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pet peeves for other 'foodies'

It's also how I feel about people who insist I need to learn to develop a palate for alcohol.

Apr 11, 2014
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Restaurants not having websites only Facebook

I see nothing unusual about their "rules". If it wouldn't prevent me from seeing a museum or monument with the same rules, it certainly won't prevent me from eating their food.

Mar 25, 2014
DagingKuda in Not About Food
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Looking for upscale/refined Asian restaurant in South Bay

So after filtering out places in MV, the candidate list consists of

Gochi
Rokko
Jin Sho
Jang Su Jang
Sumika
Indo
Fuki Sushi
Tai Pan
Mandarin Gourmet
Tamarine
Su Dam

I'm leaning towards Gochi (if we can get a private room), Sumika (may be too loud - will check it out first), Jang Su Jang (again, if we can get a private room) or Indo.

Thanks for the suggestions. Feel free to add more if anything else comes to mind.

Oct 22, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Mountain View for Two Weeks

So Tartine replaces Dianetics. Is it part of SF's Tartine ?

And Cijjo replaces Pho Garden, which is moving down a couple storefronts. Any info on Cijjo's food ?

Do you have any info on who's moving into the old Food Street location, right next to Park Balluchi ?

Any candidates for Hunan Chilli's and New China Delights locations ?

Oct 20, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for upscale/refined Asian restaurant in South Bay

"Asian" meant "east Asian" in this case, as opposed to "south Asian" or "middle eastern". As stated originally, specific ethnicity is irrelevant. So, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian etc. are all contenders, regardless of subcategory (general, regional, vegetarian, Islamic, Buddhist, kappo, kaiseki, izakaya, hotpot, shabu shabu etc.). In fact, I was hoping the lack of restriction would encourage people to throw in any suggestions that came to mind.

You interpreted "upscale/refined" correctly in your suggestions below. It meant not mom&pop/homey, not hole-in-the-wall, not cafe, not dining hall, but with some measure of elegance in the surroundings, less crowding, no staff speaking loudly at each other across the room, no TV. This criterion rules out many ramen (homey/cafe) and Chinese (crowding) places. On top of that, the $50 pp cap rules out many kaiseki and nicer sushi places.

Your list below also made me realize that there was an additional requirement: that it not be near downtown Mountain View, because they've been taken to many of those places already (Kappo Nami Nami, Xanh, Bushido, Shana).

I did searches on both Chowhound and Yelp, and came up with Gochi, Rokko, Jin Sho and Jang Su Jang (maybe not as refined, and the warning about car break-ins doesn't help). I was hoping for others. I'd definitely like your rec's on the refined Korean places in Santa Clara.

Oct 19, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for upscale/refined Asian restaurant in South Bay

Thanks. I had the "Last 12 months" flag set, so I didn't see those. I was hoping for something more recent.

Oct 19, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for upscale/refined Asian restaurant in South Bay

Can anyone recommend an Asian restaurant in the South Bay, that serves reasonably authentic or smartly fusion food, with an upscale atmosphere that is more refined ? It doesn't have to be quiet, but loud is out. Specific ethnicity irrelevant, price less than $50 per person. Thanks.

ETA: This is for a group of primarily Asian people. So places like Chef Chu are out.

Oct 19, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

First Jersey Mike's Subs now open in Santa Clara an East Coast transplant - any reports?

It's right between Sprouts & Cold Stone, in Lettuce's old spot.

Jun 16, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Please don't comb your hair, apply make-up, blow your nose. or pick your teeth at the table. Especially at a restaurant! Thanks.

So, despite your "incredibly sensitive nose", you've never been around someone and wondered how they couldn't realize that they smell ? Not in an elevator, not in a plane, not in a subway ?

It's not an issue of a medical condition. People just get used to their own smell. Since they're around it non-stop and the smell increases gradually, they acclimate to it, and don't realize what it smells like to others. But when someone else is suddenly exposed to them, that other person can smell it right away. (A food equivalent would be the use of hot sauce. People get used to their level of spiciness and may not realize how much they've increased their usage per serving over time.)

And the civilized world is composed of civilized people who adjust themselves so they all get along. Each person changes a little to accomodate many others in a civilized world, not vice versa.

Apr 17, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Please don't comb your hair, apply make-up, blow your nose. or pick your teeth at the table. Especially at a restaurant! Thanks.

MGZ never implied your hygiene was lacking.

The garlic analogy doesn't work. If you can't stand the smell of the garlic in other people's dishes, you should be avoiding restaurants which have those dishes on their menu. Your issue is with the restaurant, not the other diners.

Apr 17, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

The Phenomenon of Taking Pictures of Food Taken to Another Level

I once went on vacation with someone who took so many pictures, I wound up spending my waiting time taking pictures of people taking pictures.

Apr 17, 2013
DagingKuda in Food Media & News

Please don't comb your hair, apply make-up, blow your nose. or pick your teeth at the table. Especially at a restaurant! Thanks.

