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Lers Ros Thai - SF - Report

I had an excellent salted egg, shrimp fried rice a couple of months ago. And I don't even particularly care for Thai.

Apple pie with cheese? Really?

Travis was quite the gourmand. He liked cornflakes with peach brandy for breakfast.

Any thoughts on Bon Ton Cafe these days?

I'm with you on the Bon Ton Cafe. On my two long weekends spent in New Orleans 20 years ago, I always had lunch at Bon Ton before a late afternoon flight home. Centrally located and I love their mustard vinaigrette. The years have faded my memory of my mains but probably red beans and rice and sausage and/or a bowl of gumbo. The Bon Ton occupies the same niche as two other of my favorites: Tadich Grill in SF and Musso & Franks in LA.

May 14, 2015
chocolatetartguy in New Orleans

Grocery Outlet May 2015

They had the Steve's at the Berkeley branch a couple of weeks ago. I had the same reaction to the Bourbon vanilla and I like liquored up ice creams (Ici!). I tried it alone and with chocolate cake. Neither worked for me, but I'm thinking it might make a good root beer float.

Steve's had shops in NYC in the 80's where they had the 1st mixins that I encountered. They used to put the ice cream on a marble slab, put on the toppings and then knead it all together with a spatula-like implement. There was one on Amsterdam and I remember leaving 2 pints of sweet cream and oreos in my host's freezer.

To go in Rockridge?

What about the downstairs cafe at Oliveto? Zachary's is close by if you like their pizza. I used to live in Rockridge ten years ago and for the life of me I can't think of many takeout places other than the Mexican place on the corner across from BART.

Simple Italian restuarant similar to Capps Corner?

My cousin and I like the spaghetti and meatballs at Lo Coco's in Berkeley. I can't attest to the other pastas, although I do like there combination pizza when I feel like a pie with the kitchen sink on it.

places for loners Berkeley area

Brennan's stops serving food at 10, as I discovered last night when I went to get dessert while watching the Spurs/Clippers game. There are always multiple games playing to keep you occupied and it isn't difficult to strike up a conversation about the game (but maybe more of a conversation than you might want!).

Best chocolate chip cookie in SF, Oakland or Berkeley?

Not a true ccc, but La Farine's Jezebel is a fine cookie with dark chocolate pieces in it.

Jezebel Cookie – a chewy La Farine classic with almonds, oats, dried apricots & dark chocolate

Blue Bottle swallows up Tartine.

The Blue Bottle/Tartine merger will save people time. They only need to stand in line half an hour once to get both coffee and bread. :)

I seldom have to stand in much of a line at the Blue Bottle booth at the Berkeley and Temescal farmers markets, nor did I the one time I went to the Mint Plaza location. If you know when to go, you only have a few people in front of you at Tartine. Of course if you are 5 minutes later, there is a considerable line.

Anyone who starts a business wants that business to grow. More power to Blue Bottle and Tartine.

Disclaimer: I was friends with Freeman's wife. She deserves any good things that come her way.

Quick dinner near Cobb's Comedy Club [San Francsico]

Yes, I've been to Il Pollaio many times and never remember much of a wait. They make my favorite chicken and the fries and salads are very good too.

Polk St. [San Francisco]

What other desserts do they have? Sugar cream or Chess pie? That's near my friend Dr. Kayo's store. I'd stop in at Rusty's just for the pie.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Used to be you could get a decent club sandwich at Lee's in downtown Berkeley. They are now closed and the club I had last Saturday at Lee's on Market and Montgomery couldn't hold a candle to the Berkeley version. At Berkeley they gave you tons of bacon. That, the cranberry sauce and the red onion made the sandwich.

If you are looking for a simple, old school sandwich, try the Men's Faculty Club on the UC campus. Open to the public for
lunch weekdays until 1:30. I especially like the deviled ham aka ham salad. Comes with chips, celery and carrot sticks, olives, pickles, pepperoncini. $6.50

Bourbon butter pecan ice cream used at Marrow in Oakland

They have a similar shake at Lucky Devil's in Hollywood.

Double 8 Dairy Buffalo Milk Soft Serve, Bi-Rite Creamery 18th St, SF available Daily

I had some sort of Buffalo Milk Soft Serve back in January. It didn't do anything for me, but then I'm no fan of Bi-Rite.

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

They have a curry every Friday. They seem to rotate chicken, catfish, lamb, vegetarian and goat. You have to check their website. No social media at the MFC! Today they were planning an eggplant curry. I missed out because my office catered a lunch from Trex. The brisket and cole slaw were really good, the pulled pork not so good.

