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King Tsin Under New New Management - CV Chef - Berkeley

shi, one of the questions we put to Mr.Ho on our initial visit was which day he had off, because we could be assured my wife's dietary restrictions would be addressed if he is present.

Aug 23, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Moosetta's Russian Piroshki, Sonoma Valley

grazie, Sr. Ruthven for confirming my guesses. with their limited times combined with my dear spouse's wheat intolerance, getting to the necessary temporal-spatial coordinates will probably keep those piroshki in my fantasy food realm.

Aug 20, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Tax on Loaf of Bread?

is 'Jane' a bare bones bakery, nothing prepared there for eating on premises, no counter or tables for ingesting stuff there. that kind of bakery won't charge you tax, in my experience. the other bakery/cafe hybrid type of place might be inclined to charge tax when they don't always have to, for the take away goods ; some of them will charge, some won't, some will have the tax included in the selling price. [they're expected to impose a tax for stuff that's clearly for consumption on site]. if the expectation is that some of the stuff is eaten on premises some of the time, a proprietor can justify charging tax.

Aug 13, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

King Tsin Under New New Management - CV Chef - Berkeley

we've experienced some inconsistency in the cooking at china village, and both places offer such a wide range of dishes this is not unexpected. if neither kitchen has a clear edge over the other, the service and much more tranquil ambience at 'Yi Pian Tian Xia' makes the choice simple for me.

Aug 13, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

citing 'health food chains' is a curious critique of Rainbow, which is clearly an independent. from shopping there once or twice a month, have recognized many of the same farms that sell in the local farmers' markets. when produce isn't from a local source, it generally isn't available from one, and my constant use of the markets give me a fairly good notion of what is locally available.

Aug 13, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

categorizing the clientele as hippie or not is about the furthest thing from my mind when shopping at Rainbow, so your authority on the subject can stand. o.t.o.h., as a retired senior, whether a bustling place of commerce is senior friendly becomes a factor, and they definitely qualify, more so than w.foods.

Aug 12, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

assume you are describing the w.foods c.e.o. with the Honduras reference, which would be a fascinating manifestation of our present stage of neocolonialism.

Aug 12, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

the comment about sustainable produce sounds a bit odd to me. w.foods can do anything and everything on a bigger scale, but specifically in produce, how they display and sell the conventional stuff alongside the organic is not consumer friendly, and pretty much means that they are also buying much more stuff that is produced on industrial scale, from mega corps like sunkist or united fruit co., vs. Rainbow, who sells only organic produce. most of us in this area have farmers' markets more accessible than either store for local produce including fresh herbs, for shoppers who place a high priority on it (including me).

King Tsin Under New New Management - CV Chef - Berkeley

the comment to the linked article came from a Jonathan King, a thumbs down, if that is the individual you invoke.

Aug 12, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Montreal bagels for a California girl

with the recurring 'bagels in northern calif' topic pricking my curiosity, decided to resample a couple of the local(oakland), small scale bakers who use traditional methods. Authentic Bagels is furthest from my front door and wasn't sampled ; saw a recent thumbs down from felice.

Baron's and Beautys adopt differing interpretations, with the latter consciously attempting Montreal style, which is outside my experience in situ. will only speak of my personal local preference instead of which comes closer to the best in some other city or continent.

both cost 1.50 per bagel. my favorite varieties are always chosen to judge bagels, whole wheat and sesame. Beautys have a narrower cross section, and less bulk, so quantity conscious consumers might prefer Barons. overall Beautys were more satisfying in flavor and chewiness. would buy them again, though they are a little further to fetch, their bright, cheerful, friendly bakery a definite incentive. their location on Telegraph (nr. 39th St) is convenient for commuters who use the MacArthur Bart station, and they close at 3 p.m.

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

folks who like to label socially conscious establishments as 'hippie' will persist, but others take note of the clientele in the photo.

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

home cooks in this area have great access to locally produced organic produce and grass fed, antibiotic/added hormone-free, no g.m.o. diet meats, so the intrinsic appeal of locavore, farm to table dining is very different. the c-panisse style is intrinsically derivative, not particularly creative, and minimalist in approach by design, to let the ingredients 'speak'. from my perspective, many of the places run by c.panisse alumni and the original aren't very good values for the $$, but that might not be a consideration for visitors. that said, to pick one from the many, where one would have a reliably enjoyable meal, my choice would be Pizzaiolo in oakland.

El Mono Fresh in El Cerrito

must say, have to like a place that has a name like " Ich bin ein Mensch" which might be closer than " I am a cholo". the photos on yelp have a closer resemblance to the foods in my Andean visit many decades ago than any place in my very limited sampling in this country since, specifically the braised meats, duck, chicken in specific sauces with specific starches and seasonings.

Aug 10, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

a self described 'tourist' might not comprehend the significant differences between the socioeconomic classifications 'hippie' and 'yuppie'. by the latter, young, affluent professionals are the usual suspects. 'hippies' for the most part don't have the monetary means or motivation to afford the eating places the o.p. seems to be looking for.

if 'hippies' are the actual obscure objects of desire, SF is no longer the preferred environ. in northern calif, some areas around Santa Cruz or Monterey counties, Marin, Sonoma (between Sebastopol and Bodega Bay for example), Mendocino, Humboldt counties, come to mind but our vast state has plenty of space for enclaves.

a retired person on a fixed income myself, Rainbow grocery gets my vote for one of the area's better supermarkets. some of its operating principles might be described as socialist-influenced, if that is meant by 'hippie'. encouraging consumers to bring their own bags and food containers, and making many items available in 'bulk bins', for example. its clientele is very diverse, with many working people and senior citizens (who get a .10 discount).

