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Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

I was just playing along, emglow101. Keeping the secret. It's a great area. I like McCloud, too.

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

No more about Shasta from me. :)

Aug 14, 2015
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

A nice thing about Bar Tartine is that their food is not quite like what you're going to find at many restaurants I've seen anywhere in North America in my not all that extensive travels. So there's a good bet you won't have something all that similar at home.

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

It's probably too far afield for the OP in that it's 4+ hours away, but Mt. Shasta has a pretty thriving hippieish scene. Dogwood Diner in nearby Dunsmuir is pretty evocative of that and is a nice blend of then and now. It's slow, laid back, has friendly clientele and an organic menu that has some things along the lines kitkat describes.

Sebastopol is a good mention. It's probably as hippieish as it gets around here these days. The Santa Cruz farmers market on Wednesday afternoons is good that way, too.

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

Rainbow is absolutely a must. It's living history as the remaining store from a big network of collective food stores and suppliers from the 60s and 70s. You'll even find people shopping there and working there who've been around all along. And it's bigger and better than ever. For someone who's expressed what you have, I'd rate it as the number one food destination in SF. I've shopped there for 40 years and still love being there every time I go. While you're there, consider that the city was once full of places like this, even if they were a lot smaller and simpler.

SF hound summer 2015 trip report

I'm a long time SF and Bay Area resident, too. A number of places in Portland remind me of Valencia St., a street I've been up and down literally thousands of times.

Jul 19, 2015
maigre in Metro Portland

Latest Portland trip report from Vancouver Hound (no, the other Vancouver!)

Inspired in part by this thread, we made a point of going to Davenport during our visit earlier in the week. We all loved it. I like the casual ambience. It's genuine, not manufactured. And the food is local, clean, creative and reasonably priced. I wish more places were like this as they once were. Too often in recent years, it seems like restaurants put more into the business plan than they do into the actual food. The food appears to be more than what it actually delivers with a higher price than what it delivers. It doesn't seem like that here. It felt and tasted great.

The menu has changed since grayelf's visit. We had a beet green and pork crepinette, a ball of those things and a little more chopped/ground and cooked together. There was mustard on the side, but the crepinette was so good that ultimately, I stopped using the mustard, even if it was a good go along. Beet greens are a personal favorite, which I often get for free at farmers markets because so many beet buyers leave them behind like carrot tops. Much to my benefit. Lamb meatballs were great, too. A mixture of chopped, spaghetti-like noodles and seafood in a tomato broth of sorts was somewhat different than you might expect and had nice flavors and textures. A purslane salad with peaches was terrific, too. Purslane is another family regular for us. We'll be back to Davenport.

I tried Ranger chocolate for the first time during the trip and really wanted to get to Cup and Bar, but it didn't happen. Next time.

Jul 19, 2015
maigre in Metro Portland

Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

I went to U District and Broadway. I'd meant to get to Ballard, but that'll probably happen next week. I liked Willie Greens stuff, too. Their sugar snap peas were crisp and tender at the same time, as good as it gets. We got some beef from Olson's too. Beefy, but tender and delicious at the same time. Lots of great stuff scattered around and plenty of friendly people.

Jul 06, 2015
maigre in Greater Seattle

Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

Great! Thanks, MsMaryMc. Both seem like spots we'd make a point of visiting.

Jun 25, 2015
maigre in Greater Seattle

Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

This is a tangent, but I'll be visiting soon and want to check out a farmers market or two. I'm interested in variety, uniqueness, ambience, preferably prepared foods that are worthwhile, too. Is the U district market a good one? I'm probably staying near there.

Jun 24, 2015
maigre in Greater Seattle

Shorty Goldstein's FiDi Jewish Deli,SF opened 3/5/13 - any reports?

I'd have sampled, too, had I realized they were giving them. The sandwiches looked like they were a little thin on meat.

