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Roti canai / roti prata SFBA Dish of the Month January 2015

roti prata is a dish seldom ordered. tasted only a couple times so ...

roti prata comped (3.25 value)while waiting for take out at Mango Garden, fremont
-came with homemade curry dip
-roti tasted fresh, not premade dough nor frozen version
-looked like folded crepe
-tasted bombastic
still i rather order green onion pancakes than roti prata. just a personal preference.

New Oakland Safeway complex in Rockridge. College @ Claremont... Critiques?

signs are posted in safeway's parking lot re a one hour limit. unknown how rigidly this will be enforced.

Buma's (former Marrow, Oakland)

website lists delivery options all in oakland, (rockridge, JLQ, piedmont, etc.)no mention of charges or when they deliver. website up in 2014.

Buma's (former Marrow, Oakland)

yes, slices was tasty, crunchy but not so juicy. not exactly dry. comparing this to Bluebird's Silician Square, Bluebird's was juicier.
Bluebird is in san leandro and also claims n.y. roots. (may be open evenings only).

New Oakland Safeway complex in Rockridge. College @ Claremont... Critiques?

shopping choices-more brands of the same item. beers had 2 aisles, wines similar, didn't check other items. saw many coffee beans offered: peet's, mr. expresso, etc.

Looking for Best Chinese Restaurant - SF Chinatown

new woey loy goey, (699 jackson st.) & capital restaurant (839 clay) is where some homies go for cheap eats. may be too authentic for out of towners.

New Oakland Safeway complex in Rockridge. College @ Claremont... Critiques?

college safeway looks like any other safeway, only larger with more shopping choices.
yep, bottleneck on college ave. where construction is going on.
claremont entrance not burdened with traffic noonish.

parking on the rooftop is similar to parking at costco in s.f.

Odang Udon - fresh udon from a food truck [San Francisco]

regular sized food trucks can't fit in the space here. only camper sized food vehicles can. these are the only food vendors here. (explains the dearth of food options here).

Jade Chocolate has opened in the Inner Richmond [San Francisco]

it's been 4 years since i ate Jade Chocholates. dark chocolates fab, infused chocolates flavors too subtle. will drop in the new place and try it out.


i remembered romney saying "corporations are people too".

Tacos El Ojo de Agua? [San Francisco]

saw the "El Ojo de Aqua" again today. total fresh/vibrant new paint job. probably the same one you saw. parked next to a shell station
on 3rd? a block or so before byrant.

will try to stop next time and check it out. flow of traffic to fast for me to suddenly stop. contact # 415-....listed on truck.

Tacos El Ojo de Agua? [San Francisco]

seen the taco truck on 3rd st. sometimes. never stopped nor tried the food. it's the same one that was in Oaktown. Oaktown's one is mia.

Grocery Cafe- Burmese food! [Oakland]

looking at Chef Lue's strategy in opening eatery sites. it's either high end(san ramon(rent may be reasonable here), orinda, jack london sq) or low end (grocery cafe, san pablo ave, lue's food truck). seems more like throwing s.. up and seeing what's sticks to the wall/what sells. doubt all of it is his dough. (bagel is sound, solid profits, ala doughnuts.)

not critizing but high end can mean quick closure if biz is slow. low end isn't that profitable. mid ground may be best solution. watching san ramon and grocery cafe for breakthrus in strategy.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Plum Bar's smoke fries was a disappointment. shoestring sized. it was neither smoky or hot. the waitress admitted the paprika used isn't consistent. sometimes it's hot, sometimes it isn't

fries slightly crunchy, not much meat, not mushy nor firm innards.

Bay Area Burmese Restaurant Roundup 2.0

Burma House is definitely worth it. per y.. reviews not so in the evenings. service substandard since they younguns are waiting on the tables. went noonish, empty, fab food, service ok.

Dim Sum Club -- XLB worth seeking out? [San Francisco]

Bund Shanghai has changed ownership within the last 2 years, there's now 2 menus, a shanghai one and a standard catch all chinese one (mandarin, sichuan, cantonese et al).

btw, i did taste some msg in my recent visits.

Looking for the best takeout roast duck in the East Bay

many cantonese restaurants get their roast duck from Yet Sun, 8th St.
other choice is Cafe 88, service can be bad (pushy old ladies)
-roast duck recipe sourced from hong kong.

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

not tired at all.
hearsay portland, oregon has 140+ breweries. bay area is nowherea nears that.

few third wave coffee shops exist outside of oaktown, s.f. now hayward has one. (foothill blvd)

look forward to any burger place in lieu of habit/five guys/sonic.

not gonna be judgemental. let the marketplace decide. no one is forced to patronize "new" craft beers/burger/coffee places

if these new businesses attract patrons, so be it.
viva the entreprising capitalist!

