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Best and Worst Cooking Shows

Anyone see that show "Eric Greenspan Is Hungry"? Nothing groundbreaking but the way he eats is a total turn off omg, straight chewing with mouth open eating like a coyote!

Mar 24, 2015
Bunson in Food Media & News

Fed-up restaurant owners fight back at Yelp reviews

My least favorite reviews are the ones that turn their visit in what should just be eating a meal into some daily diary on life.

Mar 17, 2015
Bunson in Food Media & News
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Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

I still watch for the one-liners and I'll know after the first episode if it'll be a funny season. It's all about the contestants and whether or not they can deliver a line.

Mar 16, 2015
Bunson in Food Media & News

Best New Restaurant = Worst new show

I wouldn't write this show off completely because it has some new restaurants I would otherwise have never come across. It does have some overly contrived elements that make my stomach turn (the secret diner segment in particular).

Worst new show though is Food Fortunes. That show is such a horrible rip off of Shark Tank it's criminal.

Mar 16, 2015
Bunson in Food Media & News

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

The new 85 Degree bakery on Barber Lane in Milpitas opened up last week. It's in the complex where the ABC Seafood dim sum is located, but it's located in the REAR of the complex...you can't see the storefront from the street but you need to park/walk around to the back.

Odd thing though - while I'm one of 85 Degrees' biggest fans, I stopped by this morning to pick up some stuff to bring into work, and some of the baked items had an extremely off-putting "plastic" taste to the dough. Any have a similar experience here or elsewhere? It was a plastic/chemical taste that was very pronounced.

Mar 16, 2015
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

Fed-up restaurant owners fight back at Yelp reviews

There's going to either be an occasional bad experience at any restaurant and/or there's a segment out there full of themselves who just use Yelp for personal gain or to feel important.

On the flipside there's also going to be friends of the business posting glowing reviews.

I'm hoping that the general population with half a brain will be able to read through the reviews of a place and realize that these outlaying reviews are the exception and not the norm.

Mar 16, 2015
Bunson in Food Media & News

Eating Raw Oysters, Is it safe?

I buy the shucked oysters in a jar from Costco and eat them raw out of the jar. Have never gotten sick and they taste fine to me!

Jan 08, 2015
Bunson in General Topics

Best Korean in Santa Clara (or in general South Bay/Peninsula)?

I recently went to a place called Chungdam in Santa Clara that just opened a couple of months ago, and I think it's the best Korean food in Santa Clara, and better than a lot of places in LA as well. It's a little on the pricey side and it has some "fusion" elements, but the place is clean and modern, a bit upscale, and the service is amazing. Dishes were shared with the people I was with, we ordered the yangnyum galbi, pork bulgogi, haemoolsoondubu, and chungdam bibimbap. Everything was good and I wouldn't hesitate to re-order any of the above, but they have other menu items I want to try first. One other thing that stood out was that the freshness of the banchan compared to many other Korean places I've been too. Maybe another person on this board can check them out and write a more detailed/foodie type of review, but this place is fantastic.

http://chungdamsv.com/

Jan 06, 2015
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

"What discontinued products do you miss?"

Callard and Bowser Butterscotch. Second place isn't even close.

Dec 18, 2014
Bunson in General Topics

Different types of beef

The cut with the most fat, just don't cook the fat out.

Dec 18, 2014
Bunson in General Topics

Food or food related magazines?

This is an amazing site with a list of food journals/publications. I wish I could subscribe to them all!

http://foodieodicals.com/publications/

Nov 13, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

Chickens have gotten ridiculously large since the 1950s

I'm sure these things are force fed and stuffed full of "supplements" to make them grow faster and bigger, but, when I pick out my Foster Farms rotisserie chicken at Costco I still look for the one with the biggest slabs of breast meat, since they're all sold by unit instead of weight.

Oct 13, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

Ramen Yokocho in Bay Area! (San Jose)

Thanks for the report. How was it later in the day on Saturday? Did the lines get any longer or was it fairly reasonable the whole time you were there?

