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September~November at Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant [San Francisco]

Fifteen years at 2154 Mission Street ends an era as Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant searches to relocate.

troubles with Photo Story

Please help. My Photo Story post for 'Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant' on the San Francisco board is stuck/frozen. "POST" button is grey. Red line is 70%. I did 'reorder photos by dragging'.
What do I do now?

I have tried to post it again. Two attempts. Should I cancel both?

Sep 03, 2014
Cynsa in Site Talk

Radio Africa Kitchen -- report [San Francisco]

Street car to most of us... new light rail line on Third Street.

Sep 02, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeded Watermelons

Best ever. Good for seed spitting. Great for sandia liquados with a squeeze of Meyer lemon.

I am making pickled watermelon rind just for you.

Okonomiyaki: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2014

You've a Brave Heart! I am screwing up courage to chew on this okonomiyaki pizza.

Sep 01, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2014

Okonomiyaki is not a menu item; this is a special request and right at the top of the pick. It's delicious and large enough for two to share the seafood okonomiyaki at Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant at 2154 Mission Street.
The search for a new location continues; not South Van Ness and 14th Street.

Aug 31, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

2 chicken thighs

This was a quickie "easy" chicken adobo.

I marinated 4 chicken thighs with 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 3 mashed cloves of garlic, and minced fresh ginger root for one hour (overnight is good, too)

Patted the chicken thighs dry with paper towel. Browned both sides in hot skillet with tablespoon of vegetable oil. Added one cup of water or chicken broth with 3 bay leaves, 6 whole peppercorns, and one red chile. Simmer on medium low for 30 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of rice vinegar or white distilled vinegar or whatever vinegar you like.
Next time, I'll add more vinegar...I like the tang.
Cook another five to ten minutes to meld the flavors. Garnish with chopped green onion, chives, or cilantro. Dinner tonight.
Serve with hot cooked rice.

Since you have two skinless/boneless thighs, just cube and marinate. Thicken the cooking liquid with cornstarch+cold water to make gravy to serve.

Aug 31, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking


How do you get to Two Harbors? Our friends love to scuba!

Aug 28, 2014
Cynsa in Los Angeles Area


Have you visited Avalon recently and not enjoyed it?
How do you know there isn't anything too wonderful?

I hesitate to offer you suggestions or recommendations based on this.
Our tastes must be quite different! Of course, you are young and vibrant and I am a lol of 67 and live a slower less exciting lifestyle with much lower expectations of wonderful!

So, here is my list of all that is not too wonderful. Be prepared to ignore it; you won't enjoy it - this is just for oldsters.

Von's Express for great hot sandwiches 'to go'.
Ristorante Villa Portofino for fresh fish.
Original Jack's Country Kitchen for breakfast.
CC Gallagher's for a great slice of coconut cake.
Coney Island West for burger and fries.
Descanso Beach Club - join membership and drink on the beach.

Go zipline!
Jump on the local $2 shuttle around Avalon to see sights; you don't really need the thrill of the golf carts to get around the island. Chat it up with the locals.
Go to the Museum under the Casino; take the 'backstage tour' for a bit of the history of Catalina Island.

If you go, please share your finds!
I double-dare you to relax and just have fun in a California beach town.
I'd love to know what's best to do next year!

Aug 28, 2014
Cynsa in Los Angeles Area

Tröeggi a Biondivino Pop-Up (Russian Hill, San Francisco)

I would follow Emanuele Fromento home to Genoa; Ai Troëggi seats 60 - room for all of us!
In the meantime, thank you for the escape from our Divisadero comfort zone; we were delighted with our walk on the wild side of Polk Gulch.
The slabs of Josey Baker bread from The Mill gave us the homey touch and hearty bites for the burrata and anchovies.
I forgot to ask for the tiramisu — must return!

This unfiltered Prosecco gives a great mouth feel with bold citrus notes that soften with sitting in the glass. Roll it around your tongue and enjoy it. I liked it.

Okonomiyaki: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2014

Aha. I've tasted my memory of okonomiyaki at Izumiya - like Goldilocks, it's just right for me. Sah.
The right balance of crisp shredded cabbage, meat, sauce, katsuobushi, Kewpie mayo, pancake cooked as I remember... simple fare. It's a throwback to comfort.
Also offered: mixed, seafood, beef. This one is pork.

1581 Webster upstairs near Kinokuniya Bookstore in the J-town mall
Ste 290

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

Roasting Calendar at Mollie Stone's Markets in partnership with Melissa's Produce

Hatch Chile Roasting Event Dates & Locations:

Saturday August 23, 12-4pm: Greenbrae
Sunday August 24, 12-4pm: Pacific Heights
Saturday September 6, 12-4pm: Sausalito
Sunday September 7, 12-4pm: Burlingame
Saturday September 13, 12-4pm: San Bruno
Sunday September 14, 12-4pm: Palo Alto

Aug 24, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

What is the date for "Chowhound Cake Day 2015"?
I can't miss it!

