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Fresh Crab Bun Rieu in East Bay?

Wow, awesome. I can't wait to try the fresh versions. Thank you for the great sleuthing amidst language barriers!

Aug 16, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Authentic Bagel Company - only 90 perfect bagels made daily [Oakland]

This past weekend is the last time I'm getting their bagels. Of the three times I have been, twice they have given me 2 fewer bagels than I ordered and paid for. The first time I figured it was a fluke, but the second time I was pretty mad. Imagine showing up to a brunch with two fewer bagels than the number of people! Needless to say, the other brunchers weren't impressed.

Aug 11, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland – Sushi – Shogun

Yes it is a great deal. Sushi is made to order and the selection is quite large. I go regularly. Ozumo is different than Osumo.

Aug 11, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Best shop for Loire goat cheeses in Mission/Noe

I was told that the sale was related to their August vacation, but it didn't make sense since cheese ages very well. This makes a lot more sense.

Aug 11, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Kim Huong, Hue-style Vietnamese, opens 3/22 in Oakland Chinatown

I couldn't find many other previous reports, so I thought I'd give a short update. First of all, they have my favorite pho broth and also my favorite bun bo hue. Their bbh has a lot of lemongrass and other spicy herbs in addition to a medium level of chili heat.

More recently I saw a sign for duck and sour bamboo noodle soup, which intrigued me, and a lazy Sunday night was a great reason to pick it up to eat at home. We debated whether to get 2 orders or whether to hedge our bets with one of our usual dishes. I suppose we prefer to get stuck with two soups we didn't like rather than fight over one that was really good, so we got two orders, $22 after tax.

The broth was a murky yellow with a few drops of oil and had lots of bird flavor. It definitely had more depth than their pho ga broth. The noodles are a thicker rice noodle about the diameter of spaghetti, and had a little bite. Each order came with about a quarter of bone in duck, cooked similarly to Hainan chicken. Surprisingly, it was not much fattier than chicken. The soup also included green onions, onions, pork blood cubes, and maybe 10 strips of sour bamboo. On the side they provided a spicy-sweet grated ginger sauce. It was a delicious and complex combination of flavors.

Pizza Margherita: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2015

I think Pizzaiolo has better food than Boot and Shoe even though the menus overlap. I exclusively go to Pizzaiolo.

Wonderful home-made Yunnan meals [Berkeley/Oakland]

Do you truly think that the practice of pushing deregulation by financial institutions is the appropriate comparison? I work in research and we would also like more deregulation - it eats up a lot of time and money.

Aug 06, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants List (2015 Edition) Has 6 in SF

Eye roll. How much better are the new restaurants than the old ones? If they were better, then maybe I'd care.

Aug 05, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Wonderful home-made Yunnan meals [Berkeley/Oakland]

Thanks for posting about this tm! I was eyeing Li's food and have tried Hai's which was delicious.

Anyone used Good Eggs/Fair Share specialty food delivery services?

Since this thread has been revived, I'll throw in my two cents about Goodeggs. I love the avocados and Tartine bread. I tried their cherries and they were awful, I could've found better ones at Safeway.

During the Tartine move, my favorite Tartine breads are unavailable. In the meantime, the Pizzaiolo breads are incredible and local to me.

Aug 05, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Papaya Salad: SFBA Dish of the Month April 2015

A few months late, I'm reporting on an excellent version of green papaya salad from Chai Thai in Oakland. I've had lots of versions of papaya salad, and Chai Thai's isn't new to me, but theirs is excellent. I like the dried shrimp version, with plenty of umami from the shrimp and the fish sauce. This version contains your typical long bean, tomato, uneven hand cut papaya shreds, peanuts, with a side of cabbage. I've also grown to appreciate the small pile of rice noodles on the side. I toss the noodles separately in the dressing (as opposed to mixing the noodles into the salad), and they provide a nice textural contrast with the same flavor as the salad itself. I'd say this version measures up to any that I've had at a Thai temple, and it's available 7 days a week.

Bakesale Betty's - Temescal [Oakland]

They switched over to the smaller size and round bun over a year ago, maybe longer. It does make a noticeable impact but in my mind the flavor was not worse, just the size was smaller.

I have always found the slaw to be variable levels of spicy. I prefer it spicier, and my last sandwich three weeks ago was pretty spicy.

I never noticed the buttermilk flavor in the crust so can't comment on that. My favorite item is still the strawberry shortcake so I go exclusively during strawberry season, thank goodness it is a long one!

Aug 03, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

I agree with a lot of what's already been said on this thread, but also have to acknowledge that my standards have changed because I can no longer dine out whenever I want, and pay an extra $60 per restaurant meal for a sitter. While a mixed experience might have been acceptable a few years ago simply because it comes with the territory when exploring new/new to me places, it is no longer ok. Under the new standard, only maximum 2-3 restaurants in each category (eg Italian, Japanese, etc) make the cut, everything else is bad enough that I wouldn't return. This applies to $20pp places as well as $50+pp places, although it seems like there are more and more $50+pp places that aren't worth it. And I'm less and less inclined to try new places if I could be at Cotogna instead, as goldangl put it.

When we have out of town visitors, I only take them to the A list places, they don't have time for a place where the food is mixed.

Aug 01, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh Crab Bun Rieu in East Bay?

A few years ago I thought I would make bun rieu at home and watched a home cook's internet video. In the video, the crab meatballs are scooped out of a jar. Tay Ho's crab meatballs look like they are scooped out of a jar too. All the versions of bun rieu I've seen (even in Vietnam) look like the meatballs are scooped out of a jar. I'm not sure I've ever seen fresh crab meatballs, and have no idea what they look like. I'll have to ask about it next time.

