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One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

Ended up at the Slanted Door after a fantastic stroll around the market. Grazed at Cowgirl Creamery, had a Blue Bottle, bought truffle oil at the mushroom place, coffee almond dark choco toffee, flirty with a salted tasty pig part and in the end just didn't want to leave the premises. The meal we had at Slanted Door was light and perfect. The ribs, lemongrass chicken, wonton soup were delicious. The sautéed rainbow chard was so fresh. The cellophane noodles with Dungeness were excellent but very skimpy on the crab. Overall, really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for the suggestions!

One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

Been to yank sing. I think I will go with brunch on the patio bar at Waterbar. We're tourists, after all, and a view is always nice! Thank you so much.

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Love Korean desserts. We have an Assisi here in Flushing, Queens. Big Ayada fan in Elmhurst, NY. Can't deal with the crowds at Pok Pok. The oroshi soy sauce udon sounds fantastic! My fave dish in Flushing is a cold liang pi noodle at Biang that is dressed so beautifully with a bracing mix of vinegars, chili oils, cilantro, wheat gluten and cucumber. There is nothing I enjoy more on a hot summer day!

Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area
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One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

Love the dim sum across the bridge idea. More than 15 years ago I had the most memorable dim sum of my life at a place called ton kiang. We had an spqr in little Italy here in NYC for years.

One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

Cotogna's menu looked perfect, however it seems as though it is only open for a Sunday Supper at 5 pm...would have been great! Thanks for the suggestion!

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Unfortunately or fortunately, the ChowPup just got saw an episode of Unique Eats that had Lee Ann Wong waxing poetic over the smoked bucatini carbonara at a place called " Superba Snack Bar" in Venice. He is insisting we add it to the list. I might just use it as a bargaining tool to get out of Pink's.

Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

So, on this particulalr trip we'll be in your gorgeous city for just a little while before driving the coast to LA. Basically it's just Saturday evening
( dinner with family from San Leandro at the vegan restaurant Millenium. We are not vegans by any means) and then until about 2pm Sunday before we drive to Monterey. In a perfect world, the Ferry Terminal Farmers' Market would be taking place and we could simply graze for a few hours. Alas. Next time.

Something decidedly San Francisco would be great. Perhaps with a view. Would like to end up at Ghiradelli for cheesey nostalgic purposes right before departure. Love North Beach. Not a huge fan of the wharf area even though we'll be staying there for the night. In the past we've enjoyed Zuni and Swan Oyster Depot, Ton Kiang ( ages ago for my fave dim sum ever!) etc. We eat everything. No price constraints.

Thanks so much!
Lisa

Ferry Terminal Farmers' Market: Saturday 2pm sharp closing? [San Francisco]

Thanks so much! Saves me a trip trying to get there only to be disappointed. We live San Fran and will be back soon enough. Just wanted to squeeze it in if it were humanely possible on this trip :)

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Thanks for the head's up. This logistical stuff is just what I need. Might also get some Langer's too and hope there is a cardiologist in the house!

Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

Ferry Terminal Farmers' Market: Saturday 2pm sharp closing? [San Francisco]

Hands down, one of my favorite things in San Francisco is this market. So bummed that I am missing it by about an hour thanks to my later than desired flight from New York City. We're only in San Francisco for the night on this trip because we are driving the coast down to Los Angeles the next day. Do the farmers linger at the end? Or are people in a mad dash to get home after a long day of selling?

Thanks!
Lisa

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

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When you are in Brooklyn you have to check out Brennan and Carr and Roll and Roaster :)

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Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

When you are in Brooklyn you have to check out Brennan and Carr and Roll and Roaster :)

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

We do NOT have A Thai Elvis in Gotham. But we DO have a naked cowboy ;)

Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

No Thai Elvis?!?! I'm canceling the whole effing trip.

Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Ahhhh. I love all the small places on the fringe that the savvy locals frequent. I wish we had longer. I'd need a full month to bang LA out the way I'd like to. Such a vast area with so many ethnic enclaves. K Town and Thai town really interest me. I pretty much live in K-Town in Queens, but I would love to get a taste of LA's nonetheless. And Southeast Asian is probably my fave cuisine after our native Sicilian/Mediterranean, so a jaunt through Thai town sounds mandatory. The noodle crawl sounds perfect for my carb-loving self.

How would you guys organize the outings? Wednesday night arrival (dinner in Venice at Gjelina) Friday njght Dodgers game. Saturday morning brunch at One Pico. That's the only stuff set in stone. Sunday morning departure. Possibly Universal during the day on Saturday after brunch ( trying to discourage this as we've been there before and will be at the Florida one in the Winter. All that time trapped in a theme park could be so much better spent checking out some of these places!)