"Overwhelming" is determined by the smeller, not the wearer. And just as you can't really smell your own body or foot odor, similarly you can't really smell your own perfume.

Apr 17, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food
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Please don't comb your hair, apply make-up, blow your nose. or pick your teeth at the table. Especially at a restaurant! Thanks.

Until they reach for the bread basket.

Apr 17, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Popeye's Rippin' Chicken

Wouldn't this have less surface area than the chicken tenders, since this looks like several chicken tenders that were joined together at one end ? (Unless the strips here are narrower than tenders, in which case, the surface area would indeed be greater.)

Apr 14, 2013
DagingKuda in Chains

Chinese food for Chinese people (north bay)

If I have the time, I usually try to schedule in some meals to see what the local interpretations of "old favorites" are like. For example, I'm curious to see how Chinese restaurants interpolate their food in places where Chinese are not as numerous. Or how pizza or fried chicken get translated into different cultures. That doesn't mean eating at international branches of Panda Express, PF Chang's, Pizza Hut or KFC though. So if I'm in a place where those (or places of similar or lower quality) are the only choices , then I will definitely give them a pass. But I'm still curious enough to find out if there are interesting options.

BTW, what would you interpret as American Food ? Since American cuisine draws influence from many different places, essentially you wind up eating local variations (if not roots) of American food anyway in many western countries.

Apr 08, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese food for Chinese people (north bay)

Sometimes when you're on a food adventure, it's nice to take a little break, and go for something familiar.

Apr 07, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese food for Chinese people (north bay)

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. It looks like I should not try to put Chinese food into my Sonoma plans.

Apr 07, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese food for Chinese people (north bay)

Can anyone recommend a Chinese restaurant in the north bay that would be authentic enough for Chinese people (not Chinese-Americans) ? The closer to Sonoma (the town), the better.

Apr 02, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Utensils left in the serving dish

I think most people missed your clarification below that the utensil "fell into" the food - ie. the part people touched with their hands is now touching the food.

In that situation, I wash the utensil, then serve myself from a section that had not yet been touched by the utensil.

The gross thing is when someone uses their hands to break a donut, bagel or muffin in two, and then leaves behind one half with a clearly defined thumb dent in it.

Apr 02, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Recommendations for Chef Xiu in Mountain View

Can anyone recommend any dishes from Chef Xiu's regional menu - the one that's grouped by price and has all the interesting stuff on it ?

Mar 26, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

Mountain View update

The workshop has been open a few months. Not too many diners. Reports of bad service.

Mamaya has been dead almost since it opened last fall.

La Fontaine has only been open 1 week. It was B'zou for a while after Zucca closed.

Mar 16, 2013
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area

So I finally get the annoyance behind people calling anything a martini.

Why does it have to be alcoholic ? Or even liquid ? Or even consumable ?

Feb 27, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Is this really acceptable in the U.S.?

Yes. It's why, at those particular markets with the liberal return policies, I would only buy stuff I think I might want to return. Why pay their higher prices on something I know I'm not going to return just so someone else can return stuff ?

Feb 25, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Is this really acceptable in the U.S.?

In those markets, it's not just part of their customer service, it's also part of their prices.

Feb 25, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

I give God 10%...

If the service actually warranted a $100 difference in what the server should receive, it really needs to be addressed directly with management, not surreptitiously by tipping low and taking off.

Feb 03, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

I give God 10%...

"If 9 of you sit down to dinner in New York, you know when you sit down that you're going to be paying the tip if it says so on the menu."

Maybe you and I do, but it seems like there are a good number of people who don't believe it applies to them, and will pick at seemingly anything to make sure it doesn't. Thus, the difference between the two systems.

Feb 03, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Costco Food Finds- 1st quarter 2013

Same experience here. It was like eating pizza stew, because the sticking made it such a fight to get it out of the pan, that everything got smashed together.

It was tasty, but we'd never buy it again.

Feb 03, 2013
DagingKuda in Chains

I give God 10%...

Mathematically, they might be the same. But the service compris method makes the gratuity less arguable because it's not so in-your-face. It's the psychology. (Or maybe it's just more in the psychology of American diners to argue about the cost of service.)

Having the service built into the menu prices means you know upfront exactly what the total cost of the dining experience will be - take it or leave it. The service portion of the bill is less arguable since you can't really tell what it was. The auto-grat system with explicit accounting for service charges on the bill seems to encourage some people to think it's up for debate/negotiation, or attempts at manipulation, like jrvedivici describes above (asking for separate checks to evade the auto-grat).

Is disputing the included service compris as common as disputing the auto-grat ? My sense is that the latter is much more common.

Feb 03, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Do you ever want to turn the tables on people who ask "how can you eat that?"?

But have you ever been the one to ask that question when someone else was eating a durian ?

Jan 14, 2013
DagingKuda in Not About Food

Trying to remember a Chinese restaurant in Sunnyvale

Could it have been Golden Dragon, which was near the intersection of Wolfe and El Camino ?

Dec 23, 2012
DagingKuda in San Francisco Bay Area