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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!!)

http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/

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
Shibi in Chains

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

Hatch Chiles 2012

Thanks, wolfe!

Aug 22, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Hatch Chiles 2012

Ahh, thank you!

Aug 22, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Hatch Chiles 2012

It's New Mexico/Hatch chile time again and I didn't want to miss out this time! I'm reviving this discussion to ask: any leads on where to get some NM/Hatch green chile this year?

Aug 20, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean chopsticks

I think that I saw the illusive Korean chopstick at Kukje last month.

Aug 15, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Is there anything good and inexpensive in Japantown these days? [San Francisco]

I agree! But, I haven't had their chawanmushi in years. Just a few weeks ago, we stopped in for a Friday lunch -- but they don't serve chawanmushi at lunchtime so we went elsewhere (Suzu noodle house).

Aug 14, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Good But Not Expensive Restaurant in South San Francisco

Izanami is a new Japanese restaurant on Grand Ave. We haven't tried it yet but the owners (Cindy & Tom) have had a few other Japanese restaurants in SF (one was Sawaii on Kearney and another Sawaii on Irving. The other... ah the name escapes me... but I think that it was on Clement(?) I do not remember). We hope to try Izanami soon.

Izanami may be more than you want to spend, but I thought that I'd toss it out there for you.

~~~ (are we still posting addresses, in this manner?) ~~~
Izanami
257 Grand Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Jun 02, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Dish of the Month (May 2013) - Voting

I also got excited and tried to vote for two dishes! I unRecomended my other vote and I wholly commit to eating chawanmushi in May and reporting back.

Apr 29, 2013
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Malasadas @ Portuguese Bakery, Santa Clara

Wow, that's a huge malasada! It looks large enough to share. Thanks for the link to the Portuguese Bakery site.

I've only seen (and eaten!!) the smaller version: round like a ball and a little larger than a doughnut hole. (And, not here in the Bay Area). I'm glad to know that I can find these treats much closer to home than Kauai.

Feb 26, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Pho in SF?

Yummy Yummy gets my vote for Favorite Pho. Their broth is light and flavorful without the msg. They are generous with their noodles, meats and garnishes. We've never strayed from our top picks: the pho tai (just the beef, no balls or tendon), five-spice chicken (tasty and crispy - served on the side on a plate with a steak knife) or the chicken curry (hot and spicy, with potatos and nice clean shredded chicken pieces).

Service is always fast and friendly and the owners are so so nice - even if you have to wait, you will be greeted like a long lost family friend.

We recently tried Pho Ha Tien II on Ocean Avenue (1900 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127), but they were not nearly as tasty as Yummy Yummy.

Feb 16, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area

"Non-traditional" sit-down breakfast places in SF

I just want to add my $0.02 about Mums. Last year we went to Mums for breakfast and it was awful. I had such a huge craving for a Japanese breakfast (fish, miso soup, rice, pickled veggies, the works!) and off we went to Mums. Maybe they were having an 'off' day but, it was so disappointing. I can't recall all of the specifics, but I do remember that the coffee was horrible, our server smelled really bad, and my miso soup was cold. So sad.

Feb 05, 2013
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early breakfast near sfo

They're still very, very good. Our last early morning airport run was in October -- the biscuits and gravy were perfect! And... this is why I don't remember the rest of their menu: I order biscuits and gravy and my husband orders the teriyaki steak and eggs. We can't seem to try anything else because we both love our dishes. (Or, we need more early morning runs to the airport.)

Feb 04, 2013
Shibi in San Francisco Bay Area