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Post Ranch Inn or Ventana?

Be aware that Wagon Wheel, one of my favs, is cash only.

Oakland – Sushi – Shogun

Husband and I also couldn't tolerate the odor and walked out.

You might consider Coach Sushi at 532 Grand Ave (closer to Lake Merritt Portals). We avoid weekends as their Masu sake @ $3.75, which is refilled at no additional cost if one spends $11 within 2 hours (quite an attraction to the college-age set). However, we enjoyed the sushi bar virtually to ourselves watching the Warriors NBA finals game so who knows how busy it can be.

Link to their website to download a 10% off dinner items (not at sushi bar) coupon for Tuesday through Thursday :

5 Guys vs. In & Out... Time for a simple vote


Jul 20, 2015
Stephanie Wong in Chains

Taco Tuesday at Gutierrez Drive-In, Salinas

Stopped in on my way out of Salinas yesterday (7/9) for my carnitas taco ($2). There was a sign at the counter saying Closed on Tuesday! When I asked if that was just for next week, I was told no, now closed on Tuesday. My carnitas was only chunks of meat, no crunchy crust bit. Enjoyed my usual tripas taco ($2.50) more.

Jul 10, 2015
Stephanie Wong in California

Gusto Handcrafted Pasta and Pizza in Seaside

Saffron pappardelle with braised osso bucco plus the Italian chopped salad. Mom took the biggest slice for herself -- lol -- ate it all plus lots of salad, pasta including the meat and focaccia!

Jun 17, 2015
Stephanie Wong in California

Moving to North/East Bay

Something to Sell About in Jack London Square is also a good antique shopping stop. Check their Facebook page for their store and estate sale notices.

Super Early Monterey B'fast 4/16

FlyAway Cafe in the airport's secured area and Golden Tee's Snack Bar on the 1st floor open at 4:30 a.m.

Apr 19, 2015
Stephanie Wong in California

Bobby Flay and Wife to Split

I am my husband's third wife; he's my second husband. We've been together 34 years next month. Some folks just take longer to find the right life partner.

Good "cheap"/ inexpensive eats in the Monterey area.

At El Zacatecano, I usually get the sope de carnitas. One time, the second-generation owner overheard me warn Mom that the base was really hot and said the shell is made to order (not reheated as is common). (Years ago Mom and Dad would lunch there often as the first-generation owners were Dad's patients and this small restaurant was close to his office.)

Mar 24, 2015
Stephanie Wong in California

Saturday Night Dinner for One

Just a couple doors down from Shakewell on Lakeshore Avenue is Michel.

Beef Tenderloin in Oakland?

You might consider the dry-aged beef from Ver Brugge on College Ave.

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog

Got 1.75 L bottle at San Leandro Costco warehouse for $12.99 Wed. 11/12/14

Quick question: A place for a drink and a snack in Oakland this afternoon

alaMar's happy hour had $1 oysters and $5 starters. Last night we enjoyed 1/2 dozen oysters with a "hot" mignonette, goat cheese poppers. Then split braised oxtails and the ice cream "sandwich".

Lungomare review (Oakland)

GotDailyDeals: $49 for Dinner for 2 (Reg. $90) at Lungomare -- read all the fine print

Longbranch Saloon - Berkeley

White Punks on Dope! Doctor John

Dinner near Lake Merritt [Oakland]

Michel Bistro on Lakeshore Ave

The Best Pancakes and Waffles in the Monterey Area

I love Wagon Wheel -- cash only for an old-fashioned American style breakfast until 2 pm. No recollection of waffles and haven't tried the pancakes. . . stick to basics here.

I usually share some humongous breakfast platter of eggs, breakfast meats, toast, with a girlfriend . We avoid weekends and usually go after the 12 noon rush so we can linger while we catch up on each other's doings.

Aug 04, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Your go-to delivery for dinner in Oakland/Berkeley?

Earlier this year while moving residences in Oakland, I ordered from Spoonrocket 2 to 3 time a week and recommended them highly. I have since retracted that recommendation as the food quality deteriorated, price increased, delivery time lengthened as the company expanded into San Francisco. At the same time the company shortened weekend availability and laid off many of their staff (kitchen, drivers, customer service). Too bad as the original concept, product, delivery, and customer service were excellent! I miss them.

Firebaugh (I-5): The Apricot Tree - The apricot shake still remains the only great thing here ... but it is FABULOUS

How long was your wait for food to appear after ordering? Yep, great lunch boxes.

Jul 20, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Panorama Bakery's Sourdough English Muffins

Mama's Royal Cafe (Oakland) also offers Panorama's English muffins with their eggs benedict

Roadfood along the 5 btwn SF and LA?

Lunched in the bar area at Harris Ranch while using the Tesla Supercharger.

I had a steak salad (forget which one, but it was okay. I'm from the Salinas Valley and didn't think the greens were exceptional). DH had liver & onions (he thought it was very good) -- everything else seemed overpriced. We got lucky on a non-holiday weekday and were in & out in an hour b/c we told the servers we were on a deadline (but had to keep reminding them).

Now that I've been there, done that, only reason to go again would be to use the Supercharger -- we were the only one there! I would have preferred food that was more interesting and reasonably priced whatever it was.

Jul 05, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Paris Bakery [Seaside and Monterey]

Oops, duplicate reply

Jun 11, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Paris Bakery [Seaside and Monterey]

Last month I was in & was told no more food service. BUT I may have misunderstood as I was distraught about it being the wrong day for chocolate frosted devils food doughnuts. LOL

Jun 11, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Where to live in Oakland for food?

Right now, there's a dearth of property for sale in Oakland's "desirable" areas leading to high prices for fixer-ups -- believe me, DH & I just sold one.

Where to live in Oakland for food?

Back in 1969 when I was introduced to the term, the speaker told me her group used "jingletown" all the time until it occurred to someone that it wasn't ethnically correct any longer. Apparently, her friend considered it a derogatory term referring to hispanic/latino origin?

Where to live in Oakland for food?

Don't forget Mi Pueblo Foods on High and Bancroft, just east of International Avenue

Where to live in Oakland for food?

How old is your child? If you add public schools into the mix, Grand Lake is a good walking neighborhood (lived there for 25+ years) with one of the better Oakland public elementary schools -- be careful of the zone boundaries though (I know someone who moved 2 homes on the "wrong" side of her preferred school. Good rentals in the Adams Point area. Great bus, casual carpool pickup stops, and easy freeway access too.
I prefer the Richmond Costco as Berkeley Bowl West, Tokyo Fish and Ranch 99 can be included in the same car trip.

Firebaugh (I-5): The Apricot Tree - The apricot shake still remains the only great thing here ... but it is FABULOUS

Have stopped at Apricot Tree a couple more times since 2010, usually during summer months, going to Fresno. On those repeat visits, the apricot halves were frozen -- a plus since I drive the shakes to Fresno to share with my apricot-loving friend.

Jun 03, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Tamales Unicos on vacation or ????? [Oakland]

That location was closed quite a while ago as it was too hard for them to maintain the 2 locations.

Carnitas - East Bay

When Jalisco Cafe is not open, I go to Mi Pueblo supermarket -- especially if it's towards the end of the day. I asked for "mixta" & not the big hunks of meat to get more of the tasty bits. Of course, there's a bunch of fatty pieces that I render out by toasting the carnitas in the oven while the rest of our meal is being prepped. Still worthwhile