Oct 04, 2014
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

Ramen Yokocho in Bay Area! (San Jose)

Did anyone go to this on opening day Friday? How was the setup/lines? Any tips if I plan to go one of the days?

Oct 04, 2014
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

The food's terrible...and such large portions

If you want to exclude buffets, I'm inclined to mention Cheesecake Factory. I like their cheesecake, but I find a lot of their entrees overly salty that try to impress you with portion/presentation.

Oct 01, 2014
Bunson in Chains

The food's terrible...and such large portions

+1 for Golden Corral - just a salty greasy carb and fat filled wasteland.

Sep 30, 2014
Bunson in Chains

Hell's Kitchen-it was never good but now it is so bad

Hell's Kitchen is a guilty pleasure. My favorite parts are the little snippets the contestants make in their "confessional" clips where they talk into the camera. They're probably scripted but some of the contestants have great delivery of those lines, and, the accompanying sound effects are perfect. Total crack up for me lol

Sep 30, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

Best dessert at Costco?

Their carrot cake is awesome, but deadly! Also, the brownie brittle (plain or even better over vanilla ice cream) is hard to control once you eat one piece.

Aug 05, 2014
Bunson in Chains

Joes Crab Shack

I was born and raised in California and after college went to St Louis/Atlanta for jobs. I had not eaten my beloved dungeness crab in years, saw a Joe's Crab Shack in Atlanta. Decided to get some dungeness crab there, 1/10. Tasted nothing like the sweet savory dungeness crab I grew up eating, was just completely flavorless crab meat. It was as if the crab was cooked, frozen, thawed (where all the flavor thawed out), then steamed to re-heat which removed any last traces of crab flavor. By the time I ate it, it tasted like nothing. It also cost an arm and a leg, would never ever ever ever go back.

Aug 05, 2014
Bunson in Chains

Restaurant Patrons

Sweet, thanks! I'll go check out those other threads.

Sorry for the extra post, haven't been on this site in a few weeks.

Jul 29, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

Restaurant Patrons

http://themetapicture.com/people-kept...

Not sure if this was posted already, or if the above is even true, but reading it makes sense as I see it pretty much everytime/everywhere I go out to eat nowadays. Where would you draw the line, as either a) a customer or b) a chef/owner?

Jul 29, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

Being that the stadium is in the middle of Silicon Valley, there are thousands of Indian people in the tech industry, the majority of them being vegetarian. I'm not sure what their attendance is like for football games but I'm sure a good amount will have tickets and will appreciate the vegan options.

Jul 29, 2014
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

best cioppinno?

I've never been, but how about Phil's Fish House? He beat Bobby Flay on Throwdown so that should kind of win SOME points, no!?

Jul 29, 2014
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Being a "foodie" is something a lot(way to many actually) of people put down as a hobby.

Jul 29, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

This was actually back around 1999-2001! I had recently moved there from California for work!

Jul 28, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

What NOT to buy at Costco's

The Everybody's Nuts pistachios are fantastic, those are the ones I buy. I tried the plain Kirkland Pistachios, but those were the ones that had the chlorine taste.

Jul 28, 2014
Bunson in Chains

Role of Critics

Does anyone really even read newspaper critic write ups anymore? Unless it comes up on the front page of a Google search, I'd say no.

Jul 22, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News

Three dinners in San Francisco.

Been to GD once a few years ago and still memorable because it was some of the best service I've ever had. People might suggest places with better food but the service plays such a big role in the entire experience and memories of the meal.

Jul 22, 2014
Bunson in San Francisco Bay Area

What NOT to buy at Costco's

Hands down it's the chia pods in the refrigerated section. Disgusting taste/texture. Another item are the Kirkland brand pistachios - they have a chemical/chlorine taste to them that was very off putting.

Jul 22, 2014
Bunson in Chains

Memorable Quotes about booze

In St. Louis late one night I saw a local TV spot from a drive through liquor store with the tag line "If she doesn't look good, you haven't had enough to drink!" or "If you don't look , she hasn't had enough to drink!" It was one of those two, I forget exactly which variant but couldn't believe that aired.

Jul 22, 2014
Bunson in Food Media & News