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Jamon Iberico Bellota at Costco

I bought a package and tried it. I'd rather eat Italian prosciutto for 1/4 the price.

Dec 30, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Alta CA- Daniel Patterson's new restaurant in Mid-Market, SF - any reports?

It was meaty, on the drier side, and cut medium thin. I prefer the pastrami at The Refuge.

Dec 16, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Alta CA- Daniel Patterson's new restaurant in Mid-Market, SF - any reports?

I was there December 5th. There were a few service mix ups and some long waits, but it was opening night and I'm cutting them some slack. The food is casual, but not simple. It is aimed at the mid Market tech crowd, not a foodie crowd, but the people behind the restaurant are talented and can't help themselves so there are a few treats for the food-obsessed. I tried the deviled eggs which were perfectly fine but distinguished by a sunchoke chip garnish. Next, the butternut squash soup with chili oil and roasted pumpkin seeds - also fine; beef tendon puffs (like chicharones but made with beef tendon - these were sinfully wonderful), and house cured pastrami with stoneground mustard. I ended with a roasted cocoa-nib ice cream at the end, which--like the rest of the food didn't make my day--but was fine.

Dec 16, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area
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2014 SF Bay Area Michelin Stars

AQ is missing from the one-star list. I'm not surprised to see Frances demoted; I never understood how it got the star in the first place. It's popular because there is so little competition in the Castro.

Oct 22, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

If you bought a rotisserie chicken at Costco, DON'T EAT IT!

I was referring to the report of live salmonella on cooked chickens as being in only one place. I agree that this is a particularly dangerous strain of salmonella, but my point was that that if you use care and cook hot and long enough that you should be safe. There is no proof that this is a heat-resistant franken-strain as Bittman was implying.

Oct 22, 2013
Paul H in Food Media & News

If you bought a rotisserie chicken at Costco, DON'T EAT IT!

The only source saying that we have a "strain of salmonella [...] such a virulent, violent one -- not killed by cooking" is Bittman's sensationalistic article. Cross-contamination makes much more sense. This happened at ONE store. Certainly if this was the appearance of some new super salmonella, it would have been more widespread? Salmonella will not reproduce above 119 dF, and 90% of a salmonella population will be killed by a 60 second exposure to 150 dF. All chickens have salmonella in their gut, it is harmless to them. Be careful, follow standard food handling and sanitation guidlines, and cook your chicken to 160 dF, and you should be fine.

Oct 22, 2013
Paul H in Food Media & News
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Best New Restaurants in SF?

At Baker & Banker last night:

House smoked trout, potato latke, horseradish cream, pickled beets, shaved fennel

Alaskan halibut, king trumpet mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, ramps, chard subric, ->bacon marmalade<- (seafood for people who hate seafood)

XXX- triple dark chocolate layer cake

Jun 20, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Best New Restaurants in SF?

I'm glad to see the love for AQ from one of our more traveled eaters. I love the food there, and also think that the service is top notch. AQ is far and away the best new restaurant to open in San Francisco in the last two years.

I like State Bird Provisions, but think the concept is better than the food.

I don't understand all of the love for Rich Table, the food is good, but nothing special. It is a mystery, but since I won't be trying for a table again, it leaves more for the crowds of hipsters mobbing the place. They'll be happy, I'll be happy.

I just tried Baker & Banker tonight, and loved it; a very nice space with excellent food.

Jun 19, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants and cocktail bar close to Fairmont Hotel [San Francisco]

The "Big 4" lounge and restaurant in the Huntinton Hotel is just down the street at the top of the hill. It is one of the best bars in the city and is Old San Francisco, sophisticated and civilized. That's where I'd go.

May 09, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area
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Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

Chapeau! isn't overlooked. On his Insidescoop blog today, he said Chapeau! was removed for this year because it is being remodeled.

May 06, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

Indeed. He is a critic, It is his job to criticize and praise. I doubt he went to Commis and Crenn this year. He has his opinion and nothing has changed at either of those spots. He doesn't say he visits every restaurant. Only every restaurant on the list.

