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Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Had lunch there today, the $8.99 lunch special with Chicken Curry (choice of chicken, pork, beef), Tea Leaf Salad, and Steamed Jasmine Rice. I've been to Mandalay a few times but am no expert on Burmese food. I liked this meal a lot, including the generous portions. The chicken curry had a flavor unlike any I've had before, certainly using spices but probably no hot chilies. A mild, unfamiliar, and great flavor to me. The tea leaf salad was also very good, this one having chopped romaine lettuce mixed in with the "real stuff", making is more of a "salad" that Westerners would be familiar with, with great if mild flavor. I enjoyed the whole meal and will be back. I encourage those of you more familiar with Burmese food to try this place and see what you think.


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Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving?

I just received "The Juice" email that listed these North Bay places open for Thanksgiving.

Left Bank, Larkspur
Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, Sonoma

Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

I've had a quite good Pulled Pork sandwich served with Pickled Fennel and some pretty good baked beans off their lunch menu.

Crab season is upon us

recent experiences with old favorites... Yep, had a great crab sandwich today at Western Boat & Tackle in San Rafael


San Rafael - Western Boat & Tackle - Crab sandwiches, clam chowder, cooked crab, live lobster, fish, wine & bait

Time for a seven-year update. I went there today for a crab sandwich, which came stuffed with a large amount of fresh dungeness crab. A bit of lettuce and tomato, a bit of mayo, some soft-but-substantial bread, and there was really nothing to improve on. They make it the way you'd make it for yourself, and (fairly I think) charge $15 for it. There are tables outside, down a ramp, on a deck overlooking the water. This is local color at its best.

Photos: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/westernboat...


Good places to eat/drink in and around the presidio. [San Francisco]

I walked through Arguello restaurant in the officers club a few days ago and definitely want to give it a try. It's a great historic space, as is the Presidio Social Club, Go to both for a taste of local historic color. The food will or will not bring you back, but definitely go once to both for your own experience and evaluation.

Anyone been to Burgers & Vine in downtown Sonoma?

Has anyone been to Burgers & Vine on the North East corner of the square in downtown Sonoma?


Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

Do they server the breakfast/brunch menu all day?

Bistro L'Aviateur [San Francisco]

How about a clue re where this place is.

New French Cafe in Sausalito

Had lunch at Bio today, this time the Salmon & Goat Cheese Crepe ($14) that came with a generous serving of ratatouille. Is was simply excellent. Live music was playing as I've often found. Yes, sometimes they're short-handed, but not today and even when they are I don't mind; the food is so good and the place is so pleasant. It's become my standard "meeting place" for all sorts of purposes. Also, I can never leave without one of their excellent dark chocolate creations in the front case.

Larger photo of the Salmon & Goat Cheese Crepe

Update on Karina's in Petaluma (Tlayudas, Pan de Muertos, Chapulines, Tres Leches, Tamales)

Do you know if they still have their Mole "base" (for lack of a better word) for sale, for use in home cooking?

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

Haven't been in a while. Remember being disappointed the last time I was there.

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

Donut Alley doesn't make them any more.

Marla baker (mission, SF)

On my way down 19th Avenue yesterday I made a detour to go to Marla on Balboa. I had the Green Onion and Aged Jack Scone and the Marla Brownie. Both were best-of-type things. The brownie had a paper wrapping around the edges because the inside is so soft; I ate it with a fork. Sort of a cross between a brownie and candy, with dark intense chocolate.

Marla Bakery
3619 Balboa (bet 37th and 38th Ave)
415-742-4379 www.marlabakery.com

Polk St. Indian Restaurants SF

Their website seems to indicate that it's pickup or delivery only.


Polk St. Indian Restaurants SF

Is this the at India Curry House 1040 Columbus?

