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Napa: Critique my Day

Beringer has lunch?

about 1 hour ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Urchin Bistrot / San Francisco

New place by the Terra / Ame owners in the original Slanted Door / old Wo Hing space.

about 2 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market - Saturdays

The earlier the better to see the widest variety of produce, cheeses, breads, etc. Anything that's in short supply goes fast.

The market's still hopping until closing time. The scene's not very different.

about 2 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

What worked and didn't work about Chowhound

Seems like too many people seem to think anonymity is a plus not to allow the option.

about 17 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in Site Talk

Russian River Valley and Sonoma area wineries

The just-opened Jigar in Forestville is another worthwhile stop.

http://www.jigarwines.com

about 17 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

You're responding to a post from June 2013.

I should have posted about Jiger somewhere else.

about 17 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

China Village (Albany) is open!

That makes more sense.

about 19 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

China Village (Albany) is open!

The menu on the web is out of date?

http://greatchinaberkeley.com/lunch-menu

about 21 hours ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

A Personal Announcement

There's also a scam where some schools give out lots of full scholarships contingent on maintaining a certain grade-point average but don't warn recipients that they'll be graded on a curve.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/bus...

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in Site Talk

Russian River Recap

Looking for dinner in Guerneville two Saturdays ago around 8:00. Wanted to try Seaside Metal but they said it would be about a two-hour wait (!), Boon said 45 minutes, plus both felt kind of stuffy, so we went back to Agriculture, which had lots of tables open. Sat outside on the deck, lovely setting, pleasant after a hot day.

No lamb, the hostess said she'd never seen it on the menu. Nice mussels in chorizo broth, excellent grilled summer squash, rich gratin of gnocchi, mushrooms, cheese, etc. Couscous with sausage and dried tomatoes was a little heavy on salty black olives, probably would have been better if we'd eaten carefully to have an even mix of ingredients in each bite instead of running out of sausage. Good desserts, surprisingly fancy.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

A Personal Announcement

Santa doesn't charge $100,000 and if you walk away thinking you're getting that pony it's not because he encouraged you to believe that.

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Classof20...

1 day ago
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A Personal Announcement

Good luck! I hope you're fully informed about the limited employment prospects for most law school graduates these days.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in Site Talk

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

You have to order the right dishes at House of Thai, and they sometimes adjust it for non-Thai palates, e.g. toning down the fish paste in the fried rice. But if the stars align you can get a great meal of dishes that you'd never see on the typical Thai menu around here.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

The best San Francisco sourdough?

Those who ate it before they tore the old school down would probably rather improve on it, and some of them probably believe they do.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Neufield Farms Fresh Goji Berries at Healdsburg Farmers Market

From what I've read they taste kind of bad.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Joe's Cable Car closed, the owner retired.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

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

House of Thai and Lers Ros on Larkin are above average.

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Visited Jigar's new tasting room in Forestville. I was impressed enough to buy four of the six wines I tasted. Zinfandel ($26), a Syrah-Durif blend ($24), and a Pinot Noir ($32) were all balanced and delicious. A Cabernet Sauvignon ($28) probably suffered from being served with spicy food, I'd try it again with a simple beef dish.

http://www.jigarwines.com

1 day ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Russian River Chow?

Spent last week in Guerneville.

Food for Humans has some really good stuff. We got Italian tomato puree and real Dijon mustard, both organic and excellent. Produce has improved. Breads from different bakeries every day.

Sunday farmers market at Tomales Bay was very good, fair number of stands, got some great local meat and vegetables.

Tuesday market at Forestville had only three vegetable stands. You could always supplement with a visit to Andy's (kind of similar to Monterey Market).

Thursday market at Guerneville was small but had some great and unusual stuff.

Friday market at Occidental was bigger and fairly diverse.

Raymond's sells bread at all those so we didn't bother schlepping out to Cazadero, though maybe we should have since I wasn't as impressed. I liked the ficelles the best. I liked the bread from Village Bakery in Sebastopol (sold some days at Food for Humans) better.

Freestone Artisan Cheese has a great selection of local stuff including some I'd never had before. Other kinds of fancy foods as well. Seemed odd that they had no wine.

Santa Rosa Saturday market was big and excellent. Is the Wednesday market that big?

Willowside Meats between Forestville and Santa Rosa, wow. Like Bud's but better. Got some great dry-aged ribeyes for $14.50 a pound and some delicious sausages.

Whitetail Wine Bar closed (reopening as a restaurant) and Sophie's was sold and turned into a deli, so there's no longer any good place to buy local wines. Big Bottom has a very small selection of expensive bottles. DM Liquor has some OK stuff. Sonoma Fine Wine in Occidential has a modest selection of great French and Italian wines, mostly older vintages. Andy's had some good stuff.

2 days ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Wild Flour Bread near Sebastopol

Went by on the late side, they were out of all the unflavored breads, bought an olive bread. It was pretty good but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. I'm amazed it draws such crowds but I guess I'm spoiled by Acme.

2 days ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area
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Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, Geyserville

Had lunch there the other day. Very pleasant to sit on the patio. Fish tacos, beet salad with green goddess dressing, and a special "Reuben" pizza with corned beef, horseradish Havarti, etc., all very good. Small but excellent selection of wines by the glass. I wish I'd had the appetite to try the cannoli.

2 days ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Healdsburg Shed

Stopped by to do some shopping on Saturday. Saw a bunch of unique / hard to find products including fresh-milled flour, Apple Farm cider syrup, and a bunch of Anson Mills grains. Kind of reminded me of The Pasta Shop. It'll be a regular stop any time I'm passing by.

2 days ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

destination food shopping from Santa Rosa to Cloverdale?

The Santa Rosa market was great. Got some excellent lamb and Romano beans. Didn't get to Healdsburg in time for that one.

2 days ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Your go-to delivery for dinner in Oakland/Berkeley?

Saul's now has delivery through some new-to-town service, mrdelivery.com. They have about 30 other restaurants, most of which I've never heard of.

2 days ago
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Salumi and Charcuteri in San Francisco

Perbacco, Barbacco, Trou Normand, Dopo in Oakland

Aug 18, 2014
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Guanciale in SF

It's one of my favorites. I'm not sure if they always have it at the store.

Aug 18, 2014
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Bridge lights restaurant [San Francisco]

As discussed in the older topic, the lights are not visible from the south.

http://thebaylights.org/view

Aug 18, 2014
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Belcampo Meat (Russian Hill, San Francisco)

Anya Fernald said their slaughterhouse has the capacity to supply eight stores.

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

Aug 18, 2014
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Bridge lights restaurant [San Francisco]

Aug 18, 2014
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area

Guanciale in SF

Fatted Calf?

Aug 18, 2014
Robert Lauriston in San Francisco Bay Area