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Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

I second Melanie's suggestion. Also, sam's chowdermobile up in half moon bay - they also visit various markets and street food setups across the bay area.

Apr 19, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Single Men Who Cook

i was bringing up two stereotypes of men and cooking - microwave/out of can and BBQ'ing. Making anything else (like quiche or baking brownies) - not a male stereotype. However, as someone who nearly always ends up BBQ'ing whenever I am with family, your point is well taken.

Apr 16, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

10 best Supermarkets

if it's any consolation, wal mart was ranked at or near the bottom of this list.

Apr 16, 2014
majordanby in Chains

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

"I'm directly across from the kitchen and restrooms"

ahhh, if there are any bad smells, blame it on the restroom

Apr 14, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

3 drinks, up at 3am, why?

well, that's disappointing. I thought you referring to the land of chocolate dream homer simpson had but instead of chocolate it's pizza.

a city made entirely of pizza....mmmmmmmm

Apr 14, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

3 drinks, up at 3am, why?

"crazy pizza dreams"

wow, i wouldnt mind having one of those.

Apr 13, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Bread Bible

hi, thanks for the reply. yeah, its the levy book. im going to take roxlet's advice and go back to the store and look through it to see if anything catches my fancy.

Apr 11, 2014
majordanby in Home Cooking

Bread Bible

I own "Bread" by jeffrey hamelman. I walked by the book store the other day and saw Bread Bible for sale. Any reason to buy Bread Bible if I already own Bread?

Apr 11, 2014
majordanby in Home Cooking

Ham for Easter

belcampo was selling last year - might check them.

Apr 11, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can OctoberFeast breads and pastries be found?

Last I checked - Berkeley markets - Thursday and Sat. Grand Lake on Sat. Marin on Sun.

Apr 03, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Best pizza in the East Bay

"La Puzzola" special with morels, Gorgonzola, and truffle oil - Yes, a pie I sorely miss.

Mar 30, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best pizza in the East Bay

My top list - note that im no longer in the bay area, so i havent tried any relatively new places.

Cheeseboard - It really depends on the toppings, simple as that. everything else is pretty consistent (e.g. crust, quality of toppings, etc.) If you're going to go and you're not local, look at their website - they have a schedule that shows you what pizzas they have for that day. I hate anything they do with pesto, not a fan of their roma tomato pies. They try different topics depending on the season (e.g. peaches in the summer) - it what makes this place unique.

Emilia - I agree with moto above. When he makes a good pie, it's one of the best. but sometimes, I get a pie where the crust really brings it down.

Gioia - As close to an east coast pie as it gets in the East Bay. Pretty consistent too. I'm not a fan of their slices - but, when i get a whole pie, it's been pretty consistently good from pie to pie.

Boot and Shoe - If I wanted to take someone new to the area out and not go to SF to try a "California" stye pizza, I would take them here.

Little Star - I go back and forth between Little Star and Zach's. Little Star does have a unique crust, which gives it that "crunch" and hold that Zach's somewhat buttery crust lacks. Both have their fans - I like Little Star's sausage and Zach's mushroom.

Forge - Only tried this once, really liked it.

East End - Tried a slice, tried a pie - didnt like either. the crust didnt hold, was sagging midway through the meal.

Lo Coco's - This place was near where I lived, so I went here often - so, proximity and familiarity play a role. I think they make a good pie - consistent. A bit expensive, but worth a try if you're in the area.

Mar 30, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Do you cook when you're down?

when im down, i usually bake bread. and eat it all.

Mar 27, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Relative always ruins good food

limit your experiences of being with her in the kitchen cooking. eat less of what she makes. if she has other redeemable qualities, focus on that. she's now family - deal with it. this seems like a small problem - if it's systemic of something more insidious about her character that you dislike (maybe she's too into herself, maybe she's bossy, maybe she doesnt like you and her sister marrying and is passive aggressively channeling that anger through things like this), well no one on a food board can help you out with that.

Mar 21, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Pulsating, Gyrating Flashing Ads?

There's an ad now at the bottom with a woman apparently eating or brushing her teeth with an octopus arm - "Live flesh: 7 foods that are eaten alive." That picture creeps me out.