Mustards Grill: My Theory [Napa]

It's been some years since I've been there, but on earlier visits I remember how I thought the food was great (we usually had a few small plates) and the service was great (very friendly and accommodating), and after a couple of later visits remember thinking that it seemed like just another tourist-trap place, both food (mediocre) and service (hurried and impersonal). Sorry I can't be more specific.

Mustards Grill: My Theory [Napa]

I just now happened on to this thread, and have to say (1) I've been there only a few times over a lot of years and (2) the first time or two it was great, both food and service, and the latter times not great at all in both respects. I don't even think about stopping there now. I certainly wish it would get back to its "good old days".

Chinese chicken salad recipe ho chow - Fremont t

Thanks. Time for a new can of it.

Chinese chicken salad recipe ho chow - Fremont t

Thanks, I have Coleman's. Does it get weak with time (container closed of course)?

Chinese chicken salad recipe ho chow - Fremont t

>hot powdered mustard<

Is this available in most Asian markets? Recommended brands?

> Chinese five-spice salt (separate recipe)<

Recipe example? Or is it also available in Asian markets?

From Miami to San Rafael

Not sure about stylish, but great food for breakfast and lunch in a casual setting at M.H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo.



Critique my Sonoma wine itinerary please

I afgee about the tour, but I've actively disliked their wines for a long time.

Zuni Cafe, 2014 [San Francisco]

Zuni has been my choice of what a San Francisco restaurant should be since I started going there some time in the early 1980s, maybe even late 70s. I still have an impression of my first visit there so long ago, and it's of that great narrow bar surrounded by windows with a very eclectic mix of people of all ages and all walks of life and dressed from jeans to suits. Then we went upstairs overlooking the bar and ate the great food. It's still a place I make sure I take visitors to. I haven't been there in about a year and it's great to know it's still at the top of its game.

All-Star Donuts [San Francisco, Marina DIstrict location]

I've been stopping in there infrequently for a very long time. They were one of the few doughnut places that knew how to make a good French cruller.

Taste Kitchen & Table open in Fairfax

I went back today for lunch about 1pm and found a quite busy place less than a week after opening, and the service was just fine. They were out of many of the bakery goods; Fairfax seems to have embraced this place quickly. I had the Smoked Salmon Toastie ($8.99) - smoked salmon, soft goat cheese, green tomato, pickled red onion on a seasoned bruchetta. It was as good as it looks in the photo. I'm no connoisseur of green tomatoes, but they're very different from regular tomatoes, quite a bit less soft and with a different flavor which I won't even try to describe. The balsamic dressing drizzled over the tomatoes and lettuce worked well. All in all, a worthy addition to the area along with H.M. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo.

A few photos: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/taste-fairfax

Anyone been to The BBQ Spot in Santa Rosa?

I'd call it tender, and juicy enough for me.

Anyone been to The BBQ Spot in Santa Rosa?

Hard to tell all chopped up like that.

Anyone been to The BBQ Spot in Santa Rosa?

I had their brisket sandwich with baked beans today. I asked for the sauce on the side and received no admonition; the friendly staff person took it in stride. The pretty-large sandwich arrived with chopped meat instead of slices, just as Melnanie found, a big negative to me. I didn't find it as tasteless as she did; there was some noticeable smoke flavor (but no seasoning) and some charred ends with more flavor. But the flavor wasn't at the Memphis Minnie's level at all. The beans were close to the type I like, a sweet-ish type (probably from molasses) but there was all this thick "sauce", seemingly more of that than beans; good tasting, but the ratio was off to me. I wouldn't go back for the brisket, but maybe to try the pulled pork. They'll be moving closer to downtown in October.

Apple Crumb Pie @ Criminal Baking Co.[now Undercover Baking Agency] in Santa Rosa

This morning I had their Chile Relleno, one of the best I've had anywhere. It was large, tender, and filled with white cheddar from Petaluma Creamery. It came with good-tasting slices of tomatoes and a green salad, all drizzled with a balsamic dressing. A very good value at $6.50. This place continues to impress me.

Photo: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/undercover-...