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Ramen Street Festival part of J-Pop Summit, SF Japantown July 19-20, 2014!

I like the Yamachan tonkotsu nama ramen. I usually find one package of the broth is good for at least 2 servings of noodles (I add more water, as well my own meat & vegetables).

Looks like you can order just the broth directly from Yamachan:
http://yamachanramen.com/whats-up-yam...

Jul 23, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Yay - Cheddar & Gruyere melange cheese. I used it to make some nachos, it melted very nicely, creamy and wonderful flavor.

Jul 11, 2014
gnomatic in Chains
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Where can I find fresh Chinese fishcake?

Alot of the markets in SF Chinatown sells minced fish in plastic tubs ...usually in the cold case, next to the eggs/wonton wrapper.

Jul 07, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Almond Kringle at Trader Joes

There was 3 of them at the store on Bay Street tonight.

Jun 26, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Oh no! I like the watermelon cucumber cooler (delicious when carbonated). I looked for it last weekend but couldn't find it, was hoping it was just out of stock.

Jun 18, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Golden Gate Bakery - downturn? [San Francisco]

I prefer AA Bakery and Napolean Bakery (both on Stockton) over Golden Gate bakery.

I don't know when their old baker pass away, but I first tried GG's tarts mabye in 2001...I wasn't impress then either. I had it a few times to give the 2nd, 3rd ..etc chances, they are okay, but certainly not worth the higher price and lines.

I literally grew up on Honolulu Coffee Shop's egg tarts in Hong Kong (back in the 70's & 80's), which some say are the best of the puff pastry egg tarts in Hong Kong, so perhaps it's not fair comparison.

Jun 11, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Craftsman and Wolves, Happy Moose Juice, Xanath, Zen Yai, Smitten, Tosca, State Bird (San Francisco: Day Four)

I saw the baguettes on a recent visit, they looked amazing. Are they sour dough? (On more then one occasion, I bought baguettes in the bay area, and it turns out it was a sour dough baguette).

I work around 10 minutes away, so my colleagues and I often walk that direction for a break. I like the chocolate croissant stack and the lemon espresso snail.

Jun 09, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

The Almond croissants were introduced around June of 2012. I think they had the chocolate first, then the mini plain croissants...then the almond, and most recently the (seasonal?) pumpkin croissant.

Definitely ask your stock if they can bring it back (or special order?). If that fails, it's made by Galaxy desserts, which is sold (for a lot more $) at William-Sonoma http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Jun 05, 2014
gnomatic in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Are you sure they stop stocking at your local TJ, or just ran out?

The store I go to put the almond ones together in the same column as the chocolate ones..I have to pay attention to make sure I grab the right one, since the box are so similar.

Jun 04, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

SF Chinatown Bargains - Fruit!

I live near Chinatown, and have to walk through to and from work. Most shop lower the price for fruit at the end of the day, and it's usually cheaper on weekdays.

I saw cherries as low as $1.69/lb in the last week.

Jun 01, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizzelle cookies in SF Bay Area

Cost Plus World market (the one at Fisherman's Wharf definitely do) almost always have the packaged ones in stock.

May 26, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

In Search of Tunnock's Tea Cakes!

If you have a Cost Plus World Market, try giving them a call and see if the store near you carries it. My local store (in San Francisco) sells it, though it tend to run out (they do restock quite frequently).

http://www.worldmarket.com/product/tu...

May 20, 2014
gnomatic in General Topics

Any recs for Chinese specialty food shops in bay area?

Two of the markets in SF Chinatown have/had them in large supply by the register the last few months. Can't remember the name..but the one on Stockton north of Broadway (and next to the bakery), and also the one in the basement on Jackson.

May 14, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Modern ceramic or pottery mug?

I have a few pieces from Kim Westad, including a cup. It's quite large, her mugs runs 15 to 16 oz

https://www.etsy.com/shop/kimwestad

May 11, 2014
gnomatic in Cookware

Marla baker (mission, SF)

I knew they had the kickstarter to build the garden at the new location, but I hope they don't close the York Street location. I need those donuts...

May 07, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Marla baker (mission, SF)

I work just a few minutes walk away, and have been been trying various pastries and bread on their menu. All very good, but their donuts are DELICIOUS.

I left half of the chocolate glazed donut on my desk morning when I had to go to a meeting, and co-workers were drooling over it.

May 07, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Yes..that's the name. My chinese is very rusty, much to the dismay of my mom.

