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Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

just a guess, no offense intended, you are not part of the target clientele, thrifty shoppers looking for bargains and willing to improvise with less than ideal ingredients. those shoppers are quite likely to pick up the crustacean carcasses, look at the undersides, and sniff 'em.

about 24 hours ago
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

those dead, whole, raw crabs are not uncommon at the asian markets that have live tanks.

Favorite Filipino and Indian restaurants

we've had good meals both at the Valencia location of Dosa and Gajalee, also on Valencia. both have menus that extend beyond the conventional northern Indian/Pakistani items.

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

various cuts of goat are intermittently available at the Marin Sun shop in the rockridge market hall. they're great looking, but their high cost has deterred me from trying any.

Jan 26, 2015
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Box and Bells [Oakland]

the dining scene on College ave is cluttered, with a number of competing spots in the mid to high-mid price range ; not really a surprise that success eluded them despite their merits. my impression, the competitors serve more typical and less quirky(in a good way for my tastes) food, and the consumer base is relatively conservative.

Jan 17, 2015
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Could someone give me a basic breakdown of this wine list?

unless you are overly modest in your self-assessment in terms of wine familiarity and experience, lots of tastings from wines of numerous growing regions are ahead of you, just to gain a rudimentary familiarity with all of those wines. you could consider investing in a reference, like "World Atlas of Wine" (Johnson and Robinson), to reinforce geographical association with the grapes and wines.

Jan 17, 2015
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4505 Meats to take over the former Brother In Laws/Da Pitt BBQ at 705 Divisadero [San Francisco]

do you consider B side the best in oaktown or berserkley -- for me it was decent but not stand out compared to others in the vicinity. have yet to try the more recent arrivals. thanks for your opinion.

Jan 09, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Green Chile Kitchen is now in San Rafael!

the regional Indian eateries around here that spice things for high schoville tolerance can count on clienteles accustomed to it. it might not work for a southwestern place in this area, though most eateries have a habenero or scotch bonnet type of salsa at hand to please the chili fans.

Jan 02, 2015
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Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

if the warming trend in the northern Pacific persists (contributing factor to this state's drought conditions) , this season's catch might be a preview for how it's going to be for the California coast.

Dec 30, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

there was a price spike a couple of weeks ago from some suppliers, due to a combination of the storms limiting the boats, and higher than usual water temperatures in some parts of the coastal waters that depressed the quantities of mature crab.

Dec 25, 2014
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east bay burger with short ribs in the mix?

Marin Sun meat shop (grass fed beef) in the Rockridge market hall often has that combination prepared and ready to cook in their meat case ; phone ahead if you're interested.

Dec 25, 2014
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Wine with Regional Mexican

at the price point specified by Torina, there are decent cavas including rose cavas, which are very enjoyable with the foods.

Dec 24, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine with Regional Mexican

would lean toward a syrah or rhone-varietal based wine (moderate alcohol interpretations), or an old school field blend zinfandel (Bucklin Bambino from the archetypal Old Hill vineyard is about twenty bucks and they have it over there).

Dec 23, 2014
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gluten free in San Rafael

representing two completely different food cultures, within a two block stretch of Fourth St. in San Rafael, Johnnys donuts and Lotus Chaat and Spices. available Sunday was one gluten free variety of donut at Johnnys, kind of a free form apple blueberry fritter. pretty good for the genre, though not really comparable to the apple fritters made with conventional flour in the places that excel in them (often made large enough to feed three or four). the chocolate old fashioned made from their other dough that uses potato and wheat was light in texture and not very sweet, without the good crunchy exterior of a conventional old fashioned, but pleasant enough.

there are actually two Lotus Indian restaurants on Fourth St., one cooking North Indian foods that offers gluten free naan, the other with more South Indian dishes and chaat items with an adjacent grocery. the latter branch is open for Sunday brunch/lunch and close to the donut shop. its small grocery had a fairly good assortment of spices, condiments, snacks, plus some frozen prepared items.

unconventionally, the restaurant offers several non-vegetarian dosas. my spouse enjoyed hers, filled with lamb and spinach, while my thali included a more conventional masala dosa. the dosas are quite well executed, thin and crispy. included with her dosa was a bowl of sambar and a coconut chutney. along with the dosa the thali came with a portion of spinach and paneer, basmati rice, sambar, an excellent crispy, light vada, and an idly with a spicy tomato dip. their kitchen uses organic ingredients, and everything tasted quite fresh. price wise, diners should not expect the budget level of the Santa Clara county/Milpitas-Fremont eateries, but about .30 higher. still, we ate very well with a chai (one refill included for three bucks, to illustrate the price point) for forty dollars including tax but not tip. they offer a two dollar lunch discount on many menu items, so our bill would have regularly been four bucks higher.

Dec 22, 2014
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Recs for grabbing a quick bite in/around the Dogpatch? [San Francisco]

enjoyed a good lunch at the New Spot (Salvadoreño, on 20th near Third) the other day. lorocco, puerco pupusas were very good, as was the posole verde, but the meal's highlight was the plate of lengua, braised pot-roast style in a sofrito of tomato, onion, and green pepper, served with rice, black beans, fresh tortillas, garnishes of crema and guacamole.

Dec 21, 2014
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Nuri's Donut House & Carmen's Salteñas (Redwood City)

thank you for the recommendation. we've had to retire a few of my dear wife's favorite foods until she's resolved whether her wheat intolerance can be treated or not. La Esquina's sound promising.

