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Shanghai fish gluten

Looks incredibly easy, thanks.

I once made my own whole wheat gluten. It's basically a bread dough minus the yeast. After kneading it a bunch—as long as you can stand it, really—you then continue kneading it in a bowl of warm water until the starch floats off, leaving behind a blob of gluten. Taking it out of the water, I then kneaded into that some onion powder, and a touch of salt and pepper. It was OK, but figured I'd probably do it again only if I invite vegan and celiac friends to dinner.

Now I have an even better reason!

Shanghai fish gluten

Do they have a gluten-free version?

(Sorry, couldn't resist…)

That recipe sounds good. Does one make the gluten puffs, themselves, at home, or purchase them for a Chinese bakery/other?

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

A handful of Off the Grid food trucks now set up regularly three days a week on Front twixt Vallejo and B'way:

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

I hear it's good. Lines are still too long for me—I'll try in a couple of weeks and report back.

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

My workmates are saying good things about the soup truck, run by San Francisco Soup Company. I believe it parks on the Battery St side of Levi Plaza Mondays and Wednesdays. I'll try it out next week.

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

Grumpy's pub ( has decent salads and burgers. Good variety of tap beers and a cider; not too stingy with their scotch pours, heh. The atmosphere is comfy, and folks who work there are really nice.

Had lunch there with a large group (8), and the orders came pretty much at once. Only screw-up was one of the medium-rare burgers was served well-done. Not a "best-of-SF burger," but pretty good. Salads were decent, good portion. Fries were a touch soggy; the garlic fries had so much raw garlic that they almost tasted fishy, and it was still oozing from my pours 24 hrs later… but I know most people like it that way.

Second visit was with another large group for happy hour. The other patrons are construction workers, office workers, and a few bike messengers; lots of cross-pollinating conversation—not at all cliquish. When folks learned we were new to the area, they welcomed us. I can see this being a regular hangout for my workmates.

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

Just filled my belly with Yo Yo's udon—got the large w/everything: seaweed, fried tofu, and tempura batter bits; also bought a mochi-red bean ball, and a bag of senbei. Total $9.75.

Portions are good—the full size was definitely filling. The udon was a tad overcooked—next time I'll get soba, which my friend reports was still chewy. The broth was somewhat sweet, not as smokey and savory as I like; but still pleasant—next time I'll get the fresh tofu instead of the fried, maybe that will help (the fried is sweet from its mirin marinade).

And yes, the couple who run Yo Yos are darling.

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

Levi's cafeteria is really quite good; they keep the prices down, too (and I'm allowed to bring guests). My office is in the building directly across the plaza from Levi HQ's main entrance (though we face north and east).

The other business on the floor is a wine distributor! I don't recall the name at the moment, but I have a hunch we'll be making friends…

I wish there were a decent Japanese restaurant in the area. Closest one that gets decent Yelp ratings is a take-out place called Yo Yo's. Anybody familiar with it?

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

Perfectly doable—for me, at least.

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

All this is great advice—exactly what I was anticipating.

How about Asian cuisine? Osha at Embarcadero is nice, but a bit too far for lunch—Levi Plaza is about 15–17 min. walk to Market St.; too far for lunch (unless I have extra time).

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

Used to be Fog City was truly mediocre—but it's been years since I last dined there. Has it improved?

Where to buy non Asian pinenuts? SF area

Yes, I experiences PNS about a year or so ago: for about 2-1/2 weeks, everything—and I mean *everything* incl. water—tasted hideously bitter. It was nasty! And then it faded away.

Since that first attack, I've found it's hit or miss, and if I do get PNS it only lasts a few days.

I tried looking for non-Asian pine nuts, to no avail. Lucca Ravioli in SF said European pine nuts are so expensive that none of their customers would buy them; and most other local vendors I spoke with had no idea the source, not to mention which species. So I'd like to know if anybody successfully finds Pinus pinea for a reasonable price.

Good lunch places along Embarcadero/Levi Plaza area?

My office is moving to Levi Plaza—what's good to eat out there? Looking for casual and fancy, but most important is that it be doable on a lunch hour (so no hiking over the hill to North Beach).

I'll have access to the Levi's cafeteria, which is pretty decent. And I already know about Pier 23, which ain't bad. What about sushi? Burritos? A café other than Starbucks? And something nicer, when our authors come to visit? A wine bar or other elegant place for drinks? (Wul, perhaps not on my lunch hour…)

You know—places foodies like to go!