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Using sour cherries (split from San Francisco Bay Area board)

The recipe I use calls for 4 c pitted sour cherries, 1 c sugar (though I tend to use slightly less since most fillings are sweeter than I like), 1.5 T flour (I up it to 2 T) and 1/8 t salt.

Jun 06, 2013
Philip in Home Cooking

Using sour cherries (split from San Francisco Bay Area board)

foodeye: Thanks! I'm not ready for a spread in a cooking magazine, but it tastes great.

Robert: Thanks for the tip. I use a manual cherry (olive?) pitter.

Jun 06, 2013
Philip in Home Cooking

Using sour cherries (split from San Francisco Bay Area board)

I made a cherry pie from Marion Cunningham's Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Pitting cherries is a pain, but for the "king of pies," it's worth all the effort. I didn't take a photo before I cut the pie.

Jun 06, 2013
Philip in Home Cooking

Sour cherries @ Ferry Plaza farmers market today

Lagier has fresh organic Morello cherries for $10/pound at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market today only.

Good supply at 8 AM, but they won't last long.

Jun 01, 2013
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

new Fatted Calf brick and mortar location in SF

Taylor says they will open in September (hopefully).

Aug 18, 2010
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Sour Cherries at the market

Lagier had them the past two Saturdays. They doubt they will have them for a 3rd week, though.

Jun 23, 2010
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese Green Tea in SF?

Thanks! I'll try Lupicia.

Nov 08, 2009
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese Green Tea in SF?

Any ideas for stores that sell high quality sencha or gyokuro tea in San Francisco? I'm looking for loose-leaf tea.

Used to get my tea from White Crane Tea in Japan Center, but they closed, and their website is also shut down.

Thanks.

Nov 04, 2009
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

retirement for Sumi

Yes. Went to dinner there last Wednesday for the Dine Around. Fairly quiet at 6, but by 6:30, it almost full with lots of regulars there to wish Sumi a happy retirement.

There's an ownership change sign on the window saying that it will become Sumi Sushi.

Nov 24, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Cherry Blossom Festival, SF

Forgot to mention that there was free sake on Saturday - on Post Street near the Peace Plaza. Not the best stuff, but a nice (and unexpected) treat to get free booze at a street festival. But, none on Sunday as Post Street was cleared of all booths for the parade.

Apr 20, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Cherry Blossom Festival, SF

I tried the unagi bento for $6. The unagi was tender and a good-sized piece. The bento, or donburi if you will, was still warm at 11:30. Not a bad deal for $6.

May try the a yakisoba today, though I saw few people walking around with very appetizing teriyaki rice plates yesterday.

Apr 20, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Cherry Blossom Festival, SF

The Cherry Blossom Festival is this weekend and next in Japantown in San Francisco. I tried the takoyaki (4 pcs of $2). Frankly, I couldn't tell if it was tako in there or not. Lines weren't bad at 11:30.

I'm volunteering there next weekend as well, so I'll have a chance to try some other stands (many run by community and church groups). So far, I saw sushi, spam musubi, soba, udon, unagi bento, teriburger and shave ice.

For dessert, I opted for a strawberry manju at Benkyodo (they don't have a booth, but the store is at Sutter & Buchanan).

Apr 13, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Hamantaschen in SF?

Don't try the ones at Moscow & Tiblisi Bakery at Geary & 20th. The one I had was leaden (and probably, stale too).

Mar 21, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Wagashi - San Francisco ?

Just returned from spending New Years with family. Among the traditional New Years foods (ozoni, sashimi, sake, etc.), someone brought strawberry manju. Wow. So, I already checked with Benkyodo, they will make it when strawberries are in season. Can't wait.

I tried three varieties of their manju: two filled with adzuki beans, one with lima beans. All great and fresh.

Jan 12, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Natural Foods

Stopped by quickly yesterday. Spent the most time looking over the chocolate selection. Vosges bars were the most expensive @ $5.99. There was one with bacon in it.

Picked up a Charles Chocolate bar (crystallized ginger in 65% bittersweet choc). They have 5-6 varieties of CC bars. Mine was $3.99.

Jan 12, 2008
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants with good tea service

I agree with pane's Modern Tea recommendation. Solid food. Their buttermilk cake (or was it pudding?) with a pot of tea is a great dessert. Gets busy with the pre-Opera/Symphony crowd at dinner.

Nov 18, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Dragon fruit

Phan Farms at the Civic Center Farmer's Market sells dragon fruit. $7/lb.

Oct 19, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

New Kebab place on Polk Street

I thought my kebab was tasty, though I'm not an expert on Afghani-style kebabs. The pumpkin dish was bland, but I think that's what it was supposed to be like (to complement the spicier meat). I though the salsa accompaniment was strange, though.

Thanks for the link, Melanie. That's the place. I'll have to try the chapli kebab next time.

