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Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

I bought a bunch of Beer Lao at Oakland GO.

Very tasty and not skunked (unlike all the lagers I have ever bought at Trader Joes)

I have had it many times at Champa Gardens.
but these larger bottles taste a little more sweet,,,almost too sweet if you drink more than one.

Apr 18, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Any good cheap souvlaki in SF proper?

Does not look good or cheap!

Apr 15, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Check Please: Contigo, SF; Smoke Berkeley in Berkeley; Paradiso, San Leandro

The quality of meat you use when smoking meat is really really important!

Even more important than technique.

Its very difficult to get great BBQ from average meats.

Apr 11, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Cant find Pepperoni sticks anywhere (Livermore Area)

What is your favorite brand?

Apr 05, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Smitten Ice Cream Oakland Rockridge location opened Tues 4/1/14

no line or customers when I walked by around 2:00 today.

Sun was out and shinning

Apr 03, 2014
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Kingfish Pub to be moved across the street to old Soul Brothers cafe location...Yes the whole cool funky old building!

Kingfish pub to be moved across the street to old Soul Brothers cafe location...Yes the cool whole funky old building!

in Oakland's Temescal to make room for condos.

might be just a rumour?

Apr 03, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Smitten Ice Cream Oakland Rockridge location opened Tues 4/1/14

Block away...I will give it a try!

Apr 01, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Beat Seafood pizza in the Bay Area?

I never really appreciated seafood pizza till I stayed at a Hostel in Cairns Australia in the 80's and the Greek Pizza joint next door made the most fantastic Seafood pizza I had ever tasted.
It was perfection!

I have tried a few since but none of them even come close.

Does anyone have some favorites I can try?

Mar 29, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

I will try it again this week....if nothing else to check out the free parking.

I will probably go around 1:30 so hopefully they will be a spot?

I will see if I can get satiated for $15 or less out the door for lunch.

I doubt it...especially if I buy any kind of drink.

Report to follow.

Mar 23, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

Is the parking lot right next to the building or across the street or?

Mar 22, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

But what did it cost you?

This is about cheap eats!

Mar 21, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

I live a block away from Khana Peena on College Ave.
and I still think their Indian buffet Lunch for $8 is a great value.

They no longer give you cloth napkins and a free soda drink but its still always satisfies.

Their outdoor dining area is great!

PS

Don't order a beer as it will cost $ almost as much as the buffet.

Khana Peena
5316 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

Mar 21, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

I will give them one more try...and report back.

If I get a parking ticket from the overzealous Berkeley parking control...I will report back on that too.

Mar 21, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

Vik's Chaat House has not been cheap for 7 years!

To me Cheap should be lunch under $10 bucks!

How do you get out of there with a fulfilling lunch for under $20?

Please tell.

Mar 21, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

Cam Huong could be the #1 bang for your buck.

702 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606

920 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607

Mar 21, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

BBQ Hut at 6400 Shattuck. [Oakland]

Babyback ribs are nothing but hard little bones with no meat on them.

I never understood the appeal.

Mar 18, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Best place to buy large "bulk" or fill containers of fluoride free water in Eastbay?

Has anyone bought the bulk reverse osmosis water at Berkeley Bowl?

How much?

Do you bring your own container?

Do they sell big glass ones?

Mar 08, 2014
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Bluebottle Opens new store in Oakland on Broadway near 40th

Mar 08, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheapo SF Rice Plates

Anyone remember Economy Cafe in Oakland Chinatown?

Rice plates were $1.25 -2.65

The $ 2.65 was with lobster.

All cooked up right in front of you by the Wok Master with the hot oil "tattooed" arms from 30 years of perfecting his culinary genius.

This was back in the early 80's...a great time to be a chowhound when you had little money.

Mar 08, 2014
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La Fournée bakery (Berkeley, former Bread Garden space)

Here is another picture of the quaint, beautiful area!

"non-descript"...I think not!

Feb 24, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

La Fournée bakery (Berkeley, former Bread Garden space)

Yes, That is the location I an referring too!

La Fournée makes a pretty tasty croissant...but it is rather small for the price.

I find their baked breads taste like Saltine crackers.
Not a bad taste but not what I want in a rustic bread.

The first picture below is of the old Bread Garden store before it was gutted and turned into the worlds ugliest bakery...so sad.

The second is the quaint, beautiful shops next door.

Feb 24, 2014
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La Fournée bakery (Berkeley, former Bread Garden space)

La Fournée could be the ugliest looking bakery in Northern California...especially compared to the quaint, beautiful shops next door.

What the heck were they (not) thinking on the remodel?

Looks like a poorly ran donut shop on the outskirts of Fresno.

Gives me the creeps just walking bye.

Feb 19, 2014
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Lunch near the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

Would be nice if you gave us the address of the warehouse?...since its not at the actual museum.

Feb 17, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Hog's Apothecary Brew and Sausage pub closed for 49er Playoff game...FAIL!

Note to self....never go to Abbot's"Fern Bar" Cellar.

Jan 19, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Hog's Apothecary Brew and Sausage pub closed for 49er Playoff game...FAIL!

Can you name another Pub in Northern California that is not open on Saturday or Sunday at 12:00 noon?

Jan 19, 2014
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Oakland Hog's Apothecary Brew and Sausage pub closed for 49er Playoff game...FAIL!

Just went by Hog's Apothecary Brew and Sausage pub to grab a beer and watch the first half of the Niner game...and they were not open.

WTF?

Gaad, I hope this over priced "Fern Bar" poser pub with lame hours goes out of business soon.
And is replaced with a proper beer pub for the neighborhood.

And since I am ranting...What is up with that little non-regulation size "Shuffleboard" table they have...Weak!

I'm heading to the Kingfish Pub.
Too bad they no longer serve food.
But at least they have a proper shuffleboard table and are open.

Jan 19, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Tamales Unicos on vacation or ????? [Oakland]

I found the owner of Tamales Unicos very nice but a little bit of a flake.

He actually had the only game in that part of town and he started to do a lot of things.... IMHO wrong!

Non consistent hours.
Never having Torta rolls.
They made a awesome Torta for a few weeks and kept it on the menu and then kept saying they were "out" of the rolls for the last 18 months.

Down sizing the size of the Tamales by 40% and raising the prices...WTF?

Plus he thought it was weird to order a Lunch or dinner plate of rice and beans and Tacos or Tamales,even though he had the large clamshell serving trays to do it.

Hasta la vista baby!

Maybe someone else will fill the void!

Jan 18, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Tamales Unicos on vacation or ????? [Oakland]

Also Farmers Joes @ 35th and MacArthur in Oakland has a role in the film.

Jan 18, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

“Oakland Bi-Rite " coming to Grand Ave?

Jan 17, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area

Tamales Unicos on vacation or ????? [Oakland]

I just watched " Fruitvale Station"

And the first scene when "Oscar" is driving in his car ....he drives by Tamales Unicos.

Hella Oakland.

However....I thought Oscar lived in Hayward?

Jan 17, 2014
Mission in San Francisco Bay Area