Dave's Killer Bread:

http://www.daveskillerbread.com/sinda...

Nov 05, 2011
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Good brisket, if you can get it, at Oakland's Double D BBQ

Why go to all the trouble of creating a professional web and social media presence, and never be open for business when people show up? In the video, one of the managing partners appears to be in his 30s. I googled his name (he remains unsmiling in his facebook profile photo), and found his other partner is a Randy Doke. I visited the facebook page for the restaurant, and see they stopped updating it several months back, in mid-April. The two may be going through some personal issues or perhaps having disagreements is all I can fathom. "What the fork?!" is right:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i962ut...

Nov 03, 2011
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Food Trucks at 21st and Webster in Oakland

There's a quick summary by singleguychef, who also works nearby, here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803758

Oct 26, 2011
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Food trucks: which ones are really good and which ones are just fads

Here's a picture of what singleguychef is talking about:

http://twitpic.com/70fcd8

And this description is from their menu:

Braised Oxtail winter vegetables and grits $9
Fall-off-the-bone braised beef oxtail, young carrots, potatoes, caramelized onion and orange gravy, served over creamy grits

By the way, really like the new website, Ben. Are you going to change your chowhound handle to focussnapeat?

Oct 19, 2011
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East Bay weekend happy hours?

Robert, I'm not quite sure how you came up with this list so fast (perhaps you're a fellow fish? ;-), but if you have some sort of personal database, it is quite impressive.

Oct 18, 2011
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Excellent off the beaten path affordable Cantonese at Yum's Bistro in Fremont

K K, my apologies. I thought you were the Kevin K on Yelp who also likes Yum's Bistro quite a bit and I thought took some of the same pictures which you linked to before:

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gpCZaK...

And now I see I mixed-up Kevin with Ken, as in Yelp's Ken K.

If you are Ken K, I really like your reviews on Yelp, especially your creative use of the ASCII art.

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Yum's Bistro
4906 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94555

Oct 18, 2011
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Excellent off the beaten path affordable Cantonese at Yum's Bistro in Fremont

Kevin, I really appreciate the update, but is there a particular reason you listed those dishes in the order that you did? I am looking through their "Creative Dishes" and am cursing whoever put up the pictures without English captions. Do you have any idea what these following dishes are:

https://picasaweb.google.com/10464474...

https://picasaweb.google.com/10464474...

https://picasaweb.google.com/10464474...

https://picasaweb.google.com/10464474...

I spoke with Jason, the waiter, and in his limited English, I got that the following dish was salt & pepper oyster with crispy gut, adorned with kiwifruit, preserved egg, and ginger, $30:

https://picasaweb.google.com/10464474...

Oct 18, 2011
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Coliseum Way pupusas [Oakland]

Ruth, I have to ask, is there a reason for the disparity between how you spelled the word above and the way the truck spells it as "Sinalouense"? It seems that both you and the truck may have misspelled the canonical form, which according to Google is "Sinaloense", to mean Sinaloan.

Oct 09, 2011
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Hog Island Oysters - buyer beware...

We love you, CarrieWas218! :-)

Oct 03, 2011
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Fresh & Easy on Hesperian Blvd in Hayward

Branching off this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/719631

I just got back home from this store, the employee I spoke to said they'd been open 4 days. They have a grand opening celebration with balloons and gift card raffles every hour, tomorrow until 2pm. Inside the store, I was able to get a coupon booklet which gave you $5 off when you spend $20 or more (excludes alcohol, dairy and gift card purchases). They have a sale this week on 64 oz bottles of apple juice from concentrate, .99 / bottle (limit 4). I got four bottles, and some boneless New York steak, boneless filet mignon, center-cut bone-in pork chops, boneless ribeye steak, and, from their prepared foods, prosciutto chicken with risotto, grand total $15.72 after applying coupon. I felt I was doing something wrong walking out of the store paying so little.

Oct 01, 2011
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The Local Butcher - Excellent new butcher in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

Could you please enlighten us on what the 3 price levels were?

Sep 30, 2011
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Hog Island Oysters - buyer beware...

"buyer beware" makes it sound like they're doing something sneaky or underhanded. If you had asked the bartender how much an assorted dozen was, or looked at a menu, perhaps we wouldn't be here. I understand how you feel, sometimes I like to pretend I'm one of the snooty "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" crowd, and in this case, you got a sense of what it's like to be part of that club.

Sep 25, 2011
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