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Clove & Hoof butchery and restaurant in Oakland is open!

don't know when it changed hands. i was there the day before Clove & Hoof opened. standing board sign had the new name. old name still on the overhead.

a middle age latina was in the kitchen and a middle aged black female was the cashier.

Clove & Hoof butchery and restaurant in Oakland is open!

had the "smoked potato salad with white sauce" $4.
after waiting for it to reach room temperature, it tasted fab. it was referigated.

real smoky taste in the potatoes.

Clove & Hoof butchery and restaurant in Oakland is open!

"Octavios Taqueria" took it over. still pathetic. had fish taco w/ bits of fish, and al pastor with chewy meat. @1.5

La Fisheria truck in San Francisco

thanx again. i usually skip tilipia, going for catfish instead at soul food eateries.
remembered tilipia is used in ceviche at peruvian eateries. will pass next time.

don't usually eat shrimp, except in dim sum or the swimming live ones....

La Fisheria truck in San Francisco

thanx for the tip.
yep, most mex eateries use tilipia for their fish tacos, etc.
even soul food eateries use tilipia......

Mochi at Yuen Hop (Oakland Chinatown)

my SO came across another similiar looking mochi package at another grocery store in chinatown. (slightly cheaper) only got the black sesame one. taste totally different.

Yuen Hop's mochi definitely higher quality, better tasting.

"Worst of 2014" nominations

for some unknown reason i skipped the food and just had a beer when i was there.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

noticed price banner "5.99/lb" at bonita fish market, berkeley while driving by,

Heading to Berkeley, looking for good Ramen place

3 months opened, no menu posted online. ratings on y. rates ramen as the best to "overpriced" top ramen ($9-$10)
believe Kaze is chinese owned. caveat emptor.

Corned beef in the Mission [San Francisco]

-Mohawk Packing produces Shenson and Hickory brands
-Mohawk a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.
-Smithfield Foods bought by WH foods/Shuanghui Int'l
-WH on it's website claims it is the "largest pork company in the world".

Judoku - Oakland

curious problems existed though patio closed. was there pre-1ish, constant flow of people exiting (none from the front). obviously, patio was packed.

think kitchen is understaffed too.
agree, food is, should be solid.

La Fisheria truck in San Francisco

La Fisheria had signs touting fish tacos but couldn't find it on their menu.
tried to order the mixta(various ingredients)taco, cashier asked
if i wanted tilipia or ?, obviously she doesn't know the menu.

went with tostada ceviche(3) tilipia bits with various seasonigs. deliz.

Pietisserie opens in Lake Merritt [Oakland]

dropped by today and looks like construction just got started.
btw, next to Pie.. is Akai Cafe Kalli, selling mexican coffee (chipas and Oaxaca)., smooth, bold, a steal for a med (1.75)

Judoku - Oakland

on the contrary, there's a "noodles" (soda, udon, ramen) and "tempera" (tempera, and karaage, oyster, chicken et al)section. yep there's 2 pages of rolls/maki.

noticed a patio in the rear.
for some reason, service was slow and uneven. i arrived before others, yet others get their orders taken and food arrived earlier.
(20 minutes before someone took my order).
korean chirashi an option, choose regular chirashi.
-sashimi was fresh but previously frozen cold.
(most korean sushi places have his problem).
tables/chairs in front bunched too close together.
food is good. needs ramping up. service dysfunctional.

better pricing at lunch.

Lena's Soul Food Cafe - Oakland

went 1 1/2 years ago. had 8.99 chicken lunch plate. chicken fresh, juicy, sides ok.

99 cents menu available then.
Off the Fork gave it a good writeup.
WingStop previous tenant also operate by Lena people.
don't know how it is now.

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

right on! overview. most crullers i've encountered are "mushy"/soggy. over 50% of donut places didn't have them. either don't make them or sold out....

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

i've never went for the plain. would steer u towards the big donut guys who have high heat broilers that can "flash" fry donuts in a jiffy, i.e. BOB's. small shops wouldn't have the equipment....

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

almost got there. eagle donuts area is the furthest i've gone on mission so far. maybe in the next few months.

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

scrolled thru 1/2 my notes re: worthy french cruellers
-Jelly donut, 1475 sw blvd. rohnert park
-donut and things, 1549 polk st. s.f (chocolate crueller@1)
-all stars, 3070 el cerrito plaza, el cerrito
-sam's donuts, 1160 arnold dr, martinez @1

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

i was there weeks ago. forgot whose french cruller i liked. seldom find one. maybe firm is the wrong description. i like melt in ur mouth types but with a sturdy frame, not soggy. will mention if i find it in my notes.

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

coffee(sara lee)poor quality, skipped
french crueller not egg puff quality, tasted soggy not firm.
donuts looked small here.

did not try ann's.

Top spots for Vietnamese food in Oakland

got the tidbit off their website. not familiar with food from Binh Thuah. food sampling tasty.
expect priciness
fwiw, my pho noodles were wide fresh ones, i prefer the thinner reconstituted kind or thin ones overall.

Top spots for Vietnamese food in Oakland

had a yummy beef pho dac biet(10) @Ma Me House, 416-15th st, msg free. open till 9, closed sat. sun.

Ma Me's food represents the Binh Thuan region of Vietnam.
menu pricier than usual viet eateries.

Sweet Delight Bakery (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

buns were out of sight when i dropped by awhile ago. didn't notice jook either but wasn't looking. tried the siu mai and har gow. no natural tastes. all msg.

Tostilocos and Mexican ice cream in Hayward

Mexican ice is popping all over:
-international in former bar space. (oaktown)
-B st. hayward
-across from mi rancho, hayward
-vermont st, hayward, same as grocery outlet
-hesperian blvd, san lorenzo (proprieter young amigo, friendly, good stuff)
-A st. one opened near hesperian, upper A st near railroad tracks "open soon" for months
-mall, newark
-thorton ave. commercial strip, near book store..
-mission st. sf. not recommeded, got lump of ice instead of ice cream.

Chocolate Chair (Japantown, San Francisco)

seeing chocolate chair for the lst time, i instantly had low expectations. choose the one ingredient (chocolate) they couldn't possibly screw up. they didn't. vanilla probably a safe choice also.

why did i have low expectations? place is little bigger than a bread box. how can they compare with smitten who has an overkill of employees and room?

subzero(sebastopoole) did a fab job with matcha. saw the whole prep.

couldn't brave to watch them make it. luckily the straus and the chocolate carried the day. CC can't make quality nitrogen ice cream on the cheap. ur experience proves it.

SF Chinatown: Good wonton recommendation

Yin Du has too much msg, just average. Hon's more memorable.

SF Chinatown: Good wonton recommendation

Yin Du is just average with lots of msg. had better memories of HOn's though that was long ago.

Cantonese DIm Sum Recommendations for Bay Area

would consider mayflower, union city for value, though items inconsistent. would avoid dublin, terrible service.

Saigon Seafood Harbor, richmond is very good for value.
concur with yank sing, koi palace.
Hong Kong East Ocean, Emeryville has upscale decent dimsum with long waits on weekends.

note:XLB isn't a cantonese specialty, it's northern chinese.

Andytown Coffee Roasters, SF Outer Sunset - Snowy Plover & Scones w/ PICS!

in house roasted coffee, drip@2.25 was a steal
-smooth, bold, easy sipping
-as good as the big boys and cheaper.

scones looked popular but i'm not a scones fan........