Aug 22, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

We had the pleasure of devouring Caitlin's masterpiece celebrating our buttertart's birthday... and we all went for 'seconds' leaving just enough for the birthday gal to have a slice with her morning coffee the next day.
This cake is perfection! Kudos to Caitlin!


I also dislike the gloopy sweetly mess of most restaurant okonomiyaki and prefer to make it at home - with lots of shredded cabbage and chicken, shrimp, or pork. must have: Kewpie and katsuobushi.
I haven't yet tasted the modern yaki with the noodles -
thanks for your post!

Aug 22, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Food Souvenirs from San Francisco

Blue Bottle: roasted coffee beans
Josey Baker bread at The Mill
Dandelion chocolate

I love shopping at Phoenicia Foods in Houston!

Aug 22, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Santa Barbara Uni @ Tenroku Sushi in San Francisco Japantown

Couldn't resist the $10 tray of Santa Barbara uni.
Final tab $14.15 + tip includes $3 plate of kappamaki.
The quality of this uni is rather low, the texture is off and it has little of the richness that I love.
The $6 plate of the 2-piece nigiri with uni looks better.

Seating was more than half-filled this afternoon.

Aug 20, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Help a pressed for time NY Hound find the Asian food of her dreams?

Little Yangon in Daly City is closed on Tuesdays... also closed: Shanghai House...Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous... we had three Tuesday strikeouts.
The home run out of the ballpark was Angkor Borei with three cheers for their 30-year run.

Tuesday lunch at Angkor Borei: Chicken Salad, Crispy Cambodian Crepe, Duck Prik King, Prahok, Ahmohk, rice, and beers.

Ice creams at Humphry Slocombe at the Ferry Building...
Candied Ginger, Blue Bottle Vietnamese, McEvoy Olive Oil

Okonomiyaki: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2014

Osaka okonomiyaki with octopus and pickled red ginger at Kitchen Kura
(no katsuobushi topping)

My cheap-and-filling student meals in Kyoto were okonomiyaki, yaki soba, gyoza, and ramen (circa 1968). I also learned to like the shredded raw cabbage that came on every plate.

Service at Kitchen Kura is warm and friendly.
Note that the combination dinners will satisfy any hearty appetites. Nanban chicken is popular.

Help a pressed for time NY Hound find the Asian food of her dreams?

Let's meet at Shanghai House for lunching on salt and pepper pig knuckle.

Use for mashed avocado (besides guacamole)

for breakfast: smashed avocado on toast, with a sprinkle of sea salt

Aug 08, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Santa Barbara Uni @ Tenroku Sushi in San Francisco Japantown

What a price! $10 for a tray of Santa Barbara uni! That is almost a siren's call.
Unfortunately, I have vowed never to return after tasting over-vinegared too-hard rice.

Aug 05, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

SFBA Dish of the Month (Aug 2014) - Nominations/Voting

OKONOMIYAKI - this dish is disappearing from local menus. Both Genki Ramen and Mifune Don have removed it from their respective menus. Let's search for new sources.

Yoshi's San Francisco to close on Fillmore Street

Jul 24, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Yoshi's San Francisco to close on Fillmore Street

Jul 18, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Yoshi's San Francisco to close on Fillmore Street

Jul 17, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

I'm with you juliejulez at 155 and my first goal is under 150 with a target of 135. I've just started insulin for diabetes and weight control with exercise is crucial for me.
How are you doing today?

Jul 11, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Do I just throw this grilled cabbage away?

smells like old stir fry? at least you didn't say 'old socks'

I love cabbage. I'd chop or shred it and saute it with lots of butter and 1/2 tsp. of sugar.
or, brown some ground beef and add the shredded cabbage.
another option: stir in sour cream and dill weed before serving.

cook egg noodles, add the shredded cabbage, a pinch of sugar, freshly ground black pepper, and stir in some cream cheese.

I've roasted cabbage in the oven and I like the browned bits.
Maybe you just don't like cabbage?

keep it simple.

Jul 07, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

July 4th leftovers with a tall glass of ice cold milk... pecan pie, apple pie and Candy's Chocolate Pound Cake.
Tomorrow we'll eat mustard greens, mushrooms and tomato pie.

Back to Hakka on a Sunday Afternoon [San Francisco]

Lunch time at Hakka Restaurant
4401 Cabrillo Street at 45th Avenue
San Francisco 94121