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

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


Farallon redux [Union Square, San Francisco]

Haven't been to Farallon for donkey's years. Just went for a splurge before theatre and....disappointed.

Space lovely, service great.

My husband and I shared a glass of Sancerre (which they graciously divided for us) and the Grand Shellfish Platter; and he had a coffee. $100 tab.

I just didn't love the platter--not big enough to merit the price--and none of the shellfish was that fresh-tasting (lobster, crab, oysters, shrimp).


Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Bette's Diner on 4th St. in Berkeley--perfection re ingredients and crust and seasoning of the corned-beef-onion-hash mix and cooking of the sunny-side-up egg and rye toast (what other kind would a savvy eater order to go with?!) Their egg items are all terrific; and--DOTM or not-DOTM--I try NOT to order hash to be a bit abstemious--but this is a hard one to resist.

As for good-try-but-no-prize in Berkeley: I'm sad to say, that after multiple tries, I like OK, but do not love both the red flannel hash and the vegie hash at Rick and Ann's on Domingo, a fine neighborhood spot that also knows its way around eggs and potatoes--but both of their hashes lack the heft, depth, gravitas, smokiness of a good hash--now it may be that I'm an old-fashioned corned-beef hash gal; and all those vegies (beets! sweet potatoes!) in my hash just don't taste right--I think I want lighter, but that's my head not my heart speaking.

A Foodie Sideline to the World Series: the vegetable garden @ the ballpark [San Francisco]

Safeway Organic (O) dairy

For some time, I've loved Safeway Organic (O) low-fat plain yogurt. Best texture and taste around, at a good price to boot. Better than Strauss and all the other upscale organic contenders.

Just tried Safeway's O brand organic low-fat (1 %) milk. Again, best tasting milk.

Want to pass this along. And see if anyone else shares my views.

simple, delicious, local Miami fare

Loved Miami, in large part because of wonderful advice from Miami 'hounds. Will organize by "fancy-ness"/cost (didn't eat anyplace on the very high end).

Ortanique--we spent our last day in Everglades National Park and were tired, so picked a place close to where we were staying--didn't have high expectation from Board reviews--pleasantly surprised by an excellent Cornish hen w/ West Indian spices, perfectly spiced and cooked--my husband's cobia seviche nice flavors, a bit over-"cooked"--ditto his mahi-mahi, w/ a sauce that overwhelmed
the fish (he liked both, as well as his peanut butter bombe--my coconut sorbet, chalky, over-sweet). My house martini was silly-sweet. Bread flavored w/ scallions, garlic--seemed almost more what you'd find in an Italian restaurant. Service a bit slack. Such a pretty room, dinnerware, silver. Prices high (my husband passed up the Caribbean bouillabaise because it was over $40). We had a very nice evening.

Bulla--went w/ a big group--plus/minus--best, a finely rendered arroz con mariscos, solid gazpacho, delicious octopus--worst, tasteless tomato bread--noise level impossible for conversation (showing my age here...)

Whisk--we really enjoyed--noise level high here too (we brought up the mean age...)--the best shrimp and grits I've ever had--fried green tomatoes also very well done (which ironically made me realize it's not my favorite dish--when I've had it before, blamed the rendition)--clearly a very talented kitchen.

My Ceviche (Bricknell)--had looked forward and a bit disappointed--ceviche overly-acidic (my husband liked it fine)

La Camaronera--went twice--same lovely server both times--I really liked snapper sandwich (so fresh, well fried, good sauce)--I also liked the grouper soup, doctored w/ limes and hot sauce (my husband less crazy about it)--and we both thought the conch fritters were prepared well, but maybe not our favorite thing (don't love the filler)--excellent key lime pie

El Palacio de los Jugos--fun scene--my husband's arroz con mariscos was full of fish and well seasoned--fresh coconut too bitter--a pound of meat sliced off whole pig good, esp. when mixed w/ sauce from the arroz