Aug 14, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Night + Market looks seriously good. I need to figure out how to get all this stuff in. In four days. I would have gotten the Number 19 and a matzoh ball soup by the way. Sorry ;)

Aug 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Yep. The 20th through the 24th. And sadly Langer's is out. Hot damn. Figured we'd swing by on the way to the airport. Alas, no Sunday hours.

Aug 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

I will reconsider Langer's thanks to that rye bread bit. I have to be completely honest with you. The menu at POT doesn't do it for me. I live in Flushing, Queens. I own a Korean/Chinese business. I eat straight-up home style Korean three times a week. In restaurants and made by sweet Korean ajuma. The thing I like about Chego is is that it seems like more of a mashup. East Meets West Collision Food. Casual. I love that.

Aug 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Wednesday when we arrive from Santa Barbara (first half of the trip is driving the coast from San Francisco) it's Gjelina for dinner. Thursday nothing yet. Friday before the Dodgers game, Chego. Saturday brunch at One Pico. That's all so far in terms of definitive. Flying out Sunday morning. Lots of grazing all throughout the day. Sorry for any confusion.

I'm not above double breakfasts and dinners, by the way ;)

Aug 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

Love, love LA. We've been a bunch of times but not in the last couple of years. Really did my HW and have had a great time reading through these boards over the last few weeks; particularly loved the Detroit 'hound's query and all the ensuing responses. Very grateful for all the help picking a nice brunch (ugh) spot for a Saturday. Only have four full days with my husband and son in So Cal. Of course, I want to eat everything.

Thinking Chego before our Dodgers/ Mets game Friday night (obsessed with Roy Choi! Probably will be chasing the Kogi Truck for my 10-year-old chowpup. Like the menu at Chego more than A-Frame etc by the way) Gjelina for dinner with some cousins from Santa Monica, a Saturday brunch at One Pico with our Long Beach family ( chose ambiance over other menus that I like better only because I'm treating and wanted it to be extra nice. If it were just the three of us I would've gone to Sunny Side) Eggslut for a bfast, Ricky's Fish Tacos and Guisado's for snacks (heavy ones; we don't play) Lucques or Nobu Malibu for something snazzy. Briefly flirted with a Osteria Mozza but Batali and crew have such presence in New York City and we've been to all his places here many times. Seems like it might be a bit redundant for us even though Mr. Gold would probably disagree. We **have** to stop into Din Tai Fung because for a few years they would come to Flushing, Queens where I live, and set up shop at the local Sheraton and do their crazy ass XLB magic for a long weekend ( my XLB-obsessed kid swears he still remembers them and says nothing else has come even remotely close since. He was three at the time!) Hollywood's Night + Market also looks like something I would love, but we have some crazy good Thai back at home in Elmhurst. Not sure. Same deal with Langer's which looks scrumptious; I can go to Katz's and get something that's not so different. Animal doesn't really interest me. Neither does Providence. Spago's been done in the past just because it's iconic (happened to have an incredible meal there with my kid in a carriage between us. Chef Puck came out and greeted us. Jack Black and the crew from Saturday Night Live were behind us. Definitely memorable.) Will probably suck it up and take my kid back to Pink's because he loves it. And will try to find a way to stop into Scoops.

So even though I read through all of your passionate responses to our Detroit friend, I'm wondering if your advice would be any different for a food-savvy New Yorker. If not, no worries. If so, set me straight. I welcome the direction. BTW, We'll be staying at the Mirimar and doing all the touristy stuff so if you happen to think of things that are near particular destinations, please don't hesitate to share. My biggest nightmare involves being at some place like Mann's Chinese theater and feeling ravenous and not knowing where to go and begrudgingly ending up at some generic place ("My blood sugar is plummeting!" ) and then finding out two hours later that I was around the corner from something that was truly outrageous. You know you know what I'm talking about ;)

Thanks!
Lisa

Aug 13, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

It can be found at all the Italian and Greek markets here in Flushing/Whitestone and Astoria. We add it to minestrones or boil it and dress it with olive oil and lemon.

NYC 'Hounds Seeking A Saturday Brunch near the Mirimar

I have to say, I've loved so many of these suggestions and have spent quite a bit of time looking at menus. This most recent one, paired with the Getty, seems very interesting. We've never been to the Getty center or villa on any of or trips to LA, so it might be nice! Thank you all so much for your genrous spirit! I will be back posting some other ideas for fine tuning. My biggest issue is that I really don't like to make too many reservations in advance on vacation because I never know where the day will bring us. But for this brunch, a reservation is in order. Grazie Mille!

