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Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

pupusas from El Salvador orders of 2 for 5 or under.

Jan 28, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

anonymous food critics

Yes different people have different experiences, some times they even go on sites about food and share them.

Jan 27, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

anonymous food critics

Based on my personal experience of eating with critics and not being treated the same and receiving different portion sizes and different cuts of the same dishes I had previously, what else would I basis my thoughts on. I don't make random judgements about things I haven't actually experienced, that's would be uninformed and lacking validity. Any critic that says they are treated like everyone else is delusional same with celebs. Even just going to a place solo post dining with a critic or a celeb and the treatment is different especially in SF and often in LA, I don't notice it as much in London or NYC.

Jan 27, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

anonymous food critics

"anonymous food critics", three words that don't belong together.

I will say that one that really annoys me that does happen when they know who the critics are and they always know who the critics are even the ones that do international reviews is that they give different size portions for food. While they can't change the quality of the food, I've seen far too many restaurants who increase the portion sizes for the critic dinners.

Jan 27, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

The torture of TV reality shows -- featuring Top Chef Just Desserts and Hell's Kitchen

The fact that they have them see psychologists before even casting them is pretty good indicator that the show runners are trying to weed out folks with serious mental issues and that they can handle the filming process. Anyone who goes on a reality show and doesn't understand that it is entertainment and that editors will be cutting the footage to get the most dramatic result shouldn't sign up for the show. The contestants on Top Chef have talked numerous times about the short amount of sleep, the tight shooting schedules and how the interviews likes most reality shows are set up with leading questions.

I can understand contestants not liking their edit but they can only work with what they are given.

Jan 26, 2015
tjinsf in Food Media & News

Herring season 2015

there is a herring festival today in Sausalito-
http://cassgidley.org/

Jan 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Jade Chocolate has opened in the Inner Richmond [San Francisco]

Hot Cakes in Seattle sells smoked Chocolate Chips. I also had it from two other chocolatiers at the past SF Chocolate salon.

Jan 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Avant garde, modernist, quirky recs?

well at the meal I had Manresa last week and the ones I've had in the past they certainly used all the modernist techniques.

Jan 23, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Avant garde, modernist, quirky recs?

Most modernist food here goes through a filter of farm to table and modernist technique aren't as over the top. Atelier Creen, Benu, AQ, Lazy Bear, Manresa

Jan 23, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa is accepting reservations [Los Gatos]

The list is still from the previous sommelier's reign.

Jan 22, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable, vegan friendly restaurants in SF or East Bay area?

Both Millennium and Source are closing.
Source claims they are closing because of having to pay minimum wage but having been in there, they only have counter service, the location, decor, and atmosphere was bad, they had consistency issues with the food.

Sadder to see Millennium close, the menu hadn't progressed in a long time but it was still a nice upscale place to take a vegan.

http://sfist.com/2015/01/20/new-age-y...

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Jan 22, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable, vegan friendly restaurants in SF or East Bay area?

Golden Era has re-opened at a new location,
395 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

The prices are 1-3 dollars more, the decor is far more modern and hipster with the location on the ground floor of one of the new cardboard condo buildings.

The fake meats are still excellent, the service still overwhelmed and slow. They have lunch specials too.

Jan 22, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Herring season 2015

Plaj has herring and it's quite good.

Jan 22, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa is accepting reservations [Los Gatos]

Went this week. Both front of house and back were running smoothly. They gave us a tour of kitchen, it's the same layout with just some minor tweaks. The dishes were all excellent, subtle flavours, complex dishes that seemed simple. Really excellent cod with a nori sauce, first time having their cheese course, all domestic cheese, very good selection of 8 with 3 goat cheese. Did the non-alcoholic drinks pairing and since we had a couple of them in the lounge since we got there early, they created new ones for us so there wouldn't be repeats. They accommodated the FS's pescatarianism. All the breads were excellent, the best the French Spouse has had in North America and I agree. The dishes were the right portions for a meal with 4 amuse-gueules, 7 savory course and 2 dessert course plus savory and sweet petit-fours that started and ended the meal. They are doing chemex coffee with three varietals. They have a new sommelier.

The front of house service was excellent and had a level of white linen service that I don't often see in the Bay Area.

Fatted Calf no longer at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market [San Francisco]

Fatted Calf in SF has absolutely no relation or connection to the chain in St. Louis area.

Jan 17, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Taking advantage of an airmiles/dining rewards offer to spend $30 at qualifying SF restaurant in exchange for 2K United miles. Which are worth visiting?

suburban box? Hardly, it's got an industrial feel with the slanted metal roof but the tables that are made with live edge wood and resin are far from suburban box as is the rest of the building and decor. I think the term suburban would never be a word used to describe Skool.

Jan 15, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Sports bar in the Castro? [San Francisco]

Hi-Tops for sure. That really the only place in the Castro that might have it on. The food is good for a bar.