El Nuevo Siglo Supermarket--fun find, in my wandering on 8th St. (near 14th), a lunch counter in supermarket--got codfish w/ yucca and rice to bring my husband (not my thing, but one of his favorites; and he really liked it)--good cortadito, nice membrillo pastry--then walked across the street to an open-air fruit market, whose name I'm not remembering, for a perfect fresh young coconut

And I'll close w/ Miami airport food--we were on the other end of the airport from D terminal, which had almost all the Board recommendations--ended up @ Bongo's in J terminal, for a happy finale: a terrific Cuban sandwich w/ a wonderful lime-garlic sauce and beautifully flavored, tender, moist roasted pork plate--great service--and a nice last cortadito and guava pastry @ Gilbert's.

Again, thanks Miami hounds. We love your town!

simple, delicious, local Miami fare

I'm holding back w/ my full report/expression of gratitude to Miami hounds (still here & eating!)--but was @ La Camaronera today and had their Minuta snapper sandwich. It was just one sandwich and, I think, $6 or $7. Wasn't here for the $4 era. But no two-sandwich requirement. And given how good it was--and how much fishmongers can pay to get good fish--still seemed like a deal.

simple, delicious, local Miami fare

Looking for wonderful meals in Miami (staying in Coral Gables, happy to drive for good food!)--criteria: simple, delicious, local.

While some of the more elaborate menus at places like the Dutch look lovely, we're after simpler preparations using local fish and produce.

Not a fan of small plate dining--prefer a meal of a starter and then main.

Also not into fusion.

Just looking for ingredient-driven food and for ingredients and styles of prep that are particular to Miami (eg. fish caught off that morning off the Florida coast, Farmer's Market produce picked the day before, Cuban or Latin American places).

We ate at Michael's the last time we were in Miami While it was clearly great for what it does and obviously makes creative use of what's local, we found it a bit "ungepatchked"--fussy-- for our tastes; and there was the business of small plates.

Sign me, "New England Milltown Girl now living in the Bay Area"!

Bustelo Expresso----Where to buy in the SF Area

Rebeccakinney: Some seriously good shopping!

Clams or oysters for a big batch of chowda

Thanks for this. Called Costco; and none of the 6 Costco warehouses in the greater Bay Area stocks it (the closest that does, too far to make sense, Cal Expo in Sacramento). And no business or nonprofit ties, alas.

Clams or oysters for a big batch of chowda

Where in the East Bay (Berkeley/Oakland and environs) can you find large, reasonably priced cans of clams or jars of oysters to use in chowder for a crowd?

east bay search: cellophane bags and paper hand towels

Where in Berkeley/Oakland/Emeryville/El Cerrito might I find the following for a big party:

cellophane bags for cookies (for party favors)

colored disposable paper hand towels to put in the guest bathroom.

Trying to avoid Amazon and shop local--and/but looking for good deals!

What is the best restaurant where the waitstaff does the most obnoxious birthday celebration?

Chevy's gets pretty goofy--the whole staff dancing and singing and putting a sombrero on the birthday girl--at least how I remember it when our kids were little and loved it!

Ottolenghi in San Francisco Oct 2014

I believe I read that he'll be at both Book Passages and Omnivore, for his new book (Plenty More)--in a quick search I didn't find the particulars--contact both shops for details?

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Had pupusas at the Kensington Farmer's Market (a sweet market for those looking for new ones to try) Sunday. Thumbs up. They were already out of meat (a sell-out makes me think I should go back to see what the fuss is about....). But I thought the cheese were well done. Not greasy, a lovely balance of flavors with a good curtido and salsa (they give you two tubs--I didn't love the red, which seemed a bit harsh [burned chiles?]--but the tomatillo salsa was perfect, a lovely topping for the creamy filled pouch and fresh, vinegar-y slaw.)