Oct 03, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

New Kebab place on Polk Street

Ate at a new kebab place on Polk Street last night - sorry I don't have the exact name (something like Da' Afghanistan?) or the exact address (on Polk around Bush?) - since a friend suggested the place. Limited menu (teka beef, ground beef, sirloin, lamb, chicken kebabs, and a few appetizers). I had the teka beef kebab, which was juicy and a little spicy. Served with rice and salsa. Split the pumpkin appetizer which was drizzled with yogurt sauce. Some flat bread arrived before the food. Most kebabs around $8-$10, except the sirloin which was higher.

Oct 03, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheap between-class places to eat near UC Berkeley?

And if your gf is around in the evening, the Desi Dog cart at Bancroft & Telegraph has $1.50 dogs between 5-8 PM Not Top Dog quality, but the price can't be beat.

Sep 11, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

My walk to the Mission & back - Jocelyn's Bakery, Farina, Dapple Dandy Pluot Sorbet & Gustofino

Decided to do some snooping and tasting on my walk today.

Jocelyn's Bakery (20th Street @ Lexington) - looks like a standard pandareia. The baked goods looked dry (and probably were very sweet). Didn't try anything here. There was also a sad looking selection of fruits and vegetables in one case.

Farina (18th Street betw. Valencia & Guerrero) - looks like a newish Italian place. The menu lists a lot of pastas and foccacia sandwiches. Just stuck my head in the door. Prices look moderate.

Bi-Rite Creamery (18th Street betw. Guerrero & Dolores) - after looking over the selection, I decided on Dapple Dandy Pluot sorbet. This was a winner! Nice tangy/sweet flavor. Extremely generous single scoop serving for $2.95. Nice to savor in a cone on a peek-a-boo sun Sunday through the Mission.

Gustofino Cafe and Market (Church Street betw. 15th & Market) - there was a sign on the closed Just Desserts shop advertising this place. The windows are papered over, and I couldn't tell when this place will open. They will offer Italian food and feature Blue Bottle coffee. From the description, it will be similar in concept to A.G. Ferrari.

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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Farina
3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Jocelyn's Bakery
3566 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Aug 26, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Finally: Tu Lan [SF]

Well, the one and only time I ate at Tu Lan was over 10 years ago, after several co-workers raved about it. So, three of us went for lunch. I don't remember what we ordered, but I remember the heat! We all had sweat literally pouring our faces, even the guy from Singapore who really knows (and loves) spicy food.

Never again.

Aug 24, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Delica RF clones?

I think butterfish is the same as gindara (aka black cod & sablefish).

Aug 23, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Aloha Festival at the Presidio August 4-5

Most of the food vendors at the Aloha Festival are selling plate lunches (teriyaki, kalua pig, loco moco, lau lau). The Academy of Hawaiian Art is the only vendor is selling malasadas, 6 for $4. Though their sign just says teriyaki, they have malasadas, too. I didn't try them as the lines were long (one to place your order, and another for pickup).

The other booths sell arts & crafts, including cookies, snacks & jams. The cookies didn't look or taste appealing, the sample I had was overly sweet & dry (your basic commercial product). One vendor had a decent selection of jams (I think it was booth 87 & 88, there was no name). I bought a jar of Maui Poha jam.

Aug 05, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Aloha Festival at the Presidio August 4-5

I'm going to check out the food and entertainment at the Aloha Festival this weekend at the Presidio in San Francisco. 10AM - 5PM both days, admission is free, though parking is $5. This is the annual Pacific Islander culture festival.

I'm specifically looking for malasadas (the lines were huge last year) and unusual jams and jellies (hopefully I can find poha). I'll report back if I find anything good there.

http://www.pica-org.org/AlohaFest/ind...

Aug 03, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Foraging for berries in SF?

Do you know of some great spots (though not somebody's yard) to forage for blackberries (or ollalieberries) in San Francisco? I'd like to make something this weekend, but don't want to spend $$ on fruit.

Thanks!

Aug 02, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Any ideas for sour cherries and dark chocolate?

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Adrienne, I forgot that chocolate-covered cherries are my mom's favorite (though she prefers milk choc). Would you use sour cherries as is, or sweeten then with sugar & alcohol (brandy, cognac, etc.) before dipping?

Aug 01, 2007
Philip in Home Cooking

Any ideas for sour cherries and dark chocolate?

I bought too many sour cherries this weekend for my pie baking. So, there's still about 1/2-3/4 pound of fruit leftover. I was thinking about some sort of cookie/brownie. Would the fresh cherries make the cookie too wet?

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Jul 31, 2007
Philip in Home Cooking

dim sum specifically in SF Chinatown

Food seemed greasier than I'd remembered, but my ordering is different when I go with my Chinese friends (my most recent meal there) than with my gaijin ones (meal there several months ago).

Jul 30, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area

Zapp's potato chips and Hobnobs

Ruth,
Thanks for the report on Cost Plus. I'll definitely check out the British sweets selection. I've been intrigued about British candy bars recently.

For my money, I'll hold off on buying potato chips until I see Maui Kitch'n Cook'd brand somewhere.

Jul 29, 2007
Philip in San Francisco Bay Area