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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Liba's Falafel has opened in a former japanese eatery on 17th st.
soft opening now 11-2, 5-7
menu: aquas, falafels, salads, etc.

eats: falafel sammie(7.75)
-3 large falafel and ? in a large pita pocket
filled up with various toppings at toppings bar.
-toppings really unique, tasty
falafels large, crunchy, and tasty, no spiciness
seems pricey, but the all u can stuff toppings makes it ok?
note: falafel salad is $10.

Jul 25, 2014
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Jook - SF Dish of the Month December 2013

Dumpling Express makes everything on site in an open kitchen.
tried june 2014
eats: meat porridge (4.13)
-watery rice, tender beef, lots of sodium: msg and salt
-ready in 7 minutes.

note quality similar to New Hing Lung, fremont location last year. hing lung pricier.

Jul 25, 2014
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Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Pop Art Bakeshop (2307 International) is closed on sunday, monday, tuesday. closed the other days by 3 or 4.
ramdom dropping in not productive

eats: classic biscuit with brown gravy(4.5)
-brown gravy seem average, nothing special
-huge biscuit dry,bland, with a buttery taste to it.
-mushroom & leek biscuit availalble,. +1

crumbs:
-though seldom eat biscuits, this seem slightly above average.

Jul 25, 2014
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Who sources the noodles at Bay Area Ramen shops?

Maruichi and Jika Ramen (s.f.) make their own.

Jul 24, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

note: Hog is open everyday but tuesday 5pm-11pm, somedays 12.

Jul 23, 2014
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Who sources the noodles at Bay Area Ramen shops?

Nippon Trends food service markets the "yamachan" ramen sold at japanese markets and ranch 99. they also make noodles for the institutional trade. Nishimoto Trading is one of their distributors.

noticed melanie got a pic of a box with the yamachan logo at the recent ramen street festival.

ramen shops differ in what noodles are used: some use chow mein-type noodles, or instant ramen from korea, or yamachan type instant noodles, or fresh yamachan noodles, etc.

Jul 23, 2014
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Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

author describes plaintiff's lawsuit as "hail mary", not an encouraging sign for the plaintiff.

plaintiff's case looks weak since there are other oyster sources available.

Jul 19, 2014
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Please help me find the name of this chinese cookie thing

dim sum bakeries carry fresh versions of "Sa-chi-ma. groceries stores carry so-cal and chinese/taiwan/hong kong versions. regular chinese pastry bakeries have them also.
my fav is the ones from socal.

Jul 17, 2014
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Sungari Dumpling house -- Northeastern chinese in Excelsior (SF)

curious, was there any service issue? foods looks/sounds unique/exotic.
nice to see translations almost literal, not flowery.

Jul 16, 2014
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Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

seems timing is everything. went lunch or early afternoon one day. got a parking space in front. only one other table present. went for the posted "special" which wasn't since i found it on the menu online afterwards.

with paella, the rule may be: order when it's busy so paella will be fresh. no doubt i may have gotton "leftover" rice. veggies fresh so that's a good sign.

echoing mooncake, thought portion (rice and veggie) was small. no doubt Venga is trying to sell appetitzers too.

Jul 10, 2014
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Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

vegan paella was a minor disappointment. the veggies in the vegeterian paella were great. the rice was alternating between mushy and crunchy. poor cooking?

Jul 09, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

checked out the pic. it's labeled "shark fin dumpling in soup" it's almost a literal translation of the chinese characters describing same.

the "boon" threw me off since i didn't look at the pics. tong gao= soup dumpling. first 2 characters are "shark fin".

btw, shark fin dumpling is also boiled. seems we are describing the same item using different phrases.

Jun 20, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

Benu has substituted faux shark fin. martin yan uses truffles. doesn't have to be real shark fin.

Jun 20, 2014
shanghaikid in San Francisco Bay Area

Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

seems we have a linguistic misunderstanding. i see "boon tong gao" as cantonese for "steamed sugar rice cakes".
i refer to soup dumplings as "shiu jiao" in mandarin.

Jun 20, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

it's a soup dumpling for sure, (shiu jiao) not sure what's in it.

Jun 20, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

it may be "shark fin" soup dumpling (or some variation). had it at koi. never tried it at great eastern.

