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Not Dim Sum brunch after getting off plane

Though I haven't been in years, JoAnn's used to serve a good breakfast with really good muffins. I think JoAnn herself might have retired, but it is convenient from SFO.

Jul 23, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

You might have missed their free scoops day last Sunday 12-3. I forgot too until I read your comment. I made a root beer flat with Abita root beer and Ici rum vanilla that day.

Jul 22, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

What's up with the Public Market in Emeryville?

Yes, but not so close to home. I think the nearest to Berkeley would be Rincon Center, SF?

Jun 26, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

What's up with the Public Market in Emeryville?

I was there about a month ago and the closing of the nearby movie theater has taken its toll. There were definitely fewer diners there. I spoke to the woman in charge of the Sorabol stand and she confirmed what I observed. Whatever improvements they are making aren't making a difference.

I fear that the market isn't long for this world and will miss the Sorabol stand. I have been eating at Sorabol since they were a pretty country-inn restaurant on Grand Ave in Oak. I like the lamb shank at the Afghani spot too.

Jun 25, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Luisa’s Pizza & Pasta [Nob Hill, San Francisco]

How old was her decolletage?

Jun 20, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

Unterman also knows restaurants around the country. On my 1st trip to New Orleans, I went armed with one of her reviews and she steered me to Chez Helene, Streetcar Sandwiches, Brigtsen's, Bozo's (in Metairie).

Jun 20, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

Patty Untermann. Google her name for her website. Former critic for the Chron and Examiner and an owner in the Hayes Street Bar and Grill.

By far the best writer of the bunch, the Pauline Kael of food writers.

Jun 20, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

White mulberries anywhere?

I hadn't noticed that he had them, but I do recall once buying white mulberries at either the downtown or south Berkeley farmers markets.

May 23, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Panchita's pupusas 16th and Valencia [San Francisco]

Caldo de res?

May 23, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

An aunt was visiting and she told me that my Paw Paw use to make hom don from duck egg yolks. That made them larger and richer I assume.

May 23, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Panchita's pupusas 16th and Valencia [San Francisco]

Went to the Roxie last night and a Mexican woman was out in front of a restaurant at 16th and Valencia making many varieties of pupusas on a grill on the sidewalk. I think it said Panchita's.

I was late and didn't stop. Any good?

May 23, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

safety of food in long car ride?

The real question should be how do you use the spatula with the thongs?

May 16, 2014
chocolatetartguy in General Topics

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

How was the hom don? It looks the right color. Is that half of it or did they just include half. That other yellow stuff around it is the mung bean paste?

May 16, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

20th Century Cafe, SF - Get the Russian Honey Cake & Chocolate Chip Cookie - So Good! with PICS

Will I encounter a crowd here if I go for lunch Saturday around 1 or 2?

May 15, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet (May, 2014)

Saw Masquerade Prosecco at Pinole this weekend. Is it any good?

May 12, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Walnut creek / Dublin itinerary

I researched Walnut Creek restaurants a few months ago for a lunch. Babushka in downtown WC was on the short list along with 2-3 sandwich places. I ended up at the Old Hickory Pit BBQ, a renamed Emil Villa's using the orginal rescipes. The ribs were meaty and pretty good. If you search the site, there was a New Orleans/soul food place in WC that sounded good.

May 12, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

What to you miss from your neighborhood "old school" Bakery?

We never really had a neighborhood bakery until a few years ago, but my parents owned a dry cleaners in the 60's and my sister and I had to go there with mom every Saturday. There was a baker on the corner there that made the best potato bread.

Luckily, now my Berkeley neighborhood bakery is Acme Bread: walnut levain and cinnamon bread with walnuts.

May 09, 2014
chocolatetartguy in General Topics

Los Shucos Latin Hot Dogs [San Francisco]

Has anyone been there yet. They are featured in todays 96 Hours news magazine. Sure looks and sounds good!

May 08, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite organic peanut butter?

There must be some places down in Socal like Berkeley Bowl, a large independent chain of 2 stores They make my favorite Organic Crunchy made from peanuts only.

Justin's is hella expensive at the supermarket, but it showed up recently at the Grocery Outlet and isn't half bad. I just noticed that they add palm fruit oil to the peanuts. It's pretty good topping an apple half which is a frequent breakfast for me.

May 07, 2014
chocolatetartguy in General Topics

Muffuletta Olive Salad.

That's not far from the Alemeny flea market?

May 07, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Muffuletta Olive Salad.

Genova Deli has what they call olive spread. On a sandwich, It makes for a reasonable facsimile of a muffaletta. I usually have it on mortadella and galantina.

May 07, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone ever been to the Roadside Cafe in Lonejack, MO?

A co-worker is headed back home and mentioned that it one of the very few restaurants in Lonejack. Just curious.

May 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in Great Plains

New restaurant sign on former Venezia site [Berkeley]

Sorry I whiffed on the name like a Giants opposing batter. It is Townie, but there is no song lyric that goes with that. I noticed the sign last night while on the bus home.

May 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

New restaurant sign on former Venezia site [Berkeley]

Got the name wrong. As the other mwong posted it is Townie.

Homie, as in rolling with my ... Google found nothing for a change. I'm guessing American comfort food.

May 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

My grandmother used to include huge, salty, mealy homemade hom don in hers. To me that is the key ingredient. I remember that the assembly line occupied her entire small kitchen. There was a huge double boiler involved and there were banana leaves hanging everywhere. Wish I had learned how to make make them b4 my mom forgot. At least I learned how to make her guy don cha, the best breakfast ever.

May 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Small, soft chocolates?

That's an excellent suggestion. When she says chocolates, she means See's soft centers or Hershey Kisses, both of which may be too large now. I don't think either of us had heard of the marshmallow-mints. That will save me a trip to SF.

May 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Any substitution for the recently close Vicolo's? [San Francisco]

I have seen the frozen Vicolo's pies twice at the Berkeley Grocery Outlet. I would bought, but they were well past pull date.

May 06, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

Did anyone see the Oleaoestepa EVOO from Spain at Berkeley or Oakland? There was none in Berkeley on Sunday.

Those Dagoba roseberry bars are very good.

May 05, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Small, soft chocolates?

My mom has been losing her teeth and has requested chocolate candy for Mother's Day. I don't think she can handle See's any more, even soft centers.

Are there any chocolates locally that are both small and soft? I'm thinking truffles from XOXO.

May 02, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

I thought that the Cantonese word was something like joong. When we were growing up my sister and I just called them rice stuff.

Besides the traditional steaming prep, we had them sliced and pan fried.

May 02, 2014
chocolatetartguy in San Francisco Bay Area