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Best DanTat in SF Chinatown

Garden and Wa Li (Stockton nr. Broadway) are two sources on my next sampling visit. Wa Li is known for their zong zi.

May 22, 2015
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Best DanTat in SF Chinatown

the pastry crust of the tarts from AA on Stockton St. were flaky and quite good, not sure if they were lard-based but they probably were. was less than 100% satisfied with the filling, but still a respectable interpretation, and they were still warm and very fresh. the nature of Chinatown geography would suggest that a stroll of under an hour would yield a sample of five or six candidates. the busier spots probably have them quite fresh from 10 or 11 a.m through the early afternoon. Eastern is certainly reliable and consistent.

May 21, 2015
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KronnerBurger - Oakland

my impression from your critiques, the style/demeanor of the service and the physical remodeling of the former burger/cali-mex joint didn't suit you. curious, have you tried the remodeled former neighborhood pharmacy, now Clove and Hoof, on Broadway and 40th. it's well-lit, minimalist, and the butchers are very pleasant to interact with.

May 19, 2015
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KronnerBurger - Oakland

sounds like you went to the brand new Ba Bite, who serve an assortment of very fresh mezze-style salads, variations of hummus, and a couple of other eastern Mediterranean dishes. a very pleasant couple run the shop ; they expanded their catering business, and the woman is the chef. high quality vegetables in the salads and excellent olive oil, specifically sourced from Nazareth, i.i.r.c. from what the gentleman told me.

May 19, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Wor Won Ton SF

we're probably in the same first generation a.b.c.'s, Mr.Chinn. most of the Cantonese in our parents' generation in the bay area came from either the Jiangmen prefecture (five counties including Tai Shan a.k.a. Toy San) or its immediate neighbor to the east, Zhong Shan (its modern name given to honor Dr. Sun of course).

Wor Won Ton SF

old school, Chinatown, below street level on Jackson near Grant. New Woey Loy Goey. this will be the 'retro'(traditional to old bay area Cantonese) hearty style, not the modernized delicate style. they're one of the few places that offer the hung tao variation with fried wontons. if you don't like Chinatown, you might try the places that are ostensibly Vietnamese but serve plenty of southern Chinese foods. it could help your query if you specify where you've gone already, and what was faulty with their versions.

May 05, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

hand cut, beef tallow fries [Oakland]

Clove and Hoof, Broadway at 40th St., Oakland (edge of Temescal, across from Mama's Cafe). skin on, of course. some of the best fries we've had in a long time. everything we sampled was very good to excellent. top notch pulled pork, with the meat, not the smoke nor the dressing the highlight. for my spouse's wheat intolerance, the bun (listed as a potato bread) was on the side, perfectly toasted and an excellent complement, with the pork and fresh, tangy slaw heaped in a bowl, and a small, simple side salad of fresh greens. also had a salad with chicories, hazelnuts, sultanas, and a glass of mellow, tangy, sour cherry mead (there was old milwaukee for two bucks and two or three microbrews on draft for a bit more). all of the greens and slaw tasted very fresh. the fries came with a fresh pickle mayo, and the other available condiments included sea salt flakes, ketchup, mustard, and a very good roasted jalapeno salsa. the storefront was an old school drug store for a long time, and the space is pleasant in a low key, minimalist way with good light from its corner exposure. a good selection of meats in various cuts and whole, pastured chickens were displayed in the butcher's case for home cooking ; we picked out a pork steak with the tail attached, plus a tied sirloin roast from the same section of the pig.

Apr 17, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Saltenas at Nuri's Donuts [Redwood City]

if that area is your geographic milieu and you fancy saltenas, try them at Nuri's donuts in Redwood City. best to order ahead with a pickup time, and you'll get them fresh baked. for us PA is farther away and the parking in that section of downtown can be tight.

Mar 24, 2015
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Yahoo Says Best Chinese "Restaurant" In California is Something Called The Chairman Truck

the Chairman hasn't let me down for reliable, fresh, good eats. not surprised they'd be favored if they were being compared to generic, middle of the road, fare. the generic, no frills Chinese eatery almost always has to impress with being a good value with big portions, low tariff, so the quality of ingredients by necessity is variable. the Chairman could only be regarded as a decent value in the artisan sandwich category.

Mar 18, 2015
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Best Fruit Pie Oakland/Berkeley?

there's an old post here asking about Pietisserie. she has shop over on the east side of Oakland, 2nd. ave near Foothill now. her goods are comparable to no-compromise home(expert) baked pies.

Mar 14, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Mar 05, 2015
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
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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
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Ran Kanom Thai Noodle - San Pablo

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

Feb 14, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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