May 06, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

And Atelier Crenn with two Michelin stars is also missing.

May 05, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

(Absinthe)
(Addesso)
(Ame)
(Baker & Banker)
(Bar Agricole)
(Baume)
(Betelnut)
(Bistro Aix)
(Chapeau!)
(Claudine)
(Corso Trattoria)
(Cyrus)
(Dosa on Filmore)
(Incanto)
(Masa's)
(Morimoto)
(Picco/Pizzeria Picco)
(Range)
(Ristobar)
(Rivoli)
(Sante)
(Va de Vi)
(Willi's Wine Bar)

May 05, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Cotogna vs Perbacco [San Francisco]

The food at Cotogna strikes me as home cooking, and that at Perbacco as more sophisticated. I've only visited Cotogna once, but I prefer Perbacco based on that experience.

May 05, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

Who was dropped?

May 05, 2013
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving turkeys 2012

Whole Foods SOMA had a 2-hour Diestel Ranch Turkey sale yesterday for $1.99/lb.

Nov 04, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Bar/Wine Stores?

Robert's lists here are spot on and should be regarded as definitive. (Though I'd be happy with just Terroir, and Arelquin).

Mar 13, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Foie Gras countdown...

I believe I saw that Sonoma Foie Gras has announced they are moving to Oregon. The law says that traditionally produced foie gras may not be sold in California. This seems to leave open mail order of same from out of state.

Here is a link to the text of the law for anyone who is interested.

Jan 30, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

ORIGINAL JOES..North Beach!

I had brunch here today. They are opening at 10:30 Fri-Sun. Closing time isn't set yet, but 11:00 seems like a good guess for now. I can't really report on the food: I had an avocado, bacon, cheddar cheese omelet and it was fine. The space and furnishing and fixtures are first class. It goes well with the tuxedos and ties on all of the servers. Didn't see any blonde servers, though. Rats.

Jan 28, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Original Joe's coming soon website.

The Chronicle's Inside Scoop says tomorrow is the day...
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

I walk by there every Saturday. I'm planning on stopping for lunch if they are open.

Jan 25, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Am in SF now - First Impressions

Second the recommendation for Red Blossom Tea Company. It's the best tea purveyor in the city. And if you are still downtown, it's walking distance.

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Red Blossom Tea Company
831 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

Jan 12, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Foie Gras countdown...

Eleven Madison Park also has a shaved frozen foie gras dish (with brioche and uni). This is a pretty standard technique for high end modern places.

Jan 06, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Winter openings and closings

I think it is fairly significant that The Moss Room closed New Year's Day.

Jan 06, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants in SF with Locally Sourced, Seasonal Tasting Menu?

Though on the upper end of the $$$ scale, you should also check out Coi. They are serious local and seasonal, with some ingredients coming from the Chef's back yard.

Jan 05, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Lazy Bear res for January? [San Francisco]

I'd go to Lazy Bear over Canteen every time.

Jan 02, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Lazy Bear res for January? [San Francisco]

I've had two dinners at Lazy Bear events. The food is both creative and delicious. You can get a good idea of what the experience is like by reading the chef's blog: http://www.eatfoo.com/ . Go for the food, not the atmosphere. Venues are "unfinished" and service is at communal tables. I'd recommend a Lazy Bear dinner to anyone (except those with strong aversions or allergies - the menu is Prix Fixe only).

Jan 02, 2012
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me fill in the blank: Fleur de Lys, Incanto, ________?

Did you call Benu and La Foile directly? If not, I'd call and ask to be put on a waiting list. cancellations are not unknown.

Dec 27, 2011
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Izakaya Yuzuki -- my favorite new Japanese restauarant in SF

I prefer Kiraku to Ippuku. Better food and better service.

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Kiraku
2566B Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Dec 27, 2011
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Dungeness crab prices for '11

$4.99/lb. for live crab in SF Chinatown this morning.

Dec 24, 2011
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area

Which Bay Area restaurants offer a table side cheese course?

SF Chronicle on Cheese courses around the bay...

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-02-07...

Dec 21, 2011
Paul H in San Francisco Bay Area