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Bridal Shower Catering - Mediterranean food - Zand's or Zatar or ???

Thank you! We were leaning towards Zand's and now will definitely go with them. The party's in two weeks. I'll report back after.

Jul 09, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Bridal Shower Catering - Mediterranean food - Zand's or Zatar or ???

Thanks for the rec, but desserts will be cupcakes :)

Jul 03, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Bridal Shower Catering - Mediterranean food - Zand's or Zatar or ???

I'm helping my wife with the food options for a bridal shower she is hosting at our home for about 10-15 people. Research (mainly from this board) has led us to Mediterranean food and either ordering from Zand's or Zatar for pickup the morning of the shower. There aren't many recent reviews regarding catering for either, so I thought I'd throw it out to my fellow chowhounders to help sway my decision one way or the other. Also, if you think somewhere would be better than either Zand's or Zatar, please do tell! Thanks in advance and I'll be sure to report back on the final outcome and how the food turns out.

Jul 02, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon splurge dinner in SF

Not necessarily a splurge, but a delicious romantic dining experience that would seem to be a great fit for a honeymoon in my opinion would be Sociale. I've always enjoyed my meals there and my wife loves the romantic setting of the restaurant as you walk down a small alleyway that opens up to a heated terrace. You get the feeling you've been transported to a small European bistro, while not having to take the airplane ride!

http://sfsociale.com/
3665 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

Jun 13, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area
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Late lunch with prosecco?... [San Francisco]

Trou Normand - no prosecco, but cava and lambrusco
Bluestem Brasserie - no prosecco, but quite a few sparkling varietals.
Press Club - again no prosecco, but lots of other sparkling options.
Who knew it would be so tough to find prosecco in SF!

Jun 13, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Inside Scoop offered their list of east bay spots here: http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Jun 13, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Oysters with Lunch in Berkeley or Oakland

Lake Chalet

Apr 08, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Henry's Hunan

Been going to the location on Sansome since I was a child. My dad's been going there since the 70's. Still my favorite Chinese food (nostalgic reasons aside). Had a 20 person dinner there a few weeks ago and it was as good as usual. Although they did run out of Pilsner. Love both Marty's and Henry's special. As well as the dumplings and onion cakes.

Apr 01, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

we had a delicious lunch at http://cincsentits.com/en/
and a great dinner at http://www.hisop.net/eng/maineng.html

Apr 01, 2014
foodcoupleSF in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

Mar 14, 2014
foodcoupleSF in Spain/Portugal

Haven - Oakland

My wife and I have made the move back to the east bay from SF and are now looking forward to checking out places in our new hometown of Oakland more often.
That being said we tried Haven for the first time a few weeks ago during restaurant week. We opted to pass on the set menu and dined a la carte. We ordered the fried brussel sprouts, salt cod and potato fritters, bone marrow, monterey squid, and shared the lamb. The place was about 3/4 full when we were seated and about 1/2 full when we left. This was on a Friday night. Everything was pretty good, nothing was great or memorable. We also had major issues with the way they coursed our meal out even after we had a specific conversation with our waiter, letting her know we would be sharing everything and would like the brussels/fritters first, then the squid/marrow, and finally the lamb. Unfortunately almost everything came out all at once leaving the lamb pretty much lukewarm by the time we got to it. The server apologized profusely, but stated that her kitchen was acting strange this week due to it being restaurant week. Not the greatest excuse, but somewhat understandable. In conclusion our meal was just ok and we won't be rushing back.

Feb 14, 2014
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

Only been to Barcelona once (on our Honeymoon a year and a half ago), but it was one of the most amazing food experiences of our young lives. Dying to go back as soon as possible. Here's our trip report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869235

Highly, highly, highly recommend Sant Pau for your blow out meal for lunch. A truly wonderful experience.

Feb 13, 2014
foodcoupleSF in Spain/Portugal

Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

Stopped by Alioto-Lazio, which is where we usually get all our crab, Tuesday morning for our first local dungeness of the season. Amazing as usual. $5/lb and the three I got were all 2+lbs. My last meal would be local dungeness and sweet baguette from acme paired with a montrachet.

Nov 22, 2013
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Cafe Terminus [San Francisco]

I have seen it mentioned in a few threads, but no real reports yet.

My wife and I stopped in on our lunch break yesterday and had two sandwiches, which we split. I ordered the Turkey Meatloaf with cranberry sauce, butter lettuce and an aioli of some kind, can't quite remember. SO ordered the Pork Shoulder with lime and cabbage. Both sandwiches were good although we liked the Turkey Meatloaf one better as the pork had a little too strong of a lime flavor that kind of overpowered the whole sandwich. They bake their own bread and the roll they use for the sandwiches are great. Multi seeded roll, very buttery and held up well with the amount of moisture on each sandwich.

Would love to hear reports on breakfast options and cocktails from other chowhounders!

Cafe Terminus
16 California St
http://terminussf.com/

Oct 31, 2013
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Please... looking for affordable restaurant recs for the Walnut Creek area....

Genova is good for a standard sandwich and also their pastas are good as well to pick up and cook yourself. I think the best sandwiches in the area are however at Morucci's in WC on Boulevard Way.

Oct 31, 2013
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Please... looking for affordable restaurant recs for the Walnut Creek area....

Chow in Lafayette and Danville offers good affordable food.With lots of different options.

Oct 31, 2013
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

2014 SF Bay Area Michelin Stars

Have had many meals at Frances and have enjoyed them all. One thing to note is that we have only ordered entrees once and were a bit underwhelmed with them. I've also heard this feedback from friends who have dined there. Might be a reason why they were docked. We usually go with most of the bouchees, a couple apps, and a dessert. Plus the $1/oz house wine is a great option and the market shots never disappoint.

