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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

Apr 07, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

Thanks for the validation on Mi Rancho & the tip on Sinoaloa. Has anyone ever tried their tripitas?

Mar 18, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

I've only tried that Mi Rancho Taco Truck once -- convenient as one can call in an order. I don't recall what tacos I ordered, but it wasn't a fish taco, and certainly wasn't very memorable. Just haven't had much motivation to return -- seemed pricey for what I got. Will give Mi Rancho another try sometime, but I'm much more motivated to walk a bit further to Sinaloa's orange truck!

Mar 17, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Guerra Quality Meats in San Francisco

Last week we were out by the Cow Palace and took a swing by Guerra's to tour the meat counter (we were happy to note that the L Muni stop is on their corner (15th & Taraval) with parking lot access across the street from Guerra's. It was such a gorgeous clear day, DH & I picked up a Sciliano on ciabatta ($8) and a deviled egg to share down at Ocean Beach (Tasty sandwich just right for lunch; bland deviled egg).

It was definitely a fun. Honor system for waiting for deli service (no numbering system), but very polite, old-time courtesy between all customers of this neighborhood shop ("where everybody know your name") -- tight space so we all got friendly very fast.

I'll stop by again if remotely nearby as I loved the meat displays (lots of veal, but no kidney chops). Fish wasn't that exciting and deli selections were modest compared to Genova (Oakland), but this is a neighborhood store! So
go for the meat!

Mar 17, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

Yesterday went to a Taco Truck Sinaloa parked in a lot on the south side of International Blvd (229 or 299, sorry I'm unsure) between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Same $1.50 pricing. Woman said they close at 2 or 3 a.m. Couple of picnic tables to sit and enjoy tacos in the shade.

Within a short walk of my new residence -- yay!

Mar 16, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area
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Threads Already "Collapsed"

This happened to me yesterday.

Mar 10, 2014
Stephanie Wong in Site Talk

Grocery Outlet -- March 2014

No Haagen Daz bars at Oakland on Sunday -- that's what I actually was hoping to find.

Mar 04, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet -- March 2014

Yesterday afternoon at Oakland, lots of Starbuck ice cream @ $1.99/pint -- Java Chip Frappucino & Caramel Macchiato

Mar 03, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Ruth's annual birthday dinner dilemma -- 2014 edition

Years ago, DH & I did a birthday dinner at Rivoli (they knew). Service was nice and food offerings were comfortingly familiar to older folks, who thought the celebratory sparklely bling was fun). Enjoyed watching the garden animals (kittens? I've forgotten).

Mar 03, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese Domes - do you collect them, use them, find them a bore?

Dad used to use a cheese dome to store his soft rind cheese as he loved them really soft and runny. Wish I knew what happened to it.

Jan 23, 2014
Stephanie Wong in Cheese

Spoonrocket: Designer meals $6 delivered

Just tried Spoonrocket for the first time after having agreat conversation with Adarius, Customer Service Manager, because my address was not accepted as within their delivery region. He set up a bogus primary address for me with the actual delivery address as the second address line.

We started our conversation at 4:58 pm and got the driver's call from our front door at 5:15 pm. This definitely met the advertised "within 15 minutes" AND included time for the Spoonrocket work around to be set up and my completing the order of 3 entrees for 2 people: 2 stuffed Sonoma chicken breasts with drummettes (described as stuffed with sourdough, brie cheese, dried cherries, pecans and custard in a herb gravy, smashed potatoes, green beans -- I missed the pecans and cherries in the stuffing) and 1 farfalle pasta "in white wine herb sauce, butternut squash, kale, pine nuts, capers, Parmesan cheese". Brownies "white and dark chocolate marbled with toffee bits" at $3 were sold out.

Chicken breast is not my fav, but the herbed stuffing was flavorful. Green beans and pasta were al dente. We added extra grated cheese to our taste to the pasta.

Conclusion:
FAST -- barely had time to set table and warm our dinner plates.
EXTREMELY REASONABLE @ $6 per entree. Our dinner pretax & tip (all charged to credit card) was only $18 -- less than what the taco truck parked 1/2 block away charged (and this was a nutritionally more balanced meal).
FOOD: Fair but we're continue to audition their menu. As DH says, "Beats the sh-- out of Domino's guarantee to deliver a piece of cardboard within 30 minutes for the same price or more!)
VERY ACCOMMODATING SERVICE: THANK YOU, Adarius!

Jan 16, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area
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Tamales Unicos on vacation or ????? [Oakland]

It is so common for long family reunions inMexico that San Jose school districts adjusted their winter break schedule a couple years ago. Hopefully Unicos just forgot to post a notice.

In Salinas the Mexican cafes are just starting to reopen from their winter holiday breaks, and the Costco was noticeably not crowded on January Sunday afternoons.

Jan 14, 2014
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Central Coast Town for short stay?

Would be most interested in cabeza -beef cheek/head taco or torta

Jan 12, 2014
Stephanie Wong in California

Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

Richmond 99 Ranch: $5.99/lb. for 2+ lb. live crabs - full tanks this a.m. & a line of buyers

Dec 23, 2013
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Should I get a Costco membership?

