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Pacific Catch and Paul Martin- new in Mountain View- any feedback?

I ended up back at Paul Martins (despite wanting to try PC) since my friend had her heart set on the Monday special of dinner for 2 for $50. It was a decent experience, salad was nice, fish was nice, but the best part of the deal was the surprisingly delicious new Merlot - Jade something. must find out- I could drink gallons. yum. that alone made it worthwhile and a great deal

Best beachside restaurant experience?

Having a craving to pretend I'm on vacation on the beach somewhere (and forget the fact that I cant run into the water, never mind) and want a classic sit outside, see/hear waves, sunset, maybe fire pit, good ambiance, and preferably access to walking on the beach before/after. I looked at a few places in moraga, HMB and tried Sam's chowder house which kind of disappointed. Other recs? Miramar, etc. I don't mind a hole in the wall but like the sit down experience overlooking the water and happy people around me...

Pacific Catch and Paul Martin- new in Mountain View- any feedback?

Thanks for that. I was looking around on Yelp (for what its worth) and the consensus was that PC is superior. I will try it this week and report back...

Replacements for retired favorites?

For real quality Hummus try Oren's Hummus shop on University. In Israel it's an art form and people get very opinionated about the right way to make it. The main disputes are whether to boil with baking soda or not, whether to peel each and every grain for softer texture, and what additions (some add a touch of pickle juice). What is not in dispute is to blend it for a long long time until ultra creamy...

Packaged Hummus is a completely different animal, grainy, bland, no character... I don't touch the stuff myself

Pacific Catch and Paul Martin- new in Mountain View- any feedback?

I was looking at reviews for the newly opened Pacific Catch at San Antonio (in direct competition with Paul Martin on the corner) and not being familiar with the chain, I was curious as to the food quality. I see they have pokes and seafood salads- sounds good... I tried Paul Martin one dinner- Mondays they have a special for two, $50 incl selected app, entree and a bottle of wine... which was decently good.

Recs for Pacific Catch? I thought I saw on Yelp they have a Tuesday special but i dont see any mention on the website...

thanks

Shredded green papaya.. anyone know where it's sold these days? Used to be at Korean market on Castro Mtn View

Yes, I frequent Nijiyah in MV and they have never had it (though they have great produce). Not in Ranch 99 either.

My biggest challenge is for shredding whole ones is selecting one that isn't orange or yellow when I open it... :(

Shredded green papaya.. anyone know where it's sold these days? Used to be at Korean market on Castro Mtn View

Thought I might try again to see if anyone knows of a fresh green papaya shredded anywhere- I happened to stop at the Castro market a few days ago and there is no vestige left of the old one, and no papaya...

Replacements for retired favorites?

Way way back... 9th Ave Sunset The Owl and the Monkey Cafe- still dream about their enormous wooden bowls of salad- Chef salad with blue cheese and lots of garlic dressing. I have tried to create it from memory.

Also, Perry's warm spinach salad with mustard vinaigrette, mushrooms and boiled eggs. Also tried to recreate- if anyone has the recipe....

Shredded green papaya.. anyone know where it's sold these days? Used to be at Korean market on Castro Mtn View

Hi all- I was just wondering if anyone has seen shredded fresh green papaya sold anywere in the Palo Alto-Mountain View-Los Altos- Menlo park area?

I used to get it at the Korean market on Castro street in Mountain View (back when it had great items and seafood/meats) but since it sold and turned upscale chi-chi, I have no alternate and I am not doing so well shredding my own (first, I cant manage to select a non-yellow one no matter how hard I try...)

thanks!

Help please - for tomorrow need a cafe or bar or something on california ave in palo alto that has comfy couches....

Ha- at Joani's Cafe since the location was convenient. no couches but it worked out ok (wish i could say the same for the meetup... :)

Help please - for tomorrow need a cafe or bar or something on california ave in palo alto that has comfy couches....

thanks, looked at that too- it closes very early. I forgot to mention it needs to be open minimum til 9pm preferably later... too many constrictions I know...
i am toying with the idea of cafe brioche and just order coffee...

