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quirky personal home food combinations....

Easy Mac with soy sauce and sugar

Jun 04, 2011
bac0n in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

I would eat a couple tablespoons worth of condensed milk, straight from the can.

Jun 04, 2011
bac0n in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

My Chinese family... we really wanted to assimilate well. Boxed Mac & Cheese with hot dogs and canned chili with hot dogs are strictly breakfast items. I never knew that's not the American way... Just last year, as I was heating up a can of chili for dinner, my mom tells me, "You're so weird! Isn't that suppose to be for breakfast???"

Jun 04, 2011
bac0n in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

I don't think it's disgusting, but I probably wouldn't eat it today for obvious reasons. I would microwave a can of Spaghetti O's then mix in a slice or two of american cheese and ~2tbsp of mayo. I'm actually really craving it now...

nother concoction that my friends and I ate after tennis practice that I still eat today: 2 packets of easy mac + .5tbsp sugar + <.5tbsp soy sauce ... it's delicious -- TRUST ME

Jun 04, 2011
bac0n in General Topics

What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

You're right... raw dough does sound disgusting! :p

Jun 04, 2011
bac0n in General Topics

Please critique my 4-day SF itinerary (wife's first visit)

It's a shame not enough people consider Oakland/Berkeley in their SF trips.
From my experience, Oakland Chinatown is easily just as good as (probably even better) Flushings and SGV fare. And for a truly ethnic dive, DEFINITELY go to Vien Huong Restaurant. It's Chinese (ChiuChow)/Vietnamese. The only place you will find a restaurant that can hold itself against VH is Little Saigon in Garden Grove.
And if you're looking for "California," why not go to the place that started it all -- Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Both Chez Panisse Restaurant (prix fixe) and Chez Panisse Cafe (a la carte) are worth visiting at least once.
OR for your Monday lunch after your hike, head over to the Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley (across the street from Chez Panisse). The cheese shop is the best I've ever come across (in LA and NYC). The cheese selection is out of this world and they wont give you the stink eye if you're there for 2 hours sampling cheeses. The cafe is next door and has, hands down, the best California style pizza you'll ever find. From a business mindset, it's genius. From a foodie's POV, it's the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They only make one type of pizza per day using fresh local ingredients and gourmet cheeses (from their cheese shop), which results in insanely fast service and even more insanely high quality food.

Vien Huong is only a 15min BART + 6min walk from Powell St BART station.
Cheeseboard/Chez Panisse is 25min BART + nice 15min walk.

Next time you and your wife come out, you should definitely explore East Bay food. There's a lot more in the gourmet ghetto in Berkeley than Chez and Cheeseboard. And Indian food in Fremont is phenomenal.

And sorry if my suggestions aren't very extravagant. My time in the Bay Area was when I was a college student.

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Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

The Cheese Board Collective
1504 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Vien Huong
712 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

May 21, 2011
bac0n in San Francisco Bay Area