Aug 10, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

Loud, Annoying Fan noise on 36 inch DeLonghi Gas Range?

Thanks, I went with a Wolf though :)

Aug 08, 2014
ZenFoodist in Cookware

NYC 'Hounds Seeking A Saturday Brunch near the Mirimar

My husband, our ten year old, and I will be doing the PCH shebang from San Fran and arriving in Santa Monica on Wed 8/20 and staying through the 24th. We've been to your delicious city quite a few times but not in the last few years. I've spent a bunch of time reading through posts and gleaned many suggestions, particularly from the somewhat recent thread started by the Detroit-based 'hound. We plan to hit places like Guisado's and Ricky's Fish Tacos as well as Osteria Mozza and Lucques. A nice mashup. The only meal I can't quite figure out is a Saturday Brunch. I will be meeting up with my uncle and his partner from Long Beach, and as I am staying at the Mirimar thought it would be convenient to eat at Fig. Unfortunately Fig only does brunch on Sundays and doesn't open until 5pm. Back to the drawing board....

Our guests have somewhat basic tastes so something that features some classics would be appreciated. A lovely ambiance would also be great. No price constraints. Whatever you think would be a nice Saturday in So Cal experience. Disclaimer: I'm not a brunch type. Much prefer straight up lunch or breakfast ( can't wait for Eggslut!), but we want to meet up at 11 and brunch seems like the way to go. Any thoughts? I get the distinct impression you're an opinionated crew and I look forward to your suggestions.

Many thanks in advance,
Lisa

Aug 08, 2014
ZenFoodist in Los Angeles Area

Soban Shiktam Korean Homestyle

Closed up. Oh well. It was good while it lasted. Rumor is the owner's licenses were not up to date.

Jul 16, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Wax Apples ("lian wu") in NYC?

I bought them by my home in North Flushing a few weeks ago for a Jamaican cousin who loves them. In the Chinese market on 160th street and Northern. The former UA Quartet movie theater whose name escapes me at the moment. They were awful though :(

Jul 07, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Soban Shiktam Korean Homestyle

158-03 Northern Blvd

Jun 29, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Soban Shiktam Korean Homestyle

A few weeks ago after a haircut at Pokure, I decided to stop in to Soban Shiktam for some takeout. This little spot is basically around the corner from my house, but I'd never ventured inside because it appeared to have more of a pub-like ambiance. An almost "members only" vibe complete with Korean hipsters queued up on the sidewalk on weekend nights. Imagine a cross between Chatham's Squire and Chi-town's Gino's East decor wise: dim with chalk graffiti all over the walls. At noon, the place was filled with Koreans clad in business attire. Thankfully one of them spoke perfect English considering absolutely nothing is in English on the menu and the owner doesn't speak a word. As in NOT A WORD. I speak Korean Food almost fluently, but because the menu was only in Korean characters with nothing phonetically spelled out beneath, even that didn't help me. The gentleman who made suggestions says he is there every single day for lunch and that it's the only place he eats because the food is homestyle and there is absolutely no MSG used. And... that they offer the absolute best mandoo in NY! My chowpup heard that and got very excited. What was supposed to be a quick snack ended up being an order of mandoo (delicious although fried. I much prefer steamed; not sure if that is an option) and thin pieces of pork stir-fried in an incendiary sauce with stir-fried cabbage and pieces of kimchee. The businessman who had done the translation for me should've been their spokesperson. He completely waxed poetic about the place and said it was basically an under the radar secret spot that all Korean food cognoscenti frequent. And this guy definitely knew his Korean restaurants!

I noticed that the kitchen seemed to be staffed exclusively with Koreans. An older Korean ajuma was doing all the cooking. Everything was tasty and considering these were lunch portions, on the larger side. And very reasonable. Cheaper than most places. I'm enclosing some photos of the menu so that our Korean 'hounds can translate if needed. Worth checking out if you are in the area. Seems to be cash only.

Jun 29, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Bangane – A Korean Goat Specialist And One Of The Most Exciting Restaurants In Flushing

Thank you so very much for the link. Yesterday I got a text from a student who was at mad for chicken. He was upset that the special happy hour menu was no longer offered. Couple of weeks ago they took over the space that is next to it. I guess the expansion and the higher monthly rent bill has inspired some changes. Oh well.

Jun 29, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs
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Harvest Buffet Incarnation?

Any clue if the former Harvest Buffet in Little Neck which is now under renovation and has a sign that says " Moonstone" will still be a buffet? Same owners? Thanks!

Jun 18, 2014
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs