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gluten-free tempura, please.

thank you. as the last sentence in the sfgate article states, gluten free doesn't have to be complicated or difficult to provide, but can make a big difference for the consumers. some folks can digest gluten o.k., but can still benefit from minimizing dietary intake. some might find out their 'minor discomfort' from digestive issues decrease when they eliminate or minimize gluten ingestion.

Sep 28, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

gluten-free tempura, please.

not difficult to configure for a competent kitchen (rice flour + corn starch in place of the wheat), but where is it served ? molto grazie.

Sep 28, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Mission district -- easy public transportation via 'Bart'(our metro equiv.), well executed calif food, Abbot's Cellar on Valencia St. voluminous beer list includes some rarities, and the food is just as compatible with wine.

Sep 28, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

A "special" dinner in SFBA -- your thoughts much appreciated

we've been to Firefly a couple of times for their seder dinner in the spring, which coincides with our anniversary. consider their style in the well executed, comfort foods vein -- which of course is what one often gets to enjoy in middle class, assimilated american seders. they're a neighborhood bistro type of place, and we're not quite in the Noe Valley bracket to reside in that neighborhood -- for special occasions in the vicinity, would choose Incanto in days past, now gone of course and a more informal trattoria in its place.

Sep 27, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

3rd and Townsend (SF)?

avial, the discussion got locked out on another thread, and you posed me a question re. expected level of service from places above a certain price point. my original comment referred to having lower expectations when we dine on the 'eastern shore' vs. SF. was not referring to the east coast/east of the continental divide, east of the Mississippi, but the eastern shore of SF bay ('eastbay' is more vague to me because it lumps places further east beyond the hills with Richmond, Albany, und so weiter.) our 'east coast' is actually the western shore of the Atlantic, right ?

Sep 26, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Peking Duck or Tea Smoked Duck in SF or Daly City? For this Friday...

we have never ordered Peking duck in advance at Bund Shanghai, and have always had our request for the soup course fulfilled at a very reasonable extra charge ($5 -6 maybe). some reasons we return there are the consistency of their kitchen and their exclusion of msg, which makes a significant difference in dishes like the xiao long bao and broths.

Sep 25, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

'major danby' seems to have sorted out the narrative for himself without pulling in textual analysis jargon. we can figure out for ourselves who sounds plausible or not, and if someone's assessment of a bread doesn't sound right it hardly deserves him/her getting branded with an epithet that crosses the line into critiquing the person.

Sep 25, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

on these internet forums, at most the authorities censor or expel heterodox opinions, rather tame compared to burning heretics at the stake. SF 'hounds are tolerant and civil, so you'll get by being branded 'unreliable narrator', with a citation from wikipedia no less, that completely reliable reference.

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

there's a line, which exists only in my imagination, so consider the 'quasi-orthodoxy' imaginary, that can be crossed when opinions get repeated as if 'speaking with authority' with little concession to alternate impressions, or dismissing them because of flaws in their ordering, what they ate or drank previously, und so weiter.

Sep 24, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

when we go to SF and spend serious $$ on a meal, our expectations for service are high, higher than on the eastern shore.
bear in mind, the responses you might get on this board aren't as diverse as you would find on the LA board -- the frequent contributors here have a relatively bigger impact, and this can leave a quasi-orthodoxy residue.

Peking Duck or Tea Smoked Duck in SF or Daly City? For this Friday...

the place we go for either dish is in Chinatown, Bund Shanghai. (the Peking duck is also very good at Lichee Village on Powell, no advance order required, but they don't give the two course option with the soup, which we prefer). Ton Kiang does a respectable version of Peking duck, but it's been some years since we've had it there. good luck

Sep 24, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Report Day 1 (State Bird Provisions/SPQR)

my first suggestion (after your initial post), if you truly wished to know what they poured for you, e-mail them and find out directly.

the math isn't complicated. the four pours you had averaged 10.50. you did not state what quantity you received @ 4/$42. , and that is a significant variable in the math. with three ounce tasting portions from a 750 ml. bottle, the yield would be $84., and it's possible their cost (before the wine was opened, poured, presented to you) was as little as $25-30 for a bottle that retails for $150, using the '07 Sassicaia for the equation. they have a reputation to market and promote as a fine wine destination, so that margin would be acceptable for them.

Sep 23, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Report Day 1 (State Bird Provisions/SPQR)

the low retail for 750 ml of the 2007 Sassicaia just for an example, $150. even if the winemaker is letting his friend Ms.Lindgren have it for .40 of that, they'd probably charge at least $25-35 per 5 oz. if he really gives her a friendly price, and they pour 3 oz. tastes, your 4/42. enters the realm of possibility.

the winemaker dinner we had there, we had a 500 ml. carafe (an excellent '07 Piemontese nebbiolo) for around the retail price of a 750 of the same stuff, much lower than what almost any other place would charge. and three glasses of the winery's white (two different vintages), that wouldn't get poured by the glass at all in most establishments.

Sep 23, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Report Day 1 (State Bird Provisions/SPQR)

there are probably places that would charge $35+ for a glass of Sassicaia.

Sep 23, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Take Out + Bar - Oakland/Berkeley

Miss Ollie's

Weekend Report Day 1 (State Bird Provisions/SPQR)

SPQR is in one of the upper tier districts of the city. look at it from a working thief's p.o.v.-- for the time, effort, risk invested in a smash and grab, will rewards be greater in a poorer or in a richer neighborhood. who was the winemaker, and the region of his/her wines ? if you eat at SPQR often, you should have met the owner Shelly L. by now, perhaps received a complimentary pour from her, and she is the reason their wines are chosen so well.

