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Hatch Chiles 2015

I don't really care for the seeds when cooking with green chile. I can't really tell if there is a difference in retaining the seeds for heat value. I think that a fundamental part of what makes Hatch chiles, "Hatch chiles" is the soil of Hatch NM, the dry heat and the arid climate. If we can reproduce the environment out here, we could re-create the Hatch chile.

Aug 24, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Hatch Chiles 2015

I also found the $0.99/lb Hatch chiles (no heat designation) at the Diamond Heights Safeway in SF this past weekend. They had several cardboard flats casually stacked near the chile area of the produce. Safeway wasn't roasting them but, I do enjoy roasting the chiles myself outside on the grill. I filled a couple of bags and I left some really good looking chile for the next chile lover.

Aug 18, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Tax on Loaf of Bread?

You can steam bread -- on the stove in tin cans (sort of popular in the 70's, I seem to recall), or in bamboo steamers with a little water in the bottom of a big pot or wok (these would be like bao or manapua). I've also tried to steam bread in a rice cooker... which... well, turned out pretty ugly, actually.

Aug 14, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Hatch Chiles 2015

Woo 50 lbs sounds nice. I only froze about 20-25 lbs of fresh chile last year. After roasting and skinning, it didn't look like very much and I rationed the frozen chile like crazy to make it last until now.

Aug 12, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Hatch Chiles 2015

As I ration out the last of my frozen 2014 green chiles and check the calendar to make sure that we are close to chile season... you post this! Thank you!

Aug 07, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Roast Duck: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2015

Mid-afternoon on 7/19, I stopped by Lam Hoa Thuan to pick up a couple of ducks for my dad. I always order these with a "no cut!" exclamation and a smile for the counter men, as my Cantonese is limited to one or two words. I manually vacuum seal the ducks in a few plastic bags to carry to my dad on Kauai. LHT's whole duck travel well, and they are very juicy and plump. Dad loves to reheat these on the grill outside (the smells bring the neighbors, who invariably show up with cold beer, so it's a win-win!).

I have also carried LHT's peipa duck to Kauai, but they don't reheat as well on the grill as they are less juicy and seem to retain less fat after being flayed.

Jul 27, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

A review: E&O Asian Kitchen in San Francisco

Yes, thanks for the update and nice review! I haven't been back since they morphed from Trading Co. to Asian Kitchen but I have always loved the interior architecture of the restaurant and the Asian menu with small plates. It looks like you had a really nice meal experience. Thanks for sharing!

Any Shishito peppers sightings?

I just bought an 8oz bag for $3.99 at the Safeway on King Street (by the ballpark) in SF. They are "Melissa's" brand, pre-bagged and they look good (not too old or mushy-looking).

Jul 13, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Good place to eat near St Marys Medical Center [San Francisco]

Although it's been a few years since our last meal(s) at Abacus (moved to Miraloma Park from Upper Haight), we used to enjoy walking over and picking up food from this small-ish restaurant on Hayes (at Cole). They're "Californian Chinese" and I remember trying most of the menu and never being disappointed.

2078 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117

May 25, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

A sit-down-and-order "cheap eats" that takes rezzies in the Mission or Soma, wine and beer?

Have you looked at Lolo's spinoff, Lolo Cevicheria? (It's in the old Lolo space on 22nd.) We went recently with my mother in law and it was better than expected. We ordered a nice array of tapas... I don't remember exactly how much the bill totaled, but I do recall that it was less than I expected.

Jan 20, 2015
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

Safeway in Daly City (Westlake) had "New Mexico Green Chiles" for $0.99/lb. There was a small-ish pile in the middle of the produce section -- no heat indication and not specifically labeled "Hatch". The chiles looked and smelled like Hatch chiles. And, worried that I could miss the green chile rush entirely, I bought a couple of bags to roast at home this weekend. (No roasting going on at this Safeway)

Aug 16, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Who sources the noodles at Bay Area Ramen shops?

Sapporo Ya in the Japantown mall makes their own noodles. Their dashi isn't delicious but I do like their fresh noodles.

Jul 24, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Not Dim Sum brunch after getting off plane

It's a little south of the airport so, I suggest this mostly for the food (great, American standard) and parking (street, but easy as it's in a neighborhood by the highway) and not so much for pointing you in a northerly direction... but, how about Nini's for breakfast?

Google maps says it's a 7 minute drive south from SFO to Nini's, at 1000 N. Idaho Street, San Mateo.

Jul 23, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Great Salad Places [San Francisco]

About 3.5 blocks from you, on Market Street, is the Bluestem Brasserie -- they have an incredible duck confit salad that is really tasty. (Confession: I love that salad!!)

May 17, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

J-town Cherry Blossom Fest [San Francisco]

Aw, they had a beer garden now? Admittedly, it's been a while since I've been out to the festival, but I seem to recall that the J-town street festivals were the last to avoid beer gardens for beer drinking.

Thanks for the review - we were thinking of going next weekend... and now... I am thinking of maybe not going next weekend. (Looking for an Easter meal with the mother-in-law without being too Easter-y).