CT apples in late Aug/early Sept

Totally melting! But up til now (steamy Sept...) it's been a coolish summer--& read somewhere that that means early apples. Thanx 4 guide.

CT apples in late Aug/early Sept

I heart Macouns! Has anyone seen any yet (I gather it's an early season, given cool temps)? If yes, where?

CT apples in late Aug/early Sept

Although I still have some peaches in my fridge, feels like it's time to turn to local apples.

Best places to get them in Litchfield/Fairfield CT counties?

Would also be interested in some of your favorite varieties.

SFO T2 (Terminal 2) Grand Opening - Anyone get anything to eat there?

Writing three years and a month and a half later doesn't exactly constitute a reply to the posting above.

Went to Lark Creek Cafe because of a SF Weekly review that touted their fish sandwich as the best thing in the airport and because BART was speedy, and we got through security in about a minute--so lots of time before we had to board.

Fish sandwich, ordered by my husband, was, indeed, good (over-cooked to me, but not him--a perennial marital divide--a nice roll and tartar sauce and a good little salad as accompaniment). He also got clam chowder, which he deemed OK, albeit not very clammy.

But my $20+ shrimp louie arrived with tough, browning outside leaves of an old head of lettuce that even a beginner salad cook would know go directly to the compost bin or pet rabbit. I hailed the waiter. He took it back with no protest but no real apology either. After a while (not quickly--by now my husband was done) a new salad appeared, with beautiful butter lettuce and all the louie fixings. But overdressed. By a lot. I just ate it at that point (has anyone ever sent something back twice?), spearing and shaking dressing as best I could off baby shrimp. No waiter or manager stopped by to check in, given the earlier problem. And there was no adjustment on the bill or offer to comp a sweet.

Mexican in the Mission [San Francisco]

dinner. happy to walk a bit (though not all the way to 24th st--maybe to 20th).

Family gathering in Berkeley: restaurant and caterer ideas, please

Friends have used/loved local chef/cooking teacher/cookbook-author/caterer Linda Carucci 510-482-6462.

Mexican in the Mission [San Francisco]

Favorite Mexican for 8 people, near 18th & Valencia/Mission? And what's your favorite thing to order there?

Chinese Restaurants in SF Proper that have no or low corkage?

Would you pick The Garden over R&G for a banquet for 50?

Anyplace else in Chinatown/FiDi even better?

Oakhurst Diner, Millerton

p.s. I realize the diner does sound more mixed than positive, as I read what I wrote--at the same time, we enjoyed it (the goods were really good) and mean it about returning!

Oakhurst Diner, Millerton

Don't know other places in Millerton, other than Harney Tea, as described by others on this thread. I've only had their tea--no food.

My favorite area spot is Chaiwalla Tea Room in Salisbury, just two towns over, across the CT border. Amazing tomato pie, lovely sandwiches and salads, very good cakes--and of course, an excellent tea list!

Iconic CT foods

Re not being sure term grinder is used outside CT:

Grew up in MA. We had grinders!

Lobster Price Watch for SW CT

Along with the tented parking lot: over-cooked crustaceons (my beef [sic] with all these places that will cook for you--though they don't offer seating or a full meal, the Big Y, also happy to do the dubious honors of over-kill for too long in a steamer).

Should have said that the lobsters I've gotten @ the $4.99 price from Stew's this summer have all been soft-shells, so less to eat.

Lobster Price Watch for SW CT

Stew Leonard's has had them for $4.99 on and off this summer--and very good ones (lively, delicious--if you can put up with singing cows, the fish counter is better than the Big Y's, where at least at the New Milford store, the quality and freshness has been mixed this summer).

I see Stew doesn't have the $4.99 lobster special this week. They did last week; and I bet, given the holiday, they'll go down then. Pretty sure last summer Stew's had them for $3.99 over Labor Day.

CT Arethusa and Community Table report

LOL re affectionate cow. And thanks--will note those ice cream tips--and try that milk again for sure!