San Mateo Christmas Eve?

not knowing where u live ....topic is San Mateo,
noticed a listing fyi "Best of Burma" 146 E. 3rd St. San Mateo,
opened 2 weeks ago.

Dumpling Express - Berkeley

tried the porridge (jook)4.13
-lots of watery rice, tender beef, lots of msg and sodium
-7 minutes wait......

Ghazni Afghan kabob (Hayward CA)

had a beef kabob(9.95)
-everything tasted fresh, tasty
-very friendly, cordial service
-wouldn't say service is slow but i took a nap
before the food arrived.

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

there's a "watermelon" beer they may like. forgot who makes it. light brew.

Who has good Fish 'n Chips in the Eastbay?

lazy dog @1961 Diamond Blvd, C-010 concord, ca
lunch special 2 pieces square fish (9.95) with fries
-both tasted great while still hot but didn't when both cooled down.
so no good for take out.

Who has good Fish 'n Chips in the Eastbay?

fwiw, tried H & S 6 years ago. 2 piece for 5.99, probably alaskan pollock. just ok. fries turned mushy after awile. had take out, vinegar was shaken onto the fish. no malt vingear packs available to go.

per y..Crispy Fry is closed as of 11/21/14-rent increase
-tried four pieces fish (8.2)a while ago.
disappointed, large battered pieces but not pollock nor cod, probably basa(catfish from vietnam).

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

i usually avoid french fries like some people avoid veggies (like me, a decade ago) i still avoid fries by choosing a salad if given a choice when ordering a sammie/burger.

daily pint @1828 Euclid st, berkeley makes homemade shoestring fries, crunchy on the outside, no sogginess on the inside. fab stuff.
their genre is specialty dogs, appetizers and local bars on tap.

the chicken karaange here is spot on.

Uchiwa Ramen, San Rafael

info sheet on table mentions "la mein" was borrowed form the chinese in the 1900's(?) yep, chinese owned ramen shop

eats: tonkotsu ramen(10.95)
-broth bland, toppings of half boiled egg, spinach, chashu (resembles pork belly more),corn and crunchy bean sprout (did sprouts dilute soup base?)
-ramen smooth like spaghetti, not al dente.
-not impressed, s.f. has better versions. (underground... )

Sandwishes in San Rafael (Marin County)

sandwishes offers 17 hoagie sammies #1-49.
small place, 3 tables at most
eats: "Ike's favorite" (8.49)
-pastrami, salami, swiss, veggie w/"yummy sauce" in huge hoagie
-yummy sauce wasn't, tasted like a mix of salad dressings
-sauce and veggies smothered any meat taste, salami just small chucks.
or meats just generic, cheaper cuts?

maybe turkey is the better choice?
friendly service, funky meats.

NEW: Burma House, Milpitas report w/ PICS

picture of Aung San Suu Ki(former jailed opposition leader)is situated prominently in the middle of the small dining room.

tea leaf salad(8.99)
-oily, not vinegary like Myanmar. also more ingredients than Shwe Myanmar.
-nice contrast of fresh veggies and dry nuts/grains
mohinga (8.99)
-fish totally dissolved into broth. no msg unlike grocery cafe
-missing some items ala pictured dish on website
chicken cocomilk soup(8.99)
-tender chicken in subtle cocomilk broth, yummiest of the lot.

waitress is also one of the cooks.
biz seems family operated
burma house best of burmese eateries tasted recently.
*service is an issue during peak times per y...

New Malaysian in Oakland Chinatown

`it's been 2 weeks since i've ate @Chilli Padi. held off deliberately since my experience wasn't so positive.
eats:"penang prawns mee noodle soup"(9.95)
-"homemade shrimp stock with prawns kangkung, bean sprouts, and eggs"
tasteless head on shrimp, sliced cooked eggs, shrimp paste, and bean sprouts in semi-dense soup. no doubt bean sprout presence diluted the broth.
-commercial thick noodles used. cheap ingredients used?
not so impressed. some msg tasted.
many entrees pricey in relation to chinatown menu.

eatery looked full since all tables by door occupied. inside tables not.
service above average.

Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

had the beer curry/tea leaf salad lunch special(8.99)
beef very tender, curry subtle taste, msg aftertaste
tea leaf salad abridged version? mostly lettuce, red onions, dried shrimps, shallots,,,, resembles chinese chicken salad.