There's a picture of the jar of crab paste at this site:
http://www.asiadish.com/recipes/true-...

Jul 28, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh Crab Bun Rieu in East Bay?

I looked at the pictures of their bun rieu on Yelp and it does not look like they use fresh crab. I could be wrong since pictures can sometimes be deceptive and I haven't eaten it.

My favorite bun rieu is at Tay Ho in Oakland, and their version looks very similar to the pictures I saw on Yelp. The crab meatballs look the same and they also put pork blood in the soup. It's my favorite noodle soup there.

Best shop for Loire goat cheeses in Mission/Noe

Success! They had 6 today, not the entire list from the website but good enough.

Jul 25, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean Panchan in Oakland/Berkeley?

I prefer EM Deli's prepackaged panchan over Koreana (they changed names recently but I don't remember the new name). My impression of Koreana's was that it was mediocre, not as good as Kukje, so I didn't buy it often and can't remember exactly why it wasn't great.

Jul 23, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Best shop for Loire goat cheeses in Mission/Noe

Darn, I was hoping this would be a little easier. Loire-from-Loire is the goal, not looking for Loire-style although will settle if I have to. Thanks for the advice!

Jul 23, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Best shop for Loire goat cheeses in Mission/Noe

I'm hoping to be able to find 2-4 Loire goat cheeses and am hoping to only make one stop to find them. I will be in the Mission/Noe area and haven't shopped the cheese sections at BiRite/24th st/Rainbow in a few years. Anyone been recently who could comment on their cheese selections?

I'm open to considering other shops as well in the vicinity, those just happen to be the three that came to mind.

Jul 23, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Bibimbap: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2015

I didn't get around to eating bibimbap in June because of travel, but I finally had some this week from EM Deli. $5.99, $1 extra for meat, and I added an egg when I got home. EM Deli is really a takeout place, and they sell a variety of fermented pickled veggies, plain and marinated meats, and lunch items like lunch plates, kimbap, and noodles.

This version was very fresh, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your taste. The veggies were raw green cabbage, raw purple cabbage, raw carrot, raw cucumber, zucchini (either raw or slightly salted), radish kimchee, bean sprouts, and pickled daikon. Given the range of panchan they sell, I would have preferred a more pickled or fermented selection. Other than that, I enjoyed the dish (with the added beef bulgogi) and it was a very large portion. Best of all, the sauce was more spicy than sweet.

You can also see that it is conveniently packaged so that I could enjoy this at the office without too much trouble.

Bibimbap: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2015

I was grateful for Wolfe's bibimbap when I worked in that part of town, and ate it as often as I could. I'm glad they are still offering it. Wolfe's bibimbap was not as good as Art's was (inner sunset) but it was still a highlight amongst other neighborhood choices.

When I started working in Oakland, I tried the bibimbap at the burger/sandwich/Korean food deli at the corner of 17th and Franklin, on the same block as Stags and Liba. It was just under $10 but a step down from Wolfe's and I haven't returned.

Jun 10, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

What's the best Thai (or any SE Asian) in Santa Rosa? In Sonoma County?

They didn't the one time I went this past December. I wasn't sure if it was because of the time/day or whether they've discontinued offering prepared food. It would be easy enough to call and check.

Jun 02, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

SFBA Dish of the Month Nominations (June to December 2015)

LOCAL SEASONAL STONE FRUIT

May 21, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast near le Meridian? [San Francisco]

A long time ago I had breakfast at the hotel, the corned beef hash with eggs was excellent. This isn't a dish I eat regularly, but it still stands out in my memory as my favorite version.

May 13, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Potstickers : SFBA Dish of the Month May 2015

Peony has them, three per order. They are large, with lots of pork and cabbage filling. Wrapper was not too thick, had good texture, filling was on the sweet side. I would say there are no major problems with this dumpling, which places it above average in terms of dumplings I've tried at restaurants. I would eat it again (I usually avoid them at restaurants). Joy's version is still better but it's in a different style and league.

May 09, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Potstickers : SFBA Dish of the Month May 2015

I buy frozen dumplings at Tian Jin Dumpling in Oakland Chinatown. I boil mine but it is possible to pan fry them, I haven't tried them pan fried but perhaps someone on this board has.

May 09, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for Best Yogurt in the Bay Area

I gave Noosa a try. Fruit is very high quality, which I really like. The yogurt itself is a little thinner a not as smooth and rich as Liberte, so for me I still prefer Liberte. The available flavors at the local Whole Foods has really decreased. It's down to strawberry, blackberry, coconut, and vanilla.

May 07, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Khao-man-gai in San Francisco?

Hawker fare has a location is SF. Haven't had one at a restaurant that was better than homemade.

May 03, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Papaya Salad: SFBA Dish of the Month April 2015

The one time I had green papaya salad in Vietnam, it had the little beef jerky bits and the sauce was made from sugar and fish sauce. It was not spicy at all, had no herbs, and the shape/texture was very different because the papaya was uniformly shredded into angel hair size pieces. I was planning on trying the green papaya salad at Tay Ho (Vietnamese) in Oakland, but both times I went in April, it didn't fit in the context of the meal.

May 03, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area

Classic Guilin Rice Noodles - Oakland Chinatown

Soft beef rice noodle soup?

May 01, 2015
felice in San Francisco Bay Area