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Marzano in Oakland -- Report

The new place opens tonight:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Sunday Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco this Sunday

Skimming the 199 restaurants that Opentable shows with tables for two at 12:30, maybe A16, Bodega Bistro, DOSA Fillmore, Greens, La Mar, Spruce, or Wayfare. If you went to Greens, you could walk around Fort Mason and/or the Marina Green afterwards.

Essvee's annual b-day dinner quandary

Best Fried Rice in SF

Does that second dish have to be preordered?

Dog friendly brunch and football watching in Carmel/Monterey?

You want the California board for that.

Essvee's annual b-day dinner quandary

Essvee's annual b-day dinner quandary

If you haven't had a great meal since Laurent Manrique left Aqua five years ago, I'm not sure anyplace I've eaten in recent years would make the cut.

Maybe Acquerello. I haven't been there in years either.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Dairy and soda are similar in that adults don't need either to eat a healthy, balanced diet. The dairy industry is sort of worse in the sense that they have managed to get the USDA to lie about that in order to promote consumption.

Dairy and soda are different in that dairy has some nutritional value, the dairy industry doesn't promote milk as a water substitute, some dairy products are delicious, and dairy plays a significant part in many culinary traditions.

Best Fried Rice in SF

Shrimp paste, you're right.

Dozens become sick at NAACP gala at Redwood City Sofitel

Maybe the event had an outside caterer, maybe a supplier was at fault.

Partridge in the East Bay or SF?

Chukars are one of many species of partridge.

Quiet place for a drink downtown??

Great bar but not quiet, times I've gone there since Leary took over it was packed and the music was loud.

Quiet place for a drink downtown??

Places that draw an after-work crowd are typically much quieter on weekends.

Two questions about Straus cream-top milk

Average rainfall in west Marin is around 23 inches from November through May.

I believe they're dependent on local rainfall / groundwater. In most of the state, we get most of our water most of the year from melting snow in the mountains. Rain falling most places in the state has little effect on our water supply.

Two questions about Straus cream-top milk

The USDA issued a variance relaxing the requirements due to the drought:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03...

Two questions about Straus cream-top milk

Straus is in west Marin County. An LA Times story from earlier this month said that Straus raised prices 5%. Doesn't say anything about them cutting production.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi...

Quiet place for a drink downtown??

Wrong part of downtown for this request, but the bar at Alfred's.

Quiet place for a drink downtown??

The Pied Piper bar in the Palace is sometimes quiet.

Maybe Dirty Habit (former Fifth Floor?)

Where can I buy fresh flour tortillas?

One place that makes its own in San Jose:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880055

Another in Sonoma:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790555

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Driving all over Berkeley running errands this weekend, I saw "Yes on D, Berkeley vs. Big Soda" yard signs everywhere, maybe 200 of them, and just one "No on D."

Here's a local ad Bloomberg is paying to air during the World Series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIC4K...

Jayakarta - Berkeley

The question of whether it's traditional aside, I haven't liked their rendang as much as most of the other dishes I've had.

Padi's rendang is excellent. Too bad they're now a schlep to San Leandro.

Lunch near Ferry Building tomorrow?

Trou Normand, Wexler's, Shorty Goldstein's, and Galette 88 are my favorite lunch places down there but they're all a 10-15 minute walk from the Ferry Building.

There are some food trucks at the Ferry Building tomorrow:

http://www.cuesa.org/markets/tuesday?...

Brunch in Santa Rosa?

Second on Spinster Sisters.

SF Alternative to Slanted Door?

Second on the Bush St. Out the Door and Kin Khao.

Where can I buy fresh flour tortillas?

Yeah, the convenient new five-pound 50-pack. Per the label they're good until January.

Richmond had them, San Leandro where I'd bought them before did not.

Partridge in the East Bay or SF?

Polarica in SF. No personal experience except for a great wild goose a friend cooked quite a few years ago.

http://www.polaricausa.com/products.html

South San Fran Dinner Reccs

I can't find that on sfgate.com. The Chron's site was seriously messed up by their recent redesign.

Downtown Restaurant Recs for Retirement Party

Maybe Aquitaine.

Two questions about Straus cream-top milk

He's explicitly asking about TJ's. It was always Straus, they're the sole commercial producer of unpasteurized organic milk around here.

Where can I buy fresh flour tortillas?

Anyone seen these lately?