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Nabolom Bakery to close on Sunday Aug 2nd

The last time I tried one it woulda been great...as a doorstop. literally

Best Bay Area bagels?

Had a crappy bagel last month at Lower East Side's Russ & Dtrs -- mecca of smoked fish (nb the smoked sable was a taste of heaven).

Beauty's Bagels in Oakland are exceptional.

I am in Piedmont !!

Ouch. I am so sorry to hear about the robbery.

I will be visiting the area in 3 weeks and am appreciating your reports.

Jul 20, 2015
araminta2 in Italy

Coffee house? w/couches in oakland or emeryville (grand-lake area preferred)

looking for a location to film?

Who does the wall menus at crepe places?

I have a friend who does chalk art - their work can be seen at "Smoke" on San pablo

St. Honore Cake in East Bay

i once drove back across the Bay bridge with the Stella Bakery St Honore cake in the back seat... just sayin'

Piemonte Region: Is it possible to find whole grain bread

wow what a great idea. i never heard of them. Grazie!

Jul 13, 2015
araminta2 in Italy

Piemonte Region: Is it possible to find whole grain bread

I'll be spending a week in the Piemonte Region, based in La Morra. While I will be enjoying the incredible pasta, risotto and grissini of the region, I am traveling with someone who has special dietary needs due to diabetes.

Is it possible to find high fiber bread anywhere in the area? I don't expect brown rice, but is anyone preparing food that would accomodate this special-needs diet of whole grains?

Jul 12, 2015
araminta2 in Italy

Seeking artisanal bread in BERLIN - Prenzlauerberg

Danke Linguafood. Great lists. Even if I don't find that particular bread bakery, I am now armed with a list that will keep me busy. So glad I asked, and so glad y'all gave me ideas.

Jul 05, 2015
araminta2 in Europe

Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg - Mitte 5 Days end of July

I loved katz orange. Treated some German colleagues to a meal there, and all were delighted. Very adventurous but not tweazer food. And a pretty setting.

Jul 04, 2015
araminta2 in Europe

Seeking artisanal bread in BERLIN - Prenzlauerberg

I will definitely try these recommendations. The little bread bakerei was perhaps 5 blocks from where I was staying in P-berg on Dunklestrasse.

As you can see, i will trudge far for great whole-grain bread.

Any other suggestions of bread destinations are welcomed--in P-berg or beyond.

Jul 04, 2015
araminta2 in Europe

Seeking artisanal bread in BERLIN - Prenzlauerberg

Two yrs ago I was staying in Prenzlauerberg and stumbled upon a really tiny bread bakery. later in the day, when I had some of the multi-grain bread for lunch, I realized it was among the best breads I had devoured in Berlin. When I attempted to retrace my steps and get more, I simply couldn't find it.

Can anyone help me locate it? My google search was not successful. I am going back to Berin this summer and top on my list is to find it again.

It was on a small street. I don't think it faced a park. The interior space for customers was tiny.

Jul 04, 2015
araminta2 in Europe

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

The Mission has changed enormously, thanks to the dot comer revival.

Valencia St is probably one of the most vibrant parts of town to walk at nite. The sidewalks are filled both with people arriving in a Hummer and those without 2 nickels to rub together. (And what they often share is too much to drink...) It would be a great time to walk on that street.

Not so for Mission St itself.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

instead of a rice-less burrito I'd recommend a few tacos:

-more flavor in corn tortillas
-more variety: you can try out a bunch of different meats
-fewer beans to fill you up on

Any Shishito peppers sightings?

I grow 'em from seeds.
maybe Annie's Annuals in Richmond would have the plants in the spring. call them.

Any Shishito peppers sightings?

This is one of the easiest plants to grow: requires little sun, little water, and doesn't seem to attract pests like snails, etc.
And each plant is very prolific.

Even if you don't have a garden, it can grow in a planter.

Best Bakeries/Patisseries for pastries/croissants in San Francisco

While I make a bee line to b.patisserie or Neighbor, none is as good as NYC's -- Mille Feuille, for example.

I'm not a fan of croissants at Tartine.

Zut! - former Eccolo [Berkeley]

interesting.
the best thing about Zut was the bartenders.

[San Francisco] Central Kitchen or Tosca for dinner with in-laws?

Last month, I went to Central Kitchen for the first time. While I really enjoyed the food, I was quite disappointed with the service. It was so rushed that more than 1 server tried to grab a plate off the table before we had finished eating.

Since they were rushing us out the door, I won't be rushing back for a second visit.

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. In the end, due to several logistical issues, we ended up going to Mehfil in Roseville. The buffet lunch was rather good, IMHO. I especially was intrigued by the punjabi curry -- with pakora in a yummy sauce.

And I look forward to trying some of the other suggestions on future excursions thru Sacto.

Apr 08, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

oh thanks for the info. I wasn't aware of the significance of the word "udupi".

Apr 08, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

ps- I wonder if that Udupi is related to the one in SF & Berkeley?

Apr 05, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

yum! one of my fave restos in Oakland is Lao, and their sausage + sticky rice.
And another option for dosas! hooray.
Thanks.

Apr 05, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

Thanks for the post, Nickis. Kaveri's definitely is on the list.

Any other suggestions for good eats between Sacto & Nevada City are also welcomed!

Apr 01, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

Saravana Bhavan is great. I've also been to their location in NYC which is even better. Thanks for the tip. I'm now very curious to try Kaveri.

Mar 31, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

yes, I saw this mentioned in older posts. It's intriguing. Do you have any experience with dosa eating in SF or Berkeley? I'm wondering how it compares.

Mar 28, 2012
araminta2 in California

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

Oh I haven't had Banh Beo in ages! Thanks for posting. Sounds like a good place to try out.

Mar 27, 2012
araminta2 in California

looking for hip cafe for morning coffee in Oakland

I realize I never followed up on this. Thank you all for the range of wonderful suggestions.

In the end, we did go to Farley's East, and all I can say: it was PERFECT.

lunch in or around Sacto -- not burgers 'n fries, please

I will be passing thru Sacramento en route to the Gold Country, and am curious to get introduced to some interesting food. I will have 2 opportunities for meals (up to the foothills on Friday and then on the return, Sunday).

My tastes are eclectic: I very much enjoy a great taco (especially carnitas) or birria at a Mexican restaurant. I am also quite fond of Vietnamese food, and would enjoy a great bowl of bun bo hue, for example.

And I understand that there's a Punjabi community in the foothills -- does that also mean that there's an interesting South Asian Punjabi restaurant to enjoy?

I will be travelling from Oakland, but will gladly drive a bit out of my way for an interesting meal.
thanks for your tips on chow-worthy eats.

Mar 26, 2012
araminta2 in California

looking for hip cafe for morning coffee in Oakland

thanks for the suggestions.