Help please - for tomorrow need a cafe or bar or something on california ave in palo alto that has comfy couches....

thanks i had looked at that and am a bit afraid the cigar smoke might bother them- i dont mind cafe or bar or wine bar or lounge, just comfy seating- not about the food or drink at all...

Help please - for tomorrow need a cafe or bar or something on california ave in palo alto that has comfy couches....

sorry for the long title- meeting up near california in palo alto and i have been looking at pictures of cafes etc and cannot find one with couches. i see Coupa cafe looks really nice but its downtown

Appreciate any suggestions ASAP!
thanks!

Zarzuela or Lolinda (or other) for great Argentinian steaks and authentic tapas? [San Francisco]

So the Lolinda choice was a great one and everyone was happy (though my gourmand hulking boys might have enjoyed larger portions). The ribeye lived up to its reputation and I had an amazing Argentinian red that I forget the name of that was a bit spicy? went great with meats. also had the pork belly - yum and the palm salad, short ribs, fish ceviche and empanadas... then desserts... and they were still on the verge of hungry. Still, it was a lovely atmosphere and would recommend.
Now I just saw ESPERPENTO and want to check that out asap! thanks to all for your input

Zarzuela or Lolinda (or other) for great Argentinian steaks and authentic tapas? [San Francisco]

Whoops- sorry for the mix up- re Zarzuela being Spanish and not Argentinian. I was thinking tapas and ... never mind. So it sounds like the consensus is Lolinda unless I want to provide an opportunity for massive amounts of meat (which they can easily consume), in which case I should go for Espetus.

My preference would of course be Zarzuela, but it's not my birthday (though I am the meal ticket).
if anyone has suggestions beyond these options, please feel free (until next Thursday) and they are located in Potrero Hill
thanks to all

Zarzuela or Lolinda (or other) for great Argentinian steaks and authentic tapas? [San Francisco]

Hi there, taking my boys out for their birthday dinners up in the city - weeknight and I was thinking of House of Prime Rib for the special occasion, but they are booked up. Both are meat lovers and I am a seafood- exotic- etc lover so I thought tapas/steak would be a good solution with a little flair. So which is more recommended>? they both sound pretty good... It is an occasion but the food is what counts the most, second is ambiance and fun atmosphere.
Appreciate any and all recs
p.s. they are turning 23 and 25... so just 'boys' to me....
thanks!

Potrero Hill Eats [San Francisco]

My two gorgeous young sons just moved to the neighborhood and I am looking for good dinner places around 22nt st caltrain station (could branch out in a 10 block radius or so) during subsequent visits. I see a bunch of places around 18th St, Chez Papa Chez Maman Gilberth's, Poquito in Dogpatch- any must try's or warnings...?
thanks!

La Costena is moving- where? (Mountain View)

yea saw that. Isn't it a bit odd that they're shutting down without a new transition ready? And if the whole building is being razed, does that mean la Bamba is moving as well?

La Costena is moving- where? (Mountain View)

Just drove by La Costena (Middlefield) and the place is cleared out with a sign that they are moving but no new address. Has anyone heard about this? Change is disturbing... been going there for 15 years

Reasonably priced (very) Mexican-Latin Am around Mission with good atmosphere, preferably outdoor seating... for tonite :) [San Francisco]

thanks, decided on Chico's Grill- right near my son on mission and richland and it gets rave reviews (chef worked at tadich). plus they answered the phone and took a reservation
will let you know how it was....

Reasonably priced (very) Mexican-Latin Am around Mission with good atmosphere, preferably outdoor seating... for tonite :) [San Francisco]

Thanks, Robert. has to be in SF. Outdoors was just a suggestion- sit down with room for a group and cheap good food is what I'm looking for. Looking at La Corneta or Chavas or El Zocalo - or other recs.
thanks

Reasonably priced (very) Mexican-Latin Am around Mission with good atmosphere, preferably outdoor seating... for tonite :) [San Francisco]

So this is the LAST night with the picky relatives and since we are all broke from too many meals and drinks, looking for cheap but nice ambiance, mexican is great or something like it, in the mission or thereabouts- i.e. authentic, local, cheap, but can house a group of 9...
looked at el farolito but saw something about it being filthy- but looking for sit-down experience, outdoors is good too
I swear this is my last request.... thanks so much for all suggestions

Reasonable, fun dinner spot in SF (preferably between haight and downtown) for tonight...?

