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Recommendation for a moderately priced champagne/sparkling wine? [San Francisco]

I don't buy champagne so don't exactly know what a good bottle of champagne goes for these days. I'd like something toasty with which I can make mimosas with Monterey Market blood orange juice.
Any ideas that I can buy in Berkeley or Oakland?

Looking for the best pie in the Bay Area.

I spoke to Jimmy, the pieman at Avonova Farms, Sunday and he gave me the green light to reveal my favorite fruit pie source at jazzberries@lmi.net

Most Sundays Jimmy can be found out in front of his house near the Temescal Farmers Market selling pies and ice cream made from his backyard fruit and a Frog Hollow CSA. Jimmy's crust is the best: buttery, crispy, not soggy. His fruit is naturally sweet. I've had the peach and pear, both excellent. I love his crust. A superior home style pie and head and shoulders above any pie I have tasted in recent memory. Jimmy constructs his pies and then freezes them. You just thaw it overnight and bake for 45 minutes or so. Nothing like fresh baked pie.

I brought Jimmy's pies to Thanksgiving and a recent dinner party. No request for pies this Christmas, but I bought a pear pie just for myself. This weekend he had apple, pear, pumpkin and mango.

It took me two years to track down Jimmy. I had seen his signs in the Temescal neighborhood advertising raspberries and pies when heading to the farmers market. By the time I finished lunch at the market, the signs (and Jimmy) had disappeared. It wasn't until the third year of my search that I finally found him. Unlike Brigadoon, Jimmy is usually selling every market Sunday at his nearby home.

Bakesale Betty's - Temescal [Oakland]

I spoke to Jimmy, the pieman at Avonova Farms, Sunday and he gave me the green light to reveal my favorite fruit pie source at jazzberries@lmi.net

Most Sundays Jimmy can be found out in front of his house near the Temescal Farmers Market selling pies and ice cream made from his backyard fruit and a Frog Hollow CSA. Jimmy's crust is the best: buttery, crispy, not soggy. His fruit is naturally sweet. I've had the peach and pear, both excellent. I love his crust. A superior home style pie and head and shoulders above any pie I have tasted in recent memory. Jimmy constructs his pies and then freezes them. You just thaw it overnight and bake for 45 minutes or so. Nothing like fresh baked pie.

I brought Jimmy's pies to Thanksgiving and a recent dinner party. No request for pies this Christmas, but I bought a pear pie just for myself. This weekend he had apple, pear, pumpkin and mango.

It took me two years to track down Jimmy. I had seen his signs in the Temescal neighborhood advertising raspberries and pies when heading to the farmers market. By the time I finished lunch at the market, the signs (and Jimmy) had disappeared. It wasn't until the third year of my search that I finally found him. Unlike Brigadoon, Jimmy is usually selling every market Sunday at his nearby home.

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

My neighbor and I found your original post to be fascinating.

My parents had 10 different fruit trees in back and a couple of plum in the front. A neighbor half a block away kept chickens. Around the corner and down a block were horse stables (and a hobo jungle) across from where Bread Workshop was/is. Farms in Berkeley! Forgive my nostalgia.

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$5.89 deli sandwich at Lucca Ravioli Co. (Mission District, San Francisco)

You can get a similar sandwich at Genova Deli in Oakland for only a bit more. My regular order is galantina and mortadella on a whole wheat roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and muffaletta olive spread. The best I can do out here but it saves a trip east to Carmen's or Dinic's.

¡¿#freekevin?! Did Kev act up on the LA board and get banned again?

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

Yes on just giving them away. After my neighbor raved about the lemons and asked to take a couple dozen to make lemon bars, I realized they were the perfect easy gift to take to my host and his guests at an informal Christmas Eve dinner. I finally get some use out of that darn tree.

Several years back my mom's tree started to tip over a little and it was propped up with some large rocks and is now a fruit bearing giant bonsai tree!

?% %? BB is watching! ?% %?

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

My mother's lemon tree continues to bear tons of fruit into its 6th or 7th decade. It was there when we moved to that house in the mid 50's. Just about the only lemons I ever had, so up until recently didn't even realize they were Meyer. Her newish neighbor told me.

Andy and Cindy's Thai food offered to trade lunches for the mint that sprung up in my backyard.

Cozy & quiet near(ish) 7th and Brannan SF [San Francisco]

Not sure about their hours, but Little Skillet isn't too far from there. There is also a cafe in the Flower Market but probably not open then.

When I attend daytime events at the Concourse on 8th and Brannan I usually go to the patisserie that replaced Patisserie Phillipe, which is between 8th and 9th one block south of Brannan.

Bakesale Betty's - Temescal [Oakland]

Sweet Adeline on the Berkeley/Oakland border makes an interesting selection of very good pies. I think they have a chocolate pecan. I have ordered from them on the holidays and got no complaints.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

I haven't tried Smokehouse's fries in a while, but my dentist and her staff had just returned from there and said they were as good as ever. My current favorite is, of all places, Saul's Deli. It's my bff's favorite so I humor him and go there with. The thin fries that come with any burgers are very good when you ask for them extra crispy. They come out crunchy but not oily.

