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Rule #1...always...

check carton of eggs before purchase. dont want to buy a carton with one egg (or a dozen) that is cracked.

about 10 hours ago
majordanby in General Topics

Bringing food to parties/dinners

"I would feel ZERO obligation to serve it at that time"

So, do you normally tell guests beforehand not to bring food?

about 11 hours ago
majordanby in Not About Food

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

that hummus pizza, curry potato (thank god i only got a slice) and anything pesto i avoid like the plague.

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

i personally dont think all CB pizzas taste the same. some are "greasier" than others (e.g. 4 cheese), some are sweeter (e.g. peaches), some have pretty distinct tastes (e.g. anything pesto, anything topped with arugula), some are lighter (e.g. heirloom tomato). A pizza with roasted potatoes tastes different for me than one that has mushrooms.

The crust is the same. The different cheeses and toppings make the pizzas different.

Not saying I like all CB pizzas. I lived nearby and ate there frequently. I pretty much learned which types of pizza I didnt like and avoided them by following the posted menus on their website.

with that said, CB does have archetypes or foundations for the pizzas they put out (sweet vs roasted vs tangy vs pesto). cauliflower vs broccoli? taste pretty darn similar. nectarine vs peaches? ditto.

Football Saturday, breakast/brunch...near Berkeley but out of heavy traffic? Must be Veggie Friendly

gather in berkeley. opens at 10 for brunch. never been there during game day, especially when stanford rolls into town, but at least it's nearby.

sweet potato pie

i usually get my sweet potato pies from Virginia bakery in Berkeley. Need to order a few days in advance.

http://www.virginiabakery.com/

Murray's Cheese Bar's first "Meet the Maker" dinner

nice report. any idea of if and when they are planning to do another one of these?

Nov 11, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

How stinky is French raclette cheese?

I like where I was thinking instead. Now i just have an image of a naked hairy guy bending over who hasnt bathed in days.

Nov 10, 2014
majordanby in Cheese

How stinky is French raclette cheese?

how much further up? midway? female anatomy? wow. sorry. i had to go there and i will not look at epoisses in the same way.

Nov 10, 2014
majordanby in Cheese

How stinky is French raclette cheese?

"like the feet of an angel, you might even say"

if raclette is that, i wonder how one would describe the epoisses that is currently stinking up my fridge.

Nov 10, 2014
majordanby in Cheese

Fruits every morning ? Good or bad?

i usually add a protein with my fruit and it seems to hold me over. the protein is usually lean.

Nov 10, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Maine hounds SF trip report [long]

thanks for the report. Unfortunate about bar tartine. i think there are a few places in portland that mimic what tartine does - and perhaps does it better. i think the other places you tried were spot on based on where you were coming from.

Other Good Pizza In New Haven

i live nearby and always go to modern. just like clicking on the right square in minesweeper, youve opened up a new world for me. I'll give it a shot.

bagel recs

thanks, on my list.

Oct 29, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

thanks! I'll give it a shot. based on a post about bagels on the manhattan board, i believe you are an ess-a-bagel fan (as i am). how would you rate bagel market to them?

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

"but they arent what Id call ideal"

ok, so what would you call ideal and are there other places in the boroughs not already mentioned in this thread that you would recommend?

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

jen - i agree about bergen. they also have some non traditional bagels that likely irk the bagel traditionalist. i slightly disagree about la bagel. youre right about the size and the sweetness, but i dont think their bagels are quite as bready as bergen's.

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

i tried utopia bagels the other day. I got a dozen (they give a baker's dozen. they have a wed special where if you buy 3 you get one free). with the sesame being relatively hot, I ate that out of the bag. I like the size - not quite as small as bagel hole, but not as large as ess-a-bagel and its many size copycats. Nice crackle to the crust. although not as dense as ess-a, it still had a nice chewiness to it. as a comparison, i got a sesame bagel from oasis bagel. unfortunately, not an equal comparison because the bagel wasnt as fresh. however, the biggest difference between the two was that while both bagels had the same size, crunch, and chewiness, bagel oasis simply lacked flavor. that's the problem i have with absolute bagel, which gets a lot of similar praise to bagel oasis.

verdict: i like em. without a car, it's hard for me to get to that part of queens, so i wont frequent it as much as i would like to. but, i would urge others who can conveniently access utopia bagels to try it out. thanks again for the suggestion/revelation!

