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Spicy Queen (SF)

Was going to hit up the new location of Burmese Kitchen but got sidetracked due to the fancy storefront of neighboring Spicy Queen. Billing itself as "The Best Szechuan Cuisine", how could I pass it up?

Looks like it is mostly about the Hot Pot at least during lunch. My DC and I didn't have that much time so we ordered from the lunch specials. I was happy to see cumin lamb offered so I went for that. Turned out to be a pretty good version although the onion to lamb ratio was a bit high. Also interesting that they used shaved lamb that I assume was meant for Hot Pot. Also ordered the Jalapeno Tiger Skin as an ap, which turned out to be quickly blanched jalapenos in a sesame/garlic oil. I was a bit surprised it actually worked, so I made sure to pack up the leftover oil so I can try it at home.

The room was warm and clean. The waiter...meh. I'll be back to try some of the other dishes.

Why are they standing in line ?

Because lines are the best advertising money can buy. See one Franklin BBQ.

Why are they standing in line ?

LOL, I am. On the way to work every morning. Note I did take a little bit of liberties with it.

Why are they standing in line ?

How can I be the King of Black Fridays if someone is ahead of me?

Snake River Kobe beef tri-tip $8.99/lb

We did some testing on prime and Wagyu tri-tips for competitions last year and found they are more tender (less chewy) when cooked to medium rather than medium rare. We ended up cooking indirect at 220F to an internal of 135F, rested for a good 20 minutes, and then seared for 30-45 seconds per side over super high heat. Good enough for 1st place in Boomtown, woohoo!

Angelo's Smoked Meats suffers huge fire (Petaluma)

I don't get out much?

Angelo's Smoked Meats suffers huge fire (Petaluma)

Geez, I never even heard of the place! Is it something similar to Buds in Penngrove?

SF Trip 2015

Unfortunately I'm unable to dig up my old review with this search function. Basically my tiny DC and I had to head across the street to Rosamunde for a sausage afterwards.

While searching I see it looks like they have had a chef change. Perhaps things are different now.

Have you seen this kind of Taco?

Heh, I had to open this thread with only one eye open.

SRF "American Kobe" Roast Beef @ Costco

No worries. The SRF website actually labels it as "American Kobe".

SRF "American Kobe" Roast Beef @ Costco

Interesting that SRF can get away with calling it "American" Kobe.

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

>>"Lightly battered and not greasy beans were pretty good, just not tasting that much like green beans."

I would agree. More interesting than tasty.

Vacaville eatery makes Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015

Good point. I guess that explains how a Burger King can get 4 stars.

Romantic dinner SF won't break the bank

I alays felt Le Charm fit that bill. The have a very nice prix fixe for $35.

http://www.lecharm.com/prixfixemenu.php

SF Trip 2015

Mandalay - for tea leaf salad and noodle dishes
Burmese Kitchen - for curried type dishes
Yamo - No
Foreign Cinema - Not worthy of the hype and $
Angkor Borei - maybe I just don't care for the cuisine because I haven't had anything I really liked there
Koi Palace - long waits and south of SF
Yank Sing - better option to Koi Palace
Jai Yun - Pricy
Beijing Restaurant - Many better options in SF
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar - if you have tickets to the opera that evening
Gitane Restaurant - On my list
Smitten Ice Cream - Yes
Himawari - Great, but in San Mateo
Maneelap Srimongkoun - Good lunch if in the area but not destination worthy
La Taqueria - My favorite taqueria in SF
State Bird Provisions - book well in advance
Mr. Pollo -Only if you have a couple of hours to kill and don't mind being hungrier at the end than before you arrived
Una Pizza Napoletana - I believe they only have vegetarian options
Ferry Building Marketplace - Yes, particularly on a Saturday
Brenda’s French Soul Food - Solid brunch option but nothing special
Kin Khao - on my list
PPQ Dungeness Island - yes for the crab, but would go to their flagship PPQ for pho

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

That about sums up my experience at the Novato location. The fried string beans were a novelty and pretty good.

FWIW, I alway referred to it as Habit Burger, which works well with google.

habitburger.com

San Francisco HELP

Folks either love it or hate it. If you are up for spicy, non-traditional chinese food (eg. kung pow pastrami), then it may be worth a visit to see which category you find yourself.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Giving you the benefit of the doubt, are you not the least bit concerned that Bell's story has changed?

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

That is unfortunate.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

>>"What exactly is so hard to accept about implicit bias in this case?"

Nothing. Why is it so hard to accept that the bias in this case may have possibly been about homeless people rather than black people. And I'm just talking "maybe".

The waitress screwed up. There is no denying it. But do you honestly think white homeless people have never been shewed away from a restaurant?

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

The waitress being fired is secondary. I only mentioned it in this subthread because you brought it up.

The contention of the OP of this sub-thread is that one must be an uninformed hater to think there is a possibility that the waitress wasn't being a racist. You apparently agree. I do not.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Again, I fail to see who is denying it is a possibility.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I guess we also have different definitions of what is "knee jerk". Denial can contain conscious and unconscious thought, while "knee jerk" is a snap judgement based on preconceived notions (i.e the doctor taps your knee with a rubber hammer and your knee jerks).

As a six year veteran of the US military I have witnessed, experienced, been part of (shamefully) and been subject to plenty of racism, so I can assure you that I am no way in denial that it exists. And it is because of those experiences that I take the matter seriously, and why I feel strongly that snapping to play the race card hurts race relations more than helps.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I have no issue with workers getting fired for terrible customer service; however it sounds like she got fired because Bell chose to play the race card. If she got canned for repeated poor customer service then sobeit.

I am not aware that homeless is a race. There are plenty of obnoxious white homeless people in Berkeley.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Accepting your premise that a place can be racist even if the people are not, coming to that conclusion because you perceived one woman to be a racist is ludacris. I would hope Bell is smarter than that.

The problem I have with your "knee jerk" comment is that I am unable to locate anywhere in this thread where anyone has ruled out the possibility of racism. Its a long thread, so forgive me if I have missed it. On the other hand there are several posters that insist it must be racism simply because the incident involved a black man. To me, that is the definition of a knee jerk reaction.

On your last sentence we wholeheartedly agree.

Edit: Regarding the thread title, it appears to be rather ironic. As far as I can tell it isn't the waitress that is making the racist assumption.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I'm curious if you realize you are making assumptions that may or may not be correct.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I'm sorry, but leaping to conclusions that Bell may now think all of Berkeley may be racist, and attempting to marginalize folks that don't think like him/her by calling them haters and referring to them as ignorant is not something that is well said.

Perhaps ML800 can share his/her credentials that make him/her such an expert on the subject.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I have been subject to behaviour that if I were black some knee jerkers would claim "This IS racist."

But if it makes you feel better, by all means call it racist.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

What are my odds?

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

And how did they know that? The facts from his own account do not confirm it was racist.