Jun 20, 2014
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High-end Sichuan opening in Pleasanton

agreed. the choice of hampshire pigs looks like a p.r. stunt.
going "lean" obviously targets a certain demagraphic audience. doesn't add anything to "quality"

fat actually adds a lot to chinese cuisine (l.e the soup in xiao lung bao is all juices from pork fat.).

Jun 20, 2014
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High-end Sichuan opening in Pleasanton

imo, Yiping was a dumming down/distortion of szechwanese whlle Sichuan Fortune House is the real deal

"importing" a well-known chef is a ruse. such importing is similar to high tech's use of HB-1 (or something like that).
sponsor gets 2 years of "cheap" labor cuz they claim they can't find similar labor sources here. (or don't want to pay the market rate.

the proof is in the eating. everything else is just talk.(to be polite.) it's up to the owner to provide adequate resources, just "importing" a chef and using a specific ingredient doesn't cut it.

Jun 20, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

Bund Shanghai has xiao long bao, shen jian bao (pan fried buns) but doesn't have sweet/salty soy, yao tieu, nor any of the other staples of a northern breakfast. side dishes yes.

Great Eastern has the whole line of a cantonese dim sum eatery.

the food offerings are different, thus not comparable as equals..

Jun 13, 2014
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Where to live in Oakland for food?

Lost and Found @2040 telegraph is a recently opened biergarden. local plus some new york brews available last time i went. small bites available after 4.

Jun 06, 2014
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Giin Thai Canteen - South Berkeley

tried pad thai with chicken a month or so ago. chicken was dry. flavors subtle. dish had more tofu in it than chicken. tender tofu was better.

recent y. reviews flavorable.

May 26, 2014
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Bay Area Ramen

i wasn't given a chopstick to eat with my ramen. i was the only one in the biz. doubt this is good customer service. tea cup only 1/2 filled initially.

wrote a review on y... stating egg noodles used (waitress told me herself when i asked). i.m.o. this isn't real japanese ramen. "owner" responded to review with an offer to refund my $14 for the K.O. ramen or some kind of take out in kind compensation.

doubt i will return. food was "tasty". yes. just don't know what was home made, what was commercially made (base, bouillion, sauce, etc.), that's the reason i ate everything to get a "read". broth seem too dense to be homemade.
portion small too.

May 24, 2014
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Ramen

Kaiju Eats isn't real japanese food. they use egg noodles (chow mein kind), not japanese ramen.

toppings aren't traditional japanese ones. broth questionable as to origins.

May 24, 2014
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The Bacon Bacon Truck

only tried bacon bacon once, not overwhelm but then i've always avoided bacon.

510burger is my fav burger truck.

May 14, 2014
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I-Tea Oakland, opening and report

on fridays, leaflet gal was saying promo would last a week, monday, it was gone. now it's buy 5 drinks at one time, get one free.

waits still 20 minutes, my roasted oolong milk tea (3.5) very weak in oolong tea, strong in milk and sugar taste.
wouldn't recommend unless u have money to waste.

May 13, 2014
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Taco Grill --> Obelisco Restaurant (Oakland)

fwiw, they moved to the former mar y tierra spot
homemade flour tortillas for the tacos were impressive.
fish tacos ok, not as much fish as linda....

May 11, 2014
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Los Shucos Latin Hot Dogs [San Francisco]

prices start at 5.95, and they're guantamalean dogs,
not the usual mission dogs(more than bacon, ....)
thought bun to dogs/fillings was a bit much.

owners aims to please. am sure offerings have been updated since my visit months ago.
ur mileage may vary.

concur with mr. happy. it's not a sitdown place, more take out, just a few seats available, not doubt rent/profit issue.

May 08, 2014
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Best Friday Night Happy Hour in Uptown Oakland

parliament @811 washington has $5 wines (riesling, merlot, pinor noir too, various cocktails 5-8, dj in house
HH: 4:30-8:30, upscale ambiance. small venue.

May 08, 2014
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ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

i think not. zongzi is made specially at a certain time of year to honor a chinese official/scholar who committed suicide by drowning to protest his emperor's policy.

the local populace made zongzi to throw in the water so the sea creatures would eat them instead of the official's body. (this is my understanding of why zongzi exists. my memory may be hazy).

May 01, 2014
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ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

wouldn't expect to find any but a major prospect may be the food kitchens in the ranch 99 and/or marina markets.

thought i saw a shanghai one before(probably marina). if/when i see one will report back.

Apr 30, 2014
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