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Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Thank you. I went to Nob Hill tonight and thought a decent place, it didn't really seem quite there (in fact, they seemed like a good Ralph's replacement). I'll try Drager's and Andronico's soon...

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Thank you. The beauty of the Mountain View one is that I can hop on the light rail and not have to deal with parking. I pretty much live right by the Fresh & Easy on Fair Oaks (don't get me started on them LOL).

Bracero

I was talking about the specific topic, Doctor, just parsing of language. And it wasn't here; I think it was actually in the beer forum, discussing whether some beer/brewer was "groundbreaking". The person that was getting all curmudgeonly about the definition was that Danish guy that pretty much disappeared.

Jul 28, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Bracero

Am I deja vuing or has this discussion occurred before?

Jul 28, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego
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Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Supposedly the farmer's market in Mountain View on Sunday mornings is pretty good. Maybe I should make sure that I'm not that hung over this coming weekend, so I can check it out. LOL

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Completely forgot about Whole Foods in my list (especially given it was probably #2 on money spent). We also shopped some at Costco, naturally. Other than Bristol Farms, they had the best steaks.

I think you may have misunderstood my point about Von's - it mostly *is* Safeway. Same products, same store look and feel, etc. My loyalty card works in them. So naturally, it's familiar.

There's a Walmart Grocery in Santa Clara just east of the Sunnyvale border, near Great America and Levi's Stadium. I watched some family in front of me take over 10 minutes to check out a half full grocery cart.

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Some of you may remember me from the old California parent board (I can't even imagine what a single board would be like now). I've moved to the north Sunnyvale area for work purposes. I promise I'll behave a lot more here than on the San Diego board - my yapping would usually just get drowned by all of the signal here, anyway. :)

Finding restaurants is easy. Not a lot discussion about this area, but enough to keep me busy. My real problem is that the In-N-Outs are a lot more numerous here. What I am now trying to figure out is the grocery landscape and how it relates to what I was used to before.

Some are easy:

Von's -> Safeway. It's the same store.
Trader Joe's -> Trader Joe's.
Sprouts -> Sprouts. Not quite as ubiquitous here, but there are a few nearby.

Ralph's -> ???. Looks like there is no Kroger/Ralph's nearby. It was my primary store, so it sounds like I'll need to do some adjustment.

There is a Lucky's that is near my residence, but I see a lot have closed. Sounds like the remnants of Albertson's (which had to close a lot of stores due to the merger with Von's). Not sure it is worth being on my list, but easy enough to check out.

I see quite a few Walmart Neighborhood stores, which provide you the Walmart grocery experience in a standalone store! OK with getting some stock items at those, but... And along those lines, I see that most of the Targets have groceries as well.

My other remaining gap is the upscale grocery store. We had a Bristol Farm's nearby, which I very much liked. It sounds like Nob Hill Foods would be similar? I see that there are also a Draeger's and an Andronico's not too far away (south Mountain View / Los Altos), but probably far enough that it wouldn't be a normal stop unless they had unique (or uniquely good) items.

Thank you in advance.

The Price Of A Beer At Every Major League Baseball Stadium In 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] | VinePair

I seriously doubt that the craft beer options at Petco Park in San Diego are being watered down:

http://www.petcoparkinsider.com/petco...

Looks like the article is mainly talking about the Bud type of beers, though. Meh.

Jul 24, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Where to eat near breweries?

Like everyplace else, there is a learning curve, and you have your daily variance depending on who is in the kitchen. It's very possible that your meal was just "fine" and bulavinaka's was "better than OK", all other things equal.

Jul 24, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Galaxy Taco

This is not related much to this post, but I'm confused about this "mission burrito" thing.

I've been to three taco/burrito shops in Sunnyvale, one of which was a smallish chain. In all 3, if you ordered a carne asada burrito, you got what we'd get in San Diego. In none of the places was "mission style" an option, and the only burritos that had rice were seafood (or if you asked for it as a substitute). They all had "California burritos" on their menu, too. LOL

I am starting to suspect that many people have taken what is done in a particular hood in San Francisco, and have erroneously extrapolated that to the entire Bay Area.

Jul 24, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Good article about the fraudulent use of Farm-To-Table in San Diego

So I wonder which LJ restaurant was being referred to. Hmmm...

Jul 22, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Liberty Station food hall getting closer

I don't think Phee was unaware of that browser feature; it just didn't occur that this might defeat the maximum number of views limit.

Jul 22, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Liberty Station food hall getting closer

Doesn't the "right click open incognito" method work with the UT, or do they get around that trick?