Hi there, me and my picky pain in the butt relatives are meeting up in SF for a late dinner (so a large group of 14) and I would really appreciate recs for a casual, reasonably priced, nice atmopsphere place. food quality is secondary .... much appreciate all suggestions within the next few hours :)
thanks!

In search of restaurant recs for relatives arriving - 3 nights in peninsula please...

thanks, yea i was looking at that and now i am wavering again... leaning back towards joya. i just want them to have a great dining experience with fun and lively atmosphere and impress them with peninsula eats (and drinks.. :)

Has anyone ever made 'Lamb Barbacoa' (Lamb wrapped in banana leaves)?

there should be fresh banana leaves at mi pueblo nearby (at least that's what I'm counting on..) so you think it works as a dish, and to eat w corn tortillas? I am planning to use around 12 lbs (15 people)

Sep 03, 2013
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In search of restaurant recs for relatives arriving - 3 nights in peninsula please...

Hi Bbulkow, sorry to pester you again- but I was just looking at Terrone reviews and their little video and it sounds like a nice authentic place with good ambiance (out on the patio) and good food and drinks. Someone said the owner even serenades with guitar... so do you think it might work for the birthday dinner event instead of Joya? (I promise no more questions after tomorrow as it will be too late :)

thanks again for your help

Rangoon Ruby in palo alto?

I was wondering if anyone's been and if they liked it (I am very partial to Mingalaba in Burlingame, especially the Mango salad...)

and just thought i'd ask again before I book Joya (obviously not terribly enthusiastically) for party of 10 on sunday night...

Last pesky request, I promise... Peninsula Birthday dinner re-evaluation

thanks for the report- I would consider it except that we are already going for mexican (vive sol) on the first night they arrive, so i was trying to expose them to different cuisine. i am leaning towards Joya, though granted tapas isnt much of a contrast... i just want somewhere fun, lively, good food, good drinks. good on sunday. ...

Has anyone ever made 'Lamb Barbacoa' (Lamb wrapped in banana leaves)?

I am interested in this recipe (and wondering if I could add in a chuck or brisket into the mix as well- feedin 18 people..)

roughly along the lines of:

http://www.patismexicantable.com/2012...
LAMB BARBACOA IN ADOBO
Serves 12

INGREDIENTS
For the Marinade
10 dried guajillo chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
10 dried ancho chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
5 cups water
1/3 cups apple cider vinegar
1 medium Roma tomato, cut into quarters
1/2 medium white onion, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup
)3 medium cloves garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 whole cloves, stems removed
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
3 tablespoons safflower or vegetable oil

For the vegetable base
2 medium white onions, coarsely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into chunks
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, peeler and cut into large cubes
8 ounces dried garbanzo bean, soaked overnight in 3 cups of very hot water, then drained
12 ounces (1 bottle) light colored beer, such as Corona
3 cups water
bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt

For the meat
8 pounds bone-in leg and shoulder of lamb (or a leg or a shoulder)
1 pound banana leaves
5 to 6 fresh or dried avocado leaves (optional)

Sep 01, 2013
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Cochinita Pibil --- with Beef, is it doable or am I delusional?

interesting recipe and thanks for the response. the most important element to me is the banana leaves (exotic presentation) and as i thought, the sour orange doesnt really work with beef and certainly not lamb. in reading the recipe, it calls for achiote paste after the meat is done, to mix with the plantains? i have anatto seeds and i love the color and subtle flavor but wasnt sure it works with beef or lamb. do i just add in whole plantains into the banana leaf bundle and cook all together low and slow?
what cut of beef do you recommend using that would be comparable to pork shoulder? i was thinking either short ribs or 7 bone chuck. i may just go nuts and mix it together with leg of lamb...

Aug 31, 2013
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