At Costco if I didn't find an item or forgot to pick up an item, I ask at the checkout register and someone will be sent to get it and bring up to me. Easy-peasy friendly customer service at Salinas, Richmond, and San Leandro CA stores. I do admit to shopping on week days as it's much less crowded.

Nov 20, 2013
Stephanie Wong in Chains

36th Annual Albacore Feed in Castroville, anyone been?

Where'd you get the $7 jar of artichoke hearts? I must admit I've never explored Castroville as usually motoring through to points beyond.

Nov 11, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

36th Annual Albacore Feed in Castroville, anyone been?

What do you love in Castroville?

Nov 07, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Just moved to Monterey, looking for good food hangouts

In Aptos a friend and I enjoy sharing the mezze sampler at Zameem Mediterranean Cuisine, 7528 Soquel Dr (north of Cabrillo College), 831.688.4465.
http://www.zameencuisine.com/
http://goo.gl/maps/zvKR5

Nov 07, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Just moved to Monterey, looking for good food hangouts

Red's Donuts' main kitchen is 1646 Fremont Blvd., Seaside CA 93955, 831.394.3444 and open later than the Alvarado location. The chocolate frosted devil's food cake donut is my fav. I usually call to reserve as that usually sells out.

Many restaurants (Wharf and Cannery Row) offer "locals' deals," some of which are actually good buys. Usually earlier dinners, sometimes lunch. For example, earlier in January 2013, Abalonetti's offered a $8.95 3-course lunch/dinner (main with veggie and starch, soup or salad, & dessert). My note said avoid the clam chowder, but nice salad. Not gourmet, but nice outing with my 93-yr. young Mom.

For breakfast (not on the weekend), a friend and I enjoy splitting the Wheel breakfast (3 eggs, 6 small pancakes, 2 bacon, 2 link sausages) at Wagon Wheel, 7156 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel CA. 831.624.8878. cash only. We go later so it's quieter and not rushed.

Nov 07, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Where to Eat in the Sacramento Area--Specifically Woodland, CA???

When we're in that area, DH & I go to Putah Creek Cafe in Winters: http://www.putahcreekcafe.com/

Have only enjoyed breakfast and lunch there. Great burgers, especially on 2-4-1 Tuesdays! Scroll down for photo on https://www.facebook.com/putahcreekcafe

It's a quick 15-min. drive. http://goo.gl/maps/iJCxv

Nov 07, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

Salinas California – $14.99 yesterday

Nov 04, 2013
Stephanie Wong in Chains

Mariscos La Costa: What are the actual hours? [Oakland]

An employee once told me they close when it starts to get dark because of "problems" In the neighborhood.

Oct 30, 2013
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

Probably too late for you in San Francisco, but if you have time, stop in the Vera Bradley store in San Francisco Center (Powell and Market), They usually will offer customer complimentary small individual bottles of chilled water with various Vera Bradley patterned labels.

Oct 23, 2013
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Cosentino on washing dishes at IHOP

He turned down an offer to work at The White House to work at HoJo as he wanted a broader American business experience. Says he earned a lot on running a mass market business.

Oct 11, 2013
Stephanie Wong in Food Media & News

RIP carissima Marcella Hazan...

That roasted lemon chicken is a classic, but needs a quality chicken to really be sublime.

Oct 04, 2013
Stephanie Wong in Food Media & News

Major fail at Mi Pueblo in San Rafael

I shop at the Oakland store and usually buy my salsas, carnitas, guacamole and fresh bolillos to assemble tortas at home. Fresher and have rarely waited in line.

Sep 09, 2013
Stephanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants in Cambria

During this year's stay enjoyed Creekside Garden Cafe's back patio for lunch. Robin's was good again.

Sep 06, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Stops on I 5 between San Francisco and the Northern CA border

Putah Creek Cafe in Winters is our usual stop between Oakland and Redding. Had great burgers there just last Tuesday, taking advantage of the Tuesday 2 4 1 Burger special. DH had cheddar burger; I had blue cheese. Fries are included. I also like their chicken fried steak with white gravy (bkfst) or brown gravy (lunch). Sometimes we sit at the counter for faster service.

http://putahcreekcafe.com/

Usually combine this stop with a gas fill-up (choice of about 4 different gas stations - Arco, Berryessa Sporting, Chevron, & InterState).

Exit I-505 at Hwy. 128 to Winters.

Aug 16, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Near Paso Robles: Hearst Castle Hacienda Hunting Lodge Overnight - (Hunter-Liggett Military Reservation)

Will you be going through Cambria? Last month we were there for a week and enjoyed ourselves at Creekside Gardens Cafe, 2114 Main St.m Cambria‎ CA on a Friday.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907781#8173733
http://creeksidegardencafe.com/

DH enjoyed his Eggs Benedict, the rest of us had lunch fare. Afterwards, we browsed The Garden Shed Complex of nursery and shops couple doors south on Main St.

Jul 17, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California

Eating in Cambria/Paso Robles

In Cambria 2 weeks ago with family, had a nice casual (burgers and sandwiches) at Creekside Gardens Cafe in their back patio. Tasty, well-prepared, friendly service. . . locals hangout. My sis-in-law & her husband eat their every time they visit Cambria. They had a sign announcing Mexican dinners but no one's been yet.

We all enjoyed our dinner at Robin's. My posting about that meal: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9071...

Jul 03, 2013
Stephanie Wong in California