Mar 23, 2015
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

I hadn't realized that gongura is also known as red sorrel. Funny, because the first time I tried it, at Taste Buds, I thought it *was* sorrel. It has the same sort of flavor and texture, at least cooked. IIRC, they brought me a little piece at my request and the leaf was not as thin or soft as the sorrel I'm used to.

Taste Buds' gongura goat is well worth eating when it's around, as are all their gongura dishes.

Feb 26, 2015
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

I5 [Dunnigan to Oregon]

A year and a half later...

Dogwood Diner is outstanding. Mountain town casual, high quality healthy ingredients, superbly executed, friendly workers and patrons. If it were in the Bay Area where I live, I'd be a regular.

Jan 06, 2015
maigre in California

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

People who participate here take their eating seriously enough that, over a little time, they're going to know how to avoid getting an outright bad meal almost 100% of the time. So the many restaurants that would qualify never get a "chance."

Disappointing meals aren't quite so hard to come by, though, particularly if one's budget has boundaries. It's pretty easy to get a meal that doesn't feel like it was worth the money spent, even if it wasn't bad, sometimes even when it's pretty good.

Oct 06, 2014
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

I made a chicken stock last week and went back to cooking it for less time, about 4 hours. It was far better than when I cooked it for two days. I bought some necks, backs and feet at the farmers market yesterday, the same ones I overcooked when I started the thread. I'll make them this week. I'm optimistic that with that shorter cooking time, they'll be much tastier.

Oct 06, 2014
maigre in Home Cooking

Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

Thanks again, for the added comments.

This is only the third time I've tried this, where I've cooked my stock into oblivion. But only now did I start thinking that all those hours were doing more harm than good. The affirmation of errors of my ways are satisfying. ;)

I'll buy some more bones tomorrow and do it right.

Sep 13, 2014
maigre in Home Cooking

Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

Thanks everyone. This is very helpful feedback. Next time, I'll go back to a shorter cooking time and will only cook the veggies and aromatics for a couple of hours.

There is some meat in this recent chicken stock. It's not all feet. And there's been plenty of it in my beef stocks. So that's not the culprit.

Sep 12, 2014
maigre in Home Cooking

Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

I've made beef and chicken soup stocks (not together) for years. Lately, I've taken to cooking them for a long time. Like 48 hours or more. The idea is to cook the s*%t out of it and make a rich, tasty stock. At the beginning, I add onions, garlic, celery and carrots along with maybe some herbs or ginger on occasion. It used to always come out nicely, cooked for less time.

But now that I've cooked for so long, the flavor hasn't been as good. I just did a chicken stock with lots of bones and feet. When refrigerated, the soup doesn't even gel like it normally would with feet. It doesn't really even taste like chicken soup. I've had the same problem with beef stock where it loses its character. Both end up tasting similar to each other, sort of bland and with a kind of overcooked onion flavor.

The farmers market vendors I've bought the bones from insist that they cook their stock for days and it turns out great.

What's going wrong? Am I overcooking? Is 48 hours too long for onions to stew in a stock? Is going back to half a day or so of cooking with beef and less for chicken a better way to go?

Sep 12, 2014
maigre in Home Cooking

San Francisco weekend

Thanks for the pointer. I'll have to give it a try one day soon.

Mar 10, 2014
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco weekend

I noticed that Lahore Karahi was open not too long ago. Hadn't it closed at one point? Is it the same owner as it was a few years ago?

Mar 09, 2014
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

South Bay: where to buy fresh red jalapeños or Thai bird chiles?

Borba at the Mountain View and various other farmers markets has a variety of chiles and peppers. They have some long, wrinkly, narrow chiles that can be slightly hot, though only slightly. I think he calls them Portugal peppers. They're similar to what are sometimes called chilacayote (sp?) chiles in Mexico, though maybe milder. His jalapeños today were mostly green, but some were partly red. But I think the rest were sweet. They're worth checking with and asking if they don't have what you're looking for.