Doughnut Alert: This Wednesday Only at The Cheese Board in Berkeley

They are experimenting with lots of new things. CB Pizza has a dessert every Saturday. For Valentine's Day they had the prettiest almond meringue dacquoise with a raspberry mousse and a raspberry/rose coulis topped with a single rose petal. Their flourless chocolate cake is excellent. If I am in town, I always go to see what dessert and what salad they have.

Doughnut Alert: This Wednesday Only at The Cheese Board in Berkeley

I think I had a similar concoction at the last Berkeley Streets Sunday. I recall that it was good as are many of their baked goods. If I had seen your post earlier I would have made a trip down Shattuck from the office.

Was this the last day or the only day?

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

As luck would have it I just had a big mound of goat curry at the Men's Faculty Club on the UC campus. I talked to the cook, who was a sous-chef at the now defunct Bombay Restaurant. I got the last of the batch which meant no big bony pieces and lots of small pieces of tender goat meat in a spicy curry with finely diced serrano chilis in the gravy. It was served with basmati rice and a vegetable saute. For an additional $1.50 you can get a small bowl of any of the salad bar items. I would steer clear of the pakora unless you get them when they are hot.

Joe Jung's Garlic Fried Chicken?

Would that have been the same intersection as Orange Land, my paw paw's favorite produce store?

Yahoo Says Best Chinese "Restaurant" In California is Something Called The Chairman Truck

I really liked their duck bao. It might have had daikon and pickled vegetables on it. I had it at one of those Berkeley street fairs. Unfortunately, at Alameda Point, they never have it. If I came upon them at some event, I would definitely order it again, but I wouldn't travel just to get one.

Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day

$8.29/lb at Berkeley Bowl today. I bought a small flat cut. I had no choice. I cooked the $2.99 Safeway point cut last night and it was tasteless.

Looking for Best Yogurt in the Bay Area

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Fage is whipped up nothing. I much prefer Voskos which is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Voskos is really creamy and mild. They used to make a fig yogurt which I would eat all winter. Andronico's and Berkeley Bowl have only the large tubs of plain. Whole Foods has the small single servings in fruit flavors, all of which are good but none great. I just like the consistency. Monterey Market doesn't carry it.

Do people really (and I mean "really") like Girl Scout Cookies?

No I don't really like GS cookies, but yes I do buy them.

My business involves recognizing value where others don't. On the 1st, I happened to be at a big Norcal antique market. There was a seller there from Nevada. I was very pleased to see that the varieties of cookies his young daughter was selling were different from the mediocre ones we can get in SF. I kind of liked one of the two previously unknown-to-me varieties: a vanilla cookie topped with "peanut butter" and covered in chocolate. On some days at the office I preferred those to the sublime chocolate dipped macaroons from Le Bedaine.

Come on. They're only $5/box. Isn't it too early for bah humbug?

Restaurants in Columbus, OH

Recommendations, but Skyline definitely would count and I have indulged on 5-6 visits to OHIO. I probably won't have a car.

Mar 11, 2015
chocolatetartguy in Great Lakes

Black Cuisine Festival [San Francisco]

Not me. I ended having lunch at 20th Century Cafe, the antithesis of the Black Food Festival. While my nettle soup and beet/fennel/etc salad were good, I think I would have been better served at the festival, or for that matter Tadich Grill.

Restaurants in Columbus, OH

I'm thinking about attending an event at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 North Third Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. I'm most interested in eating local food that I can't get in the SF Bay Area.

Is this location at all near any Skyline Chili outlet?

Mar 11, 2015
chocolatetartguy in Great Lakes

No cheap corned beef this year?

I was nextdoor to Safeway in Albany this morning. The house brand point cuts for 2.99/lb with a club card. Flat cuts were 3.99/lb. I bought a 2.5 lb. true point just to be sure of having one in the frig.

Grocery Outlet - March 2015

I tried the 2nd St. chocolate fudge in a dish and in a milkshake. It's too sweet although there is a lot of fudge.

Black Cuisine Festival [San Francisco]

It's in Hunter's Point this weekend. They are closing off several blocks. Anyone ever attend?

Why Don't the Chinese Eat Outside?

Not true. On Cemetery Day, the family associations will have a whole roast pig, chow mein, fried chicken, etc and serve them to the attendees on paper plates. I think that some food would also be offered to the ancestors at the grave sites.