Mar 19, 2014
majordanby in Site Talk

Your "Go To" Store-Bought Roasted/Rotisserie Chicken

my father is insane - he's gone on this rotisserie chicken splurge recently. when i visited over the winter, he bought one from sam's club, albertsons, bashas, safeway, frys and the military commissary. thankfully, not all on the same day. of all those, i had albertsons ranked the highest.

Mar 15, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Who still drinks soda?

only on the following occasions:

-i eat a burrito
-i eat a pizza
-i eat a burger
-i need to be really awake for something

i rarely eat burgers and i get enough sleep, so it's really options 1 and 2. for every 10 burritos, i'll have a coke for perhaps 5 of them. For every 10 times i eat pizza, i'll have a coke for likely one of them.

Mar 15, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Who still drinks soda?

that must of have been one helluva humid day

Mar 15, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Happy Mardi Gras! The season of Lent, do you have any food or cooking commitments?

you're more likely to eat bread than pizza, i am assuming, since pizza is a specific dish while bread can mean a lot of things. I guess it depends on what is most important for you to give up.

Mar 04, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Happy Mardi Gras! The season of Lent, do you have any food or cooking commitments?

Giving up alcohol, diet cola and nuts. giving up the 1st because i find myself drinking more often when im down. giving up the 2nd because i dont feel all that great when i drink the stuff. and giving up the last item because i eat too much of it - and too many nuts have consequences on the waist line.

i drank a diet coke for lunch and will be drinking all my alcohol up tonight (paired with cheese and....nuts).

happy fat tuesday!

Mar 04, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Do TJ's differ drastically in different regions?

my experience is that produce, bread and alcohol vary by region. perhaps cheese. everything else more or less stays consistent.

Feb 24, 2014
majordanby in Chains

Looking for suggestions of 'must try' places while in San Francisco and San Jose

bakeries - tartine, craftsman and wolves for more unusual bakery items, arizmendi - these three are fairly close to one another

go to the ferry building farmers market on saturday morning - the best thing about the bay area is the produce. the ferry building itself also has some good places to eat

Feb 24, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

empanadas?

can anyone suggest some good places to get empanadas? any style (southern euro, latin american, filipino, etc.) im based in new haven but am willing to travel. thanks

Feb 24, 2014
majordanby in Southern New England

Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? - 2014

i dont know if i cant live without these, but these are the products i buy at TJs and not in other stores

1. Multigrain O's
2. Greek Yogurt
3. Multigrain blend with vegetables
4. Blueberry Bran muffins
5. Popcorn with olive oil

Feb 17, 2014
majordanby in Chains

What is the best sourdough starter?

Great post, especially the comment about patience. When I created by starter, my first loaf was good, my second was atrocious...but things gradually improved upon there after more calibration. It's a learning process - now I have two starters going and both are very distinct from one another.

Feb 17, 2014
majordanby in Food Quests

Would you be grossed out by this?

reminds me of that scene in american pie.

Jan 31, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food
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Would you be grossed out by this?

you know what, i bet that chef was running to the manager to tell him or her that there is piss all over a toilet in the women's restroom. good for him!

Jan 29, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food
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Food items coupled with non food items

When and where was this?

Jan 26, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Food items coupled with non food items

Baseball cards were routinely sold with cigarette packs during the turn of the 20th century. Many of those cards, in near mint to mint condition, are worth hundreds to thousands of dollars today. The most famous and expensive is the honus wagner, which is more scarce - the theory goes is that wagner refused to have his image associated with cigarettes and smoking and hence the manufacturers stopped making his cards altogether. today, a poor version of the card will fetch six figures. a near mint will fetch millions.

Jan 26, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Food items coupled with non food items

Today, I opened up a 1989 Topps baseball card pack. Out popped a piece of hard, stale 25-year old gum. I remembering opening these packs as a kid - a lot of the times, i just threw the cards in a shoebox and enjoyed the gum. The nostalgia almost led me to put the stale confection into my mouth, but common sense told me otherwise. They stopped putting gum into card packs sometime in the 90's, but brought them back sometime several years ago. I also remember getting baseball cards in hot dog and bologna packs, cereal boxes and cracker jack boxes. I think that whenever i got a card of one of my favorite players, it somehow enhanced the flavor and satisfaction of the food item coupled with that card.

Any favorite foods that were coupled with non food items (and vice versa)?

Jan 25, 2014
majordanby in General Topics
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