Oct 24, 2013
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Champagne/caviar bar in SF?

Similar to Spruce, Quince has a bar/lounge area where they have caviar options as well as Champagne by the glass, half bottle, or bottle.

Oct 17, 2013
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Suggestions for Hot Spots to hit this coming SF Ghost-Town Week?

Wife and I walked into Flour + Water last night at 6:40, we were seated 20 minutes later. Two 3 tops in front of us when we arrived. Got a bit busier as we ate, but there were open spots at the bar when we left. Had a delicious meal. Of particular note were the crispy trotter with eggplant, almond, confit shallot & pickled mustard seed, carrot farfalle with braised hen, charred scallions & carrot top gremolata (both on the summer tasting menu), and lamb raviolini with pine nut, spring onion & sorrel. Paired nicely with a bottle of 2011 Montalbera Ruche di Castagnole DOCG "La Tradizione".

Aug 29, 2013
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Bay Area Food Festivals and Events - August 2013

8/24 - 20th Street Block Party, San Francisco. http://www.20thstreetblockparty.com/

Aug 20, 2013
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

NOPA lives up to the Hype [San Francisco]

My wife and I try to go as often as possible, not as much lately since we used to live closer to the Nopa neighborhood. Our standard order is whatever roasted vegetable side is on the menu, a flatbread (always great and toppings change seasonally), and a burger; all to share. As already stated cocktails are great and they do a wine feature on a particular producer/varietal/region that are always fun to try. Enjoy!

Aug 19, 2013
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Nob Hill Vicinity Dining [San Francisco]

Live in the neighborhood as well and second Keiko and Sons & Daughters as probably fitting the "most interesting" criteria. There's also Parallel 37 at the Ritz or a new steakhouse called Osso. More casual would be Cocotte or Mason Pacific. In close by Russian Hill fancier tasting menu at La Folie (it would probably be tough to do under $300 with wine for 2 here) or a good neighborhood vibe at Frascati.

Aug 12, 2013
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AQ or bar tartine? [San Francisco]

Ate at AQ this past Saturday night, 8/10. 5 of us celebrating wedding anniversaries and a birthday. We had the tasting menu, which was recently updated from what they show online, "summer herbs", to "summer colors" (also the price increased slightly from $68 to $72). We didn't opt for the pairing as we brought our own wine. However, they waived the corkage ($25/bottle) for both bottles because we purchased a bottle of champagne to start our meal with. The meal itself was amazing with each course building on the next to complete a greatly satisfying and delicious feast. Service was attentive and professional, but not over-bearing. I attached a picture of the amuse that we all thought was a perfect way to start our meal showing each of the colors of summer we'd be presented with: White,Yellow,Red,Green,Orange,Purple.

Haven't had a chance to try Bar Tartine yet, although it's on our list, but definitely would recommend AQ for a great celebratory meal especially if everyone is in for the tasting menu!

Aug 12, 2013
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Patio seating in SF where the food is actually good

Hyde Street Seafood for their oyster and beer happy hour, they have a few tables on the sidewalk where you can enjoy the weather and watch the cable cars roll by. Red's for burgers/dogs/fish and chips (on fridays) and beers on the bay. La Mar has a nice patio in back on pier 1.5.

Jun 27, 2013
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Dining Choices / Michael Mina with Ron Seigel

Grubstreet seems to think so as of 9/28. http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/20...

Oct 09, 2012
foodcoupleSF in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon Part 2: Paris Trip Report

Referring to yyc question about Versailles.

Sep 29, 2012
foodcoupleSF in France

Honeymoon Part 2: Paris Trip Report

We brought from Paris. Picked up cheeses, meats, and fruit the night before and a baguette the morning of. Our picnic on the grass by the canal looking back up at the palace was one of our most memorable experiences of our trip!

Sep 29, 2012
foodcoupleSF in France

Barcelona in Oct. Authentic Hole In the Wall Sought

El Vaso de Oro in barceloneta neighborhood. Great locals tapas bar with amazing food.
http://vasodeoro.com/

Sep 28, 2012
foodcoupleSF in Spain/Portugal

Honeymoon Part 1: Barcelona Trip Report. WARNING: it's a bit long :)

Glad you liked the report! When we arrived at Tickets just before our 7:30pm reservation there was a line of about 8 people hoping to snag a cancellation. However, the restaurant was only about 3/4 full when we were seated. By the time we left a couple hours later, there wasn't a seat empty. Like estufarian said it's a surprise in that you don't know what's coming next, but everything was listed on the menu. We liked it because the menu is rather long and it gave us a chance to just relax and let the dishes come. We made sure to peruse the menu thoroughly so that if something we really wanted to try didn't seem like it was coming out, we'd be ready to add to our "surprises". The waitress did a great job and picked everything we would've picked and more. The only item that came out that was underwhelming was the confit potatoes with boiled ham, but that might be attributed to the fact that it came towards the end of the savory part of our meal and everything else was just so good. Also going the "surprise" route we got half orders of items that allowed us to try much more of the menu than if we had ordered a la carte. Also second estufarians rec to not miss out on the Airbags, they were sublime.

Sep 19, 2012
foodcoupleSF in Spain/Portugal

Honeymoon Part 1: Barcelona Trip Report. WARNING: it's a bit long :)

I wrote these as I went so my memory would be fresher and can only say that my lack of praise must've resulted in my gushing over Sant Pau from the day before :) We did really enjoy our meal at Tickets and even ended up sitting next to a couple from Berkeley that we chatted with, such a small world!

Sep 19, 2012
foodcoupleSF in Spain/Portugal