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Eating in Season: Squash Blossoms

At Nido last night I had two dishes featuring, but not highlighting, flor de calabaza. The tlacoyo de chicharos con calabacitas actually had more squash than peas, and the flores were somewhat buried in the mix, which didn’t hinder its deliciousness.

Similarly, the flores in the pollo sobado en pipian verde were blended into the pipian with the pepitas. Again, a very good dish. The highlight of the meal flor-wise was the most perfect, small, fresh squash blossom I’ve ever seen perched on the side of the plate. I ate it unadorned, and life was good.

The Governor was leaving as we were in between courses- fresh off the plane from Mexico, and his first stop was Nido!

about 14 hours ago
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Westbrae Biergarten (Berkeley)

No Worries is vegan Filipino ( a contradiction in terms IMHO)- faux meat.

I was excited to see a Filipino truck at the 12th St. pod last week, until I saw the menu and recalled that this is the former brick and mortar spot that didn't last long near 14th and Franklin.

The place is a bit controversial in the nabe, fueled by the World Cup:

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/07/2...

Jul 29, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

It's a bit of a trek from LA but my best beer experience on a recent trip to LA (for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final!) was at Beachwood in Long Beach. Very California-centric list, including their own beers, served from the "flux capacitor."

I wouldn't have gone had I not flown out of Long Beach, but I might go out of my way in the future as I didn't even get to try the barbecue.

Jul 24, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

As to service, yes it gets crowded. I've always found that making eye contact, nodding, and waiting patiently for the server behind the bar to go through his/her strategy for serving patrons in front of you mitigates any surliness, and you're treated well the next time you come up for another round- primarily because some people shout out, wave cash around etc and that gets the opposite treatment.

Jul 23, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

Oh, and the Toronado doesn't have food, but you're welcome to bring some in from Rosamunde (sausages) next door, or Memphis Minnie's across the street (barbecue).

Jul 23, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

Per the beer list currently posted online, approximately a quarter of them are from California.

Like you said, OP wants a California microbrew focus for what may be his one chance to hit a pub in SF.

Jul 23, 2014
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Home made frozen dumplings, East Bay?

Second Tian Jin.

Regular menu items: pork with chive and pork w/ cabbage, $6.99 for 20, $17.50 for 50.

Order a day ahead, minumum order of 50: pork/celery $14.95; pork, chive, shrimp and egg; beef and carrot; flounder and celery all $19.95/50.

I haven't ordered any of the special dumplings, but the two regular are delicious.

Jul 23, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

Copenhagen-based, with outposts in Stockholm, Bangkok...hard to get less local than that.

Jul 22, 2014
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Pub to sample California Microbrews

If you can only go to one, the Toronado has got to be it. Not 100% local, but there will be plenty there for you.

They seem to be updating their list these days, take a look:

http://www.toronado.com/draft.htm

Jul 22, 2014
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Archetypal Mission burrito at Taqueria el Farolito.

I fully expect someone to reply saying that burritos are not a local specialty because they exist outside SF/CA- there seems to be as much negative feedback in this thread than positive...

Jul 03, 2014
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Eastbay Mediterranean Deli with takeout salads (besides Oasis)

Adam's on Franklin between 14th and 15th in Oakland doesn't check all your boxes, but more than half, along with other items you didn't mention:

http://www.adamsmgc.com/#!menu

Jul 02, 2014
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SOS?

Marrow in Oakland has served a great, unconventional version with corned beef in place of dried beef, though I haven't seen it in awhile.

I make mine at home with bresaola.

Jun 30, 2014
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Horrifying Jello Recipes

The Mid Century Menu is indispensable on this and related matters:

http://www.midcenturymenu.com/categor...

Jun 30, 2014
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new Oakland lunch place - Uncle Dougie's

According to the SF mag Oakland 100 list discussed in another thread, Uncle Dougie is plying his trade at the Layover, 10pm-2am Weds-Sat. 15th & Franklin.

Jun 26, 2014
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Josh Sens's Oakland top 100

Think this is really Sens' top 10; entries beyond page 1 are initialed SD, RFM, or EC (when initialed at all).

Jun 26, 2014
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New Korean takeout in Oakland - EM Deli

EM Market next to Chopstick closed.

EM Deli and Catering is directly across the street; website says they opened in May.

Jun 26, 2014
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Duke's Mayo

Cost Plus has had it, but it's been awhile.

Jun 25, 2014
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Classic Guilin Rice Noodles - Oakland Chinatown

They open at 8:30 weekdays. The "all matching healthy breakfast" is a great value at $3.50. You choose round or flat noodles, a protein (the marinated brisket is great), and an an additional topping such as dried lily flowers or bamboo shoots. There's also a choice of drinks if you dine in; I was given a cup of tea as I waited for my to-go order.

Jun 25, 2014
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Dock at Linden Street [Oakland]

I haven't been yet, but this example for the Beer Shed part of the enterprise helped give me an idea of what they pour:

http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/20...

Jun 18, 2014
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World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Adesso had already added coffee service at 8am prior to the Cup, and the link above states all 64 games, so yes.

Jun 13, 2014
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World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

It would be hard to beat Adesso in terms of food and drink quality:

http://www.dopoadesso.com/adesso/wp-c...

I haven't been to Venga Paella yet, so can't vouch for the food, but they're showing all games as well:

http://www.vengapaella.com/

Jun 13, 2014
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East Bay BBQ

Just called them as it's a few miles drive from my house to ask if they were out of anything; alas, the listed number 510.777.9037 is not in service. Tough to come up with a plan B driving to that nabe without assurances...

May 29, 2014
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Wine Country Casual Restaurants... and Breweries

Ditto Melanie re Woodfour and Russian River. A further word to the wise- a visit to the latter and, to a lesser extent, Lagunitas, after 12-12:30 or so on weekends can be rather unpleasant due to the crowds which make it difficult to comfortably order beer.

If I were you I'd prioritize the beer visits for a weekday. Bear Republic can be SRO on weekends as well (at least in the bar area).

May 20, 2014
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Is it worth driving 30 miles to get to Trader Joes?

Aldi owns TJ's.

May 19, 2014
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Shalala Japanese Ramen in San Francisco Japantown

Brown Eyed Girl.

May 14, 2014
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Chicago Hot Dogs in SF? Da Beef Closed (crying inside)

Diablo Dish mentioned Chicago hot dog truck Street Dogs; they posted that they're at Soma StreatFood Park today until 3pm.

May 08, 2014
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Muffuletta Olive Salad.

Hadn't seen it there, thanks.

Dare we hope they bring back Duke's mayo?

May 08, 2014
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Taco Grill --> Obelisco Restaurant (Oakland)

I panicked too.

May 08, 2014
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Muffuletta Olive Salad.

Boscoli, 16oz, $6.82; 32oz, $9.81:

http://www.cajungrocer.com/food/condi...

Plenty of other stuff you'll want to order from them- reasonable shipping charges, I'm a regular customer.

May 07, 2014
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Currywurst Mountain View Area

Out of your area but the Oakland Rosamunde serves currywurst. Beer service is very casual, you order at the register even if you're seated at the bar. Excellent beer selection.

Dittmer's doesn't have it, they serve sandwiches.

Currywurst is the only instance I'll allow ketchup anywhere near sausage; I quite like curry ketchup and keep Zeisner's on hand at home.

May 02, 2014
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