"Squirrel Fish" in Oakland Chinatown?

the chef at King Tsin probably knows how to prepare the dish. Mr.Ho is the managing partner there and is very easy to deal with and discuss dishes. the owner at China Village might be able to help, but as ms.wong noted earlier, does not import the specific variety of fish from China any more.

Aug 10, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Gardenias - Woodward's Garden Reborn | Lower Pacific Heights - San Francisco

thanks. on of the pics on facebook showed a lamb leg, and rotissierie lamb is offered on their menu. marin sun farms is cited on the menu as their meat source, so they would have access to goat and heirloom breed pigs in theory.

Aug 08, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Gardenias - Woodward's Garden Reborn | Lower Pacific Heights - San Francisco

according to the zagat preview, they were planning to roast whole goats and piglets on a rotissierie, but this meal's selections do not reflect that type of cookery.

Aug 08, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

El Mono Fresh in El Cerrito

thank you mariacarmen and malcolm for the detailed replies, appreciate it.

"Squirrel Fish" in Oakland Chinatown?

used to buy what was called mandarin fish in oakland chinatown, and it looked similar to the photo, but it was probably imported frozen then thawed for sale. don't think it comes from this side of the Pacific.

Aug 07, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

"Squirrel Fish" in Oakland Chinatown?

in general, the fish markets in SF have a better selection of fresh, intact with head, fish that would be identifiable (Cantonese language familiarity would be very helpful), compared to oakland. just from browsing the shops on Stockton St, would say there is considerable variation on the available catch week to week.

Aug 07, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Wonderful home-made Yunnan meals [Berkeley/Oakland]

in theory the health/food/safety regulations are intended for consumer protection. in practice, the combination of our legal, economic, and political systems has created a massive leviathan of regulations that heavily favor larger and richer entities. this prevails in the research fields as well, of course. the bigger and more powerful corporations and schools have the means to suppress research. as is obvious, it was no accident that the industry with massive resources pushed through deregulation for themselves, which contributed to the bubble, and the same industry benefitted from the trillion dollar rescue.

Aug 06, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

El Mono Fresh in El Cerrito

mariacarmen, which Peruvian eateries in our area are your favorites ? thinking of trying the Rotissierie on Valencia for the lengua. gracias.

Aug 05, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Biryani in Sunnyvale/Milipitas area

Anjapar Chettinad (located in a Milpitas shopping/dining complex) offers a selection of dum biryanis. we were quite pleased with the preparation and seasoning (their dishes are generally seasoned for their predominantly Indian clientele) of the kadai (quail) biryani we had there. the dosa and uttapam we had were also quite good.

Aug 04, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

gooseneck barnacles prepared by Fish in Sausalito.

Fish always provides the sources for their seafoods (they give the names of the boats and their skippers), but didn't pursue/note the detail. the shells were impeccably clean, and the delicate size and irregular surfaces probably meant both careful cleaning and a pretty healthy origin.

Aug 02, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Chengdu (Szechuan restaurant) near UC Berkeley

we always order the toothpick lamb when we go there. perhaps the tastiest variation of 'cumin lamb' we've tried in this area. their version of tea smoked duck is also very good, and we usually get the simple but very satisfying fish fillets with green pepper sauce, which is actually a soup based on the same peppers (clearly jalapeno in this dish) as the dumplings you described.

Aug 02, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

gooseneck barnacles prepared by Fish in Sausalito.

Listed on the specials board as Barnacle Bill's boil. $14 for essentially a seafood salad, as the barnacles they served were mostly petite and the bulk of the dish were well prepared veggies, of which only the sweet corn was boiled. included were watercress, sweet grilled scallions, and whole, long, grilled sweet peppers. came with a ramekin of very tasty melted butter that none of the food really needed unless one likes melted butter on stuff. to my taste, the delicacy of the mollusc would be obliterated by it.

the barnacles are worth trying at least once if you're a shellfish aficionado. the shell portions were an attractive pale jade in color, the necks a dark greenish brown, resembling worms. the necks had a thin outer chitin 'skin' that was edible, and eaten whole tasted a bit like soft shell crab, while the interior within the shell was very similar to clam.

also had their Portuguese style clam chowder, tomato broth, linguica, potato, celery, a very savoury soup that could have stood on its own without clams, which were completely tender. mi espousa querida had a simple and delicious grilled halibut collar and we shared a pile of perfectly prepared chips (Brit meaning, their regular 'fries' are shoestring style).

Aug 02, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

King Tsin Under New New Management - CV Chef - Berkeley

we went to China Village twice after Mr.Ho departed with the closure from the fire, and found the standard of service had noticeably slipped from before. we have not been back there since.

Jul 29, 2015
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Winetasting in Sonoma

the tasting rooms are very diverse in size and settings. if you care for pinot noir and don't need vineyard views, small scale where thirty minutes would suffice, consider Paul Matthews. if you want a glimpse of a small working winery with a slightly bigger range of wines, consider Joseph Swan.

Jul 29, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Winetasting in Sonoma

the Dry Creek general store seems limited in its selection of foods and rather touristy, to me. my own preference for picnic stuff would be John's market/grocery in Healdsburg, or for prepared sandwiches, salads, take out pizza, our first choice is always Diavola in Geyserville.

Jul 28, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area

Great spicy noodles without soup

i.i.r.c., QQ noodle in Milpitas and King of Dumplings in Newark have hand pulled noodles, but you might consider those south bay rather than east bay.

Jul 28, 2015
moto in San Francisco Bay Area