Recommendation for 3 days (French, seafood)

I'll echo AmbroseBurnside's words which, as he/she pointed out, are not exaggerated. On a recent trip, I ate plenty of good food, but none of it stands out the way that Kedai Makan did.

Jan 04, 2014
maigre in Greater Seattle

One dim sum place -- or maybe two.

We went to the downtown Kirin. I was mistakenly thinking that was the City Square one until I coincidentally happened to drive by the actual City Square the next day. Oops. No matter, hopefully. Our meal there was very good, reminiscent in flavor and style to Yank Sing in San Francisco, to which we are accustomed. Hopefully, I'll get another chance and will get to try more things.

We also went to Dynasty, where we had a bit smaller sampling of their Dim Sum. I thought it had a different flavor, in general, not quite as much to my liking, but very much to my liking, just the same. My one complaint was that I thought they overcooked the shrimp in a couple of dishes. Their sticky rice in lotus leaf, which one of us ordered, was moister and less sticky than any other I've tried. The balance of tastes and textures was a nice counter to the usual sticky, starchy version. It's not something I usually get, but I really liked it quite a bit.

Thanks for the recommendations. Vancouver is a nice city and I enjoyed my time. I wish it could have lasted longer.

Jan 01, 2014
maigre in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One dim sum place -- or maybe two.

Thanks everyone. You've all been a great help. I should be having this meal(s) sometime soon, in a few days or so. I'll report back.

Dec 27, 2013
maigre in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One dim sum place -- or maybe two.

I'll follow that XLB advice, grayelf. :)

What are the GP specialty plates?

Is Dynasty the same as the oddly spelled, but apparently correct "Dinesty?"

Dec 26, 2013
maigre in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One dim sum place -- or maybe two.

Thanks, twinkienic.

Sounds like Kirin fits some or all of what I mentioned above in that they do some of their own thing along with the standards.

Dec 26, 2013
maigre in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One dim sum place -- or maybe two.

Thanks for those rankings, LR. Much appreciated.

There are four of us, though only three of us will eat much. (One of my kids loves dim sum, the other, not so much.) As a group, we're not likely to order deep fried items, though pan fried are fine. We all like steamed dumplings of various sorts. Notable XLB would be well received, but isn't a must. A place that has some veggies would be preferable, whether they're in dumplings or as sides. A place that's creative enough to do their own items to some degree is appreciated, though I'd rather go somewhere with nothing but the traditional if they're using higher quality ingredients and the execution is better. I'm happy to pay more for better ingredients in general.

Budget. Hmm. For nothing but dim sum (we aren't likely to drink anything), I'd say somewhere around $35 per person tops unless the place is really extraordinary.

Dec 26, 2013
maigre in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One dim sum place -- or maybe two.

There is a lot of dim sum discussion here that I've been going through. But it hasn't gotten me to where I know where to go as there doesn't seem to be much consensus. That's probably a good thing in terms of the overall set of options.

I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, so I'm used to what's there, particularly in SF. I've been to some of the Rosemead/Arcadia places in LA, too.

So what I'd like to find is something that stands out above any of that, something that I wouldn't match in CA.

I don't care about whether it's on a cart or off a menu. Upscale is OK, if you get what you're paying for. I don't really have a preference between regions, either, though I might opt for one over another if it's otherwise equivalent.

So far, I've noted places like Golden Ocean, Golden Paramount, Red Star, Dynasty, Sun Sui Wah, Jade Garden and a few others. SSW seems like, at best, it's up there, but that it's not always at its best.

Any thoughts? It doesn't matter whether it's one of the places I've mentioned or not.

Dec 26, 2013
maigre in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best sausages and cured/smoked meats

I think Bi-Rite's sausage is really good.

Nov 19, 2013
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area

Bray Butcher Block and Bistro [San Pedro Square, San Jose]

IIRC, they don't. There are some prepared meats that they sell by the pound, but I don't think they're selling raw cuts. I may be around there tomorrow. I'll take a look and get back if I am.

Nov 14, 2013
maigre in San Francisco Bay Area