Dec 21, 2014
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Nuri's Donut House & Carmen's Salteñas (Redwood City)

a general tip to would-be salteña fressers, because the broth changes in consistency and alters the texture of the interior crust after baking is completed, the savory pastry is best consumed while still warm and fresh. order ahead from Nuri's and give the time of your pick up ; each time we have done so, the goodies had just come out of the oven or were minutes away from completing their bake.

Dec 21, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Who has good Fish 'n Chips in the Eastbay?

hope you shared your experience with them.

Dec 14, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Who has good Fish 'n Chips in the Eastbay?

Hapuku fish market in the Rockridge Market Hall. they'll offer you a choice of what they have fresh.

Dec 14, 2014
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3G's Cafe in Palo Alto: Bolivian: salteñas, Cuñape, pan de arroz

we prefer the salteñas at Nuri's Donuts in Redwood City. the owner there does make some other non-donut specialties, but not cuñapes. 3G did have an interesting peanut soup when we were there last summer.

Dec 13, 2014
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Marina O'Laughlin on San Francisco's restaurant scene

Nopalito does not truly feel like a Mexican eatery, but the food justifies the visit. the freshness and quality of the ingredients are matched by only a small handful of places in this area in the genre. el Nido in Oakland might be more to your liking. agree that the overall experience at la Torta Gorda has a unique depth and resonance.

Dec 12, 2014
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Christmas Day Whole Crab

check with vendors in Chinatown if they're open that day. it depends on your preferred prep -- if it's simple chilled, cracked steamed crab you can buy the day before, cook it after your roast bif and chill it for the next day. there are also very good warm crab dishes like cioppino in which a lightly steamed crab done a day ahead will work perfectly well. if your famiglia insists that it has to be cooked live, moments before serving, you might consider switching the roast bif to the 25th. the Italian feast of the seven fishes that often features crab where appropriate, like here on the west coast, is a pre-25th meal, anyway. but the yorkshire pudding tells me that is not your famiglia's tradition.

Dec 11, 2014
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Romantic/Special Occasion Dinner Healdsburg-Santa Rosa

Cafe Lucia on Healdsburg Ave. near Spoonbar is the most comfortable and least noisy place where we've had a meal in town, with very good cooking (some of the best fresh baked rolls anywhere). but a very different scene than Spoonbar. have not tried Partake.

Dec 09, 2014
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Recommendations for best NYE dinner in Oakland Chinatown

if you can go about ten miles south to Daimo in downtown S.Leandro the food is pretty good, or go downtown in Oakland (Franklin St. nr. 20th) to the Bay Fung Seafood House.

Dec 04, 2014
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are CHILES EN NOGADA available anywhere yet?

you are probably aware of it, but 'nogada' refers to the nut sauce. the original version of the dish probably reflected some French influence in its creation, so even the traditional version could be said to be 'French tasting' relative to other regional styles of Mexican cuisine. without the nuts, the dish you had might be disqualified from adopting the moniker -- and you did not mention pomegranate. at the very least, the dish should reflect the national colours.

Dec 01, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

for Thanksgiving lunch we had pupusas with some of my spouse's friends at Lupita's (Foothill nr. 35th in oaktown). after trying a couple of other spots these are still our co-favorite (the other is literally just a portal into a small kitchen, no indoor dining space, just off Venice beach in west LA). different than most others, because the pupusas aren't oily or greasy at all, the crust not quite as crisp/crunchy as the trade-off, but overall a more delicate rendition. the nixtamal in the banana leaf wrapped tamales is likewise on the light and delicate side. they serve by far the freshest and most vibrant (both in color and flavor) curtido of any we've tried -- visible slices of carrots and jalapeño chili -- with a bit of heat.

Nov 30, 2014
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Classic Guilin Rice Noodles - Oakland Chinatown

after having pupusas and Salvadoreño tamales with my spouse's friends for lunch, the two of us went for a light supper of Guilin noodles on Thanksgiving. we were the sole diners in the place that evening. both of our medicinal soups (served in reddish colored cylindrical carafes) were quite good. tried the lao you fen, enjoyed it, but found the condiment combination resulted in the broth becoming a little too salty and concentrated for my taste. added a bit of broth from my first course (peanuts/chicken feet) and it was just right.

Nov 30, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

New Malaysian in Oakland Chinatown

sometimes quantity can become the equivalent of quality. for my purposes yelp is somewhat more useful than the more insular realm of the 'hounds, and the generally profuse photos are a big reason -- reading many of the reviews there is time wasted. the pics of the foods at Chili Padi have me interested -- the curry crab particularly.

Nov 27, 2014
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Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

at the S.Jose ranch 99 market, the 2+ lb. specimens were sold for 6.99 per lb. today acc. to mi querida esposa ; the one she brought home just fit into our wide, shallow stock pot. cooked to the bare minimum, delicate and sweet, it was finished in a sofrito made from stuff found at today's farmers market, which included two kinds of sweet red peppers, two large one dollar bags of very ripe heirloom tomatoes, and a very fragrant bulb of fennel, among other things.

Nov 22, 2014
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September~November at Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant [San Francisco]

we had a very good meal there last week, thank you again for the information about their gluten-free tempura. the chef/owner's daughter informed us about the lease expiration next May. everything we had was delicious(hijiki salad, hamachi kama, shiso tempura w. uni, eggplant, a roll), and prepared with great care.

Nov 22, 2014
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