I have seen it at dim sum in Toronto, NYC, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and San Francisco ( I actually just saw it today when I went to pick up some dim sum in Chinatown).

I suspect the sugar in the dough help it get that golden brown, slight gloss once fried.

I think Trader Joe's version might be their fusion take on the Vietnamese banh it tran.

May 04, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Mochi are not exclusively for sweet fillings.

There are numerous dumplings that has thick chewy translucent wrapper and savory fillings in Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese cooking.

Pan fried chive dumplings and fun gaw, are probably the most common chewy wrapper, savory filling for dim sum. There is also a deep fried one, but the name escapes me, it's something "gok".

May 04, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

I have the pureFizz by Mastrad, and it works quite well. I like being able to carbonate juice with it, and it takes regular CO2 chargers..

May 02, 2014
gnomatic in Cookware

Berlin food gifts for pals and potential paramours

Try the Ritter Sport store, you can get custom made Ritter Sport bars. Also the store the mini ones (including the seasonal favors) in bulk, as well as every current flavor in full and giant size bars.

http://www.ritter-sport.de/#/de_DE/be...

The mini's are available in the US, usually only around Christmas time in multi packs, and only the regular flavors.

I find Knorr & Lowensenf at Cost Plus in SF.

The one food thing I would bring back from Berlin is the curry ketchup from Curry 36.

Apr 18, 2014
gnomatic in Europe

China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

I live just a few blocks away, and frequently walk pass on my way to Trader Joe's or Safeway. Before the name change it would seem "open", with one or two staff but seldom anyone dining there. Since the name change, it does not seem to be open at all, though it looks maintained.

Apr 14, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Yay for the Watermelon Cucumber cooler. I use my soda maker to add fizz to it, and it was nice and refreshing.

Apr 14, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

I like the granola in homemade plain yogurt, I add a bit of jam for sweetness.

Apr 10, 2014
gnomatic in Chains

Unsalted pistachios

There's a vendor at the Heart of the City farmer's market (Civic Center on Sundays) that has unsalted roasted pistachios. They sell from big bins of nuts.

Apr 09, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

House made bagels

I gave up on bay area bagels ...and went the route of making my own. I got very good result from this recipe http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

Mar 29, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Small Weddingish Cake for Eloping Couple from East Coast (Tartine, Craftsman & Wolves, B. Patisserie?) [San Francisco]

I think the C&W cakes would serve 5, they are quite tall. Their mini cubes are more like a serving for 2 (imho).

But I think the square shape would be a bit weird to divide up into 5 pieces.

Mar 16, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Dim Sum or Yum Cha?

My family is cantonese. For us, "Yum cha" (in cantonese pronunciation) is the meal, "dim sum" is the food.

i.e. "Let's go "yum cha" tomorrow" would mean going to brunch at a dim sum restaurant.

We never really use "yum cha" in the literal sense..it's a bit redundant since my family drink tea all the time.

I remember older members of the family (like my great aunt) used to use the word "cha" for boiled water...not just tea. (It got me confuse for awhile, mom had to explain it to me).

Dim sum refers to just the food for us.

But to my non Cantonese speaking friends, we would go out for dim sum. I don't recall ever using "yum cha" with them.

Mar 16, 2014
gnomatic in General Topics
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Oolong Noodles Opening in Chinatown? [San Francisco]

The menu was bigger...it was a spiral bound book with around 3 pages? There is definitely a page of appetizer as well..though I did not recall seeing the sushi menu (I remember that 'cause I was craving sushi). I only got a picture of the noodle page (it was quite dark in there for my camera phone).

The interior is still very much in the japanese style. I recall dark wood, red walls, big paper lantern.

Oolong Noodle House is on grubhub (I haven't ordered from them). The menu is available with prices here: https://www.grubhub.com/sf/oolong-noo...

Feb 21, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Oolong Noodles Opening in Chinatown? [San Francisco]

I went there for lunch on one of the days of the Chinese New Year flower festival.
There were quite a few diners, but not crowded. The restaurant is quite roomy. While I like the food, the service was quite slow.

I had the Japanese beef noodle, was quite surprise the beef was a soy braise beef, similar to what my mom makes. Also had the enoki beef roll, which I quite liked.

Feb 20, 2014
gnomatic in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Do you mean the Sun Valley Heirloom Navel oranges? My local TJ in San Francisco still had them in stock...I notice the oranges in second bag I got is bigger then the first bag (which I picked up when they first got it in stock this season).

Feb 18, 2014
gnomatic in Chains