Sep 23, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF: What's Left to Do?

the Oakland familiar to me has been part of a bigger diaspora than the textbook one of a few decades' duration you're describing, but we can all have different oaktowns.

Sep 22, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF: What's Left to Do?

for me, the Caribbean is part of the African-american diaspora. if most people choose a nationalistic/political definition of African-american excluding lands outside of u.s. borders (with the u.s. virgin islands and Puerto Rico non-american), and label me wrong minded, fine.

Sep 22, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF: What's Left to Do?

it's probably their standard m.o. to impose lengthy waits for folks with reservations -- such was our experience on our singular visit. not a martini drinker, so for me that would be irrelevant to its attraction, and the quality of the eats at my age means much more than the quantity. their prime rib is soft and mushy, which apparently many prefer, and it's actually bland if your palate is used to grass fed, humanely raised beef. from my understanding, NY has a number of places that feature excellent beef.

Sep 22, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF: What's Left to Do?

Miss Ollie's represents the Oakland African-american diaspora quite well if the original petitioner cares to liberalize the SF locus -- the demographics of the two cities has diverged more over time, so for me, Ms.O's doesn't seem SF-ish. there might be a similar Caribbean-influenced place in NYNY, but the overall environment is so different there, it's hard for me to imagine the same subtle graces prevailing.

Sep 22, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

vietnamese [Oakland]

we went there for brunch a little before noon. mi espousa querida enjoyed her pho with beef tendon, tripe, meatball. my banh xeo was delicately prepared and generous in serving -- ate only half, supplemented by a sampling portion of the pho. considerably closer to our front door, brighter and cheerier than most of the other pho houses just east of the lake or in C-town. the rice plates described on the menu look like they'd be a good brunch as well, but didn't see anyone in the place without a bowl of pho except me.

Sep 22, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

A "special" dinner in SFBA -- your thoughts much appreciated

what was your impression of the beverage pairing at the Lazy
Bear ? their stated policy for the fixed location grants free corkage with a pairing buy-in, otherwise, $30. per bottle. even $30. is o.k., considering what nice bottles generally go for on SF wine lists.

Sep 20, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

2014 Oakland Eat Real Festival, Sept 19 - 21, Jack London Sq.

we're fortunate in this area (speaking of oaktown, berserkley, SF specifically) to have a number of active venues now for food trucks and pop ups. it's less critical for some of the local vendors to participate in this festival for revenue or marketing.

Sep 20, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

vietnamese [Oakland]

depending on how the sesame or coconut or their oils were processed (oil from roasted sesame very different than from unroasted, for example), yes they would render flavours that could pass for different nuts (or legumes in the case of the peanut). the coconut butter at the eat real festival tasted like it had another nut combined with it, but it did not -- its proteins and fats were altered in the grinding (stone mill) process.

Sep 20, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area
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vietnamese [Oakland]

if their online menu is accurate, Monster Pho is fairly unique in its genre -- they've declared that their premises are completely peanut free.

Sep 20, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

2014 Oakland Eat Real Festival, Sept 19 - 21, Jack London Sq.

the vendor composition shifted a bit, which suits me, and there seem to be more dishes closer to the ten bucks price point than before, which is another story of course and probably inevitable. fuel prices mean cost increases in many aspects of food truck operations. in the past there seemed to be three or more trucks with Filipino influenced foods, similar menus, this year didn't notice any.

Sep 20, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

So Restaurant is back -- Chicken Wings, Potstickers! -- on Bryant St. now -- anyone been there? [San Francisco]

thank you. the cooking looks like it has a Shandong foundation (including quasi-Japanese dishes like curry croquettes), but with whimsical, Hawai'i diner-style creations such as ma po doufu, beef or chicken over noodles, and 'chorizo fried rice'.

Sep 19, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

So Restaurant is back -- Chicken Wings, Potstickers! -- on Bryant St. now -- anyone been there? [San Francisco]

the closure protesting the clients who wanted msg-free cooking from organic ingredients was apparently short-lived. are SO's noodles made in house, fresh ?

Sep 19, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Sagrantino food paring

some of the sagrantinos won't be markedly heavier or more tannic than the stiffer Morellino di Scansanos, in my experience, but that is from bottles with mid term cellaring. the Caprai bottles waiting for me will be getting at least twelve or fourteen years of rest. there are also a number of Umbrian rossos that are predominantly sangiovese with around .20 sagrantino appropriate for foods that prefer lighter wine.

Sep 19, 2014
moto in Wine

2014 Oakland Eat Real Festival, Sept 19 - 21, Jack London Sq.

at 1730 on the opening day there were no lines to speak of. very easy to walk around the concourses and circulate. among interesting samples were a variety of very good chocolate truffles, and nut butters stone ground from sprouted almonds, or coconut, or coconut and cocoa combined. Mozzeria from SF served a pretty good foot long grinder with lamb/veal/beef meatballs in a tomato sauce for eight bucks. the Peruvian street food truck looked interesting -- might try them later in the festival. for four bucks, the six delicious bites in the Chairman's pork belly bao is hard to beat.

Sep 19, 2014
moto in San Francisco Bay Area