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That Time Anthony Bourdain Scared Kids with the Gay, and I Laughed

As noted in the next-to-last paragraph, Birdsall told the story for a few years before he decided (wrongly, in my view) that it was homophobic.

19 minutes ago
Robert Lauriston in Features

Original Joe's in North Beach

The owners of Original Joe's bought Westlake Joe's and it's closed for renovation / remodeling.

I think Marin Joe's is still unreconstructed old-school.

Good Asian/Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco?

Angkor-Borei (Cambodian)

Kin Khao (Thai)

Lers Ros (Thai; the original branch on Larkin gets a lot of Thai customers so may have better food than the spinoffs)

Maybe not Bodega Bistro:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919915

site forgetting "read" posts

Looks like that's happening on the SF board as well. After page 132, all topics show as new.

http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/1?pa...

about 1 hour ago
Robert Lauriston in Site Talk

San Jose, Half Moon Bay and Sausalito

Circa San Jose, Anjappar Chettinad, Habana Cuba, the Vietnamese food courts in Grand Century Mall or next to Lion Super.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/789761

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4126...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8780...

Oakland Help Please... Need dinner and cocktail/dessert spots for TONIGHT

I don't think Duende combines music and food very well at all. They get some really good music but the performance area upstairs is kind of cramped, the sound system's not great, and they don't serve food or drinks there. The way the space is laid out, downstairs you get a really messed-up mix at best. We were there when a flamenco show was going on upstairs and we couldn't really hear the music, just a lot of stamping.

Original Joe's in North Beach

I could swear I've read a bunch of reports here but all I can find are these two.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831889
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8301...

Recommendations for Tahini paste

I buy Mid-East. Doesn't seem bitter to me.

Oakland Help Please... Need dinner and cocktail/dessert spots for TONIGHT

Live music during meal service in a restaurant dining room rarely if ever seems fun to me. Most people aren't really listening so it seems like a thankless gig.

San Fran Michelin

I like places where the food is great. I don't care whether the masses have discovered it or not. Generally they have, word gets around fast.

I don't have anything to add to my anti-Michelin comments from last year:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921435

Is there much commercial crawfish fishing around or near the Bay Area?

A few years ago I went to the Isleton Crawdad Festival and they had none.

I found a 1997 Chron article that said only a handful of commercial operations were still in business after a 1970-80s boom supplying Sweden.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/IN...

San Fran Michelin

Who knows what criteria Michelin uses in awarding their stars beyond favoring French influence, high prices, and elaborate service, but around here the results are a narrowminded selection.

I am allergic to capsacin, the ingredient that makes chili hot. Is there some other ingredient that I can substitute for this spice?

There are so many other seasonings in that dish I don't think leaving out the cayenne would make much difference except to lose the capsaicin heat. Sichuan peppercorns provide a somewhat similar bite but would be out of place in that dish. Ditto black pepper, but the dish already has a lot of that.

Leaving out the chipotles will lose smokiness. You could get that from substituting mild smoked paprika for part of the paprika, or smoked salt for part of the salt, or adding some liquid smoke. Or just don't worry about it, again, there are so many seasonings in the recipe that losing a couple won't make much difference.

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

The price included meatballs?

Oakland Help Please... Need dinner and cocktail/dessert spots for TONIGHT

Nice atmosphere, maybe A Cote, Haven, Pathos, Pican, Oliveto, Iyasare.

Live music, I dunno, I don't think that's more common on weeknights.

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

That was raw pasta to cook at home?

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

Fresh egg pasta was never cucina povera. Poor people who had chickens would sell the eggs.

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

I think Eduardo retired and sold the company and it's now called Dolce Italia.

http://www.difoods.com/#!pasta/c1puj

Recipe-ish for Lers Ros Pork Belly Basil / Pad Kra Pow Moo Krob

If you Google Pad Kra Pow Moo Krob there are a bunch of recipes. She Simmers is often obsessive about matching Thai originals.

Mandarin Garden in Berkeley still good?

The most recent post was in March:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9689...

I haven't gone there since Great China reopened.

Favorite wine with lamb

Any good Rhône red would work fine for me, but I find better values in Gigondas and Saint-Joseph than in CdP.

Aug 29, 2014
Robert Lauriston in Wine
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Murray Circle recently? [Sausalito]

Oh, postpone to Sunday-Monday. I get it.

Have a backup plan for the picnic. Mid-February is often cold and/or wet.

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

I like all those places too, except I haven't gotten around to trying Range yet. Without a reservation I'd go to Zero Zero (little or no wait) or Cotogna (all-around better) over Flour + Water (long wait to eat in a hipster bar atmosphere).

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Trou Normand, right. Au Trou Gascon is an old favorite in Paris. I haven't been to Gaspar yet.

Gut Reaction - Drinks after work in Oakland

I'd go to Longitude, the new bar in the place that was most recently Disco Volante.

Favorite wine with lamb

Serve the sauce on the side and don't eat it.

Murray Circle recently? [Sausalito]

What time of year are you planning this?

Perdition Smokehouse (downtown Berkeley)

Starting today they're opening at noon Thurs.-Sun.

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

SF has the edge on a few things, notably Burmese.

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

My current favorites are Bar Tartine, Cotogna, Gajalee, La Ciccia, Perbacco, St. Vincent, and Trou Gascon. The newish place I'm most eager to try is Kin Khao.

Yank Sing is still tops for dim sum. My tips here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7321...