Jul 21, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

Toronado SD also will take your credit cards (gladly). And, they have Nate.

Jul 19, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

I'm not back; won't be for 2-3 weeks. Just thought this was actually a topic where I might know something.

Mountain View supposedly has pretty good Indian joints, so that's probably what I'll do tomorrow. Castro St. has quite a few places of varying quality, so I've been trying to get around.

Jul 17, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Where to eat near breweries?

The food at Alpine is quite good, especially their BBQ.

Ballast Point's main brewery (Carrol Ct. in Mira Mesa) has upscale pub grub, and most people have reported it being pretty good. Their Little India tasting room has pretty good food as well.

Rip Current - dependent on which one you are going to. The tasting room in North Park is near dozens of restaurants. Their main brewery in San Marcos not so much, though it is close to Churchill's Pub which has decent food and a hell of a tap list.

Does "Port" mean Pizza Port, or Port Brewing / Lost Abbey? Two entirely different animals. The latter does not have food (though it is in San Marcos not too far from Churchill's), and the former has five different locations. They all have pizza, naturally, but the majority of people on Chowhound greatly dislike their pizza (I think it is OK, but I'm not as pickyas most).

St. Archer is also not that far from the brick & mortar storefront for New York on Rye, if Supernatural is too busy. :)

Jul 17, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

New Glarus Beer/Wisconsin

I've not been there in eons; just have friends there. It sounds like you've got the major players noted. And don't discount Capital Brewery in nearby Middleton

Jul 14, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Beer for Cigars

A wee heavy would work pretty well too, I imagine.

Jul 14, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Naked man found drunk in pig barn

You didn't get my meaning.

What I said was in order to get that drunk, one would need to polish of a case (24-pack) of Hamm's in a short amount of time. The sheer amount of fluid in the stomach would cause a lot of people to vomit.

In other words, I doubt somebody *could* get that drunk on Hamm's.

Jul 14, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

New Glarus Beer/Wisconsin

There are quite a few places in Madison worth a stop, if you are going to make it up there.

Jul 13, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Naked man found drunk in pig barn

A 6-pack of Hamm's made him drunk? No freaking way. He'd have to pound a case of Hamm's in a shot amount of time to get drunk, and even that might not work because the sheer amount of fluid would likely make him ill.

Jul 13, 2015
RB Hound in Beer

Underrated restaurants in San Diego

That's not how they used "underrated" in Berlin.

[Ducking back into my Mountain View hole now. Apparently there are some decent Indian restaurants here. Hmmmm...]

Jul 13, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Galaxy Taco

I think she was just answering Diva's comment about tortillas, honkman, but a more detailed report would be nice. It almost reads like one of Fakey's "only state the positive" reviews. LOL

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Underrated restaurants in San Diego

That's a good point, Ipsy. I've never heard or read anybody "underrate" it. A few have said it didn't quite live up to the hype, but that doesn't really qualify.

I'd argue it really isn't under the radar any longer, either. I pretty much had to go before 11:30 or after 1:00 if I wasn't ordering carry out.

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Underrated restaurants in San Diego

It would be a lot closer to their fish source if they were in Bay Park - or perhaps Linda Vista.

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Little Italy hotter than ever

You did see that was a quote, right? Pasquale Ioele - a commercial real estate broker. Maybe they was a few commercial real estate brokers there. LOL

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Great coffee in SD..?

Technically just north of Solana Beach in Cardiff by the Sea, but yeah. And just south of Del Mar is the store down in Sorrento Valley (albeit one with less atmosphere).

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Underrated restaurants in San Diego

Since I'm no longer working in that area, I will give a hearty recommendation for Supernatural Sandwiches!

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

Underrated restaurants in San Diego

Missed it? You had a lot of posts in it, mostly where you were arguing about "Freedom Fries". LOL

I think the word you wanted was "forgot".

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego

visiting Foodie on moderate budget seeks suggestions

Tri tip and pulled pork. I'll try brisket the next time. Their baked beans were quite good, and the slaw was close to the way I like it - somewhat tangy sauce, no mayo. The cabbage was a bit overly shredded for my liking, but I'm not picking nits.

Impressive tap list, too, and who else but Alpine/Green Flash is going to have a tap takeover there Sunday?

Wow, has this diverged.

And Fakey - amend my post above to "any restaurant in San Diego". Of course I didn't mean to slight your cooking, and if Buddha is still around...

Jul 11, 2015
RB Hound in San Diego