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Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives 2014

Kermit Lynch is having a tasting this Saturday, 11/22 3:30-5:30, in their parking lot.

Chinese Chili Garlic Crab (not Singapore Style) - East Bay

I believe I've had that at Saigon Seafood Harbor in Richmond. I was expecting the saucy version and was surprised that it was dry.

Week in San Francisco – Montrealer and first time visitor needs help with itinerary

Best salt-and-pepper calamari in town!

China Village (Albany) is open!

I eat lunch there once a week, and haven't noticed any degradation in quality. I often do find that there's a lot of food and just take leftovers home.

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

If you're still in the area (or maybe next time), try the burger at Zut!, down the street from Rouge. They haven't let me down yet.

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

The new burger place on Gilman in Berkeley, FarmBurger, opened today. A burger was ok, "smashburger" style with a good crust. Fries were overcooked and way oversalted. Odd hipster vibe, plaid flannel shirts and beards on the male staff. Parking was very difficult, and on a non-holiday would have added $1.25 to the cost of lunch (the parking lot is totally inadequate). I live nearby and will probably walk over next time.

La Fisheria truck in San Francisco

Thanks for the report. The truck has been there every time I've driven through the area recently.

Sweet 16 dinner in SF ideas?

ZeroZero might work. Great pizzas, fun atmosphere.

Who carries vacuum sealer bags?

Target has them.

Comal - Berkeley

Today's Chron says that Comal will start a no-tipping policy soon. They'll be joined by Camino and Duende in Oakland, and Bar Agricole and Trou Normand in the city.


Jodie's in Albany needs local support

More information: According to a source, Mr C is a member of the Eagles Hall in El Cerrito and put on dances there from time to time. Mr C also apparently owns the beauty salon in that building and may own the whole building. Finally, the source says Mr C makes awesome fried chicken.

Who are the best food/restaurant bloggers in SF, and where do they eat?

One of the best writers here on CH was rworange. Has she turned up anywhere else, maybe in a blog of her own?

Jodie's in Albany needs local support

There are flyers on the door at Jodie's old place: Coming Soon Lizzie & Mr. C's Cajun Cafe. I can't find anything about it on the Goog, except it may be related to a Mr. C who runs "Zydeco Nights", with food, in El Cerrito (http://mrcszydeconights.com/).

2014 Best Indian Buffet Oakland/Berkeley Area?

I followed my own advice and had lunch at Priya today. The goat curry had lots of depth, but the meat was a little gelatinous in an osso-bucco kind of way. Excellent chicken curry, mushroom palak, a mixed vegetable fry and of course the dal. Tandoori chicken legs were very large, so I skipped this time, but they're typically good.

There was no mango chutney this time, but they did have the spicy pickle and a subtly-flavored peanut sauce with chilis.

2014 Best Indian Buffet Oakland/Berkeley Area?

As I recall, they have two kinds of chutney, mango and pickle.

2014 Best Indian Buffet Oakland/Berkeley Area?

My favorite is still Priya, on San Pablo Ave in the first block south of University. They have a big selection of dishes you don't find at the others (such as the Khana Peena on Solano), including a goat curry. I'm really fond of their dhal.

Table of 12 Needed (Casual & Good) in SF

Kokkari is definitely lively.

Pizza for Breakfast!

Rotten City in Emeryville now has their egg pizza every day. It's a thicker crust, rectangular pie, and the egg whites fill up the whole slice, with a nice semi-soft yolk. This is quite a substantial slice of pizza.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

I always shake my head sadly when I see those big shelves of beautiful older wines, because the shelves don't have any earthquake stabilization, not even a wire across the front. I asked them about it and they shrugged and said that they survived Loma Prieta just fine. Maybe the Napa quake will change their minds.

Best Trivia/Food/Drink Combo in East Bay

(Hate this new Q&A format). Actually, I forgot about Casa Latina, which is excellent. I was thinking of the taqueria in the block south of University.

Take Out + Bar - Oakland/Berkeley

Pizza to go from Nizza La Bella, great bar to wait at.

Yerba Buena

It's available at local nurseries, like Berkeley Hort. I don't think I've seen it in food stores.

Oori - on Solano [Albany]

I had lunch there last week. The "rice triangles" are pretty to look at, but there isn't much filling, maybe a tablespoon and a half, on a big slab of sticky rice. The fillings were tasty, though. Two of them at around $3.00 each weren't quite enough for lunch, but I couldn't face any more rice.

Bit of a challenge... [San Francisco]

Oh yes. A local Cantonese joint had really good shrimp and eggs, but the more complicated dishes were between meh and ugh.

Best Trivia/Food/Drink Combo in East Bay

The Albatross pub in Berkeley has quiz nights.


Great beer selection and 25-cent bottomless popcorn. There are a lot of restaurants a couple of blocks away around San Pablo and University: Priya for Indian, Cocina for Italian, Everett & Jones for BBQ, Lanesplitter for pizza, a taqueria whose name I don't know, etc.


Puotine comes to Berkeley!


ETA: the website doesn't show the Berkeley location, but Berkeleyside posted about it today.


Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Kokkari for Greek.


The owner of the winery in the photo I posted says that the bungs held for most of the barrels and he's only lost a few.

And here's a 20-second video of a fermentation tank spraying wine through a crack at Sebastiani. They're saying 19 of their tanks were damaged.


Aug 24, 2014
ernie in berkeley in Wine


Very sad photo from a Napa winery:


Aug 24, 2014
ernie in berkeley in Wine

China Village (Albany) is open!

I don't know, since that's the Great China lunch menu. I don't see the China Village lunch menu online.