Jan 12, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams truck in the Bay through Sunday

She said they are going to be having two more flavours in the pints soon.

Jan 11, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

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

The Commissary is quite good if a bit pricey for every day dining for some. I found Arguello to lack in flavour and consistency. The Tacolicious there is even worse than other outposts both in term of the diners and the food.

Jan 11, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Foie Gras Is Legal in California Again!

Thanks for the list of where we can find it!

Jan 11, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

4505 Meats to take over the former Brother In Laws/Da Pitt BBQ at 705 Divisadero [San Francisco]

I buy meats from 4505 Meats when I don't go to Olivier's so I don't mind paying a pretty penny for good quality and convenience but the price per ounce at 4505 BBQ is crazy.

Jan 11, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams truck in the Bay through Sunday

They aren't selling pints out of the truck, they said they did have their pints in Andronico's.

Jan 10, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

New in Palm Spring? Dinner with entrees under 30

The FS and I are heading to Palm Springs for some R&R. We've been several times before and like Tinto, Workshop Bar + Kitchen, Sherman's and other more casual places. For this short trip we're having dinner at Copley's and Dish and are looking for one more dinner suggestion. The FS is a pescatarian and we'd like a place with entrees under 30. She's also French and very picky about anything claiming to be French food. Wine list or full bar are not important to us.

Jan 10, 2015
tjinsf in California

"Old Palm Springs"

So how was the trip and the food. Did you end up going to Lord Fletcher's.

Jan 09, 2015
tjinsf in California

Walk In At State Bird Provisions on a Friday? [San Francisco]

It depends, as a solo diner it's been easier to get the bar seat but you will still have to wait, also you can try more when you are sharing, all the same options are available.

I never go early to get a walk-in seat. I usually show up post 9:30 and on a weekday night if I can and have almost always been seated when I was solo or with one other person. But I have seen folks turned away who came in after us and parties of more than 2 turned away.

Jan 09, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

4505 Meats to take over the former Brother In Laws/Da Pitt BBQ at 705 Divisadero [San Francisco]

I like B-side the best probably cause it reminds me the most of BBQ from South Carolina so yeah there's a bias. I think compared to BBQ elsewhere in the country it's just decent. Haven't tried all the BBQ places in the East Bay but B-side is better than anything IMHO in SF.

Jan 09, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

4505 Meats to take over the former Brother In Laws/Da Pitt BBQ at 705 Divisadero [San Francisco]

I don't think there is a more overhyped BBQ in the Bay Area. 16 dollars and I got half a slice of brisket that was dry and a tiny handful of pulled pork that was shredded to death. I have super low expectation of Bay Area BBQ and I will pay 20 bucks for it but this is crazy. The pulled pork was like mush and not in a good way. The counter person claimed there was 1/4 a pound of meat, I weighted on my cooking scale, there was not. It seemed like they used the same rub for both of the pork and beef. I'm sticking to B-side and Catshead for my overpriced BBQ needs when I'm post trip to the family in South Carolina.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams truck in the Bay through Sunday

For anyone who's from Ohio or is just a fan of Jeni Britton Bauer and her ice cream their LA truck is up here for the weekend. I just got some goat cheese and cherries and brambleberry crumble at their stop at Andronico's on Irving. It's super rich very heavy ice cream, not over sweeted. $5 for 2 small scoops but they are so rich I don't think I could do the 3 scoops for $6. You can also get their pints at Andronico's.

Friday, January 9, 12pm-4pm at Andronico's, 1200 Irving St.

Saturday, January 10, 12pm-4pm at Healthy Spirits Clement, 1042 Clement St.

Saturday, January 10, 5pm-9pm at Mollie Stones Pacific Heights, 2435 California St.

Sunday, January 11, 11am-2pm at Diablo Foods, 3615 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Sunday, January 11, 5pm-9:30pm at The Cheesemonger Invitational, 161 Erie St.

Monday, January 12, 4pm-8pm at Driver's Market, 200 Caledonia St., Sausalito

Jan 09, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Foie Gras Is Legal in California Again!

Agreed, Soon after moving back to the States after spending most of my childhood and adult life not here I got to talking to an activist who was told me I would never eat animals if I had to kill them, I then gave him list of all the animals I had raised and killed as well as details of how they were raised and killed. He didn't believe me and it was even funnier since I was vegan at that time (not for moral reason though). Yes you are killing an animal and yes you are eating it. Either the folks who are against foie gras are deluded into thinking the most "humane" raising practices don't lead to murdering an animal or they think that some kinds of killing an animal is ok which I find more hypocritical than folks that just eat meat without thinking about where it comes from.

Foie Gras Is Legal in California Again!

4505 Meats was already selling it over the holidays.

Jan 07, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area