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Los Angelino from San Gabriel Valley ISO Best Inexpensive Dim Sum Palace

if monosodium glutamate doesn't bother you, you could find the moderate priced stuff around here acceptable. the overall level for Cantonese cooking isn't that great in the east bay -- somewhat higher in a place like Saigon Seafood Harbor just off the freeway in the city of Richmond.

about 20 hours ago
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Nothing but Forgettable Fancy Tasting Menus at Bay Area French Influenced High End Restaurants - RANT

strongly doubt if bauer enters into the minds of the international elite chefs one iota. things like investment threshold, operating costs, sustainability in a somewhat provincial outpost (bauer is more a symptom of the provincial aspect, rather than the cause) are probably big factors that discourage your favorites from taking on an SF venture.

Looking for a fishmonger in SF (or greater Bay Area if necessary) to buy Monchong/Pomfret from

when you do locate it, bear in mind it won't be the 'local catch' here. there are a handful of our local fish that can compare (in quality, not in distinctive and unique characteristics) to the fresh catch in the islands, but monchong is not among them.

Feb 23, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Mission Impossible ? Good Japanese in the Mission District . [San Francisco]

on our last visit the owner's daughter said their lease runs through May. no sign they were out of operation when we walked by the other day, but it wasn't during their open times.

Feb 14, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Ran Kanom Thai Noodle - San Pablo

they opened for eleven months. if something sounds too good to be true...

Feb 14, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Mission Impossible ? Good Japanese in the Mission District . [San Francisco]

homestyle and organic, Minako on Mission nr. 18th. most of the menu is accessible for the gluten-intolerant, rare among Japanese restaurants and why we go there. might be too low key and subdued for some tastes, but most of us don't get to have good plain cooking from a Japanese granma.

Feb 14, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Pigs gone wild: Hunters play a key role in efforts to control them

if you consider that article reliable, it considers the problem of 'taint' restricted to hogs raised in confinement or very limited pasturing, partly a result of the pigs ingesting by products of their own wastes. hogs running wild are at the other extreme.

Feb 06, 2015
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

suppose the conversant with the outside diners was obviously soliciting/conning, but had the decent suit and tie uniform of protestant/evangelist/mormon hustlers and missionaries, and was slinging and demonstrating a bible or religious tract. does that server still deal with such an individual in the same manner the cafe and most commentators find objectionable and offensive.

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.

Jan 28, 2015
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.

Jan 28, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Filipino and Indian restaurants [San Francisco]

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.

Jan 28, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in Wine

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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
moto in San Francisco Bay Area