Crab season is upon us

I went to Chef Lau for a lunch Sunday looking for some kind of crab dish. I should have ordered a whole crab and took the rest home. I got the crab noodles and the pork with taro. If the noodles had had any less crab, they couldn't have used the word crab in the name. There were a few skinny fingers of meat from the small claw tips and a slurry of meat like what you would leave on your plate after a real crab dinner. My expectations were wrong. The pork belly with taro (cow yook, I assume) was good and especially so last night as a leftover.

Cafe Karla in Berkeley: Burmese food purveyor

There are several of us in that neighborhood: Sydthekid and a guy who lives over near the new Whole Foods.

I'm not aware of any Burmese restaurants in the hood.

ISO Turkey Tails (yes, just tails)

Andronico's on Shattuck had tails a few years ago. They might still have them.

What's up with Acme? [San Francisco]

I had the pain de mie for the 1st time last week. The crumb was not dense but if you cut it with a very sharp knife, it still works for sandwiches. If you want a denser crumb, try the whole wheat or Edible Schoolyard.

I've been buying the little pumpkin loaves, Edible schoolyard, cinnamon bread with nuts, hotdog buns and they have all been as good as ever.

Cafe Karla in Berkeley: Burmese food purveyor

I live 2 blocks away too, neighbor. I think there used to be a commercial kitchen on the ground floor of an apartment building on that block. Is that the one with a big garage in the back where there was an antique store years ago?

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

Although in general, I'm not a fan of CB's breads or pizza, I really like the Greek Shepherd's bread they make on Wednesday. Aside from the cheese, I think their strength is in their sweets: sticky buns on Fridays, those little sweet loafs, the bread pudding and the granola. At CB pizza, I like the fruit pies that they make occasionally (pumpkin 2 Saturdays ago) and the salads. For me, the Cheeseboard is a treasure.

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

Ici had a fantastic black rice/cocoanut ice milk on Tuesday. I opted for chicory whiskey as a reward for having a crown replaced based on the supposition that there is more protein in ice cream than ice milk. Flavor-wise I would have gone for the ice milk but both were excellent.

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

It does help to use a buffet as an ingredients bar. You can make a low rent affogato just about anywhere from coffee and softserve ice cream.

"Worst of 2014" nominations

I can't say it was the worst food of the year, since I wasn't able to actually eat there. The corndog festival at the food truck lot south of market was the worst food experience of the year. It was so crowded and the lines so long that I gave up, though very hungry. I ended up eating spaghetti and meatballs (which reminded me of my mother's version) at Tommy's Joynt.

Crab season is upon us

Has anyone had the whole crab at Great China? At lunch today I saw a woman chowing down on the platter of cracked crab by herself. It sure looked good.

Football Saturday, breakast/brunch...near Berkeley but out of heavy traffic? Must be Veggie Friendly

There used to be shuttle buses running from Rockridge BART. You could walk from the Elmwood.

Great China (Berkeley) still great

Funny you should ask about the chicken curry because I just had it for lunch and it was wonderful. Chicken curry is neither on the lunch or the dinner menu nor on the web menu, but if you ask for it you can get it (at least at lunchtime). One other dish that is mia is the simple beef with tofu and peas. I asked for it once, but it wasn't the same dish and I gave up

Chicken curry is still my favorite dish there with the tea-smoked duck 2nd.

Longbranch Saloon - Berkeley

Don't forget the Berkeley Square a few blocks up University. Mark Naftalin used to be he thouse piano player. Wonder if Bloomfield ever sat in.

Where to buy nama age deep fried tofu in Berkeley?

Thanks. I had to pick up my car near B Bowl on Shattuck and they had exactly what I wanted. Now I just need to decide what to do with that Hodo product, which I didn't care for.

Where to buy nama age deep fried tofu in Berkeley?

Andronico's used to have it, but no more. Monterey Market either was out or don't carry it. I bought some Hodo braised tofu instead but it has 5 spice flavoring and masked the flavor of my duck broth.

Where can I find plain, unflavored nama age?

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

I was surprised to see on their website, that they are open 1-7 TG. Their turkey isn't as good as homemade, but it is darn good.

Does anyone know what happened to a shop (that made chocolates and flourless cakes w/ incredible butter cream), which was called "Cocolat," or something similar to that?

Lenny's was still open as late as 1987. I remember going that when I worked in the City. They had the best chops, rivaling what Café Rouge has now.

I still run into the young male butcher who used to flirt with all the women customers. Not sure what else he does, but he dabbles in the antique business.

Does anyone know what happened to a shop (that made chocolates and flourless cakes w/ incredible butter cream), which was called "Cocolat," or something similar to that?

Wasn't Vivoli downtown on Shattuck between Allston and Center? The first place I had gelato.

New pie bakery on upper University Ave, Berkeley [A Dora Pie]

I'd say it was on the high side, but not unreasonable for a good slice of pie. I'll try the Chocolate Silk next time and then decide whether to return. I can't think of anywhere else near downtown that has your basic American pie.

New pie bakery on upper University Ave, Berkeley [A Dora Pie]

Went over there this evening and got a 1/6th pie slice of banana cream pie. A layer of banana slices topped by a layer of a salted caramel banana pudding all on a sturdy crust. I favor a lighter and flakier crust, but the banana pudding was rich and there was a lot of banana underneath. Their pie merits another try.

There are open daily until 7. Slices are $7, whole pies $35. At the end of the day, they had lemon meringue, chocolate silk, banana cream, pecan, pumpkin and apple crumb. They just opened on Sunday.