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The best San Francisco sourdough?

No, haven't been back to Bordenave.

about 17 hours ago
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Sourdough Revisited

I called the phone number on their website and was told that was the business office, and that they sold retail only at the outlet store. That's at 151 Spruce, SSF, 650-589-4572, open 8-5 every day. There's no indication of this on their website which the outlet store person said was badly in need of updating.

about 23 hours ago
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Mole in San Rafael?

Has anyone been to Los Mole in San Rafael? It's in the location on Lincoln of the long-lived Las Camelias.

Bay Area - I need your help

For brunch, the food at MH Bread & Butter in San Anselmo is both creative and excellent and still comfort food. I think I've had all of their egg dishes and have found each one amazing. Of course everything is served with their wonderful bread. Weekdays, get there by 11:00 am for the breakfast menu. Weekends they serve it until their 3:00 pm kitchen-closing time.

You'll find three egg dishes near the end of the photos.
http://ruthvenphotos2.com/mhbreadbutter

http://mhbreadandbutter.com

Bay Area - I need your help

I'll cast my burger vote for Phyllis' Giant Burgers in San Rafael, on the "Miracle Mile" on the way to San Anselmo. Hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, but the real deal for burgers, including grilled onions if you want them (no extra charge). I like the burgers at this location better than the newer and larger locations.

2202 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-0866
http://phyllisgiantburgers.com/locati...

Bay Area - I need your help

I'm with you. I just don't get it. But hey, others do...

SF Sourdough Revisited

I certainly never tried grilling stale sourdough back in the day. Never even thought about it.

SF Sourdough Revisited

My remembrance is that you had to eat it the same day, or at least the next, or it was just too stale to eat.

Red Bird Bakery - new in Santa Rosa

Is there seating, tables, etc?

barndiva or the healdsburg shed?

Has it been that long? Seems like yesterday :-)

barndiva or the healdsburg shed?

I was there last September (I think it was) with two other people and we all thought it was very mediocre and disappointing. A winery owner who had sampled a few or more of his own creations said the employees there that he knew called it a [very bad name].

The Clover Scoop Shop | Cloverdale - Sonoma County

We'll have to agree to disagree :-) I find Three Twins to have the best chocolate ice cream I've probably ever had (their Bittersweet Chocolate), and the few other flavors I've tried have been very good. And this coming from someone who didn't like their initial offerings (10 years ago??) at their shop in north San Rafael. Years later as it was appearing in many places I decided to try it again. I found it much better and so far that's been my experience every time. I probably have it once a week, mostly from Good Earth in Fairfax.

Easy Quick Pickles

I made my first batch a week ago, five quart jars of mixed veggies. It's all great!

Now I have a question: I finished one jar of the pickled veggies and have more than half a jar of brine left. Would there be anything wrong with just adding new veggies into that jar of brine?

May 16, 2015
Malcolm Ruthven in Recipes

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

Two of us went there for lunch yesterday, first time for the othe person. Both of us thought it was the best Thai food we've had in Marin (also probably in a wider area). I had the lunch special with (1) the recommended-above Yellow Curry (chicken), spicy, and it was just great with multiple complex flavors and (2) Chile Paste with pork, spicy, which was much saucy (as intended) and also great. I starter coconut soup seemed even better this time that the last time I was here. I could eat a large bowl of that for a meal.

Native Sons BBQ [San Francisco]

Thanks. That type of schedule in that location isn't going to work for me.

Native Sons BBQ [San Francisco]

Is this a permanent place? Indoor tables? Etc...

Great Eats within a mile of Union Sqaure [San Francisco]

Bio, a French cafe mostly for takeout but (I think) with a few tables, is very near Union Square. I loved the short-lived sit-down place in Sausalito last year and was so sorry it didn't make it. The Food was great. Give the Union Square place a try.

75 O'Farrell St.
Monday-Sunday: 6am-6pm
http://biologiquesf.com

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

I was also in SF at that time. The one I frequented the most was the New Pisa.

Has anyone used this mole base?

I fixed the whole container, adding a whole quart "box" of organic chicken soup. I thought it could use a bit more liquid, so I added a bit of water. I then got a whole cooked Mary's organic chicken from Whole Foods (labeled 1.75 pounds), pulled apart the meat (weighed 1.4 pounds), and mixed in some of the mole. I've had a few meals of it and like it a lot. The mole is different than I've had before; the sesame seeds are quite noticeable as mentioned by someone. But overall I'd say it was quite good. The same store also has another type they sell and I may try that one next.

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

I had a very good lunch there today. The lunch specials are $10 (plus $1 for brown rice) and include two choices. That took a bit to sink in; I first read right over it without noticing. I had the Chili Paste with chicken (stir fried in special chili paste with green beans, bell peppers, and topped with kaffir lime leaves) and the Fresh Ginger with pork (stir fried fresh ginger, garlic, bean sauce, carrots, bell peppers, yellow & green onions). Everything was great tasting, and the Chili Paste was about as hot as I'd want. The meal started with a bowl of coconut soup, clearly tasting of coconut. Give this new place a try.

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

Thai Aroi-Dee is a new place on 4th St in San Rafael (west end, taking over the Om space). Several rave reports on yelp for authentic Thai.

1518 Fourth St
San Rafael
415-295-7464

Arguello, Presidio [San Francisco]

Great to hear about the very good service, making our dinner experience hopefully a one-off (abetted by a large party our waiter was also serving).

Petaluma for dinner?

The evening at Speakeasy was very nice, sitting outside in the warm weather and sharing their very tasty smallish plates. Interesting flavors seem to be their hallmark. The small inside was too dark for me; I'll sit outside again next time.

- Huevos Endiablandos - one deviled egg - quite good,
- Papas Bravas - fingerling potatoes, chipotle aioli - excellent
- House Made Empanadas - ground pork, Gravenstein apple, creme fraiche - excellent
- Crab & Mango Salad - Dungeness crab, shredded mango, green papaya & cucumber, curry mayo dressing - Quite good and interesting in its own way, but the crab and mango were pretty well lost to my taste. Still good, though.
- Gemelli Rustica - Gemelli pasta, grilled chicken, prosciutto, rosemary cream sauce, shaved parmesan - Not as good as it should have been from the list of ingredients, not sure why. Sort of a "where's the beef" moment.
- Two glasses of their "house red", 2011 Ca' Momi Rosso di Napa. I really liked that wine and it's available online for $10-$13. http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-129...
- The whole tab was $60 including tax.

Arguello, Presidio [San Francisco]

How was the service at the Commissary for lunch? Three of us had dinner there a month ago; great food, very poor service (plus small pours of wine).

Petaluma for dinner?

Thanks, everyone, for all the recs and suggestions. I decided on Speakeasy because it's a bit different. I'll report back...

Petaluma for dinner?

Tell me more about Speakeasy. Is it a good place for conversation (at least before the music starts)? Tables crowded together or good-enough room?

Petaluma for dinner?

Thanks, all, for the recs.

Also, anyone been to Speakeasy? I find the dinner menu interesting.

Petaluma for dinner?

No dinner menu on the website, at least I couldn't find it.

Petaluma for dinner?

I've had many lunches in Petaluma over the years, but never dinner. This Saturday night two of us will be having dinner in Petaluma. Looking for very good and interesting food of any variety (probably not sushi), good atmosphere, moderate prices. Looking over my notes culled from here, I'm considering Risibisi, Rosso, Le Bistro, Namaste.

All comments appreciated...

Has anyone used this mole base?

How would you rate the quality of this mole?