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

Lobster Tail Pastry

I prefer cannolis over lobster tails. however, i prefer lobster tails over sfogliatelle. something about the baked ricotta in a sfogliatelle puts it down a notch for me. there's nothing like a lobster tail with a nice hot cup of coffee on a cold day.

i get em from lucibello's in new haven.

Oct 24, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Coffee, pastries, lunches and happy hours/beer/cocktails for a greedy BC Hound please

not a huge coffee drinker, but blue danube is nearby.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

but the invisible hand!! adam smith!!

Coffee, pastries, lunches and happy hours/beer/cocktails for a greedy BC Hound please

i'll throw in heartbaker in the suggestion pool. i liked their scone and cheesecake.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918572

http://www.theheartbaker.com/

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

the findings from the nascent research on the effects of soda taxes on child obesity has been somewhat inconsistent. A few studies find no effects on various measures of adolescent health, specifically BMI, for the average adolescent, but larger effects on high risk teens, specifically low income, urban african americans. a study done by jason fletcher, a public health economist, finds a modest reduction in soda consumption, but that reduction is off-set by an increase in the consumption of other high calorie drinks (e.g. gatorade).

there hasnt been an experimentally based study on the effects of a soda tax on consumption/BMI (or at least any that i am aware of), so one must be careful about making causal claims with the few studies we do have available.

an effective non tax strategy that targets the population of interest is eliminating vending machines and soda altogether from schools. eliminating cigarette vending machines was an integral part of the national campaign to reduce smoking in the US (along with eliminating ads, increasing the availability of information on the detrimental effects of smoking, the emphasis on the effects of second hand smoking, and yes, taxes). there are other ways besides taxes to reduce the societal impact of "sin" products - i dont think there is a silver bullet. or at least we should rely on experimentally based research before we consider policies and methods.

Absolute Bagels on UWS

does east river bread only sell at smorgasburg? if so, are they there every saturday?

Oct 12, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Absolute Bagels on UWS

I visited absolute and had their bagels when they were literally tossed from the oven and into my bag. And they were fantastic. An hour or so later, not so much.

"but still no better than Murray's, David's, H&H, Ess-A-Bagel"

ive had murray's 4 times - two of those times eating there and the other two taking a dozen home. and all 4 were sub par. no taste. bready. ess-a and david's - fine, with ess-a-bagel being my favorite. havent tried H&H.

check out baz bagels while you're checking out black seed. also, brooklyn bagels on 8th ave and if you're deep into brooklyn, mill basin.

Oct 12, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Distinctive in SF for E. Coast [Portland, ME] foodies

coming from portland, i would avoid seafood since you guys have plenty of restaurants that do that (unless youre coming during dungeness crab season, which the east coast doesnt have).

portland has sort of the same restaurant culture as SF (e.g. locally sourced). one thing it does lack is a variety of ethnic cuisines. yank sing was a good suggestion. go down mission and try a burrito. burma superstar.

Visit the ferry plaza saturday morning - farmers market and the building itself houses a number of interesting shops.

Specific restaurant suggestions: Nopa, Aziza, Cotogna

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Oct 07, 2014
majordanby in Chains

halal guys truck 53 & 6th open today sunday?

any difference in the quality of the food in the brick and mortar vs the truck?

Oct 07, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

absolutely right about variation by city.

i guess it's about demand. who would provide the greatest demand for authentic thai dishes? probably thais. since there isnt necessarily a large thai pop in the bay area, thai restaurants need to cater to the customer base. if the american palette perhaps is not attuned to authentic thai cuisine, purveyors will bastardize dishes to fit that palette.

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

greater likelihood of not getting dumbed-down, americanized dishes in the bay area - thai, indian, chinese, or vietnamese?

i would vote vietnamese as the clear #1 and chinese as the clear #4. Thai and indian - could go either way.