Apr 14, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for Real New Mexican Food

As a fellow Bay Area-NM chile lover (lived in Santa Fe for years and years)... I also loved La Ultima. Sad it's closed, and I feel a bit guilty that I didn't eat there more often. I've eaten at Green Chile Kitchen quite a few times. They satisfy my NM chile craving, but their food isn't 100% spot-on for me. The sopapillas are pretty good (stuffed or with honey - they can be fluffy with good pastry-like separation, but I've also had them when they were doughy and not quite fried right). Unfortunately, I've been repeatedly disappointed with the quality of the flat enchiladas that you mentioned. (I find that they're almost mushy, and the tortillas, although blue, are not the right texture for me). The chile stews are okay, and will do in a pinch. But, I usually end up at home, defrosting some of my coveted Hatch chiles to make my own version.

Apr 02, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

Tataki Canyon by Glen Park BART has a good vegetarian menu. We just had a tasty dinner there last night. We had bowls of tonkotsu ramen - a little salty for me but otherwise, rich but light- tasting (the stock is made with meats, so this is not a good veg suggestion). And we ordered a few nigiri sushi. The shiro maguro (albacore) and faux-nagi (black cod) were especially tasty. They also have about a dozen vegetarian rolls and more veg small plate options.

Mar 26, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

visiting, sunset area [San Francisco]

Yummy Yummy is a great place for pho, garlic crab, Vietnamese noodle and rice dishes. Very affordable (not open on Tuesdays) and very tasty. Irving and 11th Ave.

Mar 12, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

La Corneta in SF on Mission or in Glen Park on Diamond has grilled salmon and grilled tilapia fish tacos. I think that the standard default fish is salmon (only once have they asked if I would like tilapia, but I declined and stuck with the salmon). The grilled salmon is very good and I highly recommend it in anything (burritos, salads, enchiladas or tacos). Personally, I prefer the Glen Park location.

Mar 10, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Singapore Malaysian closed -- to be taken over by The Lime Tree [San Francisco]

Wow, this is great news for Ming and his crew. I hope that he has an opportunity to expand his menu with a larger kitchen. (Such a nice nice guy with inexpensive, tasty food!)

Feb 20, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Canton Dim Sum or Yank Sing (Stevenson)? [San Francisco]

Great to know the details on this... I was just so elated to have a $0 charge for parking after our party's $400 bill for dim sum that I missed the fine print about parking duration. Thanks!

Feb 19, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Canton Dim Sum or Yank Sing (Stevenson)? [San Francisco]

Also, a word about parking... if you park in the parking garage of Yank Sing (Rincon Center), get your ticket validated after your meal for FREE parking!

Feb 18, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

SF destination eats south of 280 & west of 101

Thanks for this. We've also seen this new taco truck at the ol' Kwik & Convenient and I've been wondering how their food tastes. (Our preference is La Corneta, of course, but the Blue Iguana is definitely closer to our house).

Jan 27, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Ramen Yamadaya, SF Japantown - It's Yummy! Report w/ PICS

Thanks! I didn't know about this - I love tonkotsu ramen and I'm so glad to see another place to try.

Jan 11, 2014
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestion for a casual family dinner (~15) near Japantown?

How about San Wang (directly across Post St. from the Kabuki), for some Chinese/Korean or Korean/Chinese food? My dad LOVES this place for their whole fried fish and noodle dishes. They are casual and I've seen them effortlessly seat a very large family with kids in the main part of the restaurant.

Oct 10, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Duk Hing Chinese Deli & Meat [Chinatown, San Francisco]

Thanks for this... I will send my parents to Duk Hing next week during their visit from Hawaii. We are not Chinese but I'm not afraid to wade into a Cantonese holler-fest to point out a couple of Peking or pei pah (<-- apologies for my phonetic spelling) duck and kindly smile at the counter guy and say: NO CUT, WE CUT AT HOME!

Sep 26, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

92-y-o ex-pat uncle, back from Europe!

Woo. I haven't been there since they remodeled a couple (few?) years ago. Is it still tasty? (I am daydreaming about their manicotti, lasagna, and cannelloni now... thx!)

Sep 16, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Starbucks + La Boulange [moved from San Francisco board]

They mass produce in South San Francisco. A girl who works at the facility told us this... I wanted to ask more questions about the the process (baking, packaging, shipping, etc.) but the context wasn't appropriate and my husband would have killed me. Oh well. At least I DID find out where Boulange makes the 'pastries'!

Sep 09, 2013
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Champa Garden SF Branch to open soon -- any favorites?

I (whoops, I just had a misfire posting this)...

I just received an update from a neighbor about this restaurant. I'll paraphrase her review: Went on opening night, there were a few 'opening night kinks' to work out but othwerwise, the food was plentiful, the staff was friendly, the menu was reasonably priced and of good quality and vegetarians and carnivores alike were happy with their choices.

Sep 07, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh Hatch Green Chiles (2013)

We bought about 5# at the Raley's in Benicia yesterday for $0.89/lb (hmmm, or possibly $.99/lb, I can't remember which). They were fresh, displayed in their Hatch NM boxes, and designated as HOT. (Raley's wasn't roasting them). I raced home and roasted one on our gas range. Warning Mr. Shibi to prepare himself for real chile heat... we sampled the chile and -- it was MILD! Hopefully we'll find some hot chile in the remaining 4.999 lbs we purchased!

I will roast these on the gas grill outside this weekend. Then, I'll clean them by removing stems, skins and seeds, and then I'll freeze them in meal-sized bags. (I lived in NM for a long time and I used to buy my fresh roasted Hatch chile's from the Leyba family in Santa Fe.) I wear gloves when I handle the chile and I try to clean them outdoors, if they are truly hot HOTs.

Aug 26, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area